President of the Northeast Union

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President of the Northeast Union
Presidente de la Unión Norestica (es)
President d'Union du Nord-Est (fr)
President van der Noordoostelijke Unie (nl)
Präsident der Nordöstlichen Union (de)
Presidente della Unione Nord-Estica (it)
Presidente da União Nordeste (pt)
Præsident for den Nordøstlige Union (da)
פרעזידענט פון די צאָפנ-מיזרעכדיק פאַרבאַנד (yi)
Eliezer Steinberg.jpg
Eliezer Steinberg

since January 20, 2017
Executive Branch of the Northeast Union
Executive Office of the President
Style Mr./Mrs. President (informal)
The Honourable (formal)
His/Her Excellency (diplomatic)
Status Head of State
Head of Government
Member of Executive Branch of the Northeast Union
Residence Flag of Northeast Union.svg Callahan House
Seat New Haven, CT, Northeast Union
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder John B. Page
January 20, 1871
Formation January, 1858
Salary $700,000 per year
Deputy Vice President Tseng Yang

The President of the Northeast Union (informally abbreviated to POTNU) is the head of Government of the Northeast Union and head of state of the Northeast Union. The President directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the Northeast Union Armed Forces. As head of state, the president leads the executive and has the responsibility to execute and enforce federal law when necessary, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances. The president directs the foreign and domestic policies of the Northeast Union, and takes an active role in promoting his policy priorities to members of Congress. In addition, as part of the system of checks and balances, Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution gives the president the power to sign or veto federal legislation.

The president is elected indirectly through the electoral college, through a number of electors. In all practical ways, the president is elected by popular vote, in a two-round system. The electoral votes are distributed to the states according to population, and the votes are apportioned on election night based on voting percentages. The person to win a majority in the electoral college wins the presidential election. There are a total of 135 electoral college votes, the same amount as members in the House of Representatives, as to remove the chances of a split vote. As such, a president needs 68 electoral college votes to win the presidential election. Should a candidate reach 68 electoral votes in the first round, he is immediately declared winner, and the second round is skipped.

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 sets three qualifications for holding the presidency: natural-born NU citizenship; at least thirty-five years of age; and residency in the Northeast Union for at least ten years. The Twenty-second Amendment states that no person who has been elected to two presidential terms may be elected to a third. This provision was created in 1948 after the four consecutive terms of Social Democratic President Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis.

Since the office's creation in 1870, there have been 28 office-holders. The current incumbent President is Social Democratic Eliezer Steinberg, who replaced outgoing one-term President Rodrigo Guimaraes of the Liberal-Republican Party during the Northeastern presidential election of 2018.

Role, powers, and duties[edit | edit source]

The role of the President of the Northeast Union is the same as the role as that of the former United States: he is the head of state, head of government and commander-in-chief of the Northeast Union Armed Forces.

Legislative power[edit | edit source]

Due to the Presentment Clause in the First Article of the Constitution, any bill passed by Congress must be presented to the President. From there, the president has three choices: he can either sign the bill into law within ten days (excluding a day of recess, usually Sunday, but can be chosen by the President on religious preference); he can also reject the proposed law by vetoing the bill while expressing his objection, in which case the bill will be sent back to the house of Congress it originated from and won't become law unless two thirds of both houses vote to override the veto, or he can do nothing, and by his inaction let the bill become law.

In addition to that, the President can insist that Congress should implement and introduce bills he prefers or he has written. However, as only a member of Congress can introduce legislation, and a member of the executive council cannot be a member of any house of Congress at the same time, these can only be implemented if they ask Senators or Representatives to introduce the bill in their respective house of Congress.

The president also has an influence on lawmaking through mandated periodical reports, both written and oral. The most important of these is the traditional yearly State of the Union address, a tradition introduced by President Robert Lansing, in which the president will outline most of his legislative goals for the year. The president can also threaten to use his veto on a bill if specific amends aren't made to it.

Executive power[edit | edit source]

One of the most important roles of the President is the role of commander-in-chief of the Northeast Union Armed Forces. While the power to declare war is kept and vested in Congress, the President is the one ultimately responsible for the direction and disposition of the Armed Forces. This power is controversial at times, but generally, the Armed Forces have been under presidential control. After the disastrous war in Angola by Presidents Arnold C. Braun and Willem van den Leiden, Congress introduced the War Powers Act, which limits the ability of the President to declare war further, and makes military intervention without declaration of war or of state of exception impossible, both of which need to be voted on by Congress.

The president also has the duty to appoint many of the executive positions, which can be numerous. Several of the appointments are made only with the advice and consent of the majority of the Senate. While the Senate is in recess, the President can make recess appointments, which last until the Senate reconvenes. This is to avoid a situation where a specific Cabinet member has been fired, but as Senate is in recess, no one is available to fill the position. Other positions in the Executive Office are made by the president without a hearing by the Senate.

