Analysis: The state of play in Adammic politics at dissolution

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The sixth legislature of the Ruling Council dissolved on Wednesday, which makes this an ideal time to look back on the term which has just gone, as well as speculate about what the future holds for Adammia’s parties and key politicians.

Not counting the fallow months between now and the autumn, Lord Helliker has now effectively completed his first term of office as Prime Minister. The term has gone well – despite a few inactive months following the New Year, the governing coalition has succeeded in bringing a healthy amount of legislation through the Council. Legislation around the courts and electoral law is aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Adammia, something which is badly needed following last year’s government transition. However, regardless of what the statute book says, Adammia’s presence is still felt very weakly in provinces such as Alluria and Paternia. Next term, there will be an expectation for the executive to switch to a higher gear, with a particular need to get the Adammic Police Force up and running again – constables have still not been appointed for the new provinces.

The Moderates still have only one active member – the Prime Minister – which means they lack any substantial presence on the Ruling Council. However, this might not matter; Helliker has proved a competent Prime Minister and it is probably more likely than not that he will be re-elected in October based on his personal vote. From there, the Moderates can easily work with the Liberals – with whom they share similar ideological ground – and independent members to secure a Council majority.

One thing that is clear from the events of the past year – especially the recent establishment of the Dank Party – is that Adammic politics remains very fluid. New members have been hesitant to get on board with existing parties, instead opting to start their own, or remain as independent members. In particular, this spells trouble for the Liberal Party. Despite currently having more Council seats than any other party, they will soon lose Lord Gurr as he leaves the Council after graduating from Birmingham University. That, combined with the fact that the party’s leader, Lord General Panconi, is extremely inactive, means that the Emperor could be the Liberals’ only active politician next term – and of course, he is prohibited from running for Prime Minister due to being Monarch. Unless the Liberals can recruit someone new quickly, they will probably have to nominate Panconi again, who will almost certainly not win another National Election. A potential solution could be for the Liberals to merge with the Moderates – as already mentioned, the two parties already occupy similar ideological ground, and they have proven that they can work well together as part of the current coalition. However, both parties have long and proud histories, and they may be unwilling to surrender their traditional identities.

Another party that will probably be in trouble is the Nuclear So-and-so Party. Lady Admiral Simpson is currently their only active member, and like Lord Gurr she will probably be leaving the Council after she graduates. Even if the Nuclear So-and-sos manage to recruit a new member, they could be hurt electorally by the fact that they did not actively promote their manifesto much during the past term; they U-turned on STV, instead supporting the Liberal proposal of AV. It had previously been expected that Lady Peace might might join the Nuclear party, given that she and Lady Simpson are close friends, but the establishment of the Dank Party means that instead, the Dank Party will probably replace the Nuclear So-and-sos in the next legislature. At the last election, despite their unusual name, the Nuclear party presented a serious challenge to the Moderates, falling short by just a couple of votes. Could the Dank Party inherit this strong position? That depends on whether Lady Peace is prepared to adopt a more serious position – despite their name, the Nuclear So-and-sos did have a serious, yet radical, manifesto. Running on a joke platform may be entertaining, but as was showed by Lord McKenna’s disastrous re-election campaign in August 2017, it rarely yields results in Adammia.

The Labour Party is in a similar situation to the Dank Party. Newly-revitalised with a single active member in the form of Lord Maude (who will likely be party leader by the autumn, with Lord Hall expected to stand down in his favour this summer), Labour too must make a choice between a serious platform or a novelty platform. Maude is yet to fully reveal his plans for Labour, but his comments at his first Ruling Council meeting mostly seemed to be aiming to satirise Corbynism.

So, looking at the current state of play, we can see two possible outcomes for the next National Election:
-Either there is no serious opposition to Lord Helliker, and he is easily re-elected, or;
-Either Lord Maude or Lady Peace get together a serious manifesto and run a strong campaign against Helliker.

However, there is a third possibility – someone new could come onto the scene. With Paternia due to be ceded back to the United Kingdom in September, the Emperor is already looking at possibilities for new provinces which could replace it. It is understood that the government is preparing for a massive citizen recruitment campaign in the autumn, viewing the political community at Birmingham University as fertile ground. New figures entering Adammic politics could offer new leadership to the Liberal Party, create a rallying point for the opposition parties against Lord Helliker, or even to start another new party altogether which could receive mainstream support. However, it’s worth viewing this possibility with caution – despite lots of excitement last autumn about new politicians from Alluria and Paternia, it turned out that very few of the new citizens were interested in Adammic politics, and the Emperor had to look elsewhere to create a complete Council. Whatever happens, one thing is for sure – October is going to be a very interesting month indeed.

