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Commonwealth of Essexia
Flag of the Commonwealth of Essexia.svg
Flag
Essexia Coat of arms.png
Coat of arms

Motto
They say heroes never die, but a lot of them do.
Anthem
Hymn of the Commonwealth
ESX MAP.png
Location of Essexia
South-East England, East Anglia, Essex
Capital cityEmperors Residence
Largest cityDanbury
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)No Official Religion
Short nameEssexia
DemonymEssexian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
- EmperorTerry I
- First MinisterLord Jamie
LegislatureImperial Parliament of Essexia
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 11 seats
Established26th December 2017
Area claimed14 Acres
Population169 (25 territorial)
CurrencyEssex Yen (¥) (EXY)
GDP (nominal)2019 projection
$2070.04
very high
Time zoneUTC ±00:00
National sportParadox Interactive Grand Strategy Series
National dishPork Plugga
National drinkTiger Beer
National animalAxolotl
Patron saintGuglielmo Marconi

The Commonwealth of Essexia, commonly known as Essexia, is a micronation that aims to achieve the independence of Essex from the United Kingdom by gaining control of the whole county; at present, it governs a non-contiguous area of around fourteen acres. Essexia is a constitutional monarchy and unicameral parliamentary democracy, with power held both by the Monarch of Essexia and the Parliament of Essexia, the latter of which appoints the First Minister of Essexia. The monarch is Emperor Terry of Essexia, who's current First Minister is Lord Jamie as part of the Royalist Party, on behalf of the Giraffe Concordat.

Etymology

The name Essexia comes from the English county of Essex, of which Essexia aims to make independent. The noun "Essex" derives from Old English: ēast +‎ Seaxe, meaning "East Saxons", which was the eastern kingdom of the Saxons who had come from the continent and settled in Britain during the Heptarchy.

History

Essexian Generals discuss final preparations before the Rush of Fort Morris. (L-R unknown soldier, Lord Jack, Lord Matthew and Earl Finn)

Early days of the Empire and Queendom

Essexia was first founded on the 26th of December 2017, and after a brief period of inactivity, was re-founded on the 20th of July 2018. It was initially founded as the 'Empire of Essexia,' which later transpired into the 'Queendom of Essexia;' the latter was soon after discarded in place of the 'Commonwealth of Essexia' which remains the name today.

The first and current Monarch of Essexia is His Majesty King Terry I of Essexia, who later became known as Emperor Terry of Essexia. The first Prince of Essexia was His Majesty Prince James of Essexia, however, he was expelled and later restored from the monarchy after major civil unrest and attempting to usurp the then King. The second Prince of Essexia was His Majesty Prince Harry of Essexia, however, King Terry replaced him with Lord Jack of Essexia, who was forced out of the position by a rebel faction lead by Lord Matthew due to his belief that Prince Jack was abusing his power. However, Jack was later made a Prince again alongside Prince James on the 19th of August by King Terry as the King believed Jack would be able to contribute more than Prince James. This was eventually reversed, yet again- with Terry opting to bestow Princess Becky of Essexia with regal status , and she has thus become his de facto successor.

On the 16th of September, A miscommunication between Emperor Terry and Earl Jack (Then King Terry and Lord Jack) lit a spark of anti-monarchist ideals. In order to buy time to sort out the miscommunication Emperor Terry dissolved the Parliament, which was seen as an act of tyranny, and lead to the creation of the Federation of Essexia after the King would not hand over power. On the 19th of September, the Federal Senate, after negotiating with Emperor Terry, decided to end the de facto civil war by declaring the Commonwealth of Essexia, with Emperor Terry as a ceremonial Head of State, and Earl Finn (Leader of the Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party) as the First Minister.

The IAE led a successful infiltration and takeover of the City of Chelmsford on the 19th of October when specialists infiltrated and patrolled the city's centre for an hour. The operation was known as Urban Kick (OP CODE: RAEOP01UK), and was considered a significant success. This was the first use of the military in an international sense.

Diplomatic era

Five Essexian delegates at Essexia's first micronational summit.

After a peaceful and very positive three-way diplomatic negotiation, Essexia was offered and gratefully accepted an offer to control two larger Islands, as well as a number of smaller islands, off the coast of Northern California, named "Nerva" by Tony S. of the Somcowian Federation. The southernmost islands were given to Lord Matthew, who set the island to be controlled by a satellite state (Mecca Island) of the Empire of Slough (A dependency of Essexia), whilst the Northernmost islands were given to Lord Jack, who established the Islands as colonies of Essexia (The Poplar Nerva Colonies). These were later decolonised in Mid 2019 to avoid claim complications.

The Essexian Parliament voted to apply to become a member of the Grand Unified Micronational by unanimous vote, thus on the 30th December 2018 were admitted into the organisation, and continue to play an active role in it.

