There are two main categories of governmental responsibility: internal affairs and external affairs. Domestic policy and foreign policy. Dealings with citizens and dealings with other states. All micronationalists are aware of these two major roles of their governments. What is often not recognized, however, is the fact that these two areas of micronational development are not in opposition to each other. Our foreign affairs do indeed matter, and help encourage the internal development not only of one’s own nation, but of all others with which they come in contact.
Sôgmô Will Sörgel of Sandus recently addressed intermicronational media following the congress of the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus. A representative of Überstadt National News was present. At one point, the Sôgmô discussed Sandum foreign policy, more specifically the controversial Libera policy, used in the past as the political basis for frequent and lengthy communiques regarding perceived offenses against his state. This policy led to several of what have been termed “media wars,” aggressive back-and-forth arguments between micronational state media. When asked about how the media wars affected Sandus, the Sôgmô replied that such international incidents sometimes, as in the case of the Kozuc agricultural issue, helped Sandum philosophy develop. What Sörgel told the press was, in effect, that intermicronational relations can impact internal affairs positively. I wish to discuss how this occurs.
When we expose our nations to others in a setting like MicroWiki, we are making our creation available to be publicly critiqued. The people of our sector represent a host of differing ideologies, philosophies, and experiences. Our uniqueness is reflected in the nations we have built. By putting our projects out before this hundred-strong diverse jury, we are bound to receive feedback. Sometimes, this feedback is not what we want to hear. That is a good thing. Any nation active in international affairs on MicroWiki will be criticized, not only on their foreign policy, but often on the domestic policies or cultural traits that either give rise to disputes or are remotely involved in some way. A micronational community is full of people ready and willing to give each other ideas on how to develop their nations. The experience of other micronationalists is important to take into account, for we all have differing strengths. Not everybody can build a culture like Daniel Anderson can, and nor everybody is a politician of Alexander Reinhardt’s caliber. The experiences of others are just as important as their ideas in this way- they learned over time through effort what makes a micronation function. It is in everyone’s interest to expose their micronation to others.
Some micronations feel that they have obtained all that they can from the community, and so they leave. This is disappointing. A nation that is so developed that it has gotten all that it can out of MicroWiki should not leave, because their accomplishments make them an ideal mentor figure for the micronations still on the road to prosperity. Does a man who finally receives a long-sought medical degree sit on it for the rest of his life? No, he uses it to help others. Even if a nation has no room to benefit from the community, it can improve micronationalism as a whole by helping others develop. This is a noble task worthy of noble nations.
Überstadt would not be where it is today if I had not brought to my people ideas for our development that were inspired by my involvement with the good people and nations of MicroWiki. Our foreign relations do matter and do benefit our internal affairs. Everyone benefits from constructive criticism the the advice of others more experienced than they. Diplomacy, which is the basic platform for the more formal varieties of such discourse, is therefore not a distraction from what happens within one’s nation, but a tool to improve what happens within one’s nation. The community matters, and we all owe it our best, for the sake of micronationalism as a whole.