Culture, in general, has always been a very dear value to the Empire since its inception. Many organizations in Karnia-Ruthenia, such as the Academy of Heraldry or the Imperial and Royal Military Academy, were put forward as essays for the education of some teaching sector: heraldry and military knowledge, respectively. But education, by itself, has never been exploited until then.
Between December 2018 and March 2019, the founding of an institute for teaching and research was widely debated between His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor-King, the Prince Karácsony-Maryen and the Duke of Daugavia. The Emperor sought to create a reference center for the publication of articles on micropatriology; the Prince wanted to incorporate external knowledge and activities to be disseminated in the micronational milieu and the Duke hoped to develop courses on various sectors for micronational life. Together, they found a solution.
The Imperial and Royal Academy of Geographical and Social Studies, or IRAGSS, was founded by the Imperial and Royal Decree n. 171-2O19, on 24 March 2O19. Two days later, the other idealizers were made joint chancellors of the Academy, through Imperial and Royal Decree n. 172-2O19, although its indications still to be approved by the Minister of Culture, His Highness, the Duke of Lamburg.
More than creating an institute and indicating its governance, guidelines have been established for education in the Empire. Under the law, education is subdivided into Basic Education (offered by the educational institutions of the macronations of which the citizen belongs), Medium Education ( given through the proposed tutoring programs as an introdution to micronationalism) and Superior Education (written articles approved by examining board organized by the Academy on Micronational and Karno-Ruthenian history).
Perhaps a timid step if we think of education as a universal and multifaceted value. On the other hand, an unprecedented effort to transmit the know-how and cultural breadth of an internationally acclaimed micronation for its cultural development to micronationalists around the world. Perhaps a modest exchange is offered: the enrichment of micronationalism by a diploma.
With the beginning of the year, the Empire is preparing for another annual season of activities to be carried out and others that, already established, should take place at the first opportunity.
In the Imperial Court, the Emperor and the Empress entertain their noble peers with social activities, especially the familiar ones. The political class still struggles to mobilize and finally be able to make viable the electoral process, which has long been blocked and whose realization brings great expectation. The economy, the project of the eyes of the population, can gain strength with the coming Conference of Persenburg, still undated and without confirmed guests, but presumed to deal with economic issues.
In the field of international relations, in addition to the previously mentioned conference, other news for January are already established. The Ambassador to the Lusophone Sector, Prince Karácsony-Maryen expands the diplomatic horizons of the Empire and begins to contact relevant micronations of the Spanish-speaking sector. In addition, the possibility of a micronational meeting in São Paulo, the third of its kind, encourages the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In parallel with this, it is known that the Empire plans to strengthen its presence in the British Isles through partnerships and also strengthen its relationship with micronations of Eastern Europe, a region of great interest since always. In addition, propaganda for the increase of citizens from this region are under way.
The apparent calm of government, in fact, hides a tangle of activities whose fruits are to be harvested throughout the year, promising great political-social changes, and also in the economic field, for the first half of 2019.
The Court Circular for December pointed out that on the first day of this month, after a social event – the wedding of the Counts Ricarte – there would be a political event which our Emperor would participate in: the signing of the Treaty of Ephigeniastadt.
Created on 30 November 2018, the Duchy of Daugavia is a small monarchy surrounded by the city of São Paulo, a few kilometers away from the capital and heart of the Empire, Persenburg. Still expanding, it is not surprising that the Empire embraced this promising project so close to itself.
Founded by Deltarian immigrants, it is headed by Ulli von und zu Eibenland-Sansbeurg, the reigning duke and until then, one of the youngest and most promising figures in Lusophone micronationalism. Leaving his home micronation behind with open doors, he ventured into the English-speaking sector of micronationalism and enjoyed sovereignty for a few hours. The founding of the duchy was aided by the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia, but conditioned to its future union with the Empire.
With inspiration in Spanish and Baltic elements, Daugavia becomes the fifteenth entity of the Empire, bringing a population of four people, being three women and therefore, composing the territory of the empire with greater female population until the present.
The Treaty of Ephigeniastadt, signed at the capital of the duchy, signed between Emperor-King Oscar of Karnia-Ruthenia and Duke Ulli of Daugavia in which it was agreed that Daugavia would cease to be an independent micronation and would become a member state of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire, submitted to its laws, Constitution and Emperor, as some of the other union treaties the Emprie celebrated, like the Treaty of Nison of 2016 or the Treaty of Kürzung of 2017.
The month of August is probably the most active in the Empire. Celebrations, social movement, politics… August never disappoints. However, this month of August was not the happiest in imperial history.
On the first day of the month, the Empire Day was celebrated. As usual, the List of Honors of August brought new names to be listed among the empire’s most distinguished citizens. However, it was a much shorter list than in previous years. Was the monarchy hardening its criteria?
