Federated States of Gapla

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Federated States of Gapla
GaplaflagClear.png
Flag
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Coat of arms
Motto: Erit Ergo Justitia
Anthem: "Romeo and Juliet Overture"

"What Child is This" (National Flag Anthem)

"A Festival Rondo" (Standard of the Government)

CapitalNew Gaplastovia, Elemental
Largest cityHydroAspect, Sweet Falls
Official languages
Other languages
Ethnic groups (2021)Very diverse
Religion(2021)No official religion, however Christianity is dominant
DemonymGaplan
GovernmentFederative Direct Democratic Constitutional Monarchy
• Executive President
Wyatt Seungri Baek
• Executive Deputy President
Chelsea Chen
• Secretary of State
Emma Bunnell
• Chief Justice
Scott Chiang
• Minister of Foreign Affairs
Eovnia Pual
LegislatureParliament of the Federated States of Gapla
National Executive Council
Chamber of Representatives
Independence from the United States of America
• Declaration of Independence
28 February 2019
• Union Day (Snake, Phoenix, Gapla)
6 March 2019
• First State Joined (Emeralkia)
7 March 2019
• First Constitution Ratified
23 March 2019
• Current Form (Federated States of Gapla)
2 May 2019
• Gaplan Revolution against Michael Hubbard
10 September 2020
• Current Constitution
8 March 2021
Population
• 2021 census
300
CurrencyGapla Dollar (GPD)
Time zoneGapla Standard Time (UTC-7:00)
Date formatYYYY - MM - DD
Drives on theright
Calling code+1 949
MicrocodeGP
Internet TLD.gx

The Federated States of Gapla, more commonly known as Gapla, is a partially recognized sovereign state recognized by the Republic of China, the Swiss Confederation, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands regarded as a micronation by the external community. The country was founded by Wyatt Seungri Baek on 28 February 2019 because he felt that the United States of America, the country that Gapla declared independence from, was not a fair and free enough country. It is located near the western coast of the United States and in Antarctica (where it claims land as the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica) and has a diverse and unique culture.

Gapla's legislature consists of an Executive Council, the upper house, and the Chamber of Representatives, the lower house. The Executive Council consists of the President, Deputy President, Secretary of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Justice, Assistant to the Council, and the Secondary Assistant to the Council. The "Upper Council" then consists of the President, Deputy President, and Secretary of State, the "Cabinet" consists of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Justice, and the "Lower Council" consists of the assistants to the council. The Chamber of Representatives consists of representatives from each state (with a different amount of representatives per state, while some states are merged together to create a population eligible for a representative).

It was a former member of the Grand Unified Micronational and a former observer of the Cupertino Alliance. Throughout the micronational community, Gapla is known for having a strong economy with its currency, the Gapla Dollar, being treated like fiat, and is used to trade everyday goods such as postal services, 3D prints, cakes, candy, origami, web design, and more.

Etymology

According to the President, the name for the Federated States of Gapla came from the root "Gapla", which, the founder claims, was a name stuck in their head for a country since they were very young. However, most speculate that this name came from the combination of "Gap" and "LA", meaning the "Gap" in the United States near the city of Los Angeles, abbreviated to LA.

The word "Gapla" does not have any deep etymological roots, and is commonly misspelled as "Galpa", with the Empire of Aeternia and certain delegates of the Cupertino Alliance using the popular misspelling.

History

Prehistory

The Federated States of Gapla was inspired from the Principality of Sealand, which the founder found out after a school project on nations with disputed sovereignty. After browsing through the website, he was quite interested, and - after being interested in creating his own nation, but not knowing how to - declared the now-defunct Principality of Gapla (the predecessor state of the Federated States of Gapla).

Gapla's original Coat of Arms, during the Principality of Gapla era.

Before, the founder did have a micronation (although he didn't realize it was a micronation, as he didn't know what it was) called the United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix, which was founded in 2015 with no government or laws, however, it did have a flag, I.D. card (drawn from crayons), and a territory, a "secret base" located in Cypress Village Elementary School.

Early Gapla

Founding days (March 2019 - April 2019)

Gapla soon captured interest inside the classroom it was founded in. The founder of the FSG asked two of his closest friends to create their own principalities - the Principality of Snake, and the Principality of Phoenix. At this time, they were independent and not part of the Principailty of Gapla.

However, two friends, Emma Bunnell and Tessa Huffmire, wanted to create their own principality - the Principality of Emeralkia. The United Micronations (the group that contained all of the principalities) did not admit Emeralkia, refusing to recognize it due to a concern that there would be too many principalities and the value of a principality would become pointless.

Emma and Tessa, however, were determined to create their own principality, and the United Micronations was dissolved in favor of a unified Gapla, with Emeralkia, Snake, and Phoenix being states.

The growth of the nation (April 2019 - July 2019)

The principality was popular amongst the local area (the community of Woodbridge in Irvine, CA), and it had expanded to fourteen member states with a population of nearly 100 people. The Principality of Gapla later was renamed to the Federated States of Gapla.

During this period, the Federated States of Gapla worked on creating websites, diplomatic ties amongst the members of the Micronations Fandom community, joining intermicronational unions, and gaining citizenship. It created a website, Coat of Arms, and formalized its territorial claims and independence from the United States of America.

A string quartet and Google Hangouts chat were made, with regular meetings on school property.

A photo of Michael Hubbard.

