Council of Governors Rescinds Friendship Treaties

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NEOSHO RAPIDS – The Council of Governors met on Thursday, December 29 in Neosho Rapids to discuss the state of relations between the Grand Republic of Delvera and other micronations. In keeping with the newly codified Definition of a Legitimate State, the Council decided to rescind numerous treaties of friendship with entities that Delvera no longer recognizes as legitimate micronations.

The Council voted to rescind treaties with the Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg, the Thegn-Hold of Siar Fordell, the Kingdom of Loquntia, the Duchy of Hodiny, and the Federated States of Noveria on the grounds that all of these nations failed to meet one or more requirements of the Definition. Combined with the Ministry of State’s ending of all current informal relations, this left the North American Confederation, the Grand Duchy of Letzembourg, and the Empire of Austenasia the only remaining micronations with diplomatic ties to Delvera.

Lavrasian Governor Jordan Brizendine expressed regret at the mass ending of relations, revealing that he was initially hesitant to propose revisiting existing treaties in the Council for fear of damaging friendships with citizens of the entities with which ties were cut. He specified the reasoning for each treaty rescind proposal to the Council, emphasizing the legal rather than personal motivations behind the move. He went on to say that the Council’s actions were not necessarily denouncements of the individuals or micronational entities in question, and that Delvera should be willing to aid any micronation on the path to legitimacy.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Callahan Steps Down, Renounces Citizenship

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NOTTALOTTA ACRES – Maverick Callahan has been involved in micronational matters for many years, since the days of NottaLotta Acres. His latest contributions have included serving as Governor of Neosho, and he was also recently appointed Minister of the Interior by Consul Wernher during the Confederal visit to Neosho.

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Maverick Callahan, former Minister of the Interior and Governor of Neosho.

However, on the 20th of December Gov. Callahan announced to several citizens of Neosho that he wished to step down from his Delveran positions and citizenship. When asked about his reasons for leaving, he cited other demands upon his time and energy as a primary cause for this decision.

While Delvera is sorry to see him leave, his departure is not expected to cause governmental instability or chaos. The duties of Minister of the Interior will automatically revert to Consul Wernher until another Minister can be appointed. Meanwhile, the province of Neosho is currently in the process of setting up a special gubernatorial election to fill the provincial position that Callahan vacated.

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

Ministry of State Releases New Policies, Clarifies With Statement

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LAVRADA – Earlier today, Delveran State Media released two documents issued by the Ministry of State and a follow up statement by Minister Jordan Brizendine further describing the effects of the new policies contained within. The documents, the Declaration of Influence and Exclusivity and the Definition of a Legitimate State, outline the establishment of the Delveran Sphere of Influence and criteria for recognition of an entity as a state by the Delveran government respectively.

The Declaration created the Delveran Sphere of Influence, which is a region in which the Grand Republic claims exclusive rights to cultural, military, political, and economic development and expansion. The area spans about 500,000 square miles and covers parts of the US states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. The document stipulates that the area of the Sphere may be altered through negotiation with other sovereign states.

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Approximated render of the Delveran Sphere of Influence (courtesy of Mr. Dylan Callahan).

Exactly what constitutes these sovereign states is defined by the second document. The Definition enumerates five requirements for statehood in the eyes of the Grand Republic: adherence to the Montevideo Convention, proof of citizenry, proof of territory, a serious working government, and activity that corresponds to national character. The document further states that no entities which do not meet these requirements will be considered a state by the Confederal government.

Finally, the Minister’s statement (which can be viewed on the new government website here) clarifies some misconceptions that he anticipated would arise from specific parts of the documents, as well as providing three rationales for the move. These are historical precedence, interest and capability, and citizenry currently residing in the area. Brizendine also explained that the new documents did not conflict with the foreign policy he announced earlier this year.

While these developments have been supported by most Delverans, some critics have decried perceived imperialist motivations, particularly regarding the Declaration. Minister Brizendine attempted to alleviate some of these concerns in his statement, which emphasized the facts that the Sphere does not constitute a territorial claim and that its boundaries can be altered through diplomatic discourse.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Editorial: Community in Crisis

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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 or this publication.

The MicroWiki community has been used as a platform by upstart micronations for about a decade.  NottaLotta Acres and Salania, the noted predecessors of our Delvera, both greatly benefited from that platform to engage in relations with other micronations.  The forums of the wiki provided a common ground for any and all to exchange ideas and constructive criticisms, conduct business such as trade and treaties, and many other micronational pursuits and interests.