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Treaties with Austenasia and Wazakhstan signed, Hilton addresses Ruling Council

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – Adammia took a major step on the diplomatic front when it signed a treaty of mutual recognition and friendship with the Empire of Austenasia on the 23rd of May. Due to their Imperium doctrine, Austenasia has been hesitant to recognise Adammia for some years, but have finally decided to do so with the provision that the Austenasian government is not expected to refer to Emperor Adam as an Emperor, instead calling him the Head of State or Monarch of Adammia. Nonetheless, the treaty marks a significant moment as Adammia attempts to rebuild its diplomatic influence, as Austenasia is generally considered to be the most influential and successful micronation in the MicroWiki community, with Emperor Jonathan as site owner. On the 4th of June, Adammia and Austenasia exchanged diplomatic gifts: Emperor Adam was granted the title of Duke of Deira in the Austenasian peerage (Deira being an area of what is now Yorkshire during the Dark Ages), whilst Emperor Jonathan was made a Knight of the Order of the Meerkat.

Nearer to home, Adammia signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Kingdom of Wazakhstan on the 5th of June. Wazakhstan is a relatively new micronation which shares the Birmingham Sector with Adammia; Emperor Adam and Wazakhstani Prime Minister Ned Hilton are friends through the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats. The treaty guarantees the right to apply for dual citizenship in both Adammia and Wazakhstan.

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Hilton and the Emperor shake hands after signing the treaty at Bournbrook and Selly Oak Social Club.

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The Emperor signs the treaty.

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Hilton signs the treaty.
Photo credit: Simon Conn

The following day, a barbecue was held in Serkatia, hosted by Lord Helliker and the Emperor for the university Liberal Democrats society (they are the Events Officer and Secretary of the society respectively). As Ned Hilton was present, this marked the first ever visit by a foreign leader to Adammia. Full citizenship was granted to the new Duke of Serkatia, Lord Maude, and honourary citizenship was also granted to Madam Sophie Thornton and Hannah Hunter MM. Lord Maude, who had just returned from his year studying abroad in Sweden, introduced the Swedish lawn game Kubb to the gathered Adammic, Wazakhstani and British citizens. The game was well enjoyed, and there has already been talk of Kubb potentially being a new national sport for Adammia.

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The Wazakhstani PM plays Kubb with Adammic nobility and gentry. L-R: Lord Gurr, Lord Helliker, Sir Ned Hilton, The Emperor, Lady Peace, Lord Maude.
Photo credit: Lady Admiral Simpson

When the Ruling Council met later that day, Hilton was invited by the Emperor to address the Council. During his brief speech, Hilton commended the strength of the Adammic democratic and legislative process. He commented on the treaty signed the previous day, and reminded those at the meeting that they could now apply for dual citizenship. Hilton also inducted all of the gathered Council members into the Ordo Fidelium, Wazakhstan’s main chivalric order. Hilton then took a couple of questions from the Council, which involved skirting the awkward issue of when Wazakhstan would be holding free elections. Finally, the Council sang the Wazakhstani national anthem, All Star, followed by the Adammic national anthem, Chariots of Fire.

Cabinet reshuffles as Council swaps out nobles

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – On Wednesday the 6th of June, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor signed a decree removing Commodore Sir Joe Daniels and Colonel Sir Zak Maguire as Dukes sitting on the Ruling Council, on the grounds of inactivity. Both had not attended any Council meeting since being appointed, and both are due to be studying a year abroad in the United States from September. Maguire was replaced as Duke of Serkatia by Sir Sam Maude, who is due to move into Serkatia for the next academic year, taking the room previously occupied by Sir Owain Davies (who emigrated from the Empire yesterday). Daniels has been replaced by Madam Hermione Peace, the incoming Duchess of Greater Tytannia. Both Maude and Peace are involved with the Empire via the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats, where the Empire holds a significant presence.

Lord Maude has decided to join the Labour Party, throwing the stricken party a lifeline; following the government transition to the new Birmingham provinces last autumn, no new members joined Labour, leaving it without any Council representation. Thanks to Maude, Labour now have a seat on the Council once again, though this is still a far cry from the four seats they held during their First Era peak. Meanwhile, Lady Peace has opted to found her own party, the so-called Dank Party. This new party has not yet published a manifesto, but early signs show that Peace is setting it up to be something of a Wazakhstani-style novelty party, without a consistent ideology (indeed, Peace has described the party’s ideology as “authoritarian syndicalist liberal populist”).

With Maguire and Daniels removed from the Council, they could also no longer serve as ministers and as such as Cabinet reshuffle was in order. On Wednesday the 13th, Prime Minister Lord Helliker appointed himself as Minister of Defence, and Lady Peace as Minister of National Development. The departure of Maguire and Daniels has cut the governing coalition’s majority, though this has been partially remedied by the inclusion of the Dank Party into the coalition. However, at the Council meeting on the 13th, the Emperor dissolved VI Legislature, co-inciding with the beginning of the academic summer holidays, so the size of the government’s majority won’t be particularly relevant until after the next elections, which according to the Emperor will be held in mid-October.

