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Principality of Wildflower Meadows
| Principality of Wildflower Meadows |
"Do you have a flag?"
Flight of the Bumblebee
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
|Largest city||Deva Victrix|
|Short name||Wildflower Meadows|
|- Princess||HSH Princess Hannah|
|Area claimed||~232.9 acres|
Those living in the Principality number just under 90,000, but their relation to the throne is complicated; see Demographics.
The Principality was founded as a sovereign polity by Princess Hannah and her unmarried partner Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia, and claims sovereignty over an area surrounded by Cheshire and two surrounded by South London.
On 12 May 2016, Emperor Jonathan I and Princess Consort Hannah of the Empire of Austenasia visited Chester Meadows. While there, the Emperor granted his partner sovereignty over the meadows and over the walled city of Chester itself, founding the Principality of Wildflower Meadows with the Edict of Chester 2016. Hannah was crowned Princess of Wildflower Meadows as the principality's absolute monarch, reassuming a title that had originally been given to her in a May Queen-related event in April 2011.
On 14 October later that year, the couple visited Grosvenor Park, which at the request of the Princess the Emperor also annexed to the Principality. The following month, the couple also claimed Wandleside, consisting of a stretch of the River Wandle and its banks in south London, the first land of the principality not to come from Cheshire. A further claim of land in Cheshire, Maybridge - linking up the first three claims into a contiguous enclave of the United Kingdom - was made on 14 January 2017, and another in South London - Forestedge - on 12 April 2017.
Wildflower Meadows is an absolute monarchy, ruled by its Princess. However, the day-to-day administration of the principality's territories is undertaken by the British government, which does so by the permission of the Princess despite not recognising her claim to the land. Since 31 May 2016, the Principality has been a protected state of Austenasia.
Although up to 90,000 people live within Wildflower Meadows, few if any are aware of this. Although the residents of Deva Victrix and Maybridge are technically under the jurisdiction of the principality, none have been granted citizenship. The only person other than the Princess herself to be a national of the principality is Emperor Jonathan I, meaning that Wildflower Meadows effectively has a population only of two, neither of whom live within the principality itself.
Wildflower Meadows is an exclave and enclave state, comprised of two non-contiguous territories. The larger of the two territories (comprised of Chester Meadows, Deva Victrix, Grosvenor Park and Maybridge) is an enclave of the British county of Cheshire, whereas the smaller of the two territories, Wandleside, is an enclave of South London, bordering the London Boroughs of Sutton and of Croydon.
Chester Meadows measures roughly 2.749 million square feet and is one of the original two territories claimed on 12 May 2016. The land is uninhabited, and consists of grassland and wetlands by the River Dee. The meadows serve as habitat to a wide range of plants and animals.
The largest of the six territories of the principality, and one of the original two to be claimed, Deva Victrix measures roughly 5.596 million square feet and is home to most of the residential population of Wildflower Meadows. The territory consists of the part of the city of Chester that is within the city walls. It contains a large number of medieval and listed buildings and popular landmarks. The territory takes its name from the Roman castrum or fortress that originally stood on the same site.
Forestedge, claimed on 12 April 2017, measures roughly 53,200 square feet and is therefore the smallest land claim of Wildflower Meadows. It is the most recently claimed territory of the Principality, and consists of a grassy area of parkland bordered by the London Borough of Sutton.
Grosvenor Park, claimed on 14 October 2016, measures roughly 871,200 square feet. The land is uninhabited, and consists of a Victorian-style public park containing ornamental flower beds, grassed areas, trees and footpaths.
Maybridge, claimed on 14 January 2017, connects Chester Meadows, Deva Victrix and Grovesnor Park together. Measuring roughly 854,530 square feet, the territory spans the River Dee and consists of a northern and southern part.
The second-smallest of the six territories of the principality is Wandleside, measuring roughly 74,000 square feet. Wandleside consists of a 550 feet-long stretch of the River Wandle and an adjoining area of grass and trees, and is situated mere feet away from Princess Hannah's home in the United Kingdom.
- The 2011 UK Census counted 90,524 people living within the Chester urban area, which includes residences outside the city walls. The number of people living within Deva Victrix itself would therefore be fewer, with the additional population of Maybridge being negligible (<100) in comparison.