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  1. The Imperial Parliament of the Empire of Man ✠ GREAT COUNCIL OF THE IMPERIAL CROWN OF EXALTED GODFREY Consilium Magnum de Imperiale Corona elevati Godefridus The Third Legislative Term The Imperial Parliament, an institution established roughly a decade ago, has been widely successful in facilitating debate between legislators across the Empire, may they be noble Lords, members of the Church, Privy Councillors, or elected representatives. Although the legislature has proven to be an invaluable component of Imperial government, reforms were desperately required in order to boost efficiency within the realm of bureaucratic red tape. As such, after the passage of P.B. 017, the Imperial Parliament has installed “committees” to revise legislation in their early stages, in order to minimize the amount of debate necessary on the floor. For this reason, we wish to offer the constituents of the Empire a list of their legislators, along with general information, and what committees they shall serve on as we enter this new legislative term. COMMITTEES At the beginning of each legislative term – every five years – the Lord Speaker shall appoint every legislator to his or her committees. Each legislator may serve on a maximum of three committees, with the exception of the Lord Speaker himself, who may sit on four. Legislators are assigned to their committees based on which areas of policy reforms they retain the most knowledge, experience, or skills. When legislation is proposed, it shall be reviewed by one or more of said committees, and must pass by a majority in said committee, before moving on to the floor for a general vote, at which point, it will then be ratified into law. Each committee shall also appoint a chairman, who serves for the duration of the legislative term, and is responsible for organizing committee votes. The committees are as follows; Judiciary Committee The Judiciary Committee has been established as the very first committee in Parliamentary history. Their duty is to review changes to criminal law, reformations to the courts system, and to take a major role in Parliamentary investigative inquiries. Any alterations to The Ten Tables shall be processed through the Judiciary Committee. National Security Committee The National Security Committee deals with matters of the armed services, on both domestic law enforcement and national warfare. They are responsible for reviewing legislation relating to war, guard work, and the general safety of the Imperial constituency. Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee The Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee serves to review primarily economic legislation. Any bills relating to national tax changes, budget appropriations, commerce, or any other purely economic proposals shall be brought to them. Infrastructure Committee The Infrastructure Committee reviews all legislation relating to public works, urbanization, housing, and transportation. Bills involving railroad services, public roads, city expansion, or other utilities to be used by the public will be presented to them. Religious Affairs Committee The Religious Affairs Committee will review and legislation in relation to the regulation or embracement of spiritual or theocratic conduct. Any bills which would have an impact on the practice of religion will be brought to the Religious Affairs Committee. Administration & Rules Committee The Administration & Rules Committee reviews all legislation relating to inter-governmental structure, ethical violations, Parliamentary rules, and the organization of the state. Foreign Relations Committee The Foreign Relations Committee is tasked with diplomatic affairs. Legislation pertaining to the conduct between the Empire of Man, other nations, and third party organizations are delegated to this committee. Civil Liberties Committee The Civil Liberties Committee votes on legislation pertaining to the rights or privileges of the individual citizen, private organizations, or other non-governmental groups. LEGISLATORS The following is a list of legislators serving in the third parliamentary term; Theodoric of Markev Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Speaker of Parliament First Term (INDEPENDENT) Judiciary Committee Infrastructure Committee Religious Affairs Committee Administration & Rules Committee Elizaveta Rosette Bihar Barbanov-Ruthern Queen of Haense Chairwoman of the Civil Liberties Committee First Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Civil Liberties Committee Edward Morris Arch-Chancellor Chairman of the Administration & Rules Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Religious Affairs Committee