Reichstag of Werania
|Reichstag of Werania |
Reichstag von Ostischland
Since 22 March 2014
Speaker of the Herrstag
Speaker of the Volkstag
Herrstag political groups
Volkstag political groups
First-past-the-post (300 seats)|
Party-list proportional representation (245 seats)
Volkstag last election
Volkstag next election
|Palace of Parliament, Westbrücken, Werania|
The Reichstag of Werania (Weranian: Reichstag von Ostischland) is the bicameral legislature of the Werania. It consists of an upper house known as the Herrstag (Lord's Chamber) and a lower house known as the Volkstag (People's Chamber) whilst the monarch presides over parliamentary proceedings. It retains parliamentary sovereignty over Werania, officially being the representative of the Weranian people. Members of the Herrstag are referred to as Peers whilst members of the Volkstag are known as the members of parliament (MP's).
Parliament took its current form in 1864 following the unification of Werania, being based on the former Reichstag of the Kingdom of Cislania. The Lord's Chamber was initially entirely hereditary or appointed by the monarch of Werania whilst members of the People's Chamber were elected in a first-past-the post system. In 1897 the government introduced party-list proportional representation with a 4% electoral threshold for initially 100 seats, with the number of proportional seats being progressively increased over time. The Lord's Chamber remained unreformed until 1973 when the government changed the composition of the Chamber to entirely elected.
Currently 245 seats in the Volkstag elected via proportional lists and 300 through first-past-the-post. Since 2014 all seats in the Herrstag are elected by provincial legislatures after the government abolished the final monarchical appointed seats.