The National sports team Essexia FC was founded and played its first game on the 29th March 2019 against other small, amateur teams in Sandon, Essex. Although they didn't win any games, they came close to drawing on two matches, and overall were praised by referees and other teams for their spirit and military uniforms.

In May 2019, the Essexian Military undertook a full uniform 16 person parade at the Sandon School in Chelmsford, which introduced Essexia as a military power on the international stage, with many spectators thereafter applying for Essexian citizenship.

Essexia was admitted into the Micronational Heritage Association on the 10th June 2019. They soon submitted 'Fort Morris' as a Class C Heritage Site.

Emperor Terry, Lord Matthew, Earl Jack, Lord Jamie, and Lord Adam travelled from Essexia up to Birmingham on the 28th of June 2019 in order to attend the GUM Summit. Prior to the event, it had been negotiated that Lord Matthew would represent Aspen Empire, Lord Jamie the Kingdom of Quebec and Earl Jack State of Gradonia. During the event, Essexia made a number of interesting points, and learnt a lot from the other present delegates. Lord Jack also signed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition on behalf of Gradonia with Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia. During the trip, all Essexian delegates were disappointed with the frequent failures of the British rail system, but were impressed by the tilting capabilities of the Class 221 Super Voyager.

Recent developments

Essexian Aeronautical and Space Technologies, EAST, launched Essexia's first rocket on the 10th November 2019, two days ahead of schedule and to the applause of many citizens. They performed two launches on this day, both of the same vehicle.

First Minister Lord Jacob declared a renewed state of Martial Law under the supervision of the Emperor on the 4th January 2020 at 16:06 GMT. He announced himself as Lord Commissar, Crown Minister Summers as Commissar and Earl Jack as Second Commissar. This Martial Law was ended by the Emperor on the 5th January 2020 at 20:43 GMT, and the events were recorded as the Grey Weekend.

The National anthem, Hymn of the Commonwealth, was adopted on the 14th January 2020, after years of debate regarding the subject. The vocalist present is Prince James of Essexia, who was named His Imperial Majesty's Chief Vocalist following the recording.

The Shenistan-Essexian War occurred during the month of March, in which Essexia faced a secession from a communist rebellion known as 'Shenistan'. It has been described by some as the first Essexian civil war. It concluded in the disbanding of the rebellion through diplomatic means and the integration of Shenfield back onto the Commonwealth.

Government History

Early developments of Essexian politics

Three Essexian political heavyweights; Earl Jack, Emperor Terry, and Lord Matthew at the Danbury Conference

On the 26th of July 2018, Earl Finn created the Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party (The LibSocs), and on the 28th, Lord Jack created the original incarnation of the National Conservative Party of Essexia (The NatCons).

On the 16th of September 2018, the National Conservative Party of Essexia became the leading party of the Federation, until the 19th when the Commonwealth of Essexia was declared, with the Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party becoming the leading party, and King Terry becoming the ceremonial head of state.

On the 14th of October 2018, Essexia claimed a small area of Slough, UK, and on the 15th, Lord Matthew was promoted to Lord Minister and Governor-General of Slough. He established the Empire of Slough, the first Dominion of Essexia and member of the Essexian Commonwealth, apart from the Essexian mainland itself.

On the 31st of December 2018, the Parliament of Essexia passed the "Monarchical Powers Act" which moved the then King from being a ceremonial head of state to having almost absolute power, with the Parliament becoming only an advisory panel. The vote was 6-1-1 in favour of the act, with Lord Adam abstaining due to them not being there for this vote and Earl Finn voting against, with all other Lords in favour of granting the King these absolute powers. Due to the passing of this Act, Earl Finn resigned as First Minister in protest of the end of democratic control in Essexia, and Lord Chris joined the LibSocs to become First Minister. However, Lord Chris resigned from his position on the 8th of January 2019. This led to a subsequent leadership election, in which Earl Finn won as an independent candidate with the support of the Royalists (As the LibSocs were disbanded after Lord Chris joined the NatCons). Following the failure of Earl Jack to secure the vote, the NatCons reformed to become the Communist Party of Essexia (CPE), however, the Parliament then banned Communism, leading to the party once again reforming to create the Essexian Union of Fascists.

The 16th of February 2019 saw the "Dominions Act" pass, in which the Parliament decided to have all puppet states of Essexia be recognised as a Dominion of Essexia, and be united under one Dominion Flag.

The Essexian Union of Fascists, as a party, voted to revert back to the National Conservative Party of Essexia on the 27th of February 2019, at 16:40 GMT. They released a new logo and website to celebrate the occasion as well.

Crown Minister Jamie was made Lord Jamie on the 21 May 2019.

