The Imperium of the DeWaCo Estates: New Treaty

The Kingdom of Unixploria has signed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition with our dear friends in the Imperium of DeWaCo Estates.

We consider Chairman Corbett to be one of the most reliable allies and friends in the micronational sphere, making this treaty an honor for us to uphold.

Micronational Manifesto

Chairman Corbett wrote a Miconational Manifesto some years back, in which he outlines what micronationalism is about. In a way, the manifesto is also symbolic of his nation’s stance on political views as well as a determined, passionate voice of the worldwide, micronational movement.

There comes a time in the life of all men when one must take a stand against the evils within the society where one lives; and by opposing such evils, one is commanded to establish a new beginning for oneself and for one’s posterity.

Thereby, setting aside one’s fame and fortune, in the quest for a better and more equitable social order; whereby, all men who so choose to embrace a more equal society are welcome to join and participate in the creation of a new nation.

Such is the case within the present-day world; whereby, the controlling authorities of all governments have all but abandoned the People of their own nations, and have instead, positioned themselves under the absolute control of corrupt corporate institutions, which are dedicated to producing profits, at the expense of not protecting their People.

Taxation without fair representation is a thing of evil; as public funds are diverted from the treasury of a majority of nations, and then gifted to the corrupt corporate institutions; which in turn, utilize said funds to produce and provide profits for the select few who own or control said corporations.

This must be corrected!

Wars declared without cause, but for profit, are also a thing of evil; as history has shown time and time again, that corrupt corporate greed supersedes reality, with regards and respect to a majority of past and present-day ongoing conflicts and wars.

This too must be corrected!

Corruption is the corrosion of a society; and where there is obvious corrupt decaying, and the eating away at one’s future, then is when a People are bound and obligated to correct such wrongs, and do so in any befitting manner as deemed necessary.

It is with this collective and common knowledge, that we do hereby ordain and establish what shall now and forevermore be known as the Micronational Movement; which shall, from this day forward, be a free and diverse approach to the creation of separate new nations; as well as, a universal unifying conduit of communication between all of the likeminded leaders, Peoples, and governments, all of which need and seek a new and just beginning for all of Mankind.

Micronational Manifesto by Chairman Corbett of the Imperium of the DeWaco Estates.

We welcome the Imperium of the DeWaCo Estates as our allies in the microsphere and kindly ask our citizens to visit Chairman Corbett’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/DeWaCo

The official website of the Imperium of DeWaCo Estates can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/imperiumofdewacoestates/

Weather Report

The forecast for the following week predicts a few more days of high temperatures before much-needed precipitation after this upcoming weekend. The temperatures have been close to 30C all week, so a drop in temperature will be welcome.

The air quality is generally acceptable for most individuals. However, sensitive groups may experience minor to moderate symptoms from long-term exposure.

All Questions Matter!

In the wake of the protests following the murder of George Floyd, Someone recently asked us if we support Black Lives Matter. We just answered that we stand behind Human Rights. The answer still stands, but we would like to elaborate on our stance.

We do believe in every person’s right to equal opportunity without being persecuted because of color, creed, sexual orientation, or gender. We do not, however, believe that anyone should be treated differently for the same reasons.

We do not find preferential treatment beneficiary for a society; merits alone are enough to determine if a person is suitable for a position, whether it is a job or education. So, our answer to your question is, no, we don’t support any specific ethnicity, but we do believe in equal rights for all based on merits.

That being said, all citizens have a right to protest to make their voices heard, but not when our democratic authorities have clearly stated a need for social distancing. It wasn’t their opinions, as much as how they went about it, that upset us. In any protest, there will be some shady characters too.

In our neighboring macronations, as well as in the US, there were criminal elements involved in the protests and riots. Let the police deal with them. That’s also why we’re hesitant about putting George Floyd on a gold pedestal. Police officer Derek Chauvin didn’t follow protocol when he murdered him, but Floyd was a criminal. I hope the criminal justice system in America and elsewhere will shed some light on all of this, and sentence the guilty parties according to the law. I hope this answers your question.

Important Information about the Novel Coronavirus

No cases of coronavirus have been reported in the Kingdom of Unixploria. So far. We live and work in a global world, and we live within the borders of a macronation that is suffering from the outbreak right now.

Our macronational friends have taken steps to ensure that the further spread of the virus halts, but new cases keep adding to the list every day.

Please listen to the authorities. No one gets the first prize for being arrogant or downright stupid. The disease is real, folks, and it’s spreading. Do everything you can to prevent the virus from spreading further. Wash your hands, avoid unnecessary social contact, and stay at home if you have any symptoms whatsoever.

We cooperate with our macronational authorities concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. If you live within the borders of Sweden and have questions about the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), please don’t hesitate to contact your macronational agencies.

A virus doesn’t stop at any border control. Stay safe!

New Treaty Signed

It gives us immense pleasure to report that we have signed a treaty of Mutual Recognition with our friends, the Principality of Lorenzburg. May we both learn and grow!

