People's Republic of Arsalania

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People's Republic of Arsalania
عوامی جمھوریتہ ارسلعینیہ
Flag of Arsalania.svg
Flag
Third State Emblem (Transparent - PRA).png
Coat of arms
Motto: رواداری، اتحاد، یکجہتی
"Tolerance, Unity, Solidarity"
Anthem: Warszawianka
(The Song of the People)
Capital
and largest city
Arsal City
Official languagesEnglish, Urdu, Punjabi
ReligionIslam
DemonymArsalanian
GovernmentOne Party Federal Parliamentary People's Republic
• Supreme Leader
Arsal Abbas Mirza
LegislatureNational Parliament
Establishment
• Establishment
11 May 2019
Population
• 2021 census
10
CurrencyArsalanian Arollar
Time zoneGMT+5
Drives on theleft


The People's Republic of Arsalania (Urdu: عوامی جمھوریۃ ارسلعینیہ), also referred colloquially as Arsalania (Urdu: ارسلعینیہ) is a sovereign state[a], called a micronation by external observers. It was founded on 11 May 2019. It is a member of ASAM and was a founding member of the NMI before it's dissolution. The character and form of government of the People's Republic has shifted much over the years, from it's era as the only state to follow Arsalania's own political ideology 'Arsalanian Trotskyism' to the post-March 21st Resolution People's Republic which now officially espouses 'Arsalanian Socialism' yet again another ideology whose development is attributed to the Supreme Leader and Founder of the People's Republic, Arsal Abbas Mirza.

Recently, the government of Arsalania has expanded it's internal efforts to bring about economic and technological development in Arsalania, alongside major efforts to standardise and prepare documentation for matters concerning foreign affairs and to establish a proper framework for filing, management and easy ratification of legal documents of all kinds. As a result of these efforts not only was the administrative system greatly improved but significantly moved into formal documentation.

Apart from major advances in Administrative efficiency and archival of documentation and their preservation, the People's of Republic of Arsalania hosted the First Virtual Wargames as a means to promote the development of Micronational Militaries and to bring attention to this often neglected if not entirely ridiculed aspect of micronationalism which often remains nothing more than entirely ceremonial.

Etymology

The word 'Arsalania' and the official name 'Awami Jamhuriyat Arsalania' (People's Republic of Arsalania) written in the Perso-Arabic script.

The origins of the word 'Arsalania' dates back to the earliest days of the existence of the very idea of 'Arsalania'

It's meaning is 'The Land of Arsal' referring to it's founder and present Supreme Leader, Arsal Abbas Mirza. The word can be divided into multiple parts as 'Arsal-an-ia' where 'an' are added to help with pronunciation (although in most cases it is observed that people that natively speak a South Asian language have a tendency to pronounce the name of the country incorrectly as 'Arsal-aan-ia' rather than 'Arsal-an-ia' despite efforts to remedy this)

Official names

  • 11 May 2019 - present day - People's Republic of Arsalania


History

Foundation

The idea of Arsalania itself arose in Mid 2017, The current serving Supreme leader, Arsal Abbas Mirza was the one to establish it in it's earliest days. During the formation period, many important events would take place that would shape the idea of 'Arsalania' to what it is today. While the formation period can be described as a period of humble beginnings, many strides were made and quite a lot of work was done, some of which is now lost and is being searched for and subsequently restored by the Government of Arsalania. One of such works was the early Arsalanian Writing system, which was unfortunately lost alongside countless other documents.

Afterwards Arsalania would enter a long period of dormancy during which the very idea of Arsalania would survive but without much activity at all. However this period is considered important due to the emergence of Arsalanian foreign policy as a result of countless incidents which turned violent between foreigners and key figures in Arsalania's early eras prior to it's formal legal establishment.

In May 2019, the founder, later established as the Supreme Leader would write the Constitution, while it did indeed take quite a bit of content from a model constitution (which is now unavailable) the only reason officially such elements were taken are said to be the fact that they were ideologically compatible with Arsalania's initial ideology which was 'Arsalanian Trotskyism'

In Arsalania's early diplomatic history, attempts were made to establish relations with the Aerican Empire which today is considered as a premature mistake but would effectively go down in history as Arsalania's first diplomatic correspondence with a foreign state. While the early era and the full scale of actions undertaken by the Arsalanian government in 2019 remains hazy and poorly documented, it is impossible to ignore it due to the sheer fact that Arsalania did not exist as a proper state with a government before.

