Majesty George II today departs the Imperium Proper for a
private twenty-eight day visit to Egypt. The Emperor's itinerary
is expected to take in many of the country's cities and historic sites and
includes visits to Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Abu Simbel,
Aswan, Luxor and Sinai. Minister of State Count Derek Gould
has been invested with the role of Executor of the Imperium in
the Sovereign's absence.
The world-renowned Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, made famous
by visiting Heads of State and notable personalities for over a century, will
host Emperor George II early in 10523.
The Central Bank of Brazil recently became the proud possessor of one of the Empire of Atlantium's limited edition 20th Anniversary
10 Solidi coins.
On 30 Sextarius 10522 (31 July 2003), the Imperial Legate to Brazil, His Excellency Dr Lamartine de Hollanda Jr
presented the coin to the Bank's Mint Museum (Museo de Valores) in
(L to R): Pedro Rafael Lapa, Vilma Sabino (holding coin),
Imperial Legate de Hollanda and Mrs de Hollanda Cavalcanti.
The donation was made on behalf of the Emperor by His Excellency and was received by the Bank's Regional Administrative Manager Pedro Rafael Lapa and Museum Director Vilma Sabino in a private ceremony at the
Museum that was also attended by Atlantian Citizens Professor Magarida Maria Felix da Silva,
and His Excellency's wife Marialuisa Caveglia de Hollanda Cavalcanti
The coin joins the Museum's other exhibits, which trace the development of currency
throughout the ages.
George II has expressed his personal condolences to the family of
high-profile citizen John Hauser-Speelman (known to his friends as
Rio), who died in Sydney on 1 Septimus (8 August).
Hauser-Speelman, an eccentric identity, community activist
and business owner in Kings Cross - Sydney's popular
bohemian precinct - had most recently been Vice
President of the local Chamber of Commerce, and was a
past President of the local Community Centre.
also been a regular guest of the Emperor at the nearby Imperium
Proper for several years prior to becoming a citizen of
Atlantium in Decimus 10521 (November 2002).
(photograph: Roslyn Sharp)
Ministry of Communications has revealed plans to re-launch the
Empire's long-dormant postal service with today's announcement that
the issue of the first set of Atlantian stamps since 10504 (1985)
has been slated for release at an as-yet-unspecified date prior to
Foundation Day, 3 Decimus (27 November).
definitive set of two stamps (pictured above) features the Imperial
State Vexillum in an interpretation loosely based on the design of
the historic inaugural Atlantian stamp release of 10501 (1982), and
is expected to go to press within the next few weeks. Upon their
official issue date the stamps will become mandatory attachments on all
mail carried from the Imperium Proper in Sydney, and between the
Imperium Proper and all other Atlantian territorial enclaves.
Ministry of Communications and the Office of the Emperor are
presently in discussion concerning promulgation of regulations
governing the Empire's stamp issuing policy and the operations of
its postal service. An appropriately qualified appointee to the role
of Director of Postal Services is also being sought.
10522 (2003) dawns South America Ė in particular Brazil - has
shown itself to be a particularly strong focus of future growth for
Atlantium, with a booming citizen population and formal
participation by the Empireís local official representatives at several
recent high profile diplomatic conferences and ceremonial events, including the 1 Primus (1 January) inauguration of new Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva.
several years during which the continentís Atlantian
population remained disproportionately small, the
appointment of an expanded Imperial Legation based in the
Brazilian city of Recife and headed by career diplomat and
academic Lamartine de Hollanda Jr in Sextarius 10521 (June
2002) proved by year-end to have been the catalyst for an
unprecedented 1050% surge in the number of South American
of the Brazilian Legationís hands-on approach, and
commencing what was to prove a whirlwind conclusion to 10521
(2002), His Excellency de Hollanda hosted the 6th annual Congress of the Federation of Latin American Corps
Imperial Legate to East South America Yuri Ghenov addresses the
diplomatic luncheon at Brasilia's Saint Paul Hotel on 10
Decimus. Seated (L to R) are Dominican Ambassador Ivan
Brugal, Imperial Legate to Brazil Lamartine de Hollanda Jr and
Croation Ambassador Nancy Butijer.
Associations (FLAMCA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina from
2-4 Decimus (November 26-28). His Excellency - who is also the most
senior diplomatic representative of Albania in Brazil - was
re-elected as that organizationís president, a role he has
fulfilled for a number of years.
Atlantium takes its place amongst the community of nations at the
6th annual Congress of the Federation of Latin American Corps and
Consular Associations. Atlantian citizens Giedra de Hollanda
Cavalcanti and husband Gustavo de Hollanda Cavalcanti were in
Congress Ė which coincidentally straddled the the Empireís
21st Foundation Day anniversary - was attended by diplomatic
appointees from sixteen countries, and represents the first
international forum at which Atlantium has participated on
an equal footing with states that are members of the United Nations.
Empire scored a second diplomatic coup days later when Imperial
Legate to South America His Excellency Yuri Ghenov joined Dr
Hollanda in hosting a luncheon at the Saint Paul Hotel in
Brasilia on 10 Decimus (4 December) that was attended by the
Ambassadors and Consular officials of Colombia, Croatia, the
Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti and Panama. A healthy
complement of seven new Atlantian citizens was also on hand at
this event to receive Imperial Legate Ghenov's ceremonial welcome.
(L to R): Consul Durvalino Andreotti of Bulgaria, Imperial Legate de Hollanda and
Consul Alexandre Gusm„o of Haiti at the
FLAMCA Congress. All three are Atlantian citizens.
17 Deciums ( December 11) His Excellency de Hollanda was
reinstalled as president
of the Consular Society of Pernambuco at a ceremony in
Recife attended by a group of Atlantian citizens and foreign
diplomatic personnel, and on 19 Decimus (13
December) staff of the Imperial Legation were on hand at the
official opening of the Recife branch of the Brazilian Central Bankís
mint museum by outgoing Brazilian Vice President Dr
Marco Maciel. As a result of discussions between His
Excellency de Hollanda, Dr Maciel and the museum director on
the Imperial Government has been invited to submit Atlantian
currency for display as part of the museumís collection.
within the Imperial Administration suggest that should the present
scale of positive developments in Latin America continue, a State
Visit to the region by Emperor George II could become a matter for
Imperial Legate de Hollanda in conversation with Brazilian Vice
President Dr Marco Maciel
at the opening of the Brazilian Central Bank's mint museum