| Republic of Kozuc |
Latin: "Through endurance we conquer"
|Monterey, California |
|Capital city||San Chance|
|Official language(s)||English (spoken) |
|Government||Revolutionary government |
|- President||Riley Small|
|- Vice President||Emmett Small|
|- First Secretaries||Dylan Knox |
|Established||2010 (UPUC) |
The Republic of Kozuc, known by many different names during past carnations, is a micronation located in a region which borders Monterey County, California in the United States of America. Kozuc has had a long standing history in the MicroWiki community, both as an independent entity and as subdivisions of both St.Charlie and Renasia. Kozuc was first officially created February 1st, 2010 as the as the United Provinces Under Chance. The nation has gone through many political changes and fluxes of activity since it was founded. Currently, the government is a single-party revolutionary dictatorship governed by President Riley Small and the Kozuc National Party. The Republic is one of the few micronations to share a border with another micronation, the People's Republic of Skendal.
The name "Kozuc" originated as an acronym that was commonly used during the micronation's second government, the Kingdom of Zurdonia. Kozuc replaced "Kingdom of Zurdonia Under Chance", and was initially used as military nomenclature distinguishing friendly troops from combatants. The use of "Under Chance" refers to Chance Anderson, former King and leader during the first eras of Kozuc's history. The government officially used the word Kozuc when the first Republic of Kozuc was founded and Zurdonia collapsed. "Kozuc" has been used for a majority of the micronation's existence.
Other state and private entities find their origins in Anderson's name. San Chance, the capital city, was named after the former Overlord when it was formed as a "municipality" in 2011. Anderson Arms, a weapons development company and private military company, is another common recognition of Chance's contribution to the state. Now, the term Kozuc is no longer used as an acronym. Anderson has since left micronationalism, but is remembered as one of the founders of the state, the first President and a "Guide to the Revolution".
Although often misspoken, "Kozuc" is officially pronounced /kôzək/ or "kaw-zukh". The adjective form and demonym are also "Kozuc". Only under specific circumstances is the name ever altered. For example, the Kozo-Kozuc Treaty was signed when East and West Kozuc were seperated. The name does not find its roots in other languages, as it was originally an acronym. Zurdonia, the former micronation which dissolved into Kozuc, had a completely fictitious name with no alternate meanings.
For more information, see - History of Kozuc
Kozuc has had a long history plagued with governmental instability, fluctuating activity and military conflicts. First founded as the United Provinces Under Chance, it had a long period of falsifying its population and fabricating events. After being disowned by the MicroWiki community, the nation dissolved. The Kingdom of Zurdonia was founded but quickly disbanded. Then, the first Republic of Kozuc began a transition towards factual information, yet dissolved due to political instability. The second Republic lead by Liam Barnard was the first completely "realistic" carnation of Kozuc, but again failed when Chance Anderson lead a revolution. Former Vice President Riley Small took power with the third Kozuc Republic. He transformed the state, and began the Kozuc Khanate, a purely online government run by other micronationalists. This too would soon go into inactivity.
Small moved to join Federal Republic of St.Charlie in April of 2011. He joined as a citizen and did not intend to establish another Kozuc. Small had a successful career as an ambassdor for the Federal Republic, but exited when another local micronation was created. The People's Republic of Skendal (West Kozuc), and the fourth Kozuc Republic (East Kozuc), were formed and existed in cooperation for many months. Due to a change is schools by President Small, Kozuc experienced immense growth and activity. However, with Kozuc's Operation Jdub across the nation of Skendal, lead to their unification. An Empire was founded, but regardless of the military's attempts to maintain order, Skendal continued to push for sovereignty.
On December 2nd, 2011, 20 days before Skendal declared independence, the Eastern government reformed into the fifth Republic. Once Skendal left the union, Kozuc joined St.Charlie as a Federation. In mid-2012 the government of Kozuc left the Federal Republic, and purged a large amount of citizens in preparation for another school move by Riley Small. Kozuc went through government transitions, conflicts with neighboring states, and periods of instability. The nation joined Free State of Renasia as a Special Administrative Region, and nearly withdrew totally from international affairs. When then President Small was sentenced to seek drug and alcohol treatment in Texas, acting President Rutger Sperry announced that Kozuc would be disbanded.
In June of 2015, nearly a year and a half after his leave from the community, Small reached out to former citizens of Kozuc and Skendal, forming a new state. In July, the constitution for the Republic of Kozuc was approved by a referendum. Because of a deadlock between the former Socailist Party and Nationals, no laws were passed for six months. Although the government became inactive, the military reestablished dominance and the economy flourished. By December, President Small lead the Kozuc Nationalist Revolution, installing the current single party military dictatorship. The People's Republic of Skendal has declared independence, and now disputes territorial claims of Kozuc.
Kozuc has been the center of many legal and economic controversies throughout its history. In its first year, the United Provinces Under Chance was completely fictional, and raised concerns on its legitimacy. Later, Kozuc and its citizens would generate the reputation of being criminals, specifically in regards to drugs. Some international entities even sanctioned the state as a sponsor of these crimes, citing it was a safe haven for dealers and addicts. The government has never itself condoned the use or distribution of narcotics, however all classically controlled substances are legal within its borders. Another Kozuc activity which raised concerns was its infatuation with the military. However, it is well understood that the Armed Forces is largely cultural.
