Interviews

November 2017 Election: Candidate Interviews

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The Adammic Express is pleased to publish its traditional candidate interviews for today’s National Election. Included are written interviews with Sir Alex Helliker (Moderate), General Sir Luca Panconi (Liberal) and Admiral Ems Simpson (Nuclear So-and-so).

Interview with His Grace Sir Alex Helliker DPM KOV (MODERATE)

Why should people vote for you to become Prime Minister?

As Prime Minister, I will be doing all that is in my power to ensure that the Empire of Adammia is in a strong position for the term to come. I have been a long time citizen, and as such have great familiarity with Adammia. The same of course could be said of His Imperial Majesty Adam I, however I can bring new ideas to the forefront. My area of study allows for a new perspective that the Imperial Government has not had the tools to adopt.

What is your flagship policy and why do you believe it is important?

Our flagship policy is of course, legal reform. Based on my experience looking through the statutory records, the draftsmanship is inexperienced and often imprecise. With a careful eye and hand, we can improve it. Additionally, our proposal of an Attorney General will do much to ensure that the Emperor is always soundly advised on legal matters.

How would you characterise your political views?

My views are quite central I would say. My interests are in, for the moment, helping the Emperor in his position as chief legislator and leader. I believe that as an Empire, we should for now keep the majority of the power in the hands of the office of the Emperor and try to avoid devolution of power where possible. Rather, we should enable the Emperor to do what they do best – Rule. Make no mistake, I do recognise the importance of the people, and that is why I am proposing the Marriage Act to allow people to be able to express themselves more fully in the Empire.

Any other comments?

I have faith that the Adammic people will make the right choice for them and their country this election, and I hope that they realise that that right choice is the Moderate Party!

Interview with His Grace General Sir Luca Panconi KOA (LIBERAL)

Why should people vote for you to become Prime Minister?

To bring order, balance and prosperity to the realm of Adammia; and to build a better future for our residents.

What is your flagship policy and why do you believe it is important?

Supporting further expansion within the University of Birmingham – we need the manpower to drive our ambitions.

How would you characterise your political views?

Left-wing, socialist and exclusively liberal.

Any other comments?

A vote for me is a vote for a greater Adammia.

Interview with Her Grace Admiral Emily Simpson (NUCLEAR SO-AND-SO)

Why should people vote for you to become Prime Minister?

People should vote for me because the Nuclear So -&-Sos are so much more than focused on defence spending in Adammia. We are a truly international party that aims to improve the life, liberty and welfare of all Adammic citizens, and to expand the empire far beyond our current borders to make our country even more rich and diverse than it currently is. I, as leader am an experienced both in leadership and in politics, through my work in non-Adammic politics such as the Liberal Democrats and also my work in the US Embassy as a “Young Leader”, so you can guarantee a professional and experienced face in Adammia, ready to tackle the political climate.

What is your flagship policy and why do you believe it is important?

In an increasingly global world, it is important that we as a micro-nation are up to the task. As our name might suggest, our flagship policy in the Nuclear So-&-Sos is to arm Adammia with Nuclear Weapons. As a result, we will also aim to join NATO and align our military spending in line with NATO’s requirements to join their alliance, and make Adammia a truly internationalist party.

How would you characterise your political views?

The Nuclear So-&-Sos characterise themselves as left-wing-libertarian party with a liberal internationalist approach to foreign policy. We hope to enshrine our citizens with the freedom and liberty to live their best lives.

Any other comments?

I also condemn Trump’s Muslim Ban, The Wall and would campaign heavily for the United States to reinstate the Trophy Ban and save the elephants.

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Polls will be open until midnight tonight. We urge all full citizens of the Empire to vote. The page containing rolling updates of results as they come in will be going live shortly. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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National Election 2017 – Candidate Interviews

It’s the eve of polling day and here are our interviews with the three candidates standing to be Prime Minister in this year’s National Election. The first three questions are fairly generic. Our fourth question aimed to place the candidates on the liberal / authoritarian axis, whereas the fifth question aimed to do the same for the capitalist / socialist axis.

