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Diarchy of Volfa
"Mes-seme s-sliem" (alt: Mis-sema, is-sliem)
English: From the sky peace.
|Official language(s)||English, Maltese (dialect)|
2008 (as AKRanza),|
1 May 2013 (as independent Volfa)
|Population||Due to the way in which people are considered citizens, it is difficult to produce an accurate number.|
|Currency||No official currency; Euro most used|
|National sport||Marievi (national board game)|
|The official scripts of Volfa are the Volfer and Latin scripts but many other scripts are used, for decorative or otherwise purposes. Volfyn claims are not permanent but depend on the residence of the government. Sandus is still existent.|
Volfa (sometimes known as the Diarchy of Volfa) is a new nation project originally established on 18 January 2013 as a Sandum Autonomous Province. Volfa peacefully seceded from the State of Sandus on 1 May following months of preparations and talks with the Sandum government. Volfa is sometimes described as a "microethnicity", and normally dissociates from the term "micronation". A Volfyn Manifesto, detailing the political and cultural aims of Volfa, as well as laying out a plan for the growth of Volfa, is in the writing.
"Volfa" has no official meaning. It is theorized that the name may be derived from Velasi, an alternative name for Blesbi, the successor state of BlueSkies. This theory is rather popular.
Volfyn history begins with AKRanza, an offline micronation with little information about it remaining. BlueSkies was the next incarnation of AKRanza, founded on 1 May 2010 with a presence established on MicroWikia. Following BlueSkies was the Kingdom of Quolia, followed by a brief departure from micronationalism by the nation's founder. Returning with Blejord, soon reimagined as Blesbí, the micronation became close allies with Sandus, with its founder eventually became a citizen. Following a departure from the MicroWiki community in general, Blesbi's founder focused on work in Sandus, but began to feel more and more distant from Sandus. With the Sandum Cultural Authority, and the Sandum "culture acts" passed, the Volfa subculture began to grow out of Blesbi, or Velasi as it had also come to be known. On 18 January 2013, Volfa established itself as a Province of Sandus, in preparation for its secession. Once Volfa was declared independent from Sandus on 1 May 2013, a close friend of the nation's founder was declared diarch alongside him, the two of them holding the title King or Sultan. The diarchs since have focused Volfa on cultural development.
Volfa generally dissociates from the rest of the MicroWiki community and favours internal physical progress as opposed to external diplomatic progress. Nevertheless, Volfa is a full member state of the Grand Unified Micronational, and holds mutual recognition with:
Volfyn culture is developed mostly from its predecessors' cultures (those of Malta, BlueSkies and Blesbi).
Dates in Volfa are written YYYY-MM-DD, sometimes replacing the year with Era name and year in that era (for example, Era 3 would therefore mean the 3rd year of the Era era). The current era is ElBiduw (the start), which started in January 2013. To write dates before 2013, the era is called ElQabel ("the before"), and is written backwards in years (2010 would be ElQabel 3, 2008 would be ElQabel 5)
Volfyn music is electronic-centric, and the local sound is influenced by breakcore, IDM, Rave (including its subgenres), as well as other experimental genres. Volfym keeps a library of works from various macronational artists, which often reflect the taste of the rest of the nation. Ixstrum was a joint Erephisian-Volfyn collective with the intent of forming a community of artists which release musical and other artistic works digitally and freely (of no expense).
Volfyn music is not solely electronic, some short melodies for the thumb piano are found often in Volfa. There is also a project to translate some foreign songs into Maltese, one such example is "Hava nagila", translated as "Ejjew nifirhu".
Volfyn poetry and visual art both follow minimalist styles. Volfyn poetry is short, involves haiku-like juxtapositions, and usually considers the aesthetic beauty of life. Visual art instead is split mainly in two forms, glitch photography and native Naakafi design. The Impressionist, Surrealist and Pop Art movements are highly appreciated as well. A new form of pattern work, sometimes coupled with Naakafi design, has also formed, and is called "Volfyn paisley" or "Mewweg" (derived from mewg, waves). There are also a few figures of speech derived from poems that are used in Volfa.
Marievi is a board game based on draughts, but highly adapted to become unique to Volfa. The few rules with regards to gameplay cause longer and more complex rounds.
Lavender is commonly grown and has become a symbol of Volfa. Gyoza, which are Japanese pan-fried dumplings, remain the national dish of Volfa, which was one of the BlueSkian cuisine's main dishes. Unlike the usual Japanese version, these normally include carrot and spices. Many spices are used in Volfyn cuisine. A drink made of black tea with a teaspoon of jam and honey, called Terusk (literally Russian tea), is often drunk in Volfa. Other drinks include Orzata (almond drink for summer), various other teas and tisanes, and coffee. These are widely consumed.
There are three dates celebrated for the New Year. They are the Sancta New Year (March 1), Gregorian New Year (January 1st) and the Volfyn New Year (Autumnal equinox). Between these dates, citizens prepare resolutions, look back on the past year and prepare for the next year. Often poems are written also around these days. In Volfa normally the years used in official documents correspond to Gregorian years. A poetry day is held every first Friday of every other month (beginning from February, then skipping March, etc.). Poetry challenges are held on this day.
- Ixa Mis Volfa (now unused)