Principality of Kolios

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Principality of Kolios
Principality of Kolios.png
Flag
Kolios Arms.png
Coat of Arms

Anthem
Oh, Kolios (to the tune of The Sign by Ace of Base)
Capital cityVindelkrieg
Official language(s)English, German
Short nameKolios
DemonymKoliosian
- PrincessPrincess Arlene (currently Empress of Agber)
- ChancellorNicholas Young
Established20 September 1995 (as Kingdom of Kolios)
7 January 1998 (as Principality of Kolios)
Population9
CurrencyGulden

The Principality of Kolios is a micronational project that was founded on 20 September 1995 as the Kingdom of Kolios. The project was reimagined in early 1998 as a Principality within the brand new Empire of Agber. The primary focus of Kolios is activity at Renaissance Festivals and other such events where period dress is deemed acceptable.

History

Founding

In 1995, three friends living in the US Military controlled area of Augsburg, Germany began discussing a book one of them had been gifted for his birthday on the Order of Malta. This led to a fair amount of research and discussion on what it would be like to establish a country of their own. These early discussions primarily took place in local playgrounds and libraries. After a number of weeks and the addition of three other youths, a decision was made to found their own country as the Kingdom of Kolios on 20 September 1995.

The choice of name for the nation itself seems to have been lost to time. The only other known usage of the name is that of a beach on the island of Skiathos in the northwest Aegean Sea, off of the Greek mainland. The names of the capital and administrative districts are taken from the names of the housing neighborhoods of Augsburg's military community, at the time.

As the Kingdom of Kolios

Original flag of the Kingdom from 1995 to 1998

Kolios' first monarch was King Stephen. His reign makes up the bulk of the history of Kolios as a sovereign Kingdom. Under his rule, the nation developed its military, heraldry, and two orders of chivalry. During this era, Kolios engaged in a brief series of battles with a rival claim for their lands made by a group pf schoolmates. The details and outcome are unknown at this time, but Kolios' continued existence points towards either their victory or a truce.

During this time, a National Anthem was developed, set to the tune of The Sign by Ace of Base. The lyrics were changed to better fit the new nation. In recognition of this fact, all members of the group were named as Dames and Knights of the Order of Kolios (with later additions to the group being named to the order in 2011). Although the lyrics have been lost to time, the song still serves as the official anthem. As such, Empress Arlene declared in 2017 that an instrumental version be used whenever the use of the anthem would be necessary. As of June 2020, this has not yet been enacted.

The Kingdom period also oversaw the establishment of the Rose Throne. This was a small chamber hacked out of the middle of a large growth of rose bushes. In order to make access to this location more difficult, the path to it was obfuscated with the creation of a maze of additional paths.

King Stephen reigned from the nation's founding until 24 May 1997, when he abdicated the throne and then Princess Arlene ascended the throne as the nation's second monarch and first Queen. The reason for his abdication was his family's move on orders from the US Army. Queen Arlene reigned as Queen of Kolios for less than a year before ascending to the role of Empress of Agber. During this time, she made a number of appointments, and named the former King as the Duke of a newly-formed Duchy known as Reese, whose lands were carved out of the Duchy of Cramer.

Restructuring as a Principality

In 1998, after her family moved from Augsburg, Germany, to Fort Drum, New York, Queen Arlene of Kolios decided to revamp the project as the Empire of Agber, using the capital of Kolios as the seat of a self-declared Empire. Kolios was redesignated as a Principality on 7 January 1998, as part of the establishment of the Empire of Agber. As Kolios' throne was then also seat of the Empire, the Principality has been referred to as the "crown jewel of the Empire." Aside from the restructuring at the upper levels of Koliosian governance, a number of other changes occurred. These included:

  • Redesignating Kolios' highest order, the Sanctified Order of the Crucifix, as an order of the Empire of Agber. The Order of Kolios was made the only order exclusive to Kolios.
  • Design of a new flag for Kolios as a Principality. The flag of the Kingdom of Kolios was adopted as the flag of the Empire of Agber.
  • Designation of Kolios as a "realm of preservation." Out of respect to the other five founders, their landed titles were not revoked or reassigned. This effectively has made all Koliosian administration handled by the offices of the throne and Chancellor.

