Kingdom of Lytera

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Kingdom of Lytera
Flag of Lytera.svgLyteraCOA copy.png

Motto
Deus sit cum nobis (Latin: God Is With Us)
Anthem
National Anthem
Lyteralied

Millitary Anthem
Lyteran Panzers March On

Royal Anthem
The Imperial Anthem

Remembrance Day Anthem
Lyteran March Of The Fallen

Lyteramapmar2020.png
Lytera within the UK
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Capital citySt. Cavendish
Largest cityMooreshire (By population)
St. Cavendish (By size)
Official language(s)English
German
Russian,
Japanese[1]
Short nameLytera
DemonymLyteran
GovernmentUnitary absolute monarchy
- KingAlex I
- Prime MinisterHRH Prince Owen
- Speaker of the CouncilHRH Princess Megan
LegislatureLyteran Parliament/Royal Council of Lytera
Established2010 (De jure) 2017 (De facto)
Area claimed28850 m²
Population39 residents
2 honorary citizens
(as of 2019 census)
CurrencyLyira
Time zoneUTC±00:00
National sportFootball
National animalKoi
Patron saintSt Botolph
Member of the Grand Unified Micronational
Member of the Cupertino Alliance

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The Kingdom of Lytera (German: Königreich Lytera; Russian: Королевство Литера / Korolevstvo Litera; Japanese: 王国 いえてら / Ōkoku Ietera) is a self-declared sovereign state, commonly referred to as a micronation by external observes. Founded de jure in 2010, the micronation was largely inactive and was considered by its citizens to be little more than a joke until the 2017 Lyteran revolution. It is a constitutional monarchy headed by TRM Alex I, with the Royal Council of Lytera serving as the nation's legislature. It is a member of the Grand Unified Micronational, Cupertino Alliance, Ruislip Tetrarchy and a former member of NADU and the Organisation of Active Micronations.[2]

Etymology

The name Lytera was made in 2010, a mix of the word lyric (for Duke Matthew's love of music) and terra (meaning earth).

History

The Founding Years + Great Ruislip War (2008-2017)

In 2010, the Kingdom of Lytera was founded by Duke Alex as a client state of the Republic of Clubhausia, made by him and his friends a few years before. It was made for increased trade, and to prove that micronations could work together in the area. It remained in a personal union with Clubhausia until it's civil war in late 2013. Due to this, Lytera broke away from Clubhausia, and remained neutral in the conflict that shook the region. This neutrality, which involved trade deals with both sides of the civil war, was enforced until July 2014, where the StonePark Telegram was intercepted, calling for war on Lytera to stop the trading to the other side. Lytera promptly joined the war, though as it was a demilitarised nation, Duke Alex enlisted in the Lorentian army to combat Fizona.

However, changing views over the course of the summer and closer contact with Fizona led Lorentia to switch sides and support Fizona. When the seize fire occurred a year later, Lytera backed Fizona's claims. In the end, a white peace was declared, and everyone relinquished their claims on the Clubhaus area. At the next meeting at the ruins of Clubhausia, Lorentia kickstarted the war again, with a Lyteran victory. This minor skirmish was not considered a Lyteran military involvement, even though only Lytera and Lorentia were involved. Fizona and Lorentia, and the other warlords who broke away from Clubhausia all collapsed in 2016 or beforehand, not long after the skirmish. Until 2017, Lytera was in a state of relative dormancy. During this dormant period, the Kingdom was run by Grand Duke Alex and Grand Duke Matthew, with HRM HR Marion as the figurehead ruler.

True Independence and the Reign of King Matthew (2017)

On August 19, 2017, Duke Matthew proclaimed himself to be the leader of Lytera officially after seeing videos on micronations online. However, the young ruler, while at first backed by his siblings and cousins, was unreliable. Duke Alex contested his authority and reckless decisions, citing that under the law drafted, as the elder sibling, he had more right to the throne. After a attempted arrest of the Duke by the King himself on 21 August, Alex escaped and rounded up his cousins, who were staying round at the royal palace, and orchestrated a counter-coup. This one day war was known as the bloody revolution, as Alex received a cut to his knee charging into battle, and how Duke Owen was hit in the eye.[3] By the end of the day, the War of the Crown was over, and Matthew surrendered. The King accepted, and allowed him to live, in exchange for losing the right of succession.

The reign of Alex (2017-Present)

Lytera's first year and a half under TRM Alex was a quiet one, focused on keeping the Kingdom stable and strong, while also keeping watch on the failing health of Marion. In November, the Lyteran people were devastated to hear of her passing, and a full state funeral was organised.

