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All you need to know about 

the Principality of Aigues-Mortes

The Principality of Aigues-mortes (French: Principauté d’Aigues-Mortes) is a Micronation originally created to promote and support local initiatives of the eponymous city, located in Southern France, 23km east of Montpellier.

The Princely Couple (His Serene Highness Sovereign-Prince Jean-Pierre IV of Aigues-Mortes and Her Serene Highness Princess Olivia-Eugénie of Aigues-Mortes) are working hard together with the citizens and the Cabinet of the Prince (the Government), to create and organize several events that are both fun and windows of local talents and creativity.

History :
From a micronational legend to a real story

1248 - King of France Louis IX bought marshes and a piece of land from Psalmodie Abbey (South of France), to build a royal port by the Mediterranean sea.

 

1270 - King of France Louis IX leaved for the VII cruisade from Aigues-Mortes wich construction was still in course. He died from the plague in Tunis the same year. A legend that came from "No one knows and no one cares" says that the dying King had a faithful squire named Pierrot Pitchoun. That squire was originally from Aigues-Mortes and he was the only one who took really good care of the King during his last days. This is why, the King made him Prince of Aigues-Mortes and he gave him the keys of the town before giving his last breath. The current Prince is Jean-Pierre IV and he is the 22nd of this princely line.

 

2010 - The legend is revealed by Olivier Martinez to many people of the town who do declare it true . Decision is made to declare the Principality of Aigues-Mortes as a micronation that always existed since 1270. In june, 21 of the same year. The alleged descendant of the royal squire becomes Sovereign-Prince, by vote and approval of the founders.

 

2011 - The Principality declared itself as a Non-profitable Organization to the French authorities. Under the Associations law of 1901. This status being officially recognized. The Principality under the name of "Association LOUPAM", gets the right to open a bank account and collect funds for its subsistence and to finance its activities.

 

2012 - Creation of the Princely Guard who appeared at the First Grand Princely ball organized in September of that year. The Ball was a huge success and it became since a traditional gala event during wich it is put back the Price of Constance. It is a honorific price dedicated to someone who executed a significant action for the welfare of Aigues-Mortes inhabitants. That Price is managed by the Princess Olivia-Eugénie's Foundation for social and cultural support.

 

2014 - Creation of the Grand Princely Council. The executive power is now shared in college that is made of 12 Grand Councellors including the Princely Couple. The Principality began the edition of passports for it's 160 citizens.

 

2015 - The Principality counts 280 citizens. Sovereign-Prince Jean-Pierre IV began studying the establishment of a real additional local currency called "Flamant" (Flamingo). A first official meeting with the Mayor of Aigues-Mortes is arranged on this purpose. The Prince gets the moral support of the townhall to create this currency that will have a legal ongoing. (It will have a legal tender because its use will observe the legal framework of the French law on complementary currencies.) The Grand Princely Council becomes the Princely Cabinet. The Government is no longer a college and the civil responsability for the principality now stays on the shoulders of the Prince and the Chancelor only.  This new government form is approved by the vote of the General Assembly of citizens, now called the parliament.

 

2016 - The Principality counts 322 citizens. It organizes and hosts the first summit of the MicroFrancophony organization. A media-press department is now fully operational. RTAM ( Radio Télévision de la Principauté d'Aigues-Mortes) has now a complete and totally independant team to follow the principality's life and to broadcast a national news and documentary on a regular basis. The national press now counts one newspaper (Aigues-Morning) and one magazine (Aigues-Match), both are supervised and edited by an independant team made of voluntary citizens.

2017 - The Principality counts 370 citizens. In April it took part in the second meeting of Microfrancophonie in Luxembourg. The national newsletter "Aigues-Morning" is now also published in English. After creating the BPAM, the national bank of the Principality, The Prince launches the flamant on 21 May, a complementary local currency. This is the first micronation in the World to put a legal currency in circulation on its territory. The equivalent of € 115,000 is put into circulation. The flamingo is accepted by 65 shops and restaurants in the city. With this currency, the principality inscribes the population to consume cheaper local products and services. The ecological impact is also positive since the currency organizes consumption in short and closed circuit. In June, the Principality participates in the 2nd Microcon in Atlanta. During the conference, friendly ties were established with North American historical micronations such as the Republic of Molossia, the Grand Duchy of Westarctica and the Kingdoms of Ruritania and Slabovia. In October, the diplomatic journey continues with the first official visit to the Free Republic of Saugeais. The Prince was invited to participate in the celebration of 70 years of existence of this micronation which is one of the oldest in France.

 

Government and politics

The Principality is a democratic country who respects human rights. We are against any form for discrimination. The main mission of the Principality is to promote and sustain all the local initiatives. The Principality has created an association to be recognized by the French administration. The name of this association is : LOUPAM. LOUPAM allows the Principality to open a bank account, to be insured and to coordinate some projects with the commune whenever it is necessary. The statutes of LOUPAM are a part of the constitution.

The executive power is applied by the Prince as he is legally responsible for all activities and treasury. He assisted by the Princely Cabinet  that is our government . The Prince is the chairman of the Cabinet. Other members are the Chancelor, the Chamberlain,  the Guard Captain, the SilverSmith  and several Prince's Secretaries.

