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The Educational Reform Act

 

After one day of  intense debating in the Republic Senate, the Educational Reform Act was passed unanimously among all members of the elected body, which was immediately signed into law by Chief of State Markandeya Mehan. The Educational Reform Act approves a complete re-organization of the Parthian educational system, increased funding, and increased educational rights for non-citizens inside of the country.

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Markandeya Mehan issues Republic Executive Decree

 

In a early mourning announcement, Markandeya Mehan proposed a radical transformation of the nation's criminal justice system. "During this nation's entire existence, we have had to suffer under a system of draconian laws. At the moment, our jails overflowing with individuals, who were arrested and tried for minor offenses; however, that is about to come to an end. As of today, I have issued an executive decree releasing thousands of individuals. These individuals were sentenced to ridiculous terms because of basic acts of thefts to "heresy" against former Emperor Bahadur. In addition, I am requesting that the Republican Senate adopt legislation to reform our laws. No civilized nation can prosper under a draconian system."

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Transformation of the Republic's Economy

 

At the behest of his Finance Secretary, Chief of State Markandeya Mehan has authorized an extensive revamping of the Republic's economy. The economic revamping will increase productivity and economic freedoms; while, transferring responsibility from government hands to various institutions.  "We are in new times.", the Finance Secretary stated in a press conference. "The Republic of Parthia must be able to compete in the global economy, especially if this state is to survive. In addition, our new system will also introduce new opportunities for citizens inside of the nation."

 

Elements of the new economy will be as outlined:

 

  • to possess means of production (farms, factories, stores, etc.)
  • to participate in managerial decisions (cooperative and participatory economics)
  • to travel (needed to transport all the items in commerce, to make deals in person, for workers and owners to go to where needed)
  • to buy (items for personal use, for resale; buy whole enterprises to make the organization that creates wealth a form of wealth itself)
  • to sell (same as buy)
  • to hire (to create organizations that create wealth)
  • to fire (to maintain organizations that create wealth)
  • to organize (private enterprise for profit, labor unions, workers' and professional associations, non-profit groups, religions, etc.)
  • to communicate (free speech, newspapers, books, advertisements, make deals, create business partners, create markets)
  • to protest peacefully (marches, petitions, sue the government, make laws friendly to profit making and workers alike, remove pointless inefficiencies to maximize wealth creation)
  • with tax-funded, subsidized, or state-owned factors of production, infrastructure

 

with tax-funded, subsidized, or state-owned factors of production, infrastructure, and services:

 

  • libraries and other information services
  • roads and other transportation services
  • schools and other education services
  • hospitals and other health services
  • banks and other financial services
  • telephone, mail and other communication services
  • electricity and other energy services (e.g. oil, gas)
  • water systems for drinking, agriculture, and waste disposal
  • subsidies to agriculture and other businesses
  • government-granted monopolies to otherwise private businesses
  • legal assistance
  • government-funded or state-run research and development agencies

and providing some autonomy over personal finances but including involuntary spending and investments such as transfer payments and other cash benefits such as:

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  • welfare for the poor
  • social security for the aged and infirm
  • mandatory insurance (example: automobile)

 

and restricted by various laws, regulations:

 

  • environmental regulation (example: toxins in land, water, air)
  • labor regulation including minimum wage laws
  • consumer regulation (example: product safety)
  • antitrust laws
  • intellectual property laws
  • incorporation laws
  • protectionism
  • import and export controls, such as tariffs and quotas
  • and taxes and fees written or enforced with manipulation of the economy in mind.
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Imperial Overstretch?

 

 

Senator Abdullah, of the Progressive Fiscal Conservative Party, set forth a motion to examine and re-evaluate the Republic's territorial holdings. Citing the foreign policy concept of "Imperial Overstretch", Senator Abdullah called for the creation of a special committee to investigate the strategic importance of the Republic's territorial holdings. "The Republic is vast.", the Senator stated during his proposal to other members of the legislative body. "We control thousands of miles of territory; however, how much of it is vital to the survival of this nation?  I fear that we risk over-extension either geographically, economically, or militarily that inevitably leads to the exhaustion of vital domestic resources, decline, and fall. At this point, we must act before it's too late."

 

After a small, heated debate, the motion was passed. The Secretary of Defense would be the first individual called before the special committee.

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Justice Reform Act

 

Taking into account the proposal made by Chief of State Markandeya Mehan, the Senate of the Republic has passed the Justice Reform Act.

 

The act reduces the classification of most "non serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes" from a felony to a misdemeanor. Specifically, the initiative:

 

  • Mandates misdemeanors instead of felonies for “non-serious, nonviolent crimes," unless the defendant has prior convictions for murder, rape, certain sex offenses or certain gun crimes. A list of crimes that will be affected by the penalty reduction are listed below.
  • Permits re-sentencing for anyone currently serving a prison sentence for any of the offenses that the initiative reduces to misdemeanors. Thousands of inmates will be eligible for re-sentencing or released (based on time served).
  • Requires a “thorough review” of criminal history and risk assessment of any individuals before re-sentencing to ensure that they do not pose a risk to the public.

 

The measure requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:

  •         Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
  •         Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
  •         Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
  •         Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
  •         Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
  •         Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
  •         Personal use of most illegal drugs

 

Under the new act, a Misdemeanor is punishable up to by up to one year in local or county jail. If the misdemeanor is repeated by the same offender, then it is punishable up to two years in jail.

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Markandeya Mehan Announces Withdrawl from the Levant and Turkey

 

After weeks of hearings in the Senate's Special Committee on the Republic's Overseas Commitments and taking into account the decision of both the Secretary of Defense and the Senate, Chief of State Markandeya Mehan announced a withdrawal from Turkey and the Levant. "Today, I announce a formal withdrawal of all Republic assets from the Levant and Turkey.  For thirty years, Parthia has stood as the main source of security and economic development in the region. That ends today. The people of the region are more than capable of fending for themselves, economically and defensively. We will continue to support the people of the region, by importing and exporting goods in the region. Be advised, that this is not a good bye. This is the first step towards a mutual friendship."

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Other Changes...

 

The transformation of the Republic continued at a brisk pace, with new changes being announced on an almost daily basis. Other notable changes included:

 

The disbanding of the Holy Orders of the Emperor's Inquisition, more commonly known as the Inquisition. The former secret police organization of the Imperium would form the basis of the Republic's new intelligence community.

 

The Ecclesiarchy (officially the Adeptus Ministorum) would be disbanded.

 

Adeptus Arbites would form the backbone of the new national police force

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