Request for Attendance of the Ceremony-
Nation Name: Commonwealth of Leagio
Number of Attendees: 2
Names of Attendees (and their titles/offices): Minister of Cultural Affairs Jeff Foxworthy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Joshua Alvarado
Special Accommodations: none
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RE: Lekornmeiluz (The Ruthenish Candle Festival)
Request for Attendance of the Ceremony-
RE: The Government of the Commonwealth of Leagio
The President of the Commonwealth of leagio hereby announces that due to issue asrising with the Declaration of War from the Federation of Istakalen, the Army of the Commonwealth is to be moblized for the time being in threat of any internal operations being committeed. All Istkalen citzens within the Commonwealth are required to report to a office of the Leagioan Ministry of the Interior for temporary intervenment throughout the duration of the crisis. Furthermore, the President will not at the moment declare a state of defense but asks for the citzens of the Commonwealth to be prepared in threat of any sort of attack.
Furthermore, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth announces that he will be holding his first session of the Council of Provinces in response to the crisis that is on-going within Europe and determine if the Provinces of the Commonwealth require any necessary security reform.
President Ran Mouri-Kudo
President of the Commonwealth of Leagio
Governor-General Magic Kaito
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Leagio
Leagioan Minister of Foreign Affairs
Press Secretary for the Government
RE: Leagioan News Agencies
De-Ratification Vote in Senate Fails After Istkalen Declaration of War
Not long after the declaration of war issued by the Federation of Istkalen, the Senate of the Commonwealth was finally in the position to vote on the motion to de-ratify the Treaty of Tullion between the Commonwealth and the Kingdom of Ritzmag. However, once the news that of the Declaration of War was received within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sent to the Senate. The way that the vote was going to swing within the chamber of the Senate suddenly changed. This news had especially taken a hit on the vote to de-ratify the treaty once it was known that Ritzmag was at risk of attack due to its position to the Federation. Many of the people that were assumed to vote for the De-ratification resolution went against it, especially two senators of President Mouri-Kudo's own party. Most of the members of the Social Democrats, who were thought to be for the vote, went against the resolution in the end.
Only one member of the Civil Populist Party vote for the vote but it was not enough as even though there were60 votes for the vote. There was not enough to meet pass the 2/3's majority of 67 required to meet the vote and de-ratify the treaty.
RE: Leagioan News Agencies
De-Ratification Resolution Being Debated Still in Senate Floor
The vote to de-ratify the Treaty of Tullion through the Senate has been still in debate for the past two days by members of various political parties, who believe the resolution to de-ratify the Treaty is unconstitutional. Senators from the Civil Populist, Conservative Reformists, and even Social Democrats have been holding the floor of the Senate day and night by debating as well as holding a filibuster that is limited to no more than 4 days after the supposed voting day. There is still questions on whether or not President Mouri-Kudo has the 67 votes needed if all 100 Senators vote on the floor. Various news outlets do confirm that at the moment that there are at least a garunteed 59 votes for the Resolution to De-Ratify the Treaty of Tullion.
House of Councilors Debating on New Election Law to Redisbut Constituency and List Seats to 50% with Voting Percentage Theshold
The House Committee of Reform and Congressional Affairs annnounced that they would be drafting a law that would revise the division of constituntency seats and list seats within the Commonwealth. This move is part of a call that was made by President Mouri-Kudo on revise the election system in the House of Councilors to have better protional representation by combing the list seats that Provinces use after making their constituency seats. During the National Congress election last year, the division percentage was 40% for constituency seats. However, the new law that is being drafted by the House Committee of Reform and Congressional Affairs would have it to 50 to 60% for the 2022 Election that will be coming. Although, an actually number has not been fully established yet as it is still being debating within the Committee. Another thing that is still being debated on is the need for a percentage theshold that a political party needs to attain within a region in order to recieve a seat at all. The president said that the percentage should not be higher than 3% but some members of the Committee have suggested 4 and even 5% for the theshold. What will be chosen will remain to be seen with people begining to wonder if the president would veto the bill if it had a theshold higher than what she suggested.
