Of course. We are in Germany, after all. Here, a witch can’t just scratch pentagrams into the wooden floor panels of her rented flat without asking her landlord for permission. What if a house owner in the Godesberg villa quarter gets a pet dragon without knowing the official decree for keeping fire-breathing small and big dragons based on the Bonn building decree? How do you deal with djinns wanting to migrate, and how do you make sure their lamps follow official building standards? One of the seven kingdoms of djinns even wants to join the EU. What does Angela Merkel say about that?
The friendly neighbour vampire also wants to make sure that the canned blood he got from the biological shop next door adhere to BIO standards. The times when you could simply pick up a healthy farmer boy as a snack are long since gone, after all. Even vampires watch their eating habits nowadays, and quite a few bloodsuckers can tell a story or two about their high cholesterol.
Current issues also move the magical community. There are gay vampires following the current discussions about equal rights and adoption with interest or meet resistance when they want to sign up their children in catholic kindergartens. Reason enough for one of the most secret German Federal Bureaus, the Bundesamt für magische Wesen in Bonn, to “come out” to the public in October 2013.
The Bundesamt für magische Wesen (Federal Office for Magical Creatures) is unique in its way and therefore receives requests from all over the world. The Bureau is divided into departments which deal with their specific aspects and magical creatures. A special department is the Queer Department for Gay Fantasy since even gay vampires, dragon riders or demons come forth and demand their rights.
Experts for magical beings present their studies and findings in books within the Bundesamt für magische Wesen, or short BAfmW.
They are German-speaking fantasy writers from Germany, France, Italy, and Sweden, who blog about everything of interest to the magical community, and present their books. Their books will become more and more available in other languages too so that the website of the BAfmW will be translated to English, Spanish, and Arabic over time.
Under Patronage of Representatives Jakob Maria Mierscheid and Uli Kelber
The BAfmW is happy about the support of the federal government and the Bundestag. The parliamentarian federal secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Ulrich Kelber, for example, supported founding the BAmfW. Shortly after his repeated election as representative in Bonn, Uli Kelber wrote:
Jakob Maria Mierscheid has also been elected into the Bundestag once more. I didn’t worry about him since he’s a set name in our political system, and he has powerful allies. I personally only know him in passing and can say that I’m not the one behind him. He had already been a member of the German Bundestag long before me and has always pulled the strings hidden in the back.
…idea to found a Federal Bureau for fantasy as justified and have the opinion that such a new Federal Bureau should definitely be based in our federal city of Bonn. I fear, however, that the CDU will be opposed to this. Even back in 1949, the CDU voiced their critical stance towards witchcraft with their election poster “We can’t do wizardry…”.
One of the tasks of the Federal Bureau of Fantasy would be, naturally, to support and promote the fantastic city of Bonn. I can imagine a lot of things. Already, fairies, elves, and other fantastic beings meet in Bonn to the AnimagiC, the HobbitCon, and the FeenCon. Then we’d have to bring back the BloodCon so that all the bloodsuckers would be guests in Bonn on a regular basis again too.
All the best, Uli
The Bundesamt für magische Wesen is subject to parliamentary control by representative Jakob Maria Mierscheid, who, although an almost fantastical being himself, is said to have been in the Bundestag since 1979, as the president of the Bundestag, Lammert, recently stated. From time to time, the BAfmW also recruits the help of external experts. The well-known NDR journalist and royalty expert Rolf Seermann-Eggebert, for example, recently conducted an interview with the king of djinns on behalf of the BAfmW department for Arabic demons.
Reading Events and Fairs
The currently over 100 members of the Bundesamt present their research about vampires, dragons, fairies, witches, and all the rest of the magical community in the form of books or participate in reading events. They even travel to foreign countries, like Hagen Ulrich, who presented his study “Böses Blut der Vampire” in Graz and Vienna in March. Other members met at the Leipzig Buchmesse
Bundesamt für magische Wesen
Highest Federal Authority for Dealings with and Rights of Magical Creatures
Mo – Fr 9 – 12 Uhr und 15 – 18 Uhr
Sa 9 – 14.30 Uhr