Gaplan Revolution (July 2019 - October 2019)

The Gaplan Revolution was a result of Michael Hubbard banning the Federated States of Gapla in his classroom simply for the reason that he thought it was "dumb." Due to this, Gaplan citizens were not happy and protested this change. While disciplinary action was taken, and the Federated States of Gapla was not allowed to operate on school property, it still very overtly continued to exist and have meetings.

While Hubbard warned that any continuation of the FSG would result in discipline, no action was taken.

Post-revolution Gapla (October 2019 - January 2020)

After the revolution, the FSG continued to hold meetings and advance its territorial claims by adding new states into the union.

Pegasus, Musicland, Kingdom City, and Asmiland were created during this period. Although the MicroWiki page was created during the Gaplan Revolution, it became an active source of information during the Post-revolution Gapla period, when Gapla was beginning the switch from Micronations Fandom to MicroWiki.

Gaplan Renaissance

Ozzah and Xadia days (January 2020 - March 2020)

During January, two powers, Ozzah and Xadia (officially New Xadia), rose up and created their own interstatal alliances. Xadia was made up mostly by many of Aditya's puppets, which barely had any activity. After the Xadian collapse, many of these states remained states. Two examples of these states that still exist today are Destruction and Cloudland.

Similarly, Ozzah collected allies through their "friendship circle." During the election in February, Xadia had its leader, Aditya, and Ozzah had Emma of Emeralkia to represent their state. After an extremely close victory by Emma during the Deputy Presidential election (who was, just a setup to pass it to Irene, because Irene was powerful, yet not popular within the general public), Aditya stopped being active and the state of Xadia basically collapsed - however, it is still in existance today.

Decline of Ozzah

The State of Ozzah declined after it fell in the interstate rankings of the 2nd session. Because of this, the founders of Ozzah blamed Gapla for being a "toxic community" - no reasons are known, other than that their state fell in the interstate competitions during March 2020.

Another possible reason for this quit was that the President and the then-Vice President, Irene Kim, one of the founders of Ozzah, did not get along during office. Constant arguments between the two leaders eventually caused her to resign, to be replaced by Chelsea Chen.

Coronavirus strikes (March 2020 - July 2020)

During March 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19 pandemic) struck in the school that Gapla was located in, and it was closed. Due to this, the FSG actually became more active, finally creating a Discord server and having bi-weekly meetings on Google Meet, and then Zoom after it was authorized by the Executive Council. Previously, the council used Google Meet due to security concerns with the Chinese-owned Zoom.

During this period, the focus was mainly on Elemental, which Snake was the main contester of, which was slowly growing its empire and having a monopoly on interstate sessions until the resurgence of Folia Tail in July.

Aquisition of Mogollon

Also during this period, the State of Mogollon joined, giving Gapla's first piece of land that was not a house, previously located in the American state of Arizona. This was a significant addition to Gapla's territory. To this day, there are only two territories that are not houses: the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica, and the State of Mogollon.

Mogollon was aquired from Eovnia Pual, who transferred her territory in her Elysiumite province to Mogollon.

The flag of Folia Tail.

Resurgence of Folia Tail (July 2020 - November 2020)

During July 2020, delegates from Chickenopolis (the former name of Folia Tail) messaged the government, asking for a "way for Chickenopolis to be active again." This began the start of the resurgence of the State of Folia Tail as a major power. Soon after, the state reformed and changed its name to "Delsgade," and garnered allies that felt betrayed by Xadia and Musicland to build an empire against Elemental. This, however, was ignored by Chelsea Chen, who thought it was a joke, and that it would never overturn the Socialist Elementalian Federation.

However, as former Xadian states joined, and even Musicland and Xadia themselves, the Delsgadian Confederacy had successfully defeated the Elementalian Federation in the interstate sessions. Elemental started a response to this, by taking some of Delsgade's allies and gaining the formerly powerful Emeralkia as a puppet state.

Near the end of the resurgence, Delsgade changed its name to Folia Tail, reforming as an empire.

Another minor event is that during this period, the Federated States of Gapla switched from free to paid hosting and renovated a new website.

Modern era

Second Christmas days (November 2020 - February 2021)

The first half of the Second Christmas Days consisted of the adjustment to the competition between Folia Tail and Elemental. During this period, like the name, Gapla celebrated its second Christmas since independence. Another event is that Folia Tail was dominant during this period, however, later, Elemental became more dominant consistently, but not to an extent of a monopoly.

The second half consisted of a new era for Gapla - sales in titles and Gapla Dollars increased dramatically due to the growing popularity of Gapla and the demand for these items. Gapla's economy soared, and the country had enough money to fund flags, crowns, government seal stamps, new graphic designs, better paper, branded stationery, and more.

Advance of the session (February 2021 - June 2021)

During the advance, the FSG started actually applying the purchases it bought in the Second Christmas days, as well as creating a new currency design backed by gold. Mainly, this consisted of Elemental and Folia Tail (and their allies) going into a Zoom meeting every day to argue and conduct the interstate sesssions, so sessions constructed during this period were extremely active, however, were dominated by Elemental.

However, during the end of this session, the Folian government started devising a plan to become the dominant competitor in the interstate sessions.

Colonial ages (June 2021 - October 2021)

One of the schools Gapla has "colonized." Schools are colonized by having a substantial amount of students that are Gaplan citizens in a school.

The colonial ages was the start of the rise of Folia Tail which surpassed elemental in September 2021. During this period, Folia Tail strategically planned the "fire dragon's return" and the "water dragon's return," and the state government released a statement that said that the dragons mentioned were literal, that they shoot fire, and that they will destroy Elemental.

