Holy Empire of Cavlan

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Holy Empire of Cavlan
Flag of Holy Empire of Cavlan
Coat of arms of Holy Empire of Cavlan
Coat of arms
Motto: Determinatio Vocat Nos
LocationThe blue indicates the non-administrative territory of Cavlan, while the red indicates the administrative territory of Cavlan (Cavlan City)
and largest city
Cavlan City
Official languagesEnglish, Latin
GovernmentAbsolute Monarchy
• Holy Emperor
Conrad I
• Premier
House of Deputies
Establishment8th July 2018
• Census not out yet. census
CurrencyUS Dollar
Time zoneEastern Standard Time

Cavlan, officially the Holy Empire of Cavlan, is a self-declared sovereign state, considered a micronation which is based in the south-eastern region of the United States, which the micronation is completely bordered by.

Cavlan's Charter describes the government of the Empire as a Unitary Parliamentary, under an Absolute Monarchy. The current monarch is the Most Serene and Holy Emperor Conrad I, who took on the throne after the foundation of Cavlan as an independent state. The Empire was established on 8 July 2018. Cavlan City is the Capital of the Empire, and is the seat of the Monarchy, and the Government.


The name of the Empire, "Cavlan" was derived from the last name of the founder of the nation Sean Cavanaugh. It actually developed from many days of thought into how the name "Cavanaugh" could be incoporated into a name for a micronation, in which Sean finally came up with "Cavland" but determined that the name did not sound serious enough when said out loud, so then determined it would sound best when pronounced as "Cavlan"


The History of Cavlan, and it's predecessor governments have had a strenuous history, mainly due to inactivity of government.

Early History

Cavlan was first established as the Kingdom of Abrus on November 11, 2015 with a monarchy by Sean Cavanaugh. On January 14 of the following year, Cavanaugh decided to proclaim the nation as a commonwealth realm of the United Kingdom and abdicated the throne, and merged the monarchy with the monarchy of the United Kingdom, headed by Queen Elizabeth II who was then known as the official Monarch of Abrus. At the time, the flag and coat of arms of Abrus were created. The flag represented a variation of the Union Flag, and presented the commonwealth's coat of arms. Cavanaugh became the Prime Minister of the nation. however, on March 3, 2016, during a session of parliament, it was decided that the monarchy be returned to it's original state, where a new monarch was named, and the Government as a British Commonwealth Realm, ceased to exist. Then on September 12, 2016, the Prime Minister called for a 'Government Reset' on the slow and non-functioning government. After this period of time, the Monarchy was dissolved and the nation was re-established as a republic with a constitutional presidential system. This new republican government has been said to resemble that of the United States government in certain areas. On January 7 through multiple debates between the legislature speaker and the President, the Council of Abrus decided to dissolve the entirety of the nation of Abrus. It wasn't until January 14 that the vote in the council came to a conclusion, and after a few weeks of battle between the Council and the President, the nation was dissolved by a unanimous vote, where then, the Government of Abrus ceased operations, and the nation ceased to exist completely.

The Revival

After Abrus ceased to exist in January 2017, the former President, who strongly opposed the dissolution of the state, established a new independent nation, which he sought to model after the United Kingdom. Cavanaugh established the Kingdom of New Britain on 23 January 2017, as a continuation of the Republic of Abrus. Cavanaugh, who named himself King, eventually changed the name of New Britain to Abrus to solidify its purpose to being a continuation of the former nation. After New Britain was established in January 2017, the King at the time decided the Government became too inactive again, and formed a new government which he thought would serve as an active nation in the micronational community, and would no longer face an inactive government. The provisional government of Cavlan was the first to come out of the wreckage. With a Head of Operations in place, government types and how the government would be run was officially put into plan, and afterwards The Republic of Abrus was established on 2 February 2018. Cavanaugh, former King of Abrus, and Head of Operations of the Provisional Government of Cavlan, declared himself as ruling dictator of the Republic of Abrus, which actually remained until the dissolution in June 2018.

