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Parkland annexed as new Crown Dependency

Satellite imagery of Kingeston.

On Wednesday 5th, the most recent expansion of the Empire took place with the annexation of the Crown Dependency of Kingeston.

Kingeston, which consists of just over two and a half acres of parkland bordered by the Canadian province of Ontario, was claimed for Austenasia by Austin Jaax, who has been appointed Governing Commissioner of the new claim and given a position in the Privy Council.

As a Crown Dependency, Kingeston will not be represented in Parliament but will be administered by Jaax autonomously from the central government.

In other news, on 4 December, the Emperor announced the official start of winter in the Austenasian calendar.

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Emperor Grandmother Joyce passes away aged 96

3 November 2018 1 comment

HIH Emperor Grandmother Joyce, 1922-2018

Yesterday evening, HIH Emperor Grandmother Joyce passed away aged 96 after a short illness.

Grandmother to Jonathan I and mother-in-law to former Emperor Terry I, Joyce was born in Essex in 1922. Her family moved to London in 1940, and from 1943-46 she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

On Boxing Day 2008, soon after Austenasian independence, Joyce was given a knighthood by then Emperor Terry I – only the fifth person to be awarded such – after expressing interest in the new Empire.

She was also appointed one of the two annual Consuls in 2016, but otherwise had very little actual involvement in Austenasia and never became an Austenasian subject.

Emperor Jonathan I has requested that a state of mourning be observed through the Empire until the Emperor Grandmother’s funeral, and for the privacy of the Imperial Family to be respected during this time.

“MicroWiki schism” comes to an end

The dispute which began in 2012 over which website should be considered the “true MicroWiki” came to an end yesterday evening, when Wikia staff officially renamed micronations.wika to MicroNations Fandom.

The website generally considered MicroWiki is at micronations.wiki, but another, smaller wiki at micronations.wikia – known by most as “MicroWikia” – has for six years now claimed to be the “true” MicroWiki due to being the original domain at which the community was founded.

The MicroWiki community left the Wikia site in 2010 in order to create a website independent from the Wikia corporation, but two years later some younger users left MicroWiki and reactivated the original website in a successful attempt to start their own community. Attempts to heal the rift were rejected by Wikia staff, who encouraged the new community in order to maximise advertisement revenue.

It had been intended for the original Wikia site to be left as an archive, displaying a “snapshot” of the community as it had been in 2010. However, subsequent editing and deletions by the break-off community lost a substantial amount of community and micronational history.

Poor leadership and generally immature users at MicroWikia prevented it from being seen by most as a serious alternative to the independent MicroWiki, but the very existence of the break-away community remained a sad reflection on the inability of some members of the wider community to work together.

Over the past few months, Emperor Jonathan I was able to get himself appointed as a leading administrator on the Wikia site, and lead the way in petitioning Wikia staff to rename the website.

With micronations.wikia no longer officially claiming the MicroWiki “title”, the rift between the two communities is formally at an end.

Although the community remaining at MicroNations Fandom is very small compared to that of MicroWiki, the fact that the former no longer claims the same name will make it far easier for its users to co-operate and interact with the main MicroWiki community.

Austenasia, Flandrensis and GUM sign convention condemning falsehoods and sockpuppeting

16 September 2018 2 comments

Daniel Morris, foreign minister of Flandrensis, signs the Wrythe Convention.

Several small nations and independence movements yesterday signed the Wrythe Convention, a treaty denouncing and condemning falsehoods and intentional deception within the community of small nations.

The Convention was signed yesterday at a gathering at the Imperial Residence in celebration of Austenasia’s tenth Independence Day.

A link to the text of the Wrythe Convention can be found here.

The treaty condemns sockpuppeting, identity theft, false claims and deceptive exaggerations, practices which have unfortunately become common within the micronational community over the past few years, with many entities making fictional claims in an attempt to boost their esteem.

One individual in particular engaged in all of the said practices, James Klaassen-White and his “Kingdom of Catan”, is specifically singled out and condemned by the Convention as having “not had the decency to cease such behaviour after it has been exposed”.

Klaassen-White is well-known in the micronational community for his absurd claims and hostile behaviour to those who question them, having infamously claimed to have gained recognition from the UK and USA via photoshopped letters, spent £30 million on a navy, and creating a fake social media account with stock photos which he later “killed off” by falsely claiming it to have been a victim of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.

The Wrythe Convention’s first four signatories were Austenasia, Flandrensis, Adammia, and the GUM (the Chairman of the latter signing on behalf of the organisation of 22 members).

Adammia has aided in the fight against online deception by Catan before, having previously informed a person claimed by Klassen-White to have been Catan’s “Prime Minister” that the latter had stolen his name and photographs from social media, much to the surprise of the individual involved, who of course had no knowledge of Klassen-White’s claims.

The Wrythe Convention was also signed by Wildflower Meadows, as well as Lundenwic, Sakasaria, and New Westphalia.

The treaty has been left open for signature, and those who have signed encourage other nations to do so as well.

Independence Day party held at Imperial Residence

16 September 2018 2 comments

Attendees of the Independence Day party held yesterday

A celebration attended by various dignitaries was held yesterday at the Imperial Residence in celebration of Austenasia’s tenth Independence Day.

The party, hosted by Emperor Jonathan I and his parents, was attended by Princess Hannah of Wildflower Meadows, Adam I of Adammia, Daniel Morris (foreign minister of Flandrensis), Lord John Gordon of Palasia, the two leaders of Lundenwic (a nation with which Austenasia does not currently have diplomatic relations but is in the process of negotiating), and Lord Michael and Dame Rosalind (uncle and aunt of the Emperor).

For most of the guests, it was their first time meeting each other in person, and so plenty of friendly discussion was able to be had. Various parlour games were also played towards the end of the evening.

Several of the guests took the opportunity to sign the Wrythe Convention, an international treaty condemning falsehoods, deception and sockpuppeting within the community of small nations.

The very first physical Austenasian flag to be made was hung up in Parliament Hall, having been taken out of storage for the occasion.

Each attendee received a complimentary commemorative coin, and several guests were also granted peerages and knighthoods by the Emperor.

Austenasia celebrates its tenth anniversary!

15 September 2018 2 comments

Happy Independence Day!

 

The Empire of Austenasia is today celebrating ten years since its foundation in 2008.

The third Saturday in September is celebrated annually as Independence Day, whereas the actual anniversary is September 20th. Parliament this morning passed an Act making every day from today until the 20th an unprecedented six-day-long public holiday.

Celebrations are underway in the territorial claims and embassies of the Empire right across the world.

A party will take place at the Imperial Residence later today, attended by dignitaries from Austenasia, other small nations, and the local area.

Numerous messages of congratulations have been received from foreign governments, and the Prime Minister is expected to give a celebratory speech later today.

First Austenasian coins released to mark 10th anniversary

3 September 2018 3 comments

For the first time in Austenasia’s history, a set of coins has been minted by the Treasury.

One hundred zinc-alloy coins, each 3.8 cm in diameter, have been produced in celebration of the upcoming tenth anniversary of Austenasian independence, which will be celebrated on Saturday 15th September.

The coins each have a face value of £3, and are legal tender within Austenasia, but are intended to be of a commemorative nature.

One side of the coin has a portrait of Jonathan I, whereas the other has the inscription “Ten years since the Declaration of Independence”. Both sides are circled by an inscription of the name and Latin title of the Monarch, together with the civic (2018) and ecclesiastical (7527) year.

Many of the coins will be gifted to Austenasian dignitaries and friendly foreign heads of state.

Members of the public are able to buy the coin while stocks last via this link, for its face value plus a set postage and packaging charge.