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Confederation of Mahuset
Confederatie Mahuset

Confederate Mahusetan Flag.svgConfederate Mahusetan CoA.png

Motto
"Mahusiæ supra"
(Pseudo-Latin)
Anthem
"And the Waltz Goes On"

Capital city Lazia
Official language(s) English and Dutch
Official religion(s) Secular
Ethnic groups 60% cool
40% cool
Demonym Mahusetan
Government Federal constitutional presidential republic
- President Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
- Prime Minister Stephen Freayth
Legislature Lazian Chamber
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - Many
- Last election - None yet
Established 3 January 2016
Area claimed idk
Population 23
Currency Mahusetan leo (MIL, ƒ)
Calling code +317 (claimed)
Date format dd/mm/yy (AD)
Drives on the right
(in Dutch Matsia, Alkmaar, Geestmerambacht, Noorderhout, Ihuset, Morburn, Lazia, Virgo, Starnia, Lundenland and Matsio Anatolia)
left
(in British Matsia and Mamucium)
Internet TLD .mi (NationDNS)
Time zone GMT
(GMT+6 in Virgo and Starnia,
GMT+3 in Matsio Anatolia,
GMT+2 in Morburn,
GMT+1 in Dutch Matsia, Alkmaar, Geestmerambacht, Noorderhout, Ihuset and Lazia,
GMT±00:00 in British Matsia and Mamucium,
GMT-5 in Lundenland)
National food Sausage roll
National drink Apple juice
National animal Domestic cat
National bird European robin
National tree European alder
National folk dance Driekusman
National dance Polka
National fish Koi
National flower Common snowdrop
National fruit Redcurrant
National gemstone Ruby
National mineral Moissanite
National stone Sandstone
National dog "Adoptable dog" and Corgi
National horse Gray
National insect European honeybee
National cat "Adoptable cat" and calico
National biscuit Oreo
National grain Corn
National crop Potato
National exercise Cycling
Patron saint St Pancras

Official website

Mahuset (About this sound ([maːɦy(ː)sɛt]), About this sound ([meɪ(ː)juːsɛt]))[note 1][note 2], officially the Confederation of Mahuset (Dutch: Confederatie Mahuset), is a self-declared independent nation-state, commonly referred to by external observers as a micronation, established on the 3rd of January, 2016. It claims territories in Europe and Asia: the states of Matsia, Alkmaar, Geestmerambacht, Noorderhout, Ihuset, and Morburn, as well as the district of Lazia and the territories of Lundenland and Mamucium, make up mainland Mahuset in Northern Europe, and the territories of Starnia and Virgo make up Mahusetan Hasanistan in the Middle East. It is frequently ranked amongst the world's least corrupt nations, and is regarded as a minor micronational diplomatic, cultural, and political power.

Mahuset is a federal state and a constitutional semi-presidential parliamentary republic, whose parliament is known as the Lazian Chamber, so called after the capital city of Lazia. It is lead by President Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy (as head of government) and Prime Minister Stephen Fryeath (as head of state). While the laws of the states are subordinate to federal law, the federal government does not have any regulations on the means for administering states and as such the states all have their own unique system of government. Mahuset has a free market capitalist economy, but also a high level of income equality, due to its small, mostly middle-class population.

The current Confederation of Mahuset is the successor (in law, in dignity, and in territory) to the Kingdom of Mahuset and the majority of its predecessors: the Empire of Alkmaar, the Co-Kingdom of Krasota, the Royal Union of Mahuset, the Kingdom of Ihuset, the Kingdom of Matsia, the United Nations of Mahuset, and the various Cookielandic and Kittylandic States, but not the Kingdom of Radon, which was succeeded instead by the Principality of Radon. It has had a long and turbulant history, having gone through several changes in government, dis- and reëstablishments, and changes in territory before reaching its current shape and state of relative stability.

Mahuset is a "fifth world" micronation, with the highest assigned score of 12 under the Boodlesmythe-Tallini System, and a score of 4.4 on the Categoric-Gradial System, also known as Linden's (Revised) System.

Etymology

Although the exact etymology of the name "Mahuset" has been lost to the mists of time, there are two prominent theories on its etymology. The most commonly accepted etymology is for it to have originated as a portmanteau of Matsia and Ihuset, which are the two nations which merged to form the Kingdom of Mahuset, the Confederation of Mahuset's predecessor. A much less commonly accepted, yet still prominent etymology is for it to have originated as a portmanteau of "muh", an internet slang term for "my", and "huset", Norwegian for house.