The 26th of May 2019 saw Earl Jack's Economic Reform Act 2019 voted into ratification. The Act defined the powers of Parliament, the King, and the RBE in terms of the economy. Additionally, Lord Matthew, Royalist Party leader, announced that Lord Jamie of Essexia would become the First Minister at midnight, following Lord Jamie replacing Earl Finn as First Minister the Friday before.

The beginnings of the modern political scene

On 1 July 2019, Essexia held its first general election, which saw the Royalists win a landslide in Parliament, winning 8 of the 11 seats. The parliament was subsequently filled with New Royalists, as Lord Jamie was party leader. This lead to an upset in the old guard of the Royalist Party who saw Lord Jamie as not a proper Royalist. On the weekend of 20 & 21 July 2019, known as the Black Weekend, half the Parliamentary Royalists quit the party to form the Old Guard Party, leaving the Royalists short of a majority. The Emperor then called martial law on the 21st of July, where Lord Jacob became Lord Commissar, and the military government was filled with the Old Guard Party, thus being seen as an Old Guard coup, or more commonly referred to as the Essexian Military Junta. On 30 July 2019 Emperor Terry reinstated Parliament, but the members parliament where chosen by him, with the Old Guard getting 5 seats, the Royalists 3, the LSC 2, and the Weeaboo Rights 1.

On the 17th and 18 June 2019, the Danbury Conference, which was was a series of meetings between senior government officials of the Commonwealth of Essexia, was held across various Essexian dwellings in the village Danbury. The purpose of the conference, called by the then Minister of the Interior Lord Matthew, was to ensure complete clarity in regards to the functioning and future direction of the Essexian state, and thus, to rewrite the constitution and reform major processes within Essexia. Conference attendees included representatives from key government ministries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Justice, Interior and First Ministers, as well as Emperor Terry of Essexia. In the course of the meeting, Matthew and invited ministers outlined their intentions for his vision of a new Essexian Constitution and national structure, in which the Monarchy would be reformed and Essexia would become more authoritarian. The constitution was subsequently written and adopted days later, which changed the political landscape of Essexia entirely.

Modern Essexian politics

The second General Election was held from the 1st to the 3rd of March 2020; The Rhino Alliance ultimately won 6 seats, and formed the subsequent government.

First Minister Lord Jamie took his Royalist Party out of the Rhino Alliance and into the Giraffe Concordat on the 25th March 2020, however retained in his First Minister position. However, this completely altered the government, and this move has received criticism in regards to the 2020 General Election as the winning alliance was no longer in power. However, the Giraffes have pointed out that most votes for the Rhinos came from Royalist voters. Regardless the shift in Government was a complete break, with the exception of Lord Jamie as First Minister.

Some of the government at a due.

Politics

Parliament

The Parliament of Essexia was created by Emperor Terry I of Essexia, based upon the Federal Senate of the revolutionaries of the Essexian Coup of September 16, based upon the Parliament of the Queendom of Essexia. The Parliament has the power to approve or veto bills made by other Lords, and is made up of representatives (or Lords) from constituencies in Essexia, who are elected by the constituents in irregular elections. There are currently 11 MPs in the Parliament.

The Parliament is currently composed of two major alliances, with another one smaller party holding a seat. The Rhino Alliance currently holds a majority with six of the eleven seats, with their largest opposition being the Giraffe Concordat, who hold four seats.

Party Spectrum Leader Parliamentary seats Logo
Government
Essexian Royalist Party ERP Centre Lord Jamie
2 / 11
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Old Guard Party OGP Centre-right Princess Becky
2 / 11
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Weeaboo Rights Party WRP Big Tent Lord Ben
1 / 11
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Union of Greens & Nationalists UG&N Right-Wing Lord Newton von Uberquie
1 / 11
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Opposition
Liberal Socialist Party LSC Centre-Left Earl Finn
4 / 11
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Shrek Super Party SSP Shrek Lord Zarel
1 / 11
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Independent IND N/A N/A
0 / 11
N/A

Essexian Government

The Commonwealth of Essexia is a Constitutional Monarchy, with the 2019 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Essexia replacing the 2017 Constitution of the Empire of Essexia. The micronation is led by the First Minister, who represents the National Parliament of Essexia, and a semi-constitutional monarch (Emperor Terry I of Essexia) as head of state. The Parliament is constituted of 11 Lords (formerly Senators), one to represent each region in Essexia. Through incumbent government policy, Essexia has nationalised all industry and commerce in the nation, and the system of the running and functioning of the state, including all commerce, the civil service, industry and political aspects, is called the Essexian National Order, and it is under the direct control of the Emperor. The ENO is a tiered system, so as to appropriate a chain authority in the functioning of Essexia.

The government is devolved into two departments, the Imperial Court and Imperial Cabinet. The Imperial Court is under direct rule from the Emperor, and is in charge of advising the Emperor, in mostly militaristic matters, but also on domestic and foreign policy. The Imperial Cabinet is devolved from the Crown, but serves to run the ministerial departments and Essexian National Order on behalf of the Emperor. The Imperial Cabinet is appointed by the Emperor, and reports to the Parliament and Imperial Court.