In October of 2015, the Socialist Party had called for the resignation of then parliamentary Opposition Leader, Spencer Mors, as he was serving jail time in the United States. President Small has stood by him, as he "never broke a Kozuc law". Small himself served a total of 19 months, sentenced four individual times as a juvenile. Now, Mors has left the agriculture industry to focus on politics, and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Kozuc National Party.
Some think that the recent revolution was done so by the President either to gain power or to extract wealth from the National Reserve. Socialists also argue he is creating a military oligarchy in the name of stability. Regardless, nearly every remaining citizen in Kozuc supports the revolution. The Kozuc National Party believes in the idea that Kozuc should be run by "true Kozucs", rather than those originally from the micronation Skendal, who made up a majority of the Socialist party leadership.
Demographics & Culture
The Kozuc population has been constantly changing throughout its history, with multiple citizenship purges and simple immigration process. All current citizens reside in the American state of California. A high population of both atheists and Christians exist in the Republic, although no religion is recognized by the government. To be a citizen, one must join the Kozuc National Party. There are many more liberal members of the nation, but a vast majority supports the KNP government. Currently, the racial demographic is not very representative of the region Kozuc is located in, with nearly every citizen being Caucasian or a part Caucasian. There is a small population of Latin-Kozucs and it is a much smaller percentage than Latinos in the surrounding Monterey County. Current literacy rates are at perfect levels, and economic status is above United States average.
The culture of Kozuc is heavily influenced by both its history and the area that surrounds it. As a Californian micronation with many ties to the United States, the nation is a capitalist liberal populous. Marijuana is legal in the micronation, although the government will not vouch for an individual if this is challenged by a macronational court or police agency. Currently, a majority of citizens in Kozuc either use marijuana or formerly have. When Kozuc was at its peak, it was seen as a "safe haven" for drug crimes, however in practice it did not do so. Legally there is nothing barring the sale or distribution of any substance both within its borders and in regards to exports. All of this business, called the "agriculture" industry, is done so by private individuals. It is known that White Mountain is still used for this purpose.
The Kozuc Revolutionary Armed Forces serves as both a symbolic and practical defense force for the micronation. Military exercises have been a part of the Kozuc culture since its early formation. Riley Small is revered as not only the head of state, but also Guide to the Revolution, a movement pivotal in its revival. Holidays and state ceremonies are centered around the revolution. Although there are no compulsory taxes, it is custom for licensed corporations to make donations into the Kozuc National Bank so that the money can be used for loans and even some government services.
Kozuc is one of the few micronations with an active economy which generates government revenue. Ever since the Golden Age of Kozuc, the export and trade of "agriculture" has been the largest commodity in the region. Almost all of the Gross Domestic Product is estimated to be agriculture or related to the agriculture business in some way. Since the Nationalist Revolution, Kozuc News became a state agency and the Kozuc National Bank was recreated after a merger of the Treasury and the National Reserve. All corporations must seek a license by joining the Kozuc Chamber of Commerce, a non-governmental, independent union run by its members. The Chamber was formed by the Market Act, the law governing Kozuc's economy ever since the revolution. It is legal to operate business as an individual if you notify the Labor Department.
Up until the middle of 2012, private business was illegal in the nation, because of strict socialist leadership. While a St.Charlian Federation, the first process to create a company was put into place by the local assembly. The first corporation to receive its license was Standard Agriculture and Trust, a conglomerate of independent vendors who shared client and supply information, and often funds to restock. The oldest corporation to still operate is Anderson Arms, which licensed around the same time as Standard Agriculture. Initially only a weapons design company, when Kozuc was nearing its exit from St.Charlie, it expanded into a private military company. Until Kozuc's collapse in 2014, these were the only private corporations.
After reestablishing itself in July 2015, Kozuc's market was free reign with no regulations able to be passed by the deadlocked parliament. Small Trust was created, and either formed or took over 5 corporations. Only two other companies were licensed, Dro Distribution and Amor Agriculture, both of which had partnership contracts with the Small Trust. Also, during this time, the National Reserve involved itself in private investments while also being responsible for approving new companies, and the Department of Agriculture was still acting as a state vendor rather than oversight agency. The final problem which was the turning point in reforming the economy was Anderson Arm's employing Army personnel, interfering in defense operations, pulling people from training and accessing classified information.
The Small Trust was ultimately broken up, the Department of Agriculture reorganized, Anderson Arms can no longer employ any member of the Army. The National Bank still makes investments, but also owns all the Territorial properties, which it rents to corporations. The current Chairman of the Board for the Chamber of Commerce is Nick Harmon, overseeing six other members: Small Distributors (Riley Small), Anderson Arms (Emmett Small), KozucTec (Bryce Bishop), Dro Distribution Company (Dylan Knox), Amor Agriculture (Eric Amor) and Kozuc Shipments (Matt Ganeles). The Chairman is always the Secretary of Labor, and is the only member who does not represent a company.
Government & Politics
For more information, see - Politics of Kozuc
- Current Federal City: San Chance
Law & Order
For more information, see - Kozuc Revolutionary Armed Forces