In the first part of our series of interviews, Kit McCarthy talked to Jackson Eden, from Universal Triumvirate.
KM: First off, for those who don’t know you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
JE: Certainly; my name is Jackson Eden, and for the past two months I have served as the Universal Triumvirate’s Chief Ambassador. I only really got into micronationalism at large in the latter stages of my career as Triumvirate Head of Media, a jump into intermicronational affairs which was mostly catalysed by my dual newspaper career, then being the Editor-in-chief of the Triumvirate Tribune and the same position on the Triumvirate National Press, the latter of which I still run somewhat regularly. I’m probably most notable for unofficially being the root cause for the Triumvirate’s foreign alliances with the KUR and the Kingdom of Loquntia, both of which I am now informed have gone defunct.
Moreover, I represent the Federal Republic of Whestcorea as their Special Liaison, notably as liaison to the Nollandish Confederacy.
Speaking personally, my interests mostly revolve around writing (though I have yet to publish a text or novel of any kind, though I’m currently writing a textbook for the Triumvirate Department of Education about the rise and fall of the OUES, not that they know I’m doing that yet, so don’t tell them) and playing video games on the internet because priorities.
KM: Priorities indeed! What can you tell us about Universal Triumvirate?
JE: The Universal Triumvirate is a particularly interesting thing – part political experiment, part new country project, part test to see how big a deficit the government can run before everything goes down the pan. It was founded way back when in 2009 by a gentleman who went by the name of Zerouh, though his actual identity was never ascertained; his was a somewhat rough blueprint, but what his ultimate goal was was an internet nation which based its format of government off of three key tenets: order, justice and intelligence. To that end, over time, the legislative branch of the Triumvirate government has become extremely meritocratic in terms of elections to it, while the Supreme Court has immense power to strike down laws and punish criminals.
Business-wise, about a third of the entire economy is owned by one man, Aaron Ehtya, who has so much of the Triumvirate’s money we could pay off the entire not insignificant deficit with it and still have money to fund the government sinkhole that is the Department of Naturalization (nothing personal to it’s head, but it does use a lot of government funding).
KM: What does business include?
JE: Business in the Triumvirate is, by virtue of being wholly non-physical, somewhat limited; the most profitable businesses in the Triumvirate have always been naturalization businesses, notably Prime Personnel run by a man named Bradford Durand, who it has to be said makes a reasonably pretty penny off the government for recruiting new citizens, something the government has always found particularly difficult; other businesses that have done well are ones that publish newspapers. Eden Publishing, my own business before real world affairs required me to scale down my micronational dealings in favour of education type stuff, made a lot of subscriptions in its heyday.
Regardless, the private sector is, despite the government’s faith in it, not growing at quite the rate we would like it to considering the small number of actual Triumviran citizens.
KM: Politically, how do you work?
JE: The Triumvirate’s political system has always been incredibly heavily debated; the Triumvirate government is split between two separate branches, the Executive Branch and the Administration. The Executive Branch is – paradoxically, considering what an Executive branch actually is – the government’s legislative branch, where the laws are all made, while the Administration serves as a veto/approval branch, which has to approve all laws passed by the Executive before it can enter the statute books. Where the problem arises for some people is that the legislative branch isn’t technically elected in the traditional sense – it bases its membership on a meritocratic platform. In order to become a member of the Executive Branch, you have to be approved by its existing membership, pass a test to determine your political aptitude, but, unless you’re running for Senator (the only two positions of thirteen total in the legislative branch that are actually elected by the public at large), you don’t have to win any sort of public election. As such, the Executive Branch has a number of members who have been there almost since the Triumvirate’s inception.
The Administration is popularly elected by a first past the post system, and while proponents of the current system argue that this keeps the unelected Executive Branch in check, progressives maintain that it doesn’t go far enough and that the Administration (being the only branch with any sort of popular mandate) should have the capacity to legislate, despite some claims that non-meritocratically elected government officials don’t necessarily have the requisite intelligence to legislate for the Triumvirate at large in an effective way.
