Emergence of Sancratosia

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Proposed emblem of the Constitutional State of Sancratosia. The governing system changed before the emblem could be used.

The Emergence of Sancratosia refers to the historical period leading to the independence of the Principality of Sancratosia, marked by significant developments in micronationalism and the eventual declaration of independence.

Rise of micronational interest

In the early 2000s, Chloé Fortin Côté's fascination with micronations, particularly entities like Sealand and Molossia, sparked her initial foray into hobbyist worldbuilding projects. Her studies in political science at Université du Québec à Montréal, coupled with self-taught skills in art and graphic design, laid the foundation for her explorations into creating fictional nations.

Resurgence of worldbuilding

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, interest in hobbyist worldbuilding experienced a resurgence. Chloé engaged extensively in creating and roleplaying various nations, particularly active on platforms like NationStates and within its broader community.

Notable worldbuilding projects

Republic of Anserisa: Inspired by Trinidad and Tobago, Anserisa featured Anserisan, an auxiliary language with Latin influences and French grammar. It introduced the Canada goose as a national symbol, influencing later aspects of Sancratosian identity.

Federal Union of Kosbareland: Modelled after South Africa, Kosbareland mirrored its institutions and history, though it did not directly contribute to Sancratosia's development.

Grand Duchy of Mauquibie: Inspired by Luxemboug, Mauquibie adopted Quebec French and elements from the Kingdom of France, providing insights into alternative governance structures.

Constitutional State of the Andorinhões: Influenced by Cabo Verde and Vanuatu, this project introduced Portuguese as an official language and incorporated elements akin to sovereign military orders, such as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, impacting later symbols used in Sancratosia. The martlet used on its coat of arms served as the basis for the one used in the Honourable Order of the Martlet.

Republic of Laurentia and Territories: A hypothetical alternate history of Canada where it becomes a republic earlier, incorporating territories akin to those of the West Indies Federation.

Brainstorming for an identity

Protesting an unjust Bill

The introduction of Projet de loi no 2, Loi portant sur la réforme du droit de la famille en matière de filiation et modifiant le Code civil en matière de droits de la personnalité et d'état civil (English: Bill 2, An Act to reform family law with respect to filiation and to amend the Civil Code with respect to personality rights and civil status) by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, which threatened trans rights, prompted Chloé to consider micronationalism as a platform for protest. This pivotal moment shifted her focus towards establishing Sancratosia.[1]

Choosing a name

Flag of the Constitutional State of Sancratosia.
The flag of the Constitutional State of Sancratosia became the basis for the flag of the Municipality of Sancratosia.

Starting on 16 October 2021, Chloé initiated the brainstorming process for what would eventually be named the "Constitutional State of Sancratosia".[a] On 21 October 2021, the name "Sancratosia" was finalized, marking a significant milestone celebrated annually as Emergence Day. The acquisition of the domain "sancratosia.com" on 21 October 2021, later changed to "sancratosia.org" on 23 October 2021, further solidified its online presence.[2]

Quest for a form of government

Initially influenced by the constitutional frameworks of larger lusophone countries, practical considerations led Chloé to adopt principles from Monaco's constitution and culture as guiding influences for Sancratosia's governance structure.

Other studied constitutions include the Constitution of the July Monarchy, the Portuguese Constitutional Charter of 1826 and the Constitution of Luxembourg.

Declaration of independence

The declaration was drafted over a few days, culminating in its adoption and signing by Princess Cloe on 1 December 2021. It denounced legislative actions perceived as infringing upon human rights in Canada, particularly concerning transgender individuals. The declaration was published on the principality's official website and disseminated via social media platforms, marking the formal establishment of Sancratosia as a sovereign entity.[3][4][5]

See also

Notes and References

Notes

  1. Directly inspired from the worldbuilding project, Constitutional State of the Andorinhões.

References

  1. Radio-Canada (24 October 2021), "Projet de loi 2 : "un recul historique" pour la communauté LGBTQ+", Radio-Canada
  2. CubDomain (22 October 2022), "Domains Registered By Date (2021-10-22) - Page 22", cubdomain.com
  3. Principality of Sancratosia (1 December 2021), "The Principality of Sancratosia declares its independence", sancratosia.org
  4. Principality of Sancratosia (1 December 2021), "The people of Sancratosia declared their independence! Long live the Principality of Sancratosia", Twitter
  5. Principality of Sancratosia (1 December 2021), "The people of Sancratosia declared their independence! Long live the Principality of Sancratosia", Facebook

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