Efforts to simulate a film industry in Caputia have triggered a cultural phenomenon across the Micras community as other micronations adopt the idea.
The creation of detailed fictional stories in support of cultural development has long been a centrepiece of Micras nations; however, until now, the art of cinema had never drawn particular attention during the community’s nearly 20-year history.
That changed with the release of Caputia’s related MicrasWiki article on March 15th, in which the micronation established a wide-ranging simulation that included film festivals and nine films. The titles and plots of the simulated films in some cases invoke events and characters that exist within Micras’ geofictional history. Others are tongue-in-cheek references to real films, such as Goldspectre, a reference to James Bond. One Caputian film, La Fin Absolute du Monde, is even accompanied with a full Wikipedia-esque plot summary.
The effort was quickly replicated, to varying degrees, by other micronations in the following days, including the Florian Republic, Kasterburg, Nova England, and Shireroth.
All of the works provide an insight into the cultural values and focus of each micronation, as well as the degree of seriousness with which they take simulationism. The sole work of Nova England is a film about obnoxious foreigners beseiging the regulars of a local pub, while Shireroth’s extensive library comments on many aspects of that micronation’s two-decades.
There are no plans announced to attempt to script any of the films or transform them into animated films, let alone live-action. For now, they remain a cultural stub in their micronations.
CHERRY TREES – New Craitish Prime Minister Iņa Aärnesen has set down her party’s plan for her premiership, with the much-anticipated USSO membership referendum planned for parliamentary discussion before the end of the month.
Aärnesen was elected in September in an unprecedented Liberal-Centre Alliance (LCA) majority victory, becoming only the second Prime Minister from the agrarian-minded party. As the nation’s second ever female to hold the position, Aärnesen has gained a plethora of support from the public, sealing all but three of the available 33 county seats through a platform promising citizens a referendum on Craitland’s membership in the USSO.
Craitland became a founding member of the USSO in early 2017 under the administration of Social Democrat Hjaņ Berntsen. While the USSO is a primarily military alliance, Berntsen’s justification for Craitland’s membership was to allow for a means of effectively providing humanitarian aid to civilians during the Hammish Civil War. Since the apparent cessation of conflict in central Keltia, the USSO has focused on establishing trade amongst its members, though recent developments have led to an air of unease.
Antagonistic behaviour from Daocheng has subsequently culminated in Jingdao and Shireroth ending an unofficial armistice; a move which could once again drag a traditionally peaceable Craitland into warfare, while activities in the Florian Republic have seen its USSO membership terminated following considerably increased involvement from Shirekeep.
LCA head of communications, Alexandrian Marc-Antoine Sacriches – whose expertise has been credited with masterminding the party’s successful election campaign – gave an announcement which was seen to praise the Florians’ latest news as inspiration for the future of Craitland, “The Florian people have shown that USSO membership does not equal straight subjugation by the Jingdaoese. We are in control of our own future in this country, and that means all of us. Ms Aärnesen’s vision will give every Crait the right to decide our nation’s path, and together we will choose the best route forward and forget the mistakes other parties have made without our support.”
Popular opinion polling in Craitland suggests that a referendum asking a direct in-or-out question would receive a narrow majority in favour of leaving the organisation, though the format is yet to be confirmed and further influential campaigning is surely expected prior to the day Craits once again make their way to the ballot box.