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Prime Minister of Sierra
Primer Ministro de Sierra (es)
首相黃金王國 (zh)
Thủ tướng Chính phủ của Sierra (vn)
시에라 총리 (kr)
นายกรัฐมนตรีของเซีย (th)
Jongri no Shiera (hn)
シエラ内閣総理大臣 (ja)
Serran ESerran SSerran ASerran DSerran A  Serran CSerran ASerran SSerran HSerran TSerran A  Serran KSerran I  Serran SSerran ESerran RSerran RSerran A (sb)
Ministry
Federal
Seal of the Prime Minister of Sierra
Daniel McComb
Incumbent
Daniel McComb

since December 16, 2016
Executive Branch of the K.S. Government
Executive Office of the Prime Minister
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofthe Cabinet
the Senate
the Privy Council
Reports tothe Queen
ResidenceFlag of Sierra Getty House
SeatPorciúncula, GC, Sierra
Term lengthFour year term which can be renewed indefinitely.
Inaugural holderFrederick Bachelor, Sr.
December 16, 1859
FormationNovember 27, 1858
Salary$500,000 per year
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister
Websitepm.gc.ks

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sierra is the head of Her Royal Highness' Government in Sierra and the leader of the civil wing of the executive branch. Unlike nations with a Westminster-styled parliamentary system, the prime minister of Sierra is directly elected alongside the deputy prime minister (who is selected by the prime minister as his/her running mate during such election) by the general electorate. However, unlike the standard Anglo-American presidency, the prime minister is also a member of the legislature branch. In the Parliament, the prime minister is entitled the position of President of Senate by ex officio and may vote as a regular member of Parliament. The prime minister also serves as a member of the Privy Council. The prime minister serves a four-year term and can be reelected with no term limit.

As the head minister and representative of the monarch's government, the prime minister fulfills most of the duties and powers prescribed to the monarch on their behalf. In addition, the prime minister is in charge of heading the civil government, administrating the executive branch and the Cabinet, and ensuring that all laws are executed and followed. In times of war, the prime minister fulfills the role as the Supreme Field Marshal (the de facto commander-in-chief) of the Sierran Crowned Armed Forces and other military components of Sierra on behalf of the monarch.

Role, powers, and duties

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The role of the prime minister is to fulfill all of the inclusive powers and duties of the monarch on their behalf. As an ex officio member of the Privy Council, the prime minister is also responsible for advising the monarch on what course of action to take when exercising the exclusive rights which are: the royal prerogative, the royal assent, and the issuance of edicts. In almost all cases, if at any time the monarch performs these exclusive rights, it is after through the consultation with the prime minister. For this reason, the advice of prime minister is regarded as practically full-binding and therefore functions as the most powerful position in Sierra. The prime minister is able to exercise great political power and execute many actions through the monarch while simultaneously holding legislative power in Parliament as the President of the Senate.

Within Parliament, the prime minister is entitled to the seat of President of the Senate who is in charge with facilitating legislative discussion, monitoring debates, censuring officials, and answering questions to members of both the Senate and House during the Prime Minister's Questions sessions. The prime minister is entitled to one vote in the Senate as any other senator although if there is a tie, his/her vote counts as the tie-breaker. In an addition, in order to strengthen their party and to minimize the chances of a divided government, the Prime Minister is responsible for the appointment of 11 senators-at-large, usually done at the start of their term. The Prime Minister may choose to call a special national election for any of these seats if they see fit, or when the seat is vacant.

During times of war, the prime minister assumes the role as the Supreme Field Marshal who is charged with coordinating, organizing, and leading all military operations and movements related to the conflict. Declaring and making peace is an exclusive right reserved for the monarch as a prerogative and as such, the prime minister must first consult and confirm with the monarch of his/her opinion and then receive support by Parliament. In both times of war and peace, the prime minister always has access to Sierra's nuclear codes and may activate them if deemed absolutely necessary.

