Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

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Most Serene Empire of Azzurria
Italian: Serenissimo Impero di Azzurria

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Flag
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Coat of Arms

Motto
Pax et Libertas
Peace and Liberty
Anthem
Imperial Azzurrian March


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Location of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria (light blue),
in Europe (dark grey)

Capital city Azzurria
Largest city Pasqualia
Official language(s) Italian
Official religion(s) None
Short name Empire of Azzurria
Demonym Azzurrian (English)
Azzurriano (Italian)
Government Elective constitutional monarchy,
diarchy, one-party State
- Emperors Mario I
Legislature Light Blue Commission
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 13
- Last election - 3 April 2018
Established 20 September 2016 (as Tower City State)
27 October 2016 (actual)
Area claimed 0,00166795 km²
Population 7 (Residents)
53 (Total, including non residents)
Currency Azzurrian Crown
Time zone UTC+1
National sport Association Football
National dish Pizza
National drink Water
National animal Dog
Patron saint St. Pasquale
Founding member of the Society of Italophone Micronations, Society of Micronations and of the Micronational Union of Twin Towns, co-founder of the Azzurrian-Unironic Economic Pact

Official Website
Official Twitter

The Empire of Azzurria, officially the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria (Italian: Serenissimo Impero di Azzurria), is an autonomous territorial entity based in Italy, of which it is an enclave, and by which it is landlocked.
It claims to be a sovereign state, but is more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers.
What makes this micronation particular, is that it consists of territories that are owned by the current rulers of the Micronation, with even an own permanent population.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is the founding member of the Society of Italophone Micronations, Society of Micronations and of the Micronational Union of Twin Towns, co-founder of the Azzurrian-Unironic Economic Pact and claims a tacit recognition from Malaysia and from Spain, after that its official Twitter account has been followed by official people and Offices attributable to them.

Etymology

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria takes the name from its capital, Azzurria, which takes its name from one of the national colors, the light blue (azzurro, in Italian).

History

Independence declaration, ratified and signed on 20 September 2016

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria claimed independence from Italy on 20 September 2016, as Tower City State.
First achievements in matter of foreign affairs and diplomacy arrived five days after the declaration of independence, on 25 September 2016, when it joined the Union Against Micronational War and formalised its two first mutual recognitions and diplomatic affairs, with the Kingdom of Imvrassia and the Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia.
On 27 October 2016. the Tower City State became an Empire, with the denominaton of Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.

As Tower City State

Enikő I abdication crisis

On the late evening of 5 October 2016, the State Captain Enikő I confessed to the other State Captain, Fabrizio I, her will to abdicate and even break their romantic relationship, for private reasons.
The next day, on 6 October, Fabrizio I called for a joint meeting together with the Light Blue Commission and the Governorship, for discuss about this abdication crisis.
On media declarations, the Secretary of State Francesca Roma stated that the decision was not official, but still everything was possible, comprising abdication of Fabrizio I too, and that the eventual decision to officialise the Sede Vacante was postponed on the evening of the same day.
However, at 20:00 (local time), Enikő I returned on her decision and revoked her abdication.

First referendum about national flag and coat of arms

First flag, adopted since the creation of the State
New coat of arms, winner of the referendum, adopted as the new national coat of arms until 21 October 2016

On 13 October 2016, the Secretary of State Francesca Roma announced that a referendum has been scheduled for the next day, 14 October 2016, concerning the opinion of the population about the national flag and coat of arms, including alternatives.
The referendum has been scheduled starting at 10:00 AM local time, with closure time at 04:00 PM local time.
Citizens voted sending an email through the contact section of the official website, including the preference and the image of the passport of the voting citizen.
On 14 October 2016, twenty-nine of the thirty citizens having electoral rights voted for the referendum; four people voted for keep the national symbols while all the other twenty-five voted for the proposal #2 that, with immediate effect, replaced the old symbols.

Resignation of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs

On the late evening of 15 October 2016, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Tower City State, Giuseppe Brosco, has irrevocably resigned from his office[1], with effect from 23:59 of 16 October 2016, because of the incompatibility between the institutional position covered by him in the Tower City State and the job, just obtained by him, in a company located in Como (Italy).
After public thanks from Giuseppe Brosco, displayed on a news message on the official website, the State Captains added that his successor, with effect from 17 October 2016, will be Mr. Vittorio Fiore, a citizen of the Tower City State, born in Italy.

