Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth

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Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth
Rzeczpospolita Korony Królestwa Czesarii i Wielkiego Księstwa Litwanii (Polish)



Flag of the Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth.svg
Flag
Lesser Coat of Arms of the Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth.svg
Coat of Arms

Motto
Si Deus nobiscum, quis contra nos? (Latin)
If God is with us, who is against us?
Anthem
Warszawianka (state anthem)

Gaude, mater Polonia (royal anthem)

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Cape Hatteras, United States
Lully, Switzerland
Along with other territories.
Capital cityLoravia
Largest cityLoravia
Official language(s)Official: English and Polish
Regional: Cheskgariyan
Ceremonial: Latin
Short nameCheskgariya-Litvania
DemonymCheskgariyan-Litvanian
GovernmentFederal Parliamentary elective monarchy
- King of CheskgariyaCharles
- Grand Duke of LitvaniaFrederick
- Chancellor of the CrownDhrubajyoti Roy
LegislatureSejm
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 6
- Last election - 10 May 2021
EstablishedNovember 22, 2020
Area claimedTBD
Population23 July 2021
Time zoneUTC+01:00

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The Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth, officially the Crown of the Kingdom of Cheskgariya and the Grand Duchy of Litvania is a federal parliamentary elective monarchy and a micronation with claims in Switzerland and the United States. It was promulgated by micronationalists Michal Nowacki and Christian Newton on the 29 November 2020, after both agreed to merge the existing Republic of Litvania with Cheskgariya, a personal project of Newton. The capital city of the Commonwealth is Loravia, which is also the largest city, the centre of administration, and the seat of the Grand Duke. The Commonwealth's official languages are English and Polish, and Latin is used in a ceremonial capacity.

The Commonwealth was a result of a merger between the Grand Duchy of Litvania, which existed between 2016 and 2020, and the hitherto unannounced Kingdom of Cheskgariya. It was styled after the 15th to 18th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. As such, the King of Cheskgariya and the Grand Duke of Litvania are co-monarchs of the state.

The Commonwealth has established formal diplomatic relations with several micronations, and was elected to the GUM as an provisional member state on the 16 July 2021.

History

Micronationalist Michal Nowacki had founded his first micronation in the year 2016, when he founded the Republic of Litvania, and managed to attract enough attention of certain prominent figures of the time to make himself a fairly honourable reputation as an enthusiastic micronationalist. However, the Republic fell into inactivity, and by the end of 2016 was effectively dissolved.

He was approached in early 2020 by experienced Christian Newton, who offered to take presidential powers and run the nation until Nowacki's potential return. Very little happened in the country during this period of time, however by early November 2020, Newton and Nowacki had begun discussing potential options for reviving or starting clean in micronationalism. After extended debate on the topic, and taking into account their ideological and cultural leanings, they decided on forming a nation based on the 15th-18th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, at one point the largest and most prosperous state in Europe.

The Commonwealth was first conceived by the former president of the Litvania, who presented it to his former prime minister, Christian Newton. They decided to unite two personal projects of theirs, and after a few weeks of work writing legal documents such as the Basic Law and designing symbolism for it, the Commonwealth was promulgated on the 29 November 2020, on the MicroWiki forum.[1]

Within a month of its promulgation, the Commonwealth attracted the attention of numerous micronationalists, including Charles Burgardt; who later became its Chancellor of the Crown, Sertor Valentinus, and Dhrubajyoti Roy, who helped build its Discord presence. The Commonwealth continues to attract members of the micronational community, mostly as visitors.

Beginning in February 2021, the Grand Duke appointed himself the Foreign Secretary, in an effort to boost the Commonwealth's perception and diplomatic relations with the broader micronational community. He was aided in this task due to his earlier presence in 2016, and hence acquaintanceship with many prominent figures. By the beginning of March, the Commonwealth had signed two treaties of mutual recognition, with the Kingdom of Sayville and the Rednecks Republic.

On the 11th of March 2021, the King communicated privately to the Grand Duke his indisposition to rule for a time, instructing the Grand Duke to act as the Regent of the Commonwealth until his return. The Duke undertook work on a constitutional document, the Governance Act, during his Regency, which would make the Commonwealth a significantly more federal state. This document was ratified on the 17th April 2021, coinciding with the King's official return to office.

Sejm elections took place in early May of 2021, with two citizens running and elected, forming the country's first legislative body. The government is pursuing ties with an increasing number of nations, as well as seeking to improve it's position on the intermicronational stage.

Geography and climate

The Commonwealth stretches over a variety of biomes, landscapes, and climactic zones. The main territories of Litvania and Cheskgariya are located in Switzerland and North Carolina, US, respectively. This means that the climate of Litvania, which is located primarily outside the city of Geneva, Switzerland, is a warm continental climate of the Köppen designation Dfb. Cheskgariya on the other hand is located on the extreme parts of Hatteras Country, near Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. This means it is characterised by a humid subtropical climate of the Köppen Cfa classification.

Politics

The Commonwealth is a federal parliamentary elective monarchy. Despite executive monarchical rule, the state's political system is very republican in character. The King of Cheskgariya is elected by the members of parliament (the Sejm) and acceded by the members of the cabinet (the Crown Council) upon the death or abdication of any incumbent monarch. The Grand Duke on other hand is a hereditary monarch. The Sejm is responsible for proposing and passing laws, and has a strict accountability system for the monarchy. The King and the Grand Duke are co-monarchs, meaning they rule as two people, but act as one crown. This is despite their unequal status as King and Grand Duke.

General structure

The Commonwealth is a real union of the Kingdom of Cheskgariya and the Grand Duchy of Litvania, which means the two states are bonded in a union which is not personal nor political. They are not bound by common monarch or by a common central government as provinces. Rather, they are separate states in an equal federated union and share some institutions (such as the executive) but not all (such as the state Sejmiks, or local legislative councils).

