|Autocracy of Klaise|
D'Autokrase L'Klayse (Klaisan)
Ik ekuip autismen d'macxme
I have a lot of autism
|The Klaisan March|
Functions as an Anocracy
- First micronation
Founded as Klaise
|Area||0.406 km² |
(442 - mid 2019)
(442 - mid 2019)
Imperial and/or Metric
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Klaise (/klaɪs/, /kleɪz/, /kliːzʌ/), officially known as the Autocracy of Klaise, is a micronation in eastern North America. The country is in the footfills of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the population lives near the capitol city Monomew while the rest of the country is a sparsely populated mountainous forest. The country's history dates back to 2009 when the country was founded as a pretend country on a school playground until it evolved into the country it is today. The country is made up of a single state, but there are wards for municipal governments. Klaise also has a colonial presence, owning a few exclaves of land such as Kataun and Bleuselt. The country's government is an autocracy, meaning a single individual holds most of the power over the country. Although Klaise is an autocracy, wards can govern themselves however they like and private land-owners have a considerable amount of freedom over their properties.
Klaise comes from a misspelling of the name "Klause", and the Autocrat at the time thought the name sounded cool after doing the typo many times before and renamed the country which was then Schandeleiria to Klaise. The name Schandeleiria comes from the Autocrat's surname. The name Dodoa came from the Autocrat's fascination with the dodo.. The name Bijbojique, the original playground micronation, comes from the founder's pet chihuahua's name Big Boy and adding -ique to the end. The dog the country was named after would later be attacked by a much larger dog in 332 (mid 2013) and pass away.
All dates are formatted to the Klaisan calendar.
Before Klaise (before 200)
Before European settlers such as the British came to the area around Klaise, the Shawnee people lived in the area as there is evidence of this in the surrounding area. It is not known if any Amerindian people lived on or used the land that would become Klaise, though. In the late 20th century, logging began to happen in the area. This is evident by the logging roads and leftover litter from that time. In the early 1990s, the first Klaisan settlers would buy a single plot of land to build a house in what would become Monomew.
(250 to 320) Establishment
In circa 265 (late 2009), Bijbojique was created. This micronation was created by elementary kids on the playground, and it was a monarchy. This country never claimed the land where Klaise is, but as a state it is considered a predecessor of what is now Klaise. This soon fell into irrelevancy until the year circa 300 (early 2011) when the Duchy of Dodoa was founded. This country had its own flag and would be the first micronation on the land where Klaise is. This micronation was later renamed Schandeleiria and the duchy was replaced with an autocracy. This micronation would be the first Klaisan country to be documented on any micronational wiki. On the wiki, this country would be removed around 2012 after politically incorrect things were allegedly said to the wiki's chat from the Autocrat.
(320 to 360) Middle and Meme Eras
From the years 320 to 360 (late 2012 to January 2015), this time is called the Middle Age in Klaisan history due to it's median position in terms of time between the founding of Dodoa and the current day (mid 2019). During this time, Schandeleiria would be renamed to Klaise after a typo of the word "Klause" occurred and the Autocrat thought the name sounded neat. Klaise was slowly developing a culture and language until it became apparent Klaise had its own distinct culture and was a country that not just Klaisan nationals participated in, but other "normies" as well. In Klaise, the Express Route system was created for fast transportation of vehicles between the major settlements.
Through the 360s, Klaise would relocate cats to Kataun Parcel. These cats would be taken care of until they went to a different house in the area around Kataun. This would be known as the Kataun Exchange and these cats would move between Kataun and Klaise, incidentally or with purpose. During this exchange, cats that already lived in Kataun would relocate themselves to Klaise, so there truly was an exchange of cats between the two territories. During this time, Klaise created its own writing script which would fall into obscurity a few months later. In the year 376, the First Meme occurred which threw Klaise into a scandal pertaining to online content, same with the Second Meme in 400.
Into the 380s (mid 2016), Klaise is reformed and becomes a federation of individual "states" (state governments didn't exist) and was renamed to Schandeleiria. During the 380s (mid 2016), Schandeleiria would be a host of synth music and continue to produce entertainment, but no longer indulged in prank calls. Through the 380s, development of Vincememe, a town on the Cervosia River began. In 382 (early 2016), Schandeleiria's northern neighbor, Aquilonia, took control of the Cervosia region so Klaisan colonists moved south to create Lake Kekyl which would make Kekyl and the Geoxe region thrive.
