What's new for the Kingdom of Torhavn?
TorHavn is currently buying land in an isolated part of NE Nevada, along with the The Republic of Veshault. Within six years, we will own twenty acres, to be used to start the proces of landed sovereignty.
We are calling the project the City of Microna. When finished, any citizen of Torhavn is invited to move there, if possible. Contact us for further details.
We are also in the process of minting commerative Crowns, for our third anniversary. The coins will be tinted green, be about the size of a US dollar, and will be sold for the going exchange rate of a Crown (03/02/02: eighty cents). Email us for further details.
Is TorHavn a secessionist state?
Not exactly. TorHavn does not support the violent overthrow of the government it is currently under the dominion of. Instead, its secession is intended to be much quieter (We are not "Waco wackos," nor will we shoot the taxman).
Is TorHavn a "micronation"?
By the definition of the U.N.O., yes. (Please
click on the link above to find out more).
Is TorHavn a club, "game" or a political simulation?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! The operations of TorHavn are real, EVEN THOUGH IT IS ON A
MUCH SMALLER SCALE.
Our eventual goal will be eventual formal recognition by the macronations of
the world ("those who sit at UNO").
Are you a business or commercial enterprise?
No. We do not exist to make money. All funds generated via the sale of
official merchandise, passports, postage stamps, banknotes either directly
support Torhavn's ongoing operations or are targeted for the land fund which
will be used solely to buy land for TorHavn. From time to time, TorHavn will
also donate funds to international charitable, aid and cultural
So what is TorHavn?
The Kingdom of TorHavn is a legitimate, functioning, primarily
non-territorial nation that possesses immanent global sovereignty (even if
virtual at this time), and which intends to have more than that soon.. The
purpose of TorHavn is to promote tis principles by showcasing them to the
world, both as the world's first "green" country, and as a warrior nation.
Is TorHavn a Dictatorial State?
No, the Kingdom of TorHavn is far from that.
According to the "
Codex Rex," TorHavn is a Monarchy; this only means
that we have a (pair of) Monarchs who reign and rule. Even so, there are Twin
Houses of Council, and only a citizen may suggest a law. In addition, if no
one casts even one vote of assent, the law dies. No one is elected, for
everyone is a member. this combines an element of direct democracy , in that
all citizens have a voice in government, should they want it.
This, we believe, is a government that is free and emocratically sound. The
Monarch is the one liable for the running of the government, and if anyone
feels they can do better, they may challenge the Monarch that he or she feels
isn't doing "their job" (of course, they must earn the Crown, as it
was in Sparta and in many other warrior-based nations ... "by test & trial").
Does TorHavn possess any territory at all?
For now, We only hold, in dual sovereignty, any and all properties held by the Crown, Government and citizens of TorHavn, although this WILL change.
We do have plans to purchase twenty acres of US property in an isolated part of Nevada. Once we have done that, the climate of sovereignty will undoubtedly shift.
How is it possible for a country to exist with virtually no territory?
Several such recognised states already exist. The Vatican City for
example possesses only a few hectares of land and has a mere handful of
citizens, also the Sovereign Military Order of Malta has existed as a state
without territory since its expulsion from the island of Malta nearly two
centuries ago.Both of the aforementioned are widely recognised by UN Member
In light of all the above, what do you mean when you say TorHavn is primarily
TorHavn is currently considered so because it is right now. But the
intent is there; plans are in place to find the funds (and earn them!) to get
the land for TorHavn. For now, it is interesting to note that, because we are
non-territorial, that the "world's first 'green' country" is everywhere
...and that it is all a matter of choice.
It is a key contention that whilst Article 1(b) of the Montevideo
Convention has hitherto generally comprised the major qualifier for
the determination of legitimate statehood, the Internet has made global
citizens of us all, and the increasing mobility of this "global populations,"
and their ability to (instantly) communicate and to form associations based
on belief or likes and dislikes, without reference to territorial boundaries
might one day render this definition increasingly less relevant.
We can therefore assert that the primary legitimacy of TorHavn should be
determined by its principles and intentions. .
