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State of Sorrenia
| Sorrenian Federation|
Democratiaeth, Cydraddoldeb, Undod (Democracy, Equality, Unity)
|Largest city||Great Lumley Village|
|Official language(s)||English |
|Government||Federal Presidential Republic|
|- President||Andrew Janiszewski (NDP)|
|- Prime Minister||Matthew Bollands (SWP)|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|Currency||Sorrenian Dollar |
|Time zone||GMT |
GMT+1 in Erem
GMT-5 in Gran Pais and Limaq
|is a member of the IMCJ|
The Sorrenian Federation (Welsh:Ffederasiwn Sorrenia) is a Micronation located in North East England. It consists of 2 Federal Districts, 7 States, 2 Provinces, 3 Territories and 2 Dependencies that all have varied amounts of autonomy. The Federation was formed on the 3rd of November, 2013.
Sorrenia is ranked as a 5th world nation on the Boodlesmythe-Tallini System, scoring 11/12, and scored 4/5 on the Linden's Revised System of Classification. It ranked as a level 3 nation on the Billbrough-Pressland Micronational Ranking System, and scored 4.4 out of 5 on the David's Micronational Potential Index.
- 1 Toponymy
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Ministry for Internal Affairs
- 6 Culture
- 7 Foreign Relations
- 8 Demography
- 9 Timeline (Main Events)
- 10 External links
The name "Sorrenia" is an adaptation of "Sorrento", a small town in southern Italy, near Naples. After several hours of deliberation, the name was proposed by then President Miles Pressland, and agreed upon by the other citizens of Sorrenia.
Sorrenia rose after the dissolution of the Micronation "Kozlova". Kozlova was a communist egalitarian Micronation, however did not please a large number of its citizens due to its serious attitude. Two of the founding fathers; Lewis Wild and Llewelyn Lawton declared independence from Kozlova, dividing the country between pro-separatists (compromised of Yavokan, Aztokan and Validöraen soldiers and supporters), who primarily operated in the south of Kozlova, and government loyalists who primarily operated in the north and the capital. The President, Miles Pressland began diplomatic relations with the rebels, and after a number of phases, both parties decided that it was best for Kozlova to be dissolved, and a new Micronation to take its place. After a number of attempts at forming a new nation, Sorrenia was created.
|Conflict in Gran Pais|
|Commanders and leaders|
Devon Jonathan Kearney||
|Casualties and losses|
Sorrenian-Gran Paisan Conflict
The Conflict of Gran Pais was an online conflict between the Unified Socialist Party of Gran Pais (USP) and the Gran Paisan government loyalists involving the Sorrenian Federation and the Republic of Catan.
In early January, Devon Jonathan Kearney, the President of Gran Pais threatened to take over Sorrenia, and overrule Sorrenian independence and sovereignty, stating that Gran Pais "needs more territories". Mr Kearney also threatened Catan, stating that he wanted "all of Catan". In order to combat Gran Paisan aggression, Miles Pressland, the President of Sorrenia, formed the Unified Socialist Party of Gran Pais, a political party/movement aimed to undermine Mr Kearney's power and control. Emanuel Terranova, the Vice President of Gran Pais agreed to join the USP, and later publicly stated his support for Sorrenia and Catan. This caused Mr Kearney to panic, as it threatened to destroy the political landscape of Gran Pais. The USP demanded elections, and won 5/13 seats, holding the most for one party. This allowed them to continue their growth. After attempting to undermine Mr Kearney's power base, attempting to gain the support of people such as Dustin Okopski (which failed), they decided to openly oppose the government. They released numerous statements demonizing the government, and denouncing its "imperialist" actions. Due to this, Mr Kearney dissolved the government, installing an official dictatorship by the name of the "People's Democratic Republic of Gran Pais".
After realizing Mr Kearney would not relinquish power, Emanuel Terranova left Gran Pais in favour of Sorrenia (where he became a prominent figure). Days later, Gran Pais was dissolved, and handed over to Sorrenia, with Devon Jonathan Kearney leaving Micronationalism (although he rejoined shortly to form Milinton).
