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Parliament declares Austenasia a Christian country

The Christian “Chi Ro” sign, already used on state symbols from the national coat of arms to the ensign of the Imperial Air Force.

At 7:40 am this morning, Imperial Consent was given to an Act of Parliament establishing Christianity as the state religion of the Empire.

Christians make up the majority of the Empire’s population, and much of Austenasia’s symbolism and ceremonies have been inspired by Christianity. For example, the Chi-Ro holds a prominent place on the Empire’s coat of arms, and Emperor Jonathan I made his coronation oaths while holding a Bible.

The Act of Parliament has reaffirmed the provisions included in the Constitution that all have the right to choose and practice their own religion without discrimination or persecution. The Emperor has announced that he will consider the creation of an ombudsman-like position to ensure that no religious discrimination takes place.

No particular denomination has been specified as Austenasia’s state religion, but rather Trinitarian Christianity as a whole.

Austenasia has never before had an official religion, but since its founding the largest religion in the Empire has always been Christianity, which has influenced many of its laws and national symbols.

Several Christian feast days have been made national public holidays, and local authorities have been given the right to declare a local public holiday on the feast day of the patron saint of their town or territory.

Mayoral elections called for the Empire’s cities

HIM Emperor Jonathan I has called for local elections to take place in the Empire’s two cities on 9 February.

Wrythe and New Richmond became Austenasia’s first two towns to be granted city status earlier this month, on 8 January and 9 January respectively.

The local elections will see the electorates of both cities elect a Mayor, who will hold responsibilities in local government.

In recognition of their elevation to city-status, mural crowns have been granted by the Emperor to the arms of Wrythe (left) and New Richmond (right).

The position of Representative will also be up for election, but it is expected that the incumbents – Jonathan I in Wrythe and Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy in New Richmond – will be re-elected.

 

As the positions of Representative and of Mayor are incompatible, it remains to be seen who will run for election as Mayor in the two cities.

Alongside calling the elections, the Emperor also granted a mural crown to the arms of both cities in recognition of their new status.

National motto amended

The Austenasian coat of arms, which will soon be revised in light of the national motto being corrected.

The Austenasian coat of arms, which will soon be revised in light of the national motto being corrected.

In an Imperial Edict passed earlier today, Emperor Jonathan I made an amendment to the national motto of the Empire.

Since July 2011, the national motto of Austenasia had been “Imperator et Populum Austenasiae” (Emperor and People of Austenasia), based on the emblematic “S.P.Q.R.” of the Roman Empire.

However, it recently became known that the phrase was grammatically incorrect. “Populum” should instead have been “Populus”, and was changed to such earlier today.

This change will require a new depiction of the national coat of arms to be published, on which the motto is displayed.