Watertopia

Plans for government transition to Birmingham accelerated

Adam I, Editor

SOUTH ALLURIA – The Emperor made a visit to the home provinces over the past weekend during which he chaired the 67th meeting of the Ruling Council. Here, a surprise announcement was made: the plan to relocate Adammic central government from the old Yorkshire territories to new territories in Birmingham, originally slated for the New Year in the State Opening of Council speech last month, has been brought forward to late October.

The Emperor proposed a transitional timetable as follows: negotiations with interested parties in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham would continue over the following month, and arrangements would be made for the handover of financial control and other functions. The Council meeting in late October would be the final meeting in Yorkshire, where an “Empire of Adammia Act” would be tabled in order to enact the changes. At least three provinces would be created in Birmingham, those being the current subdivisions of North and South Alluria, alongside the term-time residence of Admiral Ems Simpson, which is also expected to join the Empire at some point in the next week with temporary colonial status. The existing provinces of Tytannia, Primoria, Maternia and possibly Watertopia will also be merged into a single province known as Greater Tytannia, which will continue to be represented on the new Birmingham Ruling Council by the Emperor. V Legislature would then have an early dissolution, after only three meetings. Simultaneously, a referendum will be held on an amendment to the Supreme Directive, which will have two key aims: firstly, removing the requirement for monthly meetings, as they will not be possible in Birmingham during the summer holidays; and secondly, removing the minimum timespan between elections, as it will be necessary to hold early elections once the handover takes effect. Local elections have been slated for early November followed by a National Election in mid-November, the State Opening of Council for VI Legislature in late November, and a Budget debate in early December. The Emperor confirmed that Prince Jake will continue to serve as Prime Minister right up to the National Election, due to the fact that there will be no October Budget as there normally would be following the end of the financial year, and a Cabinet needs to remain in place throughout the transition so that Emergency Appropriations can be issued, preventing financial paralysis and a government shutdown.

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White Gold Palace will soon host the Ruling Council for the last time for the foreseeable future.

The issue of finances, however, raised an alarming issue. During the meeting, the Emperor suggested that the Contributions Scheme should be suspended going forwards, at which point Sir Reginald Hall, the Minister of Finance, stated that he had believed that Contributions had already been suspended for some time. It seemed that the source of the confusion had been a motion passed around a year previously in line with the Labour Party manifesto at the time, calling for Contributions to be suspended when they were not needed. Whilst the Minister had interpreted this suspension as permanent, the Emperor – who, as the government’s only civil servant, was the one updating the spreadsheets – had interpreted it was only applying to that month, and had been continuing to add Contributions debt ever since. At this time, there were over £20 in unpaid Contributions, which had gone uncollected largely due to the Emperor’s university studies. The Cabinet eventually resolved to not only suspend Contributions for good, but also to write off all existing owed payments. This turn of events represents an embarrassing miscommunication within the government, but it does present a good argument for the transition to Birmingham, where the new government should be much more regularly in contact and therefore less prone to such communications issues.

Shortly after the meeting, Watertopia was finally able to hold its local election, albeit two months late. Madam Julie Foster was re-elected as Councilor unopposed.

Financial reports are expected soon due to the end of the fiscal year.

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