Principality of the Northern Forests
Principality of the Northern Forests
Fyrstendømmet af de Nordlige Skove
Motto: Vi går mellem træerne som et folk
We Walk Among the Trees as one people
Anthem: Goddess Save the Principality
Location of the Principality of the Northern Forests
|Location||Sub Arctic Region of North America|
|Capital||The Northern Village|
|Recognised national languages||English |
|Ethnic groups |
|Princess of the Northern Forests|
• Prime Regent
|Grand Duchess of Deodara|
• Heir Apparent
|The Prince of Amabilis|
|Legislature||House of Nobility|
|Principality in the United States|
|Currency||Forest Dollar (FD)|
|Time zone||UTC−09:00 (AKST)|
|ISO 3166 code||PNF|
The Principality of the Northern Forests was established in 2020 as an independent Principality in the Northern Forests of North America near the Arctic Circle. The Current ruler is Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests (1975-Present) of the Princely House of Cedrus. The Principality is a semi-self sufficient cooperative living community whose goal is to become completely self-sufficient in the near future from most modern conveniences. It is a serious attempt to create something better than what those who occupy its lands were forced to live under previously that will include, in the future, three medieval settlements (one primary and two smaller). In total it can support up to 100 full-time subjects of the Princess
of the Northern Forests
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Climate
- 5 Government
- 6 Citizenship
- 7 Diplomatic Relations
- 8 References
The Principality of the Northern Forests is named after the Northern Arctic evergreen Forests. The lands are cold most of the year and seen many months of snow, ice and blistering cold winds in the winter. The Principality sits directly amongst the Northern Forests and is almost completely covered by trees.
The Principality of the Northern Forests is a permanent cooperative style social and political experiment. It was founded to have a safe place to live in a semi 14th century medieval manner using as little modern conveniences as possible. We grew tired of living around all the crime and violence that has festered in the modern inferior republican world so we decided to find someplace we could be relatively safe from violent, virtue lacking people who trollop about society looking for their next victim. The remote nature of the state of Alaska and the cold, long winters made it a perfect choice for the Principality.
We know from criminal justice research that when it is cold people refrain from being out in the cold unless they absolutely have to thus, a significant reduction in criminality occurs. The Principality is remote enough that it takes effort to get to the Principality's Borders and then even more effort to find the Northern Village on foot. The Principality's total landmass is currently small, but there are plans to increase the landmass of the Principality in the future by acquiring neighboring acreage. Acquiring more landmass will also give rise to an increased population that lives in the Northern Village permanently. Thus, the Principality is an independent autonomous semi-self sufficient cooperative 14th century style living community.
Criteria for Recognition
The Principality of the Northern Forests was founded along the lines of the declarative theory of statehood, meaning that if the state exists then it is a sovereign subject of international law. The Principality of the Northern Forests comprises of sub Arctic territory in the Northern Forests. The Principality follows the standard principles of the declarative theory of statehood:
- a defined territory
- a permanent population
- a government
- capacity to enter relations with other nations or states
The Principality of the Northern Forests is surrounded by four major mountain chains. Each of them is a sizable mass of rock, glaciers and snow, stretching for kilometers. The Northern Range are the defining mountains of the region the Principality of the Northern Forests is situated in. These mountains are huge shield volcanoes mountains. Some of these mountains peak at 16,390 feet tall. The biggest river in the region is a fast, muddy river, moving along at around 7 miles an hour, and dropping a significant 12 feet every mile. It is fed by 13 major tributaries. At one time, the entire region was a large inland lake, blocked by ice dams. Around 10,000 years ago, the ice abruptly melted, and the lake emptied.
Vegetation in the Principality of the Northern Forests has low diversity, as only hardy species can survive the long winters and make use of the short summers. The trees are almost all conifers, as very few broadleaved trees are able to survive the very low temperatures in winter. This type of forest is also known as taiga, a term which is sometimes applied to the climate found therein as well. Even though the diversity may be low, numbers are high, and the taiga (boreal) forest is the largest forest biome on the planet.The process by which plants become acclimated to cold temperatures is called hardening.
Agricultural potential is generally poor, due to the natural infertility of soils and the prevalence of swamps and lakes left by departing ice sheets, and short growing seasons prohibit all but the hardiest of crops. Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Dill, and Fava bean are common crops in the subartic areas. The principality of the Northern Forests uses greenhouses to grow more temperature sensitive crops for most of the year.
