Empire of Austenasia
Austenasia, officially the Empire of Austenasia, is an autonomous territorial entity which claims to be a sovereign state but is more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers. Founded on the island of Great Britain, Austenasia declared independence from the United Kingdom in September 2008. It is an enclave and exclave country, consisting of thirty non-contiguous pieces of land: ten in Great Britain, two in the rest of Europe, thirteen in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, one in Australia, and one in the Indian subcontinent.
Austenasia is an officially Christian country which views itself as a successor to the Roman Empire. Much of its cultural trappings and many government positions reveal a classical or medieval Roman influence on the nation.
Austenasia is the foremost diplomatic and military power of the Carshalton Nations, with its Monarch being either sovereign or suzerain over them. Austenasia is considered by many to have been the most influential nation in the MicroWiki Community since mid-2014, having risen to a high level of diplomatic prominence in said community during late 2011.
Reign of Terry I
At 11:30am on 20 September 2008, the town of Wrythe declared independence from the United Kingdom as the Empire of Austenasia. Emperor Terry I was unanimously proclaimed the nation's first Monarch, and his son Crown Prince Jonathan was unanimously proclaimed the first Prime Minister. A Declaration of Independence was sent via e-mail to the local British Member of Parliament – after recieving no reply another was sent to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and to the British Home Office in October and December of that year respectively.
In February 2009, a square foot of land in the Scottish Highlands (now known as Glencrannog) personally owned by Crown Prince Jonathan was ceded to the Empire, and two months later the house of one of Crown Prince Jonathan's friends joined the Empire as the town of South Kilttown (now known as Zephyria).
Reigns of Esmond III and Declan I
On 15 February 2010, Emperor Terry announced that he wished to abdicate the Throne. HIH Crown Prince Jonathan refused to inherit the Throne so that he could remain Prime Minister, and so it passed to the second in line, Dark Lord Esmond (the Supreme Companion of the Heir, who had been made second in line as a symbolic gesture). He ascended to the Throne at roughly 14:40 on 16 February 2010.. This resulted in the Austenasian Civil War, declared on 7 March 2010 by Lord General William of South Kilttown in support of the claim to the Throne of Terry's daughter, Princess Caroline. The war ended on 24 May that same year with a victory for the legitimate Esmondian government through the signing of the Treaty of Ruskin Road (2010).
In December 2010, Esmond III announced a plan to transform Austenasia into a "communist dictatorship", with him in absolute control. Later that month, the Empire went to war after being threatened by the Midget Nation-in-Exile over the claims of Esmond III over another local nation, Orly, in the War of the Orlian Reunification. This war had been planned by Crown Prince Jonathan, intending to remove Esmond III from power before he could enact his plan of communist revolution, and ended with the capital city being surrendered to the local supporters of King Declan I of Wilcsland, who was then appointed as a jointly ruling monarch. Foreign nations and all Austenasians outside of Wrythe were informed that the capital had been invaded and forced to surrender, rather than have the plan revealed while Esmond III was still in power. The true events were revealed by the Crown Prince a year on, mere days before the December 2011 General Election.
For the first few months, the joint reign was a success, but in late March 2011 increasing concerns were raised after more of the various eccentric schemes of Esmond III came to light, an infamous example of which is when he demanded tribute of cake from the army. On 31 March a Vote of No Confidence was passed in Parliament in response, removing Esmond III from the powers of the Throne and establishing Declan I as the only effectively ruling Monarch, although Esmond III remained titular joint Emperor.
Barely a week after this, on 9 April, the Midget Nation-in-Exile (a local militaristic nation in personal union with Declan I) was annexed by Austenasia. As they had no land claims, the Empire did not physically increase in size, but the Austenasian Army was joined by five new Midget recruits. The Empire from then on began to claim the status of a successor state of the Midget Empire, and therefore of the Kingdom of Rushymia.
