Plans in the works to sell Dracul Military Commissions

Most in micronationalism know of monarchies that sell noble titles and positions, such as Grand Knight, Duke, Lord, and others. For those that operate under a different form of government, selling titles can be challenging, given the fact that most don’t offer noble titles.

Dracul has always operated under a republic form of government, so it stands to reason that they don’t offer noble titles, such as Lord or Duke. Luckily for the Commonwealth, a loophole has been discovered.

There have been recent talks among the Department of Defense, as well as the Office of the President, to do what the British and others did in earlier centuries, by selling military commissions to those interested in having a piece of Dracul to call their own. As of late, the plan is to sell these military both enlisted and officer commissions under the Dracul Navy. The navy was disbanded earlier this year, but was brought back exclusively for this very project.

Prices are expected to be between $5-$100 per rank. It’s projected that this could launch between November 2021 and February 2022. The authority that comes with the ranks will be honorary and the rules and requirements are to be determined. Ranks will be able to be purchased by both Dracul citizens and non-citizens, of all ages.

Enlisted Dracul Naval Ranks

When asked about the reasoning behind the plan, the President’s office stated that Dracul wanted to connect more with those outside the nation, and that providing something to those who pay for it would not only benefit Dracul financially, but strengthen community relations. Prices are expected to be reasonable, to cater to both low and high income earners.

“I don’t think you need to shell out $200 just to have a title, or in this case a rank.” said Vice President Stephen Luke. “This isn’t all about the money for us. We’ll even offer enlisted ranks for as low as $5.” he added.

The wearing of Dracul Naval uniforms, along with the rank is expected to be authorized. Given the fact that this project is still unofficial, details today may change by the final launch. More information will follow once final plans are announced.

Karl Frederick sworn in as 3rd Naturalization Director

The opening for Naturalization Director was officially filled on Wednesday evening, as Karl Frederick was sworn in as the service’s new Director. Frederick came from the recently dissolved Heimatia and was looking to resume his micronational career.

The position was recently held by Bruce Cooper, who resigned after taking the Governor of South Dracul position. Between the two holding the position, the spot remained vacant, but was not a high priority, since citizenship growth had been stagnant over the past few months.

The swearing in ceremony took place on Discord video call, which included several witnesses. Frederick plans on improving the department and citizen growth while in office.

While the Federal Naturalization Service may be its own form of bureau, it answers to the Department of State on policy changes and unresolved matters regarding citizenship.

Since naturalization is more of a part time position, Frederick is also seeking a new leadership position on the state level in the next week or two.

Final Foundation Day for Heimatia amid dissolution

STUHLBURG – The Heimatian Colonial Empire lowered its national flag for the final time last night, as the dissolution took place at 11:59pm local time. There were mixed feelings about the matter, but feelings of shattered were certainly felt throughout.

Heimatia was founded on October 25, 2018, by Karl Frederick, Logan LaChance, and Mark Terrace, as a restart from other previous micronations. The nation held mostly Germanic heritage, hence the name “Heimatia”, but established its own identity shortly after.

The dissolution came after constant internal conflicts, which resulted in the nation being unable to contain its original goals and objectives. Several sources in Heimatia stated that the people within it had changed too much, which made it difficult to work with them on various issues and goals.

Former Supreme Chancellor Karl Frederick stated that while the government itself might be dissolved, he plans on continuing the Heimatian Imperial Army via airsoft tournaments; a hobby many Heimatians were said to have enjoyed. While some members have decided to leave micronationalism all together, some have relaunched their own nations, while others joined already existing ones.

“It’s not something we wanted to see happen, but I suppose when you can’t resolve issues from within, there’s no other choice you’re left with.” said Vice President Stephen Luke. “I’d like to see them make a comeback one of these days, but even if they don’t, we’re glad to have them with us.” he ended.

Presidential candidate Luke plans to make the Heimatian flag a Dracul historical flag, in order to maintain morale among Heimatians who join Dracul. “They had success and it shall continue to be remembered.” said Stephen Luke. As of now, Karl Frederick is Director of Naturalization and begins his first day on the job today.

New policy on non-presidential staff contact to begin in November

Since the beginning of Dracul’s existence, contacting the Office of the President and Vice President was no challenge for micronational leaders and enthusiasts. Phone calls were always answered, messages returned, and emails replied to within reasonable time. A statement on Dracul’s discord last week stated that’s all about to change November 1st.

According to the Bran House, efforts to establish a better security policy and professionalism are needed. In addition, President Howie and Vice President Luke take the stance that just like with macro countries, the Office of the President and Vice President should not be easily accessible, as easy as a phone call.

“We’re going to be very busy in 2022 and in addition to that, many who contact our office should be contacting more appropriate offices with the questions and issues they have.” said Vice President Stephen Luke. “We’re not trying to come off as holier than thou, but we need to screen communication from outside the President’s cabinet.” he added.

