Following the another uprise of issues of racism and xenophobia within the community, the Prime Minister of Lostisland and Prince of Pavlov Deniz kindly agreed to give an exclusive interview to the Pavlovian Pravda correspondent, talking about his opinion on such issues and the potential measures to be taken by the Federal Republic.
PP: Excellency, for the last months, the micronational community is being repeatedly shaken by scandals around the issues of supposed racism and xenophobia – scandals, some of which have grown into full-scaled international conflicts. Could you please comment on them?
Deniz : I see it as as a dark cloud above the community, it brings only further unnecesarry and endless discussion which ussually just ends with mud-throwing. It keeps us away from the real bussiness which is of course running our nations, most of us claim not to make the same error “traditional” countries make, but I see this as that.
PP: Talking abour running nations, do you believe the problem with racism exists in Lostisland, and if yes, is there possibility to solve it?
Deniz: Luckily, racism does not exist in Lostisland, but we have a sort of language struggle between the “old guard of Lostisland” and the newer Lostislandians, though I don’t see this issue solved easily.
PP: What about the foreign politics of Lostisland, have there been any issues with racism against Lostisland of foreign entities?
Deniz: Until very lately no, but suddenly a couple of days ago there was a racist comment popping up from an unexpected corner, the King of Juclandia made a comment about “Russians gonna russian, Turks gonna turk”. I was shocked by his comment seeing him as one of the main people fighting against racism himself, but this apparently appears only to be so when one makes a racial-related comment to him. Then when we shared this news with the person most active in the fight against racism (William Soergel – PP) he said it was nothing. At the end of the day, I think we can all agree on the fact that both the King of Juclandia and the Sôgmô of Sandus only ‘fight’ racism when it’s in their own interest – when it’s useful for them, they embrace it. This fact hurts me deeply as I would not expect said actions from such honorable micronationalists.
PP: A regrettable fact indeed, given that the King of Juclandia and the Sôgmô of Sandus, who repeatedly condemn the supposed racism of Wyvern, are the last persons one could expect to tolerate racism. On this matter, does the Federal Republic plan to take any official measures?
Deniz: Yes. I’ll try and get a law approved by the Acting Government regarding foreign policy to such countries, as it is in our best interest to keep far away from them. Unfortunately, I can’t tell more at this stage, but I’ll come back about this subject at a later time.
PP: Thank you for clarifying this, now one more question – coincidentially, just one day after the said comment of the Juclandian King had been published, it was announced that Juclandia and Sandus will enter into mediation talks with Wyvern on subject of racism, what is your opinion on this move?
Deniz: I guess there”ll be a lot of mud-throwing and will only go about “bad” things Wyvern has done. But I hope they prove me wrong.
PP: Thank you for the interview!