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Emperor Adam I: Achieving Success in Micronational Economics

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

Yesterday, I set up the Empire of Adammia’s first ever private investment fund, adding finance to the list of sectors which the Adammic economy now covers. It joins the media, software development, and wine-making industries in what I described, in my last opinion piece, as “the most successful economy in the MicroWiki community”. This seems like a bold claim, does it not? Last year, we reported a GDP of £118.95. Here’s how the numbers break down: Citizens contributed £56 through the Contributions Scheme, in which each of our 10 over-18 full citizens pays 50p per month to the Treasury. Wine made by my grandfather generated £17.18, a small coding job I did got me £24.57, and adverts on videos on my YouTube channel made £18.62. Physical copies of the Adammic Express made £2.10. My modesty has made me hesitant to make the claim of having created the most successful economy on MicroWiki, but try as I might, I have not been able to find an economy on the Wiki which compares to ours. Leylandiistan might have been a competitor had they stuck around long enough to develop further. Some economies, such as those of Juclandia, reportedly have a much higher GDP extending into the thousands or tens of thousands of pounds, but they don’t go into much detail about how they actually make that money, which has led me to believe that many such countries are counting macronational sources of income in their figures, which is a little misleading.

I would argue that any economic activity only counts as micronational economic activity if it could, in theory, be taxed by your government at a reasonable rate, and if it actually takes place on your territory. Otherwise it’s not really part of your economy at all, and is instead part of the macronational economy. I suppose a better claim would be that Adammia has the most successful verified economy on MicroWiki. We have verified our economy through the use of comprehensive, transparent accounting systems. All of our companies submit quarterly reports to the Imperial Companies Agency, giving us a full breakdown of the economy so that we can see exactly where the money is coming from.

I have noted the increase in interest, over the past year or two, in micronational economics with projects such as the SJEP and the MEG. Recently, the new “Glastieven Model” of economics correctly identified the faults in many of these earlier projects. Their focus was on finance, banks and stock markets, institutions which were useless without any proper businesses to invest in. The few businesses which did exist were extremely niche and offered no practical rate of return. As a result, these systems soon fell into inactivity. The Glastieven Model correctly pointed out that micronational economics is not the same as micronational politics, micronational diplomacy or micronational law. While those can exist as ends to themselves, micronational economics requires more incentives to get the ball rolling. This is because macronations offer much more lucrative opportunities to make money than micronations. People need to buy day-to-day goods such as food, and micronations usually offer nowhere near that level of income, so why would anybody bother if they could just get a macronational job instead, which actually pays the bills?

Whilst the Glastieven Model was initially on the right track, its aversion to working with the macronational economy let it down. It opted to artificially create supply and demand through the use of its own currency, something which I see as the wrong approach. I don’t see anything wrong with integrating your economy with the macronational economy. Surely all macronational economies are integrated into the global economy? Look at it this way: the very nature of micronations means that trade with the surrounding macronation is absolutely vital. Our populations are too small to provide a sustainable number of customers, and we don’t have the raw resources and the labour force necessary to build everything from scratch. Our approach is as follows:

Identify the resources you have available. For example, in Adammia, we have a pear tree, a plum tree, wine-making equipment, and computers which can be used for programming. What skills do your citizens have? In Adammia, I can code, and my grandfather can make wine. Then, offer incentives for people to set up companies which use these various resources. Wine production was already taking place here before Adammia was founded, so it wasn’t difficult to have the operation transformed into a micronational business. You shouldn’t count anything that cannot reasonably be taxed. You may not choose to impose taxes, but in my view, one of the main purposes of creating a micronational economy is to provide your government with extra income. It’s a more fun way of raising funds for your micronation without going after people’s macronational earnings, which is likely to fall flat on its face as people need those earnings for day-to-day living. You can impose a flat rate on citizens in such a manner, but it has to be at an extremely low level to avoid upsetting people – this is why the Adammic Contributions Scheme is only at 50p per month. The addition of tax revenue from our economy gave a significant boost to government income on top of the Contributions Scheme. When it comes to identifying potential sectors which could be capitalised on, it’s often good to investigate people’s hobbies. As I’ve said, most citizens won’t want to have their macronational job taxed. If they work from home, or own a farm, or something like that, then the economic activity is indeed taking place on your territory, but if all the income is coming from outside, and is all needed to spent on goods from outside, it can’t really be considered part of your economy. However, some people may have hobbies which involve making something; before Adammia came along, my main hobby was making YouTube videos, and my grandfather had been making wine for years. The government should be offering these potential CEOs a deal: we will help you monetise what you make, we will use our national infrastructure to connect you with potential customers, and we will do all the accounting for you. In return, we take X% of the profits as taxes, and you get to keep the rest. Citizens now have a way of making a little bit of money on the side doing something they enjoy, with support from your government. If you already have some money sitting in the Treasury, you could also provide your new companies with some extra start-up equity, giving your government a cut of the dividends on top of the tax revenue.

