Dracul celebrates 5 years; reflects on its past and future driven success

September 25th marks Dracul’s 5th birthday, with half a decade of success to be bragged about. The nation has been known for gaining attention since 2017, due to its professionalism and seriousness, especially in terms of government and military actions.

Chancellor Luke expressed his pride earlier today, in a video thanking those currently and formerly with Dracul, for their contributions, which helped Dracul get where it is today.

“It’s a huge deal because many micronations don’t make it past six months to a year.” said Chancellor Luke. “But when you have dedication and loyalty, it makes it so much easier to keep going.” he added.

To kick off today’s birthday bash, the Bran House (the Chancellor’s Residence/Office) is hosting a party at 6:30pm central, which will include citizens of Dracul, as well as other nations in close proximity. Food, music, Dracul trivia, and videos will be provided at the party.

By sunset, a live stream will take place from South Texas, where the annual birthday fireworks celebration will take place. Draculians will arrive in the fatherland by 8:30pm, where they will survey the land, take photos, and reacquaint themselves with the area, leading to the party ending at 9:00pm.

National flag poll passes among the people; Parliament vote next session

A new flag proposal presented to the citizens of Dracul in a poll, ended Wednesday showing a majority in favor of the new flag design, great seal, and national emblem.

66.7% of voters were in favor of the change, with a 33.3% wanting to maintain the current flag. The good news for those in favor of the current flag is that it won’t be going away. The Founder’s Committee voted in favor of keeping the flag as a historical flag, similar to that of the 13-star Betsy Ross flag of the United States.

Parliament is expected to officially adopt the flag at the next session, which most of Parliament has shown early support for it as well. It’s unclear however if there will be any debate about it.

The new flag was introduced by Chancellor and Founder Stephen Luke, as he felt the Welsh dragon was originally a poor choice in representing Vlad, as it was the incorrect dragon to do so. A type of dragon design called the Ouroboros was the actual dragon used in the Order of the Dragon.

Various other images, such as the crow with the Orthodox cross, as well as the spinning sun also stem from Wallachian historical images.

Once the flag is officially adopted, most of the flag production and sales will switch to the new flag, with the older design printed only on a made to order basis.

History Made: Dracul officially becomes a Constitutional Monarchy

BRAN DISTRICT – Dracul became a Constitutional Monarchy on Monday evening, as a vote of 3-2 put the proposal into effect. Various observers watched on YouTube and Discord as the session continued.

A week ago, Citizen Services sent out a survey to all citizens, asking for their input on adopting a ceremonial Prince into Dracul, for the purposes of Romanian history, Vlad’s legacy, and royal honors. The results came back with 83% in favor, 16% oppose.

Session began at 7:30pm sharp, with all Members of Parliament in attendance. Once old business was moved away from and the subject of the monarch system was proposed, two members voiced their reservations against the idea, citing it was not important at the moment and that other problems needed to be visited first, however no specific problems were mentioned by either of the two when asked.

Once Speaker Modena addressed their concerns, the voting began, which led to 3 in support, 2 abstained. The next subject of business was title changes for the President and Vice President, to the titles of Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. That vote passed 5-0.

With Dracul now being an crowned republic, the next step is for Parliament to designate specifics on the initial election process, as well as explaining the heir process, in the event the future Prince was to pass away or abdicate.

James I of Great Hanover

Currently, James I of Great Hanover, and the Founder and first King of Scone, is the Prince Candidate and expected to be decided upon by the Founder’s Committee and Parliament, within the next 3-6 months. This will allow His Majesty, as well as Dracul to become fully comfortable with one another, and to ensure both are satisfied with the position.

Parliament as of tonight is currently in recess, expected to meet again within two weeks.

This is currently a story in development. Details may be inaccurate and are subject to change.

Parliament to meet Monday evening to transition Dracul to a Monarchy

BRAN DISTRICT – The 2nd Parliament of Dracul will meet on September 5th at 7:30PM Central, to open session to discuss the transition from a Republic to a Monarchy.

This process will officially welcome in the new proposed Prince position, as well as make several constitutional changes, including changing the titles from President to Chancellor, making a new article designating “Head of Government”, and designating the duties and rights of the monarch.

This will be the 3rd session for Parliament this year, as most of the Parliament has been in recess since the beginning of the year. The September 5th session will be historical, as it will not only welcome in the ability to have a Prince, but it being the first time Dracul’s Government type has changed since its inception.

“We were discussing over the years if a Republic was the right thing for Dracul.” said President Stephen Luke. “It just made sense in the end, since Vlad III was royalty. It stood to reason that we should reflect the same.” he added.

