DARVIN – The third Parliament of Dracul voted in a 2-0-1 decision on Sunday evening, to gift the Las Verdes Colinas territory to the Grand Emirate of Raphania.
Las Verdes, before it was made into a Draculian territory in 2021, was an unclaimed section of land in the Arizona macro city of Gilbert, originally controlled by Grand Emir Charles Ross.
Throughout its time under Dracul’s control, the land remained mostly abandoned, mostly due to a lack of nearby Dracul citizens.
Ross requested the land in May of 2022, due to his nearby physical presence, and due to the fact that the territory was never functional under Dracul.
“We felt there was no reason to hang onto land we did not utilize.” said President Luke. “Raphania is trying to further relations with us and desires more land. We’re doing our part as a good friend by assisting with this.” he added.
Breco Territory was the first territory to leave Dracul’s control, after Grand Marshal Scott Jeanes made the decision to declare independence, back in April of 2022.
There has been no public mention of Dracul desiring any new land claims as this time.
BRAN DISTRICT – President Stephen Luke of Dracul, along with Prime Minister William Wilson of Austenasia, are set to meet on July 2nd in Bran District, Dracul, for a formal, in person signing of a treaty of mutual recognition.
The news was made on the morning of June 23rd, as an event was added to the Dracul Discord server.
This treaty comes after Dracul made foreign policy changes limiting micronations from applying for mutual recognition.
“I spoke with Emperor Jonathan several months ago about mutual recognition, before our new policy went into effect, so we will be honoring our initial discussion.” said President Luke.
This treaty will create new relations and add to the additional ones of other well known micronations, such as Westarctica, Flandrensis, West Who, Aigues-Mortes, and others.
It’s unknown at this time if other treaties will follow, such as trade or defense treaties.
A state visit and tour of Dracul will take place as well, before the treaty signing begins.
Stephen Luke and Scott Jeanes formed NACO for the purposes of creating an organization of micronations that share technology, intelligence, and cyber security information. Most importantly, the members of NACO will aid one another in the event that one is under a cyber-attack, such as hacking, and attempt to prevent a data leak of personal and/or confidential information.
“I think it’s crucial in a day and age such as this, that we have a structured, serious organization that’s willing to bring in other micronations who want to take cyber security and technology sharing seriously.” said President Stephen Luke of Dracul. “If we share technology with others, it will help improve other micronations as well.” he added.
While NACO has a military style to it, especially along the lines of defense against cyber-attacks, it is not the same thing as the macro-NATO organization. Some critics have been quick to judge NACO, calling it a “NATO copy-cat”, however those claims have been ignored by the founders of the organization, with the founders advising that it isn’t a war organization.
“We will be very selective on who is admitted into NACO, ensuring that all applicants meet all of our requirements” said Scott Jeanes, leader of Breco. “If we feel that professionalism and dedication cannot be achieved by a NACO member, they will be removed by either the founders or by a majority vote.” he added.
Last week the Grand Emirate of Raphania was admitted into the organization as the first official new member. Other members are currently pending approval as the organization begins building its first website, release date TBA.
HOUSTON – Seeing a President wearing a parking enforcement hat is rarely ever seen, given that most of the time Presidents are in suits and assist the communities at their desks.
President Luke began his newest and most successful campaign on Monday afternoon, suiting up for his first shift as a volunteer handicap enforcement officer for the City of Houston.
The decision was made about two weeks ago, when President Luke personally noticed the amount of violations at just his job alone.
“It’s beyond ridiculous.” said President Luke. “Disabled parking has been abused, even before United States President Clinton signed it into law in the 1990s and it’s only been getting worse.” he added.
Equipped with a citation book, warning cards, a camera, pepper spray, and a radio, the President hopes he can not only teach valuable lessons to those who violate, but educate those as to why these parking spaces are so important.
Right now in Houston, the fine for violating a disabled space is $500 USD. As of Wednesday evening, President Luke has issued 16 citations, resulting in a total of $8,000 in fines. Some citations will be dismissed, especially when issued to a disabled person who forgot to hang their placard.
Those who refuse to pay their fine risk having their vehicles booted and their credit affected. With the position being a volunteer community initiative, President Luke will spend most of his days off from work performing these duties.
PARLIAMENT – Founding Mother Kassie Hood of South Dracul, along with Paul Frye of North Dracul were sworn into Parliament this week, as the first two Members of Parliament.
The new members were voted in approximately two weeks ago, as a special election was held, due to Parliament losing a majority of their members, after the Breco Independence.
Hood was sworn in on the evening of June 7th, with Frye following on the evening of June 8th. The two have never worked closely before, however both have expressed their desires of restoring the Draculian Parliament, with frequent attendance and positive laws.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be back in Parliament, where my associates and I can bring back the good days of Dracul.” said M.P. Frye, ND. “I look forward to working alongside my new associates, as well as my former partner, M.P. Estrada.” he added.
Sarah Estrada, Bruce Cooper, and David McGee are still awaiting their swearing in ceremonies and are expected to take place at any time between this week and next.