Confrontation in Northern Sea sparks world instability

NORTHERN SEA – For the past month, civil war has been raging through the mainland of the Commonwealth of Hamland. A confusing war with several groups changing sides, losing and winning allies and receiving military, financial and diplomatic support from several groups, threatens to expand in an even larger conflict.

While the Hammish possession of Neo Patrovia in Northern Apollonia stayed relatively untouched by the devastations and immense cruelty during the civil war, as the Ravaillac Loyalists had succesfully seized power. This changed when the National Provisional Authority, backed by a Shirerithian proxy organisation, launched an invasion and attack on the coastal fortresses.

The sudden emergence of conflict in the region, together with the mining of the Cameleo River and increase in pirate activities, worried both the Jingdaoese and Gerenian authorities. The thought of having another nation (Natopia already shares a border with Jingdao) at its borders with friendly ties to arch-nemesis Shireroth could also have played a role to trigger alarm bells in the Heavenly Palace of Daocheng.

A joint proclamation between Jingdao and Gerenia was made to keep the peace in the region. Peacekeeping forces were raised and a naval blockade was announced, to limit the import of enemy soldiers and supplies from overseas. Food and other non-military goods have to pass through custom services in East Gerenia, after which they are send through Jingdao and land routes to the Hammish cities. Those actions would all be executed under supervision of the Batavian-Stormarkian organisation Noblesse Oblige.

This peacekeeping action, however, met with a sharp reaction from the Ministry of Military Affairs, which started mobilising its navy. The Jingdaoese countermeasure – mobilisation of both land and naval forces – reflected those increasing tensions.

At this moment, to avoid a further bloodshed, both parties have come to an informal agreement to limit skirmishes to the Northern Sea.

 

 

Confrontation in Northern Sea sparks world instability

Shireroth ends “open-door” immigration

An attempt to rejoin Shireroth by a past citizen has triggered its Kaiser, Hjalmar Redquill, to rescind the micronation’s long-standing “open-door” immigration policy.

The policy decision followed an application yesterday by Ludovic Alixion-Verion to rejoin the micronation after having resigned his citizenship approximately six weeks ago to protest Shireroth’s political leadership of the day under Kaiser Hjalmar Heirðrsson. With the Imperial Government and Kaiser Redquill still closely aligned with the former kaiser, Verion’s application received a tepid response and he quickly withdrew it, citing futility.

In the early hours of this morning, out of apparent concern that the laws of Shireroth were inadequate to prevent Verion from legally regaining his citizenship should he persist in the effort, Kaiser Redquill quickly proclaimed a new immigration policy. The prologue of the associated Imperial Decree took pain to focus on describing what personal qualities were inconsistent with Shirerithian citizenship, such as incivility, unpoliteness, immaturity and instability; qualities which were a poorly veiled reference to the opinion that Redquill and Heirðrsson’s allies hold of Verion.

The new immigration policy is one that is based on qualities that are highly subjective in nature, leaving it to the personal opinion of the Minister of the Interior as to whether the immigrant’s personality sufficiently meets the many requirements of the Kaiser, including elegance, gracefulness, and wisdom.

Shireroth must be “a place where the earth exults, the sky laughs, and everything is full of milk, of honey, and of nectar, and in which the Shirerithian citizenry shall feel good and safe,” said Requill in explaining his motivation for the new policy.

ANALYSIS

It is unclear whether the new policy will have any significant practical impact on immigration to Shireroth, except as a tool by which the Imperial Government can easily exclude Verion should he re-apply in the future.

As a community, the population of Shireroth, like that of the wider Bastion Union in which it operates, is essentially a closed-system, in which current participants usually reinvent themselves as new characters, as opposed to new participants joining from outside. The immigration policy is unlikely to be used often, as except for Verion, the Imperial Government knows, and appears to approve of the conduct of, everyone else in the group of individuals from which it would likely draw immigrants.

That said, the vagueness of the policy is open to being easily abused if a current Shirerithian has a falling out with the government and resigns his or her citizenship in protest, much as Verion did. In such a scenario, the Imperial Government can simply judge the person as impolite, due to the past disagreement, and that person can be excluded from rejoining Shireroth indefinitely.

The policy, if abusively managed by the same sensitive human emotions that led to its decree, will lead to Shireroth’s population being pruned into a narrow clique, which may ultimately spur the 16-year old micronation’s demise.

