Poplar Nerva

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Republic of Poplar Nerva
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Coat of Arms

De praeteritis ad futura (From the past to the future)
North California, USA
Capital cityFord Island
Official language(s)English, Spanish
Official religion(s)Christianity
Short nameNerva
GovernmentUnitary Republic
- PremierPremier Jack of Nerva
Established30 May 2019
Area claimed0.5 Acres
CurrencyNervan Dollar ($) (NVD)
Time zoneUTC -08
National sportSwimming
National dishGrilled Salmon
National drinkTiger Beer
National animalSun Bear
Patron saintGeorge Gurry

The Republic of Poplar Nerva is a very small micronation off the coast of Northern California. It was founded on the 30 May 2019 by Premier Jack of Nerva as a micronation independent of the Commonwealth of Essexia. It was admitted into the Grand Unified Micronational as a provisional member on 11 January 2020.

The Legislative branch of the Government is currently suspended whilst COVID-19 is still a prominent threat. The Premier has emergency powers, and shall act on behalf of the HoC.


The name 'Poplar' derives from a plot of land in Danbury, Essex called as such, which Premier Jack had a long history of visiting, in addition to the tree. The name 'Nerva' was applied by the previous claimant of the area.


Nerva became independent from the Commonwealth of Essexia on 25 May 2019 after Parliament authorised the decolonisation of Essexia's Dominions. Premier Jack quickly and quietly claimed what had been Poplar Nerva, and founded the Republic.

By August 13, Premier Jack was able to reach Everest Base Camp, a success widely acclaimed in Essexia, and commemorated by Summit Day in Nerva.

On 19 October General Election, the first of its kind, Premier Jack won in a landslide. With 100% of the vote, he remained Premier.

Late November 2019 is referred to as the Erweiterung Period (German for Expansion, as much of Nerva's influence comes from Historic and Modern German culture) in which the micronation rapidly expanded in size, both in terms of population and in terms of recognised land (This was when the first post-independence map was created). In particular, the 27th November 2019 saw the establishment of the Territory Recognition Act 2019 (See geography for more). Premier Jack announced to the population on 27 November 2019 at 16:00 GMT that the micronation had ratified the Charter of the Grand Unified Micronational.

18 December 2019 saw the Constitution Act passed by the Government, which called for the creation of a Constitution within 6 months, in order to solidify the Government and its structure.

Gay and Straight marriages were officially legalised on 2 January 2020, as the Republican government sought to make the nation more diverse and accepting. Premier Jack released a statement on 3 January 2020 recognising that the US strike on Iranian figure Qasem Soleimani was uncalled for, but that it may have been necessary to prevent further suffering. His statement provided precedent for Poplar Nerva to follow a utilitarian form of ethics when it comes to both domestic and international affairs. The House of Constituencies voted to outlaw the sale of Raw Water in Nerva on 5 January 2020, due to health risks it imposes. It was also noted by some members of the House that the Government should consider similar bans on tobacco, nicotine, cigarettes and vaping, but no official bill was put forward towards this. Premier Jack released a brief statement on 10 January 2020, promoting the full decolonisation of Essexia, however this remained unrecognised by the latter. Poplar Nerva attended their first GUM quorum on 25 January 2020.

In March 2020, Poplar's borders were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On the 21st, further measures were put in place, such as the issuing of virtual information pamphlets.


The Republic of Nerva is a Presidential Republic, lead by a Premier (Equivalent of a President). There are three branches of the Nervan government:

The Legislative is made up of a unicameral house that creates laws and votes them into being, called the Hall of Constituencies (HoC). There is one Representative for each Constituency, who is voted for by the constituents of that area.

The Executive branch is led by the Premier, beneath which is the Deputy Premier (Often abbreviated to the Deputy). This branch carries out the laws that the HoC has passed.

The Judicial branch interprets these laws through the Supreme Court, beneath which is the Court of Appeals, beneath which is the Constituency Courts. Judges are elected by the Constituents for the Constituency Courts, by the Constituency Courts for the Court of Appeals, and chosen by the HoC for the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, and the Poplar legal system, were agreed to be made by the Poplar MLC on the 24th January 2020, alongside their current legal system project with another micronation.

Party Spectrum Leader Parliamentary seats Logo
Poplar Republican Party PRP Centre-right Premier Jack
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In an unprecedented move, the HoC volunteered by majority vote to suspend their legislative sittings to prevent the "unnecessary risk" of spreading COVID-19, on the 21st March 2020. Furthermore, before suspending the HoC, Representatives voted to enact a State of Emergency bill, placing the nation on a higher state of caution.


The PRP's stance is that they see no situation where they will need any effective military, seeing as the micronation is an Island. Either it will be left to it's devices, or should another Nation or organisation seek to take it, any fight that Nerva would put up would be effectively useless and only prolong an unnecessary conflict. Therefore, only the Ceremonial Republican Navy exists. The CRN allows Nerva to reap the rewards of an icon of strength and unity without having to invest in a useful show of force.

Ceremonial Republican Navy Vessels
Name Type Introduced Fate
CRNS Pacific Manned sailing vessel (2 Occupants) 5th April In service
CRNS Kiev RC Aircraft carrier 5th April In service


Nerva's prime culture outlet is 'The Nervan Guardian' magazine, run as a cooperative venture by the Dean Network. It covers topics from both Nerva and the wider micronational community, roughly once a month.


Map created 27 November 2019, under the Territory Recognition Act 2019.

Poplar Nerva is located off the coast of North-Eastern California. It features 4 constituencies and a co-administrative area.

Ford Island, originally Mecca Island when Nerva was an Essexian Dominion, was named after Chelmsford Conservative MP Vicky Ford for her contribution to Essexia and, therefore, Nerva. It is the capital Island, and features grassland on the East side, and sand and rocks on the West side. Rocks shield the Island from oncoming waves.

The Northern Territory is comprised of Poplar Island, Edward Rock to the North and William Rock to the East. Poplar Island is actually somewhat of two Islands, but for constituency simplicity they are named as one. They are mostly rocky but with some grass on the peaks.

The Eastern Territory, named the New Purleigh Archipelago, is a semi-permanent area of rocks between Ford and Poplar Island. It was kept as a constituency as under Dominionship they had been considered so.

The Southern Territory is the only full constituency that was added by the government following independence. It is comprised of three areas; Brent Rock to the West (Named after British comedian David Brent, who has featured prominently in Essexian popular culture entertainment), Whittingdale Rock in the middle (After Maldon Conservative MP John Whittingdale for his contributions to Essexian and Nervan development) and Cameron Rock in the East (After former British Prime Minister David Cameron for his historic influence on the people of Essexia).

Between Poplar Nerva and the United States of America lie 53 recognised pieces of landmass (Namely rocks) that Nerva wishes not to claim due to proximity issues and a lack of necessity. Therefore, these comprise a large area between the two nations referred to as a Co-administrative Area, which is represented in the HoC but in the interests of continued cooperation with the US.