Administration & Rules Committee Civil Liberties Committee Charles Talraen de Rennes Minister of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Foreign Relations Committee Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Fabius Bracchus Prefect of Markev Chairman of the Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Civil Liberties Committee Rudolph Wagner Archbishop of Jorenus Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Religious Affairs Committee Marius Karl Baruch Count of Ayr Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Ser Seth Renault Grand Marshal Chairman of the National Security Committee Second Term (INDEPENDENT) National Security Committee Civil Liberties Committee Ingrid Kastrovat Marquess of Styria Chairwoman of the Infrastructure Committee Third Term (INDEPENDENT) Infrastructure Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Aldonza Castelo de Castillo Lady of Stettin Second Term (INDEPENDENT) Civil Liberties Committee Foreign Relations Committee Edward Suffolk Count of Pembrokeshire Third Term (LOYALIST PARTY) Judiciary Committee Foreign Relations Committee Administration & Rules Committee Abdullah Kharadeen Caliph of Kadarsi Third Term (LOYALIST PARTY) Religious Affairs Committee Foreign Relations Committee Alastrine Vientos Baroness of Mehran Second Term (COMMON CIVIC PARTY) Judiciary Committee National Security Committee Raska Ragnarson Baron of Alsace First Term (LOYALIST PARTY) National Security Committee Administration & Rules Committee James III Antonius Windsor de Castillo Prefect of Carolustadt First Term (AURELIAN PARTY) Foreign Relations Committee Judiciary Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Klaus Heldenburg Castellan Engineer Third Term (INDEPENDENT) National Security Committee Infrastructure Committee Henrik Otto Ludovar Baron of Lizat First Term (INDEPENDENT) Infrastructure Committee Religious Affairs Committee Taxation, Finance, & Budgeting Committee Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge Prefect of Belvitz First Term (INDEPENDENT) Foreign Relations Committee National Security Committee Vahyru Daluon Deputy Speaker of Parliament Non-Voting Member First Term (INDEPENDENT) Rhys Vladrick var Ruthern Imperial Election Commissioner Non-Voting Member First Term (INDEPENDENT) The third legislative term shall span from 1698 – 1703. For any further inquiries, please contact the Parliamentary relations office. ((Cash4Gold#1763))
  2. 15th of Owyn’s Light, 1698 I-PAN ISSUE TEN 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 distinguished outlet, feel free to contact Fabio Bracchus, editor ((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 APPROACHES THIRD LEGISLATIVE TERM James Antonius Windsor announces his campaign for Prefect of Carolustadt; 20th of Owyn’s Flame, 1697 As the Imperial Parliament approaches its third legislative term, with elections being held in two Saint’s Days, the Imperial Parliament continues to fervently debate hot button issues. Although the days of the Priorist Party are largely forgotten to the tests of time, the Common Civic Party continues to try and reform their Knighthood standards, the Loyalist Party makes attempts to alter Prefect electoral regulations, and the Aurelian Party has seemingly remained quiet for their first term in Parliament. Although elections are around the corner, two seats are uncontested; Markev and Belvitz. Fabio Bracchus, the controversial leader of the Common Civic Party, retains his unquestioned authority in his home district. Meanwhile in Belvitz, following the assassination of Prefect Antanios Opal Rutledge, the late minister’s widowed wife has taken it upon herself to represent Belvitz in the next Parliament. Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge is going to be the first Southernos elected to Parliament, with no contenders to challenge her position. Curiously enough, however, she has decided to run as an independent candidate as opposed to registering with the CCP as her late husband did, leading many to wonder if she’ll vote differently from the former Adrian politician on legislation. The only real election taking place is in the Carolustadt, where Phillip Marshall, independent, will face off against Aurelian Party nominee James Antonius Windsor. Windsor has campaigned on military resurgence, the implementation of civil liberties, and expanding voting rights to all eligible citizens of the Empire. In contrast, independent candidate Philllip Marshall is considered a staunch loyalist to the crown. It’s speculated that the veteran soldier won’t deviate much from the state narrative, though he is speculated to be a rather vocal advocate of conservative principles, if elected. Voters will decide who shall