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[NEWS] The United Republican
09-25-2012, 01:35 AM (This post was last modified: 10-03-2012 06:07 AM by Kenani.)
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[NEWS] The United Republican
The United Republican

May 11, 7569

Politicians Plan for Impending Elections as Issues Continue to Loom

CIUTAT VILARO - The Atzure and Granat factions of the Union Party, which continues to hold three fourths of the seats in the Estat General, can agree on little, and as a result they have agreed on one thing--to secede from Union and form their own parties, which would cause Union to lose its majority and allow the new parties to hold a vote of no confidence against Minister-President Manel Agramunt, forcing a new round of elections. Because these would be the first truly contested elections in the history of the United Republic, new issues would arise and old ones would come to the fore again.

One of the most pressing of these is the role of a head of state. According to the Constitution, the Minister-President is the head of state and has the power to appoint a government, as the Constitution was written under the assumption that only the Union Party would remain a major force. However, in the likely event that neither the Granates nor the Atzures gain a majority and then seek to form a coalition with smaller parties, the investiture of that coalition with government would become an important political role, and both sides agree that it would be unseemly for the winner of the election to allow himself to form a government. This, of course, raises the question of what any new head of state would be.

A small minority are calling for a crowned republic system, in which Istania would remain a republic in name and function, but have either an elected or hereditary monarch as head of state. Delegate Andreu de Peirra, a Granat and member of that province’s ducal family, took the floor to promote the idea, saying that a monarch would increase our great republic's prestige and earn it much deserved respect from the other nations of Anaria. However, he was quickly shouted down, with many members of his own faction among the hecklers. Most members of both major factions agree that the new position should be elective, and most agree that its holder should be elected by the members of the Estat General. Overall, the plan seems to have enough supporters to be amended into the parliamentary rules until the provinces vote to add it to the Constitution, which also seems likely. Of course, the major dispute that will ensue, then, is who should hold that position.

Delegate Velasco Davales of Paldero, the sole member of the Party of the Gods, took the floor after the head of state debate had died down, insisting that diverse methods of selecting delegates in each province only serve to keep the dominant party in each province dominant, and the methods must be standardized if fair elections are to occur. The flurry of shouting that this provoked died down when Carel Feliu of Enxellam proclaimed that if the people of each province did not wish a faction or party to be dominant then they would vote for another party or change the system, bringing cheers from each side of the aisle and defusing the issue.

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Taldeskal Socken Takes Province to Court Over Mining Rights
Constables Discourage Haverist Demonstrations in Former Ostenia
Lady Premier of Ithrien to Begin State Tour of Anaria
Sinnian Company Continues Silence on Violence in Hayrand
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10-03-2012, 11:55 PM
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The United Republican

May 27, 7569

Taldescal Province Wins Mining Rights Case

HARRISCA - Shortly after the case arrived in the Provincial High Court on appeal, Magistrate Vicent Soler ruled in favor of the defendant in the lawsuit of Etsakoa Socken against the Province of Taldescal over the province's lease of land claimed by the socken to a mining company, on the grounds that a religious entity made up of non-citizens cannot claim government land.

Etsakoa is located in the coal-rich Icatas Valley in southern Taldescal, and while the local sockens continue to adhere to primitive ways of life the government, corporations, and Istanian individuals have been working hard to civilize the area and acquire its many resources. It was revealed to contain a rich vein of coal five years ago, and because the socken had no legal claim on it other than the allegation that it was traditionally used for grazing the provincial government leased the land to the Martell Mining Company. The nearest stim to the site only began lodging complaints after the construction of the mine had already begun. While their attempts to sue the company in the socken's court were invalid, both because secular matters cannot be handled in religious courts and because of the status of the socken's members as Indigenous Non-Citizens, it did bring the case to the attention of the socken's leaders, and they decided to file suit against the province instead, claiming that they owned the land and had not been consulted at any point during the process.

The district court ruled in favor of the province, noting that the old documents displayed by the plaintiffs showing an agreement with another socken that the land belonged to the Etsakoa were invalid because they were not official in any recognized antecedent state of the Republic, and questioning their claim that they had the ability to mine the site themselves. Etsaokoa appealed its loss to the province court, and after a few days of deliberation the Magistrate ruled in favor of the province before the case reached the jury stage.

According to Mr. Soler, while non-citizens are allowed private property rights, there was no indication that the land was indeed private property of the socken, especially considering the laws restricting religious property which might have prevented the socken from making use of the land even if it did own it. Mr. Soler stated that non-citizens like the Etsakoa cannot challenge the government's claim to its own land in the way that citizens can (and even this is very difficult). He cited the case of Nuna v. Republic, in which the federal government was allowed to commandeer unbuilt land from non-citizens along the northern border for the greater good, and ruled that the same principle applies to provinces as well. Furthermore, he noted that the Mellanhand faith is not a real obstacle to obtaining citizenship, as the socken claims it is.

