Federated States of Gapla

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Federated States of Gapla
Foederatae Civitates Gaplanaya  (Latin)
Flag of Gapla
Flag
Coat of arms of Gapla
Coat of arms
Motto: Erit Ergo Justitia (Latin)
"Justice will be Served"
Anthem: "Romeo and Juliet Overture"

National March: "Radetzky March"

State seal
GaplaSeal.png
CapitalNew Gaplastovia, Territoria
Largest cityHydroAspect, Sweet Falls
Official languages
Other languages
Ethnic groups
(only residents counted)
Religion
(only residents counted)
Demonym(s)Gaplan
Gaplanayan (rarely)
GovernmentFederative Representative Constitutional Monarchy
• President
Emma Bunnell (FRP)
• Deputy President
Chelsea Chen (PLP)
• Prime Minister
Wyatt Baek (FRP)
• Leader of the Opposition
Mirabelle Wang (PLP)
LegislatureNational Assembly
Federation Council
Chamber of Deputies
Independence 
from the United States of America
• Declaration of Independence
28 February 2019
• Union day (Snake, Phoenix, and Gapla)
6 March 2019
• First post-union state (Emeralkia)
7 March 2019
• First constitution ratified
23 March 2019
• Current form (Federated States of Gapla)
2 May 2019
10 September 2019
• Current constitution
8 March 2021
Area
• Total
35.6 km2 (13.7 sq mi)
Not including the GAT
Population
• 2021 census
300
CurrencyGapla Dollar (GPD)
Time zoneUTC-7:00 (Gapla Standard Time)
Date formatYYYY - MM - DD
Driving sideright
Calling code+1 949
Internet TLD.gx

The Federated States of Gapla, more commonly known as Gapla, is a partially recognized sovereign state tacit recognized by the Republic of China (Taiwan)[1], the Swiss Confederation[2], and the Kingdom of the Netherlands[3] regarded as a micronation by the external community. It claims a piece of terra nullius near the border between Croatia and Serbia, and insists that it has a claim to this territory because it was the first valid claimant.

It is a federation of five dominions, ten states, and five special administrative regions, some of which have joined Gapla or were created inside Gapla. The country was founded by Wyatt Baek on 28 February 2019 because he felt that the United States of America, the country that Gapla declared independence from, was not a fair and free enough country. It is located near the western coast of the United States and in Antarctica (where it claims land as the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica) and has a diverse and unique culture.

The government of the Federated States of Gapla is comprised of a judiciary (the Supreme Court), the government (the National Assembly and Presidency), and the royalty (the Monarchy of Gapla). The Supreme Court's justices are appointed by present and past Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla, and the royal branch (the "royalty") is simply a ceremonial monarchy to raise money and enhance Gaplan culture and history. Inside the legislative branch and further the office of the Presidency, there are ministries, which are special organs of the legislative that advise the President and National Assembly of the Federated States of Gapla to do certain things.

It was a former member of the Grand Unified Micronational and a former observer of the Cupertino Alliance. Throughout the micronational community, Gapla is known for having a strong economy with its currency, the Gapla Dollar, being treated like fiat, and is used to trade everyday goods such as postal services, 3D prints, cakes, candy, origami, web design, and more.

Etymology

According to the President, the name for the Federated States of Gapla came from the root "Gapla", which, the founder claims, was a name stuck in their head for a country since they were very young. However, most speculate that this name came from the combination of "Gap" and "LA", meaning the "Gap" in the United States near the city of Los Angeles, abbreviated to LA.

The word "Gapla" does not have any deep etymological roots, and is commonly misspelled as "Galpa", with the Empire of Aeternia and certain delegates of the Cupertino Alliance using the popular misspelling.

History

Prehistory (August 2015 - February 2019)

United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix (August 2015 - October 2018)

Main article: United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix#History

The United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix was Gapla's predecessor state.

Role-playing game era (October 2018 - January 2019)

The notebook used for Gapla-Phoenix and the role playing era.

After Wyatt Baek, Gapla's reviver, remembered the United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix, a micronation he had made back in 2015 (its territory was a "secret base" inside the school), when he discovered its I.D. card, he was in awe and had feelings of nostalgia. He remembered the activity and fun he had and decided to revive the Republic of Gapla. He told his friend, Shaun Murzello, about the nation and he created an independent "Republic of Snake."

The two actively role-played for quite a while, usually in the library or at recess, pretending to be world leaders. A notebook was also written on, which contained statistics and symbols about the two nations.

After a few months, the nations became largely inactive until Wyatt discovered micronationalism.

The very beginning (January 2019 - February 2019)

The Federated States of Gapla was inspired from the Principality of Sealand, which the founder found out after a school project on nations with disputed sovereignty. He looked "disputed countries" up on Google and was quite intrigued by Sealand. After browsing through the website, he was quite interested, and - after being interested in creating his own nation, but not knowing how to - declared the now-defunct Principality of Gapla (the predecessor state of the Federated States of Gapla). He was in awe to know that anyone could declare their own country, as the entrance of countries was not governed by any organization.

Previously, the founder did have a micronation (although he didn't realize it was a micronation, as he didn't know what it was) called the United Republics of Gapla and Phoenix, which was founded in 2015 with no government or laws, however, it did have a flag, I.D. card (drawn from crayons and sharpies), and a territory, a "secret base" located in Cypress Village Elementary School.

Early Gapla (February 2019 - January 2020)

Gapla's original Coat of Arms, during the Principality of Gapla era.

Founding days (February 2019 - April 2019)

The Credits Shop

Wyatt had previously built up quite a reputation in the classroom as the founder of two projects that circulated throughout the class: the Credits Shop, a free marketplace with its own valuable currency, the Credit, and WRUSA, a conglomerate company that allowed anyone to create a subsidiary and participate in the economy of the Credits Shop.

The Credits Shop had a fiat peg, users from almost every student in the class, a website, and even a copycat shop (who later merged into the Credits Shop, becoming one of Wyatt's important business partners). The shop was made from a cardboard box and was carried around by Wyatt at recess and lunch and sold everything from origami to slime to Rubik's cubes.

Dozens of transactions were processed daily and around two thirds of the class created their own subsidiaries. It was very notable and is regarded as an important and inseparable part of the class's culture, as Emma Bunnell was quoted saying "Do you remember Gapla? The Credits Shop?" in her letter to the teacher of the classroom where Gapla was founded in on her retirement. While banned several times by the administration and later by Hubbard, Wyatt refused to cooperate and claimed that closing down the marketplace violated free expression and free market rights.

The revival of Gapla and the Principality of Gapla
An excerpt of an old edition of the Credits List, taken when Wyatt refused to give the list to the administration until they let him take pictures.

This large, in-class economy with several corporations and users created a very unique and ideal position to create Gapla's economy. When Wyatt announced Gapla, people were also interested because he had made several previous successful projects. Gapla soon captured great interest inside the classroom it was founded in after Wyatt announced that he had plans to create his own country. The founder asked two of his closest friends to create their own principalities - the Principality of Snake, and the Principality of Phoenix. At this time, they were independent and not part of the Principality of Gapla, and they were both converted to micronations. Many people had applied to become citizens, and after the Credits Shop de facto closed down, all existing credits and companies were transferred to Gapla's economy (with the credit being exchanged to the Gapla Dollar at a 5:1 ratio).

Wyatt and Shaun reportedly worked tirelessly on the nations, creating websites, flags, laws, and symbols during recess, as they were working on their goal to create their very own countries. The two had a lot of fun in the beginning and enjoyed their work as leaders of Gapla and Snake. For the first few days, Gapla and Snake coexisted as two separate micronations with a close alliance in a group they called the "United Micronations," formed together with the Principality of Phoenix, the remnants of the other half of Gapla-Phoenix.

The Emeralkian conflict

Soon after Gapla became popular, Emma Bunnell and Tessa Huffmire requested to the Admissions Office of the United Micronations that they wished to create a new principality. The United Micronations, afraid that admitting Emeralkia would result in a large amount of other requests, and thereby making owning a principality common (as it was with WRUSA subsidiaries), did not wish to admit Emeralkia until they had established set requirements and guidelines.

They were quite determined to create their own principality, as they argued with the current president of the United Micronations, Wyatt Baek, created their own flag, declared their own territory (their collective bedrooms) and requested membership multiple times, eventually saying that they would be a micronation rival to those of the United Micronations. As Emeralkia was slowly gaining some members, the United Micronations (Gapla, Snake, and Phoenix) were afraid that Emeralkia was gaining too much influence and that their own influence was deteriorating.

