Empire of Alkmaar

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Empire of Alkmaar, and the lands of Geestmerambacht, Alkmaardermeer, Petrusstad and Poseidon
PoseidonIhuset.png GCOAAlkmaar.png
Motto:
Concordia res parvae crescunt
(English: Small nations grow by concord)
Anthem: Call of the legendary land

Capital
and largest city
Alkmaar
Demonym Alkmaars
Official language English, Dutch,Maplish
Government Federal Democracy under Costitutional Monarchy
Emperor-King Emiel I

Population 45 (2014 Estimate)

Currency Alkmaarse Gulden

Alkmaar, officially the Empire of Alkmaar, and the lands of Geestmerambacht, Alkmaardermeer, Petrusstad and Poseidon(Maplish: Kaiserdom von Alkmaar, en lö lanten von Geestmerambacht, Alkmaardermeer, Petrusstad en Poseidon, Dutch: Keizerrijk Alkmaar, en de landen Geestmerambacht, Alkmaardermeer, Petrusstad en Poseidon) is a self-declared independent nation-state, commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers, with claims in Asia, Europe, and Antarctica. It is governed as a federation, with various political systems in its numerous states. Its capital city is Alkmaar.

Alkmaar is a federal democracy under a constitutional monarchy and is administered by a parliament known as the Stadsparlement. While the laws of the states are subordinate to federal law, the federal government does not have any regulations on the means for administering states and as such the states all have their own unique system of governance. It is regarded as a minor inter-micronational diplomatic power and a leading cultural and political power in Europe.

Alkmaar, with a mixed market capitalist economy, ranks as having a high level of income equality. It is frequently ranked as a happy and lowly corrupt nation. The national language, Maplish, is closely related to Frenkisch, Mahusetan, Radonic, Matsian, Dutch and English.

Etymology

Alkmaar's naam is believed to come from the Dutch phrase "allemaal meren", approximately meaning "a lot of lakes", it refers to the fact that Alkmaar started as a settlement in pre-polder Noord-Holland. Pre-polder Noord-Holland contained a lot of lakes, who endangered other settlements.

History

Prehistory

The earliest mention of the name Alkmaar is in a 10th-century document. As the village grew into a town, it was granted city rights in 1254. The oldest part of Alkmaar lies on an ancient sand bank that afforded some protection from the sea during medieval times. Even so, it is only a couple of metres above the surrounding region, which consists of some of the oldest polders in existence.

Battle of Alkmaar 1573.
In 1573 the city successfully withstood a siege by Spanish forces under the leadership of Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba. It was a turning point in the Eighty Years War and gave rise to the expression Bij Alkmaar begint de victorie ("Victory begins at Alkmaar"). The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar and Mahuset on 8 October, the day the siege ended. In 1799, during the French revolutionary wars, an Anglo-Russian expeditionary force captured the city but was ultimately defeated in the Battle of Castricum. The French victory was commemorated on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as Alkmaer.
Alkmaar on the Arc de Triomphe.

The North Holland Canal, opened in 1824, was dug through Alkmaar. In 1865 and 1867 the railways between Alkmaar and Den Helder and between Alkmaar and Haarlem were built respectively.

In the second half of the 20th century, Alkmaar expanded quickly with development of new neighbourhoods. On October 1, 1972, the town of Oudorp and the southern portions of Koedijk and Sint Pancras were added to the municipality of Alkmaar.

Burgemeester de Wilde School

Henk de Wilde
Teachers at the Burgemeester de Wilde School rising the flag of Schagen when the school was built.

The Burgemeester de Wilde School, a Dutch cluster 2 basisschool, was the school where Emiel, Nuri, Matthies, Ewout and various other people who were influential in Alkmaar's history have had their early education on the Burgemeester de Wilde School. The Burgemeester de Wilde School was founded in 1976 by Henk de Wilde, the mayor of Schagen and member of the Dutch Labour Party. The school is a cluster school, meaning that it is a special school for children with issues in communicating. While it is not for autistic children, many of the children on the school are or were simply on there because of autism spectrum disorder. The school's main location, the Meerkoet was founded in 1976, in Schagen. The Pulletje, another location of the school, was founded in 1980, in Hoorn. The Kievietlaan, another location of the school, was founded in 2006 and closed in 2013 in Schagen. Alkmaar, another location of the school, was founded in 2008, in Alkmaar. The Hoep, the replacement for the Kievietlaan, was founded in 2013, in Schagen. The Hendrik Mol was founded as a middle school for the school but it separated later.

