Popular Union of Occitania

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Not to be confused with Occitania, historical region in southern Europe and Occitanie, administrative region of France.

Popular Union of Occitania

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Coat of arms

Motto
Casa dividida es casa perdida
Spanish: Divided house is lost house

Anthem
The People's Parade
National Anthem

Map of the union

Capital cities Babougrad
Largest city Three Flowers (by population)
Aragon (by size)
Official language (s) None
English Spanish and French (Working languages)
Eleven others local languages
Demonym Occitanian
Ethnic groups 28% Catalans
22.8% French People
10.5% Spainards
9% Latin Americans
29.7% Others

Government Federal, Parliamentary republic with an executive president elected by a parliament.
- President Babou Chkaya
Legislature Vergadering

Formation 15 September 2015

Area 4,302 km²
Population 58 (2017)
Currency Occitanian Franc
State religion Violetism
Time zone (UTC -4) Tagtabazar
(UTC 0) Highland
(UTC +1) All-Saints, Aragon, Babougrad, Bayarri, Carpetania, Lyudi, Maltemps, Medoc, Monkey Bay, Nata River, New-Ingolstadt, Oslovia, Palmola, Shalom, Three Flowers and Verd
(UTC +2) Novolitova and Kambagrad
(UTC +9) Himeji

This nation is a member of the International Agricultural Development Pact, of the GUM and observer member of the MicroFrancophonie.

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Occitania, officially the Popular Union of Occitania and also known by the acronym UPO, is a self-declared independent nation-state, commonly qualified to a micronation by foreign observers [1] based in Europe and located all around the world (France, Spain, United Kingdom, Lituania, Norway, Japan, Venezuela and Gibraltar).

The micronation is an asymmetric federation, it means that the federal members (calls federal subject) have more or less autonomy, depending of their statutes. The federal subjects are grouped by "constituencies". Each of them elects one representant to the national parliament : the Vergadering. In Occitania, the parliament is the legislative and the excutive power, because the president is elected by him.

Etymology

Occitania is a mixture of two words. "Occ-", comes from the surname of the occitan language calls "lenga d'òc" (language of oc). "-itània" means "land of' in latin.

History

The Popular Union of Occitania was found on September 15, 2015

The first territories were located in France, and northern Spain. The first elections were held in November 2015 and saw President Babou Chkaya elected. The micronation then took the form of a communist state. The micronation has made its first activities in the "MicroCommunity" on Twitter. On April 1, 2016 two mexican micronation made a coup d'état but it failed because of the international trust and support to the Chkaya's presidency. A few days later, new territories in France and Catalonia joined the union. In June 2016, Occitania made peace with the former opponents during the attempted coup. On August 4, 2016 was created the Occitanian Agency for International Development (OAID), marking the beginning of a national solidarity policy. During the general election of November 22, 2016 who were the first open-election, Chkaya was reelected with 68% of the votes. On February 8 2017, a new territory in Lituania joined Occitania.

In March 2017 begin the "desovietization process" who means new policy of international opening, new national symbols, constitution and democracy. On May 3, the Republic of Tagtabazar located in Venezuela joined the union. On the second open-election, the Chkaya's coalition wins with 76% of the votes. Then new federal states joined the union : Himeji located in Japan on June 18, Oslovia(Norway) and Monkey Bay (Gibraltar) on July 1st. On July 16, Occitania joined the Grand Unified Micronational, who is an intermicronational organisation based on the MicroWiki community. In the end of this month is founded the Occitanian Commonwealth.

Geography

Federal Subjects

The union is divided into four federal subjects system:

  • State: classical federal subject, administered by a governor or by the Vergadering appointed by the president. It has autonomy in the the sectors of culture, economy, agriculture, resources, and justice. Indeed, each governor can, by decree, enrich a local codex.
  • Federal City: federal subject, governed by the President of Occitania
  • Republic: federal subject administered by a governor elected by the local population. His term of office is six months. It has autonomy in all sectors. Each governor may, by decree, enrich a local codex. Recognition of a local identity. The powers of the Union in the republics are tied to diplomacy and military matters.
  • Sanctuary: federal subject governed by a religious authority.
Picture Map Name Population Superficy Local language(s) Constituency Code
States
800px-IPHONE308 49MINI.jpg 2017-07-23 200853.png Araggggooon.png Aragon 0 964m² Spanish Iberia AG
2017-07-09 190933.png 2017-07-23 204559.png 53p0LJUy.jpg Carpetania 2 91m² Spanish Iberia CA
Highland.jpg 2017-07-23 205518.png OScotland.png Highland 0 0,020m² English Septemtrio HG
Himeji.png 2017-07-23 204800.png Himaji.png Himeji 4 470m² Japanese New World HM
Pasvalys, riboženklis.JPG
Kambagrad is located in
the Lituanian city of Pasvalys
2017-07-23 205940.png FlagKambagrad.png Kambagrad 1 ~120m² Lithuanian Septemtrio KG
Bois-de-limayrac-toulouse.jpg 2017-07-23 205010.png 2NFNFUF89F94658.png Lyudi 0 859m² French Midi-Gironde YD
2017-07-09 173845.png 2017-07-23 205010.png Maltemps.png Maltemps 0 224m² French, Occitan Midi-Gironde MT
2017-07-09 181952.png 2017-07-23 205654.png Medoc.png Medoc 3 063m² French, Spanish Midi-Gironde MD
Tvyvy3.jpg
Monkey Bay is located in
the city of Gibraltar
2017-07-23 210333.png MonkeyBat.png Monkey Bay 0 33m² English Iberia KY
337px-IPHONE308 492MINI.jpg 2017-07-23 200853.png Nata river flag.png Nata River 0 246m² Spanish Iberia RN
800px-IPHONE308 487MINI.jpg 2017-07-23 200853.png 2016-07-28 194658.jpg New-Ingolstadt 0 302m² French, Spanish, German Iberia IT
450px-MAP453PPPYPMINI.jpg 2017-07-23 205940.png Flag of the Novolitova.svg.png Novolitova 0 120m² Lithuanian Septemtrio NL
Osloviaa.jpg 2017-07-23 205241.png 500px-Flag of Oslovia.svg.png Oslovia 1 10m² Norwegian, Polish Septemtrio OV
2017-07-09 173535.png 2017-07-23 205010.png Palmola.png Palmola 1 052m² French, Spanish Midi-Gironde PM
20170705 184818.jpg 2017-07-23 205010.png LOOKS2.png Shalom 3 031m² French, Hebrew Midi-Gironde SH
Territories
PVERD.jpg 2017-07-23 205010.png TVerd.jpg Verd 0 123m² French, Occitan Midi-Gironde VD
Federal Cities
2017-07-23 211352.png 2017-07-23 205010.png Flag Oranje.png Babougrad 2 046m² French, Afrikaans Midi-Gironde OJ
Republics
2017-07-23 210854.png Flag of Tagtabazar.png Tagtabazar 2 100m² Spanish New World TZ
2017-07-19 174615.png 2017-07-23 210452.png Cata.png Three Flowers 14 308m² Catalan Iberia RTF
Autonomous Oblasts
2017-07-23 210405.png SvLuTUCR.jpg Bayarri 2 96m² Catalan Iberia BY
Sanctuaries
20170621 100230.jpg 2017-07-23 205010.png SvLuTUCR983N.png All-Saints 0 42m² French Midi-Gironde ST

Google Earth Map

Tourism

Occitania is one of the most visited micronations. Only three federal subjects are opened for tourism : Nata River Oblast, Autonomous Aragon Oblast and Kraï of Lyudi. They are all in free access.

Federal Subject Attendance
Nata River Oblast ~30
Autonomous Aragon Oblast ~10
Kraï of Lyudi ~ 10.000

Government and politics

The occitanian politic life is dominated by Esquerra! but the new small parties play an important role.

Name Index
Linden's Revised System of Classification 4.6 (2017)
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Matthew's Democracy System of classification 4.25 (2017)
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Dresner's System of Classification 4.4 (2017)
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Party Name Emblem Short Name Leader(s) Position Colours Seats in the Vergadering Governors Government Ambassadors
Esquerra! 2017-05-14 181417.png EQ! Babou Chkaya Left-wing Pink
2 / 4
13 / 21
5 / 11
1 / 4
Union Pabliste (FR)
Pablistas Union (EN)
Q2k3eEgzNbf .jpeg UP Jorge de Antillón Right-center Orange
0 / 4
1 / 21
1 / 11
0 / 4
Parti des Industriels et des Paysans (FR)
Party of Industrialists and Peasants (EN)
PIP logo.png PIP Juan Cisneros Social Democratic Orange
1 / 4
2 / 21
1 / 11
1 / 4
Parti Communiste-Nationaliste Galicien (FR)
Communist-Galician Nationalist Party (EN)
Pc-ng.png PCNG Lorena Serantes Marxism-leninism, Galician nationalism Red
0 / 4
0 / 21
1 / 11
1 / 4
Parti de l'Union de la Droite (FR)
United Right Party (EN)
United Right Party logo.png URP Edwin Farrar Right-wing Blue
0 / 4
1 / 21
0 / 11
0 / 4
Batttons Nous Pologne (FR)
Fighting Poland (EN)
Fighting Poland.png FP Jakub Baran Polish nationalism, Centrism Red
0 / 4
1 / 21
1 / 11
0 / 4

Independents
N/A IND N/A N/A Grey
1 / 4
4 / 21
2 / 11
1 / 4

Government

In Occitania, every six monthes, the people elect their representatives by constituency. The representatives seats in the Vergadering. After the parliamentary elections, the deputies elects the President.

The President is the leader of the parliamentarian majority and the head of the government. He chooses his ministers. He is also the chief of armies and Primate of the Holy Violet Church.

