Kingdom of Salanda

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Kingdom of Salanda
ממלכת סלנדה  (Hebrew)
Kasade a Salanda (Simplified Salandan)
Kjmageéaoŷ a Ćaüaméa (Old Salandan script)
Reino de Salanda  (Spanish)
Motto: "Sade hosa oh sade vehsa" (Salandan)
"Our hope is our voice"
Salanda within the British Isles.
Salanda within the British Isles.
Capital
and largest city
Suveste
Official languages
Ethnic groupsJewish 66.6%
Other 33.3%
ReligionJudaism
DemonymSalandarian
GovernmentConstitutional parliamentary monarchy
• King
Reuben I
Solomon K
• Chancellor of the Exchequer
Samuel B
LegislatureTepoelan
Independence from the United Kingdom
• Establishment as the Kingdom of Salanda
22 June 2018
• First Basic Foundation Laws passed
2 November 2020
Population
• Census
18 [1]
CurrencySalanda coin (Salanda Coin Currency Symbol.png) (de jure)
Microcredits (de jure)
Pound sterling (de facto)
Israeli new shekel (de facto)
Euro (de facto)
Time zoneSalanda Mean Time (SMT) (UTC+00:22 Mainland)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy (CE) (SY)
יי-חח-שששש (AM)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+44
MicrocodeSL
IMSO 1 codeSLN
National sportAssociation Football
National animalCollared dove
Internet TLD.ce (proposed)

The Kingdom of Salanda, referred colloquially as Salanda (Salandan (old script) : Ćaüaméa /Salandan (simplified): Salanda), (Hebrew: סלנדה) is a self-proclaimed sovereign state commonly referred to as a micronation. Salanda declared its independence from the United Kingdom followed by its formal establishment on 22 June 2018, a day which is now observed as Independence Day.[2]

The Salandarian mainland is located on the island of Great Britain, specifically in London. The mainland is completely landlocked within England and consists of four provinces as well as four uninhabited territories. Buso Territory, Vaniville and New Lucia are located in the mainland while the Negev Territory is located in Israel, far away from the mainland, and is landlocked as well. Rocks and stones, which are also part of the sovereign land of Salanda, together with the mainland make up the territorial integrity and landmass of the nation. The Salanda National Archives is very important for the history of the nation. The archives include Salandarian cultural artifacts, such as the constitution and passed legislation and is referred to as one of the most important pillars of the nation. However, it is not counted as territorial integrity rather the components and premises on which it is partially based on is considered a property of the Kingdom.[3] Salanda is primarily located in the United Kingdom, but it has claims in other countries. [4]

The current goverment of the nation is the Second Government of the Kingdom of Salanda. The national capital is Suveste. A planned capital, Cantaras, had been approved but its establishment has been scrapped, after being delayed, due to issues in the parliament and the re-evaluation of the benefits and costs. The name Cantaras has since been reused elsewhere in the nation. [5] The Tepoelan[a] is the unicameral legislature of the government of Salanda. The executive power of the government lies with the Prime Minister and the cabinet who are responsible for the governance of the nation. The Prime Minister is elected by the people and appointed by the Head of the Monarchy of Salanda, the ruling house of Salanda which is currently King Reuben I, who ceremonially rules over the nation. The nation has an ideological liberal democratic system [6] and has a significant culture. It has seen a generally stable population growth for a substantial amount of time.[7]

Salanda is the founding member of the Alliance of the Micronations (AOTM) [8] and is a member state of the International Aerospace Community.[9]

Etymology

The name Salanda comes from the Salandan language. It is said to mean (the) Land of Diamonds.[b]

History

Prelude and establishment of the Kingdom of Salanda

Ever since the dissolution of the Kingdom of Ristabbita, around 2015, King Reuben I wished to establish another micronation. After a long period of inactivity, Reuben I founded Salanda on 22 June 2018, which coincided with his 13th birthday. He proclaimed the establishment of the Kingdom of Salanda and determined that its form of government would be an absolute monarchy with him being the King and head of state of the nation. At that time, the nation had a single citizen which was the founder.

Initial period

Absolute monarchy (22 June 2018 – 1 November 2020)

Salandarian Forces capturing the Tuse Fort on 18 July 2018 in the Great Pillow War.

The Kingdom of Salanda was an absolute monarchy between 22 June 2018 and 1 November 2020. A few days following the establishment of the nation, King Reuben decided to base his new micronation on the territorial integrity of some technology that he owned. Also, he claim the property on which he resided as part of the nation in order to sway away from the grasp of simulationism. On 18 July 2018, external opposition started to grow and a former citizen, established a new sovereign state named Tuse which then declared war on Salanda. Salanda overcame the war and dissidence having won the decisive war called the Great Pillow War which also led to the dissident being expelled from Salanda. [10] In a period between July and December 2018, King Reuben worked on improving the nation in order to turn Salanda into a better and prosperous nation. He then decided to transform the Kingdom into an Empire on 1 December 2018. It was followed with Salanda experiencing major growth and the formerly dissident citizen re-joining the nation.

