Abeldane Empire

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The Abeldane Empire
Abeldanisches Kaiserreich (DE)
Empire abeldanais (FR)

Abeldane flag.jpg
Flag
GCOA AbelCom.png
Coat of Arms

Motto
Deus salve!
Latin: God reigns!

Anthem
Der Königgrätzer Marsch
National and Imperial Anthem

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Florida, United States
Government logo 2.png
Imperial Government logo

Capital cities Pleston (UAE) and Alexton (USA)
Largest city Pleston
Official language (s) English
German
French
Demonym Abeldane

Government Federal constitutional and absolute monarchy
- Monarch Stephen
- Prince Regent Nicholas
- Vorsitzender Artemis Langford, Countess of New Douala
- Stellvertreter Patrick Renwick, Marquis of Bessatre

Legislature Reichsversammlung

Formation 6 June 2014
- Declaration of establishment 6 June 2014
- Federalisation 30 June 2016

Area 708 km2
Population 69 (2017)
Currency Trimole
Time zone UTC
(UTC+10 in Foesterlingen
UTC+4 in Alenshka,
UTC+1 in Demirelia, Sinoland],
UTC±00:00 in Morgannwg and Satirno,
UTC-3 in Rai,
UTC-5 in Alexander,
UTC-7 in St. Castle)
Patron saint Saint Stephen (national and imperial)
Saint Philip the Apostle (imperial)

This nation is a member of the Abeldane Commonwealth, Grand Unified Micronational, Union Against Micronational War and the International Agricultural Development Pact.

Official website

Abelden, officially The Abeldane Empire and the Commonwealth[N 1] or more commonly as The Abeldane Empire (German: Abeldanisches Kaiserreich French: Empire abeldanais), is a self-declared independent nation-state (more commonly referred to as a micronation by outsiders) with claims in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Antarctica. It is governed under a federal semi-constitutional monarchy and a unicameral parliament.

The Empire consists of fourteen federal states, including five kingdoms, two grand principalities, three grand duchies, one duchy, two principalities and one landgrave. Each federal state is headed by its own monarch and may also include a head of government, with Alenshka being the seat of the Abeldane Monarchy and the King of Alenshka being the Monarch at the same time. Stephen I & II is the current Monarch and Artemis Langford being the present Vorsitzender. The government is mostly based on the former German Empire, and the Empire maintains democratic values and basic micronational ideas to be integrated everywhere. Cultural diversity has a prominent place in the history of Abelden; the micronation would not survive without it.

Abelden is a "Fifth World" micronation, scoring 11/12 on Boodlesmythe-Tallini System and scoring 4.4 out of a 5 on David's Micronational Potential Index and 5.3 out of a 6 on Freayth's System of Classification

Etymology

The name Abelden was the best of a list of suggestions from the Emperor Stephen. Each suggestion started with the letter "a," in order to fit with Alenshka, the seat of the Abeldane monarchy. Alenshka came from the Russian word Alexei, which came from Tsarevich Alexei of Russia, the only son of the executed Romanov family.

History

Militarmia and the establishment of the Empire

Militarmia was proposed by HIM Emperor Stephen in mid-2013. Work began forming the micronation after Emperor Stephen became the head of state and head of the government of Militarmia on 18 August 2013. Militarmia gained some presence within the MicroWiki community by early 2014.

Militarmia established a system of government like that of the United Kingdom. Democracy was not yet implemented in the Empire and the government was not fully established. During the spring of 2014, a conflict started which led to the demise of Militarmia.

Emperor Stephen abdicated in favor of Trystan Cline during April 2014. Suddenly leaving the online group, former Emperor Stephen gave the administration of the group to Emperor Trystan. Regretting this, he asked Trystan for the return of the throne and administration; but the current Emperor, who had power over all Militarmia, gave the administration instead to Miles of Sorrenia. A group chat was created to solve the problem, but failed; Militarmia was instead absorbed into the Sorrenian Federation's territories.

