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.

Sper Conference implodes from start

The Sper Conference organized by Gerenia has been derailed, not only by a lack of participation from a key micronation, Senya, but by a Jingdaoese repulsion to Shireroth’s involvement.

Convened on February 12 by Gerenian President Gerald Ruze, the conference aimed to create a regional pact on the Micras continent of Apollonia that allowed for freedom of navigation, the delineation of areas of territorial interest, and the integration of transportation infrastructure. The conference invited Apollonian micronations that bordered the Northern Sea and Lake Lamantia to attend, specifically, Gerenia, Jingdao, Senya, and Shireroth.

As reported by the Coprieta Standard on February 21, the conference struggled from the start, as Senya had failed to send a delegation. Despite Ruze’s efforts to move the conference forward in Senya’s absence, simmering animosity on the part of Jingdao toward Shireroth ultimately made the Sper Conference a non-starter.

The unravelling of the conference began on February 24 when Jingdao’s emperor, Jezza Rasmus, decreed that he wished to “property the Jingdaoese people against [the] meddling of [Shireroth],” and subsequently ordered his micronation’s delegation to withdraw from the conference until such a time as Shireroth ceased its participation.

Rasmus’ decree was initially met with opposition from Theodosius Myksos, a high ranking Jingdaoese. “I protest against this degree,” said Myksos as he called for the implementation of a law to prevent the emperor from issuing decrees that fail to have the support of a majority of top-level officials. Yet, despite Myksos’ opposition to abandoning the conference, the Jingdaoese delegation formally withdrew on February 29.

With only Gerenia and Shireroth remaining at the table, Ruze cancelled the conference on March 1, with no indication of any future effort to be made to reconcile the parties.

Sper Conference in danger of derailment

The Sper Conference, named for the southern Gerenian town in which it is being hosted, appears to be struggling to find its footing as one of the key parties – Senya – has so far failed to accept its invitation to the key diplomatic initiative.

Organized by President Gerald Ruze of Gerenia, the conference was called on February 12 to kickstart regional cooperation between the micronations that border the Northern Sea and Lake Lamantia on the Micras continent of Apollonia. Those micronations specifically are Gerenia, Jingdao, Senya and Shireroth.

The conference aims to build on a previous land transfer between Jingdao and Gerenia last month, expanding the goodwill from that agreement into a regional pact that allows for freedom of navigation, for both civilian and military ships, through the River Camoleo that connects Lake Lamantia with the Northern Sea.

Lake Lamantia, the River Camoleo and the Northern Sea into which it drains, form the geographic basis to the Sper Conference.
Lake Lamantia, the River Camoleo and the Northern Sea into which it drains, form the geographic basis to the Sper Conference.

Among the other topics for discussion at the conference will be a non-aggression pact, the delineation of “areas of territorial interest” to avoid tensions over future land claim expansions in the region, and the integration of transportation infrastructure as a basis for a future Trans-Apollonian Railway.

In announcing the conference, Ruze stated his hope was that it would allow the micronations “ to coordinate policies and reach a higher level of understanding.” With Senya having so far failed to accept its invitation to the conference, Ruze’s hope may be dashed.

As the controller of Fort Kolgrad, a major trading centre and settlement on Lake Lamantia, Senya has a vested interest in any agreement, especially one that provides for freedom of navigation for its merchant ships. As such, any agreement reached at the conference in the absence of Senya may serve to cause economic disruption and flare regional tensions.

It is yet hoped by Ruze that Senya will accept its invitation, allowing one of the most important diplomatic initiatives on Micras in 2016 to reach a successful conclusion.

Gotzborg football clubs dominate AEFA

LONENBERG – The AEFA Champions League Cup final was a Gotzer affair as two of the micronation’s football clubs faced each other for domination of Micras’ Apollonian and Euran continents.

Entering the annual league as the third-seeded nation, Gotzborg’s three teams – Lonenberg FC, Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC – faced an uphill challenge against the dominant and more experienced group of football clubs fielded by Gerenia and Senya.

In the qualifying round, Schaffhausen FC squeezed out a 2-1 victory over Fort Kolgrad’s King’s Lynn Town FC in the first leg before dominating it 4-0 in the second leg to secure a berth in the group stage. Schaffhausen FC continued its dominant play as it subsequently advanced to the quarter-finals alongside Eldeburgh FC and Lonenberg FC.

With Lonenberg FC, the micronation’s senior association football club, having dropped both of its quarterfinal matches, Gotzborg’s hopes for victory lay with Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC. Neither club disappointed as Schaffhausen FC defeated its Gerenian rival, Isherwood CSSC, while Eldeburgh FC defeated Senya’s Svorgas Scitenhima FK in the semi-final round.

The Eldeburgh FC semi-final victory was unwelcomed by some Senyans, who were shut out of the final after winning it last year, with reports that Svorgas Scitenhima fans rioted and attacked Gotzer fans following the defeat to the dismay of team officials.