The Principality of the Northern Forests features a dry-summer subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification: Dsc) The Principality is located in the continental climate zone, with long, cold winters, and relatively warm summers. The mean temperature in January is -10 °F (-23 °C); in July, 56 °F (13 °C). However, temperatures can reach -50 °F (-46 °C) in winter and 80 °F (27 °C) in summer. Snowfall averages 39 inches (1 m), with total precipitation of 9 inches (23 cm) per year. On clear nights during the Principalities winter you can spot the Northern Lights.
|Climate data for Principality of the Northern Forests|
|Average high °F (°C)||4.3||15.2||30.1||44.2||57.5||67.4||70.6||66.6||55.3||36.1||14.7||7.3||39.1|
|Average low °F (°C)||−17.3||−10.9||−0.6||17.7||29.6||38.9||42.9||38.6||29.9||15.1||−5.5||−13.5||13.7|
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.54||0.57||0.35||0.22||0.61||1.45||1.66||1.67||1.16||0.97||0.70||1.22||11.12|
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||7.5||7.3||4.4||2.5||0.5||0||0||0||0.5||8.3||9.9||11.2||52.2|
|Source: Principality of the Northern Forests weather data|
The term Principality is sometimes used generically for any small Monarchy, especially for small sovereign states ruled by a Monarch of a lesser rank than a Queen. The Government of the Principality is currently a semi-absolute Monarchy with an advisery House of Nobility. The Principality has a peerage with both hereditary and life peerages. The Principality also uses a Monarchical rank structure which includes two Royal Orders of Knighthood ruled by Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests. The Principality does not sell Titles of Nobility or Knighthoods.
Those who have chosen to live in the Northern Forest lands submit themselves to the Government and laws of the Principality of the Northern Forest and take an Oath of Allegiance. This does not renounce their claims to United States citizenship, it just subjects them to the laws of the Principality of the Northern Forest lands and any decrees issued by the Princess of the Northern Forest Lands or her Government. Be advised that if the Principality is ever officially recognized that the United States allows its citizens to have "dual citizenship" so nobody has to pick between one or the other unless they are already dual citizens of some other country.
The Heir apparent of the Principality is known as the Prince of Amabilis and represents the Princess and the Monarchy officially everywhere he goes. For expository simplicity; then, the Principality is an semi-absolute Monarchy with a written Constitution where the Princess of the Northern Forests is head of state and head of Government and rules on the advice of the Prime Regent and the House of Nobility. The House of Nobility drafts legislation on advice of the Manorial Lords & Ladies and are selected at random to be Judges in the Princess's Courts. The society is set up in a type of feudal hierarchy. The Principality does not use any type of elected office for any position in Government as it should be.
Political Sub Divisions
The Principality of the Northern Forests is divided amongst five Duchies and one Grand Duchy. Three of these Duchies are outposts with the smallest being the Duchy of Topaz. Grand Duchess Isabella of Deodara has administrative oversight of the Duchies except the Duchy of Pineland which is managed directly by the Duke of Pineland. Each Duchy may, in the future, be divided into various Shires, Baronies, and Manors. The current list of Duchies in the Principality are as follows:
- Duchy of Topaz; a Principality Outpost in the Midwestern area of the United States and serves as the official government offices
- Duchy of Pineland; a Principality Outpost in Scotland
- Duchy of Ironwood; a Duchy in the Principality of the Northern Forests
- Duchy of Cottonwood; a Duchy in the Principality of the Northern Forests
- Duchy of Cupressus; a Duchy in the Principality of the Northern Forests
The Principality of the Northern Forests only recognizes five levels of the Nobility, of which they may or may not have legal privileges. Some titles are mere courtesies and only carry with them incorporeal hereditament all of which are outlined in the Letters Patent. The title of Grand Duchess / Duke is actually a Royal Title for someone who is a partner to the Sovereign Princess of the Principality.
Criminal Justice and the Courts
- See: Ministry of Justice
The judiciary is composed of two courts. Manorial Courts are the lowest Courts and hear mainly civil and minor criminal matters. The Princess's Court oversees serious Criminal matters and hears appeals from the Manorial Courts. The Principality of the Northern Forests has a zero tolerance for any type of criminal activity. Even minor acts of criminality have severe punishments. Any person, or persons, who violates a serious criminal law of the host country will be held by the Principality under common law arrest and remanded to law enforcement officials of the host country at the Principalities borders.
The Principality currently has its own Criminal and Civil Code and the law enforcement matters are dealt with by the Home Guard. The Home Guard is comprised of Royal Guards which also serve as the Principalities Police Force. The Penal Code is extensive and concise clearly stating what is a violation of any given statute.
