Arborea

The People's Democratic Autocracy of Arborea

Speeches by His Highness, the Tsar

This page gives the text of speeches given by His Highness, the Tsar, on various important occasions.

Arborea Day Speech, 1 April 2014

Friends, honoured aquaintances, and people of Earth, today we mark the third anniversary of our beloved homeland.  For three years now the Arborean people have inhabited this verdant land.  Our achievements both domestically and internationally should be celebrated.

Without doubt the highlight of the past year has been the Royal Wedding between myself and Princess Janey in October 2013.  Surrounded by family and friends we exchanged vows under sunny skies on the shores of Lake Taupo.  Our honeymoon is set for May 2014 during which we will undertake a state visit to Malaysia and possibly Brunei.

In the arena of sporting activities Arborea has had a wonderful year, with competitors achieving personal goals in both archery and equestrian pursuits.  We are considering beginning an intermicronational sporting league at some time in the future.

It is with sadness that I report the loss of our friend and duck, Daisy.  For the past three years Daisy provided us with delicious eggs and ten ducklings.  Unfortunately last week she suddenly passed away.  She is survived by two offspring.

In the area of science, Arborea continues to contribute to the online planet-finding mission on the Zooniverse website.  This is an exciting project and we are proud to be involved.  Furthermore we have managed to send messages into space on the Hayabusa II spacecraft on behalf of all mankind.  Sadly Operation Moonshot has been suspended due to lack of funding, but we are not ready to give up yet!

The next year promises to be full of fun, surprises, and challenges.  I am supremely confident that together we can face these challenges and overcome any adversity.  I am, as always, proud to lead, and prouder to serve, the Arborean people.

Long Live Arborea!

Arborea Day Speech, 1 April 2013

Fellow Arboreans, friends, acquaintances, and others: I stand before you today on this, the first day of our third year as a nation, and to commemorate five years of our beloved Commonwealth!

The past year has visited both times of fortune and times of challenge to Arborea.  I am proud to report that times of challenge have been met with mighty spirit, and times of fortune have been met with great humility.

The greatest event of the last year is undoubtedly my engagement to marry Princess Janey.  This we announced upon arrival home from a unilaterally recognised state visit to Samoa, where the proposal occurred.  I can honestly say that Princess Janey and myself are very happy and look forward to serving the people of Arborea together for the rest of our days.  This of course means that very soon there will be a Royal wedding, the first of its kind in Arborea!  Plans are ongoing for this event as we speak.

Arborea itself has flourished in the past year.  Our plants and animals continue to bear valuable food for us, our industries remain strong, and our international relations remain as steadfast as ever.

The current drought conditions are soon surely coming to an end, for which our parched landscape and citizens will be most grateful.  It is with immense pride that I salute the solidarity and industry of Arboreans in conserving every last drop of water we have, ensuring that we have not needed to import any water from New Zealand.

Looking to the future I see a world of opportunity, if only we possess the will and courage to grasp it.  Remain strong, friends, and I promise that I will do all in my power to ensure a prosperous future for Arborea.

Long live Arborea!

State of the Nation Address, 1 October 2012

Fellow Arboreans, friends and colleagues from around the globe, greetings.

It is once again my honour and privelege to stand before you as leader of this remarkable nation, and deliver my annual State of the Nation address.  The past year has seen many wondrous achievements in Arborea, of which all Arboreans can be very proud.

Our dream of self-sufficiency continues to flourish.  Our sheep flock has provided us with delicious mutton and lamb in the last 12 months, and our two ewes have given birth to an astonishing five lambs this spring.  Already we are negotiating with citizens of nearby New Zealand a trade agreement involving livestock exports.  Furthermore, egg production from our chickens and ducks is at record levels.  We have supplemented our food production capacity by planting a forest of fruit trees, including apple, plum, nectarine, and peach. The gardens of AHAB are preparing to burst forth with an array of nutricious vegetables.  Altogether, food production is looking up!

Culturally we are doing well also.  The CIA continues to develop interesting and delicious ways to utilise our food resources.  Arborean citizens are competing is local sports events, including archery and equestrian.  Interest in our website and twitter account continues to grow also.

We are indeed priveleged to have the friendship of so many other nations.  Indeed I was personally most gratified to be awarded the title of Knight of Virtue in the Glorious Order of St. John by the Emperor of Austenasia.  I humbly accepted the honour on behalf of all Arboreans, in recognition of our nation's achievements.

We can be proud of what we have built, but let us not rest on our laurels.  The future is uncertain, but with the will to succeed we can achieve anything.  Plans are already afoot for the coming year.

Until next time, my friends, Long Live you all, and Long Live Arborea!

Arborea Day Speech, 1 April 2012

Arboreans, friends, observers from around the globe, greetings!  It is an honour and privilege to speak to you a full year after the reformation of our glorious nation, and four years since the founding of our beloved commonwealth.

