Secession of New Virginia

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Secession of New Virginia
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Flag of New Virginia
Date18 August 2019 - 11 February 2020
Location
StatusOngoing

The Secession of New Virginia was a political movement within Austenasia and New Virginia.

Push for independence

Discussions regarding the potential independence of Augusta, New Richmond and Terentia began in mid-2019 between Joseph Kennedy, Eryn Lewis and Riley Kennedy. It was decided by the three that if secession were to occur, it would need to happen in early 2020 and that independent New Virginia would be a republic. Following discussions between the three and their respective constituents, Joseph Kennedy addressed the Emperor on the desire of the three towns to secede and form an independent nation on 27 September 2019. On Christmas Day later that year, the Emperor publicly announced the upcoming secession of New Virginia through his annual Christmas Broadcast, and declared that a general election would be held on 12 February 2020 to determine Kennedy's successor as Prime Minister.

Joseph Kennedy proposed the New Virginia Act 2020, which set the date and processes for New Virginian secession, to the House of Representatives on 8 January. Following a brief period of debate and review, the bill was passed by a unanimous vote of the House and was granted Imperial Consent on 10 January. Following the enactment of the legislation, Joseph Kennedy was appointed to the new temporary post of Minister for New Virginian Affairs and was tasked with coordinating the secession of the Commonwealth.

On 13 January, Minister Kennedy published an executive order constituting the Provisional Council as the provisional governing body of New Virginia following secession, and called for an election for Provisional Councillors to be held on 20 January. The Kennedy brothers and Lewis were confirmed as Provisional Councillors-elect, and Joseph was confirmed as Chairman-elect of the Provisional Council.

Secession and independence

At 00:00 EST on 11 February, the Commonwealth of New Virginia officially seceded from the Empire of Austenasia and the Provisional Council took office.