Commonwealth of Essexia

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Commonwealth of Essexia
Flag of the Commonwealth of Essexia.svg
Flag
Essexia Coat of arms.png
Coat of arms

Motto
They say heroes never die, but a lot of them do.
ESX MAP.png
Location of Essexia
South-East England, East Anglia, Essex
Capital city King's Residence
Largest city Danbury
Official language(s) English
Official religion(s) No Official Religion
Short name Essexia
Demonym Essexian
Government Constitutional Monarchy
- His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Emperor Terry
- First Minister Lord Jacob
Legislature Imperial Parliament of Essexia
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 11 seats
Established 26th December 2017
Area claimed 14 Acres
Population 169 (25 territorial)
Currency Essex Yen (¥) (EXY)
GDP (nominal) 2019 projection
$2070.04
very high
Time zone UTC ±00:00
National sport Paradox Interactive Grand Strategy Series
National dish Pork Plugga
National drink Tiger Beer
National animal Axolotl
Patron saint Guglielmo Marconi


Essexia, formally the Commonwealth of Essexia, is a micronation that aims to achieve the independence of Essex from the United Kingdom by gaining control of the whole county; at present, it governs a non-contiguous area of around fourteen acres. Essexia is a constitutional monarchy and unicameral parliamentary democracy, with power held both by the Monarch of Essexia and the Parliament of Essexia, the latter of which appoints the First Minister of Essexia. The monarch is King Terry of Essexia, who's current First Minister is Lord Jacob of the Old Guard Party.

Etymology

The name Essexia comes from the English county of Essex, of which Essexia aims to make independent. The noun "Essex" derives from Old English: ēast +‎ Seaxe, meaning "East Saxons".

History

Essexian Generals discuss final preparations before the Rush of Fort Morris. (L-R unknown soldier, Lord Jack, Lord Matthew and Earl Finn)

Essexia was first founded on the 26th of December 2017, and after a brief period of inactivity, was re-founded on the 20th of July 2018. The first and current King of Essexia is His Majesty King Terry I of Essexia. The first Prince of Essexia was His Majesty Prince James of Essexia, however he was expelled from the monarchy after major civil unrest and attempting to usurp the King. The second Prince of Essexia was His Majesty Prince Harry of Essexia, however King Terry replaced him with His Majesty Prince Jack of Essexia, who was forced out of the position by a rebel faction lead by Lord Matthew due to his belief that Prince Jack was abusing his power. However, Jack was later made a Prince again alongside Prince James on the 19th of August by King Terry as the King believed Jack would be able to contribute more than Prince James. This was eventually reversed, yet again.

On the 16th of September, A miscommunication between King Terry and Lord Jack lit a spark of anti monarchist ideals. In order to buy time to sort out the miscommunication King Terry dissolved the Parliament, which was seen as an act of tyranny, and lead to the creation of the Federation of Essexia after the King would not hand over power. On the 19th of September, the Federal Senate, after negotiating with King Terry, decided to end the Civil War by declaring the Commonwealth of Essexia, with King Terry as a ceremonial Head of State, and Earl Finn (Leader of the Liberal Socialists) as the First Minister.

The RAE led a successful infiltration and takeover of the City of Chelmsford on the 19th of October, when specialists infiltrated and patrolled the city's centre for an hour. The operation was known as Urban Kick (OP CODE: RAEOP01UK), and was considered a significant success.

After a peaceful and very positive three-way diplomatic negotiation, Essexia was offered and gratefully accepted an offer to control two larger Islands, as well as a number of smaller islands, off the coast of Northern California, named "Nerva" by Tony S. of the Somcowian Federation. The southernmost islands were given to Lord Matthew, who set the island to be controlled by a satellite state (Mecca Island) of the Empire of Slough (A dependency of Essexia), whilst the Northernmost islands were given to Lord Jack, who established the Islands as colonies of Essexia (The Poplar Nerva Colonies). These were later decolonised in Mid 2019 to avoid claim complications.

The Essexian Parliament voted to apply to become a member of the Grand Unified Micronational by unanimous vote, thus on the 30th December 2018 were admitted into the organisation, and continue to play an active role in it.

