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BREAKING NEWS: Adammia votes to Leave in GUM Referendum

IMPERIAL CITY, Tytannia – In a shock result, the people of the Empire of Adammia narrowly voted to leave the Grand Unified Micronational in yesterday’s referendum. As a result, Prime Minister Sir Paul McKenna has resigned and elections are underway for a new government.

The result follows a brutal campaign in which the Adammic National Party campaigned on the Leave side whilst the Liberal Party campaigned for the Remain side. The Moderate and Labour parties were mostly ambivalent (to the surprise of nobody) during the campaign – however, Moderate candidate Emperor Mother Jayne, a former PM who is considered the front-runner to succeed McKenna, has already expressed a desire to embrace the result, declaring that “Adexit means Adexit”. This seems to be at odds with her previous support for the Remain side, though that previous support was always known to be somewhat lukewarm, consisting of a single photo opportunity with Remain campaigners in her home province of Maternia. She clarified her stance on the result in a speech to the Ruling Council earlier today, stating that she wished to see a “blue and green Adexit”.

Given that it is considered highly likely that the Emperor Mother will win her party’s nomination – with Moderate rivals Lord Sir Andrew Hall and Madam Julie Foster crumbling and withdrawing from the race within hours of putting their name forward – questions are already being asked about what her potential Cabinet might look like. To the surprise of many, she has hinted at support for notorious Leave campaigner Sir Christopher Hall for the role of Minister of Foreign Affairs. Hall attracted controversy by touring the Empire in a Mercedes E-class painted with the slogan, “We send £3.50 a week to the GUM, let’s spend it on AISA instead”. Since the result was announced, some Ministry of Finance civil servants have come forward to suggest that the slogan was a lie, pointing to the fact that Adammia does not send any money to the GUM under the October 2016 budget.

Meanwhile, the result seems to have energised the Liberal Party, which was left crippled in the 2016 National Election due to the fact that all of its members were too young to be eligible to run for PM (except the Emperor, who is barred under the Supreme Directive due to being the Monarch). With the ANP strongly supporting Leave, the Emperor Mother’s Moderates likely to do the same, and even the Labour Party starting to lean in the Leave direction, the Liberals are attempting to position themselves as representing the citizens who voted to Remain. Despite the party only getting two votes in last year’s local elections, recently-elected party leader Prince Jake has insisted that they have a serious chance of forming a majority government. They have already started campaigning in the election to succeed McKenna, producing this dubious-looking graph.

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Graph produced by the Liberal Party.

This leaves the question of the Labour Party. Paul McKenna, the now-former PM, has already resigned his seat in the Ruling Council, and his future now seems unclear, although some have suggested he could work for the Union Against Micronational War. McKenna’s Minister of Finance, Sir Reginald Hall, has decided to stay as a Councilor, but has also taken up a side job as the Editor of the Adammic Express. We would just like to say that Sir Reginald is super amazing and inspirational! Meanwhile, a heated race is underway to select the Labour candidate for the National Election. The two front-runners are Sir David Hall, the Minister of the Environment in the McKenna Cabinet, and Eleanor Hall, who has spent her time in the Council so far as a backbencher. Despite Sir David being seen by many as the more moderate, mainstream option, Eleanor, who supports a range of radical left-wing policies, has attracted the support of a group of highly committed activists going by the name Velocity, who could tip the selection process in her favour. Labour’s stance on Adexit has also complicated matters. Despite both candidates stating that they would challenge the so-called “Hard Adexit” supported by the ANP and many Moderates, Labour today voted in favour of preliminary legislation to begin the exit process without forcing any amendments. Some have suggested that the Labour strategy is to defend against the ANP, fearing that the right-wing party’s “populist” approach could threaten their heartlands. Experts have pointed out that this is mathematically impossible, due to the fact that the ANP have no members in the Provinces, and that the real threat comes from the Liberals, but this does not seem to have changed the Labour approach.

