|Posted by Tsar William I on April 1, 2016 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Greetings, fellow Earth citizens! For too long now I have not addressed you and it is fair to say, I regret, that activities in Arborea must appear to you to have ground to a halt. But fear not, for we Arboreans have taken on many great projects and achieved many great accomplishments since I last spoke to you all. It is my privelege to announce to you also that Arborea is taking on a renewed spirit of development and optimism for the coming year, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Since returning to the Arborean Homeland, many great things have happened. The Arborean Horticultural and Agricultural Bureau (AHAB) has recorded a bumper crop of vegetables including tomatoes, pumpkins, capsicums, chillies, potatoes, lettuce, and various herbs and condiments. Our chicken flock continues to provide nutritious eggs, and our sheep are currently visiting a ram in New Zealand, in the hope that we may again see spring lambs on the Great Plain.
We have finally completed the Arborea State Outdoor Bathing Facility, an audacious construction project five years in the making. This wonderful complex uses recycled wooden offcuts from nearby Arborea Heavy Industries to heat rainwater in a recycled iron bathtub strategically placed within the woodland of Arborea's National Forest Park.
Arborea Heavy Industries has significantly increased production, due to the CEO and chief engineer (HH Tsar William I) moving into a new daytime job in New Zealand, allowing more flexible hours and more free time. New garden trellis, a coffee table, and various fixtures and implements for the State Outdoor Bathing Facility have been finely crafted here.
Arborea has a new national musical instrument, after Arborea Heavy Industries used plans from the internet to build a cajon. A cajon is a wooden drum from Peru that creates differently toned notes when struck in different parts. Arborea Heavy Industries has already received its first commission for a custom cajon!
In short, things are moving along splendidly in Arborea. We certainly hope thatall of you are safe and happy, and wish you a wonderful Reformation Day!
|Posted by Tsar William I on May 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
On 16 May 2015 the Tsar and Princess officially returned to power in Arborea. The couple lived in the territory of Viteria for nearly eight months, during which time the condition of the Arborea home territory was closely monitored. Recently it was decided that it would be in the best interests of everyone concerned if full control of Arborea was returned to the Tsar and the Princess, and that the Ormond Accord be declared finished.
Upon arrival it was found that the previous stewards of Arborea had lost control of their guinea pig population, and that a feral pair of these creatures was in residence under the Palace. Within four days this threat was effectively neutralised by Arborea's chief canine biosecurity officer.
With our borders once again secure and the seat of power re-established, Arborea can once again take its place among the great nations of the world!
|Posted by Tsar William I on September 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
27 September 2014 will be remembered for the start of a new and significant chapter in Arborean history. The Tsar and Princess have moved to a new property approximately 20 km from the Arborean home territory. This is to take advantage of an opportunity to enhance Arborea’s GDP by leasing territory to tenants from a foreign power, in this case New Zealand. A famous example of such a lease is the Second Convention of Peking signed by China and the United Kingdom in 1898 which gave the British control of Hong Kong for 99 years, ending in 1997. The Ormond Accord, as this new agreement is known, is open ended and allows the Tsar to retain overall control of the Arborean home territory and return to residence there at his discretion.
The new property is not officially a part of Arborea, being a vineyard owned by a local horticultural company. The Tsar has named this temporary home Viteria. It boasts a large house, huge outdoor space, and a significant workshop which now houses Arborea Heavy Industries 2.0. Sadly there is no room for Arborea’s sheep, which have been given away to friends and neighbours.
The Tsar’s official title is now Tsar (in absentia) William I of Arborea, Steward of Viteria, Hero of the Commonwealth.
