Imperial Wedding: Emperor Mother Jayne and Lord McKenna to marry in June

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The Adammic Express is delighted to confirm that the Office of the Emperor has announced that Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne will marry Lord Sir Paul McKenna, her partner of eight years, on Saturday 22nd June 2019. The two became engaged to marry on Boxing Day.

The marriage will be the Emperor Mother’s third. She previously married Emperor Father Kevin in 1994, with whom she had three children: Emperor Adam I (b. 1998), Crown Prince Daniel (b. 1999) and Prince Jake (b. 2004). She split up with the Emperor Father in 2009 and they were officially divorced in 2016.

Both the Emperor Mother and Lord McKenna are former Prime Ministers of Adammia; she served as the Empire’s inaugural PM for three years from 2013-2016 on behalf of the Moderate Party, before being defeated in the 2016 National Election by her partner McKenna, who represented the Labour Party. He served for one year. Today, both are retired as micronational politicians, though they continue to hold the honourary titles of Countess of Tytannia and Count of Maternia respectively. They live together in the County of Maternia, in a property the Emperor Mother bought in 2010 and which McKenna moved into in 2014, making him the Empire’s first immigrant.

The couple will be registered to marry in the United Kingdom, but are also expected to be presented with Adammic wedding certificates, making them the first couple to be officially married in the Empire under the Free Marriage Act 2018.

The news will cause much excitement within the House of Hall, which has not seen a wedding for almost twenty years. The House dominated Adammic politics during the First Era (2013-2017), and continues to dominate the Northern Adammic aristocracy.

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Adammia expands to more new territories, doubling size of Empire

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – On New Year’s Eve, an Imperial Decree was issued claiming two new parts of Adammia. The new Province of Corellia, located at Prime Minister Juliano Saunders’ term-time residence, has a registered population of two and it takes the total number of Ruling Council seats back up to the historic 12. Saunders has been appointed Duke of the new province, and a by-election to elect its Councilor is expected to be held within a few weeks.

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The new territory of Ashoria, as seen from the United Kingdom looking across the border.

Alongside this, there is a new Territory known as the Great Reserve of Ashoria. It comprises Selly Park, just a short distance from Serkatia and Corellia, and it comes in at around 74,936 square metres. The only part of the park not claimed by Adammia is the centre circle of the northern football pitch, which is claimed by Wazakhstan as the Oblast of Goodbold. This was the source of the diplomatic dispute between the Saunders government and the Wazakhstani government some months ago, which has now been dissolved. Adammia now has a land border with another micronation for the first time ever, and the two nations are expected to sign a treaty soon guaranteeing free movement across the border. Ashoria appears to be South Adammia’s equivalent to the Jagstonian Plains, located in a park in North Adammia. Speaking of which, the Jagstonian Plains were themselves expanded on the 3rd of January by the Office of the Emperor, including the park’s lake and other grassy areas, whilst the playground and skatepark, which are frequently occupied by British citizens, have been left alone. This has taken the size of the Plains territory to 83,119 square metres. Meanwhile, the old territories of El Grandens and Kappania have been ceded back to the United Kingdom, as the government has effectively lost contact with their governors.

These territorial expansions have taken the total surface area of the Empire to 179,099 square metres or 44.3 acres, its largest size ever.

Emperor Adam I on course to win second consecutive term as GUM Chair

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – With most of the GUM’s active members having cast their votes over the past three days, Emperor Adam I now appears on track to win another term as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational, leading the Principality of Posaf’s Nicholas Randouler by 11 votes to 7.

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The GUM is currently electing its Chair for the first half of 2019.

Mr. Randouler got off to a strong start when voting opened on Christmas Day, with votes from younger micronations, most of them based in North America, giving him an early lead. However, votes from older micronations primarily based in Europe and Oceania have swung the numbers in Emperor Adam’s favour. Some of the Emperor’s supporters – such as Wyvern, Juclandia and Sabia & Verona – were considered inactive and unlikely to vote at all, so the Emperor will now undoubtedly be glad that he had not moved for their expulsion from the organisation prematurely.

