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オーステナジア皇帝陛下、憲法改正の臣民投票を1月に実施
2017年11月29日
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オーステナジア皇帝・ジョナサン一世陛下(His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Jonathan Ⅰ)は現地時間の22日、憲法改正案を提案され、来年2018年の1月6日に臣民投票を実施する勅令を発布されました。

改憲案は三部に分けられ、それぞれの部に「賛成」「反対」「棄権」を投票することができます。

第一部は、皇帝に説明責任を負う上院の設立を規定。第二部は、オーステナジアがローマ帝国の延長にあり、皇帝は洗礼を受けたクリスチャンであることを明示し、ローマとキリスト教の文化を憲法に反映させる条項です。第三部は一夫一妻制を規定しています。

政府広報のオーステナジアン・タイムスによると、現時点での選挙人総数は54人ということです。

勅令の全文は以下の通り。

XXXIV Jon. I: Edict of Soria (21 November 2017)
Article II, Section E of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 states that said Constitution may be amended or edited by the consent of the Monarch and of over eighty percent of the House of Representatives, once a free and fair referendum has taken place in which the majority of the subjects of Austenasia have expressed their wish for the amendment or edit in question to take place.

Our Imperial Majesty hereby orders a referendum to take place on Saturday 6 January 2018. All Austenasian subjects shall be given the chance to vote on the question stated below. Representatives shall collect votes from the subjects of their Towns, and Our Imperial Majesty shall personally collect the votes from non-residential subjects. Subjects who choose to vote may answer “Yes”, “No”, or “Abstain” to the following three questions: 1) “Should the first part (Paragraphs 1-3) of the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 proposed by the Decree of Soria be made?” 2) “Should the second part (Paragraphs 4-6) of the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 proposed by the Decree of Soria be made?” and 3) “Should the third part (Paragraphs 7-10) of the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 proposed by the Decree of Soria be made?”

Our Imperial Majesty hereby proposes the following as the first part of a Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, to be voted on in the referendum of 6 January:
1. At the end of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 shall be added a new, thirteenth Article, entitled The Senate (“XIII. The Senate”). It shall consist of the following Sections and Paragraphs:
A. The Senate shall be responsible for the accountability of the Monarch, who shall deliver to them an address every Imperial Ascension Day reporting on the state of the Empire under their reign, their achievements over the past year, and their plans for the next year.
B. Members of the Senate hold the position of Senator, and hold the style of The Illustrious should no higher style or title be held.
C. The Senate shall consist of:
a) Any former holders of the position of Monarch, Prime Minister or Consul who accept a seat in the Senate at the invitation of the Monarch or Prime Minister.
b) Any current or former holders of the title Augusta or Caesar who accept a seat in the Senate at the invitation of the Monarch or Prime Minister.
c) The incumbent Consuls and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
d) A Senator nominated by the Monarch, and a Senator nominated by the Prime Minister, both of whom shall stay Senators only at the discretion of their nominator.
e) Any children of a Senator whom the Senate may vote to inherit their parent’s status after the latter’s demise.
D. Neither an incumbent Monarch nor an incumbent Prime Minister may hold a seat in the Senate; should a Senator ascend to the Throne or become Prime Minister (or Acting Prime Minister), they shall not be considered a Senator for the duration of their reign or time in office. Should the Monarch or Prime Minister be named Consul, they shall still not gain the position of Senator.
E. Membership of the Senate is for life for all Senators other than those who hold the position by virtue either of being the incumbent Consuls or Speaker of the House of Representatives or of being nominated by the Monarch or Prime Minister. Senators may lose their status as such only by death, resignation, or should the Senate vote to divest them of such on the basis of criminal or immoral behaviour.
F. The Senator who has held that status for the longest amount of time – or, in the case of a tie, the oldest of the Senators who have held said status for the longest amount of time – shall be known as the Princeps Senatus, and shall be responsible for convening and chairing meetings of the Senate, counting votes, and generally administering the business of the Senate. The Princeps Senatus shall hold the style of The Most Illustrious should no higher style or title be held, and – like the Consuls – when referred to by virtue of that position be known by their secondary title, or by the name and title in Latin.
G. The Senate may, should they disagree with a course of action taken by the Monarch or otherwise wish to impart advice to the Monarch, pass by vote a Senatorial Resolution, containing advice to the Monarch which must be taken into account. Should the Monarch ignore Senatorial Resolution(s) to the extent that the Senate consider him or her to no longer be capable of ruling, or should the Monarch display any other behaviour or actions which the Senate deem to suggest the Monarch is no longer capable of or suitable for holding the Throne, the Senate may vote for a Regency in accordance with Article IV, Section E of this Constitution.
H. Should the Monarch renounce Christianity, the Senate shall vote to depose them in accordance with Article IV, Section A, Paragraph K. In such a case, the Monarch shall lose the Throne and automatically abdicate, and the Senate shall offer the Throne to the next highest member of the Line of the Succession to be eligible.
2. “referendum.” in Article II, Section E shall be replaced with “referendum authorised by the Senate.”
3. “over 80% of the House of Representatives (including the Prime Minister)” in Article IV, Section E, Paragraph A shall be replaced with “the Senate”, and “House of Representatives” shall be replaced with “Senate” in Paragraphs C, F and I of Article IV, Section E. Furthermore in Article IV, Section E, “over 75% of Parliament” in Paragraph G and “over 80% of the House of Representatives (including the Prime Minister)” in Paragraph J shall both be replaced with “the Senate”,
4. “Representatives appointed by the Monarch” in Article VII, Section C shall be replaced with “individuals appointed by the Monarch at the nomination of the Prime Minister”.

