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Unified Royal States of Australis
|Unified Royal States of Australis|
Afrikaans: Verenig Koninklik Staat Van Australis
Motto: Melior est enim orbis terrarum
English: For a better world
|Capital||New Yera (Executive) |
|Official languages||English, Afrikaans|
|Recognised regional languages||Nyungar|
|Government||Meritocratic Grand Duchy|
|Legislature||Australissian Legislative Council|
|Independence from Australia|
• Declaration of Independence
|8 April 2020|
• Duchy Established
|28 May 2020|
• November 2020 census
|63 (Including 23 Honorary Subjects)|
|Currency||Australissian Credit (ACD)|
|Time zone||ACT (UTC+8:00)|
|Drives on the||left|
|Internet TLD||.ml (de jure)|
Australis, officially the Unified Royal States of Australis, is a self-declared sovereign state, commonly known as a micronation to external observers. Australis declared independence from the Commonwealth of Australia on 8 April 2020 as the Commonwealth of Australis, later changing its official name to the Unified Royal States of Australis. Australis is composed of five inhabited states and seven territories. Australis has three capitals: A legislative, executive and the de jure capital. These are Belvoir, New Yera and Jarrahview respectively. The Government of Australis is a Meritocratic Grand Duchy, where the legislative branch is appointed via Meritocracy and the Executive branch is appointed via hereditary succession. The legislative branch of Australis is the Australissian Legislative Council, a small council currently composed of five members.
Australis frequents high positions on intermicronational rankings of performance. It scored fifth place in the October 2020 Cupertino Member Positivity Survey with 85 points. Furthermore, Australis ranks 4.00 on the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, 4.20 on Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness and 4.60 on Freayth's System of Classification. Australis has held full membership in the Cupertino Alliance since July 2020 and provisional membership in the Grand Unified Micronational since October 2020, in addition to being a member of several smaller organizations such as the League of Independent Nations, Oceanian Micronational Union and the Union Against Micronational War.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Military
- 5 Geography
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 References
The name Australis was chosen by Daniel Roscoe. The name Australis is derived from the historical term Terra Australis Incognita, meaning 'Unknown Southern Land'. This name was given to a hypothetical undiscovered continent, that was later found to be Australia. Australis was also chosen to be the name as it fit with the Latin naming scheme in the early history of the nation. 
Pentarchy Era (April-May 2020)
On 8 April 2020. the Commonwealth of Australis was established by a group of five people - Daniel Roscoe, Alison Mitchell, Anica Weck, Roberto Flamenco and Caitlyn Azar.  These five people comprised the Pentarchy - an executive and legislative governing body of five equal individuals tasked with running Australis. The week following the founding of Australis saw massive population inflation, with the population almost tripling, reaching 13 citizens by 17 April. On 18 April, Australis created the first version of its MicroWiki page, in order to further its foreign relations. It is also around this time when Australis joined the Organization of Allied Micronations, a now defunct micronational organization, as a founding member. Australis' membership in this early phase opened gateways and set a standard for future Australissian diplomacy. Within its first month, Australis opened diplomatic partnerships with the now defunct Republic of Suverska, the Union of Jutar, Commonwealth of Rhodesia and Imperium Aquilae.
During this period of time, Pentarchy members Roberto Flamenco and Anica Weck resigned, and were replaced by Sinead Hamilton and Carlo Olivier. Towards the end of April, the Pentarchy held an election in order to form a separate legislative branch of government. Initially, this legislative branch consisted of five seats. The election had two political parties contesting government - the left-wing Australissian Libertarian-Socialist Party and the right-wing Australissian Liberal Party. The Libertarian Socialist Party, backed by four of the five Pentarchy members, won with an absolute majority vote, with no seats being gained by the Liberal Party. On 6 May, the Australissian Parliament was dissolved and political parties were outlawed by the Pentarchy, in order to 'maintain the political and social goals of Australis'. The system was replaced by a Governor system, with one person each representing their respective state, appointed by the Pentarchy. This system held similarities to today's meritocratic system.
