Earlier this week, the Beloozero and Rus' Culture act was passed in the Council of State, which marks a new era of Montescanin statehood. For starters it annexes a small plot of land in Southern Ukraine as the County of Beloozero belonging to the cousin-in-law of the Monarch. This has been the first annexation out of the Netherlands since July 2019.
The second part of the Act was "restoring" the Rus' Culture in Montescano. As such numerous Counties and their Baronies have been renamed, the official language of Montescano has been changed from Dutch to Old East Slavonic and the office of Grand Pensionary has been renamed to that of Posadnyk. The official translation of "Principality of Montescano" was also established by the Act becoming "Кнꙗзівство Тезджаногорiꙗ" (Knjazivstvo Tezdzhanohorija).
The Act was notingly proposed by Lord Newton, on his first day as a member of the Council having been appointed the Secretary of Justice. Lord Mar d'Israeli, another prominent former Pavlovian, opposed the act and HSH the Sovereign Prince abstained albeit later giving his Princely consent to the Act. The Act was accepted with 5 supports, 1 opposal and 1 abstention.
The State Gazette invited Lord Newton for an interview, which can be read directly under here.
State Gazette: Lord Newton, for starters could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Lord Newton: Of course. I’ve been interested in micronationalism since I was a small child, and have been apart of a few projects over the years. My most recent positions included being the former head of government of the now-defunct Tsardom of Pavlov, and later becoming the Governor-General of the state of Psatura in the Principality of Montescano, also since shortly serving as the Secretary of Justice. In my macronational life, I currently serve as a US Army Combat Medic Specialist, while also attending University pursuing my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating in the field of International Studies, with an emphasis on Russian language and culture.
SG: You have recently successfully proposed an Act of the Council of State during your first day in it. Could you tell us about it and why you proposed the act?
N: As a prominent member during the development of the Tsardom of Pavlov, culture and language were very strong interests of mine, and more specifically, Rus’ and Slavic culture. As I am currently studying Eastern European politics, history, and culture, I feel as though my understanding of the area and its history is greater now than what it was during my time in Pavlov. It was agreed upon that re-introducing the Rus’ culture and Old East Slavic language would benefit Montescano morally and culturally, and help us better preserve our previous Pavlovian history and roots, also noting the fact that the majority of our citizens were involved with Pavlov in some way during its era.
SG: Will Montescano become a copy of how Pavlov was then? Or are your plans quite different with this law?
N: As there will be strong similarities between the two states, they are purely for the purpose of historical and cultural preservation. Montescano is far more structurally advanced than Pavlov. With our Council of State constantly working and aiding one another with the drafting of new legislation, there is no reason to believe Montescano will become a copy of Pavlov. We are constantly gaining more and more citizens, friends, and even external observers, all of which have taken a great interest in our project. This undoubtedly aids in the diversification of our project, in terms of population, political ideologies, system of governance, and future as a nation overall.
SG: Thank you for clarifying that. What are your next steps regarding the Rus’ culture if any?
N: Well, one development I would like to see brought back is our language institute, for the purpose of teaching our citizens the Old East Slavic language. It would be amazing to have a population knowledgeable of our national language, even if only to a basic degree. I’d also like to see developments in Montescano regarding the Orthodox Christian faith, as I myself am a perspective convert.
SG: So this will mean setting up a course on the Montescanin dialect of OES? Regarding faith, we have a number of Catholics in our ranks, how would they receive such a change?
N: If we are in any way able to create our own course on OES, I will back the project 100%. But if not, we still have various resources at our disposal to learn the language. And concerning the Catholics in Montescano, and subjects practicing other religions, religious practices are not mandatory. I mention the Orthodox Church again, for historical purposes due to our nature as a nation before the establishment of Montescano.
SG: Do you have any more plans for Montescano in 2020?
N: As of right now, my main two focuses are going to be our legal system, and the further development and governance of my own administrative division, Psatura. As Secretary of Justice, I intend to start working more closely with the Council of State to help draft new legislation, and continue to determine the constitutionality of our nation-wide and provincial laws.
SG: Thank you for your time!
N: Of course! Thank you for the opportunity to speak.