represent them in the next Imperial Parliament in two Saint’s days. When the new legislative term begins, here are some hot-topic issues to be on the lookout for; Judicial reforms to overhaul the current court system Electoral reforms to make Prefect elections either more inclusive or restricted Debates regarding knighthood standards Economic reforms to increase formal employment in the Empire SPEAKER EDWARD MORRIS ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION, IEC DIRECTOR THEODORIC DE RUYTER APPOINTED Theodoric de Ruyter, IEC director, incoming Speaker of Parliament; 12th of Owyn’s Light, 1698 At the most recent Parliamentary session, on the 14th of Horen’s Calling, 1698, current Speaker of Parliament and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Edward Morris, publicly announced his resignation to the chamber. Morris has served as Privy Seal since the resignation of his predecessor, Alexander Frederick, in 1691. Morris was then selected by Emperor Augustus to serve as Arch-Chancellor, creating a vacancy in Parliamentary leadership. Morris has now publicly unveiled his plans to appoint the current director of the IEC, Theodoric Bracchus de Ruyter, as the new Speaker of Parliament. The young Arch-Bishop of the Crownlands has served as IEC director for this previous term, effectively staying out of the public spotlight, for the most part. He shall take the dais in one Saint’s week, after Speaker Morris leaves office. The Bracchus name has been a big one in parliamentary politics for nearly a decade now. The first Lord Spiritual appointed to the position, Claudius Bracchus, made headlines when he was accused of misusing Church funds, before radical nationalists assassinated him on the floor of Parliament. Following such, his cousin, Fabius “Fabio” Bracchus, has been one of the most consequential voices in Parliament. Along with Alexander Frederick, he was one of the original architects of the Imperial Parliament, later becoming IEC director, then Maer of Markev, and now Prefect. This has lead some to raise vocal concerns over nepotistic ties, although the incoming Speaker hasn’t yet expressed any signs of biases. The future Speaker plans to go into Parliament next term as an independent. PARLIAMENT DIDN’T PASS A SINGLE BILL DURING THE SECOND TERM The most recent session of the Imperial Parliament. Ministers bow their heads in prayer, lead by High Pontiff Daniel V; 14th of Horen’s Calling, 1698 During its second term, the Imperial Parliament failed to pass any legislation whatsoever. A total of seven bills were voted on this term, and only an appointment made it past the first round of voting. These bills included two regarding the expansion of voting rights, one regarding the limitations of Prefecture candidates to hold two consecutive terms, an ambassador appointment bill, a judicial overhaul act, a railroad construction project, and the appointment of Lord Spiritual Rudolph Wagner, which is the only vote to actually pass. A common theory for the deadlock in Parliament is the general disinterest among ministers. Some members of the chamber have an obscene attendance record, often only appearing at one or two sessions per term, of which there are ten sessions over a five year period. With great disinterest comes the inability to pass meaningful legislation, as either none has been presented or there’s not enough ministers present to realistically pass said legislation. Another potential reason for the gridlock is the hyper-partisanship facing Parliament. For those who are active in parliamentary affairs, they often can’t come to any sort of resolution, killing each other's bills on arrival – namely LOPA and the CCP. Incoming leaders to the Imperial Parliament aim to repair this flawed body, and to get much needed reforms passed next term.
  3. THE 1698 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS As the second, very divisive term of the Imperial Parliament comes to an end, it’s come time to select Prefects to represent the commoners in the Imperial legislature. Many voters are upset that, among all the bills proposed, the divided Parliament couldn’t agree to pass anything. Not one bill made it to His Imperial Majesty’s desk, leading many disgruntled constituents to register to vote, in order to end the partisan deadlock. Included to this parchment is a map of all the Prefectures in which candidates are eligible to run for office. As residents of Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt, should you meet the mandatory requirements and want to debate legislation on behalf of the entire Empire, you are eligible to do so. In addition, eligible voters are encouraged to participate in Parliamentary elections, as is their civic