Empire of Lehmark

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Empire of Lehmark
Flag of Lehmark.png

Motto
Gloria et Virtute
English: Power and Glory
Empire of Lehmark as at 29-8-19 - Numbers.png
1. Lehmark Capital State. 2. The Imperial State of Armstrong. 3. Kokoda State.
Capital cityLehmark City
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)Secular
Short nameLehmark
DemonymLehmarkian
GovernmentMonarchy
- Emperor and Autocrat of LehmarkWilliam Lehman
Established19 April 2019
Area claimed312m2
Population28
CurrencyImperial Florin
GDP (nominal)$7,911.87 2020
GDP Per Capita = $282.56
National sportPilates
National animalBlack cat
President of the Micronational Confederation

Official Website

 

Lehmark, officially known as the Empire of Lehmark is a Micronation located in Adelaide, South Australia, and commonly known as. Lehmark is made up of three States, Lehmark Capital State, Imperial State of Armstrong and Kokoda State.

Lehmark was founded by Imperial Decree on the orders of William Lehman. William then took the title Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark - an expression of Lehmark's imperial autocracy. Lehmark was founded to become the global beacon for just and legitimate governance, enlightenment and social progression[1].

A micronation is a political entity that claims to be a sovereign state but is not recognised as such by the wider international community. Micronations are treated as distinct from conventional unrecognised states, although there is no widespread consensus within micropatriology over what exactly constitutes a micronation or distinguishes it from other unrecognised states. Broadly speaking, micronations are created and developed as a hobby, with their claims to sovereignty considered trivial enough to be ignored by the conventional sovereign states whose territory they claim; micronations whose ultimate goal is to receive international recognition as sovereign states are termed secessionist, and micronations without this goal are termed simulationist.

Etymology

The name Lehmark derives from the first part of the Emperor and Autocrat's surname 'Lehman' - 'Leh' and the ending of the maconational name of 'Denmark' - 'mark' and these two parts were merged to create Lehmark.

'Lehmarkian' is the official demonym when describing a citizen of the Empire of Lehmark.

Officially 'Lehmark' refers to the entire Empire, including the various States, Territories and Colonies that make up Lehmark, there is no legal distinction between the various territories as Lehmark is a unitary state.

History

The Empire of Lehmark was founded by His Imperial Majesty William, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark on 19 April 2019 by way of Imperial Decree, in which the house occupied by himself, HRH Archduke and the Imperial Cat seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia. A letter was sent to the Office of the Prime Ministers, however, no responses was ever received. The following day on 20 April 2019 the Constitution of the Empire was adopted, this formed the foundation of Lehmark's entire functionality, and existence. The Constitution would spend the next 6 months undergoing constant Reform, change and re-writing to both make it uniquely Lehmark's (as large section had been "borrowed") and to eliminate grey areas and to more clearly define governmental functionality. It was during this period the Constitution also had the Bill of Rights added. Which to this day is still one of the most advanced Bill of Rights in the world.[2]

Over the next few months Lehmark expanding rapidly, gaining over a dozen new Citizens and annexing land in June 2019 in Darra, Queensland, Australia and in August 2029 in Armstrong, Victoria, Australia. Two Citizens had committed their houses and land to the Empire thus forming the new State of Kokoda and the Imperial State of Armstrong, named Imperial State because it is home to the Count of Armstrong. The Imperial State of Armstrong, is an integral part of Lehmark, with land possessed but not ruled by the Count of Armstrong. It is still subject to every Imperial Decree, Policy and Regulation of the Empire. In April of 2019, Lehmark begun offering all Citizens the chance to commit their lands to the Empire and become a Count.[3]

Lehmark founded the International Micronational Organisation of Cooperation on 12 May 2019, which in September 2019 reformed into the Micronational Confederation. The primary purpose of the Confederation is to maintain peace and security between the various international Micronations and to that end take preventative measures and remove threats which would threaten this peace and security. The Confederation has gone through several bouts of rise and fall in its short existence, mainly owed to the issue of member activity levels which is something the Confederation is working hard to remedy.[4]

Part of the Bill of Rights is the Right to Access Basic Services, which was defined in-part being access to education, to be in line with this Right the Empire founded the Imperial University of Lehmark on 14 August 2019. A paid university, which offered support through the Student Support Scheme to reduce tuition fees. The University's purpose is to provide education to all Citizens of Lehmark. The University has gone through many changes since its founding, to keep up with changing demand for the service. Most recently the University massively dropped all tuition fees, and opened up payment via Imperial Florin.[5]

The main Degrees offered by the University are Imperial Law of Lehmark and Human Rights of Lehmark. These Degrees teach students an in-depth understanding of the Constitution of the Empire and attached Bill of Rights. The first graduate of the University went on to become Lehmark's first registered lawyer and founded Lehmark Law & Associates in November 2019, Lehmark's first and only law firm. This not only marked a development for a professional citizenry but also marked an important development for the economy.