Lorenzburg – A Short Introduction

The Principality of Lorenzburg, or simply Lorenzburg, is a micro-nation founded on December 1, 2014. The nation’s borders coincide with the borders of the city district of Lorensberg in the Swedish city of Karlstad. The area is approximately 11 hectares (110 000 square meters) and is contiguous with the districts “Rud”, “Kroppkärr” and “Stockfallet.” The district is mostly a residential area with villas and semi-detached houses. There is also some woodland, a kindergarten, and some playgrounds. The Principality is not occupying, by force or any other means, the territory of Sweden but is understood to be a kind of “double exposure” where the nation overshadows, like a parallel universe, the actual physical space of the town district in Karlstad. Lorenzburg aims to be a refuge for visionaries, free thinkers, geeks, freaks, queers, artists, scientists, and all others. Anyone, anywhere, can apply for citizenship. Lorenzburg is a Constitutional Paramythocracy (from the greek “paramythos” – fairy tale). The Principality of Lorenzburg was founded with the aid of a grant from the municipality of Karlstad, and the founding of the nation is initiated as a large-scale community art project focusing on urban agriculture, collective storytelling, and tourism.

His Serene Highness, Prince Beau Freï Jean-Seraphine Baltazar von Fräähsen zu Lorenzburg is the Head of State of the Principality of Lorenzburg. Prince Freï was born on December 4, 1976, and he is the present head of the Princely house “von Fräähsen zu Lorenzburg.” The Prince is a great protector of the arts and the sciences and he is devoted to issues of education and human emancipation. Prince Freï himself is a trained dancer, performance artist and writer. He is also the initiator to “Princes Without Borders”, an organization devoted to charity and helping refugee children.

Learn more about our new friends by visiting Lorenzburg’s official website.

National Fire Ban

The temperatures here in Unixploria keep rising. We have just reached an all-time-high: 36.6 °C.

Our neighboring macro nation, Sweden, suffers from severe wildfires. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all citizens suffering from the heat, as well as the brave firefighters trying to extinguish the fires surging around our borders.

The previous fire ban applied to disposable barbecues and lighting fires in the wild is now extended to include private gardens — the Royal Home Guard also advise all Unixplorian citizens to stay out of direct sunlight, and to drink plenty of water during the day.

A Digital Addiction We Need to Replace

The use of screens affects all ages. In our home, there are as many smartphones as residents in the household. Adding the iPads and computers in our house, and it’s probably just the pets that do not stare into the ever-rewarding light at least once in half-an-hour while we think we share the experience of a cozy family evening.

The screen is the first thing many of us see when we wake up in the morning and the last before we fall asleep in the evening. Never have the differences in attitudes and lifestyles been as big as between the previous generations, writes Jean M Twenge in her latest book i-Gen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy -and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us (Atria Books, 2017).

Being a family man, I have read it with great interest. The book offers insights in explaining the following phenomena:

Today’s young, don’t drink alcohol, as we did. Today’s young do homework with episode 76 of Friends on their iPad or cell phone, they also have an ongoing chat on Snapchat and are talking to at least one person on Facetime. At the same time, they read fewer books and do not answer “out” on the question “where are you going?” as we did.

They know that we can find out where they are. Today’s youth is more tolerant of different ways of thinking but does not help to clean the entire homestead as often as we were forced to, under various threats may be added. Those who read I-Gen can add that millennials have sex later in life, take less responsibility for their finances, are more emotionally fragile. In summary, they become adults later than we did. The smartphone has changed everything, writes Jean M Twenge.

The millennials remain young longer because the phone satisfies the needs they otherwise would have to find in the physical reality which has more uncontrollable dangers and stress levels.

It may sound like a good thing given that the teenage brain matures late when it comes to making overall decisions. On the other hand, the brain may develop slower because of the protected life that comes with the use of smartphones.

Nevertheless, it stings to observe young people’s cell phone dependency. What about if the cell phones are the cigarettes of our time? In 2068 we would look back at the early 2000s with a horror of how we let children sleep with the phones under their pillows. How could we allow them to have cell phones in class despite apparent lack of concentration and learning?

In the US, the average teenager spends 4.5 hours a day with a cell phone, and half of them describe that they are dependent on their phones. Just between 2009 and 2014, the proportion of Swedish schoolchildren who spent at least three hours or more on the internet every day, according to Statistics Sweden, doubled.

The Swedish psychiatrist Anders Hansen writes in his book Hjärnstark (Fitnessförlaget, 2016) that the person who spends more than ten hours a week in front of the screen experiences the least happiness. Young people also spend time with their friends far less, feel more alone, and have problems sleeping. This rather depressing development began in 2007, the year when the iPhone was launched. Jean M Twenge blames the dramatic deterioration of the mental health of youngsters entirely on the phones.

On the radio, I hear a voice that explains mental health problems, believing that we meet our needs satisfactorily through the cell phone, but we chew empty carbohydrates that provide fast energy but no nutrition.

