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Commonwealth of Dracul
Flag of Commonwealth of Dracul
Flag
Coat of arms of Commonwealth of Dracul
Coat of arms
Motto: "Deo Vindice"
"God Vindicates"
Anthem: "Dracul, Our Fatherland"

National March: "March of Dracul"
Great Seal
Newseal2ddracul.png
Dracul World Map.png
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StatusActive
LocationSouth Houston, Texas
CapitalBran District
29.582120, -95.154470
Largest CityFort Howie, North Dracul
Official languagesEnglish
Recognised regional languagesHindi, Romanian
Ethnic groups (2021)
  • 78.6% White
  • 12.0% S.E. Asian
  • 4.8% Arab
  • 2.4% Asian

2.4% Black

Religion(2022)
DemonymDraculian (common)
Vladimite (rare)
GovernmentNational presidential constitutional republic
• President
Stephen Luke
• Vice President
Connor Moh Deena
• Chief Justice
Dennis Garza
LegislatureParliament of Dracul
Establishment25 September 2017
Area
• 
0.45 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
• Water (%)
2.30
Membership96
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate
• Total
$730.33
Gini (2022)45.0
medium
HDI (2022)0.700
high
CurrencyUS Dollar (de facto)
Dracul Mark (ψ) (CDM)
Time zoneCST (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST)
CDT (UTC-6)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy
Drives on theright
Calling code+1
Patron saintSaint Nicholas II of Russia

Dracul, officially the Commonwealth of Dracul About this sound (listen) ) , is a North American micronation, self-classified as an Independent Republic, located within and surrounded by Houston, Texas. A democratic state in function, Dracul has grown to become a reasonably well-known member of the micronational community, holding relations with several prominent micronations. The country, founded on 25 September, 2017, encompasses a large public park and another (much smaller) park. Dracul was originally founded by Stephen Luke, Dmitri Howie, and Mark Millner, originally as a side hobby for the three. In 2019, Whisper Williams and Kassie Bushong were dubbed founding persons, due to their dedication towards progress. Since its founding, Dracul has risen to encompass more than 90 members from over 20 different nations throughout the globe and has gained treaties of recognition with more than 40 micronations.

Dracul has referred to itself as a "sovereign republic" since its start in 2017 and has held itself in that regard, engaging in actions such as; establishing a currency and printing novelty banknotes, creating its own community and governmental traditions, holding elections and ceremonies, and engaging in public awareness initiatives; such as its popular 2019 suicide prevention campaign. In a macronational context, Dracul operates as a community with a government-inspired organizational hierarchy.

Etymology

Vlad the Impaler, national image of Dracul

The Commonwealth of Dracul takes its name from the Prince of Wallachia, which is attributed as to why Vlad III is a national hero of Dracul. Dracul was established on 25 September 2017 in Houston, Texas by Dmitri Howie, Stephen Luke, Kassie Bushong, and Mark Millner. The exact reasons for why Vlad III was chosen is still unclear; however, it is known that Stephen Luke was born in Romania, while Dmitri Howie claimed bloodline to Vlad III. It was this very fact that led many to believe why the two primary founders chose Vlad III and Romanian heritage as their micronation's basis.

History

In 2017, Stephen Luke, Dmitri Howie, Mark Millner, and Kassie Bushong were seeking a way to voice their views on creating a nation that best suited their needs, and in their opinion, would benefit others as well. It wasn't until September 2017 when Stephen Luke came across micronationalism and announced it to the three others. After reviewing what micronationalism was about, the four decided that creating their own nation was the best way to go about voicing their political views. The three founders ultimately concluded that this country project would not only be for entertainment purposes but advocacy as well, such as suicide awareness and anti-bullying causes.

An advisory for the initiation of the first suicide awareness campaign was set to begin on September 1, 2019. Several nations, including the Grand Duchy of Westarctica and Republic of West Who, quickly joined in, wanting to help in any way possible. Positions in the campaign ranged from information gathers to simple advertisers. The campaign proved to be a true success and still is available on the Government's website.

Mark Millner, a co-founder of the micronation, began his connection with Dracul as an average citizen, then joining the Draculian Navy. After several months of dedication and assistance in ceremonies, Howie and Luke made the decision to grant Millner the status of "Founding Father". Millner's popularity soared as he was seen as a flag bearer in most photos and ceremony events on Dracul 1 Television.

Creation of states

On 1 February 2018, the states of North Dracul and South Dracul were created to allow citizens of Dracul to create their own legislation and state programs. Dracul wanted citizens to have locations to choose from, instead of just claiming membership to the Commonwealth. The first governors were Eric Harvey Williams, Jr and Kassie Bushong.

