His Majesty’s Heraldic Authority had an official website recently created for the public – some inside sources say the website has been in construction since August 2020.
The website provides Ikonian citizens the ability to request for a coat of arms, search through the roll of arms, and read up on heraldic traditions, both from Ikonia and from the macronational world. It finally provides Ikonians a way to interact with the Authority, outside from messaging the King.
There have also been other changes: Three members of the Commoner Council have been removed from their duties due to inactivity, and the signing of the mutual recognition Treaty of Fayette between Ikonia, the New Richmond Republic, and the Confederation of the Northern Coast.
In other news, it is to be expected that His Majesty the King will soon release the annual Christmas honors list and address the nation with a Christmas speech. Stay tuned for more!
The Regiment is currently not manned by one commander besides the King, but is reporting to have one troop attached.
In other news, the Commandant General and Captain General, the Duke of Limiport and Sir Luis Sanchez respectively— have officialized the new badges, ranks, and a ceremonial flag for His Majesty’s Marines. The insignia sports a new red and gold colour scheme, with anchors, swords, crowns, and waves.
Lastly, the Armed Forces of Ikonia announced in the official Ikonian discord server that recruiting for all branches in the force are now open, and that a official website for all things relating to the force are to be created soon in collaboration with Reactive Solutions, the only software company in the country.
The government in accordance with the Ikonian Honours System, have just released the list of recipients for the numerous amounts of awards given on Christmas Day.
ORDER OF THE DIACONUS
Newton von Uberquie – for his service to furthering Ikonian diplomacy and great leadership during tenure as GUM Chair
John I of Baustralia – for his service to the King in developing his heraldic skills, eventually surpassing King John I in skill, according to King John I himself.”
ORDER OF EXCELLENCE
Jayden Lycon – for his service to Ikonian territorial ambition, and leadership of the “New-Guard” during tenure as CA Chair
William Wilson, the Marquis of Novaria – for his service to Ikonian territorial ambition, heraldic service, and private service to the Monarch
Seann Torres – for his service to aeronautical research, further inspiring the idea of the Ikonian Space Agency
ORDER OF THE HEART
Karl Friedrich – for his friendship to the King, and as a long-serving technical admin of MicroWiki
Andrew Creed – for his friendship to the King, also as a long-serving technical admin of MicroWiki, and becoming an honorary citizen of the Kingdom
Eryn Lewis – for friendship to the King, and as her diplomatic and excellent leadership during her tenure as the Prime Minister of New Virginia
James Frisch – for friendship to the King, and as his current tenure as the Rector of the Serene Beaconite Republic
Daniel Roscoe – for friendship to the King and as a diplomatic ally to Ikonia through Australis
Bradley Dullahan – for friendship to the King and as an adviser to the King
Matthew Xia – for friendship to the King and for awarding the King the Order of the Blue Lotus
William Autry – for friendship to the King and being a respected citizen in Kapresh nobility.
ORDER OF CHRISTMAS
Thomas I of Hrafnarfjall – as a Christmas gift in accordance with his Dukedom title
Terry I of Essexia – as a Christmas gift in accordance with his service as Emperor of Essexia
Jack Dean of Essexia – as a Christmas gift in accordance with his GUM Chair victory and service to the Essexian Navy as Head of the Naval Forces
Matthew of Essexia – as a Christmas gift in accordance with his services to the Dean-Montan campaign
STATEMENTS FROM RECIPIENTS
“It’s a great honour. Ikonia is an up and coming micronation that has a lot to offer the community and to be recognized by them in this way is very humbling” – Matthew of Essexia
“Baustralia and Ikonia may have had some rough patches, however, what is important is that we’ve made up. I am honoured to be awarded these from your King. I hope we can continue to work together and become close like before.” – John I of Baustralia
The King’s 2020 Christmas Speech was an historic event, as it was the first ever speech to be released by the Kingdom. It was also the most recent usage of the Ikonian Broadcasting company. The speech was recorded in the Royal Residence on the 24th.
