LavrasiaLink – 9/17/17

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LavrasiaLink is a recurring column focusing on local events in Lavrada and Lavrasia, the region in which this publication is based.

LAVRADA – Legislator Brizendine returned safely from Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China on September 7. Brizendine was seeking employment as an English instructor in the country, but was forced to return to the United States because of pronounced delays in the work visa application process. He plans to return to China around the end of the year to begin his job at a prestigious adult training school.

The Triumvirate convened on the evening of September 15 and again after a 48 hour recess on the evening of September 17. The sessions focused primarily on a petition and accompanying contract which Legislator Brizendine will submit to the Chamber of Deputies at its scheduled session on September 30. The petition calls for the dissolution of the Republican Military Protectorate, a large region located adjacent to Lavrasia which is currently under the administration of the Delveran Armed Services. Pending this dissolution, the Triumvirate will attempt to obtain signatures from local landowners in order to annex the territory to the province as an autonomous region. This will allow Lavrasia to utilize the area for a diverse array of purposes with landowner permission. Stated reasons for the change include the close historical ties between the province and the Protectorate, the latter’s decreased utility to the Grand Republic as a whole, and the realities of the area’s administration.

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Sum of Hong Kong dollars (roughly equivalent to 500 curos) comprising the first foreign currency installment in the Provincial Treasury

The Triumvirate also discussed and approved the first addition to the Provincial Treasury, which consisted of over 2500 curos worth of silver bullion and Hong Kong dollars. Additional future installments in a variety of world currencies are planned. A new logo for the body was also adopted.

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New Triumvirate logo, designed by Legislator Brizendine

The Commonwealth received much needed rain on September 17, with showers projected to continue throughout the week.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

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Delvera Items – 9/12/17

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Delvera Items is a recurring column covering minor news in the Grand Republic.

COLONIA – The Grand Republic purchased a web domain, Delvera.org, on August 22. Also included in the purchase was an email server which will service official communiques. Currently, four email addresses are active, with more planned to be opened in the future.

The Ministry of the Interior has been conducting the 2017 Census since August 22. The census, which is to be completed by a competent adult in each Delveran household, will close on October 1.

The Ministry of Commerce is in the process of designing and printing a 2017 series of the Delveran currency, the curo. The curo is rare among micronational currencies in that it is backed by bullion (in this case, copper) and functions as a working medium of exchange. On August 29, Delveran State Media announced that it had contracted Mr. Jacopo Castelletti, best known as the preeminent statesman of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie, to design this year’s notes. Consul Dylan Callahan confirmed that the Ministry of Commerce had received preliminary designs by September 7. The curo is projected to be in circulation by November.

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Flag of Rusalka, designed by Jordan Brizendine

The Consulate established the Colony of Rusalka on September 2. The colony, which is located in the US state of Pennsylvania, is governed by Christian Newton. Rusalka is the third Delveran region to be founded by Newton, who formerly led the Province of Germanija and the Military District of Norden successively.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Censorship on Microwiki Prompts Delveran Exodus

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On the 5th of September, the Lavrada Bannerman republished a joint statement made by officials from the Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia, the North American Confederation, the Republic of Glastieve, and the Grand Republic of Delvera. This statement sought to refute and renounce certain claims made by another micronational news outlet, the Austenasian Times, against Jordan Brizendine, Minister of the Interior of Delvera and Editor-in-Chief of the Bannerman.

Once this statement had been published on the Bannerman, it was shared on the news section of MicroWiki – a website which claims to be a neutral, Wikipedia-like place for micronationalists. According to their general disclaimer:

“MicroWiki is an independent, free and Internet-only encyclopedia established to document all facets of micronationalism. MicroWiki is in no way associated with any particular micronation, new country project or political movement and enjoys no official endorsement by any micronational movement. It is a third-party service that strives to collect information on micronations, micronationalists and assorted micronational concepts in order to provide a comprehensive and fair representation of the micronational world.”

However, only hours after the Bannermans article was shared, it was removed from the headlines by Austenasian Emperor Jonathan I, adminstrator and “Imperial Overlord” of MicroWiki.

There was no mention of a breach of the rules or refutation of the evidence presented. Instead, his stated reason for removing the article was “I’m getting really tired of this. You literally admitted to ‘trolling’. You want to troll? Fine, but don’t use the headlines.”

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The reference to “trolling” seems puzzling. The word appears only once in the article republished on the Bannerman, and in the following sentence:

“These claims of a coup stem from a conversation on Skype between “Iron Lord” Daniel Dankovsky, alias Pavle Savovic, Director of Austenasia’s State Intelligence Agency, and Mr. Brizendine, who was seeking information about goings-on in the Empire via trolling Mr. Dankovsky.”

The idea that a statement released jointly by officials from four different micronations was simply an attempt to “troll” seems to indicate a lack of comprehension, at best — or worse, a deliberate attempt to gaslight Mr. Brizendine or misuse of administrative powers in an attempt to skew diplomatic information.