Militarmia was dissolved due to the fact that it had been absorbed by the Sorrenian Federation. All titles held by the former Imperial family were relinquished.

The original declaration of independence.

On the night of 5 June 2014, the former Emperor started planning a new micronation. At 01:00 in the morning on 6 June 2014, Abelden was established. Almost every single former citizen of Militarmia became citizens of Abelden. Emperor Stephen imagined Abelden as an Empire with a Commonwealth, and the first two members that joined the newly formed Commonwealth were Alenshka and Legabelden.

Abelden established a semi-constitutional monarchy with a unicameral parliament. The Monarch became the head of state, and the Prime Minister became head of government along with the Emperor. Two months after its establishment, Abelden ratified its first constitution.

Legatia joined the Abeldane Commonwealth, founded by Elizabeth Grotdrot and Emperor Stpehen. Grotdrot briefly disestablished Legatia, only to have it rejoin the Abeldane Commonwealth as a kingdom.

Reign of Rachel I to 2015 Abeldane crisis

In late summer of 2014, Stephen abdicated in favor of Rachel. He abdicated in order 'to focus on his studies and spend more of his time on real life activities' and indicated that he wouldn't return to micronationalism unless it was important. Remaining as the founder of Abelden, Stephen retained powers to be used only during coups and wars as prescribed by the constitution and thus Rachel became Empress on 24 September 2014 after signing his abdication document.[1]

Donald of Abelden, who was Emperor of Abelden from 16 December 2014 until 25 December 2014.

There was much inactivity during Rachel's reign. From September till December, there was no activity other than people asking "why are there no activities or posts in the group?". Rachel abdicated in favor of Donald on 16 December 2014 stating her reason for abdicating was that she needed to focus on her studies. Henceforth, Donald became Emperor on 16 December 2014 at 16:13 in the evening.[2]

Donald stated that he would remain as Emperor until Emperor Stephen comes back.[3] The first order of Donald was to appoint a Prime Minister, Andrew Janiszewski.[4] Emperor Donald would reign until 25 December 2014, when Emperor Stephen returned to the throne, taking the same name.[5]

On 27 December 2014, the Kingdom of Darmania was abolished as the nation had descended into deep inactivity. All titles and all governmental positions were abolished with this effective act.

Abelden held its first general elections from 8 January 2015 until 10 January 2015 with the voting held in the group lounge of Abelden.[6] Andrew Janiszewski won the position as Prime Minister, defeating HM King Michael I and the Duke of Pleston. The Emperor also introduced new positions, which were voted on for the first time in this election.

The second general election commenced on 28 February 2015. Duke of Pleston won the majority of positions, but at that time, an individual could only hold a maximum of three positions. Emperor Stephen appointed other citizens to the rest of the positions. The end of the elections saw the start of the 2015 Abeldane crisis.

The 2015 Abeldane crisis was a series of events that happened between 1 March 2015 until 8 March 2015. Newly elected Deputy Prime Minister Michael Thomas Brazeau was criticized for his views about opposing certain liberal ideas. The Prime Minister, Andrew Janiszewski, then started a petition on impeaching the Deputy Prime Minister and Brazeau promptly resigned as Deputy Prime Minister. A series of Prime Ministers were also appointed and the decision making of Emperor Stephen was criticized. Emperor Stephen then stepped down from the throne and enacted Act 6 (Election terms) and 7 (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) as his last decrees. On 8 March, he ended the conflicts and reappointed Andrew Janiszewski as Prime Minister again and abdicated the throne for the second time and the throne passed to Emperor Donald.

The crisis saw an increase, then decrease, in citizenship and loss of interest within the Empire. It was the first time that the reserved powers of the Emperor were ever used. Brazeau and Benjamin Norris were expelled from Abelden following the crisis. The position of Prime Minister was abolished from 4 until 5 March 2015, when the Duke of Pleston, who was the Emperor Donald, became the Prime Minister as well.

