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Grand Duchy of Navārdia
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Motto
Pluribus unitus en pactum (Latin: Many united under one covenant)
Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
Capital cityCapital Province
Largest cityTodge
Official language(s)English, Esperanto
Short nameNavārdia
DemonymNavārdian
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- Grand DukeCasper
LegislatureParliament
EstablishedSeptember 9th, 2019
Area claimed1.213 acres
Population6 (as of December 2019 census)
CurrencyTBA, US Dollar
Time zoneCentral Navārdia Time (UTC-4:22)
National drinkEggnog
National animalWhitetail Deer
Patron saintBlessed Gerard (de facto)
This nation is a member of the LPN and ARU

Government website

The Grand Duchy of Navārdia, sometimes referred to as the Navārdian Free Land, is a constituent country of the Phoklandian Free State, which itself is a sovereign estate of the Holy Roman Empire. Navārdian land consists of two noncontiguous territories in the deciduous forest region of North America, including a province and an honorary district. Both are landlocked enclaves of the United States of America.

Navārdia was founded to establish a government that utilized modern ideals, give every citizen an opportunity to directly affect their country’s legislation and create a tight knit community with hygge on the North American continent. Its culture is mainly inspired by that of North American and European nations; specific examples include the United States, Germany, Denmark and the Baltics.

Navārdia has an open foreign policy, and in late October of 2019 the government began communicating with the greater community of unrecognized nations. This led to Navārdia joining the League of Professional Nations and founding the Atlanta Regional Union. The organizations host some of Navārdia’s most notable allies.

Etymology

The name Navārdia comes from the Latvian term nav vārda, meaning no name in English. This name was picked by Grand Duke Casper himself time show the nation’s Baltic roots, and to symbolize coming from nothing; Navārdia was a large project taken on by a grassroots team and this name forever memorializes the dream of the first Navārdians.

History

Pre-Independence

Sometime in the beginning of September 2019, a certain Casper was reading the news when he came across an article on weird historical events. One of the events listed was Leicester Hemingway’s creation of New Atlantis, a 240 square foot raft that he tried to turn into an independent nation. Linked to that article was a document on the modern micronation phenomenon. Linked to that were the websites made by a handful of micronations’ governments. Before he knew it, Casper had fell into an internet rabbit hole.

Casper had become interested in politics when he was very young, and it seemed to run in the family. Around five of his relatives had dedicated their lives to serving in the United States government. In a strange sort of way, micronationalism was Casper’s way of continuing their legacy. That afternoon, Casper decided he was going to rule a nation.

The next day, Casper began researching countries big and small, styles of government, vexillology and even ancestral culture to inspire his micronation. A lawbook was drafted and a flag designed. The name of the proposed nation finally came to him on the ninth of September, and that night Navārdia was born and Casper assumed the title of Grand Duke. However, the original lawbook was rather flimsy, and would soon be trashed.

Beginning

The first two weeks of Navārdia’s existence went as well as one would expect from a one-man nation. More research was done and legislation was proposed; despite population issues and lack of outside communication, all was well. Then, on September 23rd, tragedy stuck as the Grand Duke‘s great grandfather passed. Not only a notable member of the family, the man was a veteran and one of the five inspirational figures of Navārdia.

A funeral was quickly planned in the US state of Kentucky, and nearly the entire Grand Ducal family was soon making its way there. Despite the short duration and unfortunate circumstances of the trip, Casper had the time and opportunity to enjoy the local sights, sounds and cuisine. He fell in love with the state, and eventually decided to annex a patch land there in honor of his late relative. That land is known as Todge, the first honorary district of Navārdia.

Shortly after Casper’s return from his journey to Kentucky, the Grand Duke’s laptop broke. This started a chain of unfortunate technical difficulties referred to internal as the Computer Crises. All technological advances of the nation were limited to the capabilities of an iPhone which, although being a major inconvenience, ended up being of benefit for the nation. Three days after the crises began, the first genuine attempts to gain citizens were made.

Taking advantage of the unique abilities of the iPhone, an informational document was sent to a group of friends and acquaintances at a club of sorts. None of the recipients seemed to acknowledge their invitation to join the nation, but a dear friend of Casper’s joined over text. He is pseudonymously referred to as CIS1, due to his status as the first chief of the Internal Services Office, known at the time as the military (he was called CMO1 for a few days).

As the population grew, the government became interested in the local community of micronationalists, after learning of the Kingdom of Ruritania. After thorough research, it was discovered that at least two more nations were in the Atlanta area, the Star Kingdom and New Athens. A third was suspected to exist, as some acquaintances of Casper’s had shown interest in creating a nation of their own, and the name Unicornia had been thrown around a lot. This brought the total number of local area nations to four, maybe five. The Grand Duke realized that an organization to unite the locals could very well be of benefit, and asked some friends associated with the nation if he should follow through with his plans. Each and every one said yes, and formal planning of the organization began.

