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Federation of Zenrax
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| The Federation of Zenrax |
Strength and Honor
|North America |
|Capital city||Capital Territory|
|Official language(s)||English (official), Spanish|
|Government||Elective, Executive Monarchy|
|- The Emperor||Thomas I|
| - The Prime Minister
|Established||15 December 1999 (first factions)|
17 December 2014 (unification)
|Disestablished||1 November 2018|
|Area claimed||+/- 3 sq mi|
|Population||50+ residents |
no official census
|Currency||US Dollar ($)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
Zenrax, or the Federation of Zenrax, was an unrecognized project nation located on the North American continent. Having existed as a unified entity since 2014, its historical roots stretch back to late 1999, with the formation of warring factions that fought over control of what later became the capital territory. Emperor Thomas, officially the third leader of the country, took the helm of this iteration in a long-lasting series of project nations beginning in late 2014.
Zenrax was a modest-sized nation, at its peak controlling approximately three square miles of territory with its small security forces. In addition to establishing a strong standing militia, it crafted a foreign policy credited for the small nation's rise in prestige and strong set of allies. Beginning in 2016, the government became increasingly concerned with combating both inactivity and lack of direction in its government. By mid 2018, the country began to shut down internally due to lack of functionality, with various emergency streamlining measures ultimately proving ineffective. By late 2018, after numerous attempts at reviving its core institutions, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation as of November 2018, pending formation of any potential successor state.
Zenrax took its name from a failed attempt at a local artificial language that was originally created for recreational purposes by citizens. Loosely translated, it meant "Peaceful Land," "Kingdom of Heaven," and so forth. Zenrax was also the name of a location that dissolved upon the nation's federalization. Other examples of place names taking meaning from this created language include Ferro and Pyrax. (Both ceased to exist in early 2016 and late 2018, respectively.)
Before Zenrax's unification in 2014 (and later reorganization in 2015), various project countries were founded and disbanded in succession. Nearly all of these mostly-nameless project countries existed between the years 1999 and 2009. The most historically important of these factions were the Confederacy (existed during most of 2003), and the Red Alliance (existed early 2005 - late 2009). The Confederacy was the only successful direct democracy to last more than a few short months, and most of its governmental institutions were initially recreated or revived after Zenrax united in 2014 (including the Order of the Rose). The Red Alliance, being the merger of two militaristic factions, dominated the land for several years until its eventual death by stagnation in late 2009. Its storied existence contributed much to Zenrax's culture, government, and law.
After the collapse of the Red Alliance in late 2009 and the Unification of Zenrax in 2014, the "Territory" (as the area was called for many years) passed back into the hands of its nominal leaders. These years saw the founding ruler of the Territory grow ill and his duties pass onto the second ruler of the Territory. This time was also characterized by the slow diaspora of most of modern-day Zenrax's original citizens. This period officially ended with the passing of the Territory's ruler in June 2014. At around this time, a unification effort was launched in late 2014 to once again unite the Territory under a single faction called Stormhold. This effort concluded in the election of "Emperor" Thomas as the country's leader on December 16th, 2014.
After an initial phase of expansion, Stormhold reorganized itself into the Imperial Federation of Zenrax on May 21st, 2015. The newly reorganized polity then ceremonially declared independence to commemorate the event. Between 2015 and 2017, the government further refined its core institutions to combat a slow national pace, and establish better longevity for the government. Other key reforms during this time included the integration of the capital into a single political entity, the abolition of a state system to better establish national unity, and incorporation of national symbols to represent the nation.
Between May 2015 and October 2018, there were three major reformations of the central government (composed primarily of a Senate and other key personnel). However, these attempts to vitalize the government and combat stagnation ultimately failed to produce the desired results. Although Zenrax was extremely secure and its reputation abroad remained excellent, this ironically led to a slow internal collapse as more people lost interest in actively making Territorial decisions. By late 2018, Zenrax had become extremely burdened by non-functional core institutions (such as the Senate) that could not be legally dissolved or assimilated by other branches of government. Seeing this, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation of Zenrax by November 2018, pending groundwork laid for potential successor polities. (The Order of the Rose continues to exist, having been founded well before Zenrax and not tied directly to its central institutions outside of the Crown.)
