A guide to Decision 2018

In just six days, Essian voters will head to their nearest voting station to cast a ballot for their representatives in the Parlamenzalochas, and for who will become the third Heaminister of the Essian Commonwealth. As a public service, the Messenger is providing a comprehensive guide to the upcoming election.

When is the election, and why?

Essians go to the polls on 3 January. The last time Essians voted was 22 June, when the Green Party won a sixty percent majority in the Parlamenzalochas. It’s important to note that the number of seats in the Parlamenzalochas is never certain, and the election results are not binding; the Monarch has the final say on all appointments.

In June, Heaminister Frisch was reelected to his post by a supermajority of voters. The Greens operated a majority government under his authority. During this time, the Frisch government filed the “2017 Electoral Petition,” which asked Lord Henry to change the period between elections from one year to six months. The Monarch decreed the petition into law, but it was intended that the petition would not take effect until after the next election, informally planned to be held in May 2018.

Heaminister Frisch’s sudden resignation in November altered this plan, and so Lord Henry decreed the next election to be held 3 January, appointing himself Heaminister in the interim.

Right. So who’s competing for the Parlamenzalochas?

Essians get to choose between two registered political parties: the Greens and the Democrats. These two parties have been the sole parties in the Commonwealth since the last election, when their predecessors were dissolved.

The Greens are the party of former Heaminister Frisch, and have led a majority government since the June election. They were responsible for solving the Beiwing crisis (a central issue in the last election), the negotiation of the Treaty of Evansberg, and the ratification of the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship.

A Green campaign poster.

Since the departure of former leader and Heaminister Frisch, the Greens have radicalized under the reign of eco-socialist MPs Artemis Langford and Newton von Uberquie.

The Democrats have a much less seasoned history. Since the June election, they have had three leaders, have been led in the Parlamenzalochas by three different leaders of the opposition, and aside from Horatio Eden’s brief stint as opposition leader, they have been almost completely inactive.

Despite this, a sudden and swift turnaround has the Democrats now the largest political party in the Commonwealth, and with a new leader and fresh membership, the party vows to be an active administration if elected.

Who are the candidates for Heaminister?

Each party has put forward one candidate in the Heaminister election.

The Greens have put forward Artemis Langford, who under the Second Frisch Term served as Minister of Charities. She is currently serving as Foreign Affairs Minister under His Majesty’s Term.

The ongoing election is one of the most important elections that Esse shall have in a long time. And it is important, that the Essian people choose a leader who can represent their interests in the best way possible. My opponent, Tarik Karjasari, is a great person, and its been an honor to run against him. Though while I deeply respect him, I oppose the Democrats, as inactivity has crippled their party, and it will not be the best interests for the Essian people to vote for the Democrats. Which is why it is so important to vote Greens, in this election, who can get the job done, and restore the heart of Esse culture.

-Artemis Langford

The Democrats have put forward their new leader, Tarik Kârjasary, who, alongside former Greens Brandon Wu and Patrick Renwick, is the one responsible for the revitalization of the formerly-dead party.

A Democrat campaign poster.

Who is going to win?

Opinion polls for the election began as early as early as three days after the June election, and have continued into the campaign season. Earlier polls had the Greens leading by a significant margin, but this shifted only days after the election was declared.

Pollster Release date G D Other Lead
June election results 22-6-2017 56% 44% N/A 12%
Messenger 25-6-2017 75% 25% N/A 50%
Messenger 28-6-2017 66% 33% 33%
Messenger 29-6-2017 75% 25% 50%
Messenger 21-8-2017 57% 14% 29% 28%
Messenger 30-8-2017 75% 0% 25% 50%
Messenger 1-9-2017 67% 33% N/A 34%
Elections declared (22 Nov)
Messenger 23-11-2017 50% 0% 50% tie
Messenger 26-11-2017 50% 25% 25% 25%
Messenger 13-12-2017 33% 67% N/A 34%
Messenger 16-12-2017 25% 50% 25% 25%
Messenger 20-12-2017 33% 67% N/A 34%
Messenger 24-12-2017 33% 67% 34%
Messenger 27-12-2017 25% 75% 50%

What happens after the election?

Immediately after polling stations close, the results will be compiled and handed to Lord Henry. Before the final results are released to the public, Lord Henry will determine his appointees to the Parlamenzalochas and his appointee to the Healenship, using the election results as advice in making the decision.

Once he announces his appointees, Lord Henry will contact both party leaders to negotiate the new government. Issues that will be negotiated will be whether or not a coalition will be formed to bridge the parties and form a majority, as well as who will hold what offices in the government.

In the case of the June election, this process took three days. Whatever happens this time around, Essians should expect a similar lame duck period.

The Messenger will continue to post updates as the election unfolds.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Hurricane bound for Esse, disaster conditions declared

UPDATE: Read the Messenger’s live feed regarding the developments of Hurricane Harvey here.

Hurricanes are fairly common in the gulf coast region, and yet the last hurricane to strike the U.S. State of Texas – where the Essian Commonwealth is located – was 9 years ago. This will be changing in the coming days.

When Hurricane Ike struck the city of Houston in 2008, it caused devastating damage. The Essian Commonwealth didn’t exist at the time, but those instrumental in the founding of the Commonwealth and the Federated States still lived through the events.

Now, after nearly a decade, a new hurricane threatens the same land. Hurricane Harvey, which is predicted to reach as high as a Category 4 by landfall, is predicted to cause immense damage to the wide coastline it will be striking.

