National Socialist Republic of Virginia

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Flag of National Socialist Republic of Virginia
Flag
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State Seal
Motto: Vaterland, Sozialismus, Familie
(German: Fatherland, Socialism, Family.)
CapitalHomestead
Largest cityHomefront
Official languagesEnglish
Ethnic groups
(2019)
White
Religion
State atheism
Demonym(s)Virginian
GovernmentFascism
• Chancellor
Daniel Ebinger
LegislaturePeople's Assembly
Senate
House of the People
Establishment
• Independence from United States
7 July 2012
Area
• Total
0.14164 km2 (0.05469 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
8
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$800,000
High [citation needed]
CurrencyUnited States Dollar
Time zoneEST
Date formatdd/mm/yy
yyyy-mm-dd (AD)
Driving sideright

The National Socialist Republic of Virginia is a micronation located in Middlesex County, Virginia, United States. It was created by Daniel Ebinger who is the current Chancellor of the nation. It is a single-party socialist republic, which the National Bolshevik Party of Virginia is the sole legal party in.

History

The republic was founded on 7 July 2012 under the name Republic of Virginia, by Daniel Ebinger, mostly as a project to make connections to learn more about the world of micropolitics. After contacting Kevin Baugh of the Republic of Molossia, work began on a constitution, declaration of independence, and other founding documents. All of these are in a state of limbo and have never been published. Originally founded, as Daniel described, as a, "libertarian's wet dream", the republic has taken a significantly different character over the years. Originally having a Bill of Rights, and various protections in place for freedom of expression as well as religious and political freedom, these have since either been scrapped or rescinded. Significant changes took place in the following years, rebranding itself the People's Republic of Virginia, highlighting the new emphasis on left-leaning policy. Rejecting Marxist ideas stating that for socialism to work, it must be enacted worldwide, Daniel rebranded the nation as the National Socialist Republic of Virginia. Since then, serious emphasis has been placed on cultural and national identity, drawing significant ire.

Government

The republic is a single-party socialist state. With no regional autonomy, it is a unitary state controlled directly by the central government. The government is made of four branches: The People's Assembly, the legislative branch, which passes legislation, the Judiciary, the judicial branch, handling sentences for crimes, as well as well as analyzing the constitutionality of legislation and executive orders, and the Chancellory, the executive branch, who is chosen by a select panel within the National Bolshevik Party, also serving as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The fourth branch is the Constituent Assembly, which remains inactive unless activated by majority vote in the People's Assembly, or by executive order by the Chancellor.

People's Assembly

The People's Assembly is a bicameral legislature consisting of two houses houses - the House of the People and the Senate. The House of the People is the lower house of the Assembly. Any member of the National Bolshevik Party may run for a seat, after thorough screening by the Election Comittee overseen by the Politburo. Requirements for running for a seat are as follows:

  • Be a member of the National Bolshevik Party
  • Be screened by the Election Committee over a three month period, where individual's criminal record and moral character are examined
  • Be at least 21 years of age

House members are elected every two years, unless otherwise dissolved by order of the Chancellor, in which case, an election will be held no early than right weeks after dissolution. This same standard is applied to the Senate. The Senate is the upper house of the legislature. Primarily, it is tasked with budgeting, but has some minor oversight of government agencies and departments, such as the Department of the Interior and National Parks Service, as well as the Election Committee. Members are elected every four years. In contrast to the House of the People, one must have been a member of the ruling party for a certain amount of time before being able to run for a seat. Prerequisites for running for a seat in the Senate are as follows:

  • Be a member of the National Bolshevik Party for at least five years
  • Be screened by the Election Committee over a three month period, where individual's criminal record and moral character are examined
  • Be at least 30 years of age

The Assembly may be subject to immediate dissolution by the Chancellor, should it be deemed to be out of touch with, or not serving the interests of, the people. An election will then be scheduled by the Election Committee no earlier than eight weeks after the dissolution of the legislature.

Judiciary

The Judiciary is the judicial branch of the republic. The Judiciary consists of three portions:

Regional Courts are generally tasked with petty crimes and punishments for minor legal infractions, such as speeding, burglary, and assault. Punishments for these crime vary depending on the severity of the relevant offense. Fines, short stints of jail time, community service, and corporal punishment is common. More egregious offenses result in much harsher sentences. Murder generally results in life sentences, as an example. Above Regional Courts are Appeals Courts. Appeals Courts handles appeals regarding lower court sentences, especially for sentences involving personal harm and destruction of property. These courts review decisions of lower courts regarding sentences. A panel of three judges reviews the case. Upon review, a decision will be made to lessen the sentence, extend it, or throw the sentence out altogether. Appeals to this court are generally considered final, but, rarely, are brought to the Supreme Court, should legality or constitutionality be challenged, or to establish precedent for lower courts to abide by. The highest court, the Supreme Court of the People, serves above Appeals Courts, and is tasked with interpretation of legislation, as well as upholding or shooting down the constitutionality of legislation, executive orders, and the like. The court is made of 21 Justices, who are nominated by the Chancellor and are confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate. Justices serve in their positions for life, or until they choose to retire. Listed as the prerequisites for serving on the Supreme Court:

  • Be a member of the National Bolshevik Party for at least five years
  • Be screened by the Election Committee over a three month period, where individual's criminal record and moral character are examined
  • Be at least 35 years of age
  • Have served as judge in either an Appeals Court or Regional Court for at least one year

