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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!

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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!

Prince Jake Elected Adammia’s 3rd Prime Minister

Adam I, Editor

Prince Jake

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.

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.