Unified Royal States of Australis

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Unified Royal States of Australis
Verenig Koninklik Staat Van Australis (Afrikaans)
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Motto: Melior est enim orbis terrarum
English: For a better world
Anthem: Glory to Australis
Capital
and City
New Yera
Official languagesEnglish, Afrikaans
Recognised regional languagesNyungar
Religion(February 2021)
DemonymAustralissian
GovernmentSemi-constitutional Monarchy
HRH Daniel I
• Prime Minister
The Rt. Hon. Rory McPhail
LegislatureParliament of Australis
House of Commons
Independence from Australia
• Declaration of Independence
8 April 2020; 13 months ago (2020-04-08)
• Duchy Established
28 May 2020; 11 months ago (2020-05-28)
Area
• Total area
3.69724 km2 (1.42751 sq mi)
Population
• February 2021 census
38
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Time zoneACT (UTC+8:00)
Calling code+61 (de facto)
Internet TLD.ml (de facto)

The Unified Royal States of Australis, colloquially known as Australis and sometimes referred to as the Grand Duchy of Australis, is a self-declared sovereign nation, commonly known as a micronation to external observers. Australis declared independence on 8 April 2020. Australis is primarily located in the southwestern region of Australia. Australis is composed of three States, one Crown Dependency and one Territory. The capital city of Australis, New Yera, is located in the Australissian state of Amicitia.

Australis is a semi-constitutional Monarchy, with its monarch being the Grand Duke of Australis. Currently, the reigning Grand Duke is Daniel I, who ascended to the throne on 28 May 2020. The legislature of Australis is unicameral, with the House of Commons, led by the sixth person to hold the office of Prime Minister, Rory McPhail. In addition, the Privy Council of Australis holds significant power in the nation, with the ability to veto legislation and propose legislation, if granted Royal assent.

Australis frequents high positions on intermicronational rankings of performance. It placed second in the December 2020 Cupertino Member Positivity Survey, earning 114 points. Furthermore, Australis ranks 4.40 on the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, placing it in the 'Very High' category. On Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness, Australis scores 3.60, placing it in the 'High' category. In addition, Australis scores 4.60 on Freayth's System of Classification. Australis has held full membership in the Cupertino Alliance and Grand Unified Micronational since July and November 2020, respectively. Australis is a member of the Constantia Pact, a diplomatic pact between several nations connected via the micronational social club The Fun Gang. Due to its participation in the GUM and the CA, in addition to its high rankings and relative influence of its leader, Australis can be described as a micronational power.

Etymology

A 1618 map depicting Australia as Terra Australis Incognita

The name Australis was chosen by Daniel Hamilton. The name Australis is derived from the historical term Terra Australis Incognita, meaning 'Unknown Southern Land'. This name was given to a hypothetical undiscovered continent, that was later found to be Australia. Australis was also chosen to be the name as it fit with the Latin naming scheme in the early history of the nation. [1]

History

Pentarchy Era (April-May 2020)

The Pentarchy Era commenced with the establishment of Australis. On 8 April 2020, the Commonwealth of Australis was established by a group of five people - Daniel Hamilton, Alison Mitchell, Anica Weck, Roberto Flamenco and Caitlyn Azar. [2] These five people comprised the Pentarchy - an executive and legislative governing body of five equal individuals tasked with running Australis. The week following the founding of Australis saw massive population inflation, with the population almost tripling, reaching 13 citizens by 17 April. On 18 April, Australis created the first version of its MicroWiki page, in order to further its foreign relations. It is also around this time when Australis joined the Organization of Allied Micronations, a now defunct micronational organization, as a founding member. Australis' membership in this early phase opened gateways and set a standard for future Australissian diplomacy. Within its first month, Australis opened diplomatic partnerships with the now defunct Republic of Suverska, the Union of Jutar, Commonwealth of Rhodesia and Imperium Aquilae.