This particular GUM election has seen the return of an old GUM tradition, the so-called “gentleman’s agreement” where two opposing candidates vote for each other as a gesture of goodwil, seeing Adammia vote for Mr. Randouler and Posaf voting for Emperor Adam. This tradition was last seen in the September 2014 election, when Emperor Adam narrowly defeated Joseph Kennedy (now Prime Minister of Austenasia) to win his first term as GUM Chair.

Mr. Randouler has challenged the Emperor’s leadership of the organisation by running on a platform calling for the Chair to take a more active role in the organisation. The Emperor has countered this by pledging to delegate more executive responsibility to new officers, saying that over the past six months he has become more confident in the GUM’s recent intake of younger micronationalists. The Emperor is also relying on his experience to carry him through, with three terms as GUM Chair under his belt as well as five and a half years on the throne as Emperor of Adammia.

If the Emperor is indeed re-elected, he will be the first person in the GUM’s almost ten-year history to be elected to two consecutive terms, and only the second person to be elected to four total terms, alongside the GUM’s founder Jacob Tierney. However, Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia, who has served as Acting Chair on several occasions on top of his three elected terms, continues to have served the most days as Chair by a large margin.

Government restructured amidst row over Wazakhstani border

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – Yesterday, the government passed the Government Ministries Act 2018 through the Ruling Council. This merges the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Citizenship and Information into a Ministry of Patriotism, of which Lady Worthington is to be minister. It also created a new Ministry of Memes, of which Lady Peace is to be minister.

The session also saw the first ever Prime Minister’s Questions – or rather, Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions, as Prime Minister Sir Juliano Saunders did not attend the meeting. Instead, Deputy PM Lord Maude answered questions from Leader of the Opposition Lord Helliker. The full minutes of the meeting can be read here.

The big issue currently dominating political discussion is the government’s plan to claim nearby Selly Park as a new territory. This itself is not an unusual move – the Jagstonian Plains near Tytannia have been an Adammic territory for nearly five years. However, presently the Kingdom of Wazakhstan claims the centre circle of the football pitch in Selly Park as the Oblast of Goodbold. The government insists that it will claim the entirety of the park, ignoring Wazakhstan’s existing claim. This has soured relations between the two nations, with Wazakhstani Prime Minister Ned Hilton describing it as “a worrying mistake to make”. Hilton has cited an agreement between himself and Emperor Adam I made at the State Opening of Council last month, which said that Adammia would claim the rest of Selly Park, but not the centre circle of the football pitch. Lady Worthington, Minister of Patriotism, has dismissed this agreement as being from “one undemocratic leader to another”, claiming that a border between Adammia and Wazakhstan at the centre circle would prevent Adammic citizens from being freely able to play football on the pitch; Hilton has stated that Wazakhstan will allow free movement over its border.

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The football pitches in Selly Park, the site of the dispute.

Prime Minister Saunders has said that, despite Wazakhstan making its claim first, Wazakhstan’s claim is baseless and that Adammia has the right to the entire park. In reality, neither nation appears to have any legal basis for a claim which is more valid than the other’s. It is understood that, despite the government’s wishes, the Emperor will specifically exclude the centre circle from Adammia’s claim, which is expected to be made by Imperial Decree later this week. Labour Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lord Maude, has taken a softer tone than his Storm Party colleagues and has stated that he is undertaking bilateral talks with Hilton to ease the tensions.

