Kingdom of Aspen

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Flag of Aspen SVG.svg
Flag
Aspen CoA.jpeg
Coat of arms
Motto: Frihet - Jamlikhet - ratvisa
"Liberty - Equality - Justice"
Anthem: 
Espensangen
(English: "song of Aspen")

Royal anthemKonigsangen
Song of the King
CapitalKonigshaven
Largest cityWilhelmsborg
Official languagesEnglish
Religion
Christian
--Church of Aspen
No Religion
Demonym(s)Aspen, Aspener
GovernmentParliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
• King
James II Christian
Robert Smith
• Riksdag Speaker
None
• Chief Justice
none
LegislatureAspen Parliament
Bundesrad
Riksdag
Independence from Virginia
• Declaration of Independence
28 November 2018
Population
• Estimate
15
CurrencyAspen Krone
Time zoneEST
GMT
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy;
Driving sideright

Aspen, officially the Kingdom of Aspen, is a self-declared, unrecognized country located on the east coast of North America. Aspen has known borders with three US states (Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia) and has a large global population.

The Kingdom of Aspen was founded on the twenty eighth of November 2018 as the Aspen Empire. Initially a simulationist micronation, Aspen became a local power and slowly transitioned to a secessionist micronation as it entered the microwiki community and eventually the Grand Unified Micronational in 2019. After a period of success Aspen united with its long time ally and partner Misberia, to form the Aspen-Misberian Empire, a confederation of the two micronations. However, this union was short lived and the chaos that ensued resulted in Aspen’s decline and eventual stagnation. In 2020 Aspen was revived as the Kingdom of Aspen and has continued in relative stability since then.

Aspen is a micronational middle power and is beginning to exit a period of political and economic stagnation, as well as diplomatic isolation. As of 2020 the Kingdom of Aspen has an estimated population of fifteen and is continuing to grow. Aspen is a member of the Confederation of The Northern Coast and is represented in a number of micronational organizations through confederal representation.

Etymology

The name of the present territory where the Kingdom of Aspen currently inhabits has been known by many different names with the original name of the area being Kecoughtan after the native algonquin tribe that inhabited it. Other names that have been used for Aspen are Appalachia and Cordonia, the former referring to the Appalachian mountains located near Aspen, and the latter being a created name.

The name Aspen is derived from the tree of the same name . The origin of the use of that name can be traced to early 2016 when the town of Aspendale was established on a minecraft towny server. The name Espen is ultimately derived from this original name, the word Espen being the direct Espenishe translation of the name Aspen.

History

Prehistory

The Aspen Empire

The Aspen Empire was founded on 28 November 2018 by the Charter of the Aspen Empire. Initially simulationist, the early Aspen Empire was composed primarily of Minecraft nation role players and a few friends of the Emperor. The government was largely a simulation and the charter that provided its powers was short and confusing, however, this time was also a time of prosperity as the nation was active and functioning. The structure of the empire resembled the German Empire, a confederation of states with a hereditary presidency under the Aspen Emperor. The Chancellor was the head of government and presiding officer of the six member Federal Council. The nature of the government was initially authoritarian with the emperor having vast influence over the politics of the empire. The authoritarian nature of the state changed with the election of Chancellor Cai O'Gorman who unveiled the corruption behind the election of former Chancellor Suyash Adhikari and fundamentally changed the course of Aspen's history. Under Chancelor O'Gorman, the Aspen Empire was successfully admitted to the Grand Unified Micronational as a full member and became an active player in global micronational politics.

The Aspen Empire participated in two mergers, first with the Commonwealth of Pazistan, a simulationist and socialist state, and then with the then Republic of Misberia. the initial merger was quite successful with Pazistan becoming a member state within the empire, however, the merger with Misberia proved to be much more difficult.

Aspen-Misberia and Collapse

The Aspen-Misberian Empire was founded on 8 January 2019 with the signing of the treaty of Newport and thus an agreement to a unified constitution. The Aspen-Misberian Empire, however, proved to be an unstable union. The Republic, then Kingdom of Misberia was unhappy with its treatment under the treaty, and the Aspen Empire, which had up until then been very isolated diplomatically, began attempts at growing the confederation through coercive and unethical means. The instability of the union proved to be too much when on 15 March 2019 the Kingdom of Misberia officially seceded from the confederation, bringing the early empire to an end and pushing both nations into a period of troubles.

After the breakdown of Aspen-Misberia, the Aspen Empire entered an era of civil war between the Republic of Aspen, an unrecognized breakaway state, and the Aspen Empire. After the Aspen Civil War the Empire was once again united, however the toll of both the breakup of Aspen-Misberia and the Civil War proved to be too much and the Aspen Empire was dissolved on 02 June 2019.

