In New York, April 6th, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded. Led by Joseph Smith Junior, the Church was notable for its distinct belief system (Exactly the same as OTL) and was soon faced with harsh criticisms and hatred. The Church (Which soon gained the name ‘Mormon’ along with its followers) soon grew in number however. The Mormons soon turned their eyes west, in particular to the Missouri Territories and began to settle there, with the idea of creating a Zion in America.
In Paris, on the night of the 16th, Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony was performed for the first time outside of Britain. Napoleon II was in attendance along with many of the elite of the French Empire as was the composer, Hector Berlioz. Berlioz had been a long time admirer of Beethoven’s and he had gone to a great deal of bother to secure himself a place at the concert. Previously having been overwhelmed by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Berlioz was electrified by the Tenth. While it was greeted with four rounds of applause from the audience, the affect it had on Berlioz was much greater.
Upon his return home, Berlioz started to compose a similar Symphony for his adopted France. It followed the work of Beethoven most closely as Berlioz wrote this Symphony to highlight the triumphs of the French Revolution in a way he hoped would have made the famous composer proud. Though it wouldn’t be finished for some time, Napoleon II agreed to give his patronage to the piece on the condition that it would premiere at his coronation on the December of 1832. Berlioz readily agreed and threw himself into his work.
The French Empire, seemingly so long secure in its territories began to experience the tell tale signs of nationalist thoughts. Stirred by the sight of the German states having defied the Great Powers, people in the Netherlands and Italy began to make their feelings known regarding their own national interests. Seeing the effect peaceful protests had in Britain, various groups began to follow that example and attempted peaceful protests against the Napoleonic regime. The protests would continue for some time but were ignored the Empire completely. As time passed, the tensions would only increase and people in the conquered territories eventually began to resort to other measures.
Almost exactly to the day that their previous proposals had been voted down, the pro-reform movement of the Shawnee had returned, and this time they came prepared. The previous year, they had believed that the support amongst their own Tribes would have been enough to bring reforms through Parliament. They had now learned however that they needed the support of the other Tribes as well. The last year had been spent cultivating Alliances and supporters amongst various Tribes who had been on the fence in regards to reform. The year had been spent successfully and on the 17th October, a proposal to centralise the Shawnee Nation by making Parliament a permanent fixture was brought forth.
The proposal was eventually passed in the Lower House and also managed to be squeaked through in the House of Chiefs after some cajoling. The proposal took Shawnee politics and governance in a radical direction as now, the Parliament was permanently in session as opposed to meeting every two months. This meant that representatives had to be voted for to sit in Parliament for a set amount of time. The final affects of the proposal were this:
1: The Shawnee Parliament was to have a permanent building in Sawano Asiski with different sections for the two Houses of Government.
2: Representatives were to be elected for a term of three years by their Native Tribes while the Chiefs were to gain a permanent seat in the Upper House.
3: In order to keep the TR’s (Tribe Representative) informed of what was happening in their Tribes while they were attending Parliament, a massive communication system was to be built, including laying down roads and starting a Postal system.
4: Voting for a Tribe Representative was to be open to all men. The idea of Women being given the vote was also championed by several notable Liberals and their ideas were also to receive support before long.
5: The Parliament was to be overseen by the Chief who had the ‘most clear and strongest of characters’. This Chief was to have the final say over any deadlocked issues and had the power to censor any Tribe Representatives he believed were out of line, even banishing them from the Parliament itself. To no one’s surprise, Tecumseh was the first to take the role.
These proposals were highly controversial and although they passed, many did not like the infringement it made on their independence. The centralising of the Shawnee Government was to have a greater affect however as the communication between the Tribes was to greatly aid in the spreading of ideas and also allowed for a much more stable form of Government. Tecumseh, the father of the Shawnee Nation had himself voted for these proposals, wanting a greater centralisation of the Shawnee Nation. But he became very wary of the pro-reformists before long, not believing that they would stop before the very way of life for the Shawnee was destroyed by their measures. These issues themselves would have a huge effect on the Shawnee before long, the next few years were to be dominated by the liberalising of the Nation.