i. FAQ

Certain questions come up again and again in answering the mail sent to the North American Araucanian Royalist Society.  Here are a few of the most frequent questions.

Q1.  Is the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia a micronation?
A1.  No.  The Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia was a short-lived historical reality which failed to receive recognition from any other state.  You might compare the kingdom with the Confederate States of America (1861-1865) or the Republic of Biafra (1967-1970), two briefly-existing states which also failed to be recognized by any other country.

Q2.  Can I become a citizen of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia?
A2.  No.  Firstly, because kingdoms have "subjects" and not "citizens," and secondly, because the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia no longer exists.

Q3. Can I buy a title of nobility or an order of knighthood?
A3.  No.  While there continue to be Araucanian noble titles and orders of knighthood, these cannot be purchased.  On rare occasions, they are awarded by the Royal House to individuals who have labored on behalf of the Mapuche people and the Royal House.

Q4. Prince Philippe had no children.  Who was his successor?
A4. Prince Philippe named his godson, Baron Philippe de Lavalette, as Prince Regent.  During the Regency, the Council of the Kingdom and the Council of State met, under the leadership of the Prince Regent, in a Regency Council to chose the new Head of the Royal House of Araucania and Patagonia.  According to the constitution, the Prince Regent cannot himself become the new Head of the Royal House.  The Regency Council elected Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para as Prince Philippe's successor.  He now reigns as Antoine IV.

Q5. What are the Royaume de Patagonie and the Consulat du Patagonie?
A5. These are parts of a internet-based micronation project originated by French novelist Jean Raspail.  This fantasy project takes its inspiration from King Orelie-Antoine I. This group has lots of fun with things like the Royal Patagonian Wine Institute, the Royal Patagonian Yacht Club, and the Royal Patagonian Ping-Pong Club.  They also produce a very nice journal called the BLAP.  Jean Raspail, consul général de Patagonie, is a very fine writer, but has no connection with Prince Philippe or the Royal House of Araucania and Patagonia.

Q6. Who is Stanislas Parvulesco?
A6.  Stanislas Parvulesco is the 20-year-old son of Constantin Parvulesco, a former knight of the Order of the Star of the South.  On June 22, 2014, at a secret meeting in Tourtoirac, France, Constantin Parvulesco and Franz Quatreboeufs, also a former knight of the Order of the Star of the South, repudiated the actions of the Regency Council, declared the throne of Araucanian vacant, and proclaimed Stanislas to be the Prince of Araucania.  No other individuals associated with Royal House, the Council of the Kingdom or the Council of the State have supported the claim of Stanislas.  For their actions, Antoine IV stripped Constantin Parvulesco and Franz Quatreboeufs of all Araucanian orders and distinctions.  The Royal House and other interested parties remain hopeful that the young Stanislas will come to his senses and give up his silly claim.