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Free Nation of New Athens
Flag Flag of New Athens.svgSeal
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Motto
Preserving Liberty Through Brotherhood and Solidarity
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Kennesaw, Roswell, Norcross, Sandy Springs & Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
Official language(s)English
Short nameNew Athens
DemonymNew Athenian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
- KingTyler Mullins
- Speaker of the PeopleLord Tyler Wilson
- Grand AmbassadorViscount Ryan Manderfield
- Chief JusticeHonorable Dylan Ray
- Grand GeneralGeneral Kenan Mitchell
- Grand ArchivistJackson Pool
LegislatureParliament
- Type - Unicameral
- Last election - March 1, 2021
EstablishedSeptember 30, 2019
Area claimed1.4359 Acres
Population64
CurrencyNew Athenian rem
CGSC (2021) 4.20
Very High - 15th (2021)
Time zone(EST)
National drinkNatural Light
National animalAlbatross

Government email
Official Website
Discord Server
Twitter
Petition for Citizenship

The Free Nation of New Athens, or simply New Athens for short, is a micronation founded on the principles of Liberty, Brotherhood, and Solidarity. The sovereign territory of the Free Nation of New Athens consists of five noncontiguous claims across the state of Georgia, USA: governed provinces in Kennesaw, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Norcross; and one island territory in Peachtree City.

Citizenship

Citizenship is granted at the discretion of the King. Anyone may petition for citizenship at any time by filling out this short form.

Etymology

The name of the Free Nation of New Athens has two parts. The first part being "the Free Nation" and the second being "New Athens." "The Free Nation" was chosen because the nation was founded on the principle of Liberty and it will serve as a constant reminder of this. "New Athens" was inspired by the city of Athens, Georgia. It is among the founders' favorite places to visit and many see it as a place of freedom.

Origins

Before declaring independence, the would-be citizens were living in Cobb County, where city ordinances had been passed that allowed the government to control the living situations of individuals, even on private property. Specifically, Cobb County Ordinance Sec. 134-1[1], which was forcing citizens of Cobb County into high-cost housing and preventing them from exploring other options. The would-be founders, along with many other citizens of the county saw this as a terrible violation of civil liberties and an overreach of government. As a result, they were forced to explore other options and eventually concluded that the ideal course of action was to declare independence. Thus, the Free Nation of New Athens was born.

History

New Athenian history is separated into eras. Each era begins due to a landmark event or achievement within New Athens. Each era is named appropriately depending on the events therein, except for the current era which is always titled "Contemporary History."

Independence Era

December 26, 2018, The Free Nation of New Athens began its formation.
September 30, 2019, After months of work with regards to the Declaration of Independence[2], the Constitution[3], the website, and national finances, the Free Nation of New Athens formally declared independence from the United States of America when the founding citizens signed The Declaration of Independence[2] of the Free Nation of New Athens.
October 2, 2019, the Constitution[3] was ratified.
October 4, 2019, the first parliamentary meeting following the ratification of the constitution was held. At this meeting, Leighton W was elected to be the first Speaker of the People.

Expansion Era

October 14, 2019, New Athens became a signatory to the Arundel Convention and officially joined the League of Independent Nations
October 20, 2019, the Acworth and Roswell provinces were officially claimed as sovereign territory and became the first 2 provinces.
November 30, 2019, rather than only granting citizenship by invitation, the King decided to allow any individual to petition for citizenship.
December 1, 2019, in cooperation with The Grand Duchy of Navārdia, New Athens co-founded the Atlanta Regional Union and became a signatory to the Wrythe Convention
December 2, 2019, the Norcross Province was claimed as sovereign territory and became the third province.
January 31, 2020, the West Pope Island Territory was gifted to the Free Nation of New Athens by the Phoklandian Free State in a display of gratitude for being Navārdia’s first ally (besides the defunct Kingdom of Phokland).
February 2, 2020, New Athens was featured in the Phoklandian Free State's publication the Orblian Observer in an article titled Territorial Gains and Recycling in New Athens.[4]
February 29, 2020, the League of Independent Nations and the Arundel Convention were dissolved.
March 1, 2020, the League of Independent Nations was reformed and New Athens rejoined.
March 7, 2020, the first New Athenian Newsletter was drafted and published. The first issue discussed recent news and information through February 2020.
April 15, 2020, the Grand Navārdian Commonwealth permanently ceded territorial claims of the West Pope Island Territory to New Athens.
May 12, 2020, the Kennesaw Province was claimed as sovereign territory and became the fourth province.
July 26, 2020, the Acworth Province was permanently unclaimed as territory and capital province of New Athens, and the Kennesaw Province replaced it as the new capital.
August 26, 2020, the second edition of the New Athenian Newsletter, the Spring 2020 edition was drafted and published.
September 26, 2020, Duke Mason K became governor of the Kennesaw province. The Roswell province was declared the new capital province.
September 30, 2020, the citizens celebrated Independence Day 2020 and a successful first year of independence.
October 7, 2020, King Tyler Mullins was elected to be the first Mediator General of the League of Independent Nations. In addition to some administrative tasks, the duties of the Mediator General include moderating the assembly and its sessions.
October 10, 2020, New Athens was admitted into the Cupertino Alliance as a full member.
November 14, 2020, a national weather station was established in the Kennesaw Province. It can be accessed on the official website.
December 18, 2020, the Sandy Springs Province was claimed as sovereign territory and became the fifth province of New Athens.
December 25, 2020, New Athens was ranked 10th out of 30 member nations in the December 2020 Cupertino Alliance Member States Positivity Survey.[5]
December 26, 2020, the third edition of the New Athenian Newsletter, the Winter 2020 edition, was drafted and published.
December 27, 2020, King Tyler Mullins was appointed to be the Minister of Homeland Security for the Cupertino Alliance.
January 28, 2021, New Athens participated in the Cupertino Alliance Noted Project.

