Elections in NSUK
After a long and productive term of Parliament and the Premiership, the King of the United Kingdom, HM George VIII, dissolved Parliament and instructed the Election Commissioner to set up new elections for 5 Members of the House of Commons and the Prime Minister, on November 14, 2020. Almost immediately, incumbents, former MPs, and newcomers casted their names to be on the ballot. Prime Minister Akillian Talleyrand ran for reelection against his former Secretary of State, Aaron Bauheim-Reynolds. Within a matter of hours, a dozen citizens had announced their intentions to run. All in all, 12 candidates ended up on the final ballot, the most of any election in recent years. This election was also quite unique in the involvement of Political parties. All 3 major political parties, Sinn Fein, the Green Party, and the Progressive Unionists, published colorful and elaborate manifestos detailing their legislative agendas, including many new ideas centering reform. While a majority of candidates were aligned with a political party, several independents ran on their own platforms.
The competitive election also consisted of long and creative platforms with incumbents touting the recent legislative achievements and maintaining of activity, while outsiders and newcomers criticized the current House for the lack of activity among many of its members and the inefficiency and inconsistency of the weekly questioning of the Prime Minister. The BBC also hosted 2 debates, one for Parliament candidates, in which most of the candidates participated in, and a Prime Ministerial debate. After a week of grueling campaigning, the vote was open for 24 hours. Many candidates said that despite the results, they were pleased with what they saw as an increase in the amount of activity that this election showed and generated in the region.
Upon the closing of the polls, results for 4 candidates were clear. The Progressive Unionist Party, which was also the party of the Prime Minister, won a majority in the House of Commons, which marked the first time that a party won an outright majority since 2019. The party won 3 seats, all held by veteran members of the House, Ms. Josephine Hanover, Mr. Matthew Hanover, who also served as Speaker in previous terms, and Prime Minister Akillian Talleyrand. The Green Party won one seat held by newcomer Mayim Emanu-El-Bauheim. Ms. Emanu-El-Bauheim has been described by many as a rising figure in our region who has involved herself in many aspects of the region. The Prime Minister won reelection with a sounding victory, and 82% of the vote. A tie occurred between the current Speaker of the House Remile Talleyrand of Sinn Fein, and Mr. John Spencer-Talleyrand of the Progressive Unionist Party, a current judge of the Crown Court, who would be a newcomer to the house. A runoff was conducted and 24 hours later Mr. Remile Talleyrand won the election by a close margin of 2 votes. Talleyrand was the only incumbent to win reelection. Prime Minister Talleyrand later formed his cabinet, which consisted of Members of Parliaments, unsuccessful candidates for Parliament, and others.
The Parliament this term hit the ground running with three separate reform packages to consider. The first and most significant point of contention for the election period is that of Electoral Reform, with multiple candidates being elected on platforms to integrate constituency nations in the House of Commons. The majority of this process has been lead by Member of Parliament Emanu-el-Bauheim, who campaigned heavily on electoral reform during the election period and continues to maintain the momentum for electoral reform into the term period. The current proposal was tabled in light of opposition to its format and a desire to collect further data for reforming the seating of the House of Commons and the conduct of elections themselves.
The second piece of reform that has dominated the current conversation is the issue of a Joint National Court. This project has been spearheaded by Prime Minister Talleyrand, who wishes to establish a single court to manage all matters of judicial contention arising from Constituency nations. The reform has seen a lot of opposition, primarily from the First Minister of Scotland and the former Prif Weinidog of Wales. The reform stands defeated after a debate in the House of Lords, but it is likely the push for reform will continue.
The final point of reform for the term is the issue of the administration of Discord. A recent Court Case, Wright v. Talleyrand et al. determined that the administration team does not have the authority to take unilateral action against citizens who reside within the Discord. This was met with some unease amongst people who wish to see the Discord protected, and an alternative was proposed by Constance St. James, the same person who presided over the case in question. However, the debate has fallen off on the issue as other reforms have begun to take precedence.
Where’d my Partner Go?
After a month of failing to log on, the United Kingdom stripped citizenship from Samuel Clarent. Normally, this would be rather routine, but Samuel Clarent was a Judge of the Crown Court before his forced removal for inactivity. Prior to his loss of citizenship, questions had already been rising about his capacity to execute his duties. Unfortunately, Mr. Clarent has fallen on tough times and we hope for his recovery from whatever may ail him.
Sadly, the business of the Court cannot stop for a vacancy. In the Judge’s absence, the Crown Court heard another Legal Question on the Crown rescinding writs of election. The question was brought following an amendment to the previous writ issued by the Crown. The Court determined that the Crown was authorized to withdraw writs where the writ had not already been executed and withdrawing the writ would not have cause it to become unlawful.
However the vacancy could not stand forever, so the Prime Minister appointed two people to replace the vacancy. The first was Michael Stewart, the Prince of Wales and a Magistrate Judge to the Crown Court. The second was John Spencer-Talleyrand, who similarly serves as Magistrate Judge to the Crown Court. Both were nominated with the highest confidence from the Prime Minister and share the confidence of the Chief Judge.
Show me the Money!!
While Parliament is busy with its multiple reforms, the Executive is undergoing some changes of its own. At the onset of the term, Prime Minister Talleyrand appointed Mithrandir Olorin as the first Chancellor of the Exchequer to begin the process of starting an economy in the United Kingdom. While the decision to focus on an economy was met with some hostility, the feedback has been primarily positive as the current Chancellor has worked hard to establish a working economy on the forum. While the project is still in its infancy, it was shown the promise of having a strong enough structure to be continued by future administrations.
That’s it for this update! Thank you for reading and for any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your ambassador, the Foreign Secretary, the Deputy Prime Minister, or the Prime Minister!