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Volume II, Issue IV, 22 September 2002

Central Committee Membership Finalised
In a triumph for socialist democracy, the elections for the 2 members of the central committee have concluded smoothly with Calif el Hazzad winning 9 points, Bobby 8 and ElDorni and Zarathustra Erutirn 7. The Foreign and Defence ministers will now both assume seats on the central committee. The committee now consists of Chairman Young, Uncle Damn, William Howard, Conrad Cromien, Calif el Hazzad and Bobby. This group of Baracãoans will have the important task of offering guidance to the nation. We congratulate the candidates.
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¡No Pasaran!
In response to the spread of imperialism, the first members of the MR-EP International Brigade have signed up and committed themselves to the defence of freedom. The Brigade serves to protect the interests of the oppressed and exploited everywhere and is the vanguard in the international struggle against imperialism. The first members were Pacarys head of state and a former Secretary of Defence and leading micronational soldier. These brave individuals have set an example to all freedom-loving citizens of the micronational world and everybody is invited to join. With such men as these to compete with, the downfall of the imperialist menace is inevitable. Men and woman of all nations, whether a socialist or not, this should serve as a call to arms! Sign up now in the Baracãoan Ministry of Defence!
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Imperialists Come Begging
Following the outrage caused by the withdrawal of Pacary from the AoFS and the response to the MR-EP International Brigade call to arms, the leader of the empire has approached the Baracãoan government with a request to ease tensions. In real terms, this means that Menelmacar is asking that we show pity and end what they call a ‘cold war’. Of course, for the Baracãoan nation to even contemplate peaceful co-existence with such a monster would be a betrayal of our principles. Our socialist republic must maintain its strong stance against imperialism, no matter how much they beg for mercy. The imperialists can continue to sweat for Baracão will never compromise.
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‘Tales of Rebellion – Episodes of the Baracãoan Revolution’ 
The Ministry of Education and Culture has begun to compile accounts and information on the socialist revolution that created our nation in its current state. So far, only two stories can be found in the archives but more will be added in time.

http://www.oocities.com/baracaoarchives/
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Economic Discussion Underway
Talk about getting the economy up and running is going on the Plaza. With the return of the minister, the economic department is hard at work in getting a budget written and the simulation working again. Hopefully, we will shortly have a successful economy – a definite rarity. There has also been talk of Babkha experimenting with the system and Comrade Cromien has been hard at work selling it to them. So far their minds seem undecided but should it happen, another dimension would be added, that of international trade.
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Free Republic…comes home
Finally the saga of the Free Republic is over, with new maps being changed to show it as Baracãoan territory. The whole affair might have caused less of a fuss had that been done in the first place but at least justice has been served.
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Revised Constitution
The Peoples Congress voted 5-1 in favour of adopting the revised constitution proposed by Chairman Young. The document takes into account name changes and legally defines the duties of the First Secretary of the Communist Party. It can be viewed in the PC forum.
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Babkha Goes to the Polls
Babkha has continued in its great democratic traditions and elected a new leadership this week. Two parties contested the elections, the Azadegan who stand for Islamic Socialism and the Babkhan Liberal Centre Party who promote…err…liberalism. The BLCP emerged victorious with a 5-2 victory on the day. Fortunately, all the candidates who stood were elected to the Majlis. There are now 3 BLCP and 2 Azadegan members, giving the Liberal Centre party a majority but ensuring that the Islamic Socialists have at least a say in the way the Kingdom is run.
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Rastakhiz
The Shah of Babkha has made a passionate address to his nation calling for ‘Rastakhiz’ – literally, a renaissance. The Shah promised to make Babkha “the most democratic, the most vibrant, the most sophisticated and the most hegemonic power in all the spheres of micronations” and asked only for the loyalty of his subjects. The exact changes which will come of this remain to be seen but it may mark a shift in Babkhan domestic policy. You can see the full text here, http://pub48.ezboard.com/fbabkhafrm1.showMessage?topicID=918.topic
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“My Rant On Micro-Nations: A Newbies Perspective” by is Zarathustra Erutirn
“Yes, that's right, despite what everyone, or anyone for that matter, has said about me. I've decided to write my own editorial. For those of you who don't know who I am, don't worry, I'm that new guy who appeared in Varja, don't know where that is... look at the Baracãoan forums, however, if you honestly don't want to I'll list it off: (formerly) General of the Armies, Republic of Varja, (formerly) General of the Armies and later Secretary-General, Socialist Repbulic of Varja, Governor and Commander of MR-EP Forces, Baracãoan Province of Varja, (formerly) Prefect of State, Imperium of Menelmacar, and Knight-Councillor of Hundland, United Baronies of Treesia and Fabon, I think I got them all. I digress and move on.

