Kingdom of Madrona
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Kingdom of Madrona
|Motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny|
|Anthem: None at the moment|
|File:Surrounding Canada's Hudson Bay|
and largest city
|None at the moment|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|King Shamus I|
|Establishment||May 4th, 2012|
• citizen(s) (June 2014) census
|Time zone||(UTC-6) to (UTC-4)|
The Kingdom of Madrona (Mah-drone-ah) is a micronation founded in North America and in concept on May 4th, 2012 consisting of 7 states and one capital district. Located in the northern part of the North American continent around the Hudson Bay, it extends from northern Saskatchewan to Newfoundland and Labrador. At 2.15 million square kilometers in total, Madrona is the world's fifth-largest country by total area, and its common border with Canada is the second largest land border in North America.
The eventual goal is on July 7, 2018 Canada will formally acknowledge both Madronan independence and its sovereignty. The last ties connecting Madrona to Canada will be dissolved with signing of the Madrona Act 2018.
The Kingdom of Mardrona is a unitary parliamentary democracy with an executive constitutional monarchy, with King Shamus I as its head of state. Madrona will move to become a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is officially English speaking at the federal level. It will be a country with a population of upwards of 218 million by 2028. Its advanced economy will be one of the largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its ability to produce various resources and its well-developed trade networks.
Madrona will be a developed country and be within the top 10 of the wealthiest nations in the world, with projections showing its per capita landing within the top 5 globally. Madrona's participation in economic international institutions or groupings is aimed to include the ICCPR, NATO, OECD, WTO, OAS and the United Nations, among others.
The name Madrona comes from a genus of flowering tree whose North American members are called "Madrones".
Madrona is currently in talks for its independence from Canada. Progress has been slow, however the Madronan government is persistent with its goal of complete independence, and is also considering other alternatives to Canada's Clarity Act for independence.
The migration of people from twelve separate population sources that will supply the Kingdom of Madrona with its future citizens will be one-and-a-half times larger than the previously largest migration of people in the world, held back in 1978 of roughly 160 million people in China.
Madrona will be a nation composed of seven states and one capital district with each state overseen by an elected governor. In turn, these may be grouped into three main regions: Western Madrona, Atlantic Madrona, and Northern Madrona. Each state is further divided into cities, towns and villages.
Geography, climate, and environment
The land area of the Kingdom of Madrona will be 2,153,877.57 km² (831,616.78 square miles). The Kingdom of Madrona will be the world's twelfth largest nation by total area, ranking behind Greenland, and just above Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
There will be 15 national parks and dozens of other federally managed parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Altogether, the monarchy owns 20.91% of the nations land. Land owned by the Royal Family will be used for agricultural and forestry, mining and residential and commercial property usage.
Projections collected estimate the country's population to reach its peak of 218,430,044 by 2028. This act will rank the nation fifth most populous nation in the world after Indonesia and the United States, sending Madrona on its way to becoming a major industrialized nation in the world.
Madrona will have a population immigrating from 11 nations; Canada, United States, Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand, Kingdom of Belgium, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Sweden, Italian Republic, and the State of Japan will all help to make up the people that will become Madronan citizens.
All Madronans are planned to live in urbanized cities, and there are plans to construct 341 cities spread out amongst seven states, including one capital district to house the various national government institutions and capital.
According to various census data gathered, there will be approximately 80,000 native peoples living within what will become Madronan territory, and the new national government will offer to construct a large, modern city complete with all the residential, commercial, and industrial infrastructure a city would need to support three times its population. They would have their own government and effectively act as an autonomous administrative division within Madrona, all on an area of 25,000 square kilometers of land.
English is the de facto national language, and indeed speaking and writing in English is a requirement for citizenship.
Madrona currently does not have an organized State Church, however the Government of Madrona is willing to keep an open mind when it comes to peoples' choice of religion.
Government and politics
Madrona is a constitutional executive monarchy and unitary parliamentary, "in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law". The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Madronan Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document.
In Madrona, citizens are usually subject to three levels of government: top-level, state, and local. The local government's duties are commonly split between county and municipal governments. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. There is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is very rare at lower levels.
