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By early October, the Archdukes Ari and Denise, parents of the Emperor arrived in Persenburg for a 20-day visit, which brought a short season of family events at Court and brought the Emperor closer to his extended family while introducing them to his wife and daughter.
The Empress, on her side, assumed the command of the Order of the Enameled Cross, received several honors and took control of the Karno-Ruthenian Red Cross, being the first member of the medical forces to hold such position.
While the Empress was involved in social work, the Emperor moved a large diplomatic flow, receiving diplomats from Eminia and Delvera from November onwards. On November 10, Eminia decided to join the Empire, again bringing the imperial presence to francophone countries. Delvera would join the Empire the following month.
In early December, the Hofbau, seat of the Monarchy, had its facade restored and decorated for Christmas. With more than 2,500 LED lights, other neighbors of Persenburg’s most important building adhered and decorated their homes, making the address the brightest street in the capital. During the festivities, good news: the children of the Barons von Bock zu Guayahnasz, Baron David, was born. Baroness von Bock zu Guayahnasz is one of the Obersthofmeisterin of the Imperial Court and the closest friend of the Empress, godmother of the young baron.
In December, important manifestations came: the 13th anniversary of the Antarctic Micronational Union, the second mention of the Empire in macronational media and a meeting between Prince Wilhelm von und zu Hochbach, Palatine of the Court of Justice, Count Peter Szentmária, Minister of Culture and Hofballmusikdirektor and Lucas Othonsen, Hofpfalzgraf in the city of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro.
December, as usual, presented the Honor’s List and also the Imperial Christmas Message, that discussed the importance of choices, friends and to be open to new opportunities. At Christmas, an heirloom of the House of Woestein was presented to the Emperor by the Empress – the Woesteiner pen.
In January, Oscar I officially ceased to be the Secretary General of the Conference of Santiago, being replaced by Arthur II of Ebenthal. However, diplomatic work in favor of American micronationalism continued strong, having accompanied the inauguration of Stephen Luke as President of the Commonwealth of Dracul. Internally, a III Legislature was convened and brought innovations especially by the representatives of Delvera and Occidia.
Positioning himself against oppression and in favor of democracy, freedom and diplomacy, Oscar I was interviewed by Microcosme, in what would be the most read interview to date of the French micronational publication. Praised by media and peers, Oscar I conduct the Empire towards the greatness that is due to its people.