Empire of Sonora

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Empire of Sonora
Imperio de Sonora (Español)
Sonoran Empire

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Coat of Arms

Motto
Sun, Prosperity, and Freedom Shall Forever Shine On The Bear
Anthem
"I Love You, Sonora"
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Aerial view of Marxia and Shaoshan City
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Capital city Shaoshan
Largest city Shaoshan
Official language(s) None, English(de facto)
Demonym Sonoran
Government Electoral monarchy with decentralized government
- Emperor HIM Titus II
- President of the Imperial Diet Edward Morton
Legislature Imperial Diet (unofficial; advisory only):
Council of Ministers
Council of States
Council of Municipalities
Constituent Assembly
- Type - tetracameral
- Number of seats - 28
Council of Ministers: 7
Council of States: 5
Council of Municipalities: 6
Constituent Assembly: 10
- Last election - August 9, 2017
Established December 4, 2016 (independence from Shaoshan)
May 5, 2016 (as Shaoshanian state)
April 6, 2012 (official)
Population 60
Currency State Credit
Time zone Shaoshan Standard Time (UTC -8)
National dish Bean and Cheese Burritos
National drink Mountain Dew
National animal Black Bear
Patron saint General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
This nation is a member of the Union Against Micronational War and signatory of the Treaty of Universal Non-Aggression

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Sonora, officially the Empire of Sonora (Spanish: Imperio de Sonora), or informally, the Sonoran Empire, is a autonomous micronation founded and located in northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is governed on the practice of being independent from the United States and its home state of California while also being very prideful in its origins. Sonora is a electoral constitutional monarchy with a participatory parliamentary democracy and a strong sense of community. It was formed immediately following an assembly vote to dissolve its predecessor, Shaoshan, which it decrees is the legal successor and upholder of its treaties and laws. Originally created as the Kingdom of Sonora in April 2012 after the fall of Starland, the nation quickly folded a few months later. It was reborn as a Shaoshanian state in May 2016, after feeling disillusioned and disenfranchised by the state of Dorada. It too soon fell into inactivity and de facto dissolved. The idea of Sonora continued to exist from October to December 2016 as an alliance of Shaoshan, Marxia and the Olaf Empire. Following the dissolution of Shaoshan, Sonora was revived as a micronation on December 4, 2016 with the former alliance being established as an empire.

Etmology

Sonora is named after and, in essence, a rebirth of the nation that preceded the days of Shaoshan or its predecessor, Costa Dorada. It should not be confused with Shaoshan's territory of Sonora. Sonora is derived from the the city of Sonora in California, a historic mining town, which itself is derived from the Sonoran Province in Mexico.


History

Pre-Micronationalism

For 13,000 to 15,000 years, Native American Tribes inhabited the areas of what is now the Western United States. It wasn't until the 1500s that Spanish conquerors laid claim to the lands of what is now modern-day California and the American southwest. In 1602, Spanish explorer, Sebastián Vizcaíno mapped the region as New Spain. From 1769-1821, California was ruled by the Spanish Empire. Following the Mexican War of Independece, California entered a brief period under Mexican rule (1821-1846) under the regimes of the Mexican Empire (1821-1823), the First Mexican Republic (1824-1835), and finally the autocratic Centralist Republic (1835-1846). In 1846, citizens and new settlers in the area revolted against the regime in a movement that became known as the Bear Flag Revolt. California declared independence from Mexico on June 14, 1846, setting up its capital in Sonoma. The California Republic lasted for less than a month before being occupied by American forces. Following the ensuing war with Mexico, California and the American southwest were seized. During the years of 1849 and 1850, eastern and European settlers began swarming to California with the discovery of gold. California was granted statehood in 1850 and for the next one hundred and fifty years, it continued to grow and thrive with the building and continuous expansion of cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Two significant earthquakes ravaged the region in 1906 and 1989, causing significant damage and loss of life, mostly due to fires, infrastructure collapse, and liquefaction. Major construction to reinforce and strengthen buildings have been in place since the early 1990s. Coupled with the technology boom, the business sector turned towards the digital age. Innovations such as social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Internet groups such as Google took on a role of importance in the 21st century. Further development including alternative energy and green technology has led to a slight resurgence in California's economy following the economic downturn of 2008.