Fortunately, the case seems likely to set a precedent allowing for the expansion of government-directed mining, both within the Icatas Valley and in the more populous, iron-rich Harriz Valley to the north. Any response from the locals so far has been minimal, as the Orkanans are busy worshipping the comet Laga, which they hail as a deity of some sort.

Other Headlines:
United Temple Calls for Offerings to Honor the Gods for Sending Comet
Haverist Party Struggles to Respond to Foreign Atrocities as Membership Drops
Istanian Citizen in Ithrien Missing After Bombing
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10-04-2012, 02:13 AM
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OOG: Case law alert. Case law or common law is a British invention and non-Commonwealth countries in the real world were slow to adopt this legal system until a decade or two ago. The rest of the world were very happy with civil law (codified laws for every situation perceivable). And, yes, trial by jury is part of the unique British legal invention. Lets elaborate on how closely tied Istania is with the Hallisians and the Amberians, if there were ties at all that made Istania so admired the Northerner's laws.

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10-04-2012, 04:47 AM
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OOG: Evidently I was unaware of all of that. Do we know that in Gotha, Amberia and Hallis adhere exactly to the system that Britain used on Earth, though? If not, it could just be the Istanian system, or everyone's system, or a new system Istania decided to adopt. Even if it is, the very-recently formed government of Istania could have just looked around for a new legal system to use and seen the Amberian/Hallisian system and said, "hey, that looks cool". I haven't worked on what ties Istania has to those (or frankly any other) nations, though. I was a little unsure about having a jury and I could probably edit it out because it's not that important, but I feel like I have to stick with case law.
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10-04-2012, 12:39 PM
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OOG: Oh, don't feel pressured. It really depends on what philosophy (maybe even personal) you have for your nation. If you have in mind a people who fiercely believed in the power of the people, case law is not for Istania. Because what case law is that the judge becomes a source of law in conjunction with a sovereign or an assembly. When a people cannot tolerate anyone or anything else in becoming a source of their nation's laws, civil law is the way to go, because only the assembly reserves the right to create laws, not judges, in this older legal system – that came from religious origin.

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11-11-2012, 08:27 AM
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The United Republican

August 14, 7569

Taldescal Guard Captures Holdout Sockens, Unrest Ended

HARRISCA - The violent unrest among the indigenous non-citizens of Taldescal has largely ended following decisive action by the Provincial Guard in the form of the capture of the last two remaining sockens, putting fears that an intervention by the Republican Army would be necessary to rest.

On the morning of the 12th, after several days of guerrilla harassment, the Provincial Guard arrived at the outskirts of the main town of the Metsonak socken, which had been converted into armed compounds, and demanded their surrender. Inevitably they refused in the form of a heretical rant about the absolute power of the will of Vind, and began firing upon the guardsmen, who thereupon began their siege of the encampments. The siege only lasted for a few hours before the artillery took down the palisades and the guardsmen were able to enter the compound. After some resistance they were able to obtain surrender and safely transported the socken's civilians to a temporary relocation facility away from the dangerous influence of armed rebels and the Mellanhand religion. They arrived at the Mikelaza settlement the next day and it surrendered to proper authority, and its residents were relocated as well.

With no remaining sockens resisting the authority of the Province or Republic, Governor Joan Brana was able to declare an official end to the insurrection, an announcement immediately echoed by the Ministry of the Interior. In a press conference, Minister-President Agramunt praised provincial authorities for the upholding the unity of the Republic and threatened similar actions against any future rebels. The Republican Army's alert level is being lowered now that it has become clear that it will not need to be deployed, as some had feared.

The unrest began in May when the mining rights case of Etsakoa Socken v. Province of Taldescal ended in favor of the province, with Magistrate Vicent Soler finding that a religious organization consisting of non-citizens (namely, a socken) cannot claim or own government land. The ruling sent out a shockwave of fear in the natives, concerned that their own lands might be next, particularly in the coal- and iron-rich Icatas and Harriz Valleys. This fear was exploited by the anti-government Mellanhands, who claimed that the Comet Laga was a sign from their deity exhorting them to rise up against the government. The ensuing rioting resulted in the assassination of Magistrate Soler, and when the Provincial Guard was sent to bring the perpetrating sockens to justice they entered open insurrection. The rebel sockens attacked government infrastructure and civilians alike and tried to unify themselves. However, they remained disorganized and were unable to present a strong front match the Provincial Guard in battle.
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