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.

Is Dracul a Monarchy? Who is President? – Here are all the questions about Dracul’s Govt’ transition answered.

Source: Hansjörg Keller via Unsplash

Overview:

The recent transition of government style has undoubtedly been a great change to Dracul – The recent establishment of the Prince, and the rebranding of the executive branch has likely been the most noticeable. In this article we will showcase all the changes to be expected, and how they will change the government.

The New Ceremonial Monarch:

The recent establishment of position of Prince of Dracul has led many to believe that nation had shifted to a complete-monarchy. Despite the confusion, the Draculian Senate made it abundantly during session(s) that the newly established position (put into effect by SB42) would reflect the Prince’s power as being solely ceremonial. An outline of exact powers and duties has not yet been publicised, though the Senate has shed light on a few:

  • Award & bestow Royal titles
  • Become Dracul’s new Head-of-State
  • Attend Dracul events
  • Provide guidance as a Senior Member of Dracul’s leadership

The Executive Branch & Federal Government:

The Government of Dracul has remained largely unchanged since the adaptation, though one major change that everyone is bound to notice is the renaming of two-former highest ranking Draculian’s.

  • The Senate Bill 43, passed on Sept. 5th, withdrew the former titles of President and Vice-President.
  • SB43 indicated that, if passed, would convert President to Chancellor and VP to Vice-Chancellor.
  • Dracul now officially identifies as a “Constitutional Monarchy” with a strictly-ceremonial Prince.
  • The position of Prince will withhold no governmental power, and will be strictly a ceremonial position.

Conclusion:

Looking at the flip side of Dracul’s history of rejecting the idea of a Monarchy, Dracul now identifies as one. Though being strictly a “figurehead”, it is heavily anticipated the change will not only spark activity, but turn a fresh page on Draconian history.

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3 arrested for burglarizing Dracul affiliated shopping mall

HOUSTON, TX – Three individuals were arrested in a burglary at the Almeda Mall near Almeda-Genoa early Wednesday morning.

According to sources, the individuals broke through a store’s back receiving door, then made their way into the mall, where they began breaking into multiple stores. The alarm system alerted on site security and police to the situation.

Apart from a jewelry store heist, a shoe store and mens clothing store were also targeted. Several windows and walls were damaged, in order for the individuals to gain access to gate restricted stores.

Harris County Precinct 8 deputies said one of the suspects pointed a gun at a wrecker driver, once he drove by and noticed the situation. One of the suspects drove off in a truck, however the other three were found in the area.

Almeda Mall is a frequented mall among Draculians, as well as the employer for several citizens. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Chancellor Luke’s health issues discovered; treatment beginning immediately

BRAN DISTRICT – Several micronationalists know of Chancellor Stephen Luke’s ongoing health symptoms, which began in May of 2020. Initial symptoms included, headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, stomach issues, and mental confusion.

Two years after constant debilitating symptoms, an ultrasound examination last week discovered that liver issues were the contributing cause, along with excessive acid in the stomach. An endoscopic procedure was carried out earlier this morning, showing an up close image of the damage.

“The issues have severely caused an interruption to my day-to-day life.” said Chancellor Luke. “It’s one of the many reasons I was unable to attend MicroCon 2022.” he ended.

Over the past two years, the Chancellor has been through regular doctors and specialists, including ENTs, neurologists, optometrists, and now gastroenterologists.

A diet change, new medication, and possible future operations should correct the issue, however we won’t know until more results come back from this morning’s endoscopic procedure, where several images were taken.

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.

Dracul hosts virtual state visit with Obscurium

Chancellor Stephen Luke and President Zar Antonov met via video call on Monday at noon, to begin diplomatic relations and learn more about one another. The state visit lasted about an hour.

Throughout the video chat, President Antonov provided general information about Obscurium, while Chancellor Luke gave details about Dracul.

President Antonov expressed great detail about his misfortunate visit to the United States, where he was rejected for reasons regarding proper documentation. Once arriving in Germany, police gave him a less than friendly welcome, including an interrogation over his equipment and his clothes.

“They treated me like a criminal.” said President Antonov. “I tried explaining what a micronation is, but it only seemed to make them more suspicious of me.” he added. He was later released without charges, but is seeking legal counsel on what he said was a violation of his rights.

Other topics of discussion included Obscurium’s reasons for forming, including a disagreement with German politics, as well as a new beginning for Antonov.

After the virtual state visit, the two continued their discussion in private, trading experiences in each other’s countries. Obscurium said they plan on visiting Dracul, however they’re not sure on when they may return to the U.S.

New National Imagery proposed; nation to begin voting this Monday

Draculians will once again this month find themselves in a (virtual) voting booth on Monday, as the Founder’s Committee of Dracul has proposed a new national flag, Great Seal, and Emblem. The change was introduced by Chancellor Stephen Luke in a Saturday meeting.

“The founders and I agreed that some of the imagery needed change, mostly for the reasons of historical accuracy and a fresh look.” said Chancellor Luke. “Our dragon initially chosen in 2017 was not the dragon of the Royal Dragon Court, of which Vlad II and III were members of.” he added.

Apart from an improper dragon, various other images of Wallachian (Romanian) history were added, including a bird with an Orthodox Cross in his beak, representing the religion of the region, and a spinning sun, which represents the Region of Maramures.

The white, red, and blue tricolor is being maintained, with a yellow side being added for the new proposed national emblem. While the current flag may have inaccuracies on it, with respect to Dracul’s Royal Dragon Court, the flag will not be dissolved, but instead be considered a historic/ceremonial flag, similar to that of the U.S. 13-star flag, the Betsy Ross.

Dracul will send ballots to citizens via email on Monday, with voting ending on Wednesday at midnight, CDT. Should the vote pass, it will then go to the National Parliament for final approval and immediate adoption. Citizens who need to update their information on file can do so by accessing the Citizen Portal.

New proposed national flag, with the new proposed additions
The new proposed Great Seal, with the new proposed additions

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.