Shane Cahill on the Mercian Referendum

We were delighted to speak to Shane Cahill, First Minister of Mercia, regarding Mercia’s membership of the increasingly inactive Wuertige Empire. The referendum will be held this Friday, and Mr Cahill is campaigning for the ‘Yes’ side, which wants Mercia to leave the Empire. Kit McCarthy interviewing.

KM: Why has this referendum been called?

SC: The referendum has been called because the government has reached the end of its tether with the Imperial Government. Members of my government, particularly my Foreign Minister HL Richard I, have made numerous attempts to resurrect the Imperial Government and implement reforms to restore activity. The saying goes that where there’s a will, there’s a way, but the converse is also true; without a will in the Imperial Government, there is no way forward. The Emperor clearly has other commitments, because he only appears every four months or so. Furthermore, two other states, Nolland and New Israel, have left the Empire already. My government felt the time had come to ask the people of Mercia if we should do the same.

KM: If Mercia does leave, what will that mean for the Empire?

SC: It will mean that there will only be one other constituent left in the Empire, Beacon City, whose Municipal Assembly have passed a motion saying they will arrange their withdrawal from the Empire as well if Mercia votes to leave. I have been in contact with the Prince of Beacon City and we have agreed that we will help wind down the Empire with dignity, with the Emperor’s consent. The Wurtige Empire deserves an honourable end, everyone in Mercia agrees that it should not continue to languish in dormancy any longer. We need only look to St. Charlie’s current state of affairs as an example of what not to do, which is to centralise power and leave the whole Empire in dormancy and ambiguity.

The Empire has served its purpose. Its member states now outshine it, and it is time to move on. Wurtige states can cooperate in other ways once the Empire is done. I will commit Mercia’s government to close cooperation with our fellow Wurtige states once the Empire has been wound down.

KM: Do you think Mercia will vote to leave, given that a yes vote will almost certainly spell the end of the Empire?

SC: I think Mercia will vote to leave. In November’s parliamentary elections my main commitment was for a referendum on our membership of the Empire, and my government was reelected with a larger majority. I see that as an endorsement of discussion on our relationship with the Empire, and I feel that Mercian citizens are very much aware of the Empire’s inactivity. Furthermore, the Yes Mercia campaign now has broad support, and not just from my party, the NLP. I am optimistic that the Mercian people will agree with my views on the Empire and do the right thing for Mercia’s future, by voting yes on Friday.

KM: Why is leaving the right choice, in your opinion?

SC: The Wurtige Empire used to be a dominant power among this community, particularly in the GUM. Those days have long since passed, and now Mercia and Nolland are both recognised as some of the main nations in this community. Nolland left the Empire because the Nollandish people felt that it had outgrown the Empire. The same is true for Mercia. There are also some issues with staying in the Empire. The Imperial Government is technically superior to the Mercian Government, and yet it has been completely dormant since the end of 2014. It isn’t very clear where the boundaries between both governments lie on issues like currency and particularly the overall distribution of power between the Imperial Government and the Mercian Government. By voting to leave the Empire, the Mercian people are ensuring that every single decision about Mercia’s future is taken by Mercia alone.

KM: So if Mercia does vote to leave, what happens next?

SC: We are following the procedure for leaving the Empire according to the relevant Imperial laws and treaties. We have passed the necessary legislation to declare our intentions to make Mercia a sovereign nation, and to hold a referendum on the matter. If Mercians vote to leave on Friday, we will inform the Imperial Government of the outcome, and the procedures for acknowledging the fact that the Empire no longer has sovereignty over Mercia will be followed. I will then work closely with the government of Beacon City and the Emperor to bring about a dignified end to the Empire. It’s in everyone’s best interests to do so.

KM: First Minister, thank you.

SC: Thank you for your time. And to all Mercians, I encourage you to vote Yes on Friday!

You can read the Yes campaign’s brochure here.

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

The Micronational Tour of the World – Paravia

Emperor Patrick Renwick tells us about the Empire of Paravia.

