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Nay to the Dissolution of the Italian Parliament.

And again, I have to say "no" to the same bill, once again proposed in an attempt to rid Germany of an increasingly permanent organization.

~Johannes Carile
 

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Nay to dissolution of the Italian Parliament,

Did we not pass an act forbidding repeat bills?

-Herr Liberator

We did, Herr Meningen, but your friend Herr Victor succeeded in repealing it. I am surprised to see that you have already forgotten his contributions.

Yea to the dissolution of the Italian Parliament.

~ K.F. von Hohenzollern
 

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Yes to the dissolution of the Italian Parliament. I am for, and always will be for, centralization. The government should be led by one strong central government, not have its power siphoned away by a bunch of regional governments.

- Eva von Vandenburg
 

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Once again, I must vote nay for dissolution of the Italian Parliament.

Frau Victor
 

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I vote Yea to dissolve the Italian parliament as I feel it does nothing but segregate us from our German brethren beyond the Alps. The people of Turin have spoken, and I shall speak for them. I would vote no and try to be President of Italy but oh, alas, not many Italians are going to vote for communists other than the arduous peoples of Turin and other small cities.

- Clarissa Rafanelli
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A strong Germany cannot be a divided Germany. The more people squabble over petty and meaningless nationalist distinctions, the longer they will ignore their true class interests. Aye.

Hermann von Leute

((This is why when the person running the iAAR proposes bills, they oughtn't be repealed. ;) ))
 

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No to dissolution of the Italian Parliament.

Gutfreund, Chancellor

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Nay.
 

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Yes to the dissolution of the Italian abomination.

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Because the NLPD, Bundespartei, and Conservatives control more than 250 seats between them in the Assembly and all have voted no, the Supreme Court declares the bill a failure and the Reichstag's business is concluded.

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((Will probably play and update tonight if not, definitely tomorrow.)
 
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1891: The violence finally erupts


The matter of Italy continued to take center stage in German politics. The liberals continued to crow about their achievements, particularly ex-Chancellor Franz Meningen, while the conservatives, imperialists, socialists, and communists united to attack the liberals. As long as the liberals held a majority in the Assembly, they could prevent the end of Italy's autonomy, but the opposition still controlled the Conclave, and they would happily prevent any further devolution of German centralization. The average German, however, didn't care. They cared about the price of food, the wages they earned in Germany's factories, the conditions their children suffered through. The standard of living had steadily improved, without question, but the construction of seemingly endless naval bases gave them no real security. Some influential Germans asked what would happen if Germany's natural enemies banded together against the republic; fortifications were seriously out of date and tactically, German troops were out of sync with modern developments. Matters came to a head in early February when thousands of angry socialists, demanding immediate social equality, the redistribution of property, and an end to preferential treatment for minority groups, took to the streets in Germany and Italy.

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The leader of the German defense was Viktor Wittmann, a dynamic General who wanted to take the fight to the enemy. General Wittmann drove his troops hard, but it was largely due to his efforts that the socialists were quickly overwhelmed. His operations were not without cost, but with supplies limited due to the liberal economic policies, they were as good as could be expected. One way to try to defray some of those costs was suggested by Minister of War Konrad von Schwaben, who recommended training Filipino troops and offering them citizenship in exchange for taking over garrison duties in German cities and towns.

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General Wittmann received a commendation for his efforts, but the international community turned on Germany. They deplored the violence and brutality used by the German army to put down what some British politicians called "an unfortunate misunderstanding." The head of the British Labour Party even said that "the German army is the most tyrannical institution in modern times, ruthlessly suppressing freedom of speech and assembly without mercy." Non-Germans in Croatia and Berlin agreed, and began agitating for freedom from the regime that oppressed them. The KPD wasted little time in pressing their advantage. Clarissa Rafanelli-Askanier, the leader of the KPD, denounced the capitalist owners of a factory in her native Turin as punishing their workers for the crimes of the German separatists. When the Italian Parliament demanded that she stop "stirring up mistrust," she openly defied their order, calling the Italian Parliament "an illegal body imposed upon us by the cancer that is liberalism." Encouraged by her words, a sabotage campaign spread throughout Turin, with a sympathy rally held in Mannheim, Baden. The Minister of the Interior, Socialist Franz von Bavel-Timmermans, had little choice but to order a full investigation into the business in Turin and arrested the demonstrators in Mannheim. Stadtholder Rafanelli-Askanier was briefly detained, but there was no direct evidence linking her to the sabotage attempts.

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As the KPD loudly and angrily protested the government's violent crackdown, nothing but praise came from the privileged classes. Minister of Education Walther Herwig shifted his attention from pure theory to practice, offering prizes and awards for those individuals who came up with new methods of efficiency. Chancellor HF Gutfreund was also recognized for his close ties to the business community, although some politicians attributed that to the steadying hand of Minister of Finance Friedrich Thiessen. Foreign Minister Maria Victor got credit for a new business arrangement with Canada that included a defensive alliance and lent Canada's support to counteract the increasingly aggressive British Empire.

