Principality of Wy

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Principality of Wy
Micronation
Motto: Ex Municipalis Vincit
Anthem: Wy is an Answer by Doc Neeson and Prince Paul
StatusCurrent
Location22B Burran Ave, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Government
• Prince
Paul Delprat
Establishment
• Declared
15 November 2004

The Principality of Wy is a claimed micronation in Australia that is located in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. It is an unrecognized community and has not been recognized locally or nationally.

In 2004 Paul Delprat claimed to secede from Mosman and develop his own micronation in response to a lengthy dispute with the local council government. After 20 years of seeking planning permission, he lost his appeal in 2013.[1]

History[edit]

In 1993 the Delprat family applied to build a driveway to their house over an unbuilt road, leading to a long-running battle with the Mosman council that they eventually lost.[1] Eventually, on 15 November 2004,[2] Paul Delprat claimed to secede from Mosman, although not from Australia, claiming that he was a prince of the Principality of Wy.[3]

The community has been noted by international and local news outlets, including Sky News,[4] The Daily Telegraph UK,[5] The Sydney Morning Herald,[6] The Daily Telegraph (Sydney),[7] The National (Abu Dhabi)[8] and the Kuwait Times.[9] However, there is still no local, national or international recognition of the community.

Delprat attended the first Australian conference of micronation leaders on Dangar Island in 2010,[10][11] which was sponsored by Maquarie University.[10][12][13]

Contribution to the arts[edit]

The community is an active patron of art and sponsors an art prize.[14] Representatives from the principality have also been invited to open exhibitions[15][16][17] and give talks[18] in the local community and throughout the state. Art reviews and articles have appeared in art society newsletters[19] and are published on the Principality of Wy website in support of local and renowned artists.[20] Private exhibitions are held within the principality by invitation and public exhibitions are open at the embassy in Georges Heights, featuring works by new and emerging artists.

In popular culture[edit]

Wy is a character in the Japanese web comic, manga, and anime series, about anthropomorphic nations and micronations, Hetalia: Axis Powers [21]. Wy is depicted as a young girl of small stature who has been stated to be artistically gifted. On 13 September, 2010, Prince Paul of Wy posted a painting on his blog of the character. [22] While there was originally no direct reference to Hetalia in the post itself, it is likely that either he was informed of the character's existence, or she was later included in the series' canon by author Hidekazu Himaruya. Later, the post was updated naming the series itself.

External links[edit]

Principality of Wy Official Website

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prince of Wy Paul Delprat loses driveway court battle". Daily Telegraph. 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Lamb Island residents see chance of nationhood arrive". The Guardian. 18 October 2013.
  3. ^ "'Why, Willoughby begins with a W, Wy begins with a W, it's all quite wonderful my dear!'". Daily Telegraph. 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ Sky News article
  5. ^ Telegraph UK
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Article from Sydney Morning Herald about the micronation meeting in 2010
  7. ^ The Daily Telegraph
  8. ^ The National Article about the recent summit of micronations held on Dangar Island in Sydney, Australia
  9. ^ "Kuwait Times - Leading English Daily in Kuwait". Kuwait Times. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Don't like the country you live in? Start your own". Otago Daily Times. 6 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Meeting of the Mini Me brigade". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Delegates make it regal at summit". The National. 19 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Micronationalism Conference". Macquarie University.
  14. ^ Principality of Wy website Archy Wyld Art Prize
  15. ^ "Official site of Principality of Wy » Art Reviews Court Circular » Artist Joshua Smith at the Royal Art Society". principalityofwy.com. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  16. ^ Eva Breuer Website Prince Paul opening an exhibition for Samuel Wade
  17. ^ Portrait Artists Australia website Prince Paul opened the annual exhibition in 2007
  18. ^ City of Sydney. "William Dobell - A sincere artist". nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  19. ^ D H Lawrence Society of Australia newsletter Article written by Prince Paul for the D H Lawrence Society of Australia
  20. ^ "Official site of Principality of Wy» Art Reviews". principalityofwy.com. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  21. ^ Wy Hetalia Archives
  22. ^ Principality of Wy promotes world peace