Starland and First Sonora Era

In 2008, within the East Bay, a interest in micronationalism began to grow. Finally, on August 28, 2009, what became the nation of Starland declared its soveriegnty and independence from California and from the United States. The nation was essentially an 3 year micronational experiment that went through many stages: a kingdom, a federal republic, an empire, a short-lived socialist state, a social democratic republic, and a democratic republic. Starland dissolved in early April 2012 following the truth about the micronational experiment and was later replaced by the short-lived Kingdom of Sonora which dissolved in August 2012. Sonora was later replaced by the state of Costa Dorada under the jurisdiction of the Republic of the Oasis Islands.

Oasis Islands Era

Following a brief retirement from micronationalism, Titus Smith returned to the micronational community, albeit quietly and more reserved. His intent was to build his micronational experience and professionalism and to base his territory on fact, not fiction. He teamed up with his old friend and ally, Casey Hamlin, after Hamlin created a new micronation. From December 2012-April 2014, Smith administered Costa Dorada as its Governor and represented it in the Oasis Islands Senate. During which time, he co-founded the Oasis People's Party with Hamlin, whom he served with for one year. In June 2013, Smith was appointed Vice President of the Oasis Islands following Daniel Stefanko's resignation. With Hamlin's Presidential reelection in November 2013, Vice President Smith maintained his position as well. However, when he decided to leave the ruling People's Party on November 11th, his position as Senate Majority Leader was transferred to former Vice President Stefanko. With the onset of 2014, the Oasis Islands began to fall into inactivity, coupled with its leaders personal lives outside micronationalism. On April 19, 2014, Casey Hamlin resigned as President, retired from micronationalism, and dissolved the Republic of the Oasis Islands. In a sense of maintaining and carrying on this legacy and wishing to remain in micronationalism, Titus Smith declared Costa Dorada to be an independent socialist state on April 28, 2014.

Costa Dorada Era and Return to Self-Rule

Following the April 28th declaration, Smith quickly set to work to build the foundations of a legitimate and functioning state. Just days after forming the nation, Costa Dorada's launched an official website, complete with a news agency. In the weeks that followed, a new set of laws of government, foreign policy, social policy and business began to develop. In June 2014, a new set of guiding laws, setting up the duties of the Chairman and the Provisional Revolutionary Council were set up. Within the months that followed, Costa Dorada entered a state of semi-inactivity. On August 30, 2014, Doradan state media announced that the government seat would move from Sonora to the new Shaoshan City (formerly Mao Zedong City).

New Capital, New Era

On 3 September 2014, the Provisional Revolutionary Council passed the "Seat of Government Dissolution and Replacement Act", effectively disestablishing its largest city, Sonora, as the capital city and transferring all executive, judicial, and legislative duties of the government to Shaoshan City at noon on September 15th. During the transitional process, several measures entered into effect including a beautification project of the surrounding area. This project included the establishment of "Red Square" just outside the Assembly Chamber. Shortly after, Smith enacted an executive order and called for a meeting of the Provisional Revolutionary Council, who stood by the act, which would lay the groundwork for a more permanent government for Costa Dorada, a constitutional convention, and a potential elected governing body. On 15 September 2014, the Provisional Revolutionary Council voted to dissolve and placed all authority in the hands of Titus Smith. The title of Chairman was abolished and Smith appointed to the title of Consul, leaving him the responsibility of setting up elections, establishing a committee to help draft a constitution, and set up a permanent and stable government. An election was called for September 30th to vote on whether the nation would be autocratic, a soviet democracy, or if the people had any faith in the government at all. Results from the election showed that Doradans preferred an autocratic government while rejecting socialist-style principles. Future elections were originally planned for late 2014 or 2015 to elect the leader of the nation and to potentially vote on ratifying a constitution.

Dissolution and Shaoshan Era

Following a breakdown in talks and scheduling conflicts outside of micronationalism, an emergency meeting was called in mid-November to discuss the nation's future. It was decided that Costa Dorada should dissolve, a suggestion that was ultimately agreed upon. On November 30th, Costa Dorada returned its territories to California and the United States and dissolved. During this time, that has become to be referred to as "The Age of Darkness", the area was subjected to the reintroduction to life under the macronational rule to which it had once been before. However, on February 8th, 2015, following much consideration, former Doradan leader, Titus Smith established the then-People's Commune in hope of creating a more decentralized, participatory environment with socialist aspects and to govern more effectively while being able to be more time-flexible. On March 6th, however, the community voted in favor of focusing on the nation as a community and abandoning revolutionary ideology. On March 18th, the National Assembly approved a measure establishing an official paramilitary force, tasked with national defense and community policing. The Shaoshan Navy over the next several weeks engaged in several military drills and helped quickly add territory.

