The Bergen Conference, which began in mid-January, quickly ran out of steam by the end of that month, and despite attempts from several parties to the intermicronational gathering, it has been unable to gain any new steam following the host, Hanover, having effectively ignored the conference just a week into the discussions.
Hanover’s government surprisingly went inactive at the discussion table following its change of government, in which the mastermind of the conference, Troy Thompson, was replaced as Prime Minister by an election. Unknown to the intermicronational attendees of the Bergen Conference at the time was that behind closed doors in the Hanoverian government, a resolution was being drafted for parliament to authorize the withdrawal of Hanover’s delegation to the conference.
The motion, which was not publicly released until nearly two weeks after it was adopted in Cabinet for tabling in Parliament, ordered the withdrawal of the Hanover delegation on the grounds that Hanover does not consider itself a “micronation” or a “hobby”, but an actual nation onto itself. James Murphy, the founder of Hanover, candidly noted in the Bergen Conference that the conference “wound up clumsily bringing apples and oranges to the table, resulting in nothing at all and a few hurt feelings … the whole thing was simply ill-conceived.”
A well-known advocate for Hanover’s isolationism from the wider Internet micronational community and its entrenchment as a “real nation”, Murphy, who served as the micronation’s first King (though he later disgracefully abandoned the post barely nine months into his reign … interestingly enough because the citizens never supported his reign) has been revealed to be the mastermind behind Hanover’s sudden change of heart concerning its participation in the ill-fated conference. The Standard, through discussions with unnamed Hanover government sources, has learned that Varennes, a member of Hanover’s Commonwealth directly led by Murphy, threatened to withdraw from that organization if Hanover continued to talk to Internet micronations, specifically those considered “simulationist” (hobbies) as this directly contravened Murphy’s original vision for Hanover five years ago (interestingly enough, during his reign, King James must have forgot to circulate that memo to the Hanover population as his subjects were engaging in and moulding simulated aspects of the micronation, such as casinos). Hanover’s current Prime Minister, Edgard Carrillo, confirmed for the Standard that he received a communication from Murphy threatening to withdraw Varennes from the Commonwealth, thereby prompting his government to take action to draft the motion to withdraw from the conference.
One of the sources also spoke of Hanover’s hypocrisy noting its strong condemnation of all-things simulated, and yet Hanover itself attempts to closely simulate macronational monarchies instead of developing in its own natural direction. Its hypocrisy was also experienced yet again when its government withdrew the motion to leave the Bergen Conference shortly after its tabling in Parliament. According to Hanover’s King Alexander in a statement to the Standard, the motion was withdrawn as “the last thing Hanover is going to do is invite a whole gathering of distinguished guests, and then just walk away.” Those distinguished guests, the leaders of simulationist Internet micronational governments, unfortunately seem to have been turned away by the unofficial Hanoverian withdrawal as the conference has essentially died, taking with it several important community issues such as the preservation of history.
One thing that is for certain is that Varennes is not weeping the end of the conference given that Mr. Murphy does not even recognize those “distinguished guests” as being representatives of any nation worthy of the attention of Hanover. However, as the past four years have shown, the Hanoverian kings that followed the disgraced King James have been more modern and progressive and cognitive of the reality of Hanover’s place in the world, recognizing Internet micronationalists as peers … for now, at least, as Hanover exists only on the Internet and in the houses of wide-eyed-dreamers who yearn for recognition of their micronation as something more by the macronational world.– The Editor