Nohsi of Ashkenatza

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Nohsi of the Republic of Ashkenatza
Arms of Ruzhin Palace, Kolmenitzkiy
8th Nohsi Bartholomeo Henzelli
since August 2010

Style Your Excellency
Residence Ruzhin Palace
Appointer Ashkenatzi Knesset
Term 90 days
Inaugural holder 1st Nohsi Laz Krakowski
Formation 2008

The Nohsi (נשיא) of Ashkenatza is the nation's executive head of state as defined by the Ben Mavet Constitution of 2009. The position commands significant power in the Republic due to the scope of the Nohsi's Executive Orders (Nohsibafeln) which has caused some controversy in Ashkenatzi politics. The Nohsi's duties in the Constitution are outlined as being 'upholding the Constitution', 'implementing the will of the Knesset', and 'defending the nation's kehile (Community), land (Territory) and kultur (Culture). The Nohsi is able to appoint ministers and executive agents through his or her executive orders but can be held to task for misuse of the significant power vested in the position- current disputes with regards to the Nohsi's power include whether the Nohsi may declare war or not through executive order, a question never fully resolved.

The title of 'Nohsi' derives from the Biblical Hebrew word for Prince and modern Hebrew word for President, which is rendered into Latin Yiddish orthography as 'Nohsi'. In many ways the Nohsi is a cultural figurehead of the state as well, and is expected to make official statements on developments at home or abroad. Nohsim often lead Ashkenatzi troops into battle on horseback, though in our modern age this practice is quite uncommon. Perhaps one of the most unusual features of the Nohsi's office is the luxury Zeppelin he or she is provided with to tour the nation, which has generally been more popular a mode of transport than the First Nohsi's helicopter, Fat Menachem. Though the title of 'Nohsi' may be misleading given that Ashkenatza is a Presidential Republic, the title was devised deliberately to add a sense of uniqueness to the office of Head of State of Ashkenatza. Nohsi terms last for ninety days but may last longer if the Nohsi rules under a provisional administration or if the Knesset and its Speaker vote to extend the Nohsi's rule or to postpone elections. The inauguration ceremony for the Nohsi is traditionally very elaborate and has since the Third Nohsi been conducted to the same ceremony, in which the Nohsi takes soil from Ashkenatza and casts it to the four winds (To the North; to Izaria and Zaprogia. To the South; to Porolia. To the East; to the Litovinas, both White and Regular, and the Tellias, hither and thither. To the West; to Volhyria and Kolmenitzkiy) before donning a Tallit should the Nohsi be of Jewish faith to show the strength of their oath to lead the nation to the best of their abilities.

Many of Ashkenatza's leading citizens have at some point been Nohsi of the Republic throughout their micronational career including a former Shahanshah of Babkha, Pachad Emet ben Mavet and a former Zatriarch of Matbaa, Moshe Goltz. Several Nohsi administrations have been conducted as provisional and emergency rules, and some under coalition governments. To date the Ashkenatzer Algemeyner Bund has provided the most Nohsim (Four).

List of Nohsim (Presidents)

Picture Name Period Party
Krakowski.png Laz Krakowski August 2008 - September 2008 Provisional Administration
Krakowski.png Laz Krakowski September 2008 - January 2009 Dray Bagrif - Bund Coalition
Goltz.png Moshe Goltz January 2009 - April 2009 Algemeyner Bund
NohsiBenMavet.png Pachad Emet ben Mavet April 2009 - May 2009 Yashkenatza Beiteinu
Goltz.png Moshe Goltz May 2009 Algemeyner Bund
AstopovNohsi.png Szhmuel Astopov May 2009 - August 2009 Ashkenatzi Democratic Party - GTL Coalition
NohsiBenMavet.png Pachad Emet ben Mavet August 2009 - February 2010 Provisional Administration
WajnsteinNohsi.png Chaim Wajnstein February 2010 - April 2010 Algemeyner Bund
NohsiBenMavet.png Pachad Emet ben Mavet April 2010 - August 2010 Natsyonal Farband
HenzelliNohsi.jpg Bartholomeo Henzelli August 2010 - ? (Incumbent) Algemeyner Bund