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 Hamland’s head of state, Seneschal Juan Teadoir, called for the ban to be rescinded.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Time predicted that Hamland would stay the course despite Lewis’ pronouncements and announced that the ban would not be rescinded.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.

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.

Push underway for reform in Hamland

NEW KIRRIE (CS) | With the year coming to an end, the Hammish Parliament is set to begin discussions on a variety of proposed reforms for the New Year.

The reforms, proposed by Lewis, would take effect within the next term of office for the government and focus on four major areas of the micronation: the economy; the discussion forum; the constitution; and, the Parliament.

The most significant reform would affect the economy, which is generally, at present, a non-interactive formula-based system that uniquely uses the Small Commonwealth Exchange stock unit as currency. Lewis calls for a “Return to the Real Economy” that would allow citizens to “trade how they like,” referring to his belief that citizens wish to use the SCUE Unit for currency as most other Micras micronations do, rather than the more obscure and less popular stock exchange units. The use of the stock exchange units is considered by some to be a limitation on intermicronational trade with Hamland.

Also proposed is the review of the current system of regional representation for the Parliament and an assessment of the constitution to ensure its “simplicity”. That simplistic approach is also being advocated for restructuring the discussion forum, to make it more user-friendly and navigable.

Further discussion on the proposals by Parliament has been tentatively scheduled for mid-January at the earliest.

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