A emergency meeting of the United Micronations was called, with the two representatives from the Principality of Emeralkia invited for lunch under the playground. After some periods of negotiation, all of the current members of the United Micronations as well as Emeralkia would merge into one country as the Principality of Gapla, with each of the former nations becoming states of the principality.

The growth of the nation (April 2019 - July 2019)

This period is known to be very important as tremendous growth happened during these four months. Regular meetings were held on school property, and the Principality of Gapla was renamed to the Federated States of Gapla. States also formed alliances and treaties during this period.

The Snakaris pact
The flag of the State of Snake.

The Snakaris pact could be seen as a major event in Gaplan history due to its prominence as the first interstate conflict and major event since the Emeralkian conflict. A while after Gapla and its foundations were set up, the Duke of Snake, Shaun Murzello, wrote a declaration of war to the State of Kingdom City's duchess, Serena Ali. Serena seemed quite disturbed and worried about the invasion, as Snake was quite powerful. According to her, the state of Snake "powering" over her "country (sic.)" was illegal and wrong.

However, Kingdom City received unprecedented support from other states. Throughout the next few days in the science lab and at recess, Kingdom City recieved support and aid, while Snake was condemned. Likely due to peer and social pressure, Shaun signed the Treaty of Surrender days after and Kingdom City won an unprecedented war.

Chickenopolis and Syopolis

Renaldo Chang, while interested in Gapla, decided that he would make an independent kingdom as another micronation. While Wyatt urged him to join Gapla, he stood by his original decision until his nation fell inactive. During yoga (PE's substitute on a rainy day), Wyatt managed to convince Renaldo to make Chickenopolis, which is now Folia Tail, into a Gaplan state.

A while afterwards, Vera Sy decided to create her own state. She held a naming contest for it (the prize was custom made and decorated origami boxes from her company, Box-It). The winner was Grace Tan, who took Vera's last name and joined it with the suffix "opolis," which was likely inspired from Chickenopolis. Chickenopolis had a large following and culture already, even with its own form of greeting (the "chicken greeting").

Syopolis grew to a large state that gained the #1 spot after the fall of Snake. Snake then rose again and Vera was forced to sign a Treaty of Surrender by Shaun, which Vera still recalls as sad.

The first session begins

Throughout the first few months, Gapla gained many states and citizens. Through its website, referrals to other classes and schools, and many of the students in the class joining, it reached a population of almost 100 citizens and 14 member states, when the influx of new states stopped.

Gapla also introduced a program called "interstate sessions," which would allow Gaplan states to compete with each other without war. This was very successful in raising activity and numbers, as a large chunk of the class were Gaplan citizens, but was not successful in its original purpose, as shown through the Emeralkian invasion of Kingdom City that followed. Various alliances and treaties between states occurred.

Because of the heavy session advantages given to Snake and Phoenix as founding states, the leaders of Emeralkia petitioned to the then-president Wyatt Baek to give them founding state status at the Friday free time break held for students with none or few pieces of missing work. The result was a designation of "superior state" (for notable and powerful states) and a removal of special priviledges for founding states.

Emeralkia and "Highway 81"
The flag of the State of Emeralkia, created by its founders with assistance from Wyatt Baek.

Only a few months after its initial invasion, Emma Bunnell and Tessa Huffmire declared that Emeralkia would be invading Kingdom City. This is often attributed to Emeralkia becoming a growing colonial power or the personal drama between Emma and Serena that had been going on for some time. Due to the existence of the latter, states would not back Kingdom City and with a devastated Serena, the state fell to Emeralkian forces.

To satirize the colonized state, Emeralkia renamed Kingdom City to "Interstate 81" and eventually "Highway 81." The usage of the term is seen as an Emeralkian patriotic gesture, even today. This was and is seen as an inside joke of early members of Gapla, one later citizens such as Chelsea Chen and far later Nicolas Caiazzo did not understand or experience. Many attribute the success of the invasion to Wyatt's favoritism of the state, as he publicly admitted that Emeralkia was his favorite state and that he had a crush on Emma.

After the Emeralkian victory at Kingdom City and other colonies, it grew to be an unstoppable state with a monopoly on sessions.

The Emeralkian civil war

Shortly after the invasion of Kingdom City by Emeralkia, the state delved into an internal crisis. They had realized that, while at the founding of Emeralkia, they chose to be a kingdom, they did not choose which of the founders would be the monarch. This would ultimately end in each side fighting in a war and trying to appease Wyatt into recognizing their side through titles.

While Wyatt, according to himself, did the best he could to back Emma, Tessa ultimately won the war and was crowned Queen, although Emma would later illegally take back the position after Tessa had leaves the school two years later. Emma later claimed that she was jealous because Wyatt had "greatly favored" Tessa with titles.

Joshua Tan, the National Choir, and the end of the school year

The school year was ending, so Gaplan officials invited several Gaplans into a Google Hangouts chat so they could continue with Gapla throughout the summer as well as communicate. Gapla would continue following the next school year, in which the class would reunite.

Joshua Tan, governor of Nunbrickland (now Great Gryffin) sang 'Amazing Grace' to a crowd of over a hundred at the end of the school year talent show. It was nationally acclaimed and Joshua struck a deal with Wyatt to create Gapla's national choir. A national orchestra was made soon after, rehearsing after school in the music room in an agreement with the school, and a band in 2021.

Throughout the summer, Gapla was not very active, but its leaders were working on creating a new brand for Gapla in the external micronational community. A Micronations Fandom page was created, Gapla joined a few micronational organizations, made allies and even had its first trade deal. These things helped Gapla have an identity in the wider micronational community, later going on to join the Grand Unified Micronational and becoming an observer in the Cupertino Alliance.

Gaplan Revolution (July 2019 - October 2019)

Main article: Gaplan Revolution

The medal for the Heroes of the Revolution of the Federated States of Gapla, awarded to those who were brave in the revolution.

The Gaplan Revolution was the first and only (to date) conflict that Gapla was involved in as a fight for its sovereignty and right to operate.

Post-revolution Gapla (October 2019 - January 2020)

After the revolution, the FSG continued to hold meetings and advance its territorial claims by adding new states into the union. Pegasus, Musicland, and Asmiland were created during this period. Although the MicroWiki page was created during the Gaplan Revolution, it became an active source of information during the Post-revolution Gapla period, when Gapla was beginning the switch from Micronations Fandom to MicroWiki.

During the period from Joshua's performance until the end of this period, Emeralkia held a record long monopoly on sessions and was incredibly powerful, having activity every school day and devoting their breaks to furthering Emeralkia.

"Hubbard Sucks"

Main article: Hubbard Sucks

Over two-thirds of the entire class joined Hubbard Sucks, an organization connected to the Gaplan Revolution, that condemned their new teacher.

The Duchess incident

While Gapla was founded as the "Principality of Gapla," it was actually a kingdom (with a King as the monarch) before Wyatt learned what a principality was, as the name was taken from Sealand. Soon after this was realized, the monarch was now a prince and the former princes and princesses were dukes and duchesses, and so on and so forth. Therefore, at the time, each state was a duchy.

Shaun Murzello was the first to come up with the idea of the sale of peerage, and, not aware of the changes of Gapla's monarchy, sold the title of Duchess of Snake to Anusha Sharma for an undisclosed amount. After the rest of the class found out, Shaun was mocked, as he was now legally married to Anusha in Gapla. They later filed for a "divorce" and a settlement was made.

Shaun pleaded to Gaplan authorities to remove this part of Gaplan history from the books and clear his citizen record, but this only made the situation worse. This event is now a major part of Gaplan history, as Shaun was consistently mocked by his opponents, creating a constructed language for the purpose, which included Shaun's forms of communication and common phrases ("Shaunese") such as "You know perfectly well..." in his signature tone and the stomping of the foot while saying "argh," amongst others. Classes in Shaunese ("Shaunese 101") were provided by Emma, Tessa, Vera, and Wyatt outside of the classroom, and enrollment rates skyrocketed.

The princess protests and marriage proposal
A document written by several Gaplan citizens criticizing Hubbard.

After the reformation of Gapla's monarchy was publicized through the duchess incident, many Gaplans had claimed that they worked for the title of princess for the title itself, not as a noble rank. They protested the change on the grounds that Gapla was now the "Federated States of Gapla," as it had been renamed. Eventually, Wyatt was declared "Sovereign Prince" to the Emperor (God), and the old title system returned.

It is speculated that many Gaplan citizens had fantasies of becoming princesses and being given a crown, and that this was the main driving force of the protests.

