Crown Prince Aaron called to missionary service in North Carolina

ROSEWOOD – Crown Prince Aaron of Überstadt has been accepted for two years of missionary service by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and assigned to the church’s North Carolina Raleigh Mission in the southeastern United States. He is assigned to preach in the Spanish language, and will commence service on 6 December of this year.

Aaron applied to the LDS missionary program earlier this summer and received a letter from church leadership extending his call last Saturday, though he delayed opening it until today so it could be done in the presence of the entire Royal Family. Several of the prince’s friends were also present at the “opening party,” as the phenomenon is known.

This mission will prevent Aaron from fulfilling the duties of his Überstadti offices, so he will resign his roles as Admiral of HM Navy and Secretary of the Treasury. Sterling MacLeod, a retired Brigadier General in the Massachusetts National Guard, is to be given command of the navy, while King Adam will resume custody of the treasury.

Most Mormon men, as well as many women, serve volunteer proselytizing missions in their early adulthood. These missions are full-time commitments that involve putting most secular affairs on hold, including education and courtship.

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National contest held for international art show submission

ROSEWOOD – Überstadt’s participation in the 1st Venedigbiennalen for Micronations has been confirmed, and the Culture Ministry is holding a national competition to choose an artwork to send to the show in Sweden this September.

King Adam sent an announcement to all citizens Saturday night that they are all invited to submit works of art for consideration to send to the exhibition, which will be the first major international display of micronational art. The Überstadti government intends to feature all citizen submissions in a future publication aimed at highlighting artistic achievement in Überstadt.

The Vendigbiennalen will feature public displays of micronational art of various media in “micro-pavilions” roughly the size of birdhouses. According to the event website, the exhibit’s opening will feature “micro-speeches” and “micro-celebrations.” Other participating nations include Aerica and Ladonia.

New Bandish diarchs take throne

ROSEWOOD – Thursday saw the annual coronation ceremony in the Band Room Realms and the formal establishment of a diarchy there, with King Ethan and Queen Harper ascending the Throne of Chairs.

Though their predecessors all gave speeches issuing their first decrees and court appointments from atop the throne, the new rulers chose to postpone any lawgiving, which will require their mutual consent.

In appointing two successors, departing Queen Kaylee broke the five-year tradition of Bandish monarchy in favor of co-rule by a king and queen. She described this as a way to promote gender equality in the Realms, and stipulated that sitting Kings and Queens of the Band Room must never be romantically involved.

Kaylee was the first female sovereign of the Realms, and is widely considered a reformer. Many remember her for decreeing at her coronation that her subjects must be kind. One foreign analyst described her as “smashing patriarchy in the Band Room,” given her breaking of a glass ceiling, proclamation of the gender-equal diarchy, and introduction of a tiara to the Bandish crown jewels for the use of successive queens.

The ceremony of mounting a pyramid of classroom chairs and auto-coronation occurs every June at Mountlake Terrace High School, traditionally making the new ruler the nominal governor of the school’s band room during their senior year. Ethan and Harper embody the sixth generation of this institution, which was established by King Franklin, a classmate of King Adam of Überstadt, in 2012.

Überstadt participates in GUM’s charity 24 Hour Quorum

BELLINGHAM, Washington  – An Überstadti delegation is presently engaged in the second-ever 24 Hour Quorum of the GUM, a community-building and charity event first held in 2012.

The 24 Hour Quorum is meant to be an informal GUM meeting permitting nonmember attendance in an effort to maintain a five-delegate quorum for an entire day. King Adam and Crown Prince Aaron are both currently in the meeting.

Sponsorship of the Quorum in the form of charity donations has raised over $130 at press time, including Überstadt’s $24 donation to Action Against Hunger. The 2012 event raised $128 for various charities, an amount expected to be generously surpsassed.

Adam resigns as GUM Chair

BELLINGHAM, Washington – King Adam quit the chairmanship of the Grand Unified Micronational on 28 March, having served half of the six-month term for which he was elected. The reason cited for the resignation was an inability to spend sufficient time fulfilling the office’s duties. Henry Clement of Esse is to serve as acting chair until the GUM’s June elections.

