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 city Imperial City
Official language(s) English
Official religion(s) Secular
Short name Lehmark
Demonym Lehmarkian
Government Monarchy
- Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark William Lehman
Established 19 April 2019
Area claimed 312m2
Population 18
Currency Imperial Florin
GDP (nominal) $1086.76 2019
GDP Per Capita = $72.45
National sport Pilates
National animal Black Cat
Observer State of the Grand Unified Micronational
President of the Micronational Confederation

https://sites.google.com/view/lehmark

 

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

The Empire was founded by the Emperor and Autocrat William of Lehmark on 19 April 2019. The Empire was founded to become the global beacon for just and legitimate governance, enlightenment and social progression.

William Lehman, is the Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark and is granted autocratic powers by the Constitution of the Empire. The Constitution also contains a vast Bill of Rights in order to protect the Rights of her Citizens.

Etymology

The name Lehmark comes from the first part of the Emperor and Autocrat 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.

Officially the 'Lehmark' can refer to the entire Empire, including the various States, Territories and Colonies that make up the Empire, there is no legal distinction.

History/Timeline of Major Events

On 19 April 2019 through Imperial Decree I founded the Empire and on 20 April 2019, Imperial Decree II established the Constitution.

On 30 May 2019 Imperial Decree XIII was released and gave the Empire a vast and well established Bill of Rights.

On 31 May 2019 Imperial Decree XIV announced that the Empire was undertaking a review of the entire Constitution. The review was a success and removed some inconsistencies and potential issues from the Constitution.

On 14 June 2019 the Constitutional Reform was completed. The Judiciary Branch of the government was completely redesigned to help reduce its complexity and allow it to grow as the Empire does.

On June 20, 2019 it was announced by the Emperor and Autocrat that the Empire of Lehmark had annexed territory in Darra, Queensland, Australia.

On 14 August 2019, the Imperial University of Lehmark announced it was accepting enrolments for Degrees in Imperial Law of Lehmark and Human Rights of Lehmark

On 29 August 2019 the Empire annexed the Imperial State of Armstrong in Victoria, Australia

During the month of September 2019, the Empire undertook an extensive 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 1g of Gold and 8oz of Silver to provide the Imperial Florin with real world value

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.

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

The Principles of Absolutism and Autocracy are clearly 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

In the Empire of Lehmark there is no Parliament, or any sort of election, or political party. Interestingly in the Constitution there is no mention of a separate "Head of Government" implying that the Head of State is ultimately both, it 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, a major power.

Theoretically it could be said that the Emperor and Autocrat is a constitutional monarch due to his powers being so clearly outlined 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:

  • 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 are things 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 large array of services for each citizen, those wanting to join and foreign governments and businesses.

The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs functions as the public service department of the Empire, and thus offers the following services, to current and potential citizens:

Citizenship Enquiries:

  • Application for a Citizenship
  • Issues relating to a past or present application
  • Issues with invoicing/Application Form

Licensing Enquiries:

  • Application for a Drivers Licence
  • Issues relating to a past or present licence
  • Problems relating to your supplied information/photo

Passports Enquiries:

  • Application for a Passport
  • Issues relating to a past or present Passport
  • Problems relating to your supplied information/photo

The Empire is also currently developing Civil and Criminal Law Codes.

The Head of Law Enforcement will be the Chief Police Commissioner who will work closely with the Department of Internal Affairs and the Department of Justice.

The Department of Treasury

The Department of Treasury of the Empire of Lehmark is one of the most important Department's in the Empire and is responsible for the most important financial aspects of the Empire. This includes:

  • Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the Annual Budget
  • Responsible for taxation policy
  • Responsible for economic policy, fiscal policy, market regulation
  • An Agency of the Department is the Imperial Bank of Lehmark:
    • The Imperial Bank of Lehmark will be responsible for:
    • Providing Savings, Checking and Deposit Accounts and Providing loans to citizens and Businesses of the Empire
    • The Imperial Bank of Lehmark will be wholly owned by the State; the Imperial Bank of Lehmark is unable to be sold off or privatized.
    • The Imperial Florin (f) is hereby established and shall be the official currency of the Empire. Its value is linked to the Empire's gold and silver stocks.

Currently the Empire is very focused on the development of her internal economy, and so a large amount of pressure has been put on the Department to carry out the necessary development and changes.

The Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Empire of Lehmark is responsible for the following:

  • Foreign policy
  • Foreign relations
  • Foreign aid
  • Consular services
  • Trade and investment

The main responsibility of the Department is to obviously develop and maintain good relations with other micronations.

The Department of Education

The Department of Education has a fundamental importance within the Empire and that is to provide education to the entire Empire's population. It is the newest Department of the Empire and was created on 8 June 2019.

