East Galwegian Socialist Republic

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East Galwegian Socialist Republic
Flag of East Galway
Coat of Arms of East Galway
Coat of Arms
Motto: "Onwards, we shall go"
CapitalCapital District
Largest cityDe Valera District
Official languages
Recognised national languagesHungarian, Yiddish, Roscami English, Polish
Ethnic groupsIrish (majority)
ReligionRoman Catholicism
DemonymEast Galwegian
GovernmentUnitary socialist parliamentary republic
Andrew Brotherton
• Premier
Jan Kotonski
Matthew Williams
House of Representatives
Independence from Ireland
• East Galway Soviet created
September 2021
• Commune declared
7 January 2022
• Recognition by Roscamistan of East Galway
24 January 2022
• Transition to new system begun
8 April 2022
• Transition completed
26 April 2022
• Andrew Brotherton becomes Head of State
22 July 2022
• Total
0.101171 km2 (0.039062 sq mi)
• Water (%)
• Estimate
CurrencyEast Galway złoty (zł)
Time zoneGMT
• Summer (DST)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on theleft
Patron saintSaint John
Internet TLD(proposed) .eg

East Galway, officially the East Galwegian Socialist Republic is a self-proclaimed sovereign state, more commonly known as a micronation located in County Galway in the Republic of Ireland. It was established on 7 January 2022 by Andrew Brotherton, Jan Kotonski, and Matthew Williams, when they declared the republic. However it had existed since September 2021 in the form of the East Galway Soviet. The capital of the republic is the Capital District. The republic is divided into districts, for administrative reasons. The biggest districts are the Capital District and the De Valera District.

East Galway is a unitary parliamentary socialist republic and is governed under a multi party system. The head of state is the President, the head of government is the Premier, who is also the Chairman of the East Galway Worker’s Party.[a] The republic’s legislative body is the House of Representatives.

The republic follows a peaceful foreign policy, having relations with Roscamistan, Ballinfoyleburg, Imperial Barnland and formerly Seprana. It is also a part of the Galway Sector of micronationalism and a founding member of the West Ireland Pact.


The name for East Galway comes from the location it is in, Galway City East, with the word Galway being the English translation of Gaillimh, from Dun Gaillimh, with dun meaning fort, Fort Galway. Its location is also near the area of Mervue, gaining the nickname of Mervue Commune.


East Galway Soviet

In late August 2021, the new group of Irish First Years (year sevens in the UK) entered secondary schools across Ireland, Andrew Brotherton, Jan Kotonski, Matthew Williams and Ivan Ryan were among them. Jan, Matthew, and eventually Andrew were communists. In early September 2021, the four (including Ivan Ryan) and a few others established the East Galway Soviet, at the time an opposition group to the school’s student council.Kotonski was elected the first Chairman, Brotherton was elected the first Vice Chairman and Williams was elected the first General Secretary.

Declaration of Commune

On 7 January 2022, Andrew Brotherton declared the East Galway Commune. The East Galway Soviet was now the government of the free territory, and Kotonski’s title was extended to Chairman of the People’s Executive, Brotherton’s was extended to Vice Chairman of the People’s Executive and the Chairman of the People’s Assembly, and Williams’ title was the General Secretary of the People’s Executive. On 10 January 2022, on the advice of Andrew Brotherton, the titles of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the People’s Executive were renamed to the Premier and Vice-Premier of the People’s Executive. The title of General Secretary was unchanged.

On 26 January 2021, it was proposed that the Commune change its name to the Mervue Commune, as it is close to the Region of Mervue, Province of Mervustan, so to avoid confusion with the school that the commune is located in. Premier Jan Kotonski agreed to this, and a transition period began, to happen from 26 January 2022 to 4 February 2022. The People’s Assembly vetoed the change, saying the name had remain.

