Politics

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.

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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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Adammia recognises marriage, including same-sex unions

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – At a Ruling Council meeting on the 26th of April, Adammic politicians voted to pass the Free Marriage Act 2018, recognising the legal validity of marriage in Adammia. Proposed by the Prime Minister, Lord Helliker, it defines marriage as between two consenting citizens over the age of 18. Notably, the Act confirms the legality of same-sex marriage, at a time when other micronations such as Austenasia have been restricting or abolishing this right.

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The Free Marriage Act was passed in April.

At the same meeting, the Council also passed the General Amendments Act 2018 and the GDPR Compliance Act 2018. The former was a cross-party Moderate and Liberal effort which made improvements to many previous Acts of Council. It recognised Italy, Austria and Japan as sovereign states, and overhauls land ownership law. As a temporary measure, all land ownership at the micronational level has reverted to the Imperial Government, and will be re-distributed in the near future.

The Moderates will now be pleased to have implemented most of their legislative agenda, with their landmark Judiciary Act expected to be tabled in early June. The Liberals also have bills lined up relating to electoral law and public finance. However, once the academic year ends in a month’s time, the Council will probably not meet again until the autumn, by which time many Council members will have graduated from the University of Birmingham and have left the area. This will necessitate fresh elections, though Lord Helliker will remain in Serkatia and will probably be re-elected Prime Minister for a second term. It is understood that the Emperor is already sounding out potential new Council members, and a major citizen recruitment drive within the UoB political community is believed to be in the works. Significant revisions were made to the national website last night, improving the presentation of information in an attempt to make the site appear more welcoming and user-friendly.

That is all for now. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Micronationalists in UK local elections

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – This past Thursday, a number of micronational leaders and people associated with micronations stood in the UK local elections, particularly for the Liberal Democrats party in the Birmingham and Yorkshire areas.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Adammia, Adam I, stood as the Lib Dem candidate in the ward of Crofton, Ryhill and Walton, part of Wakefield Council. Wakefield is the district which surrounds Greater Tytannia in North Adammia. In this election, the Emperor received 396 votes, amounting to 10.9%, an increase of 4.7% from when he stood in the same ward two years ago. In a statement released earlier today, the Emperor said that he was very proud of this result, following a small, online-only campaign which saw him score the second-best result for the Liberal Democrats in all of Wakefield district.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Wazakhstan, Ned Hilton, stood in the ward of North Edgbaston on Birmingham Council, also for the Liberal Democrats. He achieved 180 votes, which is 2.2% vote share (however, it should be pointed out that the ward is 2-member, and that the overall Lib Dem result in that ward was 5.2%).

A number of other people associated with the Empire of Adammia stood in these local elections – not necessarily Adammic citizens, but people who have been made members of Adammic chivalric orders, and who may well become citizens in the future. Of particular note amongst these include Madam Sophie Thornton DM and Sir Jake Calcutt KOA, both candidates for the Bournbrook and Selly Park ward which surrounds the Adammic provinces in South Adammia. Thornton achieved 413 votes (7.0%) and Calcutt 476 votes (8.3%), giving a total Lib Dem result of 15.3% in a ward which was heavily targeted by the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats, which contains many micronationalists in the Birmingham Sector. Emperor Adam I, Ned Hilton, Adammic PM Lord Helliker and Leader of the Opposition Lady Admiral Simpson were all reported to have been campaigning hard in this ward for the Lib Dems, and the candidates are reported to have been disappointed by their relatively low result, having expected to be presenting a serious challenge to the victorious Labour Party which has clearly fallen far short.

Other members of the Order of the Meerkat standing for election included Lucy Johnson MM, who achieved 298 votes (7.0%) for the Lib Dems in Pensby and Thingwall on Wirral Council, and Josh Mackenzie MM, who got 829 votes (7.7%) for the Conservative Party in Brandwood and King’s Heath on Birmingham Council. Adammic honourary citizen Simon Conn achieved 151 votes (7.8%) for the Conservatives in Garretts Green on Birmingham Council.

That is all for now. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

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 Empire. 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!

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.