“Greetings and merry Christmas to everyone.
Usually at this time of year people gather together, they make merry, and for a second time in as many months look back and appreciate the things they are given or the misfortunes they have avoided. However, this year is one in which those things are either unfortunately discouraged or simply such a monumental task to find anything to be thankful for.
In this year, we have all faced trials and tribulations, worries for our late and immediate futures, and stresses which we could have never imagined. It is that most discouraging and melancholic feeling which makes this Christmas and holiday season all the more important.
Despite our worries, and despite the attitude of the season being hindered, there still remains that one thing which is the source of our celebrations: love. When our friends and family are kept away from us by the limitations placed on them because of this tragedy which has stricken the whole Earth, we must remember our love for them and theirs for us.
Whenever in doubt, the assurance of love is one thing you can always hold to with gratitude. Further to that, however much of a cliche it may sound, love is the reason for the season.
To remind us of the love the Lord has for us, and to depart that love to our fellow man. But despite our circumstances I like to think and to use the words of Bob Hope, that ‘Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?’ In fact, in this coming year, let us all make up for the worries we suffered and let love of the present and not fear of the future keep us going.
Let us all make peace with our adversaries, break bread with the less fortunate, and be the light for those lost in darkness. So, may we raise our glasses to love and hope, wish each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless us, God bless you and God bless Ikonia.”
The King also noted that Christmas honors were to be released on Christmas day to citizens and foreign leaders in other micronations.
Today on November 26th, His Majesty with collaboration with His Majesty’s Heraldic Authority (HMHA) have appointed and created positions inside the Authority to serve for creation of badges, standards, letters patent, and coat of arms.
This comes right after the Codicem Heraldica Ikonius was published on November 7th.
The appointees and offices are as follows:
Jack Morris – Crystal Pursuivant of Arms No one currently – Acorn Pursuivant of Arms
The Dominion of the Caribbean has reported that the Court of the Caribbean and HMHA will be used for heraldic matters inside the dominion, and the Sheplaberb Monarch, also Cameron I announced the creation of a Sheplaberbian Heraldic Authority to serve him and the other inhabitants (albeit no one living inside the territory).
Finally, the King announced that the Royal Residence celebrated Thanksgiving, and wished all Ikonian citizens and foreigners a great day with their friends and family.
Today on November 7th, His Majesty with collaboration with His Majesty’s Heraldic Authority have ratified the Codicem Heraldica Ikonius, a document that details and explains the heraldic laws foreigners and citizens must follow inside the Kingdom. Failure to do so can end up in a case from the Supreme Court of Ikonia.
This is the first article of legislation passed since the Idolas Act, marking a period of 2 months without legislation. The government has claimed it is slowly ramping up activity and working with His Majesty to create a codex of general law inside the Kingdom.
Established on 19 October 2018, Ikonia was founded on the principles of independence, liberty, and freedom. Today, the actual birthday of the Kingdom, was a more of an quiet affair, apart from the announcement on certain diplomatic venues, and broadcasts inside the Kingdom. In the office of the King, HM Cameron I, the flag was visited and inspected by the Royal Guards.
From the King, quote “We have excelled in our depth of knowledge, not only on politics, but unity, freedom, and prosperity. We will continue to excel, and do even more in the following year. I call for the celebratory of His Majesty’s Army, Navy, Coastguard, and all government offices, and will therefore close all offices for this week. We will continue to prosper and venture throughout our great Kingdom. I wish all Ikonians and everyone a great Independence Day!”
The Kingdom has yet again expanded yesterday evening with the annexation of a ranch in Brazos County, Texas.
A ranch in Texas has been annexed as a March through a proclamation of the Honorable Marquis Wilson. Marches are now instated as a division that cannot be placed as a town nor a city, yet is associated with one due to elections in gubernatorial towns, etc.
The ranch, annexed as the March of Novaria, has been associated with the capital-city of Uvenia. It is inhabited and administered by Marquis Wilson and Charles Wilson, brother to the Marquis. This has raised the Ikonian population to 18.