Coat of arms of the Frenzy
Seats in the Frenzy
|Motto||Peace Through Talking|
|Formation||24 Grunil 1494|
|Type||Unicameral national legislature|
|Location||Lindstrom City, Natopia|
The Frenzy is the unicameral legislature of Natopia. It was first convened as the Grand Natopian Senate on 24 Grunil 1494. After a few years of the senate's quick actions being referred to as a legislative frenzy the legislature was formally renamed the Legislative Frenzy on 12 Liebluary 1500. Members have historically been called senators, legates, Members of Royal Frenzy, frenzors, and currently representatives. It usually meets in the Frenzy Dome in Lindstrom City.
The Frenzy is composed of no more than two representatives from each of Natopia's demesnes. Each demesne decides on its own how to select its representatives. The Frenzy selects a Chancellor by passing a resolution by a simple majority. The Frenzy may also pass a resolution to call for a general election for chancellor. The Chancellor is the presiding officer of the legislature and also set internal and domestic policy as Natopia's head of government. The Chancellor's administration is the Imperial Chancellery of Natopia.
A Speaker of the Frenzy is often appointed by the Chancellor and the Speaker handles almost all of the Chancellor's parliamentary and legislative responsibilities. The current Speaker of the Frenzy is Tinker Sprocket.
The Frenzy is currently composed of 40 Representatives, 2 from each of Natopia's twenty demesnes. The Caprine Code protects the right for each demesne to select its own Representative as it wishes. Several demesnes are united as unions, forming blocs as represented in the chart. Traditionally, each bloc of representatives yield their votes and allow only the senior Representative to cast a vote.
History, Authority, and Legal Theory
All legislative authority in Natopia is derived from the Frenzy which amends and adds sections to the Caprine Code, Natopia's combined legal code and constitution. Modern Natopian legal theory traces ultimate constitutional authority to the meeting of representatives of the four demesnes (Ziegeland, Tasneemia, Sororiya, and Klaasiya) that survived the reign of the Butter Bull. On that day, 13 Natopuary 1593, the Representatives assembled in Frenzy rebuilt the government of Natopia by passing the first Act of the Frenzy, establishing the office of chancellor, which would later become Section Three of the Caprine Code. The Frenzy acted as a transitional government by passing Acts before formalizing its own powers in an Act that would become Section Two of the Caprine Code.
The Caprine Code is the sole source of imperial law in Natopia, and it is regarded as supreme law of the land. As the only organ of Natopian government capable of adding and amending the Caprine Code, thus being able to change the government itself, the Frenzy is a very powerful institution. The Frenzy also controls its own membership, by admitting and expelling or dissolving the demesnes that sent Representatives to the Frenzy. Some argue that due to the ultimate power of the Frenzy, Natopia is in fact a federation of the demesnes that send representatives to the Frenzy. Indeed, the controversial right of the demesnes to exist after the fall of the imperial government is enshrined in Section sixteen of the Caprine Code.
Recent political trends have the Frenzy granting more and more power to an Emperor, even granting the Emperor the power of assent and veto, and the power to approve the formation of new governments in the demesnes, which in turn would affect the composition of the Frenzy. Due to this shift in power, political theorists say that Natopia is a unitary state. Indeed, the Frenzy has always presented itself as the legislature of Natopia. After the reign of the Butter Bull, the demesnes were not independent, they were still part of the Bovic Dominion of Natopia nominally under the ownership of Bous itself.
Both the Emperor and Chancellor can issue decrees which have the force of law, but are not added to the Caprine Code and cannot change the Caprine Code. Decrees issued by the Emperor and Chancellor can be overruled by the Frenzy. Almost all decisions in Natopia can be originated in the Frenzy or overruled by the Frenzy in some way. The Natopian Frenzy is therefore the source of the Natopian state's sovereignty, which is why it uses the oldest national symbol as its own, the Cross of Sovereignty. All institutions that derive their authority directly from the Frenzy do not use a helm or coronet in there coats of arms, only the Cross of Sovereignty as a crest with a torse.
Library of Law
The Library of Law is maintained by the Chancellor (usually delegated to the Speaker) and holds a record of all laws passed or failed, as well as transcripts of all debates, copies of all treaties passed by the Frenzy, as well as all Resolutions.
The Imperial Conference was originally established as a lower house to complement the Frenzy. After years of deadlock and stagnation, the Imperial Conference was reduced to a public political forum where all residents can voice their political opinions and suggest laws. The Chancellor or Speaker are charged with keeping order in the Conference chambers, which are left open to the public every day. A live feed of the Conference chamber is carried on the Natopian-Satellite Public Affairs Network (N-SPAN4) so that any public comments are (theoretically) heard by the nation.