Empire of Pavlov

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Empire of Pavlov
Павлівська Імперія
Pavlivs'ka Imperijaa
Flag of the Empire of Pavlov
Flag
Smaller Coat of Arms of Pavlov
Smaller Coat of Arms
Motto: 
Царь Царів Царствующий над Царями (Imperial)
King of Kings, reigning over those who rule

P.E.I.O.U.P (civil)
Pavloviae est imperare orbi universo planae
It is Pavlov's destiny to rule the whole flat world

Welcome to Heaven on Flat Earth (tourism slogan)
Territories under Pavlovian administration
Location of territories under Pavlovian administration
Claimed spheres of influence in purple
CapitalAleksandropol
Official languagesUkrainian, Pavlovian English
Recognised national languagesSlovak, Dutch, Russian
Religion
DemonymPavlovian Rus' (official)
Pavlovian (common)
GovernmentAutocratic republican monarchy
• Monarch
HIM Emperor Alexander IV
• Consuls
HS Prince Khrystofor Slavomyrovych Drakonov
HI Count Eduard Robertovych Gunderov
LegislatureSenate
Independence
• Declared
8 July 2012
Area
• Total
0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)b
Population
• 2020 census
274c
CurrencyHryvnia (de jure)
Euro (de facto)
Time zoneCentral European Time (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST)
Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy (AM)
Drives on theright
Calling code+7 (proposed)
Patron saintsSt. Volodymyr the Baptizer (imperial)
St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki (national)
Internet TLD.pv (proposed)
  1. Official transliteration of the name.
  2. Excluding Antarctic claims
  3. 274 including citizens of Pavlov in the period 2013-2018

The Empire of Pavlov (Ukrainian: Павлівська Імперія), is a micronation with enclaves in the the Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, and Antarctica. It was founded in 2012 by Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin. The Empire of Pavlov has claimed itself a nation but it is not recognized as a country by the United Nations or any major government. It operates under the autocratic constitutional monarchy of its self-styled Emperor, Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin (Alexander IV).

History

The origins of Pavlov come from a micronation teenhood project, called The Kingdom of Pavlov, founded by Tezdzhan-Smahin and Tom Prins on July 8, 2012 as an experiment of how an absolute monarchy would function in the 21th century claiming a piece of Antarctica. In 2014 Pavlov was reformed into an Empire[1], joined the AMU[2], and adopted a predominantly Russian culture. In 2015 Pavlov focused on organizing Russophone summits in Moscow under the leadership of Yaroslav Mar (HIH Grand Prince Jaroslav), during this period Pavlov was well known for her social conservative policies[3]. In 2016 Pavlov focused on online micronationalism and numerous other micronations were annexed as semi-autonomous provinces[4], which led to its inactivity and ultimate downfall in 2018 after numerous unsuccessful revivals. In 2019 the former "Emperor" of Pavlov, Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin revived the micronation, and steadily redeveloped it up to old standards.

Rus' and Byzantine heritage

Pavlov claims to be the legitimate successor of the Kievan Rus since 2014[5], this can be seen from the adoption of Russkaya Pravda as civil code, the title of "Autocrat of all Rus'", the names of administrative divisions, the name of the Monarch, Alexander IV, being styled in a way of continuing the numeration of the Rus' Monarchs and many similar quirks.

The Pavlovian ruler assumed the title of Emperor (Ukrainian: Імператор) and Autokrator (Ukrainian: Самодержець)[6] to emphasize his claim to the Roman and Byzantine Imperial legacy. In a way similar to how Muscovy adopted Byzantine terms, rituals, titles, and emblems such as the double-headed eagle in 1472 after Ivan III married Sophia Palaiologina. The Pavlovians claim that since the Pavlovian Monarch remained the only legitimate ruler who can claim lineage from both the Third Romes (both Moscow and Istanbul), and that Pavlov was the Fourth Rome, becoming the final lineal successor to Rome, Constantinople and Rus, the three centers of Christianity and of the Roman Empires of earlier periods. The "Fourth Rome" concept would resonate in the self-image of the Pavlovian people in future years, with HIH Grand Prince Jaroslav proclaiming "Three Romes have fallen. The Fourth Rome still lives in our souls[..]"[7]

Alexander IV citing his claim on the title of Emperor to his connection to the three imperial bloodlines. As in Ottoman times it was already a well considered fact that "if Rome and Byzantium represented two of the three international traditions of imperial legitimacy, the blood of Genghis Khan was the third".[8] The Pavlovians consider Tezdzhan-Smahin the legitimate 183rd Roman Emperor[9], his claim to the title was recognized by the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia in the Treaty of Dionysopol and in the subsequent Treaty of Theodosia also by HIM Emperor Wilhelm I.

