Brief Reflection on Localist Legitimism

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Enrico Fratangelo, mayor of Castellino del Biferno in Mulise, is not a legitimist. He acts as a loyal public servant of the Republic of Italy and as he says he “sang the anthem of Italy at the top of my voice.” But in the past few months, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent crisis, Fratangelo is praticing what can only be called localist legitimist politics. He has begun printing money called ducati, bearing the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, images of Our Lady or the Saints, and bearing the inscription:

“Flourishing and Peaceful community of the Kingdom of Naples, County of Molise, land of Workers and of Patriots called Brigands. From 1861, land of unemployment and emigration.”

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Prayers for the Emperor

A few days ago it was discovered that Archduke Karl von Habsburg-Lorraine, heir of the Holy Roman Empire, had contracted the COVID-19 virus or as it is commonly called coronavirus. I would like to ask for prayers on his behalf and for his family, and would especially encourage tradition and restoration supporting Catholics to renew this Good Friday and Holy Saturday the traditional liturgical prayers for the Emperor, saying them faithfully as private devotions. I would also like to encourage all to invoke the traditional defense against epidemic diseases,  The Cross of Saint Zacharias of Jerusalem, available in both Latin and English on the Tradistae website.

Regard also our most devout Emperor, and since Thou knowest, O God, the desires of his heart, grant by the ineffable grace of Thy goodness and mercy, that he may enjoy with all his people the tranquillity of perpetual peace and heavenly victory.

Exultet Prayer for the Emperor

The World of THE WAR FOR CHRISTENDOM: Updated Map

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I present the long-delayed rework of the map and commentary of my novel, Tower of Ivory. As part of my general revision, I have reworked my original conception of the political circumstances of the setting of the novel to (what is in my mind) a much more complex and realistic situation. This isn’t intended to present my predictions for the future of the current political order, rather it is world as it exists in the universe of The War for Christendom and its stories.

United Global Directorate: The Directorate is nominally the governing council of an alliance of independent populist nations encompassing the majority of the Western World. In reality, political and military power has been slowly concentrated by the General Director, Dietmar Eisengrimm into his own hands, now the ruthless head of a “democratic” totalitarian regime. 


The Golden Caliphate: Caliph Umar Abdulmejid was originally low ranking officer in the Syrian Army who was fortunate enough to lead the raid which wiped out the headquarters of the last remnant of Wahhabist terrorists in Arabia. Taking advantage of his sudden popularity he maneuvered himself to the head of the Sunni revival movement, and in the wake of his conquest of Turkey, peacefully unified the Islamic World. However, it did not take long for his subordinates to begin removing religious and political dissidents, and for his restless armies to antagonize their neighbors in the Directorate and Communist Sphere.      

Caliphate of Indo-Malaysia: Inspired by the success of Umar and horrified by the instability of neighboring countries, the Muslim inhabitants of Indonesia and the Malay have established their own Caliphate, of extremely dubious legitimacy.

Sphere of Communist Resistance and Unity: The last flare of the dying Communist system, struggling to maintain itself in East Asia, Africa, and South America under the constant threat of internal disorder and revolution. The Grand People’s Democratic Committee is currently seated in Beijing, where it seems likely it will stay for some time. 

Nationalist Coalition: The few National-Populist governments that opted not to come under the Directorate’s “protection” soon came together under the leadership of the Russian Federal State, proclaiming an “authoritarian” alternative to the UGD’s democracy. 

Central Zaire Cooperative Republic: Warlords may in fact control the Congo Basin, but in name they are united under the CZCR, which pays them a monthly tribute to keep the occasional flair-up of tensions from becoming too deadly. 

Dervish Republic: Struggling under increasing pressure from the Caliphate, the Dervish Republic in Somalia presents an alternate vision of Islam to its people, one that is acceptable neither to the Caliph in Damascus, nor to the Directorate’s military interests in the region.

Central American Commonwealth: A group of American Republics at war with the UGD, lead by Juan-José del Fuego, President of Nicaragua. Though well-armed and skilled at guerrilla warfare, their armies lack the training and numbers to fight the Directorate and are losing ground daily.

Ethiopia: After the restoration of its monarchy, the Integrist-aligned Kingdom of Ethiopia, far from the damaging effects of hemispheric cooling in Europe, is flourishing. How long it can count on the uninterrupted support of the Integralist powers and survive as hegemon of its region is the country’s most pressing question. 

Integrist Portugal: The leading Integrist power, the Kingdom of Portugal is a compromise state, functioning as a militaristic republic with a figure-head monarch. However times are changing, and Dom Manuel IV is finding an increasingly active role in a country bracing for its inevitable conflict with the Directorate.   

Integrist Québec: Created as a pledge of good faith when the Commonwealth of Nations placed itself under the directorate, the predominately French Catholic Republic of Québec quickly allied with other Integrist countries in a desperate bid to maintain Canada’s parting gift of independence.


