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Principality of Lyonesse
Antiquum assero decus (We Claim Ancient Honor)
|Southeastern North Carolina |
|Official language(s)||American, High Tider, Lyonian|
|Official religion(s)||Lyonian Christian Church|
|- Prince||Lothian I|
|Legislature||The Royal Court|
|- Type||- Hereditary|
|- Number of seats||- nine(9)|
|- Last election||- Right of Ascension (no elections)|
|Established||July 1, 2012|
|Area claimed||North Carolina eastern coastal counties|
|Time zone||Eastern Standard Time|
|National sport||Tournament/The Joust|
|National dish||Eastern BBQ|
|National drink||Hennessey Cognac|
|National animal||"Banker Horse"|
|Patron saint||Saint Joseph & the Saints John|
Lyonesse (pronunciation:Lee-ah-ness) is the recreation of the ancient Island Kingdom of Lyonesse by the Nine Royal Tribes of Lyonesse, to promote their families' ancient Honors and Causes. That in a phrase is what Lyonesse is all about, helping families claim, reclaim, and re-establishing their ancient honor within and for themselves and their inheritors. For these reasons they assist all others attempting to do the same with their lives and Families. Lyonesse is a Christian Nation, founded upon firm Christian principles and Law. The Principality of Lyonesse will stand for all who wish to stand in God's grace and live within His Holy Word.
According to legend, Lyonesse was once a great island kingdom off the coast of Cornwall that stretched beyond the Celtic Shelf and into the Atlantic Ocean. Many Noble and Royal families in Wales, southern Ireland, Cornwall, and in Scotland claim ties to ancient Lyonesse. It is said to be the birthplace and site of the final battle of King Arthur of Camelot. According to the legend of today, the island itself sank into the ocean depths long ago but, submerged forests, streets, and buildings can be seen at low tide near Cornwall's Lands End. Sailors have always reported hearing church bells while passing the Seven Stones between the Isles of Scilly and the coast of Cornwall. Lyonesse has many parallels with Albion in English lore and the Elder Isles, Ys in French myth, Tir na Nog of Irish legend, and even from the Greek writer Plato as Atlantis itself.
The Principality of Lyonesse declared independence as a Sovereign Nation on July 1, 2012 at Estelleton House and HRH Lothian I, by the grace of God of Lyonesse, was crowned Prince, Lord of the Lir & Elder Isles, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Realm.
On August 1, 2012, HRH Lothian I, with consent of the Royal Court, laid claim to the Atlantic Ocean Seafloor from the Celtic Shelf and the Isles of Scilly, encompassing the area formerly the Ancient Lands of the Island Kingdom of Lyonesse.On March 15, 2013, Lyonesse created the Lyonesse Families and Lands Initiative which was designed to further encompass the territorial Commonwealth claims of Lyonesse and expand the current Realm by the adding of noble families and their lands to and within Lyonesse. This has increased the land mass of Lyonesse greatly. (See map below)
On May 15, 2013, acting upon their claims to the Ancient Island Kingdom of Lyonesse, the Principality of Lyonesse has claimed the Scilly Islands for themselves and their people. A map done for the book "A Lyonesse Trilogy" shows the ancient kingdom's possible location as laid over a google earth map in the picture at right.
Government and Politics
Lyonesse is an absolute monarchy with hereditary title and vast nobility. An absolute monarchy is a form of government designed on the idea that a monarch has absolute power, but also that he/she is responsible for taking care of his/her people for they gave him/her the power to rule. So it gives the monarchy ultimate law-making power, but the monarchy must make his/her decisions based on what he/she knows is morally correct.
The Nine Royal Tribes of Lyonesse are each headed by a Seneschal, titled in dignity and honor by their own right and ennobled by HRH Lothian I, Prince of Lyonesse. These Seneschals make up the Royal Court of Lyonesse and its presiding authority. The Royal Court is the highest authority in the land with two lower courts presiding under it to handle judicial proceedings, they are: The Court of Commons, which handles issues of a temporal matter. Then, there is the Court of Seculars which handles matters of spiritual reference and God's Law. Any decisions made by the lower courts may be appealed to the Royal Court itself. From time to time, "special appeals" may be heard by the Prince himself but, these are rare and usually handed to the Royal Court for consideration before the Prince hands down his determination.
Law and OrderThe "Garde le Roy" provide for Law & Order within Lyonesse. The Law in Lyonesse is simple and laid out before us by God Almighty within the confines of the Holy Word given to man in the Holy Bible. Thus laying the basis for which Lyonesse is governed through Gods Law and Lyonesse's Leaders, The Holy Bible and its pages blessed within are the guiding posts to govern the great people of Lyonesse. The "Garde le Roy" or "Royal Guard" are sworn before Almighty God and duty bound to enforce these Laws.