Era of the Rising Falcon

One of the most important Era's in Arsalania's history is that which is referred to as the 'Era of the Rising Falcon' which began after Arsalania established relations with the (then) Forwardist Republic of Eastasia and subsequent end of diplomatic isolation. Relations were established with many nations, e-consulates were set up and overall correspondence was a key feature of this era. The Arsalanian Armed Forces (ARF) consisting of initially the 'Arsalanian People's Army' (APA) were also founded at this time and placed under the command of the 'Arsalanian Armed Forces High Command' or 'ARFHC' based in Arsal city alongside all other state institutions and ministries.

It is however necessary to mention the how the earlier to mid parts of this era were characterized with an economic crisis (one that the People's Republic is still recovering from) which was immediately followed by the establishment of formal relations with the Forwardist Republic of Eastasia. During this time, The People's Republic began many large scale environmental and agricultural projects, The first of which was Project 'Babylon' which was successfully completed in August and was announced as having reached completion later in September. Later in July, The People's Republic was granted admission into the Reformed Intermicronational Confederation (RIC) as an Observer state, it would later however upgrade to full member status.

ASAM Era and Moving forward

Late August was characterized by the Ministry of Defence hinting about the potential establishment of a new branch of the Arsalanian Armed Forces to operate alongside the APA, no further information was released to date. On 25 August, The People's Republic became a signatory to a historic and incredibly important treaty, known as the 'Yungshin Proclamation' with the Forwardist Republic of Eastasia, Which established the 'New Micronations Internationale' (NMI), the purpose of establishment was to bring together Leftist micronations to achieve like-minded goals of cooperation, progress, Intermicronational statuses, equality and leftist unity, said organization recently dissolved in October 2021.

Overall the month of September saw multiple projects launched aiming to enhance Arsalania proper.

Minor stagnancy befell Arsalania until November when in the first important event since September, Arsalania established relations with Kirael with the only notable exception in October was when on 3 October 2020, The Ministry of Public Relations, on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Arsalania that in order to promote the viewership of Anime, A special 'Anime Subsidy' was announced. Only one beneficiary resulted from such and was paid a sum of '10 Arollars' (100 PKR) as part of the subsidy. It's results remain a topic of controversy within the administration but it is rumoured that the subsidy may be announced yet again with a stronger focus and larger budget.

Territory

The territory of the People's Republic of Arsalania is concentrated within the Pakistani city of Lahore and is spread over two enclaves surrounded entirely by Pakistan with the larger of the two being referred to as 'Arsalania proper' officially. The capital, Arsal City is also situated within Arsalania proper while the other enclave is called 'Mesustan' and is the only enclave outside of the core Arsalanian land.

Governance

The People's Republic of Arsalania is governed under a single-party government structure. The People's Republic's administration is federal in nature and the Federal Government is typically either referred to as the 'Government of Arsalania' (Urdu: حکومتِ ارسلعینیہ) or simply as the 'Federal Government' (Urdu:وفاقی حکومت) in official or informal usage. Currently, the Socialist Party of Arsalania is in power. The highest authority within the government is the office of the Supreme Leader, which is currently held by the founder of the People's Republic, Supreme Leader Arsal Abbas Mirza.

The following state organs operate as part of the Government of Arsalania under the guidance of the Supreme Leader:

Ministries

The Federal Ministries of Arsalania are the first level Executive bodies that operate under their respective grades of authority and role. Each Ministry is overseen by a Minister ( e.g. Minister of Foreign Affairs) This may be a democratically elected representative from the National Parliament or one appointed by the State. The ministries have various departments that operate under them and can be directed to any task relevant to their foundational purpose by the Minister under whom they operate or by higher authorities (including legislative initiative proposed and passed by the National Parliament)

Presently, 10 ministries operate under the Government of Arsalania. Several departments operate under each ministry.

While reorganization of the Ministries is suggested, the present administration has maintained the need to at least maintain them for administrative and archival ease as it does not cost to have an excess as well, the primary problem with doing so is the fact that such a large administrative designation system is considered 'simulationist' by other governments.

