Kingdom of Pontunia

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Kingdom of Ponchartrain-Maurepas
Royaume de Pontchartrain-Maurepas  (French)
Royumen Puntuniaska-Maerpos (Pontunian)
Flag of Pontunia
Flag
of Pontunia
Motto: Tu Es Tutus
(Latin: "You are safe")
“Let the Good Times Roll” (tourism)[1]
Royal anthem"God Save the King"
Anthem: "Song of The Estates"
CapitalNew Rouen
Official languagesEnglish, French, Pontunian
Recognised regional languagesLouisiana Creole
Ethnic groupsAmericans, African Americans, Cajuns
ReligionRoman Catholicism
DemonymPontunian
GovernmentSemi-Constitutional Popular Monarchy
• King
Andrew I
vacant
Thomas Jacobs
LegislatureEstates General of Pontunia
• Independence of Pontunia
12 January 2020
Population
• 2022 estimate
20 residents, 65 total citizens
HDI0.893
very high
CurrencyPontunian Dukaten (PTD)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
• Summer (DST)
CDT (UTC-5)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy, BC and AD
Drives on theright
Calling code+1
Patron saintSt. Andrew
Internet TLD.po[2]

Pontunia, officially the Kingdom of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, is an independent sovereign state that amicably seceded from the Austenasian Crown Dependency of New Pontunia in February 2021. It is comprised of various residential properties and two public parks declared independent from Metairie, Louisiana under the leadership of King Andrew I.

Etymology

Pontchartrain and Maurepas are the names of two lakes situated to the north of Pontunia, which upon its creation in January 2020 was founded with the name "Pontchartrain-Maurepas". The shorter name "Pontunia" was soon derived from this as a nickname. Etymologies retrospectively assigned to Pontunia alone include the Greek primordial deity of the sea Pontus, or the Latin pōns ("bridge") in reference to the nearby Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. When annexed by Austenasia, the Crown Dependency was officially named Pontunia, but it is known by its full name of Pontchartrain-Maurepas locally in official contexts.

History

On 12 January 2020, Andrew Perdomo, inspired after learning about the micronations of Molossia and Sealand, signed a Declaration of Independence to “preserve the culture and beauty of Southern Louisiana”, and became Duke of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, with his father Eric Perdomo, Lord of the Floridian March, as his regent. However, the Regency was abolished shortly afterwards on the 16th after a committee of vassals debated Andrew I’s minority, and decided that Andrew was not incapable of ruling and therefore did not require a regency. Eric was named heir apparent.

The Duchy had been founded with vague territorial claims, ill-defined other than a plan for an optimum future extent. On 2 September, the actual territorial extent of the Duchy was defined, with the name of the Ducal Domain. Shortly after this, a communist insurrection broke out against the ducal government, but was successfully quashed on 7 October.

The Duchy then began attempting to search for allies, and decided to enter the sphere of influence of the Empire of Austenasia. Discussions were initiated between Andrew I and Austenasian Emperor Jonathan I, and by 23 October, Pontunia had effectively become an Austenasian Crown Dependency, formally being annexed as such on the 27th later that month. On November 28, a second crisis rose from the power vacuum due to the reformation of the Regency, though the Duke was reinstated by the 30th. The First Pontunia Day was held on 12 January 2021, alongside the formation of the Cult of the Hidden Arby’s, a religion based on Arby’s, the restaurant chain famous for its roast beef, with the Duke made Ecumenical Meatriarch. On 13 February Pontunia was partitioned between an independent micronation and New Pontunia.

On 5 August 2021, the Duchy became a Kingdom.

Government and politics

Pontunia is often called a 'Hybrid Regime', with Right wing beliefs being the most popular ideology. The state religions is Catholicism, though the constitution of Pontunia grants individuals freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice and the freedom to change religion.

Administration

Pontunia has a unicameral legislature, called the Estate General, with 10 seats. Elections occur on the first of January, April, July, and October through a single transferrable voting system, as defined in the Constitution.

Political parties

Logo Name Ideology Position Leader Royal Assembly
Parties represented on a national level
KNU.jpg Coalition of National Unity CNU Pontunian Royalism, Conservatism Right-wing Andrew Perdomo
2 / 8
N/A Awesome Party AP Frasism, Falangism, Centrism, Anti-Communism Centrist Christian Fras
1 / 8
N/A Independent Ind Independent Politics N/A N/A
4 / 8
Parties without representation


Foreign Relations and Defense

The diplomatic relations of Pontchartrain-Maurepas are implemented by the King. The power to grant official diplomatic recognition of sovereignty lies primarily with the King. The United States of America claims ownership of all land comprising Pontchartrain-Maurepas.

Nations under Pontunian Vassalage

Plaegound International Zone
Kalamastia

Condemned Nations and Organizations

Laos, Venezuela, Iran, the PRC, Cuba and the DPRK, for being “oppressive dictatorships against the world.”

Law and order

The Pontunian police was formed on 19 January 2020 in response to instances of cyber-crime. It is predominantly an organization to keep tabs on civilians. Prior to becoming a Crown Dependency, Pontunia claimed the right to administer the death penalty with royal approval. The Kingdom nominally threatens castration as an equivalent to capital punishment.

The Pontunian military is ultimately responsible for the defence of the Duchy, and has significant political influence. The Army is not a standing army, but called upon in times of need. It is divided into two divisions: Division I “Bayou Battlers” and Division II “Ragin Cajuns”. The Navy is comprised of 10 civilian speedboats, and a rowboat. All weapons are nerf guns and wooden batons. The Army got involved with a rebel cell in Mandeville.

Geography, territory and climate

Pontunia is mostly flat and built on drained swamp: the city of New Orleans is below sea level. The climate is subtropical and warm most of the year.

Economy

The Dukaten is on a Silver Standard, alongside considering Oreo packages legal tender.

Economy of Pontunia
PontuniaflagNew.png
CurrencyDukaten (Đ)
Fixed exchange rates10 Đ= 0.69 Troy Ounces Silver
Fiscal yearMarch–February
Statistics
GDP71 Đ ($142)
Inflation2.49 %
Main industriesTourism, Fishing, Oil (offshore, not controlled)
External
ExportsNone
ImportsElectricity, most commodities
Public finances
Public debt25 Đ ($50)
Credit ratingBBB+
Foreign reserves125 Đ ($250)
All values, unless otherwise stated, are in USD


Culture and media

The King is fluent in English, Castilian Spanish and Latin, plays piano and is involved in Shōrin-ryū Karate. Many Hollywood films are shot near Pontunia. Pontunia has US television and cable, and no restrictions on censorship are in place.

The citizens of Pontunia are avid consumers and capitalist, with the belief of “laissez le bon temps rouler“ (French for “let the good times roll“) predominant. Life is somewhat indulgent, but moderation still exists.

Typical music of the area includes jazz and zydeco. The National Dance is called “bōenska”, or Quarterstaff Dance. It also functions as a martial art of sorts, and is taught to the army, as well as privately.

Classification of Pontunia

  • Bricks and Mortar, Small, Statehood — 5th World (Boodlesmythe-Tallini)
  • 3.6 (Dresner's)
  • 1.9 (Economic Potential Index)
  • 3.46 (Democracy Index)
  • 4 (Freayth's)
  • 3.2 (Linden's)

References

  1. "Laissez les bons temps rouler" in Cajun French.
  2. unofficial

External links

See also