Belmonte

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Belmonte
Federative unit and City
The Principality of Belmonte
Flag of Belmonte
Flag
Official seal of Belmonte
Seal
Motto(s): 
Regem Quæ Sera Tamen
King, albeit late
Country Ebenthal
Settled08 April 1958 (as residence of the Carvalho family)
Established as a micronaitonal city08 February 2014 (as part of the extinc Seine Mountainous Repartition of Roschfallen)
Ebenthali federative unit11 August 2014
Government
 • TypeConstitutional monarchy
 • BodyBelmontine Parliament
 • PrincessÉlida I
 • RegentNilza Carvalho
 • Leading DeputyPedro Carvalho
Population
 • Total34 (permanent)
Demonym(s)Belmontine

Belmonte, officialy The Principality of Belmonte (Portuguese: Principado de Belmonte) is the second largest city of Ebenthal, having formely being the largest one for most of the country's existence. The city is a federative unit lanlocked by the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Belmonte was the first capital of Ebenthal, for two days (August 11th-13th, 2014).

History

The lands comprising the cities has being inhabited by indigenous peoples since the antiquity and was first settled by the Portuguese during the 18th century. In 1894 the city of Belo Horizonte was founded, and the precise location of modern Belmonte was settled by the House of Carvalho around the 1950s. In January 2014 the city of Belmonte was founded by Pedro Carvalho from his family's lands and properties as part of the Seine Mountainous Repartition in the Kingdom of Roschfallen. That same year, in August, Pedro turned against Roschfallen and the city joined the seccessionist micronation of Ebenthal, serving as its first capital. He ruled the city-principality de facto until High King Arthur I's abdication in mid 2019, but remained on throne during all the reign of Mateus I and the regency. He was ultimatelly deposed by King Arthur II's royal decree in 29 December 2019 in order to create the title of Prince/ss of Belmonte for the heir to the Ebenthali throne; the Prince/ss of Belmonte would remain de jure the Belmontine monarch, whilst the principality would be ruled by a Regent - position to which Baroness Nilza Carvalho, grandmother of the former Prince of Belmonte and great-aunt to King Arthur II, was appointed. The city is divided into three borough ruled by local barons who pledge loyalty to the Belmontine monarch and the regency in his/her name. The city formely hosted the Premier at his New Sion Palace.

Geography

The Principality of Belmonte comprises all properties and unoccupied soil in the lands belonging to the Carvalho Family, of which King Arthur II is a member by his mother's side. The city geopolitical borders consists of a series of enclaves in the Brazilian municipality of Belo Horizonte. Much like the capital Gillisburgh, the urbanization in Belmontes revolvesis estimated to be around 90% of the city's territory, and the 10% rest is made of grassland and artifical water bodies (i.e. pools).

City districts

Belmonte is subdivided in two boroughs, each one made of several enclaves in two different regions of Belo Horizonte.

  • The Claudian Borough: Consists of four enclaves in Rio Branco and Santa Mônica neighbourhoods.
  • The Aurean Borough: Consist of six enclaves in Pio XIII, Céu Azul, Venda Nova and Tupi.

Government and politics

Belmonte is a non-sovereign city-state, in the form that despite being a single city, it is a federative unit on itself; in order to avoid confusion, one may separate the Municipality of Belmonte from the Principality of Belmonte, when speaking. Furthermore this federative unit is administrated through an unique arrangement: the heir to the Ebenthali throne, making use of the title of Prince/ss of Belmonte, is necessarily the head of state and monarch of Belmonte, regardless of his/her ability to actually rule the principality. And thus, unable, the principality is ruled by a Regent on his/her behalf, appointed by the King of Ebenthal. The Belmontine government works in the frame of a parliamenty constitutional monarchy, where there is a parliament made of three to five deputies, one of them serving as Leading Deputy and head of government. The Regent, on behalf of the Princess of Belmonte, appoints the Leading Deputy, who subsequently appoints the other deputies.

Belmonte is the only Ebenthali federative unit where the is a clear separation between the head of state and the head of government.

Infrastructure

Belmonte is home to the New Sion Palace, a four-bedroom, two-store house which served as residence and workplace for the previous Prime Minister of Ebenthal, the Duke of Sion. The nationaly famous Belmontine Food Factory restaurant is also located there, serving mineira food.

See also