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Lord Charles Ross appointed new ATP Director-General

Lord Charles Ross, Duke of Occidentia

Tuesday 1st June saw a new Director-General appointed to run Austenasian Television Productions (ATP).

Lord Charles Ross, Duke of Occidentia was appointed to the position on Tuesday by Emperor Jonathan I.

His Imperial Majesty had served as Director-General himself since founding ATP in December 2008.

ATP functions as Austenasia’s national public service broadcaster. Roughly analogous to the BBC, ATP is supported and promoted by the government but not controlled editorially.

Lord Ross has experience in journalism, broadcasting, and video production, and will be looking to create a regularly published series of Austenasian news videos.

He gave the following statement to the Times:

“I’m proud to announce that with the Emperor‘s blessing I’ve taken over the reins of Austenasian television as the new Director-General. With this I plan a complete revamp of our nation’s broadcasting system. As well as a revamp of existing systems, I plan to also bring in new mediums to promote and spread broadcasting throughout the Empire. I will work with the governors of Austenasia’s territories and dependencies to create their own local media outlets and YouTube pages, and will also work on creating a regularly broadcasted Austenasian video news program airing Empire-wide stories from around our Empire. I see this as an extraordinary opportunity and thank the Emperor and all subjects of the Empire for placing their trust in me. I hope to serve everyone well!”

Lord Ross previously served as Governor and then Governing Commissioner of Bregusland.

Bregusland’s territory to be ceded in the New Year

The Crown Dependency of Bregusland will be dissolved as a territorial entity at the end of the year.

This was formalised by an Act of Parliament passed yesterday.

The land composing the Crown Dependency will be ceded back to the United States due to its population moving to a new property. The current residents of Bregusland will be granted non-residential subjectship and so remain Austenasians.

Bregusland was founded as an Austenasian Territory in March 2019, expanding into a Crown Dependency with the annexation of a neighbouring house in March earlier this year.

Coronavirus measures implemented as pandemic continues

15 April 2020 1 comment

On 16 March, three cases of suspected coronavirus infection were reported by the Austenasian Times. All three individuals have by now either tested negative for the coronavirus or stopped displaying symptoms.

Despite this good news, the ongoing pandemic and the reactions of governments around the world continue to affect life for all Austenasians, both residential and non-residential.

Palasia and Bregusland restricted travel last month, a fact reported by Lonely Planet in a recent article about the reactions of various “micronations” to the pandemic.

However, these are not the only towns of Austenasia to have implemented a response to the disease.

The Austenasian capital Wrythe, the towns of Theodosiopolis and Dragovina, and the Harlemum March are all under lockdown.

Theodosiopolis and Harlemum, which are both represented by Dionisiy I, have furthermore stocked up on protective masks and anti-viral medicine.

Kingeston, which consists of uninhabited parkland bordered by Canada, has declared a state of emergency, and is encouraging visitors to observe social distancing and wash their hands. Peach Ponds meanwhile, which likewise consists of parkland (albeit bordered by the USA) has taken a stricter approach, enforcing a stay-at-home and not accepting visitors.

In Mouzilo, the sole resident – Manolis Afentoulis, Duke of Thessalia – has implemented strict social distancing and remained within the borders of the crown dependency for over three weeks, working on various cultural projects.

With lockdowns and social distancing being enforced in the United Kingdom, United States, and other countries around the world, many activities which Austenasians would usually join outside the borders of Austenasia itself have also been cancelled.

Last weekend saw Western Easter unable to be celebrated by the Imperial Family by attending church with other Austenasians, as is customary. Likewise, Emperor Jonathan I and the other Orthodox Christians of Austenasia will be unable to observe Orthodox Easter this upcoming Sunday 19th with church attendance. The Emperor will instead be listening to a livestreamed service from the safety of the Imperial Residence.

Likewise, the Imperial Geographical Society conducts an expedition on the first Monday of May, but will not be doing so this year.

As long as the pandemic continues, similar measures and precautions will unfortunately have to be taken in order to ensure public health.