Ministership criterium

In order to be appointed/offered the position of a Federal Minister, which entails membership of the National Cabinet, a candidate must first be a civil servant (passing the civil services examination is necessary for such) and then they can be appointed to any ministerial position, a right to be exercised at the Supreme Leader's discretion.

Only one minister has been appointed to date (Minister of Archives)

National Parliament

The primary legislative body of the People's Republic of Arsalania is the national parliament. Every seat in the National Parliament is democratically elected and cannot be appointed via executive order unless necessary changes are made with actual popular backing or direct referendum. While intended as the core democratic assembly, due to a lack of funds and need, the National Parliament has largely been left dormant since it's last significant session on the 21st of March 2021, when the 21st March Resolution was passed[1].

It is expected to see a revival soon with the election of a parliamentary representative in Mesustan and the growing needs for legislative activity.

National Cabinet

The National Cabinet is a formal body composed of senior government officials chosen and led by the Supreme Leader. All cabinet members sworn in are designated Minister, and are seated at their respective ministries located in Arsal City.

The Cabinet Secretary of Arsalania serves as the administrative head of the Cabinet Division and reports directly to the Prime Minister. Up to now no individual has been appointed to this position and thus it remains defunct since it's inception.

At present it consists of the Supreme Leader himself and the only serving Federal Minister, the Minister of Archives Muhammad Abdullah Ibn Qaisar Al-Mesustani (Appointed as minister on 27 Nov 2021)

The Cadre for all state organs is recruited from the civilian population of Arsalania and possibly through retiring Military officers in form of the Civil Services

Civil Services

The Civil Services in Arsalania form the primary bureaucratic cadre in Arsalania. In order to become a civil servant and for attaining employment , the following procedure is followed:

  1. One must apply for a civil services examination. Such examinations are put forward addressed to the Ministry of Interior (and is planned to be directed towards the future State Recruitment Service for easier documentation and evaluation which shall be subservient to the planned Ministry of Labour)
  2. Pass the Civil Services Evaluation Course with at least 50% marks.
  3. The Government will then evaluate the individual's capabilities and begin negotiations, and then make an offer for any position (From ministerial positions to clerk positions) which may be accepted by the candidate.
  4. The Government will pass on the responsibility for preparing an appropriate appointment letter, on the signing of which, the candidate is then considered an employee of the state having the position (bringing with it all terms and conditions) mentioned in the contract.

It is not necessary that a civil servant may only be a civilian individual, upon retirement military officers are offered civil services positions which they are then appointed to if they consent.

Only one civil services examination has ever been conducted with only one civil servant ever recruited through the aforementioned process.

Climate and Environment

Arsalania has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh). The hottest month is June where temperatures routinely exceed 45 °C (113 °F). The monsoon season starts in late July, and the wettest months are July and August, with heavy rainfalls and evening thunderstorms with the possibility of cloudbursts and flash floods. The coolest month is January with dense fog.[2]

The country's record high temperature was 50.4C (122F), recorded on 5 June 2003.[3] 48 °C (118 °F) was recorded on 10 June 2007.[4][5] At the time the Pakistani meteorological office recorded this official temperature in the shade, it reported a heat index in direct sunlight of 55 °C (131 °F).[6] The highest rainfall in a 24-hour period is 221 millimetres (8.7 in), recorded on 13 August 2008. However it is necessary to note that such extreme temperature conditions have receded greatly since and starting from Arsalania's earliest era in 2017 up to present, temperatures higher than 46C (45C is normal at the peak of Summer in June-July) have never been recorded, however oddities in length of both the cold and hot months of the year have increased over the years and are speculated to be related to the Global Climate Crisis. An irregular monsoon season was also recorded in January 2021 which is very early when compared to the usual start of monsoon rains during the Summer in June and July.

