Principality of Sancratosia

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Principality of Sancratosia
Prinsia de Sancratosia  (Lingua Franca Nova)
Flag of Sancratosia
Flag
Greater coat of arms of Sancratosia
Coat of arms
Motto: "Monarcia bonvolente" (Lingua Franca Nova)
"Benevolent monarchy"
Anthem: Imno nasional de Sancratosia
(National anthem of Sancratosia)
Location of Sancratosia.svg
General location of Sancratosia in North America
Capital
and largest municipality
Sancratosia
CoordinatesLogo of the Coord template.png 45.4732, -73.5386
Official languagesLingua Franca Nova
Recognised national languages
Partially recognised languages[a]
DemonymSancratosian
GovernmentUnitary semi-constitutional monarchy
Princess Cloe
Cristian Neuton
LegislatureNational Council
Sovereign state
• Declaration of independence
1 December 2021 (2021-12-01)
Area
• Total
115 m2 (1,240 sq ft)
Population
• 2022 estimate
24
CurrencySancratosian impresa (Simpresa symbol.svg) (SNI)
Time zoneEastern Time Zone (UTC−05:00)
• Summer (DST)
Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04:00)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy CE
Drives on theright
Calling code+514
IMSO 1 codeSNC
National animalCanada goose

Sancratosia (/sɑːn.kræ.t.ʒə/ (About this sound (listen)); Lingua Franca Nova pronunciation: /san.kra.to.sia/ (About this sound (listen))), officially the Principality of Sancratosia (Lingua Franca Nova: Prinsia de Sancratosia), is a sovereign state operating within a self-proclamed extraterritorial territory located in North America. It is classified as a micronation by most external observers. The nation declared its independence on 1 December 2021 (2021-12-01).[1]

The official language of Sancratosia is Lingua Franca Nova, an auxiliary constructed language also known colloquially as Elefen, making it one of the first nations to adopt the language as its official language. Despite Elefen being the official language of Sancratosia, French and English are more commonly used and spoken. The two languages are also recognised as national languages.

The Principality is a semi-constitutional monarchy where the sovereign personally exercises power in concert with other institutions. Unlike traditional monarchies, the monarch does not source their power from a God but from the people.

Etymology

Sancratosia's name comes from the combination of two Greek words "σαν" and "κράτος" meaning "like a; as a" and "state". The name was chosen from the aspiration in the foundation of a nation that could be considered equal to other nations. On 21 October 2021 (2021-10-21), the name was officially adopted, a date known today as Emergence Day in Sancratosia.

History

Rise of the Sancratosia family

In 2006, Chloé Fortin Côté began to be interested with the phenomenon of micronations, especially the nations of Sealand and Molossia. Many years later, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns that resulted revived this interest which was directed at first in hobby worldbuilding.

Emergence of Sancratosia

In the first weeks of October 2021, the hobby turned to micronational creation and Chloé started the process of formally declaring independence. The first form of government envisioned was one of a constitutional state, being influenced by the constitutions of lusophone countries such as Cabo Verde or Mozambique. However, the size of the governmental structure of such large states and the desire to be able to exercice some control on the direction of the nation in the long term prevented any of these influences to be applicable to Sancratosia. Other historical constitutions were studied, such as the Constitution of the July Monarchy or the Constitutional Charter of 1826 of Portugal. Chloé then settled on Monaco has its main influence to guide its micronational formation.

Early development

Independence

On 24 November 2021 (2021-11-24), it was established that the form of government would be a principality with Chloé has Sovereign Princess who would take on the regnal name of Princess Cloe of Sancratosia, dropping the "H" not present in Lingua Franca Nova.

After a week of writing, the Declaration of independence was officially signed by the Sovereign Princess, as her first act in office.

First year

Temporary absolute monarchy

Following the independence of Sancratosia, facing the challenges of establishing a functioning state, a Sovereign Ordinance giving temporary absolute power to the Sovereign Princess was promulgated on 2 December 2021.[2] This ordinance allowed the passing of laws, with the absence of an elected National Council, concerning mostly cultural elements such as the national symbols or the public holidays and most notably the Law on the provisions against discrimination which is considered to be the main legislative piece on LGBT rights in Sancratosia.[3]

Cristian Neuton's ministry

On 11 January 2022 (2022-01-11), Cristian Neuton was appointed as the first Minister of State of Sancratosia.[4] His mandate was to help the continued development of the Principality, most notably the recruitment of ministers and other civil servants.