Not long after this, Liam Sinclair of the Coprieta Standard posted his own report on the recent series of events between Delvera and Austenasia, and linked to it on MicroWiki’s news section as well. Despite being well-sourced and written by an impartial reporter, that link was also removed from the main page of MicroWiki by Jonathan I as well.

 

A public conversation then took place between “Austenasia” (the Wiki username for Jonathan I) and Liam Sinclair, which can be read in full here. Jonathan Augustus’ stated reason for removing the article was:

“As you can probably imagine, I’m pretty tired of the whole ‘spat’ between Delvera and the Empire. It’s my opinion that the best way to bring a matter like this to rest is to stop pouring fuel on the fire (although I doubt that was your intention), and so simply for the sake of community peace and quiet I’ve removed your article from the newsfeed. I do apologise for this, but things are going mad around here recently and some sort of metaphorical ‘curfew’ or ‘time out’ is sorely needed, I believe….

“Once again, apologies for the removal of the article. I hope you don’t see this as censorship of a particular opinion, but simply as the implementation of a policy of ‘okay everyone, enough already!'”

While Mr. Sinclair appeared to take the removal of his link with professional dignity, he also mentioned that “…it might be useful to remove all article references on both sides from the feeds…”, referencing the fact that the Austenasian Times article, which was almost certainly written by Jonathan I himself, remained prominently featured on the front page of MicroWiki.

While Jonathan I conceded that this suggestion “does seem to be the fairest all-round”, he then ended the conversation by saying he would “suggest it to the other admins”.

It should be noted that whether or not the removal of the Bannerman and Coprieta Standard links were discussed and approved by the other admins on the site is currently unknown. Also unknown is whether or not Jonathan I contacted them to discuss removing his own link from the site.

However, at the time of this article’s publishing, the Austenasian Times link has not been removed, nor has the article itself been edited to include any verifiable information or sources, nor have the incendiary allegations been retracted by either the Austenasian Times or Jonathan I himself.

At the same time this was going on, the community side of the MicroWiki was also experiencing similar censorship. In the forums provided for micronational discussion and diplomacy, Dylan “Deelambs” Callahan posted a link to the official joint statement.

Shortly after the above screenshots were taken, and around the same time that the link to the Bannerman was removed, this entire forum thread disappeared. No explanations or warning was given, and there seems to be no reason to assume that any rules were broken.

Not surprisingly, Callahan mentioned the deleted thread and Bannerman link in another thread. Much of the thread was screenshot by myself before it, too, vanished without a word of acknowledgement or explanation from anyone on the admin team.

At no point did Jonathan I himself engage in the conversation, which centered around whether or not he was abusing his administrative status to hamper diplomacy and freedom of the press, as the MicroWiki claims that “In all their work on the wiki, Administrators are expected to be impartial and always put their duties before their individual micronational obligations.”

Callahan expressed his thoughts on that issue by stating:

“This is an issue between nations, not admins and users. [Jonathan I] is using his power as the owner of the venue to prevent my government from informing the community as a whole as to our side of this issue. Which is compounding tensions. If only his side is allowed to be widely published… isn’t that an problem?”

The Bannerman reached out to Dylan Callahan to ask whether or not he had received any private communication explaining why either of these threads were deleted, and he confirmed that there was none.

Following these events, Callahan requested that his account be deleted. When another admin volunteered to simply block him instead, which would have allowed his other threads to remain intact, Consul Callahan responded:

“I am leaving because this is Austen’s website. Austin’s [sic] wiki. It isn’t a neutral meeting ground. It isn’t a neutral place for respected nations to have their voices heard. I think it used to be… but now it simply isn’t.

“I take my micronation seriously. We are going places with Delvera, and we are trying to bring about reform with our Congress of Colo. We’re gaining traction, and we have no more time for distractions such as this.

“Austenasia and Delvera and the NAC and Karnia-Ruthenia had a diplomatic matter arise, and it led to some inescapable conclusions about how Austenasia is run. Our attempt at documenting the course of events, for the sake of history and diplomatic legitimacy, was met with indifference, censorship, and accusations which are phony in the extreme. And we aren’t even allowed to defend ourselves on the wiki or forum?

“This forum and this wiki are the personal collections of Jonathan Austen. He is the self-proclaimed overlord. And I and the rest of my nation are no longer welcome.

“He is using his ownership of the platform that this community uses as a diplomatic weapon against any who criticize Austenasia. They can simply have their voices silenced with the click of a button, and his admins will justify it by saying, ‘Well, he owns it, so you have to expect censorship.’

“That’s why I’m leaving.

“You’re concerned about nullifying archives. That is a legitimate concern. My concerns are similar.

“I want my profile to be removed, because I no longer wish for myself nor my micronation to be a part of Jonathan Austen’s personal collection, to be edited or deleted like a Cool Barbie script, whenever the narrative become inconvenient.

“So to be abundantly clear, if you’re concerned about the integrity of the record, so am I. 

“Please delete my account.”

