Empire of Aenopia

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Motto
Blood for The Emperor!
Anthem
Buck's Boogee- Blue Öyster Cult


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Capital cityNew Aberdare
Largest cityWhite (by land area)
New Aberdare (by population)
Official language(s)English, Welsh, Spanish
ReligionState Atheism
State Bobism
Bartholemewism
Short nameAenopia
DemonymAenopians
LegislatureMonarchy of Aenopia
Established1 July 2019
Population6 residents, 6 registered citizens
CurrencyPound Sterling
Euro
Aenopian Starling
Time zoneAMT: Aenopian Mean Time (40 mins ahead of GMT)
National sportClimbing
National dishCornish Pasty
National drinkCoffee
National animalPuffin
Member state of the Grand Unified Micronational
Microcode: AA

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 an autonomous territorial entity which claims to be a sovereign state however it is more commonly referred to as a micronation to the majority of people. Founded in the Macronation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (commonly referred to by many as the UK), Aenopia declared independence on 1 July 2019 from said entity. The nation is made up of 5 non-contiguous enclave territories surrounded by the counties of West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire in the United Kingdom. The Empire is split into 2 main sections: North Aenopia (Which includes the Territories of Greater New Aberdare, Blaenau Novae and New Llandudno and Subsidiaries) and South Aenopia (Which includes the territories of Aenopian Calver and Aenopian Teme). Dependencies and Dominions are covered under a 3rd minor section titled Her Dependencies (Aenopia is commonly referred to as a female).

The Sovereign state is ruled by an Emperor under an Absolute Monarchy, with a Warmaster who serves the role of both Defence Minister and the Emperor's 'Right Hand'. Due to a lack of recognition from all 196 U.N member nations and 2 observer nations, the sovereignty of Aenopia is often questioned, hence the reason as for Aenopia hosting the title of Micronation.

Etymology and terminology

The origin of Aenopia is a mystery to many, for only the Emperor knows. It is believed to have been created by throwing letters together to find something for which sounds appealing, which is surprising due to the tradition of naming places after Welsh towns and Cities.

'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 abbreviated 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

The flag was initially designed during the planning stages of Aenopia when it was a Federation. The design comes from the British Train Operator Transpennine Express, a regional train operator that runs services across the North of England operated by FirstGroup.

The flag designs for the 3 original territories usually follow a stripe down the middle, with no direct link to anything, unlike the main flag. Post - Development Aenopia flags for territories such as Greater New Aberdare tend to follow a more freestyle approach without the set specifications. This means that more varied designs can be created, which in turn creates a more colourful and vibrant nation in terms of National Symbols.

History

For while Aenopia has only existed for a short amount of time compared to other nations, many things have happened during the nation's short life. In order to make it easier to sort through sections of time, Aenopian history is categorised into sections.

The Beginning

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 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 to become a dominion. Following this, a treaty was signed between the two leaders and Emperor Logan I was denounced as 'Governor' and the young nation became a dominion as such.

Following this, Aenopia began developing a series of rockets, with the first being a simple matchstick rocket named Nova I. 2 launches were tried in all, with both ending in failure. It was intended that the rocket be repurposed as a 'missile' in the armed forces once it's scientific uses are complete, however, this idea was rejected due to the absurdity of it. Along with this, the Aenopian Aeronautics Administration (AAA) was set up. This covered space exploration and the development and testing of new aviation technology.

Independence and Rapid Growth

On 15 August 2019, Aenopia finally gained independence from the Empire of Emosia nearly a month after showing interest in such. At this point, free movement between the two nations ended, and all Aenopians with dual Emosian citizenship were revoked. After this sudden turn of events, 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 claimed in July 2019. Logan I also became the Governor of Aenopian Plushunia and the Lord of an Astropolis territory, with the former located within the Aenopian territory of Aenopian Calver and the latter being located in New York, USA. This was later released following inactivity within Astropolis.