The early stages of the Department will be to establish infrastructure, primarily the foundation of the Imperial University of Lehmark, whose first Degree offered will be in Human Rights. Besides this the Department is also charged with:

  • Ensuring a basic education is provided to the entirety of the Empire's population
  • Responsible for the Empire's Educational Policy and providing education related legislative suggestions as well as Education Reform suggestions to the Head of State.
  • The Imperial University of Lehmark is expected to be fully functioning and offering 5 Degrees by the end of 2021

The Department of Environmental Protection

The Department is primarily charged with creating and maintaining an Environmental Protection Policy, however its responsibilities also include:

  • Responsible for policies specifically regarding, plastic waste, recycling, green energy and ocean protection
  • Responsible for making legislative suggestion to the Head of State regarding environmental protection

The Department of Armed Forces

The Department of Armed Forces is key for the Empire's national security, and thus it is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Conscription of all able bodied and sound of mind men and women of citizen class aged 18 and over but under 65 to a maximum of 100 Imperial Soldiers. They shall form the Imperial Army of Lehmark.
  • Responsible for training and drilling of troops
  • Responsible for weapon supply and ammunition control.

The Department of Justice

The Department of Justice of Lehmark is one of the more complex government departments and has the widest jurisdiction out of all the Departments, however this jurisdiction is only focused around the legal system and the Supreme Court.

The Department of Justice is made up of the Office of the Attorney-General, who is also the Head of the Department of Justice and the Offices of the Chief Public Prosecutor, who acts for the Empire in criminal cases and prosecutes the defendants in these matters, the Department is also intertwined with the functionality of the Supreme Court, but in no way controls it.

The Department's primary function is the enforcement of law, and administration of Justice. The Department of Justice is responsible for the enforcement and administering the many areas of Civil and Imperial Law.

Justice

It is hoped in the future that the Empire will be able to develop a Criminal and Law Code in order to better coordinate judicial sentencing and behaviour, for the meantime the Empire is to function on the basis of common law - law of the judges.

In the early days the Empire had an appellate court system outlined in the Constitution with provisions for Magistrate Courts, District Courts and the Supreme Court, and finally the Emperor and Autocrat as the final Court of Appeal. However, in the early days of the Empire this system proved much too complicated and too hard to staff, and therefore it was decided to review the Constitution and to reduce the complexity of the systems, and this meant only having the Supreme Court and the Emperor and Autocrat still as the final Court of Appeal. This system has proved much easier to maintain and thus considered a good reform.

The Justice System also consists of the Agency of Chief Public Prosecutor, which is an Agency of the Department of Justice and 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

The Supreme Court of the Empire shall first and foremost protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens of the Empire - theoretically the Supreme Court is independent of the Executive and Legislative branches of the Empire, 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 the Empire, it is responsible for dispensing criminal and civil law as well as acting a Constitutional Decree Review Board.

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' preside over the most heinous of crimes committed in the Empire, complex civil cases, as a Board of Appeal or a Constitutional Decree Review Board and four Magistrates of the Supreme Court preside over civil cases and the other four preside over 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 the Empire at this time and no case has ever been brought before the Supreme Court.

Economy

The Empire of Lehmark has a small economy focused on the finance and investment sector. The official currency is the Imperial Florin and the Australian Dollar is an official second currency.

The Empire does have a Imperial Gift Shop which is established as a government owned company and all profits are redirected into the State Treasury.

The Imperial Bank of Lehmark while formally an Agency of the Department of Treasury, it acts as the largest and only legally mandated financial institution in the Empire, offering accounting 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.

The first company registered in the Empire was done so by Letters Patent on 11 July 2019. The company registered was Empire Holdings and Investment, a wholly owned company with the Emperor and Autocrat as CEO. As of 13 July 2019, the CEO and another Citizen have invested $1000AUD in shares and assets.

Foreign Policy

In May 2019 the Emperor and Autocrat announced the Founding of the International Organisation of Micronational Cooperation as a way to get Micronations working together. This was reformed into the Micronational Confederation in September of 2019 to provide the means for a stronger supranational union.

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.

The Empire currently claims Lehmark Capital State, Kokoda State and Imperial State of Armstrong as our constituent territory. The Empire plans to make territorial expansions and ensure they are in accordance with the GUM Charter.

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

Lehmark's Influence

Lehmark is currently not very influential in the community, and previous errors have caused some to hold a negative opinion of the Empire.

The Empire is renewing efforts to make friends in the wider-community and to increase our participation in the wider-community.

Such as:

  • Becoming involved in the Micronational Workshop Development
  • Meeting with other micronational Heads of State
  • Becoming more active in Micronational Organisations
  • Becoming more involved in Micronational Groups on Facebook

It is hoped that these actions can increase the influence of the Empire, or at the very least, help to rebuild opinion.

