History

2008

August: Bored during the holidays, a Belgian student found information about micronations. After considering becoming a citizen, he decides to create his own micronation and thus starts with its design. What was intended to be a short-lived 3-week long hobby turned into a decade-long worldwide project.

04 September: Foundation of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis and publication of its first constitution.

27 October: First edition of the newspaper “Flandrensis Nieuws”.

22 November: Flandrensis becomes a territorial micronation and claims Siple Island in Antarctica.

16 December: First diplomatic treaty with another micronation: the Republic of Aquitania.
Flandrensis transforms from an absolute into a constitutional monarchy. After all his close friends joined Flandrensis, the Grand Duke allows the organisation of elections and the establishment of a Senate and a Cabinet.

22 December: Territorial dispute with Finismund, a Hispanic micronation that claimed West-Antarctica a few days before Flandrensis.

25 December: Finismund and Flandrensis reach an agreement and form an alliance. Flandrensis remains a sovereign nation within the borders of the Finismundian territory.

30 December: Flandrensis and two other Hispanic micronations found the GAMA (Grupo Del Acuerdo Micronational Antartico) to unite micronations with Antarctic claims.

2009

01 January: The first elections are won by the nationalist NPF with 40%. They form a coalition with the royalist RPF (28%). The FRVV (14%), LV (10%) and FP (8%) form the opposition.

06 January: First Constitutional reform: Flandrensis became officially a constitutional monarchy.

29 January: Flandrensis supports its ally Finismund in their territorial dispute with Westarctica, resulting in a symbolic declaration of “war”. This dispute is known in Flandrensis as the “Siple War” and is considered the first huge conflict in the micronational community. The MicroWiki community becomes increasingly active because of the conflict.

21 February: Collapse of the government: protest against the voting system and inactivity in several parties. The Grand Duke appoints an interim NPF/RPF/FP government and independent senators.

25 February: Creation of the national currency: the Flandri.

20 May: First citizen not belonging to the original group of friends of the founder joins Flandrensis.

26 June: First edition of the newspaper Flandrensis Times.

01 July: The micronation “Principality of Arkel” become a vassal of Flandrensis.

10 July: Foundation of the Union Against Micronational War (UAMW) to protest against the immaturity and nonsensical behaviour of micronations who declare war against each other .

28 July: Second Constitutional reform: update of foreign policy.

01 August: Second elections are won by the royalist RPF with 34%, they form a coalition with the nationalist NPF (29%). The MPF (21%) and FP (16%) form the opposition.

25 August: A Flandrensian citizen started his own micronation (Oud-Saeftinghe) and tried to convince citizens to leave Flandrensis. Later he declared war on Flandrensis and crowned himself Grand Duke of Flandrensis. Ignored by Flandrensis and the micronational community, Oud-Saeftinghe disappeared not much later. This event is known as the “Poaching conflict”.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 38 citizens.

01 October: The MicroWiki community awards Flandrensis with the very first micronational peace award.

20 October: The newspaper “Flandrensis Times” changes its name into the “Gazet of Giddis”

05 December: Disbanding of the micronation of Finismund: Flandrensis claims the nearby Carney, Maher, Pranke and Cherry Islands.

2010

01 January: Third Constitutional reform: territorial expansion of Flandrensis.

15 January: Transforming of the GAMA into the AMU (Antarctic Micronational Union) with the Grand Duke of Flandrensis elected as the first Secretary-General.

01 March: The Grand Duke dissolves the government and replaces the Senate and Cabinet by a Parliament.

21 June: First baby between two Flandrensian citizens.

24 July: The Grand Duke takes a patent on the micronation Flandrensis.
First meeting with another micronation in Ghent (Belgium): the Principality of Beauluna.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 47 citizens.

25 September: Ending of the territorial dispute. Westarctica recognizes the territorial sovereignty of Flandrensis and both nations sign the West-Antarctic Treaty. Westarctica joins the AMU and holds the former claims of Finismund.

01 October: Third elections: royalist DRP wins the elections with 33% but prefer a minority government over a coalition with the NPF (26%). The NPF forms the opposition with the MPF (15%), FP (13%) and FRVV (13%).

24 October: Foundation of the Flandrensian Commonwealth: the principality of Arkel and Kingdom of Albion merge and share a common foreign policy. The goal of the Commonwealth is to support young people in Belgium and the Netherlands to create their own micronations.

2011

09 February: Fourth Constitutional reform: complete new lay-out of the constitution and official integration of the Commonwealth.

