Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun
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| Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun |
V'achalta V'savata (You have eaten, and you have satisfied yourself)
Hail the Tsar!
|Capital city||Kravat, Kravat Oblast|
|Largest city||Somewhere Oblast|
|Official language(s)||Russian, English, Azerbaijani,|
|Government||Federal Constitutional Monarchy|
|- Tsar||HIM Kuri I|
|Legislature||Council of Gishabrun|
|Established||23 June 2009|
|National animal||Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)|
|This nation is a member of the MFT and the IMCF|
Gishabrun (Russian: Гишабрун, Azerbaijani: Qişabrun), officially the Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun, is a small constitutional monarchy bordering Canada аnd the United States, claiming approximately sixty thousand square metres. It was founded for for the purposes of protecting the natural environment, preserving cultural traditions, and to form a government superior to that of Canada.
The Empire is led by a Tsar, currently HIM Kuri I, and prides itself in being one of the few tsarist micronations. The Empire is very science-focused and the advancement of the sciences, particularly biology and ecology, with these studies almost always being the top priority for the Empire. The Empire is also anti-capitalist and it denounces all forms of capitalism within its borders and in the international sphere.
The name "Gishabrun" is derived from the Vulu-vulu (a constructed language invented by Tsar Kuri I) word "Gishabra", meaning achievement, to denote the effort required to bring about the establishment of the nation and its intended superiority to other contemporary government.
The earliest incarnation of Gishabrun began on June 23, 2009, when the Tsardom of Maya Kravat (meaning "My Bed" in Russian) was founded, with its leader being Tsar Kuri I. The Tsardom originally consisted of the Tsar's bed, completely surrounded by the Dominion of Canada, but the borders later expanded to include the whole room because of pressure from the nearby Principality of Annina Kravat ("Anna's Bed"), which was founded a few months later in response to the foundation of Maya Kravat.
In April 2010, Tsar Kuri created a national flag and coat of arms to represent the Tsardom internationally and to serve as a national symbol in territorial expansion. The following month, Maya Kravat claimed a furnace vent in Annina Kravat, which was then dubbed "the Furnace Strip". Anna I, then the princess of Annina Kravat, declared war on Maya Kravat because of this, starting what came to be called the Furnace War. After defeat by Maya Kravat, Annina Kravat chose to join the Tsardom, beginning imperialism in Gishabruni nations. The Tsardom then proceeded to claim the Wild Isle, a small island in a nearby river, in response to environmental destruction.
Within days of placing claims on the Wild Isle, the ruling Council of Maya Kravat decided to change the country's name to Gishabrun, reflecting the territorial expansion to significantly more than a bed. Gishabrun expanded further, claiming land in Russia and the entire property upon which the Tsar lived. A constitution was finally adopted on July 1, 2010, formally establishing the constitutional monarchy. The young empire joined the Organisation of Active Micronations on July 16, 2010.
On July 20, 2010, the Bench War began after Gishabrun and the Unnamed Empire placed rival claims on the bench in Ancient Willow Krai. This resulted in the cession of five-sixths of the bench to the Unnamed Empire, but Gishabrun captured the entire bench eight days after the previous war ended. Expansion continued during this time, and a navy was established to support the expanding empire. This expansion continued until February 2011.
See: Council of Gishabrun
The Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun is a constitutional monarchy, meaning that it is ruled by a monarch (currently Tsar Kuri I) whose powers are restricted by a constitution. As well as HIM the Tsar, there is also a legislature called The Council of Gishabrun,which makes or revises the laws of the nation, decides upon actions within the Empire and abroad, and also acts as the national court. The Council is comprised of three houses; The Oblastian Assembly, The Chamber of Comrades, and The Elite Duma. The Oblastian Assembly consists of the Ambassadors of each oblast, who are either voted in by the people of the territory or appointed the Tsar if there are no voting citizens. The Chamber of Comrades consists of the Governors of each Autonomous Region, who are chosen by that Autonomous Region's system of government. The Elite Duma consists of three Consuls; the Consul of the Oblasts (chosen from the Oblastian Assembly by Gishabrunian citizens residing in oblasts every 6 months), the Consul of the Atonomous Regions (chosen from the Chamber of Comrades by Gishabrunian citizens residing in autonomous regions every six months), and the Consul of the Krais (HIM the Tsar or Tsarizta of Gishabrun).
