revolutionary New Richmonder news since 2021 (1RY)
The Congress of People's Councils - the supreme organ of state power - has unanimously approved the Second Basic Law as the Republic's new constitution.
The new Basic Law was adopted at an extraordinary session of the State Congress which was announced earlier this week by order of the Central Executive Committee. The draft was written by the respected BML Chairwoman and Prime Minister of the Republic Brooklyn Hewitt. The final paragraph of the Preamble reads:
The First Basic Law constructed the Central People’s Government, instituted the rule of the people’s councils, and affirmed the relationship between the party and state; however, in the past year, the Republic has conquered victories and bounded past achievements at an astounding rate. The Republic of today is far beyond the Republic of August in the first Revolutionary Year. In recognition of the higher stage of microsocialism and state development which has been achieved by the New Richmond Republic, the Central People’s Government hereby enacts this Second Basic Law in the name of the people’s revolution.
The first Basic Law was adopted on the 3rd of August 2021 (1RY), just one day following the Republic's proclamation of independence from the Commonwealth of New Virginia, by a conference of the provisional government, the newly-constituted Blair Mountain League, and various citizens. Like its successor, it was written by Mother Hewitt, who has publicly spoken on how its writing was "rushed," having been composed in less than a day's time; it was later heavily amended at the Second State Congress in February this year.
The extraordinary session also amended the National Holidays Act of 2021 to change the date of the Day of the Basic Law to the 11th of August and named the first two cantons: Meditullia (formerly known as the Heartland region) and Campestria (formerly the Outlands region).
What has changed?
The Second Basic Law has made very few changes to the structure of the Central People's Government or the position of the Party and the people's councils; however, it has expanded much of the contents of its predecessor and includes entirely new articles and provisions. Changes instituted by the new Law include:
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