Vittorio Rino

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Vittorio Rino

Vittorio Julio Alessandro Rino Ferrara
President of the Republic of Rino Island
Asumed in office
December 9, 2009 - December 15, 2013
Successor Benedetto Samperi
Senator of the Great Senate of the Republic of Rino Island
Assumed in office
January 12, 2015 - October 8, 2015
Personal information
Born (1946-09-11)September 11, 1946
Valparaíso, Chile
Died November 15, 2015(2015-11-15) (aged 69)
Valparaíso, Chile
Resting place Cementerio N° 2 de Valparaíso
Citizenship Chilean, Italian, Rinoislander
Ethnicity Hispanic
Political party Rinoislandic National Unity Party
Spouse(s) Antonina Kapeys
Children Luigi Rino (b. 1993) Maria Rino (b. 2000)
Religion Roman Catholic

Vittorio Julio Alessandro Rino Ferrara, nicknamed "Don Rino" was the founder and first President of the Republic of Rino Island.

He is regarded as the father of the homeland of Rino Island, and is currently the Eternal Grand Master of the Legion of Honor of Rino Island, the highest national decoration. He was also one of the signers of the Rino Island Declaration of Independence.


In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Rino and the second or maternal family name is Ferrara. The surname Rino is the rarest form of the surname "Rina", and has a very small strain in Naples and one in the Cosentino in Aiello Calabro and Cleto. This surname derive from forms aferetic Italianized the medieval name of Greek origin Catharino, Catharina, or, in some cases, the Germanic medieval name Katherin, Katherine. It is a surname from Calabria, in southern Italy. [1]

Rino Island Declaration of Independence

The date of independence was an uncertain matter, and somehow created difficulties among Don Rino's friends and future Rinoislanders. Some thought it was too early, others that it was late and the pace must have been accelerated. There were even those who questioned the role of Don Rino and his family, pointing out that although the idea was Don Vittorio's, the government role should be elected.

Finally, meeting in Assembly, they voted on December 9, 2009, and that afternoon the votes were counted. 97% were in favor and only 3%, the latter were invited that same day to take a boat to French Polynesia. Years later, when the first civil war raged in the country, a soldier from the National Army hid the text in the mountains, so that in case of defeat it would not be used as propaganda for the enemies of the Homeland.

It soon became necessary to establish a Constitution and laws proper to the new country. Six months later, a plebiscite approved the constitution proposed and written by Vittorio Rino, which essentially maintained the existing system: a strong executive branch, headed by the President of the Republic; the Grand Senate, with fifteen members, two-thirds democratically elected and one third appointed by the President; and a Supreme Court made up of a judge appointed by the President. It is worth saying that the first constitution contained a clause, which appointed Vittorio Rino as president for the first period, empowering him to appoint the entire Grand Senate.

Works and Government

The system allowed the national development to continue, especially thanks to the "Plan for International Knowledge", which gave rise to the country's communications infrastructure. The stadium was grassed, and in 2013 it hosted the local island soccer tournament, organized by the AFRI (Rino Island Soccer Association).

The Rino Island Institute Of Research made a magnificent breakthrough. Archaeological finds of Inca ceramics were made on the beach where the Casino would be built, which showed that our island was visited by Native Americans, and that therefore there was contact between islanders and Quechua. This was called by the press "the archaeological discovery of the decade".

Clearly, a magnificent Gaming Casino was built, called Inca de Oro in honor of the archaeological find. This casino is one of the pillars of local economic development.

The film industry produced the first national films: Atomic Dinosaurs (2011), Invasión 1940 (2012), El Pato Vampiro de los Andes (2013), El Pato del Desierto (2013), Chacabuco, La Batalla (2013) and El Pato Guerrillero African (“2013). Of these, only 4 were saved from destruction, when the government of President Jair Meza ordered their destruction in 2016.

Civil War

The tranquility of the island was disturbed by the event of the first open democratic elections on the island. Three parties were formed, and each presented a presidential candidate:

• The Unity and Progress Party, of President Rino, which had a national program and whose objective was based on national progress and development.

