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The Illuminarchal Union of Eruditia
Illustro est via (Illumination is the way)
|Cascade Mountains, WA |
|Official language(s)||English, Latin|
|- Illuminarch||Nicholas I|
|Legislature||Provincial Parliament of Eruditia|
|Established||October 1st, 2010|
The Illuminarchal Union of Eruditia, formerly known as the Principality of Eruditia or simply known to most as Eruditia, is a micronation founded on October 1, 2010. It is a sovereign principality situated in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Its form of government is an illuminarchy.
What is an Illuminarchy?
The following tract is quoted from the Principality of Eruditia's homepage:
An illuminarchy (illumos = enlightened, archos = ruling) is a governing system ruled with emphasis on expanding the arts, philosophy, religion, and science. Its sole duty is to constantly gain new knowledge and to broaden its understanding of the natural world, the ethereal world, and the mind.
Illuminarchy was first proposed by Plato in his Dialogues and Republic. In it, he describes what he called at the time a noocracy: a social and political system that is "based on the priority of human mind".
One of the first attempts of a noocracy was by Pythagoras, when he planned on building a "City of the Wise" with his fellow mathematikoi in Italy. Plato described noocracy as the government of the future by which all humans shall be subject to. He predicted that this form of government would soon replace democracy.
In later times, scientists and philosophers like Vladimir Vernadsky and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin expanded on Plato's idea, creating what they called a 'noosphere', in which a collective educated mindset governed the world.
From these ideals come the basis of illuminarchy, in which the intellectuals of society rule, and special emphasis is placed on such things as culture, religion, and science.
In the Constitution of Eruditia's Preamble, it states:
"It is acknowledged that knowledge as a whole has become an ideal lost in this current generation and time"
Illuminarchists argue that, as time progressed, religion, philosophy, and science fell to the background, and instead of saving these essential lost objectives, the majority of mankind chose things like pop culture and mass media to fill the void. Such things are unacceptable, which is why Eruditia is taking these measures as a sort of "renaissance" revival.
In an illuminarchy, there is one leader, the Illuminarch, who presides, directs, and watches over the illuminarchy. He or she has two Consuls: these are the people who plan to succeed the Illuminarch. Aside from the Illuminarch and Consuls is a Provincial Parliament, who is the major legislative and judicial branch. The parliament is made up of at most 3 Local Governors from each Province of Eruditia. The top Local Governor is called the Erudite Counsellor. It is this law-making body that helps propagate and proliferate the studies done in the country.
Illuminarchy focuses on knowledge and equality rather than power and authority.As such, the illuminarch and his or her Consuls and Parliament only exist for the sake of a rigid structure and to help ease the process of scientific and religious inquiry, nothing more.
Conception and Independence
For a long time, Nicholas had seen the degradation of intelligence and religion throughout the world. It seemed that, as if a giant switch had been turned off, all notions of the advancement of philosophy, science, and spirituality simply began to stagnate. As a result, Nicholas decided to take action.
On September 28, 2010, Nicholas began to write the Constitution of Eruditia, which not only would outline the structure of his new micronation, but would also serve as a manifesto for the form of government which would eventually emerge as illuminarchy. Nicholas wanted to create a haven, both virtual and physical, where people from all walks could share philosophical ideals, scientific discoveries, and religious truths in an environment of complete tolerance. From these core beliefs arose the Principality of Eruditia.
On October 1, 2010, Nicholas completed the entire Constitution. He declared himself first Illuminarch of Eruditia, claimed a small portion of the Cascade foothills as the Principality, and issued the national website.
Eruditia has several national symbols.
The national colours are:
- Blue, signifying peace
- White, signifying purity
- Gold, signifying an insatiable appetite for knowledge
Other national symbols include:
- The Bird of Paradise flower, symbolising beauty, passion, and robustness
- The evergreen, representing hardiness, stability and vitality,
- Fossils of any kind, representing a love for the past
Foreign Diplomatic Relations
The Principality of Eruditia currently recognises the majority of the members of the United Nations, as well as
As well as the following micronations:
- Republic of Molossia
- Slinky Empyre
- The Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun (Ally)
- The Kingdom of Istoria (Ally)
- Republic of Ultamiya (Ally)
- Kingdom of Theodia (Ally)
As we continue to expand our diplomatic relations to more and more micronations, we will verify and add to this growing list. IF you would like to request or discuss diplomatic affairs with the Principality of Eruditia, you may email the Illuminarch directly by firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Eruditia/User:Eruditia Talk Pages.
The Principality of Eruditia offers complete religious tolerance; however, they have their own church, known as the Ecclesius Eugnosis (ek-klee-szee-us you-know-sis), or "Church of Good Knowledge". The Ecclesius Eugnosis is a Christian-based church with its ideals based firmly on Christian Orthodox truths and wisdom, drawing much inspiration from early church apostles, leaders, and bishops. However, similarities end there.
