NNS and VDM sign “treaty of mutual representation”

Treaty of Kotavari
Signatories of the treaty. From left to right: Étienne Boulin, representing Convergence and Amity; Shounn Virny, representing the National Artists’ Guild, and Léon Galieri, accompanied by his husband Snø, representing the Left Alliance.

The city of Kotavari witnessed a historic moment yesterday as Enkâkourak Virny, in his capacity as Chief Artist of the National Artists’ Guild, and representatives of the Left Alliance and the Convergence and Amity party have signed a “treaty of mutual representation”, which gives the last two political organizations an indirect “form of representation” in the Sabioveronese Parliament.

The treaty, which has been dubbed “Treaty of Kotavari”, intends to formalize the membership of the NNS in the Valtirian National Party, the coalition of left-wing parties formed earlier this year to present an opposition to Bertrand Rivière’s Unity Party-led government. After the dissolution of the Courts in July 2015, the coalition feel dormant as the R and A parties both declined in members with the foundation of the Guild.

The treaty was signed by Virny, Léon Galieri (who was authorized by Left Alliance leader Petyr Cohen to represent the R party) and Étienne Boulin (who was authorized by Convergence and Amity leader Saleon Pazar to represent the A party). All three representatives now belong to the Guild, but both Galieri and Boulin have been in important offices in their respective represented parties before. Galieri was one of the Left Alliance’s original founders and its leader until Haronos.

The National Artists’ Guild now has, by virtue of the treaty, the obligation to abide to the opinions of the other VDM member parties in matters of the state, and is to “protect the ideals of the VDM in the Parliament.” On the other hand, R and A are to do the same for the NNS in the Northern Territories, where they are present and have representation. This is seen as an indirect form of mutual representation between the Southern Territories (and the national Parliament) and the Northern Territories (and the regional Legislative Assemblies).

This is the second time in Sabioveronese history that political parties have signed an agreement of some sort since the signature of the Karasal Treaty in 2012 between the Socialist Party and the Unity Party.

“Impossible to manage”: Alios-Capital region to split

After days of deliberation, Parliament has decided today to finally pass a law that will split the Alios-Capital region into two different entities. The bill was originally drafted and proposed jointly by MPs Janina Amosiry and Orion Bennet, of the Poméxelos and Tepou Éisarann constituencies, respectively. As explained by Enkâkourak Virny, who spoke to the press after the Parliament session was declared finished, the territory comprised by the districts of Kotavari, Étanou, Poméxelos and Tepou Éisarann, as well as parts of the Darmosari, Kodesari, and Sejê-Kepren districts will now be under the jurisdiction of the region of Gonn, which will become the Kingdom’s fifth first-tier administrative division. The district of Monesari, as well as the remaining parts of the Darmosari, Sejê-Kepren and Kodesari districts will now belong to the autonomous City of Alios, which will be administered as a municipality but will retain its precedence, what Virny called a “region-level city administered by the central government”.

The decision came forth after calls were made by residents of what is now the Gonn region to give the northern districts of the Alios-Capital region more autonomy to govern themselves, as they felt the central government was unable to fully take care of the region as it was originally intended when it was founded a couple of months ago on 25 August.

“Impossible to manage” was how Governor of Alios Étienne Boulin, one of the main proponents of the change, described the Alios-Capital region. “Larger in size and population than a single municipality can handle”. He explained to Phonograph correspondents that although the region of Sabia had once contained a much larger population within its borders, the prefectures and municipalities of Sabia were much more self-relient before Haronos and the new constitution. “It was all me, I couldn’t do anything!” exclaimed Boulin. The Governor will count with the title of “Chief of Government of Alios”.

Enkâkourak Shounn Virny meeting with Governor Étienne Boulin of Alios, Governor-elect Suipom Goyo and Vice-Governor-elect Harmê Bertram of Gonn.

Enkâkourak Virny met with Boulin and Kotavari residents Suipom Goyo and Harmê Bertram this evening to sort out the semantics of the new region. Goyo and Bertram were elected by the people of the region to represent Gonn as Governor and Vice-Governor, respectively.

Goyo, who will become Governor tomorrow when the law comes into effect, explained the origins of the region’s name and why it was so important that it became a separate entity from the capital: “All of Alios’ resources come through Sejê-Kepren. This is why we have chosen the name of Gonn for our region [Gonn means ‘tunnel’ or ‘portal’ in Sabian]. Gonn is too much of a big region to be dependent on the central government. A region so big in space and population cannot rely on the slow bureaucracy of the Parliament and the Kingdom’s national governing bodies.”

The new region will count with two prefectures, Minoumon (containing most of the districts of Poméxelos, Tepou Éisarann and the southern section of Sejê-Kepren) and Asry (containing most of the districts of Kotavari, Étanou and the southern section of Sejê-Kepren) and a single Special Territory, Sasari. The capital of the Region will be the municipality of Kotavari, the most populous part of the new region.