The president can also call for a special session of Congress in times of need, though this has never happened since World War 2. Correspondingly, the President can also adjourn both houses of Congress if the houses cannot agree on the time of adjournment, although no President has used this power.

The President is also authorized to issue several types of edicts, such as presidential proclamations and executive orders. These can be broad in scope, but are subject to judicial review by federal courts and to overturning by Congress through legislation.

Judicial powers[edit | edit source]

The President has power to nominate federal judges, including members of the Northeast Union Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the Northeast Union. However, these nominations require Senate confirmation before they may take office. Nominations to NU district courts are usually handled by the President through senatorial courtesy.

The President is also allowed to grant reprieves and pardons. However, these pardons have seen several controversial things arise around them. President Willem van der Leiden pardoned his predecessor Arnold C. Braun two weeks into his presidency, after Braun was about to be impeached and it seemed he would be removed from office and sentenced, but instead resigned. However, pardons and reprieves can be overturned by the Supreme Court, and in the case of Braun, it was overturned, and Braun was sentenced to life in jail by a Senate decision.

The president also holds two privileges which allow him to withhold information: the first one is the executive privilege, which allows him to withhold communications made directly to the president in the performance of executive duties. However, the power of this privilege has been vastly diminished due to several misuses by sitting presidents during scandals. Nowadays, executive privilege can be contested if the reason for its use are considered suspicious.

The second one is the state secrets privilege, invoked when release of such information may harm national security. Like the previous privilege, this can also be contested, but it can only be contested by the Senate if it believes it's an affront to the Freedom of Information Act, as the release of such information is not dangerous to the national security, as claimed by the executive branch of government.

Ceremonial roles[edit | edit source]

The President fulfills many ceremonial duties. One of the many traditions of the presidential office is the ceremonial first pitch at the Opening Day of the Northeastern Baseball League, a tradition started by President William Henry Moody, when he opened for the New Haven Elms in 1912. Every president since Theodorus Roosevelt has served as honorary president of the Boy Scouts of the Northeast Union.

Other presidential traditions are associated with Northeastern holidays. William A. Wheeler began in 1879 the first New Haven Green egg rolling for local children. Beginning in 1947, during the Warren J. Hull administration, every Thanksgiving the president is presented with a live domestic turkey during the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation held at the Callahan House. Since 1989, when the custom of "pardoning" the turkey was formalized by Martha Robbins, the turkey has been taken to a farm where it will live out the rest of its natural life.

Presidential traditions also involve the president's role as head of government. All outgoing presidents since James B. Page give advice to their successor during the presidential transition. All presidents since Edward Quentin Hildreth have also left a private message on the desk of the Oval Office on Inauguration Day for the incoming president.

During a state visit by a foreign head of state, the president typically hosts a State Arrival Ceremony held on the New Haven Green, a custom begun by Patrick Robert Murphy in 1961. This is followed by a state dinner given by the president which is held in the State Dining Room later in the evening.

Qualifications and selection[edit | edit source]

Eligibility[edit | edit source]

A President of the Northeast Union must fulfill three criteria in order to be eligible for the position of President. These are:

To be natural-born is further defined as any citizen born in the country, as well as any person to have been born to a Northeastern parent.

However, anyone can be disqualified from the position if he has been convicted by the Senate during an impeachment proceeding, if he has been President for more than two terms or if he has betrayed the Northeast Union.

Campaign and election[edit | edit source]

The presidential elections begin with primary elections. In these primaries, the parties choose their nominee from within the party by campaigning for the position. These end with the party conventions, where the nominees are elected by electors forced to vote according to the will of the registered party members. The official nominee then reveals his pick for Vice President, which is then rubber-stamped by the electors.

Nominees then participate in national debates around the country, in order to drive up support. All five major parties get their nominees shown on stage, as well as smaller candidates whenever they have enough support. In these debates, they explain their views, attack the views of others and convince voters.

The election is decided by electors representing the 13 states, the four territories and the capital district of New Haven. The electors are part of the Electoral College, a body convening every four years to elect the president and vice-president to concurrent 4-year terms. However, these electors are merely a rubber-stamp of the will of the people. The electoral votes are divided the same way as seats in the House of Representatives are, namely by population. These electoral votes are split based on the percentage of the people voting for a party, and are proportionally accorded to the candidate. If the will of the people is split, a second round is run by the top two candidates, and the victor of that round becomes President.

Inauguration and oath[edit | edit source]

Traditionally, the president is sworn into office on the 20th of January, a tradition coming from the inauguration of John B. Page and the foundation of the Northeast Union. The President usually is inaugurated on a podium on the New Haven Green, before a crowd of onlookers, where the President takes the oath of office. The oath goes as follows:

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the Northeast Union, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Northeast Union."

