China Delegation Visits Atlantium

26, March, 2009
12 Tertius, 10528

A delegation headed by prominent Shanghai residents Mr Dai Zhi Kang and Professor Yang Liwei today visited Emperor George II at Idalia.

Professor Yang and Emperor George II at Idalia

Professor Yang and Emperor George II at Idalia

Professor Yang is a senior academic specialising in international affairs, while Mr Dai as chairman and CEO of Shanghai Zhendai Investment Group is one of China’s wealthiest businessmen, as well as one of its best-known cultural philanthropists. In 2008 Mr Dai was ranked as the 127th richest person in China by Forbes Magazine.

Both are members of the Bangkok-based Asian Dialogue Society, a transnational group of eminent persons advancing topical socio-political discussion, policy development and policy implementation across the world’s fastest-growing region.

Explaining the flag's symbolism to Mr Dai

Explaining the flag's symbolism to Mr Dai

After initial introductions and an exchange of gifts, the party retired to the Holiday Inn, and later, to the Summit Restaurant for dinner, where cordial discussions with His Imperial Majesty were conducted in an informal atmosphere.

Discussions were wide-ranging, and explored a number of practical options for the expansion of Sino-Atlantian relations – including the possible establishment of Atlantian legatine offices in mainland China.

Mr Dai and His Imperial Majesty in discussion

His Imperial Majesty and Mr Dai in discussion

At the conclusion of the day’s proceedings the visitors expressed a desire to visit Aurora proper during their next visit to Australia, and issued an open invitation for the Emperor to visit them in Shanghai.

Hong Kong-based Minister of State, the Right Honourable Count Derek Gould, has been tasked with managing the nascent Sino-Atlantian relationship established as a consequence of today’s visit.

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Emperor Delivers Public Address

12, April, 2008
30 Tertius, 10527

His Imperial Majesty George II today delivered the keynote address at the monthly meeting of Australia’s peak heraldry group, Heraldry Australia, on the subject of micronational heraldry.

The Emperor, who in his youth was an avid student of European heraldic traditions, was invited to address the group by Secretary Stephen Szabo.

Fourteen members of the Heraldry Australia were in attendance in the crypt of historic St James’ Church, Sydney, for the entertaining 90-minute presentation, which explored the heraldic traditions of a number of Australian and international ephemeral states, including Hutt River Province, Bumbunga, Rainbow Creek, Wy, Camside, Sealand and Seborga.

His Imperial Majesty’s presentation is available for download as a pdf from the website of the Unrecognised States Numismatic Society.


Construction Underway at Concordia

25, March, 2008
12 Tertius, 10527

Earthmoving and construction works commenced today at Concordia, as decades-old plans for the development of Atlantium’s Caput Mundi, or Global Capital, are at last realised.

Construction underway at Aurora

Above: Excavations underway at Founders’ Square, Concordia

Moving quickly after its Primus (January) establishment of the Empire’s 0.76 square kilometre Province of Aurora, the Imperial Administration recently authorised today’s clearing and leveling of a several hundred square metre section of Capital Hill on the eastern edge of Founders’ Square. The site, which is adjacent to the Scott Building, is to serve as the location of a visitor information and accommodation centre, an ablutions block and an equipment storage facility.

Phase Two of the Imperial Capital Development Programme is expected to commence during 10528 (2009), and will involve construction of the Imperial Throne Hall and several commemorative monuments. 


Wind and Sun to Power Concordia

27, January, 2008
27 Primus, 10527

The succesful installation of a solar-powered lighting system in Concordia’s Scott Building today has been hailed by Emperor George II as an important first step towards transforming the Province of Aurora into a compelling demonstration of how a concerted government commitment to environmental sustainability can be achieved without significant capital outlay, and without detrimentally impacting the high standards of living currently enjoyed by those fortunate enough to reside in the world’s wealthier nations.

The Scott Building, which is located on the north side of Founders Square in central Concordia currently serves as a combined administration and residential facility. It is currently the only habitable structure in Aurora. Although the Australian electricity grid traverses part of Aurora, the Scott Building is not connected to it. Until today interior illumination for the Building was supplied by inefficient, dangerous and polluting fossil fuel-burning lanterns.

Could this be Aurora 20 years from now?

Above: Power to the people! Could this be Aurora twenty years from now?

The building now boasts a complement of low-energy fluorescent ceiling globes sufficient to fully-illuminate its 10 metre-long interor for perods of up to 8 hours. The system draws its power requirements from a pair of batteries that are charged via two small roof-mounted solar panels. With batteries and globes that have lifespans measured in years, the system is virtually maintenance-free, and its operating costs over a 30 year period almost negligible. 

The purchase, although intended for a public building, was personally funded by the Emperor, who stated that in facilitating the installation he had been “motivated by an altruistic desire to show how the Imperial Administration’s deep commitment to the responsible stewardship of Aurora and to environmental sustainability in general can deliver immediate, practical, measurable quality-of-life improvements for almost negligible cost.”  

The Emperor also noted that the system required an investment “roughly equivalent to the cost of a couple of tanks of unleaded petrol in an average sized motor vehicle” – but that its installation will save the Imperial Treasury thousands of Solidis that would otherwise have been expended on the purchase of increasingly expensive kerosene and other fossil fuels, over the estimated 30-year lifespan of the new system’s solar panels.

