Principality of Duke
Royal anthem: Duke United Forever
|Official languages||Kanglap, English, and Dukian Creole|
|Legislature||Almyugan (Grand Advisors)|
|Independence from New York|
• Declaration of Independence
|5 October 2017|
|48.56 km2 (18.75 sq mi)|
|Currency||Dukian Sheka (DUK; 干)|
|Time zone||EST, UTC + 5:10|
|RIS 002 code||DU|
Duke, commonly referred to as the Principality of Duke, is a self-declared sovereign nation, or more commonly known as a micronation to outsiders. Duke declared its independence on 5 October 2017 in the United States. Duke is composed of 5 princely states that have land claims in Hong Kong, Catalonia, and Germany with the larger predominant piece of land located in the United States. The nation's mainland is surrounded by the State of New York in the United States of America. The current Prince of Duke is Tom Kap.
Duke's official capital is the city of Chatham, more commonly known as Chatham City. Other cities include Lesser, Bin Awa, and Klixan. The Principality consists of five Princely States and a myriad of other possessions. English and Spanish are the most commonly used native languages of Duke, and Kanglap and English are Duke's official languages.
The word Duke in Kanglap means sacred place.
Duke was created when founder and Prince Tom Kap was furious at the outcome of American politics in the 2016 presidential election. He then established the People's Republic of Duke, formerly a republic. He was inspired by Austenasia, Molossia, and Sealand. The Lonely Planet book of Micronations also inspired Tom. On 5 October 2017, the Empire of Duke declared independence. One week later, it was called the Republic of Duke. Afterwards, there was a change in the government and it changed its name to the People's Republic of Duke. The Dukian Civil Conflict was a conflict that occurred during the People's Republic period. Afterward, a parliament was created. Now Duke is a Principality led under Prince Tom Kap.
Governmental crisis of 2018
On 21 July 2018, Duke's current government collapsed due to inactivity, an anti-duke rebel force, and other factors. The government created a provisional government that lasted until 1 September 2018. The following day, the old government reconvened. The provisional government was formed in order to create a system of checks and balances. The officials of the provisional government are to be rewarded by the former president for their commitment. A couple of days later it disbanded.
On 9 February 2017, Tom Kap adopted Llyod, a dragon betta fish. Tom had Llyod for over 1 year. On Thursday afternoon on 11 April 2018, Llyod passed away from old age and a tumor. Tom Kap's mother said that she saw him swim from his log decoration to nearby plants. Later, when she came back, he wasn't moving. He was pronounced dead later that day. A traditional hundred-day mourning period was observed. Llyod was then taken to the Zang River (Hudson River) and placed in the water. A Taekist "Passing away ceremony" was held. A QEEPR site was made to honor him link to memorial.
Dukian civil conflict
The Dukian civil conflict arose when Dukian governors argued over multiple laws. The former local governments of Dongyang, Lesser Chatham, and Violet Box organized secessionist movements. The provincial leaders later agreed to peace talks. After two days, the governments met and the conflict was resolved. The conflict mainly took place online and verbally.
Transition into Non-simulationism
When Duke fully became non-simulationist, Donyang and Lesser Chatham (not to be confused with the capital of New Sarasota, Lesser Chatham City) were dissolved. Violet Box was renamed Lilac and integrated into Duke.
After 4 inactive months, the nation restarted.
Government and Politics
Duke is a benevolent autocracy with elements of representative democracy. The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Dukian Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document. In the Dukian system, citizens are usually subject to one level of government; federal. In almost all cases, legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by the state. There is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is rare at lower levels.
The Dukian government is composed of three branches; The Almyugan, the legislative branch which drafts federal laws, declares war, and has the power to wield the economy, The Prince, who is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law, and appoints the members of the Cabinet and other offices, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies, and The Ministry of Justice, which administers courts, interprets laws and overturns those they find unconstitutional.
Duke used to be an authoritarian republic before a coup d'état occurred and became the People's Republic of Duke on 23 February (After the 23rd February incident). It is a one-party state under the rule of the Topek party. Other political parties exist but the Topek Party is the majority of the Parliament with 6 seats out of 10. Elections for parliament representatives happen every 3 years. Duke then transitioned to democracy with vice-presidential elections every 2 years. Now Duke is a federation of Princely State.
