Monday, September 27, 2010

State of the Nation - September 2010

Greetings all,

September has been a very good month for Byzantium Novum. The most important news is that we have passed our first big milestone, and now have over 100 official Citizens! Our Citizen Map at http: // is starting to fill up with points. The official Citizen count stands at 103 so we're on our way toward 200... :)

We now have 1,350 Facebook contacts, which means we continue to be seen and maintain a positive and growing public presence. Not only will we continue to gain Citizens from that forum, it provides us with a means of getting news out should it be needed.

The Byzantium Novum Senate has been more active. Currently we have been discussing the organization of local Provinces and Themes. It has been agreed that we will be going with Greek terminology for the most part, and Senator Badvila has translated all terms into Latin and English as well. His chart on Province organization will be up on the website soon!

This month our micronation received a very fair writeup in a Medieval blog: which shows that our advertising on Craig's List has continued to be seen. Once again I would like to thank *everyone* who has volunteered to post ads for Byzantium Novum in the Groups section for their areas Craig's List! Each time we do that new people see that Byzantium is alive and growing again. Getting the word out in this way is one of the most effective ways any of us can help rebuild Byzantium. THANK YOU for your help...

October should be a good month for Byzantium Novum. The seasonal weather will mean more people are inside and on the Internet - so more people will see us and our forums will get more traffic.

Continuing to build "on the Internet" now will help us to gain enough "critical mass" to start local chapters going and get out into the physical world with gatherings and events. That is really what we're working toward - our "virtual" community is fun and interesting, but everything will become much more meaningful and rewarding once we're meeting face to face! :)

I wish everyone a healthy and happy Autumn. Hail Byzantium!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senator, Byzantium Novum