Kingdom of Elleore
Kingdom of Elleore
Motto: Let us help one another
Anthem: Ave nostre patria
|Location||Roskilde Fjord, Denmark|
|Official languages||Danish and Interlingua|
|Organizational structure||Constitutional monarchy|
|Leo III (2003–present)|
|0.015 km2 (0.0058 sq mi)|
|Purported currency||Leo D'or|
During the German occupation of Denmark, the island was purchased by a group of Copenhagen schoolteachers in 1944 for use as a summer camp. They proclaimed the island's tongue-in-cheek "independence" as a Kingdom as a gentle parody of the government structure and royal traditions of Denmark. It has been claimed[by whom?] that the kingdom's ancestry has been traced to a "monastic society of Irish monks who arrived in the middle of the 10th century".
Prior to 1944, the island was known mainly as the location at which the controversial film Løvejagten was shot in 1907.
Numerous traditions peculiar to the kingdom have evolved over the subsequent decades, including a ban on the novel Robinson Crusoe, and the use of "Elleore Standard Time", which is 12 minutes behind Danish time. Many of the place names on the island, the kingdom's "government" and the titles assumed by its "nobility" are parodies of Danish equivalents.
Geography and demographics
The island has been estimated to be approximately 15,000 square metres (3.7 acres) in size. Elleore is unoccupied save for a week-long annual gathering attended by dozens of its "citizens" and known as the "Elleuge" (meaning "Elle week"). The ceremonial enthronement of the reigning monarch takes place at this time. The purported capital is the tented town of Maglelille, erected only during the week of habitation.
Kings and queens of Elleore
|King of Elleore|
Coat of Arms
|Inaugural holder||Erik I|
Elleore has had six monarchs since its inception.
- Erik I (1945–1949)
- Leo I den Lille (1949–1960)
- Erik II den Storartede (1961–1972)
- Leo II den Folkekære (1972–1983)
- Leodora den Dydige (1983–2003)
- Leo III (2003–present)
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