House of Vatazides

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House of Vatazides
Imvrassian Coat of Arms.png
CountryEmpire of Imvrassia, Kingdom of Tarevia
TitlesEmperor or Empress of Imvrassia
King of Tarevia
FounderHM Emperor Aggelos
Current headHM Emperor Aggelos
Founding2011
EthnicityGreek

The House of Vatazides, formerly known as the House of Imvrassia, is a micronational dynasty of Greek origin from Thrace, Asia Minor and the Aegean; its members have reigned in Imvrassia, Orfalia, Ionisia, Argadia, Temiria and Tarevia.

In Imvrassia, its members as monarchs used the titles of Prince (2011-2016), King (2016-2020) and Emperor (2020- ).

In Orfalia, the House used the titles of King and Emperor until the union of Orfalia with Imvrassia. Since 2 September 2015, the House holds the Crown of Orfalia due to the enthronement of the then Prince Aggelos on the Orfalian Throne as King.

In Ionisia and Argadia, the House used the title of Basileus (i.e. King), due to the Hellenistic orientation of these states. Within the latter, the House used the title of Duke when Argadia was part of Karnia-Ruthenia (2016-2020). For the period from 1 July 2022 until 24 December 2022 the Imvrassian Emperor owned by a Chrysobull the titular kingship in Ionisia and Argadia which was abolished over two new dynastic titles.

In Temiria, the House used the title of King. The Kingdom of Temiria was founded on 1 January 2022 and claims the political and cultural heritage of Timeria. The Government of the Kingdom through the Declaration of the Independence offer the Throne to the Imvrassian Emperor Aggelos and a personal union between the two states was formed.

In Tarevia, the House used the title of King. The Kingdom of Temiria was founded on 20 March 2022 and its Government offer the Throne to the Imvrassian Emperor Aggelos on 4 April 2022 and a personal union between the two states was formed.

The original name of the House was "House of Imvrassia"; due to strong Roman heritage, this was changed and the new name come from the Roman Emperor John III as an honorary act. On 9 January 2021, an imperial degree was issued by Emperor Aggelos wanting to honor the said ruler with values and principles that endure over time, while at the same time emphasizing their origin from the same region as this ruler, as well as the political and cultural succession of the Roman state as this ruler maintained during his reign. The incumbent head of state and the Imperial House of Imvrassia is His Majesty the Emperor of Imvrassia, Aggelos I. Apart from the founder of the House, the other members are his children, Co-Empress Aikaterini, Despotissa Theologia and Caesar Stamatios.

Ranks and Titles of the House of Vatazides

The reigning Imperial House of Imvrassia is officially called House of Vatazides. The Monarch of Imvrassia is the Head of the Imperial House, of the State and commander-in-chief of the Imperial Guard, having the title of Protector of the Realm.

As members of the House of Vatazides are considered the direct descendants of the founder of Imvrassia, Aggelos, and the descendants of those. The currently Head of State and the Imperial House of Imvrassia is His Majesty Aggelos I, Faithful Imvrassian Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans, Perpetuus Augustus.
The members of the Imperial House use the titles above:

Basileus Autokrator or Basilissa Autokrateira of Imvrassia. The Sovereign's title at its simple form which translates into English as Emperor of Imvrassia or Empress of Imvrassia, while the official title has the form of His/Her Majesty (name), Faithful Imvrassian Emperor/Empress and Autocrat of the Romans, Perpetuus Augustus/Most Pious Augusta. The official style includes various elements, such as religious, as the monarch is referred to as a Faithful, i.e. he protects the dominant religion of the state. Reference is also made to the origin of the title of the Roman emperor, who comes from Imvrassia, as well as to the honorary title of Augustus.

Basileus (name) and Basilissa (name) of Imvrassia. The simple style of a junior co-emperor who has the imperial dignity as Basileus or Basilissa in his/her own right, but has not substantive political power. The official form of a Basileus or a Basilissa is His/Her Majesty (name), Co-Emperor/Empress of Imvrassia and Augustus/Augusta. The title is usually given to a former Emperor or Empress (after abdication) or to the Heir to the Throne who takes an active role in State's administration and his or her elevation to the imperial dignity. On 1 August 2021 was issued a decision of the Privy Council, concerning the members of the Ruling House to assist the Crown in administrative matters in the provincial administration. According to this decision, the two active co-emperors took under their jurisdiction from a Praetorian Prefecture. Another case where a co-emperor or a co-empress can be appointed is in the absence of a Heir to the Throne and the Crown promote a member of the House with the rank of Sebastokrator or Sebastokrateira to the imperial dignity of Basileus or Basilissa.