April 2015 Coup d'etat and First Monarchy

Following rapid expansion of lands under the jurisdiction of Shaoshan, resentment began to grow from certain members who believed that the state had outgrown the term "community" and was more of a union of townships and colonies. As monarchism and republicanism began to divide the nation, Shaoshan continue to expand throughout the region, establishing fortresses and military bases, territory, and beautification of the capitol. An short-lived inactive period caused a small crisis that would later be resolved in the passing of Assembly reform on April 10th. On April 15th, however, a coup d'etat overthrew the communal government and established an constitutional imperial monarchy, while maintaining the state's direct democracy, which the people had become accustomed. The coup was carried out through its Sovereign's former military rank and considerable support from the Naval officers and certain members of the community who viewed the community government as weak and obsolete for a state with so much territory, comparing it to the fall of the Roman Republic. The Navy captured several territories that they had recently acquired for the state and seized control of the fortresses around the nation. At 2pm on April 15th, the Navy forced the surrender of the Chief Minister, Titus Smith, who also held the title of "Grand Admiral". Smith signed an executive decree that evening, reorganizing the government into a constitutional monarchy in exchange for keeping his position as Chief Minister, his title of Grand Admiral of the Navy, and remaining in charge of leading the government and assembly gatherings. The leader of the coup agreed to resign her commission in order to take the role of Sovereign. This transition was short-lived. Shortly afterwards, a National Assembly meeting broke out into argument and within a half hour of its call to order, it was forced to make a motion to adjourn. This was followed by a plot by the nation's Chief Minister (Smith) and several others to arm themselves and march against the new-Sovereign and her control on the Navy. After a day of hostilities and seizures by Smith's forces, the Sovereign called a cease fire and a truce was reached, ending her weeklong reign and restoring Shaoshan to its elected, republican form of governance.

First Republic

Following the April 24th hostilities and truce, Shaoshan had returned to its elected, republican-style of government. On May 1st, the leader of the April 15th Coup was tried and convicted of all her crimes and sentenced while most of the others were acquitted and absolved of their crimes. With the ratification and adoption of its constitution on April 28th, one year after its predecessor, Costa Dorada declared independence, Shaoshan officially adopted a strong republican government with a President. Its direct democracy and participatory politics still remained, although political parties are no longer banned and are more or less allowed to participate with consent of the voting public who participate in the National Assembly meetings. On May 8, 2015, the people voted, in assembly, to elect Titus Smith as the first President of the Republic. In addition, Shaoshan adopted a bicameral legislature with a Representative Council, which partisan politics, and the People's Council (the gathering of the citizens to the Assembly forum), which would not. In keeping with a form of direct democracy, the Representative Council was established as the lower house and with the People's Council comprising the upper house, with any bills that pass the lower house having to have approval of the People. In June, the nation began to suffer from crippling inactivity coupled with resignations and loss in participation in the political and social aspects of the state. By July 1st, a state of distress was declared and the National Assembly merged the two houses into a unicameral provisional body and granted the President emergency powers. When Smith went on a weekend leave to Los Angeles, the National Assembly granted him even further powers and declared him Emperor. Despite his earlier protests, Smith reluctantly accepted the crown.

Second Monarchy

Following the Palace coup on July 9th, Smith returned to a nation that had granted him nobility, a title he fervently refused and opposed from Shaoshan's inception. When he arrived home to Shaoshan City, those that had declared him Emperor were faced with his angry opposition and a call to return the nation back to its rightful place as a republic. However, the National Assembly soon convinced him that it was a request from the will of the people. Reluctantly, Smith accepted and was coronated on July 13th, with a job of reforming his new empire. However, an ardent opponent of monarchism, Smith put great effort in trying to reestablish the republic. On July 28th, after three weeks on the throne, Smith formed a palace coup himself and declared the "New Californian Republic of Shaoshan" and named himself President, while refusing to abdicate the throne. A crisis arose leading to the July 30th Skirmish of Shaoshan Road and the division of the capital. The following day after the skirmish, it was agreed Shaoshan would downsize its territorial claims and become a republic yet again.

