On the 31st of January, the Emperor of the Pacific, East Durthang, signed a major amendment to their charter, which is being projected as a new charter altogether. The new charter has a number of purposes ranging from more clearly defining the powers and institutions of the region, to promoting greater participation of the citizens in the decision making process of the region. It is a bold new move by the New Pacific Order, which could have a long lasting effect on the region.
The Pacific, under the New Pacific Order (NPO) had been under attack from all corners as reports of their involvement in various espionage activities were revealed, against GCRs like Lazarus and various UCRs. These accusations gained momentum as a whole “anti-pacific” front emerged, and NPO was condemned by the WA SC #268. A major factor of this hostility towards the Pacific is the Francoist ideology that is propagated by NPO, which differentiates between the Userites and Feederites, and argues for the supremacy of the latter. While the ideology has been at large been denounced by most regions, some, like the NPO, still keep it alive.
Against this backdrop, with mounting hostilities, there was a need for NPO to go through a structural change in order to make amends, and work towards a bit more democratisation. This move by the Senate, with the new charter, is seen as a move with such an intent. As the Pontifex Maximus of the Pacific, Japanese Schoolgirl puts it “[…] The old charter has shown its age in plenty of ways. From societal differences between old and new generations of Pacificans to the plausible sense of lacking the old charter had when it comes to encouraging citizenship with true Pacifican values that promotes internal community building and security and discourages values that stray from such a vision in mind i.e subversion, infiltration.”
The new charter has a number of changes, of which, two in particular stand out.
Firstly, the new charter has no references to the Francoist ideology, in any shape or form. This is a crucial change from the previous charter, as it shows how the Pacific is willing to tone down on its propagation of such ideologies. For the NPO, it could open new doors diplomatically, should the region reduce its hostility towards the so called Userites.
This approach towards the ideology is a result of the “Newer Pacificans, as Japanese Schoolgirl puts it. The Pacifican goes on to say “[…] Newer Pacificans — i.e those that were after the times of the Krulltopia or even the Moldavi administration — has strayed away from the PFT (or Proper Francoist Thought) and has shown more affinity to building the Order from within as opposed to expanding its growth beyond other organizations’ horizons. And thus, I hope that with such a big change in the charter, we can move forward with that image of the modern Pacifican and continue steering the focus to solely internal growth.”
The second key change is the inclusion of citizens in two activities – citizenship applications and banjections, and proposing legislations to the senate. This is a key change in a region that has so far centralised all powers and is quite authoritative in its administration. Now, with this new charter, citizens have a say in the banjection of other citizens and other measures, which were previously reserved for the upper echelon of the administration. Similarly, legislation proposals is also a good way to involve the citizens in the decision and the law making process of the region.
While on one hand, such things may be seen as a positive move, Cormac, a well known critic of the NPO administration in the Pacific, claims all these changes are “toothless”. He argues that they are more of a “window dressing” than anything else. His arguments revolve around a number of key elements within these changes.
Firstly, with regards to the citizens, while the citizens do have such a power, it is still very much under the control of the Emperor. The emperor has the ability to pardon anyone who the citizens may collectively decide to banject. While this can be argued to be an emergency power than anything, it’s authoritative tendencies are painfully evident. Hence, while citizens have been given powers, it is far too little, and that too is quite moderated and restricted.
The second key element is whether the charter will be enduring or not. Cormac points out that such changes, albeit in a different shape or form, has happened earlier as well. Previously too, because of mounting interregional pressure, NPO had brought in an administration change, which under the “Newer Pacificans” had brought in a number of changes, including the removal of Francoism from the charter. However, later on, the administration was changed, and those changes rolled back.
Such instances, he argues, makes it hard to believe in anything the NPO claims. He further argues that “[…] It is worth noting that the issue isn’t really democratisation […] The issue is the lack of accountability for the Emperor and other government officials, given that same lack of accountability is what has led to so many acts of aggression against our regions in the past.”
The new charter doesn’t address these key issues and whether it will be enduring or not is questionable. As a result, a number of people are sceptic about these changes. However, at the same time, if these changes do endure, or maybe even evolve, they would most certainly improve the damaged image NPO has in the NS metaverse. The key word is “endure”. That is the only question.