On 06 August, is Imperial Majesty’s Diplomatic Service resplended during the Congress of St. Louis, hosted by the most important ally of the Empire in North America, the Grand Republic of Delvera. However, the congress would become a bilateral meeting, considering the absence of half of the four invited participants. If, on the one hand, the congress seems to have lost its importance, it is much more probable that the logic of Charles Darwin applies to micronationalism as well. Micronations with less complexity and political depth do not conform to norms – this is the result of the Congress that ended on 25 August.
On 16 August, Karnia-Ruthenia and the Empire of Lemuria signed the Treaty of Saint Michael of Socotra, earning for the Empire another expansion and the creation of the first protectorate of the imperial history, the Karno-Ruthenian Protectorate of Socotra.
If foreign policy is strengthened, the legislative gap weakens the empire’s democracy because of the politicians themselves. The yearning for democracy comes from the central power, while the people seem to wait for an authoritarian resumption of power by the Crown. The solution to this situation may come from a meeting scheduled for 04 September, when the Emperor will receive the Minister of Justice, Prince Wilhelm von und zu Hochbach-Kundarheim, at a state dinner offered in his honor.
In relation to social events, these were deeply shaken by the passing of Prince Alexander Fejes de Balógh, the Emperor’s godfather. The fact occurred on 07 August, and with a period of one week of mourning at Imperial Court, it threw a black veil over the Emperor’s Day celebration, to be held exactly a week later, on the Sovereign’s birthday, on 14 August. The celebration was drastically reduced, and split with the Fathers Day celebration in the capital and the return of the Archduke Ari to the Court after a period of three months in the northern region of the Empire.
The last event of the month took place on 19 August, when the Solemn Mass in honor of the patron saint of the Empire (and also of Hungary), St. King Stephen of Hungary. On this occasion, in support of the Youth Group Árpád, the Emperor offered a generous donation, in the form of a replica of the Holy Crown of Hungary, which the youths delivered to the community of Persenburg (and the community of Vila Anastácio, the neighborhood surrounding the capital imperial).
On 01 July, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King Oscar issued the Imperial Decree n. 152-2O18, that established Martial Law over the Principality of Scotia, a state of the Empire located in the Republic of Ireland. The reason behind the first martial law in Karno-Ruthenian history was the “ineptitude of the hereditary ruler of the Principality of Scotia”. In the text, the Emperor-King demanded a public commitment of Prince James IX & I for the return of the activities after more than one year without activity without prior government authorization, what is considered Crime Against the Administrative Order (Articles 17 and 19 of the Criminal Code). The decree also stated that the absence of manifestation would be understood as renunciation of his succession rights in his name and his descendants.
That same night, the answer came, but unexpectedly. In a snobbish and playful tone, the prince simply said that he “did not wait for this news”. Outraged, the Imperial Government maintained its demands and waited for the 24-hour period for demonstration. In fact, waited for 28 hours until the 02 July, when Prince James IX & I was deposed as Prince of Scotia and transformed into a common citizen. Legal measures against their administrative inappropriateness, although foreseen in law and previous decree, were not taken at first.
Between the decree of the Martial Law on 01 July and 07 July, the governance of the principality was under the supervision of the Command of the Fourth Army, quartered at Viden and summoned by the Emperor to enforce law and order. On the evening of today, however, they were dispersed.
On 07 July, the Imperial Decree n. 154-2018 united the empire states with Scottish and Irish culture, Appinfeldt and Scotia, which was renamed to Grand Duchy of Nordinsel. The new state with geographic possessions on both sides of the Atlantic would be governed by the most eligible of the candidates, Michael of Appinfeldt, who in addition to renowned ability as a military and politician, also had Scottish and Irish ancestry.
The ”’Lusophone Micronations World Cup”’ was the 1st CFM World Cup, the championship for micronational football teams organized by micronations from the Lusophone Sector. It took place in People’s Republic of Bugolavija from 11 to 29 April 2018, after the micronation created the MFC – Micronational Football Confederation.
The group stage took place from 11 to 17 April 2018: each team played two games. Competing in group D, the Empire debuted in match against the simulationist-historical-modelist micronation Kingdom of Italy, in a balanced game where the Empire managed to take more advantages and to arm more possibilities of attack. After 10 minutes, Mauricio Ussica opened the scoring for Karnia-Ruthenia. The game remained fierce until Eloy Strada extended the advantage to the Empire. Maurício Ussica scored his second goal in the match and the national team of Karnia-Ruthenia won by 3 to 0.
In the second match, Karnia-Ruthenia faced the Kingdom of Asgard. The first half of the match started well, but with the Asgardian side showing synchrony, Johann Glockner scored for Asgard at 15 minutes. The Karno-Ruthenian team disorganized after the opponent’s goal, making it difficult to draw the match. Phillip Schwarz did not loose the opportunity and scored again for Asgard two times. The Karno-Ruthenian team tried to change the score, making a fierce second half, but it was not enough and the Asgardians won. After this match, Asgard secured first place in Group D with 6 points, followed by Karnia-Ruthenia with 3 points.
