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Empire of Quailia
| Empire of Quailia |
Veritas nos Ducet Aeternum
Truth Leads Us Forever
Quailia, Here's to thee
|North America |
|Capital city||Capital District|
|- Empress||HIM Eleanore I|
|- Chancellor||His Excellency the Honorable Field Marshal Admiral Sir Benedict Baughman, KCIOQ, GCOP|
|Established||11 September 2012|
|Area claimed||~60,000 sq mi|
(not including subjects living abroad)
|Patron saint||John Paul II|
Quailia, officially the Empire of Quailia, is a micronation located in North America and Antarctica.
The name 'Quailia' originates from Quail Creek, a small creek located in what is now Qualia's capital district.
Quailia was originally formed due to efforts of siblings Benedict and Brigid Baughman, who had both taken an interest in micronationalism. Both siblings undertook substantial research on micronations before making the decision to form one of their own. Quailia was officially founded on September 11, 2012, a day which is now commemorated as a national holiday in contemporary Quailia. Benedict Baughman becomes Quailia's first Chancellor, whilst Brigid Baughman became Empress. The Empire's first citizens were the immediate family of the two siblings, though the later acquisition of the provinces of Lionsgate, Wunderbar, Ort and Market Snodsbury exponentially increased the number of Quailian citizens.
Prior to the acquisition of these provinces, though, there was a small war, as of yet the only one in which Quailian forces have been deployed. A neighbouring micronation, of which the name is forgotten, declared war on Quailia, and at the same time attacked a Quailian border patrol. Over the course of six minutes, the Quailian military gained the upper hand against their adversaries, and the war was brought to a swift conclusion. The ruler of the enemy micronation abdicated, and Benedict Baughman, who was next in line of secession, due to the enemy ruler being his own brother, assumed the throne. Peace has prevailed since then, though the other micronation has reached such a state of inactivity that can it can reasonably be assumed to be defunct.
Soon thereafter, there was a profound scandal involving the kidnapping of the Empress' favourite stuffed-animal, Swirly. After long and drawn out judicial proceedings, the only instance of such in all of Quailian history, the kidnapper was convicted and the kidnapped was returned to its lawful owner. Around this time, the Empress Brigid changed her name to Empress Eleanore I, on the sole pretext of wanting to be a "cool empress."
Quailia saw further territorial expansion soon after this crisis, with the annexation of Solacia as a province. What's more, a revision to the Constitution was approved by the Assembly in February 2014.
The next event worthy of note occurred on October 22, 2014, when Fingland officially became a province of Quailia. This greatly increased Quailia's population, with Fingland having a population of seven. But it also posed a problem to the usual system of governance for the Quailian provinces. The landowner would be the one making all the decisions, with the title of Baron(ess). In the case of Fingland, the landowner didn't want to be troubled with it and actually revoked his title of Baron. Instead, Fingland elected a governor. The first governor wasn't much interested in Quailia either, so after only about a month of holding the position, she lost it in the next election to Colonel Christopher Woods, who assumed the responsibilities of the Governorship immediately. Among Colonel Woods' other responsibilities were Secretary of Defence, Official Finglandic correspondent for the Quailian Post, Finglandic Judge, Commander of the Fingland Terratorial Defence Unit, and Representative for Fingland in the Assembly.
In February of 2015, Chancellor Baughman and Colonel Woods founded the Equestrian Order of Saint Thomas, a chivalric order for Catholic micronationalists. The first to join was King Connor of Mallanor, followed by King Paolo Emilio of Trebia, King George of Columba Pictorum, and King Oscar of Ruthenia.
