Empire of Aenopia

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Empire of Aenopia flag.pngAenopia CoA.png

Motto

Anthem
"Gustav Holst- Jupiter" (orchestral)

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Map of Aenopia.png
Map of Aenopian claims in England and Wales Updated.png

Capital cityNew Aberdare
Largest cityWhite (by land area)
New Aberdare (by population)
Official language(s)English, Welsh, French
ReligionState Atheism
State Bobism
Bartholemewism
Short nameAenopia
DemonymAenopians
LegislatureY Senedd
Established1 July 2019
Area claimed14,140 sq metres
Population9 residents, 10 registered citizens
CurrencyPound sterling
Euro
Aenopian starling
Time zoneAMT: Aenopian Mean Time (GMT+0:40)
National sportClimbing
National dishCornish pasty
National drinkCoffee
National animalPuffin
Patron saintGeddy Lee[note 1]
Member state of the Grand Unified Micronational and the Cupertino Alliance
Microcode: AA[1][2]

The Empire of Aenopia, (/njpɑː/ (About this sound (listen))) officially known as the Empire of Aenopia and her Dependencies and often referred to as Aenopia, is a de facto autonomous region that claims to be a sovereign state, commonly known as a micronation.[3] Founded in the United Kingdom, Aenopia declared independence on 1 July 2019 from said entity. The nation is comprised of five non-contiguous enclave territories bordering the British counties of West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. As well as being bordered by the United Kingdom, Aenopia is also bordered by fellow micronations and Qaflana and Plushunia.

The Empire is split into two main sections: North Aenopia, which includes the territories of Greater New Aberdare, New Llandudno and Subsidiaries, and South Aenopia, which includes the territories of Bryniau Gwyrdd, Aenopian Calver, and Aenopian Teme. Dependencies and dominions are covered under a third "minor" section known as Her Dependencies. The country is ruled by an Emperor under an absolute monarchy.

Aenopia has a mostly stable (albeit small) economy with an Economic Potential Index of 1. This economy primarily consists of agriculture during the summer months and basic industry and even services annually. With a population of 19, its capital and most populated city are located in New Aberdare, whilst other cities and towns such as New Llandudno and Port Syrinx are also important for reasons including their defensive capabilities and their culture. Aenopia is also a member of intermicronational organisations such as the Grand Unified Micronational,[4] Cupertino Alliance and MOF. Aenopia was formerly the Vice Chair of the Konmalehth,[5] a founding member of the North Atlantic Defence Union and a major member of the New Eiffel Union's Organisation of Active Micronations[6] before their respective dissolutions.

Etymology and terminology

The origin of the name Aenopia was initially conceived by Logan I himself after adding letters together. Settlements are named after Welsh towns and cities, usually with the prefix 'New' added to the start. This rule is excepted by Port Syrinx, which was named after the 'Temples of Syrinx' from song 2112 by the Canadian Progressive rock band Rush.[7] Port Syrinx also features 'Port' as a prefix, whilst other settlements include the cities of White and Sough, which are both named after the local area. Technically, the name Aenopia has some unintentional meanings in other languages. 'Opia' is used to indicate a visual disorder or condition [8] whilst 'Aen' has numerous meanings; such as in Marshallese meaning 'Iron' [9], however in Welsh Aen is used as a plural of mynd [10] meaning 'to go' [11] whilst in Irish, Aen can be an alternative form of aon [12] which means 'one'. [13]

'Aenopian' is the official demonym used to describe something belonging to Aenopia, this is also the demonym for someone from Aenopia.

Technically, 'Aenopia' can refer to the whole Empire, or to the sovereign state of Aenopia, which does not include the territories or sections; there is a small distinction between the two. 'Aenopia' is also the ac name for the Empire of Aenopia, which is often used by other nations in informal discussions and ease of communication.

Flag Origin

The origin of Aenopia's flag, seen as an artist's impression of the operator's new trains. Credit:TPE

During Aenopia's 1 year, 3 months and 20 days of existence, numerous flags have been adopted, with the 'shattered stained glass' design[14][15] being utilised for the longest, lasting 5 months and 21 days. Designed by Logan Ross, the first flag was formally adopted on 16 August 2019 following the successful independence of Aenopia from the Empire of Emosia, and remained as the primary national symbol and flag of Aenopia until its replacement on 2 February 2020.

