Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik

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Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik
  • French:Fédération Nordique de Bjørnavik
    Swedish:Nordisk Federation i Bjørnavik

Bjørnavik flag

National Flag
Bjørnavik coat of arms

Coat of Arms

Motto
There are stones older than men

( French: Il est des pierres plus anciennes que les hommes )

( Swedish: Det finns stenar äldre än män )
National Anthem
N/A
Capital cityThe Free City of Storskøger
Largest cityThe Free City of Storskøger
Official language(s)French, English, Swedish, Old Norse
Official religion(s)Secular
Short nameBjørnavik
DemonymBjørnavikan
GovernmentDemocratic Unicameral Federation
- Jarl-ProtectorBaron Håkon Van Dhom
- First DelegateHonorable Mimi Skaïa
LegislatureThe Fölkthing
- Type - Unicameral
Established27 January 2021
Area claimed46 m² / 495 sq ft
Population3 (as of 2021 census)
Time zone(UTC +1)
National sportMountain Bike
National dishNordic Salad
National drinkCoffee
National animalBrown bear
This nation is an observer of the Nordic Confederation

Website to be announced

Bjørnavik, officially the Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik (French: Fédération Nordique de Bjørnavik, Swedish: Nordisk Federation i Bjørnavik), is a self-proclaimed sovereign democracy located in Normandy, a geographical and cultural region of France, but is more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers.

The federation capital and largest city is the Free City of Storskøger.

Founded on 27 January 2021, to propose an alternative to capitalism world and freedom-destroying laws, Bjørnavik has four territories: The Jarldom of Bjørnavik, the Vestskersey County, the Free City of Storskøger and the Hvitbàlfjall Territory.

Bjørnavik is a free democratic unicameral federation mostly inspired by libertarianism and direct democracy. The state is called the Common.

Bjørnavik is mostly inspired by the Norse and Scandinavian culture but also by many other culture from human history all around the world. The main purpose of the federation is to protect nature from human’s predation especially within the federation’s borders.

The Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik is part of the Nordic Confederation as an observer.

Etymology

Bjørnavik come from the Old Norse bjǫrn (bear) and vík (bay) and means Bear’s Bay.

Philosophy

The Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik is a peaceful, ecological, scientific, philantropic and anti-capitalist state which tends to produce only what it needs for its citizens to live well and no longer depend on fossil fuels. As a peaceful federation Bjørnavik is against the spread of firearms and guns are prohibited within the territory law.

The environment and all living beings protection and preservation is the raison d'être of the federation.

The federation do not consider the technical progress as a convincing answer to the actual environmental world crisis.

The national Motto reminds to every citizens that they are here for a short period of time and they must act thinking the nature will remains long after they will be gone as the Common will.

Bakunin's quote guide the international relationships : "We recognize the absolute right of every nation, large or small, for every people, weak or strong, for every province, for every commune, to complete autonomy, provided that its internal constitution is not a threat or a danger to the autonomy and freedom of neighboring countries"

History

The Legend

The Jarldom was named after Baron Håkon II « Svartbjørn » (Black Bear) discovered it and there was a bear on the beach when he landed. He took this as a good omen from the Gods and decided to settle there with his people.

On the beach heights they found a cave where they spent the following night and in the morning they discovered it was the bear's cave. Baron Håkon II decided to founded the city of Hørsteinner - derivated from hár (high) and steinn (cave or rock dwelling) - and said that the city will be under the protection of the bear.

Having suffered and fled tyranny, Baron Håkon II decided to split the new land between him and his three most trusted men and made them co-regents. It was the first union of the 4 Bjørnavikan territories.

During the exploration of the land, they named the different place, mainly according to geographical features:

  • Vestkersey - from the Old Norse vest (West) and ey (island) - Western Island and the city of Sanderhøfen - sandr (shore, sand) and hǫfn (harbor) - Sandy Harbor
  • Hvitbàlfjall - hvítr (white) and bál (fire) and fjall (mountain) - White fire mountain and the city of Nådhirstader - nādhir (quiet) and staðr (place, dwelling) - Quiet Place
  • Storskøger - stórr (big, great) and skógr (forest, wood) - The Big Forest

Chronology

The Great Nordic Territories of Bjørnavik were found on 27 January 2021 after Baron Håkon Van Dhom lost all his confidence in the french government to protect his citizen’s rights.

The writing of the Constitution begins on 15 February 2021 but it appears that the name of the state was not in line with the government type desired by the citizens.

A referendum took place on 22 February 2021 to choose a new name. The Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik is finally chosen by consensus.

On 5 April 2021 the Constitution has been ratified by the Fölkthing and therefor begins a new era in the Federation.

Politics and government

Bjørnavik is a free democratic unicameral federation mostly inspired by libertarianism and direct democracy.

The federal legislative power is vested by a parliament called the Fölkthing (People’s Assembly) and every adult citizen own a seat and a voice. The Fölkthing is oversees by the First Speaker, drawned by lot before each parliamentary session and for the length of the session.

The federal executive power is vested by the Office who is made up of the Jarl-Protector assisted by the First Delegate and the Council of the Common. The Jarl-Protector and the First Delegate are drawn by lot for a one-year term and cannot be drawn for the next two years.

The Council of Common is appointed by the Jarl-Protecteur to fulfil the six following Delegations duties :

  • Delegation of the Environment
  • Delegation of Internal Affairs
  • Delegation of Foreign Affairs
  • Delegation of the Human Condition
  • Delegation of Knowledge, Sciences and Education
  • Delegation of Culture

Each member of the Council is called a Delegate.