Second Republic

After the July 31st agreement, Titus Smith abdicated his role as Emperor and it fell to his infant sister, Juno. The following morning, on August 1st, the mother of Titus and Juno Smith, Julia, acting as regent, signed an imperial decree stating the abdication of Juno and herself and the respect for the Treaty of Shaoshan Road. With Smith's grandmother, Diana, failing to protest, did not claim the throne, leading the line of succession to end and the Second Imperial Era to come to an end. At noon on August 1st, the Second Republic was declared, this time under a federal republic with a bicameral legislature. Elections were held from August 4th through 9th for states to elect their Premiers who will also be their representatives in the Federal Council, and Presidential elections were held on September 8th with Titus Smith being reelected. The National Assembly worked tirelessly through September to pass several new reforms securing Shaoshanian sovereignty and citizens' rights against government tyranny and international intrusion. This was never more effective than the passing of the Freedom of Information and Knowledge Act (FIKA), the Renunciation of the Erroneous Passed Enacted American Legislation Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (REPEALUSAPATRIOT) Act and the Denouncing of Oppressive American Legislative Act (DOALA) which all stated that no government, foreign or domestic had a right to invade people's privacy. The National Assembly was also responsible for the passing of the controversial Treaty of Non-Aggression and Mutual Recognition with the Holy Empire of New Israel, which secured a new friendship with Shaoshan's predecessors' adversary.

Third Republic

On September 23rd, 2015, a Palace Coup was executed by President Smith and members of the government, community, and military. Given the shared beliefs of members of the nation, the Navy was instructed to execute a tactical liberation of the capitals of the three states under Shaoshan jurisdiction. With no resistance, the coup was largely quiet and entirely peaceful. By the late afternoon, Smith declared the state and federal government had undergone a slight political shift known as the "Mabon Revolution", named after the polytheistic celebration of the autumn equinox and the fact it took place on the first day of Autumn. In addition, Smith declared that Shaoshan had transformed into a "social democratic republic based on progressive principles and idealism." The Revolution has also become known as the "Third Republic" as this is the third democracy that Shaoshan has undergone. Unlike most coups, Shaoshan's system and laws remain relatively the same, however, a new constitution was issued to be written and the legislature downsized to a unicameral body, ridding itself of the hybrid bureaucracy, but one based on direct democracy where the people are allowed to come in open forum and make policy. In October 2015, the legislature moved to Dorada City and the Seat of Government Act was passed decreeing it the legislative and judicial capital while Shaoshan City would remain the administrative capital. On November 9th, following the reestablishment of Marxia as a city-state and incorporation of Shaoshan City as its own state entity, elections were held for state Premiers and the Supreme People's Assembly electing their Presidium members. The 9th also marked 100 days since the Restoration of the Republic. On December 5, 2015, the Third Republic surpassed the First Republic as the longest reigning government in Shaoshanian history at 73 days; the First Republic reigning only 72 days before being replaced by the Second Empire. On January 1, 2016, the Third Republic celebrated 100 days of stability. On January 8, a new President was elected to succeed Titus Smith after his intention not to seek another term. On January 15th, a new President (Lindsay Claire) was inaugurated. Smith was elected to replace Edward Morton as President of the Presidium and thus became the country's Prime Minister the same day. On February 9th, the legislature voted in its new Presidium, with Smith maintaining his position and renaming itself as the National Assembly. Following a period of inactivity, Claire resigned as President on March 14th and was succeeded by Laura Patterson who was granted emergency powers and used them to declare a state of inactivity and emergency. The Assembly voted to dissolve with new elections to occur the following week. Subsequently, Titus Smith resigned as Prime Minister and stepped down as President of the Presidium. A referendum was called to decide the future of the Shaoshanian state and a provisional interregnum government was declared. On Tuesday, March 15th, President Patterson declared the official end of the Third Republic and the declaration of the transition to a new government with Titus Smith stating "The [Mabon] Revolution is over."

