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The National Court of the Aurarine Republic
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The Palace of the Republic
Solis, Auraria

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Grand Chamber of the People
The Palace of the Republic is a large, 50,000 square meter building constructed to be the official meeting spot of the Aurarine National Court in 1539. While the purpose of the Court has changed significantly from 1539, the Palace has consistently served as its headquarters.

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Current Composition of the National Court
The Government - 159 Seats, 48%
Aurarian Party for Workers' Unification (PAUO) - 135 Seats, 38%
Social Democratic League (LS) - 24 Seats, 10%
The Loyal Opposition - 193 Seats, 52%
The People's Republican Party (PRP) - 75 Seats, 21%
National Federation of Labor (FNT) - 36 Seats, 10%
Catholic Democratic League (LDC) - 24 Seats, 7%
Republican Left of Tauritania (ERT) - 20 Seats, 6%
Green Party of Auraria (PVA) - 14 Seats, 4%
New Republicans (RN) - 10 Seats, 3%
Together for Tauritania (JT) - 10 Seats, 3%
Arandian Nationalist Party (PNA) - 4 Seats, 1%

Leadership
Speaker - Felix Losa, PAUO
Deputy Speaker - Heraclio Aguilar, PAUO
Second Deputy Speaker - Mireia Rojas, LS
Consul of the National Court - Elena Valera, PAUO

Opposition Leader - Marino Cardoso, PRP

 

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THE NATIONAL COURT OF THE AURARINE REPUBLIC
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND LABOR
19TH OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR 2020

CHAIRMAN
Aurelio Óscar Macías (PAUO, Solis)

AGENDA
Voting on PL4510, an Act to amend the Republic Labor and Commerce Code

PL4510 BILL SUMMARY
"An Act to Amend the Republic Labor and Commerce Code"
Prime Sponsor: Delegate Cayetano Ramos (FNT, Tauritania)

Colleagues of the honorable National Court,

I speak for the people of Tauritania when I submit this bill for consideration before the committee. In March of 2017, the Parliament of Tauritania approved enabling legislation to address a number of factories left abandoned either by order of the defunct Caudillo Basurto or by the volition of the factory's owner. We have seen the proud workers of those establishments reclaim the factories and restart their lives - owning the labor themselves and rebuilding livelihoods destroyed by war and corruption. Following a number of court cases, in August of 2019 the President of the Republic requested a ruling on the legality of these operations.

The Constitutional Council ruled that property cannot be seized simply due to abandonment and further that regulation of these factories only falls to the National Court in areas where the commerce stemming from them crosses Provincial boundaries. I believe that the National Court, through proper legislative remedy, can redress the situation in Tauritania and compromise the matters at hand.

First, this bill authorizes the National Court to conduct a thorough investigation into whether or not the commerce of each factory in question has crossed Provincial lines. Secondly, this bill will provide definitions of what needs to occur for property to be abandoned. Thirdly, this bill will empower the Ministry of Trade and Industry to further provide clarification on the rights of workers to their own labor. Fourthly, this bill will require proper and dignified compensation for the loss of each factory seized by the workers to the original owner.

The National Court cannot abide rich business owners abandoning and destroying the ways of life of their workers and only after such time that the factories have turned profitable, do they seek to reclaim what they've abandoned.

Thank you for your attention on this critical matter.

FINAL VOTE
13 "AYE" ; 12 "NAY"
PL4510 has passed committee and will go the floor of the National Court for final passage.
 

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THE NATIONAL COURT OF THE AURARINE REPUBLIC
GENERAL BODY SESSION
20TH OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR 2020

PRESIDING OFFICER
The Hon. Elena Valera, Consul of the National Court (PAUO, Solis)

AGENDA
Voting on RC1010, A Resolution to Replace the Flag of the Republic

RC1010 BILL SUMMARY
"A Resolution to Replace the Flag of the Republic"
Prime Sponsor: The Hon. Ramón Torres, Delegate from Palencia (PAUO)

Colleagues of the Honorable National Court,


The Republic is at a new day, the start of a new era. The heroes of the Second Aurarine Revolution have unshackled the dictatorship that stood in defiance of the values that Auraria was founded upon. The Second Republic was proclaimed as the Alliance for the Restoration of the Republic completed its goal and brought democracy back to Auraria. It was an honor and a privilege to see the tricolor of Auraria once again fly above Marisela Palace, the Palace of the Republic, and other government buildings across the country.

