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Mercia: National Liberal Party Congress August 2016 Ecclesiastic Speeches

With the National Liberal Party standing in full support of protecting the Mercian Christian Church’s place within Mercian society, it is unsurprising that the vast majority of Mercia’s Christian population, itself 50% of the entire Mercian populace, tend to vote National Liberal or hold Party membership.

The Church has also historically had close ties with the National Liberal Party; His Lordship Richard I, Lord Spiritual of the Mercian Christian Church, has historically held positions in every Mercian government apart from the Coalition government, and the Church’s Synod Representative was given a spot in the Government Cabinet all thanks to Mercian nobles who went on to join the National Liberal Party after the Partisan Democracy Act was ratified.

As such, on Tuesday 16th August, the Lord Spiritual once again joined the National Liberals, on the second day of their Party Congress, to deliver a speech on the position of the Mercian Christian Church, and why the current government would be committing a great injustice to try and disconnect it from the government. Despite being the head of the Church, the Lord Spiritual delivered an address that was not steeped in biblical symbolism or quotes, to be readily accessible by the nonreligious members of the Party. The speech was said as follows:

My assembled countrymen, I am honoured to deliver to you this speech tonight, on a topic that is, as you all well know, very dear to my heart. The topic is on an institution that has been integral to Mercian society since the Alliance of Crowns between the Region of Clyro and the Archduchy of Loringia, and has been something staunchly protected by the National Liberal Party in their time in Government and Loyal Opposition. That institution is, of course, the Mercian Christian Church.

The current government is not only grotesquely republican in its approach to the Lords & the Nobility, but is also unrelentingly atheistic in its standing on the Church and its role in Mercian society, which is political first and foremost. “Why should we have a delegate of the Church in the Cabinet?” exclaim Coalitionists, “Why should an anti-church government have to listen to advice from the Mercian clergy?” The answers to those questions are rooted in Mercian tradition, in history, and also in the objectives that the current leftist government has promised but not yet reached.

The Church, and my stewardship of it, exists as a physical reminder of the authority of God over the lives of all who believe in him, and in the power of the Lords who represent those who follow the Gospel of Peace or not. The Church itself is a direct manifestation of the inviolability of founders’ rights; that those who founded the micronation should have every right to preserve elements of its past and steer the direction of its future within reason, for the simple reason of being the one who put the nation into motion. It shows not only the sanctity of the Mercian nation, but also that its citizens respect the one true principle that runs across most micronations.

Furthermore, the Mercian Christian Church does not exist to support the largest denomination of Christians in the country; indeed that demographic would be Roman Catholics, many of them proud National Liberals and one of whom, the recently absent Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail, was the first Catholic to represent the Mercian Christian Church in the place of a Protestant candidate. The Church does not exist to foist a political approach upon the state either, with most church members voting their consciences at the ballot box (usually for the National Liberal Party, it must be said). The reason the Mercian Christian Church does exist however, is something that proves the failure of the current coalition government and their plan to expand Mercia at the expense of the state church and its institutions.

The coalition government believes that the Church has no right to representation within government or the politically dominated Mercian culture, and as such should be removed. The same government has attempted to create the superficial trappings of regional cultures through rather poorly advertised flag-making competitions and such ilk. With the government’s track record for cultural improvement, and its designs on the Church, then if both were realised then what would we be left with? A Churchless Mercia, and a country that was culturally bankrupt.

The Church is the first and foremost display of the Mercian national identity, even for non-believers. It is the identity of the Diarchy, one of which, myself, is the Supreme Governor of the Church. All other cultural organs within Mercia run under the surface of the Church. The current government, which seeks to eradicate the Church as an entity connected to the political world that all Mercians participate in, is completely at a loss to find things to replace the Church as a binding force for Mercian identity.

I propose, my fellow party members, that we think of something unprecedented; that we, keeping the faith of the Church, go out and expand Mercia to be more than a political entity. We could turn Mercia into a place of more than Parliament, but a place too of business, of charity, of art and of learning; we could move away from the political simulation and into the realms of a true social project.

The only party capable of achieving such a future is one that realises that the Church can and will be the rock upon which the rest of Mercia’s future will be built. That one party is the National Liberals. God bless you all and thank you.

The speech was welcomed by many cheers of ‘Amen!’, ‘God bless Mercia!’ and ‘Hear hear!’. It was on Wednesday 17th August that Baron James Thomas Draxe, the Bishop of Artifax and the new Synod Representative to the government, delivered his much more Christian-oriented speech on how the National Liberal Party and the values of the Church would be the crucial elements of a Mercian unity. His speech went as follows:

Fellow Mercians, Fellow party members, friends, It is my distinct honour to address you all tonight on this third night of the congress of the National Liberal Party. During this congress, we have heard, and will hear, many insights from our esteemed colleagues about the right course for this nation and this party. I wish to contribute, in my own small way, to this development of a strong ideological platform for the National Liberal Party.

