Florian Republic commits to Srbozemlje

NORTHCLIFF – New Florian President, Jessica Smith has committed to her pledge of protecting Srbozemlje from the Kingdom of Coria and Krasnarus in the war of lost brothers, a conflict started after a rogue assassin from the autonomous territory unlawfully killed the Corian King, Nikolaj the First.

The Florian Republic’s stance on the war has changed regularly since the start and it recently scrapped the protectorate treaty with Shireroth, creating an uncertain future. Smith, however, has discussed plans with the President of Srbozemlje over the territories defence.

In a speech, Jessica stated, “The Florian Republic has been a victim to poor leadership by the Florian Labour Party which was gullible to Shireroth. [Shireroth] had effectively destroyed order in the country [with] the parliament unable to pass legislation without permission from Shirekeep. In response to criticism over the war, we are committed to protecting all parts of Floria, especially our land in the Micras Balkans (Srbozemlje) and, in the future, we will attempt to finally bring peace to Apollonia. We thank Dimitrije Golubović for effective communication over this issue.”

In related news, the Florian Parliament has sought to circumvent Shireroth’s control over its foreign affairs, by tabling motions to guarantee the Republic’s future neutrality and to recognize the successor state of Hamland, Caputia.

Aärnesen plans Craitish referendum

CHERRY TREES – New Craitish Prime Minister Iņa Aärnesen has set down her party’s plan for her premiership, with the much-anticipated USSO membership referendum planned for parliamentary discussion before the end of the month.

Aärnesen was elected in September in an unprecedented Liberal-Centre Alliance (LCA) majority victory, becoming only the second Prime Minister from the agrarian-minded party. As the nation’s second ever female to hold the position, Aärnesen has gained a plethora of support from the public, sealing all but three of the available 33 county seats through a platform promising citizens a referendum on Craitland’s membership in the USSO.

Craitland became a founding member of the USSO in early 2017 under the administration of Social Democrat Hjaņ Berntsen. While the USSO is a primarily military alliance, Berntsen’s justification for Craitland’s membership was to allow for a means of effectively providing humanitarian aid to civilians during the Hammish Civil War. Since the apparent cessation of conflict in central Keltia, the USSO has focused on establishing trade amongst its members, though recent developments have led to an air of unease.

Antagonistic behaviour from Daocheng has subsequently culminated in Jingdao and Shireroth ending an unofficial armistice; a move which could once again drag a traditionally peaceable Craitland into warfare, while activities in the Florian Republic have seen its USSO membership terminated following considerably increased involvement from Shirekeep.

Mr Sacriches of the LCA, credited as the mastermind of its electoral success.

LCA head of communications, Alexandrian Marc-Antoine Sacriches – whose expertise has been credited with masterminding the party’s successful election campaign – gave an announcement which was seen to praise the Florians’ latest news as inspiration for the future of Craitland, “The Florian people have shown that USSO membership does not equal straight subjugation by the Jingdaoese. We are in control of our own future in this country, and that means all of us. Ms Aärnesen’s vision will give every Crait the right to decide our nation’s path, and together we will choose the best route forward and forget the mistakes other parties have made without our support.”

Popular opinion polling in Craitland suggests that a referendum asking a direct in-or-out question would receive a narrow majority in favour of leaving the organisation, though the format is yet to be confirmed and further influential campaigning is surely expected prior to the day Craits once again make their way to the ballot box.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.