Essian Democrats scold Frisch

RÉMA – After a crushing defeat in last month’s elections in which it secured only 2 seats, the Essian Democrats Party is hoping to capitalize on a failure by the victor, and head of government (heaminister), James Frisch, to convene parliament.

In a sternly worded editorial yesterday in local media, party leader Horatio Eden implied that Frisch had undemocratic motives in stymieing parliament’s opening. “When attempts were made by his Lordship to open [the parliament], the Heaminister rejected them,” charged Eden. Eden suggested that the Essian Commonwealth’s monarch, whose reserve powers include convening parliament, was influenced by Frisch to not do so until an as-of-yet chosen date. Frisch has not responded to the accusation as of press time.

For Eden, there is only one solution to the situation, and it is not to negotiate with Frisch to resolve the matter. Rather, Eden proposes that the Green Party members of parliament, who form a majority with 6 seats, abandon Frisch and join the Democrats. He suggested that his party was ready to govern and would, within a week of assuming the majority position in the parliament, set a date to convene to debate four pieces of legislation his party has drafted.

“[Our parties] have very few differences insofar as legislative agenda,” said Eden, “If the [Green Party members] truly wish to see an active Essian government, they will see it – as we do – as their civic duty to provide [the Democrats] with the legislative mandate required.”

Essian Democrats scold Frisch

Boycotters found “MicroWorld” forum

The MicroWiki boycott movement, started by the Universal Triumvirate on June 14 in response to perceived management inaction on Markus Abernathy’s controversial anti-Muslim comments, has become more entrenched with the founding of its own community forum.

Created by Horatio Eden, the “MicroWorld” forum is meant to provide a place for individuals participating in the boycott to congregate and discuss matters of common interest. As of press time, eleven individuals have registered accounts with the forums, including other prominent participants in the boycott such as Kit McCarthy, Henry Twain, and Lancelot Rice, though fewer have begun active involvement in its discussions.

Admittedly little different from the existing MicroWiki community forum in structure, MicroWorld features a less-comprehensive ruleset for participants, with the major rule being a requirement to be respectful toward each other’s opinion and not derail discussions with irrelevant comments. Eden has promised to enforce that rule “ruthlessly”, given the group’s perception that the MicroWiki administration team was failing to do the same with Abernathy. The MicroWiki administration team instead encouraged its members to ignore hateful comments by Abernathy, which would serve as a means of discouraging him in the future (by depriving him of his audience); however, that measure failed to satisfy certain individuals’ desire to see Abernathy more sternly punished.

Since its creation just days ago, the forum has already attracted criticism from one member of the MicroWiki community. Julian Shelley, the President of Lumania, colourfully suggested that MicroWorld exists “because you guys couldn’t grow up and take a little hate.” He encouraged the participants to “[not] be baby’s [sic]and be real political leaders,” by ignoring Abernathy’s hateful comments and returning to MicroWiki’s forums.

Twain dismissed the criticism. “We are very much acting like real political leaders … real political leaders do not affiliate with the sorts of behaviour … that has been going on [at] the MicroWiki,” he said.

Analysis

The founding of the MicroWorld forum suggests that the boycott movement is seeking to attain some longevity, by providing a more convenient means of communication between its participants. The forum’s small base will need to remain dedicated in the long-term if the forum is to last and grow as a community in its own right.

If its creation is meant only as a measure in a protest movement, it may ultimately fade into history as hurt feelings and sensibilities pass, and participants seek to reintegrate with the larger MicroWiki community. That said, with Markus Abernathy unlikely to be punished as demanded, and even more unlikely to leave the MicroWiki community forums, MicroWorld may become a fixture in the wider micronational community as time moves forward.

Still, as a protest tool, it is unlikely to succeed in pressuring the MicroWiki administration into taking action against Abernathy, given that the MicroWiki community forums retain a healthy base post-boycott. As such, it’s better that MicroWorld be less motivated to be billed as a less “hate-filled” alternative to MicroWiki, and instead focus its energies on determining how it can provide a relevant service to its participants and taking the necessary steps to provide the same.

Boycotters found “MicroWorld” forum

Noland impeachment law rejected

A bill tabled in the Nolandian Congress that would allow for the impeachment of the micronation’s head of state has been universally rejected after a short debate in which it appeared to lose even the support of its proposer.

Tabled on March 29 by Islandic Senate Leader Gunnar, the bill, if passed, would have allowed the Congress to impeach the Prince if he engaged in any unlawful or unconstitutional behaviour. If an impeachment was successful, the entire Royal Family would then be replaced with a new family decided by the Supreme Court.

Horatio Eden quickly spoke in opposition to the proposal, saying that it would result in a significant change to the nature of Noland. “It would go from being an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one, where we could remove the Prince if and when we feel like it, making the system [unnecessarily] unstable,” he charged, though he acknowledged that the idea was a “nice thought”.

Most legislators agreed with Eden’s assessment, finding the proposal logical but not suitable for Noland’s system of government.

Less forgiving in his assessment was Daniel Bandler who suggested that Gunnar’s motives were less than honourable. “Another risqué and bordering illegal post by [Gunnar]. Why should be get away with planning on banishing the sole ruler and founder of this nation? … Is this him hinting at inciting a coup d’état?” he opined.

With the end of voting on the bill yesterday, the measure failed to receive a vote in support as all six legislators present voted to reject it.

Noland impeachment law rejected