Climate data for Arsalania (1961–1990), extremes (1931–2018)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 27.8
(82)
33.3
(91.9)
37.8
(100)
46.1
(115)
48.3
(118.9)
47.2
(117)
46.1
(115)
42.8
(109)
41.7
(107.1)
40.6
(105.1)
35.0
(95)
30.0
(86)
Average high °C (°F) 19.8
(67.6)
22.0
(71.6)
27.1
(80.8)
33.9
(93)
38.6
(101.5)
40.4
(104.7)
36.1
(97)
35.0
(95)
35.0
(95)
32.9
(91.2)
27.4
(81.3)
21.6
(70.9)
30.8
(87.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 12.8
(55)
15.4
(59.7)
20.5
(68.9)
26.8
(80.2)
31.2
(88.2)
33.9
(93)
31.5
(88.7)
30.7
(87.3)
29.7
(85.5)
25.6
(78.1)
19.5
(67.1)
14.2
(57.6)
24.32
(75.77)
Average low °C (°F) 5.9
(42.6)
8.9
(48)
14.0
(57.2)
19.6
(67.3)
23.7
(74.7)
27.4
(81.3)
26.9
(80.4)
26.4
(79.5)
24.4
(75.9)
18.2
(64.8)
11.6
(52.9)
6.8
(44.2)
17.8
(64)
Record low °C (°F) -2.2
(28)
0.0
(32)
2.8
(37)
10.0
(50)
14.0
(57.2)
18.0
(64.4)
20.0
(68)
19.0
(66.2)
16.7
(62.1)
8.3
(46.9)
1.7
(35.1)
-1.1
(30)
-2.2
(28)
Average Rainfall mm (inches) 23.0
(0.906)
28.6
(1.126)
41.2
(1.622)
19.7
(0.776)
22.4
(0.882)
36.3
(1.429)
202.1
(7.957)
163.9
(6.453)
61.1
(2.406)
12.4
(0.488)
4.2
(0.165)
13.9
(0.547)
628.8
(24.756)
Sunshine hours 218.8 215.0 245.8 276.6 308.3 269.0 227.5 234.9 265.6 290.0 259.6 222.9 3,034
Source no. 1: NOAA (1961-1990) [7]
Source no. 2: PMD[8]

Foreign relations

The People's Republic of Arsalania has long maintained a policy of active diplomacy. As a result, ever since it's adoption in 2020 after Arsalania left diplomatic isolation and began proactive outreach, relations with nations of many different political, geographical and demographic backgrounds were established. Over the course of it's diplomatic history, the People's Republic has signed the following kinds of bilateral agreements and documents with foreign nations:

  • Declaration of Bilateral Friendship - A form of treaty unique to Arsalania (or so it is believed to be) that combines a treaty of mutual recognition and up to two to three other articles that may be anything from cooperation in many fields, a non-aggression pact or potentially some of the characteristics of a 'Treaty of Alliance' although not in a complete capacity.
  • Treaty of Alliance/Security Pact - While such a treaty has been signed very rarely with a foreign nation, a key example of such a treaty where the focus was to establish a military and diplomatic alliance with a foreign state would be the 'Mutual Security Pact[9]' signed between the government of Arsalania and that of the West River confederation or that with the State of Vishwamitra which is a hybrid between a Declaration of Bilateral Friendship while being considered one of the most thorough and well written treaties ever proposed by the Government of Arsalania.
  • Standard Treaty of Mutual Recognition - The most commonly signed type of document between states in the micronational spheres, The People's Republic has ratified many such agreements with many foreign nations, the most recent one of such category being that signed with the Kingdom of Indradhanush[10] on 7 October 2021.

The most decisive factor in Arsalania's loss of diplomatic isolation was the establishment of relations with the then Forwardist Republic of Eastasia (Now called, The Republic of the Union of Eastasia) who introduced Arsalania to the greater diplomatic spheres. Eastasia is considered one of Arsalania's closest Allies and is the first foreign state with whom Arsalania established formal relations.

Recognized States

The People's Republic of Arsalania recognizes the following micronational and macronational states:

  • All U.N member states except  Israel.
  • Republic of the Union of Eastasia - Originally established relations with the Forwardist Republic of Eastasia through the first Declaration of Friendship ever signed in Arsalania's history on the 17th of July, 2020. After Eastasia abolished it's original diplomatic classification system, Mutual recognition and Alliance was re-stablished on May 27th 2021 via a new treaty. Presently Arsalania is designated with 'Special Cooperation Status' by the Republic of the Union of Eastasia.
  • Social Republic of Georgienstine - A treaty of Mutual Recognition was voted on and approved by their Legislature after a proposal was put forward by the Government of Arsalania, the Mutual recognition treaty was announced as recognised on the 3rd of October 2020.
  • Democratic Republic of Benjastan - At approximately the same time as the establishment of relations with the Social Republic of Georgienstine, The People's Republic of Arsalania signed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition with the Democratic Republic of Benjastan.
  • West River Confederation - Within the same month as the establishment of relations with Georgienstine and Benjastan, the People's Republic entered into a military alliance[9], pact of non-aggression and an agreement to cooperate with the West River Confederation in matters such as defense, technology and agriculture. Limited exchanges of any sort have taken place however.
  • Republic of Kirael - Arsalania entered into Diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kirael in it's communist era, with the signing of a Declaration of Bilateral Friendship[11] on the 6th of January, 2021. Arsalania has maintained close relations with Kirael ever since, with Arsalania's constitution even becoming an influence for Kirael's future constitution.
  • State of Vishwamitra - The People's Republic of Arsalania established formal relations and a military alliance with the State of Vishwamitra on the 1st of February 2021. The treaty of Diplomatic relations and Alliance[12] that was signed to cement the establishment of relations included specific clauses detailing exclusively that macronational relations shall not affect the relations between Arsalania and Vishwamitra, whose core territories are de-facto parts of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of India who are famous for their 70+ year rivalry that has existed since they both obtained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. Such an inclusion was made with the aim of encouraging other nations of adopting similar clauses in context to disputes and rivalries between nations, which not only hinder person-to-person relations but any efforts to establish relations with a micronational state from a rival macronational country and maintaining such relations due to developments in Macronational politics. Since the establishment of relations, the State of Vishwamitra have cooperated in many fields and not too long before the establishment of relations, Arsalania was invited to join the Association of South Asian Micronations (ASAM) as part of which Arsalania participated in many virtual conferences alongside the State of Vishwamitra. The Supreme Leader of Arsalania, Arsal Abbas Mirza has also recieved multiple awards from Vishwamitra such as the rank of 'Knight' of the Most Auspicious Order of Sanghamitra
  • Micronation of the Avigation Vision of Radiator (AVR) - The People's Republic formally established relations with the Micronation of the AVR on the 4th of February 2021. The Declaration of Friendship also included a similar clause to that in the Treaty of Alliance and Bilateral Friendship with the State of Vishwamitra, declaring that macronational affairs will not affect relations between the People's Republic and the Micronation of the AVR. The Micronation of the AVR and the People's Republic of Arsalania are both members of the ASAM
  • Kingdom of Indradhanush: The People's Republic officially established diplomatic relations with Indradhanush on the 7 October 2021.[10]
  • Commonwealth of Missouria: The People's Republic of Arsalania established formal diplomatic relations and a Military Alliance with the Commonwealth of Missouria at precisely the stroke of midnight (Arsalania Standard Time, GMT +5), the 24 October 2021 via a Declaration of Bilateral Friendship[13], which most notably had a similar structure to that of the treaty that establishes the very significant alliance and diplomatic relations with the State of Vishwamitra.

National Symbols

The People's Republic of Arsalania has several national symbols including a flag, an emblem, an anthem as well as other symbols such as the National Animal, National Dishes etc. The Ministries, Institutions and various offices of Public officials also possess emblems or symbols which are regarded as National Symbols by the State.

These are listed and described below:-

National Flag

The further simplified and presently adopted version of the National Flag

The National Flag of Arsalania was designed by the Founder of the People's Republic, and present Supreme Leader, Arsal Abbas Mirza. It is codified by the Constitution as one of the Primary National Symbols. The flag is comprised by a field divided by a diagonal line forming two triangles, with the lower left being of the colour Red, symbolizing sacrifice, labour, martyrdom and courage, while the upper triangle being of the colour white, which symbolises humility, sincerity and faith and a single charge representing the National animal, the Peregrine Falcon at the Centre of the flag which is of the green colour, which symbolises Nature, Prosperity and Islam.

