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| The Monarchy of Isvik |
In patria memoria - In Country's Memory
Division of Isvik and Tavadia on Jan Mayen
|Official language(s)||English, Icelandic|
|- Honorable Judge of National Matters [HJONM]||Jordan|
|Established||2005 as Iskwan|
The Monarchy of Isvik (or simply Isvik) is a micronation located in Iceland established in 2005 by the Honorable Judge of National Matters, Jordan.
The name derives from the two combined nations, Isvik and Tavadia. Isvik being a portmanteau of Is (Icelandic word for ice) and vik (a common Icelandic word used as a suffix for towns. Tavadia has a more complicated etymological history as it effectively has none. Tavadia was a name chosen back in the re-establishing of 2013, as a name had to be chosen but was preferred not to be similar to the ones before it effectively didn't matter what the new name would've been. The new name was chosen seemingly at random by choosing random letters and modifying it to the HJONM's will.
While it is often speculated when Iskwan was founded the generally accepted date is somewhere between 2002 - 2005. This is due to the lack of any dates that can be accurately proven but 2005 is claimed as the de facto establishing point simply because of the first documented mention of it in one of the HJONM's journals. The establishing was more of a worldbuilding excercise than anything beyond that as it was simply the case of political roleplaying. In December 2011 though, Jordan started taking this more seriously as they had learned of the potential for micronational sovereigns and the community that had been built upon them. This lead to the establishment of Iskwania which was quickly approached by the Saxon Empire and Iskwania became a member. However, on the 4th of June, 2012, Stonland left the Empire to join St.Charlie, with Duke Sighere appointing Jordan as his successor as co-ruler of the empire. In February 2013 Iskwania was refounded under the name Tavadia and joined the Saxon Empire which Jordan later due to disinterest in the Saxon Empire left, leaving King Penda II. as sole emperor.
Isvik was a rather small part of Jordan's history with micronational affairs, having started life as a political simulation based around a nomadic culture turned settlers in the Nordics. This political simulation briefly became a micronation in February of 2014 and merged with Jordan's other micronation to form the United Republic of Isvik & Tavadia in October 2014.
The first act of 2015 (on January 5th) was to relocate the republic's claim from Iceland to the entirety of Jan Mayen, splitting it up into two provinces, Isvik and Tavadia with the capital being located in Isvik. Later HIM, Julian I, Imperial Grand Duke of Lundenwic was named Baron of Isa.
The United Republic of Isvik & Tavadia was renamed to The Monarchy of Isvik as HJONM Jordan abolished any governmental structures in favor of absolute monarchy.
The culture of Isvik mostly centers around the art and literary world. According to manual survey done by Jordan themselves in 2013, 1/4th of the population are writers and 1/2 of the population are filmmakers while only 1/8th are traditional artists.
As it was with Jordan before, the people of Isvik have a tendency to roleplay and ponder political and philosophical hypotheticals, such activity is called Mindball, the only recognized "sport" of this nation.
Isvikian cuisine is largely based on the macronation its located on. Fish and dairy products are very popular, along with mutton and poultry. A special blend of chicken soup is the nations national dish which is called Kjuklingsgæði ("Chicken quality").
Another delicacy is Hvítbrauð ("White Bread") a type of deep fried sweet potato bread dipped in garlic oil.