No. Atlantium is not attempting to
secede from any existing territorial state in
order to create a new territorial state.
Are you a micronation?
No. For the most part, micronations are
state-like entities that exist only on the internet. Unlike
Atlantium they do not have a verifiable corporeal existence
or any sustainable claim to legitimacy.
Are you a club or a political
No. Atlantium's operations are conducted in the real
world, by real people, and are widely documented. They have included
periodic face-to-face interactions with senior representatives from
UN member states - up to and including heads of government and heads
Are you a commercial enterprise?
No. Atlantium does not exist to make money. All
official and administrative roles within Atlantium are undertaken on a
voluntary basis, and all revenues generated via the sale of Atlantian postage stamps,
coins, banknotes and merchandise either directly
support the Empire's ongoing operations or are donated to
international charitable, aid and cultural organisations.
Are you something to do with Atlantis?
Atlantis is a mythical ancient continent; Atlantium is
a corporeal entity that exists in the present day. There is no
relationship whatsoever between the two.
What are you then?
The Empire of Atlantium is a self-declared primarily
non-territorial sovereign entity and proto-world state that asserts immanent,
global sovereignty. The purpose of Atlantium is to promote the
that sovereignty in the modern world need not necessarily be linked
to geography, and that all human beings can and should have the right to choose
their country of citizenship irrespective of where they were born, or
where they live.
Is Atlantium a real country?
Yes. Atlantium is a self-declared State
possessing the fully functioning apparatus,
institutions and representative symbols of an
independent, sovereign entity, including a
population, constitution, judicial system, legislature,
flags and insignia, a monetary system and diplomatic representation,
In this respect it is important to note
the following articles from the 1933 Montevideo
Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, which
form the traditional internationally accepted basis
for the legal definition of statehood:
Article 1 The state as a person
of international law should possess the following
qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a
defined territory; (c) government; and (d)
capacity to enter into relations with the other
Article 3 The political
existence of the state is independent of
recognition by the other states. Even before
recognition the state has the right to defend its
integrity and independence, to provi de for its
conservation and prosperity, and consequently to
organize itself as it sees fit, to legislate upon
its interests, administer its services, and to
define the jurisdiction and competence of its
Does Atlantium possess any
As a non-territorial entity, Atlantium does not
maintain any formal territorial claims. However it does unilaterally
assert extraterritorial authority over a 0.76 square kilometre enclave
located within the Australian state of New South Wales which is
administered under the direct personal authority of the Emperor.
This pastoral holding
- located in the Lachlan
Valley, approximately 310 kilometres southwest of Sydney - is known
as the Province of Aurora. It is the designated location of Atlantium's caput mundi (global
capital), Concordia, and is the site of the Domus Aurea (Golden
House), which serves as Atlantium's seat of government, as well as a
number of commemorative monuments, a post office, botanical gardens
and tourist facilities.
Province of Aurora is about half the size of Monaco.
The Empire's assertions of extraterritoriality remain
uncontested by the Commonwealth of Australia with whom Atlantium
maintains pragmatic, non-confrontational relations.
How is it possible for a country to
exist with limited territory?
Several such recognised states already
The Vatican City for example possesses only a
few hectares of land and has a mere handful of
citizens, whilst the Sovereign Military Order of
Malta has existed as a non-territorial sovereign entity since its expulsion
from the island of Malta nearly two centuries ago.
Both of the aforementioned are widely recognised by
UN Member States, including the United States.
Empire's Province of Aurora is approximately twice the size of the
In light of the above, what do you
mean when you say Atlantium is a primarily
Atlantium believes that territorial
claims as the basis for statehood are all but meaningless in
the modern world.
It is a key Atlantian contention that
whilst Article 1(b) of the Montevideo Convention has
hitherto generally comprised the major
qualifier for the determination of legitimate
statehood, the increasing mobility of global
populations, and their ability to communicate and to
form communities across or without reference to
territorial boundaries render this definition
increasingly less relevant.
We therefore assert that the primary
legitimacy of Atlantium should be determined by its
de facto existence as represented by its community of
Citizens - wherever they happen to be distributed
geographically - and its operating institutions - and not
on the basis of assertions of territorial imperium..
How serious are you?
There's nothing funny about Atlantium. The Empire's
creation may have been a unilateral act, however that
does not alter the fact of the Empire's corporeal existence, nor
does it detrimentally impact our ability to actively engage with the
world at large. At 0.76 square kilometres we are counted among the
world's smallest states, which brings into play
certain practical realities; we choose to deal
with these in a pragmatic manner. We
also recognise that our broader goals are unlikely to
be achieved in the short term.
Do you pay taxes?
Yes. Citizens who reside or work outside
the Province of Aurora 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.
is the population of Atlantium?
As at Sextus 10527 (June 2008) Atlantium had a population of more
than 1200 Citizens, living in over 100 countries. Atlantian citizens
can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
countries have established diplomatic ties with Atlantium?
Atlantium has not sought to establish formal bilateral relations with any
other state, and does not intend to do so until its independent
existence as a viable economic entity can assure the derivation of
quantifiable mutual benefit sufficient to justify the expenditure of
effort necessary to successfully propagate any such engagement.
is Latin your official language?
