Prætor of the Landsraad

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"Prætor" redirects here. For other uses, see Praetor.
The Lord Machinaria, the present Prætor of the Landsraad.

The Prætor is the presiding officer of the Landsraad and is elected by the members of the Landsraad. He or she presides over the Landsraad in all matters. The Prætorship of the Landsraad is one of the Great Offices of State of the Imperial Republic.

History

The office of Prætor is almost as old as the Landsraad itself. Prior to the Prætor, the members of the Landsraad moderated themselves, but as the Landsraad grew in size and importance, it became apparent that some form of mediation was necessary.

Nicholas Raglan, a Yardistani, is known as first 'speaker' (an ancient, but nowadays obsolete, term to refer to the Prætor).

Duties, Functions and Powers

The Prætor has a wide variety of duties, functions and powers which are derived from tradition and custom, the Charter, the Procedures of the Landsraad, the Lawbook, and several other legal documents.

Legislative Duties

The Prætor of the Landsraad leads and presides over the sessions of the Landsraad. (S)he organizes, tallies and closes votes. The Prætor is authorized to appoint a deputy prætor to assist zie in matters that shall be delegated to the deputy. The Prætor may choose to appoint more than one deputy praetor, provided that in such instance there must be a hierarchy between the deputy praetors.

The Frontgate of the Palace of Zirandorthel, the seat of the Landsraad.

No vote may be cast by the Prætor unless to break a tie. Similarly, any of the deputy prætors is not allowed to vote when presiding over the Landsraad unless it is to break a tie.

The Prætor is also charged with maintaining appropriate decorum on the Floor of the Hall of Oratory of the Palace of Zirandorthel as well as elsewhere in the aforesaid palatial complex, or whereever the Landsraad decides to assemble in accordance with law, and has the power to suspend or expel Electors who breach decorum. Zie is also responsible for maintaining order and security on the premises of the Palace of Zirandorthel or the lawful temporary ad hoc meeting place of the Landsraad.

Other legislative responsibilities of the Prætor are maintaining the Hanzard of the Landsraad and keeping the Charter as well as the Lawbook up-to-date.

In the event that the Landsraad has no Prætor in office, the Kaiser, or the Ruling Steward, or an appointed deputy prætor presides, provided, however, that the Kaiser (or Ruling Steward) or an appointed deputy has no vote in those proceedings, except in case of a tie.

The Prætor is the custodian of the Seal of the Landsraad. The aforesaid seal is used not only for legislative, administrative and representative purposes, but also ceremonially, when it is put, together with the Golden Gavel, into the custody of a new Prætor as part of the customary installation procedure.

The Prætor also ensures that the text of each Treaty, Bill or Resolution which has been passed by the Landsraad is written down on fine vellum adorned with the coat of arms of the Landsraad as well as such decorations as initials, borders and miniature illustrations drawn with gold, silver and vibrant colours.

Representative Duties

It is incumbent upon the Prætor to represent the Landsraad before the Kaiser, the Imperial Judex or other court of law, and before any other body or authority if so necessary. The Prætor also receives dignitaries, both foreign and domestic, who are visiting the Landsraad as well as other guests of Landsraad.

The Prætor is also tasked with chairing the Prætorial Committee. The Prætorial Committee consists of the Prætor and the Presiding Officers of the Adelsraad and Folksraad, and is used for communication between the different chambers of the Shirerithian legislature. However, as the Adelsraad and Folksraad have been suspended since 1671, the Prætorial Committee has also not met in that time.

Administrative Functions

In addition to his legislative role as presiding officer of the Landsraad, the Prætor performs several administrative functions to facilitate and ensure the smooth operation of the Landsraad. The Prætorum, the Office and Household of the Prætor, assists the Prætor in the discharge of these functions. It is comprised of the officers and employees of the Landsraad.

The Officers of the Landsraad include, but are not limited to, the Greffier, the Cudgeller-at-Arms, the Architect, the Seneschal, the Counsel, the Historian, the Parliamentarian, the Castellan, and the Chaplain. The Prætor may, by ancient convention, appoint and dismiss at pleasure any of these officers.

The Prætor may, by ancient convention, appoint such employees to the Prætorum as he considers necessary for assisting him in the discharge of the functions of the Prætorship. The aforesaid staff is appointed at such remuneration and on such other terms and conditions as the Prætor may determine.

Conducting the Imperial Government

In the event of the unannounced absence of the Kaiser for a period exceeding 7 days and the Stewardship being vacant, the Prætor conducts the government of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth with the Prætor having the same powers as a Regent until the Landsraad has elected a Regent.

Perquisites

The Prætor has, by ancient convention, the legal right and obligation to - when he is in Shirekeep - reside in Prætor's House, the plush private apartments of the holder of the Prætorship. Prætor's House has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest state apartments in the Imperial Capital.

Symbols

There are several symbols which appertain to the Prætorship of the Landsraad. Some have been associated with the Prætor since time immemorial, others have become more recently symbols of the Prætorship.

The best-known Prætorial symbols are (the):

  • Golden Gavel
  • Isabelle's Chair: The official chair of the Prætor. It is located in the Hall of Oratory of the Palace of Zirandorthel and is named after Isabelle Allot, a former Prætor as well as a former Duchess of Elwynn.
  • Mors' Mace: An ancient ceremonial mace which symbolises the authority of the Landsraad.
  • Prætorial Hat: A red hat that the Prætor dons.

List of Prætors

Scott of Alexander (Prætor in 1512), donning the prætor's hat.
Tenure (AN years) Prætor From
1482–1484 Jadie Steffke Goldshire
1483–1486 Erik Uec Brookshire
1486–1503 Zirandorthel Elwynn (Hyperborea)
1504–1512 Hypatia Agnesi Kildare
1512 Scott of Alexander Elwynn
1512–1519 Bill Trihus Kildare
1519–1528 Wolvin of Modan Lach Brookshire
1528–1547 Jonas Windsor Kildare
1547–1556 Nathan Waffel-Paine Elwynn
1556–1557 Malliki Tosha Brookshire
1557–1561 Isabelle Allot Elwynn
1561–1565 Leo Eldwood Elwynn/Goldshire
1565–1567 Erik Mortis Brookshire
1567–1574 Jonas Windsor Kildare
1574–1578 Carl Jackson Yardistan
1578–1580 Erik Mortis Machinaria/Brookshire
1580–1585 Carl Jackson Yardistan
1585–1592 Spraki Krumsson Lichbrook
1592–1593 Erik Mortis Lichbrook
1593–1597 Kai Jackson Yardistan
1597 Simon ben Erasmus Kildare
1597–1599 Spraki Krumsson Lichbrook
1599–1603 Vilhelm Benkern Yardistan
1603–1612 Lyssansa Rossheim Lichbrook
1612–1615 Mira Octavius-Aryani Kezan (Imp. Lands)
1615–1618 Aasmund Vigeland Elwynn
1618–1621 Janus Eadric Neridia/Goldshire
1621–1624 Mira Raynora the Elder Lichbrook
1624–1625 Jonathan Ayreon-Kalirion Elwynn
1625–1651 Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir Elwynn
1651–1654 Ryker Everstone Goldshire
1654–1659 Armin Jamal-Arminzadeh Elwynn
1659 Liv Dravot Elwynn
1659–present Tinker Sprocket Shirekeep