The Mechyrdian Senate is the legislative body of the Empire of Mechyrdia. It is made up of three camerae: the Relmiraþ, made up of a constant number of senators per sector, the Relmitah, weighted by sector population, and the Relmigascaft, made up of shares that are bought and sold.
There are seven parties represented in the Relmitah and Relmiraþ, as well as one banned party and three on probation:
|Hirsnia Fólki||Brain of the People||The Brain of the People is the largest party in the Senate. Believing in deregulating the market and breaking up monopolies and trusts, they have two major factions: the National Liberals and Fiscal Conservatives.|
|Mercantil Unió||Mercantile Union||The Mercantile Union is the market liberal party, believing in free markets and free trade. Previously winning consistent pluralities, the MU has lost its dominance to the Brain of the People.|
|Patrihetifrónt||Fatherland Front||The Fatherland Front is the national conservative party. They stand for the government legislating in support of Mechyrdian values, such as increasing the influence that the Tylan Church has on Mechyrdian policy. Some, but not all, of their members also support a minor welfare state, to prevent workers from supporting radical ideologies.|
|Hercj Pópuli||Heart of the People||The Heart of the People is the social democratic party, believing in regulating the market in support of the working class. They're popular among the more socially-minded middle-class suburb dwellers.|
|Federalmendis Parti||Federalist Party||The Federalist Party is the social liberal party. They are often described as an in-between of the Heart of the People and the Mercantile Union.|
|Unstuolic Parti||Monarchy Party||The Monarchy Party is the absolutist party, seeking to abolish the Senate and allow the Ciar to rule by decree.|
|Miliciascaft||Military Representation||The military is also represented in the Senate, with a mandatory 1/8 of the seats in both the Relmiraþ and the Relmitah. They are unelected, instead appointed by High Command. It is rare for them to be included in the ruling coalition, however political scientists are saying that soon it may be necessary, with the rise of radical far-left and far-right ideologies.|
|Parties on probation|
|Verdanfrónt||Green Front||The Green Front is the ethnosocialist party. They bear the legacy of the Ferþlon rebels and their way of life, they still champion the Righteous Cause of the Insurrection, and they will stop at nothing to make humanity answer for its crimes.|
|Neuþingari||Revolutionaries||The Revolutionaries form the international socialist party. They support the idea of collectivizing industry and a galactic revolution. They also deny the war crimes committed by the Ilkhan Commune during the Great Galactic War.|
|Seival Naródi||Soul of the People||The Soul of the People is the national populist party. They support corporatist economics and autocratic nationalism, modeled on the government of the Fulkreyksk Authoritariat.|
|Cónteri Naródimendiri Practicj||Anti-Ultranationalist Practice||ConterNP used to be the revolutionary terrorist party that advocates for violent revolution against the Basileiów Chancellery, as they see it as being nothing more than a fascist dictatorship. It was banned in Patrihetimónaþ of 255 for using its campaign funds to finance terrorist attacks across the Empire.|
|Eskadron satas Vrean'havas||Squadron of the Future||The Eskadron is a radical futurist party supported in some parts of Tyla. Inspired by the ideology of the planet Velocité during the Ferthlon Insurrection, this party believes in radical Tylan nationalism and futurism. It is divided, however, on the issue of religion; some wish to enforce the Tylan religion, others wish to abolish religion and replace it with a revolutionary Cult of Progress, still others have their own strange religion, such as Machine Worship or various Pleasure Cults.
Eskadron satas Vrean'havas is improper Tylan; the proper way to say "Squadron of the Future" is Skadro sest Vrenavanes.
|Quaterþ Posició||Fourth Position||The Fourth Position is less a political party and more an entire philosophical worldview, seeing itself as beyond the traditional left-center-right trichotomy. They disdain the materialistic socialism of Ferthlon and the Ilkhan Commune, the materialistic capitalism of Mechyrdia, and the materialistic genetic chauvinism of Fulkreykk. They call materialism the enemy of the people, saying that everyone needs a higher, spiritual goal to work toward, and they believe that the goal should be each person's respective nation. Their position on nationalism is the idea that nations are like families; caring for one's own family first does not mean wanting to hurt other families.|
Parties on probation are allowed seats in both houses of the Senate, however they are not allowed to vote on legislature. Their members are simply observers. Banned parties are removed from the ballot entirely, and minor parties are national parties that, because of lack of popularity, simply did not get any seats in the Senate.
The Relmiraþ operates on first-three-past-the-post. Early in Mechyrdian history, what this meant was that the party with the largest vote in the sector got one seat, the next largest party got the next seat, and the third largest party got the last seat. However, in the year 12 OC, this was changed to the following system:
- If the party with the largest share of the vote has a majority (i.e. over 50%):
- All three seats go to that party
- If the party with the largest share of the vote has between 25% and 50% of the vote:
- The first two seats go to that party
- The third seat goes to the next largest party
- The first seat goes to the largest party
- The second seat goes to the second largest party
- The third seat goes to the third largest party
The Relmitah, on the other hand, uses simple proportional representation. Whatever the percentages of the parties are in a sector, that is what percentages of that sector's seats they will have.
The Relmigascaft does not use the normal partisan or electoral systems; instead, people buy shares of various sizes from the government, and use these shares to vote on legislature. The more money a share is backed by, the more weight the vote has.
The way that legislation makes its way across the Senate and Chancellery is that first it must be reviewed, discussed, and approved by the three houses of the Senate. The discussion is directed by the Chancellor, after which the bill is voted on.
- If the bill is passed by zero houses, it is discarded.
- If the bill is passed by one house, the Chancellor may opt to review it. If the Chancellor chooses so, it goes back to the Senate for second discussion. Otherwise, it is discarded.
- If the bill is passed by two houses, the Chancellor may opt to review it. If the Chancellor chooses so, it goes back to the Senate for second discussion. Otherwise, it is sent to the Ciar.
- If the bill is passed by all three houses, it is sent to the Ciar.
The Ciar has a choice to either sign or veto the bill. If the bill is signed by the Ciar, it becomes law. If it is vetoed on the other hand, it gets sent back to the Senate, where it undergoes a stricter voting procedure.
- If the bill is passed by fewer than all three houses, it is discarded.
- If the bill is passed by all three houses, it is automatically signed into law.