I stand before you not in the first place as a politician. As such, my speech will not be a political speech so much as an appeal to all Mercians, whether they are a member of the National Liberal Party or not. An appeal for the restoration of Mercian values, and a call for the unity that this country so desperately needs.

During my tenure as bishop of Artifax, during my candidacy for the Loringian parliamentary seat, and during my involvement in the public debate, I have noticed a sharp division in our country. A division that puts before all of us a very serious choice. This division seems to me between those who hold dear to the values of our founders and of our Church, who cherish the Mercian history and between those voices who call for revolution, a powerful overthrow of the national institutions, the destruction of the Church and who are eager to introduce in this great nation many things that go against nature and against common sense. It is a very real division, a very real battle of ideas. It is a choice, between tyranny and between liberty. It is a choice between immorality and between a strong moral foundation for our nation. It is a choice between chaos and between rule of law. Our First Minister cherishes this division from his side. The coalition has no rallying cry louder than “we are not the NLP”. The coalition does not want this nation to be unified, and does not hesitate from calling upon the removal of all the things that bind us together as Mercians.

In this conflict of ideas, the National Liberal Party shows itself to be the safeguard of the ancient and positive Mercian values. It is a bastion of greatness, a vessel of hope that carries the torch of liberty. Amidst the crashing waves of revolution and desolation, the National Liberal Party stands tall like the prophet Jeremiah and calls out: “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” And may it be our prayer, that the people of Mercia will heed that call, unlike the children of Israel who said “We will not walk therein.”

This is a speech on national unity, it is a call upon Mercians to come together. But it is also a warning. We cannot surrender the core values of our nation for the sake of unity. But indeed, we need to show that there is only unity in embracing those things that have made Mercia great and that will continue to make Mercia great. This, my friends, is the calling of us all as members of this party.

It is also this party that recognises the importance of liberty for all men. We recognise that the backbone of our society is not vested in our Parliament, but in our people. All men are endowed with unalienable rights by our creator. And that is why this speech is also a call upon the Mercian people to go out and contribute to our society.

Whatever your talents are, and wherever your interests lie, go and make something of your citizenship. The new media provides us with a broad range of opportunities to be creative and to contribute to the Mercian culture. From journalism to visual art and from being active in the Church to sharing videos online. There are plenty of opportunities to be a positive force in this nation. You don’t need to be in parliament to contribute, you just need to be Mercian to contribute.

I feel that I have spoken long enough, and that I have said all that I wanted to say. I hope and pray that the future of our party will be a fruitful one, and that we will very soon get the chance to govern Mercia again, and protect our nation like a strong guardian. I hope God will continue to bless our nation, our party and our people and I thank you all from listening to me tonight. I will now end with an eternal word, written long ago in a faraway land, but that still resounds to us today, holding the same force and truth:

“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

The new power of the National Liberal Party, combining new and active members with solid and cohesive ideology and the strength of Biblical truth, is coming at a time when the current Coalition government is on the wain, as the Social Democrat party dissolves and tensions emerge between the People’s Democratic Party and the Green Socialist Party, leading to publicly visible assumptions of contempt and the defection of Baron Henry Twain to the National Liberal Party.

Mercia: National Liberal Party Congress August 2016 Leaders’ Speeches

The National Liberal Party Congress, which began on Monday 15th August and will continue until Sunday 21st, has made great strides in establishing a new, active and rational political class in the party that lost the May 2016 General Election by a hair to the unified Coalition of People’s Democrats, Social Democrats and Green Socialists, and again only kept one seat out of the two lost and three contested in the August 9th-11th by-elections.

The reasons for these losses acknowledged by all was that the Mercian party to rulership, which receives endorsement from the Lord Spiritual of the Mercian Christian Church and that led the country in three successive governments (albeit with the third lasting only 6 days), was suffering from chronic bouts of internal inactivity, with many voters and politicians being caught up in further education and full time employment. This focus on the domestic, sustenance economy of Mercia allowed the Coalition to take power and strengthen their position. But now the pendulum is speedily swinging back to the National Liberals, as the Party Congress which opened last Monday truly gets into swing.

