Welcome to the Micronation of Lorenzburg!
The Principality of Lorenzburg, or simply Lorenzburg, is a micronation founded on December 1st, 2014. The nation’s borders coincides with the borders of the city district of Lorensberg in the Swedish city of Karlstad. The area is approximately 11 hectares (110 000 square meters) and is contiguous with the districts ‘Rud’, ‘Kroppkärr’ and ‘Stockfallet’. The district is mostly a residential area with villas and semi-detached houses. There is also some woodland, a kindergarten and some playgrounds. The Principality is not occupying, by force or any other means, the territory of Sweden but is understood to be a a kind of ‘double exposure’ where the nation overshadows, as a parallel universe, the actual physical space of the town district in Karlstad. Lorenzburg aims to be a refuge for visionaries, free thinkers, geeks, freaks, queers, artists, scientists and all others. Anyone, anywhere, can apply for citizenship. Lorenzburg is a Constitutional Paramythocracy (from the greek “paramythos” – fairy tale). The Principality of Lorenzburg was founded with the aid of a grant from the municipality of Karlstad, and the founding of the nation is initiated as a large-scale community art project focusing on urban agriculture, collective storytelling and tourism.
About Micronations (from Wikipedia)
A micronation, sometimes referred to as a model country or new country project, is an entity that claims to be an independent nation or state but is not officially recognized by world governments or major international organizations.
Micronations are distinguished from imaginary countries and from other kinds of social groups (such as eco-villages, campuses, tribes, clans, sects, and residential community associations) by expressing a formal and persistent, even if unrecognized, claim of sovereignty over some physical territory.
Several micronations have issued coins, flags, postage stamps, passports, medals, and other items, which are rarely accepted outside of their own community.
Very little is known of the Lorenzbou history before 1965. On the 11th of December 1959 the Karlstad Municipal Housing Comity proposed to develop a woodland area situated between the districts Rud, Kroppkärr and Stockfallet. On September 1st in 1964 the Comity decided to go ahead and initiate a building project in the new district, which was to be called Lorensberg. The work to convert the woodland and to construct villas and semidetached houses continued in the years after. Today Lorensberg is a woodland residential area of approximately 1650 inhabitants.
H.S.H. Prince Freï was raised in the district and, after years of traveling and art educations abroad, he returned to found the Lorenzbou nation in December 2014.
The Principality of Lorenzburg also has a “most ancient and noble” history. The nation has previously existed eternally within the parallel universe of fairy tales. The University of the Fantastic Sciences are devoted to excavating the parallel history by means of shamanistic technologies and by collective storytelling. micronation
The Principality of Lorenzburg is a constitutional paramythocracy (greek: paramýthi – fairy tale). The nation is governed as being a double exposure of the mundane world and the realm of fairy tales. The nation coincides with, and superimposes, the actual physical environment of the city district of Lorensberg. In this sense the nation can be seen as the “true and hidden”, or spiritual version, of the area. The timeless and ethereal fairy-tale-esque quality of Lorenzburg means that it is simultaneously both “here and there”. In a sense, merely invoking its name or wishing oneself there means being present within Lorenzbou borders regardless of where one is situated in the world. Hence citizenship is more a matter of identity and kinship in values rather than physical presence within the earthly borders of Lorenzburg.
Lorenzburg is situated in a speculative “what-if” quantum space. Ordinary yes/no or real/imagined dualisms are suspended in favor of a third option of non-choosing a set reality. Because of this quantum quality the nation fluctuates between the mundane and the fairy tale dimension. Similarly citizens, too, may have dual aspects of the mundane and the fantastic.
Lorenzburg is a democratic nation. This means that all citizens have the same right to vote and that all votes are of equal worth. Citizens are expected to engage in the running of the nation by participating as ministers or representatives in the government.
Paramýthocracy shouldn’t be confused with Mythocracy – a contemporary, but not widely spread, concept “to describe the role of Propaganda in Technology-Driven Democratic Societies”.