The papers have been abuzz with the news of a change at the top this week.
King Adam I of Uberstadt’s victory in the Chairmanship election of the Grand Unified Micronational has captured the front page of both this news agency and the Occidental Chronicle. The Chronicle writes:
“After giving remarks on the start of his tenure as chair, Adam formally nominated Emperor Adam of Adammia as GUM Vice Chair. In a shock to the king and several other delegates, the vote quickly failed, posing the first challenge to the new chair’s leadership.” This was in response to the shock rejection of King Adam’s nominee for the Vice Chairmanship – Emperor Thomas Merrell of Zenrax was subsequently successfully offered the post.
The Grand Unified Micronational wasn’t the only micronational entity holding an election this week; on the 1st of January, it was reported that the Lord Mike Lewis, the Marquis of New Charter, was re-elected unanimously to serve as Prime Minister of Lundenwic. The official WordPress for Lundenwic reported that:
“…the result was a massive shock, as polling by L.M.I had suggested at least two citizens would vote against the Prime Minister. This turned out not to be the case. Voter turnout was poorer amongst the more populace regions. Alderwich and Bedfunta recorded a 100% voter turnout, while New Charter saw 60% voter turnout and the Protectorate of Cinnamon Creek had a 50% voter turnout.” This comes after a scathing New Year’s speech by the Lord Lewis against the Ministry of the Interior and the Imperial Grand Duke himself was released. The Leader of the Opposition is also reported to have voted for the incumbent Prime Minister, remarking that “I think you are doing a good job. Even though I am the leader of the opposition, I want what is best for the people of Lundenwic and that is you.”
Meanwhile, in Austenasia, the Austenasian Times ran on the morning of the third news of a successful Imperial Geographical Society expedition:
“Yesterday’s walk, led by Lord Michael, was designated an IGS expedition with four of the eight taking part being members of the society… The expedition first explored woodland north of the famous Wimbledon Common Windmill, passing by the Queensmere and Kingsmere ponds, and then traversed the golf course and woodland south of the windmill.” The Times also writes that the walk is an annual event held by the Imperial Family.
The cabinet of Neosho met near the close of last year to discuss the next steps for the nation in 2017. On the 29th of December, Hannah Callahan for the Lavrada Bannerman writes:
“…several subcommittees were formed. These include a Propaganda Committee, to develop ads for Delvera; a Coat of Arms Committee in charge of designing a coat of arms; an Elections Committee dedicated to overseeing the upcoming 2017 confederal elections; a MicroCon 2017 Committee responsible for planning a delegation to this year’s Micronational Convention, and a Census committee in charge of setting up the 2017 Delveran census.” Nearly the entire cabinet, including the Consul, Nikias Wernher, was reportedly able to attend, either in person or by video conference.
Finally, in Sabia and Verona, the monarch, King Tarik, has reportedly dealt “with issues proper to the Monarchy: the Kingdom’s orders of honor, and the King’s own royal titles.” The SiV Phonograph reports:
“The first decree deals with the dissolution of the Order of the Steel Ring, an order of honor founded in 2013 by King Tarik in his capacity as King of Lycem, back when the region was still an independent micronation, separate from Sabia and Verona… The other royal decree modified the full royal title of the Monarch, which had retained its form since the coronation of Queen Isadora in 2014. The new royal title includes less honorific titles and is considerably shorter.” Reference to the “High Priest of the Pahun” in the original title has also reportedly been changed to read “Defender of the Avendrá”.
This page will continue to be updated until the 7th of January as more news comes in.