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5 people were killed and 60 were hospitalized in a crash located in the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sunday morning. Two victims are in critical condition, all of the injured victims are expected to survive.

Kalliergo I update: The mission is making ‘significant’ progress after nearly a year since launching according to Emperor Anthony I.

Peach Plant in Saspearian apart of the Kalliergo I mission.

Weather Forecast: Today’s high temperature is 75°F (21°C) and low temperature is 42°F (6°C). Monday and Wednesday will have some cloudy weather, Thursday and Friday are expected to have some rain, Tuesday and Saturday will have sunny weather.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: AP News and BrainyQuote

2023 Saspearian General Election Results

The 2023 Saspearian General Election began on January 27 and ended at midnight Unueco Time on January 29, which saw a turnout of 71% (10/14), an increase of 31 points from the turnout of 40% (6/15) in the 2021 General Election, and the highest turnout in an election in Saspearian history. All six seats in parliament were up for election. The election was one seat short of having candidates, which is one seat in the province of Logejo, which is scheduled to be filled in through a special election or an appointment soon, according to Emperor Anthony I. The last general election for parliament was held two years ago, in January 2021, which had three seats up for election. There has since been an increase in the number of seats in parliament due to legislation drafted since then allowing for more expansion and the annexation of Veranderen, which would eventually become a province by an agreement in parliament, thus leading to the parliament gaining one seat, though it was not technically considered as a province by constitutional definition prior.

The ruling party prior to the election, the Saspearian National Party, has seen a shift in control over parliament. In January 2021, the SNP had 2 out of the three seats, and the party was the only one having representation in Parliament from April through October 2021. The Moderate party, led by Hunt Powell, would gain one seat, though it was short-lived, and the Socialist Party (now Technocratic-Socialist Party) gained a seat in December 2021. The Former Prime Minister, Rory McPhail, established the Conservative Nationals Party, which, similarly to the Moderate Party, would be short-lived. Rory McPhail has since renounced his citizenship from Saspearian.

Before the election, the structure of parliament comprised three seats by the SNP and two seats by the Technocratic-Socialist Party. There are two seats in both Logejo and Tremota, one in Veranderen and one in the Capital, Unueco. This election marked the first general election in Saspearian’s history not to have any candidates running from the ruling party. Four out of the six candidates were members of the Technocratic-Socialist Party, which has recently experienced an increase in membership and has become the ruling party. The two other candidates were independents.

Logejo

CandidateVotes
✓ Thomas Jacobs (Independent)7 (70%)
3 votes (30%) were cast in abstention.
100% Reporting | Final Results

Tremota

CandidateVotes & Percentage
✓ Matthew Laptev (Independent)6 (60%)
✓ Alice Malcolm (Technocratic-Socialist Party)*5 (50%)
Connor Anderson (Technocratic-Socialist Party)4 (40%)
* (asterisk) – Denotes incumbent
1 vote (10%) was cast in abstention.
100% Reporting | Final Results

Veranderen

CandidateVotes & Percentage
✓ Erzi Ambriz (Technocratic-Socialist Party)9 (90%)
1 vote (10%) was cast in abstention.
100% Reporting | Final Results

Unueco

CandidateVotes & Percentage
✓ Ezekiel Ensor (Technocratic-Socialist Party)*9 (90%)
* (asterisk) – Denotes incumbent
1 vote (10%) was cast in abstention.
100% Reporting | Final Results

The Technocratic-Socialist Party has won the majority of seats in parliament with three seats, and the Independents have gained two seats.

Note: Incumbent Member of Parliament, Ezekiel Ensor, represented Logejo prior to the election.

Saspearian to host the 2023 MOF Games

On November 19, it was announced by the President of the Micronational Olympic Federation, Tomáš Falešník, that Saspearian would be hosting the 2023 Micronational Olympic Federation Games after a vote among the member states of the MOF was held in the Second Round of selection for host nation between Saspearian and New Athens. Saspearian narrowly won the nomination with 14 votes to New Athens, who had 12 votes. In the first round, New Athens was in the lead and advanced with 13 votes, Saspearian was second and advanced with 8 votes, and Forestia was third and eliminated with 5 votes. 26 votes were cast in total in both rounds.