Current Members of The Council
The Oblastian Assembly
Ambassador of Kravat Oblast: His Imperial Majesty, Tsar Kuri I (Meritocratic Party)
Ambassador of Somewhere Oblast: His Elite Excellency Sovetus I (Communist Party)
Ambassador of Kvartirskaya Oblast: The Right Honorable Roger I (Meritocratic Party)
Ambassador of Eternal Summer Oblast: The Right Honorable Jason (Meritocratic Party)
Ambassador of Stay Out Oblast: The Right Honorable Randomguy (Fun Party)
Ambassador of Llama Oblast: The Right Honorable Mr. Llama (Democratic Party)
Ambassador of Sméagol-Gollum-Gollum Oblast: The Right Honorable Orc of Moria (Fun Party)
Ambassador of Potatoman's Room Oblast: The Right Honorable Potatoman (Fun Party)
Ambassador of Soba Oblast: The Right Honorable Billy Bob (Dictator's Party)
Ambassador of Canis Majoris Oblast: The Right Honorable George (Emperor's Party)
Ambassador of Encaladus Oblast: The Right Honorable Nathan Wener (Socialist Party)
The Chamber of Comrades
Emperor of the Autonomous Empire of Macragge: His Elite Excellence, Emperor Cyril I (Communist Party)
The Elite Duma
Consul of the Oblasts: His Elite Excellency Sovetus I (Communist Party)
Consul of the Autonomous Regions: His Elite Excellence, Emperor Cyril I (Communist Party)
Consul of the Krais: His Imperial Majesty, Tsar Kuri I (Meritocratic Party)
Oblasts and Krais
The Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun is divided into federal subjects for easier governance. All populated subjects are called oblasts, and all uninhabited federal subjects are called krais. Every oblast has a seat in the Oblastian Assembly and is semi-autonomous, while the krais are represented by HIM the Tsar in the Elite Duma (since they have no population), and the autonomous regions are represented in the Chamber of Comrades, and have a population and are governed by a separate head of state. Currently, the Empire consists of 9 Oblasts, 4 Krais, and 1 Autonomous Region.
Geography and climate
In the parts of the Empire that border Canada, the climate is continental, mildly modified by the Lake Effect due to the presence of the river. It has an average temperature of -3.5 degrees Celsius in winter, and an average of 22 degrees Celsius in summer, with 133.1 cm of snowfall each winter and 834 mm of precipitation year-round. The oblasts and Ancient Willow Krai are on the edge of a small valley, while Wild Isle Krai is at the bottom of that valley and surrounded by a river, and all other krais are surrounded by or close to their respective rivers. All these federal subjects are within the Carolinian Ecozone (which is temperate, mostly deciduous forests), but there is a small amount of marshland in Wild Isle Krai. In the USA bordering parts of the Empire, the climate is subtropical (but modified by the nearby Gulf of Mexico with the Lake Effect), meaning it has an average of 21 degrees Celsius in winter, and an average of 28 degrees Celsius in summer, with 1170 mm of precipitation year-round. The USA-bordering parts are on a plain flat area, and have many subtropical plants not found anywhere else in Gishabrun.
The Gishabrun Armed Forces is the national combat and defense force of Gishabrun. The Army currently consists of both Land Forces and a Naval Component. The Imperial Army is currently inactive, having been last used during the Bench War, however despite this, training continues to be ready for any sudden attack against the nation. Gishabrun is de jure at war with the people that destroyed the Wild Isle (but they have not been seen by any Gishabruni since)and the Army regularly monitors this situation.
The LOB, Gishabrun's intelligence agency, was originally part of the army, but now holds de facto independent. The website of the LOB is here. In its capacity as the national intelligence agency it executes many tasks that are essential to Gishabrun's survival and activity.
The National Sport of the Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun is Chess, because most Gishabrunis knows how to play it and because it helps develop the mind and trains yourself to think strategically. The Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun is a member of the Intermicronational Chess Federation, and is the founder and host nation for the 2010 Intermicronational Chess Championship. Other sports played in the Empire include badminton, catch, and European football.
Some Gishabrunis are expert aquarium-keepers and help with the maintenance of the National Aquarium, as well as with the breeding of the fish. There is even a national guppy breed: The Labyrinth Guppy. Because of these activities, aquarium-keeping is the unofficial hobby of Gishabrun.
The national holidays of Gishabrun include:
- 1 January: New Year's Day. Celebrated with a decorated fir tree, a feast, and a toast to the new year.
- 5 April. Flag Day. Commemorating the creation of the national flag and coat of arms, celebrated by flag waving and other patriotic activities.
- 1 May. Furnace War Day. Commemorating Gishabruni victory over Annina Kravat. celebrated by visiting the Furnace Strip and doing patriotic activities.
- 23 June. Secession Day. Commemorating secession from Canada, celebrated by doing patriotic activities.
- 1 July. Constitution Day. Commemorating the writing of the national constitution. Celebrated by visiting a fireworks display in a nearby park and doing patriotic activities.
- 7 July. Alliance Day. Commemorating the first friendship between Gishabrun and the Slinky Empyre. Celebrated by making new alliances, strengthening old ones, and general friendliness between citizens of all allied nations.
- 12 August. Environment Day. celebrated by picking up litter and planting new plants.
- 3 October. Chess Day. Celebrated by having a domestic chess championship
The Peereage system of Gishabrun is a hierarchy of titles created by HIM Tsar Kuri I on the 13th August, 2010, to honour people in a way similar to that of Orders of Knighthood. These titles are hereditary (except for that of Bailif), but they give no power whatsoever to the recipient. They are given out for contributions to the Tsarist Empire of Gishabrun, micronations recognised by Gishabrun, or any other non-micronational field. All titles may be included in one's style and title recipients have the optional privilege to obtain a personal coat of arms.
Gishabrun does not have an official foreign policy. Foreign affairs are a low priority for the government. As a result, Gishabrun only has diplomatic relations with Flatland and Austenasia, both of which are bound by treaty.