On 20 May 2011, Crown Prince Jonathan met with the local British MP, Tom Brake, to whom the Austenasian Declaration of Independence had originally been sent, and discussed the stance of the United Kingdom towards the Empire. Tom Brake MP wrote to the British Foreign Office on behalf of Austenasia, and the Austenasian Foreign Office is now attempting to enter into negotiations with its British counterpart regarding recognition of Austenasian autonomy, if not national status or even sovereignty.
In early September 2011, Act 155 was placed before Parliament to organise a referendum in which the population of the Empire would vote on whether to keep the original Constitution or to adopt one of two proposed replacement constitutions. The Austenasian Constitutional Referendum took place on 18 September, with the "Wrythian Constitution" recieving 86% of the votes and entering into force two days later. One consequence of the new Constitution was that Esmond III was removed completely from the office of Monarch, leaving Declan I as sole Emperor. In November, a General and a Local Election were called, which took place on 23 December 2011 and resulted in Crown Prince Jonathan being re-elected Prime Minister but losing his position as Representative of Wrythe to Princess Caroline.
2012 saw much focus on foreign relations. Diplomacy was built up with numerous micronations in the MicroWiki Community, and the Empire rose to a prominent position in the Grand Unified Micronational. On 20 January 2013, Declan I abdicated for "personal reasons", and Crown Prince Jonathan ascended to the Throne as HIM Emperor Jonathan I, with Lord Marshal William becoming Acting Prime Minister.
Reign of Jonathan I
Since the ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I, the Empire has seen a huge territorial expansion. On 25 January 2013, New South Scotland formally joined the Empire as a Crown Dependency, having previously been a colony of the United Kingdom of New Wessex. This marked the first territorial expansion of the Empire since Commius Flats was re-annexed in March 2011, and was followed less than a month later by the annexation of Axvalley, a Brazilian farming estate measuring nine hectares with a population of seven, greatly increasing the territory and citizenship of the Empire. This was followed in May, June and July by the annexation of Corinium Terentium and Emperorsland as Territories, and Thanasia and Palasia as Towns. Further annexations took place on 16 August and 16 November, with New Richmond and Terentia respectively both being annexed as Crown Dependencies.
On 18 November 2013, elections took place in which Countess Eritoshi, close friend of the Emperor and founder of Thanasia, was elected Prime Minister. Local elections also took place, in which Jonathan I regained his seat as Representative of Wrythe and all other Representatives or Acting Representatives were re-elected.
The Empire further expanded on 13 April 2014, when the two Territories of Beith Craobh Iostan and Glencoe along with the Crown Dependency of Shineshore were annexed at the same time that the former Territory of Emperorsland transitioned into the Town of Lichtenstein by annexing an adjacent house. The following day yet another piece of land joined the Empire, with a garden being annexed as East Wrythe.
A crisis in New South Scotland arose at the end of May 2014 and lasted into the start of the following month due to a movement in Zealandia which wished to annex the crown dependency. A compromise was reached whereby the already autonomous land was given over to full Zealandian administration whilst remaining under de jure Austenasian sovereignty; this arrangement lasted until September 2016, when a treaty was signed with Zealandia restoring full and exclusive Austenasian governance to New South Scotland. Yet another expansion took place mere days after the conclusion of this crisis, with the Town of Porthbokon joining the Empire on 5 June, followed by the Crown Dependencies of Oregonia on 30 June and Heischierland on 17 July.
On 3 March 2015, a general election was held in which Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, Chancellor of the Empire and Representative of New Richmond, defeated the incumbent Countess Eritoshi and became Prime Minister. Following the general election, the Imperial Navy was re-established and Treasury reform was announced.
The Empire of Austenasia establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with other nations through the Foreign Office, led by the Chief Ambassador. The Chief Ambassador has the power to grant "states of friendship" and tacit recognition, but official recognition of another nation can only be granted by an Act of Parliament or Imperial Decree.
