Principality of Misberia

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Principality of Misberia
Principauté de Misberia
Tomkomike Wapolessu Kulon


2021 — Present

Misberia Flag.pngNewMisberiaCoa.png

Motto
Exploration and Growth
Anthem
A Trip to The Grand Banks
Map of Misberia .png
Map of Misberia
Capital cityNone (de jure)
Machias (de facto)
Largest cityKosmopolita
Official language(s)English,
French,
Passamaquoddy Maliseet
Official religion(s)Christianity
-Church of the Holy Coast (catholic)
-Church of Aspen
Other/No Religion
Short nameMisberia
DemonymMisberian
GovernmentCommunitarian Arborism
- SakomArchie Birch
- Royal CouncilLuis Marcel
Andrew F
James C
LegislatureRoyal Council of Misberia
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 3
Established6 March 2021
Area claimed39.9 km²
Population23
CurrencyLygonian Yen
GDP (nominal)Unannounced
Time zoneDCT
National sportFishing
National dishClam Chowder
National drinkMoxie
National animalTouge
Patron saintStar of The Sea

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Misberia, officially the Principality of Misberia (French: Principauté de Misberia, Passamaquoddy: Tomkomike Wapolessu Kulon), is a English and French speaking micronation located in the American states of Maine and Washington, with further claims in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.The principality is a Birchist Absolute Monarchy, lead by the Sakom of Misberia; the Sakom's extensive powers are equivalent to those of a King in a absolute monarchy. Misberia is bordered by the United States in the North, South and East with other micronations like Plushunia and Republic of Elysium. It is the eastern most micronation in the United States, with an area of just over thirty seven square kilometers and a population of 23. Divided into four cantons and there is no official capital with Machias in Maine as the de facto capital.

Economically, Misberia has a very small economy based mainly around the redemption of bottles and cans at local Clynk centers, the financial center of the nation can be found in Machias. A rural country, Misberia is deeply forested, making it a camping and hiking destination. Misberia is a member of the Northern Commonwealth of Misberia and a founding state of the Confederation of the Northern Coast. Although not a member of the New England Sector, it participates in all programs found within the sector.

Etymology

Misberia was defined as the historic merging of states between the Kingdom of Mistak founded in 2015 located in southern and northern Maine and the Kingdom of Timberia located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire founded in 2017.

History

Proto Era

April 15th 2015 - November 22nd 2018

Misberia was originally founded under the name Farmia on 15 April 2015, and was mainly based in the Xbox 360 version of the sandbox video game Minecraft. Farmia underwent several changes between April and February 2016, before it changed its name to Mistak. Mistak remained isolationist and was not involved with the wider intermicronational community, until it met the nation of Timberia at Camp Roosevelt in Maine. Following many political talks, the Treaty of Roosevelt was signed on June 2018, and the nations merged to form the Federation of Mistak-Timberia on the 20 November 2018. Three days later, the name was changed to Misberia.