A cornerstone of Lehmark's Monetary Policy has been the development of the Silver Standard Currency - Imperial Florin. Starting in September 2019, Lehmark undertook a large banking reform which included:

  • Reduction of Imperial Florins in circulation to 1,000,000
  • Adjustment of Annual Wages, Taxes and Wages Compensation for Government Employees
  • Purchase of 8oz of Silver to provide the backing of Lehmark's currency.

Between October 2019 and February 2020 the Imperial a total of 228.6 troy oz of silver bullion bars and this allows Lehmark to currently peg the value of 1 Florin to 0.00711g of silver.[6]

The Greenery Initiative is an environmental project which has been undertaken by the Empire since approximately May or June of 2019. It involves the purchase an caring for potted plants, within the borders of the Empire. This is an Initiative which has been directed by the Emperor and Autocrat and will focus on making Lehmark a greener place, all while reducing carbon dioxide output and increasing oxygenation. Due to interesting weather patterns, the project had to be started again in December 2019 with Greenery Initiative 2.0. Currently 1 plant has survived the Australian summer.[7]

On 1 December 2019, the Emperor and Autocrat published Imperial Decree XLII which established Universal Basic Income, National Minimum and Maximum Wages, National Pension and Retirement, Banking Regulations and the Imperial Grant - by far the largest social development Lehmark had undertaken by this time. Following this the Banking System was entirely rebuilt and gave every citizen and business a bank account it involved hours of editing and account creation. Every citizen and business was issued a letter which gave them their account number, username and password, the letter also advised changing their username and password after logging in for the first time for the purposes of increased security.

In micronational economic terms Lehmark has advanced tremendously fast, registering a total of 5 businesses within the Empire. 1 is privately owned by a Citizen, 2 by the Emperor and Autocrat, and the last 2 are government owned.[8]

The first registered company was Empire Holdings and Investments, which was founded to invest finances into equities such as stocks and bonds, and the Capital Gains would be taxed by Lehmark thus allowing Lehmark to draw income. So far this company has had a number of rises, however with COVID19 and the collapsing Australian Securities Exchange, Empire Holdings and Investments had to sell them for a loss.

The other businesses were registered between November 2019 and February 2020. The last company registered was Micronational Web Services, a government owned company, which helps micronational develop and publish a website. So far the only client has been the Grand Duchy of Pikeland, the project for them is almost completed.

In early 2020 Lehmark also undertook the development of a Postal Service. A tricky service to develop on a micronational scale, however, Lehmark's design of the service seems to work. The Postal Service, functions in two ways physical letter delivery and electronic. Patrons have the option of sending an email and having it printed to post physically or having it emailed to another Patron. The later option being somewhat redundant. However this nonetheless represents a development in terms of real world communication abilities.[9]

In mid May 2020, the first merging of two companies took place in Lehmark, Empire Holdings and Investments and Lehmark Bullion Trading merged, becoming a single company, Lehmark Investment Corporation. Lehmark Investment Corporation much like its predecessors has seen little in terms of sales or investments.

Since January 2020 Lehmark saw little in terms of new innovations or major progression, but they did see numerous changes to internal governance, removal of "red tape" and changing of policies to ease the Empire's constant growing complexity. July 2020 would also see major economic change, yet again, the Universal Basic Income which was hailed as a major social policy would be abolished in exchange for a cash payment to each new Citizen. The move behind the abolishment was due to not only the increasing costs but the fact none of the money invested into the UBI was ever used by Citizens and sat dormant in the Imperial Bank of Lehmark.

Government and Imperial Departments

The Empire of Lehmark is an autocratic imperial hereditary monarchy, ruled by His Imperial Majesty, William Lehman, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark. The Official Title would change to Empress and Autocrat upon the accession of a female Head of State.

Lehmark was founded upon the Principles of Absolutism, Autocracy and Social Progression.

