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Emperor Signs Wrythe Convention on State Visit to Austenasia

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – On Saturday the 15th of September, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Adam I travelled from Adammia to Wrythe in the Empire of Austenasia, having been invited to take part in Austenasia’s 10th Independence Day celebrations. He was received at Carshalton station by Emperor Jonathan I and Emperor Mother Margaret, who drove him to the Austenasian capital. Emperor Adam had arrived much earlier than the other guests, which allowed the two emperors to discuss in private matters of diplomacy and the history of the MicroWiki community. They then signed the Wrythe Convention, a treaty written by Emperor Jonathan which seeks to take action against so-called “fake” micronations such as the notorious Catan. As well as signing on behalf of Adammia, Emperor Adam was also signing on behalf of the Grand Unified Micronational in his capacity as Chair, having been authorised to do so by the Quorum of Delegates a week prior.

Present at the gathering in Wrythe were Emperor Jonathan, his parents Emperor Father Terry (former Emperor Terry I) and Emperor Mother Margaret, Jonathan’s fiancĂ©e Princess Hannah, Grand Duke of Lundenwic Julian I, Prime Minister of Lundenwic Michael Lewis, Foreign Minister of Flandrensis Danny Morris, and Palasia’s representative to the Austenasian parliament John Gordon.

Emperor Adam was only able to stay in Wrythe for a few hours before travelling on to Brighton, UK for the Liberal Democrats federal party conference. There he met the President of the Herbatrean Federation, Ripley Thomas. Having met Tsar Thomas of Nolland last month, the Emperor has now met four micronational heads of state and two heads of government. His trip to Wrythe was technically his first ever state visit to another micronation (being received as a head of state by the host nation’s head of state).

After a summer of fruitful diplomacy which has seen Adammia strengthening its ties with Wazakhstan, Nolland and Austenasia, attention will now surely turn to domestic affairs with 2018’s elections expected to take place next month. It remains to be seen whether any new provinces might replace Paternia, which is due to be dissolved in the immediate future as its residents have gone their separate ways.

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Dignitaries from various micronations gathered in Wrythe. L-R: Grand Duke Julian I of Lundenwic; Prime Minister Michael Lewis of Lundenwic; Princess Hannah of Austenasia; Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia; Representative John Gordon of Palasia, Austenasia; Foreign Minister Danny Morris of Flandrensis; Emperor Adam I of Adammia; Emperor Father Terry of Austenasia.

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The Emperors of Adammia and Austenasia shake hands.

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Emperor Adam I and Grand Duke Julian of Lundenwic shake hands.

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The Cardiff Pact: Adammic and Nollandish leaders meet to sign historic treaty

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – On Friday the 17th, Emperor Adam of Adammia and Tsar Thomas of Nolland established a landmark military alliance between the two nations. The meeting – which was the first ever meeting between the Emperor of Adammia and a foreign head of state – took place at a Weatherspoons pub in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. The backdrop for the meeting was a gathering of the Young Moderate Society, a Facebook group for young political moderates in the UK. Also present was Adammic Prime Minister Lord Helliker, and the Nollandish Deputy First Minister, Defence Secretary and Chief of Defence Staff.

As well as committing the two nations to defend each other, the treaty – which is the second signed by Adammia and Nolland this year, following their initial mutual recognition treaty last month – also includes a dual citizenship clause, hastily added at the last minute, similar to the arrangement Adammia has with Wazakhstan. The Emperor described the treaty as signifying the “special relationship” between Adammia and Nolland. As well as signing the treaty, the leaders discussed micronational politics and British politics at length. The two heads of state are currently expected to meet again at the Liberal Democrats federal conference in York next spring.

The treaty carries great strategic significance, as Adammia takes steps to solidify its ties with its allies in the North of England – Nolland and Wazakhstan. In June, blanket claims made by the Kingdom of Sorrenia over vast swathes of the North encroached on the Adammic colony of Myway. Following a brief exchange, the Sorrenians agreed to adjust their border, but their claims are still believed to cover much of Nolland’s territory in Sunderland and York, and Wazakhstan’s territory in Ilkley, although neither nation has yet made a formal complaint, and Adammia seems content to simply ignore Sorrenia’s claims.

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Emperor Adam and Tsar Thomas shake hands.

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The Tsar signs the treaty.

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The Emperor signs the treaty.