Former National Liberal Party Leader and two-time First Minister of Mercia Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail opened the Congress with his valedictory address, signalling his exit from mainstream Mercian politics. His speech was positive, full of hope and a touching farewell from the Baron, who’s committed approach to cooperation across the floor of the Mercian Parliament House and unflinching belief in National Liberal values in government single-handedly made the Mercia of today. His speech was made as follows:

It is a great pleasure to address you all for one final time. It has been the greatest honour to lead our party into government, not once but twice. Our work during my tenure as First Minister has cemented the National Liberal Party’s position as the leading political force in our country. We have amassed a broad coalition of moderates, liberals and conservatives, united in our nationalist principles and values.

Friends, our party stands at a defining point in its history. At this congress, it is up to us to decide on our future direction. Like the other political parties in Mercia, we face our own unique challenges, which only we can solve through opportunities like this congress.

The current government is a farce. It was created in a spiteful reaction to our party being one short of an overall majority. We have a minister who thinks being gay is wrong in the same coalition as our first transgender citizen. Our coalition government consists of a fragile arrangement between a green-socialist party, a now-defunct party of blow-ins and a party whose sole purpose is to dislike the NLP. I have noted time and again that the spirit of cross-party support fostered in the previous two terms has been lost, only to be dismissed by members of the government. The very existence of their government is proof of this point. Their sole aim is to tear down the institutions our nation has treasured since its inception, and to render our culture a bland, secular copy of those seen in other nations.

Amidst this shambles, we must be the alternative government, ready to take over the reins of power should the government collapse, something which grows increasingly likely every week. We have shown in the previous two governments that we offer unquestionable stability, and our party is currently the only one which can claim that. At this party congress, we need to put together a very clear vision for the kind of Mercia we want to build, a vision which we will put to the people this September. We must continue to offer policies that will appeal to the broad majority of the Mercian population. We must stand by our principles, especially our defence of our national institutions and our culture. We must continue to build on our strong record on national sovereignty. None of the other parties would have had the initiative, courage or conviction to hold the referendum we successfully delivered back in February on the Wurtige Empire.

Our nation is viewed as a leader in the micronational community. But despite the promises of “increased activity” in the area of foreign policy from the coalition, we have instead seen dismal neglect. The coalition’s regard for our foreign affairs is disgraceful. They have done absolutely nothing, and treat the position of Foreign Affairs Minister as a minor role. The NLP will restore strong bilateral relations with our micronational allies, to the level enjoyed during my tenure as First Minister. The micronational community needs a strong Mercia, and for that we need a government which knows how to work with it.

As Mercians, we have much to be proud of. We have the most vibrant and active parliamentary democracy in the micronational community. Our system of government is unique, as are the interactions between our religious communities and civil society. Our democracy offers a proper choice between a number of parties. But the choice between them is stark. There is only one choice for preserving the integrity of the Mercian state. There is only one choice for forming a government with a track record of stability. There is only one choice for those who don’t want a secular agenda forced down their throats. There is only one choice for those who want a passionate, accountable, hard-working, patriotic government. That choice can only be the NLP.

I want to thank all of you for the support you have given me during my time as Mercia’s head of government. Tonight is indeed momentous, as it marks my final contribution to Mercian politics. This may be goodbye, but there are many bright days ahead for Mercia. Good luck to you all, and God bless Mercia!

The speech was met with rousing applause and cries of ‘Hear hear!’ and ‘Amen!’ from the assembled Party members. Within National Liberal Party channels, the hashtag #ThereIsOnlyOneChoice briefly echoed the Baron’s parting sentiments in the immediate aftermath of his speech.

Later that evening, the declaration of candidacies for the positions on the National Liberal Committee were declared; in a surprising twist, the two individuals considered to be going head-to-head for leader,  Earl Joseph Emmanuel and Baron James Thomas Draxe, both decided to compete for the position of Chief Whip instead, allowing current Party Leader Earl Horatio Eden to swoop in for an uncontested second term in leading the party. Marquis Alexander Wagner, the sole National Liberal victor in the recent by-elections, and Baron Henry Twain, a recent defector from the People’s Democratic Party for differences of opinion on the sovereignty of the Lords, are both running for the position of Deputy Leader, and an audio debate is expected before the end of the week. Count James Frisch stands unopposed for the position of Party Propagandist, as does His Lordship Richard I, who is taking the newly created position of Communications Officer without opposition.

On August 17th, a Wednesday, Earl Eden made a speech on the foreign policy of the National Liberal Party, while extensively criticising the failures of the Coalition government to strengthen Mercia’s position on the international stage, especially by assigning by-election winner Baron Ned Greiner of the People’s Democratic Party to the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs mere days before the Baron was set to fly to Barcelona and be unaccessible for the rest of the Parliamentary term. The speech goes as follows:

My assembled colleagues and Mercian countrymen, I would first like to thank you for the honour of having been your party leader for the last few months. During that time, the NLP has proven time and again that we are the only party capable of leading the Mercian government in a straight-forward, common-sense way, the only party capable of providing the legislation and activity that Mercian citizens should have the right to expect from their government, and the only party with the ideals of Mercia and the best interests of the citizenry core to our message.

