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| New Balland |
(Spanish: "The Region")
New Balland this region of ours
New Balland within Venezuela
|Capital city||Saint Victorshire|
|Short name||New B. (Niubí), The Region (La Región)|
|Demonym||New Ballander, New Ballandic|
|Government||Unitary Constitutional parliamentary monarchy|
|- Monarch||Declan I|
|- Governor-General||Kai Garrshire|
|- First Secretary||Richard Garrshire|
|Established||2 April 2012 |
24 April 2012
|National animal||Spectacled bear|
|Patron saint||Our Lady of Coromoto|
New Balland (Spanish: Nueva Balonia) was a self-governing micronation located in the city of Mérida in the Venezuelan state of the same name, and one of the three protectorates of the Empire of Austenasia. New Balland was a constitutional, unitary and parliamentary monarchy, led by the Austenasian Monarchy in real union, being the only Austenasian protectorate to ever do so. The Austenasian Monarch, lastly Declan I, was therefore ex officio the New Ballandic monarch and head of state.
New Balland was located within the Venezuelan Andes, in the shadows of the five great peaks of the Sierra Nevada de los Andes, the Bolívar, the Toro, the Espejo, the Humboldt and the Bonpland. Its geographical situation was in complete contrast with other climates in Venezuela, generally affected by Caribbean Current and having a tropical savanna climate.
New Balland refers to the "new land of the Bál", Bál being the traditional name of the capital of New Balland and other former incarnations of the same. Nueva Balonia is the name of New Balland in Spanish.
The Imperial Chart (Declaration of Autonomy), Empire of Berin and the Paulean Era
The Declaration of Autonomy (Declaración de Autonomía), the Declaratio Independentiae was signed by Richard Garrshire on 14 April, declaring himself "Emperor of the Beriners and Imperial Authority of the Berinese Empire". The Imperial Chart would later be considered the official declaration of independence of the Empire of Berin. This micronational entity was intended to be comical and not serious, which can be seen in many aspects of the political system of the Empire and its national identity as a whole. The process of "Seriousification" (Seriamiento) or the "straightening" (Enderezamiento) was the process employed to convert the Empire of Berin into a "serious, raw micronation". Of course, this is, among other things, part of the comical side of Berin.
The Empire quickly developed an easy-working and simple governmental system. An absolute monarchy seemed like a very useful and coherent idea due to the number of the population and the sphere of influence of the Empire. With no legislature, no military, no direct foreign relations and no major events, Berin was an empty and lonely carcass in the micronational world, completely dominated by its monarch. Seeking an involvement of foreign micronational powers, the Empire saw the creation of the Order of the Baphomet, regarded as the start of the Paulean era.
For personal reasons, Richard I Paul trusted the Empire to a regent, Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia, who ruled the Empire as the Regent of Berin from 22 April to 26 April, when the Empire officially dissolved and became New Balland.
New Balland had slowly progressed. Its activity decreased, and it became mostly inactive. On May 15, 2012, the Chairman of the Parliament of New Balland called all MPs to leave the chatroom and so the Parliament was dismissed. With that, First Secretary Richard Garrshire took over the New Ballandic government in a dictatorship and dissolved the nation. The same day, the Church of the Pahun was open and Dakrit was founded.
- Main article: New Ballanders
The people of New Balland were referred to officially as the People in name of New Balland, the New Ballanders. New Ballanders were mainly of Hispanic ethnicity, though there was a significant group of white New Ballanders. New Ballanders were predominantly Christian and Irreligious. There were 8 registered citizens in New Balland. Though English is the only official language and it was used in all cases that concerned the government, a considerable percentage of the New Ballandic population spoke Venezuelan Spanish, and not much of this group spoke fluid English, which made a problem when it came to government-people interaction.
New Balland was referred to as an independent state, free of choice and sovereign. Its government system lied under a constitutional monarchy, in which the Emperor of Austenasia - firstly and lastly Declan I - ruled as King of New Balland. Besides that, New Balland worked as a parliamentary democracy, based in an executive (First Secretary), a legislature (the Parliament) and the Crown. Foreign affairs were led by the Austenasian Foreign Office, lead by the Chief Ambassador, considering New Balland's position as an Austenasian protectorate. The position of First Secretary was elected, with the people electing the candidates and Parliament making the final choice. A First Secretary was supposed to rule for four years, and could be re-elected as many times as the King wanted. As well, if the King wished so, the period of time in which a First Secretary ruled could been shortened, but not lengthened. If the First Secretary wished to, a law could be taken to the monarch of Austenasia to be judged by the monarch and by an Austenasian court. This was just part of the New Ballandic interpretation of the position as protectorate. As the Emperor of Austenasia might not have been able to visit New Balland in every royal ceremony, a Viceroy or Vicereine, as Governor-General, took care of representing the King in New Balland. An important part of the political structure of New Balland was that it is a non-partisan democracy, though not officially, parties are not part of the elections, for this, colour books were used, to separate political ideologies of candidates and/or MPs.
