Florian Republic commits to Srbozemlje

NORTHCLIFF – New Florian President, Jessica Smith has committed to her pledge of protecting Srbozemlje from the Kingdom of Coria and Krasnarus in the war of lost brothers, a conflict started after a rogue assassin from the autonomous territory unlawfully killed the Corian King, Nikolaj the First.

The Florian Republic’s stance on the war has changed regularly since the start and it recently scrapped the protectorate treaty with Shireroth, creating an uncertain future. Smith, however, has discussed plans with the President of Srbozemlje over the territories defence.

In a speech, Jessica stated, “The Florian Republic has been a victim to poor leadership by the Florian Labour Party which was gullible to Shireroth. [Shireroth] had effectively destroyed order in the country [with] the parliament unable to pass legislation without permission from Shirekeep. In response to criticism over the war, we are committed to protecting all parts of Floria, especially our land in the Micras Balkans (Srbozemlje) and, in the future, we will attempt to finally bring peace to Apollonia. We thank Dimitrije Golubović for effective communication over this issue.”

In related news, the Florian Parliament has sought to circumvent Shireroth’s control over its foreign affairs, by tabling motions to guarantee the Republic’s future neutrality and to recognize the successor state of Hamland, Caputia.

Confrontation in Northern Sea sparks world instability

NORTHERN SEA – For the past month, civil war has been raging through the mainland of the Commonwealth of Hamland. A confusing war with several groups changing sides, losing and winning allies and receiving military, financial and diplomatic support from several groups, threatens to expand in an even larger conflict.

While the Hammish possession of Neo Patrovia in Northern Apollonia stayed relatively untouched by the devastations and immense cruelty during the civil war, as the Ravaillac Loyalists had succesfully seized power. This changed when the National Provisional Authority, backed by a Shirerithian proxy organisation, launched an invasion and attack on the coastal fortresses.

The sudden emergence of conflict in the region, together with the mining of the Cameleo River and increase in pirate activities, worried both the Jingdaoese and Gerenian authorities. The thought of having another nation (Natopia already shares a border with Jingdao) at its borders with friendly ties to arch-nemesis Shireroth could also have played a role to trigger alarm bells in the Heavenly Palace of Daocheng.

A joint proclamation between Jingdao and Gerenia was made to keep the peace in the region. Peacekeeping forces were raised and a naval blockade was announced, to limit the import of enemy soldiers and supplies from overseas. Food and other non-military goods have to pass through custom services in East Gerenia, after which they are send through Jingdao and land routes to the Hammish cities. Those actions would all be executed under supervision of the Batavian-Stormarkian organisation Noblesse Oblige.

This peacekeeping action, however, met with a sharp reaction from the Ministry of Military Affairs, which started mobilising its navy. The Jingdaoese countermeasure – mobilisation of both land and naval forces – reflected those increasing tensions.

At this moment, to avoid a further bloodshed, both parties have come to an informal agreement to limit skirmishes to the Northern Sea.



Hamland, Passio-Corum fallout over Passas

NEW KIRRIE – It has been two weeks since Passio-Corum, a micronation created and led by former prominent Hammish citizen Opyeme Time (a.k.a. Pallisico Sinclair), announced that it would ban imports from his former homestead within Hamland, the region of Passas. In announcing the ban, Time claimed that Passas lacked legitimate government as a result of Hamland’s inattention to its “burgeoning black market” which had allowed “certain entities [to establish] what fundamentally amounts to a cartel.”

The attempt by Time to role-play instability within Hamland, where he no longer holds citizenship, was met with immediate protest from Hammish citizens. Hamland’s head of state, Seneschal Juan Teadoir, called for the ban to be rescinded. “I’m just wondering why should someone else do some role-playing inside our territory without authorization?” said Teadoir. Time took offence to Teadoir’s request, noting that he was simply attempting to foster cooperation between the two micronations through the role-playing.

Time then decided to raise an old bone of contention between the two micronations, announcing that “if Passas were currently claimed by its actual owner (himself), then nothing like this would have ever happened in Hamland. Fancy that.”

That accusation, as well as Time’s arguably-tenuous explanation that he was simply attempting to foster cooperation through the imposition of economic sanctions on Hamland, earned him a stern rebuke from Hammish Prime Minister, Lord Lewis.

“Can you see the problem with these two statements (of sanction and cooperation)? Normally you offer cooperation first in good faith and then if you don’t get that you resort to economic sanctions as a means of pushing your point,” said Lewis, as he accused Time of resorting to punitive manners instead of genuinely wanting to help and rebuild things in Hamland. “You’ve created a problem in another country and acted upon that,” he accused, “We can simply not recognize it.”

