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  1. IEC

    1703 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

    ((Election Day Post-poned to the 19th of February))
  2.  THE 1703 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS As the third, and a very divisive term of the Imperial Parliament comes to an end, it’s come time to select Prefects to represent the commoners in the Imperial legislature. This has been the second term in a row for no new legislation passed. Now it's expected this coming election will break the deadlock in parliament for the past ten years. Included to this parchment is a map of all the Prefectures in which candidates are eligible to run for office. As residents of Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt, should you meet the mandatory requirements and want to debate legislation on behalf of the entire Empire, you are eligible to do so. In addition, eligible voters are encouraged to participate in Parliamentary elections, as is their civic duty. Voter and candidate registration forums are included below. CURRENT CANDIDATES Carolustadt Alexander Liberto (UFP) Frederick Alexander Baden (IPP) Markev Bjolfr Nord (IPP) Demetrius Tuvya var Ruthern. (Independent) Martin Blackwood (Independent) Belvitz Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge (Independent) Gleb (UFP) Cyrilsburg Javier the Bear (LOPA) REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES United Federalist Party (UFP) Federalism, democracy, capitalism Click here for platform Imperial Preservation Party (IPP) Mercantilism, monarchism, traditionalism Click here for platform Loyalist Party (LOPA) Monarchism, elitism, vassal responsibility Click here for platform Aurelian Party (ARP) Militarism, equality, centralization Click here for platform CANDIDATE REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to run for office, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection II of the Statute of Carolustadt. Candidates may file with any political party of their choosing, either listed above or otherwise, or they may file as independent. Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least four Saint’s weeks Be a full blooded human Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be of either yeoman, gentry, or burgher status, or be within the immediate family of such Be registered to vote Be at least 25 years of age Be able to read and write proficiently Be of the Canonist faith or a denomination of such If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Political Party: VOTER REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to register to vote, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection I of the Statute of Carolustadt; Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least two Saint’s weeks Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be at least 14 years of age If you would like to register to vote for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: City of Residency: Year of Birth: Address: After registering to vote, you’ll need to visit the Imperial Election Commission’s office in Carolustadt, located at 6 Godfrey Sq., in order to retrieve your voter registration card. You will need this card to vote on election day. ((Message Papa_Liam or Ave_imperium for more information)) ELECTION SCHEDULE (( February 10th; Candidate and voter registration begins February 10th – 14th; Time for candidates to campaign, and for parties to hold primary elections February 14th; Deadline for candidates to register February 14th – 16th; Time to campaign leading into general election February 19th; Election Day February 20th; Third term begins )) We look forward to another term in Parliament Praise be the Empire ((Message Liam#7649 or Ave_imperium#4314 with any inquiries))
  3. [!] An urgent IEC notice is published in the middle of the 1701 Carolustadt by-election, signed by the IEC director. URGENT IMPERIAL ELECTION COMMISSION NOTICE 14th of Harren’s Folly, 1701 “It has come to the attention of the Imperial Election Commission that the Calculus Party nominee, Gleb, cannot provide sufficient evidence of citizenship. In addition, he cannot provide suitable proof of his residency within the capital city of Carolustadt. In accordance with the 1681 Statute of Carolustadt, signed by the late Imperial Majesty, Aurelius I, he is to be disqualified in order to maintain the integrity of our democratic institutions. The Imperial Arch-Chancellor’s office has temporarily seized control of electoral operations, and is in the process of redistributing Calculus Party ballots to their rightful owners. Constituents will be eligible to vote for another candidate of their choice. The Imperial Legion has been deployed in the capital to ensure that disenfranchised voters remain quelled in this time of unrest. Peace must be maintained in the Imperial capital. Without civility, we have nothing. We sincerely apologize for this mishap, an error in government bureaucracy. I, commissioner Rhys var Ruthern, take full responsibility for this oversight, and ensure the grand people of the Empire it shall not occur again.” - Director of the Imperial Election Commission, Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern
  4. [!] The IEC would periodically leave election results pinned on their doors. The 1701 Carolustadt By-Election Results provided by the Imperial Election Commission After the resignation of Aurelian prefect, James Antonius Windsor, the Carolustadt vacancy must be filled. As such, the IEC has conducted the legal process to conduct a by-election in the city, where four eligible candidates registered to run for the seat. Following campaigns, debates, and voter registration, the ballot boxes are open, and the people of Carolustadt will make their voices heard. LIVE RESULTS ((Last updated: 8:52pm EST)) Alexander Frederick Baden (INDEPENDENT): 53% Phillip Marshall (INDEPENDENT): 40% Alexander Liberto (COMMON CIVIC PARTY): 7% CANDIDATES Phillip Marshall As long-time armed service member, Phillip Marshall has long criticized the knighthood system, and believes the Knighthood Meritocracy Act doesn’t go far enough. He has a strong view on voters’ rights, advocating