Holy Republic of FRID

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The Holy Republic of FRID (ɛf-ɑr-aɪ-di), is an unrecognized nation that is based in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The republic consists of five provinces throughout the suburbs, many of which are densely wooded regions or expansive prairies. While the HRF technically owns 4.74 square miles (12.27 km) of territory, the HRF typically only considers provincial territory in its numbers. This equivalents to 44 acres. Despite its small size, the HRF has a strong military force, and developed infrastructure. The Holy Republic of FRID claims to have "one of the most extensive railroad networks of any micronation", owning and operating nearly 20,774 feet of track. This includes bridges, signal towers, and track sections. The HRF's military force has aimed its resources at safely handling micronational conflicts, in addition to offering assistance to allied nations.

Holy Republic of FRID
HRF Flag.svg

Chicago, Illinois
Capital cityYork
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)Fridism
Short nameHRF
DemonymFridian
GovernmentTheocratic republic
LegislatureHigh Council
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 6
Established16 May 2021
Area claimed44 Acres
Population16
CurrencyUnited States Dollar
Time zoneCST (UTC-06:00)


History

The first flag planted at the HRF's Central Province.

The Holy Republic of FRID stems from the satirical Holy Church of FRID, a religious group revolving around an inaccurate week-long calendar. After a proposal by the Minister of Foreign Relations, conceptions of the Holy Republic of FRID were underway. The church's jurisdiction group would be reformed as the main governing branch and officially dubbed, the High Council. The first actions under the new title were carried out on 5 March 2021. This is often considered the date of establishment for the HRF, though the official date is 16 May 2021. While the HRF was established in 2021, its history dates back to the 1950's, when many of the provinces were discovered or first documented. For easier organization, the HRF's history is separated into three phases: Territorial discovery (1950-2000), The Holy Church of FRID, and The Holy Republic of FRID (2021-present).

The origin of "FRID" can be traced back to an inaccurate week-long calendar. Several letters were found missing from the days of the week, including Friday, leading to the formation of the celebratory day known as "FRID". As the oligarchic rulers of the nation, the High Council consists of 6 seats. In August of 2021, the High Council has announced plans of a third reformation, aimed at rebuilding legislation processes away from the Holy Church of FRID's simplistic methods. This new reform will completely separate the Church's laws from the HRF's and the subsequent governing procedures.

The official founding of the republic occurred approximately at 4:00 p.m. on 16 May 2021, when 3 members of the high council and the newest citizen planted a temporary flag on one of the first territories claimed, officially overseeing the dawn of the HRF. The makeshift flag was a printed piece of 11x8 with a plastic bag protecting from rain. Since then, the flag has been removed in place of a polyester one.

Between May and August of 2021, the HRF saw its largest growth. During this time, the Eastern, Southeastern, and Western provinces were officially registered as part of the HRF, in addition to creating three new departments and the acquisition of the Growler Program. This expansion increased the size of the HRF from 9 to over 44 acres of total land. After much discussion, it was decided that the limestone mines in the central region would be added to the HRF's GDP in late August.

Provinces

The HRF is currently divided into six different regions: Central, Northern, Eastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and the newly founded Western. Within these are their corresponding provinces, with the exception of Southwestern, which still does not have an official province. As of writing, information regarding Northern, Eastern, and Southwestern provinces has remained classified.

Central Province

Western Province Creek (Photo taken during the "Louis and Clark but epic" expedition)

The Central Province is the most developed province, and is roughly 201,111 square feet in total and contains dense brush, open plains, and woods. The province itself is claimed by the HRF, while the main entrance is under ownership by the Union Pacific Railroad. Despite this, the area is not restricted, and the Trackage Act of 2021 has allowed the HRF to share the entrance with Union Pacific. Several infrastructure and terraining projects are underway, with several shelters being completed in July of 2021. One section of the province runs parallel to the railroad and is used for HRF vehicles to travel to and from the province. This area is sometimes used by the railroad to store materials for infrastructure improvements. Currently, the Central province and the Southeastern province are the only two areas with an HRF flag, though all provinces each have a provincial registration posted.

