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Empire of Adammia
| Empire of Adammia |
Quaerentibus sapientiam et honorem (Latin: Seek wisdom and honour)
National: Chariots of Fire
Emperor's: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Approximate locations of central region and colonies; only British territories are shown
|Capital city||Imperial City|
|Government||Executive constitutional monarchy|
|- Emperor||Adam I|
|- Prime Minister||Paul McKenna|
|- Deputy PM||Reginald Hall|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 12|
|- Last election||- 13 August 2016|
|Established||13 April 2013|
|Area claimed||61,790m² (15.3 acres)|
|Population||31 (plus 83 honourary citizens) (22 citizens are territorial residents)|
|Currency||Pound Sterling (GBP)|
|Patron saint||Gabe "Gaben" Newell|
|Observer state of the Grand Unified Micronational|
The Empire of Adammia, more commonly known as simply Adammia, is a micronation mainly located on the island of Great Britain. The nation is made up of 13 non-contiguous enclave territories surrounded by the counties of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Midlands, Leicestershire and Dorset in the United Kingdom. Adammia has a surface area of 61,790m² (15.3 acres) and a population of 31 full citizens, of whom 22 are territorial residents.
The Empire's form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system, defined by the Empire's constitution, the Supreme Directive. The current and so far only monarch is Emperor Adam I, who has ruled since Adammia was founded on 13 April 2013. Adammia's official capital is Imperial City. Other cities include Adamsville and Attenborough. The Empire consists of five provinces, one colony and six territories.
The Empire's total size has fluctuated throughout its history, starting out with 5m² in Emperor Adam I's bedroom when it was first founded in 2013. It went on to annex the current five provinces over the following year, which are the only constant part of the Empire; colonies and territories come and go frequently. The majority of the Empire's area comes from the Jagstonian Plains, a territory which covers a large park. All other subdivisions of the Empire are, for the most part, single residential buildings. The Empire's surface area peaked in March 2015 at 150,707m² (37.2 acres), but since then it has declined significantly after the former colonies of Creatuxia and Borealia left the Empire. With all its territory surrounded by either the UK or the USA, English is the first language of most Adammic citizens, and this is reflected in the fact that it is the Empire's official language.
Adammia has a small services-based economy and the government's main source of income is through voluntary contributions. Most citizens work in and import goods from their respective macronations, giving them living standards expected for a developed country. Intermicronationally, Adammia has had periods of heightened influence, with Emperor Adam I serving twice as Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational in 2014 and 2015. Adammia is currently an observer state of the Grand Unified Micronational, and is in a more reserved, isolationist phase internationally. Its military is fairly large by micronational standards, with 17 servicemen. Under Dresner's System of Classification, it has a score of 3.2, and under Linden's Revised System it scores 4.0.
- 1 Etymology and terminology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Etymology and terminology
"Adammia" comes from a fictional location created for an internet forum-based role playing game known as Xanada V Sportica. The founder, Adam Belcher, created this fictional location as the Empire of the Great Adammic Islands in January 2013. It was later used as the inspiration for the name of the real-life Adammia.
"Adammic" is the official demonym used to describe something belonging to Adammia, except for the noun which refers to a person from Adammia, the correct for which is "an Adammian".
Strictly speaking, "Adammia" can refer to the whole Empire, or to the country of Adammia, which excludes the colonies; there is a minor legal distinction between the two.
Main Article: History of Adammia
The Empire of Adammia was founded by Adam Belcher on 13 April 2013. After some difficulty securing the Empire's borders, Adammia existed only de-facto until the original version of the Supreme Directive was ratified on the 19th, formally beginning the reign of Emperor Adam I.
During the first month of its existence, Adammia grew rapidly with Tytannia, Maternia and the then Adammic Imperial Province all being annexed, and the Military, Treasury and official symbols all being created, followed by the nobility and territory system in May. May was also the month when democracy was formally introduced to the Empire for the first time with the First Amendment being issued, which made all future amendments require a referendum to pass. On 12 May, Adammia joined the Grand Unified Micronational.
