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Democratic Republic of Benjastan
| Democratic Republic of Benjastan |
Populi, Socialismo, Liberatus
|Official language(s)||English (UK)|
|- President of Benjastan||Benjamin Pickles|
|- Vice President of Benjastan||Sha'uri Ellis|
|- First Secretary||Gus Rósínśtí|
|- Chairman of Congress||Logan Jack|
|Legislature||People's National Congress|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 8|
|Established||30 December 2017|
|Currency||Benjastan Dollar (฿)|
|This nation is a member of the Union of Four|
Official Website of Benjastan
The Democratic Republic of Benjastan is a micronation located in Ontario, Canada. It was founded by His Eminence Benjamin T. Pickles in 2017. The mainland of Benjastan is located in Pickles' house, while several territories exist throughout the world.
Benjastan was founded on 16 October 2017, by Benjamin Thomas Pickles. It was first called the Democratic Kingdom of Benjastan, and Pickles was crowned King of Benjastan. On 30 December 2017, Congress passed a constitutional amendment abolishing the Monarchy. King Benjamin I was appointed to be the first President of the new Democratic Republic of Benjastan.
Benjastan's first conflicts were between itself and neighbouring Mollyopolis. In April of 2018, the President and his delegation were visiting Mollya in a state visit. Mollyopolan troops attacked the delegation unprovoked and thus war was declared. Benjastanian forces invaded Mollyopolis and forced them to surrender. A peace treaty was signed, and Mollyopolis was to supply Benjastan with money and weapons for the next several weeks.
One week later, the Benjastanian Government accused Mollyopolis of not following the treaty. They were once again attacked, and war broke out again. The war was resolved after the international community stepped in and forced Benjastan and Mollya to stop the war. No peace treaty was signed.
In December of 2019, President Pickles declared war on a classmate named Shriyak, who was leading a coup inside Benjastan. The conflict was resolved in March 2020, with no casualties. Benjastan has had no conflicts since then and hopes that this will have been the last war Benjastan participated in.
On 15 May 2018, President Pickles and King Miles I of the Kingdom of Jackanaadia signed the Bedia-Benston Agreement, a defensive and economic pact. Benjastan continued to be a strong ally of Jackaanadia until the latter ceased to exist in 2019.
On 7 August 2018, the National Benjastanian Mint issued the first official banknote in Benjastan's history. It had President Pickles' face on the front, and Benjastan's national animal, the Snowy Owl, on the back.
On 28 January 2019, President Pickles delivered his first monthly address. In the speech, he condemns Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, which is a view he has changed.
On 6 July 2019, the Benjastanian Constitution was changed after a binding referendum. The amendment made the People's Revolutionary Communist Party of Benjastan the only recognized political party in Benjastan.
On 20 July 2019, the Benjastanian Delegation attended MicroCon 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. President Pickles met with Emperor Eric Lis of the Aerican Empire, President Kevin Baugh of Molossia, and Governor Kimyona of the Commonwealth Of Egan.
In February 2020, Benjastan was admitted into the Commonwealth of Sovereignties. Benjastan served as ComSov's Minister of Mass Media and Digital Development but withdrew from the organization in April. Reasons cited included members of ComSov being hostile toward socialist nations such as Benjastan and supporting American imperialism.
On 22 April 2020, Benjastan came to an agreement with Queen Molly I of the Queendom if Mollyopolis, who agree to join Benjastan as a state. Together, they declared a claim of their entire house, and reformed Benjastan into six states inside their house, and six Special Administrative Regions. Queen Molly was appointed by Pickles to be Governor of the State of Greater Mollyopolis.
The Government of Benjastan is a presidential republic. The branches of the government are listed here:
- Executive: The President, Vice President, Cabinet, and other members of their administration.
- Legislative: The First Secretary and People's National Congress.
- Judiciary: The elected Judicial Assembly of Benjastan that enforces the laws and upholds this constitution.
The President of Benjastan is the head of the executive branch, and the leader of the entire nation. Duties of the President signing bills into law and representing Benjastan internationally. The current President is Benjamin Pickles
The Vice President acts as an assistant and advisor to the President. Their only official duty is acting as a tie-breaker in Congress.
The People's National Congress of Benjastan is the unicameral legislature of Benjastan.
|Logo||Party||Party Leader||Political Position||Ideologies||Seats|
|Workers' Party||Benjamin Pickles||Far-Left|
|United Right||Raphaël Olivier||Right to Far Right|
The First Secretary is a position similar to a Prime Minister. It is elected every year, with every Member of Congress on a ballot.
Mainland Benjastan is located in Ontario, Canada. Its location is known only to the President, his family, and the highest ranking members of the Benjastanian Government. Benjastan's extended territories include Brissenden Island (located in Quebec, Canada), Cupboardio (located in Ontario, Canada), and the Nith River Territory (Ontario, Canada). Benjastan's subdivisions are states and SARs. Benjastan also has an agreement of free association with the Altavian Democratic Socialist Republic.
|Greater Mollyopolis||3||Molly Pickles|
|Thomasville District||1||Benjamin Pickles|
|Brissenden Island||2||Neiland Brissenden|
|Outer Benjastan||4||Karyn Pickles|
|Nith River Territory||5||Logan Jack|
Benjastanian Culture is largely based on North American society. Though, Benjastanian culture is far less consumerist and far more ecological.
Benjastan recognizes all Canadian civic holidays, as well as all Judeo-Christian and Islamic Holy Days.
|8 January||Bowie Day|
|19 March||Spring Festival|
|22 April||Unification Day|
|1 May||President's Day|
|20 June||Summer Festival|
|22 September||Fall Festival|
|16 October||Independence Day|
|8 November||Comrade's Day|
|21 December||Winter Festival|
|30 December||Republic Day|
Benjastan's national sports are chess and downhill skiing. Swimming and dodgeball are also very popular. Sporting is not a very popular pastime in Benjastan, as most citizens prefer to read a good book instead.
Benjastanian cuisine is a blend of South Asian and European/North American foods. The national dish is Pad Thai, and the national drink is sparkling water. Pizza is also a very popular food, as well as curry.
The official languages of Benjastan are Benjastanian and English. English is the most commonly spoken language, while Benjastanian is still popular. Benjastanian is a blend of English and French, and uses the latin alphabet.
Benjastan is a very secular nation. While many Benjastanians are personally religious, religion is never a factor in government or politics. The most common religion is Christianity.
|National Medal of Honour||President of The Democratic Republic Of Benjastan||Any person deemed by the President to have done something excellent.|
|Medal for Service In The Benjastan-Mollyopolis Wars||Grand General of The Benjastanian Armed Forces||Any Benjastanian Military member or affiliate who served in some capacity during the Benjastan-Mollyopolis Wars.|
|Medal For Service In The Shriyak Skirmish||Grand General of The Benjastanian Armed Forces||Any Benjastanian Military member or affiliate who served in some capacity during the Shriyak Skirmish.|
|Order of The Revolution||General Secretary of The People's Revolutionary Communist Party Of Benjastan||Any party member deemed by the General Secretary to have commited and act of great service the PRCPB and revolutionary cause.|
Benjastan recognizes all UN member states except for the State of Israel, and several non-member states.
|Flag||Nation||Ambassador to Benjastan|