Speaking on the subject, Enkâkourak Shounn Virny apologized in the name of the geography committee of the Haronos plan for the miscalculations regarding the administration of the Alios-Capital region. He also recognized the Constitution would now have to be amended, but he ensured the amendment would not be an obstacle in the creation of the new region.

Virny congratulates Argentina’s Macri


Mauricio Macri, of the Republican Proposal, who won the Argentine presidential election in the run-off held yesterday.

Enkâkourak Shounn Virny has spoken today to publicly congratulate Argentine president-elect Mauricio Macri, who won by a narrow 2.8% margin against Kirchernist candidate Daniel Scioli. The results, broadcasted in Poméxelos last night, were well received by the people of Alios. The Enkâkourak commented positively on the peaceful and swift elections and the democratic compromise shown by both parties.

“In the name of the Kingdom of Sabia and Verona, I congatulate president-elect Mauricio Macri and the Republican Proposal party”. He went on to say that although the two of them had different views on how to run a country, he was sure the new Argentine head of state would do only what he considered was best for the South American naton.

“Good luck, and don’t f*ck it up”, said the head of the Council of State, who mentioned this was an important moment not only for Argentina, but for all of South America.


Virny: “Economic development is my goal”

Mr. Virny with Mr. Starlynn, the new chair of the National Bank.

Enkâkourak Shounn Virny spoke today before Parliament in the second meeting of the first legislature since its accession to power last October 1st. The meeting started with the appointment of businessman and entrepreneur Emmanuel Starlynn as the first Chair of the newly founded Dogashebanke, the national bank, which was unanimously approved by the MPs. The creation of the Dogashebanke is one of the new Enkâkourak’s plans to further develop the Sabioveronese economy.

“Economic development is my goal”, he explained before his fellow sarenty at the Boxunari of Alios, the new parliament’s meeting place in the district of Darmosari. “For three long years our nation has been held back by the Venezuelan crisis. Now we find ourselves with freedom of movement in our economy, and I plan to use it”. He also mentioned he had plans to create a Sabioveronese currency.

“We must be economically independent. Valtirians are tired of using money that isn’t theirs. When I am in Sabia and Verona, I don’t want to pay for kapy nadasis with pesos.” The Enkâkourak went on to blame the failure of past attempts to establish a Sabioveronese currency on the economic crisis of Venezuela. “The lira and the apira failed because back then the Kingdom didn’t have the means to print and maintain a constant flow of paper money. But now we do”.

The proposal was met with much approval from NNS parliamentarians. According to Virny’s government plan as presented to the Parliament, a full implementation of this hypothetical Sabioveronese currency would be in order by March 2016.

Alios celebrates as SiV becomes Austenasia’s neighbour again


Today the citizens of Alios have taken to the streets to show their happiness at the recent passing of the law establishing the Crown Dependency of Esmondia in the Austenasian Parliament. Esmondia, which as a Crown Dependency will be under Austenasian sovereignty and will be administered directly by a Governing Commissioner, was established in an open area of land bordering the Alios-Capital Region to the north.

Among those who participated in the demonstrations were Enkâkourak Shounn Virny and Secretary of the Arts Ryam Piper. The group was seen holding signs with encouraging and friendly messages to Austenasia, such as “Sennaja Êsmossia, Axêtenassia!” (We will protect Esmondia, Austenasia!) and “Sâgara laixen dâleren aishêrexik” (Greetings, mighty imperialist friend).

When asked to give an opinion on the subject by the Phonograph, Secretary of Defense Ignatius Lockhart replied “We will NOT invade this territory”, echoing Enkâkourak Virny’s current foreign policy of peace and love.

Esmondia will be directly administered by King Tarek, who had previously been Governing Commissioner of the Austenasian Crown Dependency of Achem. Achem, which claimed territory in the Smoke Gardens in the Valtir, was established last December but has been devolved to Venezuela as the Royal Court moved to Alios, and His Royal Highness is now unable to oversee it.

The Crown Dependency was named in honour of Emperor Esmond III, who reigned over the British micronation from 2010 to 2011.

Triangle Triceratops Trimester Trivia: Three years of Sabia and Verona

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Buenos Aires, as seen from Alios.

Happy Sabianniversary!

Three years ago exactly, on October 20, 2012, the Kingdom of Sabia and Verona was founded as an overseas territory of Juclandia. No one was sure how that would turn out, and I certainly didn’t think I would be writing this article three years ago as I was arranging plush toys into what would become a quirky and fun little little-nation.

A lot of things have happened in the last three years, too many to recount. But I can safely say I wouldn’t undo any of them, as all of those things, good and bad, have helped us become a more mature and strong nation, and have helped me become a more mature person as well.