The Ecclesius Eugnosis believes in complete openness to all truths from the ages. This translates into having a wide canon of accepted books and gospels, ranging from the typical Old and New Testament, to Apocryphal texts, to Gnostic texts from the Dead Sea and the Nag Hammadi Library. The following are a list of typically accepted books according to the Ecclesius Eugnosis:
- All books of the Old Testament
- All books of the New Testament
- The Apocrypha
- 1 Esdras
- 2 Esdra
- Book of Tobit
- Book of Judith
- Rest of Esther
- Wisdom of Solomon
- Book of Ecclesiasticus
- Book of Baruch
- Song of the Three Children
- History of Susanna
- Bel and the Dragon
- Prayer of Manasses
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabess
- The Book of Mormon
- The Pearl of Great Price
- Doctrine and Covenants
- 1 Enoch
- 2 Enoch
- Book of Jubilees
- Life of Adam and Eve
- Assumption of Moses
- Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs
- Gospel of Thomas
- Gospel of Philip
- Gospel of Nicodemus
- Gospel of Bartholomew
- Gospel of Truth
- The Pistis Sophia
- The Apocryphon of James
- Acts of Andrew
- Acts of Barnabas
- Acts of John
- Acts of the Martyrs
- Acts of Paul
- Acts of Paul and Thecla
- Martyrdom of Paul
- Acts of Peter
- Acts of Peter and Andrew
- Acts of Peter and Paul
- Acts of Thomas
- Acts of Philip
- 1 Infancy Gospel of Thomas
- 2 Infancy Gospel of Thomas
- The Protoevangelium of James
The Ecclesius Eugnosis also keeps in mind that, as more discoveries are made, more books shall be added. The Principality of Eruditia doesn't force its citizens into joining the Ecclsius Eugnosis, but simply allows citizens access to the entirety of Christian writings, instead of modifying the canon to fit certain needs.
On October 1, Eruditia claimed a sizeable property as the headquarters of his new nation. He named his capital Lumia, meaning "shining light" in Latin. Afterwards, he claimed several more pieces of surrounding land around him, giving room for his fledgling Principality to grow.
Several more citizens had begun to appear, mainly with claims still in Washington State, but now with a foreign colony in Macau (also known as Macao). As Illuminarch, Nicholas inducted this region of Macau as the Protectorate of New Macau.
A week later, his Principality grew enormously as Svava Anna-Lena of the URGI (United Republic of Greendlandic Icelander) and Empress Solange of the CAS (Chilean Archipelago or Surania) decided to merge their territories with Eruditia.
Seeing as he had claimed much land over a huge expanse of the current world, Nicholas I decided to rename the Eruditia from the Principality of Eruditia to the Illuminarchal Union of Eruditia, clearly showing Eruditia's claim of unionizing each of the 3 new areas. Instead of protectorates, the three are now provinces of the Illuminarchal Union.
Biographies of the Current Provinces
The Province of New Macau
The Province of new Macau was started with the advent of a population of Eruditians living in the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. As soon as word spread of a growing colony there, Nicholas I inaugurated the area as a protectorate.
The Province of the New NordicaPreviously the United Republic of Greenlandic Icelanders. The URGI has been around since December 2008. After going a succession of 4 Presidents, Illuminarch Nicholas I being one of them previously, the Republic, under the guidance of Svava-Anna Lena, decided to merge with Eruditia. The URGI gained such notoriety that there is even a parody of its history on its Uncyclopedia page.
The Province of New Nordica incorporates unclaimed or uninhabited islands from the countries of Iceland, Greenland, and Great Britain, forming a ring of islands under one sovereign rule. As the URGI, this country calmly situated itself, making sure not to enter into any diplomatic tangles with the countries its islands surround.
The Province of New Nordica is mainly oceanic in nature, and is home to many fantastic ice shelves, glaciers, and volcanoes. Although a harsh place to live, fishing is a major industry, as the islands encircle the lush Atlantic Ocean. Pines grow in this hardy environment, and mostly arctic mammals inhabit this region.
The Province of SuraniaPreviously the Chilean Archipelago of Surania. The etymology of Surania comes from the Hispanic word sur, which means south, and ania, a simple Latin suffix meaning land or region.
Surania encompasses 6 islands: one large main island surrounded by an archipelagic chain of 5 lesser islands. These islands are located in the southern portion of Chile, near Tierra del Fuego, approaching Antarctica (note however, that Eruditia has no claims in Antarctica at the present time).
Surania is famous for its presence of the monkey puzzle tree, a tree nearly extinct in other regions of the world and found almost exclusively in Chile. Like the Province of New Nordica, hardy trees and Antarctic animals populate its winding coastlines and such.
Suranian culture is directly affected by the surrounding culture of Chile. One such it the myth of the Ghost Ship, an eerie vessel piloted by a witch. It is said to sail along the numerous channels and waterways that lace the islands of southern Chile and Surania. It is said that whomever looks upon the Ghost Ship is sentenced to die in the near future.
Surania produces much seafood, much like its northern cousin New Nordica.
History of Eruditia
September 28, 2010: Illuminarch Nicholas I pens the Constitution
October 1, 2010: Nicholas completes Constitution, becomes first Illuminarch, claims sovereign territory, and completes website
October 2, 2010: Eruditia joins MicroWiki. First citizen, Victoria, joins.
October 4, 2010: Constantine Augustus becomes 2nd citizen; diplomacy between Eruditia and the Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun begin. Shortly thereafter, Eruditia begins diplomatic affairs with the Kingdom of Istoria
October 5, 2010: The Principality of Eruditia inherits the Chilean Archipelago of Surania and the United Republic of Greenlandic Icelanders. As such, the Principality turns into an Illuminarchal Union.