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A New Dawn Campaign
The Campaign of the Partido Popular in the General Election of 1890, better known under the name of the Populares' manifesto, A New Dawn Campaign, was the first of its kind in its size and practices in Spain. Unlike ever before, the Partido Popular organized itself as a single unified political party with a single manifesto of promises and a central election committee to lead the Party to victory in the upcoming election. This revolutionary campaign was the brainchild of Leonardo Forlani, an upper class Populares' MP and Campaign Manager, who had, on his travels to Europe in the late 1870s, witnessed the Midlothian Campaign of Gladstone, which has been widely credited by historians to be the first modern campaign and on which popularity, the Liberal Party was carried to victory in the following general election, with Gladstone at its helm. Forlani believed that with the expansion of the franchise in large parts of the nation, the Partido could be carried to victory on a campaign of popular discontent with the oppressive Occupation of Portugal and the lack of national reform of the press and the judiciary, much like Gladstone an his Liberals.

However, he needed a central figure of the campaign, who would become the associated with the message of prosperity, peace and democracy and could translate the public's opinion into speeches piercing the ultra-reactionary, inefficient and corrupt government and the Royalist League, with which it was highly intertwined. He found his central figure in Francisco de Valle, the founder and chairman of the Partido Popular. Although this choice seemed obvious in retrospect, the Andalusian Father and democrat was a far from obvious choice at the time, although he was Party Chairman, he held little influence over the various factions that made up the Populares and at the start of the parliamentary democracy, many believed that, if gradual reform continued to be supported, the Partido Popular would have chosen a new chairman, of a far less confrontational nature than de Valle. This was all to change with the intervention of Marquess de Pontevedra, whose interventions against the Partido strengthened de Valle's position in the party and steadily moved the party from the anti-reformist right to the democratic left, while Andalusia and Valencia, long heartlands of Spanish liberalism and democratism, found themselves increasingly aligned with the
christian democratic Partido.

When Forlani approached De Valle in his constituency in Seville with the idea of the campaign, the Portuguese Occupation had just entered its most violent phase and daily the Seville newspapers reported the dead sons of local families, while the Assembly was besieged with Pontevedra's ultrareactionary proposals to shift attention from the national legislature away from the regime's failure to truly defeat the democratically elected Liberal Government and their following in Portugal. De Valle agreed, frustrated in his attempts to establish a pan-democratic coalition in 1882 by an aristocratic leadership in the Yellows, with strong ties to the Royalist League, and in 1886, by the appearance of a radical monarchist "Socialist" Party, the collapse of the Movement for Liberty and the expansion of the Autonomous Party, which focused less on democracy and more on regionalism. The way was now clear for Forlani to set the national tone and message of the election campaign with the Partido's manifesto.

Although the manifesto was short and written completely by De Valle - to allow for its message to be spread quickly and be remembered - its adoption by the Partido Popular was one of the largest events in Spanish democratic history, with De Valle reading the Manifesto to a large audience of members of the Christian Labourers' Movement and other Christian Democrats. This was the opening shot of the election campaign. However, many obstructions remained, mainly the censorship bureau, which, although it was less efficient than many ultra-reactionary believed due to the large surge in printed material in Spain due to increasing literacy, and the less than independent police force.


The solution came from Forlani, who, after publishing the Populares' manifesto, A New Dawn for Spain, in many national newspapers and periodicals, organised a National Congress of Populares and Democrats in Madrid, where centrally organised speech tours of (prospective) MPs of the Partido were planned to spread the message of the manifesto and De Valle's speeches, for although the Censorship Bureau could, with a lot of effort censor some parts of the message, the MPs would spread it across the nation by voice. Important to understand, for contemporary readers, is that the franchise was at this moment still very small, thus the large attendance of audiences across Spain meant that De Valle and his fellow Populares could address large portions of electors in their districts. The solution to possible persecution was the Christian Labourers' Movement, which lead rally across towns and cities and protected audiences from ultra-reactionary militants.

But with polling day closing in, it remained to be seen whether popular support would translate in the same sweeping victory as Gladstone and the Liberals enjoyed.
 
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Election of 1890

A political analyst came to study elections around Europe in order to determine how various nations elect their legislatures. After traveling throughout the countryside, the analyst wrote in his report regarding Spain:

"No election in Europe, from mighty Russia to ancient France, from Germany to the Balkans, from Italy to the United Kingdom, have ever compared in violence and corruption than what I have experienced in the Kingdom of Spain. If their elections are this important to some, a degree of order must be maintained, or by God the nation will tear itself apart."

