Eat at Nicks: Days of Tumult
Look at what you’ve done. Now back to me. Now back at what you’ve done. Now back to me.
When was the last time you praised Robert Lethler? My guess is “not lately”. The word “Lethler” nowadays is associated with “bullying” and “pressure”, and consequently I haven’t noticed any fans of the guy around. Regardless, I couldn’t ignore the late news in which Anthony of Zealandia is “pressured” to kick out Sebastian Von Linden from his micronation, in order not to get kicked out from the community. Rings a bell?
“Who are you to say this? You haven’t been around when this was happening”, said the reader. You’re right on that, I’ve had some pretty tough stuff to deal with in my personal life recently, and that’s had to take priority over my micronational schedule. Rest assured that I do intend to return to a regular posting schedule, but in the short term, things may remain a little irregular. That said, there might be a post later this week, so it’s not all doom and gloom. Yesterday I was up and busy early in the morning getting our new door lock installed, and I thought it was time to stop lurking, come back and write something.
Anyway, in the last days the Slinky Empyre collapsed (I will not talk about this though), and Zealandia was asked again to get rid of Von Linden/Dresner/Mayers/Bayer. Why again? Because he’s been f**king with us for too long, trolling our brains, and published Fish’s name on his Youtube channel. Not only that, Anthony of Zealandia has been assuring him protection, despite being firstly willing to get rid of him, but then changed his mind, after probably speaking with Sebastian, who might have persuaded him to retrace his steps.
The situation as of now is still very vague: Zealandia seems to keep Von Linden, and when I try to read Anthony’s last posts, I find out he was banned from the forum and the Wiki. It looks like he didn’t accept the “ultimatum” given to him by Soergel, then supported by the rest of the community. Because ignoring someone is too hard, right?
I’ll be quick and clear: is there someone forcing you to speak to Von Linden and Anthony? When the Slinky Empyre decided to follow its own path, there were still people who talked to Kyng and others who didn’t. Was it complicated? Nope. Was there the need to send an ultimatum to the Slins? No. Did it work? Yes. Eventually, Kyng was not banned from any forum but we still didn’t have him around. That simple.
Please do not mistake me: I know the difference between Kyng and Sebastian, and I know that Von Linden, contrary to the “thyef”, has tried to come back with various personas, and that he’s done far more than Fyrst. I even endorse the ban, but I don’t see the reason in condemning Anthony as well. Because this already happened not long ago.
A couple of months ago, Paweł Dworzycki, Vice President of the Republic of Atlantis, published Alexander Reinhardt’s real name on a Youtube video (maybe some of you remember this incident). The then-Prime Minister proceeded in reporting the video to the Youtube, with my support by the way. At the time Atlantis was still “fighting” its civil war, which even made it an easy target. Then, everything was settled down. Now, was President Alexander Connery (then-Virgili) asked to kick Paweł out of Atlantis? Not at all. Moreover, was Connery banned for his decision? No, in fact he contributes on the Wiki forum regularly. Are we forced to speak to Atlantis? No.
Please don’t pull out the “Von Linden is worse” card. He could be the nicest guy on Earth, or the most dreadful man in the entire universe, but if you don’t like him or Zealandia, just don’t talk to him. Anyway, I respect the Wiki staff’s decision but would like to add a note about Anthony: please unban him. The community in which we regularly participate is not like some sort of Salem-style village. People are entitled to meet and talk with whoever they want, and Anthony is just using this right.
Not agreeing with his decision to support Sebastian is a right we’re all entitled to have, especially after what he’s done, but in this way, if he comes back asking for help, we can tell him he can’t blame anyone but himself. It’s his problem, Zealandia is his micronation, and Von Linden as its First Minister is, quite frankly, not interfering in my life. Just leave him alone. Anyhow, we must face that the political impact of Von Linden in our micronations is, and will probably remain nil, as long as we don’t give importance to his games.
So we’ve been criticizing the bullying Lethlerism we lived under for a period of time. Yet, we try to confine those who disagree with the general opinion of the community and insist on being so serious about things that could be solved in less time. We’re then seeing complaints that our political discourse has gotten coarse and violent, or completely disappeared. I have the solution: bring back honor duels. People will watch what they say if they know they may have to face down a muzzle for it. To make it sporting we’d insist upon 18th century pistols, of course. Put that on the St.Charlie Broadcasting Network and you’d be able to sell subscriptions.