From then on, it’s pretty straightforward. The government will probably have to actively encourage the economy to get started at first, but hopefully your new companies will get settled into a routine. Of course, always be aware of macronational law – this is why Adammia can’t export its wine. It will often be necessary to sell products at a fraction of their market value in order to encourage customers. It’s highly likely that the value of your GDP will be much lower than the macronational market value of all your goods and services, but there’s not much which can be done about that. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter too much, because this is only supplementary income derived from hobbies, rather than a full-time job. The government should always be looking to support the nation’s businesses. This may involve setting up the necessary infrastructure to trade with other micronations or macronational customers (I’ve always been sceptical of trade between micronations because the shipping costs tend to outweigh the value of the goods, rendering the transaction at best extremely inefficient, and at worst counter-productive, but PayPal is your friend here, and as long as you are offering a unique product, they will probably be willing to pay the shipping fees – this business model has worked well for the Lostislandic firm MicroFlag). If you are lucky enough to attract tourists to your nation, they can be an excellent way to make a bit of money for your companies.

A lot of the time, economic activity may be very slow – it’s not uncommon for companies in Adammia to return quarterly reports in which there are 0 sales. However, provided the government continues to provide encouragement, revenues will eventually add up, which is how Adammia gets its annual GDP figure hovering around the £120 mark. Throughout all this, we have deliberately avoided creating a currency. In our view, a currency which would have to be converted into GBP would only slow us down. It would make our companies less attractive to potential customers who would have to make the conversion, and it would make it more difficult for the companies to reinvest their earnings, because if no company exists in the nation to provide what they need (presumably, for example, your nation does not have a factory in it), they will have to import what they need from outside. We have also avoided the use of banks or stock markets. A micronational economy will likely only ever have a handful of companies at best, and maybe only one or two investors – a stock market simply cannot function under these conditions. Maybe if more countries followed our model, there would be enough companies and investors in the community to warrant an intermicronational stock exchange as has been attempted in the past. One of the main reasons why past stock exchanges failed was because the companies listed on them had no real value – they were too niche, and made earnings using currencies which could not be converted into macronational currencies. I cannot state how important it is that any micronational currency must be easily convertible into macronational currencies, because like it or not, we are reliant on the macronational economy if we want our companies to grow (which, of course is the point of a stock exchange – no point investing if you can’t expect a return on your investment). But fiscal policy is a debate for another day, and it’s not a debate I’m particularly interested in, because ultimately it isn’t what determines your nation’s wealth. If you want a micronational economy to work, it’s not finance and currency you should be focusing on – it’s industry and productivity.

Emperor Sets Up Investment Fund And Holding Group

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Earlier today, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor registered two new companies with the Imperial Companies Agency. The first of these was Adammic Investment Ltd., a private investment fund. The Emperor has provided this company with £150 of equity, and now has £141.50 invested in the London Stock Exchange (around £8 was lost due to stockbroker’s fees and UK stamp duty). The fund has bought shares in Game Digital, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Advanced Materials and National Express.

London Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange, where Adammic Investment Ltd. has been trading.

The second company which was registered was Imperial Holdings Ltd., a holding group for the three Adammic businesses which the Emperor has created: AB Animation Ltd., Top Hat Software and Adammic Investment Ltd. Imperial Holdings now owns these three companies as subsidiaries in a major restructuring of the Emperor’s private business operations.

Emperor Adam I: The Adammic View of Imperium

Note from the Editor: This is an opinion piece written by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor in his capacity as Monarch and does not necessarily represent the views of the Adammic Express.

