Federation of Secundomian Socialist Republics
| Federation of Secundomian Socialist Republics |
|Kansas, Missouri, Antarctica |
|Capital city||Hanover (since summer 2020)|
|Largest city||Middle Secundomia|
|Official language(s)||English, Secundomian|
|Established||April 30, 2016|
|Area claimed||SR Tergumterra, SR Secundomia, SRSC, SR Gravois|
|Time zone||UTC -6|
The Federation of Secundomian Socialist Republics or FSSR is a micronation which exists as a federation of socialist republics spread across the world. It is a single-party state lead by the Maoist-Worker's Party of Secundomia. The constituent republics in the nation include the Tergumterra, Secundomia, and Sterling-Charcot. Gravois, a founding constituent republic, left the nation in 2020.
The Federation of Secundomian Socialist Republics is named after its core constituent republic of Secundomia. In turn, Secundomia is a neologism of the Latin words secundus and domus meaning roughly "behind the house." This name was created by Parker I with the founding of the First Kingdom, which consisted exclusively of his backyard. The name of Secundomia was decided by a vote of the prospective citizens of the First Republic. The name FSSR was chosen due to its similarity to the USSR, a country from which the federation takes political inspiration.
The FSSR traces its origins to the Secundomian Micronational Boom, an event in December 2009 in which several micronations were founded in quick succession. The impetus for the boom occurred when brothers Parker I and Spencer I researched micronations together on Wikipedia and drew inspiration from Molossia and Aerica. The two brothers resolved to form a micronation together but a lack of communication resulted in each founding a nation antagonistic to the other, the Republic of Skillz and the Kingdom of Secundomia. Both nations were short lived and volatile, with Skillz collapsing due to internal strife just hours after a declaration of war by Secundomia. The brothers sought peace and joined together with Skillz vice-president Nate I to form a new nation.
The Republic of Secundomia was founded on December 16, 2009 and Parker sent an email to various friends to recruit new members. The new republic was extremely volatile internally with unrest in the state of Halstopia and dueling national factions supporting rivals Parker I and Luke of Secundomia. The state of Atlan seceded in late 2009 drawing the two rivals to show unity to prevent total collapse, resolving to become co-presidents in January 2010.
Secundomia was quick to enter the micronational community on MicroWiki, posting on talk pages of other nations to grow its diplomatic influence. Secundomia signed a pact with Kleinland and entered into an alliance with NottaLotta Acres. Secundomia grew to be a somewhat influential nation on MicroWiki, allying itself largely with younger and more aggressive nations. Parker I advocated strongly in favor of simulationism and micronational warfare which drew the ire of some of the older and secessionist style nations in the community.
Foundation of Sterling
In late January 2010 Parker I was concerned about a potential loss in the upcoming elections. In order to avoid losing power and also to ensure quicker diplomatic action in the MicroWiki sector, Parker founded the absolute monarchy Kingdom of Sterling. The original Kingdom claimed of the Grand Duchy of Iceia, all ice present on top of the Arctic ocean. Further claims were made on Pluto, Mercury and 243 Ida. In February 2010 Sterling laid claim on Charcot Island, Antarctica and entered the Antarctic Micronational Union. To solidify its legitimacy within the AMU and the Organization of Active Micronations, the King renounced all extraterrestrial claims.
Spencer I was elected as the first sole president of Secundomia in late February 2010. Secundomia then went threw large territorial expansion known as the "Golden Days," an influx of citizens recruited by Spencer and the return of the state of Atlan. Soon, the Secundomian sector turned its eye on intermicronational affairs in March 2010. During the Second Black March, King Parker saw an opportunity to take intermicronational action under the banner of Sterling. While President Spencer's administration and the Secundomian Congress were cautious about launching military efforts, the Sterling Monarchy had no such qualms.
As foreign minister of Secundomia, Parker I declared full diplomatic support for the Carolinian rebels in the Austenasian Civil War to the fullest extent of his authority. Meanwhile, as King of Sterling, Parker I expressed his intention to mobilize military support on behalf of the rebels and declared war on the Empire of Austenasia on March 8, 2010. This decision drew significant criticism from the community, particularly from Alexander Reinhardt of the St. Charlian Observer. Sterling withdrew from the war only two days later with the King denying that public pressure had forced the withdrawal. However, Parker did admit that Sterling's suspension from the AMU was a significant step back for the nation.
The close Secundomian allies Zona and NottaLotta Acres entered the Austenasian Civil War under the Allied Carolinian Coalition on March 20th, drawing Sterling back into the conflict. The conflict began to affect Secundomia's reputation as well, with the Midget Nation-in-Exile shifting their diplomatic stance towards Secundomia to "enemy." On April 1st, however, Sterling withdrew from the coalition calling the war "a series of empty threats." The ACC was dissolved a day later and Crown Prince Jonathan thanked Sterling for leaving the war.
