After contacting the website's administrator, the Entertainment Service of Græcia (working title) is proudly announcing the re-distribution of Stonetoss comics on Twitter in South Ruthenian, our first constructed language! As far as we and Stone are concerned, this will be the first time the comics are re-issued in a conlang, which is a major breakthrough, considering the popularity of this work! We are currently working with the National Hermodicean Academy of Linguistics of Græcia, in order to produce the finest and most faithful content, respecting both the original author of the comics, as well as the creators of the South Ruthene conlang, not to mention its target audience, the people of the bourough of Čěrneś.
If you want to check out the comics, don't forget to follow @stone_toss and @stonetoss_srt!
Ἐφ' ὅσον τὸ Ἑλληνικόν κράτος διατηρούσε τὰ πνευματικὰ δικαιώματα τῶν σημάτων ἀπὸ τὸ ϝέτος ͵β ἕως τὸ ϝέτος ͵βιθ' μ.Χ., ἡ Κυβέρνησις τῆς Γραικίας ἀπεφάσισεν τὴν αὐτόκλητον κατοχύρωσιν τῶν σημάτων καταλληλότητος τῶν τηλεοπτικῶν προγραμμάτων, ἅ οὐ χρᾶται εἰν τῷ παρόντι.
◆ Τὸ πρῶτον λογότυπον ὁρίζει τὰς ἐκπομπάς διὰ πάντας θεατάς, ἅ δύνανται προβάλλεσθαι ὁλημερίς.
⚫︎ Τὸ δεύτερον λογότυπον ὁρίζει τὰς έκπομπάς διὰ ἐλαφρῶς ὡριμότερους θεατάς, ἅ οὐ δύνανται προβάλλεσθαι κατὰ τὴν διάρκειαν τῆς παιδικῆς ζώνης.
▲ Τὸ τρίτον λογότυπον ὁρίζει τὰς έκπομπάς διὰ νεαροὺς ἔφηβους θεατάς, ἅ δύνανται προβάλλεσθαι μόνον ὕστερα τῆς ϛ' ϝεσπερινῆς ὥρας.
◼ Τὸ τέταρτον λογότυπον ὁρίζει τὰς έκπομπάς διὰ νεαροὺς ἄνδρας θεατάς, ἅ δύνανται προβάλλεσθαι μόνον ὕστερα τῆς ι' ϝεσπερινῆς ὥρας.
× Τέλος, τὸ δὲ πε΄μπτον λογότυπον ὁρίζει τὰς ἐκπομπάς αὐστηρῶς διὰ κοινόν ἡλικίας ἄνω τῶν αη' ϝετῶν, ἅ δύνανται προβάλλεσθαι μόνον μετὰ τῆς β' ὥρας πρωίας.
Ἡ ἀρχική πρότασις ἔσκεν ἡ ἐλαφρὰ μετατροπὴ τῶν σημάτων, ὥς οὐ τεθῇ σύγχησις μετὰ ξύν τῶν Γραικικῶν και προτέρων Ἑλληνικῶν σημάτων. Οὐ μόνον τοῦτον, καὶ τὸ ἐνδεχόμενον ἐπικλήσεως πνευματικῶν δικαιωμάτων, τὰ ὁποία ἀμφιβάλλουμε εἰ κατέχῃ τὸ Ἑλληνικὸν κράτος.
Τουτέστιν, Ἡ Αὐτοῦ Ἐξοχότης Ὁ Κυβερνήτης ἀνακοινεῖ τὴν ἐπὶ τοῦ παρόντος κατοχύρωσιν τῶν πνευματικῶν δικαιωμάτων τῶν προαναφερθέντων σημάτων.
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.
