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Chancellor Recardo declares victory over DRF, plots second chapter of her term

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign rally in support of the statewide Massachusetts Democratic ticket, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

(Above: Chancellor Recardo addressing reporters)

After a months-long campaign, that has resulted in criticism and mass protests against the DAF and the Recardo Administration, victory over the DRF has been declared. Chancellor Recardo released the following statement:

“It is with honor that I announce that the Doatian Armed Forces and the Doation Intelligence Agency, boosted by the recent security bill my administration proposed and got passed, have eradicated the domestic threat that is the DRF. Control over Hunaq has been restored, the traitor Ayana Bokum has been apprehended, and any and all associates of the DRF have been turned over to the DIA. Each of the perpetrators of what has turned out to be the worst act of aggression against Doatia in nearly a century will be brought before a military tribunal, where they will be tried as traitors, and upon a guilty verdict, will be either sentenced to deportation and permanent exile, life in prison, or execution.

Ayana Bokum has been stripped of her royal claims and thus, will be subject to the same process. Should they be found guilty, DRF members and their known sympathizers will be stripped of their citizenship status and thus, their constitutional rights. Over the next week or so my administration and members of the Chamber will be touring Hunaq and meeting local residents and leaders to decide upon reconstruction efforts. Roughly 307 blocks, 13% of the city, have been destroyed and an additional 22% has been severely damaged.

Furthermore, a relocation plan to resettle displaced Hunaqians will begin to be implemented in the coming months, but in the meantime, my administration will do whatever we can to continue to support these victims as they reside, work, and/or are educated elsewhere.

Lastly, through my declaration of a state of an emergency, I was able to reallocate $14 billion Dao to fund the construction of 3 additional immigration/refugee hubs through the nation, to deal with the burden of the heavily migrant populated Hunaq taking a hard hit in recent months.

By creed of Doatia, live by, with, and for community”

This comes after a rocky week last week for the Recardo administration, as Commander Organa was forced by subpoena to come before the Chamber’s ‘Government Oversight Committee’. After months of declining a voluntary request to testify, the Chancellor referred Organa to the committee after disturbing reports on the over-execution of a bombing campaign pushed by the administration, deployed in Hunaq against the DRF. Civilian casualties mounted and critical infrastructure was severely damaged. The Chancellor had pointed the finger at Organa and requested her resignation. With the military maintaining semi-independence from the Chancellorship, Organa refused, and Recardo referred her to the committee for investigation and reprimand.

Early last week, the committee voted unanimously on a subpoena of Organa and on Wednesday, Organa was late for the hearing and was arrested by Capitol police from the DAF HQ. She was brought before the committee and invoked her right to silence. The committee, after 3 hours of anticlimactic questioning, voted unanimously again, this time to remove Organa from her post. The also voted unanimously, for a third time, to refer Organa to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation. In the days that followed, Organa filed a complaint with the Doatian Supreme Court claiming her rights to due process were violated and that she was wrongfully terminated by the Federal Government.

Chancellor Recardo also issued a public apology for the bombing campaign and advocated for the resolution’s repeal. Last night, the Chamber voted by 417Y/203A/80N to repeal the resolution authorizing air force engagement within Doatian borders, and the Chancellor signed it later in the evening.

The Chancellor has also taken a hit in polling as a result of her security bill, sitting at 32% approval overall (from 54%) and 55% approval within her own party (from 77%), with her own party arguing for hours at a recent meeting in the Environmental Justice Party’s headquarters just last week on whether or not to replace her. While the party agreed that removing the Chancellor now would effectively halt progressive’s progress in Federal politics, weaken the party, and hand the government over to the CP, there are rumors of a party split thats imminent, with progressive members not supporting a vote of no confidence but also opposing Chancellor Recardo’s leadership.