National flag set on fire

The national flag, set on fire on 21 October 2016

On 21 October 2016, at 13:01 (local time), the Tower City State announced that few minutes before was set on fire, by unknowns, the national flag displayed outside the Royal Palace.
It was left a document, in which was required a new referendum about the national flag and coat of arms, restoring the blue as the national color along with white, in place of yellow. The authors of the act added that they wanted to wait until the midnight, and that was ready to extraordinary measures if their request was not heeded.
After about a quarter hour, the Corps of Gendarmerie announced that they arrested Deborah Liotti, Secretary of Employment and Citizenship, and Samantha Dollena, Secretary of Heritage and Tourism.
The State Captain Fabrizio I said that they have been removed, with immediate effect, from their governative positions and have withdrawn their citizenships.
He also added that, together with the Yellow Commission, proposed another referendum on the flag and the national coat of arms, to prevent the repeating of these actions.

Second referendum about national flag and coat of arms

Third national flag, in a mini and simplified version, showed inside the Royal Palace

On 21 October 2016, Fabrizio I, State Captain of the Tower City State announced that a referendum has been scheduled for the same day, concerning the opinion of the population about the national flag and coat of arms, including alternatives.
The referendum has been scheduled starting at 15:30 local time, with closure time at 16:30 local time.
Citizens voted sending an email through the contact section of the official website, including the preference and the image of the passport of the voting citizen.
On 21 October 2016, twenty-nine of the thirty-one citizens having electoral rights voted for the referendum; three people voted for keep the national symbols, four people voted for the second proposal and twenty-two voted for the first proposal that, with immediate effect, replaced the old symbols and the Yellow Commission has been renominated as Light Blue Commission.

Creation of the title "Eternal Captain of State"

From 22 to 27 October 2016, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria (then being known as the Tower City State), was the only one Country in the world, together with the North Korea, to be ruled de jure by a death person

On 22 October 2016 the Tower City State announced that the draft law prepared by the State Captain Fabrizio I was accepted by the Light Blue Commission in the same day.
The law establishes the title of Eternal Captain, to be assigned to the memory of Pasquale I, loved maternal uncle of Fabrizio I and also national patron, passed away last December.
He becomes de jure the head of State of the Tower City State, although in fact the State Captains remain joint heads of State de facto.
Basically the Tower City State becomes the only one Country in the world, together with North Korea, that is ruled de jure by a deceased person (this is called necrocracy).
Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the State remains an elective constitutional monarchy under diarchy between the two State Captains of opposite sex gender, that continue to perform their duties of heads of State as before.
The title of Eternal Captain is therefore purely honorific, although legally valid.
However, after the transformation of the Tower City State into an Empire, this title has been abolished.

Transition from Tower City State to Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

New and actual coat of arms. The horses represent the Emperor and Empress that together are the head of State of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

On 26 October 2016, the Light Blue Commission, the Governorship, the judges and Fabrizio I and Enikő I started a joint meeting with the purpose to transformation of the State into an Empire, with the annexation of another territory owned by the current leaders.
On 27 October 2016, after one day, the State publically communicated that the transition has been completed, and updated all its websites, changing also the national symbols and the denomination, becoming the "Most Serene Empire of Azzurria" (Italian: Serenissimo Impero di Azzurria).
The State Captains became the Emperor and Empress of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.

As Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

Expansion of the national territory

Emblem of Pasqualia, the biggest city of the Empire

In the same day of the transformation into an Empire, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria annexed the city of Pasqualia, located in the same Italian city of the previous only one territory of Azzurria, Messina (Italy).
With the annexation of Pasqualia, the national territory's size increased to 0,00129594 km².

Annexation of Balilla and San Pietropoli

On 10 November 2016, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria annexed the cities of Balilla and San Pietropoli, located in the Italian city of Messina.
With these new annexations, the national territory's size increased to 0,00166795 km².

Introduction of the first, own, national currency

On 15 November 2016, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria introduced the Azzurrian Crown, as its new official national currency, replacing the Italian Lira.
It comprises of six banknotes and no coins, and has been unilaterally pegged 1:1 to Euro; the money change service is possible at the Royal Palace or at every foreign embassy.
The first six banknotes printed are exposed in the Numismatic collection of Fabrizio I.

Abdication of Enikő I

Emblem of Sede Vacante, declared for its first time on 14 December 2016

On 14 December 2016, through a communicate on the national website, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria announced that, on the late evening of the previous day, Enikő I did successfully abdicated from her throne.
The Emperor, Fabrizio I, declared the Sede Vacante status for her empty position, and nominated the Secretary of State Francesca Roma as regent of the Empress throne, until a Conclave will be held.

