National Assembly of the People

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National Assembly of the People of the Greater Cascadian Republic
Dáil Náisiúnta na Daoine
National Assembly of the People
8th Congress of the National Assembly of the People
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Type
Typebicameral
HousesUpper House: Dáil Cascadia
Lower House: Council of State
Leadership
Ceannaire of the Grand Cascadian RepublicHer Supreme Excellency Titania Smith, Cascadian Communist Party
since February 15, 2020
Tánaiste of the Grand Cascadian RepublicHis Excellency Josh Graceson, Cascadian Communist Party
since February 1, 2021
Taoiseach of the Grand Cascadian RepublicHer Right Honorable Amy Augusta, Cascadian Communist Party
since February 1, 2021
Chairman of the Council of StateThe Honorable Kaela Raine, Cascadian Communist Party
since February 1, 2021
Chairman of the Dáil CascadiaThe Honorable Edward Morton, Cascadian Communist Party
since February 1, 2021
Structure
Members23
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Dáil Cascadia political groups     Cascadian Communist Party (9)
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Council of State political groups     Cascadian Communist Party (14)
Election
Dáil Cascadia voting systemFirst-past-the-post
Council of State Voting systemDirect election
Dáil Cascadia last electionFebruary 1, 2021
Council of State last electionFebruary 1, 2021
Meeting place
People's Palace, Tíotáinea, Portlandian Pagan People's Republic


The National Assembly of the People is the official legislature of the Greater Cascadian Republic. It was created in December 2018 following the collapse of the Sonoran Soviet Union and the establishment of a Sonoran Confederation in which the cities of Clackamas and New Salem merged. In April 2019, Cascadia became independent and was taken control of by a small Smithist faction who quickly formed a vanguard party and centralized socialist system establishing the Cascadian Soviet Socialist Republic. The People's Assembly was briefly known as the People's Soviet but did not see any legislative action. On May 6, Titania Smith was elected unopposed with 92% of the vote but was deposed in a coup just days later led by former Smith allies, Vice President Cali Bear (who seized the Presidency) and Buster McCovey and the former Animalian President, Pip the Cat. Pip is a Cascadian citizen and a member of the Cascadian Patriotic Party and the now-former Animalian government denied any involvement in the coup. A fresh snap election was called for on May 14 with Cali Bear being formally elected as the 3rd President of Cascadia. The Patriotic Party gained 4 of 5 seats with the party electing McCovey as their legislative leader, effectively making him Chairman of the People's Assembly and its Presidium. Bear later appointed him to serve concurrently as his Vice President. However, this legislature would not see any action either as on May 17, following the events of the Cascadian War, Animalia merged with Cascadia and a new election to enfranchise the Animalians and repatriated Smithist-Soviet Cascadians was scheduled on May 20 to elect the now-National Assembly. Bear won again narrowly squeaking out a victory ahead of the newly elected Animalian President Cookie the Cat. Bear made Cat his Vice President. The People's Patriotic Party and the Patriotic Party each won 3 seats and formed the Patriotic Coalition to create majority government with Buster McCovey being elected as Prime Minister. In August 2019, the seats were lowered to 7 per constitutional mandate. The Patriotic Worker's Party only gained 2 seats, National Unity only 1, the Nationals gained 2 and the new Christian Democrats and Liberal Democrats each gaining 1. This meant that both the Patriotic Coalition of the PWP and LDP and the National Front of the Nationals and Christian Democrats both had 3 seats each in the Assembly. CNUP announced it would not be forming a coalition with either stating its intention to remain neutral and form a "national unity government". On August 15th, the day the National unity government was sworn in the all but the LDP merged to form a one-party state under the National Unity Party. However, this course was reversed two days later when investigations to expose corruption led to the arrest of Titania Smith and Sirsheen the Cat for conspiring against the state and undermining democracy in order to set up a syncretic dictatorship. Smith was expelled as Ceannaire, the short-lived post abolished, and the government restored to its democratically elected state. The National Unity Party that was formed during the days prior and after the election was reorganized into a government political coalition including all parties. The Freedom Party, a reunification of the National and Christian Democratic parties, left the coalition on September 18th after continued disagreements and a breakdown in talks which included dissolving and reforming the National Assembly. It later dissolved altogether and its remaining members reformed the National Party. In February 2020, Titania Smith became President of the Cascadian Democratic Republic and began a reform of the nation towards a socialist style economy under "Cascadian socialism". Her policies were effective in improving the economy and kickstarting many projects across the nation. She was elected to a second term that Spring. Smith faced turmoil in the latter half of 2020 as anti-fascist and anti-racist protests began nearby the capital and in other cities in the US that bordered its territory. In response to the invasion of US agents into Portland and other surrounding cities, Smith declared "open hostilities" existed between Cascadia and the United States, essentially beginning a Cold war with the clashes between police and federal authorities with the protesters as a proxy. The conflict was largely due in part due to inflammatory remarks made by then US-President Donald Trump and the growing rise of white nationalism in the US and police brutality. Tensions between Cascadia and the US were already poor due to Smith's hatred for Trump and his fanatical supporters. Following the police murder of George Floyd, tensions became heated and boiled over when US agents were deployed to Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and other major cities on the Pacific coast and US. A ceasefire was in place for nearly a month before remarks of redeployment of US agents by Trump and federal deputization of state and local police drove a second wave of violent protests in Portland. Following the 2020 US Presidential election, Smith declared another ceasefire and following the Inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, Smith declared an official end to the conflict. The stalemate impacted Smith's image in the micronational community and within Cascadia with some calling for her removal as President. Despite this, Smith won a third term as President in August and a fourth term in November but had slowly consolidated her power to where she was now paramount leader of the country. In November 2020, a stronger emphasis on Celtification of Cascadia began and the position of President became synonomous with the title "Ceannaire" (lit trans. "leader"). A attempted coup in November and December eventually forced a change in the political practices but Smith still won by nearly 90% of the vote. However, a new bicameral legislature was created and democratic reforms and a new Constitution were put into motion.

Structure

The National Assembly is a bicameral legislature in which the power to draft and pass legislation rests solely in the hands of its directly elected members. The Assembly has the power to elect who serves as their leader. All legislation passed by the National Assembly must have a 50% or larger majority and must be approved by the Taoiseach. Legislation passed then must receive official approval from the Ceannaire of the Greater Cascadian Republic who either signs the bill into law or vetoes it with their objections and sends it back to the National Assembly. The Assembly can override this veto by a vote of judicial review which can be presided over by the Constitutional Court.