The current 'rage' seems the debate on Partisan or non-Partisan political entities in Micro-Nations and the place, or lack thereof, of Culture. Both sides have had people weigh in and people not weigh in and I'm sure it is all worthy of a song longer than Alice's Resturant Masacrée, but... I doubt Arlo Guthrie will be writing a song about us anytime soon.

Partisan politics is not the evil of non-existant politics that most people seem to make it out to be. I'd really doubt if there was ever a non-Partisan nation in existance (no, one-party doesn't mean non-Partisan, you still had reformers and the old guard who would argue and create partisanship). Oh, but that is macronational... we're better than them! Nope, sorry, partisanship will always exist and always has existed people always argue. Now this partisanship is what created politic parties, ideological groupings, et cetera and none of these things are evil. How does one pass legislation? How does one get the leaders of your nation to listen? It isn't by standing around, either in the one-party enviroment or the no-party enviroment, it is by getting a coalition of people who agree with you together and showing a unified front. That is how the parties started, that is how they should have stayed. Parties at their purest are not a tool of diversity, they are a tool for people to weigh in in a highly applicable fashion. Which shall be listened to more? Which carries more weight? "My friend and I propose..." or "The reformers propose...". Yes, it is the second one, why? Because even if you don't agree with the people in your party or the people in your group, you debate it there make it the best in the interests of you and your friends and then you provide a unified front to opposition and to the leadership. This is not a hinderance to government, it is a help it lets people be heard and be listened to when they are heard. The justification that 'this is micro-nations' or 'this is the apollonian way' or anything else is just smoke being blown up our collective asses. Micro-nationalists, Apollonians, Baracãoans, Menelmacari, Treesians, Babkhans, Atterans, even those two crazed Crandish... we're all people, yes, even Moogle Boy and Wombat Man, we're people through and through. As people we're sectionalist, partisan, and inheritly we don't like agreeing. Partisanship is here to stay, wether it is in parties, groups of reformers, or rampaging Chocobo at the gates.

Culture, the other 'hot topic' is well, a rather silly debate. This is mostly an example of partisanship. We're better than you cause we hate 'Apollonian' and don't focus on culture! Well, sure we do, everybody does. Baracão has culture, Menelmacar has culture. The difference? Baracão's culture is based in something we like to call... reality, where as Menelmacar's is based in something refered to as: The Collective Void of Role-Players Everywhere (tm). People have derided reality and fantasy based culture over and over, it's just a choice. Who really cares if I want to say that my country has T-70 series tanks rolling down the streets or a giant randomly named gravship floating overhead. Honestly, it isn't like there is really a T-70 or Gravship to split between all Micro-nations everywhere.

Political Ideology is also come under recent fire. Well... you can't bring macronational politics in here because they suck! Er, why the hell not? We can make Monarchies, Republics, Flying Pieces of Spam, why the hell can't people bring in macronational politics? Isn't like Micro-Nationalists are really going to be inventing new forms of self-rule, we just use the same thing people have always used and well, hate to break it to you folk, Socialism and Communism have emerged as actual forms of self-rule (The fact that no-one has really successfully pulled it off isn't the point and no, the USSR wasn't a communism. Stalin was a dictator and a rather paranoid insane dude, too).

Let's see what else everyone has been engaging in large pissing matches over, the MCS Map and the Apollo Foundation. Uh, honestly, what does it matter folk? I know it was your hard earned relic of some war you all profess to despise and would never admit you really actually cared about the war or the people who started it, but... uh, it's all just a bunch of 0s and 1s and forums are probably less reliable than this notepad document I'm making this in! Who cares where one bit of the MCS map goes or not, it isn't like you people use simulated warfare models... so it really doesn't matter. RecWars will continue to go on wether or not some small dot on Scott's lovechi... map goes to you or to Billy Bob and the Farmes United Coalition Nation of Nextdooria. Really, amity is the holy land of blankity-blank! You can't give it away! Uh, why not? Cause you lose the magical possesion of a non-existant island? Mar Sara was our prize! So? Your point? You love to hate on the causes and the war itself, but try and take away your silly non-existant island and let someone else moderate the forum for awhile and you cry bloody murder. Take a step back, look at what you're doing. Would you beat someone up for some figment of their imagination and then try to beat someone else up for that same figment of imagination when they asked if they could have it? I really don't think you'd do that, honestly, a bit of maturity, come on, I'm sure we can all pull it off.

And that folks, is Zarathustra Erutirn's very first editorial. Anything else I forgot to complain and rant about, I'll consider ranting and raving at in some future editorial.”
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Quote of the Day

(With all credit to Scott Siskind and the Fireba…Skyline…we’ve decided that a quote would be a good feature for us too. The main reason for this is that this quote was too good, but we may keep this as a regular feature anyway)

'Thus ends Baracao.' – Phillip Locke
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