The Essexian government prides itself in being diverse and accepting. Lord Jamie and Lady Becky are both openly members of the LGBTQ+ community, and Lord Matthew, Earl Finn and Crown Minister Adam are all mixed race.

Minister Adam Finn losing his seat in Parliament after the 2019 election. Also in the image from left to right are Prince James, Earl Jack and Lord Matthew.

The Imperial Cabinet

The Cabinet of Essexia was formed on the 3rd of January 2019 as part of the governmental reforms taking place in the New Year.

The people appointed to these roles have usually been appointed on the basis of the Emperor's recommendations to the First Minister, currently, Lord Jamie, who is authorised to have full control over the cabinet. The Imperial Cabinet has only ever seen two major shifts from its creation, one being around the time of Earl Finn's departure, and the other after the election of July 1st 2019. As of present, the cabinet is composed of 21 people.

The cabinet's role is to govern aspects of the Commonwealth and Essexian National Order, and meet of a by-monthly basis to discuss the workings of the Emperor. The cabinet of Essexia has no power to implement policy or change law, for that is the job of the Parliament which is completely devolved of the Crowns authority. The cabinet can, however, suggest policy to be perused by parliament.

The 2019 reforms not only clarified the positions of the elected officials but also the Imperial family, and the chain of command which the most vital Essexian actions would pass through.

The cabinet has the power to trigger a vote of no confidence towards the First Minister, and have only done so once.

The Imperial Court

The Imperial Court is an appointed body that is in charge of advising the Emperor. The Court was mainly used to advise the Emperor on military strategy; so much so only key members of the armed forces are in the court as of present, besides the Emperors Chief Whip. All policy is implemented by the Emperor on the recommendation of the Parliament and the Court. The Court used to be made up of advisers to the Emperor, who were all prominent figures in Essexian politics, who met regularly to discuss affairs and policy. This is still technically the case, however the Court is most ceremonial now and serves little real purpose. The most notable action of the Court was when it gathered on New Years Day, to undertake the major Government reforms, masterminded by Lord Chris, that lead to its creation.

Ministries

Current cabinet

Portfolio Minister Since
Cabinet ministers
First Minister Lord Jamie 3/3/20
Second Minister Earl Jack of Molrams 26/3/20
Chancellor of the Exchequer Nicolás Millán 26/3/20
Minister of the Interior Earl Jack of Molrams 26/3/20
Minister of Foreign Affairs Earl Finn of Hawarden 26/3/20
Minister of Defence Crown Minister Summers 2019
Minister of Justice Lord Commissar Jacob 22/1/20
Minister of Health Lord Alex 3/3/20
Minister of Education Lord Sam 26/3/20
Minister of Media Princess Becky 3/3/20
Minister of Culture Lord Zarel/Shrek 3/3/20
Minister of Technology Lord Ben 2018
Minister of the Environment Lord Newton 3/3/20
Minister of Sport Lord Elliot 26/3/20
Minister without portfolio Lord Matthew 26/3/20
Speaker of the House Emperor Terry I 2019
Also attending cabinet meetings
Monarch of Essexia Emperor Terry I 2017
Prince of Essexia Prince James 2017
Princess of Essexia Princess Becky 2019
Prince of Essexia Prince Daniel 2017
Chief Whip Lord Matthew 2018
Earl of Hawarden Earl Finn 2019
Earl of Molrams Earl Jack 2019
Queen-Mother of Essexia Lady Jennifer 2017

Crown Court

Crown Cabinet

Law and Order

The Essexian court structure, created by Earl Jack.

It is the Imperial Army of Essexia's role to maintain law and order in the country, and criminals or those who have violated the constitution are judged upon by the Courts of Essexia.

Judicial Establishment Act 2020

Prior to the Act, the Essexian Legal System was somewhat vague, and the only established court was the Supreme Court.

Following Earl Jack's reforms, a Magistrates' Court was established for insignificant crimes, and a Provincial Court for insignificant civil cases. Both of these courts are subservient to the Commonwealth Court, which is equivalent to a Supreme Court. This is overseen by the Supreme Judge, who is currently William I of Gradonia. In addition, a Dominions Court was established for each dominion; Currently, only one operates, within the Funtime Dominion.

Foreign Relations

The Foreign relations of Essexia are varying. Essexia aims to become independent from the UK, however it wishes to maintain very positive and close relations with the UK, as well as Europe and the Principality of Sealand. Essexia also wishes to import many important materials and products, and export athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs, as well as products, food, and vehicles. Essexia holds multiple formal alliances through the form of separate Treaties of mutual cooperation.

