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13. July, 2018
The Central Secretariat discusses prospects of a New Constitution
The Central Secretariat during a meeting, 12. July, 2018
By Ingrid Ingridsdodhir
RAFNBORG-- The Central Secretariat today met in Rafnborg to discuss the merits of a new constitution. This follows the concerns from the Unionists that the constitution is 'outdated' and is 'in need of fundemental restructuring'.
The current form of the constitution was written in February of 2013, months after the Provisional Government was exiled and replaced with the Central Secretariat. This constitution included a state that was vested with a great amount of power in finance, employment, and other essential istitutions such as education. With the Secretariat facing election in February, some are assuming this is a signal to appeal to discontent Syndicalists who are advocating for a decentralized government. Though the reaction of this decision were met with mixed results.
"This is a step in the right direction", said Bjolan Erikssen, the leader of the Ruthenish Trade Federation "We have trusted the RDSWP to handle to state until the revolution is over and since we are in a stable position, I believe that we have no more need for a strong state and we can let the populus take over more important descisions." Bjolan believes that adminstration of the government should not be a privilage, but a civil service in which everyone should have an obligation.
RDSWP members, the ruling party, had different and more critical thoughts on this decision. Helga Hildasdodhir, the Assembly Leader of the party commented, "I understand my comades' reasoning, but this is no time to discuss systemic change in our society. We still have a tremendous amount of work to do before this even becomes a valid question." However there are other members of the RDSWP that were more critical with the calls for a new constitution be considered, "a threat to Ruthendy" in the eyes of Fili Edharssen.
The Central Secretariat reassured sceptics in an official statement that there would be no talks of disssolving the current constitution until March of 2019. But this still leaves open the question, what would Ruthendy look like under a new constitution.
A New Ruthendy
While there are some calls to strengthen the Federal Power in Ruthendy (mostly from the People's Orthodox Party), most of the opposition of the current constitution is calling for a decentralized state with little power while the more extreme members of the Trade Federation are calling for the abolition of the state altogether. This would mean in either senario that the governments would no longer be a dominent employer in the workplace but instead would be replaced with cooperative-esque systems. While worker and saftey regulations are likely to be handled by the Federal Government, there a probable chance that the government would lose almost all of its power and say in the economy. Lawmakers also speculate that the Federal Government would lose its power to directly enforce laws.
"I don't like to speculate much, but I think this system that many of these Syndicalists are proposing is going to be just plainly counter-intuitive for our society." said Helga.
When asked to comment Bjolan replied, "I would ask my comrade to explain how democracy is counter-intuitive when that is what we were promised when we rose up against the Fascists. I would really like to hear her explanation."
Ruthendy has upcoming elections on the 18th of February and with the introduction the possibility of the new constitution in place many are asking, will this election cycle be a referendum on the current constitution? Only time will tell.