Shortly after the princess protests, Serena, governor of Kingdom City, asked for Wyatt's hand in a Gaplan marriage, likely for the title of Sovereign Princess, which she is known to have greatly desired. It is unknown if she had any genuine feelings for Wyatt. After Wyatt rejected, Serena kept trying to convince him to agree, saying that "you shouldn't care about what other people think of it."

After Emma criticized her for her greed and explained to her the importance and seriousness of marriage as well as consent, Serena reluctantly stopped asking Wyatt. Although Emma and Serena have claimed a year later after the incident that they are over their "childish drama," two years after the incident, Emma, while in different schools with Serena, has warned Wyatt strongly against Serena and bitterly criticized her, indicating that the drama could possibly still be ongoing.

Gaplan Renaissance (January 2020 - November 2020)

Ozzah and Xadia days (January 2020 - March 2020)

The state flag of Ozzah, created by the founders. They refused one made by the government.
Background

Until January, Emeralkia maintained a monopoly on interstate sessions for quite a long time, and the states that ranked top were all one of the first states (Phoenix, Snake, Chickenopolis, Syopolis, and Emeralkia). However, in January, two very new states arose which, contrary to what everyone else expected, overthrew Emeralkia's monopoly.

Rises of Ozzah and Xadia

During January, two powers, Ozzah and Xadia (officially New Xadia), rose up and created their own interstatal alliances. Xadia was made up mostly by many of Aditya's puppets, which barely had any activity. After the Xadian collapse, many of these states remained states. Two examples of these states that still exist today are Destruction and Cloudland. Similarly, Ozzah collected allies through their "friendship circle."

Xadia essentially garnered power by its founder, Aditya, asking his very large friend group to make states and grow Xadia's empire as an alternative to war, which he did not believe in. Their state grew to astronomical levels before falling at around the same time as Ozzah, although they had a short feel of power later before falling again.

Xadia had a complex governmental structure with knights, peers, a military, and government employees. Its head musician and commander of the Armed Forces was Bright Li (associate concertmaster) and it was noticed as hilarious when he was seated next to Chelsea Chen (concertmaster), head musician and commander of the Armed Forces of Ozzah, who was seated next to Katelyn Chen (principal second violin), a close friend of Chelsea's, who was seated next to Wyatt Baek (assistant principal second violin), founder of Gapla, who was seated next to Irene Kim (assistant principal viola), governor of Ozzah. This was an almost impossible coincidence known as the "Gaplan first row" in an orchestra with close to 100 members.

Ballots for the 2020 Gaplan presidential election.

Ozzah's strategy was essentially the same, except that they also included large investments and new ideas into their state, including a state website, and they treated it as if it were its own micronation.

Carmentown and Littletown

During this period, "little towns" became increasingly popular. These were small Gaplan "towns," usually a part of other states, that would generate revenue in Gapla Dollars for the states. The two most famous of these were Carmentown (inspired from Suite from Carmen, a piece played by the school district's honor orchestra), built on an entire table with its own Google Document that its users would interact and build on, as well as Littletown. Both of these towns were built with classroom items such as paper, glue, bottle caps, etc. and generated money for the national and state governments as they had a lot of activity as well as a 90% revenue to the state and a 10% revenue to the Government of Gapla.

These towns became increasingly popular. Carmentown was first part of Ozzah and then Elemental, and Littletown was funded by Xadia and integrated into Emeralkia. Poshstate was also an example of one of these "little towns." Wyatt Baek was the only person who worked in both of those competing towns.

Decline of Xadia
The state flag of Xadia.

During the election in February, Xadia had its leader, Aditya, and Ozzah had Emma of Emeralkia to represent their state. After an extremely close victory by Emma during the Deputy Presidential election (who was just a popular setup to pass the position to Irene, because Irene was powerful, yet not popular within the general public), Aditya stopped being active and the state of Xadia basically collapsed - however, it is still in existence today. Xadia is said to have "rage quit" Gapla after the election, and it is still a meme in Gapla today.

Decline of Ozzah

The State of Ozzah declined after it fell in the interstate rankings of the 2nd session. Because of this, the founders of Ozzah blamed Gapla for being a "toxic community" - no reasons are known, other than that their state dramatically fell in the interstate competitions during March 2020.

Another possible reason for this quit was that the President and the then-Vice President, Irene Kim, one of the founders of Ozzah, did not get along during office. Constant arguments between the two leaders eventually caused her to resign, to be replaced by Chelsea Chen.

Coronavirus strikes (March 2020 - August 2020)

The flag of Elemental.

During March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the school that Gapla was located in, and it was closed. Due to this, Gapla actually became more active, finally creating a Discord server and having bi-weekly meetings on Google Meet, and then Zoom after it was authorized by the Executive Council. Previously, the council used Google Meet due to security concerns with Zoom.

During this period, the focus was mainly on Elemental, which, for most of the period, had no main contestant, which was slowly growing its empire and having a monopoly on interstate sessions until the resurgence of Folia Tail in August.

Great Rise of Elemental

After both Ozzah and Xadia had dramatically fallen, Gapla was in need of a new power. While several states such as Snake, Phoenix, and Emeralkia had tried to claim the throne, a then small and unknown state named Elemental, governed by Chelsea Chen, was forged as the next clear Gaplan power.

After Gapla had been greatly digitalized, states who stuck to the old-style sessions such as Emeralkia, Snake, or Phoenix were never quite able to become powers again, and their activity levels drained down.

However, Chelsea worked tirelessly on making Elemental number one, creating websites, verifying land, and composing music. She is seen as a subset of people who treated Gapla as a career and not just a side hobby. Due to this, Elemental retained this dominance until Folia Tail rose as its competitor.

Acquisition of Mogollon
The flag of Mogollon.

Also during this period, the State of Mogollon joined, giving Gapla's first piece of land that was not a house, previously located in the American state of Arizona. This was a significant addition to Gapla's territory. To this day, there are only two territories that are not houses: the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica, and the State of Mogollon.

Mogollon was acquired from Eovnia Pual, who transferred her territory in her Elysiumite province to Mogollon.

Discord era

Gapla started its Discord server during this period, which was filled by many diplomats and Gaplan citizens. A communication system for those unable to use Discord, called the Communication System for Underprivileged Individuals (CSUI) was also created. Some members of Gapla actually preferred to use CSUI rather than Discord, but the system was reserved for those unable to use Discord.

Gapla's previous Google Hangouts group was very reluctant to move to Discord at first, but today, the group is almost never used and the Discord server remains the primary means of communication.

The Kingdoms of H and J

As an expansion of the Discord era, Bright Li brought along an older friend to Gapla, who wished to contribute to Musicland, Bright's state. He added his friend group, styled as a kingdom, called the Kingdom of H, into Gapla. This was significant as the kingdom had around 30-40 members, and Musicland became a very popular state.

The members of the kingdom constantly posted memes and random, uncivilized comments (the most famous of these being the poptarts sequence, which goes: poptarts1, poptarts2, poptarts3, etc.) in general and official venues (such as embassy channels). This led to a lot of diplomats leaving due to unprofessionalism and many of the members of the kingdom being muted or banned, although some are still in the server today.

A similar kingdom called the Kingdom of J, created by a friend of Justin's (King of H) was created. It had around ten members, signing a "peck tweaty" (peace treaty) with Gapla and ultimately also becoming a Musiclandian city.

The flag of Folia Tail.

Resurgence of Folia Tail (August 2020 - November 2020)

"Wyatt's police does not exist"

After falling very inactive for quite a long time, Renaldo largely criticized the Federated States of Gapla, calling it a "fake nation" with "no purpose" and that "Wyatt's police doesn't exist." He repeatedly made fun of the country over Zoom, but was largely ignored by the Gaplan authorities.

However, a few weeks later, Renaldo contacted the Gaplan government on how to be active in Gapla again. Renaldo's previous criticism is likely due to not knowing how to be active and taking an alternative approach. The government welcomed and celebrated Renaldo back, and he soon defended the country in the school Zoom meetings. Renaldo then renamed his state from Chickenopolis to "Delsgade," as he thought it was a more proper name for the state. Notably, Vera Sy was extremely upset at this decision.

The great resurgence

He eventually renamed his state to Folia Tail after the rise to power, which, through the help of former Xadian states and some hard work, consistently caught up to and even defeated Elemental in a session. Along with Chelsea Chen, he was the first funders of Gapla, buying titles, a crown, Gapla Dollars, and more.