Shireroth ends “open-door” immigration

On Micras, Terror Attacks ‘Kill Two’ and Exacerbate Tensions

Shirekeep (Shireroth): The Imperial Republic was today stunned by a suicide bombing carried out in the Landsraad Chamber, followed within the hour by a further blast in the Imperial Assembly of the Jingdaoese Empire in Epoli.

The first explosion in Shirekeep came as members were debating a resolution to invite the newly acclaimed Kaiser to address the Chamber on the details of his domestic and foreign policy.

One of the points in which the proponents of the resolution had sought more clarity was the recently announced decision of the Jingdaoese Empire to rename the city of Aracigrad in the former Duchy of Kildare. The point of contention was the implied repudiation of a treaty between the Imperial Republic and the ‘Allied Forces’, of which Kildare was a party, wherein the status of Aracigrad was guaranteed as a quid pro-quo for Shireroth recognising Kildare’s independence. Kildare was subsequently subject to a takeover by Jingdao, which subsequently declared itself unable to fulfil the terms of the aforementioned treaty with Shireroth.

It was at this point in the debate that the security of the Landsraad was inexplicably compromised by an Elwynnese hospital porter, believed to have been involved in an earlier incident in the Emirate of Alalehzamin & Utasia, who gained entrance to the debating chamber and made a mad dash towards the Praetor, before detonating himself prematurely, killing only himself.

Not long afterwards, a further detonation occurred on the floor of the Imperial Assembly in Epoli, where Servant J5671 rushed at Prince Joseph Myksos of Batavia and, apparently, once he had approached close enough, was detonated. We say, was detonated, because it has been reported that the explosive charge he delivered was contained within his person, put there surgically. It has subsequently been reported that Servant J5671 was in fact Elwynnese national Reginald Smythe.

Elements in the Jingdao Government have sought to make great play on this, declaring that there was no way that Shireroth could have responded with like for like retaliation without prior knowledge of the impending terror attack on Shirekeep. Yet this is not a credible stance to uphold. Reginald Smythe was an employee of the  ESB-Jörmungandr Group and a former Petty Officer of the Imperial Shirerithian Navy, a level-headed family man with a wife and sixteen year old daughter, who was working as a Prospector in the southern island archipelago known as Yardistan. He was, by all accounts, successful and well liked, being listed by the ESB Group as one of its select band of ‘notable employees’. With a family and good prospects, Mr Smythe did not and still does not fit the profile of a suicide bomber.

What then could account for his behaviour? His wife, Lucille Smythe, is at present being questioned by the Corps of Gentlemen-at-Cudgels, yet she is reportedly unable to account for his actions. Sources within the Corps allege that to her knowledge Reginald travelled back to the island county of Yardistan a week ago to follow up on a lucrative trade deal with some new overseas clients. The ESB has no reports of any such meeting, but it is not unknown for prospectors to undertake private trading in addition to company work. It is a practice the ESB secretariat is trying to stamp out but which nonetheless persists.

Suspicion therefore turns to the Tegong, the notorious and fanatical secret police devoted to the Emperor of Jingdao, the so-called Heavenly Light, a tyrant who does not hesitate to unleash weapons of mass-destruction against his own cowed and indoctrinated subjects. From Elijah Danielion to their own allie Taodosius of Kildare, the Tegong have a proven track record of luring, abducting, brainwashing and murdering foreigners in pursuit of their master’s own depraved ambition. How is their ambition served now? By seeking to discredit Kaiser Hjalmar, by drawing Shireroth into a dispute and conflict that would permit Jingdao to animate its moribund Blackrock Pact into that it was always intended to be, a project to drive Shireroth from the last remnants of what was once its integral Duchy of Kildare, but more than that, the agenda of the ‘Heavenly Light’ is a war against life itself. Jingdao is a regime which, to this day, continues to quote a lecture by the Empress Sisera with glowing and uncritical approval:

[…] a single murder is just the beginning, only a percent of the population is willing to do this so if they kill one person that is not enough to stop the growth of the living. Kill enough to make a difference and do it in Germania’s name. […] this is done by the killing of someone close, your parents, your sister, your boyfriend…

Given such a mindset it is impossible for the Shirerithians not to harbour doubts.

On Micras, Terror Attacks ‘Kill Two’ and Exacerbate Tensions

Reginald Smythe: the Elwynnese terrorist

Reginald SmytheEPOLI (Jingdao) – The citizens of the Jingdaoese Empire watched in shock when news footage of the terrorist attack in the Imperial Assembly was released by the Grand Secretariat’s press office. Tensions between the Shirerithian and Jingdaoese Empires keep increasing while both nations keep pointing their finger to the other for being at fault.