However, with that said, it is deeply disappointing to me that I cannot deliver you a positive speech this evening. The topic, such that it is, is on Mercian foreign policy, and as regards the Coalition, where should I begin? Over the last three or so months of Coalition government, we’ve seen our international relationships go completely ignored; the Lord Temporal is the only active member of our GUM delegation, no action has been taken by the new government to take a step into the international community of both old and new guard nations alike despite their many and sundry campaign promises, and, to top things off and provide insult to the great injury done to our formerly illustrious foreign affairs ministry, they appointed Baron Ned Greiner to the post of Foreign Minister, a Baron with, as we all well know, an incredibly sketchy history. Not only did he spend most of his time prior to the dissolution of Nedland to begin with attempting unsuccessfully to dethrone the Austenasian Prime Minister, Joseph Kennedy, but he has just declared that he will be unable to prosecute the requirements of his office for almost the entire remainder of this government’s term. What sort of message does that send to our international allies?

We as a party and we as a country cannot allow our foreign relations to be washed away in a tide of poor ministerial appointments and supposed new-age progressivism; our role in the world, whether we like it or not, is diminishing under the Coalition. With a First Minister who posts lenny faces in Parliament and a foreign minister who refers to things as “cancer” and finds amusement in tearing down respected international politicians, why should people take us seriously? This is a serious issue; as a long-standing, well-known micronation, we have the potential to achieve a great deal of good in micronational society if we pull our collective national fingers out, which is why, fellow party members, it is only the National Liberals who have the capacity to deliver the policy reform needed to achieve that good.

To that end, I commend the following two points as new party foreign policy. First: that we review our membership of the Grand Unified Micronational. If we feel that continued membership is key to the successful governance of our country and is better for both the national and international populace, we must step up our efforts to make the GUM and the various projects of the GUM a success; the Diplomabear, for instance, would be an excellent place to start. Taking an active rather than a passive role in GUM affairs, with an active delegation under an outward-thinking NLP government will be a key plank in ensuring that we restore Mercia’s place as a key player in international politics.

Second: we appoint a capable foreign minister. This should be something that goes without saying, but the recent appointment made by the Coalition means it deserves reasserting: the foreign office is not a plaything. Instead of just putting someone there for the sake of giving all of your MPs parliamentary portfolios, we should ensure that the person we entrust our international affairs to is of a compassionate mindset, and is someone we can trust to liaise with the community in a way that on the one hand is expected of a country of this calibre, but at the same time impresses upon other nations, particularly those that were created recently, that we consider them valuable members of the community. With that being said, they also should not feel obliged to shy away from condemning poor behaviour wherever we see it, and we certainly should not be in the business of tacitly endorsing actions such as those undertaken by the Democratia of New Starland recently, for example, but what is absolutely key is that we have an open, communicative foreign office staffed by someone who actually knows how to run a foreign office.

These two basic planks of foreign policy should be common-sense, but the Coalition has proven once and for all that Mercian politics has gone off the deep end; we must be the party to stable the ship now that the government of Whyatt has driven us to the brink of international irrelevance. What else should be common-sense to the NLP is that current government foreign policy will be electoral anathema for the coalition parties going into the next general election. A party that would appoint Baron Greiner to one of the great offices of state has no place running a nation of this calibre.

In short, my point is this: only one party has consistently proven that they have the intellectual capacity, manpower, spirit and good sense to execute the foreign policy of this country. That party is the National Liberal Party, and foreign policy can – if we take our case to the country correctly – win us the next election and put us, and the nation, back on the right track towards a forward and outward-thinking ideal. Thank you, and may God bless us all.

Again, many cheers of ‘Hear hear!’ were heard and there was much applause. The activity and passion  shown by the National Liberal Party at the Congress so far, with a slew of new and active members to bring the Parliamentary Party back to life again, caused Baron Henry Twain to declare publicly following Earl Eden’s speech:

Let me just state how pleased I am at the NLP since I’ve joined, and would never for a million years take back the decision to turncoat. All of the speeches hence far have been astounding, and I look forward to presenting my own speech to tomorrow.

