Concordian Republic

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Concordian Republic
Flag of Concordia
Flag
Coat of Arms Concordia.png
Coat of arms
Motto: Fortior Simul
English: Stronger together
Anthem: Our Land, Concordia
ConcordiaMap.jpg
Concordian Map March 2022.jpg
Concordian territories
Capital
and Federal District
New Concordia
Official languagesEnglish, Noongar, Toki Pona
DemonymConcordian
GovernmentPresidential Republic
• Concordian President
Cameron Ramsell
LegislatureConcordian National Cabinet
Independence from Australia
• Declaration of Independence
30 June 2021; 12 months ago (2021-06-30)
• End of the Aeonian War
3 December 2021; 7 months ago (2021-12-03)
Area
• Total area
2.337 km2 (0.902 sq mi)
Population
• March 2022 census
12
• Density
5.135/km2 (13.3/sq mi)
CurrencyAustralian dollar
Concordian dollar
Time zoneCST (UTC+8:30)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+61 (de facto)

The Concordian Republic, often referred to as Concordia, is a self-proclaimed sovereign nation, often known as a micronation. Independence was declared on June 30, 2021. The nation is entirely located in the south-west of Australia, completely land-locked by Western Australia. The country is composed of three states and two federal districts. The capital and first federal district is that of New Concordia.

As of November 12th 2021, the Republic was under the second phase of the Second Order, meaning that its government is under the control of the President of the Concordian Republic, who acts also as Mayor of the New Concordia Federal District. This person is Cameron Ramsell, founder of the Concordian Republic.

The Republic has not yet entered into foreign relation with other micronations, but retains the capacity to do so under the Third Order.

History

Formation

The Concordian Republic declared itself independent from Australia on the 30th June 2021. Whilst its borders were mapped in the following days, there followed a period of inactivity. However, in early August, Governor of the Concordian Republic, Cameron Ramsell, retook interest in the project, and began issuing executive orders. On the 6th of August, he enacted the orders and started the First Reformation Age. Following this, a new citizen was recruited, and Cabinet meetings were held with McKenzie being granted the honorary title of Governor of Aeonia. Meetings of the two occurred peacefully throughout the next few weeks. In this time, a new state was proposed for formation, but overturned, and limits were placed on the Federal Guard. However, altercations between the citizen and the Federal Guard led to The Guardsman's War.

The three day civil war ended with the District Treaty, and began the Second Reformation Age. On the 5th September, new territories were annexed from Australia, less than a kilometre away from Aeonia. These territories, first Carrolinux, were later ceded to Aeonia as the right to relocate borders was enacted. New territories near Chittering were taken for Carrolinux. On the 6th September, the nation entered the Second Phase.

The Second Phase

Following the entry into the second phase, the Governorship was terminated and replaced by the Presidency and Mayorship. Governorship of Aeonia and Carrolinux were awarded to Governor McKenzie and Governor Carl respectively. On the 9th September, a press conference was held by the President in which he announced the formation of a Cabinet. He would become Minister for External Affairs, Governor Carl the Minister for Communities and Development, and Governor McKenzie the Minister for the Environment. 'Sectors' were also formed, providing a solid way for states to determine land.

The Aeonian War

On the 3rd December 2021, a small war erupted. The Aeonian Governor declared her state to be an independent nation at exactly 5:55 pm. The first Republic of Aeonia did not last long, being retaken by the President just two minutes later. At 5:58, however, Governor McKenzie once again formed the Republic of Aeonia. Attempted negotiations failed again and again, and at 6:03 McKenzie advanced into the Concordian heartland. She took a strip of grass from the Federal District, including a trampoline, declaring it to be the new capital of her Republic of Tramp. Further negotiations fell apart, and thus at 6:06 pm, President Ramsell reclaimed the Tramp's capital, before once again claiming the Aeonian territories. Eager to prevent a third secession, Ramsell drafted and signed the Treaty of Aeonia, which the defeated McKenzie reluctantly signed two days later. See here for the treaty.

Revitalisation of the Republic

It took nearly a month before the next major event, a redrawing of Western Aeonia's boundaries and the creation of the Lower Banks Federal District on January 17 2022. This extended Concordian territory by nearly two times up the Canning River.

February 14 marked a turning point in terms of COVID-19. The nation had never experienced the potential of COVID-19 cases, however the numbers within Western Australia rose to 62 that day, provoking a slew of restrictions. These included a sign-in system, indoor mask-wearing, a vaccination certificate and more.

Some of these restrictions would be lifted 25 days later, namely the vaccination certificate and the sign-in system. The day before, March 10, had seen a change in the flag of the Concordian Republic, to one reflected on March 11 on all Concordian services and websites.

Democratic Government

On the March 11, the first political party in the history of the Concordian Republic was founded, the Social Democratic Party (SDPCR). This came two days after the formal foundation of the National Cabinet of the Concordian Republic, an organisation that became the formal legislative body days later. On March 14, the official chat opened in Cisco Webex.

