New Richmond

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New Richmond
—  City of Austenasia  —

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Nickname(s): "Wrythe of New Virginia"
Motto: Montani semper liberi
(Latin: "Mountaineers are always free")
Country Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
Established 16 August 2013 (as Crown Dependency)
7 September 2014 (became Town)
9 January 2017 (became City)
Government
 - Representative HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia
 - Mayor Alex Francis
 - Landed Noble Lady Brenda, Baroness of New Richmond
 - Police Inspector Captain William Kennedy
Population
 - Total 20
Time zone UTC-5
Website Official website

New Richmond is a City of the Empire of Austenasia situated in North America. Originally established as a Crown Dependency on 16 August 2013, the territory was formally annexed by an Imperial Decree, and transitioned into a Town on 7 September 2014. It was granted city status on 9 January 2017.

New Richmond is the most highly populated local administrative division of the Empire, with twenty residents living in six different boroughs. The city is a leading administrative center in the Empire, and as such is the home of various government agencies, including the Prime Minister's Office and the Secretary-General's Office. It was previously the headquarters of the Treasury and Ministry of Culture. New Richmond has been the home of a Prime Minister and two Consuls. HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia is the current Representative of New Richmond, having held said office since the transition into a Town.

Etymology

New Richmond is named for the Commune of Richmond in the defunct Union of Libereco, a reflection of the Amagerian history and cultural influence found in the city.

History

New Richmond was established on 18 August 2013 as a Crown Dependency by Imperial Decree of Emperor Jonathan I. Joseph Kennedy MAO was appointed the first and only Governing Commissioner of New Richmond. Following establishment, the Crown Dependency was formally designated as the "Dominion of New Richmond" and eventually a local constitution was enacted. Unlike most Crown Dependencies wherein the Governing Commissioner exercises near-autocratic rule in the name of the Monarch, the Dominion had a local legislature - the Dominion Assembly - presided over by the Governing Commissioner's deputy, termed the Lord Lieutenant.

Following the acquisition of Saint Josephsburg by the Dominion from the Ashukov Federation, the Governing Commissioner requested that Parliament elevate the Dominion of New Richmond to the status of a Town. Parliament concurred and New Richmond was made a Town by Parliament on 7 September 2014. The former Governing Commissioner, then Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, was appointed Acting Representative of the new Town. New Richmond was, along with Shineshore, one of the first two towns in the Empire of Austenasia to not be located in the British Isles.

Following several territorial changes and a vast increase in population, New Richmond became the second City of the Empire on 9 January 2017. Countess Victoria of Sydney was elected the first Mayor of New Richmond soon after.

Administration

New Richmond, as an Austenasian City, is represented in Parliament by a Representative elected by the Subjects whom reside in and near the City no less than every five years. New Richmond is administered locally by the Mayor who, among other duties, presides over the City Council. The office of Mayor of New Richmond is held by Alex Francis, cousin of Lord Kennedy. Law enforcement and border security are under the jurisdiction of the New Richmond Police Force, a unit of the Austenasian Police.

List of Representatives

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 Joseph Caesar.jpeg HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia Imperial Party 7 September 2014 Incumbent Acting until 12 October 2014. Oversaw Town Council elections and annexation of West Richmond. Presented Act of Parliament allowing the Emperor to make former, current and future Governors and Governing Commissioners subjects. Presented the Speaker of the House Act 2014. Appointed Chancellor on 17 October 2014. Elected Prime Minister on 4 March 2015, and re-elected on 1 March 2019. Oversaw New Richmond's change from Town to City.

List of Mayors

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 Victoria Hathaway, Countess of Sydney Imperial Party 9 February 2017 15 April 2018 Elected following New Richmond's elevation to City-status. Did not seek re-election in the April 2018 local election.
2 CaptainWilliamKennedy.png Captain William Kennedy Independent
(considered conservative)
15 April 2018 24 April 2019 Elected in the April 2018 local election. Later resigned for personal and work reasons.
3 Mayor francis.jpg Alex Francis Imperial Party 24 April 2019 Incumbent Appointed Acting Mayor following the resignation of his predecessor; elected to the position proper on 21 May 2019.

Culture

New Richmonder culture draws heavily from the culture of Havnesgade-Amager and the surrounding US states of Kentucky and West Virginia. Typical New Richmonder cuisine is similar to traditional U.S. Southern comfort food, albeit with multiple Hispanic and Italian influences. New Richmond's athletic culture is dominated by American football and basketball. Kentucky bourbon plays a significant role in culinary culture in the city - in some homes, it's traditional after a large family dinner or special occasion for adults to enjoy a glass. New Richmond is home to a small music scene, consisting of classically-trained musicians and a small number of bluegrass banjoists. New Richmond is considered very progressive in comparison to other areas of the Empire, with the Imperial Party playing a massive role in the political culture of the City.