Parliament (ETW building)

Category: Government
Form: Constitutional Monarchy
Level: 5
Turns to build: 7
Building cost: 6000
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House of Khedives

The seat of government in a constitutional monarchy, as the monarch has become a ceremonial figurehead with deliberately limited powers.

Parliamentary government involves the elected representatives of the people forming a government with the monarch’s consent – although the ministers who emerge from the system may not be entirely to the monarch’s taste! While the sovereign can at least have an advisory role, and choose chief ministers, those ministers determine national policy. Unless a ministry can command majority support in parliament, its policies, of left or right, radical or conservative, will fail.

The terms “left” and “right” to define political views in an elected system come from just before the violent birth of the French Republic, when the absolutist Louis XVI was moving towards a constitutional monarchy. The liberal deputies of the “Third Estate” in the “Estates General” (a parliament called by Louis) sat to the left of the assembly president’s chair, while the nobility (the “Second Estate”) with more conservative views sat on his right. The terms “left” and “right” have continued to this day, usually in a disapproving fashion. Louis’ success with his constitutional experiments was limited: the guillotine ended his reign in a sudden and cravat-ruining fashion!

This building can only be built in the faction capital.