The first trimester experienced by the Empire was full of events that drastically affected the micronation and took place in such a rapid succession of events that all seem organic to the inattentive eye, but write several pages to the already extensive Karno-Ruthenian history.
On 30 December 2019, the Emperor of Karnia-Ruthenia met Wilhelm III, the leader of a simulationist micronation of Lusophone sector for a dinner where they discussed various topics of micro and macronational order and reinforced the friendship between the micronations and their rulers – or so it was thought. The Lusophone sector of micronationalism was divided. On 05 January, His Majesty the Emperor met the Count Lucas of Eichweiss and his three children at São Paulo for a lunch and later that week, another meeting between the Emperor, the Count of Eichweiss and Wilhelm III took place – the last seen by the Lusophone sector of micronationalism as a unified sector.
In addition to foreign policy, the Empire’s internal policy also saw major developments. On the first day of the year, the Imperial Diet dethroned King Carl of Cardonia and Oscar succeeded as king; the Asian-Antarctic District’s seat on parliament was declared vacant and Cardonia was confirmed as part of the Empire.
Culturally, there was also significant movement. On 13 January, a text with micropatriological content in Portuguese and later translated to English was published and donated to the collection of the Imperial and Royal Academy of Geographical and Social Studies, by His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor-King. The text received general acclaim and was followed by another text of the I.R.A.G.S.S. by His Highness, Prince Karácsony-Maryen, the Imperial Chancellor, about the micronational activity in Brazil.
January finished with the news that, on 29 January, the Empire and the Principality of Montescano signed the Treaty of St. Demetrius and established mutual recognition and diplomatic relations with the Duchy of Two Melillas and reforced rights to members of Pavlovian Union in an ever-increasing action to settle old rivalries and bring the parties involved closer together.
February, in turn, started chaotic with the first natural disaster that occurred in the capital of the Empire. On 10 February, Greater Persenburg was totally flooded, with the Hofbau, the main seat of the Monarchy, flooded and isolated. At the end of the day, the water level – the highest in 77 years – has dropped. Losses wasn’t calculated and the access to Hofbau was restored by the night.
Overcome the bitterness of losses and the fear of further flooding, the Karno-Ruthenian people rejoiced the tribute paid by the Kingdom of Manso, on 19 February, when the Government of the Kingdom of Manso launched its new series of coins, which has the shield of the allies with Karnia-Ruthenia appearing in prestigious position.
On 21 February, the Imperial Diet started the debates on the creation of the “Imperial Circle”: a voluntary association of states autonomous within the Empire but not annexed, responsible for its own policies and co-operating in common interests and in promotion of international understanding mastered by the imperial principles. Only on 28 March the Imperial Circle would be formalized, marking a new step in foreign policy and creating a new sphere of influence.
On 25 February, the Emperor-King attended a mass held by the Archbishop of Persenburg, accompanied by the Baroness Schaf and the newly-made Countess Eisenland. On the following day, Prince Wilhelm Kundarheim was interviewed by Alexandre Brautigam, from the podcast Brazilian ‘Ressonâncias’ to talk about the advantages of a monarchical regime for Brazil as a monarchist and a jurist.
On 27 February, the Antarctic Micronational Union resumed activity. In talks since December 2019, a number of current and former AMU members started negotiation talks, weighing the possibility of reviving the organization. These talks materialized when the new Charter of the Antarctic Micronational Union was signed by the representatives of Hortania, Lostisland, Užupis, Karnia-Ruthenia, Westarctica, Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross, and Montescano, who reconfirmed their membership in the revived organization. The Grand Duchy of Flandrensis opted out of rejoining the AMU, but announced a change in foreign policy, recognizing the territorial claims of all AMU members.
The Empire’s foreign performance was marked by innumerable advances, but to that end, it was also forced to retreat. Facing increasing resistance from Brazilian micronationalists due to his sympathetic view of derivatism, he was forced to abdicate as King of Eslavija on the night of 29 February, ending his second reign in this micronation, which lasted a year, six months and twenty two days. He was the founder of this micronation, established in 07 August 2009.
In the following month, on 03 March, the Emperor-King, assumed the patronage of the Equestrian Order of Saint Thomas, reforming it with the help of several micronationalists who speak the Portuguese language, and reforming it to become an association of lay people, greatly improving it, especially by the canonical basis of its formation.
