MCS policy faces new scrutiny

HUB.MN – It has been almost three years to the day since the MCS adopted its last major systemic reforms; however, change may again be on the horizon for the nearly-seventeen year-old intermicronational organization.

The increasingly-dominant presence of large micronations such as Shireroth, Stormark, Natopia and Alexandria, as well as the division of the community into two major alliances motivated Giles Melang to put forward a proposal that, if adopted, would limit the total Micras territory any one micronation can hold. The proposal is unique in that MCS Charter reforms are usually driven by the opposite desire to reduce minimum requirements so that micronations can retain their assigned territory longer through bouts of low or inactivity.

“We live in an age of, well, empires … through cleverness or sheer brute force (and popularity) [some can] extend their reach across the majority of Micras,” suggested Melang. Such a scenario unfolding, in his mind, would impede the progress of the smaller micronations, though admittedly he does not foresee it as an impending or given event. Rather, his proposal is meant to guard against the mere possibility in the future. To that end, his suggested territory limit on any one individual micronation is a generous one-half of the Micras map.

The proposal has generated wider discussion. “On Micras, anyone with a sufficiently narcissistic approach to the narrative development of their subject realms is free to bloat their holdings across the plant without reference to the inherently finite or cyclical nature of colonial power,” Krasniy Yastreb observed, proposing that the limitation instead apply to individuals than micronations.

Such an application is seen as a way to prevent one person from creating or controlling a majority of the Micras micronations, and therefore its territory, as their personal fiefdom. In such a lopsided situation, Yastreb worries that the amount of claimable land would run short for other participants and newcomers.”What is acquired is acquired forever, subject to the ruler’s activity level,” he suggested, referring to current policy governing forced territory reduction/removal by the MCS Administrative Council. Under that policy, the subject micronation’s population must maintain a minimum average of one post per two days, or similar wiki activity; failing to do so for three consecutive months may result in territory reduction or complete removal.

Like Melang, the current situation on Micras does not suggest that Yastreb’s worries are likely to become reality in the near future. Such a view is held by Barnaby Hands, a key member of the Administrative Council. “We’re far from reaching that problem yet,” said Hands, indicating his preference that the Administrative Council simply say to any person or micronation starting to dominate the map, “hey, leave some room”.

Other key members of the Administrative Council, including Chairman Craitman Pellegrino, have not voiced an opinion on the matter as of press time.

Leadership change in Micras institutions

HUB.MN – On the heels of recent leadership resignations in two of its pre-eminent intermicronational organizations, the Micras community has conducted elections that may serve to bring in a new era.

The recent revival of the Micras Treaty Organization led to the adoption of an amendment to its charter treaty allowing for the designation of a permanent Deputy-Secretary. That adoption also provided Secretary-General Nathan Waffel-Paine, who had held position since November 2012, an out as he announced his resignation on March 11.

Voting to replace Waffel-Paine began on March 23, with Alexandrian delegate Primo de Aguilar and Gong Federation delegate Jezza Rasmus vying to gain the Secretary-Generalship. With voting scheduled to end in just over 48 hours, Aguilar has garnered four of the seven votes cast by delegates.

A historic, and sometimes militant, rivalry between Alexandria and the Gong Federation’s predecessor state of Jingdao aside, both individuals hope to return the Organization to the relevance it enjoyed from 2011 to 2013. That renewed relevance is sorely needed in the view of some, as the Micras community has become more starkly defined by divide between the Bastion Union and non-Bastion Union micronations.

Meanwhile, the Standardised Currency and Unified Economy organization also passed through a leadership change. Administrator Pallisico Sinclair, who found himself embroiled in controversy for pursuing what many considered to be an activist agenda, resigned in frustration on March 13.

The ensuing election for a new Administrator saw long-time Micran economists Giles Melang and Liam Sinclair face-off for the position though their individual policy platforms had more in common than not. Ultimately, with the conclusion of the three-day election yesterday, Liam Sinclair had gained seven of the nine delegate votes cast to become the third Administrator since the founding of the organization in 2009.

