Jarldom of Hjalvik

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Hjalvik Coat of Arms.png
Coat of arms
Motto: Ve troþum hver ve viltum (Hjalsk)
We tread where we please
Hjalvik within Europe.png
Location of Hjalsk claims within Europe
CapitalHamarsey
Largest cityMeiser, Sandvölr
Official languagesEnglish (spoken)
Hjalsk (legal)
Religion
Norse Paganism
Christian
Atheist/Agnostic
Demonym(s)Hjalsk, Hjalsker
GovernmentFederal absolute monarchy
Jarl Juvan I
Jarl Keaghan I
LegislatureParliament of Hjalvik
Establishment
• Independence from United Kingdom
29 August 2020
Area
• Total
260.4 km2 (100.5 sq mi)
Population
• 2021 census
28 official, 23 de facto (as of 2021)
CurrencyHjalsk Skilingr
Pound Sterling (accepted)
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideleft
Calling code+44
National animalSeal

The Jarldom of Hjalvik, commonly referred to as Hjalvik (/hjɑl.ʋik/), is a nation state located within the Orkney Islands of the United Kingdom. Its territory spans across multiple claimed colonies, both islands and landlocked territories. Hjalvik declared independence from the United Kingdom on 29 August 2020, claiming multiple small stretches of land, before expanding larger afield. The area of Hjalvik is roughly 260.4km² when including the Jarl Hakon Islands; Hjalvik’s Antarctic claims. The Hjalsk Armed Forces, operated by the Hjalsk Ministry of Defence, are responsible for the defence of Hjalvik. The Home Office manages all internal affairs within the Jarldom of Hjalvik. Someone from Hjalvik would be known as a Hjalsker, and their nationality would be listed as Hjalsk. On 28 September 2020, Jarl Juvan I helped establish the Nordic Assembly, with the Jarldom of Hjalvik becoming the first official member state. Since then, Hjalvik has played a large part in keeping the confederation stable, attending several meetings regularly.

The capital of Hjalvik is the island of Hamarsey, and the largest local territory is the Thanedom of Sandvölr. Hjalvik is split into 5 main districts; Austfold, Midfold, Norþfold, Suþfold and Vestfold. Each of these districts is home to 1 or more Hjalsk territories. On 31 October 2020, the Hjalsk government introduced the status of thanedom for some territories. Governed by a thane, these territories would have the ability to write their own laws, and have smaller territories of their own under their domain.

Hjalvik is an Absolute Monarchy, reigned jointly by Jarl Juvan I and Jarl Keaghan I. Both jarls see over the Jarldom, and help manage Hjalvik’s economy, which is built largely on agriculture. Lord Max Hund is Hjalvik’s minister of defence, and sees over any military establishments awaiting construction or that have been constructed and ready to fall into operation. Hund monitors the weapon ownership in Hjalvik, with military personnel being armed with appropriate weaponry.

Etymology and terminology

The name and language of Hjalvik were both inspired by Norse culture. In Old Norse, the name means "Hilt Bay", with "hjalt" meaning "hilt" and "vik", or more modernly "wick", meaning "bay". The nation was named by Jarl Juvan I, when thinking of Norse-sounding names for a new self claimed nation state.

The demonym for Hjalvik is "Hjalsk" when referring to something belonging to Hjalvik, and "Hjalsker" when referring to somebody from Hjalvik.

Flag origin

The Flag of Hjalvik was adopted on 29 August 2020. It was designed by Jarl Juvan, representing the Orkney flag with its 8:11 proportion. The flag has been used as the national flag of Hjalvik ever since. The white Odal rune in the top left corner symbolises the Norse culture of Hjalvik, but also Odal being the letter 'O' in Elder Futhark, stands for Orkney; the Scottish county Hjalvik was founded in.

History

Foundation

On 29 August 2020, Jarl Juvan I and Jarl Keaghan I were discussing the establishment of a self claimed nation. The idea of the nation was to be of Old Norse culture. On that day, Jarl Juvan I declared the independence of the Jarldom of Hjalvik from the Earldom of Orkney, and subsequently the United Kingdom. The flag of Hjalvik was designed the same day.

Hamarsey on the day of its colonisation.

On 30 August 2020, Jarl Juvan and Jarl Keaghan set out on a colonisation mission, where the territory of Hamarsey was claimed. This marked the first sovereign territory of the Jarldom of Hjalvik. Not long after the foundation, Jarl Keaghan took it upon himself to create the Hjalsk language; an official language to be used in legal documents within the Jarldom of Hjalvik.