As always, there are issues to be solved. In the past few months a lot of changes have been going on, and out of necessity, reforms have been made in the entire Kingdom. A new capital has been chosen, some 4000 miles away from the rest of the country. Queen Isadora, who became monarch after the Kingdom was granted ultimate autonomy from Juclandia in February 2014, and ruled for a prosperous and happy year and a half, abdicated on August 23 in my favor, and I became King. A new constitution has been adopted, and new institutions have replaced old ones.

As always, in Sabia and Verona, things are in constant movement. We’ve had patches of inactivity before, and I don’t want to go back there. But things happen, and now more than ever I’m finding less and less time to take care of this nation I founded in my home in Venezuela three years ago. The only reason I still insist on keeping this project alive is because I’m certain Sabia and Verona still has much more to give.

These three years of Sabioveronese awesomeness would have not been possible without the help of some amazing people. Ciprian, King of Juclandia and the person who made Sabia and Verona a reality. Isadora, who was queen, governor and still is one of my greatest friends. Saria, who undestood my nonsensical talk about Pahunism. Joseph Kennedy, who helped guide Sabia and Verona through the right path. Aina and Victor, who despite never quite joining me on my micronational hobby were always there to talk about it. I consider all of these people to be friends of mine, and they have written the history of Sabia and Verona together with me. I’m eternally grateful.

I’ve got an entire reign in front of me, and I hope to make the best out of it. We may now be far away from where we started, both literally and figurately, but no matter what happens, we’ll always stay true to our essence. Our silly humour and nice graphics, Napoléon Bleuberrie and the Sabian language. These things have defined the past three years and will continue defining Sabia and Verona for as long as it exists.

It has been fun so far. Let’s keep making it fun.

-Tarek Kârjasary, a.k.a. Ricky.

Virny and the Guild take the lead

NNS party leader (official title “Chief Artist of the Guild”) and Enkâkourak-designate Shounn Virny.

A predictable outcome has come of today’s parliamentary elections, the first of its kind and many to come, in which National Artists’ Guild (NNS) has produced seven seats to the newly formed Parliament of Sabia and Verona (Sarenâ), with 24 votes, exactly 60%. In second place and with 3 seats in the Parliament, the Sabian Democratic Assembly (ASD), an electoral coalition of Unity Party and independent parliamentarians received 16 votes, 40%. Both NNS and ASD leaders, Shounn Virny and Andrew Blackhorse, have been elected to represent their respective districts of Kotavari and Sejê-Kepren. On October the 1st, when the new Parliament takes office and meets for the first time in the Boxunari of the new capital city of Alios, Virny will take the lead as the Kingdom’s new Enkâkourak for a one-year term.

This last election difers from past elections in that only voters in the capital city of Alios have been allowed to vote and become candidates for the Parliament. This is due to the concessions of the recently adopted Constitution, one of the many changes the Haronos Plan has brought to Sabia and Verona. The Haronos Plan (or rather, the first part of the plan) was executed last August 25, when a large portion of the Sabioveronese population migrated south to Argentina to establish the city of Alios to serve as the Kingdom’s new administrative center. From 1 October 2015, when the new parliament meets for the first time, the regions of Sabia, Verona and Lycem will count with large degrees of autonomy as they will be responsible for their own administration, while the Kingdom’s national legislature, executive and judiciary (known in the new constitution as the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Sounosy) will rest on the Parliament, the Monarch, and the Tribunal in Alios, all new institutions established by the Constitution (with the exception of the Monarch). All these changes have been overseen by King Tarek, who was crowned last 23 August following Queen Isadora’s abdication.

This is what the new Parliament of Sabia and Verona will look like:

  • District of Darmosari North: Represented by Snø Jens of the NNS.
  • District of Darmosari South: Represented by Andreina Rossini of the NNS.
  • District of Monesari West: Represented by Franxêska Bagos of the ASD.
  • District of Monesari East: Represented by Anton Schubert-Moss of the NNS.
  • District of Kodesari: Represented by Narcissus Clyne of the NNS.
  • District of Sejê-Kepren: Represented by Andrew Blackhorse of the ASD; party leader.
  • District of Étanou: Represented by Shuxia Jiang of the ASD.
  • District of Kotavari: Represented by Shounn Virny of the NNS; party leader and Enkâkourak.
  • District of Poméxelos: Represented by Janina Amosiry of the NNS; Deputy Enkâkourak.
  • District of Tepou Éissarann: Represented by Orion Bennet of the NNS; party secretary.

Five parliamentary commissions have been planned: the Budget Commission, the Transportation Commission, the Music Commission, the Decoration Commission and the Refreshments Commission.

Details on Virny’s cabinet will be released on his first press conference, to be held next friday on September 25.