During this period of time, Pentarchy members Roberto Flamenco and Anica Weck resigned, and were replaced by Sinead Hamilton and Carlo Olivier. Towards the end of April, the Pentarchy held an election in order to form a separate legislative branch of government. Initially, this legislative branch consisted of five seats. The election had two political parties contesting government - the left-wing Australissian Libertarian-Socialist Party and the right-wing Australissian Liberal Party. The Libertarian Socialist Party, backed by four of the five Pentarchy members, won with an absolute majority vote, with no seats being gained by the Liberal Party. On 6 May, the Australissian Parliament was dissolved and political parties were outlawed by the Pentarchy, in order to 'maintain the political and social goals of Australis'. The system was replaced by a Governor system, with one person each representing their respective state, appointed by the Pentarchy. This system held similarities to today's meritocratic system.

Also coinciding with this date was the day Australis changed its official name, from the Commonwealth of Australis to the Unified Royal States of Australis, due to the name being easily confused with the Commonwealth of Australia. From 6 to 28 May, Australis was experiencing instability within the government. The Pentarchy was viewed by the citizen base to be failing, as Daniel Hamilton was performing most of the work of developing and running Australis. The other five members at that point participated very little in Australis. In a last ditch effort to keep the Pentarchy stable and to reignite activity, a vote was passed to make Daniel the Head of the Pentarchy, which in doing so violated the original purpose of the Pentarchy, to have five equal rulers. In addition to this, two high ranking individuals within Australis, initially gaining power in the April election, were appointed as advisors to the Pentarchy. These were Xavier Joubert and Jared Barker. Despite the best efforts of the Pentarchy and its advisors, it ultimately collapsed on the 28th of May 2020, after Daniel guaranteed Jared the role of Chancellor, if he helped lobby members of the Pentarchy into voting to dissolve the Pentarchy in a vote. The vote was passed unanimously, due to the other members believing that the nation would operate smoothly under the rule of Daniel Hamilton.

Transitory Era (June-August 2020)

The Transitory Era, also known as the Early-Hamilton Era, was a time of change and growth in Australis, following the transition of Australis from a Pentarchy into a Grand Duchy, the strenghtening of foreign relations with the Kingdom of Australand, and the admittance of Australis as a member of the Cupertino Alliance. Following the dissolution of the Pentarchy, Daniel Hamilton ascended to the throne as the first Grand Duke of Australis. At this time, the Australissian Government was relatively undeveloped, with many Pentarchy Era policies and initiatives still in place. In order to begin changing these old policies, Daniel appointed Jared Barker, former Prime Minister of Australis and later Advisor to the Pentarchy as the first Chancellor of Australis. The final major change to Government during this era was the de-democratization of Australis, with the Australis Leadership Council becoming a Meritocracy based Government. [3] During August, the State Revitalization Program was established, an initiative intended to promote cultural growth and activity, as well as developing the nation, on the state level, however this program soon saw inactivity. Also in August, the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs launched a trial of paper-based citizenship application forms - this saw a rapid spike in population. The trial was seen as a success, and the program is being further developed.

Influential Era (September-November 2020)

The Influential Era, also known as the Pre-Democratic Era of Australis, is an era that has seen the rapid increase in Australissian influence and popularity. The most notable events that have occurred in this era are the acceptance of Australis into the Grand Unified Micronational, the milestone of six months since Australissian independence, and multiple treaties being signed with significant nations.

In early September, the Australissian autonomous territory of Nullus declared dissolution due to the territory no longer having any dedicated citizens willing to run the territory. Due to this, the territory belonging to Nullus was revoked, returning the territory to the control of Australia. Shortly after this, another territory, situated northeast of Amicitia, was scouted and annexed by the Grand Duke. The territory was originally to be. During September, Australis signed and ratified treaties with the Commonwealth of Naveria, Misberia, United Kingdoms of Greater Monmark and the Kingdom of West Sayville, on the 9th, 10th, 29th, and 30th, respectively. Other notable events that occurred in September included the acceptance of Australis into the League of Independent Nations, the first Parliamentary session being held in Belvoir, Australis and the introduction of the honorary subject system within Australis.

In October, Australis was an active contributor and supporter of the production of the La Salle Convention, directed by Sertor Valentinus, with Australis being an original signatory to the convention. The convention was ratified by the Australissian Government on 8 October, coinciding with the day commemorating six months since Australissian independence. For the six month celebrations, the Australis Times released a special article documenting the history of Australis since its establishment. October saw a great expansion of the foreign relations of Australis, with Patrick Kenny, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Australand, becoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and initiating a major reform of the Australissian diplomacy process in an effort to stamp out simulationists from Australis. [4] One of the most significant events in October was the acceptance of Australis as a provisional member of the Grand Unified Micronational.

