Essexian Embassy to Spain
The Embassy of the Commonwealth of Essexia to the Kingdom of Spain is the unaccredited diplomatic mission of the Commonwealth of Essexia to the Kingdom of Spain, and also serves as the base of operations for an Essexian delegation when they are present in the country. It does not maintain a permanent presence due to the lack of manpower to do so, but the building is owned by the family of Lord Matthew, and is often staffed for several weeks in the summer.
The embassy was established on 23 July 2019, and is located in Alicante.
Essexia does not claim diplomatic immunity and extraterritoriality for its embassies, and so its staff have no diplomatic protection whatsoever. When present, the staff adhere to Spanish law, rather than Essexian law.
Spain does not officially recognise the Commonwealth of Essexia, and has therefore not acknowledged the embassy. However, locals often ask about the flag which flies from the terrace roof of the property, which is explained by a sign by the entry gate written in both English and Spanish. The Embassy serves a ceremonial purpose and is also used as a de facto embassy to the European Union, as it is the only Essexian embassy in the European Union.
The embassy is located in Orihuela, Alicante - the Mediterranean Sea is within 10km of the property, and Alicante airport is within 20km; both of which are visible from the terrace. The property has served as a holiday home for the family of Lord Matthew for several years, however was only inaugurated as an embassy from 23 July 2019 in a private ceremony. The only Essexian to ever visit the property has been Lord Matthew, with several visits from the Emperor and Foreign Minister currently being planned.
It is the first and only foreign embassy of Essexia. It is also the only building, anywhere within the Commonwealth of Essexia, to have a permanent flag presence at the roof of the building - although the flag is not hoisted when there is not a delegation present. Most notably, the embassy was the location of the first Essexian diplomatic contact with both Spaniards and Europeans, who were the next door neighbours of the property. Lord Matthew and his father introduced the guests into the embassy, and introduced some aspects of Essexia to them, and they enjoyed a meal and evening entertainment.