Miles Pressland declared the conflict at an end, however later Sorrenia fell out with Catan, who also claimed Gran Pais. This was resolved after Sorrenia provided proof that Gran Pais had been signed over to Sorrenia. Gran Pais became a territory of Sorrenia, under de facto control of the Republic of Erem, a state of Sorrenia.
On the 26th of April, President Pressland called for a reform of the government, beginning with national elections of the key roles in Sorrenia. It was expected that the Socialist Party would maintain its dominant role, due to the success experienced under the party's leadership. Just a few hours after elections were called, a new party by the name of the Egalitarian Party was formed, with the desire to eradicate Socialism from Sorrenia, and replace it with a government that does not largely favour any ideology. This also caused the Conservative Party, which had previously held no offices to engage with the Egalitarian party, leading to a coalition between the two parties. The Socialist Party began a "propaganda war" with the new coalition, in order to dissuade voters from supporting them, calling them "revisionist" and "reactionary". This seemed to work, as the new coalition won no offices in the elections, however both parties received an office in the Executive Assembly. The new supposed "threat" encouraged the Party Chairman of the Socialist Party to reaffirm the coalition between the Socialist Party and the Communist Party, who also won the office of Minister of Defense.
During and after the Spring Elections, negotiations between the Communist Party and the Egalitarian Party deteriorated significantly. On the 30th of April, it was revealed that Jonathan Bunch, the founder of the Republic of Marxsovka and the de facto leader of the Communist Party had plans to frame Levi Newman, the leader of the Egalitarian Party. This became known to Mr Newman, after Miles Pressland, who was involved in the plan became uncomfortable in engaging in such actions, and alerted Mr Newman.
Mr Pressland was worried that either side would attempt to take over Sorrenia via a coup. It was suspected by several key Socialists in Sorrenia, that the Egalitarian Party was masking a plan by the New Kingdom of Lundy to take over Sorrenia. It was also believed that Marxsovka may attempt to take over, in order to stop the increasing levels of liberalism occurring in Sorrenia. To ensure that any coup threat could be dealt with efficiently, the President declared a state of emergency, and awarded additional powers to himself, the Supreme Judge and the MoD. Borders were immediately closed, and the President warned that any attempt to take over the government would be dealt with severely.
The action caused several micronations to attempt to intervene. The Republic of Chico stated that they were willing to help Sorrenia with any problems that had arisen, however the President staunchly stated that no inter-micronational help was required. Armlania and Bysalia suspended all relations with Sorrenia, out of fear that Sorrenia would become a dictatorship, however the Zirconic offered full support to the Sorrenian government, stating that:
"Sorrenia is reasonable in what they are doing right now. They are simply trying to protect their own interests."
Due to the quick actions taken by the government, the risk of a coup was significantly reduced, as both parties agreed to stop all hostile actions, and to denounce any further attempts at a coup. Just 16 hours after emergency powers were awarded by the President, they were revoked, with President Pressland stating:
"As of 13:40 GTM all emergency powers given to myself, the Minister of Defense and the Supreme Judge will be revoked, with the exception of the right to revoke citizenship, which may be necessary should the situation escalate in the near future. Borders will be opened some time on Saturday, and will be able to accept new citizens at that point.Talks have begun with the Communist and Egalitarian factions of Sorrenia, and diplomacy is on it's way to finding a compromise to agree upon, and I am happy to say that the coup threat has been significantly reduced.I would like to thank you all, especially the Republic of Zirconic for your understanding and support in this situation. I understand that my methods were somewhat unorthodox and dictatorial, but it was necessary for the safety of Sorrenia, and, as I promised, democracy will retake control of Sorrenia"
Borders were later reopened at 16:00 on the 3rd of May.
