(written by Jonathan)
I first met Markus on ICQ, when he was the webmaster of RepublicZone, which is now Planet Elixir, my German-speaking partner site. As part of the partner agreement, I have written several articles about various areas of "Republic: The Revolution" for him, and he has generously helped me by creating the basic design of the site (although I have modified certain sections myself). Basically - all design credit goes to him, and I thank him for that. As you can see, I think I did better out of the deal!
Now a good friend of mine, I speak to Markus daily on the internet, and he is invaluable to helping me update my site by providing FTP assistance. He is now 18, and lives in Austria.