The New Ballandic legislature was the Parliament of New Balland. Avoiding federalism, the Parliament of New Balland didn't have representatives for New Ballandic political divisions, as many other legislatures. The parliament consisted of four members, five if the Austenasian commission to New Balland is included.
New Balland only claimed private land or territories, mainly those owned by New Balland citizens. New Ballandic territories were called Regions. This Regions were located in Méridan metropolitan areas only. New Balland was divided in seven Regions; Bál, I de San Marco, II de Altamar, III de Sur del Cielo, IV de Valterracota and V de Altamira. Usually, private lands in the Regions were considered cities.
Though the foreign affairs of New Balland were in charge of the Austenasian Foreign Office, New Balland had its own criteria regarding foreign relations and had its own categorization in micronational and macronational affairs. Macronationally, there was a certain categorization regarding sovereign and not fully recognized entities:
- States with New Ballandic claims in them,
- States that have micronational states in diplomatic talks with New Balland,
- States with "special status"
- States with limited recognition (recognized)
- States with limited recognition (non-recognized)
- States interpreted under a different loyalty
New Balland was dependent on Austenasia for its military supply. The Austenasian Armed Forces were responsible for the protection of New Ballandic territories in all its three major claim groups. Though the AAF was responsible for the security of New Balland, no AAF staff ever landed in New Ballandic territory. First Secretary Richard Garrshire did say that there are plans to establish an AAF division in New Ballandic territory, but no actions was taken.
New Balland had a tropical climate, but with cooler temperatures than other places in Venezuela, because of its high altitude, although it's not cooler enough to be considered as temperate. Though pollution caused a rise in temperatures, New Balland still keept a relatively cool environment with readings that vary between 19 °C and 24 °C (75 °F), with an overall average of 22 °C (72 °F). Precipitation was heavy during the rainy season, from April to November, though the city did receive more sunshine than most locations in the Colombian Andes since the valley was too narrow for fog to accumulate.
Venezuela is situated in an inter-tropical zone, so that there is very little temperature variance over the course of a year. The same was true in Mérida and New Balland—the temperatures recorded in August are normally comparable to those measured under comparable conditions in broad daylight in January.
On the other hand, given New Balland's location in the interior of the country, far from the maritime coasts and the influence of the ocean, and its high altitude, the temperature variance over the course of a day was relatively high. Between day and night a difference of more than 10°C (18°F) could been observed; this difference sometimes reached more than 20 °C (36 °F). The maximums are reached during the day, and are usually around 25 °C (77 °F), but on rare occasions exceed 30 °C (86 °F). The lower limit of daytime temperatures tended to be around 20 °C (68 °F).
The New Ballandic culture closely resembled that of Andean Folklore and was in fact the main, if not defined, example of this folklore. Continental New Ballanders, with deep connections to their culture, were characterized by their well-preserved traditions and slow, unhurried way of life. New Balland itself could be recognized by its famous social scene, the local art and craftwork, and the unique regional cuisine.
Festivals and local customs
Several festivals took place in New Balland-adjacent locations. Most are religious celebrations, and a few - such as the famous Méridan "Feria del Sol" or "Sun Fair" that takes place in the beginning of February - are of an international scale, and Montriac enjoys it as much as its macronational relatives.
For New Balland, the most important and famous religious traditions were those celebrated by the city's Christian devotees during Christmas and Holy Week. These festivities included La Quema del Año Viejo (Burning of the Past Year), La Pasión Viviente de Cristo (Christ's Living Passion) and La Paradura del Niño (Christ Child's Standing) celebrated with prayers, song, fireworks, wine and cake.
Another of the more popular local customs (those without official government sanction) were the Caravanas Estudiantiles, student processionals organized by and for high school or university graduates upon earning their degree, to which many Continental New Ballanders attended.
This tradition have been extended to include younger students who have completed their primary or elementary education. Such celebrations usually occur during the first days of June for high school graduates, and throughout nearly the entire year for college graduates. Similar festivities could have been found in other parts of the country, but the Caravanas of Mérida had a special relevance and importance given the city's large student population, and so, of the influence that gives over New Balland.
The Fiesta de San Benito between January 12 and 31 celebrated with a drummers processions and street dancing; or the Vasallos de la Candelaria, another typical festivity with children and street dancing, wee very common in the Méridan zone, and New Balland adopted them as its own.
Among the most notable dishes was the arepa andina (Andean Arepa), a variant of the traditional Venezuelan arepa made from wheat flour instead of the more common corn. Another notable dish was the pizca andina, common to Mérida, Táchira and the Colombian Andes, a soup with potato, milk, long onion, and parsley. Other important dishes are prepared with trout, the only fish found in the region.
Mérida city's typical brightened sweets, made from a base of milk and other ingredients, were also notable. There was a historical tradition of such sweets, which were said to originate in the convents where they were prepared in the 19th century. Also, one could find alfajores, aliados, and almojabanas. Popular drinks included corn liquor, mistella, and "donkey's milk", which was known as "Andean punch."