Alexandrian Emperor resists change; rejuvenation efforts stalled by absences

The ongoing effort by Alexandria’s key citizens to rejuvenate the ailing micronation is being met with resistance from Emperor Edgard II on a key proposal aimed at reducing the micronation’s reliance on one central figure and is being further complicated by the regular absence of key leaders, including the Emperor himself and the Prime Minister, Carlos Petrassi.

Alexandria’s citizenry are currently in the midst of an ongoing, three-month old, National Convention aimed at determined how to restructure Alexandria, which has been suffering from a multi-year bout of critically poor participation levels by its citizenry. The Convention, proclaimed by the Emperor last February, was instructed by the Emperor to consider several reform initiatives, most prominently the rewriting of the 2009 Constitution into a document enshrining democratic constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.

The citizenry has embraced the Emperor’s request to enshrine constitutional monarchy with former First Consul, Mr. Alejandro Castillo, leading the charge to make the legislative functions of Parliament more independent of the Emperor, by tabling a proposal that would allow the Executive Council to enact legislation in the absence of the Emperor’s Assent. The proposal evokes a “silence means approval” approach, allowing passed legislation to become law by authority of the Council unless the Emperor specifically rejects it.

The motivation behind this approach is a popular belief amongst the citizenry that the continual bouts of inactivity and government paralysis plaguing Alexandria has been the result of the Emperor’s regular and prolonged absences from the micronation, as Alexandria’s governing system is strongly dependent on the Emperor’s un-delegated authority. Echoing this sentiment, Mr. Castillo noted that “inactivity by one person can easily be lethal to a micronation,” and claimed that his proposal allows Alexandria to maintain its government functionality when the Emperor is absent.

The Emperor, prior to his latest absence, issued a flat-out rejection of Mr. Castillo’s proposal, invoking traditional protocol and stating that he is “very, very opposed to [giving up exclusive power of Imperial Assent to the Executive Council].” The Emperor offered some compromise on the matter, suggesting that a period of time of seven days be permitted to lapse before legislation is enacted in his absence, or that a regency system be integrated into the constitution to mitigate the negative impact of absences.

Despite the compromise offered by the Emperor on this important aspect of governance, frustrations continue to mount amongst the citizenry as his absence has prevented constitutional reform from being implemented. Frustrations boiled over at the end of April, with prominent Alexandrian Mr. Jean Carmichael, a former multi-term First Consul and Lord Chief Justice, suggesting that “Edgard cannot except everyone to run around attempting to keep Alexandria afloat when he cant [sic] be bothered to do the same … The Empire cannot function without its Emperor; power is too centralised around him.” Mr. Carmichael also admonished Prime Minister Petrassi’s absence, and his criticisms of both leaders gained the support of Mr. Castillo and the Speaker of the National Convention, Mr. Guido Ziegler.

Alexandria faces an uncertain future, with the timeframe for adoption of a new constitution to rejuvenate the micronation unclear. The Emperor’s regular and prolonged absences continue to undermine the authority of the Alexandrian Crown, moreso than ever, and his imposition of Alexandrian tradition on the National Convention may seriously hinder innovative solutions to the multi-year activity crisis. The formerly strong and leading micronation in the Anglophone simulationist micronational community may soon find itself unable to recover, bringing an end to the respected and celebrated micronation.

Commission on Economy appointed

Responding to a request from His Royal Majesty, August Charles II, the Royal Chancellor, Lord Montin (Liam Sinclair), has appointed former Home Minister Lord Montefeltro (Thomas Maher) to head the Royal Government Commission on Economy.

The Commission will be responsible for providing counsel to the Royal Chancellor on the creation and maintenance of the Gotzborg economy. In particular, its defining task is to examine other micronational economic systems, as well as the past Gotzborg economic system pre-hiatus, in order to provide guidance to the Royal Government on how to create a new economy.

Both His Royal Majesty and the Royal Chancellor have stressed that it is undesirable to the Royal Government that the nation return to its pre-hiatus economic system. That system, while successful and one of the major micronational economies of its day, placed a burden on the resources of the government and caused other areas of national development to become neglected. According to His Royal Majesty, the Commission should identify an economic system that works for Gotzborg in a “scalable and realistic way without implementing a crippling difficulty on the Kingdom or its people. Lord Montin echoed this, noting in the Terms of Reference that the recommended economic system must minimise required operational resources, maximise ease of use for participants, and ensure proper fiscal controls for the government.

The Commission is expected to produce a draft report for the Royal Chancellor’s review by 31 March 2011.

