Amor et Sapientia
Love and Wisdom
|Settled||1 June 1932|
|Inc. Ebenthal||30 December 2019|
|Province status||5 February 2022|
|Founded by||Francisca Carvalho|
|• Type||Executive-led devolved administration|
|• Chief Executive||Rafael Oliveira|
|• Councillor||Wellington Muniz|
|• Total||3 km2 (1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||751 m (2,464 ft)|
|• Total||11 (permanent)|
|• Rank||5th in Ebenthal|
33000-000 to 33199-999
|Area code||+55 31|
|HDI (2022)||0.839 very high (TBD)|
|GDP (2022)||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Per capita||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Primary Road||Maria Sant'Anna Road|
Bauerai (Portuguese pronunciation: [bˌa͡ʊeɾˈa͡ɪ]), officialy Province of Baureai (Portuguese: Província de Bauerai) is one of the seven provinces of Ebenthal. With 3 km² it is the largest province in the country as well as the fifth most populated, with 11 permanent residents. It is also the least urbanized province, with only 18% of the population living in urban areas, and the rest in rural areas. The province is divided into two municipalities, its capital Anningen and the village of Ölbaum. It is governed by an executive-led devolved government by a Chief Executive appointed by the King of Ebenthal, and is represented in the House of Councillors by two elected councillors. It is the only province not only legally but de facto bilingual, with both Portuguese and Rioplatense Spanish being spoken in everyday life by residents.
As in the entire country, modern-day Bauerai had been inhabited by native tribes for centuries prior to the European colonization, but like Minen, it differs from the rest of the country's history by having being inhabited mostly by natives of the Macro-Jê ethinicities. The natives were expelled by the Bandeiras Expeditions which expanded the Portuguese colonial rule in Brazil, establishing the freguesia of Santa Luzia in 1724. Following Brazilian independence, Santa Luzia became a municipality of vast farmlands. In 1932 Geraldo Fernandes de Carvalho bought a piece of land in the Minas Gerais state's municipality and started his own farm which, 77 years later, in 2019,was annexed by his great-grandson Arthur van der Bruyn, who had just became King of the unrecognized microstate of Ebenthal, as the Principality of Aldiva, following the Nomadic Micronation Theory's principle of sovereignty concession. Geraldo's daughter Alda Carvalho was appointed the first and only reigning princess. From the beggining, the principality lacked internal political activity, although it contributed to national politics through its representatives in the parliament. Recognizing the fait acomplii, in 2021 the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission, under parliamentary approval and royal assent, abolished Aldiva's monarchy, subsequently turning the principality into a province under the name Geraldorf, which was later changed to Bauerai.
The Eichen territory comprises a farm complex crossed by the Altendamenach River, which is how the Brazilian-originated Rio das Velhas is called nationally. The province has the highest GDP per capita in Ebenthal with its economy based on farming and the production and export of decoration and handicraft items. It is also the province responsible for the largest self-generation of electricity in the country, owning a small solar plant and hosting the Royal Light Company.
The name "Eichenham" is a combination of the German word Eichen (Oak) and the German toponymy ham (home), literally translating to "Home of the Oak". However "Oak", in Portuguese is Carvalho, which is the name of the family that owns the land of the province, and is thus an honor to Geraldo Fernandes de Carvalho, father of the former reigning princess and great-grandfather of the King of Ebenthal. The province's former name of Geraldorf was also a homage to him, being a combination of the Portuguese name "Geraldo" with the German toponymy "dorf" (village). Both names were designated by the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission to replace the original name of "Aldiva", a combination of the names "Alda" and "Diva", two of Geraldo's five daughters who jointly own and reside in the property of the current province.