A New Nation (2010-2011)
Sirocco came into being after research on micronations in August 2010. Special focus was given to the nations of Molossia, Sealand, and St.Charlie, and by the end of the month it had been decided to create a new nation to replace the GDR. A government was assembled, a constitution was drawn up, and claims were made through September and October 2010.
Sirocco formally came into being at 11:13am on 4 November 2010 (20 Grable 65), with a proclamation read by Daniel Anderson, who moments before had been officially sworn into office by his Vice-Premier, Jesse Coles. The event was simple but carried great significance, with short speeches and anthem-singings taking place shortly after the swearing-in. The government, consisting of some seven people, was officially inaugurated the following day, and almost immediately began a policy of fast integration with the MicroWiki community.
The efforts paid off in two ways. Regular communications with other micronations, as well as continued nation-building, carried Sirocco to fourteenth place in the popular Influence Survey of January 2011, the first of a number of rises in the charts (barring one controversial exception). The nation's dedication to its policy also paid dividends during the controversy that fellow New Zealand micronation Zealandia was facing during the beginning of 2011. Led by then-First Minister Sebastiano von Linden, the nation was finding itself at odds with the community, and when Sirocco offered to help, the Zealandian monarchy leapt at the chance. A brief 'war' of sorts was conducted, which resulted in the capitulation of the Zealandian state and the temporary annexation of Zealandia into Sirocco to rid the kingdom of its troublesome politician. However, the next day, Zealandia withdrew from the agreement, leading to a suspension of relations and a worsening situation for the kingdom. Sirocco, however, was praised in its attempts, and soon found itself firmly a part of the upper echelons of the MicroWiki community.
Through 2011, Sirocco underwent small government reforms and the beginning of television broadcasts with the highly esteemed cartoon series Micro High. However despite a promising start, a period of inactivity began to set in during the middle of the year. The threat of Sirocco fading away, a common fate for the majority of all micronations that are created, loomed large, which prompted a full governmental response from July onward. The office of Chancellor was created during this time, a mostly ceremonial role aimed at chairing the Board of Ministers (the predecessor to the Executive), however a dispute over government policies led to the Chancellor's dismissal after 93 days and the dissolution of the office.
The Tent Pegs Incident
On the evening of 28 March 2012 (13 Prime 66), the Siroccan Defence Forces were dispatched to the Tent Pegs National Forest after reports of sounds of breaking twigs. Two unknown persons were seen near the border fence, and a camera flash was used to scare the persons off.
However within minutes, a group of around ten to fifteen teenagers had massed at the fence, and were threatening an invasion into Alston - one person began scaling the fence only to be pulled down by his peers. After an urgent message was relayed back to the capital, lights were shut off to confuse the mob. Around five minutes later, the mob began to disperse, and the SDF was able to return to Alston.
The event was the first threat to Siroccan security, and was pivotal in the creation of the SDF's 3rd Mounted Cash Registers later in the year. Cambria has since made March 28 a provincial holiday to remember the night the border was held.