The Principles of Absolutism and Autocracy are outlined in the wording of the Constitution in which the Emperor and Autocrat is called the source of law, as well as the various powers, rights and authority that are granted to the Emperor and Autocrat. The Supreme Court acts as a counter-measure to the Emperor and Autocrat's authority as so far to potentially block Constitutional Decree/Changes. However, the Emperor and Autocrat can overrule this veto if deemed necessary for the continuance of a functioning government at which time the Decree in question will become law.[10]

In Lehmark there is no Parliament, or any sort of election, or political party. In the Constitution there is no mention of a separate "Head of Government" implying that the Head of State is ultimately both. The Constitution also allows the Emperor and Autocrat to act as a Judge on any case brought before the Supreme Court, and to overrule or amend a Judge/Justice's judgement - giving him the ability to influence common law[11].

Theoretically, it could be said that the Emperor and Autocrat is a constitutional monarch due to the Head of State's powers being described in a Constitution. However, most constitutional monarchies are linked with parliamentary democracies where the Monarch is only but a figurehead - something the Emperor and Autocrat is not.

The Emperor and Autocrat exercises legislative and executive powers through Imperial Decree and has access to 5 different Imperial Decrees[12]:

  • Ordinary Decree
    • Which is a Decree not covered by the others
  • Financial Decree
    • Which is related to Annual Budgets, Taxes, Tariffs etc
  • Treaty Decree
    • Which is related to such as alliances, war, peace, joining organisations etc
  • Title Decree
    • Granting, Revoking or Amending Titles of Nobility and associated lands
  • Constitutional Decree
    • A Decree which changes the Constitution

The Empire of Lehmark has a number of government departments ran by the Imperial Bureaucracy and they offer a array of services for each citizen, those wanting to join and foreign governments and businesses.

Government Departments:

Government Agencies:

Justice

In early February 2020, Lehmark has developed a Criminal Law Code, in line with that of a micronation. The Criminal Law Code and the Constitution provide the foundation for the dispensing of Justice within the Empire. In the future Lehmark will be developing a Civil Law Code in order to help provide judgement for civil disputes. [13]

When Lehmark was founded in April 2019 the Constitution had provided for an appellate court structure which included, Magistrate, District and a Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal was that of the Emperor and Autocrat. This structure proved too hard and complicated for a new micronation. A total of three constitutional changes took place, which redesigned the structure of the Court system entirely. Two Courts now existed the Supreme Court and the Emperor and Autocrat as the Final Court of Appeal.

Since Imperial Decree XXIX the Chief Justice, Justices' and Magistrates' must have appropriate legal qualification, from either the Imperial University of Lehmark or relevant experience or qualifications from another University. This was to ensure that those dispensing justice had the relevant experience and knowledge to do so.

The Department of Justice contains the Agency of Chief Public Prosecutor, whom is responsible for hiring of Public Prosecutors to undertake the task of prosecuting persons charged with a criminal offence and to act as the lawyers of the State in those matters.

The Supreme Court

Supreme Court Logo.

The Supreme Court of Lehmark shall first and foremost protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Lehmark - theoretically the Supreme Court is independent of the executive and legislative branches of Lehmark, however in reality there are heavy control measures and cannot be truly considered independent or without influence.

The Supreme Court of the Empire of Lehmark is one of the most important institutions of Lehmark, it is responsible for dispensing criminal, civil law and acting as a constitutional decree review board.[14]

Membership in the Supreme Court is made up of the Judicial Board and consists of the Chief Justice, two Justices and eight Magistrates.

The Chief Justice and Justices' adjudicate the most severe of criminal matters, complex civil cases, and act as a board of appeal or a constitutional decree review board. Four Magistrates of the Supreme Court preside over general civil cases and the other four Magistrates of the Supreme Court preside over less severe criminal cases.

The Magistrates are appointed by the Chief Justice for a five year term based on advice from the Department of Justice. The Justices and Chief Justice are appointed by the Emperor and Autocrat based on advice from the Department of Justice. The Emperor and Autocrat has the power and authority to reappoint anyone during their term and is able to ignore the advice of the Department of Justice and can theoretically appoint anyone he or she likes, so long as they have the relevant qualifications.

Crime and civil disputes are non-existent in Lehmark at this time and no case has ever been brought before the Supreme Court.

