The "wishes season" in the world of micronations
Dernière mise à jour : 8 janv.
How do micronationalists formulate their wishes? In this article we will tell you about the similarities and differences with what is practiced.
Micronationalists follow the customs observed during the holiday season. Let's start by sending greeting cards at Christmas or on the occasion of the New Year. With the digitization of messaging and publications on social networks, the traditional greeting card is experiencing difficult times with the new generations. But still, the carbon footprint of a mail compared to that of a digital message explains the choice of certain micronations to limit the postal sendings of convenience and not necessary.
The oldest continue this tradition of greeting cards. However, it is in the way of distributing them that we encounter some originalities. The Republic of Molossia, for example, issues a limited number of greeting cards each year, and then its administrators invite recipients to join their mailing list. The first registered are the first served.
"I have therefore I am "
Greeting cards are also the object of a real treasure hunt for many micronationalists. Many of them write to the heads of state of our world or of renowned micronations to obtain a letter that they like to consider as official recognition. Not a year goes by without a micronationalist posting on social media a courteous letter from Buckingham, the Elysée Palace or Monaco politely thanking that micronationalist for sending his kind card.
The message that follows on the networks is necessarily: "I have a letter from them so I am recognized". There is no doubt that Queen Camilla in Buckingham, Madame Brigitte Macron in Paris or Princess Charlene in Monaco took it to heart to assist their husbands in sticking the stamps on the envelopes intended for them.
The wishes of the head of state to the nation is a very strong tradition in Europe. So it's no surprise that we're seeing more similar speeches in European micronations. During these exercises, our heads of micronations have equally identical speeches. They recount the major events of the past year, they congratulate the values of their nation and the actions of their fellow citizens, then they announce the plans for the new year.
Christmas or New Year ?
Recorded greetings are broadcast either at Christmas or New Year. It depends on the country and whether that country is secular or has an official religion. For example, the British Monarch is the head of the Anglican Church. It is the state religion in the UK. Therefore, the King's address is recorded and broadcast at Christmas. The French President is the head of a secular state where the state and religions are totally dissociated. His address is presented to the nation at the New Year.
Among the leaders of micronations this subtlety is not really observed. The agenda of their wishes is modeled according to their preferences or according to the custom of the country in which they grew up without asking too many questions about the symbolism of the date to be chosen.
Finally, rewards and other signs of recognition are widely exchanged during this period. Medals, letters patent, diplomas and other distinctions are often awarded by micronations who do not always have the opportunity to be present at the various intermicronational meetings.
Outdated for some, traditional for others, beyond the official aspect which lends itself to the exercise, these exchanges of wishes are for many, the moment to renew bonds of friendship which are strengthened from year to year. . Micronationalism looks like a big family that no one seems to want to leave. It is our turn to wish each of them an excellent year 2023 with all our wishes for peace and prosperity.