Gotzborg closes latest chapter

LONENBERG – More than seven years after it returned from a three-year hiatus, Gotzborg will again enter an official, indefinite, period of dormancy.

One of Micras’ older micronations, Gotzborg had a history of spurts of activity – first, from its founding in March 2004 until April 2007, when it went on hiatus, and then from 2010 to 2013, upon its return. Since 2013, Gotzborg’s activity waned to the minimal levels it sees today, consisting of at-most a few largely administrative-related forum posts each month.

That lack of cultural and government development and ideas is largely a consequence of the micronation’s demographics. When Gotzborg was first active from 2004 to 2007, its citizens were mostly in university. Those who returned post-hiatus had long since graduated and embarked on their careers, limiting their participation further. The key leaders in recent years – Sinclair and August Charles II, Gotzborg’s founder and king – have also become increasingly busy with their macronational commitments.

To that end, both decided that the upcoming expiration of Gotzborg’s web hosting package was a natural end point for the micronation. While a return in the future is not impossible, no such eventuality is openly expected.

The micronation’s Micras territory, which largely encompasses its constituent realm of Victoria, is planned to be transferred for safekeeping to Stormark, which already protects other Victorian historical entities. Stormark will remain the protector of Gotzborg’s Micras territory until any return to activity.

Work to secure Gotzborg’s archives and facilitate the Micras territory transfer will continue between now and when the web hosting package expires in mid-December.

Editor’s Note: The Coprieta Standard was founded, and named after a city, in Gotzborg; however, it will continue to publish despite its home micronation being inactive, much as it did during Gotzborg’s first hiatus.

FMF World Cup Week 1 ends

SVORGAS – This year’s FMF World Cup, the first since 2015, is underway in Senya as the Micras community comes together once more in it’s most popular international competition. Today marked the conclusion of the first week of the five-week tournament.

If there was one take away from the past week, it is that this year’s tournament will be marked by an unusually high goal scoring. A total of 64 goals were scored across the 16 matches played, including 8 between Natopia and Elwynn in their July 10th match. The week also included two 6 – 0 shutouts, as Craitland and Mercury dominated Gotzborg and Jingdao, respectively.

The result was particularly disappointing for Gotzborg, which finished at the top of its group with 14 goals-for during the qualifying round. It will attempt to recover when it plays next on July 17th; it faces Birgeshir, which it last played to a one-all draw in 2015. Jingdao, meanwhile, fell further back today in a scoreless draw with Nova England. It will seek its first win as a World Cup competitor on July 18th against the also winless Natopian team.

As the tournament moves into the second week, Lakkvia, Alexandria, Craitland and Mercury lead their respective groups with six points apiece.

Gotzborg launches basketball league

COPRIETA – A basketball league is gearing up for its inaugural season in Gotzborg, marking the first organized national-level league in the micronation since the Gotzborg Baseball League of 2013.

The Gotzborg Basketball League, a virtual sports league created by basketball enthusiast Josh Wesloh, consists of twelve teams that will compete for four playoff berths. Wesloh has been busy organizing the league in the last two weeks, having held a ten-round draft while also designing team and stadium logos, along with finalizing team rosters.

“I hope to bring entertainment to the Kingdom and bring the Kingdom closer together,” said Wesloh, explaining his motivation in creating the league. While rivalries have yet to be formed, Wesloh suggests that fans keep a close eye on games between the Coprieta Royals and the Lonenberg Kings, who held the first- and second-overall draft picks, respectively.

The league is expected to launch its first season by September 15.

See below for a gallery of the team logos created by Wesloh.

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Vyktory aims for greater diplomacy

KINGSTOWN – Recognizing its current state of isolation in the micronational community, the Commonwealth of Vyktory has announced a plan to spur the development of new diplomatic relationships.

Vyktory currently reports formal relations with less than half-a-dozen micronations, including just two within the Micras community (Mercury and Natopia) in which it is seeking to focus more diplomatic efforts during an upcoming tour of its monarch, James-Robert Knight.

“I believe Vyktory has reached a point where [holding] ourselves up in relative isolation is not going to do us much good,” said Knight in announcing his intention to engage in more diplomacy with the Micras community, beyond the football league discussions that occupies the bulk of its current efforts.

Knight told the Coprieta Standard that his immediate aim is to secure formal relations with Craitland and Safiria, while making initial contact with Alexandria, Ergonia and Gotzborg. He also hopes to foster trade with Vyktory through the SCUE.

Gotzborg football clubs dominate AEFA

LONENBERG – The AEFA Champions League Cup final was a Gotzer affair as two of the micronation’s football clubs faced each other for domination of Micras’ Apollonian and Euran continents.

