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Popular Union of Occitania
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  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.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government and politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Law and Order
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Foreign Affairs
- 9 Transport
- 10 Culture
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.
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.
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.
Kambagrad is located in
the Lituanian city of Pasvalys
Monkey Bay is located in
the city of Gibraltar
|New-Ingolstadt||0||302m²||French, Spanish, German||Iberia||IT|
|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.
|Linden's Revised System of Classification|| 4.6 (2017)|
|Matthew's Democracy System of classification|| 4.25 (2017)|
|Dresner's System of Classification|| 4.4 (2017)|
|Party Name||Emblem||Short Name||Leader(s)||Position||Colours||Seats in the Vergadering||Governors||Government||Ambassadors|
|Union Pabliste (FR)
Pablistas Union (EN)
|UP||Jorge de Antillón||Right-center||Orange|
|Parti des Industriels et des Paysans (FR)
Party of Industrialists and Peasants (EN)
|PIP||Juan Cisneros||Social Democratic||Orange|
|Parti Communiste-Nationaliste Galicien (FR)
Communist-Galician Nationalist Party (EN)
|PCNG||Lorena Serantes||Marxism-leninism, Galician nationalism||Red|
|Parti de l'Union de la Droite (FR)
United Right Party (EN)
|Batttons Nous Pologne (FR)
Fighting Poland (EN)
|FP||Jakub Baran||Polish nationalism, Centrism||Red|
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.
- 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
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 :
- INSO: national security alert system (occitanian DEFCON)
- Weather Alert
- Tseva Adom - national siren system
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.
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.
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.
There are two natonal roads in Occitania :
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.
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.
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.
The Occitanian Football Team represents Occitania in the football's world.
Events organized in Occitania
|2015,2016||Slavic Music Festival|
|2016||Microvision||2/9||Ex æquo with Antares|
|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|
|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|
The Popular Union of Occitania has a postal company : Correoc.
Orders, decorations, and medals
In the Press
- "Entre folklore et géopolitique, les micronations francophones se réunissent", Le Figaro, Retrieved 29 September 2016