Southeastern Province

The Southeastern Region is the second most developed region, and the only province with multiple separated territories. In total, the four territories make up 862,240 square feet. The RDF uses the long, flat plains of SE1 as a testing site, with an established entrance for vehicles or larger transport. The easternmost area of the Southeastern Province is suitable for vehicle testing and parking for larger projects. Outpost Alpha is the main entrance to the province, with a watchtower overlooking the area. Other outposts include Outpost Hotel, Outpost Bravo, and Outpost Echo, though all of which are currently still pending approval as official outposts. Further information regarding the Southeastern Province has remained classified, though the HRF Department of Provinces is expected to release a full statement in the coming future.

Creek Valley Overlook in the newly established Western Province (Photo taken during the "Louis and Clark but epic" expedition)

Western Province

The Western Province is the newest and largest of the five registered provinces, spanning 1,062,583 square feet (98,717 m²). On 7/25/21, the HRF decided to expand its borders, giving way to the new region and corresponding province. The Western Province has been nicknamed "Creek Valley," due to the winding river at which the province is located. Currently, the area has proven difficult to traverse. Unlike most other provinces, there is no vehicle access for the Western Province. The HRF Territorial Expansion Division (T.E.D.) has determined that terraining projects must be made in order to make the area more valuable and usable as a province. The T.E.D. claims that, "terraining projects will allow the HRF to more easily observe and control this valuable area." Within the Western Province is the bridge intersection between the Union Pacific Subdivision and the Canadian National Subdivision.

A complete map of the HRF as of September 2021
A standard HRF report

Departments, agencies, and commissions

The HRF currently has eight (though, arguably nine) departments, agencies, and commissions. The HRF Board of Departments and Agencies (BDA) is the parental organization and assembly of the HRF's departments, agencies, and commissions.

Department of Provinces

The HRF's Department of Provinces is one of the most active departments. The DoP is responsible for assessing, documenting, and overseeing the five provinces. This includes planning out projects such as bridges, buildings, and terraining within a province. In addition, the DoP determines provincial borders. The DoP is not responsible for outposts, as these are under control of the military. One of the major achievements by the DoP was to calculate the square footage of each province, which took over three weeks. Beneath the Department of Provinces is the Territorial Expansion Division.

Territorial Expansion Division

The Territorial Expansion Division (or T.E.D.) is responsible for determining future territory, as well as mapping out new provinces and carrying out terraining projects. When a new territory is proposed, it is under the authority of TED until a formal report has been made to the Department of Provinces. Once a territory has been labeled under the HRF's control, the authority is passed on to the DoP. A notable mission by the Territorial Expansion Division is known as the "Louis and Clark but Epic" expedition, carried out in July of 2021. The mission uncovered what is now the Western Province and has been deemed one of the most successful missions in the T.E.D. The expedition has led to further missions in the Western Region and has since been labeled as the "Western Campaign." Later missions have included building trails and bridges in the dense wooded regions along Creek Valley.

Department of Defense

The HRF Department of Defense is responsible for coordinating international and national security as well as supervising the Fridian Defense Force and its operations. The DoD has played a major role in creating systems aimed at handling organized micronational conflicts. In addition, the DoD is charged with Project Growler's budget and other operations regarding the program.

National Planning Commission

The National Planning Commission (NPC) simply is responsible for the national agenda. When the High Council passes a new project or plan of any kind, it is the NPC's job of fitting it into the national agenda.

HRF Archival Agency

The Archival Agency was the first agency created by the HRF. It originates from the Holy Church of FRID's archival group, until the HRF was formed. Its role is to document and archive any report, assessment, law, proposal, photographs, etc. into the national archives.

Department of Transportation

The HRF's Department of Transportation acts in much the same ways as the United States equivalent. The DoT is responsible for the HRF's many transportation systems, including railroads, airspace, and even the postal service. In addition, the DoT has worked in tandem with the Department of Defense in supplying transportation for Project Growler.

