CREEKBED – The most immediately recognizable feature of Creekbed Colony is the log that spans the seasonal creek, providing a bridge between the United States and Überstadt. Soon, however, a sturdy dam could become the symbol of Überstadti control of the enclave.
Construction of a dam began this morning with the laying of rock partway across the portion of the creekbed claimed by Überstadt. This is the first construction project in the Kingdom’s history, and is being undertaken as a private enterprise to experiment with water control and its potential effects on the colony.
The dam, which will be completed within two weeks, will face its trial by water upon the first major rainfall of the Pacific Northwest autumn. Depending on the observed effects of the temporary rock-fill structure, there are a number of ways the dam may prove useful. Sediment deposits from upstream could be used to enrich the soil in which Creekbed’s economically-important ferns grow. Water might be collected from the resulting reservoir. The dam could additionally serve as a safer bridge into the colony when the log is slippery due to rain.
“If nothing else,” King Adam said regarding the project, “the construction of this dam will demonstrate our sovereignty over this beautiful parcel of land.” He further noted the possibility of American attacks on the dam, which may complicate this great experiment in manipulating wild waters.
FREXICO – An interview conducted earlier today with Emperor Christopher Housel of Frexico provided a rare look into the minds of the Frexicans who have overtaken the St. Charlian territory of White Mountain. Most information regarding this uneasy diplomatic situation has up until now come from political leaders in St. Charlie, with Überstadt National News being the first micronational news source to interview Emperor Christopher.
The emperor, who initiated contact with our reporter on his own accord, agreed to provide answers to questions that he consented to have published. He confirmed the presence of his troops in White Mountain, and when asked to explain why the decision to invade was made, he replied saying, “Frexicans have occupied the area of White Mountain since before the creation of the Frexican or Kozucian [sic] states.” He went on to claim that Frexicans had explored and lived around White Mountain long before the Kozuc claim to the area.
When asked why negotiation with St. Charlian diplomats had not been considered before a declaration of war, the emperor replied that he had not known at the time of the invasion that Kozuc was in fact a Federation of St. Charlie. He then stated that he believed that negotiation with his country’s opponents seemed unlikely, but he said that he would consider declaring a ceasefire to begin negotiations.
The dispute over White Mountain, an area of parkland in Monterey County, CA, which now appears to have roots dating to before the introduction of micronationalism to the region, flared up early this week when Frexican troops entered the territory following a declaration of war. The Reinhardt administration is expected to attempt to find a peaceful solution to the issue.