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  1. 9th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1690 I-PAN ISSUE EIGHT Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. SPEAKER FREDERICK MAKES UNEXPECTED LEGISLATIVE MOVE [!] Speaker of Parliament, Alexander Frederick, addressing the house; 1690 Speaker of Parliament and Lord Privy Seal, Alexander Frederick, made an unprecedented legislative maneuver during the latest Parliamentary session, which was hosted last Saint’s day. Speaker Frederick has never been one to suggest his personal opinion to the Parliament when debating measures. He’s typically acted primarily as a nonpartisan legislative officer, not exercising his political abilities. Although the Statute of Carolustadt grants the Speaker of Parliament the ability to behave just as any other member of Parliament, he has never exercised this authority in Parliament – until now. On the 11th of Horen’s Calling, Speaker Frederick cast a vote against the initiation of an investigation into former Lord Spiritual Claudius Bracchus’ finances. The measure, P.B. 008, passed by a vote of 6 - 2, with Antanios Rutledge, Ingrid Kastrovat, Bogdan Radovich, Aran Talraen, Brand Denhardt, and Alfred Rubens voting in favor, whereas Speaker Frederick and Count Edward Suffolk of Pembrokeshire voted against the measure. This marks the first time that Speaker Frederick had cast a vote on any measure proposed to the Parliament – and it doesn’t end there. As the session came to a close, Frederick announced that he would be proposing three bills himself. He’s addressed them using their colloquial titles; the Heresy Act, the Parliamentary Powers Act, and the Act of Fundamental Laws. The incoming legislation is assumed to be in response to the recent war waged between the Nordengradic-Arberrang armies and the Empire, with Frederick bolstering his record on national security. Although, we don’t have the exact text for any of the legislation quite yet. Frederick plans to bring his legislation to the floor for a debate in two Saint’s days. The precedence this sets for the position of Speaker is uncertain. It offers the Lord Privy Seal a more authoritative and opinionated role when compared to previous interpretations, which viewed the Speaker as one with the legal ability to create legislation, but never exercised that privilege. This completely changes the game. We can expect to see the Speaker play a more direct role in future Parliamentary affairs. THE ARGUMENT FOR INCREASING TAXES DURING WARTIME The following article is an opinionated editorial by I-PAN reporter, Daisy Applefoot. The opinions of this journalist do not necessarily reflect the values or positions of this publication, and are included purely for the purpose of the diversity of thought. Economics during wartime are much different than those during peacetime. During peace, the purpose of the economy is to provide for the citizenry, whereas during war, the purpose of the economy is to provide for the military. Due to this, the economy should be formatted differently when at war. Nationalization of industries relevant to war production. Doing this makes sure that all the resources needed for war are ready for military use and won't spend time lying around in markets. Increased taxation. While normally harmful in the long-run, taxation can be beneficial when the fate of a nation is at stake during a war when a well-funded and well-paid military is needed. Collaboration between the markets and the government. This is obvious, since most market owners could lose their market if the nation loses the war, it is in their interest to help the national war effort. On the flip side, since the government still needs to have it citizenry fed when at war, the government has the incentive to keep the market afloat when it is threatened by war. PARLIAMENT OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO CLERGYMAN FOR MISUSED FUNDS [!] The Cathedral of Holy Martyrs, located in Carolustadt; 1690 On the 11th of Horen’s Calling, 1690, Baron Alfred Rubens of Leeuwenhof proposed a measure to open a judicial inquiry into Lords Spiritual Claudius Bracchus, specifically regarding unpaid finances to the Church. The claims arose when clergy leadership reported that Bracchus had unpaid monetary dues from previously hosted religious events. The measure passed by a vote of 6 – 2. The Parliament will schedule a date to summon Bracchus for a judicial hearing, and the I.E.C. will also lead it’s own investigation into the potential financial misconduct, aided by the Legion. The investigation is still in it’s early phases, and we shouldn’t expect to yield results anytime soon. Director of the I.E.C., Fabius Bracchus, has recused himself from the investigation, on account of the fact that he happens to be the Lord Spiritual’s cousin. A private investigator will be appointed to the case. PARLIAMENT INSTITUTES STRICTER STANDARDS FOR KNIGHTS [!] The first session of the Imperial Parliament, where the Knighthood Meritocracy Act was originally proposed; 1688 At the previous Parliamentary session, Priorist Party extraordinaire and Baron of Leeuwenhof, Alfred Rubens, championed his legislation aimed at promoting more transparent and merit based knighthood standards in the Empire. The proponents of the legislation, largely hailing from the Priorist Party, made the issue a central component of their campaign. Following the two year battle, however, Rubens can finally rest easy, knowing that his legislation has been passed and signed by the Emperor. Bill P.B 003 passed by a final tally of 6 – 1 at the sparsely attended session, with Edward Suffolk, Count of Pembrokeshire, being the lone “Nay” vote. Long time critics of the legislation, including Bishop Claudius Bracchus and Count Edward Suffolk, have denounced the measure as being too restrictive to local vassals in their ability to manage their own knights. In addition, Bracchus proposed an amendment to the bill, which would have granted those ranking Count or higher on the feudal scale to manage their own knights’ squires. This was the subject of the majority of the debate, but it ultimately failed by a slim, one vote margin. Here are statements from the leading voices on both sides of the aisle; ALFRED RUBENS Baron of Leeuwenhof “Allowing knights to choose their own squires is not even a policy as of now, with a few exceptions surrounding the Royal Family. Choosing your own squire leads to naught but nepotism.” Edward Suffolk Count of Pembrokeshire “The amendment clearly states that any squire may deemed unworthy by the Grand Knight. Suggesting that the Grand Knight’s office would act with nepotism is just insulting to this esteemed Empire.” The legislation has been signed by His Imperial Majesty, codifying it into official law. What does this mean for Knights? Those with current knighthood status will likely have little to fear, outside of an investigation lead by the Grand Knight, where unqualified individuals may be subject to reevaluation. For future candidates for knighthood, however, they’ll have to ensure that their heroic and patriotic service to the Empire is based entirely off of merit, and not their bloodline. Nobility will no longer be considered as a factor when evaluating the prospect of knighthood, and neither will legacy. Relation to former knights will not grant individuals a leg up when vying for the title. Members of Parliament can still counter this measure with their own amendments, however, so it looks like Rubens’ work isn't quite done. Now, he’ll have to defend his legislation from future attempts to dismantle the provision. WORLD NEWS Alyrion Laureh’onn has been crowned as the new Sohaer for the Silver Enclave of Fi’halen, a new settlement revolving around the recent influx of ‘aheral refugees from the destruction of Haelun’or. Sohaer Laureh’onn was crowned as a replacement to former Sohaer Tarlach. Laureh’onn is expected to appoint a new Silver Council in the coming days. Adria is to host it’s next Ducal Duma soon, to discuss government policies in the Duchy. The convention shall also be accompanied by grand festivities and events. Dunshire launches their sixth election’s campaigns, where three Elders and one Sheriff will be elected. Current contenders includes Harold Applefoot, current Elder seeking to continue serving the township. The Empire signs a non-aggression pact with the Enclave of Vira’ker, further uniting with their traditional Elven allies in battling the recent pagan rebellion.