Whilst most of the tension appears to have been for naught, there can be no doubt that it has damaged Adammic-Wazakhstani relations, with the prime ministers of both nations openly arguing in the Empire of Adammia Facebook group. The Emperor and Lord Maude will both no doubt be attempting to heal relations behind the scenes, in spite of the inflammatory comments made by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Patriotism. On the other side of the coin, the claim over Selly Park seems to have some significance to the Storm Party, with Saunders claiming that it will usher in a “new era” for Adammia. Opinion within the Storm camp continues to be that Wazakhstan has been improperly interfering in Adammic affairs by exercising undue influence over the Liberal-Moderate opposition; Lady Worthington has even gone so far as to suggest that Adammia should militarily intervene in Wazakhstan to “liberate” its people from Hilton, a self-confessed dictator. Though the Emperor would undoubtedly veto any such course of action, the rhetoric is clearly straining relations between the two neighbouring micronations.

Capital Brewery brought under state ownership

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – Earlier today, the owner of Capital Brewery Ltd., Lord Colonel Sir Reginald Hall, agreed to hand over ownership of the firm to the Imperial Government. Hall did not ask for any fee in exchange, and furthermore decided to donate the company’s prior cash assets as part of the deal, which was not included in the government’s original plan in last week’s Budget. Over the company’s past four-and-a-half years of operation, it generated over £50 in profits which were never re-invested effectively or withdrawn as dividends, and it was expected that these funds would be withdrawn prior to the exchange. Instead, the government has effectively been given these funds for free, and it will now have to decide whether to save this money for future years, or to introduce an Emergency Appropriation if it wishes to spend it.

Lord Colonel Hall remains as the company’s CEO. After consultation with the company’s regular customers, it has been agreed to raise prices from 5p to 20p per bottle. This is expected to earn the government around £40 per year.

The smooth process of nationalisation will be seen as a victory by both Sir Juliano Saunders’ fledgling Storm Party government, and by the Liberal-Moderates, who included nationalising Capital Brewery in their manifesto.

State Opening of Council: Saunders forms Cabinet, passes Budget

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – On Saturday evening, the Ruling Council met for the first meeting of VII Legislature, reconvening after a four-month summer recess. It has been announced that Sir Juliano Saunders of the Storm Party, who was elected as the Empire’s fifth Prime Minister a week ago, has formed a coalition government with Lord Maude’s Labour Party and Lady Peace’s Dank Party.

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The newly-appointed Storm-Labour-Dank Cabinet.

Giving his traditional speech at the State Opening of Council in Serkatia, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor confirmed that Saunders would be taking up the role of Minister of Finance alongside his role as head of government. Other ministers also have stacked roles: Lord Maude is to be both Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, whilst Lady Worthington is to serve as both Minister of Defence and Minister of Citizenship & Information. Lady Peace retains her post as Minister of National Development. Between them, the three coalition parties control four out of ten seats on the Ruling Council, but it is also understood that they have the tentative support of the quasi-independent Sir Alex Hasioszyn, which gives them a workable majority.

Prime Minister Saunders gave his first speech to the Council by justifying the reasons for his particular Cabinet appointments. He reiterated his party’s commitment to ending the recession and to challenge what he calls the “elites” of Adammic politics. He was followed by Lord Helliker, now Leader of the Opposition, who pledged to hold the government to account and to represent the views of liberal voters, confirming that he did not intend to resign as Liberal-Moderate leader.

Once the opening speeches were out of the way, the Council turned its attention to Saunders’ proposed Budget. Saunders proposes to spend money on “patriotic artifacts” such as pens and badges, as well as improving the national website and setting up a “Cultural Patriot Fund” which will support the arts in Adammia. Furthermore, the Budget is the first to include the Sovereign Grant, which was introduced by the Public Finance Act 2018 passed by the previous government in June. The Emperor has provided up to £90 of his own money, which he has negotiated to be spent on the key Liberal-Moderate policies of nationalising Capital Brewery and setting up a Sovereign Wealth Fund. Other income is expected to come from the Contributions Scheme, which the government has pledged to continue, asking all active members of the Council to opt in to the scheme. The rate has been set at £3 per year per person. By all accounts, the Budget is arguably the most ambitious in Adammic history, largely due to the introduction of the Sovereign Grant.