Emperor Stephen then became the Emperor of Munkkia from 6 March 2015 until 9 March 2015. The former Emperor stepped down from the throne after realising that he held dual micronational citizenship: Munkkia was exclusively for Munnkians only.

Intermediate period

On 24 March 2015, Emperor Stephen became Emperor for the third time following the abdication of Emperor Donald. The third general election was held on 15 July 2015, with all citizens running for election. The general election saw the first use of an online voting system. A group of people were called to vote online as a test from the Imperial Government.[7] On 4 August 2015, the Federal Republic of Demirelia joined as the fourth member of the Commonwealth, but under slightly different provisions than the other three: Demirelia was to continue as a full member of the Commonwealth for two and a half months, after which it would gain full independence.

On 7 August 2015, Emperor Stephen enacted Act 9 (Neutrality), a law that protects Abelden's neutrality in all cases. The act also describes that the Abeldane people may only declare war if the majority of the citizens agreed to do so.

A new Abeldane Constitution was enacted on 5 October 2015 after a referendum was held on the same day, with the majority of voters agreeing to the constitution. The Constitution was officially enacted and promulgated throughout the Empire and the Commonwealth through an Act of the Parliament. Llewelyn Lawton was re-elected as Vorsitzender on 24 December 2015 and Harry, Duke of Johnstown was elected as Stellvertreter for the first time. Emperor Stephen also dissolved the first Reichsversammlung and opened the second Reichsversammlung on the same day to pave way for a new government under Llewelyn Lawton.[8]

On 24 March 2016, Emperor Stephen celebrated his Paper Jubilee, his first year of reign as Emperor of Abelden and Monarchs of the other Commonwealth nations. This was celebrated with a commemorative banknote issued by the Imperial Central Bank and a grant of personal arms by the Instürwappadel. The titles of the Abeldane Monarch were altered and peerages were granted to citizens in commemoration of the occassion.[9]

Federalisation and onwards

In June 2016, Emperor Stephen completed perhaps the largest reform in all of Abeldane history, by annexing most of the member states of the Abeldane Commonwealth. A referendum was announced on 26 June 2016 throughout the Empire and the Commonwealth which was to be held on 30 June.[10] The referendum ended with 92.9% in favour of a federal monarchy and 7.1% in favour of retaining a unitary state.[11] He reformed the Empire's structure to be like that of imperial Germany. Abelden's population was greatly expanded and diversified due to this. Notable states include Sinoland and the Kingdom of Morgannwg. New federal monarchs were appointed, while some continued in their respective thrones such as Patrick Renwick as King of Demirelia and Llewelyn Lawton continuing as King of Morgannwg.[12]

That same month, Stephen wrote a twenty-page constitution to replace the former one, due to the large changes in the empire. From late June to early July, Stephen reformed the Reichsversammlung, thus appointing a new Vorsitzender and Stellvertreter, as well as new members of parliament from each state. Emiel Hardy became Vorsitzender, and Isaac Reuel became Stellvertreter.

The Empire oversaw several changes during its federalisation, one of which was the abdication of King Dallin I as King of St. Castle because of his retirement from the micronational community. Emiel Hardy replaced him as King and Nuri van Dijk replaced Greiner as Grand Prince of Sinoland. [13] The regency, which had begun since September 2015, finally ended on 31 August 2016 and on its replace established the Reichsräte, the Council of State, which composed appointed members to take over the Emperor's state duties while he was away.[14]

During the first 4 months of the federal Empire, Abelden saw 3 federal states, Glaciania, Leganisberg, and Deoter, become part of Alenshka. East Nedland seceded from the Empire on September 2016 after a referendum and request by the Prince Edward I. Abelden oversaw the creation of the Grand Principality of Teodoria as the 13th federal state, headed by Grand Prince Lars. Two more states soon joined the Empire: the Duchy of Raonheim and the Landgraviate of Satirno, thereby making up the present number of states in the Empire.

