Founded in 2003, the Minervan Commission is the representative organization of the Government of the Principality of Minerva while in exile. The Commission is responsible for managing the diplomatic, political, business and financial relationships and affairs of the Minervan nation. The Commission is Chaired by the exiled Minervan Head of State & Head of Government, and is populated by Parliamentary representatives of the people and citizens of Minerva. The Chair retains a council of advisors who are the departmental Ministers of the exiled government.
The Commission maintains diplomatic representatives in countries and regions around the globe, and has received preliminary recognition from various nations around the world. Most recently, the Chairman of the Commission & Head of State initiated relations with the Republic of China and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
In 1971, our founders were guided by a basic premise. It was an idea that any group of people dissatisfied and frustrated with the laws, regulations, policies and philosophies of existing nations may declare their independence from those nations in any place not claimed to be under the jurisdiction of another sovereign entity. They set out to establish a new, independent nation and Minerva was born. Based on this belief of popular sovereignty, our nation was established on principles of a free market place and personal liberty; under the firm belief that governments should be instituted among and by the people, for the benefit of the people, deriving only just powers and sovereignty not from the consent of other nations, but only from the consent of the people that would be governed. The sovereignty of this nation was to be an extension of this popular sovereignty, derived wholly from the consent and will of the people.
"The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it."
-- John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty" (1859)
In a statement entitled, "Fundamental Principles of Government," the founders of the First Provisional Government suggested that, "no right can be delegated by a person or gathering of persons to any entity, including government, unless such a right can be morally exercised on an individual basis" ... "We believe it to be necessary and practically possible to establish a nation based on the principle that not only must government be separated from religion, but also it must be separated from economics and limited in function" ... "We believe that the works of Von Mises, Rand, Hayek, and Hazlitt can form the basis of a better society." (October 1972).
We believe that government should be founded for the primary and sole purposes of protecting the people from the forces of violence and fraud. Resulting from a willful abandonment and dereliction of their legitimate sovereignty, and predicated on the irrevocable natural right of the people to change, abolish or re-institute their government if that government becomes destructive or ineffective to serving just ends, the Principality of Minerva was founded, re-constituting a failing Minervan state.
The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get.
- Thomas Jefferson
In the years since the founding of the government of the Principality, the Minervan nation has made great strides. We have created a unified and cohesive government system, we have drafted blueprints and plans for development and construction, we have lobbied to international organizations on behalf of the Minervan nation, we have raised funds and donated to assist in international crisis causes, we have represented our national interest to international legal tribunals, and we have established important international diplomatic relationships with regional and global countries. We have diplomatic representation around the world, in nations including Taiwan, Guyana, Chile, France, India, and many others. We have issued official credentials and passports, and we have made and maintain our legitimate claims to our currently occupied territories. We have crafted and installed the facilities and institutions of a sovereign government. Our government has been recognized by other nations around the world as a legitimate government of the Minervan people and territories.