Politics

Government

According to the Constitution, Sancratosia is governed under a constitutional monarchy, with the Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia as head of state. The executive power is exercised by the Minister of State as the head of government, who presides over the Government Council.

The prerogative to propose and promulgate laws belongs to the Sovereign Princess, while the National Council gets to modify and adopt them. This shared legislative power is also applied for every revision of the Constitution.

Foreign relations

Sancratosia adheres to the declarative theory of statehood, every states that have a defined territory, a permanent population, a government and the capacity to enter in relation with other micronational states is de facto recognized by Sancratosia. However, de jure recognition is not given out to States which have views aligned with the far-right. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains a list of states which received official mutual recognition from Sancratosia[5].

The Principality is also a signatory of many conventions and accords such as the Wrythe Convention, the Edgbaston Convention, the Augusta Accord and the Protocol of Klöw.

On 20 February 2022 (2022-02-20), Sancratosia became the second Canadian-surrounded nation to be admitted as a member in the Conference of Santiago.

Geography

Sancratosia is located in Northern America and is completely surrounded by Canada, and entirely within the province of Quebec.

Climate

Fog forming above the river on a winter morning near Sancratosia

Sancratosia's climate is exactly the same as the southern part of Quebec. It is classified as a warm-summer humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfb)

The government of Sancratosia takes its climate data from Canadian official sources for the region of Montreal.

Climate data for Sancratosia (Montreal–Saint-Hubert/Longueuil Airport), 1981-2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −5.6
(21.9)
−3.2
(26.2)
2.3
(36.1)
11.3
(52.3)
19.1
(66.4)
23.8
(74.8)
26.3
(79.3)
25.4
(77.7)
20.5
(68.9)
13.0
(55.4)
5.6
(42.1)
−1.5
(29.3)
11.4
(52.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.4
(13.3)
−8.2
(17.2)
−2.5
(27.5)
5.7
(42.3)
12.9
(55.2)
17.9
(64.2)
20.6
(69.1)
19.5
(67.1)
14.7
(58.5)
7.9
(46.2)
1.5
(34.7)
−5.8
(21.6)
6.2
(43.2)
Average low °C (°F) −15.1
(4.8)
−13.1
(8.4)
−7.3
(18.9)
0.1
(32.2)
6.7
(44.1)
11.9
(53.4)
14.8
(58.6)
13.6
(56.5)
8.8
(47.8)
2.7
(36.9)
−2.6
(27.3)
−10.1
(13.8)
0.9
(33.6)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 75.8
(2.984)
61.9
(2.437)
71.6
(2.819)
82.7
(3.256)
81.7
(3.217)
87.3
(3.437)
96.8
(3.811)
88.3
(3.476)
84.5
(3.327)
87.0
(3.425)
104.3
(4.106)
88.8
(3.496)
1,010.6
(39.787)
Source: Environment Canada[6]

Extraterritoriality

The Principality considers the place from where it operates to be an extraterritorial territory from which it exercises its sovereignty. There has been no official recognition of its extraterritoriality status.

Administrative divisions

The state consists of only one municipality, the municipality of Sancratosia. There are no geographical distinctions between the principality and the municipality. The only difference being in the separated administrative competences between the two.

Municipal Districts

For administrative purposes, the municipality is currently divided in five districts:

  • Altia Maria
  • Jenoveva
  • La Curiosia
  • Plenisaco
  • Sancratosia-Site

Economy

Sancratosia does not have a sustainable economy. The Principality is entirely dependant on the personal fortune of the House of Sancratosia. According to the Constitution, the Sovereign Family must be paid first on the national budget before any other expenses are made, which, for the moment means that the entirety of the state's revenues go directly to the Sovereign Family.

Taxes

Sancratosia has a 25% value-added tax (VAT) on most goods and services. Prices are normally presented with the included VAT. There is no income tax on citizens.

Currency

The official currency of Sancratosia is the Sancratosian impresa, colloquially known as the Simpresa.

