Daengiex – Following the expiry of its regency without new elections, the Grémmian Republic has announced that its tripartite leadership model has been replaced by that of a sole benevolent dictator.
The coup d’état, supported by two of the micronation’s three former co-governing ‘captain regents,’ will see one of the former Captain Regents, Michael Ònff, become the dictator of the micronation that has traces its existence back to 2011.
In announcing the coup d’état on July 28 to the MicroWiki Community, Ònff cited several contributing factors to the decision to seek a radical re-think of the micronation’s government, chief among which was the failure of the legislature to meet regularly.
Ònff suggested that with the citizens of Grémmia being widely dispersed across the globe, the time zone differences meant that convening the legislature in accordance with its standing orders was often an exercise in futility. He cited that it was because of these “strict rules” that the term limit for all former Captain Regents (himself, Joseph Kennedy, and J. Grant Winchester) expired without replacements being named by the legislature, causing the downfall of government.
Rather than seek an amendment to the standing orders to address such a failure, Ònff, Winchester, and Leon Williamson favoured a radical re-think of the micronation’s governance, concluding that a benevolent dictator would allow the micronation to regain stability more effectively. “The previous government was unable to function, primarily because nobody could be bothered to show up,” Ònff said critically. He suggested that the dictatorship will allow Grémmia to achieve the stability required to build infrastructure and international standing while maintaining order until a future return to direct democracy can occur.
While no timeframe has been announced for that future return to democracy, Ònff suggested that it would be contingent on heightened interest in government among the population and the implementation of legislative standing orders that would address previous failures.
“A temporary dictatorship should be no problem to the ambivalent, especially a polite one,” said Ònff, believing that his reign will be positively received as a means to achieve the reforms that he and his supporters have sought.