Principality of Caudonia

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Principality of Caudonia
  • German:Fürstentum Kaudonien
    Scots:Principalitie o Caudonie
Motto: Quod Unitatis Pace
Unity is Peace
StatusActive
CapitalSalisbury
Official languagesEnglish
German
Recognised minority languagesScots
Ethnic groups (March 2020)97.8% White
2.2% Southeast Asian
Religion(March 2020)56.5% Christianity
15.2% Paganism
2.2% Other
26.1% Irreligious
DemonymCaudonian
GovernmentParliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy
• Prince
Prince William I
• Prime Minister
Julia Hidalgo
LegislatureParliament
Senate
House of Assembly
Establishment
• Established
5 July 2019
Population
• December 2021 estimate
50
• March 2020 census
65
CurrencyDe facto: United States Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro
De jure: Caudonian Pound (CAP)
Time zoneCaudonian Standard Time (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST)
Caudonian Daylight Time (UTC-4)
Observed between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November.
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
yyyy-mm-dd
Drives on theright (left in Gibson)
Calling code+1 330/234
+44 01754
+46 08
+421 054
IMSO 1 codeCAU
Internet TLD.cau

Caudonia (/kˈdniə, kɔː-/), officially the Principality of Caudonia (German: Fürstentum Kaudonien; Scots: Principalitie o Caudonie) is a micronation claiming to be a sovereign state located in North America and Europe, currently consisting of properties in Ohio, Lincolnshire, Stockholm County, and Prešov Region, thus making it an enclave of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Slovakia.

Caudonia is a parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy based off Liechtenstein. The nation is currently reigned by Prince William I, who has reigned since the nation's foundation. The nation falls under classification 6 on the Boodlesmythe-Tallini Classification, making it a 6th world nation.

Etymology

The name is derived from the Latin word for "tail." Tail in this context refers to Lake Erie, which was named by the Erie people, an indigenous tribe who lived along its southern shore. The tribal name "erie" is a shortened form of the Iroquoian word erielhonan, meaning "long tail".

History

Although the Principality of Caudonia was technically established on the 5th of July 2019, the 2nd of December 2018 is considered the founding date as it was the founding date of Vryland, the nation's first predecessor. Following the dissolution of New Albion, Vryland's successor state, the Prince initially decided he would take a break from the micronational community or even leave it, but advisors convinced him otherwise and he established Caudonia on the 5th of July.

Eras

The history of Caudonia can be divided into various eras. Caudonia is currently in the Era of Reconstruction. This era has been characterised by a moderate increase in activity and the removal of over a dozen inactive citizens.

Era Length of Era Notes
Foundation Era 5 July 2019 - 23 November 2019 141 days The first era. Headed for the most part by Andrew West, this era was the beginning of Caudonia. The core tenets of Caudonia's system of government were established. This era ended following the November 2019 general election, which saw a sharp increase in activity.
Era of Prosperity 24 November 2019 - 12 September 2020 293 days The second era. Headed by various politicians, this era was characterised by sharp increases in activity and the influx of many new citizens. It is considered by many to be Caudonia's prime. Following the May 2020 general election, the growth seen in the early part of the era began to slow and by the September election, the beginnings of the Era of Stagnation were starting to show.
Era of Stagnation 13 September 2020 - 19 August 2021 340 days The third era. Headed by various politicians, this era was characterised by a sharp decrease in activity the leaving of well-known politicians, such as Andrew West and Andrew Szemere, and ordinary citizens alike for nations such as Gwladcoeden and Wynnland.
Era of Reconstruction 20 August 2021 – present Ongoing The current era. Headed by Robert Smith II so far, this era has been characterised by a moderate increase in activity and the removal of over a dozen inactive citizens. During the initial part of this era, citizens of Gwladcoeden were barred from entering Caudonia's new Discord server because of their inactivity and out of fear for foreign influence in politics, however the ban is slowly being lifted. The most prominent Gwladcoedeg to return has been Ned Fram.

Government and politics

Main articles: Government of Caudonia, Politics of Caudonia

Caudonia operates under the system of a parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy, based off that of Liechtenstein. It has a form of mixed constitution in which political power is shared by the monarch and a democratically elected parliament. There is a multi-party system and a form of representative democracy in which the prime minister and head of government is responsible to parliament. However, the Prince is head of state and exercises considerable political powers.