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The Cabinet following the reshuffle.

Prior to dissolution, the Council passed several statutes. At its meeting on the 6th, the Electoral Reform Act 2018 was passed, creating a range of new electoral offences as well as calling for a referendum on a constitutional amendment which would change the Empire’s voting system from first-past-the-post to instant-runoff voting (commonly known as the Alternative Vote). This referendum is expected to take place in several weeks. The same meeting also passed the Courts, Judiciaries Act 2018, followed a week later by the Court Procedures Act 2018. These two huge pieces of legislation (by Adammic standards), written by the Prime Minister, create a system of criminal and civil courts below the Grand Court, various court-related offences such as perjury and contempt of court, and the post of Attorney General to act as a public prosecutor and to represent the government in civil cases. The bills represent the government’s efforts to create a functioning judiciary and consolidate the rule of law in Adammia, and their passage represents the completion of the Moderate Party’s legislative agenda. The Emperor is expected to appoint judges and an Attorney General in the immediate future. Finally, the Council passed the Public Finance Act 2018, which establishes the Imperial Bank, essentially a central bank owned privately by the Emperor which can grant or loan money to the executive government. It also reforms the Contributions Scheme, making it an opt-in rather than an opt-out system, and changing payments to once or twice a year rather than monthly. The Act also allows the government to offer rewards to citizens who opt in to the scheme, provided that the profit margin on the scheme remains at least 50%.

The two Council meetings this month, particularly the one on the 6th, have been rowdy, with frequent frivolous suggestions, especially from the newer members. The minutes of these meetings can be read here:
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Storm hits South Adammia, with flooding near border

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The region of South Adammia has been affected by adverse weather during the past day. In the past few hours, flash flooding hit the student community in the Birmingham suburb of Selly Oak, just a few hundred metres from the Empire’s borders.

The storm began last night at around 2am, with heavy thunder and lightning rolling in from the south. Thunderstorms have historically proven to be a rare phenomenon in Adammia, with only a small handful on record since the Empire’s foundation five years ago. Last night’s activity was perhaps Adammia’s largest thunderstorm yet, with fork lightning observed on numerous occasions.

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Fork lightning seen from the window of the Office of the Emperor in Serkatia.

The thunder died down after around an hour, but returned at around 6am and at 9am. Things were then quiet for a few hours, before the storm returned again in full force starting from around 4pm, the thunder now sounding akin to cannon fire. The Emperor, returning to Serkatia from Birmingham City Centre, narrowly avoided being caught in hail which started at around 5pm, followed by sustained torrential rain. The UK Environment Agency reported that 60mm of rain fell in the space of an hour. By 7pm, reports reached the Office of the Emperor via Facebook that Bourn Brook – which separates Selly Oak from the University of Birmingham campus – had burst its banks, causing flooding along Bristol Road. For a while, this effectively cut off the Adammic provinces in Selly Oak from the university campus and from nearby Wazakhstan. Prime Minister Lord Helliker and Finance Minister Sir Owain Davies reportedly made the journey through the flooded areas, returning to Serkatia unharmed but very wet. The worst of the flooding occured around the Bristol Road / Bournbrook Road junction, less than 250 metres from Adammic territory. Tiverton and Hubert Roads were also flooded near to the swimming baths.

The flood waters are now reportedly receding. At the university campus, the Guild of Students closed early following flooding in the basement, as did the Sports Centre after the roof began leaking. Basement flooding also affected the Mechanical Engineering building, the Physics West building and the Aston Webb building, whilst a leaky roof also closed the top floor of the Library. To our knowledge nobody has been harmed by the flooding – indeed, some UoB students were seen paddling in the knee-high water and even using an inflatable dingy. UoB’s student newspaper has covered the flooding in detail here. To our knowledge, there does not appear to have been any flooding within Adammia itself.

Adammia recognises marriage, including same-sex unions

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – At a Ruling Council meeting on the 26th of April, Adammic politicians voted to pass the Free Marriage Act 2018, recognising the legal validity of marriage in Adammia. Proposed by the Prime Minister, Lord Helliker, it defines marriage as between two consenting citizens over the age of 18. Notably, the Act confirms the legality of same-sex marriage, at a time when other micronations such as Austenasia have been restricting or abolishing this right.

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The Free Marriage Act was passed in April.

At the same meeting, the Council also passed the General Amendments Act 2018 and the GDPR Compliance Act 2018. The former was a cross-party Moderate and Liberal effort which made improvements to many previous Acts of Council. It recognised Italy, Austria and Japan as sovereign states, and overhauls land ownership law. As a temporary measure, all land ownership at the micronational level has reverted to the Imperial Government, and will be re-distributed in the near future.