Following this, Consul Callahan also contacted the administration to request that all articles directly pertaining to Delvera be removed from MicroWiki. This request was respected, and the articles were promptly deleted, on September the 8th.

However, Jonathan I temporarily restored the articles again, prompting Consul Callahan to state, once again, that MicroWiki is not a neutral website:

“Delverans do not want any of our articles to be part of this website. We believe the rules and licenses have been repeatedly violated, and there is no substantive neutrality. The owner of this website has used his powers of administration as tools of political power in censoring our content, as well as the content of others. Further, we view the ownership as treating this website not as a neutral encyclopedia but as a personal collection of articles. We do not want ourselves nor our micronation represented here. Please delete.”

Jordan Brizendine, primary author of most of the Delveran pages on the website, also requested that the pages be deleted once again:

“As the original author, and with the approval of the government, I officially request the deletion of this article as well as all remaining related articles which I have helpfully marked for deletion. Thank you.”

The articles were removed once again this afternoon by Jonathan I, and it is expected that they will remain deleted this time.

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

 

Austenasian Times Attempts Defamation

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The following has been reviewed and approved by government officials from the North American Confederation, the Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia, the Republic of Glastieve, and the Grand Republic of Delvera:

Earlier today, the state-run Austenasian Times published an article accusing the Delveran Minister of the Interior and Editor-in-Chief of the Bannerman, Jordan Brizendine, of attempting to incite a coup within the Empire. The article, which offers no evidence to support itself, is the latest incident in the Delveran-Austenasian Diplomatic Crisis, which began in early August after Emperor Jonathan I’s abrupt departure from the Congress of Colo and the subsequent Austenasian neglect of a long string of diplomatic communications from the Delveran government.

One week ago, the Austenasian Times released an unsourced article in response to the publishing of the story in the Bannerman. This release was refuted in its entirety, with extensive screenshots presented as proof, by the Consul on the Delveran State Media Facebook page. Prime Minister Rev. Joseph Marx of the North American Confederation also commented more extensively on the affair, publishing an editorial in the Bannerman the next day. Yet another diplomatic silence from Austenasia ensued.

These claims of a coup stem from a conversation on Skype between “Iron Lord” Daniel Dankovsky, alias Pavle Savovic, Director of Austenasia’s State Intelligence Agency, and Mr. Brizendine, who was seeking information about goings-on in the Empire via trolling Mr. Dankovsky. The full conversation can be found here, only redacted in parts for the sake of decency, as the vulgarity used by Mr. Savovic is quite graphic, and Mr. Brizendine’s responses were indicative of the innuendo and abusive language.

After enduring a withering assault of racial slurs and sexual innuendos from the “Iron Lord,” the following exchange took place:

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What the Grand Republic of Delvera’s Consul Dylan Callahan was aware of was the abusive language being used by Pavle in this and other Skype conversations being had by Pavle Savovic, and he asked Emperor Jonathan I if Savovic represented Austenasia in his statements.  It was eventually discovered hours later that Pavle was quietly noted as having received an award that very day:

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It is clear there was no call, official or unofficial, for any kind of coup.  Mr. Brizendine was talking about the merits of Emperor Jonathan I voluntarily stepping down for the good of Austenasia and the community.  The claims of a coup were invented as an attempt at sensationalism and defamation.

However, there is evidence that Austenasia’s Grand Duke John I of Breckland is aware of and participated in such plots on the part of Austenasia:

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This release was republished from the Delveran State Media page with permission.

Congress of Colo Ratifies Articles of Intermicronational Order

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On September 2nd, 2017, the Congress of Colo convened for the fourth and final time to present the last amendments and ratify the articles of the 2017 Convention on Intermicronational Order.

Once again, the Congress of Colo Facebook page released the minutes of the session. Discussion among delegates primarily focused on two final amendments to the articles.

The first amendment, presented by Delveran Delegate Jordan Brizendine, dealt with guidelines for intermicronational arbitration. Extensive discussion on the matter followed, and consideration of possible contingencies resulted in significant alterations to the amendment before it passed.

The final form of this amendment reads, “Disputes between micronations, when no bilateral solution can be reached, should be settled by arbitration of a third-party of multinational jurors of such composition as is agreeable to both parties.”

Joseph Marx, delegate for the North American Confederation, presented the second amendment regarding intermicronational sanctions. The text of this amendment, which was passed without dispute, is below:

“If a micronational government feels that punitive action against another micronational government or entity is required, and if no diplomatic arbitration can be reached, sanctions may rightly and lawfully be enacted, provided the reasons for the sanctions and the conditions under which they will be lifted are clearly specified.

“Reasons for imposing sanctions may include treaty or contract violations, intentional diplomatic impropriety, human rights violations, illegal actions within government, incurred economic damages, and the like.

