Principality of Seems
| The Principality of Seems |
Things are not always what they seem
|Official language(s)||English, Conspiracyspeak|
|Demonym||Seemian, Seemlander, Seemlandic|
|- Prime Minister||JJ Maxwell|
|Legislature||Parliament of Seems|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 100|
|Established||17 March 2019|
|Disestablished||1 June 2019|
|Area claimed||One acre|
|National dish||Baked potato|
|National animal||Pygmy goat|
|Patron saint||Saint Patrick|
The Principality of Seems was a US based micronation, founded on 17 March 2019. The goal of this micronation was to spread awareness of conspiracy theories and the truth behind them. The nation also functions as a regular sovereign state, with crops, water, parks, currency, etc. The name stems from the saying by Phaedrus, “Things are not always what they seem.”
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Language
- 5 Culture
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
The name comes from the quote from Phaedrus, "Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden." Since the nation is founded upon conspiracies, this quote was chosen to become part of the name (Seems), and the motto.
Independence from the US
On March 17, 2019, the Principality of Seems declared independence from the US. The Principality claimed a small one acre piece of land in Idaho.
Flag and Coat of Arms Inaugurated
On March 17, 2019, at 11:56 AM (MT), the official flag and coat of arms for Seems were officially declared as the national symbols. The grey on the flag and stands for lies, the blue on stands for truth, and the white stands for purity. The coat of arms features a question mark; this is to promote the questioning of stories and publicity. The dark grey background also stands for lies.
Official sign posted
On March 22, 2019, at 2:27 PM, the only official border crossing between the United States of America and Seems was officiated with a sign being nailed to a log. The log has been declared a national monument.
On 26 March 2019, a Discord user by the name of adonic became the first official citizen of Seems, and the first member of Seems's Parliament.
Seems was dissolved on 1 June 2019. It is one of the four nations that created the Empire of Qoí.
Government and politics
The Prince of Seems was JJ Maxwell. The prince served as the head of state, representing the nation, but did not hold any political power. The prince was chosen through heredity. If anyone was related to the prince, and, after the current prince's death, and wanted to claim the title, the had the right to do so. The prince could also serve as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was voted for every four years.
The current Prime Minister of Seems was JJ Maxwell. As prime minister, they were the effective leader of the state and government, since they can actually hold political power and clout. They had the power to veto laws passed by Parliament, grant pardons (although they cannot officially give the title; that is the job of the Prince), make treaties (with the consent of Parliament), and appoint judges to the High Court.
The Prime Minister was part of the Democratic Party of Seems.
The Parliament of Seems had one voting member, but it was the legislative branch in Seems. Whenever the Parliament of Seems was full however, there should have been 100 seats filled. Citizens wishing to run for a seat in the Parliament must have been at least 13 years old. The maximum number of people that can run for a seat in Parliament is 150. Parliament was voted for every six years. The powers of Parliament went as follows: make laws, overturn the Minister's vetoes, approve treaties, approve High Judges, and conduct impeachment trials. Everything in the Parliament must be passed with a 2/3 vote.
The High Court was the highest judicial power in Seems. Judges on the Court were appointed by the Prime Minister. They served until they die or commit a crime. The Court has the power to review laws, treaties, and previous trials to see if they are constitutional or unconstitutional. There are 11 persons that serve on the High Court, and they must be approved by the Parliament.
|Republican Party of Seems||REP||Conservative Republic||Blue, grey, silver|
|Democratic Party of Seems||DEM||Liberal Democracy||Blue, black|
Seems had two national languages, one of which is a constructed language. The two languages were English and Conspiracyspeak. English was spoken by 100% of the population. Conspiracyspeak, however, was spoken by 0% of the population, as it was still gaining vocabulary.
Most art in Seems was propaganda, primarily used as examples in schools. This was used to teach children about the dangers of the world, and how not everyone is what the say they are.
Some other types of art include painting. The nation's only border crossing has a piece of wood painted with the flag of Seems and the State's name. Another common art seen is drawing and sketching. Inside of the nation's capital building, there is a picture of a hand-drawn Thanos turned partially into Sandy Cheeks.
Music in Seems was generally preformed live, although there was lots of e-music played around the nation. Some common musical instruments include the piano and the trumpet, while the most typical genres of music are rock, country, pop, emo, 80s, and R&B.
The most common type of book genre in Seems was Young adult.
Food & Cuisine
The most common snack in Seems was salt and vinegar chips. The national dish of Seems was the baked potato.
Typical meals and snacks
- Salt and vinegar chips
- Tater-tot casserole
- Traditional Mexican foods and dishes
- Alcoholic beverages
- Black Coffee
- Apple cider vinegar
- Orange juice
- Vitamin water
- Ginger ale
- 1. The Principality of Seems had a Discord. Link is here: https://discord.gg/mJqmDuA