Principality of Galte

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Principality of Galte
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Coat of Arms

Besiyata Dishmaya (Aramaic: With the help of Heaven)
Adon Olam[1]

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Memphis, Michigan
Capital cityBelle City
Official language(s)
Official religion(s)None official
Short nameGalte
  • Galtean
  • Galtesian[a]
- MonarchMunroe I
- PrinceMichael of Galte
EstablishedDecember 8, 2019
Area claimed3.32 acres (0.37 sq. mi)
CurrencyUnited States dollar
Time zoneEST

The Principality of Galte [ˈgɑːltə], more commonly known as Galte, is a colony of the Kingdom of Atiera near Memphis, Michigan. The capital of Galte is Belle City, named after the river on which it sits. The Kingdom of Galte was founded on December 8, 2019, when the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place in the Capital Territory, which is no longer a part of Galtean land. It was originally called the Grand Republic of Usmuani and functioned under a democratic socialist government.

Galte was a constitutional monarchy for much of its history, led by then King Michael I of Galte.

The Principality of Galte was a member of the League of Independent Nations until November 11, 2020. Galte was also a member of the Kongreso de Esperanto Mikronacioj (lit. the Congress of Esperanto Micronations) until it became a colony of Atiera.


The name Galte was chosen at random at the time of its founding. The founders wished to have a professional-looking website and domain and decided on the name Galte as the first two letters correspond to a free domain offered by Freenom, .ga.

Funnily enough, we chose the name Galte because we were too cheap for anything else... We just wanted a free domain, and the .ga domain looked good, so we picked the name Galte to go along with it. I almost regret it now since that name makes absolutely no sense, but we're a year on. It's too late now.

— Michael, Prince of Galte

The government originally attempted to cover the true origin up by affixing it to a Norwegian word that happened to exist. Despite its origin, the name stuck due to many people saying the name was "unique" and "memorable."


Founding and transition period (2019-2020)

The Declaration of Independence of the Grand Republic of Usmuani. Usmuani was the earliest form of what is now known as the Principality of Galte.

Michael Shepard signed the Declaration of Independence on December 8, 2019, and named the nation the Grand Republic of Usmuani. As he was the sole founder of the nation, he declared himself President of the Grand Republic. Elections were held for the First Congress of the Republic, and Senators were appointed. Shortly after (the exact date has been lost to history), the nation adopted a simple bicolor flag with green on top and white on the bottom.

The nation's momentum fizzled out and laid dormant until early April 2020. The President abolished the Congress and renamed the nation the Republic of Galte. He, along with the two other citizens, drew up a constitution and claimed Low Island, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, as the nation's territory. The constitutional convention ended on June 2, 2020, and the new constitution was adopted that same day.

A recreated version of the flag of the Grand Republic of Usmuani.

Independent Galtean era (2020)

On June 24, 2020, the Republic of Galte was admitted into the League of Independent Nations, with a unanimous vote from all Chairmen.

On August 5, 2020, Shepard signed an executive order declaring Galte's claim to Low Island void and claiming Waugoshance Island in Lake Michigan as the nation's territory. 20 days after claiming Waugoshance, the Republic of Galte transitioned into the Kingdom of Galte following a referendum held by Galte's citizens.

Galte withdrew from the League of Independent Nations on November 11, 2020, following a controversy involving the Principality of Ustea.

Colonial era (2020-present)

Following weeks of debate with advisors and leaders of other nations, Galte elected to become a colony of the Kingdom of Atiera. The decision was reached on November 21, 2020, and the Kingdom of Galte became the Principality of Galte seven days later.

On January 30, 2021, the Principality of Galte gave up its claim to Waugoshance Island, citing the fact that "the Government of the Principality has no control over the island."[3] The colony's sole claim is now the claim located near Memphis.


The Principality of Galte is almost entirely flat land. Its steepest hill is about 5 feet. The Principality is broken up into two main sections, Belle City and the lower river area. Belle City features a pavilion, where in-person government meetings are held, and a fire pit for gatherings involving the in-person citizenry of Galte. The lower river area is where most lodging is currently done. The area is shaded and dry, making it suitable for the tent camps often set up in the nation.


The Principality of Galte experiences relatively warm summers and frigid winters. Its Köppen climate classification is Dfb, although some seasons fall more in line with a Dfa climate type.[4]

Climate data for Galte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -1
Daily mean °C (°F) -4
Average low °C (°F) -8
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 38.6
Source: [5] (data from 1985-2015)


The Principality of Galte has twenty citizens.[b] Galtean culture is remarkably similar to American and Canadian culture. The Prince of Galte is a Noahide, resulting in the government, possibly unintentionally, giving the nation many cultural aspects that are similar to Jewish culture.

Galte has two official languages: English and Esperanto.[2]

Politics and government

A political poster made sometime during the Republic era of Galte, which advertises the now-defunct Galtesian Libertarian Party.

The Principality of Galte is a colony of the Kingdom of Atiera, which is a constitutional monarchy. The Principality is headed by Prince Michael of Galte. There is no local legislative body; instead, the Prince has direct authority over Galte’s own citizens, but still must answer to the laws of the Atieran legislature.

Diplomacy and foreign relations

The intermicronational view of the Principality is generally positive. As a colony, it has no formal diplomatic relations of its own but maintains friendly status with the leaders of multiple nations. Before becoming a colony, Galte had fairly expansive relations with other nations due to it being in the League of Independent Nations. As the Kingdom of Atiera is a member of the Cupertino Alliance, the Principality of Galte receives many of the benefits of being in the Alliance.

References and notes

  1. His Serene Highness the Prince of Galte (January 30, 2021). "Regional Anthem Act 2021". Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 His Majesty Michael I, the King of Galte (September 19, 2020). "Royal Decree 91920-1: A Decree to Change the Official Language". Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. His Serene Highness the Prince of Galte (January 30, 2021). "Territorial Relinquishment Act 2021". Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors (January 28, 2021). "Michigan". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  5. "Climate & Weather Averages in City of Memphis, Michigan, USA". Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  1. While both are considered correct, the government most commonly uses the term Galtean.
  2. All citizens of the Kingdom of Atiera are automatically considered to be citizens of Galte.