Upper Crandish Diet Votes on Status of the Duchy of Kloss

Following the counter-coup in Attera, the ownership of the Duchy of Kloss, a territory within the loose federation known as Upper Cranda, has come into question. The territory had previously been granted to Empress Jihan of Attera, however due to Upper Crandish rules of inheritance and law, the counter-coup in Attera has caused an unexpected void to own in the ownership of the land. This void has been exploited by one Orion Ilios, Arch-Duke of Lac Glacei, by his laying claim to Kloss and also Upper Loreley, which had previously been under now Emperor Diga Makonnen’s (Mik’el Tzion) direct control. Diga meanwhile has laid his own claim to both territories, based on his status as Emperor of Attera. However, as explained by Upper Cranda’s prince and head of state, Johanns fonn Klosso, also former Atteran Prime Minister and Co-Regent, things are not so simple:

“The problem… lies in the lack of continuity between Jihan and Diga in this issue. Presumably, as someone besides Diga was recognized as Sovereign by the council, and she has never issued a statement abdicating, but her government has been extinguished, the territory has now reverted back to the direct control of the council.

Diga has laid claim to the territory based on the fact that he is Jihan’s father. Orion Ilios has laid claim to it for geopolitical reasons, along with the territory of northern Lorelei, which is directly owned by Diga, and is outside this council’s jurisdiction. The main aim seems to be to remove the Atteran enclave on Lac Glacei’s borders.

Based on the laws of inheritance, Diga has the stronger claim. But as the council recognizes Sovereigns and not bloodlines in ownership, and since it did not formerly recognize Diga as Sovereign, a problem arises. Therefore, they both have an equal claim on this basis. Therefore I have convened this vote, which also frees me from charges of bias and making a decision on the matter.”

This has resulted in a vote of the members of Upper Cranda’s Diet, or Riikstai, concerning which of the claimants should be awarded the fief. At current, Ilios seems to have secured the Duchy, with three of the five Members of the Diet eligible to hold the vote having cast in his favor. Based on the laws of the Crandish Diet, Diga will be forced to abandon claim to the territory. A more tricky state of affairs arises in the matter of Loreley, which was directly under Diga’s ownership, and outside any other body’s jurisdiction. It seems unlikely he will abandon his claims there, and will perhaps expand them to include south Loreley (or Lorelei) as well. The issue will probably remain in the air for months to come, as it has since the territory was first annexed by Transattera when Arminy briefly became a part of Shireroth.

On a side note, Benjamin Farzan, former co-regent, has sabotaged an image used by Diga Makonnen on his newsblog, the Red Shield III, which apparently was hosted on Farzan’s nation’s website. As of time of printing, Diga Makonnen is not yet aware of the prank.

Attera ceases to exist

In a move long awaited, the former Emperor Diga Makonnen (Mik’el Tzion) has posted a coup deposing the Co-Regents in Attera. The two present, Imperials Rases Gray and Johanns, have responded by throwing up their hands and leaving the ‘God-forsaken’ nation. Meanwhile, former Atteran Liam Sinclair has deleted the entire contents of Attera’s Govnet, which formerly housed all the Imperial Legislation for the past five years. This will likely hurt Diga Makonnen’s attempts to utilize said laws. There is no word on when Interland will secede from Attera yet, but secession seems certain.

The only authority figure not to have left is Imperial Ras Charles, who is currently busied with macronational affairs. He will likely follow suit.

This will likely be the last publication of the Atteran Shield. Attera as we know it is now more dead than before, with the only active citizen, Johanns fonn Klosso, finally having quit.

How Emperor Tzion intends to lead this dead corpse remains to be seen. The ‘coup’ came immediately after the foiling of an attempt by Emperor Tzion to use papels to get his way.

Final Draft of Crimson Constitution Goes to Vote

Yesterday the Sixth Crimson Constitution draft, as compiled by Ras Johanns fonn Klosso, Co-Regent, went to a final vote. Voting, which concludes Monday, is expected to conclude with a unanimous vote in support of the new draft, which consists of a total of eighty articles spread over nine chapters and sixteen pages in MSWord, making it one of the largest, and hopefully most comprehensive, micronational constitutions in existence.