Renaldo was accused of sending messages that undermine his education, such as "Folia Tail defeating Elemental > Schoolwork" and "Folia Tail > [The rest of] Gapla > School." The effects of this are unknown. Some people have called Renaldo a Gaplan nationalist due to his excessive pride of being Gaplan, and especially a citizen of Folia Tail, however, he is also known to display this for his other citizenships, especially Brazil and Taiwan. He has commented that Gapla should be recognized by the international community and that it is the "best country in the world."

He later tried to deny that the criticism of Gapla at the beginning of the year happened, and then grew ashamed after after he was disqualified for the award of the Leaflet of Gaplan Fortune (LGF), an award dedicated to those who are loyal to Gapla, because of his prior actions.

First modern era (November 2020 - November 2021)

Second Christmas days (November 2020 - February 2021)

The first half of the Second Christmas Days consisted of the adjustment to the competition between Folia Tail and Elemental. During this period, like the name, Gapla celebrated its second Christmas since independence. Another event is that Folia Tail was dominant during this period, however, later, Elemental became more dominant consistently, but not to an extent of a monopoly.

A new era for Gapla

The second half consisted of a new era for Gapla - sales in titles and Gapla Dollars increased dramatically due to the growing popularity of Gapla and the demand for these items. Gapla's economy soared, and the country had enough money to fund flags, crowns, government seal stamps, new graphic designs, better paper, branded stationery, and more.

Important funders of Gapla included Chelsea Chen and Renaldo Chang. Mainly through a visit to New Gaplastovia, they bought a variety of items such as Gapla Dollars, titles of nobility, crowns, etc. that allowed Gapla to operate further and with more goals and plans. This is also how Renaldo Chang was promoted to a Grand Prince of Gapla after previously being a baron.

After the events of the Folian resurgence, a period of constant active sessions and great activity was made in Gapla during its next few months. These months are often called the "second Gaplan renaissance," but this is not an official designation.

Winter conspiracy theory
The "Gaplan Identity," a popular photo shot in New Gaplastovia that depicts some of the purchases from the Second Christmas days.

There is currently a conspiracy theory in the Federated States of Gapla that says that great Gaplan revolutions, renaissances, and periods of mass activity and growth are near the months of December, January, and February, therefore being called the "Winter conspiracy theory." This is supported by the following years, according to its adherents:

  • 2015: after Gapla-Phoenix was founded, it had a mass income of citizens
  • 2016: the Iceecas and their empire fell, leading Gapla-Phoenix to have a "monopoly" over the school
  • 2017: the Iceecas reform, but Gapla-Phoenixian intelligence becomes notoriously advanced and traces down its movements
  • 2018: while nothing in Gapla was significant, Wyatt's previous endouvers such as WRUSA (which would later become important in Gapla's economy) soared, and so did other Totoro subsidiaries
  • 2019: the United Republics of Gapla-Phoenix was revived as the Principality of Gapla
  • 2020: the Gaplan Renaissance occurs, Ozzah and Xadia lead Gapla into great activity and stretch Gapla's potential and relevance
  • 2021: the second Christmas days and the great funding for Gapla that was achieved
  • 2022: the 2022 Gaplan presidential election incurred a breakthrough of political progress in Gapla, during and in preparation for it

They also believe that significant advances in the Aeolian revolution will be completed by January or February 2023.

Critics accuse adherents of cherry-picking, amongst other accusations.

Advance of the session (February 2021 - June 2021)

During the advance, Gapla started actually applying the purchases it bought in the second Christmas days, as well as creating a new currency design backed by gold. Mainly, this consisted of Elemental and Folia Tail (and their allies) going into a Zoom meeting every day to argue and conduct the interstate sessions, so sessions constructed during this period were extremely active, however, were dominated by Elemental.

The era of great activity

Continuing along with the previous era and further supporting the winter conspiracy theory, the era of great activity was a period in Gaplan history when several Gaplan states, mainly Elemental, Emeralkia, Folia Tail, and in some extent Phoenix, Daisy, and Asmiland, had a soar of activity through the Zoom classroom breakout rooms. The teacher allowed for free time during these meetings if one had completed all of their work, and a large proportion of Gaplan citizens joined in the so-called "Gapla breakout room" to discuss plans, conduct sessions, and more.

During this period, all of the states were incredibly active, making movements and negotiations every day. Gapla's economy, interest in Gapla, and much more soared throughout the classroom and Gapla was recognized as part of the classroom's culture. Interest in its monarchy took a soar, which it had not done since Serena's proposal of marriage to Sovereign Prince Wyatt Baek.

In addition, Gapla applied the purchases from the money and items it acquired during the second Christmas days.

Proposed second rise of Folia Tail

Renaldo Chang, governor of Folia Tail, reportedly had started devising a plan to become the dominant competitor in interstate sessions after Elemental was constantly narrowly winning (however, Folia Tail did have a few victories). He spent some money to develop his state and ultimately emerged to be a very competitive state to Elemental.

Colonial ages (June 2021 - October 2021)

One of the schools Gapla has "colonized." Schools are colonized by having a substantial amount of students that are Gaplan citizens in a school.

The colonial ages was the start of the rise of Folia Tail which surpassed Elemental in September 2021.

"Fire dragon" and "water dragon"

During this period, Folia Tail strategically planned the "fire dragon's return" and the "water dragon's return," and the state government released a statement that said that the dragons mentioned were literal, that they shoot fire, and that they will destroy Elemental. Today, these are often seen as the same thing as the proposed rise of Folia Tail done earlier.

However, it was discovered that this was used for secrecy reasons, and the actual plan was to discuss Folia Tail's plans without leaking it to Elemental, and for Elemental to completely ignore it as a joke. This seems to have worked, as Folia Tail has completed its plan and have successfully been narrowly declared as the session leader.

Inter-Gaplan Venado-JTMS rivalry

After a multitude of citizens moved to different schools, most notably Venado Middle School and Jeffrey Trail Middle School, leaders in both schools, considered to be Emeralkia (backed by Folia Tail) and Elemental, were devising plans to increase Gapla's popularity in both of these schools. Emeralkia's attempt was noted as successful, as many students from Venado joined Gapla and were later seen as influencing factors in the 2022 Gaplan general elections (not the 2022 Gaplan presidential elections) in August 2022. The two schools, inside Gapla, have been seen as rivals and representations of Venado and Jeffrey Trail.

A part of the colonial ages, they were also a start of an era where Gaplan states collected schools throughout school districts, including the famous Orange County School of the Arts. Dozens of schools across a few school districts have been "colonized."

Second rise of Emeralkia (October 2021 - November 2021)

An image of Jeffrey Trail Middle School, seen as a competitor to Emeralkia and its influence in Venado.

During this period, the Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia broke away from Elemental's alliance in the session, leading to a dramatic decrease in Elemental's strength, as Elemental has allocated a lot of its resources to the Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia. This was a result of Tessa Huffmire wanting to be out of the Elementalian Federation and to create a new independent Grand Kingdom of Emeralkia. After its rise, containment of allies, and victory over Folia Tail in the 9th session, it has become a leading power in the Gapla and is considered to be a "major power" along with Elemental and Folia Tail.

Tessa Huffmire, who had thought that Emma had abandoned her state for the year she was gone, was determined to make Emeralkia a new, independent power, although, the lasting effect of this was not very great. It, however, retained its strong independence from Elemental. Emma had later compromised by making Tessa Queen and herself Prime Minister.

It was incredibly active throughout this period and reported to the Session Administration nearly every day.

Although Elemental has been damaged by the GKE's independence, Elemental has regained strength through its lands acquired through verification, and is predicted to continue being a major power, although Folian news networks falsely stated that the Federation had dissolved. These reports garnered controversy in Gapla, however, Renaldo Chang refused to comment.

Second modern era (November 2021 - March 2022)

"Red Wave" of Gapla (November 2021 - December 2021)

During November 2021, many citizens from Excelsior and elsewhere came with a predominantly left-wing tilt, empowering the formerly minor party of the People's Liberal Party after this wave and a merging of that party and The Progressive Movement, a former center-left party. Eventually, this empowered the right-wing of Gapla, formerly without significant competition, to merge into one party. A moderate-libertarian right-wing party called the Free Rightist Party was created in opposition to the People's Liberal Party and Gapla effectively became a two-party system, each merging in order to combat the other.

While Gaplan politics were contentious previously, the addition of more left-wing citizens raised Gapla into a very competitive two-party system, with increasingly active political discussion and debate in the Discord server. This showed a large push in Gaplan activity and the increasing pressure for the then-majority of the right to react and compete against the left.