History of Fingland
The idea for Fingland first occurred to the Woods family on late August 10, 2014, due to a Skype chat with Benedict Baughman. Because it was already late, plans for Fingland were put off for the next day. On August 11, things began swimmingly. The original plans were to have Fingland (though it wasn't called anything, then) declare independence when all was ready, and shortly afterward ally with Quailia. So the first job was to find a name for the new micronation. Among the dozens proposed, the only one remembered is Empire of Oak Mansion (this is probably a good thing, sense most of the names proposed were totally abhorrent). After the population voted on which was their favourite, Fingland was finally settled on, despite Christopher Woods being put off about the rejection of Oak Mansion. It was just then that the War of Finglandic Independence took place. This war did not involve Quailia's military, because Fingland was at the moment an independent nation. It was longer then the Six Minute War, the battle lasting nearly twenty minutes and the tension lasting for days after. But as the Fingland supporters outnumbered the USA supporters 2-1, there was never any question as to who would win. The citizens then tried to design a flag for Fingland, but it was never finished. Unfortunately, it is impossible to rediscover the exact colouring of Fingland's original flag. Fingland's present flag was designed months later. Before the day was over, it was decided that Fingland would, instead of being independent, become a province of Quailia. This choice has proved to be profitable for both parties.
Quailia's North American portion, which includes Capital District, is enclaved by the United States.
Capital District contains many Quailian places of interest, including the Capitol Building, which serves as seat for the Assembly, Quailia Square, which serves as the country's main city square, gardens, the 6-Minute War Memorial, the Imperial Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, the Imperial Library, and the Imperial Currency Museum.
Lionsgate Territory is enclaved by the US state of Colorado. It is mainly agricultural land and is the largest producer of hay in the country.
Quailia has four provinces: the Province of Market Snodsbury, the Province of Wunderbar Ort, the Province of Solacia, and the Province of Fingland. Within Market Snodsbury is Port Hornblower, which contains an Imperial Navy base.
Quailia also has one colony, Penguinia, which is located in coastal East Antarctica, near Wilhelm II Land.
Quailia is a presidential constitutional monarchy. The Empress is the hereditary head of state, and the legislature is the Assembly. The Chancellor is head of the executive underneath the Empress, and oversees the execution of laws. Despite not being a member of the Assembly, the Chancellor can be removed by the Assembly by a motion of no confidence. The assembly doubles as a legislature and and an advisory council for the Chancellor. The judicial system of Quailia has local courts for each of the territories, which are superseded by the High Judge, who rules on cases concerning constitutional law and appeals from territorial courts.
Quailia's chief exports are hay from Lionsgate and educational services. Quailia is committed to free trade and imposes no duties or tariffs. Quailia describes itself as a "tax haven", and the national treasury accepts donations to offset the lack of taxes. Some donors receive the Order of Prosperity from the Chancellor for their donations.
Quailia's military has fought only once, during the Six Minute War. It is quite small consisting only of a total of five people altogether. A fourth branch, the Imperial Engineers, was once included, but was merged with the Army. The present Secretary of Defence has not made any improvements to the Military since the beginning of his time in office.
The official Military anthem is "The Minstrel Boy," an English folk song.
Quailia's culture is highly influenced by the Catholic faith of the vast majority of the citizens. Nearly each branch of the government has a patron saint, as well as St John Paul II, patron of the whole Empire. Major Christian feasts such as Easter and Christmas are treated as holidays, with the height of the celebration for most Quailians being going to church.
Other Quailian holidays are purely civil. Among these are the Empress' birthday, Founders' Day (September 11), Flag Day (when Quailia's present flag was accepted), and Quailian Thanksgiving. The last is the Friday after American Thanksgiving. There were two reasons for shifting it: 1) there are always so many leftovers that the next day is nearly the same, food-wise, at least, and 2) all Quailians give thanks that they stay home and are not caught up in the rush of Black Friday shoppers.
The national food of Quailia is pork tenderloin with pomegranate sauce.
The national bird, is, of course, the quail, though they are not native to any part of Quailia's claims.
Fingland's culture is worth mentioning to point out these dissimilarities with the rest of Quailia. The Finglandic people are all Byzantine Catholic, and while in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, have different traditions. Fingland's culture is also heavily influenced by the Celts, in particular the Gaels of Scotland. Two of Fingland's inhabitants speak Scottish Gaelic with some certainty.