2015 FNORD Awards bestowed

A much-muted version of the FNORD Awards culminated yesterday with only eight of fourteen categories being awarded to deserving candidates, the result of a comparatively tepid two-week nomination period versus previous years.

That nomination period had a rough opening when two citizens of Jingdao – Jezza Rasmus and Jonas Windsor – suggesting that the awards were no longer relevant. The former described the awards as “embarrassing” while the latter suggested that the process should receive the lighthearted “’Tis but a Flesh Wound,” inspired by the Monty Python Black Knight.

The sentiments of Rasmus and Windsor failed to garner popularity, though much of the nomination period was spent by the community discussing how to make the awards, which have celebrated individual achievement within the Micras community annually since 2002, more relevant. Most proposals involved paring down the number of categories for future iterations of the awards, and making those that remained more relevant to the current make-up of the community.

The overshadowing discussion on reform aside, several micronationalists nonetheless participated in the nominating process, though not all categories received nominations this year, nor did the judging panel commit to naming a recipient for each regardless.

In the end, eight of the categories were awarded, with the most prestigious award, the Odlum Award for Overall Achievement, being given to Emperor Edgard II of Alexandria. “Emperor Edgard II has steered Alexandria through almost a decade and a half, and made Alexandria a country of repute and with a unique cultural identity and history,” said Ric Lyon, the chair of the judging panel, in bestowing the honour.

The Award for Cultural Development went to Gerald Ruze, who has invested considerable time and effort into expanding Gerenia’s presence on the MicrasWiki in recent months with a wealth of information on its political and cultural identity.

Nathan Waffel-Paine received the Award for Leadership for his role in two of Micras’ oldest micronations – Shireroth and Natopia. In Shireroth, his reign was recognized for pulling the micronation back from the brink of failure due to inactivity. He was also recognized for his various initiatives to lead Natopia, a micronation he founded in 2002, into a period of renaissance.

Entering into his fifteen year of reporting on micronational news, Liam Sinclair was recognized with the Award for Journalism, “for never ceasing to give us articles from all over the microworld, insight on matters we had no idea about, and interviews with people from all parts of Micras and beyond,” said Lyon. “We are forever grateful for his contributions to journalism.”

Rounding out the awards were Hallbjörn Haraldson and Waffel-Paine, receiving the Award for History and the Award for Literature, respectively, while the Award for Sport went to James-Robert Knight. The afore-mentioned “‘Tis but a Flesh Wound” Award went to Krasniy Yastreb, in recognition of his return to micronationalism this year after a bitter personal disagreement with several local micronationalists.

Nominations open for Micras awards

A longstanding annual tradition in the Micras community continues this month as a call for nominations has been issued for the 14th installment of the community’s FNORD Awards.

A total of fourteen awards are currently planned to be presented to micronationalists to recognize their achievements in a variety of cultural, political, economic and community-related efforts. Included again this year is the community’s most prestigious award, the Odlum Award for Overall Achievement, which is given to a veteran micronationalist in recognition of their long-term contributions to the community.

This year’s awards are being organized by Ric Lyon, who will chair a judging panel consisting of himself and Micras veterans, Jack de Montfort and Orion Ilios. The awards are scheduled to be presented to recipients on Norton Day (January 8), which celebrates the 19th century micronational pioneer, Joshua Norton (aka. Emperor Norton).

Nominations may be made by any interested person by replying to the designated thread at the Hub.mn community forums.

The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

The Coprieta Standard highlights some of the news stories from our fellow micronational news media services around the Blogosphere in the past week.

Vol. 1 Ed. 3

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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2014 FNORD Award recipients announced

HUB.MN –- Following a week of sequestering, the judging panel for the 2014 FNORD Awards have announced the winners from across the Micras community.

In the three-way race for the community’s most prestigious award, the Odlum Award for Overall Achievement, Harald Thorstein edged out fellow nominees Edgard Carrillo and Jezza Rasmus, joining the group of a dozen previous recipients of the award.

Thorstein’s micronation of Stormark also jointly received the Beard Award for Conflict Resolution, along with Natopia, for their role in convening the ongoing Tapfer Conference that seeks to define a new relationship between the two micronations, as well as the Empire of the Alexandrians, all of whom hold territory on that continent of Micras.

The Coprieta Standard was also honoured with the Iain Jacobson Award for Micronational Journalism, marking the third consecutive year that it has received that Award. The Standard faced stiff competition this year with the upstart Micras Observer having garnered much attention and praise for its unique editorial content.

The awards for Best New Idea and Most Promising New Micronation were not named this year, as the judging panel was unable to come to a consensus on the nominees in each category.

This also marked the first year that a historic award was renamed, with the Tony Au Award for Economics, named for the Micras’ community’s founding economist, being renamed in honour of its most recent prodigy in the field, Andreas the Wise.

The full list of this year’s recipients is as follows:

The Shane Odlum Award for Overall Achievement Harald Thorstein
The Liam conToketi Award for Most Promising New Micronationalist James Knight
The Iain Jacobson Award for Journalism The Coprieta Standard
The Erik Mortis Award for Leadership Nathan Waffel-Paine
The Jeremy Bellamy Award for Literature Shyriath Bukolos
The Bill Dusch Award for Cultural Development The Apollonian Confederation
The Charles Beard Award for Conflict Resolution The Governments of Natopia and Stormark
The Rebecca Panks Award for the Graphic Artz Bjorn Olsen
The RIMA Award For Micronational History Krasniy Yastreb
The Craitman Pellegrino Award for Sport Barnaby Hands
The Andreas the Wise Award for Economics Pallisico Sinclair
'Tis But a Flesh Wound Award for Refusing to Give Up in the Face of Failure Ryker Everstone

Nominations underway for 2014 FNORD Awards

HUB.MN (CS) | With the year coming to a close, nominations are being called for the Micras Sector’s 13th annual FNORD Awards, which will be awarded on January 8.

The FNORD Awards were started in 2002 by Scott Alexander and are one of micronationalism’s longest-running community award galas.

This year’s judging committee includes Jack de Montfort, Joe Foxon, and Carl Jackson, who will be responsible for selecting the award winners from nominations across fourteen separate categories. Those categories include awards given for annual achievements in various areas, such as economics, journalism, and best new idea. Also to be awarded is the community’s most prestigious award, the Odlum Award for Overall Achievement, which is given to a veteran micronationalist in recognition of long-term contributions to the community.

Nominations for the various award categories will be received until January 1 and can be posted in the appropriate thread at Hub.mn.

FNORD recipients announced

HUB.MN (CS) | FNORD Award committee chairman Ric Lyon has announced the recipients of this year’s annual instalment of the prized Micras community awards.

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Annual FNORD Awards elicit numerous nominations

HUB.MN (CS) | An abundance of nominations have been made as the premier annual awards ceremony for the Micras Community prepares to enter its twelfth year, with the presentation of the much-envied honours scheduled once again for Emperor Norton Day on January 8.

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