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, semi‑presidential constitutional republic
- President Juan Cisneros
- Prime Minister Babou Chkaya
Legislature Vergadering

Formation 15 September 2015

Area 3,859 km²
Population 74 (Mar. 2018)
Currency Occitanian Franc
State religion Violetism
Time zone (UTC -5) New Occitanian Granada
(UTC -4) Tagtabazar
(UTC 0) Highland
(UTC +1) All-Saints, Aragon, Babougrad, Bayarri, Lyudi, Maltemps, Medoc, Nata River, New-Ingolstadt, Oslovia, Palmola, Shalom, Three Flowers and Verd
(UTC +9) Himeji, Novo-Ivanovsk and Sezentrania

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] located all around the world, in the Midi, Iberian Peninsula, British Isles, Oslofjord, Honshu Island, Korean Peninsula, Bluegrass region, Mixedwood Plains and in the Venezuelan Coastal Range.

Occitania was created by Babou Chkaya on September 15, 2015. The federation was modeled on the USSR and included some territories. As time went, the UPO opened up on the outside world, expanded and changed its political model to arrive at the current model, create during the renovation of the political system campaign.

The micronation is an asymmetric federation, it means that the federal members (calls federal subject) have more or less autonomy, depending of their constitutional statutes. The federal subjects are grouped by "constituencies". Power is exercised by a President/Prime Minister duo. The first is elected directly by the people and exercises its prerogatives, the second is the leader of the legislative majority, together they create the government. The parliament, the Vergadering is the unicameral national legislature of Occitania, it passes all laws, write and amended the constitution and supervises the work of the government.

The Occitanian Commonwealth, a intergovernmental organisation where the members share strong diplomatic, historical, political or cultural ties with Occitania is the most important international organisation of the country. Occitania is also a full member of the GUM (since June 12, 2017), of the International Agricultural Development Pact and Observer of the MicroFrancophonie.

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

Communist era

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.

Desovietization

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. In the end of the year is launched the renovation of the political system campaign which changes the political model of micronation. During the December presidential election, Juan Cisneros is elected President of Occitania.

Government and politics

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Occitania is a federal, semi-presidential republic. The President of Occitania is elected by direct universal suffrage while the Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most seats in Parliament, the Vergadering. Together, they form a government. The President and the PM govern in a duet, each with its own prerogatives. In Occitania, there are two sources of laws, in the first place the Constitution which was voted by the people in a referendum. The other is named Codex Occitania, it is a compilation of all the federal laws of Occitania. The federal elements can also have their own local Codex, today only Tagtabazar has its own.

Government

In Occitania, every six monthes, the people elect their representatives during the legislative elections. The representatives seats in the Vergadering. After the legislative elections, the leader of the main parliamentary party is the Prime Minister.

The distribution of political power in Occitania is delegated. The President has de facto all the powers that he delegates to the Prime Minister and then to the government.

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.
  • 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.

Political parties

Party Name Emblem Leader(s) Position Seats in the Vergadering Governors Government Ambassadors
Melocoton Party (MOP) Mop.png Babou Chkaya Left-wing
4 / 6
11 / 22
6 / 13
1 / 4
Progressive Independent Party (PIP) PIP logo.png Juan Cisneros Social Democratic
2 / 6
4 / 22
2 / 13
2 / 4
Agrarian Socialism - Communist Party (AS-CP) Pc-ng.png Lorena Serantes Marxism-leninism, Agrarianism
0 / 6
0 / 22
2 / 13
1 / 4
Fighting Poland (FP) Fighting Poland.png Jakub Baran Polish nationalism, Centrism
0 / 6
1 / 22
1 / 13
0 / 4
Istum Party (IST) IstumPartyLogo.png Nicholas Randouler Right-wing
0 / 6
1 / 22
1 / 13
0 / 4

Independents/Others
N/A N/A N/A
0 / 6
5 / 22
1 / 13
0 / 4

Members of the Government

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.
Flag Federal Subject Code Foundation Area Pop. Macronation Governor
SvLuTUCR983N.png All-Saints MG-ST 1 March 2017 42m² 0 France Holy Violet Church
Araggggooon.png Aragon IB-AG 14 November 2015 964m² 0 Spain Marie Fabré (MOP)
Flag Oranje.png Babougrad MG-OJ 16 February 2016 46m² 2 France Babou Chkaya (MOP)
Dunsula.png Dunsula NW-DA 31 January 2018 4m² 1 USA Nicholas Randouler (IST)
OScotland.png Highland SE-HG 5 September 2016 0,020m² 0 United Kingdom Adélia Cerdan (MOP)
Himaji.png Luigi NW-HM 18 June 2017 470m² 7 Japan Vladimir Novikov (PIP)
2NFNFUF89F94658.png Lyudi MG-YD 17 February 2017 859m² 0 France Vacant
Maltemps.png Maltemps MG-MT 16 February 2016 224m² 0 France Ivanna Minaïeva (MOP)
Medoc.png Medoc MG-MD 7 May 2016 63m² 3 France Adélia Cerdan (MOP)
Nata river flag.png Nata River IB-RN 16 February 2016 246 m² 0 Spain Marie Fabré (MOP)
2016-07-28 194658.jpg New-Ingolstadt IB-IT 28 July 2016 302m² 0 Spain Vacant
C3So3wKm.png New Iustus NW-TS 25 March 2018 4m² 1 Canada Austin Jaax (PIP)
NOG.jpg New Occitanian Granada NW-NOG 14 March 2018 1m² 1 Colombia Vacant
2018-01-14 204421.jpg Novo-Ivanovsk NW-IK 14 January 2018 157m² 3 Japan Bill David (IND)
500px-Flag of Oslovia.svg.png Oslovia SE-OV 1 July 2017 10m² 1 Norway Jakub Baran (FP)
Palmola.png Palmola MG-PM 9 April 2016 52m² 1 France Marie Fabré (MOP)
SEZZ.png Sezentrania NW-SZ 19 October 2017 3m² 1 Korea Daniel Lee (MOP)
SvLuTUCR.jpg Soternes IB-BY 29 November 2016 96m² 2 Spain Lluís Esteve (PIP)
LOOKS2.png Shalom MG-SH 28 July 2016 31m² 3 France Ivanna Minaïeva (MOP)
Flag of Tagtabazar.png Tagtabazar NW-TZ 3 May 2017 100m² 2 Venezuela Juan Cisneros (PIP)
Cata.png Three Flowers IB-RTF 7 May 2016 375m² 14 Catalonia Vicent Branchadell (MOP)
TVerd2.png Verd MG-VD 28 July 2016 123m² 0 France Ivanna Minaïeva (MOP)

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

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

Occitania is a micronation of about 69 people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions. The last census was held in January 2018. The Occitanian Government creates official ethnic communities in order to promote culture and guarantee the representation of each community. Actually they are four ethnic communities, the Catalans who are the most populous ethnic group in Occitania with 23% of the total population, the French people with 18%, the Spaniards with 8,5% and the Latin Americans with 7,25%. There are other important communities in Occitania like the Japanese estimated between 8 and 15% but they do not yet have an official group.

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

The original culture of Occitania comes from Occitania's historic region, located in Western Europe but since its extension on four continents, the UPO has been enriched by many other local cultures.

Logo of The Red Cat, the Occitanian Skype Lounge

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.

Media

There are varios medias in the country. There are two newspapers: Al Occitania (private) and Watan. In addition, there are four television channels: TV OC, TV CAT, Al Occitania TV and the First Channel. The private media is managed by the Occitanian Media Group.

There are plans to launch a radio station.

Sports

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


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

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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