Also coinciding with this date was the day Australis changed its official name, from the Commonwealth of Australis to the Unified Royal States of Australis, due to the name being easily confused with the Commonwealth of Australia. From 6 to 28 May, Australis was experiencing instability within the government. The Pentarchy was viewed by the citizen base to be failing, as Daniel Roscoe was performing most of the work of developing and running Australis. The other five members at that point participated very little in Australis. In a last ditch effort to keep the Pentarchy stable and to reignite activity, a vote was passed to make Daniel the Head of the Pentarchy, which in doing so violated the original purpose of the Pentarchy, to have five equal rulers. In addition to this, two high ranking individuals within Australis, initially gaining power in the April election, were appointed as advisors to the Pentarchy. These were Xavier Joubert and Jared Barker. Despite the best efforts of the Pentarchy and its advisors, it ultimately collapsed on the 28th of May 2020, after Daniel guaranteed Jared the role of Chancellor, if he helped lobby members of the Pentarchy into voting to dissolve the Pentarchy in a vote. The vote was passed unanimously, due to the other members believing that the nation would operate smoothly under the rule of Daniel Roscoe.
Transitionary Era (June 2020-August 2020)
The Transitionary Era, also known as the Early-Roscoe Era, was a time of change and growth in Australis, following the transition of Australis from a Pentarchy into a Grand Duchy, the strenghtening of foreign relations with the Kingdom of Australand, and the admittance of Australis as a member of the Cupertino Alliance. Following the dissolution of the Pentarchy, Daniel Roscoe ascended to the throne as the first Grand Duke of Australis. At this time, the Australissian Government was relatively undeveloped, with many Pentarchy Era policies and initiatives still in place. In order to begin changing these old policies, Daniel appointed Jared Barker, former Prime Minister of Australis and later Advisor to the Pentarchy as the first Chancellor of Australis. The final major change to Government during this era was the de-democratization of Australis, with the Australis Leadership Council becoming a Meritocracy based Government.  During August, the State Revitalization Program was established, an initiative intended to promote cultural growth and activity, as well as developing the nation, on the state level, however this program soon saw inactivity. Also in August, the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs launched a trial of paper-based citizenship application forms - this saw a rapid spike in population. The trial was seen as a success, and the program is being further developed.
Mid-Roscoe Era (September 2020-Present)
The Mid-Roscoe era, also known as the Current Era of Australis, is an era which has seen the rapid increase in Australissian influence, with Australis being admitted to the Grand Unified Micronational as a provisional member on 14 October, and Australis completely reworking its foreign policy, under the leadership of Minister for Foreign Affairs Patrick Kenny. During September-October 2020, the Cupertino Alliance ran a survey entitled the Cupertino Member Positivity Survey in order to "rank full member states of the Cupertino Alliance based on how positively said participant viewed them." On 31 October, Australis annexed its second overseas territory, the first in Europe, making Australis a nation spanning three continents. Beginning in November, Daniel Roscoe and Patrick Kenny commenced work on the first Constitution of Australis, in order to outline basic law and rule in Australis. 
Government and politics
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Grand Duke of Australis
The Grand Duke of Australis is both the executive and ceremonial monarch of Australis. Currently, the reigning monarch is HRH Daniel I. The position was established on 28 May 2020, following the executive decision to dissolve the Pentarchy, and induct Daniel, a Pentarchy Member, as the Grand Duke of the nation. The Grand Duke holds considerable power over the nation, describable as an absolute monarchy, but with a full legislative government.
Australissian Legislative Council
The Australissian Legislative Council, known in short as the ALC, is the legislative branch of the Australissian Government. The theoretical maximum number of members in the ALC is 8, however there are currently only 4 members in the Council. The ALC is chaired by the Grand Duke of Australis, Daniel I, whose responsibilities lie with proposing and writing legislature, representing the House of Roscoe and overseeing the operations of Australis.  Members of the ALC are nominated and appointed via Meritocracy, the process of appointing people based on merit, rather than by public vote. An exception to this is the Grand Duke of Australis. While the position as Chair of the Australissian Legislative Council may go to any ALC member, The Grand Duke of Australis may not be voted in or out. He is a permanent member of the Council.
