Meeting in Putney

Emperors Jonathan I and Taeglan I Nihilus in Putney.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, Countess Eritoshi, and Lady Evren Filgert met in Putney this afternoon for lunch, later joined by the Reylan Emperor Taeglan I, although by this point the Countess had had to leave.

Emperor Jonathan I and Prime Minister Countess Eritoshi met Evren Filgert of Porthbokon at a Putney tube station before walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch in celebration of the Emperor’s birthday, which took place yesterday.

After eating, the Countess had to depart, and the Emperor and Lady Evren explored the town before meeting Taeglan I Nihilus, Reylan Emperor.

This was the first time that the two western Emperors have met since the coronation of Jonathan I. Along with Lady Evren, they went to a coffee shop to buy drinks, and the three spent time talking about various matters.

All four individuals who met today study in Greater London, and the idea of future similar informal meetings met with approval.

Local election results announced

Local elections were held yesterday, with the results as expected by many.

All Towns have elected or re-elected the sole candidate standing for election. Shineshore is the only Town to have not yet announced their results, but it is assumed that as elsewhere the only candidate – in this case Lord Centurion Alastair – has been elected Representative.

All elections had the option to abstain – if this got more votes than the candidate running for election, the respective Town Council would have had the authority to take over from the Representative.

Several of the candidates had only been Acting Representatives, having been appointed as such by Parliament upon their Town joining Austenasia but not until now elected. As all members of the House of Representatives are now fully elected Representatives, it is expected for changes in the composition of Cabinet to be announced in the following days.

UPDATE 17 OCTOBER 15:29: Lord Centurion Alastair was elected in Shineshore.

Emperor hosts fundraiser quiz night

The Emperor and Crown Princess address the quiz teams.

Yesterday evening, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor hosted a fundraising quiz night at Carshalton Methodist Church.

Emperor Jonathan I set up a quiz evening in a hall next to Carshalton Methodist Church as a means of fundraising for the construction of a cultural centre being built by his own church, the Greek Orthodox Church of Ss. Constantine and Helen. Money raised by the entry price was split between the two churches.

Emperor Mother Margaret and Crown Princess Caroline, both of whom regularly attend Carshalton Methodist, helped the Emperor prepare the hall for the quiz. Refreshments during a break in the middle were free, but the Crown Princess was also selling home-made cakes to raise money for a humanitarian trip to India she plans to go on with her school next year.

Over £150 was raised for Carshalton Methodist, St. Constantine’s, and the fund for Crown Princess Caroline’s India trip. The entire population of Greater Wrythe attended the quiz night, as did several members of Carshalton Methodist, with an overall attendance of over 30.

There were seven rounds, on subjects including history, geography, general knowledge, and famous quotations. The members of the winning team each got a notebook and pen as a prize.

Museum opens in Lichtenstein

Exhibits in the Imperial Museum of Austenasia. The sign on the wall gives information about the items on display.

Austenasia’s first museum has opened in the town of Lichtenstein.

The Imperial Museum of Austenasia, founded and administered by Lord C. Hengest Crannis, Duke of Grantabridge, contains a large number of items from across the world relevant to small sovereign states and micronations.

Notable exhibits include the flag used during the colonisation of Heischierland, letters and Christmas cards sent to the Duke by the Imperial Family, leaflets and booklets with information on various small states, and stamps, flags, visas, treaties and currency from several extant and former micronations.

Permission to use the prefix “Imperial” was granted by the Emperor on Independence Day, while plans for the establishment of the museum were underway.

Further expansion for New Richmond

27 September 2014 Leave a comment

Flag of New Richmond

After expanding to become Austenasia’s largest Town only a few weeks ago, New Richmond has once again grown with the addition of two new houses.

Joseph Nobilissimus Caesar and his immediate family have moved from their former home in Saint Josephsburg to a new house several miles away. The former has been ceded back to the United States of America, whereas the latter has now joined the Empire and New Richmond as the district of West Richmond, along with the neighbouring house.

The house next to the Caesar’s new home belongs to relatives of his, who agreed to leaving the United States and joining West Richmond. This simultaneous cession and annexation of land – formalised by an Act of Parliament and a transfer of sovereignty ceremony earlier this evening – has increased the Empire’s population to 54.

The cession of the Caesar’s old house in Saint Josephsburg is the first time that Austenasia has relinquished sovereignty over territory since January 2010, when a small area of land was given to the Slinky Empyre. The rest of Saint Josephsburg has remained Austenasian.

More information, as well as photographs, will be published when available.

Local Election candidates confirmed

27 September 2014 Leave a comment

Those standing for Representative in next month’s local election have been confirmed.

All incumbents are standing for election, with some at present only being Acting Representatives due to their Towns having joined the Empire after the most recent local elections in November last year.

In no Town is there an opposing candidate standing for election, but this does not mean that there will be only one choice on the ballot paper. All subjects will have an option to abstain – should the option to abstain gain more votes than the candidate, the respective Town Council may take power for itself or appoint a new Acting Representative.

Those standing for election to the office of Representative are:

  • In Wrythe: HIM Emperor Jonathan I
  • In Zephyria: Lord Marshal William, Baron of Zephyria
  • In Thanasia: HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis
  • In Palasia: Lord John Gordon, Baron of Palasia
  • In Lichtenstein: Lord Hengest Crannis, Duke of Grantabridge
  • In Porthbokon: Lady Evren Filgert, Duchess of Dumnonia
  • In New Richmond: HIH Joseph Nobilissimus Caesar
  • In Shineshore: Lord Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia

Six years of independence celebrated

20 September 2014 4 comments

Emperor Jonathan I, Emperor Mother Margaret, and Emperor Father Terry celebrated Independence Day with a meal out at a restaurant.

The sixth anniversary of the Austenasian Declaration of Independence has been celebrated across the Empire, while local elections have been called for next month.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor and his parents celebrated Independence Day with a meal out this evening at a local restaurant. Crown Princess Caroline was unable to accompany them due to schoolwork.

The occasion was also marked across the Empire – a parade took place in New Richmond, a ceremony was held in Oregonia, and a museum has been opened in Lichtenstein.

Furthermore, the customary Independence Day honours list was released by Emperor Jonathan I. Amongst those granted honours was Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, who has been appointed Caesar.

Now known as HIH Joseph Nobilissimus Caesar, the founder of New Richmond has been appointed the Emperor’s deputy over the two Crown Dependencies in North America, Shineshore and Oregonia. Furthermore, the Governing Commissioner of the latter of these two, King Adam I of Überstadt, has been granted subjectship of the Empire, raising Austenasia’s population to fifty people.

In an Imperial Edict given yesterday, the Emperor also announced that local elections will take place on 11 October. The last local elections took place in November last year, but since then several new Towns have joined the Empire, meaning that a large proportion of those in the House of Representatives are serving as Acting Representatives, without a democratic mandate. Subjects have one week  in which to announce their intention to stand for Representative.

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