A win for the New Weddington Isles in the ranking round of MicroChess 2021 earlier this morning - 4.30am due to time difference (actually jumped gun as was due to happen on 10th!). Looking forward to the Tournament proper starting later next week
Looking forward to the pre-tournament scrimmage round of the MicroChess 2021 Chess comp organised by the Commonwealth of Dracul). We are up against the Grand Duchy of the Lagoan Isles, as they are UK based and we currently reside in Australia we'll be setting our clocks early at the New Weddington Isles (getting our excuses in early :) )
The New Weddington Isles is looking forward to the Isles taking part in the first ever Micronational Chess Tournament - a great way for micronations around the world to come together in friendly competition.
Many thanks to the Commonwealth of Dracul for organising this!
The transformation of our New Weddington Isles Communal Garden continue apace and we hope to have it ready before the winter weather hits!
A hardy group of New Weddingtonians have done a great job of clearing leaves and debris, installing a secure storage area and the inevitable weeding.
Whilst budget has been allocated for contractors to come in and do much of the heavy work, as well as installing self-watering system and planting seasonal bulbs; we have enlisted a local Scout group who will be joining New Weddingtonians over the next few weekends to speed up the process!
Lord Watitune expressed his thanks to the Braddon Scout Group, saying: “it is wonderful to see members of the Canberra community – and of the younger generation – getting involved in this environmental project. We hope sincerely that it will give our future community members and leaders a sense of the joys and importance of nature, as well as a sense of the New Weddington Isles’ core values of equality, community, and achievement through perseverance.”
All participating Scouts will receive a New Weddington gift from Lord Watitune.
You may (or may not!) have seen posts on various micronational noticeboards here on Facebook from the Commonwealth of Dracul regarding a MicroChess compeittion.
Their Vice President, Stephen Luke, has kindly set up a MicroChess Tournament for some friendly competition between interested micronations – games are split into Beginners (definitely my category!) and Advanced and the tournament is FREE and fully online via an existing platform.
Sadly, despite the deadline of 26th April for signups, Dracul still need just a handful of more micronations to sign up to make this viable. However, the deadline HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO 3RD MAY TO ALLOW FOR MORE ENTRANTS.
Whilst the Micronational community quite rightly prides itself on it’s individualism, I truly believe that online competitions / sporting events are a great way of these entities to come together in a shared and friendly manner. Such initiatives have potential to do much more to foster relations than endless ‘treaties’ and conferment of titles (although there is of course a place for these), and fake “virtual” wars more suited to Dischord…
The New Weddington Isles has an active ‘virtual’ and real-world sporting team and feel this is a key part of our culture. Chess is an internationally understood competition and as a nation we are proud to sign up for this and explore further ways of joint working through sport to bring micronations together…
Which is a long-winded way of saying PLEASE if you have the inclination and the most basic knowledge of chess (it’s not the winning it’s the taking part !!) – why not sign up; who knows – you may even come away with a trophy!
If the micronational community cannot muster the small number of participants required for this (10) then I feel that is a little concerning and a missed opportunity. The Registration link is here, check(mate) it out 😊
We may have just missed Earth Day 2021, but we are pleased to announce that the New Weddington Isles Commemorative Gardens project continues apace. Located in the grounds of the Isles' temporary seat of Government in Canberra, Australia, these grounds will be accessible for local residents and are intended as a thank you to our host nation and a bequest when our Government takes its rightful place in situ in the Isles themselves, located in the South Pacific Ocean.
Having established a grant and local Government community funding, contractors moved in today and have already made good in-roads into clearing what was a disused wasteland; ready for re-soiling and replanting. Local residents and New Weddington Subjects will then add to the maintenance and design of this space as a place of peace, nature and harmony - all important elements in the Isles' vision.
As a part of our aspiration of "renewal" and our ecological commitments under the Micronational Declaration on Ecological Stewardship (2017) we have already installed self-watering planting systems and have taken delivery of a compost-accelerator mulch bin.