The Moderates will now be pleased to have implemented most of their legislative agenda, with their landmark Judiciary Act expected to be tabled in early June. The Liberals also have bills lined up relating to electoral law and public finance. However, once the academic year ends in a month’s time, the Council will probably not meet again until the autumn, by which time many Council members will have graduated from the University of Birmingham and have left the area. This will necessitate fresh elections, though Lord Helliker will remain in Serkatia and will probably be re-elected Prime Minister for a second term. It is understood that the Emperor is already sounding out potential new Council members, and a major citizen recruitment drive within the UoB political community is believed to be in the works. Significant revisions were made to the national website last night, improving the presentation of information in an attempt to make the site appear more welcoming and user-friendly.

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

Micronationalists in UK local elections

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – This past Thursday, a number of micronational leaders and people associated with micronations stood in the UK local elections, particularly for the Liberal Democrats party in the Birmingham and Yorkshire areas.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Adammia, Adam I, stood as the Lib Dem candidate in the ward of Crofton, Ryhill and Walton, part of Wakefield Council. Wakefield is the district which surrounds Greater Tytannia in North Adammia. In this election, the Emperor received 396 votes, amounting to 10.9%, an increase of 4.7% from when he stood in the same ward two years ago. In a statement released earlier today, the Emperor said that he was very proud of this result, following a small, online-only campaign which saw him score the second-best result for the Liberal Democrats in all of Wakefield district.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Wazakhstan, Ned Hilton, stood in the ward of North Edgbaston on Birmingham Council, also for the Liberal Democrats. He achieved 180 votes, which is 2.2% vote share (however, it should be pointed out that the ward is 2-member, and that the overall Lib Dem result in that ward was 5.2%).

A number of other people associated with the Empire of Adammia stood in these local elections – not necessarily Adammic citizens, but people who have been made members of Adammic chivalric orders, and who may well become citizens in the future. Of particular note amongst these include Madam Sophie Thornton DM and Sir Jake Calcutt KOA, both candidates for the Bournbrook and Selly Park ward which surrounds the Adammic provinces in South Adammia. Thornton achieved 413 votes (7.0%) and Calcutt 476 votes (8.3%), giving a total Lib Dem result of 15.3% in a ward which was heavily targeted by the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats, which contains many micronationalists in the Birmingham Sector. Emperor Adam I, Ned Hilton, Adammic PM Lord Helliker and Leader of the Opposition Lady Admiral Simpson were all reported to have been campaigning hard in this ward for the Lib Dems, and the candidates are reported to have been disappointed by their relatively low result, having expected to be presenting a serious challenge to the victorious Labour Party which has clearly fallen far short.

Other members of the Order of the Meerkat standing for election included Lucy Johnson MM, who achieved 298 votes (7.0%) for the Lib Dems in Pensby and Thingwall on Wirral Council, and Josh Mackenzie MM, who got 829 votes (7.7%) for the Conservative Party in Brandwood and King’s Heath on Birmingham Council. Adammic honourary citizen Simon Conn achieved 151 votes (7.8%) for the Conservatives in Garretts Green on Birmingham Council.

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

Adammia claims Sandal Castle to mark 5th Foundation Day

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – Recently, Adammia celebrated the 5th anniversary of its foundation, which saw the claiming of a new territory alongside the traditional celebrations in the Empire’s capital.

On Friday the 6th of April, members of the Imperial Family made an impromptu visit to Sandal Castle, a historic site close to the British city of Wakefield, and near to many of the Empire’s old heartlands in Greater Tytannia. The expedition consisted of the Emperor, Prince Jake, Emperor Mother Jayne and Lord McKenna. Whilst there, the Emperor and the Prince climbed to the summit of the castle’s motte, and the Emperor claimed the castle in the name of the Empire. This was confirmed by an Imperial Decree two days later, which officially made the castle an Adammic territory and named Prince Jake as the Steward of the castle. According to the Office of the Emperor, the claim was made to mark Adammia’s 5th anniversary, and to create a cultural landmark for the Empire as well as an honourary base for its military.

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The Emperor (left) and Prince Jake (right) in an archway at Sandal Castle.

