Archduchy of Mimas

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Archduchy of Mimas
Our Moon Banner of Mimas.jpgStora Riksvapnet Mimas.png

Motto
Sequimur rectior dux stella populum (Latin: We follow the rightful leader of the star people)
Anthem
The Archduke's Hymn
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Grevie, Sweden
Official language(s)Swedish and English
DemonymMimasian
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- ArchdukeChristoph II
- Minister-PresidentLia Lovisa Rudh
LegislatureConstitutional Monarchy
Established2010
Area claimed0,11525km²
Population56 (2021 census)
CurrencyMimasian Seraf
Patron saintSt. Thora

www.royalmimas.com

The Archduchy of Mimas, commonly known as Mimas, is a Scandinavian entity which expresses a formal claim of sovereignty but lacks recognition by most external observers and is most commonly classified as a micronation[1]. Mimas is a constitutional monarchy with the Archduke Christoph II as head of state. The nation, founded on 30 April 2010, lays territorial claims upon a minor region on the Bjäre peninsula in the south of Sweden, and extraterrestrial claims upon the moon Mimas[2]. The main territory borders Sweden on all sides. Mimas does not have an official capital city but according to Mimasian legend the capital's name is Galileo, named after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei.

History

The First Mimasian Monarchy

On 30 April 2010 the Archduchy of Mimas was founded by Archduke Christoph I Henry. The nation did only claim the Saturn moon Mimas. Due to the Mimasian December Revolution in 2012 the monarchy and the nation was dissolved. The revolution fought initially only to change the constitutional law stating that "Nobility is not hereditary", but the conflict escalated and the Archduke saw no other solution than to abdicate. After Archduke's abdication, the revolutionary leaders did not take power and the Archduchy of Mimas fell into ruin.

The Second Mimasian Monarchy

On 30 April 2015 the Archduchy of Mimas was reinstated[3] by Archduke Christoph II the son of Archduke Christoph I Henry. The Archduchy laid once again a claim on Mimas with a new focus on the mythical history of the Archduchy. Due to Christoph II living in Malmö the Royal Headquarters was created.

MicroWikia conflict

In the first week of May 2015 administrators on MicroWikia and Mimasian officials fell to conflict on labeling the Archduchy of Mimas as a fantasy nation. This started because of Mimas' extraterrestrial claims. Mimas soon added parts of the village of Grevie[4], Sweden to their claim after a majority vote in parliament[5]. This did not help Mimas' case and the MicroWikia administrators chose to continue to label Mimas as a fantasy nation. Mimasian officials then sent an open letter[6] to MicroWikia which led to Mimas' cause gaining support from other micronations on Twitter. On 5 May 2015 Jonathan I of Austenasia invited the Archduchy of Mimas to make an article on MicroWiki instead.

Palatine Duchy of Mud

On May 5 2020 the Archduchy of Mimas and the Duchy of Mud signed a treaty of mutual recognition. The Duchy of Mud was located in Minnesota and the citizens were of Swedish descent. Andrew Lind, the then head of state in Mud, showed great interest in Mimas and the Mimasian culture. After a couple of months of correspondence, Lind asked Mimas to incorporate the Duchy of Mud into the Archduchy of Mimas. A commission was assigned to create a framework for semi-autonomous regions within Mimas and on January 3 2021 the Palatine Duchy of Mud was announced[7].

Travels and visits

Listed below are travels and visits made by Mimasian officials and do not reflect the private travels of Mimasian officials.

  • 2015 June, July, August: HRH Christoph II and other representatives of the government traveled through Russia, Mongolia and China connecting with allies and friends in Asia[8].
  • 2016 September: the Royal Family, being of Korean descent, traveled to Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • 2017 July: The government and Royal Household visited Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2017 September: HRH Christoph II and members of the Mimasian peerage traveled to Gdansk, Poland.
  • 2018 February: The Royal Household visited Berlin, Germany.
  • 2018 June, July: The government and Royal Household visited Beijing and Xi'an, China a second time in order to reconnect with friends and allies from the last Asian visit.
  • 2019 November: The Royal Family visited Warswaw, Poland.

National Symbols

The Archduchy of Mimas has several national symbols. The most important is considered to be the flag followed by the greater coat of arms. All of the symbols have a cultural and historical connection and was decided upon and created with the intention of creating a sense of national unity. Many of the later national symbols were created by the Royal Awards Academy under the supervision of Sir Brian Helwater.

