Politics

Local Elections Yield Few Surprises

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Local elections took place as scheduled today for the provinces of Tytannia, Primoria and Maternia, in which all the incumbents held their seats as predicted. The result in Tytannia, a province with only one resident, is of course inevitable, and there was also no change in vote share in Primoria. In Maternia, Labour’s Sir Paul McKenna was able to tie Moderate incumbent Emperor Mother Jayne, the first time a local election had been tied since Sapientia in 2013; it was resolved by a coin toss which landed in the Emperor Mother’s favour.

It is not yet known exactly when Watertopia and Myway will be holding local elections. The Moderate incumbent for Watertopia, Madam Julie Foster, will be on holiday in the Alps for the next two weekends with Emperor Mother Jayne, so it will probably take until early August before she can meet with the Lord Chancellor to sign her nomination papers. Last year’s candidates in Myway – the Labour incumbent Eleanor Hall and Liberal candidate Madam Debbie Shaw – have also not yet met with the Lord Chancellor and it is unknown when they will do so. However, the Office of State is aiming to have all local elections complete before the State Opening of Council, on the 19th of August.

Attention will now turn to the National Election in four weeks’ time. So far the only confirmed candidate is Prince Jake, the first ever Liberal prime-ministerial candidate. Labour and the Moderates will likely announce their candidates in one to three weeks; their most likely options will be their previous candidates: the current Prime Minister Sir Paul McKenna and former Prime Minister Emperor Mother Jayne – although an upset could be possible, if, for example, they choose not to run, or in a less likely scenario, their parties refuse to back them and instead nominate different candidates.

Liberal Party Conference

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – The Liberal Party held a conference today, split into two parts, in Imperial City followed by in Adamsville. Firstly, the party voted to approve the constitution which had been proposed by the party President, Emperor Adam I. This split the original President role into a political Leader and an administrative President, in a similar structure to that used by the UK’s Liberal Democrats (of which the Emperor is also a member).

Next, the party approved its 2017 manifesto. Its flagship policy is to merge several government departments and reduce the total number of ministries from the current nine down to five, aiming to create a more streamlined Cabinet. It also proposes creating a system of universities and official accreditation for professions who may need knowledge specific to Adammia, such as lawyers. This is supposed to go hand-in-hand with plans to flesh out the current, bare-bones court system and the creation of a role of Attorney General. Interestingly, the manifesto calls for “investigating the possibility” of hosting or co-hosting a British micronational summit, with London or Birmingham given as possible locations. Furthermore, the party has thrown its weight behind the Emperor’s Foundation Day proposal for the creation of a sort of tapestry to give a pictorial history of the Empire which all citizens could contribute to; the other two parties are also expected to endorse this.

The party then held elections for its newly-created posts. Emperor Adam I stayed on as President, whilst Prince Jake was elected as Leader, which has made him the party’s first ever prime-ministerial candidate; indeed, his nomination form for the National Election on the 12th of August was accepted by the Office of State earlier today. Sir Christopher Hall nominated himself for Deputy Leader, but under party rules this nomination was past the deadline and will likely be voted on at a separate special conference in the near future. As the conference ended, the new leader appointed Emperor Adam I as the party’s first Chief Whip, responsible for handling the party’s legislative agenda.

On the whole, party business across the three main parties has been sluggish to get started this year, as a result of general apathy and organisational difficulties. Labour are expected to announce their manifesto and National Election candidate within a week or two, whereas the Moderates could be delayed until early August as a result of two of the party’s three members being on holiday.

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.