However, this is ironic because one of the founding ideals was to avoid the "red and blue" two party system, and Gapla had ended up that way due to increasing political competition. it is likely that Gaplan parties made this decision in haste instead of forming alliances, which is what often happens now (FRP and CRP, PLP and SRP de facto). The "red wave," 2022 Gaplan presidential elections, and Ote Land are often seen as more evidence for the winter conspiracy theory, a theory that alleges that significant progress in Gapla always happens during winter.

2022 Elections and Ote Land (December 2021 - February 2022)

See the article 2022 Gaplan presidential election for information on the 2022 Gaplan Presidential Election.

The final round of the 2022 Gaplan presidential election. Around 200 citizens voted, so the tie was very suspenseful and unprecedented.

Ote Land was a new Special Administrative Region (SAR) currently de facto led by Dheer Patel.

It was from a group of high schoolers that were invited to Gapla from Northwood High School. After a period of rebellion and disturbance, Ote Land was integrated into the Ote Land SAR in January 2022. Some people, most prominently from the Gaplan left, say that Ote Land was an "election rigging" tool used by the FRP, however, evidence has proven that Ote Land came independently of the 2022 Gaplan Presidential Election.

Ote Land was a large controversy, as the 2022 election was very contentious and seen by many as incredibly important to Gapla's future. After its members were submerged into the greater Gaplan community. It is now a free part of the Federated States of Gapla that mostly sides with the right, however, a large majority of their members are in the satirical Kim Jong Un Party, which is supposedly far-left.

The New Reform and the Emersyos (February 2022 - March 2022)

In around February 2022, Sovereign Prince Wyatt Baek and President Chelsea Chen jointly announced a large reorganization plan for the government. However, some activists greatly disapproved of the suggested reforms and took control of the Deputy President's and Secretary of State's Gaplan portal accounts to declare a state of emergency. This caused immediate nationwide panic throughout Gapla as well as throughout the United Federation of the Terra Excelsior Republic, which was considered closely tied to Gapla and its actions. Emergency actions were being taken and the situation was eventually resolved.

These activists were called the "Emersyos," who impersonated the two officials. They took control of Gapla's assets and declared themselves the true government of Gapla. A government-in-exile for the old government was created as the "Royal Federation of Gaplanaya." They (the "Emersyos") appear to be far-right and have been criticized by the government and many citizens.

The Emersyos declared war on Excelsior, however failed to do any damage as the assets were soon returned to Gapla as the bug was found. The Emersyos whereabouts or identity are unknown, but the Intelligence Agency of the Gaplan Federation claims to know. The reforms were stalled because of this conflict, and at its peak the Emersyos controlled several cities, including New Gaplastovia. Today, the Emersyos are largely defunct and order as returned, but the Aeolian revolutions seem to be delayed.

The Aeolian revolutions (April 2022 - August 2022)

The first reforms (April 2022 - June 2022)

After the Emersyo incident, the Gaplan government proceeded to enact a variety of reforms including governmental reforms, reforms in branding, states, sessions, and Gapla's general image. These reforms are scheduled to be completed by late 2022 and hope to make Gapla more prosperous, active, and professional. The Aeolian revolution is one of the largest reforms in Gaplan history beside the Gaplan Revolution and Gaplan Renaissance. So far, significant governmental reforms including a new legislature, electoral system, and more are being adopted, while other reforms are expected to follow.

While at first posing as a crypto-positive and blockchain-based stance, members of the Gaplan left opposed this, and a compromise was later reached after protests. The Aeolian Convention, which happened at MicroCon 2022, is predicted to be a large factor in creating the "big revolution" that many citizens are hoping for. Wyatt Baek and Chelsea Chen, who attended the convention outside the gates of the Red Rock Ballroom in which MicroCon was hosted, claim that it is going to create a "big revolution" and that real change is coming, however, some citizens are skeptical.

Adherents to the winter conspiracy theory claim that this will again happen somewhere between December 2022 and February 2023, however, the government has not confirmed or denied any date or even any "Aeolian revolution" taking place: it is considered a construct by many Gaplan citizens.

First Aeolian revolution and MicroCon (June 2022 - August 2022)

During this period, Gapla was in the middle of a series of reforms. Due to the risk of applying them to Gapla directly, Nicolas Caiazzo suggested that a new dominion, the Dominion of Astraya, be created. The goal is to use a micronational philosophy aimed at guaranteeing the maximal success and activity of a micronation through logic. This process was sped up by Chelsea Chen encouraging members of Astraya to read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear, which unexpectedly had a considerable application on micronationalism. Throughout this process, a presentation has been created and the first members of Astraya, Chelsea, Wyatt, and Nico, are going to attend a Zoom meeting to view it shortly.

MicroCon 2022

Gapla was represented at MicroCon 2022 in Las Vegas with two delegates representing the country, Wyatt Baek and Chelsea Chen. They attended MicroCon in Las Vegas in the Red Rock Ballroom and conversed with other micronationalists and listened to their presentations. Both delegates were present for the diplomatic reception, main conference, gala dinner, and awards ceremony, with only Wyatt present for bowling.

At MicroCon 2022, Wyatt and Chelsea conversed outside of the ballroom for privacy about the future of Astraya and how the micronations at the conference inspired them, as well as some discussions for how Astraya would be established. This is commonly called the "Aeolian convention." Both delegates remarked that the conference united, enjoyed, and inspired them personally and gave them a greater understanding of the micronational community. A photo of the Gaplan delegation with the Queen of Ladonia was also taken, after an invitation by the Prince Consort.

2022 Gaplan general election

The Astrayan revolutions (August 2022 - present)

Pre-Astrayan era (August 2022 - October 2022)

With the departure of Wyatt Baek from Venado Middle School to Lakeside Middle School, Venado was less of a center of influence and most of Gaplan activity moved to Jeffrey Trail Middle School.

Lakeside, a predominantly FRP school, was quite a small school for Gapla, as the only people who were in the school notable enough to even have their names mentioned on government media were Renaldo Chang, Serena Ali, and Vivian Kim. However, reflecting on his previous failed attempts to introduce Gapla into Sierra Vista Middle School over the previous summer and his only semi-successful attempt at Venado, Wyatt decided to try a new approach that would spark a positive connotation about Gapla even before the main recruiting mission started.

In addition, significant progress in Astraya occured, with a roadmap for launching the project by December 2022 being created.

"What makes a country... a country?"

A presentation titled "What makes a country... a country?" was given by Wyatt Baek in his period 1 English class as the beginning of this mission. Other than Vivian, no person in the room knew what Gapla was before the presentation. It was by far the longest and most praised presentation in the entire class, receiving unanimous applause and inquiries about Gapla after the presentation. According to Baek, he designed the presentation so that the idea of Gapla would appeal to middle schoolers and discouraged comments such as "you're a fake pointless nation," which was common in previous attempts.

The presentation was a grand success, with not only the class, but many of the students outside of the class knowing about Gapla, wanting to join, and having a positive view of it. Wyatt noted being greeted as "prince," his official title in the Monarchy of Gapla, as well as inquiries on citizenship and one student asking if they could become the President of Gapla.

An example slide from the presentation given.

Glimpses of Astraya (October 2022 - December 2022)

The Astrayan Blueprint

A blueprint called the Astrayan Blueprint was developed by the government. This document seeks to greatly increase Gaplan activity through programs such as the League of Heralds, MicroWiki corps, expansion of government jobs, and the National Academy. Many citizens were in demand of jobs from the government but internal government planning made shortages common and many people being unemployed for large periods of time.

The blueprint also stated that it would be beneficial for Gapla to claim a piece of terra nullius with ample justification (contrasted to just calling commonly known terra nullius Gapla's) to create a bigger purpose to eventually expand into a city state, and to create a roadmap for people to contribute to an exciting project that creates a new country and government.

A local micronation known as the Union of Democratic Republics, or the UDR, expressed interest in joining the Federated States of Gapla as a special administrative region.

This then furthered the idea of the "Royal Licentiate" by the Gaplan government, which were a group of around seven people who were highly dedicated to working on Gapla. The requirements were that Gapla was the micronation they were most focused on and that they really cared and would persevere for Gapla beyond normal ranges, and the addition of the UDR, who seemed like dedicated micronationalists with an activity problem (similar to one Gapla had previously but resolved through another idea in the Astrayan Blueprint), could be beneficial for both Gapla and the UDR as the UDR could take advantage of the established interest of Gaplan citizens and Gapla getting possible new members of the Royal Licentiate.

Into November and December, a wave of students from Lakeside Middle School were applying for citizenship and joining the Gaplan Discord server, with some citizens even considered to be very good assets for Gapla's new Astrayan reformation. Some citizens even bought bills and enquired about titles of nobility, and others enquired about government positions.