But what in earlier times would have been called minor drawbacks to this community have recently become roadblocks and major obstacles to the ends of participation therein.  These include simulationist countries being given access to the platform, thereby muddying the waters for those who are more legitimate and serious about their micronation.  Also a problem is the fact that a single individual could claim just about anything at all about their micronation, from an inflated population to how functional their economy or the strength of their military, and there is no incentive or accepted method of discovering the truth of that matter.

The sheer number of micronational representatives in the community alone inhibits the individual nations from exercising due diplomatic discretion, as anything posted to the forum is put before the unchecked masses for critique in the same venue.  

It is reasonable to expect moderators and administrators to keep some sort of order, but with such wide parameters in so public a forum, it is clear that any regulations or codes of conduct must needs be very general and not at all specific to whom may post and the decorum or etiquette required.

As the forum is intermacronational, spanning many diverse cultures and language barriers, some micronations find it necessary to continue a presence in the community, yet not participate much at all, lest they be sucked into the drama and divisiveness inherent to the unchecked mass of users.

The varying degrees of candidness, pretensions, prejudices and seriousness of participants is confusing and altogether not fitting for a serious platform for conducting intermicronational affairs.

The major example of this which necessitated Delvera’s representatives’ departure from the community was the moderators’ and administrators using their positions to alter any post, reputation point, profile imagery, or rule to their own, individual satisfaction.

This played out poorly for me, as I had used a word which one moderator decided was inappropriate to describe the quality of military items received in NottaLotta Acres.  The quality was such that I described it as “a box of crap,” very much in passing and not at all the point of my post to the community.  My post was altered to remove this word, I was given a reprimand in a reply, and at my first word of protest, I was sent a scathing private message from the moderator about how difficult his job is.

I was incensed and allowed myself to be caught up in the moment of argument, but I made it clear I did not find it fitting to be berated nor have my protests ignored and deleted.  This went unaddressed by the head administrator and owner of the Forum, a self-described “overlord of the community,” and the only solution was that a list of banned profanity be made up to include the word “crap.”  The suggestion was made by our own Jordan Brizendine, but this was not intended to solve the problem of irate moderators.  That problem, again, went entirely unaddressed.

After some discussion, we two Delverans decided it was best for our own dignity and for the legitimacy of the nation to leave the niche community and seek more legitimate and more conducive methods of interacting with other micronations and with the general public.

It may well be that there is no perfect solution for an open forum in a community of micronations.  There may well be no one-size-fits-all solution to any of the issues herein described.  All the more reason that we no longer participate in such forums, platforms and communities on an official level.

Author: Dylan Callahan

Central Headquarters Inhabited, Monroe Reassigned

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LAVRADA – The Delveran Armed Services Central Headquarters was completed in July, but it only began to see permanent habitation beginning in November. It was at this time that the building was equipped with a heating unit and mattresses, providing more comfortable living conditions for the DAS personnel stationed within.

Among other features, the Central Headquarters includes seven sleeping spaces, heating and air conditioning systems, wifi access, and numerous electrical outlets. It was built on Lavrasian territory within the city of Lavrada, but transferred to Confederal control after it was completed. It is meant to serve as an administrative and logistical headquarters, as well as a barracks and storage area for military supplies.

In other news, Major Bob Monroe was recently honorably discharged from Confederal service, transferring to a command position in the Lavrasian Militia. This came as a result of Monroe’s increasingly busy schedule, which hampered his ability to perform his duties as DAS Adjutant Supreme Commander. He was replaced in this role by Major Dylan Callahan.

With Monroe’s reassignment, the Delveran Cavalry Regiment has been deactivated, its remaining personnel having been transferred to the Infantry.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Confederal Officials Visit Neosho

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(The Bannerman staff apologizes for the long publishing hiatus)

NEOSHO RAPIDS – On Wednesday, November 23, Confederal officials visited Neosho for the conduct of military and government business. Lavrasians Nikias Wernher, Jordan Brizendine, and Victor Sarkozy travelled to Neosho Rapids, where they were hosted by Mr. Dylan Callahan and Mrs. Hannah Callahan, who served lunch. This marked the first visit of Lavrasian citizens to Neoshan territory. Many gifts were exchanged during the visit, as is the custom whenever Lavrasians and Neoshans meet. These included articles of clothing and small trinkets.

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High Command Meeting. From left: SGT Victor Sarkozy (acting Army SNCO), COL  Jordan Brizendine (Supreme Commander), CPT Nikias Wernher (Army Adjutant CoS), MAJ Dylan Callahan (Adjutant Supreme Commander).