On March 15, the President's Office announced an election was coming. He appointed the nation's eleventh citizen, known as James, to Chair of the Concordian Electoral Governance. On March 17, the creation of a new party named the New Nationals was made apparent, endorsing a single candidate in the upcoming election.

March 18 brought the resignation of the Governor of Carrolinux, who then retracted her lands. Three days later, CMBC News completed an analysis of the New Nationals' chances in the election, revealing they would likely win one seat and garner 28-38% of the overall vote. Also noted on the same day was the failure of the National Cabinet to sit on the March 20, which raised some questions amongst the Concordian population. Eventually, it was revealed a communication breakdown led to a failure to begin the conference call.

On March 27, however, the National Cabinet sat just days before the start of voting. This sitting saw the ratification of the Basic Law of the Concordian Republic, as well as the passage of the first three laws. These were the Aeonian Expansion Act, the National Parks Act, and the Public Communications Act. Most notable was the Aeonian Expansion Act 2022, which enabled the expansion of Aeonia to 2,231,500 square metres. This also created a New Aeonia Federal District as a combination of the Lower Banks Federal District and Western Aeonia.

First Election and Referendum

The election began as planned on March 31. Immediately, Ozren Ceklic won his seat of Austeria. Following days afterward was Cameron Ramsell as Mayor of the Federal Districts. There was much delay in the voting process until April 15, when a flurry of voting signified the end of the election. As expected, Cameron Ramsell won the Presidency, leaving H Norman, the only New National candidate, Vice Presidency. McKenzie Arra also won Aeonia, beating H Norman by one vote. Following this, however, the Concordian Republic experienced a hiatus, ending on May 10. The President announced a the nation's first referendum that day. It is to pose two questions: 1) Should the Concordian Republic become a Kingdom under Cameron Ramsell?, and 2) Should elections be held every six months rather than every year? This has been dubbed the 'Crown Referendum'. However, the act enabling it is still yet to pass the National Cabinet.

Government

The Concordian Republic is a semi-presidential democratic system. The President of the Concordian Republic, Cameron Ramsell, is the Head of Cabinet. Alongside his roles as President, and Mayor of the Federal Districts, he is also the Minister for External Affairs, and Minister for Communities. One co-member of the cabinet is Governor of Aeonia, McKenzie Arra. She is Minister for the Environment. Ozren, Governor of Austeria, was granted the role of Minister for Development following the April election. In a controversial move, the Vice President was also granted a Ministry, despite being from the Opposition. He was given the title Minister for the Armed Forces due to experience in the area.

Whilst the Concordian Republic does not yet have a Basic Law (constitution) enforced, it is currently in the process of being analysed and ratified by the National Cabinet. In the meantime, President Ramsell relies on Executive orders to enforce clauses.

Law Enforcement and Military

The Concordian Republic does not yet have a functioning judiciary system, however does have a single body in defence of the nation. This body is the Federal Guard, a three-strong force who collaborate in patrolling the borders of the New Concordian Federal District each day, and the Aeonian borders each week. They possess the power to place citizens under house arrest for up to a day.

They are currently armed with a total of at least fourteen foam blasters. The elite force is known well for the faux knives they produce. Using pocket-knives, they carve daggers out of other branches. The Federal Guard serves as the official military and as the only police force in the nation. It was one of their members who sparked the aforementioned Guardsman's War.

Foreign Relations

The Concordian Republic is not currently in any foreign relations with other nations, however is seeking external relations. To date, they have contacted the Abeldane Empire and the League of Independent Nations, however has not heard from either. The government is, however, open to other nations contacting them.

Election

On March 15, 2022, the Concordian Government announced it would be holding an election on April 2 and 3. In the lead up to the election, the Governor of Carrolinux has resigned, and the position of Vice President has been put into the National Cabinet. CMBC News completed an analysis of the chances of the New National Party in the upcoming election, revealing the New Nationals are only expected to receive one of the four National Cabinet seats.

Following a drawn out process, the election ended on April 15. Of the Social Democrats, Ozren Ceklic and Cameron Ramsell retained their seats, and McKenzie Arra won the seat of Aeonia. New Nationals candidate H Norman won only the Vice Presidency.

Geography and climate

The geography of the Concordian Republic is wide-ranging. From the gullies and thick bushland of Aeonia State, to the gentle slopes and rivers of New Aeonia, the Concordian Republic is a geographically diverse area. It has a total land area of 2,337,100 square metres, or slightly larger than Monaco.

Aeonia

Aeonia is by far the Concordian Republic's largest region. The 2,231,500 square metre Eastern Aeonia resides on the Darling Scarp, and is entirely forested. A seasonal stream runs from the south-west of the state to the south-western border, however appears only after heavy rains. The region is populated mostly by Marri and Jarrah trees and scrub. The area was first noted in the 1830s, when the Governor of the Swan River colony found the region was rich in slate, of which there are still major deposits that make up the largest export of the state. The area was also panned for gold within that time, without success. A large water channel also runs through the west of the state, north-south.

A hand containing four small red plums.
Concordian Miniature Plums being harvested.