The year of 2019 was marked by strong growth for the nation with more institutions being established such as the Salanda Airspace Administration (established in early 2019) and the Salanda National Studios (established on 2 September 2019 as Cinecraft Studios). [11] The opening of these institutions helped to propel the nation. In 2020, aside from the Covid-19 Pandemic which greatly affect the nation by slowing down its growth, the nation managed to continue growing and to expand its institutions. This eventually led to Salanda’s population growing as a result of the expansions. However, by late October 2020, there were demands for the end of the absolute monarchy which finally led to King Reuben I assume the position of the first Prime Minister of Salanda. [12]

On 1 November 2020, the Empire was dissolved and the Kingdom was re-established and the absolute monarchy came to an end in the process. The next day, on 2 November, the basic foundation laws of the Kingdom were established and a democracy under a constitutional monarchy was proclaimed with King Reuben I becoming the first prime minister. King Reuben I formed a coalition on 1 November 2020 with the Tuse Salanda Party.[c] His victory in the 2020 Salanda elections confirmed his Premiership.

First Government of Salanda

In order to help the formation of the First Government, Tuse rejoined the nation with the government being formed by King Reuben I, as the prime minister, and the Tusean delegation. The First Government was formally inaugurated on 1 November 2020. It was called the Provisional Government and had an uncodified constitution. Another election was held on 19 November 2020,[13] to confirm the new Government giving it the name of ‘First Government’ with confidence from the people. Under the First Government, Salanda experienced major economic growth and development as well as established relations with other fellow nations. During this time, a growing unpopularity with the Aimsworth Communist Party, since here were allegations of illegal happenings within the Party, led the people to hold a referendum to ban the Aimsworth Communist Party to which all citizens voted for. This event boosted the First Government’s popularity as the First Government’s manifesto mentioned tackling corruption. The nation also became very stable and experienced an influx of citizens during that time. The desire of Tuse to regain its independence, lead to the First Government being dissolved on 19 June 2021. This was followed with an election being held, in which Solomon K defeated King Reuben to become the next prime minister. The Second Government was formed on 20 June 2021.

Current period

Second Government of Salanda

The Second Government was established on 20 June 2021, [14] under the leadership of Prime Minister Solomon K. He was elected to the office following his victory in the 2021 general election. So far, the current government has been instrumental in enacting policies stabilising Salanda and continuing the growth of the nation. The government is widely credited for transferring Salanda into a more outward and structured nation. This has been done by establishing more diplomatic relations as well as governmental institutions such as the Salanda Land Trust and transforming the uncodified basic laws of the constitution into a codified constitution which has been widely approved by the people. This contributed to enhance the government's popularity.

Government and politics

Constitution

The front cover of the Salanda Basic Foundation Laws constitution

With the imminent collapse of the absolute monarchy, a commission was put together in order to discuss the establishment of democracy in the nation. Under the commission, a committee was established in order to draft a constitution for Salanda. After multiple drafts, a constitution was created, named as the Basic Foundation Laws. However, during this time, the main committee was divided into several sub-committees and the final product resulted in an uncodified constitution which was used between 2 November 2020 and 13 October 2021 with no amendments being initiated. Though the constitution provided stability to the newly democratic nation, by September 2021, the Supreme Court feared that the constitution could be lost as it was not codified. The current version which has been into force since 13 October 2021 has undergone seven amendments. It also lists the nation's culture, procedures of the monarchy, as well as listing how the branches of the government were to function. It also defines Salanda as a liberal democracy and ensures the freedom and rights including the freedom of speech until harm and the right to vote and contest elections.

Monarchy

The current Monarch and King of the Kingdom of Salanda, Reuben I.
Star of Salanda necklace, a symbol of royal value and importance.
Royal Standard of the Monarch of Salanda.

Salanda is a constitutional monarchy where the role of the monarch is primarily limited to that of a ceremonial ruler with no actual authority over the government and day-to-day functions of the state. The King represents the nation at the international level including conducting diplomacy with other nations and being part of several organizations. The current monarch is King Reuben I who has been on throne since the establishment of the nation on 22 June 2018.