Shortly after the state media was introduced in June, the Office of the Emperor announced a proposed new Supreme Directive to replace the old one, which was considered poorly written. After this was approved by a referendum on 30 June, Emperor Adam I ceased to be an absolute monarch as the Empire officially became a constitutional monarchy, with the Ruling Council as the new legislature. The first colony of the Empire, Creatuxia, was annexed in August. Later that month, Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher was elected the first Prime Minister on the 25th, who in September appointed Ministers to the newly created government departments in the executive National Government, creating the first Cabinet. September also saw the creation of the contributions scheme, which gave the Treasury a source of income for the first time which later enabled it to buy the official web domain in December, the first ever spending of public finances.
Starting in October and lasting until December 2013, all of the legislation issued so far in the Empire was reviewed by the Office of the Emperor, which resulted in an Imperial Decree making amendments to the previous Decrees, an amendment to the Supreme Directive being approved by a referendum, and finally an Act of Council making amendments to the previous Acts. In December, the Empire expanded again with Watertopia being annexed.
In January 2014, the Empire grew massively in size as Myway province was annexed, followed by the Jagstonian Plains and Astley Meadow being claimed a few weeks later, making the Empire increase 56 times in size. Along with this came a substantial increase in the armed forces, with many new units being created. However, this did not come without opposition, as the Astley Meadow Insurgency began with the Skirmish of Astley Meadow on 23 January 2014. In February, Imperial City became the capital city, AISA was established and the Ministry of Infrastructure was added to the original eight Ministries.
March 2014 saw more government reform as all the subdivisions of the Ministries were reclassified as Government Agencies or Government-owned Companies. The same legislation created the postal service, Imperial Mail. Meanwhile, an update to the state symbols saw a new coat of arms imported from the Ashukov Federation, and a new national anthem chosen by a public referendum. Preparations soon began for the Empire's first anniversary in April, Foundation Day. Held on the 12th, this was the largest gathering of Adammic citizens on record. AISA attempted their first mission, Andromeda 1, on this day, but the rocket did not successfully launch.
After April, attention turned away from Foundation Day and onto the subject of economics. The Ruling Council allowed companies to be registered in the Empire with an Act on 3 May 2014, giving rise to a steady growth in the private sector which would see the Adammic GDP reach £100 by the end of 2014. The end of the Astley Meadow Insurgency saw the demobilisation of the armed forces which eventually led to half of all units being made redundant in November 2014.
Astley Meadow was all but abandoned by July 2014 so it was ceded back to the UK. It was replaced with the territory of Borealia in Devon, which soon became in integral part of the Empire's industry with a furnace capable of melting aluminium and later copper. In August, the Adammic National Election 2014 was held which saw Emperor Mother Jayne re-elected as Prime Minister. In September, Adammia's foreign influence reached new heights when Emperor Adam was elected Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational. By this point, money collected by the Contributions scheme set up one year prior had reached a point where public spending became a key issue. The Ruling Council approved investing in a monument to the Empire's citizens, which was completed in October and was named the Populus Imperium monument. Also in October, AISA successfully launched its first rocket from the Jagstonian Plains in its Andromeda 3 mission.
In December, Adammia was involved in a brief diplomatic stand-off with remnants of the Mohawks.
Adammia grew once again in early 2015 with Adammic Columbia joining in January followed by Dearneland in February. Emperor Adam focused extensively on revamping the military, whilst another project to introduce a minimum wage failed. The collapse of the GUM left Adammia with only a shadow of its former intermicronational influence, whilst Creatuxia was forced to leave the Empire causing a loss of almost half the total territory, but much of the government's focus was directed inwards throughout the year, making its procedures more professional. In July, the Colonial Council was introduced as a way of giving the colonies a way to influence national legislation.
For 2015's elections, the Emperor encouraged the formation of political parties on the basis that competition between them would incentivise people to come up with new ideas. This led to the Moderate and Labour parties being founded by Emperor Mother Jayne and Sir Reginald Hall respectively to challenge the Emperor's own Liberal Party. Emperor Mother Jayne was re-elected to a third term on 16 August, though her first as Moderate leader.
On 18 October, travel writer Jonny Blair became the first tourist to visit Adammia, a huge milestone for the Empire.