RE: Factbook: The Commonwealth of Leagio
How State & Territorial Governments Function
The governments of all states and territories within the Commonwealth have some differences in some areas but work relatively the same. The main differences some of them might have is whether they have a unicameral or bicameral legislature. Each state and territory has a legislature that is elected by the people within their boundaries with the methods of how these legislatures being elected varying from Fast-Past-The-Post, Proportional Representation, Instant Run-Off, or Parallel Voting. There are only three states within the Commonwealth that have a Bicameral Legislature which is Tullion, Diamond Heart, and Huttson. However, the power of the upper house in these states are mainly holding reviewing and amending powers; which means that it cannot vote to block a bill or kill. The lower houses of these states hold the most power. The system of government that all the states and territories use is a regional version of Sem-Presidential, where the state or territory has a governor that has the power to veto bills, make appointments to certain sectors of the province, and issue executive orders. In addition, under the provisions of the Leagioan Constitution of 2020, the Governor has a seat in the Council of Provinces to discuss and resolve any issues that is hampering their province.
However, the Governor of the state/territory does not have the power to form a cabinet that will implement his policies or head of government. This is a power that resides with the Minister-Governor of the Province, which is the equivalent of a First-Minister or Prime Minister in some countries, is the position with the power to form a government after a election within the legislature, or at least the lower house in some states, where the political parties with seats in the legislature branch acts a parliament and works to form a coalition if they do not have the most seats in the legislature/lower house. Then the legislature votes in a person to act as Minister-Governor, who is the head of government within the province, and forms a cabinet to enact his policies. In most states and territories, especially those whose legislature is elected every two-years, the Legislature does not have the power to remove the government of the Minister-Governor by a Vote of No-Confidence; instead, the Minister-Governor can be impeached for a reason that is deemed legitimate to the province’s supreme/constitutional court after a article of impeachment is submitted to them. However, this method has been rarely done as some political parties fear that it is move that could kill them.
The Minister-Governor in a province normally has the power to draft legislation to be presented to the legislature, but the position does not normally hold the power to dissolve the Legislature or at least the lower house. The only provinces that allow this is Arlick, Beika, Gopen, Jullien, and Carolina. Each State and Territory has a judicial branch that interprets the laws and their own as well as the Leagioan Constitution. In some provinces like Huttson, the Judicial Branch might be divided into two sections one of domestic law and criminal law. How the judges of the judicial branches are appointed varies by province. Some have the Governor appoint them with approval by the Legislature or a certain house of the legislature by a certain vote. Other Provinces have the Minister-Governor appoint the judges to the judicial branch with a approval by the legislature. In some but rare provinces like Jullien, the judicial branch judges are elected on a non-partisan ballot.
RE: Leagioan News Agencies
Territory of Freedonia Drafts a New Constitution Accepted by Supreme Court / New Election For Freedonian Diet in April 21st
After the new Freedonian Diet was elected back on December 20th with a legislature working under a Provisional Constitution, the Socialist Union-Green lead legislature began to draft a new constitution that would be more permanent and better function. In a two-week convention that was held immediately after the December 20th election, through this convention a government was drafted similar to many of the other provincial governments in the Commonwealth. In it the government would be a regional Semi-Presidential system, but the Governor would not have the power to nominate a leader of the new Freedonian Government; Instead that is a power that the Freedonian Diet has where its members would be elected by the people by a system of Parallel Voting of First-Past-The-Post and Portional Representation through the D'Hondt method. This leader of the government of Freedonia is referred to as the Minister-Governor, who makes a cabinet that also runs the government. The actual of Governor of Freedonia does have actual powers which is to veto bills from the Diet and make state appointments in certain sectors of Freedonia. In addition, the Governor has the power to issue executive orders to which can be overturned by the Diet or declared unconstitutional by the new Supreme Court of Freedonia.