Irene Kim crisis
The decision by the Federal Court of New Gaplastovia that caused the Irene Kim crisis.

A ruling by the Federal Court of New Gaplastovia, which served as a replacement for the Supreme Court while it remained vacant under the Emma Bunnell government crisis, ruled that Wyatt Baek was to be fined for illegally using the Intelligence Agency of the Gaplan Federation to remove his political rival, Irene Kim, from office to replace her with his then-ally Chelsea Chen. This also prompted the current Deputy President, Chelsea Chen, to be removed by Irene Kim.

The issue with this was that Irene was active in Gapla only in early 2020 and was greatly inactive in modern Gapla. This prompted Irene Kim to resign and asked to be replaced with her predecessor, Chelsea Chen. Her request was granted and her term lasted eight hours.

Gaplan-Juniperian War

On November 8, 2022, Invictus declared war on Gapla, followed by Juniperia and its puppet states.

This war saw little fighting, other than a brief Juniperian expedition and threats from both sides. After many threats back and forth, many of Juniperia's allies found out what caused the war and withdrew from the conflict. After its last ally, Invictus, withdrew from the conflict, Juniperia, Idiocia and Al-Bustan were the last standing members of the conflict and shortly withdrew from the war, leading into a de facto draw but a de jure Gaplan victory.

Rise of the AMASH Party

The former founders of the Kim Jong Un Party, seeking to revive the party, renamed the party as the "Anti-Monarchist Asian Superhero Hot Dog Rocketship Cowabunga Plant Cleaners and Kim Jong Un Number One State Republic Party." This created quite a chaos in the Gaplan Discord server, as they were constantly pushing requests to lengthen the party name and were constantly chatting about events unrelated to Gapla in their channel, #amash-party (formerly known as #crazy-party because the server administrators could not find a way to even fit the abbreviation into a channel name).

After a significant figure and member of the National Assembly, Diti Patel, expressed her interest in rejoining the AMASH party and leaving the Free Rightist Party, this caused widespread panic in Gapla as she was one of the candidates for the upcoming presidential election. Quite shocked at what was happening, the Gaplan National News Network revoked its calling of the special election for Diti and instead insisted on a borderline constitutional approach of delaying the ballot to Emma Bunnell for ratification, something that is being tried in court as of December 2022.

The national flag

The national flag is named the "Standard of Greater Gapla". It was created on the day of founding of the Federated States of Gapla and has never changed, in exception to when the flag size ratio was changed for standardization.

The Standard of Greater Gapla consists of a blue background with a red cross, an orange circle, and a yellow star.

Colours of the flag

The blue touches the red, and the orange, because the pride of the people are made from the people, and the National Assembly and Association of Ministries are made of the people. Also notice that citizens themselves cannot change the nation, the star.

The red touches all of the areas, because the pride of the people is made from the people, gives people to National Assembly and the Association of Ministries, and affects the nation.

The orange represents the National Assembly, which most closely touches the star. The orange also is made from the Pride of the People and the People.

This yellow star is the government, and touches everything except for the blue, because citizens cannot change the government alone. It is touching the orange because the National Assembly and the Association of Ministries can change the government. It is touching the red because the pride of the people can change the government.

Subdivisions

Superior states, states, territories, and Special Administrative Regions are all subdivisions of the Federated States of Gapla.

States and superior states have a limited amount of autonomy to create their own laws and regulate their own institutions, however, are not considered sovereign states and lack sufficient autonomy to be considered "autonomous."

Territories are under the complete control and jurisdiction of the Federated States of Gapla and have no autonomy over their territory.

Special Administrative Regions have some autonomy, such as the power to enforce their laws, create laws to a certain extent, issue special passports, and create their own currency.

List of subdivisions of Gapla

The following is a list of government-recognized subdivisions of the Federated States of Gapla.

  • "Created inside Gapla" means that the state in question was created inside of Gapla from land from a macronation.
  • "Joined Gapla" means that the state was either formerly an independent country or a province of another before federating into the Federated States of Gapla.
  • "Formed the FSG (original state)" means that the state was federated into the Federated States of Gapla on 6 March 2019 (Union Day) as an original state.
Dominions (5)
Flag Name Leader Integration Method Website Size (square feet)
State9Gapla.png Elemental Chelsea Chen Created inside Gapla http://elemental.gaplagov.org 8,830
State4Gapla.png Folia Tail Renaldo Chang Joined Gapla http://foliatail.gaplagov.org 1,106
EmrFlag.png Emeralkia Emma Bunnell and Tessa Huffmire

(singular leadership under Emma Bunnell,

Tessa Huffmire as ceremonial monarch)

http://emeralkia.gaplagov.org 3,223
State2Gapla.png Phoenix Mirabelle Wang Formed the FSG (original state) http://phoenix.gaplagov.org 2,284
State1Gapla.png Snake Shaun Murzello and George Yang

(de jure dual leadership,

de facto singular leadership under Shaun Murzello)

http://snake.gaplagov.org 1,908
States (10)
Flag Name Leader Integration Method Website Size (square feet)
State10Gapla.png Asmiland Asmi Aggarwal Created inside Gapla The state government is not finished

with the creation of the website.[a]

1,606
State7Gapla.png Kingdom City Serena Ali http://kingdomcity.gaplagov.org 3,115
State23Gapla.png Sweet Falls Anthony Tatsuta Mainland: Created inside Gapla

City of HydroAspect: Joined Gapla

http://sweetfalls.gaplagov.org 1,897
State14Gapla.png Daisy Grace Tan Created inside Gapla http://daisy.gaplagov.org 1,707
State24Gapla.png Mogollon Eovnia Pual Joined Gapla The state government is not finished

with the creation of the website.

huge
State16Gapla.png Musicland Bright Li Mainland: Created inside Gapla

Cities of KoH/KoJ: Joined Gapla

2,600
Kokichi's Kingdom Betty Zhang Joined Gapla 2,249
State6Gapla.png Syopolis Vera Sy Created inside Gapla http://syopolis.gaplagov.org 2,541
Flag of the State of Pain.png Pain Scott Chiang and Ian Jia

(dual leadership)

The state government is not finished

with the creation of the website.

4,210
Flag of Territoria.png Territoria Wyatt Baek 1,257
Special Administrative Regions (5)
Flag Name Leader Integration Method Website Size (square feet)
Gaplan Antarctica

(superior SAR)

Emerson Lee Created inside Gapla The SAR government is not finished

with the creation of the website.

huge
Ote Land Dheer Patel Joined Gapla no land
NewOlympia.png New Olympia Wyatt Baek (temporarily) huge
UDR.png UDR Ashton Truong no land
VallarosiaFlag.jpg Vallarosia Benjamin Vaughan unknown

Subdivisions within subdivisions of Gapla

Main article: List of minor subdivisions of Gapla

Subdivisions of subdivisions (usually states) are necessary for the better administration of territory. Because many states are large and encompass multiple regions, residences, or populated groups, however do not prefer a split of the subdivision, subdivisions inside that subdivision are sometimes created.

Below is a list of all subdivisions of Gapla with subdivisions inside themselves, and a list of all of the subdivisions.

Politics and government

Government

The government of the Federated States of Gapla is comprised of a judiciary (the Supreme Court), the government (the National Assembly and Presidency), and the royalty (the Monarchy of Gapla).

Inside the gubernatorial branch and further the office of the Presidency, there are ministries, which are special organs of the government that advise the President and National Assembly of the Federated States of Gapla to do certain things. For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can advise on the foreign affairs of the Federated States of Gapla.

Ministries

The following is a list of all government-recognized ministries of the Executive Branch of the Federated States of Gapla.

Ministries of the Federated States of Gapla
Ministry Logo Minister (outgoing)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gpl foreignaffairs.png Wyatt Baek
Ministry of Education Gpl education.png Diti Patel
Ministry of Technology Gpl technology.png Scott Chiang
Ministry of Justice Gpl justice.png Mirabelle Wang
Ministry of State Identity Gpl stateidentity.png Nicolas Caiazzo
Ministry of Architecture Gpl architecture.png Renaldo Chang
Ministry of Outreach and Activities Gpl outreachactivities.png Chelsea Chen
Ministry of the Armed Forces Gpl armedforces.png Emma Bunnell
Ministry of the Treasury Gpl treasury.png Ian Jia

Monarchy

Main article: Monarchy of Gapla.

For a list of Gaplan peers, see List of Gaplan peers.

The Federated States of Gapla is a constitutional monarchy - that is, with a monarchy for tradition and fundraising but with the monarch having no political power simply due to that position.