Memorial for Maria Birch and her unborn child

Misberian Era

November 23rd 2018 - February 23rd 2021

In November 2018, Misberia joined the micronational community on Discord via its attainment of membership in the Global Micronational Alliance. Misberia became a Parliamentary Republic in December 2018 and remained that way until it merged with Kingdom of Aspen to become the Aspen-Misberian Empire. The AME remained for one month and Misberia declared independence in March of 2019.The nation became a republic once again and remained so until June 2019, when Misberia announced a kingdom. In July 2019, the Confederation of Caloudonoum joined the nation and Misberia renamed itself to the United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonoum, styling itself as a imperial nation with Archie Birch as Tsar. The nation remained the same but had regions like Commonwealth of Terrexa and Columbusstan join the nation in December of 2019. The nation later faced hardship in March 2020 after Archie Birch resigned and many regions left the nation fearing a collapse. Birch announced a hiatus for ten days and on the 14 March, and later brought Misberia back as a Directive Council ran nation. The Misberian Failed Coup of May 2020 commenced, which resulted in Misberia losing 75% of its population. Following the news, several micronations aided with support, and people started flooding in seeking citizenship. This helped assert Misberia's influence in the MicroWiki community. The #HelpMisberia was created on Twitter and Instagram to gain support and help Misberia with rebuilding. With the support, Birch announced the Grand Duchy of Misberia. In June after minor disputes with much of the community, the nation announced a isolationist policy to rebuild, and focused on cultural development at during summer 2020. On the 31 August, Maria Birch took her own life, which was a shock to much of the nation and community. The nation went through a period of mourning and partial hiatus during the month of August. The nation worked to remember Maria's legacy and in October the nation held a referendum to go imperial once again, the referendum passed with 92% approval,  the nation went further into isolationism for the fall and early winter of 2020 as the nation faced uncertainty over development. The nation faced a minor scandal in December 2020 with Thomas Bainbridge over an attempt to remove him. Following this public approval of Bainbridge steadily declined and on the 21 January 2021, following revelations in other nations such as Nordale and the removal of his HRE recognition, Misberia removed Bainrbridge and severed all ties with the Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall, which was seen by many in the community as Misberia's number one ally. Soon after Misberia announced a parliamentary election, after the election, the nation soon went into uncertainty as inactivity became apparent. On the 23rd of February 2021, Archie Birch announced the dissolvement of Misberia and his own departure from the community. Since then, talks have been ongoing in the Commonwealth of Maine to bring back the old community of Misberia and make it a new nation.

Modern Era

March 6th 2021 - Present

Following the creation of the Maritime Republic, the nation oversaw the creation of many new cities and new claims, the nation saw the provisional council establishing the Constitution of The Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta, making the first Doge of Damariscotta Archie Birch and the Una Ministro Jamie Birch. Following weeks of debate, a tricarmel parliament system was established as well as a slow move to becoming more active in the community and in the New England region. On the 2nd of April an event known as Salmon Friday, which saw the cities of Halifax and Marseille dissolving and part of the Holy City of Napoli leaving the nation citing concerns over loosing identity and lack of face to face interaction. Following Salmon Friday, emergency elections were called for the 8th of April. On the 17th of May, the Maritime Republic was announced to become the Second Maritime Republic following the passage of a new constitution. On the 13th of July, Kingdom of Aspen, Historiographer Republic of Aurorak and The Damariscotta merged to form the Confederation of The Northern Coast. On the 30th of July following weeks of debates and a national referendum, the nation changed its name back to Misberia, with it to go into affect on the 31st of July at 23:52 EST.

Government

Misberia has a Sakom as Head of State, and a Royal Council to advise the Sakom. It is also a direct democracy, where citizens can propose constitutional amendments and legislation to the Royal Council and Sakom. The Constitution of Misberia was adopted in September 2021, replacing the March 2021 constitution. The March 2021 constitution had established Misberia as a Athenian Democracy under the name of the Maritime Republic of the Damariscotta, which saw the title of Cefministro used as a Head of State, which held little to no actual power.

The reigning Sakom is the Head of State and represents Misberia in its international and micronational relations (although the Confederation of the Northern Coast has taken responsibility for much of Misberia's diplomatic relations). The Sakom is able to sign any legislation into law, revise the constitution and dissolve and rework the Royal Council by decrees. The Sakom appoints members of the citizenry to the Royal Council and the made up of the Sakom as the head, with three members from around Misberia. The Royal Council and the Witapal is charged with advising the Sakom, providing support to the duties of the Sakom and overseeing the nation in times of the Sakom's absence.

Judicial authority is vested in the court of the Confederation of the Northern Coast, with one member from each member state sent to serve on the Supreme Court hearing cases from around the Confederation. The Sakom has the power to hear lesser cases in Misberia and can refer cases to the court in the Confederation of the Northern Coast.

Political Blocs

The political blocs of the Maritime Republic all learn towards the left or centrist side of politics, with many working together including the Marine Labor Movement and the North-Green Party of Misberia. No party holds a majority in the Royal Council of Misberia due to the Sakom appointing members himself to the Royal Council. The Sakom is a public figure and active bloc member of the North-Green Party of Misberia.

