Empire of Førvania

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Empire of Førvania
Forvania Flag.jpgFørvania coat of arms.jpg

Motto
Small, but Proud and Glorious
Anthem
O Glorious Førvania
Førvanian territories.jpeg Map of Førvania's claims in Victoria, Australia
Capital city De jure: Paaoma
De facto: Førvanian embassy to Australia
Largest city By population: Paaoma
By area: West Victoria Island
Official language(s) English
Short name Forvania
Demonym Førvanian
Government Constitutional monarchy
- Emperor Stephen I & Jean I
- Governor TBD
Legislature Leithtoga House
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - TBD
- Last election - November 10, 2015
Established Founded March 10, 2015, declared independence June 16, 2015
Area claimed 0.0057km²
Population 23
Currency Australian dollar
Time zone AEST, AEDT
National sport Association football, snail racing
National dish Pasta carbonara
National animal Duck

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The Empire of Førvania was a gathering of enclaves that claims to be a sovereign state, but was referred to by the outside world as a micronation. Founded on March 10, 2015, in a geography classroom, by Nicholai Fredriksson, it claimed a total of seven enclaves in Victoria, Australia, five of which are in the Yarra Valley[1], one in Ballarat, and one which is in Hamilton. Førvania declared independence on June 16 of that year, and went on to receive a high status, being ranked 14th in the Most Influential Micronations List. Førvania was a former member of the Nollandish Confederacy, a founding member of the United Australian Micronations, and was formerly a member of the United Micronations that was founded in 2014. Førvania has inspired at least five other mostly short-lived micronations, most of which have immediately declared war on Førvania. It went defunct in December 2016.

Etymology

The name 'Førvania' comes from the Swedish 'förvåna', which means amaze, astonish, surprise.

History

Main article: History of Førvania

Prehistory

The land in which Førvania's capital is based on was initially owned by the Wurundjeri tribe of Indigenous Australians, who inhabited the area around 30,000 years ago. However, on January 26, 1788, the British Empire claimed much of Australia as the Colony of New South Wales.

In 1835, John Batman founded the city of Melbourne by signing a treaty with the indigenous people of that area. This became the capital city of the colony of Victoria when it was established in 1851. Australia eventually became an independent country in 1901.

Beginnings of a nation

In February 2002, Nicholai Fredriksson[2] was born in a suburb of Melbourne. In July 2009, he moved near the location of what is now Førvania, and noticed two islands based in lakes nearby. There were plenty of ideas thought of, but none of them came to fruition.

In 2012, Fredriksson read about the Principality of Sealand, and was subsequently inspired to begin his own nation, however, no nation was ever officially founded until 2015. That year, Fredriksson went to high school, and made friends with other students including Alec and Nicholas. In a geography lesson held on March 10, 2015, the computer that Fredriksson was using failed to work, so he shared his ideas with others, and officially founded the Empire of Førvania.

2015

Many significant events happened throughout the first few months of Førvania's existence. In March, Samuel was declared as the first Prime Minister, and fended off a challenger in the election held two weeks later, before leaving the country to be replaced by Alec. Alec was removed from the post for throwing wet sand at the Emperor in The Battle of Phillip Island, but replaced the other PM 10 days later.

In June 2015, Førvania officially declared independence from the Commonwealth of Australia, the macronation in which it is based. Two new territories were claimed in June and July, the Central Allambi Territory and West Victoria Island.

In August, Emperor Nicholai took a short break from being the Emperor, due to some immense stress. Two people in the Empire took this as the perfect opportunity to start a rebellion including the then-Prime Minister Alec, which led to the Emperor taking back the throne and defeating the rebellion. Later that month, the territory of Holesberg was annexed.

Since September, the Empire has been rather stable, with a state of calm previously unseen in the nation appearing. Minimal notable events occured, but Førvania was admitted to the Nollandish Confederacy, a war with the Moleland Republic that had been going on came to a close shortly after the Skirmish of Quadpap, and the Prime Minister, Kealy, declined to stand for election in 2016, causing the election to be bought forward to November. This election was won by Aaron.

In December 2015, the Emperor announced on the MicroWiki Forum that Førvania was considering adopting an isolationist policy, however, this did not carry through.

2016

In May 2016, Aaron, the Prime Minister, resigned from his role, which caused a month of instability which was finally resolved in June with the appointment of Sir Cameron, MP for the Central Allambi Territory.

On September 7, 2016, Nicholai I abdicated as Emperor, meaning the role was passed to his grandparents, Stephen I & Jean I.

Administrative Divisions

Førvania currently claims eight territories throughout the Australian state of Victoria. All of these territories are self sufficient, but they are organised into burghs, which are in turn organised into provinces. This is largely for purposes of nobility.

List of Førvanian Territories

Province of Nyja Iceland

Burgh of Western Yarrastad
Burgh of Eastern Yarrastad
Burgh of Greater Allambi

Province of Vasteria

Government and Politics

Førvanian politics is based on a constitutional monarchy system. Parliament consists of a Member of Parliament for each State, as well as the Monarch. One of the MPs is chosen to be the Prime Minister. The Members of Parliament are elected every November, using a preferential voting system, by the citizens of their State and the affiliated Territories. In the next February, the entire nation votes amongst the MPs for who will be the Prime Minister. All Acts are voted upon by the Members of Parliament and the Monarch. In the event of a tie, 2-2, the Monarch's vote is the deciding one.

Monarchs

Heads of Government

Prior to August 2016, Førvania was led by a Prime Minister.

Prime Ministers (2015-2016)
# Photo Name Party Time in office start Time in office end Duration
I PM Ensign.jpg Samuel Awesome Nicholai is Awesome Party March 12, 2015 March 26, 2015 14 days
II Alec Mole.jpeg Alec Mole Nicholai is Awesome Party March 26, 2015 April 13, 2015 18 days
(I) PM Ensign.jpg Samuel Awesome Nicholai is Awesome Party April 13, 2015 April 15, 2015 2 days (16 days total)
III Jake Smith.png Jake Smith Nicholai is Awesome Party April 15, 2015 April 22, 2015[3] 7 days
(II) Alec Mole.jpeg Alec Mole Nicholai is Awesome Party April 22, 2015 May 15, 2015 23 days (total 41 days)
IV Willis.jpg Willis Morrison Independent May 15, 2015 June 22, 2015 38 days
(II) Alec Mole.jpeg Alec Mole Nicholai is Awesome Party June 22, 2015 August 5, 2015 44 days (total 85 days)
V PM Ensign.jpg Kaitlin The Purples August 5, 2015 August 7, 2015 2 days
(II) Alec Mole.jpeg Alec Mole Nicholai is Awesome Party August 7, 2015 September 1, 2015 33 days (total 118 days)
There was no Prime Minister from September 1-4, 2015 while a referendum was going ahead. After this, the organisation was changed, with it being based on state rather than party.
# Photo Name State Time in office start Time in office end Duration
VI PM Ensign.jpg Kealy Quadpap September 5, 2015 November 10, 2015 66 days
VII PM Ensign.jpg Aaron Mrs Kaspar is Awesome Island November 10, 2015 May 12, 2016 184 days
Between May 13 and June 5, there was no Prime Minister.
VIII PM Ensign.jpg Cameron Central Allambi Territory June 6, 2016 Incumbent 0 days as of June 6, 2016
Governors (2016-present)
# Photo Name Party Time in office start Time in office end Duration
IX Nicholai Fredriksson Democratic Socialist Party of Førvania September 7, 2016[4] Incumbent 40 days as of October 17, 2016

Composition of Parliament for 2016

Monarch: HRH Emperor Nicholai I
Prime Minister: The Rt Hon. Sir Cameron, MP (Central Allambi Territory) Deputy: The Hon. Dame Lee, MP
State MP Deputy
Paaoma The Hon. Dame Lee, MP The Hon. Sir Riley, DMP
Mrs Kaspar is Awesome Island TBD
Central Allambi Territory The Rt Hon. Sir Cameron, MP Sir Stephen, DMP
Holesberg The Hon. Sir Cameron, MP (Holesberg) TBD

Nations recognised by Førvania

Diplomatic relations

On May 22 2016, the parliament of Førvania passed an act adopting an isolationist policy, which led to the withdrawal of Førvania from diplomatic relations with other states. At the time of this policy, Førvania had relations with the following countries:

Førvanian relations with Australia

Førvania naturally has a strong bond with Australia, as all of its citizens were previously Australians. However, some Australians have been rather antagonistic towards Førvania, at one point tearing down a sign on the Quadpap-Australia border[5].

Military

Førvania has no defence force, as an act to pass it was defeated in Parliament. However, in times of emergency, Emperor Nicholai will defend the nation.

Geography and Climate

Førvania has a temperate oceanic climate, like the rest of southeast mainland Australia. The nearest weather station maintained by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is on Coldstream Airfield.

Economy

Førvania uses the Australian dollar.

Culture

Flag

Flag of the Empire of Førvania
See adjacent text.
Use National flag
Proportion 1:2
Adopted August 1, 2015 (modified December 16, 2015)
Design A yellow Nordic cross on a red background, with the two sections to the left of the vertical side of the cross being sky blue.
Designed by Emperor Nicholai I
See adjacent text.
Use National ensign National ensign
Proportion 1:2
Adopted December 16, 2015
Design A yellow Nordic cross on a red background, with the two sections to the left of the vertical side of the cross being sky blue. Has a swallowtail with tongue design.
Designed by Emperor Nicholai I


The flag of the Empire of Førvania is a yellow Nordic Cross on a red background. However, in what is believed to be a unique feature, the two sections to the left of the cross are sky blue. The original version of the flag was red, with a yellow cross, and featured an orange eagle on it. This was changed in August 2015 due to it being made with an online flag generator, which other members of the community tended to regard this as an unprofessional approach.

Cuisine

The cuisine of Førvania is rather simple. It varies, but it is mostly based on the cuisine of Australia. At the embassy to Australia, breakfast is typically cereal, whereas lunch is usually a sandwich. Dinner tends to fall into several categories, with the staples being pasta, peas, corn, and fish in various forms.

Arts

The arts have not made much progress as part of Førvania. However, there are several young writers amongst the nation.

National traditions

Sport

Media

Førvania has only one major form of media: a YouTube channel. A new newspaper, the Imperial Chronicle, is in the pipeline.

References

  1. For privacy reasons, we cannot tell you anymore
  2. Pseudonymous last name, used for privacy reasons
  3. The exact date is unknown, but April 22 is used as a date for calculation.
  4. As Acting Governor until October 14, 2016.
  5. http://empireofforvania.weebly.com/news/frvanian-border-post-sign-torn-down-by-australian-civilians
  6. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_086383_All.shtml