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Bepistani Reich
Бепистанский Рейх  (Russian)
Flag of Bepistani Reich
Flag
State Seal of Bepistani Reich
State Seal
StatusActive
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Capital
and largest city
Laptevograd
Official languagesEnglish
Russian
ReligionEastern Orthodoxy
DemonymBepistani
GovernmentAnocratic state
Matthew Laptev
LegislatureNational Assembly
Independence from the United States
• Establishment as a kingdom
5 October 2018
• Reformation into anocracy
25 February 2021
Area
• Total
157.068 km2 (60.644 sq mi)
HDI (2021)Steady 0.875
very high
CurrencyBepistani dollar (Ƀ) (BPD)
Time zoneEST, IRKT (UTC−5, +8)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy
Mains electricity110-120 V, 60Hz (de facto)
Drives on theright
Calling code+1
Patron saintSaint Nicholas
MicrocodeBP
IMSO 1 codeBPS
National sportTetris
National animalBudgerigar
Internet TLD.bps
This nation is a member of the Assembly of Long Island Micronations


Bepistan (Russian: Бепистан, US: /bɛpɪstæn/ (About this sound (listen))), officially the Bepistani Reich, is a self-proclaimed sovereign state, commonly known as a micronation by external observers. Originally established on 5 October 2018 as the Kingdom of Bepistan, a constitutional monarchy, Bepistan was reorganized throughout the month of February in 2021 into a anocracy led by a chancellor, and the National Assembly as the primary legislative body of the state.

Bepistan is comprised of eighteen major territories throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, Rhode Island, and central Siberia. Bepistan's main administrative regions are its ten provinces, eight of which are located in Brooklyn, New York, and two located overseas in Shelekhov, a town in the Irkutsk Region of Russia. The capital of the Bepistani Reich is Laptevograd federal province, and the largest province is Shell Bank.

Etymology

The name Bepistan originated as a portmanteau of a satirical misspelling of the drink Pepsi and -stan, a Persian suffix meaning "a place where anything abounds,"[2] creating a name similar to many Central-Asian nations.

Official names

  • 5 October 2018 - 20 February 2021: Kingdom of Bepistan
  • 20 February 2021 - 25 February 2021: Bepistan
  • 25 February 2021 – Present: Bepistani Reich

History

Foundation and Early Days

Early flag concept, never adopted.

The Bepistani Reich was originally established as a constitutional monarchy on 5 October 2018 as the Kingdom of Bepistan, with the assistance from Calvin White, at the time, the prince of the Kingdom of Auvenum. Calvin White would later serve as the second prime minister of Bepistan after Nicholas Fisher was expelled for inactivity. During the kingdom's early days, Bepistan would maintain close relations with Auvenum, Misberia and Aenderia.

Reform Act era

In December 2018, the Bepistani parliament passed the Bepistani Reform Act, which declared the creation of several new government offices and establishment of new territories. The reform act successfully brought in an active parliament and other government organs, and was considered one of the most successful times during Bepistan's monarchic period.

White Island dispute

Final proposal on how to split White Island.

In early March 2019, relations with the Kingdom of Auvenum quickly began deteriorating after a personal dispute between Fisher, White, and Laptev, as a result of which, Auvenum demanded full control of White Island and surrounding territory, including what is now Shell Bank. Shortly after, Auvenum revised their demands to the north part of the island and the west mainland shoreline. In an effort to resolve the conflict without military aggression, Auvenum and Bepistan had joined the then newly-established Cupertino Alliance, with Jayden Lycon and William Efton of Aenderia moderating the dispute.

After two weeks of debate and numerous propositions on how to split the island, an ultimatum was agreed upon in which the would be latitudinally split down the middle, with Auvenum in control of the northern half and Bepistan in control of the southern half. Both nations had also agreed to a buffer zone spanning two meters outwards from the border into both nations that would last for a month after the day of agreement, after which both nations could occupy the remaining two meters for their borders to be in direct contact.

Transition into anocracy

In late January 2021, Bepistani officials discussed restructuring the government into a more centrally-powerful state. Throughout the course of February 2021, the Kingdom of Bepistan was reorganized into a single-party, semi-autocratic government taking inspiration from the Ausverian Volksrepublik and similar nations after witnessing the slow decline of the nation's previous form of government, and volatility of democratic republics like Aenderia. The single-party mandate was lifted on 25 July 2021, but the government remains semi-autocratic.

Political parties

After the transition to autocracy in late February 2021, Bepistan became a single party state. Upon the chancellor's order, the single-party restriction was lifted on 25 July 2021 and gave citizens the right to create their own political parties with the intention of establishing broader ideological diversity.

