On one of my recent adventures I became the first tourist to visit Wrythe, Austenasia’s capital. Having crossed the border from the town of Carshalton in London, England I was greeted by Emperor Jonathan I and given a guided tour of the capital. Here are the top 8 sights in Wrythe, capital of the Empire of Austenasia.
1. England – Austenasia Border Crossing
The border crossing between England and Austenasia is bizarre, memorable and almost un-noticeable. I crossed from the English town of Carshalton in London into Wrythe, capital of Austenasia.
The crossing is done on foot and is from the street footpath of Green Wrythe Lane across a bricked line into the driveway of number 312 Green Wrythe Lane. The terraced house that is the capital of Austenasia. It’s a crossing from a footpath into a driveway. The border is not manned, there are no visas required, no passport control, no passport stamps and no bag checks. You do however need to ensure you have organised your visit by contacting the Emperor of Austenasia and arranging your tour times and dates in advance.
2. The Welcome to Austenasia Sign
Although you have already entered the Empire of Austenasia by stepping into the driveway at Wrythe (the nation’s capital), you don’t notice the Welcome to Austenasia sign until you reach the front door of the enclosed part of Wrythe. It’s a small sign welcoming you to the country and explaining the rules. As mentioned you’ll need to be here as part of an organised tour (through contacting the Austenasian government) so the Empirial Family will be expecting you. Ring the bell by the right of the door. On my visit, it was the Emperor himself, Jonathan I who opened the door to let me in.
3. Parliament Hall
Parliament Hall is the largest room in Wrythe. It is basically the lounge of the house and includes a library, a television and more significantly the chair where the country was formed back in 2008, which is at the rear of the hall. Government meetings are held partly in Parliament Hall but also via Skype.
When you look out the window back onto the street and the country of England, you can see the Austenasian flag.
4. Independence Chair/The Emperor’s Chair
Similarly to the time I visited Parnu in Estonia, there is a marker place to where Austenasia was actually formed. On this very chair back in 2008, was where the letter of independence was typed up and hence this chair marks the exact spot where the Empire of Austenasia became a country and seceded from the United Kingdom. It can be called Independence Chair or The Emperor’s Chair.
While it’s Jonathan the First’s throne and seat, as the only tourist, I was able to sit on Independence Chair and write some notes up.
5. Wrythe Public Park
For a small capital, I was surprised they have room for a public park, but Wrythe Public Park is situated out the back from Parliament Hall.
It’s basically the back garden, but also contains vantage points over three different sections of fence into the neighbouring country of England/UK.
6. The Orange Pyramid (Austenasia’s National Monument)
I was surprised to learn that Austenasia’s capital Wrythe has a national monument. This is the only real touristy monument in the capital, which was unfortunately destroyed by wind erosion a few years back. Regrettably I didn’t get to see the original versions of the monument, but images of them can be found below:
It was built as a monument to cultural diversity originally in April 2011 but almost completely rebuilt in May 2012 due to the collapse of the original structure resulting from a lack of structural integrity.
It has been left the way it was after the great wind of 2012, making it also Wrythe’s only “ruined site”. The Emperor says there are plans to build a new national monument at some point. However as of March 2015, the monument has been covered over by a growth of plants and is a shadow of its former self.
7. Wrythe Pet Cemetery
In Wrythe Public Park, on the right hand side is Wrythe Pet Cemetery. Here are the burial sites of the capital’s pets. The site is cleaned once a year on the 17th May.
8. The Austenasian National Flag
Last but not least, the official displaying of the Austenasian National Flag is of high importance to the nation. It is flown currently only on selected days, including the day I arrived because I was the first ever tourist or backpacker to tour the capital. It is also flown on the third week of September every year as that is Austenasia’s Independence Day.
The flag also makes a good photo opportunity, so any tourists heading there, take the flag of your country with you and get your photo next to it!
Those are the top 8 sights currently in Wrythe, Austenasia. The country has other towns scattered across the globe, the largest town is actually New Richmond which borders the USA. Sadly there is no souvenir shop or gift shop yet in Wrythe. But I sincerely hope it’s not too long until you can buy Austenasia flags, postcards, fridge magnets, pens, iron on badges, stamps and coins. A visa for your passport would also be nice.
In the meantime, Emperor Jonathan the First (the longest reigning monarch of the nation) welcomes e-mails and also tourists on selected days. I was the first tourist to visit the country, I would love to know who will be the second!
Also – the nearest pub to Wrythe in Austenasia is the Racehorse Pub in Carshalton in England. Jonathan is probably the first person I’ve met that crosses the border into another country when he wants to visit what is his “local pub”!
Here are some videos from my time backpacking my way through the sights of this tiny capital, Wrythe in Austenasia: