An attempt to rejoin Shireroth by a past citizen has triggered its Kaiser, Hjalmar Redquill, to rescind the micronation’s long-standing “open-door” immigration policy.
The policy decision followed an application yesterday by Ludovic Alixion-Verion to rejoin the micronation after having resigned his citizenship approximately six weeks ago to protest Shireroth’s political leadership of the day under Kaiser Hjalmar Heirðrsson. With the Imperial Government and Kaiser Redquill still closely aligned with the former kaiser, Verion’s application received a tepid response and he quickly withdrew it, citing futility.
In the early hours of this morning, out of apparent concern that the laws of Shireroth were inadequate to prevent Verion from legally regaining his citizenship should he persist in the effort, Kaiser Redquill quickly proclaimed a new immigration policy. The prologue of the associated Imperial Decree took pain to focus on describing what personal qualities were inconsistent with Shirerithian citizenship, such as incivility, unpoliteness, immaturity and instability; qualities which were a poorly veiled reference to the opinion that Redquill and Heirðrsson’s allies hold of Verion.
The new immigration policy is one that is based on qualities that are highly subjective in nature, leaving it to the personal opinion of the Minister of the Interior as to whether the immigrant’s personality sufficiently meets the many requirements of the Kaiser, including elegance, gracefulness, and wisdom.
Shireroth must be “a place where the earth exults, the sky laughs, and everything is full of milk, of honey, and of nectar, and in which the Shirerithian citizenry shall feel good and safe,” said Requill in explaining his motivation for the new policy.
It is unclear whether the new policy will have any significant practical impact on immigration to Shireroth, except as a tool by which the Imperial Government can easily exclude Verion should he re-apply in the future.
As a community, the population of Shireroth, like that of the wider Bastion Union in which it operates, is essentially a closed-system, in which current participants usually reinvent themselves as new characters, as opposed to new participants joining from outside. The immigration policy is unlikely to be used often, as except for Verion, the Imperial Government knows, and appears to approve of the conduct of, everyone else in the group of individuals from which it would likely draw immigrants.
That said, the vagueness of the policy is open to being easily abused if a current Shirerithian has a falling out with the government and resigns his or her citizenship in protest, much as Verion did. In such a scenario, the Imperial Government can simply judge the person as impolite, due to the past disagreement, and that person can be excluded from rejoining Shireroth indefinitely.
The policy, if abusively managed by the same sensitive human emotions that led to its decree, will lead to Shireroth’s population being pruned into a narrow clique, which may ultimately spur the 16-year old micronation’s demise.