That is all for now. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 15th March 2017 – Emperor Announces Inactivity Measures

Adam I, Editor

ALLURIA – The referendum held on the 31st of December on the Third Amendment to the Supreme Directive saw the amendment being approved by 11 votes to 5. Turnout was 57.14%. The Third Amendment was subsequently signed into law by the Emperor. On the same day, the Emperor’s Fabulous New Year’s Quiz took place in White Gold Palace, where it was won by “Three’s A Crowd”, consisting of Emperor Mother Jayne, Sir Reginald Hall and Sir David Hall. The Emperor returned to his term-time residence in Alluria on the 7th of January.

There has been little of note from the Ruling Council or the Cabinet since the New Year. On the 28th of January, the Cabinet agreed to outsource responsibility for maintenance of the empireofadammia.org.uk website to Top Hat Software, with Minister of Information Madam Julie Foster approving the decision. At the February meeting on the 18th of that month, the Ruling Council passed the Internal Procedures Act 2017, which has expanded upon the Internal Procedures Act 2014 to streamline the Ruling Council’s procedures, as well as make it more transparent. The changes have seen the Council shift from an American Congress-style system to something more closely resembling the British Parliament. The Council also dissolved the mostly defunct Events Committee and the Cabinet shortly afterwards replaced it with the civil service post of Director of Events at the Cabinet Office, to which Deputy Prime Minister Sir Reginald Hall appointed Emperor Mother Jayne. The Emperor raised the matter of Foundation Day celebrations at that meeting, but it is expected that most planning will take place at the March meeting.

On the 19th of February, the Emperor’s Birthday Honours List was published to mark the Emperor’s 19th birthday. Many of this year’s recipients are friends the Emperor has made at the University of Birmingham.

Apart from these isolated events, the Empire has spent the last two and a half months in a state of deep inactivity. Much administrative work and other tasks have ground to a halt; readers will note that this is the first edition of the Adammic Express since the New Year, and furthermore, the Imperial Institute of History still has not published its Dossier on 2016. After a long silence, the Office of the Emperor issued a statement last Saturday, stating that the inactivity was down to a lack of time and motivation on the part of the Emperor, and announcing a number of major changes to respond to the situation. The monarchy declared that its focus going forward would be on physical operations within the Provinces, and as a result it would be toning down its colonial and foreign affairs. Most notably, it was announced that the Colonial Council was to be dissolved, with most Colonies being either downgraded to Territories or in one case being completely ceded back to the United Kingdom; only Alluria and Adammic Columbia were to remain as Colonies. Furthermore, it was announced that Adammia would lower its membership status in the GUM to that of an observer state. The statement noted that although no government agencies would be dissolved at that time, many could enter a “dormant state” for the forseeable future. The statement attracted some criticism, with Lord Sir Grant Hawkins suggesting that the dissolution of the Colonial Council would make it harder for colonies to propose legislation; the Emperor responded by stating that citizens could still lobby him directly. The ANP went further and even suggested that the Emperor should abdicate, an idea which was dismissed by His Imperial Majesty. Despite the criticism, the Office of the Emperor issued Imperial Decree XLVI this evening, formally enacting the changes. The Emperor, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, is expected to formally give notice to the GUM about Adammia’s change of membership status within a couple of weeks.

That is all for now. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 31st December 2016 – Referendum Due As Emperor Recovers From Illness

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – His Imperial Majesty the Emperor returned from the Colony of Alluria to the Imperial Household in Adamsville for the Christmas period on the 12th of December. The Ruling Council then met on the 19th where the Emperor proposed a Third Amendment to the Supreme Directive. This amendment’s main aim is to lay groundwork for a series of legislation in the new year to properly establish a functioning court and legal system in Adammia. It also makes a number of minor tweaks for clarification. It can be read in full here. The Council voted to endorse the amendment, although such a move is strictly unnecessary, and a referendum on the amendment was scheduled for today, the 31st of December. Voting will be taking place throughout the day and we encourage all full citizens to vote.

