Federalism, plague or gateway to prosperity?

Of all the issues which are being discussed in intermicronational communities, the one which always attracts significant attention, both positive and negative, is the issue of micronational federalism, or in other words, formation of federation-esque micronations – micronational entities which became wide-spread in the last five years and since that have repeatedly been subjects of both admiration and criticism.

The Republic of Lostisland was officially founded in September 2010, and traditionally is not considered as a federationist country – till recently, the only foreign entity to merge with her was a tiny Russophone micronation known as the Republic of Chernorus, what became the Orley Strip, Special Administrative District of Lostisland placed on the northernmost part of Hunter Island. That merge, which resulted in the memorable Orley Crisis, so far the largest political turmoil to ever happen in Lostisland, is usually a subject of criticism, being considered as probably the most controversial decision taken in the first months of Lostislandic independence. And indeed, for almost two years Orley remaint the sole subject of Lostislandic expansion, until March 2013 when almost at once two micronations, the Noocracy of Antarcsas and the Kingdom of Pavlov, independently from each other expressed interest in merging with Lostisland.

The annexation of Antarcsas, which was given exterritorial autonomous subject status in Lostisland, is from a legal stance quite similar to the previous one of Chernorus, except that this time no territories but those for building a representation office are being given. However, the case of Pavlov is completely different, as

  1. Not an existing territory is being passed under the jurisdiction of a merging entity, but a new territory asserts sovereignty of Lostisland; and
  2. What is more important, the merge with Pavlov results in a de-jure formation of a new country, the Federal Republic of Lostisland, legal successor of both the Republic of Lostisland and the Kingdom of Pavlov, which will become subdivisions of a new country – federations of Hunter and Pavlov respectively.

Predictably, once such plans became public, various speculations started popping up in quite conservative Lostislandic society – country which witnessed essentially no significant changes since its foundation. And while according to preliminary studies, the majority of population is likely to support the merge on the referendum starting at April 1, some people feel rather embarassed with this quite sudden and unexpected news. The turn of Lostisland, traditionally a non-federationist society, into a Federal Republic, indeed can be seen as quite a brave and innovative move. And with no doubt, at April 1 the history of Lostisland will be determined for many years to come.

Some argue that micronational federalism negates differences between cultures, leads to the dilution of micronation’s indigenous population and even stands against the very nature of micronationalism, anti-globalist per definition; others say there’s no better piston to push forward micronation’s development and ensure its prosperity, as well as to solve the demographic problem, which still remains very serious in most micronations.

Where’s the truth? Who is right, and what indeed means federalism for a micronation – plague, which erodes its essense, or gateway to prosperity? None of the above, we dare say, and both of them. Like any other system of governance, federalism is a tool, which can be used for destroying and building, creating and demolishing. In a day, Lostisland will determine her way for the next years – but like ever before, her glory and prosperity will be in hands of the people, people who were contributing to the country’s successful development for previous five years, and people who join the project now, to make it even more prosperous and shining.

– Yaroslav MAR
Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovian Pravda
Captain Regent of the Republic of Lostisland

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