“Sanctions against a micronation may include:
1. Embargo of trade
2. Imposing tariffs on imports
3. Imposing fines
4. Suspension of diplomatic relations”

With these final amendments added and the delegations all expressing their satisfaction with the Articles, the Congress heard closing statements from the delegations before closing. The sentiments expressed were overwhelmingly positive, with Delegate Marx stating that the Congress of Colo has been, in my mind, a resounding success and will undoubtedly be recalled as the first of many paradigm shifts for both our nations and the spirit of micronationalism as a whole…”

Christian Newton, of the Karnia-Ruthenian delegation, added that he “personally would love to incorporate these articles into the structure and governing documents of the micronations in which I lead, and be a role model to other micronations.”

Dylan Callahan, delegate and chairman, closed with the following remarks: On behalf of the Grand Republic of Delvera, I thank you all for herein embarking with us on what we believe to be the next great enlightenment  in the next great age of micronationalism.” 

Once the Congress adjourned for the final time the Facebook page publicly released the full text of the Articles, which can be read here.

The articles cover a variety of micronational topics. These include standards of diplomacy, economic standards, guidelines for intermicronational justice procedures, a resolution on micronational sovereignty, and a list of rights for citizens.

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

Editorial: On the Austenasian-Delveran Diplomatic Incident

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Disclaimer: This article reflects the opinion of the author and is not necessarily indicative of the official stance of the Grand Republic of Delvera, the North American Confederation, or the Lavrada Bannerman.

In May of 2018, I will have been engaged in micronational politics for ten years. This is a monumental achievement, as most micronationalists retire after only two to three years. Such a long and storied career has granted me a degree of perspective and experience that few possess. It was my hope that this experience and knowledge might be used to inform and entertain the readers of the Lavrada Bannerman through a series of opinion articles. Unfortunately, recent events of which I have found myself at the center, due in no small part to my efforts to resolve them, have forced me to comment.

As most readers will be no doubt aware, there is a diplomatic crisis going on between the Empire of Austenasia and the Grand Republic of Delvera. The immediate source of this incident stems from the stubborn pride and diplomatic impropriety shown by all parties following the first session of the Intermicronational World Conference, otherwise known as the Congress of Colo. In the days following that first session, I was asked by the other delegates to speak to Emperor Jonathan of Austenasia with the hopes of resolving this situation peaceably.

My efforts were not successful and Emperor Jonathan withdrew his delegation from the Congress the next day, whilst I was sleeping.

Following Austenasia’s withdrawal, I had figured that the situation, while unfortunate and frustrating, had resolved itself and things would soon return to normal. Following my discussions with Consul Callahan on the upcoming merger of the Confederation and the Grand Republic, I was made privy to a large portion of Delveran intelligence in preparation for my role as their new Minister of State once unification goes through. It was here I was made aware of the diminishing diplomatic channels and eroding relations between Austenasia and Delvera.

For the past four days before writing this, I have been advising the Delveran government consistently in an effort to restore a sense of diplomatic normalcy with Austenasia. Whilst I wholeheartedly believe that this effort can be achieved and will be done in due time, a genuine sense of perspective and reality regarding the offending situation and where the blame should fall was necessary.

To that end, I agreed to an interview with Jordan Brizendine, the editor of the Bannerman, in an effort to give an earnest and unbiased account of the events which resulted in Austenasia’s withdrawal and the incurring diplomatic incident. A similar interview was performed with Mr. Christian Newton of Karnia-Ruthenia, which I was not aware of until after my interview was finished.

This interview was almost immediately derided by the Austenasian Times and government as false and slanderous, with Emperor Jonathan even requesting Consul Callahan, who holds no association with the Bannerman, to remove the offending article, in direct violations of the principles of a free press. As of writing this, Consul Callahan has refused to assault the principles of democracy in such a manner.

I write this article to affirm the statements made in the interview in question, to unequivocally support the accuracy of the information contained within, and to condemn the actions of the Austenasian Times in their efforts to assault the character and integrity of not only myself but of members of the Delveran and Karno-Ruthenian governments as well.

Firstly, Mr. Brizendine’s research and sources are accurate and supported with hard evidence which I have been made privy to, due to my recent diplomatic exchanges with the Delveran government. Such information could be made available to the public had there been any interest in accuracy or reality on the part of the Austenasian government and their state-operated media, rather than an effort to weave a false narrative to benefit a certain political end and assault the character of another micronational government or opposition. As micronations, our aims should be to act better than our macronational counterparts, not engage in the same unethical acts as they do, and this action by the Austenasian Times smells of the modern American presidential fictions in a most unsavory manner.

Secondly, my statements were copied verbatim (grammatical errors and all, to my shame) with no room for miscommunication. I was not misquoted or taken out of context, with the entirety of my statement recorded for posterity. A record I will stand-by as a factual account of the incident which occurred. The Austenasian Times accused the Bannerman of bias, seemingly oblivious to the lines in my interview where I called out the Delveran and Karno-Ruthenian delegations, as well as the Austenasian Emperor, for their impropriety and undiplomatic behavior. I even leveled blame on myself for failing to step in sooner to halt bad feelings before they escalated.