The National sports team Essexia FC was founded and played its first game on the 29th March 2019 against other small, amateur teams in Sandon, Essex. Although they didn't win any games, they came close to drawing on two matches, and overall were praised by referees and other teams for their spirit and military uniforms.

In May 2019, the Essexian Military undertook a full uniform 16 person parade at the Sandon School in Chelmsford.

Essexia was admitted into the Micronational Heritage Association on the 10th June 2019. They soon submitted 'Fort Morris' as a Class C Heritage Site.

Emperor Terry, Lord Matthew, Lord Jack, Lord Jamie, and Lord Adam travelled from Essexia up to Birmingham on the 28th of June 2019 in order to attend the GUM Summit. Prior to the event, it had been negotiated that Lord Matthew would represent Aspen Empire, Lord Jamie the Kingdom of Quebec and Lord Jack State of Gradonia. During the event, Essexia made a number of interesting points, and learnt a lot from the other present delegates. Lord Jack also signed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition on behalf of Gradonia with Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia. During the trip, all Essexian delegates were dissappointed with the frequent failures of the British rail system, but were impressed by the tilting capabilities of the Class 221 Super Voyager.

Government History

On the 26th of July 2018, Earl Finn created the Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party (The LibSocs), and on the 28th, Lord Jack created the original incarnation of the National Conservative Party of Essexia (The NatCons).

On the 16th of September 2018, the National Conservative Party of Essexia became the leading party of the Federation, until the 19th when the Commonwealth of Essexia was declared, with the Liberal Socialist and Cooperative Party becoming the leading party, and King Terry becoming the ceremonial head of state.

On the 14th of October 2018, Essexia claimed a small area of Slough, UK, and on the 15th, Lord Matthew was promoted to Lord Minister and Governor General of Slough. He established the Empire of Slough, a puppet state of Essexia.

On the 31st of December 2018, the Parliament of Essexia passed the "Monarchical Powers Act" which moved the King from being a ceremonial head of state to having almost absolute power, with the Parliament becoming only an advisory panel. The vote was 6-1-1 in favour of the act, with Lord Adam abstaining due to them not being there for this vote and Earl Finn voting against, with all other Lords in favour of granting the King these absolute powers. Due to the passing of this Act, Earl Finn resigned as Prime Minister in protest of the end of democratic control in Essexia, and Lord Chris joined the LibSocs to become Prime Minister, later changed to First Minister. However, Lord Chris resigned from his position on the 8th of January 2019. This led to a subsequent leadership election, in which Earl Finn won as an independent candidate with the support of the Royalists (As the LibSocs were disbanded after Lord Chris joined the NatCons). Following the failure of Lord Jack to secure the vote, the NatCons reformed to become the Communist Party of Essexia (CPE), however the Parliament then banned Communism, leading to the party once again reforming to create the Essexian Union of Fascists.

The 16th of February 2019 saw the "Dominions Act" pass, in which the Parliament decided to have all puppet states of Essexia be recognised as a Dominion of Essexia, and be united under one Dominion Flag.

The Essexian Union of Fascists, as a party, voted to revert back to the National Conservative Party of Essexia on the 27th of February 2019, at 16:40 GMT. They released a new logo and website to celebrate the occasion as well.

Crown Minister Jamie was made Lord Jamie on the 21 May 2019.

The 26th of May 2019 saw Lord Jack's Economic Reform Act 2019 voted into ratification. The Act defined the powers of Parliament, the King, and the RBE in terms of the economy. Additionally, Lord Matthew, Royalist Party leader, announced that Lord Jamie of Essexia would become the First Minister at midnight, following Lord Jamie replacing Earl Finn as First Minister the Friday before.

