Regional Assembly of Ostry
Regional Assembly of the National Territory of Ostry
|Founded||20 November 1994|
|Single transferable vote in three constituencies|
|5 May 2019|
|7 May 2023|
|Government House, Jakóbgard|
The Regional Assembly of Ostry (Ostric: Dorada Regionalné Teritorium Nôródowegò Òstrsczi; Navish: Regionalforsamling av Ostrøys Nasjonalterritorium), commonly referred to as the Dorada, is the unicameral parliament of Ostry, a national territory of Navack.
Created in 1994 as part of the Gardrag Agreement, the Regional Assembly is elected every four years alongside the Regional Administrator. Fifteen Members of the Regional Assembly (Ostric: Bëtnik Dorada Regionalnégo; Navish: Medlem av den Regionalforsamlingen, abbreviated to MRA) are elected by open list proportional representation by the electorate.
The formation of a local parliament for Ostry was a key point of the Gardrag Agreement, ending the conflict between Navack and Ostric nationalists, primarily the paramilitary Ostric Freedom Army. The signing of the Agreement on 20 November 1994 officially created the Regional Assembly as the legislative branch of the government, with the first election held 7 May 1995. The unionist Progressive formed an absolute majority in the chamber, holding on to their mandate in 1999, despite gains from the separatist Ostric People's Party. The 2003 election was the first to see the Progressive-Republican coalition nominate the same candidate for Regional Administrator and running on a joint list together in regional elections. In 2007, the separatists were able to form a coalition deal and form the first non-unionist government in the Regional Assembly. This led to the independence crisis of 2008 to 2009, where the opposition boycotted sessions of the Regional Assembly for a few short months. The following 2011 election saw a staggering surge for the Progressives and Republicans, who captured a ten-seat majority and returned to government.
The Regional Assembly is in charge of domestic matters of Ostry, mainly in regards to maintaining the territory's budget, infrastructure, and social policies. The Regional Assembly does not have control over foreign affairs, as that is under the jurisdiction of the Congress of Navack. Ostry is granted the right to manage its own internal affairs and issues, of which fishing rights and regulations are oftentimes seen as the most hotly debated outside of the issue of independence. The Regional Assembly has come into conflict with both Sturhlund and the federal government over Ostric fishing rights and maritime boundaries.
The Regional Assembly is officially headed and represented by the Speaker, elected during the first session of a new legislative term. The Speaker moderates debate in the chamber, and works closely with the Regional Administrator, the head of government for the territory, and their cabinet.
List of Speakers of the Regional Assembly
|Name||Entered office||Left office||Party|
|Tim Lange||21 May 1995||18 May 2003||Progressive League|
|Mark Amundsen||18 May 2003||20 May 2007||Progressive League|
|Pioter Holt||20 May 2007||26 January 2010||Ostric People's Party|
|Jakób Dahl-Nowak||26 January 2010||15 May 2011||Freedom Party|
|Léch Rasmussen||15 May 2011||17 March 2019||Progressive League|
|Mati Erikoczik||17 March 2019||19 May 2019||Progressive League|
|Patrik Beck||19 May 2019||Incumbent||Ostric Coalition|
Composition of the Regional Assembly since 1995