Explōratōrēs Sumus, Impavida et Audāx
Explorers are We, Intrepid and Bold (English)
|North Carolina, United States (de facto)|
Kerguelen Islands, France (de jure)
|- Empress||Violette I|
|Formation||1 February 2018|
|Area Claimed||7215 km² (2786 mi²)|
|Time zone||UTC-5:00 (de facto)|
UTC+5:00 (de jure)
The Empire of New Providence, commonly shortened to New Providence, is a secessionist micronation that aims to control and colonize the Kerguelen Islands. It was founded by long-time micronationalist Violette "Suzuki" Leōcor in February 2018. New Providence can be considered to be a household kingdom, with sovereignty vested solely in the legal landholdings of its citizens.
New Providence gets it name from the 1988 picture book New Providence: A Changing Cityscape, by Renata von Tshcarner and Ronald Lee Fleming. The book was discovered by Suzuki Leōcor in a 1993 elementary English textbook, Don't Forget to Fly, published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. The name New Providence was originally proposed by Leōcor during the foundation of Drew Star Line in 2005, but was not supported by the majority of the micronation's creators at the time.
New Providence was founded on 1 February 2018 by micronationalist Violette "Suzuki" Leōcor, the fifth micronation she had a hand in creating since 2005. Her original plans were to create a sovereign state on the sub-antarctic Kerguelen Islands, similar to the scrapped plans for the micronation of Sunþrawegaz Kuningadōmas, also created by Leōcor. These plans were all abandoned on 1 March in favor a federation of household republics. This plan fell through by the summer, however, and New Providence was left without direction for several months. In September, Leōcor announced that she would be overhauling the entirety of New Providence. She proclaimed herself Empress Violette I on 13 September, the 13th anniversary of her debut in micronationalism through the co-founding of Drew Star Line in 2005. Planned imperial decrees were postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Florence in New Providence's de facto location, but the first, issued on 2 October, reaffirmed the original territorial ambitions towards the Kerguelen Islands. The same imperial decree also established the empire on a federation basis, with regions of the Kerguelen Islands to be granted to "deserving citizens of the Empire."
According to Imperial Decree Number One, New Providence is headed by an emperor or empress. The currently reigning Empress is Violette "Suzuki" Leōcor, who crowned herself Violette I on 13 September 2018. New Providence is divided into 28 regions, each of which is to be granted over time by Empress Violette I to "deserving citizens of the Empire." These "deserving citizens" will be styled as Imperial Governors, and will have full right to form whatever government they choose within their given region provided they obey the laws of New Providence as a whole. These Imperial Governors also have the right to form an Imperial Council, which is tasked with advising the Empress and issuing its own imperial decrees affecting policy. Provisions are also in place for a democratically elected parliament to form after all 28 regions have functioning governments and the Kerguelen Islands are colonized.
- ↑ . MicroWiki. https://forum.micronations.wiki/showthread.php?tid=5911&pid=70023#pid70023. Retrieved on 2 October 2018.