In this constitution where the garuntees of the provincial government of Freedonia to provide good quality healthcare and housing. Furthermore, the constitution has provision that contains ideas that some members of the Conservative Reform Party has argued is of Democratic Socialism. There has been talk by some members of the Conservative Counties of Freedonia on leaving the Territory and forming their own territorial government. However, such a move would require legislation from the National Congress which might not really be a possibility in the current session lead by a Social Democrat-Civil Populist-Progressive Congress. In addition, President Ran Mouri-Kudo stated that she was against any move to create another territory out of another territory like how Freedonia was formed.
After the new constitution was drafted, it was sent to the Supreme Court of Leagio for approval. The document went through a four day review by the Supreme Court and was eventually approved with a 8-5 vote.
Now that the Constitution has been approved and now ratified, it will be in effect with the vote of a new government through election for the Unicameral Freedonian Diet which will have 65 seats which is 30 more seats than it originally had. The new election for the Diet will be held on April 21st where a new government will be formed within a week after the election. Although, it is expect that the Socialist Union & Green Coalition will hold as the majority of the electorate are East Haanean Refugee Immigrants that have tended to vote for both Socialist Union Party and the Green Party.
RE: The Banishment of the Barringtons
“No problem, Commander. I guess that we can begin the briefing, then. First welcome to this band of different departments here for the purpose of finding Barrington and BO. Let’s start with the obvious elephant in the room and that is those weapons. Needless to say, it is without any doubt that everyone here has been taken completely by surprise on the fact that weapons from Inciumius was found but also Neo-Venetia. If I had to make an assumption, it was to give justification that the Commonwealth is unable to handle the problems of the current world that we live in. Far-right eggheads would say that the Communists in Neo-Venetia is trying to take over the Commonwealth and that the Empire was trying to influence the Commonwealth on its side of the issue; causing for a need to topple the government or blow up the President’s plan whenever she goes on a trip to say that Barrington was a victim in the situation as well and buildup popular strength against the Emperor in some way. It really does not take much to convince fools wearing tin-foil hats at all.” Cruz stated while roiling his eyes at the last part.
“Possibly you are right.” CJ stated, “The weapons that were smuggled are right now being held at a CACT storage facility as evidence. At the moment, all of the bastards that were in the warehouse are being charged at the moment with Smuggling and Terrorism on various degree’s. Most of them are at the moment looking at life sentences and we are hoping that with that we might have some talk for a lighter sentence but we are not sure yet. Out of the 10 in our custody, two have talked but with not anything substantial.”
Then an aide for the Attorney General came with a file and handed her the file, who opened it and read it . She then had a smile.
“Looks like we might have a break, because it turnouts that one of the 10 has a citizenship in the Incumius. This situation now puts him in a bind more than it already is. Does not have any personal relation to Barrington but he was in the warehouse fighting against the law enforcement and Special Strikers; so that makes it for grounds to Terrorism at most and, if the Minister of the Interior is of the same opinion as well, enough to deport him back to his homeland; where he would then have to deal with Inciumius Law Enforcement of similar or even worse charges if I was to make a guess.” CJ explained.
“Well, then on your request to talk to the 10 smucks from the warehouse. At moment, they are all saying that they are underlinings that just supply the building. But we doubt that as they knew how to use those weapon very well like as if they were trained to use them, except that homemade rocket launcher that they used.” Director Cruz explained.
“Speaking of the weapons in the warehouse, does the media know about them Director?” Minister Klink asked.
“My sources nationwide and in Vese, especially, say at the moment ‘no.’ The police chief in Vese and the Gopen State Police told me that they will keep it silent for the moment to avoid a panic.” Cruz explained.
