NWA-Norden Merger Experiences Founder Turbulence

The high-profile merger of the New Western Atlantic and Norden has experienced some upset as the original founder of Norden, Solborg, deserted the New Western Atlantic on 9 March, though the reasons for doing so seem contested amongst the region. While some believe they were provoked by the NWA government themselves, others argue Solborg left of their own accord to take a break from the game.

In early February when the merger officially took place, King UDR of the New Western Atlantic released a document detailing the conditions of the merger. Despite some disagreements over certain provisions, the process went ahead and the document was accepted. However, unbeknownst to the region at the time, there were a number of loopholes that would result in considerable future unrest.

The two key factors in this were the unofficial agreement for no new political parties to be formed and the official clause in the merger document for Solborg to eventually take the Delegacy of their new region.

In negotiations over the merger, there was an apparent non-official agreement that no new political parties were to be formed, so as to ensure greater integration of Norden members into the existing NWA political system. However, upon entering their new region, Solborg and Bietzopolis decided to create the Pirate Party, which appealed more to the members of their shared former region. While this angered NWA government officials, they were able to avoid formally recognising its existence due to regional law setting a maximum of six total political parties, which is already fully satisfied.

Solborg refused to shut down their new party. In response to this, the NWA government ceased encouraging nations to endorse them so that they could gradually overtake UDR as the most-endorsed nation in the region, which presumably angered Solborg. These tensions came to a head when Bietzopolis, then Deputy Chairman of the Pirate Party, encouraged several of their members to switch allegiances to the Unity Party. They had also been offered Solborg’s position as an overseer of the Discord server by the NWA government.

Suternia, the former Deputy Minister of Immigration and Secretary of the Unity Party, said the following of the situation, taking a more dramatic approach to the situation in believing that the merger itself had entirely collapsed:

“I believe that what lead this merger to fail was the constant bashing of the unofficial Pirate Party, even if the government of the New Western Atlantic didn’t like the party, it would eventually end up dissolved or merged by itself. The constant bashing just pressured Solborg, and after that the NWA started to break quite a few points of the deal because of the creation of the Pirate Party. Again, I believe that, had the NWA not attacked the Pirate Party so much, and broken their own deal, this could’ve been an extremely successful merger.”

Bietzopolis, who continues to reside in NWA, stated that “the [merger] document became void, but I was put in place of Solborg as the [Discord server] moderator and potentially the WA delegate in the long run”. Under their direction, the Pirate Party has now informally merged with the Unity Party so that it “could actually send in candidates for [the] Senate”. They believe that Solborg only returned to Norden once they were informed that they would no longer rise to the Delegacy and would be stripped of their server position. Bietzopolis issued this formal statement on the NWA Discord server on 8 March, also commenting on how he and Deputy Minister of Communications The Thin White Duke (known commonly as Noah), who had been a intense critic of the Pirate Party since its formation, would cease their animosity towards each other:

“I have agreed to take over the position of overseer from Solborg in exchange for making up with Noah and rescinding all political ties. Both of the latter two ideas were mine. Noah and I will no longer be performing ad hominem attacks on one another and we will be working together to better this region.”

In a private statement, they said the following of the controversy around the formation of the Pirate Party:

“His and my becoming involved in the Pirate Party was what grinded everyone’s gears. A verbal agreement was made during the merge that Solborg wouldn’t make a “Norden” party that would attempt to get recognized. However, we made the Pirate Party and, because of our influence in Norden, we were able to convince several former members of Norden to join us. There was only one non-Norden member of the Pirate Party, Sanchee2020, who joined shortly after reviving his nation.

Solborg started being a ghost after about a week of the Pirate Party being active, at which point we were at about 5 people. I recruited for the next 3 weeks alone, growing us to 16 at one point. After this time, however, I independently decided that it would be best to merge the Pirates into one of the existing parties. I didn’t consult Solborg about this because of his inactivity

To my understanding, all of Solborg’s ideas for the Pirate Party platform were also harshly criticized by the right-leaning parties, particularly with a scathing review of our outline by Associate Justice Trump & Pence.”

Solborg did not respond to our request for comment.

Elections for the Senate of the New Western Atlantic will commence later in March, which could well be a referendum on how the existing government dealt with this situation. As tension remains in the air, it remains to be seen if Solborg will make a return or perhaps if the Unity Party may see a historic rise in the polls with their new-found support in former Norden members.

Image by Thomas_Ritter

Edit: We erroneously referred to Suternia as the current Deputy Immigration Minister. The reference has since been fixed to “former”

Llo

Llorens has been a member of NationStates for almost three years, residing primarily in The Leftist Assembly. During this time, he most notably served as Secretary for six months, as well as having written much of the region's laws, established the Discord server, and completed significant archival work using NSIndex. He now spends his time being an overbearing influence on his regional legislative process, participating in R/D gameplay, and finding new projects to give his excessive spare time to.