2016 saw increased turmoil in the Empire and a further decline in its territory. Borealia and Adammic Columbia both left in August, though the latter would rejoin in November. The Emperor's grandmother, Madam Winifred Hall, passed away in April, which deeply affected the House of Hall and caused many functions of government to be suspended or delayed for some time. The political landscape also changed significantly, with Labour candidate Sir Paul McKenna elected as Adammia's second Prime Minister in the August election, and the emergence of the far-right Adammic National Party in the new colonies of El Grandens and Kappania which would frequently antagonise the Emperor, particularly over Liberal Party policy. Debate between the ANP and the Liberals came to a head in November over the Emperor's decision to suspend recognition of the United States following the election of Donald Trump, triggering an election for the Emperor's Ruling Council seat of Delegate of the Colonies, which the Emperor held by a narrow margin. Prime Minister McKenna would later successfully call for the Ruling Council to overturn the Emperor's decision, restoring recognition of the US.
The total surface area of the Empire of Adammia is approximately 61,790m² (15.27 acres). Eight pieces of land that it owns are located in West Yorkshire, one in North Yorkshire, one in South Yorkshire, one in West Midlands, one in Leicestershire, and one in Dorset. The highest point in the Empire is in Adammic Columbia, 270m above sea level. The lowest point is in Pererria, which is at sea level. The exact location of the Empire's territories in relation to the UK have not been disclosed by the government in the interests of personal privacy.
Most of the Empire is empty grassland, with about 2% being urban. There are 743 square metres of water. Land in the Empire is generally flat and has no distinctive natural features, except for Myway province which contains a section of a large river, and Pererria which has a coastline with a natural harbour. The vast majority of the Empire's surface comes from the Jagstonian Plains, which consists of a large field as well as some small wooded areas, and is completely uninhabited. All other Adammic subdivisions are urban, generally consisting of a single residential building and often some small gardens and/or driveways. Despite these territories being more numerous, most of them are over 100 times smaller than the Jagstonian Plains. The most densely populated part of Adammia is the colony of Alluria, which is a section of a hall of residence at the University of Birmingham.
Adammia, like the rest of Great Britain, has a temperate climate. Temperatures are usually within a range of 2°C - 7°C in winter but can drop as low as -11°C. In summer, the average temperature range is 12°C - 21°C, but can rarely reach as high as 33°C. Winters are characterised by rain and, in recent years, moderate outbreaks of snow. Summers are warm and humid with occasional heavy rainstorms, though there are usually only one or two thunderstorms per year.
The Empire is made up of its home region or "country", simply called Adammia, and its colonies. The term "Provincial Adammia" has been applied to the country of Adammia in the past, along with the term "Adammic Home Regions". Although the country exists in the legal system, it rarely plays a part in the administration of the Empire. Based on the loose definitions given to the country when it was created in Imperial Decree IV, it includes seven pieces of land surrounded by West and North Yorkshire. The country of Adammia also has a position of nobility attached to it, but this position is part of the Monarchy.
The next level of administration is Regions. The country of Adammia contains two regions: West Adammia and East Adammia. The three west-most sections of land are part of West Adammia, and the four east-most sections make up East Adammia. The nobility attached to regions are known as Archdukes or Archduchesses. They have very little power over their regions other than the ability to appoint the Dukes or Duchesses of the provinces within the region.
Finally there are Provinces. The main type of administrative division, there are 5 provinces: Primoria, Maternia, Watertopia, Myway and Tytannia. Nobles attached to provinces are known as Dukes or Duchesses. Unlike their regional counterparts, provinicial nobles have some executive and legislative power over their provinces, but they share it with an elected Councilor, a politician who is elected by the residents of the provinces once per year. The Duke/Duchess and the Councillor represent their province on the Ruling Council, and form the core of that province's Local Government, to which they can appoint more individuals as they see fit. Primoria is the east-most section of land in West Adammia; Maternia is the west-most; and Watertopia is located in between these. East Adammia is made up of Tytannia in the west and Myway to the north and east.
Colonies are autonomous, inhabited areas of land outside the country of Adammia. Alluria is the only current colony of the Empire. Creatuxia, Burghlia, Borealia and Adammic Columbia are former Colonies which were located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Ohio respectively.
Certain miscellaneous administrative divisions can be classed as Territories. These are areas 'shared' with a macronation that the Empire has much more limited sovereignty over. Territories can be either within or outside of the Country of Adammia. Legally, this land does not have to be owned by a citizen of the Empire, it only needs to have some sort of presence there. As a result, Territories are used with parks and over large areas of land, and they make up around 97% of the Empire's land. There are currently six Territories, the Jagstonian Plains, El Grandens, Kappania, Midgard, Dearneland and Pererria; another, Astley Meadow, was ceded back to the UK. A county within the Province of Tytannia, Tytannia Ulterior, is also considered a type of Territory.