Despite being a constitutional monarchy, it is of great importance and reverence for the people of the nation. It is also referred to be one of the founding pillars of the Kingdom. As the royalty of Salanda is intertwined with the Salandarian mythology, the monarch is often seen to wear the Star of Salanda necklace on special occasions including Independence Day. Within Salandarian mythology, the object is viewed to be very important and as an object of utmost courage and strong leadership.

Executive

The Cabinet Executive Group, this is where the executive is supposed to discuss with the cabinet, though nowadays discussion with the Cabinet is done on a one on one basis.
An example of the Prime Minister approving an Executive Order proposed by a Cabinet Minister.

Salanda is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy under a stable democracy granting full voting rights to all its citizens. Citizens elect a candidate as Prime Minister who is the head of the executive. The candidate who wins the election is appointed formally by the Monarch as Prime Minister of the nation to serve their tenure in office. The term is of two years and can be renewable should they win again. There are no term limits for the office of the Prime Minister as described in the basic foundation laws. Salanda is regarded by its populace as a traditional liberal conservative nation.

The current government is the Second Government of Salanda which is headed by Prime Minister Solomon K and was formed after the 2021 general election. All executive orders are issued by the government and do not need any approval from the King as the constitution describes the position of the monarch to be that of a ceremonial head of state with little or no interference in the executive and administrative functions of the state.

Legislature

The Parliament of Salanda seating composition following the May 2022 by-election.

The Tepoelan also known as the Parliament of Salanda is a unicameral legislature and is the sole organ within the Legislative branch of the government. It is currently composed of eleven seats. Seven seats are held by the Solo Party which is the only party in government and who makes up the Second Government of the Kingdom of Salanda. One seat is held by the Tuse National Party, the official opposition party. One seat is being held by the Federalist Party of Salanda. In addition, a seat is reserved for the Speaker of the Tepoelan, however it is not counted as an official seat since the Speaker does not belong to any political party. In the Second Government, the nation looked into the possibility of expanding the number of seats in the parliament for a better representation of the people. The Tepoelan meets a few times a month and all legislation passed by the Tepoelan is signed by the Monarch.

Salanda has been a predominately right-wing conservative nation. One example of this, is how the people feared the Aimsworth Communist Party which has since been outlawed in the nation. The party threatened to destroy the structure of the nation with its policies which was a basis serving upon the conservative idealism in Salandarians. Recently, there as been an up spring as a new branch of liberalism started to spread through the nation culminating in a new left wing party known as the Federalist Party of Salanda. The party has a new outlook on many policies of the nation and won one seat in the Salanda 2022 July By-election series. [15]

Judiciary

The Supreme Court of Salanda is the highest judicial body and the sole organ of the judicial branch in the government. It supervises the executive and legislative branches. The judges of the court are chosen by the people through a majority secret vote and are then formally appointed by the monarch. They look after the cases forwarded to them and refer to the constitution while delivering judgments needed to execute the law. If the people are not satisfied with the verdict, they can petition for a way and also petition to change the judge if needed.

Political parties

There are three political parties in the nation with seats in the Tepoelan. The Solo Party (SP), a predominantly right-wing nationalist party, with the majority of seats in the Tepoelan. The Tuse National Party (TNP), a centre-wing party with minority interests and regionalism policies and the official opposition party. It became the official opposition party following the Solo Party’s May 2022 by-election victory and the Cleansden Party’s defeat in the Salanda 2022 May By-elections. The Federalist Party of Salanda (FP), a left-wing party focused on the ideological values of Federalism with one seat in the Parliament. The party gained one seat in the 2022 July By-election series following the expansion of the Tepoelan from five to eventually eleven seats.

Logo Name Party Leader Spectrum Ideologies Tepoelan
Solo Party SP Solomon K Centre right Salandarian Nationalism
8 / 11
Tuse National Party TNP T.P Centre Regionalism
1 / 11
Federalist Party (Salanda) FP Mckay Clemens Left wing Federalism
1 / 11

The Cleansden Party formerly held a single seat in the Parliament of Salanda until the 15 May 2022 when it lost its only remaining one seat to the Solo Party in the May 2022 by-election.

Foreign relations and policy

The Salanda flag and Israeli flag side by side.

Salanda maintains both formal and informal relations with several other nations as well as having non-resident embassies in most of these nations. Salanda is the founding member of the Alliance of the Micronations and is also a member of the International Aerospace Community.

Salanda recognises most member states of the United Nations and some non-member states as well as ‘’de facto’’ recognition of member states of the Alliance of the Micronations. It also recognizes Bougainville due to both parties recognising their independence referendum with no controversy.

The policy for the establishment of relations with the Kingdom of Salanda is listed below as published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Salanda grants full de jure recognition to micronations that have formal ties and have signed a treaty with them.
  • It is willing to establish diplomatic ties with any micronation that respects the culture of Salanda.
  • It also has extremely close informal ties with Israel due to their shared culture which should be taken into account.