However, it was discovered that this was used for secrecy reasons, and the actual plan was to discuss Folia Tail's plans without leaking it to Elemental, and for Elemental to completely ignore it as a joke. This seems to have worked, as Folia Tail has completed its plan and have successfully been narrowly declared as the session leader.

The colonial ages were also a start of an era where Gaplan states collected schools throughout school districts, including the famous Orange County School of the Arts. Dozens of schools across a few school districts have been "colonized."

Second rise of Emeralkia (October 2021 - November 2021)

During this period, the Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia broke away from Elemental's alliance, leading to a dramatic decrease in Elemental's strength, as Elemental has allocated a lot of its resources to the Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia. This was a result of Tessa Huffmire wanting to be out of the Elementalian Federation and to create a new independent Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia. After its rise, containment of allies, and victory over Folia Tail in the 9th session, it has become a leading power in the FSG and is considered to be a "major power" along with Elemental and Folia Tail.

Although Elemental has been damaged by the GKE's independence, Elemental has regained strength through its lands acquired through verification, and is predicted to continue being a major power, although Folian news networks falsely stated that the Federation had dissolved.

"Red Wave" of Gapla (November 2021)

To be constructed when this event is over.

The national flag

The national flag is named the "Standard of Greater Gapla". It was created on the day of founding of the Federated States of Gapla and has never changed, in exception to when the flag size ratio was changed for standardization.

The Standard of Greater Gapla consists of a blue background with a red cross, an orange circle, and a yellow star.

Colours of the flag

The blue touches the red, and the orange, because the pride of the people are made from the people, and the Parliament and Association of Ministries are made of the people. Also notice that citizens themselves cannot change the nation, the star.

The red touches all of the areas, because the pride of the people is made from the people, gives people to Parliament and the Association of Ministries, and affects the nation.

The orange represents the Parliament, which most closely touches the star. The orange also is made from the Pride of the People and the People.

This yellow star is the government, and touches everything except for the blue, because citizens cannot change the government alone. It is touching the orange because Parliament and the Association of Ministries can change the government. It is touching the red because the pride of the people can change the government.

Subdivisions

Superior states, states, territories, and Special Administrative Regions are all subdivisions of the Federated States of Gapla.

States and superior states have a limited amount of autonomy to create their own laws and regulate their own institutions, however, are not considered soveriegn states and lack sufficient autonomy to be considered "autonomous."

Territories are under the complete control and jurdistriction of the Federated States of Gapla and have no autonomy over their territory.

Special Administrative Regions have some autonomy, such as the power to enforce their laws, create laws to a certain extent, issue special passports, and create their own currency - however, in practice, there is only one SAR (Liberty Island) and it does not practice its theoretical autonomy.

The colony of the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica is not listed.

List of subdivisions of Gapla

The following is a list of government-recognized subdivisions of the Federated States of Gapla.

The "Official religion" field is to note that official religions are established at a state level.

Superior States (5)
Flag Name Leader Website Official religion
State9Gapla.png Elemental Chelsea Chen http://elemental.gaplagov.org None
State4Gapla.png Folia Tail Renaldo Chang http://foliatail.gaplagov.org Christianity (protestant)
State3Gapla.png Emeralkia Emma Bunnell and Tessa Huffmire

(singular leadership under Emma Bunnell,

Tessa Huffmire as ceremonial monarch)

http://emeralkia.gaplagov.org Mormonism
State2Gapla.png Phoenix Mirabelle Wang http://phoenix.gaplagov.org Christianity (protestant)
State1Gapla.png Snake Shaun Murzello and George Yang

(de jure dual leadership,

de facto singular leadership under Shaun Murzello)

http://snake.gaplagov.org Christianity (Roman Catholic)
States (9)
Flag Name Leader Website Official religion
State10Gapla.png Asmiland Asmi Aggarwal http://asmiland.gaplagov.org Hinduism
State7Gapla.png Kingdom City Serena Ali http://kingdomcity.gaplagov.org Islam (Sunni)
State23Gapla.png Sweet Falls Anthony Tatsuta http://sweetfalls.gaplagov.org Christianity (protestant)
State14Gapla.png Daisy Grace Tan http://daisy.gaplagov.org
State24Gapla.png Mogollon Eovnia Pual The state government is not finished

with the creation of the website.

None
State16Gapla.png Musicland Bright Li Christianity (protestant)
Kokichi's Kingdom Betty Zhang
State6Gapla.png Syopolis Vera Sy http://syopolis.gaplagov.org None
Aeternum Silas Anderson http://aeternum.gaplagov.org
Provisional States (4)
Flag Name Leader Website Official religion
State22Gapla.png Ozzah Irene Kim and Kavya Tyagi

(dual leadership)

http://ozzah.gaplagov.org Christianity (protestant)
State5Gapla.png Great Gryffin Joshua Tan Provisional States are usually not

entitled to their own websites,

but they may create their own optionally.

State20Gapla.png Xadia Aditya Meruga None
Flag of the State of Pain.png Pain Scott Chiang and Ian Jia

(dual leadership)

Christianity (protestant)
Territories (9)
Flag Name Leader Website Official religion
State8Gapla.png Hedgehogtopia Adyson Ngo None, territories are not

entitled to websites.