The prime minister may grant pardons, reprieves, or clemency so long as the person has not been tried and sentenced for treason. The prime minister also has the power to ban specific foreign individuals from entering Sierra if deemed to pose a threat to Sierra. Other judiciary powers the prime minister enjoys include executive privilege and the confidentiality privilege, two mechanisms which allow the prime minister to withhold sensitive information from the public, the civil government, and the monarch during a legal case (which would legally protect him/her from being tried under perjury) and override most subpoena requests. Theoretically, the prime minister has automatic clearance to nearly all classified information from Sierra's military and intelligence agencies but may still be denied access to certain information. This arises by the fact that the prime minister is directly electable and therefore, anyone could easily bypass Sierra's rigorous clearance checks by simply getting voted into office. Another issue is that the prime minister's term of office is also tied to elections and should the prime minister be voted out, he/she would retain any particularly sensitive state information as a civilian.

Elections

Every four years, on Election Day (October 16), a general election is held allowing eligible voters in all the provinces to select the prime minister and other important government offices.

Eligibility qualifications

  • Must be a citizen of Sierra and must renounce any dual citizenship.
  • Must be of 25 years or older.
  • Must have physically lived in any of the provinces or other lands (e.g., overseas military bases) of Sierra for 10 consecutive years or a total of 14 years with the last 7 years being consecutive as a resident.
  • If Naturalized, must have been a citizen for at least 15 years, and must renounce any dual citizenship if elected.
  • Must have not been convicted and served a sentence for a felony within the past 20 years, a serious offense within 15 years, a criminal offense within 10 years, or a misdemeanor/minor crime within 5 years.
  • Must have never been convicted of treason.

Inauguration and oath

If elected for the first time or into a new non-consecutive term, the prime minister must be inaugurated prior to his/her assumption of the office. Traditionally, the prime minister-elect is sworn into office during a public inauguration ceremony in the presence of the monarch or the monarch's representative on the December 16 following his/her election at the Parliament Building. Before taking office, the prime minister is constitutionally required to swear in front of the monarch the following statement:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sierra and His/Her Royal Highness' Representative and Civil Servant to the Sierrans, that I will faithfully execute the powers ascribed upon me by the Constitution. I declare that any and all actions I undertake shall be scrutinized to the fullest extent and that I shall only work in the interests of the People and the State. Ten thousand years, glory, glory to the King/Queen!

The prime minister has the optional choice of adding in the following phrase at the end of his/her oath: So help me God (or Providence). If a monarch was officially declared dead by the state coroner within seven days of the prime minister's inauguration, the oath's end is modified to say, "...Ten thousand years, the King/Queen is dead, glory, glory to the King/Queen...".

The oath in its entirety is administered by the Chief Justice and it has been traditionally dictated that the prime minister's left hand be placed on a Holy Bible (interchangeable with any other religious texts such as the Quran or a secular text such as the Constitution). As soon as the prime minister has completed his/her oath, the prime minister is officially inaugurated into the office with all its powers, responsibilities, and benefits. Following the inauguration, the Getty House bids farewell to the departing prime minister and prepares for the arrival of the new prime minister. At the desk of the prime minister, a manila folder containing a personal letter from the leaving prime minister, sensitive state information, and a debriefing document awaits the prime minister. There, the prime minister also finalizes all his/her credentials in order to fulfill the task of prime minister.

Term

The term of office for the prime minister is four years and can serve an indefinite number of terms if reelected. Prior to the ascension of King Lewis I, all prime ministers prior to his reign served a maximum of two terms. Only two prime ministers have ever served more than two terms: Poncio Salinas (he was elected into one term from 1925 to 1929, was defeated in the 1929 election, and then ran and served for two more terms from 1937 to 1945) and Kirk Siskind (he served two full terms and half of his third term before he resigned).

Vacancy and succession

In the event of a vacancy, the deputy prime minister fulfills the role as acting prime minister for either the remainder of the vacant prime minister's term or until the prime minister is able to competently fulfill his/her duties. A special election may be called forcing a new prime minister to be voted in if Parliament deems it necessary. If the prime minister is removed from office through impeachment, death, or resignation, the deputy prime minister automatically becomes the prime minister. According to the Sierran line of succession, should the deputy prime minister be unable to fulfill the role as prime minister, the responsibility is transferred onto the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The line continues down the offices of the Cabinet according to the numbering of precedence of the ministries with the last in line the Minister of Veteran Affairs.