Role as a Constitutional Review Board

The Head of State is able to change the Constitution of Lehmark by issuing an Imperial Decree of a constitutional nature. However, before that Decree can be accepted into law, the Supreme Court made up of the Chief Justice and Justices must review the Decree to ensure that its text is not unconstitutional, harmful to the State or a Citizen of Lehmark[15]. Then the Chief Justice shall:

  • Chief Justice will initiate a Veto Voting Session during which the Decree shall be voted on by all three Justices, which if unanimous then the Decree will be considered vetoed at which time the Decree will be returned to the Head of State for alteration and re-submission[16]:
    • This said veto can be overridden by the Head of State, if deemed necessary for the continuance of a functioning government at which time the Decree in question will become law.
    • If a unanimous vote cannot be reached after three attempts, then the Decree will be considered accepted by the Supreme Court.
    • The Supreme Court must hold the Constitutional Decree Review within 7 days of the Imperial Decree being issued to the Supreme Court or the Decree will be automatically accepted into law.

Economy

Physical Silver of the Imperial Treasury.

The Empire of Lehmark has a small free market economy, promoted around the importation and exportation of physical products and the sale of low-cost services. Lehmark has managed to register a total of 5 companies. 1 privately owned by a Citizen, 2 by the Emperor and Autocrat and the final 2 are government owned. These companies have produced a profitable irregular flow of income into the Empire, and are slowly becoming busier overtime thus allowing expansion of the Economy of Lehmark. Commerce within Lehmark is currently defined by these companies.

Lehmark has two official currencies - Imperial Florin and Australian Dollar. Imperial Florin is primarily used for transactions taking place within the Empire and the Australian Dollar is used for business conducted outside the borders of Lehmark. To aid with the expansion of the currency Lehmark has had physical notes printed and made available for currency conversion via the Lehmark Foreign Exchange, the Imperial Government is currently looking into ways to allow Citizens to convert their Imperial Florins into Australian Dollars.

The company registered in Lehmark was Empire Holdings and Investments in July 2019 via Letters Patent, a wholly owned company with the Emperor and Autocrat acting as CEO. EHAI has gone through a number of changes since its original founding, as EHAI has tried to find its way through investing a micronational world. Currently it has settled on micro-investing through RAIZ, peer-to-peer lending through RateSetter and a Silver Saver Account through Lehmark Bullion Trading. On 16 May 2020, Empire Holdings and Investment and Lehmark Bullion Trading merged into Lehmark Investment Corporation, uniting the financial investment sector into one corporation. [17]

After the founding of the Imperial University, a student who graduated the University founded Lehmark's second company Lehmark, Lehmark Law & Associates[18] this is a private company focused on providing legal services and is headed by the first graduate of the Imperial University, Sir Peter Gumley. Lehmark Law & Associates represents a colossal leap forward for Lehmark in terms of currency as this business is the first professional business to be able to provide a service which has the option of payment by way of Imperial Florin[19].

The Lehmark Store was established as a government owned company and all profits are redirected into the State Treasury. So far the Company sold 1 mug and made $16.50AUD profit[20].

As Lehmark has developed an Silver Standard Currency, it also developed a bullion trade company, Lehmark Bullion Trading. The company specialises in the purchase and sale of 1oz coins and bars of 0.999 - 0.9999 fine silver. The company has also launched a e-commerce site and Facebook page. If clients register their email with Lehmark Bullion Trading they receive regular updates, sales and promotional offers. So far the company has made a sale, however, it has great potential. Analytical tracking of website data shows incredible traffic nearly 10 - 20 individual users visiting the site per day. Lehmark Bullion trading represents a chance for Lehmark to develop business contacts with external providers, and offer re-sale in Lehmark itself of these products, creating the chance for a market economy.[21]

On 23 February 2020, just under a month since the launch of Lehmark Bullion Trading, Lehmark registered its fifth company, Micronational Web Services. This service has been set up to aid other micronations in the design, maintenance and publishing of their websites. Surprisingly micronational web services is a decently sized gap in the wider micronational economy, and Lehmark has sought to fill that gap. Offering a low cost service. So far the company is undertaking projects for the Grand Duchy of Pikeland.[22]

