The von Linden Affair
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The Linden Affair
The Linden Affair is a series of events relating to a number of closely interrelated micronational issues, namely:
- The controversy regarding a former member of our community, Sebastian Linden (AKA Mark Dresner, etc), and his disregard for the rules
- The banishment of Mr Linden from the community as a result of his disregard for the rules
- The banishment of Anthony Fowler of Zealandia from the community as a result of his affiliation with Mr Linden
These events were (in chronological order):
- The increasing hostility of Mr Linden on the OAM Forums
- The provocation of Mr Linden by Sir Gordon Freeman by referring to him as 'Dresner' in an insulting way)
- Mr Linden's response, in which he referred to Sir Gordon Freeman by his real name
- Mr Hogg's banning of Mr Linden from the Organisation of Active Micronations
- The argument over his ban from the OAM, i.e. the length of it (four months) and the grounds behind it1
- The Vote of No Confidence against Mr Hogg put forward by himself (which resulted in the negative, though Mr Hogg resigned beforehand)
- The resignation of Mr Hogg of the FRA1 from the OAM Secretariat and the withdrawal of the FRA1 from that organization
- The banning of Mr Linden from the MicroWiki (and it's sub-sites) indefinitely
- The argument over his ban from the MicroWiki
- The banning of Anthony Fowler of Zealandia from the MicroWiki because of his association with Mr Linden
- The argument over his ban from the MicroWiki
- The complaint lodged by Parker of Secundomia against Mr Hogg
- The vote on the revocation of Mr Hogg's MicroWiki adminship (pending completion - no supporters)
- The vote on the revocation of Mr Fowler's ban from the MicroWiki (pending completion - majority in favour)
A well-known micronationalist, Mr Linden (the center of the Linden Affair) was, after stirring up trouble in the micronational community (more specifically in the OAM and in the MicroWiki sector) under a large numbers of aliases for many months, finally banished from the community by way of a four month ban from the OAM and an indefinite ban from the MicroWiki sector. He remains a citizen of Zealandia.
Also a well-known micronationalist, Mr Hogg provoked Mr Linden by insultingly calling him Mr Dresner, a persona which Mr Linden had previously used. Mr Linden, in retalliation, insultingly called Mr Hogg by his macronational name, stating that if Mr Hogg refused to call him by the correct name, he would do the same. Mr Hogg, claiming it was a vioation of Resolution 28 (the OAM Forum Rules), invoked his power as the Vice Secretary-General of the OAM and banned Mr Linden from the OAM for four months. This was not taken well by some, who claimed he jumped the gun a bit (so to speak). As a result of the amount of pressure Mr Hogg faced after his decision, he proposed a Vote of No Confidence against himself (which resulted in the negative), however Mr Hogg resigned from his post and withdrew his nation from the OAM before voting was finished. It is interesting to note the similarity between this event and the resignation of Pierre d'Égtavie as Secretary-General of the OAM and the withdrawal of his nation (Egtavia) regarding a similar decision some six months earlier. Both Mr Hogg and Mr d'Egtavie and their respective nations have since returned to the OAM. Mr Hogg remains strongly opposed to the idea of Mr Linden returning to the OAM and/or MicroWiki (as does Mr d'Egtavie), and also opposes the revocation of Mr Fowler's ban due to his affiliation with Linden.
Yet another well-known and respected micronationalist, Parker was a strong opponent of Mr Linden's ban from the OAM in its entirety, and was also a strong opponent of his MicroWiki ban. Not surprisingly, he strongly opposes Mr Fowler's ban from the MicroWiki, which he lodged a complaint on the MicroWiki forums against Mr Hogg for. He later realized that the decision to ban Mr Fowler was not just Mr Hogg's decision, but one made collectively by the admin team as a whole. As a result of his actions, two votes are currently being held - One on the wiki itself over the proposed revocation of Mr Hogg's adminship, the other on the forums over the proposed revocation of Mr Fowler's ban.
Another well-known and respected micronationalist, Mr Fowler was banned from the MicroWiki for supporting and defending Mr Linden and allowing him to become a part of his micronation, Zealandia.
Other Micronationalists Involved:
- Aldrich Lucas of Yabloko, delegate of that nation to the OAM, Administrator of MicroWiki
- Alexander Reinhardt of St.Charlie, delegate of that nation to the OAM, Administrator of MicroWiki
- Pierre d'Égtavie of Egtavia, Vice-Sec-Gen of the OAM, Administrator of MicroWiki - vocal opponent of Linden and banned him on the Wiki.
- James Puchowski of Landashir, delegate of that nation to the OAM, OAM Vice Secretary-General, MicroWiki Patroller
- Quentin of Wyvern, delegate of that nation to the OAM, member of the MicroWiki
- James Wilary of Prsänëa, observer of the OAM, member of the MicroWiki
- Ryan St. George, a micronationalist who was very opposed to the Anthony ban.
- Nicholas Woode-Smith, OAM, MicroWiki member and official nemisis to Dresner (Von Linden)
- Alex Whitmarsh of the USLSSR, delegate of that nation to the OAM, member of the MicroWiki
- Daniel Anderson of Sirocco, delegate of that nation to the OAM, member of the MicroWiki