New Durham

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New Durham
—  State of Sorrenia  —

Flag

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Durham
Country Sorrenia
Created
State Capital Durham
Government
 - Council Representative
Website Map of Sorrenia

Etymology

Originally called North Durham, the state was altered to 'New Durham' to represent its more modern developments in comparison to the south of the city, now named 'Dunelm'.

The name 'Durham' comes from the Celtic element 'dun' signifying a hill fort, and the Old Norse 'holme' which translates to island.

Flag

The flag is a vertical bicolour with the cross of St Cuthbert emblazoned in inverted colours. This flag is was created in 2013 to replace the old flag of County Durham. It was in turn used by the Kingdom to again signify the more modern status in comparison to its southern counterpart state.

The colours used are traditional for Durham, while the cross signifies the importance of Cuthbert to the city and surrounding area.

History

Before Kozlova

A 15th-century manuscript depicting the Battle of Neville's Cross

Main article: History of Durham

Since the burial of St Cuthbert at Durham, the city and surrounding area has had a long and important history. During the medieval period, the city became a site of significant spiritual importance, given not only St Cuthbert's being buried there but also the Venerable Bede. Because of this, Durham remained one of England's most important religious sights, up until today.

Because of its religious history, Durham and the surrounding county was ruled by the Bishop of Durham, who collectively are known as the Prince Bishops.

Durham continued to expand in importance, firstly given the Industrial Revolution - although this largely passed the city by, the many pit villages that emerged surrounding the city contributed to its status. The creation of Durham University in 1832 proved significant, and has largely transformed Durham into a university town.

Kozlova

During the period of Kozlova, Durham was not entirely claimed; instead, the specific residences of Kozlovan citizens were claimed. Nonetheless, Durham remained important, and meetings between Kozlovans almost always occurred in the city.

Sorrenian Federation

Durham Viaduct, a train line cutting through New Durham

Durham first gained importance micronationally upon the creation of the Sorrenian Federation. During this period, the City and surrounding towns were split into North and South Durham. Both states were influential and central to the Sorrenian identity - the north arguably more-so because it surrounded the historic capital of Sorrenia, Levaria.

War of the Sorrenian Succession

Active fighting throughout New Durham was limited, although some did occur due to the state surrounding the historic capital of Levaria. Because of this, Socialist League forces initially fought the State of Sorrenia, after which they were attacked by Royalist forces.

Kingdom of Sorrenia

Upon the ascension of King Ronald, New Durham retained the importance that was afforded to its predecessor, North Durham. Its status as surrounding the capital was improved upon, as the current capital and centre of royal power, Sacriston, is entirely part of New Durham.

Politics

June 2018 Election
Party Vote Percentage Seats +/–
New Monarchists 65% 2 1
NDLP 20% 0 0
The Republicans 5% 0 0
Old Monarchists 5% 0 0
Libertarians 5% 0 0

Geography

Sights

New College, Durham

 • Royal Palace - Located in the smaller town of Sacriston, the Royal Palace houses both the personal residence of King Ronald and the King's Council
 • Royal Gardens - the large field and park are open to the public
 • North Road - Housing the bus station and many pubs (and a club), North Road acts as one of Durham's main hubs
 • Newton Hall - this residential estate used to be the largest in all of Europe. It used to be known as the state of Filostonia
 • Neville's Cross - this ward of Durham is situated upon the historic sight of the Battle of Neville's Cross, in which English troops defeated an attempted invasion by Scottish forces
 • New College - a large higher education centre located in Framwellgate Moor
 • HM Prison Frankland - a high security prison known for housing infamous prisoners such as Charles Bronson and Harold Shipman  • Prince Bishops Shopping Centre - Currently being rebuilt, this area offers many high-end retail shops and will soon offer a new cinema