for more proportional representation in the legislative branch, and even going as far as to say that non-humans who follow the Canon and serve the Empire should be allowed to vote, as well. The nearly 96 year-old candidate believes that Parliament has fallen stagnant in recent years, and advocates for a 70% no-confidence procedure be implemented in the event that a constituency feels dissatisfied with their representative. Marshall is an independent. Alexander Frederick Baden Frederick is a Knight-Errant and Master-of-Arms for the Imperial Legion. Much like his opponents, Frederick advocates for the expansion of democratic institutions at the legislative level, specifically by expanding the number of Prefectures. His primary campaign goal has been economic reforms to establish educational institutions, and to subsidize manufacturing industry to generate jobs. Frederick is an independent. Gleb This candidate, who simply goes by “Gleb,” is a member of the aspiring Calculus Party, wanting to spread the joys of learning calculus to the Empire. He advocates for bolstering cultural reforms over economic ones, stating that the fluidity of our globalized economy is something that the government can’t impact as much, and our resources would be better invested towards cultural activities, such as increased festivals and education. Gleb, just like his fellow candidates, believes that all citizens of the Empire should be allowed to vote, but also advocates for cognitive tests to ensure that they’re of a reasonable educational capacity. Alexander Liberto Alexander Liberto is no stranger to politics, working closely alongside the Common Civic Party’s leadership, including during the historic Belvitz campaign of 1987, where CCP nominee Antanios Opal Rutledge just barely squeezed by. Liberto is now running his campaign on the virtue of capitalist values, electoral integrity, voting rights, and military empowerment. ON THE ISSUES Last Saint’s Day, a four-way debate was scheduled between Alexander Liberto, Phillip Marshall, Gleb, and Alexander Frederick Baden. Unfortunatley, CCP nominee Alexander Liberto was not in attendance, but that didn’t stop the other three candidates from engaging in a fiery debate pertaining to their plans for Parliament. We were able to garner their positions on various different political issues, which are all outlined below. Ser Phillip Marshall, Gleb, and Frederick Alexander debate in the Carolustadt Courtroom Phillip Marshall on. . . Voter’s Rights: “Every man and woman over the age of 18, so long as they reside within the Empire, practice the Canon, and support the Emperor deserve the right to vote. Long before Parliament, when we voted for Mayor of the capital, everyone was allowed to vote so long as they were a citizen. And that’s the way it should be today.” Kha Rights: General disdain Taxation: “If you can afford to hold a Barony of Dukedom, you can afford to pay taxes!” Inter-Vassal Conflicts: Unknown Cultural Enrichment: Generally favors festivals Industrial Subsidies: Generally favors industry as a source of employment Education: Unknown Alexander Frederick Baden on. . . Voter’s Rights: “The current system of just three Prefects is not working, and there need to be more Prefects for more areas.” Kha Rights: Total banishment from the Empire Taxation: “The nobility have much greater wealth than the peasants. I’m sure they have enough to give some of that wealth to help out the peasants, may it be for their industries, culture, education and such.” Inter-Vassal Conflicts: Permit inter-vassal conflicts with oversight from the Crown Cultural Enrichment: Prioritize funding elsewhere Industrial Subsidies: Make industry an imperial priority Education: Generally supportive of public institutions Gleb on. . . Voter’s Rights: “Personally, am of opinion that all citizen who prove them of niet stupidity can make vote of candidate.” Kha Rights: Case-by-case basis Taxation: “I wish to make the nobility use their money to enrich the populous culturally.” Inter-Vassal Conflicts: Unknown Cultural Enrichment: Subsidize festivals and other cultural activities Industrial Subsidies: Don’t invest into industry, invest in cultural activities instead Education: Make public education a priority Alexander Liberto on. . . Voter’s Rights: “All people deserve to have their voice in parliament no matter what. Democracy only goes as far as the people do.” Kha Rights: Only be allowed to enter the Empire, nothing more Taxation: “Taxes should have a medium to low range. People should give back to the community, but not be left without enough to support themselves and their family.” Inter-Vassal Conflicts: “If vassals have a problem with each other, then they should settle it like men, in court instead of sacrificing the lives of good soldiers for their petty squabbles.” Cultural Enrichment: “While it is important that we are aware of the world around us, cultural enrichment should, be no means, be the priority.” Industrial Subsidies: “Industry is the machine that keeps the nation running. It is a source of materials, items, resources, and jobs. Although, it should not be valued over the general good of the people.” Education: ”Free, accessible, public education should be highly valued, as the young people of this society are our future, and they cannot go anywhere without knowledge.” HOW TO VOTE All citizens of Carolustadt are eligible to vote. Polling will be open for approximately 24 Saint’s hours. You should have a voter ID card, which resembles the following; If you’ve already been issued a card, you may re-use it. If it’s in your posession, then simply deposit it into the ballot boxes. If you’ve been issued one but haven’t retrieved it since the last election, please pick it up at the IEC office in Carolustadt. If you haven’t been issued one at all, then you can apply by speaking to an IEC director. Voting will take place at Horen Circle 2, the Carolustadt courthouse, to the right of the Imperial Bank. Simply deposit your voting slip into the ballot box with your candidate’s name on the front. We wish all the candidates luck in this race. ((Message Liam#7649 or Ave_imperium#4314 with any election-related inquiries.))
