Micras loses significant micronation

GENEVA –  Since its foundation more than 15 years ago, Alexandria has played a central role in the Micras community, building its reputation from a shaky start under the name of Madland to one of community leader. Its story has now been consigned to the history books.

In an open letter to the Micras community on July 25, Alexandria’s founder and first-and-only monarch, Edgard Carrillo, announced its sudden dissolution. “I feel creatively constrained and bankrupt. The focus on creating something fun and engaging for myself was shifted towards winning petty squabbles with other Micran participants,” explained Carrillo.

Recent years arguably saw Alexandria’s core activity decline into persistent squabbling, contributing significantly to Carrillo’s stated loss of focus. Largely sustained by election campaigns and parliamentary debates in which political parties sparred, often over repetitive issues, Alexandria’s ability to focus development on other aspects of its identity became impaired. That squabbling translated to the intermicronational community where it found itself primarily involved in rival alliances, the resulting conflicts, and very much motivated by an imperialistic desire to expand its Micras world map territory.

“The time for judging Alexandria’s strength and progress by post counts and pixels is over,” said Carrillo with an implied sigh of relief.

Yet, as with other micronations that have made similar announcements in the past, there remains the possibility that Alexandria may one day rejoin the community. Such a decision, according to Carrillo, will be guided by his ability to regain the passion and creativity necessary to create the Alexandria that he always wanted, as opposed to the one it became.

As for Carrillo’s personal involvement in the Micras community, he will remain a contributor to other micronations and efforts.

Read more about Alexandria’s history by visiting our archive of 295 related news articles published since 2004.

 

Micras loses significant micronation

Essian Democrats scold Frisch

RÉMA – After a crushing defeat in last month’s elections in which it secured only 2 seats, the Essian Democrats Party is hoping to capitalize on a failure by the victor, and head of government (heaminister), James Frisch, to convene parliament.

In a sternly worded editorial yesterday in local media, party leader Horatio Eden implied that Frisch had undemocratic motives in stymieing parliament’s opening. “When attempts were made by his Lordship to open [the parliament], the Heaminister rejected them,” charged Eden. Eden suggested that the Essian Commonwealth’s monarch, whose reserve powers include convening parliament, was influenced by Frisch to not do so until an as-of-yet chosen date. Frisch has not responded to the accusation as of press time.

For Eden, there is only one solution to the situation, and it is not to negotiate with Frisch to resolve the matter. Rather, Eden proposes that the Green Party members of parliament, who form a majority with 6 seats, abandon Frisch and join the Democrats. He suggested that his party was ready to govern and would, within a week of assuming the majority position in the parliament, set a date to convene to debate four pieces of legislation his party has drafted.

“[Our parties] have very few differences insofar as legislative agenda,” said Eden, “If the [Green Party members] truly wish to see an active Essian government, they will see it – as we do – as their civic duty to provide [the Democrats] with the legislative mandate required.”

Essian Democrats scold Frisch

Constancia enshrines information access

Despite the increasingly toxic intermicronational political climate, and resultant militarism, across Micras due the ongoing Hammish civil war, Constancia continues to support the sanctity of open government.

With two-thirds of parliamentarians in favour, the Disclosure and Access to Information Act received assent today, as opposition parties united against the government. The government opposed the legislation on the basis that foreign states and troublesome citizens may use disclosed information maliciously.

As one of the only Micras micronations to have ever enacted such dedicated legislation, Constancia has committed to the release of most national and regional government information. Any citizen, whether at home or abroad, may request disclosure from the government, which is required to respond within three months.

A hallmark of open government, the legislation nonetheless limits public access to certain information, such as that pertaining to the micronation’s military and national security. Also subject to withholding is a citizen’s private information, except income, and any information concerning the head of state (the Basileus) and his court.

The Act further enshrines the right of the head of government, the Mesazõn, to exempt any information from disclosure on a case-by-case basis. With the government vocally opposed to freedom of information in general, it remains to be seen whether it will use that clause to ultimately neuter the Act. The increasing military paranoia gripping the Micras community does little to ease such concern.

Constancia enshrines information access

Confrontation in Northern Sea sparks world instability

NORTHERN SEA – For the past month, civil war has been raging through the mainland of the Commonwealth of Hamland. A confusing war with several groups changing sides, losing and winning allies and receiving military, financial and diplomatic support from several groups, threatens to expand in an even larger conflict.

While the Hammish possession of Neo Patrovia in Northern Apollonia stayed relatively untouched by the devastations and immense cruelty during the civil war, as the Ravaillac Loyalists had succesfully seized power. This changed when the National Provisional Authority, backed by a Shirerithian proxy organisation, launched an invasion and attack on the coastal fortresses.

The sudden emergence of conflict in the region, together with the mining of the Cameleo River and increase in pirate activities, worried both the Jingdaoese and Gerenian authorities. The thought of having another nation (Natopia already shares a border with Jingdao) at its borders with friendly ties to arch-nemesis Shireroth could also have played a role to trigger alarm bells in the Heavenly Palace of Daocheng.

A joint proclamation between Jingdao and Gerenia was made to keep the peace in the region. Peacekeeping forces were raised and a naval blockade was announced, to limit the import of enemy soldiers and supplies from overseas. Food and other non-military goods have to pass through custom services in East Gerenia, after which they are send through Jingdao and land routes to the Hammish cities. Those actions would all be executed under supervision of the Batavian-Stormarkian organisation Noblesse Oblige.

This peacekeeping action, however, met with a sharp reaction from the Ministry of Military Affairs, which started mobilising its navy. The Jingdaoese countermeasure – mobilisation of both land and naval forces – reflected those increasing tensions.

