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 first national census in the history of the Empire was held yesterday, when the results were published. The first initiative in this sense was taken by the government on the occasion of International Women’s Day – 08 May, to define the female population of the Empire at the time. Since then, the government has been collecting data through citizenship forms and profile analysis on social networks.
The results consider the total population of the Empire of 201 citizens and the graphs show the proportion of men and women of the empire as well as their declared ethnicities and religious denominations.
Population of the Empire by sex.
Ethnic composition of the Empire.
Religion in the Empire.
One of the most anticipated festivities of the year, the June Festival, Festa Junina or Festa de São João in Portuguese, takes place in June, celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist, as well as St. Anthony and St. Peter. Tradition imported from Brazil, the annual celebrations adapted from European Midsummer take place in the beginning of the winter in imperial capital.
Despite its name, the celebrations began on the last weekend of May and will last until the middle of June. During four consecutive weekends, the festival celebrate religion and also rural and simpler life and feature typical clothing, food and dance – particularly quadrilha, which is similar to square dancing.
The festival also has the support of the Imperial Family. For years, members of the Imperial Family have been helping the Persenburgian community with the festival, especially the Emperor, who helps organize the event. However, this year is the first one where the Empress also helps in the organization of the event, especially in assisting the group of young people of the Saint Stephen King of Hungary’s Cathedral, which intends to raise funds for philanthropic and cultural works.
Thus, the Imperial Family can be seen celebrating and working on the biggest and most popular festival of the imperial capital.
by Liam Sinclair, Senior Editor and Owner of the Coprieta Standard.
Stringent drug control provisions recently passed by the Karnia-Ruthenia legislature were proclaimed by the Emperor yesterday, in an effort to protect its citizens from related harm.
The law is the micronation’s first to regulate access to any drug, whether medication or street drug, that might carry the risk of causing social problems if misused. It forms part of a wider harm reduction strategy that also includes the provision of treatment facilities and after-case for addicts, education about the dangers of misuse, and research into preventive measures.
It is now generally illegal for people within Karnia-Ruthenia to use, possess, import, export, produce or supply a drug if it is listed in one of the three schedules to the law, whether directly or as a party to the act. That includes property owners and managers who knowingly allow such activities to take place on the premises.
Exemptions nonetheless exist. A medical professional can prescribe controlled drugs for a lawful purpose. Also, a person who takes a controlled drug away from a user or trafficker is also immune from prosecution for possessing that drug.
For those not lucky enough to fall within one of the exemptions or who obstruct or fail to comply with those tasked with enforcing the controls, their fate is unclear. The law specifies no penalties, leaving that decision to the courts. For those convicted, the punishment will depend on whether the Crown proceeded by summary or indictment, the latter traditionally carrying more severe punishment.
Bringing a person before the courts to face such outcomes was made relatively easy for law enforcement officers. A constable need only to have reasonable grounds to suspect – not believe – that the person is in possession of a controlled drug to lay a charge or to obtain a warrant to enter and search a premises and any person found therein. Warrants remain valid for one month and allow repeated entry and searches, reflecting a low expectation of privacy afforded anyone suspected of being involved in the local drug scene.
Such low standards of proof to arrest, charge or search individuals underline the seriousness with which the Karnia-Ruthenia government takes the issue of drug misuse; however, it’s unclear if it is a serious social problem in the micronation that reasonably supports the approach. During debate in the legislature, Dom Guilhermo, who first proposed the need for drug controls, provided no reason as to why it was a matter that needed attention; he merely raised it as a general idea for a law. During later debate, other legislators merely voiced their belief in one or two sentences that drugs needed to be controlled as, generally, they could be harmful. No data or other evidence was presented as to the nature or extent of any drug problem within Karnia-Ruthenia or to illustrate a need to implement strong enforcement powers.
How enforcement of the act and related punishments ultimately turn out will be a matter for the courts if and when a related charge is laid. Should that day come, Karnia-Ruthenia may find itself setting another first: the first micronation to prosecute a drug offence.
Read the original article here.
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.
At the beginning of March, the Court Circular foresaw the presence of the Imperial Family for the Palm Sunday Celebrations. In effect, the Imperial Family attended this celebration, but also engaged in other events that were held at Easter. His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor made, with Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress, the reading of the Passion of Christ.
On Holy Wednesday night, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor attended a penitential mass at the Cathedral of St. King Stephen of Hungary, when he confessed, among the other residents of the Great Persenburg.
The following evening, when there would be the Washing of the Feet Mass, traditional rite of Holy Thursday of Catholics, was attended by His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Ari and Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduchess Denise, representing the Imperial Family. Their Imperial Majesties, The Emperor and the Empress, took care of the organization for the following celebrations and they did not attend that day.
The Good Friday was the busiest day for members of the Imperial Family. In the morning, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor himself guided the last hour of Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, a preparatory act for Good Friday. During the afternoon, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor attended again a mass at the Cathedral. This time, to attend and for the second time, read the Passion of Christ. During the night, the entire Imperial Family was present in the Way of the Cross through the streets of Persenburg, on a route that went out and ended in the Cathedral, passing in front of the Hofbau.
