Principality of Pigeon Island
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Principality of Pigeon Island
Duvön (The Pigeon Island)
|Motto: Erövra och regera (Conquer and reign)|
|Demonym(s)||Pigeon Islander, Duvöbo|
|Legislature||The princely house of Pigeon Island|
|Establishment||3 February 2022|
|0,025 km2 (9.7 sq mi)|
|Currency||Swedish crown (SEK)|
Pigeon Island (Swedish: Duvön), officially the Principality of Pigeon Island (Swedish: Furstendömet Duvön) is a self-proclaimed Nordic nation (micronation). It is located on a small peninsula in the Swedish province of Hälsingland. The territory of the principality is on 2,5 ha.
The island could have been named 'Duvön' after pigeons living on the island. The name 'Duvön' and 'Dufö' exist on maps since the 18th century.
Likely around the late 1800s or early 1900s, the first people started to build their houses on the island. Erik Andersson och Carolina Andersson was two of them. The people who lived on the island were mostly fishers.
Sometime during the 1950's or 60's pigeon island was made into an artificial peninsula due to industrial activity. The northern part of the island was cleared from trees and it still mostly is. The people moved from the island and only the basements of the houses are left today. In recent years there has been discussions to build wind turbines at Pigeon Island, but that will likely not happen in the near future.
On february the 3rd 2022 Princes Monica and Prince Albin walked across the ice and explored the island further. As they walked along an animal trail, they found a small pier, several foundations and three basements. They also went to a small cabin that seemed to be built in recent years. Though, this cabin had probably been used by the workers of the factory nearby. On their second exploration they found an old rusty car looking like it was from the 60's and another basement which later would be called "the officers quarters".
On September 6, 2022, the princes of Pigeon Island agreed on dividing the principality into three regions.
Pigeon Island is a principality and a diarchy. The government currently consists of two members, the Prince and Princes. The peninsula is divided into three regions. Each region will be lead by a regional patron. Due to temporary economical limitations, there is not anyone with that title yet.
The principality was established in honor of the people who lived there and against further expansion of the industrial area to protect the animals that lives on the island. They're also against the possible installation of windpower at the peninsula.
The constitution of the principality consists of five parts. Structure, acts of the citizen, the territory, symbols and other laws.
Geography and climate
The most of the island is densely vegetated by sallow, spruce and birch etcetera. At and around the north border there only grows small trees. The southern coast is mostly covered in reed. The temperature during January lies around -11 °C and 15 °C in July.
It’s not possible to reach Pigeon island from land since the peninsula is closed off due to industrial activity in the area. You will have to go by boat or over the ice in the winter. Because of this, people rarely go there and the peninsula is therefore inhabited by many animals.