Commonwealth of Naveria

The Commonwealth of Naveria (referred to colloquially as Naveria /nə'vɛərɪə/ and historically as Navārdia /nə'vɑːrdɪə/) is an autonomous territorial entity and intentional community claiming to be a sovereign state, often classified as a micronation by external observers. It consists of several noncontiguous territories on the continents of America and Oceania. Most Naverian territories are enclaves of the United States of America, the macronational entity from which Naveria originates.

Commonwealth of Naveria

Flag of Naveria.svg
Flag
Coat of arms of Naveria (2021).svg
Coat of arms

Anthem
March of the Commonwealth[3]

CapitalNew Vundenberg (de facto)
Largest territorySouth Constantia (by land area)
New Vundenberg (by population)
Official languages
Regional languages
Short nameNaveria
DemonymNaverian

GovernmentAsymmetric federal multi-faction semi-direct democratic parliamentary constitutional monarchical commonwealth
- MonarchHRH The Hon. Grand Duke Casper I GCV (FND)
- First MinisterTG The Rt. Hon. Viscountess Kyra Bendict GCV (IND)
- Senate PresidentPosition Vacant

Established21 Cancer 12019 (independence from America)
01 Aquarius 12020 (union with Phokland)
23 Taurus 12020 (independence from Phokland)
20 Ophiuchus 12020 (constitution enacted)
08 Aquarius 12021 (latest amendment)

Area claimed7.281814914 ha (estimate)
Population40[b]
CurrencyNaverian Peso (NGP), Nordmark (NMK)
National sportsGeocaching, chess
National dishStew
National drinkEggnog
National animalsCat, crested duck, largemouth bass
Royal patronBlessed Gerard[c]
MicrocodeNG
RIS 002 codeNN NAV
GUM code[d]NAV
Date formatdd/mm/yy (Holocene-Asgardian calendar)
Calling code+1
Intranet TLD.nav[4]
Member state of the ARU, UAMW and CONPACT

HRH The Honorable Grand Duke Casper I GCV is head of state as the Monarch, and holds vast power and influence over the nation. He is held accountable by the Senate, which also interprets the constitution and regularly advises members of the government. TG The Right Honorable Viscountess Kyra Benedict GCV is head of government as the First Minister, who coordinates the work of the Ministers and Secretaries of the Cabinet and the territorial representatives in the House of Commons. The regular citizens of the Commonwealth exercise governmental power through membership of political factions and participation in the direct democratic National Assembly.

Naveria has robust foreign relations, with nearly forty allies spanning four of the five continents and membership in seven international organizations. Despite a temporary stunt in diplomatic abilities due to its brief unification with Phokland, Naveria has become a popular nation in the Atlanta and CONPACT sectors. Naveria manages five eConsulates and an embassy, to the United Mexican States.

Naverian culture is primarily organic, aligning with its self-classification as a medium secessionist state. It is a Christian majority country with minority groups belonging to other beliefs and some alternative spiritualities. The culture is largely inspired by those of the Southern United States, video games the internet, in addition a variety of lesser international and historical influences. Many influential Naverians are known to enjoy literacy, cooking, conlanging, Geocaching and time spent in the community.

Etymology

Excluding proto-micronations which preceded it, Naveria has gone under six different names since 12017.

  • Chocomarina (Autumn 12017 – 12 Taurus 12020)
  • Imperial Republic of Varconia (21 Cancer – 21 Libra 12019)
  • Grand Duchy of Navārdia (28 Libra – 29 Capricornus 12019)
  • Province of Navārdia (1 Aquarius – 22 Taurus 12020)
  • Grand Navārdian Commonwealth (23 Taurus – 15 Leo 12020)
  • Commonwealth of Naveria (16 Leo 12020 – Present)

Politics and Government

The current Constitution of the Commonwealth of Naveria is a heavily modified version of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 with additional influences from New Virginia, Begon and Hrafnarfjall. Major changes include the expansion of the powers of the heads of state and government are expanded, a complete revision of citizenship policy and the expansion of the powers of autonomous and federated entities. Naveria is a constitutional monarchy, subject to the rule of HRH The Honorable Grand Duke Casper I GCV and his line of succession under absolute primogeniture as dictated by Naverian law.

