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Empire of Imvrassia
Αυτοκρατορία της Ιμβρασίας
|National language||Greek |
English used in foreign affairs
|Official religion||Greek Orthodox Church|
|Legislature||The Crown and the Privy Council|
|Formation||11 May 2011|
|Area Claimed||15.098 square meters|
|Currency||Euro (€) (EUR)|
Imvrassia, officially the Empire of Imvrassia (Greek: Αυτοκρατορία της Ιμβρασίας), is a micronational unitary and constitutional monarchy claiming sovereignty, composed of enclaves in Greece and Spain.
- 1 History
- 2 National colors and symbols
- 3 Politics
- 4 Ideology of State
- 5 Foreign Affairs
- 6 Administrative division
- 7 Society
- 8 The House of Imvrassia
- 9 External links
- 10 References
With inspiration from the ancient Greek and Roman history, the foundation and independence of Imvrassia was proclaimed on 11 May 2011 by the first monarch and Head of State, Prince Aggelos. On this day, the declaration of independence of Imvrassia was published and announced the establishment of the new state, which was organized as a Principality. Five days later, the Prince gave and enacted the first constitution of Imvrassia, establishing the constitutional monarchy as a political system of governance.
Principality Era 2011-2016
In the first year of the state's existence, efforts for diplomatic recognition began, and this resulted in the conclusion of a treaty of friendship with the Kingdom of Ruthenia on 04 August 2011 and Imvrassia's membership to the OAM until the end of the year. On 7 March 2012, the Government of Imvrassia proceeded to reorganize the Heptarchy of New Herakleia, an inactive Hellenic micronation in Chalkidiki, Greece, proclaiming the creation of a new state, under the rule of the Prince of Imvrassia. Also in this year, on 11 December, Imvrassia put under protectorate status the Despotate of New Mystras. The personal union with the Heptarchy of New Herakleia ended on 12 January 2013 with the Prince's resignation from his position as Head of State. The Imvrassian Government from 1 May 2013, was set together with Mouzilo, under a protectorate status the then Empire of Thrace (from 7 October 2015 has been a Despotate), an inactive micronation with claims in the Eastern Balkan Peninsula. On 28 June 2013 Prince Aggelos founded a new micronation, the Principality of Koumaradia and on its throne placed his oldest child, Princess Aikaterini. This micronation finally abolished on 04 October 2013 and its territories reintegrated in Imvrassia. As a culmination of diplomatic activity of Imvrassia, was founded on 25 November 2013 the Commonwealth of Hellenic Micronations, with the Imvrassian Monarch assuming the leadership of the Commonwealth. From 15 December 2013 until 19 June 2016 Imvrassia was the only independent Hellenic micronation, after the accession of Mouzilo into the Ashukov Federation and the foundation of the Principality of Doriea. Since early October 2015, was beginning to develop a separatist movement in the province of Koumaradia which has the support of some members of the Princely House. This has the effect of granting full autonomy to the region by the Crown and the creation of an autonomous state. The autonomy continues until 16 September 2016 when the region becomes an Imvrassian Province again.
Kingdom Era 2016-2019
On 21 March 2016, Prince Aggelos assumed the title of King and raise Imvrassia to the status of a kingdom. In May 2016, Imvrassia greatly expanded with the annexation of Eleftheria, located in the United States. On 23 June 2016 the Duchy of Argadia which was a Crown land, gained independence and Duke was proclaimed the King of Imvrassia, as Aggelos I Duke of Argadia. On 20 August 2016 the Crown Princess Aikaterini, proclaimed as Queen of Imvrassia equal to the position of King Aggelos, thus transforming the regime of Imvrassia from monarchy to diarchy. On 6 October 2016 King Aggelos reorganized the Commonwealth of Hellenic Micronations to a League of Hellenistic Micronations and remained head of the organization with the title of Hegemon. On 5 November 2016 King Aggelos abdicate from the throne and so Queen Aikaterini remain sole monarch. On 1 December 2016 Imvrassia annexed Orfalia as an Exarchate. On 10 December 2016 Imvrassia annexed as an Exarchate its old protectorate the Despotate of New Mystras, after an agreement with the Despotate's old ruler who became an active micronationalist again. On 14 January 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted again the Diarchy with the proclamation of Caesar Stamatios as joint King equal to the position of Queen Aikaterini. On 8 April 2018 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of a new Province, the Euxeinos State which is located in Greece. On 9 August 2018 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of a new Province, the Duchy of Kalavria which is located in the United States. On 19 August 2018 Queen Aikaterini abdicate from the throne and so King Stamatios remain sole monarch. On 20 November 2018 at an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet, it was decided to replace the King Stamatios as he did not respond to his duties. The Crown was offered to Princess Aikaterini who accepted it and returned to the throne. On 29 November 