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Tue Jul 19 14:22:15 2005
Capture of Fleet Admiral Toshov

Yesterday, White Army Fleet Admiral Toshov was discovered by our secret police, attempting to recruit a militia. Toshov was apprehended with moderate injuries, and is presently in a high-security hospital in Larnapolous. Already, pending her recovery, the factions behind our new government are squabbling about her fate, as our judicial system is still too much under construction for a case of this importance. Today, the upper house came to a consensus that we don't want to try her under our legislature, and the lower house, from what I understand, is moving the same way. Other options open remain military court courtesy of the Red Army, holding her until judicial procedure is more certain, using a Chinese-style court, or (perhaps most ludicrously) placing her under a University Disciplinary hearing. The Chinese-style court seems most practical, but our reliance on Chinese governmental measures is becoming increasingly ideologically difficult as time goes on, as well as practically difficult without access to Chinese legal scholars. It is becoming increasingly urgent for us to bring our institutions to the extent that we can implement them enough to have a functioning state. The extent to which our government reached normal operations a year ago is largely the transfer of theoretical authority from the factions to our new legislature, plus the initial steps we have made so far. Fortunately, the procedural committee for the Upper House, according to Comrade Jurin, is very near introducing solid rules for how we conduct our business internally. I am going to call on the Committee for Judicial Practice to report on their progress when we convene again on Wednesday. In the meantime, I might push for a Red Army court when I next meet with the University provosts and military heads - it's too risky applying a Chinese court that might concievably release Toshov due to technicalities or misunderstandings of their legal system, and would be bad for the revolution if later when we reopen ties with China, we find that due to misinterpretation of their law, we legally should release her.

I'm going to watch over a session on the basic law that the lower house is holding on TV in a few minutes -- it should be interesting. Chinese law will likely be a de facto but not de jure law (similar to English Common law in the early days of America, or so I've heard), with the intent being to replace their legal system with a comprehensive one of our own over the next 5 years, at the end of which Chinese law will no longer be in place in any sense. The degree of compatibility of the old and new legal traditions will likely determine how practical that is.

--Cyrus