Sinclair Memoirs: Interland

Originally published June 2005 (written June 2004).

The Commonwealth of Interland was my first micronation and has always remained somewhat close to my heart. That closeness was evident from September 2001 to the day I left Tymaria as I regularly proclaimed that Interland was my ‘primary micronation’ and thus I would put it above all others. In fact, in the TYSOG (Tymarian Special Operations Group) affair in Tymaria in early 2002, Interland was the only reason I stayed in Tymaria as it wasn’t leaving that nation anytime soon. TYSOG was a military operation which I assisted with; its purpose was to curb Babkhan influence in the Republic of Morovia and re-install King Vincent as that nation’s rightful ruler. Attera offered to allow me to join their nation after they left Tymaria over the TYSOG affair, however my entrance into Attera would be delayed several months simply because I cared too much about that piece of deadwood known as Interland, which never did have a bright future regardless of what effort some Interlanders put into it.

Interland’s Minister of Defence

When I joined in September 2001, I was quickly named as the minister of defence by then President Sean Walker (aka Yuri V. Andropov – one of the main shit-disturbers in our community’s history), becoming Interland’s first ever minister responsible for that area. I moved to create a National Defence Act, my first ever piece of legislation, which led to the founding of the Interland Defence Forces (IDF), one of the many useless military structures in micronationalism known as simulated militaries (real micronational militaries have electronic warfare capabilities).

I can still remember the joy I exhibited in being in charge of a ‘military’, however unreal it was, as I went throughout the micronational world posting in Interlandic embassies regarding my new appointment. Most reaction to the appointment was the typical foreign minister mundanely acknowledging the notice but in Babkha, the Persian themed micronation, I received a reaction that was rather amusing. I can’t remember the exact person who said it or the exact words, but the reaction to my notice stating that I was now Interland’s minister of defence and in charge of the IDF (as I put it in the message) was along the lines of “it probably isn’t wise to say that you work for the IDF in this micronation.” That was of course in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces which go by the same abbreviation.

Being a simulated military, Interland would, of course, have to ‘buy’ military equipment such as guns, tanks, and ships and for this I had to turn to micronations with active economic simulations. The two such nations at the time were Lyrica (another nation with no real future much like Interland – in fact both shared many citizens) and Babkha. I arranged to make an arms deal with El Dossen of Babkha and his defence industry company, but that deal never went anywhere in the end as the Tymarian issue came up and effectively diverted the Interland government from taking care of the nation,n and making something of Interland as an independent state, to becoming eager to start getting humped by the Tymarian Bull while, stupidly, hoping for a better life as nothing more than a small state in a big nation.

The Merger Debate

In October 2001, talk of a major micronational merger began to be heard throughout the ‘Apollo Sector’. Interland, suffering from inactivity and a complete lack of direction, was seriously considering joining another nation. The major micronational merger would create the United Republic of Tymaria; however, it was not the only merger that Interland was considering at the time.

The first merger proposal to hit Interland was on 30 September 2001 (just one day after I joined) when Mr. Austi Scot posted articles to merge Interland, the Free Republic, the Imperial Rasinate of Q’Attera-Macusiaa, the Hegemony of Alexandros, and the Atteran Kingdom of Argaal into one massive nation to be known as the Federation of Free Republics and Micronations (i.e. Tymaria, but without the Apollo Sector fantasy micronations). Unfortunately this lengthy proposal drawn up by Mr. Scot wasn’t adopted by any of the other nations involved and received little, if any, debate in the nation.

The next major merger would reunite Interland and Lyrica in a proposal by Julian Starr on 20 October 2001, just a matter of days after the attempt by President Walker to forcibly declare Interland to be a part of Tymaria. The Lyrica-Interland merger was more or less proposed as a way to keep Interland secure and reunify with a nation with which Interland shared common citizens and values. The reunification with Lyrica was favoured more by the population than the merger with Tymaria but like the Federation proposal a month prior, the discussion went dead as Interland would join Tymaria after much debate (if you can call it debate).

