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Empire of Iustus
Empire of Iustus |
populi aequitas, intelligentia,
Iustian and free
|Capital city||Curtis City|
|Largest city||Curtis City|
|Government||Unitary Constitutional Monarchy|
|- Monarch||Austin I|
|- Prime Minister||Ethan Obsidian|
|Legislature||Parliament of Iustus|
|Established||15 February 2018|
|National animal||Domesticated Cat|
|Full member of the Grand Unified Micronational|
The Empire of Iustus is a self-declared independent state (micronation), with claims extending between Canada, Finland, United States, Hong Kong, and Turkey. The current capital of Iustus is Curtis City, with a national population of 86 citizens. Iustus is an active Full Member of The Grand Unified Micronational and a member of the Micronational Olympic Federation, Iustus is classified as an 8/12 world nation under Boodlesmythe-Tallini classification system, a 4.2 on Dresner's system of classification, and has a score of 4.00 on Matthews Democracy Index.
Before the Empire of Iustus came about, the mainland of Iustus was controlled by The Kingdom of Ongwanada. Ongwanda was a de jure constitutional monarchy, but for most of its history, it was a de facto absolute monarchy. Ongwanada was made mainly because of the same reasons that Iustus was created for, a more stable government. The Founding people of The Kingdom of Ongwanada were, Austin Jaax, Sierra Babado, Mierrk Babado, and Josh Dole. The Kingdom of Ongwanada was created on 15 July 2015, with Austin Jaax and Josh Dole forming the provisional government. In the first Ongwanadan election, Josh Dole was defeated by Sierra Babado.
At first, Sierra Babado was popular but quickly turned into a "power-hungry dictator" and closed The Parliament of Ongwanada, this angered a lot of people including Austin Jaax and Merrick Babado that they demanded Babado, to reopen parliament or they would overthrow her. She refused and took away Austin, Merriks, and Josh titles as Princes, and Crown Prince. On 29 August 2015, Austin Jaax and Merrik Babado rebelled against Sierra Babado thus starting The Ongwanadan Civil War. The anti-Sierrist lost the war by Sierra bringing in Canadian mercenary's. After The Ongwanadan civil war, Ongwanada fell into a state of declined into inactivity. In late September 2017 Austin Jaax and Mohammed Dealvi, start drafting a new constitution that will limit Sierra's power. Later on, citizen Josh Dole left after moving away and, Haiden Borkson, and Micheal Sujaka became crucial citizens. They corned Sierra 3 times telling her to give up her powers or another civil war will start this time with more support on Austin's side. On the 3rd time, Sierra said "yes" and The 2nd Ongwanadan election occurred. Austin Jaax won the election with Mohammed becoming The Grand Duke, and Sierra Prime Minister of Ongwanada, which some of the votes for Prime Minister may have been false but the others just accepted. The only Parliament meetings that happened in Ongwanada were The Crowning of Sierra Babado on 18 July and The Tax Law on 17 December 2017.
In the latter part of 2017 and early 2018, many citizens felt that Ongwanada was a lost cause and that most of the privy council weren't serious enough to run a nation. One unknown member stated; "I'm the Minister of foreign countries or something." The more serious successors and some citizens came together and On February 15, 2018, declared independence as The Iustus State, which is now the Empire of Iustus.
History of Iustus
The Empire of Iustus was founded on 15 February 2018, by a group of Ongwanadans. While being established as a republic, Austin Jaax established the role of the President and assumed the title. Jaax did this because he thought that he could do a better job at running the government, and gained support. Although some people did leave the Iustus Republic similar to the Kingdom of Ongwanada. After the small havoc the founders of Iustus emerged and they were, Austin Jaax, Mohammed Dealvi, Haiden Borkson, Sierra Babado, Emerson Heftily, and Zach Patrick but Zack and Mohammed were fired later. The next day a provisional government was established to help ratify the constitution, get a working website and establish diplomatic ties. The next day Austin Jaax was officially elected, President of Iustus by the provisional government along with Mohammed Dealvi becoming the Vice-President. The Constitution of Iustus was ratified on 4 March 2018 by the provisional government. Later on, with a couple more citizen Iustus started to have political parties recognized by the government. The main political party run by the President of Iustus was the leading part and held tough opinions non-seriousness, establishing more diplomatic ties, and expanding Iustian awareness which would help. Later on, the Vice-Scandal emerged with Mohammed Dealvi. Dealvi was caught for not being serious by bad mouth Iustus and didn't believe that the nations that Iustus established ties with were real. The next day the President fired him on the spot.
