The House of Representatives this morning elected Lord Admiral Eren Lewis, Baron of Terentia, as its second Speaker.
He replaces Lord Charles Clarke, who became Speaker in September last year but resigned on Monday 7th.
The Speaker presides over and maintains order in meetings of the House of Representatives, recognising motions and counting votes.
Lord Admiral Eren has served as Minister of Defence since March 2015.
The Empire of Austenasia has expanded for the second time this year, with the annexation of a small territory in eastern Scotland.
The Territory of Amerdansk, which consists of the 360 square foot garden of a residential property, was annexed by Austenasia last night.
The land had been offered to the Empire by the now Lord Kit McCarthy, a resident of the adjoining house, who has been appointed governor of the territory.
Amerdansk is the sixth Territory of the Empire, and the fourth to be an enclave of Scotland.
H.E. Professor Sanjib Bhattacharya has been made a non-residential subject of Austenasia, raising the Empire’s population to 88.
Since August last year, Professor Bhattacharya has served as Austenasia’s Ambassador-at-Large for the States bordering India, as well as Consul-General at Mumbai.
He was instrumental in the appointment of the Empire’s incumbent ambassadors to Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, and has worked hard to increase awareness of Austenasia online and in his local community.
In gratitude for his hard work for the publicity and diplomatic advancement of Austenasia, Professor Bhattacharya was granted Austenasian nationality in an Act of Parliament passed yesterday.
As well as working as an Austenasian diplomat, Professor Bhattacharya is also the CEO of an award-winning translation service.
Non-residential subjectship of Austenasia is held primarily by governors of uninhabited land. The granting of it by Parliament to others is a rare honour.