The Principality of Lyonesse has taken a "guarded" approached toward Diplomatic Relations with all nations. Those relations do not come at the dissolution of those Sovereign Rights under God's Laws as established by HRH Lothian I and the Royal Court of Lyonesse. Royal Consulates are established within micronations where treaties are held and several are already in existence in the United States of America. Some micronation states merely wish to be recognized by one another and Lyonesse will honor these micronational requests on a case by case basis. Representatives speaking on behalf of their nations wishing to discuss possible "open" relations with the Principality of Lyonesse may direct their queries to HG George, Duke of Ys, Lord Chancellor of Lyonesse & Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Current Peace Treaties
- Empire of Unironia
- Foster Island Republic
- Principality of Chitose
- Kingdom of Harenfall
Lyonesse Association/Organization Memberships
The Lyonesse Red Guard (A Templar Order) with its five regiments are the current Military arm of Lyonesse. The 1st Regiment, the "Garde le Roy", is sworn to protect the Royal Families of Lyonesse and enforce the Laws of Lyonesse, as their first duty. The remaining four regiments make up the branches of the military and is known as "The Gules Lyon". Each Knight is sworn before God to the service of the realm and in the defense of its people by oath. Squires and Laymen serve at the pleasure of their Knight, who in turn are sworn into the service of their individual Lord or Lady. All being sworn and beholding to the Realm and to one another, as one. The original Standard of the Red Guard has been retired as of February 6, 2014 and replaced the Standard pictured to the right. Eight stripes representing eight of the Royal tribes, 4 blue 4 white over all a red cross symbolizing its Templar beginnings and the Order itself, with the horizontal portion of the red cross representing the ninth stripe and the First Royal Tribe of Lyonesse.The Lyonesse Red Guard, being Templars and owing their allegiance to God and the Christian Faith protecting those peoples first and foremost;
- (1) Will protect any and all people from any force denying them "freedom of Religion", irregardless of their faith or religious practices.
- (2) Assist any Nation in defense of itself from a foreign aggressor when asked and approved by HRH Lothian I.
- (3) When requested, offer at all times an immediate "safe haven" for civilians seeking protection while fleeing from any conflict irregardless of their Faith, religion, or political stance until so Ordered to release them from their vows by the Grand Commander or HRH Lothian I.
- Protect the Realm of Lyonesse against any and all outside forces attempting to overthrow the Principality and its people.
Geography and Climate
Lyonesse's capital region is currently positioned on the northern edge of the Great Angola Bay Swamplands in southeastern North Carolina. The terrain and earth is excellent for farming and producing livestock. Hot moist summers followed by cool marginal winters provide for prime growth of plant life and development of a variety of swine and poultry products produced in the region. Natural wetlands host a large variety of wildlife and freshwater game fishing.
Lyonesse is currently a large swine producing nation with ties into poultry (chickens and turkeys). Cultivation of a variety of crops complete this region by growing such commodities as corn, soy, sweet potato, cucumber, turnip, collards, and many more. Great lots of sand are plentiful throughout the region as well which aid in construction concrete. The Lyonesse economy increases with each passing day and the adding of more Lands to the Realm. The Royal Interior Ministry is looking to the possible expansion into the seafood markets in the region and the hunting & game industries as well.
CurrencyThe Principality of Lyonesse uses several levels of currency in its exchanges with other Nations. The "Lyon" is their basic level of bank note equal to one US Dollar. Ten Lyons equals a "Crown". One Hundred Lyons are equal to a "Sovereign". Coinage is currently being designed and made for distribution with the Principality.
Lyonesse is a strong Christian based Community, firm in their belief in God and God's Laws. This is the makeup of its core beliefs in all matters. In the Holy Bible, God said in Deuteronomy Chapter 1, 13-17...
"Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your Tribes, and I will make them Rulers over you. And ye answered Me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. So I took the Chief of your Tribes, wise men, and known, and made them Heads over you, Captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your Tribes. And I charged your judges at that time, saying Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect the person in judgement; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgement is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring unto Me and I will hear it. (Deuteronomy 5, the Lord's Covenant or Ten Commandments)"
The Fedei Patriis, is the title given to the Head of the Church in Lyonesse. He serves as the "spiritual leader" for the Principality. Clergy within the church may hold no other titles than those placed by the Church itself, devoting themselves to the Church and their individual calling by Almighty God thus, forming a separation of the Church from affairs of the State.
National Sport and Atheletics
The National Sport of Lyonesse is "The Tournament". The Tournament consists of four events; The Joust, The Sword, Archery on Foot, Archery on Horseback. The Tournament Champions are always determined from the Joust. The Lyonesse World Championship is held on July 1st each year in celebration of Lyonesse Independence Day, where any victorious Knight from a tournament in that year may enter. Other Tournaments are held throughout the year to narrow the field for the World Championship.