During this time, Aenopia was working internally to build Aenopia High-Speed: a high-speed line to operate in the city of New Aberdare intended to open on 1 September 2019. However, the launch was postponed by 3 months due to the project running severely behind schedule, with talks about cutting the funding due to the absurd amount of money going into the project that has been taken from other departments. During this time, communications with other nations expanded rapidly, with Diplomatic relations beginning with other nations every week. By November 2019, Aenopia began to settle down and development slowed down. This is seen as the end of this period of Aenopian History.

Settlement and Economic Development

During November 2019, development decreased. Communication with other nations continued to increase, following acceptance into the Grand United Micronational (GUM) as an Observer nation. During this time, Greater New Aberdare was annexed, increasing the number of citizens to 6. Following this annexation, it was decided to revoke New Llandudno's Capital status and instead grant it to the new city of New Aberdare. This meant that production could begin in the capital. After this transfer, The Emperor authorized the creation of 3 production companies within the company; AREL (Handles the production of Locomotives and Rolling stock), Marco (Handles the production of vessels) and Vulzerstein (Handles the production of aircraft).

In December 2019, it was finally decided to cut Governmental funding for Aenopia High-Speed due to excessive funding going into what was seen as a 'Pointless project which will not serve Aenopia in any way whatsoever'. Following this, the project suffered from severe setbacks before it was announced that it would be canceled and the track would be pulled up on 6 December 2019, 3 days after the delayed expected launch. Due to this, it's expected that AREL, Tollouse and Aenopia High-Speed Ltd. will be hit hard economically.

Geography

Aenopia within the United Kingdom

The total surface area of the Empire of Aenopia is approximately 14,140m² (3.494 acres). Aenopia has one territory in each British county, with these being: New Llandudno and Subsidiaries and Greater New Aberdare in West Yorkshire, Aenopian Calver in Derbyshire and Aenopian Teme in Shropshire

Most of Aenopia is empty grassland, with at least 28% being covered in trees. Land is generally flat and has no distinctive natural features, except for Aenopian Teme which is located on top of the River Teme, hence the name. 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 - 7 °C in winter but can drop as low as -11 °C. In summer, the average temperature range is 12 °C - 21 °C, but can rarely 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.[1] The record temperature recorded in Aenopia is 40.2 °C in New Llandudno, however, the accuracy of such is often questioned.

Weather in New Aberdare Graph

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[2] (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, however, this position is part of the Monarchy.

The next level of administration is Regions. The country of Aenopia contains two regions: Northern Aenopia, situated in West Yorkshire, and Southern Aenopia, situated in Shropshire and Derbyshire. The nobility attached to regions are 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 councilors 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.

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 567m² 4 August 2019 Machynlleth Upon Teme HRH Emperor Logan I
Her Dependencies 56m² 3 August 2019 White (De facto) HRH Logan I

States

Provinces of Aenopia
Flag Name Area (m²) Establishment Capital Ruler
Greater New Aberdare flag.png
Greater New Aberdare 37m² 26 August 2019 New Aberdare HRH Emperor Logan I
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New Llandudno and Subsidiaries 377m² 1 July 2019 New Llandudno HRH Emperor Logan I
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Aenopian Calver 297m² 25 July 2019 White HRH Emperor Logan I
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Aenopian Teme 269m² 3 August 2019 Machynlleth Upon Teme HRH Emperor Logan I

Dependencies

Dependencies of Aenopia
flag Name Area (m²) Establishment Capital Governor
Aenopian Plushunia.png
Aenopian Plushunia 57m² 4 August 2019 White (De Facto) HRH Emperor Logan I

Military

Aenopia does not have a significant military, however, that is mostly compensated by the active development of an air force. Logan I said that 'There is no point in a standing military when most of your claims are spread across Britain and you're supposed to be a peaceful nation. Having a standing Military will only agitate nearby states.' Aenopia does, however, have a Reserve Army, for which all healthy male citizens (This mostly being residents) are automatically drafted into a reserve Army as part of the Constitution.