His Imperial Majesty today also revealed that the Administration has agreed to fund the purchase of a 500 Watt wind turbine, inverter and bank of batteries, which, as the first components of a possible independent Atlantian power grid will provide Aurora with a robust, secure, reliable, scaleable, fully autonomous, on-demand 240 Volt AC power source for use in all non-lighting applications. The Emperor suggested that the future expansion of this system could deliver longterm economic proserity to Atlantium via the sale of its excess capacity to “our increasingly power-hungry Australian neighbours” 

Atlantium’s first turbine is expected to be operational prior to the arrival of the first of 10527’s (2008’s) blustery southerly midwinter winds.


Atlantium Gains New Province and Global Capital

12, January, 2008
12 Primus, 10527

“Vivat Aurora! Vivat Concordia! Vivat Atlantium!”

With those words His Imperial Majesty George II today issued the Executive Decree creating the Province of Aurora, the Empire’s long-planned permanent territorial homeland and global capital.

The creation of Aurora is the culmination of nearly 27 years of planning by His Imperial Majesty and the Imperial Administration, and constitutes a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of the Empire as a global commonwealth of citizens.

View along the Via Concordia to the southwest, Province of Aurora

Above: View from central Concordia across southwestern Aurora. The Via Concordia is currently the Province’s sole public roadway, and bisects it from south to north.

Aurora consists of a 0.76 square kilometre enclave – largely comprised of rare remnant native eucalypt forests and grasslands – located approximately 350 kilometres southwest of Sydney, Australia, in the scenic, pastoral Lachlan Valley, on the southwestwern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, within the Australian state of New South Wales.

The landscape is rugged and consists of a series of east-west-aligned hilly prominences bisected by valleys. The latter form an extensive northwest-draining catchment that currently terminates in a small man-made lake. The extensive expansion of that facility into a large recreational wetland zone is planned, in order to ensure Aurora enjoys both a reliable source of water during periods of extended drought, and can more effectively serve as a haven for threatened native amphibian and bird species whose habitats in the districts surrounding Aurora have been rendered unviable by more than a century of wholesale land clearances and pastoral activity.   

The Province posesses a 4.5 kilometre border, and is approximately twice the size of the Vatican City State, and about half the size of Monaco. Its aquisition thus robs Atlantium of its status as the world’s smallest sovereign state.   

Aurora is divided into three administrative divisions – the District of Hickey, the District of Duggan and Concordia Capital District. Simultaneous to the creation of Aurora, today’s Decree also transferred the Atlantian Caput Mundi, or Global Capital, from the former Imperium Proper Territory in the inner Sydney suburb of Potts Point, to Concordia.

The Imperium Proper itself has been renamed the Prefecture of Idalia, and is now considered an exclave of Concordia for administrative purposes. The Province in its entirety is initially to be administered under the direct personal authority of the Emperor.

Human habitation and development of Aurora will be limited entirely to Concordia, as Hickey and Duggan Districts have been gazetted as permanent Nature Conservancies. The development of Concordia will adhere to strict environmental controls intended to ensure the Province’s self-sufficiency, and the minimisation of its carbon footprint, wherever practicable, and to the greatest possible extent.

Flagstaff Hill, eastern Aurora, is the highest elevation in the Province

Above: Flagstaff Hill, near Aurora’s easternmost border, is the Province’s highest elevation.

Resident wildlife is abundant throuought Aurora, and includes the Empire’s totemic animal – the majestic Wedge-Tailed Eagle (Aquila Audax), which with a wingspan of some 2 metres, is among the world’s largest birds of prey. “Wedgies” as Australians affectionately term them, can be seen year-round, soaring on thermal currents high above Aurora. Other resident wildlife includes common Australian marsupial species such as kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas, various species of native lizard (including metre-long goannas) and dozens of smaller, visually spectacular native bird species. Introduced pest species such as red deer, pigs, dogs, cats, foxes and rabbits are also present to various degrees; the systematic eradication of these species from Aurora is reportedly a key priority of the Administration. 

The Office of the Emperor has foreshadowed the release of an Imperial Capital Development Plan later in the year, for which wideranging public input and comment will be sought. It is understood that this will outline a modest, several decades-long programme of construction intended to adorn Concordia with such structures as an Official Residence for the Emperor, a Senate House, a Throne Hall, a Post Office, various other Government Offices as well as a number of State Monuments designed to serve as the focus of solemn public ceremonial events, affirmations and commemorations. General accommodation, conference and service facilities are also envisaged, as tourism is viewed by the Administration as a key contributor to the Empire’s longterm economic sustainability. 

Further information, photographic images and Google Maps data concerning the Province of Aurora, and Concordia, can be found here.


World Bank Aligns with Atlantium on Freedom of Movement

4, September, 2006
25 Septimus, 10525

A report published recently by the World Bank in its Global Economic Prospects for 2006 publication has strongly endorsed the concept of the unrestricted global movement of labour – a policy which the Imperial Administration of Atlantium embraced more than half a decade ago.

The Bank’s computer modelling suggests that were people able to accept employment in any country in the world, unhampered by passport, visa or other legal impediments, global incomes would more than double – rising by about US $356 billion annually by (2025).

The report indicates that developing countries would benefit most were such a policy to be implemented – mostly in the form of alleviation of poverty resulting from the receipt of remittances from family members temporarily employed in wealthier countries – but the report also concludes that incomes in wealthy countries would also rise significantly.

The Atlantian Imperial Administration supports unrestricted global freedom of movement for all peoples, in the belief that freedom of movement and trade liberalisation are two sides of the same coin, the joint implementation of which will deliver untold economic and social benefits of millions of people around the globe. As a consequence the Empire does not issue visas, passports or any other form of restrictive travel documentation.