The year since April 1 2011 has provided many challenges to Arborea, and I am proud to say we have met these challenges with strong will and determination.

Our primary production sector has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months.  From the introduction of sheep, chickens, and ducks to our fair land we have harvested meat and eggs to feed our populace.  Our horticultural land has provided nutritious and delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and the Commonwealth Brewery has produced delicious beers and wines to accompany the home-grown food.  Arborea truly is living the dream of self-sufficiency!

Culturally we have experienced somewhat of a boom-time also.  The establishment of the Culinary Institute of Arborea (CIA) has led to the development of Arborea’s own identity in terms of cuisine – naturally based upon our own home-grown food.  Arborean citizens have taken part in various sporting events locally, including hunting (the horseback variety), archery, cricket, and martial arts training.  The Kondratov Institute for Cryptozoology actively studies the mysteries of animals whose existence is suspected but not yet proven, including the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and Arborea’s own Beast of Ormond.

Military matters have been rather reserved.  Few real threats to our way of life have been identified – but Arboreans may rest assured that the Arborean Defence Service stands ready and willing to visit swift and decisive retribution upon those who would do us harm.  In saying this, the Arborean Foreign Legion has had a disappointingly low number of volunteers – something we wish to remedy in the coming year.

Our foreign affairs officers have been busy with the establishment of the website and Twitter account.  These have led to informal diplomatic relations with a number of territorial and non-territorial nations and nation projects.  Foremost among these are the signing of treaties with the Principality of Walkoria and the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis.

To all who have contributed to the success of the last year in Arborea, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Now is the time to cast our gaze to the future, for I believe that with willpower and resolve there is nothing that we cannot achieve.  Arborea is a nation made great by its people and their vision for a truly sustainable, self-sufficient way of life.

Long live Arborea!

Interview with the Tsar - February 2012

 

Interviewer: Your Highness, thank you for agreeing to this interview

Tsar William: My pleasure! Anything to advance the promotion of our nation.


Int: So... What led you to embark on the adventure that is Arborea?

Tsar: I had always fancied myself as the leader of a nation, but it wasn't until 2008 that I began to take the notion seriously. Like most New Zealanders I had heard of Whangamomona and their declaration of independence in the 80s, which I thought was pretty cool. Then in 2008 I found the Lonely Planet guide to Micronations in a local bookshop, and this really got me thinking. Suddenly I was reading about Sealand, Molossia, Vikesland, and Westarctica. These truly wonderful nations have been a source of great inspiration to me, and helped me believe in the founding of my own nation. So after a lot of research into micronationalism on the internet, the Commonwealth of Cooperative Capitalist Provinces was born.


Int: Tell us more about the CCCP?

Tsar: The CCCP was my first foray into the micronational universe. I was living in Palmerston North at the time. I drew a great deal of inspiration from Molossia and Vikesland in particular. I established several provinces and brought them together under the banner of a commonwealth. The capital territory (where I lived) was a small province under little real governance, Bay Province was where my family had an orchard, and Lakeside Province was where we had a holiday home. I designed a flag based on the colours of my favourite rugby team and the blue of the lake (Taupo) where lakeside province is located. All seemed to be going well, but pressures from the outside world led to long periods of inactivity. In 2010 I moved to Gisborne and began to resurrect the CCCP, but soon realised that the nation would need some serious rebranding if it were to be taken seriously. About this time the Arab world (for example Egypt, Tunisia' and Libya) started going through major upheavals, so we decided to join them. In 2011 we bought a property and I figured that the move-in date would be a perfect restart for the ailing commonwealth – thus April 1 became the date of the Reformation, and Arborea was born! The commonwealth still exists, but is chiefly ceremonial in nature.


Int: Sounds like a difficult start! What can you tell us about Arborea?

Tsar: Arborea is a small nation of about 4000 square metres. It's a flat nation with a couple of buildings and a few trees. We have some animals for companionship and food production, and vegetable gardens for fresh produce. We're pretty self-sufficient actually.


Int: Tell us more about self-sufficiency?

Tsar: It's always been a goal of mine to be as self-sufficient as possible, and in Arborea we are slowly achieving that, especially with regard to food. We produce plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with eggs, chicken, duck, lamb, and mutton. We have an ongoing project looking into solar and wind power generation. We don't import any water, relying solely on rain that falls on Arborea. We've recently started making cheese and baking our own bread as well.


Int: Some micronations adhere to a specific theme, for example a Nordic theme or a Medieval theme. What theme, if any, does Arborea identify with?

Tsar: That's an easy one – Arborea has an Arborean theme! We believe that part of being identifiable as a nation is the existence of our own culture, so while we have borrowed certain elements of other cultures we like to think that we don't need a “theme” as such, but would rather let Arborean culture flourish naturally and find its own niche.