Ministers of the government
Australis maintains an open foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for making decisions on foreign policy and forming mutual recognition and relations with other nations. The earliest organization that Australis was involved in was the Organization of Allied Micronations, which later was disbanded. Today, Australis is a member of multiple organizations, some of the most notable being the Cupertino Alliance and the Grand Unified Micronational. Australis applied to become a member of the Cupertino Alliance on July 8, 2020. Shortly after the application was received, on the 15th of July, 2020, Australis became a full member state of the Cupertino Alliance. 
Australis shares common borders with the Kingdom of Australand, a bordering micronation in the Perth area, and maintain active foreign relations and communication. The two nations signed the Perth Accord, acknowledging each others existence, mutually recognising each other and outlining joint military cooperation protocols.
|Name||Macronation||Relations Commenced||Status of Relations||Nation Pass?|
|Imperium Aquilae ||Greece||5 May 2020||Formal||No|
|Union of Jutar ||United States||9 May 2020||Formal||No|
|Commonwealth of Rhodesia ||United Kingdom||9 May 2020||Formal||No|
|Kingdom of Australand ||Australia||16 June 2020||Formal||No|
|Pametchia ||United States||9 July 2020||Formal||No|
|Nexan Republic ||Canada||11 July 2020||Formal||No|
|State of Vishwamitra ||India||26 August 2020||Terminated||No|
|Kingdom of Ebenthal||Brazil||3 September 2020||Formal||No|
|Commonwealth of Naveria||United States||9 September 2020||Formal||Yes|
|Misberian Confederacy||United States||10 September 2020||Formal||No|
|United Kingdoms of Greater Monmark||United States||29 September 2020||Formal||Yes|
|Kingdom of West Sayville||United States||30 September 2020||Formal||Yes|
|Confederate States of America||United States||11 October 2020||Formal||No|
|Iceni Federal Republic||United States||17 November 2020||Formal||Yes|
|Union Against Micronational War||N/A||May 2020|
|Cupertino Alliance||Full Membership||15 July 2020|
|League of Independent Nations ||Full Membership||22 September 2020|
|Grand Unified Micronational ||Full Membership||4 November 2020||Was a Provisional Member from 14 October to 3 November 2020|
|Constantia Pact||N/A||N/A||October 2020||Founding member|
Australis maintains a small Self-Defence Force, the Royal Australissian Defence Force, which mainly fulfils the duties of a Royal Guard. The Commander-in-Chief of the RADF is the Grand Duke of Australis, however it is primarily managed by the Minister for Defence, Xavier Joubert. The current amount of military personnel within the RADF is currently unknown; however as of June 2020, the RADF consisted of five personnel.
In its northern regions, Australis sits on coastal plains and hills, wetlands, urban regions and forest. The area surrounding Australis town contains lush natural forests. Australis is situated to the west of the Darling Fault, also known as the Perth Hills, the ancient shores of Western Australia millions of years ago. Today, the whole area of Australis sits on the former seabed, which has led to very sandy, relatively infertile soil. To the original inhabitants of the region, the indigenous Noongars, Australis' metropolitan territories are situated in the Whadjuk Noongar land, and Australis Town is situated in the Wardandi Noongar land. The Noongar population inhabited these regions for 50-70 thousand years before European colonisation. Today, the metropolitan areas sit in the local government regions of the City of Wanneroo, City of Stirling and the City of Joondalup. Australis Town sits in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
Australis experiences a mediterranean climate characterised by warm summers and cool winters. In the summer, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius.
