The Sper Conference, named for the southern Gerenian town in which it is being hosted, appears to be struggling to find its footing as one of the key parties – Senya – has so far failed to accept its invitation to the key diplomatic initiative.
Organized by President Gerald Ruze of Gerenia, the conference was called on February 12 to kickstart regional cooperation between the micronations that border the Northern Sea and Lake Lamantia on the Micras continent of Apollonia. Those micronations specifically are Gerenia, Jingdao, Senya and Shireroth.
The conference aims to build on a previous land transfer between Jingdao and Gerenia last month, expanding the goodwill from that agreement into a regional pact that allows for freedom of navigation, for both civilian and military ships, through the River Camoleo that connects Lake Lamantia with the Northern Sea.
Among the other topics for discussion at the conference will be a non-aggression pact, the delineation of “areas of territorial interest” to avoid tensions over future land claim expansions in the region, and the integration of transportation infrastructure as a basis for a future Trans-Apollonian Railway.
In announcing the conference, Ruze stated his hope was that it would allow the micronations “ to coordinate policies and reach a higher level of understanding.” With Senya having so far failed to accept its invitation to the conference, Ruze’s hope may be dashed.
As the controller of Fort Kolgrad, a major trading centre and settlement on Lake Lamantia, Senya has a vested interest in any agreement, especially one that provides for freedom of navigation for its merchant ships. As such, any agreement reached at the conference in the absence of Senya may serve to cause economic disruption and flare regional tensions.
It is yet hoped by Ruze that Senya will accept its invitation, allowing one of the most important diplomatic initiatives on Micras in 2016 to reach a successful conclusion.