Ad Astra Per Aspera
Through adversity, to the star
|Incorpored into Ebenthal||6 April 2015|
|Monarchy abolished||5 February 2022|
|Province dismembered||1 January 2023|
|Founded by||Fernando Toledo dos Santos|
|• Type||Executive-led devolved administration|
|• Viceroy||Fernando dos Santos|
|• Councillor||Wellington Muniz|
|• Total||0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|• Water||0 km2 (0 sq mi) 0%%|
|Elevation||1,500 m (4,900 ft)|
|• Total||4 (permanent)|
|• Rank||8th in Ebenthal|
|Area code||+55 24|
|HDI (2022)||0.879 very high (TBD)|
|GDP (2022)||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Per capita||𝒦ℳ TBD|
|Primary Road||Cobblestone path|
Schwarberg (German pronunciation: [nʌbeŋsi:]), officialy Province of Schwarzerg (Portuguese: Província de Schwarzerg) is one of the seven provinces of Ebenthal. It is least populous province in the country, with 4 permanent residents within its 0.4 km². Landlocked by the Brazilian municipality of Itariaia, the province is the most geographically elevated administrative division of Ebenthal, at over 1,500 meters in altitude, and the only region in the country with snowfall records. Its capital is the town of Llunfurt, next to the village of Aldringen. It is administered through an executive-led devolved government by a Viceroy appointed by the King of Ebenthal, and is represented in the House of Councillors by one elected councillor.
The territory of modern Schwarzberg served as route to inland Amerindians to reach the Atlantic coast. Following the Portuguese colonization and the creation of the State of Brazil, the Eastern Region of the present province, an enclave in the Brazilian town of Juiz de Fora, served as a Luso-Brazilian gold route trading post, while the Western Region, the enclave in Itatiaia, was deserted. Over the course of the 19th century, as Brazil became independent, both Juiz de Fora and Itatiaia, then part of the larger municipality of Resende, were permanently settled and converted into towns. In 1888 the Toledo dos Santos family settled in Juiz de Fora, and later, in the second half ot the 20th century, as Itatiaia achieved municipal status, part of the Toledo family moved there to work at the Itatiaia National Park. In early 2015, the government of the seccessionist and unrecognized Kingdom of Ebenthal approached the Toledo dos Santos family inviting some of its members known to Ebenthali government members to become politicians in the micronation. With the acceptance, Hugo de Toledo, the main heir to his family's possessions, signed the sovereignty concession contract by which the properties and areas to which he is entitled were incorporated into Ebenthal under the name of Negromonte, in allusion to Pico das Agulhas Negras, and he was proclaimed Prince of Negromonte. Four monarchs succeeded each other on the throne of Negromonte until 5 February 2022 when the Negromontine monarchy was abolished through the Ebenthali Unitary Act and the principality became a province, subsequently renamed by the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission as Schwarzberg. On 1 January 2023 Schwarzberg, which until then included the municipalities of Frumar, Andeca and the capital Maldras, was dismembered, separating the enclaves of Itatiaia and Juiz de Fora, the latter becoming the city-state province of Grünhufe, encompassing the former municipality of Andeca. The Schwarzian capital of Maldras and the village of Frumar had their names changed to Llunfurt and Aldringen, respectively.
Due to its distance, geolocation and difficult access due in part to the altitude, Schwarzberg is often regarded as the most isolated province of Ebenthal. The region attracts some tourism due to the frequent frosts that turn the fields white and freeze the lakes and the rare snowfalls, but the Schwarzian economy relies mainly on services, especially on knowledge intensive services. Historically, Schwarzberg is a conservative stronghold, perhaps more radical in its conservative policies than New Switzerland, with which the Schwarzian government maintains a long-standing alliance.
The principality's name, "New Switzerland", comes from the geographical region in which it is located, and from its historical colonization by immigrants mainly of Swiss origin, but also by Austrians and Germans. In the process of colonization and settlement, the Brazilian city of Nova Friburgo, in which the principality is enclaved, became the main nucleus of Swiss immigration, having received the nickname of Swiss Brazilian, and sometimes, New Switzerland.