Main Article: Adammic Provinces
|Name||Pop.||Area (m²)||Establishment||Region||Duke / Duchess||Councilor||Counties||Municipalities|
|Primoria||3||218||27 April 2013||West Adammia||HIH Prince Jake||HIH Crown Prince Daniel||
|Maternia||2||67||24 April 2013||West Adammia||HG Sir Paul McKenna||HIH Emperor Mother Jayne Belcher|
|Tytannia||1||1302||21 April 2013||East Adammia||HG Sir David Hall||HG Sir Reginald Hall||
|Watertopia||3||217||29 December 2013||West Adammia||HG Sir Matthew Foster||HG Madam Julie Foster||
|Myway||4||1211||4 January 2014||East Adammia||HG Sir Christopher Hall||Eleanor Hall|
|Alluria||5||130||8 October 2016||Madam Anna Darke|
|Jagstonian Plains||0||57143||12 January 2014||N/A |
(Administered by the Imperial Government, de-facto part of the Emperor's demesne)
|Dearneland||1||186||14 February 2015||Shogun Sir Daniel Pettinger|
|El Grandens||1||481||23 January 2016||HG Colonel Sir Cavan Garfield|
|Kappania||1||124||30 January 2016||Lord Sir Euan Carey|
|Midgard||1||31||14 November 2016||Colonel Sir Will McCracken|
|Pererria||0||680||20 June 2017||Admiral Emily Simpson|
The Empire of Adammia is a unitary state and has a constitutional monarchy where the Monarch is the Head of State. The current Monarch is Emperor Adam I. The constitution of the Empire is called the Supreme Directive and it sets out the Monarch's powers as well as codifying the government system. The Supreme Directive can only be amended if it is approved by a referendum, having been proposed by the Monarch. The system in Adammia draws upon elements from the United Kingdom and the Empire of Austenasia.
Legislative power is shared between the Monarch and the Ruling Council, with the support of both needed to pass legislation. By default, legislation - taking the form of Imperial Decrees or Acts of Council - only holds effect over the five provinces, but can also be enacted over the Empire's colonies if this is explicitly stated.
The Monarch of Adammia is known as the Emperor if male, and Empress if female. The position is hereditary. The Monarch has significant powers that can be exercised through Imperial Decrees, one of the two main forms of legislation in the Empire. In addition to this, the Monarch occupies a number of positions, such as Grand Marshal of the Military of Adammia. The Monarch is considered by far the most powerful and influential office in the country; so far Emperor Adam I has been the only Monarch, him being responsible for founding Adammia and for the vast majority of its development.
The Ruling Council is the legislature of the Empire. It is unicameral and is made up of the Dukes and Duchesses of the Provinces and elected Councilors from each province, who are elected annually. The Council can vote to legislate through Acts of Council, which if passed must be given consent by the Monarch. As a balance to this, the Council can vote to overturn Imperial Decrees. There are three active political parties with seats on the Ruling Council: the Liberal Party, Moderate Party and Labour Party. Together, these three parties comprise the vast majority of the Council; there is currently only one independent member. There is also the Adammic National Party, which has a large membership amongst residents of Adammia's associated territories and honourary citizens, making it the largest party by membership, but no members in any of the core provinces, which makes it almost impossible for it to hold Council seats. Approximately half of Adammia's full citizens are members of a political party.
As the Empire has a parliamentary system, the Imperial Government, the executive branch, is made up of and is accountable to the members of the Ruling Council. The head of government is the Prime Minister, who is elected out of the members of the Ruling Council annually by the citizens of Adammia. The current Prime Minister is Sir Paul McKenna, who was elected on 18 August 2016, and is a member of the Labour Party. The Prime Minister appoints members of the Council to be the Ministers of various government departments known as Ministries. The Ministers form a committee known as the Cabinet, the political arm of the government, whereas all other government staff fall under the umbrella of the Imperial Civil Service, which is the non-political, administrative arm.
