Parallel plane theory

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Parallel plane theory is a micropatriological position which holds that micronational sovereignty over a people or territory does not preclude macronational sovereignty from extending there simultaneously, and that micronations should not try to become macronations. The theory was first put forward by Jordan Brizendine in August 2017, who successfully proposed motions in Delvera and at the Congress of Colo (a conference of delegates from Delvera, the North American Confederation and Karnia-Ruthenia) which stated that "micronations and macronations exist on separate, parallel planes whereby their duties and responsibilities do not overlap." The theory was developed further in early 2018 by Ives Blackwood and Glastieven T in the context of New Secessionism, with the two arguing that groups of friends held a position on the micronational plane which corresponded to that held by proto-nations on the macronational plane, though Blackwood later repudiated parallel plane theory.

Contemporary use of parallel plane theory


The king of the Kingdom of Brienia, Ivan of Brienia, indicated in December 2019 that Brienia held to parallel plane theory. He later also identified himself as a New Secessionist.

Similar claims

Some micronations make claims similar to those of parallel plane theory without identifying with the version developed by Brizendine, Blackwood and T.


Whilst the Empire of Adammia has never identified with parallel plane theory, its constitution (the Supreme Directive) states that "the laws of surrounding macronations should be upheld" and it is a principle of the law of Adammia that, whilst "the Empire can create law which contradicts macronational law, macronational law holds precedence, and contradicting it only amounts to a symbolic gesture." In addition, "the Adammic government does not enforce macronational law, though it does obey it for the most part," and "macronational law is not de-jure considered part of Adammic law." This amounts to the same thing as parallel plane theory, with Adammic law existing on a separate, parallel plane beneath English law, and is compatible with the final two terms of the Resolution.

Commonwealth of Deseret

The 2018 constitution of the Commonwealth of Deseret describes the state as "existing imperium in imperio within the United States" (imperium in imperio is Latin for a state within a state and is used in English to describe both deep states within governments and other forces that operate with sovereign-like impunity within other polities).

West Who

The Republic of West Who, according to its MicroWiki entry, "refers to itself as a 'domestic dependent nation', claiming status similar to a Native American tribal nation in the USA. Although not Native Americans, the citizens of West Who claim domestic dependent status." This would be similar to parallel plane theory—indeed, the example of Indian tribal government was cited as an inspiration for the theory by Blackwood and T. However, West Who has a sign at its border which says "leaving USA",[1] which would not be true for either a domestic dependent nation or a micronation that used parallel plane theory.

Brienistic explanation

Brienistic explanation, commonly called "myaplanism" (one plane) suggests that there is one plane which is composed of micronational and macronational. Thus, micronations are not an act of treason against country, and similarly to that, microchurches are not an act of schism against a Church. However, Ludwig does address that micronations are valid but illicit entities, unlike macronations which are valid and licit entities. Thus, a micronation has no licit documents which are recognised by macronations, but they are valid in the sense that they were given by a self-proclaimed authority, and the documents can be used in other micronations. Monoplanism (one plane) is, however, distinct from myaplanism in that monoplanism believes that that plane is composed of a mix of micronational and macronational. Proponents of monoplanism claim that micronations are independent nations with no dependency on their macronation. This position is rejected by majority of micropatriologists.


  1. Government of West Who. Web. Archived from the original on 18 June 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.