Contemporary history

February 9, 2021, New Athens's parliament ratified the first amendments to the constitution and the Parliamentary Crisis of 2020 was averted.[6][7]
February 12, 2021, New Athens was featured in the first issue of the Cupertino Alliance Capstone Tribune.[8]
March 1, 2021, Lord Tyler Wilson was democratically elected the second Speaker of the People of New Athens.[9][10]
March 22, 2021, the fourth edition of the New Athenian Newsletter, the Spring 2021 edition, was drafted and published.
April 5, 2021, the Department for Aerospace Affairs was formed to oversee weather and space observation.[11]
April 12, 2021, the Department for Aerospace Affairs became a full member of the International Aerospace Community.
June 9, 2021, the Ministry of Culture was formed and charged with declaring and protecting the cultural symbols of New Athens.[12]
June 9, 2021, the Ministry of Culture formally declared the first national symbols of New Athens.[13]
June 14, 2021, the Morgan Falls Island Territories were claimed and gifted to allies of New Athens.
July 19, 2021, the Ministry of Culture formally declared the first national holidays of New Athens.[14]
July 28, 2021, New Athens was ranked 8th out of 20 member nations in the June 2021 Cupertino Alliance Member States Positivity Survey.[15]
August 6, 2021, noble titles became available for sale on the national shop.
August 11, 2021, King Tyler Mullins was elected to become the 4th Lieutenant Chair of the Cupertino Alliance.[16]
August 10, 2021, New Athens was awarded the Science & Technology Award and the Economy Award in the 2021 Cupertino Alliance Awards.[17][18]
August 12, 2021, the fifth edition of the New Athenian Newsletter, the Summer 2021 edition, was drafted and published.
August 27, 2021, King Tyler Mullins and Lord Tyler Wilson met with a representative of the Confederated Empire of Bir Tawil and Territories. This was the first in-person diplomatic meeting in New Athens's history.
September 22, 2021, the Gulf-Atlantic Union was founded and New Athens joined.
October 9, 2021, New Athens gained its 50th citizen.
October 14, 2021, New Athens engaged in trade with The United Phoenix Empire of Haskaria.
October 19, 2021, the Department of Education was formed and Hemanshu Parmar was appointed as Minister of Education.[19][20]
October 20, 2021, the first two businesses were registered in New Athens. HJP Exim Service[21] and New Athens Marketing.[22]
October 28, 2021, King Tyler Mullins and Grand Ambassador Viscount Ryan Manderfield met with Swena, founder of the Technocratic Republic of Theodia for a nice meal and to sign a Treaty of Mutual Recognition.[23]
November 2, 2021, the Cupertino Alliance acquired the Micronear project. The server is proudly hosted by King Tyler Mullins on the New Athens server.
November 6, 2021, King Tyler Mullins was elected to become the 5th Chair of the Cupertino Alliance.[24]
November 9, 2021, New Athens was ranked 3rd out of 20 member nations in the November 2021 Cupertino Alliance Member States Positivity Survey.[25]
November 30, 2021, Dylan Ray was appointed to be the Chief Justice.[26]
December 31, 2021, Aleksandr Popov was appointed to be the Director of Aerospace Affairs.[27]

Geography

The Free Nation of New Athens currently claims 5 parcels of land, each its own governed province, and one territory.

