Foreign Office (Austenasia)

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Foreign Office
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Established 13 November 2008
Headquarters Shineshore
Chief Ambassador Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia

The Foreign Office of Austenasia (formerly known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is the government body responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with other nations and for representing and promoting the interests of the Empire of Austenasia internationally. The Foreign Office was originally known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when it was founded by Act 21 of the Austenasian Parliament on 13 November 2008, but was renamed to the Foreign Office on 21 February 2009 by Act 59 (Government Ministries).

The Foreign Office is run by the Chief Ambassador, a position which has been held by Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia since 27 September 2016. The Foreign Office has numerous diplomats assigned to various states, regions and organisations; these are appointed by the Chief Ambassador, who through holding that office holds responsibility for relations with all nations and peoples that do not have a specifically designated diplomat. The function of ambassadors and consuls in countries which do not recognise Austenasia is simply to raise awareness of the Empire's existance within the country they have been assigned to and to represent the Empire to regional or national authorities should it be necessary.

Embassies

H.E. Tariq Zubair, Ambassador to Pakistan, outside the Austenasian Embassy.

The Empire currently officially claims six properties as embassies. Only one Austenasian embassy - that to Überstadt - is accredited by the host state, but said embassy is also the only one which is not manned by an ambassador. Austenasia claims extraterritoriality for all its embassies - the August 2015 Decree of Wrythe claimed administrative control by the Chief Ambassador (as opposed to the laws of the host state) for Austenasian embassies as a manifestation of this extraterritoriality.

The currently claimed embassies of Austenasia are:

  • link={{{2}}} Embassy to Pakistan: City Plaza B-15 & 16, Gaju Khan Road, Mardan - established 29 October 2015
  • link={{{2}}} Embassy to Spain: Calle Cordoba 3, 3B, Granada - established 29 October 2015
  • link={{{2}}} Embassy to Überstadt: 1C & 1D, Rosewood - established 10 August 2015
  • link={{{2}}} Embassy to the United Kingdom: 7 Barclay House, Well Street, Hackney Central - established 6 February 2017
  • link={{{2}}} Embassy to the United States of America: ## Newton Street, Millers Falls, MA - established 10 August 2015


Austenasia currently hosts a single official embassy: the Kingdom of Copan uses East Wrythe, an exclave of the capital, as a Copanese embassy. The capital is also home to Crepundia, a cultural project between Austenasia and Juclandia which functions as a form of ceremonial embassy but does not have extraterritoriality or any official diplomatic status.

Ambassadors and delegates

Countries in which are stationed Ambassadors of the Empire of Austenasia are shaded blue.

The majority of ambassadors do not have embassies over which the Empire has claimed extraterritoriality. The current ambassadors appointed by the Foreign Office are:


  • Ambassador-at-Large for the States bordering India: H.E. Professor Sanjib Bhattacharya, OAO (since 13 August 2015)
    • Has authority to oversee the diplomatic activity of the Empire in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and to supervise any other Austenasian diplomats already stationed in said countries.