List of Departments

Ministerial Departments

  • Department of Communications and Media
  • Department of Education and Culture
  • Department of Energy and Development
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Department of Transport

Non-Ministerial Departments

Demographics

The March 2020 census enumerated a total population of 65, an increase of around 166 percent over the first population count in July 2019.

Date Population Population change % change
6 July 2019 25 Steady 0 Steady 0.0%
5 October 2019 35 10 40.0%
10 November 2019 46 11 31.4%
18 January 2020 52 6 13.0%
16 February 2020 63 11 21.1%
7 March 2020 65 2 3.1%
11 April 2020 50 15 27.1%
8 May 2020 74 24 48.0%
9 June 2020 89 15 20.2%
16 July 2020 74 15 16.8%
29 October 2020 80 6 8.1%
15 February 2021 71 9 11.2%
31 May 2021 80 9 11.2%
29 August 2021 57 23 28.7%
19 December 2021 49 8 14.0%
22 January 2022 47 2 4.1%
26 February 2022 43 4 8.5%

Law and order

Law enforcement is carried out by the Caudonia Police. As Caudonia does not have a formal military, defence is the duty of the Caudonia Police. All police constables are trained for national defence.

Foreign relations

Caudonia does not maintain many diplomatic relations. Its official diplomatic policy is isolationism. It was an official member of the United Sovereignties, however due to hostile relations with other members, the nation withdrew.

Caudonia also has an official policy against micronational warfare. This makes Caudonia de-facto a neutral state. Despite this, however, Caudonia used to have negative and hostile relations with the UCSR and the United Sovereignties. This period has been called the Caudonian Crisis. These hostilities have since been resolved.

Informal relations

Despite Caudonia's official policy of isolationism, the nation has unoffical relatons with Wynnland, the Archduchy of Pennsylvania, and Posaf. They formerly had relations with Cycoldia, but they since broke down.

Geography and Climate

Geography

Caudonia is based mostly on flat land in rural and suburban areas of the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Slovakia.

Administrative Divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Caudonia

For the purposes of local government, Caudonia is divided into regions, territories, districts, and municipalities.

Regions

There are currently four regions: Canland, Gibson, New Rutland, and Olbialand.

Name Flag Coat of arms Area Population Population Density Date Founded Capital Location Notes
Canland CanlandCOA.png 1.59 Hectare (3.92 acre) 23 May 2020 Administered from Salisbury Canfield, Ohio Created by the merger of Parnia and Ludusia.
Gibson Gibsonflag.png Lessercoaofgibson.png 96.9 Hectare

(239.46 acre)

2 2.1/km2 25 November 2019 Gibson East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom The region is mostly made of agricultural farming along with the remains of an old RAF station are also located on the land.
New Rutland Coatofarmsofnewrutland.png 0.12 hectare
(0.30 acre)
3 5 July 2019 Salisbury Youngstown, Ohio Where the Prince's Palace and central government are located.
Olbialand Oblialand shield.png 1.81 hectare

(4.47 acre)

5 254.7/km2 25 April 2019 Brugge Massillon, Ohio

The government has looked to purchase more land in order to gain some sort of genuine international recognition from macronations. Islands in Scotland, the Falkland Islands, Canada, Australia, the United States and Wales have all been deemed as potential candidates for expansion.

Territories

There are currently two territories: Legnava and Törland-Björnö.

Name Flag Coat of arms Area Population Population Density Date Founded Capital Location Notes
Legnava Flag of Legnava.png Coat of arms of Legnava.png 11 25 July 2021 Legnava Legnava, Slovakia The territory consists of one parcel of land located in Legnava, Slovakia.
Törland-Björnö Torland coat of arms.png Unknown 11 25 April 2020 West Björnö Stockholm County, Sweden The territory consists of three separate parcels of land located in Stockholm County, Sweden.

Climate

Caudonia lies within a Humid Continental (Dfb) climate zone under the Köppen climate classification system. Because of this, the nation shares a climate with much of the Midwest and Southern Canada. These climate zones are characterized by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot summers with high humidity and cold to severely cold winters. Precipitation is usually well distributed through the year.