16 April: Declaration of Eternal Neutrality. Flandrensis adopts the Swiss model and remains neutral in all micronational conflicts and disputes.

31 April: Collapse of the Government because of the inactivity of some political parties.

21 May: Grand Duke replaces the Parliament by the States-General of Flandrensis, with a Senate and a House of Representatives. Political parties are not allowed anymore.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 52 citizens.

03 October: Fifth Constitutional reform: Flandrensis tightens the conditions for diplomatic relations and leaves some micronational organisations.

2012

06 January: Flandrensis signs its 100th treaty of friendship and mutual recognition with another micronation.

07 January: Dissolution of the Commonwealth member Albion. The Principality of Campinia joins the Flandrensian Commonwealth.

14 March: Flandrensis publishes the “The Micronational Spirit Manifesto”, a guideline for new micronations on how to behave in the micronational community.

15 May: Sixth Constitutional reform: political parties back allowed in Flandrensis.

08 June: First publication in a local newspaper about the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

16 June: Flandrensis leaves the MicroWiki community out of protest against the abuse of some administrators and moved to Facebook.

15 July: Polination: Flandrensis joins the micronational conference in London (UK).

20 July: First publication in a national newspaper about the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

15 August: Fourth elections: royalist DRP wins the elections with 36%. The APPF (35%), NPF (20%) Flandriaans! (8%) and LG (1%) form the opposition.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 56 citizens.

05 October: Royal wedding in Flandrensis: Flandrensis now has a Grand Duchess.

02 November: First meeting between members of the Commonwealth in Ghent (Belgium). Signing of the treaty of Ghent.

2013

22 February: New stamp and coin for Flandrensis.

23 February: Seventh Constitutional reform: Flandrensis tightens the conditions for citizenship and copyrights the national symbols of Flandrensis.

01 March: Foundation of the Flandrensian Institute for Heraldry of Nobility. All citizens have now the right to bear a personal coat of arms.

11 May: A Russian micronationalist crowns himself Grand Duke of Flandrensis and starts a fake website but disband everything after an official complain about violation of copyright.

11 August: Financial crisis in Flandrensis. The nationalist NPF protests against the financial management of the Grand Duke and demands a Ministry of Finances & Economy.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 61 citizens.

22 October: Fifth elections: victory for the nationalist NPF (24,03%), they form a coalition with the unionist FDUP (19,45%). The DRP (21,68%), FL-AL (8,55%), LV (10,86%) and APPF (15,48%) form the opposition.

29 December: Eight Constitutional reform: foundation of the Ministry of Finances & Economy.

2014

02 February: The nationalist NPF blocks the plans of the Grand Duke to reform Flandrensis into an official cultural organisation.

29 July: First publication in an international newspaper about the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis.

31 July: Flandrensis withdraws its recognition of 81 micronations because of inactivity.

31 August: Activity census for citizens: from the 163 citizens only 94 confirms their activity and citizenship.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 94 citizens. 23 September
First time on television: Flandrensis is the central theme of a Belgian show “Normale Mensen” on a national channel.

24 September: Flandrensis and Westarctica sign the West-Antarctic Free Alliance to underline their partnership and corporation

11 November: Sixth elections: no party finds a partner to form a coalition with: NPF (24,29%), DRP (21,09%), FDUP (12%), FIU (7,74%), APF (15,84%), L&S (5,11%) and FL-AL (13,92%). This election was mentioned by local media in Belgium.

14 December: Grand Duke dissolves the Senate and dismisses all ministers because of political inactivity.

20 December: First micronational summit of La MicroFrancophony in Brussels, Belgium.

2015

29 January: Ninth Constitutional reform: more political power for the Grand Duke and installation of a Grand Ducal Cabinet.

19 April: Flandrensian citizens meet each other in Moscow, first meeting between citizens outside Belgium.

04 July: Polination: Flandrensis joins the micronational conference in Perugia (Italy) and is a co-author of the Alcatraz Accords, the first micronational environmental treaty.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 234 citizens.

16 September: Birth of Prince Ferdinand de Saint Gilliens, first child of the Grand Ducal couple

2016

13 February: Huge national survey: 80% of the votes in favour of keeping the monarchy and keeping the name and symbols.

01 March: Installation of the first Grand Ducal Cabinet led by Prime Minister Hein of Giddis.

11 March: Flandrensis is registered in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – NGO Branch as a member with non-consultative status.

30 April: Dissolution of the Flandrensisian Commonwealth.

14 May: Tenth Constitutional reform: new “No humans, only nature” policy, Flandrensis is now forbidden territory for humans.