KM: First off, for those who don’t know you, can you tell us a little about yourself?

PR: My name is Patrick, Patrick Tristan Renwick, though, in micronationalism, I am more [often] known as the Emperor of Paravia.

KM: Where is Paravia?

PR: Well, Paravian territory can be found in a number of nations around the world, however, our “heart land” is situated in the city of Stavanger, Norway

KM: As an Empire, how is Paravia organised?

PR: Paravia is mainly organized into Provinces, Duchies and Lordships. However, Paravia does have a number of autonomous regions, the most well known of which is Nedland [defunct at time of writing]. These autonomous regions were all independent nations at one point, but decided to join Paravia. They all retain a great deal of autonomy.

KM: What would you say makes Paravia unique?

PR: Well, as far as I can see, Paravia is the only micronation from Norway. At least to have joined the forums.

KM: What about culture?

PR: Culture wise, it varies from place to place. Being a nation with territory in various European nations, as well as various places in America, the culture can be very diverse. But mostly, the “typical” Paravian culture is very similar to Norwegian.

KM: What does that include?

PR: Ah, well, a love for tradition, mixed with modern aspects. The appreciation of nature, as well as the belief that it must be preserved. And a strong belief in monarchy, though contrary to most Norwegians, in Paravia, the monarch is not only a figure head, but has an active, and large role in politics, and governing the country.

KM: How did you become an Empire? And what advice would you offer for those interested in becoming an Empire themselves?

PR: Well, originally, the idea of a royal monarchy, modeled on that of Britain was tossed around. However, after looking at Austenasia and the German Empire, as well as the possibility for territory in America, as well as the perceived grandure of empire was very appealing. As for advice, I would say that you should probably have, at least a decent amount of territory before creating an empire. After all, proclaiming a square inch in a closet in your bedroom an empire, really doesn’t fit. Though, after all, you can do what you wish.

KM: Doesn’t an Empire have to include lots of separate territories joined together?

PR: Yes. For example the Paravian overseas provinces in America. Though, you don’t necessarily have to have territory in other countries to be an empire, you need more than just 1 region.

KM: Lastly, what are your future plans?

PR: Well, future plans are gaining more territory, hold elections, form more international relations, and get a stronger influence in the community.

KM: Thank you.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!Paravia

The Micronational Tour of the World – Roseland

150px-Roselandic_Flag

Kit McCarthy talks to Bee, from the Kingdom of Roseland.

KM: First off then, for those who don’t know you, can tell me a little about yourself?

B: Hm. My name is Bee, and I’m the Queen of the Kingdom of Roseland. I’m a 15 year old trans woman, and I was born in Stockton, California in the United States.

KM: What can you tell us about Roseland?

B: Roseland is a nation bordered by the American city of Napa, California. There are nine citizens, and they are ruled by the two queens, myself and Her Majesty Olivia. (Roseland allows for there to be two monarchs sitting the throne at any given time.)

KM: So politically, how are you organised?

B: Roseland is an absolute monarchy, with the Monarch(s) holding absolute legislative and executive power. However, Roseland’s judicial plan is to be vested within a Royal Court, who will persecute criminals and resolve a dispute between the two ruling monarchs if necessary. We also have plans to create several ministries, but as of now the new government is still in its infancy and we are working on documents to establish these ministries officially.

KM: And what about your history? You say your government is still in its infancy – can you be more specific?

B: Roseland was founded with a direct democracy system, but it was quite difficult to govern our small population with this method, so in late October I abolished our “congress”, and enacted laws that reformed our country into a monarchy. There was no resistance to this change, and so far things are working out well.

KM: Does having only nine citizens present any difficulties?

B: For sure! If a few of your citizens are uninterested in government, it makes it difficult to get anything done. However, it makes it easier to get specific and individual opinions from those who want to be heard.

KM: Despite that though, what has your government done so far?

B: Our government is young, and we are still developing. However, it won’t be long until our government explodes into sudden activity, once our founding document is put in place. It’s in the first drafting stages as of now, but it will soon be the law by which all our governed and make our government an active and functioning body.