2018 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of a new region, the Province of Athinon which is located in Greece. On 30 November 2018, the Government and the Crown have made a partial revision of the nobility titles, both to their friends and the members of the Royal House. To the heads of state was decided to award the titles of Kouropalates and Zoste Patrikia. The members of the Royal House was decided to adopt and use the titles of Patrikios and Patrikia, Nobelissimos and Zoste Patrikia, Despotes and Despotissa and finally the Heir of the Throne will have the title of Caesar or Augusta. On 7 April 2019 Euxeinos State was abolished after the resignation of its Eponymous Archon Mr. Georgios G. On 7 September 2019 Queen Aikaterini because of her non - micronational obligations, appointed Despotes Aggelos as Regent and was temporarily left the political life. On 26 September 2019 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of a new region, the Province of Ionisia. On 1 November 2019, the Queen returned briefly to her duties and decided to share the throne with her grandfather, Magistros Stamatios, whom he proclaimed King. It was followed a Regent's decision, according to which Queen Aikaterini and King Stamatios were named Titular Kings without real power, retaining only the royal title. On 30 December 2019 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of Great Ionia, New Byzantium and the Heptarchy of New Herakleia as Exarchates, dissolving the protectorate's status of them.
Imperial Era 2020-
On 1 January 2020 Imvrassia proclaimed to the status of an Empire after the decision of Despotes Aggelos, as Regent to upgrade Imvrassia to Imperial status and to proclaim the Imvrassian Monarchs as Emperors, due to the Roman heritage of the State. On 4 May 2020, the Regency status since the September of the previous year expired. On 9 August 2020 the Praetorian Prefecture of Americania was abolished due the small activity and influence it exerted on the micronations of the American continent. On 24 October 2020 Imvrassia expanded with the annexation of a new region, the Despotate of Argadia, which was an independent state since 08 May 2020 and had its own political course since 23 June 2016. On 03 November 2020 Imvrassia refresh state symbols with the adoption of a new flag, new standard and new arms for the emperors and a new coat of arms for the State.
National colors and symbols
The political history of Imvrassia until now is divided into three periods. The first period began with the establishment of the State in May 2011 and ending in October 2013, when it was transformed from a unitary into a federal state. The second season began on 5 October 2013 and lasted until 31 January 2016, when the Prince suspended the operation of the Constitution and the repeal of the federal structure of the state. The third period began on 31 January 2016 and continues.
Unitary State 2011-2013
The first Constitution of Imvrassia was published and came into force on 16 May 2011 and a year later, on 31 May 2012, took place the first revision of the constitution. At this time, the Head of Government was the Minister of State and two governments were formed. The first government lasted from 16 May 2011 to 31 May 2012, led by Marquise Kleio. The second government, led by Princess Aikaterini, lasted from 31 May 2012 to 31 August 2012 and from 10 December 2012 to 15 January 2013. At the period from 31 August 2012 until 10 December 2012, the office of the Minister of State had been temporarily removed. On 15 January 2013, the Prince issued a series of decrees, partly revised the constitution and gathered all the executive power in his hands and the office of the Minister of State had been removed once again.
Federal State 2013-2016
A new chapter began in the history of Imvrassia on 5 October 2013 when the Prince suggested a federal structure for the state and Imvrassia was organized as a Federal Constitutional Monarchy. The purpose of this constitutional change was to associate the monarchy with democracy, with a view to promoting more interest of the citizens on the political life of the country. Since then has been formed three governments. The first government was led by Princess Aikaterini as Federal Prime Minister, from 5 October 2013 until 20 May 2014. The second government was led by the then Grand Duke Stamatios (promotion to Magistros on 3 October 2015) as Federal Prime Minister from 20 May 2014 until 21 November 2015. The third government has formed on 21 November 2015 by Zoste Patrikia Panagiota until 1 January 2018. On 1 December 2015, after the proposal of Prince Aggelos, Imvrassia adopted the institution of co-reign. This institution has its origin in Hellenistic and Roman times, and came into force upon the proclamation of Caesar Stamatios at the office of Co - Prince of Imvrassia with the official address of His Highness the Co-Prince of Imvrassia, Stamatios I. This new office was been created in order to assist in the tasks of the Prince and his mandate lasts as long as desired by the Prince. The Constitution of Imvrassia was suspended on 31 January 2016 by the Prince. At the same day, the federal structure of the state was also cancelled and the co-Prince was dismissed from his duties.