The Madronan government is composed of three branches:
Legislative: The Parliament, made up of the Senate and the House of Commons, makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government, except for the current reigning member of the Royal Family.
Executive: The Chancellor can veto legislative bills before they become law (subject to Parliament override), [..?].
Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the Chancellor with Senate approval, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional.
The House of Commons will have 200 voting members, each serving for a single four-year term. House seats are apportioned among the states by population every tenth year.
The Senate will have 105 members with each state having seven senators, elected at-large for a maximum of two four-year terms. The Chancellor serves a four-year term and may be elected to the office no more than twice. The Chancellor is elected by direct vote. The Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Madrona, has nine members, who serve for life.
The state governments are structured in roughly similar fashion. The governor (chief executive) of each state is directly elected. Some state judges and cabinet officers are appointed by the governors of the respective states, while others are elected by popular vote.
The original text of the Constitution establishes the structure and responsibilities of the federal government and its relationship with the individual states, and allows in times of need for the Monarch to act both as the head of government as well as head of state until such a time as the need has passed.
Madronan citizens born and residing in the territories have fundamental constitutional protections and elective self-government, with a territorial Member of the Parliament.
The Kingdom of Madrona is a Kingdom of seven states, one capital district, and one inhabited island possession. The states do not have the right to unilaterally secede. These make up the principal administrative districts in the country. These are divided into subdivisions of counties and independent cities. The states choose the Chancellor of the Kingdom of Madrona.
The Kingdom also observes tribal sovereignty of the First Nation's to a degree. Madronan Natives are Madronan citizens second and develop their own culture freely in their own Autonomous Region, however Native citizens committing crimes on Madronan soil against Madronan citizens will be brought before a Madronan court and if found guilty will be sentenced to a Madronan penitentiary according to the severity of their crime(s). Like the Kingdom, they hold a great deal of autonomy, however they are not granted the ability to make war, engage in their own foreign relations, or print and issue currency.
Parties and elections
Madrona currently has no political parties at the moment, however it does have the Monarchy, and currently has not held any elections as of yet.
The Kingdom of Madrona will operate under a three-party system in order to avoid limiting voters from choosing the same political party with a different color. For elective offices at most levels, state-administered elections choose the major party nominees for subsequent general elections. The Chancellor is elected through popular vote across the nation, and the candidate with a clear majority becomes the Chancellor for a maximum of three four-year terms, however these terms do not have to be served consecutively.
Madrona would be recognized as an energy superpower, a great power, a food power, and a newly eligible superpower once all construction has finished from continental infrastructure to the combined armed forces. Madrona's foreign policy will be based on international peacekeeping, and security will be carried out through coalitions and international organizations, and through the work of numerous governmental institutions. The Madronan Government has plans to gain membership in the World Trade Organization, the G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among others. Even with close ties between Canada and the United States, Madrona will nevertheless have an independent foreign policy, notably concentrating on providing infrastructure to help developing nations become involved in international affairs, helping to lift the bar on international quality against poverty.
The Madronan Government has desires to sustain friendly relations with Canada and develop strong ties with Europe and southern Africa. It is willing to work closely with NATO members on military and security issues and with its neighbors through the Organization of American States and free trade agreements, however the Madronan Government has no interest in participating in NAFTA.
While taxes will be levied at the national and state government levels, personal income tax will be the same across the nation and set at a rate of 25%, however with a substantially lower cost along with higher quality of living this would not be seen as too much of an issue. These include payroll, medicare, property taxes, sales, imports, estates and gifts, as well as various fees. Taxes collected by the national and state governments are projected to amount to at least $3.1 trillion.
The Monarch holds the title of Commander-in-Chief of the nation's armed forces and appoints its leaders, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Madronan Department of Defense administers the Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The Coast Guard will be run by the Department of Homeland Security in peacetime and the Department of the Navy in time of war. The armed forces will have a budget to support 1 million personnel on active duty. The Reserves and National Guard will bring the total number of troops to 2.8 million. The Department of Defense will also employ approximately 250,000 – 500,000 civilians, not including contractors.
