Locally-developed game launched

LUCÍUSU – The first computer game to be developed based on a part of Micras culture since the turn of the millennium has been released.

The Ballad of Old Lake Morovia: Part One was developed by Passio-Corum founder and leader Queen Esper (formerly known as Opyeme Time) and incorporates the story of fictional-pirate Captain Ismael Hatch, who plundered the Strait of Haifa on Micras. In the game, the user, playing Hatch, is a pawn of the Lake Morovia Blockade Fund who learns of dark, insidious forces that control the Strait while on Black Hatch Island.

The game was developed using RPG Maker MV and is available for download on both Windows and Linux.

It is the first major game developed based on a Micras theme since the popular Control of Destiny Series that incorporated the Shirerithian religion of Soloralism nearly 15-years ago.

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 Hamland’s head of state, Seneschal Juan Teadoir, called for the ban to be rescinded.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.

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. 8

March 1 to 7, 2015

  • The political unrest in Sorrenia dominated news from that micronation in the past week. The discontent was brought to the forefront when Richard Hytholoday called for the rejection of a historic bill that would enshrine the micronation’s secularism, according to a report by Liberty Action News!,the official news service of the Democratic-Liberal Party. After being condemned for his proposal by prominent politicians, including President Miles Pressland, hostilities between the micronation’s political factions erupted, resulting in the eventual suspension of the local Navy on charges of rebellion and conspiracy to create a ruling military junta.
  • The passage of a law to promote growth of the agriculture sector in Leylandiistan was transformational, reported Béal na Tíre. The Agricultural Regulations Act 2015 provides for the implementation of what is billed as the first micronational organic certification programme and bans the use of agrochemicals. The government will also fund agricultural co-operatives to allow farmers to have access to common equipment and facilities. Farmers may also qualify for direct funding from the state as well.
  • An article in the Daily Squidger indicated that Pallisico Sinclair’s desire to annex the Republic of Stars for Hamland under economic pretences had not fully abated as originally thought. Under the banner of his personal micronation, Passio-Corum, the prominent Micran economist laid claim to Stars’ oil extraction and exportation rights, setting up his re-introduction of annexation legislation in the Hammish Parliament later in the week.

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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