[Updated/anunevagnei 17 May 2020]
What does the symbol Ⱄ mean?
Ⱄ is the letter s in the Glagolitic alphabet, originally designed to write Old Church Slavonic. The S stands for Sovermja. (The Devra spelling of Sovermja — the Devra j is a y as in English “yes” — is ⰔⰑⰂⰅⰓⰏⰋⰀ in Glagolitic.) The reasons Sovermians use Glagolitic — glagolitei alfabeta — are part of an unfolding saga that historians continue to investigate.
An alternative explanation provided by Sovermian folklorist Menka Untuna asserts that the upper circle denotes infinity, or inner freedom, while the lower triangle denotes the world of manifestation, of three dimensions and space-time.
What’s a micronation?
One of the best short definitions is this: a micronation is a model country. Like a model, it can do most or all of the things it models, but on a smaller scale.
Are micronations even legal?
This is, perhaps surprisingly, one of the most frequent questions about micronations on Google. If you mean “Can I create my own micronation?” the answer is yes, at least in most countries. If you mean “Can I stop paying taxes to the larger nation all around me?” the answer is most likely no — unless you’re King Leonard of the Principality of Hutt River in Australia, who declared his wheat farm an independent nation and was repeatedly excused from tax liability over many years by the Australian government.
Isn’t a micronation just a made-up country?
Yes, just like America and China and India and Turkey. People who share enough in common and have the will to form a nation have always “made up” their own countries.
Any micronation that endures beyond a few months will begin to unfold and develop and take on its own unique identity. That’s one of the distinguishing features of most micronations worthy of the name. While some micronations exist only online, the most respected micronations usually also have a physical presence — rulers you can meet or communicate with, photographs and other documentation of national activities and events, engagement with other nations, and sometimes places you can visit.
How many micronations are there?
That’s hard to say. If we include every micronation that has any kind of online presence (sometimes little more than a name and either a website or Twitter account), the number exceeds a thousand. If we limit the count to micronations you can visit, the number is considerably smaller — under 50.
Where does the name Sovermja come from?
On the model of SoCal for Southern California, the Soverm– part of the name indicates our location in southern Vermont on the North American continent. The ending -ia/-ja (in our language Devra, j = English y/i) is a common country suffix, along the lines of Colombia, Bolivia, India, Serbia, etc. Thus, Sovermja/Sovermia.
Is your micronational language Devra a real language?
Yes. As with micronations, con(structed) lang(uage)s — conlangs — are models. A well-developed conlang with a full grammar and a means of word-creation can be scaled up to do everything any modern language can do. Usually any necessary development lies in the area of the lexicon — the vocabulary — which is the easiest part of constructing a language.