Party Logo Foundation Date Position Chairman Colors Urian Duma
Parties Represented in the Misberian Royal Council
Marine Labor Movement MLM May 24, 2021 Misberian Left Andrew Franson Light Red
1 / 5
Maritime Whigs TMW August 8, 2021 Misberian Left Thomas Bainbridge Baby Blue
0 / 5
North-Green Party of Misberia NGP September 2, 2021 Misberian Left Archie Birch Turquoise
2 / 5

Leadership

Administrative Divisions

Cantons make up the regions of the Principality of Misberia. The cantons are federated states, have a semi-permanent constitutional status and, in comparison with the situation in other countries, a high degree of independence and are able to secede from Misberia at any point. Under the Constitution, all five cantons are equal in status, except that one is represented by no one to date. Each canton has their own, head of state title, government and culture. However, there are considerable differences between the individual cantons, most particularly in terms of population and geographical area. Their populations vary between seven (Kosmopolita) and zero (Abreum-Regusium), and their area between 31 km2 (Abreum-Regusium) and 0 km2 (Kosmoplita).

Cantons of Misberia
Flag Coat of arms Cantons Canton Codes Towns Special Conservational Zones Size Pop. Officals
State of
Kosmopolita
KO None 0 km2 14 Governor
Luis Marcel
Province of
Western Antonia
WA Piluten Maria Birch National Waterway 0.9 km2 4 Senator
Chandler
Republic of
Acadia
AC Chusalantique, South Machias, Fort Fundy Smalls Forest National Park,
MacArthur Military Park
1.4 km2 4 Sakom
Archie Birch
Queendom of
Columbusstan
CO None 6.6 km2 1 Queen
Zanti
Duchy of
Abreum-Regusium
AR Hoffton Roosevelt National Park 31 km2 0 Duchess
Louis
Unincorporated Territories
Majora Antonia MA None 0.6 km2 0 Sakom
Archie Birch

Geography

The coasts of Misberia

To the south and east is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west is the state of Maine. The Canadian province of New Brunswick and the American state of Maine is to the north and northeast, Misberia is the eastern most micronation within the United States. Misberia's Long Lake is the largest lake in the nation, Machias Seal Island and Battery Steele, off the off the Maine coast, are claimed by both the United States and Misberia and in Machias Seal Island's case Canada also lays claim

A nickname for Misberia is The Canoe Nation; with over 75% of its total land is forested or on the coast, Misberia is in the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome and is covered by the mixed oaks of the Northeastern coastal forests. Misberia has almost 39 km of land claimed, with 23 km of coastline claimed.

Climate

Misberia has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb), with warm and sometimes humid summers, and long, cold and very snowy winters. The nation sees milder winters and cooler summers than inland regions as it mainly located on the coast. Daytime highs are generally in the 75–80 °F (24–27 °C) range throughout the state in July, with overnight lows in the high 50s °F (around 15 °C). January temperatures range from highs near 30 °F (−1 °C) on the southern coast. Precipitation in Misberia is evenly distributed year-round, and a slight late-fall or early-winter maximum along the coast due to "nor'easters" or intense cold-season rain and snowstorms. On the coast, the late spring and summer months are usually driest. The nation does not see many natural disasters, however tornadoes and thunderstorms can be found mainly in the southern part of the nation in the Canton of Acadia.

Climate data for Maine
Principality of Misberia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
30
(-1.1)
41
(5)
50
(10)
66
(18.9)
69
(20.6)
76
(24.4)
76
(24.4)
67
(19.4)
57
(13.9)
46
(7.8)
33
(0.6)
53
(11.7)
Average low °F (°C) 4
(-15.6)
11
(-11.7)
22
(-5.6)
32
(0)
41
(5)
48
(8.9)
54
(12.2)
53
(11.7)
47
(8.3)
39
(3.9)
29
(-1.7)
12
(-11.1)
32
(0)
Source: Weatherbase

Economy

The economy of the Maritime Republic is small with limited use, and is based upon a barter and trade system where goods and services are decided on by the individuals in the deal. Misberian government makes money through a series of monthly donations from Clynk and redemption center programs. The main currency of the Maritime Republic is the Lygonian Stelo. The Maritime Republic has exchanged goods and services with other nations, the most notable being with the Republic of Elysium which was the first of these agreements.