In the night of 09 March, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King, received the Kings of Luna at the Paris 6 restaurant, in São Paulo, Brazil. They started their career at micronationalism in the major ally of the Empire at the Lusophone sector, the United Provinces of Mauricia, but acquired Karno-Ruthenian citizenship and ascended to the Throne of Luna. This meeting was considered the base for the creation of the Brazilian Sector of micronationalism. On the following day, the Empire and Rino Island reaffirmed their established mutual recognition and diplomatic relations, signed back in 2015 and established one of the most antiques friendships between micronations in Latin America.
On 12 March, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King, spoke to the Imperial Diet asking for measures to be taken by the government face the coronavirus outbreak. With the political support, the Red Cross of Karnia-Ruthenia started their campaign for conscientization and prevention by 17 March and again on 22 March. On 18 March, after testing negative for COVID-19, the Duke of Daugavia, Minister of Foreign Affairs, volunteered to be isolated. There were no cases of infected citizens until early April. In this scenario, the Popsec Studio, a group of filmmakers with the Duke of Libertia among them, made all of their short films available for quarantine.
By the end of the month, after traditional micronationalists from Brazil started expose criticism on derivatism practice as “ignorant” and “dishonest”, a cision in the sector was eminent. Far beyond promoting derivatism among Brazilian aspirants to micronational practice, the derivatist micronationalists in Brazil intended to establish good terms with each other, in contrast to the rivalry of Brazilian micronations at the time and to present themselves to the other micronational sectors as a variant of Lusophone sector, a more friendly and open to micronational practices enshrined in the rest of the world.
The Lusophone sector of micronationalism is known for modelism and simulationism, being the only micronational sector where this segment is the majority. Dissent to this current is usally ostracized and harassed. Thus, considering the Lusophonia a “closed system”, some derivatists projects noted they should organized themselves like other sectors, based this time not only on language, but also on geography and to establish more active relations with other linguistic and geographic sectors.
The beggining of this cision within Portuguese-speaking micronationalism started in a conversation that happened on 12 March 2020 between the Emperor of Karnia-Ruthenia and the Queen of Manso, the leaders of the most successful derivative projects of Brazilian origin. The result of this conversation was the Treaty of Persenburg and the creation of the Brazilian Micronationalism group on Facebook. Most of the members were made up of micronationalists whose projects were of recent foundation, most had acquired experience in simulationist micronationalism, had contact with the foreign micronational movement, especially the English-speaking micronations, the called “Anglophone sector”, and were sympathetic to the ideas of creating their projects with based on the Montevideo Convention of 1933, which led to the signing of the Protocol of Goetha.
With the beginning of April and the uncertainties of this period of pandemic and rapid developments in domestic and foreign policies, the future – immediate and mediate – are real surprises.
Unlike in other years, the months of August and September in the Empire passed more discreetly, even though it did not reduce the number of its activities. What is the reason?
The first day of August began with immense euphoria. After a major political stalemate, elections were finally held and on 1 August, the new members of parliament took possession of their seats in the Imperial Diet, which had been opened with a long-awaited Speech from the Throne, which took place on a very special date: Empire Day.
The next day, in a new phase of its foreign policy, the Empire and the successors of the Empire of Pavlov set aside their differences. Oscar I and Deniz de Montescano signed a treaty of mutual recognition and exchanged honors, ending an unfriendly relationship since November 2016, which began to be resolved by the imperial government in January this year, when it repealed the ban on Pavlov citizens and Lostisland.
In the same week, the Empire recognized the State of Portuvera and Tjet, a young US-based micronational project, and had His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor-King, being received to an interview with Microcast, a micronationalism podcast made by Brazilian micronationalists. The positive repercussions ensured the permanent presence of the Emperor of Karnia-Ruthenia in the program.
Emperor-King’s Day has come and with it a diminutive list of honors, following a tendency to make the distribution of imperial titles and decorations increasingly rare. However, as is often the case at this time of year, His Majesty has received honours from the United Provinces of Mauritia and the Principality of Lorenzburg.
August would end with the inauguration of a new President of the House of Representatives and a new Imperial Chancellor. September, however, would be immersed in silence and protection due to a personal matter of the Imperial House.
His Imperial Majesty and Royal, the Emperor-King, separated from his then companion. The former empress renounced her citizenship, titles and positions and left the Empire. The Imperial House did not comment further and the Court was silent for countless days. The following week, it was announced to the public that the Emperor and his parents would make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida.
It would be 20 days without official activity before His Majesty was seen again, which happened when the Emperor attended the Imperial Diet to consult parliamentarians on a law that would regulate the use of alcohol by the citizens of the Empire. He dedicated himself to concluding recognitions, among them the North Barchant and Byzantium Novum, and issued some decrees, including the recognition of a noble house taking place in the national nobility.
