|Grand Duke:||Francesco IV|
|Area:||5,064 sq. km|
|Population:||635,000 inhabitants (2005)|
|Established:||1933, incorporated into Italy|
Montferrat is a Grand Duchy located in the north of Italy. However, the Grand Duke is only a nominal head of state. Most of the day-to-day administration is carried out by the elected ruling council of 100 and its Premier. Council elections are held every three years, and after the elections, the party with the most seats selects a Premier, who runs council meetings and sets the council agenda. In case of a tied vote in the council, the Grand Duke casts the deciding vote. Otherwise, the Grand Duke's primary function is to sign the bills passed by the council. Theoretically, the Grand Duke can veto a bill, but this rarely happens.
Montferrat is divided into two districts: Asti and Alessandria. 60 councilors are elected from Alessandria, the larger of the two, and 40 from Asti.
Montferrat's primary industry is wine-growing, and its wines are renowned worldwide.
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