An Act of Parliament was passed this morning which ceded some areas of New Richmond to the United States of America whilst annexing some to it back from the USA.
North New Richmond and the western half of Saint Josephsburg were ceded to the USA, while two new areas of land were annexed to New Richmond. These two new areas are yet to be named by its town council.
As a result of these changes, New Richmond (and therefore the Empire as a whole) has made a net gain of roughly 23,895 square feet and a net loss of one resident.
New Richmond is set to gain the status of a city on 9 January next year, meaning that they will elect a Mayor in their next local election.
The Home Office has released an updated overview of the religious affiliations of the Austenasian population.
The last time this information was publically released was in August 2014. Since then, the percentage of the population that is Christian has risen from 46% to 48%, and the percentage that follows no religion has fallen from 38% to 26%.
Also included is “Unknown”, for the five members of the population who have not been asked or preferred not to answer.
Out of Austenasia’s population of eighty four, between fifty seven and sixty two (taking into account the “unknowns”) – 68-74% – are religious.
Out of the Empire’s Christians, there are four Orthodox, six Roman Catholics, one Anglican, six Methodists, eight Pentecostals, thirteen other Protestants, and three Mormons.
After Christianity, the two largest religions in the Empire are Sunni Islam and Hinduism, both with five adherents.
The exact data is as follows:
- Christian (Orthodox): 4.76% – 4
- Christian (Roman Catholic): 7.14% – 6
- Christian (Anglican): 1.19% – 1
- Christian (Methodist): 7.14% – 6
- Christian (Pentecostal): 9.52% – 8
- Christian (Other Protestant): 15.48% – 13
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 3.57% – 3
- Muslim (Sunni): 5.95% – 5
- Hindu: 5.95% – 5
- Other: 7.14% – 6
- Unknown: 5.95% – 5
- None: 26.19% – 22
Stringent restrictions were introduced in regards to the Empire claiming new land this morning after Austenasian sovereignty over the town of Lichtenstein and the crown dependency of Heischierland was abandoned due to a single person wishing to leave the Empire.
Lord Charles Clarke – also known by a variety of pseudonyms throughout his political career – became an Austenasian in June 2013 after offering the then Territory of Emperorsland to Austenasia.
Emperorsland expanded in 2014, annexing a neighbouring house inhabited by Lord Charles and his family, to become the Town of Lichtenstein. Later that year, the family’s holiday home was annexed as the Crown Dependency of Heischierland.
Lord Charles has been an Austenasian official for over three years, and held four Cabinet positions at varying times. However, after announcing that he no longer wished to be a part of the Empire, the government found itself forced to cede Lichtenstein and Heischierland after losing the only person who was able to administer them.
In the Act of Parliament passed this morning which ceded said land, tough new regulations have been introduced to prevent any future annexations of land which could be rendered ungovernable by the departure of a single person.
From henceforth, any offers of land to the Empire must be approved by the Home Secretary before being considered by Parliament.
The Home Secretary must ascertain (amongst other criteria) that more than one person is willing to administer the offer of land, and that the majority of any inhabitants wish (rather than just consent, as was the case with Lord Charles’ family) to become Austenasians.
With the loss of the two areas of land administered by Lord Charles, the Empire’s population has dropped by three to 84.
H.E. Professor Sanjib Bhattacharya has been made a non-residential subject of Austenasia, raising the Empire’s population to 88.
Since August last year, Professor Bhattacharya has served as Austenasia’s Ambassador-at-Large for the States bordering India, as well as Consul-General at Mumbai.
He was instrumental in the appointment of the Empire’s incumbent ambassadors to Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, and has worked hard to increase awareness of Austenasia online and in his local community.
In gratitude for his hard work for the publicity and diplomatic advancement of Austenasia, Professor Bhattacharya was granted Austenasian nationality in an Act of Parliament passed yesterday.
As well as working as an Austenasian diplomat, Professor Bhattacharya is also the CEO of an award-winning translation service.
Non-residential subjectship of Austenasia is held primarily by governors of uninhabited land. The granting of it by Parliament to others is a rare honour.
An Act of Parliament was passed yesterday morning which saw two new Crown Dependencies join Austenasia.
The first, Imperia, consists of a residential property bordering India. Imperia’s five residents – one of whom, Ketan Uzagi, has been appointed its Governing Commissioner – have raised the Austenasian population to eighty six people.
With the annexation of Imperia, Austenasia now has land on every continent of the world except for Antarctica.
The second Crown Dependency to have joined the Empire yesterday was Esmondia, named after the former Emperor Esmond III. This new addition is bordered by Argentina, and administered by Tarek Kârjasary.
In December last year, Kârjasary established the Crown Dependency of Achem, but in August moved from his former home to Argentina, making government of Achem impossible. Esmondia has therefore been founded to replace it, with Achem dissolved yesterday.
The Empire expanded yet again yesterday evening with the annexation of a house in Bury St Edmunds and a patch of land in South America.
Meanwhile, the Crown Dependency of Terentia (situated in North America) has been transitioned into a Town, with the now Lord Legate Jacob Lewis as its Acting Representative.
A house in Bury St Edmunds has been annexed as a March, a new form of administrative division. Marches have been created as inhabited territories associated with a Town for electoral but not administrative purposes; effectively autonomous parts of a Town, voting for and represented in Parliament by the Representative of the associated Town, but not officially part of it and administered independently by a Margrave and/or Margravine living in the March.
The house, annexed as the March of Caldari, has been associated with Palasia. It is inhabited and administered by John and Maria Alexis, the grandparents of Lord John of Palasia, who have been appointed its Margrave and Margravine. This has raised the Austenasia population to 61.
Furthermore, a 35,000 square foot area of land in South America has joined the Empire as the Crown Dependency of Achem. Bordered by the Venezuelan city of Mérida, Achem is administered by Tarek Kârjasary, who has been appointed its Governing Commissioner.
In other news, the Emperor announced the start of Winter 2014/15 in the Austenasian calendar on 1 December.
The Crown Dependency of Terentia has expanded to include the house the garden of which it had previously consisted of.
Terentia, founded on 16 November 2013, is bordered by the U.S. state of Massachusetts, and is governed by its founder Legate Sir Jacob Lewis, KCA.
Terentia had previously been comprised of Lewis’ garden, but by request of his family their house was yesterday annexed to the Crown Dependency by an Act of Parliament.
This new expansion has added five people and roughly 16,300 square feet to Austenasia’s population and territory, as well as making Lewis himself – who since May has been a non-residential subject of the Empire – an Austenasian resident.