Recovering from the departure of its founder, Maximos, from micronationalism last week, the Zatriarchate of Matbaa is set to undergo constitution reform in an attempt to bring the ailing micronation back to consistently active existence.
Touting his belief that the micronation is not dead, Sfeir Afudyakno announced his constitutional reformation plan to the citizenry; a plan that began as an innocent decision to correct spelling and grammar mistakes in the current constitution (the “Armen Constitution”) before evolving into a total rewrite.
The most visible change proposed by Afudyakno is the dissolution of the position of Zatriarch, and replacing it with an elected position that would be contested every six months. Citing that the Zatriarch under the current constitution has “crazy responsibility,” he has also proposed that the government be headed by a separate Grand Vizier. The Grand Vizier will have a clear mandate and be a member of the legislature who is elected for a three-month term.
The proposed “Sfeir Constitution,” will also see the Zatriarchate adopt a bicameral legislature system, retaining the current Khanaushia, while adding an upper chamber known as the Synod. While bills in the Khanaushia must gain the consent of the Synod, the Synod can proclaim laws without interference from the lower chamber, unless a unanimously agreed-to petition in the Khanaushia repeals the Synod’s decision.
There has been little reaction from the citizenry to the Sfeir Constitution, with only one citizen voicing support (while the remainder have yet to provide comment). In the Khanaushia, where it is currently being formally debated, Afudyakno has called for the adoption of the new constitution without any need for debate in the legislature.
Imploring his fellow legislators to adopt the constitution, Afudyakno proclaimed, “… let’s see where this goes. I think it’ll do Matbaa good.” At the very least, given recent inactivity, it is hoped that the constitutional will inspire current citizens to become involved once again with the day-to-day operation of the micronation, which may encourage new immigrants to apply in the future.