Locally-developed game launched

LUCÍUSU – The first computer game to be developed based on a part of Micras culture since the turn of the millennium has been released.

The Ballad of Old Lake Morovia: Part One was developed by Passio-Corum founder and leader Queen Esper (formerly known as Opyeme Time) and incorporates the story of fictional-pirate Captain Ismael Hatch, who plundered the Strait of Haifa on Micras. In the game, the user, playing Hatch, is a pawn of the Lake Morovia Blockade Fund who learns of dark, insidious forces that control the Strait while on Black Hatch Island.

The game was developed using RPG Maker MV and is available for download on both Windows and Linux.

It is the first major game developed based on a Micras theme since the popular Control of Destiny Series that incorporated the Shirerithian religion of Soloralism nearly 15-years ago.

Locally-developed game launched

Spat overshadows MicroWiki community

An effort to advance micronationalism has instead caused a diplomatic spat between two leading MicroWiki nations that has gripped the community as it descends into pettiness.

The growing war of words between Austenasia’s Emperor Jonathan Augustus and Delvera’s Consul Dylan Callahan, and other officials in their governments, originated in an unlikely venue: the Congress of Colo. That intermicronational organization billed itself as an effort to “bring stability … through structured diplomacy, economics, and sovereignty;” ironically, it instead spawned the current turmoil.

The spat, which became public through state media in each micronation on August 30, is largely a result of scheduling conflicts and semantics on the part of each side as opposed to any objectively serious issue.

In the former case, Callahan felt slighted by Augustus when, despite “months of advance notice, reminders, and suggestions [that Austenasia name more than one delegate],” Augustus, his nation’s sole delegate to the Congress, was unable to attend its first meeting. His absence caused the meeting to fail to meet a quorum, irking Callahan. That frustration increased as Callahan’s follow-up inquiries regarding Austenasia’s further participation reportedly went unanswered. In his defence, Augustus cited urgent personal matters for his absence.

When Augustus was later provided with a draft of what would become the Resolution on Micronational Sovereignty, he felt insulted as the document did not correctly cite his customary title as Emperor. He was further incensed by a re-draft to fix the error, when he read that it referred to the Congress participants as “micronations” as opposed to “sovereign states.” When he objected to the perceived semantic slight, Augustus, writing in his state media blog, noted that Callahan replied rudely which led to him promptly withdrawing Austenasia from any further involvement in the Congress.

Initial platitudes calling for further discussions to resolve the spat were customarily extended by both Austenasia and Delvera, but proved meaningless as the conflict boiled over onto the MicroWiki community forums and permeated state media in each micronation. The latest accusations include a Delveran agent attempting to engineer Augustus’ overthrow as monarch, Augustus abusing his power as owner of MicroWiki to censor Delveran state media, and vulgarity on the part of an Austenasian official. Practically-speaking, it has become a “tit-for-tat” situation in which each side strives to find fault with the other’s latest assertion and score credibility points before the wider community audience.

That semantics over the correct use of “micronations” as the term applies and impatience over missed appointments, plus the ensuing clash of personalities, have so severely undermined the relationship between the two micronations suggest that it was not viable in the first place. To that end, Austenasia announced today that it was cutting relations and communication with Delvera. As of press time, Delvera had not made a similar decision.

Spat overshadows MicroWiki community

MicroWiki logo competition underway

MICROWIKI – Micronational artists have a chance to leave their mark on one of the more active community forums as MicroWiki has begun a six-week competition to replace its current logos.

“The current logo is a bit rubbish,” said Kit McCarthy, its creator, tongue-in-cheek. “Everyone uses that same globe icon.”

So what’s in a logo, in the eyes of the MicroWiki administration team? The successful submission will be “stylish, clean and modern, but quirky and distinctive” according to the competition guidelines published by McCarthy. Whether the logo appears on the forums or on the wiki, it must maintain a consistent brand image. Importantly, the logo cannot be interpreted as politically-biased or micronation-specific. For those with a festive personality, the submission may also include seasonal variations, such as for Christmas.

