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SBC News – 1/5/2020

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

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) of the expected vote reporting | Results as of August 5, 5:52 PM CDT

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 are projected to be elected to the Council.

Saspearian is the only candidate who has 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.

Kalliergo II Mission Declared as a Success

On July 2, at around 2 AM Central Standard Time (CST), the Kalliergo II Mission was declared as a success by Emperor Anthony I. During the afternoon of July 1, there were potatoes uncovered from the soil of The Backyard Territory as part of the mission, subsequently, the potatoes were sent to the United States for cleaning purposes. The potatoes were cleaned on that same day and in the early morning of July 2. Many of the potatoes seeds used for the mission ended up producing potato plants and most of them survived.

The potatoes that were uncovered in the mission.

The potatoes that were uncovered which are brown are identified to be of the Russet Burbank Cultivar. The purple potatoes are assumed to be of the Adirondack Blue Cultivar.

The potatoes are now stored in a plastic bag with holes on it, in the pantry of the Emperor’s Residence.

Rory McPhail resigns as Prime Minister

On June 18, 2021, Rory McPhail (SNP), the Minister of Parliament who represents Logejo Province and the 1st Prime Minister of Saspearian, who assumed office around January 30, 2021, announced that he would resign as Prime Minister of Saspearian on June 30, today.

Good Afternoon Your Majesty, Fellow parliamentarians, citizens, diplomats and others. It is with great thought and sadness which I offer the following statement to this parliament in regards to the most honourable and respectable democratically elected position in this house. It has become a thought of mine for some time, in regards to myself, and my capacity as Prime Minister. It is my personal opinion that I have been unable to successfully deliver eficient evidence of a successful Parliament, and I apologise. I apologise for my inability to successfully and properly lead this nation to democratic success. I apologise for promising things which were simply indeliverable. I apologise for not being the Best Prime Minister I could have been. It is with these words in which I have preached to this house on this day, that I offer His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, my Resignation from the office of Prime Minister of this glorified nation. It is with my pleasure which I have served in my capacity, and thank His Imperial Majesty for giving me the oppurtunity to serve. I can ensure the house, that I will continue to serve my constituency with pride and honour, in the remainder of my tenure. With my resignation, will undoubtely leave Saspearian in a stage of uncertainty and instability. Because of this, I see it only right to propose a promising nomination to the office in which I once held. I nominate @Kaz , of the Saspearian National Party, as the 2nd Prime Minister of our nation. I will officially be leaving office on the 30th of June, 2021 While I conclude my statement tonight, I once again thank this parliament and the pepole for their faith in myself and in serving this nation. It has truly been one of the greatest honours of my life, an honour in which I shall never forget nor plan to. This was truly an unforgetable journey, and I wish my successor the best of luck.
Regards,

Rory McPhail
Chairman of the Saspearian National Party,
Your Prime Minister.

– Rory McPhail, June 18, 2021

Later that same day, Emperor Anthony I responded to the announcement stating, “I would like to thank Rory McPhail in advance for his service as Prime Minister of Saspearian and I wish him the best of luck in future endeavors.”

Rory McPhail nominates fellow Member of Parliament, Kasra (SNP), as the 2nd Prime Minister of Saspearian, who will enter the confirmation vote by Parliament by the next session.

An overview of the GUM Election of June 2021

The Grand Unified Micronational held an election for the position of Chair from June 17 to June 23. This position is considered one of the most prestigious positions in the MicroWiki Community. This election was the first GUM election to be in the form of a joint ticket, meaning that both the Chair and Vice-Chair candidates would be elected as opposed to the Vice-Chair being confirmed by Quorum since this was changed in the 2021 Charter.

The election had three candidates, Brooklyn Kennedy (Running mate: Anthony Clark), former Vice-Chair and President of New Virginia, she has previously served as the Prime Minister of Austenasia and as GUM Chair. However, on June 13, she resigned as the Vice-Chair and withdrew her campaign. Brooklyn Kennedy’s running mate, Anthony Clark took over as the Chair candidate and named Austin Jaax, the Emperor of Iustus. Anthony Clark has served as the Supreme Justice of the GUM, who is also a micronational lawyer, and the Chief Editor of the Amerston Post. Cameron Koehler (Running mate: Bradley), the King of Ikonia, one of the widely known members of the “New Guard”. Alex Banks (Running mate: Sertor Valentinus), the leader of Lytera. Sertor Valentinus has served in micronations such as Pinelandia and West Sayville. All of whom initially announced candidacy on May 13 (before Brooklyn Kennedy withdrew from the election on June 13).