Attempted coup

The commune almost came to an end on 4 February 2022 when Andrew Brotherton attempted to overthrew the Government of the Commune. Brotherton had tried to declare that the commune was now the East Galway Free Socialist State, similar to the Free Socialist State of Paloma in its name. A new position, the State Chairman was created to become the new head of state of the commune. Brotherton attempted leave his position of Vice-Premier of the East Galway Commune to become State Chairman. Brotherton later withdrew his resignation and coup attempt, re-recognising the Kotonski Executive as the legitimate government of the Commune.

Progress and planned election

On 4 February 2022, a new Department of Internal Affairs was created, with responsibilities for interior and census affairs. Andrew Brotherton began to create some forms to tell what was the ethnic, religious and political makeup of the commune.

An election was announced by the Vice Premier, Andrew Brotherton on 9 February 2022 for the People’s Assembly.


On 10 February 2022, the commune was renamed the East Galway Commune, keeping its original location.

April reforms

On 8 April 2022, in reaction to inactivity, Vice Premier Andrew Brotherton announced along with Premier Jan Kotonski and General Secretary Matthew Williams that the East Galway Commune would start a transition to a more feasible system of Government. Brotherton set down multiple points, including a new name, new system of government, giving districts use, a new legislature, the creation of a presidency, and a provisional government to install the changes during the transition to the new system.

On 18 April 2022, the Socialist Republic was proclaimed, and the presidency created. People’s Executive General Secretary Matthew Williams was proclaimed head of state, whilst Jan Kotonski remained Premier. Brotherton remained Vice-Premier.

Politics and government

The republic is a parliamentary democracy, with the President as a mere nominal chief executive and de facto figurehead. The head of government is the Premier, who is appointed by the President on the advice of the House of Representatives. The President of the House presides over the representatives.

The President is formally elected for a one year term, renewable infinitely. The Premier’s term is subject to if he can hold confidence over the House of Representatives.


The nation is divided into several districts, the main ones being the Capital District and the De Valera District. The districts are mainly used for government as they have devolution and also representation in the House of Representatives. There are also special administrative zone (SAZ). An SAZ is normally a piece of land under the control of the republic that is outside of the mainland. SAZs are led by Commissioners, appointed by the President to serve as his viceroy in the zone. There are currently no SAZs.

Law and order

The judicial branch is headed by the Paramount Justice, currently vacant since 28 February 2022. The police force of the republic is the People’s Law Enforcers.

Foreign relations

The republic is in diplomatic relations with all nations in both the Galway Sector and West Ireland Pact. Its main alliance is with the Republic of Roscamistan. The foreign affairs are managed by the People’s Department of Foreign Affairs, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, currently Andrew Brotherton since 31 January 2022.


The military of the republic is the Free People’s Army, headed by the President as the Supreme Commander. It is comprised only of the Ground Forces, headed day to day by the Chief of Staff, currently vacant since 18 April 2022.


East Galway is in law secular with freedom of religion, with the dominant religion being Roman Catholicism and Janism (also known as Jásism), a cult that believes that Jan Kotonski, the Premier of East Galway is the Polish Messiah, the true messenger of God, known in Polish as Pan Bóg.

Geography and climate

The location of the republic, near Galway bay and the Gulf stream, it is from moderately cold to just above freezing and rarely snows in winter, can get to extremes of 30 °C (though rarely) in the summer, moderately warm in spring, and moderately cold in Autumn. A feature that happens all year around is the constant rain as the republic is on the west coast of Ireland and is exposed to the Atlantic.


Though currency is not used often, when currency is used, it is normally the Euro. It has a communist and centralised economy, under direction of the Department of Economics, under the collective control of Jan Kotonski and Andrew Brotherton.

Culture and media

There are two papers published in the republic, the monthly magazine, run by the students in the magazine club, which focuses on stuff relating to the students and to what’s currently going on, and the bi-monthly Pravda, owned by the East Galway Worker’s Party, and publishes material relating to politics, communism, sports and international affairs.


  1. The Chairman of the Worker’s Party has no power outside of the party’s business, the government chosen by the elected House of Representatives is in full control and is not subordinate to the party

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