Emperor releases coronavirus statement as Austenasian officials and resident self-isolate

Three possible cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infections have been reported amongst Austenasia’s government and population.

On 13 March, Pope Queranus I – Pontifex Maximus and Governor of Iostan na Beithe and Glencoe, better known as Sebastian Linden – announced that he would be self-isolating due to “symptoms matching coronavirus”.

The same announcement was made on behalf of a resident of Palasia by Lord John Gordon, the town’s Representative, the following day.

Earlier today, Sir Hugh McFarlane – Governing Commissioner of New South Scotland – also made the same announcement.

In response to the suspected case in Palasia – the only suspected case reported so far on Austenasian territory – the Border Enforcement Agency has restricted travel over Palasia’s border with the United Kingdom to “essential” journeys.

Furthermore, Bregusland – which expanded from a Territory into a Crown Dependency last month with the annexation of a bordering house and its three residents – has also been placed on lockdown, with the border closed to all non-residents.

Emperor Jonathan I has made the following statement in response to the ongoing pandemic:

Our prayers and best wishes are with all those infected or otherwise adversely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Despite the rapid spread of this disease, panic and overreactions will not help but if anything hinder attempts to deal with it. We therefore call for individuals to react calmly, sensibly, proportionately and responsibly. Unless you will be entering into self-isolation with nobody to buy goods on your behalf, there is no need to stockpile food, toiletries and cleaning products. A lack of goods in shops simply means that others will go without or have to make extra journeys; think about the needs of others, and be compassionate. Be sensible, also; self-isolate if you are displaying symptoms, and minimise unnecessary travel or gatherings in order to avoid exposing yourself to the virus. Finally, and most importantly and obviously, be hygienic; wash your hands regularly (see this webpage for further information), disinfect desks, tables and door handles, and keep tissues on your person so as to cough or sneeze into them rather than your hands. Follow the advice of whatever authorities are most familiar with the situation in your local area, and accept disruption and discomfort in order to protect the health of others. By the grace of God this disease does not seem to pose a great risk to Austenasia; let us not let it spread any further by our own stupidity or laziness. We are confident that in time the pandemic will come to an end, as have all pandemics in human history; let us pray that its end will come quickly, for the recovery of those infected, for the protection of those at risk, and for the strengthening of those working to combat the disease. May God bless and save you all.

ICJA
Chester, 16 March 2020

UPDATE 18 MARCH 12:05 – Sir Hugh McFarlane has announced that he and his immediate family have tested negative for the coronavirus.

March sees territorial changes for Austenasia

Austenasia has both annexed and ceded land and residents so far this month.

Theodosiopolis, the newest Town of Austenasia.

A new town, Theodosiopolis, and two new territories, Bregusland and Green Gate, have both been annexed to Austenasia, and the city of New Richmond has expanded with a new property being claimed.

Meanwhile, the crown dependency of Jovanovo was ceded to Montenegro on Thursday 21st.

Jovanovo had previously been a town, but was made a crown dependency a year ago in order to prevent its founder, Daniel Dankovsky, from influencing the central government after having made various racist statements.

Dankovsky was stripped of Austenasian nationality in July last year, and since then Jovanovo had been governed completely autonomously by its own residents. With Jovanovo having no contact with the government, the decision was made to cede all claims to the land.

The two new territories of the Empire, Bregusland and Green Gate, are enclaves of Arizona and Greater London respectively. Green Gate is a relatively short distance from the capital, Wrythe, and there are plans for its governor, Lord Zarel Smith, to visit in the near future.

Theodosiopolis, the newest Austenasian Town, is an enclave of Amsterdam. Founded by Lord Dionisiy Tedzhan-Smahin – who helped to design last year’s commemorative coins – the town is comprised of two properties and has a population of four people.

Finally, Saturday 2nd saw New Richmond expand with the annexation of a sixth non-contiguous property, named Alexandria and currently used as the residence of the Prime Minister.

Although the cession of Jovanovo has on paper resulted in a drop in the number of Austenasians (with the population now standing at 83), the new annexations have for all practical purposes greatly increased the population in terms of those who will take an active interest in the government and in their Austenasian identity.