Commonwealth of Embolalia
This article refers to the Commonwealth of Embolalia between 1813 and 1875. It should not be confused with the modern United Commonwealth of Embolalia.
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The Commonwealth of Embolalia was the governmental body that ruled over Embolalia between the end of British colonial rule in 1813 and the Treaty of Caridd in 1875. It contrasts with the modern United Commonwealth in its stronger central powers and lack of devolved government for the constituent countries.
The Commonwealth government was a constitutional monarchy, with the monarch of the United Kingdom serving as head of state. The Parliament was bicameral; it consisted of the lower House of Commons and the upper House of Lords. Each member of the lower house represented a county, with some counties having multiple members. They were elected by a vote of the people, though this was limited to only the English-speaking landowners with membership in the Church of Embolalia. The members of the upper house acquired their seat either through ennoblement by the sovereign, or through the inheritance of a peerage.
As is typical of Embolalia prior to the 20th century, the Commonwealth's most contentious issues revolved around the balance of Embolalian and European culture.
One of the first acts of the Embolalian Parliament after the British Embolalia Act was to replace the Culturization Act, which had prohibited the use of the Embolalian language. However, the replacement still required that English be used exclusively for business and government. While considered favorable to the prior situation, this remained a major point of contention in the Commonwealth.
The Church of Embolalia was not disestablished after the separation from the United Kingdom, and remained the official church of the Commonwealth. Voting and many of the rights of citizenship in the Commonwealth depended upon membership in the Church. The Church did not accept any traditional form of the Embolalian origin myths. This upset many of those who had firm belief in these myths. The rising dissension against the Church is cited as one reason for the unusually large presence of atheism and agnosticism in Embolalia at this time.