Federated States of Transterra

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Federated States of Transterra
Flag of Transterra.svg
Flag
Emblem of Transterra (2).png
Emblem

Motto
"Lex et ratio" (Latin)
"The law and the system"
Anthem
["Hail to the Spirit of Liberty"]
Greater Map of Transterra (1).PNG
Transterrian state locations in the U.S. indicated in green
Capital city Verraland
Largest city Verraland
Official language(s) English (de facto)
Official religion(s) Freedom of religion
Short name Transterra
Demonym Transterrian • Transterran
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
- President Edward Daniels
- Vice President Connor Stumperth
Legislature Federal Assembly
Established 5 May 2018
Disestablished 23 April 2019
Population 20 (as of 2019 census)
Currency U.S. dollar (de facto)
Time zone (UTC−05:00)
(EST)
This nation was a member of Konmalehth, the Micronational Statistics Bureau and the Grand Unified Micronational

The Federated States of Transterra (FST), commonly known as the Federated States, or Transterra, was a Federal presidential constitutional republic and self-declared independent nation-state located in the continent of North America in the State of New York and State of Missouri, United States.

The nation consisted of two states, the State of Verraland and the State of Judesberg. There was only two other states or territories comprised in the federation. Transterra's government and policies were mainly influenced by the United States, France and other former North American republics.

Transterra declared independence on 5 May 2018, and officially became defunct on 23 April 2019.

Etymology

The name of Transterra comes from the the Latin word, Trans which means across or beyond. Terra comes from the Latin word which means land or territory. Ultimately, Transterra means "The land and territory across and beyond". The name refers to Transterra's non-contiguous, federal structure.

History

Pre-Transterra

See: History of the United States

Recreation of the original Edwardian flag

Before the conception of Transterra, there were other micro-state incarnations led by Edward Daniels, the founder of Transterra. Micronationalism was first discovered by Daniels in 2015. Documentaries that expanded Daniels' knowledge of micronations include How to Start Your Own Country and A Tiny Spark. These documentaries helped Daniels to understand the realm of micronationalism and led him to establish his first micronation, the Kingdom of Edwardia. The Kingdom of Edwardia is the earliest micronation founded by Daniels. It was founded on September 20, 2015 and claimed the land that the State of Verraland is apart of today. Daniels, excited by the notion of micronationalism, began to tell his school friends about it. Shortly after, some of Daniels friends created their own micronations. The two most notable micronations founded by Daniels' friends were the Democracy of the Long Isle and the Kingdom of Cydonia. The leader of Long Isle, RJ of the Long Isle, discovered the Forums and found that more people like him were also micronationalists and were involved in more advanced community related discussions and diplomacy with other micronations from around the world. Upon the discovery of the forums, MicroWiki was also discovered by Daniels and his fellow micronationalists. On October 29, 2015, Daniels ceded the land claimed by Edwardia to the Democracy of the Long Isle. The reasons for this are unknown, but it was possibly for the creation of another micronation after being inspired by the forums and the wiki. Since October 29, 2015, handfuls of other micro-states were established, but to no avail, they eventually would collapse. The most notable micronation that was founded during this period was the Vlastist State of Luktonia. The Vlastist State was an authoritarian nation-state that arose to prominence after a successful rocket launch. After the collapse of the Vlastist State, Custosia would be founded.

Custosia

See: Kingdom of Custosia

Flag of the Third Kingdom, the last Custosian nation-state

The Grand Principality of Custosia was founded on July 16, 2016. The land claimed by Custosia was the same land claimed by all other incarnation nation-states that Daniels previously established. On July 22, 2016, Custosia joined the forums, making direct contact with other micronations. At this time, Edward Daniels was known as the Grand Prince of Custosia. Soon after, the Grand Principality of Custosia would change its name to the Kingdom of Custosia. The name change was due to the fact that Custosia gained more land, making the nation-state much bigger than a principality. This incarnation, known as the First Kingdom of Custosia, would eventually collapse on October 7, 2016. The collapse of the First Kingdom was mainly due to influence on the forums.

After the collapse of the First Kingdom, Custosia would go through a small state of inactivity. On October 10, the Republic of New Custosia was founded after being inspired by ideas of republicanism. New Custosia was intended to be a stable successor to the First Kingdom, but due to the lack of citizens for a functioning democracy, New Custosia would eventually collapse too. Attempts to preserve New Custosia were made by now proclaimed President Daniels, but failed. These attempts were made on December 30, 2016. On January 1, 2017, New Custosia would dissolve.

After the collapse of New Custosia, former President Edward Daniels was convinced to re-establish the monarchy. In January of 2017, the Second Kingdom of Custosia was established. The main goal of the Second Kingdom was to join the GUM. Unfortunately, because of Custosia's previous incarnations and instabilities, the GUM voted against Custosia's accession to the organization. The Second Kingdom would eventually dissolve out of the humiliation of the proposed GUM accession.