Interview with His Grace Sir Paul McKenna PM COA, Duke of Maternia (LABOUR)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I am the best Prime Minister in Adammia’s history. Anyone who says otherwise is a purveyor of fake news.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
To wage hellfire and destruction on North Korea (just prior to slashing the defence budget to zero).

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
The change of Prime Minister is the undoubted highlight!

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
No I don’t think so but would support it’s medical use.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
Somewhere in between. Companies supported by government policies .

Any final thoughts?
Vote for the incumbent!

Interview with Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher COA, Councilor for Maternia (MODERATE)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I think I should be elected as I tend to take on leader role among family citizens. I am a good decision maker and in being a Moderate, I am considerate, liberal and diverse.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
My main priority, should I win the election would be to focus on health and leisure. I will organise walks in the countryside for citizens. I will also ensure that provision for barbecues is readily available to allow for spontaneous events.

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
Adammia has functioned while the Emperor has been at university. However, this has posed logistical problems as in relation to meetings and frequency. I don’t think the newsletters have been monthly.

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
I would support legalised cannabis for medical conditions. It eases symptoms for several illnesses and improves quality of life. Such people should not be criminalised for being in possession. It would be interesting to look at countries like Amsterdam and see whether this seems to lead onto further drug use. Cannabis use can lead to paranoia in those susceptible to mental illness. By the same token, alcohol probably causes more problems to self and society at large.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
I think individuals and companies do drive the economy but I don’t think they should control / govern it as personal gain and corruption could come into play. That said, a government could be involved in underhand practices which could never be made public knowledge.

Interview with His Imperial Highness Prince Jake, Duke of Primoria (LIBERAL)

What sets you apart from the other two candidates?
I spent more time around the Emperor, which makes things more convenient.

What will be your number one priority if you win the election?
To be helpful.

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
Slightly less eventful than the other 4 years.

Hypothetically, would you support making cannabis legal or not? Why?
No, because it is highly addictive and ruins lives.

Do you think individual people and companies should drive the economy, or should it be run by the government? Or somewhere in between?
Government, because they have more authority and more people can decide on something.

Any final thoughts?
I don’t understand a lot of this.

Our final pre-election analysis, including analysis of the interviews, will be published shortly. Stay tuned tomorrow as we carry out our live feed of election results from across the Empire.

Election 2016 – Candiate Interviews

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Tomorrow Adammia will go to the polls for the 2016 National Election, electing our Prime Minister for the 2016-17 term. This year is set to be a rematch of last year’s election, with Moderate leader Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher aiming to win a fourth consecutive term, challenged by Labour candidate Sir Paul McKenna, who happens to be the Emperor Mother’s partner. The Liberal Party still has no members who are eligible to run (although next year Prince Jake will be old enough) and furthermore no independent candidates have nominated themselves. As with every National Election since the very first back in August 2013, the Adammic Express has interviewed the candidates, which are published below.

Interview with Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher PM COA, Councilor for Maternia (MODERATE)

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
I think Adammia has functioned well over the last year, despite a disruption to council meetings brought about by the passing of a much loved and respected citizen. Foundation Day did not go ahead, naturally, though plans are afoot for a belated celebration.

Where do you hope to see Adammia going over the coming year?
I think Adammia should continue as it has done.

If you could change one thing in Adammia what would it be?
If I were to change something, it would be to increase the price of home made wine to 10p a bottle.

What is your opinion on public finances? Should Adammia be spending more or saving more? If the former, what should money be spent on, and if the latter, what should money be cut from?
Perhaps we should invest in a new flag [or] have a orator stand made for the use of Emperor’s addresses. This could be made by [Sir Reginald Hall] or purchased on line. I think this would look impressive during the filming of the Christmas speech.

Any final thoughts?
[None]

Interview with His Grace Sir Paul McKenna KOA, Duke of Maternia (LABOUR)

What are your thoughts on the state of Adammia over the past year?
Since the beginning of 2015 it has been a period of change. There have been increases in territory and also decreases as Adammia continues to be a fluid entity. There has been the creation of political parties, the visit of a micronational tourist and a steady streamlining of procedures making the running of government more professional. The most significant event of the last year was the passing of [Madam] Winifred Hall who was a hugely influential figure within the empire.

Where do you hope to see Adammia going over the coming year?
Becoming ever more professionally run and the revenue raised being used for Adammic celebrations and a belated Foundation Day being recognised in some way after the cancellation in April.

