Havilland, WE, Jul 16 · 1 Trinity 74 – The stroke of midnight brought the crash of drums and the traditional first nuclear explosion of a celebration that has marked the Atomic new year since the Atomic calendar’s formal adoption on July 16, 2013 (1 Trinity 68).
Revellers in Havilland last night waited in excitement as display showing nuclear tests set to the 1812 Overture counted down the seconds to midnight. The stroke of 12am saw the video light up with a series of nuclear tests, the footage of which was produced in the 1940s and 1950s. The display was followed by a rendition of the national anthem, Manhattan Spiritual, as composed by Mike Post in the 1970s.
The advent of midnight also saw the official dissolution of the Dominion of Zona and its constituent provinces, as specified in the Zona Act 2019, which was passed last Wednesday (26 Julin). The dissolution brought to an end nearly ten years of Zonian micronationalism.
The government confirmed last night that it is currently engaged in diplomatic talks with the Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia, which it described as a “positive start to this new year”. Sirocco also formally recognised the Confederation of Mahuset on Saturday (29 Julin) as part of the diplomatic relations reviews currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Rumours that Sirocco and Wyvern are co-operating in the establishment of a new micronation could not be confirmed at press time.
The Times wishes its readers a very happy and prosperous year 74.