The Republic of New Rizalia was accepted as a provisional member state of the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM), an well-known intermicronational organization in the MicroWiki community.
On December 30, 2018, President Seann Torres was awarded as a Knight of the Order of the Heart by King of Ikonia, Cameron I. Torres was given the award for "the help [he's] done to the LoMN and Ikonia" and his "dedications to the micronational community."
The Order of the Heart award is a "part of a new Worldwide initiative from Government of Ikonia to create awareness for [their] determination to continue [their] fight for prosperity, freedom, and independence."
President Torres expressed, "I am very grateful to receive this award, I'd like to thank HM Cameron Koehler for bestowing me with this honor."
New Rizalia's president, Seann Torres, announced he is seeking a second term as Vice President of the League of Micronations - an organization of self-delcared countries. President Torres's campaign officially began today, December 28, 2018. He is the running mate of HM Cameron Koehler of the Kingdom of Ikonia, who is running for the position of President.
In a document for his campaign, President Torres stated, "I aim to rehabilitate the LoMN to once again be a leader of micronational diplomacy; to have a motive; to have a great reputation; and finally, to continue our mission to promote cooperation, libery, and equality."
You can view the full document below.
December 2 marks one year since the establishment of the nation of New Rizalia. Today, in honor of this, we celebrate Independence Day. One year ago, at 8:59 AM, President Torres declared at the Independence Tree, "Today, December 2, 2017, for the benefit of the people, I proclaim the creation of a new sovereign nation, the Republic of New Rizalia, for the promulgation of liberty, equality, peace and prosperity." Thus, a new nation was born.
The preamble of the "Proclamation of New Rizaline Independence" stated these historic words on the birth of a new nation,
"We, the free people of the Republic of New Rizalia, with the help of God, shall establish a just government that will promote the common good, preserve and develop our patrimony, maintain the welfare of all citizens, and secure them with:
In observance of Independence Day, President Torres returned to the Independence Tree, and said a speech,
"Today, I, along with my fellow Rizalines across the nation and the world, celebrate our first Independence Day.
One year ago, our glorious nation was established for the people, and for mission of spreading liberty and peace. On this day, we celebrate freedom. We gather to commemorate the proclamation of a new nation. We remember and recall these statements. 'We...shall establish a government that will promote the common good, preserve and develop our patrimony, and maintain the welfare of all citizens.'
In the short life of this nation, we have accomplished much, and we are still accomplishing more of our goals. History is always happening in front of us, whether we see it or not. The 'Proclamation of New Rizaline Independence' continues to serve as a beacon, guiding us into the future.
New Rizalia is still growing each day, each minute, each second. Our community, now at over sixty citizens, are the building blocks of our nations success. Let us strive to make New Rizalia a shining example of a land of peace, liberty, and justice. Let us strive to always accomplish our endeavors, to accolade the land we love.
I wish everyone a happy Independence Day."
Only known photograph of Bonifacio, c. 1890s.
Today, November 30, 2018, marks exactly 155 years since Andres Bonifacio, the "Father of the Philippine Revolution", was born. In commemeration of this event, we Rizalines celebrate Bonifacio Day in memory of his bloodshed and patriotism.
Andres Bonifacio (November 30, 1863 - May 10, 1897) was a Filipino revolutionary leader and President of the Tagalog Republic. He was also founder of the Katipunan, a society whose efforts led to Philippine independence. He fought the Spanish for his countrymen, defining what it means to be a patriot. Bonifacio is considered one of the national heroes of our nation, because he indirectly fought for what is now New Rizalia.
Andres Bonifacio depicted on the $5 New Rizaline dollar (Caelus commomorative edition).
Today, Andres Bonifacio is remembered in many ways in New Rizalia; with his own national holiday, a depiction in our nations currency, with a park named after him, and many more. His legacy will forever live on.
A jaw section from Menoceras, the only fossil ever found in New Rizaline soil; from the NMNR Paleontological Collection.
On November 22, 2018, Menoceras was declared to be New Rizalia's national fossil. A jaw section of Menoceras, which is currently housed in the National Museum's collection, is currently the only fossil ever found within New Rizalia. The fossil comes from Highland Province, being approximately 30-19 million years old from the Miocene epoch.
Menoceras was a genus of small rhinoceros which lived in most of southern North America during the early Miocene epoch from 30.7 - 19.7 million years ago, existing for roughly 11 million years. Menoceras lived in tropical, savanna-like grassland and plains environment, living in large herds. Menoceros grew to a length of 5 feet long, around the size of a large pig, or a domesticated sheep.
Being the only fossil ever found in New Rizalia, the fossil is important because it gives clues as to what the prehistoric New Rizaline environment was like, as well as which organisms inhabited it.
Dumunpalit Island, a newly established territory of New Rizalia.
Recently, there have been some territorial changes in the nation of New Rizalia. Two states, Bantac and Highland Province, have had their areas extended. On October 17, 2018, in Bantac, the nearby small, rocky Malubutglubut Islands were incorporated into the state. Highland Province's area was extended to include the nearby mountainous regions.
In addition, a new territory was established on October 28, 2018. The territory's name is Dumunpalit Island (also known as Turtle Island due to its appearance). Currently, there are no movements to officially incorporate the island into New Rizalia as a state.
Flag of the Kingdom of Ikonia.
On October 28, 2018, the Republic of New Rizalia initiated diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Ikonia, after being contacted by the nation's leader, HM Cameron Koehler. New Rizalia also joined the Concordat of Micronational Leagues (CML), which is also led by Koehler.
President Torres expressed, "May the initiation of diplomacy between New Rizalia and Ikonia be starting point for a bright future between our nations."
Mathews Biju places down flags at Big Rock, Seannlandia on October 12, 2017.
Today, October 12, 2018, marks one year since the Republic of Seannlandia, New Rizalia's predecessor, was established. The Republic of Seannlandia was a light natured micronation founded by Seann Torres (for whom it was named after), Mathews Biju, and Diego Aviles, who would all later be involved in New Rizalia's government.
Despite being only semi-serious, the nation laid the foundation for what would become the more serious Republic of New Rizalia. Highland Province, which is now New Rizalia's capital, was once claimed by Seannlandia. Both nations also had a similar government, consisting of three branches and being constitutional democratic republics. In fact, New Rizalia's first constitution was partially modeled off Seannlandia's.
Sadly, on December 1, 2017, the Republic of Seannlandia was disestablished. However, this disestablishment made way for a much greater nation, the Republic of New Rizalia.
Caelus Park, site of the Project Caelus rocket launches.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, part of the New Rizaline Senate proposed that Caelus Park should be separated from Highland Province and become a new state, the State of Caelus. This is due to the site being politically different from the rest of Highland Province, being more progressive. A similar reason was used when justifying the separation of Santa Ana from Aurantia when the Aurantia territory was set to officially become a state in December 2017.
Caelus Park is a state park, which was established by President Torres on February 5, 2018, shortly after the Project Caelus rocket launches. The site is important, due to it essentially being the birthplace of New Rizalia's space program.
A conference scheduled to take place on October 30, 2018 will decide whether Caelus Park will become a state or not. The Rizalia Bulletin will be following this story as it develops.
EDIT: The conference on October 30, 2018, ultimately decided the Caelus State Park would not become a new state. A re-vote, however, may take place for those who still believe Caelus Park should still become its own state.