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.
This afternoon, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor-King and Mr. Carl von Joseph und Rostrand, the first citizen of the Empire born in Japan, signed the Treaty of Hakodate, which marks one of the most ambitious expansionist attitudes of Karnia-Ruthenia, establishing its first territory in the Far East.
Officially created as the “Karno-Ruthenian Concession of Hakodate“, the area occupies part of Hakodate Park, with little more then 10,000 square meters and famous for the cherry blossom-viewing season.
Mr. von Rostrand, now created “His Illustrious Highness, Count of Rostrand“, was appointed as Governor-General of the Concession in Hakodate. As a micronation, Hakodate was placed entirely on the tutelage of the Empire, being subject to the same laws, justice and Head of Government and State.
In international law, a Concession is a territory that is administered by an entity other than the state which holds sovereignty over it, being conceded instead of conquered or any action in this sense.
The 2018 Micronational Summit of São Paulo was the second summit of heads of states and governments of the Lusophone Sector of micronationalism. This summit, as the previous that happened in 2016, intended to promote the practice of micronationalism and bring together the leaders of the already established micronations.
The meeting was attended by the Emperor-King and Empress of Karnia-Ruthenia, Count Lucas of Orange, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Provinces of Mauricia and Kaiser Wilhelm III and the Count Ferdinand of Vyšehrad of the Império Alemão, a simulationist and historical-modelist micronation.
Despite the difference between the micronational projects that attended the summit, three historical-modelists, which are the predominant genre in the Lusophone Sector, and the realist-derivatist represented by Karnia-Ruthenia, the meeting found several points of convergence that made the summit a resounding diplomatic success between the participants.
Subjects discussed between the parties dealt with diplomacy in the Lusophone sector in a broad aspect, comparisons on micronational practices in different countries, international cooperation and citizen interchange to strengthen ties and share technologies and information, as well as micronational economics and market dynamics.
There was also the awarding of the commemorative medals of the event to the participants and of the Order of St. Peter by Karnia-Ruthenia and of the Maurense Order of the Golden Fleece by the United Provinces of Mauricia.
Facing the cohesion of the participants, other issues of the meeting are expected to occur in 2018.
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.
With great emphasis, the Imperial Government announced this evening another result of the Empire’s cooperation with the United Provinces of Mauricia, the most active Brazilian micronation these days.
Making use of the Tapatalk application, recently incorporated into the Persenburg Citadel – the national forum of the Empire, citizens, virtual tourists and dignitaries will be able to acess and use the forum on their mobile devices with immense quality, being able to participate in chats and receive notifications of recent activity as well as other resources.
The partnership between the Empire and Mauricia has been masterfully conducted by Count Lucas of Orange, also Count Eichweiss in Karnia-Ruthenia, responsible for the new national forum as well. His reputation in the Empire is extremely positive and the forum itself honors him: Orangeplatz, a common topic for informal conversations, was named after him.