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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