History

Prefoundation

The earliest mention of Alkmaar, where much of Mahuset's population (if not its territory) is based, is in a 10th-century document. As the village grew into a town, it was granted city rights in 1254. The oldest part of Alkmaar lies on an ancient sand bank that afforded some protection from the sea during medieval times. Even so, it is only a couple of metres above the surrounding region, which consists of some of the oldest polders in existence.

Battle of Alkmaar.

In 1573 the city successfully withstood a siege by Spanish forces under the leadership of Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba. It was a turning point in the Eighty Years War and gave rise to the expression Bij Alkmaar begint de victorie ("Victory begins at Alkmaar"). The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar and all of Mahuset on the 8th of October, the day the siege ended. In 1799, during the French revolutionary wars, an Anglo-Russian expeditionary force captured the city, but was ultimately defeated in the Battle of Castricum. The French victory was commemorated on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Alkmaar on the Arc de Triomphe.

The North Holland Canal, opened in 1824, was dug through Alkmaar. In 1865 and 1867 the railways between Alkmaar and Den Helder and between Alkmaar and Haarlem were built, respectively.

In the second half of the 20th century, Alkmaar expanded quickly with the development of new neighbourhoods. On October 1, 1972, the town of Oudorp and the southern portions of Koedijk and Sint Pancras were added to the municipality of Alkmaar.

Burgemeester de Wilde School

Henk de Wilde
Teachers at the Burgemeester de Wilde School rising the flag of Schagen when the school was built.

The Burgemeester de Wilde School, a Dutch primary school, was the school where Emiel, Nuri, XO, Ewout and various other people who were influential in Mahuset's history had their early education. The school was founded in 1976 by Henk de Wilde, the mayor of Schagen and member of the Dutch Labour Party. It is a cluster 2 school, for children with issues in communication. The school's main location, the Meerkoet was founded in 1976, in Schagen; another location, the Pulletje, was founded in 1980, in Hoorn; the Kievietlaan was founded in 2006, but closed in 2013; Alkmaar was founded in 2008; the Hoep, a replacement for the Kievietlaan, was founded in 2013, in Schagen; and the Hendrik Mol was founded as a high school, but separated later.

Origins

Mahuset began as a fictional nation within a fictional world in 2007. It was called Emiel's World and was an empire ruled by the eponymous Emiel, known then as "Cool Emiel". It was not a serious undertaking, but there were still plans to revive it within Ihuset. If it had never been founded, Emperor (now President) Emiel never would have come in contact with politics. Emiel's World spoke a dialect of Dutch known as Emilan, which eventually developed into another known as Mærtan.

Around April 2012, Emiel began a habit of going on Wikipedia and looking at the articles of ministates like the Vatican City, Monaco, and San Marino, and eventually found out about the Principality of Sealand, a micronation. He did more research into the subject and found information on the Republic of Molossia as well. Inspired by these two micronations, he founded the Kingdom of Ihuset, which gave him a "feeling of autonomy" that he felt he lacked at the time. Emiel proceded to make a page on MicroWikia and got unofficially involved in the many cyberwars going on at the time. This marked the beginning of Mahusetan diplomacy as it got into contact with many other micronations, like New Canada and Domus, and established official relations with them. It was welcomed by Flatland almost immediately and was soon invited into the Grand Intermicronational Alliance by a representative of Northumbria-Montebourg. Its time in the alliance didn't last, however, as it didn't want to fulfill its military obligations to the alliance.

Monarchist period

After Emiel founded Ihuset, the other children at the Burgemeester de Wilde school were inspired to create micronations themselves. Mahuset was originally founded as an unification of the kingdoms of Matsia and Ihuset, but Radon soon joined as well. The union was originally known as the United Nations of Mahuset, but this was later appended to the Royal United Nations of Mahuset. It took its main aesthetic and political inspiration from the Ancient Rome and the County of Holland. Mahuset quickly became greatly significant and diplomatically prominent within the MicroWikia community. Many conflicts at MicroWikia were taken part in by Mahusetan officials, including the conflict against Brandon Rhea and Wikia and subsequent conflicts which led to the establishment and splitting of Micropedia. Vetria established diplomatic relations with Mahuset during this era.

