Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas

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Pontunia

Herzogen Puntuniaska-Maerpos (pon)
Duché de Pontchartrain-Maurepas (fr)
Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas
Motto(s): 
Tu es Tutus
(Latin: "You are safe")
“Let the Good Times Roll” (tourism)
Anthem: God Save Our Blessed Duke
Ducal Residence
Ducal Residence
Sovereign stateFlag of Austenasia.png Austenasia
Establishment12 January 2020
Boundaries defined2 September 2020
Austenasian Crown Dependency27 October 2020
Administrative seatDucal Residence
Largest cityLafeniere Park
Official languagesEnglish, French, Pontunian
Ethnic groups
German, Italian, English, Swedish, Arab
Religion
Roman Catholicism
(12/1/2020-2/1/2021)
Arbyism
Demonym(s)Pontunian
GovernmentClient Duchy of Austenasia
• Imperator
Jonathan I
• Duke
Andrew I
• Heir apparent
Eric I, Lord of the Floridian March
• Prime Minister
Leif Olsen
LegislatureHochkouncil
Area
• Total
0.632 km2 (0.244 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
20 residents, 57 total citizens
CurrencyUS Dollar (USD $),
de facto;
Dukaten (DKN Đ),
de jure
Time zoneUS Central Time
(UTC-6)
Date formatMM-DD-YYYY
Driving sideright


Pontunia, officially the Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, is a Crown Dependency of the Empire of Austenasia comprised of thirteen residential properties and two public parks declared independent from Metairie, Louisiana under the leadership of Duke Andrew I.

Etymology

Pontchartrain and Maurepas are the names of two lakes situated to the north of Pontunia, which upon its creation in January 2020 was founded with the name "Pontchartrain-Maurepas". The shorter name "Pontunia" was soon derived from this as a nickname. Etymologies retrospectively assigned to Pontunia alone include the Greek primordial deity of the sea Pontus, or the Latin pōns ("bridge") in reference to the nearby Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. When annexed by Austenasia, the Crown Dependency was officially named Pontunia, but it is known by its full name of Pontchartrain-Maurepas locally in official contexts.

History

On 12 January 2020, Andrew Perdomo, inspired after learning about the micronations of Molossia and Sealand, signed a Declaration of Independence to “preserve the culture and beauty of Southern Louisiana”, and became Duke of Pontchartrain-Maurepas, with his father Eric Perdomo, Lord of the Floridian March, as his regent. However, the Regency was abolished shortly afterwards on the 16th after a committee of vassals debated Andrew I’s minority, and decided that Andrew was not incapable of ruling and therefore did not require a regency. Eric was named heir apparent.

The Duchy had been founded with vague territorial claims, ill-defined other than a plan for an optimum future extent. On 2 September, the actual territorial extent of the Duchy was defined, with the name of the Ducal Domain. Shortly after this, a communist insurrection broke out against the ducal government, but was successfully quashed on 7 October.

The Duchy then began attempting to search for allies, and decided to enter the sphere of influence of the Empire of Austenasia. Discussions were initiated between Andrew I and Austenasian Emperor Jonathan I, and by 23 October, Pontunia had effectively become an Austenasian Crown Dependency, formally being annexed as such on the 27th later that month. On November 28th, a second crisis rose from the power vacuum due to the reformation of the Regency, though the Duke was reinstated by the 30th. The First Pontunia Day was held on 12 January 2021, alongside the formation of the Cult of the Hidden Arby’s, a religion based on Arby’s, the restaurant chain famous for its roast beef, with the Duke made Ecumenical Meatriarch.

Government and politics

As a Crown Dependency of Austenasia, absolute power over Pontunia lies with the Austenasian Throne and is held and exercised on behalf of the Emperor by his governing commissioner, the Duke. However, despite the Duke holding this authority as a reserve power, the Duchy of Pontchartrain-Maurepas functions domestically as a constitutional monarchy, with the Duke having executive leadership and the ability to promulgate and pass legislation in conjunction with the National Assembly.

The National Assembly is the legislature of the Duchy, comprised of the House of Commons and the House of Nobles. Bills introduced to the National Assembly must pass though both houses with a 51% percent majority before being either signed or vetoed by the Duke; afterwards, they are voted on in the High Court of the Duchy before becoming law.

Political parties

Pontunia is a unitary semi-presidential constitutional monarchy, but most political institutions are on hold due to an emergency assumption of power by the Duke as of December 10.

Law and order

The Pontunian police was formed on 19 January 2020 in response to instances of cyber-crime. It is predominantly an organization to keep tabs on civilians. Prior to becoming a Crown Dependency, Pontunia claimed the right to administer the death penalty with ducal approval. The Duchy nominally threatens castration as an equivalent to capital punishment.

Foreign relations and defence

As a Crown Dependency, Austenasia is responsible for the official diplomatic representation of Pontunia abroad, although the Duke retains a significant de facto role in promoting the foreign interests of the Duchy. Pontunia is claimed by the micronation British West Florida, a situation which has led to concern in Pontunia about prospective British Floridian action to enforce their claim. This is referred to as the Covington Question in the Duchy, and contributed to the decision of Pontunia to enter the Austenasian sphere of influence for defensive purposes.

The Pontunian military functions independently from the Austenasian Armed Forces, although the latter are ultimately responsible for the defence of the Duchy, though the Pontunian Military has significant political influence The Army is not a standing army, but called upon in times of need. It is divided into two divisions: Division I “Bayou Battlers” and Division II “Ragin Cajuns”. The Navy is comprised of 10 civilian speedboats, and a rowboat. The Air Force is a work in progress, but includes paper airplanes to annoy invaders. All weapons are nerf guns and wooden batons. The Army got involved with a rebel cell in Mandeville.


Geography, territory and climate

Pontunia is mostly flat and built on drained swamp: the city of New Orleans is below sea level. The climate is subtropical and warm most of the year.

Name Flag Emblem Local Leader Population
Ducal Domain
Ducal Residence Pontuniaflag.png [[File:|50px]] Andrew I of Pontchartrain-Maurepas 4
Switzerland-On-Esplanade Switzerland on Esplanade.png 50px Andrew I of Pontchartrain-Maurepas 5
Marches
Girard-Bissonet Flag of Girard-Bissonet.png 50px Leif Olsen 0
Lafeniere Flag of Lafeniere.png 50px Robert Perdomo 0
The Strip [[|70px|border]] Andrew I 4
Woodspring Woodspring.jpg 50px Council of The North 5
New Cathay 70px 50px Andronicus I 0
Outlying Territories
Gulf Islands Territorial Administration GITAflag.png 50px Council of The Gulf 9

Economy

The Dukaten is pegged at a 2:1 ratio to the US Dollar and a 1:1.54 ratio to the Pound Sterling, the currency of Austenasia.

Culture and media

The Nerf gun named the Knockout is termed the Pontus in the nation. The Duke is fluent in English, Castilian Spanish and Latin and plays piano And is involved in Shōrin-ryū Karate. Many Hollywood films are shot in Pontunia. Pontunia has US television and cable, and no restrictions on censorship are in place. There is a playlist of songs named Andrew’s Speed Machine, of which citizens are required to approve as a condition of their citizenship. American Football is the national sport.

The citizens of Pontunia are avid consumers and capitalist, with the belief of “laissez le bon temps rouler“ (French for “let the good times roll“) predominant. Life is somewhat indulgent, but moderation still exists.

Typical music of the area includes jazz and zydeco. The National Dance is called “bōenska”, or Quarterstaff Dance. It also functions as a martial art of sorts, and is taught to the army, as well as privately.

Communism is suppressed, but has a mild impact.

See also