Vyktory prepares for growth, renewal

[Submitted: The Vyktoryan Times]  With the current state of the Commonwealth of Vyktory being of desolation, depopulation, and disrepair, King James I is correct about being worried about the future state of the nation, especially after his own inactivity and procrastination placed the nation in such a state.

His Majesty, while stopping short of making a concrete plan, has decided to attempt to recruit more citizens, to create more activity, and to work on a robust economic and political simulation to entice people to immigrate. Vyktory’s recent application to join the newly founded Micronational Economic Group is a key tenet of this new simulation, with the King planning to use the MEG‘s online portal to underpin the economy.

The political simulation will run on a macro-level, with each person running their own party and attempting to gain seats in the national parliament. His Majesty will be making full use of the seat calculator that Carl Jackson of Safiria created back in April.

The nation’s sports teams are also a focus of the reforms, with new logos for Vyktory Dragons, the Vyktoryan FA, and the Vyktoryan Football League having been obtained at a cost of US$20.

Only time will tell if this will restore the nation or place it further into disrepair, but for now, His Majesty remains dedicated to the cause.

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.

Safiria releases new licence plates

AŇIRA (CS) | A year-end initiative by the Safir government has resulted in the creation of several eye-catching licence plates that have received acclaim throughout the micronational community.

The licence plates, designed by Carl Jackson and released between December 18th and 24th, include one for each of the micronation’s nine mainland states, as well as a special-issue diplomatic plate. The plates are predominantly stamped according to the Safir government; however, certain states, particularly Evari and Umaront, will use printed lettering.

The Safir release follows an equally extensive release of licence plates by Austbard in August of this year, which represented the second year in a row that that micronation has led development of these unique symbols in the Micras community. Senya, the Gong Federation, and Høgmårk also released licence plate designs in 2014.

Click through the gallery below to view the licence plates released by these micronations this year.

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2014-12-28 19:15 MST – This article has been updated to include the Gong Federation licence plate released on December 24, which we were made aware of after the article was originally published.

One-on-One: Carl Jackson

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

CM: I’m Carl Jackson, founder of the Safirian Empire among other things. I’m a 20-year-old autistic hikikomori from Florida. 🙁 I discovered micronationalism in 2010; how I discovered it I sadly don’t remember, other than that it involved a political simulation with some British friends for about a year before that.

CS: You’re the founder of the Safirian Empire, which has been existent on Micras in one-form or another for about half a decade now. Would you provide our readers with a brief introduction to the Empire and perhaps share your inspirations for its culture?

CM: The Safirian Empire is a large star empire centered on the planet Daia, approximately 7500 light-years distant from Micras; its current incarnation has existed for about a hundred years, while the Safir civilization in general is several million years old, according to known records. (These are in-game years.) Traditionally, Safir culture is quite aesthetic, with a particular love of uniqueness and impermanence; their decision-making, meanwhile, has normally been by consensus — owing to the safir’s psionic nature — but this has been disregarded by the last few Safir Empresses, who have had to rule by decree given large-scale governmental apathy (OOC: the fact that it’s a one-man nation *laughs*). I’ve drawn inspiration from Heian- to Edo-period Japan, as well as various works of fiction.

CS: I’ve noticed that Safiria focuses closely on sport; however the overall goals of the micronation beyond that aspect seem murky at present. What does the future have in store for Safiria?

CM: The goals for the future are to flesh out Safiria’s history and worldbuilding, and concoct some form of government that both fits the Safir worldview, etc. and can work for a one-man nation as well as a many-person one.

CS: Let’s touch back on the topic of sport. You’ve been heavily involved in micronational simulated sport for many years, whether it was baseball, football, or gridiron football. In your opinion, how does sport benefit the Simulationist community and the individual micronation?

CM: Through sports, micronations and -nationalists of all different stripes get to interact with each other, even when they wouldn’t otherwise. It helps that it’s fun. *laughs*

CS: Earlier this year, you were made Kaiser of Shireroth under the Royal moniker of Trantor IV, and unfortunately you had an arguably rough brief reign. Almost a year later, can you share with us your thoughts on that episode of your micronational career?

CM: It was a complete train wreck, and I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Next question?

CS: If you were approached by a newcomer to the community who wanted to found a new micronation, what advice would you give?

CM: Get your footings first before trying to go it alone. New-person micronations rarely if ever last.

CS: As a participant in the Simulationist community for the last half-decade, what is your fondest memory to date? What about your deepest regret?

CM: I don’t have any particular fond memories, and my deepest regret would be either acting stupid right when I joined up… or Trantor IV.

CS: Any final thoughts?