Caesar (name) and Augousta (name) of Imvrassia. The male Heir to the Throne has the rank of Caesar and the female Heir to the Throne has the rank of Augusta. The official form of a Caesar or an Augusta is His/Her Royal Highness, Caesar or Augusta (name) of Imvrassia. A Caesar or an Augusta until today, has no formal public role or responsibility, but the Heir to the Throne could represent the Crown when is necessary and could take under his or hers jurisdiction a Praetorian Prefecture. On 8 November 2021 on the occasion of the name day of the Emperor Aggelos, the co-Emperor Stamatios and Caesar Stamatios, an Imperial decree issued and it was decided that the Heir to the Throne may have an substantive title with the rank of Despotes, which is the highest title an individual in Imvrassia can hold and is connected with a Province. According to this decision, the Heir to the Throne acquires the responsibility in a Province due to his secondary title. From 1 January 2022 the current Heir to the Throne, Caesar Stamatios, hold two substantive titles. The first title is that of the Despotes of Odrysia and the second is that of the Despotes of Orfalia and refer to areas that are of particular importance to the State, both politically and culturally.

Sebastokrator (name) and Sebastokrateira (name) of Imvrassia. The heir of the Heir to the Throne as well as the other children of the Sovereign, may be promoted to the rank of Sebastokrator or Sebastokrateira and the official form is His/Her Royal Highness Sebastokrator or Sebastokrateira (name) of Imvrassia. The holder of such title may exercise administration in a Praetorian Prefecture and/or in a Province and may have as a substantive title that of Despotes or Despotissa of a Province under their jurisdiction.

Despotes (name) and Despotissa (name) of Imvrassia. The children of the Heir to the Throne may be promoted to the rank of Despotes or Despotissa and could exercise administration in a Province or a Despotate, while the children of the Sovereign acquire the title by birth and they also could exercise administration in a Province or a Despotate. The official form of a Despotes or Despotissa is His/Her Highness Despotes or Despotissa (name) of Imvrassia. The children of a Despotes / Despotissa, who is a descendant of the Heir to the Throne can be promoted to the title of Nobelissimos or a Zoste Patrikia without exercising administration.

Nobelissimos (name) and Zoste Patrikia (name) of Imvrassia. The children of the other children of a Monarch, can be promoted to the rank of Nobelissimos or Zoste Patrikia, if they take over the administration of a Province with the office of the Eponymous Archon. The official form of a Nobelissimos or a Zoste Patrikia is His/Her Highness Nobelissimos or Zoste Patrikia (name) of Imvrassia.

Patrikios (name) and Patrikia (name) of Imvrassia. The male members of the House automatically acquire the rank of Patrikios and the female members the rank of Patrikia and they can be appointed by the Crown as members of the Privy Council or the Council of State. The official form of a Patrikios or a Patrikia is His/Her Highness Patrikios or Patrikia (name) of Imvrassia.


From 2 September 2015, the House of Vatazides holds the (former) Crown of Orfalia due to the enthronement of the Prince Aggelos as King, with the official title of Angelos II King of Orfalia and later on 7 October 2015, when Orfalia became an Empire the title changed to Aggelos I, Emperor of Orfalia.
On 23 June 2016 Argadia, which was a Crown land, gained independence in order to unite with the Karno-Ruthenian Empire. The then King of Imvrassia, Aggelos I, assumed the title of the Duke of Argadia and create a new state within Karnia-Ruthenia, as the result of the historic friendship between Imvrassia and Ruthenia. The Duchy of Argadia became independent on 8 May 2020 and on 15 May 2020 proclaimed to the status of a Kingdom in personal union with Imvrassia. The personal union last until 24 October 2020 when Argadia was annexed into Imvrassia.
On 7 August 2018 at the territory of the former Town of Ionisia was created the Archontia of Ionisia, as a self-governing entity. On 25 July 2019 Ionisia proclaimed to the status of a Kingdom, but on 26 September 2019 was annexed into Imvrassia as a Province.
The Kingdom of Temiria was founded on 1 January 2022 and claims the political and cultural heritage of Timeria. The Government of the Kingdom through the Declaration of the Independence offer the Throne to Emperor Aggelos and a personal union between the two states was formed. On 20 March 2022 Temiria with Anvurna, Marenia and Ardamia formed a new State under the name Kingdom of Tarevia. After the unification Temiria become a constituent country of Tarevia.
The Kingdom of Tarevia was founded on 20 March 2022 and its Government offer the Throne to the Imvrassian Emperor Aggelos on 4 April 2022 and a personal union between the two states was formed.
On 1 July 2022 Emperor Aggelos issued a Chrysobull, wanting to emphasize the pre-arhaic, arhaic and classical Greek historical background of the State and proceeded to the nominal re-establishment of the kingdoms of Ionisia and Argadia. The said kingdoms took their names from the ancient tribe of the Ionians and a division of them the Argadeis and they took under their nominal authority certain provinces, without however had theirs institutions, special privileges, or autonomy. With a new Chrysobull on 25 December 2022, the nominal kingship was abolished and replaced by two new dynastic titles of the dignity of Sebastokrator. The Crown awarded the title of Sebastokrator of Ionisia to Co-Emperor Stamatios, while Co-Empress Aikaterini was awarded the title of Sebastokrateira of Argadia.
On 27 February 2023 Emperor Aggelos issued a new Chrysobull of the Kingdoms, wanting the Crown to emphasize the pre-archaic - archaic - classical Greek and Roman historical background of the State and proceeded to the nominal establishment of the kingdoms of Thracia and Rhomanisia. The said kingdoms took their names from the area of origin of the Vatazides and from a compound word with reference to Rome and by extension to the name of Rhomania. The Kingdom of Thracia includes the province of Odrysia, without any special privilege or autonomy. The Kingdom of Rhomanisia includes the kingdoms of Ionisia, Argadia and Thracia, as they are possessions of the House of the Vatazides. At the same time, two new dynastic titles were created. One of the dignity of Sebastokrator while the second acquired a higher value, as the Hellenistic title of Great King was adopted for all the possessions of the Imperial House.


