Kingdom of Varina

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Kingdom of Varina


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Motto
Victoriam per lumen
(English: Victory Through Light)
Anthem
Our Hymn to Heaven (National)
Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs (Royal)
SW Pennsylvania, USA
Capital city Varina
Largest city Dekker
Official language(s) English
Official religion(s) Christianity
Short name Varina
Demonym Varinian
Government Absolute monarchy
- King David I
Legislature None active
Established March 31st 2013
Area claimed 109,350 square feet
Population 12
Currency Varinian Florin
United States dollar
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
National drink Coca-Cola
National animal Beagle
Patron saint None

The Kingdom of Varina is a micronation in Pennsylvania. One of three successor states to the Republic of Ultamiya, Varina was established on March 31st, 2013, occupying the area of the former Capital District of Ultamiya. Varina is an absolute monarchy run by King David I, the former president of Ultamiya. Today, it comprises of four areas, two of which are jointly controlled with its ally, the Kingdom of Michrenia.

History

For a more detailed history, click here.

The area which Varina occupies became independent from the United States on March 27th, 2010 as the Republic of Ultamiya's Capital District. Throughout the next three years it served as the political, economic, and cultural capital of the country, with a majority of events occurring inside it. The Capital District housed the central bank, the entire mining industry, a sizable amount of the agriculture industry, and a majority of the armaments of the Ultamian Army of the Republic, among other things, which made it vital to Ultamiya's existence. Unfortunately, the district slowly fell into disrepair and inactivity; therefore, Ultamiya's presence in the micronational world collapsed.

Following the announcement on March 15th, 2013 of the dissolution of Ultamiya, the residents of the country scrambled in an attempt to put their affairs in order. At the dissolution on March 27th, the district of Michrenia became an independent Kingdom, Gogania an empire, and the Capital, Shimate, and Fort Munhall Military District were once again American. Shimate and Fort Munhall were quickly claimed by Michrenia; it was not until March 31st, however, that the last district, the Capital, became a micronational entity again, and this is what the former president Salapa turned into Varina, with himself as its King.

Varina had actually already been half-prepared for independence; while Ultamiya organized a flag, a coat of arms, an anthem, a motto, and a government the night before it was founded, Varina, had its flag and anthem made on October 6th, 2012. Varina had actually been created months before as a Minecraft world, and David had decided, after the announcement of dissolution, that Varina would be his next micronation. The declaration of independence was signed at 7:35 PM, on March 31st, 2013. A coat of arms, a motto, and a government were all designed on that day. Starting the following day, Varina began opening diplomatic relations. It also opened a news outlet, The Varinian Post, and commissioned the first map of the Ultamian Sector.[1]

On April 5th, 2013, Varina began seeking more territory with the claim of Fort Munhall Military District, declaring it part of its core. [2] However, this dispute was quickly cleared when Varina agreed to a military alliance with Michrenia, the two nations sharing both Fort Munhall and Shimate.[3]

By April 16th, Varina had started work on its own currency, the Florin, as a successor to the Ultamian Katane. The Florin was made gradually through the following week, and began printing on April 21st. On the same day, the Free State of Dekker became a Varinian province.[4]

Starting on April 26th, a lot of focus was put into Minecraft, with the city of Sokotra being declared the District of Witaria on May 2nd. Varina also claimed Minaka in the process.

Geography

A gathering of purple flowers growing naturally in Varina.

Varina mostly lies in the borough of Munhall, and sits on a hill above the Monongahela River. Its highest point, Point Echon, is 1000 feet above sea level.

Varina's climate is Temperate, with warm summers and cold winters.

Varina

Main article: Varina, Varina

Varina is the capital and second-largest city of the Kingdom. It has a population of four and an area of 18,987 square feet. Varina has been one of the most micronationally-active cities in the entire Ultamian Sector, not only being the capital of Ultamiya, but also being home to two companies, the Backyard Mining Corporation and the National Bank of Varina.

Fort Munhall Military District

Main article: Fort Munhall Military District

Fort Munhall Military District is an installation managed by the Fort Munhall Command. It was formally established on August 4th, 2010 by the Ultamian Army of the Republic. It covers an area of about 28,000 square feet. Throughout its history, three battles have been fought there.

Shimate

Main article: Shimate

Shimate is a jointly-owned city which has a population of two and has an area of 11,238 square feet. Shimate is the smallest of Varina's four areas and the least-populous of its three cities. Established on June 20th, 2010, Shimate has a thriving agricultural industry and a peaceful atmosphere.

Dekker

Main article: Dekker

Dekker is the newest city of Varina, incorporated upon the request of the Governor, Dylan of Dekker, on April 21st, 2013. It has an area of 52,125 square feet, by far the largest territory of Varina, and six citizens, making it the largest city.


Government

Varina is an absolute monarchy where the king's powers are completely uninhibited, making it an autocracy. The king is responsible for the military, foreign affairs, the treasury, any and all commissions including news outlets, videos, maps, charts, et al., and the image of Varina in general.

The people of Varina exercise the same rights as those found in the Third Constitution of the Republic of Ultamiya.

Economy

Varina has two industries, agriculture and mining. Both are managed by one person, though people from each industry help another.

Agriculture

The people of Varina farm tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, parsley, various herbs, onions, and strawberries. Most of these are produced annually, but some rotations are made, and very rarely is something produced in the same plot twice in a row.

Mining

The mining industry in Varina dates back to 2003. Like in Ultamiya, it is a monopoly controlled by the King, who is the CEO of the Backyard Mining Corporation. Currently, only one mine is active, the Gainsborough Mine.

The Gainsborough Mine on April 16th, 2013.

Foreign affairs

Main article: Diplomacy of the Kingdom of Varina

Varina began its foreign affairs on April 1st, 2013. It currently upholds informal diplomatic relations with seven nations, four of which are in the Ultamian Sector, and one, Michrenia, with which Varina is in a military alliance.

References and notes

  1. The Varinian Post, "First Ultamian Sector Map Published". April 1st, 2013.
  2. The Varinian Post, "Varina Lays Claim to Fort Munhall". April 5th, 2013.
  3. The Varinian Post, "Varina, Michrenia Enter Military Alliance; Fort Munhall, Shimate Shared". April 6th, 2013.
  4. The Varinian Post, "Dekker Becomes Province of Varina". April 21st, 2013.