Once the Constitutional changes have been made, the process for all Prince candidates will begin, which will last between 6-8 months, to ensure the proper candidate is picked. No decision has been made as of yet as to who the “best” choice is, as all will be evaluated equally by Parliament and the Founder’s Committee.

Various guests are expected to be in attendance, including Dracul citizens, military leaders, and foreign heads of state. The broadcast will begin promptly at 7:30PM central, streaming live on the Dracul YouTube channel.

All micronationalists are welcomed and encouraged to attend the live stream, as this will be a historic moment for a well-known micronation to change its government. More developments will be released after the changes have been made.

Dracul releases photos of its upcoming 2022 banknote series

BRAN DISTRICT – The Treasury Department of Dracul released a draft photo of the upcoming 2022 banknotes, set for release by October 2022. New banknotes have been on hold since last year, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, as well as a drop in sales, mostly due to the ongoing economic recession around the world.

Several differences will be seen with these new banknotes; other than a list of new icons presented on the notes, all currency will be green in order to cut ink costs and allow for a better brighter image. All banknotes up until now have been multicolored.

Dracul founders will be the new faces on the notes, since they devote much time to progressing the nation as as whole. It’s also an advertising opportunity for the founders, who’ve remained mostly out of sight when it comes to the micro community as a whole.

Another addition to this year’s series is the introduction to a new denomination; a 500 mark, which moved Vlad III from the 100 to the new 500. This allowed an additional person to be added to the banknotes as well.

Currency purchases will be available on draculgov.com when available. Currently, you can still purchase the 2021 series banknotes on the website.

The treasury department also urges people to be cautious when purchasing Draculian banknotes from others who are not part of the Dracul Treasury Department. Several websites have been observed in the past selling the notes, with no confirmation if they were legitimate.

All Dracul banknotes are watermarked and printed on specialty paper, not printer paper.

Recent poll shows Draculians in favor of Royal figurehead

BRAN DISTRICT – A national survey ended early Friday morning, showing an 83% majority of Dracul citizens in favor of adopting a ceremonial Prince to preserve Vlad’s history.

The idea was submitted to the Founder’s Committee from a close ally, who saw something missing from the community; a royal icon to continue the legacy and heraldry of Vlad Tepes, the national father of Dracul.

It’s not the first time that a monarchy has been discussed in Dracul; rather in 2019 chaos ended abruptly, as two individuals attempted to force a monarchy upon the Commonwealth. Since then the two individuals have departed, with one most recently being pardoned by President Luke.

“Dracul is based off a long royal dynasty in Romania.” said President Luke in a short news conference. “It was confusing to many how we could continue that royal legacy without having at least a ceremonial Prince to help us along the way.” he ended.

While a Prince is being considered now for adoption by the National Parliament, along with a transformation from Republic to Monarchy, Dracul will maintain its name, along with its current seals and government structure.

A few constitutional amendments will be required to legally hold the potential Prince to just a ceremonial role, as the plans are for them to operate in a diplomatic, historic, and caring way to citizens, foreign nations, and others. Other actions may include honors lists, state visits, MicroCon attendance, and many other opportunities.

Parliament is set to end their long recess in October, however there may be an emergency meeting called sooner, should Parliament members find this to be a matter needing an immediate response.

A candidate is under review by the Founder’s Committee, who was recommended by a Westarctican official, however that name is being withheld until Dracul officials make a final decision.

Citizen Services releases new survey for citizens, citing new potential changes

BRAN DISTRICT – Citizen Services released a survey on Monday night, which was emailed to citizens of North and South Dracul. The survey is said to bring significant changes to Dracul, which the community needs to voice their opinion on beforehand.

This survey is over the subject of a potential ceremonial figurehead, who’s main goal will be to represent the nation as Head of State, discuss diplomacy, bring video speeches to the citizens during special times, conduct ceremonies, and preserve the history of Vlad III.

This potential figurehead, specifically a Prince, will also represent the house’s bloodline that was ended shortly after Mihnea II the Turk’s death, which was in 1591. He was the last ruler of the House of Basarab.

There is a potential for a title change within the government, specifically for the President and Vice President, should this pass with the citizens and then the National Parliament. Chancellor and Vice Chancellor are the titles being proposed.

The potential monarch would have no governmental powers, be solely a representative of the nation and the royal bloodline, and continue the forgotten history of Wallachia, which is now present day Romania.

It is unknown if and when this plan will pass, or if someone has been nominated for the position. President Luke stated that he does not intend on accepting any nomination, mostly for the purposes of avoiding a conflict of interest and to avoid blurring the lines between royalty and government.

“We’re doing this now because for the longest time, we thought about the positive and negative impacts it could have on our community.“ said President Luke. “We feel the pros outweigh the cons. It didn’t make sense at the end to have Vlad as our icon, but have no royalty to represent him.” he ended.

