Kingdom of Coleraine

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Kingdom of Coleraine (Engilsh)
Ríocht na hUlaidh Thair Nhua (Gaeilge)
Tírcÿnïg dë Cúïlráïthïnë (Úndömïnflëúr)
Regnum Colerainum (Latina)
Royaume de Coleraine (Français)
Brenhiniaeth chan Coleraine (Cymraeg)

Coleraine flag.png Coa coleraine.png
Flag Coat of Arms
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Coleraine in green, the other member states of the NAMCO in grey.
National Anthem:
"Amhrán ar Cine na mÉireannach"
Motto:
Tradition • Piety • Monarchy (English)
Traidisiúnta • Cráifeacht • Ríogacht (Gaeilge)
Traïdísïúnä • Píëtä • Ríögúnä (Úndömïnflëúr)
Consuetudo • Pietas • Monarchia (Latina)
Tradition • Piété • Monarchie (Français)
Traddodiad • Duwioldeb • Brenhiniaeth (Cymraeg)
Capital Cathair Cánsas

Official languages Irish, Welsh, Latin, French, Úndömïnflëúr

Demonym Colerainic, Colerain

Government Tanist

Constitutional Monarchy

State Religion Roman Catholicism
King Seán Amádeus
Lord Chancellor Lord Mac Eachaidh, 1st Duke of Noamh Peadar (Royalist League)

w:Parliament Parliament of the Kingdom of Coleraine
Seats 12

Established
– Creation of the Kingdom of Limavady A. D. 871
– Fall of the Kingdom of Limavady 1658
– Established as a micronation 21 January 2009

Population
– Citizens 100
– Residence 100

Currency Sovereign (Ð)

Time zone Central: UTC-7/-6/-5/-4

Country code KC (proposed)

Internet TDL .kc(proposed)

Drives on the Left (proposed)

Date formats Gregorian Calendar (dates & years only)Irish Calendar (seasons only)
Gaelic Historical Calendar (academic purposes only)


dd/mm/yyyyy


The Kingdom of Coleraine, or Ríocht na hUlaidh Thair Nhua in Irish, is a Tánist state in North America.

Brief History

The origins of the Ríocht can be found in Ulster in the North of Ireland. In AD 875 when Cathalán mac Indrechtaig was crowned King of Ulster. His direct descendants would become known as the House of Ó Catháin, which still rules the successors states of Cathalán's Kingdom. In the succeeding centuries the Uí Catháin, as they became known, were soon made the Ua Rígh or Under Kings of Ulster. They would hold this throne until 1628. The following is a list of the Ó Catháin Under Kings from the 12th century AD to their fall in 1628.

King Turlough (1096 - 1103)
King Turlough (1096 - 1103)
Information Lost due to the Cromwellian sack of Dungiven Castle AD 1658
King Conchobur (1171 - 1178)
King Gilla Crist (1178 - 1182)
King Fearal (1182 - 1213)
King Eachmarcac (1213 - 1247)
King Maghnus Cat Duin (1247 - 1260)
King Cúmhaí I (1260 - 1303)
King Diarmuid I (1303)
King Rurarí I (1303 - 1349)
King Cooey the Foreigner (1349 - 1385)
King Diarmuid II (1385 - 1428)
King Godfrey (1428 - 1433)
King Manus I (1433 - 1468)
King Rurarí II (1468 - 1472)
King Seán I (1472 - 1498)
King Donough (1450 - 1523)
King Manus II (1523 - 1548)
King Rurarí III (1548 - 1598)
King Domhnáill I (1598 - 1628)

After the death of King Domhnáill I in 1628 the royal house went into exile. It was not until 2009 that his heir Tómás Ó Catháin was named the King of the new realm Ulaidh Thair Nhua (New West Ulster). His son Seán is the current Monarch. Seán III is the 9th Great Grandson of Domhnáill I. By estimation when Seán III succeeds his father as King of the Ó Catháin he shall be the 38th man to hold said title.

