|Current: 21st General Assembly|
|Membership||~6 Members (inc. Speaker)|
The General Assembly is the legislative branch of The Leftist Assembly. It consists of a number of members (known as MGAs) equal to the cube root of electoral citizens, rounded to the nearest ten, at the commencement of the most recent general election.
Each MGA's term lasts for three months, with elections commencing at the start of March, June, September and December.
This body proposes and votes on new laws and amendments to existing laws as per the Legislative Process Act.
History[edit | edit source]
Party system[edit | edit source]
Upon its founding, the region functioned with a multi-party system. This system was complicated and details were often disputed between legislators. The only election where it was used was the March 2016 general election, where there was a two-stage election. The first saw numerous candidates nominated to different executive positions by their party. Once these were elected, an additional vote was held to determine the number of seats each party received out of the total 100 in the legislative General Assembly. Rather than there being 100 individual nations each representing their party, each party would put forward a single stance on each legislation. For example, the 1st General Assembly required any two parties to vote for a piece of legislation to pass it. In late August 2016, the region decided in a referendum to scrap the party system and instead adopt a new non-partisan system of government in the form of a 9-member council as proposed by Llorens.
Secretary voting power[edit | edit source]
The Secretary initially had the authority to veto legislative bills, which the General Assembly could only override with a two-thirds supermajority. The Equal Vote Act, passed on 18 July 2017, abolished this authority, ensuring that all members of the General Assembly had equal voting power. The change would not have changed the outcome of any bill voted on by the General Assembly to that point.
Ministerial changes[edit | edit source]
The Legislature Reduction Act, which passed on 25 July 2017, merged the Minister of Immigration and Customs into the Minister of Foreign Affairs as of the September 2017 general election. The Military Removal Act, which passed on 25 October 2017, abolished the Minister of Defence position due to a lack of participation in the Leftist Defence Force.
Ministers, despite no longer being members of the General Assembly from November 2017, continued to fall under its purview until the formalisation of the Cabinet in August 2019. Whereas the Secretary had complete freedom to appoint whichever Ministers they saw fit from November 2017, the Set Ministers legislative package, which passed in August 2018, mandated the existence of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Media, and Recruitment. The Minister Responsibilities Amendment (Decentralised Media), which passed on 17 January 2019, abolished the Minister of Media following the collapse of the regional newspaper, The Red Star.
Other voluntarily appointed portfolios during this time included Ministers of Recruitment, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, World Assembly Affairs, and NationStates Affairs (predecessor to the Minister of Information), as well as a short-lived People's Advocate.
Separation of powers[edit | edit source]
The Judicial Separation Act, which passed on 6 November 2017, created an independent Supreme Court apart from the General Assembly. Previously, the three Justices had been voting members of the legislature. The changes were implemented following the December 2017 general election, which saw the adoption of five Senators in addition to the Secretary and Prime Minister.
Ministers were also no longer members of the General Assembly, but they did not have their own formal branch of government until the Separate Cabinet legislative package, which passed in August 2019. As per its changes, the Secretary and Prime Minister also ceased to be members of the General Assembly, supplementing this with an increase in Members of the General Assembly - renamed from Senators - to 7. This made the executive and legislative branches entirely distinct, whereas the General Assembly had previously been responsible for most executive functions.
Two-thirds amendments[edit | edit source]
The revamped Constitution and Code of Laws, which passed on 26 September 2018, required amendments to the Constitution to achieve a two-thirds majority in a referendum to be passed. Previously, they had only required a simply majority.
Terms[edit | edit source]
Led by Secretary[edit | edit source]
|8th||December 2017||South Miruva|
|12th||December 2018||New Arkados|
|13th||March 2019||The Final Horseman|
|14th||June 2019||The Final Horseman|
Led by Speaker[edit | edit source]
|21st||March 2021||New Flamington|