When diplomacy fails, it is the fault of all parties involved, and the efforts of the Austenasian Times to paint the Austenasian government as faultless in this situation are disingenuous and beneath the character of such an influential nation.

Thirdly, they accused the Delveran government of inflaming the situation with such an article and interview. I am confused as to how a government can be blamed for the actions of an independent business or media enterprise. That screams of an action committed not by a democratic nation, but by a totalitarian regime. Delvera and the Confederation are not such states. At no time was Consul Callahan involved in the writing of this article and was not even made aware of it until I informed him of my participation, by which point, the article had already been released to the public.

Finally, by stating that my interview was inflammatory and slanderous, they call into question the character of not only my person, who has ever been a friend to the Austenasian people, but also that of Karnia-Ruthenia, which has up to this point, remained relatively isolated from this entire shameful episode; the Bannerman, which has always reported relatively unbiased and truthful micronational news; Jordan Brizendine, the editor-in-chief of the Bannerman; and Consul Callahan, the elected leader of Delvera who has done many great things for his nation, the Confederation, and the community during his  tenure. This behavior is shameful and insulting in the highest order and it would behoove the Austenasian Times to print a redaction to their previous article and issue an apology to all parties for which their efforts to save face and keep their pride have harmed the diplomatic process and invariably caused damage to the very institution which they espouse to support.

The spirit of micronationalism, however that may be achieved, can only be vindicated through diplomatic unity and the global collaboration, with such petty diplomatic squabbles for something as simple as pride shaming the entire collective enterprise. The Austenasian Emperor should know better, as he was one of the founding voices, alongside myself, for such policies in the first place.

It is my sincere hope that this article properly summarizes and explains my opinion on the crisis and defends the integrity of my statements which were so cruelly and flagrantly assaulted by the Austenasian Times and, by extension, their government, in an effort to inform the wider micronational community as to the realities of the situation.

It is only with the truth as our weapon and a firm sense of reality as our shield, that disingenuity and conflict be slain. Diplomacy demands reality and a news media which profits in fantasy is undeserving of its qualifications.

Author: Rev. Joseph Marx

Separate and Unequal: Brizendine and Callahan

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Dylan “Deelambs” Callahan (formerly known as Son III) and Jordan “Sarky” Brizendine (formerly known as David Sarkozy) are two important figures in Delveran history and in current affairs of the Grand Republic. It is important to note the distinction between these two individuals, not only because they are consistently confused with one another in the MicroWiki community, but also because they are indeed very different people. I should know, as I am one of them, but not the other. I do hope that this piece will help to clear up the confusion once and for all.

Dylan Callahan was born in 1991 in the US state of Illinois, the fourth of five children, after which he moved quite frequently with his family until they eventually settled down in the state of Kansas. Callahan was homeschooled and did not attend a higher education institution, instead moving straight into the workforce. In April 2008, he founded NottaLotta Acres, where he served as the Secretary Secretariat and Adjutant General of the NottaLottan Armed Forces. His younger brother, Maverick, with whom he has also been confused (though MicroWikians get a break since even those who personally know the brothers have been known to confuse them), served as Chancellor of NLA. Dylan formed the Allied Carolinian Coalition in 2010 to support the Carolinian rebels in the Austenasian Civil War, also joining the Aegis Alliance. After these brief forays into interventionism, NLA slowly receded from the community, founding the NottaLottan Empire with Salania in 2011.

I (Jordan Brizendine) was born in 1995 in the US state of Missouri, where I have lived my entire life. I am the first of three children. I attended public school and graduated with honors from Missouri State University, receiving a Bachelor of General Studies degree in History and Mandarin Chinese in 2017. In July 2008, I founded the Republic of Salania, which later became the Holy Salanian Empire in July 2010. It was at this time that I first became involved in the MicroWiki community, working with the Republic of Atlantis and becoming embroiled in the Atlantis Civil War among other travesties. These issues, as well as the perceived toxicity and hostility of the community toward my personal political standpoint at the time led me to leave the community in May 2011. Later that year, in July, Salania voluntarily became a subject of the NottaLottan Empire.

Up to this point, Dylan and I had been the leaders of completely separate, unrelated micronations. That changed in the summer of 2011, when we became friends and began talking extensively online. At that point, I was ready to relinquish many of the affairs of state to another, so we worked out a treaty to that effect, and the Commonwealth of Lavrasia was born. Mid-2011 through early 2013 was a great time for me micronationally. Though the Empire was relatively isolated from the micronational community, we made real progress in Lavrasia, largely in establishing the military that would later become the DAS. This was made possible by financial support from Dylan, and I actually met him in person twice during this time. However, the congenial relationship turned sour in February 2013 after a misunderstanding led to an argument between us that caused us to break off communication with one another for about 18 months. During this time, I worked with other Lavrasians (most notably Casey Pemberton, also known as Nikias Wernher) to form the Grand Republic of Delvera, which secretly seceded from the NottaLottan Empire in May 2013.

