Supreme Legislative Council (Talahara)

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Supreme Legislative Council

ⴰⵙⴰⴷⵓⴼ ⴰⵄⵍⴰⵢⴻⵏ

Asaduf Aɛlayen
Lion's paw sigil.svg
Lion's paw sigil
Type
Type
Unicameral national assembly
of Talahara
History
Founded1841; 183 years ago (1841)
Preceded byCommune Council
Structure
Talahara SLC Diagram.svg
Political groups
  •   Unity Group
  •   Community Alliance
  •   Young Workers Movement
  •   Industry First
  •   Eco-Future Industrial Group
  •   Akli-Werner-Ulwazi Salon
Length of term
Four years, no term limits
Elections
First election
May 23, 1841; 183 years ago (1841-05-23)
Last election
May 23, 2022; 2 years ago (2022-05-23)
Next election
May 23, 2026; 21 months' time (2026-05-23)
Meeting place
ZarTalahara.jpg
The Asadufadeg (right) in the
Zar Talahara complex
Council chamber
Constitution
Supreme Consensus of Talahara, Pt. III

The Supreme Legislative Council (Takelat: Asaduf Aɛlayen; ⴰⵙⴰⴷⵓⴼ ⴰⵄⵍⴰⵢⴻⵏ), often referred to as the Supreme Council, is the national legislative body of the United Communes of Talahara. Aside from constitutionally-provided authority, most of the Supreme Council's authority is conferred by lower councils that have eminent jurisdiction in cases where the scale of issues or local resources are insufficient. Key areas over which the Supreme Council has authority to legislate include aspects of education, environmental regulations, healthcare, housing, industrial regulations, legal codes, and national transportation.

The Supreme Council is a unicameral assembly and the final level of Talahara's three-tier nested council system. Members are elected from each of the 50 Regional Legislative Councils, who are respectively elected from 1,250 Communal Legislative Councils. Elections to a subsequent level of government are held within a council, utilizing an instant-runoff voting system, though with an open ballot rather than a secret one.

Each of the 50 members of the Supreme Council represents approximately one million citizens. Following the Fourth Amendmendment of Part III of the Supreme Consensus of Talahara in 2008, additional seats may be added in future redistricting to allow for approximate representation of one million citizens per seat. It is expected that the 2025 redistricting process will see the Supreme Council grow from 50 to 52 or 53 seats.

History

The Supreme Legislative Council is the successor of the Commune Council which was nominally composed of ideologues, military leaders, and community leaders during the Talaharan Revolution. The Commune Council acted as a forum for community groups to organize and develop the new revolutionary society. In effect, it had no official leadership, elections, or membership. After defeating the Monarchists and the Liberal Republicans in the Talaharan Revolution, the Commune Council reorganized into an effective predecessor of the Executive Council, with no national-level legislative body for a period of three years. During this time, Communal Council elections were held for the first time. The first appointments to the Regional Councils followed shortly thereafter. After the first parts of the Supreme Consensus of Talahara were unveiled in 1841, the first general election was held and the subsequently appointed Regional Councils appointed the first Supreme Council the same year.

Composition and elections

The 50 seats in the Supreme Legislative Council are elected representatives of 50 Regional Legislative Councils. Each Regional Legislative Council is composed of representatives from 25 Communal Legislative Councils. Communal Legislative Councils are elected every four years in a general election. The first order of business for each of the 1,250 Communal Councils beginning session on June 20 is to appoint a representative to the regional Regional Legislative Council. On June 30, each of the 50 Regional Legislative Councils convenes for the first time and appoints their representative to the Supreme Legislative Council.

The Supreme Legislative Council appoints one of the 50 members to the role of Council Secretary. By tradition, the Council Secretary is the most senior member of the Council but this is not a rule and has not always been followed. The Council Secretary has no formal position, but in practice manages the flow of discussions, calls for votes, adjournments, or recesses, and has a staffer who manages the minutes and recording of meetings.

Any representative at any tier of the legislature may be recalled and replaced by their appointing council at any time. A Regional Council may recall and replace their representative at the Supreme Council and a Communal Council may recall their representative at a Regional Council. Each representative at a Communal Council represents a cohort of approximately 4,000 citizens, who may also table a motion to recall their representative if the majority of the cohort is in favour.

Members of the Supreme Council are simultaneous members of a Regional Council and a Communal Council as well, though they suspend their duties to the lower councils upon winning their election. It is possible for a Supreme Council representative to be recalled by their local cohort, forcing a by-election and sequence of council elections to replace the seat at each level. Redistricting is plotted every 12 years by the Talaharan Elections Commissariat, an independent body that oversees Talaharan elections.

Since 1897, the number of seats in the Supreme Council has remained constant at 50 and the size and composition of Regional Councils and Communal Councils fluctuated to maintain a proportional level to the population. In 2008, predicting future population growth that would make the ratio of representative to population greater than 1:106, an amendment was passed that would permit the enlargement of the Supreme Council in proportion to one representative per million citizens.

Powers

Most of the Supreme Council's authority is conferred by the Regional Councils or Communal Councils that are ill-equipped to deal with matters of national concern or in circumstances in which the conferral of the power to the Supreme Council is an initiative of national unity. Several key powers are explicitly delegated to the Supreme Council by the Supreme Consensus of Talahara. These include the passing of laws and regulations on the portfolios of the Executive Council, the ratification of motions and budgets from the Executive Council, and the passing of legal provisions and regulations. Conferred powers include the legislation of post-secondary education, healthcare, national-level transportation, and certain industry standards and environmental regulations.

See also