|Climate data for Amicitia, Australis|
|Record high °C (°F)||44.4
|Average high °C (°F)||31.2
|Average low °C (°F)||18.1
|Record low °C (°F)||8.9
|Average Rainfall mm (inches)||20.2
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1mm)||1.7||1.2||2.5||4.6||8.6||11.8||14.4||13.0||10.9||5.7||3.7||2.0||80.1|
|Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology|
The Unified Royal States of Australis is divided into four states and seven territories. The majority of Australissian citizens live the states of Integritas and Amicitia. Each state is appointed a Governor by the Grand Duke, who oversees operations of their own state. Territories are operated by the Grand Duke or Chancellors Office. Australis Town is a territory, however it is home to the official capital of Australis, Jarrahview.
|Flag||State||Capital||Date of Admission|
|Amicitia||New Yera||April 10, 2020|
|Beatitudinem||Bindoo (Temporary)||April 10, 2020|
|Felicitatem||Bindoo||April 10, 2020|
|Integritas||Belvoir||April 10, 2020|
In addition to the states of Australis, there are multiple territories, which are large enough to be recognised as regions of Australis, but too sparsely populated to be a state. The capital of Australis, Australis Town, meets this classification, and is therefore a territory of Australis.
|Flag||State||Capital||Date of Admission|
|Aequalitatem||Delgado||10 April 2020|
|Australis Town||Jarrahview||10 April 2020|
|Jutia||New Jutar||19 April 2020|
|Realm of West Aurelia||Hartog||15 May 2020|
|Lakeston||No Capital||1 September 2020|
|Vergulde||No Capital||5 September 2020|
|Constantia||No Capital||15 October 2020|
|Beacon||No Capital||31 October 2020|
|Austral-Garuda||No Capital||3 November 2020|
|Flag||State||Capital||Date of Admission||Date of Expulsion|
|Nullus||None||July 17, 2020||August 30, 2020|
By October 2020, the population was 69. The largest documented population growth in the history of Australis was in April 2020, the month that Australis was founded.
|Information taken from end of each month.|
|Position||Nation||Number of Citizens|
|2||South Africa||13 (28.26%)|
|3||United Kingdom||8 (17.39%)|
|Position||Nation||Number of Citizens|
|2||United States||5 (25.00%)|
|3||United Kingdom||3 (15.00%)|
|5||South Korea||1 (5.00%)|
- UNC: ▲ 4 High (2020)
- CGSC: ▲ 4.20 Very High (2020)
- Freayth's System of Classification: 4.6 High (2020)
- Boodlesmythe-Tallini System of Classification: 5th World High (2020)
Australissian culture is primarily defined by the nation's South African and Australian population.
Sporting leagues and competitions in Australis are managed by the state-run Australissian Institute for Sport, established in September 2020. The national sport of Australis is E-Sports. Currently, the AIS has not launched any sporting leagues, however it is anticipated that this will occur by the end of 2020.
The national plant of Australis, like the national plant of Western Australia is the Kangaroo Paw. It is endemic to South-Western Australia. Kangaroo Paw typically flowers in Spring and Summer (September-February).
News and media
All Australissian media is state-run. The primary source of news within the nation is the Australis Times, founded in April 2020, which releases articles on happenings within Australis periodically.  News and media within Australis is also posted on YouTube, via the state-run YouTube channel, URS Australis.
According to an Australissian study conducted in October 2020, an estimated 24% of citizens are capable of speaking fluent Afrikaans, while 100% of citizens are capable of speaking English fluently. Both languages are designated as official languages, however English is the dominant, preferred language throughout the nation. In addition, in order to preserve native Australian culture, Nyungar, a native language spoken by Aboriginal Australians in the Southwestern region of Australia was designated as a recognised regional language, despite there currently being no native speakers of the language within Australis.
In addition to using the Gregorian calendar, Australis utilises its own calendar, Hexium. In the Hexium system, the standard 365 day year is split into six months, based on Gregorian months. Hexium is a secondary calendar system, with Gregorian being the standard system within Australis, however Hexium is an acceptable format in Australissian documents and other information. 
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- "Jutar-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Rhodesia-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Perth Accord". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Pametchia-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Nexan-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Vishwamitra-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
- "Ebenthal-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
- "Naveria-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
- "Monmark-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
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