State of Norton

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State of Norton
État de Norton
State Emblem of State of Norton
State Emblem
Motto: Liberté, Progrès, Égalité
“Freedom, Progress, Equality“
Anthem: "Un jour glorieux"
Variation of the State Emblem
and largest city
Official languagesEnglish
Roman Catholicism
GovernmentUnitary one-party republic
• PDNP First Secretary and President
Rafe Hargreaves
Connor Simonetti
LegislatureSupreme Nortonian Conference
Independence from the United Kingdom
• State established
6 July 2021
• Republican constitution adopted
8 July 2021
• Kingdom declared
3 May 2022
• Abdication of Alexander
25 July 2023
• Second Republic declared
29 July 2023
2 November 2023
• Total
0.0445 km2 (0.0172 sq mi)
• 2021 census
CurrencyNortonian Lira (NTL)
Time zoneBST
Driving sideleft
Calling code+44
IMSO 1 codeNRT

The State of Norton, also known as the Nortonian State, or just Norton, is a self-declared independent state with minimal international recognition, and is referred to exclusively as a micronation by external observers. The State of Norton sits at the bottom of Ham Hill National Park and is surrounded by the United Kingdom. The total land area of the nation, including all the provinces is approximately 5 acres. The Capital and second largest city of the nation is Roesstal. The nation consists of multiple ethnic groups from all over the world, and is heavily influenced by French and Monégasque culture.

The nation was founded and formally established on 6 July 2021, as a semi-presidential republic under a multi-party democracy, with the National Senate being the unicameral legislature. Various political changes were made throughout the nation's first year of independence, such as the designation of the Prime Minister as the Head of Government, culminating in the eventual transition of the state from a republic to a kingdom in May 2022 under the royal House of Hargreaves. The de jure currency is the Nortonian Franc, however, the British pound is also used. The two official languages are English and French, with English being spoken by 82.42% of the population. The majority of Norton's population come from the European continent - roughly 63%, with population also spread out in North America and Asia.


The State of Norton takes its name from the village of Norton-Sub-Hamdon in the macronation of the United Kingdom. The majority of the houses and cottages in the village are made from the local stone, hamstone, which is taken from the nearby Ham Hill, from whence the village gets its name. In fact, Norton-Sub-Hamdon means "north below the hill farm".

Official Names

  • Republic of West Norton (6-8 July 2021)
  • State of Norton (8 July 2021 - 30 May 2022)
  • Kingdom of Norton (30 May 2022 – 29 July 2023)
  • Nortonian Republic (29 July 2023 - 2 November 2023)
  • State of Norton (2 November 2023 - present)

The IMSO 1 code for Norton is NRT.


Early History


The State of Norton was founded on 6 July 2021, as the Republic of West Norton by Rafe Burfield and Ben Sheldon with the claiming of Sarum. The declaration of independence was signed at Monclair House by the newly installed President, and is commonly referred to as the Monclair Accords. The nation adopted its current name on the 8 July 2021.

The Magna Coetus Incrementum

The Magna Coetus Incrementum (latin for "The Great Coalition") was a period of rapid growth within Norton, which began on 8 July 2021. The period began with the accumulation of a range of territories directly to the north-east of the original 1-acre property. It is believed that the three province's (Regionem Capitis, Arbour and Tyrian) venture into Norton was prompted by a need to further solidify their position at the bottom of the Ham Hill stronghold, and gain control over a tributary of the River Parrett. Through an Executive Order, President Rafe Burfield authorised the transition of the Nortonian Federal Government from the original province of Sarum to the newly incorporated province of Regionem Capitis, simultaneously granting Mill Green City capital city status.

Politics and government

National Government Logo
Vertical banner of the People's Democratic National Party of Norton

The State of Norton is a unitary one-party presidential republic, with the President as head of state and head of government. He is also First Secretary of the Peoples National Party of Norton (PDNP). The President is also commander-in-chief of the Nortonian People’s Army. The executive branch is led by the President, who appoints the cabinet. The Supreme Nortonian Conference is the legislature and highest organ of state power. In theory the legislature is elected by additional members system. In reality the First Secretary of the PDNP appoints members.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of the Interior, Labour and National Security
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of the Treasury and Fiscal Stability
  • Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
  • Ministry of Health, Education and Social Services
  • Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Transportation.
  • Ministry of Energy and Environmental Services
  • Ministry of Housing and Regeneration
  • Ministry of Citizenship and Cultural Affairs

Each of these ministries are led by a Minister, appointed by the President.

The two flags emblem is a popular and widespread heraldic charge used within Norton to represent the government, party and parliament.

Political parties

Political Party Logo Leader Ideology
PDNP Rafe Hargreaves Syncretic

Local government

Norton is divided into six regions.