Beginning in 389, the downfall of Schandeleiria as a country began. The draining of Lake Kekyl caused a high demand of water, but a low supply due to Aquilonian tensions over the Cervosia River. All of the demand in Kekyl disappeared, and an economic recession began. Demand for wood went down while wood was still being produced, causing a large surplus of wood. This wood was used to build a storage building in the Scipler region on the site of what would become Isciler. Around the year 396, Schandeleiria would be renamed back to Klaise. In 397, Klaise begins exploring the Diluvame area, which is farther downstream from Cervosia. The 390s are regarded by some to be the worst time in Klaisan history due to these economic effects along with other factors which ultimately led to the Second Meme.
(400 to now) Recent events
Development of the wilderness to the north continued with the Cervosia Bridge built in 400 and the Isciler Tower built in 401. The second attempt at a Cervosian colony failed at Cervosia Bridge. The failure of this colony was also caused by the Aquilonians who came and took over the area around the Cervosia Bridge. The bridge would soon fall into a state of disrepair and would be washed out by a flash flood in 410. In the 430s (late 2018-2019) Klaisan web developers saw their work become popular, such as with the Normie Test or the Do you like memes website in general.
Into the 440s (2020), Klaise became more urban with the country's urban sprawl spreading to Felixshire and Scipler. During a forest clearing in Felixshire, demolishers destroyed a huge swathe of forest in Scipler Ward, bringing the land value of that area and the country altogether down drastically. The signature Klaisan scenery has been demolished greatly. Many of the tulip trees, which Klaise symbolizes in its imagery, are now gone. This has led to Isciler and Scipler Ward being mostly abandoned with the northern areas being sought out slightly more. The Isciler Tower has fallen into a state of great disrepair and is expected to collapse in the coming years. The north hasn't experienced this deforestation due to its mountainous terrain and the difficulty of accessing with machinery. Due to Klaise's deforestaton and urbanization, many people are discouraged to stay in the country and a new colony may be formed elsewhere. At this time, the Autocrat's plans for the north is to discontinue any habitation and developments. Isciler is effectively a ghost town.
In the 470s (early 2021), the Scipler State movement began, beginning the dialogue about establishing a new parcel in the north of Klaise proper, splitting it in two. Environmentalists, upset about the clearing of the forests, want to establish a new state in the north of the country, which is still forested and wild. This new entity would claim all of Felisenke and Umberwalde along with portions of northern Smokia and Scipler. This state would warrant the creation of a new permanent settlement in the region. However, for the past few months the movement has died down due to the Autocratic Office looking to establish a new parcel elsewhere instead of settling permanently in the north.
Klaise has drafted a Constitution in late 2019, but it has yet to be made official. Rights of the citizens include the right to bear arms, to free speech, to remain silent, to roam freely within the country's boundaries as a citizen, and to maintain a homogenous nation.
Notable laws in the country are its privacy laws. It is illegal for photographs to be published of the country's towns and residences. It is also illegal to publish accurate cartography and topography or data regarding geography of the country. Aerial imagery of any kind is also strictly forbidden from being published. Despite Klaise's free speech clause, disclosure of Klaise's domestic products and resources is strictly forbidden. These laws were put into place to protect the privacy of Klaise's citizens.
The country also heavily regulates the importing of junk food. Foods with the main ingredients being derived of soy and corn syrup are heavily restricted. Foods with many preservatives and high levels of sodium are moderately restricted. These foods aren't prohibited, however. Due to these regulations, most of Klaise's population consumes locally grown foods, aren't as obese as many Western countries and are typically more fit.
The country's ethnic policy is also worth noting. The Klaisan ethnicity is defined as being made of descendents of British colonists who arrived in the Americas prior to 1776. Most, if not all Klaisans are Ulster-Scots. The amount of ancestry from this stock is not agreed upon. However, Klaise is not entirely homogenous. There also exists the Melungeon definition. A Melungeon is defined as one whose ancestry is still majority Klaisan but does not have a strictly European phenotype. These people typically have brown eyes, black hair, an Amerindian admixture, Asiatic eyefolds, etc. A Melungeon (in Klaise's terms) may be white but is not Klaisan. Melungeons are equal to Klaisans civically. It is entirely possible for close family relatives to be considered different ethnicities by this policy. Those who don't fit either of these criteria are considered non-Klaisan. All other ethnicities fall into this category.
The Autocratic Office is the highest micronational office in Klaise. This office's duties are mainly executive and legislative, but may also be judicial. Despite being autocratic in name, the country's government is more accurately described as an anocracy or ochlocracy. The citizens of the country tend to govern themselves and their private lands while the government of the country aims to maintain order and represent the country on a larger scale.