The draft owes much of its structure and wording to former Atteran Ras Liam Sinclair, whose award-winning Fourth Crimson Constitution provides the basis for this new one. The most significant departure from this document is the severe limitations placed upon the power of Empress Jihan I. She will be unable to act independently, with all her actions instead being passed through the Mesinafaat Bet, a body of three Imperial Rases. For the time being the Mesinafaat Bet does not even have to worry about the possibility of an Imperial veto, as the Empress is only nine years old, and cannot exercise power until her fifteen birthday.

The length of the “Rights and Duties of Atterans” chapter, occupying articles 7-28 of the document, shows the increased importance placed upon the rights of the citizens as a response to a near total lack thereof during the Fifth Crimson Constitution, which, it has been pointed out by some, was technically illegal. For this reason the new constitute formally repeals the Fourth Constitution as well as validates the September 5 Labor Day Coup, which officially overthrew Emperor Mik’el Tzion I and placed his daughter Jihan on the throne.

In addition to its executive powers the Mesinafaat Bet has been given a small amount of legislative power. This is meant to hasten the process of ratification for most treaties and certain other laws. This power does not extend to amending the constitution, making taxes, or revoking laws, however, ensuring that it cannot be abused.

New Atteran Constitution to Take Effect Monday

The Sixth Crimson Constitution of Attera, under construction since the Labour Day 2005 coup against the reign of Emperor Mik’el Tzion, will formally come into effect on Monday, 24 Oct 2005, according to Co-Regent Johanns fonn Klosso.

The constitution will move the Solomonic Empire to a new system of government in which three co-regents (Klosso, Charles Beard, and Benjamin Farzan) will effectively run the country by decree. It will also begin a new era in Atteran governmental structure with the formal dissolution of the position of Prime Minister of Attera, which was the long-standing head of government position (now being replaced by the co-regent triumvirate). Klosso will be remembered as the last of the Atteran prime ministers, as well as the prime minister who was willing to risk the overthrow of his Emperor for the good of the Atteran citizenry.

No formal celebrations to mark the passage of the Sixth Crimson Constitution, the constitution of the informal “Era of the Hisb’,” have been announced.

Diga Makonnen Enters Negotiations with Coup Government

Yesterday, October 3rd, HIH Diga Makonnen IV, formerly Emperor Mik’el Tzion, officially agreed to accept the change of government as instituted by the Labor Day Coup, despite it being “illegal in every aspect.” The former Emperor expressed gratitude at being made patriarch of the Imperial Family, and his newly remarried wife, HIH Marie at being made Dowager Empress, but expressed anger at the manner in which he was removed. “…I certainly feel that this last episode was engineered to be meanspirited and a very cruel attempt to somehow “knock” old Diga out of the “game” once and forever” the former Emperor said, and made reference to his attempt to abdicate last year, saying “Now… my “prophetic” vision has come to fruition.” Claims that the coup was engineered to knock Le’ul Makonnen out of micronationalism have been refuted by Ras Bitwoded fonn Klosso, who said, “[T]he coup was constitutional in nature, and in no way personal.” Makonnen also expressed anger at some of the comments directed towards him in the declaration and press release by the coupists, which fonn Klosso admitted might have been “overblown.” He also thanked the former emperor for avoiding a schism.

Following this Makonnen presented a series of negotiation points, including the surrender of claims to the Atteran Commonwealth/Union of Atteran Monarchies nations made in the Labor Day Hisb’ Decree, which was readily agreed to, although the Union itself is considered dissolved except as areas held in common by the Imperial House of Solomon. He also requested special treatment be given to his fief of Q’Attera Proper, which is currently being negotiated. It appears that the issue will be brought to a settlement which will satisfy all parties.

In other news the Atteran Sixth Crimson Constitution has progressed to the stage that several parts, Bill of Rights, Executive Branch, and Judicial, have been written and are currently under discussion. The prime debates still remains the nature of the Yezawd Derg, or Crown Council, Attera’s legislature, with proponents of representative, one-vote-one-person direct democracy, and tiered voting direct democracy currently still at odds, although the representative democracy faction appears beaten. The largest change the new constitution (as currently under discussion) would make is the placement of most of the executive power in the hands of the Mesinafaat Bet, or Imperial House, a council of three Imperial Rases. The document would also abolish the Prime Ministry, a long time Atteran government post. The Bill of Rights is perhaps the largest in any micronational constitution.