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The Emperor with Prime Minister Lord Helliker at the meeting.

Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Instant-runoff voting set to be introduced following referendum win

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – Full citizens of the Empire were yesterday voting in a referendum on whether or not to accept the Fifth Amendment to the Supreme Directive. The provisional result, announced shortly after 1am, showed overwhelming support for the amendment, meaning that instant-runoff voting – commonly known as the alternative vote (AV) – is set to be introduced in Adammia’s future elections.

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Voters went to the polls from 2pm on Saturday until midnight.

Currently, the count stands at 17 votes in favour, and 6 votes opposed. Myway, Kappania and El Grandens are yet to declare, but they mathematically cannot change the result. His Imperial Majesty the Emperor is expected to officially sign the Fifth Amendment in the afternoon.

The result means that in future elections, voters will rank candidates by order of preference, rather than just voting for a single candidate.

With almost three-quarters of voters choosing to endorse the amendment, the result may appear to be a landslide – but many previous constitutional referenda have been even more one-sided, with support for some previous amendments hitting 90% or even 100%. The only referendum which was more closely contested was that of the Third Amendment in December 2016, but even that was supported by over two-thirds of the electorate. In yesterday’s referendum, it is believed that some citizens voted to retain the current first-past-the-post voting system owing to its simpler nature. Conservative-leaning voters may have also been attracted by FPTP’s traditional status.

Wazakhstani Prime Minister Sir Ned Hilton praised the result, saying that Adammia’s neighbours were proud of the progressive politics within the Birmingham Sector.

Top Hat Software publishes Battleship Antarctica

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – On the 27th of July, Adammic tech company Top Hat Software published Battleship Antarctica, the first video game it has distributed since 2014’s The Lion Game. Battleship Antarctica was developed by Alien8, a team of second-year undergraduates at the University of Birmingham, which included Emperor Adam I. The game was developed for a 20-credit team project module, for which the team were awarded a 2:1.

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Battleship Antarctica’s title screen. Game artwork by James Atkin.

Battleship Antarctica is a top-down tactical shooter game in which the player controls a battleship in a randomly-generated ice field, and must destroy enemy battleships whilst surviving for as long as possible. The game has both single-player and multi-player modes. The Emperor’s role on the team was to develop the game’s rendering system and parts of the user interface.

The game is now available to download on Top Hat Software’s website. It is understood that Top Hat Software is currently developing its own in-house project, with an early-access release by the end of the summer.

Adammia signs treaty with Nolland

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – Earlier this month, Adammia signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Tsardom of Nolland. Emperor Adam I signed the treaty on the 16th of July, and Tsar Thomas I of Nolland followed suit three days later.

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The coats of arms of Adammia and Nolland.

Historically, Nolland was a member state of the Wurtige Empire, which maintained good relations with Adammia. The so-called “Wurtige bloc” of Wurtigeland, Mercia and Nolland would often help Emperor Adam to win votes in the Grand Unified Micronational. However, the Wurtige Empire collapsed in 2016, and around the same time Nolland fell into inactivity. A few months ago, Nolland returned, and soon developed close ties with Adammia. This was largely due to Adammia and Nolland both being part of an emerging group of micronations whose leaders and/or politicians are active members of the UK Young Liberals, the youth wing of the Liberal Democrats. Other micronations in this group include Wazakhstan, Talossa and Herbatrea.

This month’s treaty represents a formalisation of Adammia and Nolland’s newfound friendliness, and it marks another stepping stone for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ ongoing efforts to rebuild Adammia’s diplomatic influence. Earlier this year, Adammia signed treaties with Austenasia and Wazakhstan, and crucially, Emperor Adam is now Chair of the GUM once again, for the first time since 2015. It is understood that the Emperor has already received praise from one foreign government for his efforts to return the GUM to activity.

Emperor Adam elected to third term as Chair of the GUM

Adam I, Editor

MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – The Grand Unified Micronational’s leadership election concluded on Saturday the 7th of July with Emperor Adam I elected to his third term as the organisation’s Chair. He was the sole candidate, receiving 6 votes, with 1 vote to re-open nominations. The Emperor previously served as Chair in autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

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The logo of the Grand Unified Micronational.