Duchy Flag Capital Ruling party
Regionem Capitis
Mill Green City

(Also National Capital)

National Conservatives
Lindenrouge National Conservatives
Gantrick Liberal Agrarian Party
Magdalen National Conservatives
Lavigne National Conservatives
Alexandertown Liberal Agrarian Party

Law and Order

As the nation adheres to the Westminster model of Parliamentary democracy (the Prime Minister and ministers are members of the Estates General), there exists the three pillars of democracy - executive, legislature and judiciary. The judiciary stands as an independent branch of the system with the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Norton being the supreme judicial body of Norton and the highest court in the nation. It is the most senior constitutional court and has the power of judicial review. The Chief Justice of Norton is the head and chief judge of the court.

Emblem of the Ministry of State Security

The Attorney General is yet another judicial officer who serves as the government's chief legal adviser and leads the Department of Justice. The Nortonian Police Force is the national police force of Norton. It is subdivided into province divisions. The Inspector-General serves as the head of the force, while district commissioners are appointed to administer the provincial divisions.

Norton Communications (nrtcom), is an example of a state industry in Norton.

Foreign relations and alliances

Norton has established and maintains diplomatic relations with many other nations from all over the world. All matters related to diplomacy are administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norton utilises a two-tier diplomatic relation system, the lesser Treaty of Mutual Recognition and Non-Aggression and the higher Treaty of Friendship and Amicable Co-operation. This treaty recognises a micronation as serious allies and a long time partner in the micronational world.

The Kingdom of Norton is committed to ensuring its foreign policy remains as neutral as possible, and to solve conflicts and disputes diplomatically. Likewise, Norton strongly opposes fictional micronations and micronations that only operate online. Norton is a signatory of a plethora of micronational conventions and strictly adheres to their terms and conditions while maintaining diplomatic relations.

Front cover of a standard Nortonian Passport

The Kingdom of Norton was a founding member of the Alliance of Unified Democratic Independent Micronations (AUDIMN) alongside the Empire of Muskratia, with then-President Burfield serving as the only Chairman of the alliance from August to September 2021. Likewise, Norton and the Sovereign Municipality of Ameristralia signed the Citadel Accords, a treaty allowing free movement of citizens, military and economic cooperation and the establishment of diplomatic embassies.

The Kingdom of Norton currently maintains a variety of wide ranging diplomatic and bilateral relations with fellow micronations (some are listed below).


Emblem of the Nortonian People's Army
Joint Service Flag of the Royal Nortonian Armed Forces.

The Royal Nortonian Armed Forces is the sole military organisation of the Kingdom of Norton. Due to the passive foreign policy of Norton, the main objective of the armed forces is to ensure and maintain the territorial integrity and national security of the nation. It comprises of three services - the Nortonian Land Forces, the Nortonian Navy and the Nortonian Air Forces.

The Armed Forces are led by the King in his capacity as the Commander-in-chief. The forces are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence. The Chief of the Defence Staff is the commanding officer of the combined services and is a rank held by a Field Marshal officer of any of the three branches of the armed forces. The three branches of the forces are commanded individually by a 4-star officer from their respective service. Ducal monarchs are appointed to the rank of Lieutenant General if they enlist in the Armed Forces.

National symbols

Flag of the
Kingdom of Norton
See adjacent text.
Flag of the
Kingdom of Norton
Name National flag
Use Civil flag
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 6 July 2021
Design A red field charged with a gold Nortonian eagle,surrounded by a gold border (representing sovereignty and territorial integrity).
Designed by Alexander I

The national symbols of Norton are things which are emblematic, representative or otherwise characteristic of the Kingdom of Norton or Nortonian culture. Some are established, official symbols, including the flag and arms of Norton, whilst some are governmentally-named symbols, such as the national flower and animal. Other symbols may not hold any formal official status, but are likewise recognised at a national or even intermicronational level. The symbols were adopted at various stages in the history of Norton, and subsequently various rules and regulations governing their definition or use exist in accordance with the Nortonian Institute of Heraldry.

Coat of arms
of the State of Norton

Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Norton (HM Government)
(as King of the Nortonians)
CrestA golden helmet with a Nortonian Crown with a backdrop of eight spiked Nortonian Standards.
TorseCrimson mantle, lined with ermine, decorated with golden bees.
EscutcheonA nortonian eagle upon a gules coloured escutcheon.
SupportersTwo angels bearing national standards.
MottoLabor Omnia Vincit
(Work conquers all)
OrdersOrder of the Golden Eagle
Symbol Name Image
National Flag Flag of Norton
National Coat of Arms Coat of arms of Norton
National motto Deus et Rex vult illud

"God and King wills it"

National anthem Norton, my Kingdom


National cockade National cockade of Norton
National colours Red and Gold    
National animal Golden Eagle
National flower Camellia


The Kingdom of Norton's territory is located in the village of Norton-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset, enclaved beneath the Ham Hill National Park. Surrounded by the rolling green hills of the county, the nation enjoys a wide range of flora and fauna. The majority of the provinces lie in the plains with a wide variety of trees, plants and shrubs. The Kingdom of Norton spans over the time zone of GMT+1. The topography of Norton is diverse and comprises of hills, woodland and plains. As the nation is situated on the banks of the river Parret, the main sources of water in the nation are from the river.