Article 1 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States defines a state as possessing:
Arborea meets all these criteria. We have a sovereign government (albeit an autocratic one) exercising effective jurisdiction over well-defined territories with permanent residents, and we are able to enter into diplomatic relations with other sovereign states.
Article 3 of the same Montevideo Convention specifically says that "the political existence of the State is independent of recognition by other States." Therefore if you choose not to recognise us, we don't care! Likewise, if you say you are a country, then that is good enough for us.
Arborea has no intention of seceding from New Zealand. Neither do we consider our nation to be a Protectorate. Arborea is considered to be an Associated State as defined in United Nations General Assembly resolution 1541 (XV) Principle VI. In this regard, Arborea views New Zealand in the same way as the Cook Islands or Niue do.
This relationship means that all Arborean citizens are automatically citizens of New Zealand, though not all citizens of New Zealand are Arborean citizens. One exception to this rule is in the case of a Legionnaire in the Arborean Foreign Legion who has successfully concluded five years' service - the Legionnaire gains honorary Arborean citizenship but does not gain New Zealand citizenship.
Arborea recognises the sovereignty of all UN countries and those with observer status.
Arborea also recognises the following non-UN states:
Arborea is open to friendly relations with all micronations.
The Tsar has set out the following conditions which must be met before entering into formal diplomatic relations with other nations:
The Tsar normally does not entertain relations with nations who repeatedly change their name, constitution, or form of government. It's all about stability, people!
In addition to these conditions, final acceptance of diplomatic relations is at the discretion of the Tsar.
Arborea has a formal Treaty of Recognition and Friendship with:The Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
Arborea has informal, friendly relations with:
Arborea still waits and hopes for recognition from "macronations," but as stated above, we don't believe we need it!