To be a citizen of Klaise, one must be born to both a mother and father who are considered Klaisan ethnically. To become a citizen or an honorary national of Klaise, one must be given citizenship by the Autocratic Office and must be eligable to be a Citizen to begin with. Eligability is based on how similar the applicant is to the country folk as they are interested in maintaining their homogenous and familiar community. Citizenship allows for being counted in the census and other analytics, being able to live in the country, and being able to participate in civic affairs. To become a citizen or a national, one must be knowledgable about Klaisan culture to a fluent extent and must identify micronationally with Klaise. A unique aspect of Klaise is productive animals that aren't normally consumed by people are considered citizens, so in censuses, cats and dogs are included in the population.
Parcels are large tracts of land that are owned and/or administrated by Klaise. They can be compared to states in many other countries. Typically, a parcel is not connected to Klaise proper. By law, these lands are able to organize their own governments and to become the head of government of the country as a whole. The largest parcel, Kataun, is only eight percent smaller than Klaise proper. Generally, Klaise proper is not considered a parcel, but in policy there is a growing trend of it being treated as such.
Wards are ceremonial divisions within parcels. Wards are best compared to northern England's hundreds. Not all parcels have wards, however. Wards don't have any government of their own and are mainly used for analytical and geographic purposes. As of the year 2020, there are seven contiguous wards in Klaise. Many Klaisans will use wards as their hometown in conversation. Wards were known as counties but that term was deemed inaccurate for what these divisions truly are. The unofficial Constitution describes wards as at the very least, "a locally relevant plot of land".
Main article: Regions of Klaise
Klaise is a country that is divided into seven contiguous wards, and has three non-contiguous parcels.
The southern parts of Klaise are on top of a ridge in what is known as southeastern Kentucky. The ridge slopes down in the north where slopes can be as steep as 45% grade. Klaise has different microclimates, which can differ with variations of a humid subtropical climate. Temperatures are usually cooler in the lower elevations due to sunlight being blocked from these areas by the country's mountainous terrain, which gives Umberwalde Ward its name.
Klaise's urban areas are in the south, which is an open area of rolling hills on top of a ridge. North of the developed areas is the edge where the plateau gives way to the Felisenke Valley. On the east is the Scipler Gorge, which is the most extreme in depth, with cliffs in some places, and on the west is the Smokia Valley, which is more shallow and acts as a drainage basin for the west. The bedrock is made of sandstone in Smokia, and limestone in Scipler. This is thought to be the reason why Smokia has more gentle slopes than Scipler does.
The northern border of the country is officially defined as being a straight line parallel to the northern Geoxe Ward border, ~130 meters north of it. Despite Felisenke and Umberwalde Wards being defined as extending to the Cervosia River, Klaise's official territory isn't defined this way. This causes development within these wards to be casually extending into unincorporated areas. The only part of the country that has land across the river is in the extreme northeastern corner of Felisenke Ward, where Deilton is settled at a river crossing.
Main article: Cities of Klaise
In Klaise, there are a few settlements. Monomew is the most populous town in the country, and is also the capitol. Monomew is home to more than half of the country's population. To the north is Saukrame, which is an emerging economic area. Saukrame is the country's industrial center, producing produce such as berries and livestock such as rabbits. To the east of Monomew is Ivydon, a developing settlement in Felixshire Ward. Many developments are active in this area and it is becoming an industrial center for the country. Ausshaffen is a small village north of Monomew in Geoxe Ward, surrounded completely by a wall. The rest of the settlements around the country aren't developed or inhabited, such as Isciler and Deilton.
There are a few bodies of water in Klaise, and the most prominent and permanent is the Cervosia River in the north. The Vincememe Dam held back a reservoir on the river in the early 380s (early 2016) before the dam was inundated by a flash flood.
Lake Kekyl existed from circa 290 to 389. In 389, the dam was undone because of poor water quality. Currently in 442 (mid 2019), the area where Lake Kekyl once sat is now Geoxeton, which lays at the turn where the Geoxe River runs through a canal into the northern parts of Felixshire instead of Scipler, which irrigates crops in the region. Recently in the 460s (mid 2020) a basin was dug out for a pond to exist north of Geoxeton, in the same area Lake Kekyl existed.
A few drainage basins are in the area, such as the Felixshire River, which is not a river, but a dry drainage basin, and the Geoxe River, which feeds it's water to a pond north of Geoxeton and only flows for a week or two before drying up again. The Geoxe and Felixshire Rivers join to form the Scipler River, which then runs through the Scipler Gorge and feeds into the Cervosia River, which then runs through a variety of tributaries which feed into the Cumberland River.
Main article: Transportation in Klaise
Klaise has a road system called the State Road System which connects major places together. The current standard for a route to be considered a Highway in the State Road System is if a wheeled vehicle of at least 4 foot width can travel at least 15 miles per hour on the route safely. Klaise currently has ~300 meters of Highway-class roads in its system, with this amount expected to double by 2021 as roads into the north of the country may be constructed to Highway standards. Highways are almost never paved, and the only Highways seen outside of Metropolitan Klaise are in Scipler County, primarily.
