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November 22nd is a special day for TQUK, for we are marking the beginning of our next business venture. TQUK has been dedicated to offering quality qualifications to the masses. Then we created the TQUK "Hive", so that we could dip our toes into assessment and offer EPA to the vocational education industry. Now, we like to take this moment to celebrate our newest business venture: The Free and Independent Republic of Training Qualifications UK, colloquially called TQUKadia by all employees*cough*citizens.

It’s said that the first Start Your Own Country Day goes back to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City with the intention of honouring “those free-spirited souls who dared to hope and believe in a better world where they too could declare any land their own.”

TQUK’s entrepreneurial spirit is in deep simpatico with this sentiment. We’ve always believed anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Like it says above our door:

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So it must be true.

There’s a long history of the creation of micronations all around the world, so we’re not just making this all up as we go along. And we know, the idea of a “country” is a fairly porous idea in the first place, so we have every right to mess with it.

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The Principality of Sealand, a micronation that claims Roughs Tower, an offshore platform located in the North Sea, occupied by family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates.

There’s also tons of legal precedent for this kind of thing. The Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States is a convention governing the recognition of statehood in the Americas, and requires four things for a state to exist:

  • A permanent population
  • Defined territory
  • Government
  • A capacity to enter into relations with other states

Similarly, by the Badinter Arbitration Committee, set up to deal with the conflicts between several republics of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, states that a state was defined by having

  • A territory
  • A population
  • A political authority

So how does TQUK meet all these requirements? We’re glad you asked.

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ALL the people in this photo work at TQUK.

A permanent population

TQUK does indeed have a permanent population, depending on how you define “permanent”. It’s said that some people in the office, particularly the Head of Awarding Organisation, Katie Orr, never leaves the office. So while some citizens might take daily excursions outside our borders, there is at least one or two people always within our territory. Box ticked.

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Ours.

Defined territory

You might’ve noticed we moved into some new digs and we feel fairly comfortable in declaring that the territory within the bounds of our office holds an emotional and historical significance for the citizens of TQUKadia and thus warrants annexe.

Gotcha.

Government/Political Authority

Anyone who has seen Andy with a cold brew and a task that has not been completed knows the definition of “iron-fisted authority”.

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We've been there.

A capacity to enter into relations with other governments

As an awarding organisation, TQUK has had extensive dealings with Ofqual, the Department of Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Having dealt with ministers representing the government of Her Majesty, The Queen of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we think we have more than enough capacity to enter into relations with our only land neighbour, the UK.

We look forward to welcoming you to TQUKadia. Be sure to have your passport ready when you come and some cash for when we impose a tariff. (We also accept payment in McVitie’s biscuits.)