The Austenasian Imperial Residence is the centre of government and residence of the Imperial Family of the Empire of Austenasia. Located in Wrythe, it houses the entirety of the Town's population, is the nominal meeting place of Parliament, and the official residence of the Emperor of Austenasia. The Imperial Residence borders Wrythe Public Park to the north-east and the United Kingdom on all other borders, and together with 2 Imperial Road comprises the Crown property of Imperial Wrythe.
What is now the Imperial Residence was built at some point after 1911 and before 1940, probably during the 1930s. Part of a small terrace of six houses, it was built on Green Wrythe Lane, which had formerly been a small rural footpath often blocked by fallen trees - it is assumed that the road was paved and expanded around this same period. It is known that the house was "rewired completely" in May 1974.
On 8 January 2004, the property was sold to Terry and Margaret Austen, who moved into the house with their children Jonathan and Caroline. The family looked after a rescued greyhound-saluki crossbreed, Joe, for a week in 2005, but otherwise did not have any pets other than fish until September 2006, when they bought Rose, a bullmastiff. She was joined in March 2009 by her sixth cousin, Edd.
The Second Boys vs Girls War took place in the now Imperial Residence on 20 August 2005. During a party to which some members of the Midget Army had been invited, a small conflict broke out, with the Midget soldiers against the now Crown Princess Caroline and one of her friends. The conflict ended in what was effectively a stalemate, due to uncharacteristically lax Midget disciple and Terry telling the two sides to stop fighting.
On 20 September 2008, the property was declared independent from the United Kingdom by the Austen family, as the Empire of Austenasia. The entire property was designated Wrythe, whereas the house itself (including the front drive and back patio, but not the garden or garage) became designated the Imperial Residence.
The Imperial Residence came under attack on 25 May 2009 by some Britons who had infiltrated the house with the help of the thenPrincess Caroline, leading to the Skirmish of the Treasury, which was won by the Austenasian Army. It was also used to keep the Princess under low-security house arrest during the Austenasian Civil War.
Layout and interior
The Imperial Residence consists of a three-bedroomed house, its front drive, and an adjoining patio to the north-east which borders Wrythe Public Park. "The Imperial Residence" almost always refers specifically to the house itself, which contains eight rooms:
Parliament Hall is the largest room in the Imperial Residence, primarily used for dining and social activities. On the ground floor, it derives its name from the meetings of Parliament which took place there between September 2008 and April 2009, when the then Crown Prince Jonathan and Emperor Terry I were the only members of the legislature. It is still the nominal meeting place of Parliament.
Bullmastiff Hall, on the ground floor, is a room which derives its name from being where Rose and Edd sleep. It is also partially used for storage.
The Imperial Kitchen, on the ground floor, is used for the preparation of meals for the Imperial Family and visiting guests.
The Imperial Quarters (known as the Prime Minister's Office before the ascension of Jonathan I to the Throne), on the first floor, is the official residence of the Emperor of Austenasia and his functioning office. It serves as the very heart of the administration of the Austenasian government, and is considered to have been the overall seat of power in the Empire both before March 2010 and since January 2013.
Quarters of the Emperor's Parents
Known as the Imperial Quarters before the abdication of Terry I and the Quarters of Sir Terry and Lady Margaret between then and the accession of Jonathan I, this room is the largest on the first floor.
Quarters of HIH Crown Princess Caroline
This room is the second-smallest on the first floor.
This room is the smallest on the first floor. Its functions are in accordance with its name.
This room is comprised of the loft space in the roof of the house. It is used for storage, although there have been some plans to have it converted into a study or guest room.