First era (2020)

Not long after the Jarldom’s establishment, Jarl Juvan I took it upon himself to create laws, services a national military. This marked the start of the Hjalsk Armed Forces. As the days went on, further territories were colonised, such as Bjarnihus, Clettholmr, Engrhus, and Haugrhus. Kenheim was initially decided to become a territory, although it was negotiated at the last minute that the land should become a Hjalsk dependency.

On 31 August 2020, Tanþheim was annexed, which was Hjalvik’s largest territory at the time. On 1 September 2020, the territory of Sandvölr was annexed, which immediately took Tanþheim’s title as largest territory. On 31 October 2020, Osbæk was annexed by Hjalvik. On the same day, the idea of a thanedom was established, with Tanþheim becoming Hjalvik’s first ever thanedom, lead by Jakub Topheim.

On 2 November 2020 a rebellion broke out against Jarl Juvan I during a Hjalsk Armed Forces training session. The rebellion lasted roughly 10-20 minutes, hence it is known as the Short Rebellion. Commander Horston of the Royal Hjalsk Army began an attempted revolution against the Jarldom, with several other soldiers taking his side. Max Hund, Supreme Commander of the armed forces stood silent with dread, while Jarl Juvan tackled the situation. Lord Tek stood with Jarl Juvan during the entire rebellion, helping force the opposition to back down. Eventually the rebellion was countered, and Jarl Juvan made a speech addressing the fact the Jarldom of Hjalvik is a free nation, and there is no need to rebel; Hjalvik will take care of any issues experienced by recruits of its forces. Lord Tek was awarded with a Hjalsk Medal of Honour following the rebellion, for his service to Jarl Juvan, keeping the rebellion under control.

On 22 November 2020, the Jarl Hakon Islands were claimed by the Jarldom of Hjalvik. Named after Jarl Hákon Pálsson, they become the first Hjalsk claims that were not formerly part of the Earldom of Orkney. On 1 December 2020, Sandvölr was elevated to thanedom, making it the second thanedom in Hjalvik, with Jatvörþr Byhals appointed as thane of Sandvölr. Not long after his coronation, Jatvörþr Byhals announced he wished to abdicate on 1 January 2021. He did so, and his younger brother Julius Byhals took the seat of thane of Sandvölr.

On 16 December 2020, a third Hjalsk thanedom was established. This was the Thanedom of Hundlagr, better known as the Hunddom. Max Hund was appointed as thane of Hundlagr. On 13 December 2020, the territory of Fölhus was signed into the hands of Max Hund when the Hunddom was established. On 16 December, with the foundation of the Hunddom, Fölhus was officially annexed by the Hunddom, and subsequently the Jarldom of Hjalvik. Its governor was to be Isaak Donaldson. 25 December 2020 was the first Hjalsk Christmas, which the Jarldom’s citizens celebrated.

Second era (2021)

1 January 2021 at 00:00 GMT was the first day of 2021 for the citizens of Hjalvik. That day at 12:00 noon, Jatvörþr Byhals of Sandvölr officially abdicated with Julius Byhals immediately inheriting the position.

On 5 January 2021, the HEME was established as the branch of the Hjalsk Armed Forces. The establishment would have three main yards; the Meiser yard, the Haugrhus yard and the Rosby yard. The Principality of New Tyne was annexed by the Jarldom of Hjalvik on 31 January 2021. This was the first dominion state of the Jarldom, and marked an important point in Hjalsk colonisation history.

By 24 February 2021, the Jarldom of Hjalvik had a Ministry of Defence as well as a Home Office. Max Hund was appointed as Minister of Defence, with Jarl Juvan as Home Secretary for Hjalvik. The territory of Brungarþr was established, and became a large project of the Hjalsk engineers. A Hjalsk postal service was established on 27 February 2021. 1 March saw the territory of Skogrland incorporated into the Hunddom, governed by Josef Smiþr. On 17 April, the territory of Heiþrby was incorporated into Sandvölr, governed by Lord Bar Tek. On 19 April the territory of Borgtoft was established, governed by Dixi Hæpvörþr; Hjalvik’s first female governor. On 29 May 2021, the Thanedom of Herland was established, incorporating Borgtoft into it, as well as the territories of Suþþveit and Eyrasey. The position of thane was given to Jon Stefensson.

