Principality of Sancratosia
Principality of Sancratosia
Prinsia de Sancratosia (Lingua Franca Nova)
|Motto: "Monarcia bonvolente" (Lingua Franca Nova)|
|Anthem: "Imno nasional de Sancratosia"|
(National anthem of Sancratosia)
and largest municipality
|Official languages||Lingua Franca Nova|
|Recognised national languages|
|Government||Unitary semi-constitutional monarchy|
• Declaration of independence
|1 December 2021|
|0.000115 km2 (4.4×10−5 sq mi)|
• 2022 estimate
|Currency||Sancratosian impresa () (SNI)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern Time Zone)|
• Summer (DST)
|UTC-04:00 (Eastern Daylight Time)|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy CE|
|GUM 3-letter code||SNC|
|IMSO 1 code||SN|
Sancratosia (// ( (listen)); Lingua Franca Nova pronunciation: /san.kra.to.sia/ ( (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 .
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 Lingua Franca Nova being the official language of Sancratosia, French and English are more commonly used and spoken. The two languages are also recognized 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.
Sancratosia is a member state of some intermicronational organisations such as the MicroFrancophonie, the Grand Unified Micronational, the Conference of Santiago, the International Aerospace Community and the Micronation Postal Association. The Principality was one of the represented nations at MicroCon 2022, MicroCon 2023 and will co-host MicroCon 2025. Sancratosia is also a co-host of the annual Digi Micro Summit.
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 , the name was officially adopted, a date known today as Emergence Day in Sancratosia.
Emergence of Sancratosia
Rise of micronational interest
In the early 2000’s, 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.
Brainstorming for an identity
In the later weeks of October 2021, new articles introduced by the Government of Québec to Bill no.2, articles that would threaten trans rights in the province, Chloé thought of an appropriate response to protest the bill and other acts made by the Government since its election in 2018. The idea came to Chloé that the creation of a micronation could be a perfect way to achieve that goal. The hobby of worldbuilding thus turned to micronational creation and Chloé started the process of formally declaring independence.
Starting on 16 October 2021Emergence of Sancratosia., Chloé began the brainstorming process for the formation of what would be called then, the Constitutional State of Sancratosia. On 21 October 2021 , the name of "Sancratosia" was settled which is considered as the
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 settled on the Constitution of Monaco and on the culture of Monaco has its main influences to guide its micronational formation.
On 24 November 2021principality, switching from the original Constitutional State, 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., it was established that the form of government would be a
After a week of writing, the Declaration of independence was officially signed by the Sovereign Princess, as her first act in office.
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. 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.
The virtual representation of the Municipality of Sancratosia was launched on 5 February 2022 , in the form of a Discord server. This was made, at the suggestion of Cristian Neuton, to help gather the Sancratosians in one place where they could exchange on many different topics, as well as to allow foreign heads of states and diplomat to be informed about the Principality.
The Sovereign Princess had her first official meeting with another micronationalist on 19 March 2022 . Minister-President Dominic Desaintes of Saint-Castin met with Princess Cloe to discuss Québec politics and other micronational topics.
For the 6 months anniversary of Sancratosia, ePorteta was officially launched on 1 June 2022 . An online platform reserved for citizens, it gave the Principality one more way to reach directly its citizens and offer as special perk to its citizens.
One year anniversary
Celebrations for the one year anniversary of Sancratosia began on 19 October 2022Emergence Day. Celebrations also included the unveiling of the first permanent stamps series issued by Posta de Sancratosia, the first State of the Principality of Sancratosia and the registration of the first private business in the country. The Principality also unveiled a special logo, which was also the basis of a special stamp series., when the Principality began its countdown to
In early 2023, the Principality of Sancratosia began a process of developing its francophone presence, especially in Quebec, but also with the international French-speaking community. The Principality formalized its relations with Saint-Castin and Aigues-Mortes, joined the regional Laurentian Micronational Cooperative Union and was admitted in the Organisation de la MicroFrancophonie.