The official Foundation Day celebrations organised by the government took place in their traditional venue at White Gold Palace in Imperial City, Tytannia, on Saturday the 14th of April, the day after Foundation Day itself. Most of the members of the House of Hall were present. The day’s festivities began with the Emperor’s Foundation Day Address in Imperial Square, one of the Emperor’s three main annual speeches alongside the State Opening of Council and the Christmas Broadcast. This can be viewed on Adammic Online Television here. The speech was followed by a demonstration of the Adammic Air Force’s remote-controlled quadcopter. Next, the traditional Foundation Day buffet was served, which the gathered citizens were able to enjoy whilst watching the Grand National (a major UK horse race) on the TV. Lord McKenna and Lady Foster both won bets on the Grand National. The day was rounded off with the Emperor’s Fabulous Quiz, which featured questions from the Emperor, Lord Sir Reginald Hall and Lord Sir Andrew Hall. The winning team was “Tiger Roll” (named after the winning Grand National horse), which consisted of Lord Sir David Hall, Lady Madam Julie Foster and Lord Sir Matthew Foster, with 38 points.

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The Emperor delivers his Foundation Day address.

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The Emperor with his brother and the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Daniel, at the buffet.

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Gathered citizens watch the Grand National in the old council chambers.

In other news, the Adammic Express apologises for its late reporting of the Emperor’s Birthday Honours List in February. The list was preceeded by an Imperial Decree, issued on the 15th, which established a new chivalric order, the Order of the Meerkat. This new order has three ranks: Member, Knight/Dame and Knight/Dame Commander, which are interleaved in precedence with the ranks of the much older Order of Adammia, such that a Knight of the Order of the Meerkat is higher than a Knight of the Order of Adammia, but lower than a Knight Commander of the Order of Adammia. The rank of Member of the Order of the Meerkat (post-nominals MM) is intended to be similar to the British honours of MBE or OBE, and does not confer the style of Sir or Madam; it has been created in response to the idea that knighthoods and damehoods had become cheapened – indeed, some previous knights and dames were actually demoted to this new, lower rank by the decree. As it were, the decree made considerable reforms to the Empire’s honours system, providing much-needed clarity to the order of precedence. It also tackled a number of other issues, including resolving Paternia’s local government issue which was addressed in this article, naming Lady Ecart as Countess of Upper Paternia. Furthermore, the decree relocated the territory of Pererria for a second time; first moved to a canal-side area in Birmingham city centre near to Lady Admiral Simpson’s workplace in January, the territory was forced to move again shortly afterwards after Simpson quit that particular job. Pererria can now be found by the canal immediately adjacent to University Station, a short walk from UoB’s School of Computer Science, where the Emperor currently studies. The Birthday Honours List itself saw a number of people inducted into the new Order of the Meerkat, including most of the Imperial Family, who had previously not been given chivalric honours as it was considered unnecessary. Prime Minister Lord Helliker became the first Adammic citizen to become a member of two chivalric orders simultaneously, as both a Knight of the Ordo Vladius and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Meerkat, which is now Adammia’s highest chivalric honour. Other citizens to be given this status include Lady Admiral Simpson, Lord General Panconi, Lord Gurr, Lord Campbell and Lady Robertson.

The Empire saw severe cold weather and snowfall around the end of February and the beginning of March as part of a weather system dubbed the “Beast from the East” by the British press, which made travel within South Adammia’s general sphere of influence (i.e. central and south Birmingham) particularly difficult. Temperatures were some of the lowest recorded in Adammia since its foundation in 2013.

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“Beast from the East” snowfall seen from the Office of the Emperor.

On the 2nd of April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released its list of Persona Non Grata to the public for the first time. This is a list of people who are banned from entering the Empire for various reasons; those listed included Daniel Callaghan, who vandalised Adammia’s MicroWiki pages numerous times in 2016 and was later condemned by the Ruling Council following a campaign by the Adammic National Party. The list can be found here; citizens are advised to contact the Adammic Police Force if they are aware that any of these persons have entered Adammic territory.

On the 14th of April, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor was elected as Supreme Judge of the Grand Unified Micronational. This makes him the third person to have occupied all three of the GUM’s main three offices (Chair, Vice Chair and Supreme Judge), after Joseph Kennedy became the first in 2015, followed by Jonathan I of Austenasia in 2016.

On the 16th of April, the Emperor granted Imperial Warrants of Appointment to four new companies: Canon, as a manufacturer of cameras; Clydesdale Bank, as a purveyor of banking services; Degiro, as a purveyor of financial securities; and Aldi, as a purveyor of general foodstuffs. These now join 13 other companies that are allowed to advertise the fact that they supply the Emperor and/or the Imperial Family of Adammia.

It should be noted that the Ruling Council still has not met since December. It is understood that there have been numerous issues in organising meetings due to the academic commitments of its members. The Office of the Emperor is understood to be considering measures to tackle the general state of political inactivity which pervades the Empire, much as it did this time last year.

Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

BREAKING NEWS: Adammia Invades Insomnia Festival, Nationalises Multiplay

BICKENHILL – Over the past few days, reports have come in of massive Adammic military movements around the National Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of Birmingham, UK. The Adammic Express has been able to get exclusive access to recently-declassified documents which reveal what is really going on.

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Adammic flags pictured flying outside the entrance of the NEC.