That controversy was quickly overshadowed by the all-Gotzer final. Schaffhausen FC, the underdog of all of the Gotzborg clubs fielded, completed a storied victory that saw it advance from the qualifying round to beating out Eldeburgh FC 2-1 in the final.

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.

Apollonian ultimatum ignored, tensions rise

NORTH DALMACIJA, A.R.S.E. – A conflict is brewing between the Apollonian Republic of Shireroth’s East (A.R.S.E.) and the Democratic Environmental Society of Senya over the River Warriors’ Autonomous Region, which is currently part of Senya, but of which representatives has sought rapprochement with the Apollonian Republic. An ultimatum from the A.R.S.E. was met with refusal, which raised tensions between the two camps.

The Apollonian Republic of Shireroth’s East – formerly known under the name Kildare – was not that long ago part of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth. Their recent independence struggle led them to be more active on the international stage and this didn’t stay unnoticed in Mahūti, the capital of the River Warriors’ tribe.

It was Ledari Kukat, a resistance fighter, who contacted the Caudillo of the Apollonian Republic with the request for annexation by the A.R.S.E. and with that the liberation of his country from the discriminatory government of Senya. This request was met with praise, but eventually a refusal followed: “We’re also happy to see the enthusiasm of joining the Apollonian Republic. However, we have not forgotten that your people have suffered at the hand of oppressors. For that reason, we consider it of utmost importance that the River Warriors will stay free. […] I propose that we establish the Apollonian Republic of the River Warriors Tribe (ARRWT), which will be closely aligned with the A.R.S.E. […]”

A promise to support the Riverorians in their struggle was made by the Caudillo and an ultimatum was issued. The ultimatum, issued on 5560 ASC, was immediately met with a hostile attitude in Senya, which led to the mobilisation of both troops at the Senyan and Apollonian side.

“We seek peace! Only peace!” shouted a high-placed officer of the A.R.S.E. while holding his gun in front of this reporter. “This has nothing to do with our modernisation of the armed forces!”

 Nonetheless, sources in both countries mention that no shot has been fire yet. Neither has any side issued a declaration of war. However, large troop movements to the border show that the situation is critical. At Apollonian side three Legions of the National Protection Army – good for 60,000 soldiers – would be ready to take actions.  They would be supported by the Kildarian Defence Forces (the reservists), which has over 150,000 soldiers moving towards the front line.

 If war breaks out, it will probably result in the largest military conflict in the region in years.



Crunching the numbers – Micras territory reductions

As the primary cartographic organization for the Simulationist Internet Micronational Community, the Micronational Cartography Society (‘the Society’) has played a key role in the depiction of micronational territory since December 2000 through its Micras world map projection.

The popularity of the Micras world map amongst Simulationist micronations has often resulted in politically-charged accusations of misconduct and favouritism on the part of the Society’s executive, even resulting in the founding of rival cartographic organizations, such as the Geographical Standards Organisation. Often such accusations were a result of the Society’s leadership being perceived as insensitive to the requirements of certain member micronations or otherwise favouring others. These accusations resulted from the autocratic structure of the Society in its first six years. As a means of standardizing its treatment of all member micronations, in order to eliminate such accusations, starting with the leadership of former Administrator-General V.C. Vehendi, the Society began to implement reforms from 2007 onward to address concerns over the democratic-deficit within the organization.1

Vehendi’s reforms would soon be followed in subsequent years by policies designed to alleviate concerns over favouritism playing into the allocation of territory on the Society’s primary political map projection, which it calls the “Claims Map”. This map displays the amount of territory held by individual member micronations. The amount of territory held is often in flux as a means of assigned a level of relative diplomatic power to each micronation, based on the micronation’s performance across several indicators: cultural development, population, and activity levels1. The latter of these indicators is often the most referenced, and forms the basis for the analysis undertaken in this article.

The authority for the acceptance and modification of all territorial claims on the Claims Map lies with the Administrative Council (“the Council”) that Vehendi originally founded. The Council has since 2009 adopted a systematic approach to the granting of territory that is directly-correlated to the active presence of the applicant or member micronation. A micronation must provide evidence that it is an active online community to support its initial territorial claim on the map. The Council accepts evidence such as the existence of a forum, bulletin board, or mailing list, and a website.2

The active and regular use of a forum, or other similar social platform, is critical in the administration of territorial claims by the Society, forming the basis of a system that must cater to the demand for limited territorial land. Aside from intensively-detailed cultural projects, such as exploration narratives, the easiest – and most commonly utilized – method by which a member micronation acquires further territory on the Claims Map is by demonstrating a heightened level of activity (which may or may not reflect the micronation experiencing a population gain).2

  1. MicrasWiki – Micronational Cartography Society [] []
  2. Micronational Cartography Society – Frequently Asked Questions [] []