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Grand Duke of Australis to announce a general election

 In recent days, the Australissian Privy Council has been working on a plan to hold the first elections since April 2020. It is believed that the Privy Council will hold an election to elect a House of Commons within the coming weeks. Four seats will be up for grabs - two from Amicitia, and two from Integritas, following a 1:5 ratio of representatives to citizens. Provisions for a general election, and other several changes, have begun to appear across Australis over the last few weeks. Some of the most notable of these changes included the commencement of a constitution for Australis, something that Australis has notably lacked since its establishment in April 2020, as well as the dissolution of two Australissian states, leaving former superpower states Amicitia and Integritas. In addition, a citizenship purge to allow the citizenship list to reflect active citizens pointed toward changes to allow a voting pool to be established. The nation has had a rocky history when it comes to dem

Roscoe continues to dominate CA Chairmanship race

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Daniel Roscoe, the primary delegate of Australis and candidate for Chairman of the Cupertino Alliance, has continued to dominate opinion polling in the lead up to the 2nd Cupertino Alliance Chairmanship Election, slated to take place on 29 January 2021. In a recent poll undertaken by the Cupertino Alliance, 22 delegates of the Alliance participated, in order to voice their opinion on the better candidate (although their vote is usually synonymous with who they will be voting in the election). In the poll, Roscoe scored 13 votes, four more than rival candidate Logan Ross, the incumbent Lieutenant-Chair of the Cupertino Alliance. Roscoe quickly took to Twitter, which has been one of his major platforms for getting campaign information out to the public, stating; "Pushing to victory with a 13-9 lead against Ross. Let's continue to grow that lead, and make the Alliance a better place! #StrivetoRevive #Roscoe2021" https://twitter.com/RoscoeAustralis/sta

Grand Duke releases Cupertino Alliance manifesto speech ahead of election

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  Today, HRH Daniel Roscoe, the Grand Duke of Australis, released a video where he discussed his plans if elected as Chairman of the Cupertino Alliance. The almost nine-minute long speech outlined several plans regarding the Alliance. In addition, the video marked the first time that the Grand Duke has been seen in his formal attire. Daniel Roscoe, and his running mate, Sertor Valentinus, have consistently scored the highest on all pre-polls undertaken prior to the election. It is expected that all three delegates of the Cupertino Alliance, Chancellor Patrick Kenny, Casper von Naveria and Roscoe himself will vote for the Roscoe-Valentinus campaign at the upcoming January 2021 election, set to take place from 29 January to 6 February 2021. In addition, the campaign released a new campaign logo, in order to replace the old one, deemed not eye-catching enough.

Australis Summarised - November 2020

Welcome to the first issue of Australis Summarised, a small newsletter released monthly, summarising the events that have occurred in Australis across the month. This issue will cover November 2020. November has seen several aspects of growth, with the annexation of Beacon, and a new Government coming into power. Without further ado, here is Australis Summarised, November 2020 Edition . Annexation of Beacon November was kicked off in Australis with the formal annexation of a territory in the United Kingdom, specifically within the British Midlands, in Staffordshire. The Grand Duke proclaimed this new territory to be called Beacon. it is the first territory of Australis to be situated in Europe, and the third territory to be situated outside of Western Australia. Changes to Royal Citizenship Five members of the Houses of Roscoe and Burgess were granted citizenship of Australis in accordance with a declaration released by the Grand Duke, proclaiming that all living direct ascendants of t

Australis becomes a full member of GUM

This article has been written by an external journalist By Zarel Smith The Grand Unified Micronational is the largest intermicronational organisation in the MicroWiki Sector, garnering over forty member states. It is also one of the oldest organisations still functioning (though not continuously). Australis attained provisional membership—a status granted to newly-approved member states which are not owned voting rights—earlier this year on 14 October. On 4 November, following procedure, delegates of member states have voted and come to the resolution that Australis be admitted as a full member state. Although not official, many delegates hold a rule of thumb to only admit nations which had been around for at least six months, making Australis' admittance one of the quickest in the GUM's history for a non-successor state to a previous GUM member. Despite its declining prestige and influence amidst multiple controversies, it remains a highly regarded organisation, to the point w

Australis incorporates second overseas territory

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  The flag of Beacon - a simple design that incorporates the Staffordshire Knot; an iconic symbol of the nearby region. On the 31st of October, 2020, the Unified Royal States of Australis formally annexed a new territory in the United Kingdom; its second overseas territory, and its first territory in Europe. The territory, named Beacon, is comprised of a large semi-rural semi-detached house, its garden, and a nearby field. It is situated in the county of Staffordshire, in the Midlands of England. The name of the territory originates from a nearby region, in addition to a beacon being a signal commonly associated with hope - something the Administrator of this territory knows of.  Cynthia Roscoe, grandmother of the Grand Duke of Australis, is the Administrator of Beacon. She is known in the community for her actions helping refugees and disadvantaged children, formerly working as a special needs teacher.  It is speculated that more Australissian territories in the United Kingdom may pop

Foreign Office reshapes diplomacy process

Under the new leadership of Minister for Foreign Affairs Sir Patrick Kenny, the Australissian Foreign Office has implemented an entirely new system for establishing diplomacy with Australis, in order to root out simulationist applicants from more serious applicants, and to further formalise the process. From 27 October 2020, nations intending to establish relations with Australis must follow a three step program. First of all, diplomats must file an application for a Nation Pass. This pass is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is an indicator that the nation's government is legitimate and that the nation is serious. Secondly, a Diplomat Pass will be issued under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Head of Government of the applying nation. Once these two passes have been accepted, a treaty may be drafted and ratified, at which point the nation will be recognised by Australis. The previous system used by the Government allowed simulationist n