Climate data for New Rutland
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22
(72)
24
(75)
28
(82)
32
(90)
35
(95)
37
(99)
39
(102)
38
(100)
37
(99)
31
(88)
27
(81)
24
(75)
39
(102)
Average high °C (°F) 0.3
(32.5)
2.3
(36.1)
7.7
(45.9)
15.0
(59)
20.5
(68.9)
25.2
(77.4)
27.4
(81.3)
26.6
(79.9)
22.4
(72.3)
15.9
(60.6)
9.4
(48.9)
2.5
(36.5)
14.6
(58.3)
Average low °C (°F) -7.2
(19)
-6.3
(20.7)
−2.4
(27.7)
3.3
(37.9)
8.2
(46.8)
13.0
(55.4)
15.4
(59.7)
14.6
(58.3)
10.8
(51.4)
5.3
(41.5)
1.1
(34)
-4.4
(24.1)
4.3
(39.7)
Record low °C (°F) −30
(-22)
−27
(-17)
−23
(-9)
−12
(10)
−4
(25)
-1
(30)
4
(39)
0
(32)
-3
(27)
-7
(19)
−17
(1)
−24
(-11)
−30
(−22)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 65
(2.56)
55
(2.17)
75
(2.95)
85
(3.35)
96
(3.78)
99
(3.9)
109
(4.29)
82
(3.23)
95
(3.74)
70
(2.76)
81
(3.19)
76
(2.99)
988
(38.9)
Average Snowfall cm (inches) 42
(16.5)
33
(13)
28
(11)
7.6
(2.99)
trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2.0
(0.79)
9.1
(3.58)
38
(15)
159
(62.6)
Source: Department of the Environment and Natural Resources

Economy

The economy of Caudonia is currently undeveloped. A small agricultural sector exists, however it is not commercial.

Culture

Main article: Culture of Caudonia

The culture of Caudonia is heavily based on that of anglophone countries, mainly the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Cuisine

A cup of traditional Caudonian builder's tea.
A piece of cornbread.

Caudonian cuisine has developed from various influences from around the world, most noteably the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Popular dishes in Caudonia include fish and chips, Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding, poutine, butter tarts, hamburgers, and cornbread.

Also popular in Caudonia is the national drink, tea. Tea is a prominent feature of Caudonian culture and society much like in the United Kingdom. In Caudonia, like the United Kingdom, the drinking of tea is widely varied so it is quite hard to generalise. While the most common method of serving tea is with milk, it is not uncommon to drink it black or with lemon, with sugar being a popular addition to any of the above. Strong tea, served in a mug with milk and sugar, is a popular combination known as builder's tea. Tea is often accompanied with sandwiches, scones, cake and/or biscuits, with a popular British custom being dunking the biscuit into the tea.

The British company Unilever has a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in Caudonia through its PG Tips brand due to the fact that it is extremely popular and is the only tea brand sold in Caudonia.

Holidays

Date English name German name Meaning Type
1 January New Year's Day Neujahr Celebrates the first day of every year in the Gregorian calendar. Statutory
2 February Groundhog Day Tag des Murmeltiers Celebrates the the groundhog emerging from its burrow to announce the early spring or continued winter. Optional
Friday before Easter Good Friday Guter Freitag Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. Statutory
Easter Easter Ostern Commemorates the ressurection of Jesus. Statutory
Monday after Easter Easter Monday Ostermontag Commemorates the second day of Eastertide. Statutory
3 April Prince William Day Prinz-William-Tag Commemorates the birth of Prince William I. Statutory
1 May May Day Maifeiertag Commemorates the Haymarket affair. Statutory
5 July Caudonia Day Kaudonia Tag Celebrates the establishment of Caudonia. Statutory
First Monday in September Labour Day Tag der Arbeit Celebrates economic and social achievements of workers. Statutory
11 November Remembrance Day Heldengedenktag Commemorates war dead and the armistice ending World War I in 1918. Statutory
Last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Erntedankfest Marks the end of the harvest season. Optional
2 December Foundation Day Gründungstag Celebrates the establishment of Vryland, the predecessor of Caudonia. Statutory
15 December Nicholas Randouler Day Nicholas Randouler-Tag Celebrates the life and achievements of Nicholas Randouler. Statutory
25 December Christmas Day Weihnachtstag Celebrates the nativity of Jesus. Statutory
26 December Boxing Day Zweiter Weihnachtstag Commemorates the second day of Christmastide. Statutory