Firefly Kingdom

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The Firefly Kingdom
Firefly National Flag.pngFirefly National Seal.png

Motto
A Reizei Vult. (Latin: By Reizei's Will.)
Anthem
"Ugoku, Ugoku"
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Pax, West Virginia, USA
Capital cityPax
Largest cityPax
Official language(s)Imanity-Go, Vietnamese
Short nameFirefly Kingdom
DemonymFirefly
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
- Eternal LeaderMako Reizei
- Sleepy QueenEkaterina
LegislatureThe Council of Reizei
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 6
Established21 January 2018
Area claimed1.185 km sq.
Population164 (as of 2019 census)
Currency$ USD
HDI0.872
Very High [1]
Time zone(EST)
National sporteSports
National animalBlack Bear

The Firefly Kingdom is a micronation in the US state of West Virginia. The Firefly Kingdom has gone through multiple past names, such as Elswicksia, but the name has finally been settled on the Firefly Kingdom. The nation was established originally under the name of Elswicksia on 21 January, 2018, then was annexed by the Martino-Elswicksian Kingdom for a very brief amount of time. The nation was officially re-established after Sleepy Queen Ekaterina declared its independence once more.

The Firefly Kingdom's government is an absolute monarchy which is justified by divine right. The nation is headed by Mako Reizei, which is treated as the god of the nation, with the government officially being headed by the Sleepy Queen. It has a parliament called the Council of Reizei which has 2 seats from each state, with the Sleepy Queen personally appointing the councilmen. Furthermore, the Council of Reizei is officially headed by the Sleepy Queen of the Firefly Kingdom, Ekaterina.

The Firefly Kingdom has quite the isolationist foreign policy, only having partially open borders with the United States (mainly to keep the flow of traffic clean). Citizens of other micronations, however, must present a valid passport and entry visa if there is a border officer on duty (there usually isn't, there's only an officer on duty when the nation is under a national lockdown.) The Firefly Kingdom overall is kind of open with themselves and accepts new diplomats semi-often.

History

Independence

The Firefly Kingdom declared independence once more from the Martino-Elswicksian Kingdom on around 25 September 2019. This day is now know as restoration day, which celebrates the restoration of Firefly independence. Independence was declared due to discontent with King Job, the head of state of the Martino-Elswicksian Kingdom. Though this event happened, Firefly independence day is still observed annually on 21 January.

The Dark Era

The Dark Era, also known as the Firefly Cold War Era, is an era that began on 1 October 2019 and ended on 16 December 2019. The era has saw a rise in Firefly patriotism, isolationism, and hostility towards other nations. This era also saw rise to a new alliance between the Firefly Kingdom and Martinia, named the Titanium Coalition. The alliance seeks to establish firm relations between the two nations in it and to contain the spread of vERSIFI throughout the micronational world.

Kaihō-sei to Risutora

"Kaihō-sei to Risutora" or "Openness and Reformation" is a governmental movement and era in the Firefly Kingdom that is similar to the Soviet "Glastnost and Perestroika". The movement saw economic, governmental, and foreign policy reforms and saw the Firefly Kingdom becoming more open and accepting to diplomacy with other nations more often.

Era of Degeneration

In order to reflect the beliefs of Sleepy Queen Ekaterina and her love of anime, the Firefly Kingdom entered the Era of Degeneration. This era has so far seen the Firefly Kingdom alter it's government, giving Mako Reizei the title of Eternal Leader of the Firefly Kingdom, Ekaterina, in her power as Sleepy Queen, passing laws and amendments allowing for a real person to marry fictional characters and AI, and giving AI the same rights as humans under the argument that "A machine is no less human than we are if they can feel, think, and act like us."

This era overall has seen the Firefly Kingdom begin to take itself and other micronations less seriously, with the Sleepy Queen even saying, "We are going to become so unserious and otaku that nobody will even want to associate with us."

Shutdown of parliament

On 31 January 2021, after the re-establishment of the Firefly Kingdom, the Royal Council of the Firefly Kingdom was immediately shutdown and declared defunct, officially giving the Sleepy Queen full reign over what happens within the kingdom until parliament is opened again. This was done mostly to prevent another defunct state, as the first (and so far only) time the Firefly Kingdom went defunct was because the government became inactive due to COVID-19. On February 25, 2021, the Royal Council was officially disbanded and replaced with the Council of Reizei by royal order from the Sleepy Queen.

Government

The Sleepy Queen

The Sleepy Queen is the de facto head of government, and diplomatically also the head of state of the Firefly Kingdom, as the actual head of state, Mako Reizei, does not physically exist. Currently there has only been one Sleepy Queen, being Ekaterina, though in the event that Ekaterina dies, the next in line to rule is Christina I as she is Ekaterina's spouse.

It is said that the Sleepy Queen rules by Reizei's divine right, and is crowned by Reizei and nobody else. As such, the Sleepy Queen only swears an oath to Mako Reizei, and not to the nation of the Firefly Kingdom. The Sleepy Queen's power is bound by Reizei's divine will, and therefore is all encompassing. The Sleepy Queen is singlehandedly the most powerful figure in the Firefly Kingdom.

The Eternal Leader

Drawing of Mako Reizei.

The Eternal Leader of the Firefly Kingdom actually does not exist, but is instead a character from an anime titled Girls Und Panzer named Mako Reizei (冷泉 麻子 Reizei Mako) that the current reigning monarch, Ekaterina, has an unhealthy obsession with. Images of her may be seen scattered around the Sleepy Queen's bedroom, as Reizei-San is treated as a god by her.

The Council of Reizei

The Council of Reizei is the legislative body of the Firefly Kingdom. It consists of 6 seats, three from each state of the Firefly Kingdom. Councilmen are appointed by the Sleepy Queen and may be removed by majority vote in the council. The Council of Reizei's power is tied to the Sleepy Queen, and they may only operate if the Sleepy Queen calls them into operation.

Government Ministries

The Department of State

The Department of State is a government department headed by the Sleepy Queen of the Firefly Kingdom. Its duty is to handle the domestic and foreign affairs of the nation, to use intelligence to advise the Sleepy Queen on her duties in foreign nations, and to handle and archive any government documents that may be given to it.

The Night's Angels

The Night's Angels, formerly the Committee for National State Security, is a civilian foreign intelligence group headed by the Sleepy Queen of the Firefly Kingdom. The agency is an official part of the Firefly royal government as stated by the national constitution. As of December 8th, 2019, the existence of the Night's Angels is publicly known to the citizens of the Firefly Kingdom, but all operations headed by the group are kept classified, and leaking of any said operations will be met with exile.

The Firefly Royal Police Force

The Firefly Royal Police Force is the judicial body and the official police force of the Firefly Kingdom. The task of the Firefly Royal Police Force is to uphold Firefly national law, to maintain sovereignty within Firefly borders, and to keep the Citizens of the Firefly Kingdom safe from harm.


Politics

The Firefly Kingdom follows an ideology called Reizeism (Pronounced Rey-Zei-Ism), which is characterized by shorter working hours, a very strong focus on education, intelligence, and mental health, as well as mandatory naps in places of work. The ideology was named after Mako Reizei, the Eternal Leader and deity of the Firefly Kingdom. Policies made by the Reizeist government include the forcing of businesses operating in the nation to allow workers to pick their own hours, fines for actions that may be considered as restricting the free market, and completely free healthcare (both mental and physical), education, and shelter. The ideology could be considered leftist in nature, as the government has a strong grip on what businesses may do.

Political Parties

Political parties are completely banned in the Firefly Kingdom, with the government citing recent events in the United States as proof that partisan politics do nothing but divide. As such, members of the Council of Reizei are advised to keep political lines out of their work, and instead work together to achieve the goals of the people.

Foreign Relations & Diplomacy

Recognition

The Firefly Kingdom recognizes the following nations:

Relations

The Firefly Kingdom has good relations with the following nations:

The Firefly Kingdom has neutral relations with the following nations:

  • The Archduchy of Pennsylvania

The Firefly Kingdom has bad relations with the following nations:

  • The Republic of vERSIFI

Border Policy

The Firefly Kingdom has a mostly open border policy, allowing open borders with the USA at all times as well as open borders with other nations at certain times. In times of non-open borders, citizens of other nations that are NOT the USA must present a valid passport and entry visa to the current border officer present. If there is no border officer present, the borders are closed. Foreigners may apply for a visa on our website. (Currently not existant)

Foreign Policy

The Firefly Kingdom has an semi-isolationist foreign policy, which it calls "Zerotoreransuporishī", meaning "Zero Tolerance Policy". It only interacts with nations that have become registered with the Firefly Department of State, which can be done by submitting a diplomatic registry form to the Sleepy Queen. The kingdom currently has zero embassies and is represented in 2 nations, being The Republic of Gaia and Egan. Overall the national policy on foreign nations is "Nation first, allies second."

The Firefly Kingdom also has a recognition policy, in which it will only recognize nations which have a significant diplomatic, cultural or speaking presence within the Firefly Kingdom.

Culture & Geography

Culture

Language

The Imanitish Alphabet

The Firefly Kingdom's first official language is Imanity-Go, which can be either Japanese or English written in the Imanitish alphabet. The language is actually inspired by the anime No Game No Life, which is popular among citizens of the Firefly Kingdom and makes up quite a bit of the Firefly culture's inspiration.

The Firefly Kingdom also has a second official language, which is Vietnamese. The language is spoken by the royal family of the Firefly Kingdom and by other ethnically Vietnamese citizens. However, the language is not used often, only being used on signs and in communication on special occasions.

Society and Traditions

The South Vietnamese flag is an official cultural and societal symbol of the Firefly Kingdom

Firefly society is based around family and fellowship, like traditional Asian cultures. The societal culture is overall based around traditional Vietnamese culture and traditions, with the citizenry celebrating most traditional Vietnamese holidays as well as Firefly holidays. The South Vietnamese flag is also well respected amongst the people of the Firefly Kingdom, as part of the royal family had fled there from the communist North Vietnamese government. Overall, Firefly society and traditions are based heavily around the culture and traditions of the Vietnamese, with some if its own culture in the mix.

Geography

The Firefly Kingdom is located in the Allegheny Plateau region of southern West Virginia. The land is not very flat and has many hills and mountains, as well as large amounts of forests. There is one river running through the Firefly Kingdom which the world knows as Paint Creek. All in all, the Firefly Kingdom shares pretty much the exact same geographical features as West Virginia.

References

  1. The HDI of the State of West Virginia is used for the Firefly Kingdom because of the Firefly Kingdom's location