If you could change one thing in Adammia what would it be?
More barbeques and gatherings in informal settings for the citizens.

What is your opinion on public finances? Should Adammia be spending more or saving more? If the former, what should money be spent on, and if the latter, what should money be cut from?
I think the finances are about right as any excesses are spent on the citizens wishes i.e. the above gatherings.

Any final thoughts?
Long live the Empire!

All full citizens of the Empire will be given the chance to vote tomorrow. The main polling station will be in Tytannia, with others in Primoria and Myway. Those who are unable to come to these polling stations will be able to vote via phone, email, Skype or other such means. Administrative divisions will begin declaring results either after midnight or as soon as all their residents have voted, whichever comes first. Midnight is the deadline for votes from non-territorial citizens. All subdivisions should have declared by the end of Sunday the 14th. The overall winner will then be declared and will immediately take office. The Adammic Express will be running a live-updating feed throughout the next two days. Full citizens, remember that it is your civic duty to vote! Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

2015 National Election Special – Interviews with the Candidates

The date is Saturday the 15th of August, and tomorrow Adammia goes to the polls for the finale to the 2015 election season: the National Election, which will decide the Prime Minister of the Empire for the coming year. This is Adammia’s third National Election, and as the Empire’s only Prime Minister, HIH Emperor Mother Jayne has won the last two. However, up until 2015 all Prime Ministerial candidates have been independent politicians, something which has completely changed in the past month. This time, the Emperor Mother is seeking re-election as the leader of her newly-founded Moderate Party. Her challenger this year is a representative of the also-new Labour Party – not its leader, Sir Reginald Hall, but regular member Sir Paul McKenna. McKenna is allowed to run because of the recently-proclaimed Second Amendment to the Supreme Directive – previously only Councilors could run, but now any member of the Ruling Council over the age of 12 can run, including McKenna in his capacity as Duke of Maternia. There is no Liberal Party candidate as both its Council members are ineligible – Emperor Adam is the Monarch and Prince Jake is under 12 years old. Thus we again have just two candidates, interestingly both residents of Maternia and partners.

As is traditional, the Adammic Express has interviewed the candidates to help the electorate make an informed choice. The Emperor Mother provided notes which she then explained orally – hence the paraphrasing – whereas McKenna provided only a written response.

Interview with Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher, Councilor of Maternia (MODERATE)

What should the government focus on in the coming year?
The incumbent PM said that the government should “focus on re-establishing roles and expectations of members”, referring to the Cabinet. She went on to describe the “small expected contributions” she wanted to see, noting the relative inactivity of most Cabinet ministers, and suggested that the best way to engage those members would be by asking their opinion on matters relating to their department (Environment, Culture etc.), which would help to formulate policy and mean that 98% of decision-making isn’t simply done by the Emperor.

What should our spending priorities be?
The PM was quick to highlight the success of projects such as AISA’s Andromeda 3 mission, pointing out that “looking at flight exploration” and “protecting the nation” were ways of having fun whilst simultaneously increasing the international prestige of the Empire. Along with new science and defence projects, she also said that “money should be spent on celebrations” (Treasury funds are often supposed to be directed towards events such as Foundation Day and summer Imperial Square barbecues, but they always end up privately funded instead).

Should Adammia introduce any new laws or remove any existing ones?
“Adammia does not need to introduce new laws. The existing laws fulfill society’s expectations. There are no major issues that need addressing as yet.”

Any final thoughts?
“Future consideration should be given to expanding and enhancing relations with other micronations.” The PM expanded on this by suggesting that alliances which encourage other nations to collaborate with Adammic projects could be a goal for the government to work on.

Interview with His Grace Sir Paul McKenna, Duke of Maternia (LABOUR)

What should the government focus on in the coming year?
“In the coming year the government should focus on widening the general involvement of the citizens of Adamia in the running of governmental departments. A wider involvement will help give more backing to the Emperor.”

What should our spending priorities be?
“The budget for the coming year needs to be spent wisely as funds need to be retained for any emergency measures which may arrive. The current policy of spending on Air Force projects, Foundation day celebrations and culture projects is, in my opinion, a good policy.”

