Bepistani Reich

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State Seal of Bepistan
State Seal
Anthem: 
Franz von Blon - Heil Europa
StatusActive
LocationBrooklyn, New York
CapitalLaptavia
Largest ProvinceShell Bank
Official languages
ReligionEastern Orothodoxy
DemonymBepistani
GovernmentAutocracy
• Chancellor
Matthew Laptev
LegislatureReich Council
Establishment
• Establishment as a kingdom
5 October 2018
• Reformation into an autocratic state
25 February 2021
CurrencyBepistani dollar (BPS)
Time zone(UTC-5)
• Summer (DST)
 (UTC-4)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy
Drives on theright
Calling code+1
Patron saintSaint Nicholas
MicrocodeBP
IMSO 1 codeBPS
National animalBudgerigar
Internet TLD.bps
This nation is a member of the Micronational Assembly and the Assembly of Long Island Micronations


Bepistan (/bɛpɪstæn/ (About this sound (listen))), officially the Bepistani Reich, is a self-declared sovereign state (more commonly known as a micronation) originally founded on 5 October 2018 as a constitutional monarchy that continued until late 2020, and was reorganized into an autocratic state in February 2021.

Bepistan is mainly based in Brooklyn, New York, and has several overseas claims in Russia. There are 16 major administrative regions, composed of 10 provinces and 6 territories, and two national parks.

Etymology

The name Bepistan originated as a satirical portmanteau of a humorous misspelling of the drink Pepsi, and -stan (a Persian suffix meaning "this place here"), to create a name similar to many central Asian republics such as Uzbekistan.

Official names

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

History

Foundation and Early Days

Proposed flag, never used.

Bepistan was originally established as a constitutional monarchy on 5 October 2018, with the help and inspiration from Calvin White, then the prince of Auvenum, a nation with which Bepistan would be on close terms with for quite some time. Cavin White would also serve as the kingdom's prime minister until his expulsion from his seat for inactivity, soon replaced by Nicholas Fisher. Bepistan would be closely allied with nations like Aenderia and Misberia.

Reform Act Passed

In December 2018, the Bepistan parliament approved the Bepistani Reform Act, declaring the creation of several new ministries and territories.

Conflicts with Auvenum

Deciding proposal on how to split White Island.

In early March 2019, relations with Auvenum quickly began deteriorating after a personal dispute between White, Fisher, and Laptev, as a result of which, Auvenum demanded full control of White Island and surrounding territory. In an effort to resolve the conflict without physical aggression, Auvenum and Bepistan had joined the then newly-established Cupertino Alliance, with Jayden Lycon of Aenderia moderating the dispute.

After several weeks of debate and numerous propositions on how to split the land in question, it was finally agreed upon that White Island would be latitudinally split down the middle, with Auvenum in control of the northern half and Bepistan in control of the southern half. A buffer zone would persist 2 meters outwards from the border into both nations between for a month after the day of agreement, after which both nations could occupy the remaining two meters to be in direct contact.

Revival of 2021

In early February 2021, it was decided that the nation would be brought back from rest. The state was reorganized into a single party semi-autocracy, taking inspiration from Ausveria and similar nations after witnessing slow decline of the nation's previous form of government and volatility of democratic nations like Aenderia. The single-party mandate was lifted on 25 July 2021, but the government remains an autocratic.

Political Parties

During the February revival, Bepistan became a single party state. However, this requirement has since been dropped to give citizens the right to establish their own political parties, with the intention of making the nation a more ideologically diverse place.

Logo Name Party Leader Spectrum Ideologies Ministers Reich Council
Flag of Bepistan.svg National Party of Bepistan BNP Matthew Laptev Right-wing Nationalism
0 / 3
0 / 10
National Conservative Party NCP Calvin White Right-wing Conservatism
0 / 3
1 / 10
BluePartyLogo.png Blue Party BLE Nafiz Morshalin Center-right Welfare Chauvinism
Right Wing Populism
Isolationism
0 / 3
1 / 10
Noflag.png Independent IND
0 / 3
0 / 10

Government and Politics

Early Government

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

The king served as the ceremonial figurehead and head of state. His 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, the majority of which 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 the vote of a regular representative.

