Constitutional amendments, approved in a final vote by the Great National Assembly three days ago, have entered into effect, transforming Juclandia’s political system in order to keep up with changes in society.

The 2015 Constitution has been heavily amended, with the removal of 16 articles, the rephrasing of 51 and the addition of 20 more, increasing the current number of articles from 126 to 130.

The amendments change the official name of the country – until now called the Kingdom of Juclandia – to simply ‘Juclandia’. However, article 3 now also affirms that two more names are acceptable as official names of the country – the Juclandian Pragma (coming from Greek – a specific name for the Juclandian community assembled into statehood through the Great National Assembly) and the Juclandian Republic.

Despite the third name of the country being ‘Republic’, and Juclandia becoming republican in almost all matters, the title of the Head of State will continue to be ‘King of Juclandia’. While this provision remains in place, the term ‘Head of State’ will from now on be used in most internal contexts. The King will also be elected for an 8-year term, rather than for life, as it was under the original 2015 Constitution. The incumbent head of state will not be affected by this change.

The Juclandian Pragma is now divided by the Constitution into two bodies: the Great National Assembly, which is now defined as ‘sovereign power of Juclandia’ rather than legislature, and the Royal Government of Juclandia, which is defined as ‘state power’ and comprises the executive branch (the Council of Ministers), the legislative branch (the Council of State) and the judicial branch (the Council of Justice).

A Council of the Royal Government, made up of the head and the deputy head of each of the three councils, will replace the Crown Council as the supreme military command. The Head of State will be the nominal Head of the Royal Government,  with the latter conducting business in the name of the King.

Title II, concerning basic rights and freedoms, was also extended – with the Constitution guaranteeing that international human rights treaties that Juclandia has signed will take precedence over the Constitution in matters where they provide for a more extended rights and freedoms framework.

At the same time, Internet-related rights were inserted in the Constitution: Internet neutrality was enshrined as a guiding principle, while the production of closed-source software is being severely limited. Copyright law was also changed, with rights resulting from a copyright being severely limited to the legal successors of the author after the authors death.

Changes were also made to the official language: English, French, and Spanish have been recognised as privileged languages, alongside Romanian which will remain sole official language. A further law will regulate the use of the privileged languages in the country.

The constitutional amendment was celebrated today at a ceremony in Jucărești, where the King signed the new constitutional text into law and President Bogi and Prime Minister Jucărescu led a military parade in the afternoon. The Royal Embassy of Juclandia in France did not organise any ceremony, as all staff has returned to Juclandia for the annual one-month Juclandian Extravaganza, which started on the 15th of August and will end on September the 15th.