ELIRIA (CS) – Despite a short controversy last month resulting from an exposé of secret Shirerithian discussions aimed at influencing Elwynn in a reclamation bid, the majority of Elwynn’s senators have today voted to officially undertake such talks in hopes of a bittersweet reunion with its former parent-state.
The long-winded “Decision of the Senate on the Question of Reunification with Shireroth,” as it is officially known, was the subject of a nearly two-week debate in the Elwynnese Senate. That debate culminated in a vote that saw five out of six senators vote in favour of commencing official negotiations with Shireroth to conclude an annexation agreement.
The only hold-out against the measure was Lord Erion (Iain de Vembria) who ardently campaigned for Elwynn to remain independent. Said Erion in a passionate condemnation of his fellow senator – Luix Rakira – for supporting reunification, “You have significantly underestimated the extent of [Elwynn’s] success …. To achieve your aim, you will have no option but to destroy the very empire that you profess to admire, thus implementing the goals of the foreign opposition that we have hitherto endured, and leaving the tattered remnants of a once great land to return to a lingering death, stripped again of its sovereignty, and all for the grand cause of reunification.”
Rakira dismissed Erion’s harsh rebuke, noting that Elwynn was “dismembering itself” with the recent loss of its territories of Normark, Hurmu, and Kaikias, with its remaining territories “unproven … quiet … directionless.” Rakira voiced his opinion that a reunion with Shireroth would serve to rebuild and energize Elwynn.
This sentiment was echoed by most Senators. Scott Alexander, an Elwynnese senator who was accused of being a leading force behind the secret annexation discussions in Shireroth exposed last month, successfully sold the annexation to his fellow senators. Said Alexander, who has long desired a reunion, Elwynn would become an Imperial State in Shireroth, the highest designation providing Elwynn with “complete autonomy … total freedom in choosing leaders, setting internal borders, and making their own laws,” though any future attempt to regain independence would require supporters in Shireroth’s legislature to attain a three-quarters majority in favour.
Senator Octavius Me, in a tongue-in-cheek condemnation of the secret discussions held in Shireroth to reacquire Elwynn, nonetheless sided with the proposal, noting that a reunion “makes sense.” Continued Octavius, “Elwynn broke away over how Shireroth’s imperial government had been riding roughshod over its feudal constituents. [It] has since realized the errors of its ways …, that dispute is over. Shireroth is lesser without Elwynn and Elwynn is unsteady without Shireroth.”
With the adoption of the measure today by the Senate, the proposal moves to the next phase which involves an official discussion between the citizens of Elwynn and representatives of Shireroth, to be held in Elwynn.
With both micronations sharing much of their population, and strong Senate support in Elwynn, the reunion is seen as a foregone conclusion, with only the details to be hammered out through negotiation.