It was during a meeting concerning the controversial debates about the Jingdaoese name change of Aracigrad that John, a sanitary employee at the Tokaray al-Osman Hospital in Aliswell entered the Shirerithian Landsraad and ran towards the Praetor while shouting righteous demands like “Long live the Heavenly Light! No Shiretits on Apollonian Soil! Death to the Shiretits!”. What followed was a suicide attack, with his limbs flying to all corners of the conference room.

The chaos, however, was far from over, as not long afterwards an attack on the Imperial Assembly, the elected parliament of the Jingdaoese Empire, followed. The terrorist, Reginald Smythe, who was an Elwynnese / Shirerithian, had purloined the badge of one of the bound servants who worked at the Assembly. He used this to go near the Prince Joseph Myksos of Batavia, who at that moment was holding a furious anti-imperialist speech against Shireroth. Once Reginald was close enough, a four pounds of Torpex surgically implanted in his gut exploded. The Prince and other Members of the Assembly survived the blast and bravely started singing the Jingdaoese anthem in response to the terror.

While Jingdaoese authorities have not yet published any official statement concerning what happened, and only tightened border controls, the Shirerithian Ministry of Military Affairs released a statement regarding the recent terrorist activity.

Minister Layla Jacobion-Verion described the man – also an Elwynnese – who did the suicide attack in the Landsraad as a result of frequent use of cabbage extract. The use of cabbage extract to flee their miserable lives has been a frequently used drug by the common folk in the Imperial Republic, but it has never had such profound consequences. In an attempt to save face, the Minister blamed Jingdaoese propaganda for influencing the mind of the man.

At the same time the cruel terrorist, Reginald Smythe, who dared to attack the heart of Jingdaoese democracy, was revered and honoured. The Minister announced: “Today, we also mourn the passing of Reginald Smythe, a young man on holiday to the Jingdaoese Empire […] We offer our sincere condolences to his family”.

And even more shocking was the following comment of the Minister: “It speaks for itself that the Ministry of Military Affairs, where Reginald was an employee, will provide the poor family with financial assistance.”

With such attitudes the Jingdaoese authorities, both the Grand Secretariat and Imperial Assembly, seem to have good reason to distrust the Shirerithian Administration, which seems to be unable to battle its internal cabbage problems and even honours terrorists.

 

Reginald Smythe: the Elwynnese terrorist

Increasing Shiro-Jingdaoese tension over Aracigrad

EPOLI (JINGDAO) – Relations between Shireroth and Jingdao reached a new low point today after Kaiser Hjalmar of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth committed a faux-pas at the Micronational Cartography Society.

The Kaiser’s objection to the Jingdaoese decision to rename one of its own cities led to a public outcry in Jingdao. The change of Aracigrad, which would be renamed in recognition of Bastion’s overlord Ari, to Zhu Ari Cheng (Jingdaoese for City of Lord Ari), led to official protests of the Shirerithians.

This distasteful protest, which saw to diminish any respect for the great work of Ari Rahikkala, who has hosted the Bastion Union for many years, was quickly pushed aside by Craitman Pellegrino, the Administrator General of the MCS. Pellegrino explained that the city was Jingdao’s property and Jingdao could do with it what it liked.

In a far past the Shirerithians controlled the city of Aracigrad, but it was lost by them when the Kildarians attained independence. The Kildarians promised that they would not change the city’s name, which is part of Shirerithian mythology. Of course, the Jingdaoese who would later conquer Kildare and annex it into their magnificent empire did not care much for that. They were nice enough to inform the Shirerithians of their decision.

The Jingdaoese filed their request to the MCS on April the 18th and informed Shireroth the next day. It wasn’t until the 26th that Shireroth responded. Thorgils Tarjeisson, a Landsraadsman, offered a resolution which asked the High Kaiser to clarify his position on the issue. Only then did the Imperial Government spur into action.

As both the Shirerithian Landsraad and the Jingdaoese Imperial Assembly were discussing the problem, terrorist attacks occurred. A deranged Shirerithian national from Elwynn made his way into the Landsraad and splattered the chief legislative organs with his internal organs. Only minutes later was the Shirerithian Ministry of Military Affairs able to execute a similar attack on the Jingdaoese Imperial Assembly. This raises the question if the MoMA knew beforehand if an attack on the Landsraad was going to take place. If they were, why didn’t they try to stop the attack? Indeed it is more likely that both attacks were planned in Shirekeep.

