ANALYSIS – An interesting dichotomy has recently presented itself in the micronational community.
The Wrythe Convention, spearheaded by the Austenasian Emperor Jonathan I and promoted by a micronational brains trust including the likes of current GUM Chair and Adammian Emperor Adam I, has seen widespread approval and adoption from amongst the micronational community.
The Convention itself deals with opposition to sockpuppetry, a practice that goes back far into the micronational community’s history – as far back, even, as 2008, during the time of Erusian President Robert Lethler, who ended up being a front for Sebastian Linden, the 8th Vice Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational – and has come into sharp relief recently following two particular events.
The first involves the Kingdom of Catan, the creation of a James Klaassen-White, which claimed the existence of a non-existent Donovan Booner, supposed Minister of Foreign and Kingdom Affairs, who perished in the aftermath of the terrible attack in Manchester over one year ago. A tweet announcing the same was later deleted in light of the backlash.
The second involves the Principality of Andany, which recently stood accused of sockpuppetry: allegations that Prince Pablo Macias does not, in fact, live in Sardinia, which he claims for the Principality, but rather Las Vegas, Nevada, a city in the United States. This is combined with further complaints, including that the entire Andanian economy is actually a mere invention.
This of course stands as somewhat of a footnote to other, more serious, borderline criminal accusations levied at him by my colleagues in the intermicronational media; the point, however, is the same. The activities of the Klaassen-Whites, Maciases, and Lindens of the micronational community make it difficult to know who and what to trust – after all, without a baseline of facts, accepting the claims of the various governments of the micronational community is impossible and diplomacy would grind to a halt – and so a united response such as this one is encouraging.
The adoption of the Wrythe Convention additionally by such a prestigious organisation as the Grand Unified Micronational – regardless of how plagued by institutional issues it may be – should hopefully convince newer members of the community that the Convention is as much in their interests as it is in those of the Old Guard nations such as Adammia, Austenasia, and Amissopia.
However, it is not enough merely for nations to place their signatures on the Convention – they must be ready to enforce it. We have to call out intentionally misleading micronational governments and officials where we find them. If foreign relations on a micronational scale are to survive in any meaningful sense, nothing is more important to our efforts than the truth.