He based his comment off of the experiences he had endured in Spain, from East to West, North to South, City by City, the analyst observed how elections were conducted in Spain, and he wrote them off as violent and unorganized. He was not wrong either. The 1890 election would go down as one where violence caste its blood red shadow over the land, where political strife almost led to internal warfare, and where all parties were guilty of being a cause of these problems. It would be hailed as one of the most violent elections in the history of Spanish politics.

For starters, in order for one to understand how it became so violent, one must look back to a bill approved by the King not long ago. The Motion to Authorize the Various Regions to Determine Electoral Policy, which was made into a Royal Decree by the King after it received the approval of the legislature, gave the regions control over who votes. The idea was that if the Royal Audiences of each region could control who votes, then the regional governments would be the deciding factor. The Royal Audiences were elected by each estate of Spain, with the remainder being appointed by the King. So in a sense, this act gave more power to the aristocracy and the clergy in deciding who gets to vote. Of course, in many regions, the embedded party would be the ones deciding the suffrage. In Granada, the Royal Audience became so liberal, that a weighted universal suffrage was implemented. In Valencia and Andalusia, the suffrage change was just removing the weighted requirement from the election. In Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, the suffrage was changed as well, removing the weighted requirement after heavy badgering from the Autonomous Party and the Viceroy, the Grand Duke Roma. The rest of the country kept the same laws as before, as the Royalist Party made sure that any attempts to increase the suffrage would not be taken lightly.

As the regions finalized their voting laws under the new system, the campaigns for the election would begin. Don Francisco del Valle would begin the People's Party campaign in full force. As the most notable opposition member in the Audience, Francisco was determined to beat the system, no matter the cost. His first of what he called "Four Minute Speeches" was about the occupation in Portugal. He made similarities between the liberal rebels and the rebels who chased Napoleon out of Spain, and used pacifistic remarks when saying that the war in Spain was a waste of money and lives. His second speech called for a "New Dawn" in Spain's history, one which all men are created as equals, and denounced the Royalist arch-conservatism. The Marquis of Pontevedra was unimpressed, and every time one of Francisco's speeches made it into a paper, you would bet your buns that Pontevedra was there to censor it. The censorship bureau went into overdrive censoring any paper outlet that showed sympathy to any side excluding the Royalist one. Francisco's third speech was on this censorship, and his fourth speech was against Pontevedra himself. At this point, Francisco began styling himself the "Champion of Spanish Democracy". Pontevedra and the Royalists labeled him the "Champion of Violent Jacobinsim". Pontevedra would also begin his own speaking tour (which one can bet appeared in as many media outlets as possible), claiming that the Royalists have made Spain prosperous and that aiding Portugal was simply helping the family of the King and an ally on Spain's borders. While the two began to speak, supporters of the two parties began to break out into acts of violence. Groups of Royalist sympathizers were reportedly intimidating and borderline harassing the members of the People's Party. Eventually, the People's Party began to fight back. Brawls would erupt in the streets of border-regions like Extramuerda and even in cities like Toledo. Crackdowns on both sides would commence, with many being sent to jail. Regardless, this violence would set the mood of the election for months to follow.

The situation was not much better in the Eastern regions of the Basquelands and Catalonia. Two other parties have entrenched themselves in each region respectively. In the Basquelands, the Los Amarillos party had entrenched itself greatly in the region. The local Etexto clique had been earning the support of many of the Basquelands's wealthier benefactors, and has set up control over the region. In Catalonia, support for the Autonomist Party was at an all-time high, allowing the Autonomists to remain in power in the region. Both parties, small as they may be compared to the other parties, were entrenched in the regions they set up base in. That would all change with the Autonomist Party Convention, a convention aimed at expanding Autonomist campaign efforts across Spain. This would prove to be a wise initiative for the Autonomists, since many credit Cesc Roma for giving nobles and clergy members more power in dictating the vote. One faction of the Autonomist Party though would not receive feedback. The faction sent to the Basquelands ran into conflict with the entrenched Los Amarillos party. The leader of the faction in question would disappear one night, without leaving a trace. Cesc Roma, appointed a new factional leader, who was very paranoid at the idea that people were killing off Autonomist members in the Basquelands. Armed guards were kept with him at all times as he filed for an investigation into the disappearance of the previous leader. Soon, the disappearances would increase as more and more party members in the Basquelands vanished. In response, the Autonomists began shipping in guns to arm its members in what it saw as blatant harassment to defend their lives with. With word reaching him that Autonomist members were armed, Co-Viceroy Etexto sent out members of the police to round up the armed members for treason and armed insurrection. The situation in the North reached the ears of Madrid, and the government made sure that troops were on standby in case Etexto could not pacify the region himself. Luckily, the situation did not escalate. However, with this incident, regions like Aragon and Valencia devolved into gang warfare, with each side battling for control of the minds of the voters, and for dominance of their party.

