|Established: April 20th, 1982/III|
|Cunstaval: Ieremiac'h Ventrutx|
|Maestro: Cresti Françell|
|Senator: Lüc da Schir|
Location of Benito.
The Sovereign Province of Benito (pronounced [bɛˈnitɔ]), in Talossan la Provinçù Soveran da Benito (IPA: [lɐ pɾɔvinˈsu sɔvɛˈɾan dɐ bɛˈnitɔ]), is a province of Talossa. Formerly known as Mussolini, the province name was changed following a referendum of its citizens, during which the actions of the Italian dictator of the same name were denounced. The renaming was affirmed at the national level through 38PD1, which became law on April 26, 2008. The province was granted the right to self-govern during the 39th Cosa with the proclamation of a Constitution by Viceré Owen Edwards.
Benito lies south of Atatürk, west of Vuode and north of Florencia, which was initially a canton of Benito. It is bordered by Milwaukee River on the west. The province is divided into two cantons: Garibaldi (to the north) and Mazzini (to the south). As per Article Four of the provincial constitution, Garibaldi is Benito's provincial capital.
|Corrine de Winter (RUMP)||?|
|Matáiwos Vürinalt (LRT)||8 Mar 2008|
|Tímoþi T. M. Asmourescu (RUMP)||7 Nov 2008|
|Simeon Andrieu (PP)||19 Jul 2011|
|Tímoþi T. M. Asmourescu (RUMP)||4 Jul 2012|
|Istefan Perþonest (IND)||1 Oct 2012|
|Tímoþi T. M. Asmourescu (RUMP)||21 Apr 2013|
|Lüc da Schir (MRPT)||22 Jul 2013|
|Vitxalmour Conductour (NPW)||22 Oct 2014|
|Iason Taiwos (Lib)||23 Jun 2015|
|Eiric Börnatfiglheu (NPW)||14 Apr 2016|
|Cresti Françell (IND)||13 Mar 2017|
Head of State
The Head of State is the Viceré (known in other provinces as the Cunstaval or Constable). The Viceré is appointed for an indefinite term by the Monarch to serve as the vice regal representative to the Province. Under the Benitian Constitution, the authority of the Viceré is limited to powers which mimic those of the Monarch at the National level.
Head of Government
The Head of Government of Benito is the Maestro. The Maestro is elected by the members of the Assembly, the lower house of the Benitian legislature, at the beginning of each term; it can be removed through a motion of no confidence. Under the Benitian Constitution, the Maestro can issue legislative proclamations, which are similar to Prime Dictates at the national level.
To assist in his governance, the Maestro can appoint an indefinite number of Aldermen to act as provincial ministers, and can choose a member of the House he does not sit in to serve as his representative in that House. To ensure independents are properly represented, and that particularly active Benitians are not barred from the Legislative Chancellery by not receiving seats in the Assembly, the Maestro can additionally appoint to the provincial Senate a number of temporary apppointees, up to half the number of Senators by right.
The current Maestro is nominally Cresti Françell, although no election took place in the 51st Cosa.
The legislative authority of the province is vested in the Legislative Chancellery, a bicameral legislature composed of the Assembly and the Senate. MAs and Senators are collectively known as Chancellors, and may be removed from office by legislative force, in limited circumstances, upon being presented with a Writ of Impeachment pursuant to Benitian law. Both the Assembly and the Senate vote on bills, but the Maestro is elected only by the Assembly and only needs to hold the confidence of the Assembly.
The Assembly is composed of eleven seats held by elected Members of the Assembly (MAs). The seats are apportioned using the Hare-Niemeyer (Largest Remainders) method. The Arvitieir Prima, appointed by the Maestro as a sort of Benitian Secretary of State, also serves as the Assembly's presiding officer, even if he doesn't hold a seat in the Assembly, in which case he won't be able to cast any votes.
|Lüc da Schir, O.Be.||MRPT||2|
|Erschéveþ da Schir||2|
The Senate is unelected and is composed by all former (national) Senators, all holders of the Order of Benito, and a number of additional appointees up to half the already seated Senators; each Senator can only hold one seat, even if he falls into more than one of the previously mentioned categories. Unlike the Assembly, the Senate instead elects its own Speaker among its own members. As the Senate is not an elected house, it's never officially dissolved, unlike the Assembly; rather, it goes into recess from the dissolution of the Assembly to the inauguration of the next one.
|Iason Bitxichë Taiwos||FreeDems||Former National Senator|
|Flip Molinar||Independent||Former National Senator|
|Tric'hard Carschaleir||MRPT||Former National Senator|
|Istefan Perþonest, O.Be.||Arvitieir Prima||Independent||Order of Benito recipient|
|Lüc da Schir, O.Be.||Speaker of the Senate||MRPT||Order of Benito recipient|
List of ineligible Provincial Senators
Several people fall in one or both of the cathegories from which Provincial Senators are drawn from, but are currently ineligible to sit in the Provincial Senate:
No longer Talossans
- Timoþi Asmourescu: has renounced his citizenship, but still retains his Order of Benito.
- Matthias Muth, Thomas Buffone: they were both Benitians and served as national Senators, but both are no longer Talossan citizens.
No longer Talossans and not Benitians
- Gary Cone, Weston Erni: they are no longer citizens of Talossa and never were citizens of Benito, but had previously served as national Senators
As per 39LC30, the Maestro of Benito is entitled to enroll worthy Benitians into the Order of Benito, the province's only honor established by law.
The current recipients of the Order of Benito are:
|Don Istefan Éovart Perþonest, O.Be.||April 21st, 2013||Maestro Timoþi M. Asmourescu|
|Don Flip Molinar, O.Be.||April 21st, 2013||Maestro Timoþi M. Asmourescu|
|Don Timoþi M. Asmorescu, O.Be.||February 28th, 2014||Maestro Lüc da Schir|
|Don Lüc da Schir, O.Be.||April 28th, 2015||Maestro Vitxalmour Conductour|
|The Realm of the Kingdom of Talossa|