Commonwealth of New Virginia

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Commonwealth of New Virginia
Coat of Arms of New Virginia
Coat of Arms
Motto: ”Pax Montani” (Mountain Peace)
Anthem: Oh Providence
CapitalNew Richmond (de facto)
Largest cityNew Richmond
Official languagesEnglish (de facto, unofficial)
Shorelinian Deadheads
Demonym(s)New Virginian
GovernmentUnitary multi-party parliamentary republic with local direct democracy
• President
Sir Simon White KNVI
James Bornstein KCSM
Bradley van Dullahan KCSM
• Consuls
Dame Brooklyn Hewitt DGCSM
House of Burgesses
Independence from the Empire of Austenasia
• Duchy of New Virginia
7 September 2014
• Independence
11 February 2020
• Constitution enacted
31 July 2020
• 2022 census
CurrencyNew Virginian Uncia
US Dollar ($), Euro (€) and Pound Sterling (£) (de facto)
Time zoneUTC-5
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+1

New Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of New Virginia, is an autonomous territorial entity which claims to be a sovereign state but is more commonly referred to as a micronation by external sources. Based in North America, New Virginia became independent from the Empire of Austenasia on 11 February 2020 through the New Virginia Act 2020 of the Austenasian Parliament. Most land in New Virginia is enclaved by the United States excluding the Town of San Scoglio (which is on the French Riviera) and the Territories of Bōsford and New Hellae (located in the United Kingdom).

The Commonwealth is governed as a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic, with a President as head of state, a Prime Minister and Cabinet for the executive branch, and a bicameral Parliament. The incumbent Acting President of New Virginia is Dame Brooklyn Hewitt. The incumbent Prime Minister is Sir Simon White.

New Virginia was officially established as an Austenasian Duchy with the elevation of the then Dominion of New Richmond to the status of Town. The cultural life of New Virginia is primarily influenced by the American South, New England, Austenasia and Havnesgade-Amager. The Commonwealth is the first sovereign nation in history to have seceded from the Empire of Austenasia, however, on amicable terms as the Empire and Commonwealth maintain a close and active alliance. New Virginia is an active player in the diplomacy of the MicroWiki Community, and is a member of the Borean Community, Grand Unified Micronational and Amatine League.


Dominion of New Richmond

New Virginian history begins with the cession of land from the Ashukov Federation to the Empire of Austenasia in the form of the Dominion of New Richmond on 16 August 2013. New Richmond was an Austenasian Crown Dependency administered autonomously by a Governing Commissioner in the name of the Austenasian Monarch. New Richmond was the first Crown Dependency in Austenasian history to enact a local constitution with a democratic structure, and for a time had an active local political life. The Dominion was led by Governing Commissioner Brooklyn Hewitt from the time of its creation until its transition into a Town.

On 7 September 2014, the Austenasian Parliament enacted legislation which elevated New Richmond and Shineshore, a Crown Dependency based in Canada, to the status of Town, granting them representation in the House of Representatives.

Duchy of New Virginia

With the enactment of the New Richmond and Shineshore Act 2014, the Duchy of New Virginia was established. Austenasian Duchies do not have any organs of self governance as Austenasia is a unitary state, however, the Towns within New Virginia developed their own unique local identities, some closely related to others. Over time, New Virginia grew to become the largest duchy within the Empire in terms of the number of subdivisions and population.

New Richmond continued to gain new lands and residents, eventually becoming the most populated Austenasian subpolity and one of the first Austenasian Cities. On 4 March 2015, Lady Dux Brooklyn Hewitt - then the Representative of New Richmond and Chancellor - was elected Prime Minister, becoming the first New Virginian (and by extension, non-British) chief executive in the Empire. The following year, she appointed Elizabeth Lewis, Representative of the New Virginian Town of Terentia, as her Deputy Prime Minister.

Following Hewitt's election and Lewis's appointment, New Richmond and Terentia became leading administrative centers within the Empire, serving as the headquarters for the Prime Minister's Office and various ministries. New Virginia was also home to the Imperial Navy, which was at its peak the largest and most well-armed branch of the Austenasian Armed Forces. In 2019, a borough of New Richmond was declared by Parliament to be a separate town, Augusta, with its own representative. Lord Master Chief Riley Hewitt, the younger brother of Lady Admiral Brooklyn, was appointed as Acting Representative of Augusta.