Demographics

The Maritime Republic currently has 19 citizens with all being students attending school in some form or another with a majority in middle or high school in the United States. A majority of the nation is Roman Catholic or another denomination of Christianity with small pockets of Syncretism being adhered to as well. The entire nation is between the ages of 13 and 21 with a majority being 15 to 17, this has lead to a mainly large portion of city and national policies being younger generational focused. The majority of the nation is male with some female citizenry, this however has not lead to a male dominated nation, with many of the female population holding top positions in government. The population has a decent amount of LGBTQ members with many being well known citizens such as the Doge being openly bi and the Squadron Vice Admiral being openly gay.

Culture

Main article: Culture of Misberia

Coat of Arms of Birch University

The Culture of Misberia embodies the artistic, culinary, humor, political and social elements that are representative of Misberia and Misberians. Throughout Misberia's history, its culture has been influenced by European culture and traditions, mostly by the British and French, and by the Wabanaki Confederacy. Over time, elements of the cultures of Misberia's international populations have become incorporated to form a Misberia cultural mosaic. Certain segments of Misberia’s population have, to varying extents, also been influenced by the United Kingdom due to shared language, significant media penetration and geographic proximity.

Misberia is often characterized as being very diverse, progressive and libertarian. Misberia's Royal Government has often been described as the instigator of multicultural ideology because of its public emphasis on the concepts of pluralism and open mindedness. Misberia's culture draws from its broad range of nationalities, and policies that promote a just society are constitutionally protected. Misberian Government policies— such as, promotion and advocacy of LGBTQ+ communities, climate change education and advocacy and the promotion and advocacy of the Educational and Special Education fields — are social indicators of the country's political and cultural values. Misberians identify with the country's institutions of the monarchy, Military Police of Misberia, cultural exploration programs, and the constitution of Misberia.

The Misberian government has influenced culture with programs, laws and institutions. It has created government ran programs to promote Misberia culture through media, such as the Bluenoser Media Cooperation (BMC), and promotes many events which it considers to promote Misberian traditions.

Picture of the Republic and Canton of Acadia, Naples, Maine.

Security and Defense

The Military Police of Misberiais an armed force responsible for protecting the Principality of Misberia and asserting its claims. It is comprised of the National Gendarmerie, it is managed by the Sakom. The Military Police of Misberia became prominent in the former Misberian Confederacy when its expansion and professionalization caused a uptick in national interest during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Military Police of Misberia generally focuses on ceremonial functions, training, assisting with civilian projects and community service, the Military Police of Misberia has participated in twelve operations to date.

Law enforcement in the Principality of Misberia is the responsibility of the National Gendarmerie Jurisprudence operates on a civil law legal system, with crimes being tried by the Federal Tribunal of the Confederation of The Northern Coast. There are no permanent courts due to the rarity of crimes, with instead a court to be summoned upon a person being charged with a crime. If a person is found guilty of a crime, then their punishment is decided by the Sakom. Civil disputes are resolved by the leadership of a Canton or by the Sakom.

Misberia has an extremely low crime rate .Since April of 2015, only two court cases and three arrests have ever occurred in the nation, with all being related to the former Founder's Council and their actions of repeated attempted coups and fraudulent behaviors. Misberia has worked with macronational authorities in two cases related to Misberian citizens which resulted in charges being pressed and incarceration's, it is noted while Misberia as a community helped in these cases, they are not recognized as such but as each individual in each case by macronational authorities. Law enforcement in the Principality is assisted by the Sekureca Specialtrupo (S15), a secretive organization which gathers information about domestic and foreign threats. The S15 was founded in 2018, but its existence was not officially acknowledged until 2020.