Lughnasa / Lúnasa celebrated across micronational community

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Lughnasa is the ancient Celtic Festival celebrating the beginning of the harvest. It was celebrated across three micronations this year: Clyro, Leylandiistan and West Germania. The festivities were marked in Leylandiistan by a candle-lighting ceremony in the depths of the Leyland Cypress (Leylandii) Forest around Orchardstown, and the baking and sharing of bread baked within Leylandiistan

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Above: Candles are lit in the forest near Orchardstown, while bread is shared among citizens.

President Fionnbarra Ó Cathail gave a presidential address on the occasion of Lughnasa.

A chairde,

Bailimid le chéile chun fómhar na samhraidh a chéíliúradh le h-áthas, agus tá daoine bailithe i micreanáisiún chun Féíle Lughnasa a chéíliúradh freisin. Trasna na h-Oileán Briotanach, tagann micreanásiún éagsúil le chéile chun an féile mór seó a chéíliúradh. Sa Ghearmánia Thiar, glaotar Lofmasse ar an féile, agus i Clyro glaotar Lúnastal ar Feíle na Fómhair. I trí tír tá daoine bailithe chun Lughnasa a chéíliúradh. Agus táim an-sásta ar fad chun páirt a ghlacadh sa féile idirnáisiúnta seo.  

This is Leylandiistan’s first major Celtic festival to be celebrated along with other micronations. In three nations we celebrate a common festival, and this common celebration unites the peoples of Leylandiistan, West Germania and Clyro.   Here in Leylandiistan, celebrations were kept small and simple. Candles were lit at the forest in Orchardstown in front of Leylandiistan’s flag. Brown bread was baked and shared among citizens. Under the candlelight, citizens reflected on the summer gone past, and thought of the harvest to come.  

Leylandiistan’s harvest season would be non-existent if it were not for the efforts of the agricultural sector. At An Fheirm Agricultural Co-operative,  fresh produce has been available to our citizens for a number of months now. The sizeable carrot crop is almost ready to be harvested, and the apple trees at the orchards of Orchardstown are laden down with apples. As the harvest season comes to a close around the end of September and early October, we can expect blackberries, melons, strawberries and tomato crops to nourish our diets, and to reduce our dependence on imported produce. Self sufficiency is a goal of ours, and already we are self-sufficient in lettuce, chives, thyme, rosemary and parsley. We aim to be self sufficient in more essential crops in the future.  

Lughnasa also helps us look to the future beyond the harvest. As we collect our produce , we can determine which crops were more successful and which ones were not so. We can decide what we need next year, and where vegetable and other crops should be planted. The co-op has already laid out plans for the production of oats, and the government has acquired the equipment needed to process the oats for human consumption. One enterprising citizen has already begun investigating ways to make cider from our apples. Lughnasa is a celebration of our successes in the agricultural sector, a sector which is the largest of our tiny economy.

Lughnasa this year is also a celebration of intermicronational co-operation. Our three nations are united  in a common celebratory bond. In recent times our three nations have grown closer, and trilateral diplomatic relations between us, Clyro and West Germania is an idea likely to be implemented soon. Our common harvest festival unites us despite the distance geographically that lies between us. No doubt these are troubled times. Clyro and West Germania are both signatories of the Treaty of York, and are locked in conflict with New Israel. When this conflict will come to an end, and whether or not a peaceful solution is found in the mean time, are all questions with no clear answer. I have stressed time and time again that we will not join any conflict unless it affects our interests. But I wish our allies the very best of luck in the conflict, and I hope an end comes to this conflict soon.  

This is not the only Celtic Festival we celebrate in Leylandiistan. We look forward to Samhain at the end of October, and Midwinter in December. We also look forward to two years of Leylandiistan in November. The days grow shorter, the harvest begins, and new friendships are made through the trilateral celebration of Lofmasse, Lúnastal and Lughnasa.  

Long live our three nations, and may the harvest be as successful as ever!  

Míle buíochas,

Fionnbarra Ó Cathail

A message from the President

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The following is a message from President Fionnbarra Ó Cathail in regard to the unfolding West Germanic conflict

A chairde,

I awoke this morning to news that war had broken out in the micronational community. I was shocked to hear that it was our friends in West Germania who were threatened by the aggressors, their parent state of New Israel. In such intermicronational crises which affect the whole community it is my responsibility to make it known my own opinion and the stance of our state.

I have always thought highly of West Germania. Indeed, their leader praised Leylandiistan’s efforts to promote Gaelic culture. There is a status of mutual recognition between Leylandiistan and West Germania. I admire the cultural efforts made by the government of West Germania, and I believe that West Germania is a model state operated under professional standards.

Leylandiistan’s constitution guarantees a territory’s right to secede from the republic if it so wishes. Therefore, it is the position of the government that under the right circumstances a territory may secede. West Germania seceded in protest at the position of New Israel’s government in regard to the recent Israel-Gaza conflict. I believe that West Germania’s King is entitled to his opinion on the conflict. I myself am appalled at the treatment of Palestinians, and by the number of civilians killed by Israeli offences in Gaza. I was shocked further to hear that New Israel believed it would be better to end the Gazan conflict through violent means.

Recognising that West Germania has the right to self determination, that West Germania and Leylandiistan mutually respect each other, that friends of Leylandiistan have already declared war on New Israel, and that New Israel is a nation which would not favour Leylandiistan, I on behalf of my nation declare that we sympathise with West Germania. However, I will not act any further on the issue unless advised to do so by the Vice-President. The National Assembly will meet soon to discuss this issue. Leylandiistan has historically opposed micronational conflicts, and politically I have been associated with anti-conflict parties. The National Assembly may approve a declaration of war and/or the Treaty of York*. I can act no further. But I do not approve of the recent actions of New Israel, and although Leylandiistan will likely (and hopefully) remain neutral and peaceful, and not directly play any role in the conflict, I can say that we may side with West Germania and our friends, because I believe it is the right thing to do.

I mourn the loss of the countless innocent lives in Gaza, and condemns anyone who claims it can be justified. I respect the brave step taken by our friends in West Germania, and I await the reaction of the rest of the government to the conflict.

Sincerely,
Fionnbarra Ó Cathail

President of the Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan.

*Link to the Treaty of York