Should Adammia introduce any new laws or remove any existing ones?
“The laws do not need a great deal of change at all. The changes introduced by the Emperor have my full backing.”

Any final thoughts?
“I have never sought political office, rather it has been thrust upon me but I am happy to present an alternative choice to the electorate.”

And there you have it – tomorrow, all of Adammia’s full citizens will be given the chance to vote. Those who cannot come to the main voting station in Tytannia will be able to send in their votes by phone, Skype, email or other such means to the Emperor. The results will be published by Tuesday at the latest. We would like to wish good luck to both candidates! Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Adammic Express National Election 2014 Coverage – LIVE UPDATES

Adam I, Editor

Update 3 – 10 August, 20:12: ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Rain lashed the Empire and thunder rumbled across our skies as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept across Great Britain this afternoon, with some of the loudest thunder heard in Adammia’s history prompting Billy, mascot of the Adammic Army, to cower in the Ruling Council chambers of White Gold Palace. It was here that Tytannia province went to the polls, along with citizens from Maternia, Watertopia and abroad in the UK. Earlier at around 10AM, a rare email from Myway province reached the Lord Chancellor, providing another 4 votes, although 2 were invalidated due to them supporting Crown Prince Daniel, who had already withdrawn his candidacy. Interestingly, Myway’s ballots included a vote from the young Christina Hall, who is not even 5 years old, raising eyebrows about Adammia’s non-existant voting age. The de-facto voting age had been 8 years old, but it seems that the Office of State will waive this unwritten rule on this occasion. In Tytannia, the two running candidates cast their votes, each reportedly voting for themselves. At this point, the majority of possible votes seem to have been cast, and will likely give the strongest voter turnout on record for a national vote.

Update 2 – 10 August, 00:41: ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – The National Election reaches its half-way point as the first day of voting comes to a close. 8 votes have been cast so far, and a minimum total of 14 must be reached by tomorrow in order for turnout to be above 50% and therefore validate the election. Polls have closed in Primoria, but will be open in Tytannia tomorrow to the residents of that province as well as Watertopia and Maternia, whilst Myway will be sending in its own votes by email.

Update 1 – 9 August, 14:17: ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – The electorial machine roars to life this morning. More than two dozen ballot forms have been printed, despite having to work around yet another A4 paper shortage in Primoria where the Office of State is situated. As messages head out over Skype to our citizens living abroad in the UK, France and elsewhere, the polling station is set to open in Primoria very soon. The first two votes have already come in, including that of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor himself, but there’s a long way to go until midnight on Sunday when the voting closes.

8 August: ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – In less than 24 hours, Adammia’s second National Elections will be underway. Ballot forms will be prepared today ready to be printed off at midnight. Already since our last report on Sunday, there have been a few important changes. Firstly, at the recommendation of the Emperor, Crown Prince Daniel has WITHDRAWN his candidacy. The candidates are currently as follows:

-HIH Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher (current PM seeking re-election)
-HG Julie Foster

Furthermore, the Office of State has decided that the election will now take place over two days – the full weekend of the 9th and 10th of August. In the meantime, we can now publish our interviews with the candidates. We already know a lot about Emperor Mother Jayne from the election campaign last year, but we will be republishing some of those questions along with a couple of new ones we asked at the weekend.

Her Imperial Highness Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher, Prime Minister, Dame Commander of the Order of Adammia (Councilor of Maternia)

Some answers from last year:

Do you think that a lot of rules are a good idea, or do you think that people should have the freedom to do what they want, as long as it’s acceptable and doesn’t infringe on people’s rights?

I think that it’s very important to have rules to do with law and order […] There should never be a situation where anarchy could arise. I don’t even believe that people should have a freedom of speech if that could be offensive to other people. So yes, I believe in rules for law and order, but I think that people should have freedom for their own enterprises and their own gains.

What about religion and how it relates to politics? Should religion be a part of how the country is run?

Religion and politics have always gone hand in hand. I think politics should be a totally separate issue. Religion is varied and we live in a multicultural society. Gay marriage should be legal but religious groups shouldn’t be forced to comply.

