Lusophone sector

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Not to be confused with the Brazilian sector

The Lusophone Sector or Lusophonia ("Lusofonia", in Portuguese), is an axis of micronational activity, cultivated in Portuguese language, around certain micronations, micronational media, organizations and collective initiatives and has a continuous history since 1996, being a concept of that should not be understood as referring to the mere set of individual micronations, but in fact to the "medium", the middle of them, the activity between them[1].

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In 1992, the Kingdom of Porto Claro[2], founded by Pedro Aguiar, appeared as the first internet-based lusophone micronation. Due to macromedia articles and advertising, it prospered as a vigorous micronation, with more than 600 active citizens until 2010[3]. By the end of 1997, another lusophone micronation, the Holy Empire of Réunion[4], headed by Claudio de Castro, also grew substantially and even surpassed Porto Claro's force. Réunion was the first lusophone micronation to appeal to sectors outside Lusophonia[5], as it was created as bilingual micronation and remained so until 1999[6].

In 1998, the acute rivalry and threads between both projects produced a vivid space of intermicronational interaction, which slowly structured itself as the Lusophone sector of micronationalism. Many lusophone nations were created around Réunion and Porto Claro, but none of the same size and energy, albeit some respectful projects emerged: Orange (1997)[7], Marajó (1998)[8] and Sofia (1998)[9], among a majority of weak initiatives.

Lusophone sector style was characterized by activity through e-mail groups and messages, cultural and diplomatic isolationism[10] and dominance of simulationism and historical-modelism, being its exponents the German Empire[11], the Kingdom of Italy[12], the United Kingdom of Portugal and Algarves[13] and the Kingdom of France[14].

Starting in 2001, the Free Community of Pasargada[15] was the first significant lusophone project to break traditional paradigm of Lusophonia, leaded by Rafael Figueira, Bruno Cava and Leonardo Carrion. Although primely built by Réunian veterans, the new micronation introduced a whole new vision and practise for lusophone sector, in a movement later baptized as the Pasargadan Turn. All lusophone micronations after 2002 got influenced one way or another by Pasargadan Realism.

This sector's peak of activity happened in a period between 2000 and 2005, when the Lusopohone community of micronationalists reached 500 active citizens dispersed in a dozen active projects; most of them, Brazilian micronationalists in Brazilian micronational projects. By the end of 2006 and from that moment on, the Lusophone sector experienced a decay of activity and enthusiasm. Many respectful micronations of the past, like Orange and Marajó, simply vanished and others, like Porto Claro and Sofia, decreased their activity to a minimum. A year later and until 2009, Claudio de Castro returned to Réunion, bringing several famous Réunians and leading a successful resumption of activity, reaching its pinnacle of citizens and structure. Pasargada followed closely as second greatest in population and influence. The first represented older tradition of simulationism and the later beared the flag of Pasargadan Realism.

In the decade of 2010, vitality once again gave way to inactivity. By 2020's, few projects based on historic-modelism still exist, most of them considered "one-man nations" and they maintain an extremely hostile stance towards derivative projects, which gave rise to a reaction from Brazilian derivatists, who created the Brazilian sector, then considering Lusophonia as a "closed system", while the Brazilian sector would be a system receptive to foreign micronations and the common practice of micronationalism.

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