As the Winter Olympics unfold in South Korea, fans within the micronational community are looking to duplicate the concept on the local stage. One such effort is playing out, bringing together competitors from six MicroWiki nations.
The 2018 Micronational Olympic Federation (MOF) Games is the inaugural test-run for the budding organization. The nine-day competition began on February 15th and welcomed seven competitors, each called a “cy-lete” (a combination of “cyber” and “athlete”), from the participant nations. A total of six events are scheduled through to the February 25th closing ceremonies.
Unique to this particular effort is that the events are not focused on sports or online gaming alone. Only three – Agar.io Party, Checkers, and Tic Tac Toe – feature live competition between the cy-letes. The remainder are popularity contests for the participant nations to acquire bragging rights in the areas of best coat of arms, best flag, and best motto.
With the trial run just over halfway at press time, the games are ahead of schedule, with four of the events completed (versus the planned three). Phyrrian Tribes, a micronation founded in January this year, leads with two gold medals, gained from winning the best flag and best motto events. Posaf, the home of the MOF, nonetheless has the most medals, with one gold and two bronze.
If successful, the MOF hopes to host the event annually through at least 2021.
DAOCHENG – The first olympic-style games within the Micras community in 10 years are one step closer to reality as the capital city of the Jingdaoese Empire was named host city.
It was an easy win for Daocheng, which gained four of the seven delegate votes in the first round to beat out second place Lillycove (Hoennese Realm) and third place Jamestown (Vyktory). The city successfully shirked the often-controversial status of its micronation on the world stage, selling itself as a “city of contrasts”, where “tradition meets modernity, rigidity meets fluidity, and stereotypes meet their maker.”
For the organizers, the challenge of hosting a successful Micras Games this year now takes centre-stage. The event is the first since the 2008 MicrOlympics and it is far more ambitious, with 36 simulated events and 10 live events. The most anticipated live event may be the classic board game Diplomacy, historically the Micras community’s favourite such game, having been translated to a forum-based medium.
As of press time, an estimated date range for the games was not published.
SVORGAS – This year’s FMF World Cup, the first since 2015, is underway in Senya as the Micras community comes together once more in it’s most popular international competition. Today marked the conclusion of the first week of the five-week tournament.
If there was one take away from the past week, it is that this year’s tournament will be marked by an unusually high goal scoring. A total of 64 goals were scored across the 16 matches played, including 8 between Natopia and Elwynn in their July 10th match. The week also included two 6 – 0 shutouts, as Craitland and Mercury dominated Gotzborg and Jingdao, respectively.
The result was particularly disappointing for Gotzborg, which finished at the top of its group with 14 goals-for during the qualifying round. It will attempt to recover when it plays next on July 17th; it faces Birgeshir, which it last played to a one-all draw in 2015. Jingdao, meanwhile, fell further back today in a scoreless draw with Nova England. It will seek its first win as a World Cup competitor on July 18th against the also winless Natopian team.
As the tournament moves into the second week, Lakkvia, Alexandria, Craitland and Mercury lead their respective groups with six points apiece.
COPRIETA – A basketball league is gearing up for its inaugural season in Gotzborg, marking the first organized national-level league in the micronation since the Gotzborg Baseball League of 2013.
The Gotzborg Basketball League, a virtual sports league created by basketball enthusiast Josh Wesloh, consists of twelve teams that will compete for four playoff berths. Wesloh has been busy organizing the league in the last two weeks, having held a ten-round draft while also designing team and stadium logos, along with finalizing team rosters.
“I hope to bring entertainment to the Kingdom and bring the Kingdom closer together,” said Wesloh, explaining his motivation in creating the league. While rivalries have yet to be formed, Wesloh suggests that fans keep a close eye on games between the Coprieta Royals and the Lonenberg Kings, who held the first- and second-overall draft picks, respectively.
The league is expected to launch its first season by September 15.
See below for a gallery of the team logos created by Wesloh.
LONENBERG – The AEFA Champions League Cup final was a Gotzer affair as two of the micronation’s football clubs faced each other for domination of Micras’ Apollonian and Euran continents.
Entering the annual league as the third-seeded nation, Gotzborg’s three teams – Lonenberg FC, Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC – faced an uphill challenge against the dominant and more experienced group of football clubs fielded by Gerenia and Senya.
In the qualifying round, Schaffhausen FC squeezed out a 2-1 victory over Fort Kolgrad’s King’s Lynn Town FC in the first leg before dominating it 4-0 in the second leg to secure a berth in the group stage. Schaffhausen FC continued its dominant play as it subsequently advanced to the quarter-finals alongside Eldeburgh FC and Lonenberg FC.
With Lonenberg FC, the micronation’s senior association football club, having dropped both of its quarterfinal matches, Gotzborg’s hopes for victory lay with Schaffhausen FC and Eldeburgh FC. Neither club disappointed as Schaffhausen FC defeated its Gerenian rival, Isherwood CSSC, while Eldeburgh FC defeated Senya’s Svorgas Scitenhima FK in the semi-final round.
The Eldeburgh FC semi-final victory was unwelcomed by some Senyans, who were shut out of the final after winning it last year, with reports that Svorgas Scitenhima fans rioted and attacked Gotzer fans following the defeat to the dismay of team officials.
That controversy was quickly overshadowed by the all-Gotzer final. Schaffhausen FC, the underdog of all of the Gotzborg clubs fielded, completed a storied victory that saw it advance from the qualifying round to beating out Eldeburgh FC 2-1 in the final.
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