Disclaimer: The following article was published after the Atteran Imperial Government took over journalistic control of the Atteran Chronicle World from Sinclair Publications. The following article is not part of the Sinclair Publications collection, but has been reproduced to ensure that all Atteran Chronicle World articles are centrally available for historic purposes.
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