2017 Conclave

On 03 January 2017 the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria announced, through its official website, the indiction of a Conclave for the election of the new Empress, to be held on 10 January 2017, with further daily other sessions if the first one should not be successful.
At 12:15 of 10 January 2017, the first day of Conclave has ended, after 2:15 hours; the result has been null, so the Conclave has been prorogated with a new session to be held on the next day, 11 January 2017, with the same beginning time.
The second day of Conclave has been longer, ending at 15:09 local time, and still without a successful election of the new Empress; a new session has been announced to be held on the next day, 12 January 2017, with the same beginning time.
On 12 January, the third session of Conclave began at 10:00 local time; after just fifty-two minutes it has been closed, and the news of the successful election of the new Empress has been released through the official website and Twitter page of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.
The new Empress of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has been introduced to the population and to the foreign States through a press release on the official website; she took the regnant name of Saloua I.

Geography

Geographic map of Azzurria, the Capital. Are clearly visible the Royal gardens and the Royal palace
Geographic map of Pasqualia, the largest city. Are clearly visible the gardens and the summer palace

The territory, with its total area of 0,00166795 km² (17953.66 ft²), is an enclave of the Italian island Sicily, the biggest island on the Mediterranean Sea.
The national territory is flat, except for the area in which is located the old tower, which is situated at an higher height than the rest of the territory.
The tower, with its 20 meters, is the highest point of the territory.
Plants and green cover approximately the 90% of the territory, making the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria one of the greenest Micronation in the world.

Climate

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is part of the climate area CSA, a warm climate and very dry summers and mild and rainy in the winter semester. Also called Mediterranean climate, with temperature changes significantly contained in any season. The winter, rather short, presents rare cold episodes in sparse cases it can even bring snow. The last snowy episode, occurred in 31 December 2014, preceded the event of the winter 1999. Summer is moderately hot and not particularly humid. In fact, the average value of moisture tends to be lower during the hottest hours of the day. Moreover, the presence of frequent sea breezes tend to contain the highest temperature values; only in the presence of southern winds (during the main heat waves) you can reach 40° C, but in these cases the rates of humidity become very low falling below 20%. Rainfall is significant and in fact the average annual of rainfall is 846.9 mm, mainly concentrated in autumn and winter, but in summer there are also opportunities for short thunderstorms.

Climate data for the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.4
(57.9)
14.7
(58.5)
16.1
(61)
18.3
(64.9)
22.5
(72.5)
26.8
(80.2)
30.0
(86)
30.5
(86.9)
27.5
(81.5)
23.2
(73.8)
18.8
(65.8)
15.8
(60.4)
21.6
(70.9)
Average low °C (°F) 10.1
(50.2)
9.8
(49.6)
10.9
(51.6)
12.5
(54.5)
16.4
(61.5)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
24.2
(75.6)
21.5
(70.7)
17.8
(64)
14.1
(57.4)
11.6
(52.9)
16.1
(61)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 102.9
(4.051)
100.2
(3.945)
83.4
(3.283)
68.3
(2.689)
33.8
(1.331)
12.7
(0.5)
20.0
(0.787)
25.6
(1.008)
63.9
(2.516)
113.7
(4.476)
119.5
(4.705)
102.9
(4.051)
845.9
(33.303)
Source: Wikipedia

Economy

Banknotes of the Azzurrian Crown

The economy of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is managed by the Secretary of Finance and Economic Development.
In the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, according to the Constitution, all the members of the public administration do not get a salary.
The economy is based almost exclusively on the offerings of the population (there are no taxes on the population, they are free to donate what they want) and the existing assets, including the consistent donations from the Royal Family that help the State to can cover every cost of the public administration.
Since the national economy is characterized by the absence of direct taxes and the presence of a confidential banking secrecy, this makes the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria a kind of "tax haven."
The Azzurrian Crown is the national currency, having been adopted on 15 November 2016. It has replaced the Empire's previous currency, the Italian Lira, and it is unofficially pegged 1:1 to Euro.

State-owned Enterprises

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has three State-owned enterprises, respectively the Postal Service of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria and the Azzurrian Polygraphic Institute.
It is planned for a next future the foundation of other two State-owned enterprises, namely a national television and a national newspaper.