Austeria

Austeria consists entirely of a house, with slightly sandy soil. As there is no natural environment, not much can be noted about the ecology of the state. It is 600 square metres.

New Concordia Federal District

The 1500 square metre New Concordia Federal District sits on the Darling Scarp, however the slope is relatively shallow. The Federal District's Gardens, among other things, contains trees that produce small plums throughout early spring (pictured). These plums were later named the Concordian Miniature Plum.

New Aeonia Federal District

At 103,500 square metres, New Aeonia resides within the Swan River plain. The Canning River runs through the centre of the area, wide and deep enough for rafts to travel on. The river is fringed by trees, which is then in turn bordered by fields on both sides. In the west of the region, the Ibis Brook runs into the Canning River. There are multiple tracks that run through New Aeonia, notably District Link parallel to the river and Carls Road in the east. Much of the higher and lower areas are also populated by high grasses and riverine plants. This combination of low-lying areas, trees, water and high plants results in a wide variety of animals calling the area home. Both snakes and lizards have been reported in the area, and there have been sightings of at least three different species of duck, ibises, parrots and ravens or crows.

Climate

The climate of the Concordian Republic is entirely temperate, with the maximum temperature between founding and the 11th March 2022 being a Christmas Day, 2021 high of 43.1° Celsius in Aeonia, and the minimum as 2.1° Celsius, recorded in Aeonia on the 2nd August 2021. Typically, warmer weather (25°+) will begin around mid-October, however in 2021 did not start until mid-November. It will get cooler in mid-May, or late April in 2021. There have been multiple major climate events in the history of the Concordian Republic. 10 years prior to its founding, Aeonia was devastated by bushfires that nearly destroyed the New Concordia Federal District. Just days after its founding, the New Concordia Federal District experienced a devastating flood, one that caused roofs to leak and Capitol Road to become a fast-flowing river. The heavy rains also brought the Aeonia Brook to its strongest. In December 2021 and January 2022, the entire Concordian Republic witnessed two heatwaves. One, over the Christmas period, saw temperatures exceed 40°C for five days in a row.

Economy

A pair of shoes being sold by Sketch Shoes.

The economy of the Concordian Republic is relatively small. The President, who earns only a small allowance, voluntarily pays taxes that fund much of the government's operations. Fruit is the primary export of the nation, harvested from the New Concordian Farm alongside eggs from chickens. A small industry in plants is also emerging, as the NCFD exports saplings and succulents. Some gifts are also made to members of the Concordian Republic, who sometimes give these to the Republic. Aeonia also exports small amounts of slate.

Tax

A tax system is being worked on in the Concordian Republic. This would require citizens earning over $5000 a year to pay a 0.5% tax, in order to ensure the Republic can operate and provide services. The government does not yet have a clear plan, but details can be seen throughout Concordian Republic documents.

Business

The Concordian government plays a role in the operation of some businesses, including shoe designer Sketch Shoes, and small surface mineral collection company Slate Aeonia. Both of these companies contribute a 5% business tax when they have a proper profit.

On the 24th March, the Concordian Stock Exchange opened. The stock exchange trades only in Concordian dollars, of which it can only accept cash. It is the only official stock exchange in the Concordian Republic.

Media and culture

The culture in the Concordian Republic is fairly developed. The official languages are English and Noongar, demonstrating the most popular language and the historical language of the area. A New Concordian Academy supplies small courses on a few topics, including Business, Politics and Agriculture. The arts is relatively prevalent in the community, with multiple citizens involved in amateur theatre. The CMBC is the only news organisation in the Concordian Republic.

Holidays

The holidays of the Concordian Republic are displayed in the table below.

Date Holiday Description
1st Jan New Year The first day of the new year
Summer Solstice Solar New Year The summer solstice day; all receive a day off to enjoy the sun.
Weekend closest to 1st April Election Days Federal election days each year.
10th May Autumn Festival The festival begins on this public holiday, and continues on for another 6 days.
30th June Independence Day A commemoration of the day the Concordian Republic ceded from Australia.
Winter Solstice Solar Midyear The winter solstice day; all receive a day off to make use of the day.
15th September Spring Festival The festival begins on this public holiday, and continues for 6 days.
1st November Media Day This day celebrates freedom of speech in the Republic.

Media organistion

The Concordian Media and Broadcasting Collective (CMBC) is the state-funded media organisation of the Concordian Republic. It is updated fairly regularly for a micronational publication. This was the source of multiple leaks later confirmed by the Concordian Government, such as the Basic Law. Despite having politicians as journalists, the organisation maintains all it's journalists write in fair and impartial manners.

Units and Currency in the Concordian Republic

The Concordian Republic boasts its own time zone and currency, and has previously considered a calendar system. The Concordian Standard Time (abbreviated as CST) is a time zone specific to the Concordian Republic, set at UTC+08:30. The Concordian dollar is one of the official currencies in the Concordian Republic, alongside the Australian dollar. It is valued at CN$1.50 to A$1. The Concordian Stock Exchange is the most major non-bank financial institution in the Concordian Republic, running on the Concordian dollar.

See also