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For all of the rhetoric and incidents the KPD was involved in, nothing compared to the outright rebellion of French patriots who sought reunion with their homeland to get away from "the nightmare of Communism." While homegrown socialists posed little threat to the German army, the French nationalist were well armed, drilled, and supplied. Some officers of French ancestry even defected to join the anti-German forces. The army handled the uprising, but with an even larger bloodbath and, worse still, a disaster at Cambrai, where French snipers killed the German officer and the army fled from the field in terror.

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The Reichstag met in 1892 under a cloud of domestic unrest. The government had much to answer for.
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((@Warlord Skorr, we'll need a couple more techs to get us through 1892 and 1893. I started that last economic tech in September 1891.))

There are no current items demanding the Reichstag's attention; ministerial proposals may be adjusted and legislation proposed until Wednesday at 10 PM (-6 GMT).

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I have some suggestions for ministerial action in the coming year:

Herr Theissen, I hope you can use some of our surplus funds to rebuild our gallant armies. ((set army funding to 100% until all armies have returned to full strength)). In addition, please consider setting a policy of 100% funding whenever disturbances of the sort we have just experienced occur.

Herr Herwig, please consider investing in army technologies so as to bring all of them to level 4, 1870 standard.

Thank you for your attention.

Gutfreund, Chancellor
 
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It is a shame to see the violence wrought by the hateful rhetoric of the communists. Instead of embarking in fruitless class warfare we should share the prosperity of German industry with all our citizens and encourage progress and the freedom of the market.

While the actions of the French rebels were despicable and traitorous, I believe we must consider some of their grievances. This rebellion is a clear demonstration of the need for autonomy and greater freedoms for our minority populations. Failing that, perhaps we should come to an arrangement with France itself to secure an alliance.

It disturbs me that our army is behind in technology. We must get our armed forces up to par in order to ensure the security of our republic and the survival of global freedom.

Finally, I would like to ask the clerks in the Foreign Office ((Avindian)) if the Byzantine Empire has responded to any of our inquiries concerning the controversies of one year ago.

-Herr Liberator
 

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A summary of bills brought before the Italian Parliament:

Pontiff of Rome Act
- giving official recognition to the sect of Catholic churches still holding the Pope of Rome (rather than the head of the Hohenzollern family) to be the supreme pontiff of the Church, and granting such churches equal legal status within Italy.
Passes, 59 in favour, 41 against, 0 abstentions.

Italian Currency Act
- creating a separate Italian Thaler, with monetary policy determined by the Bank of Italy entirely independently of the German Thaler.
Fails, 33 in favour, 56 against, 11 abstentions.

Petition pertaining to the Italian Abhomination
- Hans-Jurgen von Arnimi-Boitzenburg's pronouncement in the Conclave ("Yes to the dissolution of the Italian abomination!") has drawn the attention of the Italian press, as a snappy sound-bite to describe the Conclave's attitude to the Parliament. It has provided material for many editorials and political cartoons.
- In the grand tradition of appropriating political insults into official names,
- and to celebrate the dubious merits of the Italian Parliament building's chief architect, Il Corbesier,
- the name of the Italian Parliament building is hereby renamed to the "Abominio Italio".
Passes, 65 in favour, 10 against, 25 abstentions.
 
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- and to celebrate the dubious merits of the Italian Parliament building's chief architect, Il Corbesier[...]

((Dubious? How dare you! Corb would be wasted in the 19th century.))
 

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It is a shame to see the violence wrought by the hateful rhetoric of the communists. Instead of embarking in fruitless class warfare we should share the prosperity of German industry with all our citizens and encourage progress and the freedom of the market.

The KPD is not at fault for the abusive nature of German capitalism and the bourgeois which governs German capitalism. We are simply doing our job to liberate the working class from their chains of oppression. And I must as ever, protest being detained simply because I am a woman, and I am a communist. I have shown nothing but good faith to the German government, and I have been met with nothing but contempt.

It is the liberal policies that have fostered this Cosmopolitane uprising; not Communism. It is Franz Meiningen's insistence to drive wedges between the peoples of the Empire apart by promising them the world and not delivering his promises. There is nobody to blame for this French uprising but the liberal leadership.

- Clarissa Rafanelli
 
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Finally, I would like to ask the clerks in the Foreign Office ((Avindian)) if the Byzantine Empire has responded to any of our inquiries concerning the controversies of one year ago.

((If this is about your polling request, I believe I asked you to be more specific about what you were looking for. If you responded to my response, I missed it, so please post it again. :) ))