History

On the 6th of September 2018, the President of the Binational Germanic-American State of Pasavantia sent a "Diplomatic Communique" to the citizens and government of Essexia, requesting a treaty of friendship or cooperation, to which Lord Jack, with the approval of King Terry, approved a mutual cooperation with the micronation on the 8th of September. However, this Treaty was dissolved by Chief Ambassador Jack on the 29th April 2019 due to a lack of contact or activity on Pasavantia's part.

On the 24th of September, Essexia was contacted by a diplomat from The Diarchy of Lensabia to enter into a Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation, however the Parliament wished to deny this request as the micronation did not appear to have developed to a sufficient level.

On the 14th of October, Essexia entered into two Treatises of Mutual Cooperation, one with the Swedish Imperium, and one with The Grand Kingdom of Riverhoek.

On the 15th of October, Parliament decided against forming an international alliance with Riverhoek.

The 19th of October saw Essexia's military take-over of the city of Chelmsford, however neither Essexia nor the United Kingdom declared war. Therefore, neither state are at war with each other.

The 9th of December 2018 GUM Discord Quorum rejected Essexia's application for full membership, with Emperor Adam I of Adammia stating that Essexia had "potential and probably would have been accepted", however Essexia's claims on the entire county of Essex (As well as the entirety of Slough) "contravenes the Wrythe Convention", and created border disputes with the GUM member Mercia, who also had territories in Essex. Lord Jack, then Foreign Ambassador of Essexia, and King Terry both stated that they understood the reasoning behind the rejection, and that they would aim to overcome these issues, and apply for full membership again, before the next Quorum, with King Terry stating that he wanted the nation "Ship shape and Swindon fashion". After a short period of reform, Essexia was accepted into the Grand Unified Micronational on New Years Eve, presumably citing the necessary reforms made.

Earl Jack (left) and Lord Matthew (right) speaking at the 2019 GUM Birmingham Summit.

An ambassador from the State of Gradonia reached out to Earl Jack on the 31st of December 2018 in order to establish diplomatic relations with Essexia, and on the 1st of January 2019, King Terry authorised a Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation between Essexia and Gradonia. The Treaty was ordained on the 6th at 22:50 GMT.

On the 4th of January, Essexia participated in its first GUM quorum.


The 24th May 2019 saw Essexia sign another Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation with the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall, as both micronations shared very similar beliefs, goals, and abilities, and both wished to share technologies and concepts for future development.

The 14th of July 2019 saw Essexia enter into a treaty of mutual cooperation with the Fifth Aenderian Republic.

The 23rd of July 2019 saw Essexia establish its first foreign embassy, the Essexian Embassy to Spain.

On February 3rd, 2020, a Essexian–Millanian summit was held, which was a one-day summit meeting between Essexian Emperor Terry I and Foreign Minister Matthew, and Millanian Crown Prince Nicolás Millán, held at the Sanctuary House Hotel in London, United Kingdom. This was the first meeting of the two nations and Essexia's first bilateral summit, as well as being Millania's first meeting outside of their primary location in Hong Kong. The meeting involved the signing of a Treaty of Closer Cooperation between the two nations; the first of its kind for Essexia and Millania. The two nations agreed to strengthen ties, improve bilateral relations, and support The Virtual Dreamscape's admittance into the Grand Unified Micronational.

Hearts of Iron IV Micronational Championship (The Wincott Cup)

HOI4 MC 2019 logo.

Lord Jack proposed on the 16th February 2019 that Essexia should create the Hearts of Iron IV Micronational Championship, in response to the Kingdom of Quebec's Micronational Fútbol World Cup event. The Parliament mostly agreed with the idea, and The Wincott Cup was created. The championship would see Essexia host the 2019 cup, with another nation taking on the 2020 cup, and so on. Whoever's nation was the host of the cup would host the session and be responsible for handling it. It was announced that this game would take place on the 22nd June 2019. The game was a success, with 2 Essexian players coming 1st place (Results on MW Page).

Essexia also hosted the second game on the 17th April 2020, with Earl Jack planning the event from the previous weekend. Even more individuals participated in this game, with Matthew of Shenfield (An autonomous province in Essexia) being decided as the clear victor.

List of Foreign relations of Essexia

Essexia maintains an extensive diplomatic network with a variety of other micronations and micronational bodies. Notably, Essexia is a member state of the Grand Unified Micronational, which is where the majority of its diplomatic activities occur. Essexia also maintains to have informal relations with the UK, with exchanges being made about the micronation with the MP for Chelmsford.

Recognised states

Full foreign relations and treaties signed

Informal relations

International organisation participation

Military

The 2019 Sandon Essexian Military parade, with Emperor Terry to the right.

Essexia has 2 armed forces: The Imperial Army of Essexia and The Imperial Essexian Navy (Ship call sign: Imperial Essexian Navy [ship name]). Crown Minister Ben is the General of the Imperial Army of Essexia, and Earl Jack is the General of the Imperial Essexian Navy.

