Under the model of Government outlined in this blog the United States will continue to have a (reformed)Senate representing the States of the union. It will also have a (reformed) House of Representatives representing the people of the Union which would be the Federal American Empire of the United States. All of the States we all know Louisiana, Hawaii, Georgia, Alabama, California and New York as well as their more than forty sisters will remain States with their own legislatures. However, there would be a number of changes including ceding some lands and rights to a Direct Imperial Government.
I.The Seats in the Lower House (or Chamber) of the Direct Imperial Government
A. Compact Seats
1.There would be two delegates elected from the Lower Chamber of each Compact Legislature of the Thirteen Compacts of Jurisdictions making up the empire.
2.The Empress would also appoint four outstanding female delegates from throughout all of the Lower Chambers of all the Compacts.
B. Zone and Fiefdom Seats
1. The lower chamber of every Compact Zone in a State would send two delegates to the DIG Legislature on years ending in 0,1,2, 6,7, & 8.
2. The lower chamber of every Compact Zone in a Territory or Possession would send two delegates in years ending in 0,1,3,4, & 9. They would send one delegate in years ending in 2 & 5.
3. The Advisory Council to the Seigneur in each Fiefdom would elect two delegates each three-year term to this chamber. The highest ranking Mistress certified by the Mistress of Ceremonies to a Peer Elector or(if there is none such) to an Heir to the Peer-Elector who is Seigneur of each Fiefdom who is not an aristocrat will be seated in this chamber perpetually.
4. All other zones would elect one delegate for a three-year term and the delegate would always be seated.
C. The District of Columbia Seats
The District of Columbia would seat forty delegates according to its own constitution.
D. Crown Colonies and other Colonies
Based on a set of criteria in the DIG Supreme Charter shall seat either one, two, five or seven delegates. There would be no colonies above one seat in the beginning of the DIG.
E. Imperial Services Seats.
Every Imperial Service shall elect two members from it Employees Association. Every Imperial Service will also have one member appointed as a delegate by the Imperial Civil Service and one member appointed by the GRIHHA. Military and Civilian services shall be equal in this regard and members of the Nobility of any kind may not serve in these seats.
Every Guild that conforms to the Supreme Charter and has a Guildhouse on DIG land will be represented in this chamber.
1. Senior Invited Guilds will have four delegates each. These shall include and mostly consist of the following groups if they form guilds: California Vineyard Guild, Old American Sugar Guild, Louisiana Oyster Guild, Louisiana Crawfish Guild, Texas-Oklahoma Cattle Guild, Seaboard Tobacco Guild, American Brewers Guild, New England Shipwrights Guild, Chesapeake Shipwrights Guild, Gulf of Mexico Shipwrights Guild, Louisiana and South Carolina Rice Farmers Guild, California Fruit Guild, Great Lakes States Apple Guild, Florida Citrus Guild, Idaho Potato Guild, Wisconsin Dairy Guild, Old Southern Cotton Guild, Silicon Valley Electronics and Information Products Guild, Wall Street Financial Services Guild, The Guild Named for the Johnsons that Joins American Family Manufacturers of Consumer Products , the Kentucky Distillery Guild and the Old Steel Guild.
2. Every other Guild will elect two delegates.
G. The GRIHHA Appointed Family Seats;
The GRIHHA will appoint a whole set of seats to four-year terms by general vote of their assembly.
1. The GRIHHA will appoint ten grandmothers.
2. The GRIHHA will appoint twenty mothers.
3. The GRIHHA will appoint fifteen Family Associations who will chose their own delegates.
4. The GRIHHA will appoint five first wives or high wives of men with harems or licensed mistresses.
H. The Imperial Chaplain’s Seats.
The Imperial Chaplain will appoint ten Catholic, three Orthodox and three other member of religious and clerical classes of low rank to the chamber.
Obviously, the lower Chamber will be large and therefore somewhat unwieldy. However, it is meant to be large and there is nothing unnecessary about its size. The Supreme Charter and the Constitution would only assign limited powers to this Legislature. However, the work it would do would be essential and vital to the whole regime.