The military has 36 active members and a cyber warfare unit (namely Unit 22). There are 6 regiments, each with 6 active members. Most members reside in Europe and are not in close proximity to their assigned unit's headquarters. Most soldiers live independently, but during wartime are recalled for service.
In Duke as of September 2019, there is one Monorail line and one Railroad line. The railroad line is in the form of a loop and uses Piko tracks which power the train with electricity. The monorail and train are both situated in the capital city. The monorail is owned by Chatham Monorail company, while the train line is owned by Duke rail. National Dukian train tickets are valid for both lines.
Law and Order
The judicial system of Duke is very similar to that of the United States. The Supreme Court is located in Chatham City and is run under Judge Kirsten Kap, The Central Prosecutor being Zoe Kap.
There are four types of Police; the Zangseunlay Dukian Immigration Border Police, Dukian Police, Dukian Special Operations Police, and the Dukian Security Police. There are three intelligence agencies, the DNSA (Duke National Security Agency), DCIA (Duke Central Intelligence Agency) DMIA (Duke Military Intelligence Agency).
Chatham City is the capital of Duke. It is also where the legislative and executive branches are based. It is the second-largest city, behind Lesser Chatham in New Sarasota, and Klixan City in Klixan Province. It is the Capital of Chatham and is situated close to the border with the United States. It is also nearby Violet City in Lilac. Chatham City is Chatham Park, one of the most important sites in the city. The park is situated near the foreign quarter. The park is very small but citizens often go there to exercise. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Duke.
The Taiping and Zang rivers are important in traditional Dukian Culture. They are more famously known by different names, but the traditional names are widely preferred in Duke.
Duke uses a system called Balmungse. This system classifies allies and enemies, as well as other aspects to do with foreign relations.
- United Nations (Most member states. Member states not recognized will be in the section of non-recognition.)
Duke's currency is the Sheka. One Sheka is equivalent to US$0.20. They are produced by the Bank of Duke, from which printed banknotes are redistributed. The Bank of Duke produces the quantity of Sheka banknotes assigned to it, puts them into circulation, withdraws worn notes, takes part in the search for and experimentation of new security features and contributes to the definition of common standards for the quality of the notes in circulation and the fight against counterfeiting. Duke has a capitalist mixed economy which is fueled by funding, donations, and productivity. The United States is the largest importer and exporter in Duke.
Duke is made out of Several princely states:
- Princely State of Chatham (includes Project New Lakarta Island )
- Princely State of Lilac
- Princely State of Mayhong
- Princely State of New Sarasota
- Princely State of Klixan
- Project Gojekistan Island
- Leonville State
- Rosconton State (formerly Insuelia until Insuelia ceded New Evka)
- Nova Florida
- Argla District
- Sovereign Base area of Mau, on the mainland coast parallel to White Island
An Autonomous settlement is an administrative division with a degree of autonomy, where certain laws do not apply.
Duke shares borders with several countries, including the United States, Germany, Spain, and China. the most well known one is the Falcon Border Crossing (with the United States).
Duke uses the Topek Calendar. There are 12 months, and on the 22nd of each month the "Honor Part" begins. 22 January 2006 Marks Topek Year 1. January 22 is also observed as the Leader's Day Holiday.
Kanglap and English are Duke's official languages. People often also speak Dukian Slang. It is estimated that Kanglap has 12 fluent speakers. Kanglap sounds similar to Spanish and other romance type languages due to its speakers speaking rapidly. Kanglap is notoriously known for including -el at ends of words.
In Duke, fashion is important. The most popular clothes now for men are the Kangera style. This is a military style jacket with a Songkok cap. These are usually worn by government officials and important Hyesanien Ethnic politicians. For women modern clothes is very popular but on traditional holidays they wear a Hanbok and a headscarf. Duke's traditional clothing is very diverse due to the cultural diversity of Duke. There is also a unisex fashion trend called a quera which is a braid in form of string clipped in hair. An agal or a Keffiyeh is popularyly worn by Tom Kap when making royal speeches.