Holy Empire

After the dissolution of the dictatorship, Cavanaugh started planning his next nation, and came up with the idea of a new monarchy, under a completely new name; Cavlan. He quickly wrote up a Declaration of Independence, and established the current Holy Empire of Cavlan, which reflects his religion as a devout Roman Catholic.

National Symbols

The Flag

The flag of the Holy Empire of Cavlan was made to represent the Roman Catholic values and ties in the Nation. It was also made to be a unique flag in the inter-national and intet-micronational world, as one of few square flags to represent a nation in the world.

The Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms was designed to reflect the values of the nation, rather than the ruling monarch. The Coat of Arms of the Empire is fixed, and cannot be changed constantly.

Government and Politics

The Holy Empire of Cavlan is a Unitary Parliamentary system under an absolute monarchy, where the Holy Emperor is Head of State, and co-Head of Government.

The Holy Emperor HIH Conrad I is Head of the House of Cavanaugh, and Head of State and Co-Head of Government as Monarch. Executive power is mostly handled by the Monarch, especially currently while there is no current government by the Parliament of Cavlan. The Holy Emperor is tasked with the creation, and approval of laws daily, and has the responsibility to rule the nation. The monarch is advised by the Imperial High Council which provides consultation and advice, to the monarch..

The Legislative duties of the nation are handled by the one chamber of the Parliament of Cavlan, the House of Deputies of Cavlan, the Premier, and the Monarch. Executive powers are granted to the Monarch, and the Premier.

The Judicial duties of the nation are handled by the High Court of Cavlan which is headed by the Chief Judge. The High Court has the ability to hear civil, and criminal cases.


Cavlan has an active Imperial Council on Election Security that seeks to make elections possible, and fair. The Council receives Statements of Candidacy from the Candidates themselves, and determines the date of the next election, according to the predicted number of participation from the general populous, and the size of the pool of Candidates for their respective seats. There has not been a single election since the establishment of Cavlan as of yet.

Foreign Relations

Foreign Affairs and relations with other nations and micronations are handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (currently headed by the Holy Emperor). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs determines our relations with other nations, and recognition of such nations. The duties of the ministry also include membership or recognition of internation organizations.

Currently the Holy Empire of Cavlan unilaterally recognizes these entities as sovereign nations:

Unilaterally Recognized:

Mutually Recognized

Inter-Micronational Groups

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also handles the membership of Cavlan within Inter-Micronational groups, or pacts.

These are the current groups Cavlan has affiliated with:


The Holy Empire of Cavlan, currently has virtually no functioning economy. However, in the case that the Empire may develop a functioning economy in the coming years, the nation would run off of a free market economy with no regulations, so as to encourage economic growth, and opportunity. The Holy Empire of Cavlan has a Capitalist economic mindset which is set up in the Constitution.


The culture of the Holy Empire of Cavlan is mainly based on Roman Catholic values, and celebrations.


English is the everday language in most of Cavlan. Literally everyone in the nation speaks it. This may change in the future as the empire expands to other continents, and regions. However, Latin is used sometimes in some legal documents, as it is the second language of the nation.

Holidays/National Events

  • January 1 - New Years Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany
  • Wednesday in seventh week before Easter - Ash Wednesday
  • February 26 - Emperors Birthday
  • Sunday before Easter Sunday - Palm Sunday
  • Thrusday before Easter Sunday - Maundy Thursday
  • Friday before Easter Sunday - Good Friday
  • The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after 21 March Easter Sunday
  • The Thursday 40 days after Easter - Ascension of Jesus Christ
  • Seventh Sunday after Easter - Pentecost
  • 60 days after Easter - Corpus Christi
  • July 8 - Constitution Day
  • August 15 - Ascension of The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • October 22 - Feast Day of Saint John Paul
  • November 1 - All Saints Day
  • November 11 - Independence Day
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
  • December 25 - Christmas Day


The official religion in Cavlan is Roman Catholicism, however residents are not required to practice the faith. Much of the culture in Cavlan is in fact inspired, based on, and due to practices of many values of the Roman Catholic Church.

Religion demographics have not been released as they have not been counted in a census yet.