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Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples|
Union of Mercia and Lurk
"Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter"
Aurora Nova, Nova Victoria
With colonies in
United States of America
|Largest city||Redwood City|
Karl von Ravensburg
|- First Minister||Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville|
|Legislature||Mercian Parliament House|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 11|
2011 as Lurk and St. Peters Republic
|RIS 002 code||DD|
|Patron saint||Saint Alban|
The Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples (otherwise known as Mercia) is a diarchy formed by the Alliance of Crowns of Karl I, Archduke of the Archduchy of Loringia and Richard I, Lord of the Region of Clyro, on the 9th February 2014. Mercia claims land in both the United Kingdom (through Clyro) and the Czech Republic (through Lurk), and has a largely Germanic culture, with a Celtic minority culture evolving in its UK holdings. On 11 November 2018, the Noble Republic of Lurk has joined Mercia to form a union of the two realms.
The Diarchy declared independence from the Würtige Empire in April 2016, after a successful independence campaign and referendum. On the 29th of August 2016, Mercian holdings expanded further with the diplomatic inclusion and creation of the Palatinate of Uberquiesenberg as a colony, later becoming a constituent state, landed by Palatine-Viceroy von Uberquie, and other territories, such as Mercian Esse and Mercian Valdsland. Currently, after winning the March 2018 Emergency Election Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville leads his 2nd government.
- 1 History
- 2 Elections and Political History
- 3 Government
- 4 Geography
- 5 Transport
- 6 Economy
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Culture
- 9 Media
- 10 Security & Defence
The Kingdoms & Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples has a diverse history, as the nation is itself the convergence of three separate European micronations with vastly varying cultures.
The Archduchy of Loringia was formerly a Kraj (territorial subdivision) of the Noble Republic of Lurk, which was formed according to the Action Plan of a previous incarnation of that state, the Archduchy of Lurk. A constitutional reform occurred in 2013, when an edited version of the Czechoslovak constitution from 1920 was adapted (with added direct democracy), which created a representative democracy in Lurk. On the 9th February 2014, the Kraj of Loringia "seceded" (see Confederation of Lurk) from the Noble Republic of Lurk and, declaring itself an Archduchy under Archduke Karl Friedrich von Ravensburg, became an Autonomous Region of Mercia.
Loringia was merged into Lurk, after the Acts of Union with Lurk were passed and the rest of Lurk has joined Mercia.
The Region of Clyro has existed since September 2011 under a republican dictatorship, when it was known as the St Peters Republic. The President-of-State of this nation soon changed the titles used in the nation to allow himself to become First Consul, before the Theodorist Revolution of May 31st 2013(known as the 'Top-Down Revolution') replaced the dictatorship with a democratic Supreme Soviet, with a benevolent Theodorist monarch that took absolute control in December 2013 after the failure of the Soviet to run a General Election. The monarch, Basileus Justinian I, renamed himself to His Lordship Richard I, and the nation became the Region of Clyro. HL Richard I was responsible for the creation of Mercia, with Clyro being the first Autonomous Region created by the Clyro Reforms on the 19th January 2014. Click here for the full History of the Region of Clyro.
The Democratic Kingdom of Amon Lasgalen was founded on the 7th October 2013, and was a member state of the Sorrenian Federation and its predecessors until November 2015, when it declared independence and joined the Mercian Alliance of Crowns. King Llewelyn of Amon Lasgalen was a Mercian citizen and Noble before Amon Lasgalen became a part of Mercia, holding dual citizenship between Sorrenia and Mercia. He sat as an MP in the Mercian Parliament House for the National Liberal Party between May 2015 and May 2016, when he lost his seat to the Social Democrat candidate, Count Adam Belcher.
Amon Lasgalen left Mercia shortly after joining it, which led to Mercia becoming a diarchy again.
Lurk was a long-lived nation in Central Europe and North Antarctica, focusing mainly on culture and developments of its convoluted Swiss-styled democracy. Lurk had a long history with Mercia, the St Peters Republic and Clyro. Originally proposed to join Mercia as far back as 2015, Lurk finally drafted a legislation that would finalize joining Mercia in 2017, but it was quickly dropped. On 11 November 2018 the Noble Republic agreed to the Acts of Union proposed by the Lord Temporal, and joined Mercia as a country.