The logo for the 2023 MOF Games.

Background

Since becoming a member of the Micronational Olympic Federation in 2020, Saspearian has participated in the 2021 and 2022 Games and has previously placed a bid for the nomination of the 2022 games earlier this year. Saspearian advanced through the first round but was eliminated in the second round and received 5 votes in both rounds. Subsequently, Wegmat became the host of the games. Saspearian placed a bid for the 2022 MOF Games on October 17 after a proposition passed through a 4-0 vote by the Parliament of Saspearian for the host nation nomination.

Host Nation Nomination Results

First Round (November 3 – November 15)Votes & Percentage
✓ New Athens13 (50%)
✓ Saspearian8 (30.7%)
Forestia5 (19.2%)
81% (26 votes) Turnout
Second Round (November 15 – November 19)Votes & Percentage
✓ Saspearian14 (53.8%)
New Athens12 (46.1%)
81% (26 votes) Turnout

Saspearian Celebrates five years since Independence

Five years ago, on October 20, 2017, the seven members of the Saspearian Congress, including Emperor Anthony I, met and signed a Declaration of Independence from the United States of America. The document also brought about Saspearian’s establishment, which marks the nation’s half-decennial anniversary.

Establishment & Emperor Anthony I Era

Before the Saspearian Declaration of Independence was signed. Around August through early October 2017, Anthony I started to announce the creation of Saspearian by creating a government website and eventually securing an alliance with Astain, who would turn out to be a significant ally for Saspearian in the earlier days. Saspearian also became a member of the OToC (Organization Treaty of Countries) and has remained the last surviving former member of the organization. Anthony I had a vision of Saspearian as one that ultimately made the world a better place due to the political polarization that the United States had experienced during this time.

Emperor Anthony I addresses the nation regarding the Saspearian Declaration of Independence.

The Emperor Anthony I Era started shortly after Saspearian declared independence; Anthony I was inaugurated as the Emperor of Saspearian and now has held a five-year reign as the Emperor. In addition, the Saspearian Congress had dissolved due to inactivity, becoming an Absolute Monarchy. During this time, Saspearian was also involved with the YouTube Sector, which the OToC was part of, the Google+ Sector, and the MicroWiki sector to a lesser extent than today. In 2018, Saspearian would be banned from the Micronational Assembly due to the land having claimed only a bedroom at the time. However, Saspearian would expand that same year with the annexation of the Backyard Territory. Saspearian would face the Ratican-Saspearian war in May 2018. The war was called to end due to the distance between Saspearian and the Ratican Empire, and the Treaty of Bedlamsan was signed, ending the war.

In 2019, Saspearian rejoined the Micronational Assembly due to a new policy for member states at the time. Saspearian gained a second citizen known as Jaiden D., and since then, the total number of citizens has increased to around 20 citizens. Saspearian faced the August Crisis, which was a diplomatic and political crisis and had led to the banning of Saspearian from the MA due to reporting a delegate in the MA due to behavior and the misconception of Saspearian having hostility towards Würbec, who had declared war on Saspearian. However, it was disagreed as a war by Saspearian. Saspearian would have a flag contest held that year, which has remained unchanged since then.

Flag of Saspearian (2019-Present)

Although Saspearian had little online presence until the early 2020s, it was an active nation. Physical newspapers were made in a series of SBC New’s-own weekly publications from 2017 through 2019. Even slightly predating Saspearian’s official establishment, with the first edition being published on October 1, 2017, and every Sunday until the last edition was made on December 29, 2019. Saspearian also became a member of the Grand Unified Micronational as an observer state on August 11, 2019, and rejoined the Micronational Assembly as a member state on February 24, 2020, which ended the August Crisis. In 2020, Saspearian joined the Cupertino Alliance as a member state. Many diplomatic relations were established that same year, and the Saspearian Constitution was drafted in November and December 2020, which would lead to the transition of the government system to a Constitutional Monarchy. Saspearian would also expand with the annexation of the province of Tremota, then known as Owens, and the annexation of the territory of Saspeariard Illinois.