  5. 17th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1700 I-PAN ISSUE ELEVEN Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this distinguished outlet, feel free to contact editor Fabius Bracchus ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. CAROLUSTADT PREFECT DEBATE SCHEDULED FOR LATER NEXT WEEK Former Prefect, James Antonius Windsor, giving a campaign speech before resigning earlier this term; 2oth of Owyn’s Light, 1697 Elected Prefects have a lousy track record when it comes to serving their full terms, but former Prefect James Antonius Windsor, who was uncontested in the 1698 elections, may have broken a new record. He served for roughly five Saint’s days before announcing that he’d be leaving Parliament to, “spend more time with his family.” At extraordinary speed, a multitude of candidates flocked to the stage to occupy the former Prefect’s seat. There will be four candidates in the running to replace Windsor. Alexander Liberto of the Common Civic Party, Phillip Marshall, an independent, Frederick Alexander Baden, also an independent, and a man simply known as “Gleb” running with the unofficial “Calculus Party.” Never has a Prefecture seat been so contested. It’s estimated by I-PAN consultants that this seat has become so sought after because individuals are fed up with the obstructionist tendencies of Parliament. Last legislative term, out of eleven proposed pieces of legislation, only one passed – a bill reforming committee rules within the Imperial Parliament. Not exactly the ground breaking change in people’s lives that we were hoping for. Due to the seemingly incapable legislature being unable to pass new reforms, voters and candidates alike have expressed their distaste for the current government, and are now setting out to change the Parliament’s ineffectiveness. A debate between the candidates will be held in one Saint’s Week ((Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 5pm EST)), to be organized by the IEC. Liberto, Marshall, and Alexander have all confirmed their attendance. The IEC has yet to hear a response from Gleb. The election will be held the Saint’s Day following the debate ((Sunday, Feb. 3rd)). Polls will be open to registered Carolustadt voters all day, with voting booths set up in the courthouse. We plan to deliver more election coverage in the coming days, as the candidates continue to campaign in preparation for the elections. AZOTH HAWKSONG APPOINTED TREASURER Portrait of Imperial Treasurer, Azoth Elnora Hawksong; 1699 The Crown’s communications offices confirmed earlier today that Azoth Hawksong, renown scholar and former treasurer of the Dominion, will be appointed as Imperial Treasurer. Hawksong holds a rather impressive resume. A current professor of Imperial government at the Theodosian Imperial Academy, previously a law professor at the Academy of Holm, Hawksong’s record sits primarily in his academic and diplomatic abilities. He served as the Dominion ambassador to the Global Assembly in the 1670’s, playing a pivotal role in sponsoring proposals which restricted international law from impeding on the economic sovereignty of autonomous nations. Prior, he served as the long-term Lord Treasurer of the Dominion. Hawksong is a member of the Common Civic Party, declaring himself as a staunch capitalist and market liberal. With that said, he’s made it very clear to his colleagues in Parliament that he won’t be coerced by the party into sponsoring any legislation which he believes will harm the Imperial populace. “I will not choose party over priority when it comes to the Treasury,” said Hawksong in an earlier statement. “In this committee and in my profession, I am utterly bipartisan.” Indeed, Hawksong has already began to draft his own legislation, to be reviewed by the committee on taxation, finance, and budgeting, which would overhaul the Imperial budgetary system. The new proposal would allow the Imperial Treasury to allocate funding to various departments, while setting aside appropriation funding for legislators to distribute as they see fit. The distribution of taxation powers is still being debated on the committee. Prefect Fabius Bracchus of Markev had also proposed a bill to overhaul the Imperial budgeting system, but rescinded his legislation when Hawksong was appointed treasurer. The new bill is expected to be released in the coming days, where the finance committee will then have to review the proposal. The finance committee is composed of Azoth Hawksong, Ingrid Kastrovat, Charles Talraen de Rennes, Marius Baruch, and is chaired by Fabius Bracchus. Legislation will require the support of at least three of these members to proceed to a general vote. The bill is expected to pass in the committee. Hawksong is the first non-human to be appointed to a spot on the Imperial Privy Council. However, given his staunchly pro-Imperial record and extensive experience, his appointment is expected to be received as a positive move from the Crown. I-PAN will be monitoring Hawksong and other legislators’ voting records in the coming days.
  6. [!] “Maybe,” a secretary at the IEC notes, “Just maybe, if elected officials didn’t all resign a week after getting the job, we wouldn’t have to hold so many excess elections.” The 1700 Carolustadt By-Election Following the recent resignation of the newly elected Prefect of Carolustadt, James Antonius Windsor, a new parliamentary representative for the Imperial capital must be elected. CURRENT CANDIDATES Alexander Liberto (Common Civic Party) Phillip Marshall (Independent) “Gleb” (Calculus Party) FILING FOR CANDIDACY If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; (Please note that this is a Carolustadt election, and to participate in such, you must live either within Carolustadt or it’s immediate suburbs, such as Stettin) Full Name: Political Party: Address: For additional information regarding candidacy requirements and political party registration, please refer to our previous election registrar. ((The deadline to register is Thursday, 1/24. The election is set to take place on Saturday, 1/26. Polls should be open for the majority of the day. You can vote in the Imperial courthouse.)) ((Please contact Liam#7649 or Ave_imperium#4314 if you need to reclaim a voter ID card, or if you have any further questions.))
