“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.