Maarten I, Prince of Arkel

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Maarten I of Arkel
Maarten I van Arkel
Prince of Arkel, Duke of Gelre, Count of Holland and Flanders, Count of Bruggia, Count of Bruggia, Junker of Drakenhove
Prince of Arkel
In office:
01 July 2009-15 October 2012 & 2016
Predecessor Throne established
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Flandrensis
In office:
17 February 2010-15 October 2012
Predecessor Nicholas de Mersch d'Oyenberghe
Successor Nicholas de Mersch d'Oyenberghe
Lord of Arkel
In office:
April 2009-01 July 2009
Predecessor Throne established
Successor Maarten I of Arkel as Prince
Secretary-General of AMU
In office:
01 January 2011 - 01 January 2012
Predecessor James von Puchow
Successor Daniel Morris
Personal information
Born 1994
Political party Independent
Religion None (father: Catholic, mother: Dutch Reformed)

Maarten I of Arkel, Duke of Gelre, Count of Flanders and Holland, Count of Bruggia, Viscount of Poorhund and Domarainer, Junker of Drakenhove OLGM, OVDZ, COF, KDOD, ACCL (born 19 June 1994) was the Prince of Arkel. Besides being the Prince of Arkel, he was also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Flandrensis. Until New Year's Day 2012, he was Secretary-General of the Antarctic Micronational Union.

Creating a new micronation

In February 2009 he became citizen of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis and later he started his own micronation, the Principality of Arkel. It started with a Heerlijkheid but soon it became a Principality. The Prince claimed "Dean Island" and signed a treaty with Finismund that recognised the independency of Arkel. Arkel was first a vassal state of Flandrensis, but in 2010 they joined the Flandrensisian Commonwealth. In 2012 Maarten took a break in micronationalism to focus on his studies at university, he temporally gave the throne to Nicholas de Mersch d'Oyenberghe. After the the dissolution of the Commonwealth in 2016, the Flandrensian Grand Duke gave the throne back to Maarten. Later that year Maarten left micronationalism definitive.


  • Lord of Arkel (May 2009-1 July 2009)
  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Count of Mount-Siple (May 2009-15 October 2012)
  • Prince of Arkel (1 July 2009 – 15 October 2012)
  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Member of the Senate of Flandrensis (1 July 2009 – 1 March 2010)
  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Minister of Foreign Affairs of Flandrensis (1 March 2010 – 15 October 2012)
  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Member of the Parliament of Flandrensis (1 March 2010 – present)
  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Regent of Flandrensis (23 April 2010 – 30 April 2010)
  • Secretary-General of AMU (1 January 2011 – 1 January 2012)
  • Prince of Arkel (2016- inactive)

Titles and Styles

  • Reference Style: His Serene Highness(Dutch: Zijne Doorluchtige Hoogheid)
  • Spoken Style: Your Serene Highness (Dutch: Uwe Doorluchtige Hoogheid)
  • Alternative Style: Sir (Dutch: Meneer)