State Opening of Parliament: Constitutional change, prep for king’s move, realist politics

ROSEWOOD – The State Opening of the Eight Parliament of Überstadt occurred Saturday evening, with King Adam delivering his Speech from the Throne summarizing his government’s aims moving into the new year. Major changes were then made to the kingdom’s constitution and cabinet.

Adam summarized his agenda by saying that Überstadtis “must continue to build up [their] Kingdom in a way that increases its independence, strengthens its identity, and makes it a rewarding pursuit for all citizens.”

Specific goals addressed in the speech included renewing the international cultural exchange program, reforming the largest welfare program to increase benefits, increasing government observance of national holidays, and working to eradicate invasive plants within the kingdom. These goals were comparatively restrained to some of the more ambitious ones that had appeared in previous throne speeches.

“This signifies an increased sense of realism in what our government is capable of in practice,” the king told the Chronicle. “Working toward more attainable goals will help us actually progress instead of getting stuck trying to fulfill extravagant promises.”

A major theme of the event was preparation for Adam’s January move out of Überstadt to attend university in the United States. In his speech, the king indicated that his brother Prince Aaron would have much more responsibility over daily administration, but also emphasized the roles he would play remotely, such as managing foreign relations and experimenting with container gardening.

Part of these preparations included a complete reshuffle of the national cabinet, the first such rearrangement since the first Überstadti PM’s original group of ministers. Prince Aaron became Secretary of the Treasury, a role previously held by the king. Adam’s parents, both Überstadti judges, accepted posts formerly held by their sons: Sir Michael von Friedeck, the High Chancellor, became the economy minister, and Kara, Baroness Rosewood, became the new culture minister. Adam was confirmed the new Minister for the Environment.

Three bills were passed during the first meeting of the new parliamentary session. One reversed an older law on noble titles for the rulers of the nearby quasi-micronational entity called the Band Room Realms, and another eliminated the requirement for naturalized citizens to swear an oath of allegiance.

The third and final bill passed was the Constitution Act, which annuls Überstadt’s previous constitution and replaces it with a system of uncodified constitutional law. It was approved unanimously by all citizens, including the High Chancellor, who ordinarily is not allowed to participate in legislation. This new basic law is designed to allow organic evolution of politics over the course of many years.

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