Norfolk Empire

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Norfolk Empire (eng)
Norfolko Imperio (esp)
Yancuictlālli Tlahtohcāyōtl (nah)
Norfolka Imperio (spa)
Норфолк Империя (rus)

Flag of the Norfolk Empire.jpg
Flag
Coat of Arms of Norfolk Empire.png
Coat of arms

Motto
Justito, Reĝeco, kaj Aztekoj
(Esperanto for “Justice, Royalty, and Aztecs”)
Anthem
Totlazotlanantzin
Map of the Norfolk Empire July 2019(2).png
The Norfolk Empire within the United States of America. Click to expand.
Capital city New Tenochtitlan
Largest city New Tenochtitlan and Aileen(by population) Aileen (by size)
Official language(s) English
Esperanto
Nahuatl
Spanish
Russian
Official religion(s) Christianity (71.43%)
Atheism (14.28%)
Heathenry (7.14%)
Buddhism (7.14%)
Demonym Norish
Government Semi-parliamentary monarchy
- Monarch HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I
- Prime Minister HG Duke Iyan Seeker I
Legislature Parliament of the Norfolk Empire
Established 25 June 2019
Area claimed 1046.25 square meters
Population 14
Currency Norish Valora
Time zone GMT-4
National animal Dove
Patron saint Parker Keourac

State News Website


The Norfolk Empire (/ˈnorfolk ‘empire/ ˈnɔrfək ˈɛmpaɪər) is a micronation that was founded on 25 June 2019 by the current Royal Family, which consists of HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, and many others, on land in the American states of Florida and North Carolina. They declared independence from the United States of America to attempt a realistic nation and to continue the Aztec Empire, which it considers itself to be the successor of.

The Norfolk Empire is located near Hillsborough County, Florida near Tampa Bay, Florida near Henderson County, and the Republic of Tamcoop. The Norfolk Empire is a Semi-parliamentary monarchy with HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I as the head of state and the Emperor and HG Duke Iyan Seeker I as the head of government and Prime Minister. The population of the Norfolk Empire is currently only fourteen and the largest city, by land area, is Kābī, Seekeria and by population, a tie between the New Tenochtitlan and Aileen. The Norfolk Empire has four official languages English, Esperanto, Russian and Spanish along with an unofficial language, Nahuatl, which is used on some signs and government logos.

The Norfolk Empire currently has four subdivisions, three Duchies and one District. The largest of the subdivisions, by population and size, is the Duchy of Seekeria with a population of four.

The Norfolk Empire scored a 3.00 out of 5.00 on the Economic Potential Index as of 25 June 2019.

Etymology

The word “Norfolk” is the last name of the two founders of the Norfolk Empire, HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I and HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I. The word “Norfolk” means territory of the Northern People of the East Angles.[1]

History

Tamcoopese Occupation

Before the Norfolk Empire attempted to conquer the area that is the City of New Tenochtitlan, it was under control of the Republic of Tamcoop. It has been under control of the Republic of Tamcoop since September 2016. Not much has happened in the area, due to the inactivity of the Tamcoopese government, but there has been multiple revolution centred in the area. The Genasian Revolution of 2017 started on the land of the City of New Tenochtitlan, but ended shortly, the Konation Revolution of 2018 started on the land of the City of New Tenochtitlan, but also ended shortly, and the most recent Revolution was the Democracy Now Revolution, but ended after about two hours of fighting.

Foundation

On 25 June 2019, the Royal Family of the Norfolk Empire officially declared independence from the United States of America. They sent the Declaration of Independence to the President of the United States of America, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, the Governor of Florida, the Governor of North Carolina, the Representative for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, the Representative for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, and the Pinellas County Administrator. After the multiple declarations of independence were sent to each of those individuals, the Royal Family of the Norfolk Empire signed the thirty article-long constitution of the Norfolk Empire. This constitution is currently being kept by HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I in an undisclosed location so that the constitution will not be damaged. The District of New Tenochtitlan has not been conquered yet, so HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I signed the first Royal Decree in the history of the Norfolk Empire to move the provisional capital of the Norfolk Empire to New Brookeside, the Duchy of Dellfolk. The provisional capital remained New Brookeside until the District of New Tenochtitlan was partially-conquered on 26 June 2019.