The media outlets in Lyonesse all enjoy great freedoms in the expression of ideas but, they do not have absolute "freedom of the press". All media is dispursed with approval of the Ministry of Public Information.
Royal Seneschals of Lyonesse
Tribe of Lyonesse...........................……………HRH Lothian I, Prince
Duchy de Armorique………………....................HRH Danielle, Princess Royal/Duchess
Duchy de Ys………………………….........…......HG George, Duke
Duchy de Galice………………………........…..…HG Holden, Duke
Duchy de Pomperol…………………...................HSH Jacqueline, Duchess/ Prince Mother
Duchy de Dahaut……………………...............…...HG George, Duke
Duchy de Mausheld………………............……......HG Sidney, Duke
Duchy of Whenah……………………............….....HG Samuel, Duke
Duchy of Salay..…………………….........…...…....HG Reynold, Duke
HRH Lothian I has received an honorary Title of "Lord" in the Kingdom of New Aragos.
HRH Lothian I has received the honorary Title of "Sovereign of the Sound" from the Outer Banks Society.
HRH Lothian I received the Presidential Award of Merit and Honour from the Ashukov Federation.
Lyonesse Families and Lands Expansion Initiative
The Principality of Lyonesse, by Royal Decree from HRH Lothian I, has created this new Initiative for the expansion of territorial boundries of Lyonesse and for the ultimate "lands security" of Lyonesse as a sovereign authority in the area which they have claimed. Surrounding area families and their individual lands are being secured for citizenship and annexation thus, creating more nobility and lands within the Principality.
Family Patriarchs are sought out by HG Rex Reynold, Duke of Salay, Lord Minister of the Interior, for these purposes of gaining citizenship toward the Principality, thereby, gaining those lands under the new Initiative. These Patriarchs are screened and recommended to the Royal Court for review and ultimate acceptance under the Title and Authority of HRH Lothian I, Prince of Lyonesse. These Patriarchs are then issued a Grants of Arms and Grants of Citizenship by the Armorial Ministry Office. Once citizenship is established their lands are reissued to them through a Royal Land Grant thus creating new Nobility for the Principality. Special ceremonies are then held for these ennobled Lords under Royal Decree.
As can be seen by the 1st Expansion, Lands adjacent to the Principality of Lyonesse were first brought into the Realm on March 16/17, 2013. These families within those borders gained citizenship and several noble titles were bestowed on those Seneschals. The lands were decreed back to those Nobles through Royal Land Grants from HRH Lothian I. Also a 2nd expansion was made, late on March 17.2013, Lady Margaret Henderson paid homage to the Royal Court of Lyonesse and was Raise & Styled, Countess of Pinhook and Baroness Henderson, for her citizenship and gifts to the Realm by HRH Tammy Princess of Lyonesse, beloved cousin.
By the end of March 2013, with the 3rd and 4th expansions, the Principality of Lyonesse has become a vastly growing state. The Murphy and Farrior Royal Land Grants were a major part of these expansions in late March and the Royal Court has honored them so.
In early April, all Lands of the Great Angola Bay Swamp reserve were transferred under the control of the Principality of Lyonesse with the promise of maintaining its natural habitats and wetlands again greatly expanding the Principality's borders to the Atlantic Ocean and its lands on Top Sail Island.
On April 12, 2013 two noble houses were entered into the Principality of Lyonesse by request and approval of the Royal Court and HRH Lothian I, furthering and connecting all existing Lyonesse Lands in the Principality.
On May 8, 2013, the marshlands of the Northeast Cape Fear River basin were added to the earldom of Salay as they were discovered to be a portion of the Great Angolo Bay Swampland Reserves, under Lyonian proptection and care.
On June 3, 2013, the Principality of Lyonesse annexed all lands belonging to the former Kingdom of Greater Carolina (a defunct micronation). Also upon this date two Kingdoms became parts of the Commonwealth of the Principality of Lyonesse, the Kingdom of Pasquotank and the Kingdom of Albemarle, both now the Earldom of Beaufort and the Duchy of Albemarle with their nobility in place.
On August 1, 2013, the Principality of Lyonesse adjusted their claims to their lands in the Carolinas to its current borders as seen in this map. This was done in the interest of possible new micronational claims and for the future of Micronationalism as a whole. Lyonesse also adjusted their Atlantic Ocean claims as well.
On December 23, 2013, the Principality of Lyonesse gave special Royal Land Grant to Robert Woodall Lewis III and Family from Nags Head in North Carolina. Lord Robert III, Baron Lewis became Count of Nags Head.
On July 15, 2015, the Principality of Lyonesse added to its existing Commonwealth Lands in what is known as "North Carolina" in the mundane world, expanding its borders 100 miles inland from the coast.