Unitary State 2016-
The Imvrassia became a unitary state again on 31 January 2016, following a decision of the Prince to abolish the federal structure of the state. At the same time, he has suspended the operation of the Constitution and began to rule as an absolute monarch. On 3 February 2016 the Prince granted a new constitution and so Imvrassia returned into constitutional governance again as a constitutional monarchy and in addition, the institution of co-reign was maintained in the new constitution. On 21 March 2016 Imvrassia proclaimed to the status of a Kingdom after the decision of Prince Aggelos to assumed the title of King. This date was chosen to commemorate another political act of the Roman state, that on the same date on 629 Heraclius adopted for the monarch's official title, the title of Basileus. On 1 April 2016 King Aggelos appointed Caesar Stamatios as Co-King of Imvrassia with the official address of His Royal Highness the Co-King of Imvrassia, Stamatios I. On 20 August 2016 the Crown Princess Aikaterini, proclaimed as Queen of Imvrassia, with the official address of Her Majesty the Queen of Imvrassia, Aikaterini I equal to the position of King Aggelos, thus transforming the regime of Imvrassia from monarchy to diarchy. On 5 November 2016 King Aggelos abdicate from the throne and so Queen Aikaterini remain sole monarch. On 14 January 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted again the Diarchy with the proclamation of Caesar Stamatios as joint King with the official address of His Majesty the King of Imvrassia, Stamatios I equal to the position of Queen Aikaterini. From 1 January 2018 by Royal Decree Queen Aikaterini assumed the office of Chancellor and became and Head of Government, taking a more active role in the political life of the Kingdom. On 19 August 2018 Queen Aikaterini abdicate from the throne and so King Stamatios remain sole monarch. On 20 November 2018 at an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet, it was decided the replacement of the King Stamatios as he did not respond to his duties. The Crown was offered to Princess Aikaterini who accepted it and returned to the throne, while she remained the head of the government. On 25 February 2019 Magistros Stamatios has been appointed as Mesazon, ie Head of the Government. On 7 September 2019 Queen Aikaterini because of her non - micronational obligations, appointed Despotes Aggelos as Regent and was temporarily left the political life. On 1 November 2019, the Queen returned briefly to her duties and decided to share the throne with her grandfather, Magistros Stamatios, whom he proclaimed King. It was followed a Regent's decision, according to which Queen Aikaterini and King Stamatios were named Titular Kings without real power, retaining only the royal title. On 26 November 2019 Marquise Aikaterini (promotion to Grand Marquise on 27 February 2020 and new promotion to Pansebaste on 24 September 2020) has been appointed as Mesazon and has formed a new Government. On 1 January 2020 Imvrassia proclaimed to the status of an Empire after the decision of Despotes Aggelos to proclaim the Imvrassian Kigs as Emperors, due to the Roman heritage of the State. On 4 May 2020, the Regency expired with the return of the Emperors on their duties, even though the co-Emperor Stamatios is purely honorary and not full-fledged co-emperor. On 03 November 2020 Imvrassia refresh state symbols with the adoption of a new flag, new standard and new arms for the emperors and a new coat of arms for the State.
The current Constitution is in effect since 21 March 2016 and revised on 1 January 2020. The Crown appoints the Head of Government, who has the title of Mesazon. The Legislative power is exercised by the Crown and the Privy Council.
The Government is composed by:
The Mesazon supervise, coordinate and conduct all of the executives as Head of the Government and generally managing the day-to-day running of the State. Mesazon's assistants and deputies have the office of Megas Chartoularios.
- Ministry of State
It is responsible for publishing the decisions of the Government and to exercise supervision and administration over the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Police.
- Ministry of Internal Affairs and Technology
It is responsible for the internal functioning of the State, the supervision of the Provinces and Exarchates and everything that has to do with the internet and technological matters.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
It is responsible for diplomatic relations of the State with other sovereign states and organizations.
- Ministry of Finance
It is responsible for the proper and useful economic course of the State to promote social development.
- Ministry of Culture
It is responsible for the design, advocacy, dissemination and protection of the principles and values of Hellenic Culture within the State.