Whether an actual split within the EJP will occur is anyone’s guess, but its worth noting, this wouldn’t be the first time. Decades ago, before the historic EJP-PLP Coalition, the EJP was actually three separate parties: The National Association of Socialists (NAS; originally 51% of the party), The Social Justice Democrats (SJD (originally 42% of the party), and The Environmental Restoration Committee (ERC; originally 7% of the party). The three often caucusing together and supporting one another’s candidates, in the late 1930’s the three parties merged to be more competitive against the more dominant centre-left party the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), creating the Environmental Justice Party (EJP) in 1939. Roughly 30 years later, after a decade-long conservative government domination, the historic EJP-PLP coalition was formed and would last for an unprecedented 5 decades, controlling the government for the near-entirety of its existence; only to be undone with former Chancellor and former PLP Chair Cori Bernadino’s public and private gaffes and Chancellor Recardo’s boldness to leave the coalition.

The NAS was the first of the three original parties to form, a direct result of the national labor movement of the late 1800’s, being founded in 1884. The SJD was a result of the indigenous and Black civil rights movements of the 1920’s, being officially founded from multiple organizations in 1927. The ERC was formed originally, and unsuccessfully, in the industrial revolution in the 1930’s, originally formed in 1929. But after an aggressive propaganda campaign by corporations and conservatives blaming staggering wages, inflation, and a struggling economy on environmental policies (of which, there were few and they had little actual impact at the time), the party collapsed on itself, withdrawing from elections in 1934. It had a successful relaunch in 1937.

So after her statement on the defeat of the DRF, the Chancellor Recardo highlighted the accomplishments of her first 6 months;

  • Economic Recovery via her budget proposal, which passed last year
  • Economic restoration and investments to combat the climate crisis
  • Reforms to immigration
  • The eventual and recent defeat of the DRF
  • Her security reform bill

She also released her agenda for the next 6 months;

  • Raising the minimum wage to $24/Dao an hour (from the current $18/Dao an hour) over 3 years
  • Doubling government subsidies for small businesses
  • Raising the major corporation tax rate to a minimum of 28% and a maximum of 34%
  • Making unionization mandatory for companies with less than 200,000 employees, covering 68% of Doatian jobs. Currently, roughly 42% of Doatians are part of a union. This would increase that to a unprecedented 67%
  • Abolishing Gerrymandering and instituting a nonpartisan commission to draw electoral districts
  • Establishing term limits for the Doatian Supreme Court
  • Passing her $600 Billion ‘Green Economy’ bill, still being tweaked, which is expected to add 700,000 union jobs, transition all of Doatia’s electric grid to renewable within 5 years, provide credits to convert homes to smart emission-free homes, transition all in-use vehicles to electric cars, updating the nation’s energy grid, along with dozens of critical infrastructure improvements and constructing a comprehensive bullet-train system throughout the nation
  • Strengthen anti-monopoly laws and break up large corporations
  • Increase sanctions of Xiomera
  • Invest in indigenous communities, businesses, and education institutions
  • Ban for-profit prisons and reform the justice system to focus on rehabilitation
  • Ban the death penalty
  • Increase immigration caps by 30%, create additional incentives to migrate to Doatia, and double foreign aid contributions
  • Strengthen the nation’s universal healthcare system but constructing additional clinics and hospitals, incentivising migrants with medical education to come to Doatia, incentivising medical school scholars to boost admissions, increase doctors’ salaries overall by 15% and nurses’ salaries overall by 25%
  • Establish a wealth tax and increase the inheritance tax
  • Increase capital gains and financial transaction taxes
  • Establish a universal basic income
  • Decrease funding for the DAF by 15% over 10 years, after her security bill sunsets
  • Decrease funding for the DIA by 7.5% over 10 years, after her security bill sunsets
  • And establish binding goals, via bill, to eliminate the deficit within 10 years and reduce the debt by 50% within 20 years

There has also been a slight restructuring within the Recardo Administration;

  • Now-former Chief of Staff Demarcus Lansbury (Bernadino pick) is being replaced by Liv Johnson
  • The disgraced Veronica Organa is being replaced as Commander of the DAF by Charlie Grant
  • The Education Secretary Sofia Prichett, who has recently passed away, is being replaced by Gregory Kuiwkon

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