A selection of photos from the past two years:
Above: Leylandiistan’s first physical flag was commissioned by the government in early 2014. It was produced by Prospect Design in Dublin, Ireland. Above it is seen flying over Orchardstown.
Above: It took a while for Leylandiistan to develop its economy, but today Leylandiistan produces fine foods, drinks and other agricultural products. Above, a bottle of LeylandiiCola is pictured in the orchard at the Cubbyhole, at the official launch of LeylandiiCola
A message from Fionnbarra Ó Cathail
It is hard to believe that two years have passed already. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Leylandiistan, I shall give a quick summary of our history. On 3 November 2012, Ruairí de Créag and I signed the declaration of independence. The new Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan was to begin with a diarchy, run by us two, having complete authority over the running of the state’s affairs. The following weeks and months were very exciting indeed. To begin with, two territories were claimed, Cubbyhole and Robinscourt, each having a governor called a Pro-Consul. Within three weeks a telecommunications company, LeylandiiCell, was established. In January 2013 Molossia offered limited recognition, while our first treaty was signed with Flandrensis. Leylandiistan began printing its own currency, the Lira, and extended diplomatic relations to more and more countries as the year went on.
On July 31 2013 elections were scheduled for August 7. The elections led to my election as President, and a seven seat legislature taking office. The government news blog at its official site moved to this site, Béal na Tíre, in December, and the National Assembly ratified the GUM charter and two other acts of legislation. A constitutional referendum in March 2014 ratified a new constitution. However, after a brief period of inactivity, Robinscourt withdraw from Leylandiistan in July and later returned to being under Irish control. Ruairí de Créag left with it. All was not lost, however, and after a period of negotiation, Leylandiistan merged with Gurvata to form the Confederation of Leylandiistan & Gurvata, on 31 August 2014. In the past two months, numerous bills have been signed into law by myself, Co-President Fionnbarra Ó Cathail, and my colleague, Co-President Pádraig Ó Ceocháin. For the first time in two years, the government’s activities are funded by taxes collected from our citizens, while a new territory, Dooneen Cove Island, has joined the Confederation, and the people of the Confederation are optimistic about the bright future that lies ahead for the nation.
As you may have guessed, it has been a long road to get to where we are today. I have encountered many interesting people along the way, and I have learned a lot about micronationalism and the people behind it. I have also learned a lot about myself. Since November 2012 I have matured a great deal, and my political and micronational outlook has altered greatly. I now have a much greater understanding of politics, economics and government. I am not the same person as I was two years ago. The same can be said about Leylandiistan. Apart from the obvious differences, such as those changes of governance and territory I have mentioned, Leylandiistan has changed greatly ideologically and professionally. We have gone from being a small wikian state to a nation widely recognised and respected. Today, Leylandiistan & Gurvata is a member of the GUM and the SJEP, whereas last year we were part of a few inactive YAMOs. Our economy in 2013 consisted of a few defunct state utilities, while this year much progress has been made in developing a successful agricultural sector, and the National Contribution Charge allows the government to fund projects nationwide.
We have evidently come a long way, but where next for Leylandiistan & Gurvata, you may ask? The Confederation will continue in its current format for the foreseeable future, as a diarchy headed by two Co-Presidents, although a democratic legislature will be inaugurated as soon as the citizenry increases. Next year, the agricultural sector will at least double in size. For the first time, Leylandiistan & Gurvata will begin grain production, with wheat and spelt crops to be sown in March 2015. Basic milling equipment for the production of flour has been acquired. Our output of fruit and veg will also be increased. The redevelopment of land for agricultural purposes will be financed by taxes paid by our citizens, while agricultural producers will soon receive regular from the government. Economic diversification is vital to our nation’s economic standing, so the enhancement of other sectors will begin next year in order to begin exporting products to SJEP member states. Elsewhere, I will continue to serve as GUM Vice Chair until the elections in December, and Leylandiistan & Gurvata will extend recognition to all GUM and SJEP member states. Once Irish state examinations finish in June, younger citizens like myself will be able to dedicate much more time to serving their nation, and the government will announce a comprehensive programme of development for the coming year. As year between June 2015 and June 2016 will be quiet academically, much more reform and development will occur in the coming year.
Exciting times lie ahead for us. I hope Leylandiistan & Gurvata will live to see more anniversaries in the coming years. Long live Leylandiistan & Gurvata! Praise to you, motherland!