Adammia also has the Office of State, led by a Lord Chancellor or Lady Chancellor who is appointed by the Monarch and the Ruling Council. It is mostly unique as an entity, acting as the main instrument for implementing and enforcing the Supreme Directive - it acts as a constitutional court (see below) and as an electoral commission, amongst other things. It is technically part of the Imperial Civil Service, but is not controlled by the political Cabinet, created with the intention of being completely independent and non-political. Interpretations as to the importance of its role range from being a quango to an entire branch of government.
Law and order
Main article: Law of Adammia
Adammia operates under a statutory civil law system. There is, however, a strong tradition of filling gaps in legislation through informal conventions; these are often later formalised and turned into legislation, but carry no real legal weight on their own. The entity responsible for handling most judicial issues in Adammia is the Grand Court - it deals with all civil and criminal cases arising from primary legislation (Acts of Council and Imperial Decrees). The judge of this court is the Monarch, with the Chancellor as a backup judge. The Supreme Directive permits the creation of lower-level courts, for which the Grand Court would be a court of appeal, but no such courts have yet been created. In cases where the Supreme Directive may have been violated or interpretation of the Supreme Directive is required, responsibility instead goes to the Office of State, which has the power to act as a constitutional court, with the Chancellor acting as judge. In theory, this is to prevent the Monarch from violating the Supreme Directive and then using their position as judge of the Grand Court to acquit themselves.
In practice, due to a lack of legal disputes, no court in Adammia has yet heard a single case to date; crime is virtually non-existent and most issues that do arise are settled either by passing emergency legislation or by arriving by consensus on an aforementioned informal convention.
|Party Name||Members||Leader||Foundation Date||Ruling Council||Cabinet|
|Liberal Party||5||Emperor Adam I||4 August 2013|
|Moderate Party||3||Emperor Mother Jayne||18 July 2015|
|Labour Party||4||Sir Reginald Hall||18 July 2015|
|Adammic National Party||8||Sir Cavan Garfield||17 February 2016|
Main article: Foreign relations of Adammia
Adammia is currently in a slightly isolated position on the intermicronational stage; despite holding the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational in 2014, it has since withdrawn its full membership of the organisation to become merely an observer. Despite this, it considers itself to have a reasonable presence in the MicroWiki Sphere. Informally, Adammia has neutral to reasonably good relations with most of the micronations it has interacted with. The nation signed its first official treaty, with Burnham, on 8 July 2013, and to this day Burnham (now Mercia) has perhaps the strongest relationship with Adammia out of all the nations Adammia has recognised. Adammic leaders have considered the Empire to be the foremost micronation in the North of England, contrasting it to Austenasia and, to a lesser extent, Mercia, which together Adammia considers to dominate the South.
The closest micronation to Adammia is Catan, located just a few miles away; however, like most other micronations in the MicroWiki Sphere, Adammia has extremely poor relations with Catan, especially since intelligence gathered by Adammia effectively discredited Catan as a legitimate micronation. Since most micronations keep their exact locations secret, determining the distance between Adammia and other British micronations tends to be difficult, but it is believed that Beacon City and the Abeldane Empire, amongst others, may have territories possibly within 50 miles of Adammia or less.
The two nations that Adammia has land borders with are macronations: the United Kingdom and the United States. Adammia has not attempted to assert a full claim of independence from these nations due to the risk of being shut down. As a result, most accept that English law and US law de-facto still applies over the respective parts of Adammia, with Adammic law being an additional layer on top of this.
Main article: Military of Adammia
The Military of Adammia is fairly large for a micronational armed force, although it lacks experience, training and equipment. It has 17 servicemen, split across three branches: the Adammic Army, the Adammic Navy and the Adammic Air Force. The army has 14 soldiers, the air force has 3 airmen, and the Navy has two sailors. The overall commander-in-chief is the Monarch, who holds the rank of Grand Marshal. The current Emperor also holds the ranks of Field Marshal of the Army, Grand Admiral of the Navy, and Air Chief Marshal of the Air Force.
The Adammic Army is the only branch that has seen combat, in two separate skirmishes in May 2013 and January 2014 - the Skirmish of Tytannia and the Skirmish of Astley Meadow respectively. The army generally fights unarmed, though the younger members have been known to use plastic swords as batons. Having not been able to find intelligence to the contrary, Adammia believes that it operates the third-largest military on Great Britain, behind only the British Armed Forces and the Austenasian Armed Forces, but it is difficult to ascertain this fact since many British micronations have not documented the size of their militaries.