With brawls in the west, and gang territorial claims in the east, it is no surprise that these elections were seen as one of the most violent elections in recent memory. The people would go to the polls to vote after all of this. As the political analyst stated:

"Most people's minds were already set on the matter. Rich industrialists were voting for Los Amarillos, most middle class members were voting for the People's Party, and in only select cases did the vote go against these motions. The real breaker in all of this were the aristocrats and clergy members, with examples of them having sympathies for all the parties."

One thing that was for certain is that the Royalist grasp on power was slipping. With the massive efforts from the People's Party in this campaign with numerous speeches and rallies across the friendlier parts of Spain, many in the middle class who used to be afraid or persuaded into voting Royalist began to side with the People's Party. Another thing was shown that due to the regions now taking control of the election, the power of the national electoral committee had faded significantly, and this meant less Royalist Audience members getting elected. The Royalists claimed that this was insignificant, and no one really cared to push it further since they now had them on the ropes.

When the results came in, many in Spain were surprised:

Royalists: 100
Los Amarillos: 115
People's Party: 95
Autonomists: 70
Socialists: 20


The Royalists lost their plurality. While the PP and Royalists were busy fighting each other on the streets, Los Amarillos consolidated. It was apparent when they almost started a conflict between them and the Autonomists to keep their ground secure. The Royalist media campaign managed to keep them afloat to secure enough votes to get a hundred seats, even though they lost the most out of the five parties. The People's Party managed to convince many that to vote for them, and the Autonomist's new campaign allowed them to extend their influence into new states. Regardless, Los Amarillos is the second party in almost fifteen years to gain the plurality. How will the King react to this?

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Honourable Members of this Assembly,

No one can deny the results of this election, a resounding three-fourths majority for Parties and Politicians understanding the need for constructive, democratic reform in Spain and no one can deny that the legitimacy the Royalist League claimed to have to be the sole dictat of government policy and reform has dissipated with the needed and good participation of representatives of a pan-Democratic Alliance for Spain and their defeat in this election, no matter the vile policies and violence used by the Marquess de Pontevedra in his unholy struggle to maintain power. Hence, no one in this Assembly ought to deny the will and need for change and reform in Spain! (Applause by the Populares)

It is therefor, that I, Francisco de Valle, a Pater and Deputy and Humble servant of His Holiness and His Most Catholic Majesty, do submit for scrutiny and approval by this Assembly the Abolition of the Political Supervision of Papers, Books and Other Published Works Act, which will free our press from the censorship it has faced, particularly during election time, by the Censorship Bureau, an office which time and again has proven its blatant partisanship and his inability to justly and efficiently supervise the writings and productions of artists and journalists, both Spanish and not. It is therefor that I do propose a modified Income Representation Equality Act, which shall not override the ability of the Regions to organise elections, but shall set an universal minimal standard of enfranchisement, to prevent the over-representation of region and that of the landed gentry. To supplement this act and to prevent the artificial over-representation of groups aligned with particular ideologies, an American practice called "gerrymandering", which shameless tries to create a system which strengthens parties lacking popular support, and which has shameless been imported to Spain, the Partido Popular will introduce legislation to combat this criminal act. The Populares shall also re-propose the Speaker Act to solve the long-standing issue with this House lacking proper management. Lastly, Honourable Deputies, I shall also personally propose an act to ensure the Rule of Law and the Independence of the Spanish Judiciary from outside interests, which have blighted its judgments in the past.


Honourable Deputies, friends, if this Assembly remains united in its conviction that reform is to be passed, the People shall support you in this mission and even the State Council, where the Marquess de Pontevedra still trembles from the defeat brought upon him by the Spanish People, shall give way to our solemn duty.


