BICKENHILL – A fresh row has erupted in Adammic politics over the past few days after members of the government discovered last year’s Austenasian referendum result which effectively banned same-sex marriage, sparking a wave of condemnations which has seen the Emperor at odds with the rest of the Ruling Council, including his own party.
Lady Worthington, Minister of Patriotism, first raised the issue in the Ruling Council group chat on Tuesday the 16th. Members of both the government and the opposition were quick to call for action to be taken, but Emperor Adam ruled out issuing a personal statement, causing a great deal of disappointment, with Lord Maude comparing the Emperor to Neville Chamberlain.
The Prime Minister, Lord Saunders, issued a statement on Thursday condemning Austenasia and calling on the Emperor to resign his IKA (Imperial Knight of the Austenasian Order). The Storm Party also used its new Twitter account (@AdammiaStorm) to attack Austenasia.
The Prime Minister’s statement in full.
Emperor Adam responded on Friday morning, stating in a press release that whilst he sympathised with the feeling of the Ruling Council, he would not be prepared to condemn Austenasia as he considered it to be undiplomatic. He added that he and foreign minister Lord Maude had agreed that Adammia should use its diplomatic influence to encourage other micronations to be more progressive, particularly more extreme nations which have gone much further than banning same-sex marriage. The Emperor’s statement can be read in full here.
Whilst the Emperor’s statement appeared to satisfy the Liberal-Moderates and Labour, members of the Storm Party described it as “weak” and stated their objection to “watering down” any condemnation of Austenasia. The Ruling Council is currently sitting as a Committee of the Whole (due to the fact that it is convened via Facebook Messenger, as members are currently unable to convene in person), and is voting on a motion tabled by Lady Worthington which, whilst not explicitly condemning Austenasia, does refer to the referendum decision as “unacceptable”. The result of the vote is expected tonight. An amendment written by Colonel Sir Sam Boardman, which adds that the government should not take any further action without first applying diplomatic pressure, has already passed.
The Adammic Express contacted the Austenasian government for comment. This afternoon, Emperor Jonathan said that the condemnation represented an “immature” attitude to foreign affairs and questioned what the Adammic government was aiming to achieve.
The Emperor of Austenasia’s remarks in full.