Everyone with an interest is eligible to enter the competition by October 1. Each entry must include a forum header image, a wiki logo, and a favicon.

The MicroWiki administration team will prune submissions down to a shortlist that will ultimately go to a public vote, though a timeframe has not been published for that phase as of press time.

MicroWiki logo competition underway

Ecological stewardship declaration celebrated

Following on the Alcatraz Environmental Treaty of 2015, micronations have begun signing onto a new environmental agreement en masse. That agreement, known as the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship (MDES), first adopted at MicroCon 2017 last month, aims to promote environmentally-friendly practices in signatory micronations.

The MDES brings together micronations that are concerned with humanity’s negative impact on the health of world ecosystems, aiming to galvanize a group effort to minimize it. That effort is especially motivated by a perceived failure of macronational governments to prioritize ecological stewardship, as well as the continued denial of anthropogenic climate change by others.

Calling for “more dramatic action … to minimize the negative effects of climate change,” the MDES seeks to empower micronations to recognize their ability to improve their local ecosystems, whether through waste diversion, ethical treatment of animals, avoiding the use of genetically-modified food crops, or preventing the proliferation of invasive species, among others.

Supporting that empowerment, the content of the declaration largely focuses on outlining local strategies that micronations can implement to improve their ecological stewardship. Strategies fleshed out in the declaration include ways in which to reduce waste, carbon dioxide emissions, and water pollution. It also encourages micronationalists to recognize an animal’s right to life, liberty and reproductive freedom, except where the animal is designated for food slaughter, threatening to humans, other animals or property, or an invasive species.

According to the Flandrensis government, one of the MDES’ most vocal supporters, the declaration was the fruit of a six-month discussion between twenty-five like-minded micronationalists from all over the world. “[The MDES in combination with the Alcatraz Treaty and other ecological charters] lays out a blueprint for reasonably addressing the topics of climate change, water conservation, biological diversity, and more,” it said in a press release.

Practically speaking, while loudly critical of macronational government inaction of ecological stewardship, the wording of the MDES makes it more an example of similar inaction than a reasonable blueprint. Quick to direct their condemnation, the signatories have agreed to a text that is wholly non-binding, with language limited to merely “encouraging”, “advising” or “urging” compliance. There is no expectation or requirement for any signatory to report on its efforts to improve ecological stewardship, let alone enact any of the included strategies.

Beyond being an exercise in political grandstanding, it is unclear what, if anything, the MDES will actually achieve, despite it being much celebrated and receiving strong support from influential micronations such as Flandrensis. As a follow-on to the Alcatraz Environmental Treaty effort, it may arguably prove to be underwhelming.

Ecological stewardship declaration celebrated

MCS policy faces new scrutiny

HUB.MN – It has been almost three years to the day since the MCS adopted its last major systemic reforms; however, change may again be on the horizon for the nearly-seventeen year-old intermicronational organization.

The increasingly-dominant presence of large micronations such as Shireroth, Stormark, Natopia and Alexandria, as well as the division of the community into two major alliances motivated Giles Melang to put forward a proposal that, if adopted, would limit the total Micras territory any one micronation can hold. The proposal is unique in that MCS Charter reforms are usually driven by the opposite desire to reduce minimum requirements so that micronations can retain their assigned territory longer through bouts of low or inactivity.

“We live in an age of, well, empires … through cleverness or sheer brute force (and popularity) [some can] extend their reach across the majority of Micras,” suggested Melang. Such a scenario unfolding, in his mind, would impede the progress of the smaller micronations, though admittedly he does not foresee it as an impending or given event. Rather, his proposal is meant to guard against the mere possibility in the future. To that end, his suggested territory limit on any one individual micronation is a generous one-half of the Micras map.

The proposal has generated wider discussion. “On Micras, anyone with a sufficiently narcissistic approach to the narrative development of their subject realms is free to bloat their holdings across the plant without reference to the inherently finite or cyclical nature of colonial power,” Krasniy Yastreb observed, proposing that the limitation instead apply to individuals than micronations.