The local's power are vested by Ländthings (Land’s Assembly) in every territory of the federation. Every Ländthing is overseen by an Aedile drawn by lot for a one-year term. The Ländthings manage local roads and public transport as well as the local school, local affairs and even local justice.

Administration

There are four subdivisions in the Federation which are the four territories

Coat of arms Name Capital City
Bjørnavik coat of arms
Jarldom of Bjørnavik Hørsteinner
Vestkersey coat of arms
Vestskersey County Sanderhøfen
Storskoger Coat or Arms
Free City of Storskøger Free City of Storskøger
Hvitbalfjall Coat or Arms
Hvitbàlfjall Territory Nådhirstader

Each territory has its own local assembly the Ländthing to manage local affairs.

The Fölkthing and the Council of the Common sits in the Svartbjørnhùs (Black Bear's House) as is located the office of the Jarl-Protector and the First Delegate. The government building is located in the Free City of Storskøger.

Law and order

The local judiciary is vested in each Ländthing.

The federal judiciary is vested in the Court of the Common chosen by the Fölkthing for a one-year term. It decides in the event of failure to grant a concession by the Ländthing.

Foreign relations

As a peaceful and neutral state Bjørnavik is open to all foreign relationship through its Delegate of the Foreign Affairs.

The Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik has signed a treaty of alliance and mutual recognition with the following state:

Organisations

The Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik is actually part of the following micronational organisations:

Organisation Admission Status
UNM Flag.png Nordic Confederation 26 March 2021 Observer

Was part of the Micronation Assembly since 10 March 2021 but withdrawed after an unanimous Fölkthing vote on 5 February 2022.

Military

Bjørnavik is a peaceful and neutral micronation. There is no permanent military forces but every adult citizen undergone a military training and is a member of the reserve of the Citizen Self-defense Battalion. The Battalion is formed in case of conflict and led by an elected Lieutenant-General chosen among skilled officers.

  • Actual highest ranked officer : Major Chantalé Pompon Mafille

Economy

As an anti-capitalism state Bjørnavik has an economy of the free, based on exchanges, like food-for-services or food-for-crafts exchanges.

Furthermore there is no industry on Bjørnavik and the state does not encourage it.

For now, there is no currency either.

Fauna

A Bjornavikan cat
The Bjørnavikan cat, an endemic species of Bjørnavik.

The Bjørnavikan cat

The Bjørnavikan cat is a species endemic to Bjørnavik. Likely to have easy contact with humans, it can sometimes be a little angry and scratch your skin until it bleeds. Big sleeper, it spends most of its time sleeping or washing itself.

Culture and media

Mimiskaïa Library Blason and its motto
High-College of Hvitvaldyr Blason

The only science center of Bjørnavik is the High-College of the Nordic Studies also called the High College of Hvitvaldyr. It is located in the Free City of Storskøger.

The main library is located in Hørsteinner and is called The Mimiskaïa Library.

The only newspaper of the Federation is the Bjørnavikan Skáld. The press is free in the Federation according to the Constitution.

Yule Festival takes place every year between 21 December and 25 December.

Public Holidays
Date Name Remarks
27 January Foundation day Celebration of the foundation of the micronation
5 April Constitution day Celebration of the ratification of the Constitution
6 May Bjørnavikan day Celebrating the Common's people unity
20 or 21 June Midsommar Summer Solstice / Celebrating the longest day of the year
16 July Svartbjørn Day Celebrating the Nature
20 September Blåbär Day Museums are entrance free for the day and blueberry muffin are cooked
21 ou 22 December Ancestors day / Yule Winter Solstice / Celebrating the return of light
32 December Hogswatchnight Celebrating Terry Pratchett's genius

The national dish is the Nordic Salad composed of potatoes, red onions, smoked fish (herring or salmon) and a cream/mustard/vinegar sauce.

As the Scandinavian people Bjørnavikans drink a lot of coffee and this beverage was chosen as the national drink before beer and ginger wine.

There is no official religion in Bjørnavik but actually 33% of the population is Christian, 33% worship Norse gods and 33% is anismist.

The national sport is mountain biking. In fact, all the population uses bikes as their only means of transport.

The Fölkskáli

Most Bjørnavikan houses do not have a kitchen. Meals are taken in the Fölkskáli (People's Hall) in the neighbourhood or village. Everyone brings what they can and in this way it is ensured that no one is short of food.

Honorific Titles

There are 6 honorific titles in the Nordic Federation of Bjørnavik to reward a citizen for his/her action for the Common, in a various areas.

  • Order of Askr and Embla – Rewards actions for the good of the human condition
  • Order of the Oak Leaf – Rewards actions for the good of the environment
  • Order of Haptasnytir - Rewards actions for science and knowledge
  • Order of the Skald – Rewards actions for the arts and aulture
  • Order of the Black Bear – Rewards actions for the Common and its citizens
  • Order of the Wooden Shield – Rewards actions in defence of the Common

Some people may be granted permission by the Common to wear an honorary title as a result of significant service to it. Such persons may choose to add Baron, Baroness or Honorable before their given names (e.g. Honorable Mimi Skaïa). This title does not confer any hierarchical or social superiority. These titles are granted unanimously by the Fölkthing or the Ländthing.

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