Chancellory

The Chancellory is the executive Branch of the republic. Traditionally a senior member of the Politburo, any member of the National Bolshevik Party may attain the position. A new Chancellor is elected by majority vote of the Politburo each election senatorial election cycle (either every four years or following an election after the dissolution of the legislature). A running mate is chosen by the candidate for the position, who will server as Vice Chancellor, who also presides over the Politburo. Similar to the Senate, candidates for the position must have been a member of the party for a given time prior to their running for the position, however, a Vice Chancellor may be any party member who currently serves in either the House or Senate. Prerequisites for the position are as follows:

  • Be a member of the National Bolshevik Party for at least 10 years
  • Have been elected to a position in either the House or Senate at least once
  • Have a clean criminal record - any blemish on this record will not be acceptable
  • Be of at least 35 years of age

The Chancellor is the chief executive of the state, tasked with ensuring sound application of law in line with existing precedent, or interpretation of law by the Supreme Court. The Chancellor is also tasked with nominating members of the Supreme Court, who are then screened by the Election Committee, and confirmed by majority vote in a joint session of the People's Assembly. As the chief representative of the people, the Chancellor is tasked with ensuring the People's Assembly remains in touch with, and serves the interests of, the people. If it is suspected that the legislature is in violation of the will of the populace, and investigation shall immediately be opened, which shall be overseen by the Politburo and the Election Committee. Upon conclusion of this investigation, final say tests with the Chancellor to either dissolve the body, or have it retained until the next election cycle. As the chief executor, the Chancellor may also issue executive orders. These may be wide-reaching, and may have serious influence or control over social policy, military operation, or even segments of the economy. Carrying the same weight as law, these orders may only be overturned either by majority vote in the People's Assembly, or by another executive order, should they not be shot down by the Supreme Court upon issue.

Constituent Assembly

In times of national crises, general rebellion, government shutdown, or general failure to enact policy, the People's Assembly may be temporarily shut down by the Chancellor, activating a seldom used provision in the constitution, allowing for the immediate Assembly of the people, to freely elect members of the party from among the populace. This body, whose numbers are proportional to the population, is called the Constituent Assembly. Overseen by the Chancellor, this body shall temporarily take over the responsibilities of the People's Assembly of enacting policy. After a period of time, this body may be dissolved, however, may be retained for as long as is deemed necessary by the Politburo. Prerequisites for being a member of the Assembly are as follows:

  • Be a member of the National Bolshevik Party
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a clean criminal record

Culture

The republic describes itself as a socialist state with extreme emphasis on national identity. Foreigners are permitted to visit the republic, but permanent residence is strictly controlled. The emphasis on cultural and national identity is also found in the operation of government. While English is the English is the official language of the state, German is used for official government business. As of 26 November, 2019, all citizens of the state are ethnically German. Much criticism has been directed at the republic for its racial approach to citizenship. Describing the criticism, Chancellor Daniel said:

"[...]We do not involve ourselves in the internal policy of other states. We ask that the same respect be offered to our nation. It is the responsibility of every king and emperor, every president and duke, every chancellor and prince, and every voter and elected representative to influence their nation in the direction they deem most fit. To us, the nation and the state are one in the same, and to preserve that which makes us distinct, we will continue to pursue our goals."

The Sonnenrad, or Black Sun, a common symbol in use in the republic

Symbolism

Many symbols, both pagan and political, are used in official documentation and are on display within the nation. One of the most common is the Sonnenrad, or Black Sun, a pagan symbol used by the Nazis in the Second World War. Various other symbols, including many socialist symbols, such as the hammer and sickle, are used in official documentation.

Clothing and attire

Relatively conservative clothing is encouraged by the government. Various more modern and revealing articles of clothing, especially for women, are actively discouraged or banned, including shorts, crop tops, and bikinis. Business clothing is encouraged for men when attending work. Dresses and appropriate work clothing is encouraged for women. There are no regulations for what is and is not appropriate to wear while in the home, these laws generally only applying to public display or when interacting with others outside of the home.

Religion

While citizens of the republic do enjoy freedom of religious disposition, open displays of religious affiliation are strictly controlled. Churches, preaching, public sermon, public prayer and the like are unlawful. Officially, the nation espouses a policy of state atheism, with no reference to any divine or supernatural being in any of the founding documents, legislation, or language by members of government. While religion is effectively banned in public life, privately, citizens of the nation are affiliated with various religions, including Islam and Christianity, with a minority of atheists.

Geography and climate

The geography of the republic is heavily forested, with minor hills and gullies. Various cutouts into the forest exist for homes of citizens, however, 75-80% of the area is forested. With a typical subtropical climate similar to states of the American East and Southeast, the republic faces very warm summers, and cold winters.

Climate data for Jl34znx14g721.png Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 45
(7.2)
47
(8.3)
56
(13.3)
67
(19.4)
76
(24.4)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
84
(28.9)
79
(26.1)
68
(20)
57
(13.9)
48
(8.9)
66.3
(19.03)
Average low °F (°C) 25
(-3.9)
26
(-3.3)
34
(1.1)
42
(5.6)
51
(10.6)
60
(15.6)
64
(17.8)
63
(17.2)
56
(13.3)
44
(6.7)
35
(1.7)
27
(-2.8)
43.9
(6.62)
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