The Dukian flag was designed by Tom Kap. There are twelve stripes, and four red crosses. Each cross symbolizes one of the four principles; Justice, Equality, Freedom, and Life. March 19 is the day of the Dukian Flag. On this day, a festival is held at night honoring the Flag of Duke.
Duke Central Television (DCTV) is a state-owned Dukian TV network. It occasionally broadcasts Dukian and International news and TV shows from Duke. The latest TV shows include Captain Knots and Fighting for Duke. Captain knots is more comical, while fighting for Duke is a propaganda documentary about fighting against Duke's enemies for the good of the nation. The Dukian Times is a weekly newspaper available in multiple languages, including English. Duke Radio is an internet-based radio station. DCTV Duke News is an internet Newspaper. It is a popular mode of media consumption and is especially popular among Dukian Youth.
Duke Postal Service
The Duke postal service is the official postal system of Duke. Stamps are issued. The Dukian Postal service sends local mail, and mail sent internationally often has a stamp of the macronation nearest to the province and a Dukian stamp.
Tourism and tourist sites in Duke are under control and administration of the Dukian Tourism Authority. It is difficult to visit unless you personally know the Kap family or anyone close to the Kap family. Most tourism usually happens in Chatham City.
The Kap Dynasty is the Dukian name for Tom Kap's family. All family members hold citizenship and many have household registration. The Kap Dynasty is known for their status as the first dynasty to rule Duke.
Honors and Awards
In Duke, awards are given to citizens or people who help the community greatly.
- Zoe Kap - Best Parliament speaker of Duke in 2017, Best foreign emissary to represent Duke, and best DCTV News Caster of the times
- Tom Kap - Topek Party Honor Award, Honorable Leader Award, Great Military Commander Award, Duke art show award, and Duke Cinema Director Awesome award for directing the Dukian film Mangyak
- Jonathan Augustus - Title: Amazing Micronationalist and Order of Sungkar
|New Year's Day||January 1||To celebrate the new year|
|Tangyera (Taekist Holiday)||January 2–4||To be with family and to celebrate them|
|Tom Kap Day, Leader's Day, Topek New year||January 22||To celebrate Tom Kap's Birthday and Topek New year|
|Chinese new year (2019 date) (Chinese Holiday)||February 5||To celebrate the Lunar new Year|
|Llyod's Birthday (Betta Fish Day)||February 9||To celebrate the birthday of Tom Kap's late pet fish Llyod and to celebrate Betta Fish|
|Valentine's Day||February 14||To celebrate the people we love and hold dear in our hearts|
|Tom Kap's father's Birthday||February 25||Celebrating Tom Kaps father's birthday|
|Saint Patrick's Day (Irish Holiday)||March 17||To have a fun day and to celebrate being Irish|
|Flag Day||March 19||To celebrate the day Duke's old flag was designed|
|Ailan Dar (Taekist Holiday)||April 5||To celebrate animals|
|Par Mang (Taekist Holiday)||April 9||To celebrate Hyesanien Culture|
|Bang a'la Songyer (Taekist Holiday)||April 11–13||To celebrate Dukian Children|
|Kungserman (Taekist Holiday)||April 14||To worship Nangsun, protector of all|
|Kungsarmenang (Taekist Holiday)||April 15||To worship Nangsung defeating the evil demon Ramangal|
|Easter Sunday (Christian Holiday)||April 16||To celebrate Easter|
|Tom Kap's Mothers Birthday||June 8||To celebrate the birthday of Tom Kap's Mother|
|Tom Kaps sisters Birthday||June 24||To celebrate Zoe Kap's Birthday|
|Independence Day||October 5||To celebrate Dukes Independence|
|Thanksgiving (American Holiday)||4th Thursday of Every November||To give thanks|
|Christmas Eve||December 24||To celebrate the Night before Christmas|
|Christmas Day||December 25||To celebrate Jesus being born and the joy of the holiday spirit|
|Western New Year's Eve||December 31||To prepare for the new year to arrive|
- Llyod Joseph O'Reilly, retrieved 1 May 2018