The original flag was initially designed during the planning stages of Aenopia when the nation was initially planned to be a federation. The design comes from the British train operator Transpennine Express,[16] a regional train operator that runs services across the north of England operated by FirstGroup.[17] This flag was changed on 2 February 2020 to a more simplistic design, featuring the coat of arms situated between two dark blue squares.

History

Early days

A map of Aenopian Calver, showing off the cities of White and Sough. between the cities is Aenopian Plushunia

Aenopia was formed on 1 July 2019 initially under the name of the 'Federation of Aenopia'. However, only a few hours passed before talks were underway with James Ellis of Empire of Emosia for Aenopia to become a dominion. Following an agreement being reached, a treaty was signed on the same day annexing the Aenopian territory now known as New Llandudno and Subsidiaries with Aenopia subsequently becoming a dominion of Emosia.[18]Following this, Aenopia began developing a series of rockets made out of aluminium foil and matchstick named Nova I.[19] Out of the two that were launched, neither were successful.

Independence and Rapid Growth

On 15 August 2019, Aenopia gained independence from the Empire of Emosia after one month of lobbying for sovereignty after the independence of Qaflana.[20] Free movement between all nations involved (this included Aenopia, Emosia and Qaflana) ended, and all Aenopians with dual Emosian citizenship had their dual citizenship revoked. After Aenopian independence, Aenopia began to expand, with a small island located in the River Teme and a small grassy area in the Peak District near the small British town of Grindleford, Derbyshire both being claimed in July 2019. Logan also became the Governor of Aenopian Plushunia; a Crown Dependency located within Aenopian Calver on 4 August 2019.

On 20 August 2019, it was decided to withdraw Aenopia from the largely-controversial Organisation of Active Micronations (originally named New Eiffel Union of Micronations [21]) following internal disputes and instability within the organisation as a whole. 6 days later, the Organisation of Active Micronations (2019) was dissolved after other influential members such as Phokland, New Eiffel and Emosia left. Despite this, Aenopia started reaching out to other nations and other organisations to improve its position within the community. On 24 August 2019, the territory of Greater New Aberdare was annexed, increasing the number of residents to 6. Following this annexation, it was decided to revoke New Llandudno's status as capital and instead name the new city of New Aberdare as the capital of Aenopia, mainly due to its large population. Aenopia was accepted as an Observer of the Grand Unified Micronational on 6 October 2019 and later as a provisional state on 10 November 2019.[22]

Settlement and Economic Development

During November 2019, development decreased. Communication with other nations continued to increase, and Aenopia was accepted as a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational after the Quorum of Delegates convened and voted on 27 November 2019.[23]

After the annexation of Greater New Aberdare in August 2019, the annexation of land ceased completely. An attempt was made to annex a small pocket of land in a forest near to the Spa town of Ilkley named 'Blaenau Novae', with the land being unceremoniously annexed in December 2019. However, the claim was redacted a few days later. The reason for the relinquishing of the claim is believed to be because of the distance from New Aberdare (the centre of Aenopia) and the irregularity of visits to the area, making it hard to enforce the claim. Following this, the flag intended for the territory was instead assigned to Aenopian Teme to replace the previous flag.

The Reform Act and Present day

An poster regarding N-COV-2019 released by the Aenopian Government.

Following criticism from certain micronationalists referring to Aenopia as 'highly simulationist' due to its history, 'The Reform Act' was published on 1 February 2020 by HRH Logan I. Made up of a document consisting of 26 articles with the main objective being to improve factors of Aenopia including its governance, national symbols, foreign affairs, etc. The contents of the document ranged from updating the national symbols (replacing the flag and national anthem and obtaining a coat of arms) to the formation of an Aenopian Government and a legal system. On 2 February 2020 the first 3 requirements out of the 26 in the document were fulfilled; this saw the replacement of the national anthem and state flag and the creation of a coat of arms.[24]

On 21 February 2020, Bryniau Gwyrdd was annexed, bringing the population up to 9. The territory, affectionately known as 'Bry-Gwy' became the 3rd territory of Southern Aenopia and provides as a support for the nearby Aenopian Teme. On 12 March 2020, it was decided by the Aenopian government to declare a national state of concern (later bumped up to a national state of emergency), meaning that the borders of Bryniau Gwyrdd and Greater New Aberdare were to be closed except to Aenopian residents and exceptional cases where non-Aenopians may visit. This marked the first time in Aenopian history that a national state of emergency was declared and the border between an Aenopian territory had to be closed.[25] Furthermore, it was planned that public awareness of hygiene was to also be increased with posters created by the Aenopian government soon to follow.