On 26 October 2016, a referendum about the Monarchy was held which asked voters if they had confidence in the Monarchy and the Emperor. The vote, which was open to registered and non-registered voters, passed easily with a majority of 90.2% in favour of supporting the Monarchy and the Emperor.[15]

Patrick Renwick, Marquis of Bessatre, who was elected as Vorsitzender for a second term on 5 June 2017 with a landslide.

Henry Twain, who was elected as Vorsitzender on 27 February 2017 and garnered most of the seats in the Reichsversammlung, formed the first grand coalition in Abeldane history and has been a precedent to successive governments after him. Twain resigned on 29 March 2017 following his elevation as Acting Chair to the Grand Unified Micronational.

On 5 June 2017, Patrick Renwick was reelected for a second term as Vorsitzender and won the largest landslide since Horatio Eden's victory in the October 2016 general election. The election also set a record for having the largest turnout as well in Abeldane electoral history, where a turnout of 95% of the registered voters voted.

Abelden held its first-ever legislative elections on 20 August 2017, in which the Abeldane Social Ecology won most of the seats and votes. The legislative elections followed the single-transferable voting system and two days after, the Vorsitzender and Stellvertreter elections were held using the same system and in which Newton von Uberquie and Artemis Langford, both from the Abeldane Social Ecology, won the positions respectively.[16] This was the first time since Grant Hawkins wherein both the two highest elected offices in the Empire came from both political parties. Later in the day, von Uberquie formed a coalition government between the Abeldane Social Ecology, the Abeldane National Party and the Independence Party and presented his cabinet appointees to the Emperor.[17]

Geography

The Abeldane Empire consists of 14 federal states, the largest of which is the Kingdom of Morgannwg. Before the federalisation of Abelden, all federal states were either independent or were a part of an another independent state before joining, or were created in the Empire. The Kingdom of Alenshka is the permanent seat of the Abeldane Monarchy, and therefore the King of Alenshka is the Emperor of the Abeldane Empire. Originally, Abelden was composed of 15 federal states. Three duchies were annexed to Alenshka on the 10 September 2016.[18] The federal states are divided into 5 kingdoms, 2 grand principalities, 3 grand duchies, 1 duchy, 2 principalities, and 1 landgrave; each ruled by their respective monarchs. The Landgrave of Satirno and Duchy of Raonheim joined on October 2016, therefore increasing from 12 to 14 states.

Before the federalisation in 2016, Abelden was divided into administrative regions and each administrative regions were further divided into cities. Administrative regions were headed by a Governor and cities were headed by a Mayor. The administrative regions were named based on their regional location and all administrative regions located in the United States either had the word 'west' in their names.

Abelden's capitals are Pleston and Alexton, both symbolising the two continents where Abelden's claims originated from; Pleston is located in Asia while Alexton is located in North America. Both cities are part of Alenshka and are at the same time the co-capitals of the Kingdom.

Crown Dependencies, which are autonomous territories but federal laws or state laws do not specifically apply to any of the territories unless specially enacted into law by the Reichsversammlung; however they fall under Abeldane sovereignty and the Crown is directly responsible for governing it, through High Commissioners.

