Federal Republic of Grunkia
| Federal Republic of Grunkia |
"Unity, Freedom, Democracy"
Battle Hymn of the Republic
|Capital city||"New Rome"|
|Largest city||"New Rome"|
|- King||Edward Jacobs|
|- President||Gunho Kim|
|Established||April 7, 2011|
|Area claimed||11 acres|
Observes daylight saving
|National animal||Golden Eagle|
|Patron saint||St. John|
Grunkia has had a varied past, starting with the creation of the Federal Republic of Grunkia by Gunho Kim on April 7, 2011. Unlike some other micronationalists, instead of finding out about micronations after discovering micronations themselves, he found out by reading a book on creating a micronation. The very first incarnation of Grunkia was the Federal Republic of PS3, which was a shortlived micronation that claimed the PS3s' in Kim's house. The next incarnation was one that lasted a couple minutes. It was called Rackland. Finally, Rackland was completely scrapped for a new name, Grunkia.
Grunkia was supposed to become part of a school project, but Gunho Kim decided to take it foward, by buying up a new domain and website, grunkia.info. It tore into the micronational community, making a YT account and a MicroWiki page. It also started diplomatic relations with other nations such as Flatland, and a unknown named Urieland. This makeshift community of micronations on YT later became to be known as the Youtube Community.
Today, Grunkia is a prospering parliamentary democracy with 10 citizens. It currently maintains no diplomatic relations with any nation, and its economy is stagnant.
The name "Grunkia" derives from the first president's name, Gunho Kim. Grun is a corruption of gun from Gunho, and ki is from Kim. The standard toponym suffix -a was also added.
Founding of Grunkia
Grunkia was known as “GR” which was a fictional city, and it lasted for several years, until president Gunho Kim read an "interesting and humorous" book about micronations. Kim founded the Federal Republic of PS3, a nation claiming all the PS3s' in Kim's house. It was renamed several times, from Monsictoo to Rackland, then finally Grunkia. The name included the description of "Federal Republic" for aesthetic reasons. On May 1, 2011, a website and a YouTube account were launched in Grunkia's name.
The YouTube Community
Afterwards, the United States of Flatland, now Federated Republic of Flatland, contacted Grunkia requesting diplomatic relations. After a short discussion in the Grunkian Parliament, the government accepted. Many former YouTube Community members regard this as the start of the YT community, which grew, after the arrival of the Empire of Domanglia, the Republic of Monovia, and the Republic of New Jonesland.
Grunkia and Domanglia became politically aligned with each other, and Monovia and New Jonesland created their own alliance. New Jonesland declared war on Grunkia as punishment for refusing a treaty with New Jonesland. After 3 weeks of fighting, Monovia withdrew support from New Jonesland and became a Grunkian ally. New Jonesland then surrendered.
The post-war period was the beginning of the "Golden Age" in Grunkia, and Domanglia and Monovia emerged as the two new "superpowers" of the YT community. They co-founded the United Micronational Council, which Grunkia later joined. However, the end of the Golden Age was marked by government e-mail accounts being compromised, and the cyber-terrorist organization The Red Comradeship claimed responsibility. It continued to perform cyber-attacks until in reaction Grunkia's government activity ceased.
During this period of time, Grunkia was ruled as an autocracy by Gunho Kim, although the state was de jure democratic. President Kim issued a declaration of war against Freya, but then agreed to a truce. The war damaged Grunkian foreign relations. Afterwards, Grunkian politics quickly shifted to becoming more leftist. President Kim resigned, and a free election replaced him with Edward Jacobs. However, Jacobs could not fulfill his duties because of college obligations, and resigned. Gunho Kim assumed power again, and attempted to create a more democratic state, with Tim Aldente as Prime Minister.
After the resignation of Edward Jacobs, Grunkia joined New Utopia in January 2013, but left due to inactivity. Grunkia rapidly reorganized into the short-lived Republic of Aurum, which was replaced by the return of Grunkia. Aurum land became a province of Grunkia. The parliamentary republic was replaced with a constitutional monarchy, with Gunho Kim as king. The Grunkian government also voted to re-establish the Grunkian Commonwealth. The two former members of the GC, Freedricka and Andoras, decided to rejoin the Commonwealth.
In present, Grunkia is a parliamentary democracy with ten citizens. It does not have a written constitution, but a Bill of Rights was written and implemented on August 19, 2013. Grunkia is currently embroiled in a civil war as of October 2013 due to a Socialist rebellion.
The Federal Republic of Grunkia is currently lead by the Conservative Democratic Party of Grunkia (CDP) after the Grunkian 2012 Elections. The Prime Minister is elected by popular votes, while the Lord President and the Cabinet are chosen by the Prime Minister.
The government of Grunkia has some important figures. The Prime Minister and Cabinet are part of the executive branch, the ministers in the Minister branch, and the MPs' are representatives of the public.
Members of Government
- President: Gunho Kim
- Prime Minister: Vacant
- Lord President: Position removed as of June 2, 2013.
The economy of Grunkia is stagnant. There are no exports, only imports. However, there are some mining and building industries that Grunkia has.
Geography and Climate
The wildlife of Grunkia consists of chipmunks, rabbits, and the occasional coyote. Domestic dogs are also present. The plantlife is dominated by pine, oak, and birch trees, with grass and moss on the ground.
Grunkian soil is rocky and contains large boulders occaisionally. Common stones are quartz and granite.
Relations with micronations
Formal Diplomatic Relations
Declaration of Friendship and Cooperation
Grunkia recognizes all nations in the UN.
The Federal Republic of Grunkia has joined many micronational organizations, the first being the United Micronational Council, which was an organization created to unite the micronations in the YouTube community. It fell into inactivity 3 months after its creation. Grunkia was the participant of many failed unions and organizations, the most recent being of the Utopian Federation. It requested to join the Grand Unified Micronational in early November 2012, and was accepted as a provisional member. However, Grunkia quit in early May 2013 after the turmoil in GUM.
The Federal Republic of Grunkia currently does not maintain a standing army. All defence and order is managed by the Grunkian Police.
Land and Geography
Grunkia consists of three tiny landlocked claims.
- Aurum which is the largest and the main province of Grunkia. The capital of Grunkia, New Rome is located inside it.
- Fairview which is the smallest claim, is the personal residence of the President of Grunkia.
Grunkia News and Grunkian Observer
Grunkia News, is the video broadcasting branch of the Grunkian Broadcasting Service. It provides news on Grunkia and the outside world, to people who do not read the newspaper often. Grunkian Observer, is the newspaper of Grunkia.
Media and Internet Act
Under the Media and Internet Act passed by the Parliament of Grunkia, every individual living in Grunkia has the freedom to make a video and post it on the internet, or make a radio broadcast. However, racism and hate speech will not be tolerated and any individual who violates this law would be slapped with a fine.
Most of the citizens of Grunkia have access to the internet. Internet is supplied by macronational companies. Most of the citizens that go on the internet usually check their email, most of them are Gmail, the official government sponsored email service, YouTube, Facebook, or sometimes, in the case of politicians, MicroWiki or Skype.
Most citizens have access to television, except for a small exception, (for example the President, who lives in a remote area, cannot get satelite access). Like Internet, it is supplied by macronational companies.