National Government Action

The National Government has taken major action in rare occasions, specifically related to Capital and Citizenship.

Federal Capitol Relocation

On 5 July 2020, the Parliament of Dracul confirmed a vote to create a federal district, which would be the new home of Dracul's capitol. Prior to the decision, Dracul's capitol was part of North Dracul. Through Parliament's discussion, it was stated that North Dracul State received more benefits and federal funding, compared to South Dracul State, since the federal capitol was part of North Dracul. Parliament considered this a conflict of interest, which ultimately led to the vote for capitol relocation to Bran District.

Inactive citizenship cancellation

On 1 June 2021, the Dracul Federal Naturalization Service carried out their first citizenship cancellations for citizens who had not shown interest in over a year. The Naturalization Service stated on their main website that citizenship was intended to be an active role in the community and that any citizen who was inactive for a long period was subject to revocation. FNS further stated that any revoked citizen through these means could re-apply for citizenship.

National and state elections

National and state elections typically take place every four years within Dracul. This includes President/Vice President, Members of Parliament, along with State Governors and Lieutenant Governors. Mayors, if any, typically are elected every two years, depending on the state or city bylaws.

First State Governors

Governor Kassie Bushong of South Dracul being sworn in, 2019

On 25 October 2018, both states began seeking candidates for their Governor positions. January 7, 2019, elections were held to elect the first governors of the North and South Dracul States. Victory was declared by Eric Harvey Williams, Jr for North Dracul, by a vote of 66.67 percent. Kassie Bushong secures a South Dracul victory, by a vote of 100 percent. Both governors spent their first year getting to know their state citizens, which proved successful in a public relations perspective but hurt the growth of both states, along the lines of developing state constitutions and state legislation. As of January 2021, neither state has a constitution.

First Presidential election

The first Presidential election took place on 8 November 2021, which resulted in a victory for Presidential Candidate Stephen Luke and Vice-Presidential Candidate Connor Modena. The two ran together unopposed, however voting was still encouraged since two propositions were on the ballot. The first President Dmitri Howie was appointed by the founders, due to a lack of citizenship at Dracul's launch. All future Presidents will be elected via the first-past-the-post system. Stephen Luke and Connor Modena's inauguration was on January 8, 2022. [1]

Government and politics

The Commonwealth of Dracul is a national republic of two states, a federal district, one concession, and no uninhabited island possessions. It is a national republic and a representative democracy, "in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law." In the Draculian federalist system, citizens are usually subject to three levels of government: federal, state, and local. The local government's duties are commonly split between county and municipal governments. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Draculian Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document. The original text of the Constitution establishes the structure and responsibilities of the national government and its relationship with the individual states. Article One protects the right to the "great writ" of habeas corpus. All laws and governmental procedures are subject to judicial review and any law ruled by the courts to be in violation of the Constitution is voided.

The federal government comprises three branches:[2]

  • Legislative: The bicameral Congress, made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government.
  • Executive: The President is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law (subject to Congressional override), and appoints the members of the Cabinet (subject to Senate approval) and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
  • Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the president with Senate approval, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional. The Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of Dracul, has currently one member, who serves for life.

The Senate (unicameral) has 4 members with each state having two senators, elected four-year terms; all seats are up for election every four years. Bran District does not have senators. The president serves a four-year term and may be elected to the office no more than twice in a row. The president is elected by direct vote. The state governments are structured in a roughly similar fashion. The governor (chief executive) of each state is directly elected. Some state judges and cabinet officers are appointed by the governors of the respective states, while others are elected by popular vote.

Members of the Government

Political parties and elections

In the beginning, Dracul allowed political parties to exist, to provide a better opportunity for candidates in elections to run off of. In 2019, the Parliament determined that political parties could eventually cause unrest, leading to a takeover of Dracul, which could lead to a restructuring of the nation, especially along the lines of ideology. This was seen as a possible threat to what Dracul originally stood for and Parliament banned political parties. In 2020, Parliament voted in favor of allowing political parties again, since it was deemed unconstitutional to prohibit political parties.

Foreign relations

President Luke, along with A.G. Whisper Williams (Dracul) and Emperor Bryce (Confederated Empire).

The Commonwealth of Dracul informally recognizes all micronations, however does on a case by case basis, make official recognition with other micronations. A strict code of conduct and set of requirements must be adhered to in order for official recognition to be granted.

