Runic Union

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Runic Union
ᚱᚼᚾᛁᚦᛖ ᚩᚾᚾᛖᛋ Raunisze Onnes

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Motto
Stand for something or fall for anything

ᛈᚱᚼᛏ ᛞᛇᚾᛖᚱ ᛋᚪᛣᛖ ᚩᛞᛖᚱ ᚠᚪᛚᛚ ᚩᚾ ᚠᛚᚪᚱᛞᛖ

Praut dainer Zake oder vall on Flarde
Official language(s) English, West Germanic, Theodian
Demonym Runic state
- Founder Kyng Sweyn78
- Founder King Penda II
Legislature Althing
- Type - Unicameral (and member states have independent legislatures)
- Number of seats - 10
Theodia: 5
Saxon Empire: 5
Established 12th June 2010
22nd Midsummermonth 2260
Population ~12
Time zone UTC-2

The Runic Union is a supramicronational organization composed of fully sovereign member states. Originally designed with a Germanic focus, it has since simply become a loose tie between the Saxon Empire and Theodia, although other micronations can be considered for admittance. The Union was formed on 12th June 2010 by the Kingdom of Theodia and the Kingdom of West Germania. There is a degree of voluntary political integration and member states are likely to be welcomed into each other’s private government communications.
Note that this article was current as of April 2013. This article reflects the Runic Union as it was at that time.

Inception

The Runic Union was conceived during informal talks between King Penda II and King Sweyn78, who encountered each other on the Internet while individually working on the publicity of their respective nations. They shared a passion for Germanic tradition and desired a united front to promote this, with a particular aim being to break the associations of Germanicism with Nazism. In the partnership, Penda is generally seen as the traditionalist, researching and preserving the fundamental basis of the Union, whereas Sweyn is the innovator, fuelling the Union with new ideas to take it forwards.

It was originally the intention of the Runic Union to include as many Germanic micronations as possible in its Althing in response to the historical failures of the Germanic tribes, and specifically called for micronations with a "Germanic Heritage", defined most recently as: "A Germanic heritage includes, but is not limited to, nations with heavy cultural ties to Scandinavia, Germania, Iceland, Germanic-occupied Scotland and Ireland, the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and the Danelaw. ". Historically, Germanic tribes did not always see eye to eye and often fought each other; the Runic Union, at its inception, sought to reconcile them. From its outset, the Union was principally cultural. Its mission statement was to help create a bond between Runic micronations, to resolve conflicts between member states, and to serve as an outlet of Germanic cultures and beliefs in the micronational world.

Many of its original ideals of Germanicism left the Union proper in early 2012 when the Saxon Empire formed, which also happened to be when Theodia was quickly moving away from Germanicism. The Saxon Empire, a confederation of Germanic micronations, now carries the original goals.

Symbols

The principal symbol of the Runic Union is the raven banner, which is featured in its flag, and was previously flown by Viking chieftains as a mark of Odin. The raven is an important element of Germanic symbolism. The flag also features the black and white bands found in Prussia's flag and the rune *raidō, which in this case represents the Proto-Germanic word *rūnō (meaning 'rune' in this case). The proposed coat of arms is that of Eric of Pomerania and the Kalmar Union, a previous effort to unite Scandinavian kingdoms. The proposed patron saint is St Nicholas, who was the patron saint of the Varangian Guard, a coalition of Germanic soldiers protecting his relics in the Byzantine Empire; Sweyn78 is concerned that no-one in either country is Catholic. The motto is that of Valnor, a former member state that was dissolved; it reflects the Runic view that, without a sense of belonging, a society will crumble; Sweyn78 has expressed some unease with the current wording of the motto. There was once a Runic script which served as the official script of the Union, intended to serve as a guideline by which the member states of the Runic Union may base their own language's script. The script was originally meant to be mandatory for all member states' languages, but that aspect was never specifically mentioned in the official doctrine of the Union and was officially scrapped on 29th September 2010.

Althing

The Althing, whose moderator is chosen ad hoc each occaision, is made up of all the member states in the Runic Union. All micronations start out with one representative in the Union. The right to one extra representative is gained for every six months that any one nation is active in the union. The maximum number of representatives per nation that may be present in the council can be no larger than nine. The Althing is called to a meeting to resolve disputes between member states, to decide upon whether or not to admit an aspiring nation into the Union, to change the Runic Union's guidelines, and to change the runes in the Standard Runic Script. Decisions are made via voting and each representative has one vote. Representatives reserve the right to abstain from voting, to vote 'yea', to vote 'nay', and to qualify the resolution(s) being offered. In the event of a tie, whichever side in the argument has, overall, spent the longest average length of time in the Union wins the vote. The Althing is called to a meeting every six months for its semi-annual session (the first Sunday of April and October), in which many topics are brought up and many actions decided upon. At least ⅔ of all member-states must be present in order for the Council to assemble.

Sweyn78 would like to see a revision of the current Althing model. As it is now, it addresses change quite slowly, and has been plagued with poor attendance.

Conditions and rules

All member states should abide by these rules:

  • All member states should adopt the Runic year (the Runic Era, which is currently 2262 RE)
  • All member states should nominate someone, preferably their leader, to represent their micronation in the Runic Union. This is to allow for more efficient communication between member states.
  • All Kings/Presidents/Leaders/etc. within the Union reserve the right to exercise authority over their own nations. All Kings/Presidents/Leaders/etc., in terms of the Union, are equal. Any attempt to overthrow another King/President/Leader/etc. within the Union will not be tolerated, and any and all member state(s) that participate in an usurping of any Union King/President/Leader/etc. will be immediately removed from the Union.

Upon joining, member states must pledge to grant trade rights, mutual recognition and a formal friendship to other member states of the Union. Requirements for admission are generally that the micronation in question use a Rune-like script, be serious (to be defined ad hoc by the current member-states during admission), not have policies seen as having reasonable potential to harm the Union or its image, and not having a poor reputation intermicronationally.

Member states

Active

The following nations are all active member states of the Runic Union:

Former members

The following member-states were all previous active members of the Runic Union.