King’s Christmas Honours announced

His Royal Majesty, King August Charles II, announced his annual Christmas Honours List on 23 December, recognising the contributions of many citizens to the Kingdom since its return from hiatus in July of this year. Several awards were bestowed upon Gotzborg citizens, including ranks within the Most Eminent and Distinguished Order of the Lion of Gotzborg, the Most Honourable Order of the Eagle, the Royal Order of Merit and others.

Amistad Star, 3rd Class, honours were also granted to several foreign dignitaries as Gotzborg seeks to re-establish itself on the intermicronational stage.

This year’s Honours List also marked included the inaugural King’s Christmas Medal, a festive award given to Gotzborg citizens who expressed interest in receiving the medal during an open registration period last week. The medal, it is hoped, will become one of the continuing Christmas traditions in the Royal Kingdom. A total of five citizens were given the medal in the inaugural presentation.

A complete list of Christmas Honours can be read by clicking here.

King embarks on micronational tour

Lonenberg (GE) – His Royal Majesty, in ongoing efforts to open up and re-ignite micronational relations left Lonenberg this morning by train to Konigslanden for a trip that will see him visit a number of other nations in both Micran and Wiki spheres. Exact details of the King’s schedule have not been released by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office due to security concerns however it has been confirmed that Alexandria, Antica, Ashkenatza, Babkha, Elwynn, Nelaga, Shireroth, Victoria, Republic of A1 and the Organization of Active Micronations will be among some of his stops.

“His Majesty has always valued the importance of relations and community as a means to an enjoyable, creative and worthwhile time in this world.” a source in the Royal Chancellery reported. “Gotzborg is among the older nations in the world, however the three year hiatus has done nothing to improve our place, in fact, we’re starting from square one again. The micronational world generally has a very short memory for the past.”

Alexandria, Babkha, and Shireroth are all old allies of Gotzborg however new nations such as Ashkenatza, Victoria and Nelaga are new since the Gotzborg hiatus in 2007. Gotzborg will also be making inroads to the popular micronational ‘Wiki-worlds’, a trend that is also new since 2007. “We have to adapt and spread out to the other micronational zones, the old anglo sector which was centered so strongly around the old MNN is a shadow of its former self. Its a changed world.” a Foreign Office Under-secretary for Micras stated.

Managing the new world and its changes is going to be the key for a Kingdom which has weathered diplomatic storms in the past. “We have to have new and rebuilt relationships for the future if we want to have any diplomatic storms down the road.” joked a source at the Home Office.

Chamber of Deputies convened

For the first time since 2007, the Chamber of Deputies has been convened, representing the latest government body to come back online since the end of the national hiatus in the summer of 2010. The Royal Chancellor, Lord Montin, officially opened the Chamber today by enacting new standing orders for the Chamber.

The Chamber, which is the legislature of the Royal Kingdom, is a direct democracy body in which all citizens have the right to propose legislation and cast a vote. This was not always the case. When the Chamber last sat in 2007, it did so following the first (and only) national election, which was called to formalise the Chamber’s structure as a direct democracy body by passing a constitutional amendment. The amendment was never formally tabled in the Chamber by the Royal Government prior to the King’s announcement of the hiatus, but upon the re-launch of Gotzborg, the proposed amendments were implemented under Royal Prerogative.

The first order of business for the new sitting of the Chamber is to elect a President. The Royal Chancellor has called for nominations from the citizenry in order to fill this role. Beyond being the presiding officer of the Chamber, the President will also play a key role in engaging the citizenry’s participation in the legislative process as Gotzborg continues to rebuild following its hiatus.

Royal University of Gotzborg Rector appointed

The Royal University of Gotzborg (RUG) has received a new Rector, marking a period of revitalisation for the leading educational institution in the Royal Kingdom.

Royal Chancellor Lord Montin (Liam Sinclair) announced today that the position will be filled by Lord Markham (Nicholas McAlpin), a long-time citizen of Gotzborg and a key architect in the union between Gotzborg and Pendronia in 2004. According to Montin, Markham brings “experienced and innovative leadership” to the position.

Markham’s primary responsibility at this early stage will be to develop the formal structure of RUG which has been dormant for several years. Once that formal structure is in place, RUG will begin to develop practical educational programmes for the citizens of Gotzborg and members of the wider micronational community.

First draft of Gotzborg Calendar released

The Vice-Minister of State for Culture, John Cervantes, has released the first draft of the Gotzborg Calendar to the general public for review and comment. The release comes after two months of consultations with the citizenry to determine statutory and non-statutory holidays within the Kingdom.

While the final design of the Calendar has yet to be completed, the draft includes fifteen (15) holidays and special dates, ranging from traditional micronational holidays such as Norton Day, to Gotzborg specific holidays, and includes such macronational events as New Years and Christmas.