Come, blessed pow’r, the signatures reveal which heav’n’s decrees mysteriously conceal,
Signs only present to the worthy mind, nor omens ill disclose of monst’rous kind.
Oneiroi, cast out delusion.
The MMXII PoliNations Summit not only provided a happy occasion for micronationalists to finally meet each other but it reminded this Office of the issues confronting our states, including our closest allies. The most disturbing issue confronting our states, and some of Sandus’ closest allies, is the issue of chaos. This chaos is often painted over, to match national norms, with illusion after illusion. Sometimes that illusion shines through the paint, reminding us of the turbulent nature of small societies such as ourselves. Sandus’ policies have in the past endeavoured to focus and calm the storm of micronations so that they may become stable. Often this has been done by providing criticism, which the egos of some can not endure, and this State has surely had no end to criticisms given.
We believe it to be important to the micronationalist to be criticised. It makes one tread carefully, with attention to where he or she may step, say, or do. Indeed one of our religious leaders, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, stresses the important of wrathful compassion at times and this has become very important for our Morae d’Ancestrae or Mos Maiorum, which was discussed at the Chelsea conference, and it is within the guidelines of compassion through, at times, wrath that Sandus has exhibited some harsh criticism in the past. Though some people’s egos may not be able to endure it, it is with kind attention that we often criticise foreign states and their workings; not so that we may express some sort of “soft power”, as the recently re-elected Nemkhav President put it, but so that the collective mass of micronations may prosper and, with that, even Sandus may as well. The Summit was very much indicative of this belief, as nations from across the world came and, under the images of a few larger and more important nations, we prospered as a whole.
Chelsea made Sandus realise another issue with one of our closest allies: St.Charlie. In discussions with the Federal Prime Minister, he discussed the fact that Kozuc was becoming an issue for the Federal Republic. Indeed they had, at times, done military exercises, which are so important to Kozuc, without prior approval from the central command at the Federal level. With this, the military of Kozuc was acting independently and autonomously from St.Charlie. These issues were confirmed by the Federal President. Though Kozuc claims to want to stay in St.Charlie, even recently with the option to secede and to form a union with two other nations, Kozuc has done much to grasp towards her autonomy and independence. And though this State has not looked closely at the laws passed or policies enacted since Kozuc joined earlier this Gregorian year, it is clear by both the words of these two Federal officials and by the words of the Kozuc caudillo himself that the Federal government has enabled Kozuc to act this way. That was one importance of Chelsea: an importance lost.
When Prime Minister Reinhardt informed me of this, he implied that he would be speaking with M. Small to obtain an agreement towards a more centralised Kozuc. Though M. Small has since argued his lack of power, an interview conducted with the former Kozuc president who defected and sought asylum in the Federal Union of Socialist Republics by the Zealandian Gazette, released only a few minutes before this article was published, has proven that it is truly M. Small who holds the power in Kozuc. It seems clear to this State that M. Reinhardt and M. Lunam are aware of this too, as M. Small has both spoken on behalf of Kozuc since — though arguing at the same time he holds no authority there — and because both Federal officials spoke with M. Small on Kozuc matters whilst he is only Home Affairs Minister. When this Office went to discuss with M. Small on the agreement M. Reinhardt had informed this State of back in Chelsea, whether informal or formal, M. Small outright denied anything to be wrong. He argued that Kozuc had all authority to act autonomously according to Federal law and that Kozuc’s arm of the St.Charlian Armed Forces could act independently of the President of the Federal Republic and all central command. Above all else, he argued nothing to be amiss. It is clear to this State that no out-standing agreement was made or, if it was, it has since been forgotten by the caudillo of Kozuc.
Sandus has long been critical of Kozuc and that shall not change. Though M. Small clearly believes this State to narrow him out as a “bad micronationalist”, which is not the case, Sandus shall continue to wish for advancement and calm in chaotic micronations as far as our sovereign rights allow us and shall not impede upon the sovereignty of foreign states. Though some will argue our criticisms border on violations of internal sovereignty of Kozuc or St.Charlie, such is not the wish of this Office nor this State. Rather, our wish is for a stable Kozuc, one which has once and for all calmed its internal hyper-active disorder and sought a stable situation either as a sovereign state or — as we hope today — as a fully engaged member of the central community of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie. And, Sandus shall most definitely be observing the situation within St.Charlie as best as we can. Of all the nations St.Charlie has become bloated up on in the past few months, Kozuc stands out as being the first to join and the last to concede to central authority. If Kozuc and her caudillo truly wish for membership in St.Charlie, for a stable state, or for a civilian one, it is the time for Kozuc to live up to her words.
And in the past this State has offered no solution, merely criticism. Under normal circumstances, we prefer this for offering solutions borders even more closely on violating the frontier of sovereignty of foreign states. It is often the best for foreign states, too, to come to their own realisation and their own decisions, rather than be told or influenced by foreign powers. However, Kozuc has yet to find, or even search, for any solutions. Therefore, this Office wishes to reiterate the solutions it offered in Earl’s Court to the St.Charlian Premier:
- Replace Kozuc generals with other St.Charlian generals, thereby clipping the wings of the Kozuc arm of the SCAF.
- Codify the chain of command in both the military and the civilian government and bureaucracy.
- Create office hours for each office in both St.Charlie and Kozuc and their timezones, so that lower members of Kozuc may understand that St.Charlian central officials may be busy or asleep if they should message them.
- If this has not already been done, make Kozuc officials — even the lowly bureaucrat — to pledge allegiance to the Federal Republic. An oath of office, too, should be introduced to those joining Kozuc’s civilian government and military, no matter their rank. If this is already done, make more ceremony out of it. Make sure allegiance is to the Federal Republic, not to Kozuc; otherwise, the Union is already at risk.
- Much as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has its Korean People’s Army conduct farm work that civilians do as well, make the Kozuc army do constructive and civilian works. Plant a garden, build something, but go beyond destroying things and playing with airsoft guns. With this, Kozuc may transfer from a military society to a more civilian society that may make it stand out in St.Charlie.
- Purge citizens of Kozuc, under the authority of the Federal government, who are in Kozuc in name only or only because of the military. This will make sure that those citizens of Kozuc are at least some-what active and dedicated to the success of Kozuc.
- No longer engage in wars without the order of the President of St.Charlie. If that continues to happen, then that should become independent and irrelevant of Kozuc; meaning, that should be seen as a game or a hobby separate from the running of Kozuc.
Sandus is always at the disposal of St.Charlie and Kozuc as with Kozuc’s advancement all micronations may advance as well. As micronational diplomacy is about weighing ideas and concepts off one another, if those which we weigh our ideas off of are better off and more stable then we are collectively better off as well. And, this is especially important for a micronation which has such a degree of influence as St.Charlie.
Du sum sangye Guru Rinpoche,
Ngo drub kun dag dewa chen po’i shab,
Bar ched kun sel Düd Dul Dragpo Tsal,
Sol wa deb so gin gyi lab du sol,
Chi nang sang wa’i bar ched zhi wa dang,
Sam pa lyun gyi drup par gin gyi lob.
Oneiroi, cast out delusion.
— Sôgmô Sörgel.