Lewis suggested that Time’s actions served to only harm Passas’ development within Hamland. “[Passas] was highest on the list of countries [within the Hammish Commonwealth] to build things with … Do we still plough on knowing that we have had sanctions put on us multiple times [by Passio-Corum] … or do we focus our energies on other things?” Lewis mused.

Time predicted that Hamland would stay the course despite Lewis’ pronouncements and announced that the ban would not be rescinded. He denied any malicious intent on his part to punish Passas or Hamland, noting that “If my aim was to punish … I would have strictly banned exports to Passas rather than imports from there.”

Further adding angst to the already bitter relationship between him and his former Hammish compatriots, Time suggested that he would seek a claim on Passas in the future, stating that leaving Passas within Hamland when he resigned his citizenship was a temporary sacrifice on his part. “I’d much rather [Passas] enjoy the activity of someone who cares about it, rather than sit dead in a nation which has no further plans for it,” he charged.

Yesterday, Hamland reacted swiftly to Time’s informal claim on Passas and showed that he had wrongly predicted that it would rollover on the sanctions. In Parliament, Lewis announced that his micronation would diplomatically isolate Passio-Corum by removing it from its list of “priority states” and seek its isolation by Hamland’s intermicronational allies in order to deter any further threat to its territorial sovereignty.

Reacting arguably with a strong-head, given that Passio-Corum has no diplomatic relationship of consequence with any micronation other than Hamland, Time was dismissive. “I would worry about harming relations between our countries, if our existing relations were even decent. I’d be bothered about your changing priorities, if I thought you ever actually regarded our nations’ relationship as a priority.”

Whether the two micronations can return to their traditional state of tacit cooperation through mutual indifference is yet to be seen. The defining characteristic of the latest fallout is the same as prior blow-ups in diplomacy – the strong dislike that Time has for Lewis. That dislike is a result of Lewis opposing, and successfully implementing reforms that ultimately reduced the necessity to Hamland of Time’s spreadsheet-based simulated economic system that he considers his micronational legacy and on which his efforts in Passio-Corum, and therefore largely the micronation itself, are exclusively-based.

Hamland announces new government plan

NEW KIRRIE – As the micronation moves forward into an autumn lull in activity, the Hammish government has announced its policy programme for the next sitting of Parliament.

Preparations for the new sitting follow what the Prime Minister, Lord Lewis, described as a successful summer sitting, which saw parliamentarians adopt a major currency reform and make progress on the authoring of a new constitution for the micronation.

The legislative programme for the upcoming sitting will consist of five major undertakings, Lewis announced, which includes two measures to further build on the aforementioned constitutional and currency reforms. The government expects to complete the overhaul of the micronation’s constitution by mid-November, while it will also launch the local installation of the Micras-developed phpBank to facilitate trade under the new currency, the Zenar.

The government will undertake developments in an effort to build Hamland’s cultural heritage, specifically by expanding the local constructed language while advancing religious diversity.

The programme will also see a renewed vigor in foreign relations between Hamland and its prominent allies, Passio-Corum and Alexandria. “I do not want to see [our relations] waste or wither,” said Lewis. “We must do our best to strengthen what good friendships we have.”

The final plank of the programme will be the creation of a comprehensive law book in order to create a “thriving legislated state”.

“As always with politics, we must turn the page … Growth and activity cannot be sustained upon good, or bad, feeligns but only on a vision to improve what is there already,” Lewis said in reflecting on the programme.

MCS objects to Hammish gripe

HUB.MN – In joining Alexandria’s objection to two appointments to the MCS Administrative Council made last month, Hamland has raised the ire of the organization’s Administrator General.

The June 3rd appointments of Jack Lewis and Jezza Rasmus to the Council as a Junior Councillor and Senior Councillor, respectively, was perceived by some to be an unfair increase in representation from the Bastion Union sector of the Micras community.

With Stormark’s candidate for the Council, Sigrdrifa, having lost out to Lewis and Rasmus during voting, the Stormark-bloc of micronations, consisting also of Alexandria and Hamland, immediately perceived a pro-Bastion Union bias in the process. Alexandria subsequently lodged a formal protest to the appointments after a June 21st decision of its parliament to support such a measure.

Hamland followed Alexandria with the tabling of a motion in its parliament to voice no-confidence in the new appointees to the Council that was passed unanimously and filed with the Council yesterday. The author of the Hammish motion, Donat Ravaillac, suggested in it that the appointments represented the “severe compromising of the organization’s impartiality,” while encouraging a more balanced representation between Bastion Union and non-Bastion Union micronations on the Council.

The MCS Administrator General, Craitman Pellegrino, took exception to the accusation of bias within the Council in favour of the Bastion Union. “I would personally say that one full Council member has a particular association with the Bastion, alongside our junior member; so 2/6,” he argued, noting that the total representation on the Council by Bastion Union micronationalists has consistently hovered around two individuals.

