“It’s good to be the King!”: an espresso with King Anthony

With another recent growth of criticism, the Kingdom of Zealandia was brought back again into the spotlight, and surely not for something positive. The last election results and the sudden government decision to deprive Daniel Anderson (Sirocco), leader of the opposition, of his Zealandian citizenship due to “mental illness” (later removed by the government, which also apologised) has caused many politicians, including former Zealandians, to reconsider the democratic procedures of the Kingdom. With the last proposal to “formally abandon democracy”, we thought it was also best to hear who is directly involved in this.

The St.Charlian Observer spoke with Anthony this morning, and considering the time we could say we almost shared a coffee with him.

So, let’s get relaxed. How are things around the country?
Great, in fact we recently annexed some land near the Christchurch Airport.

How are things going politically? There has been some talking recently, but the logs published seem rather long-ish.
Basically what started as your usual poltical blame-game or tit-for-tat during the lead up to the elections got out of hand.

But isn’t it strange, as you said, that it’s “usual”? Why does this always take place?
It does follow a traditon in Zealandia that evolved from the Linden days, where a right wing party such as the Reform Party was always opposing a left wing party such as the Socialist Unity Party (SUPZ). It is a shame that it has gone nuclear.

So it’s just a right-left squabble.
Yes, or that was before it was notched up a level.

Recently many people have criticised the involvement of the monarch in political affairs, as you’re also part of the SUPZ. Could this be a reason? In fact, what is the role of King Anthony in the SUPZ?
Good question. Legally speaking, in Zealandia we have a judical ruling which basically said that “as King Anthony you are neutral”, much like Queen Elizebeth II of New Zealand, but it stated as Anthony Markssen the person I could be as political as I wished. I am toying with the idea of changing my regnal name to reflect that.

The King side of me has limited constitutional duties but they are still nevertheless important, such as the recent act which I refused to give royal assent to.

So it’s like having two personalities: one is the Monarch, and the other one is a party leader.
Yes. It does get confusing for a lot of people.

But aren’t you, after all, the same person in both cases? Whether you discuss state matters, or in your replies to critics.
At least I hope I am the same person, but I do try and differ from the Marshal of Zealandia Markssen and King Anthony, although I could probably be a lot clearer as to which Anthony is speaking.

Marka Mejakhansk of Nemkhavia recently proposed to abandon the monarchy, as it basically makes Zealandia “pretend” to be a democracy. What are your views?
The Monarchy has to stay, as it is intrinsically linked to Zealandia’s culture and after all Zealandians did recently vote en masse to keep the monarchy. As to “pretending” to have a democracy I am 100% confident that the Royal Commission of Inquiry will find no wrongdoing in the recent elections, although I admit that in the first two Zealandian elections there was some dubious use of the proxy vote system. Both of those elections where in 2010.

And now for the last question, what do you say to all those that left Zealandia?
Though they have their personal reasons for leaving, some of which may or may not be right, I thank them for their contributions and they are most welcome back in Zealandia whether that be for a cuppa or a long term stay.

6 Responses to ““It’s good to be the King!”: an espresso with King Anthony”
  1. James Puchowski says:

    Either Mr. Fowler is King or he is a civilian. He can’t have both ways – it’s too much power for one man and is seriously undemocratic. And yes, you can say “it’s what the people want” but consensus which leads to ‘ought’ does not and never will dictate what truly ‘is’. He needs to wake up ; I care because Zealandia can do much more to fix themselves, and to leave it seeing itself bash itself silly with a saucepan as its democracy worsens would be awful. Politicians there should not be about ideology: it’s time they did what was right for the country and not just what is right from His Majesty’s point of view.

    • Mr Puchowski it seems I can not get a break from the do this or do that or oh he should just smile and wave whilst someone else does all the work attitudes. Zealandia is fixing its problems but unlike other ideas or governments my government is doing its reforms with the consent and advise of the Zealandian People to whom my primary responsibility lies, now if they like the system the way it is but want some minor adjustments we shall act accordingly if they want a Swiss style confederation or a communist state again they will vote for it, in fact sir both of those systems where rejected by the Zealandian Public recently.
      if the Zealandian People want the system they have then that is their right and I don’t give a damn if all of micronationalism hates it or not.
      Zealandia does not fit into the mould and it won’t no matter how hard people push and to be honest I love being the king and chairman of an unconventional and different micronation as after all it is our differences and quirks that make us unique and that is one of the two essential essences of being a micronationalist (the other is a scene of humour).

  2. Mark Williams II says:

    I read through the logs for the Press Conference and eventually got, ah, bored. But that’s normal. Anyways, I believe it’s time for some sort of changes in Zealandia. The reason being–there’s the Dissolution of Parliament (on that crummy Youtube video; I couldn’t hear a thing) and then the people leaving, and the proposals for reforms, the elections far to often–it’s all becoming a big blob, if you will, that is causing a great deal of trouble.

  3. Sebastian Linden says:

    I am truely disappointed by the Observer. It used to be the BBC of micronational newspapers, offering critical, inquisitive and honest journalism. It seems that it has turned into the “Sun” instead: Kissing arse for a good story. The difference being that the Sun’s stories tend to be better. I wasted 5 minutes of my life reading through this trivial record of smalltalk, with more truisms and less content than even the daftest of talk shows. This is, by far, one of the most boring articles I have ever read.

    • Alexander Reinhardt says:

      With respect, Fred, you could have done the interview by yourself before if you believed it was so terrible. I too am disappointed by the political scene of Zealandia right now, but believed Anthony needed a place to discuss as well and eventually explain -after his point of view- how things should work. You can either agree or disagree with him. While you call it a “Sun” article, the interview outlines the views of Ant and his reply to Mark’s proposal.

      Criticising a micronational regime is not just spitting on someone’s face, you know. Oh, if you wish to say your opinion as well, just ask. We’ll make a “Sun”-like article out of it too. 😛

      • Sebastian Linden says:

        But that isn’t what journalism is for. That’s what government press releases are for. Journalism is for criticising stuff. That’s what interests people. I would, frankly, prefer an Observer article that criticises the hell out of me than one which consists of smalltalk and is devoid of any meaning 😛

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