Adam I, Editor
MATERNIA, Greater Tytannia – Yesterday marked a historic moment when the Ruling Council met in Tytannia for the last time and passed the Empire of Adammia Act 2017, completely reorganising the Empire’s structure. Simultaneously, citizens voted across the Empire in a referendum on a proposed Fourth Amendment to the Supreme Directive at very short notice, which passed overwhelmingly with 19 votes in support and 1 against (turnout was 54%).
Emperor Adam I signs the Empire of Adammia Act 2017
For the past four weeks since the September Ruling Council meeting, the government has been in a transitional period in order to prepare for the handover, during which time it has been particularly quiet. His Imperial Majesty the Emperor was at the centre of the discussions involved in preparing for a new government being set up in the new Birmingham territories. It is understood that progress was slow in these preparations, especially in terms of registering new citizens, which led to the standard citizenship application process being suspended on Friday, with citizenship instead being granted directly by the Emperor, hearkening back to the early days of the Empire. A last-minute rush to finish the preparations saw a crunch meeting between the Emperor and his legal advisor Sir Alex Helliker in a temporary operations room in South Alluria in order to complete the proposed Fourth Amendment. A press release was issued announcing that a new colony, Paternia, had been set up a short distance from Alluria. This was followed by the Office of the Emperor working until 5am on Saturday morning to finish the speech for the imminent dissolution of V Legislature.
Once the Emperor had travelled back to the old provinces from South Alluria on Saturday morning, polls opened in the hastily-announced referendum on the Fourth Amendment. The amendment’s explanatory notes summarise its purpose: the minimum term length was to be reduced from six months to one month so as to allow for early elections after the transition, whilst the required number of Council meetings was reduced from one per month to two per year to allow for a recess during the summer holidays, when most of the members of the new Council won’t be in Birmingham. The amendment also contains a number of small technical adjustments to clarify ambiguities in the relatively archaic original document.
During the early evening, the Ruling Council convened in White Gold Palace for its 68th meeting. After quickly approving the Treasury & Economic Report and the Imperial Decree creating Paternia, the Council turned its attention to the Empire of Adammia Act 2017, the legislation which would enact the handover to the new Birmingham administration. Going forward, there are to be four provinces: Greater Tytannia, Serkatia, Alluria and Paternia. Of these, Greater Tytannia is the only province in the Empire’s old heartlands, consisting of the former provinces of Tytannia, Maternia, Primoria and Watertopia; individually, these old provinces are now counties within Greater Tytannia. Myway, on the other hand, has been downgraded to a Colony. In Birmingham, the two halves of the Colony of Alluria have become two provinces: South Alluria is now known as Serkatia, whilst North Alluria is now simply Alluria. The new colony of Paternia was also upgraded to a province. The old regions of West and East Adammia have been replaced by North Adammia (the old northern heartlands in Greater Tytannia and Myway) and South Adammia (the new Birmingham provinces of Serkatia, Alluria and Paternia). The Act also instructed the Imperial Institute of History to define that date as the final day of the First Era of Adammic history, bringing it to an end after four and a half years and starting the Second Era.
The Council passed the Act 6-0, and the Emperor moved on to the plenary item which would dissolve V Legislature early, ahead of fresh local elections in the new provinces. After giving a long speech in which he reflected on the Empire’s achievements throughout the First Era, the Emperor adjourned the meeting, and signed the Empire of Adammia Act 2017 at 18:22. At that instant, the vast majority of members of the Council lost their seats, many of which have been held continuously for over four years. With most of the Cabinet unable to continue to serve accordingly, the Emperor met with Prime Minister Prince Jake to put together a provisional Cabinet, which will be in place for three weeks until a National Election can be held. This provisional Cabinet consists of Prince Jake (temporarily Duke of Greater Tytannia, who will leave the Council once his successor as PM is elected) as Prime Minister and Minister of National Development, Sir Alex Helliker (temporarily Duke of Serkatia) as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Emperor Adam I (Delegate of the Colonies) as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Admiral Ems Simpson (Duchess of Paternia) as Minister of Defence.
The Fourth Amendment is expected to be signed by the Emperor and come into effect later tonight, at which point local elections for all four new provinces are expected to be called for the 12th of November and a National Election for the 19th of November. Just like under the old regime, each Province sends two representatives to the Council, and there are two miscellaneous delegates, meaning there will be 10 members of the new Council. So far, we only know who four of them will be: the Emperor, Sir Alex Helliker (currently a Duke but expected to switch to being a Councilor), Admiral Simpson, and the Duke of Alluria, General Sir Luca Panconi. The remaining six seats are up for grabs; several are expected to go to residents of Paternia, who are understood to be keen to get involved, whilst Alluria will also be sending at least one other representative when it elects its Councilor – former governor Madam Anna Darke would probably stand the best chance of winning that seat if she decides to run, although there may be other interested Allurians too. At this stage, until the composition of the new Council is known, it is a little early to be speculating who might win the National Election and become the next Prime Minister, although it is believed that both Helliker and Simpson are considering running. A huge variable will be how political parties take shape in the new landscape – will the old Liberal, Moderate and Labour parties be able to continue their legacy, or will they slide into obscurity as new parties rise to power? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure – a new chapter of Adammic history has begun, and the next few weeks are going to be very interesting indeed.
Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!