In November 2012, the Royal United Nations of Mahuset underwent full political union between its member states, transforming into the Kingdom of Mahuset, a democratic constitutional monarchy. King Emiel soon upset this balance, however, by founding the ideology of Eniakism, whose rise and expansion was comparable in speed, scale, and international controversy (drawing condemnation from Hasanistan and Akharnes in particular) to that of communism, and which caused Mahuset to gain even more diplomatic significance and prestige. The country rapidly developed, reforming its government to include defined ministries and state-owned enterprise, and standards of living rapidly increased. This development came with a cost, however: the establishment of a single-party state under the Eniak Party, which ruled until the kingdom's eventual collapse, and the secession of Matsia and Radon. Eventually, though, the two states rejoined Mahuset after adopting Eniakism themselves, and the so-called Triumphant Era began, which would last for the rest of the kingdom's history.

Decline and revival

Mahuset was briefly a part of the Empire of Constantidium, which was founded by several states in the Dutch micronational sector, but it soon fell apart due to disagreements between its member states. It was comprised of the Kingdom of Mahuset, Derskov-Viadalvia, Hoogwaard, Arnhem, Snežanopol, Timbain and Kinhu. It was only founded as a defensive bloc against the Ashukov Federation within the now-dead micronations.wiki community, with no other real purpose, a fact reflected by the speed of its collapse. Mahuset would soon collapse as well: even though the government was stable and well structured, the three states fell into arguing with one another, especially about new, controversial amendments to the constitution and generally conflicting ideals. There were three major fights between the states, the last one resulting in Ihuset leaving and declaring itself defunct, bringing Mahuset down with it. Eventually, Krasota was founded as a union of Matsia and Radon, later joining the new Royal Union of Mahuset. This was welcomed by Emiel, who was at that moment exclusively focusing on the micronation of Slin, but further disputes between Nuri and Emiel caused Krasota's collapse as well. Another nation came and went as Emiel established the Empire of Alkmaar, which rose to power in the former states of Alkmaar and Jefferson but died due to Emiel's inactivity in the community.

In 2015, Mahuset had effectively ceased to exist, as its prominent citizens were all focusing on their own personal projects: Emiel focused on developing Slin, while Nuri reformed Radon, which slowly began clawing itself back to relevance by partaking in several events in the micronational community. But on the 8th of January 2016, Emiel Hardy, Nuri van Dijk and XO rëestablished Mahuest in its current form, claiming the former territories of Matsia, Alkmaar, Geestmerambacht, Nooorderhout and Ihuset. A constitution was written based upon the Dutch and American constitutions, and the Confederation was officially founded. The newly-established Lazian Chamber was quick to pass various laws and proclamations, including but not limited to the designation of a national flag and coat of arms and the establishment of relations with Radon and the United Islands.

Geography

Mahuset's claimed land consists of nine separate portions of land in Europe and Asia, divided into Cherrystan (Dutch Matsia), Cambois Beach (British Matsia), Islo Keri (British Matsia), Ihuset, and Mahusetan Hasanistan. Laying in the middle of the former swamplands of Noord-Holland, Ihuset, together with Cherrystan (Dutch Matsia), make up mainland Mahuset. The particular area in which Ihuset was founded is nowadays known as Burgemeester de Wildeland, and it's the place where all former nations of the Vetrisphere were established or can trace their origin to, including Ihuset, Radon and Matsia. Ihuset, together with Cherrystan (Dutch Matsia) comprised of 1.124 km2 of claimed and controlled land.

Laying in the mountains of the Hasanistan, Starnia and Virgo made up the Mahusetan Hasani colony. The particular area in which Starnia and Virgo lay were claimed as per President Emiel's plans for expansion back into former Mahusetan territory. Mahusetan Hasanistan comprised of 4390m2 of claimed and controlled land.

Laying in the middle of Northumberland, Islo Keri (British Matsia) and Cambois Beach (British Matsia) made up British Matsia. The particular area of in which British Matsia lays made up the Matsian mainland. British Matsia comprised of 5.047 km2 of claimed and controlled land.