Main article: Economy of Adammia
The Empire has a very small market economy which is currently completely unregulated (this does not necessarily mean that the government adheres to a completlely free market doctrine, but is mostly down to the fact that due to the size of the economy, issues don't tend to arise which require legislating on). A handful of government-owned and private companies exist. The Ministry of Finance is the government department responsible for public finance and the economy. The Empire does not have a central bank or its own currency, instead using the Great British Pound. Adammia is almost completely reliant on goods and services provided in the nearby United Kingdom, which may in turn come from other sovereign states. Utilities, almost all food, transportation and equipment are all imported in this manner. Citizens of Adammia are also reliant on the UK for full-time employment.
The service sector has the most potential in the Empire. The current Monarch, Emperor Adam I, runs a private limited company called AB Animation Ltd., which runs a channel on YouTube. This channel was formerly partnered with the Maker Gen network and was paid around £20 roughly every year and a half, though this arrangement was recently cancelled by the network which will likely force the company to partner directly with YouTube. Computer programming is a possible future industry in the nation, with Top Hat Software set up as a private company which aims to begin large-scale software development in the future, but currently only occasionally makes money through IT-related odd jobs. Adammia became one of a select number of micronations to have reached the milestone of its first tourist visit in October 2015 when travel writer Jonny Blair visited Tytannia; this gave a small boost to the economy that year as stamps and a newspaper were sold to Blair. However, the Adammic government does not consider tourism to be a potential avenue for future growth, and the nation is effectively closed to tourism for the foreseeable future (this does not mean that the borders are closed - non-residents frequently come and go on purely macronational business).
The industrial sector is also partly active, mostly in agriculture. In the Tytannia province, pears, plums and peaches are all grown. Some of these, along with elderberries raided from various locations across the UK border, can be used to manufacture wines. Due to various restrictions and taxes imposed in the UK, the wines cannot be sold, but instead are given away with the option of voluntary donations in return. Capital Brewery Ltd. has a monopoly on the wine industry.
The government's wealth is stored in His Majesty's Imperial Treasury in Tytannia. The Ministry of Finance administrates the Treasury and is responsible for raising money for it through the monthly Contributions scheme whereby every full adult citizen pays a voluntary fee to help the Empire once per month. In addition, private companies are taxed 20% of their profits. Government-owned companies such as the Adammic Express and Imperial Mail provide all of their profits to the Treasury. The Treasury currently contains £85. Throughout its history, Adammia has never had a national debt. Due to its high level of integration with the British economy, Adammia enjoys a complete lack of poverty, and living standards are considered to be typical of a developed nation.
For the most part, Adammia is not known for conducting scientific research. Although a Ministry of Science and Technology exists, it is extremely inactive, only operating the Adammic Imperial Space Agency (AISA), which itself only rarely launches model rocket missions. AISA has only once successfully launched a model rocket - Andromeda 3 in October 2014.
Utilities - including the electricity, gas and water supplies - and transport links are all provided to Adammia by the United Kingdom as a result of private transactions between Adammic citizens and British companies. Within Adammia, the Ministry of Infrastructure operates the Transport Network Agency and the National Communications Agency; the former is responsible for the road network, and the latter is responsible for managing the postcode system as well as issuing broadcasting licences. However, these agencies are only responsible for categorisation - physical maintenance of the road network is undertaken by the private citizens who own the land in a macronational capacity. The road network is heavily based on the British road numbering system.
The Imperial Statistics Office, an agency of the Ministry of Information, is responsible for collating statistics about the demographics of the Empire. The population of the Empire at the end of 2016 was 29. This is equal to the end of 2015, down from 30 at the end of 2014, and up from 23 at the end of 2013. Most new citizens come from acquisition of new territory rather than immigration into an existing territory (in fact there has only been one recorded instance of immigration in Adammic history, as has there been only one recorded instance of emigration; there has also been one recorded death, but no recorded births).
At the end of 2016, 81 people held honourary Adammic citizenship, making Adammia's total number of citizens 110. However, these honourary citizens are not considered part of the population as they do not reside in Adammic territory and are not bound by its laws. Full citizens, who unlike honourary citizens have the right to vote in elections, include residents of Adammic territory, members of the Ordo Vladius, military servicemen who have served the Empire in battle (this is theoretical, nobody currently holds citizenship on these grounds), and some former residents.