Before Ihuset

Alkmaar began as a fictional nation in a fictional world in 2007. It was called: "Emiel's World" and was an Empire, Emiel was the emperor and was called "Cool Emiel". It was not serious at all but there were still plans to revive it in Ihuset. But if it had never been founded, Emiel never would have come in contact with politics. Emiel's World had a dialect of Dutch known as "Emilan", which was what developed into the Mærtan language.

During the Kingdom of Ihuset

Emiel went on Wikipedia around April 2012 and looked at pages of ministates like Vatican City, Monaco and San Marino and found out about the Principality of Sealand. He did more research into this and found the Republic of Molossia. He got inspiredby these two micronations and wanted to make his own micronation. Ihuset was then founded with his research as inspiration, it is said it was founded to give him the "feeling of autonomy" which he lacked at the time. Emiel made a page on MicroWikia and got "unofficially" involved in the many cyberwars going around on MicroWikia at the time.

This started Mahusetan diplomacy as it got into contact with many micronations, good or bad, like New Canada and Domus. It got welcomed by Flatland almost immediately and it got invited into the Grand Intermicronational Alliance by a representative of Northumbria-Montebourg. This was the first time Ihuset ever did any act of diplomacy and it joined. It left because it had a neutrality policy and didn't want to join the wars it was entitled to do.

Early Mahuset

After Emiel founded Ihuset, the other children at the Burgemeester de Wilde school were inspired to create micronations themselves. They were Matsia and Radon. Mahuset was originally founded as an unification of Matsia and Ihuset, but Radon quickly joined, the original name was the United Nations of Mahuset but it had quickly changed to the Royal United Nations of Mahuset". It was mainly inspired by Ancient Rome and Holland. Mahuset quickly gained diplomacy and a great significance within the MicroWikia community. Many conflicts at MicroWikia had various Mahusetan officials in them, including the conflict against Brandon Rhea and Wikia, the split which let to the establishment of Micropedia and all the the splits which let into all future versions of Micropedia. Vetria had established Diplomatic Relations with Mahuset during this era.

Late Mahuset under the kingdom

Around November 2012, the Royal United Nations of Mahuset transformed into the Kingdom of Mahuset. The first stable government was established by Emiel during this era, having a democracy and various political powers. At this time the Eniakist ideology was started by Emiel, which would change Mahuset for the rest of its live and it gained a great significance. When the Eniakisation of Mahuset started, Mahuset started to reach a higher HDI fairly quick. The rapid expansion of Eniakism had been deemed similar to the Rise of Communism. The Eniak Party ruled and Mahuset became a one party state. During the era of the one party state, Mahuset got the Eniak Government which would rule the kingdom until it collapsed. The government was fairly well developed compared to older governments having political parties, a functional system of division, ministries and state owned companies. Eventually Radon and Matsia rejoined Mahuset and the Triumphant era started, which ended with the collapse of the kingdom. The triumphant era transformed into a more functional democracy with various political parties.

Empire of Constantidium

Mahuset had been a part of the Empire of Constantidium, which was founded by Mahuset, Derskov-Viadalvia, Arnhem and Snezhanopol

Collapse of the kingdom

Even though it had a stable government, three of the states got into various disputes, especially about the new acts in the constitution or conflicting ideals. This happened about three times, the last one meaning the start of the collapse of Mahuset. After an inactivity of about a week, Poseidon-Ihuset went defunct, leaving Mahuset without a king, thus ending Mahuset.

Establishment of Krasota

Emiel, now only Slinnysh started focusing on Slin. Krasota was founded as a unification of Matsia and Radon but later wanted Mahuset back because, acoording to its representatives, it was just better. Emiel agreed to this and proposed the establishment of the Royal Union of Mahuset.

Proposal of the Royal Union of Mahuset

The Royal Union of Mahuset, was a proposal thought of by Emiel. The proposal was canceled after Nuri "pissed Emiel off".

Establisment of the Empire of Alkmaar

Emiel established the Empire of Alkmaar to be the ruling power in the former states of Alkmaar, Jefferson and some lands around these states. The state is now the ruling power.

Government

Politics of the Royal Union of Mahuset is played within a federal democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with the larger Victorious Assembly as its centrepiece. Mahuset has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties.