Instability Period

After the Empire's collapse, various successor states were formed by the former Emperor, however none proved to be successful, the most successful was the Kingdom of Appalachia, established directly after the Empire's collapse, it retained much of the population, as well as government. It was in this Kingdom of Appalachia that Thomas Bainbridge was first elected Prime Minister. During the Bainbridge Ministry, the Kingdom of Appalachia became more visible and welcomed in the microwiki community, however, this was not to last. Upon the success of Appalachia, the Aspen Empire was reformed which lead to a collapse of both nations.

Appalachia was succeeded by the Principality of Aspen which ultimately ended up joining the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall as a member state in the North Sea Empire. This union was also short lived, however the involvement of Thomas Bainbridge in Aspen's affairs did not end there as he remained Prime Minister of future Aspen states on an interim basis until the reforms of October 2021 reformed the old Aspen and established the Kingdom of Aspen.

The Kingdom of Aspen

The Kingdom of Aspen was officially established on 8 October 2020 after the collapse of the final empire, since the October reforms Aspen has grown stronger and has participated in micronational diplomacy once again. Presently, the Kingdom of Aspen has been in a period of relative stability since the founding of the kingdom, it has increased its citizenry as well as established more permanent institutions. The final reorganization of Aspen occurred on 24 July 2021 with the reform of the Aspen Parliament into a bicameral body with the parliament becoming the Riksdag and an upper house, the Bundesrad, being created.

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Politics

James II Christian.jpeg
James II Christian
King
Robert Smith
Prime Minister

Aspen is a federal, parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Federal legislative power is vested in the parliament, consisting of the Riksdag (Diet of the Realm) and the Bundesrad (Federal Council), which together form the legislative body of the Kingdom of Aspen. The Riksdag is elected in free, secret, and democratic elections through a method of proportional representation. The Bundesrad, however, represents and is appointed by the governments of the individual provinces. The Constitutional framework of the Kingdom of Aspen is laid out in the Instrument of Government, a document that sets out the foundation of human rights, separation of powers, federalism, democracy, and rule of law. Amendments to the Instrument of Government can only be enacted by a constitutional act, which must secure a two-thirds majority of both the Riksdag and Bundesrad in order to become law.

The monarch of the Kingdom of Aspen, currently James II Christian, is head of state and is vested primarily with ceremonial and representative duties. However, the monarch is not powerless, they perform an important role in the selection of a Prime Minister and the formation of a government. The next highest office in the order of precedence is the Speaker of the Riksdag, who is elected from among its members and serves as a neutral mediator of that house. Lastly, the Prime Minister, currently Robert Smith, is the head of government and together with the cabinet forms the Government of the Kingdom of Aspen.

Provinces

The Kingdom of Aspen is a federation and is composed of six provinces (Espenische: Provins). Each province has its own constitution and laws and they are generally autonomous in their internal affairs. In addition to provinces, there are federal cities which are effectively city-states and have all the functions of a province. Provinces are each divided into cities and counties each with equivalent powers. Aspen is unique as its provinces use a similar system of defining cities (kommunen) and counties (Fylken) as the state of Virginia where counties and cities operate differently constitutionally.

Province Flag Coat of Arms Capital Population
Chesapeake Wilhelmsborg
Albemarle Charlottenborg
Clarendon Karlesborg
Savannah
Potomac
Rokberg

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National Symbols

Current Flag of the Kingdom of Aspen

The Kingdom of Aspen has a number of national symbols, these include the national flag and coat of arms. The first Aspen Flag was created on November 30th 2018 and used a maroon and gold vertical bicolor with a black eagle in the center, since this flag, all other flags have been bicolor flags with the notable exception of the tricolor which was used between 7 June 2020 and 10 October 2020. The current Aspen flag is a maroon and gold bicolor with a white cross. The cross as a symbol of Aspen became prominent after the second redesign introduced a white and black cross with a shield emblazoned with an eagle in the center of the cross.

The Coat of Arms is also prominently displayed, the Coat of arms appears on a number of government documents and is composed of a gules shield emblazoned with a lion rampant and pearl. The colors red, white, and gold are very prominent in Aspen symbols as the colors of the Royal House of Aspen, the red symbolizes bravery, valor and liberty, gold symbolizes courage and justice, while white symbolizes purity and equality.

Other national symbols include the Aspen eagle which appears on a number of government logos, the eagle was Aspen’s first national symbol, and is still used as a symbol of the Aspen monarchy and government.

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