SILOFAIS (DM) – The first Government of Silofais has taken office following the ratification of the new Constitution – creating the Republic of Silofais – by a majority of its original signees.
The Constitution of Silofais is one of the longest micronational constitutions, clocking in at over 15,000 words. It achieved the required number of signatures – twenty-one – and surpassed it by an additional five, according to the copy of the Constitution available to the Daily Micronational.
The Constitution overran somewhat, due to scheduling concerns, but soon got underway once the rules were changed by the Chair, Avro Keatings, to allow a simple majority of the Convention to be considered quorum for proceedings to take place.
What occurred during the Convention?
A number of events took place, constitutionally critical to the establishment of the country:
- An election for the office of President of Silofais took place. Two candidates ultimately announced themselves – Horatio Eden, Lord President of the Democratic Union of British States, and Jack Bevolo, one of the original signees of the Silofaisian Constitution – with Eden ultimately winning the ballot in the second round. This election would later lead to a minor constitutional crisis; Eden was two years too young to serve as President under the Constitution. The Convention ultimately amended it to allow Eden to take the office.
- An election for the office of Chief Secretary of Silofais. Two candidates announced themselves; Newton von Uberquie, First Minister of Mercia, and Jack Bevolo, who was nominated following his defeat in the Presidential election. von Uberquie won the election, getting a majority of balloted votes in the second round. Again, Mr. von Uberquie’s election proved constitutionally contentious on age grounds. The Convention amended the Constitution in response.
- The delimitation of electoral districts and the appointment of Delegates and Senators from those districts. Five districts were created by Convention: Kansas City South, Greater Kansas City, the Western Hemisphere, United Kingdom West and Europe East. The Senatorial and Delegate appointments are as follows: for Kansas City South, Senator Avro Keatings and Delegates Cody McLaughlin, Sara Kerfoot and Logan Woodward; for Greater Kansas City, Senator Caleb Failes and Delegates Bharadwaj Thirumalai, Mark Payne and one other; for the Western Hemisphere, Senator Jack Bevolo, Delegates David Ross, Dallin Langford and Chris (unknown surname); for United Kingdom West, Senator Mike Lewis, Delegates Kit McCarthy, Mark Kavanagh and Robert Catcheside; and for Europe East, Senator Alex White, Delegates James Frisch, Patrick Renwick and Stephen Freayth.
The minutes of the meeting will be transferred to the office of the Chief Secretary for storage at a later time.
Now that the convention is concluded, what comes next?
Now that all incoming members of the government have sworn their oaths of office and been seated in their respective positions, President Horatio Eden is constitutionally obligated to convene a session of the National Assembly – the bicameral legislature of Silofais, made up of the Senate and Chamber of Delegates – within sixty days of the conclusion of the Convention.
In other words, a National Assembly session must take place on or before the 28th of June, 2017.
During this session, President Eden is expected to announce his legislative agenda for the remainder of his mandate, which expires in 2020; additionally, he has indicated he intends to submit his choices for the Supreme Court to the Chamber of Delegates at the same time for confirmation. Given there are few citizens left who did not join the government – Henry Clement being a surprising addition to that number – it is unlikely the President’s choices will meet with much opposition.
Who could President Eden nominate to the Supreme Court?
There are only a few non-government employees left within the population of Silofais.
These are Tim Kerfoot, Henry Clement and Mark Payne and Samantha Roark. The Constitution does not set out a specific number of members for the Supreme Court, and so as such President Eden would be well within his legal right to appoint all three, which he is likely to do. The Chief Justice is the most senior Justice – i.e., whomever the President is able to appoint first. As such, the President does have the indirect authority to choose the Chief Justice, simply by attempting to appoint one of the Justice nominees before the others.
The office of the President has yet to comment as to which one of the three it is tapping for Chief Justice at press time.
The President has announced his intention to hold the first session of the National Assembly on either the 8th or 15th of May, 2017. However, this plan is predicated on his being able to rally a majority of the Chamber of Delegates and the Senate to attend – and only the President is able to open this first session.
The Constitution’s time limit has no enforcement clause attached to it; theoretically, the President suffers no legal consequence if the deadline is not met. However, it would be a disaster for the constitutional government of Silofais if the newly-elected President fails to meet the Constitutional requirement, which is why the President should nonetheless be concerned that the session take place as expeditiously as possible.
FLAMN News, headed by convention attendee and Delegate David Ross, has released a discussional stream regarding the Convention. The highlights of that stream can be viewed here, while the stream in full can be viewed here. An interview by FLAMN of the President of Silofais, Horatio Eden, is currently in the planning stage.
CORRECTIONS: Previous iterations of the article listed the President having a direct authority over appointing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The President does not have this authority; the Constitution makes the senior-most Justice the Chief Justice automatically. Additionally, it listed there having been 25 signees; there were, in fact, 26, as well as suggesting that David Ross was not, in fact, an elected Delegate. The Daily Micronational apologises for these errors.