Gender, Passports, and Antoninia

Citizen membership in the Antonine Imperium is open to all interested persons who are 18 years of age or older. The requirement that prospective citizens provide gender identification in their citizenship applications has been discontinued as of November 3, 2764 AUC (2011 ce). Gender identity is of a personal nature and is of no particular interest or relevance to the Antonine State.

Antoninia, as a sovereign state, issues passports to its citizens who request such documents. Passport applications require sex or gender identification. The only choices are male or female, and they refer to the physical identity of the citizen. This requirement is being retained in order to make Antonine passports conform to current international law and practice. Antoninia is seriously intended as a real and legitimate sovereignty project and nation, and it will adhere to current international laws and practices when it is possible and practical to do so.

Applications for Antonine citizenship, and for passports, may be made directly to the Emperor, Quintus Poppaeus Sabinus, at antoninestate@aol.com . Citizenship is free, and passport application fees have been waived at the present time. Requirements for formal application forms have also been waived at the present time, and applications may be made directly via email.

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Antonine Flag Designs

The Antonine Imperium posseses an official flag as a symbol of its identity and of its claims to sovereignty. The design consists of the ancient 16 rayed Macedonian sunburst surrounded by a wreath, centered in a field of purple, red, or yellow. The emblem itself may be black or gold/yellow in color. The sunburst symbolizes ancient Greek culture and the wreath symbolizes ancient Roman culture. Official flags can be square or rectangular. Here are some examples of Antonine flags:

 

The original color images used for these designs look better in person than they do here, but this will give the viewer a general idea of what is desired. The intention is for a rich imperial purple, or bright yellow, or bright red. Purple in particular can be a tricky color to work with. It seems to undergo a transformation after being scanned, uploaded, and then downloaded, so that the resulting shade is never quite the same as the original. Flags can be enhanced with decorative elements such as border fringes and tassels, and can be very sumptuous when using materials such as silk or velvet tapstry.

Citizens of the Antonine Imperium are encouraged to use and display the Antonine flag as a symbol of their cultural and religious interests, in appropriate and respectful ways. The flag belongs to the people of the Empire! (Incidentally, since the Empire is not currently recognized by any other sovereign entity, the flag design is also copyrighted by the founder of Antoninia, as a way of reserving its use to the Empire and its citizens.)

Published in: on July 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dies Natalis Antoniniae

Today, November 26, is Dies Natalis Antoniniae, the birthday of Antoninia. It was on November 26, 1999 ce, eleven years ago, that Imperium Antoniniae, the Empire of Antoninia, was originally founded as Imperium Novum, the New Empire. In those eleven years the Empire has been formally dissolved three times and then revived three times. We have had three written Constitutions and three sets of Laws to accompany those Constitutions. Its name has changed from Imperium Novum and Imperium Romanum Hellenicum to Antoninia and Imperium Antoniniae. The Empire began essentially as an exercise in theory and wishful thinking,  and in most respects it has not moved beyond the realm of theory. However, we have persisted and the Empire still exists , no matter how tenuous that existence may be at times.

We have remained dedicated to the purpose stated in our Constitution, in Article I Section B: “The purpose of Antoninia is to serve its citizens in the creation of a self ruling state organization and society inspired by the Pagan culture and civilization of ancient Greece and Italy. Antoninia shall support the reestablishment and practice of the traditional Pagan polytheistic religions of ancient Greece and Italy. Antoninia shall also support the study and preservation of ancient Greek and Italian culture, and shall support the continuing development of selected elements of ancient Greek and Italian culture.”

And as further stated in Article V Section A: “Antoninia shall support a state religion to be referred to as Classical Paganism. For the purposes of this Constitution, Classical Paganism is defined as consisting of the various polytheistic cults and religions of the ancient Greeks, Italians, and kindred peoples. The state may also extend support to other polytheistic religions of a sympathetic and compatible nature.

Antoninia shall support Classical Paganism through the establishment of institutions, temples, shrines, cultural centers, priesthoods, publications, festivals, events, and activities as circumstances permit. These things shall be done in the style and manner of ancient Greece and Italy, in so far as it is practical to do so.

Citizens are not required to take part in the activities of the state religion,but certain magistrates and officials may be required as part of their official duties to take a part in such activities.

Specific procedures and requirements for the institutions and activities of the state religion may be established by law.”

So, we have ambitious formally stated goals and an organizational structure that could accomodate thousands of citizen members. In theory, Antoninia could become a Pagan version of the Vatican in size and cultural influence. Unfortunately, “could be” and “is” are two very different things. Antoninia is a very tiny group and has never really moved from theory to practical reality. We have four official citizen members at the present time. We have issued two coins in honor of the Gods. These coins have had a very small but widespread circulation, from Europe to Australia. We have sent an official letter to the appropriate dicasteries of the Vatican City State informing them of our existence.

Not a very great accomplishment for eleven years, but we are persisting.

Published in: on November 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Return of the Phantom Empire

Yes, it’s back! The Antonine Imperium, after being absent for over a year, once again has an Internet presence! The new home of the Imperium is right here on this blog. Scroll down to the Antonine pages on the right and you will find information about the Empire of Antoninia, its purpose and intention, its citizens, and the coins it has produced in honor of the Gods. You will even find a picture of me at the bottom of the Notitia Dignitatum page in full imperial regalia.

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 11:07 am  Comments (4)  
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The Scroll of Poppaeus

So, here I am with a blog, wondering what to do next.

So, on November 12 I decided that this was not going to work and erased everything.

Then on November 13 I decided to try again and restored everything.

As originally stated, this is the blog of Quintus Poppaeus Sabinus, the name I prefer to use for my cultural and religious activities. I am an adherent of Classical Polytheistic Paganism, the syncretic blend of Greek and Roman religion that was the primary religious system of the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial eras. I am also interested  in Egyptian religion and Graeco-Egyptian syncretism.

I have a considerable interest in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, and Egypt, and particularly in temples and sacred art.  

This blog is also an Internet outpost of Antoninia, the Antonine Imperium, a sort of phantom pagan empire that I created a while back.

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm  Comments (1)  
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