  2. 17th of Harren’s Folley, 1689 I-PAN ISSUE SEVEN Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. PAGANS LAUNCH UNIFIED WAR AGAINST THE EMPIRE [!] A map, displaying the current geopolitical affiliations of states involved. Purple represents Empire affiliated groups, whilst red represents the rebel coalition. Lighter colors signify associates of each combatant; 1689 As of two Legacies ago, the Earldom of Nordengrad and the Ettindom of Arberrang, both formerly members of the Empire of Man, formed a unified coalition to combat the Imperial forces. Reports state that, during a training exercise between Markevian and Arberrang military forces, Nordengradic units charged the Haensetic soldiers, aided by the Arberrang militia. Since the attack and the pair’s unified alliance, both the Kingdom of Kaz’Ulrah and the Warnation of Krugmar have joined forces with the pagans in an effort to invade the Empire. Immediately, the remainder of the Empire agreed to offer their armed forces to the war effort, in addition to the independent state of Gladewynn. The opposition includes Arberrang, allied with Nordengrad, Kaz’Ulrah, and Krugmar. Shortly after, Krugmar and Nordengrad also signed their own treaty into effect, solidifying relationships. To enlighten us further, I-PAN reporter Daisy Applefoot interviewed the Grand Marshal of the Empire, Brand von Denhardt, to learn more about the current war effort. [!] Brand von Denhardt, the Grand Marshal of the Empire of Man; 1689 Applefoot: I’ll begin by asking you the context of this new war; What is happening, and why has it started? Denhardt: The war started when Haense was doing military operations within Arberrang. As you may know Arberrang is a Haense vassal. Out of nowhere Nordengrad forces initiated hostile actions on The Brotherhood of St. Karl. The Imperial Crown took this action as an act of rebellion and has declared war on Nordengrad and its allies. Applefoot: What is at stake with this war? Is it much grander than previous wars the Empire has been involved in? Denhardt: It is the first large scale conflict the Empire of Man has seen so far. But I have absolute faith that we will destroy the pagan threat. No one has a better fighting force than that of the Empire. Applefoot: What is your personal advice to any civilians living close to the action? Do you think many people will be harmed by the fighting? Denhardt: I suggest to the civilian population to move to a walled city like the Imperial Capital, Cyrilsburg, and Markev. All the places I listed have a military force to protect them and walls to shelter them from any potential hostile raiding parties. Applefoot: And finally, what does this mean for the future of the Empire and all it holds dear? Denhardt: After the Empire wins this war, we can see more unity since any of pagan faith will be forced out during the war. We can also see conquest if any foreign allies of the pagans decide to join this war. Currently, both Nordengrad and Arberrang have almost positively jeopardized any chances they had to obtain elected Parliamentary seats. Plans to expand Prefects to the entirety of the Empire are commonly discussed, but with the recent rebellion in play, it is unlikely that these two pagan territories will obtain voting rights, even if they’re reintegrated into the Empire. The political ramifications of this war for the pagan rebellion is negative, while it serves as a moderately unifying factor for the Empire. Parliament is scheduled to convene in two Saint’s Days, where Prefect Rhys var Ruthern is expected to present the Southern Defense Act of 1689, which could possibly be impacted by Arberrang’s grip on said southern border. It is expected that we’ll see an influx of legislation regarding national security following the recently heightened tensions. BELLS TOLL FOR CROWN PRINCE AUGUSTUS HOREN [!] Crowned Prince Augustus Horen weds Helen Elizabeth Horen in the Cathedral of Holy Martyrs, as depicted by Father Humpfrey; 1689 On the 13th of the Sun’s Smile, Crown Prince Augustus Horen and Helen Elizabeth Horen wed in the Cathedral of Holy Martyrs in Carolustadt, with a wide reception. The wedding was officiated by High Pontiff Siegmund I, with Emperor Augustus Horen in attendance. The political ramifications of being wed during wartime heavily impacted the ceremony. Attendees noted the heavily militarized atmosphere in the church, with nearly half the audience dressed in Legion armor, similar to the Emperor’s and the Crowned Prince’s. [!] Augustus Horen and Helen Elizabeth Horen speak to attendees outside the cathedral; 1689 Following the reception, the pair took a few minutes out of their day to converse with the guests. When being asked about the militarized nature of the ceremony, the pair seemed apathetic about the atmosphere. “It is odd that we have a wedding while at war,” began Prince Augustus. “But it is proof that, even in war, there is time for family.” Another guest noted, “It’s okay to get married during wartime. That just means you get to wear uniforms.” In terms of Parliamentary affairs, where the Crowned Prince is typically present, the marriage isn’t expected to have any impact. However, the marriage was a politically unifying moment for the concerned constituents of the Empire, who felt solace in the uplifting ceremony. CLAUDIUS BRACCHUS TO PROPOSE AMENDMENT TO KNIGHTHOOD MERITOCRACY ACT [!] Members of Parliament debating the Seventian Rights Act, which was voted down two Saint’s days ago; 1689 During the recent Parliamentary session, where the long-debated Knighthood Meritocracy Act was meant to vote on it’s final hearing, the vote was filibustered by the lone Lord Spiritual, Prince-Bishop of Aescelus, Claudius Bracchus. The clergyman reviewed the recently proposed Knighthood Meritocracy Act, proposed by the Baron of Leeuwenhof Alfred Rubens, and rejected the legislation on the basis that it was unable to provide Knights the necessary freedoms to select their own squires. He argues that the Office of the Grand Knight is given too much reign over individuals, and that the central government shouldn’t have as much sway in these localized decisions. Proponents of the bill, however, continue to insist that more oversight in regards to Knighthood is essential to the well-being of the Empire, in order to cut down on unmerited titles. In response, Bracchus has proposed an amendment to the bill, P.B. 003-1. The amendment will be the first item on the itinerary next session, which, if passed, would grant those with the status of Count or higher the ability to assign squires to knights within their jurisdictions. After debating the amendment, the final vote on the Knighthood Meritocracy Act will be voted upon. WORLD NEWS The Federation of Sutica and the Warnation of Krugmar have signed a non-aggression pact, which doubles as a free trade deal. The recent pact suggests that Sutica may soon declare fealty to the rebel opposition. Dunshire has recently enacted their own legislature, which functions similarly to the Empire’s current parliamentary system.
  3. [!] A letter from the Imperial Election Commissioner’s office is penned in return; “Dear Mister Milner, We appreciate your humble concern for the well-being of the Empire and her many constituents. The Imperial Parliament is designed to be a public forum, an outlet for individuals across the Empire to express their will to the Crown, and furthermore, to the patriotic humans scattered across our grandiose nation. May you choose to become a bureaucrat, a Parliamentary aid, a journalist, or even a member of Parliament yourself, we need individuals across the Empire to express their views. Now more than ever, we ask that all citizens make their voices heard. If you’ve a passion for writing, then become a state journalist for the I-PAN. If you’ve a drive for policy change, seek out an internship with one of our Prefects. The opportunities are endless. This is a call for the common man to make themselves heard, and participate in this political experiment graciously bestowed upon us by His Imperial Majesty. We thank you for being a patriot of the Empire.” – Commissioner Fabius Bracchus Office building 6 Godfrey Sq., Carolustadt
  4. 15th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1689 I-PAN ISSUE SIX Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. PARLIAMENT CONTINUES TO BICKER OVER KNIGHTHOOD [!] An artist’s rendition of Parliament convening; 1689 Parliament convened on the 12th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1689. The itinerary included votes and debates over the Seventian Rights Act, the Military Funding Act, and the Knighthood Meritocracy Act. DISCUSSED ITEMS SEVENTIAN RIGHTS ACT P.B. 004 Proposed by Nikatien Drakaene, Prefect of Markev The Seventian Rights Act was proposed by Nikatien Drakaene, who was serving as the appointed Prefect to fill Robert Sigismund’s vacancy following the Palatine’s abrupt resignation earlier last year. Although Drakaene only had to attend one Parliamentary session, the leader of the Seventians Right Lobby proposed a bill advocating for equality among Seventians and the rest of the human world. The bill would have outlawed discrimination against the Seventian people, and mandated that their culture’s banner be hung in the Imperial Palace. The bill gained very little traction, and was defeated in it’s second reading by a vote of 10 – 0 among all present members, except Caliph Abdullah Kharadeen, who silently abstained. MILITARY FUNDING ACT P.B. 002 Proposed by Pius Frederick Horen, Grand Knight The Military Funding Act, proposed by Grand Knight Ser Pius, highlighted a potential fundraising strategy for the Imperial Legion to garner more mina. The bill establishes an independent government agency, known as the Imperial Legion Fund (ILF), which is distinctly separate from the Imperial Treasury. The ILF is tasked with raising revenue for the armed forces through multiple routes. The primary method was to sell bonds to patriotic citizens, who, in turn, would receive either nominal titles, plots of unused land, Imperial vouchers, or other such rewards to be dictated by the future ILF. The legislation wasn’t met without opposition, however. During the bill’s final reading earlier today, Carolustadt Prefect Oxenstierna and Countess Kavietsby of Aldenburg both called for a clarification amendment, detailing the specific terms for plots of land sold in the forms of bonds. Oxenstierna suggested a five year lease as a potential solution. The Imperial Engineer, Klaus Heldenburg, also voiced his concern for a lack of research and development funding, claiming that, “[funding] will allow more stinger ballistae!” Although the bill passed it’s final reading by a vote of 9 – 0, with three members abstaining, it is expected that certain voting members will ferociously fight for additional amendments to the legislation in the near future. The abstaining members included Prefect Rhys var Ruthern of Markev, Countess Ingrid Kastrovat of the County of Kastrovat, and Arch-Seneschal Aran Talraen. KNIGHTHOOD MERITOCRACY ACT P.B. 003 Proposed by Alfred Rubens, Baron of Leeuwenhof After campaign promises from numerous Priorists across the Empire, they’re attempting to deliver by introducing reforms to the current knighthood system. The Knighthood Meritocracy Act, which was proposed back during the first Parliamentary session, is still subject to numerous criticisms from the opposition. In particular, Lord Spiritual and Prince-Bishop Claudius Bracchus bickered with the Baron of Leeuwenhof, Alfred Rubens, over the designation of squires to knights who request them. The debate stems from the Priorist belief that too many men nowadays inherent their knightly status through blood, and fail to perform the necessary deeds to earn the title itself. The Priorist argument states that warriors should be primarily eligible for knighthood status, and not burghers who’ve never held a sword before. Opponents to the legislation stated that it restricted the abilities of current knights far too much, preventing them from selecting their own squire. The Priorist’s proposition would require a much heavier presence from the Imperial government overseeing knightly affairs in the Empire, increasing the Grand Knight’s