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MicroCon EU 2023, a very informative edition.

In the magnificent city of Ypres, the conference gathered many "big ones" from Europe and North America. Organized by the Royal Republic of Ladonia and the Grand-Duchy of Flandrensis. This first edition of MicroCon EU started right on time at 9 am last Saturday.

Attendees gathered for the traditional picture in the mansion's courtyard.

It all started with Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis and Sir Yvan Bertjens, Ladonian Secretary of Foreign Affairs, who introduced themselves with a wink for a very controversial character in the microworld. "A friend with no benefit" would tell you most of the participants. This introduction turned out to be rather hilarious for seasoned micronationalists. The tone was set and the usual timidity of the beginning was instantly dissipated to give way to the common passion for micronationalism.

The first MicroCon EU began with Archduke Arthur of Ducktionary and Sir Yvan Bertjens discussing "How to Manage a Micronation." Right after them, MikroWiki was present and introduced themselves. This was an opportunity to showcase the remarkable growth and results they have achieved after 18 years of existence.

Emperor Olivier of Angyalistan and Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis addressed the audience together, discussing the challenges they sometimes face as micronationalists. These challenges include balancing work and professional life, as well as family and friends, especially for those who are parents.

Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis and Emperor Olivier of Angyalistan

The next topic centered around foreign affairs and various approaches to cultural aspects. Minister-President Dominic Desaintes-Bellemare of Saint Castin presented a detailed description of cultural groups classified as Iberian-Latin American, European, Anglo-Saxon, French-speaking, and Asian. The analysis on the cultural differences and the modes of functioning of the micronations according to the latter was not lacking in relevance and will provide real support to those who have taken note of it. Mr. Dominic Desaintes received sustained applause at the end of his speechMinister Yvan Bertjens then returned to provide examples of good and bad diplomacy within the micronational realm.

During the morning break, an official picture was taken in the mansion's courtyard.

Prince Vincent 1st of Hélianthis then discussed territorial micronations, referencing historic French micronations. He emphasized actions focused on local dynamism and how to foster engagement in the service of these territories. For such micronations, building a strong relationship with the population and social/public partners is key to success.

Miss Ffion MacEvoy presented "Creating a Country to Save the Planet." She began by providing a clear and interesting definition of a state, including its various statuses and forms. She then addressed the failure of states to address the global climate situation and demonstrated the role and alternatives that environmental micronations can offer.

Prince Jean-Pierre IV of Aigues-Mortes and his Chancellor, Duke Geoffrey MATHES

After the lunch break, Prince Jean-Pierre IV of Aigues-Mortes and his Chancellor, Duke Geoffrey Mathes, opened the afternoon session by discussing how to finance a micronation.

The subject was particularly awaited by the participants. They covered citizen contributions, the sale of derivatives, and crowdfunding options, which the Principality of Aigues-Mortes used to finance its local currency, the "flamant." Chancellor Geoffrey Mathes followed with discussions on title sales and game organization.

Lloyd Bryant then spoke about blockchain and technology. After a technical demonstration explaining blockchain, Mr. Bryant delved into cryptocurrencies, wallets, and how these technologies can be applied to micronations.

First Lady Adrianne of Molossia, Grand Duchess Delphine of Flandrensis, and Empress Clotilde of Angyalistan shared their experiences as micronationalist spouses with the audience. Their testimonies focused on managing family life alongside micronational activities. The task is not always easy, but each lady has shown an ability to exercise the right balance between support for the passion of their husbands and family life.

From left to right : First Lady Adrianne of Molossia, Empress Clotilde of Angyalistan and Grand-Duchess Delphine of Flandrensis

Facing the media can be challenging for micronationalists. Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica and President Baugh of Molossia shared their extensive experience on this topic. Here again, many appreciated the feedback and advice from these two microworld giants.

A coffee break followed before Prince Frei of Lorenzburg discussed world building and brand strategy creation. He shared his technique for building a micronation, emphasizing the importance of creating a distinct culture while being cautious about cultural appropriation. A truly inspiring speech for the ones who would like to create their own micronation.

Prince Freï of the most serene Principality of Lorenzburg

Sultan Randy R. Dub Williams of Slowjamastan shared his experience on launching a successful micronation. He encouraged the audience to begin by asking essential questions: Why create a micronation? What is its purpose? Who is it intended for? How can you convey the message? The Sultan stressed that people only care about a micronation if it adds value to their lives. To achieve this, effective storytelling that resonates with citizens' emotions is crucial. A truly inspiring and strong speech in the end for many micronationalists looking for a new impetus, but also for beginners. The testimony is all the stronger as the Sultan experienced an ascent never seen until today.

Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis then discussed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how to protect personal data collected from websites. GDPR is a European regulation that has equivalent counterparts in several countries.

Dr. Sandra Petermann from Mainz University spoke about the relevance of micronationalism. She introduced nine motive sets for creating and managing micronations, which she identified during her visits to various micronations. In conclusion, she portrayed micronations as social mirrors, functioning as laboratories and experimental fields. While media often labels micronationalists as eccentrics, Dr. Petermann highlighted the origin of the word "eccentric" from Latin, meaning "out of the center." This concept may be precisely what the world needs to safeguard itself from complete cultural globalization. Her speech proved to be very relevant and appreciated by the public.

President Baugh of Molossia returned to the stage to discuss protecting oneself from micronational burnout. He emphasized the importance of having an economy, suggesting the motto "Make stuff and sell stuff" while maintaining the core principle of keeping things fun and simple.

The Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis announced the results beside his friend Minister Yvan Bertjens who wasn't expecting to be one of the kids choices.

The end of this MicroCon will be remembered with a surprise prize-giving given by the children of the grand-ducal couple of Flandrensis and the imperial couple of Angyalistan. The royal toddlers presented a medal to Minister Yvan Bertjens as the friendliest person at the conference. Prince Jean-Pierre IV received the medal for the most beautiful costume and it is the delegation of Glamorgannwg Indigenous People that receives the kids award for the coolest flag !

An aperitif served with champagne was then offered to the guests in the courtyard. It was the traditional moment to exchange medals and distinctions. Then the closing banquet marked the end of this first European MicroCon which had resolutely emphasized a high level of instructive quality.

Minister-President Dominic Desaintes-Bellemare of Saint-Castin

The next MicroCon 2025 to be held in Montreal was presented at the end of the conference by Mr. Dominic Desaintes-Bellemare, one of the co-organizers of the next micronational conference which does not provide for a European edition.


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