The concept of Imperium is fairly well-known in the micronational community. Originating in the Austenasian Civil War over seven years ago, it is a worldview popular in Austenasia, Reyla and the Wyvernian Holy Roman Empire, and is represented by the tri-lateral agreements of recognition which exist between those states. It essentially holds that the only “legitimate” empires are those which can claim descent, via the concept of translatio imperii, from the Roman Empire. Austenasia claimed to have achieved this after being recognised by Sebastian Linden’s revived German Empire in 2011, and later extended the status to Reyla and the Holy Roman Empire by recognising them in turn. In a similar vein, the Holy Roman Empire claimed succession from the historic Holy Roman Empire due to King Quentin’s descent from Charlemagne.

I have been aware of the concept of Imperium since my earliest months in micronationalism, and have always viewed it with a mixture of interest and irritation. During the first year or so of Adammia’s existence, it was a given in Adammic foreign policy that we would eventually directly seek recognition from Austenasia partially for the purpose of attaining Imperium status. In recent years, this has effectively ceased to be an objective of the MoFA (although we would be willing to discuss such matters were Austenasia or another member of the Imperium “club” to approach us).

The reasons for our disinterest in the Imperium worldview are two-fold. Firstly, the whole concept of Imperium is profoundly un-Adammic. By this, I mean that Adammia has always been about self-sufficiency and shaping our own destiny; my claim to use the title of Emperor has always been derived from my sovereignty over an Empire which has been built from the ground-up, independently of foreign interference. It is this philosophy which has driven Adammia to create what is arguably the most successful economy in the MicroWiki community. Under our philosophy, the notion that we must prove descent from a historic entity in order to legitimise our own Imperial Majesty is an implied weakness, as it forces us to rely on other emperors – who have their own empires and their own agendas – in order to validate ourselves.

The second reason is that Imperium arguably has a negative effect on smooth diplomatic relations. It has not escaped our notice that Austenasia very carefully avoids referring to either myself or the Emperor of Paravia as emperors; Adammia has, of course, opted to ignore this in good faith. The reality is that empires are no longer rare in the MicroWiki community. In fact, I would go so far as to argue that we are in an era of great empires dominating the community: Austenasia, a military and diplomatic superpower; Paravia and Abelden, the two territorial superpowers; and, to a lesser extent, Adammia, an economic superpower. Adherence to the Imperium doctrine, and more specifically the Treaty of Wrythe, means that the Imperium nations will not treat the other empires of the community as equals in diplomacy, and will not even grant them the recognition accorded to nations with heads of state of lower diplomatic rank. It may well be that Austenasia would be willing to persue negotiations with other empires so that they may be admitted to this “club”, but the more empires are recognised, the more difficult this would become as the map of the Western Roman Empire becomes increasingly divided in increasingly awkward ways. Here this presents a quandary for Adammia – in the event that discussions as to mutual recognition did ever take place between Adammia and Austenasia, would we have to agree to similar terms as the Treaty of Wrythe meaning that I wouldn’t be able to recognise emperors without the consent of the other Imperium emperors, as I already have done with Paravia and Abelden? Or would Austenasia have to sacrifice its effective monopoly over the entire doctrine? A win-win outcome looks impossible. Certainly, Adammia would flat-out refuse to relinquish its right to recognise foreign empires without relying on the consent of other Imperium empires – this would go against our philosophy that I described earlier.

There are two solutions as I see it: firstly, we continue as we have done for the past four years, and Adammia simply dismisses Imperium as pretentious; secondly, a multilateral treaty involving all of MicroWiki’s active empires be drawn up, so that everyone is put on equal footing. Given the amount of work the latter option would take, I suspect the status quo will remain for the time being.

Local Elections Yield Few Surprises

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Local elections took place as scheduled today for the provinces of Tytannia, Primoria and Maternia, in which all the incumbents held their seats as predicted. The result in Tytannia, a province with only one resident, is of course inevitable, and there was also no change in vote share in Primoria. In Maternia, Labour’s Sir Paul McKenna was able to tie Moderate incumbent Emperor Mother Jayne, the first time a local election had been tied since Sapientia in 2013; it was resolved by a coin toss which landed in the Emperor Mother’s favour.

It is not yet known exactly when Watertopia and Myway will be holding local elections. The Moderate incumbent for Watertopia, Madam Julie Foster, will be on holiday in the Alps for the next two weekends with Emperor Mother Jayne, so it will probably take until early August before she can meet with the Lord Chancellor to sign her nomination papers. Last year’s candidates in Myway – the Labour incumbent Eleanor Hall and Liberal candidate Madam Debbie Shaw – have also not yet met with the Lord Chancellor and it is unknown when they will do so. However, the Office of State is aiming to have all local elections complete before the State Opening of Council, on the 19th of August.