Latin was selected as one of the Empire's two official languages
(the other is English) because it affords an immediate and
identifiable historic link to the culture upon which the political
structures and state symbolism of the Empire are based. It also has
the benefit of being widely understood, yet is simultaneously
relatively culturally neutral by virtue of the fact that it is no
longer a "living" language.
Additionally, Arabic, Hindi and Mandarin have been designated
"languages with special status", as there are significant
populations of native speakers of each of them among the Empire's
is the current status of the Imperial Senate?
The Devolution of Authorities which underpins the Atlantian system
of government lapsed in 10509 (1990) when Imperial Senate elections
failed to occur within the timeframe specified by the Constitution.
All Judicial, Legislative and Executive Authority thereby reverted
to the Emperor who afterwards ruled by Decree. In 10520 (2001) the Office
of the Emperor announced the progressive appointment of a
transitional government, as part of a longer-term strategy to return
the Imperium to full representative democracy. Several Ministers
were subsequently installed and in Sextarius (July) of that
year the Empire's Judicial Authority was devolved to a new Magister
Aequitas (chief justice). Due to sustained rapid population growth,
the Transitional Imperial Administration has not thus far been
willing to set a date for elections to re-establish an independent
legislature, and whilst several Senators-designate have been named,
the Imperial Senate itself remains in a state of abeyance.
What is your politics?
Because Atlantium is not a political
party it does not espouse or promote a fixed
political agenda. Political opinions are a
Constitutionally guaranteed matter of personal
choice, and the Empire embraces Citizens supporting a
broad diversity of such views - from authoritarian socialism at one
end of the spectrum, to anarchist libertarianism at the other.
What are your principles?
Atlantium is founded on two important
1. That the only demonstrably viable
basis for sound, stable, progressive, maximally
beneficient government is the recognition that
individual rights and collective social
responsibilities are intrinsically co-existent.
2. That eventual global social, economic
and political union is both inevitable and desirable.
Apart from the above, Atlantium supports
a range of extremely liberal Constitutionally
guaranteed personal freedoms and responsibilities
founded on a belief in the fundamental equality of
all self-aware entities.
What are your religious views?
Atlantium is a secular state with no
religious affiliations whatsoever. The religious
beliefs of Atlantian Citizens are a Constitutionally
guaranteed matter of personal choice.
Why do you refer to Atlantium as a "republican
monarchy"? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
The structure of the Atlantian state has been designed
to reconcile within a single entity all of the best features of both
monarchist and republican systems of government. As in a republic,
all Citizens have a Constitutionally-defined equal opportunity to
participate in the public life of the state, and to aspire to its
highest offices. Atlantium differs from traditional republics
however in that the Head of State is a permanent member of the
Executive, and is therefore a politically neutral figure,
thereby ensuring that the operations of government maintain a high
level of stability. Because the Emperor is elected from
amongst a council of eminent Citizens whose individual achievements
have been recognised via their membership of a non-hereditary
Nobility, he or she is also much more likely to be appropriately
suited to the role than a political figure would be.
What is the idea behind your decimal calendar?
Atlantium is committed to a policy of relative cultural
neutrality and has therefore developed an efficient, easy-to-use non-sectarian
year numbering system and decimal calendar called the
Annus Novus System which was introduced on 1 Primus 10520 (1 January 2001).
The Annus Novus year numbering system begins 10501
years before the year of Atlantium's Foundation. The near-entirety
of human recorded history is encompassed by this period, which is
roughly analogous to the Holocene era, and which in Annus Novus
parlance is known as the New Era.
What does it cost to join?
There is no charge to become a Citizen
of the Empire of Atlantium.
How do I become a Citizen of
Those wishing to apply for Atlantian
Citizenship can complete and submit our online application form or submit a printed version
of the same form by post.
can I get an Atlantian Passport?
canít. The Empire of Atlantium advocates unrestricted
world-wide freedom of movement, and therefore does not issue passports, visas
or any other form of restrictive travel documentation.
Atlantian Citizenship entitle me to live or work in Australia, the
USA or Europe?
Atlantium does not maintain an immigration or relocation programme
on behalf of any territorial nation-state.
I become a Citizen of Atlantium, can the government provide me with
a reference if I wish to apply for residence in Australia, the USA
Officers of the Imperial Administration are not authorised to
provide personal references to Citizens seeking legal entry to
can I arrange to visit Atlantium?
Visits to Atlantium's Sydney Representative
Office and the Province of Aurora may be made only by prior arrangement with the
Office of the Emperor, which may be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +61 (0)434 333 129.
What can I do as a Citizen of
Atlantium is the world's foremost
primarily non-territorial sovereign entity,
and opportunities for participation are essentially
Participation in the public administration of the
Empire is encouraged. Citizens may petition for appointment to the Judicature, or
function in diplomatic, directoral or ministerial roles, subject to
probity and identity checks.
Citizens may also explore business or trade
opportunities, promote open discussions, debate policy positions, or
provide practical, material or in-kind support as their level of
motivation and circumstances allow.
For further information about the
Empire of Atlantium, contact us by email.