The Liberal-Moderates seem to have accepted a continued Contributions Scheme, but they did move an amendment to replace the Cultural Patriot Fund with a system of local government grants, using a formula of £5 baseline per province plus £1 per resident. They argued that this was a more versatile use of the money which would empower local governments, which the Lib-Mods want to move to using direct democracy. The Storm Party argued that local governments would have little practical use for the money and that it would be better spent centrally, suggesting that some local governments (hinting specifically at Serkatia) might spend the money corruptly. The Liberal-Moderate amendment was defeated by 3 votes to 2. The Budget was then passed, with Lib-Mods choosing to either abstain or to support the Budget.

Towards the end of the meeting, Wazakhstani Prime Minister Sir Ned Hilton joined the meeting and offered some remarks, leading to an impromptu Q&A session. Hilton bestowed the Council members who had not already been granted the honour membership of the Ordo Fidelium, but Prime Minister Saunders controversially rejected the knighthood, stating that he did not want to appear to be influenced by foreign powers. This caused an awkward diplomatic incident, with Hilton describing the decision as “rude” and new foreign minister Lord Maude stepping in to ease the tension in the room. Adammia and Wazakhstan are now understood to be looking at dividing up land in the nearby Selly Park for new territorial claims.

The full footage of the State Opening of Council, and the minutes of the debate, will be made available soon.

Shock landslide Storm Party victory, Juliano Saunders to be Prime Minister

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – With all but three subdivisions declared, the current figures are showing a landslide victory for Sir Juliano Saunders’ Storm Party in the National Election, with 55% of first preferences, ahead of incumbent PM Lord Helliker of the Liberal-Moderates on 29% and Lord Maude’s Labour Party on 16%.

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It is now all but certain that Sir Juliano Saunders will be Adammia’s fifth Prime Minister.

Although it is still mathematically possible for Helliker or even Maude to win if the remaining six votes force a count of second preferences, the chances of this happening are tiny. The Office of State hasn’t officially declared Saunders the winner yet for this reason, but it is difficult to imagine any reasonable scenario which would allow Helliker to bridge the gap.

This result is a far cry from what the opinion polls were suggesting as recently as last night, which had the election down as too close to call. The result is particularly appauling for the Liberal-Moderate Party, which received fewer first preferences than its number of actual party members – meaning that several members of the LMP voted against their own candidate. Were they disgruntled over the recent merger?

Clearly, there are a lot of questions to be asked in the aftermath of this historic result. How will a government which is openly hostile to the Emperor’s authority actually function? Why were the opinion polls so wrong? What will the new Cabinet and the Budget look like? We can expect answers to those questions over the coming days and weeks – the Express will be publishing a full post-election analysis once the official final result is announced.

Statements from all three candidates are expected at some point in the next 24 hours.

Election 2018: Polling Day (live updates)

Adam I, Editor

15:40
SERKATIA – Polls have opened across the Empire for Adammia’s seventh National Election. Votes are slowly coming in and the tiny territory of Midgard has become the first subdivision to declare its first preferences, casting a single ballot in favour of Sir Juliano Saunders of the Storm Party. Midgard is one of the last remaining strongholds of the ANP, so their backing of the anti-establishment Storm is not a surprise.

Ballot papers will be delivered to Alluria soon.

20:52
SERKATIA – Dank-upon-Bourn has become the second division to declare, again casting a single first preference for Saunders. This is another expected result, after the province’s Councilor, Dank Party leader Lady Hermione Peace, endorsed Saunders after withdrawing from the election.

Alluria and Serkatia are expected to declare within the next hour or two.

21:58
SERKATIA – Serkatia has declared with another unsurprising result – two first preferences for Helliker and one for Maude, showing the province has voted cleanly down party membership lines. Most ballots for Alluria have now been collected, although officials are waiting for a final ballot before announcing the result there.

