How Nicholas II is tied in with Dracul today

You may have noticed that every year, Dracul hosts the Nicholas II Memorial Service on July 17th. This may seem odd for a democracy to host, given that it has no current ties to any monarchist powers, other than Vlad Tepes, who is the “Uncle Sam” of Dracul.

Before Dracul’s launch on September 25, 2017, the two initial founders, Stephen Luke and Dmitri Howie decided to link their heritage into Dracul, to allow them to connect better with their newly created nation at the time.

While Stephen Luke’s connection was Romanian, based on his birth place and ancestry, Howie’s connections came mostly from Russia, through his father. Although Howie had no connection to the Romanov Dynasty, Howie felt it was more appropriate to connect Dracul to Imperial Russia, instead of today’s corrupt and former Soviet government.

While it’s clear that Nicholas II was not the strongest leader of Russia, his respect and love for his people is still something that is appreciated and respected to this day by many.

With both Luke and Howie experiencing communism in Russia and Romania, both felt Nicholas II was an icon to respect, given the fact that his life ended at the hands of communism. This is a major reason as to why Dracul does not establish relations with socialist or communist micronations; because it conflicts with Dracul founder beliefs.

In 2018, Nicholas II was made the Patron Saint of Dracul, which is why he now appears on Dracul’s banknotes, has his own holiday, and is respected within the community, along with “God Save the Tsar” hymn performed during certain Dracul holidays.

This year, the Nicholas II Memorial Service was cancelled due to a low in person attendance, along with ongoing health issues of President Luke, who was the host of the event. The holiday is expected to proceed in 2023.

Dracul Celebrates its own Victory Day with color guard parade and speech

FORT HOWIE – Many people around the world know May 9th as the day of victory for the Russians conquering Nazi Germany, however fewer know about Dracul’s own conflict in 2018, which resulted in a victory on the same exact day, without intention.

May 9th for Dracul celebrates the victory over the Dracul Confederacy, a rebel group which formed in early April 2018, which targeted religious peoples by Intelligence Director Al Fare.

While some of the incident was simulated as a means of understanding micronational war, Al Fare did in fact have a distaste for religious peoples, citing his atheism as his reasons.

The 2022 celebration kicked off in North Dracul, at the labyrinth location. The ceremony included a few attendees, as well as President Stephen Luke and Naval Commander Mark Millner.

Due to the ongoing macro conflict with Russia, the music was changed this year from Russian to Romanian and German. The event lasted about 35 minutes, under the hot Texas heat of 88F. Luckily for the color guard they came prepared with water and food, taking frequent breaks.

Due to COVID-19, there was not a Victory Day Parade in 2020. One did take place in 2021, however was attended by only a few, due to the continued scare from the pandemic.

This year’s event is also available on the KBRN YouTube Channel for those who could not attend in person. The broadcast is set to begin around 2:45-3:00pm, due to a few technical issues.

Dracul remembers the Chernobyl incident of 1986; Luke to give speech at 8pm

For the women working at the wool processing facility in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine, spring was always the busiest time of year. During the annual sheep shearing season, the plant processed over 21,000 tons of wool from farms all around the country. The months of April and May of 1986 were no different.

The employees worked 12-hour shifts sorting raw fleece heaps by hand before washing and baling them. The women, on the other hand, began to fall ill.

Some people experienced nosebleeds, while others experienced dizziness and nausea. When the authorities arrived to investigate, they discovered radiation levels of up to 180mSv/hr in the factory. In many regions of the world today, somebody exposed at these levels would exceed the entire annual dose considered safe in less than a minute.

However, Chernihiv was thought to be well outside the hurriedly erected exclusion zone around the crippled plant, and radiation readings elsewhere in the town had indicated it to have relatively low levels of radiation.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was 50 miles away. On April 26, 1986, the power plant’s reactor number four exploded, exposing the core and releasing clouds of radioactive material into the surrounding area as a fire burnt out of control.

Sweden was the first nation to detect radiation within their borders, which quickly gave up the attempt to cover up the disaster on the Soviet Union’s part. Many nations, including the United States began to watch and monitor their own airspace, as it was feared that radiation could spread as far as the California coast.

Throughout the investigation, and up until the fall of the Soviet Union, the number of reported deaths remained at 50, however the United Nations believed those numbers to be much higher.

In an attempt to clean up as much as possible, both volunteers and conscripts were sent in to handle the radiation issue. These people – who became known as “liquidators” due to the official Soviet definition of “participant in liquidation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident consequences” – were given a special status that meant they would receive benefits such as extra healthcare and payments. Official registries indicate that 600,000 people were granted liquidator status.

President Luke is set to give a speech reflecting on the disaster this evening at 8pm central, located on the KBRN YouTube channel.

Dracul to kick off February with Founders’ Day holiday

Contributing to a micronation isn’t the easiest when it gets down to the details which make one successful. Most founders of other nations will know that from personal experience.

Founders’ Day is a new Draculian holiday, created by executive order, which is making its debut tomorrow, February 5th. The purpose of the holiday is to unite the community together to honor our founders and get to know them better on a personal level.

If anything, socializing with those within a community is one of the key components of making activity remain solid.

Current Founding Persons are Stephen Luke, Dmitri Howie, Mark Millner, Kassie Bushong, Whisper Williams, Connor Modena, and Scott Jeanes. While Luke and Howie are the two primary founders, the others were added due to their contributions and physical activity within the community.

While there aren’t any physical events planned for this year at least, that may change as citizenship and activity begin growing once more in the Houston area.

Citizens and foreign diplomats are encouraged to stop by the Dracul discord, where many of the founders can be found to say hello and socialize.