During the history of Gapla, the monarchy was used to encourage states to verify land and fund the country. However, land grants are not eligible for titles anymore, except in rare circumstances. The following is a list of titles in the monarchy.

Awards

Throughout its history, the Federated States of Gapla has given its citizens a variety of awards, decorations, and orders as a reward for good work. The most famous, prestigious, and first of these awards is the famous "Heroes of the Revolution of the Federated States of Gapla."

Many princes and princesses have created their own orders, as they have the power to.

Eras of the state

The federal government frequently hosts "sessions" - formally "interstate competitions" designed to promote state activity.

Every session, the states compete to complete tasks and grow Gapla while earning "points", which increase their chance of winning the session. Whenever a state wins a session, the state in question is named after the period, and a group of periods is called an "era."

However, many sessions are more complicated, with added motivations such as prizes, levels, and secret rooms.

The following is a list of Gaplan eras and their periods.

Era Era Number Period Number Name of the Period State(s) Named After Dates of Period Dates of Era
Foundation Era 1 1 Phoenixian Period Phoenix 28 February 2019 - 22 March 2019 28 February 2019 - 20 April 2019
2 First Snakaris Period Snake 23 March 2019 - 20 April 2019
Early Era 2 3 Syopolian Period Syopolis 21 April 2019 - 16 May 2019 21 April 2019 - 9 January 2020
4 Second Snakaris Period Snake 17 May 2019 - 4 September 2019
5 Emeralkian Period Emeralkia 5 September 2019 - 9 January 2020
Developement Era 3 6 First New Xadian Period Xadia 10 January 2020 - 6 February 2020 10 January 2020 - 28 March 2020
7 Chickenopolis Period Folia Tail (then Chickenopolis) 7 February 2020 - 12 February 2020
8 First Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 13 February 2020 - 28 March 2020
Ozzah-Xadia Era 4 9 Second New Xadian Period Xadia 29 March 2020 29 March 2020 - 26 April 2020
10 Second Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 30 March 2020 - 12 April 2020
11 Third New Xadian Period Xadia 13 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Elemental-Ozzah Era 5 12 First Elementalian Period Elemental 27 April 2020 - 5 May 2020 27 April 2020 - 11 May 2020
13 Third Ozzahyan Period Ozzah 6 May 2020
14 Second Elementalian Period Elemental 7 May 2020 - 10 May 2020
Conquistador Era 6 15 Third Snakaris Period Snake 11 May 2020 11 May 2020 - 2 December 2020
16 Elementalian-Mogollonian Period Elemental and Mogollon 12 May 2020 - 2 December 2020
Grand Gaplan Era 7 17 Folian Period Folia Tail-Musicland Merger 3 December 2020 - 6 December 2020 3 December 2020 - 21 January 2021
18 Elemental-Emeralkia Period Emeralkia-Elemental Merger 7 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
19 Second Folia Tail Period Folia Tail-Musicland Merger 14 January 2021 - 21 January 2021
22 January 2021 - 21 February 2021
La Chevaleresque Era 8 22 January 2021 - 5 September 2021
20 Third Elementalian Period Elementalian Confederation with several states 22 February 2021 - 5 September 2021
Colonial Era 9 21 Folian-Elementalian Period Constant competition and change between Folia Tail and Elemental 6 September 2021 - present 6 September 2021 - present

The Colonial Era will likely be the last era, as the interstate sessions will soon come to a close and be replaced by the interstate seasons.

Political parties

Politics are very contentious in the Federated States of Gapla.

The National Assembly of the Federated States of Gapla, Gapla's new legislature, is proportionally elected in general elections through party lists. Currently, the majority government is formed by the Free Rightist Party, the Centrist Radical Party (in union), and the Kim Jong Un Party; while the opposition is formed by the People's Liberal Party and the Socialist Republic Party. The Prime Minister is the leader of the political party in government, while the Leader of the Opposition is elected amongst members of the opposition.

The following is a list of political parties in the Federated States of Gapla:

Political parties in the Federated States of Gapla
Status Party Logo Leader Political position Ideology Seats in the National Assembly
Gapla 1st NA.svg
Government Free Rightist Party

"Rightist Party"

FRP FRP logo Gapla.png Emma Bunnell Right-wing Libertarian conservativism
5 / 10
Centrist Radical Party

"Radical Party"

CRP
Logo for the Centrist Radicals of gapla.png
Clayton Walker Center to center-right Radical centrism In union with the Free Rightist Party for the 2022-B term.
AMASHDRCPCKJUNOSR Party

"AMASH Party"

Gabe Itchez Right-wing Satire
2 / 10
Opposition People's Liberal Party

"Liberal Party"

PLP
PNSP gapla.png
Chelsea Chen Center-left Social democracy
2 / 10
Socialist Republic Party

"Republic Party"

SRP
SRPGapla.jpg
Nicolas Caiazzo Far-left Libertarian communism
1 / 10

Official standards

Official standard flags are used to represent a certain branch of the government of the Federated States of Gapla, and are used with the national or state flags, if applicable.

The following is a list of official standard flags of the Federated States of Gapla.

List of official Gaplan standards
Name Flag
Standard of the President Standard of the President of Gapla.png
Standard of the National Assembly LegislativeStandardGapla2.png
Standard of the Supreme Court SCFSGStandardGapla3.png
Standard of the Armed Forces MilitaryStandardGapla4.png
Standard of the Monarchy

For standards of each member of the royal family, see List of Gaplan peers.

MonarchyStandardGapla5.png

Seals of offices

Gapla has several seals for its official offices, namely the President, Deputy President, Prime Minister, and Leader of the Opposition.

The seals are below.

List of official Gaplan seals of offices
President Deputy President Prime Minister Leader of the Opposition
Gapla p seal.png Gapla dp seal.png Gapla pm seal.png Gapla lop seal.png

Land

The Federated States of Gapla claims land in three main districts - the Capital District, the Mogollon territory, the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica, and the Eastern Elementalian territories.

Verification processes

The verification process for residential land is that a state must meet TWO of the below requirements to have verified land.

  • Appearance on public records
  • Certification of address through mailing
  • Certification of address through random weekly governmental visit
  • Governor IP address location approximation check

The verification process for non-residential land (that has previously been claimed by another entity) is that an entity must meet ONE of the below requirements.

  • Proof of permanent sovereignty
  • Proof of granted sovereignty of the land by the former entity

Districts

A map of Mogollon.

The following are the present Gaplan land districts:

  • The capital district includes all of the cities near New Gaplastovia (all territorial claims located near the cities of Irvine, Tustin, or Santa Ana). This consists of the houses of governors. Annexed from California.
  • The Eastern Elementalian territories consist of the Governor of Elemental's two houses annexed from Nevada.
  • The Mogollon territories consist of territories granted during Eovnia Pual's negotiation with the U.S. Forest Service, annexed from Arizona.
  • The Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica consists of previously unclaimed sea ice claimed by the government, as well as a portion of Antarctica considered to be terra nullius due to an invalid territorial claim by Chile.

The following are the pending Gaplan land districts:

  • The Northern Elementalian Territories consist of land owned by the Governor of Elemental's family. Currently undergoing strict verification requirements, planned to be annexed from California.

Geography, climate, and weather

The city of New Gaplastovia and surrounding territories has a fairly flat geography, with a warm climate. This climate data can be applied to all Gaplan states except for Elemental, Mogollon, and the SAR of the Kingdom of Gaplan Antarctica. It cannot be applied to some Elementalian territories near Nevada, however, can be applied to the rest.

Below is a chart of the climate data for New Gaplastovia, the capital city of the Federated States of Gapla.

Climate data for New Gaplastovia, Federated States of Gapla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 66
(18.9)
67
(19.4)
68
(20)
72
(22.2)
73
(22.8)
78
(25.6)
82
(27.8)
83
(28.3)
82
(27.8)
78
(25.6)
72
(22.2)
67
(19.4)
73
(22.8)
Average low °F (°C) 47
(8.3)
48
(8.9)
49
(9.4)
51
(10.6)
55
(12.8)
59
(15)
62
(16.7)
63
(17.2)
62
(16.7)
57
(13.9)
51
(10.6)
47
(8.3)
54
(12.2)
Average Precipitation inches (mm) 2.95
(74.9)
3.5
(89)
2.85
(72.4)
0.85
(21.6)
0.26
(6.6)
0.14
(3.6)
0.03
(0.8)
0.15
(3.8)
0.3
(8)
0.32
(8.1)
1.05
(26.7)
1.75
(44.5)
13
(330)
Source: Weather.com

National holidays

Gapla's government declares national holidays that are unique to the nation. Currently, there are seven recognized holidays.