Austenasia has since late 2009 sought diplomatic relations mainly through the MicroWiki Community, but also holds friendly relations with other nations such as Molossia, Vikesland, Westarctica and Ladonia. Austenasia is the foremost power of the Carshalton Nations, with the Austenasian Monarch overlord of the nations the thrones of which are not held in personal union with the Empire.
The Empire of Austenasia had very strong relations with the Kingdom of Wilcsland and its predecessor states between May 2010 and the Liberation of Orly in June 2013. Wilcsland was in a military alliance with the Empire, and its King was Emperor of Austenasia between 2010 and 2013. Relations ceased in 2013, but opened up again under a new Wilcslandian king in December 2014, when the kingdom was made an Austenasian protected state.
The Union of Draegan Republics was a protectorate of Austenasia between November 2010 and May 2012, and Monovia (then Adjikistan) and the Domanglian Federation both became Protectorates in October 2011. In early April 2012 the Empire's protection of Domanglia ceased, but later that month New Balland was accepted as a new Protectorate, although this too left Austenasian protection the following month, leaving Monovia as the only state under Austenasia protection. In October 2012, Monovia transitioned from a protectorate to a protected state of Austenasia, leaving the Empire obliged to defend it from attack but no longer responsible for its military or foreign affairs, with Centuria III Monoviae being stationed near Monovia to protect it; it held this status until its loss of sovereignty in December 2016. Orly has also been a protected state of the Empire since June 2013, and the Principality of Wildflower Meadows since May 2016.
Emperor Jonathan I (while still Austenasian Prime Minister) has been on a state visit to Moylurg, Dorzhabad and Landashir, in August 2010, February 2011 and August 2012 respectively, and took part in the 2011 Intermicronational Summit in August 2011. The then Crown Prince also attended the Polination Conference in July 2012, meeting with several foreign politicians and diplomats between 13-15 July. On the 15th, Austenasia was host to a state visit for the first time in history when Will Sörgel, James von Puchow and James Stewart were all given a tour of Wrythe by the then Prime Minister. Sebastian Linden visited Wrythe in October the following year.
Austenasia is comprised of thirty separate pieces of land. The four populated British territories - Wrythe (the Austenasian capital, comprised of two non-contiguous areas of land), Palasia, Amerdansk, and Caldari - all consist of residential properties. Palasia and Caldari are together known as Grantabridge.
The smallest piece of Austenasian land, Glencrannog, is a mere one square foot of land, more than 370 miles away from Wrythe. The largest area in Austenasia is Corinium Terentium, situated just under 90 miles west-north-west of Wrythe. The most populated piece of Austenasian land, New Richmond, is situated in North America and comprised of five non-contiguous areas of land; it, together with Terentia, Ionathanopolis and Hoagland are together known as New Virginia.
Austenasia is divided into Cities (Wrythe and New Richmond), Towns (Palasia, Terentia, Ionathanopolis, and Amerdansk), Marches (Caldari), Territories (Glencrannog, Corinium Terentium, Glencoe, Beith Craobh Iostan, Aurora, and Hoagland) and Crown Dependencies (New South Scotland, Oregonia, Enfriqua, Dekker, Imperia, Esmondia, Jovanovo, Rushymia, and Kingeston). Towns and Cities are inhabited areas fully incorporated into the Empire, and each elect a Representative to the House of Representatives. Marches are inhabited areas associated with a Town or City for electoral purposes but administered independently. Territories are also fully incorporated into the Empire, but are not inhabited and so are not represented in Parliament, with Austenasian law being enforced by a Governor if possible. Crown Dependencies are autonomous areas, with Austenasian law not automatically applying to them unless specified in the legislation; however, they fall under Austenasian sovereignty and are administered directly by the Throne (with representatives of the Emperor known as Governing Commissioners usually being appointed).
