As of the 1st of March of 2015, the former territory of Nova Agnorr was made a crown colony of HM King Alexander of Tiana. Regent and Prime Minister Joseph Puglisi has signed into effect a royal decree establishing the Colony of Agnorr and Wallens Plantations across the former territories of Nova Agnorr. One William Opdengraff (formerly known as Paco Velazquez) was selected to be the King’s ruling agent within the crown colony of Agnorr, and granted a peerage as the Earl of Agnorr.
The Tianic Fatherland Front has, following the coup d’etat of February 2015, released a Declaration of Order declaring the citizen formerly known as Leroy Santiago the absolute monarch of the newly-founded Kingdom of Tiana. Our new King, who shall as of February 10th be known as His Majesty King Alexander, being unfit to rule due to his undeveloped mental faculties, has been provided a Regent – one Joseph Puglisi – to rule as acting monarch.
The new Kingdom of Tiana lays claim to the former Tianan territories of New Palermo, Atlantica, and Flanderstein. Other territories formerly a part of the Republic of Tiana have been ceded to the United States of America.
His Majesty is expected to release a new decree within the coming days detailing the specific form of organization of the new Kingdom.
Joseph M.D. Puglisi, the incumbent President of the Republic of Tiana, today announced the dissolution of the government of the Republic of Tiana by means of a self-coup. In addition, the Communist Party of Tiana has been dissolved by the state, ending an era of almost continuous communist rule since the establishment of the First Tianan Republic in 2010. This decision has been anticipated within Tiana for months, with Puglisi citing the “growing unpopularity of communist rule, dissatisfaction with the bureaucratic and inefficient republican government, and a desire for the Tianic people to assert themselves as an independent cultural group within North America.”
The Tianic Fatherland Front has been formed by Puglisi to fill the power vacuum left by the dissolution of the former Tianan government. The Tianic Fatherland Front’s stated goals for the nation of Tiana, according to Puglisi, are as follows:
- “Complete cultural and political autonomy for the Tianic nation, as distinct from the multicultural Republic of Tiana.
- The creation of an independent nation-state across the Tianic cultural sphere stretching across the whole of Eastern Tiana.”
- “The protection and preservation of Tianic culture within the Tianic cultural sphere, including state support for Tianic cultural activities and education.”
- “The limitation of citizenship in the Tianan state to culturally Tianic individuals, regardless of race, sex, or other identification.”
- “The establishment of a system of absolute monarchy within the Tianan state with protections against any attempts by the state to deprive Tianans of their natural rights and liberty.”
- “The Tianicization of the Tianic cultural sphere, involving the promotion of the Tianic language and culture and the purification of Tiana of the cultural influence of foreign powers.”
- “The decommunization of Tianan culture, involving the disestablishment of the Communist Party and the reversal of communistic attempts at cultural engineering within Tiana – instead embracing the organic culture of the Tianic people.”
- “The voluntary expansion of the Tianan cultural sphere to areas of North America willing to undergo the process of Tianicization.”
Joseph Puglisi has stated his desire to “maintain a positive relationship with other micronational movements in North America and the world”, and to “attempt to gain the recognition of larger states in the world… particularly member-states of the United Nations.”
MANSONGRAD, Altusia – Mansongrad, named for the famous shock rocker Marilyn Manson, was founded in 2011 when a small group of Tianan citizens heeded the words of Horace Greeley – “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country”. Settling in New York City, 70 miles west of New Palermo, the settlers founded what is now the State of Altusia, with Mansongrad as its capital.
Now, Mansongrad lies at the heart of the second largest state in the Republic of Tiana The very existence of the State of Altusia may be at stake in the near future. A dispute with American landowners may drive the Tianan population of Altusia to a new location. According to former Tianan Prime Minister and Altusian resident Joshua Juda, the population of Altusia will “presumably” be relocated to another, as of yet unknown location. Clearly frustrated by the failure of the Americans to negotiate with Tianan local authorities, Juda lambasted the likely relocation as stamping on the “hopes and dreams of the Altusian people”.
The University of Tiana Linguistics Department and the Ministry of Culture have announced that the long-awaited Project Langstorm is now underway. The first major government project in months, spearheaded by President Joseph Puglisi, Project Langstorm aims to create a new constructed language, or conlang, for cultural use by the Tianan state and people. The world’s most well-known conlang – Esperanto – has achieved great success, with an estimated one thousand native speakers at present.
Project Langstorm aspires to learn from mistakes made by similar projects previously conducted by the Ministry of Culture. For this reason, the University of Tiana has been charged with conducting research on unfamiliar linguistic models.
Greetings, gentlemen. As you may or may not know, in Septemeber 2013 I am running for the position of Chairman of the Grand Unified Micronational, my second attempt of doing so. The first was, of course, in December 2012. As we all know the crisis that followed, I have decided in the aftermath of it to only take myself a limited role in the activity of this old organisation, and to not run for office again. This, along with a negative opinion on the GUM and in general, external affairs, by Juclandia’s human citizenry, and the new foreign policy set out by the government of Juclandia which implies by itself an isolationist stance, have made the presence of myself and Juclandia heavily limited in the community since January 2013. The first – and only – relevant diplomatic activity of our nation was the presence of the head of state and of the President and one human citizen at the Paris Intermicronational Summit 2013, which, in my opinion, constituted a great success for micronationalism. The Juclandian government is already looking forward to PoliNation 2014.
