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Austenasia celebrates 12th anniversary

19 September 2020 1 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)

Austenasia celebrates its eleventh anniversary

22 September 2019 Leave a comment

Yesterday saw Independence Day in the Empire of Austenasia, the yearly celebration of the Austenasian Declaration of Independence in September 2008.

Independence Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September, although the actual anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is the 20th, which this year fell on a Friday.

As expected, celebrations were somewhat muted compared to last year, when Austenasia’s tenth anniversary was celebrated with a party at the Imperial Residence and the minting of commemorative coins.

However, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor did release an honours list, a custom which has been performed on every Independence Day apart from 2009 and 2011.

Recipients of honours included the foreign national leaders Emperor Taeglan I Nihilus of Reyla and King Eran and Prince Nathan of Florenia, who were all made Counts, as well as several Austenasian governmental and noble figures being given titles in the Austenasian Order.

Independence Day also saw the Fatherland Party hold its first conference, which took place over Discord. The conference lasted just under an hour, but resulted in agreement being reached over the party’s policies.

Independence Day party held at Imperial Residence

16 September 2018 4 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 4 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.

Nine years of independence celebrated

17 September 2017 Leave a comment

His Imperial Majesty published a brief video message from Spain.

The Empire of Austenasia yesterday celebrated nine years since its foundation in 2008.

Although the actual anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is on the 20th, Independence Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September.

Emperor Jonathan I was not in Austenasia itself due to having recently moved to Spain for several months, but published a brief video statement from the newly-claimed Austenasian Consulate-General in Castile and León.

As is customary, an honours list was published by the Emperor, albeit one smaller than previous years due to a large amount of honours having been already granted this year less than four months ago on 4 June, when Imperium Day coincided with the moveable feast of Pentecost.

Furthermore, a parade in celebration of the occasion took place in Jovanovo, and messages of congratulations were received by the imperial government from numerous dignitaries and national leaders from across the world.

Planning has now begun for next year’s Independence Day celebrations, which will see the tenth anniversary of Austenasia’s foundation.

Independence Day celebrated!

17 September 2016 Leave a comment

The Austenasian Star, national flag of the Empire.

The Empire of Austenasia today celebrates eight years since its foundation in 2008.

Although the actual anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is on the 20th, Independence Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September.

As is customary, an honours list has been published by the Emperor, the recipients of which are listed here.

Furthermore, Emperor Jonathan I has released a statement for the occasion, which can be read below:

 

To all Austenasians, in the Empire or abroad, our greetings!

As we sit writing this in the Imperial Residence, we remember how the Saturday eight years ago when the Declaration of Independence was sent was bright and sunny; in contrast, today is dark and overcast. It reminds us that the world has become a darker place in the years since 2008, with enemies of peace and proponents of barbarism growing in strength each day.

If the world becomes darker, we must not let that darkness overshadow us, but rather shine all the more brighter. When our predecessor Constantius Chlorus freed Britain from the rule of an usurping tyrant, he was hailed as “restorer of the eternal light of Rome.” Just as Rome was considered then, let Austenasia be considered now a shining beacon in the world to inspire others, whether that be through the Order of Saint Constantine raising money for the poor and unwell, the Imperial Geographical Society exploring and researching the national world, or simply through ordinary Austenasians striving to be the best that they can be. To all Austenasians with a title of nobility or a knighthood, act not with hubris or pride, but with the honour and virtue that your title demands of you.

On this Independence Day, let us come together and reflect on the meaning that can be given to it. Declaring independence is more than claiming sovereignty over territory; it is about saying “No; we can do things differently, and we can do things better.” As we look at the world around us, let that be the guiding philosophy of our nation.

We wish you all a happy Independence Day. God bless you, and long live the Empire!

ICJA, Wrythe, 17 September 2016

The Prime Minister, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, will also release a statement later today.

 

Independence weekend celebrated

21 September 2015 2 comments

Independence Day was observed right across the world. Here, Tariq Zubair (Austenasian Ambassador to Pakistan) poses in front of the national flag.