On the 23rd, Joelonian Con took place in the Colony of Kappania. This annual event is a gathering of a group of friends which includes the Lord of Kappania Sir Euan Carey and the Grand Duke of El Grandens Colonel Sir Cavan Garfield. The Emperor was invited as a special guest. The event saw an awards show as well as a special one-off edition of the Emperor’s Fabulous Pub Quiz. The quiz resulted in a tie and the winner was decided through a wrestling match. This is the first time Joelonian Con has taken place in Adammia.

The Emperor’s Christmas Broadcast was released on the 25th in which the Emperor reflected on the importance of family. It can be viewed here.

Business ground to a halt on Boxing Day when the Emperor became ill with a stomach bug immediately followed by a cold (the Emperor has suggested that he believes he may have caught both viruses simultaneously). As a result this usually busy time of year has been unusually quiet. Two new colonies are currently awaiting admission to the Empire and the Imperial Institute of History’s Dossier on 2016 has also been severely delayed. The priority in government at the moment is to prepare for the New Year’s Eve celebrations which will be taking place in White Gold Palace this evening.

That is all for this week. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 25th November 2016 – Delegate of the Colonies Vote Indecisive

Adam I, Editor

ALLURIA – Voting has taken place in the past 24 hours for an election for the Delegate of the Colonies, one of the two “miscellaneous” Ruling Council seats. The election was scheduled by the Office of State after the Adammic National Party challenged the incumbent Delegate, Emperor Adam I. Based on its interpretation of the Supreme Directive, the Office of State declared that the electorate would consist of the governors of all seven colonies plus the Grand Master of the Ordo Vladius (as was discussed in our previous article). As of midnight, seven of eight votes have been cast. The results are: Emperor Adam I (LIB) – 4, Colonel Sir Cavan Garfield (ANP) – 3. However, this is not the end of the story; the terms for the election set out by the Office of State declared that the victor either had to have an absolute majority, or still be in the lead by Saturday. The Emperor is currently on the verge of this majority but would need the support of the only remaining colony which has not yet voted – Burghlia – to tip him over the edge. On the other hand, if Burghlia’s governor voted ANP, the election would end in a tie and the Ruling Council would be forced to legislate to reach a resolution. If the final vote is not cast by Saturday, however, the Emperor will win by default. The election has continued to fuel controversy – the ANP has accused the Emperor of a conflict of interest due to being Lord Chancellor and therefore counting the votes in an election in which he is a candidate. The Emperor merely offered “assurances” in response, though it is possible legislation may be being considered to address the issue.

Meanwhile, the ANP has continued to explore avenues for influencing the Ruling Council via the Colonial Council, initially proposing to “declare war” on Daniel Callaghan – a troll in the same acadamic year as the ANP and Crown Prince Daniel who vandalised the Empire’s MicroWiki pages earlier this year – before eventually settling on a motion calling on the Ruling Council to simply condemn Callaghan’s actions, which have reportedly extended to harrassment of the ANP members in recent weeks. The motion recieved the support of the Liberal Party, the Imperial Party (which unexpectedly declared that it would henceforth support all ANP policy, much to the disappointment of Sir Richard Hytholoday, who had up to that point been considered joining the party) and the independent Lord Sir Grant Hawkins and Shogun Sir Dan Pettinger, and was passed by Colonial Council with a 6-0 vote. It is expected to be considered by the Ruling Council at its next meeting this weekend.

In other news, the Office of the Emperor has expanded its staff by appointing Lord Sir Grant Hawkins as its Director of Communications and Sir Alex Helliker as the Legal Advisor to the Monarch. The latter appointment is believed to be part of preparations to develop Adammia’s extremely bare-bones judiciary, which has not heard a single case in its entire three and a half year history.

That is all for this week. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 15th November 2016 – Adammic Columbia Returns Amidst Colonial Council Controversy

Adam I, Editor

ALLURIA – Adammia’s first political controversy began on Wednesday 9th November shortly after the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. In a move which surprised many, the Office of the Emperor issued Decree XLIV, which withdrew diplomatic recognition of the United States. This attracted heavy criticism from Adammia’s small but vocal right-wing, some of whom are understood to be Trump supporters; the Adammic National Party condemned the decision and Sir Richard Hytholoday even went so far as to describe it as “un-micronational”. Sir Will McCracken and Sir Grant Hawkins also opposed the move. On Friday the 11th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in which it explained its reasons for advising the Office of the Emperor to carry out the move. The MoFA suggested that it was within established practice to grant and withdraw diplomatic recognition for political reasons.

