SHIREKEEP – A controversial – and ultimately unconstitutional – bill seeking the dissolution of Shireroth has served to expose stark divisions in the opinions of the micronation’s population regarding its future.
The “Dissolution Act”, introduced by Jack Lewis in the Landsraad on October 1, sought to resign the prominent Micras micronation, which was founded in 2000, to the history books. In tabling the piece of legislation, which was ultimately ruled unconstitutional but allowed to remain open for discussion by the Speaker of the Landsraad, Lewis argued that the micronation had become “transformed into a desolate and godforsaken place of misery,” that had been deserted by the “larger part” of its citizenry. The legislation concluded that “there really is no need to keep this nation alive,” calling for its dissolution and dismantlement to be completed by month’s end.
The Bill was met with immediate, but half-hearted, objection from the micronation’s Kaiseress, Kizzy, who while acknowledging the difficulties that Shireroth was facing, as well as its apparent decline in relevance and vibrancy, nonetheless argued that committing “national suicide” was an unsuitable end. “Shireroth is like The Simpsons,” Kizzy argued, “it’s not the best anymore and it’s a shadow of its glory days, but it’s ok sometimes and some people still get some enjoyment out of it, and isn’t that good enough?”
One of the most senior and longstanding citizens of the micronation, Shyriath Bukolos, expressed his unsurprising support for dissolution. “It’s been a long, long time since I’ve felt that the affairs of the Imperial Government have mattered to me,” he said. “I haven’t seen many non-exhausting ways to integrate my ideas and projects into anyone else’s here, nor anyone else’s into mine.” It was for that reason that Bukolos led the founding of Minarboria as an alternative to Shireroth for many of its disaffected citizens. The existence of that “Shireroth 2.0”, which closely mirrors it culturally, had served to make Shireroth obsolete, Lewis argued in furthering his case for dissolution.
Not everyone felt that the question of dissolution needed to be black-and-white in nature, or that Shireroth must yield to Minarboria. Mira Raynora suggested that Shireroth could survive, but only if individuals were willing to consider alternatives to the status quo. She suggested that the constituent Imperial States of Elwynn, Goldshire, and Lichbrook be permitted full independence within a loose “Shirerithian Sphere” based on their shared culture. While this would effectively dismantle Shireroth outside of its capital region, it would accept the reality that the States are unlikely to ever integrate well-enough to permit a unified, harmonious, existence under the Shirerithian Crown. “I would liken the present situation to an old married couple who wake up one morning and realize that they have almost nothing in common [and remain together] largely out of a combination of nostalgia, lingering loyalty and a fear of the alternative,” Raynora opined.
Jonathan Ayreon-Kalirion echoed Raynora’s argument that forcing the Imperial States to remain together in political union was toxic to Shireroth. “Shireroth is not very much appreciated by either the State governments or its citizens,” he said as he expanded on the Shirithian Sphere idea, suggesting that Shireroth’s Kaiseress should act as a powerless figurehead over the sphere, much as Queen Elizabeth II acts over the Commonwealth of Nations macronationally.
On balance, the discussion showed that the entire population of Shireroth was essentially worn out and tired of the status quo, if not any thought of its continuance whatsoever, including those who sought alternatives to dissolution. The interest in finding a path forward for Shireroth was so muted that less than half of those voting on the non-binding resolution, which the Bill had become once ruled unconstitutional, cared to discuss ways to right the ailing ship of state.
“It’s time to get behind Shireroth or call it a day,” Raynora stated exasperatedly, “but neither is going to happen. Not really. As soon as this ‘vote’ fails, most people will lose interest again …. It would be different if all the people emerging from the woodwork to vote ‘nay’ were genuinely prepared to get together to try to make this a more enjoyable place to be.”
To that end, the Kaiseress suggested what perhaps the only alternative is for Shireroth going forward if the citizenry cannot come together to salvage it. “Give me absolute power. Make the Golden Mango Throne a force to be feared and reckoned with,” she proclaimed. Yet such a radical change in its system of government, in spite of its strong democratic tradition, would ultimately merely serve as an alternative path to Shireroth’s dissolution from the resulting alienation.