One of the biggest flaws of this early system was the unnecessarily large size of the parliament — the constitution required two representatives from each district, a requirement 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 more often than not, many members that initially expressed motivation when campaigning for a seat in the parliament would suddenly disappear or go silent within days of being admitted, leading to little to no laws passed for months despite efforts to organize weekly meetings. 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 needs and wants of the citizens. It consists of the chancellor himself, and one representative for each province. Members on the Reich council can server an unlimited number of terms lasting 4 months, and are appointed to the council by the chancellor and his advisors.

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

Bepistan's administrative regions are entirely in the northern hemisphere, the majority of which are in the United States, with the exception of two being in Russia. Territories in Bepistan are classified into 3 groups: provinces, territories, and national parks. All regions are assigned a name and 3-letter code, however, only provinces and territories are given a flag. Provinces are categorized as already-inhabited or inhabitable land, with the definition of inhabitable being that the land is fit for a tent or better structure. For every province, there is one representative seat in the Reich council. Territories are often "fit" uninhabited land that has not yet been promoted to provincial status by the Reich council, or is generally uninhabitable land. National Parks are tracts of land deemed of having historical or cultural value.

Name IMSO 1-2 code Flag Size Population Officials Established
Provinces
Laptavia LPT Noflag.png
White Island WTI Noflag.png
Shell Bank SHB Noflag.png
Canarsie Pol CNR Noflag.png
Ruffle Bar RFB Noflag.png
Brother Islands BTI Noflag.png
Shooters Island SHR Noflag.png
Hoffman and Swinburne Islands HSI Noflag.png
Mikrorayon MKN Noflag.png
Datcha DTC Noflag.png
Territories
Plumb Beach PMB Noflag.png
Belmont Island BEL Noflag.png
Bay Ridge Branch RDG Noflag.png
Rockaway Beach Branch RCK Noflag.png
Montauk Cutoff MTK Noflag.png
North Shore Branch NRS Noflag.png
National Parks
NY&MBRR Neck Road Station N/A Noflag.png
Racetrack Junction N/A Noflag.png

Economy

Currency

The official planned currency of the Bepistani Reich is the Bepistani dollar, the value of which is to be based on 1/50th of a gram of gold. Bepistan also accepts the US dollar, which can be exchanged at a rate of $1.16 at the capital province.

Agriculture

Weekly harvest from the Datcha province, showcasing the wide variety of produce grown.

Bepistan has a moderately large agricultural sector which acts as the nation’s primary source of income through the growth and sale of excess produce. The majority of produce is grown in the overseas province of Datcha, where they it can be locally processed into products like pickled vegetables and fruit jams and preserves.

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 melons, raspberries, cherries, red, white, and black 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 participates in several intermicronational organizations such as the Micronational Assembly and the Assembly of Long Island Micronations. In times of micronational conflict, Bepistan follows a policy of non-interventionism and remains neutral unless not doing so would pose a direct threat to the state.

Recognized states; No diplomatic relations

Official relations

Informal relations

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, Russian, and Ukranian culture, incorporating food, music, language, and holidays.

Cuisine

Typical Bepistani cuisine is mainly a combination of both American and traditional Slavic foods, with some influences from other cultures as well.

Some of the most commonly enjoyed dishes include:

  • Hot deli sandwiches
  • New York-style pizza
  • Buffalo wings
  • Everything-bagels with cream cheese and lox
  • Hotdogs
  • Fried Mozzarella sticks
  • Fried pickles
  • Soups
    • Chicken noodle soup
    • Tomato soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches
    • Classic borscht, served with mayonnaise instead of sour cream.
    • Solyanka, a savory soup made with 3 or more kinds of meat, pickled cucumbers, olives, capers, and lemon juice.
  • Pierogies, most often with potato or minced meat.
  • Dressed herring (Locally called Fish in a fur coat)

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)
The Budgie
(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 Day of Trains The day the first NYC subway line was opened. Citizens are encouraged to use public transportation.
31 October Leader's Day A day commemorating the first King 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 7th because of the Orthodox Church's refusal to switch to the Gregorian calendar.

Refernces

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