On 1 July 2019, Essexia held its first general election, which saw the Royalists win a landslide in Parliament, winning 8 of the 11 seats. Essexia. The parliament was subsequently filled with New Royalists, as Lord Jamie was party leader. This lead to an upset in the old guard of the Royalist Party who saw Lord Jamie as not a proper Royalist. On the weekend of 20 & 21 July 2019, known as the Black Weekend, half the Parliamentary Royalists quit the party to form the Old Guard Party, leaving the Royalists short of a majority. The Emperor then called martial law on the 21st of July, where Lord Jacob became Lord Commissar, and the military government was filled with the Old Guard Party, thus being seen as an Old Guard coup. On 30 July 2019 Emperor Terry reinstated Parliament, but the members parliament where chosen by him, with the Old Guard getting 5 seats, the Royalists 3, the LSC 2, and the Weeaboo Rights 1.

Some of the government at a due.

Politics

The Parliament is currently composed of three major parties, with another smaller party holding seats. The Old Guard Party currently holds a plurality with five of the eleven seats, with their largest opposition being the Royalist Party, who hold three seats.

Party Spectrum Leader Parliamentary seats Logo
Old Guard Party OGP Centre-right First Minister Jacob
5 / 11
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Essexian Royalist Party ERP Centre Lord Jamie
3 / 11
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Liberal Socialist Party LSC Centre-Left Earl Finn
2 / 11
LSC logo.png
Weeaboo Rights Party WRP Big Tent Lord Ben
1 / 11
WRP.png
Independent IND N/A N/A
0 / 11
N/A

Essexian Government

The Commonwealth of Essexia is an Constitutional Monarchy, with the 2019 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Essexia replacing the 2017 Constitution of the Empire of Essexia. The micronation is led by the First Minister, who represents the National Parliament of Essexia, and a semi-constitutional monarch (Emperor Terry I of Essexia) as head of state. The Parliament is constituted of 11 Lords (formerly Senators), one to represent each region in Essexia. The Warden of the Royal Bank is appointed in by the Emperor to head the Royal Bank of Essexia, and has an unlimited term (or until he is removed by the Emperor or the Supreme Justice). Through incumbent government policy, Essexia has nationalised all industry and commerce in the nation, and the system of the running and functioning of the state, including all commerce, the civil service, industry and political aspects, is called the Essexian National Order, and it is under the direct control of the Emperor. The ENO is a tiered system, so as to appropriate a chain authority in the functioning of Essexia.

The government is devolved into two departments, the Imperial Court and Imperial Cabinet. The Imperial Court is under direct rule from the Emperor, and is in charge of advising the Emperor, in mostly militaristic matters, but also on domestic and foreign policy. The Imperial Cabinet is devolved from the Crown, but serves to run the ministerial departments and Essexian National Order on behalf of the Emperor. The Imperial Cabinet is appointed by the Emperor, and reports to the Parliament and Imperial Court.

The Essexian government prides itself in being diverse and accepting. The First and Second Ministers are both openly members of the LGBTQ+ community, and Lord Matthew, Earl Finn, the Prince of Nerva and Crown Minister Adam are all mixed race.

Minister Adam Finn losing his seat in Parliament after the 2019 election.

The Imperial Cabinet

The Essexian Cabinet was formed on the 3rd of January 2019 as part of the governmental reforms taking place in the New Year.

The people appointed to these roles have usually been appointed by basis of the Emperor's recommendations to the First Minister, currently Lord Jamie, who is authorised to have full control over the cabinet. The Imperial Cabinet has only ever seen two major shifts from its creation, one being around the time of Earl Finns departure, and the other after the election of July 1st 2019. As of present, the cabinet is composed of 17 people, including the newly established role of Second Minister.

The cabinet's role is to govern aspects of the Commonwealth and Essexian National Order, and meet of a bi-monthly basis to discuss the workings of the Emperor. The cabinet of Essexia has no power to implement policy or change law, for that is the job of the Parliament which is completely devolved of the Crowns authority. The cabinet can however suggest policy to be perused by parliament.

The 2019 reforms not only clarified the positions of the elected officials but also the Imperial family, and the chain of command which the most vital Essexian actions would pass through.

The cabinet has the power to trigger a vote of no confidence towards the First Minister, however, this is yet to happen.