Are you crazy or completely serious?
Yes. TorHavn's Declaration of Independence was unilateral and remains
unrecognised, however that does not alter the fact of the Viridian Realm's
existence. The moment of our acquistion of land, we will restate our
Declaration. We also do realize that our broader goals are unlikely to be
achieved in the short term.
Aren't you doing this so that you don't have to pay taxes?
Of course not. All citizens who reside or work outside our (future) borders
must subscribe to the laws that apply in their country of residence or
employment, in the same way that all foreign nationals residing or working in
other countries do.Besides, we generally like to think of it as "foreign aid"
to countries that so obviously need it, or even as fees for services rendered
(such as roads, schools, civil services, etc.).
Where does your population live?
At the present day the citizens of TorHavn can be found all over the
World. Geographically, the world (and outer space) is divided into Shires,
which reflect the citizen's place of residence.
What are your politics?
Because TorHavn is not a political party it does not espouse or promote a
fixed political agenda. Most political views remain a matter of personal
choice, although it goes without saying that Torhavn is a monarchy and
therefore supports all forms of that system, even as we recognize that all
forms of government, from socialism at one end of the spectrum, to
libertarianism at the other, remain and help make the "world go round."
What are your principles?
TorHavn is founded on three important principles:
That the only way to survive all that the world can offer us is to make
the Earth count first, and to be ready to surrender a little
convenience to "make it so," so that we never live on a sterile, conceret
The only way to have a mutually beneficial government is for each to swear to the other (both the Crown and the citizens of TorHavn) thathat t they will be loyal to each other, and take care of each other. TorHavn will always have a citizenship based on choice, which we blieve is a very viable basis for sound, stable, progressive, government. This will be the basis for the recognition that all
individual rights and social responsibilities must walk hand in hand."
That eventual global social, economic and political union is both
inevitable and desirable.
Despite the fact that we are an absolute monarchy, TorHavn
actually supports a range of extremely liberal personal freedoms and
responsibilities normally only considered a facet of a Constituion,
guaranteed and founded on the belief in the fundamental equality of all people and the sanctity of the Earth.
What are your religious views?
TorHavn is truly secular; the
Covenants of the Codex Rex absolutely guaranties freedom of relition to all Her citizens.
But, having said that, it is important to note that the Crown will also guarantee the right of people NOT to be harassed in the name of espousing one faith over the other. To us, this freedom is twin-edged, and MUST be protected.
What does it cost to join?
There are no fees to become a Citizen of TorHavn. In the future, there MAY
be a cost for documentation, but that is for the future.
How do I become a citizen of the Kingdom of TorHavn?
Those wishing to apply for citizenship can use the site's online form, or use
email instead. Because Torhavn is currently non-territorial (and yet also plans to be territorial in the future), the
Ministry of National Affairs requires both a verifiable email address (we will send a confirmation of your application), and a postal address.
What can I do as a citizen of TorHavn?
Nearly anything! Observe:
TorHavn is the first country that is "green" by design, and so
participation can range from telling people about us (either as an intentional community in the making, or as a nation seeking land), to recycling as much as you possibly can. In a way, you will hasten the ability of TorHavn to seek its goals when you live the concept of TorHavn. This can essentially unlimited.
Plus: participation in the public administration of TorHavn is encouraged. Citizens are all members of the Lower House of Council, and may suggest a law which will go into effect when we do hand land, or may be appointed as a Minister of the Privy Council. By service to the people and Crown of TorHavn, one might be knighted.
We also encourage our citizens to explore business or trade opportunities (the cyber-city of Sequoia is always looking for new businesses to open up there), to promote open discussions, debating our Policyes, or to provide practical, material or in-kind support as their other duties allow and as their
We also encourage our citizens to move to our new city in Nevada. since plans are not yet finished, this is the time for all new citizens to make suggestions for city-wide government!
what if I have more questions? Where can I find out more?
If you have more questions, please browse through the question pages on the left side-bar. They will hopefully answer most of your questions.