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”.

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!

Emergency Appropriation Issued To Keep Government Open

Adam I, Editor

SERKATIA – The transitional government carried out its first official act today when the Cabinet approved an Emergency Appropriation in order to keep the government running until a Budget is passed. There was technically a government shutdown for around 18 hours after the October 2016 Budget expired at midnight, though this had no practical effect on the government. The only spending allocated by the Emergency Appropriation simply concerns funds to keep the official national website on-line.

Under the Public Finance Act 2016, once a financial year starts on the 1st of October, the Ruling Council has a month to pass a Budget for that financial year. Because of the ongoing government transition from Yorkshire to Birmingham, however, it was decided to delay the Budget until after the upcoming elections, in order to give the next government a fresh start. In order to keep money flowing to the government for website upkeep and prevent a government shutdown, Emergency Appropriations, approved by both the Cabinet and the Emperor, must be issued periodically.

The provisional Cabinet gathered for the first time today at the Guild of Students at the University of Birmingham. Prime Minister Prince Jake is now effectively PM in name only, as he does not live in Birmingham and will not be attending any further Cabinet meetings until his term ends with the National Election on the 19th. Therefore, new Deputy Prime Minister Sir Alex Helliker is effectively the acting Prime Minister on the Birmingham end. It was also in his capacity as Minister of Finance that he signed the Emergency Appropriation on behalf of the Cabinet – a landmark moment, as the first act by a new finance minister in over four years following the long and distinguished term of office of Adammia’s first finance minister, Sir Reginald Hall.

In other news, with the Fourth Amendment signed late on Sunday night, it has been confirmed that the Emperor has called local elections in all four provinces on the 12th of November followed by the National Election a week later. There is also expected to be an election for the Delegate of Abroad Citizens seat, which will probably be used as a sinecure for any unsuccessful local election candidates who are particularly keen to get involved. Potential campaigns are still in the very early formative stages, so we don’t have too much speculation to offer at this stage.

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!

New figures show collapse in Adammic economy with GDP slashed in half

Adam I, Editor

SOUTH ALLURIA – A short while ago, the Ministry of Finance published its annual reports following the end of the Adammic financial year on Saturday. The figures showed a budget deficit larger than anticipated, and, worryingly, a huge recession which has crippled the Adammic economy.

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Financial reports for the year have been published.

The Treasury has been producing its annual statements at the start of October since 2014, but this is the first year that they have been consolidated with the economic data to produce one single document, being called the Treasury and Economic Reports. The Budget for the financial year, approved by the Ruling Council last October, had planned to run a deliberate deficit, in order to reduce the level of unspent reserves in the Treasury. With revenues predicted at around £70, expenditure of £100 had been approved in order to run a deficit of £30. However, due to the logistical issues involved with the Emperor living away from home in Birmingham, over £20 worth of Contributions went unpaid, and they were recently written off by the Cabinet following a mix-up where many in the government had believed that the Contributions Scheme had been suspended months previously. As a result, government revenue for the 2016-17 financial year was £50.32, against expenses of £95, giving a deficit of £44.68. This brought Treasury reserves from £85 this time last year to £40.32 now. Whilst this is lower than expected, this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. The next government will likely cut public spending in its Budget and allow reserves to build back up a little. However, the report does note that future revenues are currently uncertain, with a poor economy yielding low taxes and the fate of the Contributions Scheme undecided. The backdrop of the ongoing transition of central government from Yorkshire to Birmingham is likely to cause some upheaval in the public finances going forward.

Graph of the GDP throughout Adammia’s history, with the recent collapse clearly visible.

Far more eye-catching is the news regarding the economy, which is far from optimistic. A number of factors conspired to yield a massive recession: unpaid Contributions as already mentioned, Maker Studios terminating its contract with AB Animation Ltd., Top Hat Software being unable to find new commissions, and reduced wine and newspaper sales. The GDP plummeted from £118.95 last year to just £50.58 now, representing a recession of 57.48%.

