Sunday, October 2, 2011

State of the Nation - September 2011

Greetings All,

September 2011 was a steady month for Byzantium Novum.

We are now at 213 official Byzantine Citizens, an increase of seven for the month. If you haven't visited our main Citizen map at Community Walk for a while, it's worth a look to see how we've grown:
As always, if you are a Citizen you can add personal info on your map point if you like! :)

Byzantium Novum now has 2337 Facebook contacts, a monthly increase of 87 more people receiving our public posts and broadcasts.

The biggest news for September was the completion of the latest edition of "The Basilica" by Senator Amma Doukaina. This wonderful issue is filled with great information and may be viewed here:
Many thanks to Senator Amma and everyone who contributed to this excellent issue!

As always, Byzantium Novum is looking to expand its local community and there was good progress in many of the local areas of Byzantium Novum, including local newsletters and new Citizens becoming active.

The Byzantium Novum public web forums were fairly quiet in September. Some of our most active Citizens were dealing with personal situations and could not be as present in Byzantium as usual. This happens at times in all forums at times so we are looking forward to a more active community participation in October!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President, Byzantium Novum

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State of the Nation - August 2011

Greetings All,

August has been a milestone month for Byzantium Novum. We have reached and surpassed 200 official Citizens!

We now have 206 Byzantine Citizens, a gain of 14 this month overall. That is above our usual average so many thanks to everyone who has helped to get the word out! Posting an putting ads out on local forums such as Craig's List really does make a difference and this month is the proof...

We also have a total of 2,250 people who have friended Byzantium Novum on Facebook, a gain of 146 more people able to see our public posts and updates. This is also important as it is still important to get the word out that Byzantium has returned and is building again.

The Byzantium Novum Senate is currently finishing up it's August session. New Senate votes votes will be completed shortly and announced in the various public lists in the next few days.

The other good news is that now that we are headed into the fall season things tend to pick up even more. Hopefully our rate of growth will continue, making our forums more active and allowing us to build more local, real world community connections. :)

I hope everyone has had a good summer, and wish you all a great month ahead!


Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President, Byzantium Novum

Saturday, July 30, 2011

State of the Nation - July 2011

Greetings All,

July of 2011 has been another good month for Byzantium Novum. We currently stand at 192 officially registered Byzantine Citizens - we're getting close to the 200 mark! As of this month we now have 2,104 "friends" on facebook, meaning that our public postings are getting an ever wider audience.

The big news is that at the beginning of this month, the Byzantium Novum Senate approved Scotland as the newest Byzantine Colony in our micronation! We have several wonderful Citizens in Scotland and it is great to see activity happening on the local level there. Our congratulations to this new colony!

Working toward Byzantine community in the real-world, at the local level is a cornerstone of what Byzantium Novum is about. Although we have goals of someday establishing a real-world capitol, we will always have Byzantine Citizens internationally. Local Byzantine communities are crucial to restoring this ancient civilization! Being able to meet other Byzantines face to face, and share friendship and activities are what make all communities worthwhile. It is inspiring to see new Counts volunteering to coordinate new territories, and thrilling to see new colonies coming to life!

In order to keep this momentum, I would like to once again invite our Citizens to share the news about Byzantium Novum as widely as possible. Each of us taking a few minutes to post to free classifieds sites such as Craigs List will help get the word out that Byzantium lives again! Recommending the Byzantium Novum website, linking to it, or simply telling friends about this new community will make a huge difference...

This next month will mark the end of the summer for most of us. Byzantium Novum should be busier after August. In the meantime I hope everyone enjoys the season - and remembers to continue exploring Byzantine civilization and culture when there is time!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President
Byzantium Novum

Monday, July 4, 2011

Issue 1 of "The Basilica" - The official Byzantium Novum newsletter!

The first issue of "The Basilica" - the official newsletter of Byzantium Novum is now online at:

State of the Nation - June 2011 Report

Greetings all,

My apologies for the delay in posting the June report. It's a holiday weekend here and I'm off schedule!

Byzantium Novum had a fairly average month in June. This is the start of the Summer season for many of us, a time when Internet participation is a little slower as folks spend more time outside.

Our Micronation now has a total of 188 officially registered Citizens, a gain of seven for the month. We now have 2,029 "friends" on Facebook, a gain of 61 people now receiving our public postings.

In June the Senate voted in a new Count in the state of Kentucky... we now have 20 Counts serving as contact points for people interested in building local Byzantine community, and two Mayors in territories where some active local efforts are being done. This is exciting as it is very important to get Byzantium Novum "out there" on the local level!