The results so far don’t tell us much – the biggest declarations to watch out for will be Alluria and the non-territorial citizens.

22:15
SERKATIA – Alluria has declared, and it’s a pretty remarkable result – 6 first preferences for Saunders, compared to just one for Maude and zero for Helliker. This completely swings the election in Saunders’ favour; it is now likely that he is going to lead first preferences and the question is whether or not Helliker will be able to get enough Labour second preferences to catch up.

00:22
SERKATIA – The midnight declarations have been absolutely shocking. Firstly, in Greater Tytannia, votes were distributed fairly evenly between the parties, with the Liberal-Moderates performing worse than expected; they tied with 2 votes with Labour, with Storm picking up an extra single vote. Then, the non-territorial citizens declared with a huge 8 first preferences for Saunders, ahead of Helliker with 5 and Maude with 1.

The current totals are:
Helliker (LMP): 9 (29.0%)
Maude (LAB): 5 (16.1%)
Saunders (STM): 17 (54.8%)

Yet to declare are Myway, El Grandens and Kappania, who have 24 hours to do so. If the conditions are right, Helliker could still yet force a count of second preferences, but even then the gap is almost impossible to bridge, and as it stands Saunders has an absolute majority of votes. Nobody expected to see these words, but we have before us a Storm Party landslide.

Election 2018: Pre-election analysis and final opinion poll: LMP 40% STM 37% LAB 23%

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – In just a few hours time, polls will be opening in what everyone can agree is the most hotly-contested National Election in Adammic history. Incumbent Prime Minister Lord Helliker of the Liberal-Moderate Party will battle it out with Sir Juliano Saunders of the populist, anti-establishment Storm Party, with Labour’s Lord Maude as the underdog. In this piece, we’ll be analysing the whole campaign in detail: the candidates, the manifestos, the interviews, the subdivisions.

Our final opinion poll of the campaign has found that the Liberal-Moderates lead with 40%, closely followed by Storm on 37%. This translates to just a one-vote difference on first preferences, meaning that the election is almost certainly going to be decided by second preferences. Labour trail behind on 23%. If our polling is correct, in a nation with a population of just 45, every single vote is going to count tomorrow.

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National Election first preference voting intentions. Fieldwork 19 Oct.

The story of this campaign is dominated by the astonishing rise of Sir Juliano’s Storm Party. Not since they heyday of the ANP has Adammia seen such a unified and determined political force. By recruiting several dissatisfied politicians and citizens to his side, Saunders has succeeded where other opposition leaders have failed – Storm has become more than just a one-man party. Storm activists have worked together in a way which has never been seen before in Adammic politics – liking and commenting on each others’ posts in the Empire of Adammia Facebook group, and co-ordinating their attacks on Lord Helliker’s government.

The Storm Party kicked off this campaign – they were the first to publish their manifesto, and they controlled the topics of debate for much of the campaign. They have successfully made accountability and democratic reform key issues which have had to be addressed by all the parties standing in this election. So what do the Storm Party actually stand for? At the heart of their beliefs is a desire to take power away from the “elites” – usually represented by the Emperor and Lord Helliker – and giving that power back to the people. They have promised to hold a referendum on the Emperor’s powers and to investigate what they call “cider corruption”.

The Storm Party’s manifesto is vague, and it has not been especially keen to elaborate on some of the points it makes. What specific imperial powers will be subject to referendum? What nations will trade deals be persued with? How will the gift bags be funded? What evidence actually is there for a “cider stash”? The Storm Party will have to answer these questions if it gets into government, but for now the party’s supporters seem happy to get behind its principles and worry about the details later.

