Principality of Manova
"Publicity, saves the people"
The Chant of Manova
|Official language(s)||French (de jure), Spanish (de facto)|
|- Prince||Diego Ist|
|- Prime Minister||E. Fombona|
|- Type||- Direct democracy|
|Established||27 September 2014|
|Time zone||Manovean Time Zone (UTC+0:30)|
|National sport||The Ass-owl game|
|This nation was a member of the former European Union of Micronations|
Manova, officially the Principality of Manova (French: Principauté de Manove, Esperanto: Principlando de Manovo, Spanish: Principe de Manova) is a self-proclaimed micronation located in the eastern part of Belgium, near Liège that was founded in 2014.
The exact origin of the term Manova is unknown. This term was first coined by Prince Diego Ist and was adopted as the country's name.
The Principality was declared an independent sovereign nation in 2014 by D. and E. Fombona, in response to the disputes between the Flemish and the Walloon communities of Belgium.
On the 22nd of December 2014, the representatives of Manova signed a treaty of peace, friendship, colaboration and recognition with the Principality of Pandrea
In 2017 was held the first government reunion concerning the writing of a new constitution, establishment of official holidays, renovation of the Culture and History Centre as well as the first real elections of the history of Manova.
The new constitution states that Manova is no longer an indirect but a direct democracy, the citizens taking directly part in the discussions at the Assembly. Each year, they can also decide to enter or leave the Great Council, which holds the executive branch of the power alongside the Prince.
Government & Politics
The Principality of Manova is a constitutional principality. The Prince's official denomination is "Prince of (the) Manoveans", making Manova a popular monarchy.
The Prince accedes to the throne after having solemnly said, the following oath: "I swear to respect the Constitution and laws of the Manovean People, to preserve national independence and territorial integrity." (Article 11 §10 of Manova's constitution)
The executive power is represented by the Grand Council and the Prince. The Prime Minister is the head of the government. The Prince of Manova is the Chief of the Armed Forces, the head of State and has the right to conduct foreign affairs.The Grand Council is made by volunteer citizens who may join or leave the government each year around Christmas.
The legislative power is in the hands of the Prince and the Assembly made up of all the Manovean citizens, following the examples of the Athenian ecclesia.
In cases of extreme urgency, serious and immediate threat to the existence of the state, the Prince must take the necessary defensive measures. All emergency measures must be ratified or revoked by the House of Representatives as soon as possible. The Prince is bound by the decisions of Parliament. If the emergency is such that martial law should apply, it allows the Prince to exercise all powers of governance.
Law & Order
Everything concerning the judgments in courts is transferred to the Kingdom of Belgium. However, some specific cases regarding Manova only (such as problems concerning customs) may be judged within Manovean borders.
- Salesmen, firearms, hunting trophies and things coming from Denmark are all prohibited. People may enter Manova with a bottle/can of Coke with permission only.
Manova was a member of the former European Union of Micronations. It also has diplomatic relations with the Republic of Alpacastan and the Principality of Pandrea. In 2017, the Principality started participating in the elaboration of a micronational ecologic charter against global warming along other micronations such as Flandrensis, Surland, etc.
The Manovean Army is small and equipped with hand-made weapons.
Geography & Climate
The climate is temperate with significant precipitation in all seasons like most of northwest Europe. The average temperature is lowest in January at 3 °C (37.4 °F) and highest in July at 18 °C (64.4 °F).
The average precipitation per month varies between 54 millimetres (2.1 in) for February or April, to 78 mm (3.1 in) for July.
Manova consists of 4 different territories.
- The administrative territory: Where all the administrative buildings and the Prince's residence is located.
- The Forest: A massive forest where the first Manovean buildings where created and the oldest pieces of Manovean primitive art were found
- The Recreative territory: Where the national football stadium is.
- The National Park.
Manovean economy is based on the production of apples, strawberries, tomatoes, firewood and coal.
The Manovean constitution establishes French as official languages, even though it is possible to communicate with the authorities in English and Spanish.
Manovean People are very interested in nature, considering a big part of the territory is a forest. Actions in favor of the environment are a big part of the life in Manova.
The traditional religion of the reigning family is Pastafarianism. However, Manova's constitution guarantees freedom of religion to the people as a fundamental right. Manova's works under the concept of separation between church and state, religious beliefs being kept away from politics.