There has been only one event since the creation of the Clementine nations that is comparable to the damage anticipated for Hurricane Harvey, the April 2016 storm complex, which brought record-setting amounts of rain and flooding and saw the death of 8 individuals.

The hurricane, which is expected to make landfall nearly directly on top of the County of New Halyards, is a threat to four nations which claim land in the regions.

Lord Henry released the Commonwealth’s first-ever disaster warning early Thursday afternoon in preparation for the event, and shortly thereafter the State of Galveston released a similar declaration.

The Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg – which jointly controls New Halyards – urged citizens to stay safe.

New Halyards, which borders Port Aransas, Texas, saw a mandatory evacuation on Thursday as the hurricane began to rapidly grow.

While New Halyards is by far the most threatened out of the Essian Commonwealth, the Clementine sector of the Commonwealth (Counties of Atlantis, Beiwing, Rema, Vespucciland, and Whesthampton and Evansburg Riding) is at risk as well. the Palazzo del Clement considers flood risk “high” in the region, and considers Harris County – the American county bordering Esse – to be “unprepared,” despite the cities history with Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Ike, and the 2016 Storm Complex.

It is my unfortunate duty to announce that 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.
In conjunction with this, the Essian government announces that it is issuing it’s first ever weather disaster warning in preparation for landfall.
Questions will be fielded promptly. Please wish for the best for our lands.

The State of Galveston is declaring a state of emergency in its Capital Territories in preparation of landfall of Hurricane Harvey in approximately 24 hours. Citizens are currently not required to evacuate at this time due to the inland location of our claimed area.

Risk for flooding is high, and rain is expected to continue from late Friday night to as late as Wednesday. Height totals could reach as high as 25 inches and as low as 10 inches. Beyond this much, the Essian Weather Service says, they “cannot accurately predict weather for the Clementine region beyond precipitation.”

The Essian and Uberquiesenbergian governments are both prepared to take necessary actions in response to the hurricane’s impact, and have stated their intentions to work together to preserve New Halyards.

A wide range of schools have cancelled classes for the coming days. Houston ISD has cancelled Monday, and Lord Henry and Huangdi Wu’s district has officially cancelled all classes on Friday, August 25th.

Updates will be added as they become available.


Sandwich TV to revive lost TV production

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.


Mystic Jubbia of the Harrifans

In a new decree made by Lord Henry of the Commonwealth, some shocking and surprising changes are being made in the Essian Commonwealth, the first being a change in the nation’s name. Esse is now known as the Mystic Jubbia of the Harrifans.

His Harrifanatic Majesty, Lord Henry has also changed his title and has declared the national currency to by the Jubbian Dollar, money that appears to parody the US dollar, but with the addition of George Harrison.

The Lord claims these actions to be completely serious, saying “you think I’m kidding? Bet.” The action has the full support of the Clementine population of the country.

He has also “created” a new flag, which in short is a picture of George Harrison from the cover of the Beatles’ album A Hard Day’s Night. The Coat of Arms is a picture of an original record of the album Abbey Road.

Henry says that to the intermicronational world, he expects the “utmost respect of the name change,” and insists that “if the Essian population throws a fit, it’ll be changed to normal within 24 hours.” He still insists, nevertheless, that he has the nation’s support.

It is well-documented that Esse has a strong musical culture, primarily focused around the Beatles. Nevertheless, this is an extreme step in that direction, essentially making the nation a culturally-themed state.

Henry has also implied that a referendum on the name might be held in the future.

Whether there will be any more changes has yet to be determined, however Henry has hinted that he does intend to see increased cultural development. Perhaps this could be a system to go about doing that.

Bear in mind that none of this information has been confirmed as accurate.


Lord announces visit to Newton County

Flag of Newton County

His Illustrious Majesty, Lord Henry, has announced his intentions to take a government-sanctioned visit to Newton County in late April shortly following the new-Counties incorporation into the Commonwealth.

Speculation regarding the potential creation of a county in the area of Corpus Christi, United States had been occurring for several weeks before the decree was filed by Lord Henry on March 25th forming Newton County.

Much of this speculation existed do to the known fact that the Lord would begin making annual visits to the region this year with the Amoena Simphonia. Questions had risen over whether or not this warranted an annexation existed but were disregarded.

With the Amoena Simphonia, Lord Henry will be visiting Newton County for competition from April 27th to April 30th this year in a trip that Henry will be combining with a wish to familiarize himself with the Commonwealth’s newest addition.

The region is the most challenging when it comes to administration, being over three hours away from its closest counterpart in Essia. In fact, the Capital of the Imperial Federation of Zenrax is significantly closer to Newton County than any region of the Commonwealth.

“This trip is an important part of welcoming a new County to our Commonwealth,” the Lord said on Sunday, while adding that “Newton is a proud addition to Esse, and we hope to swiftly find the necessary representation for her.”

Meanwhile, questions on who is most suitable to represent Newton County are rising.

It is possible that the vacancy in the Wardenship could be filled by a current citizen. Though, considering the position of the County it is possible that a foreigner could be brought into the office to better represent the County.

Potential candidates for this office could therefore be any former member of the Federated States of America; citizens of the late nation are  constitutionally entitled to citizenship rights.

This in mind, no former politician in the Federated States is actively on positive terms with His Illustrious Majesty. Brandon Wu and John Churchill, the two most well-known of the late micronation aside from Henry, are both no longer micronationally active.

Talks of someone – possibly even a local to the area – taking over the jurisdiction has occurred, however nothing has developed from it as of yet.