Empire of Førvania
| Empire of Førvania |
Small, but Proud and Glorious
O Glorious Førvania
| 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
|- Emperor||Stephen I & Jean I|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- TBD|
|- Last election||- November 10, 2015|
|Established||Founded March 10, 2015, declared independence June 16, 2015|
|Time zone||AEST, AEDT|
|National sport||Association football, snail racing|
|National dish||Pasta carbonara|
The Empire of Førvania was a gathering of enclaves that claimed 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 were in the Yarra Valley, one in Ballarat, and one which was 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.
The name 'Førvania' comes from the Swedish 'förvåna', which means amaze, astonish, surprise.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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||Samuel Awesome||Nicholai is Awesome Party||March 12, 2015||March 26, 2015||14 days|
|II||Alec Mole||Nicholai is Awesome Party||March 26, 2015||April 13, 2015||18 days|
|(I)||Samuel Awesome||Nicholai is Awesome Party||April 13, 2015||April 15, 2015||2 days (16 days total)|
|III||Jake Smith||Nicholai is Awesome Party||April 15, 2015||April 22, 2015||7 days|
|(II)||Alec Mole||Nicholai is Awesome Party||April 22, 2015||May 15, 2015||23 days (total 41 days)|
|IV||Willis Morrison||Independent||May 15, 2015||June 22, 2015||38 days|
|(II)||Alec Mole||Nicholai is Awesome Party||June 22, 2015||August 5, 2015||44 days (total 85 days)|
|V||Kaitlin||The Purples||August 5, 2015||August 7, 2015||2 days|
|(II)||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||Kealy||Quadpap||September 5, 2015||November 10, 2015||66 days|
|VII||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||Cameron||Central Allambi Territory||June 6, 2016||Incumbent||0 days as of June 6, 2016|
|#||Photo||Name||Party||Time in office start||Time in office end||Duration|
|IX||Nicholai Fredriksson||Democratic Socialist Party of Førvania||September 7, 2016||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|
|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
- All member states of the United Nations
- The Principality of Sealand
- The Empire of Austenasia
- All nations that have diplomatic relations with Førvania
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:
- Helmas, since March 30, 2015
- Empire of Paravia, since March 31, 2015
- Mcarthia, since April 1, 2015
- Kingdom of Ruthenia, since April 8, 2015
- Nationalist Republic of the North Atlantic, since April 12, 2015
- Kingdom of Cupland, since April 24, 2015
- Faction System of Estremitá, since May 1, 2015
- Kingdom Of Oryland, since May 1, 2015
- Thegn-Hold of Siar Fordell, since May 1, 2015
- Nedland, since May 10, 2015
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.
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.
|Climate data for Coldstream Airfield, Victoria, Australia (since 1994)|
|Record high °C||43.4||44.8||39.2||33.3||26.4||22||22.5||23.3||28.3||34||37.7||40.9||44.8|
|Average high °C||27.8||27.8||25||20.4||16.6||14.0||13.3||14.8||17.3||19.7||22.7||24.9||20.4|
|Average low °C||11.8||12||9.6||6.8||5.5||4.1||3.8||4.4||5.5||6.6||8.8||9.6||7.4|
|Record low °C||0.9||2.4||-1.7||-3.3||-3.2||-5.8||-4.5||-5.8||-3.6||-3.8||-0.8||0.4||−5.8|
|Average Rainfall mm||42.2||56.2||47.1||60.9||65.7||65.1||63.7||68.5||69.1||64.1||69.1||55||727.6|
|Record high °F||110.1||112.6||102.6||91.9||79.5||72||72.5||73.9||82.9||93||99.9||105.6||112.6|
|Average high °F||82||82||77||68.7||61.9||57.2||55.9||58.6||63.1||67.5||72.9||76.8||68.7|
|Average low °F||53.2||54||49.3||44.2||41.9||39.4||38.8||39.9||41.9||43.9||47.8||49.3||45.3|
|Record low °F||33.6||36.3||28.9||26.1||26.2||21.6||23.9||21.6||25.5||25.2||30.6||32.7||21.6|
|Average rainfall inches||1.661||2.213||1.854||2.398||2.587||2.563||2.508||2.697||2.72||2.524||2.72||2.17||28.646|
Førvania uses the Australian dollar.
|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|
|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.
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.
The arts have not made much progress as part of Førvania. However, there are several young writers amongst the nation.
Førvania has only one major form of media: a YouTube channel. A new newspaper, the Imperial Chronicle, is in the pipeline.
- Pseudonymous last name, used for privacy reasons
- The exact date is unknown, but April 22 is used as a date for calculation.
- As Acting Governor until October 14, 2016.