MicroWiki:April Fools'

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April Fools' Day hoaxes are perpetrated by members of the MicroWiki community every year. Individual micronations often play jokes, and all eyes are on MicroWiki itself every year when the MicroWiki administrators usually play a joke on the community.

2011

MicroWiki

  • Operation Electrolight: St.Charlie, A1 and Sirocco declared war on each other to make fun of micronational "wars".[1]
  • Strange newsfeed items: Items in the MicroWiki newsfeed adopted somewhat peculiar titles.
  • Forum games: The MicroWiki Forums had its logo changed to incorporate a trollface and had the default font changed to Comic Sans MS.

2012

MicroWiki

  • BoratWiki: MicroWiki was inaccessible on 31 March 2012 due to a "403 error" suspiciously rendered in Cyrillic. The next day all was revealed: MicroWiki (and the MicroWiki Forum) had re-emerged as BoratWiki, a website (rendered in faux Cyrillic) devoted to "Boratnations". The MicroWiki Forum also took on a very different appearance.

Community

A1

  • A1 forum graffiti: A1's forum was replaced by a replication covered with black graffiti reading "somebody help me" [2].

Austenasia

  • Revolution: Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia announced in several Skype rooms that the TPA had launched a Theodorist revolution and successfully taken over Wrythe. It was revealed as a joke a few minutes later, but not before some who heard had issued diplomatic responses having assumed it was a genuine announcement.

Koss

  • Disestablishment of the Kossian Empire: Lucas I released a video called "Disestablishment of the Realm", in which he dissolved the Empire, before revealing in the last minute that it was a joke.

Sirocco

  • Soviet Party of Sirocco: The Sirocco Times reported[3] that relatively unknown Siroccan citizen Rani Lope had formed a Marxist-Leninist party styled the "Soviet Party of Sirocco" as opposition to the ruling Federal Party. Anagrams relating to the date were inserted into the article three times.
  • National Capital District renamed: Siroccan Premier Daniel Anderson reported on Facebook and Skype that Sirocco's National Capital District province was to be renamed to "Chatgo", an anagram of gotcha.

2013

MicroWiki

  • MCRIOWYKY: MicroWiki changed themes and adopted LOLZSPEAK on the Main Page and sidebar.
  • Nyan Cat: Nyan Cat was featured in a video on the Main Page set to play automatically when the page loaded.
  • This Month in History: The "This Month in History" section on the Main Page was changed to LOLZSPEAK for March and conspicuous historical summaries for April.
  • Good Article change: The featured Good Article was changed to "Shinee Shining Lightning", widely agreed to be the worst article ever published on MicroWiki.
  • Forum shenanigans: The MicroWiki Forums adopted a Minecraft theme with a Nyan Cat logo, with audio from the Portal game series played on the main page.

Community

Skype

  • Micropolitan 5: The Micropolitan 5 Skype room was renamed to become the "Micropolitan 4.01".
  • Yellow Bear Micronational: The "Music of the Day" in the YBM Skype room was set to Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up, a "Rickroll" which has so far been repeated on every 1 April since.

Sirocco

  • Closure of MicroWiki: The Sirocco Times reported that MicroWiki was to close and shift to the Wikia platform.[4]
  • Sirocco Times logo: The Sirocco Times reversed its logo and changed its slogan to read "Established 1948".

Urbonia

  • Presidential resignation: The Voice of Urbonia reported President Migs Caldeo's resignation from office.[5]

2014

Community

Austenasia

  • New South Scotland invasion: An entry on the MicroWiki newsfeed was posted reporting that New South Scotland had been invaded by Zealandia, with a link redirecting to a Rickroll.

Sirocco

  • Micro High movie: The Sirocco Times reported on the midnight premiere of a fake Micro High movie entitled "The Micro High Cinematic Televised Movie Thing".[6]

Adammia

  • Communist coup: The Adammic Express reported that Billy, the mascot of the Adammic Army, had led a coup against the Adammic government and had installed a communist dictatorship, renaming the nation to the "People's Republic of Adammia". The new leadership supposedly threatened to attack several micronational cities with nuclear missiles, a reference to North Korea. Elements of the article also served to parody the Veritum Sandus. [7]

2015

MicroWiki

  • ErusiaWiki: MicroWiki apparently came under the jurisdiction of the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia. Administrators were allegedly arrested by the Republican Guard on charges of counter-revolutionary activity, and all flags and media titles on the main page were changed to their Erusian counterparts. All links on the Main Page newsfeeds were redirected to the "Nyan Cat" YouTube video.

Community

Adammia

2016

MicroWiki

  • No prank was made by the administrators this year due to a serious technical issue affecting the site on 31 March and 1 April (which some users assumed was a prank itself).

Community

Adammia

  • Memes: The Adammic Express reported that a decree had been passed "declaring Memes to be the official state religion of the Empire of Adammia" and requiring citizens to worship a meme of their choice at least twice a day, with various Adammic landmarks having been renamed after memes. The article also served as satire of New Israel's religious fundamentalist policies. [9]

Delvera

  • Cyber-attack: The Lavrada Bannerman reported that the Grand Republic of Delvera had caused recent technical problems with the wiki by launching a cyber-attack with "superhaxxors". [10]

Sirocco

2017

MicroWiki

  • MicroWiki became MichaelWiki, "The internet's top fan forum for all things George Michael", after webmaster Jonathan I the previous day announced that he was selling the wiki to a mysterious new owner. The music video of George Michael's 1984 single Careless Whisper played on the front page, the wiki's typeface was changed from Arial to a handwriting style, and the logo was replaced with one for "MichaelWiki".

Community

Sirocco

  • Merger of Sirocco and Uskor: The Sirocco Times reported that Sirocco and Uskor had merged into the Commonwealth of Sirocco and Uskor. References to the date were added throughout the article.[12]

Adammia

Essian Commonwealth

  • Mystic Jubbia of the Harrifans: The Messenger reported that a royal decree had renamed the Essian Commonwealth to the "Mystic Jubbia of the Harrifans." Lord Henry's title was now His Harrifanatic Majesty, and the flag and coat of arms had been changed to feature George Harrison. The article parodied Esse's strong music culture. [14]

2018

MicroWiki

Community

Adammia

  • Insomnia Festival invasion: The Adammic Express reported that the Adammic government had seized control of the Insomnia Gaming Festival and had made a number of changes to "improve" the event. For context, the Insomnia festival is regularly attended by many Adammic citizens, and it has an important cultural role within Adammia. The theme was chosen as the Insomnia festival happened to be taking place that very weekend.[15]
  • LAN Imperial: In a similar theme to the Adammic Express article mentioned above, Adam I, Emperor of Adammia announced on Twitter that due to problems with Insomnia, he would be setting up his own, new LAN called the LAN Imperial; however, a link to the "ticket page" instead led to a mashup of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders.[16]

Silla

  • The Silla Empire, on the MicroWiki newsfeed, announced that it had a communist coup. However, when someone clicked on the link, a video of 4 Non Blondes' "What's going on", sung by He-Man.

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