  7. The Imperial Parliament of the Empire of Man ✠ GREAT COUNCIL OF THE IMPERIAL CROWN OF EXALTED GODFREY Consilium Magnum de Imperiale Corona elevati Godefridus The Third Legislative Term The Imperial Parliament, an institution established roughly a decade ago, has been widely successful in facilitating debate between legislators across the Empire, may they be noble Lords, members of the Church, Privy Councillors, or elected representatives. Although the legislature has proven to be an invaluable component of Imperial government, reforms were desperately required in order to boost efficiency within the realm of bureaucratic red tape. As such, after the passage of P.B. 017, the Imperial Parliament has installed “committees” to revise legislation in their early stages, in order to minimize the amount of debate necessary on the floor. For this reason, we wish to offer the constituents of the Empire a list of their legislators, along with general information, and what committees they shall serve on as we enter this new legislative term. COMMITTEES At the beginning of each legislative term – every five years – the Lord Speaker shall appoint every legislator to his or her committees. Each legislator may serve on a maximum of three committees, with the exception of the Lord Speaker himself, who may sit on four. Legislators are assigned to their committees based on which areas of policy reforms they retain the most knowledge, experience, or skills. When legislation is proposed, it shall be reviewed by one or more of said committees, and must pass by a majority in said committee, before moving on to the floor for a general vote, at which point, it will then be ratified into law. Each committee shall also appoint a chairman, who serves for the duration of the legislative term, and is responsible for organizing committee votes. The committees are as follows; Judiciary Committee The Judiciary Committee has been established as the very first committee in Parliamentary history. Their duty is to review changes to criminal law, reformations to the courts system, and to take a major role in Parliamentary investigative inquiries. Any alterations to The Ten Tables shall be processed through the Judiciary Committee. National Security Committee The National Security Committee deals with matters of the armed services, on both domestic law enforcement and national warfare. They are responsible for reviewing legislation relating to war, guard work, and the general safety of the Imperial constituency. Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee The Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee serves to review primarily economic legislation. Any bills relating to national tax changes, budget appropriations, commerce, or any other purely economic proposals shall be brought to them. Infrastructure Committee The Infrastructure Committee reviews all legislation relating to public works, urbanization, housing, and transportation. Bills involving railroad services, public roads, city expansion, or other utilities to be used by the public will be presented to them. Religious Affairs Committee The Religious Affairs Committee will review and legislation in relation to the regulation or embracement of spiritual or theocratic conduct. Any bills which would have an impact on the practice of religion will be brought to the Religious Affairs Committee. Administration & Rules Committee The Administration & Rules Committee reviews all legislation relating to inter-governmental structure, ethical violations, Parliamentary rules, and the organization of the state. Foreign Relations Committee The Foreign Relations Committee is tasked with diplomatic affairs. Legislation pertaining to the conduct between the Empire of Man, other nations, and third party organizations are delegated to this committee. Civil Liberties Committee The Civil Liberties Committee votes on legislation pertaining to the rights or privileges of the individual citizen, private organizations, or other non-governmental groups. LEGISLATORS The following is a list of legislators serving in the third parliamentary term; Theodoric of Markev Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Speaker of Parliament First Term (INDEPENDENT) Judiciary Committee Infrastructure Committee Religious Affairs Committee Administration & Rules Committee Elizaveta Rosette Bihar Barbanov-Ruthern Queen of Haense Chairwoman of the Civil Liberties Committee First Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Civil Liberties Committee Edward Morris Arch-Chancellor Chairman of the Administration & Rules Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Religious Affairs Committee Administration & Rules Committee Civil Liberties Committee Charles Talraen de Rennes Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Foreign Relations Committee Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Fabius Bracchus Prefect of Markev Chairman of the Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Civil Liberties Committee Rudolph Wagner Archbishop of Jorenus Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Religious Affairs Committee Marius Karl Baruch Count of Ayr Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Ser Seth Renault Grand Marshal Chairman of the National Security Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) National Security Committee Civil Liberties Committee Ingrid Kastrovat Marquess of Styria Chairwoman of the Infrastructure Committee Third Term (INDEPENDENT) Infrastructure Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Aldonza Castelo de Castillo Lady of Stettin Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Civil Liberties Committee Foreign Relations Committee Edward Suffolk Count of Pembrokeshire Third Term (LOYALIST PARTY) Judiciary Committee Foreign Relations Committee Administration & Rules Committee Abdullah Kharadeen Caliph of Kadarsi Third Term (LOYALIST PARTY) Religious Affairs Committee Foreign Relations Committee Alastrine Vientos Baroness of Mehran Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee National Security Committee Raska Ragnarson Baron of Alsace First Term (LOYALIST PARTY) National Security Committee Administration & Rules Committee James III Antonius Windsor de Castillo Prefect of Carolustadt First Term (AURELIAN PARTY) Foreign Relations Committee Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Klaus Belfroy Castellan Engineer Third Term (INDEPENDENT) National Security Committee Infrastructure Committee Henrik Otto Ludovar Baron of Lizat First Term (INDEPENDENT) Infrastructure Committee Religious Affairs Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge Prefect of Belvitz First Term (INDEPENDENT) Foreign Relations Committee National Security Committee Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern Imperial Election Commissioner Non-Voting Member First Term (INDEPENDENT) The third legislative term shall span from 1698 – 1703. For any further inquiries, please contact the Parliamentary relations office. ((Cash4Gold#1763))
