Holy Canadian Empire
|Holy Canadian Empire|
"Dei Gratia Ceasar"
"By the Grace of God, Emperor"
Anthem: God Save Emperor William
Locations of Imperial Territories of the Holy Canadian Empire. Sphere of influence shaded in red.
|Capital||No single/fixed capital|
|Official languages||English, French, German|
|Government||Confederal elective monarchy|
|8 April 2021|
• 2021 census
|Currency||Mark (ℳ) (de jure)|
Canadian Dollar ($) (de facto)
|Time zone||(UTC−3.5 to −8)|
• Summer (DST)
|(UTC−2.5 to −7)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Holy Canadian Empire, officially the Holy Canadian Empire of the Americas or HCE for short, is a multi-ethnic confederation of territories located across Canada. Commonly referred to as a micronation, the empire is a elective monarchy largely based upon the cultures of the various states that made up the Holy Roman Empire. Its organizational structure is made up of numerous duchies, principalities, counties and Free Imperial Cities.
The Holy Canadian Empire was established in early 2021 by His Imperial Majesty William I, who is currently the ruling Holy Canadian Emperor. Joined by a group of fellow Canadian citizens, all of which are of primarily German, Austrian and British ancestry, Emperor William founded the HCE partly as a political experiment to explore how a feudal society ruled under the divine right of kings could function in 21st century North America. The HCE has dedicated itself to the preservation of the ancient traditions of Central and Western Europe, mixed with traditionalist Canadian values. Historical monarchs from various European royal houses such as Emperor Leopold II, Emperor Franz Joseph I, King George III and Queen Victoria are all considered important sources of inspiration and are therefore highly regarded in Holy Canadian society. While the empire exercises no authority over the territory it claims, nor is its existence acknowledged by any sovereign nation, its government actively engages in diplomacy with other micronationalists around the world.
The independence of the Holy Canadian Empire was officially declared on April 8 2021 by a formal decree, upon the elected accession of Emperor William I to the Imperial Throne. His Imperial Majesty had previously founded the short lived Republic of Orbovia in 2019 and led the small nation until its dissolution in January 2021. Joined by a small group of family and close personal friends, William established the House of Orbovia and claimed the lands of his former republic as the Grand Duchy of Hurford. The newly christened duchy continued to grow for the next several months and attracted the attention of several other Canadian micronationalists who were interested in joining the new nation. After a dedicated core group of like-minded individuals was established, the empire was slowly but steadily willed into existence. The founding members of the empire established an electoral college, and William was chosen to rule as the new Holy Canadian Emperor. Beneath the emperor himself, the various sub-units of the HCE were assigned to be ruled by the other founding members of the new imperial union; styling themselves as dukes, princes, counts and barons.
Roman Empire continuation
Unlike the various polities that have claimed continuity with the Roman Empire throughout the centuries, the Holy Canadian Empire does not consider itself a direct successor state. Instead, the HCE has styled itself as a unique new world re-imagining of the largely Germanic Holy Roman Empire from the late middle ages to early modern period. Nevertheless, the Holy Canadian Emperors still base their legitimacy on the concept of translatio imperii, their supreme power being inherited from the ancient emperors of Rome.
The governing structure of the HCE is organized in an almost identical fashion to that of the Holy Roman Empire, with its territory being comprised of various smaller states. These states vary in size and are all ruled by various members of nobility, being divided into several larger Imperial Circles for the purpose of basic administration. The ruler and head of state of the empire is the Holy Canadian Emperor, which is an elected position. The emperor rules for life and wields enormous power that is, in theory, unlimited. Immediately below the authority of the emperor is the Imperial Diet which functions as the empire's legislature. The Diet functions more as a deliberative body rather than a traditional legislature and the emperor refers to them for council in most matters of state, as is traditional custom. The members of the Diet are the Imperial Estates which are divided into three colleges;
- The Electoral College, which consists of the prince-electors who are vested with the power elect Holy Canadian Emperors to office. The electoral collage is currently limited to the rulers of principalities or higher.
- The College of Imperial Princes, made up of the rest of the empire's nobility.
- The College of Imperial Cities, which includes representatives of the empire's various Free Imperial Cities. Since independent cities lack their own distinctive noble rulers, they are under the direct authority of the emperor.
All Imperial Estates enjoy immediacy and, therefore, have no authority above them besides that of the Holy Canadian Emperor. While all estates are entitled to have a seat and participate in voting in the Diet, the number of votes they are empowered to deliver vary based upon noble status and the size of the territory they control.
