Florian Republic commits to Srbozemlje

NORTHCLIFF – New Florian President, Jessica Smith has committed to her pledge of protecting Srbozemlje from the Kingdom of Coria and Krasnarus in the war of lost brothers, a conflict started after a rogue assassin from the autonomous territory unlawfully killed the Corian King, Nikolaj the First.

The Florian Republic’s stance on the war has changed regularly since the start and it recently scrapped the protectorate treaty with Shireroth, creating an uncertain future. Smith, however, has discussed plans with the President of Srbozemlje over the territories defence.

In a speech, Jessica stated, “The Florian Republic has been a victim to poor leadership by the Florian Labour Party which was gullible to Shireroth. [Shireroth] had effectively destroyed order in the country [with] the parliament unable to pass legislation without permission from Shirekeep. In response to criticism over the war, we are committed to protecting all parts of Floria, especially our land in the Micras Balkans (Srbozemlje) and, in the future, we will attempt to finally bring peace to Apollonia. We thank Dimitrije Golubović for effective communication over this issue.”

In related news, the Florian Parliament has sought to circumvent Shireroth’s control over its foreign affairs, by tabling motions to guarantee the Republic’s future neutrality and to recognize the successor state of Hamland, Caputia.

Aärnesen plans Craitish referendum

CHERRY TREES – New Craitish Prime Minister Iņa Aärnesen has set down her party’s plan for her premiership, with the much-anticipated USSO membership referendum planned for parliamentary discussion before the end of the month.

Aärnesen was elected in September in an unprecedented Liberal-Centre Alliance (LCA) majority victory, becoming only the second Prime Minister from the agrarian-minded party. As the nation’s second ever female to hold the position, Aärnesen has gained a plethora of support from the public, sealing all but three of the available 33 county seats through a platform promising citizens a referendum on Craitland’s membership in the USSO.

Craitland became a founding member of the USSO in early 2017 under the administration of Social Democrat Hjaņ Berntsen. While the USSO is a primarily military alliance, Berntsen’s justification for Craitland’s membership was to allow for a means of effectively providing humanitarian aid to civilians during the Hammish Civil War. Since the apparent cessation of conflict in central Keltia, the USSO has focused on establishing trade amongst its members, though recent developments have led to an air of unease.

Antagonistic behaviour from Daocheng has subsequently culminated in Jingdao and Shireroth ending an unofficial armistice; a move which could once again drag a traditionally peaceable Craitland into warfare, while activities in the Florian Republic have seen its USSO membership terminated following considerably increased involvement from Shirekeep.

Mr Sacriches of the LCA, credited as the mastermind of its electoral success.

LCA head of communications, Alexandrian Marc-Antoine Sacriches – whose expertise has been credited with masterminding the party’s successful election campaign – gave an announcement which was seen to praise the Florians’ latest news as inspiration for the future of Craitland, “The Florian people have shown that USSO membership does not equal straight subjugation by the Jingdaoese. We are in control of our own future in this country, and that means all of us. Ms Aärnesen’s vision will give every Crait the right to decide our nation’s path, and together we will choose the best route forward and forget the mistakes other parties have made without our support.”

Popular opinion polling in Craitland suggests that a referendum asking a direct in-or-out question would receive a narrow majority in favour of leaving the organisation, though the format is yet to be confirmed and further influential campaigning is surely expected prior to the day Craits once again make their way to the ballot box.

Occitania to stifle secession attempt

BABOUGRAD – Caught off-guard by the attempted secession of its state of Sezentrania, the Occitanian government has obtained court action to restore constitutional order; however, its moral authority to quash the secession may be wanting.

A recent addition to the federation, Sezentrania joined Occitania on October 19th, and reportedly consisted of a single citizen, Daniel Lee, the state’s founder, on October 20th. Despite being its founder, the federal government refused to allow Lee to act as the state’s governor, instead designating the federal legislature, the Vergadering, as the state’s administrator.

Within a week, Lee’s desire to be part of the Occitanian state had waned and on October 27th, he unilaterally declared Sezentrania to be an independent state, something that the federal government only learned of when it happened across a wiki page profiling the Free Democratic Republic of Sezentrania.

Occitania’s government has quickly moved to denounce the secession as illegitimate, stating its contention that as Lee was not the governor of the state, he had no mandate to declare independence. “This is a real coup d’état and a real constitutional affront,” the government said through state media, “There can be no question of self-determination because this action is one-sided.” It stressed that it was open to a solution to the dispute over Sezentrania’s status so long as it was compliant with the federal constitution.

With Lee being the only resident of Sezentrania, the argument by the federal government that the secession is not a question of self-determination appears fleeting at best. While it is a fact that Lee did not follow constitutional processes, his decision as the sole resident of the state is, arguably, the practice of self-determination in action.

More questionable is whether the federal government has moral standing to oppose the secession of Sezentrania. On October 27th, Occitania announced its support for the unilateral declaration of independence issued by the Spanish state of Catalonia. Catalonia declared independence, in violation of Spanish law, following the results of an unconstitutional referendum in which a minority of its residents participated. With its own territorial integrity is threatened by similar action, Occitania’s government now underscores the importance of constitutional law and minimizes the right of a local populace to exercise self-determination.

Finding itself in Spain’s position, Occitania has today obtained a court judgment appointing another one of its state governors, Ivanna Minaïeva, as Sezentrania’s prefect, tasked with enforcing the federal constitution and cracking down on the secession movement.

Gotzborg closes latest chapter

LONENBERG – More than seven years after it returned from a three-year hiatus, Gotzborg will again enter an official, indefinite, period of dormancy.