CM: I wish I could go back to 2010 and try again. 🙁

Group of micronations seeks Micras reforms

HUB.MN (CS) | A group of nine prominent Micras micronations have delivered a plea to the Micronational Cartography Society (MCS) Administrative Council to implement several reforms.

The open letter, delivered by Orion Ilios, called for the Council to undertake changes with how it approaches the waiting period for new micronations wishing to obtain membership, how it treats one-man micronations, and how it deals with inactivity and expansions, among others. Said the letter, “It is the common belief that the Council has been approached in the past … to either review or institute these changes, but only for said suggestions to fall on deaf ears or unanimous dismissal,” calling the roadblocks to reform “frustrating”.

Among specific reforms proposed is the waiving of the three-month waiting period for a new micronation to gain territory on the Micras map and a greater focus on cultural development for justifying territorial expansions for one-man micronations. Also included is the discontinuation of the one post-per-day minimum activity level to avoid territorial reductions, with it being replaced with a more easily attainable ten-post-per-month minimum. A more professional representation of the Micras maps would also be implemented to replace the Microsoft Paint depiction that has existed since the organization was founded in 2000.

MCS Administrator General Craitman Pellegrino welcomed the letter’s concerns as a discussion point though he argued that many of the proposed reforms were grounded in a fundamental misunderstanding of how the organization operates. Others, including representatives for Hamland and Senya, were outright opposed to the proposals.

As of press time, the following micronations have signed onto the letter: Shireroth, Alexandria, Stormark, Safiria, Maraguo, Natopia, Gralus, Brettish Isles and the Free Cities.

Controversial bill seeks dissolution of Shireroth

SHIREKEEP (CS) – Kai Jackson has proposed controversial legislation in the Landsraad that would result in the dissolution of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, which just last month celebrated its thirteenth year of existence.

In tabling his bill, Jackson cited his belief that Shireroth “cannot again reach the activity levels of the glory days” as his primary motivation to seek its dissolution, adding that such a bold move “shall generate much-needed activity.”

The bill proposes that Shireroth be succeeded by its current administrative divisions (Goldshire, Hyperborea, Kildare, Lichbrook, Safiria, Yardistan, and Shirekeep) becoming their own sovereign micronations. Upon achieving sovereignty, these successor states would continue to be aligned with each other through a “Group of Seven” to encourage commerce and intercultural exchange “as they attempt to manifest their respective destinies.”

The bill was quickly panned by several ranking Shirerithians, with Krasniy Yastreb referring to the measure as another “panicky” reaction to Shireroth’s current lull in activity. Said Yastreb, “What this would create is a series of territories too inactive to support themselves, which end up falling [to inactivity] in short order.”

Vilhelm Benkern was equally cool to the proposal stating that “a minor trough is no reason to disband at all,” and calling for Jackson to be ruled out as a potential candidate for future Kaiser for proposing such a measure. Jackson defended his proposal, responding to Benkern that “I don’t think three years is a minor trough.”

Kaiseress Mira Raynora also voiced her opposition to the bill, calling dissolution “unthinkable,” while noting that Shireroth, while not as active as in its past, was nonetheless still productive. Raynora viewed the proposal as an opportunity to reform the current system of governance in Shireroth, encouraging individuals to propose ways to improve the system as opposed to pursuing dissolution of the state. Her view was echoed by Soreaa Isurui, who voiced that reforms have to be moderate while cautioning that “too little of it or too much of it is clearly nothing that we can afford.”

Debate on the proposal continues in the Landsraad as of press time.

Safiria to become Shirerithian protectorate

The Imperial Republic of Shireroth is on the verge of adding a new protectorate as the Landsraad begins its vote on a bill to admit the Safirian Empire, a micronation founded by CJ Miller. The proposal has received support in both micronations and it represents a major transformation of Safiria, which has continually struggled to gain traction as an independent micronation.

While Safiria will remain a nominally independent micronation in the event that its protectorate status is approved, the current Safirian monarch, Amane VIII, would yield Head of State responsibilities and titles to the Kaiser of Shireroth, as well as surrender control over its defence and foreign affairs to the Shirerithian government. The Kaiser of Shireroth would also gain the power to decree local laws affecting Safiria.

In return for giving up these powers, Safiria would gain infrastructure on the Shireroth national forums, as well as Shirerithian citizenship for its population, though this latter benefit is obscure given that the active citizens of Safiria already hold separate citizen status in Shireroth. Safiria will still be permitted to maintain an independent citizenship programme from Shireroth, in which a micronationalist may become Safirian without the benefits of Shirerithian citizenship.

At present, in both national legislatures, there is unanimous support amongst delegates for the adoption of the annexation treaty. It is widely anticipated that the measure will be approved shortly in both micronations.