The Imperial Court

The Imperial Court is an appointed body that is in charge of advising the Emperor. The Court is currently only mainly used to advise the Emperor on military strategy; so much so only key members of the armed forces are in the court as of present, besides the Emperors Chief Whip. All policy is implemented by the Emperor on the recommendation of the Parliament and the Court. The Court used to be made up of advisers to the Emperor, who were all prominent figures in Essexian politics, who met regularly to discuss affairs and policy. This is still somewhat the case, however most political aspects of the Court are now levied in the cabinet. Most notably, the Court gathered on New Years Day, to undertake the major Government reforms, masterminded by Lord Chris, that lead to its creation.

Ministries

Current cabinet

Portfolio Minister Term
Cabinet ministers
First Minister Lord Jacob 2019–present
Second Minister vacant 2019–present
Chancellor of the Exchequer Earl Jack 2019–present
Minister of the Interior Earl Finn 2019–present
Minister of Foreign Affairs Lord Matthew 2019–present
Minister of Defence Crown Minister Ben 2019–present
Minister of Justice Lord George 2019–present
Minister of Health Lord Gilbert 2019–present
Minister of Education Lord Tolu 2019–present
Minister of Media Lord Jamie 2019–present
Minister of Culture Crown Minister Sam 2019–present
Minister of Technology Lord Ben 2018–present
Speaker of the House Emperor Terry 2019–present
Also attending cabinet meetings
Monarch of Essexia King Terry I 2017–present
Prince of Essexia Prince James 2017–present
Prince of Essexia Prince Daniel 2017–present
Chief Whip Lord Matthew 2017–present
Earl of Hawarden Earl Finn 2017–present
Earl of Molrams Earl Jack of Molrams 2017-present
Prince of the Nerva Colonies Prince Robin 2018–present
Queen-Mother of Essexia Lady Jennifer 2017–present

Crown Court

Crown Cabinet

Law and Order

It is the Imperial Army of Essexia's role to maintain law and order in the country, and criminals or those who have violated the constitution are judged upon by the Supreme Judge with the advice of the Parliament who act as a jury.

Foreign Relations

Essexia aims to become independent from the UK, however it wishes to maintain very positive and close relations with the UK, as well as Europe and the Principality of Sealand. Essexia also wishes to import many important materials and products, and export athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs, as well as products, food, and vehicles. Essexia holds 4 formal alliances through the form of separate Treaties of Mutual Co-Operation, as listed below.

On the 6th of September 2018, the President of the Binational Germanic-American State of Pasavantia sent a "Diplomatic Communique" to the citizens and government of Essexia, requesting a treaty of friendship or cooperation, to which Lord Jack, with the approval of King Terry, approved a mutual cooperation with the micronation on the 8th of September. However, this Treaty was dissolved by Chief Ambassador Jack on the 29th April 2019 due to a lack of contact or activity on Pasavantia's part.

On the 24th of September, Essexia was contacted by a diplomat from The Diarchy of Lensabia to enter into a Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation, however the Parliament wished to deny this request as the micronation did not appear to have developed to a sufficient level.

On the 14th of October, Essexia entered into two Treatises of Mutual Cooperation, one with the Swedish Imperium, and one with The Grand Kingdom of Riverhoek.

On the 15th of October, Parliament decided against forming an international alliance with Riverhoek.

The 19th of October saw Essexia's military take-over of the city of Chelmsford, however neither Essexia nor the United Kingdom declared war. Therefore, neither state are at war with each other.

The 9th of December 2018 GUM Discord Quorum rejected Essexia's application for full membership, with Emperor Adam I of Adammia stating that Essexia had "potential and probably would have been accepted", however Essexia's claims on the entire county of Essex (As well as the entirety of Slough) "contravenes the Wrythe Convention", and created border disputes with the GUM member Mercia, who also had territories in Essex. Lord Jack, Foreign Ambassador of Essexia, and King Terry both stated that they understood the reasoning behind the rejection, and that they would aim to overcome these issues, and apply for full membership again, before the next Quorum, with King Terry stating that he wanted the nation "Ship shape and Swindon fashion". After a short period of reform, Essexia was accepted into the Grand Unified Micronational on New Years Eve, presumably citing the necessary reforms made.