There can be no doubt that Saunders is an incredibly charismatic leader, and he has worked hard to build connections with dissatisfied voters. His party has an open democratic structure, and many of its policies were suggested by its supporters. This has allowed Saunders to build up a solid campaign team and a base of hardcore voters, mostly those who are active in the Adammic Facebook group. The big question is whether Saunders will be able to get support from further afield. The more apolitical regions of the Empire – Alluria, Greater Tytannia – will most likely be judging candidates based on their manifestos and interviews. Notably, Saunders refused to take part in an interview with the Adammic Express, the first National Election candidate in Adammic history to do so. For voters who haven’t been engaged with Saunders’ regular posts in the Adammic Facebook group, their first impression of the Storm Party will be a blank interview and a vague manifesto. Saunders’ efforts have taken him very far, but will they carry him to the finish line?

When the Storm Party launched its campaign, it hit the government hard over its recent resignations and the recession. The Liberal-Moderates were clearly caught off-guard, and it took them quite some time to begin their fightback. The Lib-Mods are the only party to have a written constitution and a proper conference, and this extra layer of bureaucracy hindered the party from launching its own manifesto and keeping up with the Storm campaign. The manifesto we eventually got was long and detailed, another example of the policy-drafting the Emperor did for the former Liberal leaders Prince Jake and Lord Panconi. However, even then, the party struggled to get attention for its policies. Lord Helliker has spent most of his time attempting to defend his government’s record during his first term in office, with mixed success. He has frequently cited the Free Marriage Act and legal reform as his achievements, but questions about the economy have yet to yield many convincing answers. Whilst the Lib-Mods do have a plan for ending the recession, it is complicated and is difficult to communicate to voters compared to the economic plans of the other two parties.

It took some time, but the Liberal-Moderates did eventually build up a campaign team to rival the Storm Party’s – but was it too little, too late? The main question for the Liberal-Moderate Party lies in its foundations: will the former voters of the Liberal and Moderate parties transfer across to the new party? We already know that the merger last month caused a lot of tension and resulted in a resignation from the Cabinet. The Liberals and the Moderates were both old parties, and their traditional voters have been part of Adammia for a long time – these are people living in places like Greater Tytannia, where turnout was uncomfortably low last year. Turnout is going to be crucial for the Lib-Mods. If they want to counter the Storm Party’s hardcore supporters, they need the backing of their older, less politically-active voters. They will no doubt be hoping for a smooth election process tomorrow in order to maximise turnout in the North.

And then there is the underdog, Lord Sam Maude. He is running without the support of anyone else – unlike Helliker and Saunders, he has no campaign team behind him. However, it can be argued that Maude is in a uniquely powerful position in this election. Accepting that he is unlikely to win, he has positioned himself as a compromise candidate, with his support essential to passing any Budget. In his interview, he implicitly urged his supporters to put the Liberal-Moderates as their second preference, suggesting that he would rather work with Helliker in government rather than Saunders. In a situation where every single vote counts, this could decide the election for Helliker. Maude’s manifesto is brief and lacking in detail, but his interview answers were thoughtful (albeit oddly in the third person) and, between the status quo of the Lib-Mods and the unruly populism of Storm, he may yet attract more votes than we might otherwise expect. There is certainly public appetite for reform, although it should be noted that Maude’s proposed constitutional reforms are just as radical as Storm’s, if not even more so. Labour’s result in this election is one to watch: it is a party which has surprised us before, and it could yet do so again. That being said, it cannot be denied that the party has polled poorly. Maude does not have activists backing him up, and he has put nowhere near as much effort into campaigning as Saunders or Helliker. If either of the other two candidates performs particularly badly tomorrow, he may clinch second place.

As we can discuss this election in terms of candidates, so we can also discuss it in terms of subdivisions. Of the provinces, Serkatia and Dank-upon-Bourn won’t be interesting – they will vote down party lines. Far more interesting will be Greater Tytannia and Alluria. The former is where the Lib-Mods will be hoping to source much of their support – it is home to many former Liberal and Moderate voters, but it suffered low turnout last year. It is also home to many old-school Labour voters, such as the founder of the party, Lord Colonel Hall. Alluria, on the other hand, has less issues with turnout, but its political support is fickle and could swing to any of the parties. It is known that many Allurians are left-leaning and this could benefit Labour – a particularly strong result in Alluria is probably Labour’s best hope of securing second place. But similarly, the Allurians could just as easily back Helliker or Saunders – it just depends what they make of the manifestos and the interviews.