Essexia's armed forces equipment is designed and manufactured by the Government, and by Essexians who have been allowed to design and manufacture equipment by the Government. The most notable manufacturer of military equipment in Essexia is Earl Jack, who has built almost every IEN ship to date (Now under the asset control of the Paddocks Boat Co), and the X-1 'Pelican' (An experimental glider). He also maintains all IEN ships (With exception to the Southend) under the Paddocks Boat Co.

In 2019, upon his appointment, Jacob announced an inquiry into the misconduct of the two Essexian soldiers, who were stopped in the incident mentioned earlier above. He also announced a reform of the non-aggressive doctrine.

Emperor Terry, Earl Jack and Lord Matthew were able to capture and establish Fort Morris in the Rush of Fort Morris, on the 12th of February 2019.

On the 17th June 2019, several Members of Parliament decided on many reforms to the Armed Forces at the Danbury Conference.

Earl Jack produced a Defence Review on October 19th 2019 in order to highlight short term goals of the Essexian military.

IAE

The Imperial Army of Essexia consists of volunteers who watch the surrounding areas that they reside in, so as to cover as much ground as possible. They completed the first military operation in Essexian history on the 19th of October, with OP: Urban Kick (OP CODE: RAEOP01UK). It was a significant success, and secured Chelmsford as Essexian land.

Essexia operates a fairly small military. There are 5 full-time soldiers, each issued a standard military beret, and armed with modified bamboo sticks. In 2018, the 5 soldiers underwent training from Defence Minister Jacob, and stick-fighting became part of Essexia's proudly non-lethal military tactics. The doctrine also includes peaceful tactics, such as protestation and letters of complaint. On the 4th of January 2019, two Essexian soldiers walked through Chelmsford Town centre with bamboo sticks and full military uniform, to garrison the captured city after Operation Urban Kick. They were approached by two Police community officers, and stood down imminently after a warning.

A particularly significant Military parade took place in the Sandon area on the 10th May 2019, in which 16 Citizens of Essexia (Including King Terry, Lord Jack, Lord Matthew, and First Minister Finn) performed an authorized ceremony on behalf of the RAE in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.

IEN

CTS-01 IEN Jaywick-A super carrier, the flagship of the IEN. Photographed in August 2018 following a refit that saw the addition of a ski-ramp on the port side.

The Imperial Essexian Navy consists of 1 super carrier, and 1 light carrier.2 more carriers and a destroyer are also planned for service. The IEN was cut down as of the October 2019 Defence Review in order to streamline effectiveness.

By then-current globalfirepower.com estimates (2019), Essexia once boasted the World's 93rd largest Navy (11 Warships), 116th largest Army (0 Tanks), and 132nd largest air force (4 Aircraft).

The 24th of April 2019 saw the IEN Seaxe Reforms, which are detailed on the Imperial Essexian Essexian Navy MicroWiki page. They introduced several changes to the defence force, as well as some notable announcements.

Fröhlichwaffe

The Fröhlichwaffe, now merged into the Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Arm, consisted of three aircraft, one of which is a VTOL, another a conventional Remote aircraft, and the third an Essexian-built helicopter. A prototype glider is currently decommissioned, and a new prototype test bed aircraft is in design.

Scuffling Seaxes

On the 27th April 2019, the virtual training airforce squadron, the Scuffling Seaxes, was created by Earl Jack. This consisted of a number of individuals within and outside of Essexia, and aimed to better train Essexians and Essexian allies in the field of air operations via the use of Digital Combat Simulator (DCS: World). This squadron continued even after the dissolution of the Fröhlichwaffe, and currently trains in the Sukhoi Su-25T 'Frogfoot' attack jet, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C 'Hornet' multi-role jet and McDonnell Douglas F-15C fighter jet.

Demographics

A census is currently underway by the Ministry of the Interior, and therefore information here will be regularly updated.

According to the Citizenship Reform Act 2020 (Passed on the 4th April 2020), there are four categories of citizens:

Census of the Commonwealth of Essexia (12 April 2020)
Category Number Description Abilities Number Percentage of total citizens (Out of 357)
One Applied to, and been accepted by, the Ministry of the Interior

as Citizens, and are on the Discord server.

  • Can vote in discord and public elections.
  • Appear on national census.
  • Use digtal yen.
54 15.1%
Two Applied to, and been accepted by, the Ministry of the Interior

as Citizens.

  • Can vote in public elections.
  • Appear on national census.
1 0.3%
Three Follow Essexian social media.
  • Can vote in public elections.
320 83.8%
Four Act as foreign diplomats to Essexia, but have not applied to the

Ministry of the Interior or follow Essexian social media.