The Prime Minister of the Federation is first among equals, head of government and leader of the Federal Assembly as Speaker of the Assembly.

The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The civil and common law system of the nation is governed by two systems, regular courts and administrative courts. Administrative courts process cases where official decisions are contested.

Mahuset also is currently a federated state. Member nations share sovereignty, but apart from the nation-state are not nation states but mere nations. It is a multi-dominium nation-state.

Political parties

Alkmaar is a multi-party state. Coalitions are often formed between parties because there are so many.

Name Logo Founded Ideology Position Seats Leader
Antileftise Parta MER2.png 2012 Alkmaars Nationalism Centre Right
3 / 5
Emiel I
SLP Slp.png 2014 Social Liberalism Centre Left
1 / 5
Shady Morsi
Alkmaar Party Alkmaarparty.png 2014 Socialism Far Left
1 / 5
Hasan Çakar

Law and order

Law enforcement in Alkmaar is the responsibility of the Vasdise Polici. Jurisprudence operates on a civil law legal system, with crimes being tried by a Town Court, a High Court, or the Royal Court, depending on the severity of the offence. There are no permanent courts due to the rarity of crimes, with instead a court of the necessary rank to be summoned upon a person being charged with a crime - none have been summoned under the current system. If a person is found guilty of a crime, then their punishment is decided by the lawyer of the court. Civil disputes are resolved by a magistrate appointed by the Emperor-King.

Alkmaar has an extremely low crime rate. Since May 2012, only one arrests has ever been made, for wanting to overthrow the king in Mahuset, Alkmaar's predecessor.

Military

The Vasdise Wermacht is the military force of Alkmaar, administrated and funded by the Ministry of Peacekeeping. The main branch of the Vasdise Wermacht is the Alkmaars Army, founded in May 2013. Emiel I is the Minister of Peacekeeping. The Vasdise Wermacht is split into various fronts that each defend their own respective area.
Flag of the Vasdise Wermacht

Ranks

Special Ranks
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High Admiral
CAF-AOTF.png
High Commander
Flag officers
CAF-ADM.png CAF-VA.png CAF-FRA.png CAF-RA.png
Admiral Vice-Admiral First Rear-Admiral Rear-Admiral
Senior officers
CAF-CFC.png CAF-CAP.png CAF-LCAP.png CAF-LFC.png
Captain First class Captain Lieutenant-Captain First Lieutenant
Junior- and Warrant Officers
CAF-LIE.png CAF-CPO.png CAF-PO.png CAF-SPC.png
Second Lieutenant Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Specialist

Foreign relations

Alkmaar has an official foreign policy but its diplomacy is guided by a commitment to be recognized by as many nations as possible and to make a noticeable and positive impact on the micronational community. As a result of choice policy, the following nations are ones Alkmaar has relations with or recognizes:

Recognised; no relations

Full diplomatic relations

  • Vetriaflagdesign1.png Republic of Vetria
  • Flag Of The Viadalvian Republic.png Republic of Viadalvia
  • PrincipalityMonoviaflag.png Principality of Monovia
  • Hasanistan.png Federal Republic of Hasanistan

Informal relations

  • Flag of Slin.png Second Empyre of Slin
  • Molossia flag.png Republic of Molossia

Economy

Logo of Oxocero, which provides various services for the Alkmaars Government, regional governments, and foreign governments.

Alkmaar has a mixed-market capitalist economy. Most, if not all, Alkmaarders are lower-middle class to upper-middle class. There is very little income inequality. Major private Alkmaars businesses include Oxocero Holdings and Eefpy

The currency of Mahuset is the Alkmaarse Gulden, which is regulated by the Alkmaarbank. The Chairman of the AB is Emiel I. He announced the creation of the Federal Revenue and Customs, controlling a number of things from taxes to the number of imported goods. He outlined that they will focus on putting value to the Alkmaar, negotiating state budgets and allocating money to different states within Alkmaar. The recent improvements have been made to launch the Mahusetan economy into one of the most developed and successful seen in micronationalism.

Guilds

Alkmaar is characterised by guilds or gülden as they're known in Maplish. Guilds are local associations of people who tend to have the sane merchantship. Guilds are oftenly similar to companies due to the fact that they can legally function as one.