With the National Liberal Party coming back into its own, all eyes are now on the Coalition government, where following the by-elections tensions have emerged, with former Social Democrat party leader and Deputy First Minister, now Independent MP Count Adam Belcher voluntarily resigning to the backbenches, and with tensions emerging between the new Deputy First Minister, Green Socialist Leader Baron Newton von Uberquie and First Minister & People’s Democratic Party Leader Baron Alejandro Whyatt as Green Socialist policy is consistently ignored in favour of failed attempt after failed attempt at achieving the manifesto promises of the People’s Democrats.

Mercia: Earl Eden Cabinet Announced.

Earl Eden’s National Liberal Government, which holds a minority of seats in the Mercian Parliament House after a controversial vote of confidence last Saturday, has announced its’ cabinet. Each Cabinet Minister will have control over the key parts of the Mercian political machine, and will guide the country through the perilous straits of minority government against the left wing coalition in the Loyal Opposition, consisting of the People’s Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party, and an Independent Green Socialist.

Earl Eden’s Cabinet is as follows:
First Minister – Earl Horatio Eden
Deputy First Minister & Interior Minister – Baron John Churchill
Foreign Minister – Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail
Culture Minister & Chief Whip – Baron Damian Billbrough
Charity and Commerce Minister – Viscount Sebastien Linden

The Mercian Christian Church Synod also elected Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail to represent the church as the Synod Delegate, the first time a Christian from outside of the Mercian Church has been chosen to defend the Gospel in the country’s government.

Micropressure… The Mercian Debate 2016: Quiet Success Amidst Bombast & Hot Air.

The link to the Mercian Party Leaders’ Debate 2016

This opinion piece, from the Lord Spiritual of Mercia, His Lordship Richard 1st, is not reflective of the opinions of the Burnham Micropress as a business.

With the Mercian 3rd General Election looming large, Regal Telecommunications once again brought together the representatives of the political movements in Mercia, to a party leader debate of the nature held during the first democratic election held in Mercian history. This recent debate, held on a Wednesday evening in April, was a juggernaut by the standards of the previous debate; whereas the first debate was a forty-seven minute long duel between Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail of the National Liberal Party (NLP) and Baron Callum Newton of the Humanist People’s Alliance (HPA), this second debate was a  slow moving juggernaut of a performance; eighty-three minutes of discussion between four politicians.

Baron Ó Cathail returned as National Liberal leader, planning on entering his third term as First Minister with the NLP in government, and indeed, Baron Newton came back to the podium, albeit as a Green Socialist Independent after leaving the HPA because of ideological differences with his party members. The HPA, reformed as the People’s Democratic Party, was represented by Baron Newton’s former deputy, Baron Alejandro Whyatt, with a new platform that mixed the HPA’s stance on Church & State relations with a policy plan on increasing Mercian activity by discussing macronational issues. Finally, a total political newcomer to the Mercian political scene, the Social Democratic Party was initially represented by the party’s presiding officer, Earl Kit McCarthy, and in the later stages by party leader Count Adam Belcher, who both defended their platform of increased media activity, separating Church and State and not tying the Mercian economy to an intermicronational currency such as the Micronational Dollar (M$).


A Summary: Mercian Political Parties & Independents

The National Liberal Party (NLP):
1. Establish relations with former Würtige Imperial States, such as the Tsardom of Nolland and the Principality of Beacon City.
2. Devolve powers to provincial authorities by creating municipal governments with powers to levy tax.
3. Creating private company law and introduce the Micronational Dollar (M$) to the Mercian economy.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP):
1. Institute a Mercian central bank.
2. Hold regular debates on micronational and macronational subjects to keep activity high.
3. Hold a referendum on the separation of Church and State in the Mercian government.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP):
1. Create a Mercian national currency backed by the Great British Pound.
2. Encourage and increase citizenship numbers by engaging in a media campaign to make Mercia open to the Micronational world.
3. Establish a 10% tax rate on Mercian business earnings, with no tax on the first £5 earned.

Baron Newton, Independent Green Socialist:
1. Establish a national bank that will use quantitative easing to issue bonds for national investment.
2. Focus on finding greener energy sources for the Mercian nation.
3. Continue to oppose the close relationship of Church and State in Mercian politics.


I will divide this review of the debate into four sections, each dedicated to one of the candidates at the debate, and how they performed against their political rivals.

Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail –  More Reactive Than Proactive, NLP Embattled.

The incumbent First Minister, Baron Fionbarra Ó Cathail, has every intention to win a third term of government for the National Liberal Party. The first two governments have been easy wins for Ó Cathail; it was more a matter of having a strong right wing base unified under the NLP banner rather than his charmed Irish accent in debates. Other Mercian political parties have been small, with no potential of winning enough seats to challenge a National Liberal majority. In this 3rd election, however, with the risk of a People’s Democratic/Social Democratic coalition that could unhorse the NLP hegemony, the pressure on Baron Ó Cathail was keenly noticeable.