“Good, it would be best that in the coming press conference that the weapons being kept silent as with the way tensions are at it would jeopardize the 2nd Capsian Sea Negotiations, which the President hopes will go well this time. So for the moment, as far as the public knows it was just regular Leagioan weapons…not Incumius nor Neo-Venetian….If Bridges hears about this, then god helps as he has become unpredictable now a days…..Half of the Commonwealth fears that if it isn’t solved then Europe will be in a war that will help out the UNSR. We would appreciate if the Emperor does not mention about the weapons to the public yet if possible, Commander. Just for the sake of the investigation.” Director Cruz explained.
“Now that is the jest of the situation at the moment….Now boys and girls, let use go over what we all know of the BO at the moment…most importantly the big honchos in it. Let’s start with who we call the Janitor of the Black Organization, known as Gin. The reason we call him the ‘Janitor of BO’ is because he is the cleaner of the organization in maintaining the integrity of the BO. You work for the BO and are being followed or traced by the police, you go to Gin. You feel someone is onto the existence of the BO then you go to Gin. You make a mistake on a mission and get the police on to the BO, then Gin comes to you. BO has had always ensured that their operations are kept out of the loop of the police for decades until about 20 years ago when the current President of the Commonwealth accidently caught on to their operations. We had to get them watched and protected around the clock until they decided to go into politics, which took CACT by surprised as it for sure put them in the spot light. But back onto Gin, I would not have any doubt that Gin is watching Barrington like a hawk while providing him shelter in exchange for aid and advice for whatever they are now planning.” Director Cruz explained as he showed a image taken of Gin.
“Next, we have Vodka. Essentially the bus boy of the BO and Gin’s best friend, if you want something delivered, you have Vodka do it. He is most likely the person that transported all of the weapons to that warehouse. However, he can also do some of the roles that Gin does as well when needed.” Minister Klink explained.
“Then Chianti, known previously as Mary Hartford, the Sniper of the BO. Expert marksman and former operative of the Special Strikers…. Dishonorably Discharged…..Considered one of the best Snipers of the unit at one point as she could shoot a target at 600 yards. We thought when we first heard of the attempt on the President that she was there on March 14th but does not look like it. We even thought that she somehow had a part in the taking down of Needletail One…but turns out not so….”
“You might notice that so far that these members of the BO have alcoholic names to them. This is something that every member in the BO has. The boss of the BO who we have no identity to has a liking to name high ranking operatives to alcoholic beverages. We do not know what he looks like, but we know his personality. Cunning, Patient, Clever (bit too clever according to some sources that we have under witness protection), materialist, and able to keep everyone in line within the BO. At first we thought that Barrington was the Boss of the BO but in the end, he did not fit the bill. We do have a sketch of the Boss’s shape but not much as he always had himself under darkness even with his own members wanting to talk to him.” Director Cruz explained.
“So, when the suspects start mentioning alcoholic names, take notes as it might be info everyone. Also, I do not know if your government has been informed yet, Commander, but we found documents with the Spanish flag on it in a strange language that is not of this country. But we assume that it might be Arabic though. We have told the Spanish President about this as we are not taking any chances in having a Spanish President suddenly get attacked and we had the knowledge to warn the Spanish about it all along. ” Klink explained.
“Any questions, so far?” Cruz asked everyone in the Briefing.
RE: The Banishment of the Barringtons
Common Security Building, Tullion, Leagio
March 28th, 2021
“What have got? So far……” Director of CACT James Cruz asked as he stepped in for the weeks briefing over Barrington, which was going to include the recent police raid in Vese where documents and illegal weapons were found.
“Those documents with the Spanish flag are still being examined at the moment. But the President did send the Spanish President a head-ups about it as she was not certain if there should be any concern about it; but she was not going to take any chances at all.” Minister of Defense Klink explained as he was writing a report on the current status of the Leagioan Army.
“I see.” Director Cruz said as he was looking over photographs of the various illegal weapons that were found in that warehouse. Most of it were from Inicumius and were of heavy weaponry especially. Grenades, rockets, assault weapons, etc… This stuff had to be transported into the country over a long period of time. IF Cruz had to guess, Barrington was the supplier of the goods and used his trips to Leagio.
