February 12, 2002 marked the first anniversary of Amerada. President Earl Washburn made the following public address:
“It has been a long year in Amerada. We’ve seen our bad days, and we’ve seen our good days. Somehow, through thick, and through thin, Amerada made it to her first birthday. Lately, Amerada has been a little inactive. We started out with great excitement and ambitions. Since then, we have declined on the local perspective, but internationally we’re taking the spotlight. Even though many laugh at the way we do things, we still live hopefully stronger than ever. I would like to call on our citizens, and our leaders to put forth your good news, your ideas, and your hard work, so that Amerada can forever live active. Lastly, I would like to address a certain opinion on Amerada’s identity. It seems no micronationalist can understand why we count people who visit our site as citizens, and why our elections are run by web polls. These people don’t seem to understand we are not your average “copy-cat” micronation. We are something more, something different. If you don’t think Amerada fits the description of a micronation, than don’t. Amerada was founded months before we came into contact with other micronations. By then, all our ideas and principals were laid out in stone, and we don’t want to change that just to be the same as everyone else. Thank You and God bless!”
Also on the eleventh of the month, the Ministry of Home Affairs launched a holiday themed web page for the celebrations. The web page will list the holidays of Amerada all year long and you can also access an Amerada based Chat Room from the Holiday Page. The Amerada web site can be found at http://amerada.50megs.com. The following address was made by RCAA leader Liam Sinclair:
Today, Amerada turns one. We have lasted a year, a year that has seen upsides and downsides, pain and glory. We have seen Amerada grow from obscurity to a shining light, but on the way there were problems like any new micronation. Politics has helped divide this nation, and yet, despite this political rivalry, Amerada endures because in the end no matter what culture, or political standing a citizen is – each citizen has contributed to our history and the strength and resolve this nation has shown in light of many dark moments. We are all Ameradians, no matter our opinions. We have lost a good man as a citizen – William Steeves. He helped make us what we are – a beacon in the micronational world for all to see. On this joyous occasion, let us throw aside our political differences, our dislike of each other and the other problems that continue to plague us and join together to make this birthday, a one to remember. Happy Birthday Amerada, and congratulations to all that have made it possible!