State of Herzetia
State of Herzetia
• Prime Minister
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The State of Herzetia, more commonly known as Herzetia, was a micronation located in the US State of Oregon. It was created by ex-caliph A.Y on 27 November 2020 following the dissolution of the First Grand Herzetian Caliphate. Herzetia was made up of 5 provinces and 2 territories and possessed a permanent population of 6. Herzetia was a member state of the Micronational Assembly, and the prime minister previously served as a councilman in the organization, as well as its Attorney.
The name "Herzetia" was invented by A.Y when the first iteration of the nation was born in March 2018. It has no direct ties to anything intentionally.
Herzetia's flag has always possessed the same core design: a tricolor of white, yellow, and blue, with a lighter blue circle in the middle. The flag is meant to represent an image of the Herzetian landscape: a cloudy sky, yellow hills and a dark blue river. The lighter circle represented the innocence, hope and gentleness of the Herzetian people.
Prior to being an actual nation, Herzetia existed on the popular political simulation website Nationstates. A.Y, Herzetia's founder, was interested in political simulations and international diplomacy, and found Nationstates as a suitable pastime. Soon after, A.Y discovered the concept of a micronation through the YouTube channel Free Thoughts and Ideas, and felt inspired to found his own micronation.
Kingdom of Herzetia
On March 25, 2018, A.Y founded the Democratic Socialist Kingdom of Herzetia, and declared independence from the United States. A.Y, who established himself king of the micronation, was dissatisfied with the US' political culture and economic systems, and wished to be separate from it; thus, Herzetia first existed for the most part as a political statement. A declaration of independence does (or did) exist, but its whereabouts are unknown. Herzetia's initial claims were ludicrous and untenable (including Marie Byrd Land and Mars), but were later sized down to avoid ridicule within the community and to gain admission to the Micronational Assembly. Herzetia originally essentially existed as a democratic state despite its title; it possessed a three-branch government, a written constitution, and free and fair monarchical elections. Its original currency was the Herzetian Ruble, which had a fixed exchange rate of two rubles for $1 USD. No rubles were ever printed or used in economic exchange. Herzetia maintained diplomatic relations with the Republic of Mativati, the Federation of the United States, New Cuba, the Federation of Imperial States, and the United Ocean States, with the last of which it participated in a war against the Latalle Monarchy, and exchanged land.
The Moo-Cowville War
Inspired by the creation of Herzetia, the A.Y's younger brother created the simulationist nation of Moo-Cowville. The brothers quickly became dissatisfied with peace, and declared war on one another out of boredom. Only one battle occurred, known today as the Battle of the Grasslands, which resulted in a tactical and strategic draw. The brothers eventually decided the war should end, but no treaty was written for this purpose. Footage of the war exists, and is preserved in Herzetian archives.
A.Y discovered the Micronational Assembly through the YouTube channel Free Thoughts and Ideas, the same channel that sparked his initial interest in micronationalism. He was quick to locate the organization on Google+ and Discord, and Herzetia was admitted to the organization sometime from December 2018 to January 2019. Shortly after its admission, it was offered a seat in the Imperium Americana, but A.Y rejected the offer, opting to remain an independent leader. Herzetia remained in the MA, whether as a delegate state or an observer, up until its annexation by the Constitutional Republic of Columbia in November 2021, with A.Y acting as the nation's representative and the organization's Chief Justice/Attorney, along with having served as a councilman, scribe, Deputy Justice, and acting chairman.
The Herzetian Insurgency
On August 8, 2020, the Herzetian Insurgency began, which resulted in an insurgent victory the following day. All of Herzetia was occupied by the rebels, A.Y was forced to abdicate, and the Kingdom was dissolved.