Parker I ascended back to the office of the President of Secundomia in April 2010. Controversy erupted in the country after his appointments for cabinet were released. The Cabinet Crisis bifurcated the country between Parker I, the Empress of Atlan and a large group of protestors desiring positions in the new government. Parker and the Empress accused Rahim I and Ibrahim I of conducting harassment campaigns which were against the law on official Secundomian discussion boards. This resulted in the Trial of Ibrahim I, a high profile event in which Ibrahim was acquitted of all charges. Continued unrest after the trial resulted in realignment of much of the population behind President Parker I and the exile of Rahim from the country.
In later 2010 the Kingdom of Sterling was folded into Secundomia, only consisting of its claims to Charcot Island. The reorganized "Colony of Sterling" was lead by Protector J of Sterling. Luke of Secundomia was elected president for the second time and the state of Gravois was added to the republic alongside Bu Ocajin and Southern Cipania. The nation also developed increasing military strength with the foundation of the Secundomian Navy and Air Force. Secundomia joined the Organization of Active Micronations and was selected to host the 2010 Micronational Olympics.
In late 2010 Parker I joined another micronational project after he was offered a department in the Slinky Empyre. Parker and Kyng Fyrst founded the Tergumterra Department out of a small slice of land cut off from Middle Secundomia. Parker was appointed vyceroy o the department.
Late Republic Period
In 2011, Parker was elected president once again after a hard fought election against Spencer I. As a part of his platform, Parker touted the successes of the Secundomian Agency for Air and Space Exploration, including the launch of Eagle I aided by General Phineas Snow. Despite large levels of activity within the intermicronational community, Secundomia was fairly dormant itself. There would never be another election in the Republic of Secundomia and Parker would remain president throughout the remainder of its existence.
The Slinky Empyre began to become a site of controversy in January 2011 after Kyng Fyrst's return to MicroWikia. Parker lead a revolt from Tergumterra and the Empyre dissolved. Tergumterra joined the young Slinky Republyc and Parker I was appointed prime minister, again holding two micronational leadership titles. Soon, like Secundomia, the Slinky Republyc became inactive internally and dissolved in February. The Tergumterra Department was transferred to Secundomia and Parker I granted independence to the territory as Res Publica Tergumterra. Secundomia also renounced its claims to the Colony of Sterling which became the Republic of Sterling.
After a year of internal inactivity, Secundomia joined the Eran Federation in 2012. Parker I was elected Prime Minister of the federation as leader of the Conservative Libertarian Alliance in June. However, Secundomia was unable to sustain its activity in Eran. Parker was entering high school and with increasing personal responsibilities he began to step away from micronationalism as a hobby. In December 2012, Secundomia officially seceded from Eran.
Secundomia, Sterling and Tergumterra became largely inactive after Eran. Sometime in 2013 (although the date is officially lost), Sterling and Tergumterra combined to form the Republic of Sterling and Tergumterra. In 2014, Parker reorganized Secundomia into the Second Kingdom now officially containing only Parker I as a citizen. All three micronations were united for the first time in 2015 when Parker conducted a coup-d'etat under the Secundomian Nationalist Monarchist Party to preserve Secundomian values. The three nations together were known as the Third Kingdom of Secundomia, with Sterling and Tergumterra as vassalized principalities, also held by King Parker I.
The Third Kingdom only lasted a few months before three new citizens joined the country. These new citizens were unhappy with the nationalist form of government under the King and two of them, Jaedon I and Antonia I formed the Worker's Party of Secundomia and confronted Parker I in the First August Revolution. After negotiations, Parker I agreed to abdicate and join the party as chairperson under the vanguard committee of President Jaedon I. The Worker's Party joined with the Anti-Sloth Party of Brennan I to form a Revolutionary Coalition to head up the new Democratic Republic of Secundomia, now headquartered in Eastern Secundomia rather than the traditional capital of Middle Secundomia. At no point did the Revolutionary Coalition recognize the existence of Tergumterra and Sterling, which both were now de jure independent under interregnum after the abdication of King Parker I.
Founding of the FSSR
The Revolutionary Coalition ultimately failed to inspire inactivity in Secundomia. Parker I decided to again seize power to sustain the history of the country. In April 2016 Parker founded the Maoist-Worker's Party of Secundomia and conducted a second revolution enveloping not only the Democratic Republic of Secundomia but also Sterling and Tergumterra. All three nations were reorganized as the Federation of Secundomian Socialist Republics. Tergumterra remained largely the same with Parker I appointed premier of the Socialist Republic of Tergumterra. The Secundomian State of Gravois was separated from the newly christened Socialist Republic of Secundomia to form the Socialist Republic of Gravois while the remaining states were reorganized as districts. The Principality of Sterling was reorganized as the Socialist Republic of Sterling-Charcot and split into three districts.
