Vancouver Island territorial dispute

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Vancouver Island Territorial Dispute
Territory of the Dominion of Vancouver Island.png
Map of Vancouver Island
Date(29 April, 2021 - Present)
ResultOngoing
DisputersFlag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
GreaterCascadiaFlag.jpg Greater Cascadian Republic
Flag of Vancouver Island.png Dominion of Vancouver Island
Nexan Sigil.png Nexan Republic

The Vancouver Island territorial dispute is a currently ongoing territorial dispute that began on 29 April 2021. It has mainly been disputed between the Dominion of West Canada, the Greater Cascadian Republic, the Nexan Republic[1], and the Dominion of Vancouver Island.

Background

On 28 April 2021, the apparent dissolution of the Dominion of Vancouver Island[2] led to the Commonwealth of British Dominions making a statement on 30 April 2021 calling the region "too unfit",[3] formalizing the then mostly unrecognized claim on the island by the Dominion of West Canada. This action led a revived Dominion of Vancouver Island and the Greater Cascadian Republic to attempt to intervene claiming themselves as the correct claimants and owner of Vancouver Island.

On 1 May 2021, the Basileus of the Hellenistic Empire of Cimbrun contacted the Governor-General of West Canada, acting on the behalf of the Nexan Republic.[4] The Basileus attempted to work out a deal with the Governor-General to grant the Nexan Republic the island in exchange for Nexan recognition of West Canada. The Governor-General denied the deal alongside the Prime Minister, with a joint statement:

"The territory of Vancouver Island is intrinsically linked to the people and culture of West Canada. To give it up would be to give up a part of our heritage. Alongside that, there are West Canadian citizens residing in Vancouver Island, citizens of which we are responsible for and accountable to, we simply cannot hand them over to you. Our claims of Vancouver Island date back to our foundation, and the Crown of the British Commonwealth's goes back to 1843. It is simply not in our cards to give up or relent Vancouver Island. We lessened our claim during the reign of the Dominion of Vancouver Island, considering that if either of us were in control the same Head of State was in control regardless, but with the dissolution of the Vancouver Island Dominion, we cannot allow the Crown Territory to fall into foreign hands. We appreciate your attempt to communicate with us on this matter, but we have to decline your attempt on changing hands of the territory, there's simply too much at stake."

Claimants

Nations with competing claims on Vancouver Island are listed by order of claim as follows.

Claimant Date of claim Nations that recognize claims Notes
Flag of Canada.svg Canada 1871 Claimed Vancouver Island after the British. The claimant can control the island the most with the most citizens, government and infastructure.
Nexan Sigil.png Nexan Republic 23 March 2015 Often refers to Vancouver Island as "Patriæ". Has the biggest support for their claims, from LIN and ISAF support.[30]
GreaterCascadiaFlag.jpg Greater Cascadian Republic ~December 2018 Also supported the Dominion of Vancouver Island, despite claiming the island as well
Flag of Vancouver Island.png Dominion of Vancouver Island 15 July 2019 Founded in 2019, it, along with the Dominion of West Canada are the only micronational claimants whose territory is physically located on the island. The Dominion of Vancouver Island has received tacit recognition from several local agencies and First Nations band members.
Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
18 February 2021 Had the second biggest support out of any claimant for their claims, especially from the Commonwealth of British Dominions and the Korp Sector. After reforming itself into British North America, it now supports Canada's claim to Vancouver Island.
Asddasadsadsd.svg Newnewfoundland 4 May 2021 0
Claimant Support (Numbers of Recognizing parties)
Claimant Name Number of Signatures (As of June 21st, 2021) Rank by Signatures (As of May 21st, 2021)
Nexan Republic 50 (Percentage Update Needed) 1#
Dominion Of West Canada 23 (31%) 2#
Canada 6 (8%) 3#
Dominion of Vancouver Island 4 (5%) 4#
Greater Cascadian Republic 1 (1%) 5#

