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Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas
| The Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas
French: Duché de Pontchartrain-MaurepasCatalan: Ducat de Pontchartrain-Maurepas
Tu es Tutes (Latin: You are safe)
God save our blessed Duke
|Largest city||New Orleans|
|Official language(s)||French (and Louisiana Creole), Catalan, English|
|Official religion(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Short name||Pontchartrain-Maurepas, Pontunia|
|- Duke||Andrew I|
|- Heir Apparent||Eric of the Floridian march|
|Established||12 January 2020|
|Area claimed||3,755.2 sq mi (9,726 km²) (de jure)|
|Population||1.167 million (as of 2020 census) only 10 citizens, 1 abroad (de facto)|
|Time zone||US central time (-6 UTC)|
|National sport||American football|
|National animal||Red-tailed Hawk|
The Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, more commonly known as Pontchartrain-Maurepas, and nicknamed Pontunia, is a micronation in the US South, comprising of the Louisiana parishes surrounding the lakes of Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
Pontchartrain-Maurepas comes from the two lakes surrounded by the Micronation, Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. Pontunia is named after the Greek Sea God, one of the Primordial Deities. It could also come from the Latin ’’Pontus’’, which means bridge, referencing the Pontchartrain Causeway.
On January 12th, after learning about the micronations of Molossia and Sealand, Andrew Perdomo, inspired, signed a Declaration of Independence to “preserve the culture and beauty of Southern Louisiana”, and became Duke of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, with Eric Perdomo, Lord of the Floridian March, as his regent. However on the 16th the Regency was abolished, as a committee of vassals debated Andrew I’s minority, and proclaimed that only an incapable leader requires a regency. Eric was and still is the heir apparent.
Politics and government
The Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas is a Constitutional Monarchy, with the Duke having executive leadership and the ability to pass laws and introduce them. The national legislature is the National Assembly, comprised of the House of Commons and the House of Nobles. Bills introduced to the National Assembly must pass though both houses with a 51% percent majority before it ends up being signed or vetoed by the Duke; afterwards, it is voted on in the High Court of the Duchy before it becomes a law.
Law and order
The Pontunian police was formed on January 19th in response to cybercrime. It is predominantly an organization to keep tabs on civilians. The death penalty is never enforced without ducal approval. Castration is the capital punishment otherwise.
The Florida Parishes, a region in Louisiana, is claimed by both Pontchartrain-Maurepas and British West Florida. An agreement has not been made, which worries the government about further British Floridian claims. This is called in the Duchy as the Covington Question.
The Army is not a standing army, but called upon in times of need. It is divided into two divisions: Division I “Bayou Battlers” and Division II “Ragin Cajuns”. The Navy is comprised of 10 civilian speedboats, and a rowboat. The Air Force is a work in progress, but includes paper airplanes to annoy invaders. All weapons are nerf guns. The Army got involved with a rebel cell in Mandeville.
Geography and climate
Pontunia is mostly flat and built on drained swamp: the city of New Orleans is below sea level. The climate is subtropical and warm most of the year.
While the nation has oil in the Gulf of Mexico, it is US owned. The Dukaten is pegged at a 2:1 ratio to the US Dollar and a 1:1.54 ratio to the Pound Sterling, the currency of Austenasia.
Culture and media
The Nerf gun named the Knockout is termed the Pontus in the nation: the stores inside of it erroneously term it the Knockout. The Duke is fluent in English, Castilian Spanish and Latin and plays piano. Many Hollywood films are shot in Pontunia. Pontunia has US television and cable, and no restrictions on censorship are in place. There is a playlist of songs named Andrew’s Speed Machine, that if you do not like any of the songs, you are stripped of your citizenship.