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Abolition of the Political Supervision of Papers, Books and Other Published Works Act

I. The Censorship Bureau shall be abolished and shall be replaced by the Board of Ethics for Published Works. (Henceforth referred to as the Board of Ethics)

II. The Board of Ethics shall be comprised of a non-partisan group of publishers, experts in their field, and representatives of the governments, whose appointment and conduct is supervised by the Royal Assembly

III. The Board of Ethics shall be tasked with removing obscene and vicious material from published works in Spain

IV. The Board of Ethics shall be tasked with recommending fit punishments for publishers and writers spreading obscene and vicious material

((Reform to Free Press, the Board of Ethics exists, like in many European Countries at the time, not to politically censure published works, but to prevent the spread of pornographic writings and other published works))

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Income Representation Equality Act

I. The current system of weighting votes of property owners over those of wealth shall be abolished in every region in Spain

II. A new system that allows those of property and those of wealth to have equal votes for the Assembly shall be established and followed in every regions in Spain.

III. The requirements of wealth and/or property shall be lowered in every regions in Spain to at least to be equal to double the yearly earnings of a labourer

((Reform to Wealth for all Spanish Region, if regions - like Granada - already have a more universal system that may keep it, but the votes of the Middle Class and the Upper Class shall be weighed the same))

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The Fair Electoral Constituencies Act

I. The current Electoral Commission is disbanded and replaced with the Inter-regional Congress of Electoral Commissions

II. The Inter-regional Congress of Electoral Commissions will be composed of representatives of the Regional Electoral Commissions, and independent experts in the field of constituencies and representation

III. The Congress of Electoral Commissions and Regional Electoral Commissions shall be supervised by a pan-partisan Assembly Committee comprised of the most trusted and universally respected members of the Assembly

((Reform to Non-Secret Ballot))

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President of the Assembly Act

I. A new position shall be created called the "President of the Royal Assembly", he is the principal servant of the Assembly, forever loyal may it be to His Most Catholic Majesty

II. The President of the Royal Assembly shall have the power to control the course of debate in the Assembly and shall have the duty to ensure that proceedings in the Assembly are orderly.

III. The President of the Assembly shall be elected by a majority vote in the Assembly.

IV. The position of Vice President of the Assembly and secretaries of the Assembly are hereby created to assist the President of the Royal Assembly in his duties.

V. The Vice President of the Assembly shall be elected by a majority vote in the Assembly.

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The Protection of the Rule of Law Bill

WITNESSING the struggle between the Secretaries of the Interior and Justice & Grace over the appointment of judges and the partisanship of many of those judges
BELIEVING that such conflicts would be harmful to the Rule of Law which is vital for the continued stability of the Monarch and the well-being of the Spanish State
RECOGNIZING that the Rule of Law and the Independence of the Judiciary can only be guaranteed by non-partisan supervision of the appointment of judges
THEREBY ADVISING His Most Catholic Majesty to:

I. Establish a Committee of the Royal Assembly for Judicial Affairs and to commission it to investigate the effective workings of both Secretariats and the Courts of Spain as to advise His Most Catholic Majesty with protecting and expanding the independence and impartiality of the Courts and the Secretariats

II. Continue the split of responsibility between the Interior and Justice & Grace Secretariats

III. Allow the Committee to set standards of non-partisanship and experience in the practicing of law for all judges of Spain, both future and present
 
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Honourable Deputies, Friends,

Currently, the Regions are still organised along the principles of the 1860s, lacking any oversight and ingrained with corruption and nepotism. I will undoubtedly be joined by this Assembly in declaring this system unfit for the Kingdom of Spain. It is therefor that I propose the Regional Administration Act, 1890, not as an attack on the rights and privileges of the regions, but an attack on the corruption still existent in this broken system. Moreover, this act adheres to the reformist attitude of this Assembly and its will to spread democracy and democratic oversight to all parts of Spain.

Leonardo Forlani,
Member of Parliament for Cadiz,
Populares' Spokesperson on Regional Affairs


Regional Administration Act, 1890
Be signed into law by His Most Catholic Majesty, after passage in the Royal Assembly and the State Council, the following:

Chapter I - Miscellaneous

Article I. Spain will be segmented into 14 administrative divisions, called Regiones, which will be ruled by a Gobernador de Región [Governor of the respective Region], who will be appointed by the King with the advice of and in accordance with the will of the Cortes Regionales de Región and will serve terms of 5 years. Governors serve at the pleasure of the King and the Cortes Regionales and may be removed by the King or the Cortes Regionales if it is judged that he is not serving the interest of the respective region or the Kingdom of Spain.

Article II. The offices of Viceroy and Magistrate are hereby abolished, the office of Capitán General de Región [Captain General of the respective Region] shall be the chief executive of the regional department of the police forces and shall be appointed by the Governor in accordance with the will of the Cortes Regionales.

