The Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg is in full swing this week as His Royal Majesty has called for an election to be held on 24 January. The constrained schedule to prepare for the election has caused some initial headaches for Electoral Officer Lord Montrose, though things have fallen into place with a broad field of candidates running for election.
In December 2006, an attempt by the Chamber of Deputies to pass a constitutional amendment exposed a fatal flaw in the legitimacy of the body – it was never operated as per its constitutional mandate as an elected body, instead serving the Royal Kingdom as a direct democracy (each citizen had a voice and vote). This meant that the Vice-President of the Chamber could not allow the body to pass an amendment to a constitution which provided it no authority. It was decided shortly after that the Chamber would be dissolved and elections held this year to remedy the legitimacy problem.
It was these circumstances which have led to Gotzborg’s first ever election; and yet, as the nation prepares to vote, Royal Government circles are preparing to introduce constitutional amendments that will undoubtedly make this election the last. Since the legitimacy issues surrounding the old Chamber were raised, and its consequent dissolution, the Royal Government has been planning to introduce a constitutional amendment to the soon-to-be-elected Chamber of Deputies that would do away with the requirement that it be an elected body. According to various sources in the Royal Cabinet, the government is more comfortable with the direct democracy system as it is a system that best reflects the nation’s current population and has shown itself to be successful for Gotzborg’s purposes in the past two years.
There are six declared candidates for the five seats: Thomas Maher, Charles deMontford, John Cervantes, Blake Palacio, Hugh O’Neill, and Jürgen de Cautzburg. While the Royal Government is intent on reforming the Chamber of Deputies, it remains to be seen if the elected members will approve such a move, or prove the elected system successful enough to warrant further elections.
The Coprieta Standard has been in contact with each candidate and will publish candidate answers to questions posed to them on 23 January.