Juclandia’s isolationism meant that I, as head of state, could give much more attention to domestic affairs. This resulted in the start of many agricultural and social projects in human-controlled Lenia, as well as with many projects started by the plushy government. So, why I am back in micronational politics, one would wonder. Well, in the last months the GUM has silently started to become a dormant organisation. No new project of substance took place, and most of the Quorum we made of the part where we vote on membership application and the part where we deliver national reports. The GUM is, in this moment, not largely different from the Micropolitan Lounge (apart from the presence of swear words). And this is quite worrying, because, while the GUM is a micronational organisation, the MPL is just a Skype room. There were some days when this organisation was the bastion of micronational diplomacy. In January, it was the bastion of corruption and petty scandals. Now, it is just another Skype room.
In this community, there are, and there have been, old rivalties. The eternal cold conflict between Wyvern and Sandus is an example. This conflict didn’t start in 2012. It was there since the Great Ideological Conflict. However, the GUM, in its first months after it was revived in August 2011, had something that it lost in January this year, as a former St.Charlian Prime Minister put it: its decency. In that editorial, the ex-Prime Minister also said that the GUM should not treat activity as being more important than decency. However, I think we can have a both active and a decent organisation, just like in old days. But at the same time, I also believe it needs another thing, which some might consider to be at odds with its historic existence: a radical change. While it has been successfully maintained with historical leaders, such as Jonathan of Austenasia, William Soergel of Sandus or Jacob Tierney of Renasia (the three that I used to call them the Troika), in these last months the GUM has got a new approach due to new Chairmen, such as Yaroslav Mar and Richard Cunningham.
I have been in this community since November 2010. Ever since I joined this place, my political views may have changed (While I have always been an economic leftist, socially I transitioned from a conservative to a liberal), but my set of values have never changed. I cannot deny the fact that outside diplomatic cycles, I talk about superficial things and I tend to be foul-mouthed. Some people say that I have a volatile personality. But I have always been the same, and whenever I decided to do something, I have gone with that until the end of it, regardless if the consequences were positive or negative. I have been Supreme Judge of this organisation for a term, and I have been Secretary of the Advancement Council for two terms. In my whole activity, I can say that everything I’ve done was just and correct. My conduct has never been unprofessional and I have always promoted some core principles in the organisation: respect for equal rights and treatment, preferably a formal conduct when in official diplomacy, rule of law and fight against any form of corruption and power abuse. At the same time, I’ve always been a critic of micronational instability.
I have decided to publish my platform in a way that I consider to be easily understandable, and that is the Q&A form.
Q: You said you wouldn’t run for office again. Why have you changed your mind?
A: At the time I have decided to do this, a huge scandal has been fading away in the GUM. My belief, at the time, was that either a capable Chairman would go on and reform the organisation, or it would dissolve shortly. However, while I believed in the successors of M. Mar, none of them managed to reform this organisation, but only to keep it afloat. I believed M. Tierney being back as Chairman would finally change this, but due to his lack of time (as he is a student now, and also quite busy with his Renasian activities) he didn’t do anything. At the time I decided to run, nobody else seemed to wish to become Chairman, and after waiting a few days, I have decided to go on and run for office, as I firmly believe that I can change this organisation.
Q: However, Joseph Kennedy decided to run after that. Why haven’t you retired?
A: Before everything, I would like to say that I see in M. Kennedy a promising micronationalist, and he was my only choice for a Vice Chairman nomination before he went on to run himself. I still do wish, on the occasion I win this election, to nominate him as Vice Chairman. However, I can see facts in an objective way as well: after all, M. Kennedy has joined this community just months ago, having been a Wikia member until then. His nation, Montania, as long with his other nation, Ashukovo, are both relatively new, having been founded only this year. While I believe that he is a promising micronationalist, I do not believe at all that he is experienced enough to be a leader of the GUM. From my experience, when a relatively new micronationalist in the community gains office, things usually go bad: it was my own case in March 2011, when I became Vice Secretary General of the OAM, and it was even a more recent case in the GUM: M. Yaroslav Mar. For us to not repeat such history again, we need that these new members gain experience through lower offices, instead of instantly going to the highest-level office. That’s why, I do not believe that M. Kennedy would be able to reform this organisation, as he lacks the necessary experience as to understand the core values of this organisation, and what is more important, the Constitution of this organisation.
Q: Ok, fair enough. I see, however, that you put a focus on this ‘radical change’. What do you mean by that?
A: In these last months, I think that this organisation has lost its purpose. I have stated my opinion at the Paris Summit that this organisation seems to be pretty useless in the eyes of an outsider, but in the eyes of an insider as well. What we really need to do is to go back to GUM’s core roots and values, along with making this organisation act in a different way. Its core roots have been set out years ago, but this community has dramatically changed. There are new nations and new members. The values of our organisation, while not being changed, need to be adapted to our present-day situation. We need a new approach and a new way of administering it. For instance, while the unwritten conventions have worked perfectly well one year and a half ago, now, with this flow of new members, it is absolutely a mess for them to understand all these unwritten conventions. Some of them can barely understand the Constitution.