Modern Era

The Saspearian Constitution went to effect on January 16, 2021, which marked the end of the Emperor Anthony I Era and the beginning of the Modern Era. Saspeariard Illinois had been captured during the Great Des Plaines Valley War and diplomatically supported Wegmat in the war. The Saspeariard-backed Liberation Coalition won the war, and the land was back in possession of Saspearian. In 2021, Saspearian faced the Second August Crisis due to the citizen Jackie Owens who had become the Empress of Saspearian, was inactive. The crisis was less diplomatically severe for Saspearian, and all diplomatic ties that Saspearian had to other micronations would remain. Saspearian would experience a decline in activity during this time, but there has been an increase in activity within the past few months. Today’s 5th anniversary of Saspearian’s Independence coincides with the agreement for the annexation of Veranderen from Ponderosa Hills for $350, following an agreement between both nations.

Anthony I plans to give a speech today at around 9 PM Central Time to reflect on Saspearian and announce the recipients of the Order of Saspearian and a new export which was to be kept as a secret until this occasion.

Correction: 11/11/2022 – The Saspearian Flag Contest would be held during 2019 and the first place winner, Münchner, had his flag design become the Saspearian Flag, which has remained unchanged since then.

Saspearian to annex Veranderen

Saspearian will annex Veranderen from the Socialist Federal Union of Ponderosa Hills on November 1. An agreement was signed today between both nations, which coincides with Saspearian’s 5th Independence Day. The agreement states that Saspearian must purchase the land for $350. Veranderen was formerly a part of New Virginia until earlier this year when Ponderosa Hills annexed it, and the land had been a part of Sunsonia. Veranderen is located in close proximity to Mainland Saspearian, as the lands are located in Central Texas.The agreement passed through the Saspearian Parliament on October 17 in a 4-0 vote, which was introduced to Parliament on October 15. On October 19, Ponderosa Hills held a referendum on the annexation, and the referendum concluded today with 6 votes in support and no votes in opposition. Both Anthony I, Emperor of Saspearian, and Leon Montan, President of Ponderosa Hills, intend to revitalize the economies of both nations with the agreement.

October 2022, Saspearian Parliamentary Special Election Live Results

The October 2022 Special Election began at 12 AM CT on October 7, 2022. Following the resignation of the former and first Prime Minister Rory Leonard from the Saspeariard Parliament and the renouncement of citizenship on October 2. Due to personal circumstances.

CandidateVotes
Ezekiel Ensor (Independent)3 (75%)
Erzi Ambirz (Independent)1 (25%)
Final results

The election concluded at 12 AM CT on October 9, 2022. Which saw a turnout of 22% (4 votes), which broke the record for the lowest turnout ever in any election held in Saspearian. The previous record was in the December 2021 Parliamentary Special Election, which saw a turnout of 31%.

Political Crisis in the MA

On August 7, 2022, the Chairman of the Micronational Assembly, Fredrick M., removed Anthony I from the position of Council Member and later banned Saspearian from the Micronational Assembly. This comes several hours after the August 2022 election was set to end. The situation has led to a political crisis in the organization, with some members in support and neutrality of the decision and many others in opposition.

Background

“Anthony has been removed due to multiple signs and actions that have all pointed to his lack of mental ability to serve at his post in the Micronational Assembly. Alienation of other members due to erratic speech patterns and behaviors have [sic] demonstrated an unwell mental state, combined with inappropriate unrequited affection towards a former female member of the Assembly. His past actions have shown a lack of trustworthiness as well, such as the creation of a “new assembly” following a council disbursement in 2020.

This has been the reason for the delay in election announcement, I apologize for inconveniences.”

The Chairman’s statement on the removal of Anthony I as a Council Member.
August 7, 2022

Fredrick M. issued a statement in the MA for the reason for the removal claiming that Anthony I has the lack of mental ability to serve at his post in the Micronational Assembly and that there has alienated other members due to erratic speech patterns and behaviors demonstrating an unwell mental state. He also claimed that combined with inappropriate unrequited affection towards a former female member of the Assembly, he has also demonstrated an unwell mental state. In addition, he claimed that his past actions showed a lack of trustworthiness, such as the creation of a new assembly following a council disbursement in 2020. He concluded his statement by saying that this has been the reason for the delay in an election announcement and that he apologizes for the inconvenience.