Other changes that would occur include a government type, from Constitutional Republic to Constitutional Monarchy. If a citizen has not received a ballot for the survey, they should request one via email, at services@draculgov.com, providing their citizen number. Voting ends Friday at midnight, CDT.

Editor's Note: This is a developing story and article details may change throughout the development.

Dracul Updates: January-August 2022

January 8th: Dracul began the year with their first Presidential Inauguration, with Chief Justice Dennis Garza swearing in President Stephen Luke, via video conference. Vice President Connor Modena was absent due to work, however was sworn in by Chief Circuit Judge Whisper Williams two days later, via phone conference. Several micronations attended the historic event, such as West Who and Vishwamitra.

January 26th: Citizens of Bran District were relocated to either North or South Dracul State, after residency was removed from the district, due to Parliament designating the Capital as a government sector only. This decision was made after countless attempts to not only encourage citizenship activity, but operate a functioning city council failed. Citizens were given the option, however those who did not make a decision were automatically moved.

Draculians in Memory was launched on draculgov.com, in memory of those citizens and honorary members who passed away from previous years.

February 12th: President Stephen Luke delivered his first State of the Union address as President, mentioning notable people within the community, as well as Dracul’s accomplishments and future plans for the year.

February 20th: the Dracul Astronomical Research Agency began planning operations for the end of Summer 2022, by designating their agency’s missions and possible partners from other micronations. The goal was to create a database of solar system images taken from micronations.

March 23rd: Founding Mother Kassie Hood gives birth to her first daughter Delilah. Aaron Hood, late husband to Kassie Hood was added to the Draculians in Memory database.

April 12th: Dracul hosts a virtual state visit with Raphania, with head of state Charles Ross in attendance. The state visit lasted an hour.

May 9th: Dracul celebrated its annual May 9th victory parade, with a celebration in North Dracul. Several attended, with music, honors, and an announcement of upcoming events.

May 10th: Irish Federation of Breco declared its independence, marking a historic event of both nations. A treaty of mutual recognition and friendship were signed the same day.

May 29th: Parliamentary elections were held for North and South Dracul, with winners Paul Frye, Sarah Estrada, Bruce Cooper, and Kassie Hood.

June 22nd: North American Charter Organization (NACO) officially launched, providing data security and monitoring for its members.

July 2nd: Dracul hosted Austenasia in Dracul as a “state visit”, with William Willson, Prime Minister in attendance. A treaty of mutual recognition and friendship was also signed.

First European “MicroCon” to take place in Summer 2023

YPRES, BELGIUM – While there have been several forms of micronational conventions in Europe over the years, an official “MicroCon”, established by the organization’s committee has never been planned.

That is up until about a week ago, when committee organizers for the first time began planning for a first time European MicroCon for 2023, taking place in Ypres, Belgium.

While official dates and times have not yet been announced, we do know that Ladonia and Flandrensis are the organizers for this first time event. A few micronationalists have even mentioned intentions of attending both the North American and European conventions back to back.

Why Belgium you may ask? The main focus is on micronations from the Benelux, France and the UK so the location is in the center, but everyone is welcome. Ypres is also the most important city for the former British countries for World War 1 remembrance.

Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis, along with the Royal Family Princes

Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis, a micronationalist who has been in the community for over 10 years, has expressed his excitement about the event, citing not only will it be historical for Europe, but the first time a MicroCon has happened twice in one year.

Specific locations for the convention have not yet been announced, however a website is currently under development, which will provide dates, times, locations, and ticket prices.

MicroCon 2023 is taking place instead of 2024, due to the committee wanting to revert back to odd numbered years, since COVID threw the convention off track by a year.

This is a continuous coverage story. Details have been revised and updated due to errors. More details will be announced by KBRN as they are received.

MicroCon 2023 set to take place near “the Windy City”

An announcement for the location of MicroCon 2023 was made on Saturday, for the city of Joliet, Illinois. Queen Carolyn of Ladonia has been selected to host the event.

Dates and times have not yet been publicly announced, however it’s know that the target date is some time around the end of June.

Usually a large venue, such as a banquet hall or conference room are booked for these conventions. No word yet on if hotel rooms will be reserved for attendees.

President Luke of Dracul expressed his excitement for next year’s convention, stating his intentions on attending, and citing other Draculians in government living in Illinois, also determined to attend.

Ongoing health issues were the source for President Luke’s absence at this year’s convention.

Something new about this MicroCon is that a European version will launch just a few weeks after the American based one, giving European micronations the opportunity to attend a MicroCon; some for the first time.

Ladonia is expected to launch a website this week for the convention, providing more details on the event and its venue. Website will be posted here once available.

Editor’s note: This article has undergone multiple revisions since initial publication. Details changed and may continue to.