November saw the expansion of Australis into Europe, with the territory of Beacon being annexed in the United Kingdom. Following this, six honorary subjects in the United Kingdom, relatives of the Grand Duke, were accepted into Australis. Shortly afterwards, Australis was upgraded to a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational. Following the resignation of incumbent Chancellor Jared Barker on 8 November, Patrick Kenny, a government member, was appointed by the Grand Duke. During November under the Kenny Administration, Australis signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Iceni Federal Republic, and the government was overhauled. This Government overhaul included a cabinet reshuffle, as well as the renaming, creation and dissolution of departments.

Early Democratic Era (January 2020-Present)

Government and politics

Monarch

The Monarch of Australis is the Grand Duke of Australis. The current Grand Duke is Daniel Hamilton, styled HRH Daniel I. Following the dissolution of the Australissian Pentarchy in May 2020, Daniel ascended to the throne as its founder on 28 May 2020. Until January 2021, he reigned absolute, however agreed to apply limitations to his power in the Early Democratic Era.

The Margrave of Australis is the heir presumptive for the throne of the Grand Duke. The current Margrave is Liam Munroe, Lord-President of the Australissian Privy Council.

Privy Council

The Australissian Privy Council is the highest decision making body in Australis. While it acts primarily as an advisory body to the Crown, it is also the primary legislative body of Australis. Similar to a Cabinet, several members of the Privy Council hold Secretary positions for several Government departments. Secretaries are equivalent to Ministers in other nations Governments. At present, eight members make up the Privy Council, including His Royal Majesty the Grand Duke of Australis, Daniel I. The Chief of Staff of the Privy Council, The Rt. Hon. Liam Munroe, is responsible for the appointment and dismissal of Secretaries from the members of the Privy Council.

The Privy Council was established on 3 January 2021, following the dissolution of the previous government, the Australissian Legislative Council, following concerns that the nation had become active, and that such a change was vital to revive the nation back to activity.

House of Commons

Foreign relations

Australis maintains an open foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for making decisions on foreign policy and forming mutual recognition and relations with other nations. The earliest organization that Australis was involved in was the Organization of Allied Micronations, which later was disbanded. Today, Australis is a member of multiple organizations, some of the most notable being the Cupertino Alliance and the Grand Unified Micronational. Australis applied to become a member of the Cupertino Alliance on July 8 2020. Shortly after the application was received, on 15 July 2020, Australis became a full member state of the Cupertino Alliance. [5]

Flag Name Treaty Ratified
Bilateral Recognition
Civil Flag of Imperium Aquilae.png Imperium Aquilae 5 May 2020
St.Pat Salt.png Commonwealth of Rhodesia 9 May 2020
Kingdom of Australand.jpg Kingdom of Australand 16 June 2020
Flag of Vishwamitra.svg State of Vishwamitra 26 August 2020
Flag of Ebenthal.svg Kingdom of Ebenthal 3 September 2020
Flag of Naveria.svg Commonwealth of Naveria 9 September 2020
New Monmarkian Imperial Standard.png Monmarkian Empire 29 September 2020
WestSay.png Kingdom of West Sayville 30 September 2020
CSA.svg Confederate States of America 11 October 2020
Flag of the Iceni Kingdom.png State of Iceni 17 November 2020
Flag of Ikonia (Pantone).svg Kingdom of Ikonia 9 December 2020
Atiera flag.svg Kingdom of Atiera 4 January 2021
Flag of the Commonwealth of Essexia.svg Commonwealth of Essexia 21 January 2021
Flag of Snagov.svg Snagovian Federal Republic 28 January 2021

Participation in intermicronational organisations

Name Logo Status Date Notes
Cupertino Alliance Cupertinologo2.svg Full membership 15 July 2020 See Australis and the Cupertino Alliance
Constantia Pact CONPACT seal.png Full membership 23 October 2020 Founding member
Grand Unified Micronational [6] GUM logo transparent.png Full membership 4 November 2020 See Australis and the GUM

