Kingdom of Liahonia

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Kingdom of Liahonia
National Standard - KOL.jpg
National Standard
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Royal Standard

Motto
Homines in Pace; Ordo in Terra (Latin)
Peace to the People; Order in the Land
Anthem
National Anthem:

Royal Anthem:

Capital cityKingston Administrative District
(interim capital; official capital will be established by the future constitution)
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)Secular state
All faiths officially recognized
Short nameLiahonia
DemonymLiahonian
GovernmentAbsolute Monarchy
- MonarchKing Matthew I
- Prime MinisterPosition Vacant
LegislatureThe Parliament of Liahonia
Established28 December 2018
(as the Republic of Ut Pace)
27 January 2020
(as the Kingdom of Liahonia)
Area claimed0.127 acres
Population15 (as of March 2021)
CurrencyLiahonian dollar
Ancient Nephite currency (Discontinued)
• Columba (Republic of Ut Pace; discontinued)
• Ute (Republic of Ut Pace; discontinued)
Time zone• Liahonian Standard Time (Official; 30 minutes ahead of Pacific Standard Time)
• Pacific Standard Time (Commonly Used)
Member of the Union Against Micronational War

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The Kingdom of Liahonia is a micronation surrounded by the United States. It was founded by King Matthew I and headquartered within a 100-mile radius of Seattle, Washington. The Kingdom of Liahonia claims to be a sovereign, independent nation, but is not recognized as one by the United Nations or any major government.

Etymology

The name Liahonia originates from the word Liahona, which was a small brass ball that operated like a compass. When the ancient prophet Lehi arose one morning (c. 600 BC), he "beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness" (1 Nephi 16:10, Book of Mormon).

History

Government

Royal Family

The Royal Family is comprised of the monarch's close relations. Each family member is issued a title, known as a Title of Nobility (Peerage). The Royal Family is tasked with carrying out official engagements around the country and around the world. They also carry the duty of representing the monarch to the world.

Titles of Nobility

Members of the Royal Family are entitled to the style of His/Her Royal Highness (HRH) or His/Her Majesty (HM). However, the title of His/Her Royal Majesty (HRM) is reserved for the Monarch and His/Her spouse. Titles of Nobility are issued by the command of His Royal Majesty. The only way to receive a title is to be born into the Royal Family, or to marry into it.

Letters Patent

Letters Patent (always in the plural and always capitalized) is a legal instrument in the form of a published written order issued by the Monarch granting a title to a person. As of December 2021, the College of Peers Act, the law that will regulate the powers of these Letters, is still being written.

Family Tree

Royal Family Tree

Red dots indicate blood royals ()
Grey dots indicate deceased royals ()

King David I Queen DeEtta
(1941-2020)
King Jerry Queen Sharon
Sir Douglas
+3 children
Lady Dixie
+6 children
Lady Deborah
+4 children*
*(including Rt Hon. Sean Douangaphaivong)
King David II Queen Katherine
Princess Shaney Prince Jared👑 King Matthew I Prince Ryan
Sir Addison
Prince Grayson
Princess Abigail


Note: The titles of Their Majesties Kings David I, David II, Jerry, and Queens DeEtta, Sharon, and Katherine are purely honorary, and have no powers in government.

Line of Succession
    • 👑 King Matthew I
      • Future Heir Apparent
    • (1) Princess Shaney (Heir Presumptive)
      • (2) Prince Grayson
      • (3) Princess Abigail
    • (4) Prince Jared
    • (5) Prince Ryan

Duties

Throughout the year, members of the Royal Family carry out a variety of official engagements, throughout the country and around the world. In doing so, they are representing the monarch. The Royal Family also supports several non-profit organizations, charities, and foundations. Another important duty is supporting the monarchy as a whole.

Investitures

An Investiture is a very special day when someone receives an honor in person from the monarch. It usually occurs twice a year. Once in April, and once in October. The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize those who have performed outstanding achievements, bravery and services to the kingdom. Whether someone gets an honor - and the honor they receive - is at the discretion of the monarch.

Royal Warrants of Appointment

A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition to people or companies who have regularly supplied goods or services to The Royal Family, particularly the monarch. The grant of a Royal Warrant gives a Warrant Holder nothing more than a right to display the Royal Arms and they are not entitled to claim or imply any exclusivity of supply. A Warrant may be revoked at any time for any reason.

Cabinet of Ministers

The Cabinet of Ministers is an advisory body made up of the heads of various departments, and part of the executive branch. They advise the monarch on any subject he may require relating to each member’s respective office. The body is overseen by the Prime Minister, and appointments are by the monarch.

Office Incumbent Appointment
Monarch King Matthew I 27 January 2020
Prime Minister Vacant N/A
Minister of Citizens Affairs Vacant N/A
Minister of Foreign Relations Sean Douangaphaivong (On hiatus)†
Vacant (Acting)
27 January 2020
2021
Minister of Defense Thavee D15 27 January 2020
Minister of Public Safety Vacant N/A
Minister of the Treasury Vacant N/A
Minister of Economics Vacant N/A
Minister of Education David LeWarne 27 January 2020
Minister of Health Vacant N/A
Minister of Energy Vacant N/A
Minister of Transportation Vacant N/A
Minister of Commerce Vacant N/A
Minister of Labor Vacant N/A
Footnotes
†(On government approved hiatus, effective beginning 1 June 2021, and ending no later than 1 June 2023.)

House of Parliament

Old system

The House of Parliament is comprised of 24 seats, and its members are elected by the public. Elections are held every 2 years, and those who are elected hold the title of Peer during their term in office. There is also no limit to the number of terms a member can serve. The Speaker of the House is the head of the parliament. They are the only member of parliament that is not elected, but rather, appointed by the Prime Minister. When appointed, they are given the title of Mister/Madam Speaker. The sole purpose of the parliament is to enact laws. Any member can draft a bill for debate in the general body. When a bill has been approved by the Speaker of the House, it goes to the monarch. If vetoed, it can be sent back to the chamber for revision. Parliament is divided into sessions, which has a duration of two years. To mark the beginning of each session, The monarch formally gives a speech, which is known as The State Opening of Parliament. It takes place inside the chamber, with the monarch sitting on the Thrones of the House. The speech outlines the plans for that session.

The Judiciary

The Judiciary is the judicial body. It is comprised of 6 judges, and its members are elected by the public. Elections are held every 2 years, and there is no limit to the number of terms a judge can serve. The Chief Judge is the head of the judicial body. They are the only member that isn't elected, rather they are appointed by the Prime Minister. When appointed, they shall be addressed as His/Her High Honor. The sole purpose of the judicial body is to interpret laws. When a person commits a major crime, they are taken to court, where a judge is assigned to their case. Based on the evidence, the person will be sentenced according to the Sentencing Guidelines. Crimes are classified by class. Class 1 crimes are usually severe crimes, such as murder. Class 2 crimes are usually minor crimes, such as trespassing. Class 3 crimes are usually traffic crimes, such as speeding.

Foreign relations

Mission Statement: To lead foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and service by protecting the interests of the people, the country, and it's identity.

The Department of Foreign Relations is tasked with creating, managing, and upholding relationships with other nations. Its primary objective is to protect the country and its citizens through diplomatic means. As a branch of the government, the department acts on behalf of the King in all foreign matters, including drafting treaties and agreements with surrounding countries, and representing His Royal Majesty on diplomatic missions.

See also