On the anniversary of the Lyteran Civil War one year later, the Lyteran Airforce and Navy were created, and Matthew was reinstated as a Duke of Lytera, having lost his titles at the end of the war.

2019 saw major changes, including the full annexation of Alieway [4] and Clubhausia [5] and the release of the Ruislip Tetrarchy document to name a few. Lytera also joined the Organisation of Active Micronations (2019) and the Grand Unified Micronational. Under their rule, more diplomatic trips then ever occurred, and Duke Matthew was reinstated onto the Council. During the argument between the Grand Unified Micronational and Organisation of Active Micronations (2019), Lytera voted to leave the OAM on 26 July 2019 and officially left on 4 August. [6]

On 10 August, the Lyteran Lyira officially came into circulation. On Lytera's third anniversary of true establishment, 19 August 2019, the Duchies of St. Cavendish were dissolved aside from Shedland to make voting fairer, and Mooreshire was admitted as a Barony inside Greater Cavendish, becoming the largest city by population in Lytera overnight. On October 15th, Duke Matthew was deposed from his spot [7] and Shedland annexed back into St. Cavendish after allegedly plotting a military coup. On 20 October at the court trial, R. V Banks, Matthew was revealed to be innocent, having been framed and blackmailed by a British citizen known as 'Nathan'.[8] His title was restored, along with his seat on the council, but Shedland, which was revoked of it's autonomous status, remained apart of St. Cavendish.

In 2020, both Leamsburg [9] and Baknsburg [10] became towns as part of the First Five Year Plan. Both were former crown dependencies, who wanted more open involvement in Lytera. Lytera had it's first election to the Lyteran Parliament on 4 April 2020 with the monarchist party winning, though it was very inactive, prompting Alex to call for a second election on 1 July 2020. [11]On June 27th, an argument between Alex and Matthew escalated over the Armed Forces loyalty to the state and monarch, with arguments over their perceived loyalty to the LDA instead. When the argument wasn't solved, an emergency proclamation was passed, suspending the LDA and Armed Forces until an investigation could be conducted. After the election resulted in a Royalist majority, the town of Amorbahia was annexed, the first overseas possession of Lytera.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Lytera was hit hard due to it's lack of a virtual parliament, with very little being passed in 2020, casting doubts on the future of the parliament and the Kingdom. On November 7th, the Lyteran Armed Forces was abolished and replaced with the Lyteran Police Force. After the November Crisis, the Principality of Pelkesa was established as a neighbouring state and is a protected state of Lytera, who has a monetary union with the state and controls its defence and foreign affairs.

Government and politics

Lytera is governed by the Royal's Council, made up of elected and un-elected officials from all across Lytera. The council convene when the Monarch calls it, and as such, sometimes all the members are not present at meetings. The Monarch is advised to listen to the council and generally will agree, but the Monarch has the final say on what laws pass and what laws do not. No political parties exist formally, with each council member having their own agenda. If the monarch feels they are abusing their position, he can remove them from their seat, elected or not. [12]

The Kingdom's lands are classified differently depending on properties. Uninhabited areas are called territories. These areas have no seat on the council, but are de facto represented by the Monarch. The King's job as head of each territory is to maintain the natural beauty there, by organising cleanups, and also preserving what is currently there. Inhabited areas are classified as Towns, if they have five citizens or less, or cities if they have six citizens or more. These lands hold elections to decide who their Mayor is, who then also receives a seat on the council. Mayors can be voted in as many times as they want, with no set term limit, and elections can be held as often or as little as they desire, within reason, with four years being the longest time allowed with no elections.

There are also three special divisional statuses in Lytera. The first are Baronies. Baronies are the towns and cities within a one and a half mile radius of the capital, St. Cavendish. Baronies function identically to the Towns and Cities, though are named regardless of size. They have a non-elected official called a Baron, who, aside from the fancy title, functions the same as a Mayor. The last status is Crown Dependency, which is a land claim inhabited by the royal family that is not officially apart of the Kingdom.[13] This special division was designed for the next in line to the throne, as it gives them a say on the council. Until the 19th of August, 2019, the Capital was split into five duchies, plus the monarch's seat, which gave the capital six votes. This system was revoked in order to allow new lands joining Lytera more say. From 19/09/19 - 15/10/19, Shedland became an autonomous region, as headquarters of the military and Duke Matthew's seat. This was revoked after the Octoberist Plot was discovered.

Below you can see a simple table which outlines this simply:

Note - ✝️ Indicates Land Classification no longer in use.

