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Grand Republic of Delvera
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| Grand Republic of Delvera |
|Capital city||Colonia, Colo|
|Demonym||Delveran, Delveric (situational)|
|- Consul||Dylan Callahan|
|- President||Casey Pemberton|
|Legislature||Chamber of Deputies|
|Established||29 May 2013|
|Area claimed||694 acres (281 hectares)|
1.08 sq mi (2.81 sq km)
|Population||24 citizens (2016)|
United States Dollar($)
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
The Grand Republic of Delvera, the Grand Republic, or Delvera ([del-VER-uh]), is a Confederal Republic surrounded by the territory of the states of Missouri and Kansas in the United States. Delvera is the legal successor to the Commonwealth of Lavrasia, a former client of the NottaLottan Empire, which was itself the successor to the Salanian state. The Grand Republic was officially declared on May 29, 2013 by the representatives of four provinces in Lavrada.
The name “Delvera” was chosen by popular vote of the citizens on May 29th, and is based on the Spanish phrase del verano (of the summer), in reference to the fact that many significant events in the nation and its predecessors have historically occurred in the summer.
False etymologies include speculation that this name was derived either from that of a dwarven city in a fantasy novel or from a creation in the popular sandbox game Minecraft.
The Grand Republic was founded by rebellious regions of the NottaLottan Empire (notably the Commonwealth of Lavrasia) on May 29, 2013. For over one year, Delveran independence was unknown to the NottaLottan government, with which Delveran officials did not maintain contact. This early period of Delveran history was marked by extreme isolationism and secrecy, though slow progress was made in developing a government framework and the Delveran Armed Services. By July 2014, First Consul Sarkozy decided to reach out to NottaLotta Acres, which accepted Delveran independence. Late 2013 through 2014 was marked by a slow decline in all of the Provinces except for Lavrasia, resulting in the dissolution of Altaria and a leadership and activity crisis in Avannia.
In early 2015, Sarkozy began a new initiative to revitalize the stagnant nation. This involved a series of internal reforms and the expansion of Delvera's online presence, culminating in the Grand Republic joining the MicroWiki Community on June 13. This growth spurt saw the establishment of the Provinces of Colo and Germanija, the creation of the Lavrada Bannerman, the large-scale opening of diplomatic relations, and the revitalization of the military, among other achievements. The first official election was held in August, legitimizing Sarkozy's and Nikias Wernher's positions in the Consulate.
Late 2015 saw Dylan Callahan, former Secretary Secretariat of NottaLotta Acres, apply for citizenship. A wave of ex-NLA immigrants followed over the course of the next few months. In December, Callahan founded the Military District of Neosho amid some controversy.
In April 2016, Sarkozy began reorganizing his cabinet. In May, newly appointed Minister of Commerce Callahan initiated the Callahan Plan, a strategy to increase activity and government functionality, as well as jumpstart the economy. Despite minor setbacks, the Plan was initially successful. After Nikias Wernher's victory in the July 2016 Consular Election, Delvera entered into a period of almost total inactivity (referred to as the Wernher Activity Crisis) for nearly two months, before reemerging in early September with a renewed burst of military, diplomatic, political, and economic activity.
On September 1, the Grand Republic annexed NottaLotta Acres after the former had dissolved its government. Later in the month, the Territory of Avannia was disestablished, Colo renounced provincehood and became a Territory of Lavrasia, and the District of Norden left the Grand Republic. On October 26, the former title of "Vice-Consul" was changed to President in order to conform with constitutional amendment.
The Delveran government encompasses three branches between which power is divided: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.
At the head of the Executive Branch is the First Consul, who is elected annually. The First Consul chairs the Consulate, which also includes the Vice Consul and various executive departments. The Council of Governors acts as an advisory body and quasi-legislature.
The Legislative Branch is the Chamber of Deputies, a unicameral body made up of one Deputy from each Province. Territories and Dependencies receive an Observer seat, but are not permitted to vote. The Vice Consul presides over meetings of the Chamber.
The High Court makes up the Judicial Branch. It includes an odd number of 3 to 7 Justices, the leader of which is the Supreme Justice.
The Delveran Constitution outlines the structure of the national government, as well as its permitted applications of power. Additionally, it details the relationships between the various holdings of the Grand Republic. The Writ of Rights is a companion document that enumerates specific civil rights guaranteed to citizens of Delvera, as well as further checks on the power of the national government.