Such an application is seen as a way to prevent one person from creating or controlling a majority of the Micras micronations, and therefore its territory, as their personal fiefdom. In such a lopsided situation, Yastreb worries that the amount of claimable land would run short for other participants and newcomers.”What is acquired is acquired forever, subject to the ruler’s activity level,” he suggested, referring to current policy governing forced territory reduction/removal by the MCS Administrative Council. Under that policy, the subject micronation’s population must maintain a minimum average of one post per two days, or similar wiki activity; failing to do so for three consecutive months may result in territory reduction or complete removal.

Like Melang, the current situation on Micras does not suggest that Yastreb’s worries are likely to become reality in the near future. Such a view is held by Barnaby Hands, a key member of the Administrative Council. “We’re far from reaching that problem yet,” said Hands, indicating his preference that the Administrative Council simply say to any person or micronation starting to dominate the map, “hey, leave some room”.

Other key members of the Administrative Council, including Chairman Craitman Pellegrino, have not voiced an opinion on the matter as of press time.

MCS policy faces new scrutiny

YAMOs remain relevant, argues Romanicus

For nearly two decades, micronationalists have decried intermicronational organizations as ultimately useless. With the founding of each new organization, micronationalists have with striking exasperation voiced “YAMO!” for Yet Another Micronational Organization. Many organizations quickly, or ultimately, fit the YAMO bill; however, Prince Romanicus of the Holy Confederation of the Violet Star argues that such organizations can, in fact, succeed from the outset.

Publishing his latest treatise on micropatriology yesterday, Romanicus suggests that the failing of any intermicronational organization rests on its inherent politically superficial nature. “Micronations have a very strong independent spirit … this means that by no means will any serious micronation allow another foreign entity to control its politics in any way,” wrote Romanicus. That legislation passed by an organization is only enforced locally if a member state government has the political will to do so further diminishes the organization’s relevance.

To fix this discouraging reality, Romanicus recommends that an organization be audience specific, catering to one or a combination of religion, ethnicity, cultural group, or ideology. Shared traits amongst the member states would promote unity and increase the organization’s relevance. It is also important, in his opinion, that the executive of the organization temper their dreams of close integration amongst the member states, as such impeding on sovereignty would discourage participation.

A successful organization, it is argued, will be one that admits only “serious” micronations, which Romanicus defines as one with a population of at least 100 individuals living in close proximity as opposed to a population operating within the confines of the Internet. “By no means am I criticizing simulationist or people without communities,” he said, “but to make YAMOs [worth] anything, micronations must be worth something as well.”

Importantly, Romanicus suggests, an organization must have a relevant purpose. Practical activities that he believes such an organization can focus on include fundraisers to support macronational government lobbying, the prevention of micronational war, collective security, and large-scale projects such as public works infrastructure development.

Finally, those involved in the creation and operation of the organization must not let themselves become disillusioned with the effort. “YAMOs exist in the way they are because of micronationalism itself, embrace them as our future for they are the vessels that micronations will use in the future to consolidate power in a hostile world,” he emphasized.

YAMOs remain relevant, argues Romanicus

GUM to host second 24 hour quorum

The Grand Unified Micronational’s second charity 24 Hour Quorum will be held between May 5 and 7, according to a resolution adopted yesterday.

The event, first held in 2012, originated as a joke that a session of the intermicronational organization’s Quorum (general assembly) could theoretically continue indefinitely if each motion to adjourn was defeated. The joke quickly morphed into a challenge to GUM delegates to maintain the required minimum participants to keep a session active for an uninterrupted period of 24 hours.

The challenge acquired a charity event aspect when several delegates were sponsored to participate. In the end, over forty micronationalists spoke in succession and US$128 was raised for eight charities, including Amnesty International and World Vision.

The specifics of this year’s event have not been published by GUM as of press time.

GUM to host second 24 hour quorum