Free City of Vodopol
Motto: Aeterna Gloria (Latin)
Anthem: Imnul național la Orașului Liber Vodopol (Romanian)
"National anthem of the Free City of Vodopol"
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
|01 August 2021|
• 2021 census
|Currency||Romanian Leu (RON)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2:00)|
|Patron saint||St. Andrew|
Vodopol (/vɔːdɔːpɔːl/; Romanian: [vodopol]), officially the Free City of Vodopol, is an independent city-state with no international/UN recognition (it is de jure considered part of Romania). As such, it is often referred to as a micronation. Vodopol is located in Southeastern Europe, with its entire territory being surrounded by Romania. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate. The Free City hosts a population of 3 people, not including an additional 1 citizen living in Romania, outside of its borders. The entire population identifies themselves as Eastern Orthodox Christians and are native speakers of Romanian, a Romance language and the official language. Vodopol also serves as the seat of the High Commissioner, as well as that of the Supreme Council.
The city itself was planned to become the new capital of the Vlasynian Despotate as early as March 2021. However, on 16 July of the same year, Ned Vodă, who at the time was Despot of Vlasynia, announced that on 1 August he would dissolve the Despotate. Five days later, on 21 July, Vodopol was formerly annexed and established as a Vlasynian Municipality. This status would only last for 11 days, though, as on 1 August 2021 Ned kept his word and dissolved the Vlasynian Despotate. In the process, he returned all Vlasynian territory with the exception of Vodopol to Romania and then declared the Free City of Vodopol as a city-state and the sole legal successor to the Despotate. Later that day, the Supreme Council was established as the main governing body of the Free City, after which it appointed Ned as High Commissioner.
Name in other languages
- Vodopol (most languages)
- Boдо́поль (Russian)
On 11 March 2021, it was officially announced that the Vlasynian Despotate was going to change its capital city by the end of 2021. The new venue was declared to be the future Vodopol Municipality, whose location shall remain, even to this day, undisclosed for security reasons.
On 21 July 2021, Vodopol was formally annexed by the Despotate as a non-autonomous municipality. On the same day, it was decided by former Despot Ned I that on 1 August 2021 Vlasynia shall be dissolved and succeeded by the Free City as its sole successor state.
Politics and government
On 1 October 2021, the Free City of Vodopol was formally divided into six administrative subdivisions known as districts (Romanian - districte). They have no official name, flag, coat of arms, or governor, since their purpose is to better organize and administrate the Free City's territory, as well as keep them divided based on utility. They are under the administration of the Supreme Council. The following are the unofficial names of the districts as of 24 November 2021:
- Central District
- Garaj District
- Hogeac District
- Grătar District
- Tuia District
- Poarta District
GUM Sister Cities Program
However, due to the decision to dissolve the Despotate and to establish the Free City, this initiative was, too, canceled.