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Free Nation of New Athens
| Free Nation of New Athens |
Preserving Liberty Through Brotherhood and Solidarity
Kennesaw, Roswell, Norcross & Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
|Short name||New Athens|
|- King||Tyler M|
|- Speaker of the People||Leighton W|
|- Grand Ambassador||Baron Ryan M|
|- Chief Justice||Baron Anand M|
|- Grand General||Kenan M|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Last election||- October 4, 2019|
|Established||September 30, 2019|
|Area claimed||1.4055 Acres|
|Currency||New Athenian rem|
|National drink||Natural Light|
Petition for Citizenship
The Free Nation of New Athens is a micronation founded on the principles of Liberty, Brotherhood and Solidarity. The sovereign territory of The Free Nation of New Athens consists of four noncontiguous claims across the state of Georgia, USA: one province each in Kennesaw, Roswell and Norcross; and one territory in Peachtree City.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Origins
- 3 History
- 4 Geography
- 5 Government and politics
- 6 Nobility and Knighthood
- 7 Foreign policy
- 8 Citizenship
- 9 Classifications
- 10 Shop
- 11 Newsletter archive
- 12 National holidays
- 13 Flag and values
- 14 External links
The name of the Free Nation of New Athens has two parts. The first part being "the Free Nation" and the second being "New Athens." "The Free Nation" was chosen because the nation was founded on the principle of Liberty and it will serve as a constant reminder of this. "New Athens" was inspired by the city of Athens, Georgia. It is among the citizens' favorite places to visit and many see it as a place of freedom.
Prior to declaring independence, the would-be citizens were living in Cobb County, where city ordinances had been passed that allowed the government to control the living situations of individuals, even on private property. Specifically, Cobb County Ordinance Sec. 134-1, which was forcing citizens of Cobb County into high cost housing and preventing them from exploring other options. The would-be founders, along with many other citizens of the county saw this as a terrible violation of civil liberties and an overreach of government. As a result, they were forced to explore other options and eventually came to the conclusion that the best course of action was to declare independence. Thus, The Free Nation of New Athens was born.
December 26, 2018, The Free Nation of New Athens began its formation.
September 30, 2019, After months of work with regards to The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, the website, and national finances, the Free Nation of New Athens formally declared independence from the United States of America when the founding citizens signed The Declaration of Independence of the Free Nation of New Athens.
October 2, 2019, the Constitution was ratified.
October 4, 2019, the first parliamentary meeting following the ratification of the constitution was held. At this meeting, Leighton W was elected to be the first Speaker of the People.
October 14, 2019, New Athens became signatory to the Arundel Convention and officially joined the League of Independent Nations
October 20, 2019,the Acworth and Roswell provinces were officially claimed as sovereign territory and became the first 2 provinces.
November 30, 2019, rather than only granting citizenship by invitation, the King decided to allow any individual to petition for citizenship.
December 1, 2019, in cooperation with The Grand Duchy of Navārdia, New Athens co-founded the Atlanta Regional Union and became signatory to the Wrythe Convention
December 2, 2019, the Norcross Province was claimed as sovereign territory and became the third province.
January 31, 2020, the West Pope Island Territory was gifted to the Free Nation of New Athens by the Phoklandian Free State in a display of gratitude for being Navārdia’s first ally (besides the defunct Kingdom of Phokland).
February 29, 2020, the League of Independent Nations and the Arundel Convention were dissolved.
March 1, 2020, the League of Independent Nations was reformed and New Athens rejoined.
March 7, 2020, the first New Athens Newsletter was drafted and published. The first issue discussed recent news and information through February 2020.
April 15, 2020, the Grand Navārdian Commonwealth permanently ceded territorial claims of the West Pope Island Territory to New Athens.
May 12, 2020, the Kennesaw Province was claimed as sovereign territory and became the fourth province.
July 26, 2020, the Acworth Province was permanently unclaimed as territory and capital province of New Athens, and was replaced by the Kennesaw Province as the new capital.