Conquering the Norfolk Empire

On 26 June 2019, the conquering of the District of New Tenochtitlan, where the City of New Tenochtitlan is, had begun. The Libereco Wall was constructed to be the border between the Norfolk Empire and the Republic of Tamcoop. The wall has been constructed out of bean bag chairs, plastic, wooden, and metal bins, and a chair. The wall was named after the word for “Freedom” in Esperanto to represent the Freedom of the District of New Tenochtitlan from the Republic of Tamcoop. Multiple important supplies, such as a lacrosse stick, golf club, punching mitt, three helmets, a shin pad, elbow pad, glove, two sets of spiked sports shoes, two duffel bags, three backpacks, two pieces of wood, a stapler, hole puncher, binoculars, a multi-coloured tape roll, and a bag of climbing wall rocks.[2] These supplies could be used to defend the District of New Tenochtitlan or to gain more land for the subdivision.

1st General Election

On 29 June 2019, HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I signed a Royal Decree to begin the 1st General Election of the Norfolk Empire. The 1st General Election was begun to elect the Prime Minister of the Norfolk Empire and to elect each of the three seats of the House of Commons, as it should under the constitution. The Royal Decree that was signed by HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I says that citizens of the Norfolk Empire can start announcing their candidacy for the multiple offices on 29 June 2019, today, through 1 July 2019. That leaves citizens with three days, including 29 June 2019, to announce their candidacy for either position. So far, no one has announced candidacy for the Office of Prime Minister, but President Tammy Norfolk of the Republic of Tamcoop, who is also a part-time citizen of the Norfolk Empire due to the Line of Succession to the throne, has shown interest in running for the Office of Prime Minister. She is a member of the Green-Republican Party, an Environmentalist, and an advocate for the Republic of Tamcoop. People of Tamcoopese ethnicity living in the Norfolk Empire could support her if she chose to run, but natural-born citizens of the Norfolk Empire that agree with the Royal Family are scared that she would attempt to take back the District of New Tenochtitlan to the Republic of Tamcoop. Besides the Prime Minister, the three seats of the House of Commons each have at least one candidate running. For the 1st District of Dellfolk, HRM Duke Roger Bluetoski I is running unopposed as a Green-Republican advocating for Environmentalism. For the 1st District of Bitty Ridge, HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I is running unopposed as a Green-Republican also advocating for Environmentalism. In the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan, HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I, an Independent advocating for Environmentalism, Basic Healthcare, a Small Government, and a more efficient Tax Code, is running against HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, a Green-Republican advocating for Environmentalism, Animal Protection, Equality, a 5 USD Monthly Tax, and Fiscal Centrism. The race for the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan is expected to be the most interesting race as two members of the Royal Family from different parties going against each other for a seat in a district where only about 33% of the population is not in the House of Norfolk. This means that one person will decide between who will be the representative of the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan, including each candidate who will vote for themselves.[3] On 1 July 2019, two citizens of the Norfolk Empire announced their candidacy for the Office of the Prime Minister. The two candidates are both Green-Republicans and women and are expected to be the only candidates who will declare their candidacy for Prime Minister. The first candidate to officially announce her candidacy for Prime Minister was HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I of the Duchy of Bitty Ridge. She announced her candidacy at 06:00 today. Her platform is composting and overall environmentalism. She says that she doesn’t want to focus on economic issues and wants to focus on social and environmental issues. She is also running unopposed for a seat in the House of Commons, so that makes monthly PMQs, when the Prime Minister gets asked questions on the state of the Norfolk Empire, easier.The second candidate to officially announce her candidacy for Prime Minister was President Tammy Norfolk of the Republic of Tamcoop, who is a part-time citizen of the Norfolk Empire. She was considering the run yesterday and apparently decided to run. She announced her candidacy at 07:00 today. Her platform is environmentalism. She is the President of the Republic of Tamcoop, the micronation the Norfolk Empire is completely surrounded by and partially took over, so some supporters of the Royal Family are worried that she will try to take back the District of New Tenochtitlan if she wins. But ethnic Tamcoopese citizens of the Norfolk Empire are supporting her efforts to run for the Office of Prime Minister.[4]

On 2 July 2019, a debate for the Office of Prime Minister occurred in the District of New Tenochtitlan. President Tammy Norfolk proved herself to be more of a Socialist, Anti-Organization, Pro-Tamcoopese Environmentalist than anything while HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I proved herself to be a Pro-Democracy, Anti-Labour Union Environmentalist. President Tammy Norfolk answered questions more fully than HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I did but HRH Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I answered with more Centrist answers. Both are members of the Green-Republican Party, so they had about the same views.[5]