powers. Although the bill has passed one reading already, it now faces a roadblock before it can pass in Parliament. The Bishop intends on proposing an amendment to the bill before it can progress any further, with what he dubs “necessary changes.” The debate and final hearing on the Knighthood Meritocracy Act will be held next session. PROPOSED ITEMS HUMANE PROTECTIONS ACT P.B. 005 Proposed by Emma Ludovar, Duchess of Kvasz Duchess Emma Ludovar, representing the Duchy of Kvasz, has scheduled a future hearing for the Humane Protections Act, which is intended to “limit banditry and bring criminal goons to justice.” The bill’s text hasn’t yet been released to the public, but is required to be at the next session. SOUTHERN DEFENSE ACT OF 1689 P.B. 006 Proposed by Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern, Prefect of Markev Recently elected as the new Prefect of Markev, Ruthern has called for Imperial aid to the southern border, in an attempt to combat the Red Vaeyl and bring about an effective siege of the Last Hope. The legislation details that Imperial commanders will be given full reign over their operations in the south, that the Crownlands will supply the southern armies with essential supplies, and the Imperial Engineer will be responsible for installing siege weapons. The legislation will be debated and likely voted on next session. PRINCE-BISHOP CLAUDIUS ACCUSES CHAMBERLAIN COMMODUS OF BEING “DISRESPECTFUL” [!] Prince-Bishop Claudius Bracchus of Aesceulus converses with recently elected Antanios Rutledge of Belvitz; 1689 Following Antanios Rutledge’s victory in Belvitz, he attended his first Parliamentary session today, alongside his colleague, Prefect Ruthern of Markev. After Parliament had concluded, there were reports of Rutledge addressing Chamberlain Commodus Horen as “Mister,” as opposed to “Your Highness.” Palace guards then threatened to evict Rutledge due to his use of profanity within the Palace’s walls. According to Prince-Bishop Claudius Bracchus, however, the story is two-sided. “The disrespect shown towards Prefect Rutledge is symptomatic of political attacks on an elected Prefect in an attempt to derail political bipartisanship in Parliament, which I frankly do not condone,” Bracchus began, referring to the infamous attacks on then Prefect Robert Sigismund. “All I saw was disrespect shown towards an elected Prefect on account of his low birth. Dumb, red-faced, daft. It wasn’t until he, himself, turned red-faced did I raise my hand.” The Parliament’s leadership has decried all incidents of harassment within the Palace’s walls, deeming petty name calling to be “unacceptable,” but they weren’t impressed by Rutledge’s foul mouth, either. One way or another, this was quite the introduction for the political newcomer. AN ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL ECONOMICS The following is an opinionated editorial from I-PAN contributor, Daisy Applefoot, a Discipuli at the Academic Union. Her opinions are not reflective of the view of I-PAN’s as a whole. I have noticed a few problems with the economics of the Empire, of which I shall recommend an alternative to. Lack of credit: The Empire of Man lacks any sort of banking system to give out loans and collect interest, which hinders competition in the market (Since commoners lack the means of which to access funding for well-stocked market stalls), and makes the economy full of lazy sloths unwilling to take a risk with a big loan and an even bigger dream. With proper credit, the Empire of Man could see its economy rival that of Holm and other economic powerhouses. Lack of formal employment: It is all too rare to see people working under some other entity for a wage, since everyone ends up using public farms, mines, and lumber farms to get their own materials (See my complaints with public farms in the previous economic article). This leads to people creating all of their own goods instead of using the markets, which hinders the profitability of the markets and thus slows down economic progress. If the Empire of Man were to incentivize working for a wage instead of for one's self, then the markets might be made lucrative and profitable once more. Lack of monetary flow: With low taxes, low government spending, few wage-earners, and uncompetitive markets, minas sits around for far too long instead of flowing freely as it should. While this issue is tied to the other two issues of the Empire's economy, merely solving the above issues would not be enough for minas to flow as it should. There must be a bit more action when it comes to getting minas moving beyond that of just stopping it from sitting around. Implement a National Bank to give out loans with interest, since this would both provide credit to incentivize economic growth and provide revenue for the government. Increase the number of government employees. By having the government actively hire people to mine, farm, fish, hunt, cook, sew, etc. more minas will flow into the hands of laborers and thus into the hands of the market. This could also provide government revenue if done correctly. Remove any protective tariffs, all regulations, and all taxation, and do not implement any more of these three under any circumstances. On top of this, spending and consumption of consumer goods should be heavily encouraged so as to get minas moving further. WORLD NEWS The Warnation of Krugmar’s current Rex, Gilgamesh Han Urruk Bradukk, is currently at odds with an Orcish insurgency attempting to proclaim the title of Rex for a more populist leader, Gurukk’Lak. Queen Renn Vaeloryïs of the Dominion of Malin, acting as the head of state, recently announced her intentions to resign. The Kingsmoot called to assemble shall nominate candidates to become Vaeloryis’ successor. The front runner for the Crown is Awaiti Aureon. The Chieftains of Terin, Aureon, Silma, Sylvaeri, and Csarathaire include the voting members, although Sylvaeri and Silma have both chosen to abstain from the vote. Dunshire is hosting their famous “Drinking Night” on the next Saint’s day, inviting folks from all over to taste test some of their renown beverages. The Earl of Nordengrad, Jorvik I Rorik, has abdicated the throne to his cousin, Torsten I Rosik, in hopes that a younger face can better represent Nordengrad.
  5. [!] Poll numbers would be posted outside of the IEC’s offices, updated regularly. 1689 By-Elections Live Results Brought to you by the Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network Voters in Markev and Belvitz will head to the polls today, to replace Prefects Robert Sigismund and John Hugh Sarkozic, both formerly of the CCP. This election will be considered a referendum on the preferred leadership in the Empire; are the Priorists too radical to lead, or has the CCP disappointed their constituents with continuously weak elected officials? Polls will be open for about seven Saint’s hours. ((3:30pm EST – 11pm EST)) Individuals who still need to pick up voter ID cards may still do so today. LIVE RESULTS ((Last updated 10:57pm EST)) - Polls have CLOSED - BELVITZ PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION Called for Antanios Opal Rutledge ✔ Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) 85.71% Ostrobor Carrion (PPA) – 8.14% Stéve Defáult (Independent) – 6.15% MARKEV PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION Called for Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern ✔ Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern (CCP) – 67% Dominic Grimm (PPH) – 33% CAROLUSTADT MAYORAL ELECTION Called for Obediah Dun’Hope ✔ Obediah Dun’hope (Independent) – UNCONTESTED BREAKING UPDATES; BELVITZ CLERGYMAN’S MESSAGE TO VOTERS: “I IMPLORE ALL OF THE EMPIRE TO VOTE” 7:58 Local Belvitz Priest, Father Humpfrey, has spent all night registering citizens of Belvitz to vote, faced with a historically low voter turnout rate in the city. He’s spoken with an estimated sixty((6)) voters and convinced them to register. “I am promoting people in Belvitz to vote because it is important for the people to choose who will be representing them in the Imperial Parliament,” he began. “It is the people they will serve, after all. The people come together in unison to vote somebody into office that they believe will defend and represent the wishes to the others in Parliament. People must have faith in those they elect, if people do not vote today, they may regret it in the future, and we can’t have that!” He continued, “I implore all of the Empire to vote in future elections, for it is the betterment of your settlement, you have the power to choose who will represent you to the rest of Parliament, do not throw that power away.” He concluded by reminding folks that, no matter the outcome of the elections at the national level, we should refrain from violence on both sides and keep debate civil in the political world. CCP PROJECTED TO FLIP SEAT IN BELVITZ 7:32 CCP nominee in Belvitz, Antanios Opal Rutledge, is expected to win by a massive margin of 85%, in the largest political upset of the night. He can be seen above with a rally of Adrians, seated with his wife, Rivaini Rutledge. The seat is currently held by Ostrobor Carrion, a Priorist who was appointed to temporarily fill the previous Prefect’s seat, John Hugh Sarkozic, who resigned amidst election controversies. Carrion ran in the prior election, and lost by a mere six points to Sarkozic. However, his second time around seems to have fizzled out, garnering about nine percent of the vote. This election was expected to be extremely competitive, given that the Priorist nearly won. However, some critique the Priorists for not campaigning during the by-election season, whereas Rutledge hit the campaign trail and coasted to victory. The third challenger, Steve Default, garnered about seven percent of the vote, competing at about the same level as Carrion. Polls are open for another two hours, but Rutledge is expected to succeed all expectations, flipping a seat currently held by the Priorist Party into the CCP’s hands. MAYOR-ELECT DUN’HOPE TO BECOME CAROLUSTADT’S FIRST ELECTED MAYOR 6:34 Independent Mayor-Elect of Carolustadt, Obediah Dun’hope, gave the following statement in regards to his newfound position; “I am typically a man of very few words, I speak when I deem it necessary. Today – Today, I find it necessary. Being that this is the first election for this city’s Mayoral position, I find it imperative that I should voice the concerns of the people and I will do so. This city, built through our strength as a collective, deserves a Mayor who will stand up for all of its citizens to make it a perfect place worthy of it’s title: Capital of Man. I hope that you believe me when I say that I want nothing more than to make this city a haven for human kind. To be a place that welcomes those of vassals and other walks of life so that we may flourish into something even greater, something unbeknownst with the powerful will and determination of you – or rather, us, the citizens of Carolustadt. We shall determine the success of the city together, working on a lasting legacy for our friends, our families, our children, and our children's children.” INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE STEVE DEFAULT TIED WITH PRIORISTS 5:14 Above, a journalist is speaking with independent candidate for Parliament, Steve Default, who has recently learned that he’s tied with Ostrobor Carrion. “Today’s election will be a default stomp, no doubt,” noted the political newcomer. “No longer will the default man toil for ridiculous time for his feeble peasant abode whilst nobles sit in grace profiteering off of our labor.” HISTORICALLY HIGH VOTER REGISTRATION DAY OF ELECTION 4:47 We’re garnering reports that the election offices are flooded with new voters, who waited until the last minute to register. We expect extremely high voter turnout rates in Markev today, with the recently heated debate spurring residents to get out there and cast their ballot. Belvitz is a different story, with a lower turnout than the last election. “I think part of the reason Belvitz turnout is so low is because voters don’t recognize the concept of a ‘Prefect,’ more concerned with internal issues such as tax reform,” noted Belvitz Maer, Darius Ault.