A "Golden Period" was declared on the 25th of May, 2014, by the President Miles Pressland, due to the large amounts of physical and cultural growth. The President stated:
"Truly, Sorrenia is prospering; mass growth, cultural change, and we continue to gain more support from outside of Sorrenia. All Sorrenians should be proud, it is thanks to you that we have achieved this!"
Various cultural and state programs were developed during this time. The media sector of Sorrenia grew tremendously, from only one active newspaper, to various methods of media information services, such as Radio. Furthermore, the Education system was set up, in collaboration with Marksovkan officials. The population also grew, and the government released their 5 point program, which aimed to further expand and grow Sorrenia, and its culture.
Taking of West Ertawa
For about 3-4 months, West Ertawa had been officially Chicean land, given to them as a sign of goodwill, however due to a failure of relations, it was decided that the land should be retaken. In the 1st week of July a covert operation of Sorrenian troops from the State of Bowburn marched into West Ertawa meeting no resistance due to a lack of Chicean troops. The military operation was later made public to the citizen's of Sorrenia on the 5th of June. It marks a total failure of Sorrenian-Chicean relations, cutting off all ties with the failing nation, however the leader of the operation, Miles Pressland was adamant that it was the right movement, as part of a larger operation to promote national pride. Miles stated:
“West Ertawa is rightfully ours, and we were wrong to give it away. In order to protect Sorrenian rights in the area, Chico should be expelled from the region”
The representative of Chico, Al Ugarte stated that Chico would take no actions against the occupation, however he did push for the Republic of Limaq which was given to Sorrenia by Chico to be returned, however the Sorrenian government remained strong, stating that Limaq was an integral part of Sorrenia, and any hostile move against the area would be seen as an act of war. Al was forced to agree, stating that he had other issues to deal with, due to the failure of mainland Chico. The majority of Sorrenian officials took a neutral stance towards the issue, however the Sorrenian Commanding General (who had not been informed about the attack) stated that Sorrenian military actions should be more open, and condemned the secrecy of the operation.
The act is significant as it showed how low relations had fallen, and it was the first military operation taken by the Federation.
Coup in Wensleydale
The Kingdom of Wensleydale was a small kingdom run by Joey Kennedy, with land claims very close to Mainland Sorrenia. A prominent Sorrenian politician, Robert Garside, also a citizen of Wensleydale became discontent with the Monarchy, and therefore organized a movement to abolish the monarchy and convert Wensleydale to a socialist state, under the name of "the Republic of Wensleydale". Garside managed to gain a massive amount of support very quickly; when the coup was openly declared, 7/8 citizens of Wensleydale were in support of building a socialist state and abolishing the monarchy. Unsurprisingly, the monarch Joey Kennedy was against the coup, and received support from some foreign micronationalists such as Kuri Kabanov of Renasia. With the high level of popular support for the movement, its socialist roots and the presence of Robert Garside and several other Sorrenian citizens at the head of the coup, the Sorrenian government quickly agreed to assist in the coup, and with such high pressure both internally and externally, Joey Kennedy was forced to abdicate. The monarchy was abolished and the Republic of Wensleydale was established under Garside's socialist government, and joint Military actions were held between the Revolutionary Army of Sorrenia and the Wensleydalian Liberation Army in East Sorrenia (close to the de facto capital of Wensleydale, Harehill). The Republic of Wensleydale remains to this day a close ally of Sorrenia.
The People's Unity Party leader and revolutionary Robert Garside created a speech in East Sorrenia shortly after the news broke that they had successfully toppled the monarchy, and President Miles Pressland also released a speech showing his support for the Coup and the new nation.
Sorrenian geography is incredibly diverse. The mainland, situated in North East England around the city of Durham is predominantly urban, however Durham offers many picturesque scenes, and is unlike other cities such as Manchester or Birmingham. With a population of just over 87,000, the city is situated around the Cathedral which resides on a hill in the center of the city (The name "Durham" comes from the Old English "dun", meaning hill fort, and the Old Norse "holme", which translates to island). The city is predominantly split into two states, North Durham and South Durham separated by the river Wear which runs through the center of the city, however other states such as Filostonia also contain areas of the city of Durham.
