The People's Democratic Autocracy of Arborea

Statement on Sovereignty

Article 1 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States defines a state as possessing:

  • permanent population
  • defined territory
  • government
  • capacity to enter into relations with other states

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.

Note on Secession

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:

  • Taiwan (Republic of China)
  • Kosovo

Arborea is open to friendly relations with all micronations.


If you wish to enter into diplomatic negotiations with the Tsar, please contact him via email at [email protected]

Friendly micronations will have their website added to our links page!

Conditions for Diplomatic Relations

The Tsar has set out the following conditions which must be met before entering into formal diplomatic relations with other nations:

  • The nation must have been in existence for a period of at least six months;
  • The nation must not currently be engaged in war;
  • The nation must not claim territory that is also claimed by Arborea;
  • The nation must not be ruled by any extreme for of government, for example, Fascism or Fundamentalism.

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.

Foreign Relations

Arborea has a formal Treaty of Recognition and Friendship with:

The Kingdom of Ruritania

The Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

Arborea has informal, friendly relations with:

The Republic of Molossia

The Kingdom of Calsahara

The Empire of Austenasia

The Empire of Walkoria

Arborea still waits and hopes for recognition from "macronations," but as stated above, we don't believe we need it!

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The government of Arborea and the CCCP can be contacted directly at [email protected]

Follow the Tsar on Twitter!  @Tsarborea


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