Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
| Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall |
Perseverance – Independence – Strength
|Official language(s)||English, Icelandic|
|Official religion(s)||Norse Paganism|
|Government||Feudal Absolute Monarchy|
|- Monarch||His Imperial & Royal Majesty, King Thomas Bainbridge & Her Imperial & Royal Majesty, Queen Laura Johnson|
|Legislature||Althing of Hrafnarfjall|
|Established||14 May 2016|
|Time zone||UTC & CST|
Hrafnarfjall, officially the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall, is an autonomous territorial entity which claims to be a sovereign state, aiming for independence, which is nominally referred to as an unrecognised nation or more generally as a micronation. Hrafnarfjall is the foremost diplomatic and military power of the North Sea Empire, with its Monarchs being the Hereditary Emperors of the Empire.
The nation of Hrafnarfjall has had a long and fascinating history dating back to mid-2016.
Formation of the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
The Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall was formed on 14 May 2016 by now-King Thomas and Queen Laura sitting alongside other members as part of a Council. The Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall began thus as a Council Ruled country and as an attempted Democracy. However, in its first two years of existence, the Kingdom only developed a weak foundation, and any development overall was slow and stunted due to some of its original citizens taking advantage of the Democratic process in a negative manner. Then, at the dawn of 2018, the monarchy formed as the Reign of King Thomas and Queen Laura began. Those citizens who had stunted the country's growth prior were expelled. Development has exploded since, with 130 members following on Facebook and 55 e-citizens, including many landed States. Finally, with other nations desiring to join in alliance, The Confederation of the Raven was formed in 2018, but was quickly reestablished as the North Sea Empire The establishment is planned for early 2019 in the area referred to as Minnesota.
The Reign of King Thomas I and Queen Laura
At the dawn of 2018, the Monarchy was formed under the rule of King Thomas I as Sovereign and Queen Laura as Consort.
In June 2018, the Monarchy announced the selection of an Heir-Presumptive to the Throne of Hrafnarfjall, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Evan Bainbridge, whom will be Heir until such time as the King and Queen have children, at which time Hrafnarfjall's Absolute Primogeniture laws will come into effect. Furthermore, they announced the formation of four new Noble Titles;
- The Duchy of Úlfból (Wolf's Lair) conferred upon His Royal Majesty, King Thomas
- The Duchy of Villi-Eldr (Wildfire) conferred upon Her Royal Majesty, Queen Laura
- The Duchy of Jǫtunnhöll (Giant's Hall) conferred upon His Royal Highness, Prince Evan
- The County of Ormrdrepa (Snake Strike) conferred upon The Right Honorable Lady Beverley Bainbridge
Plus, established a new Principality, the Principality of Veðrkar
On 27 July 2018, the Crown announced they had accepted vassalage of Aidan Haldorson, and announced him as Jarl of the Raven's Loft, adding his lands to the territory of the Kingdom.
On 3 August 2018, the Crown announced the adoption of Luna Michele (the sitting Secretary of Foreign Affairs) into the House of Bainbridge. With this, she was granted the title of Princess.
On 8 December 2018, the King's adoptive sister, Sophia, formally accepted the title of Princess.
On 21 December 2018, the Crown granted Duchy to current Jarl Aidan Haldorson, the Duchy of Raven's Loft, and granted a Barony to Baroness Raywyn, the Eyrie.
The Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall establishes and maintains diplomatic relations through Ambassadors, whom have the power to create agreements with other nations, but all treaties and agreements have to be ratified by the Hrafnarfjallian Monarchy.
|Name||Macronation||Starting Date of Relations||Status of Relations||Treaty|
|Atovia||United States||27 June 2019||Support & Co-Operation Treaty|
|State of Zenrax||United States||Support & Co-Operation Treaty|
|Kingdom of Gradonia||United States||Support & Co-Operation Treaty|
Hrafnarfjall is divided into Principalities, Duchies and Crown Territories, with Crown Territories managed directly by the Crown, and Principalities and Duchies being ruled by their local Prince or Duke, whom is vassalised to the Crown of Hrafnarfjall and each with a decreasing amount of autonomy and local governance, with Principalities having the most autonomy.
