NEW KIRRIE – It has been two weeks since Passio-Corum, a micronation created and led by former prominent Hammish citizen Opyeme Time (a.k.a. Pallisico Sinclair), announced that it would ban imports from his former homestead within Hamland, the region of Passas. In announcing the ban, Time claimed that Passas lacked legitimate government as a result of Hamland’s inattention to its “burgeoning black market” which had allowed “certain entities [to establish] what fundamentally amounts to a cartel.”
The attempt by Time to role-play instability within Hamland, where he no longer holds citizenship, was met with immediate protest from Hammish citizens. Hamland’s head of state, Seneschal Juan Teadoir, called for the ban to be rescinded. “I’m just wondering why should someone else do some role-playing inside our territory without authorization?” said Teadoir. Time took offence to Teadoir’s request, noting that he was simply attempting to foster cooperation between the two micronations through the role-playing.
Time then decided to raise an old bone of contention between the two micronations, announcing that “if Passas were currently claimed by its actual owner (himself), then nothing like this would have ever happened in Hamland. Fancy that.”
That accusation, as well as Time’s arguably-tenuous explanation that he was simply attempting to foster cooperation through the imposition of economic sanctions on Hamland, earned him a stern rebuke from Hammish Prime Minister, Lord Lewis.
“Can you see the problem with these two statements (of sanction and cooperation)? Normally you offer cooperation first in good faith and then if you don’t get that you resort to economic sanctions as a means of pushing your point,” said Lewis, as he accused Time of resorting to punitive manners instead of genuinely wanting to help and rebuild things in Hamland. “You’ve created a problem in another country and acted upon that,” he accused, “We can simply not recognize it.”
Lewis suggested that Time’s actions served to only harm Passas’ development within Hamland. “[Passas] was highest on the list of countries [within the Hammish Commonwealth] to build things with … Do we still plough on knowing that we have had sanctions put on us multiple times [by Passio-Corum] … or do we focus our energies on other things?” Lewis mused.
Time predicted that Hamland would stay the course despite Lewis’ pronouncements and announced that the ban would not be rescinded. He denied any malicious intent on his part to punish Passas or Hamland, noting that “If my aim was to punish … I would have strictly banned exports to Passas rather than imports from there.”
Further adding angst to the already bitter relationship between him and his former Hammish compatriots, Time suggested that he would seek a claim on Passas in the future, stating that leaving Passas within Hamland when he resigned his citizenship was a temporary sacrifice on his part. “I’d much rather [Passas] enjoy the activity of someone who cares about it, rather than sit dead in a nation which has no further plans for it,” he charged.
Yesterday, Hamland reacted swiftly to Time’s informal claim on Passas and showed that he had wrongly predicted that it would rollover on the sanctions. In Parliament, Lewis announced that his micronation would diplomatically isolate Passio-Corum by removing it from its list of “priority states” and seek its isolation by Hamland’s intermicronational allies in order to deter any further threat to its territorial sovereignty.
Reacting arguably with a strong-head, given that Passio-Corum has no diplomatic relationship of consequence with any micronation other than Hamland, Time was dismissive. “I would worry about harming relations between our countries, if our existing relations were even decent. I’d be bothered about your changing priorities, if I thought you ever actually regarded our nations’ relationship as a priority.”
Whether the two micronations can return to their traditional state of tacit cooperation through mutual indifference is yet to be seen. The defining characteristic of the latest fallout is the same as prior blow-ups in diplomacy – the strong dislike that Time has for Lewis. That dislike is a result of Lewis opposing, and successfully implementing reforms that ultimately reduced the necessity to Hamland of Time’s spreadsheet-based simulated economic system that he considers his micronational legacy and on which his efforts in Passio-Corum, and therefore largely the micronation itself, are exclusively-based.