Land Classification Example Have A Council Seat Are Elected Title of Overseer Overseer Example
Barony Mooreshire Yes No Baron Baron Moore
City/Town Baknsburg Yes Yes Mayor Countess Sheila of Lytera
Territory Clubhaus Memorial Ground No No King/Queen Alex I
Crown Dependency Piepa Yes No Lord/Lady (or) Prince/Princess HRH Princess Ayra
Autonomous Region ✝️ Shedland Yes No Oberst Duke Matthew
Duchy ✝️ Koi Lakes Yes No Duke Robert Forrest


The Lyteran Council

Until 2020, the Council was the main governing body of Lytera, but as of the Political Parties Act, the Lyteran Parliament will act as the main lawmaking body, with the Council as the executive.

Portfolio Minister Party Since
Council ministers
King Alex I 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Speaker of the Council HRH Princess Megan 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Prime Minister HRH Crown Prince Owen 5/4/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Minister of the Internal Affairs HRH Princess Ayra 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Minister of Foreign Affairs Countess Sheila of Lytera 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Minister of Defence Duke Matthew of Lytera 14/2/20 Independent
Minister of Justice Toby 1/7/20 Social Democratic Party
Minister of Health HRH Prince Robert 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Minister of Education Countess Bernie of Lytera 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera
Minister of Culture Duke Michael 14/2/20 Green Party of Lytera
Minister of the Environament HRH Princess Siobhan 14/2/20 Royalist Party of Lytera

Law

The laws of the kingdom are similar to those of the United Kingdom. This is for easier punishments for people who are a threat to the kingdom, who commit crimes outside the boundaries of the nation. Inside the nation, corporal punishment is prohibited to be distributed. Common punishments, as they have to be voluntary due to Lytera's status as an unrecognised nation diplomatically, are environmental work, such as cleaning up parts of Lytera.

The major laws:
Age of Governance - 10
Age of Consent - 16
LGBT Rights - Equal
Woman's Rights - Equal
Religious Rights - Freedom of Religion
Incest - Illegal
Free Votes - Yes

Foreign relations

Military

Lytera has no standing Army, with a Police Force instead acting as the nation's defence, and the Pink Berets for security. The nation formerly had a military from 2010-2020.

The original army merely consisted of the Pink Berets, though they only saw action in the The Great Ruislip War as volunteer forces, and remained permanently inactive after it concluded.

The Army was first founded officially by King Matthew on his coronation date, though lacked any members. The army was unofficially made of Duke Alex, Owen and Duchess Megan during the War of the Crown. This is the only major conflict the army has fought in, and has seen no further military conflicts. Alex I still led the army, and still has a duty to fight on the battlefield. His cousins, Owen, Megan and Ayra, are also in the army. The nation lacks any tanks, but has cars and a motorbike to fight with, and artillery in the form of fireworks. The military sometimes recruits mercenaries from the UK when needed.

The Airforce was set up on August 21, 2018, a year after the civil war. The event was marked by the launching of fireworks into the sky, and the unveiling of two stomp rockets brought by Duke Matthew. These rockets have seen constant use, and have plans to be in service at bare minimum to the next anniversary of the war.

The Navy was founded on the same day as the Airforce, and is the pride of the nation. A Small wooden warship, HMS Bayliss, was formerly the only naval vessel, being scrapped after being damaged. The monarch themself led a underwater naval commando unit, after he took up scuba diving in 2017. In an effort to improve diplomacy and learn more about the ocean and discipline, Alex I joined the Royal Sea Cadet Corps of the UK in 2018, though left in 2019.

The Army in particular was known to be very corrupt and was linked to both The Octoberist Plot and to a potential uprising attempt in the July 2020 Elections. As such, with the armed forces permanently being de-facto suspended since Operation Fall Schwartz, a decision was made to abolish the military entirely, citing the lack of any potential threats to the nation and local agreements with both the British and Spanish governments which guaranteed protection from serious violence.

Economy

Lytera uses the Lyira as an official currency inside it's borders, with the British Pound being legal tender as well.

Current Notes:
1/2ȴ


5ȴ,
10ȴ,
15ȴ
20ȴ,
50ȴ,
100ȴ

Geography

Administrative Divisions

Flag Coat Of Arms Picture Name Annexed Population Official(s)
Provinces
Greatercavendish.png N/A Blackcirclelocationofstcavendish.png Greater Cavendish 27 May 2019 15 Representative
Alex I
Cities
Flagofstcavendish.png N/A Stcavendish.png St. Cavendish 19 August 2017 6 Representative
Alex I
Baronies
Lyteramooreshire.png N/A Mooreshire.png Mooreshire 19 August 2019 9 Representative
Baron Moore
Towns
Baknsburg.png N/A Baknsburglocation.png Baknsburg 20 January 2020 [14] 2 Representative
Countess Sheila of Lytera
Leamsbury.png N/A Leamsburyfront.PNG Leamsbury 15 February 2020 [15] 2 Representative
Countess Bernie of Lytera
Amorbahia.png N/A Amorbahiairl.PNG Amorbahia 22 August 2020 [16] 2 Representative
Viscount Graham
Territories
Clubhausterritory.png N/A Clubhausruins.jpg Clubhausia 4 July 2019 [17] 0 Representative
Alex I