In late July 2020, it was reported that the number of cases was continuing to rise in the United Kingdom, despite the British government insisting on reopening the macronation. As a result, the number of cases in the local area around Northern Aenopia had reportedly risen to the point where restrictions had to be reintroduced.[26] Because of this, it was decided by the Aenopian Government to continue to enforce a national state of emergency 'for the foreseeable future'.[27]

Geography

Aenopia within the United Kingdom

The total surface area of the Empire of Aenopia is approximately 14,140m² (3.494 acres). Aenopia has active claims in 3 British counties, with these being: New Llandudno and Subsidiaries and Greater New Aberdare in West Yorkshire, Aenopian Calver in Derbyshire and Aenopian Teme and Bryniau Gwyrdd in Shropshire

Most of Aenopia is empty grassland, with at least 1/3 being covered in trees. The land is generally flat and has no distinctive natural features, except for Aenopian Teme which is located on the River Teme. The vast majority of Aenopia's surface comes from the New Llandudno and Subsidiaries and Aenopian Calver, which consist of large fields as well as some medium-sized wooded areas, and are completely uninhabited.

Climate

Aenopia, like the rest of Great Britain, has a temperate climate. Temperatures are usually within a range of 2 °C to 7 °C in winter but can drop as low as -11 °C. In summer, the average temperature range is 12 °C to 21 °C, but regularly reach as high as 33 °C. Winters are characterized by rain and, in recent years, large downfalls of snow. Summers are warm and humid with occasional heavy rainstorms, however, there are usually only about one or two thunderstorms per year.[28] The record temperature recorded in Aenopia was 40.2 °C in New Llandudno in August 2019.

Weather

Average Weather in New Aberdare
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average maximum temperature
°C (°F)
6.4
(43.5)
6.6
(43.9)
9.1
(48.4)
11.8
(53.2)
15.6
(60.1)
18.6
(65.5)
20.4
(68.7)
20.1
(68.2)
17.5
(63.5)
14.0
(57.2)
9.4
(48.9)
7.3
(45.1)
13.1
(55.6)
Average minimum temperature
°C (°F)
1.2
(34.2)
0.9
(33.6)
2.0
(35.6)
3.9
(39.0)
6.8
(44.2)
9.7
(49.5)
11.7
(53.1)
11.5
(52.7)
9.6
(49.3)
7.2
(44.5)
3.6
(38.5)
2.0
(35.6)
5.9
(42.6)
Sunshine
hours
54.2 74.3 107.6 155.2 190.6 182.6 193.5 182.5 137.2 103.1 64.5 47.3 1492.7
Rainfall
mm (inches)
82.9
(3.3)
60.3
(2.4)
64.0
(2.5)
58.7
(2.3)
58.4
(2.3)
61.8
(2.4)
62.6
(2.5)
69.3
(2.7)
69.7
(2.7)
91.7
(3.6)
88.2
(3.5)
87.2
(3.4)
854.8
(33.7)
Rainfall ≥ 1 mm
days
13.2 10.4 11.5 10.4 9.9 9.6 9.5 9.9 9.9 12.6 13.1 12.7 132.8
Source: United Kingdom Met Office[29] (1981–2010 averages), via Wikipedia

Territory

The Empire of Aenopia is made up of its home region or 'country', simply called Aenopia, and its colonies and territories. This is commonly located in New Aberdare, the new capital of Aenopia due to its location. The country plays an important role in the administration of the Empire due to the ease of control. Finally, the country also has a position of nobility attached to it which is apart of the Monarchy.

The next level of administration is a region, in which there are two: Northern Aenopia, situated in West Yorkshire, and Southern Aenopia, situated in Shropshire and Derbyshire. The nobility attached to regions is known as Presidents. They have little power over their regions other than the ability to appoint the governors of the provinces within the region. They also appoint councillors to the region's council. This has a larger amount of autonomy than the President, however, does not have more autonomy than the Emperor himself.

