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Government of High Aynvaul
|Location||Western Outer Lands Region, South New England Archipelago|
|Official languages||Irish Gaelic, English|
|Recognized languages||American Sign Language, Spanish, American German|
• Impire I Áinnebhaul
• Heir Presumptive
|Eric Patrick Gray I|
|Establishment||1 February 2006|
|Currency||United States dollar|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
Aynvaul (Irish: Áinnebhaul), also known as the Micronational Government of Aynvaul or The Aynvaul Micronation, is currently the oldest extant micronation active on Long Island and Southern New England. It consists of a handful of 'incorporated Kingdoms' that are intended to represent the various areas of 'Fada-Insí' likely modeled after the ancient kingdoms of Ireland. While legally an absolute monarchy much like the ancient kingdoms of Ireland there are a series of councils and legislative bodies in place to allow for participation, making it a transitional semi-constitutional monarchy in practice. The most powerful body in Aynvaul is the Aíship, a High Council that governs through influence of the Impire, who serves as both Highest King (Irish: Ardrí mhór na Áinen) and Highest Druid (Irish: Draoi Ardrí na Áinen). The Power of the Aíship can also be checked by the other legislative bodies or High Parliament of the Aynvaul Micronation which consists of three 'Halls.'
As a micronation, Aynvaul was probably founded sometime in February 2006, based on material evidence perhaps dating back to autumn of 2005 or spring of 2006 when the first known flag was design by Gordon III and some classmates (such as the Glorious Banner). During its early years it existed as a typical ceremonial backyard micronation consisting of friends representing their own countries with Gordon III being elected as a King of Kings by this now defunct body of preppers sometime in June 2006, which in its heyday had monthly Aynvaul Fire Parties, a type of céilí or Irish gathering. Gordon III has since remained 'Impire I Aynvaul' to this day. In 2019 Aynvaul became Long Island's oldest continuous extant micronation with the dissolving of Cesidio Tallini's micronations over the course of that year. Aynvaul, in addition to its Long Island status, is also the oldest active micronation in Southern New England on record.
Aynvaul notably does not offer any citizenship statuses, instead recognizes its people as denizens to a cultural identity that they may or may not be aware of, making accurate calculations rather difficult even to its own micronational organization. However using the US census, 13.1% of Long Islanders claim Irish heritage; with a population of 8,063,232 [US census 2020], just over 1 million of Long Islanders would claim Irish Heritage. Therefore a maximum estimate of some 1,0560,000 Long Islanders could electively consider themselves Aynvauls based on this denizen policy. However it should be noted that the real numbers are likely not exceeding more than a few hundred.
Geography and climate
The Outer Lands forms the insular northeasternmost extension of North America's Atlantic coastal plain. The islands of the Outer Lands were formed by the effect of the recession of the Laurentide ice sheet during the Wisconsin glaciation.
See Climate of Long Island, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.
Aynvallic, or Ainnegic, culture like other Irish Diaspora communities traces it's origins to emigration from Ireland which peaked during the great famine. Irish immigrants faced discrimination in New York and Long Island, forming their own enclaves which fostered an environment that allowed for multigenerational traditions to continue. Since the start of the 20th Century local Irish culture in the Long Island Irish diaspora community has been in steady decline, accelerating by the 2010's. This decline prompted the founding of the Aynvaul Micronation in 2006. With this micronation's foundation, a starting point for the Aynvaul identity can be established, the foundation of the Aynvaul micronation eventually lead to the foundation of the Aynvaul Community which focuses on serious revival efforts as its own entity despite frequent confusion.
The Aynvallic or Long Island Irish culture is a subgroup of the larger Irish-American identity, featuring "Fire Parties", these bonfires were an important form of social gathering that can trace their roots back to Ireland. The culture also features common traits typical of the Irish Americans of New York such as corned beef and soda bread.
Historically their ancestors, like most Irish-Americans would of spoken a form of Irish Gaelic, while if distinct or a conservative derivative of an extant Irish dialect can be addressed the results are the same, despite this regional subgroup once hosting the first Irish Language newsletters [see the Brooklyn based "An Gaodhal"] any local traditions of Irish spoken by this community saw rapid decline during the mid 20th century and was likely either replaced by modern standard Irish or had already been extinct for a number of decades by the time of modern revival efforts. If a multigenerational community dialect did exist, it was very poorly attested and documented.
Organizers of the Aynvaul Community on Facebook had continuously expressed interest in any examples of historic home Irish within the historic Long Island Irish community and even mainland communities.
The Micronation of Aynvaul claims the entirety of the Outerlands archipelago as the homeland of the Aynvauls it claims to represent, however does not express, promote, or press for any serious secessionist movement for this region under the current political hegemonies, and likely wont chance except in an event of severe fragmentation and secession. There is however an express interest in promoting the establishment and continuation of a distinct Aynvallic identity endemic to the Irish diaspora found in Lower New York and Long Island, as well as Nantucket and other parts of the Outerlands Archipelago. This includes the establishment of a cultural figurehead in the form of an "Impire" to continue the micronational legacy of the identity, the declaration of tiny kingdoms bases around the historic localized kings of Ireland, and a push for the prominence of family clans bases around the idea of tanistry. Effectively promoting and reestablishing the ancient traditions of their Irish Gaelic ancestors.
- Aynvaul on Facebook
- Flag of Aynnaul
- Location of Aynvaul
- Note: As Aynvaul is more active in the physical world, and cares to cyberspace secondly, most of these sites are now considered out of date and therefor considerably unreliable.