Atteran Constitutional Convention Underway

With Attera’s new government now firmly in place, the Co-regents Johanns fonn Klosso and Charles Beard have opened the nation’s constitutional convention, intended to replace the much despised Fifth Crimson Constitution, which was repealed under the Declaration whereby Mik’el Tzion, now to simply be known as Diga Makonnen IV, was stripped off his power.

The main voice in the convention appears to be coming from Ras Bitwoded Benjamin Farzan, who has presented a quite comprehensive plan for the new constitution. The plan calls for the establishment of a three person Grand Executive Council to rule in Empress Jihan’s stead, with the proposed GEC’s members being Rases Charles Beard, Benjamin Farzan, and Johanns fonn Klosso. The plan calls for the abolishment of the Prime Ministry, and a reworking of the Atteran peerage. Current debate centers around the composition of the Yezawd Derg, Attera’s legislature, and what role the Crimson Order, once one of the most feared micronational warfare agencies, should play in the new Attera. Newly returned Ras Orion Ilios has proposed relegating the CO to an honor guard status, as opposed to total disbandment, as proposed by Farzan. Talk of having the Derg be composed of all members with votes based upon rank appear also to be gaining favor.

In addition to the plan Atterans are having a look at the previous five Crimson Constitutions to get additional ideas as to what the new Constitution should look like. It seems certain now that the new government will be based strongly upon Atteran history and traditions, so while democratizing the nation greatly, it will retain many autocratic elements.

Press Release Concerning Overthrow of Mik’el Tzion

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Jaan Hoy, Hisb’ of Attera,

This was a very difficult action to undertake. Many of us joined Attera entirely out of personal admiration for the Emperor, and we have always thought of ourselves as strong loyalists. However, after weeks of waiting for him to reappear after essentially shooting Attera through the head, we must put the future of the Atteran state and people above any affection or loyalty we may have for the Emperor. It is with a heavy heart that we present these declarations and condemnations, but they need to be made, or Attera will die.This coup, which we hope will be known as the Labor Day Revolution by future Atterans, is done entirely for the nation. Attera has existed for a very long time, and to allow this nation to slip under out of a personal loyalty to its ruler would be a treasonable and unconscionable mistake. Furthermore, as the vast majority of Atterans will tell you, the Emperor has overstepped his bounds for months now, starting when he quashed all attempts to remove the Atteran Commonwealth, an organization that has not once proved itself useful to us, our state, or our world affairs, and culminating in his decreeing a constitution, without allowing us so much as a chance to debate the finalised text, wherein he concentrated all power upon himself, and then promptly disappeared for several months. He has not yet returned, and thus the nation is at a standstill, unable to act or move in any direction save down. The Emperor took a nation on a steady upward climb, and smashed it down to the pits of hell. And unless we had taken the actions we have done today, it would have continued downward. It is not out of personal animosity towards the Emperor that we say this, but from the fact that at this time we must speak plainly and frankly. The Emperor was standing in the way of the Atteran Empire’s very survival. He had to be removed, and thus we have done so.This coup is necessary to demonstrate one fundamental point: the Atteran people (Hisb’) rule the nation, not the Emperor. The Emperor is a steward, a caretaker, and wields a lot of power, but he is not the state, he is not the nation, and he is certainly not the people. The Emperor’s attempts to quash the People’s Will, along with the advice of his closest associates, is a grand neglect of duty, perhaps a greater one even than the extended periods of absence we have all come to expect. We understand that the Emperor’s disappearance was for perfectly good reasons; certainly more important than governing a micronation. However, it illustrates a fundamental principle: when a ruler is not in touch with his people, for whatever reason, and makes decisions that he thinks are best for his people without respecting their wishes or opinions, he has forfeited his right to rule. In a lesser micronation people would be content to allow it to die; Attera however has such a history we cannot allow this to happen. ‘Atra tik dem! Attera First!