It may be time to realize that there is another kind of reward in life for those who manage to put away the phone and train their stamina and concentration. We need to give young people a chance to develop that ability.

Mikronationer – på besök i hemgjorda nationer by Johan Joelsson and Jonatan Jacobson

“Micronations – Visiting Homemade Nations”

This book has not yet been translated into English, but since the topic is of interest to all micronationalists, a short review may be of use to the community.

The book is beautifully bound, and the layout is also pleasing with two-column pages on quality paper. The preface is somewhat centered around micronationalism in Scandinavia, but also gives general information on what it takes to form a nation, i.g. The Montevideo Convention.

The following nations are covered in the book: The Principality of Sealand, Ladonia, the Kingdom of Elleore, the Principality of Seborga, Sweutschland, the Republic of Molossia and Elgaland-Vargaland. The book also contains a review from PoliNation, an international conference on micronations.

The author, who works as a freelance reporter, seems to have done his homework. He has done several interviews with leaders of mentioned countries, and also visited all of the micronations covered in the book. The presidents and kings of the various micronations come through as they are, not portrayed as mere nut jobs nor are they ridiculed.

The pictures are excellent, and add another layer of information to the text. I understand that the author wants to portray the vast variety of micronations in the world. That is, however,  also my main concern. The examples in the book are highly selective, and may not be representative of the micronational world as a whole.

Elgaland-Vargaland is more of a conceptual art project than a micronation, and Sweutschland is a techno dance music festival. These creative projects may not be considered to be micronations per se among the community, but they are great examples of how diverse the world of homemade nationalism is.

On the whole, this is a great introductory book for anyone interested in the somewhat obscure world of micronationalism. The book is not intended as a comprehensive work* on aspirant nations, but rather a taste of the high degree of individual freedom and creativity that can be found among the founding fathers of these nations.

* For a more in-depth book on contemporary and historical struggles for independence, I highly recommend Christopher F. Roth's encyclopedia Let's Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar (Litwin Books, 2015).

Erasing the Past?

We rarely comment on macro national affairs, but the recent incidents in Charlottesville, USA, have forced us to speak out. This is not only an American affair; it is an affair of political correctness stretching all across the Western world.

First of all, let us say that no one in their right state of mind would ever condone racism in any way. It is an inhuman practice that no civilized nation can tolerate. The fact that all men are born equal is deeply rooted in our Unixplorian culture.

It is with sadness we hear about racial conflicts erupting in America and elsewhere. We think the racial divide is now occurring in the United States and elsewhere is very unfortunate, and have led us to make the following statement:

We condemn the violence and certainly condemn all those using race as a legitimate reason for exclusive rights of any kind. We condemn the Nazis, White Supremacists, Communists, religious fundamentalists and others around the world using violence as a substitute for intellectual discourse; fascists and anti-fascists are just opposing sides on a mirror, and neither will hesitate to use brute force to achieve their goals.

We also condemn those who want to remove historical monuments to disparage the impact of past events. Nothing good can ever come out of erasing history, even if it may seem as if they’re doing it for all the right reasons.

Why not instead look at the past with critical eyes, thus understanding how far we’ve reached from the times of slavery and inequality between all races? If one were to take down all historical monuments, rewrite all the books to favor our contemporary viewpoint, then we wouldn’t have a history to speak of, we would just be lost in a time loop without roots.

People said and did horrible things in the past, but that doesn’t mean we should erase our heritage just because we disagree. Should we censor the news from all the heinous violence, terror and starvation and live our lives unaware of all these heartaches? No. Should we condemn racism and gender inequality whenever we see it? Yes, of course, but never to such an extent that we rewrite history to suit our agenda.

Let’s put an end to racism by focusing on a person’s merits instead of skin color. We encourage all Unixplorians to stand up against radicalism in any form. No one deserves special treatment because of their skin color, gender, religion or cultural identity.

The Dystopian Future of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale, now streaming on HBO, is very political. Even more so today considering the state of the world.

The story is set in America about a hundred years into the future and begins with a staged attack that kills the President and most of Congress. A Christian fundamentalist movement calling itself the Sons of Jacob launches a revolution and suspends the Constitution under the pretext of restoring law and order. A disease has made most women sterile, unable to procreate.

Things happen fast. The new, self-elected government take away women’s rights and freethinkers disappear without a trace. The new regime, the Republic of Gilead, moves quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society into a militarized, hierarchical government of Old Testament-inspired social and religious fanaticism, turning the country into a theocratic dictatorship. Human rights are severely limited, and women’s rights are even more curtailed. Women are forbidden to walk alone, forbidden to read, and the few fertile women that are not married live their lives being breeders.

The show speaks to us on many levels. Extremists are on the verge of gaining power in several countries, not mentioning the ones already in power. We see radical Islam being dealt with by more radicalism; Buddhism and Hinduism with questionable motives, often supported by nationalistic leaders; militant atheists speaking with voices filled with even more ignorance than the ones they’re trying to oppose.

This show is a frightening look at a future we have to prevent from becoming a reality.