 

The legislature is the parliament, called General Assembly: This is made of all citizens of the Principality contributing to the LOUPAM. Therefore no political parties are necessary because the direct democracy is observed. The Princely Cabinet has the obligation to consult the General Assembly at least once a year. All constitutional changes must be approved by the majority of the General Assembly. Under request of the 2/3 of the citizens, This institution could ask for an extraodinary assembly to vote against the existence of LOUPAM and therefore : the end of the Principality. So the Princely Cabinet makes always sure that everybody is happy.

 

The Representative of the Micronation is the Prince: The Prince is the symbol of the micronation. He speaks on behalf of the citizens on every official events organized by the Principality. The Prince can edit Princely Orders and/or Patent letters when it comes to :

  • Micronational safety

  • Ennoblement

  • Elevation to the rank of Knight of the Grand Order of the Pink Flamingo

  • Appointment and/or dismissal of a State Official

  • Palace's internal affairs

  • Crown treasury

  • Princely Guard's internal affairs

  • Princely Pardon

 

The Chancelor is considered as head of the cabinet, His Serene Highness's Governement. He/she is assisted by the Cabinet's secretary to coordinate all home affairs.

The other members of the cabinet are:

- The Silversmith (Secretary of finance and crown treasury)

- The Chamberlain ( Chief of protocole and Palace speaker)

- The Intendant (Logistic management)

- The Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

- The Secretary of Trade and Industry.

- The Secretary of Justice.

- The Captain of the Princely Guard.

- The Secretary of Environment and Agriculture.

- The Secretary of Culture and Education.

- The Secretary of Health and civil protection.

- The Secretary of Promotion 

 
Economy

The Principality of Aigues-Mortes plays a very active role in the local economy of the city. It organizes large events to animate while discovering the local expertise of artisans. Local crafts are always sought primarily to meet the needs of the Principality.

Today the Principality goes further by working seriously on the development of its currency: the flamant (flamingo). This currency is  only valid in Aigues-Mortes. Its monetary value is equivalent to the euro. However, paying in flamant is cheaper than paying in euros. Because of reductions applied with this currency, consumers gain more value for money by consuming from merchants in the city. Thus, consumption is more geared towards local businesses who enjoy more profit in turn.

Since 2015, The Traders Association of Aigues-Mortes is more willing to cooperate with the Principality of Aigues-Mortes. Thus, the Principality could benefit from more logistical support, while the association would benefit from the experience of the Principality to create events that animate the city and attract more visitors.

 
Foreign relations

The will of the Principality is to defend and promote local economy and cultural initiatives, and it is working on increasing interest for individuals creativity. The Princely Couple is totally dedicated to local productivity promotion. The Principality aims to spread this spirit around the World, as it believes it more Planet-friendly and more efficient to create strong relationships and interests between people. The Principality does support human rights for all and equity between men and women. It does not comply with any form for discrimination of any kind.

 

The Diplomatic Representation of the Principality currently includes 27 embassies around the World. The Ambassadors are men and women leaving in their assigned countries and who are contributing to make the Principality and its actions known to as many people as possible around them. Aigues-Mortes does have embassies in the following countries:  Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israël, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

 

The Principality of Aigues-Mortes holds good and friendly relations  with other major micronations who do share values for liberty, mutual respect, tolerance, human rights, fair trade and environment. In this list below, you will find all the micronations having diplomatic or friendly relationship with the Principality of Aigues-Mortes.

  • Aerican Empire

  • Commonwealth of Boshka

  • Commonwealth of Uskor

  • Confederation Resistance

  • Diplomatic Residence of Homestead

  • Empire of Angyalistan

  • Empire of Schalamzaar

  • Fishtown Newport territory

  • Formori Institute

  • Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

  • Grand Duchy of Hagersbourg

  • Grand Duchy of Nesti

  • Grand Duchy of Westarctica

  • Holy Empire of Reunion

  • Kingdom of Abi

  • Kingdom of Cambria

  • kingdom of Celtonia

  • Kingdom of Emden-Holstein

  • Kingdom of Frankland

  • Kingdom of Hanover

  • Kingdom of Harcosia and Krigervania

  • Kingdom of Ruritania

  • Kingdom of Ruthenia

  • Kingdom of Tovaria

  • Kingdom of Scone

  • Kingdom of Slabovia

  • Kingdom of Verdoleania

  • Kingdom of Viper

  • Popular Union of Occitania

  • Princedom of Aysellant

  • Principality of Austrasia

  • Principality of Green Island

  • Principality of Guerreria

  • Principality of Hélianthis

  • Principality of Lorenzburg

  • Principality of Otrebor

  • Principality of Surland

  • Republic of Eslanda

  • Republic of Jura

  • Republic of Molossia

  • Republic of Padrhom

  • Republic of Saint Castin

  • Republic of Saugeais

  • Republic of Sree Guru

  • Republic of West Who

  • Royal Republic of Ladonia

  • Technocratic Republic of Theodia

  • United Empire of Slabovia

Official presentation video 2017