The Monarch

The Monarchy is the traditional head of state. The monarch must be a member of the House of Ó Catháin. In all normal circumstances the monarch will be a man, yet only if there is no male heir, or the male heir is under the age of sixteen years may a woman take the throne, either as Regent or full Queen. The present monarch is Seán III. He directly rules over the Ríocht, taking the place of his father Tómás II who has retained the position of head of the House of Ó Catháin along with all Irish titles held by the Head of the House.

The Archduke of Noamh Séamus

The title of Archduke of Noamh Séamus is given to the heir to the throne upon his sixteenth birthday. It is the highest ducal title that can be given within the Ríocht. The last Archduke was Seán mac Tómás Micháel Pádraig II Diarmuid Ó Catháin, now King Seán III, who also holds the title of Ard Tánsaite (High Prince) of Clan Ó Catháin. The Archduke is the ruler of the Archduchy of Noamh Séamus, the location of a number of major royal ministries and palaces. He rules from the Ard Tánsaitry, at present a set of apartments within the grounds of the Eastát Rígh na hCluain Sharoise (Royal Estate of Cluain Sharoise.)

The Clans

The Nobility of the Ríocht is made of a number of Clans. Each clan is led by a Taoiseach (Clan Chief) who may sit in the Teach na dTiarnaí as one of the Lords Temporal. Depending on the status of the clan it's Taoiseach may hold any title from Barún (Baron) of a Village or Borough, to Cúnt (Count) of one of the Counties, to Diúc (Duke) of a Duchy. In a number of clans there may be numerous Clan leaders sitting within the Tiarnaí. In this case the Taoiseach would hold the title of Diúc, with lesser Clan nobles being referred to by lesser titles and having lesser lands.

The Clan Conchobhair has held the crown since the foundation of the modern Kingdom of Coleraine. It's ruling house, the House of Ó Catháin, was also the reigning house of Coleraine until the Edict of Clonrise, when King Seán Amádeus created the House of Amádeus-Ó Catháin.

Parliament

The Parliament is divided into three chambers. The uppermost chamber is the Teach na dTiarnaí, House of Lords. This chamber is comprised of those Clan Chiefs which rule the Ríocht and the Catholic Bishops who preside over dioceses in the Ríocht. The middle chamber is the Teach na dUaslathaí, the House of Landsmen. This chamber is comprised of those elected land owners who dwell within the Ríocht. It is akin to the American Senate. The lowest house is the Teach na dDáil, House of Commons. This chamber is comprised of those of the working classes who are elected by the citizenry from the differing lands within the Ríocht. This chamber is divided into Members Urban and Members Rural.

The Tiarnaí is led by the Lord High Chancellor, who also serves as Prime Minister and the voice of the Tiarnaí to the King. The Uaslathaí is headed by the High Chancellor of the Landowners, who serves as voice of the Uaslathaí to the King. The Dáil is headed by the High Chancellor of the Commons, who serves as the voice of the Dáil to the King. Parliament is led by HRH the Archduke of Noamh Séamus.

The Parliament is modelled off of the British Parliament and the Estates General of Frances. It uses the Westminster system to an extent.

Language

Little has changed in the political structure of the Ríocht since it's predecessor realms in Ireland fell. The current language of the state is Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge). Gaeilge is currently spoken by a mere 40% of the population. An up and coming language, Úndömïnflëúr is the official language of common legal procedure. Úndömïnflëúr is used rather than Irish because of it's close nature to English. The third language is Latin, spoken by a mere 20% of the population is the official language of all religious proceedings. It is the official language of the Roman Catholic Church, which is at present the officially supported State Religion. English itself has no state recognition. Despite this it is the most common language, being spoken by 100% of the population in some form.

As of 23rd March 2009, due to a number of citizens speaking French as their first language, French shall be recognised as an official language of the realm. It shall have the same position as Úndömïnflëúr when it comes to state affairs.