For other roads, the State Road System designates these as a Route. The country has many roads like this, and many cannot support vehicle traffic, but most can support bicycles. There is no maximum steepness for these routes, and some are as steep as 70% grade. Currently, there is no Highway-class road that connects the northern counties to the Metro region, but there have been improvements. In late 2019, Route 55 was rerouted between Isciler and Vincememe, and now has a much more gentle ascent up the ~70 meter hill, but is still very steep and far too curvy for bicycle traffic. Many of these routes are expected to be completely redone by 2021, such as Route 55 again between Isciler and Deilton, and Route 45 between Geoxeton and Totarborton, and maybe Route 40 between Totarborton and Deilton.
In road routing, the number indicates it's the same route, but the designation of Highway or Route is the capability of that road.
There are a variety of bridges in Klaise. They mainly span the Geoxe River and are located in Geoxeton. There is a suspension bridge, a chisled stone bridge, and an improvised stone bridge.
Klaise has a population of around 20 which fluctuates regularly due to Monomew's cat population. The people in the country partake in Appalachian culture, and are ethnically British. Klaisan individuals mainly have the North Atlantid phenotype. 100% of the country is White. Ethnically, per Klaise's laws, roughly 60% of the country's total population is Klaisan while the remaining 40% is Melungeon.
The majority of the population lives in the southern parts of the country, mostly in Monomew, having nearly 60% of the population. The rest of the country resides in Geoxe Ward within Klaise proper or Alitze Beude and Bleuselt parcels externally. The regions outside of Metropolitan Klaise are only occasionally inhabited, with Isciler being the only town outside of the main metro area and also in the contiguous area of Klaise to be inhabited regularly. There are two Klaisan colonies that are permanently inhabited, such as Bleuselt which is more than a mile northwest of Monomew, and another unincorporated area owned by a Klaisan citizen nearly 20 miles north of Monomew.
The flag of Klaise features the colors navy blue, white, and goldenrod yellow derived from Kentucky's flag. It is speculated that the Klaisan flag is just a Dolan Duck meme in reference to the Autocrat's name, but it has not been confirmed nor denied. Instead of the 10:19 ratio that the US and Kentucky flags use, Klaise uses the 3:5 ratio. The flag is a horizontal tricolor with a simplified version of the Katzedemblem on it, a symbol that is a depiction of a cat's head, Klaise's national animal. The seal is placed 1/3 from the left edge and halfway between the top and bottom.
Historically, Klaise's colors have alternated between navy blue or maroon (dark red), with yellow and white being secondary colors. The main color of Klaise changes to the current paradigm of the country. Currently, it is navy blue, as the country deemed the previous red-on-black banner to be too edgy. Before the "Edgy Banner" was dedicated in 390, the flag was a simple Katzedemblem colored light blue on top of a white banner, which had been the flag since at least 2013. Before this, Klaise's flag was never officially dedicated but contained both blue and red colors.
First Meme Flag (372 - 377)
Variation of the Pre-Meme Flag featuring text in the Klaisese script saying (unknown) KLAISE, replaced with the Katzedemblem after the First Meme
The Katzedemblem is the most recognized symbol of Klaise. It was created by the Autocrat as a personal symbol in circa 290. This symbol would later become the emblem for Schandeleiria, the predecessor of Klaise. The emblem is a cat's head, with the two diamonds on the sides being ears, the central diamond being the face, and the bottom diamond being a neck or a head. It is disputed if the emblem is a cat's bust or just a big headed cat.
Coat of arms
The country's coat of arms was officially dedicated on 1 January 2020 (450) and depicts a triple-pointed shield with a grey tabby cat and albino rabbit as supporters, with a four-leaf clover and tulip-tree leaf being displayed. For the helm, a green cap commonly worn by Klaisans is displayed, with ferns from Felisenke being shown on top. The coat of arms is used on official documents and other affairs.
Strangely, both of the animals that are depicted as the supporters both died within a week of each other in January 2021.
Klaise's economy is mainly based on exporting service and labor rather than exporting produced goods. Only until 415 (early 2018) did Klaise begin cuniculture, the farming of rabbits. These rabbits are raised in a farm in Saukrame and are potentially Klaise's main export in the coming years. Previously in the 380s (2016), Klaise had logged tulip trees in Scipler Ward, in the area that would become Isciler, but in the 400s (early 2017) environmental concerns came up and it was deemed destructive by the Autocratic Office to continue felling trees in Klaise's forests.