1 August 2016, Rosewood
By the King
It is with sadness that I acknowledge the rift, perhaps irreparable, that now exists between Überstadt’s two closest allies, Austenasia and Sandus. All my fellow citizens who understand the importance of our relationships with each knows of the difficult place our Kingdom has been put into by this crisis. Despite this challenge, it is Überstadt’s full intention to continue all diplomatic policies and programs now undertaken to secure our national interests.
We are disappointed by some of the actions performed and rhetoric employed by members of both the Austenasian and Sandum governments against one another in the past month. We believe that both states lost sight of the importance of peacemaking in relations among small states such as ours. However, we do not intend to sanction or punish our friends for what we perceive as mistakes made in the heat of a highly emotional conflict. With a spirit of goodwill, we shall seek to reconcile as necessary with each of them, and shall strive for the continuation of productive relations with each.
Überstadt shall continue its strategic partnership with Austenasia in the Edmount’s Finger Valley and shall continue to seek opportunities for developing a trade relationship with the Empire. We believe that such pursuits can help both of our states develop culturally significant domestic industries.
We shall also maintain our membership in the Social System shared by Kumano, Sandus, and Überstadt, and look forward to further high-level talks on the future of this association. We shall continue cultural and academic projects with Sandus to help us better articulate our independent sense of nationality and promote the serious study of micropatriology.
While Überstadt remains dismayed at the rejection of our Sandum allies from membership in the Grand Unified Micronational for what we believe to be deeply flawed reasons, as a corollary to Sandus’s agreement not to make further complaints about the outcome of the vote, we intend to refrain from future protest. As always, we respect the finality of the Quorum’s decisions. Though disturbed by aspects of the private campaign undertaken against Sandus by certain officers of the organization, we shall maintain our membership and do not intend to let these complicated events negatively affect official relations with involved states.
Speaking personally, I wish to thank the friends who expressed confidence in my advice and decisions during the month of July, and all others who have been sensitive to the delicate position Überstadt occupied during recent crises. Even when our community’s behavior turns ugly, I know I still have friends in you all.
ROSEWOOD – A new amphibious warfare boat was sea-tested by Überstadt’s navy Monday evening, spending much of its brief voyage in Überstadti waters around Edmount Island. The craft will replace the one destroyed in last August’s gale.
The vessel, crewed by Vice Admiral von Friedeck and King Adam himself, circled Lake Ballinger and surveyed the shores of Edmount Island. It was declared ready for naval service by those on board.
Like its predecessor, HMNS Bergstrom, this craft is an inflatable dinghy, but is a longer model with a rigid floor. Upon its commissioning, it will likely be christened HMNS Duke of Edmount.
ROSEWOOD – Earlier this month, His Majesty’s Überstadti Navy scrapped its amphibious landing craft, reducing the national fleet to a single vessel.
HMNS Bergstrom was severely damaged at sea last August, when the Überstadti fleet sailed through a gale. The inflatable craft received multiple gashes in the storm, rendering one of its two tubes useless. After its return to George Naval Base in Rosewood, it sat in storage until being judged beyond repair, at which time it was scrapped.
Bergstrom was used as a tender for the Überstadti navy’s flagship sailing patrol boat, HMNS Bert George, as well as for operations in Lake Ballinger. Admiral Michael von Friedeck has commenced a search for a new amphibious operations vessel.
BELLINGHAM, Washington – On Thursday, Terrah Perera, an Überstadti since 2010, became the kingdom’s top judge, replacing the king’s father.
The now-former High Chancellor, the Baron Ballinger, tendered a resignation effective on his successor’s appointment after he became the economy minister last December. The High Chancellor is constitutionally prohibited from participation in Parliament.
King Adam recommended Ms. Perera to fill the post because of her scholasticism and her home’s distance from Überstadt.
“Distance is an obstacle to including all citizens in national life, and this office is a way for such a long-time believer in our country to undertake important work from afar,” he said. “Ms. Perera is thoughtful, studious, and articulate. She is the most qualified Überstadti for this job.”
Because vacant judicial posts in Überstadt are filled with appointments by the body of all judges, the sole Duchy Court judge, the Baroness Rosewood, formally appointed Ms. Perera.
The High Chancellor presides over the appellate and constitutional court known as the High Chancery, which is meant to remain aloof from politics.
BELLINGHAM, Washington – King Adam issued a declaration Tuesday night ratifying the Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), making Überstadt a full member of the resurrected organization.
This decision marks a reversal of longstanding Überstadti policy against membership in plenary international organizations. When consulting citizens before the ratification, Adam asked them “to reconsider [the policy] at this time.”
“There is a serious problem right now of socializing new micronationalists into the community,” he explained, going on to echo the new GUM Charter’s language on improving new nations’ contributions to the community. Such rhetoric reflects the king’s commitment to bettering micronationalism as a movement, which gained significance in Überstadti foreign policy following Adam’s attendance of MicroCon 2015.
The king said that GUM membership could increase Überstadt’s ability to be a positive influence on the community, and faced no opposition to joining the organization.
Überstadt’s history with the GUM is complicated. It became an observer state during the group’s last active period in 2011 as a way to monitor diplomatic goings-on in the MicroWiki community. It later became a provisional member to actively participate in the organization. The 2012 scandal, which saw Sandus and Juclandia expelled in a political feud with GUM leadership, prompted Adam to resign Überstadti membership.
The king was initially skeptical of the revival, initiated by Austenasia’s Emperor Jonathan I, but now appears very interested in the renewed GUM’s success.
26 states are involved in the revival, and at press time, 12 have ratified the new charter. Upon the 18th ratification, the charter will take effect.
BELLINGHAM, Washington – On Sunday night, King Adam gave assent to the International Agricultural Development Pact Treaty, an agreement forming a loose organization of states seeking to share information to develop their agricultural sectors.
The group’s foundation was led by Leylandiistan & Gurvata, and Überstadt joined at the invitation of Roseland’s premier. The pact has six founding members, all of which are in the midst of improving their domestic agriculture.
The king says that membership in this group will help Überstadti growers learn from the experiences of nations with more advanced farming operations.
BELLINGHAM, Washington – The Überstadti government’s proposal to establish an agricultural colony at Western Washington University has hit a roadblock. The community garden in which the kingdom applied for a plot has no available land.
King Adam decided last month to seek a parcel of the Outback Farm to annex as a colony and use as an agricultural center for Überstadti citizens living in Bellingham. After applying to the farm’s authorities last week for rights to a plot, he was informed that none was available. The Outback management placed him on a waiting list of applicants.
Bellingham’s Überstadti population does not need to farm for food, but all expressed an interest in working the land to grow some of their own produce. The king also noted that work done in a colony within the Outback, which only allows organic growing practices, could have helped develop more environmentally-friendly techniques to use at the farm in Rosewood.
Überstadt’s government is hopeful that it will be able to establish its farm colony in the near future, and is investigating other options for agriculture in Bellingham.