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Aynvaul Imperial Government
Note Although being affiliated with micronationalism, self declared Aynvauls consider their identity a legitimate culture and the Aynvaul Imperial Government does do its best to promote, protect, and distinguish Aynvish culture from the parent Long Island Irish culture.
| Aynvaul Imperial Government |
Knowledge, Honesty, and the Celtic Arts.
"Celtic Women: The Voice" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_TbAw72gm4&feature=related
|Western Fadainysi, Fadainysi(Outer Lands Region) |
|Capital city||None(Controls no settlements)|
|Largest city||None(Controls no settlements)|
|Official language(s)||English(Northeastern American Dialect), American Sign Language, Modern Caissic Ogham Alphabet, Old Aynvish.|
|Official religion(s)||Celtic Paganism, Creideamh Sí, Christianity(Predominantly Irish Catholic)|
|Demonym||Aynvaul/Aynvauls(Numeral), Aynvish(Representitive), Aynvallic(Possessive)|
|Demonym||Aynvaul/Aynvauls(Numeral), Aynvish(Representitive), Aynvallic(Possessive)|
|- Impire I Aynvaul||Gordon Robert Charles Gray III|
|- Heir||Eric Patrick Gray I|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|Established||Officially: February 27th, 2012(30/11/2012) (Constitution Still Pending)|
|Area claimed||Claimed Approx. 1/3 of Martian Lands(For study purposes)|
|Population||6-8 as of 2017 census|
|Currency||U.S Dollar, Bartering(Verb)|
|National sport||Various Stake Throwing and Javelin Games, Horseshoes, Wrestling|
Established on February 27, 2012(27/2/2012), as a micronation with an Impire Gordon III as the de-facto head. Over the years it has evolved into a confederation of tribes and circles that come and go. The current order no longer considers itself a micronation but still, much like the MOCC(a group Aynvaul is closely associated with), it still behaves as one and is one de-facto. Today this 'Imperial Government' is more of a cultural project and is kept in existence in the event of any emergencies. The 'AIG' is considered an important part of 'Ainnegic' history and for similar reasons, remains in existence. Due to the lack of interest for involvement by most current Aynvauls, the Impire is often forced to do most of the work of the imperial government and has been reduced to an absolute monarchy by default. The restoration of the historical 'Gastracy' is an important aim of the current state.
"Aynvaul was once believed to from the Old Aynvish phrase, "Ain Baille" which means "Our Home" or "The Home"; although some arguments have been made that 'old aynvish' may have existed as a slang within the household the theory has been dropped almost entirely and has largely believed to be untrue and a symptom of early naivety, since no written record nor reference has been found. It is now believed to be a corruption of current Irish 'An Baile' which means the same thing as it's 'old aynvish' counterpart means. For whatever subconscious reason, the word was mutated to 'An bhail' and became written to reflect this phonetic sounding using English phonetics. This wouldn't account for the inclusion of a double 'ee' sounding between the 'a' and the 'n'.
Fadainysi is the collective term Aynvauls use to refer to the Islands south of New England, including Long Island and Eastern Islands such as Martha's Vineyard and sometimes the Cape Cod peninsula, making Fadainysi an Aynvallic name to describe the Outer Lands Region, see . Aynvauls use the term Fadainysi, to refer to the geographical place of Aynvaul as opposed to the political regions of Long Island, New York, and Massachusetts because of their general dislike of politics. So Fadainysi is a national geographical term than political, it is also the name of a female goddess spirit that the Aynvauls feel through the soil, a personification of this geographical term. Fadainysi(Marked in Green w/ red lettering above) is occasionally split up as Eastern and Western Fadainysi; Long Island and several immediate surrounding islands south of Connecticut and Rhode Island as Western Fadainysi, and Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Island, along with some other immediate islands south of Massachusetts, as Eastern Fadainysi with Block Island acting as the middle of all of Fadainysi.
Currently the Aynvaul Imperial Government doesn't meet directly but rather communicates through the Impire, with the Impire annually making attempts at having the Imperial Parliament meet but little goes on beyond that. A strain in restoring the 'Gastracy' system of it's early days but with an Absolute Monarchy being the de-facto form of government this isn't so much an issue legally within Aynvaul but it can be problematic in what is suppose to be ceremonial.
Aynvallic history is traditionally split into two main sections, a Preattested Era(?-2010) and a Written or Attested History (2010–present) with Aynvaul's official intermicronational period starting in 2012.
Given Aynvaul having modern (Irish)Gaelic origins in lore and existing exclusively in North America, Aynvaul as an discernible idea simply can't exist before the 1800's as well as no mention in traditional Irish diaspora communities until long into Impire Gordon's reign it cannot be described as it's own identity even if in secret until the 1990's, if it did exist is would be a fringe part of the Irish American community to the area. This would give credence to the idea that Aynvaul history is Irish American History with an interest in being a Gaeltacht and aspirations of establishing their own identity.
A number of myths for Aynvaul's origin and speculative protohistory do exist, one is that a very small and secretive Gaelic or Shelta speaking subgroup either came over or existed within the developing Long Island Irish culture after the mass emigrations caused by "An gorta mór", or the great hunger in Ireland. This mythic 'history' is a popular target for Aynvallic 'dark' or grim satires, especially the great hunger, a topic that is often an uncomfortable one with other Irish diaspora groups. Many other unconfirmed stories and legends do exist of early Aynvallic history, which are from either not written or reliable previous sources, doesn't constitute as a true history but rather story telling. Of the mythical stories includes Aynvallic Fire Parties, said to have been barn sized and light in remote areas from the North American Spring, beginning in March, to the Late North American Summer, which ends in the late September. Also tales of Aynvallic Stake Toss, a sport that is still played by the Aynvaul Nation and exists as a national sport. As such this era is sometimes humorously called the Aynvallic Mythic Era.
The Late Prewritten Era or early Gordonian Era for Aynvaul 1990's-2010 is, unlike the rest of Preattested Aynvallic History is cernible. It includes the birth of who would become Impire Gordon RC Gray III, the influences on his life and eventual establishment of the protomicronation that would evolve into the Aynvaul Imperial Government in 2010 that until then was not operated openly but is the origin point of many Aynvaul micronational traditions such as the Imperial Flag style, The concept of Gastracy, and much more.
The Micronational Era:
The Micronational Period is separated into three sub-segments. The first being the before mentioned shot-lived First Gastronic Period, the second being the Absolute Monarchic Period(Dec 2012-Nov 2018), and the current segment the Second Gastronic Period.
The Micronational Era is the Second section of Aynvallic history that begins with transition of the protomicronation to the modern Aynvaul Imperial Government during the year 2010-2011.
The Resignation of the First Council and reconsideration on what Aynvaul shall be leading to the Aynvaul Imperial Government's official establishment in it's new form on February 27, 2012 as far as the intermicronational community is concerned. First reaching out to Molossia shortly there after and eventually expanding it's relationship with other micronations the following year such as Lostisland and Uantir. Of which it maintained good relations for the entirety of the First Gastracy and the following Absolute Monarchic Period. Of which the First Gastracy lasted for a period of about 11 months(Jan-Nov). This timeframe is marked with an Imperial Gastronic government, complete with an Aceship until November 2012, but claimed to still be an Imperial Gastracy until the end of November 2012, when the Imperial Gastracy was officially abolished due to no Aynvauls willing to take the title for the new celtic year, making it officially an Absolute Monarchy and marking the start of the First Absolute Monarchy in Aynvaul.
In late June 2014, the Impire began to personally send out renewals to all contacts Aynvaul had in the past, some of which were renewed but it was at this point many Aynvauls began to find foreign relations for Aynvaul not necessary for Aynvaul at the time and the Diplomatic Ministry became inactive with the only activity to-speak-off being from the infrequent checks from the Impire or those with privileges to the email account, a practice that continues to this day. On Samhain of 2017, Impire Gordon III finished the first draft of Aynvaul's Constitution in the form of scrolls, however these remained as an unofficial draft until Sir Daniel Altoonian was appointed the new Ace General the following month when the two agreed that more people would be needed to warrant an constitution. The two agreed that the Gastracy needed to be restored to help the Impire draft such a thing at the very least, Sir Daniel Altoonian was appointed Ace General by Impire Gordon III on Imbolc 2018 and the Ace Diplomat was nominally filled by Jack Farley the following Summer. Effectively establishing a second Gastracy.
On May 3, 2018, the Aceship recommended that Aynvaul maintain relations with a smaller group of micronations(such as the MOCC) and focus on restructuring itself to encourage more local interest and keep things informal with others. To which Impire Gordon III made official and declared the Internal Focus. That Aynvaul will reinvent itself to restore interest in the Imperial Government before addressing its intermicronational image.
Government and politics
Once an Imperial Gastracy, an Imperial government that appoints an Aceship advisory to help process issues, the Aynvaul Imperial Government became an Absolute Monarchy on November 30, 2012(30/11/2012) as a result from the stepping down of the then Ace Diplomat Mike Castor and the position being unable to be filled. The highest possible title in the Aynvaul Imperial Government is the Impire, which means King of Kings, bellow him are the Rís. Although an absolute monarchy, due to a low population and lack of interest, the Impire acts as a Constitutional Monarchy going by an unwritten constitution, despite the current vacant Aceship and Parliament.
Although inactive, the Aynvaul Imperial Government has a system that it is supposed to push all things go through. It has a hierarchy of Kingdoms, big and small, and a set of laws that rely on the presence of tribes for balanced functionality. Migrations of said tribes and the base power of those tribes influence the kingdoms these tribes emigrate and immigrate to and fro. Each kingdom has a capitol tribe rather than a capitol city. For example the Imperial tribe or primary Aynvish tribe is the Ainnegi, however a tribe such as the Kaisii are de-jure vassals of the Kingdom of Aynvaul and are subject to the laws of the Imperial Government, the Kingdom of Aynvaul, but instead of being vassals of the Ainnegi, the Chieftain of the Kaisii's title has its own jurisdiction rather than within the jurisdiction of the Ainnegi tribe.
The Ris, or Kings, are the second most powerful lone titles, it is also the most diverse. Rí, or very commonly ríg (genitive), is an ancient Gaelic word meaning "king". It is used in historical texts referring to the Irish and Scottish kings, and those of similar rank. While the Modern Irish word is exactly the same, in modern Scottish Gaelic it is rìgh, apparently derived from the genitive. Cognates include Gaulish Rix, Latin rex/regis, Sanskrit raja, and German Reich. A rí benn (king of peaks), or ri tuaithe (king of a single tribe) was most commonly a local petty king of a single túath, although "one" túath might be many times the size of another. There are generally estimated to have been between 100 and 150 in Ireland, depending on who really qualified. Importantly, in theory every king of a superior grade was also a ri benn himself, and exercised no direct compulsory legal authority outside his own ancestral túath. A ri buiden (king of bands), also ri tuath (king of [many] tribes) or ruiri (overking), was a regional king to whom several rí benn were subordinate, and often other territories. He was in some sense still a petty king, but could also achieve provincial-level prominence, including, although rarely, the provincial kingship, and was often fully sovereign in any case. Depending on who was counted, there may have been as many as 20 genuine ruiri in Ireland at any time. A "king of over-kings", a rí ruirech was often a provincial (rí cóicid) or semi-provincial king to whom several ruiri were subordinate. They were also referred to as ri bunaid cach cinn ("ultimate king of every individual") Several kingdoms belonging to the 1st and 2nd millennia are listed below, but do not all belong to the same periods. No more than six genuine rí ruirech were ever contemporary, with the average being three or four. Originally, there were only four provinces, at least according to legend (see the Táin Bó Cúailnge, the actual text thereof). Ard Rí, high king, is the highest possible Rí title in the Aynvaul Imperial Government.
The Aceship, the Gastronic factor in the Imperial Government, includes a body of Aces or Ace Advisers appointed by the Impire to both advise in his/her field and to enact the Impire's will in the field they are appointed to. An Ace may not be required to attend an Aynvish Parliament they are free to show and even vote on discussions, just not their own. In the existence of the Aynvaul Imperial Government there has only been two appointed fields which are the traditonal two, the Ace Diplomat and the Ace General. Though other fields such as Treasurer can and could exist in the future.
The Royal family can also play a part in politics depending on their relation to the Impire. Although not yet official, the Impire's brother, Eric, was declared the current heir to the Aynvish thrown. Ensuring that the 'Gray Dynasty' not be limited to a single Impire.
Caissic Ogham, and it's older 'Kaisii Ogham' refers to an Ogham system of 45 or so characters that the Imperial Government as well as the Impire uses in some everyday documents. It used to use a grammar system that often switched the l, f, s, n consonants with the d, t, c, q consonants for what was likely a cant purpose. This practice is now rare in Kaisii's modern Caissic counterpart, but may be seen in some Caissic poetry in its primordial stage. The extra characters serve a purpose of flexibility to allow the alphabet to be written in Non-Celtic languages comfortably, most often in North Eastern American English the native language of the majority of its users. But the characters also behave very Celtic, such as the behavior of the 'c' character to which it never produces an 's' sounding as it's Latin equivalent does. Also of note is the separate 'k' character usually used in names but also is used as a stronger 'k' soundings such as the 'k' sounding in the Greek pronunciation of 'Makedon'.
Law and order
Since the Ainnegi(Imperial Tribe), does not have land in which it holds to administer, enforcement outside the government has been deemed vastly unnecessary. However within the government itself, there is an system of unwritten policies the Aynvaul Imperial Government should follow, policies the Impire hopes to be converted into a written constitution. Until then, the Imperial Government goes by the Impire's unwritten constitution.
As a de-facto micronation, Aynvaul holds many relations with other organisations that have a similar stance on the topic. Please note that not all of these are Aynvaul's relations with other 'micronations'.
|Flag||State/Nation-State||Current Diplomatic Status||Notes|
|Republic of Alanland||Mutual Recognition 2012, relations officially declared ceased in on March 3rd by Impire Gordon III||Mutual Recognition Status obsolete due to lack of contact in years.|
|Barakstan||Mutual Recognition, Relations to be renewed.||Status declared to be defunct to 'Aynvallic Interests' by Impire Gordon III|
|Federal State of Indokistan||Mutual Recognition 2012, relations inactive||New relation status to be declared by Impire Gordon III|
|Royal Republic of Ladonia||None||Talks never fully concluded, though Impire Gordon III has expressed interests in pursuing renewed relations in the future.|
|Legatia||Mutual Recognition 2012, Non-Aggression Pact 2012, relations to be renewed.||Status Unknown|
|Federal Republic of Lostisland||Unofficial Since 2012 and August 2014||Talks repeatedly held, No formal relations, however a business relation does exist.|
|Missionary Order of the Celtic Cross||De-facto -July 2014. Full Faith and Credit, 1 May 2014. Official mutual recognition July 2014, Freedom of association, attendance and movement agreement 2016 and onwards.||Official relations began as early as July 2014, and, despite Aynvaul's recent isolationism, retains a special diplomatic status with the Imperial Throne.|
|Republic of Molossia||Mutual Recognition 2012-current, Relations Renewed June 2014||Unofficial Relations in respect to Molossian Foreign Policy. Little contact 2016-2019|
|Kingdom of Ruritania||Unofficial, Contact in 2012 and 2014||Despite a diplomatic incident in 2012-2013, thanks largely to the efforts of Mortitia von Elphberg positive relations have been enjoyed between the two governments along with an occasional exchange of holiday cards.|
|Communist People's Republic of Strathy||Historic Contact 2012, Mutual Recognition & Informal Alliance 2013||(Defunct) "Now part of New Westphalia"|
|Templar Kingdom||None, Talks withdrawn by Impire's Request||Unknown|
|Uantir||Contact 2012, Pact was to be written but has since fallen untouched.||Active Friendly Contact up until December of 2016.|
|An Aztec Tribe||Contact 2012||Contact through a personal friend of the Impire, as it turns out this tribe was very traditional and condemned internet usage and as a result relations of any kind were never addressed. We know they speak both Nahua and Spanish and live somewhere near chimalhuacan.|
Other than a collection of hobby strategists and self-declared mercenaries, Aynvaul has no trained military, for reasons of convenience. There simply is no need, unlike the MOCC which has multiple groves it protects and runs, Aynvaul operates no landed temples and exists largely in the titular sense.
Geography and climate
Fadainysi, or the Outer Lands forms the insular northeasternmost extension of North America's Atlantic coastal plain. The islands of the Outer Lands were formed by the effect of the recession of the Laurentide ice sheet during the Wisconsin glaciation.
See Climate of Long Island, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.
Currently the Aynvaul Imperial Government does not have it's own currency, and many Aynvauls use US dollars in all currency transactions otherwise. And with no land for such coin to be legal tender in, there currently is no reason for the AIG to create one otherwise. Though despite this, the AIG is attempting to create an Aynvish Coin to promote culture. Although, much like its parent American Irish culture, many Aynvauls are willing to barter in absence of currency, a practice that can be traced back to Ireland and other Celtic lands. Otherwise they rely heavily on the US and local Economy.
Mondachtry is an Ainnegic-born theological sect of Celtic Paganism that developed earlier on as a philosophy. A key difference from it and other 'neo-pagans' is its attempts at reconstruction and adapting the Celtic Castes with emphasis on the path one becomes a druid. Under Mondach doctrine, someone is not officially a Druid unless they have undergone a 20-year long trial of learning, the medium of learning being irrelevant so as long as said person can be deemed highly credible and trustworthy in advice. Much like a doctor is a long and vigorous path in western society, a Druid is a title that must be earned and worked hard for under Mondach teaching. Mondachtry does have a head of the sect called the Impire, one who acts as a cultural head of and as a bridge between the tribal ArdRí(and other Rí) and the Mondach Druí(and other priests). This belief was/is also reflected in the Aynvallic micronation in the 'Gastracy' with the Ace General(ArdRí) and Ace Diplomat(ArdDruí). Mondachtry as a religion that stresses one's relationship with the divine as entirely personal and a choice, is by default polytheistic.
Mondachtry also puts emphasis on the Fey Faith, or one's relationship with the fairies, some going as far as restoring worship of the Aos Sí as local divines/gods. Unlike other 'neo-celtic-pagan' movements/sects, Mondachtry does not descend directly from the Wicca-Druidtry movement, and it's practitioners consider Mondachtry a movement of it's own. However it has unquestionable been indirectly influenced by Wicca via Aynvaul's relationship with the MOCC. The religion should largely be considered a sister revivalist; or revertist depending on your attitude towards paganism; to modern druidism and not as the same thing.
Mondachtry as a religion, although technically the state religion of Aynvaul, is not enforced nor mandatory, but is largely practiced in state policy.
Aynvallic, or Ainnegic, culture is a North American Irish culture that is distinguished from common North American Irish largely by its usage of Caissic Ogham. Aynvauls have a special appreciation for bonfires, with some hosting large ones in pits the size of bathtubs to car sized ones. It is hoped that someday Aynvauls will have an dialect of their own to help distinguish them from other groups living in North America.
Some Prided Aynvauls will occasionally engrave a version or variant of the Aynvaul Crest into a wooden plate(usually cut right from firewood) and place that to display on either a wall or fireplace. Aynvaullic Culture itself, notably respects and honors older trees, believing the older ones might have a fairy living in them.
Re-celtification is the current focus of the Impire and the Mondach circle(s) in recent years, focusing primarily by encouraging the learning and speaking of Irish Gaelic or even the development of a new Gaelic unique to the Fadaínísi. Caissic Ogham is the front and 'poster-child' of re-celtification attempts, and it is argued some of it's users that Caissic Ogham is a useful tool in learning Irish for older English speaking North American Irishfolk wishing to learn Irish but never learned it growing up. Though usage of this 'tool' will likely result in a unique dialect of Irish, something that a restored Irish tongue on the other side of the Atlantic would likely result in anyway given time; Much like how Gaelic spoken in Scotland, Newfoundland, and the Isle of Man already have resulted in new languages since their arrival. However this may be a good thing to encourage local Gaelic nationalism and revival, much as it already has/in the process of in Newfoundland with Newfoundland Gaelic.
Outside of the occasional website, the Aynvaul Imperial Government is largely inactive in media and usually keeps to itself.
- Aynvaul on Facebook
- Flag of Aynnaul
- Location of Aynvaul
- Note: As Aynvaul is more active in the physical world, and cares to cyberspace secondly, most of these sites are now considered out of date and therefor considerably unreliable.