  • The requesting micronation must be in existence for at least 1 year. The micronation must not have drastically changed their government style within the past 6 months. In addition, the micronation must have an actual purpose for existing.
  • The micronation must have a website or social media account, explaining their government style, leaders, and citizenship information. The information must show progress from the start of existence. If a micronation cannot prove they’ve existed from their claimed start date, they will be rejected.
  • All micronations must make reasonable claims. Dracul will not establish a treaty with a micronation that claims the land of an entire city, state, county, or country. In addition, the micronation cannot claim an entire population without those people’s knowledge.
  • The micronation must physically exist. Micronations that exist virtually, have fake history, inaccurate population, or claim land on other planets will not be approved.
  • Any micronation that has inconsistent data with their history will be under further review, pending the treaty acceptance (i.e. existing since 2018, but having only 2 citizens).
  • Dracul will not engage in diplomacy with micronations that declare war on each other, hold terroristic ties with others, or who seriously declare war on U.N. recognized countries.
  • Any micronation that acts in an unprofessional manner, appears to be a simulation, does not hold true dedication, uses copyrighted images as their own or targets legally protected groups will not be approved.
  • Dracul will not discuss diplomacy with micronations who operate in a Marxist, Leninist, Nazi, anarchist, or Anti-Semitism style.
  • Leaders of a micronation must be real people. There may be animals within the royal family, however, they cannot be a ruling party of the government.
  • The highest ruling person must be of legal age in order to be recognized. This means anyone serving as a leader, monarch, or president, who is under the age of 17 will not be recognized.

Nations officially recognized by Dracul:

Economy

A 2021 Series Currency Note

The Draculian Economy is based off the Draculian Mark. Currently, the Draculian Mark is valued at the amount of Gold purchased by the Draculian Government, marked at a USD price. Dracul currently uses its online gift shop to sell goods and services, such as novelty banknotes, citizenship certificates, shirt buttons, and flags. The gift shop makes up 98% of Dracul's income, with the other 2% made by penalties and internet services sold to Draculian Officials.

Defense

Dracul Military at Nicholas II Parade, 2021

The Department of Defense currently consists of the Dracul Army and Air Corps.

Originally created to provide a military-style structure for those interested in a disciplined regimen and ceremonial services, it underwent reform to provide national security for the Commonwealth. The current Secretary of Defense is Scott Jeanes.

Army

The Army of Dracul is considered the foundation of Dracul's national defense with contributions to defense reform and restructure. The Army provides Dracul with a standing defensive posture on the ground and deterrent to hostilities. The Army currently consists of an Officer Corps and enlisted personnel and provides instruction at the Prezan Military Academy. The Army is currently commanded by Field Marshal Scott Jeanes.[3]

Prezan Military Academy

The Prezan Military Academy, named after Constantin Prezan of the Romanian Army, was created to provide training to Dracul's military personnel. PMA oversees the Officer Candidate School (OCS), ROTC, JROTC, and offers the Joint Training Program (JTP) to Foreign Military Personnel for basic military knowledge and a formal training regimen. Prezan Military Academy is the "crown jewel" of the Department of Defense.

Air Corps

The Dracul Army Air Corps is the aviation component of the Dracul Army providing flight operations and technical abilities to the military. Some of their duties are weather monitoring, air traffic control, drone operations, among others. The Army Air Corps is commanded by 2nd Lieutenant Bruce Cooper.

Conflicts/Engagements

Dracul rarely participates in conflicts, especially when conflict is avoidable. There have been up to three incidents in which Dracul felt it was unable to avoid entry into. The most notable one was the Rebel Conflict of 2018, which resulted in Victory Day being created as a national holiday. For the most part, Dracul has a distaste for the term "micronational war", since its connotation is normally linked with younger micronationalists engaging with airsoft or fabricating war stories.

Dracul Rebel Conflict of 2018

On 15 April 2018, Intelligence Director Al Fare released a public statement condemning religious peoples, citing his atheist views as a reason to target and discriminate against religion. The Federal Government shortly after sent a letter to Al Fare, informing him of his inappropriate actions and that assistance would not be rendered to him. On 20 April, a small force was formed under the name "Dracul Confederacy", which was led by Fare, to begin the mission of targeting religious peoples. The Federal Government mobilized and cut off resources and communications between Al Fare and the rest of the Commonwealth. A GIF war was started in a private chat, between Al Fare and members of the Dracul Armed Forces. Al Fare eventually gave up on the 9 May 2018, signaling a victory for the people of Dracul. Al Fare was found guilty of terrorism and his citizenship was revoked. While simulations did take place during the conflict, Al Fare made it clear that his Atheist views were to be taken seriously, which resulted in defensive measures being taken by the Fed.

