Elections

November 2017 Election: Rolling updates

19/11/2017, 12:54 – Polling day for the Empire of Adammia’s sixth National Election has arrived. In a short while, ballots will be sent out to citizens across the Empire. Earlier, the Adammic Express published interviews with Moderate candidate Sir Alex Helliker and Nuclear So-and-so candidate Admiral Ems Simpson; Liberal candidate General Sir Luca Panconi is understood to be running late but we expect to have his answers in soon.

Like last time, we understand that Myway’s citizens voted early, and the count for Myway will be taking place very soon, so stay tuned for the first result of the day probably within the next half an hour.

(here we go again…)

14:26 – We have our first three declarations in: Myway, Dearneland and Kappania. Results were as follows:

MYWAY
Helliker (MOD): 1
Panconi (LIB): 1
Simpson (NUC): 2

DEARNELAND
Helliker (MOD): 0
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 1

KAPPANIA
Helliker (MOD): 1
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 0

So, the totals as of right now are:
MOD 2
LIB 1
NUC 3

Our initial impressions are that this is a much better start for Simpson than we were expecting. However, it is still very early in the day and the big results are still mostly yet to come in. The ones to watch out for are Alluria, Paternia and the non-territorial citizens, which between them account for around half of Adammia’s population. Meanwhile, the result in the ANP heartland of Kappania suggests that they are backing the Moderates this time, after previously supporting Labour in 2016 and the Liberals earlier this year. In the past, the ANP have been able to swing an election result based on who they support, so this may be seen as a good omen by the Moderates – but Adammia’s population has grown significantly recently, and it remains to be seen whether the small ANP territories still hold much weight compared to the new, larger provinces.

17:06 – After the initial rush of early results, things have now started to slow down. The Office of State delivered ballot papers to Alluria and Paternia around two hours ago and voting is now underway in those provinces. In the past few minutes, we’ve had our fourth declaration of the day come in, this time from the territory of Midgard:

MIDGARD
Helliker (MOD): 1
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 0

With this, Helliker draws level with Simpson, whilst Panconi trails behind. However, it is still far too early to write any candidate off. For example, even though Panconi is in last place, he is expected to pick up a lot of votes in his home province of Alluria, so the tables could turn soon after midnight when most subdivisions are expected to declare.

19:10 – In the past few minutes Paternia has become the first province to declare its result:

PATERNIA
Helliker (MOD): 1
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 3

Unsurprisingly, a good result for Simpson in her home province. The totals so far are:

MOD 4
LIB 1
NUC 6

At this point in time, votes from around a quarter of Adammic voters have been counted, so there is still a long way to go. However, at this point the Liberals will no doubt be feeling nervous, and will be hoping for a strong result in Panconi’s home province of Alluria to keep them in the game.

23:31 – With just half an hour until polls close, anticipation is building for the final wave of results which will decide the final outcome of this election. A few hours ago, Serkatia declared as follows:

SERKATIA
Helliker (MOD): 2
Panconi (LIB): 1
Simpson (NUC): 0

This brings the totals to:

MOD 6
LIB 2
NUC 6

It therefore appears that we’re moving into the final round of declarations with a level playing field between Helliker and Simpson, with no indication as to who might have an advantage. Panconi still hasn’t made up much ground, but remember that Alluria is expected to turn out well for the Liberals.

20/11/2017, 01:06 – There has been some confusion surrounding the declaration in Alluria, but we do know that the election has a confirmed winner. First, the other declarations:

GREATER TYTANNIA
Helliker (MOD): 1
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 0

EL GRANDENS
Helliker (MOD): 0
Panconi (LIB): 0
Simpson (NUC): 0

NON-TERRITORIAL CITIZENS
Helliker (MOD): 2
Panconi (LIB): 1
Simpson (NUC): 2

In Alluria, out of nine votes cast, eight have been verified. The ninth remains unknown to the Office of State due to the fact that the acting returning officer for Alluria has gone to bed. However, since this final ballot will not decide the winner, the Office of State has made the decision to publish a provisional declaration for Alluria, with the final ballot being added in the morning.

