Autonomous Digital State of Saphoria

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Autonomous Digital State of Saphoria
Savzi Samkeigu'e me'e la Safor
Flag of Saphoria
Flag
Coat of arms of Saphoria
Coat of arms
Motto: "Loi Prami Je Xandi Je Menli Cu Selgau Mi'a"
"Heart, Body, Mind; Our Functions"
Anthem: "A Digital Age"
CapitalLinihub
Official languagesLojban
English
Religion
Secular state
Demonym(s)Saphorian
GovernmentTechnocratic unitary state
• Supreme Operator
Connor Anderson
LegislatureCentral Saphorian Committee
Establishment
• Formation
13 January 2023
Population
• 2023 estimate
6
CurrencyCanadian dollar (de facto)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
Date formatyyyy-mm-dd
Internet TLD.sph, .onion

Saphoria (/sæˈfɒr.iə/, officially the Autonomous Digital State of Saphoria, was a self-proclaimed technocratic, unitary state, though is more commonly regarded as an international micronation residing within Canadian borders. Established on 13 January 2023 by Connor Anderson following the purchase of a local T530 Thinkpad laptop, the newly-formed Central Saphorian Committee declared the laptop as the sovereign, territorial land of Saphoria. The inclusion of a 12-metre frontier around all sides of the laptop was later introduced to allow for some modicum of physical activity within the country.

Given Saphoria's small size and variable territory, its ability to achieve legitimacy per the criteria set-forth in the 1933 Montevideo Convention is questionable. Arguments against Saphorian statehood center specifically around what it means to have "a defined territory" in the treaty. Critics argue that, as Saphoria's territorial claim is centred around a physical object rather than a static land claim, it cannot possess statehood. Supporters of Saphoria argue that due to the wording of the criteria, the 12-metre radius is just as defined as other territories. Others argue that there is no real way in which something is truly fixed in spacetime — it is all relative; so whether a place is fixed relative to the Earth or fixed relative to some other object (like a laptop) is of little difference.

Etymology

The name Saphoria is a homage to Anderson's dog, Saphira. The choice to make Saphira the namesake of the Autonomous Digital Zone, outside of personal affect, was due to her remarkable lifespan and perseverance through many health problems, such as complications with liver disease. In a vote held by the Central Saphorian Committee on 11 January 2023, it was approved by majority vote to officially adopt the Saphoria name for both the physical laptop and the overall country.

History

Pre-establishment

Before the establishment of the Autonomous Digital State, several different ideas were thrown around regarding a local artistic project by Xulf; the current status of these prior ideas are largely still unknown. Starting in late 2022, Xulf acquired a Thinkpad T530 laptop, and by January 2023 had used it as the locus of an idea for a new micronation.

Establishment of the Autonomous Digital State

Having been inspired by the concept of abstract micronations in the past such as the Ambulatory Free States of Obsidia, the Central Saphorian Committee was formed on 6 January 2023 to begin the development process of the Autonomous Digital State. During this week-long development period, the server of Linihub was declared as the capital of Saphoria, this info later being released publicly on Discord.

Politics and government

Governance Chart of the Autonomous Digital State of Saphoria

The Autonomous Digital State of Saphoria is a technocratic one-party unitary state governed by the Central Saphorian Committee, where Operator Ministers are elected according to their capabilities and what project they represent by means of evaluation, logical analysis and compatible results in accordance to the Committees' established vision. The Central Saphorian Committee is responsible for the public distribution, discussion, and articles relating to the Constitution of the Autonomous Digital State.

Projects

A Project is an organized, collaborative effort inside the Autonomous Digital Zone created with the primary purpose of serving the interests of Saphoria, being directly managed by the Central Saphorian Committee with representatives. Projects must first be introduced to the Central Committee with a presentation, if approved, the project proposal is put under a week-long review period for further analysis of the efficiency of members, productivity, etc. If a project successfully meets the criteria set by the Central Committee during its week-long review, it will be officially granted recognition as an official Saphorian Project.

Culture

Logo of the Logical Language Group (LLG); Creators of Lojban.

Saphorian culture is commonly described as an online absurdist geek culture with elements of niche online hobbies present. One of the main examples of this niche culture present inside Saphoria is the inclusion of the Lojban language as one of the official languages in Saphoria, being used in all forms of online communication and documentation.

Social media

Most of Saphoria's public activities are found on various social media platforms, notably including Twitter, Youtube, and Reddit. Since its creation in early 2023, Saphoria has utilized social media platforms to publicly present cultural activities, sponsorships, and their capital region of Linihub with Discord.

Foreign relations

Alliances

Recognized micronations

Mutual recognition

Recognized regions

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