In 2013 the Empire solidified its primary existence as a vehicle to Renaissance Fair events and culture. As part of this move, it was decided that Kolios would formally shift its culture to reflect more of that of the Holy Roman Empire. Owing primarily to Kolios not having active citizens, and Empress Arlene's focus on the running of the Empire, it has had little activity throughout its history.

Changes as a Result of the Indiana Proclamation

Kolios was one of the most significantly affected nations by the restructuring of the Empire of Agber to an elective monarchy that occurred on 18 June 2020, as a result of the Indiana Proclamation. The single most significant was that the Capital District of Agber and the Rose Throne would no longer serve as the official seat of the Empire, rather they would serve as such only while Empress Arlene reigned as head of Agber. As part of that change, Kolios' capital was renamed Vindelkrieg. The name is a combination of Vindel (taken from the original Roman name for the city, Augusta Vindelicorum) and krieg (taken from the name of the city region the lands of Kolios fall under Kriegshaber). The name change was to limit future confusion should a non-Koliosian sit the Imperial Throne.

The move to an elective monarchy still meant Arlene served as both Empress of Agber and Princess of Kolios, but significantly altered the relationship between the two titles. Effectively, she will still serve as Empress, but now her successor is to be elected from the heads of the nations within the Empire, when the Rose Throne becomes vacant. Due to the new structure, her role as Princess of Kolios is official as part of qualifying her to be Empress, instead of a ceremonial title held because of her role as Empress.

During this time, the Sanctified Order of the Crucifix was returned to its status as a Koliosian award. While it had originally been the highest Koliosian honor, it was decided that the Order of Kolios would remain as the highest order of the Principality.

With much of Empress Arlene's role scaled down to focus on the Principality, Kolios seems poised to see an increase in internal activity levels.

Government

Koliosian boundaries imposed over a modern map

The head of Kolios is Princess Arlene, who sits on the figurative and literal Rose Throne of Kolios. The Prince or Princess serves for life. As she does not currently have and children, she has named Margrave Jordan of Sulli as her successor.

Given her role as Empress of Agber, Arlene has appointed a Chancellor, Nicholas Young, to serve as both an advisor, and to aid in the running of the Principality, to ensure the administration of that Kolios does not suffer due to her added duties. This Chancellor is ineligible from being the Sovereign's successor.

Districts

Level Name Arms Administrator Notes
Capital District Vindelkrieg Agber Arms.png Empress Arlene (as Princess of Kolios) Formerly known as Agber
Location of the Rose Throne, also the current seat of the Empire of Agber
Precinct Cramer Cramer Arms.png Duke James Contains Pix Market and Saint Thomas Cathedral
Precinct Fryar Fryar Arms.png Duke Thomas Contains ceremony grounds
Precinct Reese Reese Arms.png Duke Stephen Lands were originally part of Cramer Precinct
Precinct Sheridan Sheridan Arms.png Baroness Lacey Marie Contains battleground
Precinct Sulli Sulli Arms.png Margrave Jordan
Administrative Region The Dead Lands Dead Lands Arms.png Duke Thomas
Margrave Jordan
(as Wardens of the Dead Lands)
Contains an 18th century Jewish cemetery

Religion

While all faiths are welcomed with open arms, the official religion of the Principality is Christian. During the Kingdom of Kolios era, a Church of Kolios existed with the Koliosian Sovereign at the head, much like the Church of England within the United Kingdom. Although this entity still exists officially, it has not been active for a number of years.

Orders of Chivalry of the Principality of Kolios

See also: Awards and decorations of the Empire of Agber

While the Empire of Agber as a whole has nearly twenty separate orders of chivalry, there are only four officially considered of concern to Kolios. The two orders of the Empire, the Order of the Empire of Agber and the Order of Arlene I, both supersede the two orders of the Principality, the Order of Kolios and the Sanctified Order of the Crucifix. The current Font of Honor for these two Koliosian orders is Princess Arlene.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of Kolios 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to the Principality Originally the second-highest Koliosian order
Sanctified Order of the Crucifix 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame Christian service to the Principality Originally the highest order of the Kingdom of Kolios
Made an Imperial Order on 7 January 1998
Returned to Koliosian control on 18 June 2020