ALLURIA (provisional)
Helliker (MOD): 2
Panconi (LIB): 5
Simpson (NUC): 1
(1 ballot not yet counted)

This brings the totals to:
Helliker (MOD): 11
Panconi (LIB): 8
Simpson (NUC): 9

Therefore, we know that Sir Alex Helliker has been elected as Adammia’s fourth Prime Minister, by a margin of between 1 and 3 votes depending on what the final ballot is. Once Alluria issues its final declaration in the morning, we will follow up with the complete breakdown of the final figures. But before we wrap up our rolling coverage, a few comments: the Moderates are back in power with Helliker leading a strong campaign; the Nuclear So-and-so Party, despite being brand new and only having one member, missed out on the premiership by just a handful of votes; and the Liberals, after winning power under Prince Jake just a few months ago, slide back into third place, in an echo of what happened to Labour in that previous August election. The political landscape is transformed – Labour are dead, a new left-wing party has risen to take their place, and there is an independent presence on the new Council which we have also not seen for several years. The manifestos we have seen in this election were vastly more detailed and thought-out than anything we have seen previously, and we also saw social media being used in the campaign for the first time, with Helliker and Simpson both tweeting throughout the day. This campaign has set the tone for the politics of the Second Era, where the historic and notorious Adammic political apathy appears to be a thing of the past.

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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!

Moderate and Nuclear Parties Launch Manifestos

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – Yesterday, the Moderate Party and the Nuclear So-and-so Party both launched their official manifestos for the National Election which is due to be held tomorrow.

Moderate leader Sir Alex Helliker sent a copy of his party’s manifesto to the Adammic Express last night. The party is running on three key policies: legal reform, the introduction of a Marriage Act, and the introduction of Bitcoin as an official currency. Despite the relatively small number of policies, each has been explored and explained in depth, and the manifesto even contains a full foreword written by Helliker, something we haven’t seen a party do until now. The first section, covering legal reform, is broad, and here the Moderates share some ground with the Liberal Party; for example, both parties want to introduce an “Attorney General” role to represent the government in court. The Moderate plan to convert the funds of the Treasury from Pound Sterling to Bitcoin could be a little more controversial. The Emperor has often put his preference for Pound Sterling on record, arguing that it makes transactions with British businesses easier; the Liberals will probably say that Bitcoin is too volatile for the Treasury, and we could already be looking at the kind of legislative battle within the Ruling Council which we never saw at all during the First Era.

Meanwhile, the newly-founded Nuclear So-and-so Party launched its first manifesto in a tweet by party leader Admiral Ems Simpson. The party has endorsed a varied range of often eccentric policies: the flagship proposal is to arm Adammia with tiny nuclear weapons, alluding to the party’s name. Some policies are more realistic: enshrining civil liberties regarding recreational drug use and sex work into law, the creation of an educational programme, and the promotion of the arts. A potential referendum on a new national anthem could raise eyebrows – could this end up as a repeat of when the ANP tried to force a referendum on making a vaporwave song the national anthem in 2016? Hidden at the bottom of the manifesto was a major pledge on constitutional reform – adopting the Additional Member System for voting. They’re not the only party seeking to change the voting system, after the Liberals announced they would be backing AV earlier in the week. A move to AMS would be a much larger leap than AV, and questions would have to be answered about how this would affect the composition of the Ruling Council; if the Nuclear So-and-so Party successfully push through AMS, it would be the biggest constitutional change in Adammia since 2013. Unusual or unrealistic policies aren’t new in Adammia – readers may recall Labour’s “state schools” pledge in the last election. Back then, Sir Paul McKenna identified that policy as serving a rhetorical purpose, and it seems reasonable to assume that this same principle applies to some of the more ambitious Nuclear proposals. Acquiring a nuclear arsenal and joining NATO and the EU can be interpreted as ideological signposts and they tell us what the party’s main values are – clearly internationalist and committed to defence. The overall sense that we get is that the Nuclear So-and-so Party has effectively claimed the Liberal Party’s place as Adammia’s most progressive party, particularly with regards to its focus on civil liberties and feminism, and this could play very well for them.