Adam resigned in a statement given in the GUM Lounge given the day after he missed a meeting of the Quorum of Delegates he had scheduled specifically for his ability to chair on that date. Vice-Chair Henry Clement ran the meeting, and Adam indicated that he had missed it due to continued travel connected to his recent trip to New York.

At that meeting on 27 March, the Quorum of Delegates passed a motion requesting that the chair carefully consider whether he was able to give enough attention to his GUM duties, rather than holding a confidence vote. In his statement, Adam thanked the body for allowing him to assess his workload and make his own decision.

The king is in his final year of university and deeply involved in several extracurricular activities in addition to his political roles in small nations. The official explanation for his resignation published by the GUM Archivist on MicroWiki was “other commitments infringing on his available time.”

Upset over meeting attendance previously caused Adam’s first vice chair, Emperor Thomas of Zenrax, to resign his post.

King Adam delivers UN address

BELLINGHAM, Washington – On 23 March, King Adam spoke in the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Überstadt’s place in the global community.

Though acknowledging that Überstadt would never have a permanent seat in the General Assembly, Adam affirmed Überstadt’s “commitment to the values of the UN Charter and the principles codified by the international system.” He expressed hope for the global community’s respect for the dignity of small nations, or micronations, in general. Speaking from the seat of the Republic of Macedonia, he declared Überstadt’s recognition of that state by its constitutional name.

As reported before, the king had access to the General Assembly Hall to attend the final meetings of the United States’ foremost Model United Nations conference. The General Assembly was not in session at the time of the address, but this is believed to represent the first time a micronational leader was able to speak in this venue, and Adam is known to be the first sitting GUM Chair to deliver a speech at the United Nations.

BELOW: King Adam speaks at the UN General Assembly Hall. Credit: Terrah Perera

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Citizenship reform expected in Überstadt

BELLINGHAM, Washington – Überstadt’s parliament is likely to pass citizenship reforms, dramatically expanding the availability of full Überstadti citizenship.

King Adam has informed The Chronicle of his intention to bring forth a bill within the coming week that will alter the structure of Überstadt’s citizenship system. The partial-citizen rank of Auxiliary Citizen, created last September to allow more people abroad to become Überstadtis, is to be absorbed into full citizenship. The only nonstandard status will be Social Citizenship, an element of relations between states of the Social System which Überstadt shares with Kumano and Sandus.

New regulations on who may vote on what matters in Parliament are anticipated in the forthcoming bill. Überstadt is a direct democracy, a fact that prompted debate on potential political restrictions for non-residential citizens. Because the reforms will make residents into a minority of citizens, provisions will be included blocking non-residents from voting on matters pertaining exclusively to Rosewood, the kingdom’s sole population center.

In a 2 March debate in Parliament on the proposed change, the possibility of preventing non-residential citizens from holding cabinet office was also considered, although non-residents have held such posts before. This idea was abandoned in deference to royal discretion on ministerial appointments.

At this same debate, Adam emphasized the potential for more governmental activity and cultural advancement that would accompany a broadening of citizenship. He argued that the success of the Auxiliary Citizen program proved the willingness of people not directly connected to Überstadt to identify with and work for it.

The Baroness Rosewood expressed concern in that meeting about preserving Überstadti identity as it now exists.

“I would not like for us to be overrun with those who would do things differently,” she said.

The king replied that citizenship applications would rightfully include affirmations of core Überstadti values. The bill he intends to propose will also give him discretion over whether to grant individual citizenship requests.

In his Independence Day speech to Parliament, Adam described the anticipated reforms as a return to the inclusivity of early Überstadt.

“Everyone who shares our values, is willing to work for the Kingdom, and believes in the idea of Überstadt should get to be a full citizen,” he said. “I hope that in 2017, we find a way to make Überstadt work for everyone who truly wants to be part of it. Doing so will restore the inclusive spirit of 2010, and will only make us stronger.”