Geraldorf

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Geraldorf
Flag of Geraldorf
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Country Ebenthal
Settled by the Carvalho family1 June 1932
Incorpored into Ebenthal30 December 2019
Monarchy abolished5 February 2022
CapitalBauernhof-Sant'Anna
Government
 • TypeDevolved government
 • PresidentPedro Carvalho
Area
 • Total3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Population
 • Total11 (permanent)
Demonym(s)Geraldine

Geraldorf, officially the Province of Geraldorf (Portuguese: Província de Geraldorf), and formerly known as the Principality of Aldiva, is one of the six provinces and seven administrative divisions of the Kingdom of Ebenthal. Landlocked by the Brazilian city of Santa Luzia, it is the country's largest administrative division, with a circa of 3 km² with 11 inhabitants, being the fifth most populous unit. The province is governed as a devolved government through an appointed President, who is currently the former reigning Princess of Aldiva, Alda (I) Carvalho, King Arthur II of Ebenthal's great-aunt. Geraldorf is further subdivided into two municipalities: the capital city of Bauernhof-Sant'Anna and the city of Ivrea. Geraldorf is represented at the House of Councillors by two elected Councillors. The province has two official languages which are the Portuguese, serving also as lingua franca, and the Rioplatense Castillian, spoken by a minority.

As the rest of the country, modern-day Geraldorf had been inhabited by native tribes for centuries prior to the European colonization, but, along with the Principality of Belmonte, it differs from the rest of the country's pre-micronation history by having being inhabited by Gê indians, instead of Tupi. The indians were nonetheless expelled by the Bandeiras Expeditions which expanded the Portuguese colonial rule in Brazil. Following Brazilian independence the municipality of Santa Luzia emerged as vast farmland. In 1932 Geraldo Fernandes de Carvalho bought a piece of land in the Minas Gerais state's municipality and started his own farm which was annexed by his great-grandson in 2019 into the Kingdom of Ebenthal as the autonomous Principality of Aldiva, following the Nomadic Micronation Theory's principle of sovereignty concession. Geraldo's daughter Alda Carvalho was appointed the first and only reigning princess. From the beggining, the principality lacked internal political activity, although it contributed to national politics through its representatives in the parliament. Recognizing the fait acomplii, in 2021 the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission, under parliamentary approval and royal assent, abolished Aldiva's monarchy, subsequently turning the principality into a province under federal control, and renamed the city of Sant'Anna to Bauernhof-Sant'Anna and the federative unit from Aldiva to Geraldorf.

The Geraldine territory comprises a farm complex crossed by the Rio das Velhas (Oldies River). The province has the highest GDP per capita in Ebenthal with its economy based on farming and the production and export of decoration and handicraft items. It is also the province responsible for the largest self-generation of electricity in the country, owning a small solar plant and hosting the Royal Light Company.

Etimology

The name Geraldorf is a combination of the Portuguese name "Geraldo" with the German toponymy "dorf" (village), meaning "Geraldo's Village", in honor of Geraldo Fernandes de Carvalho, father of the former princess and current commissioner of the province and great-grandfather of the King of Ebenthal, having been the person who acquired the property of the province. The name was designated by the Luso-Germanic Cultural Commission to replace the name "Aldiva", a combination of the names "Alda" and "Diva", two of Geraldo's five daughters who jointly own and reside in the property of the current province.

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