August 26, 2020, the second edition of the New Athens Newsletter was drafted and published.
September 26, 2020, Duke Mason K became governor of the Kennesaw province. The Roswell province was declared the new capital province.
September 30, 2020, the citizens celebrated Independence Day 2020 and a successful first year of independence.
October 7, 2020, King Tyler M. was elected to be the first Mediator General of the League of Independent Nations. In addition to some administrative tasks, the duties of the Mediator General include moderating the assembly and its sessions.
October 10, 2020, New Athens was admitted into the Cupertino Alliance as a full member.
October 25, 2020, King Tyler M. was appointed as the Minister of Public Affairs of the Cupertino Alliance
The Free Nation of New Athens currently claims 4 parcels of land, each its own governed province, and one territory.
|Province Name||Location||Size (Acres)||Flag||Governor||Date Claimed||Date Unclaimed|
|Roswell Province (Capital)||Roswell, Georgia, United States||0.3245 Acres||King Tyler M||October 20, 2019||N/A|
|Norcross Province||Norcross, Georgia, United States||0.32 Acres||Sir Duke Jacob H||December 12, 2019||N/A|
|Acworth Province (defunct)||Acworth, Georgia, United States||0.24 Acres||N/A||October 20, 2019||July 26, 2020|
|West Pope Island Territory||Lake Kedron, Peachtree City, Georgia, United States||0.391 Acres||N/A||January 31, 2020||N/A|
|Kennesaw Province||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States||0.37 Acres||Duke Mason K||May 12, 2020||N/A|
|Climate data for West Pope Island|
|Average high °C (°F)||13
|Daily mean °C (°F)||6
|Average low °C (°F)||0
|Average Precipitation mm (inches)||52.7
|Source:  (data from 1985–2015)|
Government and politics
The government of The Free Nation of New Athens is a constitutional monarchy. All citizens may attend legislative meetings and maintain full voting powers. All parliamentary proceedings are in keeping with Robert's Rules of Order. All citizens may propose legislation to be discussed, voted on, or both. To satisfy quorum in all voting procedures in The Free Nation of New Athens, at least half of all citizens must be present. Citizens unable to attend a scheduled parliamentary meeting or vote may submit proposed business and/or votes to The Speaker of the People ahead of the meeting to be accounted for.
|King||King Tyler M||The King reigns within the bounds set forth in The Constitution. The King oversees all government matters, excluding parliament, and has the authority to formally represent The Free Nation of New Athens with plenipotentiary powers. He has power to appoint all government positions, excluding positions within the Monarchy and The Speaker of the People, and manufacture new positions as needed. Citizenship is granted and revoked at the discretion of The King. Along with the Grand Ambassador, the King must sign all binding diplomatic agreements. The King keeps records of all territorial claims. The King oversees the national treasury.|
|Speaker of the People||Leighton W||The Speaker of the People is elected to preside over parliament as an impartial, non-partisan individual.|
|Grand Ambassador||Viscount Ryan M||The Grand Ambassador represents The Free Nation of New Athens with full plenipotentiary powers and may appoint deputy ambassadors to assist them. The Grand Ambassador must sign all binding diplomatic agreements.|
|Chief Justice||Viscount Anand M||The Chief Justice determines the constitutionality of all proposed laws, oversees the Department of Justice, and presides over all legal courts.|
|Grand General||Kenan M||The Grand General oversees all military strategy and the national police force.|
Nobility and Knighthood
The Monarchy of the Free Nation of New Athens includes an established hierarchy for titles of nobility and chivalry. Titles are granted on a permanent basis and are only revoked in the case of extreme circumstances, though no titles have ever been revoked.
|Duke||This title is granted to those who grant permission to claim land or property as a territory of New Athens.|
|Earl||This title is reserved for those who make a financial donation to the nation.|
|Lord||This title is granted to those who serve the nation in some capacity.|
|Knight||Similar to Lord, Knighthood is granted to those who serve the nation in some way, but go above and beyond expectations.|
The Free Nation of New Athens always welcomes new diplomatic relationships. It is the belief of the founders that through diplomacy, individuals can work together to do more as a collective than they would otherwise be able to do alone. It is a goal of The Free Nation of New Athens to establish as many fruitful relationships as possible with other macronations and micronations for mutual benefit. If you wish to establish communication with The Free Nation of New Athens, you may contact the government via email.