Climate

Biodiversity

Mahuset can be subdivided between a number of ecoregions because of its climate and geomorphology, the Mahusetan mainland finds itself in the Atlantic mixed forests ecoregion. The country is consequently one of the richest in Europe in terms of biodiversity, this is however because of the large geographical spread of different Mahusetan territories.

Flora and Fauna

The Common snowdrop, a naturalised wild flower and national flower.

Mahuset's wildlife is typical of the north-west of Europe, although several of the larger mammals such as the lynx, brown bear, wolf, elk and walrus were hunted to extinction in historic times. There are important populations of seals and internationally significant nesting grounds for a variety of seabirds such as European herring gulls.

Urbanisation

Political Geography

Mahuset is a confederation of numerous states and territories, who are guaranteed numerous rights outlined in the constitution.

Flag Coat of Arms Name Population Official language(s) Parliamental Delegates Head of State Head of Government
States
Matsiaconf.png
MatsiaArms.png
State of
Matsia
9 English
Dutch
Esperanto
XO
Robert Ștefănescu
XO
Alkmaar flag.png
MaertanIhusetArms.png
Duchy of
Alkmaar
6* English
Dutch
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Geestmerambacht.png
GeestmerambachtArms.png
Duchy of
Geestmerambacht
5* English
Dutch
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Noorderhoutflag.png
NoorderhoutArms.png
County of
Noorderhout
5* English
Dutch
Shady Hosam Morsi
Shady Hosam Morsi
Pinksaltire.svg
HusetanArms.png
County of
Ihuset
6* English
Dutch
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Stephen Freayth
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Morburnianflag.png
MorburnArms.png
Kingdom of
Morburn
1 Lithuanian
English
Russian
Polish
Daniel
Daniel
Districts
FlagLazia.png
LazianCoat.png
Free City of
Lazia
5* English
Dutch
none
Stephen Freayth Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
Territories
FlagVirgo.jpg
VirgonianCoat.png
Republic of
Virgo[note 3]
1 English
Dutch
Karl Friedrich
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
FlagStarnia.jpg
StarnianCoat.png
Republic of
Starnia
0 English
Dutch
none
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
FlagLundenland.png
LundenlanderCoat.png
Republic of
Lundenland
0 English
Dutch
none
Stephen Freayth
Flag of Mamucium.png
Mamuciumcoa.png
Republic of
Mamucium
1 English Hasan Çakar
Colour key
Party affiliation
  Classical Liberal Party   Social Democratic Party   Independent Chamber Group   Independent

Politics and Government

ESHPhoto.jpg S Freayth.jpg
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
President since 2016
Stephen Freayth
Prime Minister since 2018

Mahuset is a federal, semi-presidential, representative democratic republic with strong democratic traditions, with Lazia as its capital. The Mahusetan political system operates under a framework laid out in the 2019 constitutional document known as the Constitution of the Confederation of Mahuset. Amendments generally require a two-thirds majority of the Lazian Chamber; the fundamental principles of the constitution, as expressed in the articles guaranteeing human dignity, the separation of powers, the federal structure, and the rule of law are valid in perpetuity.

The head of government and commander-in-chief of the armed forces is the president, who is elected by popular vote on the same ticket as the prime minister. The president has authority over the Lazian Chamber. The president appoints the members of the executive office as his cabinet, with members being responsible for policy and administration. The head of state is the prime minister, whose powers are largely ceremonial and are, in reality, only wielded in the absence or inability of the president, with the prime minister succeeding the president in case of the president being unable to carry out his duties as president, whether through sickness, death, or other means.

The political system of Mahuset.

Federal legislative power is vested in the Lazian Chamber consisting of the Lazian Council and the Executive Office of the Lazian Chamber, which together form the legislative and executive body. The Lazian Council is elected through direct elections, by Schulze STV. The members of the Lazian Council represent the governments of the six constituent states, one constituent district, and four constituent territories.

Since 2016, the party system has been dominated by the Classical Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. So far every president has been a member of one of these parties. However, the smaller social liberal Social Liberal Party (in the Lazian Chamber since 2016) and the Mahusetan Pirate Party (in parliament since 2017) have also played important roles.

Limited direct democracy is a hallmark of the Mahusetan political system. The 2016 and 2019 Mahusetan Constitutions define a system of direct democracy (sometimes called half-direct or representative direct democracy because it is aided by the more commonplace institutions of a representative democracy). The instruments of this system at the federal level, known as popular rights, include the right to submit a federal initiative and a referendum, both of which may overturn parliamentary decisions.