Of immediate concern to the new Administrator is a promised review of the SCUE Treaty wording to resolve diverging interpretations that underpinned much of the angst that ultimately led to Pallisico Sinclair’s shortened administration. Liam Sinclair is expected to release more details on his administration’s plans in the coming days.

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. 9

March 8 to 15, 2015

  • The Shirekeep Gazette returned from a more than a year-long absence this week with an open letter regarding the recent controversy surrounding the Imperial State of Neridia. The letter called on the Shirerithian government to fulfill its “obligation” to Neridia; however, the Imperial State was nonetheless dissolved by the Shirerithian legislature. Neridia has now been set up by its former ruler, Janus Eadric, as a refugee state under the protection of St. Andre.
  • An economic development plan for Sandus has been adopted by the leaders of the micronation for the remainder of the calendar year, Sandum state media reported. The plan includes the creation of a Work Merit Rewards program, inspired by that used in the Free State of Renasia, as well as the founding of a hard-currency exchange shop.
  • Marred by controversy since gaining the post of SCUE Administrator, Pallisico Sinclair attempted to barter his resignation in return for member states of the organization allowing his home micronation of Hamland to exploit the accounts of the Republic of Stars, the Daily Squidger reported. Sinclair, who uses the moniker Opeyeme Time in Hamland, desired the access to “oversee the sale of Stars’ investments in the Hammish economy.” Sinclair ultimately resigned mere hours later. Two individuals are now vying to replace him in the role of SCUE Administrator – Giles Melang and Liam Sinclair (no relation).

Proposed SCUE tax divides micronationalists

HUB.MN — The implementation this month of the Trade Equality Act by SCUE has divided members of the Micras community, with many expressing that the intermicronational organization has no role in taxation.

The Act was introduced as the first measure of newly-appointment SCUE Administrator Pallisico Sinclair as a means of promoting trade and trade equality amongst the organization’s member micronations. To accomplish this goal, a 5% tax is imposed on the total currency reserves of each member that has a bi-monthly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) equal to zero. If the member has a GDP greater than zero, it will be rewarded by being granted a sum from SCUE equivalent to 5% of the value of its total transactions during the bi-monthly period. The first taxes are scheduled for debiting on April 1.

It is the expectation of Sinclair that the tax will spur members that have dormant economies to begin making transactions and increasing economic output to qualify for the reimbursement incentive. “All that is requested in order to avoid a tax is at least one transaction,” said Sinclair in attempting to minimize any opposition to the tax, as one transaction would result in a non-zero GDP.

Despite his attempt to minimize the negative connotations associated with the implementation of a tax, the SCUE Administrator quickly experienced a backlash from several micronationalists who hold accounts with the organization’s bank.

“Are you kidding me? You cannot just steal half of my personal money,” exclaimed Jack de Montfort at the prospect that his holdings in Coria would be taxed due to the micronation’s lack of trade activity. Sinclair rebuked Montfort harshly in the exchange, replying that “Clearly, doing nothing has not encouraged you to participate in any meaningful way.”

Malliki Tosha, the Arbiter of Shireroth’s Imperial Judex, questioned the legality of the measure, noting that the organization was in his reading of its charter treaty only permitted to enforce, not introduce, taxation. “Even if you can interpret it as meaning that [SCUE] can impose taxes, I would still consider the language ambiguous,” he said.

That opinion was echoed by Iain de Vembria and Vilhelm Benkern, the latter of whom angrily pronounced that “SCUE shouldn’t be led by a despot but someone who takes in the views of many members.” Benkern called on SCUE to re-think the implementation of the taxation, calling it counterproductive to economic development. “[The organization] should surely be providing a platform for co-operation between member states and allowing them to flourish themselves, without having to actively ‘encourage’ or penalise certain nations in the way proposed.”

Yet the pronouncements of those in opposition to the tax have failed to sway the opinions of several micronationalists who voiced support for the measure. “… Penalising members for just sitting on piles of money and never spending it seems fair,” Joe Foxon opined with the support of Giles Melang and James-Robert Knight.

