United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria
United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria
Reino Unido da Sildávia e Bordúria (Portuguese)
"La Couronne et Mon Droit"
"The Crown and My Right"
|Anthem: "Salve vós, Rainha Maria"|
|Official languages||Portuguese and English (sub-official)|
|Ethnic groups |
|98.0% Mixed race|
|Government||Autocratic unitary absolute monarchy|
|Queen Maria I|
|Marcela, Marchioness of Libertino|
from the Federative Republic of Brazil
|17 February 2020|
|7 April 2020|
|28 January 2021|
|2 March 2021|
• Hergerian Union
|11 March 2023|
|HDI (2021)||▲ 0.850|
very high · 45th
|Currency||Khor Hergériano (KH$)|
CS Doubloon (Δ)a
|Time zone||UTC−3 (BRT)|
• Summer (DST)
The United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria (Portuguese: Reino Unido da Sildávia e Borduria), also known by other names as the "Kingdom of the Black Pelican", or simply the UKSB, is a self-proclaimed sovereign state, commonly known as a micronation by external observers, located in South America, bordering Minas Gerais, Brazil. The capital is the city of Klöw, while the most populated city is Muskar. Portuguese is the national and official language. Being an absolute monarchy, the power of the state is concentrated in the head of state, Queen Maria I, with the Private Council as a form of advice to the sovereign in the governance of the kingdom. Founded on 17 February 2020, as a principality, it was reorganized into a kingdom on 2 March 2021. In 11 March 2023 it was reorganized again to form the United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria.
The vast majority of Sildavian modern-day territory was inhabited by tribal nations prior to settlement by the Portuguese in the 16th century and remained part of Portuguese Brazil until independence was achieved in 1822 with the creation of the Empire of Brazil, which later became a presidential republic in 1889 following a military coup d'état. In 2020, Sildavia was created proclaiming its independence from Brazil, divided into six provinces and after the union, four provinces.
The national economy is based mainly on services, basic industry and exports of agricultural goods and livestock. The UKSB is an emerging South American great power among micronations and can be considered a small power in some global intermicronational affairs. The UKSB was one of the founders of the Brazilian sector and co-founded the Conference of Santiago.
Syldavia is named after the fictional country featured in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by the acclaimed Belgian cartoonist Hergé, and was depicted in King Ottokar's Sceptre (1938–1939), Destination Moon (1950), Explorers on the Moon (1952–1953, briefly), The Calculus Affair (1954–1956), and Tintin and the Lake of Sharks (1972), being also mentioned in Tintin and the Picaros (1975–1976).
According to Harry Thompson's 2011 Tintin: Hergé and Its Creation, Syldavia "was an idealised portrayal of central Europe between the wars – a benevolent monarchy, peaceful village life, sturdy peasants puffing on large pipes". Herge himself has claimed that the country is heavily inspired by the real-world countries of both Albania and Montenegro. Sildavia is named after the work of Hergé, but it does not claim any fictional territory.
The Principality of Sildavia was founded on 17 February 2020, declaring independence from Brazil, and initially claiming as territory what now comprised the city of Klöw, that since then served as the capital and of the then known as Orleans and Cocais Sub-regions. After a few months, Sildavia integrated all the other properties of the House of Sildavia into the territory of Sildavia.
Founded by Maria of Sildavia, by Royal Decree No. 01/2020, she assumed the title of Sovereign Princess of Sildavia. On 28 February 2020, the princess granted the first Sildavian constitution, which became known as the 2020 Sildavian Constitution or Primary Constitution, which established the principality as a constitutional monarchy. The Sovereign Princess sent the following message at the time:
I, with great pleasure and pride, grant and enforce this document. Showing that the Principality is governed by law and order.— Maria I, Sovereign Princess of Sildavia.