At this moment, to avoid a further bloodshed, both parties have come to an informal agreement to limit skirmishes to the Northern Sea.

 

 

Confrontation in Northern Sea sparks world instability

Leylandiistan & Gurvata dissolution announced

The Co-Presidents of Leylandiistan & Gurvata, one of the pioneering micronations in the field of agriculture and one that is widely respected across the MicroWiki Community, have announced its impending dissolution to the community.

In a joint statement on the heels of the two-year anniversary of the union of Leylandiistan and Gurvata on August 30, the Co-Presidents, Fionnbarra Ó Cathail and Pádraig Ó Ceocháin conveyed the outcome of a deep reflection on the micronation’s purpose.

Both expressed pride for the government implementing its extensive Plan for 2016 with time to spare, but neither appeared enthusiastic for the micronation’s future. “The need for a sovereign entity separate to the Republic of Ireland … is dwindling. The appetite for continued action by our government amongst our citizens is all but gone,” the statement read. Combined with an inability on the part of the government to gain new territory and citizens, the Co-Presidents reached the conclusion that Leylandiistan & Gurvata was at the end of its practical existence.

As a result of that realization, both agreed to move the micronation to dissolution, promising to do so in an “organized and dignified way,” with a Treaty of Dissolution to be proclaimed in the coming days.

While the passage of Leylandiistan & Gurvata into the history books is a blow to the micronational community, the micronation will be fondly remembered for its role in supporting the development of micronational agriculture and urban farming initiatives. It was the leading micronation in the agricultural field in recent years, setting up a seed bank and farming an extensive selection of crops in the backyard of Cathail. It also supported intermicronational cooperation and development in agricultural practices and played a key role in inspiring several other micronations to grow local food crops.

“We have no regrets and we are confident our countless hours of work have not gone in vain,” said the Co-Presidents. “We hope that our nation has been of some inspiration to you and that our influence on the rest of the community has been positive and beneficial.”

Leylandiistan & Gurvata dissolution announced

Vyktory prepares for growth, renewal

[Submitted: The Vyktoryan Times]  With the current state of the Commonwealth of Vyktory being of desolation, depopulation, and disrepair, King James I is correct about being worried about the future state of the nation, especially after his own inactivity and procrastination placed the nation in such a state.

His Majesty, while stopping short of making a concrete plan, has decided to attempt to recruit more citizens, to create more activity, and to work on a robust economic and political simulation to entice people to immigrate. Vyktory’s recent application to join the newly founded Micronational Economic Group is a key tenet of this new simulation, with the King planning to use the MEG‘s online portal to underpin the economy.

The political simulation will run on a macro-level, with each person running their own party and attempting to gain seats in the national parliament. His Majesty will be making full use of the seat calculator that Carl Jackson of Safiria created back in April.

The nation’s sports teams are also a focus of the reforms, with new logos for Vyktory Dragons, the Vyktoryan FA, and the Vyktoryan Football League having been obtained at a cost of US$20.

Only time will tell if this will restore the nation or place it further into disrepair, but for now, His Majesty remains dedicated to the cause.

Vyktory prepares for growth, renewal

Shireroth ends “open-door” immigration

An attempt to rejoin Shireroth by a past citizen has triggered its Kaiser, Hjalmar Redquill, to rescind the micronation’s long-standing “open-door” immigration policy.

The policy decision followed an application yesterday by Ludovic Alixion-Verion to rejoin the micronation after having resigned his citizenship approximately six weeks ago to protest Shireroth’s political leadership of the day under Kaiser Hjalmar Heirðrsson. With the Imperial Government and Kaiser Redquill still closely aligned with the former kaiser, Verion’s application received a tepid response and he quickly withdrew it, citing futility.

In the early hours of this morning, out of apparent concern that the laws of Shireroth were inadequate to prevent Verion from legally regaining his citizenship should he persist in the effort, Kaiser Redquill quickly proclaimed a new immigration policy. The prologue of the associated Imperial Decree took pain to focus on describing what personal qualities were inconsistent with Shirerithian citizenship, such as incivility, unpoliteness, immaturity and instability; qualities which were a poorly veiled reference to the opinion that Redquill and Heirðrsson’s allies hold of Verion.

The new immigration policy is one that is based on qualities that are highly subjective in nature, leaving it to the personal opinion of the Minister of the Interior as to whether the immigrant’s personality sufficiently meets the many requirements of the Kaiser, including elegance, gracefulness, and wisdom.

Shireroth must be “a place where the earth exults, the sky laughs, and everything is full of milk, of honey, and of nectar, and in which the Shirerithian citizenry shall feel good and safe,” said Requill in explaining his motivation for the new policy.

ANALYSIS

It is unclear whether the new policy will have any significant practical impact on immigration to Shireroth, except as a tool by which the Imperial Government can easily exclude Verion should he re-apply in the future.

As a community, the population of Shireroth, like that of the wider Bastion Union in which it operates, is essentially a closed-system, in which current participants usually reinvent themselves as new characters, as opposed to new participants joining from outside. The immigration policy is unlikely to be used often, as except for Verion, the Imperial Government knows, and appears to approve of the conduct of, everyone else in the group of individuals from which it would likely draw immigrants.

That said, the vagueness of the policy is open to being easily abused if a current Shirerithian has a falling out with the government and resigns his or her citizenship in protest, much as Verion did. In such a scenario, the Imperial Government can simply judge the person as impolite, due to the past disagreement, and that person can be excluded from rejoining Shireroth indefinitely.

The policy, if abusively managed by the same sensitive human emotions that led to its decree, will lead to Shireroth’s population being pruned into a narrow clique, which may ultimately spur the 16-year old micronation’s demise.

Shireroth ends “open-door” immigration