|Motto: Semper fidelis
(Latin: "Always loyal")
|Anthem: "God Save The King"
|English (de facto)
|Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
|House of Assembly
|August 1, 2021
|September 26, 2022
• 2021 estimate
|Canadian dollar (de facto) (CAD)
• Summer (DST)
|mm/dd/yyyy and/or dd/mm/yyyy (AD)
New Ulster is an unrecognized, self-proclaimed Commonwealth realm more commonly regarded and referred to as a micronation. The territory currently consists of several non-contiguous counties and territories, all of which are enclaved by Canada.
Founded by three friends who are British and Canadian politics and history enthusiasts, New Ulster's form of government is modeled on that of the United Kingdom and its historic empire: being a parliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy. The current head of state is King Charles III, represented by his appointed Governor General Geoffrey Marsden, and the head of government is Prime Minister Ethan McAllister.
The name is derived from the Province of Ulster on the island Ireland, the majority of which now forms Northern Ireland, a constituent nation of the United Kingdom. Two of the three founders have Scots-Irish (Ulster Scots) heritage and so were inspired by this to name the nation after their ancestral homelands.
The founders originally intended to give the country a name derived from the First Nations people to whom the land originally belonged. Initially, they settled on Miskot which is from the Maliseet language and means "there is plenty/enough". However, the founders decided the name had "neither presence nor gravitas" and, after considering their own heritage, settled on New Ulster.
The demonym for people from New Ulster is New Ulsterman (plural, New Ulstermen) and New Ulsterwoman (plural, New Ulsterwomen).
New Ulster was conceived on Canada Day, July 1, 2021 by Ethan McAllister and Stephen Cameron. The pair had become disillusioned with Canadian politics and felt that Canadian history and heritage was not only no longer being honoured and but being actively attacked. With a joint interest in history and politics, the two theorized about how they would run their own country. Later that month, McAllister happened upon micronationalism while researching and took the idea to Cameron. The two put in motion the founding of New Ulster by drafting a Constitution Act establishing the country and recruited some of their like-minded family, friends, and co-workers. The Constitution Act formally entered into force—and New Ulster came into existence—on August 1, 2021.