Current alliances and treaties
Below is a list of all nations that recognize the sovereignty of New Athens and are also recognized as sovereign by New Athens.
Citizenship is granted at the discretion of The King. Anyone may petition for citizenship at any time by filling out this short form.
- New Athens is classified as: Bricks and Mortar, Small, Seeking Statehood — 5th World
- This is a notoriously hard system, but New Athens still scores a 3.8 out of a maximum score of 5, which is very a good score for its age.
- New Athens is a 4.33 out of a maximum score of 5 on this scale, which is "An influential and advanced micronation."
- New Athens scores very well on this scale with a score of 3.8 meaning "One of the most significant micronations (eg. St.Charlie, the Nemkhav Federation etc). There was a lot of effort involved in getting the micronation to this level. Once here, it is quite difficult for the nation to fall back down unless it becomes inactive, like Petorio."
- Under the Millic definition of statehood, New Athens is classified as an "internationalized state-like community" which means it has a fully functional government, has a domicile population, exercises de facto sovereignty over its domicile population, and has the capacity to participate fully in international relations.
The Free Nation of New Athens keeps a large variety of national merchandise, including but not limited to national flags, shot glasses, can koozies, wristbands, stickers, phone cases, iPad cases, laptop cases, prints and posters, cups and mugs, bags, pillows, blankets and much more.
|World Albatross Day||June 19||The day honours these magnificent birds and highlights the ongoing conservation crisis they face.|
|Independence Day||September 30||The day the Declaration of Independence was signed.|
|Provinces Day||October 20||The day the Acworth and Roswell provinces were officially claimed as the first provinces of the nation.|
|Union Day||December 1||The day the Atlanta Regional Union was co-founded by New Athens and The Grand Duchy of Navārdia.|
|Founder's Day||December 26||The day New Athens was founded.|
Flag and values
The Free Nation of New Athens has had two national flags. Both national flags depict symbols of the nation's core values. The three core values of The Free Nation of New Athens are Liberty, Brotherhood and Solidarity. The Free Nation of New Athens declared independence and was founded in order to combat and protest laws that the people deemed to be a blatant violation of civil liberties. Liberty is at the core of the values of the nation and forever will be. The founders believe people should have the right to decide how they live and the nation will always fight to protect this belief.
The Original Flag Designed by our King, The Original Flag was the first national flag. It is no longer the official national flag, but can represent the nation regardless. The Original Flag depicts a cherry red dot in the center, surrounded by a cherry red lambda, on a battleship gray background. The cherry red lambda in the center of the flag represents Liberty. The cherry red dot inside the lambda represents Brotherhood. It is in the center because brotherhood should be at the center of all citizen relationships. The battleship gray background surrounding the lambda represents Solidarity. The symbol of solidarity reminds the citizens to persevere on the path of Liberty even when surrounded by adversity.
The Triangle Flag The Triangle Flag is the current official national flag and was designed about a month and a half after the nation's founding, when some of the citizens commented that the Original Flag looked boring. It was also designed by our King. It depicts a hollow cherry red equilateral triangle that contains another smaller solid cherry red equilateral triangle. The outside triangle represents Liberty. The interior triangle represents Brotherhood. The line extending from the point of the triangles represents the unity of the provinces. The triangles and line are outlined with silver. The battleship gray sections represent Solidarity. An equilateral triangle was selected as the chief symbol as it is the strongest geometric shape and is a popular vexillological symbol.