Colonies are autonomous, inhabited areas of land outside the country of Aenopia. Currently, there are no colonies outside of Aenopia, however Aenopian Plushunia is a Plushunian Crown Dependency which is located between the cities of White and Sough within the territory of Aenopian Calver.[30]

Regions

Provinces of Aenopia
Name Area (m²) Establishment Capital Ruler Counties
Northern Aenopia 414m² 1 July 2019 New Aberdare HRH Emperor Logan I
Southern Aenopia 679m² 4 August 2019 Machynlleth Upon Teme HRH Emperor Logan I
Her Dependencies 56m² 3 August 2019 White (De facto) HRH Emperor Logan I

States

Provinces of Aenopia
Flag Name Area (m²) Establishment Capital Ruler
Greater New Aberdare flag.png
Greater New Aberdare 71m² 26 August 2019 New Aberdare HRH Emperor Logan I
Aenopia flag.png
New Llandudno and Subsidiaries 377m² 1 July 2019 New Llandudno HRH Emperor Logan I
Aenopian Calver Flag.png
Aenopian Calver 297m² 25 July 2019 White HRH Emperor Logan I
Blaenau Novae flag.png
Aenopian Teme 269m² 3 August 2019 Machynlleth Upon Teme HRH Emperor Logan I
Bryniau Gwyrdd flag.png
Bryniau Gwyrdd 112m² 21 February 2020 New Tenby HRH Emperor Logan I

Dependencies

Dependencies of Aenopia
flag Name Area (m²) Establishment Capital Governor
Aenopian Plushunia flag.png
Aenopian Plushunia[note 2] 57m² 4 August 2019 White (De Facto) Governor Logan Ross

Military

As a direct response to some micronations claiming to 'declare war' on other nations, Aenopia strives to remain nonbelligerent wherever possible in foreign affairs. This is supported by Aenopia's symbolic membership as part of the Union Against Micronational War as well as the Constitution of Aenopia which decrees that "Aenopia shall retain peace and promises not to initiate conflicts with any recognised, sovereign states unless the sovereignty of the Empire is violated."[31] In direct response of this, Aenopia does not yield a significant military.

Despite this, the primary defense organisation of the Empire of Aenopia is the Aenopian Defence League (ADL) which is split into 5 different branches: Aenopian Air Force, Aenopian Coast Guard, Aenopian Armed Forces, Royal Guard and the Ballistics Committee. It is currently intended to replace the entire Air Force fleet with powered balsa aircraft by the end of 2020.

Photo Name Year Entered
into Service
Location Notes
Aenopian Drone 1.JPG Hubsan x4 h107c 2019 New Llandudno Air Force Base Currently in short term storage due to problems during takeoff.
Aenopian Plane 3.JPG BAE Systems Hawk foam glider 2019 New Llandudno Air Force Base Damaged during delivery to New Llandundo Air Force Base, to be converted to Awyren 5 Headhunter prototype.
Aenopian Plane 2.JPG North American Mustang MK2 foam glider 2019 New Llandudno Air Force Base Bought as a temporary addition for short unarmed flights until a permanent addition is built. Set to be preserved.

Government

A diagram of Y Senedd - Aenopia's national Government.
  Social Democrats: 1 seat
  Shrek Super Party: 3 seats
  Independent: 1 seat
  Aenopian Independence Party: 1 seat

Aenopia is an absolute monarchy, with complete authority being granted to the Crown. This traditionally negates the requirements for a parliamentary system, MPs and political parties despite the presence of the Aenopian Independence Party (AIP). Control of the nation is as a result, hereditary. Despite being an absolute monarchy, Aenopia is described as being a 'flawed democracy', with satirism being the most popular ideology. Other ideologies such as social democracy being popular.

HRH Emperor Logan I is the head of the state as the Monarch and holds all executive, legislative, and judicial powers. He can not be held responsible to any members of the government as it is an absolute monarchy, under his ruling. The Monarch also has the absolute power to create and dissolve a Parliament at will; this can be implemented if the Crown requires support during a period of time.