Elections and Political History
|House of Parliament of Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Council of the Diarchal Crowns of the Disciples (Mercia)|
|Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville Cabinet|
11th ministry of Mercia
|Date formed||6th January 2018|
|People and organizations|
|Head of government||Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville|
|Head of state||His Lordship Karl I|
|Totalof ministers||5 (inc. Lord Temporal)|
|Status in legislature||Absolute by consent of the Lords|
|Legislature term(s)||6th January 2018 - Indefinitely (until further notice)|
|Previous||Palatine-Viceroy von Uberquie|
May 2015 General Election
With the campaign kicking off with a Mercian Party Leaders' Debate on the 1st May, the May 2015 Mercian General Election was the first successful democratic election in the history of the country or its' predecessor Clyro. The Leaders' Debate was hosted by His Lordship Richard I and was between the leader of the National Liberal Party, Baron Fionnbarra Ó Cathail, and the leader of the Humanist People's Alliance, Baron von Uberquie Count James Frisch, leader of the Würtige Unionist Party in Mercia, was not able to attend the debate because of technical issues. The debate revealed that the top issues within Mercian politics at the time were the question of the Mercian Christian Church & wider Christianity in general and its relation to the democratic stability of the nation, and the matter of whether the meritocratic nobility of the nation should be abolished or not.
The election campaign lasted through May, and right through the week-long Nomination Period between May 18th - May 24th, where Member of Parliament (MP) candidates declared that they would be standing in the election. During this time, the National Liberal Party released posters for each of the Mercian voting ranges (with one being based in the Archduchy of Loringia, and a further two for the two Clyran Provinces of Wibertsherne and Kernollond, making three in total), while the Würtige Unionists released posters aimed at the entire nation. The Humanist People's Alliance founded an online media outlet, the Mercian Humanist Magazine, which they used throughout the month to both outline and justify Humanist policy, while attacking the policies of the other parties.
On May 21st, the first edition of the Mercian Humanist Magazine released an article entitled The Truth About the National Liberal Party, which accused the National Liberal Party of being undemocratic and illiberal, arguing that the party was more akin to the 'Tories' (meaning the United Kingdom's Conservative & Unionist Party, which would have been understood by the majority of the Mercian populace). His Lordship Richard I, on behalf of the National Liberal Party's leadership, the National Liberal Committee, responded to this with a commentary of the article, which countered many of the claims made by the Magazine, such as restating that the National Liberal party was purely an economic liberal party, and that socially it was civic nationalist and socially conservative in nature. The commentary also reiterated the National Liberal stance of preserving tradition and democracy in a balanced manner.
The Voting Period for the May 2015 General Election lasted from May 25th to May 31st, during which 67% of the population voted. At the end of the election, of the 11 seats being contested using the Single Transferable Vote system, the four seats in Loringia were taken by three National Liberal candidates and one Würtige Unionist candidate; the three seats in Kernollond were taken by two National Liberal candidates (including Party Leader Baron Ó Cathail) and an Independent Liberal Democrat candidate; and the four seats in Wibertsherne were taken by two Humanist People's Alliance candidates (including Party Leader Baron Newton), a National Liberal Candidate and a Würtige Unionist candidate. In the Wibertsherne voting range, both a National Liberal candidate and an Independent National Socialist candidate were eliminated from the competition for receiving insufficient votes to take a seat. Of the eleven seats contested, this gave the National Liberals six seats, the Humanist People's Alliance two seats, the Würtige Unionists two seats, and gave Baron Chahal, the Independent Liberal Democrat, the last seat. With a slim majority, the National Liberal Party formed a government, with Baron Ó Cathail becoming the first democratically elected First Minister in Mercian history. The Humanist People's Alliance, having a higher vote share than the Würtige Unionists, became the official Loyal Opposition of the Mercian Parliament House, and Baron von Uberquie set up a shadow cabinet to counter the cabinet set up by Baron Ó Cathail after releasing his maiden speech.
November 2015 General Election
The November 2015 Mercian General Election was the second successful democratic election in the history of the country or its' predecessor Clyro.
The election campaign lasted through November, and right through the week-long Nomination Period between November 4th - November 11th, where Member of Parliament (MP) candidates declared that they would be standing in the election.