Article III. The Provincial Royal Assemblies are hereby abolished, their duties are inherited by the Cortes Regionales

Article IV. The legislative power of the Region will be held by the unicameral legislature, the Cortes Regionales [Regional Estates of the respective Region] and the Regional Government. The Governor has to ratify laws and without his ratification no laws can go into effect. The Cortres Provincial shall serve terms no more than five years and shall be elected.

Article V. The regions will be named as follows:

Andalucia - Aragon - Asturias - Baleares - Canaries - Castilla la Nueva - Castilla la Vieja - Catalonia - Extremadura - Murcia - Galicia - Leon - Navarra - Valencia - Vascongades

Article VI. All regional actions and ordinances combined may not lead to a deficit absolutely and relatively larger than the national budget.

Article VII. This decree does not relate to the administration of the Spanish colonies

Chapter II - Regional Executive

Paragraph I - The Governor

Article I. The Governor is the Supreme Executive of the Region and Representative of the King in the Region. The Governor shall serve in that capacity until he is either removed from office, resigns, prosecuted or is not reappointed.

Article II. Eligibility for appointment as Governor shall be reserved to subjects who have attained thirty years of age at the day of appointment and have resided in the region for five years, enjoy civil and political rights, and fulfill other requirements specified by law.

Article III. The Office of Governor of a Region is incompatible with any other public office besides that of being a member of the Cortes Regionales of that respective region.

Article IV. The Governor is personally responsible for the general policy of the Junta, the direction of administration and the coordination of ministerial activities.


Article V. The Governor makes all appointments to the offices of the Regiones in accordance with the will of the Cortes Regional.

Article VI. The Governor convenes the Cortes Regionales annually; he may prorogue their sessions and dissolve the Cortes Regionales, but in the latter case he shall convene a new Cortes Regionales within four months.

Article VII. The Governor can grant clemency and commute sentences for crimes concerning regional law.

Article VIII. Where the Governor is unable to fulfill his duties as Chief Executive due to infirmity or vacancy, the most senior member of the Junta shall assume all duties and responsibilities until this is no longer necessary.

Article IX. The Governor may establish the quantity, competence and structure of the ministries of the Junta and provide the Junta with overall leadership

Paragraph II - The Junta
Article I. The Junta de Región [The Government of the Region] is composed of the Governor and his cabinet, Gabinete de la Región.

Article II. The Governor appoints the Ministers in accordance to the will of the Cortes Regionales. The Cortres Regional may motion for the resignation of any minister.

Article III. All ministers shall execute faithfully their duties before the Cortes Regionales.

Article IV. Government orders are signed by the ministers of the relevant departments who assume full responsibility.

Article V. Membership of a regional government excludes an individual from taking part in the national government or legislature

Article VI. The Offices of the Junta of a Region are incompatible with any other public office besides that of being a member of the Cortes Regionales of that respective region.

Article VII. The Members of the Junta and other Delegates of the Regional Government may, at any time, take seats and speak in Cortes Regionales.

Chapter III - Cortes Regionales

Article I. Eligibility for election as a deputy in the Cortes Regionales shall be reserved to subjects who have attained twenty-five years of age at the day of election and have resided in Spain or Spain territories for five years and have to currently reside in the region where he wishes to become deputy, enjoy civil and political rights, and fulfill other requirements specified by law. If a Deputy ceases, for whatever reason, to fulfill his functions, the Constituency which had elected him will be quickly convened to hold a new election.

Article II. The Cortes Regionales shall elect the President, Vice President and Secretaries of the Cortes Regionales to act as presiding officers for the duration of the Session.

Article III. Sessions of the Cortes Regionales shall expire automatically after five years unless early dissolution by the Governor takes place. Duration of the annual session of the Cortes Regionales and the lengths of recess during the year may be also defined by decrees of the presidium of Cortes Regionales.

Article IV. Deputies shall not be held accountable for opinions expressed and votes given in the Cortes Regionales. When, however, a Deputy himself has given publicity to his opinions by public speech, by documents in print or in writing, or by any other similar means, he shall, in the matter, be amenable to the general law. Deputies shall, during the session, be free from arrest, unless with the consent of the Cortes Regionales, except in cases of flagrante delicto or of offences connected with the crimes against the the Kingdom.

Article V. Sittings of the Cortes Regionales shall be public; but when ten or more members request it in writing, deliberations may be held in closed session.