Ideology of State
The Crown and the Government of Imvrassia have adopted as an official principle of policy that Imvrassia continues the Hellenistic and Roman tradition and by extension consider Imvrassia successor of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire. This view is based on facts such as that Imvrassia's declaration of independence held on 11 May, the same day as Constantinople was declared the new capital of the Roman Empire, that is a micronation whose sovereignty extends in regions of the Eastern Roman Empire, the official language is Hellenic (Greek), ie the language spoken by its inhabitants as well as those in the Eastern Roman Empire and finally by the monarchical regime.
Especially for the official title of the Monarch has chosen the title of Prince in the Roman sense of the first citizen Princeps Civitatis. After the upgrading of the state status to be a Kingdom, the Monarch's title change to the title of Basileus, a title from ancient Greek history for the Sovereign. After the upgrading to the status of Empire, the Monarch's official title changed to the title of Basileus Autokrator. The title of Autokrator became entrenched as the official translation of Imperator during the Roman Empire and it was retained in archaic forms of address during ceremonies in the East Roman Empire. The revived form of Basileus Autokrator was a combination of titles reserved for the senior of several ruling co-emperors (συμβασιλείς, symbasileis) and denoted the person who held substantive political power. Furthermore for a male monarch was added the formula of Perpetuus Augustus and for a female the formula of Most Pious Augusta. The upgrading to the imperial status of Imvrassia, is the result of a strong Roman heritage on the political life of Imvrassia and due to the fact that Imvrassia is the only micronation in the old Roman East. From 1 December 2015 Imvrassia has adopted the institution of co - reign, an institution originating from the Hellenistic and Roman times. The monarch is capable to appoint a member of the Imperial House as his deputy to assist him in the management of the state. This has resulted that the then Caesar Stamatios being co-Prince (01 December 2015 - 31 January 2016) and co-King (01 April 2016 - 14 January 2017), but he was served as deputy head of state rather than as co-ruler. From 20 August until 5 November 2016 and from 14 January 2017 until 19 August 2018 Imvrassia was a Diarchy, ie there exist two Monarchs equal to their position. From 1 November 2019 Imvrassia became again a Diarchy, but the Monarchs had no real power for the benefit of an active regency until 04 May 2020. However, with the establishment of the Diarchy, the institution took the form of collective leadership and come closer to the Roman way of the Consortium imperii.
Also, the influence of Greek and Roman history is reflected in the titles which are adopted by Imvrassia both for the members of the Imperial House and for the state officials.
Responsible for the foreign relations of Imvrassia, is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a basic principle for the establishment of diplomatic relations, the government of Imvrassia has adopted the respect of the cultural and political differences between the micronations. Also, the Government of Imvrassia recognizes the independence and sovereignty of each state, which signs a treaty of friendship and mutual recognition. Anyone who wants to come in contact with the Imvrassia in order to initiate diplomatic relations can send e-mail to the address: email@example.com.
The administrative division of Imvrassia as a unitary state consists into :
- The Praetorian Prefectures as the largest administrative division of the late Roman Empire. According to geographical or political criteria the Crown could appoint a Praetorian Prefect to each of them with the rank of Despotes or Nobelissimos (for the members of the Imperial House) or an official with the title of Magistros or Pansebaste. The Praetorian Prefect's assistants and deputies have the office of Chartoularios and the administrative division of Praetorian Prefectures is consists of two categories :
- The Despotates which are the lands belonging to the Crown. Each Despotate can be divided into Archonties and the Crown can be appointed as ruler for each Despotate a member of the Imperial House with the rank of Nobelissimos or Despotes (for male) and Zoste Patrikia or Despotissa (for female). Their immediate assistants and deputies have the office of Chartoularios and also can be appointed to each Archontia an Archon.
- The Lands of the State wich are organized into Provinces and Exarchates. Each Province and Exarchate can be divided into Themes. The Crown can be appoint for each Province an Eponymous Archon and for an Exarchate an Exarch and their immediate assistants and deputies have the office of Chartoularios. Also by a ruler's decision, can be appointed to each Theme an Archon. The Exarchates (usually former states) has the full inner workings of government and on administrative issues, while allowed the establishment and operation of a representative-public advisory body under the name of the House of Representatives. This body will be under the chairmanship and responsibility of the Exarch.
