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Sunþrawegaz Kuningadōmas (pronounced /sun.θrɑ.we.ɣɑz ku.niŋ.gɑ.ðɔ.mɑs/; commonly shortened to Sunþrawegaz) is a historical-fantasy micronation that is based entirely in Legos. Sunþrawegaz was created by Suzuki Leōcor shortly following the end of her participation in the Republic of Drew Star Line, which she also helped create and led for over a decade. Sunþrawegaz was originally created to promote the establishment of a Proto-Germanic cultural state in the southern Indian Ocean, however this goal was changed in favor of what Leōcor called a "Sabia and Verona, but with Legos." The micronation's main influence is Mesopotamia between the founding of Christianity and Islam, a time when the region was contested between the Roman and Persian Empires.
Orukai: Malk Sontrawagaz (𐤌𐤋𐤊•𐤑𐤍𐤕𐤓𐤅𐤂𐤆)
Seraisārijǫ̂ Aglausa andi Balþa
Explorers are We, Intrepid and Bold (English)
Cloud Atlas Sextet
continent of Mainok, planet Qarna.
|Formation||30 Fublass 2978 3ME|
9 August 2017
|Area Claimed||141 m² (1515 ft²)|
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Sunþrawegaz gets its name from Wegaz Kuningadōmas, a defunct kingdom in the far-northern continent of Krasnok, one of three continents on the planet Qarna. Wegaz, like many Krasnok nations, was abandoned by its inhabitants in the mid-2900s after drastic climatic changes caused most of the continent be covered by a thick icecap. Many of the former citizens of Wegaz, including the royal family and much of its military, relocated to the Orsee region of the equatorial continent of Mainok. Here the Wegaz conquered the ancient city of Oruk, believed to be the site of the first civilization and the de facto trading capital of all of Qarna. After taking over this major metropolitan area, the Wegaz renamed the city of Oruk to Habnō, a Wegaz word meaning "safe harbor." After conquering a few surrounding islands, the Wegaz declared the creation of the nation of Sunþrawegaz Kuningadōmas in Habnō, a name that translates to "Kingdom of South Wegaz."
Sunþrawegaz Kuningadōmas is Proto-Germanic for Kingdom of South-Way. It was chosen to reflect its position relative to the micronation's original cultural base of Scandinavia. Leōcor has described the micronation's name as being "opposite that of Norway." Norway is an anglicized translation of the Old Norse word Norðvegr, which means the "Northern Way." Norðvegr was transcribed by the Anglo-Saxons as the homeland of the Viking raiders that plagued their coasts between the years 789 and 1066, a term that was gleaned from the attackers themselves. Norðvegr more than likely described a commonly used sea route between Scandinavia and the British Isles than an actual location, however. Sunþrawegaz is a compound word comprised of the Proto-Germanic terms sunþraz (south) and wegaz (way), and is considered a male gendered word when using a case system.
Kuningadōmas is the genitive singular case of the Proto-Germanic word kuningadōmaz (kingdom), a male gendered word. Due to Proto-Germanic having a fully functioning case system (unlike modern English), the "of" is lost in the translation. Kuningadōmas also comes after Sunþrawegaz, as Proto-Germanic utilizes a fluid subject-object-verb sentence structure.
Individuals who are citizens of Sunþrawegaz are known as Sunþrawegōz. This term comes from both the nominative and vocative plural case of wegaz, which is wegōz. The two words are nearly identical in pronunciation. Despite no longer being a Proto-Germanic cultural state, Leōcor has kept the micronation's name as Sunþrawegaz Kuningadōmas, as she finds it to be a unique and beautiful name with no equivalent replacement.
Qarnoan history is divided into five distinct eras, known as Alpha, First, Second, Third and Fourth. Each era, with the exception of the Alpha Era, begins and ends with major historical event. The Alpha Era is counted as the number of years, measured backwards, from the beginning of the First Era. It is important to note that Qarnoan years are equivalent to 264 Earth days.
|Alpha Era||≈7.3 bil.||Creation of Qarna.||Evolution of life and mada (people) on Qarna.|
|First Era||7877||Rare planetary alignment.||Plant and animal domestication, invention of writing, early civilizations.|
|Second Era||905||Formation of the Mai Empire.||Ascent of the Mai Empire.|
|Third Era||5565||Oruk Impact Event.||Collapse of the Mai Empire, onset of the Great Ice Age, foundation of Sunþrawegaz, beginning of the Great War.|
|Fourth Era||128||Peace of Oilule.||End of the Great War, beginning of space age, invention of computers.|
Sunþrawegaz was created by micronationalist Suzuki Leōcor on 9 August 2017, approximately two weeks after retiring from her involvement in the Republic of Drew Star Line (DSL). Leōcor had help create DSL in 2005, and had been its president for over a decade, in both 2006 and between 2007 and 2017. DSL has become well known in the community for its proposed settlement attempt of the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand, something that Leōcor helped put in place. Leōcor left DSL mainly because she felt that the "Kermadec Plan" carried too much of her late fiance's dreams with it, and by leaving the micronation she hoped to be able to "move on with life."
Sunþrawegaz was originally formed to serve as an historical new-nation project amongst islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Sunþrawegaz's main influence upon its creation was Proto-Germanic culture, including early medieval Anglo-Saxon and Viking culture. This idea was replaced ten days later, on 19 August 2017, in favor of creating a fictional universe built entirely from Legos. This sudden change in Sunþrawegaz's reason for being was done because Leōcor wished to focus on moving her own life forward in a more realistic manner, without having to abandon micronationalism as a hobby.