Shortly before the 62nd Insomnia Gaming Festival was due to open at the NEC on Thursday, the Adammic Government staged an intervention into the event, after the Emperor, along with a large number of Adammic citizens who also attend the festival, expressed concerns that GAME, the company which owns organiser Multiplay Events, had over-commercialised the event and was exploiting its loyal customers by constantly raising prices. Late on Wednesday night, operatives from the Adammic Intelligence Service exploited a bug in The Ticket Factory’s notoriously-broken BYOC seat picker, which granted them root access to GAME’s accounting system. They then transferred ownership of Multiplay Events to the Degiro account of the Emperor’s private equity fund, Adammic Investments Ltd. The Adammic government then bought Multiplay from the Emperor’s fund, thus nationalising the company, for the sum of £40, which was just enough to reimburse the Emperor for GAME’s recent plunge in stock price.

The seat picker bug also allowed the AIS to claim all of the available seats in the BYOC hall, which it then gave away for free to Adammic citizens. On Thursday morning, MPUK’s new owners began to arrive at the NEC, escorted by the 2nd Infantry Division. They quickly asserted control of the event staff and volunteers, directing full attention to the BYOC hall, which allowed it to open at midday, six hours earlier than GAME had originally scheduled it, whilst deciding to leave the Expo hall until later. Meanwhile, NEC security were marched off the premises (except for Andy, he’s cool) by Adammia’s elite Special Operations unit, and replaced with Adammic military guards.

The next order of business was to take control of the event’s bar. Existing stocks of Heineken and Carlsberg were dumped in Pendigo Lake and replaced with the finest-quality Adammic beer and wine imported from Tytannia, which allowed the price of a pint to be reduced from £5.50 to 10p. Convoys were also scheduled between the BYOC hall and the nearest Tesco, which delivered crates of Kopparberg, Strongbow Dark Fruit, Jack Daniels and Jagermeister directly to people’s desks, venue licencing laws be damned.

When on Friday morning the famous YouTubers began to arrive, most of them were detained and forced to join the Green volunteer team, which was being made to build a castle for the Emperor inside Hall 5. However, Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassell was singled out, arrested by the Adammic Police Force, and taken to the Resorts World casino, where he was forced to gamble his entire life savings on a game of poker, which was being filmed. Cassell was unable to resist the urge to pull a stupid face at the camera, thus ruining his attempt at bluffing and costing him the game. The Adammic Government denied setting up the situation, stating that Resorts World was simply “this new casino we just found”. Meanwhile, all the day-time stage shows have been cancelled, and replaced with Stuart “Ashens” Ashen reviewing old tat all day long.

Back in the LAN hall, the Call of Duty World League has been cancelled and replaced with a Golf With Friends tournament organised by the Adammic Esports Association. Madam Bryony Weedon DOA is the current favourite to win. The Adammic government have set up their own offices in the staff seating area, where Prime Minister Lord Helliker has been causing some confusion because his talking voice is louder than some of the CS:GO teams’ celebrations after they win a game. The Leader of the Opposition, Admiral Simpson, is nowhere to be seen, but the flagship of the 1st Imperial Fleet is moored on Pendigo Lake and it is believed that she is on board drinking Long Island Iced Teas and playing The Sims.

The Insomnia World Famous Pub Quiz was moved back to its original Saturday night slot and took place last night, with one key difference: it was now a strictly black-tie event, with Adammic military guards turning away anyone not wearing a suit or a dress. The VIP tables at the front normally reserved for the YouTubers were instead occupied by the Adammic government and their friends; the YouTubers, after a hard day’s work building the Emperor’s castle, were allowed to sit in the back row, in an area specifically designed by the Yellow volunteer team to be a Wifi and mobile signal dead spot, in order to prevent them from Googling the answers like they usually do. Henners won the quiz, with BigClan finishing second, proving that the natural order of things has been restored.

Adammia’s changes to the event are not yet over. Rumour has it that the line-up for tonight’s wrestling show has been altered, and it will now feature a fight between Celestia Vega and Holli “Holita” Francis in order to determine the #1 E-Girl. The Adammic government has been forced to deny that it is supplying Francis with a number of stepladders to use against Vega, which could be considered unfair.

With the Adammic flag now flying from every corner of the NEC, one has to wonder what is the next step. Our sources believe that, once the event is over, the Adammic military will turn its attention to Coventry, hoping to hold i63 at the Ricoh Arena. A Treasury order for several huge blue tents has fuelled these rumours, and we can be sure of one thing – if the stories of the Emperor’s past history with rugby in high school PE are to be believed, then he will gleefully do to the ground of the Coventry Wasps what MPUK did to it four years ago.

That is all for now. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Imperial Gaming Festival!

