WÜRDIGELAND – New Israel’s Emperor has declared independence from the Würtige Empire, citing a desire to not be dominated by Würtige and its legislature’s intention to override certain New Israeli laws.
A vassal of the Würtige Empire since September 2014, New Israel’s Emperor, Markus Abernathy, announced earlier today that he was unilaterally seceding due to comments made by several individuals within the Würtige legislature dating back to an August 3rd discussion regarding New Israel being granted memberstate status. That status, since granted with the unanimous approval of all individuals involved and confirmed by a treaty, is now in dispute as a result of Abernathy’s discovery of the comments leading up to the legislature’s vote on the matter.
Abernathy, in a post to the MicroWiki Community forums, shared copies of the unedited chat logs that included the comments. The logs appeared to be authentic and those involved have not protested otherwise since their publication; however, those involved in the conversation decried the loss of privacy caused by the sharing. Given that the unedited logs contain irrelevant and personal discussions, the Coprieta Standard will not be providing links to the unedited logs.
One comment made by Richard of Mercia, particularly noted by Abernathy in his announcement to declare independence, was regarding a desire to grant New Israel’s status change within the Empire as a symbolic gesture of dominance. The move would “show [Würtige’s] dominance in the wake of the Freedomian Aggression (referring to Abernathy’s previous controversial micronation),” Richard said; however, he also acknowledged that New Israel and Abernathy’s involvement would nonetheless be a positive addition to Würtige over and above any such symbolism. That was however proved insufficient to detract from the seriousness of dominance comment, which only served to re-open old wounds from a period of conflict between the two micronations from 2013 until New Israel when became a vassal.
Abernathy’s announcement also contained excerpts of comments by Arthur Labão, Würtige’s Emperor, and James Frisch. Labão seemed resigned to the need to accept New Israel as a full memberstate, and stated in a somewhat defeated manner that “We’ll just have to hope we can overrule [Abernathy’s] insanities,” referring to certain laws within New Israel that would clash with Würtige’s fundamental legal principles. Frisch meanwhile suggested that the “New State Joining Treaty,” as it is colloquially known, be amended to require only a two-thirds majority to overrule any such conflicting New Israeli law. While reasonable to except a memberstate to comply with its fundamental legal principles, Labão’s comment appeared to only inflame Abernathy.
“Several provisions of the Würtige Constitution violate deeply-held religious and political views of [New Israelis],” Abernathy said, suggesting that New Israel could not adhere to such provisions. “In conclusion, the policies of the Würtige Empire are irreconcilable with the Word of God and the Constitution of the Holy Empire of New Israel,” Abernathy stated defiantly as he declared independence.
To observers, it is not clear why New Israel consented to join Würtige as a constituent memberstate while having such irreconcilable differences with the Empire’s fundamental laws and policies; however, it is clear that Abernathy regrets that decision and wishes his micronation to regain its sovereignty.
The manner by which Abernathy is seeking to attain that goal – through a unilateral declaration – has nonetheless caused a row with Würtige officials. “I have no problem with New Israel declaring independence … but for heaven’s sake do it legally,” pled Richard, referring to the New State Joining Treaty’s specified process through which New Israel could achieve sovereignty. That procedure requires a simple majority of the residents of New Israel to vote in favour of the measure, allowing it to secede lawfully with or without the consent of the Würtige government.
Shortly before press time, Abernathy announced that he had no intention to comply with the secession provisions of the treaty. “Those who oppose this move simply view the matter in a different way,” he said. He further charged, with evident emotion, that “the evidence I have provided shows that the majority of the Würtige leaders violently oppose the existence of [New Israel];” however, the willingness of those same leaders to unanimously vote in favour of New Israel’s full memberstate status, which provided New Israel with stronger representation and rights as compared to that of a vassal, challenges that allegation.