The Monarch is officially known by his name in the various tongues of the realm:

  • Seán Amádeus (Gaeilge)
  • Sëán Ämádëús (Úndömïnflëúr)
  • Ioannes Amadeus (Latina)
  • Jean-Amadieu (Français)
  • Ioan Amâdeus (Cymraeg)
  • Seán Amadeus (English)

The Roman Catholic Church

There is no divide between Church and State. The Roman Catholic Church is the official state religion. The Bishops of those dioceses within the realm also hold seats in the Tiarnaí. The Colerain Kings are anointed under God.

Order of Precedence of Bishops

I. The Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland (Since 439)
II. The Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago (Since 1914)
III. The Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas (Since 2007)
IV. The Bishop of Kansas City-St Joseph (Since 1999)

Geography

Duchies

The Dukes of Coleraine are the highest ranking sub-regal officials. The highest ranking Duke is the Archduke of Noamh Séamus. Dukes are heads of their constituency installed by the King. Duchies have laws and governments of their own but they cannot act as their own independent nation. The Duke acts alongside the Bishop of the Diocese whose boundaries are equal to that of said Duchy. They both hod seats in the House of Lords as representatives of their Duchy/Diocese.

A Map displaying the various Duchies of Coleraine, coloured as to their particular ruler.


The Duchies are constitutional governments, having their own parliaments, and sub-constituencies. Each duchy is divided into Baronies, each barony making up of a village if in a rural or suburban area or borough if in an urban area. The baronies themselves are co-governed by a Baron and a local Parish Priest. The individual Baronies are themselves divided into estates, each run by a Knight of the realm. Beneath these Knights are the common citizens.


Those territories controlled by Coleraine that are not a part of any Duchy are run directly by the Monarchy, ruled by one of the princes of the realm or else by the King himself. Territories occupied in times of war are ruled by the military.


List of those Duchies which are a part of the Kingdom of Coleraine

Counties

The Counts of Coleraine are the second-highest ranking sub-regal officials. Counts are heads of their constituency installed by the King. Counties have laws and governments of their own but they cannot act as their own independent nation. The Count acts alongside the Vicar of the collection of parishes of the local Vicarage whose boundaries are equal to that of said County. They both hold seats in the House of Lords as representatives of their County/Vicarage.

A Map displaying the various Counties of Coleraine, notice that below are only listed the counties ruled directly by a count.


The Counties are constitutional governments, having their own parliaments, and sub-constituencies. Each County is divided into Baronies, each barony making up of a village if in a rural or suburban area or borough if in an urban area. The baronies themselves are co-governed by a Baron and a local Parish Priest. The individual Baronies are themselves divided into manours, each run by a Knight of the realm. Beneath these Knights are the common citizens.


Those territories controlled by Coleraine that are not a part of any County are run directly by the Monarchy, ruled by one of the princes of the realm or else by the King himself. Territories occupied in times of war are ruled by the military.



List of those Counties Organised which are a part of the Kingdom of Coleraine

NOTE: This list is presently incomplete as due to the fact that not all of Coleraine's counties are yet organised.