27 May: Flandrensis is debt free: Gwendolien de Loungville, Minister of Finances & Economy leaves the Cabinet after cancelling all national debt.

14 August: First violation of the intellectual property of Flandrensis, by the Principality of Sarkland. Because of the plagiarism, the micronational community ignored Sarkland.

31 August: The Gazet of Giddis changes its name back to the Flandrensis Times.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 421 citizens.

24 September: Micronational Conference of La MicroFrancophony in Aigues-Mortes. Flandrensis signs an ecologic charter with Aigues-Mortes.

04 November: FLEXIT: Flandrensis leaves the Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU) as a result of its lack of commitment to ecology and of diplomatic behaviour by some members.

2017

16 March: Flandrensis changes its demonym: “Flandrensisian” becomes “Flandrensian”.

15 April: Second micronational summit of La MicroFrancophony in Luxembourg. Flandrensis signs the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

14 May: Eleventh Constitutional reform: Flandrensis is now a limited elective monarchy, the Grand Duke stopped being the highest judicial figure and the constitution is more gender neutral.

24 June: MicroCon: Flandrensis joins the micronational convention in Atlanta (USA) and signs the Micronational Declaration of Ecological Stewardship (MiDES), the second micronational environmental treaty. MiDES was a Flandrensian initiative.

30 July: Flandrensis withdraws the recognition of 42 micronation because of their inactivity.

08 August: Twelfth Constitutional reform: the foreign policy is now a two-Tier Bilateral Cooperation treaty system.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census records 447 citizens.

16 September: Birth of Prince Jakub de Saint Gilliens, second child of the Grand Ducal couple.

17 November: First official contact between Flandrensis and the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat after protesting against the organisation of sport events on Antarctica.

11 November: Prime Minister Hein of Giddis announces his retirement from Flandrensian politics after 9 years of service.

2018

12 January: Thirteenth Constitutional reform: the Grand Duke delegates more power to the Chancellor and introduces the principle of open democracy.

21 January: Third micronational summit of La MicroFrancophony in Lille (France).

23 January: Constitution of a new Grand Ducal Cabinet led by Chancellor Joaquín Castillo-Lopez.

30 April: Honorary diplomatic corps established.

21 July: Micronational Conference of La MicroFrancophony in Vincennes (France).

09 August: Flandrensis registers its 500th citizen.

25 August: Protest at the Japanese Embassy in London (UK) against illegal whale hunting.

30 July: Flandrensis withdraws its recognition of 34 micronations because of inactivity.

04 September: Flandrensis Day: 10 years of independence! The census records citizens.

23 December: After 4 years, parliamentary elections are back in Flandrensis.

2019

03 January: Fourteenth Constitutional reform: the foreign policy is adapted and a Facebook group is created for the referenda.

17 January: By Grand Ducal Decree, the Grand Duke appoints a new Parliament of Flandrensis (with the Greens, Socialists and Royalists), a Council of State and a Chancellor.

17 February: Fifteenth Constitutional reform: the foreign policy is changed again.

01 March: The political experiment fails because of its complexity. The Grand Ducal Cabinet decides to keep the previous system.

08 March: New Grand Ducal Cabinet led by Chancellor Omar Cisneros.

15 March: Flandrensis participates in a climate strike in Luxembourg

04 September: Flandrensis Day: the census registers 587 citizens.

09 September: First episode of the Podcast “Flandrensis Radio”.

16 December: A Russian micronation claims to be the successor of the Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU) and gives the impression that Flandrensis and several others are falling under their jurisdiction. As a result of this event, former AMU-members started negotiating to start a new union.

2020

05 January: Grand Duke Niels creates the Privy Council. An informal body of former Flandrensian politicians who give advice to the Grand Ducal Cabinet.

08 February: Referendum: Flandrensis will not join the new AMU.

15 February: Flandrensis sues a company who violates its intellectual property by selling Flandrensian flags. After threats of legal action and financial compensation, the company removed the flags from their online shop.

20 February: A new Grand Ducal Cabinet is appointed, led by Chancellor Joaquín Castillo-Lopez.

26 February: A referendum is held about joining the AMU: 12% voted abstain, 20% voted in favour and 68% voted against joining the AMU.

12 May: Flandrensis withdraws the recognition of 9 micronations because of their inactivity.

24 May: Flandrensis signed its 200th treaty of Friendship and Mutual Recognition with the Forstendom Holkau.