July seems to be shaping up to be a more active month with the first issue of our official newsletter "The Bascilica" coming out. No doubt there will be more to report in July!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President
Byzantium Novum

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

State of the Nation - May 2011

Greetings all,

Byzantium Novum has done well this month! We now have 181 official Citizens, an impressive gain of 15 new Citizens in May. This kind of growth is wonderful to see... at this point we have gained an average of 12 new people each month since our founding! We also currently have 1,968 Facebook "friends," a gain of 98 new contacts this month for public announcements and communication.

The Byzantium Novum Senate has also approved more new "Counts" to act as local organizers for local territories so that new Byzantine colonies can be formed. Our various cultural interest groups such as the Militarium were also active in May, with interesting discussion and some exciting new projects being started. Our micronation is growing at a healthy pace and continually becoming a more active community!

This month Byzantium Novum commemorated two important Byzantine historical dates - the anniversary of the founding of Constantinople on May 11, 330 AD, and the anniversary of the final fall of Constantinople on May 29th, 1453. Both events went well - with discussion in the Byzantium Novum forums and many Citizens marking the events with local activities also.

Significant dates such as these are important to Byzantium Novum. Our overall goals include both popularizing Byzantine history, and bringing Byzantine tradition and culture to life again through modern celebration and participation. Commemorating the ancient Byzantine world involves people in "things Byzantine" and makes our modern community more meaningful. We will of course continue to mark the dates that are significant for Byzantine civilization.

For many of us this next month is the start of the Summer season, when good weather and fun outdoor activities take precedence over online participation. We hope folks will continue to save at least a little time to participate in the Byzantine forums. We also look forward to the future when our local Colony groups will be able to offer fun and interesting local activities and public events for the more pleasant seasons!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President
Byzantium Novum

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Greetings all,

Today, May 29, marks the end of the siege of Constantinople with the final fall
of the city to the Ottoman armies.

There is a fine description of the event on Wikipedia:

Today I will be attending the local Orthodox church and lighting two candles;
one in honor of Constantinople and the other for the success of Byzantium Novum.

It is wonderful that on this day we can do more than simply commemorate a sad
historical event. With this community we have the opportunity to *continue* that
history, and bring it from the past into the present once again!

As a Micronation and Sovereignty Project, Byzantium Novum is the first
intentionally Byzantine nation to exist in over 600 years. Our efforts to
directly revive and continue the culture and civilization of Byzantium are

In one year, we have gathered Byzantine Citizens and restored a Byzantine
Senate. We have founded Byzantine cultural and religious groups set the
foundations of a Militarium for martial ceremonial and living history purposes.
We have begun to found Byzantine Colonies around the world so that all people
interested in "things Byzantine" will have the opportunity to gather and hold
live Byzantine events in their local area.

And of course, we have begun an international effort to restore the traditions,
ideals and prestige of a wonderous culture that had been mostly forgotten by the
very world it did so much to create.

Each month, new people join Byzantium Novum and it becomes stronger as a
Byzantine nation. Our opportunities to study, discuss, and participate in
Byzantine Civilization become greater.

With us, Byzantium is born anew.

Because of this today is a day of reflection, but not a day of sadness. We can
instead be glad that Byzantine civilization is not lost... and has a future
ahead which holds wider opportunities than the ancient world could even dream

This day is better because we are here as Byzantines and we have each other.
Today we can remember the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the

That is the most that any cultural tradition can hope for!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
President of the Senate
Byzantium Novum

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Byzantium Novum Commemorates the Founding of Constantinople, May 11 330 AD