Political Parties

Aenopia is a democratic absolute monarchy, with six seats in Y Senedd (Welsh for 'the Senate'). Elections are held once every 3 months starting on the 9th day of January, April, July and October before finishing 9 days later. Aenopia has five political parties with citizens being allowed to vote in each election once.

Each seat in Y Senedd bar one represents an Aenopian territory on a territorial level as a Member of Y Senedd (abbreviated to MoYS). The primary job of each MoYS is represent the territory and its interests first.

Logo Party Name Political position Leader Date of foundation Membership Seats
Parties in Y Senedd
Shrek.jpg Shrek Super Party Satire, Big-Tent, Swampist Jayden Lycon 7 May 2020 4
3 / 6
Aenopian Independence Party Logo.png Aenopian Independence Party Centre-left, Aenopian Nationalism Logan Ross 1 July 2019 2
1 / 6
Social Democrats Party Social democracy Matthew Xia 19 May 2020 2
1 / 6
Independent N/A N/A 1 July 2019 1
1 / 6
Parties not represented on a National Level
Alvin and the chipmunks party.png Alvin and the Chipmunks Party Satire N/A 2 July 2020 1
0 / 6

Economy

Currency

Aenopia's official currency is the Aenopian starling. Semolina also accepts Euro and the pound sterling. The Aenopian starling is used solely within Aenopia in exchange for goods, such as postage stamps and vegetables. Starling can be exchanged at Aenopian Postal Offices for roughly £0.53. In the future, the usage of Euro and the pound sterling will be phased out in favour of starling for trading, however will still be exchangeable at postal offices.

Imports and Exports

An example of a macronational wind turbine. A hugely downsized version roughly 1 meter tall is planned to be built in Greater New Aberdare.

Despite not exporting any produce, the Aenopian economy is split into 3 categories as commonly used by macronational economies across the world: primary (farming), secondary (scale aircraft and ship production) and tertiary (services such as AenopiAir). As part of this, Aenopia produces consumables (such as fruit and vegetables) and transportation systems (scale aircraft, ships and railway locomotives/rolling stock) on behalf of New Aberdare Construction Ltd. Greater New Aberdare is the economic center of Aenopia, with 100% of Aenopian products being produced within the capital. On the other hand, tertiary services can be found within Aenopia such as law firms (Röss & Co. Law Firm) and Airlines (AenopiAir) to name a few.

Aenopia currently imports all of its requirements, such as consumables, electricity and other items. Plans for renewable sources of energy generation (primarily wind power) are being developed, with the intention to develop at least 8% of Greater New Aberdare's energy requirements by 2023. This plan is, however, still under development. This will see a wind turbine erected near the UK-Aenopia border for the territory, which will be used to provide a fraction of the power required for New Aberdare.

Media

Media is produced within Aenopia, specifically within the territory of Greater New Aberdare. This is mainly in the form of a national newspaper. The Aenopian Hour, a state-run newspaper intended to report on events within Aenopia, is produced by HRH Logan I himself.[32]

Post Office

Aenopia has a small postal service which handles the shipping of letters and postcards within the territories of Greater New Aberdare and Bryniau Gwyrdd, whilst also shipping to other micronations. The postal service is also responsible for producing Aenopian postage stamps which can be used within Aenopia and the only registered stamps to be used on internal shipping. Mail is handled at New Aberdare post office, where it is sorted and distributed.

New Aberdare post office is also responsible for the legal distribution of Aenopian starling for internal trade.

2019/2020 series

The first series of stamps produced by the Aenopian Postal Service was created on 14 December 2019, featuring images of railway rolling stock.

2020 National Symbol Change series

The second series of stamps produced by the Aenopian Postal Service was created on 15 February 2020 in response to the change in national symbols on 2 February 2020. The stamps feature national symbols displayed on three stamps in some form. [33]

Demography

Ethnicity: Empire of Aenopia
Ethnicity Population Residents Honorary citizens
Total population 17 9 8
White 76.5% 100% 50%
Mixed 5.9% 0% 12.5%
Asian 0% 0% 0%
Black 0% 0% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0%
Unknown 17.6% 0% 37.5%

The population of Aenopia as of August 2020 stands at 17 (9 residents and 8 honorary citizens), compared with 49 in August 2019. Historically, the Aenopian population consisted of 47 plush toys until plush toys were refused recognition as citizens. The residential population of Aenopia is primarily spread across 2 territories: Greater New Aberdare (population of 6) and Bryniau Gwyrdd (population of 3). Ethnically, the population of Aenopia is primarily white at 76.4%, whilst the other ethnicity is mixed at 5.9%. Roughly 17.6% of the population is unknown.

