Saturday, November 2, 2013

Byzantium Novum State of the Nation - October 2013

Greetings all,

The Fall season has been a busier time for Byzantium Novum! October 2013 was a good month for our Micronation worldwide. People are continuing to find us, and with new applications we now stand at 412 official Citizens!  Our public presence on social media also continues to expand with over 3,630 contacts able to see our official news and announcements.

Our latest development is that we have made arrangements for the graphic design of the main Byzantium Novum web site to be redone by a professional level designer! Our current site is serviceable but in an older format that doesn't display perfectly on portable devices with various screen formats. The project will be worked on part time so it will probably take a couple of months to complete but the results should be great!

 Our sad news this fall is that Senator Amma Doukaina has decided to resign her Senate position and all other official positions for personal reasons. Her contributions and excellent work as the editor of Byzantium Novum's newsletter, the Basilica, will be missed! Happily Amma will be able to remain as a Citizen and says she'll stay active in the forums as she is able. In the most real sense "Byzantine Citizen" is the most important position any of us here can have in any case!

 As President of the Byzantium Novum Senate, I am officially empowered to bestow the ancient official title of "Magnificentissimus" once yearly upon any Magistrate or Citizen who has done outstanding service to Byzantium.

In accordance with this tradition I hereby bestow the title of "Femina Magnificentissimus" upon Amma Doukaina as a sign of our collective appreciation for her work on behalf of the Senate and People of Byzantium Novum.  It is my hope that all will give her proper congratulations on being the first Byzantine Citizen to officially receive this title in many centuries!  Ave!

I believe Byzantium Novum will be heading into an active Holiday Season. I look forward to communicating with everyone in our various public forums during Winter. The warmth of friendship and shared interest in "things Byzantine" helps to make the colder months much more interesting and fun!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus

Senate President, Byzantium Novum

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