On the Holy Saturday, the members of the Imperial Family once again gathered in the Cathedral to witness the Easter Vigil Mass. In a beautiful ceremony, which begins with dim lights and ends with the lit assembly, there were two baptisms and the reading of the Prayer of the Faithful made by Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress.
On Easter Sunday, only His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor attended the ceremony, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. Then there was a private lunch for members of the Imperial Family, who held together for the rest of the day.
Earlier this evening, His Imperial and Royal Majesty sent to the Government of the North American Confederation an official report announcing that the Imperial and Royal Government had denounced the Acrin Admission Act, a document which united the administration of the Kingdom of Acrin with NAC. As a result, the Kingdom of Acrin is again being administered only by the central government of Karnia-Ruthenia.
Once notified that Emperor William I and Prime Minister Joseph Marx received the statement, His Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Emperor-King, made the contents of the communiqué available on the national forum.
The missive, which mixed legal, diplomatic and emotional aspects is available for reading here.
Yesterday evening, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King received the Cyber Awards in the category of Integration for his work carried out throughout 2017.
Created to be an impartial micronational award in the Lusophone Sector of micronationalism, the Cyber Awards, created by the Brazilian micronationalist Pedro Humberto Gaze, established indications in the categories of “Cyber of Peace”, “Cyber of Economic Sciences”, “Cyber of Information”, “Cyber of Politics”, “Cyber of Diplomacy”, “Cyber of Integration” and “Cyber of Innovation”, each category with three nominees, all with some connection with the Lusophone Sector.
Winner in the category of Integration, which aimed to reward micronationalists who helped create a stable and prosperous environment in micronationalism, the Emperor made the longest speech of the night, which follows in its entirety:
In moments of triumph, of victory, the common is to make long thanks to those who have guided you, who helped you, who gave you notoriety to reach the leading position that gave you the opportunity to adress a speech. Of course I am grateful to everyone who helped me in this micronational walk of more than 09 years. However, considering that the category to which I was nominated and I won is integration, I believe I could do better than just thank and enumerate some values that I consider very important. It is not a guide, but it is a reflection.
When starting a micronational project, do not measure the quality of your endeavor by the number of likes on your Facebook page. The best micronations existed long before almost all social networks and have already printed newspaper and magazine covers long before ‘like’ means anything other than ‘like’ in English. Focus about the impact of your project on the lives of the other micronationalists who will join you. Focus that they learn something and evolve along with their micronation. Your image will be determined by the link you create with your partners, not by the amount of Facebook posts or even a national forum, since quality and quantity are not the same.
Do not be afraid to fail in a micronational project. Expose yourself to micronationalists from all over the world, from all micronations is difficult, scary and not always uplifting, but you have to go through it to fine-tune your project. In addition, there is no victory or defeat that lasts forever – though not decisive, the opinion of others can be a valuable (and free) thermometer on what you do. Be sensitive to your impact on those around you.
Be responsible for the attitudes of your micronation towards others. Just a few people like to share their victories, but it is certain that few like to assume the error of others alone. But when you are the leader, you will share your triumphs and you will be the solely responsible for the failure. This is truly the weight of leadership: to grant without expecting anything in return, to fervently defend those of you and not to attack unjustifiably. Bet on your own ability, but keep in mind that in addition to being continually tested, you must be open to change. The world is very dynamic to think that our convictions are immutable. Time is running, and in micronationalism, the clock is ticking too fast.
Courage to start a project is difficult, but it is much harder to trust others. But trust. Without confidence that different people can integrate your project, that can be involved with your project, that can see your project, there is no chance of growth, to evolve. If you especially wish leadership, trust that you can lead and lead, it is nothing more than the constantly improve your ability to convince and aggregate people around you. Use this skill wisely, too. Intelligence can charm but also humiliate and this will probably not help you.
Disturb the order. Do not be afraid to be different with quality. The world is dynamic, social relations are dynamic, and the right and consecrated practice of micronationalism is not the only way to do micronationalism. Be bold, but be understandable too. Dare, without being disrespectful to a brilliant and respectable past. Tradition does not have to rule out innovation, but it can not be replaced by innovation either.
Create without fear, strive for your creations with courage and live with faith.
Thank you so much for the award and may God bless you all.
To conclude the activities of the Imperial Court during the month of February, the Imperial Family gathered for a great feast. The first Imperial Ball of the Court of Karnia-Ruthenia was held with great pomp and circumstance to celebrate the graduation at the University of Law of Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress Consort.
With a strict dress code – formal attire, the guests were fed up with the best food and drink, including Vodka Smirnoff, a Purveyor of the Imperial and Royal House. The soundtrack of the ball was eclectic. The beginning was marked by lounge music, but the imperial ball was opened with two waltzes: the Blue Danube Waltz, danced by the Imperial Couple and the Emperor’s Waltz. In the sequences, songs of varied times and styles were played by a band and a DJ for entertainment of the other guests.
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.