Emperor Adam I: Micronations as Rational Actors

Note from the Editor: The following is an opinion piece which may not necessarily reflect the views of the Adammic Express.

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Should the theories of international relations and geopolitics be applied to micronations – and if so, how?

I was recently made aware of the Abeldane Empire’s recent decision to leave the Grand Unified Micronational, something which struck me as inexplicable. Why had Abeldane politicians pushed for such an outcome in the referendum? Analysing the situation objectively, it makes little sense: the GUM does not affect the sovereignty of its member states in any way, nor does it carry with it a harmful reputation (quite the opposite, in fact, considering that Austenasia is a member state). Of course, the positive aspects to GUM membership are slim at the present time, as the organisation is still struggling with inactivity, but at the very least the GUM is still a forum in which micronations can foster positive relations, which Abelden has now isolated itself from.

I have heard it said that the vote was something of an imitation of Brexit, which seems to make sense. However, at least the arguments for Brexit were based on some sort of tangible benefits to leaving (as much as I may personally believe that those reasons were deeply flawed). By leaving the GUM, Abelden will not regain any sovereignty, nor will it save any money or indeed have any kind of economic impact. This has led me to the conclusion that the Abeldane politicians who pushed for a Leave vote did so completely arbitrarily. Although there are few positives to GUM membership, there are clearly no negatives, so based on the net result, rationally the opposite decision should have been made.

Around the same time as this news story broke, my Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker and the Leader of the Opposition Admiral Ems Simpson were both taking part in a Model UN crisis simulation. In this crisis, the two Adammic politicians assumed the roles of members of the Italian cabinet in 1939, and had to gain an advantage over the UK, France and the Soviet Union in the run-up to the Second World War. In this exercise, it was crucial to take rational decisions, by doing research, gathering intelligence, weighing up pros and cons, and evaluating the probability of success for each option. The interests of virtual Italy were clearly defined and decisions were taken with those interests in mind. It occurred to me how different this was to what had just happened in Abelden. The team had assumed the role of a “rational actor” (or alternatively a “rational agent”), and had to act accordingly.

Abelden’s Leave vote is not an isolated example. Micronationalism, especially in the MicroWiki community, is rife with arbitrary-ness and lacking in rationality. How many times have we seen a country join a federation or empire, only to leave it again a few weeks later? Clearly, both the decision to join and the decision to leave cannot both have been the correct decision – one of them was wrong. Why was the wrong decision not identified beforehand? It’s not as if micronationalism is a particularly complicated business – compared with the vast multi-dimensional web of macronational politics and international relations, it’s like child’s play. Did the people involved not even think, for five minutes, about the implications of these decisions for their interests? Do they even know what their national interests are?

How about another question: does it even matter? Aren’t we just here to have fun? Yes, generally speaking, that is the case. For completely non-serious micronations who are just here to mess about, this stuff doesn’t really matter. However, I do believe that if a micronation wants even an ounce of respect from senior micronationalists and the general public, it has to attempt to behave rationally, especially in the field of foreign policy (domestic policy isn’t so important). My reasoning for this is that it can be extremely frustrating for a serious or semi-serious micronation to conduct diplomacy with an arbitrary nation. If someone comes to me offering their territory to become an Adammic colony, how am I to know that they won’t change their mind six months later and suddenly decide that they want independence, despite the fact that I’ve done almost nothing to infringe on their autonomy? In the space of a year, the territory formerly known as Adammic Columbia, which is now called Hoagland, left Adammia to join the Holy Roman Empire, then re-joined us, then left us again to join Austenasia! All this does is leave me with more legislative paperwork to do. There are even more extreme examples out there: in the past four years or so, the micronation currently known as Breckland has changed its government type no less than twenty times. The fact that we don’t know whether we will be dealing with a liberal democracy or a communist dictatorship in a week’s time is the reason why I have never even entertained the idea of granting diplomatic recognition to Breckland. I understand that Austenasian foreign policy expressly rules out setting up relations with nations that have changed their government type too many times in the past year because of situations like these.

As a micronationalist, you are far more likely to earn the respect of senior members of the community if you behave in a logical, rational manner, as it makes you easier to understand and easier to do business with. A micronation can either be arbitrary in its foreign affairs, or be taken seriously – you cannot have the best of both worlds. A possible solution to this problem for those who want both is to set up two micronations: a “serious” one and a “silly” one which acts more like a sandbox. It’s also worth pointing out that running a micronation seriously can still be just as fun as running a micronation arbitrarily. I can assure readers that the members of my government who took part in the Model UN crisis last weekend thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and the parallels between the crisis simulation and serious micronationalism should be obvious (indeed, we arguably have more in common with the Model UN crowd than we do with the geofiction community).

