The following is an extract from
The Mercia Manifesto
The Mercia Movement was formed on 19th August 1993 by a group of like-minded individuals alarmed at the political, economic, social and environmental situation in England, but inspired by a common vision of a sustainable alternative future. Unlike conventional political bodies, the Mercia Movement does not support the theory of progress from barbarity to paradise through technological development. On the contrary, we believe that this route will ultimately lead to catastrophe through the exhaustion of finite resources by an expanding population far in excess of its food base. The impossible goal of universal happiness through consumerism and materialism is just one of the many false hopes raised by the privileged minorities to secure their hold on power that has lasted for nearly a millennium. It is our view that the golden age in England was in the Anglo-Saxon past and that the following centuries witnessed a descent into the dark ages. Prior to the Norman Conquest, communalism and organic democracy thrived and society flourished in essential harmony with the environment. Since the disastrous events of 1066, a radical political force of English people refusing to accept the finality of the effects of the Conquest has existed and has periodically challenged the power of the Establishment. The Mercia Movement is the most recent expression of this tradition.
We believe that the future is decided by history and that an English renaissance is perfectly possible, but that it can only be achieved by a common understanding that society suffers from a thousand-year old disease and by a common willingness to apply the whole cure. Conventional politics has failed to recognise the existence of the disease, let alone identify its cause, and has dealt with ills in society in a piecemeal fashion, attacking the symptoms as they have appeared. Through the application of this method, the disease is almost certain to be terminal and only a holistic approach to the problem offers real hope of salvation. Fortunately, it is clear that most people in England have a pessimistic view of the future and are disillusioned with or apathetic to the activities of career politicians. We believe that this situation creates much scope for a revival of a common English spirit to heal the wounds and finally complete the circle. We have a cyclical view of history which predicts that the ordinary people will continue to dispute the control of the privileged few until the pattern of failure and despair is finally broken. As a millennium of subjection approaches, a number of indicators, such as the growth of regionalist and environmental movements and an increasing dissatisfaction with the monarchy, suggest that the English people may once again be ready for the challenge.
It is our assertion that the current political system in England is illegal and undemocratic and that the economy is grossly polluting and unsustainable. The Mercia Movement therefore aims to act as a catalyst in the removal of the Establishment and in the re-empowerment of the ordinary people of the country. Mercia remains a legally autonomous region and we intend to re-create its independence in reality. Anglo-Saxon England provides a vital historical model which proves that a society based on community, organic democracy and environmental harmony is not a dream, but an achievable ideal. An immense amount of energy, patience and flexibility will be needed to realise the ideal and we appeal to the people of Mercia to join us in meeting the challenge.