The strange objections against an internal modification at the MCS, the terrorist attacks …. It seems that Shireroth is out of control. Who will stop this madness? The peace loving people of Micras will have to put their faith and loyalty in the hands of the Heavenly Light.

Increasing Shiro-Jingdaoese tension over Aracigrad

Shireroth responds to growing Jingdaoese threat

Submitted by: Thorgils Tarjeisson

SHIREKEEP (Shireroth) – News of the Blackrock Pact, signed on the 28th of March this year but only announced to the world on the 7th of April, came to the attention of the Shirerithian government only latterly and provoked a low level discussion between the Kaiser, his ministers and interested parties amongst his advisers.

The Blackrock Pact, an eleven point programme regarding mutual defence and collective security between the Brettish Commonwealth, Calbion, Gerenia, and Jingdao, is seen by observers in Shirekeep as a thin screen covering a projected expansion of Jingdao interests into regions of Northern Apollonia. This being the same area covered by the failed Sper Conference that Jingdao militarists sabotaged in objection to Shirerithian participation. The engagement of Jingdao with the Brettish Commonwealth and Calbion creates the potential for Jingdao to establish base facilities for naval and air assets in Maraguo (Calbion) & on Madison Isle (Brettish Commonwealth). These bases would increase the number of potential attack vectors for a Jingdaoese strike on the Benacian mainland that comprises the Imperial Republic of Shireroth’s territorial core.

The announcement of the Pact coincides with the announcement of a dramatic expansion of the firepower of the Jingdaoese Navy, which is seeking to lose its Brownwater status and become a proper Blue Water Fleet.

The Imperial Government of Shireroth has however proven itself remarkably sanguine about the new security pact that has allegedly been formed in opposition to itself. In a statement prepared and issued by Shirerithian Minister of the Exterior, Hallbjörn Haraldsson, the Imperial Government declared that it was “not in the habit of commenting on any and all treat[ies] that may be concluded” and moreover that it had every confidence that “the Heavenly Light [Emperor of Jingdao] will slaughter his own populace long before we ever have to worry about the intentions of Jingdao’s very own YAMO [Yet Another Micronational Organisation], which also happens to be known as the Blackrock Pact.”

Jingdao is noted for periodically conducting what may be best described as a ‘hard reboot’ – destroying itself and abandoning territory only to reappear on a completely different portion of the map of Micras, the simulated map wherein most of its shenanigans are conducted.

Some analysts suggest that the Blackrock Pact is a rehash of the old diplomatic strategy of a failing state reaching out to potential partners to buttress itself and give the illusion of potential strength, such as was followed by Babkha with the Raspur Pact in its final years of existence.

In contrast for the scorn reserved for Jingdao, the Shirerithians had more favourable comments reserved for the other members of the Pact, noting that “the Imperial Shirithian Government has nothing but warm regards and hopes for fraternal friendship with the Brettish Commonwealth, Calibon and Gerenia”, emphasising the fact that Shireroth does not perceive a military or diplomatic threat from the three aforementioned.

Separately from the announcement of the Pact, the Imperial Shirerithian Navy has stepped up its patrols in the Central and Northern Seas as part of a force reorganisation that was first announced on the 2nd of April.

Shireroth responds to growing Jingdaoese threat

New Micras security bloc formed

Micras’ diplomatic community became arguably more polarized yesterday, as four micronations entered into an extensive collective security treaty, forming an alliance to be called the “Blackrock Pact”.

The Blackrock Pact will unite four Bastion Union micronations in particular – the Brettish Commonwealth, Calbion, Gerenia, and Jingdao – under an eleven-clause agreement that aims to protect the alliance members against military and other national security threats while promoting friendship and cooperation.

Under the terms of the treaty, each member will receive aid from the other alliance members to maintain the peace in its “sphere of influence,” which will be determined collectively such that all of Micras falls under the sphere of influence of at least one alliance member. The treaty will also provide for the creation of joint military bases and command structures to support interoperability.

As the largest and most politically influential member, the alliance is centered around Jingdao, which may indicate that the Blackrock Pact will seek to isolate Shireroth and buffer its influence in the Bastion Union and Micras as a whole. Most recently, at the failed Sper Conference, Jingdao withdrew in protest to Shireroth’s presence, accusing it of participating in the multilateral diplomatic conference for the purposes of “meddling” in Jingdao’s affairs.

Shireroth’s government had not issued any response to the formation of the alliance as of press time.

New Micras security bloc formed