Republic of The Sohnland

The Republic of The Sohnland or otherwise known as The Sohnland /ðəðɪðisʌnlænd/About this sound (Listen)  for short, is a micronation that claims a three bedroom home in Warwickshire, England. Apart from being known for its incredibly small size at 305m², The Sohnland makes its love for pigeons very well known.


While The Sohnland has been described as unofficially the world's smallest country, it is enclaved within England and is not officially recognised by any established sovereign state.

Repulic of The Sohnland
Motto: "Dark sky, Golden Dove, over a crimson sunset."[a]
Anthem: "My Dove of Burning Gold"[b]
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CapitalCarnifron[c]
Official languagesEnglish
DemonymSohnlander[d]
GovernmentTechnocracy
• Supreme Leader
Ethan I (The Sohnland)[e]
LegislatureSohnlandic-Juche Party[f]
Area
• Total
0.00031[g] km2 (0.00012 sq mi) (197th)
Population
• Estimate
10[h]
GDP (PPP)2019[1] estimate
• Total
£1,250,000
HDI (2021)0.994
very high
CurrencySohnlandic Pound Sterling (SPS)
Time zone UTC±00:00


Name

The name of the country 'The Sohnland' is the shortened colloquial name for the "Republic of The Sohnland", as The Sohnland is actually the name of the geographical region described by Sohnlandic locals of which where the republic is situated; Hence the name 'Republic of The Sohnland'. Similarly how The Gambia, a sub saharan country in western Africa refers to the river Gambia which is what defines the country. There are in fact other synonyms for The Sohnland which are perfectly acceptable to use according to the Sohnlandic constitution. However, they're only ever used in casual settings and not to refer to the nation outside of casual conversation or on formal occasions. Other synonyms include: "Pigeonland", "Sohnland", "Sonland", "Land of the Doves", "Bird land", and even "Greater Carnifron"[2].

Legal Status

Secession

The Sohnland and its inhabitants have shown strong distaste in how they are currently governed by the UK under Westminster in regards to taxation, tariffs and economic regulation. How their taxes are reallocated within the UK being one of the main reasons. According to the official government website of The Sohnland their citizens generally lean towards right wing values and populist ideals.

Their main national purpose is the pursuit of autonomy, secession, and the preservation of the right to self detetmination.[3]

History

2005 - 2009

What was to become The Sohnland began on the 20th of April 2005. Originally starting off as a place to express its founder's ideals, personality and identity. Not really functioning as aa nation at this point, the 4 year old founder of of The Sohnland at the time had no idea of what the concept of what a country was not even what a micronation is. Nations, although they are abstract concepts and constructs, they naturally come about within the human species and it is only natural for some people to create nations to distinguish themselves from others. There is a legend that the inspiration and the drive behind The Sohnland's creation was brought to its founder when he witnessed a dove/pigeon fly across the sunset on the ververy same day of founding The Sohnland. The bird was envisaged to appear to be made out of flaming gold against the bright light of the sunset. Later named to the "Dove of Burning Gold", a mythical bird of The Sohnland thought to give the nation divine purpose and protection. This mythical animal was adopted as the national animal and is displayed on the national flag.[4]

2009 - 2015

Nothing worth being notable happened with The Sohnland until 12 April 2009, when it got its first flag but not its current flag. After this point, The Sohnland began a slow and gradual progression towards legitimacy as a sovereign state, only having a flag, a land claim and a name at this moment in time. A lot of physical records of The Sohnland's history has actually been lost over time. Some years or months may be completely blank. On July 29 2015, The Sohnland gave up most of its land claims due to lack of feasible control, of which formed a few short lived micronations at the moment of releasing territory. History and records about them no longer exist, all sources are not reliable. After this date The Sohnland was left with only 310 square metres to its land claim but with realistic control over it. The Sohnland never again shall plan to increase its territory, nor shall the nation have influence over other micronations.[5]

2015 - 2018

2 July 2016 was when The Sohnland printed its first flag by itself, using rudimentary fabric printing methods, created its first flag. Although it wasn't good quality and rather small, it survives till this day and is kept for the sake of preserving history. August 15 2016 was when The Sohnland started having national anthem proposals. None of them were all that good. An official national anthem did not come about until years later. 29 September 2017 was when The Sohnland practiced socialism. This came with the final national flag change, the socialist banner hasn't been changed despite no longer being socialist for the sake of tradition. Socialism in The Sohnland failed miserably here, and the ideology was abandoned on 24 May 2018. A multitude of events happened on 24 May 2018; Permanent neutrality was declared, socialist practices were dropped and The Sohnland began to shift towards liberal conservative values once again.[6]

