FMF World Cup Week 1 ends

SVORGAS – This year’s FMF World Cup, the first since 2015, is underway in Senya as the Micras community comes together once more in it’s most popular international competition. Today marked the conclusion of the first week of the five-week tournament.

If there was one take away from the past week, it is that this year’s tournament will be marked by an unusually high goal scoring. A total of 64 goals were scored across the 16 matches played, including 8 between Natopia and Elwynn in their July 10th match. The week also included two 6 – 0 shutouts, as Craitland and Mercury dominated Gotzborg and Jingdao, respectively.

The result was particularly disappointing for Gotzborg, which finished at the top of its group with 14 goals-for during the qualifying round. It will attempt to recover when it plays next on July 17th; it faces Birgeshir, which it last played to a one-all draw in 2015. Jingdao, meanwhile, fell further back today in a scoreless draw with Nova England. It will seek its first win as a World Cup competitor on July 18th against the also winless Natopian team.

As the tournament moves into the second week, Lakkvia, Alexandria, Craitland and Mercury lead their respective groups with six points apiece.

Vyktory aims for greater diplomacy

KINGSTOWN – Recognizing its current state of isolation in the micronational community, the Commonwealth of Vyktory has announced a plan to spur the development of new diplomatic relationships.

Vyktory currently reports formal relations with less than half-a-dozen micronations, including just two within the Micras community (Mercury and Natopia) in which it is seeking to focus more diplomatic efforts during an upcoming tour of its monarch, James-Robert Knight.

“I believe Vyktory has reached a point where [holding] ourselves up in relative isolation is not going to do us much good,” said Knight in announcing his intention to engage in more diplomacy with the Micras community, beyond the football league discussions that occupies the bulk of its current efforts.

Knight told the Coprieta Standard that his immediate aim is to secure formal relations with Craitland and Safiria, while making initial contact with Alexandria, Ergonia and Gotzborg. He also hopes to foster trade with Vyktory through the SCUE.

The Week That Was – Around the Blogosphere

The Coprieta Standard highlights some of the news stories from our fellow micronational news media services around the Blogosphere in the past week.

Vol. 1 Ed. 3

January 4 to 10, 2015

  • Just over three months following a fractious dispute between former Prime Minister Benjamin Meir and Erlo Sinders, the long-awaited dissolution of the micronation of Haifa has been finalized, the Genevan Arrow reports. The Dissolution Agreement will see the Micras territory of the now-former micronation divided between Hamland, Passio-Corum and Mercury, while a small portion of territory will be retained by a now-independent Port St. Andre, the official successor state to Haifa.
  • According to a report in the Austenasian Times, Austenasia and Landashir have agreed to jointly administer a “Scotland Office” that will serve as the official line of communication and diplomacy with the macronation. The Office may also host future summits and meetings between national leaders and members of the MicroWiki community attending the nearby Edinburgh University.
  • The architect of Hamland’s 2014 FNORD Award-winning economic system, Opyeme Time (Pallisico Sinclair), while appreciative of the honour bestowed has nonetheless described the system as having “essentially failed” due to a lack of its adoption by other micronations. “Ultimately the true success or failure of our economic system must be judged by the willingness of other nations … to adopt similar systems and to begin trading with us,” said Sinclair to the Daily Squidger, “We have failed on the international stage when it comes to actually promoting trade.”

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One-on-One: Joe Foxon

CS: Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and how you came to become involved in micronationalism?

JF: I first got into micronationalism when I was still at school. I’d just seen ‘How To Start Your Own Country’, I think I was a few years behind everyone else! I decided it would be fun to try it myself, so I asked a few friends and we founded Stigistan. Some of them decided to break away and form their own nations, and others just stopped being involved over time, but I was still having fun, and fun is my only real motivation in doing this. I’m not sure how much history you want from me, but there’s been some pretty interesting stuff over the years. We had our first name change when we first joined Micras – we were called Barrington back then. Then came the merger with Murrayfield to create the Republic of Wyke. When that dissolved, we finally took on the name of Mercury and have remained ever since. In that time, I’ve since become FMF Vice President and a member of the MCS Council, which I don’t think anyone would have expected when Stigistan were rejected for membership!

CS: You were one of the first – if not the first – individual to cross over to Micras from the MicroWiki Community. What motivated your decision to join Micras?

JF: I was struggling with inactive members at the time, so I wanted to take on a more simulationist approach to things, just to keep it ticking over whilst trying to gain more members. It never really turned out that way, but I still remained a member on Microwiki. After a while, I just got fed up of all the bickering about the same-old stuff, so I decided to permanently move to Micras.

CS: What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of each of Micras and MicroWiki?

JF: Well Micras is definitely a lot more grown-up, which is a good thing, but then we don’t have that same sense of community that Microwiki has. That community bickers endlessly but still like to pool together and get things done, whereas over here, if you’re not doing sport, you’re doing your own thing.

CS: You’re the founder and leader of the Republic of Mercury. Can you tell us a bit about this micronation and your plans for it?

JF: Mercury is a parliamentary republic made up of eight states. There are five mainland states: Deacon, May, Mercury, Taylor and Tow Law; and three other constituent countries: Lucerne, Nova England and Nova English Korea. Each of the mainland states has their own senate where they deal with local matters. Lucerne has the Lucerne Council and Nova England/Nova English Korea share the Witan. My plan is to just carry on what I’m doing. I prefer going it alone, and I wouldn’t want someone else to come in and take it in a completely different direction, as New Victoria tried to do.

The Standard One-on-One: Barnaby Hands

CAT’S CORNER PROVINCE (CS) | The Coprieta Standard was honoured to be granted the opportunity to interview the President of Senya, and a prominent leader in micronational sport, Barnaby Hands, on a range of topics.

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