By calling a federal referendum, a group of citizens may challenge a law passed by the Lazian Chamber, if they gather the signatures of ​25 of the Mahusetan population against the law within 100 days. If so, a national vote is scheduled where voters decide by a simple majority whether to accept or reject the law. The Lazian Chamber and the President both have the power to introduce federal referendums, which unlike referendums proposed by the general population, have the ability to introduce laws as well as challenge them.

Law

Flag of the Supreme Court

Mahuset uses a civil legal system; that is, law arises primarily from written statutes; judges are not to make law, but merely to interpret it (though the amount of judicial interpretation in certain areas makes it equivalent to case law). Basic principles of the rule of law were laid in the Civil Code of the Confederation of Mahuset, which was largely based on the Napoleonic Code, the Swiss Civil Code, the Dutch Civil Code and the German Civil Code. In agreement with the principles of the Constitution of the Confederation of Mahuset, law should only prohibit actions detrimental to society, with the intent of the restriction of freedom being the exception, with any restriction of Freedom having to be provided for by Law and having to follow the principles of necessity and proportionality.

Mahuset's judiciary plays an important role in interpreting laws and has the power to strike down Acts of Parliament that violate the constitution. The Supreme Court is the highest court and final arbiter and has been led since xx January 2019 by Supreme Judge D. Williams. Its five members are appointed by the president on the advice of the Lazian Chamber and the Minister of Justice. All judges at the superior and appellate levels are appointed after consultation with non-governmental legal bodies.

Military

The Confederation of Mahuset maintains a small and largely ceremonial military which consists of seven different primary branches, with these being the Mahusetan Army, the Mahusetan Navy, the Mahusetan Air Force, the Mahusetan Space Force, the Mahusetan Cyber Force, the Mahusetan Marechaussee and the Mahusetan Border Guard. The Armed Forces of the Confederation of Mahuset, which fall under the Ministry of Defence, are tasked with supporting Mahusetan interests, defending Mahusetan territorial integrity and defending Mahusetan neutrality. The Mahusetan Navy also has the tongue-in-cheek task of rape and pillage. The Confederation of Mahuset has not ratified any international treaties relating to war crimes, such as the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Conventions, the Genocide Convention, the Convention against Torture and the Hostages Convention.

Institutes

e-Government

Political Parties

As the Confederation of Mahuset is a multi-party democracy, political parties in Mahuset are very common. Since the foundation of the Mahusetan government on the 8 January 2016, the Mahusetan political system has been dominated by three families of political parties: the strongest of which are the Liberals, currently represented by the Classical Liberal Party (CLP); second are the Social Democrats, represented by the Social Democratic Party (SDP); and third are the Independents, currently represented by either Independent MPs in the Lazian Chamber or the Independent Chamber Group (OKF). Presently, there are five political parties operating in the Confederation of Mahuset and each have their own seats in the Lazian Chamber.

Party Logo Short Name Leader Founded Ideology Position Seats
Classical Liberal Party CLP.png Classical Liberals CLP Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy 2016 Classical Liberalism Centre-right
5 / 13
SeatsLazianChamber.svg
Social Democratic Party Msdp2.png Social Democrats SDP XO 2016 Social democracy, Progressivism Centre-left
2 / 13
Social Liberal Party Slp.png Social Liberals SLP Robert Ștefănescu 2016 Social Liberalism Centre
1 / 13
Independent Chamber Group Okf.png none OKF Shady Hosam Morsi 2019 Radical centrism Centre
1 / 13
Independent none Indy none 2016 Independent Various
3 / 13

Foreign Relations and Diplomacy

The front cover of the Mahusetan passport.

The Confederation of Mahuset establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with other nations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has the power to grant "states of friendship" and tacit recognition, but official recognition of another nation can only be granted by an Act of Parliament or an Executive Order.

The Confederation of Mahuset and its predecessor, the Kingdom of Mahuset, have since their foundation sought diplomatic relations in the communities it found itself in, mainly being the Vetrisphere, the MicroWikia community, the Micropedia community, the World Union, the Association of Prolific Micronations and to a more limited degree the MicroWiki community, but also holds friendly relations with the Konmalehth.

