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The Third Estate
People of Spain!
Though, Spain has forgotten the victories of our fathers, who could speak their mind without fear. Today's Spain is a country that is not a community of free men like it was decades ago, the ideas of our fathers are spat on, and this land is no more than a property of the privileged few. The first and second estate, the lords temporal and spiritual, are the only ones that decide the fate of millions. The rest of Spain, the commoners, have no more say in the public matters than cattle.
In modern-day France, Britain and Germany, constitutions safeguard the rights of this third estate through parliaments to ensure that the voice of the common man, one of the numerous artisans, workers, labourers or farmers, is heard in the palaces and cathedrals of the small group of men who consider themselves as the only ones fit to rule the rest. But it is that "rest", that vast majority of men who, through their spirit and through their hard work, gave birth to our nation, and in order to guarantee just social order, those men must be granted the right to speak their mind - and be heard.
Therefore, in order to safeguard their rights, the third estate must use its collective strength and, through peaceful means, must strive for the right to be represented, and for a constitutional assembly to be called in order to prepare such constitution that would guarantee the basic rights to all men alike.
- Lucius Albinus
((aimed at nobility and the poor a little bit.))I. We affirm that a new regime would be set in the regions of the Spanish Realm.
a. Each of these regions shall be comprised of a varying number of provinces, as defined in the existing bureaucracy of our nation.II. A regional government will be formed in each region.
b. Each constituent province shall be comprised of a varying number of municipalities.
a. Regional governments are subordinate to the national government in every aspect, unless they are specifically granted a power to exercise over the territory and inhabitants of their region by Our act or decree of Our government.III. We would appoint Viceroys, one as executive for each region. The Viceroy is the formal head of the regional government , the highest civil authority of each region and serves in that capacity at Our pleasure. The Viceroy may simultaneously hold the office of Captain General of each region and act as its highest military commander.
b. The regional governance as established is responsible and subordinate to Us in every aspect.
c. Membership of a regional government grants an individual the same privileges granted to members of the national government
d. Membership of a regional government does not exclude an individual from taking place in the national government.
a. The Viceroy is to possess a Spanish patent of nobility or belong to the clergy .IV. In each region an Real Audiencia would be constituted. Each Real Audiencia would be comprised of sixty members serving in this capacity at Our pleasure. The members of the Real Audiencia for each region would be elected in the following manner:
b. The Viceroy must have been born within the region or lived there for at least 20 years and/or his primary assets must be located there and he must be an inhabitant of the region in question during the entirety of his term.
c. The Viceroys are empowered to adjust regional taxation and tariffs by up to 5% and subsidize local industry and agriculture. The Viceroys also have the power to veto any decisions passed by their respective Real Audiencia (Royal Audience).
d. The First Secretary of our Council of Ministers may appoint an acting Viceroy for the region until Our confirmation or appointment of a permanent Viceroy.
a. Twenty members of each Real Audiencia would be appointed by Ourselves and serve at Our pleasure. These members would bear the title of Regional Councillors and are to correspond with the criteria for the selection of a Viceroy as set by article III of this decree.V. The regional Real Audiencia possess the following powers and duties:
b. Twenty members of each Real Audiencia would be nominated by the landed nobility of each region from its ranks and confirmed by Us. The procedure of the nomination of these members is to take place in accordance with the local fuero rights and specifications for each region. The specifications are to be drafted by Our government in consultation with the local nobility and confirmed by Us. These members would bear the title of Delegate Lords.
c. Twenty members of each Real Audiencia would be nominated by the clergy of each region. The process of the nomination is to be set by the Primate of Spain and confirmed by Us. These members would bear the title of Lords Spiritual
a. Each Real Audiencia has a charter to issue local ordinances with regards to local culture, local taxation, health, spatial planning, criminal and civil law and powers of the municipal authorities. The extent of the powers is defined by the local fuero rights and royal charters signed by Us or our predecessors for each consequent region. Each ordinance of the Real Audiencia has to receive the approval of the Viceroy and Us before being enacted into power.VI. The regional Real Audiencia is reelected each five years, however may be dissolved anticipatorily:
b. Each Real Audiencia acts as the junta de hacienda (« royal financial board») of the region. In this capacity it meets monthly and is to monitor the spending and the financial activities of the Viceroy and his local government («privy council») and is empowered to demand any information in that regard from the Viceroy. The results of such enquires are reported by the Real Audiencia to the national Secretariat of Finance or directly to Us.
c. Each Real Audiencia acts as the highest appellate court of the region in regards to the lower courts of the first and second instance with exception of crimes against the state or faith which are to be investigated by special tribunals..
d. Each Real Audiencia possesses other powers and privileges as set by this and other Royal decrees and charters.
a. By the resolution of the Viceroy and upon Our confirmation. In this case the Real Audiencia must be reelected in a period of time not exceeding six months since the dissolutionVII. Each Real Audiencia nominates its President in accordance with the procedure set by itself and sets his powers and duties. The President of the Audiencia Reale takes his office upon Our confirmation.
b. By the resolution of the Real Audiencia itself and upon Our confirmation. In this case the new Audiencia Reale must be reelected in a period of time not exceeding six months since the dissolution
c. By Our decree for a period of time as set by the decree
VIII. The Viceroy of a region appoints one Governor for province his region. The Governor may also be appointed directly by Us.
a. The Governor is an executive to the Regional government and holds no individual powers, except for those specifically granted to him.IX. The male inhabitants of each municipality within the region nominate the Magistrate of the municipality. The Viceroy would either approve of the candidacy of the Magistrate or withhold His approval and 1) order the new nomination procedures to take place, 2) appoint the Magistrate directly.
b. The Governor must correspond the criteria as set by each Real Audiencia and approved by Us or by Our separate decree.
c. The Governor must be an inhabitant of the province in question during the entirety of his term and must have been for at least four years prior.
a. The Magistrate is an executive to the regional government and holds no individual powers, except for those specifically granted to him.X. All regional actions and ordinances combined may not lead to an (increased) deficit on the national budget.
b. The Magistrate must correspond the criteria as set by each Real Audiencia and approved by Us or by Our separate decree.
c. The Magistrate must be an inhabitant of the municipality in question during the entirety of his term and must have been for at least four years prior.
d. The procedures of the nomination and the voting rights of the populace during the nomination procedures are set by each Real Audiencia, however to nominate and be nominated as Magistrate, the inhabitant of the region should 1) provide the registering officer with positive references from the provincial Governor regarding his loyalism and law-abidance and from the diocesan Bishop regarding his regular church attendance and good morals.
XI. This decree does not relate to the administration of the Spanish colonies.