The active, substantive and former titles of the House of Vatazides are:

Active Titles

  • Emperor or Empress of Imvrassia (1 January 2020 – present)
  • King of Tarevia (4 April 2022 – present)

substantive titles

  • Despotes of Odrysia  : used by the heir apparent.
  • Despotes of Orfalia  : used by the heir apparent.
  • Sebastokrator of Ionisia  : used by Co-Emperor Stamatios.
  • Sebastokrateira of Argadia  : used by Co-Empress Aikaterini.
  • Sebastokrator of Thracia  : temporary vacant.
  • Great King in Rhomanisia  : used by Emperor Aggelos.

Former Titles

  • King of Temiria (1 January 2022 - 4 April 2022)
  • Queen of Argadia (15 May 2020 - 24 October 2020)
  • Queen of Ionisia (25 July 2019 - 26 September 2019)
  • Archon of Ionisia (7 August 2018 - 25 July 2019)
  • Hegemon of the Hellenistic League (6 October 2016 - 9 May 2020)
  • Duke of Argadia (23 June 2016 - 15 May 2020)
  • King or Queen of Imvrassia (21 March 2016 - 1 January 2020)
  • Emperor of Orfalia (7 October 2015 - 1 December 2016)
  • King of Orfalia (2 September 2015 - 6 October 2015)
  • Head of the Commonwealth of Hellenic Micronations (25 November 2013 - 5 October 2016)
  • Despot of New Mystras (5 October 2013 - 5 October 2016)
  • Commissioner of the Despotate of Thrace (1 May 2013 - 5 October 2016)
  • Prince of New Mystras (11 December 2012 - 15 January 2013)
  • Prince of the Heptarchy of New Herakleia (7 March 2012 - 12 January 2013)
  • Prince of Imvrassia (11 May 2011 - 21 March 2016)

Line of Succession to the Throne

The Empire of Imvrassia have equal primogeniture succession, but that is limited to those descended from Emperor Aggelos, through approved marriage. Dynasts lose their right to the throne if they marry without the permission of the Crown or current pretender. Individuals born to unmarried dynasts or to former dynasts that married without the Crown's permission, and their descendants, are excluded from the throne. Further, when approving a marriage, the Crown can impose conditions that must be met in order for any resulting offspring to have succession rights.
The member of the House who resides in the Empire and in Imvrassians Territories, shall marry, or leave the Country, or take service under foreign Masters, unless he receives Permission from the Crown. Under this provision, the members of the House who permanently reside in other realms by express permission of the Crown do not thereby forfeit their royalty in Imvrassia, nor are they bound to obtain prior permission to travel abroad or to marry from its sovereign.


Armorial of the Imperial House

Coat of Arms by title

Coat of Arms (inactive)

Standard

Monograms

See also


House of Vatazides
Founding year: 2011
Preceded by
Monarchy established
Ruling House of Imvrassia
11 May 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
House of Angelos
Ruling House of Orfalia
02 September 2015 - 01 December 2016
Succeeded by
Union with Imvrassia
Preceded by
Monarchy established
Ruling House of Kingdom of Temiria
01 January 2022 - 04 April 2022
Succeeded by
Part of Tarevia
Preceded by
Monarchy established
Ruling House of Kingdom of Tarevia
04 April 2022 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent