The Exumbran Parliament, officially the Parliament of the Exumbran Convention (PEC), convenes prior to an Exumbran Council meeting to discuss all items on the Council's agenda and to advice the Council.
The number of seats in the PEC per member state is the square root of its population size, divided by 200, rounded to the nearest integer, plus 1. Members of the Exumbran Parliament (MEPs) are elected for a term of four years, and can either be elected by a member state's elected members of parliament(s) or directly by a member state's citizens if the parliament of that member state so prefers. A member state's seats are distributed through a system of proportional representation with remaining seats distributed by largest remainders, such that seats are assigned to official PEC factions first, and then to parties within those factions. All candidate members have to be candidates for political parties that are allowed in their member states, and that are part of official PEC factions. An official PEC faction consists of political parties with seats in the national parliaments of at least three member states, operates as a single party within the PEC as much as possible, and is registered as such at the Permanent Preparational Office.
distribution of seats
current distribution of seats
- Main Article: Exumbran Parliamentary Elections of 2012
seats per country
The number of seats per country is calculated by means of the following formula:
("pop" stands for population).
This results in the following numbers of seats per country:
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There are 9 official factions in the PEC. A faction must consist of parties with seats in the national parliaments of at least three member states. Only parties that are member/part of an official faction are eligible for representation in the PEC.
|official faction name||official
|Unified Social-Democratic Faction in the Exumbran Parliament||USDF||socialist||left-wing social democrats, democratic socialists||b2-d2|
|Social-Democrats of the Exumbran Convention||SDE||social-democrat||third-way social democrats (right wing)||b3-d4|
|Exumbran Democratic Federation||EDF||democrat||democrats, moderate (left/right) liberals||b4-c6|
|Exumbran Cooperation for Progress and Community||CPC||communitarian||social conservatives, and other centrist parties with slight left leanings, and that do not (want to) identify with any of the above
(often because those are traditionally associated with secularism, while many - but not all - communitarian parties are religious)
|Exumbran People's Party||EPP||conservative||(moderately) conservative and centrist parties with (slight) right leanings||e4-f5|
|Exumbran Liberal-Democrats||ELD||liberal-democrat||free market, right-liberal||c6-f7|
|Rainbow Alliance of the Exumbran Convention||Rainbow Alliance||rainbow||left-liberal, environmentalist, various other left-wing parties||a2-b5|
|Bloc of Communist and Ataxunist Parties in the Exumbran Convention||Communist Bloc||communist||communists, Ataxunists, etc.||c1-f2|
|Cooperating Independents in the Exumbran Parliament||Independents||independents||conservatives, nationalists, religious traditionalists, Exumbra-sceptics, and various non-alligned parties||e2-g6|
- The "conventional short names" are most often used as adjectives to refer to the various factions, but with the addition of ~s also as nouns.
- The codes in the column "ideological classification" roughly locate the factions in a two-dimensional ideological space as shown in the diagram on the right. The letters represent the cultural dimension of party ideology/identity: a = preference for personal freedom, individualism, self-expression; f = preference for tradition, community, morals; d = neutral. The numbers represent the economic dimension of ideology/identity: 1 = preference for welfare, social services, large role for state in economy; 7 = preference for low taxes, minimal or no role for state in economy; 4 = neutral. Note that in any faction there are outliers that nevertheless belong to that faction because they self-identify as being ideologically related.
procedures and regulations
The main procedures and regulations of the PEC were drafted in its first meeting of January 9, 2013, and officially adopted with some minor ammendments in its second meeting of March 28.
- The PEC meets two weeks before a Council meeting or four weeks after a majority of PEC members (MEPs) file a request for a meeting at the Office.
- Factions meet and discuss the issues on the agenda before the general assembly meets; in the general assembly each faction has (at most) one spokesperson per issue; after the general assembly, factions meet again to discuss; after this second round of faction meetings, there is a second general assembly, which is used for voting only (MEPs can vote as they like, but not voting according to the faction meeting's decision on multiple occasions is valid reason to terminate faction membership of that MEP).
- MEPs can participate in faction meetings and general assemblies by means of teleconferencing. No MEP needs to be physically present. Physical meetings are normally held in the same location as the following council meeting, or in case there is no following council meeting, in any country that offers to host the meeting and that meets majority approval of the MEPs.
- The PEC refrains from advising the Council if a proposal is neither accepted nor rejected or if the difference between votes in favor and votes against is smaller than 20% of votes. A proposal is accepted if more than half the members vote in favor, and rejected if more than half the members vote against.