3 0.8%

Of the Category One and Two citizens, the following ethnicities are present:

Ethnic Groups of Category One and Two Citizens
Ethnic Group Number Percentage (Out of 54)
Asian 4 7.3%
North American 4 7.3%
Western European 44 80.0%
Unknown 3 5.5%

Climate and Geography

Essexia's main bird species are wood pigeons, Black-headed gulls, common gulls, and other birds indigenous to the UK. A common sight is the Eastern Grey Squirrel, a tree rodent that causes many problems, and is not originally from Essexia.

In terms of infrastructure, Essexia has traffic-filled roads, and a mixture of country lanes and high-speed motorways.

The most notable building in Essexia is 'Les Paddocks', which is an Imperial Palace, Military Fort, Naval Port, Air Base, Private Hotel, and Government meeting point. In addition, there are several other notable buildings in Essexia which act as outposts, citizen houses, government buildings and etc.

As stated in the opening of this article, Essexia currently controls a number of pieces of property, which sums to approximately 14 acres. Additionally, Essexia has non-violently invaded the City of Chelmsford without opposition, leading to a peaceful claim on the City Centre, since no British forces, civilian or not, had prevented them.

Climate

Essexia, as most of the the neighbouring UK, has a maritime climate type. Due to Essexia's location in the South East of Great Britain, it also enjoys a warmer climate than most of the British Isles and experiences the warmest summers in Great Britain; it is also one of the drier areas in the country. During the Summer, Essexia often sees temperatures saw into the low 30s degrees celsius with the hottest day on record in Essexian history was was on Sunday 10 August 2003 when 35.7°C. With the average hottest day a year being 30.6;°C. The coldest temperature recorded in Essexian territory was −20.6°C on 29 January 1947. Air frost is recorded, on average, on 52.7 nights of the year, and the coldest night will will typically fall to a low −7.4°C. Rainfall averages 591.8mm a year, with daily totals of over 1mm falling on 108.1 days of the year. Thunderstorms mostly occur during July and August; however, they can occur anytime of the year. All averages refer to the 30-year observation period 1981–2010.

Climate data for Writtle, elevation 32 m, 1981–2010, extremes 1960–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
18.4
(65.1)
22.8
(73)
27.0
(80.6)
30.0
(86)
33.6
(92.5)
34.0
(93.2)
35.7
(96.3)
32.1
(89.8)
28.6
(83.5)
18.5
(65.3)
16.6
(61.9)
35.7
(96.3)
Average high °C (°F) 7.4
(45.3)
7.7
(45.9)
10.7
(51.3)
13.6
(56.5)
17.0
(62.6)
20.2
(68.4)
22.9
(73.2)
22.7
(72.9)
19.3
(66.7)
15.0
(59)
10.5
(50.9)
7.7
(45.9)
14.6
(58.3)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.0
(33.8)
2.7
(36.9)
3.8
(38.8)
6.8
(44.2)
9.8
(49.6)
12.0
(53.6)
11.8
(53.2)
9.7
(49.5)
7.1
(44.8)
3.9
(39)
1.8
(35.2)
6.0
(42.8)
Record low °C (°F) −20.6
(-5.1)
−13.3
(8.1)
-11.1
(12)
−6.1
(21)
-2.8
(27)
-1.7
(28.9)
2.2
(36)
0.6
(33.1)
-1.1
(30)
−6.7
(19.9)
−8.1
(17.4)
−18.0
(-0)
−20.6
(-5.1)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 53.2
(2.094)
39.2
(1.543)
40.2
(1.583)
41.6
(1.638)
48.7
(1.917)
49.9
(1.965)
44.3
(1.744)
51.7
(2.035)
48.6
(1.913)
64.1
(2.524)
58.0
(2.283)
52.3
(2.059)
591.8
(23.299)
Sunshine hours 58.0 76.1 112.4 165.7 196.6 198.2 209.9 204.0 147.4 113.9 68.7 47.4 1,598.2
Source no. 1: Met Office
Source no. 2: KNMI


Geography

Essexia is divided into four provinces; Greater Baddow, Greater Danbury, Colchester and Shenfield. Greater Baddow is typically more urban than Greater Danbury, and is located on relatively flat land which allows the province to be more densely populated.

Greater Danbury on the other hand, consists of more of the population of Essexia as well as over 80% of the area of the nation. Greater Danbury is home to the de jure meeting place of the Essexian parliament, Les Paddocks. Greater Danbury is also located primarily on Danbury hill, which is the highest point in the English county of Essex, with most of the more far flung areas of Greater Danbury being similar to the terrain of Greater Baddow.

Provinces

There are 4 provinces in Essexia. The total population of these provinces is 90, which is the majority of the population of Essexia. The provinces are further divided as shown in the table.

