Common Congress of Oxidentale and Norumbia
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Common Congress of Oxidentale
|Location of Common Congress|
|18 November 1932|
The Common Congress (Rezese: Korik Papọ Oxidental a Yvadental, Mutli: Yichinal Eka, Latin: Congressus Communis Occidentalis et Norumbiaeque), formally the Common Congress of Oxidentale and Norumbia, is a regional organization of states in Oxidentale and Norumbia. It was formed between Belfras, Mutul, and Sante Reze in November of 1932 following the devastating Belfro-Mutulese War of 1928. Other member states joined over time, shifting the focus of the organization from maintaining the cold peace between Belfras and Mutul to opening diplomatic channels and establishing treaties between the nations of Oxidentale and Norumbia. The Congress currently has X member states and X observers, with the most recent being XXXX who joined in YYYY.
Role and Mandate
While originally only a space of discussion where diplomats from all members countries could meet to reach consensus on pressing matters, the Common Congress ended up following a similar evolution to its late younger trans-thalassian homologue, the Periclean Forum and developed new institutions capable of taking concrete decisions following the loss of legitimacy of the previous model after the Belfro-Mutulese Crisis of 1952 and the Tikalese Years of Lead that led to the island's independence.
In 1984, the Common Congress published a new Charter constructed around four axis:
- To maintain peace in the Western Hemisphere, defined as the two continents of Norumbia and Oxidentale;
- To develop friendly and cordial relations among all member nations;
- To help realize trans-continental cooperation on all matters in which the Common Congress can prove useful;
- To harmonize the efforts of member-nations when it come to the realization of a common goal.
The Common Congress is not a State and as such, it cannot legislate. However, through its system of Resolutions, it can strengthen the legitimacy of its member states when it comes to their application.
The Common Congress
At the center of the CCON edifice is the eponymous Common Congress where all member states are represented and have a voice. It is tasked with the treatement of threats against peace, breaches of the peace, and aggressions. It can emit resolutions with constraining power over member states. It's also the Common Congress who decide the creation of new commissions and agencies dedicated to the study of a given question and the production of reports and advises that hold no constraining powers over the states but have an important consultative role to the Common Congress.
Belfro-Mutulese War of 1928
On 31 June 2017, the left-wing Tikal Workers' Party, under the leadership of, Edward Smoking Frog, a middle class Mayan but one who could appeal to the underclass, was elected Premier. He was elected on a platform of ethnic reconciliation, of the nation's classes and cultures uniting to build a better future. He also adopted a 'near-abroad' diplomatic re-orientation, reaching out and strenghtheing political and economic ties with nearby Norumbrian and Oxidentalean nations. He was killed, along with most of his cabinet and half of the parliament, in a terrorist attack on December 2nd, 2017, starting a period of instability for the island known as the "Tikal Crisis".
During the crisis, the Governor-General serving as Head of State and representative of the Lord Protector's authority on the island, was murdered by the Tikal Junta which de-facto took over the island during a coup. As the now acting head-of-state of the island, Lord-Protector Gareth II emitted an official call-for-help to the Common Congress to act against the Junta. An Extraordinary Session was held in which Gareth II was recognized as the sole legitimate authority remaining over the island. In reaction, the Junta organized the Tikal Hostage Crisis in which they blocked the sole internationale airport of the island, forcing tourists and foreigners present to remain. This was made to pressure the Common Congress into recognizing their government as legitimate. The Extraordinary Session of the Congress then granted Belfras a Mandate to intervene in Tikal so to liberate the hostages and free all main ways of communications with the island. The Belfrasian Intervention, with the assistance of the Hands of Thunder insurectionists, led to the fall of the Junta and the restoration of legitimate politicial institutions with the 2019 Tikalese Extraordinary Elections.
In 2018, the island of Ayeli was struck by a serie of cataclysms culminating into the eruption of Mount Nunakuna and the destruction of the capital. Politics on the island collapsed as the Imperial Clan, victim of internal feud, was victim of a serie of palace coups that killed the ruling emperor, Atohi, and all known inheritors to the throne.
Immediately, both the Divine Kingdom and Belfrasian Federation sent humanitarian aid and support to the island, collaborating with the remaining local authorities to structure the help and accelerate the reconstruction effort. In its 267th Grand Session, the Common Congress applauded the humanitarian help being deployed and recognized the lack of legitimate authority capable to represent Ayeli.
Because of this lack of representation, the Membership of the Imperial State was declared "temporarily and effectively voided" by the Grand Session. The Common Congress also granted to both Belfras and the Mutul a Mandate to intervene directly into the island to continue their humanitarian work and, in the long term, help organize new elections or "any other procedure that can bring forth the creation of an authority with the legitimacy in the eyes of the Common Congress to represent the State of Ayeli". The Mandate also allowed to two countries to justify their previous policy of handling all help sent by other countries or other organisations in an effort to "harmonize and improve" the global efficiency of foreign supports.
Unfortunately, neither the Mutul, Belfras, or their local collaborators could agree on a single principle for the incoming election. Because of this, different methods were used in the unofficial Humanitarian Zones maintained by the two powers, leading to the creation of two new states each claiming to be the sole legitimate successor of the Imperial State. Because of this, the Ayelian Membership to the Common Congress was formally suspended on June 12, 2019.
Currently, the Common Congress consists of 9 nations:
- Federation of Belfras
- United Kingdom and Constitutional Union of the Kingdom of Gristol and the Duchy of Serkonos
- Empire of the New Kayamucha
- Kingdom of Mocapaha
- Divine Kingdom of Mutul
- Most Eminently Serene Noble Republic of Sante Reze
- Free State of Tikal
- Federated Commonwealths of Walzenia
- Red Banner Tribunal
Former and Suspended Members
- Imperial State of Ayeli: Following the devastating earthquake of June 28, 2018 the Imperial State has been fractured in two halves, the Democratic Republic and the Sovereign State supported by Belfras and Mutul respectively. Membership to the Common Congress was formally suspended on January 5, 2019 as neither nation formally acknowledges the existence of the opposite party.
- Federal States of Enyama: Enyama under Muratagi Eijiro's New Frontier regime had its membership in the organization revoked on june 12, 2019 after the beginning of the Enyaman Civil War. Enyama's continued involvement is up for debate.
In addition to its regular membership, other non-regional nation-states with extensive ties to members nations within the Common Congress have been permitted to join in an observatory status.
- Charnea: Charnea has strong political, economic, and other ties to Mutul, as well as economic ties to Sante Reze.
- Latium: Latium has strong historical, political, and economic Belfras, as well as historical ties to the region.
- Yisrael: Yisrael has strong political, economic, and other ties to both Sante Reze and Belfras.