Article VI. Deliberations are taken by majority vote

Article VII. All bills shall first be examined by the Committees of the Cortes Regionales and shall be elected for preliminary consideration. After a bill is discussed and approved by the Cortes Regionales, it shall be transmitted to the Governor for his sanction.

Article VIII. If a bill is rejected by one of the two legislative powers, it shall not be presented again during the same Session.

Article IX. Members of a regional legislature excludes an individual from taking part in the national government or legislature

Article X. A Deputy in the Cortes Regionales shall represent around a constituency of 1 000 eligible voters. A Cortes Regionales must have between 50 and 150 Deputies.

Paragraph I - Powers of the Cortes Regionales

Article I. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the civil law, and lesser crimes, and the prosecution thereof, except where overridden by national statutes or national law.

Article II. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the management and taxation of property, except where overridden by national statutes or national law.

Article III. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the management of prisons, except where overridden by national statutes or national law.

Article IV. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the management of regional infrastructure, such as roads, and spatial planning except where overridden by national statutes or national law.

Article V. The Cortes Regionales has authority over marriages and marriage law, except where overridden by national statutes.

Article VI. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the management and protection of regional culture, except where overridden by national statutes or national law.

Article VII. The Cortes Regionales has authority over health and safety, except where overridden by national statutes.

Article VIII. The Cortes Regionales has authority over the rigts, powers, and duties of the provinces and municipalities in their respective region, except where overridden by national statutes.


Chapter IV - Provincial and Municipal Government

Paragraph I - Provincial Government

Article I. The Regiones will be segmented into administrative divisions, in accordance with the existing bureaucracy, called Provincias, which will be ruled by a Magistrado de la Provincia [Magistrate of the respective Provincia], who will be appointed by the Governor of the Region in which the Provinica lies, with the advice of and in accordance with the will of the Cortes Provinciales and will serve terms of 5 years. Magistrates serve at the pleasure of the Governor and the Cortes Regionales and may be removed by the Governor or the Cortes Regionales if it is judged that he is not serving the interest of the respective province or the Kingdom of Spain.

Article II. The legislative power of the Provincia will be held by the unicameral legislature, the Cortes Provinciales [Provincial Estates of the respective Province] and the Provincial Government. The Magistrate has to ratify laws and without his ratification no laws can go into effect. The Cortres Provinciales shall serve terms no more than five years and shall be elected.

Article III. The Magistrate makes all appointments to the offices of the Provincia in accordance with the will of the Cortes Provinciales.

Article IV. The Magistrate convenes the Cortes Provinciales annually; he may prorogue their sessions and dissolve the Cortes Provinciales, but in the latter case he shall convene a new Cortes Provinciales within four months.

Article V. All provincial actions and ordinances combined may not lead to a deficit absolutely and relatively larger than the national budget.

Paragraph II - Municipal Government
Article I. The Provincias will be segmented into administrative divisions, in accordance with the existing bureaucracy, called Municipios, which will be ruled by a Alcalde del Municipio [Mayor of the respective Municipality], who will be appointed by the Magistrate of the Provincia in which the Municipality lies, with the advice of and in accordance with the will of the Cortes Municipales and will serve terms of 5 years. Mayors serve at the pleasure of the Magistrate and the Cortes Municipales and may be removed by the Magistrate or the Cortes Municipales if it is judged that he is not serving the interest of the respective municipality or the Kingdom of Spain.

Article II. The legislative power of the municipality will be held by the unicameral legislature, the Cortes Municipales [Municipal Estates of the respective Municipality] and the Municipal Government. The Mayor has to ratify laws and without his ratification no laws can go into effect. The Cortres Municipales shall serve terms no more than five years and shall be elected.

Article III. The Mayor makes all appointments to the offices of the Municipality in accordance with the will of the Cortes Municipales.

Article IV. The Mayor convenes the Cortes Municipales annually; he may prorogue their sessions and dissolve the Cortes Municipales, but in the latter case he shall convene a new Cortes Municipales within four months.

Article V. All municipal actions and ordinances combined may not lead to a deficit absolutely and relatively larger than the national budget.
 
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These motions brought forth by the People’s Party are profane, deplorable, and unimaginably treasonous; they are of the most unacceptable calibre.

These motions, their flaws, and the litany of issues within them must be discussed by the Audience at length, and must be rejected in totality. Would that I had the authority within my capacity as a member of that august body to reject these blights out of hand, so as to not sully the eyes of the King in viewing such monstrosities – alas, I can but merely express my disdain for the odiousness of these motions, the utter disloyalty of their authors, and the complete absence of sense, decency, and morality amongst those that admire these trite scribblings.

