Kingdom of Grýttlund

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Grýttseaxna rīcé
Kingdom of Grýttlund
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Flag
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Motto: Eallwealda eceowild (Grýttonic)
"God will provide"
Anthem: Recé Gǣnganad
StatusDefunct
LocationEstates and woodland in Battle, East Sussex.
CapitalMarthinnthōrpe
Official languagesEnglish, Grýttonic
ReligionRoman Catholicism
DemonymGrýttonic
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
• Monarch
Ēadmund Cynintt (King Edmund)
LegislatureKing Edmund I
Establishment
• Founding
9 January 2021
Area
• 
7.55 km2 (2.92 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
7
HDI0.932
very high
CurrencyGrýttonic Ecwætt (de jure)
Great British Pound (de facto)
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on theleft
Calling code+44
Patron saintSaint Edmund, King of East Anglia

Grýttlund, officially the Grýttseaxna rīcé (Kingdom of the Grýttonic Saxons), is a European micronation located in Battle, East Sussex. The country was founded by an Englishman named Finlay Stovell, later declared as King Louis (later Edmund) I, in early 2021 and was created off of the basis of the revival of the medieval Kingdom of Sussex. The kingdom speaks English, but officially uses both the aforementioned language, along with Grýttonic, a constructed language based off of Old English.

History

Background

The founder of Grýttlund had always been interested in nations, and experimented with a micronation called the Kingdom (also Tsardom, and Republic, as respective points in time) of Onoland. This lasted from 2016-2019, but became defunct due to the lack of interest. During the third lockdown enforced by the United Kingdom, he came to the conclusion that to fill time, he would create a successor nation, which became Grýttlund.

Foundation

On the 9th of January, 2021, King Edmund I (formerly King Louis I) released a declaration publicly in Grýttonic, proclaiming nationhood under the name 'Stoffulas'. This proclaimed that Grýttlund (Stoffulas) was an independent nation, and also affirmed the regency of the House of Stovell. The formal coronation of King Edmund I has been put on a standby, as it requires the Nǣrþanhýrst Eorlþ to partake, but to avoid COVID related injuries, it shall wait.

End

The King declared all parts of the nation defunct in April 2020.

Culture

National Symbols

The flag of the Kingdom of Grýttlund is a cross flag, containing a cruciform of gold, on top of a field of a dark blue. This flag takes inspiration from three Kingdoms: England; Sussex; and Mercia. It used the shape of the flag of England, the nation that Grýttlund seceded from. It uses the colours of the flags of Sussex, and of Mercia. It is also representative of the Catholicity of the country, which is evident from the Cross shape.

Mythology and folklore

In Grýttlund, there is an irreligious belief in the supernatural creatures, namely that of vampires, elves, fairies, and dragons. There is no proven sightings of these beasts, but several privately written and unreleased poems. It is Grýttonic custom to leave a piece of bread, usually homemade, out in the back garden of your house every month for the Elvish, as to protect your house from the wicked. It is also custom to not ever touch a Amanita muscaria mushroom, as this is where fairies supposedly live, and angering a fairy will bring torment onto your first born son.

King Edmund I

Ēadmund Cynintt , commonly known as King Edmund I, was born 20th January 2005, and is the founder and reigning King of Grýttlund. He, as of the 14th of January 2021, is uncrowned and shall not be coronated for at least 2 months. Originally, he took the regal name of Louis (Lodaþet), but this name was seen as 'staunchly against the culture of Grýttlund, and staunchly against the Catholic devotions of His Majesty'. He took the name Edmund, after St. Edmund the Martyr. Edmund, the patron saint of Grýttlund, is also patron saint of the King, and also the patron saint of Kings, along with being an Anglo Saxon king.

Culture

The national identity of Grýttlund is the Anglo-Saxon culture and heritage in which the whole society is based on. It takes several elements of their mythology, tales, and every day actions, as a foundation for Grýttonic life. For example, jewellery worn by the King during ceremonies is similar to that of an Anglo-Saxon king. Mead is the national drink, which is commonly drunk out of horns.

Religion and Spirituality

Grýttlund is, by law, a Roman Catholic state. While this is the state religion, the vast majority of citizens are agnostic, or deistic. It follows Catholic moral teaching, in law, about how a country should be run.

Public Holidays

This is list of holidays often celebrated in Grýttlund.

Holiday Date Information
Circumcision of Our Lord 1 January Holy Day of Obligation
Epiphany 6 January Holy Day of Obligation
His Majesty's Birthday 20 January Birthday of His Majesty King Edmund I
Easter changeable Holy Day of Obligation - Most important feast
Ascension changeable Holy Day of Obligation
Corpus Christi changeable Holy Day of Obligation.
SS. Peter and Paul 29 June Holy Day of Obligation
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15 August Holy Day of Obligation
All Saints 1 November Holy Day of Obligation
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8 December Holy Day of Obligation
Christmas Day 25 December Holy Day of Obligation

Government and Politics

Governmental System

The Kingdom of Grýttlund is based off of the same form of government as the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms were. The most powerful, and important, member of society is the King (Cynintt) - who has the power to rule over the whole Kingdom. Below him are the Earls (Eorlþ). They are appointed by the King. In the third tier of society are the Thanes (Þegns), whom own some land but are under submission to an Earl, who submits to the King. Below are the peasants (ceorlðs), whom have no noble title, but are not homeless or owned. Unlike Anglo-Saxon England, there are no slaves owned in Grýttlund, due to insufficient population, and also base laws in the United Kingdom, along with the ethics of the Catholic faith.

The King rules, and has direct authority, over the whole Kingdom, including all Earldoms (Eorlþoms). The primary Earldom is Nǣrþanhýrst, who must be present at all royal ceremonies.

The kingdom does not follow male primogeniture in regards to Royal succession. During the life of a king, he will name his successor, which typically is his eldest son, however can be any member of the Kingdom. If a king does not name a successor, the throne instantly goes to his eldest son. If he does not have a son, the throne goes to the Earl of Nǣrþanhýrst.

Foreign Relations

Grýttlund is very open to public relations. They have public relations with the Commonwealth of Lazonesia, and also Graecia.