There have only been two variations of the national flag in the entire history of the People's Republic (not including any previous renditions or attempts to make an 'Arsalanian flag' ) having only one key difference. The original rendition was not very clean in appearance due to complications caused by the service used for it's design and the charge present, the Peregrine Falcon had a black outline as well as detailed eyes. In the second and now formally adopted variant, the black outline is removed as well as details such as the 'eyes' present on the Peregrine Falcon. The simplified second version is said to be the work of the Monarch of Vishwamitra, Dhrubajyoti Roy who is likely to have made the changes during his creation of Arsalania's article, the Arsalanian government has not made any objection and has been using that variant since (and no discussions regarding such edit have been made either)

While no full sized flag exists in the possession of the Arsalanian Government nor the citizenry, the Arsalanian Government has pre-emptively declared the following protocols for it's flying by State officials, military personnel and civilians alike

National Flag Protocols

  • No other flag or colour must fly higher.
  • When displayed or flown alongside other national flags, the National Flag must be displayed or flown at the same height as the other national flags, never lower.
  • If there are two flags or colours, the National Flag should be flown at the right. In case the number of flags is more than two and odd, the National Flag should be placed in the centre, and if the number of flags is even it should be flown the first to the right of the centre.
  • When displayed alongside provincial, military or corporate flags, the National Flag must be higher.
  • When tied to a mast, it must be tied only at the left (at the beginning of the white bar) and left to fly freely without any obstruction.
  • In a procession, the National Flag shall be carried at the centre or at the right of the procession in the line of march.
  • Must not touch the ground, shoes or feet or anything unclean.
  • Must never be flown in darkness.
  • Must not be marked with anything (including words, numerals or images).
  • When raising or lowering-
    • Must be saluted to by all uniformed personnel
    • Others must stand in attention.
  • Must be raised or lowered ceremoniously.
  • Must not fly or be displayed upside down with the head of the charge facing downwards.
  • Must not be displayed anywhere where it is likely to get dirty.
  • Must not be set on fire or trampled upon
  • Must not be buried or lowered into a grave (when burying a flag-bearing casket, the National Flag must be detached from the casket and held above the grave as the casket is lowered or removed from the casket before burial).

State Emblem

The first state emblem originally had a black-metallic dark blue background, but also had a variant with a white background.

Throughout it's established history, starting from the 14th of May 2019, the People's Republic of Arsalania has had three State Emblems, with the second Emblem having been designed recently. All three were designed by the Supreme Leader and Founder, Arsal Abbas Mirza.

First Emblem

The original and first version of the State Emblem was designed around the same time as the formal establishment of the People's Republic, and is said to have been made around the 14-15th of May 2019. While it never saw much use at all, it's importance is cemented in the fact that it provided a base on which it's successor, the second State Emblem was designed (which possesses some of the same elements with some changes made to them alongside entirely new editions)

Second Emblem

The second State Emblem was designed around the 10th of October 2020. It inherited the shield and sword from it's predecessors, but in order to make the Socialist Character of the nation more 'apparent' in the state emblem, the three stars in the shield were coloured red and a much larger five pointed star coloured red with a yellow outline was placed above the shield. The sword, shield and Star (placed vertically) were surrounded on either side by a wheat laurel having 6 ribbons, however none of which are used. The second emblem has seen widespread use and is present on virtually all treaties signed between Arsalania and foreign states as well as all internal documentation written since it's adoption.

The second State Emblem was used extensively until recently.

However, the March 21st Resolution enacting Arsalania's reformation as an Islamic Socialist State and the subsequent drift from the original ideology, Arsalanian Trotskyism meant that a complete redesign of the state emblem was found to be necessary. Such did not happen until the 28th of September 2020, when the third State Emblem was finally designed, yet again by the Supreme Leader.

Third Emblem
The presently adopted State Emblem

The third State Emblem is the presently adopted official State Emblem of the People's Republic of Arsalania. It is used within all official documentation wherever relevant. In all matters involving the state, the State Emblem is to be used either in conjuction with the emblems of the Ministries or institutions involved or on it's own. It is comprised by a shield (with it's perimeter coloured forest green) within which are present several National Symbols, vertically present as the Peregrine Falcon (coloured black, which symbolises certainty, elegance and sophistication via the colour itself) which is the national animal and one of the most used National Symbols, below it are three symbols, horizontally from left to right being the 'Mint Plant' (coloured green, which like the green in the national flag symbolises Nature, Prosperity and Islam alone) which is a reference to Arsalania's self sufficiency in cultivation of Mint, to it's adjacent right is present the Bohr model of the atom, as the atom is the foundation of all science and engineering principles, it represents technological development in Arsalania (and is also coloured forest green, and shares the same symbolism as the mint plant and the colour of the perimeter of the shield). Immediately to the right is last in the second 'tier' of symbols present within the shield, a Banana coloured yellow, which is the natural colour of it's peel. It represents the cultivation of Bananas and their annual production within Arsalania.