On 21 March President Austin Jaax announced an election due to the recent citizenship boom, and the unrest they had with no election. The election was set to take place on 12 April 2018, with Austin Jaax running for The Democratic-Socialists, Nicholas Randouler running for the new Iustus Now party, and Emerson Heftily running for The Progressive-Conservatives. Along with some independents and third-parties. Austin Jaax won the election again but by a smaller margin. He then appointed Nicholas Randouler, the runner-up to be his Vice-President. In April and May, lots of reforms happened to The Iustian Congress, which was known as the April Government Reform, The reform included, cutting all ties with micronations based on Twitter, reorganizing The Congress, abolishing The Gubernatorial Chambers, expanded Iustian influence, and tactic recognition from Canada. This reform made approval rating go higher by around 10% which in-total benefited the nation. In late May President Jaax also saw the unpopular Andany bills which cut ties with the Principality of Andany and recognized The short-lived Republic of Andany. These went away soon when the President and the Iustian Congress also hosted peace negotiations during The Andanian rebellion against the Prince of Andany, who later restored relations.
On 19 June 2018 constitution of Iustus was revised by Austin Jaax Nicolás Millán and Pablo Macias, these were a series of reforms instituted by The Iustian Government after The June 18–19 crisis, including a revised constitution, and The creation of the position of Prime Minister. On 22 June 2018 Nicolás Millán was elected as The Intern Prime Minister of Iustus by Congress, until the next election where the position shall be elected by the people.
June 18-19th Crisis
On 18 June 2018, tensions rose between President Austin Jaax and Vice-President Nicholas Randouler over the accusations of former Democratic-Socalists party in Iustus on their possible illegal campaigning. Tensions also escalated over what the results were for the recent legislative elections on how the voting system worked. The talks between the President and Vice President went from 8:00 pm EST to around 2:00 am the next day. The dispute was over who won and if the voting system worked.
In the mid-afternoon of the day Vice-President, Nicholas Randouler announced his resignation of Vice-President stating that "I've tried to help Iustus and make the change but with the Democratic-Socialists party in charge, I could not make a change." Shortly after he declared that he would be running for House of Representatives as a lawmaker for the nation, he also announced that he would testify Austin Jaax and the Democratic-Socalist Paty both for corruption. After an hour-long case the Cheif Justice, Pablo Macias ruled in favor slight of Nicholas Randouler that he would ban the Democratic-Socialist Party, and in favor of Austin Jaax that he would not have to resign as President of Iustus. The Cheif Justice also ruled that the new Congress would need to make a new constitution by July 1, 2018.
Later in the day, Nicholas Randouler announced that Iustus Now will do an investigation of Austin Jaax being corrupt. Iustus Now and Austin Jaax agreed that they would not continue the investigation if Austin Jaax resigned. After he resigned Zach Patrick of Iustus Now became the President of Iustus. He then resigned the next day, during the process of creating a new constitution. The constitution was later ratified when the Cheif Justice, Pablo Macias, announced he will make Austin Jaax President for Life aligning with the new constitution. After the announcement of a President for Life, Nicholas Randouler abandoned his citizenship which formally ended the crisis, he would later, however, come back to Iustus as a citizen.
The Empire is a Unitary constitutional monarchy, with the Monarch being the Head of State, whilst the Prime Minister is the Head of Government. Before the 2018 Monarchical referendum, Iustus was a Republic due to the people wanting a Government better than their parent nations, however, due to some complications, the Government transitioned into a Constitutional Monarchy.
The Executive branch is made up of three positions in order of importance, the first one is The monarch, The Prime Minister, and The Chief Justice The Monarch represents the unity of the Iustian people, acts a symbol of the State, signs all bills into Laws, and can introduce Acts into the House of Representatives, the Monarch also has the power of a Royal Decree which become law without a vote from Parliament, however Parliament can create Acts to override Royal Decrees. The Prime Minister is the second most powerful position as he is the head of The Government he can call meetings in the House of Representatives, and represents the Government of Iustus, he can also call cabinet meetings. The third highest position is the Chief Justice, who appoints judges, and appoints lawyers.
The Cabinet of Iustus is a government organ that is made up by Government Ministers who most are appointed by the Prime Minister to help administrate the Country. The Cabinet is made up of six Government Ministers, the Chancellor, Minister of the Interior, Minister of foreign affairs, Minister of Immigration and Tourism, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Commerce. Each Cabinet Minister runs the Ministry.