However, this did not appear to satisfy the ANP, who called on Sunday the 13th for early elections, with Sir Euan Carey stating that they no longer had confidence in the Imperial Government. Upon learning that this was impossible due to a minimum term length of 6 months imposed by the Supreme Directive, the ANP then demanded a referendum on a constitutional amendment, before eventually changing its line of attack and challenging the Emperor’s position as Delegate of the Colonies, his Ruling Council seat. The ANP nominated its leader Sir Cavan Garfield in an election – the first of its kind in Adammic history – for the seat, which the Emperor is also standing for re-election in. This type of election involves often-forgotten sections of the Supreme Directive – the governor of each colony is given a vote, as well as the leaders of other “major groups” of abroad citizens recognised by the Office of State, which currently includes only the Ordo Vladius.

Yesterday, the Office of the Emperor issued Decree XLV. This saw the former Colony of Adammic Columbia returning to the Empire after defecting to the Holy Roman Empire in August. The colony’s governor Lord Sir Grant Hawkins stated his intent to return to Adammic politics, citing his dissatisfaction with the Holy Roman Empire. With this, Adammia has regained its overseas presence, with Adammic Columbia being located in Ohio, USA and is therefore the only Adammic territory not located in Great Britain. The Decree also created a new colony, Midgard, which is to be led by Colonel Sir Will McCracken, former Legate of Borealia. Midgard is a small territory located at McCracken’s university accommodation in Loughborough, UK. Finally, the Decree reaffirmed an executive decision taken on the 4th of November to expand the relatively new colony of Alluria, bringing its total number of residents up to 4. The Empire now has 22 territorial residents and is fast catching up to the total it previously held before Borealia become independent earlier this year.

This means that there are now seven Adammic colonies – factoring in the Ordo Vladius’ vote, this gives eight total votes in the upcoming Delegate of the Colonies election. The Emperor is believed to have the upper hand at securing re-election, with Alluria (which he represents on the Colonial Council), the Ordo Vladius and Dearneland likely on his side. His opponent Garfield will have the support of ANP-controlled El Grandens and Kappania. The specifics of how the election will be carried out are not yet clear, but the Office of State is expected to make an announcement in the coming days. Certainly, the whole controversy has highlighted for the first time the differences between the more centrist factions which control the Ruling Council and the emerging Adammic right-wing which exerts heavy influence over many of Adammia’s colonies.

In other news, the event known as the Emperor’s Fabulous Quiz which has become a popular feature of Adammic cultural events at White Gold Palace such as Foundation Day and the State Opening of Council has launched a spin-off event: the Emperor’s Fabulous Pub Quiz. Like the original, it is hosted by Emperor Adam I, but this is a more adult-oriented version which takes place in Alluria for fellow University of Birmingham students. Due to its more adult nature, it is more similar to the event which inspired it – the World Famous Pub Quiz at the Insomnia Gaming Festival – than the original Emperor’s Fabulous Quiz, which is toned down to be more family-friendly. The inaugural Pub Quiz took place on the 4th of November and had 10 participants, including Sir Alex Helliker, notable for being a member of the Ordo Vladius and the first ever person to sign up for Adammic citizenship, just one day after Adammia was founded over 3 and a half years ago – he is coincidentally also attending the University of Birmingham. The winners of the quiz were “Quizlamic State”; a full table of results can be seen here (contains some adult language).

