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History of Obscurium

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Obscurium was founded by Zar Antonov on the 3rd of March 2018 as the "United People's Republic of Mars" (UPRoM), with the ambitious goal of establishing a communist state on Mars. However, after a year of stagnation and no advancements whatsoever, the UPRoM was renamed to the "United Republic of Obscurium" on the 29th of April 2019 and renounced its claims to Mars. During the same month, the Green Garden Territory was acquired, providing Obscurium with a physical Territory which was soon referred to as "Obscurium proper" in many cases. The territory received much attention in the form of land management projects (including a potato field), the construction of a chapel, several monuments and road signs. It was also the site of archaeological excavations, which unearthed ancient artefacts and sightings of the infamous Greenhouse Spectre.


Since 2019 Obcurium has advanced considerably. On the 27th of June 2020 President Antonov signed Obscurium's first inter micronational treaty with the Cassiopeia Sovereign Empire, one of many treaties established since then. Obscurium currently has formal diplomatic treaties with 15 other governments and informal relations with many more. In June of 2020 Obscurium also joined the United Sovereignties (UsoV), an organisation through which relations with some of Obscurium’s current allies were forged. President Antonov also attended Microcon 2019 in Toronto (Canada) and visited Nordonia on an official state visit not long after.


At this point however, not much was being done by anyone during that time, not in Obscurium or in the UsoV, which was disbanded in February of 2020. An exception would be the events of the 26th of November 2020 when Obscurium buried it's Official National Time Capsule which will be opened in 2050, 30 years later.


After a state visit to Duckionary in the summer of 2021 and the loss of two of its citizens Obscurium finally managed to become active again for a short time with the addition of a new 6th citizen, Thoclus Kyle, and his appointment as Obscurium's first Vice President on the 18th of November 2021. But then, in a most unfortunate turn of events, Thoclus Kyle, was removed from all his official posts in the United Republic of Obscurium and lost his status as a citizen of this state on the 11th of December 2021, to preserve the national stability. He was nevertheless responsible for starting Obscurium's monthly newspaper, the Herald of Obscurity (first published on the 31st of December 2021).


On the 26th of November 2021 Obscurium also relinquished all its claims over the Green Garden Territory. The garden had been maintained exclusively by President Zar Antonov and a second person since Obscurium acquired it in 2019 and due to a busy work schedule and not much time for any work in the territory it had slowly but steadily been reclaimed by nature. Furthermore, the possibility of the President moving from Kiel to another place in Germany or somewhere else for a long time was also under consideration. Despite the fact that the Green Garden has been referred to as Obscurium proper many times Obscurium does not rely on physical territory to exist and this decision did therefore not have a lasting effect upon the nation.


The year 2022 started with pledges to create a new Obscurian constitution since the old one had been abandoned in 2021. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted as a provisional constitution and was to serve as the basis for the new document.

On the 11th of March, Obscurium also celebrated its very first Obelisk Day, a day used to contemplate historical significance, inspired by an Obelisk found in the park of Charlottenburg palace in Berlin.

In May, the Micro Flag Archive, created by President Antonov 2019, got its own website and has continued to add new micronational symbols to its collection while at the beginning of June, Obscurium’s first cultural exchange was conducted with the Kingdom of Atlia. Lasting for one week, the exchange featured talks about the two nation’s histories, a culinary exchange and the signing of a new treaty of friendship, inspiring Obscurium’s cultural exchange with Karnia-Ruthenia in January of 2023. During the latter, information was mainly exchanged via both nation’s heads of state asking their counterpart 10 questions about their respective nation and also feautured the exchange of drawings of the Great Auk.

The Ministry of Dragons, later renamed to the society of Dracology, was also created on the 6th of June 2022, with the goal of mapping out places where dragons (meaning statues, monuments and such) can be found. The month also saw a visit by the King of Bavaria and a trip to the Museum Obscurum in Denmark, which inspired the name of the nation.

The main event that June however, was the Micro Euro Summit 2022, held in Chyse, Czechia on the 25th of June and hosted by Obscurium and Duckionary. The summit was attended by 5 micronations and was a full success, with a second summit taking place on the 15th of July 2023 in the same location. It also saw the signing of the Chyse Charter, a document promoting honesty and professional conduct among micronations and the differanciation between micronations and similar but hostile entities.

During the same summer, the President also visited the micronations of Christiania, Ladonia, Edristan, Duckionary, The Sohnland, New Strathclyde, held a virtual state visit to Dracul and a visited the Seborga Consulate in Munich. The last visit was conducted along with Arthur of Duckionary and marked and important moment in micronational history, as Seborga had never before conducted a meeting with other micronations.

Obscurium also joined the League of Hellenistic Micronations after being invited to do so, marking the first time Obscurium has joined a micronational organisation since the USoV was disbanded in 2020.

October, the President was visited by the Grand Prince of Belakray, followed by the appointment of Andrew Franson as Obscurium’s third Vice President in November.

In February of 2023 Obscurium introduced its first currency, the Draco, postal stamps and opened an online store where hand made Obscurian art can be purchased.

On the 5th of March 2023 Obscurium celebrated its 5th Declaration Day, with in person attendees from Duckionary, Belakray and Obscurium and digital appearances by representatives of Pibocip, the Bavarian Democratic Republic and Atlia. Obscurium’s largest ever parade (4 people) was conducted on that day and followed by speeches by the aforementioned delegations and a diplomatic dinner. The main ceremony was conducted on a former military property in Kiel Holtenau, Germany and annexed as a ceremonial claim of Obscurium, the Free Protectorate of Flagpolis, during the festivities, giving Obscurium a physical place to hold ceremonies and festivities. Long time supporter of Obscurium Jan Olav Spiekermann was also made a full citizen and Supreme Judge of Obscurium during the celebrations and signed Obscurium’s new constitution, the Basic Law, into existence, together with President Antonov, after Obscurian citizens had worked for it for over a year.

While everything went as planned on the ground, the first live stream failed to record anything and hence the parade was only captured in a few photographs with President Antonov later referring to it as the “Phantom Parade”.

As of March 2023, Obscurium has 13 citizens.

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