Abeldane constitutional referendum, 2016
The 2016 Abeldane federalism referendum was a referendum in Abelden asking whether or not the Abeldane Empire should adopt a new federal constitution, and annex the majority of he members of the Abeldane Commonwealth as federal states. In total 28 people voted, 26 in favour and 2 against. The referendum passed with 92.85% support, granting the government the power to adopt the new constitution and transition to a federal system.
Discussion of transitioning the Empire into a federal state had been a rising issue throughout the first half of 2016. The Abeldane Commonwealth, an organisation of states with close cultural, historical and political ties to Abelden, had grown increasingly inactive, alongside its member states. Many within Abelden believed the best course of action would be to have these nations join Abelden as federal states, to concentrate and strengthen activity. As such, throughout May and June 2016, a new federal constitution was drafted, and the decision was made to put it to a referendum.
There was little opposition to the creation of a federal monarchy, and as such there was little active campaigning undertaken. The main argument for the federalism was the inactivity of the commonwealth and its members, and that a federal state would concentrate activity in the Empire, whilst maintaining the historical polities which made up the commonwealth. There was some argument however that federalism would take Abelden too far from its unitary roots.
|Source: Reichswahlkommission official report
Following the referendum, the new federal constitution was immediately adopted by Imperial decree, and the vast majority of the member states of the Abeldane Commonwealth were integrated as federal states.