Alt DNS proposed

A new proposal aims to help micronations severe their dependency on macronational top-level domain names by introducing an alternative domain name server system.

NationDNS, a new intermicronational organization created by Jonah Aragon, will develop custom country-code top-level domain names (ccTLD) for participating micronations on the FreeNIC alternative DNS root system.

“Using Austenasia [as an example], they could be granted the ccTLD .aa, which would give them the ability to crate websites such as finance.gov.aa [or] foreignaffairs.gov.aa,” said Aragon in announcing the initiative. Participating micronations might also be permitted to sell their assigned ccTLD as a means of raising revenues, similar to how Tuvalu sold rights to the .tv ccTLD to television companies.

The deployment of each custom ccTLD would require some manual adjustment to each user’s computer settings according to Aragon. “It isn’t a difficult change … it just isn’t default so there’d need to be some end-user educational involved,” he said, hoping to minimize any related concern.

And minimize the concerns he did. Several MicroWiki Community micronations have voiced their interest in participating, including Glastieve, Madrona, and Nordkavn, though no timeline has been announced for the deployment of their related ccTLDs.

Aragon’s effort is the first since the early 2000s, when Cesidio Tallini created alternative TLDs for his “Fifth World Community”. Tallini’s TLDs ultimately saw limited use outside of his micronation’s immediate sphere.

Aragon hopes to avoid that outcome by expanding NationDNS to offer full-service hosting packages that include such benefits as monetization to encourage use of the alternative DNS. Those services are expected to come online as early as May 28th.

 

Alt DNS proposed

Territorial claims untenable despite spin

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] recent discussion started by Connor Stumperth of Mallanor poses the question of whether or not individual micronations recognize so-called “blanket claims” of large swaths of territory that the micronation cannot reasonably exert its influence upon in any meaningful, i.e. sovereign, manner.

One such micronation that makes a significant such territorial claim is Madrona, a secessionist endeavour that lays claim to a wide swath of Canadian territory encompassing approximately 3.3 million square kilometres. The claim is a serious one and Madrona is intent on realizing its fantastic goals for the development of that territory.

Participating in the discussion, its head of state, Shamus, suggested that while it was not reasonable for a micronation to claim Europe or all of Russia, it was nonetheless reasonable for a micronation to make a more limited claim, such as Madrona’s. “I would not recognize someone’s efforts if all they did was claim Europe and Russia and claim it as their own, that is a bit silly … I am working to break away [where] there are some three-hundred thousand registered residents living within, and they do not have a high average standard of living,” qualified Shamus. “It would be like me trying to claim all of Canada as my micronation, it just wouldn’t work.”

The story behind Madrona is one of great creativity, with Shamus having developed a detailed plan that will ultimately prove unimplementable, both legally and practically. The dream that is the Madrona territorial claim is no less silly than the very suggestion that Shamus makes regarding those who claim Europe or Russia, no matter how much more time he has invested into “thinking it out” or how much he attempts to spin the claim as “serious”.

The idea that Madrona will somehow be granted sovereign control over such a significant amount of Canadian territory, even if it isn’t “all” of Canada, is a non-starter. In order to gain sovereign control over its claim, Madrona would have to successfully negotiate the transfer of land title from six Crowns to itself (in Canada, there is a federal Crown, and then each Province is a sovereign Crown onto itself, and all collectively own the overwhelming area of territory within the Madrona claim). This is not a reasonable outcome, given that it would be political suicide for any of the leaders of these respective governments to surrender such territory (the economic loss of the territory, which composes much of the resource-rich Canadian Shield, would leave the affected Provincial Crowns, especially, largely economically insolvent). Further, neither Crown would seriously entertain Madrona, so any planned independence from Canada, or sovereignty over their land claim, by their planned July 7, 2016 date, or any date in the future, is but a pipe-dream.

That Madrona could never obtain lawful ownership of its territorial claim, one of the fundamental characteristics of a sovereign nation, meaning that its more-limited claim is no more less silly than if it claimed all of Canada.

The ultimate inability to exercise sovereign control over the territory is also a reality that applies across the board to all territorial claims, no matter how big or small. John Houston of Loquntia more accurately states in his reply to the discussion that “claiming [an] entire state, or even property owned by someone else in another country is beyond unrecognizable”.

I would argue that Houston’s treatment with respect to the recognition of territorial claims should be expanded. Based on legal realities, I would suggest a more accurate treatment would be “claiming an entire state, property owned by someone else, or even your own property, in any country is beyond unrecognizable.”

The tenant that a micronation cannot enforce a claim on property its participants do not own is self-explanatory, I would hope, to most. That it cannot enforce sovereignty on property its participants do own – that is a reality that may provoke angry replies, but it is a reality nonetheless.

Regardless of whether one thinks they can claim sovereignty over their privately-held land, the reality is that one cannot. That land and any improvements (ex. structures) can never be claimed as sovereign territory exempt from the authority of the sovereign state in which it is located. If Madrona were a bedroom that had a sign posted that claimed its international border existed at the door, it would still not be protected from incursion by the agents of the sovereign state in which the bedroom was physically located.