Largest Companies

Rank Logo Name Headquarters
1. Oxocero.png Oxocero Holdings Alkmaar
2. Eefpy.png Eefpy Hillwood, Geestmerambacht
3. Imperialguildtechnicians.png Imperial Guild of Technicians Playdon, Geestmerambacht

Geography and climate

Alkmaar mainly consists out of flat polders with lots of water surrounding it. It is dotted with lakes, hills, swamps, and sandy beaches. It has a temperate climate and rainfall is constant The seasons are quite variable in temperature, however temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F) or rise above 30 °C (86 °F). Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring.

Climate and biodiversity

LakeAlkmaar.jpeg
The climate varies much through the nation. Most of Alkmaar has a humid continental short summer climate, with mild summers and mild winters. Matias and Sopha has a humid continental long summer climate, with warm summers and warm winters. Owing to thick deciduous forests, fall in Alkmaar brings bright and colourful foliage. Trees are very common in Alkmaar. The most common kinds are maple, pine and chestnut trees. Springs are generally wet and cloudy. The predominant wind direction in the Alkmaar is south-west, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters, and typically high humidity. This is especially true close to the Dutch coastline, where temperatures can be more than 10 °C (18 °F) higher (in winter) or lower (in summer) than in the south of the country. The following tables are based on mean measurements by the Vasdise Wedder Grüp between 1981 and 2010:
Climate data for Alkmaar (1981–2010 averages).
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.2
(63)
20.4
(68.7)
25.6
(78.1)
32.2
(90)
35.6
(96.1)
38.4
(101.1)
37.1
(98.8)
38.6
(101.5)
35.2
(95.4)
30.1
(86.2)
21.1
(70)
17.8
(64)
38.6
(101.5)
Average high °C (°F) 5.6
(42.1)
6.4
(43.5)
10.0
(50)
14.0
(57.2)
18.0
(64.4)
20.4
(68.7)
22.8
(73)
22.6
(72.7)
19.1
(66.4)
14.6
(58.3)
9.6
(49.3)
6.1
(43)
14.1
(57.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.1
(37.6)
3.3
(37.9)
6.2
(43.2)
9.2
(48.6)
13.1
(55.6)
15.6
(60.1)
17.9
(64.2)
17.5
(63.5)
14.5
(58.1)
10.7
(51.3)
6.7
(44.1)
3.7
(38.7)
10.1
(50.2)
Average low °C (°F) 0.3
(32.5)
0.2
(32.4)
2.3
(36.1)
4.1
(39.4)
7.8
(46)
10.5
(50.9)
12.8
(55)
12.3
(54.1)
9.9
(49.8)
6.9
(44.4)
3.6
(38.5)
1.0
(33.8)
6.0
(42.8)
Record low °C (°F) -27.4
(-17.3)
-26.8
(-16.2)
-20.7
(-5.3)
-9.4
(15.1)
-5.4
(22.3)
-1.2
(29.8)
0.7
(33.3)
1.3
(34.3)
-3.7
(25.3)
-8.5
(16.7)
-14.4
(6.1)
-22.3
(-8.1)
-27.4
(-17.3)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 69.6
(2.74)
55.8
(2.197)
66.8
(2.63)
42.3
(1.665)
61.9
(2.437)
65.6
(2.583)
81.1
(3.193)
72.9
(2.87)
78.1
(3.075)
82.8
(3.26)
79.8
(3.142)
75.8
(2.984)
832.5
(32.776)
Average relative humidity (%) 87 84 81 75 75 76 77 79 84 86 89 89 82
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 17 14 17 13 14 14 14 14 15 16 18 17 184
Average snowy days (≥ 0 cm) 6 6 4 2 0 0 2 5 25
Sunshine hours 62.3 85.7 121.6 173.6 207.2 193.9 206.0 187.7 138.3 112.9 63.0 49.3 1,601.5
Source: Vasdise Wedder Grüp

States and Federal departments

Alkmaar is a federation of numerous states, also called territories, who are guaranteed numerous rights outlined in the constitution.