I feel, though, in the new era of the Second Republic, we require a new identity. I propose before the National Court a resolution to allow the citizens of the Republic to submit their own designs for a new Flag of the Republic. The colors of the flag have traditionally been purple, gold, and black. Purple, as the symbolic color of Auraria chosen by King Matteo II. Gold for the country's prosperity and good wishes for the future. Black to remember the past and never forget the lessons it teaches. Resolution 1050 would ask that designs submitted follow the new color code of Purple, Gold, and Red - Red to represent the sacrifice of all those during the Second Revolution and all those who have lost their life in the line of duty for Auraria. In accordance with the selected flag, the Republic shall redraft the Great Seal of the Republic to remove the color black and instead place red.

The New Flag will represent the new era. I ask my colleagues to consider the future and help us forge a new path.

FINAL VOTE
207 "AYE" ; 145 "NAY"

PAUO: 125-10 ; LS: 18 - 6
PRP: 4 - 71 ; FNT: 28 - 8
LDC: 0 - 24 ; ERT: 18 - 2
PVA: 14 - 0 ; RN: 0 - 10
JT: 0 - 10 ; PNA: 0 - 4

CL1010 has passed a General Body Session of the National Court of the Republic. It will now go to the Council of State for promulgation.
 

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22 January 2020
[CLASSIFIED]
His Excellency Bartolome Ordenes
President of the Republic
Marisela Palace
Solis, Auraria

The Honorable Elena Valera
Consul of the National Court
100 Main Rotunda
Palace of the Republic
Solis, Auraria

Dear President Ordenes, Consul Valera,

I write to you today in response to an inquiry jointly submitted by the Honorable Elena Valera, Consul of the National Court, and His Excellency, President Bartolome Ordenes. The inquiry in question instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to complete an analysis and provide recommendations based upon them concerning the Organization of Democratic States (ODS) and potential Aurarine Membership. As directed, enclosed is the completed report by the Ministry and the recommendations. This letter is to serve as an executive summary of its contents.

Firstly, on the matter of ideological alignment – there is no doubt held by any credible entity within the Aurarine Republic that the ideologies of the participating countries of ODS are in line with the values the Republic holds dear. The nations in question: the Grand Duchy of Lars, the Kingdom of Eiffelland-Retalia, and the Confederated State of Johnston Isle all three represent firm moral standing and values well suited for broader diplomatic relations with the Aurarine Republic. Therefore, on the Government’s first concern of fraternization with ill actors, the Ministry believes firmly that this will not be a problem.

However, membership in the Organization of Democratic States requires commitments as outlined that may prove problematic to broader Aurarine diplomatic goals. The greatest concern, and the Government correctly outlined it, is the requirement of mutual defense. It was neither the request nor is it the purview of the Ministry to weigh in on political matters of the National Court, but nevertheless we felt it necessary to do so in order to provide the most thorough evaluation of the Government’s inquiry. It is the firm belief of the Ministry that there is no appeal of mutual defense with the three countries of the Organization of Democratic States and that such a requirement, alone, is enough to confirm the defeat of ratification in the National Court. Further, the action of the National Court to vote down membership in the Organization of Democratic States would result in an embarrassment and a moral quandary that we feel, both from a PR stance of the Government and a foreign policy objective, is best avoided entirely.

Once more, the “Common Market” outlined by the organization can serve as problematic in primary consideration of the highly advanced Eiffellander industrial sector. The Ministry believes that a free trade agreement with Eiffelland will adversely affect domestic manufacturing still recovering from the Second Revolution. However, the significance of such an impact is best left to other agencies to speculate.

It stands then, the question of observer status. While ignoring the political question surrounding observer status and judging it solely on its face, the Ministry would continue to suggest that application of observer status through the proper channels of the ODS would not be regarded as the correct, or most preferable, method of entry into the organization.