In July 2014, when I finally told Dylan of Delvera’s formation, he politely wished us well, and we began to renew our friendship. By mid-2015, after I had enacted several programs to improve Delvera, which included joining the MicroWiki community and founding the Lavrada Bannerman, Dylan asked to become a Delveran citizen. In December, he founded the Military District of Neosho. In early 2016, Dylan became active in the Delveran government (serving as Minister of State, then Minister of Commerce), where he introduced his own set of economic and activity reforms, known as the Callahan Plan. He was instrumental in Casey Pemberton’s successful 2016 Consular Election campaign, in which Pemberton defeated me thanks to Dylan’s campaign management. Dylan was likewise crucial to the ending of the activity crisis in summer 2016, which he helped resolve through leadership of Operation Vicuna, the enactment of several reforms (such as the privatization of the Bannerman), and the incorporation of Neosho as a province. Operations Genesis and Exodus would not have been possible without Dylan’s work, nor would the establishment of the Confederal Bank system, the Tax and Postage system, the organization of the Congress of Colo, and too many other projects to list here. I believe it is only right that he won the Consulship earlier this year, after all of his hard work.

I, on the other hand, served as Consul from 2013 to 2016, when I was defeated by Pemberton. I authored most of Delvera’s founding documents, negotiated an end to the 2015 Land Claims Crisis with the NAC, founded the Lavrada Bannerman, and created all of the Lavrasian and Delveran military videos to date, among other achievements. After my electoral defeat, I served as President and Minister of State until I resigned from the latter post early this year. I did not seek re-election, choosing to instead serve as Dylan’s Minister of the Interior, where I have worked on conducting a census and a geographic survey. I also continue to operate the Bannerman, though as a private business (since mid-2016) rather than the state news service it started out as and is often still perceived to be.

On the personal side, Dylan is married to Hannah Callahan, who also actively serves in the Delveran government as Secretary of State Media and the Deputy of Neosho. She is also employed by the Bannerman. They live in Kansas, where they have two children. Dylan has been a plastic extruder, a service representative, and an entrepreneur.

I am not married, though I am currently in a relationship with someone unaffiliated with micronationalism. I am writing this in Shenzhen, China, where I have been living for the past six weeks. I previously lived in Qingdao, China for a year (2014-2015) during a study away program. I have been a camp counselor, a sales associate, and an English teacher.

I shall conclude this article with a gallery of photos of Dylan and myself. I understand why it could be easy to confuse us, considering our shared history and the fact that many micronations have a single political figure and MicroWiki has a history of sockpuppeteers, but I hope that this article can finally lay to rest the notion that we are the same person.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Diplomatic Breakdown Between Delvera and Austenasia; Micronational Leaders Comment

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COLONIA – The Consulate has released a full statement regarding a recent breakdown in diplomatic relations between the Grand Republic and the Empire of Austenasia. The problems began around the Congress of Colo, an intermicronational conference in which Austenasia had agreed to take part. The following is a summary of what transpired according to available information.

Despite Emperor Jonathan’s initial interest in the Congress, which prompted scheduling that would be beneficial to Austenasia at the expense of other delegations, Austenasia failed to send a representative to the first meeting of the Congress. This came after months of advance notice, reminders, and suggestions by Consul Callahan that Austenasia expand its delegation, which consisted only of Emperor Jonathan, to prevent such problems. Because of Austenasia’s absence, of which no advance notice was provided, the Congress failed to reach a quorum in the first session and was thus unable to vote on anything.

Consul Callahan proceeded to inquire via private messages and official diplomatic emails as to the intent of the Emperor to participate in the Congress, all of which were ignored. After an incident in the Congress chat wherein the Emperor withdrew Austenasian participation, the Ministry of State attempted through several mediums to contact both the Austenasian Chief Ambassador, Alastair Cranston, and the Austenasian Prime Minister, Joseph Kennedy, who are charged with maintaining foreign relations by Austenasian law. Due to a lack of contact information, the Consulate was initially unable to contact the Chief Ambassador, but a reply was received from Prime Minister Kennedy. In the message, Kennedy said that the Emperor had not informed other members of the Austenasian government about the Congress, and that he had only found out through Delveran media. He also stated that he could not see why Austenasia would not have a vested interest in the Congress.

Kennedy promised a response from the Imperial government on August 19, but as of the time of printing, Delveran diplomats have received no reply, despite sending more messages to both Kennedy and Cranston. A request by the Consulate for an in-person meeting with Prime Minister Kennedy at a time and venue of the Prime Minister’s choosing has has likewise not received a reply. Delveran diplomats have concluded that these events represent a lack of capacity for Austenasia to participate in foreign relations and a violation of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation currently in force between Delvera and Austenasia.

Regardless of all of this, Consul Callahan insisted, “We are not cutting ties with Austenasia, we are asking Austenasia to please reestablish them. We do not seek penance. We are not out to satisfy demands of petty trifles. We are seeking a pragmatic solution to a problem that is deeper than a diplomatic relationship – one that we fear may be systemic within Austenasia.