Logo Name Party Leader Spectrum Ideologies National Assembly
Flag of Bepistan.svg National Party of Bepistan BNP Matthew Laptev Right-wing Nationalism
2 / 10
State Seal of Bepistan.svg Bepistani Patriot's Union BPU Noah Augustine Right-wing Authoritarianism
Capitalism
Nationalism
Pinochetism
1 / 10
Flag of the Bepistani National Congress.svg Bepistani National Congress BNC FluffyApple Nationalism
1 / 10
Noflag.svg Independent IND
2 / 10
Parties without representation in the National Assembly
Jameskpolk.png James K. Polk Party JKP Hunt Powell Big-tent Polkism
0 / 10

Government and politics

Early government

Before the government was restructured in February 2021, the Bepistani Reich existed as a parliamentary constitutional monarchy ruled by a king and prime minister, with legislation drafted by a unicameral parliament. This system lasted until mid-2020 until the kingdom declined into a state of inactivity.

The king served as the ceremonial figurehead and head of state. Their power was severely limited by the constitution, preventing the king from almost any involvement with the kingdom's main legislative branch; the king was only allowed to issue royal decrees as long as they were deemed constitutional by the parliament, and allowed only one veto for every law passed by the parliament, after which a law would return to be revised and drafted without any further obstruction. On the other hand, the prime minster of Bepistan would be one of the most powerful members of the government, as they were the de facto speaker of the parliament and their vote weighed twice that of a regular representative.

One of the biggest flaws of this early system was a bloated legislature: the constitution required two representatives from each district, a requirement eventually totaling up to more than 20 members to fill all empty seats. Acquiring such a large number of active members of government proved to be a tremendous effort considering Bepistan's small citizenship count at the time, and often many individuals that initially expressed motivation when campaigning for a seat in the parliament would go silent within days of being admitted, leading to little to no laws passed for months despite efforts to organize weekly sessions. From the start, these issues caused the kingdom's steady decline, eventually leading to the long period of inactivity that lasted from mid-2020 to early 2021.

Chancellor

Chancellorship is the highest power a person can have in the Bepistan Reich. The chancellor is the de facto head of state and has the ultimate say about every proposition passed forward by the Reich Council, being able to veto or revise propositions at will, and issue executive orders at will when needed. The chancellor is also the commander in chief of the army of Bepistan.

Reich Council

The Reich Council is the main legislative body of the Bepistani Reich, responsible for regularly drafting and passing laws aligned with the demands and desires of the Bepistani citizens. The Reich Council consists of the Chancellor and one representative for each province. Members of the Reich council are elected triannually on elections in March and October, but can also be appointed by the Chancellor when required.[3]

Ministries

Ministries are executive bodies that manage specific sectors of public administration, and assist in enforcement of law passed by the Reich Council related to that sector.

Ministry of Transportation

The Bepistan Ministry of Transportation is responsible for managing all transportation-related aspects of the Bepistani Reich. Its duties include the planning, construction, and maintenance of road, rail, air, and marine infrastructure, drafting regulations, designing road signage, and operating state-owned transportation companies including BepisRail and BepisAir.

Administrative regions

All of Bepistan's administrative regions are located in the northern hemisphere, with the majority located in the United States, as well as two provinces located in Russia. Territorial divisions in the Bepistani Reich are classified into 5 major groups: provinces, federal provinces, territories, national parks, and military occupied zones.

Provinces are major claims with representation in the National Assembly, while federal provinces are special regions of Bepistan with the status of a province, but lack representation. The designation of provinces as federal provinces is usually reserved for administrative centers such as Laptevograd, because of its status as the capital city and chancellor's residence. It is the first federal district of Bepistan and was given its federal status on 26 March 2022.[4]

Territories are often minor, uninhabited land claims with land deemed suitable for settlement, and national parks are tracts of land deemed holding cultural and historic value for Bepistan and its people. Like federal provinces, territories and national parks are also not represented in the National Assembly.

Military occupied zones are areas under the direct control of the Bepistan Army. They do not have legislative representation.

Flag Name IMSO 1-2 code Area Population Officials Established
NoFlag.svg Laptevograd LPT
Provinces
NoFlag.svg White Island WTI
NoFlag.svg Shell Bank SHB
NoFlag.svg Plumb Beach PMB
NoFlag.svg Canarsie Pol CNR
NoFlag.svg Ruffle Bar RFB
NoFlag.svg Brother Islands BTI
NoFlag.svg Shooters Island SHR
NoFlag.svg Hoffman and Swinburne Islands HSI
NoFlag.svg Metallurgsk MTG
Flag of Bolshoy Lug.svg Bolshoy Lug DTC
Territories
NoFlag.svg Subway Island SUB
NoFlag.svg Belmont Island BEL
NoFlag.svg Bay Ridge Branch RDG
NoFlag.svg Rockaway Beach Branch RCK
NoFlag.svg Montauk Cutoff MTK
NoFlag.svg North Shore Branch NRS
Flag of Scalloptown.svg Scalloptown SCL 0.31 km²

Economy

Currency

The official currency of the Bepistani Reich is the Bepistani dollar. Originally planned to be equal in value to 1/50th of a gram of gold, the exchange rate of the Bepistani dollar is pegged at par with the U.S dollar, the legal tender of which is also actively accepted and recognized because of its frequent use and convenience for transactions within and outside of the nation.

