EME-AS-1 (Yellow Emergency)

Emergency AS-1 is an emergency declaration at ‘Yellow’ level for the Royal Territory of Atlantis that was made on the 21st June 2024.

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Situation

The declaration was made in response to concerns regarding the safety and security of individuals within the Royal Territory of Atlantis, which has an open border with the Chinese specially administrated region of Hong Kong, and is in direct response to Hong Kong national security law and actions by the authorities.

The broadly interpretable 2020 National Security law and the 2024 Safeguarding National Security Ordinance cover offences including:

  • secession
  • subversion
  • organisation and perpetration of terrorist activities
  • collusion with a foreign country
  • treason
  • sedition
  • unlawful disclosure of state secrets
  • external interference endangering national security

The laws apply to individuals living in Hong Kong and individuals living elsewhere in the world, with authorities issuing arrest warrants (sometimes with rewards) for individuals living outside of Hong Kong. They have a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Both individuals and organisations may be subject to the laws.

Individuals have been prosecuted and detained for expressing comments that are critical of the Government of the Chinese specially administrated region of Hong Kong and the Government of the People’s Republic of China- this includes for posting comments online.

The authorities in Hong Kong do not recognise the State of Hokoria, or the Royal Territory of Atlantis. It is interpretable that the Royal Territory of Atlantis’ self-declared independence could breach Hong Kong national security law.

Advisory

Their Majesty’s Royal Office and the Atlantean Governor’s Office publish the following advice for individuals to follow, or at the very least consider, when within the Royal Territory of Atlantis.

  • Individuals should avoid the expression of views that are interpretable as critical of the Government of the Chinese specially administrated region of Hong Kong or the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Individuals should be aware of Exterior advice for Hong Kong when within the Royal Territory of Atlantis.
  • Indviduals should avoid participating in protests against the Government of the Chinese specially administrated region of Hong Kong or the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Individuals should avoid using the internet without using a VPN (virtual private network), and should take steps to separate their identity from their internet activity.
  • The Government and public bodies should avoid releasing material that is directly critical of the Government of the Chinese specially administrated region of Hong Kong or the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

In addition to following the advice above, it’s important to consider taking additional steps to keep yourself safe in emergency situations.

Additional resources

Their Majesty’s Royal Office and the Atlantean Governor’s Office publish the following resources for individuals to consider.

Moving from Hong Kong to the UK

The Department of Exterior Affairs endorses Migration Yorkshire as a charitable organisation that supports Hong Kongers with adjusting and moving to the Yorkshire and Humber area. Migration Yorkshire is based in Leeds, a city in West Yorkshire. They offer support for migrants from lots of backgrounds, including Hong Kongers and have a ‘welcome programme’ as well as many other services such as support with employment, health and wellbeing, housing and learning English.

Hong Kong Aid is an organisation located in London, the English capital, and provides similar services and support whilst being focused specifically on Hong Kongers.

Moving to the UK would require application through the UK government’s Home Office. For more information, visit the UK government’s visas and immigration page. The Royal Government of Hokoria will be unable to provide direct support for seeking asylum and acquiring a visa in the UK, although we may be able to direct Hong Kongers to organisations that can.

Royal Office advice from March 2024

On the 23rd March 2024, the Royal Office published a review into Hong Kong and China based conduct, which was originally part of an emergency advisory in the Atlantis region. This advice is no longer endorsed by the Royal Office, following the publication of EME-AS-1.

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