Above: The Treaty of Dissolution was signed in Orchardstown today. The Confederation’s flag was raised for the last time.
The Confederation of Leylandistan & Gurvata has today been dissolved. The decision follows the announcement made last week on the government’s website, and ends two years of union between Leylandiistan and Gurvata, the former having been in existence for nearly four years. The Co-Presidents met for the final time in their capacity as heads of state of the Confederation at Orchardstown this afternoon. They reviewed and agreed to final draft of a treaty to end the state of union between Leylandiistan & Gurvata, with provisions to dissolve those constituents upon the end of the union.
The Confederation’s flag was raised for a final time in the corn patch of Orchardstown. The Treaty to Dissolve the State of Union between Leylandiistan & Gurvata was signed at 18:50 GMT, first by Co-President Ó Ceocháin of Gurvata and then by Co-President Ó Cathail, thereby dissolving the Confederation. The Confederal flag was lowered, and the Irish tricolour was raised to acknowledge the transfer of sovereignty back to the Republic of Ireland. The text of the Treaty may be viewed here.
Above: The Treaty of Dissolution is signed by both Co-Presidents (left), and the Irish tricolour is raised in Orchardstown.
Following the Confederation’s dissolution, final measures have been taken to wrap up the government’s activity. All legislation was repealed by the Treaty of Dissolution, and all treaties annulled. Membership of the two organisations which the Confederation participated in, the Grand Unified Micronational and the International Agricultural Development Pact, has been withdrawn. The government’s twitter account, which has 326 followers, will be shut down in the coming days. The National Treasury’s funds have been equally divided amongst all citizens. The government website’s domain has been cancelled and will expire in a few month’s time. Official diplomatic channels are being closed, with all outstanding matters being settled.
It’s the end of a journey for the Confederation, and thus it is also the end of the journey for Béal na Tíre. We hope to preserve this site as a historical record of events in the Confederation. We would like to thank all of our loyal readers for reading our articles, and commenting on them too, all around the world. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir!
Above: a selection of products made available to citizens through the National Dental Health Initiative.
The National Dental Health Initiative has gotten underway, as the first lot of products ordered under the scheme were today distributed among citizens for free in both constituents of the Confederation. The products consisted of mints and chewing gum made using xylitol and peppermint oil. The National Treasury has confirmed the order cost the taxpayer €31. They were ordered from Peppersmith, a British company which specialises in natural chewing gums and mints.
The products were selected because of their 100% xylitol content. Xylitol is a type of sweet compound classed as sugar alcohol. Oral health experts have found that xylitol helps to reduce plaque and the risk of tooth decay, and may also restore enamel damage which is caused by acid erosion. Leylandiistan & Gurvata has become only the second country in the world, after Finland, to distribute xylitol products to its citizens for free. The National Dental Health Initiative is the first government intervention into matter of public of health, and is based off of the Finnish preventative dentistry policy. More products will be distributed among citizens for free, in an effort to promote awareness of good dental hygiene and improve the oral health of citizens of the Confederation.
Above: The flag of the Confederation was raised in the corn patch next to Government Buildings in Orchardstown.
Union Day was celebrated in the Confederation of Leylandiistan & Gurvata today. On this day two years ago, the Presidents of the Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan and the Republic of Gurvata signed the Treaty of Union at Orchardstown, uniting the two nations into one confederation. Today the two signatories, the current Co-Presidents Fionnbarra Ó Cathail and Pádraig Ó Ceocháin, met at Orchardstown again today to discuss the nation’s progress since 2014. The occasion was celebrated with tea and cake.
Above: the Co-Presidents celebrated with a lemon & white chocolate madeira cake and tea at Orchardstown.
The Co-Presidents used the opportunity to make the announcement that the Plan for 2016 had been fully implemented. The Plan for 2016, the government’s agenda for this year, was published in January. It has worked as a guideline for the government’s activities throughout the year, particularly in legislative and budgetary matters. While the vast majority of ideas in the Plan for 2016 were successfully implemented, such as the Official Languages Act signed into law last week, two were later discarded. Following the National Budget 2016, where the National Contribution Charge was halved and other taxes were scrapped, it was decided that the National Insurance scheme would be scrapped as further income was not needed. In addition, plans to create a judicial system have been shelved as the low number of citizens and non-existant crime rate mean such an endeavour would produce few results.
In addition, the Co-Presidents launched the National Dental Health Initiative today. The National Dental Health Initiative Act 2016 was signed into law on 22 August. The aim of the initiative is to promote positive dental hygiene. The National Treasury today ordered the first batch of products, which under the terms of the Act are to be distributed to citizens for free. An order of €31 was made with Peppersmith, a British company which manufactures chewing gum and mints from xylitol, a sweet compound which neutralises plaque acids on teeth. Béal na Tíre will be reporting on the progress of the initiative in the weeks ahead.
The Chair of the GUM, Fionnbarra Ó Cathail, has released a statement concerning the application made by the State of Sandus and the subsequent disputes resulting from its rejection. Mr. Ó Cathail apologised for the incorrect portrayal he made in private of one incident in the past involving Mr. Soergel, the leader of Sandus. He also explained how his views on the application were incorrectly conveyed, saying “I did not understand that the Chair was still allowed to hold the opinion of his delegation even after his election.” Mr. Soergel has released a statement via the facebook page of the State of Sandus, apologising for issuing an ultimatum to Mr. Ó Cathail, pledging not to interfere in the affairs of the GUM, and to respect the outcome of the Quorum’s vote without any further protests.
The GUM leadership, the government of Austenasia and the government of Sandus reached an agreement to resolve the impasse. Diplomatic relations between Austenasia and Sandus have ceased following a protracted deterioration worsened by recent events, however Mr. Ó Cathail stated that diplomatic ties between Sandus and Leylandiistan & Gurvata would not be affected, despite the existence of “major political differences”.
The statement may be viewed here. Mr. Soergel’s statement may be viewed here.
Foreign Secretary Ó Cathail began campaigning today for his bid to become the next Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational. He released a campaign booklet to outline what he would do as Chair. He has pledged to encourage the membership of younger members to allow their own development, and to be held accountable through facilitating questions to the Chair at the beginning of Quorum. Ó Cathail is currently in France, and will be returning on the 25th of June. Gurvatan Co-President Stephen Keohane is currently serving as Acting President of the Confederation until he returns.
Ó Cathail will be running against Mcarthian President Kit McCarthy, who has launched his campaign website earlier this week. Voting begins on the 18th of June, The result will be announced on the 25th of June, after which the winner will take office.