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The Kawartha Federation is a micronation founded on September 1, 2009.
| Federation of Kawartha |
Kawartha Transcanada Est" (Latin: Kawartha is beyond Canada)
Gull Lake, Ontario
|Official religion(s)||Roman Catholicism|
|Area claimed||Approx. 4 km²|
|Population||6 (as of 2013 census)|
|National sport||Long Distance Swimming|
|Patron saint||St. Thomas More|
|This nation has recently endured a massive reduction of activity.|
The Kawartha Federation was named after its location in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. "Kawartha" is an anglicization of the word "Ka-wa-tha" (from "Ka-wa-tae-gum-maug" or Gaa-waategamaag), a word coined in 1895 by aboriginal Martha Whetung of the Curve Lake First Nations. It was hoped that the word, which meant "land of reflections" in the Anishinaabe language, would provide a convenient and popular advertising label for the area, much as "Muskoka" had come to describe the area and lakes north of Gravenhurst. The word was subsequently changed by tourism promoters to Kawartha, with the meaning "bright waters and happy lands."
Pre-Kawartha The first micronation in the region was the short-lived Gull Lake Republic. Founded on September 1, 2009, the Republic disbanded after receiving condemnations and threats from New Europe and Erusiaafter the Republic criticized both Communism and White Nationalism. The Republic's 6 citizens then founded the Solvo Federation, an experiment with Isocracy. The Federation extended GLR territory to a much larger extent. However, the Federation's existance spurred the creation of other micronations: the Palmese State, Grand Vicarate of Angel Island, and Flaradonia. Cooperation between these states broke down following the Solvo-Flaradonian War after Flaradonia formally dragged the rest of these states into the Austenasian Civil War. The states of the so-called Solvo sector thereafter began to decline in activity; the Palmese State and the GVAI failed in 2010, while a merger of Flaradonia and Solvoia continued until 2011.
Kawarthan Isolationist Period Following the collapse of the Solvo Federation's short lived successor, a new state was proclaimed. The new Kawarthan Federation was not intended to communicate with micronations outside its immediate vicinity; this was at the time viewed as the cause of the Solvo Federation's decline. The Federations citizenry soared to 20 practicing citizens by 2012. However, come the summer of 2013, the Federation entered its own decline period. 5 citizens sold their property and moved out of Federation territory, while the remaining 9 citizens simply ceased communicating with the Federation government. This crippled the Federations government, which it was increasingly noted required reform.
Current Period On April 18, 2013, the Federal Council issued an edict reestablishing intermicronational diplomacy in an effort to reignite interest in the Federation. Further reforms were hinted at, but have yet to be enacted.
Government and politics
The Federation's government historically could be described as semi-aristocratic, with the Federal Council consisting of representatives from the property owning families of the Federation. Decisions by the Federal Council are made via vote, with any member being able to present legislation. There is no official head of state unless chosen by the Federal Council on an emergency basis; known as a Dictator, this official has veto power over other council members. As of 2013, the representatives of remaining territories are all Flahertys. Separate territories of the Federation are allowed to chose their own representatives by any means they wish. Only the Flaherty family chose their representatives via democratic means. Following the reduction of participating families, remaining territories have such a small population that democratic votes have been suspended.
The Federation's territorial claims are currently being reevaluated by the Federal Council. As such, this list of territories shall be incomplete.
New Flaradonia: Approximately 0.4 square kilometers in size and home to 6 citizens. Under Flaherty jurisdiction
Normanland: Approximately 0.5 square kilometers in size. Uninhabited. Admitted to the Federation in 2012. Currently its border is disputed by New Beamishland. Under joint jurisdiction.
Alsland: Approximately 2.5 square kilometers in size. Annexed from Canada in 2013 due to the neglect of the territory's trails. Uninhabited. Under joint jurisdiction.
Morris Island: Approximately 0.7 square kilometers in size. Annexed to the Federation following the owner's decision to sell in early 2013. Uninhabited. Under joint jurisdiction.
Territories of Uncertain Status
Old Beamishland: Approximately 0.4 square kilometers in size. Ceased communication with the Federation in late 2013. Under Beamish jurisdiction.
New Beamishland: Approximately 1.2 square kilometers in size. Ceased communication with the Federation in late 2013. Under Beamish jurisdiction.
New Flanders: Approximately 0.8 square kilometers in size. Ceased communication with the Federation in late 2013. Under Flemming jurisdiction.
Arnil: A property consisting of 5 citizens and approximately 0.4 square kilometers of space. The property was sold in 2013 and abandoned by its citizens; as the new occupants were not Federation citizens the territory was officially relinquished.
Flaradonia: Formerly an external territory of the Kawartha Federation, Flaradonia's member status was dismissed in early 2012. The property consisted of an estimated 0.1 square kilometers. Formerly under Flaherty jurisdiction.
Elicotville: Formerly an external territory of the Federation, and inherited from Flaradonia. Abandoned in early 2012. Formerly under Flaherty jurisdiction.
Law and order
As of 2013, no crimes have been committed on Federation territory. Refusal to obey an edict of the Federation Council results in temporary or expulsion. The accuser and the accused are both given an opportunity to speak, and then the council democratically decides whether or not the accused is guilty.
The Federation has yet to form any formalized foreign relations with any other micronation. The Federation negotiates with the Township of Minden via the Gull Lake Cottagers Association, and does not formally deal with the Dominion of Canada. The Federation is open to signing treaties with any micronation that approaches it.
There is no centralized military in the Federation; territories provide their own Self Defense Forces that can by order of the Dictator be used for purposes other than territorial defense. The Federation's "military" was armed primarily with Nerf or Water-pressure "weaponry" until the introduction of the Flemmings. This brought air-pressure weapons into the Federation, including several rifles and a large spud gun capable of firing at least two hundred meters. As a reaction to the disproportionate strength of the Flemmings, the Flahertys began planning a massive upgrade of their own forces. As of 2013 this has not yet occurred, although plans for the creation of the first Flaherty Spud Gun are progressing. The Federations four SDFs frequent skirmished with each other using non-lethal weapons in the spirit of friendly competition. However, as of 2013, this activity has been halted due to lack of participants.
Geography and climate
The Federation's main territory is located in a temporate, mixed forest region on the Canadian shield. The region's water is frozen an estimated 5 months of the year. The region is not rich in minerals, although uranium has been discovered within the region. The Federation currently does not possess territory with any finds, and does not desire to; the highly poisonous substance cannot be safely utilized.
Federation citizens run the newspaper and magazine distribution services of Gull Lake and several landscaping companies. It is estimated that these industries net a grand total of $5000 Canadian per annum. Federation citizens of working age draw the vast majority their incomes outside the Federation. The Federation currently uses the Canadian dollar. Plans for a Federation currency were scrapped following the reduction of participating families. Plans to mine quartz for profit have been considered. The harvesting of firewood for profit has also been proposed, although currently the Federation consumes more firewood than it produces. The Federation is not self sufficient and must import food and fuel from surrounding regions. Habitation of the Federation would be impossible without the vast amounts of wealth generated by its citizens outside its borders.
Members of the Federation are Canadian in nationality. There is currently no education system. Events in the Federation include the annual Ice raffle, where families are assigned randomly drawn dates. The Family that received the date that the ice disappears from the lake must host a party for other participating members. There is a painter among Federation citizens, and many others engage in amature art.
As of April 19, 2013 the Federation has established an official news site.