  6. [!] Pre-election coverage of the 1689 by-elections are published a day ahead of the elections, giving voters everything they need to know. ((Elections for Markev and Belvitz are held tomorrow. Polls are open from 3pm – 11pm EST. Please ensure that you’ve picked up your voter ID.)) 7th of Sigismund’s End, 1688 I-PAN ISSUE FIVE Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. ELECTIONS IN BELVITZ, MARKEV TOMORROW; EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW [!] A parliamentary election map of the Empire, as of 1686 With the anticipated Parliamentary by-elections right around the corner, voters are arguably more energized now than they were last year, during the first set of general elections. Recent polarization between the Priorist Party, who’s seemed to established themselves well the Crowndlands, and the Common Civic Party, who have garnered monumental support from rural areas, has lead voters to become very anxious for the upcoming set of elections. The results will determine who replaces two previous CCP Prefects; Robert Sigismund of Markev and John Hugh Sarkozic of Belvitz. Priorists have a chance to secure both seats, but the previous election results suggest that both seats will be difficult to win. MARKEV’S ELECTION [!] Dominic Grimm (left) and Rhys var Ruthern (right), who are scheduled to debate this afternoon. In Markev, where Palatine Robert Sigismund resigned a mere year into his term over alleged health issues, Priorists have noticed an open power vacuum. As a result, Priorist hopeful and Maer of Markev, Dominic Grimm, announced his candidacy to become the next Prefect of Markev. Grimm is running on a platform which is very similar to the platform adopted by Carolustadt Prefect, Victoria Oxenstierna-Muhlen, seeming to embrace the central tenets of Priorists. He calls for tariffs to be imposed on foreign goods to enrich the working class of Haense, increased healthcare standards, increasing military funding, and for “the young people” to seize control of Imperial politics, decrying his opponent as “too old” to represent Markev on a Parliamentarian level. In contrast, CCP candidate Rhys var Ruthern, who announced his candidacy very early in the race, has embraced tenets almost identical to the notoriously popular prior Prefect, Robert Sigismund, and has even acquired the Palatine’s endorsement, alongside the party’s. He staunchly opposes tariffs, instead opting to push free trade agreements with foreign nations in the name of cooperation and global unity. Similarly to Grimm, he supports military expansion, but staunchly opposes an increase in taxes. Grimm and Ruthern both hold some capacity of local experience in politics, with Grimm being the first term Maer of Markev, and Ruthern being the twenty-year Marshal of Haense. They two are scheduled to debate this afternoon in Markev. The district has no precedent to measure how well each party will perform, as Sigismund was unopposed, but it’s been highly regarded as a CCP stronghold. Tomorrow will put that assumption to the test. BELVITZ’S ELECTION [!] Speaker of Parliament, Alexander Frederick, swears Prefects Ostrobor Carrion and Robert Sigismund into office; 1688 Belvitz is a different story entirely. Pollsters and electioneers have absolutely no idea how tomorrow’s elections will go, as CCP candidate John Hugh Sarkozic won the prior election by a mere six points. Adria is considered a tossup Prefecture, where voters could swing towards either end of the political spectrum. The Priorist nominee, Ostrobor Carrion, who was appointed as the acting Prefect after Sarkozic’s resignation, is now running to serve a full five year term. He’s remained awfully quiet during this election cycle, but has insisted on supporting pro-Priorist policies. He’s now running against CCP candidate and twenty year Captain of the Belvitz Watch, Antanios Opal Rutledge, to represent Belvitz using the motto “Root for Rutledge; Root for Adria.” He’s on record as endorsing the CCP’s platform, and touts himself as a strong family man. A third electoral hopeful, Steve Default, is running for the Prefecture as well. He’s remained awfully quiet in the election, but has been reported to criticize Rutledge for his elaborate campaign tactics. Default is a local guardsman. CAROLUSTADT’S ELECTION [!] The city of Carolustadt; 1685 An election which has – justifiably – received much less media attention has been the Carolustadt mayoral race, which is uncontested. The lone candidate, Obediah Dun’hope, is running as an independent. Little is known about Dun’hope, aside from his respected status among the Imperial administration. There is no Parliamentary election in Carolustadt this year, with incumbent Priorist, Victoria Oxenstierna-Muhlen, retaining her seat. CANDIDATE ROSTER BELVITZ – PREFECT RACE Ostrobor Carrion – Priorist Party of Adria (PPA) Antanios Opal Rutledge – Common Civic Party (CCP) Stéve Defáult – Independent (INDP) MARKEV – PREFECT RACE Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern – Common Civic Party (CCP) Dominic Grimm – Priorist Party of Haense (PPH) CAROLUSTADT – MAYORAL RACE Obediah Dun’hope – Independent (INDP) ((Elections for Markev and Belvitz are held tomorrow. Polls are open from 3pm – 11pm EST. Please ensure that you’ve picked up your voter ID.)) HOW THE CCP CAN BEAT THE PRIORISTS ON ECONOMICS; AN OUTSIDE VIEW (OP-ED) The following is an opinionated editorial, written by political reporter and Disculpuli of the Academic Union, Daisy Applefoot. The views expressed by this article are not reflective of the newspaper itself. I-PAN continues to remain an unbiased and nonpartisan source of news for the Empire. In my recent travels across the Empire, I have noticed something peculiar with the politics. The Common Civic Party bases most of their platform on having free, untaxed, and unregulated markets despite said markets not playing a large role in feeding and clothing the populace. As is seen in Belvitz, food goods are simply not bought in the market often due to the proximity of public farms. This principle applies to many other resources, like iron and wood. While the mines are left open for all to use, all shall use them and thus markets are used less, and when the forests and tree farms are free for anyone to chop, all shall chop them. With this in mind, it should be no surprise that markets play less of a role in feeding Man as otherwise expected. But why then does the Common Civic Party focus on markets in this way? The Capitol of the Empire, Carolustadt, has fallen into the Priorist voting block, yet the CCP still does not change their stance on things. In my mind, if the CCP and other market enthusiasts wish to beat the more populist Priorists, they must rethink and reevaluate how they are to encourage the market. First, they should advocate for more market competition so as to lower prices and increase the usefulness of markets. This can easily be done by breaking large merchant enterprises into smaller, more competitive ones, and also by increasing the number of market stalls available to compete with one another. Second, they ought to solve the dreadful issue of the public farms, mines, and lumber mills. While these exist, the markets will struggle to be the main provider of the Empire. The CCP should advocate for the sudden Nationalization or Privatization of these resources so that the government and/or the locals can regulate who is allowed to access them. By doing this, people will be forced to buy farm goods, lumber, and iron through the market instead of getting it themselves. Third, the CCP should take on a few of the Priorists’ populist ideas. By doing this, they could take out the fire behind the Priorists, letting the market enthusiast do as they please with their newly acquired popular support. WORLD NEWS Parliament is scheduled to meet this Saint’s day. They’re scheduled to vote on the Emperor’s Road Act. Proponents of the bill argue that the legislation will allow the Empire’s residents safe travel from Haense to Kadarsi, whereas opponents argue that it violates the vassal autonomy of governments who’s territory is split by the proposed road.
  7. 14th of the Sun’s Smile, 1688 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission I-PAN ISSUE FOUR The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. And now, without further ado, the news. PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLES FOR FIRST MEETING [!] The first session of the Imperial Parliament assembles; 10th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1688 The first session of the Imperial Parliament officially assembled for the first time one Saint’s day ago. This marks the beginning of the first five year legislative session. Seventeen of the twenty-four member body were in attendance and sworn into office. The remaining individuals who have not yet taken the oath of office shall be sworn in on the next Parliamentary session, to take place in two Saint’s days. Here were some items debated in Parliament; Knighthood Meritocracy Act The Knighthood Meritocracy Act, proposed by Alfred Rubens, has been scheduled to be debated at the next session of Parliament. The Baron of Leeuwenhof cited his belief that knighthood status should no longer be determined by hereditary bloodlines, but instead, should earn the title through valiant and patriotic actions. This follows the Priorist Party’s campaign promises to fix the currently “broken knighthood standards,” as party chairman Hans Rovin detailed earlier this year. Debate has not yet opened for the bill, and will commence in two Saint’s days. Military Fund Act The Military Fund Act, scheduled to also be debated in two Saint’s days, has been proposed by Grand Knight, Ser Frederick Pius Horen. The act shall detail how much funding the various branches of the Empire’s military will require, and how these funds should be procured. We can only speculate as to the content of this bill until the next Parliamentary session. Emperor’s Road Act The Emperor’s Road Act, which was proposed by Alfred Rubens, Baron of Leeuwenhof, was the only tangible bill debated by the Parliament – and it was definitely debated. Proponents of the bill advocate to declare the northernmost road connecting Kadarsi to the Crownlands should be dubbed the Empire's property, and that Imperial law should then become enforceable upon said road. Vocal opponents of the bill, however, state that the shift in infrastructure ownership violates vassal autonomy. Reina Lina Kavietsby, one of the opponents of the bill, stated that “This proposition is not in my favor. It seems simply enough a broken promise as the lords and ladies of our respective lands shall carry out their own regulations under Imperial guidance.” Abdullah Kharadeen, representative of Kadarsi, also noted, “At what point will the laws of the two [militaries] intersect on the road?” The bill shall have a final debate at the next Parliamentary session, where members will then vote on the legislation. RUTHERN, GRIMM TO DEBATE NEXT SAINT’S DAY [!] Maer Dominic Grimm and Marshal Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern in their anticipated debate; 1688 Following the resignation of Prefect Robert Sigismund, who recently left Parliament due to increasing health concerns, the special by-election of a new Prefect has commenced. In the meantime, chairman of the Seventian Rights Lobby, Nikatien Drakaene, has been appointed temporary Prefect. With the resignation of Prefect Sigismund, who garnered amazingly high approval ratings as Palatine of Haense, a power vacuum has emerged, leaving room for two predominant candidates; Maer of Markev, Dominic Grimm, and Marshal of Haense, Rhys var Ruthern. Ruthern has already gained immediate endorsements from the CCP’s leadership. He’s running as the party’s nominee, after brokering a deal with his to-be primary opponent, Ithilian Enthelor, who dropped out of the race to become the CCP nominee incredibly early. Ruthern has also received an endorsement from Robert Sigismund himself, stating that he “embodies the values of Haense, and the Empire.” Ruthern, as the Marshal of Haense for over two decades, cites his experience as one reason he should serve in Parliament. However, his opponent is a different story. First term Maer Dominic Grimm of Markev announced his candidacy shortly after Ruthern, though not in the CCP, but rather, as a Priorist candidate. The move is viewed as effortless by some, as Haense has been seen as a CCP stronghold, but this political dissenter notes that he’s the only candidate who’s held any electoral experience. He also criticizes Ruthern’s age, stating that the previous Prefect only just resigned as a result of increasing health issues. “[He] must move aside to make room for the young,” the Priorist candidate commented. Ever since the pair initiated their campaigns, they’ve engaged in a monumental political onslaught of each other, publicly decrying one another as unqualified and ill-fit for the post in campaign advertisements. Although candidate registration is open for another two Saint’s days, it’s expected that no other viable contenders will enter the race. Ruthern is considered the definitive CCP nominee, whilst Grimm is considered the presumptive PPH nominee. This also follows the recently announced by-election being hosted in Belvitz, where PPA nominee, Ostrobor Carrion, has been appointed as the temporary Prefect of Belvitz, and is running to serve a full term. Carrion is the front runner, competing with a local guardsman also running as a Priorist, Stéve Defáult. No matter who wins the Belvitz election, unless a CCP candidate abruptly joins the race, it looks like the Priorists will have a new seat previously held by their opponents. A public debate between the pair has been scheduled next Saint’s day, open to all citizens of Haense. The moderator shall be Commissioner Fabius Bracchus, the executive editor of I-PAN. A reminder to all residents of Markev and Belvitz, the by-elections shall be hosted in three Saint’s days. ((11/7, 3pm – 11pm EST)) World News: Imperial Prince and Speaker of Parliament, Alexander Frederick, has recently wed the Princess of Haense, Analiese Natalia Bihar. High Pontiff Siegmund I officiated the ceremony, held in the Cathedral of The Holy Martyrs. The Academic Union, an organization promoting and encompassing a multitude of academic organizations, has recently opened their doors to new members. Their mission statement details the education and cognitive refinement of Atlas. Successful businessman Falk Geldmeister has recently passed away, distributing his 88k fortune to his cousin, with the intended use of bettering the lives of the Hulphonite people.
