Micronationalism comes in many shapes and forms. Some nations are very serious about appearing like any macronational country, others start their micronations out of curiosity or as a creative project. Unixploria is a result of all things mentioned, but more than anything this nation is a about keeping dreams alive.
I've read quite a few thoughts on various micronational sites arguing about how many micronations there are in the world. I never understood what they argued about. 900, 1000 or even 10 000 micronations might come through as over the top, but is there an actual list with all the existing micronations for us to browse? In all honesty, aren't we all just playing games here?
Sure, some put more effort into their micronational projects than others, but as far as I know all of us are rulers of unrecognized countries. My intention is not to ridicule or offend someone, just stating the obvious. I love micronationalism just because it offers new viewpoints and diversity to societal life in general.
I can of course argue that I run a country just like any other. That would, however, be an exaggeration on my part, since very few outside our micronational sphere have ever heard of our empires, kingdoms and republics. That being said, there's nothing wrong with building countries you wish existed for real, but creating a recognized nation with all the trimmings would take more than just a website and a flag.
I think of the Kingdom of Unixploria more like a project, a family within a nation without real powers outside our own realm. Our surrounding macronation (Sweden) could invade us whenever they please; we would be defenseless. They could even take parts of our land, and doing so with support from their legislation. I could argue that they're violating the Codex Unixploria, but it would not hold up in any court.
There are a lot of separatist movements in the world. Some even form real nations, but none of them started out by saying "we are
a micronation". I'm not picking on anyone who wants to split from their macronation, I'm just saying that if you're set on creating a
genuine nation then you better prepare for difficult challenges in the very near future.
We as micronationalists do, however, contribute somewhat to that divide, even though we're doing it out of self preservation. This is also my main objective/concern regarding micronationalism. In my darkest moments I ask myself "is it worth it all?"; do we need more separatism when our macronations are tearing apart from ethnic and religious tensions? Are we contributing to the demise of nations and supporting mass anarchy? Just a few questions that are brewing in our minds...
However, as long as we behave, pay our taxes to our macronation, and obey the laws of said macronation,
we're free to to do as we please. There isn't a single micronation in the world that can claim actual
sovereignty, because if any macronation would deem it as a serious threat they would quickly make sure
they knew their place
Being a nation builder, I sometimes need to ask myself why I persist on making flags, creating anthems, and form governments? It does not mean I’ve fully rejected my old country. As a matter of fact, I could not have formed this nation unless I was lucky enough to live in a part of the world where basic freedom still reigns.
In a way, we all build nations to make things better, we build nations that we wish would exist. Besides, there is no real difference but quantity between a macronation and a micronation. If we were 300 million people united under one flag we could certainly claim independence and form a nation, then why not do it even if you're just 10, 5 or 1 individual(s)?
You might be inclined to ask: Why start your own country? From the very beginning, our intentions and rewards have been centered around the freedom to build a country where my family's values, traditions and history could come into their own. We did not feel as if our macronations offered this and therefore decided to declare our independence.
As for royal lineage goes, one could argue that all the world’s royal families are royal because somebody decided to make them so. Maybe it was due to historical circumstances, maybe because of heroism, and in some cases even the result of pure coincidence.
We don't try to hide the fact that we are not royal as far as blood lineage go, but we are royals in our domain; we are royals in the State of Unixploria, we are in fact in the State of Unixploria. The name "kingdom" can, of course, also be applied to neutral statements such as "the Kingdom of Dreams" or "we live in a Kingdom on Earth." Unixplorians, on the other hand, live in the Kingdom of Unixploria, and the royal family has added a bit of regal eccentricity to our great nation.
The Kingdom of Unixploria is a vision, a vision that no earthly nation has yet achieved. We are humble to be that beacon in a world lacking inspiration and ideals. Just as the elected kings and queens of ancient petty kingdoms now lost in history, we still believe that what constitutes a great king or queen is not just a question of heritage by blood alone, but a heritage of individual honor, blood, and an ethical compass pointing to good deeds.
A micronation certainly has the support from various conventions, i.g. the Montevideo convention, which states that to form your own sovereign nation you must have:
1. a permanent population
2. a defined territory
3. a government
4. a capacity to enter into relations with the other states.or our future state, with a functioning polity, government and political cabinets
Furthermore, the first sentence of article 3 explicitly states that "The political existence of the state is independent of recognition by the other states." (The Montevideo Convention, 1933). According to this, we can safely claim that we are a sovereign nation.
The Kingdom Unixploria is an independent country located within the boarders of southern Sweden. The whole idea of founding a country began as a game of the mind. Like many other micronationalists, we wanted to entertain the idea of how to go about creating our own country. After this initial phase, we slowly began to form a kind administrative hierarchy.
There is no such thing as a perfect country or a perfect place. I was born in a country. That country is no more. My mom was born in another country. That country is no more. So, I founded my own country, longing for a place to call home. Guess what? Home never changed into something unfamiliar. Home is where I am. It is the result of all my imagined dreams where heroes are still heroes, and a kiss has no Judas to stain a perfect picture of love.
I live a content life, but still long for other sights and other times. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Every wish is granted, every sight, scent and color is vivid and real, perhaps more so than the strange world I keep hearing about on media.
We all long for emotions, countries, ideas and places rooted in our nostalgic visions. England during the late 1800’s, da Vinci’s Florence or Sweden during the Viking era. Those places and times appeal to me, but they are no longer, and perhaps never were. People must have had the same nostalgia back then, longing for places long gone. They are still alive, though. They live in me, creating a defined yet spaceless frame for me to evaluate my own life. My ancestors speak to me, explaining what course to take.
I live in the best of times, I live in the best country, and I live in a physical surroundings in which I feel more alive than anyone can imagine. I live a rich life in a realm that is clearly defined and full of life, but still is no more. I live in Unixploria, my ancestral kingdom where the echoes from millennia of nostalgia known as the days of yore, speak to me and are telling me to be patient. The best is yet to come, they say, and I believe them. I’ve never stopped believing.
May peace dwell upon your humble abode, and may the dreams from your past catch up with you wherever you are.
The Royal Court
The Royal Court is of great importance to our kingdom. The Royal Family are not only promotors and good role models for Unixplorian culture, they also play an important role in the political life.
The government of Unixploria is lead by King Leif I. The work in the government is divided into six cabinets. Each cabinet is lead by a Cabinet Minister, who reports directly to the king.
The Church of Unixploria is a Christian church founded upon the Four Marks of the church, which were first expressed in the Nicene Creed: Unity, Holiness, Catholicity, and Apostolicity.
We are a nation of explorers and collectors. What do we mean by that? First of all, we explore the world to better understand it, and we collect artifacts to organize the world according to our minds and hearts.
The short answer would be 'yes', but it is difficult to explain what a tribal nation looks like in our day and age.
A generally accepted definition of a tribe is that it is a social group (often, but not necessarily, with shared culture and ethnicity) existing outside of or before the development of states.
The Kingdom of Unixploria is made up of kin, a rather tight group of family members joined by blood and culture.
Our nation is young, but our historical record is ancient, although we have been oppressed and unwillingly divided by different rulers and forced to wave different flags through the ages.
Unixploria brings all that division and tyranny to an end. We are no longer part of any forced national identity, we are a tribal kingdom united by soil, blood and pride. We are family; we are the proud inheritors of cultures and traditions once divided, now joined together as the Kingdom of Unixploria.