Q: So, paper work things. How about its approach to the ‘outside world’?
A: Indeed, the outside world is a very important thing that we need to consider. After the ‘rebirth’ of the GUM, something very interesting happened: this organisation actually supported and contributed to a macronational even, Occupy London. I think it is of utmost importance that this organisation starts promoting micronationalism outside micronational spheres in general and MicroWiki in particular. This organisation has to act as a unified voice of micronationalism, to show the world what we do, and how useful it is. There are people who see us as loonies or eccentrics. While some of us might be like that, well, so are a lot of people outside there. That does not mean that micronationalism should be viewed negatively, and as such I firmly believe that along with this ‘radical change’, we also need to get outside of MicroWiki and use the GUM for promoting micronationalism, and what is most important, professional micronationalism, not the kind that one might see in certain other communities. There are also some values that this organisation had and should continue to have, and these need to be promoted as well. Therefore, as long with us promoting a positive face of micronationalism, we should also condemn the denial of the Holocaust or the Armenian Genocide, for example.
Q: Talking about values…What values does the GUM have, or had, and how should one promote them?
Oh, but that is extremely easy. One can find them in the Constitution, at Chapter One. In these last months, Chapter One has been mainly ignored by delegates, member states themselves, and even the former Chairmen. I think we need to put a huge focus on this Chapter, and establish some Key Points for us to follow, respect and defend. At the same time, I think that these principles should also be taken into account, alongside professionalism, when accepting or rejecting new applicants. There were a lot of times in the past when they have been ignored, and this was the main reason for the presence of conflicts within this organisation. If all of the member states share similar values, no such conflict can possibly appear.
Q: Your intentions and plans have been pretty much presented. How about a final word…How do you think the GUM will look like in December 2013, if you get to be elected?
A: Well, all my effort will be given into successfully changing this organisation and applying my views for changing it. In December, I hope we shall see an active GUM, commited to its core principles, that would give up on internal fighting and go outside and promote micronationalism in a professional way, as well as teach new micronationalists in full accord with what we have established to be our Key Points. I, for one, have already started the path to friendship and cooperation by pushing in Juclandia for the recognition of all GUM member states, even if some of them publicly expressed their disgust at the existence of Juclandia. There are as well delegates that cannot stand me, completely ignoring my competences and my capabilities. For them, I have a single word: the future of the organisation should be seen objectively, not subjectively. As for the end, I wish best of luck to my counter-candidate, as well as my hope that this organisation will be better in the months to come.
If there is any other thing that you would want to be seen, I happily invite you to a Q&A session in the GUM Lounge, after tonight’s Quorum ends.
…the Riksdag took the following position of comdemning the election and reforms.
The Riksdag then moved that it condemn recent lies issued by Mr Ciprian Constantinescu-Jucaresti that tarnish this house’s repution and the reputation of the Zealandian electoral processes.
The Riksdag also voted aye on a “Motion to demand that Prime Minister Constantinescu-Jucaresti hold free and fair parliamentary elections with fair reprensentation to the opposition”.
The house to motioned to support the Zealandian-affiliated Communist Party and Socialist Labor League of Tiana and express a desire for these parties to merge.
Earlier today, the results of a session of the Zealandian Riksdag has taken place, in which against the foreign policy promoted by most nations, and against common sense, the Zealandian government has involved in the internal affairs of Tiana, by criticising our reforms and demanding free and fair elections.
One should look into their own nations’ affairs before criticising others, first. It is not a secret that Zealandia is a dictatorship of a group of people that control the nation for over a year, and it is not the secret that the Riksdag is just a rubber-stamp Parliament, like the Volkskammer during the Democratic Republic of Germany era. The violations against human rights in Zealandia are also not a secret, which are proven in the following photo:
The image says it all about how politics are in Zealandia. A typical oligarchy ruled by fairly the same people since it was founded, and with no chance of becoming a true democracy in the short future.
Why? Because it is in that country’s culture and traditions and history to be an oligarchy. You can’t change something which was created with that purpose, and you can’t change people’s behaviour either.
The Zealandian Riksdag, in a typical purely-imperialist move, has involved in the internal affairs of Tiana and has criticised the reforms. You criticise liberal democratic reforms? Really? I can’t imagine how a nations that criticises democracy claims to be democratic. Oh, yes, I remember, that socialist democracy, also called the dictatorship of the proletariat? It’s laughable. That’s what Tiana was since now, and it wasn’t really a democracy, a fact that the current President of Tiana, Joe Puglisi, recognizes.
So, let us stick to our free market liberal democratic reforms, while you continue to be a “socialist” oligarchy that will probably have the same Prime Minister and King even after 15 elections. With a King that claims to be two different persons, and let’s not forget Olof Olofsson and the so-called coup in Zealandia, that was made by the same people who ruled Zealandia at the time.
I have hope that Zealandia will end this blatant imperialism, or I will personally take measures against it.