This is why we have had to take this drastic action. Believe us, we waited for the emperor. We wished to give him a chance to voluntarily abdicate his throne, believing, that all the good he has done for the nation in the past has earned him that right. But, in the end, we cannot afford to wait any longer, not without killing Attera ourselves. We have therefore been forced to sacrifice our loyalties to Mik’el Tzion as our sovereign, so that the nation might live. We hope that he does not take this as an affront to him personally: we still admire him greatly, and furthermore we hope this does not affect any of our relationships outside Attera. However, in Attera, Attera first. The Emperor coined the slogan, and now it is he who must live by it, just as we have. We do not propose to make the Emperor unwelcome within our borders, indeed, we hope he will return in the future. However he cannot rule; that much is clear. While we formerly believed in a strong ruling Emperor, this is not right for either Diga Makonnen or the current stage of Attera. His daughter, now Empress Jihan I, shall rule nominally, however we wish to make it clear that a truly ruling Emperor or Empress is not desirable for the Atteran nation or people any more. Therefore we intend to return to the formal model with the Grand Executive Council composed of three Imperial Rases, a completely Atteran model, one taken from our previous history, and one which, perhaps should never have been given up. We cannot see Diga operating well as a puppet. In order for Attera to survive and grow, a purely figurehead monarch is needed.To close, allow us to say that we are filled with optimism and hope. Attera has survived five years in the micronational world. Why not five more? If Babkha can survive a change of power, albeit much less dramatic, we can too. Attera must survive: history demands it. It is a pity that this coup had to happen, but happen it did: we are all simply tools in the hands of G-d and history. This coup was the work of G-d, just as our eventual and final victory over those who would call us enemies shall be. We can only ask for His trust and guidance to whatever ends He has in store for us. We must all sacrifice for our nation, and remember: ‘Atra tik dem! Attera First! And also, ‘Atra yarendlish!Attera always! We are Attera, and we must keep her alive.

Johanns fonn Klosso

Attera Discusses Making Judaism State Religion

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A suggestion by Prime Minister fonn Klosso has resulted in the revival of a topic that has been brought up in the past in Attera: the establishment of Judaism as the official Orthodox State Religion. The difference between this and previous times is that the move’s prime detractor, Ras Sinclair, is no longer present, and it appears that this time Judaism actually will be established as the official religion in Attera.

Current discussion is about ways to blend the Emperor’s own Ethiopic Judaism, a sect which maintains a priestly caste and has a mystical bent to it, with Israelite and modern forms of Judaism. The proposed head of this state Religion is Ras Farzan, who is a member of the Jewish priestly caste by heritage, and considerably less mystical than the Emperor. There was a minor discussion about establishing something similar to the Temple in Jerusalem, but that has been rejected by both the Emperor and Ras Farzan, with both finding it too likely to be blasphemous. The Emperor has said, “What I do suggest is the creation of an Atteran Judaic Orthodox tradition. Then we can write how WE would set things up, as in rituals, lines of thought, ect. That way, we offend no one.”

In response to this, Ras Farzan has, through Prime Minister fonn Klosso, proposed a rather complicated system, involving a Chief Priest and Chief Rabbi, a hierarchy of Priests and Rabbis, with some given seats in the Yezawd Derg, and two councils of law to govern the religion. Farzan’s original proposal is probably much to complicated to be practical, but with some alterations may well end up being the form which the new state religion takes. Either way, the Empire will require man power to fill the positions, especially as a candidate for Chief Rabbi is still lacking. Anyone interested in being a part of this system or effecting its planning should join Attera. Judaism has always played an important part in Attera, with much of the Imperial symbolism being derived from it. Indeed, the Solomonic Empire of Attera’s very name shows its strong Jewish connections. Its origin is that Emperor Mik’el Tzion’s sect of Ethiopic Jews are, according to their belief and that of many scholars, descended from the children of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and that this title was used by Imperial Ethiopia to show its Emperor’s, who is a relative of the Atteran, connection to Israel.

These moves in the Atteran Empire coincide with a change of forums following the Black Death that has hid so many ezboard micronations, and was shortly followed by a speech by the Emperor, in which he suggested Attera focus more attention on internal matters, and abandon much of its bellicose rhetoric and posturing. The speech has received a mostly positive response from the Prime Minister, and also coincides with new work on the Atterani language, which is mostly derived from Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. Current discussion there mostly surrounds the Ethiopic alphabet, a complex alphabet with about two-hundred characters, and how extensively it should be encouraged for use in Attera.