Interregnum

The Interregnum began on Monday, March 14th, 2016 following the dissolution of the Assembly by Assembly vote and the resignation of the nation's President and Prime Minister. The Vice President, Laura Patterson was sworn in as the 5th President of the Republic and used the emergency powers granted to her by the Assembly to declare a "state of inactivity and emergency", according to the state media. On Tuesday, March 15th, she signed an executive order authorizing the creation of a provisional military junta, the Provisional Council for Democracy, made up of the Presidential Cabinet, military leaders and the Presidium of the National Assembly, to guide the nation during the days leading up to a nationwide referendum on March 17th and its transition into a new government and elections. Patterson declared an end to the Third Republic and Smith an end of the Mabon Revolution. On March 17th, the Shaoshanian citizens voted to become a constitutional monarchy.

Third Monarchy

On March 17th, 2016, the Shaoshanian people held a referendum and voted on their future and forming a new government. It was officially announced by the state media that evening that a constitutional monarchy had been the choice with Titus Smith as its monarch. That evening, the Kingdom of Shaoshan and its associated realms was officially declared and Smith resigning as Chairman of the Provisional Council for Democracy and handing power over to Grand Admiral Edward Morton. Laura Patterson resigned as President and the office abolished. The Presidium also was voted on to be dis-associated with the Assembly and reformed into the Constitutional Court. On March 18, Titus officially signed an edict and imperial decree confirming and giving legal standing to the referendum results and renaming the national the Imperial Kingdom of Shaoshan and Her Associated Realms and paving the way for elections and the end of the military junta. On March 22, elections were held for the members of the Constitutional Court and for the National Assembly to elect its President, the nation's Prime Minister. The elect were sworn in on March 24 and the military junta was dissolved and power was once again placed in the hands of the people. After only two and a half weeks on the throne, Smith abdicated in favor of his sister and reestablished the office of President, to which he claimed as well as ruling as his sister's regent.

April 2016 Coup d'etat and Fourth Republic

On April 4, 2016, just weeks after the referendum that chose a monarchy, Smith formed a coup in which he abdicated the throne of Emperor in favor of his sister, Juno. As Juno was only a toddler, Smith took on the role of her regent and as such retained the powers of the throne he had given up, serving instead as President of Shaoshan. The following day, Smith signed a decree abolishing the monarchy and declaring himself "Eternal President" while declaring the 2nd Republican Restoration to be the beginning of a Fourth Republic and a "Revolution for the People". As Smith was his sister's regent and she herself a toddler unable to speak for herself or exercise real power, Smith's decree still had the force of law as if Juno herself had signed it. The decision was met with opposition from the monarchist and Theodorist factions, loyal to the monarchy and towards Juno. Vocal opposition later presented itself in the form of demonstrations against the republican coup in mid-April. The Constitutional Court ruled that the coup was legal despite going against the people's will. This ruling, coupled with the declaration of President Smith of a "Bolivarian Revolution for Shaoshan", the National Assembly voted to dissolve again on April 18th with hopes the May 2016 General Election would provide some form of resolution to the conflict.

Fifth Republic

On April 24th, on the anniversary of the return to the community run government from the hands of the monarchists, Smith announced that Shaoshan would enter an era as the Fifth Republic. He declared Shaoshan to be a Bolivarian Republic and began to consolidate power into a nationalization project. Referendum elections on April 27th and 28th reformed Shaoshan into a autocratic form of governance with the National Assembly becoming an advisory body. State elections were held in May which saw the split of the State of Sonora from the State of Dorada and the election of new Premiers. On May 12th, legislative reform was passed that would consolidate power more into the hands of the people-led state and local councils and a representative-led national advisory body. In addition, the Seat of Government Act of May 2016, was signed, bringing supreme government power back to Shaoshan City. On May 27, 2016, Shaoshan officially became a member of the Union Against Micronational War with the signing of the Treaty of Universal Non-Aggression.

Sixth Republic and the reestablishment of a Socialist State

After having gone through a summer of inactivity and loss of citizens due to a failure to set up a proper functioning government, a step was taken on August 3rd by the Shaoshanian military on order of Titus Smith. The military carried out exercises across the micronation to seize control of Shaoshanian industry and land for the purpose of redistribution. Smith declared all land and industry nationalized and now under the leadership of the state and the ownership of the working class. He declared that another coup had been carried out and the a sixth republic had begun. Smith declared Shaoshan to be a Democratic People's Republic and formed a new government committed to building socialism and executing socialist reforms throughout the country. On August 31, 2016, a stuffed toy uprising forced a new referendum that began a new election process that concluded on September 15th, when Titus Smith was voted out of office. The election was heavily favored by the majority of stuffed toys which were found to have been oppressed and suppressed by an apartheid-like regime under Smtih's autocratic government.