Since 2016 the FSSR has been largely inactive. Most of the activity within the country comes from historical efforts by the MWPS and Parker I in particular to catalog the history of Secundomia. Efforts to centralize the FSSR's economy have met some resistance, which resulted in large parts of SR Gravois falling apart and returning to the United States. The remainder of SR Gravois, largely dependent on the tourism industry, fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and the FSSR renounced their claims to their fourth constituent republic.
Politics and Government
The FSSR is a single-party state lead by the Maoist-Worker's Party of Secundomia. As chairperson and sole member of the party, Parker I holds absolute power within the federation. Parker and the MWPS espouse a commitment to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as an ideology and regard a totalitarian socialist state a necessity for the progression towards communism.
The government is split into three Constituent Republics, Sterling-Charcot, Tergumterra and Secundomia. Each are administered by a Premier, a representative appointed by MWPS to control the territory. All are further subdivided into administrative districts. Tergumterra is made up of a single district, while Secundomia and Sterling-Charcot both contain multiple districts. The former republic of Gravois was subdivided into counties rather than districts as a result of its heritage as a state of the Republic of Secundomia.
Law and Order
Despite its totalitarian nature, the FSSR government lacks significant capacity to conduct law and order within the country. The MWPS expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020, opposing the brutality of American police. Although the MWPS has not ideologically adopted abolition within the FSSR, it supports the defunding of police in the United States. The law and order system is largely non-present within the micronation due to the relative limited capacity compared to the external state forces in Kansas and Missouri.
Unlike its predecessors in the First Republic and the Kingdom of Sterling, the FSSR is largely isolationist. The government lacks sufficient resources to conduct intermicronational relations to the level of its predecessors. The extent of intermicronational relations as of 2021 are updates to wiki pages to inform other nations about the history of Secundomia and its political evolution.
The MWPS recognizes the importance of a national military in Maoist theory. According to the MWPS, external forces of capitalism can prevent the natural development of socialism within particular countries. Despite ideologically supporting a strong defense system, the FSSR is restrained by material inadequacy. After the dissolution of Gravois, the FSSR lost much of its military capacity locked into its Navy. The FSSR also lacks strong ground and air forces.
Geography and climate
The geography of the FSSR varies significantly between the Republic Sterling-Charcot (located in Antarctica) and the other Republics (located in North America). Sterling-Charcot is located on a mountainous island entirely covered by a glacier. Although it provides access to the Bellingshausen Sea, access to the island is heavily restricted due to ice. Secundomia is surrounded by Johnson County, Kansas and Jackson County, Missouri, located in the rolling, wooded hills of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Tergumterra is entirely enclaved within Secundomia and consists of only a small, triangular strip of asphalt nearby Middle Secundomia City.
The climate of the FSSR varies based on location. Secundomia and Tergumterra lie within the center of the North American continent. They have a humid continental/humid subtropical climate. Both Secundomia and Tergumterra lie within the Tornado Alley of North America, making them vulnerable to extreme weather.
Sterling-Charcot has an extreme arctic climate. The island of Charcot is covered in ice year round and is not hospitable to human life without significant accomodations.
The FSSR has attempted to transition to a centrally planned economy without much success outside of Tergumterra. While Tergumterra's economy is largely dependent on the public transportation sector, Secundomia largely remains a free market economy due to limited capacity by the FSSR to enforce economic norms. Sterling-Charcot lacks a formal economy entirely.
Culture and media
The FSSR's culture is largely influenced by American culture, in particular American sports culture. Some parts of FSSR culture have developed independently with a focus on unique backyard games often featuring 3 participants and the development of conlangs.
Sport and Games
The FSSR has a highly competitive sports culture. Many in the nation are fans of professional sports including American football (the federation's official sport), association football, hockey, baseball and basketball. The city of Middle Secundomia has been a place of sports innovation, with sports like Cupball, "sandbox soccer," and others invented there. Gravois historically played host to American football events, PWC racing, water skiing, swimming and diving. Board games including Chess and Crokinole are also popular in Middle Secundomia alongside classic arcade games.
A diversity of languages are spoken in the FSSR. Historically, Turkish and Latin were prominent in Secundomia. The MWPS has overseen development of the Secundomian language, a conlang designed to be uniquely Secundomian. German is occasionally spoken in the district of Eastern Secundomia. Secundomian Classical Slin-English, a variant of Slin-Englysh is native to Tergumterra.
The media in the FSSR is largely non-existent. The MWSP seeks to control most of the media for propaganda purposes, but in reality most Secundomians get news from American sources and social media.