The Aenopian Navy does have a Destroyer-Class Vessel (TES Conqueror) under construction, however, delivery is delayed for undisclosed reasons. This is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. Currently, 2 Devastator class warships are being built by Marco with a planned delivery date of early 2020.[3] These will be nearly identical to ease service and will be Aenopian Teme - compliant for a potential future Canal through the territory.

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

Government

Aenopia is an absolute monarchy, with full power being granted to the Crown. This 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.

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 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.

Due to Aenopia's Governmental situation, there is only 1 Political party as a result. Aenopian Independence Party (AIP for short) was formed in July 2019 following Aenopia's subsequent Dominionship with the Empire of Emosia. AIP advocated for Aenopian Independence following this annexation, for which resulted in Independence 1 month later. The party wasn't dissolved, however, and instead advocates for a Parliament and an end to the Absolute Monarchy.

Economy

Currency

Aenopia's primary currency is the British pound sterling (symbol: £). This allows for the ease of trade between other British micronations and also serves as a temporary measure until an Aenopian currency (currently under development) can enter circulation. This will be partially phased out in 2020 following the introduction of the Starling, however, will be retained for external trading.

The nation does have its own exclusive currency under development, however. The Starling (symbol: S£) will be used to trade for Aenopian goods only, such as postage stamps. S£1 will be traded at New Aberdare Postal Office for £0.53 in order to purchase certain goods which will be only tradeable with Starlings. Test printing of the first articles is hoped for February 2020, with initial circulation beginning in mid-2020. Full circulation is planned by 2021 when internal trading with the Pound Sterling will partially cease.

Imports and Exports

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

Aenopia currently doesn't export any produce, however, does produce consumables (such as fruit and vegetables) and Transportation systems (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. Media is also produced within the territory, in the form of a national Newspaper. The Aenopian Hour, a state-run Newspaper intended to keep the population and more importantly, the wider Micronational community alerted to anything happening within Aenopia, is produced by HRH Logan I himself weekly [4].

Aenopia currently imports all 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.

Post Office

Aenopia has a small Postal Service which handles the shipping of letters and postcards within the territory of Greater New Aberdare and to other Micronations. The Postal Service is also responsible for producing Aenopian Postage stamps which can be used within Aenopia and the only such registered stamps to be used on Internal shipping. Mail is handled at New Aberdare Post Office, where it is sorted and distributed to the right areas.

New Aberdare Post Office is also responsible for the legal distribution of Aenopian Starling, for which £0.53 can be exchanged for S£1, which can be traded for Aenopian goods. This service is currently unavailable whilst the Starling is developed and enters into full circulation.[5].

2019/2020 series

The first series of the Aenopian Postal Service stamps was created on 14 December 2019 and was designed by HM Logan I, and test printed in New Aberdare the same day. This is the main series of stamps. These stamps follow the principle of having an image of a British train instead of usual stamps which feature a portrait of the ruler or a symbol of the nation. This comes from The Emperor's interest in Britain's railways, and Aenopia's connections to the railway.

Countries recognized by Aenopia with no relations

Aenopia actively engages in formal and informal Diplomacy with other nations, for which are formally conducted by the Crown. The nation has signed formal documents with 10 other sovereign states, and recognizes the existence of 10 other nations, without the signing of Treaties to legally bind this.

Recognised states; no foreign relations

Aenopia recognizes the Sovereignty of these states, however, has not engaged in formal diplomacy. Recognition is also given to all members and observers of the now-defunct North Atlantic Defence Union. Recognition of these Sovereign states does not equate to diplomacy including the signing of formal documents.

Full foreign relations

Aenopia formally recognizes the Sovereignty of these states, via the signing of formal documents. This regulates the recognition of the Government of each state; Mutual Sovereignty and claimed territories of each nation.

