MICROWIKI (DM) – Micronationalists of all stripes have taken to the MicroWiki forums to say their piece on the success of now US President-elect Donald Trump in a presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton Fox News’ Bret Baier described as “unreal” and “surreal”.
Mr. Trump has, so far, carried 279 Electoral College votes from various states – putting him over the required 270 votes to win the White House. He will be inaugurated on the 20th of January, 2017.
The President-elect of the future Kernadecian Republic, Violette Clingersmith, announced plans by the current administration to ramp up its Raoul Island migration program, moving their deadline for leaving the United States from 2020 to the beginning of 2017 as a result of Trump’s victory, citing concerns that they might be persecuted by the incoming administration for being “unAmerican”. Their plans have been criticized by some quarters in terms of logistics, citing the lack of “physical infrastructure”, “practiced autarky”, or “stable governance”, while others expressed concern at the reasoning behind the move. Former Loquntian Governor-General, Dallin Langford, who has recently sparked controversy over the annexation of the Duchy of New Starland among other matters, remarked that “I highly doubt a whole lot of change will occur in the United States such as Trump “prosecuting” American micronationalists. It would be ridiculous and a waste of time.” He went on to cite a lack of stable government as a potential criticism.
Ms. Clingersmith hit back, attacking Mr. Langford for his role in destabilizing the DNS’ government. “My lack of stable government is BECAUSE OF YOU! And actually, now that we’ve readopted what we know has worked in the past, we are one heck of a lot more stable than we have been for the past year and a half.” Meanwhile, Smithville announced that it would “cut all ties” with the United States, adopting a policy of gravitating towards the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, though they were rebuffed for, in one pundit’s eyes, “alienating” around 300 million people.
HL Lord Spiritual Richard Hytholoday of Mercia commented, though only to say he was “chuffed” by the result. Lord Hytholoday endorsed Mr. Trump prior to the election.
How is the US Presidential election won?
The US presidential election isn’t necessarily about winning the most votes from the public, as the public are not constitutionally allotted the right to vote for the President of the United States directly. Instead, when American citizens go to the polls in November, they are voting for what are known as “electors” – people chosen by the public to vote for a certain candidate. There are 538 spots for these “electors”, meaning that, in order for a candidate to win the election, at minimum 270 of these people must vote for them.
This is a system called the Electoral College, and it has existed since the dawn of the US’ presidential system. It is, however, not without critique; controversially, in 2000, it enabled George W. Bush to beat Al Gore in the race to the Oval Office, even though Al Gore won the popular vote. In fact, in five election cycles, the Electoral College returned the candidate who had won fewer votes than the opposing candidate, including, at time of going to press, Donald J. Trump.
Not only that, but while most states have laws requiring electors to vote for the candidate they are told to, in some states, they may vote however they choose. In 1976, one elector from Washington gave his vote to Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford to whom he was pledged. Additionally, though less in terms of “faithless” electors, as they are called, in 2004, one elector pledged to then presidential candidate John Kerry cast his vote for one “John Ewards” – presumably a misspelling of Mr. Kerry’s running mate’s name, John Edwards.
The list of micronationalists pleased with the result also includes CNSR President Alejandro Valentino, one of those to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency. Other endorsements came from Lucas Campos, Anax of Koss, and Grant Hawkins, Stadtholder of Hoogland, as well as the Pavlovian Minister of Internal Security, Hasan Çakar.
As of press time, the states of Arizona, Michigan and New Hampshire have yet to be projected for either candidate. New Hampshire is narrowly leaning towards Mrs. Clinton, while both Arizona and Michigan have varying margins of victory for Mr. Trump.