Landsraad Amendment Act
On March 14, 2009, MP Susano (FFF) discovered a serious flaw in the Landsraad Act of 2008: the composition of the Landsraad, specifically the number of seats allotted to the Chinese peerage, was impossible to fill. He hence proposed this bill, which would amend the Landsraad Act to change the seat allotment.
On March 14, 2009, Susano (FFF) announced: “Upon reviewing the AH.com peerages, it occurred to me that despite holding many more titles (which caused the initial confusion, I guess), the Chinese peerage only contains five (!) persons - one of which is MP, one of which is President, and two of which are inactive. The Chinese peerage couldn't get together two non-vacant seats even if it tried to! And of course is vastly overrepresented, but the important fact is that we'd have a vacant Landsraad seat - in the first election, which would totally screw up the project, as confidence would be lost.”
He thus proposed an amendment to the Landsraad Act of 2008 which would reduce the number of Chinese seats from two to one, as well as changing the “Miscellaneous” to an “International” seat. Susano also urged MPs to vote on this measure quickly and pass it before the Landsraad elections planned for March 21.
maverick (E) suggested that they either expand or merge the Chinese peerage with the International peerage. He also proposed nominating Hendryk to the Chinese peerage “not as a political matter, but as a 'the Chinese peerage can't only have 3 members'.” Keenir (E), meanwhile, proposed keeping the number of seats level: “if we cut it down to 1 Chinese peer, then we should only have 1 German peer, etc. to do otherwise is to admit racism and corruption.” maverick (E) agreed with this sentiment.
Susano (FFF) responded: “Its not a problem of racism. The seats are tied to peerage numbers - at five peers, the Chinese peerage simply is smallest, and already one seat is… trying its ressources. As said, as is, the Chiense peerage COULDNT even fill up the two seats! As for reasons - the Chinese peerage had a checkered history. I initially did not want to include it, but Sargon pushed it through. It wasn't in his authority really, but I didn't want conflict, so I let it be. So the Chinese peerage as it is made up, with its uncharacteristically many multiple titles per person, is Sargon's doing. Hence it kinda confused me - so many titles, I didn't realize its just so few people, and apparently, neither did anybody else in the Committee back then, or anybody in the Parliament approving Committees bill proposal…”
He also agreed with expanding the Chinese peerage, but cautioned “so closely before the election I really only want to do it with Parliaments approval, to safeguard neutrality.” Susano (FFF) nominated Hendryk as Hou of Nanjing, and General Mung Beans as Marquis of Janbian, pending Parliamentary approval. Finally, he added: “Still, elections are suppose dto be in one week, so we need VOTES. Yes votes to be exact. There ar eonly so many last minute peerages we can create! And it would be quite unjust if the Chinese peerage had two seats with five or even seven people, while the international peerage has just one with eight people!”
Text of the Legislation
1) Be it enacted that this bill supercedes the Landsraad Act of 2008 on the composition of Landsraad seats, and
2) be it further enacted that the Landsraad seat composition shall be such:
- 3 seats of the British peerage
- 3 seats of the American peerage
- 2 seats of the German peerage
- 1 seat for the Chinese peerage
- 1 seat of the International peerage
Voting on this bill began on March 14, 2009 and will end on March 21, 2009.
None voted NAY.
This bill became eligible for expedited unanimous passage under Article I of the Legislative Procedures Act on March 15, 2009. On March 21, 2009, President Sargon signed the bill into law, amending the Landsraad Act of 2008.