Federal states

Flag Arms State Code Capital Pop. Area
(km2)
Official
languages
Head of state
Alenshkaflag.jpg Coat of arms of Alenshka.png Kingdom of
Alenshka
ALN Pleston and
Alexton
20 20.95 English
German
French
Stephen
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
King of Alenshka
St David and Piran's cross.png Coat of arms of Amon Lasgalen.png Kingdom of
Morgannwg
MGW Caerdydd (de jure)
Middleham (de facto)
12 34.74 English
Welsh
Llewelyn
King of Morgannwg
Demirelia flag.png Coat of arms of Demirelia.png Kingdom of
Demirelia
DMR Volkania 6 0.15 English
Norwegian
German
Patrick
King of Demirelia
St. Castle flag.png Coat of arms of St. Castle.png Kingdom of
St. Castle
STC New Keutschen 4 20.05 English
Dutch
Russian
Artemis
Queen of St. Castle
Flag of Sinoland.png Coat of arms of Sinoland.png Grand Principality of
Sinoland
SNL Kieven 3 105.2 English
Dutch
Nuri
Grand Prince of Sinoland
Alexander flag.png Coat of arms of Alexander.png Grand Duchy of
Alexander
ALX Richmond City 7 6.2 English Max
Grand Duke of Alexander
Flag of Rai Abelden.png Coat of arms of Skandberg.png Grand Duchy of
Rai
RAI Batori 7 4.67 English
Sabian
Tarik
Grand Duke of Rai
Foesterlingen flag.png Coat of arms of Stella.png Duchy of
Foesterlingen
FST Templum 6 516.16 English
Swedish
David
Duke of Foesterlingen
Satirno flag.png Coat of arms of Satirno.png Landgraviate of
Satirno
STN Satirno 6 UNK English James
Landgrave of Satirno

Government and politics

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Abelden is a federal, parliamentary democracy with a hereditary, constitutional and absolute monarchy headed by the Emperor of the Abeldane Empire, with the King of Alenshka permanently holding the title and primus inter pares, or first among equals, among the other federal monarchs. The basic laws of the Empire is prescribed in the Constitution. The current constitution was adopted in 2016 following a referendum. The constitution grants the Monarch, known as the Emperor of the Abeldane Empire and King of Alenshka, executive powers. The federal government, officially known as His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's Government or also known as the Imperial Government, consists of ministers in the government and are responsible for the daily governance of the entire Empire through their respective duties as prescribed in the law headed by the Vorsitzender, who is the head of government, and is assisted by his various ministers in his Cabinet.[19]

Government

Main articles: Reichsregierungskabinett and Reichsversammlung

The Monarch is the head of state of the Empire and as such is the head of the Crown, which in turn is the state in all aspects and the legal embodiment of the executive, legislative and judicial governance in the Monarchy. The Monarch has the right to appoint and dismiss ministers or any members of the Imperial Government and is counselled on the matters of state by the Vorsitzender and the Cabinet of Abelden. The Monarch is a semi-constitutional monarch as the Monarch is subjected into the laws of the Empire, but may also do some independent decisions without consent. Constantly, the rule is mostly ignored and the Monarch is more of an absolute Monarch; hence why the presence of the Monarch is important to the activity and health of the Empire.[20]

Under the Crown is the Imperial Government, which maintains the daily governance of the Empire and ensures the well-being of its citizens. In a legal sense, the Crown is the legal embodiment of all the three branches in the Imperial Government and as such the names His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's Government is where it derives from. The Imperial Government is divided into three: the Emperor-in-Council (the executive), the Emperor-in-Parliament (the legislative) and the Emperor-in-Court (the judiciary).

The Reichsregierungskabinett is the main body in the executive that is entirely composed of ministers and secretaries who are appointed by the Monarch or the Vorsitzender. All members are accountable to the Reichsversammlung, where all of the ministers must be a member of and cannot become a member of the cabinet unless he/she is an MP. The cabinet is headed by the Vorsitzender, who is the head of the cabinet.

The Vorsitzender is the head of the government, who is directly elected by the people and/or appointed by the Monarch. The Vorsitzender has virtually the same power as the Monarch and, like the Monarch, everything must be approved by the Reichsversammlung. The Vorsitzender has the power to enact his/her own laws, with a direct approval of the Monarch and the Reichsversammlung and has the power to overturn the declaration of war made by the Monarch. The Stellvertreter acts as the deputy of the Vorsitzender in the event that the Vorsitzender may become incapacitated, lose contact, or resigns. The Stellvertreter, like the Vorsitzender, is also elected by the people and, before 2017, was one of the two directly elected officials in the Imperial Government.