On 16 October 2001, I came by the Interland Ezboard to find it renamed as the United Republic of Tymaria by President Walker who made the move without the popular support of the legislature. It was my belief that such a major merger should have the support of the legislature and as the President did not get that support, I proceeded to resign as minister of defence the next day, on the Seventeenth. At that time I also resigned my citizenship in Interland, though I was eventually persuaded to retain it by various fellow Interlanders. The Bundestag, also on the Seventeenth, opened voting on whether or not to support the declaration of the President making Interland a part of Tymaria. By this time, President Walker was using a different moniker in running the country (the Yuri V. Andropov moniker) and had the support of Julian Starr (quite naturally since they were both real life friends). I protested the use of an unregistered moniker being used to conduct official Interlandic business but the protest went largely ignored and President Walker formally resigned on the Twenty-First. The vote held on the Seventeenth in the Bundestag produced a four to one (out of seven citizens qualified to vote) result in favour of ‘breaking away’ from the Tymarian union. For the time being, Interland was once again an independent nation (though Julian Starr refused to inform the Tymarian Constitutional Committee that Interland would no longer be joining).

Looking back on this incident now that I have seen the actions of Julian Starr and Sean Walker for over two years, it’s clear to see that they were using Interland as though it was their own personal property. To this day, Julian still declares that Interland is his personal property despite the other citizens of the nation having a say in its future, but this is simply Julian and I stopped taking his regular claims to certain micronations seriously long ago. Was Walker motivated by Julian to single-handedly declare Interland as a part of Tymaria? I honestly can’t say that for sure, but I do know that there is little doubt that Julian’s belief of having some type of supreme power over Interland had a part in the presidential declaration of October 2001. What mattered in the end was that the citizens of Interland had won out against the dictatorial move of President Walker and his supporter, Mr. Starr.

It would nearly be a month before the Tymaria debate resurfaced and was largely supported by the citizenry. On 30 October 2001, Daniel Dreesbach was elected president with eight of ten voters supporting him in that capacity; he would be Interland’s last president. On 06 November 2001, after an informal vote in favour of joining Tymaria in the Bundestag, Grand Duke Starr and President Dreesbach signed the terms of union with Tymaria and lost the support of several citizens who fancied reunification with Lyrica. One such citizen, Mark Buhr, proclaimed in the Bundestag that Julian was “screwing” the citizenry by signing the constitution of Tymaria before a formal vote. For the record, I eventually did support the merger with Tymaria as I was guaranteed a high level position in that nation’s ministry of defence by minister-appointee Diga Makonnen IV. On the Eighth, President Dreesbach declared Interland to now be a state of the United Republic of Tymaria and called for elections for the Bundestag, which he called the Tymarian House of Nations in the terms of union (this little mix up in the terms of union would eventually secure the basis for a claim that Interland was not actually a part of Tymaria, though the Tymarian courts dismissed the case).

The Tymarian State of Interland

Having become the Marshal of the Tymarian Army, my focus on Interland pretty much came to a halt as I engrossed myself with my federal government duties, as did many other Interlanders including Austi Scot, who became Tymaria’s first Prime Executive (i.e. head of state). Interland as a state of Tymaria came to be ignored by its citizens who were elsewhere participating actively at the federal level. The lack of interest in Interland during its time in Tymaria has been indicative of its population ever since it lost independence in the autumn of 2001. There were some movements in Interland during its time in Tymaria, especially after the TYSOG incident which rocked the United Republic in early 2002. I, for the most part, was not involved in the internal workings of the state, but when it came to conflicts between Interland and the federal government, I found myself involved on the side of the federal government most times.

As a state in Tymaria, Interland was never overly active except for the times when Mr. Julien Starr advocated its secession from Tymaria in order to “jump-start” Interland again, so to speak, which had fallen into a lull. There were, of course some situations when Interland found itself at the forefront in Tymarian policy and politics. Two key situations were when a bill was tabled in the national legislature to allow for Interland’s sovereignty in Tymaria; the second was when the Republic of Amerada claimed Interlandic territory.

First, I’d like to discuss the Republic of Amerada claim on Interland’s territory based on the Micro-Monde world map project. The Micro-Monde world map was one of the homes of Interland’s national map, with the Micronational Cartography Society (MCS) being the other.

