The Coprieta Standard had the opportunity earlier this month to sit down with Alexandrian Prime Minister Pete James to discuss the current political atmosphere in that micronation. Due to unforseen macronational scheduling conflicts for the Prime Minister, the answers were delayed; however, the Prime Minister’s comments are insightful and we hope that our readers will find them informative.
CS: The ‘Alexandrian Commitment Act’ was recently tabled in the Imperial Parliament. It aims to limit the position of Prime Minister to those who do not hold a head of state or government office in other micronations. As Prime Minister, and one who holds such positions overseas, do you feel this bill is a direct, perhaps partisan, attack on your ability to lead Alexandria?
James: Of course it is. It was recently stated in the APR broadcast. The Bill basically suggests that Alexandrians are unable to determine if someone is fit to be Prime Minister or not. In a way, it is typical of the ACP/PDP bloc. They say they support Alexandrians rights while at the same time taking them away.
CS: The Alexandrian Conservative Party is slowly plugging away with its national convention over the last number of weeks, and into the near future. From your standpoint as the leader of the Amelioration Party, what is your assessment of the ability of the opposition to present Alexandria with a realistic and attractive alternative?
James: To around 45% of the population they DO provide an attractive alternative. Currently the political scene in Alexandria is very tight (one vote decided the last PM election). We need to stay on our toes.
CS: The Amelioration Party is by far the popular party in Alexandria right now. What challenges to you see in the future for it to maintain its popularity, and when can we expect to see a new policy platform released?
James: There will be a new platform released shortly.
CS: As recently reported by The Standard, Alexandria’s economy is being mothballed. What would you consider the successes and downfalls of your nation’s economic simulation, and do you see any future for an economy?
James: Currently no. I could see an international common currency project working, but that’s just wishful thinking.
CS: Nearing the three-month anniversary of your prime ministry, what would you consider your successes and pitfalls to date, and what can we look forward to seeing from your government for the remainder of your term in office?
James: A success would definitely be the level of debate in Parliament. It’s really great to see. For a while, I had feared that parliament would just pass anything, but it’s really good to see that’s not the case.
CS: With the demise of Gotzborg, and the decent of Paulovia into a self-imposed exile, Alexandria is the last-standing Novasolum micronation. How, if at all, has your nation’s foreign policy been affected by these recent events, and what must Alexandria do to become the beacon of the Geiss world map?
James: I don’t think it’s changed us that much. Novasolum ties have been [strained] ever since the GSO’s launch. Our ties with the [Grand Commonwealth] and Stormark are as strong as ever and Alexandria is still a pillar of both mapping organisations.
CS: Thank you for sitting down with us today Mr. Prime Minister.