Province Name Location Size (Acres) Flag Governor Date Claimed Date Unclaimed
Roswell Province (Capital) Roswell, Georgia, United States 0.3245 Acres NA Roswell Province Flag.png King Tyler Mullins October 20, 2019 N/A
Norcross Province Norcross, Georgia, United States 0.32 Acres New Athens Norcross Province Flag hires.png Sir Duke Jacob H December 12, 2019 N/A
Acworth Province (defunct) Acworth, Georgia, United States 0.24 Acres Flag of New Athens.svg N/A October 20, 2019 July 26, 2020
West Pope Island Territory Lake Kedron, Peachtree City, Georgia, United States 0.391 Acres West Pope Island.png Lord Tyler Wilson January 31, 2020 N/A
Kennesaw Province Kennesaw, Georgia, United States 0.37 Acres Flag of New Athens.svg Duke Mason K May 12, 2020 N/A
Sandy Springs Province Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States 0.0304 Acres NA Sandy Springs Province.png King Tyler Mullins December 18, 2020 N/A

Government structure

The government of the Free Nation of New Athens is a constitutional monarchy and direct democracy. All citizens may attend legislative meetings and maintain full voting powers. All citizens may propose legislation to be discussed, voted on, or both.

Organization Chart of New Athens as of October 19, 2021

King

The King, currently Tyler Mullins, reigns within the bounds outlined in The Constitution. The King oversees all government matters, excluding parliament, and has the authority to formally represent The Free Nation of New Athens with plenipotentiary powers. He has the power to appoint all government positions, excluding positions within the Monarchy and The Speaker of the People, and manufacture new positions as needed. Citizenship is granted and revoked at the discretion of The King. Along with the Grand Ambassador, the King must sign all binding diplomatic agreements. The King keeps records of all territorial claims. The King oversees the national treasury.

Speaker of the People

The Speaker of the People, currently Tyler Wilson, is elected to preside over parliament as an impartial, non-partisan individual. The Speaker of the People is elected annually on March 1.

Grand Ambassador

The Grand Ambassador, currently Ryan Manderfield, represents the Free Nation of New Athens with full plenipotentiary powers and may appoint deputy ambassadors to assist them. The Grand Ambassador must sign all binding diplomatic agreements.

Chief Justice

The Chief Justice, currently Dylan Ray, determines the constitutionality of all proposed laws, oversees the Department of Justice, and presides over all legal courts.

Grand General

The Grand General, currently Kenan Mitchell, oversees all military strategy and the national police force.

Grand Archivist

The Grand Archivist, currently Jackson Pool, oversees the preservation of all documents and items of historical significance pertaining to New Athens.

Nobility and chivalry

The Monarchy of the Free Nation of New Athens includes an established hierarchy for titles of nobility and chivalry. Titles are granted permanently and are only revoked in the case of extreme circumstances, though no titles have ever been revoked.

In addition to being granted by the King as a reward for merit, the following titles, excluding Knighthood, can also be purchased by anyone at the national shop.
All titles come with a guarantee of citizenship.

Title Requirements
Knight/Dame Knighthood is the highest title in New Athens. It can not be purchased and can only be earned through incredible merit.
Viscount This title is only granted to select individuals who meet a very specific requirement. Six individuals hold this title and it is unlikely that more will obtain it.
Duke/Duchess The highest obtainable level of nobility in New Athens, this title is granted to those who provide incredibly outstanding service to New Athens and is also automatically granted to those who govern occupied provinces of New Athens.
Earl/Count/Countess This title is granted to those who serve the nation in some capacity deemed incredibly significant.
Baron/Baroness This title is granted to those who serve the nation in some capacity deemed greater than ordinary.
Lord/Lady This title is granted to those who serve the nation in some capacity deemed worthy of honor.

Medals of honor and merit

A photo of the Medal of the Flying Albatross.
Digital ribbon bar of the Medal of the Flying Albatross, designed by Dhrubajyoti Roy.

Medals are specially granted to individuals who provide exemplary service to New Athens. The Medal of the Flying Albatross is typically given out for this purpose. It is New Athens's highest award and has been given to two individuals.

