Conference of American States Membership Referendum Act of 2017
|Long title||An act to make provision for the holding of a referendum in the Kingdom of Sierra and its territories on whether the Kingdom of Sierra should remain a member of the Conference of American States.|
|Enacted by||the 77th Parliament of Sierra|
|Effective||December 21, 2017|
|Public law||Pub.L. 78–317|
|Statutes at Large||66 Stat. 2309|
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When the Conference of American States was formally established in 1966, the Kingdom of Sierra was one of the first nations to join the intergovernmental organization along with most nations in Anglo-America. While the Government of Sierra had accepted the formation of the CAS and joined it, members of the Royalist Party remained skeptical and had been critical of the organization since its creation. Throughout the 20th century, the Royalist Party would mostly be split on the issue of the CAS like the Libertarian Party while the Democratic-Republican Party, Social Democrats and Green Party were largely supportive and espoused American unionism. The party would shift towards support for Ameroskepticism starting in 2000 after the election of Matthew Briggs as Prime Minister in the 2000 Sierran federal election who was critical of the CAS.
While Ameroskeptic sentiment would be downplayed in the early 2000s during the 2004 Anglo-American invasion of Syria and the early stages of the Syrian Civil War, it would gain traction after the election of Daniel McComb as Leader of the Royalist Party in 2012 who was openly critical of the CAS and campaigned on a referendum on Sierra's membership in the organization after being elected party leader. During the 2015 American Parliament election in Sierra, McComb helped elect numerous Ameroskeptic Members to the American Parliament and later won in the 2016 Sierran federal election further gaining momentum for the referendum and for the largelt Sierrexit movement. McComb had planned to hold a referendum, but he resigned in October 2017 admist a controversy involving allegations of sexual abuse and rape causing him to step down. He was succeeded by Nemesis Heartwell in 2017 who opposed Sierrexit, but her stance did little to change the Ameroskeptic direction of her party who pushed for a referendum.
THe question that appeared on ballots for the referendum was as followed (English):
Should the Kingdom of Sierra remain a member of the Conference of American States or leave the Conference of American States?
The responses to the question would be marked with a single (X):
Remain a member of the Conference of American States
Leave the Conference of American States
The question would be translated into all officially recognized languages in Sierra to allow for a greater number of citizens to participate and vote in the referendum.