President of Pavonistade

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President of Pavonistade
PavonistadeFlag.png
Flag of the Pavonistadian Provinces
Charlie Baker cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Eric Oppenheim

since February 22, 2015
Style President, Excellency
Residence Presidential Palace
Term length Four years
Renewable thrice
Constituting instrument Constitution of the Pavonistadian Provinces (current)
First holder Fred Matteryork
January 1, 1898
Salary ♇250,000 ($325,000)
Website www.president.jou.pv (Pavon)
www.president.gov.pv (English)

The President of Pavonistade is the head of state and government of Pavonistade. The President is the executive of the Pavonistadian Government, the commander-in-chief of the Pavonistadian Military, and the supreme commander of the country's WMD arsenal. The position also puts its holder as the presiding leader of an economy worth over $5 trillion and a country populated by over 86 million. The fundamentals for the President are highlighted in the Constitution of the Pavonistadian Provinces.

The position was created months after the Conflict of 1897. Giuseppe IV, the last king of Pavonia, was put under house arrest by the Duke of Matteryork and the former was made to abdicate to the latter. Upon this, Matteryork abolished the monarchy and replaced it with a republic in which the president is the presiding leader of the country. The position of president is maintained throughout the Dominion of Pavonistade and the current Pavonistadian Provinces.

The President is selected through compulsory elections that are held every four years, and may hold the position for a maximum of three consecutive terms (twelve years).

Selection process

Eligibility

The prerequisites in which one must meet in order to become a presidential candidate or President are not highlighted by the Constitution. They are highlighted by the Pavonistade Elections Act. Under the act, one:

  • must have Pavonistadian citizenship
  • must be at least 35 years of age
  • must be proficient in Pavon
  • must not have committed significant wrongdoing or felonies, such as murder

Elections

General elections are held every four years and they follow a first-past-the-post system. In Pavonistadian elections, the President and Members of Parliament are elected. A presidential candidate may have up to three 4-year terms unless they have succeeded a previous president during their term (e.g. Eric Oppenheim), in which case they may only be eligible for two subsequent 4-year terms. Presidents who succeeded after their predecessors were impeached (e.g. Marcus Noem) will still be eligible for three terms.

One year prior to a general election the Pavonistadian Presidential Electoral Commission or simply the Electoral Commission is assembled. Two months after the assembly, the commission is readied for operation and would begin reviewing and accepting presidential candidates. The commissionary process is usually not applied for the incumbent President of Pavonistade if they seek re-election. Accepted candidates would eventually participate in their respective parties' leadership conventions (Pavonistade does not have the same preliminary processes as other democracies), where one candidate is selected as the party presidential candidate. Independent candidates undergo a separate review process.

70 days before the election, the campaign period would commence. Pavonistadian campaigns can be both privately- and publicly-funded. Similar to other democratic countries, candidates have a range of tactics to further their campaigns such as making election promises. As the general election approaches, campaigning efforts increase. They are to officially halt when an election commences.

Results of an election are tallied and released by the Electoral Commission, exactly or almost exactly one day after the conclusion of voting. This is to be consistent with a tradition dating back to the Serpd era. The candidate of the party that wins the most electoral districts becomes president.

Inauguration

A candidate is inaugurated as President one month after the conclusion of a general election, alongside with the conclusion of government dissolution and reshuffle. The President is to swear an oath before immediately being sworn into office.

I, [name], the newly-selected President of the Pavonistadian Provinces, shall swear to the most and very solemn extent that I will defend the constitution and people of the country for which I will serve. I shall execute the paramount task of overseeing the Pavonistadian Provinces and maintaining the independence, sovereignty, and unity that all citizens deserve.

Powers and duties

The fundamental powers of the President are established by the Constitution, and subsequent legislation elaborated on the holder's powers and limits.

Legislative

As with other Members of Parliament, the President is allowed to introduce a bill, an amendment of an existing law, and an amendment of the Constitution (which also requires a nationwide referendum). However, a bill or law can be immediately nullified by the President if enough reasonable justification is given for such a move.

All bills or proposals are to be processed by the President after passage in the Parliament. The President many choose to sign them into effect, veto them, or allow them to die after five days passed. The President may also declare the length of a "grace period" before the signed proposal comes into effect, if it has not been defined in the proposal. A President's veto, while previously undefeatable, may now be overridden by a two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

Executive

The President is required to uphold all laws, although this mandate is not mentioned in the Presidential Oath because it takes note mainly on the Constitution.

The President is tasked with presiding over the Pavonistadian Military, strategic activities, and strategic assets of the country. He or she has access to the WMD arsenal of Pavonistade. With specialized activation can weapons of mass destruction be launched or activated, or can the MD briefcase be used. The President is allowed to declare war on a country and reserve resources for a conflict, although this will require approval from the Parliament and the War Committee. The declaration of a state of emergency is much less regulated; the President is able to declare so without any prior approval from the Parliament or other government bodies.

