Empire of Byzantium Novum

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Empire of Byzantium Novum
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Official languagesEnglish
Demonym(s)Byzantine
GovernmentEmpire
• Basileus
Marcus Cassius Julianus
• Mesazon
Baduila Chalkeus
LegislatureSenate of Byzantium Novum
Establishment8 February 2010
Population
• Census
1,323 citizens
Time zoneUTC
Website
www.byzantiumnovum.org

The Empire of Byzantium Novum, more commonly known as Byzantium Novum, is a micronation with various jurisdictions and territories around the world. The Empire claims to be the successor nation to the ancient Eastern Roman Empire, more commonly known in contemporary times as the Byzantine Empire.

The Empire of Byzantium Novum is one of the largest micronations in the world by number of registered citizens and has been continuously active in its present form since the Empire’s foundation on February 8th, 2010; as such the Imperial claim as the legitimate successor state of the Eastern Roman Empire predates similar assertions by several prominent micronations, in particular those of Austenasia, Pavlov, Rhomania, and the Holy Byzantium Empire.

History

The Empire of Byzantium Novum declared itself and its citizens a wholly sovereign micronation on the 8th of February 2010

As a sovereign nation Byzantium Novum makes the following claims to world rights and territories:

"We acknowledge ancient lands which constituted the Byzantine Empire to be our cultural and religious homeland, and claim historical rights to all sites and territories which were under the direct control or administration of Constantinople and it's successor states from 324 AD to 1479 AD."

Politics & Government

The Emperor and/or Empress

The Senate of Byzantium Novum voted to authorize the election of an Emperor and/or Empress, who will take office on the first day of the Byzantine New Year, 1 September 2022 and reign for one year. Upon assuming office, the Emperor shall be titular head of state.

The Senate

Byzantium Novum is run by the Senate and all legislative power is held within the one august body. The Senate is led by the President of the Senate, assisted by the Clerk of the Senate. The President of the Senate also serves as Mesazōn, or Head of Government.

Imperial Ministries

The Senate has created imperial ministries focusing on certain aspects of governmental administration and address concerns about their specific areas. These Ministries are as follows:

  • Militarium: The Militarium, under the Grand Master of the Camp, is the official military forum for Byzantium Novum. This ministry is for discussions and study of Byzantine military history and reenacting.
  • Foreign Ministry: The Foreign Ministry, under the supervision of the Foreign Minister, is responsible for two main functions: establishing foreign relations with other nations (including microstates) and similar entities and also for encouraging the study of historical neighbors of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Chancellery: The Grand Chancellor is the senior administrative official within the Imperium Institutionum (αυτοκρατορική υπηρεσίες), and pursuant thereto shall coordinate all imperial ministries. Further, the Grand Chancellor shall be the Clerk of the Senate.
  • Orthodox Church: The Church of Byzantium Novum, under the Grand Prelate of the Church of Byzantium Novum, is responsible for all Christian religious study and observances within the Empire.
  • Classical Church: The Classical Church of Byzantium Novum, under the Pontifex Maximus, is responsible for all classical religious study and observances within the Empire.
  • Chamberlaincy: The Chamberlaincy, under the Grand Chamberlain of the Empire, is the main forum for Byzantine Cultural Subjects in Byzantium Novum, including all the arts and sciences of the era. All topics of Byzantine arts, science, music, costuming, writing, literature, architecture, philosophy, etc.
  • Treasury: The Treasury Ministry, under the supervision of the Grand Treasurer of the Empire, will be responsible for collecting the funds of the Empire and ensuring they are safeguarded, spent in accordance with Senate guidelines, and audited at least once annually and will be responsible for establishing financial guidelines to effect the smooth functioning of the regional and local groups of the Empire.
  • Chartulary: The Chartulary, under the Grand Chartulary of the Empire, is responsible for recruiting and assisting new members in integrating themselves into the Empire and for establishing recruiting and new members’ integration guidelines to effect the smooth functioning of the regional and local groups of the Empire as well as media relations. When it is fully established, the Chartulary is responsible for Counts’ School and the New Groups Handbook. The Chartulary may appoint regional deputies called “Grand Ostiaries” when required.

All Ministries are outlined in the Constitution of the Empire of Byzantium Novum as well as in the Administrative Handbook.

Foreign Relations

Foreign Ministry

The Empire of Byzantium Novum only enters into formal relationships with a Mutual Recognition Treaty (MRT) with other nations after all of the official criteria for the relationship has been established. Additionally, the Empire may enter into relationships with a more informal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that addresses specific areas of a limited formal relationship between the nations.

