Lagerhuis elections, 1680
|Turnout: 323,420 voters|
The Lagerhuis elections of 1680 AN were elections in the Kingdom of Batavia, the first elections after the state of emergency. At the same time, a new prime minister was chosen, Jacques Montrarde.
On 15.VIII.1676 AN the king declared a state of emergency. In the speech at the Lagerhuis, the king stated that the state of emergency was necessary due to the sudden death of the prime minister Joachim Cornelis Theodorus Frederik Jacobus Mackay. At the time, the term of office of the Lagerhuis had already expired, but the organization of the Lagerhuis elections stopped.
During the state of emergency, Benjamin Cambernon was appointed prime minister. In addition, various laws and treaties were signed by the king, the most significant being:
- Treaty of Charlotteburg: Frankish Brettania is transferred to the Kingdom of Batavia;
- The royal decree transferring the city of Chryste to the Verionian Empire;
- Dissolution of the treaty with Natopia after the king's divorce with Clara Sundara.
Those laws and treaties must be reviewed by the Lagerhuis after the elections.
The Prime Minister, on behalf of the king, submitted a constitutional amendment for discussion in the Lagerhuis. The Lagerhuis was not in session, but opened to all Batavians. The proposal for the constitutional amendment includes:
- Appointment of a new Regent, which in fact a return to the first Regent at the time the Sixth Kingdom started;
- Accession of the United Kingdom of Arcadia, the Beneluccas and the land of the Calbain as an autonomous region to the Kingdom of Batavia;
- Scrapping cumbersome transitional provisions with an amended constitution.
Other amendments have been tabled:
- The appointment of the prime minister by the Hogerhuis, instead of direct elections;
- The withdrawal of the Kasterburg Republic as an autonomous region.
The proposed constitutional amendment and the other amendments cannot be put to the vote before the elections. After all, the constitution cannot be changed during the state of emergency.
|1680 elections||Conservative Monarchistische Partij||Voorwaarts Batavië!||Ultraroyalisten||Radicalen||Republikeins Links||Bataafse Arbeiderspartij|
|Party name in Common tongue||Conservative Monarchist Party||Onward, Batavia!||Ultraroyalists||Radical Party||Republican Left||Batavian Worker's Party|
|Party leader||Benjamin Cambernon||Alexandra Lucius||Joseph des Vinandy-Windsor||Jacques Montrarde||Toon Tielemans||Alejandro Averlinks|
|Interior Affairs||Maintaining the balance of powers, with the lifting of the state of emergency.||Ceremonial Monarchy, Democracy, Sphere sovereignty and corporatism||More power in hands of the aristocracy, while keeping the number of voters in check (and limited to certain, wealthier groups).||In favour of centralisation of power in hand of the parliament (Hogerhuis and Lagerhuis) in 's Koningenwaarde.||Replacing the Monarchy with the Republic.||Ending the privileges of the elite (aristocracy, royals,...). Establishing worker councils to represent the wishes of the people.|
|Foreign Affairs||Strengthening the Batavian Confederation, reconquista of Cibola.||Neutrality, pro international trade||Neutrality, stronger ties with the Kalirion Dynasty.||Attempts at integrating parts of the Batavian Confederation in a stronger, more unified Empire.||Support to republican movements across Benacia to end the feudal systems.||Spreading a worker's revolution. Cooperation with other socialist nations and parties.|
|Economical Affairs||Bexit from the Shirerithian Customs Area, participation in the Treaty of Brandenburg.||Corporatism, free trade, Rhineland model||Laisser faire. Placing the economic affairs in hands of local administration, while limiting the spending of the State.||Protectionism. Nationalisation of certain properties. Special attention on rooting out corruption among nobility and higher ups.||Collectivisation of certain industries. Expansion of the social benefits.||Collectivisation of industry. Strengthening of the labour unions and introduction of worker council's to discuss quota and wages.|
|Education and culture||More development of the Lordship's.||Modern education with a focus on technological innovation, no forced patriotism||Handing over the education of the peoples to the church and local authorities.||A Batavian curriculum to promote patriotism and a desire to protect the nation's parliamentarian and royal traditions.||Modern, progressive education system.||The Books of the Revolutionaries are the sole kind of education the farmer and worker needs!|
|State security||Creation of the Franco-Batavian military industrial complex.||Maintaining the status quo of outsourced private military through the Iron Militia, focus on key assets such as the navy and air force for direct state involvement.||Limiting the armed forces in size, while promoting the existence of militias.||Increase in funds for the Army and Navy. Introduction of military service.||A modern, strong, national army to protect the people.||The Red Army will squash the capitalist swines!|