Style, compensation, salary, and benefits

Getty House

The Getty House, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Styles of
the Prime Minister of Sierra
Seal of the Prime Minister of Sierra
Reference style His/Her/Their Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Posthumous style The Honorable
Alternative style Mr./Mrs./Ms. Prime Minister

The prime minister enjoys an annual salary of $500,000, $50,000 personal expense account, $100,000 travel account, and $30,000 for miscellaneous spending. In addition, the prime minister is provided residence at the Getty House Estate and may utilize all its facilities and services at his/her pleasure. State dinners, official visits, and other public functions are funded by the government but all other expenses including food and laundry must be paid out of the prime minister's finances.

The prime minister has unrestricted access to the Occidental Palace, the official residence of the monarch, as well as several government-owned country retreats throughout Sierra. A guest room within the Palace is readily available personally for the prime minister and his/her family whenever visiting the monarch.

The official state car is a modified armored version of the Maybach 62 limousine which is used as ground transport for the prime minister. Two heavily modified and custom-fitted Boeing 757 models serve as the official aerial means of transport for the prime minister and the Sierran royal family. The prime minister also has a fleet of 20 Marines-operated helicopters and cruisers at his/her disposal.

The prime minister, his/her family, and personal guests receive continuous protection from the Secret Service and continue receiving protection up to 20 years after exiting office. Under special circumstances, this post-office protection may be extended unto former prime ministers at the discretion of the current prime minister. In the case of a severe national emergency, the prime minister can be brought to any of the undisclosed amount of heavily guarded secret locations throughout Sierra to continue normal government operations.

A personal set of coat of arms and standard may be commissioned by the prime minister during their administration for his/her use, and may receive titles from the peerage system by the Monarch with the expressed approval of the Parliament.

The prime minister is officially styled with the title His/Her Excellency and outranks all titles and offices with the exception of the Sierran Royal Family in the government hierarchy of importance. Deceased prime ministers are posthumously referred to as The Honorable.