After granting the constitution, the princess declared a period of regency in the country, with Prime Minister Lord Flaviano, who had the mission to organize the administration of the principality and ensure the effectiveness of the constitution. On 26 February 2020, Sildavia established its first bilateral recognition. During what is known as the March 2020 Decrees, Sildavia established their first symbols and decorations, among them the Sildavian National Anthem, the former national coat of arms, and the extinct Order of the Rose. On 28 March 2020, the first political parties in Sildavia were approved and created: the neoliberal Liberal Sildavian Party and the socialist Labor Party.
On 4 April 2020, Sildavia signed the Treaty of Persenburg and the Protocol of Goetha, and this diplomatic action introduced the micronation to the derivatist movement on micronationalism, avoiding the historical-modelist simulations that claimed to be micronations, so common in the so-called Lusophone sector. Through the treaty, Sildavia became one of the first micronations of the Brazilian sector and a fierce opponent of the simulationism. In this sense, Sildavia since then promotes derivatism and international cooperation, reason why Sildavia became a member of the Conference of Santiago with the Treaty of Santiago and developing an important role during the Santiago-Mansean Conflict, along Ebenthali and Lateran against Mansean aggressors.
After the resignation of the Prime Minister in May 2020, the leader of the Liberal Party, Countess of Almeida-Pereira took office. On 8 May, Sildavia ratified the Convention of Mauritsstad, regularizing relations between the micronations of the Conference of Santiago and virtualist micronations; and shortly after ratification, Sildavia and the United Provinces of Mauritia established diplomatic relations, a prestigious diplomatic victory to the Sildavian Government. Taking part in the promotion of the Brazilian sector abroad, by September 2020, Sildavia established the first mutual recognition with a micronation from another sector, the State of Vishwamitra.
On 27 January 2021, the Sovereign Princess assumed all powers of the principality and on the following day, promulgated a new constitution and started a period the national historiography calls "Marian Era". On 2 March 2021, by royal decree, the Sovereign Princess raised the principality to kingdom ruled by an absolute queen.
Sildavian Marian Era
After becoming a kingdom, Sildavia went through a process of reorganization, changing the symbology, administrative positions and also the administrative division. Firstly, changing the symbology, such as the national coat of arms, the flag and the anthem itself (which, despite changing the melody, kept the name). As the Monarch of Sildavia became absolute, it absorbed all the powers of the realm, including the administration of the Sub-regions, now renamed as provinces; however she appointed people to fulfill her administrative duty on her behalf in some specific provinces with her supervision. On April 9, the Queen in agreement with the then Gabriela, Countess of Almeida-Pereira founded a new state, the Grand Duchy of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir, becoming a constituent state of Sildavia, governed by a diarchy by the Queen and the Countess who became the Grand Duchess as well as the Queen.
On June 7, 2021 the Grand Duchess and the Queen began negotiations for the emancipation of the Grand Duchy as an independent state. Negotiations ended twenty days later on June 27 with the Treaty of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir. According to negotiations:
- The Queen would remain as Head of State of the Grand Duchy, would continue with the title of Grand Duchess, serving as adviser of state to the Head of Government.
- The Grand Duchess would act as head of state and maintain the integrity, independence and self-determination of the state.
- The two countries would now form a kind of International Organization to serve the interests of the participating countries, functioning as a political association that was called the Sildavian Commonwealth of Nations, until now composed of Sildavia, and the Grand Duchy.
On 1 September 2021, through Her Majesty's Royal Act N°01, the Queen declared the Imperial Dominion of Borduria to be founded. The fact was a milestone in the history of Sildavia, as after creation, the Queen became the Imperial Monarch of Borduria, being stylized within the Borduria as "Her Imperial and Royal Majesty the Queen-Czarina". Despite this, Borduria's creation was questioned for its "Imperial" status, as that status would in theory be above royal status, and in Sildavia it was considered reversed, being the royal title with higher status. The fact was compared to the British case, where the Monarchs of the United Kingdom were Emperors of India. On 23 December 2021, the Kingdom celebrated for the very first time the Queen's Day (Birthday of the Queen and a holiday within the country). On that month, the country has nominee its first diplomatic official to a neighbor country, The then Baron von Gänseblümchen, as Ambassador to Brazil.
