Cupertino Alliance Factbook
|Cupertino Alliance Factbook|
|Created||15 February 2021|
|Author(s)||As of February 2021, 12 named contributors|
|Purpose||To be the premier guide on geographical, population, and governmental information about micronations in the Cupertino Alliance.|
The Cupertino Alliance Factbook, also known as the CA Factbook is a reference resource produced by the Cupertino Alliance (CA) with almanac-style information about the countries of the member nations of the Cupertino Alliance, based on the Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook. The factbook is available on the Issuu website, but it is also available for download as a pdf for offline use. It was started on 26 May 2020 and planned to be released in June - July 2020. Its release date was delayed as the Cupertino Alliance's member base increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 30 January 2021, the Alliance announced that the full factbook would be published in February 2021. A public preview copy of the factbook was released to the public on the same date, containing information about the Kingdom of West Sayville.
In the 17th session of the Cupertino Alliance, Jayden Lycon wanted to make a version of the CIA World Factbook for Cupertino Alliance members. The creation of the Factbook would also involve management of an inter-micronational census to gather information. A plan was written regarding the Factbook which included topics that the project would cover, with a follow-up report detailing how the information would be added.  Near mid-June 2020, a prototype of the physical copies of the Cupertino Census was made in both English as well as in the Alternative English Romanization System.  However, plans for the Census and Factbook were later cancelled in August 2020 due to a focus on the execution of the Regional Sessions Act, as well as time constraints due to extra-curricular and recreational activities.
The project was revived on 9 November 2020 with the establishment of a standing committee in order to manage the census and Factbook.  The revival was later talked about in the following European and African session on 15 November 2020, where it was met with a positive response by Parliament.  The beginnings of the standing committee was to resolve how the census could be done physically considering the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the lack of time, as well as the shipping costs and logistical systems needed, the choice of allowing physical entries of the Cupertino Alliance Census was scrapped. 
A preview edition of the factbook was released to the public 17 days before the full edition was published. The Factbook was published on 14 February 2021, one day before the chairmanship of Jayden Lycon was to end. The next literation of the Census/Factbook was planned for June or July 2021, with an tentative plan being released on 1 July. The plan called for the census to be held on 18 July - 18 August, with the Factbook being released by 5 September. 
On 5 January 2022, a job listing was posted for help on the Factbook. On 6 February 2022, Jayden Lycon hinted at a renewal of the Factbook for the February season.
The Factbook includes a list and reasoning on the questions asked, as well as nation profiles. Each nation profile contains four sections, which are geography, population, government, and Cupertino Alliance information. The first section bears the meat of the Factbook and comprises of data sourced from the CA Census or their respective governments:
- Macronational nation
- Köppen climate classification
- Physiographic region
- Land area
The population section contains:
- Total population
- Median and mean ages
- Age information
- Gender information
- Sexual information
- Ethnicity information
- First and secondary language information
- Religious information
The next section, government, contains information relating to a member's government. This includes:
- Government type
- Head of state and their title
- Head of government and their title
The last section lists information relating to a member and their relation to the Cupertino Alliance. This includes:
- Total number of delegates
- Information relating to each delegate, including their:
- Delegation seat (e.g. Aenopia at-large)
- Roles as a parliamentarian
- Information relating to past delegates, including their:
- Date of leaving delegation
Not every profile has every category (e.g. Desert District lacks a category relating to government). Furthermore, at the start of a nations' profile page, there is a map as well as colour coated list of sub-divisions.
Copyright and usage
The Factbook is in the public domain, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. Any person can reproduce the document without asking for permission. When referencing the factbook, the author must be attributed.
Cupertino Alliance census
|1st Cupertino Alliance census|
|Country||Participating members of the Cupertino Alliance|
|Authority||Cupertino Alliance |
|Total population||110 over 19 member states|
|Most populous ||Monmark|
|Least populous ||Nemkhavia |
The main method of sourcing information for the Factbook is the Cupertino Alliance census. The census is a population census limited currently to online responses. The census works on a centralized system, where individual Google Forms is issued by the alliance to each nation's governments, where it is then the respective governments' responsibility to distribute these forms to their citizens.
Census responses that are not on the Factbook are then deleted post-publishing after a grace period has passed for corrections.
