Kingdom of Northumbria

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Kingdom of Northumbria


Northumbria Flag.png
National flag
Northumbrian emblem.png
National emblem

Motto
Saint Cuthbert's Land
Anthem
Lads of Alnwick

North East England
Capital cityBamburgh (de jure)
Newcastle upon Tyne (de facto)
Largest cityNewcastle upon Tyne
Official language(s)English (British English and Northumbrian dialect)
Official religion(s)Anglicanism
GovernmentUnitary Constitutional Monarchy
- KingKing of Northumbria
- Prime MinisterRilgar Ompastre
LegislatureNorthumbrian Legislature
- Upper HouseWitan
- Lower HouseParliament
- Type - Bicameral parliament
Established - Democratic People's Republic of Kozlova (06/06/12)
- Sorrenian Federation (03/11/13)
- Kingdom of Sorrenia (04/04/18)
- Kingdom of Northumbria (24/11/2020)
Area claimed8,600 km2
Population24
CurrencyPound Sterling
HDI0.895
Time zoneNorthumbrian Standard Time
National dishPanackelty
National drinkNewcastle Brown Ale
National animalLambton Worm
Patron saintSaint Cuthbert


The Kingdom of Northumbria, occasionally referred to as the New Kingdom of Northumbria (in contrast to the medieval kingdom of the same name) is a micronation claiming sovereignty over all of the North East of England. It traces its history to the formation of the Democratic People's Republic of Kozlova in 2012, which eventually was transformed into the Sorrenian Federation. After a period of hiatus lasting between 2016 and 2018, Sorrenia was re-founded as a kingdom, which ultimately became the Kingdom of Northumbria.

A constitutional monarchy, Northumbria claims the English regions of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley - a total landmass of 8,600km2, with an estimated population of 2.6mn. These claims are divided into a total of six regions, each with their own unique form of government.

Northumbria is officially an Anglican country, and members of the clergy are sent by the Prince Bishop of Durham and the Abbott of Hexham to serve in the Witan, the legislature's upper chamber, alongside partisan officials appointed by the various heads of state of Northumbria's regions.

Etymology

The term 'Northumbria' derives from the Old English Norþan-hymbre meaning "the people or province north of the Humber", referring to the Humber Estuary. After what was once Deira (the southern half of Northumbria) evolved into Yorkshire, the term Northumbria came to refer more particularly to the North East of England. The name is still in regular use in the North East - examples include Northumbria University in Newcastle, Northumbrian Water and Northumbria Police.

Flag and Coat of Arms

Northumbria uses the flag of the medieval kingdom of the same name. Colloquially referred to as 'Saint Oswald's stripes', the flag was first described by Saint Bede in his Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, initially using gold and purple (now adopted by Northumbria as the symbol of the royal family). The flag is regularly flown in the English county of Northumberland, and can also occasionally be seen in County Durham.

The Coat of Arms of Northumbria depicts the nation's flag surrounded by a lion and a rook sporting the flags of Durham and Northumberland respectively - Northumbria's two largest counties. The royal colours lie above the shield.

Administrative divisions

Northumbria is divided into a total of six administrative regions, each with their own unique head of state and title. Northumberland and Durham are the two largest regions, modelled on the English counties of the same name. Northumberland also contains the North Tyneside region while Durham contains Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland, all of which are part of the English county of Tyne and Wear. Hexhamshire consists of the old region of Tynedale to the west of Northumberland, and is the most rural Northumbrian county. Newcastle contains the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and functions as Northumbria's de facto capital. Teesside - Northumbria's only other metropolitan county consists of the city of Middlesbrough and the area of Redcar and Cleveland to the city's east. Finally, Alston is Northumbria's smallest claim, and also its only claim outside the North East region, as the village of Alston resides within the English county of Cumbria.

Each county has a unique way of determining its head of state. Northumberland is headed by the Earl of Northumberland, a hereditary noble title. The Prince Bishop of Durham is the highest ranking member of the Anglican clergy in Northumbria, appointed by a conclave of the church. The Abbott of Hexham is chosen by the monks of Hexham Abbey. The Mayor of Newcastle is elected via a direct vote of the city's inhabitants, while the Mayor of Teesside is chosen by the county's legislature, Teesside Council. Alston does not have a single head of state, instead adopting the form of collective leadership. By contrast, the county's legislatures (with the exception of Alston) are remarkably similar, and resemble the English county council.


