One year, four months, eleven days later.
The First of August, 2010, marked the beginning of the departure of M. Robert Lethler from our intermicronational community. His departure was heralded by general chaos in our community, uncertainty of where we would find ourselves, and the growth of a new disorder in our beloved ways. For some, his departure was a mastery of the triumph of many months of careful and skilled destruction of a more careful and skilled man, whom many in our community equate to an evil, dark man. This could hardly be the case for our State and, as time has shown, hardly for our common allies. General current trends indicate that M. Lethler’s departure from our community has resulted in the destruction of the very ethics and decorum that all once felt obliged to keep. Such has been our downfall, the destruction of our highest order of business. Some welcomed, and continue to welcome, his departure; this could hardly be the case for our State, for a man who offered education and advice in micronational affairs at times when his personal politics conflicted with the policies of our State under the Barony and the Grand Lamate. It is without a doubt a grand error in all parts of this State and this community to have willfully lost this professional and experienced micronationalist, who offered education through the best form of mentor-ship: criticism.
Some certain micronationalists, to whom names are not required, could not handle the criticism. Indeed it was criticism that often kept many of us awake at night, but it was criticism that kept fire in the hearth of Sandus and the heart of micronations to swear an oath of self-advancement to only but themselves. Through the manipulative destruction of M. Robert Lethler, the authors of the dossier welcomed the current state of the community to be one which is saturated by a distrust of our most important rules of decorum. This saturation of distrust has flowed its course even to the highest de facto offices of the community. There exist certain administrators who have supported the very destruction of what created many of our micronations from those times: the criticism M. Lethler exhibited for our advancement. This is not a message of political condemnation for those authors or of any person whom our nation disagrees with, but it is one from this State that recognises that allowing such organisations as TASPAC, which have violated the traditional and most important trust of nations, mar the integrity of both the community and its constituent micronations. By the act of complacency for the growing storm against the growing rank of ill-prepared and ill-educated micronationalists, such members have angered those who remember the days of old and recognise we were aided by it.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance of our State of Sandus and of our community to work for the return of a micronationalist who has shown his logic, his competence and his auctoritas for years. For this and future saecula of micronationalists, we bid our strongest urge and invitation for the return of M. Robert Lethler to be a guiding and educative force for our community and all micronationalists.
Various micronationalists, of whose names wish not to be announced, have declared their support for this invitation, but have been concerned of the bullied rashness of those who oppose this growing storm. Against those who wish complacency with their status quo, may those who have spoken up be named and their messages heard:
- M. Gaius Sörgel Publicola, the Sôgmô of our State of Sandus and author of this invitation.
- M. Jacob Tierney, of the Free State of Renasia.
“Despite his foibles, Robert Lethler was a man who taught our State much that has helped it to gain the position it holds today. An unscrupulous perfectionist, he kept high standards of conduct, and expected as much in return.
This, if nothing else, is laudable. Simply for the sake of his salient advice and advised criticism on my nation, I would see him return to the community if I had the choice.”
- M. Bradley of Dullahan, of the Kingdom of Wyvern.
“I wish to thank him for his past contributions to the GUM, the aid in the Yablokogate. And I wish to extand him an arm that Mr. Lethler is always welcome seeing of his status as Permanent Advisor to the GUM.”
- M. Lucas Mello, of the Empire of Koss.
“Lethler, although we haven’t formally ‘met’ or engaged in actual conversations, I have always found you to be one of the ‘forces’ that shaped our community. To have you back in the community, would be of course, advantageous and to say the least, good. The community today lacks a ‘driving force’, I believe you with your experience and ability, can be that ‘driving force’, but I also believe that there shall be some boundaries and restrictions for you to come back, but we can’t talk about those later. Come back.”
- M. James Thomson, of the Socialist People’s Republic of Danesland.
- M. Christian Sanders, of the Federal Commonwealth of Havnesgade-Amager.
“Although I was not active in the community then, I observed the 2010 community. It was interesting, active and more realistic. I support the idea of realism, serious micronationalism that imitates a macronation, not seceeding but ready to if possible. I want to know more about realism, and I applaud Sandus for its support of Mr. Lether. He taught me how to conduct myself in a serious way.”
I support him coming back. He was an inspiring man and I have learned a lot from him, despite not being a micronation when he was around.