Government programs

Department for Aerospace Affairs

The New Athenian Department for Aerospace Affairs (NADAA) is the New Athenian equivalent of a space program. It was formed on April 5, 2021[11] and the main objective of the department is to oversee atmospheric and space observations and report on notable events. It also oversees all existing and future national weather stations. There are no plans for rockets or exploratory missions at this time.
The New Athenian Department for Aerospace Affairs (NADAA) actively participates in the League of Independent Nations program for the sharing of space and aeronautic research.
The New Athenian Department for Aerospace Affairs (NADAA) is a full member of the International Aerospace Community.

Foreign policy

The Free Nation of New Athens always welcomes new diplomatic relationships. The founders believe that through diplomacy, individuals can work together to do more as a collective than they would otherwise be able to do alone. It is a goal of the Free Nation of New Athens to establish as many fruitful relationships as possible with other macronations and micronations for mutual benefit. If you wish to establish communication with The Free Nation of New Athens, you may contact the government via email.

  • As of February 11, 2021, the Free Nation of New Athens will not formally recognize a territorial claim if citizens of the claimant nation do not have reasonable access to the territorial claim or if the claim contains permanent residents who are not aware that the territory is claimed by the nation.
    • Nations that are guaranteed recognition by the Free Nation of New Athens through treaties, conventions, or similar agreements that were signed and/or ratified prior to the date of this decree are exempt from this decree.

Current alliances and treaties

Alliances

Adopted conventions

Mutual recognition

Below is a list of all nations that recognize the sovereignty of New Athens and are also recognized as sovereign by New Athens.

Statistics

Annual Citizen Count
YearPop.±%
2019 17—    
2020 23+35.3%
2021 64+178.3%
2022 64+0.0%
Reflects end-of-year count
Climate data for West Pope Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 13
(55)
15
(59)
19
(66)
24
(75)
28
(82)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
28
(82)
23
(73)
18
(64)
14
(57)
32
(90)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(46)
12
(54)
16
(61)
21
(70)
24
(75)
26
(79)
26
(79)
22
(72)
16
(61)
11
(52)
7
(45)
16
(61)
Average low °C (°F) 0
(32)
1
(34)
5
(41)
8
(46)
14
(57)
18
(64)
20
(68)
20
(68)
16
(61)
9
(48)
4
(39)
1
(34)
0
(32)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 52.7
(2.075)
62.4
(2.457)
59
(2.32)
38.4
(1.512)
31.6
(1.244)
47.8
(1.882)
55.7
(2.193)
46.2
(1.819)
28
(1.1)
22.3
(0.878)
38.3
(1.508)
52.7
(2.075)
44.6
(1.756)
Source: Climate data from 1985–2015[28]

Macronations of residence of New Athenian citizens

   United States (60.94%)
   India (20.31%)
   United Kingdom (7.81%)
   Canada (4.69%)
   Australia (1.56%)
   Netherlands (1.56%)
   New Zealand (1.56%)
   Greece (1.56%)

Classifications

Micronations may be classified using many different systems, and many micronations have their own private systems to distinguish between micronations.

Scores: CGSC
Category Score
Population: 5
Cultural development: 3
Allies: 5
Sphere of influence: 3
Budget: 5
Avg: 4.2
Scores: Freayth's
Category Score
Politics: 2
Development: 2
Budget: 3
Cultural and nationalistic development: 2
Freedoms: 3
Influence within the community: 2
Avg: 4.67
Scores: Linden's
Category Score
Politics: 4
Cultural development: 3
Negative perception: 5
Budget: 5
Development: 3
Avg: 4.0
Scores: Hamilton's
Category Score
Reliance on the Internet: 3
Claims on citizens: 5
End Goal: 3
Government: 4
Second Opinion: 5[note 1]
Avg: 4.0

Economy

New Athens has two main fundraising streams and three registered businesses. All funds raised go directly to the national treasury account, not any member of government.

Recycling

Aluminum is collected by citizens and sold to private recycling companies located in the United States.

Shop

The Free Nation of New Athens keeps a large variety of national merchandise, including but not limited to noble titles, national flags, shot glasses, can koozies, wristbands, stickers, phone cases, iPad cases, laptop cases, prints and posters, cups and mugs, bags, pillows, blankets and much more.

Intermicronational trade

A photo of the BBQ sauce and rub produced by the royal family of New Athens

Barbecue rubs and sauces are the main exports of New Athens. Members of the royal family competed in backyard and professional-level barbecue competitions under the team name "Swine Dining BBQ" and were ranked top 10 in the USA in chicken, ribs, pork and brisket categories. The recipe for the rubs and sauces that are exported is the same that was used in competitions.

Below is a list of micronations that New Athens has engaged in trade with.

