Kingdom of Lytera

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Kingdom of Lytera
Lytera flag.pngLytera coa.png

Motto
Deus sit cum nobis (Latin: God Is With Us)
Anthem
National Anthem
Lyteralied

Millitary Anthem
Lyteran Panzers March On

Royal Anthem
The Imperial Anthem

Remembrance Day Anthem
Lyteran March Of The Fallen

Maplytera.png
Lytera within the UK, marked in red.
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Capital city St. Cavendish
Largest city St. Cavendish
Official language(s) English
German
Russian
Short name Lytera
Demonym Lyteran
Government Unitary Absolute Monarchy
- King Alexander I
- Chief of Staff of the Army & Airforce Alexander I
- Grand Admiral of the Navy Alexander I
Legislature The Royal Council
Established 2010 (De jure) 2017 (De facto)
Area claimed 1060 m²
Population 18 Residents
2 Honorary Citizens
6 Non-Citizen LAF members (as of 2018 census)
Currency Lyira
Time zone (UTC)
National sport Football
National animal Koi
Patron saint St Botolph
Member of the OAM

Government Website

The Kingdom of Lytera (German: Königreich Lytera) (Russian: Королевство Литера / Korolevstvo Lytera) is a independent micronation in Hillingdon, Greater London. Founded in 2010 de jure, the micronation saw little status as more then a fun pass-time to joke about with, until the bloody revolution of 2017. the first monarch, King Matthew, declared the founding of the Kingdom, and declared he was absolute ruler. His rule was brief, his elder brother, backed by the younger members of the Banks royal family, organised a coup. The revolt was quick and swift, and little resistance was faced. In the ruins of the kingdom, Alexander I was crowned. The country is landlocked, though an artificial pond in the south of the kingdom acts as a area for naval drills.

Etymology

The name Lytera was made in 2010, a mix of the word lyric (for Duke Matthew's love of music) and terra (meaning earth).

History

In 2010, the Kingdom of Lytera was founded by Duke Alexander and Duke Matthew. For the first seven years, owing to the leaders young ages, the country was run under a regency. However, the micronation wasn't taken seriously by its rulers, seeing it as a fun pass time to pick up and play about when they felt like it.

On August 19 2017, Duke Matthew proclaimed himself to be the leader of Lytera officially after seeing videos on micronations online. However, the young ruler, while at first backed by his siblings and cousins, was unreliable. Duke Alexander contested his authority and reckless decisions, citing that under the law drafted, as the elder sibling, he had more right to the throne. After a attempted arrest of the Duke by the King himself on the 21st of August, Alex escaped and rounded up his cousins, who were staying round at the royal palace, and orchestrated a counter-coup. This one day war was known as the bloody revolution, as Alex received a cut to his knee charging into battle, and how Duke Owen was hit in the eye. By the end of the day, the War of the Crown was over, and Matthew surrendered. The King accepted, and allowed him to live, in exchange for losing the right of succession.

Since 2017, King Alexander I has been reforming the Kingdom into a functional one. 2017's end saw the death of the Grand High Regent, Marion, deeply effecting the King. 2018's anniversary of the coup saw fireworks light up the sky and the opening of the large fish pond, named Lake Koi, which provided a point to test the Kingdoms navy out. Industrial advancements have increased three-fold, and the kingdom has seen new members join and leave.


Government and politics

The King has absolute power, and decides on the major projects for his nation. However, he has a council to help make these decisions. The council has (aside from the King) four permanent members, with three others to represent it's embassies around the UK. These other members are not often at the council meetings, but are informed through phone calls of details. When founded in 2010, there were Seven permanent seats (including Alexander I and Matthew) and two embassy seats. The 2012 Union of Reynolds added the King's half cousins to the family, and they were granted a embassy seat to share. In 2014, Grand High Regent Marion fell ill due to dementia, and retired from her spot as Minister of Environmental Concerns, the role absorbed into the Ministry of Construction. The seat has been completely incorporated as of 2017 due to the death of Marion. The monarch picks who fills the seats, and places are often rewarded for loyalty.

The Councils positions:

  • - Permanent Seats

† - Defunct Seats

  • King - Alexander I
  • Minister of Construction - Duke Robert
  • Minister of Agriculture - Duchess Helen
  • Minister of Transportation - Duke Michael
  • Minister of Education - Duchess Karen

Embassy of Southampton - Lady Sheila (Seat filled by husband, Lord John when unavailable)
Embassy of Reynolds - Duchess Megan (Seat filled by siblings, Lord Owen or Lady Ayra when unavailable)
Embassy of the North - Duchess Siobhan
†Minister of Environmental Concerns - High Regent Marion †
†Duke of the Upstairs - Alexander I (Before Bloody Revolution)
†Duke of the Downstairs - Matthew (Before official declaration.)

The government has three embassies. One in Coventry, and the other two in Southampton. Royal relations also have family members in Spain, Australia and Italy.

Law

The laws of the kingdom are similar to those of the United Kingdom. This is for easier punishments for people who are a threat to the kingdom, who commit crimes outside the boundaries of the nation. Inside the nation, corporal punishment is prohibited to be distributed. The exception is the King, who often has to hit Duke Matthew when he attempts to rebel or gain more autonomy.