Τὸ δέ πρῶτον ἐστίν ὁ ἐορτασμός τῆς ἐνάρξεως τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς Ἐπαναστάσεως, ἔνι τάς Παραδουναβίας Ἡγεμονίας, ὑπαί τοῦ Ἀλεξάνδρου Ὑψηλάντου, εἰνί ϝέτῃ ͵αωκα' μετά Χριστόν / ͵βφοδ' ἀπό κτίσεως Ῥώμης. Τὸ δὲ δεύτερον ἐστίν διπλή ἑορτή: ἡ Ἀπελευθέρωσις τῶν Ἀθηνῶν ὑπαί τῶν Γερμανῶν κατοχικῶν δυνάμεων ἔνι ϝέτῃ ͵αϡμδ' μετά Χριστόν / ͵βχϙζ' ἀπό κτίσεως Ῥώμης τὲ καὶ τό τοῦ μικροέθνους ἡμείων ἱδρύσεως ἦμαρ. Τέλος, τὸ δὲ τρίτον ἐστίν ὁ ἐορτασμός τῆς ἐνάρξεως τοῦ Ἑλληνοϊταλικοῦ Πολέμου, ἔνι ϝέτῃ ͵αϡμ' μετά Χριστόν / ͵βχϙγ' ἀπό κτίσεως Ῥώμης.
Ἀκολουθέει πίναξ μετά τῶν ἀργιῶν:
His Excellency, The Provisional Governor of Græcia, Quintus De Vitaliis, hereby declares tavli the national sport of Græcia and announces the prospect of establishing tournaments for the provisional amateur sports clubs of the micronation to compete against each other in.
"It is of utmost importance to feel proud for our achievements as a micronation. Therefore, we were obliged to give people something to refer to as "Græcian", in these uncertain, pre-establishment days.", declared H.E. on AUC 2773.09.22 during the revelation of the game's rules.
Μετὰ λύπης παρατηροῦμεν τὴν τραγικὴν ἀπολογίαν τῆς πυρκαϊῆς, ἥτις ἔθηκεν τὸν Μυκηναϊκόν ἀρχαιολογικὸν χῶρον ἐν κινδύνῳ. Σύσσωμη ἡ κοινωνία τῆς Ἑλλάδος πόνει (τοῦτον πιστεύοιμεν...). Ἡ Προσωρινὴ Κυβέρνησις τῆς Γραικίας καταδικάζοι τὴν ἔλλειψιν φροντίδος τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς Πολιτείας καὶ ἐκφράζοι τὴν λύπην αὐτῆς, οὐκί μόνον διὰ τὴν καταστροφὴν ἐν Μυκήναις, ἀλλά καὶ διὰ τὸν πτωχῶς διατηρημένον τὲ καὶ κεκαθαρισμένον χῶρον. Κρῖμα ἔστιν ἡ ἀπαξία ἥτιν ἐπιδεικνύει τὸ κράτος τῶν Ἑλλήνων διὰ τὸ ἔνδοξον παρελθόν τῶν τῆς τοῦ Χαλκοῦ Ἐποχῆς βασιλευόντων ἐν Ἑλλάδι. Προσευχόμεθα διὰ τὴν ἀποκατάστασιν τοῦ ἀρχαιολογικοῦ χῶρου, ἄνευ δυσχερειῶν τὲ καὶ πολλῶν ἀναγκαίων ἐργασιῶν, ἵνα σωθῇ τοῦτον τὸ πολύτιμον μέρος τῆς κοινῆς κληρονομίας Ἑλλήνων τὲ καὶ Γραικῶν.
(AUC) 2773.08 (Syther).25 Fierday
The Provisional Government of Græcia has decided to reveal the temporary flag and coat of arms which will be used to represent our state, until its official establishment. The flag is a 2:3 horizontal bicolour of blue and white. The coat of arms is similar to the one representing the Third Hellenic Republic, only with the top fields painted red, linking it with the flag of the autonomous Principality of Samos (1834-1912). A phoenix is superimposed in the center of the shield, a symbol of rebirth, uprising and generally associated with Hellenic mythology, history and culture. Any use without prior notice will be dealt with in accordance with the new regulations which will we described in detail when the time comes.
"The Provisional Government of Græcia condemns the decision of the Turkish Republic to reconvert the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora into a mosque. The attack on Constantinople's Hellenic culture will not be tolerated!". After the damnation of the decision, H.E. also added the following: "It's been almost 12 years since my only visit to Second Rome so far and yet some of those memories will stay with me. I was really excited to visit Chora Church and get to admire the wall paintings. May our nation's Lord and Saviour, the Holy, Homoousios and Indivisible Trinity help our heritage survive yet another challenge". Although not official, over the following months, God willing, the Provisional Governor might plan a trip to Constantinople, although such information is yet to be confirmed by the officials.