Pie chart of the Prime Ministerial Election Results

On 5 July 2019, voting for the 1st General Election began with the District of New Tenochtitlan voting for their MP and the Prime Minister. There was nothing in the Royal Decree signed by HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I about separate subdivisions voting on different days, that is just how HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, who is somewhat in charge of the 1st General Election, wanted to organize the election. The voting started at 06:00 GMT-4 today where about sixty-six percent of the District of New Tenochtitlan voted. At about 15:00 GMT-4, the rest of the subdivision voted. At the end of the day, the election results were released by HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk. In the District of New Tenochtitlan, one-hundred percent of the population, including the other candidate Tammy Norfolk, voted for HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I for Prime Minister. In total, she has 42.86% of the votes in the Norfolk Empire, meaning she only needs one more vote, or 7.14% of the votes, to win the Office of the Prime Minister. Also, the Member of Parliament, MP, for the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan has become HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I with 66.66% of the votes, meaning that the Green-Republican Party has a seat secured in the House of Commons.[6]

On 9 July 2019, the 1st General Election of the Norfolk Empire came to an end with the final day of voting, which was 8 July 2019. That meant that that was the day that all winners of each election were be announced and the seating chart for the House of Commons was released. The first of those things to be released were the winners of each election. For the Office of the Prime Minister, the obvious winner is HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I of the Duchy of Bitty Ridge. She won by a landslide with 85.7% of the votes in the Norfolk Empire against Tamcoopese President Tammy Norfolk, who only received 14.3% of the votes. HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I, who will soon be considered HRM Prime Minister Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I, is very excited to work in the Office of the Prime Minister. She said that she will most likely not run again, but she will work as hard as possible to serve her country during the two-month term. In the House of Commons, all three seats have been filled with the same party, the Green-Republican Party. Some worry that the House of Commons being filled with the same party could cause some problems, such as being able to block or pass laws with more than all of the votes and be able to pass it on to the Prime Minister, a Green-Republican, to be automatically approved. Many citizens are dismissing problems like that because they believe that each Member of Parliament, MP, has their own views and is on a different place on the political spectrum. The MP of the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan is HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I with 66.7% of the votes, the MP of the 1st District of Dellfolk is HRM Duke Roger Bluetoski I with 100% of the votes, and the MP of the 1st District of Bitty Ridge is HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I.[7]

Controversial Tax of 2019

On 1 August 2019, HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I signed a very important royal decree in the District of New Tenochtitlan. The royal decree issued taxes to the citizens of the Norfolk Empire. The taxes issued on that day were somewhat of a controversial topic in the Norfolk Empire, as many citizens preferred not to have to pay any micronational government money to perform tasks. Those citizens claimed that the royal family should be able to pay for everything that is needed for the Norfolk Empire, such as funding for the upcoming space program and other infrastructure-related projects. The royal family encouraged the taxes because they wanted to make the Norfolk Empire seem more like an actual nation. "To fulfill one of the main purposes of the Norfolk Empire, which is to become a realistic nation," said HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I when asked about the new tax,"we need to tax our citizens to fund the government, which is what almost every single recognized nation has done for many years."

This tax isn't just for non-members of the royal family, they have to pay the tax too. According to the royal decree, the only people exempt from this tax are "citizens with an abroad citizenship, residents that are not citizens, citizens with a medical or economic issue that will not allow them to pay taxes, or citizens working on projects assigned to them by the government." There currently is only one person that does not pay taxes and has been assigned to a government project, maintaining the physical appearance of the District of New Tenochtitlan, the capital district of the Norfolk Empire. The royal decree also allows citizens that are relatives of each other to merge their tax notices and claim to be one tax entity, but they will have to pay more money than the average person would.

The tax itself is only V1, which is equivalent to 5 USD or about 4 GBP[8], per month per person, while a family has to pay V1.60, which is equivalent to 8 USD or 6.55 GBP[9], per month. To make the tax seem more appealing to the citizens of the Norfolk Empire, the Emperor decided to donate 30% of each person's taxes to a charity of their choice. So each month, one citizen of the Norfolk Empire will pay V0.30, which is equivalent to 1.50 USD or 1.23 GBP[10], to charity monthly. The surplus of tax money to the government is V0.70, which is equivalent to 3.50 USD or 2.86 GBP[11][12].

Foreign Relations

The Norfolk Empire currently is not recognized by any other macronation or micronation. All foreign relations are handled by the Royal Family.

Subdivisions

The Norfolk Empire is comprised of four separate pieces of land, which are called “subdivisions” in the constitution. There are two subdivisions in the American State of Florida, one subdivision in the American State of North Carolina, and one subdivision surrounded by the Republic of Tamcoop.