Military service is voluntary, though conscription may occur in times of extreme emergency through the Selective Service System. This conscription is limited, however, to no more than 2.5% of the nation's total population, in order to avoid damaging the nations output. Madronan forces can be rapidly deployed by the Air Force's large fleet of transport aircraft, the Navy's proposed aircraft carriers, and Marine Expeditionary Units at sea. The military will have in its budget the capacity to construct and operate various bases and facilities abroad through diplomatic relations.
Total proposed Madronan military spending at $356,737,550,000 is approximately 5.72% of global military spending. At 2.5% - 3.4% of GDP, the rate would be ranked third-highest among the top 15 military spenders, after the United States of America and the People's Republic of China.
Law enforcement in the Madrona will primarily be the responsibility of local police and sheriff's departments, with state police providing broader services. Federal agencies such as the Madronan Intelligence Bureau and the Madronan Marshals Service have specialized duties. At the federal level and in almost every state, jurisprudence operates on a common law system.
State courts will conduct most criminal trials; federal courts handle certain designated crimes as well as certain appeals from the state criminal courts. Federal law prohibits a variety of drugs.
The smoking age and the drinking age are both 21. The school leaving age will be set by states, but will be in the range 18. The driving age in Madrona will be generally 18. Abortion on demand will be legal throughout the nation under very strict circumstances.
Capital punishment will be sanctioned for certain federal and military crimes, and used in all seven states. Assisted suicide will be legal in all states under the Double Effect Principle, which is described as “an action that has the principle effect of relieving suffering may be ethically justified even though the same action has the secondary effect of possibly causing death.” Marijuana is state controlled and taxed at a rate of 20%, same-sex marriage is legal in all states, and prostitution is also legal, and taxed at a rate of 35%.
Madrona will have a capitalist mixed economy which is fueled by green, renewable resources and moderately high productivity. Though larger than many other nation's, its national GDP would only amount to about 45.87% to 108.88% of the combined European Union. The country would rank first or third in the world in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) GDP. The Madronan Government has expressed interest in having as much as $2 trillion or more in reserve currency.
Madrona will be the largest exporter of water and biofuel. Canada, the United States, China, Mexico, Japan, and the European Union will be its top trading partners. Other nation's garbage will be the largest import commodity which is then recycled and manufactured into new products, while bamboo, hemp, recycled materials, purified water, and biofuel will be the nations' largest exports. Due to their role in constructing the nations infrastructure, China and India will be projected to be the largest foreign holders of Madronan debt.
The nations resource exports are estimated to constitute between 94.62% and 96.05% of the economy, with manufacturing and agriculture covering the remaining 3.95% to 5.38%. Madrona will have a primary sector economy, taking advantage of its vast renewable resources to power its economy. Madrona will be the largest producer of biofuel in the world, as well as being a net exporter of energy.
As of May 2016, the Madronan labor force is projected to consist of 109.2 million people. Madrona will guarantee its workers paid vacation and paid family leave as a legal right.
Madrona will produce over 6.2 billion tons of fruits and vegetables each year through advanced greenhouse hydroponics across more than 150,000 acres spread out amongst seven states, while exporting a portion to other nations and contributing to a food reserve in dry storage in the event of a catastrophe. Foodstuffs like meats, poultry, and fish will be provided from an initial estimate of 750 million chickens, 130 million ducks, 92 million turkeys, 55 million various kinds of cattle, and tens of millions of fish found in large scale aquafarms.
As of 2016 projections place the number of vertical farms at 768 covering an area footprint of 153,600 acres (621.86 km²), each containing 6,000 acres (24.29 km²) per farm.
As a newly formed nation Madrona will not have the capabilities to compete with the likes of the United States or China with regards to manufacturing, however it will create millions of jobs for Madronan citizens and the nation will be able to export the specialty items built, such as electronics, planes, military hardware, cars, robotics, and space equipment among others. Madrona will also be manufacturing the necessary equipment required to assist the Africans in drilling to reach the recently discovered massive water reserve located underneath the continent, as well as mining equipment to assist the Australians gain access to their newly found oil reserves. As part of the contract in supplying such vital equipment, the Government of Madrona will work to secure a 30% to 35% stake in any profits generated from these sites over their lifetimes.
