A seasonal creek runs through a wooded park in Mountlake Terrace, a commuter town in Washington State. This stream is not named by the American government. To Überstadtis, however, it is known as Edmount’s Finger. This name was coined by President David Salapa of Ultamiya, so called because the rocky bed represents the furthest reach of Überstadti influence. The Kingdom’s sole colony, called Creekbed, lies on the banks of Edmount’s Finger.
Salapa hails from perhaps the most prominent mining micronation. The Ultamian Mining Company has excavated coal, pyrite, and manganese, as well as the sandstone ubiquitous throughout Appalachia. Überstadt, however, lacks such mineral wealth. The rocks of Edmount are useless glacial till. Instead, our wealth grows in the moist humus of Creekbed. The beautiful forest is what makes our country rich.
Creekbed is a gentle slope, shaded by towering Douglas firs and blanketed in moss and blackberry vines. The beauty of the colony reflects the landscape that still exists throughout vast swathes of the Pacific Northwest. Tourism and forestry are common macronational uses of such land, neither of which are sustainable in such a small territory as Creekbed. The colony’s economic value lies not in its beauty or in the trees, but in the shrubbery.
Before there were artificial pills and tablets with which to treat illness, there were natural remedies. King Adam, who like many micronationalists fills several different roles in his nation’s public life, had this in mind when he established the Überstadti private sector.
“Where nature causes a body harm or inconvenience, she often provides a treatment or cure. A great many of the plants of my region have proven medicinal value, usable without any processing. That’s why I knew Apotheker would be a success.”
Apotheker is the mainstay of Überstadt’s economy, a pharmaceutical company that owns one hundred square feet of the plant-filled enclave. Apotheker’s simple remedies are harvested from its plot of greenery.
Sword ferns are the most valuable plants of Creekbed. The underside of each of the distinct jagged leaves of the male fern, whose species grows with great density in the northwestern United States, bears one to two dozen sori (spore-producing pods). These sori break apart into a yellow-orange powder that effectively counteracts the small dose of poison injected by stinging nettles, soothing the pain of the rash. The powder is made by Apotheker simply by scraping the spore pods off of each leaf, a practice that is harmless to the plant. The powder is sold under the name of Sporum, and has been succesfully shipped to California.
The red huckleberry (in fact a member of the blueberry family) is the second most common medicinal plant in the colony. The tart red berries of the shrub make for good eating, but it is the leaves that are of the greatest use to the ill. Huckleberry leaves fall from the plant every winter, and can thus be collected in the fall without harming the bush. These leaves may be dried and made into a tea, which soothes a sore throat when gargled due to their astringent properties.
Blackberry vines are plentiful, as well. While they lack medical use, they yield sweet berries when given proper nutrition. The Edmount’s Finger Half-Dam, which forms a simple stone that spans half of the creek, has significantly increased the deposit of nutrient-rich silt in Creekbed, which may be used to fertilize the blackberries in the hope of cultivating a plentiful berry crop.
The plants of Creekbed form Überstadt’s natural wealth, a set of living resources with the ability to relieve human pain while aiding the development of the Überstadti economy. They prove that our planet rewards mankind when properly cared for. May all micronations maximize the utility of their natural resources while simultaneously preserving them for their nations’ futures.