Generally, the law in any given sovereign state at best grants privacy of privately-held land (especially dwelling-houses) to the occupants, but the state nonetheless retains lawful authority to invade that privacy as circumstances permit (which would, for example, involve investigating an allegation that the occupant of the property was in contravention of the state’s laws). Further, in many states, privately-held land can be expropriated by the state in particular situations in exchange for reasonable monetary compensation to the title holder (reasonable to the market or the State; rarely reasonable to the title holder).

Short of raising a military (directly or through allies) that rivals that of the state in which it is physically located, and would therefore serve to deter agents of that state from entering onto its territory, it is impossible for any territorial micronation to ultimately exercise sovereignty. Of course, beyond access to small arms, a micronation would never be able to acquire or retain the larger arms or vehicles necessary to create such an environment of deterrence.

In my opinion, based on territorial legalities alone, to qualify one territorial claim as “silly” versus another is therefore hypocritical. Any territorial claim, and the related claim of sovereignty over it, by a micronation is “silly”. The time and effort put into perpetuating such claims by some micronationalists would arguably be more efficiently, and effectively, applied to other endeavours.

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Territorial claims untenable despite spin

Covanellis dreams big with billions in infrastructure

MICROWIKI (CS) | Big dreams have been laid out by the Covanellis Republic to build a 130 square kilometre city, but how it will raise the billions of dollars required remains unclear.

The ambitious plan, laid out by President Bailey McCahon, would see the construction of a city of 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants in Australia complete with nearly $3 billion of infrastructure to be constructed, including a school, hospital, utilities, and a maglev train to Sydney and Melbourne. This would simply be the start of the project, with McCahon desiring to spend an eventual $50-to-$70 billion to “make the quality of life in Covanellis one of the best in the world … and [to] make the economy largely impermeable [to a] financial crisis.”

All of this, it seems, would be accomplished primarily by the creation of a thriving aquaculture industry in the micronation which would yield anywhere from $5-to-$30 billion in revenue according to the plan. “We would farm the numerous species of aquatic plants, which are widely sought for uses in aquariums, food sources and livestock feed,” said McCahon, noting that such plants are “highly sought after and expensive” in reference to his estimated revenue of $5 USD for one square-inch of Java Moss. Further revenue in support of the plan would be garnered from technological and banking services, as well as the creation of an entertainment industry.

No business plan has been authored to support McCahon’s revenue figures and it is unclear whether Covanellis would be able to corner the global aquaculture market, which is expected to value just under $16 billion by 2019, sufficiently to even meet the lower end of its expectation. McCahon nonetheless hopes to see his plan to fruition for a planned secession timeframe of 2025 to 2030.

Covanellis is the second micronation this year to arrive in the MicroWiki Community with big dreams and no apparent rational financial or legal plan for attaining its desired end result. In May, King Shamus of Madrona boasted that his micronation was in “discussion” with the Canadian government to take over one-third of its territory to create a new nation with a $22 trillion gross domestic product.

In providing the only community feedback on the Covanellis plan, King Shamus was supportive of Covanellis’ plan, but criticized the accuracy of some of its cost figures for the various projects and, with respect to certain projects, characterized some as using unnecessarily complicated methods.

Covanellis dreams big with billions in infrastructure

The Sky’s the Limit for Madronan State

EDITOR’S DESK (CS) | Secessionist micronationalists have never played coy with their insatiable desire to have their “state” recognized by international organizations, such as the United Nations, or their belief that planting a flag in their backyard legally designates them as sovereign from their macronational overlords. That sovereignty is a Holy Grail that no micronationalist has yet to find.

It is a stubborn persistence in the face of a stark reality that one can only offer commendation for, if only in passing. One can almost feel the frustration of the secessionist who spends his days trying to find that Holy Grail yet knows in the back of his mind that sovereignty is a pipe-dream at best. Carefully crafting a pathway to sovereignty and the measured improvement of the post-statehood micronation is after all not a quick process, if it is to at least sound good on its face. All that time wasted planning and devising a route to a goal that can never be achieved – how frustrating that is, no matter how seditious the goal may be.

Perhaps that is why some secessionists simply forego any logic or effort in their planning and simply embrace the pipe-dream as a guaranteed eventuality that will have immeasurable success once that magical sovereignty and the loving-embrace of the United Nations are achieved. It saves the frustration and the associated unhealthy blood pressure, no doubt.

In my travels through the MicroWiki Community today I encountered such a secessionist, who goes by the name of Shamus, the King of Madrona, who seeks independence for his state from Canada. I found it interesting to read the micronation’s profile page, as it confirmed that not only is Shamus one of those who forego any sort of half-believable planning to achieve sovereignty, he is horrendously trapped within the context of the Madrona delusion.

It’s hard to decide where I should begin to explain the context of the Madrona delusion to the unacquainted, but I figure it’s best to start at the beginning of its fantastic assertions.

Introducing Madrona: a secessionist micronation whose seditious agenda to breakaway and take with it one-third of Canada’s sovereign territory in 2015 is being reputedly entertained by the Government of Canada through “discussions”. The Quebec separatists must be drooling in amazement at this accomplishment.

The Sky’s the Limit for Madronan State