The council removal comes despite Anthony I had not listed creating a new MA, in his campaign platform nor advocating for it in over a year.

Shortly after the Chairman made his statement, Anthony I responded to his statement.

“Earlier today, the Chairman, Fredrick M., decided to remove me from the Council of the Micronational Assembly and ban me from the organization. I like for everyone in the MA to hear me about this and for a compromise to be reached.

I do not believe that I have acted in a way that is an inability or disqualifies me to serve a position in the Micronational Assembly and alienated other member states by my speech patterns, in the present. Regarding my messages that were claimed to be erratic speech patterns, they were never used in formal venues, the subject of these messages is memes, nothing else, and I have since stepped away from doing that. The individual who I believe was a former female member of the assembly referred to in the announcement, was someone who was also involved in Saspearian, in all the messages that I have sent to her, there was nothing that involved harassment or anything else that would be inappropriate. That would go against what I believe in. In addition, I haven’t been in contact with her, aside from a message in which I wished that she was doing well. I have since apologized and moved forward from my idea of divergence with the “new MA” which happened in March 2021. However, I will say that most of my plans for the idea are things that I have campaigned for such as expanding social media outreach and forming better connections between member states. I also acknowledged that I have moved forward from it before in a campaign speech. I am appalled to see that I have been removed as a Council Member and as a candidate in the election due to an accusation of inappropriate conduct with a female individual, which is not true, and the events that I have moved forward from.

This wouldn’t be the first time that I have faced an accusation of lacking the mental ability to serve the position of Council Member in the MA. A former Chairman, who will not be named, stated the belief that I have the lack mental ability to serve on the Council. He would also call me terrible things such as an ape or a parasite. My speech, which is affected by a condition that I have, known as cleft lip and palate, was used against me and I was mocked for it by him. My recent records in the MA have shown that I have made legislation for establishing an organ for diplomacy and expanding our social media outreach. If that is not worthy of great leadership, then I do not know what would be deemed great leadership. I may have some differences from every member, but many people in the MA support my vision and what I have accomplished, and it’s not something that is truly harmful to anyone. I have nothing to hide here. I am available if anyone wants to contact me to explain some things. I am also available to testify through the court system of my innocence.”

Anthony I’s statement to the Micronational Assembly.
August 7, 2022

In the statement, Anthony I states that earlier on the day, the Chairman, Fredrick M. decided to remove him from the Council of the MA and ban him from the organization and that he likes for everyone to hear him about this and for a compromise to be reached.

He also states that he does not believe that he has acted in a way that is an inability or disqualifies him to serve a position in the MA and alienated other member states by his speech patterns, in the present. He also states that his messages that were claimed to be of erratic speech patterns were never used in formal venues and that the subject was only memes, and that he has stepped away from doing that. In addition, the individual who he believes was the former female member of the assembly referred to in the Chairman’s announcement was someone who was involved in Saspearian and he states that he never sent any inappropriate messages to her and that it would go against what he believes in. Furthermore, he also states that he hasn’t been in contact with her, aside from a message in which he wished that she is doing well. He also states that he has since apologized and moved forward with the idea of a new MA, but also states that most of his plans for the idea are things that he has campaigned for such as expanding the MA’s Social Media Outreach and forming better connections between member states. In addition, he states that he acknowledged that he has moved forward from the idea before in a campaign speech. He also states that he is appalled to see that he has been removed as a Council Member and as a candidate in the election due to an accusation of inappropriate conduct with a female individual, which he says is not true, and the events that he has moved forward from.