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    MARKEV BY-ELECTION [1689]

    The Markev By-Election of 1689 As per the recent news of Prefect Sigismund’s resignation, due to health concerns, it is mandated by law that a by-election be hosted in the city of Markev for the position of Prefect. If you’ve any interest in participating in an election to determine the future Parliamentary representative of Haense, please review the specifications below; Standards for Political Candidates Any individuals who wish to run for Prefect of Markev are asked to file for candidacy below. The standards for holding public office, per the Statute of Carolustadt, is as follows; To be at least 25 years of age To be a full-blooded human To have resided in your given prefecture for at least four Saint’s weeks before the time of the election To subscribe to the Canonist faith or a denomination of such To posses the ability to read or write proficiently To be of Burgher, Yeoman, or Gentry social status To own property in your Prefecture, such as a house To be registered to vote in your Prefecture File for Candidacy To apply for candidacy, please use the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Address: Political Party: By-Election Schedule Candidacy Filing Date: ((11/3 – 11/5)) Primary Elections, Campaigns, and Debates: ((11/3 – 11/6)) By-Election Date: ((11/7)) Voter ID Card Reclamation To any residents of Markev, please stop by the I.E.C’s office building at 6 Godfrey Sq. in Carolustadt, Renatus-Marna, in order to retrieve your card from the previous election. To contact a secretary, please submit a request to Election Commissioner Fabius Bracchus ((Liam#7649 on Discord)) We earnestly hope that you shall take interest in our democracy, either as a voter or candidate, and participate in our upcoming elections! ((Polls will be open from 3:00pm EST – 11:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 7th))
  9. The Belvitz By-Election of 1689 Per the breaking news of Prefect-elect John Hugh Sarkozic’s resignation, after accusations of the Imperial Administration attempting to “rig” the elections, the Statute of Carolustadt (V.II.IV) mandates that a special by-election be hosted to decipher the new Prefect of Belvitz. Currently, the runner up in the prior election, Ostrobor Carrion, is serving as the acting Prefect. He shall attend Parliamentary sessions until a new Prefect can be elected. Standards for Political Candidates Any individuals who wish to run for Prefect of Belvitz are asked to file for candidacy below. The standards for holding public office, per the Statute of Carolustadt, is as follows; To be at least 25 years of age To be a full-blooded human To have resided in your given prefecture for at least four Saint’s weeks before the time of the election To subscribe to the Canonist faith or a denomination of such To posses the ability to read or write proficiently To be of Burgher, Yeoman, or Gentry social status To own property in your Prefecture, such as a house To be registered to vote in your Prefecture File for Candidacy To apply for candidacy, please use the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Address: Political Party: By-Election Schedule Candidacy Filing Date: ((11/2 – 11/5)) Primary Elections, Campaigns, and Debates: ((11/3 – 11/6)) By-Election Date: ((11/7)) Voter ID Card Reclamation To any residents of Belvitz, please stop by the I.E.C’s office building at 6 Godfrey Sq. in Carolustadt, Renatus-Marna, in order to retrieve your card from the previous election. To contact a secretary, please submit a request to Election Commissioner Fabius Bracchus ((Liam#7649 on Discord)) We earnestly hope that you shall take interest in our democracy, either as a voter or candidate, and participate in our upcoming elections! ((Polls will be open from 3:00pm EST – 11:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 7th))
  10. [!] Another issue of the Empire’s public newspaper, the Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, has been published. Consumers purchase the newspaper at three minae a copy – what a bargain! 13th of Horen’s Calling, 1688 Third Issue Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. Without further ado, the news. PREFECT SARKOZIC RESIGNS; CARRION APPOINTED TEMPORARY PREFECT Just a mere four Saint’s days following the Parliamentary general elections, John Hugh Sarkozic, who won the Belvitz prefecture seat by a mere six points, has quietly announced his resignation. The former Prefect-elect’s rationale included accusations of “election rigging” against the CCP candidate’s political ambitions, labeling the various electoral oversight agencies as being slanted in favor of his opponent, Ostrobor Carrion. This comes after an investigation was launched into the Belvitz election, amidst accusations that “deceased voters” had participated in the elections. The investigation yielded no conclusive results. In accordance to the Statute of Carolustadt (V.II.IV), a by-election is to be held, nominating a new Prefect to serve in Parliament. This election, however, will likely follow the first session of Parliament, scheduled for the 12th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1688. Until a by-election can be organized, Priorist nominee Ostrobor Carrion has been appointed to serve as the temporary Prefect for the Belvitz seat. He will likely serve for roughly one Saint’s week. Carrion also has the option to run for the seat himself, should he wish to serve a full term as Prefect. Belvitz has decidedly become a “tossup” seat for both parties, being the only present Prefecture with mixed political results. The Common Civic Party only secured their seat by a six point lead, which means that if the Priorist Party wishes to retain their newly acquired seat, they’ll need to sway some of the CCP voters in the district to vote Priorist, or encourage those who didn’t vote in the last election to vote in the upcoming by-election. In contrast, the CCP will need to defend their reputability, and locate a suitable replacement candidate for the district. The CCP nor the Priorist Party have made comments on the matter as of yet. PARLIAMENT SCHEDULED TO MEET IN THREE SAINT’S DAYS Speaker of Parliament and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Alexander Frederick, has scheduled the first session of Parliament to be hosted on the 12th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1688. After this meeting, the five year terms for elected Prefects will begin. Here are some future hot button issues which will likely be debated in Parliament; Voter Suffrage Ever since the establishment of the Parliament, voters and political candidate alike have been calling for expanded voter suffrage. To many, the currently drafted Prefectures offer little representation to a large portion of the Empire, offering representation only to some urban areas. Robert Sigismund, Prefect-elect of Markev, made it one of the focal points of his campaign. Multiple barons have also called for expanded voter suffrage, namely in their holdings. The debate will likely not be along partisan lines, but instead between those who wish to see the Parliament take radical steps towards pro-legislative reforms, or if leadership should take the process more cautiously when considering voter expansion. Merit-Based Knighthood One of the Priorist Party’s promises during the elections, representatives in Parliament will likely be drafting up a bill to propose merit-based knighthood standards. A common critique as of the current knighthood process is that obtaining knighthood status is far too common, and the process must be overhauled to more accurately reflect the contributions made by individuals obtaining the aforementioned title. “Knighthood is given out to landed nobles,” noted PPR chairman Hans Rovin in an interview. “The issue with this is that some nobles are warriors and others are burghers. The warriors fight. Burghers write.” Taxation Both major parties tend to agree on the overall concept of having little to no imperial taxation, leaving the matter of funding to the vassals. However, it is unclear how other independent Lords in the Parliament will view the matter. Regardless of anyone’s opinions on taxes, the Imperial government needs to garner a budget from somewhere. Solutions proposed by the CCP have been block grants to vassal states, whereas the PPR has suggested eliminating the need for Imperial taxes by granting more economic responsibility to the vassals. Cultural Integration Easily the most divisive issue in the ‘87 elections, the CCP and PPR have been on staunchly opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to debating cultural integration. While the PPR embraces a more ethnocentric, nationalistic message, advocating to retain traditional Renatian values, the CCP has long since advocated for the gradual integration of cultural minorities into society, justifying such through promises of economic prosperity for all of the Empire’s constituents, and a decreased sense of inter-polarization. International Trade Another issue which drives a wedge between the PPR and CCP is the matter of tariffs versus free trade. While the Priorist Party advocates for enacting tariffs on merchants who wish to trade with individuals and businesses outside of the Empire, in order to disincentive foreign investments and keep Imperial business ties in the Empire, the CCP has decried such, rebutting by stating that free trade is keeping our affluent economy afloat, and that without it, our domestic production would have to skyrocket in order to keep up with demands. We fully expect these essential issues to be debated on the national scale in the days to come.
