Grand Duke Niels writes to the Observer
The Observer staff receives a letter.
Here I attach to you all a letter sent to us by Grand Duke Niels Vermeersch of Flandrensis, who was interviewed a few days ago by the Belgian television about micronationalism. Unfortunately, the letter he sent us is not about the interview, but rather about a small dispute going on, that Niels would like to clear out.
Dresner in disgrace in Flandrensis
On March 21, the Parliament of Flandrensis voted unanimously to withdraw all diplomatic relations with Mark Dresner and the UFSM. This proposal was submitted by the DRP after the statements of Dresner on Dutch people.
Dresner is already well-known for his undiplomatic statements and behaviour in the micronational community. After Maarten of Arkel, Minister of Foreign Affairs informed Dresner about the decision, Dresner vandalized the page of Flandrensis on MicroWiki, deleteting the following piece of text :”Flandrensis maintains an open mind and is friendly, diplomatic and holds respect as a priority“. He justified his action with: “actually thats (sic) sort of untrue now as well“.
Grand Duke Niels and Minister Maarten of Arkel described his actions as “childish”. Dresner declared, on a letter: “I have no problems with Flandrensis or you or Maarten van Arkel, but having obvious lies on your article is something I would not advise you to have. Rest assured, our allies know about your acquittal of diplomatic relations and aren’t very happy either. If they’d have read sentences like those on your page, it may have made them a little more active in the matter than they are now, so, please, I ask you to remove the sentences for your own good.”
In a discussion that followed on MicroWiki, I stated:
“How you run your state isn’t my problem, but your behavior in the micronational community. Flandrensis is open for other micronations and is open-minded, but we have limits.
Your many statements and attitude are considered by many micronations as undiplomatic, you’re involved in almost every micronational conflict/dispute and if you don’t have respect for others, you don’t deserve anymore respect from us.
Therefore the Parliament of Flandrensis voted to withdrawn any diplomatic relations with you. Do not bother about this, accept the consequences of your actions.”
The government of Flandrensis assured other nations that the dispute will not have any influence on their foreign relations with the Grand Duchy. Everyone knows the reasons why we withdrew diplomatic relations with Dresner, what the rumors are.
Dresner, of course, is more than allowed to send us the reply.