Dracul’s Foreign Policy reminder for foreign officials and governments

The Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Executive Office of the President, would like to remind all foreign officials and governments that Dracul has a strict policy on contacting high leadership, such as the President and Vice President.

Prior to the end of last year, Dracul made a policy stating that in order to contact the President/Vice President, that contact must first be made with the President’s personal secretary, his cabinet, or the Secretary of State.

The President had a high volume of email and messenger chats earlier this week and asked that all be reminded of this policy, as not only is he recovering from a recent medical issue, but the fact that his work load is higher than usual.

This policy helps organize contact with other foreign officials. When the President is overwhelmed by unsolicited emails and requests for recognition, these messages may become lost or forgotten about. While some may feel their need for contact is urgent, it may in actuality not need the attention of the President or Vice President.

To make proper contact or request a meeting with the President/Vice President, typically for urgent matters, contact information is provided below:

We certainly appreciate your understanding in this matter and thank you in advance for your respect to our policy.

Bran House Operations Director

Bruce Cooper – bcooper@draculgov.com

President’s Secretary

Katelynn Arnold – karnold@draculgov.com

Chief of Staff

Scott Jeanes – sjeanes@draculgov.com

Secretary of State

Valeriano Anibarro – vanibarro@draculgov.com

President Luke rushed to hospital; suspected heart attack

HOUSTON – President Luke was rushed to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital yesterday evening, with complaints of chest pain, arm tingling, shortness of breath, and an elevated heart rate of 115.

A 911 call was made by the President from a nearby mall, which resulted in medics running an EKG scan, which showed unusual activity with the President’s heart.

Upon arrival, the President was triaged, however due to an overwhelming medical system, remained in the waiting room for up to three hours before an x-Ray and blood test were taken.

The President ended up walking out after almost a seven hour wait, without being given a room or additional attention for a suspected heart attack.

“The medics said I had a suspected heart attack, yet the hospital treated me like I had a paper cut and put me at the bottom of the list.” said President Luke. “No updates were given, no fluids; it was a terrible experience.” he added.

The President made the decision to leave, after his symptoms began disappearing. He did state however that should his symptoms return, that he would return, but to an urgent care instead.

This is the first time the President has experienced heart related issues, or symptoms of this nature. It is unknown if his family history has these issues.

Currently the President is resting at home, taking a few days off from his duties to fully recover.

Opinion: A different way of explaining micronationalism to others

I think we’ve all had an issue at one point or another, explaining micronationalism to those who don’t belong to the community, let alone who’ve never heard of it before. In many instances the concept is compared to roleplay and make-believe.

You can try explaining in many ways, including statements such as, “We have the right to claim independence”, or “America did it from Great Britain, so we can too.” and so on and so forth, however those statements typically leave you with eye brow raising individuals, or self-declared scholars, giving references to international laws, the United Nations, recognition requirements, etc.

I have a close friend who just couldn’t wrap his head around the idea of micronationalism. I would send our news, images, events, and other things to him, mainly due to the fact that he was a citizen and joined out of respect to our friendship. The issue with that was the fact that he joined something he didn’t understand, something I feel many micronational citizens do.

What started as a simple conversation ended in debate and frustration towards one another. I’d explain how micronationalism was more of a political statement than an ideology, but he’d find ways to pick apart my rebuttals. After explaining micronations having a purpose and reason for existing, he began to come around, using references to better understand the whole picture of this unique community.

“Ah, so in concept, it is kinda like the Masonic lodge, which had its own membership protocols and rites and rituals and oaths… and a particular ideology among its members who each had their own role to play in the transformation of the world, according to the communal will of its members?” my friend asked. I had honestly never thought of this comparison before, but after thinking it over, it was accurate to me.

“Just taking the playbook from macro-nations” I replied. “So in essence, the Masonic lodge was a first micronation. Of course they couldn’t call themselves any kind of nation, for fear of the kings.” my friend stated. His understanding began to take shape more and more as the conversation went on.