Because of the close proximity of Sancratosia with Canada and the United States, the Canadian dollar and the US dollar are both accepted for affairs in Sancratosia.

Population

Demographics

Sancratosians by status

  Sancratosian nationals (33.33%)
  Sancratosian residents (66.67%)

Sancratosia's population was 3 in 2021 and counted more residents than nationals. At the beginning of 2022, the Principality made official and publicized its naturalization process and citizenship program.[7] On 30 January 2022 (2022-01-30), less than a month after the opening of the program, Sancratosia reached a population of 10 citizens.[8]

Citizens of Sancratosia, whether residents or nationals, are called Sancratosians.

Citizenship

The Principality of Sancratosia classifies its citizens into two categories: nationals and residents. Sancratosian nationality is mutually exclusive with that of other nations and the acquisition of the nationality from another nation will result in the loss of Sancratosian citizenship.[b] An exception is made for individuals which may not renunciate their nationality.

Residency[c] is open to everyone but there are some limitations to the accession of political functions within Sancratosia.[9]

The acquisition and reacquisition of nationality is the prerogative of the Sovereign Princess.

Language

The Constitution determines that Lingua Franca Nova, also know colloquially as Elefen, is the official language of the state, while French and English are recognized as national languages.

Quebec Sign Language is often considered to be the de facto official sign language of the nation, due to the lack of a signed version of LFN.

Because of Sancratosia's relations with some Brazilian micronations and the personal interest of the Sovereign Princess in Portuguese, it is often considered to be a recognized language in Sancratosia.

Religion

Sancratosia is a secular state and the monarch does not source its power from a God, contrasting from traditional monarchies. By sourcing its power from the people of Sancratosia, the Principality is unique in this way that it's a modern secular monarchy. The Principality guarantees the freedom of religion.

Public holidays

Public holidays[d] are celebrated in Sancratosia normally by taking a day off. If it falls on a weekend or if there is no work scheduled during the coming holiday, the day off is taken on the closest business day.

Date English name Lingua Franca Nova name French name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Dia de la anio nova Jour de l'An New Year's Day is celebrated by most of the world's countries.
15 January George Boeree Day Dia de George Boeree Jour de George Boeree Celebration of the birthday of George Boeree, creator of Lingua Franca Nova.
10 February National Flag Day Dia de la bandera nasional Jour du Drapeau national Celebration of the National Flag of Sancratosia.
Third Monday of February Sancratosians' Day Dia de Sancratosianes Jour des personnes Sancratosiennes Celebration of Sancratosian nationals and residents.
1 March Sovereign Princess Day Dia de la Prinsesa Suprema Jour de la Princesse Souveraine Celebration of the birthday of Princess Cloe, Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia.
21 March Elefen Language Day Dia de la lingua franca nova Jour de l'Elefen Worldwide celebration of Lingua Franca Nova the official language of the nation.[10]
15 April Duchess Maria I Day Dia de la Duxesa Maria I Jour de la Duchesse Marie I Celebration of the birthday of Duchess Maria I Day, honorific founder of the House of Sancratosia.
1 May Workers' Day Dia de laboras Jour du Travail Workers' Day is a worldwide celebration of workers and the working class.
Fourth Friday of May Friendship's Day Dia de la amia Jour de l'Amitié Celebration of the concept of friendship, between people and between nations.
10 June Chives Day Dia de la siboleta Jour de la Ciboulette Celebration of the national flower, the chives.
First Monday of September Goose Day Dia de la ganso Jour de la Bernache Celebration of the national bird, the Canada goose.
21 October Emergence Day Dia de la emerji Jour de l'Émergence Celebration of the emergence of the nation.
11 November Martlet Day Dia de la venseo Jour du Martinet Celebrates the core values and principles of the Principality.
1 December Independence Day Dia de la nondepende Jour de l'Indépendance Celebration of the Declaration of independence of Sancratosia.
17 December Maple Day Dia de la asero Jour de l'Érable Celebrates the maple, an important product in Sancratosian culture.
25 December Winter's Day Dia de la inverno Jour de l'Hiver Known in most countries as Christmas.

Culture

The culture of Sancratosia is heavily influenced by Canadian culture, more specifically Quebec culture.

