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Holy Empire of New Israel
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For the micronation also known as New Israel founded in the 1980s, see New Israel (1985-88).
| Holy Empire of New Israel |
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|Official language(s)||English and Ecclesiastical Latin|
|Official religion(s)||Christianity (Protestant and Catholic)|
Judaism (Tolerance and recognition)
|- Emperor||Markus II|
|- Supreme Chancellor||Lord Landon|
|- Grand Inquisitor||Markus II|
|Established||1 March 2013|
|Currency||United States Dollar|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
|Patron saint||Apostle Paul|
The Holy Empire of New Israel is an American Christian state founded on 1 March 2013 as the successor to the Empire of Freihetia. Founded initially as a "united Christian empire", it evolved into a broad union encompassing New Israel, Saxony, and other overseas possessions. The heartland of the Holy Empire is the Kingdom of Freihetia, which also surrounds the capital city of Augustinople and is neighbored by several other states.
Comprising approximately a hundred square miles, approximately thirty miles south of the Missouri River; the nation is bordered on north, south, and west by rural areas and on the east, the Meramec River.
- 1 History of the Holy Empire
- 2 Government
- 3 Armed Forces
- 4 Culture
- 5 Religion
- 6 Geography
- 7 Foreign Relations
- 8 See also
- 9 References
History of the Holy Empire
In 2009, precursor states to Freihetia were established, eventually becoming a formal government in June of the same year. At the conclusion of 2009, the country of Freihetia had disbanded and was not revived formally until 1 August 2010. It maintained a permanent existence until the country began to deteriorate in December of 2012, experiencing secession of its foreign territories and internal strife. This led to calls for the replacement of Freihetia with a new Christian empire, united with a newfound ally, the Saxon Empire. This Christian empire, though short lived, was a precursor to the Holy Empire of New Israel, first proposed in late February 2013, and formally established on the 1 March 2013.
Establishment Controversy and the Spice Wars
Main Article: Spice Wars
Shortly after New Israel's establishment, several nations announced their opposition to the new nation in a continuation of the heated sentiments that had intensified from the dissolution of the Confederate States of Prosperity and the failed coup of the 18 December 2012. The First Spice War lasted only a month during February of 2013, and ended de facto with the creation of New Israel. With Freihetia now dissolved into New Israel, the diplomatic controversies of Freihetia and its leaders continued regardless, leading to the Second Spice War on 1 April 2013.
After a year and a half of unity, the nation faced a theological schism between the Freihetian states and the nation of Saxony, culminating in a declaration of independence from Saxony on 18 July 2014 and a declaration of war from New Israel ten days later. The victory of the anti-New Israeli alliance was short-lived. Saxony and New Israel were reconciled in 2015.
The role of the Imperial Diet is to select the Emperor. It may convene as it pleases, and may also override decrees of the Congress of the Empire. In a rare and extraordinary circumstance, the Diet may also depose the Emperor, should he be found guilty of a grave crime.
The Imperial Diet of the Holy Empire consists of seven Electoral states and their representatives (called Prince-Electors), and no more or less are permitted. The Constitution of the Holy Empire behooves the Emperor to choose seven states as Electorates. Normally, the leader of the electoral state is automatically a Prince-Elector, except when the Emperor personally rules a state (as is the case with Freihetia and Saxony): he is required to choose someone else to represent him. In other words, the Emperor has no vote in the Diet, except to break a tie.
To prevent vote-stacking, each Elector is guaranteed only one vote. Prince-Elector Landon rules both Strain-Japan and Hilde-Stanton, but he is permitted only one vote.
Free Imperial Cities
There are six Free Imperial Cities in the Holy Empire (listed in approximate order by population):
- Free City of Sullivan - which has the dual status of both a free city and an elector state
- Free City of Bourbon
- Free City of Oak Grove
- Free City of South Sullivan
- Free City of Miramiguoa
- Free City of St. Cloud
Emperor of the Holy Empire
| Emperor of the Holy Empire of New Israel|
and the Saxon Empire
King of Freihetia
|Style:||His Imperial Majesty|
|First monarch:||Inaugural holder|
|Formation:||1 March 2013|
The Emperor of New Israel has a wide range of authorities. The Emperor's duties include the governance and oversight of the Imperial Congress (the Holy Empire's legislature), appointment of the rulers of various states and the electors, execution of sentences, pardons and reprieve; negotiating treaties and declarations of war with consent of the Congress and exclusivity over the armed forces and military.
