BREAKING: Capitol’s fate decided by Congress; Pres. Everdeen to sign into law

BREAKING: There are reports that the Congress of Panem has begun the voting process for a bill deciding the fate of Panem’s capital. Developing…

UPDATE: By a vote of 106 to 50, the Panem House of Representatives passed the Panem Capital Act. The Panem Capital Act was sponsored by Representative Miranda O’Neal (Liberty-D13), the incumbent House Majority Leader. The bill then went to the Panem Senate. The Senate voted on the Act partisanly, which is a rather shocking development in the chamber. In a vote of 19 to 9, the Panem Senate passed the Panem Capital Act. In the Senate, the bill’s sponsor was Senate President pro tempore Sophia Delacruz (Liberty-D5).

UPDATE 2: The President has signed the Panem Capital Act into law and is expected to give a press release over the Act shortly. This will be followed by a short Question and Answer section.

UPDATE 3: The President has assumed the podium at the District 4 Capitol building.

“Members of the press, thank you for coming on such short notice. It’s very important that the people of Panem understand what changes are about to occur regarding our government.

Indeed, the Congress of the Republic of Panem passed a piece of legislation regarding the issue of the placement of our nation’s capital today. This legislation, formally known as the Panem Capital Act, will not only fix the problem that has arisen out of the tragedy in District 3 and the Capitol but also allow for more job creation.

Whenever we were faced with finding a solution to this problem, we placed out many options on the table. First, we considered the option of moving back to the original Capitol. We ultimately decided that the constitutional crisis that had arisen due to the earthquake was too much for our country and marked out this option. We also thought of remaining in District 4, but as District 4 is not immune to natural disasters of its own kind, we similarly marked out this option.

We also considered other options, such as three separate capitals for our three branches of government, as South Africa has done, or simply moving to a safer place within Panem.

Ultimately, these ideas, along with others, allowed our Congress to create the Panem Capital Act. I, having read through it and deemed it a worthy solution, signed the Act into law.

In the Act, Panem’s capital will remain in District 4 temporarily in order to allow for arrangements to be made for the new capital. This new capital will bear the name the Capitol, just as the previous one did. District 7’s government has graciously agreed to give public land, not private land owned by our citizens, to the federal government in order to create this new Capitol. The Capitol, according to the Act, will be governed under the laws of the old Capitol unless the Executive Council of the Capitol decides to repeal old laws and start anew.

In addition to the Panem Capital Act, our nation’s Congress has also passed the Panem District Act. This Act provides a solution for territories of Panem that are currently not incorporated into the nation. Under present Panem law, any person living legally within the boundaries of a territory of Panem is legally a citizen of the Republic of Panem. However, as these are territories, these citizens are currently not able to vote and are similarly not represented at the federal level in the Panem Congress. In this Act that our Congress passed, two items of interest are set forth. First, the former Capitol will be incorporated as a formal District of Panem, bearing the name of District 15. District 15 will receive two senators and eight representatives. In addition, due to population growth shown by our census, District 15 will also receive ten electoral votes. Secondly, any current territory may now follow a formal path to districthood. In order to do this, the population of the aforementioned territory must be greater than five thousand citizens, and then the territory may seek to become a formal district. Once the request has been put in, a special referendum must occur in the territory, of which all citizens of that territory may vote, and should the majority seek to become a district rather than remain a territory of the nation of Panem, then the territory will become a legal District.

These changes will be legal in time for the elections this year.”

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