National Railroad Administration

The National Railroad Administration (also known as the Department of Railroads) is a new department created by the HRF after a proposal by the Territorial Expansion Division, as well as the Department of Provinces. After the Western Region was created in July of 2021, the HRF controlled roughly 5,685 ft (1733 m) of track. This included an abandoned railroad siding and three bridges. Once the proposal by the T.E.D. and DoP passed, the NRA was created in late July, going into effect in August of 2021. Originally, the title was planned to be the Federal Railroad Administration, though confusion between the HRF and United States's FRA led the High Council to settle with the National Railroad Administration. The main role of the NRA is to create agreements with the local railroads, as well as maintain rail bridges in the area. On August 5th, 2021, the National Railroad Administration sealed an agreement with Union Pacific that would allow the HRF to continue using the Central Province's main entrance. In addition, the U.P.R.R. would continue to have full trackage rights, while the NRA would be responsible for maintaining Union Pacific's bridges. Tracks within the Eastern Province will have remained under the control of Union Pacific. As of writing, the National Railroad Administration has yet to sign an agreement with Canadian National, the other local railroad.

Fridian Postal Service

The Fridian Postal Service (FPS) is an experimental organization under the authority of the Department of Transportation. Like any other national postal carrier, the FPS is charged with the distribution of mail within the HRF. As of August 2021, the FPS is only used for handling governmental papers and has not yet reached the civilian population. The FPS is still undergoing development and has not yet been deemed an official organization in the HRF.

HRF Militant Branch

The HRF's militant branch consists of a small Defense Force known as the FDF (Fridian Defense Force). Its main role is to act as a military police force to handle any conflict within HRF borders. FDF personnel are also trained for external micronational conflicts if the need arises. The FDF is separated into three branches: standard service, technical service, and advanced service. Standard service is the primary military group focused on micronational warfare and advanced non-lethal combat. In short, it is the army branch of the HRF. The technical service is a more diverse service focused on engineering and technical applications for combat. Under the technical service lies the Republic Armored Corps, Signal Corps, and the Fridian Combat Engineers. The advanced service is a new branch which is still undergoing development. Personnel in the advanced service are trained for modern combat with advanced equipment. The advanced service has not yet been implemented nor shall be used for micronational conflicts. New personnel must undergo a basic training course before selecting their desired branch. The standard FDF uniform is a blend of inspiration from many countries from the Second World War and the Cold War. Components of the uniform closely resembles uniforms of the Canadian Army.

Continuous discussions regarding mobilization and mechanization of the Holy Republic of FRID and subsequently the FDF are being made within the High Council.

Signal Corps

The Signal Corps is one of the most active branches of the FDF, working closely with the Department of Provinces and the Territorial Expansion Division. As of writing, the Signal Corps has primarily focused on creating a communication network for all HRF military branches, as well as monitoring rail network radios, defect detectors, and emergency frequencies. The primary channel used by HRF personnel is CB radio channel 14 (27.125 MHz). Alternative communication channels have remained classified.

Republic Armored Corps

The Republic Armored Corps is a small group tasked with operating the BAC21-105a Prototype during testing runs. Tankers of the RAC wear navy blue jumpsuits, similar to those of Soviet tankers of the second world war. However, tank crews are not equipped with helmets and may only use light ear protection over their berets. As of writing, the branch has been underutilized due to the recent failures of the prototype.

Multi-Branch Personnel System

The HRF is one of the few countries where military personnel may be in service in multiple branches, as long as the person-in-question is eligible. All personnel must be registered with one primary branch and pass all basic training courses in said branch before applying to an alternative military branch. If the person is eligible, they will be registered in their applied branch as a reserve. Many tank crews in the HRF are also registered with the Fridian Combat Engineers due to their similarities in combat roles.

Declassified drawing of the Pz. 38(t)HR

Notable Projects

The FDF has created several projects already in its short life, many of which were light vehicles which never left the drawing board or were quickly canceled due to limited funding.

"Project Growler"

Project Growler was a classified report that surfaced in mid-2021. The project aimed at creating a cost-effective, heavily mobile main battle tank for micronational conflicts. Early development began under Broadside Armored Contracts in 2019. However, the newly founded Holy Republic of FRID took over the program after the tank left BAC bankrupt in 2021. The partially completed hull was transferred from Colorado to Chicago, Illinois on Fridian turf in order to complete construction of a functioning prototype. The project was never canceled and is the only current FDF program in the HRF.