The Reichsversammlung is the legislature of the Empire and acts, at present, as the united unicameral legislatures of all the federal states. Members, who are known formally as Members of the Reichsversammlung or MP/MR, are elected every four months and represents districts, of which there are five districts divided by state, and are elected by single-transferable voting system. Previously, members were appointed by the Monarch and the only way members could gain a seat if a vacancy occurred in one of the seats availavble. Acts passed by the Reichsversammlung are usually done in the name of the Monarch and are known as an Act of the Parliament.[21]

Since 19 September 2017, Artemis Langford of the Abeldane Social Ecology has been Vorsitzender, leading the 27th ministry, which is in a coalition government with the Abeldane National Independence Party and together they both form a majority government in the Reichsversammlung.

Abelden has a supreme court, the Supreme Court of Abelden, which is the court of last resort for administrative law, civil law and criminal law cases in the federal states and the Empire itself.

Ministries

Foreign relations

The front cover of the Abeldane passport.

Abelden establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with other nations through the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister or Foreign Minister. The Foreign Minister has the power to grant nations informal recognition, but official recognition can only be done through an Act of the Parliament.

Aside from being the Emperor, the Monarch is also the Legatian Emperor and King and the Emperor of Andrestan and through this, nations who have the Monarch as their head of state as well have maintained close relations with Abelden.

The Principality of Monovia is a protected state of Abelden, with Abelden providing defence on behalf of the nation. Their current Prince, Harry of Legabelden, is concurrently the King of Legabelden.

Abelden, in its history, has maintained joining intermicronational organisation. Currently, Abelden is a member of the Grand Unified Micronational, the Abeldane Commonwealth, and International Agricultural Development Pact, and maintains close relations with members of the Abeldane Commonwealth, especially Legatia. Abelden was admitted to the Grand Unified Micronational on the 24 July 2016 and was previously a provisional member from 10 July until 24 July.

Elections and political parties

General elections are usually the core of activity within the Empire as registered voters get to vote. Usually, general elections happen every 3 months a year, thereby making 3 general elections per year. Previously, general elections were held every 6 months. The longest gap between general elections was the gap between the December 2015 elections and the June 2016 elections, a period of six months, following the official constitutional rule on elections per year.

Political parties in Abelden are very common and the oldest political party still in existence is the Federalist Party of Abelden, established on 25 May 2017. The Federlaist Party rose to this position with the merger of the Independence Party of Abelden, established on September 12 2016, with the Abeldane National Party. Presently, there are four political parties operating in Abelden, all represented in the Reichsversammlung.

Party Ideology Spectrum Leader Foundation RVS seats Logo
Abeldane National Independence Party ANIP Big tent nationalism Centre Patrick Renwick 3 September 2017
6 / 17
ANIP.png
Abeldane Social Ecology ASE Eco-socialism Left Artemis Langford 7 June 2017
5 / 17
Social Ecology Party of Abelden.png
Federalist Party FP Populism Right James R. Frisch 25 May 2017
3 / 17
Federalist Party logo.jpg
Rhinoceros Party of Abelden RPA Pragmatism
Satire
N/A Horatio Eden 10 August 2017
2 / 17
Abelden Rhino.png

Federal monarchs

The Abeldane Empire is composed of several federal states, each one having their own respective monarch or monarchs as head of state. The heads of the states are collectively referred as Federal Monarchs. The Monarch of Alenshka is the federal monarch of the Empire, as Alenshka is the seat of the federal monarchy, and therefore the Monarch of Alenshka uses the title Emperor of the Abeldane Empire and King of Alenshka. Each federal monarch is distinct in terms of their styles, with some of the more popular titles being "king", "grand prince", "grand duke" or "prince".

The following are the current federal monarchs of the various states of the Empire:

Cabinet

The Imperial Government is composed of ministers who are members of the Reichsregierungskabinett, or simply the Cabinet, and their secretariats. Each member of the cabinet must be a member of the Reichsversammlung, the parliament of Abelden, as required constitutionally. The Monarch is also a member of the Cabinet. There are presently ten ministers in the Cabinet. Previously, the Clothsmaster-General was also included, but the positions were repealed by the Emperor as a part of a governmental reform package.