At the beginning of 2022, Sildavia has achieved its first health milestone, having all resident citizens being vaccinated against Covid-19 and has signed a treaty of mutual recogniton with the Principality of Sancratosia. On April 2022 Sildavia became envolved in yet another episode of the series of diplomatic conflicts that extends from 2020 that the governments of the Brazilian Sector dubbed the Microlusophone Cold War, coordinating a diplomatic campaign against the Kingdom of Manso in retaliation for the smear campaign against the member states of and the Conference of Santiago itself carried out by the government of that country. On the following months, Sildavia has continued it's diplomatic work, firming relations with Raphania and the Republic of Upper Shwartz Morgen Lorgen Land.
Union with Borduria and Reorganization (Hergerian Marian Era)
In March 2023 the Queen issued an royal act creating a union between Sildavia and Borduria, creating the United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria. With the act, the Queen suspended the constitution, changed the national symbols and started to refit the national government's structure, beggining the Hergerian Marian Era.
The Hergerian State was constitutionally defined as an absolute monarchy and a unitay state, and often referred as a kind of enlightened despotism. The monarch, titled as Queen, is both head of state and head of government of the nation, but assisted by an appointed Governance Advisor and Privy Council. The kingdom is constitutionally indissoluble and rests on the common unity of two realms, Sildavia and Borduria, and both composed by two provinces.
Hergerian diplomacy was governed by the principles of non-intervention, self-determination, international cooperation and coordenation and the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Hergerian foreign policy is also based on the Conference of Santiago and is conducted by the Queen, that has ultimate authority over foreign policy and is tasked with reviewing and considering all diplomatic nominations and international treaties, as well as legislation relating to Sildavian foreign policy. Since May 2020, the UKSB adopted the Treaty of Persenburg as one of the pillars for international recognition.
The United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria currently maintains formal diplomatic relations with the following nations:
- Union of the Provinces of Columbia
- Quinta Velha
- Nuremberg Commune
- Rino Island
- Villa Alicia
Flag of the United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria
Greater Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Sildavia and Borduria (Used by the Queen)
Medium Coat of Arms (Used by governance bodies)
Lesser Coat of Arms
Flag of the Sildavia
Coat of Arms
Flag of Borduria
Bordurian State Eagle
Hergerian lands are enclaved in the cities of Barão de Cocais and Caeté, all in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil; close to the Tropic of Capricorn, where the shoreline is oriented east–west, and share land borders with Brazil and the Grand Duchy of Mëcklewmburg-Wladir. Its size, relief, climate, and natural resources make UKSB geographically simple, with Atlantic forests and a Subtropical climate. With a total small area, UKSB spans only one time zone, the UTC−3, and the summer time zone UTC−2.
The hergerian climate comprises temperatures average between 9 and 35 °C (48 and 95 °F). The Köppen climate classification of the region is tropical savanna climate (Aw), milder due to the elevation, with humid/warm summers and dry/mild winters. The UKSB is located about 500 kilometres (310 mi) from the sea.
Even though inter-seasonal differences are not as pronounced as they are in temperate places, there is a contrast between spring and summer, and between fall and winter. The coldest month is generally July, with a lowest recorded temperature of 2 °C (36 °F). The hottest month is usually January, with a highest recorded temperature of 38.4 °C (101 °F).
The 852-metre (2,795 ft) elevation of UKSB helps a little in cooling the country, suppressing high maximum air temperatures experienced in nearby cities at lower altitudes. Hergerian climate is mild throughout the year. Temperatures vary between 11 and 31 °C (52 and 88 °F), the average being 22 °C (72 °F). Winter is dry and mostly sunny, and summer is rainy.