One of Micras’ older micronations, Gotzborg had a history of spurts of activity – first, from its founding in March 2004 until April 2007, when it went on hiatus, and then from 2010 to 2013, upon its return. Since 2013, Gotzborg’s activity waned to the minimal levels it sees today, consisting of at-most a few largely administrative-related forum posts each month.

That lack of cultural and government development and ideas is largely a consequence of the micronation’s demographics. When Gotzborg was first active from 2004 to 2007, its citizens were mostly in university. Those who returned post-hiatus had long since graduated and embarked on their careers, limiting their participation further. The key leaders in recent years – Sinclair and August Charles II, Gotzborg’s founder and king – have also become increasingly busy with their macronational commitments.

To that end, both decided that the upcoming expiration of Gotzborg’s web hosting package was a natural end point for the micronation. While a return in the future is not impossible, no such eventuality is openly expected.

The micronation’s Micras territory, which largely encompasses its constituent realm of Victoria, is planned to be transferred for safekeeping to Stormark, which already protects other Victorian historical entities. Stormark will remain the protector of Gotzborg’s Micras territory until any return to activity.

Work to secure Gotzborg’s archives and facilitate the Micras territory transfer will continue between now and when the web hosting package expires in mid-December.

Editor’s Note: The Coprieta Standard was founded, and named after a city, in Gotzborg; however, it will continue to publish despite its home micronation being inactive, much as it did during Gotzborg’s first hiatus.

IMO invokes past name, desires new success

KALTSSTADT – A new UN-style intermicronational organization has launched, hoping to succeed where others have failed. Borrowing the name “United Micronations” from past endeavours, it remains to be seen if the organization can shirk the YAMO label.

As the (at least) seventh intermicronational organization to carry the name, the United Micronations finds itself struggling against the failed reputation of its predecessors. That struggle may be lessened by a comparatively-unique approach: an annual in-person summit that will complement more routine Internet-facilitated communications. Such an event may develop stronger interpersonal relationships between micronational leaders and add longevity to the organization.

The first summit is tentatively scheduled for Normanton, United Kingdom, from June 26 to 28, 2018. The member states, of which there are 10 as of press time, will discuss diplomatic, economic, and integration topics, as well as the more specific threat of North Korea’s nuclear programme in the likely scenario that it is still a concern.

Organized by the Kingdom of Catan, a founding member, the summit will be accessible to the press and public who can purchase tickets for a fee of £1-10, and based on the tickets advertised, it will include an evening gala.

Underlying these efforts is the ever-present concern that the United Micronations will not survive long enough to see that June date. Public details on its operation are currently limited; however, a key part of its growth and stability, the election of a Secretary-General, will occur sometime after the close of nominations on September 22, according to a media report.

Novapara hopes for renewal

FORT FUCA – Just weeks ago, Novapara, well-known for its professional-looking infographics and software initiatives, was placed into hiatus by its founder and leader, Mr Xavier. Yet already plans are underway for its re-birth in 2018.

A one-man micronation, Novapara ultimately met its demise on August 26 when Mr Xavier ran out of motivation to invest time in a project that had struggled to attract other participants to share the workload. The ensuing indefinite hiatus, however, became more finite today, though the same challenge remains to be overcome.

“The primary contributor to the failing government is the lack of people running it, ” Mr Xavier said in announcing a timeframe for Novapara’s return.

In order to attract others to the micronation, a “first half-year” agenda has been released, divided into three 2-month periods. The first two months will be dedicated to required maintenance on the Novian website, including its interactive citizens portal. Those efforts would be followed by work on the constitution and internal organization in months 3 and 4, while the last months will be spent creating new national identity and domestic products. Specific attention may also be paid to the expansion of the Novian Bank and its NovaPay financial services portal.

As for when the community may see the reborn Novapara, it is hoped that early-2018 will provide more favourable scheduling conditions; however, it was nonetheless cautioned that the attempt at planning a revival may still permanently fail.

Consultations launched as Scotia seeks future

LYONESSE – One month since a failed, divisive, referendum on its future, the Principality of Scotia has reiterated its goal of independence from Scotland and launched a wide-ranging public consultation.

Questions regarding the micronation’s continuance began following the August 6th vote in which 49% of the population voted for autonomy within Scotland, while 48% desired preparing for full independence. A further 2% wanted full integration with Scotland. The referendum was declared a failure, as neither side reached a majority, causing the government to fall. The Sovereign Prince, Charles II, decided that Scotia would continue to work toward full sovereignty, spurred by the acquisition of an island in Scotland to support the building of a physical community.

The island, according to the Prince, is the first step toward fulfilling his vision for Scotia. “As we now have an island, the next 3-4 years will be very important to us in setting our foundations, solidifying our identity and preparing ourselves to declare independence as a fully sustainable nation,” he said in prepared remarks introducing a public consultation. At 27 sq. m., the island, the location of which has not been publicly announced, is reported to have a current population of 20, a range of existing community infrastructure, as well as a variety of livestock and agricultural foodstuffs.

The survey-based public consultation is comprehensive, seeking input from all interested individuals on a broad range of topics, from matters as small as choosing a national animal to more fundamental ones, such as revenue generation and the structure of the Royal Family. The consultation also seeks input on setting Scotia’s priorities ahead of any declaration of independence.

One such priority will be the formation of a stable government in the wake of the referendum. A month later, Scotia continues to lack a Prime Minister and National Council, despite pleas on its Twitter feed for citizens to come forward. It is unclear when or if a functional government will take office.

What is clear is that the decision to continue toward full independence, contrary to the will of 51% of the voting population who favoured some form of integration with Scotland, has set a difficult path ahead for Scotia.