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Joseph Kennedy becomes regent and heir in HRE

30 September 2020 Leave a comment

HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Royton, was appointed Imperial Regent of the Holy Roman Empire on September 21st, having been elected King of the Romans on July 30th.

Joseph III, King of the Romans

The Holy Roman Empire (HRE) is an imperial confederation of sovereign states which recognise the imperium of the Holy Roman Emperor, and claims to be the revival of the entity dissolved in 1806.

The incumbent Holy Roman Emperor, Quentin I – who also serves as King of Wyvern – began to create the revived HRE in 2014, and it was recognised by Austenasia and Reyla in September 2016.

The Holy Roman Emperor is not an hereditary but an elected position. On July 30th, Joseph Kennedy – who served as Austenasian Prime Minister between 2015 and 2020 – was elected heir to Quentin I by representatives of the HRE’s member states.

As was the case in the original HRE, the designated heir assumes the title “King of the Romans”. Kennedy will therefore be known as King Joseph III.

On September 21st, Joseph III was also appointed Imperial Regent, due to Quentin I having been unable to spend the necessary time on his imperial duties.

As Imperial Regent, Joseph III has assumed the administrative duties of Quentin I, although the latter remains Holy Roman Emperor and is not thought to be considering abdication.

The HRE currently has ten member states, and a cumulative population of over two hundred people.

Austenasia celebrates 12th anniversary

19 September 2020 Leave a comment

The Empire of Austenasia today celebrates Independence Day, marking twelve years since the Declaration of Independence was sent in September 2008.

To mark the occasion, a broadcast has been released by Lord William Wilson, the Deputy Prime Minister.

Another broadcast by the Prime Minister himself, Lord John Gordon, is expected later today.

Celebrations will be taking place across the Empire. Emperor Jonathan I and his fiancée Princess Hannah the Augusta will this evening host dinner at a restaurant in Deva Victrix to be attended by local non-residential Austenasian subjects.

The Emperor has also released the customary Honours List, the recipients on which are listed below:

Independence Day 2020 Honours List

Glorious Order of St. John:

  • Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford (Knight of Honour)
  • HG Bradley, Duke of Dullahan (Knight of Honour)
  • Lord William Wilson, Count of Oribrazos (Knight of Virtue)

Order of the Bullmastiff:

  • Lord Charles Ross, Duke of Occidentia (Knight)
  • Brayden “Lee” Eaves (Knight)

Austenasian Order:

  • HFM Basileus Emmanuel I & II (Knight Commander)
  • HH Despotes Aggelos (Knight Commander)
  • HSH Edward I (Knight Commander)
  • HM King Eran (Commander)
  • HRH The Prince Nathan (Commander)
  • Lord Remus Peroni, Duke of Viennensis (Commander)
  • Lord Michael Simpson, Count of Occibrazos (Commander)
  • Lord Austin Jaax, Baron of Kingeston (Commander)
  • Thomas Marios I of Ovrestlia (Officer)
  • HM King Cameron I (Officer)
  • HG Aidan McGrath, Duke of Limiport (Officer)
  • Lord Ismetcan Siraç, Count of Bithynia (Officer)
  • Lord Casper von Naveria, Count of Cowyetton (Officer)
  • Newton von Uberquie (Officer)
  • Baron Archie Birch (Member)
  • Thomas Bainbridge (Member)
  • James Reginald Frisch (Member)

Relations strengthened with Roman-inspired nations

17 September 2020 Leave a comment

In the past week, the Empire of Austenasia has signed formal treaties of friendship and recognition with two other nations which claim continuity with the Roman Empire, namely Ovrestlia and Rhomania, and come to agreements regarding their imperial status.

Ovrestlia, which has a population of 42 and declared independence from Greece in 2019, signed a treaty with Austenasia on Thursday 10th.

Rhomania, which before becoming independent in May this year was the Austenasian Crown Dependency of Mouzilo, signed a treaty with Austenasia yesterday, on Wednesday 16th.

Rhomania especially has a culture based on that of the Eastern Roman Empire, with most of its land located within the former borders of such and its official name being the Basileia of the Romans.

Emmanuel I & II of Rhomania – also known as Manolis Afentoulis – holds the title of Basileus; although this is translatable as “Emperor”, the treaty signed has agreed that he will be recognised as holding the rank of Caesar, with Austenasia pledging to support his efforts to attain full Augustan rank.

The monarch of Ovrestlia – Thomas Marios I – likewise officially claims imperial rank, but under the terms of the treaty signed with Austenasia has agreed to use the title of Hegemon in dealings with the Empire.

In return for diplomatic recognition, Ovrestlia has also pledged to cede an area of land to Austenasia, the details of which are currently being arranged.

Although Rhomania overtly claims succession from the Roman Empire, Ovrestlia likewise claims a cultural continuity from the same. In both treaties, Austenasia and the other signatory have recognised each other as holding “equal political succession from the Roman Empire and function[ing] as polities of the indivisible and perpetual Roman Empire”, the arrangement which Austenasia also holds with the Holy Roman Empire, Imvrassia, and the Carshalton Nations.

These two treaties have therefore expanded and consolidated the sphere of nations mutually recognising each other as claiming and holding the inheritance of Rome.

Coronavirus scare in Palasia

3 September 2020 1 comment

A local lockdown has been announced by Palasia Town Council after one of the Town’s four residents developed symptoms of Covid-19.

The resident displaying symptoms is en-route to a testing facility in the United Kingdom.

A suspected case reported in Palasia in March resulted in a previous local lockdown, but the symptoms experienced by the individual soon abated.

The local lockdown will restrict travel for Palasians over the UK-Austenasia border to essential journeys only.

This also applies to Prime Minister Lord John Gordon, Representative of Palasia, who announced the news earlier this afternoon.

No suspected cases among Austenasian subjects, residents or officials have to date tested positive.

UPDATE 4 SEPTEMBER 14:40 – Lord Gordon has confirmed that the resident displaying symptoms has tested negative for coronavirus, and that the local lockdown has been lifted in response to this good news.