Pazia Times: Peace-loving State Re-founded

    2 October 2008


    Following a lengthy period of disunity in the land that has long prided itself on peace, the former Union of Peace-Loving States has been refounded. Today's declaration of Pazia's new constitution establishes the old union under a new constitution agreed upon by the two main political groups seeking to unite the former union: the centre-left Liberal and Social Democratic Union (LSDU) and the centre-right Alliance for Unity and Liberty (AUL).

    A 2007 vote of no confidence on the government of the day led to new elections in which there was a shock victory of the anti-federalist party known as Coalition Against Federal Unionism, which consisted of a group of regional parties opposed to the long-standing constitutional sttlement of Peace-Loving States.

    Within days of the 2007 CAFU victory, a majority of state parliaments in the Peace-Loving States passed similar motions of no confidence and the same regional parties came to quickly dominate the policies of most states. This quickly led to proposed constitutional reforms to dismantle organs of the federal union, which were supported by the Libertarian and Conservative Parties as a means of reducing social programmes. These reforms were bitterly opposed by the Liberal and Social Democratic Parties, but they lost political capital upon accusations of having a left-wing Pazia bias and of maintaining a social structure that was not seen as beneficial to the whole of the island.

    The battle of values reached an end when the CAFU approved a motion to dissolve the constitution and union and received reluctant support from the Libertarians and Conservatives. The subsequent approval of the motion by a majority of state parliaments was to be a simple and quick formality that would reduce the former national Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party to parties existing solely within Pazia.

    Economic problems in the absence of the Union have caused the negotiations leading up to today's declaration. Trade within the former union proved nearly impossible within the patchwork of sovereign states and the inability of persons to move freely as they once did on the basis of PLS nationality and EU membership have meant that a former economic powerhouse has reduced very quickly to a mere footnote on the European financial pages.

    Unemployment in the southwestern states recently hit 15 per cent and led to some of the most regionalist politicians to petition the Pazia Council for economic and political ties that, through the process of negotiation, ultimately led to an acknowledgement by the representatives that the former Union of Peace-Loving States would best serve the interests of the land. The negotiators informed their state parliaments of their intent to draft a new constitution for the old union, and the state parliaments surprisingly agreed to allow them to proceed as long as representation of each state had centre-left and centre-right representation corresponding to the membership of each parliament.

    The parliaments of all the states have passed motions to endorse the new constitution, which is now in effect on an interim basis pending approval in a national referendeum. The interim federal government consists of representatives of the state parliaments evenly split between the two main parties and weighted by each state's population.

    A poll done today by the Pazia Times showed that 75 per cent of voting-age adults intend to vote in favour of keeping the new constitution permanently. When people vote on approving the new constitution, they will also be able to elect a new government to be put in place if the constitution is approved permanently.

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