I was pretty glad to finally hear an explanation that could finally not be argued, as far as I was concerned. Micronationalism is such a unique part of life, that it can be difficult to explain it to those who’ve never fully experienced it. Its concept isn’t explained on the news, in schools, or any other area for that matter. In order to understand, you have to WANT to understand it.

“The opinions I at first expressed about micronations being perceived by the public as roleplaying games could actually be quite useful from a secretive revolutionary standpoint, I suppose.” my friend stated. “Forming alliances with like-minded micronations could be equivalent to the different lodges associated with the Masonic grand lodge, I’d suppose. Of course this association with historical Freemasonry would only apply if there were a shared revolutionary goal as was historically true of the Freemasons. The analogy does help me to comprehend this otherwise quite nebulous subject.” he ended.

Not everyone may agree with this approach, or this view on explaining micronationalism, but in my case it certainly helped ease the understanding and void out the previous mockery and laughing I had received. I’m sure there are even better ways of explaining it, however given the fact that this community has a hard time being received in a positive or serious light, there can never be too many ways of explaining who we are and what we are doing.

Dracul-Austenasia visit results in mutual recognition and friendship

BRAN DISTRICT – The nations of Dracul and Austenasia came together late this morning, for an official in person state visit, while battling the rain and a few technical issues. A heavy rainstorm began as the two heads of state arrived, however quick moving and an umbrella allowed the event to proceed on time.

Prime Minister William Wilson of Austenasia, along with President Luke of Dracul met around 11:00 this morning and carpooled to Bran District, the Capital of Dracul.

The state visit started with both dignitaries walking into Bran House, pausing for their national anthems, then proceeded to sign a treaty of mutual recognition and friendship. Both expressed their appreciation for the treaty, while a phone call was made to His Imperial Majesty Jonathan I.

A tour was conducted of Dracul, showing the Prime Minister all of what Dracul has to offer, including its newly built wildlife preserve in North Dracul.

After departing Bran District, the two heads of state went on a tour of Dracul, with President Luke explaining each area. A gift of gratitude was given to Prime Minister Wilson for his travels to Dracul, resulting in food, water, and a few Draculian memorabilia items.

Next Saturday, a visit from Zar Antonov from Obscurium will take place at 2pm central.

Dracul gifts last territory, Las Verdes Colinas to Raphania

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.

Dracul-Austenasia set to sign treaty of mutual recognition

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.

Dracul-Breco launch new continental organization

The Commonwealth of Dracul and Irish Federation of Breco launched a new organization last week, named the North American Charter Organization or NACO for short.

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.

President Luke starts new campaign; fights handicap abusers

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.

First two Members of Parliament sworn in this week

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.

Voter turnout the highest in Draculian history during 2022 Special Election

Elections have been a significant part of Dracul since 2018, especially when it comes to the first Presidential Election, which was held last year. Voter participation is important for a democracy, due to the fact that the people are the ones who decide the future.

On average, only about 20 citizens register to vote, either due to their age or disinterest in elections. But even with 20 registered to vote, approximately 15 usually cast a ballot. The 2022 Special Elections however showed an unusual change, as 16 out of the 18 who registered ended up casting a ballot.

The Presidential Election of 2020 resulted in about 20 ballots casted, however, that was mainly due to that being Dracul’s first Presidential Election. When it comes to voting in midterms and for new Members of Parliament, those elections are typically some of the lowest when compared to this election.

It’s unknown as to why so many voters actually participated in this election, especially since all candidates ran unopposed. No one can argue though that the turnout was the best on record, which is certainly a blessing.

“We all know these candidates who are running unopposed are going to win, however our form of government requires ballots to be casted regardless.” said President Stephen Luke. “It’s part of the civic duty of a Draculian to cast ballots anyways, so we’re glad more than 80% performed their duties.” he added.

Voter Registration Certificates, which are issued to those who register to vote, expire every two years. Registering to vote is typically only open in election years, due to the fact that registering during non-election years will leave voters with an unused, expired card. Registering to vote is quick, free, and easy.

With more activity starting to kick back up within the Commonwealth, we can only hope that the number of registered voters, along with those who actually vote continue to rise, especially in future elections with actual competition.