Troop Transports

After the Fridian Defense Force was created in early 2021, the FDF looked to developing a low-cost troop transport that could be easily converted to HRF specifications. The FDF chose a design by the Struck Corporation that would double as an "all-round workhorse" for general military needs, as well as offering apparent amphibious capabilities. However, a spike in resource cost in 2021 led the FDF to look towards alternative designs. The HRF ended up choosing the Land Rover Defender as its primary vehicle. As of writing, the vehicle is in current service with the Signal Corps. As for the Struck design, the project was shelved and was never officially canceled.

Panzer 38(t)HR

The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) "Heilige Republik" was an early concept to assist in the mechanization of the HRF. The tank would be a stripped-down, part-wood, part steel-built tank based on the original ČKD LT vz. 38 tank design. The project was canceled after track sections (specifically the hinging mechanisms) proved too unreliable to be put into service, as well as mechanical issues with the main armament's custom recoiling system. After the acquisition of the Growler Program, the idea of developing and constructing a WWII light tank design was made obsolete.

ERC-77 "Sadie"

After the failed Panzer 38(t) project, the HRF began conceptualizing ideas for an alternative tank design, one which would use wheels instead of tracks. Thus, the ERC-77 was proposed by HRF engineers in response to this idea. The ERC-77 would be based of the French Panhard ERC-90 and would function in most the same way, utilizing six individual traction wheels. The tank would use a 105-millimeter rifled gun, laser range-finding equipment, and optional night vision capabilities. It would have an estimated top speed of 56 miles-per-hour (90 km/h). Due to the complexity of the project, the tank has never left the drawing board. Although the project was put on hold after the acquisition of the Growler Program, the design may be re-opened due to the recent failures of the BAC prototype.

Diplomacy and politics

The Holy Republic of FRID currently recognizes all member states of the Grand Unified Micronational, and the United Nations, with exception of two countries by request and recommendation by the Minister of Foreign Relations. In August of 2021, The Holy Republic of FRID has received recognition from the Republic of Avalonia via a mutual recognition, on the condition that the Holy Republic of FRID recognize their sovereignty as well. The two nations would later co-found the Assembly of Chicagoland Micronations, alongside notable nations such as the Federal Union of Wegmat, Democratic Weimar Republic, and Saspearian. The Holy Republic of FRID was an early member state of the AUDIMN, leaving shortly before its dissolution in late September of 2021. As of late, there has been a debate among several high council members over whether to re-form the theocracy into a republic and removing the label of 'Holy', though retaining FRID as part of its identity, and through this debate there has formed factionalism, which has gone hand-in-hand with the only political party in the nation, the Populis Party.

Arts and culture

Being a theocratic state, the Holy Republic of FRID draws most, if not all of their core traditions and customs from Fridism. However, the diverse community within the HRF has paved the way for new traditions. A unique trait of the HRF compared to other micronations is the common use of analogue technology. Government photographs are often shot on film stock rather than digital media.

Music

The HRF continues to maintain its American and Chicago heritage, with music being a backbone of the nation's culture. Fridian culture is largely influenced by American Jazz from all eras, though bebop, hard-bop, and free jazz of the 1960s are some of the most popular types. Charles Mingus has been a particular favorite. His "chaotic yet orderly" compositions have led to what is now known as "Fridian Jazz" (also known as "Mingus Jazz"), a typically fast tempo piece with a dissonant feel, similar to early progressive jazz of the 1960s. Charles Mingus' "Moanin' " topped the charts in the summer of 2021, with Dexter Gordon's "Blue Bossa" in second place.

Food

Fridians stay true to their Chicagoan heritage. This includes the statewide ban on all hot-dogs with ketchup condiments. However, this ban has led to conflicts on what legally denotes as a "hot-dog." The national dessert of the HRF is molten chocolate cake, a popular dessert that combines the elements of a chocolate cake and a soufflé. Another popular treat enjoyed by many Fridians is chocolate. Fridian chocolate is typically darker than other American chocolates and is more similar in style to European.

Industry

A photo of one of the crushing facilities at the HRF's limestone quarry.