It is a long-standing goal of the Ministry, as outlined by President Ordenes, to improve relations with the Kingdom of Eiffelland-Retalia, and to a lesser extent the Grand Duchy of Lars, in order to further isolate the Grand Duchy of Furlaìne, which all evidence would suggest provided significant support to the Caudillo’s Regime. The Ministry believes that ODS membership, brought up through direct diplomatic action with Eiffelland-Retalia is the preferable, and recommended method of entry into the organization.

In closing, the Ministry feels close observation of the ODS, in particular regards to its growth considering the military component, is critical for the Republic to monitor. Further, if the Government is to feel that entry to the ODS furthers its foreign policy agenda, then it should be done sooner rather than later to build the Republic’s credibility in the ODS and assist in preventing the organization from making decisions counter to the interests of the Republic.


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THE NATIONAL COURT OF THE AURARINE REPUBLIC
GENERAL BODY SESSION
8TH of GERMINORTIA in the year CCI


Voting Docket:

PL4334

HOMES FIRST ACT: AN ACT to appropriate an initial fund of $15 million to assist local municipalities and NGOs in the purchase and renovation of vacated housing properties in Solis, Tauritania, and Palencia for the purpose of providing housing to the area’s homeless populations.

FINAL VOTE: PASSED
271 yes; 81 no

PL4519

AN ACT to establish, reauthorize, and revise several programs administered by the Ministry of Social rights and 2030 Agenda, Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Equality, and other relevant agencies that support: caregivers of the elderly; informational services to the elderly; nutritional services to the elderly and disadvantaged; disease prevention and health promotion for the elderly; community and workforce training regarding elder care; and abuse and neglect prevention services.

FINAL VOTE: PASSED
352 yes; 0 no

PL5210

AN ACT to amend the 2019 – 2024 Military Budget Plan by an additional $16 BILLION for a total of $186 BILLION. Military expenditure will be augmented by $4 Billion annually until 2024. The initial augmentation will be implemented immediately upon the promulgation of this act.

FINAL VOTE: PASSED
190 yes; 162 no

PL5111

AN ACT to confirm the action of PRESIDENT B. ORDENES in signing the treaty of the EUROPEAN TRADE COUNCIL and confirming the appointment of the Hon. Anastasia Gallego as the Republic’s Representative to the organization.

FINAL VOTE: PASSED
215 yes; 137 no
 

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Marisela Palace was abuzz with activity, even more than usual. Late last night there was a near stampede in the Office of the Foreign Minister as staffers and deputies raced to be the first to present Minister Cabello a letter from the Kingdom of Etruria. To their surprise, the Minister was not in his office but dealing with a deliciously vague “important business elsewhere.” Then, his poor Executive Assistant was handed the letter and he followed the proper channels to deliver it to President Ordenes’ Office.

Procedure is usually commended, but when Minister Cabello’s Chief of Staff, Alejandro Melendez, discovered the contents of the letter and the number of eyes that had seen it – he went into a rage. However, that rage was nothing compared to the volcanic eruption of the President’s Chief of Staff – Susana Petit. The Steel Woman controlled Marisela Palace with an almost tyrannical power. Despite the botched handling, the staff of Marisela Palace leaped into action.

The Communications Office was developing messaging surrounding the ODS. The news wasn’t public yet but that seemed only a matter of time. Ordenes wanted to be prepared to handle the media. More than that, he wanted to be on top of it before Delegate Miguel Ruiz of the Conservative Party had the opportunity to make his pitch to the National Court.

The Legislative Affairs Office was quick at work determining how many votes they’d have in the National Court. The Leg Director reported to Susana that they were not prepared to brief the President, which only meant that they didn’t have any path to passage. The President was coming off of repeated failed foreign policy goals – but the failure to negotiate an ODS membership remained fresh in everyone’s minds.

