Kingdom of Burdette

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Kingdom of Burdette
KingdomofBurdettecoatofarms.png
Coat of Arms
Motto: Though shall not pass
StatusActive
CapitalBig Iron City
Largest PopulationBig iron City
Official languagesEnglish
Recognised national languagesEnglish
ReligionState secular, Christian
DemonymBurdettian
GovernmentParliamentary constitutional monarchy
• King
Isaiah I
• Prime Minister
James Heim
LegislatureParliament
Royal Parliament
Independent
• Established
3 August 2020
• Current iteration
3 December 2020
Area
• 
0.03641406 sq mi (0.0943120 km2)
Population
• Estimate
6 residential citizens
20 Global Citizens
CurrencyUnited States dollar (USD)
Time zoneCentral Standard Time (UTC -6)
Calling code612

The Kingdom of Burdette, more commonly known simply as Burdette, is a self-declared sovereign state more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers. Located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, it is geographically composed of several parks and the residence of the King, spanning a total area of 23.305 acres of land. The Kingdom has six residential citizens, and whilst maintaining a primarily local presence, it keeps a small online presence and has over 20 global citizens. Burdette is a constitutional monarchy with a King, an elected Prime Minister, a Royal Court, and a Royal Parliament. The current and only monarch has been HM King Isaiah Burdette I since the Kingdom's foundation on 3 December 2020, for whom the country is named.[1][2]

Isaiah Burdette founded two colonies, Bocker and Hocker between July–August 2020. Bocker belonged to Yu-Xia, and Hocker to Matachewan. He later notified both leaders that he would be establishing the Kingdom of Burdette, and thus dissolving both territories. Bocker dissolved on 25 November, and Hocker on 2 December. The following day Burdette published the declaration of Independence, which is celebrated on Independence Day. The first constitutional convention was held on 4 December, and the first parliament was elected on 14 December. The constitution was finished on 2 January 2021.

The Kingdom has a small, mainly agriculture-based economy with a few gardens that produce cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other cash crops. It also has a small service-based economic sector that mows lawns and shovels snow for residents of Minnesota. The government does not instate taxes and its budget is funded entirely with donations. Government spending averages 13-15 dollars a month but can be higher depending on the budget parliament sets.[3]

The Kingdom scores mediocrely on most micronation scales. It scores a 3.7 on Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness, a 1.7 on Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, 6 on the MRI (Micronational Rating Index), and a 3.6 on David's Micronational Potential Index. The Kingdom holds a mostly isolationist policy that has been fading away. It currently only recognizes a few other nations but is an observer in the Grand Unified Micronational.

History

The declaration of independence for the kingdom of Burdette
The flag of Hocker before the land was used for the Kingdom of Burdette.
The flag of Bocker before the land was used for the Kingdom of Burdette.
This is His Majesty Isaiah Burdette announcing the format for the constitution.
His Majesty Isaiah Burdette releasing the election results.

Foundation

The Kingdom of Burdette is the successor of two colonies founded by Isiah Burdette, named Bocker and Hocker. Bocker belonged to the Republic of Yu-Xia and was founded on 3 August 2020, and Hocker belonged to the Grand Kingdom of Matachewan and was founded around 30 July. Isaiah Burdette eventually notified both leaders that he was starting the Kingdom of Burdette and needed the land, so he would thus be dissolving both colonies. Bocker dissolved on 25 November, and Hocker officially dissolved on 2 December. The Kingdom of Burdette was founded on 3 December 2020 by Isaiah Burdette after he released a declaration of Independence from America and made it public. It was founded as a constitutional monarchy because Isaiah Burdette had analyzed what he believed to be the most successful micronations, and thought most of them were constitutional monarchies. He also thought constitutional monarchies come with more stability and would last longer.

Constitutional convention

The first constitutional convention was held on 4 December 2020 with the constitution being inspired by Matachewan's constitution. The main author of the constitution was Isaiah Burdette with him taking a lot of advice from Tau. The deadline set for the constitution to be finished was 1 January 2021. The constitution would make for a constitutional monarchy by giving the King the majority of the power along with creating a parliament that would handle the legislative issues and a court that would handle judiciary issues. Since it was decided that Burdette was going to be a constitutional monarchy. Isaiah also decided that they must give strong rights to citizens to keep them from being oppressed.

This is the format that was used:

  • Preamble
  • Section I: The Monarchy
  • Section II: The Royal Parliament
  • Section III: The Royal Court
  • Section IV: The Prime Minister
  • Section V: Emergency powers
  • Section VI: Administrative Divisions
  • Section VII: Rights of Citizens
  • Section VIII: Nobility

The constitution ended up being fully written on 2 January 2021 only a day after the original goal.

First Parliament election

Isaiah Burdette announced on 8 December 2020 that the first parliament elections would take place on 14 December 2020. He also announced that there would be six seats open for election. Soon after he announced this citizens began to announce their candidacy; however, only six citizens announced their candidacy for parliament. On 14 December 2020, every candidate who ran was given a seat. The party that gained the most seats was the Patriotic Front for Burdettian Unity, gaining two. The Fatherland Movement, Freedom Alliance, and Royalist Front all gained a single seat, with the final seat given to an independent who was not affiliated with any party but supported the military. The winners of the election are:

This parliament mostly acted as an advisory council until the constitution was ratified. That constitution gave parliament official powers.