On a side note, the Prime Minister has made a post requesting that registration to the board be made less complicated.

Attera Announces SPEAR Alliance

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In a statement earlier today, Atteran Prime Minister Johanns fonn Klosso announced the formation of a new alliance between the nations of Attera, Shireroth, Antica, Natopia, and the Union of Atteran Monarchies: the Skiron Pact for Economic and Armed Reinforcement, an example of one of those nifty acronyms that spells a word but doesn’t really make a hell of a lot of sense when the words are actually examined. (Reinforcement from what, for instance).

The pact is the culmination of nearly a month of secret discussions in Antica by the representatives of the aforementioned nations. Although no direct enemy to the pact is stated, it is widely understood that its creation is a response to the Grand Commonwealth. Attera has had especially bad relations with the GC since the Santa Gertrudis incident a week or so ago, however, we are assured that the negotiations for SPEAR predate this. The only challenge ahead now is passing the pact through the legislatures of those countries which require that before enforcing a treaty. It is hoped, however, that there will be no nasty surprises or pitfalls ahead.

The inclusion of Shireroth in the alliance is a sign of how displeased it has become over the entire GC situation, given that immediately prior to the merger Babkha and Shireroth were major allies. Antica and Attera seem only natural in their involvement, given their involvement in the New Bergl Pact and notoriously spotted relations with Babkha, while Natopia, which recently went through a merger of several states into itself, appears to represent the ethos of those smaller states on Micras concerned over the perceived GC imperialism.

Not all nations are unhappy with the GC, however. Karnali, the elusive Napalese themed nation sung of in many a legend, appears to be about to join the Commonwealth. Attera has issued a statement expressing its displeasure at such a move, but vowing to do nothing to prevent it, which has prompted more debate. Battle-lines appear to have been drawn for what could be a quite extended cold war, however.

Babkhan Grand Vizier Takes Flak for Independent Peace Venture

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Babkhan Grand Vizier Rashid Arsalani today responded to criticisms he has received for his independent peace ventures made in response to Prime Minister fonn Klosso’s speech to the Atteran People last Friday. The Vizier had protested the Atteran threats of attack in Santa Gertrudis’ defense, but also, in an attempt to rescue relations from utter ruin , had invited the Emperor on an informal visit to Babkha “for discussions about cultural ventures between our nations.” This was seen by some in the Grand Commonwealth as superceding his authority and even as being too light on Attera for the threats. Arsalani explains his actions as such, “What I did was not to get Attera and the Commonwealth on bad terms. Au contraire, I wanted to get Attera a bit more soft. That’s why I tried to make Attera feel big. But I did personally protest to what Diga did.”

Arsalani initially ran into resistance to his proposal from Ardashir Khan Osmani, Shah of Babkha and author of the bill which would have annexed Santa Gertrudis. Khan explained his reasoning thusly: “Any confidence building gestures that the Atterans seek to make should be directed to the Commonwealth and not to Babkha.” This and the belief of the GC’s Taoiseach that relations between the GC and Attera should first be established led to the abandonment of the venture.
Meanwhile Fido the Talking dog has published another inflammatory anti-GC/Babkhan article, and relations between Attera and Babkha remain in a state of disarray, with Prime Minister fonn Klosso offering an apology for the threats of attack in return for the GC first apologizing to Santa Gertrudis. At the same time Ardashir Khan has, in the same topic as Grand Vizier Arsalani’s response to criticism, publicly stated his confidence that the GC would have won any conflict with Attera, and saying “the Atterans are the most aggressive opponents facing the Grand Commonwealth today, even if it transpires that the Anticans are more numerous and comptetent, and… we should adjust our responses towards the bellicose militarist regime in Kreutzberg.” Khan went on to insult the US military, of which many Atterans have always been members, citing the Abu Graibh prison scandle.