As New Virginia developed into a leading political and martial power within the Empire, the local cultural identities of Augusta, New Richmond and Terentia continued to evolve to the point that they were significantly closer and were increasingly incompatible with the dominant culture of the Empire. Divisions began to form over issues such as Emperor Jonathan I's refusal to grant Imperial Consent to a bill which would have allowed same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a bill which was unanimously supported by the three towns.

Foundations of independence

Discussions regarding the potential independence of Augusta, New Richmond and Terentia began in mid-2019 between Brooklyn Hewitt, Elizabeth Lewis and Riley Hewitt. It was decided by the three that if secession were to occur, it would need to happen in early 2020 and that independent New Virginia would be a republic. Following discussions between the three and their respective constituents, Brooklyn Hewitt addressed the Emperor on the desire of the three towns to secede and form an independent nation on 27 September 2019. On Christmas Day later that year, the Emperor publicly announced the upcoming secession of New Virginia through his annual Christmas Broadcast and declared that a general election would be held on 12 February 2020 to determine Hewitt's successor as Prime Minister.

Brooklyn Hewitt proposed the New Virginia Act 2020, which set the date and processes for New Virginian secession, to the House of Representatives on 8 January. Following a brief period of debate and review, the bill was passed by a unanimous vote of the House and was granted Imperial Consent on 10 January. Following the enactment of the legislation, Brooklyn Hewitt was appointed to the new temporary post of Minister for New Virginian Affairs and was tasked with coordinating the secession of the Commonwealth.

On 13 January, Minister Hewitt published an executive order constituting the Provisional Council as the provisional governing body of New Virginia following secession and called for an election for Provisional Councillors to be held on 20 January. The Hewitt siblings and Lewis were confirmed as Provisional Councillors-elect, and Brooklyn was confirmed as Chairwoman-elect of the Provisional Council.

Secession and provisional government

At 00:00 EST on 11 February, the Commonwealth of New Virginia officially seceded from the Empire of Austenasia and the Provisional Council took office.

Revolution and constitutional convention

Foreign relations

The Commonwealth of New Virginia is an active participant in the diplomacy of the MicroWiki Community. Under the Constitution, foreign affairs are the responsibility of the President, currently Sir Sertor ValentinusKGCSM; and the First Ambassador, currently Sir Leon Montan MSM.

The New Virginia Act 2020 of the Austenasian Parliament, which set the foundation for New Virginian independence, provides that close friendship and alliance with the Commonwealth is a top priority of the Austenasian government, and the New Virginian government has stated their commitment to the same. As such, a Treaty of Alliance between the Empire of Austenasia and New Virginia was ratified by both states on 6 May 2020. The treaty was described by HIM Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia as "the first formal alliance [the Empire has] entered into in almost ten years."

New Virginia's other formal ally is the Republic of Ashukovo, a nation where New Virginian founder Dame Brooklyn Hewitt DGCSM is honoured as a founder. The Commonwealth and the Republic are the sole member-states of the Amatine League, a treaty organisation founded for nations that are descended from the legacy of the old Confederation of Saint Luke and Amager.

New Virginia is a founding member of the Borean Community and a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational, represented by Sir Simon White as New Virginian Ambassador to the Grand Unified Micronational.

Administrative divisions

In addition to the municipalities, the Commonwealth claims four uninhabited pieces of land known as territories. The territories are administered by governors appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The municipalities and territories, along with non-residential citizens, comprise the cantons. The cantons are administrative divisions which fulfill electoral and judicial purposes, and have no organs of local governance. The cantons also elect at-large burgesses alongside municipal burgesses. There are currently two cantons - Roanoke and New Franklin.

The Constitution of New Virginia also stipulates that autonomous regions, which are not subject to laws enacted by Parliament and are therefore not represented in Parliament, may be established. Autonomous regions are governed by high commissioners appointed by the President with the consent of the House of Burgesses. There are no current autonomous regions.

