In a missive published in the Aenderian Times, former Aenderian Presydent and Democratic presydential candidate Russell Gilzem announced that he would illegally secede from the Republic of Aenderia and create his own nation if he is defeated in the Aenderian presydential election later this month.
Incumbent Presydent and Conservative presydential candidate Horatio Eden publicly referred to it as “the most pathetic thing [he’d] heard so far”.
In the article, he refers to Eden and his allies as an “invasive species of Crows”, admits that he has “no hope of taking back” the presydency, and calls secession from Aenderia “a radical idea” but better than attempting to co-operate with the Eden administration. It has allegedly received support from micronational leaders, but the article does not name them.
Former Presydent Gilzem submitted a bill to the ALC earlier today calling for the capital city to be relocated in advance of a potential secession. Presydent Eden in a statement maintained that the proposal “will not be considered,” going on to remark that “Any attempt to secede from Aenderia should you lose the election will be taken as treason and will be treated as such.” Gilzem’s camp has not commented.
The article goes on to allege that Eden’s repeated motions to dismiss the sedition case brought against him by Aenderian Attorney General Joshua Mullins are “evidence… against him” in the case. Eden continues to deny the charges.
The Gilzemian nation post-secession will be led by a constitutional monarch who “will be none other than Gilzem”, with a Prime Minister – known as a “Prime Director” – appointed every two years. His current pick would be his current vice presydential running mate Maximilion von Schröder.
A spokesperson for the Eden campaign declined to comment.