Note: This article serves both as an official report by the Office of the Sôgmô and as a direct written response to the Nemkhav Foreign Minister Hakimoto. Therefore, the article shall split between addressing Minister Hakimoto directly and indirectly.
Ave, Sandum Citizens!
Since this Court’s return from Chelsea, we have been attempting to secure an agreement between St.Charlie’s federal government and the government of the federation of Kozuc. Indeed this State gave clear and public expression of the issues plaguing Kozuc and have given proposals to both governments so that any further issues in an autonomously-acting Kozuc can be sorted. This State was also concerned in the fact that Kozuc members of the MIB, the previously inactive war intelligence agency of St.Charlie, harassed the former president of Kozuc who is under the Federal Union of Socialist Republics’ political protection. This State attempted to find resolution to both issues in Kozuc with St.Charlie and towards the FUSR and we have since spoken no more on the topic, as is the sovereign and rightful decision of St.Charlie to decide and with the fact that the FUSR and St.Charlian governments have agreed to drop the issue between them. Though Kozuc still acts autonomously within the federal union, we have conceded and accepted the sovereign right of both the Federal and the Kozuc governments to decide as per the Foreign Affairs clause of our Founding Law.
This issue would have been largely completed, allowing both our State and our allies to move on. However, such is not the case. The Nemkhav Foreign Minister Hakimoto has issued several attacking comments and recently an article, acting in clear and deliberate violation of a de facto agreement created a month and a half ago between this Government and the Nemkhav Federal government under President Whitmarsh. First, Nemkhavia can not honour legal treaties between our two states, now it can not even be kept to honour its word in one of the gravest violations against our State. The Sôgmô, acting through his authority as caretaker of Veritum Sandus, had offered to disregard the heinous actions of Hakimoto and refused to accept a long and argumentative comment by him so that the issue could be resolved by Sandus’ allies in St.Charlie. The Foreign Minister, clearly isolated by his own will to refuse to hear any thing of what has happened as of late, has written a long article condemning this State’s hypocrisy, of which none has been shown.
Clearly, M. Hakimoto is delusional. In his comments, he did not specify that he found the fact that we encourage a “stability mission” by St.Charlie to be hypocritical: especially when it is not and when Sandus asked for no such mission by St.Charlie to her federations. M. Hakimoto, in direct address to you: you must be unaware that we encourage no such missions, which violate the sovereignty of independent nations and states, and we shall never. Indeed we never once encouraged any such mission to Kozuc, as a subject member of the Federal Republic. However, M. Hakimoto, you have unilaterally made this issue to fit your purpose of replying to months old comments by this State in concerns to our hesitance towards unions and federations in which nations share no binding factor. Such is true of the situation with Kozuc and St.Charlie, though the comment I made towards disregarding that policy was made because this is the present, not the past. This State still believes that Kozuc will become independent if it is not incorporated into St.Charlie as a common federation, we continue to believe that Kozuc is still acting autonomously when it should be focusing on centralising with the rest of the Federal Republic. But no “stability mission” was ever uttered by this State for St.Charlie to send to a constituent country that is a part of it. Such a mission would meet no resistance from Sandus, as it would be a mission by a government within itself and its own union, not a government of a sovereign nation sending a diplomatic mission which violates the sovereignty of an other nation. Such as your federation has done in the past with Zealandia and has planned to do in the past with Amager. However, Kozuc is, by law, a member of the Federal Republic and, therefore, is not a sovereign state. It is a member of a federal union with a strong history of a central system and bureaucracy. You have misinterpreted our words, and indeed substituted your own ideas into our article, so as to respond to months old arguments by this State against federations: a policy we clearly spoke of in a past article and one which you continue to believe is taken in spite of Nemkhavia alone.
We have never supported the concept of a stability mission, whose wording and purpose is to make decisions of state in lieu of the home-country’s government, for any purpose or goal. The matter of fact is, however, that Kozuc is a full member of the Federal Republic and is not an independent and sovereign state, of which your own nation has a clear history of sending such missions to in violation of their sovereignty.
This Government has never thought it acceptable for Kozuc to be within St.Charlie, as the two have few similarities. Again, your fifth paragraph clearly diverts the true meaning as to why we stated that the policy was suspended in this manner. As a Buddhist nation, the Buddha urges all practitioners of the Dharma to focus on the present, not on the past; this importance of the Dharma was spoken of at Chelsea. Kozuc joining St.Charlie is an issue of the past, yet is still one that has the potential to flare back up in the future if Kozuc decides to become sovereign again. The present issue, however, simply reaffirms the basis of our anti-federalism policy as being true. St.Charlian Prime Minister Reinhardt and President Lunam expressed to me issues with Kozuc in the federal system of St.Charlie: issues that this State predicted with its anti-federalism policy. Just because we are not focusing on the fact those issues arose out of Kozuc joining a federation and, rather, focusing on resolving those issues does not make it hypocritical of our State. If Kozuc truly wishes to remain a strong member of St.Charlie, as it has affirmed in the Winter and reaffirmed most recently, then this State serves to focus on the issues plaguing Kozuc currently — issues of cooperating with a central, federal system — and not the issue of the past — Kozuc joining St.Charlie. This State still considers it wrong that independent nations, such as Kozuc, should join federations which share little cultural or geographic similarity. However, some federations do indeed meet the requirements of cultural or geographic similarity: Gishabrun has recently joined Renasia in a manner of which we approve of because both nations share a cultural similarity in science and technology whereas the FUSR has been seen with kind eyes due to the cultural similarities of Socialism and Communism as well as a geographic proximity. However, Kozuc and St.Charlie have had little in common in the past, but that still does not require us to remain obstinate to that issue. Just because this Government may have an opinion on federations, which may not be pleasing to you, that does not mean that we can not endeavour to be helpful in true and real concerns towards Kozuc.