Being one of the most active nations in what is considered the Vetrisphere, Mahuset enjoys a minor diplomatic role as a micronational power. Considering as major allies Nedland, Hasanistan, Hortania, and Radon, the Confederation of Mahuset implements foreign relations and defines foreign policy through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The current Minister is Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy.

At the time of the collapse of the last incarnation of a continuously active Mahuset, the Kingdom of Mahuset enjoyed full diplomatic relations with 3 states, informal relations with 3, and recognised all members of the United Nations. However with the fall of the Kingdom, all of those relations were de facto declared null and void. At the moment, the Confederation of Mahuset has signed several treaties and is at the process of signing more. As of 19 July 2019, Mahuset is in formal relations with 19 states.

Nations with which Mahuset has signed a treaty of mutual recognition

Nations with which Mahuset has signed a treaty of mutual recognition it no longer recognises

(Bold text signifies the nation no longer exists)

Other nations which Mahuset recognises

(Bold text signifies that official recognition is mutual)

Economy

Mahuset has a free-market capitalist economy. Most, if not all, Mahusetans are lower-middle class to upper-middle class. There is very little income inequality. Major private Mahusetan businesses include Oxocero Holdings and PP Clubs. Unlike its predecessor, the Kingdom of Mahuset, the Confederation of Mahuset has a little if not negligible economy. Measures to this, such as the creation of a Chamber of Commerce have been planned but haven't yet come to fruition.

Currency

Mahuset has had various currencies over its lifetime. The unit of currency from the Kingdom of Ihuset's founding, and until the founding of the United Nations of Mahuset, was the Husetan Pound, and was pegged to one euro. The unit of currency used from joining the World Union until said union's death was the InterSol and was pegged to 0,13 euro. The unit of currency used from the end of the World Union to the start of the Eniak Era was the Mahusetan Kroner-Guilder, and was pegged to 0,50 euro. The unit of currency used from Radon and Matsia joining until the death of Kingdom of Mahuset was the Mahusetan Vetriana-Gulda and was pegged to 0,45 euro. Currently, however the de jure currency is the Mahusetan Leo, which was previously pegged to 0,45 euro.

Aero Miles loyalty programme

Logo of the Aero Miles loyalty programme

Exports and trade

Companies

Agriculture

Tourism

Information and communications technology

Transport and Infrastructure

Demographics

Ethnic groups

Religion

Language

Estimated distribution of primary languages in Mahuset
Dutch
  
60%
French
  
30%
Esperanto
  
10%

Education

Family structure

Health

Culture

The diverse culture of the Confederation of Mahuset had been influenced by elements of many other cultures, most notably the customs and traditions of the Netherlands, where most activity of the kingdom took place. The nation could be considered a melting pot of contrasting cultural currents. The differetn regions of Mahuset have counted with different cultural influences each. Mahusetan culture, as a whole has been greatly influenced by Dutch, and English culture as well as artificially introduced elements of other cultures, such as the Japanese culture and Italian culture in Ihuset.

A Mahusetan Cross flag, which was used by the Kingdom of Mahuset as flag between 23 July 2012 and 29 December 2012.

Symbols

Language

Both Dutch and English are spoken natively in Mahuset. The Mahusetan population regularly speaks either Dutch or English. Several "conlangs" existed in Mahuset's history, most citizens rarely spoke these languages however and preferred to use their native tongues. The Government uses English as the nation's official and national language.

Media

Mahuset's media is comparatively well and richly written, with both freedom of speech and freedom of the press being guaranteed by the Mahusetan constitution. The first and currently only newspaper in Mahuset is the Courant of Lazia, being de facto established in January 2016 and de jure established in July 2016

Dress

Kaasmeisjes promoting the Alkmaar Cheese Market in Amsterdam.

The Confederation of Mahuset has a minor tradition of traditional clothing, known as klederdracht or streekdracht, which it inherited from the Netherlands, where the Mahusetan mainland is located. Although klederdracht was worn by most men and women prior to the 1900s, the tradition has largely died out with the exception of women wearing it during certain holidays and during the Alkmaar Cheese Market.

