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Chief Ambassador (Austenasia)
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The Chief Ambassador of Austenasia is the member of Cabinet who is in charge of the Foreign Office of the Empire of Austenasia. The Chief Ambassador is therefore responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with other nations and for representing and promoting the interests of the Empire of Austenasia internationally.
Under the 2008 Constitution, the Chief Ambassador was elected by the other Representatives, but under the 2011 Constitution is appointed by the Monarch, although the requirement to be a Representative has remained.
The Chief Ambassador is ex officio Austenasian ambassador to the United Kingdom and to any nation or people for which the Foreign Office has not appointed a subordinate ambassador, although the role of the Monarch in representing the state abroad has increased significantly during the ongoing reign of Emperor Jonathan I. The Chief Ambassador is one of only three individuals - the other two being the Monarch and the Prime Minister - who has the authority to ratify a treaty merely by affixing their signature.
The position has been held by Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia since 27 September 2016.
List of Chief Ambassadors
|Number||Picture||Name||Political views||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|01||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||Monarchist||13 Nov 2008||24 Dec 2011||Founder of Austenasia. Signed treaties of mutual recognition with Vikesland, St. Charlie, Radnoria, the Grove, Copan, the Midget Nation-in-Exile, Calsahara, Gishabrun and NottaLotta Acres, and entered into diplomatic relations with many others. Oversaw the creation of the alliance with Moylurg (now Wilcsland), the creation of Austenasian protectorates over Dorzhabad, Adjikistan (now Monovia) and Domanglia, and arranged for the Empire to appear in three foreign (a British, Italian and South Korean) newspapers. Re-elected as Chief Ambassador by Cabinet on 1 January 2009, 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2011, and confirmed as Chief Ambassador by the Monarch on 21 September 2011. Lost office after failing to be re-elected as Representative of Wrythe.|
|02||HIH Crown Princess Caroline||Social liberal||24 Dec 2011||24 Jun 2013||Appointed to position of Chief Ambassador by the Monarch, and appointed Crown Prince Jonathan her deputy. While she was in office, the Empire entered into diplomatic relations with Florenia, Überstadt, Renasia, Starhigh, Erephisia, Tatsumiya and Landashir. Austenasian protection of Domanglia and Dorzhabad was rescinded, (and was extended over New Balland until its dissolution), and Monovia's status as a Protectorate was changed to that of a protected state.|
|03||HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis||Centre-left||24 Jun 2013||17 Mar 2016||Appointed to position of Chief Ambassador by the Monarch after playing an instumental role in the Liberation of Orly. Held office during the cutting of ties with the New Wessex of Declan I and the establishment of diplomacy with Ashukovo, Wyvern, Leylandiistan, Zealandia, Volfa, Westarctica, and Rudno, as well as during the 2014 New South Scotland crisis. Under her tenure, Sabovia and Wilcsland became protected states of the Empire. Appointed James von Puchow as the first official Deputy Chief Ambassador, to whom some of her duties were delegated. Resigned for personal reasons.|
|04||Lord Charles Clarke, Duke of Grantabridge||Conservative||17 Mar 2016||23 Sep 2016||Appointed to position of Chief Ambassador by the Monarch after the resignation of his predecessor. Supported the dissolution of the office of Deputy Chief Ambassador, and held office during the establishing of diplomacy with Wildflower Meadows, Ongal, Delvera, Mercia, and Sabia and Verona. Attempted to create an "Austenasian Commonwealth" as a unifying organigation of guidance for the younger micronations of the MicroWiki Community, but this project was cut short when he resigned upon his home-town of Lichtenstein being ceded back to the United Kingdom.|
|05||Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, Duke of New Virginia||27 Sep 2016||Incumbent||Appointed to position of Chief Ambassador by the Monarch after a short period of the office being vacant.|