KM: Culturally, what is Roseland like?

B: Roseland, although not a democracy, is a very free-spirited place. The State does not infringe upon the people’s right to express themselves how they please. The majority of Roseland’s citizens are dedicated to social-justice and the sciences, striving to make the world a better place.

KM: What do you hope to do in the future?

B: Establish relations with other countries within the community, develop a well-structured and efficient government, and hopefully have our nation respected  by others.

KM: Thank you.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!

The State of the Community – James Frisch

beacon city flag
James Frisch continues our series of interviews with Kit McCarthy.

KM: For those of who don’t know you, can you tell us a little about yourself?

JF: I’m James Frisch, Prince of Beacon City, a small and unfortunately not too active micronation I founded about four years ago. I’m also the First Minister of Nolland, where I’m involved with a lot of what goes on there, and a candidate in the upcoming Mercian general election.

KM: What is, in your opinion, the best thing about the community?

JF: I don’t usually look at things and say “this is the best thing”, so I couldn’t really say. Of course, with as with any community, the most important bit is the people, and while the micronational community is definitely a mixed bag, most of them are good people.

KM: What would you see as not so good?

JF: Well, going from my previous answer, the bad eggs definitely aren’t so good, but that’s to be expected. Apart from that, I would say the divide that exists between different groups of the community is sort of making this seem like less of a community. Many now recognise this and are beginning to work against this, for example the interaction between different groups in the Nollandish Confederacy, but it takes time.

KM: What do you think is causing this divide?

JF: The fact that they are literally separate. There’s the group that’s been around longer, is mostly simulationist, and as a rule is more familiar with how to run a micronation well based on experience. The other group are newer, wanting to secede, generally still need to figure out what they’re doing. They can go together, but often don’t because of their own differences. I’ve seen a few people talk about other members in, well, less than pleasant terms, and while this is usually for a reason (e.g. new person being too stubborn to accept any criticism of something that actually is bad, older person being unnecessarily loud and pressuring about their beliefs, etc.), it’s obviously causing a conflict. As I say, lately, people are trying to get involved with each other for precisely this reason, so hopefully this issue should be more temporary.

KM: With this in mind, what’s your view on the Joseph Kennedy Affair?

JF: I can’t say I support what Mr. Kennedy did, it was cruel and uncalled for. However, I’m of the feeling that the community overreacted. It was a malicious prank, but a prank nonetheless, and I hardly expect that this is how Mr. Kennedy expected it to go. It was presumably going to be revealed with a “ha-ha, we got you” moment, but things got out of hand and became larger and louder to the point where many in the community were concerned about the affair, being unfamiliar with Mr. Kennedy and, not knowing his style of humour (which those of us who know him are used to and can appreciate), had no choice but to believe it. Rather than this massive reaction, a few questions could have been asked around (e.g. asking Mr. Kennedy about it – I doubt he’d have had you assassinated for knowing his evil plan of taking over a small internet community) and the issue could have been solved before it blew up.

KM: What do we need to do next in the community?

JF: I don’t know, really. We seem to be improving, so more of the same, I suppose.

KM: Thank you.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!

The State of the Community – Richard Hytholoday

.richard hytholoday
Continuing in our series of interviews, editor Kit McCarthy talks to Richard Hytholoday.

KM: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

RH : My name is Richard Hytholoday, but I am better known as His Lordship Richard I of the Kingdoms & Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples (better known as Mercia). I am the Lord Spiritual of Mercia (I administrate for the Mercian Christian Church, our state religious organisation), the nation I run as joint head of state with Lord Karl Friedrich von Ravensburg, who is Lord Temporal and therefore has essentially Presidential powers. I have been involved in the community since September 2011, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be leaving anytime soon.

KM: What do you think is the best aspect of the community?