The smallest piece of land in the Norfolk Empire, the District of New Tenochtitlan, holds the capital city of the Norfolk Empire New Tenochtitlan. The largest subdivision of the Norfolk Empire is the Duchy of Seekeria, a subdivision with a population of four.

Flag Coat of Arms Name Annexed Population Official(s)
Duchies
Flag of the Duchy of Bitty Ridge.jpeg
Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Bitty Ridge.png
Duchy of Bitty Ridge 25 June 2019 3 Duke
HRM Robert Norfolk I
Duchess
HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I
Flag of the Duchy of Dellfolk.jpeg
Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Dellfolk.png
Duchy of Dellfolk 25 June 2019 2 Duke
HRM Duke Roger Bluetoski I
Duchess
HRM Duchess Jonelle Bluetoski I
Flag of the Duchy of Seekeria.jpeg
Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Seekeria.png
Duchy of Seekeria 12 July 2019 4 Duke
HG Duke Iyan Seeker I
Districts
Flag of the District of New Tenochtitlan.jpeg Coat of Arms of the District of New Tenochtitlan.png District of New Tenochtitlan 26 June 2019 3 The Royal Family of the Norfolk Empire controls the District of New Tenochtitlan.

Government and Politics

The Norfolk Empire is a Semi-parliamentary monarchy ruled by the Royal Family, the House of Commons, and a Prime Minister. The House of Commons has roughly 40%-45% of power in the government. They are allowed to past most bills, but the can’t pass bills to control the military or to annex land, those are the responsibility of the current Monarch.

HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I is head of state as Monarch, holds about 60% of power in the government. He can swear in new citizens, appoint High Court Judges, and declare war and other military actions against other macronations and micronation. The Monarch is also advised by HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, his only son and eventual successor. The Prince advises him on his decisions and also writes multiple important documents for him to sign, such as royal decrees, the constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.

The head of government is the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has about the same powers as the House of Commons but is in a higher position. After a bill is passed through the House of Commons, the Prime Minister will receive the bill. If the Prime Minister approves a bill, it goes to the Royal Family for a second approval. If the Prime Minister does not approve a bill, it will go back to the House of Commons. The Prime Minister also gets to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister, which is more of an honourary title than anything.

On a daily basis, most executive power is exercised by the Monarch with the Prime Minister helping to coordinate the activities of the House of Commons in accordance with policies decided by himself or herself and the Monarch. Legislative power is vested in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister, and the multiple Members of Parliament (MPs) that represent their constituency. The unofficial “Judicial Arm” of the Norfolk Empire is comprised of Low Courts, which are local courts and handle cases of violence, vandalism, petty theft, theft, and other smaller offenses, and the High Court, which is similar to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the United States. The High Court handles larger constitutional offences such as treason and settles disputes within the government and the Norish public.

The part of the Norfolk Empire that is fully under the control of the Royal Family and the House of Norfolk is the District of New Tenochtitlan. The Royal Family is in full control of the government of the District of New Tenochtitlan and does not have an official head of government. Dukes and Duchesses have the ability to call a subdivision legislature if one is needed and appoint mayors to the cities of their subdivision. All MPs that make up the House of Commons and the Prime Minister have two-month long terms with no term limits. If an MP or the Prime Minister is not re-elected, they can run again in the next election. The Prime Minister and House of Commons propose, debate and re-word bills to be passed.

The Norfolk Empire also contains three duchies, which fall under the direct authority of the Duke and Duchess of the subdivision, along with the subdivision legislature that has been called by them if it is needed. The Duchy of Bitty Ridge is lead by HRM Duke Robert Norfolk I and HRM Duchess Dorothy Norfolk I, the Duchy of Dellfolk is lead by HRM Duke Roger Bluetoski I and HRM Duchess Jonelle Bluetoski I, while the Duchy of Seekeria is lead by HG Duke Iyan Seeker I.

House of Norfolk

Political Parties

The Norfolk Empire has elections every two months for MPs in the House of Commons and the Prime Minister. There are no term limits for either of those positions, so most MPs and Prime Ministers will stay in their position for about six to eight months.

These are the political parties in the Norfolk Empire. There currently are just two political parties with the Green-Republican Party, being the first and oldest political party in the Norfolk Empire, led by HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I.

