Astor Impora

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Astor Impora
Cathair Impirúil
Imperial City
—  Capital City  —
[[File:Astor Impora Flag.jpg|100px|border|alt=|Flag of Astor Impora]]
Flag
Motto: Hasten to Study
Country Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation
State SFRNflag.png Central Nemkhav Republic
Government
 - Type Directly Governed City
 - Custodian Marka Mejakhansk (as Chancellor of the CNR)
Population (2016)
 - Total 4
Time zone UTC

Astor Impora (English: Imperial City, Irish: Cathair Impirúil) is the capital and largest city of the Nemkhav Federation. First established on the 31st of July 2009, it is the cultural centre and heart of Nemkhavia, having been the very first annexed territory upon the beginning of Nemkhav nationhood. It holds the dual position of capital of the Federation and capital of the Central Nemkhav Republic.

The city was the founding location of Nemkhavia on the 31st of January 2009 and has functioned as the capital of the many incarnations of the micronation through the years, either on a local or federal scale. While most of the political functions of the Nemkhav Federation have been traditionally carried out using online media, the city has still retained pride of place as the ceremonial capital. The official home of the Federal Government is the Senate Chamber in the west of the city.

Traditionally a seat of learning and development, Astor Impora has seen the development of thriving musical and educational industries. The Astor Impora Conservatory of Music is the prime location for musical education in the Central Nemkhav Republic and the Federation as a whole, while the city's University pioneers research in the areas of the arts and technology.

History

When Nemkhavia was founded, the very first territory it possessed was the building which became known as the Palace. When the nation was proclaimed on July 31st 2009, then-Premier Marka Mejakhansk did so from the new Senate chamber in the largest room of the building. Astor Impora was, at that time, the extent of Nemkhav territory. As the then Imperial Republic found it's feet and expanded, the city grew outwards.

When the Nemkhav Federation was announced on the 28th of August 2009, the announcement was made on the steps of the Palace, a tradition which would carry on to this day. The steps have seen many annoucements and events, such as the vigil on the eve of the Vote on the Nemkhav Nation 2009, and the proclaimation of the SFR.

The city remained capital of Nemkhavia during the sometimes-turbulent months of the SUNP and the following Republic of Nemkhavia. When the SFR Nemkhavia was refounded in mid 2010, the city was once again confirmed as the central seat of Government and the home of the people.

Upon the revelation that Nemkhavia as the community knew it was but a fantasy nation, Astor Impora became one of two remaining territories of Nemkhavia as it made its way through the nations of A1 and Egtavia. The city serves still as the capital of the Nemkhav nation. When the President returned from the Province of Novomir, Mark Meehan decided it was time for a change, so, he decided to create a new city-state and settle the capital there, he called it Astor Christiania.

The name of the city was changed again during the era of the Second Nemkhav Federation. In an attempt to generate a more unique identity for the city and its surrounding micronation, Astor Impora was renamed to "Paterstadt" and the surrounding nation named "Novomir". The idea worked for a time, with the German language offering a rallying point for a city that had thus-far been existing largely in obscurity, especially in the midst of an extremely large federation in micronational terms.

After 2012, the Nemkhav Federation declined into inactivity as the various member nations seceded for various reasons. Finally, only the Republic of Novomir remained, its capital city functioning only nominally.

Upon the declaration of the Third Nemkhav Federation on the 21st of February 2016, the city of Astor Impora was revived to its former state, assuming its historical name and its ceremonial position at the heart of the Nemkhav Federation.

Geography

The city is located in the very middle of the Central Nemkhav Republic and is made of up largely urban areas.

Climate

The climate of the city is the same as CNR. Wet conditions were commonplace throughout much of the year, though it is generally warm in summer. The city is also very vulnerable to icey conditions, due to it's position on the side of the Wicklow Mountains. The hills in the city cause travel to be quite dangerous when ice forms on the paths and roads. Highest temperatures could reach anything up to 27°C, with lowest temperatures being roughly -6°C.

Administration

The city is a Directly Governed City, without its own local assembly. The only local officer is the Custodian, a position which is held ex-officio by the Chancellor of the Central Nemkhav Republic.

The city is divided into three distracts, largely for ceremonial purposes. The western side of the city is devoted to government, both local and federal. The Government District of the city is the official seat of the Federal Government, with the Office of the President, the Council of Ministers and the Federal Assembly all sharing space in the Senate Chamber, former home to the original Senate of the Imperial Republic. The northern side of the city is home to the Residential District, which is home to the residents of the city, including the official residence of the President of the Nemkhav Federation. The eastern side of the city is set aside as an area of recreation. It is home to the Blue Bear, the city's prime public house and the adjacent Rory Gallagher Avenue.