In addition, Anthony I states that it would not be the first time that he has faced an accusation of lacking the mental to serve as a Council Member of the MA and that a Former Chairman believed that he lacks the mental ability to serve on the council. He also states that he would be called terrible things such as an ape or a parasite and that his speech is affected by a condition known as cleft lip and palate. Furthermore, Anthony I stated that he was mocked by the Former Chairman for the condition. And that his recent records have shown that he has great leadership through his legislation such as establishing an organ for diplomacy and expanding the social media outreach of the MA. Anthony I also states that he also states if that is not worthy of great leadership then he doesn’t know what would be deemed great leadership. In addition, he states that may have some differences with other members, but many members support his vision and accomplishments. He also states that he has nothing to hide here and that he concludes the statement by saying that he would be available if anyone wants to contact him to explain the situation and to testify through the court system of his innocence.

The opposition to the decision in the MA, states that there has been a lack of evidence to prove that Anthony I is guilty and that Saspearian’s ban comes without the court involved in proving that Anthony I is not fit for office.

“I am extremely concerned for the state of the Micronational Assembly. It it is abundantly clear that personal disdain is being seen as “Justice” as it pertains to the removal from office and the subsequent ban of Saspearian. Saspearian has always been steadfast of his support of the MA for a very long time. It is perturbing that a trusted member of the council can be disposed of so carelessly, with spurious claims, no evidence or even due process. This goes against all propriety, and cannot stand! There must be swift and decisive action to be taken in this matter, such as reverse the unjust Saspearian ban, and any other action you deem appropriate, I implore you to make the right choice, for the fate of the MA rests in your hands. Thank you, and god bless the MA.”

Anonymous Delegate of the Micronational Assembly.

Impact on Election Results

SBC News confirms that the election results suggest that Saspearian, the Grand Kingdom of Ameristan, the Jewel Republic, the Great Lawl Reich, and Smithtown won the August 2022 MA Council election. However, on August 11, Fredrick M. announced on the MA discord server that the Grand Kingdom of Ameristan, Schwertesia, the Jewel Republic, the Great Lawl Reich, and Ballinfoyle were elected as Council Members.

The Election Results as obtained by SBC News.

SBC News has reached out to Fredrick M. for comment on the situation but has not heard a response from him.

Note: [sic] – Denotes error of transcription.

MA Council Election of August 2022 Live Results

Update: 8/10/2022 – The election results are currently unclear following Saspearian’s removal from the MA Council and ban from the Micronational Assembly.

The MA Council Election of August 2022 is a General Election to select the August 2022 MA Council. The election has 9 candidates (following the concession of Norcross), which makes it heavily contested as, according to the general election procedure, the 5 candidates with the most votes win. On July 13, the Newla Republic withdrew its candidacy from the election due to inactivity. On August 3, Nocross conceded from the election due to them deeming the possibility of being elected not to be possible.

CandidateVotes & Percentage
Schwertesia5 (26.3%)
Great Lawl Reich* 6 (31.6%)
Jewel Republic9 (47.4%)
Saspearian* 16 (84.2%)
Grand Kingdom of Ameristan13 (68.4%)
Smithtown 6 (31.6%)
Ballinfoyle4 (21.1%)
Norcross (conceded)3 (15.8%)
Frenada3 (15.8%)
Ronkonkoma2 (10.5%)
* (asterisk) – Denotes incumbent

44% (19 votes) Turnout | Final results

The last general election was held one year ago, in July 2021. Since then, there has been one special council election, which was held in March 2022, following the resignations of Tueoedeth and Faltree. Saspearian, Sabatat, and Ameristan ran in the election. Sabatat won with 9 votes (75%), Saspearian also won with 8 votes (66.7%), and Ameristan narrowly lost with 6 votes (50%). The March 2022 Special Election saw a turnout of 12.

Saspearian, the Grand Kingdom of Ameristan, the Jewel Republic, the Great Lawl Reich, and Smithtown were projected to be elected to the Council.

Saspearian was the only candidate who had publicly expressed interest in becoming Chair of the Micronational Assembly.

Note: Prior to the publication of this article, SBC News has gained permission to publicly report on the live results of this election.

Tornado hits Mainland Saspearian and Surrounding Areas

Yesterday, at around 6 PM CDT, an EF2 tornado struck the city of Round Rock, Texas, and the Mainland of Saspearian during a major outbreak of tornados in Texas. There is an estimated 18 injuries and 2 deaths during the tornado outbreak. Many houses, fences, and trees in the local area were damaged. Emperor Anthony I is reported to be in good condition.