While other leaders were keen to open their discussion points after each question with their own ideas and manifesto policies, such key moments where NLP proposals could shake up the debate, the First Minister seemed more intent on semantically arguing against off the cuff comments made by Earl McCarthy of the Social Democratic Party than elucidating the National Liberal views of the past two governments. The pressure was on; criticism of government policy was coming thick and fast from all the other candidates, so perhaps this threw Baron Ó Cathail off his game, as his his usual Parliamentary approach is cool, calm and statesmanlike. However, in the aftermath of this election, if an NLP return to government requires a larger, united Loyal Opposition or worse, a coalition with the People’s Democratic Party or the SDP, one wonders if Ó Cathail will be able to afford another lapse of deliberative judgement?

Baron Alejandro Whyatt – Quirky, Moderate and Populist, Author’s Favourite.

Historically, Baron Whyatt has long been a troublemaking politician in Mercia. Opening his escapades with a bang in November 2014 by joining Baron Harland-Hackenschmidt in a failed coup on the Mercian Lords in a Meeting of the Mercian Parliament House, he was temporarily barred from entering the House until after Harland-Hackenschmidt was banished from the land. His satirical tone in Parliament Meetings and willingness to engage in frivolous, surrealist debates in the middle of sessions has earnt him the reputation of someone not cut out to be a party leader, let alone a First Minister. When Baron Newton stepped down from Humanist People’s Alliance leadership (and leaving the party shortly after), Baron Whyatt’s ascension to leadership was met by many in the National Liberal Party with joy, believing their election victories would be assured for years to come.

This was not the Baron Alejandro Whyatt we saw at the debate. Tempered, reserved, but still a little eccentric, Whyatt managed to portray himself as a have-a-go hero leading a party of active, keen reformers. His insistence on referendums on matters of church and state and the position of the Lords of Mercia initially caught flak from Earl McCarthy as being evidence of a lack of their own policy, but on further thought the Baron’s populist suggestion could garner him more support than previously reckoned. By not throwing himself into discussions like Earl McCarthy or Baron Ó Cathail, Whyatt chose his fights and came off sounding confident, positive and in control. Admittedly, this meant his careful avoidance of the heated debate on economics between Earl McCarthy and Baron Newton, but it gave him a good showing during the discussion on increasing activity in the Mercian population. Baron Whyatt is definitely this author’s favourite to be the major partner of a PDP led government should the NLP lose their majority, with a philosophy neatly ensconced in his closing statement:

“You need to vote PDP… But, y’know, it’s all good.”

Earl Kit McCarthy/Count Adam Belcher – Characterful, Intelligent, but Less Engaging.

The combination of having the Social Democratic Party’s Presiding Officer and Party Leader in the same debate would theoretically give the SDP an edge over the flagging candidates of the other parties, who would be struggling towards the tail end of the hour-and-twenty slugfest while the SDP gets to sub in a new speaker. However, in my own personal view, the Earl Kit McCarthy in particular could not captivate the political passions despite quite obviously being the most confident speaker with the most knowledge of key Mercian issues.

There is no explicable reason for this; McCarthy dominated the economics debate, absolutely schooling Baron Newton on the working of quantitative easing and articulating the Social Democrat’s philosophies and beliefs with the airs of the thespian. Count Belcher hammered home policy and rhetoric with a far blunter style more fitting of his Yorkshire countenance. There was no dissonance between this political chalk and cheese however, and the SDP kept a strong front on proposing its beliefs. And yet, there was something missing. The SDP didn’t have the enthusiastic amateurism of Baron Whyatt, nor the shrewd experience of Baron Ó Cathail, or even the unrelenting doggedness of Baron Newton’s combating of issues. The SDP speakers has all the bells and smells of the political ritual, and even some meat on the bones of policy, but there was a certain spark that was missing that undermined their action. Perhaps it is merely because they are newcomers to Mercian politics, and that spark shall burst into life in time.

Baron Callum Newton – Stubborn, Respectable, Impossible to not Elect.

As a Green-Socialist in a country with a strongly supported right wing government, it’d seem odd initially to think that Baron Newton has any chance of electoral success. However, the former Humanist People’s Alliance leader is popular in the Parliament House and in his home province of Wibertsherne , in the Region of Clyro, for being a respectable, honest and upstanding politician regardless of his ideological stance. Although his independent nature restricts him from ever being First Minister, Newton’s cooperative nature will ensure that he ends up both elected and in either a government or opposition coalition, regardless of what parties form either.

