Adam I, Editor
ADAMSVILLE, Primoria – The Moderate Party released its manifesto for the imminent National Election on Sunday evening. Written by the party’s leader Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher, its policies are as follows:
-We think Contributions should remain the same. Individuals are generally willing to contribute from personal finances for events. We think the financial situation should have a minimum amount (e.g. £20).
-We think we should make Christmas donations to cancer charities on a yearly basis.
-Defence spending should be kept to a minimum. Historically, we are unlikely to come under threat.
-On the economy: Wine making brings a constant income. We don’t think having our own currency is viable due to the amount of people being involved and due to key members being family.
-Emperor’s Quizzes could be themed (in part at least). This would allow participants to read up on historical events, leaders in the arts/sciences/sports etc.
-We think walks in the countryside should continue. An extra car seat is available (and an additional four if Paul goes); the more the merrier.
-We also think a batch of disposable barbecues should be purchased from the funds as they are not always readily available on sunny days. This would allow spontaneity in family gatherings.
Adammic Express analysis: The first thing to take away from this manifesto is that it is clearly targeted at the residents of the provinces. Citizens living in the territories or abroad are unlikely to find much for them in here. This has been the running theme for the Moderates since they published their first manifesto two years ago, which had a similar family-oriented tone.
Out of all three parties, the Moderates have put the most effort into justifying their policies. However, their manifesto also contains many things that they will not do, or things that they will keep the same. This seems redundant at times, although it does help to reflect their nature as the “moderate” political option.
The fact that both the Moderates and the Liberals support keeping the Contributions scheme as it is means that it is unlikely there will be any major financial changes going forward. It should be noted that the manifestos aren’t just for the National Election – they will also influence each party’s legislative agenda for the coming term. Areas of agreement between any two parties are likely to find their way into law. For example, both the Moderates and Labour want to keep defence spending to a minimum, so don’t keep your hopes up for a large defence budget in October.
The Moderates support a “minimum amount” for the Treasury balance, with £20 suggested. This means that funds will always be available for emergencies, and it is a good way of ensuring a degree of liquidity in the government’s assets. A similar concept already exists in law via the Emergency Situations Act 2014, but was poorly defined. However, the Treasury balance has not dropped below £20 for several years, so this proposal might not come into effect too often.
Charitable donations made their first appearance in last year’s budget, and the Moderates seem keen to make them a regular fixture. This move is likely to go down well.
The Moderates also have some proposed changes to the Emperor’s Fabulous Quiz. Could this lead to potentially awkward stand-offs between the Cabinet and the Office of the Emperor, which “owns” the quiz? The government has always had a high degree of influence over the structure of the quiz, but it has never been mentioned in a party manifesto before.
In discussing continuing “walks in the countryside”, the Moderate manifesto refers to a number of walks throughout June and July undertaken by Emperor Mother Jayne, Madam Julie Foster, Prince Jake and Sir Reginald Hall in the foothills of the Peak District National Park in order to prepare the former two for their recent hiking holiday in the Alps. These walks did not take place in a micronational context, but the Emperor warmed to the idea of changing this, perhaps by re-branding them as military scouting expeditions. The subsequent idea of acquiring a stockpile of disposable barbecues is in a similar vein. Barbecues in Imperial Square have long been a part of Adammic culture, but so far they haven’t had any government involvement. It seems like one of the main goals of the Moderates is to use government resources to support these areas of Adammic culture.
As the race enters its final days, it remains difficult to judge where each candidate stands – especially since the introduction of a Liberal candidate for the first time throws the past four years of historical election data out of the window. We still don’t know for sure exactly how well Prince Jake will do, and which of the other two candidates will find their vote share the most split as a result. However, the Liberals have more members than the Moderates or Labour, and their success in the Delegate of the Colonies by-election last year suggests that they have a degree of support further from home. We predict that the Liberals will pick up votes from the large population centres of Primoria and Myway, going up against support that the Emperor Mother has traditionally recieved from the other provinces. The ANP may choose to endorse a candidate which could also have a big impact. In particular, we think that incumbent PM Sir Paul McKenna might be in trouble. His victory last year came off the back of an unexpectedly strong showing for him in Primoria, but this was last year, when there was no Liberal candidate, and currently half of Primoria’s population are members of the Liberal Party. Even a fairly small swing from Labour to the Liberals will make it extremely difficult for him to win again.
We aim to publish our traditional pre-election interviews on Friday evening. This will be the last chance for the three candidates to get their message across to the electorate. This will also be when we publish our final pre-election analysis, with our predictions of who will do well in each area of the Empire.