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GUM Summit held at Birmingham

Yesterday saw the first international summit organised by the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM) held at Birmingham.

With twelve attendees representing eight GUM member states and Westarctica, the summit was the largest held in the United Kingdom for small nations since PoliNation 2012, seven years ago.

Organised by outgoing GUM Chairman Adam I of Adammia, the summit was held in the Guild Council Chamber of the University of Birmingham, the university at which Adam I is currently studying.

Adam I was joined by Lady Hermione Peace, his Minister of National Development. Austenasia was represented by Emperor Jonathan I.

The summit was, naturally, chaired by Adam I as Chairman, assisted by Jonathan I, who was as Associate Justice and Archivist the next-highest ranking GUM official in attendance.

Other attendees were Lord Mike Lewis of Lundenwic, two diplomatic representatives of Westarctica, and Lord Daniel Morris (formerly of Draega and Flandrensis but now representing the micronation of New Westphalia).

Also in attendance were five officials from the micronation of Essexia, three of whom each also represented another GUM member state (Gradonia, Aspen, and Quebec resepectively).

The summit saw presentations by attendees, as well as open discussions on law enforcement, international organisations, and economics

The summit was also used as an occasion for the signing of the Edgbaston Convention, a treaty aiming to ensure higher standards of accuracy in regards to the sometimes vague or frivolous claims made in the community of small nations.

As well as signing the Edgbaston Convention, Emperor Jonathan I also signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the State of Gradonia, courtesy of its Essexian representative.

With so many national delegations gathered in one place, the opportunity was held to hold only the second in-person Quorum meeting of the GUM in history. The first had been held at the Tate Modern in July 2012, the day following PoliNation; Jonathan I is the only person to have been present at both.

This in-person Quorum was primarily a ceremonial event, but did vote to refuse one membership application and to expel an unprofessional observer state.

The summit ended with the playing of national anthems. It is hoped that a similar summit will be held next year.

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Expedition of the Imperial Geographical Society to Box Hill

The Imperial Geographical Society (IGS) earlier today conducted an expedition to Box Hill in Surrey.

The expedition pauses on a clearing on Box Hill.

The expedition traversed valleys and woodland around Box Hill on its way to the viewpoint at the top of the hill itself, which commands a spectacular view of Dorking and the surrounding countryside.

On their way up the hill, the expedition encountered a large bed of bluebells and some mysterious tiles embedded in the woodland floor.

Fourteen people took part in the expedition, including Emperor Jonathan I, the Emperor Mother, and Crown Princess Caroline. The route had been planned by John, former Baron of Zephyria.

This marks the twentieth expedition of the IGS, almost ten years to the day since its first was conducted on 4 May 2009.

A video of the expedition will soon be uploaded.

Prime Minister responds to Adammic PM Lord Saunders’s statement

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Lord Saunders, PM of Adammia

Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Prime Minister of the Empire, has released a statement in response to a statement released by Adammic Prime Minister Lord Juliano Saunders.

Lord Saunders’s statement, which was publicised by an Adammic Express article released earlier today, condemned the Austenasian government for the third part of the Second Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011. The section in question of the Second Amendment defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Lord Kennedy has condemned the Adammic Prime Minister’s statement as “indicative of one who acts with naïveté in regards to the accepted practices of diplomacy within the community of small nations,” and described Lord Saunders’s behaviour as “immature and disrespectful to the democratic processes of the Empire.”

In his statement, the Prime Minister applauded the Adammic Monarch Adam I’s response to Lord Saunders’s statement and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to maintaining productive and amicable relations with the government of Adammia. The Prime Minister’s statement can be read in full here.

Imperial visit to Green Gate

His Imperial Majesty the Emperor visited Green Gate earlier today in the first ever imperial visit to an Austenasian Territory.

Emperor Jonathan I in Green Gate earlier today.

Green Gate was annexed last month, and is comprised of a wooded area bordering a golf course.

This marks the first time that Jonathan I has visited an Austenasian claim other than his home city of Wrythe and the nearby Crown Dependency of Rushymia since Zephyria and Thanasia were ceded to the United Kingdom in 2017.

The geographical proximity of Green Gate to Wrythe – both being enclaves of south London – facilitated the ease of planning the visit.

While in Green Gate, the Emperor raised the Austenasian Star and surveyed the area.

Jonathan I was unable to be received by Lord Zarel Smith, Governor of Green Gate, due to the latter falling ill, but a meeting between the two is planned for the summer.

Tourists hosted at Wrythe

Yesterday saw two tourists visit Wrythe, the first of 2019.

Emperor Jonathan I with yesterday’s two tourists.

Sir Ginge Fullen and Sir Dean Simpson, both knights of the Principality of Sealand, were met by Emperor Jonathan I at Carshalton railway station.

After being given the customary tour of historically and culturally significant local sites, including Orly and the former location of Rushymia, the two knights were received at Wrythe, capital of the Empire.

At Wrythe, the tourists were given refreshments and signed the Imperial Residence’s guestbook. They also bought some coins and postcards as souvenirs.

This visit to Austenasia and Orly is the latest in many trips that the two knights have taken to geopolitical oddities around the world, including Bir Tawil, Freetown Christiania, and Mt Athos.

Austenasia’s first tourist visited in 2015, and every year since has seen a small number of tourists visit.

Mouzilo joins the Empire as Ionathanopolis dissolves

The new Crown Dependency of Mouzilo

Thursday 14th saw former Ashukov district Mouzilo become an Austenasian Crown Dependency, while the Town of Ionathanopolis was ceded back to the USA.

Mouzilo, an enclave of central Greece, had been a constituent district of the now-defunct Ashukov Federation.

With Ashukovo having collapsed, Mouzilo’s leader and sole resident, Manolis Afentoulis, arranged for his land to be annexed by the Empire of Austenasia.

However, Thursday also saw a loss to the Empire as the Town of Ionathanopolis was dissolved. The Representative of the Town had last contacted the government in August 2017, and numerous attempts to get in contact with him since had yielded no reply. The decision was therefore made to dissolve the Town.

Ionathanopolis had a population of five, which with the simultaneous annexation of Mouzilo resulted in a net loss of four people from the Austenasian population. However, this has been offset to a loss of two, with two non-residential subjectships having been granted by the Monarch on the same day under legislation passed last year.

The legislation which annexed Mouzilo and dissolved Ionathanopolis was also used to formally recognise the collapse of Ashukovo.

In other news, Jonathan I announced the formal start of spring 2019 in the Austenasian calendar on 13 February.

Lord Admiral Kennedy and Lord Clark selected as general election candidates

Lord Admiral Kennedy (left) and Lord Clark (right).

Emperor Jonathan I has chosen the candidates for next month’s general election.

HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, the incumbent Prime Minister, will be running for re-election against Lord Anthony Clark, Baron of Amerdansk. The general election will take place on 28 February, with campaigning now starting to get underway.

Lord Admiral Kennedy is leader of the Imperial Party, the sole political party currently registered in Austenasia.

Lord Anthony announced his intention to stand for election back in December 2018, and has already published a campaign website.

Lord Admiral Kennedy has served as Prime Minister since the previous general election in 2015, and also holds the rank of Caesar. As Representative of New Richmond – the most populous Austenasian land claim – he holds a large advantage in terms of predicted votes.

Lord Anthony Clark joined Austenasia in 2016 as the Governor of Amerdansk, which in August last year transitioned into a Town. Since 14 January, Lord Clark has served as Minister of Defence.

Under the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, the Monarch selects applicant Representatives to run for Prime Minister three weeks after a general election is called, four weeks before voting takes place (general elections taking place seven weeks after being called).