The President and Commander-in-Chief of Baltusia is the head of state and supreme commander-in-chief of the Baltusian Armed Forces. They hold the highest office in the whole of Baltusia.
President and Commander-in-Chief of the
United States of Baltusia
United Democratic Party (Liberal Faction)
Since October 4460
Mr/Mrs. President, The Honorable
Presidential Palace, Johnston, D.D., State of New Egelion
Political parties or Self-nomination
Federal Electoral College
Constitution of Baltusia
Vice President and President of the Senate
Powers and dutiesEdit
The President is very limited legislatively, they have no power to pass legislation without a 50% + 1 vote in favor in Congress and cannot veto any legislation proposed by Congress.
So whilst the President has significant constitutional and executive powers, they're significantly limited legislatively by the actions of Congress. Because of this, any decisions taken by the President aren't guaranteed to succeed, so many view Congress as the most powerful body in the nation.
Perhaps the most important of all presidential powers is command of the Baltusian Armed Forces as commander-in-chief. While the power to declare war is constitutionally vested in Congress, the president commands and directs the military and is responsible for planning military strategy.
Along with the armed forces, the president also directs Baltusian foreign policy. Through the Foreign Affairs Office and the Ministry of Defence, the president is responsible for the protection of Baltusians abroad and of foreign nationals in Baltusia. The president decides whether to recognize new nations and new governments, and negotiates treaties with other nations, which become binding in Baltusia when approved by a two-thirds vote of Congress.
The president is the head of the executive branch of the government and is constitutionally obligated to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." The executive branch has over two million employees, including members of the military.
To manage the growing federal bureaucracy, Presidents have gradually surrounded themselves with many layers of staff, who were eventually organized into the Executive Office of the President of Baltusia. Within the Executive Office, the President's innermost layer of aides (and their assistants) are located in the Presidental Palace.
Pay and official residencesEdit
The President of Baltusia is paid a salary according to a pay grade defined in comparison to the pay grades of the most seniors members of the Baltusian Civil Service. In addition they are paid a residence stipend of 3%, and a function stipend of 25% on top of the salary and residence indemnity. This gross salary and these indemnities are the same as those of the Speaker of Congress, and are 50% higher than the highest paid to other members of the government, which is itself defined as twice the average of the highest (pay grade G) and the lowest (pay grade A1) salaries in the "out of scale" pay grades.
The salary and the residence stipend are taxable for income tax.
Cabinet of BaltusiaEdit
The Cabinet of Baltusia is composed of the most senior appointed members of the executive branch of the government, and are the heads of the executive departments.
All Council members are nominated by the president and then presented to the Congress for confirmation, with at least 50% needing to vote in favour for it to be approved - anything less is recorded as a defeat. If they are approved, they are sworn in and then begin their duties.
Cabinet ministers serve at the pleasure of the President, which means that the President may dismiss them or reappoint them at will.
Beginning in 3250, all living former presidents were granted a pension, an office and a staff. The pension has increased numerous times with Congressional approval. Retired presidents now receive a pension based on the salary of the current administration's cabinet secretaries. Former presidents who served in Congress may also collect congressional pensions.
The Former Presidents Act, as amended, also provides former presidents with travel funds and franking privileges. Additionally, all former presidents, their spouses, and their children until age 16 are protected by the Secret Service until the president's death. Some have had significant careers after leaving office. They may also use their predecessors as emissaries to deliver private messages to other nations, or become official representatives of Baltusia to state funerals and other important foreign events.
Presidents of Baltusia Edit
Here is a list of all Presidents since the title was changed to 'President and Commander-in-Chief' starting from May 4106:
|Name||Political party||Term(s) of Office|
|Reverend Bartholomew Crisp||Patriotic Party of Baltusia||May 4106||March 4110|
|March 4110||October 4113|
|Katherine Benn||Revolutionary Anarcho-Communist Party||October 4113||May 4115|
|Anya Stevenson||Baltusian Republican Party||May 4115||May 4119|
|May 4119||May 4123|
|Jens von Thaller||Pan-Dundorfian Democratic Union||May 4123||May 4127|
|Octavius Black||Patriotic Party of Baltusia||May 4127||June 4129|
|June 4129||June 4133|
|Katherine Benn||Revolutionary Anarcho-Communist Party||June 4133||June 4137|
|Matthew Burgmuller||Baltusian Republican Party||June 4137||June 4141|
|Katherine Benn||Revolutionary Anarcho-Communist Party||June 4141||June 4145|
|Ralph Mason||Patriotic Party of Baltusia||June 4145||June 4149|
|June 4149||June 4153|
|Morris Shephard||Free Market Party||June 4153||June 4157|
|Matthew Burgmuller||Baltusian Republican Party||June 4157||June 4161|
|June 4161||June 4165|
|Leila Williams||June 4165||June 4169|
|Christopher Jacobs||Moderate Party||June 4169||June 4173|
|Stephen Trudeau||Baltusian Republican Party||June 4173||June 4177|
|June 4177||June 4181|
|June 4181||February 4183|
|February 4183||June 4184|
|William Franklin Mace||Patriotic Party of Baltusia||June 4184||June 4188|
|June 4188||October 4190|
|Samson Moriarty||October 4190||October 4194|
|October 4194||October 4198|
|Valentine Perkins||Baltusian Democratic Green Party||October 4198||January 4199|
|January 4199||January 4203|
|January 4203||December 4204|
|December 4204||December 4208|
|Ruby DeGraz||Baltusian Republican Party||December 4208||December 4212|
|December 4212||December 4216|
|Alexandra Flanders||Patriotic Party of Baltusia||December 4216||December 4220|
|December 4220||December 4224|
|Damien Herbert||Baltusian Democratic Green Party||December 4224||December 4228|
|December 4228||December 4232|
|Gavin Kramer||Centrist Party||December 4232||December 4236|
|Kate Russel||Hosian Front||December 4238||April 4238|
|Charles K Benn||Revolutionary Anarcho-Communist Party||April 4238||December 4242|
Since April of 4365, the official Title of the Head of State of Baltusia, changed to "President of the Republic", hence the period was titled as The Republican Era.
Presidents of the Republican Era Edit
|Name||Political Party||Term of office|