The Kingdom Unixploria is a kingdom located within the borders 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 an administration.
Being a nation builder, I sometimes need to ask myself why I persist in making flags, creating anthems, and form governments?
It does not mean I’ve rejected my old country. I could not have established this nation unless I was lucky enough to live in a part of the world where fundamental freedom still reigns. Sweden will always be my "home country," nothing can ever change that. I have, however, created my realm, my own nation within a nation without ever taking up arms or raising my voice. The two kingdoms of Sweden and Unixploria live in a state of happy coexistence.
In a way, we all build nations to make things better. We build countries that we wish would exist. Besides, there is no real difference but quantity between a macro nation and a micronation. If we were 300 million people united under one flag we could certainly claim independence and form a country, 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 state where my family's values, traditions, and history could come into their own. We did not feel as if our macro nations 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, possibly 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 goes, 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 humbled to be that beacon in a world lacking inspiration and ideas. 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 legacy 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 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. alternatively, our future country, 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.
Micronationalism comes in many shapes and forms. Some nations are very serious about appearing like any macro national country, and 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 an 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 real 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 because it offers new viewpoints and diversity to societal life in our global village.
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 realm. Our surrounding macro nation (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.
However, as long as we behave, pay our taxes to our macro nation, and obey the laws of the said macro nation, we are free to do as we please. There isn't a single micronation in the world that can claim actual sovereignty, because if any macro nation would deem it as a severe threat, they would quickly make sure they knew their place.
There are a lot of separatist movements in the world. Some even form real nations, but none of them started
by saying, "we are a micronation." I'm not picking on anyone who wants to split from their macro nation. I'm just saying that if you are set on creating a particular country, 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. The latter 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 macro nations are tearing apart from ethnic and religious tensions? Are we contributing to the demise of countries and supporting mass anarchy?
The Royal Court is of great importance to our kingdom. The Royal Family are not only promotors and good role models for Unixplorian culture, but they also play an important role in 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.
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 beautiful 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 1800s, 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, however. 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 physical surroundings in which I feel more content than anyone can imagine. I live a productive life in a realm that is clearly defined and full of life but still is no more. I live in Unixploria, my old 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 have never stopped believing.
May peace dwell upon your humble abode, and may the dreams from your past catch up with you wherever you are.
Motto: Our nation's official motto is "Dreams live here." The royal house uses the King's motto which is "In Sapientia Libertas." ('In Wisdom Freedom').
Independence Day: August 8. With tongue in cheek, we can argue that the Kingdom of Unixploria has been around since our tribe first came to the far reaches of the North, about 5000-7000 years ago according to genealogical DNA tests. On a more serious note, our nation’s name and micronational concept are quite new. Our micronation was founded on August 8, 2006 A.D. We’ve been present online since October 15, 2015 A.D.
Government: Unixplorian Enlightened Monarchy.
Official Languages: English and Swedish are our official languages, albeit we use English as an online de facto language.
Currency: Unixplorian Vitten (UVI). 1 Vitten = 100 Fjordings. The UVI is on par with the Swedish Krona.
Economy: We have a mixed (green) economy, a system blending market economy with elements of state interventionism.
We do believe in a free market, but not at any cost. Some regulation is needed to prevent oligarchial tendencies, as well as environmental legislation to protect nature and natural resources.
We also believe that universal healthcare is a cornerstone in any civilized society. We use progressive taxation; the more you earn, the more you contribute to society.
Demonym: Unixplorian, Unixplorian.
Religion: Our culture, legislation and traditions are influenced by Christian culture and tradition. The Church of Unixploria is our state church, but we welcome all who are willing seekers. Our Kingdom has undergone several shifts of religion through the ages, but has been a Christian nation for the last 1200 years.
Area: 0,001307 km² in mainland Unixploria + infinite areas of colonial possessions.
Population: Unquantified citizens.
Climate: Temperate with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers yet always bright outlook.
Time Zone: UST, Unixplorian Standard Time. + 1.0 hours GMT/+ 2.0 hours UTC.
Date Format: DD.MM.YYYY.
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 like a large family, a rather tight group of members joined by blood and/or 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.