Duchy Duke Dominant Party Coat of Arms
Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Seán III Royalist
Noamh Peadar The Mac Eachaidh Royalist
Noamh Pádraig The Marchioness of Saint-Rosairie Royalist
Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Diúc na hNoamh Raphael Royalist
Noamh Alaois Vacant, ruled by Monarch Royalist
Grand Duchy of Québec Jean de Blois Royalist
County Duchy Dominant Party Post Code County Town
Balleycoffey Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Royalist BLC Balleycoffey
Ballydouglas Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Royalist BLD Ballydouglas
Dunscott Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Royalist DNS Dunscott
Noushea Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Royalist NSA Termontrinity
Rathliam Archduchy of Noamh Séamus Royalist RLM Rathliam
Glentermon Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist GLT Cathair Dubuque
Termondonatus Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist TDS Kildonatus
Deleware Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist DLE Ballymanchester
Waterloo Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist WLO Athwaterloo
Buckingham Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist BKM Toledo
Benton Noamh Raphael na hArd Aingeal Royalist BEN Vinton
Athalaois Noamh Alaois Society of Republicans ALO Cathair Noamh Alaois
Athborromeus Noamh Alaois Royalist BOR Saint Charles
Droghalaois Noamh Alaois Royalist ALO Cathair Noamh Alaois
Noupadraic Noamh Pádraig Royalist NPC Cathair Cánsas
Tyrcionne Noamh Pádraig Royalist TYC Coomcionne
Nouseosamh Noamh Pádraig Royalist NSH Cathair Noamh Seosamh
Clonrise Noamh Peadar Royalist CLO Cathair Noamh Peadar
Kilbenedictus Noamh Peadar Royalist KBT Kilbenedictus
Dunreiley Noamh Peadar Royalist DRY Dunreiley

Military

The Royal Armed Forces are comprised of the Royal Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Corps. Though the Ríocht has no standing army there is room in it's constitution for one to be created.

Royal Post

The Royal Post is the main postal carrier of the realm. It is a department of the Home Office, which manages all domestic affairs, in contrast to the Foreign Office which manages all foreign affairs. The post is also responsible for the creation of the Post Code system.

Post Code System

The Post Code system is an alphanumerical system created for sorting mail. It was modelled after the British postcode system. The post code is between six to seven characters in length, representing the County, Village, and Clochán of the address to which the letter is being sent. The county is represented by the first three letters, or outward section of the code an example being:

NSA for Noushea

The Clochán, a subdistrict of the village, is then represented by a number at the head of the inward section of the code. This is followed by two letters denoting the village itself, an example being:

1TT for Nousheamus, Termontrinity

The entire code therefore would be NSA 1TT for Nousheamus, Termontrinity, Noushea.

The Royal Post prefers for letters to be addressed as such, with the village or borough and county captilised:

Name of Addressee
Building (If applicable)
Straid
VILLAGE/BOROUGH
COUNTY
DUCHY
Post Code

When filled in it would look as such:

Archduke of Noamh Séamus
Ardtainstry
Ioannes Amadeus Straid
TERMONTRINITY
NOUSHEA
NOAMH SÉAMUS
NSA 1TT

The main subdivisions within the realm are as follows:
Duchies are the equalivient to Provinces. Co-ruled by a Duke and a Catholic Bishop.

Counties are a group of villages combined under the rule of a Count and a Priest appointed by the Bishop.
Baronies are the villages (rural) or Boroughs (Urban), ruled by a Baron and the local Parish Priest.
NOTE to be named a village, a settlement must have a Catholic Parish within it's boundaries.
Manours are the districts of the village, ruled by a Knight of the Realm.

The addresses of major locations within the Government and Church are as follows:

The Palace of Cluain Sharoise
Royal Straid
CLUAIN SHAROISE
CLONROISE
NOAMH PEADAR
CLO 1CS

The Ecclesiastical Palace
Royal Straid
CLUAIN SHAROISE
NOAMH PEADAR
CLO 2CS

The Ardtainstry
Ioannes Amadeus Straid
TERMONTRINITY
NOUSHEA
NOAMH SÉAMUS
NSA 1TT

The Houses of Parliament
Palace of Saint Thomas More
Ioannes Amadeus Straid
TERMONTRINITY
NOAMH SÉAMUS
NSA 1TT

Kiltrinity Parish
Royal Mile
TREMONTRINITY
NOAMH SÉAMUS
NSA 2TT

Kilpádraic Parish
Queen Mother's Straid
KILPÁDRAIC
NOAMH PEADAR
CLO 11KP

Recognition and Alliances

The Micronations that have recognized the Ríocht.

Allies of the Ríocht (by date)


Intermicronational Organisation Membership


Nations and Governments in exile recognised by the Ríocht.

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