I’m going to wrap this piece up by talking a bit about what a micronation as a rational actor actually looks like. Firstly, it is important to understand what your interests are – what are your goals as a micronation? For Adammia, the main goal is to gain prestige amongst other micronations and to grow our territory and population; most micronations will have pretty similar goals to these. Every major decision needs to be evaluated in the context of your national interest; this is the basic essence of rational actors. Of course, some entities make better rational actors than others, and the key factor here is knowledge. Better decisions can be made if you understand the underlying theory, and also if you have more research and intelligence relevant to the situation. Adammia is currently trying to improve itself in this area – I am looking at bringing on board some of the people involved in the Model UN exercises as advisors. Virtual Italy performed so well in the crisis simulation because understanding the theory of political science and international relations (especially the field of geopolitics) gives you an advantage, and a number of the team members are Politics and/or IR students at the nearby university. Micronationalists may find it useful to do some cursory reading on Wikipedia on the basics of political science and international relations, whilst taking time to think about how the theory may be different when applied to micronations. Indeed, I believe there is plenty of potential for developing an understanding of micronational PS and IR, which I suspect would be broadly similar to the mainstream theory but with some key differences (perhaps this would be a good topic for discussion within the GUM). Aside from theory, good decision-making also requires a practical understanding of the current situation. Proper record-keeping helps with this, and it is one of the reasons why Adammia maintains extensive archives. MicroWiki itself is also incredibly useful if you need information about another micronation. However, sometimes it will be in a nation’s interests to keep some information secret, whilst it may be in another nation’s interests to obtain that information. Therefore, a basic understanding of intelligence may be useful. Micronations don’t tend to have access to elite hackers or 007-style secret agents, so the main field which is relevant here is human intelligence (HUMINT). Adammia has in the past successfully made classified information which would have been embarrassing to Adammic prestige had it been revealed to the community at the time.

Certainly, I feel that micronationalists have much to learn from our cousins in the Model UN community, and at the end of the day I feel that it is in the interests of all serious micronations to think about how to make more rational decisions.

Prime Minister & Leader of the Opposition take part in Model UN Crisis Simulation

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – Over the past weekend, the Prime Minister of Adammia, Sir Alex Helliker, and the Leader of the Opposition, Admiral Emily Simpson, have been taking part in a crisis simulation as part of the University of Birmingham International Model United Nations (UBIMUN) conference. Emperor Adam I has endorsed the simulation, saying that it has served as a useful exercise for the Adammic government’s own crisis response readiness, and strongly implying that he himself will be taking part in next year’s crisis.

Helliker and Simpson were recruited by Adammic honourary citizen Alex Read, who had previously been a participant at the 2017 UBIMUN crisis a year ago. In the simulation, the three Adammic citizens took up the roles of members of the Italian cabinet in 1939, where they would be facing off against other world powers in a struggle for dominance in the run-up to World War II. The other “player-controlled” countries were the UK, France and the Soviet Union, whilst countries such as Germany and the USA were controlled by the crisis committee, who ran the simulation. Read’s character was the Marshal of the Italian Army, Helliker was the Admiral of the Italian Navy, and Simpson was the head of intelligence.

The conference included a black-tie charity gala on Friday 2nd February, which was attended by the Emperor and by Sophie Thornton, Dame of the Order of Adammia, as guests alongside the three taking part in the crisis. By this point in the crisis, the delegate playing as Mussolini had arrested Read’s character in the simulation, which caused a great deal of gossip at the gala. Meanwhile, Helliker proceeded to become uncharacteristically inebriated on prosecco, and was seen dancing wildly later in the evening (sadly, we don’t have any photos available of this).

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Adammic representatives at the Model UN gala on Friday. L-R: Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker; honourary citizen Alex Read; Leader of the Opposition Admiral Ems Simpson; Emperor Adam I

When the simulation resumed on Saturday, Read was lucky enough to have his character released from prison. By the end of the simulation, a number of reports had reached the Office of the Emperor that the Italian cabinet had been performing exceedingly well, having annexed Yugoslavia and much of Egypt and declaring a Second Roman Empire. The Adammic participants were praised by members of the organising committee for their high degree of competency: Helliker was able to effectively remove the British Royal Navy from the Mediterranean, whilst Simpson managed to use the intelligence service to steal the Mona Lisa from France. The Emperor is understood to be very pleased with the work of the Adammic participants, and may be considering further appointments to advisory positions within his private office as a result. Certainly, such exercises are bound to nurture an understanding of how geopolitics involving rational actors works – although, it can be argued that, due to the much lower stakes involved, micronations don’t tend to act rationally most of the time, and are prone to a very high degree of arbitrary behaviour (see, for example, Abelden’s apparently inexplicable recent decision to exit the GUM).

The Emperor has adopted a cropped version of a picture taken at the Charity Gala as his 2018 state photograph. This is Emperor Adam I’s 5th official state photograph.