ACW: Hello Ras, thank you for taking the time to talk with the Chronicle World. My first question is that you are a new citizen to Attera, having come to the nation all of two weeks ago, and you’ve jumped into the prime minister’s race. For our readers, could you tell us a bit about yourself and why you decided to run for the Prime Minster’s Office?
DORNAN: Well I’ve been active now in micronations since May 2000, [when] I was 14. I held the position of prime minister in August and September 2001, having to leave because of exam pressure (relatively minor state exams, but they were very over-hyped). I ruled Treesia from October 2000 until April 2004, when it was dissolved. I decided to run for the Prime Minister’s Office because I believe that Attera is one of the better organized micronations out there, and to be Prime Minister of it once again would be a valuable learning experience and, of course, a great honour.
ACW: A major issue that has been brought up as of late has been religion. There have been calls from the Emperor and from the Imperial High Judge, Dejazmatch Gray, to make Judaism the official religion of the state, a policy the current government has resisted. What is your view on religion in the state and will you be working to bring religion more into the national life. If so, how?
DORNAN: I believe that making any religion the state religion, whether it is Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam (I’m a Catholic myself), is a bad idea. I am Irish, and in Ireland Catholicism is still the state religion. Earlier in the Republic’s history the Church [was the real ruler] because when Eamon de Valera put that clause in the constitution he virtually made Ireland a theocracy. Massive abuses ensued, on a par with other countries around the world, but more concentrated, both physical and political. I believe also, with the recent passing of the motion condemning racially-motivated states, that having a state religion is a contradiction, but I am certainly not accusing those who advocate it of having a racial agenda. So both from my own background and micronational viewpoint, I disagree with the concept.
ACW: There is some debate about bringing back political parties to the nation so that politics becomes more “interesting”. Some reservations have been that there are no laws to keep these political organizations in check so that they do not gain too much influence over the government. What is your view on political parties and will you, if you form the next government, implement political parties right away, or wait until comprehensive legislation is developed?
DORNAN: I would wait until more comprehensive legislation is developed, and even then I would be hesitant about re-introducing political parties. When I was last in Attera, political parties were allowed, but then again there were many active citizens and an offline population as well. In the present climate, I feel that any sort of partisan politics would be dangerous. If we use the example of the Fourth Republic of Baracão, where partisan politics overran everything, [we see that] they are going through a spate of inactivity caused not only, in my opinion, by exam season. I believe that the citizens just grew sick of the constant bickering and skulduggery that partisan politics can create, especially in such a charged atmosphere as Baracão. Now, I do not believe that Attera would be as disunited as that, but I do think with partisan politics thrown in, a tense atmosphere could easily spark, especially with disputes between the Prime Minister and the Emperor.