Plușeni

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Municipality of Plușeni
Municipiul Plușeni

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Capital cityPlușeni
Official language(s)Romanian
Official religion(s)none
Short namePL
DemonymBucureștean (ro)
- MayorPeter Hop (PDL)
Established20 October 2017
Area claimed~120 m²
Population181
CurrencyPlushunian Ban
Time zoneGMT + 2h
National animalTeddy bear


Plușeni, officially the Municipality of Plușeni (Romanian: Muncipiul Plușeni, IPA: [pluʃeːni]) is a municipality of Plushunia and the country's capital city. It was established in 2017 on the territory of the Bucharest region and remained a subdivision of that region until the August 2020 administrative reform, when the old, region-based system was replaced with a new one, which divided the country into 5 municipalities. Like most of Plushunia's territories, Plușeni is an enclave, being fully surrounded by Romania, and since the 2019 administrative reform, it is governed by local authorities headed by an elected Mayor. It is the second-smallest municipality of Plushunia (around 120 square meters), but the most populous (181 residents), being the economical, political and cultural center of the country. The municipality is divided in two sectors (Unirea and Plușurilor), each with its own local administration, and a special territory (Outer Plușeni), which is directly administrated by the municipal mayor.

History

Originally known as the Bucharest Region, Plușeni was the first territory of Plushunia, and the only one until the formation of the Ialomița Region in November 2017. Due to President Cristian Dobrev's residence and the overwhelming majority of Plushunian citizens being located there, Plușeni was chosen as the country's capital city, the Government, Parliament and Presidency all being located there. During Iepuroi Hop's first term as Prime Minister (Nov. 2017 - Jun. 2018), the city underwent a period of remarkable development, the Unirea apartment block, the Plușurilor market and restaurant, the Palace of the Parliament and other important landmarks of the city being built during that period. Hop gave special attention to public transport and industry, the railway line known as the Plușeni Metro, the city's bus line network and the Industriilor-Tehnopolis industrial zone also being a product of his term.

However, by early 2018 the city's development slowed down, and during the January-May 2018 civil conflict of Plushunia, the city was ravaged and the Plushunian administration was forced to leave, most of the city entering the control of the National Federalist Alliance, a movement which aimed to dismantle the Plushunian unitary state by force and replace it with a loose federation, the said movement fighting against the Plushunian forces during the conflict. In May 2019, the Plushunian administration reasserted full control over the city and started to rebuild it, an action which was continued by the Ursu Polarescu's socialist government. However, in September 2018 yet another conflict started in the city, after a the Plushunian Security Forces attempted to brutally suppress and disperse an anti-socialist peaceful protest. However, the repression of the protest failed following highly violent actions undertaken by both sides, the situation degenerating into a full-scale civil war which once again ravaged the Plushunian metropolis. Although the conflict ended through a peace settlement which offered certain concessions to the rebels, the city had a hard time recovering, the postwar economic crisis caused by the socialists' economic policies further worsening the situation. However, after Liberal politician Ghiță Purcel became Prime Minister in April 2019 with the support of a center-right coalition, a massive rebuilding of the city took place, rebuilding which was further accelerated by the late 2019 Plushunian economic boom, the latter leading to an unprecedented growth of Plușeni in September and October 2019. Meanwhile, in August 2019 the first local elections in Plushunian history were held, and Judy Hop, the candidate of the Democracy and Truth Alliance, became the first Mayor of Plușeni following a three-way race against Social Democrat Ursuleț Plușeanu and the candidate of the Alliance of the Liberals and Democrats, Cățel Plușeanu.

Administration

Like all the administrative subdivisions of Plushunia, the Municipality of Plușeni is administrated by local authorities. The local administration is headed by a democratically elected Mayor, who appoints a Deputy Mayor and several secretaries (each having his own specific activity domain). Unlike other municipalities in Plushunia, Plușeni is divided into two sectors (Unirea and Plușurilor), which have their own local authorities, thus the responsibility for the administration of Plușeni is divided between the municipal Mayor and the two sector mayors. Since Plușeni is the country's largest city, being home to around 40% of the Plushunian population, the office of Mayor of Plușeni is viewed as one of the most important political offices in Plushunia, thus it is usually held by a well-known, notorious politician, parties often having their leaders or former important public officials candidate in the election. The current Mayor of Plușeni is former Prime Minister Ghiță Purcel.

List of Plușeni Mayors
# Name Took office Left office Party
1 Judy Hop August 2019 29 December 2019 PD
2 Iepuroi Hop 29 December 2019 29 February 2020 PD
- Marin Caracatiță 1 March 2020 6 July 2020 PD/PDL
3 Ghiță Purcel 6 July 2020 4 January 2021 PNL
4 Peter Hop 4 January 2021 Incumbent PDL

Economy

The Municipality of Plușeni is a mainly urban area, and the economy of the region is based on industries (construction industry, food processing industry, automotive industry) and services (apartment leasing, retail, HoReCa, public transport), but the industrial products and services are available only for the plush toy citizens and are only for domestic use. In the region, most buildings and land are state-owned and rented to the individuals, enterprises and cooperatives, and most of the enterprises are privately-owned. The employment rate in the Bucharest Region is the highest in Plushunia (around 75%).

Geography and subdivisions

The Municipality of Plușeni has a small territory, only having a surface area of around 100 square meters. It is also the most populated municipality of Plushunia, with 181 inhabitants according to the 2020 local census. It is a primarily urban area, and, being located within an apartment block within the city of Bucharest, enjoys a controlled climate and a flat terrain, therefore it is excellent for the accommodation of the country's toy citizens and for the construction of apartment blocks specially built for the said citizens. It is divided in two sectors (each with their own Mayor), Unirea and Plușurilor, and one unincorporated territory, known as Outer Plușeni.

Subdivision
     - Sector

     - Unincorporated
territory

Population Area (square meters) Mayor
Unirea 116 ~3.5 Sylvester Plușeanu (PDL)
Plușurilor 61 ~2.5 Reginald Koenig (PC)
Outer Plușeni 4 ~110 Administrated by the Mayor of Plușeni