Above: The flag of Grémmia, currently being ruled by a provisional government
The Provisional Government of Grémmia has informed Béal na Tíre that it has renamed the country to the Grémmian Empire, and that it will “institute an elected monarchy”. The micronation has been in a state of limbo since an internal coup took place a few months ago. The coup occurred in order to bring about radical change in the way Grémmia was governed, and it appears the first steps are now being taken to bring about such changes.
A representative of the Provisional Government told Béal na Tíre that the Republic of Grémmia’s constitution will remain suspended as the government goes about implementing new changes. The Provisional Government has justified the transformation of Grémmia into an Empire by saying that it will streamline government activity and enhance administrative efficiency, while accommodating a widely dispersed population.
Under the new provisions of governance, the Emperor will be Michael I, who has been at the helm of a number of previous governments of Grémmia’s past incarnations. He will be advised by the Grémmian Council of State, who will act as a privy council. Members will initially act as advisors, but Emperor Michael I intends for the Council of State’s members to be assigned portfolios once the most pressing demands of governance have been attended to, making them into a cabinet of ministers.
The Provisional Government has assured Béal na Tíre that no objections have been made to these changes so far. While the option of restoring the Republic’s constitution is still on the table, the new set up of government will likely be maintained until Grémmia has undergone significant additional reforms.
Since its foundation in 2013, Grémmia has been a stable, widely respected nation in the micronational community. Indeed, it has held positive informal dialogue with Leylandiistan & Gurvata for quite some time. A recent poll of micronationalists found Grémmia is among the top 10 nations who influence the community, along with Leylandiistan & Gurvata (though the author would caution against trusting the accuracy of the poll). Grémmia also has a strong tradition of democracy through its multi-party parliament, the Lansgemeinde, convened through Skype. It has even followed the Swiss example by making citizens approve legislation through referenda.
Yet in the past few hours, a radical change has occurred in Grémmia. A coup has overthrown the Grémmian government. In a declaration made exclusively available to Béal na Tíre, a provisional government has been set up “on behalf of the Grémmian people”. In it, the previous government is accused of “failing to attend to its duties”, leaving the coup leaders, in their opinion, with little choice but to take power.
A list of grievances with the system which ran Grémmia for the past two years is made in the second article of the declaration; among them, excessive bureaucracy causing Grémmia’s isolation, and the Landsgemeinde’s inability to meet regularly. The principle argument is that “the promised things have not appeared, and therefore it has become necessary for the People to provide their gift of legitimacy to another governing body”. The full declaration, given exclusively to us by coup leader Michael Ònff, can be read here: Announcement of the New Grémmian Regime
It is not known how the micronational community will react, though if the coup leaders, among them prominent Grémmians like Michael Ònff, can convince the community of their good intentions, then it is likely today’s actions will be welcomed. If they can be trusted with their word, then the coup leaders will then immediately set about forming a provisional government to reform Grémmia in order to correct the deficiencies in its previous administration outlined in their declaration. Béal na Tíre will have more on this story in the coming hours.