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!