Transports

In the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, there are no highways, railways, seaports and airports, because the territory's little size.
According to the Constitution of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, citizens are not allowed to possess (and/or drive) every kind of vehicle inside the national territory, due to the uselessness of a vehicle.
This law makes the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria the first State in the world with a totally absent impact concerning the CO2 emissions.
The only access to the national territory is from the italian city of Messina, which can be reached easily through the international airport of Catania.

Politic

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The Governorship of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is the body which exercises the executive power in the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria[2], while the Light Blue Commission of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria exercises the legislative power[3] and the judiciary power is exercised by the judiciary system.
Citizens that are members of the Nationalist Party of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria can apply on the official website for be a new member of the Light Blue Commission, if there are vacancies; the minimum age for can be a candidate is 18 years old.
The Secretary of State is appointed directly from the Emperors.
The Supreme Court of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is the highest judicial authority in the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.
The Emperors are together leaders of the Nationalist Party of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.

Political Parties

Within the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, there is only one political party, the Nationalist Party of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria[4].

Party Name Emblem Short Name Leader(s) Position Colours Seats in the Light Blue Commission
Partito Nazionalista del
Serenissimo Impero di Azzurria (IT)
Nationalist Party of the
Most Serene Empire of Azzurria (EN)
SIANationalistPartyLogo.png PNSIA (IT)
NPMSEA (EN)
Mario I, Emperor of Azzurria Nationalist Light blue and white
13 / 13

Secretaries of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

The Secretaries of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria are the equivalent of Ministers, in charge of their homonym Offices.
They are eleven, plus the Secretary of State, that is the equivalent of a Prime Minister, and its Deputy.
The Secretary of State is appointed directly by the Emperors and has the main duty of coordinate the other Secretaries, and being the spokesman for the Nationalist Party of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, while the Deputy Secretary of State has the main duty of substitute the Secretary of State in its duties when there are situations that require it (for example in foreign visits of State or in quality of spokesmen of the Nationalist Party).

Administrative divisions

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria includes four cities, Azzurria, Balilla, Pasqualia and San Pietropoli.

Emblem Map Name Annexed Population Area Mayor Flagmap
Cities of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria
SIAEmblemAzzurria.png SIAGeographicMapAzzurria.png Azzurria 20 September 2016 6 in winter
1-3 in summer
0,0003112 km² Nicola Fontana Flagmap Azzurria.png
SIAEmblemBalilla.png SIAGeographicMapBalilla.png Balilla 10 November 2016 1 0,00025839 km² Nino Trento Flagmap Balilla.png
SIAEmblemPasqualia.png SIAGeographicMapPasqualia.png Pasqualia 27 October 2016 0 in winter
2 in summer
0,00098474 km² Federica Lanchi Flagmap Pasqualia.png
SIAEmblemSanPietropoli.png SIAGeographicMapSanPietropoli.png San Pietropoli 10 November 2016 0 in winter
8 in summer
0,00011362 km² Rosa Trento Flagmap San Pietropoli.png

Demographics

Languages

Languages spoken by the population

Inside the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, Italian has the status of national language.
English is the most known foreign language, used especially along the national language in foreign affairs, but it has not status of official language.
Being a multicultural population, coming from various Countries of the world, the population of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has also other unofficial languages spoken in their native Countries, like Hungarian, as being the native language of the Emeritus Empress Enikő I, and Arab, as being the mother language together with Italian of the Secretary of Sport of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria Jasmine Hossain.

Population

Countries (in light blue) from where the population originally comes

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has an overall population of fifty-three persons (January 2017 census).
Actually, the population of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is composed by people that comes from several Countries, among which for example Italy.

Kind of citizen Total number of citizens Number of citizens residents Electoral rights
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Dogs 1 1 X mark.png
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The permanent population of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is composed by seven persons, including Emperor Fabrizio I, his dog and his family. The remaining of the population lives outside the national borders but sometimes they visit the Empire, especially the members of the public administration that come to perform their duties.

Citizenship

According to article 31 of the Constitution of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, the citizenship is granted to:

  • A son/daughter of a father/mother with citizenship of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, who was born inside the national territory;
  • A son/daughter of a father/mother with citizenship of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, who was born outside the national territory;
  • Everyone that has received it by an Act of the Light Blue Commission or a Royal Decree;
  • Everyone that has applied for the citizenship from the official website, and has received a positive answer.

