Hurricane Harvey: Live Updates

This is the Messenger’s live update feed on the developments of Hurricane Harvey and its effects on the Essian Commonwealth, Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg, State of Galveston, and Imperial Federation of Zenrax. All times are in Réma Time.

AUGUST 24th

2:56pm New Halyards and it’s surrounding area has been placed under mandatory evacuation by the United States government in advance of the oncoming landfall of Hurricane Harvey.

9:31pm Hurricane bound for Esse, disaster conditions declaredEssian Messenger.

AUGUST 25th

1:31pm As of publishing, the Clementine sector has not seen any significant rainfall, whereas the regions surrounding New Halyards are seeing heavy rain and high-speed winds.

2:01pm The Essian Weather Service has confirmed that Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 3 major hurricane.

2:16pm The capital of the Imperial Federation of Zenrax is currently anticipating between 6 and 15 inches of rain and gale force winds.

3:42pm Hurricane Harvey is anticipated to make its initial landfall about 18 miles north of the County of New Halyards. New Halyards has been on disaster warning from the Essian government for over 24 hours.

6:22pm Hurricane is now officially considered a Category 4 hurricane, and will be making landfall imminently near Rockport, Texas.

8:01pm The eyewall of the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey has begun moving onshore on the mid-Texas coast. New Halyards sustained wind is about 90 miles per hour.

AUGUST 26th

7:52am Heaminister James Frisch has urged Essian citizens to “stay safe” as a weakened Hurricane Harvey nears both Esse and the State of Galveston.

10:05am Initial reports from New Halyards show that the county’s capital, Oliveira de Platta, has sustained minor damages due to the events which transpired over the past 24 hours. Heavy wind remains, and as such local officials are not yet able to provide details.

12:25pm A state of emergency has been declared for Atlantis, Beiwing, Réma, Vespucciland, and Whesthampton, and the Palazzo del Clement has stated that it is at the ready to declare a state of disaster when necessary.

12:30pm Officials from the Réma Weather Station will be taking a drive through several Clementine counties to assess current damages and to prepare said counties for the incoming front, expected to arrive by 3pm Réma Time.

3:44pm Réma and its surrounded areas are expected to receive up to 8 inches of rain from 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday, a rain gauge has been installed in Palazzo del Clement to measure the amount of rain in conjunction with American news services.

6:51pm About one dozen tornadoes have touched down in the greater city of Houston in the past 24 hours, several in the general vicinity of the Clementine sector.

10:35pm The Réma rain gauge has found 2.5 inches of rain to have been dropped in the capital city since its installation earlier today. Conditions have been worsening, with wind picking up and rain expected to continue through the night. Power has become unstable as lights in the capital city have been flickering.

10:46pm In Zenrax, Water damage is minimal, but the ground can hold little more rain without flash floods. The Zenraxian border river is expected to begin spilling over promptly.

10:47pm H-E-B, a major grocery chain throughout the American south and specifically Texas, has been increasing water prices while demand has drastically risen during the ongoing weather events.

AUGUST 27th

8:48pm The Réma rain gauge overflowed last night. Roads have begun to flood due to lasting rainfall, and nearby school districts have cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday.

11:50am The Austenasian Crown Dependency of Dekker has reported no major damages or negative effects from Hurricane Harvey. Réma has been making preparations for a disaster declaration.

12:00pm The Palazzo del Clement has upgraded the Clementine counties from a state of emergency to a state of disaster, and has announced that the event is officially the most catastrophic event in the history of the Essian Commonwealth.

12:43pm Réma and surrounding area has been placed under tornado warning, and it is thought that a tornado has touched down nearby as of press time.

6:54pm Harris County Judge Ed Emmitt states that “we still have 2, possibly 3 days of this,” and clarifies that the US government doesn’t know where rain will be falling tonight.

10:11pm The Réma rain gauge has recorded 2 inches of rain since 8pm Réma time, providing an average of about 1 inch of rainfall per hour.

10:15pm Lord Henry and Huangdi Brandon Wu have begun holding a joint press conference through the Micronational Lounge Discord server.

AUGUST 28th

10:58pm The city of Houston has released several evacuation orders for small areas in the southern sector of Houston. No known micronations are included in these mandatory evacuation orders.

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With a Macron victory in France, Esse looks forward

The election of Emmanuel Macron – a young centrist – President of the French Fifth Republic on Sunday has the potential to play a significant direct and indirect role in the future of foreign policy in the Essian Commonwealth.

HIllM Lord Henry has confirmed in the Essian Lounge today that he will be sending a letter to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development at some point after the new government takes office.

This, the Essian Monarch has said, is inspired by the new French President, however is not reliant on it. He says, for example, that the timing does not signal a grievance with the current government’s sovereignty.

Lord Henry plans to congratulate the new government on its victory against far-right opponent Marine Le Pen and wishes to state hopes to collaborate with the new government in facing “major issues in the world.”

“With our hopes to begin playing the role of a nation more than an association of friends, we will begin to make contacts with other nations around the world as events uncoil.”

Essian Independence Day arrives on June 1st, marking two years since the Commonwealth was declared independent from the United States. An Independence Day address will be made by the Monarch and several other government officials for the event.

Perhaps these latest actions are a push by the Monarchy to showcase the progress the government has made from its status as a small rebel breakoff from the Federated States of America two years before.

Independence Day’s placement only one week before the increasingly intense general elections, many Essians will be looking to the reactions of the candidates for inspiration on who will be most representative of the Essian people.

This is increasingly a concern, as all candidates for the Healenship live outside of Essian territory.

Following the French elections, the much-smaller Commonwealth will be running a similar-style election for its Heaminister. Initially the race will feature all candidates, and if a majority is not reached, the top two candidates will go to runoff.

Sandwich TV to revive lost TV production

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The show will now be known as Clement!

Over eleven months ago today, then-micronational entrepreneur and Quetico Street superintendent Henry Clement announced plans to produce a micronational television program under the Twain Project Banner, entitled the Micronation Report with Henry Twain.

The concept – drawing inspiration from past projects such as RadioMicro – was received well. In the absence of RadioMicro many micronationalists looked forward to seeing a replacement for the critically acclaimed radio broadcast.

For the fledgling show’s premier, interviews with Mercian MPs Brandon Wu and John Churchill were planned, in addition to an exclusive interview with Mcarthian President Kit McCarthy.

The script for the premier was written and recording nearly completed when the Micronation Report met its ill-fate. The Wu/Churchill interview was scrapped after requests from the subjects and the McCarthy interview never happened – the project slowly died.

Occasionally the Micronation Report is jokingly or sarcastically mentioned by a member of the micronational community, but for the past year nothing has transpired beyond the initial drive.

Now Lord of the Essian Commonwealth (once again), Henry Clement has moved much farther beyond his past achievements with Quetico Street, racking up titles such as Chair of the Micronational Economic Group, MicroWiki Administrator, and Acting Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.

In a series of Essian cultural initiatives, Clement – on behalf of private enterprise Sandwich Corps – has announced intentions to salvage the Micronation Report and complete the premier under a new working title.

The show, now titled Clement!, will be distributed by Sandwich TV and will feature news, music, interviews, and more, according to a press release by Sandwich Corps.

The Essian Ministry of the Treasury has confirmed that the rights to the Micronation Report’s scripts, recordings, and branding have been purchased by Sandwich Corps, though no amount for the purchase has been provided.

No schedule has been released for the show as of press time.