|Coat of Arms||Name||Annexed||Population||Representative|
|The Principality of Veðrkar (Wind Bowl)||Formation||5||His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Evan of Hrafnarfjall, Duke Jǫtunnhöll (Held in Regency until Crown Prince Evan comes of age.)|
|The Principality of Appalachia||2||Her Imperial and Serene Highness, Princess Emerald of Applachia|
|The Principality of Cornovii||1||His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Evan of Hrafnarfjall, Duke Jǫtunnhöll (Held in Regency until Crown Prince Evan comes of age.)|
|The Principality of Hestrvatn||6||His Highness, Prince William|
|The Principality of Ilus||TBC||His Highness, Prince Tau|
|The Duchy of Ulfbol||Formation||1||His Royal Majesty, High King Thomas of Hrafnarfjall, Duke Ulfbol|
|The Duchy of Villi-Eldr (Wildfire)||Formation||1||Her Royal Majesty, High Queen Laura of Hrafnarfjall, Duchess Villi-Eldr|
|The Duchy of the Raven's Loft||22 December 2018||1||His Grace, Duke Aidan Haldorson, Duke Raven's Loft|
|The Duchy of North Reach||5 January 2020||2||Her Grace, Duchess Kendall Belopavlovich|
|The Jarldom of Njordland||18 May 2019||1||His Excellency, Jarl Christian Newton, Jarl Njordland|
|The Barony of the Eyrie||22 December 2018||1||Her Excellency, Baroness Raywyn Moonsinger, Baroness of the Eyrie|
|The Barony of UlvDal||18 May 2019||1||Her Royal Highness, Princess Celia Joie Pate, Baroness UlvDal|
His Imperial & Majesty, King Thomas I & Her Imperial & Majesty, Queen Laura are the heads of state as Monarchs, and hold vast executive, legislative, and judicial powers. They are held accountable by the Althing of Hrafnarfjall|, a body that provides a voice for the people in the governance of Hrafnarfjall and which helps develop new laws for the Kingdom. The Monarchs are also advised by the Noble Council of Hrafnarfjall and the Council of Ministers, two bodies which they can consult for and which can issue the Monarchs with non-binding advice and suggestions.
The Hrafnarfjallian Government is currently consists of the following Sectretariats;
|Ministry of Home Affairs (Home Office)||June 2018||Duchess Kendall Belopavlovich|
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Office)||June 2018||Princess Emerald Cable, Foreign Secretary|
|Ministry of the Interior||June 2018||NONE|
Members of the Government
Secretariat of Defense
Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
English is the most commonly spoken language in Hrafnarfjall, known and used daily by the majority of the population. English is the only language used for government business, although some Old Norse is rarely used for more ceremonial occasions.
Hrafnarfjallian culture is the pattern of human activity and symbolism associated with the culture of Hrafnarfjall and its people. It is a primarily North American culture, however, as its Heads of State are Norse Pagan, the culture has been heavily influenced by that of the Old Norse periods where practical. The culture of Hrafnarfjall is extremely varied, being influenced by all peoples bringing their various cultures to Hrafnarfjall.
The primary language spoken in Hrafnarfjall is English, which is used for everyday interactions in Hrafnarfjall. On occasion, Old Norse may be used for formal occasions.
There is currently no anthem.
Media and Broadcasting
Hrafnarfjall Hearthside is a historical and cultural Podcast produced by the King and Queen. The Norse Myths for Kids has retold many of the old stories since 2017, and can be additionally viewed on the facebook page Hrafnarfjall Hearthside. Short stories are also published and released on Hrafnarfjall Hearthside, as well as Kvasir Publishing House. A newspaper , Hrafnarfjall Times, is pending release.
Hrafnarfjall's Heads of State are practicing Norse Pagans, and this has heavily influenced Hrafnarfjall's development and design. Freedom of religion and acceptance of religious practice are guaranteed in Hrafnarfjall's Constitution. Therefore, while offically Hrafnarfjall observes Norse Pagan blots as below, other holy days may be observed within Hrafnarfjall and religous accomodation provided to observe all holy days of the practices observed by Hrafnarfjallian citizens. No requirement to convert to any religion is permitted in Hrafnarfjall.
The Heads of State observe the below holidays:
- Yule - Approximately January 21 through January 24
- Sigurblot - Approximately of April 19 into April 20. First Night of Summer and a major holiday.
- Winter Nights - October 13 through October 17. The start of Winter.
- Alfablot - Night of November 12.
The basis for the blots are as follows: The Ynglinga Saga (chapter 8) and Heimskringla, the saga of Hakon the Good, section 15. Note that the Norse holidays are lunar based.
While the heads of state follow the above holidays, this is not a full list of holidays observed within Hrafnarfjall due to the varying religious practices followed by its citizens.
As of the 30th May 2019, the Foundation Day was added as a formal Public Holiday in the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall. This is to celebrate the found of the Capital of Hrafnarfjall, and should be celebrated by all citizens.