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Federation of Zenrax
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| The Federation of Zenrax |
Strength and Honor
|North America |
|Capital city||Capital Territory|
|Official language(s)||English (official), Spanish|
|Government||Elective, Executive Monarchy|
|- The Emperor||Shiro|
| - The Prime Minister
|Established||15 December 1999 (first factions)|
17 December 2014 (unification)
|Disestablished||1 November 2018|
|Area claimed||+/- 3 sq mi|
|Population||50+ residents |
no official census
|Currency||US Dollar ($)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
Zenrax, or the Federation of Zenrax, is an unrecognized project micronation located on the North American continent. As part of a long-running series of project or hobby organizations, Zenrax's current iteration has existed since 2014. Historically, Zenrax traces its origins back to the winter of 1999, with the formation of warring factions that fought over control of what later became the capital territory. Shiro, officially the third leader of the country, took the role of head of state beginning in late 2014. Currently, Zenrax is all but internally dead, with its original citizenry reduced to only its leader and a small number of people who hold passing interest in its existence.
During its peak, Zenrax was a modest-sized entity, at its peak controlling approximately three square miles of territory with its small security force. In addition to establishing a capable militia, it crafted a foreign policy credited for the small nation's rise in prestige and strong set of allies in its heyday during the late 2010's. Beginning in late 2016, the government became increasingly concerned with combating internal stagnation that eventually ran unchecked. By mid 2018, the country began to shut down internally due to lack of functionality, with various emergency streamlining measures ultimately proving ineffective. By late 2018, after numerous attempts at reviving its core institutions, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation as of November 2018, pending formation of any potential successor state.
While Zenrax did experience a minor revival post-dissolution during early 2019, it is a shadow of its former self. Zenrax lacks the internal function that larger polities possess, being ruled exclusively by decree. Being run entirely as a provisional government, it continues to exist solely as an arm for its leadership to continue its community outreach.
Zenrax took its name from a failed attempt at a local artificial language that was originally created for recreational purposes by citizens. Loosely translated, it meant "Peaceful Land," "Kingdom of Heaven," and so forth. Zenrax was also the name of a location that dissolved upon the nation's federalization in 2015-2018. Other examples of place names taking meaning from this created language include Ferro and Pyrax. (Both ceased to exist in late 2016 and late 2018, respectively.)
Prior to Zenrax's existence, various entities in the area were founded and disbanded in succession from 1999 through 2009. Locally, the most historically important of these factions were the Confederacy (existed during most of 2003), and the Red Alliance (existed 2005 - c. 2009). The Confederacy was the only successful direct democracy to last more than a few short months. The Red Alliance was a unitary, militaristic faction that controlled the area for several years until its eventual death by stagnation after 2009, when its original citizens dispersed for a while. Its storied existence contributed much to Zenrax's culture, government, and law. After the Red Alliance faded into obscurity, there was no related activity until the formation of Stormhold beginning 2014.
After a provisional period lasting six months, Stormhold federalized. In the process, it reorganized itself into the Federation of Zenrax on May 21st, 2015. The newly reorganized polity then ceremonially declared independence to commemorate the event. Between 2015 and 2018, the government further refined its core institutions and enacted increasingly broad reforms to combat the building effects of national stagnation. Between May 2015 and October 2018, there were three major reformations of the failing central government in attempts to keep the entity alive. By late 2018, Zenrax had become extremely burdened by non-functional core institutions (such as the Senate) that could not be legally dissolved or assimilated by other branches of government. Seeing this, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation by November 2018, leaving only the pre-existing Order of the Rose intact.
Zenrax today is a shadow of its former self. It exists only as an arm for its leadership to continue its community outreach. Its government is purely provisional, consisting only of its founder along with a small group of people who show passing interest in the polity. There are internal debates that take place every so often as to Zenrax's future, but decisions have been put off until its 20th Anniversary of existence in August, 2019.
Post-dissolution, the Government of Zenrax remains extremely simple: it is ruled by its leader, Shiro, entirely by decree. There are no specific titles for the Head of State after dissolution that hold a non-provisional nature, and there are no concrete plans afoot to change this trend unless a citizen base is once again recruited.
While being somewhat unique in and of itself, Zenraxian culture still remains much of the way it has been in the Old South for many generations, even after its dissolution. Influencing the government's former institutions were aspects of feudal Japan as well as Victorian Era Britain during the height of its power. Native Texan cultures also had some influence on the original people of Zenrax.
Many aspects of its government and culture were fairly unique, having been built from scratch or having evolved organically over many years. The government model was meant to emphasize the freedom for a person to choose their destiny, whatever that may be, so long as it does not involve intentionally bringing harm to another individual in the process. Several attempts were made at a "native" script, some of which survive the Federation's dissolution. Most subsequent attempts in improving these scripts have failed.
Federal policy strictly forbade the giving and receiving of recognition of statehood alone as a tool of diplomacy. Zenrax was very exclusive with its choices of allies, often holding new nations at arm's length, should they fail to exhibit civilized behavior from the beginning of their existence. The final official foreign policy update can be read here: https://forum.micronations.wiki/showthread.php?tid=1577&pid=12694#pid12694
The following are political entities that Zenrax actively maintained diplomatic relations with over its existence between June 2014 and November 2018.