  8. 15th of Owyn’s Light, 1698 I-PAN ISSUE TEN Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this distinguished outlet, feel free to contact Fabio Bracchus, editor ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. PARLIAMENT APPROACHES THIRD LEGISLATIVE TERM James Antonius Windsor announces his campaign for Prefect of Carolustadt; 20th of Owyn’s Flame, 1697 As the Imperial Parliament approaches its third legislative term, with elections being held in two Saint’s Days, the Imperial Parliament continues to fervently debate hot button issues. Although the days of the Priorist Party are largely forgotten to the tests of time, the Common Civic Party continues to try and reform their Knighthood standards, the Loyalist Party makes attempts to alter Prefect electoral regulations, and the Aurelian Party has seemingly remained quiet for their first term in Parliament. Although elections are around the corner, two seats are uncontested; Markev and Belvitz. Fabio Bracchus, the controversial leader of the Common Civic Party, retains his unquestioned authority in his home district. Meanwhile in Belvitz, following the assassination of Prefect Antanios Opal Rutledge, the late minister’s widowed wife has taken it upon herself to represent Belvitz in the next Parliament. Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge is going to be the first Southernos elected to Parliament, with no contenders to challenge her position. Curiously enough, however, she has decided to run as an independent candidate as opposed to registering with the CCP as her late husband did, leading many to wonder if she’ll vote differently from the former Adrian politician on legislation. The only real election taking place is in the Carolustadt, where Phillip Marshall, independent, will face off against Aurelian Party nominee James Antonius Windsor. Windsor has campaigned on military resurgence, the implementation of civil liberties, and expanding voting rights to all eligible citizens of the Empire. In contrast, independent candidate Philllip Marshall is considered a staunch loyalist to the crown. It’s speculated that the veteran soldier won’t deviate much from the state narrative, though he is speculated to be a rather vocal advocate of conservative principles, if elected. Voters will decide who shall represent them in the next Imperial Parliament in two Saint’s days. When the new legislative term begins, here are some hot-topic issues to be on the lookout for; Judicial reforms to overhaul the current court system Electoral reforms to make Prefect elections either more inclusive or restricted Debates regarding knighthood standards Economic reforms to increase formal employment in the Empire SPEAKER EDWARD MORRIS ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION, IEC DIRECTOR THEODORIC DE RUYTER APPOINTED Theodoric de Ruyter, IEC director, incoming Speaker of Parliament; 12th of Owyn’s Light, 1698 At the most recent Parliamentary session, on the 14th of Horen’s Calling, 1698, current Speaker of Parliament and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Edward Morris, publicly announced his resignation to the chamber. Morris has served as Privy Seal since the resignation of his predecessor, Alexander Frederick, in 1691. Morris was then selected by Emperor Augustus to serve as Arch-Chancellor, creating a vacancy in Parliamentary leadership. Morris has now publicly unveiled his plans to appoint the current director of the IEC, Theodoric Bracchus de Ruyter, as the new Speaker of Parliament. The young Arch-Bishop of the Crownlands has served as IEC director for this previous term, effectively staying out of the public spotlight, for the most part. He shall take the dais in one Saint’s week, after Speaker Morris leaves office. The Bracchus name has been a big one in parliamentary politics for nearly a decade now. The first Lord Spiritual appointed to the position, Claudius Bracchus, made headlines when he was accused of misusing Church funds, before radical nationalists assassinated him on the floor of Parliament. Following such, his cousin, Fabius “Fabio” Bracchus, has been one of the most consequential voices in Parliament. Along with Alexander Frederick, he was one of the original architects of the Imperial Parliament, later becoming IEC director, then Maer of Markev, and now Prefect. This has lead some to raise vocal concerns over nepotistic ties, although the incoming Speaker hasn’t yet expressed any signs of biases. The future Speaker plans to go into Parliament next term as an independent. PARLIAMENT DIDN’T PASS A SINGLE BILL DURING THE SECOND TERM The most recent session of the Imperial Parliament. Ministers bow their heads in prayer, lead by High Pontiff Daniel V; 14th of Horen’s Calling, 1698 During its second term, the Imperial Parliament failed to pass any legislation whatsoever. A total of seven bills were voted on this term, and only an appointment made it past the first round of voting. These bills included two regarding the expansion of voting rights, one regarding the limitations of Prefecture candidates to hold two consecutive terms, an ambassador appointment bill, a judicial overhaul act, a railroad construction project, and the appointment of Lord Spiritual Rudolph Wagner, which is the only vote to actually pass. A common theory for the deadlock in Parliament is the general disinterest among ministers. Some members of the chamber have an obscene attendance record, often only appearing at one or two sessions per term, of which there are ten sessions over a five year period. With great disinterest comes the inability to pass meaningful legislation, as either none has been presented or there’s not enough ministers present to realistically pass said legislation. Another potential reason for the gridlock is the hyper-partisanship facing Parliament. For those who are active in parliamentary affairs, they often can’t come to any sort of resolution, killing each other's bills on arrival – namely LOPA and the CCP. Incoming leaders to the Imperial Parliament aim to repair this flawed body, and to get much needed reforms passed next term.
