Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Following defeat in Supreme Court, Emperor dissolves Senate and calls election Propontis, 25 July 2019 | Diogenes Papanikolis Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! A guard of honour composed of men of the Pelasgian Imperial Guard stands outside the Grand Palace of Propontis during a ceremony Following the publication of the Supreme Court's much awaited decision on the Emperor's invocation of the Imperial Veto against the appointment of Senator Konstantinos Markopoulos to the Presiding Magistracy of the Senate's lower house, the Emperor has chosen to dissolve the Senate and call elections anew. The Court's judgment effectively ruled that the Emperor's attempt to veto the appointment of the staunchly Nationalist Senator to the speaker-like position was unconstitutional and invalid, as it treded onto the Senate's distinct power over the appointment of its own officers and the government of its internal matters; an attempt to invoke the well-known "Peace and Prosperity" clause, which grants the Throne extraordinary powers to legislate and act in violation of the Separation of Power between branches of government and levels of federal authority was also rejected by the courts, since the Chief Justice, who wrote the majority opinion, found that there was emergency in Pelasgia at the present moment to justify such an intervention by the Throne. Having been squarely defeated and seen the Imperial Veto limited extensively by the highest court in the land, the Throne of Saint George would be forced to accept the appointment of Senator Markopoulos to the Presiding Magistracy of the Legislative Council. Instead, the Emperor has dissolved the Senate using the powers granted to him in Part III of the Constitution, and has called a snap general election, to take place by the end of the month. The government itself has essentially lost its original source of confidence, the Constitutionalist Coalition between the Nationalists and the Loyalists, and so most analysts agree that, had the Emperor not dissolved the legislature of his own accord, the Protokathedros would have asked him to do so not long after today. As such, most Constitutional Law experts agree that the Emperor did not violate Constitutional Conventions in dissolving the Senate prematurely, even if he did not consult the Protokathedros before doing so. Of course, the current Protokathedros and the Throne might not remain very close in the immediate future; Lord Athanasios I. Politikos-Rangaves' Nationalist faction has split from the Constitutionalist Coalition to reform the Nationalist Party under the name "New Party of Pelasgian Nationalists" (Neon Komma Pelasgon Ethnikophronon, NKPE) officially translated as New Nationalist Party of Pelasgia. The New Nationalist Party is not the only successor of the now-defunct Constitutionalists, as it competes with the reformed People's Party of Pelasgia (Laïkon Komma Pelasgias, LKP), led by former Sakellarios and current Secretary of State Georgios Grammatikos. The opposition has also dissolved the United Opposition (IA), and split into smaller parties once more, drawing some Senators of the former Constitutionalist Coalition; the new parties include the Liberal-Democratic Coalition (Ph.D.S.), the Social Solidarity Party (KKA) and the National Phalanx (E.Ph.). Though the NKPE and the LKP seem poised to regain their former positions as the first and second dominant party, respectively, the DKKP has surprised many political analysts by managing to take the third position in many recent polls. Having recently reformed and rebranded itself as the Workers' (or Labour) Party of Pelasgia (Pelasgikon Ergatikon Komma, PEK), the Empire's largest Marxist party has achieved renewed popularity with the working class by a campaign to provide help and win over the hearts and minds of the growing urban class of Pelasgia's newly industrialised or increasingly industrialised urban centres. Many consider this a great success, attributing it to the new style of leadership brought by recently elected General Secretary Konstantinos Iordanides. In any case, the two major parties will likely continue to avoid any coalition with the PEK/DKKP, and the will seek coalitions with the Liberal-Democratic Coalition and/or the National Phalanx, in case of either's victory without securing a minority. THe currently leading Nationalists might pursue such a coalition even if the win a majority, to offset the destabilising effects of the collapse of their alliance with the Loyalists, and restore stability to the Pelasgian political scene by replacing one coalition with another. At the same time, the Grand Palace seems increasingly silent and isolated, as this confrontation with the Senate might very well prove the Laskarid