Newton did take a couple of bruises in the debate; first when his declaration that the media should be nationalised brought the ire of Earl McCarthy, a convinced social liberal, and again when Earl McCarthy systematically clipped the wings off the Baron’s plan to use quantitative easing to help a Mercian national bank invest in the country. However, on the issues where the former Opposition Leader excelled, such as Church and State relations and the powers of the Lordships, his arguments were as consistent and resounding as ever, receiving support from both Baron Whyatt and Earl McCarthy at separate times for his approach. Baron Newton is well known for the problems he sees with Mercian society and how he champions solutions to them, and for those reasons alone the population of Wibertsherne will no doubt re-elect him, regardless of what political party they would swear fealty to otherwise.

Mercia: First Minister Ó Cathail’s Election Victory Speech

Gentlemen, good afternoon. It is an honour to be re-elected as First Minister with another majority NLP government. However, this renewal of our mandate leaves us with much responsibility to carry out what we were elected to do. Over the last term my government showed what the NLP stood for, and what we were capable of doing. In this term, I will put before Parliament a comprehensive agenda which could dramatically alter Mercia. In this term of government I want to focus heavily on political reform, while keeping in mind our party’s principles of maintaining our unique traditions of government.

Thus the first two bills which I will present to Parliament over the course of the month will be a Parliamentary Powers Bill and an Electoral Reform Bill. The former will transfer more powers from the Lords to the elected parliament, reinforcing our democratic tradition while maintaining the important executive role of the Lords. The latter bill will reform the electoral practises of Mercia, by abolishing proxy declarations of candidature (meaning all candidates will have to declare in person rather than through another person) as well as establishing fixed terms of government after which a government will have no mandate. This will mean the Lords will no longer be necessary to dissolve Parliament. In addition Parliament will examine any deficiencies found during the past election and correct them through said bill, for example finding ways to prevent candidates being elected with no votes.

The third bill will be a Wurtige Referendum Bill, where the Mercian people will vote on our status in the Wurtige Empire. This was our main campaign pledge, and we will act on it as soon as we can so we can carry out the referendum within this term. The specifics of this will be debated in Parliament at our earliest convenience.

Our plans are not limited to legislative agendas, however. We will also ensure past bills are fully implemented, in particular ones relating to our civil service. My cabinet will appoint brehons to head the Gorsedhs of our civil service. The Gorsedhs will also hire staff where necessary, to ensure their activities are carried out efficiently and fully without delay.

While governments often boast of their achievements while neglecting their failures, I must point out one aspect of the past term I was not satisfied with. My cabinet met irregularly, and when it did, did so informally. This impeded the ability of some ministers to carry out their role fully. In this term I will ensure my entire cabinet meets regularly and in a formal manner with a clear agenda, so my government will be able to cohesively implement its agenda.

My cabinet will present many more ideas, draft bills and projects over the course of this term. There are other bills of lesser importance that I wish to have put before parliament during this term, for example a bill to formally create the role of deputy first minister should I be absent temporarily, as I was for two weeks in the last term. Indeed, should I ever be incapacitated, the deputy first minister would immediately assume the role of first minister, thus preventing a power vacuum.

I look forward to working closely with all members of parliament, government and opposition. I strongly believe that a parliament truly representative of the views of the Mercian people should work together on policies we can form collectively rather than emphasising the differences that exist between us. I successfully achieved this with the majority of bills in the last parliament, and without a doubt consensus, not division, will be a policy I will continue in this term.

Once again, I look forward to working closely with all sides in the weeks ahead. I want to thank the Mercian electorate for renewing my mandate, it is an honour to serve them. Thank you all.

Long live Mercia!

Leylandiistan & Gurvata: Co-President Ó Cathail’s Lughnasa 2015 Speech.

In agrarian nations like ours, the festival of Lughnasa offers us a moment to reflect on how the season has gone so far, and a final rest before the great work of the harvest which is now a few short days away. Lughnasa symbolises the end of the struggle of spring and summer, when few rewards were reaped, and the start of the great autumn bounty. Last year, I reflected on our agricultural achievements and our collaborations with the micronational community. This year I want to use Lughnasa to address a problem we can solve through the activities we associate with Lughnasa.