Following the 1st Royal Parliament elections, sign-ups opened for the speaker of parliament on 16 December 2020 and gave members of parliament 24 hours to announce their candidacy. In those 24 hours, three members of parliament announced they would be running. Voting began on 17 December 2020 at 1:27 PM CST and ended at 2:00 PM CST once every member of parliament had voted. May won the election with 4 votes beating Addison Dillon's 2 votes.

The candidates were the following:

Geography

A border between the US (left) and Burdette (right).

The land of Burdette is comprised of two parks and two houses, spanning a total area of 23.305 acres of land. It is landlocked within the U.S. state of Minnesota. Most of the land is urban, and the majority of the land that is used for farming tends to be in the backyard of the King's residence. Most of the land tends to be flat except for the hills at the parks. The most prominent border is the entrance to the King's residence that is protected by a gate and a locked door. Conversely, the parks maintain open borders which anyone may access, as they are treated as beneficial for the health of the population, and construction in these parks is fully prohibited.

Climate

The Kingdom experiences a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa in the Köppen climate classification),[4] and has cold, snowy winters. Precipitation is uncommon in the summer. The hottest average temperatures reach 28 °C (82 °F) in July, and the coldest averages reach as low as -4 °C (25 °F) in January. Tornadoes are also possible in Burdette from March–November, with the peak tornado month being June. Usually, tornadoes are rated F2 or lower on the Fujita scale, however approximately every 25 years an F5 tornado occurs.

Climate data for Kingdom of Burdette
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -4
(25)
-2
(28)
5
(41)
13
(55)
21
(70)
26
(79)
28
(82)
27
(81)
23
(73)
15
(59)
6
(43)
-2
(28)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) -14
(7)
-12
(10)
-5
(23)
2
(36)
9
(48)
14
(57)
17
(63)
16
(61)
11
(52)
4
(39)
-3
(27)
-11
(12)
2.333
(36.199)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 21
(0.83)
21
(0.83)
46
(1.81)
60
(2.36)
88
(3.46)
108
(4.25)
101
(3.98)
101
(3.98)
76
(2.99)
53
(2.09)
38
(1.5)
26
(1.02)
739
(29.09)
[citation needed]


Government and politics

Political parties

Political parties in the Kingdom of Burdette range from centre-left to right-wing, with a wide array of ideologies being adopted. The most common are monarchism, capitalism and social democracy. In total, there are six parties, all of which hold seats in parliament.

Name Ideology Political compass Chairperson Membership Seats in parliament
Conservative League of Burdette Conservatism, capitalism, anti-abortion Auth-right Isaiah Burdette 1
1 / 6
Fatherland movement Guild distributism, religious traditionalism, monarchism Auth center-right Alojzije Franjević 1
1 / 6
Freedom Alliance Classic liberalism, social-democracy, national-progressivism, and populism. Center to centre-right Andre Carneiro 2
1 / 6
Royalist Front Monarchism in any form, loyalism to HM the King, moderate social policies, social democracy to conservative economically Center David Augustus 1
1 / 6
Patriotic Front for Burdettian Unity Corporate Fascism, cultural fascism, radical augustusism Tippity top of the auth and slightly left Mustapha Hotiet 2
1 / 6
Social Democrat Party Socialism Center-Left Sander Koff 1
1 / 6
Independent N/A N/A N/A N/A
1 / 6

Government

The Monarch of Burdette is known as King if male and Queen if female. The position is hereditary. The Monarch is the most powerful position in the nation and has significant powers that may be exercised through Royal Edicts, one of the more common pieces of legislation in the nation. In addition to this, the monarch occupies several other powers such as acting as the leader of the Burdette armed forces and the power to veto legislation among other powers. The incumbent monarch is Isaiah Burdette, who has been the only Monarch of Burdette with him being the founder. He is attributed for early development.

The royal parliament is the unicameral legislature of Burdette. It consists of seven elected citizens, with six being elected in the parliamentary elections and the other being the seat of the Prime Minister. They are elected through the single transferable vote. parliament can pass acts and laws with a simple majority that can be vetoed by the Monarch, however, the Monarch's veto may be overturned with a 2/3 majority. Parliament may also pass amendments to the constitution with a 2/3 majority along with the power to impeach officials with a 2/3 majority. Every position aside from the Monarch may be impeached. parliament can verify judges nominated by the Minister of Justice with a simple majority.

The Executive Branch in Burdette is headed by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is an elected position that only residential citizens elect. Currently, the incumbent Prime Minister is James Heim. Unlike parliamentary republics, the Prime Minister is not accountable to the royal parliament but the Prime Minister has a seat in the Royal parliament to represent its views to the Royal parliament. The Prime Minister can also veto but their veto holds less weight than the Monarch's veto and may be overturned with just a 3/5 majority from parliament. The Prime Minister can also issue government orders and helps the Monarch choose the Cabinet.