Right below the second tier is the last symbol present within the shield, An open book, representing Education (being Arsalania's primary export and sole source of state income) and Knowledge. It is coloured blue (which symbolises honour, faith, loyalty, sensitivity and imagination)

The Emblem of the Office of the Supreme Leader.

Above the shield is present a symbol which is at this time, the official State Emblem of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The logo was originally designed by Hamid Nadimi, and was officially approved by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on 9 May 1980. The four crescents, surmounted by the shadda, are a stylized representation of the word Allah (الله). Within the State Emblem of Arsalania it is included to represent the Islamic character of the nation, the affiliation of the government with the 'Global Islamic Revolution movement' kicked off by the Islamic Revolution in Iran as well as to emphasize the government's stance and adoption of Islam (specifically the Twelver Ja'fari school as it is the majority in Arsalania) as the State Religion.

Around the lower bottom of the shield is a green laurel, symbolising achievements and victories of the nation (in extension, that of Muslims in general)

The most notable use of the newly adopted third emblem early on was the Declaration of Bilateral Friendship with the Kingdom of Indradhanush[10] It was later included a part of the official template for all External and Internal use documents with the only notable exception being that of personal letters sent by the Supreme Leader in the capacity of his own office and thus has his own emblem to be included in such documents.

National Holidays

The Government of Arsalania officially recognises the following Holidays:

  • Eid al Fitr - Celebrated to mark the the end of the Holy month of Ramzan. Celebrated according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar
  • Eid al Azha - Celebrated to commemorate the Sacrifice of Hazrat Ismail (Ishmael) A.S by Hazrat Ibrahim (Abraham) A.S. Celebrated according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
  • Eid al Ghadir - Celebrated to commemorate the Declaration of Imam Ali as his successor by the Prophet at Ghadir Khumm, celebrated according to Islamic Lunar Calendar.
  • Mawlid - Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A), celebrated according to Islamic Lunar Calendar
  • Ashura - Commemoration and Mourning of the Martyrdom of Imam Husseyn (A.S) on the 10th of Muharram, commemorated according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
  • Ar'baeen / Chehlum - Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husseyn (A.S) on the 40th Day after Ashura. Commemorated according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
  • Shab-e-Mi'raj - Commemoration and Celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey known as the Mi 'raj. Commemorated according to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
  • National Unity Day - 14th May each year, to mark the foundation of the People's Republic of Arsalania

In addition to the Islamic Holidays listed above, the Government of Arsalania recognizes all religious of other faiths, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu Holidays and non-Muslim employees and students are legally entitled to a holiday on their respective Holy Days.

Additionally, Sunday is recognized as a holiday within the week while Saturday is declared as a half day as well as Friday (which is considered a Holy Day in Islam) although it is permitted for students to avail a single holiday on Friday each month (no such equivalent privilege exists for state or private employees who are allowed a prayer break at the time of the Friday prayer)

See also

References

  1. During a historic session of the Arsalanian National Parliament, the 21st March Resolution was passed unanimously which effectively set in motion plans to reform the People's Republic and entirely changed the very core principles on which the State stands. The original document can be viewed here
  2. "Smoke not smog". 6 November 2016.
  3. "Quetta". Pakmet.com.pk. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  4. "Highest temperature in 78 years: Four die as city sizzles at 48o C". Daily Times. 10 June 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  5. "Heatwave to persist for 4–5 days", The Dawn, 10 June 2007.
  6. "Lahore Extremes (1931-2018)". Pakistan Meteorological Department. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  7. "Lahore Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  8. "Extremes of Lahore". Pakistan Meteorological Department. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mutual Security Pact - Signed October 18, 2020
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Arsalania-Indradhanush MRT - Signed 7th October 2021
  11. Declaration of Bilateral Friendship Arsalania-Kirael - Signed 6/01/2021
  12. Declaration of Bilateral Friendship and Alliance - Signed 1/02/2021
  13. Arsalania Govt, 24 October 2021, Declaration of Bilateral Friendship between Arsalania and Commonwealth of Missouria

Notes

  1. Arsalania is considered a de facto part of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.