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Commonwealth of Dracul
|Commonwealth of Dracul|
Comunitatea lui Dracul
Motto: Deo Vindice
|Location||South Houston, Texas|
|Official languages||None at the national level|
|Recognised national languages||English|
|Ethnic groups (2020)||77.78% White|
11.85% Southeast Asian
|Government||National presidential constitutional republic|
• Vice President
• House Speaker
• Chief Justice
|House of Representatives|
|Self Declared Constitution|
|September 25, 2017|
|0.451062617 km2 (0.174156250 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
|GDP (nominal)||2019 estimate|
|Currency||Dracul Mark (ψ) (CDM)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-5)|
• Summer (DST)
|Drives on the||right|
|Patron saint||Tsar Nicholas II|
Dracul, officially known as the Commonwealth of Dracul, is a self-declared sovereign state, known by contemporaries as a micronation comprising two states, that was established on 25 September 2017 in Houston, Texas. The nation inhabits a small park named Sylvan Rodriguez Park in Houston, Texas. The country is relatively unique among other micronations in that it operates under a functional democracy heavily based on the governmental tradition of the United States of America. Dracul is a national republic and a representative democracy. It is a founding and now former member of the World Association of Micronations and other international organizations. Dracul was one of the last to become part of the World Association of Micronations Security Council.
The Commonwealth of Dracul takes its name from the Prince of Wallachia, which is attributed as to why Vlad III is a national hero of Dracul. Dracul was established on September 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas by Dmitri Howie, Stephen Luke, Kassie Bushong, and Mark Millner. The exact reasons for why Vlad III was chosen is still unclear; however, it is known that Stephen Luke was born in Romania, while Dmitri Howie claimed bloodline to Vlad III. It was this very fact that led many to believe why the two primary founders chose Vlad III and Romanian heritage as their micronation's basis.
In 2017, Stephen Luke, Dmitri Howie, Mark Millner, and Kassie Bushong were seeking a way to voice their views on creating a nation that best suited their needs, and in their opinion, would benefit others as well. It wasn't until September of 2017 when Stephen Luke came across micronationalism and announced it to the three others. After reviewing what micronationalism was about, the four decided that creating their own nation was the best way to go about voicing their political views. The three founders ultimately concluded that this country project would not only be for entertainment purposes, but advocacy as well, such as suicide awareness and anti-bullying causes. An advisory for the initiation of the first suicide awareness campaign was set to begin September 1, 2019. Several nations, including the Grand Duchy of Westarctica and Republic of West Who, quickly joined in, wanting to help in any way possible. Positions in the campaign ranged from information gathers to simple advertisers. The campaign proved to be a true success and still is available on the Government's website. Mark Millner, a co-founder of the micronation, began his connection with Dracul as an average citizen, then joining the Draculian Navy. After several months of dedication and assistance in ceremonies, Howie and Luke made the decision to grant Millner the status of "Founding Father". Millner's popularity soared as he was seen as flag bearer in most photos and ceremony events on Dracul 1 Television.
On the 1st of Febuary, 2018, the states of North Dracul and South Dracul were created to allow citizens of Dracul to create their own legislation and state programs. Dracul wanted citizens to have locations to choose from, instead of just claiming membership to the Commonwealth. The first governors were Eric Harvey Williams, Jr and Kassie Bushong. In July Of 2020 the Bran District was created to make Bran it’s own district to not give North Dracul an advantage. Bruce Cooper is the current Mayor of Bran and Christopher Karpov is Deputy Mayor.
Rebel Conflict of 2018
In an effort to understand and determine Dracul's stance on micronational warfare, On April 10, 2018, a small group of Draculian citizens carried out a simulation, by conducting a disagreement with the government over the treatment of religious citizens. The small group voiced that the religious peoples should be targeted, imprisoned, and killed by the Dracul Intelligence Agency. The National Government did not take kindly to this proposal and prohibited the small group’s attempt at singling out religious peoples. The small group eventually formed on April 2018, under the name of “Dracul Confederacy” and attempted to take control of the Capitol in North Dracul. The Dracul Army, Navy, and Air Patrol quickly responded, with the operation led by Army Colonel Shaun O'Hare. By May 9, the small group had eventually disbanded and were declared “defeated” by the National Government. The leader of the Group, Al Fare, was banned from the community and had his citizenship revoked. Since the simulation, Dracul has vowed to act in a realistic manner and avoid all "war".
On October 25, 2018, both states began seeking candidates for their Governor positions. January 7, 2019, elections were held to elect the first governors of the North and South Dracul States. Victory declared by Eric Harvey Williams, Jr for North Dracul, by a vote of 66.67 percent. Kassie Bushong secures a South Dracul victory, by a vote of 100 percent.