Entering the annual league as the third-seeded nation, Gotzborg’s three teams – Lonenberg FC, Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC – faced an uphill challenge against the dominant and more experienced group of football clubs fielded by Gerenia and Senya.

In the qualifying round, Schaffhausen FC squeezed out a 2-1 victory over Fort Kolgrad’s King’s Lynn Town FC in the first leg before dominating it 4-0 in the second leg to secure a berth in the group stage. Schaffhausen FC continued its dominant play as it subsequently advanced to the quarter-finals alongside Eldeburgh FC and Lonenberg FC.

With Lonenberg FC, the micronation’s senior association football club, having dropped both of its quarterfinal matches, Gotzborg’s hopes for victory lay with Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC. Neither club disappointed as Schaffhausen FC defeated its Gerenian rival, Isherwood CSSC, while Eldeburgh FC defeated Senya’s Svorgas Scitenhima FK in the semi-final round.

The Eldeburgh FC semi-final victory was unwelcomed by some Senyans, who were shut out of the final after winning it last year, with reports that Svorgas Scitenhima fans rioted and attacked Gotzer fans following the defeat to the dismay of team officials.

That controversy was quickly overshadowed by the all-Gotzer final. Schaffhausen FC, the underdog of all of the Gotzborg clubs fielded, completed a storied victory that saw it advance from the qualifying round to beating out Eldeburgh FC 2-1 in the final.

Gotzborg begins process to reform military

COPRIETA – Significant reforms to Gotzborg’s decade-old military structure are being considered as the Royal Government seeks to modernize the Royal Armed Forces and better educate its leadership.

Among the proposals laid out by Colonel Friedrich Bauer, the Superintendent of the micronation’s King Charles III War Studies College, is a significant overhaul of the command structure. At present, Gotzborg’s King is the exclusive commander of all branches of the military, with unit commanders being immediately reportable to him. Under Bauer’s proposal, the King would head a Royal Military High Command, with each branch represented by a Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief would also be granted a general staff to administer his/her branch of the military, in effect buffering the King from having to undertake day-to-day command of unit commanders in addition to his other duties as Head of State.

The advancement of technology and tactics is another important aspect of the Bauer proposal. The Gotzborg military, as a simulationist force that exists as an important aspect of the micronation’s cultural identity, is steeped in the interwar period of the 20th Century. “I do not wish to totally change the armed forces, nor radically alter our theme,” said Bauer as he proposed a natural progression of technology and tactics from the doctrines of the 1920s to that of the 1930s. “The ideal situation for us … would be a military that has the look of pre-WWI Austria-Hungary and Germany, the technological and strategical prowess of the Wehrmacht, and the social status of Prussia,” he suggested.

Advancing the tactics and technology would be supported by a significant investment in military education through the College. The Royal Government is moving closer to implementing a new promotional system within the Royal Armed Forces in which officers seeking higher rank and responsibility must take a corresponding tactics course at the College. Bauer hopes to use this system as a basis for supporting the advancement by providing lectures and memos from the College outlining new tactics, which would then be used to create specifications for new armaments as well as support the updating of the orders-of-battle for the military’s existing formations.

The final structural reform planned by Bauer is the creation of a Royal Air Force, which would largely replace the individual air arms of the Royal Army and the Royal Navy, though those services would retain command of specialized air capabilities. Bauer’s full proposal for the creation of the Air Force has yet to be released.

Bauer’s reforms represent a significant investment in the military, which has largely existed as-is since Gotzborg came online in 2004. The reforms are quickly proving to be the centrepiece of the Royal Government’s agenda for 2015.

Micras Sector coping with increased spambot activity

HUB.MN (CS) | A flurry of spambot registrations since yesterday has led several Micras Sector micronations and organizations to limit accessibility to discussion forums as a countermeasure.

Evidence of a ‘bot invasion’ arose early yesterday morning when administrators with the Bastion Union reported that dozens of spambots had bypassed forum security measures, leading to over one-hundred posts being made before further countermeasures were enacted. The increased activity led Bastion administrators to temporarily disable new user registration.

A similar story unfolded in Gotzborg when approximately sixty spam posts were made at the forums before administrators introduced a requirement for new user accounts to be administratively approved due to the unusual spambot activity. Since those measures were implemented, more than two-hundred spambot accounts have attempted to register at the forums.

Hamland appears to have been hardest hit during the onslaught, with their forums being disabled until better security measures can be implemented.

With the Bastion Union using phpBB3 and Gotzborg using SMF, it appears that the code now being used by spambots has succeeded in bypassing normal security measures (CAPTCHA and Security Question measures) included in these popular discussion platforms.

Individuals seeking to activate new accounts at an affected micronational discussion board are recommended to contact one of the board’s administrators to expedite approval of the account where new registrations are still being accepted during the ongoing heightened spambot activity.