Territory

Pavlov is regarded by the founder as a socio-cultural project, as was incorporated as a Dutch non-governmental organization to achieve this goal. The land plots claimed as "sovereign territory" by Pavlov in the the Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, and Antarctica are ceremonial claims and part of Pavlov's "cultural heritage". Pavlov has sent letters to the Governments in which they claim land, informing them of the ceremonialness of the claims and that they do not dispute the territorial integrity of the countries they claim land in. Pavlov considers herself a sovereign subject of international law around the "Imperial throne"[10].

Governance & administration

Pavlov is an autocratic constitutional monarchy, under the rule of the self-styled Emperor, Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin (Alexander IV). The Monarchy is mainly based on the office of Grand Prince of Kyiv and that of Emperor of the Roman "Byzantine" Empire under the Komnenos dynasty, the Angelos dynasty. It also bears some heritage from the Office of Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. As such the position is not hereditary in direct-male line, but the Senate upon the nomination of the Monarch picks the Heir apparent from the Imperial Family and adopted children of the Monarch.

The first-level administrative division in Pavlov is the Zemlja, based on the administrative divisions of Kievan Rus’. Zemlji are composed by the main and second-level subdivision, the Uyezd, an Uyezd is intended to encompass any Pavlovian territories, whether contiguous or not, resting within the same couple of square kilometer of land and water. Uyezds are further composed of Towns, and Manors. Zemlji are led by Princes, Uyezds by Counts and Towns and Manors by Barons.

Consuls

The two Consuls acts as Head of Government of the Empire of Pavlov. While the Empire is an autocracy in many ways, the Basic law of the Empire was written so that many of the Monarchs prerogatives can be used at will of the Consuls. The Consuls and Senate are two distinctive Roman governmental features Pavlov has. Unlike in many contemporary constitutional monarchies, the Monarch is not banned from serving as Head of Government in Pavlov. The term of a Consul is one year. List of Consuls:

Government

Pavlov doesn't have a specific number of available ministerial portfolios, in accordance with its principle to "find positions for people, not people for positions". In practice, this means that when a citizen knowledgeable in a particular field joins Pavlov, a ministerial position may be created especially for him, and disestablished if they resign or get dismissed. According to the Basic law of the Empire, the only fixed positions are those of the Consuls.

As of 2020, the following ministries exist:

  • Bureau of the Barbarians, responsible for coordination between Pavlov and foreign countries and organizations, responsible for subjectship applications.
  • Secretariate of Minorities, responsible for the protection of minorities.

In addition, Pavlov has one independent agency which is part of the executive but not part of the Cabinet:

  • Oprichnina, responsible for the protection of law and order, for foreign intelligence, security and investigations

Economy

The Empire has a tiny market economy. Currently, the only two company operating in Pavlov is the Pavlovian Export-Import Bank and the Imperial Post (both for 66% owned by the Emperor). The currency of Pavlov is the Hryvnia. Pavlov is completely reliant on imported goods and services provided by bordering countries. The only active sector in Pavlov is the IT sector and since recently an e-banking solution for the Pavlovian Hryvnia. There are plans being made for an upstart agricultural sector to start developing wine and the generation of solar energy.

Culture

Pavlovian culture is largely influenced by the Ukrainian, Greek and Western-Turkish Culture. Most of the "citizens" of Pavlov practice a serious form of Chalcedonian Christianity in various denominations (60%). There is also a recognized Muslim minority in Pavlov. Chalcedonian Christianity (the Christianity of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches) is the official and state religion of Pavlov. The Empire celebrates fourteen public holidays each year, many of which are Christian feast days, the annual date of the religious holidays is determined by Imperial edict.

As part of being a Monarchy, Pavlov instituted "nobility", which exists because of the medieval character of the micronation, the political system (feudalism), and explicitly not from ambition to create titles. As such neither the founder nor the "citizens" use them outside the community of micronations. Over the course of 8 years, Pavlov instituted numerous orders of knighthood, the most notable being the Order of the Flat Earth, first founded in 2015. Flat earthism being one of the tongue-in-cheek "quirks" of the Empire.

One of the other quirks of the Empire is her ironic attachment to ultra-conservative policies such as banning homosexuality (while having 2 gay Senators), the banning of shaving of beards and the banning of not drinking Vodka.

National symbols

Pavlov's flag is a horizontal bicolor of blue and white, symbolizing the eternal blue sky above and the virgin Pavlovian lands down. Pavlov's coat of arms features the imperial double-headed eagle (facing west - Rome and east - Constantinople) carrying in the escutcheon the arms of Kyiv, Sibir, Novgorod the Great, Qazan and the Tetragrammic cross. In chief it contains the Imperial eagle. The eagle carrying in its paws a discus cruciger, a labarum and a scepter. A so-called "Greater" coat of arms also exists, having the ordinary coat of arms on top of a "flat earth" with 4 columns symbolizing the end of the earth, and the disc leaning on top of 4 elephants.

Eras

Pavlov as a community has had several incarnations, with the modern Empire of Pavlov being the last of them.