In addition to the mentioned reasons, all communications, whether it’d be through phone call, email, text, or discord will be monitored by a member of the President’s staff or Department of Defense. This is to ensure that discussions stay on track, that no threats or inappropriate statements are made during contact. Should anything come across as suspicious or inappropriate, the communication will be cut immediately.

“I think this is a measure that all micronations should take, not just us.” said President Howie. “If you want to be taken seriously and avoid questions that are better suited for other departments, this is the best measure to take.” he ended.

Effective November 1st, anyone who is outside of the President’s Cabinet will have to go through the President’s cabinet or Secretary in order to set up a meeting. According to Vice President Luke, this will not affect day to day conversation, outside of micronationalism.

Cooper wins election; sworn in as member of Parliament

SOUTH DRACUL – Bruce Cooper was sworn in as the new Member of Parliament of South Dracul on October 18, after being elected by the people of the smallest state. Although federal law states one must be at least 18 years of age for such position, an exception is allowed in the law on a case by case basis.

Cooper, the current Governor of South Dracul, is expected to resign from the position, to allow most of his time to focus on creating new laws and amendments with the rest of the national parliament. At this time it’s expected that Valeriano Anibarro (SD) or Karl Frederick (SD) might take that position.

Since his beginning in Dracul, Cooper has held various positions, such as naturalization director, Dean of Students at the former Stephen the Great University, Mayor of Bran District, and served on city councils and various other positions. Before Governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor to Katie Arnold, before her resignation due to a pregnancy complication.

Cooper’s first action on his first day in Parliament was introducing an anti-terrorism bill aimed at preventing uprising (coup d’tat) attempts. According to Cooper, he has several other bills in the making that he plans to introduce at November’s first session.

Heimatian former Supreme Chancellor’s new beginning in Dracul

Saturday afternoon started off with disappointing news for citizens and allies of Heimatia, as the Colonial Empire announced their dissolution, effective October 25, 2021. According to various sources, the vision of the Empire had been lost as early as several months ago and was unable to be attained.

Former Supreme Chancellor Karl Frederick announced to Dracul Officials of his desire to continue his micronational political career in a micronation he was familiar with and could trust. Vice President Luke and others welcomed Frederick into Dracul, which he gladly accepted.

According to Vice President Luke, Frederick is one of the most professional icons of Heimatia and the easiest to work with. President Luke and Frederick have a history working together in conflicts, military academy training, and foreign affairs, which made the decision for the both of them all the easier to make.

“Karl has true dedication and professionalism, which is exactly something we welcome in Dracul.” said Vice President Luke to KBRN reporters. “Although I hate to see our closest ally dissolve, I’m glad we could offer him something instead of seeing him leave micronationalism.” he ended.

At this moment, it’s unclear of exactly what Frederick will take career wise. Sources indicate he could be looking into a Department Director position or even the newly elected Parliament. Frederick was one of the original founding fathers of Heimatia and has been in micronationalism for at least three years.

Dracul’s new recognition criteria takes effect today

Dracul’s Department of State approved their newly created recognition criteria on Monday afternoon. These discussions took place, due to the large number of micronations currently recognized by Dracul, which are rarely heard from, and many of which are unable to benefit Dracul in some sort of manner.

Some of the new changes were micronations not changing their government structure from 6 months down to 3 months at the time of application, micronations must being able to provide something in return for their formal recognition, and more details added to certain sections, in order to avoid confusion or assumption.

  1. The requesting micronation must be in existence for at least 1 year. The micronation must not have drastically changed their government style within the past 3 months of applying.
  2. The micronation must have a website or social media account, showing their leaders and citizenship information. If a micronation cannot prove they’ve existed from their claimed start date, they will be rejected.
  3. All micronations must make reasonable land claims. Dracul will not establish a treaty with a micronation that claims land of an entire city, state, county, or country. In addition, the micronation cannot claim an entire population without those people’s knowledge.
  4. The micronation must physically exist. Micronations that exist virtually, have fake history, fabricated citizenship numbers, or claim planets will not be approved.
  5. Dracul will not engage in diplomacy with micronations that partake in micronational warfare, or who claim war against UN recognized nations.
  6. Any micronation that displays immature behavior, operates as a simulation, uses copyrighted images as their own, or targets legally protected groups will not be approved.
  7. Dracul will not discuss diplomacy with micronations who operate in a Marxist, Leninist, Nazi, anarchist, or Anti-Semitism style.
  8. Leaders of a micronation must be real people. There may be animals within the royal family, however they cannot be a ruling party of the government.
  9. The highest ruling person must be of legal age to be recognized. This means anyone serving as a leader, monarch, or president, who is under the age of 17 will not be recognized (nations recognized before 10/11/21 are grandfathered in).
  10. The micronation must be able to benefit Dracul, whether it’d be about economy, physical trade, or physical/digital technology. Dracul will propose the same in return.