Weather in Lytera (Overall) Graph

Average Weather in Kingdom of Lytera
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average maximum temperature
°C (°F)
6.4
(43.5)
6.6
(43.9)
9.1
(48.4)
11.8
(53.2)
15.6
(60.1)
18.6
(65.5)
20.4
(68.7)
20.1
(68.2)
17.5
(63.5)
14.0
(57.2)
9.4
(48.9)
7.3
(45.1)
13.1
(55.6)
Average minimum temperature
°C (°F)
1.2
(34.2)
0.9
(33.6)
2.0
(35.6)
3.9
(39.0)
6.8
(44.2)
9.7
(49.5)
11.7
(53.1)
11.5
(52.7)
9.6
(49.3)
7.2
(44.5)
3.6
(38.5)
2.0
(35.6)
5.9
(42.6)
Sunshine
hours
54.2 74.3 107.6 155.2 190.6 182.6 193.5 182.5 137.2 103.1 64.5 47.3 1492.7
Rainfall
mm (inches)
82.9
(3.3)
60.3
(2.4)
64.0
(2.5)
58.7
(2.3)
58.4
(2.3)
61.8
(2.4)
62.6
(2.5)
69.3
(2.7)
69.7
(2.7)
91.7
(3.6)
88.2
(3.5)
87.2
(3.4)
854.8
(33.7)
Rainfall ≥ 1 mm
days
13.2 10.4 11.5 10.4 9.9 9.6 9.5 9.9 9.9 12.6 13.1 12.7 132.8
Source: United Kingdom Met Office[18] (1981–2010 averages), via Wikipedia

Culture

The main language of the nation is English, though German and Russian are used in law. The largest religion is Christianity, specifically Anglican, with Atheism being the second largest. Religion is free with no censorship, though due to current world events, Islam is held in a more negative view. Music wise, the nation is rather diverse, though by far metal music is the most popular, with rock and roll and classical close seconds and thirds. The most popular bands are Sabaton, Battle Beast and Beast in Black. The manner of dress-code varies, it's relaxed for everyday use, but for important events, it's very strict, similar to the attire of the 1910s. The culture is very English, though some German and Russian traditions are also common.

Under the government "Rising Sun" Initiative, Japanese language and culture has become an official language, in preparation for a proposed capital move in the 20's to Japan.

Religion

Lytera is largely Atheist, with Anglican Christianity making up the remaining percent. There is, however, a small Hellenism sect that worships there. Freedom of Religion was guaranteed in 2020, with no state mandated religion.

Media

The government newspaper is The Royal Lyteran News(German: Die Königlich Lyteran Nachrichten (Russian: Королевские Литера новости Korolevskiye Litera Novosti) (Japanese: 王室 いえてら ニュース Ōshitsu Ietera Nyūsu) is the only newspaper of the kingdom, and is run by the government. It reports on the first day of each month the events that have happened that year.

National Holidays

Name Date Remarks
New Year's Day 1 January The beginning of the year in the Georgian Calendar. Public holiday.
Emperor Norton I Day 8 January Date of death of Norton I, An inspiration to all micronations.
Duke Michael's Birthday 25 Feburary Former member of the regency council. Current King's council member
Dementia Awareness Week 3–9 April Dedicated to all people who have dementia.
Sabaton Day 1 May A celebration of the nation's favourite metal band.
Celebration of the Council 6 May Celebrating all who work to improve the nation.
Founding Day 19 August Foundation of the Kingdom.
Revolution Day 21 August Public holiday on celebrating the coup against King Matthew.
Duke Matthew's Day 29 August Abolished after the revolution. Reinstated one year later as a holiday as a show of goodwill, though the official date was moved, as the Duke was born on the same date as the founding.
Monarch's Day 3 October Alex I's Birthday.
Duchess Karen's Birthday 8 October Celebrating the King's mother's birthday.
Marion's Memorial Day 1 November The day of the remembrance for High Regent Marion, The Monarch's Great Grandmother, who died on what was her 98th birthday.
Remembrance Day 11 November The day of the remembrance of those who fell in combat.
Drill Day 12 November Official Parade round Lake Koi to showcase the nations military discipline.
Christmas Day 25 December Presents are given out, family appreciate each other.

See Also

External links

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