A portrait of Edward during his reign as King of the First Kingdom

After the fall of the Second Kingdom, Custosia would be admitted into the Thegn-Hold of Siar Fordell. The Thegn of Siar Fordell, Ser John Marshall, had approached Edward of Custosia to establish a fiefdom under the rule of Siar Fordell. The goal was to establish a feudal state under Siar Fordell's rule and influence and then decalre independence from Siar Fordell and establish a new Custosian kingdom. The Fiefdom of Custosia was established on February 20, 2017. Other nations such as the Shorewellese Empire would offer puppet state status to the remnants of Custosia. Edward was given the title of Lord Edward of Custosia and ruled the fiefdom until April 23, 2017. Under Edward's rule, Custosia would practice democratic referendums for the first time. A pivotal referendum took place on March 18, 2017 to ban and persecute the LGBTQ community in Custosia. The action was put into effect by the Anti-LGBTQ Act which was in law before the referendum. The act and referendum brought disgrace to Custosia. On April 19, 2017, Custosians would vote to leave Siar Fordell and establish a new kingdom.

The Third Kingdom was established on April 23, 2017. It would be the last nation-state incarnation of Custosia. The Third Kingdom was established as an absolute monarchy, but was awaiting possible government reform after the first and last contested election in Custosian history. Prior to the election, newly proclaimed King of the Third Kingdom, Edward I, abolished the Anti-LGBTQ Act which helped relieve some of Custosia's controversy. After the election, Artemis Langford of the Green-Socialist Party and Christopher Woods of the Royalist Party formed a coalition government after an electoral tie. Shortly after, Custosia would go through numerous periods of inactivity. Around August of 2017, The Third Kingdom would eventually collapse, ending all further incarnations of Custosia.

Provision and Independence

Declaration of Independence, May 5, 2018

On May 5, 2018, the Declaration of Independence of the Federated States of Transterra was written and signed by Edward Daniels, who proclaimed himself first President of the Federated States of Transterra and established a provisional republic. At this time, the Federated States only consisted of one state, the State of Verraland, which was the capital state for the Federated States. On June 14, 2018, the Transterrian Lounge was established, a Skype citizenship community for Transterrian citizens. The Lounge was an historic moment for Transterra as it brought its citizens closer and established an official community. Between June 15 and June 17, 2018, Daniels began writing his first draft of the Constitution of the Federated States of Transterra. On June 17, 2018, the Constitutional Convention of Transterra was founded. On June 18 and June 19, 2018, Daniels invited Connor Stumperth to help write the second draft of the Constitution. Ultimately, Stumperth's draft of the Constitution was the final revision and current draft of the Constitution. On June 19, 2018, the Constitution was ratified by the Constitutional Convention of Transterra and was signed by Daniels, Stumperth, Alexander von Hapsburg, and Andy Irons. These signatories are consider to be the founding fathers of modern day Transterra.

Present

Since the drafting of the Constitution on June 19, 2018, the Federated States of Transterra officially became a federal presidential constitutional republic. On June 21, 2018, Daniels established the Emergency Legislature of Transterra. The Emergency Legislature has been active ever since and plays a crucial role in the government. On July 22, 2018, the Federated States held its first presidential election. On July 21, 2018, the Free Sylvana Territory was established. Daniels proclaimed himself Territorial Governor. On August 1, 2018, Edward Daniels was appointed Secretary of Culture and the ELA voted for Horatio Eden to become the Chair of the ELA. On August 14, 2018, The Transterrian Lounge moved to Discord. On September 9, 2018, Horatio Eden stepped down as Chair of the ELA. Edward Daniels became the 3rd Chair of the ELA. On October 6, 2018, Transterra joined Konmalehth and the Micronational Statistics Bureau. On November 6, 2018, Daniels declared his candidacy for the presidency. On December 22, 2018, Edward Daniels won the election for the presidency and the Libertarian Party won the most seats in the Federal Assembly. Transterra also voted in a referendum to join the Grand Unified Micronational which was successful. The legislative body of Transterra, the Federal Assembly, is set to open on January 12, 2019. The 1st Federal Assembly will be a Libertarian majority. Nicholas Randouler is set to become Transterra's first Majority Leader of the Federal Assembly.

2018 Transterrian constitutional crisis

On July 24, 2018, the 2018 presidential election resulted in a tie between Connor Stumperth and Alexander von Habsburg. Since there was no clause in the Constitution that states what would happen in an electoral tie, no victor was declared and a constitutional crisis occurred. On July 25, 2018, the crisis ended when the Emergency Legislature adopted a new amendment regarding electoral ties and voted for Connor Stumperth. Connor Stumperth was elected 2nd President of the Federated States of Transterra. On July 29, Stumperth was inaugurated as President.

Government

The Federated States of Transterra was officially a Federal presidential constitutional republic. The executive branch of government consisted of the Office of the President of the Federated States. According to the Constitution, the President of the Federated States was granted executive powers and could serve a term of five months along with the Vice President. The President could renew their term only once.