The last time the Emperor served as Chair, the GUM was in a state of deep inactivity, and he was forced to transform the GUM from a proper organisation into an informal association of micronationalists. Today, the GUM finds itself in a similar state, but this time there seems to be a little more optimism. The Emperor is understood to be keen to take direct responsibility for most of the organisation’s executive functions, which in the past have been delegated to various secretaries who often become inactive. The Emperor’s first act as Chair will be to consolidate control of the GUM’s blog and social media. His election as Chair has also meant that he has had to step down as Supreme Judge, meaning he will have to appoint a new Supreme Judge in the immediate future.

On Monday the 9th, the Imperial Family returned home from their holiday in Malta. Whilst they were in Malta, an interesting development was taking place within the Young Liberals, the youth branch of the UK Liberal Democrats of which the Emperor and a number of other Adammic politicians are active members. Campaigners for the Sutton Young Liberals in Carshalton came across promotional posters for the Empire of Austenasia, which is due to celebrate its 10th Independence Day in September. After they shared pictures in the “Libby Lounge”, an informal Facebook group for YL members, many members of YL became aware of micronationalism for the first time, and it transpired that there were several other micronationalists amongst YL’s ranks which Adammia had not previously been aware of. It had been known for the some time that the Tsar of Nolland was an active YL member, but it also turned out that Charlie Kingsbury, the finance minister of the Kingdom of Talossa, was a member, as was Ripley Thomas, the President of the Herbatrean Federation. A new Facebook group, Young Liberal Friends of Micronationalism, was soon set up. Amidst discussions in this new group, there was one more surprising revelation – Herbatrea had a territorial claim in Qawra, the Maltese town where the Imperial Family were presently staying, and that they had in fact walked through this territory just days earlier. Therefore, quite by accident, Herbatrea has become the first ever foreign micronation to have been visited by the Emperor.

To commemorate his first visit to Malta, the Emperor issued an Imperial Decree on Sunday the 8th, recognising the Republic of Malta, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (otherwise known as the Knights of St. John), the Kingdom of Talossa and the Herbatrean Federation.

Adammic Navy finally gets a vessel, amidst military restructuring

Adam I, Editor

WILLIAM WAY, Maternia – The Adammic Navy obtained its first vessel on Saturday the 30th of June. A 4-man canoe known as the Eagle was bought by Lord Sir Christopher Hall for his colony of Myway, which backs onto the River Aire, back in May. When visiting the colony on Saturday, the Emperor recruited Lord Hall and Debbie Shaw to the Navy. Lord Hall has been appointed Admiral of the 1st Imperial Fleet, which includes the Eagle, whilst Shaw has been appointed Captain of the Eagle itself. The two gave the Emperor and Prince Jake a demonstration trip in the Eagle up the river, planning on reaching a nearby pub, but progress was blocked by a closed lock.

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The Eagle, crewed by Lord Admiral Hall and Captain Shaw, returns the Emperor and Prince Jake to Myway Docks. Photo by Emperor Mother Jayne.

The move comes amongst a range of other changes to the Adammic military. Another new unit is the 1st Ranger Regiment, a reconnaissance unit consisting of Lord Sir Reginald Hall (the commanding Colonel), Emperor Mother Jayne and Prince Jake. These three regularly go on long walks around the Yorkshire countryside and they have been organised into a regiment so that the Adammic Army can benefit from their knowledge of the lands which surround Adammia.

The top brass has been reshuffled a little, with a new face, General Sir Alex Read, taking over from Lord General Panconi as Chief-of-staff of the Adammic Army. Read has also been assigned command of the new 3rd Infantry Division, which is intended to serve as an expeditionary division containing all the units which are stationed outside the “core areas” of Yorkshire and Birmingham; so far this division has regiments stationed in the East Midlands and in Cornwall. Lord Foster has been promoted to Colonel, taking over the Western Regiment from Prince Jake. And finally, Lord Admiral Hall has taken over as Navy Chief-of-staff from Lady Simpson, who has been transferred to the AIS, of which she is now the head.

In other news, the Prime Minister, Lord Helliker, was appointed as the Empire’s Attorney General by the Emperor early on the 2nd of July. This effectively supercedes his earlier position as the Emperor’s legal advisor. The new role comes with greater responsibilities, set out in the Courts, Judiciaries and Juries Act 2018 which was passed last month.

The Imperial Family are due to fly to Malta in the morning for a week-long holiday. As a result the Office of the Emperor will be effectively closed for business until they return.

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.

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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