 Integrist Brazil: Supported by its mother country Portugal, the Integrist Government of Brazil is attempting to shift the balance of power in South America decisively in favor of historic Catholic-Hispanic unity which, outside of Ecuador, is finding little success. 

The Catholic Alliance: Officially the name is given to the coalition of the Sovereign governments of Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican, and their representatives in the Directorate Forum.   Unofficially it is a loosely connected group of popular uprisings in the Tyrol, the Vendeé, Brittany, Calabria, Krakow, Jalisco, the Asturias, and Assyria. The leaders of these uprisings have adopted the common symbol of the Sun of Justice flag, and are thought to receive support and weaponry from Integralist regimes, and aligned movements on the East Coast of the former United States. 

Kaiserjäger (Imperial Rangers): A mysterious group which fights injustice and protects Catholics throughout the world, with its command base at Mont Saint-Michel, recently bought from the French puppet government by a enigmatic Austrian whose real identity is known only to a few…

“His Empire Embraces All Men…”

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Thus the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: ‘His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.’ Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In Him is the salvation of the individual, in Him is the salvation of society. ‘Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved.’ He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. ‘For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?’ If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ. What We said at the beginning of Our Pontificate concerning the decline of public authority, and the lack of respect for the same, is equally true at the present day. ‘With God and Jesus Christ,’ we said, ‘excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.’

-Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas

Blessed Karl of Austria: A Virtuous Hero for Our Age

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Anyone who has escaped the clutches of catastrophe knows that he basically had the help of simple people to thank, people who were not overcome by the hate, the terror, the mechanicalness of platitudes. These people withstood the propaganda and its plainly demonic insinuations. When such virtues also manifest in a leader of people, endless blessings can result… The ruler reigns not by taking but by giving life.

-Ernst Jünger, The Forest Passage

Each one of us, as human persons, has a deep and lasting desire for virtue. Though this desire to conform one’s life to the good might be distorted by ignorance or completely perverted by vice, it cannot be erased from the human heart. It is this insight into the life of the human person that is the foundation of our Civilization, the guiding principle of the West. And because it is forgotten again and again, pushed aside by the cares and concerns that poison our world, Divine Providence raises heroic witnesses before the community of Mankind, to remind us what each and every one of us are capable of doing. For our own age, we have been gifted with the life of an amazing hero, Karl of Austria, to embody for us the call to virtue.
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Sub Specie Aeternitatis

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I sometimes feel appalled at the thought of the sum total of human misery all over the world at the present moment: the millions parted, fretting, wasting in unprofitable days – quite apart from torture, pain, death, bereavement, injustice. If anguish were visible, almost the whole of this benighted planet would be enveloped in a dense dark vapour, shrouded from the amazed vision of the heavens! And the products of it all will be mainly evil – historically considered.

But the historical version is, of course, not the only one. All things and deeds have a value in themselves, apart from their ’causes’ and ‘effects’. No man can estimate what is really happening at the present sub specie aeternitatis. All we do know, and that to a large extent by direct experience, is that evil labours with vast power and perpetual success – in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in.

So it is in general, and so it is in our own lives. …. But there is still some hope that things may be better for us, even on the temporal plane, in the mercy of God. And though we need all our natural human courage and guts (the vast sum of human courage and endurance is stupendous, isn’t it?) and all our religious faith to face the evil that may befall us (as it befalls others, if God wills) still we may pray and hope. I do.

-J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 64

Abendland: A Post-Nationalist Vision of Europe

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The “Abendlanders” proposed the creation of a unified Europe, but they imagined it as an organic unity based on its shared Christian heritage, an association of “fatherlands”, reminiscent of the social order willed by God that was destroyed by the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the emergence of nation-states, and the nationalism that had resulted in the First World War. Their Europe was not merely a political and economic association but rather an ordered society giving way to “eine neue Lebensform des europäischen Menschen” (“a new way of life for European people”) and the restoration, even a genuine rebirth, of Christendom: a deep unity of Empire [Reich] and Church. The “Abendlanders” initially saw the ancient Carolingian empire or the Holy Roman Empire as their model, but they also imagined a connection with Classical Rome (Virgil) and early Christianity.

-John Carter Wood, Christianity and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Europe

The Alternative Left or How the Devil is in the Terminology

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[Those] that know not how to distinguish between their right hand and their left…

-Jonah 4:11

I walk on cliffs of marble, and as I look out on the wide coast of the Great Sea of Phantasia I remember the basilica of Our Lady of the Crescent engulfed in flames, I hear again the baying of the hounds and the horns of the city, I feel once more the changing wind like the tide of the war. It is the war between the now encroaching wilderness of nihilism against the very heart of Human Civilization. Chaos has dressed herself in the robes of Order and sits in judgment on the world. I turn once again towards the mountains, and the high escape that awaits me there… These images (or should I say dreams?) I have drawn from Ernst Jünger’s hauntingly prophetic 1939 novel, On the Marble Cliffs. It is his clear vision from which I hope to write on that most dangerous of topics, “Right” and “Left”, or the Personalist and the Totalitarian.

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