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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Creating microstates with the help of separatist movements; the example of Jura & Ticino, Switzerland

So as you can read in Top 4 countries to found my micronation in, I wouldn't want to start my microstate just anywhere; I want a few requirements to be met, and I won't get into all of them becuase it's slightly complicated to get out of my mind, but you should guess the requirements.

Now, an example, and by far my favourite example, would be Ticino or Jura in Switzerland, most likely Jura becuase it looks like it has a stronger separatist movement and a lower population density, though I may get Ticino instead to get its larger land mass, or if possible, both.
A reason why I want to create a microstate in Switzerland is that it is rather safe from the rest of the world's troubles becuase Switzerland is surrounded by mountains.
But it does not necessarily need to be in Switzerland: it can be anywhere, preferably in Europe, New Zealand or maybe Australia, that have governments that aren't all that bad (unlike in places with rougher governments, such as Africa or parts of Asia).

I won't get into all of the specifics of how I would run it, other than telling you the constitution, which I plan to use, and I would like to set the country up with its own bank and financial system designed to reduce the damage that would be done if the rest of the west goes into economic/financial trouble (perhaps set it up similarly to these countries, particlary the 1st 2), and help poor places like Africa that are being ripped off by big banks.

I will, however, tell you that I am on the fence as to rather I should join the European Union and United Nations, or stay out and try to be an isolationist. On the bright side of staying out of the European Union (and the United Nations), we won't have to follow any of their rules. So we can do things such as me being president untill I die and having other people be president until either they die or leave, then we would have elections, have tight border security and light weapon laws, and won't need to follow the European Union Firearms Directive (which I feel is a way to keep European civilians lightly armed and do so in a way that wouldn't be rejected by the people living in Europe). We may be able to operate without big banks ripping us off too badly!

However, there are a few advantages to joining the European Union, primarily economic (from what i've read) and actually being able to, at least hopefully, influence the decisions made by the European Union. Though I would end up being a king with only a little real power (and not having a royal family), at least my country should still be a decent place to live.

So you tell me: if I was able to make a real microstate, should it join the European Union or stay out?

Not sure what else to say.

Going on a tangent, if my microstate becomes an European Union member, we would have to do what we can to deal with requirements we don't want. An example would be their Firearms Directive, which I'll push the lightness of our laws to the limit.

Category D, "Available to all who are aged 18 years or over after a background check". Persons aged 14 or over may own airguns. There is no age limits for owning body armor under class 4.
Category "D" weapons are: knives with fixed blades over 6 inches long, knives with non-fixed blades over 2.75 inches long, body armor under class 4, projectile guns with a muzzle energy of 1 Joule or more (those under are exempted as toys & are unregulated under civil law), air guns, spring guns, .22 BB/CB cap (at least when limited to 7.5 Joules, though we'll probably have even less limits), all firearms with a matchlock, wheellock, flintlock or earlier ignition, percussion cap fired firearms up to 2 shots, all firearms made before December 31st, 1890, & certain firearms made not after January 1st, 1945.
These "certain firearms, classed as antiques, breech-loading firearms capable of discharging a rim-fire cartridge other than .22 caliber, except for .22 short, .22 CB & .22 BB; all breech-loading firearms using ignition systems other than rimfire or centerfire; centre-fire arms originally chambered for live cartridges that are no longer in mass production within the country, guns chambered for 32 bore, 24 bore, 14 bore, & anything & everything above 12 bore.
Examples of post 1890, pre & post 1945 Category "D" firearms: Thompson Encore shotgun, reproduction Sharps rifle, original Schmidt-Rubin rifles, M1895 Nagant revolver, Makarov gas, rubber bullet, pepper spray, CS gas or Tear gas pistols (or Makarov gas pistols in real-life).

Category "C", must be registered to a gun shop or gunsmith within 6 weeks of purchase, subject to registration, acquisition & possession allowed only to persons who have good cause, 18 or over (younger in case of sport shooters & licensed hunters) & are unlikely to be a danger to themselves, to public order or to public safety:
repeating long firearms other than those listed in category B, long firearms with single-shot rifled barrels, semi-automatic long firearms other than those in category, single-shot short firearms with rimfire percussion whose overall length is not less than 28 cm. This type is where we see restrictions start to come in.
Examples: Troy PAR (pump-action AR-10/15), Mossberg 590 bullpup with 9 shot sube, Mossberg 590A1 converted to take detachable Saiga-12 magazines Desert Tactical arms HTI .50 caliber, NTW-20, Thompson Contender pistol chambered for rimfire cartridges.

Category "B" firearms must be registered to a gun shop or gunsmith within 6 weeks of purchase, may only be bought with a license, which may only be issued to persons who have good cause such as self-defense, hunting, sport shooting, cinema, collecting, exercising profession, etc, and is 18 or over (younger in case of sport shooters & licensed hunters) & are unlikely to be a danger to themselves, to public order or to public safety:
semi-automatic or repeating short firearms that aren't antiques, single-shot short firearms with centre-fire percussion, single-shot short firearms with rimfire percussion whose overall length is less than 28 cm, semi-automatic long firearms whose magazine and chamber can together hold more than three rounds, semi-automatic long firearms whose magazine and chamber cannot together hold more than three rounds, where the loading device is removable or where it is not certain that the weapon cannot be converted, with ordinary tools, into a weapon whose magazine & chamber can together hold more than three rounds, repeating and semi-automatic long firearms with smooth-bore barrels not exceeding 60 cm in length, semi-automatic firearms for civilian use which resemble weapons with automatic mechanisms.
Examples: ARAK-21/31 on a Hanuman AR lower receiver, Barrett M107, Fostech Origin-12, Glock 20, PTRS-41.

Category A, virtually prohibited, may only be acquired by civilians for a few purposes, such as business, collecting or to a limited extent, exercising profession (ie security): live explosive military missiles & launchers, fully automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, ammunition with penetrating, explosive or incendiary projectiles, bullet resistant vests class 4 and over, and projectiles for pistol & revolver ammunition with expanding projectiles and the projectiles for such ammunition, except in the case of weapons for hunting or for target shooting, for persons entitled to use them.

License requirements: same as Austria or maybe the Czech Republic in real-life. Storage requirements: only applies to Category "B/A" weapons & more than 20,000 rounds of certain types of rifle or handgun ammunition (some, such as .22lr & below & shotgun rounds are exempt). A license is only required for buying certain types of live rifle & handgun ammunition. Some, such as .22lr and below & all shotgun gauges are exempt & only require the same background check for a Category "D" weapon. No license is required for obtaining ammunition at a range for use at that range, and sales are unrecorded.

Extra info: generally, all members of military, law enforcement, private security, fugitive enforcement, and so on are required to have category B firearms at home, particularly ARAK-21 rifles, Fostech Origin-12 shotguns & Glock 20 & Glock 29 pistols with conversions barrels (other models, such as the Glock 19, for those with smaller hands), along with full-auto lighting links for the former.
Licenses may only be issued by local police forces. Category "B" licenses are "shall-issue", while Category "A" licenses are "may-issue", but should be "shall-issue" in practice. Unless revoked, & with the exception of private security & fugitive enforcement personnel & hunters (the former are required to be both retrained & retested while the latter are required to be retested), licenses generally last at least 10 years. Holders only need to pass a few tests to obtain one.

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