Baile an t-Úllghort – 14ú Eanair
A view northwards to Orchardstown: two inches of snow fell overnight on 13 January, the first snowfall since late 2013
An Fheirm Agricultural Co-operative’s lands, including raised beds and surrounding cultivated land, were blanketed by snow.
- Citizens of Leylandiistan & Gurvata awoke this morning to around two inches (5 cm) of snow. It began falling around 21:00 the previous evening, gradually building up over the course of the night. However, the snow was not to be enjoyed for long, as heavy rain showers had melted all the snow by 13:00. Thankfully, we managed to photograph these winter scenes before it all melted away! No crops are being grown at An Fheirm Co-operative at the moment, and the only current residents, some perennial herbs, appear to have survived the ordeal. Little disruption was reported by citizens commuting to work and school.
- The Government Bodies Act 2015 and Ordnance Survey Act 2015 have reached their final drafting, as agreed by the Co-Presidents. The former outlines the procedure for establishing a government body, and categorises them into different types of government body, while the latter establishes the Ordnance Survey of Leylandiistan & Gurvata, which will be responsible for mapping all of the Confederation’s territory. They will likely be signed into law this weekend.
- The Co-Presidents have begun planning the year ahead for the agricultural sector. 2014 was a very successful year for the sector, producing a variety of dried herbs, fresh vegetables and apple cider. Plans include growing plants suitable for the production of exportable produce, to SJEP member states in particular, as well as meeting the needs of citizens in a way which would reduce the Confederation’s dependency on imported food and drink. As Co-President Ó Cathail said in his New Year’s address, the amount of land dedicated to agriculture will be doubled. Tomatoes will no longer be grown, while the increase in cultivated land will allow more plants like carrots, melon, potatoes, leeks and courgette among others to be grown for the domestic market, and less perishable herbs like fennel, fenugreek and thyme as well as ginger for SJEP states. Land in both regions of the Confederation will be used for production of these crops, at An Fheirm in Leylandiistan and at numerous sites in south-east Gurvata.
- Finally, Co-President Ó Ceocháin has begun designs for a possible new currency. A micronation in the U.S. has offered to make customised coin moulds for the National Treasury. Co-President Ó Ceocháin is using inspiration from the Confederation’s national symbols as well as some Irish designs for the coins. Progress in the project has been steady, and final designs will be submitted to the coin mould producers in February. The new currency, to which a name has not yet been assigned, will either be used alongside the euro, or will be used for ceremonial purposes. Should a change in decision take place in regard to the status of the Confederation’s currency, designs will be submitted instead for medals instead of coins.