duty. Voter and candidate registration forums are included below. CURRENT CANDIDATES Carolustadt James Antonious Windsor (ARP) Markev Fabius Bracchus (CCP) Belvitz Rivaini Othan-Semaili Rutledge (Independent) REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES Common Civic Party (CCP) Free trade, voter suffrage, small government Click here for platform Aurelian Party (ARP) Militarism, equality, centralization Click here for platform Loyalist Party (LOPA) Monarchism, elitism, vassal responsibility Click here for platform Priorist Party (PPR) Human supremacy, nationalism, authority Click here for platform Autarkic Worker’s Party (AWP) Industry, socialism, populism Click here for platform CANDIDATE REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to run for office, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection II of the Statute of Carolustadt. Candidates may file with any political party of their choosing, either listed above or otherwise, or they may file as independent. Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least four Saint’s weeks Be a full blooded human Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be of either yeoman, gentry, or burgher status, or be within the immediate family of such Be registered to vote Be at least 25 years of age Be able to read and write proficiently Be of the Canonist faith or a denomination of such If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Political Party: VOTER REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to register to vote, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection I of the Statute of Carolustadt; Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least two Saint’s weeks Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be at least 14 years of age If you would like to register to vote for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: City of Residency: Year of Birth: Address: After registering to vote, you’ll need to visit the Imperial Election Commission’s office in Carolustadt, located at 6 Godfrey Sq., in order to retrieve your voter registration card. You will need this card to vote on election day. ((Message Papa_Liam or xboxersz for more information)) ELECTION SCHEDULE (( January 5th; Candidate and voter registration begins January 5th – 9th; Time for candidates to campaign, and for parties to hold primary elections January 9th; Deadline for candidates to register January 9th – 11th; Time to campaign leading into general election January 12th; Election Day January 16th; Third term begins )) We look forward to another term in Parliament Praise be the Empire ((Message Liam#7649 or Cash4Gold#1763 with any inquiries))
  4. [!] “Perhaps, just perhaps, if our politicians could hold onto their positions for more than a Saint’s week, we wouldn’t have elections ever ten days,” mused a peasant in Adria. THE 1695 BELVITZ BY-ELECTION 13th of Owyn’s Flame, 1695 Shortly after the 1693 elections, recently re-elected CCP Prefect of Belvitz, Antanios Opal Rutledge, was murdered. The horrendous tragedy was quickly publicized and made public knowledge, sparking a series of small-scale riots in Belvitz. Currently, the local guard force, the Imperial Legion’s investigative division, and a Parliamentarian judicial committee lead by Lord Temporal Castelo are investigating the murder. In the meantime, Pandir Millinis has been appointed as temporary Prefect until sufficient elections can be held – which are now to be held promptly. All those interested in running for Prefect of Belvitz, we implore you to read the information below. Requirements for Candidacy All candidates for Prefect of Belvitz must meet the aforementioned prerequisites, per the Statute of Carolustadt. The Imperial Election Commission will extensively review each and every applicant to ensure these standards are fulfilled. To be of at least Gentry, Burgher, or Yeoman social status, or in the immediate family of such individuals To have resided in your given Prefecture for at least four Saint’s weeks at the time of the election To be at least twenty-five years of age To be a full-blooded human To subscribe to the Canonist faith or a denomination of such To possess the ability to read and write proficiently To own property in your Prefecture, such as a house To be registered to vote Applications for Candidacy All applications are to be sent to the IEC’s office. Full Name: Party Affiliation: Address: Declared Candidates Pandir Millinis (Aurelian Party) For voter ID card reclamation or inquiries, contact IEC director Theodoric de Ruyter ((Cash4Gold#1763)) or deputy assistant Fabius Bracchus ((Liam#7649)) ((Elections will be held on Wednesday, December 26th . Polls will be open from 3pm EST – 9pm EST.))