The Voting Period for the November 2015 General Election lasted from November 11th to November 18th, during which only 60% of the population voted, down from the May election. At the end of the election, of the 11 seats being contested using the Single Transferable Vote system, the four seats in Loringia were taken by three National Liberal candidates and one Würtige Unionist candidate; the three seats in Kernollond were taken by three National Liberal candidates (including Party Leader Baron Ó Cathail); and the four seats in Wibertsherne were taken by two Humanist People's Alliance candidates (including Party Leader Baron von Uberquie ), a National Liberal Candidate and a Würtige Unionist candidate. Of the eleven seats contested, this gave the National Liberals seven seats, the Humanist People's Alliance two seats, and the Würtige Unionists two seats. With a slim majority, the National Liberal Party formed a government, with Baron Ó Cathail becoming the second democratically elected First Minister in Mercian history. The Humanist People's Alliance, having a higher vote share than the Würtige Unionists, stayed the official Loyal Opposition of the Mercian Parliament House, and Baron von Uberquie set up a shadow cabinet to counter the cabinet set up by Baron Ó Cathail again.
May 2016 General Election
With the campaign kicking off with a Mercian Party Leaders' Debate on the 20th April, the May 2016 Mercian General Election was the third democratic election in the history of the country or its' predecessor Clyro. The Leaders' Debate was hosted by His Lordship Richard I and was between the leader of the National Liberal Party, Baron Fionnbarra Ó Cathail, the leader of the People's Democratic Party, Baron Alejandro Whyatt, the leaders of the Social Democratic Party Earl McCarthy and Count Adam Belcher, and the independent Green Socialist von Uberquie (now part of the Green-Socialist Party). The debate revealed that the top issues within Mercian politics at the time were how to make Mercia more active, question of the Mercian Christian Church & wider Christianity in general and its relation to the democratic stability of the nation, and the matter of the Mercian economy and banking system.
The election campaign lasted through April, when candidates declared that they would be standing in the election in the month-long nomination period. During this time, each party released their party manifesto with the PDP having two of their candidates make personal manifestos.
The Voting Period for the May 2016 General Election lasted from April 24th to May 1st, during which 62% of the population voted. During the voting period, there were two occurrences of problems with the ballots. In the first occurrence, which was spotted almost immediately, there was a switch up of candidates in different voting ranges and the problem was fixed immediately. In the second occurrence, a problem had occurred in which one candidate had previously declared in one voting range and then switched. This had not been updated in the NLP's manifesto which caused the Electoral Gorsedh's ballot to be wrong in two ranges, Wibertsherne and Loringia. The issue was not solved for four days in which a "Wibertsherne Reactionary Force" was started, threatening to secede from Mercia because of the voting ballot. They were quickly condemned by Baron Ó Cathail in his response as well as Baron Wu/McFarlane in their joint statement. Finally, seven days after the election should have ended, on May 7th, a second ballot was issued with a re-vote occuring.
At the end of the election (on May 14th), of the 11 seats being contested using the Single Transferable Vote system, the four seats in Loringia were taken by two National Liberal candidates and two People's Democratic candidates; the three seats in Kernollond were taken by two National Liberal candidates (including Party Leader Baron Ó Cathail) and a Social Democrat candidate; and the four seats in Wibertsherne were taken by one People's Democratic Party candidate (Party Leader Baron Whyatt), an Independent Green Socialist and a NLP candidate. In the Kernollond voting range, both a Social Democrat candidate and an Independent Naitonal Liberal candidate were eliminated from the competition for receiving insufficient votes to take a seat. Of the eleven seats contested, this gave the National Liberals five seats, the People's Democratic Party three seats, the Social Democrats two seats, and gave Baron von Uberquie, the Independent Green Socialist, the last seat. For the first time in the history of Mercia, the National Liberal Party did not hold the majority of MP's. After receiving the results, Baron Ó Cathail stepped down as First Minister for multiple reasons notated in his announcement. After this, the first Parliament session concurred, with Earl McCarthy and Baron Wu not attending. Therefore, the first minister that ended up being elected was Earl Eden who soon established a cabinet. This sparked outrage which caused many arguments to occur as well as news articles published over the course of those days. However, at the next Parliament session, the "coalition" called for a Vote of No Confidence, which couldn't occur because of a "loophole" in the system in which a VoNC would've required a nomination period and a voting period for two weeks. However, the Lord Temporal, Karl I, produced a decree which removed this from the "Partisan Democracy Act". Soon afterward, the vote occurred with Baron Whyatt being selected as the nominee. After a 5-4 vote, Baron Whyatt became the First Minister and a new cabinet was formed.
