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relationship since November 2016, which began to be resolved by the imperial government in January this year, when it repealed the ban on Pavlov citizens and Lostisland.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.
As planned since the beginning of the month, and published in the Circular of the Imperial Court of Karnia-Ruthenia, last night in Persenburg, the Capital of the Empire, a dinner was offered in honor of our national hero and Maurician citizen, the Illustrious Duke of Albuquerque, also Count Eichweiss, with a blend of Italian, Hungarian and Basque cuisine.
In lively conversation, the bonds between the United Provinces of Mauricia and the Karno-Ruthenian Empire solidify and promise to flourish even more.
This was the first micronational visit to occur in the Great Persenburg.
Today, the Empire celebrates the Foundation Day, reminiscent of the founding of the predecessor state of Karnia-Ruthenia, the Kingdom of Ruthenia. In its four years of existence, the tiny kingdom has won admirers, unified projects, brought together hundreds of citizens dispersed across the globe, and has now become a micronational empire respected and admired by countless people and inspiring countless micronationalists.
The already long-awaited List of Honors was the shortest of all time: it granted an Order of St. Paul, two Orders of the Lion and three titles of nobility, two of these for residents of Great Persenburg and supporters of His Majesty, the Emperor. The newly-created noble, Baroness Eisenland, accompanied His Imperial Majesty this morning to promote the first act of the Imperial and Royal Red Cross of Karnia-Ruthenia, founded on 11 November and chaired by Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress.
His Majesty has donated 460 millimeters of blood to the Blood Bank of São Paulo and is expected to repeat donations on a regular basis and encourages micronationalists and friends to follow his example and help thousands of people who depend on this donation, while the reserves of the Blood Banks tend to be deficient due to the ever increasing demand. His Majesty also encourages citizens around the world to seek to donate blood, but also to support the Red Cross in any way possible.
Also, His Majesty publicized the book “A Hoard of Treasures”, written by Richard Storry and in which His Majesty is a character of a riddle involving the future King of Ruritania and a fabulous treasure, marking the very first portrayal of the Emperor-King.
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).
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.
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.
From the end of November until this month, the Imperial Court was and will be involved in various events, marking the end of the year.
On the last Friday of November, the Emperors met the Grand Masters of the Court, the Margrave of Hrodric and the Margrave of Maffrengrube, both accompanied by their wives. From the meeting, the date for the last event of the Imperial Court, a dinner that will take place on 9 December at Hrodic’s House, the residence of the Hrodic Family.
On 27 November, the Imperial Family attended two religious events: the First Communion of the Hereditary Prince of Mortenfeudt, the Empress’s younger brother and the godson of the Emperors, and the marriage of a cousin of the Empress, Ms. Adriana Vieira, with Mr. Mauro Cavalcante.
On the afternoon of 02 December, the Emperors attended a charity event at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. At the time, they contributed financially to the reforms of the cathedral and the Empress was presented by the community. His Eminence, the Archbishop of Persenburg also attended the event and met the Imperial Couple.
On the morning of 09 December, the Emperor will attend the 3rd Conference on the Hungarian Presence in Brazil at the renowned University of São Paulo. The event will feature other prominent members of the Hungarian community, such as Mr. Szilárd Teleki, Consul General of Hungary. At night, as previously written, there will be a state dinner at Hrodic’s House, which will be attended by the Grand Masters of the Court. A similar event occurred last year on the night of 23 December and looks set to become a tradition of His Majesty’s Court.
Between the 16 and 17 December, the Imperial Family will be present at the civil wedding of another cousin of the Empress, Mr. Christian Vieira, with Miss Karoline Santos. The couple already have a daughter together, Miss Ana Livia, and circulate rumors in the Court that they will be ennobled in a near future. A religious ceremony should take place in May 2018.
The Imperial Government will enter recess on 22 December, but the following event of the Imperial Court will take place in 24 December at Hofbau, the already traditional Christmas Dinner, only for members of the Imperial Family. The next day, the Imperial Family must remain together, as it has been since 2013.
On 29 December, the Emperor and Empress will embark on a trip to the Argentine Republic, where they will spent the Réveillon and from where they return in the first week of January. It is speculated whether a Regency will be convened.
Soon after the celebrations for the third anniversary of the country, the Imperial Court received with festivities the request of King Christian of Carpathia to the Emperor-King to marry, under the terms of the Imperial Civil Code, Princess Kimberly of Arecibo. The petition was answered affirmatively by the Emperor-King a few minutes later. The petition and the answer can be read here.
The couple have known each other for years, but have decided to formalize the union micronationally more recently when the bride’s family acquired Carpathian nationality. The bride’s family ascended to nobility the day before the requisition, when the future queen was also made Dame of the Order of the Queen.
This is the second micronational marriage in the history of Karnia-Ruthenia. The first took place on 12 June 2015, when then-King Oscar of Ruthenia obtained parliamentary permission to marry his companion, Empress Paloma.