The current Cabinet is presently arranged as follows:

Military

The roundel of the Imperial Air Force

The Imperial and Royal Armed Forces of the Abeldane Empire serves as the army for Abelden and for all the federal states. The Armed Forces is mainly ceremonial, and therefore do not do actual duty nor have actual weapons. Ranks exists in the military as well as titles and military orders. These may be conferred by the Monarch at his/her pleasure, if the person is to be awarded is worthy to be given the said title/rank/military order. Although ceremonial, the military's objective is 'to protect and serve the Empire and the Emperor'.

There is currently a new base in Bosmansk for the Imperial Armed Forces as requested by the Bosmanish Government.[22]

Economy

Banknotes of the Trimole, issued at 2016.

Abelden has a mixed economy, wherein most companies are directly or indirectly run by the state. The Imperial Government owns most of the existing companies and corporations in the Empire. Some private companies, such as Pleston Banking, exists in the Empire and are run by private individuals. However in most cases, most of these private companies are closely connected with the Imperial Government and people who run these companies have at least held a position in the Imperial Government.

The Imperial Central Bank is the Empire's central and reserve bank. It is responsible for the monetary policies of the Empire and responsible for issuing the Trimole, the national currency of the Empire. The Trimole has been the currency of Abelden since its establishment and its name comes from the former currency of Militarmia, which is also called the Trimole. It is currently pegged to the United States dollar in a 1:1.50 ratio. The Trimole has always been a sign of economic sovereignty of Abelden and a sign of Abeldane art. It is considered that the Trimole is mostly a collector's currency and the Imperial Central Bank has occasionally released commemorative banknotes for the public. All banknotes are printed and designed by the Ryksdrucherye, a state-owned company which designs and prints banknotes for several other micronations such as Paravia, Nolland, Nedland and etc.

Culture

Abelden derives elements of its culture from Asian, European and American culture. The influence can be seen from the fact that Abelden's federal states are found in 4 continents. In Alenshka, dishes are usually in traditional Arab cuisine and some dishes are influenced from Western cuisine; dressing manner are usually to be done in a conservative manner in some cities and in some in a liberal way. Religion is freely expressed in the Kingdom, but during holy months in the Islamic Calendar, respect must be given for all Muslims in the Kingdom.

The culture is mostly influenced by the federal states in North America, of which it brought influences of liberty, democracy, music, language and more. Western music is widely accepted in the Empire, as are some of the things that citizens usually enjoy doing. Federal states in Europe usually have the same culture as the other federal sates in North America do, although they have their own local traditions and types of cuisine, as well as languages. European languages are mostly dominant in the Empire, with Dutch and German being mostly spoken daily by citizens in the Empire.

History is usually a general knowledge within the Empire and most citizens at least know about World War II. A new kind of art culture emerged from the Empire after federalisation begun and is usually known as "Memes." Memes are quite common within the Empire and at least every citizen has created a meme for themselves and has integrated into the usual activities in the Empire and the Imperial Government. The creation of Microball comics has also emerged and is usually very popular amongst the citizens.

The front page of The Abeldane Times from 2017.

Languages and Media

According to the Abeldane Constitution, the official languages recognized are English, German and French. English is the most commonly used language in the Empire and is required to be learned by all citizens. German and French are rarely spoken, but they are used on official government documents. Other official languages used in the federal states are Dutch, Norwegian, and Welsh. Spanish is also used as an official working language in the Reichsversammlung, besides the other official languages. An Abeldane language is currently being developed by citizens and is expected to become an official language in the near future.

Abelden's media is well and richly written. The constitution provides citizens freedom of speech and many other liberties that they may use. The first, and only, newspaper currently existing in Abelden is L'Sydunche, formerly known as The Abeldane Times, and under an Act of the Parliament is the official gazette of the Imperial Government. Other media outlets that occasionally cover news for Abelden besides L'Sydunche, yet are not local, includes Daily Micronational and FLAMN.

