Government, politics and administrationEdit
The Imperial House (Dundorfian: Reichshaus, Kunikata: インペリアルハウス; Inperiaruhausu) is the name of the two respective monarchs that bring together the Imperial Crownlands of Greater Hulstria and Gao-Soto. The Emperor of Hulstrian Reich (Dundorfian: Kaiser von Hulsterreich) and the Emperor of Gao-Soto (Kunikata: 天皇; Ten'nō) form a joint head of state that forms the Imperial House. The Imperial House itself rules with absolute authority, though they are technically independent they often consult with each other, or their respective representatives meet with each other in order to find common ground. The officials that assist the Imperial House are known as the Imperial Court (Dundorfian: Reichshof, Kunikata: 帝国裁判所; Teikoku saibansho) with each of the respective Emperor's having their own leaders.
The Governor-General of the Imperial Crownlands of Greater Hulstria and Gao-Soto, officially: "Governor-General, the Elected Representative of His Imperial and Most Illustrous Majesty the Emperor of Hulstria and His Imperial and Heavenly Majesty the Mikado of Gao-Soto" is the Imperial House's representative to the government and the people of the Dual Empire. The Governor-General holds a special role as speaking with the authority of both Emperor's and represents the Imperial House's will and desire, therefore placing the Governor-General as one of the most powerful and influential people within the Imperial Crownlands.
The Governor-General is responsible for working with the State Minister of the Empire of Hulstria and the Empire of Gao-Soto (Dundorfian: Staatsminister, Kunikata: 国務大臣; Kokumudaijin) who serves as the head of government. Officially the State Minister is titled "Representative of the People to the Imperial House, the State Minister of the Empire of Hulstria and the Empire of Gao-Soto"
The legislature of the Imperial Crownlands is the bicameral Imperial Assembly (Dundorfian: Reichsversammlung, Kunikata: 帝国議会; Teikoku gikai) which comprises the lower house known as the Imperial Diet (Dundorfian: Reichstag; Kunikata: 帝国の食事; Teikoku no shokuji) and the upper house known as the Council of the Lands (Dundorfian: Länderrat, Kunikata: 土地の協議会; Tochi no kyōgi-kai). The Council of the Lands is appointed with 15 representatives of the Empire of Hulstria and 15 representatives of the Empire of Gao-Soto and 1 representative from each current political party. The Council of the Lands has the right to overturn any legislation passed by the Imperial Diet.
Despite the appearance of a democracy the Imperial Crownlands relies heavily upon several integral pieces of success and domination. The Imperial Patriarchate is in charge of all religious affairs of the Imperial Crownlands and as such the Imperial Patriarch is incredibly powerful, the Imperial Patriarchate also controls the Orders Militant. The Orders Militant are armed religious orders that are personally sanctioned by their respective Emperors and fight for the Imperial Crowndlands in conflict. The Imperial Patriarchate alongside the Samurai Orders, the Orders Militant and the Merchant Leagues all play into the power structure of the Imperial Crownlands.
The Armed Forces of the Imperial Crownlands of Greater Hulstria and Gao-Soto are comprised of various branches: the Imperial Army, the Imperial Navy (which the Imperial Marine Corps falls under), the Imperial Air Force and the Imperial Guard. The civilian control over the Imperial Armed Forces falls to the Imperial Ministry of War, with the Imperial Minister of War being responsible for the overall civilian support of the military. The Imperial General Staff maintains the day-to-day operations of the Imperial Armed Forces, with the Chief of Staff of the Imperial General Staff operating as the go-to for information regarding the military.
The Empire of Hulstria and the Empire of Gao-Soto supply their own soldiers despite falling underneath a common banner; it was meant as a compromise for each of their respective cultures to retain some of their cultural military history. The Imperial Armed Forces are assisted by three paramilitary branches, the Imperial Patriarchate and the Orders Militant supplements the Hulstrian contingent, the Samurai Orders supplement the Gao-Soto contingent and the Merchant Leagues supplement both.