Flag Emblem Name Population Parliamental Delegates Head of State Head of Government
States
5388.gif NoorderhoutArms.png Kingdom of
Alkmaar
45 Emiel I, Jeroen I, Karin I
Emiel I
Vistara.png Alkmaardermeercoa.png Kingdom of
Alkmaardermeer
Icelyn.png GeestmerambachtArms.png Kingdom of
Geestmerambacht
Brightonshire.png Petrusstadcoa.png Kingdom of
Petrusstad
Utopiaflag.jpg HusetanArms.png Kingdom of
Poseidon
2 Shady Morsi, Hasan Çakar

Education

Diagram of the Alkmaars Education system

As a micronation, Alkmaar has no authority over education but it does have a proposed educational system. Children from the age 1 tot 12 are on the Jongschool, after that they will get the Cito or the Nio test to see what level the person has. He can go to five different levels which are Laagvoor Praktijk, Laagvoor Erna, Laagvoor Ervoor, Laagvoor Gemiddeld, Middelvoor, Hoogvoor and Praktijkwerkschool, all of them fall under the Voorwerkschool, all levels except the Praktijkwerkschool have the Brugjongschool which is an introduction to the Voorwerkschool. After that people go to the Werkschool where you get your certificates for employment, it has various levels that you can see on the diagram.

Culture

Alkmaar shares its traditional culture with the Netherlands and England, but the nations have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since the independence of Mahuset in 2012. The Alkmaars Ministry of Culture actively encourages the traditional arts, as well as modern forms, through funding and education programs.

Society

Alkmaars society is one which emphasizes humanitarian acts and aid. Mahusetan society is also one with very clear social rankings, as power and influence seem to go together easily.

Media

Alkmaars media is relatively rich and well written. As per freedom of speech, the government allows all citizens to speak their mind freely. The largest publication in the nation is the Alkmaarse Courant. It takes no position, but gives overall conservative views.

Languages

Several languages are spoken in Alkmaar, including Maplish, Dutch and English. However, a small number of these are actually recognized. English remains the common language, with Maplish as well.

Traditions

One traditional festivity in Mahuset (but also in the Netherlands) is the feast of Sint Nicolaas or Sinterklaas. It is celebrated on 4-6 December in families, especially in families with little children. Another tradition is beschuit met muisjes when people come to visit a new-born baby and his/her mother and get the beschuit met muisjes.

Cuisine

Mahusetan Cifa
Alkmaar does not have a big variety of traditional cuisine. However, Cifa, made from Potatoes, Cheese and Bacon, is a very common Mahusetan dish. Dutch cuisine, as well as Chinese, Indonesian, English, and Italian food, are popular among the Alkmaarders too.

Holidays

Mahuset has various holidays and they are:

Date Name Remarks
1st of January New Year's Day The day before is called "Old Year's Day" and not "New Year's Eve."
9th of January Prince Day Celebration of the birth of Jeroen I.
March/April Good Friday It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday.
March/April Easter The Mahusetans celebrate two days of Easter (on Sunday and the subsequent Monday).
4th of May Remembrance of the dead Remembrance of the deaths in the Second World War.
5th of May Liberation Day Celebration of the 1945 capitulation of German forces in World War II.
29th of May Victory Day
26th of September Emperor Day Celebration of the birth of Emiel I.
8th of October Siege Day Celebration of the Dutch forces winning from the Spanish forces.
4th of December-6th of December Saint Nicholas A predecessor of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, gives presents to the children. While Saint Nicholas' name day is on 6th of December, in Mahuset usually only Saint Nicholas' Eve is celebrated on the 5th of December.
25th and the 26th of December Christmas The Mahusetans celebrate two days of Christmas: Eerste Kerstdag (the first day of Christmas) and Tweede Kerstdag (Boxing day).

State Symbols

Symbol Use Notes
GCOAAlkmaar.png Greater Coat of Arms While not clearly visible, the colours of the flag are correctly on the flags next to the mantling.
MCOAAlkmaar.png Middle Coat of Arms
PoseidonIhusetCoA.png Lesser Coat of Arms
PoseidonIhuset.png Flag
VasdiseWermacht.png War flag Also used by the Vasdise Wermacht in normal situations
NoorderhoutArms.png Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Alkmaar
Alkmaardermeercoa.png Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Alkmaardermeer
GeestmerambachtArms.png Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Geestmerambacht
Petrusstadcoa.png Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Petrusstad
HusetanArms.png Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Poseidon
5388.gif Flag of the Kingdom of Alkmaar
Vistara.png Flag of the Kingdom of Alkmaardermeer
Icelyn.png Flag of the Kingdom of Geestmerambacht
Brightonshire.png Flag of the Kingdom of Petrusstad
Utopiaflag.jpg Flag of the Kingdom of Poseidon