In the Empire of Austenasia, two Consuls are annually appointed by the Prime Minister, to act as the highest judicial authorities in the Empire. The Consulship was established on 21 October 2010, but did not enter into effect until 1 January 2011 when the first two Consuls were appointed.
Powers and functions
If a person is found guilty of a crime by a court, the punishment for the crime is decided by one of the Consuls - they alternate each month and each Consul has veto power over his colleague. The House of Representatives may vote to veto a decision or judgement made by the Consuls, Parliament may remove a Consul from office, and the Criminal Sentences Act 2012 established minimum and maximum sentences for the majority of crimes.
If a Consul dies, resigns, or is removed from office, then a Consul suffectus is appointed by the Prime Minister to serve in the former Consul’s place until the next two Consuls are appointed at the start of the next year. A Consul suffectus is entirely equal to his/her colleague in rank, dignity, honour and power.
A Consul may not serve more than two consecutive years in office, and the same two Consuls may not serve two consecutive years in office together. Whenever a Consul is referred to in regards to their position as such, they are referred to by their secondary title, or, if they have none, simply in Latin: e.g. HIM Emperor Esmond III was known as Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus when referred to in regards to his position as Consul while Emperor.
By convention, the title of Consul is treated as an extremely high rank, with some even treating it as above that of Prime Minister (despite being appointed by the Prime Minister). The Roman system of consular dating has been increasingly used to refer to the current year since 2011, now being used at the end of all Imperial Decrees and Imperial Edicts and on most bilateral treaties.
List of Consuls
|Year||First Consul||Second Consul|
|2011||Imperator Caesar Declan Augustus||Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus|
|2012||Imperator Caesar Declan Augustus||Jonathan Nobillisimus Caesar|
|2013||Carolina Kingsnorthus||Pater Imperatoris Terentius|
- Held the consular name of Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus from 1 January - 20 September as joint Emperor, the consular name of Esmondus Rex from 20 September - 11 October as King of Saqqara after being removed from the office of Monarch, and the consular name of Esmond Nobilissimus Caesar for the remainder of the year after being appointed to the rank of Caesar.
- Held the consular name of Tribunus Eques Terentius Augustinus from 1 - 20 January before becoming Emperor Father upon the ascension of Jonathan I