Kingdom of Insennia
Koninkrijk van Eije
|Recognised regional languages||Ovancian, Goetic|
|Government||Unitary semi-constitutional monarchy|
• House Secretary
• Real union with Ovancian Empire
• Unification with Ovancian Empire and demotion to Duchy
• Provisional Charter of Dominion
|16 Nov 1925|
• Independence from Ovancian Empire in exile and elevation to Kingdom
|5 Oct 1926|
• 2022 estimate
Insennia is a country in Western Artemia.
The modern Insennia was founded in 1926 following the conclusion of the Grand Campaigns. In the final weeks of the war, Insennia was the site of the Crown Alliances' rear area in its support of the Empire of Ovancia—which Insennia was a part of at the time. As a result of sweeping communist revolts throughout Ovancia's territories, coinciding with the capitulation of Goetia and its own communist revolution, Crown Alliance forces withdrew from the border between Elzmark and Goetia. Crossing the Séme River, the Crown Alliance consolidated its defenses in league with loyalist Ovancian troops who had escaped the empire's heartland. This act created Insennia's modern borders, which were defended by Tiperyn troops through the late 1920s against attempted border incursions by the states of URSA.
Insennia is a member of the North-South Concordant, joining the organization in 1969.
Government and politics
Insennia is a semi-constitutional monarchy with limited democracy. The hereditary monarch (currently Queen Beverielle III) acts as head of state and appoints a House Secretary from the Chamber of Notables to lead government. The House Secretary oversees the Household Council, Insennia's government ministry, whose Councillors are appointed by a joint session of the legislative Estates Assembly.
The Estates Assembly is a bicameral legislature, composed of the upper Chamber of Notables and lower Chamber of the Commons. The former is composed of 40 princes and peers re-appointed by the monarch every 15 years or in cases of vacancy and 10 senators elected by members of the Chamber of Commons two months after each commons election. Since 1955, it has been customary for the monarch to select one of the 10 senators (rather than one of the 40 royally appointed) to act as House Secretary as a sign of goodwill to the people. However, this is merely a custom and not enshrined in the national constitution. The Chamber of Commons meanwhile is democratically elected by Insennian citizens at least 20 years old, consisting of 132 representatives elected every three years. Of the 132 seats, 127 are constituencies which roughly correspond to municipal boundaries, drawn based on community identity rather than population, while seven are special at-large seats allotted to the Ovancian and Goetic minority communities. This was a compromise to afford unequal representation to the descendents of Ovancian and Goetic refugees fleeing their home countries at the end of the Grand Campaigns. Ethnic Ovancians and Goets must vote from among their at-large seats regardless of their residence and are thus underrepresented compared to most ethnic Insennians. Government policy towards these two groups has been described as paternalistic in nature.
The Insennian government has been characterized as semi-democratic and is highly aristocratic in nature. The democratically elected Chamber of Commons is limited in its authority and may be dissolved at-will by the monarch or House Secretary. Matters to do with the national budget and the constitution are vested in the Chamber of Notables and executive ministries are administered with little oversight by the Household Council. The Chamber of Commons is largely regarded as being an outlet for local representatives to voice issues relating specifically to their constituencies and a forum for conflict resolution between counties and municipalities. Some issues do require approval from the Commons and cannot be vetoed by the Chamber of Notables, such as issues regarding the decentralized minority communities, land management, primary and secondary education, and rules regarding commons elections. Aswell, the pro-monarchy, nationalist Centre for Reform party have held uninterrupted power since the Chamber of Commons was established in 1952. Corruption in Insennia's electoral system, the outlawing of revolutionary parties, and the monarch's public support for the Centre for Reform have been cited as causes for the lack of quality political opposition in commons elections.