Seventh and Final Republic and Return to Democracy

On September 15th, Pusheen the Cat was elected the new President of Shaoshan, the first stuffy to hold the position and the third female to hold the position, which she cited as the Second Mabon Revolution. In response, she declared the Smith regime over and announced a seventh and final republic and that the new Republic of Shaoshan would be one of democracy and national reconciliation. She called for Smith's prosecution as well as for a Truth and Dignity Commission to carry out the new government. She dissolved the People's Council in order for new elections to be held in October and placed legislative powers in the hands of a five member panel, called the National Transitional Council. She also dissolved the Constitutional Court until elections could be held for the successors, and for a Constitutional Convention to be held after elections, criminal proceedings, and a Truth and Dignity report to be carried out in order for the country to move forward. A Constitution was passed on November 27th, 2016, Smith was found guilty of his crimes, and elections were carried out in October with little opposition. However, faced with the potential move of the capital in 2017 and fear of an impending destabilization with upcoming elections, Shaoshan's People's Council voted to dissolve.

Second Sonora Era

Following the People's Council vote on dissolving Shaoshan, effective immediate, Titus Smith made his first address to the people since his removal from power. He called for the recration of the old Kingdom of Sonora, which he founded in 2012. Smith called for an empire with an electoral monarchy which would take the role of the executive with the role of the Vice President being occupied by the Prime Minister. Smith decreed that Sonora would be the legal successor of Shaoshan and all laws and treaties would be honored and upheld by the new nation and government including its foreign relations. In this aspect, the former People's Council of Shaoshan was immediately activated as the official legislature of Sonora with Olaf Gustafsen, Sr, who served as Vice President of the Republic of Shaoshan and Chairman of the Council, was named Prime Minister of Sonora. Pusheen the Cat, who served as Shaoshan's President, was named acting Empress with elections for the Imperator and People's Council taking place in January 2017. Smith retroactively took control as President of the Imperial Council, which will act as the Imperial cabinet. Buster McCovey won the election twice but abdicated in July 2017. Smith took over as Emperor and decentralized the government, giving devolution and more autonomy to the states and city governments in an act considered to be a "home rule decree". In addition, the Imperial Council was dissolved and the federal government became a decentralized, absolute monarchy. While the Emperor is still elected, the Constitution remains suspended pending a convention, thus Smith remains in control of power for the foreseeable future.

Foreign relations

Sonora seeks relations with any friendly micronation open to diplomatic relations. All activity is conducted through email or MicroWiki and is approved by the Imperator on advice of the People's Council. As a member of the Union Against Micronational War, it does not recognize conflicts declared by other nations and has pledged itself to peace and armed neutrality unless directly attacked.

Recognition

In respect, Sonora extends diplomatic recognition of several nations and automatically recognized many nations upon establishment.

Informal Relations

Formal Relations

Prior Relations

Unrecognized/Sanctioned Nations

  • United States of America (In July 2017, the Imperial government declared a diplomatic and military embargo on the United States, having declared its government a fascist state. In addition, the Imperial government became the 1st nation to officially recognize the State of California as an independent and sovereign country.)

Geography

Red Square
People's Square
People's Park

Sonora is situated in the northern San Francisco Bay Area in the inland lying areas, just a short drive from the scenic Napa Valley and just an hour away from Sacramento, San Francisco and the San Joaquin valleys.

Territory

Sonora comprises several colonies, territories, townships, and cities. Townships are typically residences or territories with one person occupying them or representing them. This does not mean that there cannot be more residents occupying the town but those residents are not Sonoran citizens. A city is a residence or territory with a population of 2 or more. A territory is an entity that has no representation but is not directly represented by the national government, with the potential to become a town. A colony is simply an entity with no representation that is directly controlled by the government that has no realistic outcome of settlement. Most cities and towns are governed by a central, unitary state government who have their own legislatures and self-government and are represented nationally by a constitutional federal government.