Party Logo Party Leaders Ideology MPs Prime Minister
Green-Republican Party (G-RP)
Norish Green-Republican Party Official Logo.png
HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I Social Liberalism, Environmentalism, Fiscal Centrism, and Equality
3 / 4
1 / 1
Democratic Party (DP)
Norish Democratic Party Official Logo.png
Mayor Emmett Winters Social Liberalism and Progressivism
0 / 4
0 / 1
Moderate-Communist Party (M-CP)
Flag of the Communist Party of the Norfolk Empire.jpeg
Gen. Max Jospeh Social Liberalism, Moderate Stalinism and Moderate Leninism
0 / 4
0 / 1
Independent (I) None None Centrism
1 / 4
0 / 1

Military

The Norish Military is the armed forces of the Norfolk Empire, which is fully funded by taxpayers money and the Royal Family, partially. The three main branches of the Norish Military are the Norish Army, the Norish Air Force, and the Norish Navy.

There are currently only three enlisted soldiers in the Norish Military and he is registered in every branch of the military.

Demographics

Population

The Norfolk has the exact population of fourteen. Ten of those fourteen citizens live in subdivisions surrounded by the American State of Florida while the other two out of eleven citizens live in the American State of North Carolina. Two citizens are living abroad in the United States of America. The average age of a citizen of the Norfolk is 43.8 years and ranges from twelve years to eighty-seven years old.

Languages

English is the most commonly spoken language in the Norfolk Empire, known and used daily by the entire Population. Spanish is also spoken by about 21.43% of the Norfolk Empire while Nahuatl, Esperanto, and Russian which are also spoken by approximately 7.14% of the Norfolk Empire, is used by the government, businesses, and on almost all signs.

Culture

General Culture

French Culture and American Culture has a large affect on the Norfolk Empire. Some citizens enjoy watching Golf, Gardening, Swimming, watching Netflix, and listening to NPR.

Citizens enjoy listening to Too Many Zooz, Michael Bublé, and Golden Oldies. The food Lasagna is also very popular among citizens.

Religion

The Norfolk Empire does not have an official religion that is recognized by the government, but there are four main groups of religions in the Norfolk Empire. Christianity is the largest religion in the Norfolk Empire, which is followed by 71.43% of the micronation. There are four branches of Christianity in the Norfolk Empire, Baptism, Methodism, Presbyterianism, Espiscopalism and Catholicism. 7.14% of the population follows Buddhism, all are Theravāda Buddhists. Heathenry is also practiced by 7.14% of the population, all of them are Urglaawe Heathenry. 14.28% of the population are Apatheists.

Article Eight of the Constitution of the Norfolk Empire states that the “Parliament, the Prime Minister, or the Royal Family shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This article allows any citizen of the Norfolk Empire to have the freedom of religion.

Economy

Currency

The currency of the Norfolk Empire is the Norish Valora, which has been pegged to 5 USD because the denominations of the Norish Valora only goes up to a 10 Norish Valoraj. Currently, no Norish Valoraj are being printed, but soon will most likely be printed.

Resources and Manufacturing

The Norfolk Empire currently does not trade, use, or harvest any of its resources yet, but will start sometime in the month of June and it already manufactures multiple necessities. The Norfolk Empire has different resources for every subdivision that is claimed by the Norfolk Empire.

Duchy of Bitty Ridge

The Duchy of Bitty Ridge manufactures dresses and overalls for a charity, so they are not distributed to the citizens of the Norfolk Empire. They also have a small custom sewing industry and a small composting industry.

Duchy of Dellfolk

The Duchy of Dellfolk grows Pineapples, Carrots, and Squash, none of which have ever been distributed.

Duchy of Seekeria

The Duchy of Seekeria currently has no resources or industries.

District of New Tenochtitlan

The District of New Tenochtitlan has paper and acorns, none of which have been distributed before.

References

  1. Harper, Douglas. "Norfolk". Online Etymology Dictionary. MaoningTech. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "Conquering of the District of New Tenochtitlan Begins (Live Updates)". The Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "1st General Elections Called in a Royal Decree". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  4. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "Two Citizens Announce Candidacy for Prime Minister". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  5. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "First Prime Ministerial Debate Occurs". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "Voting for the 1st General Election Begins, New Tenochtitlan Votes". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "Election Ends, Winning Candidates Announced". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  8. "XE Currency Converter: 1 USD to GBP = 0.824843 British Pounds". XE. XE.com Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  9. "8 USD to GBP = 6.59219 British Pounds". XE. XE.com Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  10. "1.50 USD to GBP = 1.23630 British Pounds". XE. XE.com Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  11. "3.50 USD to GBP = 2.88492 British Pounds". XE. XE.com Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  12. Norfolk I, HRH Prince Cooper. "Controversial Tax Issued by the Monarch". Imperial Gazette. Wordpress Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2019.

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