- This article refers to the canton of Francisville. See here for the later sovereign state.
Rudno (Ripuarian: Rôdenau) was a canton of Francisville situated in Weyrland region in central Europe, bordering Pristinia, Erephisia, and Germany. The official languages of the canton were Ripuarian and German. Rudno declared independence in 2014, forming the Commonwealth of Rudno.
Rudno is the anglicisation of the German Rodenau, stemming from roden (German: to deforest, from Old High German riuten "to clear (an area)", from Old Norse ryðja "to clean up", cf. Old English aryddan "to remove" & Modern English rid as in "to get rid of", "to rid oneself/someone/-thing of") and Au(e) (German: flat, sometimes wooded meadow by a water body, from Old High German ouwa, cf. Proto-Indo-European *awjō, *agwjō "pertaining to water", cf. Old Norse ló "meadow" as in Vikingrló "Wicklow" and Oslo). In reference to the fact that the original territory (and an even larger part of the current territory) of Rudno was a flat area with some forest by a water body, where some deforestation has taken place.
Politics and government
The Versammelong was the legislative body of the canton, formed by an assembly of all citizens with full political rights. The Governor (Guvernör) served as the head of government, and was elected every four months by a plurality vote. Sebastian Linden served as Governor for the duration of Rudno's existence as a canton.
At federal level, the canton was represented by one deputy in the Federal Chamber.
The culture of Rudno was heavily influenced by the cultures of Pristinia and the Rhineland. Rudno was the only canton where English was not an official language.