PM fonn Klosso points to GC Hypocracy

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In a heated and often longwinded debate over several recent issues in the Micronations.net Forum pointed out that the Grand Commonwealth’s statement regarding the use of “illegal” weapons, in conjuction with their attempt to annex a sovereign micronation is yet another “hypocritical attempt” at not only deflecting attention from their wrongdoing over the past few weeks.

Prime Minister fonn Klosso also mentioned that the Grand Commonwealth has basically “shut down free speech”. Although this issue is yet unconfirmed, it would signal that the Grand Commonwealth is apparently embarrased over the Intermicronational response to its’ conduct in recent weeks.

Prime Minister fonn Klosso’s statement due to the importance of it, is published in it’s entirety below:

As the government of the Grand Commonwealth has seen fit to shut down free discussion within their nation, most likely for fear of its own citizens realizing what’s going on, I shall continue posting here:

If Santa Gertrudis dies, we will claim the peninsula. Otherwise we will protect it as a sovereign and independent state. The Emperor has been very clear on this issue.

As to the Crimson Order, it has only established lodges in nations which have agreed to do so, and is indeed an intregal part in our alliance with Antica. Precisely what you’re referring to with ‘dark arts’ escapes me: the CO opperates like any alliance based military would. You may attempt to portray your nation as altruistic in its development of weaponry, however anyone with half a brain can see through such rhetoric. The GC is no more altruistic than any other nation- it builds weapons for its own protection, as does Attera. And I believe that our actions have shown that we do not wish to use our weaponry, otherwise we would not be having this discussion now, would we? I expect Babkha would have disappeared in a ball of flame years ago, as a matter of fact.

I highly doubt that SAVAK has ceased to function as a spy agency, especially with someone as competent as Orion Ilios involved. To expect it to be involved only in domestic issues would be an insult to him.

As to TYSOG, what you did was support an illegitimate government. Nothing more; there was no noble purpose behind it, only cold, hard, Babkhan interest. Stop denying that Babkha and the GC are no different from any other nation and hear the music: Babkha and the GC engage in just as much realpolitik as anyone else. Thus the hypocracy of the aforementioned declaration glares down on anyone who reads it.

Prime Minister fonn Klosso is in full support of continued support for the Confederated States government and the protectorate status that has been implimented by the Atteran Imperial Government, for as long as President Benavides requests it.

Emperor responds to GC Taoiseach

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The Emperor of the Atterans arrived in the Imperial City of Geneva in the Empire of the Alexandrians for a state visit along with his ex-wife, the Princess of Macusiaa, Marie I, who have been warmly received by Mr. Gordon, the Prime Minister of Alexandria.

The Imperial couple have been moving closer in their relationship and may soon signal a reconciliation. It was also announced by Princess Marie, that she may be soon taking the Minister of State position in the Atteran Imperial Government, as Lord Charles is currently unable to fulfil his duties.

After arriving in Geneva, the Emperor Mik’el Tzion I issued the following statement in response to Mr. Powers, the Taoiseach of the Grand Commonwealth. Mr. Powers, a respected micronationalist condemned the use of “illegal” weapons, while not outright condemning the Atteran Empire or the Atteran Emperor, used innuendo and subtlety to drive his point towards the comments issued by Emperor Mik’el Tzion earlier in the week.

The Emperor of the Atterans’ statement essentially blasted the condemnation by mentioning that the Grand Commonwealth was hypocritical by issuing such a statement while maintaining similar weapons of their own. During the heated discussions in the Micronations.net forums, both sides explained their views and bantered back and forth as to whom was the blame for this latest crisis. What remains in full view, and cannot be denied is the fact that the Grand Commonwealth, while attempting to move focus on the “illegal” weapons issue, is still viewed as overtly expansionistic due to recent moves to take over Apollo historical sites, the Confederated States of Santa Gertrudis and Isla Gera, and only decided to back down when the Atteran Empire drew it’s foot in the sand. Emperor Mik’el Tzion I, in discussions with Prime Minister fonn Klosso mentioned that it was time that since the Atteran Empire maintains the moral high ground and has proven it’s point in this matter, he would be willing to accept the Grand Commonwealth’s apologies for their actions and would return the favor so that both nations can work to bring the Intermicronational world back to a peaceful state.