Holidays that are not unique to the country are not allowed to be recognized by the government but are still observed.

The following is a list of officially declared and recognized government holidays.

  • 28 February - Independence day
  • 13 January - Freedom day
  • 6 March - Union day
  • 23 March - Constitution day
  • 2 May - Government day
  • 18 June - Princess day
  • 1 September - School starts in Gapla
  • 10 September - Gaplan Revolution day

Religion

GaplaReligionDiversity.png

The following chart is a religious diversity chart of the Federated States of Gapla. However, it is a little outdated and new data is expected to arrive from the government in a few weeks. Notice the large Christian and Hindu sectors that make up 90% of the population's religion.

Currently, the government does not force religion onto anyone and it is considered illegal to. Religious discrimination is strictly prohibited, however, most cases are released under freedom of speech rights. Freedom of religious practice up to the limit of law is guaranteed in every Gaplan constitution to date.

Various classifications

The below sections show what scores Gapla received on several micronational classification indexes.

Dresner's System of Classification

  • Population: 5 points (51 or more)
  • Cultural development: 5 points (A strong culture in existence)
  • Allies: 2 points (5 allies or less)
  • Spheres of influence: 3 points (Relatively well known and followed by many)
  • Budget: 4 points (Less than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question)

Gapla adds up to 5 + 5 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 19 points, 19/5 = 3.8 score.

The description for this is:

A very average micronation, they exist en masse. No need to ignore them, but they probably aren't very special or interesting. Often it is hard to tell the difference between them, and if they stay at this level for a long time it is probably because of a lack of population, time, effort, and/or interest.

Modification for national equity

However, Gapla suspended all alliances due to the fact that it does not wish to create alliances between micronations, only serious countries, with few exceptions. Modifying this scale for national equity, Gapla would score:

  • Population: 5 points (51 or more)
  • Cultural development: 5 points (A strong culture in existence)
  • Spheres of influence: 3 points (Relatively well known and followed by many)
  • Budget: 4 points (Less than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question)

Gapla adds up to 5 + 5 + 3 + 4 in this new scale. This is a score of 17 points, 17/4 = 4.25.

This equates to:

One of the most significant micronations (eg. St. Charlie, The Soviet Republic of North America, etc.). There was a lot of effort involved in getting the micronation to this level. Once here, it is quite difficult for the nation to fall back down unless it becomes inactive, like Scientopia.

Freayth's System of Classification

  • Politics: 2 points (Moderately active)
  • Development: 3 points (Excellent enmities)
  • Budget: 2.5 points (In between two categories)
  • Cultural and nationalistic development: 3 points (Strong cultural practice)
  • Freedoms: 3 points (Absolute freedoms)
  • Influence within community: 2 points (Has a moderately agreeable influence)

Gapla adds up to 2 + 3 + 2.5 + 3 + 3 + 2 = 15.5, 15.5/3 = approximately 5.166.

This equates to:

An influential and advanced micronation.

Leaders and elections

Leaders

Leaders, as in almost any country, are important to lead the Executive Branch of a nation.

Presidents of Gapla

Presidents of Gapla, officially called Executive Presidents of the Federated States of Gapla, are the top officials and head of government of the Federated States of Gapla. They lead the Executive Council.

There is one president at a time, and the term of a president is one year (formerly six months, but increased to one year after the passage of the 3rd Constitution, which increased the term of Upper Executive Council members from six months to one year).

Deputy Presidents of Gapla

A Deputy President, officially called the Executive Deputy President of the Federated States of Gapla, are advisors of the Executive President. They co-lead the Executive Council with the Executive President. Formerly, the name of the office was Vice President of the Federated States of Gapla before the Reform Acts of 2021.

There is one Deputy President at a time, and the term of the officeholder is one year (formerly six months, but increased to one year after the passage of the 3rd Constitution, which increased the term of Upper Executive Council members from six months to one year).

Elections

Main article: Electoral history of Gapla

Gapla's elections are held every six months (sometimes more, because of special circumstances), and are held through the STV (single transferrable vote) system, rather than the FPTP (first past the post) system used in most countries, such as the United States.

The country is a direct democracy and citizens directly elect executive offices.

Previously, the electoral system was a similar MGP (multiple graded points) system.

Postal stamps

Current situation

Postage stamps are not used by the Federated States of Gapla due to the government's belief that they are pointless. The current statement from the government is that it can be replaced with postal hashes, or generated numbers from the Post Office's website, which are more efficient and less costly for the government.

Former designs of stamps

The Government of the Federated States of Gapla formerly issued postage stamps to send mail and packages inside Gapla and internationally. Here are the Gapla stamp designs. There are six stamps of varying values used in various occasions.

Former Designs of National Gapla Postal Stamps
Picture Denominations
GaplaStamps.png G$ 1, G$ 2, G$ 5, G$ 10, G$ 20, G$ 50

Former stamp uses

Formerly, stamps were printed in six denominations, with three being used and three being symbolic.

Below is a list of the former stamp uses.

  • G$ 1 - Inside a State (approx. $0.05 USD)
  • G$ 2 - Inside a State Union (approx. $0.10 USD)
  • G$ 5 - Inside Gapla (approx. $0.25 USD)
  • G$ 10 - Inside a Micronational Union (approx. $0.50 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic
  • G$ 20 - International (approx. $1.00 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic
  • G$ 50 - Special, international deliveries (approx. $2.50 USD)
    • Not actually used, symbolic

Currency

Gapla's currency system is one of the most advanced in the entire micronational community due to the fact that it is traded and exchanged for fiat, printed on special paper with security features, and actually used as a recognized medium of exchange for everything from national credits, bakery goods, 3D prints, toys, crafts, websites, and more.

Formerly, Gapla also used the MUfP Micro and the League of Independent Nations Yron, but currently the Gapla Dollar is the only legal tender in the Federated States of Gapla.

A Bank of Gapla discord bot was developed to keep track of users' balances, added the ability to gift Gapla Dollars, added the ability for the administrator to give or take away Gapla Dollars, and more.

A Gapla Dollar stablecoin (GaplaCoin, GPC) was developed by the government, however, at first, was a major failure, with only six holders of the cryptocurrency. This is likely due to citizens being unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies, ERC-20 coins, and the Ethereum network. However, the Gaplan government recently started an initiative to create an SPL-based Solana coin instead of an Ethereum one on the main network. This effort was successful and the GaplaCoin is used alongside the Gapla Dollar, but its fiat form is still used more often.

Identification

Gaplan Visa

The Gaplan Visa is a document that allows holders to temporarily enter the FSG (without citizenship rights) in exception of personal property until expiry or revocation. The Executive Council has the right to revoke a visa with a majority at any time.

However, the Gaplan Constitution permits "invisible visas" - visas granted to people by a governor permitting them to enter their state, or a mayor permitting a person to enter their city, and so on and so forth.

History of the Gapla Visa
Dates Used Image of Example Visa
28 February 2019 - 25 June 2022
This Gaplan visa was very outdated, however lasted for a long time.
26 June 2022 - present
The updated Gaplan visa.

Gaplan Identification Card

The Gaplan Identification Card was an identification card issued to all citizens of Gapla in order to identify them. It has been abolished in favor of every citizen using an integrated passport as identification.

The following is a history of the Gaplan Identification Card:

Former History of the Gapla Identification Card
Dates Used Image of Example Identification Card
28 February 2019 - 14 December 2019
From 28 February 2019 to 5 March 2019, the "State/Territory" Field was not present.
15 December 2019 - 17 May 2021
GaplaCurrID.png

Gaplan passport

The Passport of the Federated States of Gapla is a travel document with a front cover, inside front cover, pages for visas, stamps, and amendments, and back cover.

The design is shown below. It is the current passport used for identification when a Gaplan citizen travels.

GaplaPassportCover.png GaplaPassportInterior.png GaplaPassportNotice.png GaplaPassportVisasPage.png GaplaPassportBackCover.png

Gaplan license plate

The license plate of the Federated States of Gapla is put on cars (and is optional as a sign of patriotism on bikes) inside the Federated States of Gapla to certify vehicle registration. A license plate is not strictly required - however, if no license plate is on a car, the car can only go through private roads, not government-owned ones.

The government is also not responsible for crashes if the victim is without a license plate. Most likely, the case will not proceed.

History of the License Plate of Gapla
Image Dates Used
522369 is a number reserved for example purposes.
28 February 2019 - 25 February 2022
530369 is a number reserved for example purposes.
26 February 2022 - present

References

Notes

  1. The old website of Asmiland was taken down by Site123.