The most recent census, held on 11 December 2020 - 24 January 2021, counted a population of 110 over 19 member nations.
The first census held on 11 December 2020 - 24 January 2021, collected data ranging from gender information to ethnicity. Questions asked and answering options were:
|Question||Stated purpose||Question type||Options|
|What is your name?||Security measure, confidential||Typed answer|
|What is your age?||Age information||Typed answer|
|What is your gender identity?||Gender information||Multiple choice||Male|
|Prefer not to say|
|What is your sexual orientation?||Sexual information||Multiple choice||Hetrosexual|
|Prefer not to say|
|What is your ethnicity?||Ethnic information||Dropdown||White/European|
|Any other ethnic background|
|Prefer not to say|
|What is your faith/religion?||Religious information||Multiple choice||Christianity (all denominations)|
|What is your first language?||Language information||Dropdown||English|
|If you selected Other, what is your primary language?||Language information||Typed answer|
|What other languages do you speak?||Language information||Checkboxes||English|
A major error relating to separate options for Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and other forms of Christianity was noted but it was too late to fix it. It was decided to keep the options for the Factbook, however, the option is planned to be merged into a singular "Christianity" option in the next census. Furthermore, changes including the renaming of "American Indian" to "Indigenous", the inclusion of the Portuguese, Japanese, and Punjabi languages, and the phasing out of "dropdown" questions are also planned for the next census.
|Question||Change||Stated purpose||Question type||Options|
|What is your ethnicity?||Renamed "American Indian" to "Indigenous". Changed question type to checkboxes.||Ethnic information||Checkboxes||White/European|
|Any other ethnic background|
|Prefer not to say|
|What is your faith/religion?||Merged "Protestantism" and "Roman Catholic" with "Christianity (all denominations)". Added "Islam".||Religious information||Multiple choice||Christianity (all denominations)|
|What is your first language?||Added Portuguese, Japanese, and Punjabi. Changed question type to multiple choice. Allowed "other" to be fillable.||Language information||Multiple choice||English|
|If you selected Other, what is your primary language?||Merged question with "What is your first language?"|
|What other language(s) do you speak? (optional)||Added Portuguese, Japanese, and Punjabi.||Language information||Checkboxes||English|
As of February 2021, The CA Factbook contains information and data about 22 micronations, which can be divided into two groups:
Nations that participated in the December 2020/January 2021 CA Census
- Desert District
- Huai Siao
- New Athens
- Ponderosa Hills
- West Sayville
Nations that did not participate in the December 2020/January 2021 CA Census
Since the CA Factbook is sourced from the online-only CA Census, numbers may not reflect citizenship numbers. Leon Montan noted an error on 15 March 2021 relating to the subdivisions of Ponderosa Hills, conceding that it was Montan's fault.
- ↑ Cupertino Alliance Factbook | February 2021 issuu.com. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
- ↑ Cupertino Alliance Factbook pdf view drive.google.com. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- ↑ CA Factbook Public Preview 2021. issuu.com. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (26 May 2020) Report Regarding CA Factbook Project
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (20 June 2020) Report Regarding CA Factbook Project
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (18 June 2020) July 2020 Cupertino Census Prototype
- ↑ T̂û Krīyēītêr (4 July 2020) AERS July 2020 Cupertino Census Prototype
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (9 November 2020) Establishment of Standing Committee on the Cupertino Alliance Factbook
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (15 November 2020) Cupertino Parliament Agenda, 2nd Parliament 44th session
- ↑ Cupertino Parliament (15 November 2020) Parliamentary reaction to Factbook revival
- ↑ Factbook Standing Committee (9 November 2020) Discussion - 9 November 2020
- ↑ Factbook Standing Committee (29 November 2020) Discussion - 29 November 2020
- ↑ @Cupertino_Micro (7 April 2021) Jayden Lycon announces informal plans to renew the Cupertino Alliance Census / Factbook for the Summer 2021 season, possibly June or July. #micronations Twitter
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (1 July 2021) Tentative plan for the Cupertino Alliance Census/Factbook Summer 2021
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (5 January 2022) Job Bureau, Factbook
- ↑ Lycon, Jayden (6 February 2021) Messages in CA server, 6 February 2021