In contrast, multiple micronationalists had announced that they wouldn’t be running for Chair including, Dhrubajyoti Roy, the leader of Vishwamitra. Anthony I, the Emperor of Saspearian, and Logan Ross, the Chair of the Cupertino Alliance.

Election results

The turnout of the election was 95.5% (42/44) of Full Member States.

A table of the votes casted by each Member States and anonymous votes casted.

Anthony Clark – ElectedCameron KoehlerAlex BanksNone of the Above
Serene Beaconite RepublicMaritime Republic of The DamariscottaEmpire of AenopiaEmpire of Adammia
Federal Republic of CaddiaConfederation of El DoradoUnified Royal States of Australis
Empire of IustusGymnasium StateKingdom of Ikonia
Grand Duchy of KlitzibürgPoplar NervaNew Florence
Kingdom of LyteraSnagovian Federal Republic
MerciaCommonwealth of Uskor
Commonwealth of New VirginiaState of Vishwamitra
Empire of ParaviaKingdom of Wyvern
Kingdom of QueenslandState of Zenrax
Rednecks RepublicPrivate Ballot
SaspearianPrivate Ballot
Uber-Essian Union
Federal Union of Wegmat
Kingdom of West Sayville
Republic of Yu-Xia
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
Private Ballot
26 votes (59.1%)11 votes (25.0%)4 votes (9.1%)1 vote (2.3%)

Anthony Clark and Austin Jaax of Iustus will take office as the Chair and Vice-Chair on June 30 in CST or July 1 in UTC.

Review of Parliament Activity of March 2021

On March 13, 2021, the Saspearian Parliament convened. Anthony I (SNP) and Kasra (Independent) were present in the session. The first item brought to the discussion was regarding a re-vote for the proposition of the Prime Minister being redefined as the leader of the majority political party. The motion was set to go into effect in 2023 before the January 2023 Saspearian Parliament election. The motion failed with no votes in support or opposition.

On March 28, 2021, an emergency session was called for Parliament by Anthony I, regarding the capture of the Territory of Saspeariard Illinois in the Great Des Plaines Valley War. Anthony I and Kasra were present and discussed the government’s handling of the situation. Kasra proposed Wegmat military authorization in Saspeariard Illinois. Anthony I suggested for it to be a treaty, Kasra approved of the idea. The proposition unanimously passed with 3 votes in support and 0 votes in opposition. Anthony I introduced a proposition for the Saspearian government to declare diplomatic support to Wegmat in the war, the motion also unanimously passed with 3 votes in support and 0 in opposition.

Saspearian Government declares diplomatic support to Wegmat in the Great Des Plaines Valley War

On March 28, 2021, Emperor Anthony I called an emergency session for the Saspeariard Parliament after it was discovered that Saspeariard Illinois is under Rodentian occupation. Anthony I and Kasra attended the session and discussed the government’s handling of the situation. The invasion was apart of the Great Des Plaines Valley War, also known as the Weg-Rodentian War.

During the session, Anthony I proposed to declare diplomatic support to Wegmat. The motion passed on March 30, with 3 in support and 0 in opposition. Kasra proposed to allow Wegmat military authorization in Saspearian, the motion also passed on March 30, with 3 in support and 0 in opposition.

Through November and December 2020, the Government of Wegmat offered free land grants next to the nation. Saspearian was one of the nations that requested a land claim, specifically requesting Plot 5. The nation was approved to receive the land claim by the Government of Wegmat on December 1, 2020, the land claim was named Saspeariard Illinois on December 3, 2020. The conflict started earlier this year, when Edward Oaches threatened to invade the Rainbowlands, the term used to describe the area of multiple micronational land claims that are next to Wegmat. Subsequently, Rodentia’s Government was overthrown by a coalition of militants, including alleged former terrorist Jack O’rav, which was led by Edward Oaches. Sinlo Chambel, the President of Rodentia, evacuated from the nation as a result.

Following the government overthrow of Rodentia, multiple micronational territories have been occupied in a joint operation between Rodentia and Philmont. The military forces invaded Nichensburgian territory, Saspeariard Illinois, the territories of Tesforia and Paloma. The army reached the Lawerence line shortly after the invasions and Philmont split in two, the Rodentian army went north and captured Begonian and Monmarkian territories. During this same time, the Philmontian army went towards Aenopian Potawatomi. The two armies went in different directions and later crossed the Des Plaines River in Chaveleir Union and attempted to invade Rainbowlands County of Ponderosa Hills, but were met with heavy resistance.

Source

• Great Des Plaines Valley War. (April 11, 2021). MicroWiki, Retrieved 03:01, April 11, 2021, from https://micronations.wiki/index.php?title=Great_Des_Plaines_Valley_War&oldid=834903.