  9. THE 1698 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS As the second, very divisive term of the Imperial Parliament comes to an end, it’s come time to select Prefects to represent the commoners in the Imperial legislature. Many voters are upset that, among all the bills proposed, the divided Parliament couldn’t agree to pass anything. Not one bill made it to His Imperial Majesty’s desk, leading many disgruntled constituents to register to vote, in order to end the partisan deadlock. Included to this parchment is a map of all the Prefectures in which candidates are eligible to run for office. As residents of Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt, should you meet the mandatory requirements and want to debate legislation on behalf of the entire Empire, you are eligible to do so. In addition, eligible voters are encouraged to participate in Parliamentary elections, as is their civic duty. Voter and candidate registration forums are included below. CURRENT CANDIDATES Carolustadt James Antonious Windsor (ARP) Markev Fabius Bracchus (CCP) Belvitz Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge (Independent) REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES Common Civic Party (CCP) Free trade, voter suffrage, small government Click here for platform Aurelian Party (ARP) Militarism, equality, centralization Click here for platform Loyalist Party (LOPA) Monarchism, elitism, vassal responsibility Click here for platform Priorist Party (PPR) Human supremacy, nationalism, authority Click here for platform Autarkic Worker’s Party (AWP) Industry, socialism, populism Click here for platform CANDIDATE REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to run for office, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection II of the Statute of Carolustadt. Candidates may file with any political party of their choosing, either listed above or otherwise, or they may file as independent. Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least four Saint’s weeks Be a full blooded human Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be of either yeoman, gentry, or burgher status, or be within the immediate family of such Be registered to vote Be at least 25 years of age Be able to read and write proficiently Be of the Canonist faith or a denomination of such If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Political Party: VOTER REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to register to vote, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection I of the Statute of Carolustadt; Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least two Saint’s weeks Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be at least 14 years of age If you would like to register to vote for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: City of Residency: Year of Birth: Address: After registering to vote, you’ll need to visit the Imperial Election Commission’s office in Carolustadt, located at 6 Godfrey Sq., in order to retrieve your voter registration card. You will need this card to vote on election day. ((Message Papa_Liam or xboxersz for more information)) ELECTION SCHEDULE (( January 5th; Candidate and voter registration begins January 5th – 9th; Time for candidates to campaign, and for parties to hold primary elections January 9th; Deadline for candidates to register January 9th – 11th; Time to campaign leading into general election January 12th; Election Day January 16th; Third term begins )) We look forward to another term in Parliament Praise be the Empire ((Message Liam#7649 or Cash4Gold#1763 with any inquiries))
  10. [!] “Perhaps, just perhaps, if our politicians could hold onto their positions for more than a Saint’s week, we wouldn’t have elections ever ten days,” mused a peasant in Adria. THE 1695 BELVITZ BY-ELECTION 13th of Owyn’s Flame, 1695 Shortly after the 1693 elections, recently re-elected CCP Prefect of Belvitz, Antanios Opal Rutledge, was murdered. The horrendous tragedy was quickly publicized and made public knowledge, sparking a series of small-scale riots in Belvitz. Currently, the local guard force, the Imperial Legion’s investigative division, and a Parliamentarian judicial committee lead by Lord Temporal Castelo are investigating the murder. In the meantime, Pandir Millinis has been appointed as temporary Prefect until sufficient elections can be held – which are now to be held promptly. All those interested in running for Prefect of Belvitz, we implore you to read the information below. Requirements for Candidacy All candidates for Prefect of Belvitz must meet the aforementioned prerequisites, per the Statute of Carolustadt. The Imperial Election Commission will extensively review each and every applicant to ensure these standards are fulfilled. To be of at least Gentry, Burgher, or Yeoman social status, or in the immediate family of such individuals To have resided in your given Prefecture for at least four Saint’s weeks at the time of the election To be at least twenty-five years of age To be a full-blooded human To subscribe to the Canonist faith or a denomination of such To possess the ability to read and write proficiently To own property in your Prefecture, such as a house To be registered to vote Applications for Candidacy All applications are to be sent to the IEC’s office. Full Name: Party Affiliation: Address: Declared Candidates Pandir Millinis (Aurelian Party) For voter ID card reclamation or inquiries, contact IEC director Theodoric de Ruyter ((Cash4Gold#1763)) or deputy assistant Fabius Bracchus ((Liam#7649)) ((Elections will be held on Wednesday, December 26th . Polls will be open from 3pm EST – 9pm EST.))
