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Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
VlagFlandriaanseleeuw

Motto
Flandrensis, domi nostrae
Anthem
Long live Flandrensis
Kaartflan
Official language(s) Dutch (Belgian)
Official religion(s) Secular
Short name Flandrensis
Demonym Flandriaan, Flandrensisian
Government Constitutional Monarchy
- Grand Duke & Grand Duchess Niels I & Delphine I
- Prime Minister Hein of Giddis
Legislature State-General of Flandrensis
- Type - Unicameral
Established 4 September 2008
Area claimed >14890 km²
Population 114[1]
Currency Flandri [2][3][1]
Time zone (UTC -8)
This nation is a member of AMU, UAMW and the Flandrensisian Commonwealth

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Flandrensis, officially the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis (Dutch: Groothertogdom Flandrensis), is a micronation with claims over some territories of Antarctica, which was founded in 2008 by the Belgian Niels of Flandrensis. Flandrensis is currently not recognised by any government or country acknowledged by the United Nations.[2][3][1][4][5]

HistoryEdit

The Grand Duchy of Flandrensis was founded on September 4, 2008 by the Belgian Niels Vermeersch. The Micronation is inspired by the medieval County of Flanders (Pagus Flandrensis).[2][3][1][4][5] Flandrensis is regarded by the founder as a hobby-micronation, still the micronation has its own identity cards, currency, newspaper, constitution and national anthem. Flandrensis also a political simulation[1] with political parties like the APPF (pirate party), DRP (royalist), NPF (nationalist), FDUP (unionist), FL-AL (solidarity) and Lijst Govaert (Liberalism)[1] and organises yearly elections.[1] The founder also describes Flandrensis as a cultural organisation.[2][3][1] In 2012 the micronation is composed of 114 citizens from 21 different nationalities[1] Outside the internet the activities of Flandrensis are restricted to the region around Roeselare [2][3][4][5] but the official embassy is located in the West-Flemish town Langemark.[1] Flandrensis has also a Commonwealth that united only Dutch-speaking micronations: the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis, the Principality of Arkel and the Duchy of Campinia.[1] Flandrensis has been mentioned in Belgian regional media like the Krant van West-Vlaanderen[1][6] and Roeselare TV.[7] After the participation of Flandrensis in Polination 2012 (2nd International Conference on Micronations on July 14, 2012 at London)[8] the Belgian newspapers Het Nieuwsblad,[4] Het Belang van Limburg[2] and Gazet van Antwerpen[3] published an article about Flandrensis as part of a reportage on European micronations.

TerritoryEdit

Flandrensis claims five islands of the coasts of West Antarctica: Siple Island, Cherry Island, Maher Island, Pranke Island and Carney Island and based its claim on an interpretation of the Antarctic Treaty (1959). Niels Vermeersch sent letters to the United Nations, the European Union and to the nations who signed the Antarctic Treaty to inform them of his claim. All of these countries ignored Niels and his claim. Flandrensis has no intentions to visit their claims.[2][3][1][4][5] Because of the claims, a diplomatic conflict with the micronation Westarctica arose in 2010, this resulted in the creation of the Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU).[2][3][1] This conflict has been described by the Dutch Columbus Magazine [9] and the French book Les Micronations.[10] In 2010 the Russian newspaper Chastny Korrespondent published an article about Antarctic micronations and described Flandrensis as one of the most resonant micronations on Antarctica.[1][11]

National symbols Edit

The flag of Flandrensis is inspired by the first Belgian flag of 1830. The original Belgian flag's yellow band has been replaced by white which symbolises a new beginning. For the same reason there are also two lions on the coat of arms, based on the Flemish lion.[2][3][1]

References Edit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 GHEERAERT, T., Diplomatieke rel om een deel van Antarctica, Het Wekelijks Nieuws, 05 September 2013, page 10-11
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 DAMIAANS, R., DILLEN, R., Uw krant op bezoek bij Europese micronaties Deel 1: Flandrensis, Het Belang van Limburg, 20 July 2012, page 20-21
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 DAMIAANS, R., DILLEN, R., Dwergstaten Deel 1: Flandrensis, Gazet van Antwerpen, 23 July 2012, page 8-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 VANSTEENKISTE, A., “Hoogledenaar is Groothertog van micronatie Flandrensis, Het Nieuwsblad, 13 September 2012, page 22-22
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 VERHAEGHE, H., Middagpost West-Vlaanderen, Radio 2, 13 September 2012 (interview with Niels Vermeersch)
  6. DUBOIS, T,. Reportage plus: Niels Vermeersch staat als groothertog aan het hoofd van zijn eigen micronatie Flandrensis, 15 June 2012, page 10-11
  7. DEJONCKHEERE, A., Kleurrijk Roeselare: Roeselarenaar Groothertog, video, Roeselare TV, 2011
  8. PoliNation 2012: 2nd International Conference on Micronations
  9. COLUMBUS MAGAZINE, Het Groothertogdom Westarctica, 22 June 2010
  10. Delafontaine, L., Les Micronations, Montreuil-sur-Brêche, Diaphane, 14 September 2013, pages 160, ISBN 978-2-919077-19-9
  11. CHASTNY KORRESPONDENT, Micronations on the Southern Continent, 28 August 2010

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