The Monarch of Naveria holds vast executive, legislative and judicial powers to fulfill his duties of leading, guiding and representing the Commonwealth. The current Monarch is HRH The Honorable Grand Duke Casper I GCV, who has held the throne since its formation. Due to the large amount of power entrusted to him by the people under the current Constitution, he is held accountable by a body known as the Senate, which also has vast judicial powers and regularly advises the Monarch and other members of the government. The Senate is led by the Senator who has held that status for the longest amount of time and is known as the President of the Senate. There is no Senate President at this time, as the Senate is completely vacant.

The Senate is the de facto upper house of the Parliament of Naveria, with the lower house being the House of Commons. It consists of eight voting seats belonging to the elected leaders of Parishes and Cantons; and various observer seats primarily held by those with titles of nobility. The House of Commons may issue popular legislation as Acts of Parliament, and send advice to other members of the government. Most work of the House is performed by the vote of the holders of voting seats, with observers being granted the ability to observe their duties and propose legislation.

The Cabinet is a body which consists of members of the House of Commons and others appointed on the basis of merit. Each of its members are tasked with the leadership of a ministry or secretariat, a corporation-esque body which handles a specific item or category of executive government. Both the House and Cabinet are directly overseen by the First Minister, who is the head of government and the second highest official in the Commonwealth. At present, the office of First Minister is held by TG The Right Honorable Viscountess Kyra Bendict GCV, who was appointed by the Monarch and is, therefore, the Acting First Minister in technicality.

Political Factions

Naveria utilizes a system of entities called political factions, which take the place of the political parties used in many modern states. A faction may be formed by any citizen who can provide an ideological manifesto and shortlist of symbols for registration with and use within the government, and may be joined by any citizen who wishes to do so. Factions formed within Autonomous Regions and Protectorates are referred to as regional, and operate under separate systems and registries than those of the majority of the nation. There are currently five total factions that are active in the nation's governance, three of which hold voting seats in the House of Commons.

Faction Logo Faction Leader Spectrum Ideologies System Commons
Libertarians of Naveria[e] LIB Undecided HG The Hon. Duke Richard Seeger KV Big tent Libertarianism National
2 / 8
Conservatives of Naveria CON   HRH Grand Duke Grandmother Vanessa DV Right-wing Conservatism National
0 / 8
Founders' Coalition FND Undecided HRH The Hon. Grand Duke Casper I GCV Centrism, third way, green Third way economics, welfare, pacifism, secularism, environmentalism, patriotism National
3 / 8
Naverian People's Party NPP   HG The Hon. Viscount Johann Kümmel Left-wing, green Consumer protection, labor rights, anti-imperialism, digital rights, mutualism, eco-socialism[5] National
1 / 8
Fruits Are Underrated FAU Undecided HG Viscount Maxwell Ferraro GCV Third way Single-issue fruit agriculturalism Regional N/A
Independent IND N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1 / 8

Members of Government

Geography

Naveria is comprised of eighteen separate pieces of land, all but four of which are enclaves of the United States of America. New Vundenberg, which consists of three separate pieces of land called boroughs and is home to many members of the Royal Family, has a population of seven subjects, three cats and a dog. Rhyrodesia, the home of the First Minister, has a population of one subject, two nonsubject residents, seven cats and a dog. Nuevo Diego, which consists of two boroughs, has a population of two. Greater Chicago, a seasonal home of the Kümmel family, has a variable population including one subject. Bosveld, home of the Jaqine language, has a population of one subject, three nonsubject residents, two cats and a dog. North Watch, a former New Virginian town with two governing nobles, has a population of three.

New Vundenberg, Rhyrodesia, Nuevo Diego, Greater Chicago, Bosveld and North Watch are municipalities; with some exceptions, these territories are administrated by a Mayor[f] and direct democratic municipal council under a charter. The smallest and most sparsely-populated municipalities are called parishes, and cannot have councils or charters of their own under normal circumstances. Municipalities with a larger population and/or landmass are called towns. The largest, most densely-populated and/or most important towns are called cities. All municipalities are represented in the House of Commons by their Mayor.

In addition to the municipalities, Naveria claims two uninhabited pieces of land known as subsidia. Tres Papas is located northwest of Sabiland and is bordered by New Athens and the United States. South Constantia takes up the southern half of Hamelin Island, being directly bordered by the Australissian Territory of Constantia. The subsidia are administered by their noblemen by default, and can appoint Governors-General and Parliamentary Observers to manage areas of the territorial government and representation if desired.