A difference between the Pavonistadian executive promulgation process and those in other democracies is the availability of the pre-emptive promulgation, which effectively assures executive approval of a bill before passage in the Parliament. A pre-emptive promulgation is not completely identical to an executive order, which is more heavily-restricted and may completely bypass legislative processes unlike the former.

Judicial

The President appoints all judges, including the Chief Justice, for service in the Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch of the Pavonistadian Government. He or she also appoints all judges to serve in the Court of Appeals, and reserves the right to dismiss and replace any judges. Such changes do not require Parliamental approval, although advice from the Presidential Adviser or the Vice President is to be input on the selection of judges and modifications of the membership.

Ceremonial

The President is the representative of the Pavonistadian Provinces in international events. Awards such as the Order of Pavonistade may be presented by the President to those that have demonstrated exceptional qualities or have been engaged in exceptional service. In cases where it is allowed, the President may present awards of international events to participants (primarily Pavonistadian participants).

Pay and official residences

The annual salary of the President is $325,000. Unlike some other countries, a modification in annual salary may be completed by the President. This privilege is barred exactly one year before a general election.

The official residence (and workplace) of the President is the Presidential Palace, which housed the Pavonistadian royal family in the Pavonian era. The residence also grants the President access to allocated assets and services such as medical teams and catering. The President tends to have his or her own private residence that may lie within or beyond Pavonistadeck, and he or she may visit such a place during a set presidential vacation.

List of Presidents of Pavonistade

First Republic

No. Portrait Name and Tenure Party Notes
1 FredMatteryork.png Fred Matteryork
1898 to 1900
Independent First President of Pavonistade and of the First Republic

Dominion

The President of the Dominion is officially recognized as a prime minister; the true President would be the President of Luziyca, more specifically the East.

No. Portrait Name and Tenure Party Notes
1 FredMatteryork.png Fred Matteryork
1901-1909
Independent
(1901)
Democratic
(1902-1909)
First President of the Dominion
2 William O'Brien 1917.jpg Ernest Lotoski
1909-1917
Conservative
3 Warren G Harding-Harris & Ewing.jpg Sacherie Krushechouve
1917-1921
Republican
4 Walther Rathenau.jpg Gordon von Pavstadie
1921-1923
Democratic Killed in the Capital Halls building as it was accidentally set alight
5 Henry Pellatt.png Aeskorr Laghim
1923-1925
Democratic Filled in for Von Pavstadie's remaining term
6 Richard Bedford Bennett.jpg Cortofoa Ronan
1925-1929
Conservative
7 Robert M La Follette, Sr.jpg Ken Zakhartleye
1929-1945
Capitalist Only President elected to more than three consecutive terms
8 Antonio Salazar-1.jpg Roman Kramahof
1945-1946
Republican Impeached and removed for obstruction of justice
9 BenChifley3.jpg Leopold MacDonalde
1946-1950
Liberal
10 Amintore Fanfani Senato.jpg Adrian Bordswith
1950-1958
Conservative
11 B. Everett Jordan.jpg Robert Adelaide
1958-1962
Republican
12 Erik Eriksen.jpg Walter Ceuks
1962-1974
Democratic
13 Francesco De Martino.jpg Kenneth Garfield
1974-1977
Conservative Impeached and removed after being found guilty of non-electoral corruption
14 Franz Josef Strauß 1982.jpg Marcus Noem
1977-1981
Capitalist After the end of his term, Noem helped merge the Capitalists with the Republicans
15 Anker-jørgensen-cropped.jpg Jordan Calvin
1981-1985
Liberal Last President of the Dominion

Pavonistadian Provinces

No. Portrait Name and Tenure Party Notes
1 Anker-jørgensen-cropped.jpg Jordan Calvin
1985-1989
Liberal First President of the Pavonistadian Provinces
2 Tom foley.jpg Ulieses D'Artoise
1989-1993
Republican Assassinated with a letter bomb
3 Andrew Peacock.jpg Xavier Laghim
1993
Republican Filled in for D'Artoise's remaining term
4 Ann Coffey M.P. in 2000.jpg Jacquie Iatouqua
1993-2001
Republican First female President of Pavonistade
5 David Ronald Musgrove.jpg Warren Kodvos
2001-2005
Conservative
6 Irak-Konferenz der Fraktion DIE LINKE. im Bundestag Foto Uwe Steinert (8567594361).jpg Benjamin Howler
2005-2013
Democratic
7 Rupert Murdoch - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer.jpg Mattheu Azurite
2013-2015
Democratic Died of age-related thrombotic stroke
8 Charlie Baker cropped.jpg Eric Oppenheim
2015-
Democratic Filled in for Azurite's remaining term
9 Peter MacKay crop.JPG Kal Simpsen
Republican Expected to take office, effective April 28, 2017