To begin formal proceedings, DAS High Command held a meeting, amending the Military Regulations and evaluating current uniforms. Supreme Commander Jordan Brizendine named Mr. Callahan his Adjutant. Afterward, the Chamber of Deputies held a session in which the constitutionality of the Republican Military Protectorate was deliberated. Following that, the Wernher Cabinet met to discuss matters of state and the economy. Provincial banks and copper reserves topped the economic agenda, while the state discussion centered on public relations. Official business in Neosho Rapids concluded with a review of Neoshan ordinance in the munitions storehouse.

Later, Mr. Callahan accompanied the Lavrasians to NottaLotta Acres, where they met with Neoshan Governor Maverick Callahan. The Callahans proceeded to conduct their guests on a tour of the territory, pointing out areas of strategic and historical interest. The group discussed plans to revitalize NLA’s decaying infrastructure and restore its former glory. Governor Callahan was appointed Minister of the Interior, and it was decided that the Neoshan capital would be moved from Neosho Rapids to NLA. Finally, the group said farewell to the Governor and returned to Neosho Rapids, with the Lavrasians departing later in the afternoon.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Neosho Becomes Province

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Note: Due to a publishing delay, all instances of “today” are in reference to “yesterday”.

NEOSHO RAPIDS – Today, on the 21st of October, the Military District of Neosho officially becomes the Province of Neosho.

Citizens of Neosho voted on the issue last month, and the result was unanimously in favor of becoming a province. Previously, citizens of Neosho had no say in local government, nor could they elect officials or vote in the Chamber of Deputies or Council of Governors. This change of status will allow Neoshan citizens to create and contribute to local government, while also removing the area from military control.

Neosho originally joined Delvera on December 22nd of last year. This resulted some criticism being leveled towards Jordan Brizendine, who was both First Consul and Supreme Commander of the Delveran Armed Services at the time, over the admittance of Neosho into Delvera as a military district.

Because an arrangement such as this had not been foreseen, no guidelines regarding it had been set forth in the Delveran Constitution. The guidelines for a protectorate were similar, but did not involve military control. While there was no constitutional prohibition which kept the military from owning land or controlling a district, the unprecedented arrangement was frowned upon by certain citizens who felt Brizendine was exploiting the unforeseen loophole.

Dylan Callahan, who is both the Army Chief of Staff and the Neoshan who originally proposed that Neosho join Delvera as a Military District, is in favor of the change. When asked to explain his reasoning, he cited the growing population as one of his reasons for now desiring the status of province, as well as the fact that Neosho had “little autonomy as a military district” and that “adding our voices to the confederal Chamber of Deputies” would also be beneficial.

As Callahan mentioned, the size of Neosho’s citizenry has seen much growth since last December. At that time, Neosho had a mere three citizens. Now, that total has increased to fourteen. Neosho also annexed NottaLotta Acres, which allowed the disorganized and long-dormant government of NLA to come to a dignified end.

After applying for provincial status, Neoshans held a vote to determine who would fill the offices of Governor and Deputy. Maverick Callahan was selected for governor by a vote of 5 to 0, and for the role of Deputy, Hannah Callahan was chosen by a vote of 4 to 0.

Reporter: Hannah Callahan

Editorial: Behind the Name

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Pseudonyms are a widespread facet of micronationalism. These alternative names are used by many micronationalists, often in the interest of personal privacy, anonymity, and self-aggrandizement. I do not condemn the use of pseudonyms, as I have previously been accused of doing. In fact, I am writing this article to reveal that I use an alternative name as well. My birth name is not David Sarkozy, but Jordan Brizendine. Here I will explain my reasons for attempting to conceal my name, debunk some myths that this article may accrue, and make a statement about why I am revealing my name and what I hope to accomplish by it. Please read the article in full before you respond.

Allow me to begin by specifying exactly when the change occurred. I used my birth name in micronational affairs until the weeks immediately preceding Delvera’s entry into the MicroWiki community in early 2015. Because Delvera and its predecessor, Lavrasia, had only a limited online presence that was almost entirely controlled by me, I was able to implement the change back to a point in time. I chose the beginning of the Commonwealth Era in July 2011 as the end of “Jordan” and the beginning of “David”. I mentioned little of the interaction between these two supposedly separate persons, except to say that they were “friends” and power transferred from the former to the latter in 2011. While this was somewhat deceptive, nowhere did I make a statement that was blatantly false. An example of this can be found in an interaction with the Kingdom of Gotzborg, Delvera’s first intermicronational contact. Initially, when I befriended them on their forum in 2013, I used my real name as my username. When I implemented the change, I created a new account, then asked the admin to transfer posting authority to David Sarkozy, as he was the First Consul (note that I did not say “new” or otherwise blatantly disconnect the two).