Geography

In its northern regions, Australis sits on coastal plains and hills, wetlands, urban regions and forest. The area surrounding Australis town contains lush natural forests. Australis is situated to the west of the Darling Fault, also known as the Perth Hills, the ancient shores of Western Australia millions of years ago. Today, the whole area of Australis sits on the former seabed, which has led to very sandy, relatively infertile soil. To the original inhabitants of the region, the indigenous Noongars, Australis' metropolitan territories are situated in the Whadjuk Noongar land, and Australis Town is situated in the Wardandi Noongar land. The Noongar population inhabited these regions for 50-70 thousand years before European colonisation. Today, the metropolitan areas sit in the local government regions of the City of Wanneroo, City of Stirling and the City of Joondalup. Australis Town sits in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

Climate

In the Western Australian territories of Australis, Australis experiences two different Köppen climate types. In the northern regions of Australis, nearby to the city of Perth, Western Australia, a Csa (Hot-summer Mediterranean) climate is experienced. However, in Australis Town and North Constantia, a Csb (Warm-summer Mediterranean) climate is experienced. On average, the northern regions experience 868mm (34in) of rain per year.

Climate data for Amicitia, Australis
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.4
(111.9)
46.2
(115.2)
42.4
(108.3)
39.5
(103.1)
34.3
(93.7)
26.2
(79.2)
25.8
(78.4)
30.0
(86)
34.2
(93.6)
37.2
(99)
40.4
(104.7)
44.2
(111.6)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 31.2
(88.2)
31.6
(88.9)
29.6
(85.3)
25.9
(78.6)
22.3
(72.1)
19.5
(67.1)
18.4
(65.1)
19.1
(66.4)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
26.8
(80.2)
29.3
(84.7)
24.79
(76.63)
Average low °C (°F) 18.1
(64.6)
18.4
(65.1)
16.8
(62.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.4
(50.7)
8.6
(47.5)
7.9
(46.2)
8.3
(46.9)
9.5
(49.1)
11.6
(52.9)
14.4
(57.9)
16.4
(61.5)
12.85
(55.13)
Record low °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
9.9
(49.8)
6.3
(43.3)
4.7
(40.5)
1.3
(34.3)
-0.7
(30.7)
0.0
(32)
1.3
(34.3)
1.0
(33.8)
2.2
(36)
5.0
(41)
7.9
(46.2)
-0.7
(30.7)
Average Rainfall mm (inches) 20.2
(0.795)
13.1
(0.516)
19.7
(0.776)
35.7
(1.406)
89.4
(3.52)
124.5
(4.902)
145.9
(5.744)
126.0
(4.961)
84.8
(3.339)
38.8
(1.528)
21.8
(0.858)
10.9
(0.429)
733.2
(28.866)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1mm) 1.7 1.2 2.5 4.6 8.6 11.8 14.4 13.0 10.9 5.7 3.7 2.0 80.1
Sunshine hours 356.5 314.9 295.5 246.0 211.7 180.6 188.4 219.8 232.4 299.8 320.4 359.4 3,225.4
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology[7]

Regions

Australis is composed of three states, one Crown dependency, and 1 territory. States are claimed areas of Australis that have a significant population.

Flag Coat of Arms Name Date Admitted Population Capital Official(s)
States
Third Flag of Amicitia.png Coat of Arms of Amicitia.svg Amicitia 10 April 2020 15 New Yera Duke
• Vacant
Members of Parliament
• Vacant
Hon. James Bornstein
4th Flag of Integritas.png N/A Integritas 10 April 2020 13 Western Jarrahview Duke
• Vacant
Members of Parliament
Hon. Isaiah Burdette
• Hon. Rory McPhail
Flag of New Eiffel.svg N/A New Eiffel 13 February 2021 3 Új Repülő Duke
Rt. Hon. Zedekiah Smith
Members of Parliament
Hon. Cristian Dobrev
Hon. Matthew G
Crown Dependencies
Noflag.png N/A Austral-Garuda 3 November 2020 1 - Governor
Max Baez
Territories
Jutia Flag.png N/A Jutia 19 April 2020 - New Jutar Administrator
Rt. Hon. Casper

Demographics

All national demographics are operated by Statistic-Dime, a government-owned company, widely regarded as the most influential and successful statistical organisation in the community. While no census has ever officially occurred in Australis, citizenship applications serve as a method of collecting statistical and demographical information on citizens.