Roughly 70.5% of the population is male while the other 29.% of the population is female.

Population change

The table below details the population change since July 2019.

Population growth in Aenopia since July 2019
Month July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020
Population 1 49 55 55 9 10 12 15 15 15 16 16 16 17

Foreign Affairs

Since its declaration of independence from Empire of Emosia on 16 August 2019, Aenopia has moved to become an active member of the micronational community wherever possible and has since become a member of numerous micronational organisations such as the Grand Unified Micronational, the Cupertino Alliance, the Micronational Olympic Federation, etc. Foreign affairs are handled by either the foreign affairs ministry or the Crown.

As part of this, Aenopia actively engages in both formal and informal diplomacy with other nations through these means and others, which are formally conducted by the Crown. As of August 2020, Aenopia has signed formal documents with 19 other sovereign states, and recognizes the existence of 18 other nations, without the signing of treaties to legally bind this.

Recognised states; no foreign relations

Aenopia recognizes the sovereignty of these states listed below, however, has not engaged in formal diplomacy. Recognition was formerly extended to all members and observers of the now-defunct North Atlantic Defence Union; this has been revoked. Recognition of these sovereign states does not equate to diplomacy including the signing of formal documents.

  Green cells indicate sovereign states recognised as Macronations by the international community or a governing body representing one or more macronations.
Country Macronation Recognition
began on
Notes
Abeldane Flag.svg
United States 6 October 2020
AendereseFlag.png
Canada 6 October 2020
Flag of Adammia.svg
United Kingdom 8 August 2020
Arnerea flag.png
United Kingdom 8 August 2020
Kingdom of Ashukovo flag.png
United Kingdom 8 August 2020
Flag of Australis.svg
Australia 8 August 2020
Flag of Taiwan.png
  16 October 2020 [note 3]
Flag of the Cook Islands.png
  16 October 2020
Real Flag of the Empire of Emosia.png
United States 8 July 2019 [34]
Flag of the EU.png
Member states of the European Union
  16 October 2020
Flag of the Commonwealth of Essexia.svg
United Kingdom 8 September 2020
Flag of Iustus.svg
Canada 8 August 2020
Flag of Jennytopia.png
United Kingdom 11 February 2019
Flag of Kosovo.png
  16 October 2020
FLAGMNG.png
Colombia 26 January 2020
New Eiffel Flag.jpeg
United Kingdom 29 August 2019
Flag of New Virginia.png
United States 16 October 2020
PRPH flag.svg
United States 16 August 2019
QaflananFlag.png
United States 8 July 2019
Uberesse.png
United States 8 August 2020
Flag of the United Nations.png
All member of the United Nations
  16 October 2020 Unless specified

Full foreign relations

Aenopia formally recognizes the sovereignty of these states, via the signing of formal documents. This means that both governments recognize each other, recognize their mutual sovereignty and claimed territories of each nation.

Country Macronation Formal Relations
began on
Notes
PlushuniaFlag2.png
Romania 21 May 2019 [35]
Vlajka Klitziburgu.svg
Czech Republic 29 August 2019 [36]
Flag of Kohlandia.jpg
United Kingdom 14 September 2019 [37][38]
Wegmatflag.jpeg
United States 15 September 2019 [39]
Flag of Lehmark.png
Australia N/A [40]
Lytera flag.png
United Kingdom 8 September 2019 [41]
Flag of the Gymnasium State.svg
Czech Republic 1 October 2019 [42]
Flag of Posaf.svg
United States 11 February 2019 [43]
Sabini national flag.jpg
United States 4 March 2020 [44]
Rino-Island-flag.jpg
Spain N/A [45]
Antonian Empire.png
Antonian Empire
United States 20 May 2020 [46]
Flag of the Rednecks Republic.svg
Czech Republic 26 May 2020 [47]
Fixed Malinovian Flag.png
United States 3 July 2020 [48]
Misberia Flag.png
United States 26 July 2020 [49]
PRO Flag.png
Thailand 8 August 2020 [50]
Vishwamitra-National Flag.png
India 9 August 2020 [51]
Yu-Xia Republic flag.png
United States 10 August 2020 [52]
Flag of the Socialist State of Paloma (fixed).svg
United States 21 August 2020 [53]
Flag of Naveria.svg
United States 14 October 2020 [54]