The nation refuses to have diplomatic relations if the conditions are not realised. The current government also keeps the matter of sanctioned micronations away from public eye and is also very secretive about its sour relations with some other sovereign states. As of July 2022, only two officials are publicly known to have been sanctioned by the nation. All other sanctioned states or individuals are kept on an undisclosed list.

Treaties

The Kingdom of Salanda is a signatory of the following treaties:[16]

Defence force

Salanda has a defensive agency named STADAL which acts as the nation’s defence force and is legalised under the Constitution. Although there are no current threats to its sovereignty, the Kingdom of Salanda likes to monitor the airspace above its land where it carries out monitoring patrols with the help of the Salanda Airspace Administration. The administration, which was established on 14 April 2019, has the mandate to monitor the Salandarian airspace.[17] Salanda does have secret services which are under the STADAL agency to monitor threats. Being a part of the Union Against Micronational War, Salanda is currently not part of any ongoing wars or conflicts. It hopes to have permanently withdrawn from all wars and does not plan to start one. The Kingdom of Salanda plans to stay neutral in all conflicts or disputes however it can display its support for certain micronations at time. Currently the STADAL agency is used for ceremonial purposes only such as, commanding parades and raising of the flag of Salanda in parades though it can act to defend the Kingdom of Salanda in times of need.

Geography

The location of the Salandarian Mainland
The evening sky above the Salandarian Mainland.
The natural evening sky near the Negev Territory taken in the Negev Desert overlooking the Red Sea.

The terrain of Salanda in Great Britain tends to be quite flat with some hilly parts. The Negev Territory’s terrain is much more rugged though there are some flat areas as well. The Kingdom of Salanda is considered a transcontinental country as the Salandarian Mainland and the Negev Territory are on two different continents.

Some notable sights of interest in the Kingdom of Salanda are its flat plains and gardens as well as the general landscape of the Salandarian Mainland. The Negev desert is also a notable site of interest due to its terrain and natural landscape as well as the sky above it.

Sovereign land and claims

Salanda claims the land of its citizens, which are in the United Kingdom, and the Negev Territory in Israel. The Kingdom hopes this is a temporary claim and aims to purchase permanent land that it is habitable and can fully support the Kingdom’s needs. Salanda is based on its claimed lands as well as other elements which forms its territorial integrity.

Map of Salandarian land claims.
Salandarian Controlled land.
The general area of where the Negev Territory is.

Provinces

The sovereign land of Salanda.

Salanda is made up of four provinces with full control and sovereignty over them. It also has some land of its citizens which they live on. On 18 July 2021, the Kingdom of Salanda established the Salanda Land Trust which buys land for the Kingdom of Salanda. It also protects the land and keeps it environmentally friendly for all, which includes all of the Kingdom’s sovereign land.[18]

All Salandarian provinces are on sovereign land. Rocks and stones that are part of the provinces and territories of the nation and which were for representation purposes remain a part of Salandarian provinces to this day. The provinces and territories of the Kingdom of Salanda make up the nation’s territorial integrity.

The Kingdom of Salanda has four sovereign territories which are also known as Salanda Royalties in the nation. These territories are:

Cities

Photo taken of Suveste.

The Kingdom’s captial is Suveste (Salanda City), where the government and monarchy are located in. It has played a very important part in making the Kingdom of Salanda a rising power. Tuse City and Huvender are the nation’s secondary cities.

Culture and religion

The guitar used by the Salanda National Symphony Orchestra also known as the Guitar of Salanda and the King Reuben I Guitar.

Salanda's key national foods are the chocolate éclair and Chicken soup, considered a reflection the the nation's Jewish heritage and its cusine.

Salanda’s national animal is the Collared dove which represents the ideological views of Salandarians which are to establish peace with whoever they can.The national fruit and its tree are the Orange fruit and tree which are reminiscent of orange, a national colour of Salanda.

The flag of Salanda is an orange-white-orange vertical tricolor, with a yellow sun, two myrtle branches, and a red diamond. The red diamond was chosen because of its rarity in relation to Salandan beliefs portraying Salanda as a nation of unmatched rarity and beauty.

Salanda uses four different calendars, the Hebrew Calendar for the state religion, the Salandarian calendar for the culture, the Tuse calendar for the autonomous provinces of Tuse and Moonstone, and the Gregorian calendar for daily life and business in the nation. The national anthem is Our Great Kingdom, while the state anthem is Israel's national anthem, Hatikvah.[d] Hatikvah is used due to Salanda’s cultural ties with Israel.

Religious objects of Judaism.

