New Switzerland (Ebenthal)

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New Switzerland
Federative unit
The Principality of New Switzerland
Flag of New Switzerland
Flag
Official seal of New Switzerland
Seal
Motto(s): 
Decipher me or I ignore you
Country Ebenthal
Settled2011 (as residence of the Scherer-Arrais family)
Established as part of Roschfallen's Seine Mountainous08 February 2014
Established as an Ebenthali federative unit11 August 2014
Government
 • TypeAbsolute monarchy
 • PrinceAntônio I
Population
(2020)
 • Total16 (permanent)
Demonym(s)Neoswiss
Time zoneUTC-3

New Switzerland, officialy The Principality of New Switzerland (Portuguese: Principado de Nova Suíça) is one of the six principalities ans seven federative units of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, entirely landlocked by the Brazilian city of Nova Friburgo. It is ruled as an absolute monarchy by Prince Antônio I of the House of Arrais and it hosts three cities: Van Aard, the capital, plus Bracara and Recceswinth. With a total population of 16 inhabitants. New Switzerland is currently the only of Ebenthal's federative units to have two official languages, the Portuguese and the Katarinensich, a Brazilian dialect of the German language, which is also the most natively spoken language in the principality.

New Switzerland is also historically a very, if not the most, important landmark of Ebenthal, being the first region to secede from Roschfallen in order to create the new independent kingdom, being historically liked to the House of Scherer-Arrais and, to a lesser degree, with the House of Beato.

History

Pre-micronation

Up to the 19th century, the region of the present New Switzerland was inhabited by Coroado Purí Indians. In 1818, King John VI of Portugal and Brazil was interested in improving the relationship with Germany, in order to obtain support against the French empire. He then proposed a planned settlement that would promote the civilization in th Kingdom of Brazil. A royal decree authorized the Canton of Fribourg, in Switzerlan, to establish a colony of 100 Swiss families in Rio de Janeiro's mountainous region, a place with climate and natural characteristics similar to those in their country.

Between 1819 and 1820, the region was settled by 265 Swiss families and it was named Nova Friburgo (New Fribourg) by the Swiss after the homeland of most of the families. Following the Independence of Brazil in 1822, the Imperial Government continued the policy of populating the nation by attracting European colonization and 80 German families also settled in Nova Friburgo, which became a municipality.

Micronational history

In 2011 the House of Arrais moved from Santa Catarina to Nova Friburgo, settling there due to the proximity to Rio de Janeiro, plus the native Germanic culture and cool weather. In 8 February 2014, Antônio Scherer Arrais, one of the family's sons and the only one involded with micronationalism by then, was invited to be part of the Roschfallenian micronation, to which he accepted, leansing his family's lands to that country, incorporated into the Seine Mountainous Department. Months lates, in 11 August 2014, when Arthur Beato, Duke of Gallar proclaimed his family's lands's independence in the Gros Morne Department, he was followed by Antônio, who was High Comissioner of Seine Mountainous. They agreed on the fusion of their lands into a single unit, which became the Principality of New Switzerland, immediatly incorporated to the newly-established Kingdom of Ebenthal.

Geography

The Principality of New Switzerland comprises all properties and unoccupied soil in the lands belonging to Antônio I, Prince of New Switzerland's immediate family. The principality geopolitical borders consists of a series enclaves in the Brazilian city of Nova Friburgo, each enclave answering as a municipality/city of its own. The urbanization in New Switzerland revolves is that of 100%, lacking all sorts of body of water and native nature.

Municipalities

New Switzerland administrates three municipalities, each comprising a single enclave and administrated by a local Baron. They are:

  • The City of Van Aard: Capital of the principality, consisting in an enclave in the Suíço neighbourhood.
  • The City of Bracara: Consisting in an enclave in the Braunes neighbourhood.
  • The City of Recceswinth: Consisting in two enclaves in the Bela Vista neighbourhood.

Government

New Switzerland in an absolute monarchy on which the reigning Prince retains all executive, legislative and judiciary power, and there is no further governing body other the the Neoswiss Monarchy. Nonetheless, the Prince of New Switzerland is obliged to fulfill all Ebenthali laws, and thus, his regime can't be considered an autocracy. The monarchy works through a male-preference primogeniture intrisecally attached to the House of Arrais.

Demography

New Switzerland is home to 16 permanent inhabitants, all of them professing the Roman Catholic religion and speaking both Portuguese and German natively, with a 100% rate of literacy. The Currentlly 6 people live in Van Aard, other 6 live in Recceswinth and 4 lives in Bracara.

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