  11. [!] An educational handbook is published by the I.E.C, and distributed to all future members of Parliament. IMPERIAL PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE GUIDE ✠ 1687 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial Parliament, otherwise known as it’s formal title, The Great Council of the Imperial Crown of the Exalted Godfrey, may have a foreign legislative procedure to some Parliamentary newcomers. To ensure that all participants of this house function to it’s fullest necessity, the Imperial Election Commission has published this missive in order to outline the day to day procedures in Parliament. Chapter I Composition of Parliament Powers of Parliament Chapter II Parliamentary Etiquette Political Alignment Chapter III Proposition & Scheduling Debate Voting Ratification Judicial Review Process Chapter One: The Basics Composition of Parliament The Imperial Parliament is composed of roughly four different voting bodies; The Lords Temporal, which makes up the bulk of the body, the Lords Spiritual, the Privy Council, and the elected Prefects. In addition, the Parliament also contains two non-voting members and His Imperial Majesty. The Imperial Parliament is odd in this early stage, as there is no set number of sitting members. The Emperor is the utmost, autocratic force in Parliament. Although His Imperial Majesty technically doesn’t vote during hearings, he has the ability to “sit-in” at any time he so desires. It is his primary duty to utilize the opinions of the Members of Parliament, in order to make informed decisions whilst governing. The Lords Temporal include land-governing nobility, such as margraves, dukes, counts, barons, and kings. These Lords are appointed by His Imperial Majesty, under the advisement of the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, once every five years, before the new term begins. Often times, the Emperor shall select noble members who will represent the Empire well, and be active participants in the Parliament. The Lords Spiritual includes land-governing members of the clergy, such as Prince-Bishops or Prince-Archbishops. They undergo the same process as the Lords Temporal, but often lack in the same proportionate amount in comparison to their larger counterparts. The Prefects are elected individuals, chosen by the common folk of the Empire once every five years. They retain equal voting powers to the rest of the body, but are unable to reserve their seat based on hereditary ties, but rather by pleasing their constituents and getting re-elected after five years. Similarly to their other counterparts, the number of Prefects serving in Parliament could fluctuate, depending on the future number of determined Prefecture districts in the Empire. The Privy Council includes every member of the Imperial administration, appointed directly by His Imperial Majesty. This includes the Arch-Chancellor, Arch-Seneschal, Grand Knight, Chamberlain, Grand Marshal, Chief Justicar, and the Imperial Engineer. The Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, also a member of the Privy Council, acts as his own individual body during Parliamentary sessions, acting as the Speaker of Parliament. He organizes debates, determines who is allotted to speak before the floor of the Parliament, and keeps the process moving along. He is also appointed directly by His Imperial Majesty. The Deputy Officer, or Deputy Speaker, is appointed by the Lord Privy Seal. They act as a proxy on behalf of the Speaker of Parliament. When the Speaker is absent, but a session of Parliament must be hosted, the Deputy may act in place of the Speaker and host the Parliamentary session. When the Speaker is present, his job is then to keep order in the chamber, and assist the Lord Privy Seal in keeping the day on schedule. The Deputy Speaker is a non-voting member. The Election Commissioner is appointed directly by His Imperial Majesty. It is his duty to organize elections for Prefect seats. He also acts as the default scribe for the chamber, filing and delivering legislative paperwork. He is the chief bureaucrat. He is a non-voting member. Powers of Parliament The Imperial Parliament, in accordance to Article III, Section II, Subsection II, the powers of the legislature are as follows; To propose legislation To present a non-binding writ or proclamation To review executive actions To revive previously failed propositions To review and investigate the actions of government agents To attainder individuals To establish caucuses and committees alongside fellow members of Parliament, to unify members with similar objectives To vote on proposed measures All voting members of Parliament share these powers. The additional power of Parliament Speaker is delegated to the Lord Privy Seal. Another additional power, delegated to all members of the Privy Council, is to schedule future meetings under the consultancy of the Lord Privy Seal. Members of the Privy Council may also be referenced when inquiring about specific policies being debated, acting as an invaluable resource analyzing the insight into different Imperial departments. Chapter Two: Formalities Parliamentary Etiquette The Imperial Parliament holds a very loose standard of etiquette for those serving. All male members are expected to wear a standard waistcoat or suit in some variation of bland colors, such as black, brown, grey, or a dark blue. Hats are not permitted. Female members should wear formal gowns accompanied by a bodice, consisting of similarly bland colored attire, such as black, brown, grey, or a dark blue. Armor is strictly forbidden, except by His Imperial Majesty, the Grand Knight, and the Grand Marshal. Members of the Lords Spiritual are exempt from the aforementioned attire, instead being requested to wear their religious garbs. Members of Parliament should always refer to their colleagues as either “The Honorable Gentleman/woman,” or refer to other members by their noble titles. Alternatively, one may also address one as “Mister, Miss,” or “Missus.” Addressing one by their first name is generally not allowed. Political Alignment Multiple political parties exist within the Imperial political scene. Members of Parliament are not obligated to join any political party, and may choose to remain independent candidates. However, if they so wish, they may contact the Election Commissioner and inform them of their party affiliation at any time. It is most common for elected Prefects to align themselves with a political party, and is far more uncommon for noblemen to register with a party. However, nothing is preventing any members from registering with a party or declaring independence, if they so wish. Chapter Three: Daily Legislative Procedure For the precise legal text and elaborated procedure, please refer to Article IV of the Statute of Carolustadt Proposition and Scheduling Traditionally, the Imperial Parliament will begin by reciting an opening prayer, delivered by a voting member of Parliament at the Lord Privy Seal’s discretion, or the Lord Privy Seal himself. Immediately following the prayer, the Lord Privy Seal shall then deliver a brief press statement, announcing notable actions of the Emperor since the last time they had congregated. He will then ask for members of Parliament to present their proposals. Proposals are requests to debate and vote on a piece of legislation, or a motion to call for a Parliamentary judicial review of a government action or agent. They shall submit their propositions publicly by declaring, “I, [name and title], propose the [title of legislation],” and then seating themselves once again. Proposals are not required to be physically written at the time of their proposition, but must be drafted by the time of it’s debate. After the submission of the proposal, the Lord Privy Seal shall then allot a sufficient amount of time to debate the bill before voting, either in the current session, or in the next. He shall then also select a date, no less than a Saint’s Day after it’s proposition, to vote on said legislation. Voting and debating may occur on the same day, but voting and propositions may not, unless the proposed legislation falls within one or more of the following categories; Legislation commissioning works of public art Legislation proposing the renaming of public roads, bridges, or other public works Legally non-binding writs or proclamations Any legislation is exempt from the “minimum time” rule, should an eight-tenths quorum be in attendance Judicial review sessions may be proposed and voted on in the same session The above exceptions to the minimum time rule are not exempt from debate. Debate After the Lord Privy Seal announces the public schedule for voting, the Parliament may then assemble for debate, either in that current session or in the next congregation. He shall begin the debating session by stating, “We shall now open debate for the [title of bill], sponsored by [name of sponsor].” He shall then allow the sponsor of said legislation to deliver an opening statement, then calling on those who wish to speak to deliver dissenting or concurring statements. Debate may occur for any amount of time, at the discretion of the Lord Privy Seal, so long as proper debate is allotted. The sponsor of the bill may request more time to debate before voting, if they so wish. The Deputy Speaker must also ensure debate occurs smoothly, and that no single legislation utilizes a wasteful amount of debate time. Voting Following the debate session, the bill may then either be immediately voted on, or, if the sponsor so wishes, may be deferred to the next session of Parliament. Come time to vote, the Lord Privy Seal shall state, “We will now vote on the proposed legislation. All those in favor of the [title of bill], say ‘Aye’,” followed by all those in favor of the proposed measure stating “Aye.” He shall then proceed by stating, “All those opposed, say ‘Nay’,” followed by all those in opposition of the proposed measure stating “Nay.” Any individuals who remain silent shall be considered as abstained votes. He shall then tally the votes, either declaring that the bill has passed or failed, then moving along to the next item on the itinerary. Ratification All passed legislation shall then be delivered to the Emperor’s throne. He will review such, and may either sign the bill into law, in which it shall become effective immediately, lest the bill states otherwise. Alternatively, he may reject it, sending it back to the Parliament. If he should choose to reject legislation, he must draft a statement justifying his dissent. If the sponsor so wishes, they may revive the legislation, making any necessary alterations. If the Emperor neither signs nor rejects legislation after a Saint’s week, the bill shall then automatically become law. Judicial Review Process When reviewing the legality of a government program, action, or individual, the Parliament may summon individuals and inquire about the item in question. To initiate a judicial review, three-tenths of the Parliament must agree with initiating the process. Proposition, debate, and voting may all occur in the same session. The Lord Privy Seal shall then schedule a time to summon the individual in question before the Parliament, allowing members of Parliament to interrogate the individual in question. This guide serves only as a basic handbook for members of Parliament, scratching only the tip of the iceberg. There is far more to learn about the legislative process, but we do hope that this was a sufficient basis to assist you in your endeavors in the Imperial legislature.