In other news, the election for the Delegate of Abroad Citizens seat took place on Thursday, which saw Asher Bond elected unopposed as an independent candidate (it is understood that Bond may be awaiting the publication of party manifestos before choosing a party to join). The only remaining local election is for the Delegate of the Colonies seat, which should be taking place at some point in the next few days; the only candidate in this election is independent Owain Davies. Once this is done, the full Ruling Council will be assembled, with the term of VI Legislature expected to start shortly after the National Election.

We understand that there has been some discontent within the province of Paternia after Imperial Decree LIV appointed Callum Gurr as the new Duke of the province. Admiral Simpson – previously Duchess of Paternia, with her title now moved to the territory of Pererria – criticised the decision on Twitter on the grounds that Gurr does not live in the province, and it seems that several Paternian citizens are backing her up. The Emperor defended the move, describing it as “standard procedure”, and saying that it was necessary to appoint a new landed noble following Simpson’s election as Councilor so that she would not hold two seats simultaneously. Although the practice of holding multiple seats was common in Adammia’s past, the Emperor ended it in 2015 when Sir Matthew Foster became Duke of Watertopia. Reportedly, the reason that the seat was given to a non-Paternian stems from the fact that no other Paternians besides Simpson were interested in joining the Ruling Council.

Attention now turns to the National Election, with polls due to open tomorrow afternoon and closing at midnight. Due to the recent complete re-organisation of the Empire and the emergence of new parties and politicians, it is impossible for us to provide a full pre-election analysis, as historical election data is now outdated. However, we believe that all three candidates stand a chance of winning and that the results could once again be very close.

Pre-election interviews with the candidates will be going live shortly. Continuous updates will be provided tomorrow as the results come in. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Parties gear up for National Election as new Council takes shape

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – After Sunday’s local elections, the political landscape is looking a little different to what we were expecting, but with the National Election only five days away, Adammia’s parties have little time to rest. The big stories to come out of the locals include the surprise election of independent candidate Sir Jack Sykes in Alluria and the apparent death of the Labour Party.

With both Greater Tytannia and Serkatia only being contested by a single party each – Liberal and Moderate respectively – we were looking to Alluria and Paternia to provide a bit more excitement during what has historically been one of the more dull and predictable parts of the Adammic election cycle. By the eve of the local elections, it had become apparent that Paternia would not providing any of this excitement, as a lack of candidates forced the Emperor to ask the province’s Duchess, Admiral Ems Simpson, to contest the seat unopposed. In Alluria, however, we had the opposite story – for the first time in history, a local election was contested by three different candidates. Colonel Sir Zak Maguire stood for the Moderates, Commodore Sir Joe Daniels for the Liberals, and Sir Jack Sykes as an independent candidate. Interestingly, it was Sykes who won with 4 votes, ahead of Maguire and Daniels who gained 2 votes each.

With Paternia apparently providing fewer potential politicians than the Emperor had been expecting, it is understood that he has begun exploring alternative avenues to fill the holes in the new Council, bringing Callum Gurr, the Chair of the University of Birmingham Liberal Democrats society of which the Emperor is the Secretary, on board as the new Duke of Paternia. As unsuccessful election candidates, Maguire and Daniels have also been given seats, as the new Dukes of Serkatia and Greater Tytannia respectively, as part of an Imperial Decree issued earlier this evening. The same decree made Sir Alex Helliker the Archduke of South Adammia, to compensate him for having the Duke of Serkatia title being taken from him.