The Imvrassia's Praetorian Prefectures and their subdivision into Despotates, Provinces and Exarchates.
|Praetorian Prefecture of Thracia|
|Despotate of Odrysia||450 square meters||Despotes Aggelos||-|
|Exarchate of Heptarchy of New Herakleia||TBA||-||-|
|Exarchate of New Byzantium||TBA||-||-|
|Praetorian Prefecture of Vlamaria|
|Province of Vlamaria||5,821 square meters||Pansebaste Aikaterini||3|
|Province of Nisia||4,500 square meters||Pansebaste Aikaterini||-|
|Province of Koumaradia||2,716 square meters||Zoste Patrikia Theologia||2|
|Province of Mandrida||1,401 square meters||Patrikia Panagiota||-|
|Praetorian Prefecture of Elladia|
|Despotate of Argadia||80 square meters||Despotes Aggelos||-|
|Province of Athinon||60 square meters||Magistros Ioannis||-|
|Exarchate of Great Ionia||TBA||Count Thomas-Marios||-|
|Province of Ionisia||70 square meters||Despotes Aggelos||-|
|Exarchate of New Mystras||TBA||Count Konstantinos of Kourka||-|
|Praetorian Prefecture of Hesperia|
|Exarchate of Orfalia||TBA||Magistros Basil of Lofokrithia||-|
The Empire of Imvrassia accepts new citizens and awards them the title of Baron or Baroness of Imvrassia, if they wish. If they do not want a title of nobility, they merely request citizenship and participate in the public life of the State.
Nobility and Aristocracy
The Crown has the right to award titles of nobility to citizens of the State, as well as to citizens of other states who support Imvrassia and its purposes. The titles of nobility conferred on residents of the State, permanent or not, are as follows:
- Magistros and Pansebaste of Imvrassia.
- Protosebastos and Protosebaste of Imvrassia.
- Count and Countess of Imvrassia.
- Sebastos and Sebaste of Imvrassia.
The titles of nobility conferred on friendly Heads of State and their officials are as follows:
- Kouropalates and Zoste Patrikia of Imvrassia (Heads of State).
- Marquess and Marquise of Imvrassia (for officials and members of royal houses).
- Count and Countess of Imvrassia (for officials).
- Baron and Baroness of Imvrassia (for honorary citizens and ambassadors).
On the occasion of the Anniversary of the 11th of May, the founding day of Imvrassia, the Crown of Imvrassia created honorary military titles and award them to the friends and the allies of Imvrassia.
These titles are:
- Domestic of the Schools (Heads of State with armed forces).
- Domestikos (Heads of State without armed forces).
- Protostrator (officials of other states with armed forces).
- Spatharios (officials of other states without armed forces).
- Taxiarch (friends of Imvrassia).
The House of Imvrassia
The ruling Dynasty of Imvrassia is officially called House of Imvrassia. The Monarch of Imvrassia is the Head of the Imperial House, of the State and commander-in-chief of the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Navy, having the ranks of Megas Domestikos and Megas Droungarios.
The members of the Imperial House of Imvrassia are considered the direct descendants of the founder of Imvrassia, Aggelos, and the descendants of those. 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 Government. A Patrikios and a Patrikia, without succession rights to the throne, can be promoted to the rank of Nobelissimos or Zoste Patrikia and a Patrikios or a Patrikia who have right of succession to the throne, can be promoted to the rank of Despotes or Despotissa. This promotion is the result of their appointment by the Crown as governors in a Crown land or in a Province. The male Heir of the Throne has the rank of Caesar and the female Heir of the Throne has the rank of Augusta. The currently Head of State and the Imperial House of Imvrassia is Her Majesty Most Pious Augusta Aikaterini I, Empress of Imvrassia while His Majesty Perpetuus Augustus Stamatios I, Emperor of Imvrassia, is purely honorary and not full-fledged co-emperor.
From 2 September 2015, the House of Imvrassia 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. On 7 October 2015, Orfalia became an Empire and His Highness changed his title and style 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 08 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 as a Despotate. 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 active and ceremonial titles of the Imvrassian Royal House are:
- Emperor or Empress of Imvrassia (1 January 2020 - )
- King or Queen of Argadia (15 May 2020 - 24 October 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)
- Prince of Imvrassia (11 May 2011 - 21 March 2016)
- Prince of the Heptarchy of New Herakleia (7 March 2012 - 12 January 2013)
- Prince of New Mystras (11 December 2012 - 15 January 2013)
- Head of the Commonwealth of Hellenic Micronations (25 November 2013 - 5 October 2016)
- Commissioner of the Despotate of Thrace (1 May 2013 - 5 October 2016)
- Despot of New Mystras (5 October 2013 - 5 October 2016)
- Archon of Ionisia (07 August 2018 - 25 July 2019)
- King or Queen of Ionisia (25 July 2019 - 26 September 2019)
- Duke of Argadia (23 June 2016 - 15 May 2020)
- Hegemon of the Hellenistic League (6 October 2016 - 09 May 2020)