  5. 14th of Sigismund’s End, 1693 I-PAN ISSUE NINE 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 Theodoric de Ruyter, Election Commissioner ((Cash4Gold#1763)) 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. SECOND LEGISLATIVE TERM OF PARLIAMENT SET TO BEGIN NEXT SAINT’S DAY [!] First session of Parliament; 1687 With the conclusion of the Imperial Parliament’s first legislative term, Speaker Edward Morris, who took over for Speaker Alexander Frederick back in 1691, has announced a new list of Lord Temporals who will be serving in the next session of the Imperial Parliament. In addition, three new Prefects have been elected. The final seat that remains to be filled is the position of Lord Spiritual, which fell into a political limbo after the former High Pontiff declared the position null and void. Archbishop Rudolph Wagner is being considered to fill the role, after former Prince-Bishop of Aescelus, Claudius Bracchus, was assassinated earlier this Saint’s month. Speaker Morris appears to be heading in a new direction in regards to appointment, however, subjecting Archbishop Wagner to a confirmation hearing among the rest of the legislature, allowing them to freely inquire about the nominee’s history and political or religious tenets. However, the rules and regulations regarding such confirmations are vague, as there is no existing precedent for such a maneuver. The confirmation hearing will be held in four Saint’s days. [!] The incoming party makeup of the Imperial Parliament; 1694 Here is a complete list of the incoming Parliamentary members; ELECTED PREFECTS: Prefect of Belvitz, Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) (Second Term) Prefect of Markev, Fabius Bracchus (CCP) (First Term) Prefect of Carolustadt, John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) (First Term) LORD TEMPORALS: Caliph of Kadarsi, Abdullah Kharadeen (CCP) (Second Term) Count of Ayr, Marius Karl Baruch (CCP) (First Term) Baron of Ivanovvy, Bogdan Radovich (PPR) (Second Term) Duke of Pembrokeshire, Edward Suffolk (LOPA) (Second Term) Countess of Kastrovat, Ingrid Kastrovat (IND) (Second Term) Count of Gorgona, Leopold Horation Helvets (IND) (First Term) Lady of Stettin, Aldonza Castelo (IND) (First Term) Baron of Dormont, John Hugh Sarkozic (IND) (First Term) Baroness of Mehran, Alastrine Vientos (IND) (First Term) PRIVY COUNCIL: Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, Edward Morris (IND) (Second Term) Arch-Seneschal, Aran Talrean (PPR) (Second Term) Arch-Chancellor, Augustus Horen (IND) (Second Term) Chief Justicar, Carolvac Kovachev (IND) (Second Term) Imperial Engineer, Klaus Heldenburg (IND) (Second Term) LORD SPIRITUALS: NOMINEE, Archbishop Rudolph Wagner (IND) (First Term) (Pending) NON-VOTING MEMBERS: Deputy-Speaker, Gawain d’Auvergne (Second Term) Election Commissioner, Theodoric de Ruyter (First Term) ELECTION RESULTS SUGGEST AURELIAN PARTY MAY SEE LARGE GAINS IN THE FUTURE The election results from three Saint’s days ago would initially indicate that the Common Civic Party solidified it’s holdings. Markev, which has always been the CCP’s stronghold since they elected the party’s founder, Palatine Robert Sigismund, opted to elect former Election Commissioner, Fabius Bracchus, after Prefect Rhys var Ruthern announced that he would not be running for a second term. In Belvitz, Prefect Antanios Opal Rutledge won re-election. During his first election, he won with a staggering 85% of the vote. In Carolustadt, Aurelian candidate John Charles d’Anpalais was unopposed, and became the first member of Parliament to represent the newfound political party. The full election results are below; Carolustadt Prefecture ✔ Called for John Charles d’Anpalais John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) – Uncontested Markev Prefecture ✔ Called for Fabius Bracchus Fabius Bracchus (CCP) – 64.71% ((11)) Bjolfr Nord (ARP) – 35.29% ((6)) Belvitz Prefecture ✔ Called for Antanios Opal Rutledge Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) – 54.84% ((17)) Darius Ault (ARP) – 45.16% ((14)) From looking at these results, you would think that the hopeful Aurelian Party is off to a poor start. After all, the only election they were able to win was an election where they were unopposed. However, these numbers don’t necessarily tell the whole story. In Belvitz, for instance, Rutledge noticed a stark decline in his vote share when compared to the last election. He was running against former temp. Prefect Ostrobor Carrion, now the chairman of the Aurelian Party, and won by +35 points – an impressive victory for Belvitz, which is considered a swing prefecture. However, this election, he won only by +4 points, a net loss of -31 points since the last election, all of which went towards the ARP instead. In Markev, as well, the CCP continued to expect to solidify their holdings by at least 70%, but instead fell slightly short, noticing ARP candidate Bjolfr Nord slowly creeping up on Bracchus, losing by only 15%. This would suggest that, while the newcomer to the political stage doesn’t yet have enough political capital to win elections, they are certainly performing more effectively than the Priorist Party had. That’s exactly why this new party has such an advantage. The Priorist Party has seemingly abandoned electoral politics, not bothering to run a single candidate in any election. After the former Priorist Party chairman Hans Rovin resigned from his position, the party fell into disarray, and became much more unorganized than it had in the past. Without any mainstream opposition to the CCP, the Aurelian Party offers disenfranchised voters a viable alternative, a more moderate right wing option in comparison to their radical PPR counterparts. After this election, the Priorist Party held onto not one elected seat. As the Priorist Party seemingly begins to slowly fade out of the national political picture, a power vacuum is left open for some insurgent candidates – which is an amazing opportunity for the Aurelians. John Charles d’Anpalais, who will be the party’s sole MP this upcoming legislative term, will likely be a leading voice for the party’s future campaigns. He will drive the party’s image among voters over the next five years.
  6. [!] The IEC posts election statistics on their office doors periodically. 1693 General Election Live Results 4th of Tobias’ Bounty, 1693 Brought to you by the Imperial Election Commission Today is the second general election in the history of the Imperial Parliament. Voters have had plenty of opportunities to vote in by-elections and primaries over the last five years, but this is the first time that voters will participate in the next scheduled general election since Parliament’s implementation. This election offers a particularly suspenseful climate, as the new Aurelian Party has seemingly replaced their more radical predecessors, the Priorist Party, at least in electoral politics. This election shall be considered a referendum on how moderate ideals appeal to the voters. Elections will be hosted in Markev and Belvitz, with the election in Carolustadt being uncontested. Following the election, the next official legislative term of the Imperial Parliament will begin at Speaker Morris’ discretion, following another five years with new Parliamentary members. LIVE RESULTS ((Last updated 12:02 AM EST)) Carolustadt Prefecture ✔ Called for John Charles d’Anpalais John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) – Uncontested Markev Prefecture ✔ Called for Fabius Bracchus Fabius Bracchus (CCP) – 64.71% ((11)) Bjolfr Nord (ARP) – 35.29% ((6)) Belvitz Prefecture ✔ Called for Antanios Opal Rutledge Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) – 54.84% ((17)) Darius Ault (ARP) – 45.16% ((14))
  7. [!] The IEC would post polling numbers onto their office’s doors periodically. 1693 Primary Elections Live Results Results provided by the Imperial Election Commission Voters in Markev are voting in the Common Civic Party’s primary election today, to select a nominee for the Parliamentary general elections, held in three Saint’s days. The two candidates in the running are Fabius Bracchus, current Maer of Markev and former election commissioner, competing against Henrik Otto Ludovar, Knight and native Markevian. Bracchus represents the more seasoned, experienced Parliamentary insiders, whereas Ludovar attempts to inspire a new age of CCP voters to send new voices to Carolustadt. Today’s primary results will decide the party’s nominee, and which candidate will be competing against Aurelian Party nominee, Bjolfr Nord. Voters in Markev must be a registered member of the CCP to participate in this primary election. Voting will be conducted in the Theodosian Municipal Library, at 1 Marius Court. ((Polls are open from 2:30pm EST – 9pm EST.)) No other primary elections are occurring today. LIVE RESULTS ((Updated 8:53pm EST)) MARKEV COMMON CIVIC PARTY PRIMARY ELECTION Fabius Bracchus (CCP) 50% (4) Henrik Otto Ludovar (CCP) 50% (4)
  8. THE 1693 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS After the first five years of Parliament, the next legislative term dawns upon us. And with a new term approaching, elections must be conducted to select the next Prefects from across the Empire. In addition, the Imperial Administration will be releasing their selection for the next set of Lord Temporals in due time. Included to this parchment is a map of all the Prefectures in which candidates are eligible to run for office. As residents of Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt, should you meet the mandatory requirements and want to debate legislation on behalf of the entire Empire, you are eligible to do so. In addition, eligible voters are encouraged to participate in Parliamentary elections, as is their civic duty. Voter and candidate registration forums are included below. CURRENT CANDIDATES Carolustadt John Charles d’Anpalais (ARP) Click here for platform Markev Henrik Otto Ludovar (CCP) Click here for platform Fabius Bracchus (CCP) Click here for platform Bjolfr Nord (ARP) Click here for platform Belvitz Antanios Opal Rutledge (CCP) (INCUMBENT) Click here for platform Darius Ault (ARP) Click here for platform MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES Priorist Party of Renatus (PPR) Human supremacy, authoritarianism, nationalism Click here for platform Common Civic Party (CCP) Free trade, voter suffrage, small government Click here for platform Loyalist Party (LOPA) Monarchism, vassal responsibility, Imperial unity Click here for platform Aurelian Party (ARP) Militarism, equality, centralization Click here for platform CANDIDATE REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to run for office, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection II of the Statute of Carolustadt. Candidates may file with any political party of their choosing, either listed above or otherwise, or they may file as independent. Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least four Saint’s weeks Be a full blooded human Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be of either yeoman, gentry, or burgher status, or be within the immediate family of such Be registered to vote Be at least 25 years of age Be able to read and write proficiently Be of the Canonist faith or a denomination of such If you would like to run for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: Prefecture: Political Party: VOTER REGISTRATION Below is a list of requirements in order to register to vote, in accordance to Article V, Section III, Subsection I of the Statute of Carolustadt; Be a resident of either Belvitz, Markev, or Carolustadt for at least two Saint’s weeks Own land within your Prefecture, such as a house Be in good legal standing Be at least 14 years of age If you would like to register to vote for Parliamentary office, please fill out the following application; Full Name: City of Residency: Year of Birth: Address: After registering to vote, you’ll need to visit the Imperial Election Commission’s office in Carolustadt, located at 6 Godfrey Sq., in order to retrieve your voter registration card. You will need this card to vote on election day. ((Message Papa_Liam or xboxersz for more information)) ELECTION SCHEDULE Below is a master schedule of important dates for the upcoming election cycle. (( November 28th ; Candidate and voter registration opens November 28th – December 4th ; Time for candidates to campaign December 5th ; Primary election day December 5th – December 7th ; General election campaigning December 8th ; Election day )) We look forward to another productive term in Parliament! ((Message Liam#7649 or Cash4Gold#1763 with any inquiries))
  9. Dominion has fallen?

    1. MadYeAd

      MadYeAd

      it finally did, didn’t it?

  10. 12th of the Sun’s Smile, 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. 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EMPEROR AURELIUS ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT WITH VICTORY SPEECH [!] Emperor Aurelius Horen addresses the Imperial Parliament, wielding a bloodied sword; 1690 Following the Imperial victory over the Pagan Coalition between Arberrang and Nordengrad rebels, Emperor Aurelius made a surprise appearance in the midst of a Parliamentary debate, carrying a sword stained in heretical blood. After taking center stage, he unsheathed the blade, proclaiming it to be a symbol of our Canonist endurance and unity. “Let this be a message to any pagan dissenters,” began the Emperor, “We have shown [them] that the Empire is not to be trifled with. In the face of heretics, we will always win.” He then exited the hall, placing the bloodied sword on the center table. “Let this blade sit in these halls for the rest of history, serving as a symbol of our superiority.” An installment will soon be added to the Parliamentary hall, to display the sword in all it’s glory. After two victories over the rebellious coalition, the Imperial administration is confident in it’s total victory, which is within reach. PARLIAMENT REJECTS CHURCH RESURGENCE PROPOSAL [!] Speaker Frederick proposing the Heresy and Pagan Act to Parliament; 1690 Proposed by Alexander Frederick, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal and Speaker of Parliament, the Heresy and Pagan Act was submitted to the floor following His Imperial Majesty’s victory speech. The legislation calls for extreme regulations to be imposed on religious minorities, forbidding heretics from engaging in daily activities, such as engaging in business, owning property, or even entering the confines of the Empire. The Parliament appeared rather supporting of the legislation initially, before the Church’s involvement was highlighted. The bill states, “The Church of the Canon may lawfully hold clerical judiciary bodies within our realm to deal with those defined within Section I.” Bipartisan outrage among Priorists and the CCP erupted as a result, protesting the Church’s ability to conduct trials. Grand Knight, Frederick Pius Horen, was likely the most defiant of this legislation. “If any of you know of the inner workings of the Church, you know the scam this bill presents,” the Grand Knight began.