Flag Arms Picture Name Established Population Official(s)
Roanoke 11 July 2020 TBC Burgesses-at-large
 • The Hon. Cristian Dobrev BP
Chief Judge
New Franklin 11 July 2020 TBC Burgesses-at-large
 • The Rt. Hon. James Frisch MSM

 • The Hon. Sir Leon Montan MSM
 • The Rt. Hon. Simon White KNVI

Chief Judge
New Highlands

Canton of New Franklin

22 April 2020 TBC Municipal Burgess
The Hon. Lord Ellsworth BP
San Scoglio e il Porto d'Ercole
Canton of New Franklin
25 April 2020 4 Municipal Burgess
HE Sir Edward Jacobs KNVI
Canton of Roanoke
22 April 2020 TBC Municipal Burgess
The Hon. Sammy Pike-Hegar BP
Canton of Roanoke
22 April 2020 TBC Municipal Burgess
The Hon. James Bornstein BP

Canton of Roanoke

27 February 2022 0 Governor

His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Sertor Valentinus KGCSM

Canton of Roanoke
31 March 2020 0 Governor
His Hon. Sir William Wilson KNVI
New Arastraville
Canton of New Franklin
9 July 2020 0 Governor
The Hon. Leon Montan BP

Canton of Roanoke

22 April 2021 0 Governor

The Hon. Cristian Dobrev BP


New Virginia is governed under the provisions of the New Virginian Constitution of 2020 which established the Commonwealth as a constitutional republic with a parliamentary system of government. The President of New Virginia is the head of state, responsible primarily for ceremonial affairs, foreign relations, the military and culture. The President is elected by an Electoral College consisting of various national and local government officials. The first and incumbent President is Dame Brooklyn Hewitt DNVI, former Chairwoman of the Provisional Council.

The Parliament of New Virginia is the legislative organ of governance, consisting of the House of Burgesses and the Senate. The House of Burgesses is elected by the citizens to represent the municipalities and the cantons-at-large. The Senate is led by its President, and the House of Burgesses is led by its Speaker. The Senate is responsible for advising the President and interpreting the Constitution, and is comprised of ordinary senators, who are appointed by the President with the consent of the House, and extraordinary senators who consist of Presidents emeritus, former Prime Ministers, and former Speakers of the House. The first Parliament was elected on 22 August 2020.

The executive authority of the Commonwealth is vested in the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which is comprised of government ministries vested with executive authority over certain state functions. The Prime Minister presides over the Cabinet and directs its activities. The incumbent Prime Minister is Sir Simon White KNVI. The National Security Council is an independent government organ responsible for coordinating national security and defence policy in conjunction with the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence.


The following government ministries are headed by ministers who comprise the Cabinet:

Members of the Government

Political parties

There are two major political parties represented in the New Virginian government - the Free Democrats and the National Party - and a minor party, Alliance21 - The Greens. The Free Democrats were the first party founded in New Virginia and are recognized as a generally left-leaning party. The National Party was founded shortly after, and is seen as a right-leaning group. The Greens were established in January 2021 by a small group of independents and former Free Democrats, and is largely left-wing. Currently, the Commonwealth has a hung House of Burgesses with no party holding a majority; however, the current Government is an FDP-dominated minority government led by Dame Elizabeth Lewis.

Party Name Logo Leader Ideologies Position Seats in government
House of Burgesses Cabinet
National Party NP Vacant New Virginian Right
2 / 12
0 / 6
Alliance21 - The Greens A21 Vacant New Virginian Left
0 / 12
1 / 6
Independent Socialist Party ISP Jonas Rhymer
New Virginian Left
0 / 12
0 / 6

Law and Order

NVP officers at a training exercise

Law enforcement in New Virginia is the responsibility of the New Virginian Police. The NVP is led by a Commissioner, currently Charles Kitchen, and has local police forces in every municipality, each led by an inspector. Under the provisional government, jurisprudence operates on the civil law of the Empire of Austenasia, with all crimes being tried by the Provisional Council.


The New Virginian Defence Force is the sole standing military force in the Commonwealth of New Virginia. The Defence Force is administrated and funded by the Ministry of Defence, which is led by the Minister of Defence, currently James Bornstein.