Provinces of Essexia
Name Image Population. Area (acres) Establishment Country Earl/ Countess Counties Districts
Greater Danbury Danbury Fields.jpg 36 12 26th December 2017 Essexia Earl Finn of Hawarden
Danbury
Little Baddow
  • Infans Domum
Cold Norton
  • Nowhere
Maldon
  • Musica Domum
Greater Baddow Baddow.jpg 54 2 26th December 2017 Essexia Earl Jack of Molrams
Great Baddow
Sandon
Colchester Colchester.png TBD TBD 23rd March 2020 Essexia To be appointed
Colchester Town
  • Smokers' Den
  • Storm Radio
Crappius Maximus
  • Kelvedon
  • Marks Tey
Tendring
  • Clacton
  • Jaywick
Shenfield No photo available TBD TBD 23rd March 2020 Essexia To be appointed
Shenfield
  • Railway Staion
  • State Regulated Costa
Hutton
  • Tanglewood Estate
Brendwood
  • Brendwood Station

Shenfield Occupied Zone

  • Shenludza

Economy

Essexia's national currency is the Essexian Yen (¥). It's currency consists of paper notes, in the form of the ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, and ¥100 notes, all of which are horizontal, coloured according to the denomination, and feature King Terry on the reverse and an Essexian figure on the front. Five Essex Yen is equal to One British Pound. Both Essex Yen and British Sterling are accepted in Essexia. On special occasions, the Essexia Imperial Mint may print vertical notes which are legal tender and may feature varying background images and figures, however, they will always feature the Sovereign on the reverse. Printing of the Essex Yen is controlled by the Royal Bank of Essexia.

On September 1, 2018, Lord Matthew produced the first estimated budget report for the Parliament, however, due to the table contradicting the Wrythe Convention, it was made obsolete on the 8th of December 2018.

In 2018, the King made the first transaction using physical Yen notes and purchased a tie from Lord Chris for ¥50 during the first State of the Union.

In 2019 filmmakers paid ¥2250 to film within the Essexian district of Hawarden, thus making the the district and by extension the Earldom, the largest single economy within Essexia.

The national airline, Essexiair, is a major source of income for the micronation; With -¥35 a month, it is the most profitable airline in Essexia.

Culture

Some of the Essexian football team posing for a post-match photo.

The nation of Essexia seeks to maintain its close historical culture with Britain. The main language is English, and the Essex accent is integral to Essexian core identity, and is what Essexia regards as its most recognisable trait amongst other micronations. As well as this, Newcastle based bakery Gregg's is seen as core to Essexian identity, as there are over 73 branches in the county and it is a known and respected brand, despite its origin from outside of Essexia. Despite this, the national food is Pork Plugga, which is an Essex based food that is liked throughout the county. The national bird, the wood pigeon, was chosen as such because of its abundance across Essexian land, and irreconcilability within the county.

There has been much misconception around the world that all people from Essex are lazy, have fake tan and white teeth, traits which are presumably distributed via reality TV shows such as 'The Only Way Is Essex'. However, many Essexians argue that this is not representative of all people. The county of Essex is historically right wing and pro monarchy, ideas that Essexia takes into its stride, and the monarchist values constitute the micronation.

After reviewing the 1994 American Society of Civil Engineers report into the wonders of the 20th century, the Essexian Government disputes the fact the Marconi Tower, in Chelmsford is not included. The Marconi Tower is not only the main cultural icon of Essexia, featuring on many banknotes and the Kings coat of arms, but it is also a technological marvel for its age, and represents the birth of the radio which has been key in the development of modern humankind. Thus, on the 6th of January 2019, the Parliament voted unanimously on recognising it as the 8th wonder of the world.

There are nine radio stations in Essexia, all of which were merged under the Dean Network in the Media Merger Act 2019. 5 of these stations are Radio Dean stations, another 3 belong to the FAR Network under the Dean Network, and the Imperial Essexian Tune List.

There are 39 people who hold Essexian Citizenship, as of a census held on New Years Day. This number includes those who have applied, and the families of those who reside in Essexian territory. To uphold the Preservation of Culture and Identity Act of 2018, applications for citizenship can only be reviewed if the applicant lives within the county of Essex, and is willing to contribute their land to the micronation.

The National sports team Essexia FC was founded and played its first game on the 29th March 2019 against other small, amateur teams in Sandon, Essex. Although they didn't win any games, they came close to drawing on two matches, and overall were praised by referees and other teams for their spirit and military uniforms.

The Earldom of Hawarden is seen as an entertainment hub, as in July 2019 a group filmmakers paid ¥2250 for rights to film within the premises of Hawarden. This was a great opportunity for Essexia to been seen, although no Essexian imagery is seen in the footage taken as it would have been not fit in for what was filmed as it was to do with German celebration of Oktoberfest. The ¥2000 paid also makes the District of Hawarden the largest GDP in the province of Greater Danbury.

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