The big event of the social season would take place on 05 October. The Imperial Family would gather in Hofbau to welcome the families of Baron Kiefernholz, Baroness Schaf, and Baroness Eisenland at a formal state dinner, bringing together the elite of Greater Persenburg. Perhaps this new month will prove providential for the Imperial Court to show itself as it is: full of life, charm and stories.
If micronationalism is based on the faithful re-creation of a (macro)nation, relying on its own constitution, courts, parliaments, society and culture, it is natural to think that economics is also part of a more refined conception of micronationalism. Although not the main bias of micronational activity – several famous and successful micronations do not have an economic system – it is true that developing an original system adds and enhances the debate over the limits of micronational practice – and how to expand them.
The first step towards economic discussion in the Empire was in February 2015. Initiated by the then Minister of Finance, Count Faria, who was responsible for the creation of Ruthenian Mark, the official currency of Ruthenia and since then, the rest of the Empire after the Compromise of 2016. Although with little practical use, the Count Faria initiative was recognized to the point of being elected with wide margin for a mandate in the then Diet of Ruthenia.
After that, little was said about economy in the Empire. The King of Carpathia, the Duke of Libertia and the Duke of Appinfeldt, in various situations, mentioned plans to promote an Imperial Treasury (created at the end of 2017), but the various plans derived from these meetings never took place.
However, in 2017, the economy enthusiasts in the Empire came to have a voice and an opportunity. During the Congress of Colo, which took place between August 12 and September 2 of that year, t first debate largely focused on the issues of micronational currency and economic policy. Ideas regarding intermicronational currency exchange rates, banking regulations and stock exchanges were brought up, and all delegations appeared to be optimistic about the direction of the convention.
The effects of the Congress of Colo on the internal politics of the Empire it was noted with the creation of foundation of three state-owned enterprises (KCOM, KAWA and KarniaLight) on 12 September; the Imperial Bank of Karnia-Ruthenia on 27 November, the imperial central bank and thought to be based on public capital and private capital and responsible for the monetary policy and finally, the Imperial Treasury on 17 January 2018 as the government department responsible for developing and executing the government’s public finance policy and economic policy, but also charged with the receipt and custody of government funds. An honorable mention, yet, was the bill based on Gotzer law presented by the Emperor on types of corporate societies, which was lost when the forum was overthrown by Thomas de Cumagne on last October. Without saved copies, the project is lost.
If, on the one hand, the State has finally put the economy as one of its priorities, this measure has brought with it an insistent doubt: how to make a micronational economy work and more important than that, to prosper? And such primordial question is what made it necessary to form an economic team to advise the Emperor on the directions that the Empire should take soon.
To implement long-term policies, it is necessary the Emperor to lead them. To ensure that there will be no legal obstacles, the Minister of Justice, Prince Wilhelm von und zu Hochbach is also necessary. Then an economist was missing.
Matthias Wigmaransz Bergwächter Kiesel, a great enthusiast and scholar of economics and philosophy, presented himself to the Emperor last year when he acquired citizenship of the Empire. Since then, several meetings and debates have taken place; the longest of which occurred last Tuesday night and lasted more then four hours, discussing various subjects such as the origin of the currency in human society, the economic culture of different peoples and of course, how to apply it to micronationalism. His appearance also marks an important social aspect: it shows that an ordinary civilian could reach the highest spheres of power, having only talent and a good project. Success in the Empire would not have to go through noble titles and honors.
Concurrently, the Emperor has sought contacts with micronations that already use their own and well established economic systems, as is the case of the United Provinces of Mauricia and R.U.P.A., micronations of Lusophone Sector with a long history of economic practice tied to micronationalism. This, of course, without forgetting to study the examples of the Anglophone Sector.
Excited at the outlook that opens before the Empire, Mr. Kiesel is quoted to be the next Minister of Finances and legislation on the subject can be addressed soon. Our success, in the near future, may perhaps be counted in piles of Ruthenian Marks.
Without further admonition, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor-King reopened the Imperial Diet, summoning some of its original members, with the exception of the former Imperial Chancellor, who is currently being tried for his conduct during the exercise of the office and the Regent Anton of Tsechia, due his inactivity.
With the publication of Imperial Decree n. 127-2018, the House of Peers become headed by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Appinfeldt, who became the second Chancellor of history and therefore Head of Government of Karnia-Ruthenia. In House of Representatives, as already mentioned, the Regent Anton of Tsechia will no longer be among the members of the house, being replaced by Prince Carlo of Lamburg.
