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Lord Austin Jaax retires – Kingeston downsized

Austin Jaax of Kingeston

Sunday 22nd saw Lord Austin Jaax retire from frontline politics, resigning most of his positions within Austenasia.

This came after Lord Jaax took on a greater role in Canadian local politics, resulting in increased demands on his time.

Lord Jaax joined Austenasia in December 2018 as the Governing Commissioner of Kingeston, a new crown dependency which upon its creation consisted of an uninhabited area of farmland.

Kingeston was expanded in May last year, becoming a Town with the annexation of a part of Jaax’s family home, making himself and his brother Austenasian residents. Jaax was appointed Acting Representative of the new town, being elected to the position proper a few months later in July.

Now, however, the changes made to Kingeston in May 2020 have been reversed as a result of Jaax’s resignation. An Act of Parliament was passed yesterday, transitioning Kingeston back into a crown dependency.

Jaax will be staying on as Kingeston’s governing commissioner due to the comparatively few duties required in administering an autonomous and uninhabited claim, but has resigned from his other posts, including Baron of Kingeston; as a knight, he will therefore henceforth be known as Sir Austin.

Jaax had served as Chancellor since June 2020, and as Speaker of the House of Representatives since February earlier this year.

Two new claims join the Empire

Peach Ponds, an area of parkland in North America, and Dinkeaw, a garden bordered by Thailand, were annexed to Austenasia yesterday evening by an Imperial Decree.

Peach Ponds (above) and Dinkeaw (below)

Both areas of land are uninhabited, and were offered by different individuals who approached the government with the request that said territories be claimed by Austenasia.

Peach Ponds was claimed by Casper von Navārdia – who also serves as President and Foreign Minister of Phokland (a state of the Holy Roman Empire) – and consists of Huddleston Pond Park of Peachtree City in the U.S. state of Georgia.

Peach Ponds was annexed as a Territory, and Casper von Navārdia was appointed its Governor and given the noble title Count of Cowyetton.

Lord von Navārdia already administered the park on behalf of the local city council, and as such was in a perfect position to both claim and subsequently govern the new Territory.

Dinkeaw consists of the garden of the Thai residence of Yai Khadpo and his family. Mr Khadpo’s mother requested that their garden be claimed by Austenasia; it has been annexed as a Crown Dependency, with Mr Khadpo appointed its Governing Commissioner.

Lord Edward Gunderson, Speaker of the House of Representatives, recently announced that Parliament would only consider urgent bills due to the pressures faced by its members relating to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The annexations were therefore made law by Imperial Decree, something which has not been done since an expansion of New Richmond in April 2015.

Anti-bribery law passed

It is now a criminal offence to receive a bribe as well as to give one.

It is now a criminal offence to receive a bribe as well as to give one.

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Jonathan I this morning gave Imperial Consent to the Bribery Act 2017, which “makes new provision for the definition and prohibition of bribery”.

The Act of Parliament, which can be read here, gained the required five out of nine votes yesterday afternoon, and was passed by the Speaker on to the Monarch earlier this morning.

Prior to the passing of this Act, the crime of bribery was illegal only under a short subsection of a six year old Imperial Decree of the Emperor’s predecessor, Declan I.

The Bribery Act 2017 sets out a far more detailed definition of the crime, and also makes it a criminal offence to accept or request a bribe; it had previously been illegal only to offer or give one.

The Act was authored by the Emperor himself, who has an A-level qualification in Law. Its passage sees a return to the writing of detailed, comprehensive criminal law by Jonathan I, with the Emperor having authored several lengthy Acts of this type since his ascension to the Throne in 2013.

Fortunately, this new Act may never be needed; in Austenasia’s eight and a half year history, nobody has ever been charged with committing bribery.

Lord Admiral Eren Lewis elected new Speaker

Lord Admiral Eren, 2015.

The House of Representatives this morning elected Lord Admiral Eren Lewis, Baron of Terentia, as its second Speaker.

He replaces Lord Charles Clarke, who became Speaker in September last year but resigned on Monday 7th.

The Speaker presides over and maintains order in meetings of the House of Representatives, recognising motions and counting votes.

Lord Admiral Eren has served as Minister of Defence since March 2015.

Lord Charles Clarke elected Speaker of the House of Representatives

A digital portrait of Lord Charles.

Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge was yesterday elected as the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Act 2014 was passed in October last year, but specified that the first holder of this new office would be elected after the next local election.

With the local election that took place on 31 August now over, the Representatives – newly confirmed in their mandate – chose Lord Charles as the first Speaker.

The duties of the Speaker will be to preside over and maintain order of meetings of the House of Representatives, recognising motions and counting votes. To date, this function had been de facto performed by the Monarch or Prime Minister.

Lord Charles Clarke has served as Representative of Lichtenstein since that Town’s foundation.