Some answers from Sunday (Please note that these questions were not recorded so the following are mostly paraphrased:

When asked about how the Empire had done in the past year under her government, the incumbent Prime Minister was very positive. She implied that Foundation Day in April was one of the high points of the term, with Adammia’s biggest-ever gathering mostly organised by herself. She expressed approval with the Empire’s increasing financial stability and the economy led by the wine industry in Tytannia. Furthermore, she noted the Empire’s growth in citizen numbers, and also the vast strides that have been taken in the legislative field, with the Ruling Council continuing to support the Monarch’s new laws.

In the future, under a re-elected Belcher government, the Emperor Mother stressed the need for more public spending, noting that how despite talks, nothing had been finalised yet, and that there was “no point growing” in regards to the rapidly inflating size of the Imperial Treasury’s funds in Tytannia. In addition, she backed the Emperor’s plans for investing into a “commemorative” object to be displayed in somewhere like Imperial City, which would, according to the Emperor, display the names of all of Adammia’s original 60 citizens in both English and Latin. Belcher’s final comment, something along the lines of a campaign slogan, was: “Vote for me… please!”

Her Grace Julie Foster, Duchess of Watertopia (Councilor of Watertopia)

What are your thoughts on how the Empire has progressed in the past year? Would you say the current government has done well?

We have seen a lot of growth in the empire over the last year, with Watertopia and MyWay having joined. The current government has done a great job in overseeing this.

What are your thoughts on rules and regulations? Would you say lots of them are necessary or would you say you are more liberal?

I would consider a liberal approach to running the empire the best for our situation. I don’t feel that lots of rules and regulations are necessary, as all members are mature and tend to agree on any changes proposed.

Do you think that religion serves a role in the running of the country, or should it be completely separate?

I wouldn’t consider religion to play much of a part, as there are no practising members.

A big issue in the Empire right now is our financial situation and our increasing reserves of cash which are not being spent. What would you like to see a government under your control investing some of this money into?

With regards to the cash surplus we now have, I would suggest spending it on something that would benefit everyone, be it a social gathering or, as you have previously discussed, some sort of memorial detailing current members.

Summary

One thing is for sure, and that is that the Emperor Mother is coming under a lot more pressure this year from her sister Julie than last year from her father Sir Reginald Hall, and she has noted the presence of the “sibling rivalry”. Both candidates are similar in many ways. They are both fairly secular, and they both recognise the need for investing into cultural projects that benefit the whole Empire. However, Foster is notably more liberal than Belcher, and also had more ideas for public spending – while both supported the Emperor’s “monument” plan, Foster also suggested more “social gatherings”, although the question must be asked, would more gatherings detract from the uniqueness of Foundation Day? Meanwhile, Belcher demonstrated excellent knowledge of the Empire’s current affairs and the progress that had been made in the past year, whereas Foster only pointed out the annexations of Watertopia and Myway (which will no doubt please the Imperialists). If one thing can be said about Belcher and her government, it’s that they know how to get things done. Take for example the drive for more citizens – the government opened up citizen applications, invested in the national website, and since then the total number of citizens has doubled. Belcher has the experience that Foster lacks – Foster has never taken on a Ministerial role or any similar position in government prior to this, though that is not to say that she doesn’t have promise.

So there you have it – two strong candidates, but who will win to become Prime Minister for the 2014 – 2015 term? You decide. Full citizens can vote at polling stations or by contacting the Emperor. Honourary citizens are reminded that they cannot vote, though they can achieve this right by helping and serving the Empire. We will be updating this news post with live updates as the elections happen over the next few days, and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Adammic Express Special – Election candidate interviews

The Empire’s National Elections are to be held in just three days, on the 25th of August when the country shall choose its first Prime Minister. The two candidates are: Her Imperial Highness the Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher MC DOA, as Minister of Maternia; and Sir Reginald Hall MC KOA, Archduke of East Adammia, as Minister of Sapientia. The Adammic Express interviewed them both on Tuesday to hear about their political ideas and their election campaigns.

Interview with Sir Reginald Hall

OK so, first question, is there anything you would like to see changed in Adammia?

No, not really no.

So, you’re happy with the Empire as it is right now?

Yes.

Do you feel that people should have the freedom to do what they want, or do you think the government should take a more strict approach?