Banking and Currency

The Imperial Bank of Lehmark, while formally an Agency of the Department of Treasury, acts as the largest and only legally mandated financial institution in Lehmark. The bank is able to offer accounting services, loan services and currency exchange. It has been set out in the Constitution that the Imperial Government formally owns the bank and it is impossible to sell off or privatise any aspect of the bank. This was done to ensure that the same banking situation as in Australia can never take place in Lehmark. In December 2019 Lehmark introduced a Imperial Decree on banking regulations. In summary, this Decree prevents the bank from charging any sort of fee, limits interest charged on loans and limits loan amounts. The Decree also set out the maximum amount a loan can be issued to a person based on their income, therefore preventing financial distress. A person on Universal Basic Income only is not eligible for a loan.[23]

At the end of September, Lehmark purchased an amount of silver and gold in order to rebuild the banking system around a precious metal backed currency. So far Lehmark has accumulated over 220oz of Silver October 2019.

The Lehmark Foreign Exchange was developed as part of the Imperial Bank's role in currency management. This allows Citizens and members of the public to actively converted their macronational currency into Imperial Florins. In March 2020 the Imperial Bank produced 4,224f of physical notes or 48 of each denominations, it is expected that the bank will triple the amount of physically held currency by the end of 2020 to nearly 15,000f. [24]

Foreign Policy

Logo of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In May 2019 Lehmark under the guidance of the Emperor and Autocrat founded the International Organisation of Micronational Cooperation as a way to get Micronations working together[25]. This was reformed into the Micronational Confederation in September of 2019, and granted a new Charter. In December 2019 the Micronational Confederation adopted a new Charter[26]. This new Charter provides the Micronational Confederation the authority to act as a supranational union. The Micronational Confederation also adopted a new flag and removed 8 inactive members. However at that same meeting 1 member state was accepted and this brought the total number of members states down to 5 from a high of 12[27].

The Micronational Confederation forms a major part of Lehmark's foreign policy, as a way for Lehmark to not only create new relations to also get other states working together. The Confederation also gives Lehmark an ability to build influence and reputation through independent means instead of through the regular channels, organisations and associations.

The Empire of Lehmark currently follows a policy of recognising all micronations as being legitimate countries and nation states. The Empire of Lehmark is currently open to accepting all Treaties of Mutual Recognition, Alliances and Economic Treaties which might be presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs[28].

Lehmark currently claims Lehmark Capital State, Kokoda State and the Imperial State of Armstrong as our constituent territory.

As for the matter of war, Lehmark views micronational wars to be completely pointless and contrary to the founding principles of Lehmark and therefore we will refuse to participate in any war, and will not recognise any war declared upon on Lehmark.[29]

Since leaving the GUM, Lehmark purposely tries to avoid associating with members of the Organisation as Lehmark views the majority of the Organisation and its members to be of a toxic environment due to a number of experiences suffered by Lehmark.[30]


Micronational Confederation

As a sovereign nation Lehmark belongs to a single micronational organisation, the Micronational Confederation.

The Empire of Lehmark, founded the Micronational Confederation (MC), and the primary purpose of the Confederation is to maintain peace and security between the various international Micronations and to that end take preventative measures and remove threats which would threaten this peace and security.

The Confederation has two branches the Chamber of Delegates and the Supreme Court. The President of the Confederation is the Head of the Confederation and Chamber of Delegates and has extensive authority attributed to the Office of President in order to ensure smooth running of the Confederation and ensure democratic processes of the Confederation remain un-corrupted.

Established Formal Relations

List of official recognised states via Treaty of Mutual Recognition/Alliance[31].

Education

Imperial University Logo.

The Department of Education was founded on 8 June 2019 as part of a Constitutional Reform. The primary function of the Department is to develop educational infrastructure and institutions within the Empire of Lehmark, this was to be done via the Imperial University.

Besides the founding and running of the University, the Department is also responsible for the Empire's Educational Policy and providing education related legislative suggestions as well as Education Reform suggestions to the Emperor and Autocrat.

The Imperial University of Lehmark was officially opened on 14 August 2019 and begun offering Degrees in Imperial Law of Lehmark. Later that month the University was able to offer Degrees in Human Rights of Lehmark.

Since its founding the Department of Education has lead the way for many changes within the University, including now the acceptance of the Imperial Florin as a payment option, thus opening educational opportunity even further. This also has the secondary bonus of providing another service in which the Imperial Florin is accepted as a payment option. [32]

The Imperial University of Lehmark

The Imperial University of Lehmark was founded on 14 August 2019 via Imperial Decree published by His Imperial Majesty William the first, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark and was done so in accordance with Basic Right 17 - The Right to Access Basic Services. It is a firm belief of the Empire and His Imperial Majesty that education is one of the if not the most important institution and service a country or nation can make available to her people.[33]

Legal Studies are the main education currently provided, and this will ensure that Lehmark has a cadre of well educated lawyers, magistrates' and professionals which can serve the Empire and the Imperial Government.