The major laws:
Age of Consent - 16
LGBT Rights - Equal
Woman's Rights - Equal
Religious Rights - Quite open (exception is Islam, which is slightly less accepted.)
Incest - Illegal
Free Votes - No

Foreign relations

Lytera officially recognises all UN members except the People's Republic of China. This is because they recognise the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the only true China.
In addition, it also recognises the following:
Holy See
Palestine
Abkhazia

As of 11/04/19, Lytera is a member of the Organisation of Active Micronations, and henceforth recognises any member of that organisation. Unless diplomacy is contacted outside of this organisation, diplomatic ties will be severed if the nation leaves the NEUM.

Mutual Recognition

Military

The Military is made up of three branches, the Airforce, Navy and Army.

The Army was first founded officially by King Matthew on his coronation date, though lacked any members. The army was unofficially made of Duke Alex, Owen and Duchess Megan during the War of the Crown. This is the only major conflict the army has fought in, and has seen no further military conflicts. Alexander I still leads the army, and still has a duty to fight on the battlefield. His cousins, Owen, Megan and Ayra, are also in the army. The nation lacks any tanks, but has cars and a motorbike to fight with, and artillery in the form of fireworks. The military sometimes recruits mercenaries from the UK when needed.

The Airforce was set up on August 21st 2018, a year after the civil war. The event was marked by the launching of fireworks into the sky, and the unveiling of two stomp rockets brought by Duke Matthew. These rockets have seen constant use, and have plans to be in service at bare minimum to the next anniversary of the war.

The Navy was founded on the same day as the Airforce, and is the pride of the nation. A Small wooden warship, HMS Bayliss, sits on the edge of Lake Koi, and can hold four boxes of Bang Snaps. A small catapult on top can launch them, but it is inaccurate. The King himself leads a underwater naval commando unit, after he took up scuba diving in 2017. In an effort to improve diplomacy and learn more about the ocean and discipline, the King joined the Royal Sea Cadet Corps of the UK in 2018.

Lyteran Armed Forces Ranks

Geography and climate

Climate data for Lytera
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(45)
7
(45)
12
(54)
13
(55)
17
(63)
20
(68)
23
(73)
22
(72)
19
(66)
15
(59)
10
(50)
8
(46)
14.4
(57.9)
Average low °C (°F) 2
(36)
2
(36)
4
(39)
4
(39)
7
(45)
10
(50)
13
(55)
11
(52)
9
(48)
8
(46)
4
(39)
3
(37)
6.4
(43.5)
[citation needed]

Economy

Lytera uses the Lyira as an official currency inside it's borders, with the British Pound being legal tender as well. Bank notes can be swapped at a ratio of 1 Lyira to 1.50 GBP at the north entrance gate to the nation. 100 Pence(p) equals 1 Lyira(ȴ).

Current Coins: 1/2p, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 15p, 20p, 25p, 50p, 1ȴ, 2ȴ

Current Notes: 5ȴ, 10ȴ, 20ȴ, 25ȴ, 50ȴ, 100ȴ

Culture

The main language of the nation is English, though German and Russian are used in law. The largest religion is Christianity, specifically Anglican, with Atheism being the second largest. Religion is free with no censorship, though due to current world events, Islam is held in a more negative view. Music wise, the nation is rather diverse, though by far metal music is the most popular, with rock and roll and classical close seconds and thirds. The most popular bands are Sabaton, Battle Beast and Beast in Black. The manner of dress-code varies, it's relaxed for everyday use, but for important events, it's very strict, similar to the attire of the 1910s. The culture is very English, though some German and Russian traditions are also common.

Media

The government newspaper is The Royal Lyteran News(German: Die Königlich Lyteran Nachrichten (Russian: Королевские Литера новости Korolevskiye Litera Novosti) is the only newspaper of the kingdom, and is run by the government. It reports on the first day of each month the events that have happened that year.

National Holidays

By the King's decree, all holidays of the Orthodox Church are also holidays in Lytera.

Name Date Remarks
New Year's Day 1 January The beginning of the year in the Georgian Calendar. Public holiday.
Christmas Day 7 January Celebration of Jesus's Birth in the Orthodox calendar.
Emperor Norton I Day 8 January Date of death of Norton I, An inspiration to all micronations.
Duke Michael's Birthday 25 Feburary Former member of the regency council. Current King's council member
Dementia Awareness Week 3–9 April Dedicated to all people who have dementia.
Sabaton Day 1 May A celebration of the nation's favourite metal band.
Celebration of the Council 6 May Celebrating all who work to improve the nation.
Founding Day 19 August Foundation of the Kingdom.
Revolution Day 21 August Public holiday on celebrating the coup against King Matthew.
Duke Matthew's Day 29 August Abolished after the revolution. Reinstated one year later as a holiday as a show of goodwill, though the official date was moved, as the Duke was born on the same date as the founding.
King's Day 3 October The King's Birthday.
Duchess Karen's Birthday 8 October Celebrating the King's mother's birthday.
Marion's Memorial Day 1 November The day of the remembrance for High Regent Marion, The King's Great Grandmother, who died on what was her 98th birthday.
Remembrance Day 11 November The day of the remembrance of those who fell in combat.
Drill Day 12 November Official Parade round Lake Koi to showcase the nations military discipline.
Santa's Day (Christmas Day for all non-othodox christians) 25 December Celebration of family. (And Jesus's Birth if not orthodox)