Constitutional referendum passes

ROSEWOOD – The Überstadti people have said yes to socialism and direct democracy with the ratification of the constitution produced by the Convention for a Theodorist Constitution in what is being described as the greatest change since in the Kingdom since the November Revolution two years ago, which instituted the monarchy.

The referendum to approve the adoption of what is titled the Third Constitution of the Kingdom of Überstadt showed unanimous approval, with the requisite two-thirds of citizens voting, the remainder having either declined or missed the voting deadline. A quarter of voters cast electronic absentee ballots, enabling nonresident citizens to participate and contribute to the tally.

The referendum, the results of which were finalized last evening, was ordered by Parliamentary Bill #27, which received unanimous assent in the Theodorist-controlled Parliament the day before. The referendum had been planned ahead of time in anticipation of this passage.

The most significant changes brought about by the new constitution, which incorporates much of its organization and wording from the previous one, are the mandate that Parliament consist of all citizens, the abolition of money in favor of labor vouchers, and the change in the means of the Monarch’s succession. Under the new law, each Monarch nominates their successor, who must be confirmed heir by the direct Parliament.

The Fifth Parliament, being called by some politicians the “Parliament of All Citizens,” is expected to first sit sometime in November. It consists of three Theodorists and two nonpartisans, with the High Chancellor being excluded from sitting owing to their role in interpreting law. The legislature is now required to physically meet at least monthly.

Among the business for the new legislature is modifying existing statutes to be in line with the new law, such as removing references to the Royal Family, a concept which no longer legally exists, and eliminating the use of the über in official contexts. Laws referring to the Monarch’s formerly-held legislative decree power are also expected to be amended.

Economic reform is projected to be finalized with the institution of the voucher system of worker compensation. One of the most challenging tasks for the new legislator-citizens will be determining which labor is eligible for such payment.