Former SCUE Administrator Andreas the Wise, while agreeing with Tosha’s legal interpretation of the treaty, nonetheless expressed his support for the tax and encouraged further discussion on its merits and implementation. “This actually sounds like quite a reasonable plan to me – taxing [inactivity] and rewarding economic activity,” he said.

Despite the ongoing opposition from his detractors, Sinclair appears to remain intent on implementing the tax. “If most aren’t using the currency, then the currency is essentially worthless,” he proclaimed, “It is not in the interest of the bank, or of the members …, for the currency to be essentially worthless. Therefore, it is incumbent on the bank [to] adopt fair measures to promote the usage of the currency, even if it means taxes.”

Alexandria embargos Ergonia as spat widens

GENEVA — As the historical spat between Alexandria and Giles Melang reignites in a Shirithian courthouse, Alexandria’s government has also moved to embargo Melang’s micronation of Ergonia.

In what may be described as a role reversal of Melang’s October attempt to punitively tariff Alexandrian trade with the Brettish Isles, Alexandrian Second Consul Primo de Aguilar has ordered his micronation’s borders closed to all citizens and merchants of Ergonia, a micronation founded by Melang last year.

“[The Imperial Government] finds reasonable cause to believe that all citizens and nationals of [Ergonia] are threats to the peace, stability and dignity of [Alexandria],” said de Aguilar in his Consular Order imposing the embargo.

The order came the same day as de Aguilar filed a claim against Melang in Shireroth’s Imperial Judex for a purported fraud in 2013.

Damages sought in Commonwealth Global dissolution

SHIREKEEP — Alexandria’s government has filed a case before the Shirerithian courts in an effort to reclaim the assets of the Commonwealth Global Corporation, which it claims were fraudulently moved to Shireroth.

In its filing before the Imperial Judex, the Alexandrian government claims that the former CEO of Commonwealth Global, Giles Melang, fraudulently transferred several hundred Erb to various stakeholders and the Shirithian government in September 2013 in contravention of the law in both micronations. The claim states that Melang transferred and distributed all funds belonging to the Alexandrian-based Corporation during an attempt to illegally dissolve it. At stake is a total sum of 1467 Erb.

For its part, Alexandria is hoping that the Imperial Judex will find that a fraud did occur under the provisions of Shirerithian law and order that the assets be frozen until returned in-full to the Corporation. The assets would inevitably be distributed to any creditors and the Alexandrian government, as the corporation officially entered into receivership on January 1 of this year.

An intervener in the matter, the Elwynnese state government, which benefited from the distribution of funds by Melang, has petitioned the Judex to reject the Alexandrian application citing jurisdictional limitations. It has expressed its opinion that the Imperial Judex cannot hear disputes from foreign powers against Shireroth or its constituent states. It has instead suggested that the matter be resolved through diplomatic channels.

Melang has not yet filed a Statement of Defence in response to the claim though he did provide a brief statement to the Court. “I categorically deny and oppose this claim,” stated Melang, echoing the Elwynnese argument that the Imperial Judex has no jurisdiction over the matter.

Impending Scottish vote attracts micronational attention

COPRIETA (CS) | With just hours to go until the start of the Scottish independence vote, micronationalists – both simulationist and secessionist alike – have begun to focus public attention on the matter.

In the Federal Republic of St. Charlie, the local media are buzzing about the government’s unexpectedly-neutral statement on the Scottish referendum that it would respect either outcome. According to the Atlantis Post, the government’s neutrality stems from a stark division on the issue, with Prime Minister Alex Specter strongly in support of an independent Scotland. Specter, who isn’t a resident of Scotland, stated to the press that if he were there, he “would certainly vote yes.” Specter’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nicolò Alvis, on the other hand referred to the desire for Scottish independence as a whimsical act.

Meanwhile, attention on the matter in the simulationist Bastion Union has been markedly nonchalant in the final hours before the vote. Thadeus Lange (a.k.a. Giles Melang) has opened a bet on the outcome of the referendum allowing those who choose the correct outcome to earn local SCUE currency.

The Scottish independence referendum concludes at 22:00 hours local time tomorrow night with results to follow shortly thereafter. Latest polls on the matter indicate that the outcome is too close to call.