Byzantium Novum invites you to join in our virtual celebration of the founding of Constantinople on May 11. Byzantium Novum is a micro-nation dedicated to the rebirth of Byzantine culture and civilization which was formed to become a small, legitimate successor state to the Byzantine Empire. We exist as a micro-national sovereignty project, working to bring Byzantine civilization to life in the modern world as much as is possible. Our goal is to establish a physical, symbolic and administrative world capitol of 100 acres or more, where the Byzantine State may have a real-world existence and coordinate Byzantine interests around the world. This year, we celebrate 1681 years since the founding of “The City.”
Citizens of Byzantium Novum will be celebrating in a variety of ways. From cooking period foods in the modern kitchen to speaking with the Senate in a chat room online, May 11 will be a celebration of the rejuvenation of Byzantine culture. To chat, just go to Signup on is free, and this will be the permanent home of our chat sessions. Join Senators Baduila Chalkeus and Amma Doukaina, along with Count Ulfr the Varangian and others from 7pm-9pm EST.
There are many ways to celebrate this auspicious occasion with us, despite our distance in the real world. There is a wonderful documentary about Byzantium here that you can watch for free:
Interested in eating like they did during the Empire? Although this year the Greek Orthodox Church will be fasting (wine is allowed) on May 11, it is a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at the foods of the Eastern Empire! If you follow the Greek Orthodox calendar, Agiozoumi and fresh bread are a wonderful option for fast days, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is a simple, but delicious, soup. Here’s a small menu to get you started for a non-Orthodox meal. Have baskets of crusty Greek bread available throughout your meal!
Appetizer course: Dried and fresh figs, citrus fruits, walnuts, almonds, fresh melon and Mizithra cheese. A bowl full of melitzanosalata is delicious dipped with that crusty bread! Caviar or roe as well as brined capers were popular in Byzantine times for those who could afford it, also.
Main course: Fish dishes would include any of a variety of Mediterranean fish and shellfish either fried in olive oil or boiled gently with leeks and lots of dill. Kippered sardines and herring were commonly eaten also. There is a lot of room for you to be creative and use the type of seafood you like. Consider adding in mussels or eel to your dish!
Fresh omelettes called sphoungata, served with delicious ingredients like Feta cheese; chichees (chickpeas) cooked in olive oil and salted water with lots of fresh cloves of garlic, stuffed peacocks and turtledoves, and a variety of resined wines, called retsina, would also be served as part of the main course. You can order retsina from many companies online, and may be able to find it in your local wine market.
Meat dishes would include roasted pork basted in honeymead, and many companies today make mead in varying levels from very dry to very sweet. For meat, you’ll want to find a dry or semi-dry version. You could roast a leg of lamb with spearmint and rosemary, as well! Be sure to serve a sallet, similar to a modern salad, at the end of the meal. Arugula, watercress and other wild greens tossed very lightly with some olive oil and herbed vinegar make a wonderful end to the meal (yes, they ate salads at the end!). This cleanses the palate in advance of dessert and was believed to aid digestion.
For dessert, serve kopton, of course! Kopton was very similar to the baklava we know today. Sweet, rich honey with layers of nuts and perfect phyllo dough is absolutely the best way to end any meal! You can easily purchase baklava at your local Mediterranean restaurant or local bakery. Fresh honey along with apples, pears, figs and other fresh fruits can also be served to add variety!
Exarch Matyas offers a prayer for the day: O God of Heaven, Father, on this day of commemoration, from your son Jesus to the first called of His apostolic patriarchs; Saint Andrew, send your Holy Spirit to the people who follow your sacred traditions, Lord we are your servants, give your holy power to your sacred traditions, as they have survived forever. We do this in remembrance of your glory. Amen.
And from the Chaplain of Megalopotamia, this prayer: Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; let your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world, for only in you can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under your care, and guide us in the ways of justice and truth. Let your way be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. -Romans 15:13
On this day of commemoration, we celebrate our Byzantine heritage! It is our desire to encourage our citizens and potential citizens by showing real-world options for bringing Byzantine history to the modern day. Please join us by celebrating, and let us know what you’re doing! Send photos and details to, and be sure to look around on our website!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Greetings all,

Byzantium Novum has done well in April 2011! We now stand at 166 Citizens, a gain of 10 this last month! This is a great sign that the word about Byzantium Novum is getting out there. Thanks to everyone who has recommended our small nation to their friends!!

Speaking of "friends", we now have 1890 Facebook friends, which widens our regular online communication circle for news and updates. We are also now more active on Twitter, and have had several people sign up to receive our "tweets" this month.

This month has been a busy one for many of our Citizens, especially with Easter and commemoration of the Siege of Constantinople which continues through May 29th, the date of the final fall of the City.

The other big date in the coming month is May 11, the anniversary of the founding ceremony of Constantinople, which was decreed by Constantine I in 330 AD. This city wide ceremony was presided over by the priesthood of both the old and new faiths, and Constantinople was made sacred with the burial of sacred objects under the Pillar of Constantine.

The coming month of May is especially meaningful in Byzantium Novum, in that it is a time to remember both the original founding and the final ending of the Byzantine Empire. This time is an opportunity for us to commemorate the fall of old Byzantium, and to continue the work of rebuilding a new Byzantine civilization worldwide!

We encourage the Citizens of Byzantium Novum to celebrate Byzantine history and also to remember Byzantium, both old and new, in our prayers. Together we can make this a true time of renewal for this ancient civilization.

