New Richmond

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New Richmond
—  City of New Virginia  —



Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "Wrythe of New Virginia"
Motto: Montani semper liberi
(Latin: "Mountaineers are always free")
Country Flag of New Virginia.png Commonwealth of New Virginia
Established 16 August 2013 (as Crown Dependency)
7 September 2014 (became Town)
9 January 2017 (became City)
11 February 2020 (became Capital of New Virginia)
 - Burgess The Hon. Charles Kitchen BP
 - Mayor Her Hon. Senator Savannah Wellman
 - Judge
 - Police Inspector The Hon. Charles Kitchen BP
 - Total 16
Time zone UTC-5

New Richmond is a City of the Commonwealth of New Virginia situated in North America. Originally established as a Crown Dependency on 16 August 2013, the territory was formally annexed to Austenasia by an Imperial Decree, and transitioned into a Town on 7 September 2014. It was granted city status on 9 January 2017, and seceded from the Empire of Austenasia as a City of New Virginia on 11 February 2020.

New Richmond is the most highly populated local administrative division of the Commonwealth, with fourteen residents living in three different boroughs. The city is the de facto capital of the Commonwealth, and as such is the home of various government agencies, including the Office of the President and the New Virginian Police Headquarters. As a City of Austenasia, New Richmond was the home of a Prime Minister and two Consuls. The Hon. Charles Kitchen BP is the incumbent municipal burgess for New Richmond, having held said office since the 2020 general election.


New Richmond is named for the Commune of Richmond in the defunct Union of Libereco, a reflection of the Amagerian history and cultural influence found in the city.


New Richmond was established on 18 August 2013 as a Crown Dependency by Imperial Decree of Emperor Jonathan I. Joseph Kennedy MAO was appointed the first and only Governing Commissioner of New Richmond. Following establishment, the Crown Dependency was formally designated as the "Dominion of New Richmond" and eventually a local constitution was enacted. Unlike most Crown Dependencies wherein the Governing Commissioner exercises near-autocratic rule in the name of the Monarch, the Dominion had a local legislature - the Dominion Assembly - presided over by the Governing Commissioner's deputy, termed the Lord Lieutenant.

Following the acquisition of Saint Josephsburg by the Dominion from the Ashukov Federation, the Governing Commissioner requested that Parliament elevate the Dominion of New Richmond to the status of a Town. Parliament concurred and New Richmond was made a Town by Parliament on 7 September 2014. The former Governing Commissioner, then Lord Dux Joseph Kennedy, was appointed Acting Representative of the new Town. New Richmond was, along with Shineshore, one of the first two towns in the Empire of Austenasia to not be located in the British Isles.

Following several territorial changes and a vast increase in population, New Richmond became the second City of the Empire on 9 January 2017. Countess Victoria of Sydney was elected the first Mayor of New Richmond soon after. On 12 June 2019, the Borough of North New Saint Josephsburg was separated from New Richmond by an Act of Parliament, becoming the Town of Augusta.

On 11 February 2020, New Richmond seceded from Austenasia alongside Terentia and Augusta as the Commonwealth of New Virginia.


New Richmond, as a New Virginian City, is represented in the House of Burgesses by a municipal burgess elected by the citizens whom reside in and near the City. New Richmond is administered locally by the Mayor who, among other duties, presides over the City Council. The office of Mayor of New Richmond is held by Her Honour Savannah Wellman, a Senator and artist. Law enforcement is under the jurisdiction of the New Richmond Police Force, a unit of the New Virginian Police. Misdemeanors committed within the City are tried in the City Court, presided over by its Judge.

List of Burgesses

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 Brooke Kennedy.jpg HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia
(as an Austenasian Representative)
Imperial Party 7 September 2014 11 February 2020 Acting until 12 October 2014. Oversaw Town Council elections and annexation of West Richmond. Presented Act of Parliament allowing the Emperor to make former, current and future Governors and Governing Commissioners subjects. Presented the Speaker of the House Act 2014. Appointed Chancellor on 17 October 2014. Elected Prime Minister on 4 March 2015, and re-elected on 1 March 2019. Oversaw New Richmond's change from Town to City. Served until the Secession of New Virginia.
Sir Joseph.jpg Sir Joseph Kennedy KNVI
(as a New Virginian Provisional Councillor)
Independent 11 February 2020 1 August 2020 Elected prior to New Virginia's secession on 20 January 2020, took office on 11 February 2020. Left office following his election as President.
2 Commissioner Charles.jpg The Hon. Charles Kitchen BP Free Democrats 1 August 2020
as Provisional Councillor until 22 August
Incumbent Elected as acting Provisional Councillor following President Kennedy's election, confirmed as burgess in the 2020 general election.

List of Mayors

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 Victoria Hathaway, Countess of Sydney Imperial Party 9 February 2017 15 April 2018 Elected following New Richmond's elevation to City-status. Did not seek re-election in the April 2018 local election.
2 CaptainWilliamKennedy.png Captain William Kennedy Independent
(considered conservative)
15 April 2018 24 April 2019 Elected in the April 2018 local election. Later resigned for personal and work reasons.
3 Mayor francis.jpg Major General The Hon. Alex Francis Imperial Party (until 11 February 2020)
Independent (since 11 February 2020)
24 April 2019 19 October 2020 Appointed Acting Mayor following the resignation of his predecessor; elected to the position proper on 21 May 2019. Continued to hold office following the secession of New Virginia and the enactment of the Constitution. Did not stand for re-election.
4 Senator Wellman.jpg Her Honour Senator Savannah Wellman Independent
(considered progressive)
19 October 2020 Incumbent Elected in the October 2020 mayoral election.


New Richmond consists of four non-contiguous pieces of land known as boroughs. The boroughs do not have their own local administrations and are directly administered by the City Council. Every borough has at least one designated New Virginian Police officer and is guaranteed at least one seat in the City Council.

Map of New Richmond
Map of the various boroughs
Name Established Population Notes
New Montania 24 December 2016 2 Home of the Baronial Residence (the home of the titular Baroness of New Richmond). Largest borough by land area.
Saint Josephsburg 7 September 2014 7 Oldest borough. Home of the Mayor's Office. Former home of the now-defunct Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact.
New Saint Josephsburg 29 January 2018 5 Home of the Imperial Navy's flagship, the HIMS Emmanuel.


New Richmonder culture draws heavily from the culture of Havnesgade-Amager and the surrounding US states of Kentucky and West Virginia. Typical New Richmonder cuisine is similar to traditional U.S. Southern comfort food, albeit with multiple Hispanic and Italian influences. New Richmond's athletic culture is dominated by American football and basketball. Kentucky bourbon plays a significant role in culinary culture in the city - in some homes, it's traditional after a large family dinner or special occasion for adults to enjoy a glass. New Richmond is home to a small music scene, consisting of classically-trained musicians, hip hop producers and recording artists, and a small number of bluegrass banjoists.