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.
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.