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.

Another microcon in the books; concludes with new members

LAS VEGAS – Another well planned MicroCon proved successful for its organizers, as well as its attendees this year, as MicroCon concluded today, marking another one in the books for the bi-yearly event.

Approximately 20 micronations were in attendance, from all parts of the globe, including Europe, not just the United States region. Several age groups were also there, including teens, young adults, and senior citizens.

For many of the new attendees, this was the first time meeting other micronationalists, as well as receiving in person media attention. According to the attendees, the event went as planned, with many satisfied with the results.

The event started on the evening of the 5th of August, with a few awards being issued, but mostly as a formal dinner for the diplomats and heads of state. A grand opening for new micronationalists, and a reunion for others who hadn’t seen one another in years.

The media were said to have been respectful towards the heads of state, as well as towards micronationalism in general. Some media outlets have received backlash from the community over the years, due to their biased and odd ways of painting micronationalism in the public view.

An early day awaited the participants, as the convention began as early as 8AM for several.

Following the reception dinner, August 6th was the main event, with several presentations given by various micronations on various topics.

This event was an all day event, with more media and guests present, learning more about micronationalism and one another. Discussions ranged from a micronational hall of excellence to climate change.

Slowjamastan made its grand appearance, making a mark in not only its own history books, but the community’s as well. Kevin Baugh meeting with Randy Williams was an event, which both had been planning for quite some time.

Sunday afternoon concluded MicroCon 2022, with a bowling tournament between the heads of state and diplomats. A fun way for those to come together on the last day and share their goodbyes.

The next convention is planned for 2023, due to the organizers wanting to revert back to odd numbered years. The location has been set for Chicago.

MicroCon 2022 begins today with diplomatic reception

LAS VEGAS – Many micronationalists began arriving in Las Vegas last night, especially for those interested in attending Grand Duke Travis’s Welcome Party, which took place at his local residence.

The rest of the attendees arrived in the early morning hours from red-eye flights, prepared for today’s first official event, which is the diplomatic reception. The reception is from 6pm to 10pm, at the Red Rock Ballroom. A cash bar with light appetizers will be available, with the option for attendees to set up their display tables if they haven’t already done so.

Saturday, August 6th welcomes in the main event, also taking place at the Red Rock Ballroom, which is a business/semi-formal event. Certain attendees will give 10 minute presentations about micronationalism, with coffee breaks between each presentations. Lunch will take place from 12pm to 1pm.

A gala dinner and awards banquet awaits the attendees in the evening, from 7pm to 11pm, which will consist of a buffet dinner. There will be a cash bar and a keynote speaker. Attendees will have the opportunity to present awards and honors to their fellow micronationalists.

The convention will end on August 7th, with a bowling tournament taking place at the Sam’s Town bowling center from 10am to 1pm. A great way for micronationalists to continue discussions with one another and strengthen relations.

Sources say that the next MicroCon will take place in 2023, due to the convention organizers wanting to revert back to odd numbered years. The location has not yet been revealed, however we do know that it will also take place within the United States borders.

President Luke gives speech for those attending MicroCon 2022

HOUSTON – President Luke gave a short speech for those attending MicroCon 2022, due to his expected absence from the event, due to ongoing health issues and a busy work schedule.

Dracul was unable to find an available representative in the President’s place, so Dracul will not be attending the convention this year, either.

In President Luke’s speech, he addressed the importance of MicroCon for the micronational community, along with reasons for its importance. Other topics spoken on were professionalism, respect, and the news media’s interpretation of micronationalism.

MicroCon 2019, which took place in Hamilton, Canada. Many of those attendees are expected at Vegas 2022’s convention as well.

Most who read about micronationalism in the news typically see biased articles, describing the community as odd in weird in different variations. President Luke felt it was necessary to speak about these topics, since the community desires to be taken seriously.

The President finished his speech by wishing all of those attending much success in their educational and recruiting mission with non-micronationalists attending. While Dracul may not be present at the convention, several of their friends and mutually recognized nations will, which will mostly lead to Dracul being discussed at the convention.

The President stated he intends on attending the next convention in 2024.

Podcast to host Flandrensis’s Grand Duke on Awards Topic

Micro Improvement, a widely known podcast, hosted by Connor Modena and Stephen Luke, is set to host its next podcast this Friday, with Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis.

Season 2, Episode 1 will discuss micronational awards and medals. The episode aims to provide education on creating awards, ideas on when to issue them, and how to avoid them losing value.

The episode was suggested by Archduke Arthur of Duckionary, citing his views for a discussion needing to take place.

Most members in Micronationalism will tell you the community is filled with awards, however receiving them from some nations is not that challenging.

Several micronations have been critiqued over the years, with some stating that their awards are issued too frequently, for reasons many feel are not award worthy.

The episode and hosts do not plan on criticizing specific nations, but do plan on addressing that area, along with ways to develop well respected awards.

The show will air on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple podcasts, August 5th at 7pm central.

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’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.