In the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, the citizenship is assigned to people by the Citizenship Office in the various foreign embassies of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria and at the Royal Palace inside the national territory.
Currently it provides citizens of an identity card, in .png image file, upon request for a fee of 2000 Italian Lira (approximately 1€). Citizens can print it and use as personal document, only inside the national territory and inside the foreign embassies.
For can receive the citizenship of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is necessary to apply through the official website, and the Citizenship Office will take care of the request.
People that receive the citizenship can also apply (or the Govern can also ask/require) for the establishment of a new Embassy in their native Country, if they match the following requirements:

  • To join the Citizenship Office and take care of the citizenship requests from people located in the Country of their Embassy;
  • To take care of the duties of the Embassy;
  • To respect the laws of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria;
  • To exhibit the national flag of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria inside and/or outside the Embassy.

National Corps

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has three national corps[5] and, mostly important, does not have a national army.
According to Article 2, point 3, of its Constitution, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of other peoples and as a means of settling international disputes; the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria promotes and encourages international organizations addressed to peace and justice between world nations.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, according to its Constitution, can declare war to another State only for defensive purposes.

Logo Name Foundation Tasks
SIACustoms.png Corps of Customs of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria 20 September 2016 Custom Office national service
SIAEmergency.png Corps of Emergency of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria 20 September 2016 Firefighting, medical and emergency national service
SIAGendarmerie.png Corps of Gendarmerie of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria 20 September 2016 Borders protection, police corp and Royal Family protection

National Currency

Banknote of 1000 Italian Lire

Within the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, the national currency is the Italian Lira, valid only inside the national borders and inside the foreign embassies of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria. Every use outside these places is strictly forbidden.
It was the previous national currency of Italy, from 1861 until 2002 when Italy officially adopted Euro.
This is the first document case of a State that uses, as national currency, a foreign dismissed currency.
It has banknotes in Lira (₤) values, for 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 50000, 100000 and 500000 Lire, and coins in Lira (₤) values, for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Lire.
The Italian Lira is also used for the postal service (stamps) inside the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria and its foreign embassies.

Culture

Cuisine

Ricotta's cannoli, world famous Sicilian sweet
Swordfish, world famous Messina's fish dish
Arancino, world famous Messina's food, with its typical triangular shape
Goulash, world famous Hungarian food

The cuisine of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria is a mix of specialties from Messina and Hungary.
Are dishes based on fish and seafood: swordfish, mussels and tuna. About meat, chops are the most popular. Traditional sweets are: pignolata, black and white and the ricotta's cannoli (with chocolate variant). Typical is also the Messina's focaccia (curly endive, desalted anchovies, black pepper and tuma cheese), rustics (arancini, pidoni, mozzarella in carriage), a lot of kind of pasta (spaghetti with clams, with mussels, lasagne, ecc...) and granita, in various tastes (strawberry, lemon, almond, mulberry, chocolate, pistachio, with cream) accompanied by the famous brioche, very different from other brioches in form and flavor.
About the Hungarian cuisine, traditional dishes introduced in the cuisine of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria are Goulash (gulyás stew or gulyás soup) and a lot of dishes flavoured with paprika (ground red peppers). Other dishes are chicken paprikash, Dobos Cake, onion soup, chinese chicken, mushrooms soup and frankfurter soup.

Public Holidays

World Human Rights Day, one of the most important holidays in the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria celebrates nine national days and thirteen commemoration days.
All the public holidays are officially defined by a Decree from the Emperors, and employers are encouraged to offer leave from work to their employees.
Although the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria does not have a national religion, it included Christmas in the list of national days, due to the fact that the biggest part of its population celebrates it. It is assumed that holidays of other religions will be adopted in a similar way should a sizeable proportion of the population become adherents of that particular religion.

Media

One of the most widely read newspapers inside the Country

Residents of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria read Italian newspapers imported from Italy and watch Italian and satellite television channels (which can be seen at the Royal Palace).

Museums

Two pages of one of the two albums containing world banknotes of the Numismatic Collection. In these two pages is possible to recognize one banknote from Cuba, six banknotes from Egypt and two banknotes from El Salvador

The Numismatic collection of Fabrizio I, also simply known as Numismatic Collection, is the national and unique collection (kinda of museum) of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria.
It includes banknotes, coins and tokens from all around the world.
It is property of Emperor Fabrizio I, and it is located inside the Royal Palace.