International organisation participation

Aenopia was a member of the Organisation of Active Micronations (New Eiffel Union), which at the time of dissolution has 44 member states and 7 observers. However, Aenopia left along with others due to issues regarding the organization. Aenopia is currently a Full Member of the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM for short) following 1 month of Observership in the Organisation.

Transport

The Mark 4a Sleeper designed by New Aberdare Rail Systems

Aenopian transport is often the primary focus of the state, with a road route spreading across New Llandudno and Subsidiaries. The city of New Aberdare is also the hub for the development and production of aircraft, ships and railway rolling stock by the likes of AREL, Marco and Vulderswaazen. Currently, there are no airports within the nation, however, plans for a joint Airforce base and Airport within close proximity to New Llandudno are under development.

Aenopia did have a high-speed line in the inhabited territory of New Aberdare which was scheduled to be opened in September 2019. The franchise to operate the service was won by Tollóuse: an Aenopian railway operator. 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 setbacks and delays. [8] The line was pulled up and the rolling stock was dismantled.

New Llandudno and Subsidiaries is the host of Aenopia's only Motorway, in the form of AM-01. At 65m (213ft) long, the road connects the UK-Aenopia Border Bridge to 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[9] (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 New Llandudno Joint Airfield.

Culture

Aenopia follows the basic principles of 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, ect.) are recognized by the population as National Holidays and as a result, celebrated. However, the Crown does not recognize these holidays as such, primarily due to their position as Religious holidays focusing on a certain event.

Languages

English is the most commonly spoken language in Aenopia, known and used daily by the entirety of the population. English is the only language used for government business, although some Welsh is rarely used for more ceremonial occasions. The nation also accepts Welsh as a national language, however, it is unknown whether the population actually speaks Welsh.

French has been adopted as the Official Symbolic language of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries, and so as a result is utilised in signage amongst other things. It is not the official language of the Territory, however, due to an absence of French-speakers in Aenopia. An example of French being used within New Llandudno is the "Welcome to New Llandudno" road sign, for which the bilingual sign features both English and French on.

Religion

Religion in Aenopia

Aenopia is a very Atheism-based nation, for most of the population, following said beliefs with 40% of the population following Atheistic beliefs. However, a small religion called Bobism is also accepted by a few members of the population. This follows Bob the late fish, for which during its life was known to have eaten rocks and had regular seizures. 3 other nations support this religion, with only 15% of the population following this religion. Aenopia does not foster any places of worship, mainly due to the impracticality of such and the state's large atheist population compared to other faiths.

The Emperor himself promotes the religion of Bartholemewism, a religion that he and his friends created in early October 2019, when he wrote the name 'Bartholemew' on a sheet in his Spanish book in an attempt to fool their teacher into thinking there was a student named Bartholemew within his class. It focuses solely on Bartholemew and his prophets, and believes that if you have a good life, you go to One-Stop once you die; If you sin then you go to Aldi once you die.

Dishes and Cuisines

the national dish of Aenopia, Chips and bolognese.

Food is an important part of Aenopia, mainly because of Greater New Aberdare's farm which regularly produces Potatoes, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes every year. National dishes are usually dishes that Emperor Logan I likes, such as the Cornish Pasty. The National Dish of Aenopia is Chips and Bolognese, however, the Cornish Pasty remains a staple food within Northern Aenopia. The National drink is also Coffee, which is regularly consumed within the Capital.

The products for which make up National Dishes are often not produced within Aenopia, with the exception of Potatoes which are regularly farmed, but used in the creation of National Dishes. The products, or in some cases even the entire dish, is often sourced from Macronational shops. For example, the Chips in the main National Dish are solely sourced from a local Chip Shop within the United Kingdom.

List of public holidays

Date Holiday Remark
1 January New Year's Day Beginning of New Year.
15 January Reflection day To reflect on how glum and boring January is.
28 September National Talk like Mr Krabs Day Dedicated towards talking like Mr Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants
25 December Christmas Day 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

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