November 2016 Adammia FM music playlist

That is all for this week. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 30th October 2016 – Citizen Count and Treasury Balance Break 100 Mark as Budget is Approved

Adam I, Editor

WILLIAM WAY, Maternia – Adammia’s total number of registered citizens and the balance of the Imperial Treasury have both broken the 100 mark in the past few days for the very first time. On the 20th of October, the Office of the Emperor announced that the total number of citizens (the population of full citizens plus honourary citizens) had reached 100. This comes following a surge in applications from university friends and former school friends of the Emperor, who recently opened a Facebook account for the first time. The current total now sits and 105. Meanwhile, after Contributions were collected for October and tax revenues were received from the lucrative third quarter yesterday, the balance of His Majesty’s Imperial Treasury settled at £101.78, breaking the £100 mark.

In other news, the Ruling Council met at White Gold Palace yesterday for its 56th meeting. The main focus of the meeting was public finance, with the Liberal Party tabling the Public Finance Act 2016. This Act has transferred authority over public spending, the Contributions monthly rate and the company tax rate from the Minister of Finance to the Ruling Council. The Council must now pass an annual Budget for each financial year, though money can also be allocated through an Emergency Appropriation approved by the Cabinet and the Office of the Emperor – however, the Ruling Council can vote to cancel an Emergency Appropriation. Now, if no Budget has been approved by one month after the financial year has begun and there is no Emergency Appropriation in effect, a government shutdown will begin, when the Imperial Government will begin shutting down non-essential services, and if this is still the case after six months, early elections will be called.

The Act was followed by the actual Budget itself for the 2016-17 financial year. The Emperor announced that the Liberal Party had set a target of £100 of spending for the coming year, noting that with an average annual income of £70, this would cause a deliberate budget deficit of around £30, taking the balance of the Treasury down from £80 to £50 by the end of the year. The Emperor stressed that the current Treasury balance meant that a lot of money was sitting unused in the Treasury which has increased year on year – a budget surplus has been run continuously since the Empire’s foundation. After some discussion on spending priorities, the following Budget 2016: £14 to the Ministry of Information, which will cover website costs for empireofadammia.org.uk (which is currently down); £25 to the Cabinet Office, which will fund a new fabric flag from the Lostislandic business MicroFlag; £20 to the Ministry of Science and Technology to fund new parts for AISA’s Project Andromeda; £20 to the Ministry of Finance which will be donated to various charities; £20 to the Ministry of Culture to help fund events such as the New Year’s Eve quiz and Foundation Day; and finally £20 set aside for the Ministry of Defence as a potential fund for military equipment – the Emperor suggested a model under which the MoD covers parts of the cost of military equipment to help subsidise the cost for the servicemen who would the majority of the costs. The total appropriated spending came to £119, though it remains to be seen how much of this will actually be used.

Two other minor points were covered by the Cabinet immediately following the Council meeting: the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was relocated from Watertopia to Tytannia as it had been forgotten during the previous Cabinet meeting. The Emperor also announced that he was resigning as Chief Constable of the Adammic Police Force due to his move from Primoria to Alluria – Minister of Defence Prince Jake appointed himself as the Emperor’s replacement in the role.

That is all for this week. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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News Report – 15th October 2016 – Government Offices Relocate

Adam I, Editor

ALLURIA – The Empire of Adammia Twitter account earlier today announced that the Emperor was relocating the headquarters of most of the government ministries, agencies, companies and other entities that he directly runs from his former office in the Imperial Household in Adamsville to his residence in the new colony of Alluria. Amongst the bodies being moved were the Office of the Emperor, the Office of State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Adammic Express and the Liberal Party. The full list can be read here. Notably, the Adammic Police Force HQ and the Imperial Institute of History have both remained in Adamsville, raising the prospect that the Emperor may soon resign as Chief Constable of the APF and have the Minister of Defence, Prince Jake, give the role to someone who is still living in the provinces. The Adammic Imperial Space Agency had its headquarters moved to the Empire’s capital, Imperial City, where most of its equipment is stored.

In other news, the Office of the Emperor granted an Imperial Warrant of Appointment earlier today to Mast-Jägermeister S.E., as the Emperor’s official manufacturer of alcoholic spirits. This is the first IWA that has been granted since April 2015. A full list of companies with a warrant can be seen here.

Adammia FM October 2016 music playlist

That is all for this week. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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