Autonomous regions may be established when the population of an area of land does not wish to hold voting power in the House of Commons. To make up for the power lost in this decision, autonomous regions are not subject to Parliamentary legislation and regional subjectship is granted to their noncitizen residents. There are three autonomous regions at present. Santiago, formerly an independent nation called Unicornia, has a population of two citizens, two regional subjects and a dog. Kusini, the residence of the former Ambassador to Ikonia, has a population of one citizen, three regional subjects and two cats. Azufre, the residence of the Ambassador to Nicaragua, has a population of one citizen. Autonomous regions are usually governed by High Commissioners, who are appointed by the Monarch with the consent of the House of Commons, who act in accordance with regional constitutions called Basic Laws.

Municipalities, subsidia, autonomous regions and nonresidential subjects comprise the cantons, which are administrative divisions that fulfill some governmental purposes but have no administration of their own. The cantons also elect at-large members of the House of Commons, known as Governors. There are currently two cantons, San Benito and Vinland. The former has a larger population, while the latter has a larger land area.

Territories that exist outside of the cantons are known as other dominions. Protectorates are other dominions which, like autonomous regions, are not subject to the law of Parliament and receive regional subjectship for all noncitizen residents. However, protectorates can also grant regional subjectship to nonresidents with the consent of the Monarch, establish administrative subdivisions of their own and generally self-govern as de facto federated states. The Seigneurie of Rosemia is the first and only protectorate of Naveria, consisting of a Viceroyal Palace and a ceremonial claim to Hans Island. It was formerly a sovereign entity called the Empire of Rosemia.

Galasko is an other dominion, a former Jutarian state which was returned to Naveria in early 12021. It is currently under a transitional government. Plantations are a type of other dominion that typically consist of small patches of farmland. Their longevity is variable, primarily depending on their sizes and locations. Only one plantation exists at present, owned by HRH Grand Duke Grandmother Vanessa DV and enclaved entirely by a macronational community garden.

Name Flag Arms Size Population Officials Established
Cantons
San Benito   2.09644838 ha 22 Governor
Vacant
Noble
Vacant
TBA
Vinland   5.058427584 ha 14 Governor
HG The Hon. Duke Richard Seeger KV (LIB)
TBA
Municipalities
New Vundenberg
Canton of San Benito
1.0036203 ha 7 Mayor
HRH The Hon. Grand Duke Casper I GCV (FND)
Placeholder
Rhyrodesia
Canton of San Benito
  0.14164 ha 1
2 residents
Mayor
TG The Rt. Hon. Viscountess Kyra Benedict GCV (IND)
22 Gemini 12020 (as Navārdian Mandate)
16 Leo 12020 (as Naverian Parish)
Nuevo Diego
Canton of Vinland
  0.095149584 ha 2 Mayor
HG The Hon. Viscount Matthew Xia KV (LIB)
06 Pisces 12020 (as Xian Municipality)
10 Ophiuchus 12020 (as Naverian Parish)
03 Aquarius 12021 (Las Palmas expansion)
Greater Chicago
Canton of Vinland
  0.404686 ha Varies Mayor
HG The Hon. Viscount Johann Kümmel (NPP)
17 Ophiuchus 12020
Bosveld
Canton of San Benito
0.04064508 ha 1
3 residents
Mayor
HG The Hon. Viscount Jack F. KV (FND)
28 Sagittarius 12020
North Watch
Canton of Vinland
  0.404686 ha 2 Co-Mayors
HG The Hon. Viscount Thomas Bainbridge (FND)
HG Viscountess Laura Bainbridge (IND)
07 Ophiuchus 12020 (as New Virginian Town)
14 Aquarius 12021 (as Naverian Parish)
Subsidia
Tres Papas
Canton of San Benito
  0.5503725 ha 0 Noble
TG The Rt. Hon. Viscountess Kyra Benedict GCV (IND)
16 Ophiuchus 12019 (as Navārdian Province)
1 Aquarius 12020 (as Navārdian Dominion)
15 Aquarius 12020 (as Navārdian Parliamentary District)
03 Taurus 12020 (as Navārdian Territory)
16 Leo 12020 (as Naverian Subsidium)
South Constantia
Canton of Vinland
  4.125906 ha 0 Noble
TG The Hon. Viscount Daniel Hamilton KV
09 Ophiuchus 12020 (as Australissian Territory)
25 Sagittarius 12020 (as Naverian Subsidium)
Autonomous Regions
Santiago
Canton of San Benito
  0.2387645 ha 4 Diarchs
HM Princess April I GCV (IND)
HM Princess May I (IND)
Naverian Santiaguine Company CEO
HRH The Hon. Grand Duke Casper I GCV (FND)
01 Ophiuchus 12019 (as independent Unicornia)
12 Aquarius 12020 (as Navārdian Dominion)
04 Aries 12020 (as Navārdian Special Administrative Region)
Not Recorded (as Naverian Autonomous Region)
Kusini
Canton of San Benito
  0.121406 ha 4 High Commissioner
HG Viscount Maxwell Ferraro GCV (FAU)
26 Leo 12019 (as Navārdian Special Administrative Region)
Not Recorded (as Naverian Autonomous Region)
Azufre
Canton of Vinland
0.028 ha 1 High Commissioner
HG Viscount Noor (IND)
23 Pisces 12021
Other Dominions
Rosemia   TBA 4 Protector
HVH Seigneur Carl I KV
Pisces 12020 (as independent Rosemia)
2 Aquarius 12021 (as Naverian Protectorate)
Galasko   0.1254525 ha 0 N/A Placeholder
Plantations 0.00148645 ha 0 N/A Various

