July 9, 2011
Newspaper clipping from The Pamphleteer. Did this King go insane?
Yesterday, July 8, King Ricardo of Salaria dissolved monarchy in his kingdom. The population of Salaria, a kingdom internationally known for its high exportation of tea leaves, is in shock.
“I recently read books that changed my perception of everything I was doing,” Ricardo said. He didn't want to inform what books were those, but explained that they were an anonymous gift sent to the Royal Palace.
The population, which always supported Ricardo's laws, is surprised. “They are used to having a guide leading them, but I trust them to take care of their lives on their own,” Ricardo said, who now hopes to work as a farmer in the southern plains.
When asked whether Salaria would now enter an anarchic system, Ricardo looked impatient. “I don't like to label anything. Salaria simply belongs to the people, nothing else. It isn't a democracy. It isn't anarchy. It's just land that belongs to the people,” he explained.
The international community still cannot define what diplomatic relations they are going to keep with Salaria, but Ricardo is certain that any change will be for the better. “The people of Salaria is very friendly and they are known for being a hardworking population. They trusted me to keep and represent this status, so I don't know why things would change for worse without me,” he said. Ricardo also added that he is just handing back to his people responsibilities that were already theirs.
The Royal Family was not found to give interviews, but Ricardo says that they are very angry and cut relations with him. “They barely talked with me even when I was King, so I don't mind,” Ricardo said in a good-humored tone, before embarking on the three o'clock train this afternoon. He was carrying only a small luggage and, without the Royal top hat, mark of the Kings of Salaria that started in the 18th century, he was not recognized by the passersby.
Today in Salaria the transportation system worked normally. The stores and other establishments opened at the usual time. On Monday, July 11, people will officially meet to discuss the needs of their neighborhoods. Although it is common to see inhabitants gatherings on the streets to discuss the current situation of Salaria, there are no signs of civil distress.