Congress is the main legislative body of the nations of eRepublik so becoming a Congress member is one of the important steps in every politician life.
To become a candidate
If you fulfill the aforementioned criteria, then you just have to nominate yourself for a candidate between the 16th and 23rd of the month by doing the following:
- Go to your party page.
- Click the button - 150px.
- Read the statement and enter an URL for a presentation on why people should vote for you. This can be a newspaper article, a forum topic, or a link to your wiki citizen page.
- Click "Agree".
- The screen will refresh and you will get the message:
- You have applied to represent your party in the congress elections. The party president will select the official candidates on the 24th.
- The Run for Congress button will be replaced with two new buttons:
• "Resign candidacy" to resign from the candidacy; • "Edit Presentation" to edit the URL for your presentation.
On the 24th the list of congressional candidates will be closed and the party president will have the ability to manage the position of the candidates on this list.
Only candidates from the top five parties will be allowed to run for office.
Country Presidents are NOT allowed to run for Congress during their presidential term.
Number of Congress seats in a country
The maximum number of Congress members depends on the number of regions. In most cases, the available Congress seats in a country are 40 (if a country has between 4 and 40 regions) seats.
On the main page, above the Feeds, there will be displayed a blue frame mentioning that is an election day (as well as a small blue notification pop up in the bottom left corner of the screen). Clicking on that frame/notification, you will be redirected to the voting page.
Alternatively, you can access the voting page through the menu; Community --> Elections. (Note: This page is available all the time in order to see past elections results.)
When expressing your choice in the Congress Elections, you will choose a party.
You can view the list of the candidate congress members of each party.
The old Congress members lose their seats the second day after the Congress elections. That is on 27th of each month, due to the 24-hour period of the Election Review.
Duties of Congress members
Most countries have a slightly more advanced system where Congress members can register at forums to discuss and decide on a lot more things than just sitting and voting on proposals.
Laws that can be proposed
Clicking on "propose a law" button on the Country administration page enables a congress member to make one of the following proposals. Note that Congress member can only make two (2) law proposals per mandate.
Note: Neither one of the taxes cannot be lower than 1%, while Import tax cannot be higher than 99%, VAT higher than 25 % and Work tax higher than 50%.
Transfer currency from the country's treasury to an organization. During the twenty-four hour voting period the proposed currency due for donation is "frozen" and rendered unusable.
Change the minimum employee salary given by companies. Can not be lower than 0.10 CC units of the local currency.
Take gold from the treasury and replace it by the local currency. Includes paying a transaction tax which is deducted at a rate of 0.005 gold per 1 unit of local currency.
Remove the President and replace him with whichever previous presidential candidate received the second-highest vote score on the presidential elections. Requires 66% of Congress votes to be passed.
Members of congress or president can propose neighboring country as their natural enemy. If agreed, a free war will be started with the natural enemy.
|Laws that can be proposed by|
President: New citizen message · MPP · Declare war · Airstrike · Propose peace · Trade embargo · Resource concession
If there is a dictator on power in the country, the President and congressmen don’t officially lose their positions, but they are powerless as long as the Dictator is ruling the country. The congressmen and the President cannot propose or vote any laws, or give out citizenship.
The Congress members will receive notification when they will get elected and whenever there's a law proposal.
Change of citizenship
A Congress member is unable to change citizenship without resigning, as you can only be a member of a political party (subsequently a Congressman) of whichever country you have citizenship in.
Losing Congress seat
The only way to lose your Congress seat is to resign from Congress, through Administration page.
If you leave your party or your country (as of changing region), you will not lose the Congress seat.