Empire of New Winterdown
| Eternal Empire of New Winterdown |
|Capital city||Beacon City, New Winterdown Region|
|Largest city||Beacon City, New Winterdown Region|
|- Emperor||James Reginald Frisch|
|Population||8 (as of 2012 census)|
|National animal||Domesticated Cat|
The Eternal Empire of New Winterdown was a micronation and an Autonomous Member State in the Würtige Empire founded on the 14th January, 2012 by Emperor James I. It was located within the English Midlands. At the time of its dissolution, it consisted of four Regions: New Winterdown Region, Greater New Winterdown Region, Civetia Region, and Novadal Autonomous Region. On the 18th December, 2014, the Emperor officially announced his intention to dismantle New Winterdown, and 4 days later, the Beaconite Empire succeeded it.
The name 'New Winterdown' has no relevance or meaning, and no clear etymology. It is assumed at the name was produced by a random name generator.
The Undeclared Diarchal Empire of New Winterdown (Early 2012)
New Winterdown was founded by James Frisch, following his investigation into the idea of building an island and claiming its sovereignty. After researching into the matter and discovering micronationalism, he founded the Undeclared Diarchal Empire of New Winterdown and crowned himself Emperor. New Winterdown was originally founded as a Diarchy, with his friend Susanoo as the other Emperor, but with Susanoo's inactivity and lack of contribution, Frisch established a monarchy and renamed the Empire to the Eternal Empire of New Winterdown. Susanoo responded by founding the Empire of Ancient Shadowual, a nation with land claims bordering New Winterdown. The two nations signed a treaty for co-operation and non-aggression. Emperor James I created various legal and Roman-inspired cultural objects during this time, including a flag, a rudimentary constitution, a national calendar, a currency, and various national symbols, very few of which remained in use beyond that time. New Winterdown was at that point a highly secessionist micronation with unrealistic goals, including but not limited to extrasolar claims, but these extreme aims also subsided eventually.
Nemkhavia and the Ancient Shadowuali aggression (Mid 2012)
Upon joining the micronational community, Frisch had received a message offering membership in the Nemkhav Federation, and he applied for an observership. Around this time, Susanoo extended Ancient Shadowual's land claim to encompass a large part of New Winterdown, including the capital. The Emperor responded by taking advantage of an Article from their treaty, and requested that experienced members of the community vote in a poll concerning who the land belonged to. New Winterdown won this vote with only one opponent. Many people, including the heads of both nations, regarded the debacle as rather childish, but found it necessary in order to protect the sovereignties of the nations.
Frisch decided that New Winterdown needed to break off the treaty with Ancient Shadowual in order to remove any obligations to them; however, he wished to do it within the confines of the law, and the only way to do that would be to wait for its expiration date to pass. New Winterdown joined the Nemkhav Federation a few days after the Ancient Shadowuali events. This was done in part to break the treaty, as Member States could not control foreign affairs, but also in order to bring New Winterdown more closely into the micronational community and for Frisch to learn how to run an efficient serious micronation. Regardless, New Winterdownese citizens expressed a desire to leave the Nemkhav Federation, and after a referendum New Winterdown amicably left the Nemkhav Federation.
The Confederate States of Prosperity and the Würtige Empire (Late 2012-Late 2014)
New Winterdown was able to run its own foreign affairs again, and as well as reestablish relations with other nations, it also became a part of the trade association PROSP-R. Ancient Shadowual was reestablished as a more peaceful nation known as Novadal, and a New Winterdown Senate was formed. PROSP-R led into secret talks concerning an at-that-point unnamed federation, which on August 12 of 2012 became officially became the Confederate States of Prosperity. Both New Winterdown and Novadal joined as States. Frisch was the main source of activity in New Winterdown, though with his attention focused more primarily on the running of the Confederate States, the Senate became inactive, and New Winterdown with it.
The Confederate States slowly became inactive, and on the 10th of December, 2012, it was dismantled. Daenningas Burnham and Nolland became Autonomous Member States of the Würtige Empire, whereas New Winterdown and Freedomia opted for independence. The other two states, Agnorr and Novadal, became a part of Nolland and New Winterdown respectively. New Winterdown and the Würtige Empire maintained strong and healthy relations, with many Würtige citizens serving in the Senate (later renamed to the Imperial Assembly) and New Winterdown supporting the Würtige Empire in the Freihetian Aggressions. New Winterdown made multiple attempts to encourage activity and involve citizens. One such attempt was making a cartoon chicken Emperor and passing other deliberately silly and satirical laws in an attempt to interest citizens. Some actually did become interested, but not as many as hoped, and it was decided that this decision hindered progress more than it did help, and as a result any laws through that period were unmade.
Eventually, New Winterdown decided to join the Würtige Empire, as their shared history and diplomatic involvement led to them being highly close anyway, and New Winterdown's inactivity meant that it could achieve very little alone. Activity still did not increase, and New Winterdown remained inactive for the better part of a year. An attempt at a reform eventually led to the Emperor announcing his intention to show that the Eternal Empire of New Winterdown was inaccurately named, and to dissolve it. On the 22nd of December, 2014, New Winterdown was officially disestablished, and the Beaconite Empire (named after the capital, Beacon City) took its place.
Government and politics
The Imperial Assembly of the Empire of New Winterdown was the main legislative body of the Empire. Before its dissolution, it had 5 members.
- James R. Frisch: Emperor, New Winterdown Region Leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Richard Hytholoday: Minister of Culture
- Thomas Cassidy: Minister of Defence
- Susanoo Rusakova: Novadal Region Leader
- Yurt Kyong-Yon: Minister of Internal Affairs