Civil unrest in Paternia leads to compromise

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – News broke late on the 29th of January that civil unrest had erupted in the province of Paternia. A number of citizens living in the province had reportedly unilaterally declared independence from Adammia, tore up a paper Adammic flag and declared Lizzy Ecart as their leader. On Wednesday the 31st, the Emperor met with the province’s local government (Councilor Ems Simpson and Duke Callum Gurr) to discuss the situation. The local government distanced itself from the independence movement. Central government, meanwhile, was clear that the claim of independence would not be recognised by Adammia, under the terms of the Emergency Situations Act 2014.

The Emperor then met with Ecart at an event organised by the University of Birmingham Conservatives on Thursday 1st of February. There, a compromise was reached under which the upper floors of the house which constitutes Paternia will be granted a very high degree of autonomy under Ecart’s control, separate from the local government of the province. The exact details of this arrangement are yet to be known. More news is expected in the coming weeks. The exact reason behind the civil unrest remains a mystery.

First State Opening of Council in Birmingham takes place, Cabinet appointed

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Greater Tytannia – The new Ruling Council was completed on the 26th of November after the Ordo Vladius agreed to the Office of State’s proposed appointment of Owain Davies as Delegate of the Colonies. Then, on the 3rd of December, the composition of newly-elected Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker’s Cabinet was announced. With everything now in place, the first State Opening of Council in the Birmingham provinces was scheduled for Tuesday the 5th of December in the Province of Serkatia.

The full composition of the new Council, as announced by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor in his State Opening speech, is as follows:
Councilor of Greater Tytannia: HIM Emperor Adam I (LIB)
Councilor of Serkatia: HG Sir Alex Helliker PM KOV (MOD)
Councilor of Alluria: Sir Jack Sykes KOA (IND)
Councilor of Paternia: HG Admiral Ems Simpson (NUC)
Duke of Greater Tytannia: HG Commodore Sir Joe Daniels KOA (LIB)
Duke of Serkatia: HG Colonel Sir Zak Maguire KOA (MOD)
Duke of Alluria: HG General Sir Luca Panconi DPM KOA (LIB)
Duke of Paternia: HG Callum Gurr (LIB)
Delegate of Abroad Citizens: Asher Bond (IND)
Delegate of the Colonies: Owain Davies (IND)

As we previous speculated, a coalition has been formed between the ruling Moderate Party and the Liberal Party, in order to provide enough Council members to fill a complete Cabinet. The composition of the new Cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister: HG Sir Alex Helliker PM KOV
Deputy Prime Minister: HG General Sir Luca Panconi DPM KOA
Minister of Finance: Owain Davies
Minister of Foreign Affairs: HIM Emperor Adam I
Minister of Defence: HG Commodore Sir Joe Daniels KOA
Minister of Citizenship & Information: HG Callum Gurr
Minister of National Development: HG Colonel Sir Zak Maguire KOA
It has also been confirmed that, as the leader of the largest party not in government, Admiral Ems Simpson is acting as the Leader of the Opposition.

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HIM the Emperor addresses the State Opening of VI Legislature.

Following the State Opening speech, the Council set about its business for the first meeting of VI Legislature, with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition giving brief comments on the prospects of the coming term. The centrepiece of the meeting was the 2017-18 Budget. Standard financial appropriation for the previous financial year had expired at the end of October, with the transitional Cabinet issuing an Emergency Appropriation to extend funding until the end of November. From the five days between then and the State Opening, a government shutdown was in effect, though the effects of this were negligible. As the Cabinet had only just been formed, it did not have a Budget prepared, and so the Council suspended order and worked informally on a simple Budget, with the Government and the Opposition collaborating. The finished document, as moved by the new Minister of Finance, authorises expenditure of £24 to cover the domain costs of the national website, and up to a further £20 for donating to charity. It was passed with 7 votes in favour, no votes against and 2 abstentions, although several votes were given remotely after the meeting, as only 5 members were present at the meeting itself. The Budget did not deal with measures for raising income, and the Council is expected to return to this side of public finance after a few ideas were suggested at the meeting. Though nothing is yet set in stone, the Government appears to be moving towards an annual Contributions payment instead of the old monthly scheme, with a potential lower rate of £3 per year (as opposed to the 50p per month, or £6 per year, under the old regime), which would bring it in line with the membership fees of most student societies at the nearby University of Birmingham. There were also suggestions of providing some sort of reward scheme for citizens who choose not to opt out of the scheme, though it is not yet clear what form this might take. At any rate, even if the Government fails to raise any income at all during this financial year, there are enough reserves left over in the Treasury from the last government to see it through the year without entering debt.