According to the June 2016 census, Delvera has 38 citizens, of which 27 are male and 11 are female. The largest independent region by population is Germanija (19 - 50%), while the smallest is Colo (3 - 8%). The largest age group of Delveran citizens is 12-15 y/o (12 - 31%), closely followed by 30+ (10 - 26%), while the smallest groups are <8, 8-11, and 25-29 (each at 1 - 3%). Most Delverans identify as Christians (27 - 71%), followed by Unspecified (6 - 16%) and Nonreligious (5 - 13%). 42% of Delveran citizens are members of the national military (excluding provincial militias), with the largest contributing region being Lavrasia (7 - 44%) and the smallest being Neosho (3 - 19%).
Gallery of Census Charts
The Grand Republic is nonpartisan, thanks to the staunch belief that political parties cause unnecessary, often disastrous division within a nation.
The Grand Republic saw a 28% turnout of eligible voters in the 2016 Consular Election.
|National Consular Election (2016)|
|Candidate||# of votes||% of votes||Region|
|David Sarkozy (incumbent)||5||50%||Lavrasia|
The Delveran Armed Services (DAS) are the primary defensive forces of the nation. They are composed of the Grand Republican Army (GRA), Navy (GRN), and Air Force (GRAF), although for reasons of practicality, the latter two have not yet been formally established. Each Province is encouraged to maintain its own military force, which could compliment the national armed forces in the event of an emergency. In addition, these Provincial Militias could respond to situations within a particular Province much more rapidly than their federal counterparts.
The DAS has never engaged in conflict with another nation, but regularly holds simulated battles among itself during quarterly training exercises.
The official currency of the Grand Republic is the Curo(₡), formerly the Waadas. There are no subunits, so the value of a single Curo is very low.
Unlike most of its micronational counterparts, Curo banknotes are not fiat, but backed up by bullion in the national treasury. The current value system is the copper standard, in which one ounce of pure copper is equivalent to ₡50. Due to the changing nature of the bullion’s value, the Ministry of Commerce recalculates the international exchange rate once per month.
The primary industry in Delvera is agriculture.
Main article: Regions of Delvera
Regions of the Grand Republic are divided into four categories: Provinces, Territories, Military Districts, and Dependencies.
Provinces are essentially sovereign nations with equal status that have agreed to unite under the national government, which has limited power over them. Territories are semi-autonomous areas protected by a Province that have more limited powers. Military Districts are regions directly controlled by the Delveran Armed Services and overseen by a Military Administrator appointed by DAS High Command. Dependencies are other nations that sign a temporary treaty with the Grand Republic as they are beginning or going through a period of transition. Other special relationships with regions such as the Protectorate may also exist through Constitutional mandate.
The official position of the government is that the Grand Republic does not recognize other nations on the basis that a nation does not need recognition to exist. It does not sign recognition treaties with other nations as a result. However, Delvera does maintain formal and informal friendships with other countries on an individual basis. On rare occasions, it may also enter into a defensive military alliance with another state, but only if the two nations can physically assist one another in the event of a crisis.
As of September 29, 2016, the Grand Republic does not enter into relations with simulationist states or nations that do not control any of their claimed territory.
Nations that maintain informal relations
Nations that have signed Treaties of Friendship(F) and/or Alliance(A)
- North American Confederation (F)(7 October 2015)
- Grand Duchy of Letzembourg (F)(14 April 2016)
- Empire of Austenasia (F)(21 September 2016)
Nations that formerly held Treaties of Friendship(F) and/or Alliance(A)
- Holy Empire of New Israel (F)(26 June 2015 - 2 May 2016)
- Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg (F)(8 August 2013 - 29 December 2016)
- Thegn-Hold of Siar Fordell (F)(5 August 2015 - 29 December 2016)
- Kingdom of Loquntia (F)(6 August 2015 - 29 December 2016)
- Duchy of Hodiny (F)(4 June 2016 - 29 December 2016)
- Federated States of Noveria (F)(20 June 2016 - 29 December 2016)
Defunct nations with relations and/or treaties
- United Provinces of Kalamazoo
- Kingdom of New Germany
- Democratic Socialist Federation of Nedlandic Republics
- Kid United Republic
- Democratic Republic of Doronis
- NottaLotta Acres
- Grand Duchy of St.Clemens
- Royal Republic of Latitudia
The Delveran Ministry of State may be contacted for relations requests via the Minister's email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delvera has an extremely variable humid continental climate with four well-defined seasons. Summers are often hot and humid, while winters are usually cold and dry, with springs and autumns falling somewhere in between. This being said, variations from the norm are common. The Summer of 2012 was marked by a two-month drought, while the Winter of 2012-13 saw heavy snowfall.