Mainland Sorrenia consists of 7 States and 2 Federal Districts, from Bowburn to Chester-le Street, about 9 Miles. Unofficially, the small territory of Ertawa is also part of Mainland Sorrenia, due to it's close proximity however due to it's small population, it is de jure separate . Mainland Sorrenia also contains several towns, the largest of which is Chester-Le Street, to the north of Durham. The majority of the towns are old mining areas, such as Bowburn. This means the majority of buildings are working class and designed to be cheap (many of the houses are terraces), however some areas also contain larger houses.
Mainland Sorrenia also contains large amounts of countryside. The state of Filostonia is almost all countryside. All sorts of produce are grown, such as Rapeseed and Wheat. Areas of Sorrenia, such as Ertawa (territory situated close to mainland Sorrenia) also contain large amounts of woodland, with many variations of trees and plants. Ertawa also contains a river towards the south running from the south east to the south west.
Erem was the first overseas claim created by Sorrenia. Erem is predominantly located in Norway, in specific, the north of Oslo. Norwegian Erem is located to the very northern point of Oslo, and is mainly small houses. It also includes the large lake of Bogstadvannet, the largest water source in all of Sorrenia. It also includes a large golfclub (Oslo Golfklubb Bogstad), and a factory, by the name of "Maxbo Proff Fossum".
Amon Lasgalen is a small Kingdom seperated from Mainland Sorrenia, located in North Yorkshire. It encompasses the small towns of Leyburn and Middleham, the latter of which is the home of HM Llewelyn Lawton. Both are small market towns, surrounded by countryside. Middleham contains an old castle, build by Robert Fitzrandolph, the 3rd Lord of Middleham and Spennithorne, built around the 1190's. The small Kingdom borders the Kingdom of Wensleydale, and has strong relations with the Micronation.
Scotton is a small territory located in North Yorkshire, near the English city of Leeds. The territory is almost all farmland, with a small hamlet and a Church. The territory was given to Sorrenia by the now defunct Dradelia.
The separated Provinces and Territories of Sorrenia are incredibly diverse. Sorrenian Dradelia to the east of mainland Sorrenia, near claims of Akebar contains one of two Sorrenian coastlines, with a small beach. The area is mostly rural, with a large valley leading to the beach. To the north, the territory borders Ashukov Dradelia, and also contains a few houses, as well as an allotment.
Sorrenia consists of 6 states, 2 Provinces, 2 Federal Districts, 3 Territories and 2 foreign Dependencies. Sorrenian regions are stratified based on geographical location, population and importance:
"Region forming the Sorrenian Mainland in North East England, with a large Sorrenian population and/or importance to the nation."
"Regions separated from the Sorrenian Mainland, with a large Sorrenian population and/or importance to the nation."
"Regions with little/no Sorrenian population, controlled by the Sorrenian Government/Armed Forces. Usually rural areas used by the Federation."
"Cities with special administrative rights and/or importance to the nation."
Foreign Micronations reliant on Sorrenia for support. Can be Autonomous - free to make their own laws and leave, or Heteronomous - must obey all Sorrenian law and cannot leave.
Locations inside States, Territories etc. with special symbolic relevance, or the living space of a Sorrenian/Sorrenians.
Overseas living spaces of a Sorrenian/Sorrenians that aren't part of a State, Territory etc. These areas have no representation, and citizens instead are organized into two large constituencies on the Sorrenian Mainland and Provinces.
Main article: Elections in Sorrenia
The Sorrenian Federation contains many parties of different political beliefs. Historically, Sorrenian politics has been dominated by the left wing, who continue to hold control over many important roles in Sorrenia (the combined forces of the Socialist/Communist parties hold 13 of the 18 seats in the National Assembly). Currently, the largest party in Sorrenia is the Patriotic Socialist Party, which holds 7 of the 18 seats. Despite their size, the party doesn't hold a majority of seats. The PSP therefore formed a coalition with the Communist Party, allowing them to form a majority with 10 seats.