International organisation participation

As of September 2020, Aenopia is a member of four micronational organisations. Historically, Aenopia was a member of the Konmalehth, North Atlantic Defence Union, Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union) and Commonwealth of Sovereignties before their respective dissolutions.

Full Membership

Cupertinologo2.svg Cupertino Alliance - Full Member[55]
Logo of the Grand Unified Micronational.svg Grand Unified Micronational - Full Member[56][57]
NADU logo.png North Atlantic Defence Union (Defunct) - Founding Member[58]
The MOF Logo.png Micronational Olympic Federation - Full Member
Klogo.png Konmalehth - Full Member
Union Against Micronational War logo.png Union Against Micronational War - Symbolic Member
NewComSovFlag.jpg Commonwealth of Sovereignties (ComSov) - member,[59]
UNM Flag.png Union of Nordic Micronations - Member

Observership

UMCE logo.png Union of Micronations of Central Europe - Observer

Transport

Map of the Blue Route in New Llandudno and Subsidiaries

Roads and Motorways

Due to the lack of railways and airports within Aenopia, territories have to rely on pavements designated as roads for transport. Currently, New Llandudno and Subsidiaries is the host of Aenopia's only motorway, AM-01. At 65m (213ft) long, the road connects the UK-Aenopia Border Bridge to the New Llandudno Junction and the western border of the territory. It was opened on 21 January 2020 in a formal ceremony by HRH Logan I[60] (albeit with a non-existent crowd). Following this, SR-02 is scheduled to be commissioned, which will connect New Llandudno Square with the planned site of the New Llandudno Joint Airfield.

There are plans in the future, however, to commission more roads within Aenopia, including a potential ring road around the territory of Aenopian Calver, connecting New Tenby to the border, and providing a backbone for Bryniau Gwyrdd.

Railway Lines

Despite their cultural significance, Aenopia does not currently have any railway lines. In late 2019, Aenopia did have a 'high-speed line' in the form of a Lego train set within the city of New Aberdare. Aenopian High-Speed was planned to have been operated by the Aenopian Company Tollóuse. It was expected that a new fleet of trains was to be introduced in 2020. However, in December 2019, it was announced that Government funding for the project would be cut following months of delays and in failing to open the railway[61]The line was pulled up and the rolling stock was dismantled. Companies associated with it such as Tollóuse were officially dissolved during the Nationalisation of Aenopian Companies Act on 26 July 2020.[62]

Aviation

Aviation makes up a large part of the Aenopian economy, from aircraft development/construction to airlines and airports. Currently, there are no active airfields in any territory of Aenopia, however, there are plans to open one near New Llandudno. The New Llandudno Joint Airfield is a proposed joint airfield which will consist of an airport and an air force base. Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the airstrip will provide Aenopia with its only airport and air force base. The airfield is currently under development.

The air force base will not receive any aircraft for service for safety reasons, resulting in a lack of physical equipment. The airfield will consist solely of a small field, and all aircraft will be serviced and stored at New Aberdare instead. Civilian aircraft registered under Aenopian law will be allowed to fly to the Airport, however, all aircraft landing at the airfield will require a permit to land. The flag carrier of Aenopia is AenopiAir which will operate flights across Aenopia and into Qaflana in the near future.

Culture

Aenopian culture primarily follows the basic principles of the Western culture due to its geographical location in the world and subsequently, its population. Some Christian holidays which have become embedded into Western society (Christmas, Easter, etc.) are recognised and celebrated by the population as National Holidays.

Languages

An example of French being utilised as the official symbolic language in the Welcome to New Llandudno sign at the city's border.

English is the most commonly spoken language in Aenopia and the only language used on a daily basis for communication; it is the only language used for government and diplomatic business, although Welsh is rarely used for more ceremonial occasions and is featured as a secondary language on numerous Aenopian documents and treaties. Aenopia also ceremoniously recognises French and Welsh as a national language, with the former being recognised as a primary language of the territory of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries.