The main industries in the HRF are rail, telecommunications, mining, and logging. Nearly all imports into the HRF are from the United States, with the exception of occasional imports from Canada and the EU. The HRF's main exports are primarily lumber, corn, gravel, sand, and limestone. Lumber typically comes from the central or western regions, while gravel, sand, and limestone are excavated in the central region. Corn is grown and harvested in the southwestern and southeastern regions. Nearly all exports are shipped on rail.

Gravel, Sand, and Limestone

Open-pit limestone mining is the HRF's largest industry, making "well over half" of the nations GNP. Three quarries reside in the HRF, with one having been retired in 1992. The primary export is dolomitic limestone, a combination of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. Dolomite is rich in magnesium and is commonly found in most animal feeds. The product is also used in many stone-based materials such as cement. Most of the HRF's dolomitic limestone is used for cement, bitumen mixes, and also as a flux in blast furnaces. Sand is typically shipped from Wisconsin by rail to be used for the production of ready-mix concrete. Nearly all track roadbeds in the HRF and surrounding areas are made at the Central Province's facilities. The product is often shipped out with the Union Pacific Railroad.

Transportation

Railroads

A westbound CNW train in 1995. Towards the left is the area which would later become the HRF's Central Province. The limestone mine can be seen in the distance.

The Holy Republic of FRID boasts having supposedly the most extensive rail networks of any micronation. The HRF contains five bridges and roughly 20,774 feet of track in its borders, with 2,164 feet owned and operated by the state itself. The HRF has been able to work in close cooperation with Union Pacific and Canadian National through the National Railroad Administration. With the Trackage Act of 2021, the HRF has been responsible for maintaining four of the railroads' bridges, assisting in track assessments, and monitoring radio frequencies for emergencies. The HRF lends its acquired track to Union Pacific to store maintenance-of-way equipment or freight cars.

Although the HRF's stretch of track sees dozens of passenger services each day, the HRF is not responsible for these services and primarily focuses on freight consists.

Air Transport

The HRF has a designated helipad and a facility for light helicopters in the Southeastern Province. This area is occasionally used to transport goods by air, though nearly all shipments are by truck or rail. The landing zone is equipped for an increase in operations, though these have not yet occurred. Due to HRF policies in the area, helicopters are not permitted to shut down engines on the helipad, and can only idle no longer than 15 minutes.

Church's Ranking System

Please note, this ranking system only applies to the Holy Church of FRID and not the HRF.

Civilians

  • Civilians are not required an official acceptance.
  • Civilians may vote to elect a Prime Minister
  • In order to vote, civilians must submit a request form before they are eligible.
  • Civilians may run for Prime Minister.
  • If requested by the High Council, civilians can vote to make a final decision during split-votes.
  • Civilians still retain US Citizenship.

Church Members

  • Church Members retain all civilian rights.
  • Official acceptance process is required.
  • Church Members may ‘vote’ during certain High Council meanings, although may not actively participate.
  • Church Members’ votes do not count. These ‘votes’ are used to show perspective, and where the majority of the church stands. This is due to the limited number of active participants. This is planned to change in the near future.

Prime Minister*

  • The Prime Minister is elected by the Civilian Population.
  • An official acceptance process is required.
  • Only Civilians and Church Members may run for Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister is only allowed to make a deciding vote if the High Council’s decision is not unanimous.
  • The High Council may deny the Prime Minister’s vote if all High Council members agree to continue the decision process without the Prime Minister's assistance.
  • The main role of the Prime Minister is to carry out orders of the High Council.

Gentleman

  • Title given to a member of The High Council.
  • Official Acceptance Process is required.
  • Gentlemen are permitted to decide and propose laws and sentences.
  • Gentlemen may not individually carry out these laws and/or sentences without permission of the High Council.

Honorable Gentleman

  • Title given only to original members of the Holy Church of FRID.
  • (as of 4/6/21, this title may not be given to any other member, this may be subject to change)
  • Honorable Gentlemen do not have any higher political and judicial authority than Gentlemen.
  • Honorable Gentlemen must participate in all important national discussions and meetings.

*Not Currently In Effect

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