Cuisine

Stroopwafels (syrup waffles) are a treat consisting of waffles with caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.
Oliebollen, a Dutch pastry eaten on New Year's Eve.
Poffertjes are made in a special, so-called, poffertjespan.
The Alkmaar cheese market.
Bitterballen are usually served with mustard.
A full English breakfast with fried duck eggs, sausage, white and black pudding, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, fried bread and tomato.
Variety of Bratwürste on a stall at the Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg.

The Confederation of Mahuset's cuisine is undoubtedly a mix of different cultures, having been influenced mostly by Dutch and English dishes. The country's cuisine was mostly shaped by its location in the fertile North Sea river delta of the European Plain, which gave rise to fishing, farming, including the cultivation of the soil for growing crops and raising domesticated animals, and trading over sea. Mahusetan cuisine is characterised by being largely simple and straightforward and by its reliance on the high quality of natural produce.[45] Mahusetan cuisine contains many dairy products. Breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings, with cereal for breakfast as an alternative. Traditionally, dinner consists of potatoes, a portion of meat, and (seasonal) vegetables. The Dutch diet, which the Mahusetan diet largely orignated from, was relatively high in carbohydrates and fat, reflecting the dietary needs of the labourers whose culture moulded the country. Without many refinements, it is best described as rustic, though many holidays are still celebrated with special foods. In the course of the twentieth century this diet changed and became much more cosmopolitan, with most global cuisines being represented in the major cities.

Smoked sausages are common, with the sausage containing a lot of fat and being very juicy. Larger sausages are often eaten alongside stamppot, hutspot or zuurkool (sauerkraut); whereas smaller ones are often eaten as a street food. Various kinds of Kruidkoek, pannekoeken

Because of the abundance of water and flat grass lands that are found in and around the Mahusetan Mainland, the area is known for its many dairy products, which includes prominent Dutch cheeses such as Gouda, Leyden (spiced cheese with cumin), Edam (traditionally in small spheres) as well as Leerdammer and Beemster, while the adjacent Zaanstreek is since the 16th century known for its mayonnaise, typical whole-grain mustards[46] and chocolate industry. Seafood such as soused herring, mussels, eels, oysters and shrimp are widely available and typical for the region. Kibbeling, once a local delicacy consisting of small chunks of battered white fish, has become a national fast food, just as fish and chips. Pastries in this area tend to be quite doughy, and often contain large amounts of sugar; either caramelised, powdered or crystallised. The oliebol (in its modern form) and poffertjes are good examples. Cookies are also produced in great number and tend to contain a lot of butter and sugar, like stroopwafels, as well as a filling of some kind, mostly almond, like gevulde koek. The traditional alcoholic beverages of this region are beer (strong pale lager) and Jenever, a high proof juniper-flavored spirit, that came to be known in England as gin. A noted exception within the traditional Dutch alcoholic landscape, Advocaat, a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy, is also native to this region.

Common non-alcoholic drinks include tea, the popularity of which was increased by Catherine of Braganza,[47] and coffee; frequently consumed alcoholic drinks include wine, ciders and various beers, such as bitter, mild, stout and brown ale.[48]

In early 2014, Oxfam ranked the Netherlands, the country which most of Mahuset's cuisine derived from, as the country with the most nutritious, plentiful and healthy food, in a comparison of 125 countries.[49][50]

Meme Culture

Personification of Mahuset in a Drawgirl meme.

With the Confederation of Mahuset being founded by three Gen Zers, meme culture, the culture that has largely emerged, or is emerging, from the creation, adaptation and sharing of memes over social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Tumblr, anonymous imageboards, such as Futaba Channel, 4chan, 8chan and Krautchan and instant messagers, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Discord has proven to be a large and important part of Mahusetan Culture as a whole.

Otaku Culture

Main cast of Neon Genesis Evangelion, a popular and highly acclaimed anime series.

Propaganda

Holidays and Traditions

Sinterklaas is a national holiday which is widely celebrated, especially among Dutch Mahusetans.

The Confederation of Mahuset has 16 national holidays, of which 1 is only a national holiday in Mahusetan territories located in England.