|Picture||Name||Annexed||Population||Representative/Associated Town/Governor/Governing Commissioner|
|Wrythe|| 20 September 2008 (as Town)
8 January 2017 (as City)
|4||HIM Emperor Jonathan I|
|New Richmond|| 18 August 2013 (as Crown Dependency)
7 September 2014 (as Town)
9 January 2017 (as City)
|14||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia|
|Palasia||12 July 2013||4||Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford|
|Terentia|| 16 November 2013 (as Crown Dependency)
3 December 2014 (as Town)
|6||Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston|
|Ionathanopolis||27 June 2016||5||Lord Peter Palaiologos, Count of Mentavlos|
|Amerdansk|| 7 March 2016 (as Territory)
6 August 2018 (as Town)
|3||Lord Anthony Clark, Baron of Amerdansk|
|Caldari||3 December 2014||2||Palasia|
|Glencrannog||21 February 2009||0||Protopontiff Sir C. Sebastian Linden, KVJ, IKA, KPP|
|Corinium Terentium||4 May 2013||0||Lord Tribune Andrew Creed, Baron of Corinium Terentium|
|Beith Craobh Iostan||13 April 2014||0||Protopontiff Sir C. Sebastian Linden, KVJ, IKA, KPP|
|Glencoe||13 April 2014||0||Protopontiff Sir C. Sebastian Linden, KVJ, IKA, KPP|
|Aurora||30 January 2016||0||Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora|
|Hoagland||10 July 2017||0||HE Pope Euclid I|
|New South Scotland||25 January 2013||0||The Rt Hon. Sir Hugh McFarlane, KCA|
|Oregonia||30 June 2014||0||Adam von Friedeck, KVJ, KCA|
|Enfriqua||15 January 2015||4||H.E. Akka Bey|
|Dekker||16 July 2015||6||The Rt Hon. Patrick-Dylan Knox|
|Imperia||29 October 2015||5||The Rt Hon. Ketan Uzagi, OAO|
|Esmondia||29 October 2015||0||HRH King Tarik|
|Jovanovo|| 6 August 2017 (as Town)
5 March 2018 (as Crown Dependency)
|12||None - governed autonomously|
|Rushymia||29 August 2018||0||None - governed directly by the Monarch|
|Kingeston||5 Deember 2018||0||The Rt Hon. Austin Jaax|
Austenasia is an imperial monarchy ruled by the House of Austen. The Throne is officially hereditary, but out of the four Monarchs that Austenasia has had in its history, the second and third were not related to Terry I, the founding Emperor, instead ascending the Throne by Acts of Parliament.
HIM Emperor Jonathan I is head of state as Monarch, and holds vast executive, legislative, and judicial powers. He is held accountable by the Austenasian Senate, a body which can pass advisory resolutions and ultimately has the power to depose the Monarch should they be considered incapable of ruling. The Monarch is also advised by the Privy Council, a body which he can consult for and which can issue the Monarch with non-binding advice and suggestions.
On a daily basis, most executive power is exercised by the Monarch and Cabinet of Austenasia, with the Prime Minister helping to co-ordinate the activities of Cabinet in accordance with policies decided by himself and the Monarch. Legislative power is vested in Parliament, which is comprised of the Monarch, Prime Minister, and House of Representatives. The judiciary is comprised of Town Courts, High Courts, and an Imperial Court, to try differing degrees of crimes, with the Consuls issuing sentences for those found guilty.
The part of Austenasia under the control of the central government is split into administrative districts of two Cities and four Towns, each run by a Council of 3-20 people, and six Territories, uninhabited areas of land in which law is when possible enforced by a Governor. In practice, Town and City Councils generally tend to desist from formally making any but basic and emergency bye-laws, with local government tending to function more on a communal consensus basis. All Representatives make up the House of Representatives, out of which is elected by universal suffrage the Prime Minister no less often than every four years. The Prime Minister and House of Representatives propose, debate and reword laws to be passed. They are then given Imperial Consent by the Monarch, entering them into law.