Attention will now turn to the National Election in four weeks’ time. So far the only confirmed candidate is Prince Jake, the first ever Liberal prime-ministerial candidate. Labour and the Moderates will likely announce their candidates in one to three weeks; their most likely options will be their previous candidates: the current Prime Minister Sir Paul McKenna and former Prime Minister Emperor Mother Jayne – although an upset could be possible, if, for example, they choose not to run, or in a less likely scenario, their parties refuse to back them and instead nominate different candidates.

Liberal Party Conference

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – The Liberal Party held a conference today, split into two parts, in Imperial City followed by in Adamsville. Firstly, the party voted to approve the constitution which had been proposed by the party President, Emperor Adam I. This split the original President role into a political Leader and an administrative President, in a similar structure to that used by the UK’s Liberal Democrats (of which the Emperor is also a member).

Next, the party approved its 2017 manifesto. Its flagship policy is to merge several government departments and reduce the total number of ministries from the current nine down to five, aiming to create a more streamlined Cabinet. It also proposes creating a system of universities and official accreditation for professions who may need knowledge specific to Adammia, such as lawyers. This is supposed to go hand-in-hand with plans to flesh out the current, bare-bones court system and the creation of a role of Attorney General. Interestingly, the manifesto calls for “investigating the possibility” of hosting or co-hosting a British micronational summit, with London or Birmingham given as possible locations. Furthermore, the party has thrown its weight behind the Emperor’s Foundation Day proposal for the creation of a sort of tapestry to give a pictorial history of the Empire which all citizens could contribute to; the other two parties are also expected to endorse this.

The party then held elections for its newly-created posts. Emperor Adam I stayed on as President, whilst Prince Jake was elected as Leader, which has made him the party’s first ever prime-ministerial candidate; indeed, his nomination form for the National Election on the 12th of August was accepted by the Office of State earlier today. Sir Christopher Hall nominated himself for Deputy Leader, but under party rules this nomination was past the deadline and will likely be voted on at a separate special conference in the near future. As the conference ended, the new leader appointed Emperor Adam I as the party’s first Chief Whip, responsible for handling the party’s legislative agenda.

On the whole, party business across the three main parties has been sluggish to get started this year, as a result of general apathy and organisational difficulties. Labour are expected to announce their manifesto and National Election candidate within a week or two, whereas the Moderates could be delayed until early August as a result of two of the party’s three members being on holiday.

News Summary Since March

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – As the Adammic Express comes out of hiatus, we have decided to recap events in the Empire since our last proper article in March before we launch our new reporting format.

Following continued technical problems with the webserver for the Adammic national website, Top Hat Software transferred to a new hosting company on the 31st of March. This seems to have finally ended a year-long period during which the website was down for more time than it was actually online. The website ran a backup from May 2016 until the 13th of April, when the current version was restored.

The highly anticipated Foundation Day celebrations organised by the government took place on the 8th of April. The weather was excellent and citizens were able to gather in Imperial Square to watch the Grand National on the TV. This was followed by the Emperor’s Foundation Day Address, and a Ruling Council meeting where the Counties and Municipalities Act 2017 was passed. The museum of Adammic historic artefacts held by the Imperial Archive also made an appearance. Later, the traditional Foundation Day buffet was held, followed by the Emperor’s Fabulous Quiz, which was won by ”Three’s a crowd” (Emperor Mother Jayne, Sir David Hall and Sir Paul McKenna), their second victory in a row following the New Year’s Eve quiz. On the date of Foundation Day itself – the 13th – the Emperor was at the Insomnia Gaming Festival with prominent Adammic citizens such as General Sir Guy Crossland, Lord Sir Ciaran Campbell and Lady Madam Chloe Robertson. They partook in heavy alcohol consumption not necessarily related to Foundation Day.

On the 11th of April the Office of the Emperor unveiled the first new personal coat of arms produced since August last year. It was made for Madam Alice Sutton DOA, who was presented with a Certificate of Arms on the 16th of April.

On the 22nd of May, the Office of State released a comprehensive Guide to Order, Proceedings and Functions of the Ruling Council. The successor to a smaller document published in 2014 which filled only two sides of A4, this new guide clocks in at 33 pages, and describes in detail how the Council works and the Council’s long history. Appendices list every Act passed by the Council to date amongst other things.