We are open, as always, to the myriad of diplomatic options on the table. We are, in fact, open to no other options but those of enhanced diplomacy.”

Both Prime Minister Rev. Joseph Marx of the North American Confederation and HRM King Christian I of Karnia-Ruthenia agreed to answer a few questions regarding the Congress and Austenasia. The transcript of the interview is as follows:

Q: How did Austenasia’s absence affect the first session of the Congress?

Marx: From my perspective, there was very little effect upon first session. Mind you, I had figured that they would eventually inform us as to their delay or a reasonable justification for their absence, as is expected in such diplomatic situations, and they would be there for the next session.

Christian I: Not too terribly much, but it delayed our conversation from proceeding because of waiting on them.

Q: Consul Callahan’s statement included the following phrase, in reference to Emperor Jonathan: “He has disregarded diplomatic protocol and courtesy to others in the Congress while at the same time obnoxiously demanding our adoption of customs for himself, which would have been reasonable if requested in a manner consistent with propriety, which it was not.” Could you elaborate on what this is referring to exactly?

Marx: Upon the completion of the first session of Congress, the minutes from that session were released to the public. In these minutes, the various delegates were named, irrespective of their titles or ranks. So Emperor Jonathan was referred to as Jonathan Austen, which was deemed inappropriate by the Austenasian delegation. They made this aware to the Congress by accusing the Delveran and Karno-Ruthenian delegations of impropriety, and the situation quickly began to spiral. This also happened to be the first time the Austenasian delegation had participated in the delegation and it was to accuse the other diplomatic representatives of undiplomatic behavior and a threat to leave the Congress.

Christian I: The Austenasian delegation refused to address a select few of the members of the Congress by their proper titles, then proceeded to complain that they were not receiving the courtesy of being addressed by their proper titles as well, claiming that said titles were taken “very seriously” by their Empire.

Q: Has what transpired between Austenasia and the Congress affected your nation’s outlook toward Emperor Jonathan or the Empire itself?

Marx: The North American Confederation has always held that Austenasia and the Confederation form the historical backbones of our respective hemispheric micronational neighborhoods, being among the oldest still-functioning micronational governments. I personally hold a great deal of respect for Emperor Jonathan, having worked with him before his ascension in the establishment of GUM and other aspects of the micronational community, and am deeply trouble by his behavior during this whole affair. While I do believe personally that this incident has negatively impacted the potential future relationship between the Empire and the Confederation, neither my government or the legislature has released any official response and has no current plans to do so.

Christian I: Yes, I personally see Emperor Jonathan as a hypocrite. He is quite arrogant in my opinion.

Q: Do you have any general statement to make about the whole affair?

Marx: I am severely disappointed in the behavior of all parties in this affair. While the Delveran and Karno-Ruthenian delegations had a right to be upset and defensive, given the Austenasian delegation’s rather antagonistic behavior, I feel that the situation could’ve been better handled earlier on had certain delegates maintained a stronger sense of decorum and restraint. I also feel a sense of responsibility for how the entire situation evolved, as I was asked by the Delveran and Karno-Ruthenian delegations to personally speak to Emperor Jonathan, owing to my strong personal ties and relationship to the Austenasian government (being a member of the Austenasian Order, myself), and despite my best efforts, Austenasia still left the delegation. I feel somewhat responsible, as if I could’ve done more.

Christian I: The golden rule, treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Extend the same courtesies that you wish to receive back.

Both individuals are the heads of their respective nations’ delegations to the Congress.

Consul Callahan finished off his statement with a call to action directed toward the micronational community:

“To those friends of Austenasia, among whom we count ourselves, who may be inclined to shutter out this message of heartfelt but stern consequences for unstatesmanlike actions, we ourselves ask you to indeed, stick up for Austenasia. Now is the time for all of us to rally behind Austenasia’s banner and help our friends through this time. Austenasia has so much to offer, it is a shame that such a blemish has befallen her in relation to her friends and allies around the world.

We are calling on Austenasia to provide modes of contact with her ministers consistent with her status as a sovereign state and her stated national character. We are asking for more focused ministrations devoted to diplomatic relations. We are calling for more effective communication within the government of Austenasia.

This is not about Delvera finding fault. This is about us all. Our community. This is about the standards to which we hold ourselves and those we consider legitimate states.”

The Consul’s full statement may be read here.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Merger Between North American Confederation and Delvera Announced At Congress of Colo

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The third session of the Congress of Colo convened this morning, on the 26th of August. The minutes from the session include an announcement made by Prime Minister Joseph Marx of the North American Confederation. In it, he states his nation’s “desire and intention to attempt a merger between the Confederation and the Grand Republic” after “long discussions and negotiations” with government officials of the Grand Republic of Delvera.

Emperor-King Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia expressed his support of the union, and inquired about the logistics of the merger. Marx explained,

“The states of Illinois and Greene will become Provinces within the Confederation. The territories and colonies will also join Delvera. Acrin will exist outside Delvera but still operate under joint custody of the Confederation and Karnia-Ruthenia. The Confederation government will evolve into a cross province organization to preserve the Confederation heritage and culture and ensure collaboration between Confederation states.”