In other news, Arborea hereby relinquishes its claim to the Bir Tawil region between Egypt and Sudan, as we are realistically very unlikely to ever visit, let alone settle, the area.
|Posted by Tsar William I on December 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
On 2 December 2013 Arborea came under verbal attack via Twitter. The attacker was the unnamed President of the Democratic Republic of Gyanganj. The cause of the attack appears to be the Tsar’s decision to no longer follow Gyanganj’s twitter postings. Over the following five days the Tsar and Arborea in general were subjected to various childish and abusive tweets, ranging from accusations of racism and bigotry to simple juvenile name-calling. The President of Gyanganj concluded by stating that he refuses to recognise Arborean sovereignty, has placed Arborea on his “axis of evil”, and that he has international support for his fight against Arborean racism.
Needless to say, the Tsar dismissed these allegations and personal attacks as the ravings of a belligerent lunatic. A thorough review of Arborea’s website and twitter postings revealed no evidence of racism or bigotry (especially when compared to the twitter postings of the aforementioned lunatic).
The Tsar calmly explained twice to the President that Arborea neither seeks nor requires recognition of sovereignty – a fact that any visitor to our website can see for themselves. Following the second explanation the abusive tweets abruptly stopped, leading us to believe that the message has finally gotten through.
In a brief address to the nation at the conclusion of hostilities, the Tsar had this to say:
“I believe I speak for all serious micronationalists when I say that running our countries is an engaging pastime or at the least a rewarding hobby. Micronationalism is not a contest – there are no winners or losers. It is about expressing our culture, our beliefs, and our way of life, not to argue why ours is better than others. I hope that we can all learn from the outcome of this conflict, and my thoughts are with the unfortunate people of Gyanganj under their current President.”
To date we have been unable to locate a website or even a basic description of the Democratic Republic of Gyanganj.
|Posted by Tsar William I on October 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Tsar today reiterated the warning to Arboreans wishing to travel to the United States due to the constant threat of insane gunmen.
In response to the recent reports of gunshots outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, the Tsar offered the assistance of the Arborea Defence Service, saying that the preservation of the US government was vital to Arborean interests in the region. As yet no reply has been received.
To date, Arborea has never had a mass shooting.
|Posted by Tsar William I on December 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
The 2013 New Year's Honours list reads as follows:
Admitted to the Order of the Trout:
Grand Duke Niels Vermeersch of Flandrensis
HIM Emperor Declan I of Austenasia
The Order of the Trout recognises the struggle to survive from small beginnings as a smelt or fry to become a large healthy fish, despite many dangers along the way.
Awarded the Tsar's Service Medal:
Madame Adrianne Baugh, First Lady of Molossia
HIH Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia
The TSM is awarded to those who participate continually and beyond the call of duty in the sphere of micronationalism and humanity.
Congratulations to all recipients, and thank you for your continued support and friendship to Arborea.
|Posted by Tsar William I on September 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
It is with great pride and humility that His Highness Tsar William I has accepted the title of Knight of Virtue in the Glorious Order of St. John from the Empire of Austenasia. Arborea and Austenasia have a long history of friendship and the Tsar is very proud to have been recognised in this way. In his words, "This title is a reflection on all Arboreans who strive for peace, friendship, and prosperity."
Long live Austenasia, and long live Arborea!
|Posted by Tsar William I on August 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Tsar has urged caution to all Arboreans when travelling, due to increasing risks around the world. Notably the Tsar cautioned citizens on travelling to the United States, as the risk of being shot dead in a frenzied attack appears to be increasing.
The US now joins Syria and Afghanistan on the list of countries to which travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary.
|Posted by Tsar William I on September 25, 2011 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
The Tsar announced today that he had made a personal loan to a third-world farmer through the Kiva organisation. The small loan will help Aghunik - a crop farmer in Armenia - to buy seed and fertiliser in order to improve the productivity of her farm so she can fund university education for her children.
As an agriculture-based nation ourselves, we feel a kinship with farmers all over the world. This is likely to be the first of several such loans that the Tsar will offer.
Long live Aghunik, Armenia, Arborea, and the Tsar!
|Posted by Tsar William I on August 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|