Daniel Morris

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Daniel Morris
In the New Westphalian City of Kandieden
Personal information
Born 21 October 1993 (1993-10-21) (age 27)
Birkenhead, Great Britain
Birth name Daniel Morris
Citizenship New Westphalian
Nationality British
Political party New Westphalian National Party
Residence Kandieden, New Westphalia
Religion Athiest

Daniel Morris (born October 21, 1993), was a New Westphalia statesman and micronationalist who served as President of New Westphalia from it's founding until his resignation following the 2020 Morrisgate Scandal when he was driven from the micronational community.

The founder of the Union of Draegan Republics and Previous Incarnations of Dorzhabad, he was its first and only Head of State to date for both Draegan nations to have existed from January 2011 to the 1st of August and , after serving one term as High King of the Draegan Kingdom.

Morris also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis until his departure from their cabinet in November 2018.

Early life

Morris was born on the 21st of October in a hospital in northern England in the city of Birkenhead. His home was between Wirral and Chester during the early years of his infancy, moving later to Northamptonshire. Through his early school life he had lived in a working class environment until moving in with his Grandparents due to family issues. After residing in Cambridgeshire for a number of years, he set out after discovering micronationalism out of a roleplaying site, to found the 'Dictatorship of Dorzhabad', a controversial nation based on the symbolism of both the German 2nd Reich and Iron Curtain Warsaw Pact cultures and governments.

Microwiki

Morris entered politics in late 2009, when after having researched on independence and micronations throughout September and declaring his opposition to cybernations and NationStates-like entities - deemed unprofessional - he established the Dictatorship of Dorzhabad in January 2010, after basing himself of the works of Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia. After the transition from a dictatorship to a republic later in 2010, Morris was nominated Premier, a title he held until the final transition to a parliamentary democracy on 15 January 2011, when he was nominated Prime Minister. Morris remained throughout Dorzhabad's existence its head of state and leader of the only political party existing in 2011, the Draegan National Democrats, though the establishment of other political parties was not forbidden.

Morris and Grand Duke Niels of Flandrensis
Morris (Left) and attendees of the 2013 Summit in Paris

His partial tongue-in-cheek approach to micronationalism, including his decision to reign over a dictatorship in the first months of 2010, made him a notable personality in the MicroWiki Sphere. A follower of Antarctic micronationalism, Morris also served as Vice Secretary General in June 2012 and later Secretary General of the Antarctic Micronational Union.

His decisions to attend many notable meetings and even organise several summits himself made him especially dependant on support from other nations, dealing mostly in bilateral relations with many larger Microwiki nations which had been well established for numbers of years each. Morris realized that his literacy and Wiki formatting skills were below par, this impacted heavily on the makeup and presentation of his nation, even though he described the Incarnations of Dorzhabad and Draega to be all Wiki Nations. His return to the Wiki format was brought about with James H Whittle of Strathy, who decided to merge their current states of the Communist people's republics of Strathy and the High Kingdom of Dreaga, forming a completely new nation and core.

The Republic of New Westphalia was a new venture that Morris has endeavored to make, In Chancellor James Whittle's words, it is a 'territorial, centrist, non ideologically centred and democratic Republic'. For a number of weeks, deliberations with Whittle and Morris were underway as they tackled the prospect of making a new system from scratch, and so began the hours of skype calls and wiki editing. Into early 2014, Morris overruled the New Westphalian Assembly and liquidized all executive power in it, bringing all administrative powers to sit in his office, as Ambassador for NW, Morris began revamping the political machinations of his internal government, and began disestablishing lines of communication with foreign dignitaries.

New Westphalia had been dissolved, as Morris entered the more crucial years of his College education through 2014 to 2017 he had no time to spare for his micronational hobby.