The state religion of the Kingdom of Salanda is Judaism. Salandarians are very religiously observant and attend Synagogue. Judaism is greatly intertwined with the culture of the Kingdom of Salanda. Judaism has lots of cultural influence on the Kingdom of Salanda and most of its cultural dishes all stem back to Jewish culture and heritage.

Music is very popular in the Kingdom of Salanda. Established on 1 March 2022, the Salanda National Symphony Orchestra, an umbrella organisation formed from the merger of previous organisations, is an important organisation for the promotion of music in Salanda. The orchestra produced its first piece on the day of its establishment called ‘Midnight’s Rain’. The piece is a short segment of guitar music with low soft notes. The Salanda National Symphony Orchestra plans on performing more pieces and purchasing more equipment.[19]

Salandarians mainly speak English, and it is the government's working language. Salanda has several other official languages, Hebrew, Spanish and Salandan. Hebrew is mainly used for Jewish purposes such as the Hebrew calendar. Spanish is mainly used because of cultural practices of many Salandarians, however, it does not have an official purpose other than being an official language. Salandan, the constructed language of the Kingdom of Salanda, is used for ceremonial purposes and is not used on a day to day purpose. The current government is working to make a new Salandan simplified script for day to day use. [20]

Mythology and symbolism

Salandarians believe in a war between Salanda and a foreign enemy, this mythical event is referred to as the “Battle of Orange”, in which the native people managed defeat the invaders twice in a miraculous victory and regained control of the island they lived on. After this war, the Salandan people created a flag with orange as the only two color available, resulting in the Salandan tricolor with two stripes of orange for each victory against the invaders. In Salandarian mythology, Salanda is personified as a warrior that fights for and defends its people.

Salanda means Land of Diamonds in Salandan and it represents the unique status of the Kingdom. The nation’s flag has a lot of symbolism. The two orange stripes represent its two mythological victories. The sun represents the fact that Salanda is shining out its very good traits of her people on the world. The two myrtle branches symbolises peace. The red diamond, since it is the rarest diamond, symbolises the Salandarian people’s good deeds. Salandarians also use the name Salanda as an acronym to symbolise its power.

Holidays

The Salandarian Independence Day is on 22 of June, which is celebrated on the same day the Kingdom was established. The national holidays of the Kingdom of Salanda and the Jewish holidays are highly regarded as an important time for many Salandarians to come together.

Date Official Name Details
No exact dates Moon is used to calculate dates, Hebrew calendar is used for the dates. Jewish holidays Commemorating a wide range of festivities from the exodus of the Jewish nation to the celebration of the harvests of the Jewish nation and the liberation of the Jewish nation. Some festivals restrict work others work is permitted and for necessary work it is business as usual.
No exact dates Salandarian Calendar is used to calculate dates. Salanda New Years Day (Salandarian Calendar) Commemorating the new year by the Salandarian calendar. Business goes on as usual however education is given day off.
Date follows the Hebrew calendar. Yom HaZikaron Day of Remembrance for those who fought for the Jewish nation. All Salandarian institutions are closed.
Date follows the Hebrew calendar. Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Celebrating Israel’s Independence Day it is a special national holiday and all businesses, work and education are closed.
21 and 22 May Start of the Golden Month Day Celebrating one month that is left leading to the Salandarian Independence Day however it is business as usual.
24 May Thankful Day Commemorating how privileged Salandarians in that there is a Salandarian nation, however aside from some commemorations it is business as usual.
25 May Day of Appreciation Celebrating living under the Kingdom of Salanda however aside from some commemorative functions it is business as usual.
26 May Day of Salandarian Happiness Celebrating being part of the Kingdom of Salanda. While it is a special day in the nation business goes on as usual.
30 May Salanda Songs Day The celebration of having a national anthem to represent the nation however it is business as usual.
11 June Continuation Day Celebrating the continuation of Salanda despite all the hardships the nation has faced. Aside from some commemorations however it is business as usual.
21 June Great Preparations Day/Eve of Independence Day and Salanda New Years. Preparing for the Independence Day of Salanda and getting ready to celebrate. Until noon it is business as usual but after noon all business is halted to prepare for the Independence Day.
22 June Salanda Independence Day/Salanda New Year’s Day (Gregorian Times)/King Reuben’s I Birthday Celebrating the Independence of Salanda as well as the Salandarian new year by the Gregorian calendar and the Monarch’s birthday it is a special time for the nation and many parties are held to celebrate the Independence Day. It is a special national holiday with all businesses and education are closed.
23-26 June Days of celebration Celebrating the days after Independence Day of how the fledging nation has become what it is today, parties are held throughout the days of celebration. It is a special national holiday and all businesses and education are closed.
3 August Day of the Winners (Salanda Streak Day) Celebrating the overcoming of hardships and looking ahead to a bright future for Salanda. It is a special national holiday and all businesses and education are closed.[21]
9 August Salanda National Anthem Day Celebrating the production of a national anthem tune made solely by Salanda’s music industry and celebrating the Salanda music industry’s growth and revitalisation. It is a special national holiday and all businesses and institutions that are not needed to be kept open are closed. [22]
22 December Half Salanda Years Day Celebrating that the Salandarian national has made it through half the year even despite hardships it special national holiday. Education is given a holiday however it is businesses as usual.

