In September 2002, Attera annexed the Commonwealth of Interland – an annexation driven primarily by a nation’s lack of activity and another nation’s integration of a make-believe map as an important part of its foreign policy.
There is one common vision of all micronationalists, which is to make their micronation more realistic in its function and structure. Whether that encompasses realism or fantasy is another thing. One of the typical ways to achieve this sense of realism is through the creation of virtual worlds, and the application of those worlds on various policies of the nation.
One nation, Attera, found itself relying heavily on the Micronational Cartography Society’s world map, sometimes referred to as Micras, in 2002. For one, Attera based its economic simulation on the product of fantasy goods and services that could be found on the resource map of Micras, instead of using real products that use, for example, the Internet as a medium.
Furthermore, Micras was taken so seriously by the Atteran government at the time, that it would be the basis of the nation’s foreign policy. With Micras being the basis of two important factors of Atteran society – its economy and foreign policy – the stage was set for expansion of Attera on Micras in order to gain control of more and more of the “natural” resources of the “planet”.
To its south on that map was the Commonwealth of Interland, a resource rich, regularly with one foot in the grave, nation. In the Micras trance, Interland was therefore a security liability to the Atteran Imperial Government as it was a weak nation, with no hopes of defending itself, and, most frightful of all, bordering the Atteran nation. Despite the map being nothing more than a fantasy, the Atteran government could not risk an enemy nation, like Babkha, hijacking Interland’s territory.
Another reason given by the Atteran Imperial Government for the annexation proposal to the Interland government was that Interland’s former president, Sean Walker, joined the Atteran Commonwealth in September 2001 and this meant that Attera felt a connection with Interland and did not want it to disappear from existence (or more rightly, the Micras map).
A more major reason for the annexation, security concerns of Attera aside, was that Interland had many “useful” resources which could aide the Atteran economic simulation quite well. Not to mention that Interland had a history of being very economy-minded, with Austi Scot having created an interesting, albeit sometimes confusing, economic model.
None of these reasons would have mattered, however, if it had not been for the Interland government’s own admission that the nation was on the verge of collapse – even more so after a planned merger with Pacifica fell through. Interland was becoming desperate after a couple of reincarnations failed – most notably the Tymarian State of Interland, and the Kingdom of Interland. As Julian Starr stated in one of the many chats in which the annexation was hammered out, “Interland in many respects is like Russia, it’s disorganized, sparsely populated, was feared, and too focused on external affairs, full of extremists.” And like Russia, the nation was fast becoming nothing m ore than a liability to the security of the “greater” world, at least, so it seemed to the Atterans.