This weekend saw the Empire celebrate seven years of independence.

Independence Day took place on Saturday 19th as the third Saturday in September, but the actual seven year anniversary of Austenasia’s foundation was on Sunday 20th.

A military parade was held in New Richmond, and celebrations also took place in Terentia and Thanasia. The occasion was also observed by many of Austenasia’s foreign ambassadors.

Emperor Jonathan I travelled back to Wrythe for the weekend from Roehampton, where he recently started his third and final year of a university course.

As is customary, an honours list was published by the Emperor on Independence Day. Recipients of honours included Queen Carolyn I of Ladonia, who was knighted into the Order of the Bullmastiff, and King Adam I of Überstadt, who was granted the title Duke of Washington.

Meanwhile, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy published a speech as Prime Minister, which can be read here.

Sunday 20th also saw constitutional amendments, approved by a referendum and by Parliament, come into force at one second past midnight.

Six years of independence celebrated

20 September 2014 4 comments

Emperor Jonathan I, Emperor Mother Margaret, and Emperor Father Terry celebrated Independence Day with a meal out at a restaurant.

The sixth anniversary of the Austenasian Declaration of Independence has been celebrated across the Empire, while local elections have been called for next month.

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor and his parents celebrated Independence Day with a meal out this evening at a local restaurant. Crown Princess Caroline was unable to accompany them due to schoolwork.

The occasion was also marked across the Empire – a parade took place in New Richmond, a ceremony was held in Oregonia, and a museum has been opened in Lichtenstein.

Furthermore, the customary Independence Day honours list was released by Emperor Jonathan I. Amongst those granted honours was Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, who has been appointed Caesar.

Now known as HIH Joseph Nobilissimus Caesar, the founder of New Richmond has been appointed the Emperor’s deputy over the two Crown Dependencies in North America, Shineshore and Oregonia. Furthermore, the Governing Commissioner of the latter of these two, King Adam I of Überstadt, has been granted subjectship of the Empire, raising Austenasia’s population to fifty people.

In an Imperial Edict given yesterday, the Emperor also announced that local elections will take place on 11 October. The last local elections took place in November last year, but since then several new Towns have joined the Empire, meaning that a large proportion of those in the House of Representatives are serving as Acting Representatives, without a democratic mandate. Subjects have one week  in which to announce their intention to stand for Representative.

Five years of independence celebrated

21 September 2013 2 comments

The Austenasian Star flying from the Imperial Residence earlier today.

The fifth anniversary of the Austenasian Declaration of Independence is being celebrated across the Empire with a three-day-long public holiday.

The actual anniversary of Austenasia’s founding was Friday 20th, but Independence Day is celebrated today (21st) on the third Saturday of September. His Imperial Majesty the Emperor announced last weekend that a public holiday would be held over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 22nd in celebration of this milestone.

Emperor Jonathan I returned home to Wrythe from Roehampton University yesterday on the 20th, having spent the afternoon at Thanasia with Countess Eritoshi of Memphis on the way back. The Emperor appointed her to the ceremonial rank of Augusta by an Imperial Edict, granting her the style of Imperial Highness and making her second only to himself in the order of precedence in the Empire.

This morning, Independence Day was marked in New South Scotland with a parade by its Constabulary, an organisation founded by Governing Commissioner Haakon Lindström to enforce law in the Crown Dependency. The celebration was concluded with Mr. Lindström having drinks with the members of the Constabulary.

Celebrations continued as Jonathan I this evening accompanied Crown Princess Caroline, Emperor Father Terry and Emperor Mother Margaret to a quiz night at Carshalton Methodist Church with a fish and chips supper, joined by Lord Marshal William and the population of Zephyria and by Lord Michael, Dame Rosalind and Lady Catherine of the Boxall family (the family of the Emperor Mother).

Tomorrow, the final day of the independence anniversary holiday, looks set to be a more relaxed day, with no major celebrations planned.