2018 - 2021

On 24 March 2020, The Sohnland and Carnifron begin unification. On 1 May 2020, The Sohnland finally gets passports and they become available for its citizens. However, they won't be the final design of passports due to obvious improvements to be made, like giving them gold plated lettering. 11 May 2020, and The Sohnland now has passport stamps for those visiting The Sohnland. 12 July 2020 is when The Sohnland makes identity cards available for its citizens. But it wasn't until recently when they got holigraphic sticker security features. 20 August 2020 is when The Sohnland gets a national great seal design. On 21 October 2020 The Sohnland makes a flag pins available for its citizens.[7]

24 October 2020 and The Sohnland submits a signature request for the European Union EEA Agreement. On 15 November 2019, The Sohnland found the micronations community and began to form informal relations with those alike. The Sohnland celebrates its 15th anniversary on 20 April 2020, but unlike most anniversaries there was no celebration that year due to a COVID-19 lockdown. 2 November 2020 is the day The Sohnland gets the unofficial anthem "My Dove of Burning Gold" to commemerate the unification of Carnifron and The Sohnland. On 10 November 2020, a souvenir banknote design is made and will later be printed as a commemorative banknote. 11 September 2020 and The Sohnland had gained gold seal embossers to give treaties and official documents security features. On 7 December 2020, The Sohnland signs a treaty of mutual cooperation with the community of Createmino as a token of friendship. 21 December 2020 is the day The Sohnland unanimously switches to the holocene calendar. Although HE dates don't appear on The Sohnland's official website so people outside The Sohnland can correctly interpret dates and times.[8] 11 January 2021 is when The Sohnland finalised its passport design with gold plated lettering. 23 January 2021 is when The Sohnland finally prints linen banknotes with holographic security features and a silver weaved strip in the centre. They also have a watermark of a dove in the white section of the banknote, this is planned to be revealed at a later date.[9]

Sohnland Operations

Passports

On 1 May 2020, The Sohnland now had passports to distribute to its citizens. For a citizen to purchase a passport to use they are required to pay £60.[10]

Passport Stamps

From 11 May 2020, People visiting The Sohnland can request a passport stamp or even a postage stamp despite not being a mandatory part of customs.[11]

ID Cards

Citizens of The Sohnland are not required to carry ID Cards but they can ask for one for a small fee, like with passports. Sohnlandic ID cards have the security features of any other typical ID card; holographic features and with the Guilloché pattern design that you see on any sophisticated banknotes or other government printed documents.[12]

Flag Pins

The government of The Sohnland made dual flag pins of The Sohnland's national flag and the flag of the EU to celebrate signing the EEA Agreement.[13]

Citizenship

In order to receive Sohnlandic citizenship, you are required to travel to the UK consulate and then to The Sohnland.

To request travel to The Sohnland from the TSL UK consulate, permission must be granted to travel to the consulate by contacting them via email. You then must sign a waiver and make your intentions and criminal convictions known, along with your contact information. If accepted you will be provided with the address of the consulate and given a time and date to arrive where you can submit a visa application to travel to The Sohnland.[14]

After arriving at the TSL UK consulate and having your visa to The Sohnland accepted you can then travel to The Sohnland at a different time and date. This is where you can go and submit a citizen application. To do this you must provide your CV and state your reasons for wanting citizenship. After this point, you will recieve an email the next day either congratulating you in recieving citizenship or a [1] denial.[15]

Signed Treaties and Recognition

EU EEA Agreement

The Republic of The Sohnland signs the EEA (SIS) Agreement on 21 October 2020. This treaty was later signed and enforced by The Sohnland to promote the European_Union freedom of movement between Union EU and EEA member states].

This treaty also allows for the free movement of digital data and frees up border checks between The Sohnland and EU and EEA member states; However, the free movement of people and workers to and from The Sohnland's bordering neighbour, the UK may be impacted by brexit and their withdrawal from the Schengen area.[16]

Antarctica Treaty System (ATS)

The Republic of The Sohnland signed the Antarctic Treaty on 30 November 2020 with the aim of protecting Antarctic ecosystems by setting the continent aside as a nature preserve. Signing the Antarctic treaty also means banning all activities involving the military, along with making Antarctica open for conducting scientific research[17].

Recognition of the UK

On 7 November 2020, The Republic of The Sohnland drafted a 49 page treaty[18] of mutual recognition of the United Kingdom to be sent to the UK Prime Minister. Unfortunately it could only be sent via email at the time due to COVID-19 related issues surrounding national lockdown in the UK at the time.

Culture

Sohnlandic State Media

Ministry of Foreign Affairs mfa.thesohnlandgov.info

The Sohnland Today News news.thesohnlandgov.info

Cultural Origins

National Dishes

Holidays

Religion

Dialect

Economy

Taxation

The Sohnland has an open laissez-faire, state-capitalist market economy by which the government of The Sohnland itself takes part in the economy whilst maintaining minimal restrictions on private enterprise and businesses.[19]

Local Currency

Having printed real authentic banknotes and having minted genuine metal coins. The Sohnland, unlike many micronations, they have a real world currencies to trade with akin to recognised countries. Although, the value of the Sohnlandic Pound Sterling is uregulated and is not officially capped to any other real world currency or commodity, they have an estimated value of 2.08 USD per 1 Sohnlandic Pound Sterling (SPS) according to their local authorities[20].