Allies of the Empire

Education

The Department of Education manages education throughout the Empire. The Empire views education to be a Basic Service that everyone should have equal access to.

The Department of Education has a fundamental importance within the Empire and that is to provide education to the entire Empire's population. It is the newest Department of the Empire and was created on 8 June 2019.

The early stages of the Department will be to establish infrastructure, primarily the foundation of the Imperial University of Lehmark, whose first Degree offered will be in Human Rights. Besides this the Department is also charged with:

  • Ensuring a basic education is provided to the entirety of the Empire's population
  • Responsible for the Empire's Educational Policy and providing education related legislative suggestions as well as Education Reform suggestions to the Head of State.

The Imperial University of Lehmark

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.

In the future the University hopes to offer Degrees in History of Lehmark, Lehmarkian Philosophy and On The Emperor and Autocrat.

As of 2 October 2019, the University has 2 students enrolled in both Law and Human Rights Degrees.

Administrative Divisions

According to Imperial Decree XXXIII - On Land Administration and Governance, the Empire of Lehmark's States and Administration are set up as follows:

  • Territory annexed into the Empire with lands granted to a noble will be called “Imperial States”.
    • Current States holding this status:
      • Imperial State of Armstrong
  • Territory annexed into the Empire with no noble lands, shall be called “States”.
    • Current States holdings this status:
      • Town of Kokoda – which is now renamed Kokoda State
  • The Imperial Capital shall now be renamed Lehmark Capital State

Lehmark is a Unitary State. Meaning that no previous or future States will have any devolved powers of legislative or governing capacity. The Imperial Government maintains full power and authority to enforce laws, decrees and regulations throughout the Empire, as outlined in the Constitution.

The purpose of this Decree is to allow better administration of the Empire.

Nobles and their lands present in Imperial States, will still have no no governing, executive, judicial powers, as outlined in the Constitution.

Lands granted to the nobility are still legally belonging to the Empire of Lehmark, as outlined in the Constitution.

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 2 100 19 April 2019 William Lehman I, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark N/A N/A
  • Imperial City and Palace of Lehmark
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Kokoda State 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 1 95 29 August 2019 William Lehman I, Emperor and Autocrat of Lehmark County of Armstrong Peter Gumley, Count of Armstrong
  • Armstrong County
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Lehmark Capital State

Lehmark Capital State is currently the Capital State of the Empire of Lehmark and is home to the Imperial City and Place which currently hosts the Emperor and Autocrat as well as the Imperial Family.

Kokoda State

Kokoda State is a state located in Darra, Queensland and was annexed on 20 June 2019. It is currently home to two citizens.

Imperial State of Armstrong

The Imperial State of Armstrong is a state located in Victoria, Australia and was annexed on 29 August 2019. Currently the Imperial State is divided between the Empire of Lehmark and the County of Armstrong, land controlled by the Count of Armstrong, Peter Gumley.

It is worth noting that the County of Armstrong is still land fully owned by the Empire and could be revoked at any time. The Count of Armstrong holds no formal powers and cannot enact laws, taxes etc. It is purely an honorary title.

Demographics

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

The Empire currently has 18 citizens. 5 of whom currently live within the borders of the Empire.

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'.

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, however, religion currently plays no part in the governance of the Empire. Religious iconography might be used, however, this is primarily do to the "tradition" of the iconography.

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'.

The Census revealed that the Empire is dominated by predominately caucasian persons. The Empire needs to make some efforts towards becoming more ethnically diverse. However, as the Empire is based on the continent of Australia, its not really a surprising result.

Language

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

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

Environment

Fossil Fuels and Gas Plants are also banned, The Empire 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 for obvious reasons and hydro plants won't be allowed either as they take precious water from the environment. 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.

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, Clearing and Destruction of 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.

Greenery Initiative

In June 2019 the Emperor announced the Greenery Initiative. Which is an Initiative which shall bring in over 15 plants into the Empire. 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 the Empire's citizens and thus help improve the Citizens' health and mental well being.

As at 2 October 2019, 8 out of the goal of 15 plants have been brought into the Empire, however, it is expected 2 or 3 plants may have to be replaced as they have not coped with the recent storms.

Culture

National Holidays/Events

  • 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

While not technically a sport, the current National Sport of the Empire 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. Originally the Emperor and Autocrat always wanted a dog, but living in the property at the time the landlord would not allow a dog to be at the property, therefore the Emperor and Autocrat chose a Black Cat after an visiting numerous animal shelters and adoption agencies.

The Emperor and Autocrat has owned Toby since he was 6 weeks old, he is now 1 year old.

Typical Black Cat.