The Government Offices are located in the Duchy of Topaz. All correspondence typically comes from this area. Thus, all webpages, Wiki, Facebook, You tube and other social media, mailings, exams, tests, Certificates, Awards, etc. is managed in the Duchy of Topaz. Certificates signed by the Princess or Grand Duchess personally may take weeks or even months to reach a person since the P.O. box for the Principality is only checked once every 1-2 months.
Citizenship in the Principality is divided into a four tier system for simplicity. While becoming a Resident Citizen is difficult, the other three categories are much easier to obtain. Many people who are Honourary Citizens may later become a Non-Resident Citizen or even a Resident Citizen at some point.
- Basic Citizenship
These are people who simply want to call themselves a citizen of the Principality of the Northern Forests. They are members of Our Facebook groups and interact with other people in Our Northern Forests groups, but that is generally the extent of the involvement. The application can be done online and is simple. The Certificate of Citizenship must be purchased seperately.
- Honouary Citizens
These are people who want to support the Principality in a meaningful way. Honourary Citizenship has a small fee and includes a Certificate of Honourary Citizenship that can be used to gain access to the Principality of the Northern Forests and visit The Northern Village during August every year starting 2023.
- Non-Resident Citizens
These are people who do not live in the Principality, but want to advocate for the Principality. Many Non-Resident Citizens become Honourary Consulars or have other positions that help benefit or advocate for the Principality. Some Non-Resident Citizens have a desire to eventually become a Resident Citizen. This level requires an 11 page application to be filled out and includes a Certificate of Non-Resident Citizenship.
- Resident Citizens
These are people who live part or full-time in the Principality of the Northern Forests. They have a home there and live at least 3 months of the year within the Principality's borders. This level requires an 11 page application to be filled out, a criminal background & court records checks, character references, interviews, and sometimes various other tests before approval is made.
Eventually, in the very near future, the Principality will feature a fully functional 14th Century Village which will include a Blacksmith, Carpenter, various small 12x20 homes, and a small Farmer's Market at various time at our Borders with the state Highway in the summers. Highly desirable skills include, but are not limited to:
- Sewing, dress making, weaving, loom work
- Organic Farming;
- Harvesting by hand (wheat)
- Raising Farm Animals (chickens, Goats, Bovines, Horses)
- Stone Masonry;
- Wood Working;
- Making furniture from wood and stone;
- Basic Engineering;
- Electrician Skills;
- Canning; pickling; and food preservation
- Working with medieval tools
The Principality does not recognize any illegitimate governments such as those which replaced Sovereign Monarchies; especially those in the last 125 years. Examples include, but are not limited to, France, Portugal, Brazil, Nepal, Croatia, Serbia and especially Albania since the referendum of 1997 was in favor of the Monarchy but the illegitimate Republic of Albania has not relinquished control. The Principality does not consider Non-Monarchical governments to be legitimate. There is no empirically valid evidence that electing leaders actually produces better leaders - none. Virtually all of human history has been ruled by Hereditary leadership (e.g. Chieftainships, Tribalism, Monarchies) in some way save the last 125 years. We believe anything outside of hereditary leadership is inferior with very few exceptions and have no desire to engage in any type of diplomatic relations with non-monarchies unless such interaction is beyond our control (i.e. being forced to deal with a republican government to turn over criminals).
Recognition of Other Nations
In order to be recognized by Our government, other Nations need to have taken substantial steps towards real independence and meet the following basic criteria:
- Their country has a legitimate claim to independence as outline by the United Nations. The Size of the country does not matter;
- They must have a legal right to all the land they claim in some capacity (e.g. they do not claim land owned by other people or another country);
- Their government structure has to be a Monarchy. We will not entertain anything less than a Monarchy;
- They have permanent citizens that live inside the borders of their country.
The Principality of the Northern Forests rejects and is abhorred by people claiming Bir Tawil as their country. The rightful owners are the Ababda tribe which has claimed Bir Tawil as their nomadic territory where they have been for centuries. We will not entertain any claims from any people for this area unless it is directly from the Prince of the Ababda Tribe. We also reject the idea of “sovereign citizens” and do not engage in relations with role-playing entities called “micronations” which are pretend countries that emulate nations/states but have no intention of being an international Sovereign State. We ask that “micronations” please refrain from contacting us unless you meet the criteria listed above.
Addressing Royalty and Nobility in the Principality
- Bogdanor, V. (1996). The monarchy and the constitution. Parliamentary Affairs, 49(3), 407-423.
- Harris, N. (2009). Systems of Government Monarchy. Evans Brothers.
- Hardyman, R. (2014). Understanding Political Systems: What is a Monarchy?.Gareth Stevens Publishing: NY, NY.
- Henkel, M. (2015). 21st Century Homestead: Sustainable Agriculture I. Lulu. com.