~ Pontevedra
 

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Until further deliberations and the full restoration of tranquility in the region where gang clashes took place, all ministers of state are to remain in their current offices and execute their duties.
 

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((To the Cabinet - Private))​

Until further deliberations and the full restoration of tranquility in the region where gang clashes took place, all ministers of state are to remain in their current offices and execute their duties.
This information is leaked to the general public. Who did it? Who knows. It certainly wasn't dissatisfied members of the Yellows, that's for sure. Yup, completely wasn't them.
 
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((Extremely sorry for the lack of vote or update. College classes have started, and I am already getting weighted down with work. I will try my hardest to start the vote tonight, but dont be surprised if I dont.))
 

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Honourable Assemblymembers,

Recently the Public and this Assembly were informed by papers that the Government would not be changed at all after last month's historic election.

As the Advisors of the King on behalf of the Spanish population, we cannot sit idly by, as first of all, this vital knowledge, without which a state cannot function properly, was withheld from Spanish Public, let alone the principle advisory councils of His Most Catholic Majesty and had to be leaked to the Spanish Press to be made public.

Secondly, this old Cabinet is not in accordance with the will of this principle Advisory Body of this Kingdom and the Spanish People with a First Secretary of State lacking the support of the general population and the confidence of the principle advisory body of His Most Catholic Majesty, proven by last month's election in which he and his allies were decimated in seats and lost their plurality in this Assembly.

Lastly, this Cabinet is irresponsive to the needs of the Kingdom and the Spanish People, as its leader has once again proven that he is out of touch with the Kingdom at large by opposing all compromise and reform, for which Spaniards across the kingdom have called in belief that in the March of Civilizations, the proud Spanish People are no longer restrained by the lack of common liberties shared by European Nations from Royal Britannia to Czarist Russia.

It is therefor, friends, that I propose a motion in this Assembly to advise the King against maintening this Cabinet, lacking in credibility, legitimacy, and ability, due to its outdated autocrat leader.

Don Francisco Pater de Valle,
Chairman of the People's Party,
Deputy for Seville

Motion against the Pontrevedra Cabinet

BELIEVING the Cabinet lacks in ability, legitimacy and credibility, three vital features that distinguish the able from the reactionary
BELIEVING the Marquess de Pontevedra to be unfit to lead or take part in any Spanish Government at the current time
BELIEVING the widespread want for reform and the Great Reform Bills should be respected by the First Secretary of State at the current time

THIS ROYAL ASSEMBLY does hereby advise His Most Catholic Majesty to seriously reconsider the composition of this Cabinet
 

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What the black priest calls for is utterly treasonous.

~ Pontevedra
 

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Does the Marquess not know that his comment on black priest is a plenoasm as the traditional cassock of Catholic priesthood is black of colour? Furthermore, does the Marquess not know that advising His Most Catholic Majesty to our best abilities is not treason, it is our duty!

Don de Valle
 

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Would the "good" member prefer wicked priest then? I had perhaps hoped to provide a degree of ambiguity to permit you to save face; however, I see that such generosity is lost on you. I have little else to say to you regarding these matters; the treasonous and wholly disloyal sentiments - attempting to dictate the composition His Majesty's Government, devolving more of His power, amongst others - are well known and need scant little explanation. I finish with this; it is out tantamount duty to be loyal, though if one such as you is even aware of the meaning of that word is well worth questioning.

~ Pontevedra
 

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Mr. Secretary,

Might I request the Marquess to retract said un-parliamentary comments.
 

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Pedro chuckles quietly in the background as yet another round of bickering between the Marquis and de Valle recommenced, as he continued his attempts to climb further up the hierarchy.
 

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The Marquis, bored with this present session, begins to ignore de Valle whilst penning a few letters, which he hands to his aides.
 