French has been adopted as the official symbolic language of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries and can be found in signs around the territory. It is not the official language of the territory, however, due to an absence of Francophones in Aenopia. An example of French being used within New Llandudno was the "Welcome to New Llandudno" road sign, which featured both English and French. Newer signs relating to the GUM Sister Cities Program feature Welsh instead of French.

Religion

Religion in Aenopia

Aenopia is a very Atheism-based nation, with almost the entire population being either Atheists or Agnostic. However, Bobism is also recognised accepted by a small minority of the population, namely Logan Ross himself. A small Lego church of Bob exists in New Aberdare.

Logan himself also recognises the religion of Bartholemewism. Bartholomewism was initially created in October 2019 by himself and numerous other friends, focusing solely on Bartholemew and his prophets. The religion teaches that if you have a good life, you go to One-Stop once you die in a similar manner to other religions, whilst if you sin then you go to Aldi once you die.

Dishes and Cuisines

The national dish of Aenopia, Chips and bolognese.

During the summer months in Greater New Aberdare in particular, Aenopia's economy usually focuses on the growth of food in the form of fruit and vegetables. As a result, crops that are grown annually such as potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas and strawberries influence Aenopian cuisine and its culture, with dishes recognised nationwide being influenced largely by food popular within New Aberdare. For example, the national drink of Aenopia is coffee which is consumed by a minority of the population regularly, while the national dish is chips and bolognese.

Meat products such as chicken and beef are commonly consumed on a near-daily basis, with only 11.1% of the population being vegetarian.

National Symbols


National symbols of Aenopia

Flag: Coat of Arms: Plant: Animal: Dish: Patron saint:
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National Flag
of Aenopia
Coat of Arms
of Aenopia
The Bilbery
(Vaccinium myrtillus)
The Puffin
(Fratercula arctica)
Bolognese on Chips Geddy Lee


List of public holidays

Date Holiday Remark
1 January New Year's Day Beginning of the New Year.
1 July First Independence Day Celebrates the date which is associated with the initial formation of Aenopia.
15 August Second Independence Day Celebrates Aenopia's independence from Empire of Emosia on 16 August 2019.
30 August International Missy Barratt Day[63] Marked as a day dedicated to doing good deeds and encouraging others to do good deeds, associated with the fictional character Missy Barratt.
28 September National Talk like Mr. Krabs Day Dedicated to talking in a similar manner to the fictional character Mr. Krabs from the children's television show Spongebob Squarepants.
22 November Start your own Country Day[64]
25 December Christmas Day [65] Not officially recognised by the Emperor due to it being a religious holiday, however it's still celebrated by many people.
26 December End of Christmas Celebrates the return of order and work to the Empire of Aenopia after the festive period has ended.

Intermicronational Rankings and Scores

Aenopia was ranked joint 29th on the largely-controversial Microwiki Influence Survey with 33 points[66] and as a result is recognised as a small power according to the survey. As part of the GUM Member States Positivity Survey, Aenopia was ranked joint 13th out of 42 Members with a score of 3.7,[67] however this later fell to 3.5 with the 40 respondents survey.[68] Aenopia was also ranked joint 6th on Statistic Fire's LGBT Rights Index with a score of 19, making it 'Very LGBT friendly' (see also LGBTQ+ rights in Aenopia).

Aenopia was ranked 2nd out of 24 nations on the Cupertino Member Positivity Survey with 91 points and a mean of 3.72.[69][70]

Indexes of development

Macronational

Micronational

External links

Offical website
Government news site

See Also

History of Aenopia
Dominion of Aenopia
Aenopian Postal Service
Foreign relations of Aenopia

Footnotes

  1. Despite not being canonised, Geddy Lee is satirically recognised as the patron saint of Aenopia for his respected bass playing and high-pitched singing as part of the band Rush and in other projects.
  2. Despite being an Overseas Territory of Plushunia, Aenopian Plushunia is recognised by the Aenopian Government as a Dependency of Aenopia culturally whilst being an Overseas Territory of Plushunia politically.
  3. PRC and RoC both recognised as legitimate claimants to title of China

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