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Dietmar Kranz, ABP
since 17 November 2018
|Government (29) |
|Mixed-member proportional representation (MMP)|
|1 October 2016|
|Former Elbgau Council building, Königsreh, Mascylla|
The Reichssenat (Hesurian pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪçsse:na:t], ‘Imperial Senate’) is the federal parliament of the subnational divisions and upper house of the legislature of Mascylla. The Reichsrat is a legislative body that represents the 21 Reichsländer and Freie Städte, consisting of 163 members known as Representatives of the Reichssenat (Repräsentanten des Reichssenats), which are decided through a chosen delegation of the represented state, and or a general election every six years. The composition of the delegation varies from the state's population, political makeup and ruling majority (or coalition) of each state legislature.
Since its foundation in 1789 under the Kingdom of Aldia in Augusthal, it has met in various location, and today sits at the former Elbgau Council building in Königsreh. It is represented by the office of the President of the Reichssenat (Präsident des Reichssenats), currently occupied by Egon Weidmann since 2019, of which its holder is directly voted from the Reichssenat itself. Representatives of the Reichssenat are usually chosen by a state-own delegation, but can be partially subject to popular vote by the state's population as well. The Reichssenat can operate with a minimum number of 160 seats, whith the number of delegation seats per state dependent on its population to achieve proportional representation. An unique occasion where an Election Day can be called earlier than two years after the last election arises when the Prime Minister loses a vote of confidence and asks the President of the Reichssenat to dissolve the parliament in order to allow new state elections afterwards.
During the War of the Five Kings, the Reichssenat was the offical assembly of the sovereigns and elected commoners of the states which were part of the Elbau Confederation (1793–1798). When Mascylla was founded, it became the established, sometimes described, upper house of parliament.