Black Weekend

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The Black Weekend
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The cover of The Essexian that covered the event and coined the term "Black Weekend".
Date20th July - 21st July 2019
Location
Belligerents

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The events of the Black Weekend revolve around a section of the Royalist Party of Essexia who felt that the leadership of Lord Jamie of Essexia had waded away from the traditional values of the party. It remains a picture of how violatile the Essexian political landscape can get.

Events leading up to Black Weekend

1st July 2019:

2nd July 2019:

  • Lord Jacob resigns from the Royalist Party due to the "absolute absurdity" of the previous night, and discredits the use of an undemocratic imperial decree. He remains an independent Crown Minister.
  • Lord Ben announces the dissolution of CoPa, and agrees with Lord Jacob that the actions of the previous day were "ludicrous".
  • Earl Finn, Sam H and Crown Minister Elliot are given the LSC seats.
  • Lord Jamie, Lord Matthew, Lord George, Lady Becky, Lord Ben (H), Crown Minister Harry, Crown Minister Matt (G) and Crown Minister Tolu are given the Royalist seats.

11th July 2019:

  • Jack returns and becomes Crown Minister of the Interior, with Lord Matthew becoming the Foreign Minister.

16th July 2019:

  • FM Lord Jamie announces a cabinet reshuffle.

The Event

20th July:

  • Lord Matthew of Essexia leaves the Royalist party due to distrust with First Minister Lord Jamie of Essexia, but his resignation isn't accepted by the Emperor.
  • The aforementioned creates plans for the Old Guard Party with other members of the Royalists and the Emperor.

21st July:

  • Lord George subsequently announces his own resignation from the Royalists, also not accepted.
  • Lord Ben (H) resigns from the Royalist coalition to recreate the Weeaboo Rights Party as an independent force for stability, resignation not accepted.
  • The Emperor accepts the resignation of LSC seat holder Lord Sam (H).
  • Lord Matthew (G) subsequently also resigns from the Royalists, resignation not accepted.
  • By this point, the Old Guards, as well as Crown Ministers Jack and Ben (S), are organising their rise to power. Jack negotiates with FM Lord Jamie, while Matthew (S) fails to bring Earl Finn on-board. Finn leaks the plans to Jamie, who is angered by the plans. However, Jack succeeds in his negotiations and FM Lord Jamie announces that he will step down the next day, and puts Jacob forward for First Minister. Originally, Jamie tried to claim that he'd only accept the demands if Finn or Jack were put forward for FM, but Jack turned down the position and reminded Jamie of his dilemma.
  • For the first time since the 16th September 2018 coup, Emperor Terry dissolves the Parliament, but in an unprecedented move he declares Martial Law.
  • Jacob is made Lord Commissar of the Military Council, the equivalent of the Parliament. He makes Crown Minister Ben the Commissar, Jack the Lord Admiral, Matthew (G) a Lieutenant, Matthew (S) a Captain and George (S) a Banner Serjeant (Spelt with a J).

Aftermath

22nd July:

  • Lord Commissar Jacob declares a pre-Junta state of economy, that the Royal Bank of Essexia should become the Imperial Reserve Bank and merges the Warden of the RBE into the Chancellor.
  • Lord Ben (H) resigns from the Royalist coalition to recreate the Weeaboo Rights Party as an independent force for stability, resignation not accepted.

29th July:

  • Captain Matthew (S) announces that the Junta will end at midnight.
  • Lord Commissar Jacob announces that the Military Council, its adversaries and committees will be disbanded, and in it's place declares that Parliament will resume in the following configuration:
    29/7/19 Parliament party diagram, produced by Lord Commissar Jacob.
29/7/19 Post-Junta Parliament
Title Name Position(s) Party
Lord Jacob First Minister, Department of History Old Guard
Lord Jack Chancellor Old Guard
Lord Matthew (S) Foreign Minister, Department of Development,

Department of Communications

Old Guard
Lord George Justice Minister Old Guard
Lord Matthew (G) Health Minister Old Guard
Lord Jamie Media Minister, Department of Enrolment, Department of Social Media Royalist
Lady Becky Agriculture Minister Royalist
Lord Harry Department of Trade Royalist
Earl Finn Interior Minister, Department of National Administration,

Department of Security and Social Affairs

LSC
Lord Elliot Department of Arts LSC
Lord Ben (H) Technology Minister WRP
Crown Minister Ben (S) Defence Minister, Department of Logistics, Department of Defence Research,

Department of Training

Crown Minister Holly Department of the Courts
Crown Minister Chris Department of Prisons and Probation
Crown Minister Jack (S) Department of Transport
Crown Minister Freja Department of Social Services
Crown Minister Tolu Education Minister, Department of Medicine
Crown Minister Jacob (O) Department of Regulations
Crown Minister Ben (SW) Department of Broadcasts
Crown Minister Sam (H) Culture Minister
Crown Minister Alex Department of Sport

30th July 2019:

  • Lord Harry resigns his seat as he believes he isn't fit for the job. A by-election is announced, but never occurs. He remains as a Crown Minister.

Legacy

Thew structure set forth by the end of the military Junta is still retained in Essexia to this day, albeit the names and positions are somewhat altered, and their powers have slightly shifted over time due to various legislation. First Minister Jacob has retained one of the longest terms in office in Essexian history, and since the Black Weekend the stability of the nation has remained fairly high.

Similar to the September 16th coup and the General Election itself, the Black Weekend is seen as a negative, volatile but necessary series of events that was due mainly to issues that had been building for many weeks, and in some cases months.