|Czech Autonomy Act|
|Gesetz über die Gewährung einer Autonomie nach Tschechien und zu schützen den Reichsratespflicht in der Volksreichsgovernance|
|Drafted||13 June 2010|
|29 June 2010|
|Signer||Michael von Preußen|
The Czech Autonomy Act (German: Tschechische Autonomiegesetz) is the short title of the Act to Grant Autonomy to Czechia and Protect the Duty of the Imperial Council in the Governance of the People's Empire. Drafted and proposed by Ministerpräsident Horst Köhler, the primary purpose of the Act is to implement the terms of the Liechtenstein Plan for Czech autonomy. In addition to this, clauses in the Act seek to constitutionally enshrine the position of the Imperial Council (and by extension the Cabinet) in the day-to-day governance of Großgermania.
In 2010, Großgermania saw the growth of a disparate movement in support of Czech autonomy. Since the formation of Großgermania, Czechia had been divided into four provinces of the Kingdom of Germany. This was primarily for practical reasons: early proposals to make Czechia a Constituent Country of Großgermania had fallen through due to disagreements over Czech government structure as well as concerns over Czech security. However, with Großgermanian assertions of sovereignty following the Russo-Germanian War, Russian expansionism into East-Central Europe was curbed, and concerns over Czech security largely faded.
Subject to the 2008 Treaty of Kraków, Czech incorporation into Germany was on a consensual basis. In order to honor its obligations under the Treaty, the Imperial Government of Großgermania pledged, following the submission of a petition for autonomy on behalf of the Czech people to the Emperor, Reichstag, and Witenagemot, to pursue a legitimate means of granting autonomy to Czechia within the framework of Großgermanian government and society. Negotiations between the Imperial Government and Czech autonomists culminated in the 7 June referendum, by which the Liechtenstein Plan was accepted by the Czech people.
The Czech Autonomy Act was presented by Köhler to the Imperial Government 13 June 2010. Although its main purpose was the implementation of the Liechtenstein Plan through Constitutional amendment, it also included the relatively uncontroversial proposal of constitutionalizing the Imperial Council's role in Großgermanian governance. In less than a week it had earned both the approval of the Emperor and the Witenagemot. The Reichstag, which must also support the measure by a supermajority if it is to pass, is set to vote on the matter 29 June.
Text of the Act
His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Greater Germania, his Diet, and Witenagemot—
Desirous of granting the right of self-determination to the people of Czechia, who have demanded by petition the recognition of their autonomy; recalling the obligations of the Imperial Government of Großgermania under the Treaty of Kraków; and seeking to preserve for future generations the function of the Imperial Council of Greater Germania in the governance thereof; do hereby ratify this Act to Grant Autonomy to Czechia and Protect the Duty of the Imperial Council in the Governance of the People's Empire.