Following the atrocity carried out at the Manchester Arena on the 22nd of May, the Office of the Emperor issued a press release the following day in which the Emperor gave the following message:

“I am shocked and appauled by the scenes which unfolded in Manchester last night. The people of Adammia are, generally, also people of Britain, and people of the North too. It is therefore, as a proud Brit and Northerner myself, that I can safely say that the people of Adammia are just as hurt and outraged as our Mancunian brethren.”

“Adammia is only a micronation, and the practical difference we can make in helping Manchesterto recover is but nought. However, we extend our hand of friendship to the people of Manchester; my Office would like to express its condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We have no physical flag at our offices in the colony of Alluria at this time, but metaphorically our flag flies at half-mast alongside the flag of the Union.”

The Office of the Emperor announced on the 31st of May that Lord Sir Grant Hawkins was retiring from all Adammic affairs. On the 20th of June, Imperial Decree XLIX was signed ceding Hawkins’s territory of Adammic Columbia back to the United States, leaving Adammia without any overseas territories once again. However, at the same time a new territory was claimed: Pererria, located in Dorset with a coastline overlooking Poole Harbour. This strategic location is the site of Adammia’s first naval base; the Adammic Navy has existed on paper since 2013 but has not had any units until now, with the 1st Imperial Fleet stationed at Pererria Naval Base. However, the fleet still doesn’t have any actual vessels. Pererria is to act as the Navy headquarters in much the same way that Dearneland acts as the Adammic Air Force headquarters. The Admiral of the new fleet, Emily ”Ems” Simpson, is acting as the military governor of Pererria and has become the Navy Chief-of-staff. Simpson has also been appointed as Hawkins’ successor as Director of Communications at the Office of the Emperor. Hawkins has since given the territory formerly known as Adammic Columbia to Austenasia.

In the press release where Decree XLIX was revealed, the Emperor’s office also announced plans for relocating the Colony of Alluria to new territories in Selly Oak, Birmingham in September. As per an agreement between the Emperor and Alluria’s governor Madam Anna Darke, the colony will be split into two parts, covering both of their respective future residences. With the end of the academic year at the University of Birmingham, residents of the Colony of Alluria have departed the territory to return home. The Emperor left on the 22nd of June, escorted by Prime Minister Sir Paul McKenna to his summer residence at the Imperial Household in Adamsville.

At a Ruling Council meeting on the 24th of June, the Emperor officially called local elections for the 15th of July and a National Election for the 12th of August. This of course means that local elections are scheduled for tomorrow; however, due to logistical issues, turnout is expected to be low and multiple provinces do not yet have any declared candidates. As a result, several provinces are likely to have their elections delayed, potentially until August. This has been common practice in the past with Myway, which is notorious for late election declarations. One of the main sources of the delays is the upcoming holiday of Emperor Mother Jayne and Madam Julie Foster to the Alps, as they have been preoccupied with preparing for this holiday. At the very least, Primoria and Maternia are expected to declare tomorrow.

On the 5th of July, the Imperial Institute of History finally released its Dossier on 2016. These annual documents are usually released a few days after New Year’s Day, but were delayed massively this year due to the government inactivity situation.

On the 10th of July, the Ruling Council met for the final meeting of IV Legislature. There, it passed the Diplomacy Act 2017, granting and revoking recognition to and from various nations. This was followed by the term’s plenary discussion. The first meeting of V Legislature will take place on the 19th of August at the State Opening of Council.

On the 12th of July, the Emperor announced that, as a result of genealogical research, he had concluded that he was probably descended from Charlemagne. A summary of his findings can be read on his personal blog here.

The Adammic Express Rebooted

Dear Readers,

After several months on hiatus, we’ve decided to bring back the Adammic Express. As you will see, we’ve completely revamped the visual design of the website. From now on, we’re going to be doing things a little differently. Instead of writing one big article every few weeks summarising all the news from across the Empire, we’re now aiming to instead produce shorter but more frequent articles, dealing with each news item one at a time. This should allow us to better distribute our workload, examine particular topics in more detail, and reduce the delay between events and our reporting of said events.

Later, we will be publishing a summary of the news over the past four months. From then on, we will be operating under the new format. We believe that these changes will breathe new life into the Adammic Express and we hope that you enjoy what we have in store.

-Emperor Adam I, Editor of the Adammic Express

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!

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!

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!