Our Imperial Majesty hereby proposes the following as the second part of a Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, to be voted on in the referendum of 6 January:
5. At the end of Article I shall be added a new, sixth Section, stating “The Empire of Austenasia is a continuation of the indivisible and perpetual Roman Empire, both a restoration of direct imperial rule over certain parts of the Empire and an expansion of the Empire’s imperium beyond its former borders.”
6. At the end of Article IV, Section A shall be added a new, eleventh Paragraph, stating “The Monarch must be a baptised Christian who professes belief in the Holy Trinity. A non-Christian is ineligible to accept or ascend to the Throne, and a Monarch who renounces Christianity shall be deposed by the Senate.”
7. “Sceptre, and may choose to swear an oath to” in Article IV, Section H, Paragraph D shall be replaced with “Sceptre in one hand, and with the other hand upon a Bible shall solemnly affirm their resolve to”.

Our Imperial Majesty hereby proposes the following as the third part of a Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, to be voted on in the referendum of 6 January:
8. Article XII, Section D may be repealed by Parliament on the condition that the Act of Parliament that repeals it contains legislation written in the spirit of said Section which expands upon and better defines its terms and applicability.
9. Article XII, Section P shall be repealed.
10. “Human beings,” in Article XII, Section Q shall be replaced with “Marriage is between one man and one woman. Any man and woman,”.
11. Article XII, Section R may be repealed by Parliament.

The eleven amendments to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 proposed above shall be collectively referred to as the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, and shall be individually referred to as paragraphs numbered by the order in which they are written.

Each of the three parts of the proposed Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 shall be voted on separately in the referendum to be held on 6 January 2018. Votes may be cast and submitted from 1 January 2018, but any votes made before 6 January itself may be changed up until the actual date of the referendum. Should over half of the subjects of Austenasia vote “Yes” in said referendum to any or all of the three parts, and should over eighty percent of the House of Representatives vote in favour of any or all of the three parts of the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, said parts which have achieved the requisite amount of support shall come into force as the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 at one second past midnight on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018.

Should the first part of the proposed Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 ultimately not come into force but the second part does come into force, the phrase “be deposed by the Senate” in Paragraph 6 shall be replaced with “be deprived of the powers of the Throne and asked to abdicate by the House of Representatives, which shall vote for a Regency.” Likewise, should the first part come into force but the second part not come into force, Section H of Article XIII shall not be included.

Proclaimed at Soria this twenty first day of November, the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos, during the fifth year of our reign, in the year of the consulship of Adam Rex and Victoria Hathawia Comitessa Sidneae, anno mundi 7526.