BELLINGHAM, Washington – For the first time, Überstadt has released a public statement outlining its policy on Lake Ballinger, the body of water containing its first territorial claim. King Adam released this statement to the Chronicle today.
Überstadt’s founders intended to one day occupy Edmount Island, the island at the center of the lake, but Adam’s statement has notably ruled out such a plan. Even so, he assertively defended his country’s claim to sovereignty over the part of its claims known as the Barony of Ballinger.
The full statement may be read below:
17 September 2016, Consulate Bellingham
By the King
The guiding vision behind Überstadt’s foundation was the eventual occupation and permanent settlement of Edmount Island. This goal persisted in national consciousness throughout Überstadt’s early history, and has remained a fantasy until recently, despite our knowledge of the dangers and risks that life on the island would pose.
One might also note our past lack of ecological wisdom in wishing to inhabit our first territory. Pursuing construction and agriculture on Edmount Island would destroy important wildlife habitat and increase the already-high level of pollutants in Lake Ballinger. We regret the absence of foresight in setting the early goal of populating the island.
Today, I declare that it is the policy of the Kingdom of Überstadt to keep Edmount Island uninhabited and undisturbed. We will not permit any settlement or unnecessary visitation by our own people, and will strictly enforce a ban on foreign intrusion except by scientists and American officials helping study and protect the island as it continues to recover from 2009’s fire. We will, as always, permit all peaceful passage through our territorial waters surrounding the island.
In adopting this new approach to policy in Lake Ballinger, we do not abdicate sovereignty over our holdings there. It remains a fact that Übestadt alone has markers of sovereignty on Edmount Island at this moment, and we alone perform safety and security patrols of the waters we claim.
It is our mission to protect Lake Ballinger’s sensitive ecosystem however we may, and by observing this policy, we will do just that.