BELLINGHAM, Washington – Last Sunday evening, Austenasian Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy condemned a new far-right party, prompting protest by the party’s leader and vocal support for Kennedy among Austenasian politicians. The furor led to the prime minister joining the Imperial Party, which some anticipate could lead to a revival of partisan politics in the empire.
Kennedy published his statement after Daniel Dankovsky, Austenasia’s intelligence director, drew international attention for making racist statements. Co-signed by two senior officials in the Austenasian Prime Minister’s Office, it distanced the government from Dankovsky before going on to openly condemn the Organisation of Austenasian Nationalists (OAN) as “repugnant to the values…on which Austenasia was founded.”
Dankovsky founded the OAN in September with a platform calling for political centralization, absolute monarchy, and aggressive militarism. Despite many Austenasians deriding it as fascistic from its creation, Dankovsky is known to have tried recruiting senior Austenasian officials into its ranks. According to high-ranking sources, he described the OAN as the party of any true patriot.
After Kennedy posted his statement in the Austenasian general Skype room “Wrythe Pub,” Dankovsky called the prime minister a coward and suggested he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He insisted that the OAN would win the next election, although he is its only known member. Other government members present defended Kennedy and mocked Dankovsky.
Kennedy then announced his new membership in the Imperial Party, a small center-right faction led by deputy PM Eren Scott.
“Though I initially ran as an independent, I feel like having a political party as a support base will allow me to continue to unite Austenasians under the beliefs that I ran for office with,” he said.
“Furthermore, it will allow me to better combat the Organization [sic] of Austenasian Nationalists.”
Scott made a brief statement affirming his party’s opposition to “the Fascist organization.”
The following day, Emperor Jonathan I ordered Dankovsky to apologize to Kennedy for making insulting statements. He thanked Dankovsky for his service in the intelligence agency, but warned him to “behave more appropriately.”
“Please do not force our hand,” the monarch concluded.