In a proposal being championed by Vice-Speaker Tiacihitli and the Unification Party, the Huenyan Federal Legislature will vote on whether to re-organize Huenya’s three regions. Creating a separate Capital District for the national capital, Chuaztlapoc, will also be on the agenda.
Huenya’s three regions are currently organized along ethnic lines, corresponding to the historic regions controlled by the Itotemoc, Tepiltzin and Necatli peoples. The new proposal, dubbed the Unified Huenya Act of 2023, would reorganize the three regions into provinces not based on ethnic territories. The Necatli region in western Huenya would become the Cihuatlampa Province. The Tepiltzin region in eastern Huenya would become the Tlahuizlampa Province. The Itotemoc region in central Huenya would become the Nepantla Province. Around Chuzatlapoc, a Capital District would be created that would have the same status as the three provinces.
The proposal has already been unanimously approved by the Chamber of Executives, the upper chamber of the Legislature consisting of the nobles who lead the Huenyan peoples. The Chamber of Deputies, the elected house of the Legislature, will take up debate on the proposal on January 16th. The proposal has already sparked considerable discussion, with its supporters saying that Huenya needs to transcend ethnic lines to reach its full potential as a nation. “Only a united Huenyan people, in a united Huenyan nation, can successfully meet the challenges facing us and defeat those who would seek to use ethnic lines as a way to divide us and cause Huenya to fail,” the Vice-Speaker said at a rally in Chuaztlapoc today in support of the proposal. “In order to accomplish this, we need to look past ancient dividing lines and reach for a future where we all stand as brothers and sisters of this subcontinent.”
Opponents of the plan say that it would subsume the heritage of individual Huenyan peoples just as they are seeing a renaissance. “For six centuries, the culture, language and stories of the Itotemoc, Tepiltzin and Necatli were suppressed by Xiomera,” Teyaxaual, the leader of the Three Brothers political movement, said. “This plan would once again force our peoples to be assimilated into something else, only it would be ‘Huenyans’ doing it to us instead of Xiomerans.” Opponents of the plan also accuse the government of only promoting it to appease ethnic Xiomerans in Huenya. Ethnic Xiomerans still make up the majority of the population in Huenya, and an ongoing separatist revolt in eastern Huenya has underscored the challenges of integrating Xiomerans into Huenya and getting them to accept the new nation.
The plan has received another boost of support, however, from the indigenous church of Huenya. High Priest Tlocuauhtoa, a fervent supporter of pan-Huenyanism and leader of the Huenyan branch of the Teotzin, has called on his followers “to embrace this plan and unite the peoples of the sun as the gods will.” With strong support from both the church and the government, experts believe it is highly likely the proposal will pass. The government is reportedly hoping to enact the plan in time for the upcoming Huenyan Independence Day celebrations.