An ambassador from the State of Gradonia reached out to Lord Jack on the 31st of December 2018 in order to establish diplomatic relations with Essexia, and on the 1st of January 2019, King Terry authorised a Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation between Essexia and Gradonia. The Treaty was ordained on the 6th at 22:50 GMT.

On the 4th of January, Essexia participated in its first GUM quorum.

The 24th May 2019 saw Essexia sign another Treaty of Mutual Co-Operation with the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall, as both micronations shared very similar beliefs, goals, and abilities, and both wished to share technologies and concepts for future development.

Essexia hosted the first semi-annual Wincott Cup on the 22nd of June 2019.

The 14th of July 2019 saw Essexia enter into a treaty of mutual cooperation with the Fifth Aenderian Republic.

Hearts of Iron IV Micronational Championship (The Wincott Cup)

HOI4 MC 2019 logo.

Lord Jack proposed on the 16th February 2019 that Essexia should create the Hearts of Iron IV Micronational Championship, in response to the Kingdom of Quebec's Micronational Fútbol World Cup event. The Parliament mostly agreed with the idea, and The Wincott Cup was created. The championship would see Essexia host the 2019 cup, with another nation taking on the 2020 cup, and so on. Whoever's nation was the host of the cup would host the session and be responsible for handling it. It was announced that this game would take place on the 22nd June 2019.

Military

Essexia has 2 armed forces: The Imperial Army of Essexia and The Imperial Essexian Navy (Ship call sign: Imperial Essexian Navy [ship name]). Crown Minister Ben is the General of the Imperial Army of Essexia, and Lord Jack is the General of the Imperial Essexian Navy.

Essexia's armed forces equipment is designed and manufactured by the Government, and by Essexians who have been allowed to design and manufacture equipment by the Government. The most notable manufacturer of military equipment in Essexia is Lord Jack, who has built almost every IEN ship to date, and the R/C-1 'Pelican' (An experimental glider). He also maintains all REN ships (With exception to the Southend).

The Imperial Army of Essexia consists of volunteers who watch the surrounding areas that they reside in, so as to cover as much ground as possible. They completed the first military operation in Essexian history on the 19th of October, with OP: Urban Kick (OP CODE: RAEOP01UK). It was a significant success, and secured Chelmsford as Essexian land.

The Imperial Essexian Navy consists of 1 supercarrier, 1 midrange aircraft carrier, 4 light carriers, and 1 heavy cruiser. Another supercarrier and a destroyer are also planned for service.

The Fröhlichwaffe, now merged into the Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Arm, consists of three aircraft, one of which is a VTOL, another a conventional Remote aircraft, and the third an Essexian-built helicopter.

Essexia operates a fairly small military. There are 5 full-time soldiers, each issued a standard military beret, and armed with modified bamboo sticks. In 2018, the 5 soldiers underwent training from Defense Minister Jacob McVaddy, and stick-fighting became part of Essexia's proudly non-lethal military tactics. The doctrine also includes peaceful tactics, such as protestation and letters of complaint. On the 4th of January 2019, two Essexian soldiers walked through Chelmsford Town centre with bamboo sticks and full military uniform, to garrison the captured city after Operation Urban Kick. They were approached by two Police community officers, and stood down imminently after a warning.

By current globalfirepower.com estimates, Essexia boasts the World's 93rd largest Navy (11 Warships), 116th largest Army (0 Tanks), and 132nd largest airforce (4 Aircraft).

In 2019, upon his appointment, Jacob announced an inquiry into the misconduct of the two Essexian soldiers, who were stopped in the incident mentioned earlier above. He also announced a reform of the non-aggressive doctrine.

King Terry, Lord Jack, and Lord Matthew were able to capture and establish Fort Morris in the Rush of Fort Morris, on the 12th of February 2019.

The 24th of April 2019 saw the REN Seaxe Reforms, which are detailed on the Imperial Essexian Essexian Navy MicroWiki page. They introduced several changes to the defense force, as well as some notable announcements.

A particularly significant Military parade took place in the Sandon area on the 10th May 2019, in which 16 Citizens of Essexia (Including King Terry, Lord Jack, Lord Matthew, and First Minister Finn) performed an authorized ceremony on behalf of the RAE in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.