Geography

Hjalvik is located within the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Most of the territories are surrounded by the North Sea, although some are landlocked. Most of the territories boardering the sea are rocky, and change size depending on the height of the tide. Some territories are skerries, such as Hamarsey or Hestavagr, where as others like Sandvölr and Herland are instead large flat grassy fields.

Hestavagr, one of Hjalvik’s island territories, consists of a skerry sitting on the shores of Scapa Flow.

Trees are uncommon on Hjalsk territory and are only found rarely on some territories. Brungarþr is a notable example of a presence of trees in Hjalvik. It has been concluded that from every single Hjalsk territory, the sea can be seen somewhere, usually either the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, or Scapa Flow. The feature of lakes on Hjalsk territories is uncommon, although not non-existent. Lake Meiser is the largest of water bodies on Hjalsk territory. In summer it is far smaller than in winter. The territories of Norþholmr and Suþholmr are both situated within Bulæk; a large lake in the Vestfold district.

Geology

Much of Hjalvik’s territory appears to be victim to coastal erosion. Orkney’s geology consists mainly of old red sandstone from the Devonian period. This means the rock is more vulnerable to coastal erosion, but easier to quarry. The highest elevation in Hjalvik is thought to be Suþþveit at roughly 62 metres above sea level. This is likely due to the island of South Ronaldsay being primarily made up of Eday group red sandstone.

Map of the Orkney Islands showing areas divided up.

Districts

Hjalvik’s territory is split into 5 main districts; Austfold, Midfold, Norþfold, Suþfold and Vestfold. This makes is easier to govern, as each district has a local councillor. The Hjalsk Government has divided the Orkney Islands up into these districts, and any new territories claimed, depending on where they are, will be assigned into one of the districts.

Climate

The climate of Hjalvik varies across each territory, although wind and rain are both common everywhere in Hjalvik.

Climate data for Kirkwall, 26m asl, 1981–2010, Extremes 1951–
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.2
(54)
12.8
(55)
18.9
(66)
18.3
(64.9)
22.0
(71.6)
22.8
(73)
25.6
(78.1)
24.8
(76.6)
22.8
(73)
19.4
(66.9)
14.5
(58.1)
12.8
(55)
25.6
(78.1)
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
6.4
(43.5)
7.6
(45.7)
9.5
(49.1)
12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
15.9
(60.6)
16.0
(60.8)
14.1
(57.4)
11.4
(52.5)
8.6
(47.5)
6.8
(44.2)
10.7
(51.3)
Average low °C (°F) 1.9
(35.4)
1.7
(35.1)
2.4
(36.3)
3.8
(38.8)
5.6
(42.1)
8.1
(46.6)
10.2
(50.4)
10.3
(50.5)
8.8
(47.8)
6.7
(44.1)
4.2
(39.6)
2.3
(36.1)
5.5
(41.9)
Record low °C (°F) −7.8
(18)
−7.0
(19)
−6.8
(19.8)
−4.9
(23.2)
−2.1
(28.2)
1.0
(33.8)
0.0
(32)
3.7
(38.7)
0.5
(32.9)
-1.6
(29.1)
−5.5
(22.1)
−7.6
(18.3)
−7.8
(18)
Average Rainfall mm (inches) 109.7
(4.319)
93.3
(3.673)
95.7
(3.768)
60.3
(2.374)
48.0
(1.89)
52.7
(2.075)
57.4
(2.26)
66.3
(2.61)
95.3
(3.752)
126.0
(4.961)
126.0
(4.961)
107.8
(4.244)
1,038.5
(40.886)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 20.1 16.8 17.9 13.4 10.6 10.7 11.6 12.5 16.2 19.6 20.8 18.5 188.7
Sunshine hours 32.2 59.3 98.2 136.8 190.0 148.6 132.2 129.7 105.3 75.8 40.1 24.5 1,172.4
Source no. 1: Met Office[1]
Source no. 2: Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute/KMNI[2][3]

Territories

Hjalvik has 16 officially claimed territories, including one dominion. These are Bjarnihus, Brungarþr, Clettholmr, Engrhus, Hamarsey, Haugrhus, Herland, Hestavagr, the Hunddom, the Jarl Hakon Islands, Mykilsker, New Tyne, Norþholmr, Osbæk, Sandvölr, Suþholmr and Tanþheim. These all together equate to a resident population of 12. Hjalvik also has 3 overseas dependencies. These are not officially part of Hjalvik, although they are still claimed by the Jarldom.

