Duchy of Pontunia

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Duchy of Pontunia

Herzogen Puntuniaska-Maerpos (pon)
Duché de Pontchartrain-Maurepas (fr)
Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas
Motto(s): 
Tu es Tutus
(Latin: "You are safe")
“Let the Good Times Roll” (tourism)
Anthem: God Save Our Blessed Duke
Ducal Residence
Ducal Residence
Establishment12 January 2020
Boundaries defined2 September 2020
Austenasian Crown Dependency27 October 2020
Independence from Austenasia13 February 2021
Administrative seatDucal Residence
Largest cityLafeniere Park
Official languagesEnglish, French, Pontunian
Ethnic groups
German, Italian, English, Swedish, Arab
Religion
Roman Catholicism
(12/1/2020-2/1/2021)
Arbyism
Demonym(s)Pontunian
GovernmentOne-party Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
• Duke
Andrew I
• Chancellor
Ian (Cyanide)
• Heir apparent
Eric I, Lord of the Floridian March
• Deputy Chancellor
Leon Montan
LegislatureHochkouncil
Area
• Total
0.632 km2 (0.244 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
20 residents, 57 total citizens
CurrencyUS Dollar (USD $),
de facto;
Dukaten (DKN Đ),
de jure
Time zoneUS Central Time
(UTC-6)
Date formatMM-DD-YYYY
Driving sideright


Pontunia, officially the Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, is an independent micronation that amicably seceded from the Austenasian Crown Dependency of New Pontunia in February 2021. It is comprised of various residential properties and two public parks declared independent from Metairie, Louisiana under the leadership of Duke Andrew I.

Etymology

Pontchartrain and Maurepas are the names of two lakes situated to the north of Pontunia, which upon its creation in January 2020 was founded with the name "Pontchartrain-Maurepas". The shorter name "Pontunia" was soon derived from this as a nickname. Etymologies retrospectively assigned to Pontunia alone include the Greek primordial deity of the sea Pontus, or the Latin pōns ("bridge") in reference to the nearby Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. When annexed by Austenasia, the Crown Dependency was officially named Pontunia, but it is known by its full name of Pontchartrain-Maurepas locally in official contexts.

History

On 12 January 2020, Andrew Perdomo, inspired after learning about the micronations of Molossia and Sealand, signed a Declaration of Independence to “preserve the culture and beauty of Southern Louisiana”, and became Duke of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, with his father Eric Perdomo, Lord of the Floridian March, as his regent. However, the Regency was abolished shortly afterwards on the 16th after a committee of vassals debated Andrew I’s minority, and decided that Andrew was not incapable of ruling and therefore did not require a regency. Eric was named heir apparent.

The Duchy had been founded with vague territorial claims, ill-defined other than a plan for an optimum future extent. On 2 September, the actual territorial extent of the Duchy was defined, with the name of the Ducal Domain. Shortly after this, a communist insurrection broke out against the ducal government, but was successfully quashed on 7 October.

The Duchy then began attempting to search for allies, and decided to enter the sphere of influence of the Empire of Austenasia. Discussions were initiated between Andrew I and Austenasian Emperor Jonathan I, and by 23 October, Pontunia had effectively become an Austenasian Crown Dependency, formally being annexed as such on the 27th later that month. On November 28th, a second crisis rose from the power vacuum due to the reformation of the Regency, though the Duke was reinstated by the 30th. The First Pontunia Day was held on 12 January 2021, alongside the formation of the Cult of the Hidden Arby’s, a religion based on Arby’s, the restaurant chain famous for its roast beef, with the Duke made Ecumenical Meatriarch. On February 13, Pontunia was partitioned between an independent micronation and New Pontunia

On 20 February 2020 The Amogus Party of the Duchy of Pontunia (AUP) won 12 of 18 (2/3) seats in the Hochkouncil (High Council) constituting a super majority and appointed Ian as Chancellor and Leon Montan as Deputy Chancellor. The Libertarian Party of Pontunia (LPP) is the main opposition with 2 seats on the Hochkouncil. The first action of the new Hochkouncil was to pass the Amogus Act, bringing sweeping reforms to the Duchy.

Coup of 2021

Government and politics

Pontunia is often called a 'Authoritarian Regime', with Right wing beliefs being the most popular ideology. Autarky and Statism are also popular, with Left-wing politics highly discouraged, but not illegal. Socialism, Anarchy, and Social democracy are very disliked topics in Pontunia. The state religion is Arbyism, with the Duke as Ecumenical Meatriarch, though the constitution of Pontunia grants individuals freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice and the freedom to change religion.

Pontunia is a Duchy, and the current Duke is Andrew I, who serves as the head of government. The current Chancellor, Ian, is serving a his first term.

Political parties

Pontunia is a unitary parliamentary Aristocracy, with 18 seats in parliament. There is one election every year starting on December 15 and ending on the 25 for a new Chancellor. Each election ceremony takes place in the elected official’s place of residence. Single non-transferable vote is the main method of voting.

Law and order

The Pontunian police was formed on 19 January 2020 in response to instances of cyber-crime. It is predominantly an organization to keep tabs on civilians. Prior to becoming a Crown Dependency, Pontunia claimed the right to administer the death penalty with ducal approval. The Duchy nominally threatens castration as an equivalent to capital punishment.

Foreign relations and defence

The diplomatic relations of Pontchartrain-Maurepas are implemented by the Duke of Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, . The power to grant official diplomatic recognition of sovereignty lies primarily with the Duke.


Sovereignty disputes

The United States of America claims ownership of all land comprising Pontchartrain-Maurepas, as does British West Florida.

Nations Recognized by The Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas

The Pontunian military is ultimately responsible for the defence of the Duchy, and has significant political influence. The Army is not a standing army, but called upon in times of need. It is divided into two divisions: Division I “Bayou Battlers” and Division II “Ragin Cajuns”. The Navy is comprised of 10 civilian speedboats, and a rowboat. The Air Force is a work in progress, but includes paper airplanes to annoy invaders. All weapons are nerf guns and wooden batons. The Army got involved with a rebel cell in Mandeville.

Geography, territory and climate

Pontunia is mostly flat and built on drained swamp: the city of New Orleans is below sea level. The climate is subtropical and warm most of the year.

Economy

The Dukaten is pegged at a 2:1 ratio to the US Dollar and a 1:1.54 ratio to the Pound Sterling, the currency of Austenasia.

Culture and media

The Nerf gun named the Knockout is termed the Pontus in the nation. The Duke is fluent in English, Castilian Spanish and Latin and plays piano And is involved in Shōrin-ryū Karate. Many Hollywood films are shot in Pontunia. Pontunia has US television and cable, and no restrictions on censorship are in place. There is a playlist of songs named Andrew’s Speed Machine, of which citizens are required to approve as a condition of their citizenship. American Football is the national sport.

The citizens of Pontunia are avid consumers and capitalist, with the belief of “laissez le bon temps rouler“ (French for “let the good times roll“) predominant. Life is somewhat indulgent, but moderation still exists.

Typical music of the area includes jazz and zydeco. The National Dance is called “bōenska”, or Quarterstaff Dance. It also functions as a martial art of sorts, and is taught to the army, as well as privately.

Communism is suppressed, but has a mild impact.

See also


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