List of prime ministers

No. Name Party Assumed office Left office Reigning monarch
Smith I
Smith I (acting)
Independent November 27, 1858 December 16, 1859 Smith I (himself)
1 Frederick Bachelor, Sr
Frederick Bachelor, Sr.
Royalist December 16, 1859 December 15, 1866 (two terms; resigned) Smith I older years
Smith I
2 Richard Trist
Richard Trist
Royalist December 16, 1866 December 15, 1870 Smith I older years
Smith I
3 Ulysses Perry
Ulysses Perry
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1870 February 14, 1874 (assassinated) Smith I older years
Smith I
Issac Johnson
Issac Johnson
(acting)
Democratic-Republican February 15, 1874 December 15, 1874 Smith I older years
Smith I
4 Maxwell Gibson
Maxwell Gibson
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1874 December 15, 1877 Smith I older years
Smith I
5 John C. Fremont
John C. Frémont
Royalist December 16, 1878 December 15, 1885 (two terms) Smith I older years
Smith I
6 Frederick Bachelor, Jr
Frederick Bachelor, Jr.
Royalist December 16, 1885 December 15, 1893 (two terms) Smith I older years
Smith I
Lewis I
Lewis I
7 Joseph Starling
Joseph Starling
Royalist December 16, 1893 December 15, 1901 (two terms) Lewis I
Lewis I
8 Robert Landon
Robert Landon
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1901 December 15, 1909 (two terms) Lewis I
Lewis I
9 Phillip Judd
Phillip Judd
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1909 December 15, 1917 (two terms) Lewis I
Lewis I
10 Earle Coburn
Earle Coburn
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1917 December 15, 1925 Lewis I
Lewis I
11 Poncio Salinas
Poncio Salinas
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1925 December 15, 1929 Lewis I
Lewis I
Lewis II
Lewis II
12 Job Smit
Job Smit
Royalist December 16, 1929 December 15, 1937 (two terms) Lewis II
Lewis II
13 Poncio Salinas
Poncio Salinas
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1937 December 15, 1945 (two terms) Lewis II
Lewis II
Lewis III
Lewis III
14 Christopher Roux
Christopher Roux
Royalist December 16, 1945 December 15, 1953 (two terms) Lewis III
Lewis III
15 Henry Faulkner
Henry Faulkner
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1953 December 15, 1961 (two terms) Lewis III
Lewis III
16 Alfred von Schliefen
Alfred von Schliefen
Royalist December 16, 1961 December 15, 1969 (two terms) Lewis III
Lewis III
Angelina I
Angelina I
17 Kovrov Stoyanovich
Kovrov Stoyanovich
Royalist December 16, 1969 March 20, 1974 (two terms; impeached) Angelina I
Angelina I
18 Walter Zhou
Walter Zhou
Royalist March 20, 1974 (acting)
December 16, 1974
December 15, 1974 (acting)
December 15, 1982 (two terms)
Angelina I
Angelina I
19 Kirk Siskind
Kirk Siskind
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1982 December 15, 1992 (three terms; resigned) Angelina I
Angelina I
20 Melinda Peters
Melinda Peters
Democratic-Republican December 16, 1992 December 15, 2000 (two terms) Angelina I
Angelina I
21 Matthew Braggs
Matthew Braggs
Royalist December 16, 2000 December 15, 2008 (two terms) Angelina I
Angelina I
Smith II
Smith II
22 Steven Hong
Steven Hong
Democratic-Republican December 16, 2008 August 12, 2016 (two terms; assassinated) Smith II
Smith II
Angelina II
Angelina II
Preston Bolivar
Preston Bolivar
(acting)
Democratic-Republican August 12, 2016 December 16, 2016 Angelina II
Angelina II
23 Daniel McComb
Daniel McComb
Royalist December 16, 2016 Incumbent Angelina II
Angelina II

Timeline

Democratic-Republican Party of SierraRoyalist Party of Sierra

Current ministry

The incumbent ministry under Daniel McComb has been in government since December 16, 2016.


Post-prime ministry

All living former prime ministers are entitled to pensions, offices, and security protection. As of January 2015, the current pension stands at $125,000 a year. In addition, former prime ministers enjoy franking privileges, covered traveling expenses, and nationally sanctioned prime ministerial libraries. Upon leaving office, former prime ministers may lose access to security-clearance locations, government-operated residences including the Getty House or the Occidental Palace, and various other privileges. After stepping down, some prime ministers continued to pursue a prolific career in politics or policymaking. There are no constitutional restrictions that prevent former prime ministers from taking office or even running for prime minister yet again. As such, extensive opportunities and advantages are offered to former prime ministers (who enjoy statutory pensions), even more so than does who have not been.

Prime ministers who have been regarded positively during their tenures generally continue their legacy after leaving office. Almost universally, approval ratings for former prime ministers are higher than they were during their service. Without the responsibilities or scrutiny associated with the prime ministerial profession, former prime ministers have well-established images and credibility, allowing them to enter into any field in society. Prior to the extortion scandal that brought impeachment and then imprisonment upon former prime minister Kovrov Stoyanovich, Stoyanovich had relatively positive ratings. Following his release from prison in 1997, Stoyanovich rebuilt his image by dedicating a life to humanitarian concerns by traveling around the world. His charity work and promotion of global peace allowed former critics to overlook his scandal and praise him for his work.

When former prime ministers pass away, a state funeral is held in honor and recognition of their service. Their body is laid in state beneath the Rotunda of the Parliament Building for about a week before buried at their's or their family's desired location. Considered a solemn event, the entire procession itself is managed jointly between the Sierran Crown Armed Forces and members of the Parliament, reaffirming national solidarity with the prime ministerial office. The event is considered an obligatory ceremony that the Sierran royal family must attend. The last state funeral held for a prime minister was for former prime minister Kovrov Stoyanovich (2007) who died of a stroke at the age of 91.

See also

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