Christianity (protestant)
State11Gapla.png Candyland Suhasni Sampath Hinduism
State12Gapla.png Bangtan Aubree Lee and Natalie Oh Christianity (protestant)
State13Gapla.png Trinity Anusha Sharma Hinduism
State15Gapla.png Pegasus Diti Patel
State17Gapla.png Poshstate Roshini Raju None
State18Gapla.png Destruction Bhuvan Vellamena
State19Gapla.png Mar de Val Anika Kurup Hinduism
State21Gapla.png Cloudland Stone Ho Christianity (protestant)
Special Administrative Regions (1)
Flag Name Leader Website Official religion
SAR251Gapla.png Liberty Island Xavier Lee http://libertyisland.gaplagov.org Christianity (Roman Catholic)

Subdivisions within subdivisions of Gapla

Subdivisions of subdivisions (usually states) are neccessary for the better administration of territory. Because many states are large and encompass multiple regions, residences, or populated groups, however do not prefer a split of the subdivision, subdivisions inside that subdivision are sometimes created.

Below is a list of all subdivisions of Gapla with subdivisions inside themselves, and a list of all of the subdivisions.

Musicland

  • Musiclandia (2,600 square feet)
    • The state capital city.
  • Kingdom of Hanover (0 square feet, about 30 members)
    • More commonly known as the Kingdom of H or simply KoH. It was assigned a new name by the federal government for obvious reasons.
  • Kingdom of Juliver (0 square feet, about 10 members)
    • More commonly known as the Kingdom of J or simply KoJ. It was assigned a new name by the federal government for obvious reasons.

Elemental

  • Elementalia (3,481 square feet)
    • The state capital city.
  • New Gaplastovia (1,257 square feet)
    • The national capital, attained by Elemental during the 5th Session of Interstatal Competitions. It will be reassigned after the conclusion of the 10th Session of Interstatal Competitions.
  • Stanfordville (1,200 square feet)
  • Castletown (2,688 square feet)
  • Spring City (1,467 square feet)

Folia Tail

  • Grand Center of the Folian Dragon (1,100 square feet)
    • The state capital city.
  • Folian Elementaltar (6 square feet)
    • Inspired by Gibraltar, a 6 square foot piece of New Gaplastovia that is Folian land. However, 1 square foot is administered by the State of Pain.

Emeralkia

  • Northern Territory (1,929 square feet)
  • Southern Territory (1,294 square feet)
    • The state capital city.

Sweet Falls

  • Sweet Falls Headquarters (1,897 square feet)
    • The state capital city.
  • Royal Dependency of HydroAspect (0 square feet, about 50 members)

Pain

  • Painayan Administration of Folian Elementaltar (1 square foot)
    • See Folian Elementaltar.
  • First District (1,960 square feet)
    • The state capital city.
  • Second District (2,249 square feet)

Politics and government

Government

The government of the Federated States of Gapla is comprised of a judiciary (the Supreme Court), the legislature (the Chamber of Representatives), and the executive branch (Autonomous Assembly and Executive Council). Inside the executive branch, there are ministries, which are special organs of the Executive Branch that advise the Executive Council of the Federated States of Gapla to do certain things.

For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can advise on the foreign affairs of the Federated States of Gapla. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, a special minister, is also a member of the Executive Council.

Ministries

The following is a list of all government-recognized ministries of the Executive Branch of the Federated States of Gapla.

  1. Ministry of Public Welfare
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Ministry of the Armed Forces
  4. Ministry of Defense
  5. Ministry of Communications
  6. Ministry of Operations
  7. Ministry of Education
  8. Ministry of Statistics
  9. Ministry of Records
  10. Ministry of Finance
  11. Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship
  12. Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Monarchy

The Federated States of Gapla is a constitutional monarchy - that is, with a monarchy for tradition and fundraising but with the monarch having no political power simply due to that position.

During the history of Gapla, the monarchy was used to encourage states to verify land and fund the country. However, land grants are not eligible for titles anymore. The following is a list of titles in the monarchy.

Title (male/female) Form of address Classification Maximum number of holders

(excluding consorts)

Price (if applicable) and notes
Baron Baroness The Hon. John Doe, Baron of Gapla Lower Noble Infinite USD $10.00
Earl Laflet The Rt. Hon John Doe, Earl of Gapla USD $15.00
Marquess Marchioness The Rt. Hon Jane Smith, Marchioness of Gapla Upper Noble USD $20.00 + government authorization
Duke Duchess Her Grace, the Rt. Hon Jane Smith, Duchess of Gapla USD $30.00 + government authorization
Prince Princess His Royal Highness, the Rt. Hon. Prince John Smith of Gapla Royal 4 (2 per gender) USD $50.00 + government authorization

(when maximum number of holders has not been reached)

Grand Prince Grand Princess His Royal Majesty, the Rt. Hon. Grand Prince John Smith of Gapla and her Legions 2 (1 per gender) Not available for purchase


The Grand Prince and Grand Princesses are chosen from the Princes and Princesses by the Crown Prince. They are not included in the prince/princess tally, however.

Crown Prince Crown Princess His Royal Majesty and Highness, the Rt. Hon. Crown Prince John Smith of Gapla and her Legions, with the Grace of God of the Federated States of Gapla Sovereign 1 Not available for purchase


The sovereign.

Emperor Empress N/A Divine 1 Not available for purchase


The Federated States of Gapla allocates the title of "Emperor" and "Empress" to God, the creator of the universe.

Awards

The following is a list of all awards given by the Federated States of Gapla.

This list may not have the correct ribbon bars and medals yet, because they will be completed soon.

