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This article details the history of Theodia at and shortly after the time of its founding, covering the time from April 2010 to June 2011. In the context of the greater MicroWiki(a) community, this places this period of Theodian history as occurring during and between the Late Lethlerism Era and the Tension Era. Unlike most of its history, Theodia during this time played a fairly active role in intermicronational politics, engaging in multiple supramicronational organizations and signing quite a few treaties.
Theodia was founded as a kingdom during the spring of the Late Lethlerism Era, at the time known as the "New Boom".
After many months of constantly thinking about making a better nation, "one that upholds the long-lost work ethic of America, one who truly cares about its subjects, one that abhors multiculturalism within one nation, and one that advocates Integrity and Truth; an example for all other nations, micro and macro", Hirs Grace, Quing Swena, founded the Kingdom of Theodia on 2010-04-22. As se said on the matter, in 2010, "I knew that this would not be easy – in fact, nearly impossible – but someone has to do it." Thus, the Kingdom of Theodia was founded as an absolute non-hereditary monarchy until a constitution could be written, after which, it was intended to become a "Centristic, Meritocratic, Demarchial, Monocultural, Non-Secular, Constitutional, Parliamentary, Non-Hereditary, Monarchial, Unitary, Micronation-State".
At Theodia's inception, Swena theorized what might constitute the proper foundations of a nation, and decided upon these four: language, culture, religion, and government; and this came to be known as hir "Tripartite Approach" to creating a nation.
- Formation of a national language
Swena believed language to be the most powerful tool available to create a separate, unique nation, and as the ultimate divider and unifier of cultures. So, one of the first things that se did to found the Theodian nation was to begin creating the Theodian cultural language, Theodian. It was to be designed with the advancements of modern cognitive linguistics in mind, so that Theodians may have something special to think in and communicate with.
From the beginning, Theodians have also spoken a special variety of English that has evolved alongside Theodian culture.
- Formation of a national culture
Swena believed that one of the most important contributors to a nation's ultimate survival is a strong culture. Theodian culture has developed many interesting traits through the years. Dozenal math and ternary logic are mainstays of the society, as are the lack of gender-roles and gendered language. The society is also amorous, which, in addition to the lack of gender-roles, has created some interesting familial relationships. Overall, Theodians are generally proud to be Theodian and have great hopes for their country, even if they don't have the time to actively contribute, themselves.
- Formation of a national religion
Swena considered religion to be another very important unifier and divider of people. The original constitution had an intense system of religious freedoms and restrictions based on similarities and differences between religions, with the most dominant religion becoming the national religion. This system was controversial, but believed by some to preserve and enhance monoculturalism in Theodia.
In modern Theodia, organized religion plays no formal role in society. Theodian citizens generally focus on personal beliefs and spiritual development rather than on adherence to religious doctrine, and are very open to each other, even where dramatic differences in belief exist.
At this time, founder Swena styled hirmself as "His Grace, King Svenn Bradsson Schroeder I".
- Istorian-Erusian War
Quing Swena formally condemned Istoria's war against Erusia to the Theodian public, stating, "It is a wholly unnecessary and absolutely ludicrous action. Erusia has given Istoria no cause to war, and Istoria has no reason, whatsoever, to declare war on Erusia. We condemn this pseudo-conflict, and hope that Istoria will avoid making such rash and unwise decisions in the future." (comment claimed to have been written originally in Theodian) Quing Swena later told Istoria that their reasons were "against Sun Tzu" and that it would be impossible for them to make any money off of the conflict, and that the thought of doing so was crazy. Quing Swena commonly refered to the war as a "joke".
- The end of Erusia
Quing Swena was appalled by the actions of PtrCancer and supported movements to de-admin hirm and to remove hirm from the community stating, "We, as a micronational community, cannot go on with any true notion of integrity if this scumbag is allowed to remain in our community. Such lies should not be tolerated, nor easily forgiven, and if he'll do it once, he'll darn sure do it again. Kick him out. It's bad enough that macronations are so willing to lie. the last thing we need is one of our own doing the same. Again, kick him out." Theodia officially unrecognised Erusia on the day of its defaming (2010-07-29), and updated their MicroWiki articles several days later. Note the use of the archaic 'him' in the comment; in current Theodian English, this has been replaced by 'hirm'.
