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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 Emperor. 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!

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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.

New Flag Imported From Lostisland

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Yesterday morning, a new Adammic flag was delivered to Adamsville. Funded by the October 2016 budget, the new flag was produced by MicroFlag and imported from the Federal Republic of Lostisland. It is professionally printed and measures 105 x 70 cm.

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The new flag in the Office of the Emperor.

The Cabinet Office took possession of the new flag as a general government asset. It will replace the original fabric Adammic flag, which is due to be retired. The first flag was hand-sewn by the Emperor in 2013, but has since entered poor condition after years of degradation. The replacement is expected to be much more durable.

The flag will likely be formally unveiled by the government at White Gold Palace this coming weekend.

Adammia FM August 2017 music playlist

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.