For Ordenes, to say the letter was expected would be a lie. To say it was wanted would be an over simplification and controversial. It put the country in an odd position. As he walking down the hall to the Santander Conference Room, Minister Cabello was on a plane to Charleroi in a rather well-kept secret trip to Slyvania. It was no secret that a significant portion of Auraria’s politicos and populace had a sympathy and support for the DDI. Further, the topic would almost certainly arise in the talks between Cabello and Faraday. However, to receive an invitation from the ODS was considered an unprecedented gesture. Given the summit’s failure and the Serenien’s seeming commitment to war, the geopolitical situation was certainly different from the last time that Auraria had maneuvered through the Court.

“Mr. President,” Susana appeared before the entrance to the Conference Room “Here are your materials. Everyone is prepared inside. Director Vasquez will remain in the Leg Shop making calls, but I am more than capable of standing in his place.”

“Of course,” the President responded, putting on his glasses and flipping through the papers, still hot from the printer. “What’s Miguel’s mood?”

“He seems open to talks. Appreciative of the invitation,” Susana answered “But you know how hot headed he can be.”
“Do you fancy Aurarian poetry, Susana?” the President closed his briefing materials.

“I’m sorry?” she replied.

“Poetry..poems, fun stories. Navarro, Jiménez, Romero…uh Alsono too,” he rambled off names of famous Aurarian poets “Mostly from the romantic era. There’s a levity to the ones pre-revolution.”

“You know I don’t have time to read anything other than the memos they stack kilometers high on my desk,” she smirked.

“That’s a shame,” Ordenes smiled back “You’d be surprised…or maybe you wouldn’t…how many of them feature some sort of love triangle. They always portray it as so fun and whimsical. Yet there isn’t anything fun and whimsical about this mess.”

“Well,” Susana grabbed the materials from the President, knowing he wouldn’t read them “international alliances and the security of the nation are a bit more complicated than centuries old poems.”

“Oh will you have a bit of levity in your life?” Ordenes snarled and opened the doors to the Conference room, all of the attendees immediately rose. “Madam Consul, Leader Ruiz…esteemed colleagues of the National Court. Thank you for meeting with me on such short notice.”

The doors closed and the meeting began.
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THE NATIONAL COURT OF THE AURARINE REPUBLIC
GENERAL BODY SESSION
13TH OF HORTIA IN THE YEAR CCI


PRESIDING OFFICER
The Hon. Elena Valera, Consul of the National Court (PAUO, Solis)

AGENDA
Voting on:
PL2101 Ratification of the ODS Charter
PL2102 Enabling Legislation to Meet ODS Obligations

BILL SUMMARY
PL2101 and PL2102 are twin pieces of legislation; one to ratify the ODS Charter and the other to provide the enabling legislation to meet the standards and obligations of ODS Membership. In accordance with constitutional law, while the President of the Republic retains legal authority to bind the Republic to international treaties, the actualization and implementation of these treaties falls to the National Court.

Therefore, pursuant to both the constitutional obligations of this body and in pursuit of stronger ties and continental, global, peace – I present before this body the legislation that will finalize Auraria’s membership in the Organization of Democratic States.

FINAL VOTE

PL2101
213 "AYE"; 139 "NAY"
PL2102
213 "AYE"; 139 "NAY"
PAUO: 135 – 0
LS: 24 – 0
PRP: 25 – 50
FNT: 15 – 21
LDC: 0 – 24
ERT: 0 – 20
PVA: 14 – 0
RN: 0 – 10
JT: 0 – 10
PNA: 0 – 4

PAUO: 135 – 0
LS: 24 – 0
PRP: 25 – 50
FNT: 15 – 21
LDC: 0 – 24
ERT: 0 – 20
PVA: 14 – 0
RN: 0 – 10
JT: 0 -10
PNA: 0 - 4


PL2101 and PL2102 have passed a General Body Session of the National Court of the Republic. They will now go to the Council of State for confirmation of promulgation*.
*OOC: Before a bill can be given to the President for signature, it needs certification from the Council of State that it follows constitutional law. Usually, the National Court submits a copy of the proposed bill to the Council of State before voting to quicken the process. Even if the Council determines a bill to be unconstitutional, the President does have the ability to sign it anyway. However, this technically violates his constitutional obligations and leads to legal challenges. The Aurarine System is complicated, overly bureaucratic, and dumb.
 
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