The state of play as it stands is as follows: the Liberals have 4 seats (The Emperor, General Sir Luca Panconi, Daniels and Gurr), the Moderates have 2 seats (Helliker and Maguire), the Nuclear So-and-so Party 1 seat (Simpson) and Sykes sits as the sole independent member. There are 2 seats remaining to be filled: the Delegate of Abroad Citizens and the Delegate of the Colonies, the two “miscellaneous” seats; the process of filling them is expected to begin on Thursday. Clearly we can see that the Liberals have done well so far, perhaps better than they were expecting, due to the fact that some of their seats were originally expected to be taken by Paternian residents who were not expected to join the Liberals. The Moderates have done okay, with Maguire now on board as the party’s first deputy leader, but they have probably lost out as a result of Paternia’s political apathy; the same can probably be said of the Nuclear So-and-so Party. Particularly dramatic is the failure of the Labour Party to gain any new members in the new provinces – and therefore no seats at all on the new Council so far. The final two seats up for grabs could be vital: if they both go Liberal, a party will have a majority on the Ruling Council for the first time ever; if they both go Nuclear, this new and relatively minor party will be transformed into a major player; if even one of them is taken by a Labour member, this ailing party will be thrown a lifeline. If nobody in or near the new provinces joins Labour soon, the party will find itself in the same situation as the ANP – effectively consigning it to the history books.

There is, of course, a bigger story, and that is the upcoming National Election, which will actually decide who the Prime Minister will be for the coming term. The Liberal Party – traditionally the most formal and organised of Adammia’s parties – kicked of its preparations with a two-day special conference held via Facebook Messenger, starting on Monday and closing on Tuesday. On the first day of the conference, a motion was passed to amend the party’s constitution, firstly removing the one-week conference motion deadline in the interests of flexibility, and secondly allowing for motions of no confidence in party officers. The latter was included as a mechanism to force the party leader Prince Jake to step down; as a resident of the old Yorkshire territories, it is no longer possible for him to participate in Adammic politics, and naturally the Liberals would want a leader who is actually eligible to run for Prime Minister. However, this mechanism turned out not to be necessary, as Prince Jake resigned on Sunday. Therefore, the party conference simply had to elect a new leader on Monday evening, with General Sir Luca Panconi taking up the position unopposed. Then, on Tuesday, the conference approved the new party manifesto for the upcoming election; the manifesto is mostly similar to the one it used in August’s election, but with a few new key policies – namely rejoining the GUM as a full member, changing the voting system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote, and creating non-binary gender alternatives for titles and styles.

The other parties have been a little slower to get started, but we do at least know who their prime-ministerial candidates will be – we understand that the Nuclear So-and-So Party has already nominated Admiral Simpson, with Sir Alex Helliker expecting to follow suit for the Moderates within the next couple of days. There’s still no sign of any manifestos from either of those parties yet, however. At any rate, as with all previous national elections, the Adammic Express intends to conduct written interviews with the candidates, and we expect these to go live the day before the election.

Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Old party leaders begin to step down as new “Nuclear” party joins stage

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – With local elections now only two days away, the battle-lines of the new political landscape are starting to take shape. On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker joined the Moderate Party; Emperor Mother Jayne, the party president since she founded it in 2015, stepped down shortly afterwards in favour of him. We now understand that Helliker will likely be the sole candidate in Serkatia. The Liberals are also preparing for a party conference scheduled for Monday, at which they are expected to pass a motion of no confidence in their own leader, the outgoing Prime Minister Prince Jake, if he has not already resigned by then, allowing for a new leader to be elected who is local to the new provinces.

We also warned in our last article to expect the unexpected and that is exactly what’s happened after Minister of Defence Admiral Ems Simpson set up the Nuclear So-and-so Party last night. This new party is supposedly running on a left-wing platform alongside advocating for arming Adammia with nuclear weapons – hence the party’s name. This isn’t the first unusually-named party in Adammia: long-time readers may recall Sir Will McCracken’s now-defunct Imperial Skelton Party, which advocated for “healthy bones and calcium”.

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Our interpretation of where the parties now fall on the classic political compass chart.

