Foreign Affairs Ministry of Uzhupis Republic was created in 1999, short after declaring independence of Uzhupis. The first inaugurations took place on the terrace of Uzhupis Parliament-Cafe by the river Vilnelė. From the beginning it was clear that this Ministry differs a little from the Foreign Affairs of other countries: Ambassadors were appointed not only in the countries, but in the little cities and districts of the big cities, f.e.in Kreuzberg and Prenzlau (Berlin) Antakalnis and Pavilnis (Vilnius), Monmartre and Quartier Latin (Paris). More so, Embassies were opened in Poetry, in the Wind, in Holograms, in Whistling on the Streets, etc., and, later on, in Emptiness, in Decision making, among Canadian cats, etc. If that was not enough, Foreign Minister appointed Ambassadors in the places which seem to remain in history only – Konigsberg, Galicia and Lodomeria, Great Skythia, and so on.
The Embassies are or would be represented on the website http://www.uzhupisembassy.eu .
Author of the concept and the minister of Foreign Affairs since the very beginning is Uzhupis-based artist Thomas Chepaitis, who says: “I take all this seriously, but with humor, of course, because humor is a vital fluid of life. In some sense Ministry is my biggest happening or event, in which over 400 people are taking part now.”
Foreign Minister is a Member of the European Culture Parliament, so he, Ministry and the Ambassadors are also following the aims of the ECP, namely:
The belief of the “European Cultural Parliament” is that the European idea is based on a balance between respect for the diversity of cultures in Europe and cross-cultural tolerance and understanding.
The purpose of the “European Cultural Parliament” is to strengthen the role of cultural and artistic ideas in the debate on the future of Europe. The Parliament will stand for common values, cultural identity and diversity as well as tolerance and will promote bridge building with other cultures.
Credentials, Favors and Duties of the Uzhupis Ambassadors and Consuls
Uzhupis Ambassadors and Consuls have to pass a colorful procedure of inauguration, with accreditation to the President of Uzhupis. If it is possible, Ambassadors than are accrediting at the Court of the King or the President of the country of their destination. They also join a FB group of Diplomatic corpus Užupis Republic Ambassadors, and have to fill the page of the Embassy on this webiste. Here is an example of Ambassador’s Credentials:
341 Primrose Hill (click and open)
The primary Duties of ambassadors are, of course, to represent Uzhupis Republic in their country, spread our Constitution, write articles, make ties for artistic exhibitions and events, visits of Uzhupis people to their country, and their citizens to Uzhupis. The big Task is to prepare opening of the Uzhupis Constitution board in their language on Paupio street and the same board in one of the Old Towns of their country.
Ambassadors get a right to lecture and study in Uzhupis University (it’s a life-long study) , and to share their worldview and lifestyle with us.
The Favors usually are an attention of mass-media (some Ambassadors get up to 10 articles and TV screenings on their Inauguration in their local press), also, if they pursue a good diplomacy – a place at the Court of their King. An example of good diplomacy is the Embassy in Saronno.
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Consuls are suggested by Ambassadors, and play the minor or honorable role. Among them can be the Rest in Peace Honourable Consuls (f.e. Oscar Milosz, poet and diplomat) was appointed the one for Belgium. Consul’s document looks like this:
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The Highest diplomatic Award – ordain of Silver Garlic Bullet
There were 9 chevaliers of this order – on Dec. 27 their number grew to 15
Thomas Chepaitis (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to Easter Island) Twice chevalier of SGB 2011, 2013
Vygantas Vėjas (Ambassador to Paradise) 2011
Hinrich Peters (Ambassador to Saxonia and Bookbinding) 2011
George Igna (Ambassador to Romania) 2011
Great Scythia and Dmitry Makarov (Ambassador to Great Scythia) 2011
Alfredas Marushka (Ambassador to Esperanto and Kazimierz) 2011
Steve Thompson (Ambassador to Teesside and Digital Inclusions) 2013
Ulf Hallan (Ambassador among Wolves and to Northern Norway) 2013
Annika Grishakov (Ambassador to Estonia) 2013
Marius Abramavichius (Ambassador to Iran) 2013
Rūta Norkutė (Ambassador to Tibet) 2013
Mirko Sennewald (Ambassador to Surviving) 2013
Gianpaolo Terrone (Ambassador to Saronno) 2013
Hailji (Ambassador to South Korea) 2013