The Grand Commonwealth began today as its usual self, but by the end, it was less one founding member and had lost its first, and to date only, Shahan-Ri (head of state). Tahmaseb Shah formally announced his abdication today as the Kingdom of Babkha prepares to formalize its secession from the Grand Commonwealth. Meanwhile, in the Majlis-i-Dharma, the Commonwealth’s legislature, consented to the secession of the United Baronies of Aerlig and Treesia, with that micronation now formally resuming sovereign control of its foreign affairs, economy, and defence.
Reflecting on his two years as Shahan Ri, Tahmaseb stated to the Majlis-i-Dharma that “it has been my profound pleasure to serve the Commonwealth … it seems unlikely that my successor will have something to lead very long but perhaps I am wrong.” In his home micronation of Babkha, response to the abdication was marked with celebration. A key proponent of Babkhan secession from the Grand Commonwealth, Hesam Jahandar, conveyed his pleasure, noting that Babkha can “remove any association with that subversive empire (the Grand Commonwealth).” Selection of an interim regent to replace the Shahan Ri is currently underway.
In the ongoing Durbar of the People, nine of the eleven eligible Babkhan voters have supported secession, while the remaining two have yet to cast a vote. Babkhan officials are said to be musing about circumventing the Majlis-i-Dharma in obtaining independence, an action that would be in line with the earlier agreement in that micronation that the Grand Commonwealth Charter, as a nationally assented to statue, can be repealed in the national legislature without consequence. The to-date unanimous support for independence amongst its citizenry is considered by some to be grounds for not seeking the consent of other Grand Commonwealth members for secession (as those micronations can be considered to have no moral right to rule on Babkhan sovereignty).
In what was a mere formality, the Majlis-i-Dharma consented to the secession of the United Baronies of Aerlig and Treesia. A merger of two key founding micronations behind the Grand Commonwealth, the United Baronies’ Round Table (national legislature) approved secession earlier this month. The Baronial Government moved quickly to revoke the land lease agreement that allowed the Grand Commonwealth to have its seat of government (the Commonwealth Capital Territory) located within the Barony of the Skerry Isles.