In an Imperial Edict passed earlier today, Emperor Jonathan I made an amendment to the national motto of the Empire.
Since July 2011, the national motto of Austenasia had been “Imperator et Populum Austenasiae” (Emperor and People of Austenasia), based on the emblematic “S.P.Q.R.” of the Roman Empire.
However, it recently became known that the phrase was grammatically incorrect. “Populum” should instead have been “Populus”, and was changed to such earlier today.
This change will require a new depiction of the national coat of arms to be published, on which the motto is displayed.
The website hosting the news archives of Austenasia prior to the establishment of the Austenasian Times has been frozen from public viewing.
Those attempting to access the website are met with the message that “This website is frozen.”
The reason for this problem is not known.
Before the establishment of the Austenasian Times in November 2012, the Prime Minister posted brief news updates on the main page of the government website. These small articles were then moved to another website, www.austenasianewsarchives.webs.com.
The Secretary-General’s Office has contacted Webs, the company which hosts the website, regarding the issue and is awaiting a reply.
UPDATE 25 NOVEMBER 09:19 – The problem has now been resolved, with the News Archives website once more online.
An Act of Parliament was passed yesterday morning which saw two new Crown Dependencies join Austenasia.
The first, Imperia, consists of a residential property bordering India. Imperia’s five residents – one of whom, Ketan Uzagi, has been appointed its Governing Commissioner – have raised the Austenasian population to eighty six people.
With the annexation of Imperia, Austenasia now has land on every continent of the world except for Antarctica.
The second Crown Dependency to have joined the Empire yesterday was Esmondia, named after the former Emperor Esmond III. This new addition is bordered by Argentina, and administered by Tarek Kârjasary.
In December last year, Kârjasary established the Crown Dependency of Achem, but in August moved from his former home to Argentina, making government of Achem impossible. Esmondia has therefore been founded to replace it, with Achem dissolved yesterday.
A party was held in the Imperial Residence yesterday evening to celebrate the 21st birthday of Emperor Jonathan I.
The Imperial Family were joined by relatives and family friends for the party, including Deputy Prime Minister Countess Eritoshi and her sister Lady Imogen, one of the current two consuls.
The Emperor received several birthday cards and presents from the guests at the party.
The actual birthday of the Emperor was on 13 October, which was observed with the opening of presents and a meal out with the other members of the immediate Imperial Family. The party was held yesterday instead of on Tuesday so that more people would be available to attend.
Emperor Jonathan I yesterday gave Imperial Consent to the Armed Forces Act 2015.
The Prime Minister, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy – the author of the legislation – released a statement briefly describing the main points of the Act:
“The Armed Forces Act 2015 has codified the rank structure of the Armed Forces in a code similar to that used by the United States Armed Forces, has completely reformed the ranks of the Imperial Air Force, and has established the Joint Administrative Chiefs for the overall administration of the Armed Forces during peacetime.”
The Austenasian Armed Forces (AAF) are comprised of the Austenasian Army, the Imperial Navy, and the Imperial Air Force (IAF). The new legislation also adopted flags for the three branches of the AAF.
The Austenasian Army currently has 27 personnel, the Imperial Navy has 18, and the Imperial Air Force has 6.
This weekend saw the Empire celebrate seven years of independence.
Independence Day took place on Saturday 19th as the third Saturday in September, but the actual seven year anniversary of Austenasia’s foundation was on Sunday 20th.
A military parade was held in New Richmond, and celebrations also took place in Terentia and Thanasia. The occasion was also observed by many of Austenasia’s foreign ambassadors.
Emperor Jonathan I travelled back to Wrythe for the weekend from Roehampton, where he recently started his third and final year of a university course.
As is customary, an honours list was published by the Emperor on Independence Day. Recipients of honours included Queen Carolyn I of Ladonia, who was knighted into the Order of the Bullmastiff, and King Adam I of Überstadt, who was granted the title Duke of Washington.
Meanwhile, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy published a speech as Prime Minister, which can be read here.
The First Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 has now been approved by Parliament and will enter into force on 20 September.
Several amendments to the constitution (explained here) were proposed last month by Emperor Jonathan I, the first time that any change to the constitution has been formally proposed since its adoption in September 2011.
Constitutional amendments require approval in a referendum and the approval of over 80% of the Representatives in Parliament. The Monarch must also give their consent.
A referendum held on 31 August had 89.47% of voters (with a turnout of 77.55%) support the amendments. An Act of Parliament was soon proposed to implement the amendments, to which nine out of the ten Representatives would have to support in order to reach the threshold of over 80%.
As soon as the ninth Representative gave their support last night, the Emperor granted Imperial Consent to the Act, making it law.
Now that Parliament has approved of the amendments, they will come into force at one second past midnight on the morning of Sunday 20th September.
In other news, the Emperor has announced that 13 September was the first day of autumn 2015 in the Austenasian calendar.