The right wing, despite being a minority, is most certainly an outspoken one. The right wing first began engaging in politics around Springtime 2014, supporting the Centrist Egalitarian Party, which aimed to eradicate Socialism from Sorrenia.
The right wing became prominent in the September elections, with the creation of the Party for Freedom and Democracy. Created by Jacob Lewis, they "swore" to eliminate the "leftist bias" in Sorrenia. Despite being outspoken in their aims, and confidently saying they would win a prominent seat, they won no direct vote seats in Sorrenia. They did however win two representative seats through the Proportional Representation system, proposed and put in place by President Pressland not long before.
|National Assembly||Executive Assembly|
|Sorrenian Workers Party||200px||Miles Pressland||Far-Left|
|Communist Party||Harry Fitzpatrick||Far-Left|
|New Democratic Party||Andrew Janiszewski||Left|
|Party for Freedom and Democracy||Trystan Cline||Center-Right|
|Sorrenian Commonwealth Party||Richard Cunningham||Center-Left|
Ministry for Internal Affairs
Main Article: Demography of the Sorrenian Federation
After several important votes that took place in Sorrenia, it was decided that a Ministry should be created to archive important votes, polls and other demographic information, such as religion. The Ministry began collecting information on the 6th of September, 2014, and all important issues are archived for public consumption on the main Ministry article on Microwiki.
Main Article: Laws of the Sorrenian Federation
The Ministry for Internal Affairs are also responsible for collecting information about the various laws passed in the Federation. The collected information is the definitive list of laws passed in Sorrenia.
Main Article: Sorrenian Culture
Newspapers and Media
Sorrenia prides itself on it's media. It boasts many radio stations, offering a wide array of both news and music, as well as two newspapers, the "People's News Network of Sorrenia and the Sorrenian Times.
The media is one of the only privatized elements of Sorrenia's predominantly Marxist government and culture, with four privately run music radio's
Music, Cinema and Art
Photography is popular in the Erem, which also is one of the few types of art found in Sorrenia. Erem houses the only darkroom in Sorrenia, and analogue photography is most used.
Many Sorrenian's enjoy going to Games Workshop, to play multiple strategy games. Because of this, Tabletop Gaming has become an integral part of Sorrenian culture, with many Sorrenian's going regularly, and even competing in tournaments on behalf of Sorrenia
Many Sorrenian's enjoy Polandball, a geographical satirical type of comic. Sorrenia even has a Polandball page on Facebook, by the name of "Sorreniaball", where it posts comical pictures about Sorrenia and other micronations.
Sorrenia's Currency is the Sorrenian Dollar ($):
Sorrenia recognizes, and has relations with many Micronations. It also recognizes every member in the U.N. as well as many Macronations with disputed Macronational Legitimacy (such as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic).
Sorrenia also has active relations with many Micronations. Since its creation, it has made a strong effort to be a positive impact in the community. It quickly began strong relations with many nations, such as Militarmia, Zirconic and Marksovka.
Around May/June of 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a dedicated effort to extend relations. It sent formal requests for mutual recognition to fourteen other Micronations, and received a positive response, beginning relations with seven foreign Micronations within a few months.
Sorrenia also began forming alliances with other Micronations. As it became a recognized nation, it was believed that Sorrenia would require strong friends. During the months of May and June, Sorrenia officialized Alliances with Zirconic and Lundy, stating that they would aid oneanother during times of need. It also signed alliances with the Daikoku Federation and Akebar (now the Republic of Wensleydale) in August, furthering its impact on the community.