The Government of Madrona has plans to remove the dependence of buying oil from other nations with biofuel en-masse. Madrona will set aside 508,000 km² for the production of biofuel for export, and an additional 200,000 km² for domestic use and national reserves.
Madrona will utilize Second Empire architecture throughout the nation, with the structures being built using Compressed Earth Block construction and reinforced with concrete and re-bar during construction, greatly reducing the effect of mold, harmful insects, and degradation while also maintaining a highly affordable price per square foot and quick build time, as well as being fire resistant. There will be a height restriction of seven stories that will not include the ground level, which will equate to eighty feet.
Personal transportation will be dominated by hybrid, pure electric, or biodiesel fueled automobiles, which will drive on a network of wireless charging roads running approximately 120,000 miles (193,000 km) of public roads. The world's fifth largest automobile market, the Kingdom of Madrona will still utilize a substantial amount of public transportation, with high speed rail connecting all urban clusters along with light rail transit criss-crossing throughout each city from the city edge to every downtown core.
Public transportation is planned to account for upwards of 30% or more of total work trips. Transport of goods by rail or artificially created rivers will be extensive. As the weather will contain snow for a big part of the year and even with salt applied to all major roads, bicycle usage for work commutes is expected to be minimal.
The civil airline industry will be entirely privately owned although some level of regulation is not off the table, while most major airports would be publicly owned. Of the world's 50 busiest passenger airports, 7 are planned to be built in Madrona.
Energy requirements will be supplied by renewable energy sources such as net-zero energy buildings, biofuel, energy-producing toilets as standard, osmotic power stations and other means of power generation. Madrona will take full advantage of a smart-grid power system. Madrona will be the largest producer of biofuels in the world.
As of 2014, Madrona is projected to produce 22 million barrels of biodiesel per day for export, and a separate 7.7 million barrels of biodiesel per day for domestic consumption and national reserves.
Science and technology
Madrona has currently not contributed anything to the scientific community with any advancements or notable technological productions of its own, however Madrona will utilize extensive technology in everyday life. People will live in net-zero energy buildings, the nations roadwork will utilize wireless charging for electric vehicles, pedestrian sidewalks will have built-in Wi-Fi hotspots throughout major urban centers, and the average residential and commercial internet speeds will be 2GBps and 184GBps respectively.
Madronan public education will be operated by state and local governments, secular, paid for through taxes, and regulated by the Madronan Department of Education. Throughout the Kingdom, children will be required to attend school from the age of six or seven (generally, kindergarten or first grade) until they turn 18 (generally bringing them through twelfth grade, the end of high school).
The schooling system in Madrona is planned to be centralized and composed of three stages; primary education, secondary education, and higher education. Education in Madrona will be viewed as a serious matter in life and should be highly valued as part of the national culture. Graduating from a Madronan academy will be the ultimate marker of high status for any Madronan citizen and the pressure to succeed academically will be deeply ingrained at an early age in order to produce superior students, and superior workers, thinkers, and developers. Competition for top marks and studying hard to be the top student in every class is planned to be deeply ingrained in the psyche of students as young as nine. Competition would consequently be fierce, especially when applying for top schools and universities throughout the country with many participating in intense outside tutoring to supplement classes to gain a competitive academic edge over their peers. Madrona's education system is planned from the bottom up to be technologically advanced.
Students will be expected to clean their own classrooms in an attempt to teach responsibility, respect, and to emphasize equality.
Healthcare in Madrona will be provided by many distinct organizations. Healthcare facilities are largely owned and operated by private sector businesses. Health insurance for public sector employees will be primarily provided by the government.
Health insurance will be mandatory in Madrona for its citizens and their dependents, and if the household income is below the line of poverty, then a basic package is provided for by the government until such a time that the recipient(s) may affectively take over.
Mainstream Madronan cuisine would for the most part be very similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat would be the primary cereal grain. Traditional cuisine would use indigenous ingredients like turkey, chicken, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, along with imported foods such as rice and corn, among others. These foods would be familiar to those coming in from the eleven separate nations. Slow-cooked pork or barbequed beef, french fries, crab cakes, potato chips, fish and chips, and pirogi’s prepared in a variety of ways are all just some of the most common foods.
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