Office of the Emperor foreshadowed the imminent release of an
announcement described as being "of immense, fundamental
symbolic importance to Atlantians everywhere",
international media interest in the Empire - sparked by recent
global radio coverage - seems poised to continue. Duke Richard Bell,
one of the Empire's most senior Nobles was today interviewed for a
programme scheduled for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the United
Kingdom's leading talk station.
Above: His Grace, Duke Richard Bell is interviewed by BBC
correspondent Phil Mercer in Sydney today.
Grace - who was elevated from the Rank of Count as part of the
Empire's recent 21st Foundation Day celebrations - discussed a range
of issues with correspondent Phil Mercer, including the unique
function of the Atlantian Nobility as a meritocracy that underpins
the Imperial political system, and his views concerning the
inevitable assumption by the Empire of its rightful place amongst
the global community of nations.
interview is expected to air within the next few days.
the most spectacular vindication to date of the Provisional
Imperial Administration's continuing policy of active
international engagement, a radio interview prominently
featuring Emperor George II was today broadcast by the BBC
World Service to a global audience estimated at some 153
seven minute interview anchored a story concerning
Australian-based microstates that featured on human interest
programme Outlook; included were excerpts of the
Auroran Hymn, a guided tour of the Imperium Proper by His
Imperial Majesty, and a brief but entertaining exposition of
the Empire’s history and goals.
Emperor afterwards expressed his personal thanks to staff at
the BBC for their support in the promotion of Atlantium and
its values to their global audience.
related news the
Ministry of State's Directorate of Internal Affairs has
reported an immediate and dramatic increase in the
number of applications
for Citizenship in the hours following the broadcast.
source: BBC World Service Annual Review 2001-02
House, Westminster, London - Headquarters of the BBC World
historic gathering of the most senior representatives of the
Empire's Executive and Judicial branches, Emperor George II and
Magister Aequitas Andrew Doohan were yesterday on hand to
formally welcome Minister of State Derek Gould on the occasion of
the latter's inaugural visit to the Imperium Proper.
Aequitas Andrew Doohan, Emperor George II and Minister of
State Derek Gould during yesterday's meeting at the Imperium Proper.
Gould, a former member of the Hong Kong civil
service for over twenty years - including periods as Assistant Commissioner for Transport
and Principal Secretary for Health and Welfare - and the
co-author of several books concerning public policy and
administration was appointed to his position as the most senior
Minister in the Imperial Administration in Decimus 10520 (December
2001), and is presently visiting Australia to conduct research for
several forthcoming publications.
Minister was accompanied on his visit by wife Ginnie, and
Count Richard Bell and Mrs Jessica Bell were also in attendance
during proceedings which involved a tour of the Imperium Proper, a
formal handover of documents of authorisation, and a frank and open
exchange of ideas between the representatives of the two branches of
the Imperial government on subjects ranging from constitutional
reform through to more mundane administrative concerns. The
Emperor in welcoming Minister Gould, stated that he felt
"profoundly honoured to be able to share the responsibilities
of overseeing the continued expansion of the Atlantian State with colleagues so capable and so
conclusion of formal proceedings the Emperor presented everyone in
attendance with a commemorative 10 Solidi coin, and the Imperial
party then retired to local eatery the Macleay Street Bistro, where
informal discussions continued well into the evening.
Ministry of Finance today announced that full production of the
Empire's inaugural coinage had commenced, as Emperor George II and
Count Richard Bell toured the Aquila Mint in Sydney's western
suburbs in time to see the historic first Imperial Solidi roll off
the coin presses.
Above: Count Richard
Bell inspects a coin press being used to produce the Empire's
coinage at the Aquila Mint in Sydney.
Richard has been at the centre of recent speculation concerning
likely senior appointments to the Finance Ministry. He
refused to be drawn on the Emperor's
intentions, saying simply that his attendance at the Mint was "in my capacity both as a
private Citizen of the Empire and personal friend of His
of Finance recently launched an online ordering facility for
the new gold-plated 20th Anniversary commemorative 10 Solidi
Coin, and advance orders for the limited production run are
now being accepted.
Newly minted Imperial Solidi on an Aquila Mint coin press.
Ministry of Finance announced that the minting of the Empire's
inaugural commemorative coinage had commenced, with the approval of
the first trial striking today, the Office of the Emperor signalled
that the appointment of an acting Minister was imminent. Speculation
as to who would fill the role centred on Count Richard Bell, one of
Atlantium's earliest Citizens and a longtime personal friend of the
Emperor, although it is believed that several other candidates may
also be under consideration. Formal notification is expected within
Above: The historic first
trial striking of the Empire's 20th Anniversary
commemorative 10 Solidi coin. Photograph courtesy of the Imperial
recently-appointed Imperial Vice-Legate to Florida, Her Excellency
Brigitte, the Countess von Bulow de Rothschild, today met with
Emperor George II for the first time, as part of a whirlwind
three-day visit to Sydney by the diplomat.
Dining at Double Bay's renowned Cosmopolitan restaurant with
associates of the Countess - amongst them iconic Australian composer
Ken Davis - His Imperial Majesty and Her Excellency discussed a
range of issues including the Empire's soon-to-be-released inaugural
coinage, its 20th anniversary stamps, the Great Georgian Order, and the
Countess' ongoing leadership role in the "Clean Up the
The Countess stated that she was honoured and delighted to be
representing Atlantium, which she considered to be a
significant positive force for change in the world, whilst the Emperor described
the meeting as both a personal pleasure, and an opportunity which he
hoped would herald a new and exciting phase of engagement by the
Imperium in one of North America's most populous regions.
Her Excellency resides in Fort Lauderdale, but also travels widely
in South America and Australia, and describes herself as a true
citizen of the world. She was appointed as the Atlantian diplomatic
representative to the Florida region of North America in Decimus
10520 (December 2001).
unheralded development the Office of the Emperor today announced the
abolition of the Empire's system of civic awards, and the
institution of a single new multi-purpose award in its stead.
media statement the Office of the Emperor declared that the Great
Georgian Order - named for the Emperor's semi-mythical patron
saint - was designed to more appropriately serve the Empire's
contemporary civic awards requirements.
on to note that the previous multi-tiered system of three awards
introduced in Septimus 10519 (November 2000) had proven to be
unnecessarily confusing, and did not provide the Imperium with a
sufficiently unique and identifiable award in the manner that it was
intended the present reform would.
Great Georgian Order may be awarded to any person, at the
discretion of the Emperor or the Imperial Senate, for
services to the Empire or its institutions, or alternatively
in recognition of notable achievement in any field of
endeavour which can be deemed to have contributed in a
positive manner to the sum of knowledge or the human
Left: Breast Medallion of the Great Georgian Order featuring
the Imperial Cipher, the Year of the Order's Institution and
an image of St George slaying the Dragon.