Amongst the other subdivisions, Myway is likely to split fairly evenly amongst the parties. The old ANP heartlands of Kappania, El Grandens and Midgard will probably vote Storm, with the nationalists likely to endorse a fellow anti-establishment party. And finally, amongst abroad citizens, there will probably a split between the Lib-Mods and Storm: the Ordo Vladius will back the former with one of its own as the Lib-Mod candidate, whilst the newer abroad citizens form much of Storm’s activist base.

Comparing the two front-runners, we can evaluate their respective strengths.

The Liberal-Moderates have:
-The benefit of incumbency, and an experienced Prime Minister
-A detailed, solid manifesto
-A number of activists
-A reasonable interview performance, which Storm refused to participate in
-Lord Maude’s preference when it comes to forming a government

Storm have:
-An anti-establishment position which has decided the course of the campaign
-The backing of the Dank Party and likely that of the ANP
-A charismatic leader who has a natural talent for speaking directly to the public
-A number of hardcore campaigners

Looking at it another way, we can say there are three key factors which will decide this election:
-Labour second preferences: Lord Maude has indicated he wants to work with Helliker, but will his voters agree?
-Turnout in Greater Tytannia: The Office of State will be working hard to facilitate as high a turnout as possible, but Emperor Mother Jayne, who normally liases with these things when the Emperor is away, is on holiday in the Canary Islands, meaning somebody else will have to act as returning officer.
-Alluria: Which way will this relatively apathetic province swing?

Although the polling shows that Lord Helliker has a slight advantage, this is the first time we have attempted opinion polling for an election in Adammia and it remains to be seen how well our model will hold up. With that in mind, given the large margin of error in our polling we must say at this stage that the election is too close to call.

Election 2018 Candidate Interviews

The Adammic Express is pleased to publish its traditional pre-election interviews with the candidates standing to be the Empire’s next Prime Minister.

Interview with Lord Sir Alexander Helliker (Liberal-Moderate)
Manifesto

1. Broadly speaking, why should somebody vote for you at this election rather than the other candidates?

We are the only party who are serious about government. Other parties have proposed radical and impractical ideas (and some impossible ones!), but we have strong policies that will clearly and demonstrably improve the Empire.

2. If elected, what will your number one priority be?

What has become apparent to me over the course of this election is that there are those who want to be able to have some more influence over how they are governed. My priority then, is to ensure that local governance is given over to the people of a region so that they can better implement changes that suit their way of life.

3. Can you defend your record in office so far? Not everything has gone smoothly – how will you address the nation’s economic difficulties?

The economic situation was an unfortunate oversight, but it has been overlooked by the various Prime Ministers that have come before as well. Socially and legally I have made greater strides in progressing Adammia. Free Marriage was one of our bigger victories, but I am most proud of the judicial reform I put through. Right now, nobody sees the importance of it but I think in the coming years the value of that reform will become apparent. All that said, I am not content to excuse myself from responsibility and rest on my laurels of past achievements. For the next term, we will nationalise the Capital Brewery to effectively quadruple our income.

4. One key difference between the Liberal-Moderates and the other parties is that you aren’t willing to place new restrictions on the Emperor’s powers. How can you justify this?

It is simply a matter of practicality. The Emperor is the most dedicated of all citizens to making the Empire function effectively and Adammia is where it is in no small part because of his efforts. I simply do not think anyone else would do as good a job, so restricting his powers seems cross-purposes to having a smoothly-running Empire. By restricting powers, we run the risk of making the Empire increasingly bureaucratic which is never a good idea.

