Following weeks of speculation surrounding its intent to secede from the Grand Commonwealth, the Kingdom of Babkha has taken the first official step and repatriated control over its defence and foreign policy from that organization. While the move does not spell a formal end to Babkha’s membership in the Commonwealth, it effectively removes the organization from Babkha’s governance as the Commonwealth was founded to control the foreign affairs, defence, and economy of its members.
Babkha’s regent, Sahib Jahandar Khan, stated in his declaration (Farman) that the Grand Commonwealth has “proved itself incapable in recent months of maintaining a coherent and independent defence and foreign policy.” Combined further with newly-found internal motivators that have caused a major spike in Babkhan daily life, and the successful United Baronies of Aerlig & Treesia secession bill passed last week, the Regent has called on a Durbar to assemble at the end of this month to vote on the issue of secession from the Grand Commonwealth.
The Farman takes the unique position of establishing that the Babkhan adherence to the Grand Commonwealth Charter is a national statue (as it was ratified at that level), and thus it can be rescinded by the Kingdom. This would nullify its membership without having to respect the Charter’s secession clause, which requires two-thirds of the Commonwealth’s legislature approving a member leaving.
While widely supported amongst the Babkhan population, at least one Babkhan, Darius Rugahi, is against the secession. In a recent posting to the Grand Commonwealth following official notification of the United Baronies Secession Act, Mr. Rugahi stated that “the current activity [deludes] us to visions of grandeur and power, and decide to dabble onward on our own, despite us being experienced micronationalists who know that activity levels do not hold and are always … followed by [slumps].” A primary proponent of Babkhan secession, Ardashir Khan, countered that the localised activity surge throughout the Grand Commonwealth is not being replicated in the organization itself, “nor is [it] going to be.”
Most Commonwealth experts agree that with the secession of the United Baronies having been announced, the Grand Commonwealth itself is likely to collapse in the near future; a collapse all but guaranteed following the additional blow caused by the Babkhan Farman.