Culture

Naverian culture is largely derived from those of the Southern United States and the internet, which respectively enclave and connect the nation. Christianity is the dominant religion in the Commonwealth, as in the United States, with sixteen percent of the population making up minority religious groups. Naverians are known to connect and relate to each other through the use of memes, satirical comedy sketches and other twenty-first century media. The cuisine of Naveria is more often comprised of conveniece meals than home cooking and has many Latin, soul and East Asian elements. Naveria is also descended from Phokland and, much like that nation, treats its nobles and royalty with little formality.

Internet

With much of the population being born after its invention, Naveria is heavily impacted by the internet and cyberculture. Citizens mostly use the internet for interpersonal communication and the exchange of humorous memes and GIFs. The Political Compass and other political memes are of particular appeal to Naverians, because the national culture is inherently political. Most memes started within the nation are political satire, with a well-known example being a Kusinin video poking fun at the appointment of Kyra Benedict GCV to the office of First Minister.

News spread on the internet also has a heavy impact on Naverian culture.

Religion

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Naveria guarantees religious rights for citizens, including the separation of church and state. Christianity is commonly acknowledged as a cornerstone of the national culture, as approximately four-fifths of all Naverians profess some form of it, with Roman Catholicism being the most common denomination. The second most common belief is atheism, with twelve percent of the population openly professing it. Other smaller religous groups include Unitarian Universalism, Hinduism and a Native American inspired faith. The strengths of Naverians' religious beliefs vary greatly from individual to individual.

Alternative spirituality and micronational religion has been a significant part of Naverian culture since it declared independence from Phokland. It is usually used as a cultural practice rather than a devout spiritual belief. The first recorded instance of alternative spirituality in Naverian culture was the rise and fall of the Cult of Remy, a satirical cult established in Rhyrodesia which was based upon the worship of a cat named Remy. It managed to gain a significant following until the destruction of the only Remyist temple in the autumn of 12020. Alternative spiritual works are currently being compiled in New Vundenberg, Rhyrodesia and Kusini.

Patriotism

 
A handmade plaque photographed within New Vundenberg. Note the unique use of the historical name, Navārdia.

Naveria is a strongly patriotic nation. People are obligated to contribute to the nation in some manner in order to become naturalized subjects, with many of them becoming members of government, artists and gardeners after the process comes to a close.

Cuisine

Naverian cuisine is extremely diverse, containing elements from around the world. Most food in the nation comes in the form of conveniece meals, which are more common than home-cooked food overall. Soul foods such as hushpuppies, macaroni and fried chicken; Tex-Mex dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas; Italian dishes such as pizza, polpette and tortellini; and Asian foods such as naan, miso soup and Basmati dishes are among the most common or notable foods eaten in the Commonwealth. Stew is a particularly famous Naverian food — citizens often prepare versions of Stroganoff and chili con carne — which is why it was named the national dish on the sixth of Sagittarius 12020.