We will keep you abreast of developments in this exciting project; meantime here are some images of the Gardens with work already bearing fruit (pardon the pun!!)
Diplomatic relations of the Southern Confederation of Angosvria and the New Weddington Isles established.
Diplomatic relations of the Southern Confederation of Angosvria and the New Weddington Isles have been established as of 23rd April 2021.
The New Weddington Court Baron commented: "On behalf of Lord Watitune, we are delighted to formally acknowledge Diplomatic Relations between our two micronations. We trust this will be the start of a fruitful and beneficial collaboration".
Prime Minister's residence on behalf of Gustavo Essedin Game: "I am pleased with a very deep gratitude and gratitude on behalf of all the people of the nation of Angosvria to thank two nations close to the southern hemisphere that despite their distance we remain close with our wisdom and friendship, that this relationship is a symbol of friendship beyond diplomatic relations but rather that our peoples draw closer to each other in our freedom, democracy, and human rights and cultural exchanges and sharing of ideas and deep friendship a true milestone that is registered in our memory of our country from today.
"In the middle of the pandemic we have gone through a global crisis but we have both been able to get ahead with our health systems but nevertheless New Weddington and Angosvria together we were able to carry our relationship for more things within the next few years. And we wish the peoples of the New Weddington islands a very prosperous and happy future."
You can read the full Treaty text as a PDF here.
Here in Australia - where the New Weddington Isles' Prime Consul is based "in terra aliena" - the 25th April marks ANZAC Day: a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served, suffered and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
Without glorifying war, the Isles acknowledge the contribution and suffering of all those affected by war - both frontline personnel and civilians.
This day has a particular resonance for the New Weddington Isles going back to the old Manor of Weddington back in England. It is our custom to dedicate a poppy to Sergeant Sydney John Vines - a former groom and manservant at Weddington Castle who travelled halfway around the world with his employer and joined the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force in 1914.
Due to Covid restrictions, rather than attending a Dawn Service this year Lord Watitune has remembered Sgt Vines with a "virtual poppy" via the Australian War Memorial website.
Sgt Vines went on to see extensive action in World War I - including Gallipoli - and was awarded the Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal for his actions. He died in Wellington in 1922, leaving behind 6 children.
More on his extraordinary life here (PDF document)
As you may be aware the New Weddington Isles are based upon a territorial claim upon the former Royal Companys Islands in the South Pacific/Indian Ocean. Given their location away from major shipping lanes and disputes over their exact status / location and even existence, NO other sovereign country lays claim or has ever laid claim to these.
Part of our ongoing mission – with a view to ultimately inhabiting the Isles – is to demonstrate the existence and location of the Islands; through both historic hydrographic navigational charts and modern satellite technology.
Having already established the first recorded sighting back in 1776, we have recently obtained an article from the Australian Geographer 1935 which details various sightings and references of the Islands on Admiralty charts (dating from 1840 through the early 1900s), Books on Navigation and Sailing Directories (in 1839 and 1864) and Atlases and Maps (as early as 1837, Atlas by De La Marche, Paris. Shown on map 37, of Oceania – and as late as 1922, Map of the World by the National Geographic Society, Washington. Shown on a small inset of South Polar Regions.)
This is exciting news as it goes to validate sighting of the Isles over two centuries, adding to our claim that these are not “phantom islands”.
As well as adding this document to our State Artefacts collection, we will continue to scour satellite imagery of the area referenced in historic sightings and hope to have a real-time glimpse of the Isles very soon.
New Weddington Isles Coat of Arms doorplate arrived today; this features the official arms embossed on 1cm thick sustainable maple wood.
This will adorn the Prime Consul in Canberra for now, and we look forward to it taking pride of place in our Government offices when we enact our territorial claim upon the New Weddington Isles in the Southern Ocean region.