Agriculture

Weekly harvest from Bolshoy Lug, showcasing the wide variety of produce grown in the province.

Bepistan has a mildly large agricultural sector which acts as the nation’s primary source of income through the growth and sale of produce. The majority of produce is grown in the overseas province of Bolshoy Lug, where it is locally processed into products such as pickled vegetables, fruit jams, and preserves, and sold.

Bepistani farms grow a wide variety of crops including vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash variants, cabbage, radishes, and beets, herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, mint, and lovage, and fruit such as cantaloupe, raspberries, cherries, several varieties of currant, honeyberries, plums, and peaches.

Ecommerce

Bepistan's second largest source of income is through ecommerce through various auction websites like Ebay and Mercari. Items sold mainly include electronics, and new and refurbished computer parts.

Foreign relations

The Bepistani Reich is open to diplomatic relations, especially to neighbouring states, and is an active participant of several micronational organizations. In times of intermicronational conflict, Bepistan generally follows a policy of non-interventionism and remains neutral, unless doing otherwise would pose a direct threat to the sovereignty of the state.

Recognized states; No diplomatic relations

Official relations

Informal relations

Unrecognized states

Formerly recognized (now defunct)

Geography and climate

Bepistan's claims are located entirely in the American Northeast, and in the Lake Baikal region of Russia.

Climate data for Bepistani Territories in New York
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(37)
5
(41)
10
(50)
17
(63)
23
(73)
27
(81)
31
(88)
30
(86)
26
(79)
19
(66)
13
(55)
7
(45)
31
(88)
Average low °C (°F) -4
(25)
-3
(27)
2
(36)
7
(45)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(70)
21
(70)
17
(63)
10
(50)
6
(43)
0
(32)
−4
(25)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 103.6
(4.079)
89.1
(3.508)
119.9
(4.72)
118.4
(4.661)
102.1
(4.02)
86
(3.39)
104.7
(4.122)
93.3
(3.673)
103.7
(4.083)
94
(3.7)
113.8
(4.48)
113
(4.45)
1,241.6
(48.882)
Source: NOAA


Climate data for Bepistani Territories in Russia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -13
(9)
-8
(18)
0
(32)
9
(48)
17
(63)
23
(73)
25
(77)
22
(72)
16
(61)
8
(46)
-3
(27)
-11
(12)
25
(77)
Average low °C (°F) -23
(-9)
-21
(-6)
-13
(9)
-3
(27)
3
(37)
9
(48)
12
(54)
10
(50)
4
(39)
-3
(27)
-12
(10)
-20
(-4)
−23
(−9)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 13.4
(0.528)
8.3
(0.327)
11.7
(0.461)
19.6
(0.772)
35.2
(1.386)
67
(2.64)
109.7
(4.319)
87.4
(3.441)
51.7
(2.035)
23.7
(0.933)
19.5
(0.768)
17.8
(0.701)
465
(18.307)
Source: NOAA

Culture

Bepistani culture is a vibrant mix of American and Russian culture, incorporating food, music, language, and holidays.

Cuisine

Bepistani cuisine is mainly a combination of both American and Eastern European foods, but also includes elements from other cuisines (most notably various European and Asian cuisines) because of Bepistan's location in an already culinarily diverse New York City.

Some of the most commonly enjoyed dishes include:

National Symbols


National symbols of Bepistan

Flag: Seal of Bepistan: Plant: Animal: Dish: Patron saint:
Flag of Bepistan.svg State Seal of Bepistan.svg Spicebush.jpg 120x 120x SaintNicholas.jpg
National Flag
of Bepistan
Coat of Arms
of Bepistan
The Spicebush
(Lindera benzoin)
Budgerigar
(Melopsittacus undulatus)
Chopped Cheese
Sandwich
Saint Nicholas

Holidays

Date Name Notes
5 October Independance Day The day Bepistan declared independence from the U.S.
27 October Transportation Day Day of the opening of the first NYC subway line. On this day, all public transportation in Bepistan is free of charge.
31 October Chancellor' Day A day commemorating the Chancellor of Bepistan on his birthday.
31 December New Years Eve The very last day of a year.
1 January New Years Day The start of a New Year.
7 January Christmas Christmas is celebrated on the January because of the Orthodox Church's use of the Julian calendar.

References

  1. Act №322-1, Anthem Act Retrieved 7 March 2022
  2. Steingass, Francis Joseph, "ستان", A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary, p. 655, stān (after a vowel), istān (after a consonant), Place where anything abounds, as ḵẖurmāstān, A palm-grove, gulistān, A flower-garden, &c.
  3. Act №1121-1, Council Election Act Retrieved 5 November 2021
  4. Act №322-2, Laptevograd Act Retrieved 26 March 2022
  5. Treaty of Mutual Recognition and Cooperation Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  6. Treaty of Mutual Recognition between the State of Mensenberg and Bepistani Reich Retrieved 24 January 2022
  7. Treaty Between Gasconade and Bepistan Retrieved 2 November 2021.

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