Democratic Lazonesia

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Democratic Lazonesia
Lazonesia Democrática (Spanish)
Flag of
Emblem of
Motto: "Glory to Lazonesia!"
Anthem: "The Internationale"
Location of Democratic Lazonesia in North America.
Location of Democratic Lazonesia in North America.
Official languages
Ethnic groups
  • 90% Lazonesians
  • 10% Other
GovernmentUnitary one-party socialist republic
• General Secretary and Chairman of State Affairs
Lucas Gonyer
• Premier
Steven Liu
LegislatureLazonesian People's Assembly
from Canada
• Independence
10 October 2020
• Constitution ratified
15 November 2023
• 2023 census
very high
CurrencyLazonesian Peso
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
• Summer (DST)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+1
Internet TLD.dl (proposed)

Lazonesia, officially Democratic Lazonesia (Spanish: Lazonesia Democrática), is a North American micronation located in the Pacific Northwest. Lazonesia declared its independence in 2020 but its existence is not formally recognized by the United Nations or the government of any sovereign state.[1]

Lazonesia is commonly viewed as a communist state by outside observers, while its constitution formally describes the nation as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state". It is governed under a one-party system with the ruling Workers' Party of Lazonesia assuming a leading role in all state affairs. The party's General Secretary acts as the country's de facto head of state while the Premier serves as head of government. Lazonesia was founded on Vancouver Island by Canadian micronationalist Lucas GonyerF, initially as a tongue-in-cheek social and political experiment to see how a government modeled closely upon those of Cuba and North Korea could function within a micronational framework. It has since grown into a functional nation-state with serious aspirations of achieving internationally recognized statehood.

The nation's foreign policy prioritizes diplomacy with other micronations and independence movements, as well as pressing its rights to self-determination in the wider international community. Lazonesia also dedicates its efforts towards developing its small but highly diversified economy. It currently has a population of 14 citizens living both inside and outside of its territorial boundaries.


The exact origins of the name Lazonesia are not fully known, but Lazo is widely believed to represent Cape Lazo, the geographical region where the micronation is located. Citizens of Lazonesia are known by the demonym Lazonesian.


The Lazonesian government was established on 10 October 2020, initially as the Commonwealth of Lazonesia, under a system of constitutional monarchy. It briefly joined another Vancouver Island-based micronation, the Dominion of Vancouver Island, in an "act of union" in early 2021 before seceding soon afterwards and once again declaring itself an independent state. The fledgling nation later dropped the prefix Commonwealth and adopted the name Democratic Lazonesia. The constitutional monarchy was abolished and socialism with a highly centralized economy was instituted to speed up the country's development. The Workers' Party of Lazonesia was founded on 2 March 2021 with founding father Lucas Gonyer assuming the leading position of General Secretary, as well as the creation of the Lazonesian People's Army on 15 April 2021. Despite initial success, the COVID-19 pandemic brought nearly all state functions to a halt by late 2021 and Democratic Lazonesia entered a lengthy hiatus by the end of that year.

In late 2023, activity began to resume within the political and military apparatus, and an official revival of Democratic Lazonesia was formally announced on 4 November 2023. Recent developments have included the publication of the nation's first constitution as well as the creation of an official government website and accounts on several major social media platforms.

Politics and government

The Constitution of Democratic Lazonesia describes the country as a "revolutionary socialist state" committed to communism, political unitarism, and the guidance of Lucas Gonyer who is credited as the "founder of Democratic Lazonesia" and the "father of the Lazonesian socialist revolution."

General Secretary

The General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Lazonesia (WPL) is the country's de facto supreme leader, simultaneously holding the positions of leader of the WPL, Chairman of State Affairs, and Commander-in-Chief of the nation's armed forces. Party rules stipulate that the general secretary is elected by the party congress to a renewable five-year term.

Chairman of State Affairs

The formal head of state of Democratic Lazonesia is the Chairman of the State Affairs Committee, the nation's highest organ of leadership. While the chairman is formally elected by the nation's legislature, the People's Assembly, the position is always held by the general secretary of the WPL and has no formal term limit. The chairman has the power to lead the overall affairs of state and policy, and appoint all diplomatic officials. The chairman has the authority to appoint diplomatic representatives abroad, conclude treaties with foreign powers, declare a state of emergency or a state of war, and direct the national defense of Democratic Lazonesia during times of war in the capacity of general secretary.


The Premier of Democratic Lazonesia is vice-chairman of the State Affairs Committee and acts as the country's head of government. The premier is appointed by the People's Assembly to a renewable five-year term and serves as the government's primary representative, as well as a close advisor to the chairman.

People's Assembly

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Political parties

The Workers' Party of Lazonesia (WPL) is the sole ruling party of Democratic Lazonesia and controls the nation's armed forces, the Lazonesian People's Army. Smaller political parties are permitted to exist so long as they accept the "leading role" of the WPL. Officially, the WPL is a communist party guided by Lucasism, a combination of Marxism-Leninism, Juche, and the political theories of Lucas Gonyer.

Flag of the ruling Workers' Party of Lazonesia.
Logo Name Spectrum Ideologies Seats
Workers' Party of Lazonesia WPL Far-left Communism
Left-wing nationalism
Socialist patriotism
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Foreign relations

To date, Democratic Lazonesia has not received diplomatic recognition from the government of any internationally recognized sovereign state, but it has established diplomatic relations with several other micronations and independence movements. The Lazonesian government cites the declarative theory of statehood, famously expressed in the 1933 Montevideo Convention, as legal justification for statehood since it meets the criteria to be considered a sovereign nation.[a]

Lazonesia has appointed several diplomatic officials abroad to press its rights for self-determination. Its government formally recognizes the sovereignty of over 200 nations worldwide.

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Administrative regions

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Geography and climate

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1 January New Year's Day Celebration of the start of the new year.
Third Monday in February Family Day Shared statutory holiday with British Columbia.
8 March International Women's Day Celebration of women's rights, gender equality and reproductive rights.
1 May International Workers' Day Celebration of labourers, the working class and the international labour movement.
27 July Ginger Goodwin Day Observation of the martyrdom of labour activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin" who was murdered on this day in 1918. Red roses are typically left at his burial site followed by a moment of silence.
13 August El Comandante Day Commemoration of the birth of Fidel Castro on this day in 1926.
30 September National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Recognition of the impact of the Canadian residential school system on Indigenous children (shared with British Columbia).
10 October Revolution Day Commemoration of the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Lazonesia on this day in 2020.
11 November Remembrance Day Memorial holiday shared with Canada. Honors Canada's war dead. Anniversary of the armistice ending World War I in 1918.
25 December Christmas Day Commemoration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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  1. The declarative theory of statehood defines a state as a person in international law if it meets the following criteria: 1) a defined territory; 2) a permanent population; 3) a government and 4) a capacity to enter into relations with other states.


  1. "Independent States of the World"

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