Belmonte

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Belmonte
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Country Ebenthal
Settled8 April 1928 (as property of the Carvalho family)
Incorpored into Roschfallen8 February 2014
Principality in Ebenthal13 August 2014
Province5 February 2022
CapitalBelmonte (city-state)
Government
 • TypeDevolved government
 • PresidentPedro Carvalho
Population
 • Total32 (permanent)
Demonym(s)Belmontine

Belmonte, officialy Province of Belmonte (Portuguese: Província de Belmonte) is one the six provinces and seven administrative divisions of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, being also one of the country's three city-state. With 0.8 km² and 32 inhabitants, Belmonte is the country's second most populous administative division after Altenburg. The province is entirely enclaved within the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, within the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It is governed as a largely autonomous devolved government by a President appointed by King of Ebenthal. As a city-state, Belmonte is subdivided into two boroughs, the Claudean (four enclaves in Rio Branco and Santa Mônica neighbourhoods) and the Aurean (six enclaves in Pio XIII, Céu Azul, Venda Nova and Tupi). With strongly liberal roots, Belmonte is often considered a "Moderate Province" for being represented at the national parliament almost exclusivelly by members of the Moderate Party. Belmonte is represented at the House of Councillors by two elected Councillors.

As the rest of the country, modern-day Belmonte had been inhabited by native tribes for centuries prior to the European colonization, but, along with the Province of Geraldorf, it differs from the rest of the country's pre-micronational history by have being inhabited by Gê indians, instead of Tupi. The indians were nonetheless expelled by the Bandeiras Expeditions which expanded the Portuguese colonial rule in Brazil. After the independence of Brazil, the region was settled as the Brazilian authorities founded the city of Belo Horizonte to be Minas Gerais's new capital in 1897. The Carvalho family, originally from Ouro Preto, settled in the city at the beggining of the 20th century, eventually building their first permanent residence there in 1928. In 8 February 2014 Pedro Carvalho proclaimed his close family's properties independence and annexation to the newly-established Kingdom of Roschfallen, being subsequently integrated to the Seine Mountainous Department. Amidst political crisis which prompted the Ebenthali Independence War, Pedro sided with the rebels and joined the separatist Kingdom of Ebenthal. Belmonte was temporarily proclaimed Ebenthal's first capital (for only two days) and it was created a principality soon after. The Belmontine monarchy was abolished in 5 February 2022 through the Ebenthali Unitary Act, with the principality being transformed into a province.

Belmonte was a principality ruled by a regent as the title of Prince of Belmonte was reserved for the heir to the throne of Ebenthal. Since the return of the princely title to the principality, the Princes of Belmonte became the de facto rulers of the principality until the abolition of the monarchy.

Etimology

The name Belmonte, in old Galician-Portuguese, means Belo Monte, this is, "Beautiful Mound". On the case of the province, though, the name Belmonte is a corruption of the words Belo and Horizonte, from Belo Horizonte, the Brazilian city on which the province lies enclaved. It nonetheless also evoked the mountains, since "Belo Horizonte" translates to a "Beautiful Horizon" as seen from a mountain, and since the entire region lies above the sea level between mountains.

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