Also distinct is the Empire's territorial population, which was 22 at the end of 2016. This excludes the Ordo Vladius, former residents etc., leaving only the current registered residents. Of these, 13 lived in the provinces and the remaining 9 lived in the colonies. It is believed that there may also be anywhere between 4 and 9 unregistered residents, particularly within the Adammic territories. Some territories, such as the Jagstonian Plains, have no permanent population at all. Of the full citizens who are not territorial residents, 5 live in the United Kingdom, 1 in the United States, 1 in France and 1 in the Netherlands.
At present, there are 31 full citizens of the Empire - 22 (71.0%) men and 9 (29.0%) women. The Empire does not recognise marriages itself, though as it were, currently no Adammic citizens are married in a macronational capacity either; there are, however, 4 (12.9%) divorced citizens and 1 (3.2%) widow. Most Adammic citizens recieve both education up to the age of 18 and free healthcare in the United Kingdom, giving the Empire a 100% literacy rate and a high life expectancy (the statistical life expectancy is 70, but this is believed to be much lower than the true value since there is only one death on record).
In terms of ethnic history, most Adammic citizens have primarily English ancestry. There is also significant Irish blood due to 41.9% of the population being descended from the same Irish woman, a one Irene Kelley. Other genetic sources include, in isolated examples, Italy and Ukraine.
Adammia's official language, and the only language which is used in day-to-day life, is English. Latin is prominently used as a ceremonial language, mainly by the Monarchy, whilst Adammic Columbia also recognises Ukrainian and Afrikaans as regional ceremonial languages. Due to the fact that most Adammic citizens have been educated in the United Kingdom, many citizens have a basic knowledge of at least one other language, usually French, Spanish or German; however, it is believed that only very few citizens speak a second language fluently.
15 out of Adammia's 31 current citizens (48.4%) have given their religion as atheist, agnostic or "None", or have not given their religion for whatever reason. A further 10 (32.3%) gave their religion as the Church of England, 2 (6.5%) as Roman Catholic and a further 2 (6.5%) as simply Christian, putting the total Christian population at 14 (45.2%). 1 (3.2%) citizen simply gave "Theist", whereas 1 (3.2%) was categorised as "Other". The pattern of "no religion" compared to Christian groups roughly matches that of the United Kingdom; it is believed that, much like in the UK, many individuals who give their religion as something other than "no religion" do not actively practice their religion.
Adammia is a strictly secular nation, this being a result of Article XII of the Supreme Directive. All religions must be treated equally under the law (as long as they do not "present any risk to the rights of other humans or national security or stability"). It is unknown if this has had any effect on the religious composition of the Empire.
Main article: Culture of Adammia
Adammia's culture is largely British in nature, being surrounded by the United Kingdom. However, it is slowly starting to diverge away from this, adopting some of its own eccentric quirks.
National Holidays / Events
- 1st January - New Year's Day
- 19th February - The Emperor's Birthday
- 1st April - April Fools Day
- 13th April - Foundation Day
- 21st June - Summer Solstice
- 30th June - Democracy Day
- 26th October - Topin Wagglegammon
- 31st October - Hallowe'en
- 21st December - Winter Solstice
- 25th December - Christmas Day
- 31st December - New Year's Eve
Adammia does not have much of a tradition in literature; although a number of citizens, including the Emperor, have written stories either as part of school work or as a hobbyist exercise, it is not believed that any Adammic citizen has ever had literature published by a macronational publisher. However, Emperor Mother Jayne has recieved acclaim from many within the Empire and elsewhere for her skill as an amateur poet.
Modern pop music is very popular in the Empire, much as in the UK. However, there is a much greater following for other forms of music than in the UK. Metal is popular amongst some members of the military and in the Ordo Vladius. Progressive rock is popular in Primoria. Classical music is also popular in Primoria and Maternia. Some forms of jazz are popular in Primoria.