First Grand Herzetian Caliphate
After the Kingdom was officially dissolved, the First Grand Herzetian Caliphate was propped up in its place, with the former king acting as Alkahlifat Aleazim Ashar al'awal, or Grand Caliph Asher I. During this period of time, Herzetia dedicated itself to the spread of Islam throughout the micronational world, and fought as a member of the Tungsten Pact during the Tungsten-MACP War. It was also during this time that Herzetia became solidified within the Korp Sector. The First Grand Herzetian Caliphate was dissolved on November 27, 2020, and the State of Herzetia took its place immediately as the most recent iteration of Herzetia.
State of Herzetia
Following the State of Herzetia's establishment, A.Y took the title of Prime Minister, acting as despot over all of the nation. There were almost no citizens, so democracy did not function. During this period, the Herzetian Department of Trade was established, province names and flags were changed, and Herzetia began a period of aggressive expansion into surrounding territories. Herzetia stood as an isolated and stoic nation for months leading up to its annexation.
Columbian Hand over
In the Autumn of 2021, Prime Minister A.Y requested annexation by the Constitutional Republic of Columbia on Discord. These messages were relayed to Columbian president Daniel Maloney. Daniel agreed, and by A.Y drafted a treaty, more commonly known today as the November Treaty. Both leaders signed the treaty on November 1, 2021, and the State of Herzetia was dissolved officially, and its entire territory reorganized as the Columbian city of Nolius.
Politics and government
The State of Herzetia was a despotic state, with a prime minister who controlled all functions and aspects of the Herzetian government, economy, military, judicial system, and all other functions. No elections took place, and no political parties were allowed.
The State of Herzetia did not have its own currency, instead opting to use the United States Dollar (USD). The Herzetian Department of Trade (HDT) oversaw all economic exchange that was conducted domestically, as well as with foreign nations. Herzetia's main export was baked goods such as hardtack, which it could export through the mail to other micronations.
The Herzetian military was comprised of one branch, the Herzetian Army. During the days of the monarchy, the military also encompassed an air force, but the only serviceable Herzetian aircraft was unfortunately damaged beyond repair during a training exercise. The army used a traditional and simple military structure, with recruited or conscripted soldiers having opportunities to be promoted to higher ranks. The army's tactics resemble those of guerilla warfare, although the army used a variation on Napoleonic tactics if needed. Soldiers could be recruited or conscripted from the civilian population. The Herzetian army's uniform evolved greatly over the years: initially, standard issue for enlisted men was a black shirt, trousers and boots, a tricorne hat, and a nerf or water gun, though these weapons were quickly thrown out in favor of airsoft rifles in late 2018. Modern standard issue for Herzetian infantry consisted of a brown/tan shirt/coat, butternut trousers, black boots, a kepi or helmet, a simple chest rig, a webbing consisting of a belt and pouch, a small leather bag for carrying orders or other documents, and a .177 caliber bb rifle. Standard artillery issue consisted of a gray shirt, gray trousers, black boots, a kepi or helmet, a large bag for carrying rounds and combustion fluid, and a .177 caliber pistol for self-defense. Non-commissioned and commissioned officers could be discrepated from the common enlisted men by insignia emblazoned somewhere on their uniforms, by special items and gear, or uniform color. The State of Herzetia was not involved in any armed conflicts, but its predecessors were.
Herzetia had strong diplomatic relations with the following nations:
|Reunited Ocean States||2021||Formal|
|British North America||2020||Informal|
Herzetia was a part of the following organizations:
|Micronational Assembly||December 2018 - January 2019|
Herzetia had diverse geography, ranging from the thick forests of Kravia and Aldun to the open, dry grasslands of the Sulena territory. Populations of birds and small mammals were especially present in Herzetian land, with the occasional mountain lion or deer.
Herzetian subdivisions were called provinces. Herzetia also controlled multiple territories that it maintained through the use of its military.
Provinces were fully integrated Herzetian subdivisions, some of which have permanent population, and were easy to exercise control over.
Territories were Herzetian claims that were not fully integrated within the nation, did not possess a permanent population, and were controlled primarily through military expeditionary force.