Sonora is divided into two duchies, a Principality, one Kingdom, and a republic, with Shaoshan City as the administrative, legislative, and economic heart of the empire and serves as the official capital. People's Palace is the home of several citizens of the Principality of Marxia and Shaoshan City in particular. It also serves as the official home of the Emperor/Empress and the meeting place of the legislature, the People's Council and the the Imperator's Cabinet, the Imperial Council.


Climate

The climate is that of a Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The cool California Current offshore often creates summer fog near the coast with colder winters and hotter summers inland. Rainfall is more persistent in the region than its southern counterpart. Temperatures range from 32°F (0°C) in winter to up to 110°F (43°C) in the summer. Due to hot, dry summers and sometimes windy conditions, wildfires are commonplace. In winter, moderate rainfall is a common occurrence, sometimes resulting in flooding, especially in areas near rivers and streams. However, it is also not unusual to experience drought, some lasting 1-3 years, some lasting longer. Warm and cold air sometimes producing spectacular thunderstorms in the spring and autumn, some producing rain or hail, others can spark wildfires in dry conditions. These same warm and cold air collisions occasionally produce tornado-like clouds, often called "funnel clouds", although rarely do they touch down and those that do rarely last for longer than a few minutes and cause little to no damage.

Government

Sonora is a electoral monarchy with a decentralized national government and devolved, autonomous state and city governments with the people all living together with common goals and similar beliefs and work for the collective good. The people participate in the political system and generally dictate domestic policy and the day to day functions of the nation.

Judicial power is held in a three-man bench, known as the Constitutional Court, elected every three months, with the candidate receiving the most votes becoming the Chief Judge. Each vassal state derive the most power and meet routinely as a participatory direct democratic body The Emperor/Empress is the executive with the power to appoint cabinet members and serves as the official leader of the nation, serving and speaking on behalf of the people. The Imperator's cabinet, known as the Imperial Diet, acts as a Privy Council and is headed by a President, who is the equivalent of a Chief of Staff. Foreign policy and foreign relations and other aspects of national and international dealings are powers vested in the Imperator, the nation's head of state. These powers, however, can be vested in an appointed member of his/her cabinet if the Imperator believes it to be more convenient.

Military

Sonora has an defense force and a nationalized Police Force. The Imperial Defense Force are responsible for military operations, protecting maritime borders and national defense while the Imperial Police Force is committed to community policing. During peacetime, the Defense Forces are tasked with scientific expedition and explorations, military drills, and core policing practices. During wartime, they are tasked with combat operations, special operations missions, and border protection. The Emperor/Empress is the Commander-in-Chief but is limited by law on his ability to take military action. The Imperator can legally send troops into combat for 21 days but must have the people's approval to declare war.

Law and Order

Under Sonoran law, the Imperial Police Force has the power of policing and the Constitutional Court has the power to hold judicial proceedings with the People acting as the jury and judgement and sentencing carried out by vote of the Constitutional Court, headed by the Chief Justice. The Emperor/Empress of Sonora has the power of pardon and may grant official reprieves at any time with reasonable consideration. Sonora follows typical English common law with American exceptions but adhering to its own standards. Crime rate is extremely low to non-existent, something the nation prides itself on. Punishments often include house arrest or minimal detention and often follow primitive standards and often influenced by ancient Greek society and philosophy. Currently, Sonoran legalism falls under the Ministry of Defense.

Demographics

Population

As Sonora is a small collective of towns and territories with a population that reflects that with fifty residents, all but one of whom are of legal voting age.

Languages

English is the most commonly spoken language, although Spanish is also spoken by some. English is the only language used for government, business, and other endeavors. However, while English is spoken regularly, there is no official state language.

Culture

Media

As of its foundation, the main source of media is the state sponsored "People's News" organization which routinely posts updates and and ongoings within the empire and abroad.

Religion

Religion is defined as being part of a "democratic and progressive society" and thus freedom of religion is guaranteed and discrimination and hate speech is not tolerated and punishable by fine. Atheists and Agnostics are thought to make up the majority with Christianity and Catholicism thought to making up the 2nd largest religious group with Wiccan, polytheistic, and other various religions being observed, however, most religious denominations are protected as sentiment towards freedom of religious expression is high and it is the policy of the state to fight for religious freedom and fight against intolerance.

External links

Official Website

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