Since its opening in August 2019 the University has had 1 graduate, who graduated in both Degrees which under Lehmark law means this person is a comprehensive lawyer and is legally allowed to practise law. This graduate went on to found Lehmark Law & Associates, Lehmark's first law firm.

The University Library has been designed so that students of the Imperial University of Lehmark have access to greater amounts of information and other resources so that they can complete their studies in their chosen fields. The University Library is currently only open to Students of the University, who are provided with a link to the Library once their enrolment is completed.[34]

Administrative Divisions

The Empire of Lehmark is made up of three States, Lehmark Capital State, Kokoda State and the Imperial State of Armstrong.

Imperial Decree XXXIII - On Land Administration and Governance, provided the legal foundation for administrative principles that had already been established. The most important legal principle this Decree established was that Lehmark is a unitary state, and thus any and all Imperial Decrees, Policies and Regulations of Lehmark are to be evenly enforced throughout the Empire.

The Decree also more clearly defined the relationship between the States of the Empire and the central administration. This was primarily done by reiterating statements already present in the Constitution.

In Lehmark title of nobility are Constitutionally recognised, however, nobility in the Empire have no power or authority, and they exist purely as an honorary title. The titles recognised are namely:

  • Duke/Duchess
  • Count/Countess
  • Baron/Baroness

States of Lehmark

Name Pop. Area (m²) Establishment Ruler of State Sub-Region Noble of Sub-Region Capital of State State Map
Lehmark Capital State[35] 2 100 19 April 2019 William Lehman I, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark N/A N/A
  • Lehmark City
Lehmark Capital State.png
Kokoda State[36] 2 117 20 June 2019 William Lehman I, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark N/A N/A
  • Kokoda City
Kokoda State.png
Imperial State of Armstrong[37] 1 95 29 August 2019 William Lehman I, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark County of Armstrong Peter Gumley, Count of Armstrong
  • Armstrong City
Imperial State of Armstrong.png
Imperial COA.

Lehmark Capital State

Lehmark Capital State was the initial territory claimed by the Empire of Lehmark, and made up the entirety of the Empire until the annexation of Kokoda State and the Imperial State of Armstrong.

Lehmark Capital State is located in Northfield, South Australia and is currently home to the Emperor and Autocrat and the Imperial Family.

Because Lehmark Capital State is the capital of the Empire of Lehmark it is also home to the entirety of the Imperial Bureaucracy, and thus is responsible for providing the majority of the functionality of the Empire.

Besides being an important administrative centre, Lehmark Capital State is also home to the Imperial Gardens, an important pot plant development spearheaded by the Emperor and Autocrat and maintained by the Department of Environmental Protection[38].

Kokoda State

Kokoda State was annexed into the Empire of Lehmark by way of Treaty between the Citizens of the Residence and the Government of Lehmark on 20 June 2019.

Kokoda State is located in Darra, Queensland and is currently home to two Citizens of the Empire of Lehmark. A Citizen of Kokoda State served as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and proved to be instrumental in aiding the development of the Court System of Lehmark.

The State has no Noble Lands and is fully possessed by the Empire.

The State supports a large percentage of vegetation and greenery in the Empire and thus home to many of the Empire's trees. and native wildlife. Most of the wildlife includes birds of various species which come to visit the trees. [39].

Imperial State of Armstrong

Imperial State of Armstrong was annexed into the Empire of Lehmark by way of Treaty between the Citizen of the Residence and the Government of Lehmark on 29 August 2019.

Imperial State of Armstrong is located in Armstrong Creek, Victoria and is home to the Count of Armstrong. The State contains the Noble Lands of the County of Armstrong and Imperial Lands of the Empire.

The Count of Armstrong is well known for his planting and vegetation development and has installed many vegetable boxes in the County, and vegetables grown include: beans, peas, cucumbers, staking tomatoes whilst seasonally the beds will grow various salad greens, carrots, onions, garlic, capsicums, cabbage. The County also includes a number of pot plants, mostly herbs and self sufficient geraniums.