RH: The fact that we have people from all walks of life from across the world involved. While we quite naturally have a sizeable core of middle-class Americans and Europeans which constitute the body of the Micronational community, we have a fair share of working-class individuals (like myself), a considerable minority of Australasians and a vibrant series of sub-communities that have been shaped by over a decade of community history, of which I have seen less than half of.

KM: OK, so that’s the best. What about the worst?

RH: I’d honestly have to say that the Micronational community has always had its fair share of ‘do-gooders’. With every generation that arrives into the community, there are great multitudes who think they know how to steer the community to metaphorical ‘sunlit uplands’ to make our collaborative hobby that much more fulfilling. Much of it is fairly innocuous; we tend to have a Micronational UN or two attempted every few months, which dissipate without fail. However, a lot of blame gets heaped at the doors of informal or sovereign venues that have exist at the perimeter of the community; for a time it was the Microwiki Forums themselves (before the community shifted to Micronation.org), at other times it was Micronational federations, and currently it seems to be the informal and totally unmoderated Skype chats that exist as online public houses for Micronationalists.

KM: You say blame gets heaped at Skype chatrooms. There have been arguments for that though – are those arguments wrong?

RH: I would definitely say so. One of the most frequent targets over recent months for this blame; the Yellow Bear Micronational (YBM), has existed since 2012 as a dedicated, informal venue for Micronationalists to speak independently of their nations. The language is foul, the topics are uncouth, and there are no holds barred. While there are some other, less used chatrooms that have similar natures, the YBM is first and foremost, and that is the deliberate purpose of the it, to be the place where Micronationalists heap the worst abuse, most bizarre arguments and other generally politically incorrect subjects. It has been in existence for about 3 years, far longer than many of its current opponents have been in the Micronational community in the first instance.

KM: So then, what do we need to do to improve the community? Or don’t we?

RH: The community has always ‘been on the verge of collapse’, from its inception to its ending. We are a community of egotists, which must be accepted; we run countries out of our bedrooms because we think current macronational governments aren’t up to the task. Everyone has their own idea of how to run their pocket utopias, and of course, what with no one style being predominant, everyone is inclined to see the community at some kind of breaking point for one reason or another.
But it is that total anarchy that makes the Micronational community such a grand place. Just like in actual international politics, where methods of governance, cultural norms and concepts of morality are challenged and debated, so are they in our microcosm of the globe. Which is why I think we shouldn’t have large organisations like a Micronational UN, why we shouldn’t have restrictions on what we can say (although keeping it to certain venues like the YBM is certainly a good settlement), and why I think the community can only change if that change is done organically. Artificial or mechanical change made by misguided do-gooders harms the Micronational community, as forcing it along a certain path will shed it of members, and will lead to stagnation and decline, which we have seen with other communities in the past, namely the Micronations Wikia.

KM: So the community should just be left alone. When you talk about misguided do-gooders, are you mainly referring to younger members of the community?

RH: Not entirely; some of our community’s ‘Old Left’, that have been around since 2010-2011, have had similar plans in the past. I’m not here to lecture on Micronational history, but I’d recommend researching the Denton Protocol, and the effects it had in our community as it tried to force social liberalism upon a population that had recently swung to the social right. In regards to intermicronational organisations, even I am guilty of taking part in it – between March and July 2013 I stood as the fourteenth Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational, the longest lived intermicronational ‘United Nations’ that ever existed in our community history. However, we must move beyond those centralising elements so that we can use our nations and our various clubs and chatrooms to truly express ourselves.

KM: What role does the Old Guard have?

RH: The ‘Old Guard’ is not some kind of exclusive club of Micronational illuminati. Those of our community that have been around since the early 2005-2010 days are just community members like all of us. The difference being, they have been handed the mantle of responsibility by nature of the passing of time to uphold common community values that have existed for a decade or more, those being professionalism, proper conduct and knowing how to separate business from leisure. This is difference from trying to change the community artificially; the old community values developed as the community did, organically. The ‘Old Guard’ are also administrators and moderators of our community website, Micronation.org, and pay well over a hundred GBP every year to keep the site running (I used to donate about £50 a year to the cause, but I have incurred financial setbacks as of late and have had to put my donations on hiatus). Considering that running the site is rather pointless in the grand scale of things given the current global meterialistic trends, the administration of Micronation.org are working at a constant loss to allow our community to function with a fully fledged repository of community history. I take great issue and offence at anyone who thinks they know better or could do better than ‘Old Guards’ for this reason and the reasons already described above.