Minister Brizendine of Delvera also added,

“The monarchy will continue as a cultural institution.
Emperor William will retain all of his titles and may be granted powers within the Confederation’s provinces.
He will also be granted the title of Lord Protector of Delvera, along with some ceremonial duties which will accompany that office.”

This upcoming union was confirmed by a post on the Grand Republic of Delvera’s Facebook page, which reads, “It was announced today, in the third session of the Congress of Colo, that the North American Confederation will be merged into the Grand Republic of Delvera. Full statements and joint-released statements will be forthcoming in the coming days and weeks.”

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The Congress of Colo also introduced the following amendments, all of which were passed with a unanimous vote.

  1. “The right of the individual to determine their own ethnic or cultural identity shall not be infringed and may explore that identity in any manner they choose, so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of another.  Citizens shall be bound by the obligation to abide by the principles and laws of the nation for which they choose to belong and may not rescind that identity to avoid prosecution or punishment.”
  2. “A well-informed citizenry being the basis of government for a free people, the inner-workings and due processes of law shall not be restricted from the view or knowledge of its constituents, unless in special cases where the safety or well-being of the people requires it.”
  3. “The number and condition of the people being a foundational factor in representative government, a government should provide a census to be taken at minumum once per year.”
  4. “The power of government being derived from the consent of the governed, and sober and sound judgement being required for such consent, the age of majority should be no less than fourteen years of age.”
  5. “Solvency in banking being a deciding factor in the success or failure of economies, a micronational, fractional-reserve bank should maintain a reserve of no less than twenty-five percent.”
  6. “A micronation’s claim to a citizen should be based on that person’s knowledge of the laws and basis of sovereignty of that micronation and their personal acceptance of the jurisdiction thereof; exceptions to this may include minor children of citizens.”
  7. “A micronation may of right claim as a citizen a person who fulfills the definition of a citizen in another micronation, provided each micronation which claims this citizen has clearly established in law the expectations and duties of citizenship, and has clearly defined matters relating to criminal justice, extradition, residence, and allegiance to their respective nation.”

The Congress of Colo plans to conclude on the 2nd of September.

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

Congress of Colo Adopts Resolution on Micronational Sovereignty

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The Congress of Colo convened for a second time on the 19th of August, 2017, as had previously been determined by the delegates at the first session of the Congress.

Once again, the minutes from the session were released by the official Facebook page, and can be found here.

Their first order of business was to recognize the fact that the Austenasian delegation had quit the Congress. By officially recognizing this withdrawal, the Congress was able to reach a quorum and move forward beyond mere discussion.

Jordan Brizendine, a delegate from Delvera, then took the floor to introduce an additional resolution to the articles already being considered by the Congress of Colo. This resolution, largely based upon similar legislation recently passed by the Delveran Chamber of Deputies, attempts to better define what micronationalism is, and how it differs from the macronational form of government.

After much discussion and several amendments, the resolution was passed unanimously by the Congress. The full text of the resolution, in its final form, can be found below for those who do not wish to read through the minutes in their entirety.

Finally, the delegations from the Congress discussed the possibility of an amendment that, in the words of delegate Joseph Marx from the North American Confederation, “clarifies the limits of micronational authority and the inherent human rights of micronational citizens.”  Delveran delegate Dylan Callahan pointed out that, “there are some rights that are specific to micronationalism,” citing the right to know that one is being claimed as a citizen as an example.

A series of informal meetings is planned by the delegates for the purpose of collaborating on this matter before the next session of Congress, which will meet on the 26th of August.

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Full text of the Resolution on Micronational Sovereignty:

“Whereas micronations and macronations exist on separate, parallel planes whereby their duties and responsibilities do not overlap; and
Whereas micronations have sovereign power which is exerted in the social, cultural, and economic realms; and
Whereas micronational authority is entirely based on the consent of the governed rather than a monopoly on force; and
Whereas micronational laws are enforced through the implementation of punishments agreed to via consensus ad idem and pursuant to macronational restrictions on violence; and
Whereas all micronational citizens hold macronational citizenship; and
Whereas macronations generally do not tolerate challenges to their authority in the manner of true secessionism or separatism; and
Whereas micronational governments, as true servants of the people, should protect their citizens from unnecessary hardship and persecution at the hands of macronations in relation to movements of secession;

Therefore, micronational sovereignty and macronational sovereignty do not preclude one another; and
Micronations which seek macronational status alter their basis of authority, and therefore their national character; and
Micronational governments do not hold a monopoly on force to the exclusion of separate, macronational authorities where such authorities claim jurisdiction in a given case; and
Micronations should not identify as a movement which seeks to usurp the macronational monopoly of force.

Nothing in this resolution shall be construed to deny the right of self-determination of any people or their representative government.”

Reporter: Hannah Callahan