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SINCE: Under the Act to Recognize and Legitimate Political Parties a party is to be disbanded if it advocates disobedience to the Crown, the Government and the public authorities of the Kingdom, deprivation of these bodies of their legitimate authority and insults their dignity;

SINCE: Under the Act to Recognize and Legitimate Political Parties a leader of a party is personally responsible before Us for its doings;

SINCE: Francisco de Valle has many times issued statements that are harmful for Royal dignity and authority and insulted the ministers of Our Government, attempted to undermine the royal supremacy and advocated measures that would allow advocacy of republicanism and other vile ideologies and would have destroyed the historical ties between the Crown and the regions:

SINCE: Francisco de Valle has, during the military expedition We waged in the Kingdom of Portugal, openly preached defeatism, associated himself with violent AntiSpanish rebels revolting against the legitimate Portuguese authorities and has insulted the dignity of Our ally and relative, the King of Portugal, debasing the deeds of Our ancestors that have aided the righteous Miguelist line to take the throne of Portugal and the Algarves;

SINCE: Francisco de Valle has been disbarred by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and We, as a Christian Sovereign, cannot tolerate one who has lost the sacred office, to lead a national party ;

SINCE: As a result of all these misdeeds Franciso de Valle has lost Our confidence;

The license of the Partido Populare would be revoked and it would be considered temporarily suspended, until it choses another leader more acceptable to Us and provides a platform again. Until such time We do also refuse to confirm the nominees of the Partido Populare to the Royal Audience as members.

For many years We have lenient and merciful, despite the fact that Our government insisted on Us taking measures and reminded Us of the mideeds of the aforementioned Francisco de Valle. However the hour has come - and such dangers to the public order and ignoble behavior can be tolerated no longer.

If Francesco de Valle and his associates have committed any crimes, they should stand before justice. May God guide them and help them to see light.


If any members of Partido Populare would commit any acts of disobedience, Our executive and military authorities are to take measures to hold them responsible before law.

FELIPE
 
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Pontevedra, sitting demurely in his seat, leaned back as an aide approached him and whispered into his ear and handed him a note. The faintest hint of a smile formed beneath the Marquis’ mustache before he whispered something back and handed the aide another letter. The Marquis turned to face the Audience again, wolfish eyes gazing momentarily at de Valle before raising his hand to silence the raucous discussions. He rose.

In my hand I have a decree from His Catholic Majesty, the King.

He paused a moment, and glanced over the opposition.

By order of His Majesty, I hereby place an arrest warrant out for Don Francisco de Valle and those similarly charged amongst the People's Party; furthermore, in my capacity as First Secretary and Interior Secretary, I shall enforce His Majesty's decision to revoke the license of the People's Party to the fullest extent possible - the party shall, until His Majesty deigns otherwise, be broken up, its private correspondence, records, and other material placed into the custody of the Interior Secretariat for pending investigation, and its members expelled from His Majesty's Royal Audience.

The Marquis, having previously alerted the secret police of the imminent arrest of de Valle, returned to his seat comfortably as they entered the room, accompanied by regular authorities; the head of police in Madrid was similarly notified to prepare for any eventualities, as well as to enter and take control of any buildings and offices associated with de Valle or the People’s Party. It would take slightly longer, he estimated, for other urban chiefs to be made aware of the move, but by evening or tomorrow at the latest, all city authorities would be aware to maintain an alert and proactive stance, at least ideally.

Whilst he no longer held any leading role over the military, he had also sent out a missive politely informing the commander of the Royal Guard to be prepared as well.
 

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Pedro, awaiting the word of his king, also brought in his legistive acts, may the lord be indeed merciful on Francesco de Valle. The timing couldn't be more perfect, the man had disrespected the entire state council, his catholic majesty, and so by extension the realm itself.

So he too stood before the Audience and thus decreed

I, Principe-Duque Pedro de Alcántara Álvarez de Toledo de Soneta di Belmonte a Infantado,Secretary of State and Chief of the Department of Truth and Honesty, Secretary of the State Council, Viceroy of Leon-Castilla, Lord of the Bedchamber and Court Chamberlin to his Majesty, by the powers vested in me by his most Catholic Majesty, Rey Felipe VI of All Spains and of his Overseas Territories Sovereign, hereby decree that the literature and other such associated material published by Francesco de Valle and the members of his party, the Partido Populare, to be of a seditious and treasonous nature.

Therefore, The Crown, through my person and the Decree of 1873 to Regulate the Press:

  • revokes all press licenses distributed prior by the Crown to la Partido Populare and associated bodies. Should any literature or associated, prior published, materials be found being distributed by members of this party, they are henceforth to be detained, to await further sentencing.
  • Declares that all possession or distribution of any material prior published by la Partido Populare or associated bodies is outlawed, failure to hand the offending material over to the authorities will result in immediate detainment, to await further sentencing.
  • Decrees that any Newspaper, or other such distributive mediums, that from this day forth publish matter made by la Partido Populare, and associated bodies are to have their license to publish material of any nature suspended for a period spanning a time determined by both crown and the courts.
 

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