The Emperor was the Head of State within Zenrax. He had the power to pass executive decrees, direct common defense via Senate-approved authorities, act as a final judicial authority in criminal and civil cases, treat with foreign powers, give or withhold assent for laws passed by the Senate, and reform the Senate in cases of extreme inactivity. Furthermore, the Emperor had the power to call the Senate as well as other future legislative bodies into session. Any Emperor emeritus had the right to take and occupy an additional seat in the Senate at any point, without approval from their successors (subject to denial or expulsion by the Senate writ large). Finally, the Emperor held all chivalrous powers. (Ex officio, the Emperor also held the post of Grandmaster of the Order of the Rose, the country's only chivalrous order to exist independently of Zenrax.)
Limitations of the Emperor included the several key prohibitions. He could not make or abolish laws that would cause interference with only one definitive Territory, unless to dissolve it or admit a new one into the country. The Emperor could not raise taxes without the approval of the Senate. The Emperor could not dissolve the Senate or close an active Senate session without its consent. The Emperor could not remove individuals from the Senate without its consent. Lastly, the Emperor could not force the Senate to accept an appointment of any kind.
The various leaders of Zenrax's core territories were extremely autonomous rulers. They enjoyed immunity from unsolicited government interference in internal territorial affairs, outside of functions listed above. Territorial rulers could not personally participate in the Senate, but still held the right to give unsolicited consultation and advice to the Emperor. As for the Senate itself, it was the primary legal arm of the country. In practice, the Senate was the body held responsible for carrying out those functions the Emperor was specifically prohibited from exercising.
Administration & Territory
The Empire consisted of several autonomous and dependent territories. Autonomous territories were self-ruled and held numerous rights not enjoyed by dependent territories (as listed above). The following entities collectively made up the Official Territory Roster before the Federation's dissolution in November 2018.
- The Capital Territories Nominally under direct rule, but entitled to a Senate seat
- The Kingdom of Wyvern Governed by a special regent
- Old Zenrax (North)
- Old Wyvern (South)
- Olympus (exclave; provisional territory)
- Helios Dormant
- Stormhold (the Provisional Capital of Zenrax)
- The Principality of Pyrax Governed by a special regent
- The Territory of Pyrax (official State Security Headquarters)
- The Territory of Evergreen (official Imperial Guard Headquarters)
- The Kingdom of Wyvern Governed by a special regent
- The Star Kingdom Dormant
- The Kingdom of Ferro Dormant
- The Earldom of Notting Hill Dormant
While being somewhat unique in and of itself, Zenraxian culture still remains much of the way it has been in the Old South for many generations, even after its dissolution. Influencing the government's institutions were aspects of feudal Japan, as well as Victorian Era Britain during the height of its power. Native Texan cultures, as well as Hispanic/Mexican culture, also had some influence on the people of Zenrax.
Many aspects of its government and culture were fairly unique, having been built from scratch or having evolved organically over many years. The government model was meant to emphasize the freedom for a person to choose their destiny, whatever that may be, so long as it does not involve intentionally bringing harm to another individual in the process. Several attempts were made at a "native" script, some of which survive the Federation's dissolution. Most subsequent attempts in improving these scripts have failed.
The only exclave territory not adjacent to the United States of America was the territory widely known as Tanner Bank, known to Zenrax as Dragon Stone. There were also several claims held on a quasi-ceremonial basis by the Empire, and fall outside of its established control. These claims were not enforced due to lack of martial strength.
Federal policy strictly forbade the giving and receiving of recognition of statehood alone as a tool of diplomacy. Zenrax was very exclusive with its choices of allies, often holding new nations at arm's length, should they fail to exhibit civilized behavior from the beginning of their existence. The final official foreign policy update can be read here: https://forum.micronations.wiki/showthread.php?tid=1577&pid=12694#pid12694
The following are political entities that Zenrax actively maintained diplomatic relations with over its existence between June 2014 and November 2018.