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Niels of Flandrensis

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H.R.H. Grand Duke Niels of Flandrensis
Grand Duke of Flandrensis
Assumed office:
September 2008
Predecessor Throne established
Prince of Arkel
Assumed office:
15 October 2012
Predecessor Maarten of Arkel
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Flandrensis
Assumed office:
15 October 2012
Predecessor Maarten of Arkel
Prime Minister of the Principality of Arkel
Assumed office:
2009 - 2012
Prince Maarten of Arkel
Secretary-General of the Flandrensisian Commonwealth
Assumed office:
2010-2013
Predecessor Function established
Secretary-General of the AMU
Assumed office:
January-June 2010 & July-October2012
Successor James Puchowski & Daniel Morris
Commissioner of Foreign Affairs of the AMU
Assumed office:
October 2011 - July 2012
Predecessor Federico Curridor
Vice Secretary of the AMU
Assumed office:
March 2013 - Augustus 2013
Personal information
Born February 23, 1988
Citizenship Flandrensisian
Nationality Belgian
Religion Roman Catholic

Niels of Flandrensis (born February 23, 1988) is the founder and the head of state of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis and the Principality of Arkel. He is one of the co-founders of the Antarctic Micronational Union and was elected as its first Secretary-General on January 15th, 2010. Well-known for his disapproval toward micronational conflicts and the foundation of the Union Against Micronational War he was awarded with three micronational peace-awards. Developed Flandrensis as the biggest territorial micronation in Belgium, Niels has been interviewed in Belgian regional media like the Krant van West-Vlaanderen, Radio 2, Belgian national television network RTBF and Roeselare TV. After the participation of Flandrensis in PoliNation 2012 the Belgian newspapers Het Belang van Limburg, Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Nieuwsblad published an interview about Flandrensis as part of a reportage on European micronations.

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Creating a new nation

Niels interest for micronationalism started when he discovered information about the Beauluna, Sealand and Molossia. Those days Niels was a student History and Religion, with a great interest in the medieval county of Flanders. On September 4th, 2008 he official founded the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis, primarily inspired on the ‘Pagus Flandrensis’ (oldest Latin name of Flanders) and the Flemish history. Starting as a virtual micronation, he carefully searched unclaimed territory. On November 22nd, 2008 he transformed Flandrensis into an Antarctic micronation. The Antarctic Treaty prevented any new claims on Antarctica by countries. To get around this, he claimed the land as an individual and then founded a country, the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis, upon it.

Micronational influence

Contributions to micronationalism

Niels is considered an expert of Antarctic micronationalism and an innovator in Belgian micronationalism. As one of the three founding fathers of the first Antarctic micronational organization; GAMA (Grupo Del Acuerdo Micronational Antartico) and being its first Secretary-General he reorganized the organization into the Antarctic Micronational Union. During his reign as Secretary-General the concept of Antarctic micronationalism and the AMU has been heavily criticized by Gordon Freeman, Secretary-General of the OAM. But he defended the concept and his believe in Antarctic micronationalism.

Micronationalism isn’t well-known in Belgium, except some Dutch-speaking micronations from the Micras Sector. Unfortunately, most of them consider Flandrensis as secessionists and they want nothing to do with Flandrensis. In December 2010 he made an attempt to establish informal relations between all Dutch-speaking micronations by publishing an open letter, but there was no response from the Micras Sector. Although, he developed Flandrensis into the biggest territorial micronation in Belgium. Meanwhile, he helped with the foundation of three other Dutch-speaking micronations: the Principality of Arkel, Kingdom of Albion (disbanded in 2012) and the Principality of Campinia. Since October 24th, 2010 they cooperate together inside the Flandrensisian Commonwealth with Niels as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

Niels has been interviewed in Belgian regional media like the Krant van West-Vlaanderen, Belgian national television network RTBF and Roeselare TV. After the participation of Flandrensis in PoliNation 2012 (2nd International Conference on Micronations on July 14th, 2012 at London) the Belgian newspapers Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen published an interview about Flandrensis as part of a reportage on European micronations.

Micronational conflicts

Niels is great opponent of micronational wars and could be described as a micronational pacifist. Although, early 2009 he was involved in the Siple War with the Grand Duchy of Westarctica. Later he confessed he regret his decision to support Finismund in the conflict, a result of a lack of micronational experience. The dispute ended on September 24th, 2010 with the signature of the ‘West-Antarctic Treaty’ between the AMU and Westarctica, a result of negotiations between Niels and Travis McHenry. Learning from his mistakes Niels changed the Flandrensisian policy toward micronational conflicts, resulting in a permanent neutrality of the country. Considering that all wars are a failure of diplomacy, he founded the Union Against Micronational War on July 10th, 2009. For his attitude toward micronational conflicts he was awarded with five micronational peace-awards.

Titles

During communication with other micronations, he uses only titles of micronations which he is a citizen:

H.R.H. Grand Duke Niels I of Flandrensis, Grandmaster of the Order of Flandrensis, Grandmaster of the Order of Saint Polycarpus, Prince of Arkel, Prince of Siple, Viscount of Campinia, Laird of Lochaber, Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Ladder, Grand Cordon in the Order of the Lion, Grand Commander in the Order of Beauluna, Secretary-General of the Flandrensisian Commonwealth

Awards and decorations

Noble titles


Heraldic titles

Awards

Noble titles from defunct micronations

  • Dadingisila.pngCount of Ypresen
  • Finismund Flag.jpgDuke of Carney
  • Flag of angador.pngTiarna of St George
  • Flag of angador.pngLord in the Royal Order of Saint Christopher
  • Flag of angador.pngKnight in the Order of St. Edward the Confessor
  • Albion.pngCount of Westcliff
  • Yabloko flag.pngMember of the Order of Yabloko

Other functions

GAMA vlag.jpgAntarctic Micronational Union:

  • Secretary-General (15th January 2010 - 14th June 2010)
  • Secretary-General of the AMIS (1st January 2011 - 24th October 2011)
  • Commissioner of Foreign Affairs (17th October 2011 - 31st December 2011)
  • Commissioner of Foreign Affairs (1st January 2012 - 7th July 2012)
  • Secretary-General (8th July 2012 - 24th October 2012)
  • Vice-Secretary (1st March 2013 - 22nd August 2013)
  • Administrative-General (22nd August 2013- ...)

COF.pngFlandrensisian Commonwealth:

  • Secretary-General (24th October 2010 - …)

Albion.pngKingdom of Albion

  • Prime Minister (12th July 2010 - 7th January 2012)

Flag of Arkel.pngArkel:

  • Prime Minister (14th January 2010 - 14th October 2012)
  • Prince (15th October 2012 - ...)

Others:




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Website
People

Niels of Flandrensis | Hein of Giddis | Jürgen of Bruggia | Maarten of Arkel | Lyam Desmet

Regions

Carney Island | Cherry Island | Maher Island | Pranke Island | Siple Island

Overseas territory

Duchy of Caledon | Duchy of Saeftinghe | Duchy of Snow Hill

Government

DRP | NPF | FP | MPF | FRVV

Commonwealth

Flandrensisian Commonwealth | Principality of Arkel | Grand Principality of Campinia

Media

Gazet van Giddis | Black Sun Corporation | Documentary on Roeselare TV

Misc

Flandri | National Anthem Flandrensis | Holy Military Order of Saint Polycarpus | Flandrensisian Coat of arms | Order of Flandrensis | Flag of Flandrensis