Jéssica Encyclopeadia

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Pedro Aguiar, c. 1996–97, founder of the Jéssica Encyclopeadia

The Jéssica Encyclopeadia (Portuguese: Enciclopédia Jéssica) is an online micronational encyclopaedia launched in the Kingdom of Porto Claro in 1997 and published on 22 November 1999. Founded by Lusophone sector pioneer Pedro Aguiar, the encyclopaedia contains 561 entries, including micronations, micronationalists, concepts of micronationalism (micropatriology) and other micronational-related topics. Perhaps the earliest micronational encyclopaedia, the Jéssica Encyclopeadia is a vital resource for finding more detailed information on micronations during the late 1990s then what micronational indexes of the decade can provide. Between February 2006 and January 2007, all articles from the Jéssica Encyclopeadia were imported to the online wiki Wikimicropídia by Aguiar, where they can still be viewed.

Background and history

The Jéssica Encyclopeadia was first launched in 1997 by Aguiar as the Historical-Biographical-Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Porto Claro (Dicionário Histórico-Biográfico-Enciclopédico de Porto Claro). The work greatly benefited from the large historical collection of the Jéssica Museum in Porto Claro, which had been accumulating since 1992. In 1998, the intermicronational Historical-Biographical-Encyclopaedic Dictionary of the Micronations (Dicionário Histórico-Biográfico-Enciclopédico das Micronações) was launched, with Aguiar merging the two works together to form the Jéssica Encyclopeadia. It was named after the Jéssica Museum, itself named after historian Jéssica Moura. On 22 November 1999, the first consolidated version of the work was published, containing 561 entries. More editions were planned, however ultimately never published. On 10 February 2006, Aguiar launched Wikimicropídia on the wiki hosting service Wikicities (now Fandom), and began importing articles from the Jéssica Encyclopeadia to the wiki. By at least January 2007, all articles were imported.

Authors

The work was organised and principally authored by Aguiar, with collaborations from Pedro Berge, Thomas Bromberg of Nova Athenas, Guilherme Lenin of Orange, Lúcio Costa Wright of Marajó, Sérgio Bazílio of Mallorca, Leila Massarão of Aquitania, Alfred von Romminger of Racktidan and Renato Ramos of Avalon.

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