Hello there! I'm Sealand, or Peter Kirkland, or "That one little kid-" just don't call me Pete. That sounds like an old man's name. Anyways, I hope we can be friends, and please enjoy your visit at the Principality of Sealand!
((Indie SFW RP blog for Sealand/Peter from Hetalia
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I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.
Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.
Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.
The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.
Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it.
The floorboard creaked and groaned with every step as tiny feet paced the room. No, this couldn’t be right. There had to have been at least one, right? He checked the phone records again, then the calendar. No messages on or after September 2nd. Not a single one. Had it really been twenty days already? Surely there had to be some misunderstanding. None of this was right. Finally growing tired of pacing, the child fell back onto his cot and stared at the ceiling.
He’d given them time. Nations were busy — maybe no one could call, visit, or send gifts on the day of — but twenty days had been a pretty lenient waiting period. If no one made contact by now, they probably weren’t planning to at all. Sure, he wasn’t too surprised over all, but the Nordics? Latvia? The other micronations? Hell, maybe even England?
Had they really all just forgotten Peter’s birthday?
"Maybe I haven’t been loud enough," he mused. Maybe he really did have to get on their last nerves. Sure, he’d be labeled as an annoying brat even more so than he already was, but that was better than being entirely ignored, wasn’t it? He had to be louder, more insistent, more determined! He would just have to get out there and show that Sealand cannot be so easily dismissed, especially now that he’s another year older!
For now, though, he’d lay in bed and try to figure out why even those closest to him didn’t bother with a gift, visit, or even a simple phone call.
"Oh, really?" Peter grinned. "Great! I dunno if he’d be listed, but hopefully he is! He was supposed to pick me up at the bus stop. I’m staying with him for the week!” the child rambled. “What’s your name?”
Charlie gave a small smile and nodded. She didn’t know why this guy wouldn’t be listed, but she’d go with him. She could track down anyone, and she didn’t know how someone couldn’t be in the system. “I’m Charlie, what’s your name?” She asked politely.
"I’m Peter!" the boy replied, trying to peek over her shoulder at the monitor. Would the addresses of personifications be listed, or were they considered too much of a government-top-secret type deal? It probably depended on the nation. "So you can really look up anyone on there, huh?"
Doctor Who crossover: Dear god yes. Peter finding out about the Doctor somehow and clinging to him and begging to be brought along on adventures. Plus, the Doctor would have a chance to get closer to him than he can with human companions, seeing as Peter can’t exactly die too easily. They’d actually have a chance of being life-long friends.
Supernatural Crossover: Seriously, anything. Any way for Peter to meet characters from Supernatural [and of course, a fair amount of distrust when they find out he’s not human].
Human Hanatamago Family AU: Peter was raised by his big brothers, but when they have trouble caring for him, they search out a family to watch over Peter until they can sort things out.
[Almost] A True Nation: Peter is allowed in his first world meeting, though just for observing. One of the nations volunteers to show him the ropes of getting around and managing the meetings.