Canton of Rudno

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Canton of Rudno
Kantoon Rôdenau
—  Former Canton of Francisville  —


Coat of arms
Location of Rudno in relation to North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Francisville Flag 2008.png Francisville
 - Executive Guvernör
 - Legislative Versammelong
 - Total 0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 - Total 2
Time zone GMT (UTC1)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC2)
Languages German, Ripuarian

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 "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.



Political system

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.

Administrative divisions

The districts of Rudno were known as communes (de: Gemeinden, ksh: Jemejnde) and unincorporated areas (de: uneingemeindete Gebiete, ksh: uninjemengte Jebeete).

There were two types of communes, rural and urban. Rural communes had a commune reeve (de: Gemeindegrev, ksh: Jemejndejreef) as their executive, while urban communes had mayors (de: Bürgermeister, ksh: Bürjermejster). Urban communes could further associate into urban conglomerations, in which case the inhabitants of said conglomeration further elected a supreme mayor (de: Oberbürgermeister, ksh: Oberbürjermejster) to preside over a metropolitan council (consisting of the individual mayors).

The unincorporated areas, unlike communes, did not have offices associated with them, or in fact any form of associated authority. They were considered subdivisions of the canton with no autonomy or devolution. They exist for various purposes, such as law enforcement boundaries (as some urban police forces had jurisdiction extending into certain surrounding unincorporated areas).

There were only two communes, both urban, and no conglomerations:

  • Commune of Brückenrath (Mayor: Sebastian Linden)
  • Commune of Uferblick (Mayor: Helen Linden)

The remainder of Rudnan territory was organised into 5 unincorporated areas:

  • Northern Territory
  • Lakeside North
  • Lakeside
  • Arborea
  • Southern Territory


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.

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