Flag Arms Name Capital Members of Parliament Pop. Area
(km2)
Population density
(/km2)
Head of state Head of gov.
Flag of Northumberland.svg.png NorthumbriaCOA.png Earldom of
Northumberland
Alnwick      NDP (4)
     Socialist Party (1)
     Christian Democrats (1)
     Liberal-Greens (1)
471,000 3375 139.6 Earl of Northumberland Chairman of Northumberland Council
New Durham Flag.png Durham CoA.png Prince Bishopric of
Durham
Durham      NDP (10)
     Socialist Party (7)
     Christian Democrats (3)
     Tees Party (2)
     Liberal-Greens (1)
1,178,000 2887 408 The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Prince Bishop of Durham Prince Bishop's Elect
Newcastleflag.png NewcastleCOA.png Free City of
Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne      NDP (2)
     Liberal-Greens (2)
     Socialist Party (1)
302,000 113 2672.6 Mayor of Newcastle Mayor of Newcastle
Hexhamshire.svg Liberty of
Hexhamshire
Hexham      Christian Democrats (1) 59,000 1624 36.3 Abbott of Hexham Monastery Chairman of Hexhamshire Council
Flag of Teesside.svg Middlesbrough COA.jpg Metropolitan County of
Teesside
Middlesbrough      Socialist Party (2)
     Tees Party (2)
244,000 188 1297.9 Mayor of Teesside Chairman of Teesside Council
BlackFlag.png Commune of
Alston
Alston      Alston Left (1) 1100 30 36.7 Collective leadership Collective leadership

Political Parties

A number of political parties operate in Northumbria. The nationalist big tent National Democratic Party has operated since Northumbria's formation, and previously ruled it as a one-party state. The Christian Democrats - an agrarian and socially conservative party - as well as the Liberal-Green Alliance - a socially liberal environmentalist party - emerged once independent MPs sympathetic to the government were allowed to form their own political parties.

The Socialist Party, created after a wave of democratisation in early 2021, began as a mixture of left-wing dissidents and previous members of the NDP. It quickly emerged as one of the largest parties in Northumbria after the March 2021 general election. The Tees Party was formed after the government refused to join the region of Teesdale to the newly created county of Teesside. They argue that both regions are culturally similar, and so warrant a shared county instead of being divided between Teesside and Durham. This ongoing debate is referred to as the 'Teesdale Question'.

Finally, the Alston Left refers to the governing body of the Alston Commune, who send a single MP to the Parliament and a single representative to the Witan. As council members are automatically part of the Alston Left, no other political party is present in the commune.

Party Name Logo Leader Ideologies Position Seats in the Legislature
Seats in Parliament Seats in the Witan
National Democratic Party Rilgar Ompastre Centre
16 / 41
8 / 25
Socialist Party Red flag.png Martin Aquinas Left
11 / 41
4 / 25
Christian Democrats Harry Jones Centre-left to right
5 / 41
3 / 25
Liberal-Green Alliance Centre-left
4 / 41
3 / 25
Tees Party Centre
4 / 41
1 / 25
Alston Left BlackFlag.png Collective leadership Far-left
1 / 41
1 / 25

Foreign Relations

Northumbria's presence in the inter-micronational community is limited, as its leaders prefer to cultivate particular relationships with a select number of micronations. Though open to dialogue, Northumbrian politicians mostly adopt a policy of reclusiveness, and rarely reach out to begin talks. Since its formation however, it has possessed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Kingdom of Akebar, located close to Northumbria's southern border. This treaty was ultimately transformed into an alliance. Northumbrian diplomats also reached out to the Islamic Emirate of Acre, securing a treaty of mutual recognition in early 2021, though this could not flourish into an alliance due to Acre's domestic laws banning formal intermicronational agreements.

After several months of negotiation, the Kingdom of Northumbria successfully signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the People's Republic of Dale, who had supported a Dradelian nationalist insurgency against Northumbria's predecessor, the Kingdom of Sorrenia. This treaty marked a formal end to Dale's support and a recognition of the territorial integrity of Northumbria.

Nations in a state of alliance with Northumbria

Nations with which Northumbria has signed a treaty of mutual recognition

Recognised, no relations