The Roaring Twenties refers to the decade of the 1920s, as a period of prosperity and cultural edge in Western society, emphasizing the period’s social, artistic and cultural dynamism with significant new trends in lifestyle and culture. The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by the feeling of novelty associated with modernity and a break with tradition. Everything seemed possible through modern technology.
These new Roaring Twenties, this time from the following century, find their parallels with the previous one. We started to say goodbye to the horrors of the decade that is now ending and we look ecstatic and hopeful for the future. Regarding the Empire in a specific way, the hope for a bright future is immense and totally justified. The events of this second semester of 2020 position the Empire to think in this way, since the great changes have already begun.
In late June, the Empire signed a treaty of recognition with the Principality of New Luchaber, the Republic of Avinenska and the State of Vishwamitra. On 22 June, during the Mission “Spiritual Astronaut”, the K.R.O.S.A. made astronomical photos of Comet Neowise and the Milky Way, taken from the observatory in Pico do Arieiro, Madeira Island, by the Duke of Libertia, an amazing contribution of the agency. On the same day, the government announced the creation of an official page on Instagram that had prospered since. Among various activities of the Court, the Emperor received officials from the Grand Republic of Delvera and the North American Confederation for a meeting, for the first time. The agenda was about diplomatic, politic and economic approach, in addition to strengthening micronational practice in the American continent and would bring great consequences for the parties of this reunion.
By July, the Ministry of Culture launched initiatives to increase cultural activity and rendered very popular playlists on Spotify (1 and 2). On the following days, on 03 August, the Emperor received representatives from 6 micronations at a meeting of the Conference of Santiago to discuss the creation of common protocols on digital security, integrity of micronational intellectual property, humanitarian rights and economic integration. On 04 August, the Empire revoked the Treaty of Woodland, in the terms of the article XVII of the mentioned document, despite the illegality of the movement of the former ruler of Celyn and formally dissolved the Free Territory of Celyn. The event marked the end of the wishes of the government to expand the Karno-Ruthenian territory. On 05 August, to finish the celebrations for the Empire Day, an unprecedented partnership arised: Wise Up, an English language school in Brazil, offers special conditions for citizens of the Empire who want to learn or improve their language – a major sign of recognition in Brazil and a real demonstration of care to the citizens by the Government by the settle of this agreement.
On 07 August, the Emperor-King, the Emperor of North American Confederation, the Junior King in the Confederation and Mr. Callahan met, and an agreement between the Karnia-Ruthenia and North American Confederation, with the consent of Delvera was completed and set the nation on a brand new course. William I signed the “Act of Abdication” formally relinquishing his position as Emperor and Senior King, appointing Oscar of Karnia-Ruthenia as successor to both positions. Emperor Oscar has agreed to the arrangement and this change enabled stronger ties between the Delvera and Karnia-Ruthenia. Emperor William continued to serve his nation in the private sector and within the Council of Junkers. In addition, the position of Viceroy of the Confederation has been established to allow a more localized rule of law. Mr. Dylan Callahan has been appointed to the position.
A week later, His Majesty received several honors and compliments from the United Provinces of Mauritia, the Kingdom of Legialle, Misberia, State of Vishwamitra and Rino Island for his birthday. Celebrations for Saint Stephen, the patron saint of the Empire, were carried six days later. By the end of the month, with a new order received from the Principality of Sildavia and the creation of two new national holidays – Art Nouveau Day and the Day of Good Deeds, Ruthenia had its administrative divisions reformed. The territorial dimension of Ruthenia was also published: 3.14 square kilometers in private properties acquired by the Imperial Family since when Ruthenia was founded in 2014.
On 01 September, in another great initiative by the Ministry of Culture, the Lichthaus was founded; a place where all the works of Karno-Ruthenian culture and art are collected and exposed, as well as some works of public domain. Also in artistic domain, a new Hofpfalzgraf was appointed, Mr. Lucas Othonsen. At the end of the month, the North American Government and the Emperor had another meeting and new plans were established for the titan of North American micronationalism. After a month of work, the fourth constitution of the North American Confederation reformed the country to become the Occidian Empire and officially start the Oscarine Era. In this renewed frame, several establishments were made, and the most dramatic one was the reestablishment of the worldwide famous armed forces as the Imperial Forces of Defense, recovering the New European Heritage.
In October, when the Emperor was called “unsuspected pioneer of federalism” and “fine diplomat” by the foreign media, receiving several another decorations and honors from all over the world, his works on micropatriology were to be translated to French and spread among French micronationalists, a sign very appreciated by Karno-Ruthenians as a sign not just of appreciation, but also of influence and quality, something unprecedent for Brazilian micronationalists.
In the first half of November, the Empire reached the mark of 300 guaranteed citizenships although some were suspended or revoked over time, but the activity was reduced since the Emperor withdrew to take care of his health in extremely distressing moments that, eventually, have been overcome. In the second half, good and bad moments occurred in quick succession. On 23 November, Karnia-Ruthenia and Occidia signed the Montediszamble Convention; two days later, His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Antonio, father of Archduke Ari and grandfather of His Majesty, the Emperor-King, passed away. The Imperial Court decrees a month of mourning and received notes from several micronations from all over the world in a sign that deeply moved the Imperial Family. On 30 November, the Emperor-King, carried out a joint action with the Imperial Red Cross and made a blood donation. Interviewed after the donation, he reinforces his commitment to the cause, one of the main ones of the Red Cross of Karnia-Ruthenia and that afternoon, afternoon, he visited the Isenland family, who presented the newborn margravine. The family, deeply involved with the community of Greater Persenburg, invited the Emperor to be the godfather of the newly born. They would be raised to dual rank a month later.
In December, the Hofbau, seat of the Monarchy, had its facade decorated for Christmas. With more than 1,500 LED lights, other neighbors of one of the Persenburg’s most important buildings have adhered and decorated their homes, making His Majesty’s address the brightest street in the capital. The Emperor received the representatives of the last meeting of 2020 of the Conference of Santiago and on 16 December, the Imperial Household reported that the Dynasty produced its third monarch: Archduke Guilherme Ítalo, cousin of His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, the Emperor-King, founded the Kingdom of Taslavia, that became the first nation to join the Imperial Circle, a voluntary association of independent and sovereign states responsible for its own policies, consulting and co-operating in the common interests and in promotion of international understanding.
Ten days later, the first confirmed case of citizen infected with COVID-19. His Highness, the Marquis Alexandro of Grancasa, brother of the Duke of Libertia, contracted the disease and is at rest. The rest of House of Libertia are in prophylactic isolation. On Christmas Eve, with the consent of Council of Junkers, the Emperor declared the cease of hostilities bewteen Occidia and Paragonia. After 10 years and 306 days of conflict, known as Ungerecht War, Occidia concluded the conflict and proclaim its victory and the dissolution of Paragonia. The same day, a Message of Christmas was broadcasted, this time, with a joint message, featuring the Consul of Delvera, Mrs. Hannah Callahan. On 30 December, the Imperial Council, an organ of State distinct from the Throne with the function of advising and assisting the Emperor, had a meeting that lasted two hours and decided that Daugavia will be dissolved at 11:59 pm on 31 December; Horvatia will be transferred to Taslavia through the Treaty of Saint Sylvester and Tsechia will be merged to Karnia.
With so many events, the next decade is approaching with the promise of immense news and a new configuration not only of the Empire or micronationalism, but of the world. And in these turbulent years to come – Roariang Twenties, we embrace hope, because fear, no Karno-Ruthenian knows.