  11. 14th of Sigismund’s End, 1693 I-PAN ISSUE NINE Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Theodoric de Ruyter, Election Commissioner ((Cash4Gold#1763)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. SECOND LEGISLATIVE TERM OF PARLIAMENT SET TO BEGIN NEXT SAINT’S DAY [!] First session of Parliament; 1687 With the conclusion of the Imperial Parliament’s first legislative term, Speaker Edward Morris, who took over for Speaker Alexander Frederick back in 1691, has announced a new list of Lord Temporals who will be serving in the next session of the Imperial Parliament. In addition, three new Prefects have been elected. The final seat that remains to be filled is the position of Lord Spiritual, which fell into a political limbo after the former High Pontiff declared the position null and void. Archbishop Rudolph Wagner is being considered to fill the role, after former Prince-Bishop of Aescelus, Claudius Bracchus, was assassinated earlier this Saint’s month. Speaker Morris appears to be heading in a new direction in regards to appointment, however, subjecting Archbishop Wagner to a confirmation hearing among the rest of the legislature, allowing them to freely inquire about the nominee’s history and political or religious tenets. However, the rules and regulations regarding such confirmations are vague, as there is no existing precedent for such a maneuver. The confirmation hearing will be held in four Saint’s days. [!] The incoming party makeup of the Imperial Parliament; 1694 Here is a complete list of the incoming Parliamentary members; ELECTED PREFECTS: Prefect of Belvitz, Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) (Second Term) Prefect of Markev, Fabius Bracchus (CCP) (First Term) Prefect of Carolustadt, John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) (First Term) LORD TEMPORALS: Caliph of Kadarsi, Abdullah Kharadeen (CCP) (Second Term) Count of Ayr, Marius Karl Baruch (CCP) (First Term) Baron of Ivanovvy, Bogdan Radovich (PPR) (Second Term) Duke of Pembrokeshire, Edward Suffolk (LOPA) (Second Term) Countess of Kastrovat, Ingrid Kastrovat (IND) (Second Term) Count of Gorgona, Leopold Horation Helvets (IND) (First Term) Lady of Stettin, Aldonza Castelo (IND) (First Term) Baron of Dormont, John Hugh Sarkozic (IND) (First Term) Baroness of Mehran, Alastrine Vientos (IND) (First Term) PRIVY COUNCIL: Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Edward Morris (IND) (Second Term) Arch-Seneschal, Aran Talrean (PPR) (Second Term) Arch-Chancellor, Augustus Horen (IND) (Second Term) Chief Justicar, Carolvac Kovachev (IND) (Second Term) Imperial Engineer, Klaus Heldenburg (IND) (Second Term) LORD SPIRITUALS: NOMINEE, Archbishop Rudolph Wagner (IND) (First Term) (Pending) NON-VOTING MEMBERS: Deputy-Speaker, Gawain d’Auvergne (Second Term) Election Commissioner, Theodoric de Ruyter (First Term) ELECTION RESULTS SUGGEST AURELIAN PARTY MAY SEE LARGE GAINS IN THE FUTURE The election results from three Saint’s days ago would initially indicate that the Common Civic Party solidified it’s holdings. Markev, which has always been the CCP’s stronghold since they elected the party’s founder, Palatine Robert Sigismund, opted to elect former Election Commissioner, Fabius Bracchus, after Prefect Rhys var Ruthern announced that he would not be running for a second term. In Belvitz, Prefect Antanios Opal Rutledge won re-election. During his first election, he won with a staggering 85% of the vote. In Carolustadt, Aurelian candidate John Charles d’Anpalais was unopposed, and became the first member of Parliament to represent the newfound political party. The full election results are below; Carolustadt Prefecture ✔ Called for John Charles d’Anpalais John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) – Uncontested Markev Prefecture ✔ Called for Fabius Bracchus Fabius Bracchus (CCP) – 64.71% ((11)) Bjolfr Nord (ARP) – 35.29% ((6)) Belvitz Prefecture ✔ Called for Antanios Opal Rutledge Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) – 54.84% ((17)) Darius Ault (ARP) – 45.16% ((14)) From looking at these results, you would think that the hopeful Aurelian Party is off to a poor start. After all, the only election they were able to win was an election where they were unopposed. However, these numbers don’t necessarily tell the whole story. In Belvitz, for instance, Rutledge noticed a stark decline in his vote share when compared to the last election. He was running against former temp. Prefect Ostrobor Carrion, now the chairman of the Aurelian Party, and won by +35 points – an impressive victory for Belvitz, which is considered a swing prefecture. However, this election, he won only by +4 points, a net loss of -31 points since the last election, all of which went towards the ARP instead. In Markev, as well, the CCP continued to expect to solidify their holdings by at least 70%, but instead fell slightly short, noticing ARP candidate Bjolfr Nord slowly creeping up on Bracchus, losing by only 15%. This would suggest that, while the newcomer to the political stage doesn’t yet have enough political capital to win elections, they are certainly performing more effectively than the Priorist Party had. That’s exactly why this new party has such an advantage. The Priorist Party has seemingly abandoned electoral politics, not bothering to run a single candidate in any election. After the former Priorist Party chairman Hans Rovin resigned from his position, the party fell into disarray, and became much more unorganized than it had in the past. Without any mainstream opposition to the CCP, the Aurelian Party offers disenfranchised voters a viable alternative, a more moderate right wing option in comparison to their radical PPR counterparts. After this election, the Priorist Party held onto not one elected seat. As the Priorist Party seemingly begins to slowly fade out of the national political picture, a power vacuum is left open for some insurgent candidates – which is an amazing opportunity for the Aurelians. John Charles d’Anpalais, who will be the party’s sole MP this upcoming legislative term, will likely be a leading voice for the party’s future campaigns. He will drive the party’s image among voters over the next five years.