Int: Can you give examples of “borrowed” cultural elements? And what specific Arborean culture examples can you give?

Tsar: Firstly, the idea of a Tsar as ruler of Arborea – this is borrowed from the Slavic peoples such as the Bulgarians, Serbs, Macedonians, and Russians, who historically were ruled by a Tsar. Secondly, our industries are managed in the form of a Keiretsu system, as in Japan. This means that all the industries in Arborea are interlocked in terms of operations and assets. Another example includes the two-finger salute used by the Arborea Defence Service – this was borrowed from the Polish military.


Specific Arborean cultural examples include our national dress, our national anthem (which is currently being finalised), cuisine based on our home-grown produce, and our folklore which includes the tale of the Beast of Ormond – our very own Loch Ness monster.


Int: You mentioned industries – what does Arborea produce?

Tsar: Foremost we are an agricultural nation, but we also have Arborea Heavy Industries which constructs wooden and metal items for use in the house and garden, including fences and henhouses. The Commonwealth Brewery produces ales, stouts, lagers, ginger beer, and fruit wines. Soon we hope to have an Electric Company to provide renewable energy. We also have the Arborea Bioreactor Project which composts biodegradable waste for use on the gardens managed by the Arborea Horticulture and Agriculture Bureau. Cooking of food is overseen by the Culinary Institute of Arborea – the CIA.


Int: How do you rate Arborea compared to other micronations?

Tsar: I wasn't aware that it was a contest.


Int: That said – do you consider Arborea to be a leader or follower among micronations?

Tsar: I suppose we began as follwers – in the footsteps of Molossia, Vikesland, and Westarctica. Now I think we have established our own identity and culture. If other micronations wish to see us as leaders then they are welcome to do so, but we certainly don't press our leadership onto anybody!


Int: Do you see micronationalism as a passing hobby or something more serious?

Tsar: A bit of both. I think Niels of Flandrensis said it best when he described it as a “beautiful hobby.” I devote plenty of time to it, but it does not rule my life. I am the Tsar after all – Arborea is ruled by me and not the other way around! I enjoy running my nation very much, and the diplomacy with other nations that it entails.


Int: Well you certainly have achieved a lot in a short time. Congratulations on a fascinating and progressive nation, and good luck for the future!

Tsar: Thank you for your kind words, and good luck to you also.

State of the Nation Address, 1 October 2011

My fellow Arboreans and international observers, greetings.

It is my honour and privilege as leader of this mighty nation of Arborea to deliver this first ever State of the Nation Address.

The six months since the Reformation and renaming of Arborea on April 1 have been full of activity and celebration. I believe that all Arboreans should be incredibly proud of what has been achieved in this short time.

Moving to our new location has given us wonderful new opportunities, and we have grabbed these with both hands. Our quest for self-sufficiency has begun strongly – already we have produced a meal from one of our own chickens, harvested and eaten a significant amount of fruit and vegetable produce from our gardens, built further gardens and begun growing additional crops, and we produce more eggs than we can eat. Biodegradable waste is being recycled through the Arborea Bioreactor Project, yielding valuable fertiliser for our crops. Our livestock are performing admirably, with our two ewes producing three lambs this spring. For all this, the Arborea Horticulture and Agriculture Bureau must be commended for its dedication and productivity. Ongoing projects include the Native Forest Park currently being established, and an extensive water reticulation scheme.

The sad loss of one of our lambs – a third of our production for the year – was felt like a hammer-blow by all Arboreans. However we remain resolute in the face of such adversity, for history judges us not by how we fall, but rather by how we regain our feet afterward.

Much of AHAB’s success could not have been achieved without the help of Arborea Heavy Industries, which constructed the garden beds and completed Project Henhouse. It is this spirit of cooperation and teamwork that makes Arborea great, and a true land of opportunity.

With such wondrous resources at our fingertips however, we would be naïve to leave them unguarded. To this end, the Arborea Defence Service bravely provides protection to Arborean interests, both here and abroad, and the Arborean Foreign Legion is capable of mobilising rapidly in response to any threat.

Internationally, we are indeed honoured to have the friendship of other small nations, notably Molossia, Vikesland, Calsahara, and Ruritania. We have a page on the Microwiki website – an encyclopaedia for all things micronational – in order to further promote our country and a Twitter account in order to better update the world on our news. A new initiative for gaining international recognition has recently been devised, involving contacting and congratulating successful candidates of general elections around the world – any reply will clearly constitute recognition of Arborea’s sovereignty.

As we look forward to the next six months, new challenges will undoubtedly beset Arborea. I urge you all to see these not as challenges but as opportunities. Grasp them, hold on to them, take the opportunity to learn and to prosper from them.

I am proud to lead, and prouder still to serve, the Arborean people. Our achievements to date are monumental, our spirit indomitable, and our potential incalculable.

Long live Arborea!

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