Election season has concluded in Balder, with the Storting, the region’s bicameral legislature, electing a new Statsminister to lead the government.
When the nominations opened on the floor of the Odelsting, the lower house of the Storting, two people expressed interest in the position — Fuzzy, the Prince of Ribe and incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Bowzin, the incumbent Statsminister. They were both promptly seconded, triggering a vote of the legislature. Fuzzy emerged victorious with seven votes against Bowzin’s three votes, with two abstentions.
In the Lagting, the upper house of the Storting, Fuzzy was unanimously confirmed as Statsminister, and his nomination submitted to the King, North East Somerset (commonly known as NES).
On May 12, Fuzzy was formally appointed as Statsminister by the King during the State Opening of Parliament. On the same day, he announced the new members of the Statsraadet, the cabinet, namely Linkin Maximus as Deputy Statsminister and Minister of Culture, Zander Cerebella as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minethefirst as Minister of Integration, Charax as Minister of World Assembly Affairs, Vamperiall as Minister of War, Bowzin as Minister of Discord Affairs, and Aexnidaral as Attorney General.
New Governmental Agenda
With the formal appointments dispensed with, the government has since had a busy agenda. Nationstates Today managed to get a statement from the new Statsminister on their administration’s agenda for the coming term. According to the Statsminister, the government’s main priorities are to “increase the recruitment and retention of new citizens” as well as “getting the university up and running and getting the governments for our three cities up and running”.
On the cultural front, the Ministry of Culture submitted a bill on the floor of the Odelsting that aims to create and regulate a new University of Balder, a priority goal of the administration. The ministry is doing significant work on further developing Balder’s three cities, which operate as devolved local governments — Ribe, Jomsborg, and Aarhus — with two having been granted charters, installed mayors, and developed an active city government.
In the field of naturalisation and integration, the government has been working on updating the guide for newcomers and making it more accessible by pinning it as a dispatch on the on-site region. Furthermore, they are working to set up regional polls to incentivise activity on the Regional Message Board (RMB).
The government has also focused on making its structure more efficient, by streamlining the civil service application process to be more accessible and applicant-friendly, separating the Ministries of Culture and Integration from the Interior Ministry to provide for the better implementation of the government’s initiatives in these two areas. Also, promising newcomers have been appointed to the Statsraadet and assigned junior ministerial portfolios, to both make the government more accessible to the citizens, and to breathe new air in its decision-making process.
With Balder on full steam ahead, the question remains whether the government will be able to accomplish all of the goals it set out to achieve.