St.Charlie’s history is one of a true federal system, of which Nemkhavia’s system verges on confederacy. The central and federal system of St.Charlie is one of the national sovereignty superseding federations’ sovereignty or autonomy, whereas Nemkhavia believes more in the concept of “two spheres of sovereignty” for both the national and state governments. This history should not be one which St.Charlie should lose due to involving more constituent countries into its Republic. Devolution has in history only served the trend of independence and destruction of unions and federations. Indeed this is often what Sandus attempts to prevent in its anti-federalism policy, especially that of Nemkhavia’s which is so devolved. You are correct in hypothesising that St.Charlie can not continue with its central system if it wishes to bring in more constituent countries; however, if those nations were to accept the role of that centralised history, then such an accommodation of changing to a more autonomous model would hardly be necessary for the Federal Republic. This is the only way that such a federation, which violates cultural or geographic unity so ardently, can work, as I admit that the imposed system of the Nemkhav Federation has worked in keeping itself together. Though cultures may vary and states may be far apart, the only other way to maintain such a federation is by the imposition of a certain government or system over its members and even this manner is not fool-safe from self-destruction or the spontaneous independence of some of its members.
Part of my list of proposals, specifically the office hour suggestion, was to make the system more fluid and cooperative across such a large span of time zones. It is clear that St.Charlian politicians who predate the great admission do not desire a more autonomous system, as is the basis of the Prime Minister’s and President’s complaints to this Government.
However, it is by the end of your article, M. Hakimoto, that it goes from changing my intent and purpose to out-right propaganda for the Nemkhav Federation. Nemkhavia’s model figures very little into the issues of Kozuc and this State’s proposals were made so that no grand changes would have been necessary to be made to the St.Charlian system. The model of St.Charlie is unworkable at this moment, as newer constituent nations attempt to change the system for autonomy — despite only just joining this federation. In fact, I believe that St.Charlie must stand for the imposition of its federal system. Those nations which have joined and desire autonomy have clearly made an incorrect or miscalculated decision in joining a federal system that has an importance on the national government. That imposition must now be forced on them by the Federal government because this is the system those nations decided, of their own free and sovereign will, to join. Otherwise, dare I say it, they deserve to depart the federation, bringing forth the Chaos that our anti-federation policy has desired to rid the community of. However, the St.Charlian Federal government has been cooperative with them, merely dragging their feet at autonomous expression by Kozuc. Such must change, you are right, but it should not change in favour of a model such as that of Nemkhavia’s. St.Charlie has previously had nationalism over regionalism, though that does not imply that regionalism is not a part of St.Charlie. The new members must accept this nationalism and abandon their regionalism in favour of the federal system of St.Charlie’s past. Nemkhavia — again, which is not the topic of this issue and M. Hakimoto’s insistence on Nemkhavia’s system merely serves as propaganda — does indeed have nationalism and just because we did not outright imply that Nemkhav nationalism does not exist does not mean we do not believe it to be there, though Nemkhav nationalism figures very little in the issues of Kozuc and these arguments and policies of our State.
It is this State’s belief that Kozuc must ‘ride out the storm’ through the central system of St.Charlie. Seeing this slower, calmer pace of government could perhaps encourage Kozuc to see greater political potential in micronationalism. Such an endeavour must come from the federal pressure of St.Charlie, as only through pressure can things — such as clay — be put back together; for, to use this analogy, clay will not decide to piece itself into a greater whole by its own will. St.Charlie must withhold Kozuc autonomy, as Hakimoto puts it as its sovereignty, because Kozuc, through her own independent and sovereign will, has decided to join a federation such as St.Charlie that does not allow federations out-standing or extra-ordinary autonomy. Kozuc must stick to her decision or bite the bullet of Chaos and leave. Something, however, must be done in the psyche of the nation to rid of its constant chaos — its constant changes in certain governments, its civil strife, and its in-and-out of unions and federations. There is a reason why Kozuc is renowned for her constant and numerous changes, brought on by the chaos of the nation itself, and that is one thing Sandus hopes to see change if Kozuc is to be recognised as an equal member of the intermicronational community on the level of more stable nations, such as St.Charlie, Nemkhavia, or our own Sandus.
We must remember, unlike the Nemkhav Federation, St.Charlie does not have a purpose in its federation; whereas, Nemkhavia’s purpose has been stated to provide education and stability to younger micronations — a purpose that may have little productive result as its own Koss joined St.Charlie — St.Charlie does not have a clear intent or purpose in its federal system.
The final remark of Hakimoto’s response clearly depicts how isolated and irrelevant from the situation he is, for there has been no agreement and none has been planned. This State thought there was one made in Chelsea, but that was not the case. At the moment, Kozuc refuses to agree to make an agreement with the Federal government, so Hakimoto’s remark that they should incorporate his plan instead into their agreement — of which none is to be made, though Hakimoto’s wording implies he believes that there to be one — would mean the destruction of the Federal Republic as we know it with an autonomous Kozuc. Hakimoto is clearly gripped by the Oneiroi, the Dreams.
This Office has lost all fides in Hakimoto of Nemkhavia and, as a result, has refused his dual requests for an audience with the Honourable Sôgmô.
A future article shall codify the requirements for an audience with the Honourable Sôgmô.
— Sôgmô Sörgel.