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Diplomatic relations established with Vishwamitra

Flag of Vishwamitra

Emperor Jonathan I yesterday signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the State of Vishwamitra, establishing friendly diplomatic relations with said nation.

Vishwamitra is an elective absolute monarchy which declared independence from India in 2007. Originally created by a group of childhood friends, it was first known simply as the “Children’s Group”, eventually evolving into the sophisticated nation it is today.

Vishwamitra has a population of 80 citizens. Its monarch, Dhrubajyoti Roy, has reigned since August last year and holds the title Rashtradhyaksh (Hindi for “head of state”). The monarch is elected to a three year term by and from the six rulers of Vishwamitra’s constituent states.

Emperor’s great-uncle Lord Geoffrey passes away aged 94

Lord Geoffrey Trory, 1926-2021

Lord Geoffrey Trory, Duke of Belfast yesterday passed away aged 94.

A great uncle of Jonathan I on his mother’s side, Lord Geoffrey was first made properly aware of Austenasia during a visit to Wrythe in September 2009. He expressed great interest in and enthusiasm for the then relatively new country, and was named Duke of Belfast by the Emperor in September 2014, a title for which he expressed great thanks.

Geoffrey was born in Essex in 1926, and moved to London in 1940. An accomplished church organist, he was a Graduate of the Royal College of Music and held a professional diploma from the Royal College of Organists. He moved to Belfast in 1953, where he spent the rest of his life.

Lord Geoffrey is survived by his wife Lady Mabel, whom he married in 1963, their three sons (the eldest of whom, Lord Graham, has inherited his peerage) six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Emperor Jonathan I has called for a state of mourning to be observed through the Empire until his late great-uncle’s funeral.

UPDATE 13 APRIL 17:10 – Lord Geoffrey’s funeral will take place on the morning of Thursday 15th.

Third confirmed coronavirus case amongst Austenasian population

A third Austenasian subject has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The two other infected Austenasians – one reported in December 2020 and another in February 2021 – both made a full recovery.

Meanwhile, the number of Austenasians vaccinated against coronavirus continues to grow. Emperor Father Terry was vaccinated on 12 March last month, and Emperor Mother Margaret on 10 February.

The Austenasian Times has not received permission to publicise the name of the most recently infected subject, but can confirm that they are a non-residential subject, hence posing no direct threat of infection to inhabited Austenasian land claims.

UPDATE 13 APRIL 17:05 – The Austenasian Times is pleased to report that the infected subject has now recovered from the symptoms of coronavirus.