The Empire of Austenasia also contains eight Crown Dependencies, which fall under the direct and absolute authority of the Monarch, with Governing Commissioners usually being appointed to represent him and exercise his power; the governing commissioners of Oregonia and Dekker report to the Caesar Lord Admiral Joseph as the Emperor's deputy in North America on all non-urgent matters. Acts of Parliament and other Austenasian laws do not apply to Crown Dependencies unless explicitly stated, with the Governing Commissioners exercising near-absolute domestic power.
- Home Office - led by the Home Secretary, responsible for maintaining, guarding and administrating the borders of the Empire, keeping a census of all residents and subjects of Austenasia, supervising the running of the Austenasian Police, and protecting the environment of the Empire.
- Treasury - led by the Chancellor, responsible for managing the income of the Empire through fundraising and legal fines, and for the financial policy of the Empire.
- Foreign Office - led by the Chief Ambassador, responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with other nations.
- Ministry of Defence - led by the Minister of Defence, responsible for the implementation of government defence policy and, together with the Treasury, the funding of the Austenasian Armed Forces.
- Ministry for Culture - led by the Minister for Culture, responsible for promoting and preserving Austenasian culture.
Members of the Government
Lord Peter Palaiologis, Count of Mentavlos:
Representative of Ionathanopolis
Lord Tribune Andrew Creed, Baron of Corinium Terentium:
Governor of Corinium Terentium
H.E. Akka Bey:
Governing Commissioner of Enfriqua
The Rt Hon. Patrick-Dylan Knox:
Governing Commissioner of Dekker
The Rt Hon. Ketan Uzagi, OAO:
Governing Commissioner of Imperia
Law and order
Law enforcement in the Empire of Austenasia is the responsibility of the Austenasian Police. Jurisprudence operates on a civil law legal system, with crimes being tried by a Town Court, a High Court, or the Imperial Court, depending on the severity of the offence. There are no permanent courts due to the rarity of crimes, with instead a court of the necessary rank to be summoned upon a person being charged with a crime. If a person is found guilty of a crime, then their punishment is decided by the Austenasian consuls. Civil disputes are resolved by a magistrate appointed by the Monarch, Prime Minister or Home Secretary.
Austenasia has an extremely low crime rate. Since September 2008, only two arrests have ever been made, both on the same person, the then Princess Caroline (the first time for her part in the Skirmish of the Treasury and the second time for announcing an intention to overthrow the Emperor). The Austenasian Police once unsuccessfully attempted to arrest Lord Marshal William for rebellion and treason after he declared war on the Esmondian government, but he was granted amnesty and pardon at the end of the war.
Capital punishment in Austenasia was outlawed on 13 December 2008, and this abolition was reaffirmed both on 21 March 2009 and 20 September 2011. The only sentences ever given in Austenasia so far have been temporary exile and unpaid community service.
Law enforcement in the Empire is assisted by the State Intelligence Agency (SIA), a covert organization which gathers information about domestic (as well as foreign) threats. The SIA was founded in 2009, but its existence was not officially acknowledged until 2017.
The Austenasian Armed Forces are the military of the Empire of Austenasia, administrated and partially funded by the Ministry of Defence. The main branch of the AAF is the Austenasian Army, founded in May 2009; in January 2011, the Austenasian Army underwent reforms to become modeled more on the Imperial Roman army. The AAF is also comprised of the Imperial Navy and the Imperial Air Force. Admiral Thomas Merrell currently serves as Minister of Defence, and command of the AAF during wartime is the responsibility of the War Council.
There are currently fifty four enlisted soldiers in the Austenasian Armed Forces: twenty two in the Army, twenty six in the Navy, and six (two of whom also serve as officers in the Army) in the Air Force. The AAF can also rely on various foreign volunteers from Orly, the United Kingdom, and the United States, making the potential overall military strength of the Empire over 60 strong.