|Climate data for United Kingdom Sildavia and Borduria|
|Record high °C (°F)||35.4
|Average high °C (°F)||28.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||23.4
|Average low °C (°F)||19.8
|Record low °C (°F)||10.4
|Average Precipitation mm (inches)||329.1
|Average relative humidity (%)||73.0||70.0||71.4||69.2||67.4||66.2||62.4||57.8||60.4||64.1||70.5||74.0||67.2|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||16||11||11||6||3||1||1||2||4||8||14||18||95|
|Source no. 1: Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia|
|Source no. 2: Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)|
Constituent countries and administrative regions
The UKSB is composed of 2 countries, the Kingdom of Sildavia and the Kingdom of Borduria, and both composed by 2 provinces. The countries and provinces are directly ruled by the Queen. The hergerian territory is totally composed of private properties and lands belonging to Queen Maria's immediate family. Sildavia is divided into:
|Capital||Enclaved in||Governor||Official language(s)|
|KLO||Klöw||Barão de Cocais||Queen Maria||Portuguese|
|Capital||Enclaved in||Governor||Official language(s)|
|WTH||Wertzragh||Barão de Cocais||The Duke of Flaviano||Portuguese|
|MSK||Muskar||Barão de Cocais||Queen Maria
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UKSB has a mixed economy and a small internal market, on vias to develop a common market with the Conference of Santiago. The economy has been in a stable and controlled ascension, with the GDP per capita following on the same course. Active mainly in the agricultural and service sectors, UKSB has an estimated labor force of over 6 people. The country has been expanding its presence in intermicronational financial markets specially through the development of the Conference of Santiago Common Market. Major export products include manufactural goods, information technology and services. The Hergerian Khor is the official currency, but the Conferential Doubloon  pegged to the pyrite standart (converted to Brazilian Real), following a managed-float monetary policy by the Conference of Santiago Financial Authority was adopted as an official currency as well. Nonetheless, most of the country's business is done in Brazilian Real.[a] The higher expenses of hergerian economy are with welfare and infrastructure, followed by security, health and the environment. Spending on government manutention are minimal.
The core of hergerian culture is derived from Portuguese culture, its sub-product, the Brazilian culture and features adopted from the Hergé work. Among other influences, the Portuguese introduced the Portuguese language and Neoclassical architecture styles while its subproduct, though, the Brazilian culture, strongly influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures and traditions, played a considerable role mainly in grocery and political structure. On the other hand, the indigenous Amerindians influenced not only the Brazilian Portuguese spoken in the UKSB, as its cuisine, manners and legends, shared with the larger surrounding country, as well as the African influence, which goes beyond, to music, dance and religion.
The music listened in the UKSB is mainly from Brazilian and American origin, while the produced music bases itself on these two influences, as well on the African rhythms. According to a survey held in 2021 showed that Brazilian popular music was the country's most listened genres, followed by American popular music and other genres.
Many literary styles are appreciated by the hergerian, with heavy Brazilian influence, with emphasis on Brazilian Modernism and Brazilian Postmodernism. Works by Clarice Lispector, Cecília Meirelles and Georges Prosper Remi are the most famous among the hergerian people.
|New Year's Day||1 January||The first day of the Gregorian year.|
|Foundation Day||17 February||Foundation of the Principality of Sildavia, the predecessor State of the Kingdom.|
|International Women's Day||8 March||Celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women.|
|Union Day||11 March||Celebration of the Hergerian Union.|
|Easter Day||Between 22 March and 25 April||Traditional Holiday|
|International Workers' Day||1 May||Honors the the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.|
|LGBTQIA+ Pride||28 June||Promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group.|
|Children’s Day||12 October||Honor children, promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and initiate actions to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.|
|Teacher’s Day||15 October||Special day for the appreciation of teachers and their special contributions to the society.|
|Queen's Day||23 December||Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen.|
|Christmas Day||25 December||Traditional Holiday|
|New Year's Eve||31 December||The final day of the Gregorian year|
- Despite the fact that the Conferential Doubloon is one of the country's official currency, in process of substituting the Hergerian Khor, the Brazilian Real remains the most used currency in day-to-day affairs in UKSB as well as the engine of the country's macroeconomic policy; it is also used as a conversion standart to calculate the CS Doubloon value.
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