In a controversial game, the Empire was forced to confront for the second consecutive time Asgard, being the only two teams that did not faced teams of other keys in the World Cup by a gross mistake of the organization. The classic was repeated and within four minutes Asgardian team – which is one of the favorites for the title – managed to make their first goal. Phillip Schwarz was the scorer. The Karno-Ruthenian players spent the break getting a rerun of the team’s tactical organization and regained a solid organization when the game started again. At 28 minutes Phillip Schwarz received the perfect pass and scored the second goal for Asgard. Asgard dominated the game and with 40 minutes Phillip Schwarz scored again, extending the score to 3 to 0. In the second half Karnia-Ruthenia did not miss the opportunity and with 46 minutes Mauricio Ussica scored a goal. Asgard continued to dominate the game, demonstrating more tactical organization than the Karno-Ruthenian team, but a failure in the Asgardian gap gave Guido Veracruz a chance to score with 88 minutes. Karnia-Ruthenia still tried a drawn, but failed. 3 to 2 for Asgard, who qualified for the semifinals.
The World Cup will end on 29 April at 16h00 in a match between Asgard and the host Bugolavija.
In the last days of 2017, the Empire established its first regency, of very short duration. With great tranquility, the rulers led the Empire until the year 2018, delivering in good condition the glorious micronation they received from the Emperor-King.
The Regency crossed the period of recess without challenges, except perhaps for the funny confusion caused by certain “Mr. Andrew Carter”, who claims to be “German and East Prussian Imperial Army Field Marshal”, “Royal Prince of Pomerania and Livonia” and “Duke of England”, apparently demanding to join the Imperial Army and relentlessly repeating “and know you know mate”. Despite a challenge to patience, the fact was of little importance.
While the Imperial Government expected the coming of the new year, the Imperial Couple landed in the capital of the Argentine Republic, Buenos Aires. The one-week visit had a visit to Casa Rosada (without evidence of a meeting with President Mauricio Macri), Puerto Madero and its sophisticated cuisine, were at the San Telmo Antiques Fair, were in front of the Obelisk of Buenos Aires in Republic Square to celebrate the passage of year, were at the Street Fair of Plaza Francia on the following day, visited the Buenos Aires Design Centre, were at Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and at Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as the imposing Palace of the Argentine National Congress, culminating with a visit to the Luján Zoo and visiting the Rio de la Plata Estuary before returning to the country on 05 January 2018.
After a brief rest, His Imperial and Royal Majesty has already joined work. He wrote the first decree of the year, Decree n. 124-2018, putting an official end to the Regency, directing answers to diplomatic missives received during his absence and saluting the first citizen of this year.
The year 2018 will be interesting: complementing laws that need to be updated, a definitive end to the “Malaise de Cumagne” and the judgment of those involved, micronational meetings, elections…
Glory awaits us.
His Royal Highness, the Duke of Libertia, convoked this evening all members of the Libertian Aristocracy and the Regional Government to participate on the “II Libertian Courts” in Sonelize Residence, the Honorary Consulate of Libertia in Portugal – and personal residence of the Ducal Couple. It will take place on 23 December 2017.
The courts will deal with matters of internal and external importance of the Duchy of Libertia more specifically, the re-election of the Vitruvian Council, restructuring of the aristocracy, welcoming of the new members, political stance in the micronational world and matters dealing with the Ducal Collection Museum.
A report will be published on the 27 December.
His Royal Majesty, the King of Carpathia, continues as one of the most active micronationalists of the Empire, especially for his extra activities that always positively reverberate to our Nation.
Expanding the list of former soldiers of US Armed Forces who now serve the glory of the Empire – the most prominent of them, the Duke of Appinfeldt, the young King of the Carpathia, whose family is famous for serving the US Armed Forces for almost a century, now expands his experience by training aircraft piloting.
Currently in command of the Imperial Navy, this technical increase is highly relevant to the development of our armed forces and it is certain that the doctrine and training provided by the United States Military Forces is beneficial to the improvement of our nation, since it impresses on its enlistees values such as courage, discipline and proactivity: essential elements for building a worthy nation.
On 19 November, the Empire celebrates the Foundation Day, a national holiday celebrating the founding of the Kingdom of Ruthenia, the predecessor state of the Empire. As is tradition, the day is filled with special events celebrating this august date of our Empire.
In addition to the official message of the Emperor-King with some thoughts on the evolution of the Empire, a list of honors is expected for nationals and foreigners who marked the history of the Empire this past year.
It is also planned is the debut of the “Persenburg Citadel”, the new national forum. The former was deactivated by an ex-citizen in an atrocious act, but a cooperation with the United Provinces of Mauricia presented the Empire with an unprecedented technological advance, further narrowing the Empire’s partnership with micronations of the Lusophone sector of micronationalism.
At the Imperial Court, the day will be very active. In the morning, the Emperor will attend a mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, accompanied by Archduchess Denise, followed by a formal lunch in Hofbau and at last, the Emperor and Empress will attend a concert in the evening.