Sandwiches and salads are used as part of many Naverian meals, and often feature ingredients derived from the greater influences of the national cuisine. Breakfast sandwiches are often prepared on English muffins, particularly in San Benito, and most closely mirror a stereotypical American breakfast. Subs are equally as common during lunch and dinner, alongside the much simpler peanut butter, cheese and pickle sandwich. Cæsar and Cobb are among the most popular types of salad, which are usually eaten as a side dish at dinner.

Many Naverian foods are rarely eaten outside of a certain time of year. As a result, they are most often referred to as seasonal foods. Hamburgers, grilled squash and other foods which require the use of an outdoor grill are eaten when the weather is at its warmest, usually coinciding with the season of summer. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as ricotta-stuffed shell pasta, mash, farfalle with butternut squash, boiled green beans and turkey — though the use of the latter is becoming less common — is usually relegated to late autumn and early winter.

Due to its particularly large population of vegetarians and vegans, Naveria offers meatless versions of a variety of meals. American and Asian foods such as hamburgers, miso soup and chili con carne are most commonly served with tofu. Mediterranean-style wraps, salads and sandwiches make use of falafel. Tofu burgers, falafel wraps, tofu pesto pizza and meatless chili are favorite dishes of the Monarch, who himself is a vegetarian. Other San Benitoans, particularly those within the Royal Family, are known to eat both meaty versions of dishes, and Casper’s meatless versions.

Holocene-Asgardian Calendar

The Commonwealth of Naveria utilizes a unique thirteen-month calendar, which is a combination of the Holocene numerical year and the Asgardian Earth calendar.[6] The year is split into thirteen months, each lasting exactly four weeks and beginning on a Sunday. An incomplete fifty-third week takes place at the end of the thirteenth month, known as Capricornus — consisting of a Sunday during common years, or a Sunday and a Monday during leap years — to account for the additional time it takes for the Earth to complete its rotation around the Sun. These days are known as Extra Day and Extra Day Duplicate, both of them being national holidays. Holocene-Asgardian is the primary calendar system of Naveria, though Gregorian is more often used by Naverian citizens in informal situations.

Holocene-Asgardian month Corresponding Gregorian time
Aquarius Jan 1 – 28
Pisces Jan 29 – Feb 25
Aries Feb 26 – Mar 25
Taurus Mar 26 – Apr 22
Gemini Apr 23 – May 20
Cancer May 21 – Jun 17
Leo Jun 18 – Jul 15
Virgo Jul 16 – Aug 12
Libra Aug 13 – Sep 9
Scorpio Sep 10 – Oct 7
Ophiuchus Oct 8 – Nov 4
Sagittarius Nov 5 – Dec 2
Capricornus Dec 3 – 31 + leap day

References

Notes

  1. Literally meaning Naveria Common Goodness or Naveria Commonwealth.[1][2]
  2. The Naverian population consists of twenty-seven citizens, eight regional subjects and five honorary subjects. Excludes noncitizen residents.
  3. Naveria is officially a secular state, Blessed Gerard is the Christian patron of the monarchy itself. This patronage is not regarded as an example of religious establishment, a practice which is outlawed in Naveria, because it regards the monarchy as a family or group, rather than the state itself.
  4. It is currently unknown if this code will remain in place, as Naveria is no longer a GUM member state.
  5. Libertarians of Naveria was inherited from the Phoklandian Free State, where it operated as the Libertarian Party of Phokland.
  6. Not all municipal leaders are Mayors — the position may be excluded from a municipality if a different, Mayor-equivalent position is created through the charter.

Citations

  1. "Mvskoke Word List". Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Retrieved 14 Ophiuchus 12020.
  2. Loughridge, Robert. "English and Muskokee Dictionary". Philadelphia The Westminster Press, 11914. Retrieved 14 Ophiuchus 12020.
  3. Ross, Charles. "Phokland National Anthem". YouTube, 22 Sagittarius 12019. Retrieved 2 Scorpio 12020.
  4. von Naveria, Casper. "Navārdian Intranet Created". Orblian Observer, 16 Cancer 12020. Retrieved 17 Cancer 12020.
  5. Kümmel, Johann. "Manifesto of the Naverian People's Party". Google Docs, 8 Taurus 12021. Retrieved 28 Taurus 12021.
  6. "Asgardian-Gregorian conversion chart". Asgardia - The Space Nation. Retrieved 22 Sagittarius 12020.