Kennedy, Austenasians rebuke fascism as party politics revive

BELLINGHAM, Washington – Last Sunday evening, Austenasian Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy condemned a new far-right party, prompting protest by the party’s leader and vocal support for Kennedy among Austenasian politicians. The furor led to the prime minister joining the Imperial Party, which some anticipate could lead to a revival of partisan politics in the empire.

Kennedy published his statement after Daniel Dankovsky, Austenasia’s intelligence director, drew international attention for making racist statements. Co-signed by two senior officials in the Austenasian Prime Minister’s Office, it distanced the government from Dankovsky before going on to openly condemn the Organisation of Austenasian Nationalists (OAN) as “repugnant to the values…on which Austenasia was founded.”

Dankovsky founded the OAN in September with a platform calling for political centralization, absolute monarchy, and aggressive militarism. Despite many Austenasians deriding it as fascistic from its creation, Dankovsky is known to have tried recruiting senior Austenasian officials into its ranks. According to high-ranking sources, he described the OAN as the party of any true patriot.

After Kennedy posted his statement in the Austenasian general Skype room “Wrythe Pub,” Dankovsky called the prime minister a coward and suggested he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He insisted that the OAN would win the next election, although he is its only known member. Other government members present defended Kennedy and mocked Dankovsky.

Kennedy then announced his new membership in the Imperial Party, a small center-right faction led by deputy PM Eren Scott.

“Though I initially ran as an independent, I feel like having a political party as a support base will allow me to continue to unite Austenasians under the beliefs that I ran for office with,” he said.

“Furthermore, it will allow me to better combat the Organization [sic] of Austenasian Nationalists.”

Scott made a brief statement affirming his party’s opposition to “the Fascist organization.”

The following day, Emperor Jonathan I ordered Dankovsky to apologize to Kennedy for making insulting statements. He thanked Dankovsky for his service in the intelligence agency, but warned him to “behave more appropriately.”

“Please do not force our hand,” the monarch concluded.

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Record berry haul in Rosewood

BELLINGHAM, Washington – Figures released by the economy ministry indicate that this year’s harvest of berries in Rosewood’s farms was the largest recorded, with raspberries proving by far the most successful Überstadti crop.

The total mass of all crops weighed by officials over the summer was 3.1 kilos, with 2.8 kilos combined of berries. Raspberries alone accounted for nearly two-fifths of the total harvest, at more than 1.2 kilos. Other crops included blueberries, huckleberries, and strawberries, as well as snap peas. Two volunteer stalks of wheat also grew, the berries of which are now in storage.

Although the scope of agriculture in Überstadt is far too small to contribute much to meeting residents’ nutritional needs, this year has seen domestically-grown fruits play an important symbolic role in national life. Fresh, domestic produce became a common evening snack in the capital. Both wild and cultivated berries featured in popular desserts, including at the Royal Family’s celebration of the Harvest Festival.

Small-scale farming may be more significant to the country’s culture than its subsistence, but Rosewood Fruits cooperative workers are taking steps to improve next year’s raspberry yield even further. They recently properly pruned the canes for the first time, and are preparing plans for trellising and fertilization.

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.

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.