  12. [!] The IEC posts election statistics on their office doors periodically. 1693 General Election Live Results 4th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1693 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission Today is the second general election in the history of the Imperial Parliament. Voters have had plenty of opportunities to vote in by-elections and primaries over the last five years, but this is the first time that voters will participate in the next scheduled general election since Parliament’s implementation. This election offers a particularly suspenseful climate, as the new Aurelian Party has seemingly replaced their more radical predecessors, the Priorist Party, at least in electoral politics. This election shall be considered a referendum on how moderate ideals appeal to the voters. Elections will be hosted in Markev and Belvitz, with the election in Carolustadt being uncontested. Following the election, the next official legislative term of the Imperial Parliament will begin at Speaker Morris’ discretion, following another five years with new Parliamentary members. LIVE RESULTS ((Last updated 12:02 AM EST)) Carolustadt Prefecture ✔ Called for John Charles d’Anpalais John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) – Uncontested Markev Prefecture ✔ Called for Fabius Bracchus Fabius Bracchus (CCP) – 64.71% ((11)) Bjolfr Nord (ARP) – 35.29% ((6)) Belvitz Prefecture ✔ Called for Antanios Opal Rutledge Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) – 54.84% ((17)) Darius Ault (ARP) – 45.16% ((14))
  13. [!] The IEC would post polling numbers onto their office’s doors periodically. 1693 Primary Elections Live Results Results provided by the Imperial Election Commission Voters in Markev are voting in the Common Civic Party’s primary election today, to select a nominee for the Parliamentary general elections, held in three Saint’s days. The two candidates in the running are Fabius Bracchus, current Maer of Markev and former election commissioner, competing against Henrik Otto Ludovar, Knight and native Markevian. Bracchus represents the more seasoned, experienced Parliamentary insiders, whereas Ludovar attempts to inspire a new age of CCP voters to send new voices to Carolustadt. Today’s primary results will decide the party’s nominee, and which candidate will be competing against Aurelian Party nominee, Bjolfr Nord. Voters in Markev must be a registered member of the CCP to participate in this primary election. Voting will be conducted in the Theodosian Municipal Library, at 1 Marius Court. ((Polls are open from 2:30pm EST – 9pm EST.)) No other primary elections are occurring today. LIVE RESULTS ((Updated 8:53pm EST)) MARKEV COMMON CIVIC PARTY PRIMARY ELECTION Fabius Bracchus (CCP) 50% (4) Henrik Otto Ludovar (CCP) 50% (4)
  14. THE 1693 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS After the first five years of Parliament, the next legislative term dawns upon us. And with a new term approaching, elections must be conducted to select the next Prefects from across the Empire. In addition, the Imperial Administration will be releasing their selection for the next set of Lord Temporals in due time. Included to this parchment is a map of all the Prefectures in which candidates are eligible to run for office. As residents of Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt, should you meet the mandatory requirements and want to debate legislation on behalf of the entire Empire, you are eligible to do so. In addition, eligible voters are encouraged to participate in Parliamentary elections, as is their civic duty. Voter and candidate registration forums are included below. CURRENT CANDIDATES Carolustadt John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) Click here for platform Markev Henrik Otto Ludovar (CCP) Click here for platform Fabius Bracchus (CCP) Click here for platform Bjolfr Nord (ARP) Click here for platform Belvitz Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) (INCUMBENT) Click here for platform Darius Ault (ARP) Click here for platform MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES Priorist Party of Renatus (PPR) Human supremacy, authoritarianism, nationalism Click here for platform Common Civic Party (CCP) Free trade, voter suffrage, small government Click here for platform Loyalist Party (LOPA) Monarchism, vassal responsibility, Imperial unity Click here for platform Aurelian Party (ARP) Militarism, equality, centralization Click here for platform CANDIDATE REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to run for office, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection II of the Statute of Carolustadt. Candidates may file with any political party of their choosing, either listed above or otherwise, or they may file as independent. Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least four Saint’s weeks Be a full blooded human Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be of either yeoman, gentry, or burgher status, or be within the immediate family of such Be registered to vote Be at least 25 years of age Be able to read and write proficiently Be of the Canonist faith or a denomination of such If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Political Party: VOTER REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to register to vote, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection I of the Statute of Carolustadt; Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least two Saint’s weeks Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be at least 14 years of age If you would like to register to vote for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: City of Residency: Year of Birth: Address: After registering to vote, you’ll need to visit the Imperial Election Commission’s office in Carolustadt, located at 6 Godfrey Sq., in order to retrieve your voter registration card. You will need this card to vote on election day. ((Message Papa_Liam or xboxersz for more information)) ELECTION SCHEDULE Below is a master schedule of important dates for the upcoming election cycle. (( November 28th ; Candidate and voter registration opens November 28th – December 4th ; Time for candidates to campaign December 5th ; Primary election day December 5th – December 7th ; General election campaigning December 8th ; Election day )) We look forward to another productive term in Parliament! ((Message Liam#7649 or Cash4Gold#1763 with any inquiries))
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