The highest recorded air temperature was 115 degrees F (46.1 degrees C) in July 2012, while the lowest recorded temperature was -26 degrees F (-32.2 degrees C) in January 2011. The largest recorded snowfall was 17 inches (43.2 centimeters) in February 2013.
The Delveran Heartland is located in the region of North America known as “Tornado Alley” and can experience severe thunderstorms with high winds that can produce large hail and tornadoes, usually in the spring and summer. It can also suffer blizzards and ice storms in the winter.
Geography and Geology
Delvera is largely rural, though it also encompasses territories in suburban areas. The topography includes high flatland regions, rolling hills, floodplains, small streams and rivers, and steep river bluffs. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is located in close proximity to Delvera, and has been known to produce earthquakes. The largest ever experienced by current citizens was a 4.0 in 2009, though the region has historically produced events above 8.0.
Most of the nation is composed of forests interspersed with open fields and various small bodies of fresh water. Being located in a temperate zone, a majority of the trees are deciduous and shed their leaves in the winter. However, large stands of evergreens, particularly Eastern Red Cedar, also exist.
Delvera has great biodiversity, with thousands of extant species of plants and animals. Some citizens of the Grand Republic actively take part in conservation efforts and attempts to maintain the natural order.
There is a significant anti-littering movement within the nation, and many citizens take part in volunteer service projects to rid roadsides and waterways of garbage.
Delvera adopted its current flag on July 13th, 2016 by popular vote, replacing the so-called "Old Prussian" flag. Only minor changes to the design, such as hue or detail to the eagle device, have been made since then.
The national anthem of the Grand Republic is “Oh, Fatherland.” The song is a point of Delveric pride, because the piece was composed by a Delveran citizen. The song is intended to be a blend of a religious hymn and a nationalistic march.
Main article: Culture of Delvera
English is the official language of the Grand Republic. German and Chinese are unofficial, but recognized languages. This is due to the fact that several Delveran citizens can speak these languages, but they are not widespread enough to warrant use in official formats. Despite this, several words and phrases are used in everyday speech by some citizens.
Religion is important in the lives of many Delverans. Though the majority of citizens are Protestant Christians, the Grand Republic does not have a state religion. This is in order to promote peaceful coexistence between the denominations of the Christian church and with other faiths, as well as to protect religious institutions from the bureaucracy and corruption that often accompany state interference in such matters. Several Delveran citizens hold great respect for Judaism, Buddhism, Daoism, and the beliefs of various indigenous peoples, though no citizens actually practice these.
The Lavrada Bannerman is a newspaper that reports on national and local events in Lavrasia. It is primarily an online publication that is updated semi-regularly. The first article was published on July 27, 2015. A rival publication, the Germanijan Times, was established as a regional paper in the Province of Germanija on August 9, 2015. Both papers signed a media concord in late August in an effort to preserve cordial relations and friendly competition between them.
- "State of the Grand Republic, July 27, 2015", the Lavrada Bannerman. 27 July 2015.
- Grand Republican Army Gets "Back in the Saddle"", the Lavrada Bannerman. 16 August 2015.
- "Elections 2015: Current Leaders Confirmed, the Rise of Germanija", the Lavrada Bannerman. 16 August 2015.
- "New District Sparks Controversy", the Lavrada Bannerman. 27 December 2015.
- "Callahan Appointed Minister of State", the Lavrada Bannerman. 11 April 2016.
- "All a Part of the Plan: Sarkozy Reorganizes Cabinet, Appoints Supreme Justice", the Lavrada Bannerman. 4 May 2016.
- "Election 2016: Consuls, Coups, and Crises", the Lavrada Bannerman. 4 September 2016.
- "Delvera Annexes NLA, NottaLottans Relieved", the Lavrada Bannerman. 5 September 2016.
- "Triumvirate Adopts New Flag, Disestablishes Avannia", the Lavrada Bannerman. 17 September 2016.
- "Colo Becomes Territory", the Lavrada Bannerman. 21 September 2016.
- "Farewell to a Friend: Christian Newton Resigns", the Lavrada Bannerman. 28 September 2016.
- "Sarkozy Announces New Foreign Policy", the Lavrada Bannerman. 29 September 2016.