This situation was very concerning as this made many people as there was concern on who was using these weapons in the Commonwealth. However, the Director hated to imagine the reaction of the Emperor of Inciumus when the news of the weapons comes; especially with some of them being Neo-Venetian as well which was a warzone at the moment. The Director felt sorry for the delegation that were here to provide a helping hand in finding Barrington and especially the people that were involved in the assassination attempt on the President two weeks ago. The thought that Barrington was involved in smuggling weapons illegally out of their country and into Leagio must be one hell of a headache for them.
“We still interrogating the various thugs from the warehouse….so far, of the 10, only two have talked but it was mainly stuff that we already know about the Black Organization. However, it is possible that at least one of them have something significant that will provide a very good lead for us at the moment. The only problem is getting them to talk.” Attorney General CJ Cregg said as she entered the room, “By the way, the Inicimus delegation will be in the building soon for the briefing on the current situation over Barrington. We just told them that we have no evidence that confirms Barrington was at the Warehouse at any point within past three months.”
“Great.” Cruz said as he was now getting a headache at the moment from this endeavor.
“Well, I imagine that they will want to see the bastards from the warehouse as well.” Klink muttered.
“I would not have any doubts at all about that.” CJ Cregg said.
“If we do catch Barrington, does the President still intend to hand him over to the Emperor?” Klink asked curiously.
“When hearing about the Iniciumus Arms smuggled in the Commonwealth, she made a dispatch to the office of Artabanos to reaffirm the Commonwealth’s commitment to turning over Barrington should he be in our custody.” CJ responded.
“Alright, the delegates will be here and then we can start the briefing then get to work.” Cruz said.
RE: Leagioan News Agencies
Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Submits Treaty of Tullion De-Ratification Resolution to Senate Floor
This afternoon Senate Chairman Leon Booker of the Progressives announced that the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations has been debated and agreed upon the submission of a Senate Resolution Bill to de-ratify the Treaty of Tullion between the Commonwealth and Kingdom of Ritzmag. The Committee voted on the moving of the resolution to the floor of the entire Senate by a 10-4 vote with members of the conservative faction of the Civil Populists and some members of the Right believing that it is unconstitutional to de-ratify a treaty. However, some of the former Progressive delegates that attended last year's constitutional convention said that theoretically that it is possible for the Senate to have the power to De-Ratfy a treaty under appropriate guidelines that were used to establish it in the first place. This resolution will be sent to the floor of the Senate this Thursday for debate and then will most likely be voted on next Monday. In order for the de-ratification to occur the Senate Parliamentarian said that a two-thirds vote is required which means that even if all the progressive Senators voted for it, they would still need more votes for success. In this session, the Progressives hold 52 votes out of the 67 votes needed for the Deratification to pass the floor of the Senate. The Progressives would have to convince many sectors of the Senate to vote for the Deratification. The Socialist Unionists and Green Senators said that they are for the Deratification which ensure that the resolution would get 59 seats of the 67 votes required.
(composition of the Senate for the 2020-2022 session)
The Social Democrats who will most likely be a strong contender for Deratification has not given an opinion on the matter, but there have been talks that some of them from States and Territories that have been anti-bridges will vote for the resolution. However, this will remain to be seen. The Civil Populists have issued that they will not vote in favor of the resolution citing that they believed that it is unconstitutional with some members of the Conservative Reform Party issuing similar opinions. In addition, of the three Senators of the Leagioan Pact of Democracy, only one so far has said that they will vote for the resolution.
RE: EPA - Membership Registration
Nation: Commonwealth of Leagio
Name: President Ran Mouri-Kudo
Councillor: (Yes/No) No
Party affiliation: (i.e Progressive Party) Progressive Alliance Party
Ideology: (i.e. liberal, democrat, pro-European, etc.) Social Liberal, Pro-European