On the 17th June 2019, several Members of Parliament decided on many reforms to the Armed Forces at the Danbury Conference. These are yet to be fully implemented.

Climate and Geography

Essexia's main bird species are wood pigeons, Black-headed gulls, common gulls, and other birds indigenous to the UK. A common sight is the Eastern Grey Squirrel, a tree rodent that causes many problems, and is not originally from Essexia.

In terms of infrastructure, Essexia has traffic-filled roads, and a mixture of country lanes and high-speed motorways.

The most notable building in Essexia is 'Les Paddocks', which is an Imperial Palace, Military Fort, Naval Port, Air Base, Private Hotel, and Government meeting point. In addition, there are several other notable buildings in Essexia which act as outposts, citizen houses, government buildings and etc.

As stated in the opening of this article, Essexia currently controls a number of pieces of property, which sums to approximately 14 acres. Additionally, Essexia has non-violently invaded the City of Chelmsford without opposition, leading to a peaceful claim on the City Centre, since no British forces, civilian or not, had prevented them.

Climate

Essexia, as most of the the neighbouring UK, has a maritime climate type. Due to Essexia's location in the South East of Great Britain, it also enjoys a warmer climate than most of the British Isles and experiences the warmest summers in Great Britain; it is also one of the drier areas in the country. During the Summer, Essexia often sees temperatures saw into the low 30s degrees celsius with the hottest day on record in Essexian history was was on Sunday 10 August 2003 when 35.7°C. With the average hottest day a year being 30.6;°C. The coldest temperature recorded in Essexian territory was −20.6°C on 29 January 1947. Air frost is recorded, on average, on 52.7 nights of the year, and the coldest night will will typically fall to a low −7.4°C. Rainfall averages 591.8mm a year, with daily totals of over 1mm falling on 108.1 days of the year. Thunderstorms mostly occur during July and August; however, they can occur anytime of the year. All averages refer to the 30-year observation period 1981–2010.

Climate data for Writtle, elevation 32 m, 1981–2010, extremes 1960–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
18.4
(65.1)
22.8
(73)
27.0
(80.6)
30.0
(86)
33.6
(92.5)
34.0
(93.2)
35.7
(96.3)
32.1
(89.8)
28.6
(83.5)
18.5
(65.3)
16.6
(61.9)
35.7
(96.3)
Average high °C (°F) 7.4
(45.3)
7.7
(45.9)
10.7
(51.3)
13.6
(56.5)
17.0
(62.6)
20.2
(68.4)
22.9
(73.2)
22.7
(72.9)
19.3
(66.7)
15.0
(59)
10.5
(50.9)
7.7
(45.9)
14.6
(58.3)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.0
(33.8)
2.7
(36.9)
3.8
(38.8)
6.8
(44.2)
9.8
(49.6)
12.0
(53.6)
11.8
(53.2)
9.7
(49.5)
7.1
(44.8)
3.9
(39)
1.8
(35.2)
6.0
(42.8)
Record low °C (°F) −20.6
(-5.1)
−13.3
(8.1)
-11.1
(12)
−6.1
(21)
-2.8
(27)
-1.7
(28.9)
2.2
(36)
0.6
(33.1)
-1.1
(30)
−6.7
(19.9)
−8.1
(17.4)
−18.0
(-0)
−20.6
(-5.1)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 53.2
(2.094)
39.2
(1.543)
40.2
(1.583)
41.6
(1.638)
48.7
(1.917)
49.9
(1.965)
44.3
(1.744)
51.7
(2.035)
48.6
(1.913)
64.1
(2.524)
58.0
(2.283)
52.3
(2.059)
591.8
(23.299)
Sunshine hours 58.0 76.1 112.4 165.7 196.6 198.2 209.9 204.0 147.4 113.9 68.7 47.4 1,598.2
Source no. 1: Met Office
Source no. 2: KNMI

Geography

Essexia is divided into two provinces Greater Baddow and Greater Danbury. Greater Baddow is typically more urban than Greater Danbury. Greater Baddow is located on relatively flat land which allows the province to be more densely populated.

