|Motto: Freedom and Prosperity!|
|Anthem: "Hymn of the Doradans"|
|San Francisco Bay Area, California|
|Official languages||None, English (de facto)|
|Government||Non-partisan presidential republic with participatory direct democracy|
• Chairman of the National Council
|Establishment||March 12, 2022 (2nd revival as independent state) |
July 1, 2015 (1st revival under Smithist regime)
April 28, 2014 (independent state declared)
December 22, 2012 (under Oasis Islands)
|Time zone||UTC -7 to -8|
Dorada, officially known as the Doradan Republic is a sovereign nation that makes up the former remnants, and is the revival, of the secessionist micronation, both of the same name, founded in 2012. It is located in northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. It began as a state of the Republic of the Oasis Islands in December 2012 until its dissolution on 19 April 2014. On 28 April 2014, Titania Smith, the then-Governor and Senator of Costa Dorada, declared the state independent and establishing a socialist micronation with herself as Chairman. It dissolved that following November but revived as a autonomous entity under several succeeding Smithist projects. It was dissolved again in 2019 but was revived again in 2022 under new leadership, several months after the fall of Cascadia.
For 13,000 to 15,000 years, Native American Tribes inhabited the areas of what is now the Western United States. It wasn't until the 1500s that Spanish conquerors laid claim to the lands of what is now modern-day California and the American southwest. In 1602, Spanish explorer, Sebastián Vizcaíno mapped the region as New Spain. From 1769-1821, California was ruled by the Spanish Empire. Following the Mexican War of Independece, California entered a brief period under Mexican rule (1821-1846) under the regimes of the Mexican Empire (1821-1823), the First Mexican Republic (1824-1835), and finally the autocratic Centralist Republic (1835-1846). In 1846, citizens and new settlers in the area revolted against the regime in a movement that became known as the Bear Flag Revolt. California declared independence from Mexico on June 14, 1846, setting up its capital in Sonoma. The California Republic lasted for less than a month before being occupied by American forces. Following the ensuing war with Mexico, California and the American southwest were seized. During the years of 1849 and 1850, eastern and European settlers began swarming to California with the discovery of gold. California was granted statehood in 1850 and for the next one hundred and fifty years, it continued to grow and thrive.
Starland and Sonora Era
In 2008, within the North Bay, a interest in micronationalism began to grow. Finally, on August 28, 2009, the nation of Starland declared its soveriegnty and independence from California and from the United States. The nation was essentially an 3 year micronational experiment that went through many stages: a kingdom, a federal republic, an empire, a short-lived socialist state, a social democratic republic, and a democratic republic. Starland dissolved in early April 2012 following the truth about the micronational experiment and was later replaced by the short-lived Kingdom of Sonora which dissolved in August 2012. Sonora was later replaced by the state of Costa Dorada under the jurisdiction of the Republic of the Oasis Islands.
Oasis Islands Era
Following a brief retirement from micronationalism, Titania Smith returned to the micronational community teaming up with another micronationalist, Casey Hamlin. From December 2012-April 2014, Smith administered Costa Dorada as its Governor and represented it in the Oasis Islands Senate. The Oasis Islands began to fall into inactivity in 2014 and on April 19, Casey Hamlin resigned as President, retired from micronationalism, and dissolved the Republic of the Oasis Islands. Smith did not find out about this until over a week later, when she declared Costa Dorada to be an independent socialist state.
Establishment of a State and Return to Self-Rule
Following the April 28th declaration of independence, Smith quickly set to work to build the foundations of a legitimate and functioning state. In the weeks that followed, a new set of laws of government, foreign policy, social policy and business began to develop. In June 2014, a new set of guiding laws, outlining the duties of the Chairman and the Provisional Revolutionary Council were established. Within the months that followed, Costa Dorada entered a state of semi-inactivity as the capital of Dorada moved a few miles east. Over the remaining course of the state's existence, a beautification project was carried out to clean up and improve the conditions of the new capital. During this time, the government entered a period of inactivity, leading to its dissolution in November.
Revival and Interregnum
In February 2015, Smith established the nation of Shaoshan, the first in a series of successive micronations. Following an extensive period of dissolution, Costa Dorada was revived in July 2015 as a autonomous polity under Shaoshan. In December 2016, Shaoshan dissolved and was replaced by Sonora. It remained an integral part of Sonora until its dissolution in April 2019 when administration was transferred to Cascadia. Dorada would later dissolve that same year and remain a relic of the past until 2022. During that time, remnants of it continued to exist in the form of the Cascadian city of Patwin, under the autonomous state of New Reno. After Cascadia fell in late 2021, these polities ceased to exist.
2nd Revivalist Period
In March 2022, a friend of Smith reached out looking to re-establish and reform the old entity. Smith granted permission and the Doradan Republic was reborn on March 12, electing a new National Council and opening up talks of re-establishing a possible union.
Dorada is situated in the San Francisco Bay Area in the inland lying areas, just a short drive from the scenic Napa Valley and just an hour away from Sacramento, San Francisco and the San Joaquin valleys.
The climate is that of a Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The cool California Current offshore often creates summer fog near the coast with colder winters and hotter summers inland. Rainfall is more persistent in the region than its southern counterpart. Temperatures range from 32 °F (0 °C) in winter to up to 110 °F (43 °C) in the summer. Due to hot, dry summers and sometimes windy conditions, wildfires are commonplace. In winter, low to moderate rainfall is a common occurrence. During the wetter winters, flooding has been known to happen, especially in areas near rivers and streams. During dryer winters, drought brings about hardships, especially when it comes to agriculture, with some droughts lasting 1–3 years or longer. Warm and cold air sometimes producing spectacular thunderstorms in the spring and autumn, some producing rain or hail, others can spark wildfires in dry conditions. These same warm and cold air collisions occasionally produce tornado-like clouds, often called "funnel clouds", although rarely do they touch down and those that do rarely last for longer than a few minutes and cause little to no damage.
Dorada is run as sovereign state with a presidential system and non-partisan democracy with participatory direct democracy under a constitutional republic. The head of state is the President who operates the functions of the government and exercises the powers of state executive. While the de facto head of government is the Chairman of the National Council, the President is the de jure presiding officer of the Doradan government. Sonora provides defense in the form of the People's Defense with the President as the commander-in-chief.
Dorada has a population of just seven citizens.
English is the commonly spoken language Dorada, although Spanish and Tagalog is also spoken. English is the only language used for government, business, and other endeavors. While English is the common spoken language, no official language exists.
Freedom of Religion is guaranteed under the foundations of Doradan law and therefore, keeping with its history, is also active in protecting against discrimination and hate speech. Doradan sentiment towards freedom of religious expression is a high priority and it is the policy of the region to fight for religious freedom and fight against intolerance. Rights for citizens of the LGBTQIA+ is also a fundamental right in Dorada.