Ministries

  • Agriculture - responsible for the production, marketing, processing and merchandising of agricultural products and food.
  • Catalan minority - responsible for ensuring respect for and promotion of the Catalan minority.
  • Culture and Sports - in charge of national museums and monuments; promoting and protecting the arts (visual, plastic, theatrical, musical, dance, architectural, literary, televisual and cinematographic) in Occitania and abroad; and managing the national archives. The Ministry of Culture is also charged with maintaining the national identity.
  • Education and Science - responsible of the education and the inovation, sciences and nature.
  • French minority- responsible for ensuring respect for and promotion of the French minority.
  • International negotiations - responsible of the diplomacy and international discussions and negociations.
  • Konstitusievoog - responsible of the application of the constitution and the constitutionality of the laws voted.
  • Medias and Telecommunication - responsible of the national telecommunication and public medias.
  • Opposition - represents the main opposition party in the government, to guarantee the democracy of the country.
  • Spaniard minority - responsible for ensuring respect for and promotion of the Spainard minority.

Members of the Government

Economy

The occitanian economy is broadly-based on the agriculture.

Law and Order

The Civil Guard is the law enforcement agency in the Popular Union of Occitania. The Civil Guard is in charge of investigations, road traffic and behavior monitoring. The security and the defense is in charge of the Occitania Self-Defense Forces. The Okhrana is the occitanian intelligence agency. Each federal subject is competent in criminal matters. Local judges appointed by the governors set penalties according to case law. The Federal Court of Babougrad is competent for web-crimes.

Occitania has set up three civil protection services :

Demographics

Population

There is 58 Occitanians. The most populated federal subject is Three Flowers. The state recognize four ethnic groups, the Catalans (28%), the French People (22.8%), the Spainards (10.5%) and the Latin Americans (9%). The other Occitanias (29.7%) belong to smaller ethnic groups. One can become occitanian by completing a form.

Number of Occitanian citizens by country


Language

The constitution recognize two groups of languages, first the "administrative and official" who are French, language of the first territories and Afrikaans which is promoted by the Chkaya administration as lingua franca without political stance. This language was chosen because Afrikaans is described by several linguists and media as a language "easy to learn and understand". The other group ("official") is the spoken languages in the others territories : Catalan, Occitan, and Spanish. Despite the fact that there is no status, the English language is used by the Vergadering and ministries.

Foreign Affairs

The Popular Union of Occitania has a rather open diplomatic policy, relations are made on a case by case basis and there are no restrictions, except with the virtual micronations. Occitania has opened more than fifty diplomatic relations. The UPO is an active member several international organization, including the GUM, the IADP and the MicroFrancophonie. There is also an Occitanian Commonwealth who gathers micronations sharing strong diplomatic, historical, political or cultural ties with the Popular Union of Occitania. Around the world, Occitania has three embassies, in Spain, United States and Venezuela.

The occitanian neutrality is included in its constitution.

Transport

Roads

There are two natonal roads in Occitania :

Culture

Music

Occitania encourages the creation and the music distribution. The country participates twice in the Microvision Song Festival (based on the Eurovision Song Contest) (in 2016, 2017) and finished twice in second place,despite being the most viewed videos of the competition. Since 2016, each year a national concert is created to elect the Occitania song for the Microvision. TV OC as also broadcast some musical programs such as the Slavic Music Festival or the Concert for Ukraine.

Occitanian countryball

The national tree is the yuca.

Religion

According to the censuses, more than 90% of the Occitanians are believers. ​Despite this fairly large percentage, the government's social policy focuses on difference and minorities. The national religion is Violetism. Christians (especially Roman Catholics) are the largest religious community in the country. There are also Orthodox in Occitania. There is a small Jewish community in Occitania located in the State of Shalom.

Medias

There are five medias in the country, all members of Occitanian Media Group. The national TV channel is TV OC. The national news website is Occitania Herald. There is also a public television channel and a radio station, which are under development.

Sports

The Occitanian Football Team represents Occitania in the football's world.

Events organized in Occitania

Year Events
2015,2016 Slavic Music Festival

Occitanian results

Year Event Ranking Notes
2016 Microvision 2/9 Ex æquo with EQli KAD 400x400.png Antares
2017 Microvision 2/14

Holidays

Name Date Notes
New Year 1 January Nonworking day
Day of universal peace 9 January Begin of persecution against Nougara
Yom HaShoah 20 May 2017 Moment of silence ( Working Day )
International Workers' Day 1 May Nonworking day
Peace days 8-9 May Nonworking day
Europe day May Nonworking day
Oradour's day 10 June Moment of silence ( Working Day )
People's Army days 17 and 18 July Nonworking day
Albigensian's day 1 August Moment of silence ( Working Day )
Mother violet day 4 August Celebration of the violet god/Nonworking day
Day of the Catalan brothers 11 September Nonworking day (except in Three Flowers)
Catalonian day 11 September Nonworking day (only in Three Flowers)
National Day 15 September Nonworking day
Revelation Day 6 November Revelation of the Holy Violet Church/Nonworking day

Mourning Days

Date(s) Cause
26 and 27 July 2016 2016 Normandy church attack
12, 13 and 14 December 2016 Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral bombing
30 June 2017 Death of Simone Veil
18 August 2017 2017 Barcelona attack

Post

The Popular Union of Occitania has a postal company : Correoc.

Orders, decorations, and medals

In the Press

  1. "Entre folklore et géopolitique, les micronations francophones se réunissent", Le Figaro, Retrieved 29 September 2016