“The Pontiff is apparently infallible – well, I’ve a secret. When I was King of Marna, he forbade the union with Renatus and Horen on the basis that it was ‘heresy.’ This was Clement the Third. I refuse to allow the Church in any capacity to moderate the law within the Imperium. Otherwise, our Emperor, and myself, would be proclaimed heretics. The Pontiff will subject the law to his will. That is all.” Following the long winded statement, he was asked to yield the floor, before standing from his seat and storming out of Parliament, garnering applause from other members. “The willingness of Ser Pius to walk out shows his lack of mettle when truly facing up to our problems,” Speaker Frederick began to rebut. “This bill is harsh, it is strict – it is merciless against heretics. If Ser Pius and Ser Aran object wholeheartedly to the bill, in it’s, and I quote, ‘entirety’, then why do they refer only to one single clause in it’s entire text? The basis of the bill – its fundamental values – is to protect this Empire and our culture. The only influence the Church gains in this text is that they are given the permission to work with the Imperial Army to arrest heretics, and to retrain those detained theologically.” Following the heated debate and comments from several other prominent members, the first reading for the bill was proposed for a vote – and failed. The bill, P.B. 009-1, was defeated in a 6 – 1 vote, with two abstaining members, Prefect Victoria Oxenstierna and Baron Alfred Rubens, where the only proponent of the bill was Speaker Frederick. Members from both sides rejected the legislation, denouncing the Church’s increased judicial abilities. However, Speaker Frederick insists that this isn’t the end of his proposition. The Speaker is expected to reintroduce anti-heretical legislation in the near future. He ended the session by stating, “This bill has failed to pass – but it is not dead on arrival.” CCP LEADERSHIP ATTENDS SUMMIT IN CYRILSBURG [!] From left to right; Prefect Antanios Rutledge of Belvitz, Count Wilhelm Devereux of Curon, Princess Elizaveta Barbanov of Haense, Prefect Rhys var Ruthern of Markev, and James Suffolk of Pembrokeshire; 1690 A summit hosted between Curonic leadership and CCP Parliamentary members was hosted recently in Cyrilsburg. They convened to discuss how the Common Civic Party would move forth as the 1693 election season approaches, and what policies may be adopted in a future platform. The first portion of the summit was court-styled, allowing members of the peasantry to pose questions. Inquiries were posed relating to famine and national security, but the hot topic of the evening was a debate on immigration policy; Should the Empire accept pagan refugees fleeing from Arberrang and Nordengrad? The panel was largely in agreement – Yes, they should, given that the immigrants showed a willingness to convert to Canonism, and put said refugees into a conversion course. If they don’t convert, then the Empire has full authority to deport the heretics. Father Humpfrey, however, wasn’t satisfied with the proposition, stating that, “We cannot trust thieving heretics who only just attempted to murder us inside of our borders! These refugees supported their governments,” he declared. Following the debate, the panel convened in private to further discuss the matter, as well as other future proponents of the CCP’s platform. Reportedly, the panel discussed future election strategies, immigration policy, vassal rights, and future legislation to expand voting Prefectures to the entirety of the Empire, ensuring every citizen earned a vote. We can expect to see more on the CCP’s developing platform in the coming days. WORLD NEWS: The Dominion of Malin has dissolved, diverging all political assets to Gladewynn as the new primary Elven rulers. Arberrang and Nordengrad struggle to retain their coalition, following a set of two consecutive losses to the Imperial Legion.
  11. 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. 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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.
  12. 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. 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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.
  13. [!] 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
  14. 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.
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