List of National and Official symbols of Mimas

Symbol Name Image
National Flag Flag of Mimas Our Moon Banner of Mimas.jpg
Great Coat of Arms Great Coat of Arms of Mimas Stora Riksvapnet Mimas.png
National motto Sequimur rectior dux stella populum (Latin: We follow the rightful leader of the star people)
National animal Wild boar
National flower Lily of the valley
National holidays National Day/Walpurgis Eve
Archduke's birthday
Official language Swedish
English
National calendar Gregorian calendar
National Beverage Julmust

Royal Orders

In 2015 Christoph II founded the Order of Saturn and the Order of St. Thora[9]. During the First Mimasian Monarchy no official orders or awards were handed out. In order to be able to celebrate and honor important members of the Mimasian community Christoph II invited Countess Duhn to create the Order of Saturn and the St. Thora Prize and Order.

Government and politics

The logo of the Royal Parliament of Mimas

The Royal Parliament is the legislative core in the Archduchy of Mimas. It is a combination of elected representatives, nobles, and landowners. The majority holder and therefore the party in government is the Mimasian Monarchist Party. The Marchioness of Frerona is the current Minister-President. The main opposition party is the Mimasian Center Party with Duke Nido d'Angelo as its leader. General elections are traditionally held in early April every year and the parliament holds 43 seats as of 2017. The number of seats in the Royal Parliament is changing from election to election because of the way seats are distributed.

Seats

Type of Holder Number of Seats
Elected rep. 2 seats / rep.
Noble rep. 1 seat / rep.
Landowning rep. 0,1 seat / indoor square meter

This form of distribution means that a political party can hold mandate without actually be voted into parliament for example through the Landowner seats. It also means that if a Noble or Landowner becomes an Elected representative he or she will hold both the 2 Elected representative seats and their Noble or Landowner seats. However, if a Noble is also Landowner he or she can not add these seats together.

Political parties in Parliament

This list consists of the three political parties registered for the 2021 election and their number of seats in parliament following the 2017 election.[10]

Party Logo Party Leader Ideology(s) System Parliament
Mimasian Monarchist Party
MMP
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Lia Lovisa Rudh
Minister-President
Centrism
Monarchism
National
23 / 43
Mimasian Center Party
MCP
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Victor Lárbro
Centre-right
National
13 / 43
Despotic Front Party[11]
DFP
Despotic Front Logo button.png
Alfie Johnson
Big tent
Centre-left
National
0 / 43

Mimasian Monarchist Party

In the 2015 Election to the Royal Parliament the Mimasian Monarchist Party received 60% of the popular vote giving them majority in the parliament. The party's leader Lia Lovisa Rudh, 1st Marhioness of Frerona was elected Minister-President. During their five years in power they have written over 50 pieces of legislation. Among the more notable pieces of legislation is the National Day Initiative making April 30 a national holiday.

Mimasian Center Party

The Mimasian Center Party was the second political party to establish in Mimas. It was founded by Victor Lárbro, 1st Duke of Nido d'Angelo in June 2015. The Mimasian Center Party is after the 2015 election the second largest party in the Royal Parliament. In a poll released in October 2020, the support of the Mimasian Center Party had fallen to 5,9%.[12]

Despotic Front Party

In 2020 a third party was established in the Royal Parliament. Alfie Johnson founded the Despotic Front Party as a counterweight to the other more traditional parties. Their slogan "enlightenment for all" is said to represent the core values of the party. In January of 2021 the party announced that "Enlightenment" was their official slogan for the 2021 election[13]. The Despotic Front Party wants to educate the Mimasians on the democratic process in Mimas[14].

Mimasian naming customs

Mimasian naming customs are historical and cultural traditions for naming citizens practised in the Archduchy of Mimas. According to these customs, a citizen's name can consist of certain letters while others are left out.

The letter c

Many citizens who are not born in the Archduchy of Mimas have Scandinavian names. In Scandinavia the letter k is frequently used, however in Mimas this letter is replaced by a c. As an example the Swedish spelling of Viktor and Kristoffer would in Mimasian culture be Victor and Christoffer.

The eau sound

Scandinavian languages contain the letter å. In Mimasian culture this letter is exchanged with the letters eau if the å is not the first letter of the word.

Foreign relations

The Archduchy of Mimas seek recognition and diplomatic relations with any nation older than one year. Mimas is actively working to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and never enters relations with nations breaking said rights. Formal relations are only obtained through the signing of a treaty.