- The founding of the Runic Union
The Kingdoms of Theodia and West Germania forged an alliance and created the Runic Union for the advancement of Germanic cultures and nations within the intermicronational community.
- The first Theodian expansion
On 2010-06-08 or 2010-08-06, the Kingdom of Theodia expanded to the Spanish version of MicroWikia. It was somewhat active in that community for a time and helped out the Republic of Undercity in its early days. It has since become defunct.
- The Starlandic Civil War
The Kingdom of Theodia had originally declared its support for the rebels, "After much consideration." There were many reasons given for this, among them the legalization of marijuana and attempts by Starland to annex Erusia as a province, with Lethler as the leader. Quing Swena had said that the rebels may help to bring stability to "this unstable and corrupted nation". Also, Quing Swena was astonished by King Nik's scandal, where King Nik stole the throne of Starland from the legitimate ruler, the 'Eternal' Queen Star after promising to give it back to her. But the main reason, the one that prompted the Kingdom of Theodia to stick their noses into the matter, was the prospect of Robert Lethler re-entering the micronational community. However, the Quing later found out that Theodia had been misinformed and nearly all of their reasons for supporting the rebels were based upon false information. The quing then switched the nation to a neutral position in the conflict.
- The Draco Republic scandal
The Draco Republic had declared war meaninglessly upon several micronations in September. The Kingdom of Theodia, along with many other micronational entities, in response, declared an embargo upon the Draco Republic so as to pressure the nation into surrendering and making amends for its crimes. This was the first time that the Kingdom of Theodia had ever declared an embargo of any kind upon any entity. The Theodian national DEFCON level was raised to 1 during this period of time - the highest it has ever been set in Theodian history. Quing Swena, strongly opposed the deletion of the nation's article, stated:
|“||...We must never either delete or change history. To do so would be to 'pull a 1984'. This article cannot be deleted, lest we, as a community, aim to become no better than Big Brother. Speakwrite, anyone?..||”|
Quing Swena then went on to personally improve the quality of the "Draconian article" with a little help from other micronations with similar views of the issue, whilst advocating the eventual locking of the article in the stead of simply deleting it and making it as if it never was. In the end, however, the article was deleted and not locked. Quing Swena was duly disappointed, considering the event to be a loss of history.
- The formation of political parties within Theodia
Quing Swena wanted political parties for Theodia in order to help organize hirs subjects by their political stances. However, se wanted to avoid some of the emotional baggage and stereotyping already associated with many of the more commonly used party names. After much thought, the Quing suddenly came up with the idea of naming the Theodian Political parties after the five classical elements of the West, with Æther (Spirit) representing centrism and balance, Ignis (Fire) representing both realism and authoritarianism, Aër (Air) representing liberalism and capitalism, Aqua (Water) representing idealism and libertarianism, and Terra (Earth) representing conservativism and socialism. The formation of the five political parties began on Wednesday 2010-09-22. Flags had been made for all of the parties by Saturday, 2010-09-25. These were the only political parties allowed in the Kingdom of Theodia. Their meanings changed during the second constitutional convention.
- The Atlantis Civil War
Commenting on the war-hype of the Atlantis Civil War, what se perceived to be petty and absurd, Quing Swena stated that the war seemed more like a bunch of teenagers running around and shooting at each other, than a nation trying to fend-off some dangerous terrorist-group. Se urged both sides to initiate peace talks as quickly as possible so that this "embarrassing conflict might end with some dignity". Se suggested talking things out like "civilized human beings", because "so few things in micronationalism are truly worth waging 'war' for".
- The Hunting 2260RE Althing
The Kingdom of Theodia was one of two member-states of the Runic Union present at this particular Althing, which also happened to be the first Althing ever hosted by the Union. Quing Swena, was given the honor of not only participating in the debates, but moderating them as well. The Althing ended well, and nearly all of the semi-year's agenda was completed.
Around this time, founder Swena styled hirmself as "Hir Grace, Kyng Sweyn Bradsson Schroeder I", and the Kingdom of Theodia was often referred to as the "Kyngdom" in writing.
- The first constitutional convention
The first Theodian Constitution-Convention began on the 2010-10-17. It ended on the 23rd, when the constitution was ratified. Many important figures in Theodian history were present, namely Quing Sweyn78 and Javier (later, 'Havier'). It was later somewhat controversially revealed by Quing Sweyn78, that this constitution, although ratified, had never been finished.