The fictional universe Sunþrawegaz is based in is located on the planet of Qarna, an Earth-like planet with three moons and two suns, that is inhabited by a human-like species. The layout of Qarna itself is based upon a 3500 by 1750 pixel map of a terraformed Venus, in which Leōcor has allocated one 639.08 square centimeter Lego baseplate for each corresponding pixel, giving the planet a physical area of nearly 100 acres (40 hectares). Sunþrawegaz itself is located on an island in a massive lake called Orsee, near the center of the continent of Mainok, which Leōcor says roughly corresponds to the Middle East on Earth. The micronation is based around the fictional fortified trading metropolis of Habnō (also known as Oruz), which Leōcor describes as being one of the first cities ever built on Qarna, with 10,000 years of history. In this fictional universe, Oruz was taken over by a Germanic-like culture within the past few years, who renamed the city Habnō and formed the nation of Sunþrawegaz around it. This aspect of the micronation's fictional history was made to avoid having to rename the country or change symbols like the national flag.
Leōcor has based the fictional universe in and around the year 150 CE, an era when intercontinental trade began to transform from a rare occurrence to a permanent fixture in Afro-Eurasia, especially in the Middle East. As such, the micronation has incorporated several cultural aspects from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Rome, Greece and Persia, all of which have heavily influenced the early common era Middle East; as well as African, Chinese and Indian civilizations, who had established trading links in the region during this time.
Leōcor plans to build Sunþrawegaz over the following decade, and has already allocated 3 square meters (32 square feet) to the first stages of a construction project that will eventually encompass 141 square meters (1515 square feet). Her experience with Legos prior to the establishment of Sunþrawegaz is extensive, having helped formed an AFOL (adult fan of Lego) group back in 2014 called the Backstreet Bricksters. She has also been working on a 1:36 scale model of the Austro-Hungarian flagship SMS Viribus Unitis since 2012, and has created several submissions to Lego Ideas since joining the program in 2014.
Factual Foreign Relations
Sunþrawegaz does not maintain any official relations with any micronation outside of the fictional planet of Qarna. Leōcor believes that doing so would detract from the legitimacy of the simulated historiography of Qarna itself. Despite this fact, Sunþrawegaz is a signatory of the Universal Treaty of Peace, a move that was originally done to ease tensions between Leōcor and certain members the micronational community. The treaty is currently maintained in Sunþrawegaz to ensure that nobody attempts to interfere with what Leōcor has deemed to be a "separate and unmixable reality." Sunþrawegaz also allows other micronations to construct embassies within its borders, under the guise of "diplomatic friendship" rather than true foreign relations. Sunþrawegaz, through Leōcor's Skype group "Drunkiz Gadurō" (Proto-Germanic for "Drunken Gathering"), does maintain an unofficial level of friendship with several micronations.
Flora and Fauna
For the creation of Sunþrawegaz, Leōcor had to develop several belief systems and formalized religions and sects in order to properly showcase the micronation as the primary global trading center of an entire fictional planet. To do this, she began to draw inspiration from several past and current religious institutions on Earth, along with her own personal beliefs, to come up with a wide enough variety of faiths to decently represent the many peoples who live in and travel to Sunþrawegaz.
The main religion of Sunþrawegaz, Ignatzism, was first developed by Leōcor in early 2014 as part of a challenge presented to her by a friend. The challenge was to create a fully fledged religion and attain at least 12 disciples within a week, a feat that Leōcor's friend hoped would prove that religions like Christianity could not have been created overnight by a single individual. Leōcor met and bettered the stipulations of the challenge, creating a polytheistic belief system and attaining 12 followers the day following the challenge's creation. The name Ignatzism was applied several years later, as a nod to one of Leōcor's favorite newspaper cartoons, being named after the character Ignatz Mouse from Krazy Kat. Leōcor has stated that Ignatzism has absolutely no relationship to Krazy Kat, comics or mice, but that she thought it would be a unique name for a religion and decided to use it.
Ignatzism itself incorporates several aspects of Leōcor's personal religious beliefs, the most obvious of which is her belief in Neneveh. For Leōcor, Neneveh is not actually a physical being as in Ignatzism, but rather a force that ensures that life across the universe continues to exist through reincarnation. The reason why the life force Neneveh was chosen to represent the Moon goddess in Ignatzism was because the name comes from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nineveh, which was home to a large temple complex dedicated to the Akkadian Moon god Sîn. Leōcor chose this term to describe the life force in her personal beliefs because she feels that such an entity would be all-knowing, an infinite trove of information not too dissimilar from a library, a building which the city of Nineveh was made famous for having.
Factual Micronational Cultural Projects
Leōcor, through her work on Sunþrawegaz, is a major supporter of cultural advancement in the micronational community. On 11 August 2017, she partnered up with Nedlando-Khorașan to host the Nedland and Sunþrawegaz Micronational Flag Contest (later renamed as the First Annual Drunkiz Gadurō Micronational Flag Contest). Leōcor plans for the contest to become a yearly fixture in the community, and hopes that the addition of rewarding the contests' winners with Lego brick-built versions of the winning flag will help promote creativity among micronational flag designers. She is also considering having different cultural exhibitions and contests every month, focusing on a variety of topics such as best territorial map, best national bird, and best computer presentation of a micronation, among other categories.
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