The co-monarchs are both co-heads of state of the Commonwealth, and the Chancellor is the appointed head of government. The Chancellor, upon appointment, is responsible for forming a cabinet (government) to rule the country's various aspects through it's Secretariats.

King of Cheskgariya Grand Duke of Litvania
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Charles
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Frederick

The Commonwealth has a government comprised of a legislative and executive branch. A judiciary does not exist permanently as in a macronation, but rather when necessary an independent judicial committee, or citizen jury, is appointed to judge criminal activity under oversight of the executive. The legislative branch of government is the Sejm, which consists of the Royal Secretaries, and elected Citizens. Sejm delegates who are also Crown Council members are not allowed to participate in Sejm debates, however if they are dismissed from their Council posts, they are back in the Sejm as delegates. Bills and laws are proposed by any member of the Sejm and voted upon. If they pass with a simple majority, the bill is passed upwards to the executive Crown Council, or cabinet, which consists of the Chancellor and his appointed Secretaries. The bill is then either given royal assent by the co-monarchs and passed into law, or rejected by the council and the Sejm is forced to re-debate the bill and make amendments.

Royal Secretariats

The executive branch is made up of smaller departments of government collectively called 'Secretariats'. The Commonwealth, as of January 2021, has five secretariats.

Royal Secretariat Role Current Royal Secretary
Royal Secretariat for the Treasury Accountancy of all Commonwealth incomes and expenditures, balancing the Commonwealth budget. The Lord Trakai
Royal Secretariat for Foreign Affairs Establishing and maintenance of diplomatic relations and external diplomacy with other micronations. The Count of Piaski
Royal Secretariat for the Territories Seeking and claiming territory for the Commonwealth, administration of current territories. Grand Duke Frederick I
Royal Secretariat for Culture and Education Oversight of the treasury, and the Commonwealth reserve. The Rt. Hon. Jayden Dagsa
Royal Secretariat for Defense Oversight and development of the Commonwealth Forces. The Rt. Hon. Matthew Griffin
Royal Secretariat for Justice Oversight of the judiciary. The Lord Trakai

Territorial aministration

Main article: Commonwealth Overseas Territories
The Commonwealth is officially divided according to the borders of the former independent states - Cheskgariya and Litvania. There are more territories that have been annexed by the Commonwealth as part of a general enlargement effort by its RS for Territorial Expansion. As a result, the Commonwealth maintains three distinct types of overseas territory - duchies, protectorates, and crown dependencies. Duchies are headed by an officially appointed Duke, who has to hold some government office before being granted such a title. These territories and governed as essentially parts of the Commonwealth with little distinction between core and overseas territory. Protectorates are territories added by the request of any citizen of the Commonwealth, governed directly by decree of the Crown Council, with the citizen-requestee being appointed Protector-Royal or Lord-Protector of that territory. The last type of territorial distinction made within the Commonwealth is the Crown Dependency. This territory has a de facto self-governing autonomy, but inhabitants do not receive Commonwealth citizenship. All inhabitants of Crown Dependencies are subject to Commonwealth laws as subjects. They are also not allowed to hold government office or vote in national elections. Currently, the Commonwealth maintains 7 overseas territories.

Overseas Territory Location Type Current Head Notes
Kingdom of Cheskgariya Hatteras County, US Constituent state King Christian Consists of Hatteras County, US.
Grand Duchy of Litvania Bernex, Switzerland Constituent state Grand Duke Frederick I Consists of parts of the municipality of Bernex in Switzerland.
Duchy of Pomerania West Pomerania, Poland Duchy of the Commonwealth Grand Duke Frederick I Consists of parts of the West-Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland.
Duchy of the West Nile 6th of October City, Egypt Duchy of the Commonwealth None, to be appointed. Consists of the former individual residence of the Grand Duke.
Dalmatian Islands Protectorate Dalmatia, Croatia Protectorate of the Commonwealth None, to be appointed. Consists of various Dalmatian islands in the Adriatic Sea.
Wildwood Protectorate Long Island, US Protectorate of the Commonwealth Charles Burgardt Consists of Wildwood State Park, US.
Commonwealth Antarctic Territory South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, UK Crown Dependency of the Commonwealth None, to be appointed. Consists of the South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands as well as the Antipodes Islands.
Commonwealth Arctic Territory Bear Island, Norway Crown Dependency of the Commonwealth None, to be appointed. Consists of the islands of Bjornoya, in the Barents Sea.

Military

The Commonwealth Armed Forces are the national armed forces of the Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth. They consist of three branches - the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. The Forces are commanded by professional officers and the General Staff. The primary purpose of the Forces is to maintian the territorial integrity of the Commonwealth and to function as a ceremonial tool.

Foreign affairs

The Commonwealth's official foreign policy is one of total and complete neutrality in conflict and matters not relating directly to the Commonwealth. The country conducts its diplomacy through its Royal Secretariat for Foreign Affairs, and through the Royal Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

The Commonwealth has established formal diplomatic relations with the following nations:

The Commonwealth was elected to the GUM as an observer state on the 25 February 2021.

Culture

Due to its large territorial expanse, the Commonwealth includes a variety of cultural areas in its borders. However, there are two generally two largest ones, the Cheskgariyan cultural area located in the Cape Hatteras area of the United States, and the Litvanian cultural area located in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

Languages

Though the Commonwealth speaks English as its primary language of communication and the state language, however Polish is used in a ceremonial capacity as an homage to the historical state and to maintain the Polish nature of the country.

See also

References

  1. Nowacki, Michal (29 November 2020) "Promulgation of the Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth", posted on the MicroWiki Forum. Retrieved 13 December 2020.