On the 22nd of October, 2010, Quing Swena declared the Kingdom of Theodia to be independent from the United States of America. This was a great day in Theodian History, and marks the end of Theodia's preliminary years. Interestingly, the Theodian Independence Day is exactly six months after its date of foundation on the 22nd of April, 2010.
- The lull of independence
This was a period of time of inactivity in the Kingdom of Theodia that lasted about four months, and was at the time referred to as "The Dark Age of Theodia". It began shortly after the declaration of Theodian Independence from the United States of America, and, although there is no exact date for the beginning and/or end of this time-period, it is generally accepted that it began around the beginning of November, 2010; peaked around the time of the total lunar eclipse of December, 2010; and ended towards the close of February, 2011. There were fairly few advancements in the Kingdom of Theodia during this period, but there were at least a couple bright moments in this era of darkness, for it was in this period that a cursive form of the runes and a runic font were created for the Theodian language. A long list of plans for the future was later made by Swena, signalling the end of this period of Theodia's history.
- The Second Theodian Expansion
Theodia moved to the new MicroWiki, forsaking its older articles on MicroWikia; most of these older ones were eventually deleted. The Kingdom of Theodia expanded to many new parts of the web during this era, making pages on Google, Facebook, Micronations Manager, MicroWiki, Webs, and Youtube.
- The Istorian outrage
Theodian-Istorian relations had never been particularly great, with the Kingdom historically opposed to some Istorian movements. When Theodian Intelligence received word that Istoria's leader, Mr. Max Kasbar, had declared that all homosexuals in Istoria would be "executed" and that se refused to recognize unchristian nations, Swena and hirs advisers enacted a diplomatic embargo against Istoria. The embargo was to remain until either Mr. Kasbar rescinded hirs statements or was dethroned. As Swena wrote to Max Kasbar at the time:
|“||Mr. Kasbar, I've never been fond of you, and we've had our disagreements in the past. But this time, you take things too far. I, after consulting my advisers, have enacted an embargo on your petty "micronation" until you either rescind your statements or are dethroned. Yours is a stain on our community.\||”|
- The second constitutional convention
With the ascension of Theodia from its "Dark Age", the framers of the original constitution decided it would be a good time for a rewrite. So, on 11/06/11, the Kingdom of Theodia's second constitutional convention began.
Controversially, it was revealed on the same date that although the original constitution had been ratified and that there had been a constitutional convention before, the original constitution of Theodia was never finished and, therefore, there are no copies of it available; the current constitution of Theodia is actually just a soon-to-be-completed version of the unfinished original. A copy of the new constitution was made available on the Kingdom's national website.
At the time of its release, Swena stated that this constitution had been influenced by realism, enlightened absolutism, and demarchy.
- The OAM
The Kingdom of Theodia began, for the first time in its history, actively seeking membership in supramicronational organizations like the OAM and the OUM. It was accepted-into both and was very active in the OAM for awhile after admittance, but upon the beginning of the American school-year, Theodia's activity rapidly declined, reaching about one check a month by the time of the OAM's demise. While the organization existed, Theodia was involved in a number of issues, from its somewhat controversial acceptance, to the long-drawn-out issue of New Guinea's legitimacy.
- Controversy over monoculturalism
There was some controversy about the monocultural policies of Theodia's old constitution, especially in regards to its neighborhood-quotas' racial policies. These policies in the constitution sparked a controversial debate over Theodia's acceptance into the OAM. Kyng Sweyn78 responded to this via an article on the national website.
- The New Guinean controversy
In the New Guinean controversy, Theodia at first opposed the proposed expulsion of the micronation from the OAM because its leader had significantly helped Theodia's entrance-into the OAM. However, as the issue went-on, it became harder and harder to support the accusedly rogue micronation, and so Theodia, unable to support the motion to expel New Guinea with integrity, switched-to abstaining from voting. Upon the revealing of more evidence, Theodia switched-back to opposing the motion, until the posting of threatening and very inappropriate pictures onto the forum, at which point Theodia switched its position one final time to abstaining from voting. Finally, after several weeks of debate and over 20 pages of posts, the issue came to a close with New Guinea being expelled.