August 2016 By-Election
Three seats were suddenly open for election because of Baron Billbrough (from Loringia) dropping out for inactivity, Baron Ó Cathail (from Kernollond) no longer wanting to remain in Mercian politics, and Earl McCarthy (from Wibertsherne) leaving the community. Kernollond had only one candidate run, Marquis Alex Wagner from the NLP. The two other seats were contested. In Wibertsherne, Count Frisch ran as an Independent National Liberal against Baron William Harland-Hackenschmidt representing the PDP. In Loringia, there were three candidates. Baroness Sophia Albina represented the GSP, Baron Ned Greiner represented the PDP, and Baron James Draxe represented the NLP. A debate with the three Loringian candidates (with Baron Whyatt in place of Baron Greiner) was held a couple days before the election. In the end, Marquis Wagner of the National Liberal Party was elected in Kernollond unopposed with 100% of the vote. Voter turnout was 50%. In Loringia: Baron Greiner of the People's Democratic Party was elected with the primary vote, winning 66% of the vote. Voter turnout was 56%. Lastly, in Wibertsherne: Baron Harland-Hackenschmidt of the People's Democratic Party has been elected with the primary vote, winning 60% of the vote. Voter turnout was 71%. This resulted in the PDP getting a plurality in Mercian Parliament. However, since they only reached 5 seats, they are continuing their coalition with the Green-Socialist Party.
September Motion of No Confidence
Palatine-Viceroy von Uberquie motioned a vote of no confidence in Baron Whyatt's leader on August 28 2016 citing poor leadership as the main reason for his lack of confidence. By the middle of the week, the 31st of August, the vote had been completed, 7-5 in favour of Aye, ejecting Baron Whyatt from Leadership. This prompted the dissolution of the People's Democratic Party and the creation of the new United Future Party in its place. By the 3rd of September, nominations for the new First Minister concluded with only a single nomination. Technically uncontested, Palatine von Uberquie was voted in with a majority and became the new First Minister that night.
March 2018 Emergency General Election
An Emergency Election was called in February by the government of Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville who had been appointed First Minister a month before by the Lords under the mandate to organize and hold an open election. This election was held during the week between the 10th and 17th of March.
This one emergency election was held under the Party List electoral system and was to initially elect 7 members to the Mercian Parliament, it was later decided part way through the voting that to ensure a better representation of the nation the number of seats should be raised to 9. The election was contested between the National Liberal Party lead by the incumbent Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville who had been invited to lead the party, and the recently reformed Social Democratic Party lead by Kit McCarthy and the Socialist Revolutionary Party lead by Artemis Langford.
The election results were released 15 hours after the election ended due to technical errors preventing the Lord Spiritual from access the results. The National Liberal Party won 61.5% of the vote and was able to form a government with 6 of the 9 available seats.
The Lords of Mercia
The Lords of Mercia hold the position of monarchs in the triarchy. Each Lord has absolute power within his own lands, but each is expected to collaborate with the Mercian Parliament House to produce smooth democratic processes alongside the ease of autocratic rule, to ensure that the voice of the Mercian people is also heard.
The three Lords of Mercia each hold a distinct position:
- Karl I, Archduke of Loringia is the Lord Temporal of Mercia, meaning that he oversees the policies of the Mercian Parliament House, and is also the only individual who can ratify the motions passed in that House.
- Richard I, Lord of Clyro is the Lord Spiritual of Mercia, meaning that he oversees all religious practices of the Mercian Christian Church, and also chairs the Synod of that Church.
- Llewelyn I, King of Amon Lasgalen was the Lord Praetor of Mercia, meaning that he oversaw all Military, Defence and Constabulary forces in the Mercian nation, and had direct responsibility over the Clyran Defence, Aerospace & Constabulary Offices. Though this position still exists de jure it is de facto vacant with Llewelyn I leaving micronationalism, the National Liberal Party campaigned heavily during the March 2018 election on the reinstating and reform of this position with a new individual being chosen to hold it.