The Archduchy of Mimas currently has official diplomatic relations with the following nations:

# Name Official Relations Date of Recognition Full Name Further details
1
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Arcadia
Yes 4 May 2015 Empire of Arcadia
2  Surland Yes 2 August 2015 Principality of Surland
3  Lorenzburg Yes 2 August 2015 Principality of Lorenzburg
4  Karnia-Ruthenia Yes 7 May 2015 Karno-Ruthenian Empire
5
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Zackalantis
Yes 10 May 2015 United Kingdoms of Zackalantis
6
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Smyrna
Yes 7 August 2015 Kingdom of Smyrna
7
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Cascatia
Yes 9 May 2015 Kingdom of Cascatia
8
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New Nicaea
Yes 9 November 2016 Principality of New Nicaea
9
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NorAuthwik
Yes 30 December 2017 Principality of NorAuthwik
10
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Mud
Former 5 May 2020 Duchy of Mud Incorporated into Mimas as the Palatine Duchy of Mud[15]
11  Vishwamitra Yes 9 September 2020[16] State of Vishwamitra
12  Ikonia Yes 30 December 2020 Kingdom of Ikonia
13  Queensland Yes 3 January 2021 Kingdom of Queensland
14
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Florensia
Yes 18 January 2021[17] Free State of Florensia
15
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Pikeland
Yes 23 January 2021[18] Grand Duchy of Pikeland

Coast Guard

Formed in 2019, the coastal and maritime surveillance in Mimas is upheld by His Royal Highness' Coast Guard (HRHCG). In October 2020 HRHCG consisted of three active or semi-active employees. His Royal Highness Archduke Christoph II has been the honorary Commodore of HRHCG since its formation.

Military

The armed forces of the Archduchy of Mimas do solely fill a defensive and coffee drinking purpose. In 2020 the armed forces were divided into two branches; the Mimasian Army and the Mimasian Navy. While the Army only accepts Mimasian citizens, the Navy has a tradition of awarding titles of honorary commander to foreign citizens[19].

Coat of arms of the Army.

Military practice consists of coffee tasting and training strategy via PC games[20]. The Archduke is the highest ranking officer as General[21].

Coffee Drinking Requirement

The conscription laws were revised in August of 2020[22]. The new rules made being an at least occasional coffee drinker a requirement for entering the armed forces. From 2020 the citizenship form was also revised and added information on the applicant's coffee drinking habits. If a new citizen fulfilled the requirements they would automatically be conscripted into the armed forces at the rank of private.

A Mimasian military propaganda poster.

See also

References

  1. Sawe, Benjamin. What Is A Micronation Retrieved 2021-01-22
  2. Official Webpage About Retrieved 2021-01-15
  3. Government News Archive. The Archduchy resurrected Retrieved 2021-01-10
  4. Government News Archive. The result of the Claim Vote in Parliament Retrieved 2021-01-14
  5. Official Twitter Account Terrestrial Claim Retreieved 2021-01-14
  6. Official Twitter Account Open Letter to MicroWikia Retrieved 2021-01-15
  7. Official Twitter Account Announcing the Palatine Duchy of Mud Retrieved 2021-01-16
  8. Government News Archive 2015 Summer Itinerary Retrieved 2021-01-15
  9. Government News Archive. The Archduke's Speech 2015-11-05 Retrieved 2021-01-14
  10. Royal Parliament Information on the Royal Parliament Retrieved 2021-01-14
  11. Government News Archive. Despotic Front launched on Twitter. .17 October 2020.
  12. Official Twitter Account October Poll 2020 Retrieved 2020-12-11
  13. Official Twitter Account of Despotic Front 2021 Campaign Retrieved 2021-01-12
  14. Official Webpage [Royal Parliament] Retrieved 2021-01-17
  15. Official Twitter Account Incorporating Mud Retrieved 2021-01-15
  16. Archducal Archives Treaty of Mutual Recognition Retrieved 2021-01-15
  17. Official Twitter Account Treaty of Mutual Recognition Retrieved 2021-01-20
  18. Official Twitter Account [1] Retrieved 2021-04-18
  19. Government News Archive Honorary Commanders in the Navy Retrieved 2021-01-15
  20. Government News Archive The Mimasian Defense Force Retrieved 2021-01-14
  21. Official Webpage Mimasian Defense Force Retrieved 2021-01-26
  22. Official Webpage Coffee Drinking Requirement Retrieved 2021-01-26

External links

List of micronations