In Crossbell, Speaker Henry MacDowell represented the Crossbell government alongside Speaker Hartmann in the form of a joint representation. Whereas Speaker Hartmann led the pro-Imperialistic movement within the government, MacDowell maintained Crossbell's neutrality and independence from its suzerains, Erebonia and Calvard.
Even after the assassination attempt by his First Secretary Ernest Reis, Mayor MacDowell displayed a strong sense of responsibility as a politician by immediately resuming his work and the preparation of Crossbell's Anniversary Festival.
After the Cult Incident and subsequent mayor elections, MacDowell stepped down as Mayor and was succeeded by IBC president Dieter Crois. MacDowell resumed his duties as Speaker for the government.