Doggenburg

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Principality of Doggenburg

Flag of Doggenburg
Flag
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Coat of arms
Motto: Für König, Gott und Heimat!
Location of Doggenburg
Capital
and largest city
Frankbaden
Official languagesEnglish, German
Recognised national languagesFrench
Ethnic groups
(2019)
95% White
5% Black
Religion
Lutheranism
Demonym(s)Doggenburger
GovernmentFederal parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy
• Sovereign
Maximilian I
Wayne von Wheatley
LegislaturePrince's Council
Establishment
• Independence from United States
January 23, 2020
• Coronation
January 24, 2020
Area
• Total
1.404686 km2 (0.542352 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
23 (2020)
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
USD$7.5 million
• Per capita
USD$10,670
CurrencyAmerican Dollar (USD)
Time zoneEST
Date format(m/d/year)
Driving sideright
Patron saintSt. Maximilian
National animalSeagull
Internet TLD.ml

The Principality of Doggenburg, simply known as Doggenburg, and known poetically as Land of the Edelweiss, is a North American micronation claiming sovereignty over territories in the Eastern United States. Doggenburg has a total of 4 counties and 1 overseas territory. The three counties are Doggenburg, Dixieboro, Kivaria, while the overseas territory is and Saint Lily. Doggenburg, Dixieboro, and Kivaria are surrounded by the State of Virginia while Saint Lily is surrounded by Florida. The national animal of Doggenburg is the Seagull.

The Government of the Principality is constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system, defined by the Principality's constitution. The current monarch is Prince Maximilian, who has ruled since Doggenburg was founded on January 23rd, 2020. Doggenburg's official capital is Frankbaden. Other cities include; Waynesbury, Kirsburg, and San Jenuapa.

Doggenburg's size has fluctuated throughout it's history. When founded, the Principality encompassed 1.542.66m² of land. It went on to annex 3 counties and 1 overseas territory in less then a few months. A majority of Doggenburg's claims comes from Saint Lily. Doggenburg's total size is 11654.23m². After the creation of the Ministry of Colonization in February of 2020, the Principality began to become more open to the idea of colonies across the world. The official language of Doggenburg is German, but most citizens only speak English.

Doggenburg has a small-services based economy, much like many other micronations. Most of the income generated by the government is through voluntary donations. Most citizens work outside of Doggenburg and import goods from their respective macronations, allowing for Doggenburg to have living standards expected for a developed country. Currently, Doggenburg is in it's foundation era. This is shown through the fact of Doggenburg's citizenship census.

Etymology and terminology

Doggenburg comes from the type of animal the Prince's pet is, the dog. -Gen was added onto the end of Dog in order to symbolize family as gen means family in Latin. Burg was added as the suffix in order to show that Doggenburg was a true city-state.

Doggenburger is the official demonym used to describe something of belonging to Doggenburg, except the noun which refers to a person from Doggenburg.

Speaking in context, "Doggenburg" usually refers to the counties making up the Principality, not her overseas territories and colonies.

History

Doggenburg was founded as an independent city-state on November 11th, 2013. Originally Doggenburg was characterized as People's Social Republic of Doggenburg with a General Secretary as the chair of the government and head of state. As the Lilylandians began to take control of the Presidium, the city was put in a personal union with Rondon and Frankbaden, creating the Kingdom of Lilylandia.

Foundation Era

On January 23rd, 2020, Maximilian re-established Doggenburg as an independent country modeled after the United Kingdom. With the establishment of the country, Maximilian started to push forward economic reforms and formation of laws in order to secure the future of the country. Doggenburg was founded by Maximilian after learning about Sealand and Molossia.

After the official declaration of independence, Maximilian began to work on a flag, coat of arms, and a constitution. A few days after founding the micronation, the Prince asked if close relatives and friends would be interested in joining the micronation as citizens, including his grandfather Wayne von Wheatley who assumed the title of "Count of Dixieboro" after his house was annexed into the Principality.

Doggenburg 4 was formed in March, 2020, after the Frankbaden Post ceased operations. This new news station was created to be owned and operated by the Government of Doggenburg.

The Doggen currency was announced on April 10th, 2020.

In May, 2020, Doggenburg began its expansion with new baronies being added to the Principality.

Government and Politics

The Principality of Doggenburg has a diverse and active government. Parliament has two legislative houses, the House of Lords and House of Subjects.

The House of Lords currently has 10 seats. The current Lord Minister is Wayne von Wheatley. Wayne von Wheatley is the grandfather of the Prince. There is also the Royal Family of Doggenburg. The Royal Family is the family in which the Crown of Doggenburg, currently resides under. The current head of the Royal Family and Prince of Doggenburg is Maximilian.