Order name Abbreviation Class Monarch Ribbon bar Medal
Order of the House of Baek OHB Standard Crown Prince Wyatt Baek None
Order of the White Lion of Pureness OWP Grand Prince Renaldo Chang
Illustrious Order of the Pen IOP Princess Eovnia Pual
Order of Alanian-Elementalian Recognition OAE Grand Princess Chelsea Chen
Significant Contributions to Gapla SCG Crown Prince Wyatt Baek
Heroes of the Revolution of the Federated States of Gapla HRFSG Distinguished HRFSG RibbonBar Gapla.png HRFSG Medal Gapla.png
Leaflet of Gaplan Fortune LGF LGF RibbonBar Gapla.png LGF Medal Gapla.png
Order of the Founder of Gapla OFG OFG RibbonBar Gapla.png OFG Medal Gapla.png
Order of Bravery for Gapla OBG OBG RibbonBar Gapla.jpg OBG Medal Gapla.png

Eras of the state

The federal government frequently hosts "sessions" - formally "interstate competitions" designed to promote state activity.

Every session, the states compete to complete tasks and grow Gapla while earning "points", which increase their chance of winning the session. Whenever a state wins a session, the state in question is named after the period, and a group of periods is called an "era."

However, many sessions are more complicated, with added motivations such as prizes, levels, and secret rooms.

The following is a list of Gaplan eras and their periods.

Era Era Number Period Number Name of the Period State(s) Named After Dates of Period Dates of Era
Foundation Era 1 1 Phoenixian Period Phoenix 28 February 2019 - 22 March 2019 28 February 2019 - 20 April 2019
2 First Snakaris Period Snake 23 March 2019 - 20 April 2019
Early Era 2 3 Syopolian Period Syopolis 21 April 2019 - 16 May 2019 21 April 2019 - 9 January 2020
4 Second Snakaris Period Snake 17 May 2019 - 4 September 2019
5 Emeralkian Period Emeralkia 5 September 2019 - 9 January 2019
Developement Era 3 6 First New Xadian Period Xadia 10 January 2020 - 6 February 2020 10 January 2020 - 28 March 2020
7 Chickenopolis Period Folia Tail (then Chickenopolis) 7 February 2020 - 12 February 2020
8 First Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 13 February 2020 - 28 March 2020
Ozzah-Xadia Era 4 9 Second New Xadian Period Xadia 29 March 2020 29 March 2020 - 26 April 2020
10 Second Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 30 March 2020 - 12 April 2020
11 Third New Xadian Period Xadia 13 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Elemental-Ozzah Era 5 12 First Elementalian Period Elemental 27 April 2020 - 5 May 2020 27 April 2020 - 11 May 2020
13 Third Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 6 May 2020
14 Second Elementalian Period Elemental 7 May 2020 - 10 May 2020
Conquistador Era 6 15 Third Snakaris Period Snake 11 May 2020 11 May 2020 - 2 December 2020
16 Elementalian-Mogollon Period Elemental and Mogollon 12 May 2020 - 2 December 2020
Grand Gaplan Era 7 17 Folia Tail Period Folia Tail-Musicland Merger 3 December 2020 - 6 December 2020 3 December 2020 - 21 January 2021
18 Elemental-Emeralkia Period Emeralkia-Elemental Merger 7 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
19 Second Folia Tail Period Folia Tail-Musicland Merger 14 January 2021 - 21 January 2021
22 January 2021 - 21 February 2021
La Chevaleresque Era 8 22 January 2021 - 5 September 2021
20 Third Elementalian Period Elementalian Confederation with several states 22 February 2021 - 5 September 2021
Colonial Era 9 21 Awakening of the Dragon Period Folian Empire with several states 6 September 2021 - present 6 September 2021 - present

Political parties

Politics is very contentious in the Federated States of Gapla.

Currently, the leading party is The Progressive Movement and the opposition is the Grand Conservative Party, yet the Executive President (and founder) is a member of the third largest party, the Freedom and Liberty Party.

The Chamber of Representatives is made up of a number of representatives from a single state or a group of states, while an Executive Council is comprised of nationally elected executive officers: the President, Deputy President, Secretary of State, Assistant, and Secondary Assistant, and presidential apointees: the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Justice.

Political Party
Party Leader Political Position Chamber of Representatives Executive Council Autonomous Assembly
Major Parties
Free Rightist Party

"Rightist Party"

To be decided Right-wing semiconservative libertarianism
12 / 28
3 / 7
1 / 1
The Progressive Movement

"Progressive Party"

Kavya Tyagi Centre-left progressive libertarianism
12 / 28
3 / 7
0 / 1
People's New Socialist Party

"Socialist Party"

Chelsea Chen Left-wing strong progressive authoritarianism
2 / 28
1 / 7
0 / 1
Minor Parties
Centrist Radical Party of Gapla

"Radical Party"

Clayton Walker Centre-right conservative
1 / 28
0 / 7
0 / 1
National Monarchist Party

"Monarchist Party"

Tessa Huffmire Centre-right to right-wing conservative authoritarianism No respresentation in the Chamber of Representatives, Executive Council, or Autonomous Assembly.
Unitary Reformist Party

"Union Party"

Alexander Lightinger Right-wing to far-right conservative authoritarianism
Environmentalist Green Party

"Green Party"

Mirabelle Wang Left-wing to far-left progressive libertarianism
Federal Classic Socialist Party

"Classic Socialist Party"

Lucy Wong Left-wing strong progressive moderate libertarianism

Land

The Federated States of Gapla claims land in three main districts - the Capital District, the Mogollon territory, the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica, and the Eastern Elementalian territories.

