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Kingdom of Ruritania
| Kingdom of Ruritania |
|- Monarch||Queen Anastasia Sophia Maria Helena von Rubenroth Elphberg|
The Kingdom of Ruritania is a micronation with extensive claims to a fictional enclave in Europe. The history of the nation prior to the 1950s is based on the plot and setting of The Prisoner of Zenda, a fictional novel which takes place in the Kingdom of Ruritania. Although the country began in 1967 as a geofictional project based on the fictional nation, since the advent of the Internet it has evolved into a relatively well-known simulationist micronation with activities taking place in the real world.
The retention of Ruritania's fictional backstory has led to some controversy and criticism from those who consider the micronation to be too vague about the division between its fictional and its genuine claims.
The founder of the nation, Queen Anastasia Sophia Maria Helena von Rubenroth Elphberg ,is the ruler of Ruritania, having re-assumed the throne in 2010 following the death of her husband, King Wilhelm-Rudolph, who had served as King since their marriage in 1970. Her Majesty the Queen is assisted in her government duties by her daughters, Grand Duchess Juliana and Grand Duchess Lydia, the former of whom is also the heir apparent to the throne.
Ruritania is an absolute monarchy ruled under the principles of divine right, but does not have a state religion. The fictional location of the country lies somewhere between Dresden and Prague, but the actual physical presence of the government is in an embassy maintained in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The Queen of Ruritania has undertaken several state visits, including one with the Republic of Molossia in 2013. Her Majesty also attended MicroCon 2015 in Anaheim, California, and co-hosted MicroCon 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. During MicroCon 2017, a lavish reception was held at the Ruritanian Embassy for the delegates of the conference.