After two months and nine days without a parliament, the order is reintroduced into the Empire through patriotic acts of national interest and relevance against envy and vanity. In addition to the reopening of the parliament, the Empire will go further in its activities later this week.
On a tight schedule, the Emperor-King concluded his participation in the opening of the II Micronational Republican Congress, headquartered by the People’s Republic of Bugolavia and is preparing to participate, this time accompanied by the Empress, of the II Micronational Summit of São Paulo. The meeting will be attended by the leaders and representatives of Karnia-Ruthenia, United Provinces of Mauricia, R.U.P.A. and the Império Alemão, a simulationist and historical-modelist micronation.
This morning, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King, surprised everyone by asking informally about popular support for a statement from Him to appoint a person to complete an Imperial Chancellor’s mandate and to reconvene Parliament until further elections with the following message:
“Citizens and friends, informally, We want to ask you about an important issue. Since 25 October 2017, We are without a head of government and with the parliament closed. We would like to know if there is popular support to nominate an Imperial Chancellor pro-tempore and reopen the parliament to conclude its term until the conventions of new elections, which should happen sometime this year“.
This was the first public indication that there will be elections this year. It is well known that the subject was discussed over the last year at the highest levels of government, but never before has the subject been officially presented to the population. This election campaign would be the second in history, but the first that would occur throughout the Empire. The first, occurred in 2016, was only for Ruthenia and was marked by the victory of the Objectivist Party.
Tonight, His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor-King, published the Imperial Decree n. 125-218, creating the Imperial Treasury.
The Imperial Treasury of Karnia-Ruthenia, which can also be called as the Exchequer or the Treasury, is the Karno-Ruthenian government department responsible for developing and executing the government’s public finance policy and economic policy, but also charged with the receipt and custody of government funds.
According to its creation decree, a first contribution should be made and, at the date of its creation, the resources deposited in the Imperial Treasury were estimated at the value of € 57.OO, or US$ 69.00, or R$ 225,00, or $AR 1.317,00.
In the middle of the afternoon of this last working day of the government, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King, decreed the establishment of a Regency between 29 December 2017 and 05 January 2018. The reason for the establishment of a Regency is the travel of the Emperor-King and Empress Consort to the Argentine Republic on the date mentioned above.
Will be members of the Regency: King Christian of Carpathia, Duke Guilherme of Libertia, His Royal Highness, Michael, Duke of Appinfeldt and His Serene Highness, Prince Wilhelm von und zu Hochbach, which will chair the same.
Read the decree here.
It was decreed today by His Imperial and Royal Majesty’s Own Office the dates of recess of the government. With the parliament dissolved, the ministries will continue their usual activities until 15 December 2017, returning to activities on 08 January 2018.
The measure, far from being an innovation, follows the rite of government work until a week before Christmas and returning to its activities in the second week of January, just as it has been since December 2014.
With the ever-active role of the sovereign, treaties and decrees were often issued during the recess. However, this particular year, it is possible that this will be a quieter end of the year in the Emperor-King’s Office, considering that His Imperial Majesty will travel with the Empress. The destination and date of the travel have not yet been confirmed by the Imperial House.
The decree can be read here.
Through the Imperial Decree n. 115-2017, the Emperor-King requested the resignation of the Imperial Chancellor, Thomas of Cumagne. His Majesty also summoned the same, who is also King of Cumagne, to negotiate the secession of Cumagne, which must leave the Empire in the coming days.
The argument for the controversial decree was a request of the Chancellor to revoke constitutional provisions through Executive Decree, which is prohibited by the Constitution which, incidentally, has Thomas of Cumagne as one of its writers. The Chancellor’s objective would be to empower Cumagne, who was already dissatisfied with domestic politics. His Majesty then decided to release the Cumagnais from the terms of the Treaty of Nison, signed in 23 September 2016.
It is also justifiable the weariness of His Majesty with the Chancellor the flaws that affected the official e-mail of the Empire, which erased several diplomatic messages and the failure of the national forum, which destroyed the records of the first legislature of the Empire.
The King of Cumagne still are the Ambassador to Belgium and Commander of the IX Imperial and Royal Army.
Despite the silence of the government since the Imperial Diet was dissolved last week, the Imperial Court has watched, apprehensively, the Emperor’s Office study the prospects of responding to the continuing moral aggressions perpetrated by the judiciary authorities. It is possible that more severe actions will be taken soon. For national history, the whole event is already treated like as the Juznoslavia War, considering the description of the article written for the Libertian Archives, which can be read here.