In a move reminiscent of other celebrated creations, Robert I laid the foundation of an independent, sovereign country in seven days, establishing its name, geography, national anthem, coat of arms, flag and national motto.
The first Independence Day ceremony was modest:
At 7:00 PM, the King’s family assembled at his Prospect Avenue home, where the Talossan flag was draped across the coffee table. Ben’s friend Gary L. Cone, whom Talossa recognized as the US Ambassador, entered the room. Next came Robert Ben Madison, in the blue suit he wore to debate meets, done up with paper medals and ribbons. For a crown, he carried an ancient blue Milwaukee fire department dress hat he bought at a used bookstore for $3.00. A friend called it the “Romanian train conductor’s hat.” Madison read a brief speech (since lost) about his new nation. Then, in his first official act, this High School sophomore read a Declaration of Independence officially proclaiming Talossa’s secession from the United States. Fastening the blue hat upon his head, he was transformed into His Royal Majesty, King Robert I of the Kingdom of Talossa, and a bedroom on the second floor of an American house became a free, sovereign, and independent nation, as champagne toasts were enjoyed downstairs.
In subsequent years, the birthday of the nationette has been recognized in a number of ways: the annual Speech from the Throne, special editions of Støtanneu, the establishment of Parliament (1984/V), and even a renunciation of citizenship.
- Madison, Ben (2005/XXVI). “The Spirit of ’79”. Ár Päts, p. 8
- ibid, p. 9
- ibid, p. 19
- ibid, p. 12
- ibid, p. 90
- ibid, p. 22
- ibid, p. 100