Deposed Atteran Emperor to Cooperate with New Rulers

After serious considerations between himself and HIH Princess Marie, deposed Atteran Emperor Mik’el Tzion has announced that he will cooperate with the new co-regents of Attera and withdraw any claims to the Atteran imperial throne, in favour of allowing his daughter, Empress Jihan I, to act as the Attera Empire’s ceremonial head of state.

Noting that the coup against his rule did cause him anger, Tzion also noted that he could not retain harsh feelings towards people he considers “friends and longtime confidants” and also stated that the coup was a “relief” given that macronational issues, such as his upcoming return to Iraq with the United States Army, have prevented his active participation in the micronation he helped co-found and lead for the past twenty-six years.

Tzion did have some words to say about the legitimacy of the reasons used to justify the coup, citing that when it was drafted, the controversial Fifth Crimson Constitution, which severely limited the operation of the state to the Emperor, received no opposition from officials such as the Prime Minister and the Imperial High Judge. Feeling that it was extreme to blame the recent decline in the Atteran Empire solely upon himself, Tzion called on all Atterans involved in the operation of that micronation to take on their fair share of the responsibility.

Having taken under consideration the advice of former Atteran Prime Minister Liam Sinclair that “we [older] micronationalists must step aside so that the younger may move forward,” Tzion will leave the throne for a quiet private life in Attera. He has not, however, ruled out a return to politics and has asked the co-regents to not stack the new constitution against his possible return to the government in the future due to his actions in the past.

Tzion, whose current moniker was taken upon his acension to the Solomonic Throne in December 2003, has now reverted to his traditional micronational moniker of “HIH Diga Makonnen IV”.

Atteran Emperor Responds to Overthrow

Freshly back from his deployment to the National Training Center to undergo work-ups for his upcoming deployment back to Iraq, as well as his participation in the United States Army’s Katrina relief efforts, Atteran Emperor Mik’el Tzion returned to the Solomonic Empire to find one message left for him from the Atteran population.

The message, a declaration which is the remnants of the Labour Day (05 Sep 2005) coup in which Tzion was formally disposed of as Emperor, harshly criticized him for being the primary cause of the decline of Atteran power intermicronationally, and accused Tzion of being a dictator and of dereliction of his duties as Emperor.

Almost a month since the overthrow, and with the Atteran Empire now working towards a new constitution and start on life, at a new forum location, the disposed sovereign, posting on old forums still under his control, released a somber, yet bold, statement to his few, if any, remaining subjects (all active citizens of Attera joined the coup and have since formally signed the aforementioned declaration).

In the statement, Tzion “dismissed” the Eleventh Imperial Government, led by then-Prime Minister (and now co-Regent of Attera) Johanns fonn Klosso, for the “serious undermining of Imperial Authority [and] … disregard for the wishes of [Emperor Tzion]”. Tzion also declared that all those participating in the coup have been stripped of their rank, positions, and citizenship; though, he offered amnesty to any participant who wished to return to Attera under his rule. Tzion finally declared the declaration of the Atteran people (the Hisb’) to be null and void and reinstituted the Fifth Crimson Constitution.

Some joyful news was also included in the statement by Tzion, though it was not directly related to the current situation the former sovereign finds himself in micronationally. Following his first deployment to Iraq in 2003-2004, Tzion and his wife, Marie, unfortunately fell into marital problems which led to a divorce. In his statement today, Tzion informed the intermicronational community that both had worked out their problems and we preparing to re-marry on 01 November of this year. The couple has two children, Jihan, and Diga V.

Editor’s Note: Some interesting historical points that I thought of while writing this article, but were not included for relevancy reasons:

(1) The line of imperial governments ended with the coup in that the Eleventh Imperial Government no longer exists and there has yet to be a Twelfth Imperial Government formed under the Empress Jihan I. This is primarily due to the Sixth Crimson Constitution framework having yet to be completed to allow for the formal government to be declared.

(2) It is interesting to note that the poor construction of the Fifth Crimson Constitution, which did not even provide lawful existence for the Prime Minister or his cabinet, meant that Attera could not be legally ruled in an effective manner during the Emperor’s absence as the Prime Minister had no constitutional mandate. This document contributed to the decline of the Atteran Empire which in turn contributed to the eventual coup.