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Kingdom of Tørstenbjærg
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| Kingdom of Tørstenbjærg |
A glácies libertas
Latin: Freedom, from the ice
Triumphal march for the king of Tørstenbjærg
|Thurston Island, Antarctica |
|Official language(s)||English, Tørstenbjærgian|
|Official religion(s)||Church of Tørstenbjærg|
|Government||Unitary Constitutional Monarchy|
|- Statsminister||Alexandra, Queen Mother|
|- Type||- Bicameral|
|Established||July 17, 2013|
|Population||5 (July estimate)|
Tørstenbjærg, officially the Kingdom of Tørstenbjærg, is an entity which claims to be a sovereign state but is more commonly referred to as a micronation by recognized nation state entities. Located on the Thurston Island, Tørstenbjærg declared independence from the in July 2013. The Kingdom of Tørstenbjærg is a "Fifth World" micronation according to the Boodlesmythe-Tallini System.
Government & Politics
Tørstenbjærg is a constitutional monarchy with an active monarch, in which the he and the Parliament play a central role. It is a unitary state, in which the power of the local governments is limited and most is handled by the central government. The executive power and the legislative power consists of the Parliament, a bicameral legislative made up of the House of Nobles (upper house) and the House of Representatives (lower house). The judicial power is held by the High Inquisition, the supreme court of Tørstenbjærg made up of 1 nobleman and 2 commoners directly appointed by the monarch. Anti-monarchist parties are banned in Tørstenbjærg.
Executive and Legislative power
As Tørstenbjærg is a constitutional monarchy, there is a seperation of powers. The government of Tørstenbjærg comprises the executive and the legislative powers. The executive power is vested into the monarch of Tørstenbjærg, who exercises it through his cabinet. The legislative power is vested into the bicameral Parliament, the supreme legislative power of Tørstenbjærg. Its chambers are the House of Nobles (as upper house) which is the monarch' main advisory body, and the House of Representatives (as lower house).
As Tørstenbjærg is a constitutional monarchy, the head of state is the Monarch of Tørstenbjærg, which is styled as King. The monarch has a large executive and legislative power in theory, but in practice most of the monarch's prerogatives are exercised at the will of the Statsminister.
Foreign Relations and Diplomacy are handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is led by the Minister of Foreign Afairs, Trade and Tourism. Tørstenbjærg has generally a closed diplomatic policy, aswell as it has a neutral opinion towards other nations' internal affairs.
(Bold text signifies that official recognition is mutual)
- All member states of the United Nations since 17 July 2013
- Vatican City State, since 17 July 2013
- Republic of Kosovo, since 17 July 2013
- Republic of China (Taiwan), since 17 July 2013
- Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, since 17 July 2013
- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, since 17 July 2013
- State of Palestine, since 17 July 2013
- Republic of South Ossetia, since 17 July 2013
- Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria), since 17 July 2013
References and notes
- See declaration of independence for precise wording.
- As the 2013 constitution.
- Formally the King has the option to decline a law as his right.
- As of salic law a female can not inherit the throne.
- The monarch has the power to appoint and dissolve the cabinet, as well as to rule without a cabinet as part of his reserve powers.