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Religion in micronationalism
Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and worldviews that relate to humanity in an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and histories that are intended to explain the meaning of life and/or the origin of life or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws, or a preferred lifestyle.
Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergies, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
In the micronational community, several individuals have formed their own religions. Most religions created in the micronational community are developed as serious attempts at alternative religions. Several are created in protest to already existing ones while some are developed as hobbies, or, in a similar way that a micronation is devoted to (developed merely for the sake of developing).
Several states have chosen an established religion (generally Christianity) for their national religions. Ashukovo, Juclandia and New Israel all observe Christianity. Restorationism, in the form of Christianity or another religion (or the blending of several religions) is practiced notably in the Holy Kingdom of Deseret and the now-defunct state of Snežanopol.
In the micronational community, there are many monotheistic religions. Some are based off major religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, etc. Monotheistic religions tend to vary in the deities they worship.
Abrahamic religions, also known as Semitic religions, are monotheistic religions of Middle East origin, emphasizing and tracing their common origin to Abraham or recognizing a spiritual tradition identified with him.
Some micronations instead have established their own Christian denominations. The following are some of notable Christian denominations in micronationalism:
- The Orthodox Church of Ashukovo is a de facto autocephalous Orthodox Christian church exercising jurisdiction over Ashukov Orthodox Christians in the Ashukov Federation. It is the largest organized church in Ashukovo.
- The Juclandian Orthodox Church is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox church, which is also the state Church of Juclandia.
- The Restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a Mormon sect devoted to restoring Mormonism as it was practiced in the nineteenth century. It serves as the official state religion of the Holy Kingdom of Deseret.
- The United Holy Church of the Thirteen Apostles, sometimes referred to as Holy Ministry is a Christian denomination embracing elements of Islam and Masonry, as well as sovereign state-like entity governed as a representative theocracy.
Other Abrahamic religions
- The Bellumists of New Elmhurst claim to be Abrahamic, and are the official religion of the Bellumist Nation.
- The Violetism replace humans with flowers but have an Abrahamic tradition.
Hybrid religions are those that combine elements of religions together to form a new religion or religious sect.
- Coven of the Cross and Sickle is a religion that combines parts of Christianity in particular the belif in a single Christian god with elements from witchcraft and wicca.
Polytheistic religions are rarely seen within the micronational community. Some polytheistic religions seen within the micronational community are reconstructionist movements.
- Yovism is a polytheistic religion which is described by its followers as a scientific religion.
- Red Moon Coven is a Wiccan based coven of witches in Uskor.
Polypantheistic and similar religions
- Vapourism is the inclusive name given to a large group of beliefs, legends, and superstitions with a wide variety of slight differences which were held by the inhabitants of Rushymia and by some inhabitants of the Midget Empire.
- Pahunism is mostly practiced in Sabia and Verona. It originated in the Berinese Confederation and has held an important place in the Valtir Sector. It is centered around the figure of the Pahun, an omnipresent "essence" or "energy" that is found in every living being, and its "smiles" or "aspects of life".