About the ASK

The Angle-Saxish Kingdom, also known as Saxland or the ASK, is a country with territories in the western Highlands of the British Isles and and the eastern coast of North America. Because of the small area the state occupies and its limited sovereignty and recognition, it is known as a micronation.  

Early history

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Germanic peoples first arrived on the island of Great Britain in A.D. 449 when they were invited by the British King Vortigern to aid in his campaign against the Picts. The Jutes and Angles came from the Jutland Peninsula to settle in central and northern areas, which would become the Kingdoms of Kent, East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumbria, while the Saxons came from the northwest of modern Germany to settle in southern areas, namely Essex, Sussex, and Wessex.

Although the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms remained separate, one ruler was acknowledged as Bretwalda, or overlord. St Oswald of Northumbria, for example, was called totius Britanniae imperator (“emperor of all Britain”) by the Irish abbot Adamnan. 

It was not until Alfred the Great’s capture of London in 886 that he began to style himself Rex Angulsaxonum (“King of Anglo-Saxons”). The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms were finally unified by his grandson Athelstan, who was elected king of Wessex and Mercia in 924, annexed the Kingdom of York in 927, and routed the coalition of Scots, Cumbrians, and Olaf, King of Northumbria and Dublin, at the Battle of Brunanburh in 937. 

During the so-called North Sea Empire period (1013 – 1042), England was united with Denmark in the reign of Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard, and later with with Norway and Sweden after the House of Denmark (under Cnut the Great) was restored following the Battle of Assandun.

The Anglo-Saxon/Anglo-Danish monarchy came to an end following the death of Harold Godwinson, and the associated institutions and nobility were supplanted by the conqueror William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066. The resistance movement against the new Norman order was led by Thane Hereward the Wake in 1070; modern Saxland claims to be the successor of the old Anglo-Danish kingdom in opposition to what became the Norman-dominated Kingdom of England.

Creation of the ASK

The now King of Angle-Saxons founded what was then known as West Germania in 2010 as a movement to re-establish a culturally (but non-racialist) Anglo-Saxon nation and to foster pan-Germanism. A student of German and linguistics, he was inspired by the revival of other languages such as Hebrew to construct a descendant of Old English with a high degree of mutual intelligibility with German and Dutch. Taking an interest in Wodenism, he initially took the regnal name Penda II (the Ironhand) after the Mercian pagan king.

Following his conversion to Christianity in 2011, he joined forces with fellow Christian micronationalist Markus Abernathy to create the Holy Empire of New Israel so that their respective states might be a platform to further the gospel in their community. Penda was later inspired by Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan republican government in England and temporarily abdicated in 2015. Having again embraced constitutional monarchy and upon his election as king in a 2017 referendum, he adopted the Latin rendering of his birth name, Johannes, and reinstated the title King of Angle-Saxons once claimed by Alfred. In the following months, he drafted a new constitution based heavily on the 1653 English Instrument of Government and the 1641 Massachusetts Body of Liberties. The resulting document was finally ratified in 2019 and in the same year, the first formal territory was acquired.