KM: Lastly, what needs to happen next in the community?

RH: The Micronational community needs to keep soldiering on through the doomsday talk and the fears of community collapse. We’ve endured major and minor scandals, Micronational wars, the ending of friendships, both the zeniths and nadirs of community membership, and more. We have a long and steeped history, and a way of operation with it that developed organically between colleagues and friends for over ten years. We need to keep on in the spirit of Micronationalism, and we need to leave the petty pestering of people who think they know better behind. God bless.

KM: Thank you

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!

The State of the Community: Mike Lewis

mike lewis

In a series of interviews, we’ll be talking to micronationalists about how they feel the community is doing. Kit McCarthy talks first to Mike Lewis, of Lundenwic.

KM: For those who don’t know you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

ML: Indeed, I am Gen. Lord Mike Lewis, Marquis of New Charter and current Prime Minister of the Imperial Grand Duchy of Lundenwic. I, and the other founders, started Lundenwic in 2013 and I have been a member of the community since.

KM: What is, in your opinion, the best thing about the community?

ML: The best thing about the community is that it is quite accepting. Anyone can join and there is always someone to accept or help you. It is very diverse with many different ideologies and opinions. It is a creative breeding ground for all micronationlists. Arguments are, at most times, respectful and well thought out.

KM: Arguments are, at most times respectful and well thought out. What about when they’re not?

ML: There tends to be a slight backlash from other members. I personally tend to ignore those types.

KM: The Joseph Kennedy Affair was perhaps an example of an argument becoming less respectful. What do you think went wrong there, and how could we prevent a similar situation from occurring?

ML: From what I understood, the Kennedy Affair was a prank that went wrong. It was done in revenge for something Ned Greiner had said. I firstly think the prank wasn’t well thought out or executed. I also think the new members of the community were underestimated as well as the backlash it created. It is possible that the backlash caused will serve as a prevention of similar incidences occurring. It would be brilliant if that were to happen. However, the ‘New Guard’ should do more to help teach and shape newer members of the community to prevent further incidences.

KM: You say that’s the New Guard’s responsibility – what about the Old Guard?

ML: The Old Guard have seemed reluctant to do this. Don’t get me wrong, there are those that try, but they are outnumbered by the ones that seem to treat newer members with contempt. It is like newer members need to prove themselves worthy. I imagine over the years they have seen many weird and wonderful new members come, go and cause heaps of problems. I don’t blame them for the way they are.

KM: The New Guard is rarely recognised as part of the community, with the term “newfag” being more frequently used. What is the New Guard, and what should it be?

ML: The New Guard spontaneously formed during the Kennedy Affair. Members of the Old Guard can sometimes seem intimidating, but the New Guard made quite a few of the newer members feel they had a voice. It brought together all the newer members that had never spoken to each other before. It was quite impressive. Now, it should carry on the work it started. Providing support to the newer members of the community and not being afraid to challenge the Old Guard.

KM: It has been argued that part of the problem with the community is that the newer and older members are growing further apart. Does the New Guard not contribute to that problem?

ML: It does, yes. But at least now the task is to bring two groups of people together rather than each individual member trying integrate themselves with the Old Guard.

KM: What’s the next step, in your opinion?

ML: I honestly don’t know. There are many smart and talented people within the community and I am sure they will have ideas. The way forward seems to be projects like the Bildaut Panel, etc. They bring members of both communities together.

KM: Mike Lewis, thank you.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!

The Micronational Tour of the World: Universal Triumvirate

UT

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.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email republicofmcarthia@gmail.com
We’d love to hear from you!