Ruling Council

First State Opening of Council in Birmingham takes place, Cabinet appointed

Adam I, Editor

ADAMSVILLE, Greater Tytannia – The new Ruling Council was completed on the 26th of November after the Ordo Vladius agreed to the Office of State’s proposed appointment of Owain Davies as Delegate of the Colonies. Then, on the 3rd of December, the composition of newly-elected Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker’s Cabinet was announced. With everything now in place, the first State Opening of Council in the Birmingham provinces was scheduled for Tuesday the 5th of December in the Province of Serkatia.

The full composition of the new Council, as announced by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor in his State Opening speech, is as follows:
Councilor of Greater Tytannia: HIM Emperor Adam I (LIB)
Councilor of Serkatia: HG Sir Alex Helliker PM KOV (MOD)
Councilor of Alluria: Sir Jack Sykes KOA (IND)
Councilor of Paternia: HG Admiral Ems Simpson (NUC)
Duke of Greater Tytannia: HG Commodore Sir Joe Daniels KOA (LIB)
Duke of Serkatia: HG Colonel Sir Zak Maguire KOA (MOD)
Duke of Alluria: HG General Sir Luca Panconi DPM KOA (LIB)
Duke of Paternia: HG Callum Gurr (LIB)
Delegate of Abroad Citizens: Asher Bond (IND)
Delegate of the Colonies: Owain Davies (IND)

As we previous speculated, a coalition has been formed between the ruling Moderate Party and the Liberal Party, in order to provide enough Council members to fill a complete Cabinet. The composition of the new Cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister: HG Sir Alex Helliker PM KOV
Deputy Prime Minister: HG General Sir Luca Panconi DPM KOA
Minister of Finance: Owain Davies
Minister of Foreign Affairs: HIM Emperor Adam I
Minister of Defence: HG Commodore Sir Joe Daniels KOA
Minister of Citizenship & Information: HG Callum Gurr
Minister of National Development: HG Colonel Sir Zak Maguire KOA
It has also been confirmed that, as the leader of the largest party not in government, Admiral Ems Simpson is acting as the Leader of the Opposition.

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HIM the Emperor addresses the State Opening of VI Legislature.

Following the State Opening speech, the Council set about its business for the first meeting of VI Legislature, with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition giving brief comments on the prospects of the coming term. The centrepiece of the meeting was the 2017-18 Budget. Standard financial appropriation for the previous financial year had expired at the end of October, with the transitional Cabinet issuing an Emergency Appropriation to extend funding until the end of November. From the five days between then and the State Opening, a government shutdown was in effect, though the effects of this were negligible. As the Cabinet had only just been formed, it did not have a Budget prepared, and so the Council suspended order and worked informally on a simple Budget, with the Government and the Opposition collaborating. The finished document, as moved by the new Minister of Finance, authorises expenditure of £24 to cover the domain costs of the national website, and up to a further £20 for donating to charity. It was passed with 7 votes in favour, no votes against and 2 abstentions, although several votes were given remotely after the meeting, as only 5 members were present at the meeting itself. The Budget did not deal with measures for raising income, and the Council is expected to return to this side of public finance after a few ideas were suggested at the meeting. Though nothing is yet set in stone, the Government appears to be moving towards an annual Contributions payment instead of the old monthly scheme, with a potential lower rate of £3 per year (as opposed to the 50p per month, or £6 per year, under the old regime), which would bring it in line with the membership fees of most student societies at the nearby University of Birmingham. There were also suggestions of providing some sort of reward scheme for citizens who choose not to opt out of the scheme, though it is not yet clear what form this might take. At any rate, even if the Government fails to raise any income at all during this financial year, there are enough reserves left over in the Treasury from the last government to see it through the year without entering debt.

After dealing with the Budget, the Council agreed on a business motion for the following five meetings, handling a total of ten Acts of Council derived from the current party manifestos. This is the first time the Council has scheduled its future business in such a way, but it wasn’t the only first from the Council. If the recent elections set the tone for a new, more engaged Adammic politics, then this was the first time we really got to see it in action. Admiral Simpson appears keen to fulfil her role of holding the government to account, and has already criticised the appointment of Callum Gurr as the Duke of Paternia, on the grounds that he is not a resident of the province, and further that he is a Liberal representative of a province where nobody voted Liberal at the recent election. Meanwhile, Gurr himself raised eyebrows when he questioned his own party’s leadership’s decision to enter coalition with the Moderates without consulting party members such as himself, although his decision to accept a Cabinet position suggests that he does not consider this to be too much of an issue.

The full report of the Council meeting can be read here.

After the Council meeting, the Cabinet met briefly, and mainly discussed foreign affairs issues. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is expected to formally request that Adammia be re-admitted as a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational at some point in the coming days. Furthermore, the government is believed to be considering diplomatic relations with the newly-formed nearby micronation of Wazakhstan, led by UoB fresher Ned Hilton as its Prime Minister. The emergence of Wazakhstan onto the stage has raised the prospect of a so-called “Birmingham Sector” around the areas of Edgbaston and Selly Oak, which would be the first new local sector of the MicroWiki sphere in several years.

