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relationship since November 2016, which began to be resolved by the imperial government in January this year, when it repealed the ban on Pavlov citizens and Lostisland.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.
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).
Onn 07 August 2009, following the common rite of the micronations created in Brazil, which were intended to be historical-modelist micronations, Oscar I founded the “Kingdom of Montenegro“, which lasted two days and was abandoned by its founder, whose micronational trajectory moved away from historical-modelist system and led him to the Imperial Throne, ruling the Empire in a story begun with the Kingdom of Ruthenia in 2014, after involvement with minor micronations since 2009.
However, nine years have passed and the project that was His Imperial and Royal Majesty’s first step in micronationalism was restored and reorganized in the now Kingdom of Eslavija.
The kingdom was refounded in a statement that a state of Slav culture must have an indivisible and unitary territory, ruled by a constitutional and parliamentary monarchy, recognizing Slavic languages and their cultures as equals, as well as the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet, and Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Islam, religions practiced by most Slavs, recognized as official and protected by the state. Moreover, it defends the equality and freedom of citizens regardless of their origins, beliefs and individual options.
A second document was issued, ordering the restructuring of the state, establishing the Eslavija, the restoration of the former king to the throne and that this be transmitted to the other micronations and to the Emperor-King, who, if he wished, accept the throne.
The affirmative answer came exactly nine years after the founding of the proto-state which originated in Eslavija. However, conditions were imposed on both sides. On the part of the Eslavijan government, the imposition is that the kingdom never would be absorbed by the Empire. On the part of the restored king, is that his reign would be provisional, with the intention of organizing the state, preserve its history and appoint a worthy successor for the future. Both sides accepted these conditions.
Although the separation between Eslavija and Karnia-Ruthenia is assured, the Empire gains a zone of influence next to the projects of the Lusophone sector of micronationalism.
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.