Recognized: (No relations)
- All member states of the United Nations
- All Member States of the Inter-Micronational Court of Justice without a separate treaty
- Syrian Kurdistan
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- 50px Nagora Karabach
- South Ossetia
- Vatican City
- Donetsk People's Republic
- Socialist Republic of Marksovka
- Democratic Republic of Leylandiistan
- Union of South London Soviet Socialist Republics
- Państwo Braterskie
- Republic of Ataxia
- Templar Kingdom
- Democratic Commonwealth Union
- Republic of Suntrain
- State of Sandus
- 50px Republic of Chico
Previous Recognition or Alliances
- 25px Republic of Catan (Alliance ended due to Catanese warmongering)
- Empire of Milinton (Relations ended due to several dubious Presidential acts, later become a heteronomous Sorrenian concession)
As of the last census (07/11/14), the Sorrenian Federation has 27 citizens, 24 of which are active in politics and culture. It is clear that Sorrenia has a large range of language, country of origin and religion:
Average age: 16
Average Gender: Male
25px 62% reside in the United Kingdom 25px 22% reside in the United States of America 25px 8% reside in Norway 4% reside in Canada 25px 4% reside in the Netherlands
35% identified as generic Caucasian (white) 30% identified as Celtic 15% identified as Slavic 25px 4% identified as Arab 4% identified as Bosnian
25px 27% are Atheist 25px 23% are Agnostic 25px 23% are Protestant Christian 25px 23% are Roman Catholic Christian 4% are Muslim
Timeline (Main Events)
* 07/10/13: The Sorrenian Federation is formed * 14/10/13: The first elections are held. Socialist party wins majority of seats in the National Assembly 25px * 16/10/13: The Kingdom of Doppeland is resumed from its state of inactivity as a state of Sorrenia * 21/10/13: The Ministerial Assembly is set up as the executive branch of the government * 01/11/13: The lean days begin, government and culture are strengthened * 20/12/13: The lean days end, growth begins * 06/01/14: Gran Pais joins Sorrenia as an autonomous state 25px * 06/01/14: Emanuel Terranova leaves Gran Pais and establishes a new state, by the name of "Erem" for Gran Paisan refugees 25px * 07/01/14: The Republic of Catan becomes an ally of Sorrenia * 09/01/14: After the The Gran Paìsian Conflict, Sorrenia takes full control of Gran Pais 25px * 20/01/14: The Republic of Gran Paìs dissolves into the Republic of Erem. * 21/01/14: The Free Sorrenian Press (FSP) is established as an independent, unbiased media network 25px * 30/01/14: Monarchist Party dissolved by the Chairman, Donald West * 02/02/14: Centralist Anglican Party dissolved due to a ban on religion in politics. Chairman, Llewelyn Lawton leaves Sorrenia 25px * 03/03/14: Sorrenia adopts a new policy of neutrality, meaning that the alliance with the Republic of Catan dissolves 25px * 13/04/14: Sorrenia annexes two states of Milinton, Nemaha and Sabinal, in order to stop Milinton from falling into stagnation * 27/04/14: Socialist Coalition consolidates power in Spring Elections * 25/05/14: Kozlovan Remembrance Day declared state holiday * 01/06/14: Novaland secedes from the Federation due to religious tension 08/06/14: Several Sorrenian Radio Networks begin airing * 29/06/14: Tetragon becomes first state run company, led by Alec Yu * 05/07/14: Sorrenian troops enter West Ertawa, seizing it from Chico * 06/07/14: Republic of Great Lumley and East Sorrenian Confederacy formed, expanding Sorrenian borders to the east * 12/07/14: Patriotic Socialist Party becomes dominant party in Sorrenian politics * 25/08/14: Egalitarian Party joins the Party for Freedom and Democracy, in opposition to the government * 26/08/14: Election dates are set from 1-5 September. Emanuel Terranova announces that he will not be a Prime Minister candidate * 07/09/14: People's Coalition win a landslide victory, President Pressland reelected * 07/11/14: President Pressland resigns due to exams, Alexei Janiszewski appointed as President * 11/11/14: Celtic Cultural Committee created, Celticism named the official culture of Sorrenia
- Official website
- Sorrenian Broadcasting Newtork (YouTube)
- Sorrenia Radio 1
- Sorrenia Talks (Newspaper)
- PNNS (Newspaper)
- Sorreniaball Facebook Page