The Kingdom whose name I do not want to remember
I. The Emperor’s Death
Once upon a time there was a kingdom in which the sun was always shining. Where men and women of different cultures, languages and traditions, inhabited a territory with a natural environment plagued by contrasts. After more than thirty years of the Emperor's despotic rule, various political forces that coexisted between the fear of a regime founded on force and control, were thrown into the dispute for the redesign of the spaces of administration of public affairs. The Emperor, with the intention of keeping intact the spirit of his mandate, decided who would be the successor to the throne after his death. The future King I, educated from a boy in a secret place of the kingdom, learned several languages and cultivated interest in military expertise. He had at his disposal a group of mentors in charge of training him in politics, with whom he discussed long hours about the problems that afflicted the kingdom, the different forms of government and the vices that could afflict each of them if the ruler moved away from the virtue. Little by little, this young man in formation became aware that he would be the King of the Kingdom whose name I do not want to remember, successor of the former Emperor who ruled for more than forty years, holding the sword in one of his hands and in the other the cross.
On the night when the Emperor's wrinkled heart stopped beating, the announcement of the news on the radio stations spurred uncertainty across the regions. A large part of the population raised doubts about the continuity of the kingdom, and the communities that were previously unhappy with the political situation saw a glimmer of hope.
A great part of the populations doubts about the unity of the Kingdom were opened, but those communities not conformed to the previous political situation saw a glimmer of hope. Thousands of women and men who had fought for the Republic were persecuted by the military authorities, and forced into silence by official censorship. Now, after several years of relaxation of political polarization and improvement in economic conditions, they saw the opportunity for the foundations of the Emperor's Regime to be discussed and their voices heard. Their demands clashed with the immobile stance of sectors most faithful to the Emperor, who considered it impertinent and risky for the unity of the kingdom to be threatened by any modification of the fundamental laws that were based on the tradition and people´s faith.
Within a few days, the royal courts handed over the crown to King I. He found himself in the uncomfortable position of preserving the unity of a divided country. A part of the people supported the continuity of the values and principles embodied by the emperor, while the opposing factions hoped to bring about a radical change in the form of government. During the coronation ceremony, King I addressed the whole population, ‘I will be the king of all the people in this kingdom, respecting each and everyone in its culture, in its history and in its tradition. I invite all the inhabitants of this kingdom to remain united, to win our future.’ Despite its conciliatory message, its room for maneuvering was limited, as it did not have significant popular support. For the Emperor's followers, the King was no more than a passive figure who had to guarantee the unity of the kingdom, but did not interfere in the administration of public affairs. Whereas for the sectors opposed to the regime, King I was a stick in the Wheel of modernization and democratization of the Kingdom whose name I do not want to remember.
II. The charismatic reign of King I
Acting with secrecy and trying to bring together the largest number of social groups around his figure, King I was given the task of promoting a set of reforms and institutional changes that allowed management to respond to interests and demands from town. This raised the charisma of King I, who interposed himself into the coup plot intentions of a segment of the imperial guard who wanted to keep the status quo intact through the use of force. Thus, the questioned institution of the crown obtained legitimacy and the King won the affection of a part of his subjects.
One of the most important reforms that King I defended was the beginning of consultations and periodic elections to elect the head of the administration of public affairs and the composition of the royal courts. New channels were opened for the transmission of the demands and proposals of the different communities and social groups that made up the Kingdom whose name I do not want to remember(replace), not only in the central area, but also in the management of public affairs in the set of Provinces and villas located throughout the territory.
For the majority of the population, this meant a change from the arrogant and exclusionary attitude of the Emperor's mandate. The creative and emancipatory power of the communities overrode the participation in the elections and allowed the emergence of diverse cultural expressions linked to music, the cinema and fashion, with which the youth questioned the puritanism and double moral in which it lived submerged within the kingdom. It was the beginning of a period colored by political stability, economic prosperity and cultural openness. Throughout the kingdom two political families were able to obtain the adhesion of important segments of the population. Although one defended the principles and values of the Emperor and the other advocated changing the foundations of the kingdom, they shared the expectation of preserving unity and safeguarding the fragile peace in the face of a possible armed confrontation between brothers and sisters.
Industry and agriculture were on the right track, which made it possible to improve living conditions in towns and cities. The collection of the coffers of the kingdom increased in a considerable way, which advanced in the creation of a universal system of attention in health, extended the education among more layers of the population, the networks of aqueduct and sewage were improved, and the country's road and energy infrastructure strengthened. Important segments of the population left behind poverty and formed a middle class that enjoyed an important quality of life.
III. A new generation rises
However, in this Kingdom whose name I do not want to remember, things changed little by little. After establishing commercial and military alliances with the main kingdoms and republics of the region, the commitments acquired stifled the administration of public affairs and the discontent of the people began to grow day by day. Unlike their parents, the younger generations felt less and less represented by the political families who shared control of the administration of public affairs, after the death of the Emperor.
King I previously valued for his bold acts in defense of change, began to be questioned for preserving inconceivable privileges in a society constituted by equals. The seed to which King I had contributed had made a dent in the people, who began to question the monarch's legal immunity, as well as the maintenance of the entire royal family with the taxes paid by taxpayers.
The young people were not only uncomfortable with the crown and the political families anchored in the instances of power. The difficult economic situation began to call into question the standard of living to which they had become accustomed. The need spread throughout the territory, the villages were scarce of food, some families began to have problems protecting themselves from the cold in winter and cooling off from the heat in summer, on the streets of big cities people who had lost everything were thrown into the lives of beggars while many houses were abandoned because their settlers were suffocated by debts and pressure from creditors. Along with the hardest hit were frustrated young people, educated to practice liberal professions and highly complex jobs but because of the narrowness of the labor market they were forced to do jobs that did not meet their expectations, precariousness and uncertainty.
In the midst of these old and new contradictions that were incubating between the foundations of the kingdom whose name I do not want to remember, some people began to think, "Hey, we do not have enough money today to keep the king and his family in abundance, the politicians in power do not represent us and the economic institutions do not solve our most serious problems, we should build new forms of governance according to the technologies that provide us with network communication. Let's start with a referendum to decide whether we want the king or not. Let it be an opportunity for all to exercise sovereignty".
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Friday 18/11, an interview a former president of Spain that had never been aired was leaked. In that interview Suárez said that they didn’t organized a referendum on monarchy in Spain at a time when there was much international pressure to do so because they were afraid that the king would lose. In the Spanish press this leak generated a lot of noise.
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