Religion

Religions professed by Abeldanes as of 20 April 2017.

From the founding of Abelden in 2014, citizens have always held the right to exercise their freedom to religion, beliefs and culture. Abelden is officially a secular nation and does not officially endorse any kind of religion. The constitution provides citizens their rights to choose and practice their religion anywhere in the Empire.

Christianity is currently the most widely professed religion in the Empire, with over 60% of the population belonging to it, and Catholicism being the largest denomination followed by Protestantism and Orthodoxy. Other religions that citizens profess include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Over 30% of the population do not profess or do not belong to any kind of religion and most of the non-believers are either atheists or agnostics.

The Church of Abelden is the state organised church that exists within Abelden, and is responsible for the spiritual well-being of its Christian citizens. The Church considers itself as a nondenominational Christian church and is headed by a Patriarch.

Cuisine

Abelden's cuisine and eating habits are influenced mostly by Arab and Philippine cuisine. Alenshkan cuisine is mostly well-known by the use of meat and chicken often in all kinds of food. Alenshkans usually feed on rice with an unlimited assortment of viands, which is a normal way of eating for Asians. In Alexton, vegetables are mostly consumed by citizens and sweet dishes like cakes and pies are also consumed daily. People in Pleston usually go out in malls for traditional Western cuisine or Asian cuisine or mixed and don't usually eat at homes.

Holidays

National holidays in Abelden are of an importance to all. Each federal state has their own respective holidays, but the Empire have holidays that applies to all federal states and not just to one. All holidays are not usually regulated, and may be removed or added with the discretion from the federal government.

On 20 January 2016, Emperor Stephen declared two new holidays in the Empire: the Autism Acceptance Day and the Anxiety and Depression Week. The ADD takes place every 2 April whilst the A&DW takes place every first week of May. The two holidays were dedicated to the Former Empress, who herself has autism and depression. [23]

Name Date Remarks
New Year's Day 1 January The beginning of the year in the Georgian Calendar. Public holiday in Abelden.
Autism Acceptance Day 2 April Day of acceptance for all autistic people and children. Created in honour of the HI&RM the Former Empress.
Dementia Awareness Week 3-9 April Dedicated to all people who have dementia.
Holy Days 13-15 April The three important days in the Christendom: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week First week of May Dedicated to all depressed people in the world.
Remembrance of the Dead 4 May Remembrance of the deaths in the Second World War.
Imperial Day 6 June Foundation of the Abeldane Empire.
Donald of Abelden's birthday 21 July Public holiday on celebrating the birthday of the Duke of Pleston.
Death anniversary of Axel Nielson 19 September A close friend of Emperor Stephen; he dedicated this day for him. All flags are ordered to be in half-mast or below-mast.
All Soul's Day 1 November The day of the remembrance of all souls in purgatory. All activities silenced until the third day.
Emperor Day 14 November Celebration of the birth of Emperor Stephen.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Day 18 November Celebration of the ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) day, an emoji, and the birthday of the Ervecysarich Nicholas.
Rachel I of Abelden's birthday 29 November Celebration of the birthday of the former Empress Rachel
Christmas Day 25 December Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Notes

  1. German: Abeldanisches Kaiserreich und dessen Commonwealth French: Empire abeldanais et la Commonwealth. The full name is used rarely, only applied on special documents. The prefix The is a part of the full name in English.

References

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  4. Freayth, Stephen. "Andrew Janiszewski becomes Prime Minister" Abeldane Times. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
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  12. Freayth, Stephen. "New federal monarchs appointed" Abeldane Times. Retrieved 28 Decmeber 2016.
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  14. Freayth, Stephen. "Regency ends, Reichsrate established" Abeldane Times. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
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  20. The Imperial and Royal Monarchy Imperial Abeldane Government Retrieved 28 December 2016.
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