Satelliteland gets coalition government

A report from The Elysian Republican, May 2097

After last weeks elections Satelliteland has a new government. The leaders of the moderate nationalists and the moderate unionists have reached an agreement on how to run the country for the next few years and as they have together 140 of the 225 seats in the National Assembly, the current prime minister had no choice but to resign.

For the first time since independence the country will have a unionist as prime minister – at least that is one of the provisions of the coalition agreement. One challenge is that president Iris has to formally appoint the nominated candidate, Julia Elizabeth, a fierce opponent of the president. There is some speculation that Iris will refuse her appointment or will do anything to delay this.

The agreement

The major part of the agreement is the reversal of the policy of “starving the south”. The new government will increase the flow of government funds to the southern provinces. Exact figures have yet to be announced but the new government will take into account to fact that the south has been underfed the last fifty years.

Important for the moderate nationalists is the agreement on the number of immigrants allowed to settle in the country. The main base of support of the moderate nationalists is found among non-Elysian immigrants and they generally favor an increase of the immigration quota – not in the last place in the context of family reunion.

Unionists have traditionally opposed the government’s policy of allowing mass immigration of non-Elysians and easy naturalization, which they believe is a deliberate policy of undermining the unionist vote. Nevertheless recent immigration has actually weakened the radical nationalist dominance.

In exchange the moderate unionists have been granted their wish to strengthen the ties with Elysia as the new coalition has promised to start negotiations on a new trade agreement with the former mother country. Also the moderate nationalists have agreed with a repeal of article 123 of the constitution.

Further the new government will create two independent commissions which will investigate the abolition of HPA slavery and to reform the country’s tax system – which is currently still based on the Elysian tax code.

Treason

Radical unionists have already decried the coalition agreement and continue to accuse the moderate unionists of treason by collaborating with “the enemy”. George Panatos, leader of a radical unionist group, has restated in a speech that the Elysian armed should invade the country in order to restore what he calls law and order and to arrest to the “rebellious government”.

And also from radical nationalist side the word “treason” is heard. Habroux Perpier, former minister of internal security, has said in an interview the new government is a danger for the existence of the country and he believes that the abolition of slavery is outright treason, not only to the nation, but to mankind itself. He believes that the people should stand up for mammal supremacy.

Former lovers (?)

Julia Elisabeth has been nominated as the new prime minister though she is a fierce opponent of president Iris. However it is questionable whether the latter will appoint the former as prime minister as their relation is more than hostile.

Rumors say that the animosity between these two women is founded in the fact they were lovers in the past, though there is no hard evidence for this. Nevertheless both women have known each other for a long time.

Some speculate that President Iris would rather resign than to appoint her suspected former lover as prime minister, even if she commands a majority in the House of Representatives. If the president would resign, the chairman of the Senate will serve as acting president until a new president should be elected. Since the current chairman, Mansa Alwaki, is a radical nationalist, this might only cause the political deadlock to continue.

Professor in Satelliteland Constitutional Law Victoria Sidy argues that if either Iris Athasuuri or Mansa Alwaki refuse to act to according to the election results, the prospective government might ask the Supreme Court to intervene. Such action, professor Sidy argues, would be controversial as it would strengthen the ongoing criticism of the country moving towards a kritarchy (rule by judges).

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