The only glimmer of hope was from new company Adammic Investment Ltd., a subsidiary of Emperor Adam I’s Imperial Holdings group; their initial investments have reportedly earned impressive capital gains, although they have been largely offset by the overheads involved in setting up the investment fund’s portfolio (in particular, the brokerage transaction fees and stamp duty). The company is adopting a buy-and-hold strategy in order to reduce overheads from transaction fees, so if their investments continue to perform well on the stock market, they could soon start to become a major player within the Adammic economy. Recently, the Emperor provided an additional £120 of equity to the fund, which was invested in ETF tracker funds for the Euro Stoxx 50 and Standard & Poor 500 indices.

Once the new government in Birmingham has been assembled, it will already have its first challenge in front of it – how to get the economy moving again. The MoF report notes that the transition could provide both opportunities and problems, and advises ministers to think carefully. Much is uncertain at this point in time, but things can’t get much worse than they are currently, so no doubt many will be tempted to believe that an economic recovery is inevitable.

Despite the economic hardship, unemployment is actually down, and is now at 15.6%. This is mostly due to an influx of new citizens in North Alluria who are either enlisted in the Military or, in some cases, involved in Alluria’s civil administration. The National Employment Agency also updated its definitions so that being a member of the Ruling Council counts as employment in its own right.

The report can be read in full here.

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.

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.

Adammia Signs Treaty With Abelden

Adam I, Editor

SOUTH ALLURIA – In the early hours of Tuesday morning, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Abeldane Empire and Commonwealth, entering Adammia into formal diplomatic relations with Abelden. The possibility of signing such a treaty was first proposed by the Abeldane Emperor, Stephen I & II, around three weeks ago. The agreed-upon treaty was based on a standard template that the Adammic Ministry of Foreign Affairs created in 2014 for mutual recognition treaties. The Abeldane legislature, the Reichsversammlung, took some time to make a minor amendment to the wording before ratifying the treaty.

The coats of arms of Adammia and Abelden.

Abeldane joins a small number of nations which Adammia has signed similar treaties with over the years, such as Mercia, Uberstadt, Wyvern, Florenia and Lundenwic. This is the second such treaty Adammia has signed this year, coming after one in August with Lundenwic. Adammia on the whole has been in a quiet and isolationist phase for the past half a year on the foreign affairs front, and this is likely to remain the case over the coming months as the Empire focuses inward, preparing for the Emperor’s planned transition of central government from the old Yorkshire territories to Birmingham.

The treaty can be read here.

Alluria Relocated and Partitioned, Boosting Population

Adam I, Editor

SOUTH ALLURIA – Last night, the Office of the Emperor issued Imperial Decree LI, which moved the Colony of Alluria from its original location in Edgbaston, Birmingham to nearby Selly Oak.

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The garden of South Alluria.

Alluria was originally founded in October 2016 in order to claim the halls of residence where the Emperor was living during his first year of study at the University of Birmingham. Several flatmates of the Emperor joined the colony, such as Sir Luca Panconi, who became the General of the 2nd Infantry Division, and Madam Anna Darke, who became the colony’s Governor in March 2017. In June, the residents of Alluria vacated the territory and have since been moving in to new housing. Decree LI divides the colony into two counties, North Alluria and South Alluria. The former is the new residence of Darke, Panconi and several other Adammic citizens, whilst the latter is the new residence of the Emperor and Sir Alex Helliker, who was the Empire’s first ever citizen (besides the Emperor himself) and is now the Emperor’s legal advisor. The Emperor and Helliker met online before the Empire was founded, but coincidentally both began studying at the University of Birmingham last year. Panconi has been made Count of North Alluria, whilst Helliker has been made Count of South Alluria. Darke remains the colony’s overall governor.

Both of the counties in this new iteration of Alluria consist of a single terraced house each, and are just over 400 metres apart as the crow flies. As a result of the move, a number of honourary citizens – friends of Allurian residents last year who have now moved in with them in North Alluria – are now living in the colony and as such have been automatically upgraded to full citizenship. This has boosted the Empire’s population to 34, up from 30.

The Emperor moved from his summer residence in Adamsville, Primoria to what is now South Alluria on the 23rd of August, and the Office of the Emperor has now fully set up its operations there, along with the many agencies and organisations the Emperor also runs.

Decree LI appears to be the first phase of the plan the Emperor announced in his State Opening of Council speech to “aggressively” expand the Empire’s Birmingham operations with the aim of relocating most government functions there by the New Year. The Adammic Express understands that there are more interested parties in the area who could soon be joining the Empire.

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.