Commonwealth of Vyktory

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Commonwealth of Vyktory

6 July 2014–Present

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Motto
Libertas est victoria.
(English: Freedom is victory)
Official language(s) English
Short name Vyktory
Demonym Vyktoryan
Government Federal parliamentary Constitutional monarchy
- King James-Robert Knight
Established 6 July 2014 (2014-07-06)

The Commonwealth of Vyktory is a former democratic sovereign nation which was once independent from Australia. It is now a forum-based micronation associated with the Micras sector.

Etymology

The name Vyktory is a corruption of the word victory. The name was chosen by founder James-Robert Knight, as he wanted something that was close to Victoria, but Vyktorya didn't look right.

History

Pre-Commonwealth

The land on which Vyktory is based was first settled around 40 thousand years ago by the Wurundjeri aboriginal tribe, which itself was a member of the Kulin nation. In 1864, the railway from the Australian city of Melbourne to the Yarra Valley goldfields resulted in the settlement of a town, which would later be known as Healesville, named after the 1860-1861 premier of Victoria, Richard Heales. Over the years, Healesville grew to a tourist destination, with its local wildlife sanctuary and various bakeries and cafes as well as the general country feel.

Foundation of Edenia

In mid-April 2014, James-Robert Knight, a bored young teenager decided to found his own micronation, based out of his own house. He named it Edenia, and declared himself its King. Over the next two months, Edenia went through bouts of activity and inactivity and due to its open citizenship policy and various mistakes made during its formation, Edenia was dissolved back into Australia in mid-June 2014.

Foundation of Vyktory

On 6 July 2014, around two weeks after the dissolution of Edenia, James-Robert decided to try his hand at running another micronation, and created a proper constitution and seceded from Australia and named his new town Kingstown. The micronation then went into hibernation while James mustered up ideas and laws, and on 23 July 2014, Vyktory annexed a house in Badger Creek, 5 kilometers south of Kingstown, naming it Rockholme. Also annexed on the same day was a storage shed at Healesville High School, named Greenville, which was annexed as a Territory. It was on this day that Vyktory grew from having a sole citizen to 2, and on 27 July 2014, James recruited his younger brother Joshua Wilson to the nation, who founded the Freedom Party, a right-wing libertarian political party. All this time, James-Robert had been acting as caretaker president, with no-one to challenge him, as there was no House of Representatives at the time.

On 29 July 2014, the 2014 general election was held, the first in the nation's history, with the Social Democratic Party, led my James Knight, gaining 2 of the 3 seats, with the last one going to the Freedom Party. James-Robert Knight was elected president, while the vice-presidential post went to Stephen Rocke.

Early Days

In the weeks following, the Commonwealth expanded, with the town of Joye joining the commonwealth on 10 August 2014 and Drake joining on 20 August 2014. The citizenship ballooned to 5 during this time and on 25 August 2014, Vyktory was accepted into the Grand Unified Micronational as a provisional member.

On 28 August 2014, Joshua Wilson renounced his Vyktoryan citizenship and as such, left the House of Representatives without its third member. James-Robert Knight was quick to announce an internal election to promote the only other Vyktoryan interested in politics to the spot, which was Drake's Alyssa Cooke. At the same time, The Vyktoryan Order was created, allowing for citizens of Vyktory and any other recognised states to hold a rank on the chivalric order depending on their contribution to Vyktoryan society. The day after, the Town of Moffattville was annexed.

On 4 September 2014, Vyktory engaged in their first major cultural activity, creating a team in the M-League and playing their first friendly on 11 September 2014 and their first competitive match on 14 September 2014. On 15 September 2014, they were granted full member status of the Grand Unified Micronational. On 26 September 2014, Vyktory annexed Hodgville, which at 5 residents, became the nation's largest city.

On 30 September 2014, Vyktory successfully claimed land on the virtual world of Micras and granted said land (Vyktoryan Micras) the status of "Virtual Dependency" which meant that it existed solely in the virtual world and was not a real claim. This meant that all Vyktoryan citizens were also citizens of the Micrasian claim, but not vice versa. On 2 October 2014, James-Robert Knight, with the approval of the House of Representatives, signed a diplomatic treaty with Suntrain, thus brining the already geographically close nations closer in terms of diplomacy.

On 29 October 2014, the Town of Rockholme was relocated after the residents moved house. On 13 November 2014, Single Transferable Vote was made the new electoral system of Vyktory and later that day, Moffattville voted to cede itself back to Australia. On 26 November 2014, Vyktory joined into a political union with the Republic of Titania to form the United Commonwealth of Vyktania. From then on until early January 2015, Vyktory focused more on Micras, with Vyktoryan Micras being spun off into its own nation and most of James Knight's time spent there, only coming to MicroWiki for things related to the M-League.

The Monarchy and return to Democracy

On 6 January 2015, James Knight revoked the constitution of Vyktory and delcared himself its new King and later that day created the new constitution. On 19 January 2015, Moffattville was re-annexed into the Commonwealth. On 30 January 2015, James altered the constitution and made the title of Monarch hereditary. On 18 February 2015, after the seld-decribed failure of the Mayoral elections, James-Robert Knight drafted Vyktory's third constitution, aboloshing the Legislature and Judiciary and declearing the Monarch an autocratic ruler.

On 20 February 2015, King James decided to move Vyktory to Micras entirely, but moved back on 4 March 2015 after a change of heart. On 11 April 2015, the nation was rocked by a dispute prompting the King to eject the towns of Drake, Moffattville and Hodgville out of the nation. On 30 May 2015, Vyktory annexed the town of Taylor. On 12 July 2015, Vyktory joined the Nollandish Confederacy, and on 21 July 2015, Vyktory signed a mutual recognition treaty with Nedland. On 25 July 2015, the Empire of Joshstralia declared independence from Vyktory.

On 26 July 2015 Vyktory reinstated the first constitution ever created for the nation, thus restoring democracy and all previous laws. On 10 August 2015 Vyktory annexed Azure of Azure Province in Jerusalem, Israel, which was rescinded an hour later. On 23 September 2015, Vyktory was dissolved and replaced with a Micras-only simulationist state.

Return to MicroWiki

On 8 December 2015, James Knight announced his and Vyktory's return to MicroWiki, citing the fact that "normalcy seems to have returned". On the same day, Vyktory rescinded their claim on Summerdale, reclaimed the town of Drake and renamed Bullerton to Jackway. On 22 December 2015, Summerdale rejoined the Commonwealth.

Full Exodus to Micras

On 1 January 2016, James Knight reprised his role as King, albeit with a constitutional democracy rather than an autocratic role while at the same time announcing a full exodus to Micras, becoming a forum-based micronation in the process.