However in 2017, he was offered a position in the Cabinet of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis due to his involvement with the AMU and the relationship he had formed with it's Grand Duke. Morris Served as the Foriegn Affairs Minister throughout this new cabinet and organised many treaties and communications with other micronations on behalf of Flandrensis. Also meeting Grand Duke Niels and staging an Ecological protest against the State of Japan.

Eventually, Morris resigned from the government of Flandrensis amidst clashes with his cabinet colleagues and most notably the Chancellor, Omar Cisneros. New Westphalian President James Whittle accepted Morris' application for regaining citizenship and he entered the Republic's population, welcomed by the Provisional Government. Upon his successful application, Morris made a daring and sudden move against the Presidency, he announced his bid to take over the government as there had been "a crisis of idleness" in New Westphalia.

With a stern stance on legislative reform, Morris succeeded in the Presidential campaign he started, with James Whittle conceding the election.

Abuse allegations

In March-April, 2020 Daniel Morris was involved in a series of allegations alleging sexual misconduct involving members within the Grand Unified Micronational. During this time, several supposed victims came forward alleging that while they were still minors, Morris attempted to engage in conversations with them, often of a sexual nature, and additionally sent them unsolicited pictures of a sexual nature. These accusations were seemingly corroborated when (after a lengthy internal investigation), Morris was ejected from the GUM and banned from MicroWiki and the MicroWiki Discord.

Macronational fallout

Soon after the allegations were made, members of the community contacted British law enforcement and presented them with the evidence that they had acquired. However, after an investigation, said law enforcement declined to file charges stating a lack of evidence as their primary reason.

Exile from MicroWiki

After being banned from the GUM and the MicroWiki Discord, Morris was approached by micronational diplomat and media presenter Charles Ross, host of the micronational commentary and talk show MicroRamble and asked if he wished to appear on the program to attempt to explain himself and his actions as well as have the opportunity to defend himself (which he had largely been unable to do within the community).

Daniel accepted the offer and on the following day, a special 18+ only MicroRamble event was hosted within the MicroRamble discord server. The event was monitored by the host and volunteer moderators and was additionally recorded for legal liability reasons. The interview was met with wide interest as well as a large opposition who viewed the event as merely a platform for an accused "pedo" to speak. This belief was rebuked by Ross who (in a statement) wrote; "This is not an attempt to show support for Daniel Morris, nor is this event an excuse for his accused actions or meant to give a platform for anyone to be endangered, this is simply an attempt to give a man accused of a serious crime the chance to defend himself to the public, a right which everyone has". Regardless, the opinion of the general community remained mixed.

During the event, Morris gave a defense that attempted to excuse his actions as non-issues and dismiss the allegations as overblown and untrue, basing the bulk of his argument on the tendencies of micronationalists (specifically young micronationalists) to act in a "herd like mentality" when "cancelling" an individual. This defense seemingly failed to sway anyone and many who had previously stood by Daniel's innocence were turned against him. Additionally, in part due to a result of his attitude in the event, and partly due to the widespread public out-poor which resulted from it, Danniel Morris was given a permanent ban from the MicroWiki and many micronations which had previously done business with him ceased contact.

Dracul involvement

Following his ban, Daniel went quiet within the micronational world. However this would only be temporary as by July 2020, Daniel had joined with the Commonwealth of Dracul (a micronation which operates outside the MicroWiki sphere and therefor was unaware of what transpired within the community).

He rose to become Dracul's Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis and worked within Dracul attempting to maintain a low profile micronationally. However, this would not last as after finding out Morris was involved in Dracul, well known and veteran micronationalists Jonathan Austen and Thomas Bainbridge met in private with Dracul Vice President Stephen Luke, and after consulting legal council, Vice President Luke decided to dismiss Morris from his positions for reputations' sake. After this, Danniel announced he would be retiring from Dracul and micronationalism all together, citing his wanting to put the accusations behind him and move on with his life. This choice was supported by those close to him within micronationalism and in October 2020, Morris officially retired from the hobby, leaving micronationalism after an 11 year carrier.

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