Elected on the federalist ticket to represent the province of Ibelin just weeks ago, Lysander Spooner has, after some “soul-searching” declared his desire to seek legislative measures to suspend the provincial governments of Alexandria in order to “place the survival of the Empire first and foremost.”
Declaring to the Ibelin electorate on October 3 that he will “champion for our rights and … make our province productive again,” Mr. Spooner has now made a complete about face on the issue of provincial rights, catching the Alexandrian political scene off guard. The proposal comes as part of a legislative package put forward by Mr. Spooner that includes bills to implement mandatory military service and declare Catholicism as the official state religion.
In the “Suspension of Self-Government Act” he proposes that all sub-national jurisdictions, such as provinces and municipalities, surrender their authority to govern for sixty days, with the suspension automatically being renewed for another sixty days following the conclusion of the first period. The Act further dictates that any members of the Imperial Parliament, the Cabinet, and the Royal Family will be immune from prosecution for any actions pertaining to the enactment of the legislation; though it is unclear why this article has been included.
John Carmichael, the original voice behind the campaign to limit provincial powers and Mr. Spooner’s political rival in Ibelin, called Mr. Spooner’s desire to suspend the provinces a “complete betrayal of trust” given his established record as a federalist. According to Mr. Carmichael, it is insulting for Mr. Spooner to be using an argument that he so vehemently opposed in order to justify his new anti-province campaign.
The bill has yet to be presented to the Imperial Parliament for debate and Prime Minister Jose Frias has not offered an official statement on behalf of his government relating to the controversial legislation. Mr. Carmichael, who is a retired Chief Justice of the High Court, commented that the bill, if passed, could be construed as a violation of the micronation’s constitution.