Besides vegetable works the Count of Armstrong prides himself on his Freemasonry and tries to live by those beliefs and principles, namely, truth, brotherly love and charity.[40].

Demographics

Disclaimer: All statistics were taken from the Annual Statistical Report August 2019 and Lehmark may have gained or lost citizens and demographics may have shifted.[41]

Lehmark currently has 21 citizens. 5 of whom currently live within the borders of Lehmark.

Religion

Out of those who responded to the 2019 Census. 5 reported 'No Religion'. 1 reported 'Atheist'. 2 reported 'Christian'. 1 reported 'Star Seed'. 1 reported 'Wicca'.[42]

No Religion – is the largest majority. However this simply explains that someone does not belong to an organised religion, this does not imply that someone doesn't believe in a deity.

Ultimately the Empire of Lehmark is currently a secular nation where full Freedom of Religion is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Ethnicity

Out of those who responded to the 2019 Census. 6 reported 'Caucasian, English, Australian'. 1 reported 'Global'. 2 reported 'Greek'. 1 reported 'Irish-Scottish'.[42]

The Census revealed that Lehmark is dominated by predominately Caucasian persons.

Language

Out of those who responded to the 2019 Census. 9 reported 'English'. 1 reported 'Vulgar'. 2 reported 'Greek'.[42]

English is the dominate language of Lehmark. English is the official language of Lehmark. As Greek is the largest minority language, Lehmark should move to make it a recognised minority language.

Environment

Imperial Gardens with Visible Plants of the Greenery Initiative.

Fossil fuels and gas plants are banned, Lehmark will get her electricity from renewable sources, with more emphasis placed on solar power as wind turbines tend to use large amounts of oil to sustain. Nuclear plants will not be allowed. Burning garbage as they do in Ethiopia (which produces very little CO2 and very little waste (as what waste is produced is turned into building materials)), is an option which is being explored as it will help reduce the amount of waste in the oceans.[43]

The Emperor and Autocrat believes that the protection of the environment is one of the biggest issues facing humanity. That is why the Emperor and Autocrat has sent a letter to the President of Brazil, demanding action be taken regarding the amazon rainforest fires and asking for action to prevent the clearing and destruction of amazon tribes. He also sent a letter to the President of China demanding more action be taken against those illegally producing CFC gasses, which destroy the ozone layer.[44]

Greenery Initiative

In June 2019 the Emperor announced the Greenery Initiative. Which is an initiative which shall bring in over 15 plants into Lehmark. They will be of a potted variety and shall be placed both inside and outside the Imperial Residence. The goal of the initiative is to help reduce carbon dioxide output and increase the amount of clean oxygen in the air. The Emperor and Autocrat hopes that the increased greenery will also aid in helping to decrease the stress and depression of Lehmark's citizens and thus help improve the citizens' health and mental well being.[45]

As of 19 January 2020, all of the previously purchased plants of the Initiative, had died. However, the Emperor and Autocrat generously provided the funds in order to fund Greenery Initiative 2.0 and purchase 4 new plants. The Department of treasury was able to allocate enough funds to purchase new potting mix and new pots.

DOEP Bulletins

The Department of Environmental Protection (DOEP) has begun writing and distributing monthly Bulletins in order to raise awareness about the micronational environment of Lehmark and the macronational environment of continental Australia[46].

The Bulletins will be focused around:

  • Veggie Patches
  • Residential Waste Management
  • Plastics Waste
  • Pollution Issues

Citizens will automatically receive a Bulletin into their registered email address on the 11th of every month.

Culture

National Holidays/Events

Official Lehmark Calendar

  • 1 January - New Years Day
  • 19 April - Independence Day
  • 20 April - Constitution Day
  • 19 July - Lehmark Day
  • 20 August - The Imperial Cats Birthday
  • 31 August - The Emperor and Autocrat's Birthday.
  • 30 September - Coronation Day
  • 24 December - Christmas Eve
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 31 December - New Years Eve

National Sport

The current national sport of Lehmark is Reformer Pilates. The Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark is currently undertaking an education in the Pilates Method to become a Qualified Reformer Instructor, and fully believes in the health benefits of the methods.

Traditional Pilates Reformer.

Brief Description - As Mentioned on Wikipedia

In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's stability. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.

National Animal

Currently the national animal of Lehmark is the black cat. The Emperor and Autocrat owns a black cat by the name of Toby.

Typical black cat.

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