The Coprieta Standard is pleased to have been given the opportunity to sit down with King Vincent III, founder of the micronation of Morovia, which first came to the Internet in 1998. Vincent, along with Morovia, recently returned to micronationalism following an absence spanning several years.
CS: It’s been close to three years since you left micronationalism and handed Morovia over to (the now former) King Adam. What possessed you to return to the community after so long?
Vincent: It started when a few Morovians and I exchanged notes and Facebook messages. Near unanimously, each of us missed our community, and I expect for the same reasons: the informed debates, the friendship, and the fun.
CS: Returning must have been a big adjustment as the community invariably changes and evolves. It is certainly different from three years ago, and very much different from when you first became involved almost ten years ago. How has it changed in your eyes over the course of your participation?
Vincent: Growing with micronations has also meant growing with the internet. As the latter developed, so did our hobby. What is most striking to me now is the contrast between the early days of listservs and the modern use of chat clients such as Skype, discussion forums, streaming audio and video, and now, the decision of some communities to set down roots in the gaming world (e.g., Hanover’s experiment with Second Life). Admittedly, these are all surface changes, and I list them because I do not believe that the fundamental qualities of average micronationalists have changed. Some of us may be older, but it remains a young hobby, and one that caters to those with an interest in politics, diplomacy, and the sense of community that comes from those interactions.
CS: Micronationalism has unfortunately lost emphasis on some aspects over time. Such things will happen as the community regularly refocuses. For example, intermicronational diplomacy plays a much smaller role today than five years ago. Are there any particular aspects of the community of years gone by which you feel are missing from today’s micronationalism?
Vincent: To reverse the question, there are many aspects of micronationalism that were missing several years ago but are now important factors in the hobby. For example, the collection of records and publication of micronational histories is a perfect illustration of committed hobbyist’s taking the time to set down information about important events and figures. In terms of revolutions in micronational understanding, the MicroWiki is on par with the development of discussion forums.
CS: What do you think defines the uniqueness of the Morovian nation?
Vincent: Morovia is a classic micronation. The hobby has undergone many changes since we were established in 1996 and came to the internet in 1998, but in many ways, we are still doing it the way it was meant to be done. That distinguishes us from our peers, and insures that Morovia continues to be, a place of spirited debate of contemporary macronational issues. More importantly, our uniqueness rests in the strength of our community and individual citizens. Our present return, even if only for a limited engagement of one month, could not have been possible without the patient work of individuals such as King Adam I, Sir Bill Bekkenhuis, OSG, Steven Foong, Bob Kee, among others.
CS: Hanover has attained a level of success since it was founded by a splinter group of Morovians nearly five years ago, causing the start of a rocky relationship between the two micronations. With both still sharing some dual citizens, there is potential to repair that schism, but how can that be accomplished?
Vincent: I disagree with your characterization of a “schism.” Hanover is one of the greatest friends Morovia has in the micronational world. The very fact that it was founded by Morovians is all the more reason for a “special relationship” between our two communities, and I look forward to working with King Alexander and others to improve upon it.
CS: The water is very murky over the nature of the feud between the Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia and the Federal Republic of Cyberia. As an outside observer back when that feud essentially began and was in its early days, what is your take on the feud and whom do you think holds claim to the true Cyberia – Jacobus or the VCCers?
Vincent: As our hobby matures, I would like to think that we do as well. I recall the events that first began by Mike Rosario and continued under Jacobus. The latter is a talented, intelligent individual, and I do not doubt his sincere commitment to micronationalism. However, the Jacobites have acted outside the bounds of micronational precedent, and in some cases, infringed upon macronational copyright law. The Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia is one of Morovia’s oldest allies, and in many respects, we share a common heritage. For that reason, and the reasons listed above, I will continue to advocate a policy recognizing the VCC as the legitimate Cyberia.
CS: Do you think that both sides in the feud will ever be able to reach a long-term agreement to provide a permanent conclusion to it?
Vincent: Of course they could, but that would take all of the fun out of it.
CS: What is your vision for Morovia if this one-month experimental rebirth evolves into a longer-term return?
Vincent: It is too soon to say. Right now, our community is focused on the issues of the election campaign. Thus far, we’ve been able to rekindle the old magic. I want to sustain that energy, and that fun. On November 12, but not until then, we will consider the next step.
CS: We touched earlier on how the community has changed and evolved. Ending again on that note, what do you think the future has in store?
Vincent: For an answer to that question, you would have to ask my betters.