Sports

The national sport of Salanda is Association football. There are several other sports which are popular among the citizens. Many Salandarians also like to watch and play a wide range of other sports such as rugby.[23]

Other sports that are popular that Salandarians like to play and watch are tennis and cricket.

Demographics

The population of Salanda is of 18 people out of which 17 are male and 1 female. Demographic changes have been happening a lot since many people have joined the Kingdom of Salanda. The trend is still growing rapidly and it is expected that Salanda will have more citizens in the following years. Many Salandarians come from very ethnically mixed background and many are ethnic Jews, with a lot of the nation’s population coming from the Ashkenazi Jews, Mizrachi Jews and Sephardi Jews. There are a minority of citizens who are from different cultures and religions.

Citizenship

Salandarian citizenship was previously split into two categories: “Standard”, known as half citizenship, and “Exemplary”, also known as full citizenship. Half citizenship was obtained from the nation's official Discord server after filling out an application form in circumstances. This enabled the right to vote and run in elections. Full citizenship was given only by the will of Salanda and enabled the same rights as that of half citizenship as well as the right to own Salandrian land. They were both counted in the Kingdom’s population census and Salandrian citizenship could be revoked at any time by Salanda’s ministry for the interior.

Full citizenship came with a passport and the Salandarian Government had worked on ways to advance the process. However, since there was not a lot of activity, especially with Half Citizenship, the Salandarian Government scrapped the two categories and replaced it with the single Salandarian Citizenship. This was formalised by the Salandarian Activity Act of 2022, which was passed on 18 March 2022. The act also simplified the citizenship application process and relaxed it allowing people to apply for citizenship on institutions such as the nation’s Discord server for example. [24]

Economy

The official currencies of Salanda are the Salanda coin, Microcredits, Israeli shekel, Euro and the British Pound although all four are the official currencies, the British Pound is the main working currency of the nation. [25]

All the four provinces of Salanda rely on agriculture and tourism for their local economy. The Suveste Province has the strongest provincial economy, by far, of all the provinces mainly because of the national capital being located in that province. The nation heavily relies on importing produce and cosmetics as well as electronics. It’s main import partner is the United Kingdom which is also the nation’s largest exporting partner. After a brief review on the nation’s finances by the Salandarian Government in July 2021, the Kingdom of Salanda opened itself up to tourism. Although it had done so before, it was never official and those who wanted to visit needed a permit from the Salandarian Government. On the 9 July 2021, the Kingdom of Salanda officially opened a Ministry of Tourism department for anyone wishing to visit the nation. [26]

Salanda hopes to diversify its economy by working on its media and technology sector. It also hopes to work on a merchandising sector and a commissioning sector where customers could buy things from the nation, such as souvenirs, as well as get commissions for media and technological help. The Kingdom believes that this will help fuel its economy and further its growth and expansion. Salanda also wishes to expand the growing music sector in the nation with projects in development to bring it as an integral part of the nation’s economy. [27]

Transport

There are no internal transport networks within the nation. For travel purposes, Salanda is serviced by the London Underground and buses. Salanda, like its neighbouring country of the United Kingdom, drives on the left and uses the system of miles per hour.

Education and Research

Education is a high priority for the Kingdom of Salanda. There is a great investment by Salanda in the research and development of the next generation. It is believed that education given by Salanda will help improve the standard of living and ensure a better future for all of it’s residents. The nation plans to introduce new cultural education programs such as teaching Salandarians and non-Salandarian citizens alike the Salandan language as well as teaching participants about the nation’s culture and history. This is believed will revitalise the education sector. [28]

Science and Technology

King Reuben I telescope

The Kingdom of Salanda has a space agency which owns a telescope named after King Reuben I and is working on making spacecraft objects. It has an astronomical program which is done with the King Reuben I telescope. The program explores stars and constellations as well as galaxies.