This variation of the souvenir banknote was initially designed as a critique on micronational currencies due to their low value as the value declared is £0 GBP. The Sohnland has planned to print polymer banknote with holographic security features to to give them a genuine appearance, closely resembling €0 Banknotes in their makeup. [21]

Ownership

In The Sohnland, the means of production and private and personal property is not to be unecessarily reallocated or redistributed. Private and personal property are to be regarded as interchangeable.[22]

The property of the State is the private and personal property of head of state. The State shall guarantee giving priority to the improvement of its property which plays a leading role in the development of the national economy. Land title deeds withheld by the great leader are to act as de facto territory of The Sohnland or until otherwise made de jure sovereign claims.[23]


The property of social cooperative organisations belongs to the State. Social cooperative organisations can possess such property as land, agricultural machinery, ships, medium- small sized factories and enterprises. The State shall protect the property of social cooperative organisations.[24]

Government and Politics

Administration

Ever since the unrecognised nation's founding back in April of 2005 The Sohnland has had the same benevolent dictator, Supreme Leader Ethan of The Sohnland. The Sohnland is currently ruled by an autocratic and technocratic government with its own ideology: Sohnlandic-Juche. Which continues to be followed to guide The Sohnland and its people to its goals and national interests.

Sohnlandic-Juche

Sohnlandic-Juche is the official state ideology of the Republic of The Sohnland and the Sohnlandic-Juche Party[25]. The ideology derives from the official state ideology of the DPRK which is Juche, hence the name Sohnlandic-Juche.

The Supreme Leader of The Sohnland has described the ideology as "The only way The Sohnland shall and will ever be run to chart our own independent course"[26]. Sohnlandic Juche postulates that the people of The Sohnland should be the writers of their own destiny and that they should treat other nations the same way they expect foreigners to treat The Sohnland; This means not interfering or influencing other nations and respecting other cultures for the same favour in return.

Sohnlandic Juche also postulates that The Sohnland should not trade or exchange assets or work with or for foreign powers as all it takes is efficient and effective hard work at home to improve their lives and the nation. In a nutshell, the ideology idealises that The Sohnland and its people can work hard to achieve its goals with foreign intervention. The Sohnland's official Ideology shares aspects and attributes with other ideologies such as isolationism, nationalism, patriotism, autocracy and technocracy.

Demographics

Public Health

See Also

Notes

References

  1. National Motto is listed on the Sohnlandic Government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  2. National Anthem of Carnifron and The Sohnland listed on government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/national-anthem
  3. Capital listed as Carnifron on government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  4. Demonym listed as Sohnlander on Sohnlandic government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  5. Leader's name and title is listed on the Sohnlandic government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  6. Legislator listed as the Sohnlandic-Juche Party on government website
  7. Information about land claims on Sohnlandic government website: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  8. Please visit: https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  1. https:tsl.thesohnlandgov.info/wikipage
  2. I, Ethan (16 September 2021). "Etymology of the name of The Sohnland". tsl.thesohnlandgov.info. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  3. "Justification for secession in The Sohnland". 30 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. "History of The Sohnland, 2005 to 2009". 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  5. "History of The Sohnland, 2009 to 2015". 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  6. "History of The Sohnland, 2015 to 2018". 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  7. "History of The Sohnland, 2018 to 2021". 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  8. "History of The Sohnland, 2018 to 2021". 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  9. Information regarding history retrieved from The Sohnland's official website on 3 March 2021.
  10. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "When The Sohnland obtained passports". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  11. "Passport Stamps". 11 May 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  12. "Sohnlandic ID Cards Origin". 12 July 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  13. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "The Sohnland Signs the EU EEA Agreement". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  14. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "Citizenship in The Sohnland". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  15. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "Arriving in The Sohnland". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  16. "EU Trade Agreements". 30 December 2020.
  17. "Scientific research in Antarctica". Discovering Antarctica. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  18. "Source of the TSL UK treaty of mutual recognition". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  19. "Chapter two of the Sohnlandic constitutuion referring to the economy". 14 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  20. "Documented value od SPS to USD". 14 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  21. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "Sohnlandic banknotes origin".
  22. The Sohnlandic Constitution Chapter 2, Article 20
  23. The Sohnlandic Constitution Chapter 2, Article 21
  24. The Sohnlandic Constitution Chapter 2, Article 22
  25. I, Ethan (14 September 2021). "The Sohnlandic-Juche Party". tsl.thesohnlandgov.info. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  26. I, Ethan (30 December 2020). "Quote from Supreme Leader Ethan of The Sohnland". Retrieved 30 December 2020.