When Interland joined Tymaria, its official map became that of the MCS as that was the map which Tymaria deemed as its official representation cartographically. In January 2002, the Tymarian government requested that Interland’s representation be removed from the Micro-Monde map, under the control of Earl Washburn. Washburn steadfastly opposed the removal of Interland from his “baby” stating that “you just can’t remove land from existence!” Washburn threatened to annex Interland’s Micro-Monde lands as his own and retain the name of “Interland” to which the Tymarian government did not agree. On 17 Jan 2002, an agreement was reached between the two parties in which Tymaria allowed the land to remain on the Micro-Monde world map under the control of Washburn in return for Washburn agreeing to not associate that land with Interland any longer. Both parties also agreed that neither Tymaria nor the Republic of Amerada would attempt to annex each other’s territory and that Mr. Washburn was to issue an apology to the Tymarian people for his actions, which he did.

The Amerada-Tymaria dispute surrounding Interland led to the establishment of a Tymarian military base, known as the Joint Task Force Headquarters, controlled between South Mondesia and Tymaria, and based in the former which was located on the Micro-Monde map. While map locations was not important to the Tymarian military’s intent of holding Amerada in check in the future, the creation of a Tymarian military outpost on Micro-Monde in South Mondesia was a symbolic display. The outpost was created the day after the treaty which resolved the dispute, on 18 January.

The discussions pertaining to Interland’s secession in the Tymarian legislature occurred on 03 January 2002 when Julian Starr submitted to the House of the People, the lower chamber of the legislature, the Interland Sovereignty Act. The Act was not designed to be a secession of Interland from Tymaria; its primary goal was to have the Tymarian legislature recognise Interland as indivisible as there was some concern at that time that individual Interlandic states would apply for statehood in Tymaria separately. Foreign affairs of the “Kingdom of Interland” would continue to be handled by the United Republic, and Interland would continue to respect the Tymarian constitution.

The dispute at this time was between Interland and its subdivision of Jaris, which was attempting to separate, thus Starr utilized the Tymarian legislature as a tool to try to guarantee Jaris’ inclusion in Interland under Tymarian law. In effect, Jaris would not be able to realise its goal of separating from Interland and joining the other Tymarian state of Shireroth, which at the time was starting on its goal of gobbling up every Tymarian state for itself in order to gain ultimate power over the nation and proclaim its independence with the majority of Tymarian territory on the MCS world map under its control. Unfortunately records of the actual vote have been lost due to the Ezboard server purges that occur every now and then, though the bill was readily defeated by the Shireroth-dominated House of the People and Jaris did join that nation. Many thought that was the end of the “Kingdom of Interland” concept after the defeat of that vote, yet a few months later, with no real surprise, Julian Starr declared the existence of the Kingdom as a parallel to the Tymarian Interlandic state. In essence, Interland retained its place as a state in Tymaria but also ran a sovereign nation of the same name outside of Tymaria’s control. The Kingdom of Interland was a quick failure with interest bottoming out between Julien Starr, myself, and Daniel Dreesbach. Since those Interlanders who didn’t support the Tymarian Union largely left micronationalism, there was little to entice the former population to return to participate in the Kingdom.

When Tymaria was dissolved in September 2002, all Interlandic state territory was seceded to the Kingdom of Interland which continued to be all but dead. In an effort to preserve the Interland image from predators such as Shireroth (which was still looking to eat up territory and properties), in late September Dan, Julien, and I had Interland annexed by the Federation of Imperial Atteran States (or commonly, Attera). The Kingdom of Interland was designated the New Commonwealth of Interland, though officially it was to be known as Interland Imperial Region within Attera. I served as its Premier for the duration of my residency in Interland, which came to an end in the summer of 2004 when I took up primary residence in another part of Attera, while Dan became Kaiser (or in Atteran terms, L’eul Ras) of the Imperial Region. Julien Starr became the Imperial Ras (or Chancellor in Interlandic terms) and represented Interland in relations with the federal Atteran government.

I won’t go any further into Interland’s time in Attera in relation to my memories there for the simple fact that I was minimally active in Interland during this time and pretty well nothing of interest ever occurred. Interland gained its secure environment to preserve its history and name, while its population all moved on to serving at the federal level in duties for Attera or to micronational retirement.

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