As far as motivations, a large part of my reasoning involved privacy, not only for myself, but the people around me. In my previous nations, I had mentioned others among my citizenry by their birth names. When I edited out my own name, I did the same for them. Currently, many Delverans in the Heartland (that is, the original part of Delvera, which now comprises the Province of Lavrasia, its territories, and the Protectorate) continue to use pseudonyms created during the change. These became their legal Delveran names, which are used to refer to those individuals in official documents. At the time, I believed that association with micronationalism could be detrimental to potential employment pursuits, and I did not wish to jeopardize this for myself and my friends and family. As justification for this, I pointed out influential micronationalists who used pseudonyms, such as Alexander Reinhardt. Another reason is, frankly, my pseudonym is much easier to remember and pronounce than my birth name.

Before proceeding to my reasons for writing this article, I will dispel some negative assumptions that are likely to be voiced on this topic. Firstly, I did not change my name in order to cover up my past. Though I did some things as leader of Salania that I would come to regret, such as getting involved in a few wars and pointless arguments, as well as making up stories of wars that I passed off as true, I would have changed my name all the way back to the beginning if that would have been possible. However, since I was a somewhat controversial figure at the time of my participation in the community as Emperor of the Holy Salanian Empire (c. July 2010 – May 2011), I was mentioned on various websites other than those I owned or the wiki, including the OAM forum and the news outlets of A1 and St.Charlie, so I believed that changing my name back that far would be too difficult and highly suspicious. Secondly, I was not forced to write this article by the “expose” published in the Knowledge Warrior. That glorified reddit page publishes enough nonsense that it could be easily dismissed as utterly false.  I had planned to write this article for the last month and a half, largely on my own initiative. Delays in the form of personal commitments continued to impede me from doing so until today. Thirdly, this has absolutely nothing to do with Markus or New Israel or any of that. I would have written this article regardless of the outcome of that debacle, and planned to do so before any of it began. There is also no hypocrisy here. As I said, I have falsified no history (in fact, when I changed my name I corrected some false history that I wrote many years ago). My own birth name would have been easy enough to find if anyone had done any research on the matter, and I would have responded to any messages asking about my pseudonym. Finally, this does not in any way mean that anything currently on this site or the wiki/forum/etc. is dishonest. The only thing that has ever been altered or falsified since the founding of the Grand Republic of Salania in May 2011 is my name, and those of some of my citizens (each of which was given the choice to use a pseudonym or not). We have significant bodies of evidence, including pictures, videos, and original documents and forum posts to attest to this.

So why am I clearing all of this up? I have three reasons. The first is that my desire for privacy, motivated by the fear that I would be “discovered” as a micronationalist, is now moot. My nation is old and stable enough, and I am comfortable enough with the concept of micronationalism that I could confidently address any concerns presented by an outsider about my activities, as much as I could about any other interest or pursuit of mine. I will not force others who use pseudonyms in my nation to reveal themselves, but neither will I prevent them from doing so. My second reason is a push for complete transparency and honesty in Delvera in the interest of legitimacy. As I said before, nothing in Delvera has been falsified, but if it was “discovered” that I used a pseudonym without my outright admittance to it, other aspects of my nation would be called into question. I do not wish to appear dishonest or to tarnish the reputation of the Grand Republic by failing to make this information known. The third and final reason is the idea that I could be a role model for younger micronationalists. I believe that I am a better example for new people if my somewhat checkered past is prominently displayed than if I begin my career narrative with the point when I became totally honest. It is a beacon of hope for those who have started controversies or been exposed for lying when they know that an important figure in a (dare I say) prominent micronation in this community started off much as they did. All it takes is a little humility and honesty, as well as a lot of hard work to take your nation from a laughingstock to a powerhouse and symbol of legitimacy. I can now proudly say that I know this from experience, and I can use my knowledge to help others along the path.

Now, for the real question. What will change? Well, not much, really. I’ll continue to use my legal Delveran name, largely because it is in so many places that it would be annoying to have to change it, and also because it is still easier than my birth name. However, I will edit the appropriate articles on the wiki to make it clear that I was the leader of Salania, and I will combine the “Jordan I of Salania” article with the “David Sarkozy” article. Business in Delvera will proceed as usual.