Law and order

The Kingdom of Burdette has one court which is headed by a single judge. The judge and is nominated by the Minister of Justice and confirmed by the royal parliament. Given that there is a lack of legal issues and disputes, the courts primarily verify every law passed by parliament and interpret the constitution when disputes arise. Burdette categorizes cases into three separate categories:

  • Misdemeanours: Minor offences that do not require a Jury, they require only a judge to make a ruling. (Ex. theft of less than 10$, assault.)
  • Triable: A low-level offence that still warrants a jury. (Ex. theft of over 50$, assault causing bodily harm, violation of funding.)
  • Indictable: An extremely high profile case that could result in major consequences and warrants a jury. (Ex. treason, electoral fraud.)

It is the judge's responsibility to categorize the cases that arise. If faith in the judge is lost or it is believed the judge is abusing any power, a vote of no confidence may be held where if 50% of the royal parliament do not support the judge they will be removed.

Foreign relations

The Kingdom holds a mostly isolationist policy that has been fading away. It currently only recognizes a few other nations but is an observer in the Grand Unified Micronational. It has also ratified several conventions including the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change of 2020 Volume II, Wrythe Convention, and the Edgbaston Convention. It is also in the process of joining the Cupertino Alliance.

Intermicronational organizational participation
Name Logo StatusItalic text Date Notes
Grand Unified Micronational[5] Logo of the Grand Unified Micronational (no watermark).svg Observer State 11 February 2021(as Observer) Was rejected twice and accepted the third time.
Cupertino Alliance Cupertinologo2.svg Observer State 3 March 2021(as Observer)
25 March 2021(as Full Member)
Was accepted the first time as a Observer.
Formal micronational relations
Flag Name Date treaty was signed Notes
Flag of the Rednecks Republic (2020).svg Rednecks Republic 11 February 2021 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation
New Monmarkian Imperial Standard.png Monmarkian Empire 11 February 2021 Treaty of Mutual Recognition
A small garden in Burdette.

Economy

The Kingdom of Burdette has a small market-based economy mostly providing services to Americans, such as mowing lawns and shovelling snow. It also has an agriculture sector that is mainly composed of the garden in Isaiah Burdette's backyard where cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and other cash crops are grown and then sold in exchange for the American dollar–the de facto currency of the Kingdom–which massively contributes to the Kingdom's economy. The government does not instate taxes and its budget is funded entirely with donations. Government spending averages $13-15 USD a month but can be higher depending on the budget parliament sets.

Culture

Citizens
YearPop.±%
2020 17—    
2021 26+52.9%
Information taken from every year

Holidays

Royal Dog of Burdette

The Kingdom of Burdette observes several holidays, including religious holidays like Christmas, and national holidays like Burdettian Independence Day. On certain holidays the government takes a temporary break and parliament adjourns. These holidays include:

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Thanksgiving
  • Independence Day

Citizens tend to be religious on the local level. Many citizens go to church on Easter and Christmas Eve which is the main reason the government is shut down during these holidays.

Government Recognized Holidays in Burdette
Name Date
Easter Varies[a]
April Fools Day 1 April
King Isaiah's Birthday 31 April
Fathers Day 3rd Sunday of June
Halloween 31 October
Armistice Day 11 November
Thanksgiving 4th Thursday of November
Independence Day 3 December
Christmas 25 December
New Years Eve 31 December
Source:[6]

Vexillology and heraldry

The flag of BD printed.

Graphic design symbols in the Kingdom of Burdette usually contain red and white. Burdette has a small selection of vexillology and heraldry but it is growing substantially as time goes on. Most symbols are made by non-citizens of Burdette like the Lower and Upper coat of arms of the Kingdom of Burdette which was designed by Ivan Brienovic who was paid an unspecified amount.

Media

Journalism in the Kingdom of Burdette is small and there is only one news source. The only news source is The Burdette Times which covers most major events in the Kingdom of Burdette. Some of the things they cover include the first parliament elections and the Burdette getting into the Grand Unified Micronational. The news source is run by the King but it holds no political bias and is not associated with any political party.

The Kingdom of Burdette has an email, Twitter, and a Discord server. The Kingdom of Burdette has the biggest social media presence on discord with over 30 members. The email is not public and is simply used for sites the Kingdom uses like Patreon. The Kingdom of Burdette Twitter account is usually inactive. Some elections are also held through the Discord server although some elections like the Prime Minister elections are held in person.

Notes

  1. Determined by the Computus.

References

  1. Kingdom of Burdette declaration of independence Retrieved 30 December 2020
  2. First Burdette Parliament Elections occur "His Majesty King Isaiah Burdette I the first and only monarch of Burdette announced that the Parliament shall be filled by an election to be held on 14th" Retrieved 30 December 2020
  3. Temporary Finance Act Retrieved 24 January 2020
  4. Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (October 2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 11 (5): 1633–1644.
  5. Kingdom of Burdette gets accepted into GUM as a Observer Retrieved 11 February 2021
  6. Burdette Holiday Act Retrieved 24 January 2020