The Council is now in its Christmas recess and will convene again in January. At its next meeting, it is expected to discuss the Moderate Party’s General Amendments Act, as part of Prime Minister Helliker’s pledge to reform and improve past legislation, and the Nuclear So-and-so Party’s Human Rights Act. The former will be mostly technical and is not expected to be controversial, and the latter will probably have the broad approval of all parties, although some finer points could be contentious. However, there will be some serious political debate in the near future. The Emperor recently announced that he would again be seeking to have the Empire de-recognise the United States government, this time in response to President Donald Trump retweeting a number of anti-Muslim “Britain First” videos on Twitter. Famously, an Imperial Decree was issued following the US Presidential Election last November which withdrew diplomatic recognition. This caused an uproar amongst Adammia’s right-wing, which saw the ANP challenging the Emperor’s then-seat of Delegate of the Colonies, which he narrowly held on to in a subsequent by-election. Eventually, then-PM Sir Paul McKenna tabled a Council motion to overturn the decree, arguing that it did not respect American democracy, and in a move which was unheard of in the political climate at the time, the Council sided with the PM and against the Emperor, thus restoring diplomatic recognition. Clearly, the Emperor is hoping that the new Council will be less hostile to the measures, but there are signs that this may not be the case – both the PM and the Leader of the Opposition are understood to be opposed to withdrawing recognition. Although the Emperor is understood to have the support of Liberal colleagues such as Gurr, this situation could well turn into the Liberals versus the rest of the Council, and although the Liberals have the most seats, they do not have a majority. Plans to enact the decision by Imperial Decree have seemingly been shelved in order to prevent the potential embarrassment of the decree being overturned a second time, and the Emperor is now expected to propose the move as a private member’s bill at the next meeting, where there could well be a significant debate unlike anything we have seen previously.

In other news, Adammia saw its heaviest snowfall since its foundation over the weekend, with 4-5 inches of snow falling on South Adammia on Sunday. It was in these conditions that the Emperor travelled back to his holiday residence of the Imperial Household in Adamsville, Greater Tytannia, on Monday, with Emperor Mother Jayne and Sir Paul McKenna. Indeed, most members of the government have now gone home for the academic holidays.

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Snowfall in Serkatia.

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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.

Liberal-Labour Coalition Sees Smaller Cabinet

Adam I, Editor

SELLY OAK, West Midlands – The Ruling Council convened for the first time since the National Election on Saturday the 19th for the State Opening of Council. Following the Emperor’s opening speech, the Government Ministries Act 2017 was tabled by the Liberal Party, acting on their manifesto pledge to reduce the number of government departments. With the Act passed, the Ministry of Citizenship and the Ministry of Information have now merged into the Ministry of Citizenship and Information, and the Culture, Science & Technology, Environment and Infrastructure ministries have formed a combined Ministry of National Development.

Once the Act was passed, the Emperor announced the Cabinet which has been formed by incoming Prime Minister Prince Jake. The reduced size of the Cabinet has meant that this is the first time that a grand coalition of all parties has not been necessary. Instead, Prince Jake’s Liberals have formed a coalition with the Labour Party, who came third in the recent election. Labour’s Council representation includes respected statesmen such as long-serving Deputy PM Sir Reginald Hall and former PM Sir Paul McKenna, which is likely the main reason why the Liberals opted to work with them rather than the Moderate Party. The new Cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister – HIH Prince Jake
Deputy Prime Minister – HG Sir Reginald Hall
Minister of Finance – HG Sir Reginald Hall
Minister of Foreign Affairs – HIM Emperor Adam I
Minister of Defence – HG Sir Paul McKenna
Minister of Citizenship and Information – HG Sir David Hall
Minister of National Development – HIH Prince Jake
This leaves the Moderates as the first real opposition party in Adammic history, and makes Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher the de-facto Leader of the Opposition.

The new Cabinet soon set to work, and approved an Emergency Appropriation – the first of its kind – to pay for the shipping costs for the new flag as well as a new camera tripod which had recently been bought for Adammic Online Broadcasting. This additional £30 of public spending is intended to replace some of the Defence and Science & Technology allocations which were approved in the October 2016 Budget but were never actually needed. An Emergency Appropriation is a way to authorise public spending when it is impractical to wait for the Ruling Council to pass a new budget (which it tends to do annually, every October); it must be approved by both the Cabinet and the Office of the Emperor, and the Ruling Council reserves the right to review the decision and cancel it if it so wishes.

In other news, the Office of the Emperor announced on Sunday night that it had issued an Imperial Decree removing the requirement for proposed Acts of Council to be seconded before they can tabled for a Council debate. In a press release, the Office explained that the requirement was causing unnecessary delays during Ruling Council meetings. It is not usual practice for an Imperial Decree to amend an Act of Council (in this case the Internal Procedures Act 2017), which the Office acknowledged, stating that it was impractical to wait for the Council to handle the issue.

Earlier today, the Emperor left Adamsville and travelled to his new term-time residence in Selly Oak, Birmingham (preparations for this move are the reason why this article is delayed). It is expected that legislation will be signed within a week officially relocating the Colony of Alluria from its original location in nearby Edgbaston and splitting it into two subdivisions, one being at the Emperor’s new house and the other being at the residence of Alluria’s governor Madam Anna Darke, where a number of Adammic citizens now live.

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.