House of Lords

The House of Nobles is one of the legislative bodies of Doggenburg. The House of Lords is in charge of government ceremonies, governing commonwealths, monitoring important landmarks, and running the Church of Doggenburg. For a citizen to become a member of the House of Lords, they must be appointed to a title of Doggenburger Nobility.

House of Subjects

The House of Subjects consists of members of parliament who are in charge of passing bills/laws, choosing the quarterly national budget, and governing the country. They also appoint different cabinet positions within the Principality under these ministries:

  • Ministry of Defense
  • Ministry of the Treasury
  • Ministry of the Foreign Office
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Labor
  • Ministry of Admissions
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Commerce

The Sovereign

The Sovereign of Doggenburg (or Prince) is the Head of State of Doggenburg. The Sovereign is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and is also at the helm of the Nationalepolizei, the Intelligence Agency of the principality, enclaves, and territories of the Doggenburger Empire. The current Sovereign is Maximilian.

Geography, Climate, Ecosystem

Doggenburg is located in the heart of the North American area of Virginia. Wildlife is abundant along with many different types of plants and animals. Many lush forests appear around the capital of Frankbaden. To the west of the country lies the Blue Ridge Mountains which are old and rounded with a blue tint giving them their name.

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Culture

Doggenburg's culture is mainly American. However, it is slowly diverging from the American culture to it's own unique one.

National Holidays/Events

  • January 1st - New Year's Day
  • January 23rd - Foundation Day
  • February 21st - Remembrance Day
  • April 1st - April Fools Day
  • July 7th - National Pet Day
  • Month of October - Oktoberfest
  • October 31st - Halloween
  • Fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving
  • December 24st - Christmas Eve
  • December 25th - Christmas Day

Literature

Doggenburg has little to no tradition in literature. Although, citizens; including the prince, have written various pieces of writing for work or for a hobby.

Music

Subjects of His Serene Highness enjoy all types of music, but many prefer the old styled Swing Style of music. Members of the Royal Family enjoy listening to these classic tunes whilst doing daily routines, going to the gym, or working. Some of the artists that citizens enjoy listening to are Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Dean Martin, and Glen Miller. Many citizens and even the Prince himself have a history in music. His Serene Highness used to sing in a church choir and for his private school's choir. He eventually dabbled in the Swing Jazz style of music and began singing songs from that era.

The National Anthem itself was first recorded in the era of the jazz swing era, though its not jazz nor swing. Argonnerwaldlied is a German marching song used by the German Empire and the Wehrmacht. The National Anthem was picked because of the fact that it was a German Marching song and it was one of the Prince's favorites.

Arts

Art, as a form of media, is relatively abundant in the Principality. His Serene Highness draws graphic art online for a video game called ROBLOX. Computer Graphic Art is not only an art form in the Principality, it is one of it's major businesses. Graphics art helps fund the Principality's annual budget and helps with the creation of propaganda. The Prince Mother is also a retired artist. Her Highness used to draw pictures of dogs, apples, or other objects around the Royal Palace.

Media

Doggenburg has a national news station called Doggenburg 4 which is dedicated to international news, intermicronational news, and national news. Doggenburg 4 has changed it's name numerous times. The News Station has been in operated since July 7th, 2014 and went by the name Lilylandian Broadcasting Corporation. The National Broadcasting of Doggenburg is operated by the Government owned Doggenburger Broadcasting Corporation which operates almost every broadcasting channel in the country. American news stations are also available in the Principality. The only private media component in Doggenburg is Doggenburg 4 which 58% of it's shares are owned by the Royal Family.

Sports

Most citizens do not play sports per say, but they are avid sports fans. Some of the most watched sports in the country are American Football, Football, and Basketball. His Serene Highness used to play Basketball when he went to private school, but has since moved onto different hobbies.

Administrative Regions

The Principality of Doggenburg is divided into 4 Duchies, each with their respective Duke.

Name (English) Name (German) Official Name Abbreviation Elevated Flag Capital
Counties
Doggenburg Doggenburg County of Doggenburg DOG January 23rd, 2020 Flag of Doggenburg (2020).png Frankbaden
Dixieboro Dixieboro County of Dixieboro DIX January 23rd, 2020 Flag of Dixieboro.png Waynesbury
Kivaria Kivaria County of Kivaria KIV January 23rd, 2020 Flag of Kivaria.png Kirsburg
Baronies
Yorkgrange Yorkgrange Barony of Yorkgrange YKG January 23rd, 2020 Flag of Yorkgrange.png Georgestown