Mercian Parliament House
Main Article: Mercian Parliament House
The Mercian Parliament is the unicameral legislature of Mercia, alongside the ruling Lords. The Mercian Parliament acts as a forceful representation of the Mercian will, both domestically and abroad. The Mercian Parliament is headed by a First Minister, who oversees the body and presents the passed proposals to the Lords of Mercia. The First Minister is a Noble within the Mercian Parliament who is the Party Leader of the largest party in Parliament. In addition, the First Minister has the Mercian Parliament Cabinet that helps him oversee and manage various national and international policies.
The current Mercian Parliament house is dissolved as a result of a decree by the Lords of Mercia in order to sustain an emergency government lead by Palatine-Viceroy von Uberquie.
As of 29th of March 2017, the Mercian Cabinet has been the sole legislative power in Mercia under the conditions of the Emergency Government petition.
The Archive of previous Cabinets can be found here.
An election is currently being arranged by the Duke Edward Nathaniel Manfred de Caville Cabinet for the 10th March.
Loringia was, by far, the largest of the Lurkish krajs, with land area approximately over one million square meters. It is also one of the most diverse of the Lurkish krajs, as it shares the eastern part of Lurk Hills with the Noble Republic of Lurk, has a large and empty field, the Nek river, the Ryn river and the Nekker Lake. Loringia is split in half by an exclave of the Czech Republic with a residental area, which was not claimed by the Lurkish government. Loringia is maintained jointly by citizens of the Archduchy of Loringia, the Noble Republic of Lurk, and the Czech Republic. Loringia has its own natural park, protected by the Noble Republic of Lurk.
South Loringia is a grassland defined by two rivers, the Ryn river and the Nek river. Nek river flows mostly in the eastern part, closer to the Nekker lake, which flows into Nek. Ryn is a very minor river compared to Nek. However, unlike Nek, it flows into Loringia through a tunnel. Most of South Loringia can be described as a flat grassland, excluding the area near the border with Lurk or the area near the Nekker lake, which are wooded.
Region of Clyro
Clyro is mostly a completely natural nation, as although there are more urban hundreds than natural hundreds, natural hundreds contribute to more of Clyro's territory size than the urban hundereds. The rest of Clyro is heavily wooded with areas of grassland comprising a large amount of ground cover also. The aesthetic qualities of the woods and grasslands are maintained by Park Rangers operating out of the UK. All structures in Clyro outside of Oysterburgh are maintained either by UK Park Rangers or UK citizens. The roadways in and out of Clyro are mostly made out of compressed soil, sand and gravel, so that their environmental impact is not as severe as permanent tarmac roadways. However, tarmacced areas exist, such as Declan Bridge and the Maine-Border Roadway that runs between Declan Forest hundred and the UK by way of the Albansfield hundred.
Mercia is an infrastructurally diverse society, with it's regions connected by macronational air, rail and road lines, and each region itself being connected to it's Counties and Parishes through roadways and footpaths. The Region of Clyro also administrates post going through all Mercian and non-Mercian contacts of the triarchy in the UK.
Mercia's transport networks primarily are focused in the Region of Clyro, specifically in the Province of Wibertsherne, where the Cassidishire's two Hundreds, Declan Forest and the Low Wold, are connected by the Woolfe-Maine Roadway System.
The Woolfe Roadway Circle is the largest element of the Woolfe-Maine Roadway System, stretching over two thirds of Declan Forest Parish. The Woolfe Roadway Circle then connects to Declan Bridge, which in turn connects to the Woolfe-Border Roadway; and the Maine Junction, which then connects to the Woolfe-Maine Roadway. The Woolfe-Maine Roadway System is mostly used by cyclists, walkers and joggers from the Region of Clyro and the United Kingdom, although the Woolfe Roadway Circle is also the primary venue for all Clyran track and cycling sporting events.
Loringia has a variety of roads, ranging from small dirt paths, to dirt roads and finally asphalt or concrete paved roads. In total, the total length of all the roads added up is over 6 km, of which 1.97 km is paved. Loringia's roads are classified according to Lurkish laws and standards and co-managed by Lurkish roadway personnel, because of the condominium shared by those two Micronations. It is a Lurkish custom to name each road, including motorways. Since the founding of the CSO Lurkish road signs include the CSO road numbers as well.
