Kingdom of West Germania
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| Kingdom of West Germania |
Ride of the Valkyries
|Official language(s)||West Germanic, English|
|Official religion(s)||Church of the North|
|Short name||West Germania|
|- King||King Penda II|
|- Chancellor||Countess Godiva|
|- General||General Godwin|
|Legislature||Thing and Senate|
|- Type||- Bicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 5|
|- Last election||- 2260 RE (2010)|
|Established||20th Midsummermonth 2260|
(10th June 2010)
|Area claimed||105 sq mi|
|Time zone||WGT (UTC+1, no DST)|
|National sport||Fly fishing|
|National dish||Smoked salmon|
|Patron saint||Edmund the Martyr|
The Kingdom of West Germania (West Germanic: ᛣᚥᚾᛖᚱᛇᚳᛖ ᚹᛖᛥᚷᛖᚱᛗᚩᚾᛁᛖᚾ Kyneraicze Westgermonien, [ˈkyːnəraɪtʃə wɛstɡəˈmɔːnɪən]) is a constituent nation in the Saxon Empire, located in northern Europe and bordered by the United Kingdom as well as the Technological Federation of Erephesia. It is divided into towns and shires, the most important of which is York or Everwaicz. It has a population of 10 and a de facto area of approximately 105 square miles, though de jure much smaller. West Germania began as a cultural movement to restore ancient Anglo-Saxon and Viking customs, values, language and religion to the modern world. It was formerly a state of the Nemkhav Federation. West Germania is a co-founding member of the Runic Union.
The name West Germania is derived from the West Germanic language and its association with traditional West Germanic peoples. It thus forms a continuum with and targets influence in England, Germany, the Netherlands, Flanders, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein and parts of France and Italy.
West Germania is based in the city of York and the shire of Rutland. Little is known of the earliest settlements in Rutland, but one likely explanation of its etymology is that it is the name of Anglo-Saxon landowner Rota. Throughout its history, it has fought for its continued independence from Leicestershire. The settlement of York began as Eboracum in sub-Roman Britain and after 650 RE (AD 400) became Anglo-Saxon Eoforwic, making it the most important city in the Northumbrian Kingdom of Deira. King Edwin was baptised in a York church that would later become the Minster, and today stands as an impressive religious and cultural centre. York was invaded by Vikings in 1116 RE (AD 866) and then developed, becoming a booming commercial city. These invaders, bringing their own Scandinavian culture, also assimilated well into local society. Eric Bloodaxe was expelled in 1204 RE (AD 954), making York once more part of an Anglo-Saxon state, but with a great fusion of Germanic traditions. York and Northumbria resented Anglo-Norman rule and one of England’s most notable uprisings against this authority occurred in 1319 RE (AD 1069), but - despite the valiant effort - would prove to be ultimately unsuccessful.
King Penda II, disaffected with what he saw a 'loss of nationhood, culture and customs' and growing inefficacy of the state, sought to begin a new project to 'remember what has been forgotten and achieve something that would truly make proud and glorify our ancestors'.
After West Germania, the would-be heir of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking kingdoms across Mercia and Northumbria, was founded on 20th Midsummermonth 2260 (10 June 2010), Penda was slow to integrate with the micronational community, but quickly allied with the Kingdom of Theodia, with which he shares very alike cultural ambitions. The two allied micronations founded the Runic Union to bring together micronations that celebrate Germanic tradition or have a Germanic heritage. The first de facto West Germanic territory was named in Rutland (Roteland), where West Germania had earned limited recognition among friends and associates, then across York (Everwaicz), where Penda spends a deal of his time. The first West Germanic company is the RWL (Rutland West Germanic Academy), which dominates publicly available content, intended to exert permanent influence over the micronation. Its original purpose was to archive and teach the West Germanic constructed language, but its newer branches include a newspaper (Dat Raiczespell) and a TV channel (WGZ1).
Lacking a political system and existing purely as a cultural and ideological identity, West Germania sought security and a possibility to influence the newly established New Prussian Empire, joining as a Special Administrative Province. The Empire's citizens experienced a boost related to the West Germanic pride and welcomed the RWL. Penda also created the West Germanic Conservative Party and was voted in as Prime Minister of the Empire. Despite this, New Prussia was abandoned by the Emperor only days later.
Soon after West Germania joined the Nemkhav Federation, where it would stay from Weedmonth 2261 to Second Yule 2262 (August 2011 to January 2012). King Penda became the Minister for Culture and joined the newly created Conservative Party, successor to the Prussian party (now Shepherds of the Nation). In January 2012 West Germania left the Nemkhav Federation with Vian (Now the Duchy of Stonland) and created the Saxon Empire, with the Duke of Stonland and the King of West Germania becoming co-emperors.
Government and politics
West Germania is an absolute monarchy with several sectors of government. First and foremost, it passes legislation and submits to the Imperial Council of the Saxon Empire. Imperial law is refined and added to further by the West Germanic Thing and Senate for the specific purposes of the local area. The Thing (lower house) is planned as an open-to-all common people's body whereas the Senate (upper house) is composed of high-ranking members of the Church of the North, appointed to preserve tradition and discipline.
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