• An obscure National Socialist Movement, with a leader named Benito Santoreal, a Mexican, and with roots among former fascists on the island.

• The Socialist Party, with Marie DaNurge as a candidate, a French woman who advocated a rapprochement with French Polynesia, in order to approach a new protectorate.

The election also included a consultation, in which it was proposed to discuss a change in the national coat of arms, opting for one of National Socialist design.

On May 12, 2013, the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections were known, in which the Unión y Progreso party, of His Excellency Mr. Vittorio Rino, obtained a resounding victory. In the consultation, the shield proposal was approved.

There was nothing to foreshadow that the civil war would begin.

Failed Coup

His Excellency communicated in a speech through loudspeakers to the country his triumph, and his desire to start an economic revolution to boost tourism. While this was happening, groups of neo-Nazis and Polynesian-French socialists held a rally, in which they affirmed their union in the United Nationalist Movement (MNU) based on a secret agreement, prior to the election. Jean Paul Des Damnes, inhabitant of Polynesia, was decreed as chief.

These two groups came together due to their repudiation of Vittorio Rino's idea of ​​collaborating with the American continent, which contributed the population, materials, and money to Rino Island, in opposition to Polynesia, which has never collaborated with Rino Island.

On May 11, the MNU carried out a coup, cutting off communications with the outside world and cutting off the country for 9 months. Those 9 months led to an extensive civil conflict, where 98 Dutch people died, in the 2 weeks of internal war, which culminated in the taking of Isla de Los Patos, the last rebel refuge. This was followed by difficult months of guerrillas, which almost completely destroyed the country, and caused hundreds to leave the country.

In the second stage of the war, by the guerrillas, the capital was almost taken over by the rebels, when on August 25 all contacts were cut by sea, and the government only had one plane to escape. It is there, in September 2013, during the fights against the guerrillas of the United Nationalist Movement, and fearing the withdrawal of the Island, that Vittorio Rino proclaimed the Independence of the Clipperton Islands, under his rule. At that time a soldier hid the declaration of independence in some rocks on the mountain.

The guerrilla was defeated thanks to Anastasio López. He was the one who contributed, finally, to save the nation, and for that reason, Vittorio Rino awarded him the Cross of Valor, the highest national honor. The guerrilla leaders were expelled from the island for life, and their fate is unknown.

Vittorio Rino went out of his way to repair the damage. On December 9, 2013, the fourth anniversary of Independence, His Excellency expressed his desire to leave power temporarily, to return to his business. The population regretted this and opposed the decision, but he finally left the country on December 18, 2013, along with his family.

Last year

After leaving the presidency, Don Rino had little participation in national life. He never ran for a second term again, yet he maintained his support for Benedetto Samperi and the historic citizens. He was a senator under the government of Tomás Ríos, without intervening in the government. He passed away on November 15, 2015.[citation needed] The government of Tomás Ríos did not speak out. Founding citizens paid their respects at the former president's funeral.

Personal life

He was born in Valparaiso, Chile, on September 11, 1946 during a business trip for his parents. He is the son of the Italian businessman and military man Benito Rino and Carla Ferrara. He lived his childhood and youth in Foligno, near Rome. He was a grocer all his life in Chile.

He had 2 children, Luigi, (born 1993) and Maria (born 2000), both from his late wife Antonina Kapeys. Luigi has been a constant Rino Island soccer pick and a constant member of the Grand Senate. María is governor of the province of the Austral and Antarctic Islands.

The current president of Rino Island, Marco Antonio Rino, is his nephew.


  • The Republic of Rino Island micronation, formed on the islands of Podestá, Emily, Minnehaha and Davis Land, among others, was named in honor of Vittorio Rino. Apparently, it was both an honorific gesture and a nod to Bolivia, named in honor of Simón Bolivar.
  • The rock marked P.D and discovered in 1869 was renamed "Roca Presidente Rino", by the government of Marco Antonio Rino.
  • The Rino Island Philatelic Museum is named after him.