Date English name Dutch name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Nieuwjaarsdag
3 January Independence Day Onafhankelijkheidsdag
14 February Valentine's Day Valentijnsdag
March/April Good Friday Goede Vrijdag It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday.
March/April Easter Eerste Paasdag en Tweede Paasdag The Mahusetans celebrate two days of Easter (on Sunday and the subsequent Monday).
23 April Saint George's Day Sint-Jorisdag Only celebrated in Mahusetan territories in England.
4 May Remembrance of the dead Dodenherdenking Remembrance of the deaths in the Second World War.
5 May Liberation Day Bevrijdingsdag Celebration of the 1945 capitulation of German forces in World War II.
29 May Mahuset Day Mahusetdag Celebration of the creation of Mahuset.
15 July Flag Day Vlagdag
7 August Constitution Day Dag van de grondwet
26 September King's Day Koningsdag Celebration of the birth of Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy.
8 October Siege Day Alkmaars Ontzet Celebration of the Dutch forces winning against the Spanish forces.
11 November Saint Martin's Day Sint-Maarten
5 December Saint Nicholas' Eve Pakjesavond A predecessor of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, gives presents to the children. While Saint Nicholas' name day is on 6 December, in Mahuset usually only Saint Nicholas' Eve is celebrated on the 5 December.
25 December Christmas Eerste Kerstdag
26 December Boxing Day Tweede Kerstdag

References

Footnotes

  1. A former but largely unused alternative spelling was "Mahus'ed".
  2. Pronounced less commonly as .
  3. The Republic of Virgo is subject to a de facto territorial dispute.

Citations

  1. http://www.klimaatatlas.nl/tabel/stationsdata/klimtab_8110_235.pdf
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20150412112225/http://www.knmi.nl/klimatologie/normalen1971-2000/per_station/stn260/5-extremen/260_extremen.pdf
  3. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and the United Islands". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Mahuset-United Islands treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  5. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Radon". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "Mahuset-Radon treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  7. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Karnia-Ruthenia". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Mahuset-Karnia-Ruthenia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  9. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Abelden". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "Mahuset-Abelden treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  11. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Brändholm". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. "Mahuset-Brändholm treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  13. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Paravia". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. "Mahuset-Paravia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  15. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Eniarku". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. "Mahuset-Eniarku treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  17. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Imvrassia url=http://news.mahuset.com/post/161633615012/diplomatic-relations-established-between-mahuset". Courant van Lazia. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)CS1 maint: Missing pipe (link)
  18. "Mahuset-Imvrassia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  19. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Flandrensis". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  20. "Mahuset-Flandrensis treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  21. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Hasanistan". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  22. "Mahuset-Flandrensis treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  23. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Villa Alicia". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. "Mahuset-Villa Alicia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  25. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Kaleido". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  26. "Mahuset-Kaleido treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  27. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Lurk". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  28. "Mahuset-Lurk treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  29. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Nedland". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  30. "Mahuset-Nedland treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  31. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations reinstated between Mahuset and Nedland". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  32. "Mahuset-Nedland treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  33. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Coria". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  34. "Mahuset-Coria treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  35. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Stravinia". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  36. "Mahuset-Stravinia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  37. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Shorewell". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  38. "Mahuset-Shorewell treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  39. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Custosia". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  40. "Mahuset-Custosia treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  41. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and the Florian Republic". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  42. "Mahuset-Floria treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  43. Hardy, Emiel (27 May 2017). "Diplomatic Relations established between Mahuset and Occitania". Courant van Lazia. Retrieved 09-07-2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  44. "Mahuset-Occitania treaty". Lazian Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  45. Else 2007, p. 76.
  46. "De geschiedenis van de mosterd - Smulweb Blog". 5 May 2000.
  47. "Catherine of Braganza". Tea.co.uk. Retrieved 5 September 2009.
  48. "Types of Beer". Icons of England. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2009.
  49. Reaney, Patricia (14 January 2014). "Netherlands is country with most plentiful, healthy food: Oxfam". New York: Reuters U.S. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  50. Template:Cite press release

Attribution

Bibliography

General

Geology

History

  • Paul Arblaster. A History of the Low Countries. Palgrave Essential Histories Series New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 298 pp. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />Script error: No such module "Catalog lookup link".Script error: No such module "check isxn"..
  • J. C. H. Blom and E. Lamberts, eds. History of the Low Countries (1998)
  • Jonathan Israel. The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477–1806 (1995)
  • J. A. Kossmann-Putto and E. H. Kossmann. The Low Countries: History of the Northern and Southern Netherlands (1987)

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