Province and Municipality
Beyond the sea
|Inc. Ebenthal||30 December 2019|
|Province status||5 February 2022|
|Founded by||Carlos Manoel dos Santos|
|• Type||Executive-led devolved administration|
|• Viceroy||Felipe Saint|
|• Councillor||Wellington Muniz|
|• Total||0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Total||5 (permanent)|
|• Rank||7th in Ebenthal|
28990-000 to 28999-999
|Area code||+55 22|
|HDI (2022)||0.823 very high (TBD)|
|GDP (2022)||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Per capita||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Primary Road||Seu Carlos Rd.|
Nëbensee (German pronunciation: [nʌbeŋsi:]), officialy Province of Nëbensee (Portuguese: Província de Nëbensee) is a municipality and one of the seven provinces of Ebenthal. It is the second least populous province in the country, with 5 permanent residents within its 0.5 km² entirely landlocked by the Brazilian municipality of Saquarema. The province is also the largest administrative unit in Ebenthal by aquatic territory, claiming part of the Saquarema lagoon that borders it, which in Ebenthal receives the name of Wasserteich Lagoon. Nebensee is a city-state, being a municipality with provincial status. It is administered through an executive-led devolved government by a Viceroy appointed by the King of Ebenthal, and is represented in the House of Councillors by one elected councillor.
The Nebenerian history pre-dates its micronational existence, as the territory which comprises the modern province had been inhabited by Tupi indians for centuries. In 1594 the Portuguese settlers enslaved and expelled the indians and established a sesmaria which became the freguesia (parish) of Saquarema, initially as part of the larger region of Araruama, within the colonial State of Brazil. Following the Brazilian independence in 1822, Saquarema was elevated to a municipality in 1841, and the town became a tourism destionation for Rio de Janeiro inhabitants who who started to expand the town building summer houses. In 1981 Carlos Manoel dos Santos bought a summer house in Saquarema, which was inherited by his son, Reinaldo Monteiro dos Santos, King Arthur II's stepfather, in 2018. The next year, upon assuming the Ebenthali throne, as heir to the lands of Nebensee, Arthur annexed the property into his kingdom as the Principality of Alvorada. From the beggining, the principality lacked internal political activity, although it contributed to the national politics through its representatives in the parliament. Acknowledging the fait acomplii, in 2021 the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission, under parliamentary approval and royal assent, abolished Alvoradas's monarchy, subsequently turning the principality into a province and abolishing its municipal entities, thus transforming the former principality into a city-state which was renamed Lüttenbühl and, later, Nebensee.
Nebensee's territory consists of a large house and a small two-store building, as well as a vast garden and a swimming pool. Despite being the second smallest and least populous province, Nebensee is Ebenthal's biggest tourist destination, especially popular with the inhabitants of Malmünd, Herrenwald and Minen due to its tropical climate and proximity to the sea and to the large regional lagoon, to which the town have direct access. Consequently, Nebensee's economy is largely dependent on tourism, but there is also scope for fishing and crafts.
The name "Nëbensee" is a portmanteau of the German words Neben (next to) and See (sea), with the addition of the umlaut (¨) in the first "e" of "Neben" in order to, in Portuguese spelling, differentiate the sound of the first "e" from the second "e". The name was adopted in place of "Lüttenbühl", a literal translation mistakenly made with German toponymys, which are suffixes, meaning "Little Hill". The Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission asked for the name change as the province is not located on or has hills. On the other hand, it is located close to the sea.