Military

One of Hjalvik’s oldest services is its national military. The Hjalsk Armed Forces are divided into 4 branches; the Royal Hjalsk Army, the Imperial Hjalsk Navy, the Royal Hjalsk Air Force and the HEME. The armed forces are operated by Hjalvik’s Ministry of Defence, with much of the nation’s taxes going into military fund.

Economy

Imports and exports

Hjalvik has several companies operating within its territory. Some of these often export produce to the United Kingdom. Agriculture is a large industry within Hjalvik, with sheep farming, being one of the economy’s largest productions. chicken farming is also a large export, with freshly laid eggs being sold to British citizens as well as Hjalsk.

Notable Hjalsk companies;

Currency

The Hjalsk skilingr is the national currency of the Jarldom of Hjalvik. The British pound sterling is also a valid currency in Hjalvik. The government accepts the pound in tax payments. The Hjalsk Government has no plans to phase the pound sterling out of circulation any time soon, as it will likely remain valid due to Hjalvik’s strong ties and borders with the United Kingdom.

Demography

The Jarldom of Hjalvik has a total population of 28 citizens. Many of these live within the territories of Hjalvik itself, although there are several spread about elsewhere in Europe.

Map of Europe showing nations inhabited by Hjalsk citizens.

Each year, a record of the percentages of sex, nationality and population number are kept. This allows the Hjalsk government to follow along with the latest demographics of Hjalvik.

At the end of each year the surveys are taken, with each new citizen reviewed immediately as they are granted citizenship, with date of birth, birthplace and full name all taken down on record. The national birth records are kept by the government.

2020

Population

Date Population Percentual
31 December 2020 23

Sex

Sexes
Male
  
78.3%
Female
  
21.7%

Nationality

Nationality
Scottish
  
65.2%
English
  
26.1%
Polish
  
4.3%
Irish
  
4.3%

2021

Population

Date Population Percentual
31 December 2021 28

Sex

Sexes
Male
  
75%
Female
  
25%

Nationality

Nationality
Scottish
  
53.6%
English
  
28.6%
Polish
  
7.1%
Dutch
  
3.6%
Estonian
  
3.6%
Norwegian
  
3.6%

Foreign relations

There are several micronations or states that Hjalvik recognises as independent, which the United Nations does not. On 21 September 2020, Jarl Juvan I got into contact with Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia, who declared an informal friendship between both states. Hjalvik currently has 6 official alliances, and 3 informal relations.

If a state wishes to become allied with Hjalvik, it may get into contact, and the Hjalsk foreign office will negotiate a deal.

The Jarldom of Hjalvik has signed a treaty of alliance with the following states;

Hjalvik has signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the following states;

National officials

Culture

National holidays and events

Date Name of the event Description
1 January New Year Celebrating the new year.
27 March Jarl Juvan Day Celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jarl Juvan I, 1st Jarl of Hjalvik.
17 May Orkney Norwegian Constitution Day Celebrating the friendship between Orkney and Norway.
16 June The Fall of Brungarþr Commemorating the fall of Brungarþr; a once important Hjalsk territory and fort.
21 June Forvik Day Celebrating the establishment of the Sovereign State of Forvik.
29 August Hjalsk Independence Day Celebrated to commemorate Hjalsk independence from the United Kingdom.
2 September Sealand Day Celebrating the establishment of the Principality of Sealand.
13 September Allardyce Day Celebrated to commemorate the birth of Keith Allardyce Hobbs.
31 October Hallowe'en Celebrating the first day of Allhallowtide.
5 November Guy Fawkes Night Commemorating the night of the Gunpowder Plot.
25 December Christmas Commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, and giving gifts.
31 December Hogmanay Last day of the year.

Folklore

Hjalsk folklore is widely known throughout the Jarldom, and tales are told about mythical creatures that supposedly roam the Hjalsk lands. One notable piece of folklore is about a mysterious fox-like creature, known as the 'Wilikson Fox' that allegedly roams around the dependency of Jarnes, supposedly defending its native lands.

References

  1. "Kirkwall 1981–2010 averages". UKMO. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Kirkwall Extremes". KNMI. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Valor, G. Ballester. "Synop report summary". www.ogimet.com.