Honourary Consular Corps

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Principality of the Northern Forests
Honourary Consular Corps
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Agency overview
Formed16 March 2020
JurisdictionPrincipality of the Northern Forests
Minister responsible
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs
Parent MinistryMinistry of Foreign Affairs
Footnotes
E-Mail: consularcorps@northernforests.info

The Honourary Consular Corps is the Principality of the Northern Forests's primary diplomatic institution. Consular representatives serve the citizens of the Principality and facilitate business, trade, education, cultural and international understanding between the Principality and foreign States. Honourary Consulars are appointed by Princess of the Northern Forests and are servants of the Principality. Honorary Consular officers are vetted by the Princely Family and/or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the terms of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the Consul General are set forth in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. These duties include: protecting the interests of their citizens while in foreign States; services on behalf of the Principality; visa issuance; the promotion of trade and commerce between countries; and cultural and educational activities. Effective 01 January 2021, all Honourary Consulars and volunteers must take an Honourary Consular Training Program and pass the exam with a score of at least 85%. Once prospective Honourary Consulars pass the exam they can apply to become an Honourary Consular for the Principality of the Northern Forests in the Country they are currently residing in. When official diplomatic events occur in their region, the Consulars may be asked to represent the Principality of the Northern Forests's interests at these events. For this reason, the Consulars must be learned on matters of State.

Credentials

All Honorary Consulars receive a certificate with their diplomatic credentials as well as a metal lapel pin of the Flag of the Northern Forests which is included in the initiation fee to become an Honourary Consular. They are encouraged to wear the flag pin even when not working on official business as a way of establishing conversations about the Principality of the Northern Forests. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs oversees the activities of the Honourary Consulars.

Consular ID Cards

A consular ID card is a document that the Honourary Consular Corps may issue to identify the Consulars who reside abroad. The Principality of the Northern Forests uses this information to collect census data from their Consulars living abroad and to provide certain protections. Although this document is issued regardless of the immigration status of the applicant, it does not, however, constitute a proof of legal residence and does not substitute for papers that the Principality of the Northern Forests requires from foreign citizens to legally reside in the Principality.

Each cardholder is given a unique identification number that is displayed on the card. In general, these cards also include the cardholder’s photo, address, birthplace and expiration date. Special security features may be added which include holograms, bar-codes and other features. Contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out if they are currently offering consular ID cards.

Fees

Effective 01 January 2021, when you apply to become an Honourary Consular there is a one-time initiation fee of $25 USD for all members. This fee covers the creation and shipping of your welcome package as well as all future shipping charges for any awards you may receive. There are currently different awards that can be earned at each specific rank of Consular through their service to the Principality as well as universal Recognition awards any rank can earn.

Consular ID cards have an additional fee of $25 USD and can take up to 2-4 weeks to receive after you provide the necessary information. You must provide a current passport Size high quality image in .jpeg format on a solid white background. Regular passport photo requirement apply in the same manner as if you were applying for a Passport in your respective country. You can also use your Consular ID as valid ID to enter and visit the Principality without being detained or arrested for illegal entry. You must update your Consular ID Card every four years with a current photograph and any change in information.

Ranks

With good service and excellence in their work, Honorary Consuls can be promoted to higher diplomatic ranks. The ranks of the Northern Forest's diplomats are, in decreasing order of precedence:

  • Ambassador
  • Consular-General
  • Consular
  • Vice-Consular
  • Honorary Consular

At the Rank of Consular, the individual can petition the Princely Family for a Knighthood to help represent the Principality of the Northern Forests and Monarchical Idealism. The Knighthood, if granted, is a for the life of the person and not hereditary. Your Letters Patent will clearly state this. All Consular-Generals are, in theory, entitled to petition the Princely Family for an Honourary Title of Nobility. If granted, this will be an Incorporeal Hereditament for the life of the person and also not hereditary.

List of Honorary Consulars

Rank Region Representative
Honourary Consular Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico Eric Brooks
Honourary Consular North Carolina, United States Christian McBryde-Newton
Honourary Consular Washington, United States John Davis
Honourary Consular Kreuzau, Germany Erzherzog Jürgen Paul Otto