Posted by Baron Johan on March 01, 1998 at 12:57:01:
One year ago, on the 1st of March 1997, I and a friend visited Ladonia. We called it a Field Research and it was my first big mission as a Custodian. At that time the hillsides of Ladonia was partly covered with the ashes and remnants of Nimis' towers, which had been put on fire a month earlier by some lunatics. I wondered what may trigger such hatred against a silent, magnificent and soothing piece of artwork. It had to do with Human Culture I believed, groups of people and societies mutedly agreeing upon the right order of things. Nimis didn't and doesn't fit into this "right order". Rather it may to some symbolize craziness or whatever, so they did their dirty deed. But fortunatedly the sea-shore soon was filled with new drift-wood travellers and Lars began rebuilding the lost parts.
The Field Research was succesful, not the least because of the recovering of the lost Hippopotamus. The petrified Hippo is still laying on its side with the big round nose pointing towards north-east, smelling the sea winds and smiling a bit with closed eyes, as if it is dreaming about some pleasures. If you are planning a visit to our country I strongly recommend to take a glimpse at the Hippo, which is actually resting very close to the western border by Håle Stenar.
A year exactly has now passed and today is the Day of the grand opening of the Ladonian Parliament. I have done some thinking on the connection between the Hippo and the Parliament. For me the Hippo could do well as a symbol of the Parliament. It may imply several things. First of all it is resting on an elevated plateau with a beautiful view of the artworks and the Ladonian seaside. It is smiling with closed eyes by the border, as if it hardly pays any attention to the task of guarding the border, but rather dreams its day away. The reading is open and their seems to be nothing to fear, maybe accept our own fears.
So by leaving this image I hereby, on advice from Mr Nemo our Speaker, inaugarate the Parliament: OPEN UP!
Baron Johan, Custodian
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