The last days of October brought a flurry of activity. The Internal Services Office, Navārdia’s military and police force, was founded on the 19th. A kind Capitalian resident began allowing Grand Duke Casper to use their laptop a few days later, resuming development of the national website. On the 23rd, the local Pope Island was claimed by the monarch in tandem with a newly accepted citizen and internal services officer, known as Egg. The day after that, Unicornia was discovered to be real. A meeting was held between its diarchs and Grand Duke Casper. A treaty was signed, establishing mutual recognition and a defense agreement.

October excitement peaked on Halloween night, with the first ever national gala, held at Capital. CIS1 lived too far away to attend, but Egg was able to. Dinner was made, tricks were treated and movies were watched. The two talked about government business and even visited Unicornia together, but political activity was low at the time and there wasn’t much to talk about. Egg left Capital later that weekend.

On the afternoon of November 10th, Grand Duke Casper created a Google account for the nation, to begin formal communication with other nations and members of the micronational community. The first successful communications were established with the Kingdom of Phokland. Tsar Charles, the monarch of Phokland, signed a mutual recognition treaty alongside Grand Duke Casper, and invited Navārdia to the League of Professional Nations. This offer was accepted, and followed by treaty signings with Lehmark and Ledilia, both fellow members of the league.

On November 27th, Charles contacted Casper about the newly founded East-Erica, offering to accept Navārdia as a constituent country. The offer was accepted, but later postponed to give the nations more time to plan the union and its functions. However, Navārdia joined a different kind of union on December 1st, when Grand Duke Casper and King Tyler of New Athens finally founded the Atlanta Regional Union. Between joining those unions, Navārdia gained two citizens. Yet another joined on December 3rd.

Politics & Government

Navārdia, being a semi-independent constituent of the Phoklandian Free State, operates under the central government. However, Navārdia has its own internal government, which manages most affairs of the nation. The Grand Duke or Grand Duchess holds some legislative and executive power to balance out the potentially chaotic parliament, which operates as a sort of semi-direct democracy.

The parliament is bicameral, split into the high and low courts. The low court can be joined by any citizen thirteen years or more of age, and as such has unlimited seats. The high court is elective, with only eight seats. The main difference between the two is that the high court may also serve as an advisory committee for the royal family, among a few other exclusive responsibilities.

When a parliament member proposes a law, it first goes through the Grand Duke, who can attempt to prevent it from being voted upon if desired. Assuming a proposal is denied by the Grand Duke, the high court will question him to determine if he has fair reason to prevent the proposal from becoming law. After questioning is over, the high court will vote on whether or not the Grand Duke is being reasonable in his denial of the proposal. A majority yes means that the proposal will not be allowed to be voted upon. A majority no means that the law will be allowed to be voted upon.

Assuming a proposal makes it to the voting process, it will be put on a public ballot. Members of parliament and the royal family will vote on whether or not to allow it to become law. Voting can be made on the public ballot or through private means, such as email or text. As is the usual in Navārdia, the popular vote wins. Majority yes means the proposal becomes law. Majority no means the proposal is scrapped.

Navārdia has a constitution, but the process of adding and removing amendments is still undecided as of yet.

Foreign relations

Navārdia has three foreign policies - its own, plus those of the Phoklandian Free State and Holy Roman Empire. Most relations are initiated through Navārdia’s own foreign policy, which allows for the recognition of most states and governments that exercise professionalism in their actions. So far, Navārdia has made relations with four governments. Among these are governments which have signed treaties with one or more of the polities governing Navārdian foreign relations, and members of the Atlanta Regional Union.

Unrecognized Governments

Navārdia has decided not to recognize certain nations and governments due to lack of freedoms, suspicious activity or violations of international law.

Military

Navārdia’s original ‘military’ was called the Internal Services Office. Officers mainly assumed the role of police, but were also be deployed as soldiers when needed. This only happened once, when the ISO deployed to Unicornia - a treaty signed with the nation mandated that Navārdian troops had to defend the royal residence. Due to lack of staff, Grand Duke Casper usually had to take their place, so de facto state visits between the two nations were uncommon.

Citizenship

Currently, Navārdian citizenship is only open to those who have been personally invited into the nation by existing citizens, and whose applications the government accepts. This is not only to prevent criminals and other suspicious persons from associating with Navārdia, but also to ensure the it remains a tight knit community.

Geography

Navārdia has claimed three parcels of land. The first is a province, the second is an honorary district and the third has become an overseas district of the Phoklandian Free State (it is not under direct Navārdian control). A list of all claims considered to be part of Navārdia is kept below.

Name Territorial Flag Status in PFS Citizen Residents Date of Founding
Provinces
Capital Province N/A Administrative District 2 September 9th, 2019
Honorary Districts
Todge N/A Navārdian Free Land 0 September 29th, 2019

Economy

This section is a work in progress.