Religion

Religions professed by the population

According to Article 20 of its Constitution, the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria enjoys full religious freedom, allowing its citizens to adhere to any kind of faith, among which there are also Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Taoism.
Every citizen is free to choose, change and/or practice a religion, faith or belief without persecution, either on their own or with others, and to have marriage with anybody, regardless of different religious beliefs.
The crimes of religious discrimination are heavily punished by the Penal Code, with penalties ranging from a simple fine up to years of home detention.
Mostly of the population professes the Roman Catholic branch of the Christian religion, followed by Islam.

Sport

Inside the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, the national sport is the association football (soccer).
Other popular sports between the population are athletic, gymnastic, volleyball and computer games.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has also a national football team[6], that represents the Micronation around the world.
There is not still a national sportive championship, but is planned to improve national championships for some sports, like for soccer and volleyball, in the future (to be played outside the national territory).
It is not a member of the FIFA and of the UEFA, but however it plays unofficial friendly football matches with some amateur teams, around the world.
On 28 September 2016 the Football Federation of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria (being still the Tower City State) contacted the CONIFA, trying to apply for became a new member, but received a negative answer.
The Emperor Fabrizio I, being a good football player, joined the representative team as coach and player, and he is the first head of State to do so.

Foreign Relations

Location of the foreign embassies of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, colored in light blue

The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with other nations through the Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
The Secretary has the power to grant "states of friendship" and tacit recognition, but official recognition of another nation can only be granted by an Act of the Light Blue Commission or a Royal Decree. In rare case, it can be granted also by a referendum (for example in case of disputes between two or more Nations/Micronations for the same territory or parts of it).
However, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs has the power to ratify treaties of mutual recognition and diplomatic affairs, only after had received the authorization from the Emperors with a Royal Decree.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria has, since its independence, diplomatic relations mainly through the MicroWiki Community, but also holds friendly relations with other States found around the web.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria actually keeps mutual recognition and diplomatic relations with thirteen Micronations, opened twenty-one foreign embassies (updated to January 2017), and is the founding member of the Society of Italophone Micronations, of the Society of Micronations, of the Micronational Union of Twin Towns and co-founder of the Azzurrian-Unironic Economic Pact.
The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria claims a tacit recognition from Malaysia and from Spain, after that its official Twitter account has been followed by official people and Offices attributable to them.
The Emperors, being also the leaders of the Nationalist Party of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, have the power to grant honorary citizenships and honorary titles to other heads of State and/or other notable persons.
The only one case of Sovereignty dispute is about the territory itself, disputed between the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria and Italy.

Classifications

These are the classifications for the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria:

  • Billbrough-Miles: Level 3
  • Boodlesmythe: Statehood
  • Boodlesmythe-Tallini: Bricks and Mortar, Sizeable, Statehood — 5th World
  • Dan's System: 5th World
  • David's Micronational Potential Index: 5.0
  • Dresner's System: 4.0
  • Economic Potential Index: 4.4
  • Linden's Revised System of Classification: 4.6
  • Matthew's Democracy System of classification: 3.5
  • The Milic definition of statehood: Community
  • Rosarda's System of Micronational Classification: 24
  • Stùrd's Liberal System of Micronational Classification: 3.6
  • Tallini: 5th World
  • Usian Bureaucratic Scale: 3.0

Curiosities

Countryball of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria
  • The Most Serene Empire of Azzurria does not have a cemetery (or however tombs), because its little area, but is bordering with an italian cemetery.
  • Cigarettes and drugs are forbidden inside the national territory; if someone is caught in its possession risks a big fee that can reach even 500€ (about 1.000.000 Italian Lira).
  • Every member of the Govern does not get a salary for his duty:
  • In case of a defensive war, the Corps of Gendarmerie of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria will protect the national territory.
  • Fabrizio I, Emperor of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria, is the drawer of several Micronations' Countryballs.

External links

References

  1. "Official website of the Tower City State"statodellacittadellatorre.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/dimissioni-del-segretario-degli-affari-esteri-giuseppe-brosco/
  2. "Official website of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria", serenissimoimperodiazzurria.wordpress.com/governatorato
  3. "Official website of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria", serenissimoimperodiazzurria.wordpress.com/commissione-azzurra
  4. "Official website of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria", serenissimoimperodiazzurria.wordpress.com/partito-nazionalista
  5. "Official website of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria", serenissimoimperodiazzurria.wordpress.com/corpi-nazionali
  6. "Official website of the Most Serene Empire of Azzurria", serenissimoimperodiazzurria.wordpress.com/selezione-di-calcio



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