The Defence Force was established on 23 March 2020 from the remnants of the Austenasian Imperial Navy, which had defended the three founding New Virginian municipalities when they were under Imperial rule. Alex Francis, a former New Richmonder local politician, was appointed the first Commandant of the Defence Force, and was commissioned as a major general.

The Defence Force is trained to defend New Virginian territory and citizens from foreign and domestic threats, to provide relief and support during various disasters, and to fulfill various ceremonial obligations.



New Virginia has a total population of 54 people. Of those, 39 are citizens who actually reside in New Virginian territory or are assigned to a municipality and 15 are non-residential citizens. New Virginian citizens aged thirteen and older are entitled to vote in elections and run for most offices. New Virginian citizenship is restricted to those born on New Virginian soil or to New Virginian parents; or to those granted citizenship by law, typically through an application process maintained by the Home Office and its Department for the Census.


English is the predominantly spoken and de facto official language of the Commonwealth. English is the only language used for government business and is known and used daily by the majority of the population. Other languages spoken by New Virginians include Dutch, French, German and Russian.


New Virginia has a very rich and diverse culture which is largely classified as being descended from the culture of Europe. As New Virginia is a descendant of both Austenasia and Havnesgade-Amager, the cultures of those societies have profoundly impacted New Virginian culture, and are especially notable in regards to the government of the Commonwealth; the Consuls and Senate are inspired by the Austenasian institutions of the same name, and the directly democratic municipal councils are rooted in the Amatine tradition of direct democracy. Austenasian symbolism is found in the flag and arms of the City of New Richmond, and Amatine symbolism can be found in the symbols of Augusta.

There are also numerous elements that are unique to New Virginian culture in comparison to the nations from which the Commonwealth is descended, such as the Romance culture found in San Scoglio and the Texan-influenced western-American culture of Carolinia. Shorelinian local culture was heavily influenced by psychedelia and the jam bands of the 1960s. New Richmonder and Augustan culture are heavily influenced by the American South, specifically Kentucky.


A painting by New Virginian artist and Senator Savannah Wellman.

The Commonwealth is home to an active and diverse art scene, both visual and musical. Savannah Wellman, a Senator and resident of New Richmond, has began to develop a uniquely New Virginian style of painting, and her works have received acclaim in her home city and throughout the Commonwealth. Sir Edward Jacobs KNVI and Sir William Wilson KNVI are notable graphic designers, having designed most of the national and local symbols of the Commonwealth, and are often contracted by foreign individuals and nations. Sounds of the Commonwealth of New Virginia is a playlist of songs which emphasize the culture and musical inclinations of the citizens of New Virginia, compiled by Sophia Albina.

MAJ The Hon. Alex Francis is a leading figure in the New Richmond/Augusta music scene as hip-hop and EDM artist and producer under the stage name AyyoKami. Dame Elizabeth Lewis DNVI is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and prominent Shorelinian musician. Carolinia is home to a small choir which performs New Virginian patriotic music and other styles.


The Logo of the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion

The New Virginian Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state and the freedom of religion for all New Virginians; however, it also acknowledges the Christian and Shorelinian Deadhead faiths as cornerstones of the cultural life of the New Virginian nation.

The Shorelinian Deadheads were organised around the the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion which was founded in Shoreline (known then as Terentia) whilst originally part of the Empire of Austenasia. The Church was established in September 2018 by Elizabeth Lewis, along with a small group of Shorelinian Deadheads, as part of a process of creating a cultural identity for the town. This identity was largely based on the music and phenomenon of the Grateful Dead, along with other jam bands such as Phish, Twiddle, and other bands in the larger 'hippie' genre, such as the Allman Brothers Band and Jimi Hendrix. The religion this Church follows is informally known as the 'Golden Road', and the adherents to this Church are typically refereed to as Golden Road Adherents, Deadheads, and Shorelinian Deadheads.

Protestantism represents the largest Christian presence in New Virginia. A number of New Virginian Protestants are represented by the United Protestant Church of New Virginia (UPC-NVA). The Church is a united and uniting denomination which encompasses a variety of theological traditions, principally Anglican, Baptist, and Reformed. The Church is structured into a system of Connexions between members of similar traditions, together with a set of democratic national institutions. Roman Catholics also have a presence in New Virginia, represented by members of the Catholic Fellowship from the Republic of Nordale.


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