Der farnakhter shtern Supreme Court clears way for single-party rule A dramatic ruling by the Supreme Court has paved the way for the Social Democratic Alliance to govern unopposed, with the country's highest judicial authority deciding the opposition boycott of the National Assembly can be treated as a mass abstention. "There is nothing in the constitution or any other law to compel candidates into formally taking their seats once elected," read the Court's judgement, "equally there is nothing to say a minimum attendance [in the National Assembly] is required in order for votes to be legally valid." The decision has provoked howls of outrage and accusations of political bias by opposition parties. "No surprise Supreme Court sided with Soc Dems," tweeted Alternative party leader Shmuel Bernstein, while the Jewish People's Party warned the ruling would turn Trivodnia into the "next Crotobaltislavonia". With its leadership still under arrest, the Krasnislavian National Party slammed the Supreme Court as a "disgrace" and "morally illegitimate". In his response to the judgement, Social Democratic leader Alexander Kahnemann gave the opposition 48 hours to take their seats in the National Assembly, or threatened to govern without them. "The time for games is over," declared Kahnemann in a broadcast statement, "get out of the pram, pick up your toys and get back into the Assembly." President Meier Lauterpacht also called for the opposition to end their boycott, suggesting voters were "sick and tired" of "politicians' games". However there are those within the SDA are against taking their seats without the opposition present. "Voting in a half-empty chamber... we'd look more ridiculous than Raoul Farrago," said a senior Social Democrat. Kahnemann has been laying the groundwork regardless, offering to set up a special cross-party committee to "explore" devolution - a bid to appease the Social Democrats' Krasnislavian wing, which would be the main opposition should the party try and govern by itself. He also been meeting with trade union leaders and left-wing backbenchers to reassure them about his economic policies. For some in the opposition, the prospect of the Social Democrats ruling without any obstacle is forcing them to rethink the boycott. "Our voters expect us to represent them the best way," says one Folkist, "right now it is on the streets demanding another election, but that may not be the case forever."