Emperor Markus II is the first and currently-reigning Emperor of New Israel, first ruling in various capacities as Prime Minister and later Emperor of Freedomia (which later became Freihetia), and later forming the Holy Empire as a union between Freihetia and Saxony. Markus II is a controversial figure, of whom not a great deal is known. He frequently partakes in religious and political discussions - holding to an authoritarian and conservative political opinion. He is religiously conservative as well, and gradually embraced the Catholic faith during the first three years of his reign.
Emperor Markus II has received both support and criticism for his highly dogmatic theology and political views, which he frequently voices.
The Congress is the legislature of the Holy Empire, and it is expected to convene for the first time in the first week of December 2016.
The Congress consists of three benches: a bench for Electoral states, a bench for regular imperial states, and a bench for free imperial cities. Each representative, irrespective of his titles, is guaranteed only one vote.
The armed forces are structured into a broad central command called the New Israel Expeditionary Forces under the direction of the Supreme Commander. The Constitution refers to this armed group as the Imperial Army.
The strategic value of the Meramec River is cause for the deployment of several military groups there, which include the Naval Corps Second Fleet, the Coast Guard First and the New Israel Fourth Army. The Boone Creek region is guarded by the Strain Militia, the Naval Corps Third Fleet, and the Coast Guard Second.
Theoretically, defensible positions of the Holy Empire are located along the Meramec, Bourbeuse and Boone Creek waterways, as well as numerous points of topographic value scattered throughout the wilderness and countryside.
Effectively, the service eligibility is constrained to all able-bodied men, Christian or Jew, above the age of eighteen years; without debilitation, whether spiritual, moral, or physical, are eligible for military service in the Holy Empire.
|“||Tu Christi es caritas, tu es unitatis custos, promptus libertatis defensor; in te auctoritas.||”|
The Pontifical Anthem was adopted as the anthem of the Holy Empire, replacing Jesus Shall Reign Wherever The Sun.
Christianity is the official religion of the Holy Empire, and the policies of the government and the Apostolate lean in favor of Catholicism, while Protestantism is popularly-adhered to in the Holy Empire. Judaism has a presence in the Holy Empire, and is welcomed. Officially, Judaism is the only non-Christian religion tolerated in the Holy Empire. Several allegedly Christian affiliations are suppressed in the Holy Empire, such as the Mormons, the Freemasons, etc.
It is suggested that anywhere between twenty to thirty percent of the people of the Holy Empire are Catholic, and fifty to sixty are Protestant, a small percentage is Christian with no affiliation, and the rest (<2%) are Jews, atheists, and Saracens.
Markus II adheres to the doctrine of young earth creationism. Since 2012, his own kingdom of Freihetia has mandated the teaching of creationism in public schools. Decrees issued in early 2014 established these principles throughout the entire Holy Empire.
Flora and Fauna
Pastureland, fields, and forest (with little human habitation save for farms) make up the lands of Sanaberga, Argo and Boone Creek. Cattle, pigs, and horses are common on farmlands. In open fields, deer are known to roam, occasionally causing harm to travelers on the roads (deer collisions with vehicles are frequent).
A forest of thickets and pine trees are located southeast of Augustinople. However, most of the forestry surrounding the capital is deciduous.
Common animals to the Americas, particularly squirrels and rabbits, inhabit forests.
There are many species of birds - ranging from the smallest hummingbid to the larger birds-of-prey. Eagles, though rare, are occasionally spotted in the Holy Empire. Through October and November, the skies are often dotted with these birds heading south for the winter.
Public parks and lakes in the Holy Empire are typically populated with ducks and geese through the spring and summer months.
Both the eastern states and western states of the Holy Empire are classified as temperate climates with four annual seasons.
|Climate data for Augustinople and surrounding states|
|Average high °C (°F)||4.4
|Average low °C (°F)||-4.6
|Average Precipitation mm (inches)||61
|Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961-1990)|
- Kingdom of Ruthenia Treaty of Mutual Recognition IV.VIII.MMXV
- Kingdom of Trebia Affirmation of Mutual Legitimacy XXV.III.MMXVI; Treaty of Augustinople I.V.MMXVI
- Confederation of Renfrew Informal relations
The Holy Empire belongs to the Holy League, a defensive alliance of Christian states. The Emperor is, under the Treaty of Augustinople, president of the Holy League.