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    ELECTION RESULTS [1687]

    [!] The most riveting, exciting moment in recent Imperial politics – nay, politics as a whole had finally arrived, late into Election Day. The polls had been closed, and the I.E.C’s staff had tallied the ballots together. All that was left was to announce the victors. IMPERIAL PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION RESULTS, 1687 ✠ 17th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1687 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission After a long campaign year, the votes had finally been tallied. With the polls closing, it took the I.E.C. nearly a Saint’s hour to verify and count the ballot boxes, determining the victor from each city. We would first like to congratulate all of our candidates, even those who didn’t make it to the general election, for partaking in this unique and nearly unprecedented system. You have contributed to the future of the Empire. We also wish to thank the voters for performing their civic duty as patriots, exercising the political power bestowed upon them. [!] The Parliamentary election map, as of 1687. 1687 Parliamentary Election Results Carolustadt – PRIORIST VICTORY Victoria Oxenstierna-Mühlen (PPR) – 69.7% ((33)) Cesare di Lucio Accorsi (CCP) – 30.3% ((10)) Belvitz – CCP VICTORY John Hugh Sarkozic (CCP) – 53.8% ((7)) Ostrobor Carrion (PPR) – 46.2% ((6)) Markev – CCP VICTORY (UNCONTESTED) Robert Sigismund Barbanov (CCP) – 100% ((9)) Analysis These election results mean that the CCP will likely enter Parliament as the populist force, with the majority garnered of Prefect seats. The Lords Temporal, Spiritual, and Privy Council are another story, however. Depending on how the Peerage vote, the CCP may still be a minority to the Priorist Party and their affiliates. However, they’ve secured two new seats for the first upcoming session of Parliament. The election result in Carolustadt was surprising to some CCP voters who expected the prior accusations of violent outbursts and mob mentality to have severe consequences on voter turnout. However, it seems that the candidate herself, Prefect-elect Victoria Oxenstierna-Muhlen, was able to separate herself from the scandals enough to retain her voters. This is surely a large success for Priorists, after a well fought campaign. Oxenstierna will serve in Parliament for the next five years as the representative of Carolustadt. In Belvitz, nobody knew what the outcome would be. A Priorist candidate, Ostrobor Carrion, joined the race at the last minute, competing against former Duke, John Hugh Sarkozic. Ultimately, however, Sarkozic's success can be largely attributed to campaign strategies utilized by the Priorists in Carolustadt; on-the-ground interaction, retail politics, communicating with voters, and delivering a populist message. Sarkozic is presumed to serve for the next five years as the representative of Belvitz. Palatine and frequent Haensetic political figure, Robert Sigismund, did not have a contender. This is attributed to the belief that the vast majority of Haensetians are members of the CCP, and the Priorist Party didn't wish to bother utilizing their resources in the south. Voter turnout in Markev was low, despite their high voter registration rate. Though, this is thought to be because of the fact that there was practically no election, and no real reason for voters to attend the polling stations. Robert Sigismund will serve for the next five years as the representative of Markev. Belvitz Recount Due to the close proximity of the Belvitz election results, the I.E.C. has impounded the ballots in the Adrian city to recount the votes. Accusations of “dead citizens” registering to vote have been lobbed about, in addition to general unrest about the dangerously close tally. As for now, John Hugh Sarkozic is presumed to be the victor of the district until otherwise notified. We thank the voters once again for participating in this experiment. We hope this new political infrastructure brings more dynamics to our policy crafting decisions, and empowers everyone in the Empire to contribute their two minae. Thank you.
  13. [!] As the elections arrive, an urgent issue of the Imperial public newspaper is published. 2nd of Tobias’ Bounty, 1687 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. Without further ado, the news. POLLS OPEN IN CAROLUSTADT, MARKEV, BELVITZ [!] The Theodosian Municipal Library, located in Markev, Haense, to be the polling location for residents of Markev; 1687 Election day is today, and polls are officially open. Voters will have a series of candidates to elect, ranging from the hyper nationalist Priorists to the fiscally conservative Common Civic Party. The polling locations are listed below; 2 Horen Circle; Carolustadt, Carolustadt Courthouse 1 Marius’ Court; Markev, Theodosian Municipal Library 6 Soothsayer’s Circle; Belvitz, Belvitz Town Hall The candidates are as follows; CAROLUSTADT Victoria IV Oxenstierna-Mühlen Priorist Party of Renatus Cesare di Lucio Accorsi Common Civic Party MARKEV Robert Sigismund Barbanov Common Civic Party BELVITZ John Hugh Sarkozic Common Civic Party Ostrobor Carrion Priorist Party of Renatus The vast majority of registered voters – over 100,000 ((100)) in total – have already received their voting identification cards needed to vote. If you’re one of the individuals who haven’t yet picked up their card but has already applied for such, you may pick up your card today at 6 Godfrey Sq., in the Imperial Election Commission’s office, by contacting either Fabius Bracchus, Owen Gromach, Theodoric de Ruyter, or Alexander Frederick. We urge you to vote today, as it is your civic duty! ((Voting is operational from 9am EST – 12am EST, midnight)) BREAKING: PRIORIST RIOT LEADS TO SCANDAL [!] Members of the Priorist Party’s “Blackshirt” faction draws arms upon both the Imperial Legion and Robert Sigismund’s personal detail; 1687 On the 17th of Godfrey’s Triump, 1687, only last Saint’s night, Palatine Robert Sigismund and Markevian prefect candidate arrived to the Imperial capital of Carolustadt to deliver a stump speech, as apart of the Common Civic Party’s last ditch effort to campaign in Carolustadt for their nominee, Cesare di Lucio Accorsi. He arrived accompanied by about five Haense bodymen on his detail, and another fifteen or so Renatian legionaries. The speech delivered by Palatine Sigismund is detailed below; “Of course, those who break the law should face justice.” Those were the words of Priorist Chairman Hans Rovin, responding to allegations of the “mob mentality” of the Priorist Party, stating that although the organization itself was nonviolent, dissenters and rioters should be prosecuted for transgressions. A simple day later, during the Palatine’s speech, seven members of the Priorist Party’s “Blackshirt” wing, the paramilitary soldiers endorsing the party’s platform, rallied in front of the politician’s stand and made an attempted assault on the line of Renatian legionaries. Ultimately, being outnumbered three to one, the Renatian armed forces were able to quell the rioters and slay the majority of the traitors. Palatine Robert Sigismund escaped with multiple cuts and bruises, protected by his security detail. This has led the Imperial administration to banish the paramilitary wing of the Priorist Party, only one day before the elections. Although the party itself would remain in tact, the self proclaimed “Blackshirts” would no longer be permitted within the Empire, being labeled as a domestic terrorist organization. Priorist Party banners were then ordered to be taken down from around the city. “Let it be known that the Priorists attacked first,” proclaimed legionary Thorley Fitch. The attacks on the Palatine are the third instance of violence from Priorist Party members, and is expected to have a negative effect on their chances in the elections. However, will it be enough to defeat their chances of victory? Their candidate, Victoria Oxenstierna, has remained a respectable figure in local politics thus far, and has refrained from any of the aforementioned violence in the capital. Thus far, as has her opponent, CCP candidate Cesare di Lucio Accorsi, who was a victim of an aforementioned assault by Priorist Party members. The real question is if this will sway the minds of voters before they go to the ballot boxes, or if they’ll place aside the recent scandal to vote for the candidate herself. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage.
  14. [!] The Imperial Election Commission’s couriers strive to mass produce and deliver a writ to every registered voter in the Imperial Capital. THE CAROLUSTADT MAYORAL ELECTIONS ✠ The Imperial Election Commission Issued and confirmed by His Imperial Highness, Alexander Frederick, Privy Seal of the Imperial Crown of Godfrey, 14th of Godfrey’s Triumph TO ALL LOYAL SUBJECTS OF THE IMPERIAL CROWN, We see fit to, in conjunction with the Imperial Election Commission, announce the first official mayoral election for the Imperial City of Carolustadt. The elections shall take place in three Saint’s Days ((SATURDAY 27TH)), to coincide with the Prefecture elections. Each established party is granted the ability to propose one candidate to be elected upon on the polling day, with any notable citizen of Carolustadt being able to nominate themselves to run independent of other parties. The requirements to run for mayoral office shall roughly coincide with the requirements to run for Prefecture. They are as follows; To be at least 20 years of age To be a full-blooded human To subscribe to the Canonist faith or a denomination of such To posses the ability to read or write proficiently To be of Burgher, Yeoman, or Gentry social status To own property in your Prefecture, such as a house Please submit the following application to the I.E.C. to register for candidacy; Full Name: Address: Party Affiliation: Policy Platform: We thank you for your interest in local government. The mayoral position is often an underappreciated one, and we trust the residents of Carolustadt to choose their municipal leader wisely.