Assessing the state of play of the political parties after these recent developments, it appears that things are pretty balanced at the minute. Helliker leading the Moderate Party was not an unlikely outcome by any means, and he’s believed to be a confident public speaker which could make him very likely to become the next Prime Minister. However, for now he’s the only Moderate in Birmingham, and he’s going to have to recruit more members in Alluria and/or Paternia if the party wants to do well. The Liberals are in a similar situation: although they have the head-start with General Sir Luca Panconi joining the Emperor to give the party its second Council seat, they’re still fairly low on numbers and will be looking to recruit more, especially in Alluria. Although the new Nuclear So-and-so Party only has one confirmed member so far, it is expecting to build a considerable presence in Paternia, which could establish it as a major player very quickly. Labour, meanwhile, appear to be increasingly in serious trouble. The establishment of the Nuclear party as a rival left-wing party has effectively killed off any chances of Labour getting any traction amongst Paternia’s left-wingers, meaning that their only hope is for someone in Alluria to take on the mantle of the party’s new leader. There is also a substantial right-wing population in Paternia, and a key question yet to be answered is whether or not those people will back Helliker’s centre-right Moderate Party, or strike out on their own.

Things kicked off amongst Alluria’s politicos last night after Sir Alex Hasioszyn (former Director of Communications under Madam Anna Darke’s colonial government) announced his intention to seek the office of Minister of Finance, and launched a “smear campaign” against potential rivals for the Councilor seat for Alluria, specifically Colonel Sir Zak Maguire. Currently, Maguire has not yet announced affiliation to any party or indeed expressed any intention to participate in Adammic politics at all – was Hasioszyn too hasty? That remains to be seen. We also currently don’t know which party Hasioszyn himself intends to join – if he seeks a specific Cabinet role, at some point he’ll have to back a specific party leader, in the hopes that that person becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking of which, as the new party leaders start to step forward, we can begin to speculate who might win the National Election due in 9 days time and become Prime Minister. Currently, we’re expecting that the Moderate and Nuclear So-and-so candidates will be Helliker and Simpson respectively; anything else would require a serious surge in support for another candidate within those parties. Now that we know that Simpson will be leading a new party instead of joining the Liberals, we expect that Panconi will become the new Liberal leader – unless, of course, again, there is an unexpected surge of support for someone else. As we said already, Labour appear to be in trouble and don’t have anyone yet who could be a candidate. However, there is understood to be considerable left-wing support in Alluria which could easily translate into Labour support if someone decides to step up to the plate. Currently, Helliker is our favourite to win, especially if he is backed by other centre-right figures such as known right-winger Maguire (should he decide to get involved) and/or the conservatives of Paternia. Simpson could have an outside chance based on her own Paternia support base, but her chances of success will likely depend on whether or not a Labour movement manages to materialise in Alluria, as this will affect how left-wing votes are distributed. Panconi (or another Liberal leader) could also stand a good chance as a compromise candidate, but it depends how much additional support the Liberals can pick up in Alluria. Hasioszyn will probably end up backing someone who he thinks can make him Minister of Finance – could this be Panconi, or a potential new Labour leader in Alluria?

Clearly, there are many questions yet to be answered, but over the next 48 hours the pieces of the puzzle are expected to come together, so stay tuned. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Panconi fires starting pistol by joining Liberals

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The Liberal Party have gotten a foothold in the new Ruling Council after General Sir Luca Panconi, the Duke of Alluria, joined the party last night, becoming the first of the new wave of Adammic politicians to declare their party affiliation. We now know that the Liberals will control at least two out of the ten seats on the new Council, with Panconi joining the Emperor, who is currently the party’s administrative president and chief whip.