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.
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.
On 20 February 2022Canadian-surrounded nation to be admitted as a member in the Conference of Santiago. On 3 October 2022 , the Principality was admitted as a member state in the Grand Unified Micronational., Sancratosia became the second
The Principality was represented twice by Princess Cloe at MicroCon 2022 and MicroCon 2023, establishing informal relations with many micronations such as the Ambulatory Free States of Obsidia, the Principality of Aigues-Mortes, the Kingdom of Ruritania, the Republic of West Who, the United Slabovian Empire and the Republic of Molossia.
Sancratosia is located in Northern America and is completely surrounded by Canada, and entirely within the province of Quebec. It is located near the Saint-Lawrence River and neighbours the city of Montreal.
The Principality of Sancratosia is geographically located in the Eastern Time Zone. By law, the legal time in Sancratosia is that of its immediate neighbour, the Province of Quebec.
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|
|Average high °C (°F)||−5.6
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−10.4
|Average low °C (°F)||−15.1
|Average Precipitation mm (inches)||75.8
|Source: Environment Canada|
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.
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.
For administrative purposes, the municipality is currently divided in five districts:
- Altia Maria
- Costa Sabosa
- La Curiosia
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. The 2023 National budget foresees expenses of 37,625 Si (18,813$ CAD).
The official currency of Sancratosia is the Sancratosian impresa, colloquially known as the Simpresa.
Posta de Sancratosia is responsible for the emission of postage stamps in the Principality of Sancratosia and plays an important part in the economy and diplomatic affairs of the nation. The sale of stamps represent one of the main source of income for the Principality. Although the Principality has its own postage administration, it relies on Canada Post for the mailing of letters and packages.
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. On 30 January 2022 , less than a month after the opening of the program, Sancratosia reached a population of 10 citizens.
Citizens of Sancratosia, residents or nationals, are called Sancratosians.
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.
The acquisition and reacquisition of nationality is the prerogative of the Sovereign Princess.
Gestuno is a promoted language in Sancratosia. Previous to this legalization, Quebec Sign Language was 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, was made a promoted language in Sancratosia alongside Italian and Gestuno.
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[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.|
|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.|
The culture of Sancratosia is heavily influenced by Canadian culture, more specifically Quebec culture. It is however distinct and shaped by the use of Lingua Franca Nova as the official language and its population composed of naturalized people from around the world.
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
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.
The official sport of Sancratosia is the flying disc but other sports enjoy a relative level of popularity such as football, cricket and various forms of hockey like floor, roller in-line and ice hockey. Other non conventional sports like speedcubing are also popular in Sancratosia. The Sancratosian Sports and Games Confederation is the regulator organ of sports in Sancratosia and is responsible for the organization of local leagues and tournaments and for the national teams of Sancratosia.
The Principality participates in some intermicronational fantasy leagues such as the MicroNations League Trophy. Sports team like the AF Sancratosia represent Sancratosia in these leagues. The Sancratosia Rompejelos used to represent the Principality in the MIHF Ice Hockey World Cup.
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. 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.
Chez Chloé, a restaurant and bar became the first registered company in Sancratosia, a demonstration of the importance of cuisine in the Principality.
Sancratosia has a network of public national museums, maintained and operated by National Museums of Sancratosia. 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 Principality is also home to some private museums.
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 and the signed copy of the Constitution are kept.
Other museums are privately operated and cover various topics, such as the Arthur Stanley Eddington Museum, which covers the topic of worldbuilding, the John Z. De Lorean Museum contains some elements related to the history of the DeLorean Motor Company and more specifically the production of the DMC DeLorean car, and the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, covers the history of typography.
- Languages that are promoted by the government in certain capacity but have no Constitutional recognition.
- Sancratosian nationality is not mutually exclusive with that of macronational states.
- Physical residency is not a requirement to apply for Sancratosian residency.
- The preferred term in Sancratosia is "recreational days", considered to be more secular.
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