Geography, Climate, and Environment
The Commonwealth's geography mostly consists of grassy terrain with sparse woodlands and two bodies of water; these being a man-made fountain known as the Unity Fountain and a small reservoir known as Horsepen Bayou. The country consists of the two states of North Dracul and South Dracul; the latter of which houses Dracul's capital city of Bran.
|Climate data for Dracul|
|Average high °C (°F)||16
|Average low °C (°F)||7
|Source: www.usclimatedata.com (data from 1985–2015)|
- Main article, Demographics of Dracul
The Commonwealth has a diverse pool of citizens consisting of all walks of life. The majority of citizens are un-married and the nation is predominantly Male. Regardless, many Women are members of Dracul and contribute meaningfully in the day-to-day running of the nation; such as in South Dracul where both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are Women. Additionally, the country has one citizen by birth who was born to a Draculian mother.
Mainstream Draculian cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain with about three-quarters of grain products made of wheat flour and many dishes use indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers. These homegrown foods are part of a shared national menu on Dracul's most popular holidays. Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Draculians drink three times as much coffee as tea.
Government and Politics
Dracul is a national republic of 2 states, a federal district, no territories and no uninhabited island possessions. It is one of the newest micronational federations. It is a national republic and a representative democracy, "in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law." In the Draculian federalist system, citizens are usually subject to three levels of government: federal, state, and local. The local government's duties are commonly split between county and municipal governments. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Draculian Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document. The original text of the Constitution establishes the structure and responsibilities of the national government and its relationship with the individual states. Article One protects the right to the "great writ" of habeas corpus. All laws and governmental procedures are subject to judicial review and any law ruled by the courts to be in violation of the Constitution is voided.
The federal government comprises three branches:
- Legislative: The bicameral Congress, made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government.
- Executive: The president is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law (subject to Congressional override), and appoints the members of the Cabinet (subject to Senate approval) and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
- Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the president with Senate approval, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional.
The House of Representatives has 4 voting members, each representing a congressional district for a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among the states by population. Each state then draws single-member districts to conform with the census apportionment. The Bran District has one member of Congress—this member is not allowed to vote. The Senate has 4 members with each state having two senators, elected four-year terms; all seats are up for election every four years. The Bran District does not have senators. The president serves a four-year term and may be elected to the office no more than twice in a row. The president is not elected by direct vote, but by an indirect electoral college system in which the determining votes are apportioned to the states and the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of Dracul, has currently one member, who serves for life. The state governments are structured in a roughly similar fashion. The governor (chief executive) of each state is directly elected. Some state judges and cabinet officers are appointed by the governors of the respective states, while others are elected by popular vote.
Parties and Elections
In the beginning, Dracul allowed political parties to exist, to provide a better opportunity for candidates in elections to run off of. In 2019, the Parliament of Dracul determined that political parties could eventually cause unrest, leading to a takeover of Dracul, which could lead to a restructure of the nation, especially along the lines of ideology. This was seen as a possible threat to what Dracul originally stood for and Parliament banned political parties. Currently, all candidates in all elections are considered Independent party candidates and do not designate themselves as a party.
The Commonwealth of Dracul informally recognizes all micronations. If a micronation wishes to establish full recognition and a treaty of friendship, they must be willing to adhere to the requirements. Exceptions cannot and will not be made. Requirements typically consist of a micronation existing for at least 6 months, possessing a social media account, not claiming an entire state or country as it's own, not claiming fake history, not engaging in micronation war, and not supporting controversial government or economic styles, such as communism, socialism, or Marxism.
The Draculian Economy is based off the Draculian Mark. Currently, the Draculian Mark is valued at the amount of Gold purchased by the Draculian Government, marked at a USD price. Dracul currently uses its online gift shop to sell goods and services, such as novelty banknotes, citizenship certificates, shirt buttons, and flags. The gift shop makes up 98% of Dracul's income, with the other 2% made by penalties and internet services sold to Draculian Officials.
The Department of Local Defense was created to provide a military style structure for those interested in serving in a micronation military branch. Dracul does not recognize micronation wars and will not provide aid, support, or participate in wars for any reason whatsoever. At this time, the Department of Local Defense is merely a ceremonial department, used during celebrations and photography. Branches of the military include an army, a navy, and an air patrol, since weapons and force are not used against others by the military.
While there have been incidents in the past, where Dracul's military was requested, an actual demonstration or gathering did not take place. Since then, Dracul's military has been used to provide better discipline, for those who wish to receive it. The "Rebel Skirmish" that took place in Dracul's infancy was simply a mock trial of micronation wars and was dismissed soon after its initiation. The Department of Defense is currently headed by Dennis Garza.
Draculian businesses are regulated & approved by the Commonwealth's Small Business Adminstration. These businesses include religious institutions and churches, business administration, hospitality and hotels, retail stores and shopping, and transportation agencies.