Date Nation's name Resources exported Resources imported
August 27, 2021 Noflag.png Confederated Empire of Bir Tawil and Territories A commemorative medal 1 jar of cinnamon moonshine and national currency
October 14, 2021 Haskarian Flag.jpg The United Phoenix Empire of Haskaria Barbecue rub and promotional items Promotional items

Registered businesses

  • HJP Exim Service[21]
  • New Athens Marketing[22]
  • Micronational Flag Company[29]

Newsletter archive

Current issue

Past issues

National holidays

World Albatross Day Poster 2020
Holiday Date Notes
New Athens - Vishwamitra Friendship Day January 10 As a token of friendship, this holiday is celebrated in New Athens in response to Royal Decree No. – 191/2021 of the State of Vishwamitra[30], which declares that this holiday will be celebrated in the State of Vishwamitra to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of relations between New Athens & Vishwamitra.
World Albatross Day June 19 The day honors these magnificent birds and highlights the ongoing conservation crisis they face.
Independence Day September 30 The day the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Provinces Day October 20 The day the Acworth and Roswell provinces were officially claimed as the first provinces of the nation.
Union Day December 1 The day the Atlanta Regional Union was co-founded by New Athens and The Grand Duchy of Navārdia.
Founder's Day December 26 The day New Athens was founded.

Symbols and values

The Free Nation of New Athens has had two national flags. Both national flags depict symbols of the nation's core values. The three core values of the Free Nation of New Athens are Liberty, Brotherhood, and Solidarity. The Free Nation of New Athens declared independence and was founded to combat and protest laws that the people deemed to be a blatant violation of civil liberties. Liberty is at the core of the values of the nation and forever will be. The founders believe people should have the right to decide how they live and the nation will always fight to protect this belief.

The Original Flag / The Founding Flag (Retired) Designed by our King, The Original Flag, also known as The Founding Flag was the first national flag. It is no longer the official national flag but can represent the nation regardless. The Original Flag depicts a cherry red dot in the center, surrounded by a cherry red lambda, on a battleship gray background. The cherry-red lambda in the center of the flag represents Liberty. The cherry-red dot inside the lambda represents Brotherhood. It is in the center because brotherhood should be at the center of all citizen relationships. The battleship gray background surrounding the lambda represents Solidarity. The symbol of solidarity reminds the citizens to persevere on the path of Liberty even when surrounded by adversity.

The Triangle Flag (Current) The Triangle Flag is the current official national flag and was designed about a month and a half after the nation's founding when some of the citizens commented that the Original Flag looked boring. It was also designed by our King. It depicts a hollow cherry red equilateral triangle that contains another smaller solid cherry red equilateral triangle. The outside triangle represents Liberty. The interior triangle represents Brotherhood. The line extending from the point of the triangles represents the unity of the provinces. The triangles and stripe are outlined with silver. The battleship gray sections represent Solidarity. An equilateral triangle was selected as the chief symbol as it is the strongest geometric shape and is a popular vexillological symbol.


Flags of the Free Nation of New Athens

New Athens Flag 1500x2500.png Flag of New Athens.svg
Original flag (Retired) Triangle flag (Current)


National symbols of the Free Nation of New Athens

Flag of New Athens.svg New Athens Seal1.png Albatross.jpg Georgia Peach.jpg Pink Garden Tulip.jpg Natty-Family.jpg
National flag National seal Animal: Albatross Fruit: Georgia Peach Flower: Garden Tulip Drink: Natural Light

Notes

  1. Opinion of Emperor Vincent Paul I of The United Phoenix Empire of Haskaria.

External links

See Also

References

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  13. Mullins, Tyler (9 June 2021). "Ministry of Culture: Declaration of National Symbols".
  14. Mullins, Tyler (19 July 2021). "Ministry of Culture: Declaration of National Holidays".
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  20. Mullins, Tyler (19 October 2021). "Hemanshu Parmar Minister of Education Appointment Certificate".
  21. 21.0 21.1 Mullins, Tyler (20 October 2021). "HJP Exim Service Business Registration".
  22. 22.0 22.1 Mullins, Tyler (20 October 2021). "New Athens Marketing Business Registration".
  23. Swena (28 October 2021). "Treaty of Mutual Recognition with the Technocratic Republic of Theodia".
  24. Dhrubajyoti, Roy (6 November 2021). "Statement of the Chair of the Board".
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  29. Mullins, Tyler (29 December 2021). "Micronational Flag Company Business Registration".
  30. Roy, Dhrubajyoti (16 July 2021). "Royal Decree No. – 191/2021 of the State of Vishwamitra".