Verification processes

The verification process for residential land is that a state must meet TWO of the below requirements to have verified land.

  • Appearance on public records
  • Certification of address through mailing
  • Certification of address through random weekly governmental visit
  • Governor IP address location approximation check

The verification process for non-residential land (that has previously been claimed by another entity) is that an entity must meet ONE of the below requirements.

  • Proof of permanent sovereignty
  • Proof of granted sovereignty of the land by the former entity

Districts

A map of Mogollon.

The following are the present Gaplan land districts:

  • The capital district includes all of the cities near New Gaplastovia (all territorial claims located near the cities of Irvine, Tustin, or Santa Ana). This consists of the houses of governors. Annexed from California.
  • The Eastern Elementalian territories consist of the Governor of Elemental's two houses annexed from Nevada.
  • The Mogollon territories consist of territories granted during Eovnia Pual's negotiation with the U.S. Forest Service, annexed from Arizona.
  • The Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica consists of previously unclaimed sea ice claimed by the government.

The following are the pending Gaplan land districts:

  • The Northern Elementalian Territories consist of land owned by the Governor of Elemental's family. Currently undergoing strict verification requirements, planned to be annexed from California.

Geography, climate, and weather

The city of New Gaplastovia and surrounding territories has a fairly flat geography, with a warm climate. This climate data can be applied to all Gaplan states except for Elemental, Mogollon, and the Colony of the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica. It cannot be applied to some Elementalian territories near Nevada, however, can be applied to the rest.

Below is a chart of the climate data for New Gaplastovia, the capital city of the Federated States of Gapla.

Climate data for New Gaplastovia, Federated States of Gapla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 66
(18.9)
67
(19.4)
68
(20)
72
(22.2)
73
(22.8)
78
(25.6)
82
(27.8)
83
(28.3)
82
(27.8)
78
(25.6)
72
(22.2)
67
(19.4)
73
(22.8)
Average low °F (°C) 47
(8.3)
48
(8.9)
49
(9.4)
51
(10.6)
55
(12.8)
59
(15)
62
(16.7)
63
(17.2)
62
(16.7)
57
(13.9)
51
(10.6)
47
(8.3)
54
(12.2)
Average Precipitation inches (mm) 2.95
(74.9)
3.5
(89)
2.85
(72.4)
0.85
(21.6)
0.26
(6.6)
0.14
(3.6)
0.03
(0.8)
0.15
(3.8)
0.3
(8)
0.32
(8.1)
1.05
(26.7)
1.75
(44.5)
13
(330)
Source: Weather.com

National holidays

Gapla's government declares national holidays that are unique to the nation. Currently, there are seven recognized holidays.

Holidays that are not unique to the country are not allowed to be recognized by the government but are still observed.

The following is a list of officially declared and recognized government holidays.

  • 28 February - Independence day
  • 13 January - Freedom day
  • 6 March - Union day
  • 23 March - Constitution day
  • 2 May - Government day
  • 1 September - School starts in Gapla
  • 10 September - Gaplan Revolution day

Religion

GaplaReligionDiversity.png

The following chart is a religious diversity chart of the Federated States of Gapla. However, it is a little outdated and new data is expected to arrive from the government in a few weeks. Notice the large Christian and Hindu sectors that make up 90% of the population's religion.

Currently, the government does not force religion onto anyone and it is considered illegal to. Religious discrimination is strictly prohibited, however, most cases are released under freedom of speech rights. Freedom of religious practice up to the limit of law is guarenteed in every Gaplan constitution to date.


Various classifications

The below sections show what scores Gapla recieved on several micronational classification indexes.

Dresner's System of Classification

  • Population: 5 points (51 or more)
  • Cultural developement: 5 points (A strong culture in existance)
  • Allies: 2 points (5 allies or less)
  • Spheres of influence: 3 points (Relatively well known and followed by many)
  • Budget: 4 points (Less than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question)

Gapla adds up to 5 + 5 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 19 points, 19/5 = 3.8 score.

The description for this is:

A very average micronation, they exist en masse. No need to ignore them, but they probably aren't very special or interesting. Often it is hard to tell the difference between them, and if they stay at this level for a long time it is probably because of a lack of population, time, effort, and/or interest.

Modification for national equity

However, Gapla suspended all alliances due to the fact that it does not wish to create alliances between micronations, only serious countries, with few exceptions. Modifying this scale for national equity, Gapla would score:

  • Population: 5 points (51 or more)
  • Cultural developement: 5 points (A strong culture in exsistance)
  • Spheres of influence: 3 points (Relatively well known and followed by many)
  • Budget: 4 points (Less than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question)

Gapla adds up to 5 + 5 + 3 + 4 in this new scale. This is a score of 17 points, 17/4 = 4.25.

This equates to:

One of the most significant micronations (eg. St. Charlie, The Soviet Republic of North America, etc). There was a lot of effort involved in getting the micronation to this level. Once here, it is quite difficult for the nation to fall back down unless it becomes inactive, like Scientopia.

Freayth's System of Classification

  • Politics: 2 points (Moderately active)
  • Developement: 3 points (Excellent emnities)
  • Budget: 2.5 points (In between two categories)
  • Cultural and nationalistic development: 3 points (Strong cultural practice)
  • Freedoms: 3 points (Absolute freedoms)
  • Influence within community: 2 points (Has a moderately agreeable influence)

Gapla adds up to 2 + 3 + 2.5 + 3 + 3 + 2 = 15.5, 15.5/3 = approximately 5.166.

This equates to:

An influential and advanced micronation.

Leaders and elections

Leaders

Leaders, as in almost any country, are important to lead the Executive Branch of a nation.

The following is a list of Presidents and Deputy Presidents of Gapla, the two highest executive offices.

Presidents of Gapla

Presidents of Gapla, officially called Executive Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla, are the top officials and head of government of the Federated States of Gapla. They lead the Executive Council.

There is one president at a time, and the term of a president is one year (formerly six months, but increased to one year after the passage of the 3rd Constitution, which increased the term of Upper Executive Council members from six months to one year).

Below is a list of Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla.

Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla
Name Political Party Term Number President Number Term Dates Notes
Wyatt Seungri Baek Freedom and Liberty Party 1 1 28 February 2019 - 28 August 2019 Served as Prince of the Principality of Gapla
2 29 August 2019 - 28 February 2019 None
3 29 February 2020 - 28 August 2020
4 29 August 2020 - 4 January 2021 (abnormal) Change of Vote Counting System
Chelsea Chen People's New Socialist Party 1 2 5 January 2021 - 27 February 2021 (abnormal) First Female President
Wyatt Seungri Baek Freedom and Liberty Party 5 1 28 February 2021 - Present None

Deputy Presidents of Gapla

A Deputy President, officially called the Executive Deputy President of the Federated States of Gapla, are advisors of the Executive President. They co-lead the Executive Council with the Executive President. Formerly, the name of the office was Vice President of the Federated States of Gapla before the Reform Acts of 2021.

There is one Deputy Preisdent at a time, and the term of the officeholder is one year (formerly six months, but increased to one year after the passage of the 3rd Constitution, which increased the term of Upper Executive Council members from six months to one year).

Below is a list of Deputy Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla.

Deputy Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla
Name of the Deputy President Political Party Term Number Deputy President Number Term Dates Notes Presidential Term Number President
Mirabelle Wang Environmentalist Green Party 1 1 28 February 2019 - 28 August 2019 First Deputy President. 1 Wyatt Seungri Baek
Vera Lily Sy People's New Socialist Party 1 2 28 August 2019 - 28 February 2020 None. 2
Irene Kim The Progressive Movement 1 3 28 February 2020 - 20 May 2020 (abnormal) Abnormal Term, Honourably Discharged. 3
Chelsea Chen People's New Socialist Party 1 4 21 May 2020 - 4 January 2021 (abnormal) Appointed because of Honourable Discharge of Irene Kim.
4
Wyatt Seungri Baek Freedom and Liberty Party 1 5 5 January 2021 - 27 February 2021 (abnormal) None. Chelsea Chen
Shaun Murzello 1 6 28 February 2021 - 30 April 2021 Appointed because of the nonconnection of the Presidency during the first years of Gapla. Abnormal term, impeached. 5 Wyatt Seungri Baek
Chelsea Chen People's New Socialist Party 2 4 1 May 2021 - 2 June 2021 Emergency appointed as a result of Shaun Murzello's impeachment.
Emma Bunnell Grand Conservative Party 1 7 3 June 2021 - 16 August 2021 Emergency appointed as a result of Chelsea Chen's impeachment. Therefore, she was emergency appointed as a result of the impeachment of her predecessor, who was emergency appointed as a result of the impeachment of her predecessor.
Chelsea Chen People's New Socialist Party 3 4 17 August 2021 - Present Unimpeached by the Executive Council.

Elections

Gapla's elections are held every six months (sometimes more, because of special circumstances), and are held through the STV (single transferrable vote) system, rather than the FPTP (first past the post) system used in most countries, such as the United States.

The country is a direct democracy and citizens directly elect executive offices.

Previously, the electoral system was a similar MGP (multiple graded points) system.

First Election - 28th February 2019

There was only one candidate, Wyatt Seungri Baek. He won the election and appointed the rest of the executive offices.

However, there were only ten citizens at that time.

Second Election - 28th August 2019

Major candidates
  • Wyatt Seungri Baek, for New Gaplastovia
  • Vera Lily Sy, for Syopolis
  • George Shanghua Yang, representing Snake
Results

Third Election - 28th February 2020

Major candidates
  • Wyatt Seungri Baek, representing New Gaplastovia
  • Aditya Karthik Meruga, representing Xadia
  • Emma Bunnell, representing Emeralkia
Results
  • Wyatt Seungri Baek becomes President
  • Emma Bunnell becomes Vice President-elect, but forfeits the position before the start of the term to Irene Kim

Fourth Election - 28th August 2020

Major candidates
Results

Fifth Election - 28th February 2021

Major candidates
  • Wyatt Seungri Baek, for New Gaplastovia
  • Bright Li, for Folia Tail
  • Renaldo Chang, for Folia Tail
  • Chelsea Chen, for Elemental-Emeralkia
  • Emma Bunnell, for Elemental-Emeralkia
Results

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot-rKpm581w for the official results.

Sixth Election - 28th August 2021

This election was after the term of the Upper Executive Council being increased to one year.

Therefore, only the Lower Executive Council (the Assistant to the Council and the Secondary Assistant to the Council) were elected.