A good harvest is a joy like no other. The plentiful fruits of our land over the next two months will give us much work to do, but much wealth as well. This wealth is not a monetary one, it is both a spiritual wealth and a nutritional wealth. In today’s increasingly monetised and systematic world, we have begun to forget about the value of food and the importance of its origins. Our food supply is now very much in the control of an increasingly consolidated group of corporations. Farm sizes have increased, and this is not always a good thing, for the care for crops and the attention to the individual welfare of animals is often lost on large scale commercial farms. But by bringing more and more of our food sources back under our control, we are reversing these worrying trends

Micronations often face a major challenge in both building an economy and in being self reliant to some degree. We have often forgotten that economic sovereignty is often as important as the political sovereignty nearly all nations in our community have succeeded in achieving. We as leaders of our nations can do our bit to both bring more of our food sources under our control, and enhance our economic sovereignty. I want Lughnasa to be the time of year when the work our nations have done over the past season can be truly appreciated. I want the lessons the Confederation has learned over the past two years in our agrarian experiments to be the proof to our fellow micronations that with little space much can still be achieved. My government will strive henceforth to actively promote economic sovereignty and food security for micronations in every way we possibly can. This is our pledge, and we will do everything in our means to enact it.

Lughnasa is the harvest festival, and it would be a great pleasure for all our nations if that harvest did indeed take place within their nation’s boundary. I hope that next year more nations will join us in celebrating their own harvest, for no matter how small that harvest is, it is still the start of taking your nation’s food source back under your control.

An Audience with His Lordship Richard I: Lúnastal 2015 Speech

Greetings to Mercian citizens and foreign readers both, today we celebrate the biggest holiday of the Mercian calendar, that of Lúnastal, a festival of good harvest.

Lúnastal is a very special time of the year in Mercia; it harks back to the Celtic culture of the Regional Dominion of Burnham, which existed even before the May 31st Revolution that brought Theodorism to the nation. Lúnastal also has a Christian side, that is peculiarly relevant to our great nation’s history; Lúnastal is also known as Lammas, which commemorates the Feast of St Peter in Chains, when the Apostle Peter was liberated from imprisonment by an Angel of the Lord. The relevance is that, by either sheer coincidence or divine chance, Mercia was originally founded, back in September 2011, under the name of the St Peters’ Republic, at the time a nod to a school that several of the original Mercians were students of, that was sold to an academic trust and privatised. Though few of those original Mercians are active in the politics of the country today, they all contributed great things to our nation’s past.

Lúnastal is, however, historically pagan in nature; before the coming of the Romans and the Christianisation of the Celtic west, Lunastal was the midsummer celebration of first harvests, a time of great celebration. With the coming of Rome and their pantheon, not to mention the Imperial Cult, this tradition was in some ways undermined and suppressed. With the arrival of the Saxons, this festival was celebrated by the quartering of a loaf of bread and placing it into the four corners of a barn to wish for good luck. This practice was carried out in the Lúnastal celebrations of 2013, where Mercian citizens quartered a loaf and placed the quarters into the fringes of the Declan Forest Hundred, when it was then known as a Parish; the 2013 speech and military celebrations themselves were held in Declan Grove, which is soon to become a Estate with its own Landed Nobility.

This year, like last year, bread shall be baked domestically with the intent of eating and quartering, bringing together the ceremony of 2013’s celebration with the community aspect of the Lúnastal celebrations of 2014. Since the ceremony of 2014, Mercia has come forward in leaps and bounds; our victory in the West Germanian Bishops’ War and subsequent annexation of New Israel has allowed us to bury our hatchet with those who were once sworn foes, and that has allowed them to build on to their current status, attempting to become a full Member State of the Würtige Empire. Mercian citizenship has swelled, and that allowed us to hold the first democratic election in our country’s history, a feat that had not been attempted since the failure of the December 2013 General Election in Mercia, when it was a Theodorist Dominion called Burnham. Mercia has helped to inspire a whole new generation of Micronationalists, and has become far more influential in community affairs than it used to be, coming second in a recent Micronational Influence Survey by a comfortable margin.

We do not celebrate Lúnastal alone. In the nations of Leylandiistan & Gurvata, West Germania, Sandus, Nolland and Rudno, celebrations for the midsummer are taking place in a variety of forms, under the intermicronational name of Lammas. The festival has some different names depending on the nation in which celebrations take place; The Irish Confederation of Leylandiistan and Gurvata knows the festival as Lughnasa, and West Germania quietly and piously celebrates under the guise of Lofmasse. This also shows the breadth of faith in our community; Mercia, West Germania, Nolland and Rudno will be expressing Lammas as an explicitly Christian affair, while Leylandiistan approaches the festival as a secular celebration, and Sandus even celebrates the midsummer in the pagan fashion. This has been the largest intermicronational midsummer festival in modern times, with six nations participating, when last year had only three participant nations.

I thank the governments of Leylandiistan & Gurvata, West Germania, Sandus, Nolland and Rudno, as well as the government of Mercia, for allowing their nations to take part in this celebration of harvest, liberty and intermicronational goodwill. Happy Lúnastal and Lammas to you all, God bless and good day.