Explaining the thinking behind MMB might take a few paragraphs.
Missive from Mechanical Bay came out of a couple different concepts. The first was a futuristic sci-fi novel in verse form, set in the South Island of New Zealand. The second was a musing on the history and traditions of the South Island, and an attempt to project, in broad brush stroke terms, what it might look like if the positive potentials in these traditions were tapped and applied to problems of the twenty-first century. I was particularly impressed, in 2017, by reading Ron Palenski's The Making of New Zealanders, which describes the South Island as it was in the 19th century, when New Zealand was known worldwide as a 'social laboratory' for liberal reforms. These positive visions are juxtaposed, especially in the first part of the book, to the current realities of political corruption and systematic disenfranchisement of the citizens.
The idea of South Island independence has become more mainstream since I published the chapbook, which is certainly a welcome development from my point of view, but it was definitely a fringe idea in 2017 and early 2018, when I composed most of MMB. This is why it contains no reference to contemporary independence movements -- they weren't on the radar before July 2018, when the book was published.
Obviously there are no references in this work to the March 15 terror attacks, which happened more than six months after it was finished.