In related news, earlier tonight the Office of the Emperor issued an Imperial Decree on dual residency for macronational higher education students. It allows such students to have term-time and holiday addresses, and permits them to run as a local election candidate in either province if those addresses are in separate provinces (though they may not run in both simultaneously). This will allow the Emperor to stand for election in Greater Tytannia, where his holiday address is located. Indeed, shortly after the Decree was signed, the Emperor became the first approved candidate of the November local elections, as the Liberal candidate for Greater Tytannia. The unusual nature of Greater Tytannia, as a province which is geographically far away from the new Council’s meeting place, means that the Emperor is realistically the only person who can represent it, and as such the Decree was necessary in order for Greater Tytannia to elect a Councilor who can actually attend Ruling Council meetings. This has essentially made Greater Tytannia a very safe Liberal seat, though it should be remembered that historically, most Ruling Council seats have been considered “safe” as they rarely change hands.

It is understood that the Emperor has begun talking to potential future politicians in the new provinces, encouraging them to begin thinking about standing in elections and about which party they might choose to join – the Liberals, the Moderates, Labour, or perhaps creating their own, new party. With Panconi joining the Liberals, they have gotten the head-start with at least two seats in the bag. The Moderates don’t have any seats confirmed yet, however we have reason to believe that they may stand a good chance of recruiting members across Serkatia, Alluria and Paternia, and could easily overtake the Liberals if there is enough interest. A party which could be in trouble is Labour – already in a bad position when they slid from 1st to 3rd place at the August national election, we expect that they may only pick up one or two seats on the new Council. However, this is all still extremely early speculation – as Sir Reginald Hall showed when he unexpectedly founded the Labour Party in 2015, there could be some surprising decisions ahead. For example, we still don’t know if anyone will form a new party of their own yet. This could happen if political views diverge away from the historic centrist consensus which has dominated Adammic politics for the past four years.

The old party leaderships will be expected to give way to a newer generation once members begin to trickle in. Could Panconi, as the first Liberal in new Council besides the Emperor, take over from Prince Jake as the party’s leader and prime-ministerial candidate? If nobody else joins the Liberals, almost certainly. However, if the Liberals pick up more members, the party could face an interesting internal election. Until more Moderate or Labour members come into play, we won’t have any idea who might be taking over from Emperor Mother Jayne or Sir Reginald Hall as the leaders of those parties.

The local elections are scheduled for the 12th of November, one week from today, so expect the coming week to be full of news stories. Seek wisdom and honour, and long live the Empire!

Transition Day: Fourth Amendment Passes as Sun Sets on First Era

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!

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.

National Election 2017 – Post-election Analysis

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – It’s the day after Prince Jake’s surprise victory in the National Election and we’re now going to break down the results subdivision by subdivision, to find out what the Liberals did right and what the other parties got wrong.

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Polling station in Imperial City, Tytannia.

With only two votes between the Liberals and the Moderates, we can all agree that the result could easily have been very different. There were two key factors which pushed the results in Prince Jake’s favour. The first was the seemingly arbitrary decision by the ANP to endorse him, giving him a couple more votes than we were expecting him to get. However, Emperor Mother Jayne could still have tied him, or even won herself, if it hadn’t been for lower turnout in areas which should have supported her. Midgard, for example, had 0% turnout and its sole resident is a former Borealian – people who historically backed the Moderates. Why these two or three missing Moderate supporters didn’t vote remains a mystery, but it is clear that they cost the Emperor Mother the election.

One of the more dramatic stories of the election is the huge collapse in support for Labour’s then-incumbent Prime Minister, Sir Paul McKenna, who went from 52.2% last year to just 16.7% this year. We knew that the introduction of a third candidate would split the vote shares of both the Moderates and Labour, and we also suspected that Labour would be the worst hit, but the swing from Labour to Liberal was much more significant than any of us were expecting. For the most part, the Moderates held steady; though they lost votes in Myway and Maternia, these were partially offset by gains in places like Primoria. Their support base in Watertopia, Dearneland and the non-territorial citizens remains mostly intact. Labour were decimated in areas which turned out for them last year; from winning all four of Primoria’s votes in 2016, this year they won just one. Watertopia, Kappania and the non-territorial citizens also abandoned Labour in large numbers, and it was mainly at the benefit of the Liberals.