A House that was damaged by the tornado in Round Rock, Texas.
The aftermath of the tornado in the Backyard Territory on March 22, 2022.

The Capital, Unueco, Logejo province, and the Backyard Territory, were not directly damaged by the storm, however, debris and partial structural damage from the Tornado has been reported in the Backyard Territory and within the international border straddling between Saspearian and the US State of Texas, the Emperor’s Residence. Mainland Saspearian is currently under a power outage due to the storm. Internet connection has been lost and cellular is in limited service in this area.

The power is expected to be restored within several hours from now, and it is currently unknown when the internet connection will be restored.

Update – March 23, 2022: Power and internet connection has been restored in Mainland Saspearian.

December 2021, Saspearian Parliamentary Special Elections

Earlier this month, Connor Shaw (I-Logejo) departed as a member of parliament and from the Saspearian community due to unknown circumstances. Which has led to special elections being held to fill the seat in the vacancy of the second seat of Logejo.

Background

In October, a new proposition was introduced and passed by parliament, allowing for two seats per province. There was also a special election held to fill the vacancies of the second seats of Logejo and Owens. Hunt Powell (Moderate Party) was elected to the second seat of Owens and Connor Shaw (Independent) was elected to the second seat of Logejo.

First Parliamentary Special Election

From December 18 through December 20, a parliamentary special election was held to fill the vacancy of Logejo (Seat 2). The initial results yesterday, had a tie in the election which had Alan Malcolm (Socialist Party) with 2 votes and the Abstain option with 2 votes. However, later results had the Abstain option with 3 votes (60%) and Alan Malcolm (Socialist Party) with 2 votes (40%). The turnout was lower compared to previous elections as 31% (5/16) citizens voted in the election. Since the majority of the votes were cast for the abstain option, another special election is currently being held.

Initial results of the first special election on December 20.
Final results of the first special election on December 20.

Second Parliamentary Special Election

The second special election started on December 21 and ended on December 22. Asher Young (Independent) won the election with 5 votes (71.4%), Andrew Perdomo (Saspearian National Party) has 2 votes (28.6%) by a difference of 42.8 points. No votes were for Alan Malcolm (Socialist Party) or the Abstain option. The turnout was 43% (7/16).

Results of the second special election on December 21.
Final results of the second special election on December 22.

October 2021 Saspearian Parliamentary Special Election

The October 2021 Saspearian Parliamentary Special Election began on October 29, 2021, and concluded at 11:59 PM CST on October 31, 2021. There were 2 seats contested in this election, namely, Logejo (Seat 2) and Owens (Seat 2).

The turnout was 50% (9/18), which is an increase from the General Election of January 2021.

Parliament Strucure

Dark blue – Saspearian National Party (3 seats)
Pink – Moderate Party (1 seat)
Gray – Independent (1 seat)

The Saspearian National Party retains its majority in Parliament with three seats, having its membership recently expanded with the current Prime Minister and Parliamentarian of Owens first seat, Kasra, joining the party earlier this year. The Moderate Party, a newcomer party, gains a seat in Parliament. One seat is represented by an Independent.

Background

On the Saspearian Parliament Session of October 19, 2021, a proposition was discussed that allowed for 2 Members of Parliament to represent each province. Subsequently, the proposition was passed with 2 votes in support and no votes in opposition. Expanding Parliament from 3 seats to 5 seats. Prior to the passage of the proposition each province was represented by 1 Member of Parliament.

Logejo (Seat 2)

Connor Smith (Independent) won the second seat of Logejo with 5 votes (55.6%). Asher Young (Independent) is the runner-up with 3 votes (33.3%). Alan Malcolm (Socialist Party) has 1 vote (11.1%).

Owens (Seat 2)

Hunt Powell (Moderate Party) won the second seat of Owens with 6 votes (66.7%). Jacob Deceuninck is trailed behind him with 1 vote (11.1%) by a difference of 55.6 points. There were 2 votes (22.2%) cast in abstention.