Leaders of the provinces of Vuode and Maritiimi-Maxhestic have affirmed their wish to push ahead with a proposal to fuse the governments of their provinces into one federated entity.
The plan as discussed earlier this year would merge the legislative organs of the two provinces, without actually fusing the two territories. This would allow each province to maintain its current Senäts representation, as each province is guaranteed one Senator under the Organic Law.
Vuode is Talossa’s oldest province and was the fief of former King Robert I. The province even briefly declared independence in 1992 as a result of a constitutional dispute. However it is also the smallest province by population and recently has had difficulty in sustaining consistent political activity.
In contrast with the current torpor in Vuode, Maritiimi-Maxhestic, which has twice the population, has a consistently functioning legislative assembly and Senäts elections that closely contested. Sitting Senator Epic da Lhiun narrowly defeated RUMP leader Sir Alexandreu Davinescu in the most recent election in 2016.
Provincial mergers are not unknown in Talossa, and indeed Maritiimi-Maxhestic is the product of an earlier provincial merger, with Maritiimi absorbing Port Maxhestic. However in that case the provinces completely amalgamated, fusing territorially as well as administratively, and no inter-provincial federation of this kind has been attempted before in the Kingdom.
The proposal has been broadly welcomed by the leading citizens of the provinces concerned. It did however suffer sustained criticism by Üc Tärfâ. S:reu Tarfa criticised the ambiguous nature of the union arguing that it should instead be a straightforward merger.He also objected to the understanding behind the proposal that provinces are sufficiently autonomous Organically to engage in this type of compact. This was denied by supporters of the plan, who insist that a shated administration woyld not alter the unique character of each province.