Freddy Warren was the president of the Republic of Anthelia. He has played a pioneering part in the development of the “Novasolan movement.” He is a member of the Royal Institute of Micronational Antiquities and he authored this article in January 2006.
Are territorial shifts on the continent of Novasolum a threat to or a positive turn-out for the so called “Novasolan movement”?
The foreign relations amongst Alexandria, Anthelia, Gotzborg and Natopia definitely deserve more publicity. Between 13 and 24 December, those micronations signed a second noteworthy international agreement, named the Novapol Convention.1 That convention is not yet another treaty of mutual recognition and friendship. On the contrary, the agreement is particularly ambitious as it sets up a continental criminal intelligence organisation (Novapol). It will be the organisation’s prime task to create and maintain a database with information on criminal investigations and criminal offences conducted and/or committed in one of the Novasolan micronations.2 The Novapol Convention is actually an execution of the first international agreement that the aforementioned micronations signed and ratified, namely the Novasolum Treaty.3 That agreement did indeed provide that the signatory nations would strive for closer cooperation in policing and judicial matters.4
In the wider micronational community the “Novasolan movement”, as some already call it, receives little attention. For instance, in one of the latest works on intermicronational politics and history – we are referring to Microscope, written by Scott Alexander – no mention is made of the prodigious developments amongst the Novasolan micronations. The reason is clear: political analysts and historians tend to focus on diplomatic disputes and other kinds of turmoil,5 while the Novasolan movement is inhales and exhales a desire for peace, cooperation and friendship. In that sense it contrasts with the relations which the micronations situated on the neighbouring continent of Cibolenland had during and shortly after the collapse of the micronation of San Martin.6
This article is not only intended to applaud the achievements of the Novasolan micronations. A closer look should also be taken at some recent territorial developments on the continent of Novasolum and what the impact those events might have on the future of Novasolan cooperation.
The Treaty of Loredo: Rio Grande annexed
On 2 November, a treaty was signed between the Empire of Alexandria and the Confederate States of Rio Grande, which stipulated the annexation of the latter by the Empire.7 Rio Grande was party to the Novasolum Treaty and was of all Novasolan micronations probably the one struggling the most with the inactivity of its citizens. President Benavides made several statements soliciting the citizens of the Rio Grande to give shape to their nation, but without real success.8 It can therefore not be considered a surprise that the existence of Rio Grande, as a sovereign micronation, ended.
- http://alexandriaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1050 and http://p220.ezboard.com/fkingdomofgotzborgfrm55.showMessage?topicID=1.topic [↩]
- Article 3 Novapol Convention. [↩]
- http://www.shireroth.org/wiki/index.php?title=Novasolum_Treaty [↩]
- Article 2 Novasolum Treaty. [↩]
- S. ALEXANDER, Microscope, 2005, p. 6. [↩]
- Scott Alexander correctly states: “so the decline of San Martin ended up in a free-for-all with each country trying to grab as much Cibolan land as possible”. See S. ALEXANDER, Microscope, 2005, p. 129. [↩]
- http://alexandriaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1021 [↩]
- Unfortunately this argument cannot be supported by any source, as all threads in on the Rio Grande forums seem to have been removed, see http://s10.invisionfree.com/RepublicofRioGrande/index.php?act=idx. [↩]