Ohio River Republic
United American Kingdom
Ohio River Republic
Motto: Glory to All
• King of Ohio
|Establishment||31 May 2008 (United American Kingdom)|
22 June 2008 (Ohio River Republic)
Population generally counted by semi-active citzenry
The United American Kingdom (U.A.K.) and Ohio River Republic (O.R.R.) were a set of Ohioan nations located in the Greater Dayton area. Declaring independence from the United States of America on the 31 May 2008, the U.A.K. established a basic government and legal system, electing Joseph Marx to become their first king, before reorganizing into the Ohio River Republic. The O.R.R. maintained a humorous tone to many of its proceedings, using independence as a means to mostly host various games and activities in the nation's name and grant the citizenry meaningless titles.
Unfortunately, issues of government corruption and political instability led to calls for reform. To maintain order, King Joseph took over the government, proclaiming himself Emperor of Ohio and establishing the Ohio Empire.
In early 2008, the founder of the U.A.K., Joseph Marx, began to research nations like Sealand, Molossia, and the Kingdom of Lovely. Realizing the potential of micronationalism, Marx soon gathered a group of his friends together and on the 31 May 2008, they founded the United American Kingdom, with Joseph being elected the first king the following day.
The U.A.K. was initially designed mostly for fun and was roughly the size of his neighborhood. as the nation developed and began to introduce itself to a larger international community, it soon became necessary for a new identity to be established. To facilitate this, the kingdom was reorganized into the Ohio River Republic on 22 June 2008, though very little actual political reform occurred besides the establishment of the Noble Council.
Upon reorganization, early diplomatic efforts were almost immediately obstructed by severe government corruption and inactivity, with many nobles more interested in gaining new titles than engaging in actual politics. The nation seemed on the brink of collapse, with some citizens outright leaving in frustration. In order to protect the nation and halt the corruption, King Joseph I took absolute control of the government on 28 August 2008, disbanding the Noble Council and all noble titles, and proclaiming himself Emperor Malum I, formally establishing the Ohio Empire.
Geography and Demography
As both nation's land claims were the collective neighborhood where all the citizens resided, the entire nation was urbanized. There was no arable land and the climate was a humid continental climate. Summers were typically hot and humid throughout the nation, while winters generally ranged from cool to cold. Precipitation was moderate year-round. Severe weather was not uncommon as it lied within Tornado Alley.
The government of the U.A.K. and O.R.R. was a very primitive unofficial constitutional monarchy, with nearly all power being vested in the king and his group of advisers. The king also had the Noble Council, an unofficial group of nobles who voted on various issues presented by the king before they were carried out. The first and only King of Ohio was Joseph I, who was elected and crowned on the 1 June 2008. He played the principle role in the Reorganization of the Ohio River Republic and the establishment of Ohio Empire, proclaiming himself Emperor Malum I as a means to remove himself from the humorous tone of the O.R.R..
The nobility of Ohio was declared alongside the monarchy. The king could raise any citizen to the rank of nobility. While many of these titles were largely superficial and did not possess any official role in government, a group of nobles soon became the principle advisers of the king, forming a Noble Council. The King would often discuss any decision with the Council before taking action. It was primarily the in-fighting and self-aggrandizement of the Noble Council that led to King Joseph's abolition of the nobility and the declaration of the Empire.
The Army of the Republic was formed on 11 July 2008. More of a militia than anything else, the army engaged in no activities beyond simple training exercises before they were reorganized into the Imperial Army.
Many of the issues which would plague future Ohioan micronations saw their start with the U.A.K. and O.R.R. Efforts and initiatives to further the cultural identity of the U.A.K. and O.R.R. were met with general apathy by the population, with only tournaments and E-sports taking any serious hold on the public conscienceless.
Much of the culture of the U.A.K. and O.R.R. were based around E-sports. Melee Day was a holiday held on June 8 during the U.A.K.. Throughout the day, tournaments of Super Smash Bros. Melee were held, where the winner was granted the title of Champion of the Republic. As there was only ever a single official national tournament ever held, there was only ever been a single Champion: Princess Krista of New Columbus.