Bran Action of 2021

The Bran House, named after Bran Castle in Romania, is the Administrative building of Dracul on the national level.

In March 2021, the Dracul Army was deployed to Bran District as part of a declaration of Martial Law. Several members of the City Council were found guilty of abusing their powers of office and corruption. In response the President, Dmitri Howie, agreed with officials and commanders to declare Martial Law on the District. Brigadier General Scott Jeanes assigned Colonel Connor Modena as Military Governor of the region tasked with securing and reestablishing the government. As of 16 July 2021, the city charter and a new rules and procedures document were signed and approved by the President and elections were held.

Dracul-Graustarkian Affair

On 5 September 2021, the Commonwealth of Dracul declared an information war on the Graustark-Dawsbergen Principality, after Draculian Vice President Stephen Luke discovered that former Draculian citizen Charles von Graustark was spying on the Draculian government for the Graustark-Dawsbergian government. This was then clarified as an investigation, along with a wargame perspective for the allies of Dracul. Since then, relations have improved, especially with Graustark's former leadership.

Small Business

Businesses belonging to Dracul citizens, as well as non-citizens, that operate within the Commonwealth are approved and regulated by the Small Business Administration. This process typically consists of an application, which is either approved or denied by the SBA. Once approved, the business is listed as Draculian business, advertised and promoted by the SBA. Currently, there are no forms of fees or taxes on Draculian approved businesses. Certain licenses however are required for operating specific businesses.

Geography, climate, and environment

The Commonwealth's geography mostly consists of grassy terrain with sparse woodlands and two bodies of water; these being a man-made fountain known as the Unity Fountain and a small reservoir known as Horsepen Bayou. The country consists of the two states of North Dracul and South Dracul; the latter of which houses Dracul's capital city of Bran. Additionally, the country is made up of the capitol of Bran District and the concession of Napocatania.

Climate data for Dracul
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16
(61)
18
(64)
21
(70)
25
(77)
28
(82)
31
(88)
33
(91)
33
(91)
30
(86)
26
(79)
21
(70)
17
(63)
25
(77)
Average low °C (°F) 7
(45)
9
(48)
13
(55)
16
(61)
20
(68)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
22
(72)
17
(63)
12
(54)
9
(48)
15
(59)
Source: www.usclimatedata.com (data from 1985–2015)

Territorial claims

The Commonwealth of Dracul is made up of two states, two territories, and a federal district which serves as the nation's capital and seat of governance. Small scale devolved powers are handed to Dracul's many subdivisions and varying degrees of autonomy are exercised by them. Territories are typically approved by the Draculian Parliament, along with the Department of State. Most territories operate independently and are represented during national parliament sessions.

Flag Name Established Capital Notes
Federal Districts
Bran flag.png Bran District 5 July 2020 Serves as capital of Dracul
States
Southsmall2.png South Dracul 1 February 2018 Moldavia Oldest of the two states
Northsmall.png North Dracul 2 February 2018 Fort Howie Second state created and largest by land size
Current/Former Territories
Las colinas verdes flag.png Las Verdes Colinas 14 July 2021 Darvin First territory admitted to Dracul
Gifted to Raphania, 24 Jun 2022
BFNF flag.svg Breco Territory 20 September 2021 Rezninsk Declared independence, 7 May 2022

Culture

Citizen women of the Commonwealth, including (left to right) Meghan Bushong, Kassie Hood, Katie Arnold, and Amber Friedley.

The culture of Dracul is primarily of Western origin, but its influences include European peoples and their cultures. Dracul has its own distinct social and cultural characteristics, such as social habits, cuisine, and folklore. Dracul is ethnically diverse as a result of large-scale European and Asian citizenship throughout its history, Dracul is an anglophone country with a legal system derived from Anglo-American common law.

Demographics

The Commonwealth has a diverse pool of citizens consisting of all walks of life. The majority of citizens are un-married and the nation is predominantly Male. Regardless, many women are members of Dracul and contribute meaningfully in the day-to-day running of the nation; additionally, the country has three citizens by birth who were born to Draculian mothers.

Food

Typical Western food that can also be found among Draculians, such as barbeque, beans, and sausage

Mainstream Draculian cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain with about three-quarters of grain products made of wheat flour and many dishes use indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers. These homegrown foods are part of a shared national menu on Dracul's most popular holidays. Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Draculians drink three times as much coffee as tea.

External links

References