Era Full Organization Name Length of Era Notes Leaders
University 8 July 2012 - 19 April 2013 Kingdom of Pavlov 285 days The Kingdom of Pavlov was founded on 8 July 2012 as a new nation project experimenting with absolute monarchy. As membership in the government grew over the course of late 2012, Pavlov experimented with other types of government, including a short period as a republic, before finally becoming a constitutional monarchy in December. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Tom Prins, Viktor Rusch
Lostislandic 19 April 2013 - 10 May 2013 Federation of Pavlov 21 days On 19 April 2013, the Federal Republic of Lostisland was established and former Lostislandic Yaroslav Mar was selected to serve as Federal President while Tezdzhan-Smahin was selected to serve as Prime Minister. Pavlov was integrated within the new union as the Federation of Pavlov. Yaroslav Mar, Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin
Pavlov not existing (553 days)
Start-up 14 September 2014 - 30 September 2014 Grand Principality of Pavlov 16 days On 14 September, the Tezdzhan-Smahin was allowed by the Antarctic Micronational Union to assert sovereignty over the Antarctic claims of the former Grand Principality of Snežanopol and established the Grand Principality of Pavlov. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Yaroslav Mar
Golden 30 September 2014 - 21 June 2016 Empire of Pavlov 630 days It was in this era that the idea of Pavlov being the fourth Rome and legal successor to Kyivan Rus' were enacted and started. During this period, the Empire co-hosted numerous summits in Moscow, with members of the Russophone community such as the Federal Republic of Lostisland, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Nadiria, the Republic of Eslande and the Kingdom of Nazir represented. During 2015, the Empire followed an isolationist foreign policy and mostly concentrated on internal development. In late 2015, the Emperor and Autocrat commissioned a new anthem to be composed by a famous Russian composer and the development of a new, innovative eGovernment portal. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Jaroslaw Andriewsky, Yaroslav Mar
Downfall 21 June 2016 - 4 February 2017 228 days In June 2016, the Emperor and Autocrat Alexander IV ratified a new Constitution for the empire. The treaty with Lostisland was voided after tensions rise between Yaroslav Mar and Tezdzhan-Smahin. In late 2016, Pavlov rapidly expanded following the peaceful annexations of Hasanistan, Carpathia, Akebar and other regions. On 12 October, a new government was appointed by the Emperor, led by Krishtof von Drakon. On 3 December a plot planned by Pavle Savovic was uncovered which would have turned Pavlov into a "Pavlist" dictatorship. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Kristof Fondrk
Revivals 4 February 2017 - 31 October 2018 634 days Pavlov was disestablished soon after the plot was uncovered. Numerous attempts to revival were taking place in this era, all of them equally unsuccessful. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Kristof Fondrk, Christian Newton
Pavlov not existing (210 days)
Montescano 29 May 2019 - 12 June 2020 Principality of Montescano 380 days Montescano was founded in May 2019 to re-enter micronational politics, during this period many old friendships were revived and some were destroyed. Since the earliest foundation of Montescano calls were made by citizens at reviving the Empire and re-asserting the Imperial claim. Montescano was known for a extensive online legislature, unlike the more autocratic Pavlovian projects. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Kristof Fondrk
Current 12 June 2020 - Present Empire of Pavlov  1 month Current era, the Imperial claim was re-asserted and the name of the state became the Empire of Pavlov which it had been for over 1492 days. Dionisiy Tezdzhan-Smahin, Yaroslav Mar, Kristof Fondrk, Ned Gunderson


Gallery

References

  1. "Decree On the Recognition of the Empire of Pavlov" (PDF). Lostisland News. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. Lonely Planet Kids (2015). You Rule!: Create Your Own Country (Lonely Planet Kids). Lonely Planet. p. 13. ISBN 978-1743607848. 
  3. Ingemarsson, Frida (14 January 2018). "Mikronationer – långvariga lajv eller blodigt allvar?" [Micronations - larping or bloody serious?]. Uttryck Magazine. Ekonomikum, Uppsala, Sweden. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  4. Stephen M. Bland (2016). DOES IT YURT? Travels in Central Asia Or How I Came to Love the Stans. Hertfordshire Press Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 978-1910886298. 
  5. Napalkov S.V., Valeeva E.V., Hussainov T.M. (2019) (in Russian). Russian world: Dynamics of scientific knowledge. National State Research University of Nizhny Novgorod. p. 243. ISBN 978-5-604237625. 
  6. Cazimir Qërimbaşy (22 December 2014). "Grozny granted titles of Imperator and Augustus". Pavlovian Pravda. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  7. Yaroslav Mar (11 June 2020). "It's time to bring Pavlov back". Pavlovian Pravda. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  8. Sebag Montefiore (2000). Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312278151. 
  9. Devotshëm, Njeri (2020). Orientism: a Pavlovian ideology. University of St. Ahmed the Calligrapher. p. 7. 
  10. "Frequently asked questions". Official website of Pavlov

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