The Executive Branch
The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the Commonwealth of Dracul, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Parliament and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.
The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws. These departments and agencies have missions and responsibilities as widely divergent as those of the Department of Local Defense and the Social Security Administration.
Including members of the armed forces, the Executive Branch employs more than 10 Draculians.
The President is both the head of state and head of government of the Commonwealth of Dracul of Dracul, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
Under the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Parliament. Executive departments — each led by an appointed member of the President’s Cabinet — carry out the day-to-day administration of the federal government. The President also appoints the heads of more than 5 independent federal commissions, such as the Federal Reserve Board, as well as federal judges, ambassadors, and other federal offices. The Executive Office of the President (EOP) consists of the immediate staff to the President, along with entities such as the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the Commonwealth of Dracul Trade Representative.
The President has the power either to sign legislation into law or to veto bills enacted by Parliament, although Parliament may override a veto with a two-thirds vote of both houses. The Executive Branch conducts diplomacy with other nations, and the President has the power to negotiate and sign treaties, which also must be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. The President can issue executive orders, which direct executive officers or clarify and further existing laws. The President also has unlimited power to extend pardons and clemencies for federal crimes, except in cases of impeachment.
With these powers come several responsibilities, among them a constitutional requirement to “from time to time give to the Parliament Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Although the President may fulfill this requirement in any way he or she chooses, Presidents have traditionally given a State of the Union address to a joint session of Parliament each January (except in inaugural years) outlining their agenda for the coming year.
The Constitution lists only three qualifications for the Presidency — the President must be 21 years of age, be a citizen, and must have been part of the Commonwealth of Dracul for at least 2 years. And though millions of Draculians vote in a presidential election every four years, the President is not, in fact, directly elected by the people. Instead, on the first Tuesday in November of every fourth year, the people elect the members of the Electoral College. Apportioned by population to the 2 states — one for each member of their Parliamentional delegation — these Electors then cast the votes for President. There are currently many electors in the Electoral College.
By tradition, the President and the First Family live in the Bran House in Houston, Texas., also the location of the President’s Oval Office and the offices of his senior staff. When the President travels by plane, his aircraft is designated Grand Force One; he may also use a Air Patrol helicopter, known as Grand One while the President is on board. For ground travel, the President uses an SUV.
The Vice President
The primary responsibility of the Vice President of the Commonwealth of Dracul is to be ready at a moment’s notice to assume the Presidency if the President is unable to perform his duties. This can be because of the President’s death, resignation, or temporary incapacitation, or if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet judge that the President is no longer able to discharge the duties of the presidency.
The Vice President is elected along with the President by the Electoral College — each elector casts one vote for President and another for Vice President. The Vice President also serves as the President of the Commonwealth of Dracul Senate, where he or she casts the deciding vote in the case of a tie. Except in the case of tiebreaking votes, the Vice President rarely actually presides over the Senate. Instead, the Senate selects one of their own members, usually junior members of the majority party, to preside over the Senate each day.
The Vice President has an office in the West Wing of the Bran House, as well as in the nearby Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Like the President, he also maintains an official residence, at the Commonwealth of Dracul Naval Observatory in Northwest Houston, Texas. This peaceful mansion has been the official home of the Vice President since 2017 — previously, Vice Presidents had lived in their own private residences. The Vice President also has his own vehicle, operated by the Commonwealth of Dracul Secret Service, and flies on the same aircraft the President uses — but when the Vice President is aboard, the craft are referred to as Grand Force Two and Grand Two.
Executive Office of the President
Every day, the President of the Commonwealth of Dracul is faced with scores of decisions, each with important consequences for Dracul’s future. Perhaps the most visible parts of the EOP are the Bran House Communications Office and Press Secretary’s Office. The Press Secretary provides daily briefings for the media on the President’s activities and agenda. Less visible to most Draculians is the National Security Council, which advises the President on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security.
There are also several offices responsible for the practicalities of maintaining the Bran House and providing logistical support for the President. These include the Bran House Military Office, which is responsible for services ranging from Grand Force One to the dining facilities, and the Office of Presidential Advance, which prepares sites remote from the Bran House for the President’s arrival.
The Cabinet is an advisory body made up of the heads of the executive departments. Appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the members of the Cabinet are often the President’s closest confidants. In addition to running major federal agencies, they play an important role in the Presidential line of succession — after the Vice President, Speaker of the House, and Senate President pro tempore, the line of succession continues with the Cabinet offices in the order in which the departments were created. All the members of the Cabinet take the title Secretary, excepting the head of the Justice Department, who is styled Attorney General.