The oath is traditionally taken on a Bible, but any religious text or the Constitution can be used. Traditionally, the chief justice swears the President in, but anyone qualified to swear someone into oath can swear the President into office.

Term[edit | edit source]

The term limits in the United States are two four-year terms. This has been followed in regard to tradition besides one, Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis, due to the precedent George Washington set for the Presidency of the United States. It was written into law, however, that the president should only sit two terms in 1948 after the four terms of President De Gregoriis.

11 presidents have served two terms, and ever since it became law, only four have served full terms, those being Joseph W. Summers, Edward Quentin Hildreth, Rafael Mendoza Campeche and Nate Crawford. Warren J. Hull was elected to two full terms as President, but he also served as President after President Patrick Robert Murphy's assassination in Burlington, thus being the second-longest serving President after Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis. Arnold C. Braun was also elected to two terms, but resigned in the aftermath of the Firegate Scandal. His vice president, Willem van der Leiden, never served a full term, only serving the remaining years of the Braun administration, and was defeated by Edward Quentin Hildreth in 1978.

Impeachment[edit | edit source]

Vacancy and succession[edit | edit source]

Style, compensation, salary, and benefits[edit | edit source]

List of presidents[edit | edit source]

No. Name
Portrait Party Term of office State Elections won Presidency
1 John B. Page
John b page.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Vermont 1870, 1874 Page I & II
2 William A. Wheeler
VicePresident-WmAlWheeler.jpg Whig January 20
January 20 5
Adirondack 1878 Wheeler
3 Chester A. Arthur
Chester Alan Arthur.jpg Whig January 20
January 20
New Netherlands 1882, 1886 Arthur I & II
4 Alton B. Parker
AltonBParker.png Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Ontario 1890, 1894 Parker I & II
5 David B. Hill
David B. Hill (portrait by Morton Bly).png Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Ontario 1898 Hill
6 Theodorus Roosevelt
President Roosevelt - Pach Bros.jpg Whig January 20
January 20
New Netherlands 1902, 1906 Roosevelt I & II
7 William Henry Moody
WHMoody.jpg Whig January 20
January 20
Massachusetts 1910 Moody
8 Robert Lansing
Robert Lansing cph.3b47713.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Adirondack 1914, 1918 Lansing I & II
9 Willem Roodvelt
WilliamCoxRedfield.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Saratoga 1922, 1926 Roodvelt I & II
10 Ezio Fiorentino De Gregoriis
Fiorello LaGuardia.jpg Social Democrat January 20
Feburary 7
(died in office)
New Netherlands 1930, 1934, 1938, 1942 De Gregoriis I-IV
11 Keegan A. O'Malley
Larry O'Brien 1961.jpg Social Democrat Feburary 7
January 20
Erie 1946 De Gregoriis IV (continuation), O'Malley
12 Joseph W. Summers
SenHughScott.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
New Hampshire 1950, 1954 Summers I & II
13 Patrick Robert Murphy
John F. Kennedy, White House photo portrait, looking up.jpg Social Democrat January 20
August 31
Massachussetts 1958 Murphy
14 Warren J. Hull
Dean Rusk.jpg Social Democrat August 31
January 20
Erie 1962, 1966 Murphy (continuation), Hull I & II
15 Arnold C. Braun
Spiro Agnew.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
February 8
Allegheny 1970, 1974 Braun I & II
16 Willem van den Leiden
William E Simon.jpg Liberal-Republican February 8
January 20
Mohawk - Braun II (continuation)
17 Edward Quentin Hildreth
Portrait of Edmund Muskie, looking up.jpg Social Democrat January 20
January 20
Maine 1978, 1982 Hildreth I & II
18 Martha Robbins
Elizabeth Dole official photo.jpg Social Democrat January 20
January 20
Rhode Island 1986 Robbins
19 Rafael Mendoza Campeche
RonBrownUS.JPG Social Democrat January 20
January 20
Connecticut 1990, 1994 Campeche I & II
20 Alan Martin Gray
Howard Dean 1999.jpg Libertarian January 20
January 20
Allegheny 1998 Gray
21 Oscar W. Holland
Andrew Card award crop.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Ontario 2002 Holland
22 Nate Crawford
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel 2012 (cropped).jpg Green January 20
January 20
Vermont 2006, 2010 Crawford I & II
23 Rodrigo Guimaraes
Rodrigo Guimaraes 1.jpg Liberal-Republican January 20
January 20
Rhode Island 2014 Guimaraes
24 Eliezer Steinberg
Eliezer Steinberg.jpg Social Democrat January 20
Incumbent New Netherlands 2018 Steinberg

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Current cabinet[edit | edit source]

Post-presidency[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]