The new requirements are in effect today, but are put into practice tomorrow, October 12, 2021. Micronations who currently hold formal recognition with Dracul will be required to meet all the new criteria, unless specified otherwise.

Opinion: Micronational relations and when to establish them

I’m sure there are many micronations that’ve established relations with others, only to end up never speaking with them or benefiting from the formal recognition. How exactly did we get here is typically the question that’s asked once it’s noticed.

For many micronations, the desire to be recognized is a priority. It doesn’t matter if it’s a large or small, well known or just established micronation. The fact that someone tells another we recognize your existence has much power to it, because it gives the recognized nation a feeling of belonging and feeling less isolated.

While I can certainly understand the sentiment behind that philosophy, the fact remains that most relations in micronationalism are flat out pointless. It seems in most cases that micronations gain nothing from their recognition. In order to gain something, both need to have something to give, which can really include anything.

Every micronation has made this mistake at one point or another and Dracul is no exception. I spoke with our State Secretary earlier today, in which we spoke about this very topic. About 95% of our allies are never heard from, nor do we trade with them. At this point it’d be more beneficial to cut our ties than to have a long list of names that do nothing but sit on paper every year.

To get the full effect and enjoyment out of a newly created recognition, make sure you have something that can benefit each other. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you stay in contact often, to avoid growing distant from your new ally. If you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to gain the most.

Some may not care about the failures of these talking points; that’s fine with me, every micronation should operate how it wants to. But for those who wish to be successful not only with their nation but their relations, these are some pretty valid points in my opinion.

Ladonian Founder dies in automobile crash

The 3rd of October was a day of mourning in the Royal Republic of Ladonia, after news broke of their founder and current State Secretary Lars Vilks’s death.

According to various news sources, Vilks was traveling in a vehicle with bodyguards, when a tire on his vehicle exploded, causing the vehicle to lose control and crash into a truck. At this time it is unknown if foul play was a factor in the automobile crash.

Vilks, a well known Swedish artist in the macro world, had been under police protection since 2007, after individuals attempted to burn his house down, in retaliation to a religious drawing he had made on the Prophet Mohammed. Various other attempts on his life had been made, including a shooting at a Copenhagen, Denmark seminar, which left police officers killed.

A post was made on the 4th of October, to the Ladonian Government Twitter account, stating the following:

I would like to thank the countries & micro nations that have send there condoleances so far. Even facebook/whatsapp/instagram are mourning. The Ladonian Government will make sure that Lars his legacy will keep living on. Egyptians build pyramids. Lars build Nimis.

Ladonian Government Twitter account

Opinion: Micronations vs. Cults, and how they exist together

The subject is not discussed much among the community, however on an individual level it seems to be a growing topic, especially as the number of micronations grow every year. That topic is the difference between micronations and cults. While in general, most know the common difference between the two, but it can be difficult to decipher in the micronational realm.

Many already know the definition of a micronation; a self-declared nation, not formally recognized by the macronations that surround them. While the term ‘cult’ can vary in each situation, it normally has a negative connotation, defining a group of followers with a leader that most of the outside community doesn’t recognize nor approve of. One might now ask the question, “What is the difference, how are the two in existence together, and how is it an issue?”

Micronations exist, or should exist, for their governments and citizens to work together towards a common goal. There is typically a type of culture, patriotism/pride, uniqueness, and success goal. While all micronations may not have all of the above, they have a majority, or are in the process of working towards the others. So how do you know if a micronation is really a cult in disguise? Knowing the telltale signs to look for can easily discover them.

Cults that operate under the term ‘micronation’ typically lack professionalism, culture, uniqueness, and true long term goals. In addition, the cult typically puts as their primary focus the goal of money or physical resources. Of course micronations need to make money to continue operations for things such as websites and items for purchase, however cults normally only care about the money and not their citizens. In many cases the cult will tell their citizens, members, or followers that the only way to be respected and distinguished in their community is to pay so much money each month, to climb a hierarchy system.

In a nutshell, if the micronation doesn’t seem to care about the success of their citizens, the creation of a unique culture, and the progress of their nation within the community, there’s a good chance that micronation is in reality a ‘cult’. If citizens can’t gain anything, they tend to feel more like a servant than an actual citizen. When speaking with other micronationalists about the subject, most agreed that should someone feel they are not benefitting from the micronation on a personal level, that their best bet is to find a micronation that will support them.

While having a cult is not illegal in most cases, some may deem it to be a scam or more of a business than an actual micronation. If one should want to focus only on profits, they should classify themselves as a business, rather than a government and community for everyone.