Government website launched

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The Government has purchased an internet domain and published a government website. The domain govlg.org was purchased using National Treasury funding. The website features information on the Government’s agencies, structures and departments, as well as hosting an archive of all legislation enacted. In addition, the website features a summary of the Confederation’s history and a feature page on the products made by various enterprises within Leylandiistan & Gurvata. A summary of the nation’s regions is also given.

No website related to Leylandiistan & Gurvata has been published since the union between the two nations in August 2014. Previously, the Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan had its government website at leylandiistan.co.nr, along with separate websites for its postal service and television broadcasting service. All these websites were subsequently deleted following the union. The government website will reduce the Government’s dependancy on Béal na Tíre in order to make important national announcements, for example the enacting of legislation, and will become the main reference point for the Confederation on the internet. According to the first post in the government updates section, the website is intended to compliment the Government’s existing presence on social media, which includes the Twitter handle @LeylandiiGov and accounts for this publication on Tumblr and Twitter.

The creation of the government website marks a major milestone in the implementation of the “Plan for 2016“, the Government’s agenda for the year. The programme specifically called for the creation of a website as one of the Government’s major goals for the year ahead. With this goal now complete, the Government will now move on to selecting a capital city for the Confederation, something which has not been designated to date.

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Foreign policy update agreed by Co-Presidents

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The Co-Presidents have approved a Foreign Office proposal to initiate the first foreign policy update since 2014. The plan includes a revised structure for the management of the Confederation’s external affairs, as well as a general outline of alterations to the country’s foreign policy strategy.

The proposals came about after it was felt that the Confederation’s current presence and interactions in the micronational community were not sufficient. The previous foreign policy update, the Revised Foreign Policy Act 2014, required additional guidance to clarify the objectives of the Confederation’s foreign policy and the management of its external affairs. In addition, the “Plan for 2016” released in January called for a revision to the country’s foreign policy.

This revision came in the form of the “Statement on Policy Changes in Foreign Affairs“, a non-legislative proposal submitted by the Foreign Office to the Co-Presidents yesterday. Today they agreed to go ahead with it. The major change to administration of foreign affairs is that the Foreign Secretary will now be required to brief the Co-Presidents once a month on the status of the Confederation’s diplomatic ties, as well as the current situation of the micronational community and the wider international sphere. The Co-Presidents will then authorise the Foreign Office to release a statement on the government’s stance towards certain issues, as well as announcing new developments in diplomatic relationships. These statements would be disseminated through outlets such as Béal na Tíre.

In terms of objectives, the Confederation will enhance its presence by building more active and much closer ties to allied states, as well as making better use of the categories of diplomatic relationship which already exist in the Revised Foreign Policy Act 2014. The Confederation will aim to establish some sort of informal relationship with all active nations of a certain level of repute and seniority, most likely in the form of a diplomatic channel with informal ties. Nations with existing and mutually beneficial ties will receive regular contact and enhanced co-operation.

Lastly, the government will work with all micronations with an interest in developing an agricultural sector to develop an agricultural pact, where information can be shared and cultivation recorded. A facility for exchanging seeds as well as trading goods would also be created. A number of governments have already been contacted on this matter, and are said to have shown interest. With this update now approved, the agricultural pact will likely be established within weeks.

1 Year of Béal na Tíre!

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We are delighted to announce that today, 18 December 2014, marks our first anniversary! This time last year, Béal na Tíre was set up as the Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan’s Irish language news blog.

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Since then, things have changed dramatically, both in Leylandiistan and here on Béal na Tíre. Last December we were an obscure seldom-read blog which drew attention only for it being the first Irish-language blog covering micronational topics. When the Leylandiistan Sentinel, the main newspaper of Leylandiistan then distributed by email, began publishing irregularly rather than fortnightly, Béal na Tíre started posting in English, and with the Sentinel’s complete demise in early 2014 came our new status of Leylandiistan’s main news outlet.

As these changes took place in Béal na Tíre, Leylandiistan’s political climate also began to change. In March 2014 we reported on the successful Constitutional Referendum, which made Leylandiistan more democratic and more developed.

However, the referendum marked the beginning of a new phase in Leylandiistan’s history which no one anticipated. The constitution was never implemented as the void grew between Leylandiistan’s states, and on July 17 we shocked the micronational community when we published our report on the government meeting which resulted in Robinscourt Autonomous Republic’s withdrawal from the government, the departure of key figures in our history, and leaving those who remained in no fit position to continue on as normal. One month later, Béal na Tíre was no longer the main news source of the Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan. The Treaty of Union was signed on August 30 between Leylandiistan and Gurvata, and Béal na Tíre took on it’s new role of main news outlet to the new Confederation.

Today, we are in a much different situation than when we were founded this time last year. However, we have never compromised on our standards of reporting. When the divisive issue of the West Germania – New Israel conflict arose in August, Béal na Tíre interviewed Emperor Markus of New Israel and King Penda II of West Germania in a special two part report on the issue. As you will see in the comments, we were praised for our continued impartiality on the issue, despite the strong voices on either side of the debate. While we have shown no fear on reporting on conflict, we have also featured stories of friendship among micronations, such as the trilateral celebration of Lughnasa in August. The Confederation of Leylandiistan & Gurvata is a new nation, but in the short time since its inception it has achieved so much. It has occupied territory, made several economic milestones, including the introduction of regular taxation which later inspired other micronations to do the same, and has had an active government which has met regularly and passed several acts of legislation. We truly believe the Confederation will prove to be a fine nation as it grows further!

So here’s to another year of Béal na Tíre! Merry Christmas, and stay tuned to our blog for further developments!

Fáilte go dtí Béal na Tíre!

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Fáilte go dtí Béal na Tíre!

Dia dhaoibh!

Fáilte romhat go dtí Béal Na Tíre! Is é seo nuachtan náisiúnta an Léiloindístáin. Tá an áthas orainn na scéalta ó timpeall na tíré a thuairt duit. Is tír óg í an Léiloindístáin, agus tiocfaidh a lán scéalta nua suimiúl chughat ó am go h-am. Is Gaelgóirí lúfach iad na scríobhnóirí ar an suíomh seo. Tá an Gaeilge láidir inár tír bheag, agus táimid sásta chun an nuacht a roinnt leat inár teanga dúchais!

Coimeád súil ar an suíomh seo!