The First Secretary
Elected by the ministers from among the Consulate members for a four-year term, the First Secretary is responsible for directing the flow of debates and votes, calling the Consulate to order, sanctioning recesses, and overseeing other legislative matters. In exchange for the power to direct the Consulate, the First Secretary loses his or her ability to vote. The only exception to this rule is when a single vote will decide the outcome of an issue. Interestingly, in every election since the Concord’s founding, a Galactic Concord citizen has been elected to fill the post of First Secretary. It seems that none of the stellar nations desires a competitor from an opposing stellar nation to rise to the position. First Secretary Derek Orthen started serving his second term in 2500.
The First Secretary can be removed by a vote of no confidence by the Consulate, which requires a two-thirds majority and which permits the Secretary to vote in his or her own defense. If the vote passes, a new First Secretary is elected. The First Secretary appoints six Undersecretaries to assist him. The Undersecretaries act as the First Secretary’s mediators and ambassadors. While they may act independently, the First Secretary can replace them at any time. No more than one Undersecretary may serve from any single nation. Under the Concord’s charter, at least one Undersecretary must be an alien.
The current Undersecretaries are Princess Cestre (Solar), ZH937 57ILK (VoidCorp), Kinna Loric (Mechalus), Alexander Foss (Orion), Richard "Nickelshot* Kessel (Austrin-Ontis), and Michael Thayne (StarMech).