The Round Table (legislature) of the United Baronies of Aerlig and Treesia, a key founding micronation of the Grand Commonwealth intergovernmental organization two years ago, has voted in favour of secession. The passage of the Secession Act came amid lively debate during which the majority of Baroners supported the belief that it is time for their micronation to move on from its membership in the Grand Commonwealth.
During debate, Baroner Liam Sinclair noted that “[Baroners] have tried desperately to make [the unworkable Grand Commonwealth] yield fruits of labour,” at the expense of the United Baronies’ internal development. A passionate address by Mr. Sinclair to the Round Table outlined the case for secession, the content of which was supported by a key architect of the Grand Commonwealth, Lachlan Powers. Mr. Powers expressed further support for the secession noting that the Grand Commonwealth lacks relevance in today’s micronational world.
The vast majority of opposition to the secession bill was posed by Iain de Vembria, whose defence of Grand Commonwealth in terms of the future relevance to the United Baronies was mainly focused on semantics will little case put forth as to why the United Baronies should remain a member of the organization. Following the passage of the bill into law, Mr. de Vembria launched several failed attempts to disqualify the bill on procedural grounds, all of which were denied upon review of Baronial Law.
A formal request to the Grand Commonwealth’s governing body, the Majlis-i-Dharma is expected to shortly be made by Mr. Powers on behalf of the United Baronies, fulfilling the final technicality in the secession process.
With its secession, the Grand Commonwealth will lose one of its two pillar members. The other member, the Kingdom of Babkha, is also expected to formalize its secession from the Grand Commonwealth following the closure of its regency council session discussing the matter in the coming week. Previously, several Grand Commonwealth experts have stated the belief that if either of the two pillar members secedes, the organization will likely collapse.