There are a total of 18 obligatory holidays in Græcia:
Apart from those, there are also regional optional holidays, 6 for Hellas-based boroughs and another 6 for the Croatian-based borough:
-Individuals are not allowed to pick more than 3 regional holidays to celebrate.
-Individuals are obliged to pick regional holidays from their macronation of residence, work-base, origin and/or fiscal activity. For example, a citizen of a Hellas-based borough who comes from or has any connection with ABVM/UBDM (Croatia-based borough) is allowed to choose 3 from all the regional celebrations, whereas a citizen of ABVM/UBDM who has no kind of connection with Hellas-based boroughs is unable to choose regional celebrations from that area.
-The holidays an individual chooses on year X are under no circumstances binding for the following years.
War is part of mankind for the better part of the past 7,000 or so years. It's mainly what has defined (and still is defining) country borders, detailed extent of government power, sometimes occupation, etc.
War is also responsible for the death of millions of people; both combatant and non-combatant (men, women, boys, girls; of any age, religion, culture, ethnicity, level of wealth, etc.). It's a cruel situation, sometimes everlasting; for instance, war zones in the Middle East that have no closure since the past century - a century that was the last 100-year part of the previous millenium...
The Governorate of Græcia refuses to treat specific groups of victims (with, let's say, a common trait) as the sole victims of any war; it is our collective duty to show respect to each and every victim's memory, regardless of their "social affiliations". That's why the Senate has unanimously decided the addition of two optional holidays, one commemorating the memory of World War I victims, and one commemorating the memory of World War II victims.
The former will be celebrated on the 11th of Cold month (November), the day the 1918 armistice between the Allies and Germany; the latter will be celebrated on the 2nd of Vynour (September), the day the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allies, thus formally ending the World War II.
His Excellency The Governor decided to make the celebrations optional, because in his words:
"Although collective memory is a most noble pursuit, so is progress; our duty is to both honour the past and, through that, sail towards our future. To achieve this, though, it is of utmost importance to leave an open option for the people. By pushing them to do things a certain way, we achieve nothing; we are pushing them away, rather than attracting their attention".
For each celebration, there will be a special commemorative ribbon:
A brief additional statement was added by H.E. Governor Quintus De Vitaliis:
"It is impossible to honour the victims of every war; even those regarding our small micronationa, as Hellas-based boroughs have been subjected to numerous wars since the antiquity - for instance, the Peloponnesian War, the Greco-Persian Wars, wars during Roman and Eastern Roman/Byzantine era, sieges of Asian conquerors, the Hellenic Uprising, civil wars, Balkan Wars, World Wars, post-WWII civil war... Whereas our Croatia-based borough has been subjected to other wars, possibly even before the Roman era, but surely during the Hungarian Civic Revolution and War of Independence of 1848–1849, the two World Wars, the post-WWII Chetnik-Partisan conflicts, as well as the more recent Yugoslav Wars... Therefore, we as a government focus on the larger events that shaped our world; the two World Wars. After all, individuals are free to remember their losses, without turning them into public events".
Hellas has been populated since 7000 BC, when Neolithic agricultural societies were established. This era lasted until around 3200-3100 BC, when the first Hellenic civilisations began developing (Cycladic, Minoan, Helladic). This was the beginning of the Bronze Age of Ancient Hellas, that lasted until the rise and fall of the Mycenæan civilisation, between 1600 and 1100 BC. Then, follows the Dark Age, also known as Iron or Homeric, until around 800 BC, when the Archaic period began. This one lasted again 300 years, until 500 BC, when the Classical era began, an era that only lasted for 80 years. From 420 to 146 BC, this period is called Hellenistic, the last period of Hellenic rulers, before the Roman takeover, from 146 BC to 324 AD. The rest is less popular in the West, yet more recent: 324 to 1453 AD, Byzantine Hellas. 1204 to 1797 AD Frankish/Latin Hellas. 1453 to 1830 AD, Hellas under Ottoman rule. And from that point, the Hellenic State, the First and Second Hellenic Republic, the Kingdom of Hellas, the 7-year-long dictatorship (1967-1974 AD), and then, the current state recognised by the UN, EU, etc. - the Third Hellenic Republic.
The history of Hellas is undisputedly rich. Græcia is really a small part, even the ancient areas named Græcia, in present-day Hellas and Italy. A rocky land with a vast number of islands, a land of myths, scientists, prodigies, philosophers, generals, athletes, kings and emperors; a land of fighters, a land of unity and hatred blended in society and politics, a land with long phases of polarisation, civil wars, heroes and traitors, politicians of any kind.
Given the length of the Hellenic history, anyone trying to erase it would undoubtedly be out of his/her mind; you just can't. There is though a part that is still under discussion and we as a government felt the need to address; the most recent state, the so-called Third Hellenic Republic. Formed in 1974, after the fall of Ioannidis' dictatorship and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which has divided the island up to this day, a referendum was called shortly after, to determin the head of state; a ceremonial monarch, the King of Hellas, or a ceremonial president of the republic.
The result was in favour of the president, although it is highly disputed up to this day. Therefore, the Glücksburg royal house are monarchs-in-exile, currently lead by Constantine II Glücksburg or Constantine XIII of Hellas. In 2020 AD, a woman was appointed for the first time as President of Hellas, sparkling a lot of talk. People's fears have been realised since then; this woman is not suitable for this position. She has been continuously altering symbolic, yet significant acts, regarding the flag, the national anthem, as well as her personal behaviour in the new year's liturgy - a cherry on top; the refusal to have the national anthem of Hellas played during her arrival at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral. Moreover, she refused to bow before the icons (given the SARS-CoV situation), although she is a self-described Orthodox Christian believer.
As a result, through her numerous acts of defying national symbols of Hellas, the microstate of Græcia was the first to react on the 3rd of January, 2021 AD (12:26 local time - UTC+1): we no longer recognise the Third Hellenic Republic. Furthermore, we openly dispute the 1974 referendum and consider the King of Hellas the legitimate head of state of Hellas. Therefore, every politician acting as president of the republic between 1974 AD and today, are no longer considered elected officials. They are mere members of the political system.
The Government of Græcia was really happy to see one of its allies following up with their own announcement, regarding the same matter (13:13 UTC+1, 14:13 local time - UTC+2). Through their Imperial Tribune, we learned that yet another Hellenic micronation also reacted the same way, regarding the actions of the president.
His Excellency, The Governor Quintus De Vitaliis commented that he hopes to set in motion other Hellenic micronations, in order to obtain a common directive line, regarding the recognition status of Hellas.