What does this tell us? It seems that the electorate has become polarised between the more traditional Moderates and the radical Liberals. Whilst both parties are economically centrist, they both have very different values – the Moderates have a family-driven agenda, whereas the Liberals are concerned with individual freedoms as well as being far more imperialist than the other parties. Labour did little to set themselves apart from these two sides; policy-wise they could almost be described as “Moderate-lite”. We would argue that Labour have some serious work to do distinguishing themselves from the other two parties if they want to win again.

Liberal support in Primoria was towards the lower bound of what we were expecting; had they tried harder they could probably have won more than just two votes there. In the end, there was quite a spread of support, though with the Liberals on top as anticipated.

Maternia was most notably lacking in support for McKenna. Mathematically, we can infer that McKenna did not vote for himeself, a curious decision. Was he deliberately trying to not win the election?

The results in Tytannia, Watertopia, Myway and Dearneland were pretty much exactly as we predicted. El Grandens and Kappania – the ANP heartlands – raised eyebrows by choosing to support Prince Jake, the candidate for their old enemies the Liberal Party. If history is to be believed, the ANP may now expect something in return for their support, and will likely become angry if the government does not deliver. However, the Liberals – Adammia’s most progressive party – will probably be reluctant to be seen as relying on the “alt-right” ANP for support. There is no known deal of any sort between the two parties, and the Liberals will not be under any obligation to appease the ANP, though this could easily backfire at the next election if the ANP switch sides.

We were surprised that Midgard had 0 turnout and, as mentioned earlier, this seems to have harmed the Moderates. We hesitantly suggested that Pererria might vote Liberal and this was indeed the case.

That just leaves the non-territorial citizens. Although four of them voted for McKenna last year, this year he got nothing from them, and they account for a large part of his drop in votes. This demographic has in fact shrunk over the past year and their turnout was down, so they’re not as important in deciding the result as they have been in the past. The Moderates did well here – better, in fact, than last year – whilst the Liberals picked up another single vote.

Now the question is where do we go from here? The biggest issue that the Liberals had with their campaign was the obvious inexperience of Prince Jake. If his party gives him some proper media training, he may be able to deliver a more professional campaign next time round with the aim of solidifying the Liberal Party’s weak hold on power. If the Moderates want to overtake their rivals and once again return to the top, they will have to go on the offensive and become more critical of the new government. They’ll have to make some noise and inspire their supporters to turn out for the next election where they didn’t this time, as well as hopefully recruit some new supporters. Labour, meanwhile, have a lot of work cut out for them; as we already said, they need to distinguish themselves from the other two parties and forge a new identity in order to stay relevant. Adammia’s demographics are constantly in a state of flux as new territories come and go, and this will provide parties both new and old with opportunities to find new supporters. It is expected that over the coming year, the Empire will significantly expand its operations in the student community of the University of Birmingham. The political parties of Adammia face the challenge of balancing these newcomers and their traditional supporters in the old provinces.

Prince Jake Elected Adammia’s 3rd Prime Minister

Adam I, Editor

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Prince Jake pictured in Tytannia in 2015.

ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – Shortly after midnight, the Office of State announced the final results of the 2017 National Election. It has been confirmed that Prince Jake of the Liberal Party has been elected as Prime Minister of the Empire of Adammia, with 11 votes or 45.8% vote share. Behind him were the Moderate Party’s Emperor Mother Jayne with 9 votes (37.5%) and Labour’s Sir Paul McKenna with 4 votes (16.7%). Prince Jake becomes Adammia’s third Prime Minister and the first ever Liberal Party Prime Minister. Incumbent PM McKenna saw a massive collapse in his vote, whilst the former Moderate PM Emperor Mother Jayne held steady and came close to regaining her old office. 24 out of 29 electors cast their votes, giving a reduced turnout of 82.76%.

Prince Jake is expected to appoint his Cabinet within a week, before the State Opening of Council. Detailed analysis of the election result, looking at each subdivision in turn, will follow shortly.