Interview with Lord Sir Sam Maude (Labour)
Manifesto

1. Broadly speaking, why should somebody vote for you at this election rather than the other candidates?

Labour does not believe this election is a done deal. The Liberal Moderates support the status quo and the Storm party is a threat to stability. Labour offers the best of both worlds – stability and reform. The ruling council currently looks set to be hung, with Lord Maude having the casting vote. If Lord Maude wins the national election then this would best represent the interests of Adammic citizens electorally. Lord Maude will be able to lead a government of compromise endorsing the best policies from all three parties. Lord Maude has the best chance of alleviating the tension Adammic politics is currently witnessing. In the event that Labour do not win the national election, Lord Maude will nevertheless still be the only council member able to build bridges and forge compromises. This will significantly weaken the Prime Minister’s position. This apples particularly to Mr Saunders, whose chaotic and oppositional stances will not be endorsed by Labour in a formal setting. Mr Saunders risks tilting Labour towards the regressive Liberal-Moderates. This would be a great shame. For this reason, Labour hopes that Lord Helliker will be elected if Lord Maude fails. Labour will welcome cooperation with the Liberal-Moderates but will be quick to support some Storm party reforms and stymie Lord Helliker’s power in the chamber. In summary, all sensible voters should want Lord Maude elected. Failing that, Lord Helliker is a regrettable but sensible compromise. Labour is ready to conduct negotiations will all parties regardless – and our commitment to stability and reform are inalienable.

2. If elected, what will your number one priority be?

The Labour party champions constitutional reform. Overhauling the electoral system to better include voters abroad and to increase proportionality is our number one priority.

3. Can you justify your proposed income tax? How will it work in practice? Will it raise enough money to cover your spending plans?

Labour sees few alternatives. Labour welcomes proposals from the Liberal Moderates and assumes that a combination of policies can be passed to best reduce the budget deficit. The income tax is necessary and fair. Only citizens with jobs in the UK macro-nation will be taxed and the amount is extremely small. If all citizens want to enjoy Adammic citizenship then it is only fair they contribute a tiny sum. All citizens without work will be exempt. This once again shows that the Labour party stands for the many and not the few by protecting Addamia’s poorest. The Storm party, meanwhile, fails to suggest any solutions. A Storm majority government would send Adammic citizens into misery and poverty.

4. Opinion polls have shown you trailing behind the other two candidates. Why do you think this is?

There is a very simple reason for this. Storm and the Liberal Moderates stand at opposite ends of a spectrum (reform and status quo). The Labour party sits proudly between the two. Humble citizens are drawn to either bloc, but they also know that Labour will give a heart to the Liberal Moderates and a brain to Storm. Many citizens need not vote for Labour as they already trust us to create balance and forge a sensible government. They vote for the other candidates in order to block their opponent. Labour promises all citizens that it will prevent extreme lurches in the council and stand up for all Adammic citizens. Labour is the true voice of Adammia’s people.

Interview with Sir Juliano Saunders (Storm)
Manifesto

Mr. Saunders refused to take part in an interview with the Adammic Express, becoming the first National Election candidate in Adammic history to do so. Instead he gave us this statement:

The people of Adammia can judge me themselves with the policy I put forward in the manifesto. They dont need the lame stream media telling them what to think. The people want change! Here I am! That is all I have to say.

The questions we would have asked Mr. Saunders are as follows:

1. Broadly speaking, why should somebody vote for you at this election rather than the other candidates?

2. If elected, what will your number one priority be?

3. You are fairly new to Adammic politics. Do you have any experience you can bring to the table? Do you think you will be able to navigate Adammic law and government procedures? How will you raise funds to pay for your proposed gift bags?

4. Some have said that your “compulsory national development programme” is a form of conscription. Can you explain what this programme is and justify why it is needed?

The final Adammic Express opinion poll and our final pre-election analysis will be published later today.