National symbols

A mockup of the national flag of Sancratosia

The national flag, the princely flag and the coat of arms are the only national symbols specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Other symbols such as the national anthem are determined by law.

Flag

The national flag of Sancratosia is quartered of red and white, in the same pattern found on the coat of arms of the Principality. The princely flag consists of a white field with the coat of arms in their greater version charged at the center. The national flag is used in every capacities while the princely flag is mostly only used in the presence of a Sancratosian official such as the Sovereign Princess or the Minister of State.

Coat of arms

Signature of the government of Sancratosia

The coat of arms of Sancratosia is the symbolic representation of the House of Sancratosia, the current reigning house of Sancratosia. It is the most commonly used symbol in Sancratosia, being present on almost every official documents. The official signature of the government features the smaller version of the coat of arms.

Cuisine

A typical Goose Day meal

The cuisine of Sancratosia is mainly influenced by Quebec cuisine.

Some staple foods from Quebec cuisine that are included in the Sancratosian diet are the poutine, the soupe aux pois, the pizza-ghetti and the sucre à la crème, the latter being the official dessert of the Principality.[11] Maple syrup is also used a lot in Sancratosian cuisine, especially on deserts such as crêpes.

Certain meals are tied with national and public holidays in Sancratosia such as Goose Day, where meals related to small birds are eaten. Meals such as foie gras or duck confit are a staple of this holiday. Meals are also adapted to the season like during the winter months when richer meals are eaten.

The most popular drink in Sancratosia is coffee but tea also enjoys a relative popularity.

Museums

Sancratosia has three national museums. Two museums consists of personal collections of the Sovereign Princess, while the third one is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Sancratosia.

The two National Museums dedicated to personal collections of the Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia both concern Canadian history. The Rhys T. Eyton National Museum covers the history of Canadian Airlines, former airline giant that was in operations from 1987 until 2001. The museum features memorabilia from the airline, as well as internal items from the company belonging to former employees. The Nadia Comaneci National Museum features an extensive collection concerning the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montréal. Some of the most notable items from the museum include an official participation medal and a signed gymnastics ticket by Olympian Nadia Comăneci, first-time gold medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

The Duchess Maria I National Museum and Archives, named in the honour the grandmother of Princess Cloe, features items from the history of Sancratosia and the micronational community in general with items such as a 1994 Sealand Half-Dollar, being part of the featured items from the museum. It is also where the Crown Jewels of Sancratosia are kept.

See also

References

Informational notes

  1. Languages that are used by the government in certain capacity but have no Constitutional or legal recognition.
  2. Sancratosian nationality is not mutually exclusive with that of macronational states.
  3. Physical residency is not a requirement to apply for Sancratosian residency.
  4. The preferred term in Sancratosia is "recreational days", considered to be more secular.

Citations

  1. Government of Sancratosia. "The Principality of Sancratosia declares its independence". Principality of Sancratosia.
  2. Government of Sancratosia (2 December 2021). "Sovereign Ordinance no 1 of 2 December 2021 on the temporary exercise of absolute power by the Sovereign Princess of Sancratosia". Principality of Sancratosia.
  3. Government of Sancratosia (13 January 2022). "Law no 5 of 13 January 2022 on the provisions against discrimination". Principality of Sancratosia.
  4. Government of Sancratosia (11 January 2022). "Sovereign Ordinance no 29 of 11 January 2022 on the nomination of the Minister of State". Principality of Sancratosia.
  5. Government of Sancratosia. "International recognition". Principality of Sancratosia.
  6. Government of Canada (25 November 2021). "Montreal/St-Hubert : Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010". Environment Canada.
  7. Government of Sancratosia (7 January 2022). "The Principality of Sancratosia unveils its citizenship program". Principality of Sancratosia.
  8. Government of Sancratosia (30 January 2022). "History of Sancratosia". Principality of Sancratosia.
  9. Government of Sancratosia (22 December 2021). "Citizenship". Principality of Sancratosia.
  10. Elefen.org (27 September 2021). "Dia de elefen". elefen.org.
  11. Government of Sancratosia (5 January 2022). "Law no 1 of 5 January 2022 on the national symbols". Principality of Sancratosia.

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