  15. [!] An Imperial writ is publicized for residents to view. 13th of Horen’s Calling, 1687 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission The First Edition of the Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network The Imperial-Parliamentary Affairs Network, otherwise abbreviated to I-PAN, has been established as a journalistic outlet to inform the Empire’s constituents of the public affairs occurring from within the Imperial Parliament, and other important political topics within the realm. I-PAN shall be a nonpartisan, neutral news outlet which covers a variety of political affairs and happenings in the Empire. I-PAN was established under the supervision of the Imperial Election Commission in 1687, as a method to combat a disturbingly low amount of journalistic news outlets in the Empire. I-PAN shall be very strict in our core principle of prohibiting biased articles. An Imperial outlet, funded by the constituents, do not deserve slanted news or unfair coverage of individuals. We are wed to facts, and facts alone. If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. Without further ado, the news. PRIORIST PARTY RIDES POPULIST WAVE IN CAROLUSTADT; FACES CRITICISMS FOR “VIOLENT RECORD” A group of Priorist Party members convene for their Convention, with the Priorist Triangle, their party logo, flying in the wind; 1686 In the Imperial Capital of Carolustadt, the most populated urban settlement on Atlas, the Priorist Party of Renatus has taken hold of the local political scene. Initially established by party chairman Hans Rovin to become a nationalist lobbying effort, it has now spurred into the most notable force in the early era of democratic Imperial politics. The question is – why? Why has such a seemingly radical political body begun to guide the national political narrative? Many have attributed the Priorists’ recent political upheaval to populist rhetoric and policies. In contrast to previously established political organizations, the Priorist Party demonstrated their lack of caution when criticizing the Imperial administration, which appealed to a large portion of Imperial citizens. Established only twelve annum ago, the city of Carolustadt has experienced a large lack of formal employment. The majority of the city’s residents are employed as bureaucratic secretaries, military personnel, or low paying service industry jobs. It is evident that, in the realm of economics, the Empire of Man has experienced a shortfall when compared to their foreign counterparts. The Priorist Party has touted their positions on supporting the gentry, describing wealthy peasants as a “lessening middle-class” which they wish to embolden. “Is it wrong, I ask, to represent the working class?” inquired notable Priorist Party member, Cousin Otis, in a public writ earlier this Legacy. “We are under the boot of poverty,” party advocate and Emperor’s grandson Cassius Horen elaborated. The very fascinating portion in regards to the Priorist Party’s policy positions is that, not only do they promote middle class growth, but they actively scrutinize the burgher and knighthood classes, advocating for the distributions of certain pockets of wealth back into the pockets of workers. Their party platform encourages tariffs on merchants attempting to trade with foreign entities, the establishment of a merit based knighthood system with the abolition of knighthood by bloodright, and even expanded voting rights for citizens. The Priorists have proven themselves to be an abnormal, yet effective force in the realm of Renatian politics. With that said, certain officials from within the Priorist Party continue to face heavy criticism from notable individuals for their violent reputation. Back in the Harren’s Folley of 1686, a Priorist rally quickly turned into a belligerent street battle, between party leaders and a visiting Dwarven diplomat. Conflicting eyewitness accounts dispute which combatants initiated the conflict, but all reports have come to the same consensus. Prior to the outbreak, party advocate Cassius Horen was delivering a speech relating to racial and ethnic purification. “Far too long have we been stepped on by inferior races, by people to mooch off our own homes, and wealth. My blood, the sons and daughters of Horen cursed to the poverty caused by foreign, alien influences.” - Cassius Horen, 1686 This quote was delivered an estimated ten Saint’s minutes prior to the outbreak, which was then accompanied by chants of, “Slaughter the Orcs,” “Death to shitskins,” and “Burn the Darkies.” It is still unclear if the Dwed in question was assaulted by a fervor of upset constituents, or if he had instigated the violence after being offended by the public speech. After being placed into temporary custody, Cassius Horen had willingly offered public comments, elaborating on the matter. “I gave a speech – People who heard the speech must’ve been upset and taken the words to heart, most folks only know violence nowadays to let out the feelings they have for those they dislike. Words can do very little when you’re under the boot of poverty.” When asked if he supported the Priorist outbreak, he fervently denied such, stating that Priorists did not subscribe to violent tactics, instead justifying such through being a natural part of the democratic process. “My words were for fellow man – For those who expressed similar views, the audience, the words took them in alternative purpose. Such is the way of life, riots and such. Violence isn’t our answer or policy to reach where we’ll be, but it’s a natural occurrence to any habit of conflicting views.” These comments also come after CCP candidate, Cesare di Lucio Accorsi, was allegedly beaten by Priorist advocates after insulting them in a separate incident a day later, by calling them “Uncanonist.” We spoke to Theodoric de Ruyter, Archbishop of Markev, inquiring about the principles of Canonism applied to the modern day political scene. He immediatley began by condemning the attacks. “Obviously I’m not one to condone the beating of any good Canonist, regardless of any verbal disagreements.” However, when asked if di Lucio’s claims of the Priorist Party being “Uncanonist” were correct, the Archbishop had an interesting response. “I don’t see it as such,” he began. “Obviously, the attack on His Grace, Prince-Bishop Claudius, in the Priorist mission statement, was not called for, but their policy platform doesn’t seem anti-Canonist. Which leads me to believe that they aren’t anti-Canonist per say, although they could do more to promote faith sponsored legislation.” When asked if any of the political parties were pro-Canonist, de Ruyter replied by stating, “Aside from the Nordish Defense League, they do all appear largely secular. Disappointing, but unsurprising.” Priorists have seen recent success in the Carolustadt prefecture by means of economic populism. However, if they wish to witness success in other Prefectures in future elections, critics state that the Priorists will have to dispel the narrative that they’re composed of “violent mobs.” SEVENTIAN RIGHTS LOBBY, REFINEMENT PARTY JOIN ALLEGIANCES, FORM COALITION Common Civic Party candidate Robert Sigismund interacts with voters in Markev after delivering a short speech; 1686 The Seventian Rights Lobby, chaired by Nikatien Drakaene, and the Imperial Refinement Party, previously chaired by Septimius Bracchus, have recently reserved their minimal differences to form a coalition between the two, formerly disorganized political parties. They now harness the political capital expressed by anti-PPR voters, primarily in Belvitz and Markev. The new chair of this coalition party, dubbed the “Common Civic Party,” is none other than Elizaveta Barbanov-Ruthern, a common household name in Haensetian politics. A recent statement from the party summed up the purpose of the creation notes that the party is in favor of human specific multiculturalism, free trade, and block grants to vassals to prevent tax hikes – all policies fervently opposed by the Priorist Party. Chairman Barbanov-Ruthern noted the following in response to Priorist attacks on the newly created coalition; “Our policies are that of openness and prosperity between humanity’s many vibrant peoples, not meaningless rivalry and one-upmanship. Free trade between the kingdoms will ensure that gold, food and treasure flows in ever greater quantities, and that soldiers of the Empire never march against one another. Vassal control of funds will allow them to invest in what they know to be most needed in their particular realm, rather than some unaware bureaucrat in the capital. Whereas the prevention of tax increases will ensure that the citizenry remains peaceful and enriched. The benefit of Renatus is not necessarily the benefit of us all. But if we should all benefit, so shall Renatus.” - Elizaveta Barbanov-Ruthern, 1687 The party has recently garnered three new notable members, including Robert Sigismund, candidate for Markev’s prefecture, John Hugh Sarkozic, candidate for Belvitz’s prefecture, and Cesare di Lucio Accorsi, candidate in Carolustadt’s prefecture. This has made the Common Civic Party the first to establish a candidate running in each established prefecture. A small feat, considering that the first elections have yet to occur. The question remains; can any unified opposition truly beat the Priorist fervor currently present in the Imperial Capital? Time will tell. POLLS SHOW PRIORIST PARTY WITH STRONG LEAD OVER CCP IN CAROLUSTADT A recent poll was conducted by the I.E.C., among one hundred ((10)) likely voters across the three prefectures, in each respective city, measuring candidates’ favorability ratings. Respondents were chosen at random. Respondents were asked the question, “Which candidate will you likely vote for?” The poll results are below; Carolustadt; Projected Priorist victory Oxenstierna-Mühlen +70% (+/- 10) Accorsi +30% (+/- 10) Markev; Guaranteed CCP victory Sigismund +100% (+/- 0) Belvitz; Guaranteed CCP victory Sarkozic +100% (+/- 0) Short of another candidate joining the race last minute, the election results appear to be likely definitive. Without opponents in Markev and Belvitz, the CCP stands to gain ground in the first session of Parliament by default. In contrast, however, the election in Carolustadt has granted the Priorists a populist base to further expand their political reach. Elections will be held in three Legacies. ((Saturday, October 27th)) WORLD NEWS Queen Elizaveta of Haense announces pregnancy New Consul of neighboring Republic of Holm elected; Former military commander Evan Katke Ratibor Rodrigue Carrion, popularly known by his nickname “Red,” wins Adrian ducal election by a vote of 3 – 0 The Antonius Horen Memorial Road finishes construction, allowing new trade routes to open between Haense, Renatus, and Curon If you are an aspiring journalist tempted by the allure of this newly established outlet, feel free to contact Fabius Bracchus, Election Commissioner ((Liam#7649)) to become a Parliamentary journalist. Trusted and worthy journalists shall be given press credentials to Parliamentary sessions, in order to cover current affairs. In addition, we encourage journalists to also establish private news outlets, to expand the journalistic integrity and ability to publicize information. They, too, may receive press credentials, and are not subject to the same standards as public journalists are. However, as far as I-PAN is concerned, we shall provide the utmost neutral coverage. We appreciate your patronage through this wonderously terrifying national experiment. It truly is a riveting time for human politics – may it be a productive one.
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