International Response

Responses

Nation Date Statement Support for
Flag of Tucona.png Tucona 30 April 2021 "The Government of Tucona refuses to take part in the crisis over Vancouver Island. The United Colonies is following a strict policy of non-interventionism and respect for the right of self-determination by local citizens."[48] Neutrality
FlagNewEngland.png Dominion of New England 30 April 2021 None Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Flag of Ausveria.png Ausveria 30 April 2021 The Ausverian Volksrepublik officially stated "We support West Canada on this issue." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Ethosia Republic Flag.jpg Ethosia 30 April 2021 The Ethosian Government gave support to West Canada, stating "We support West Canada in their decision to remove the VISSR from their recognitions." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Vanceonia.png Democratic People's Republic of Vanceonia 30 April 2021 The Vanceonian Republic gave support to West Canada, stating "*** it One Struggle." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Vulhalin 1 May 2021 The Emperor of Vulhalin, Jacob Deceuninck, released a statement, saying, "This is utterly stupid, Smith has no say what happens in Vancouver. She talks a lot of anti-imperialism but is a hypocrite. She can also get the hell out of the Laurentian bioregion." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
6BeansFlag.jpeg Republic of Worrell 1 May 2021 Worrell gave support to West Canada with Cunningham stating "I offer my support to West Canada over Vancouver Island and her people." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Normandy-Nichen2.png Normano-Nichish Kingdom 2 May 2021 The Normano-Nichish Kingdom gave support to West Canada, stating "Due to the behaviour and ideology of Cascadia and VISSR, both have been proclaim Terra Haeresis." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
 Indradhanush 2 May 2021 The Indradhanush government released a statement, saying, "Indradhanush believes that micronations should claim what they can control. There is a saying, one must not bite more that they can chew. Hence we think that this territorial dispute is unnecessary, and the island belongs to Canada."  Canada
Todthill.png Todt Hill 2 May 2021 Todt Hill gave support to West Canada, their President stating "I officially, indeed, do support my fellow Canadian brother, Connor, in his struggle for Vancouver Island." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Canviaflag.png Canvia 2 May 2021 Canvia gave support to West Canada, stating "The Canvian Foreign Ministry supports West Canada's claims on Vancouver Island." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Flag of North Dirigo.svg North Dirigo 2 May 2021 North Dirigo gave support to West Canada, stating "North Dirigo recognizes West Canada as the true owner of Vancouver Island." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
UnitedOceanStates.jpg Reunited Ocean States 2 May 2021 Reunited Ocean States gave support to West Canada, stating "Reunited Ocean States diplomatically and defensively supports West Canada." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Flag roranhão.png Kingdom of Roranhon 2 May 2021 Roranhon and their leader, Rodrigo L. I, gave support to West Canada, stating "I am honestly supporting West Canada, this struggle is just stupid." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
BonumlandFlag.png Republic of Bonumland 2 May 2021 Empress Isabella issued a statement of just a single word - "bruh". Neutrality
Flag of Wallenia.png Wallenia 3 May 2021 The Wallenian Foreign Ministry supported the Dominion of West Canada, King Joseph said in a statement, that "Wallenia supports the territorial integrity of West Canada" Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
Flag of robe .jpg Kingdom of Robe 3 May 2021 The Kingdom of Robe gave support to the Greater Cascadian Republic, stating "We refuse to accept the claims made by West Canada and Condemn their actions. And will stand by the Greater Cascadian Republic." GreaterCascadiaFlag.jpg Greater Cascadian Republic
Flag v2.png The Free Nation of New Athens 3 May 2021 The Free Nation of New Athens gave support to the Nexan Republic, stating "We will support the territorial claims of our allies in the Nexan Republic, both because of our alliance and also because the have claimed it the longest." Nexan Sigil.png Nexan Republic
Fopan.png The Federation of Pangaea 3 May 2021 The government of the Federation of Pangaea announced its support to the Nexan Republic claim, stating that "the Nexan Republic has been claiming this area prior to any other micro-states. The other claimants also failed to establish any diplomatic contacts with either the international League of Independent Nations, or the Federation of Pangaea, and so do not qualify, as of writing, as States in accordance with the Montevideo Convention, as to our point of view they do not fulfill Criterion number four." Nexan Sigil.png Nexan Republic
FlagTheasia.png Empire of Theasia 3 May 2021 The Theasian Imperial Government gave their support to the Dominion of West Canada, stating "On behalf of the Reichsstag and the Theasian Imperial government we would like to come out in support of The Dominion of West Canada and we are officially condemning the Vancouver Island Socialist Republic viewing them as an illegitimate state. Until such time that they come back to your nation no trade or diplomatic affairs will be conducted with the so called Vancouver Island Socialist Republic."[49] Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
National Flag of the Dictatorate of Poyais.png Dictatorate of Poyais 3 May 2021 The Generalisma of the Dictatorate of Poyais expressed her explicit support for the Nexan Republic stating "I will easily support people who actually want to help others, rather than push their own corrupt ideology or decrepit monarchy." Nexan Sigil.png Nexan Republic
 Kapreburg 3-5 May 2021 When asked about the dispute, Jackson I stated that despite having a mutual recognition treaty with West Canada, the parties claiming the island were "shmucks". He also cited that he had done the same thing when he was 9 years old, implying it was childish. Neutrality
Wamong Flag3.png Communal People's Republic of Wamong 5 May 2021 The President of Wamong, Harold Duighan, declared his government's support for the VISSR's claim on Vancouver Island, citing that, from his knowledge, the VISSR had control over the island in 2019 despite the Nexan Republic's 2015 claim. He also stated that he would support his fellow "Communist comrades" in their "fights against Imperialists like the West Canadians and their Dominion". He also wished the VISSR "good luck" in their "fight for independence" Flag of the Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic.svg Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic
SGFlag.png State of Gasconade 5 May 2021 The State of Gasconade gave their support to the Dominion of West Canada, stating in treaty "The State of Gasconade formally recognizes the Dominion of West Canada, and her claim to the Island of Vancouver." Flag of West Canada.svg Dominion of West Canada
HKIslandFlag1.png Hong Kong Island Unknown The Government of Hong Kong Island expresses neutrality in the matter. It expresses support for self-determination principles. Neutrality

References

  1. Nexan Republic Fandom
  2. @WestCanada_ (28 April 2021). "West Canada is saddened by the disestablishment of the Dominion of Vancouver Island and their departure from the @ComBritDoms. It is our belief that their course of action is deeply flawed, however we understand that we bear no authority over them" (Tweet). Retrieved 2 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  3. @ComBritDoms (29 April 2021). "The Commonwealth has formally cut ties with the Government of Vancouver Island, deeming the state too unfit to continue relations with. The Commonwealth recognises the claim to sovereignty over the island by @WestCanada_ from here onwards" (Tweet). Retrieved 2 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. Beginning of communication between the Basileus and Governor-General, 1 May 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. Article about the territorial dispute, Cimbrun Tribune, 4 May 2021, retrieved 13 June 2021.
  6. Commune of Viderheim supporting the Nexan Republic, 3 May 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
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  42. *Canvian support of West Canada, 2 May 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
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  48. Government of Tucona, @Tucona, 30th April 2021, Retrieved 2 May 2021.
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