The Green Party’s Civic Duty: Join the Democratic Party

The following editorial was produced by Horatio Eden, Leader of the Opposition in the Essian Parliassam and head of the Essian Democratic Party. The opinions hereafter stated are his own and not those of the Messenger organisation.

The Parliassam has now been filled following a democratic exercise by the populace of the Essian Commonwealth; as head of the minority party, the Democrats, I accept this result and the decision of the populace that the Green Party should be the governing majority in our legislature.

What I can’t accept is that nearly a month has passed since the election and the Heaminister has refused to give a date for the opening of the first session of the Parliassam since the election. When attempts were made by his Lordship to open the legislature in Heaminister Frisch’s place, the Heaminister rejected them, citing an interest in convoking them himself, which the Lord respected.

If the Heaminister is so interested in convening the Parliassam himself, why does he not do so?

In five days, it will have been a month into the second Frisch term without a single action taken, executive or legislative, by the new majority government, and while I am no doubt biased in this respect, I feel the only solution is for the Green Party to reject the inactivity of their party executive and join the Democrats.

I submit three reasons why:

  1. The Democratic Party is ready, given the authority to do so, to set a date for the first session of the legislature within a week of having achieved a majority of the legislature.
  2. The Democratic Party has four significant works of legislation drafted and ready for review by the Parliassam, creating, among other things, a coherent criminal justice system and a system of contract law, as well as condemning the imperialist agenda of the Shorewellese Empire in the Corian matter, something the Essian government could and should have done far earlier – without this bill, Esse risks being delegated to irrelevancy in international affairs, its legislative branch hamstrung.
  3. The Democratic Party and the Green Party have very few differences insofar as legislative agenda; administrative law has proven, micronationally, to be non-controversial in a partisan sense, and both parties seek a resolution to the Beiwing affair that strips the judicial branch of the ability to create new political subdivisions, possibly the most notable Essian issue of our time.

The Parliassam will not convene under Heaminister Frisch. If the Essian Greens truly wish to see an active Essian government, they will see it – as we do – as their civic duty to provide the active Democratic Party leadership with the legislative mandate required to commence the government of the Commonwealth.



For some, progress means abandoning the Courts

We often hear about the great progress being made in the Essian Commonwealth, but there is a hidden demon in our ranks that has hurt the Courts, activity, and the County of Beiwing.

Since the initial appointment of Chief Justice Kit McCarthy in early March, a primary goal of the Frisch Term has been to gain more political autonomy for the County of Beiwing, the direct successor to the United States of Wings.

The United States of Wings was an independent micronation for several months, and in addition a member of the Grand Unified Micronational and Trans-Atlantic Union, the latter an inactive organization.

Beiwingian autonomy was a top priority since the Chief Attorney’s office was filled by Horatio Eden (F-VP), yet has been all but abandoned since the failure in the initial hearing.

The initial case was petitioned and argued on March 15th. With His Honourable Grace McCarthy presiding and Chief Attorney Eden arguing, the case was heard.

The argument was that it was the right of the County of Beiwing to have further autonomy than it had been initially granted.

The Courts – as it is constitutionally required that they have the say in the matter – should allow the creation of a new political subdividion known as an Autonomous Community. Such was the case being argued by the government.

The case was weak, and such was made clear when the ruling went against the favor of the government.

Post-hearing, the Court got chaotic. The Chief Justice, Chief Attorney, and Monarch all exchanged words and a conclusion was made that a new case be filed taking a new angle.

A straightforward hearing had just become the tensest political issue in Essian history.

Not only was the need for an autonomous community subdivision now in question, but it’s constitutional right was too.

The issue in a large end gave rise to the Federalist Party, which favors local governments and wants to do away with court involvement in the subdivision process altogether.

Not only this, but the question was now existent: is the United States of Wings being illegally occupied by the Essian Commonwealth?

The government promised to return for a second hearing. It has now been two months, and nothing has come of a follow-up hearing on the County of Beiwing. The date that would’ve been the Wingian Presidential Elections has passed, and the question of where a Beiwing Autonomous Community would leave off is now an open question.

Elections are now nearing. Heaminister Frisch is now caucusing with the Federalist Party, and the Chief Attorney is officially the leader of it. The Federalists have a known goal of ridding the Commonwealth of its Constitution; or at the very least one section of it.

But we now have to ask ourselves if the Federalist Party – the party that has had two months to file a new petition to free Beiwing – is the right party to have in power as head of government.

Will this become the new norm? Will Beiwing be abandoned until the constitution can be Amended?

It is entirely possible that this question could create a much larger issue. A crisis could be in store for the Commonwealth.

If the Monarch doesn’t support an amendment – a stance that hasn’t been confirmed or denied – the Parliassam has the Constitutional power to amend the document without the Monarch.

Granted they can rally 1/3rd of the population to sign a petition, a vote must be opened in the Parliassam – one discounting a vote from the Monarch and requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.

The Constitution minds the possibility that the Monarch could refuse to sign the amendment; further, it specifies an order of precedence for who legally may sign an amendment if the Monarch refuses.

Firstly, the duties would go to the Heaminister.

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

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.