The legislative branch of government was the Federal Assembly of Transterra. Currently, the was composed of five members who vote on bills which once signed, become laws under the President.

The judicial branch of government was the Supreme Court of Transterra. The Supreme Court had not been founded, but according to the constitution, the Supreme Court was composed of the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court who is appointed by the President. The rest of Supreme Court was made up of Chief Judges from the federal state's courts. The Supreme Court determines whether the government's actions are lawful and constitutional.

Political parties

Party Logo Leader Founded Ideologies Colors Seats in the FA
New Democratic Party NDP Logo Atovia.png Connor Stumperth June 19, 2018 Social democracy Orange
1 / 3
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party of Transterra logo.png Nicholas Randouler August 7, 2018 Classic liberalism, Libertarianism, Individualism, Minarchism Gold
1 / 3
Centrist Party The Centrist Party.png Andrew Irons June 22, 2018 National Conservatism, Social Conservatism, Transterrian Expansionism, Economic Liberalism Blue
0 / 3

States and Territories

The Federated States of Transterra was composed of only three states as of September 29, 2018. They were all in the Northern hemisphere. Federal states in Transterra had their own government and leader. The leader of the multiple states were known as Governors. None of the following states however had a functioning government, there for they had for the most part ruled absolutely by the Governors. No states had ratified or adopted a state constitution.

The State of Verraland and the State of Sylvana were located in the State of New York in the United States. The State of Judesberg was the only state located outside of the New York area. Judesberg was located in the State of Missouri. The states are Atovian Provinces now.

Flag State Established Governor
Flag of Verraland.png State of Verraland May 5, 2018 Edward Daniels
Flag of Judesberg.png State of Judesberg June 22, 2018 Alexander von Habsburg
Flag of Sylvana.png State of Sylvana September 29, 2018 Nicholas Randouler
Flag of Tuskawanta.png Tuskawanta Territory December 15, 2018 Edward Daniels

Culture

Transterra's culture is mainly influenced by American culture as well as British culture. However, there are strong traces of Italian culture and Irish culture within Transterra during different holidays. The roots of Transterra's culture can be traced back to the British colonization of the Americas. The three biggest subsets of Transterrian culture derives from Music, Visual arts and Folklore. Internet culture is also very common in Transterra. Demographically and ethnically, Transterra is considered to be very diverse.

Music

Canadian band Rush is perhaps one of the most acclaimed bands in Transterra

Music is perhaps one of the most cherished aspects of Transterrian culture. Rock and roll music is perhaps one of the most favorite genres of music within Transterra along with Progressive rock and hard rock. Rush, a Canadian progressive band has the most influence in Transterrian music by far. Other bands such as Yes, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden also have some significant influence within Transterra. These bands have influenced the creation of a Pre-Transterran era band known as Ridler. Ridler can be traced back to the late 1970s, nearly 40 years before Transterra's conception. Ridler is also an acclaimed band witihin Transterra and Long Island, New York.

During the Summertime, music is often played much often in time for concerts and Summer celebrations. During the Winter, Christmas music is often enjoyed.

Visual arts

March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) is favorite in Transterra

Visual arts in Transterra are also highly praised. Artistry mainly flourishes in Verraland, where pop-culture artwork and counterculture artwork is very popular. Most of the artwork created often depicts characters from video games or cartoons. Chinese ceramics are also very popular in Transterrian culture. A popular collection of Chinese ceramics can be found on display in Verraland. Films are also very popular all across Transterra. Films such as the March of the Wooden Soldiers are a classic among some Transterrians around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other movies such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the The Hobbit Trilogy are also favorites among many Transterrans.

Folklore and Literature

J.R.R. Tolkien is a favorite author in Transterra

Folklore and Literature is the least popular aspect of Transterrian culture overall. Literature praised by some Transterrians include the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Macbeth, Lord of the Flies and the various Harry Potter books. Transterrians mainly enjoy literature from the 20th century and even the late 19th century with classic authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin Louis Stevenson, Bran Stoker and Charles Dickens.

Federal and public holidays

Date Name Type Notes
January 1 New Year's Day Public holiday The first day of the Gregorian calendar
March 17 St. Patrick's Day Public holiday Feast day for St. Patrick and celebrating Irish heritage
Date varies Easter Sunday Public holiday Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
May 5 Independence Day (Transterra) Federal holiday The day the Federated States declared independence from the United States
June 19 Constitution Day (Transterra) Federal holiday The day the Constitution of the Federated States was ratified
July 4 Independence Day (U.S.) Public holiday Celebrating the United States independence from Great Britain
Date varies Columbus Day Public holiday Celebrating Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World
Date varies Thanksgiving Public holiday Giving thanks and spending time with family; feasting
December 25 Christmas Public holiday Celebrating the birth of Jesus; festivities