Pellegrino concluded his remarks by alluding to a political, as opposed to factual, motivation for the Alexandrian and Hammish objections. He noted, in a dry sarcasm, that if the representation of any one community within the Council was such a serious matter, there has yet to be any concerns voiced to half of the current Council being from the MicroWiki Community.

Hamland seeks second currency

NEW KIRRIE – Following a prolonged lack of trade due to its unique SCX-based economic model, Hamland is again considering a return to a traditional model based on its own independent currency.

The “Real Currency Act,” proposed by Lewis, is a continuation of a campaign he began early last year to create a mechanism for what he described as “real trading” by adopting a second currency as a complementary alternative to Pallisico Sinclair’s SCX-based economic model. That economic model, which uses SCX market indices to generate production statistics, resulting in significant internal economic simulation, had served in practice to actually discourage the buying and selling of goods, as the simulation made the local economy virtually independent of the actions of the citizenry.

Lewis’ past campaign, which he labeled “A Return to a Real Economy”, proved a thorny issue, with his efforts to seek implementation of a dual currency criticized by Sinclair, who sought to protect the unique model that he had created. The resulting fray led Lewis, at one point, to take a leave of absence from Hamland.

With the introduction of the Real Currency Act, the opposite has occurred, as Sinclair has announced his resignation from the Hammish Government. The announcement followed Sinclair’s retraction of his original point-by-point rebuttal comments to the Act, which he replaced with a lament. “If you decide that you’d rather adopt a different economic system, I won’t stop you. I’m done trying to defend and explain the work I’ve done in this field. It clearly is neither understood nor appreciated,” charged Sinclair.

The Act itself would create the “Zenar”, as a means of reintroducing “real coinage” to Hamland, in order to reinvigorate trade. The Zenar would carry equal recognition as an official currency of Hamland, alongside the SCX-based Obol, and be of par value with it. The currency will be local, using a forum-based system, and it will be independent from SCUE to avoid confusion with the SCX-based Obol, given that the SCX is operated as a function of SCUE.

The Zenar will also be regulated in a similar fashion to that used by Gotzborg, in which the amount of currency in circulation at any given time is controlled, as opposed to SCUE’s automatic creation of new currency to reflect exchange rates. “Having our own currency allows [Hamland] to meet our needs in the short term, in terms of printing, distributing and taxing,” Lewis commented to the Coprieta Standard. He further noted that under Sinclair’s model, in which currency is held within companies listed on the SCX, meant that the amount of personally-held Obols by any given individual in Hamland was unclear.

Lewis further argued that while Sinclair’s model has had success due to his hard work, the model was labour intensive. “We really need to get a basic system which is both fun and provides some utility,” Lewis said, emphasizing the need for a low-maintenance economic model.

In supporting the Zenar as an independent currency, Lewis expressed his wariness of fully re-engaging the SCUE Unit for Hamland’s local economic needs due to the duplicity caused by Sinclair’s economic model. “The accounts system was a great idea, but the stock market (SCX) has had the unintended consequence of spawning another alternate model of simulated economies,” he said.

Government reforms proposed for Hamland

NEW KIRRIE (CS) – An assertion of “very poor” organization of the Hammish government is behind a popular move to reform the bureaucracy that includes the removal of the King as head of state.

The reorganization plan, put forward by Donat Ravaillac, the leader of the Reform Party, is the first of his numerous proposed legal reforms for the micronation, and it has received the popular support of both Seneschal Juan Teadoir, and Son Pur (formerly known as Opyeme Time / Pallisico Sinclair).

The throne is currently vacant in Hamland and the idea of removing it from the government structure was put forward by Pur, who argued that the Seneschal (Steward) is in practice equivalent to the King. In Pur’s view, consolidation of the two positions was the most effective option for Hamland, which boasts a population of three active citizens at present. Teadoir agreed, but suggested that the positions be merged under the banner of the Seneschal as a cultural quirk unique to the micronation, as opposed to something “so normal as having a King;” a suggestion that was readily adopted.

Ravaillac’s broader plan would see significant reforms throughout the government that seek to update Hammish legal codes and strengthen the rule of law in the micronation. In addition to modernizing the constitution to reflect “current realities”, Ravaillac hopes to create a Civil Code and a Criminal Code for Hamland supported by a system of strong, active, and independent courts. He also hopes to centralize all current and future laws in one code of law for ease of reference.

With popular support for the reorganization expressed, Ravaillac intends to integrate the new government structure into his constitutional proposal. As such, a date for the formal end of the Hammish monarchy has yet to be set.