House of Representatives
The Iustian House of Representatives is the lower branch of the Iustian government which is made up of the Representatives of Provinces or Regions, of Iustus. A representative in The House of Representatives can submit to be voted on by the Representatives, if the bill is voted on by a majority it is passed to the Monarch for consent if the Monarch approves the bill becomes law. The House of Representatives is lead by The Speaker of the House of Representatives who organizes the House and can call meetings at any time. Representatives in the House of Representatives can serve as many terms to as many times as they get elected, Representatives who are found to be corrupt or unconstitutional can be fired by the Prime Minister and the Monarch may appoint a temporary Representatives that will serve until the next election.
Parties and elections
Iustus has one General election every six months, in these elections the people of Iustus vote on the undecided laws, to elect and re-elect members of the House of Representatives, and elect the Prime Minister of Iustus.
The Iustian Constitution declares that there are free and open laws about the party system in Iustus. Each individual can join a party or make a party which must be approved by the government. Currently, there are four political parties and two main ones which are Democracy and Iustus Now. The Democratic-Socialists was the longest-running political party when it was active, while Iustus Now was the fastest growing and is currently the majority party in the Iustian Parliament, only parties with sitting members of government will be shown.
|Party||Logo||Party Leaders||Ideology||Representatives||Prime Minister|
|Democracy Party (DP)||Marie Gervais||Democratic-Socialism, Direct-Democracy, Left-Libertarianism|
|Faire (FE)||Nicholas Randouler||Federalism|
|Iustus Now (IN)||Nicolas Millan||social liberalism, economic conservatism, Integrationism|
The Empire of Iustus's official currency is The Iustian Dollar. The currency is only usable in Iustian territory, The Iustian Dollar is pegged to the Canadian Dollar as to keep The Iustian dollar's value competent. The Canadian Dollar is also usable but when brought with an Iustian Dollar will be given back, with the Canadian dollars being stored in The Bank of Iustus. The Iustus Dollar has been changed over three times since its first use and the current Iustian Figures design, made by Stephen II.
The Empire of Iustus has held diplomatic missions and embassies into many nations, countries that currently hold Iustian embassies are the United States of America, Canada, Colombia, Finnland Hong Kong, and a counselor in America as well. The Iustian ambassador to the United States of America is Nicholas Randouler, the Ambassador to Canada is Sierra Babado, Jani Kopolo is the Ambassador to Finnland, and Nicolas Millan is the Iustian ambassador to Colombia and the Consul-General to Hong Kong. Iustus has also held diplomatic missions to the Republic of Orgple and with the Grand Duke of Cicero.
The foreign relations and affairs of Iustus is run by the Iustian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this also includes: creating diplomatic ties between Iustus and a foreign nation, ending diplomatic ties with a foreign nation, managing the foreign policy of Iustus, and organizing meetings and summits with other nations, all of these decisions must also have approval by the Emperor of Iustus before they are put into practice, the Emperor of Iustus may also make the same decisions without the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Culture of Iustus
The Iustian culture is based around three principals, Equality, Democracy, and peace. Many citizens of Iustus keep themselves occupied and are happy focusing on projects while others focus there time on playing video games, to most people it doesn’t matter as long as your having fun. Democracy is a key value in Iustus
as it is one of the key foundations of Iustus that most if not all of its citizens value, popular things in Iustus include Hamilton the Musical, Youtube, Subway, and Polandball.
Many aspects of Iustian culture originate from Canadian and Ongwanadan culture as both of those nations are the predecessors to Iustus, as for one example, Hockey is popular in Iustus along with Tim Hortens, is common for Iustians to also celebrate Canada day along with Iustus day, and for Ongwanadan culture there is still symbolism of the Kingdom of Ongwanada with the Ongwanadan oak and the Royal staff, the Ongwandan language is still spoken by a few citizens of Iustus but it has mostly moved on to a more ceremonial language for special occasions.
National Holidays are special dates that are significant to Iustian history and Iustian culture.
|Iustus day||February 15||To celebrate the independence of Iustus|
|Stephen Hawking Day||March 15||Day to remember the life of Stephen Hawking|
|Relaxation day||April 2||A day to have fun and relax|
|Summer day||June 28||The beginning of the summer holidays|
|Ongwanada day||July 15||A day appreciate celebrating the common Ongwandan heritage|
|Family day||November 30||A day to spend time with your family and loved ones|
Iustus is divided into Regions, Cities, Towns, and Territory's, a city has a population bigger then four, a Town has a population below four, and a Territory is an unpopulated territory of the Empire, Cities are administered by a City Council with a Mayor "Lord Mayor" leading it, a Town is lead by a Mayor with no council, and a Territory is directly administered by Parliament, Iustus is alps divided into Regions for electoral purposes. As of now due to the recent transition from a Republic to a Monarchy, the establishment of Cities, and Towns hasn't been finalized as of yet.
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