Climate

The Salandarian Mainland, as well as the Buso Territory and New Lucia, have quite a fluctuating climate. There are usually warm summers and cold winters with the warmest times being from mid June to early September on the mainland and the coldest times being from early November to late March. The climate of the mainland is similar to that of the climate of the United Kingdom and climate of the Negev Territory is similar to that of the climate of Israel. The following is a graph showing the average weather in England, where Salanda’s mainland, Buso Territory and New Lucia are based in.

Climate data for England (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1865-present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.6
(63.7)
21.2
(70.2)
25.6
(78.1)
29.4
(84.9)
32.8
(91)
35.6
(96.1)
38.7
(101.7)
38.5
(101.3)
35.6
(96.1)
29.9
(85.8)
21.1
(70)
17.7
(63.9)
38.7
(101.7)
Average high °C (°F) 7.21
(44.98)
7.78
(46)
10.12
(50.22)
13.05
(55.49)
16.20
(61.16)
18.99
(66.18)
21.17
(70.11)
20.85
(69.53)
18.14
(64.65)
14.14
(57.45)
10.18
(50.32)
7.60
(45.68)
13.82
(56.88)
Average low °C (°F) 1.59
(34.86)
1.53
(34.75)
2.70
(36.86)
4.25
(39.65)
6.95
(44.51)
9.78
(49.6)
11.79
(53.22)
11.77
(53.19)
9.71
(49.48)
7.12
(44.82)
4.08
(39.34)
1.87
(35.37)
6.12
(43.02)
Record low °C (°F) -26.1
(-15)
-22.2
(-8)
-21.1
(-6)
-15.0
(5)
-9.4
(15.1)
-5.6
(21.9)
-1.7
(28.9)
-2.0
(28.4)
-5.6
(21.9)
-10.6
(12.9)
-16.1
(3)
-25.2
(-13.4)
−26.1
(−15)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 83.05
(3.2697)
66.05
(2.6004)
58.33
(2.2965)
56.10
(2.2087)
57.18
(2.2512)
64.96
(2.5575)
66.48
(2.6173)
74.56
(2.9354)
68.51
(2.6972)
90.23
(3.5524)
92.11
(3.6264)
92.04
(3.6236)
869.59
(34.2358)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 13.14 11.11 10.34 10.01 9.61 9.95 10.28 10.91 10.06 12.61 13.68 13.50 135.21
Sunshine hours 55.38 77.91 117.01 163.86 199.19 187.63 196.33 180.77 141.19 102.73 64.89 51.17 1,538.06
Source: The Met Office: averages, sunshine, precipitation;[29]

Future

UN sustainable development program.

The Kingdom of Salanda is working on expanding its science and technological industries as well as its cultural sectors. It plans to do this by introducing cultural programs that will expound upon the nation’s culture and history and will be available for citizens and non-citizens alike. It also plans on expanding the Salanda National Studios to work on new films and commercial projects. Furthermore, the nation is working on expanding its science and technology sector and investing in research and development for new scientific projects.

The Kingdom of Salanda also aims to be an environmentally friendly micronation by 2030. It is currently aiming for the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 having set these objectives on 7 November 2021.[30]

Media

The Kingdom of Salanda operates a YouTube channel [31] showcasing its culture. It also plans to launch news from the Salandarian Times on its YouTube channel as well as for producing films. The Salanda National Studios is currently working on producing a film as well.

Salanda does not have any data about freedom of the press since no newspapers have ever visited the Kingdom. Its national newspaper, the Salandarian Times, is state owned. It is generally said to be unbiased and is read by many Salandarians. It has been criticised for provoking nationalistic feelings into Salandarians, which, according to the Tuse National Party, has made tensions rocky from time to time with its neighbours. Overall, the newspaper is regarded as a good newspaper to read by Salandarians and it has tried to be critical of the Salandarian Monarchy and of the Government to improve its standards.

Honours and awards

The ribbon bar of the Order of Salanda.

Every year on Independence Day and other designated days, awards are given out to citizens that have served the Kingdom well. The first order formally established is the Order of Salandarian Recognition and the actual highest order is the Order of Salanda. A number of other awards are in the stages of being made for different accomplishments of citizens and non citizens to the Kingdom of Salanda.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ”Parliament” in Salandan.
  2. It is important to take note that the Salandan language was constructed after the foundation of the nation indicating that the nation's name was planned to be pegged to a mythological name in the language.
  3. Now known as the Tuse National Party.
  4. Meaning The Hope in English.