Holy Canadian nobility, collectively known as Imperial Princes, are members of the landed gentry who hold hereditary titles either through blood or honorary appointment by the emperor. The hierarchy of nobility is ranked with the Holy Canadian Emperor and the Imperial Family as most powerful among the ruling class, followed by Grand Dukes, Dukes, Princes (not to be confused with Imperial Princes, but rather ruling Princes of various Principalities), Margraves, Counts and Barons. Since the various subdivisions of the empire are semi-independent sovereign states, the nobles who rule them enjoy vast powers and a wide range of privileges.
The empire is comprised of approximately ten sub-units spread out across Canada, divided into six Imperial Circles. The Imperial Circles are located on Vancouver Island and in mainland British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec with Vancouver Island having the most individual territories. The HCE has no fixed capital, with the Holy Canadian Emperor conducting matters of state from whichever location he happens to in at that time. The city of Victoria, however, is the location of the Imperial Palace and the place where the emperor spends the majority of his time. The Holy Canadian Empire claims the entirety of Canada as its sovereign territory, but this claim is not recognized by the government of Canada or any other nation. In daily practice, the empire considers its territorial land claims to be spheres of influence rather than areas actually under its legal control.
The Holy Canadian Empire, as a policy, follows all Canadian federal, provincial and local laws wherever its Imperial Circles are located. The Imperial Chamber Court handles all internal matters within the empire, such as disagreements between it's various member states and nobility. The court is managed as a mixed system of judicial administration, taking inspiration from both the Reichskammergericht and the Aulic Council of the Holy Roman Empire. Situations of conflict with other micronations are referred to the Imperial Diet for discussion and implementation of resolutions.
The culture of the HCE closely follows the basic characteristics of feudalism, adapted to function in the 21st century. Fiercely monarchist in nature, the politics of the empire can be easily described as right-wing but famously lighthearted in it's application of laws and societal norms. Extensive resources are dedicated to education concerning art, music, and works of literature from various eras throughout history.
The Holy Canadian Empire has two official state religions; Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism. However, freedom of religion is a protected right across the empire with various denominations of Christianity being practiced as well as Judaism and Islam. Religious customs of the empire are historically inspired by the Peace of Westphalia, and the Christian Reformation that preceded it in Europe. Faith in God is the one overarching cultural aspect of the HCE that all of it's inhabitants share. Upon becoming a faithful subject of His Imperial Majesty, new citizens swear an oath of fealty beginning with the phrase "in the presence of Almighty God..." which can be interpreted in a manner unique to each persons individual faith. Religious holidays are protected under Imperial law, with labor on those days being forbidden under a personal decree by the emperor.
The empire has a small, but vibrant free market economy and is thoroughly capitalist in nature. It's ruling family and various nobles are employed in many sectors such as small business ownership, healthcare, retail management and as private landlords. Being primarily an import economy, the HCE receives most of it's goods and services from surrounding Canadian territory. The United States is also a major trading partner.
The Army of the Holy Canadian Empire, or Reichsarmee, is the land based military branch of the HCE. It is not a permanent standing army in the typical sense, but rather one that is mustered from among the various states constituting the empire in order to provide a mutual system of defense when needed. It's purpose is purely for providing safety and security for the empire since the HCE rejects any notion of micronational warfare. The Army of the Holy Canadian Empire can be mobilized in two specific situations; the first of which being a Reichskrieg or "Imperial War" to defend the collective states of the HCE against a foreign enemy nation. This can only be done with the full consent of the Imperial Diet, and can only defend the entire empire as a whole as opposed to individual states. The second situational reason for mobilization occurs during a Reichsexekution, which is an internal investigation against an Imperial Estate seen to be in violation of the empire's laws or found guilty of insubordination to by the Imperial Chamber Court. In this case, military action can be used against the Imperial Estate if it is too powerful to be subdued by the Imperial Circle to which it belongs.
The Holy Canadian Empire informally recognizes all nations but maintains a fairly isolationist foreign policy. The HCE typically avoids seeking out diplomatic relations with other governments, but the emperor has been known to be receptive to approaches from other world leaders interested in opening dialogue. All formal diplomatic treaties must be reviewed and approved by a majority of the Imperial Diet prior to any agreement being finalized.
Nations unilaterally recognized by the HCE
- All 193 member states of the United Nations
- Dominion of British West Florida
- Republic of China
- Holy See
- Republic of Molossia
- Principality of Sealand
Formal diplomatic relations
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