Last Tuesday was an important day in the Sabioveronese calendar. Since 2014, February 23 commemorates the passing of the Sabioveronese crown from Ciprian of Juclandia to Queen Isadora, and the adoption of the Kingdom’s first constitution. Sunak fedetergosann, Federation Day, has been celebrated twice since the establishment of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands, the micronational entity that turned the Kingdom of Juclandia and its overseas territories into a full micronational federation with eight member states, a carefully written constitution and the goal to unite the various micronations in Juclandia’s sphere of influence under a single banner. Omnes in unum.
Federal Juclandia, as it came to be known, got off to a good start. The federal government was composed of the Federal Council, with members from each of the Federation’s states, and the Presidency, which counted with a colorful set of ministers. The Federal Council saw a mixture of some experienced members of the MicroWiki community such as Ciprian and Thomas Cassidy, leader of Ayrshire and the well-known Nollandish Confederacy, with other less-seasoned representatives from the newer members of the Federation. In theory, the project was infallible. In practice, however, it was only a couple of months before the main problem behind Federal Juclandia came to the surface: inactivity.
A curse that affects most micronations and oftentimes becomes the cause of death of many nation-projects. The Federal Council stopped attending its meetings and laws were no longer passed. The Federation slowly died out as its government became an empty carcass of ghastly bureaucracy, while its member states (partlicularly Juclandia and Sabia and Verona) moved on with their own affairs as if nothing was happening on the outside.
In September 2014, facing imminent collapse, the Federation was taken over by a transitional government. However this accomplished very little, and by late 2015, the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands was considered to be practically dead. After the large province of Lenia was re-absorbed by the Kingdom of Juclandia, the Romanian micronation and Sabia and Verona became the only remaining active states in the Federation, and each of the two kingdoms shifted their focus to their own private affairs.
As the now stateless Federation approached its second anniversary, it became evident something had to be done in order to preserve the legacy of Juclandia. It was time to act, and finally end a two-year period of general inactivity. No one could go on carrying the dead weight of a failed state. It was clear we could no longer attempt to form yet another micronational federation, destined to die a slow death by lack of interest. No, we had to take the next step forward in separating the nations under the starry flag of the Federal Union.
We had now learned the best way to co-operate and honor the legacy of the Kingdom of Juclandia, the identity we all share as participants of this decade-old project, was to dedicate our time to excel at our own individual micronations. We must acknowledge our origins; I will always understand there would be no Sabia and Verona without Juclandia. There would be no Napoléon Bleuberrie without Gori Jucărescu, no Ann Stefanović without Ovia Bogi, no Alios without Jucărești, no Elinore without Floral. But trying to force us all into a single dysfunctional micronational entity would do more harm than good.
Some good things have come out of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands. Most of them are related to the 23rd of February, and to the 27th of April, and the 25th of August. We have written history together as one, and now it’s time for us to write history on our own. It may be time to say goodbye to the Federation as we know it, but as the time of the old FUJL comes to an end, we see the dawn of a new union, a new alliance to protect the Juclandian way, a new Federal Union. The Federal Union of the Alios Agreement.
The Alios Agreement will guarantee the sovereignty of the member states of the new Federal Union, which will be known simply as “the Union“. The heads of state of the member nations will lead the Union as part of a council which will serve as the supreme authority in the intermicronational body.
I am confident this reform will allow the Juclandian family of nations to be the best it can be, as each of its individual members continues to develop in their own artistic way. We now rise from ruins to see a better day.