The Supreme Court – the only court in the Triumvirate at the moment considering the limited population – can strike down pieces of legislation it finds unconstitutional, so the judicial branch does also have an effect on the political system.
KM: And what of culture?
JE: Triumvirate history is probably the most major part of our culture; while literature and artwork isn’t so much of a thing considering its position as an internet, simulationist micronation, the history is fascinating – skirmishes between the Executive and Administrative branches, the Blacklist Scandal, the Halloween Shutdown, and the defeat of Desolare in the Civil War are personally my favourite aspects, but the point of the matter is that it’s even more intricate than that – it goes back six years, after all.
KM: The Blacklist scandal, that sounds interesting…
JE: It certainly is – indulge this Triumviran history nerd for a moment…
The year is 2014; Nathan Maine, then the Major Executive (probably the closest thing the Triumvirate has to a president) finally resigns following a successive three terms as leader, or more specifically twelve months as the man in the comfy chair with all the buttons. After a year of economic prosperity, as well as an astounding victory with the Desolaran Civil War, mostly thanks to his brilliant military leadership and the genius of our then Head of Intelligence, Ascencia, he was finally obliged to step down in May and the position was re-elected. Three people stood for election – Ryan Bleitze, then Head of the Treasury, Jackson Mearl, who had served as Chair of the Joint Command Council, and Dr. Edward Stenbach, then Chief Attorney, all attempted to get elected. This election was, itself, steeped in controversy; both Bleitze and Mearl won four votes apiece in the Executive Branch, which meant it was then the responsibility of the Administration to break the tie. They couldn’t break it, either – they, too, were split down the middle, three to three. Eventually it fell to Speaker of the Administration, Luke Cannon, to break the tie, and he did in favour of Ryan Bleitze, who was then duly elected Major Executive.
This was fine. At first.
Well, actually, it wasn’t fine at first – if indeed any part of Bleitze’s administration could be seen as “fine”. Soon after his election, Fenner Plecrov, Head of Naturalization at the time, was outed as a spy working for Desolare and acting against the Triumvirate government. This raised a lot of controversy regarding Bleitze’s continued incumbency, considering Plecrov’s vote had helped him get elected in the first place. Bleitze survived an attempt at impeachment, at which point Ascencia threw in the towel and resigned, leaving the Triumvirate forever.
This is all important in order to understand the Blacklist Scandal as it sets the scene for the remainder of Bleitze’s administration – the Executive Branch were often incredibly opposed to his legislative agenda, which, some have argued, was motivation for what he did later on.
In any event, Bleitze went around doing his thing, despite most of his legislative agenda being shot down and him being sued a bunch of times by Aaron Ehtya, owner and proprietor of General Defense whom Bleitze had tried on numerous occasions to screw over for Political Reasons. However, things went south for Bleitze as soon as the morning of July the 8th rolled around. A man named Carlson Tyler sent a concerning email to Speaker Luke Cannon, indicating that he had received a concerning list from someone, a list titled “UNIVERSAL TRIUMVIRATE BLACKLIST OF THOSE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT”.
The list contained a number of names, notably Mr. Ehtya, Jackson Mearl, Chief of the JCC, Clark McDearny, then (I believe) a Senator, and President Brim Davis, the leader of the Occidental Coalition, a Triumvirate ally.
This was something of a surprise to Speaker Cannon, as you can imagine, who immediately set about investigating where it came from – ultimately, it was revealed that Bleitze’s Chief of Staff, Ronald Afferson, was responsible for the document and was immediately arrested and exiled from the Triumvirate. However, that wasn’t all – the order for the blacklist to be made had to come from someone, and Fenner Plecrov, who had now been re-welcomed into the Triumvirate because Political Reasons, revealed that it had been Major Executive Bleitze himself who had given the order. Immediately the Executive Branch lost their rag with Bleitze completely, rushing through a motion of impeachment that succeeded this time. Bleitze would likely have been successfully impeached and arrested had he not quickly left the Triumvirate before the Administration could approve the impeachment procedure.
That leaves out much more of the intricacy of the investigation, but that is sufficient in the interests of not causing your article to go on for much longer than necessary!
KM: Jackson Eden, thank you.
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