Perera is the new High Chancellor

BELLINGHAM, Washington – On Thursday, Terrah Perera, an Überstadti since 2010, became the kingdom’s top judge, replacing the king’s father.

The now-former High Chancellor, the Baron Ballinger, tendered a resignation effective on his successor’s appointment after he became the economy minister last December. The High Chancellor is constitutionally prohibited from participation in Parliament.

King Adam recommended Ms. Perera to fill the post because of her scholasticism and her home’s distance from Überstadt.

“Distance is an obstacle to including all citizens in national life, and this office is a way for such a long-time believer in our country to undertake important work from afar,” he said. “Ms. Perera is thoughtful, studious, and articulate. She is the most qualified Überstadti for this job.”

Because vacant judicial posts in Überstadt are filled with appointments by the body of all judges, the sole Duchy Court judge, the Baroness Rosewood, formally appointed Ms. Perera.

The High Chancellor presides over the appellate and constitutional court known as the High Chancery, which is meant to remain aloof from politics.

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Überstadt joins the revived GUM

BELLINGHAM, Washington – King Adam issued a declaration Tuesday night ratifying the Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), making Überstadt a full member of the resurrected organization.

This decision marks a reversal of longstanding Überstadti policy against membership in plenary international organizations. When consulting citizens before the ratification, Adam asked them “to reconsider [the policy] at this time.”

“There is a serious problem right now of socializing new micronationalists into the community,” he explained, going on to echo the new GUM Charter’s language on improving new nations’ contributions to the community. Such rhetoric reflects the king’s commitment to bettering micronationalism as a movement, which gained significance in Überstadti foreign policy following Adam’s attendance of MicroCon 2015.

The king said that GUM membership could increase Überstadt’s ability to be a positive influence on the community, and faced no opposition to joining the organization.

Überstadt’s history with the GUM is complicated. It became an observer state during the group’s last active period in 2011 as a way to monitor diplomatic goings-on in the MicroWiki community. It later became a provisional member to actively participate in the organization. The 2012 scandal, which saw Sandus and Juclandia expelled in a political feud with GUM leadership, prompted Adam to resign Überstadti membership.

The king was initially skeptical of the revival, initiated by Austenasia’s Emperor Jonathan I, but now appears very interested in the renewed GUM’s success.

26 states are involved in the revival, and at press time, 12 have ratified the new charter. Upon the 18th ratification, the charter will take effect.

Überstadt joins ag pact treaty

BELLINGHAM, Washington – On Sunday night, King Adam gave assent to the International Agricultural Development Pact Treaty, an agreement forming a loose organization of states seeking to share information to develop their agricultural sectors.

The group’s foundation was led by Leylandiistan & Gurvata, and Überstadt joined at the invitation of Roseland’s premier. The pact has six founding members, all of which are in the midst of improving their domestic agriculture.

The king says that membership in this group will help Überstadti growers learn from the experiences of nations with more advanced farming operations.