After dealing with the Budget, the Council agreed on a business motion for the following five meetings, handling a total of ten Acts of Council derived from the current party manifestos. This is the first time the Council has scheduled its future business in such a way, but it wasn’t the only first from the Council. If the recent elections set the tone for a new, more engaged Adammic politics, then this was the first time we really got to see it in action. Admiral Simpson appears keen to fulfil her role of holding the government to account, and has already criticised the appointment of Callum Gurr as the Duke of Paternia, on the grounds that he is not a resident of the province, and further that he is a Liberal representative of a province where nobody voted Liberal at the recent election. Meanwhile, Gurr himself raised eyebrows when he questioned his own party’s leadership’s decision to enter coalition with the Moderates without consulting party members such as himself, although his decision to accept a Cabinet position suggests that he does not consider this to be too much of an issue.

The full report of the Council meeting can be read here.

After the Council meeting, the Cabinet met briefly, and mainly discussed foreign affairs issues. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is expected to formally request that Adammia be re-admitted as a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational at some point in the coming days. Furthermore, the government is believed to be considering diplomatic relations with the newly-formed nearby micronation of Wazakhstan, led by UoB fresher Ned Hilton as its Prime Minister. The emergence of Wazakhstan onto the stage has raised the prospect of a so-called “Birmingham Sector” around the areas of Edgbaston and Selly Oak, which would be the first new local sector of the MicroWiki sphere in several years.

The Council is now in its Christmas recess and will convene again in January. At its next meeting, it is expected to discuss the Moderate Party’s General Amendments Act, as part of Prime Minister Helliker’s pledge to reform and improve past legislation, and the Nuclear So-and-so Party’s Human Rights Act. The former will be mostly technical and is not expected to be controversial, and the latter will probably have the broad approval of all parties, although some finer points could be contentious. However, there will be some serious political debate in the near future. The Emperor recently announced that he would again be seeking to have the Empire de-recognise the United States government, this time in response to President Donald Trump retweeting a number of anti-Muslim “Britain First” videos on Twitter. Famously, an Imperial Decree was issued following the US Presidential Election last November which withdrew diplomatic recognition. This caused an uproar amongst Adammia’s right-wing, which saw the ANP challenging the Emperor’s then-seat of Delegate of the Colonies, which he narrowly held on to in a subsequent by-election. Eventually, then-PM Sir Paul McKenna tabled a Council motion to overturn the decree, arguing that it did not respect American democracy, and in a move which was unheard of in the political climate at the time, the Council sided with the PM and against the Emperor, thus restoring diplomatic recognition. Clearly, the Emperor is hoping that the new Council will be less hostile to the measures, but there are signs that this may not be the case – both the PM and the Leader of the Opposition are understood to be opposed to withdrawing recognition. Although the Emperor is understood to have the support of Liberal colleagues such as Gurr, this situation could well turn into the Liberals versus the rest of the Council, and although the Liberals have the most seats, they do not have a majority. Plans to enact the decision by Imperial Decree have seemingly been shelved in order to prevent the potential embarrassment of the decree being overturned a second time, and the Emperor is now expected to propose the move as a private member’s bill at the next meeting, where there could well be a significant debate unlike anything we have seen previously.

In other news, Adammia saw its heaviest snowfall since its foundation over the weekend, with 4-5 inches of snow falling on South Adammia on Sunday. It was in these conditions that the Emperor travelled back to his holiday residence of the Imperial Household in Adamsville, Greater Tytannia, on Monday, with Emperor Mother Jayne and Sir Paul McKenna. Indeed, most members of the government have now gone home for the academic holidays.

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Snowfall in Serkatia.

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