Austenasia has a total population of eighty three people. Sixty five of these are residents actually living in Austenasia (fifteen of whom are in Crown Dependencies), and eighteen are non-residential subjects that are entitled to vote in General Elections and to hold the status of an Austenasian national despite not actually living within the Empire (due to having been granted the status by Parliament or due to having held the Throne or performed military service). Those residents which are over the age of sixteen years and have lived on Austenasian land for more than three years (interpreted to include land which is currently Austenasian but has not necessarily been so for three years) hold the status of subject, meaning that they can vote in general elections and have more rights in regards to partaking in local government.
On 12 November 2008, Act 20 (Honorary Subjects) was passed, creating the status of Honorary Subjects, to be bestowed by the Secretary-General on applicant non-Austenasians. The number of Honorary Subjects reached 10 on 15 February 2009, 50 on 30 July 2010, 100 on 5 May 2012, 200 on 25 August 2014, and 300 on 30 July 2016. There are currently 403 Honorary Subjects of Austenasia, residing in every continent on Earth other than Antarctica.
English is the most commonly spoken language in Austenasia, known and used daily by the majority of the population. English is generally the only language used for government business, although some Latin is rarely used for more ceremonial occasions. Montenegrin is the vernacular in Jovanovo and French in Enfriqua, and in Imperia the Marathi, Hindi, and Japanese languages are known as well as English. Some of the Austenasian population also know some Spanish, German, and Swahili, but these languages are rarely spoken in daily life.
Since the reign of Esmond III, a world-view often known as the Imperium theory has grown in popularity within Austenasia, being partially adopted by official legislation during the reigns of Jonathan I and his predecessor. This worldview, which is both officially and popularly adhered to by the other Carshalton Nations and also particularly prevalent amongst the Austenasian Armed Forces, attaches significant importance to the title "Emperor", viewing the Austenasian Throne as being in succession to that of the Roman Emperors. This has helped accelerate the increase of monarchical authority in Austenasia and also resulted in several Roman elements being adopted by the Empire, such as a Latin national motto loosely based on SPQR, the institution of a Senate and of annually-appointed consuls, and - most openly - the inclusion of "Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans" in the official style of the Monarch.
Since 21 June 2017, Austenasia has been an officially Christian country. Christian feast days are celebrated as public holidays, and Christian symbols are used for example in the national coat of arms, but freedom of Austenasians to choose and practice their own religion has been guaranteed by law since December 2008, and is entrenched under Article XII, Paragraph C of the Constitution. Only baptised Christians are eligible to inherit the the Throne.
From the founding of Austenasia in September 2008 until the introduction of the first non-residential subject in April 2010, the entirety of Austenasia's population identified as Methodist Christians. As more people joined Austenasia, the proportion of Methodists with Austenasia declined, and Methodism is now professed by only 7.6% of the population.
Residents of Austenasia's enclaves read newspapers imported from and watch television channels broadcast from their neighbouring countries. The Austenasian Times is the semi-official Austenasian news service, founded by Jonathan I in November 2012 while he was still Crown Prince. The City of New Richmond also publishes the New Richmond Herald, currently the Empire's only local newspaper.
Austenasia has its own broadcasting corporation, Austenasian Television Productions (ATP). ATP, founded in December 2008, as well as publishing the Prime Minister's Broadcasts, also produces films for two series - Austenasian Events, small documentaries which record events concerning the Empire, and Cool Barbie, a sci-fi fantasy drama about a Barbie's encounters with extraterrestrials and villains in a world where toys are alive. All of these films are published on the ATP YouTube account, where they can be viewed free of charge. The former Lord Charles C. also produced Austenasian videos which he published on his website, Grinning Kettles. These videos were stop motion animated and contained surrealism and nonsense. Bogeyshire is a web series that includes four of these videos and Die Fairgrassen! is one other of said videos.
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