Dynasty's final political undoing. Some more radical Nationalist Senators have discussed impeaching the Emperor (since the position of Emperor is appointed by the Senate, albeit largely as a formality for centuries now with the sole exception of the 1957 Laskarid Restoration); it was, after all, the Senate that restored the Laskarids to the Purple by appointing Attalos I Laskaris-Komnenos as Emperor following the fall of the Komnenian Dynasty in 1957. However, such a move would cause a constitutional crisis, and permanently expell the Laskarids from formal power, should the Senate decide to refuse to appoint the Diadochos as Emperor, and instead choose a candidate of its own. Some have even suggested abolishing the office, a move contemplated by more hardline Senatorial circles in the circle with the Throne twice in recent memory: for a short time during the 1957 Interregnum, and formally during the illegitimate and ultimately aborted proclamation of a Second Pelasgian Republic during the National Schism. "No matter how this crisis is concluded, it will shape the political landscape of the New Pelasgia and settle the Nationalist-Loyalist split (and the Senatorial-Imperial power struggle for Sovereignty) once and for all," says Prokopios Kalimarmarides, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Imperial University of Propontis, who specialises in Constitutional Law. His words are echoed by an increasing percentage of Pelasgia's politicians. In other news ☞ (National) – Parades held by soldiers, students and patriotic associations to celebrate the anniversary of the Recapture of Propontis by the Nymphaian Empire from the Catholic Crusaders on 25 July 1261. Despite ongoing political disputes, tens of millions of Pelasgians came together, in main streets, public squares, ports and churches across the Empire, to mark the historic event which sealed the liberation of Pelasgia from the foreign armies of the heretical Crusaders. In Propontis, the Imperial Armed Forces gave a grand land, air and sea parade, presided over by the Emperor, with 25-gun salutes from both the highest hill and the harbour of the Imperial capital. ☞ (Science) – Pelasgian whailers in the Southern Thaumatic Ocean, south of Himyar, uncover remains of peculiar species of shark. Species reportedly belongs to the Somniosidae ("sleeper sharks") and has an extremely long life-span, given that the current specimen's age, which is estimated at around 300 years, along with flesh which is toxic for human consumption. Remains of a second specimen were reportedly found inside a dead killer whale. The sharks are expected the live at extreme depth, given that their occurrence is very rare, according to marine biologists, to whom the specimens have been transferred for study. In January, Pelasgian whaling crews also discovered the remains of a massive squid inside a dead whale, which bore large scratch marks. The incidents have led to increasing Pelasgian public and scientific interest in the largely unexplored and sparsely inhabited Southern Thaumatic Ocean. ☞ (National) – Mayor of Chrysoupolis and Metropolitan Prefect of Propontis sign agreement to integrate Chrysoupolis as the fourth Constituent Deme of the Metropolis of Propontis, after Christopolis, Pyrgos and Hagios Simeon. The city, located across from Propontis proper, has historically been closely linked and recently increasingly integrated with the sprawling Imperial capital, leading many to consider a suburb, sister-city or extension of Propontis. Chrysoupolis has been connected physically to Propontis since the late 19th century, and modern bridge and underwater connections have largely bridged the gap between the two cities. With the Imperial Senate and the Throne buying land in the area, along with much of the Empire's elite, many speculate that it may serve as a new capital district within the capital city, housing a new Palace, Senate House, and government quarter, alongside the already extant and growing New Senatorial District. ☞ (Economy) – Pelasgian Petroleum A.E. resumes drilling near Makrian Isles in the Long Sea, despite protests by environmental groups and advocates for the islands' continued stateless status. The Imperial Government has supported the move by extending the deployment of a naval detachment near the isles, and the temporary presence of a small marine unit on the islands, in a move to reinforce Pelasgia's centuries' old claim to the largely uninhabited islands. Though mostly unclaimed up until recently, the islands have been discovered to house major reserves of fossil fuels, and the Empire has seen fit to assert its centuries' old dormant claim, which has remained from when Pelasgia relinquished control over most of the Exarchate of the West, a relinquishment which excluded the islands in question.