All About Our Christian Micronation
The Christian Commonwealth of Upadaria
A Virtual Homeland For An Emergent Christian Nation of People
Upadaria is both a word that is an acronym for the ideals of a Christian civilization and a variation of ancient words in Greek and Persian which we take to mean “The People Rule Through God’s Approved Wisdom.”
It represents an intentional effort to form family, community, and national culture around Christian universals and shared unique convictions about a practical Christian lifestyle and governance discipline that empowers you to find and fulfill God’s best for your life with excellence and to be a witness and influence for Jesus to the nations while serving the greater Body of Christ around you.
Upadaria is an acronym for UPDR that both stands for a Union of People and Democratic Republics as a model for regionally distributed intentional communities and the UPDR Ideals of Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law which we believe are the basis of a coming new Christian civilization.
In a society in which Christian virtues and faith are shunned and even persecuted in some places, it is necessary and useful for Christians to form their own sociocultural associations- the nation as a People is, in fact, the Biblical example of how such cultures can be formed and maintained on the basis not of force and coercion, but of free will covenant association. People who are seeking a way of life that is truly Christians, that is in harmony with the ancient ways of the first Christian communities, and that is also thoroughly modern and forward-looking will find in Upadaria a pleasant respite from a world gone insane.
For those who see that negative cultures that affirm sin and death can only be defeated in your own life and in society in general through positive culture that affirms righteousness and life, the Upadarian Way, and being a Peer of Upadaria, will be a means to truly live out the details of our Christian faith and convictions, both ourselves and in community with others.
The desire to really live our and experience a total Christian way of life in a Christian sociocultural environment is healthy and normal and it by no means limits our ability to reach out to and connect to others, including people in the world around us and fellow Christians. Being part of a Christian community based on the same set of beliefs and convictions does not limit your ability to be witness and influence for Jesus, it actually enhances that ability.
By adopting the Upadarian Way, what we call the Kha Yasa, through a formal free will covenant association between you and God and you and your fellow Peers, is no withdrawal from the world. The national mission of Upadaria as a People is to be a witness and influence for Jesus to the nations and to help and shelter Christian refugees and people in crisis. As a lifestyle discipline, Upadarian Peers follow a Karygama A’ Regiata, a path of honor, whereby they seek always to find and fulfill God’s best for their lives, with excellence, and together with people whom God has aligned them with, including the whole nation of people, fellow Peers of Upadaria, and the whole Body of Christ.
We do not prescribe the Upadarian Way as the only way to live for Christ, and it does not offer any hope of salvation except through Grace by faith in Jesus Christ. What we propose and offer is a lifestyle and governance discipline, in a free will covenant association with fellow Peers of Upadaria, that will enable you to live for Christ and be an effective witness and influence for Jesus to the nations of people around you.
The Upadarian Way modernizes and utilizes the ancient concepts and practices of koinonia (often translated as fellowship, but more deeply a covenant association like unto kinship), the oikos (the ancient multi-family extended household community), the ecclesia (a body of people as a spiritual city-state within a region or locale who have spiritual and sociocultural independence and yet who are integrated into the larger whole, what we call a Regency), and ethne (the nation as a single People whose God is the Lord with its own homeland, in our case a virtual and dispersed homeland, and its own unique purpose in God’s creation).
To live this lifestyle and governance discipline, you come to the virtual homeland but you strive to get to a place where you are part of a local multi-family extended Upadarian household wherein every Peer genuinely feels that the good and success of all other members are equal in value to their own good and success in a state of mutuality that does not stifle our inherent individuality. When you choose to become a Peer of Upadaria you intentionally adopt a new ethnicity, which is layered on your own ancestral ethnicities and your existing citizenship with your country. But within and among fellow Peers, the only ethnicity is this new, intentional ethnicity- ours will be a truly color-blind and egalitarian society that recognizes only merit as the basis of standing and status.
As I write this, there are no Upadarian multi-family extended household communities. The number of people who claim to be or associate with Upadaria is small, and they are dispersed, not all in one place. The first pioneers of Upadaria, the nation-builders, will be the ones who essentially test these ideas, refine them, and define them for generations to come. Their work will have a historical impact as the builders of the world’s first internet-born, intentional national people emerges.
Who will want this initially? Essentially, the kind of people who would want this are people who are fed up with Churchianity and who want to get back to the sociocultural purity and roots of a total Christian lifestyle grounded in the best things we can find from the first Christian communities but thoroughly modern and forward-looking in its implementation. As the first communities emerge, the scope of potential adopters of the Upadarian nationality will grow, and many diverse types of people will become Peers of Upadaria.
While the Kha Yasa emphasizes living a Christian lifestyle and governance discipline in mutuality with others as the basis of our identity and our free will covenant association, this is only a means to an end, Our national mission is outward looking toward reaching the lost and serving the Body of Christ. In other words, we would propose that such a lifestyle and governance discipline as we will practice together enables and empowers us to fulfill a shared national mission for Jesus that is outward-focused.
In spirit, we are talking about communities like this, except that they are distributed, not all together, although they will act as if they are one village of people
We do not propose that the Upadarian Way, which includes the Kha Yasa and the Karygama A’ Regita, relate in any way to salvation or special rewards, We propose that they are useful modern ways to approach a greater mission of being a witness and influence for Jesus to the nations and to serve the Body of Christ, especially in helping Christian refugees and Christians in crisis. We further propose that the Upadarian Way, and being a Peer of Upadaria, will shield you and your family from the influences of a society that is hostile to our faith and values and help you be a more effective disciple of Christ in fulfilling God’s best for your life with excellence.
In short, the Upadarian Way is the modern manifestation of the original way of life practiced among the first Christians but adapted to our reality and needs and directed outward to reach the nations and serve the greater Body of Christ. People who want that will be drawn to our vision for a new Christian nation of people, and indeed a new Christian civilization that, should the Lord tarry, we believe is coming in the future.
You become a Peer through practice and association, we have no single or special leader, and every Peer plays a role in helping to define and refine the Upadaria Way by earning standing and status in a “nobility of merit” to participate in our governance and in our consensual decision-making processes. Certainly, some will rise as leaders and some are more prone toward being followers, but through direct participation and a plurality of leadership, we aim to create a globally distributed Commonwealth of people that is participatory and as egalitarian as possible.
You don’t have to formally join the Society which will propagate the vision and impart the practices of Upadaria throughout the world to be a Upadarian National. If you adopt this way and form your own association of community with others who do the same, you do not need anyone’s permission or oversight, though the Society will own the trademark to Upadarian terms and symbols and will ensure that nobody uses these things in a way that bring shame to others who use them.
We believe the spread of the Upadarian Way as a modern Christian lifestyle and governance discipline rooted in the first Christian communities but thoroughly modern and forward-looking will mostly spread as individuals and groups of individuals choose to adopt it on their own. As long as there are not gross violations of the spirit and intent of our names, terms, and symbols, it is understood that those who wish to use them for the purpose of forming their own Upadarian associations and communities may do so UNESS TOLD OTHERWISE. We will have a mechanism for reporting cases where our names, terms, and symbols are used in a manner that brings shame or dishonor to others who use them.
What is the Upadarian Way? It is a lifestyle and governance discipline rooted in the first Christian communities we find in the New Testament, and in ancient Israel, but thoroughly modern and forward-looking, In other words, we are inspired and guided by ancient Israel and the First Century Ecclesia, but we are not trying to mimic or duplicate exactly what they did, we are adapting it to our present reality and needs, and to lessons learned from the two thousand years of history since the time of the Apostles.