Mercia used the Würtige Mark officially, and they were permitted to create a regional variation of the currency that is of equivalent value to the Mark. However, no regional variation has ever been created. The Archduchy of Loringia also uses the Czech Koruna (CZK) as a currency within its own borders, and in transactions with the Czech Republic, and the digital Corona currency when doing business with the Noble Republic of Lurk or other Czech Micronations. The Region of Clyro, for transactions with the United Kingdom and for neighbouring British Micronations, uses the Great British Pound (GBP). Clyran Sterling was once discussed, but initial drafts of the currency proved visually unappealing and the project was scrapped. The Kingdom of Amon Lasgalen solely uses the Great British Pound although they theoretically adopted the Sorrenian Dollar when they were members of the Sorrenian Federation.
Since Mercia declared independence from the Würtige Empire, several parties have proposed the creation of a Mercian currency and an on-line transaction system.
Mercia's cultural roots come from a variety of sources, primarily the Kingdoms of England & Scotland before the 1707 Act of Union and the Holy Roman Empire. Prussian traditions from the Würtige Empire has also left marks on Mercian culture. Cultural influences in Mercia have come from a diverse variety of sources, however, from the pre-Roman Druidic culture of the British Isles, to the Austro-Hungarian Empire; from the Tudor period of England to the modern Swiss Confederation.
Despite Mercia being largely Germanic, with a long history of being part of the Germanic Würtige Empire, not to mention exposure to Slavic states through diplomatic collaboration, there is a culturally Celtic minority in power in Clyro, which has dictated the cultural policies of the whole region. The civic institutions that operate in Clyro are known as Gorsedhs, the Cornish word for 'Assemblies'. Even the name Clyro is derived from the Welsh phrase 'clear water'. Clyro also celebrates the Druidic festivals of Lúnastal (1st August) and Tan (6th August), as well as celebrating the Summer and Winter Solstices on the 21st of both June and December respectively. However, the Lúnastal festival was renamed 'Lammas' in the 2014 celebration, to better reflect the growing Christian nature of Clyro. The Lord of Clyro, His Lordship Richard I, has declared his intent to 'Celticise' Clyro many times, and has made steady paces towards achieving this.
The Archduchy of Loringia is heavily inspired by the Holy Roman Empire and the Confederation of Switzerland, although the latter is largely down to the fact that the Noble Republic of Lurk is inspired by Switzerland, and the close relationship between Lurk and Loringia is such that there is much cultural and legal crossover.
The Kingdom of Amon Lasgalen is a bastion of Celtic culture in Mercia, deriving its traditions from Welsh history. Furthermore, Amon Lasgalen has adopted the Elvish language of Sindarin from Tolkien's Middle Earth setting as a national language; the Kingdom's name itself is Sindarin, meaning Hill of Green Leaves. King Llewelyn is a Christian, and was a Bishop of the Mercian Christian Church until his accession to the position of Lord Praetor, a military position that conflicted with the spiritual post.
Despite Christians of various denominations only constituting between a third and half of Mercia's population, the nation is considered to be a Christian one. The Mercian Christian Church is the state organised church that exists within Mercia, and is responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of its Christian citizens. The Church is an Episcopal Baptist establishment, that does not claim Apostolic Succession to its episcopate. However, the largest denomination of Christianity within Mercia is Roman Catholicism. Despite being a Christian nation, Mercia still strongly defends religious liberty and freedom of religious practice, and as such, a tiny Muslim minority practices alongside the more substantial Christian minority in the country, in addition to an equally small Pagan minority. The rest of the country describes itself variously as Atheistic, Humanistic or Agnostic.
The Lord of Clyro is keen to espouse the virtues of Chappism, a movement that revolves around stereotypical British gentlemanliness, Edwardian idealism, and fusing those two with modern pop culture. The Waistcoat Club Service is a group within Clyro that defends the ideals of Clyran Chappism, although the group is largely inactive.
Mercia has a strong media culture, with a history stretching back to 2013, when the Burnham Micropress was founded in the Region of Clyro. Mercian media has a tendency to only cover national issues, or intermicronational issues and events that affect Mercia directly. There is not a reputation for partisan media outlets in Mercia, and all the outlets in Mercia tend to be directly run by the Lords, and as such are known to have a degree of impartiality in their reporting. The exception to this rule was the Mercian Humanist Magazine, which was a paper run by the now defunct Humanist People's Alliance (Party) of Mercia.