 Well, no one can do as they please, can they? You’ve got to have rules and regulations.

 But would you say it’s a bad thing to have too many rules?

 Well yes, if you get too many then the bereaucracy starts to take over.

 So, do you have any views on how religion is involved with the state?

Hmm, no, I’m atheist, for one thing […] we would be far better off without any religion whatsoever, in any form. It just gets in the way and causes rifts and… wars.

So, what about one of the most important aspects of politics, which is left versus right, communism or socialism versus capitalism? Do you have any stance on that? Do you think the socialist ideas are good where everyone has fair employment, and the workers own the enterprises? Or do you think that the capitalist system is better?

The capitalist system is taking over now. Everything is going from public owned to private owned. The fat cats are getting it all at the top, and the people at the bottom are getting less.

Now, I would imagine that many of these political views are driven by our long cultural relationship with the United Kingdom, which of course most Adammic citizens are citizens of. Now, how do you feel that policies based on our experience with the United Kingdom could be applied to Adammia? Do you think that the Empire of Adammia, as a small nation with limited resources, could accomplish and overcome some of the problems that we see around us in the United Kingdom?

I think I’ll have to pass on that one.

So what do you think about the regime we have at the moment, in the Empire of Adammia; the Monarchy, and the Ruling Council, do you see that as fair? Do you think that everyone has a say?

Aye, yes, yes.

And the Monarchy itself? The fact that the Head of State is not elected? What are your views on that? Do you think that the current Monarch is doing a good job as Emperor?

 Oh yes, certainly.

 So before we finish is there anything you’d like to add about your election campaign?

 Well, the thing is, at my age, I feel as though a younger person should be the Prime Minister.

So even though you are running, you think other people could probably do the job better than you?

Yes.

 

Interview with Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher

First question, how do you see the Empire of Adammia right now? Do you think we are doing OK?

I think it’s still pretty much in its infancy, but I think it’s taking some structure; the Emperor’s got a lot of ideas about how he wants it to be, and we’re in the process of making a flag.

Do you think that a lot of rules are a good idea, or do you think that people should have the freedom to do what they want, as long as it’s acceptable and doesn’t infringe on people’s rights?

I think that it’s very important to have rules to do with law and order […] There should never be a situation where anarchy could arise. I don’t even believe that people should have a freedom of speech if that could be offensive to other people. So yes, I believe in rules for law and order, but I think that people should have freedom for their own enterprises and their own gains.

What about religion and how it relates to politics? Should religion be a part of how the country is run?

Religion and politics have always gone hand in hand. I think politics should be a totally separate issue. Religion is varied and we live in a multicultural society.  Gay marriage should be legal but religious groups shouldn’t be forced to comply.

Would you support the communist or socialist system where the workers own the enterprises and there’s fair employment, or would you rather support capitalism where anyone can do their own thing and have privately owned stuff?

I think there is some mid ground. I think that the way you have the autocratic leaders and the owners of industry who employ employees, if it can work well, but I think where the middle ground is, I think that workers should be able to have rights and unions, and have some influence on how industry works and their working conditions.

What do you think of the regime we have currently in Adammia, with the Monarchy and the Ruling Council, do you see that as fair, do you think that everyone is equally represented, do you think having the Head of State unelected… basically what is your opinion of our system in Adammia?

[on the Head being unelected] I don’t think that’s an issue, you’ve had no strong opposition, or even opposition from anyone; I think that the Emperor is not for self-gain, but for the smooth running of [the nation].

 

Opinions

Sir Reginald made some interesting points. His secular approach to religion is certainly good, as is his middle stance on liberal versus authoritarian politics. However, numerous things let him down, and one of the most crucial of these was his inability to transfer his views into actual micronational policies for the Empire, drawing only on his experience with the United Kingdom. He also seemed unconfident in his ability to run the government, suggesting that the younger Emperor Mother could do a better job.

As for Jayne Belcher, she took a much more practical approach, demonstrating knowledge of current affairs in Adammia. Despite her harsh views on freedom of speech, her tolerance towards gay marriage and economic mid-ground scored her a few points.

So who will win and become our first Prime Minister? The Adammic Express will try to remain unbiased, but we expect an interesting result next weekend. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!