Major candidates
  • Silas Anderson, representing Aeternum
  • Tessa Huffmire, representing Emeralkia
  • Bright Li, representing Musicland
  • Justin Cheng, representing Musicland
  • Vera Sy, representing Syopolis
Results
  • Vera Sy becomes Assistant-elect, but Renaldo Chang disputes this. He states that he should have been on the major ballot, but was left out because of his position as Secretary of State. Due to the unimpeachment of Chelsea Chen by the Executive Council, he is removed from the Upper Executive Council during the election.
    • While Vera Sy and Tessa Huffmire both were against the ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in Renaldo's favor, giving him a right to the position of Assistant to the Council until the next election.
    • Renaldo Chang becomes Assistant to the Council.
  • Tessa Huffmire becomes Secondary Assistant-elect, but is disqualified of her position due to the above circumstances.

Postal stamps

Current situation

Postage stamps are not used by the Federated States of Gapla due to the government's belief that they are pointless. The current statement from the government is that it can be replaced with postal hashes, or generated numbers from the Post Office's website, which are more efficient and less costly for the government.

Former designs of stamps

The Government of the Federated States of Gapla formerly issued postage stamps to send mail and packages inside Gapla and internationally. Here are the Gapla stamp designs. There are six stamps of varying values used in various occasions.

Designs of National Gapla Postal Stamps
Picture Denominations
GaplaStamps.png G$ 1, G$ 2, G$ 5, G$ 10, G$ 20, G$ 50

Former stamp uses

Formerly, stamps were printed in six denominations, with three being used and three being symbolic.

Below is a list of the former stamp uses.

  • G$ 1 - Inside a State (approx. $0.05 USD)
  • G$ 2 - Inside a State Union (approx. $0.10 USD)
  • G$ 5 - Inside Gapla (approx. $0.25 USD)
  • G$ 10 - Inside a Micronational Union (approx. $0.50 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic
  • G$ 20 - International (approx. $1.00 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic
  • G$ 50 - Special, international deilveries (approx. $2.50 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic

Currency

Gapla's currency system is one of the most advanced in the entire micronational communtiy due to the fact that it is traded and exchanged for fiat, printed on special paper with security features, and actually used as a recognized medium of exchange for everything from national credits, bakery goods, 3D prints, toys, crafts, websites, and more.

Formerly, Gapla also used the MUfP Micro and the League of Independent Nations Yron, but currently the Gapla Dollar is the only legal tender in the Federated States of Gapla.

A Bank of Gapla discord bot was developed to keep track of users' balances, added the ability to gift Gapla Dollars, added the ability for the administrator to give or take away Gapla Dollars, and more.

A Gapla Dollar stablecoin (GaplaCoin, GPC) was developed by the government, however, was a major failure, with only six holders of the cryptocurrency. This is likely due to citizens being unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies, ERC-20 coins, and the Ethereum network.

Identification

Gaplan Visa

The Gaplan Visa is a document that allows holders to temporarily enter the FSG (without citizenship rights) in exception of personal property until expiry or revocation. The Executive Council has the right to revoke a visa with a majority at any time.

However, the Gaplan Constitution permits "invisible visas" - visas granted to people by a governor permitting them to enter their state, or a mayor permitting a person to enter their city, and so on and so forth.

History of the Gapla Visa
Dates Used Image of Example Visa
28 February 2019 - Current
The current Gaplan visa - however, it is highly outdated, with an outdated constitutional verse and former Coat of Arms.

Gaplan Identification Card

History of the Gapla Identification Card
Dates Used Image of Example Identification Card
28 February 2019 - 14 December 2019
From 28 February 2019 to 5 March 2019, the "State/Territory" Field was not present.
15 December 2019 - 17 May 2021
GaplaCurrID.png
18 May 2021 - Current The ID card has been abolished.

Gaplan passport

The Passport of the Federated States of Gapla is a travel document with a front cover, inside front cover, pages for visas, stamps, and amendments, and back cover.

The design is shown below. It is the current passport used for identification when a Gaplan citizen travels.

GaplaPassportCover.png GaplaPassportNotice.png GaplaPassportVisasPage.png GaplaPassportBackCover.png

Gaplan license plate

The license plate of the Federated States of Gapla is put on cars (and is optional as a sign of patriotism on bikes) inside the Federated States of Gapla to certify vehicle registration. A license plate is not strictly required - however, if no license plate is on a car, the car can only go through private roads, not government-owned ones.

The government is also not responsible for crashes if the victim is without a license plate. Most likely, the case will not proceed.

History of the License Plate of Gapla
Image Dates Used
522396 is a number reserved for example purposes.
28 February 2019 - Present

Military

The Gaplan military has three branches - the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. Although the military does have active and reserve recruits, it remains largely ceremonial as no nation has formally declared war on the Federated States of Gapla that it has responded to.

However, military ranks have been established. Below is a poster of these ranks.

"Cyber forces" and the IAGF

The military is also said to have a "cyber force" - however, this is not true - the cyber forces are actually a part of the Intelligence Agency of the Gaplan Federation (IAGF), the Gaplan "equivalent" to the American Central Intelligence Administration (CIA).

The cyber forces are active and have caused cyberattacks in several circumstances for a variety of reasons, including the unintentional hack of student information from a mathematics academy while on another mission (the details of that mission are still confidential) and a good-faith attack of the Principality of Sealand, notifying their government of the vulnerability. While on a web development mission for the United States of the Terra Excelsior Republic, a good-faith attack was made on the website to analyze its security flaws.

The rest of IAGF, notably the National Undercover Patriots Association (NUPA), have also caused damage to opponents of the Federated States of Gapla, including a case where the National Anthem of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up was played in an American public middle school using the school speaker system. However, this case is mostly seen as a prank orchestrated by members of IAGF rather than an attack by IAGF.