Leicester or the Republic of Leicester is a small landlocked enclave country on the island of Great Britain, although it is not part of the United Kingdom or England.
In 2012, the House of Commons voted in favour of heavily increasing taxes in Leicestershire, and stopped funding education in the county. This action caused massive outcry, and a never seen before desire of independence surged. The political party known as Together For Leicester was formed in 2013 to try and achieve Leicester's independence from the United Kingdom.
The real revolution started in Hinckley in January 2014, when a group of protesters demanding independence was gunned down by British Police. After this, an army of protesters in London managed to break into the Houses of Parliament, and demanded a referendum in front of the then Prime Minister David Cameron. After this, riots occurred throughout what was then the county of Leicestershire, mainly in Ashby de la Zouch and Hinckley.
In June, the British government gave the Leicesterians a referendum, and the majority voted to secede.
The Republic of Leicester was proclaimed on the 1st August 2014, a new social democratic republic with the seat of power in the City of Leicester. Victor J. Gladstone became the very first President, and the leader and founder of the Together For Leicester party; Oliver Khatri; became the first Prime Minister. Together, the two announced that the new republic would invite all Indians and Pakistanis living in harsh conditions to join them, and Hindi was made the second official language of the country as the Hindu religion was the highest in the area. This is why today Leicester is seen by the rest of the world as a predominantly Indian nation.
Cornwall, after seeing the success of Leicestershire's split from England, decided to push hard on their own independence process. Cornwall successfully gained independence in February 2015 as the People’s City-State Of Cornwall and became one of Leicester's biggest allies.
2018 General Election
A new general election will be held on the 8th March, 2018. The current candidates are:
- Oliver Khatri (Together For Leicester), the current Prime Minister and socialist candidate.
- Jenna Connor (People’s Party), the Leader Of The Opposition and the main conservative candidate.
- Rohan Patel (Curry Party), a popular centre-leaning newcomer in the People’s Council representing the poorer Indians and Pakistanis in society.
- Chirag Roy (British Unionists), wanting to reunite with the UK.
- Angela Rutherford (Vox), far right.
Leicester is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the General Courts, consists of a lower house, the People's Council, an upper house, the People's Senate, and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties (the office is very similar to that of a constitutional monarch). The head of government is the Prime Minister, who is elected every four years in a general election. The President, however, is chosen every ten years by the People's Council, and can rule another decade if both houses of the General Courts approve his or her request.The current President is Victor J. Gladstone, who has been in office since the country's foundation in 2014.
The current Prime Minister is Oliver Khatri, of Together for Leicester; which is the centre-left party of the country. He has been in power since the country's foundation and will run for a second term in 2018 against Jenna Connor of the National Party (centre-right) and Rohan Patel of the Curry Party (centre, which aims to give supremacy to the Indian community of Leicester).
Despite trying to market itself as a socialist republic, Leicester has a multi-party system with two main parties (Together For Leicester and the People's Party) and four minor parties (the Curry Party, British Unionists, Vox... to name a few).
The republic's government comprises three branches:
- Executive: The Leicesterian head of state is the President. As in Leicester's parliamentary system of government the Prime Minister runs the government and the politics of the day while the role of the President is mostly ceremonial. The President, by his actions and public appearances, represents the state itself, its existence, its legitimacy, and unity.
The head of government is the Prime Minister, who is elected every four years in a general election by the people of Leicester.
- Legislative: The legislature of Leicester is the bicameral parliament. It operates under a Westminster-style parliamentary system and comprises the upper house called the People's Senate and the lower called the People's Council. The People's Senate is a permanent body that has 245 members who serve in staggered six-year terms. Most are elected indirectly by the state and territorial legislatures in numbers proportional to their state's share of the national population. The People's Council's 545 members are directly elected by popular vote in the general elections every four years.
- Judiciary: The highest ranking court of the Leicesterian judiciary is the Supreme Court, with jurisdiction in all Leicester, superior in all matters except in constitutional guarantees. The Supreme Court is nominated by the President and proposed by the General Council of the Judiciary.
Leicester has a small military, with about 250,000 active troops inside the country. However, they are very well trained, and are known for being one of the most powerful and effective armies in Europe.