Norton Awards

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The Norton Awards For Micronational Excellence and Achievement are a set of awards hosted by the Republic of Molossia in tandem with Norton Day on 8 January.[1]

History

The awards were named after Joshua Norton, who declared himself Emperor of the United States in 1859. Norton was an inspiration to many modern micronationalists. Alongside the awards, the Republic of Molossia also named a park after the figure.[2]

The 2000 Norton Awards were hosted on Norton Day 2001. The judge panel included micronationalists from TorHavn, Corvinia, the Triselene Imperium, the Aerican Empire alongside Molossia. Seven awards were given away.[3]

The following year in 2002, the 2001 Norton Awards were held. The judge panel was shuffled, featuring new faces from Lykosha, Cherusken-Isonomia, Republic of Amerada, and the Formori Community. Only five awards were given this year.[4]

The final awards ceremony was held in 2006. The judge panel for the 2005 Norton Awards was almost completely shuffled, featuring new faces such as Cesidio Tallini, Marjorie Boodlesmythe and DeWayne Corbett, and removing Kevin Baugh. Five awards were given in this cycle.[5]

Legacy

The nomenclature of the Norton Awards was adopted by Scott Alexander, who founded the Fantasy/Simulated Norton Awards, adapted for simulationist micronations of the Micronational Cartography Society[6] as early as 2003.[7]

In 2008, the Apollo Fireball stated that Baugh was hosting a return of the Norton Awards around a similar time to the FNORD Awards.[8] Kevin Baugh confirmed that an awards cycle for 2008 was considered, but the idea was eventually dropped.[9]

List of Awards Ceremonies

Year Host Panel Recipients
2000 Republic of Molossia Kevin Baugh Noflag.png Prince Peter I
Flag of TorHavn.gif Kasimir Diana
Noflag.png Imperator Shawn
Republic of Molossia Kevin Baugh
Aerican Empire Nathan Maron
Intermicronational Achievement:
 • Republic of Molossia
Political Achievement:
 • Democracy of Cherusken-Isonomia
 • The Triselene Imperium
Cultural Achievement:
 • Republic of Molossia
 • The IRC Channel #ISONOMIA
New Micronation of the Year:
 • Empire of Atlantium
Personal Achievement:
 • Lars Erik, Duke of Trekroner
2001 Republic of Molossia Kevin Baugh Flag of Lykosha.gif Inga Ulfsdottir
Noflag.png Sebastien Roncin
Amerada.jpg Earl Washburn
Republic of Molossia Kevin Baugh
Flag of Formori.jpg Sogoln Awyndexyr
Intermicronational Achievement:
 • Republic of Molossia
Political Achievement:
 • Empire of Atlantium
Cultural Achievement:
 • Sir Graham John Francis de Sales Wheeler
New Micronation of the Year:
 • Realm of Lykosha
Personal Achievement:
 • Lars Erik, Duke of Trekroner
2005 Republic of Molossia Kevin Baugh Noflag.png Marjorie Boodlesmythe
Gerry.png DeWayne Corbett
Ummoasmall-flag.png Cesidio Tallini
Flag of Formori.jpg Sogoln yg Ysca
Noflag.png King Dan I
Intermicronational Achievement:
 • Marjorie Boodlesmythe
Political Achievement:
 • Northern Forest Archipelago
Cultural Achievement:
 • President Kevin Baugh
New Micronation of the Year:
 • Utòpia
Personal Achievement:
 • Kieran Bennett
 • Julian Starr
 • Richard Shears

References

  1. Anonymous (22 August 2011) Θέμα: Republic of Molossia (Αναγνώστηκε 1620 φορές). Pas Forums. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. Walker, Jesse (19 November 2007) Big Ideas Need Small Places, The American Conservative. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. The 2000 Norton Awards, Republic of Molossia. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. The 2001 Norton Awards, Republic of Molossia. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  5. The 2005 Norton Awards, Republic of Molossia. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  6. Alexander, Scott (10 January 2011) Re: FNORD results 2010, Micras Forums. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  7. Find Culture, Events and Sports, Micronations News Network. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  8. Iain (6 December 2008) The FNORD and Norton Awards Return!, Apollo Fireball V. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  9. Valentinus, Sertor (5 November 2020) The Norton Awards and their legacy, Brookside Gazette. Retrieved 5 November 2020.