Hail Byzantium!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President
Byzantium Novum

Friday, April 1, 2011

Greetings all,

March was the "first month" of our second year and it was a very good one for Byzantium Novum. Our main forum, the Senate and our business forums have all been quite active! Currently Byzantium Novum has a total of 156 Citizens, a gain of 6 for the month. Our Facebook contacts now number 1842, so 56 new people have found and "friended" us this month.

The biggest news for March 2011 is that the Senate has just approved the first official "colony" of Byzantium Novum: the Colony of "Megalopotamia," which comprises the modern US states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

This is actually a huge step for us. It means we now have enough "citizens on the ground" in one area for them to be within reasonable travel distance of each other so they can gather for group meetings and events! From the start the goal of Byzantium Novum has been to get people together about "things Byzantine" in the physical world as well as online.

Our new nation project has already had one "physical" meeting of citizens in this last year, and the new Colony is an exciting step. Now that we have several new Counts (formally Eparchs) helping to coordinate other areas we will hopefully be able to add other new Colonies over the next few months!

In other news, the Byzantium Novum Chancellery has created an official "handbook" to help our new Counts and other local officers build a Byzantine presence in their local area. Many thanks are due to Senator Baduila Chalkas for creating this project, and Senator Amma Doukaina for her assistance also!

Senator Marcus Audens has also done some great new work on behalf of the Militarium in his Byzantine blog, located at: and it is great to see historical research being done here!

In April, Byzantium Novum will begin commemorating the Fall of Constantinople from the siege which lasted from April 6th, 1453 until May 29th, 1453 AD. In May we will also be commemorating the founding of Constantinople, which was officially done on May 11, 330 AD.

May Byzantium Novum and it's Citizens have an active and prosperous Spring!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President, Byzantium Novum

Monday, February 28, 2011

State of the Nation - February 2011

Greetings all,

As of this month Byzantium Novum is one year old! February of 2011 has been a productive month and it is good to see business continuing in spite of the poor weather where many of our Citizens reside.

Byzantium Novum is now up to 150 official Citizens, so we've reached a fairly milestone number! We currently have 1,786 Facebook "friends" which also gives us an increasing public forum for announcements and publishing information.

Advertising efforts on CraigsList and other forums seems to have lagged somewhat, but efforts will continue in March to find new Citizens for our community. The online ads DO work, and the new Citizens do seem to be coming from where advertising has been done. Once again, we ask our Citizens to please keep up posting ads - this is the ONLY way Byzantium Novum is currently growing as we've had to step down on paid Internet marketing!

The big news this month is that we've been *very* fortunate to have ten Citizens volunteer to officially serve Eparchs in the new Provincial territories! This is excellent news in that it will give us ten real-world areas where people are working for local recruitment and organization. The vote on this is almost complete in the Senate.

I'm also proud to say that Byzantium Novum also has in the works the founding of our first Provincial Colony... an area where there are enough Citizens living locally to each other to set up real world local meetings and such. This is a wonderful sign of our international Byzantine community growing to the point of local participation!

A handbook for local Provinces is still in progress so there will be plenty of information on "what to do" as more of our Citizens can meet and work on rebuilding Byzantium in the real world.

As we enter March 2011 we begin our first month of our second year. I just want to thank everyone again for making our first year a success. We are continuing to set a great foundation for a real revival of Byzantine civilization!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus
Senate President
Byzantium Novum

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Byzantium Novum One Year Anniversary

Greetings all,

The "official" one-year anniversary of Byzantium Novum was February 8th... we have successfully completed our first twelve months!

Most micronations never make it to this point. Recruitment issues, the amount of work, and internal disorganization claim most new nation projects within their first few months.

Happily, Byzantium Novum has continued to grow and become stronger with time. Our community is currently working on many projects including:

* Establishing local Provinces for live events and gatherings - Exarchs to coordinate several areas have been appointed and we are growing on the local level!

* Establishment of a Treasury - the Byzantium Novum Senate is currently working on a nonprofit corporation which will allow us to legally handle real-world affairs.

* New Information - current projects include a handbook for how to operate a Byzantine Province, and new information is being created for the Byzantium Novum website.

* New Advertising - Byzantium Novum is continuing to get its message out to those interested in "Things Byzantine" throughout the world!

In short, Byzantium Novum is doing everything possible to create a modern Byzantine community and to reestablish a living, functioning Byzantine state.

Many thanks to the many Citizens who have put their efforts into making Byzantium Novum a success so far - it is up to all of us to bring Byzantium back to life and so far all of us can be proud of our modern renewal of Byzantium!

May Byzantium Novum grow and prosper in the year to come!