Greater Danbury on the other hand, consists of more of the population of Essexia as well as over 80% of the area of the nation. Greater Danbury is home to the de jure meeting place of the Essexian parliament, Hawarden. Greater Danbury is also located primarily on Danbury hill, which is the highest point in the English county of Essex, with most of the more far flung areas of Greater Danbury being similar to the terrain of Greater Baddow.

Economy

Essexia's national currency is the Essexian Yen (¥). It's currency consists of paper notes, in the form of the ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, and ¥100 notes, all of which are horizontal, coloured according to the denomination, and feature King Terry on the reverse and an Essexian figure on the front. Five Essex Yen is equal to One British Pound. Both Essex Yen and British Sterling are accepted in Essexia. On special occasions, the Essexia Imperial Mint may print vertical notes which are legal tender and may feature varying background images and figures, however, they will always feature the Sovereign on the reverse. Printing of the Essex Yen is controlled by the Royal Bank of Essexia.

On September 1, 2018, Lord Matthew produced the first estimated budget report for the Parliament, however, due to the table contradicting the Wrythe Convention, it was made obsolete on the 8th of December 2018.

In 2018, the King made the first transaction using physical Yen notes and purchased a tie from Lord Chris for ¥50 during the first State of the Union.

In 2019 filmmakers paid ¥2250 to film within the Essexian district of Hawarden, thus making the the district and by extension the Earldom, the largest single economy within Essexia.

Culture

The nation of Essexia seeks to maintain its close historical culture with Britain. The main language is English, and the Essex accent is integral to Essexian core identity, and is what Essexia regards as its most recognisable trait amongst other micronations. As well as this, Newcastle based bakery Gregg's is seen as core to Essexian identity, as there are over 73 branches in the county and it is a known and respected brand, despite its origin from outside of Essexia. Despite this, the national food is Pork Plugga, which is an Essex based food that is liked throughout the county. The national bird, the wood pigeon, was chosen as such because of its abundance across Essexian land, and irreconcilability within the county.

There has been much misconception around the world that all people from Essex are lazy, have fake tan and white teeth, traits which are presumably distributed via reality TV shows such as 'The Only Way Is Essex'. However, many Essexians argue that this is not representative of all people. The county of Essex is historically right wing and pro monarchy, ideas that Essexia takes into its stride, and the monarchist values constitute the micronation.

After reviewing the 1994 American Society of Civil Engineers report into the wonders of the 20th century, the Essexian Government disputes the fact the Marconi Tower, in Chelmsford is not included. The Marconi Tower is not only the main cultural icon of Essexia, featuring on many banknotes and the Kings coat of arms, but it is also a technological marvel for its age, and represents the birth of the radio which has been key in the development of modern humankind. Thus, on the 6th of January 2019, the Parliament voted unanimously on recognising it as the 8th wonder of the world.

There are nine radio stations in Essexia, all of which were merged under the Dean Network in the Media Merger Act 2019. 5 of these stations are Radio Dean stations, another 3 belong to the FAR Network under the Dean Network, and the Imperial Essexian Tune List.

There are 39 people who hold Essexian Citizenship, as of a census held on New Years Day. This number includes those who have applied, and the families of those who reside in Essexian territory. To uphold the Preservation of Culture and Identity Act of 2018, applications for citizenship can only be reviewed if the applicant lives within the county of Essex, and is willing to contribute their land to the micronation.

The National sports team Essexia FC was founded and played its first game on the 29th March 2019 against other small, amateur teams in Sandon, Essex. Although they didn't win any games, they came close to drawing on two matches, and overall were praised by referees and other teams for their spirit and military uniforms.

The Earldom of Hawarden is seen as the entertainment hub, as in July 2019 a group filmmakers paid ¥2250 for rights to film within the premises of Hawarden. This was a great opportunity for Essexia to been seen, although no Essexian imagery is seen in the footage taken as it would have been not fit in for what was filmed as it was to do with German celebration of Oktoberfest. The ¥2000 paid also makes the District of Hawarden the largest GDP in the province of Greater Danbury.

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