Spat overshadows MicroWiki community

An effort to advance micronationalism has instead caused a diplomatic spat between two leading MicroWiki nations that has gripped the community as it descends into pettiness.

The growing war of words between Austenasia’s Emperor Jonathan Augustus and Delvera’s Consul Dylan Callahan, and other officials in their governments, originated in an unlikely venue: the Congress of Colo. That intermicronational organization billed itself as an effort to “bring stability … through structured diplomacy, economics, and sovereignty;” ironically, it instead spawned the current turmoil.

The spat, which became public through state media in each micronation on August 30, is largely a result of scheduling conflicts and semantics on the part of each side as opposed to any objectively serious issue.

In the former case, Callahan felt slighted by Augustus when, despite “months of advance notice, reminders, and suggestions [that Austenasia name more than one delegate],” Augustus, his nation’s sole delegate to the Congress, was unable to attend its first meeting. His absence caused the meeting to fail to meet a quorum, irking Callahan. That frustration increased as Callahan’s follow-up inquiries regarding Austenasia’s further participation reportedly went unanswered. In his defence, Augustus cited urgent personal matters for his absence.

When Augustus was later provided with a draft of what would become the Resolution on Micronational Sovereignty, he felt insulted as the document did not correctly cite his customary title as Emperor. He was further incensed by a re-draft to fix the error, when he read that it referred to the Congress participants as “micronations” as opposed to “sovereign states.” When he objected to the perceived semantic slight, Augustus, writing in his state media blog, noted that Callahan replied rudely which led to him promptly withdrawing Austenasia from any further involvement in the Congress.

Initial platitudes calling for further discussions to resolve the spat were customarily extended by both Austenasia and Delvera, but proved meaningless as the conflict boiled over onto the MicroWiki community forums and permeated state media in each micronation. The latest accusations include a Delveran agent attempting to engineer Augustus’ overthrow as monarch, Augustus abusing his power as owner of MicroWiki to censor Delveran state media, and vulgarity on the part of an Austenasian official. Practically-speaking, it has become a “tit-for-tat” situation in which each side strives to find fault with the other’s latest assertion and score credibility points before the wider community audience.

That semantics over the correct use of “micronations” as the term applies and impatience over missed appointments, plus the ensuing clash of personalities, have so severely undermined the relationship between the two micronations suggest that it was not viable in the first place. To that end, Austenasia announced today that it was cutting relations and communication with Delvera. As of press time, Delvera had not made a similar decision.

The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

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March 23 to 29, 2015

  • The National Progress Party (PNV) and the League for the 3rd Republic (L3R) have formed a new governing coalition for the Dutch micronation, reported the Flanders Post. The coalition affords President Mateo Mattiassen control over 45 of the total 50 seats in the lower legislative house, the Bondskamer, though he will still lack a majority in the upper house, the Statenraad. The coalition government will focus significantly on economic policy reform, including the introduction of an unconditional basic income and pushing for SCUE reforms. It also hopes to host a MicroWorld Economic Forum according to the article.
  • The playfully named Kingdom of Pooba is taking a more serious tone when it comes to foreign affairs, according to its King’s personal blog. The Kingdom set out its official foreign policy on March 29, which included a desire to obtain membership in Grand Unified Micronational along with alliance-building, as well as less peaceful thoughts of annexation using military force.
  • Austenasia celebrated its second visit by tourists in less than two weeks, read an article Austenasian Times. Following the March 21 visit of travel blog writer Jonny Blair, the micronation’s New South Scotland crown dependency, located at the University of New South Wales, was toured by three individuals, who took photographs and posed with the micronation’s flag.

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January 11 to 17, 2015

  • Big change is on the way for St. Charlie next year, the Atlantis Post reports. The current party leaders are not expected to seek re-election during the 2016 General Election, leaving a void in the political landscape of the micronation and providing an opportunity for new faces to emerge and shape St. Charlie’s future. “Join St. Charlie now … we give the keys of the Nation for free,” said Minister Belfort to the Post.
  • Austenasia was the scene of two major political announcements this past week. According to reports in the Austenasian Times, a general election has been called for March 3, marking the first time that the micronation’s citizens will go to the polls in more than a year-and-a-half. The impromptu election is being called so that the government can seek a new mandate from a much-expanded population since the last vote. That expansion continued this week, with the four citizens of the micronation of Enfriqua joining Austenasia as a Crown Dependency.
  • Just over a week since it became the successor state of the former Micras micronation of Haifa, the geographically tiny St. Andre is seeking to punch above its weight. The St. Andre News Corporation reports that the micronation has not only authorized the creation of a military, but has also created a coast guard to assert control over its territorial waters. It remains unclear what foreign threat the government foresees.

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The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

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January 4 to 10, 2015

  • Just over three months following a fractious dispute between former Prime Minister Benjamin Meir and Erlo Sinders, the long-awaited dissolution of the micronation of Haifa has been finalized, the Genevan Arrow reports. The Dissolution Agreement will see the Micras territory of the now-former micronation divided between Hamland, Passio-Corum and Mercury, while a small portion of territory will be retained by a now-independent Port St. Andre, the official successor state to Haifa.
  • According to a report in the Austenasian Times, Austenasia and Landashir have agreed to jointly administer a “Scotland Office” that will serve as the official line of communication and diplomacy with the macronation. The Office may also host future summits and meetings between national leaders and members of the MicroWiki community attending the nearby Edinburgh University.
  • The architect of Hamland’s 2014 FNORD Award-winning economic system, Opyeme Time (Pallisico Sinclair), while appreciative of the honour bestowed has nonetheless described the system as having “essentially failed” due to a lack of its adoption by other micronations. “Ultimately the true success or failure of our economic system must be judged by the willingness of other nations … to adopt similar systems and to begin trading with us,” said Sinclair to the Daily Squidger, “We have failed on the international stage when it comes to actually promoting trade.”

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December 21 to 27, 2014

  • The Christmas Spirit was not lost as many micronations this week saw speeches made by their head-of-state, including, among other Emperor Stephanus of Abeldane, Emperor Adam of Adammia, Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia and Bysalian President John Gordon.
  • Political parties are getting an early head-start on the March 2015 elections in Sorrenia, according to the local party press machines. The New Democratic Times reports that the Social Democrats International party is working on finalizing its slate of candidates, with recently appointed General Commanding Llewelyn Lawton seeking the prime ministership and incumbent President Andrew Janiszewski seeking re-election. Meanwhile, the Workers Party’s People’s Pravda reports that Miles Pressland will seek to unseat Janiszewski.
  • While voting in Sorrenia may be months away, two micronations are sending citizens to the ballot boxes with just days to spare in 2014. In Namayan, the first-ever election will begin on December 29, with two parties vying for election to the positions of Rajah, Prime Minister, and Senator, according to the Namayan News Agency. Lundenwic is also holding its inaugural election, though the Imperial State News reports that a ballot shortage in the capital of New Charter will delay results until New Years’ Eve at the earliest.

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