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The Westinorian Congress

The Westinorian Congress is the highest law-making body of Westinor. It consists of a bicameral system, in which the two houses, the Senate and Approval houses, manage the proposed laws of the nation. The House of Approval, or the lower house, consists of representatives that are nominated in political counties throughout Westinor. Because Westinor is split into counties according to ethnic as well as political divides, each county generally has representatives that represent their collective beliefs, and receive more representatives generally if the population is higher. However, representatives are not politically powerful-they must act accordingly to the will of their constituents, in most cases, as the politically-aware populace is much more keen to the general workings of politics, allowing for more freedom on the part of the representatives while allowing them to still represent their constituents accurately. The Representatives make up the House of Approval, commonly referred to as the Approval Chamber, in which they screen proposed bills and laws and vote to pass them to the Senate. Most bills and laws that are passed to the Chamber are mostly screened only to make sure they are constitutional and beneficial to the general welfare of Westinor and its people. Because of this, the process is generally quick. From here, it is passed onto the Senate, where the debates normally begin. Here, the Senate must vote to pass back the bill to the Chamber for a final approval. However, before this can happen, the Senate is given an allotted time to debate the purpose of and efficiency of the proposed bills. Because the Chamber, which is efficient and extremely thorough, screens the bills for constitutionality the Senate only needs to debate the purposes of the bills, the methods, and general party politics, which speeds up the process in comparison to other countries. in which the houses tend to act as different fields for parties to hold up bills. Once the Senate has decided the bill should be passed and modified it accordingly, (often to a point where it is unrecognizable, though most the time this is not the case) it is sent back to the chamber, which reviews a final time. Here, the leaders of "groups" of representatives, which are the elected heads of committees that represent multiple counties into a group, can debate modifications to the bill-but they are only allowed to revert the contents of the bill, not make more changes. Once the bill is passed with a majority of the votes, it is passed into affect.