Please feel free to comment on this matter, so long as you have read what I have actually said here.

Author: Jordan Brizendine

New Awards System Created

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LAVRADA – The Chamber of Deputies passed the Special Recognition Act on Thursday, October 13. This piece of legislation allows the Council of Governors to create and confer civilian awards on behalf of the Confederal government. Nominations for these awards are received by the Council, which approves new recipients by majority vote, after which the First Consul presents the award.

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Ribbon of the Order of Liberty (unchanged)

The first two awards to be created under the guidelines of this act were the Order of Liberty and the Meritorious Volunteer Service Award. The Order of Liberty, awarded for “especially meritorious contribution[s] to the furtherance of the Grand Republic, the cause of micronationalism, or other significant public or private endeavors,” is awarded in three classes. It was conferred upon three inaugural members on October 14: Jordan Brizendine (1st Class), Dylan Callahan (2nd Class), and Joseph Marx (3rd Class). The stated reasons for each nomination are as follows:

Joseph Marx: for “…[his] efforts in resolving the 2015 Land Claims Crisis, including signing of the Missouri Compact and authorship of the Missouri Proclamation, as well as [his] continual work to maintain a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship between the Grand Republic and the North American Confederation…”

Dylan Callahan: for “…[his] significant contributions to the furtherance of the Grand Republic, including development of the economy from the ground up as Minister of Commerce, authorship of numerous pieces of national legislation, constant efforts to improve activity via creation and advocacy of the Callahan Plan, and advancement of diplomacy as Ambassador to Austenasia…”

Jordan Brizendine: for “…[his] significant contributions to the Grand Republic, including acting as the primary force for independence from the NottaLottan Empire and the foundation of the nation, conceiving the organization of the government and authoring the Delveran Constitution, Writ of Rights, and Military Regulations, among other documents, building the Delveran Armed Services from the ground up and recording and publishing media on the process, instigating and overseeing many reforms during [his] tenure as First Consul, and establishing strong diplomatic relations with several other nations as Minister of State…”

The Delveran Armed Services also created a new system of awards, including different medals for five major military campaigns in Delveran history, two awards for valor, an award for campaign merit, and a ribbon for long service. Dylan Callahan was additionally presented with the Legion of Merit, the second highest award in precedence, for “…[his] exemplary service during Operation Genesis, especially [his] tireless efforts in research that far exceeded [his] mandated duties…”

The new awards replaced the existing system, which Delveran leaders believed to be too large and complicated, as well as too similar to United States military medal designs. Previous awards granted by the Grand Republic and its predecessor, the Commonwealth of Lavrasia, were rescinded (with a few exceptions) and replaced by new awards were applicable.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

Chamber of Deputies Passes Economic Reforms, Moves Capital

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LAVRADA – Last night, the Chamber of Deputies met to discuss three pieces of legislation impacting national economics and the status of the capital city.

The first bill to be considered was the National Bank Act, which had been rewritten after being sent to committee in the last session of the Chamber. The Act establishes the Confederal Bank of Delvera, an organization that integrates a network of provincial banks into a unified national system. Despite this centralization, Section 1b of the Act states “No section of this act shall be construed to preempt free market banking or credit systems, nor shall any province be denied the power of enacting their own system, so long as such system does not interfere with the operations of the Confederal Bank of Delvera.” The Act specifies the powers of the Minister of Commerce in approving charters for all bank branches and approving all applicants for bank employment, as well as the bank’s legal tender and details of currency. The system of accounts is also clearly lined out.

The Public Compensations Bill, a bill formally establishing the wage system for Delveran government employees, was also proposed. The system presented within changed the method of pay from quarterly salaries distributed monthly in thirds to monthly salaries at the same rate, effectively tripling government salaries. It was noted that this increase will encourage more government participation and make taxes more affordable.

Finally, the Capital Establishment Act called for the relocation of the capital of the Grand Republic to the Territory of Colo. Lavrada, the current capital, was always intended to be a provisional capital until another in a more neutral location not strictly affiliated with a specific province could be chosen. Colo, though a territory of Lavrasia, would be appropriated for confederal use when the need arose, according to the bill. Notably, the bill protects Colonians’ private property in Clause 3: “The grounds of Colo shall be appropriated for all purposes necessary for the functions of the seat of government, but the property of the private citizens therein residing shall be respected as inviolate.” The bill additionally called for a constitutional amendment officiating the capital territory. A proposed name for the new capital city was “Colonia”.

All three bills were passed unanimously by the Chamber after lengthy discussion.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine