Deniz Yürük

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Deniz Yürük
Tsaloj of Birgeshir
Personal information
Born 14 November 1987 (1987-11-14) (age 32)
Avellino, Italy
Nationality Birgesh, Italian

Deniz Yürük (born Daniele Saba Passio; 14 November 1987), is the founder and Tsaloj of Birgeshir. He is best known for his enthusiasm for virtual sporting competitions. He has been involved in virtual sports simulations since mid-late 90's.

Personal life

Deniz was born in Avellino (Italy) in 1987. He has two brothers (one of which is his twin brother who is esthetically different but share many things with him and consider him as his real family). Unlike his brothers,Deniz hasn't attended University.

He refused his italian given name and last name since he was a child,believing that when a person reaches maturity (s)he should choose another name and surname if desired. During the 2000's his fascination for the turkish language led him to choose the name "Deniz" because it means "sea" and it is a name used by males and females. The last name Yürük was chosen randomly.

Deniz has always been an unconventional person and critic of human customs and society, developing a strong aversion for humanity over the years considering most of them as incapable of being unselfish and righteous.


From around 1999 to early 2000's,Deniz was sympathetic to Communism and Socialism,happening to go against his father who was a Religion Teacher (and former Dominican friar).

Later,Deniz said that it was actually impossible to place himself in a specific traditional political spectrum.


Deniz was raised in a Catholic family but in 2001 he converted to Islam saying that it was more in line with what he believed about the role of Jesus and God. However,he was never a mainstream muslim but rather a reformist and liberal muslim,labeled by other muslims as a heretic.

After a difficult struggle on trying to be in line with his religion,Deniz left Islam in 2014 because he felt that the Abrahamic religions didn't really answered his many questions about life and creation and found their theology and moral teachings to be mostly inconsistent.

Currently Deniz is inclined towards the Ancient Egyptian religion even though he has never stated to be fully Kemetic. He knew Kemetism years before but studied it soon after he left Islam.

He succesfully completed the online Beginners Class lessons made by the Priests and Nisut (spiritual leader) of the Kemetic Orthodox faith but Deniz never requested to fully convert after being graduate. This is because he believes that the Kemetic Orthodox faith isn't completely accurate about the ancient Egyptian Religion. Despite this,Deniz keeps in contact with their spiritual leader Tamara Siuda.

When speaking of religions,however,Deniz often says: "Religions are the manifestation of failed human efforts to explain the unexplainable or the divine". This could lead many people to think that he actually is Agnostic like his twin-brother.


Yürük likes cartoons,comics and movies. He also likes Theatre. Indeed,he made an italian farce in 2012 called "Gli affari tremano"(ENG:"Business is shaking").

He also made some short comics and even created some instrumental songs.

On late July 2018,Deniz created a fantasy sport board game called Pondball [1] (vaguely inspired by Brosatamış) with teams made up of Gnomes,Fairies,Leprechauns,Brownies,Sprites and Kobolds.

He also created the board game "Night of the Troll"[2].

Difference between Birgeshir and Deniz's fictional nations and worlds

Since Deniz enjoys creating stories,he invented a fictional world along with his twin brother since they were kids. In 2012,he created a fictional insular microstate near Russia ruled by vampires called Noktyurn in his short story "Vladlena: Tsarina of Noktyurn". Noktyurn is also home of Baron Dusk,another vampire character created by Deniz in the same year and he's considered to be his "vampire alter ego".

Yürük explained that the difference between Birgeshir and his fictional Nations is that Birgeshir is his ideal nation applied and "readapted" to planet Earth while his fictional Nations don't simulate reality (since they can even have non-human inhabitants) and/or may differ from his personal preferences.


Despite he didn't get to play any sport,Deniz loves many sports and they are showed in his micronation.


Deniz discovered micronationalism around 2009. After a disappointing experience as a citizen of the micronation Impero,he founded Birgeshir in 18 January 2010 considering it his own "ideal Nation".

After explaining his desire to develop micronational virtual sports competitions,he was persuaded to join Micras. On 8 July 2012,Birgeshir's Micrasian claim was successful. Deniz was initially skeptical about Micras since he considered many micrasian micronations to be just fictional and created for role-playing purposes. Later,he accepted simulationism in Micras as a way to show Birgeshir's culture. However,Deniz still publicly said that Birgeshir is a serious micronation and he used Micras just for sport simulation.

In late May 2020, Deniz left Micras stating that "Birgeshir is still an active micronation because it was not created for Micras and will not die leaving it".

Fascination with death

Deniz often thinks of death. As an inevitable fate of every living being,he believes that being aware of death is important and it could teach how to live properly.

Deniz enjoys taking a walk in cemeteries.

He is also fascinated with artificial and natural mummification.