The media outlets in Mercia are the following:
- The Burnham Micropress - The first media outlet of the Region of Clyro, back when it was known as the Regional Dominion of Burnham, this outlet first started posting articles in January 2013. The Micropress has always been the premier source of news coming out of Clyro and Mercia, and it has covered, with relative impartiality, domestic events such as the Top-Down Revolution of May 2013 and the May 2015 Mercian General Election, and international events such as elections for the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational.
- Regal Telecommunications - Regal Telecommunications (RTC) has led the way of producing audio and audiovisual media for Mercia. It was the first media outlet to cover the May 2015 Mercian General Election in full, hosting the May 2015 Mercian Leaders' Debate between the leaders of the National Liberal Party and the Humanist People's Party. Although currently RTC has the monopoly over non-textual media in Mercia, the Humanist People's Party has pledged that should their party form a government in the May 2015 Mercian General Election, a Youtube channel to be run by the incumbent Mercian government will be created. This potential competition could unseat RTC dominance in the Mercian information media industry.
- The Commonwealth Gazette - Run by the same producers of the Burnham Micropress, the Commonwealth Gazette is not actually a domestic paper. Instead, the Gazette fulfills the role of party political newspaper for the Sorrenian Commonwealth Party, a monarchist organisation operating within the Sorrenian Federation. This outsourcing of partisan media has previously led to accusations that the Commonwealth Party is just representing Mercian interests overseas, accusations which have been refuted by both the Commonwealth Party and the Commonwealth Gazette's journalists.
Security & Defence
The Clyro Defence Office
The military body of Mercia is the Clyro Defence Office, the CDO. The CDO operates as the defence force for the Clyran home-territories. The CDO traditionally used the Prospekh trigramme for its definition when the Office was known as the Clyran Defence Force (Prospekh: Clyro Verdijen Takma / Kлыро Вepдыйeн Taкмa), although all administrative work is nowadays done in English.
The CDO is divided into three Legions, each of which fulfil a different function in the nation.
- 1st Legion: The Local Guardians. This Legion is regarded as the best unit in the CDO, that is ready at a moment's notice. The 1st Legion is dedicated to protecting Clyro's home territories, and assisting the immediate area of the neighbouring United Kingdom.
- 2nd Legion: The National Private Soldiers. The 'Nationals' are made of of non-territorial Clyrans only. The mission of the 2nd Legion is to protect Clyro's interests abroad, as well as serving as the official legion in the Imperial Army of the Würtige Empire.
- 3rd Legion: The Foreign Volunteers. The 3rd Legion is a force made entirely of individuals that do not possess citizenship within Clyro or the Würtige Empire. The duty of the 3rd Legion is to support the 2nd Legion, as well as provide a liaison between the militaries of Clyro, the Würtige Empire and other micronations.
The Clyro Defence Office traditionally used the Prospekhi constructed language in days past, as it is the longest standing constructed language in Clyro's history, and certificates of military service in the 1st Legion have always typically been written in both English and Prospekh, despite the repealing of the language's use in common CDO administration.
The Clyran Constabulary Office
The Clyran Constabulary Office (CCO) is the policing body of Mercia. Its frontline officers are also all members of the 1st Legion of the CVT, although the administration are largely non-territorials. The CCO is headed by three Chief Constables and a Deputy Chief Constable that answer directly to the Lord of Clyro and the Mercian Parliament House. The Deputy Chief Constable exists to assist the Chief Constable of Wibertsherne in his or her task, considering the magnitude of policing the eight largest and most important hundreds in Clyro. The Chief Constable of Abroad Presence represents the CCO overseas, and also organises the escort guards for key Clyran officials when they travel to foreign nations.
- Chief Constable of Wibertsherne: Comrade Seaward
- Deputy Chief Constable of Wibertsherne: Baron Whyatt
- Chief Constable of the Capital Hundred: HL Richard I
- Chief Constable of Abroad Presence & Kernollond: Marquis Cassidy
It is worth noting that Resort Hundreds have no Chief Constables, as they are directly controlled by the Lord of Clyro.