The foreign relations for Byzantium Novum is conducted through the Foreign Ministry and is the responsibility of the Foreign Minister. The roles of the Foreign Ministry are:

  1. To establish and maintain foreign relations with foreign governments and organizations
  2. To encourage the study of the historical neighbors and successor states of the Byzantine Empire

The Foreign Ministry completes these tasks by using the following roles to help the Foreign Minister:

  • Deputy Foreign Minister
  • Chief-of-Staff
  • Asst. Deputy Foreign Ministers (4)
  • Foreign Ministry Legates
  • Ambassadors
Current Foreign Relations List of Nations
Name of Nation Year Treaty Type Status
Kingdom of Ouriana 7527 MRT Active
Westartica 7527 MRT Active
Empire of Cassiopeia 7527 MRT Active
Kingdom of Macalos 7527 MRT Active
Karno-Ruthenian Empire 7527 MRT Active
Kingdom of Imvrassia 7528 MRT Active
Kingdom of Atlia 7528 MOU Active
The Principality of Scotia 7528 MRT Active
The League of Hellenistic Micronations 7528 MOU Active

Regional and Local Governance

  • Ducates are regional groups with 21 or more members, sufficient officers to cover all areas of responsibility, an approved heraldic device, a record of activity, and one or more subordinate themes. Each ducate is governed by a duke or duchess (see below). They will be designated “Ducate of NNN”, where NNN is the name they have submitted after it has been approved by the Grand Chancellor on behalf of the Senate. These names may be in Greek, Latin or English and should not be a historical place. An example is “Ducate of Boyna.”
  • Exarchates are regional groups with 25 or more members, sufficient officers to cover all areas of responsibility, an approved heraldic device, a record of activity, and may contain one or more subordinate themes. Each exarchate is governed by an exarch. Exarchates will be designated “Exarchate of NNN”, where NNN is the name they have submitted after it has been approved by the Grand Chancellor on behalf of the Senate. These names may be in Greek, Latin, English or the native language of the country in which they are created and should not be a historical place. An example is “Exarchate of Boyna.” Exarchs are entitled to non-voting membership in the Senate upon election and retain it for the duration of their tenure as exarchs. Exarchates are designed to be created in areas of the world where English is not widely spoken, and business must be conducted in the local language. Exarchs must be conversant in English.
  • Major themes are local groups with 16 or more citizens, sufficient officers to cover all areas of responsibility, an approved heraldic device and a record of activity. Each major theme is governed by a strategos (see below). Major themes will be designated “Theme of NNN”, where NNN is the name they have submitted after it has been approved by the Grand Chancellor on behalf of the Senate. Major themes may fall under a regional group (theme or exarchate) or be autonomous, under the control of the Senate. These names may be in Greek, Latin or English and should not be a historical place. An example is “Theme of Boyna.”
  • Minor themes are local groups with five or more citizens and a minimum of two officers (governor as well as chancellor, chamberlain, treasurer, tribune, chartulary or chaplain). Each minor theme is governed by a strategos (see below). Minor themes will be designated “Theme of NNN”, where NNN is the name they have submitted after it has been approved by the Grand Chancellor on behalf of the Senate. Minor themes may fall under a regional group (theme or exarchate) or be autonomous, under the control of the Senate. These names may be in Greek, Latin or English and should not be a historical place. An example is “Theme of Boyna.”

Duties of Administrators

  • Counts. The duty of a count is to recruit for Byzantium Novum, be a local point of contact for information, and help form themes and villages. Only one count will be appointed per US state, Canadian province, Russian Federal District, or foreign country, and usually each count will cover only one US state, Canadian province, Russian Federal District, country (this includes territories and federal districts) or foreign country; waivers may be obtained with good reason from the Grand Chartulary. Counts are supervised by the Grand Chartulary and should remain in contact with him.
  • Mayors. The duty of a mayor is to facilitate face to face meetings in area where several citizens (three or more) of Byzantium Novum reside. Typically, these will be urban or an exurban area with their surrounding suburbs, but it is not required. The area administered by a mayor is called a town or city. Mayors are supervised by their establishing group and, if not in a regional or local group, the Grand Chancellor.
  • Wardens (GR kleisourarches, LA praesis). The duty of a warden is to form a minor theme within one year (one additional year may be requested but no more). During that year, warden has responsibility to recruit additional officers, determine a name for the theme, and submit the request to form the theme. Wardens are appointed by the Grand Chancellor or any duke, exarch, or strategos of a major theme, who is required to notify the Senate, through the Grand Chancellor, of their appointment or dismissal. A warden may not form towns or cities, but may request formation through the Grand Chancellor or the governor with jurisdiction over the area. A warden is supervised by the appointing authority, although this duty may be delegated to the chief of staff in a regional group or major theme.

Economy

The Empire currently supports and online marketplace which makes up the economy of the nation.

Culture & Media

The culture of Byzantium Novum is made up of Greek and Mediterranean in nature. Also, due to the Empire's political jurisdictions belonging to several different ethnic and cultural groups, the Empire is a homogeneous European mix of people, languages and cultures.

The Chancellery publishes a quarterly newsletter called Basilica to inform the population and others who may read it about our Empire. Every issue includes proceedings from the officers, awards granted, news from around the Empire, updates on Imperial development, and rosters of: the Imperial Senate, the Imperial Ministries, governors, administrators (counts, mayors and wardens) as well as mailings lists and web presence. Additionally, the Chancellery publishes, on an annual basis, updates to the Administrative Handbook, the Taktikon (roster of awards and honors), the Epitome (atlas) and the Kletorologion (Roll of Arms). The Chancellery also polls the population for nominees to be Heroes of Byzantium Novum, who are voted on by the Senate and announced every Spring.

See also

  • Theme of Polieia Foinix

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