Adammia also has its own small music industry. Sir Cavan Garfield, the governor of El Grandens, produces vaporwave music under the name "Succ", whose 2016 album of the same name was the first album to be produced in Adammia. A number of full and honourary Adammic citizens also have a history in music. Emperor Father Kevin, Emperor Mother Jayne, Lord Sir Andrew Hall and Sir Tom Bennett have all been part of brass bands (the Emperor Father as a conductor); the former two were also members of the small 1990s pop/rock band Isis (Andrew Hall was the lights operator for the said band). The Emperor Father is a proficient guitarist who played with a number of small bands in the 1980s which were the predecessors of Isis. He is now a guitar teacher and taught former Adammic Army corporal Michael Mellor, who is now a member of the metalcore band Goodbye Graceful. Meanwhile, the Emperor Mother spent some years in the folk band The Durbervilles after Isis disbanded.
Adammia has several amateur artists. Colour drawings by Emperor Mother Jayne, such as the Kingfisher drawing, feature prominently in the Chambers of the Ruling Council. Adammia also has a National Gallery to feature artwork by Adammic citizens. Currently it contains work by Crown Prince Daniel, Madam Becky Spencer-Smith and Lady Madam Chloe Robertson.
Adammia's traditions in other art forms such as cinema is much more limited. No feature film is ever known to have been filmed in Adammia.
Main article: Media in Adammia
Adammia has a national newspaper called the Adammic Express on Wordpress, which has been operating since the first week of the Empire's existance. The Adammic Express is written and edited completely by the Emperor, and it posts 2-4 articles per month. The state's official broadcaster is Adammic Online Broadcasting, which uploads occasional videos and news segments from the Empire on YouTube. AOT is also operated exclusively by the Emperor. Other, private YouTube channels which operate from Adammic territory include "ABanimationLtd" (operated by AB Animation Ltd., well-known for The Micronations Show), "Matties Gaming" and "JakeACake". The state also has an official Twitter account which posts updates every few days.
The Empire's current national sport is Esports. The national sport has been changed twice in the past - first it was Fencing, then Auto racing. Despite this, Adammia has never hosted sporting events for any of these sports nor any other sports. On the other hand, many Adammic citizens are sports fans. A number of British football teams are popular in Adammia; rugby and Formula One also have smaller followings. The Grand National often coincides with Foundation Day and it is Adammic tradition to watch the horse race on TV in Imperial Square as part of the Foundation Day celebrations.
Adammia's flag is made up of a green circle on a dark cyan background, much in the style of the Empire of Japan, only based on the favourite colours of its creator, Adam I. The state animal is the Meerkat which appears on the Coat of Arms. The present Coat of Arms was produced by Emmanouil Tsompanoglou of the Ashukov Federation and in March 2014 replaced an earlier design by Emperor Adam I. The full blazon of the present Coat of Arms is:
Party per pale Vert two swords palewise crossed Argent with hilts Gules, and Azure the side sinister of a nine leafed twig Vert; for a Crest, the Holy Roman Imperial Crown modified with sides Or; for Supporters, two meerkats rampant; Motto "IMPERIVM ADAMMIAE" below the shield and motto "Quaerentibus sapientiam et honorem" below the first motto.
There are two anthems associated with the state: the main theme from the film Chariots of Fire is the national anthem. The Emperor's anthem, which is associated with the Monarch, is Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The original national anthem was Sim Broadway from the soundtrack to SimCity 3000, and was replaced with Chariots of Fire following a referendum in March 2014. The Empire's first Patron Saint, from May 2013 to January 2015, was Jebediah Kerman, a character from Kerbal Space Program infamous for his bravery. Since then, the Patron Saint has been Gabe "Gaben" Newell, the director of the Valve Corporation and a key figure in PC gaming, which is popular in Adammic culture.
Main article: Heraldry in Adammia
Heraldry has become a key part of Adammic culture with every member of the Order of Adammia and the Ordo Vladius, Adammia's two chivalric orders, entitled to bear a coat of arms, alongside the Imperial Family. The Order of Adammia serves as the Empire's main honours system, whilst the Ordo Vladius is an independent entity aligned with Adammia, assisting the Emperor with ambassadorial and security concerns in exchange for full citizenship. Most members of the Order of Adammia are friends and family of the Emperor and he sometimes makes coats of arms for these people. Most Adammic coats of arms follow a common format with the individual's father's family represented in the top left, their mother's family represented in the bottom right, and the remaining two quarters available for something of their choosing.