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 has no children. Who will be his successor?
A4. I don't know. But I do know there is a successor. The constitution of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia provides for the Head of the Royal House naming a successor in the event of having no natural heirs. The name of the successor has been given by Prince Philippe in two separate hand-written documents, one held by the Council of the Kingdom and the other by the Council of State.
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.