Population

In April 2020, the month when Australis was founded, the nation recorded its largest ever population gain, growing from 0 to 28 by the end of the month. The population continued to climb until May 2020, when population growth began to slow down. By the end of December 2020, the nation had reached over 70 citizens, however the population decreased rapidly as a result of a 'citizenship purge', requiring all citizens to renew their citizenship to remain citizens of Australis, which received a relatively poor turnout, bringing the population down to 17. However, the population began to climb again, sitting at 33 citizens as of February 2021.

Population
YearPop.±%
April 2020 28—    
May 2020 46+64.3%
June 2020 46+0.0%
July 2020 53+15.2%
August 2020 61+15.1%
September 2020 62+1.6%
October 2020 69+11.3%
November 2020 65−5.8%
December 2020 17−73.8%
January 2021 28+64.7%
February 2021 38+35.7%
Information taken from end of each month.

Nationalities

Macronations of residence for Australissian citizens
Position Nation Number of Citizens
1 Australia 11 (33.33%)
2 United States 11 (33.33%)
3 United Kingdom 5 (15.15%)
4 Bangladesh 1 (3.03%)
5 Canada 1 (3.03%)
6 Czech Republic 1 (3.03%)
7 France 1 (3.03%)
8 India 1 (3.03%)
9 Romania 1 (3.03%)

Intermicronational rankings

Culture

Australis has a semi-constructed culture. The languages of the nation were taken from the primary languages spoken by the original founders of Australis, and several other cultural features, such as national dishes and national plants, were brought over from the culture of Western Australia.

Languages

According to a survey conducted in October 2020, an estimated 24% of citizens are capable of speaking fluent Afrikaans, while 100% of citizens are capable of speaking English fluently. Both languages are designated as official languages, however English is the dominant, preferred language throughout the nation. In addition, in order to preserve native Australian culture, Nyungar, a native language spoken by Aboriginal Australians in the Southwestern region of Australia was designated as a recognised regional language, despite there currently being no native speakers of the language within Australis.

National symbols

The national animals of Australis are the Western Grey Kangaroo and the Numbat. These animals are endemic to the Australian continent and widespread throughout Australis. [8] [9]

One of the national animals of Australis, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
The Numbat is also one of the national animals of Australis.

The national plant of Australis, like the national plant of Western Australia is the Kangaroo Paw. It is endemic to South-Western Australia. Kangaroo Paw typically flowers in Spring and Summer (September-February).

News and media

All Australissian media is state-run. The primary source of news within the nation is the Australis Times, founded in April 2020, which released articles on happenings within Australis periodically, but now also covers general micronational news. [10] During October 2020, the Australis Times was accepted as an accredited publication on both MicroWiki and MicroWiki@Discord. News and media within Australis is also posted on YouTube, via the state-run YouTube channel, URS Australis.

Naming Conventions

Hexium Calendar

In addition to using the Gregorian calendar, Australis utilises its own calendar, Hexium. In the Hexium system, the standard 365 day year is split into six months, based on Gregorian months. Hexium is a secondary calendar system, with Gregorian being the standard system within Australis, however Hexium is an acceptable format in Australissian documents and other information. [11]

Hexium Gregorian
Unum January-February
Dium March-April
Trium May-June
Quartum July-August
Pentum September-October
Hexium November-December


References

  1. "Australis - About". Australis Website. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. "Original Planning Document for Australis". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. "Australis and Meritocracy". Australis Times. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  4. Hamilton, Daniel (27 October 2020) Foreign Office reshapes diplomacy process
  5. "Australis Accepted into the Cupertino Alliance". Australis Times. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  6. "Australis gains Provisional Membership in the GUM". Australis Times. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. "Climate statistics for Australian locations". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  8. "Western Grey Kangaroo Distribution" (PDF). Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australian. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  9. "Numbat - Facts, Diet, Habitat & Pictures". Animalia. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  10. "Australis Times". Australis Times. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  11. "What is Hexium? - Australis FAQ". Australis Website. Retrieved 29 September 2020.