Citations

  1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-JsmErqONaf_QvtA_EICagkhBS-NHtSULHOpQ4EW_oY/edit Salanda Population Census 2021/2022.
  2. https://docs.google.com/file/d/1_W7HyCq0yJ7veJ8ItB2j0YsGVPnruzN0/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=msword The Kingdom of Salanda Declaration of Independence document on 22nd of June 2018.
  3. https://docs.google.com/document/d/151CM2iv-Bf8GHqHF-TaoICMazjc8n4AA4V7nZ5aQX0g/edit About the Salanda National Archives
  4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MzcRKuVpf1omG16horn3-Xkc4U7z9BzsgtGaIrtnIek/edit The Salandarian sovereign land
  5. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MufS1AvYjghCL9syPH4-mpOFqzYFqcPnag5Wo3J5Uzw/edit Salandarian Treasury: Cantaras future capital scrapped
  6. https://discord.com/channels/890521021680062485/919517355472748564/931238317490585611 Government, Constitution of Salanda
  7. https://docs.google.com/document/d/14MRkrO4FglFHZCNN02MFMWR0Zh1uKkNHNToGAx9haC4/edit Population growth charts
  8. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15B-PXg5P2VGt9RVr_iHfj5QZDKDrr1dmy3imhCOkaNY/edit The establishment of the Alliance of the Micronations.
  9. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15mUBfJIIvY50bn8BXZDuZqVYGIjT-_m3jb4UaLIzmLc/edit Acceptance of the Kingdom of Salanda into the International Aerospace Community.
  10. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FSRy7Kfo_BYTEOERkGy72iWJOo-tMqpju1B4aw2rPQY/edit The Great Pillow War - History of Salanda - Salanda National Archives
  11. https://docs.google.com/document/d/17iH8H0wVJGE3RSRElS2BTb4mpWKTlA-r4kH3QZmh-0M/edit History of the Salanda National Studios
  12. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IW4df9M4VUSeqOER97NHwl1R4DQpnqHlbQc7DKXuF4I/edit Democratisation of Salanda - History of Salanda - Salanda National Archives
  13. https://docs.google.com/document/d/119MFASvPsfXQjUmMvHmMgwSODhdY4sxQ2iEIxO0sQYU/edit 19 November 2020 Elections
  14. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13fx7pzI35RxNCurYe1LIiwIDqEcRxWW4M-fXJuuCJbU/edit Formalisation of the Second Salandarian Government
  15. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JQviIQkzbPqL8QO9jtqjoJzZGbDJIETWRl-U53x-TCg/edit Salanda 2022 July By-election one results
  16. https://docs.google.com/document/d/11FGcyAavglHUPkEGg8lNcPsNqY0lgZkOffe8FGJGYh4/edit Signed and Ratified Intermicronational treaties
  17. https://docs.google.com/document/d/12rCuS7epEbQMOd2ca-d13PGEx3chLUFqD2zbyQAi6TM/edit About the SAA.
  18. https://micronations.wiki/index.php?title=Salanda_Land_Trust&action=history Salanda Land Trust establishment and purpose
  19. https://youtu.be/gfiZotK-CXQ Salanda National Symphony Orchestra
  20. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6FVia04rThBZZo4xkMQajbfnHIHRc7UVrHf-_bkj1o/edit New Salandan Simplified Script in progress.
  21. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15uydFcOj25Fhn4kgX5MzgJ2mDEIlqx8wabIzmZ-dZ_Y/edit Day of the Winners given a status upgrade.
  22. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M01AnwacOEB0S1d6zsbayNL2HdsOzX_C_V6IPXps4Z4/edit About the Salanda National Anthem Day.
  23. https://docs.google.com/document/d/16_oVyiE4XeRhPm7KE9ATnmYBoTD51biRd2ny0URrDlk/edit Salanda Sports Survey 2022
  24. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Knvzbq6khypMwWQuasq-eiHnuv8v9LCXD4aFO294n4A/edit Salandarian Activity Act of 2022
  25. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D5FhEcoQNz7_tUQOd-vL71e2dfeGPfmxqHwfi0UBukA/edit Currencies of Salanda
  26. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B4Xu3DWTMll-hSLN0uDnO1X_LzUtcFTFBgX7mw7dSEE/edit Salanda Ministry of Tourism establishment.
  27. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MPVcIUVM7wMjWQrgbJZvIm0PPmnb7mLGTOsZVgSKCUo/edit The Salandarian Economy
  28. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kv-2KZb4wfVsE45MReGIb5rDfS8neg7MJOuVb1xh27I/edit Process of implementing a proper voluntary Salandarian education system
  29. "Winterbourne (Telford and Wrekin) UK climate averages". Met Office. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  30. https://docs.google.com/document/d/12NhNztvYeQOMJJ1yaxY7ohTHq8AYUbn1xbDcuYrg1YE/edit Salanda Constitutional Climate Treaty
  31. https://youtube.com/channel/UC7X3cDjPYtYxxS5yCF0Uc7Q Kingdom of Salanda YouTube Channel

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