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Location of Sumer in Maredoratica.
The Sumerian Empire is a de facto federated constitutional monarchy employing both an elected monarchy and elected legislature. An empire only in name now, Sumer is governed by an elected Emperor as head of both state and government. The 1915 Constitution which abolished hereditary monarchy created a separation between the powers of the Emperor, the legislature, and the provinces. The Imperial government retains national level policy related to defense, trade, foreign relations, and a level of national standardization which can be placed upon the province's responsibilities. The Imperial Government in Uruk is comprised of three elected bodies which compliment each other in legislature: the Parliament, the Senate, and the Imperial Court.
The Imperial Parliament consists of 351 members and is the primary legislative body for the Sumerian Empire. Each province is provided 50 seats in parliament to fill through provincial elections, and one seat is provided to an elected member of the city of Uruk. Political parties in the Imperial Parliament are officially banned, however provincial party affiliations and allegiances between parties does exist underground within the Imperial Parliament. Members of Parliament are called Councillors, and any Councillor may introduce a bill to be considered by Parliament. Additionally the Emperor, acting on behalf of the Imperial Court, may submit bills to Parliament for consideration. Councillors may vote "yes", "no", or "abstain" on any bill presented. To gain Parliamentary approval a bill must receive a relative majority vote of "yes" from a full council session. Bills which receive Parliamentary approval are handed to the Senate for review. Councillors serve for a term of three years, and may be elected to only two consecutive terms at a time.
The Senate is an elected body of legislators who provide a second reading and review of bills approved by the Imperial Parliament. A Each province is allotted 3 seats in the senate for a total of 21 seats. Senate procedures and regulations mirror those of Parliament with the exception that senators may not submit bills to Parliament for consideration, nor make changes to bills submitted to them from Parliament. Bills approved by the Senate are ascended to the Imperial Court where they may be rejected or approved and made into Acts and thus become law. Bills rejected by the Senate are returned to Parliament, usually with commentary as to why they were rejected, and may be submitted through Parliament again. Senators serve for a term of six years and have no term limits. The Senate also serves as a buffer to the Emperor's power as ministers in the Imperial Court require Senate Approval for appointment.
The Imperial Court consists of the Emperor and appointed ministers. The Emperor is elected by instant runoff voting in the Imperial Parlaiment from candidates selected by the Imperial Senate and given a term mandate until death or a motion of no-confidence through Parliament and the Senate. Ministers are appointed by the Emperor following Senate approval and not otherwise elected. Ministers can be removed from power despite the wishes of the Emperor at any time by the revocation of Senate approval, which requires a majority Senate vote. Likewise an Emperor can be removed from office, prompting a national election, if a bill to do so passes both Parliamentary and Senate approval, without Imperial ascension into an act. This is one of the few times when the Imperial Court may be bypassed in creating an Act.
Sumer is divided into 7 provinces derived from the historic constituent states which make up the empire. A de facto federation, the provinces are subordinate to the imperial government and are responsible for sub-national issues as stipulated in the 1915 Constitution. Health care, education, some law enforcement, and motor vehicle issues are all under provincial control, though subject to standards set by the imperial government. The provinces have elected governments headed by a Governor and maintain an elected Parliament. The provinces are named after their respective capital cities, traditionally independent city-states of the Sumerian Empire. Each province is further divided into counties which make up the local government of various rural and urban areas. In addition to the counties within each province, the imperial capital city of Uruk is maintained as an independent county outside of the provincial structure to maintain imperial impartiality to provincial issues.