Kingdom of Aspen

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Aspen Cross Flag.jpeg
Flag
Aspen Minor Arms.jpeg
Coat of arms
Motto: 
Liberty - Equality - Justice
CapitalWilliamsburg
Official languagesEnglish
Recognised national languagesWelsh
Demonym(s)Aspen
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
King James
Thomas Bainbridge
LegislatureNational Assembly
Independence from Virginia
• Declaration of Independence
28 November 2018
• Current constitution
8 October 2020
Area
• Total
0.032 km2 (0.012 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
3
CurrencyAspen Dollar
Time zoneEST
GMT
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy;
Driving sideright

The Kingdom of Aspen, more commonly known as Aspen, is an unrecognized territorial entity that claims to be a sovereign state, more commonly referred to as a micronation, in southeast Virginia. The Kingdom of Aspen declared independence from the Commonwealth of Virginia on 27 November 2018[a], drafting its first constitution the next day.

Aspen is composed of a number of regional authorities, colloquially known as provinces, that have nominal self governance. These regional authorities are located primarily in mainland North America, however, there are exceptions such as the Welsh Regional Authority which is located in Great Britain.

The culture of the Kingdom of Aspen is very diverse, with many cultural and political influences from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Aspen is officially secular, although there was previously a state church, it had very little influence on politics and government until it was abolished in early 2020.

Etymology

The name Aspen originates from the name Aspendale, the name for a town created on a minecraft server by King James and his brother.

History

The Kingdom of Aspen was founded on 27 November 2018 by current King, James II, as the Aspen Empire. Before this Aspen was the name of a nation created in a minecraft server by James II and his brother.

Pre-foundation

Aspen was established in June of 2016 as the town of Aspendale by reigning monarch James II and his brother as a town on a minecraft towny server. This era, known as the Towny era, was characterized by semi-simulationist philosophy as opposed to the Secessionist philosophy present in Aspen today.

Under the towny era, the government functioned very differently, the monarch was the absolute ruler of Aspensale and there was no formal written constitution, much of this government is lost to time as records of Aspen were not kept pre-foundation.

Due to the simulationist nature of the towny era and the general pre-foundation period, the government of Aspen does not recognize 2016 as the official foundation year.

The First Empire and Collapse

The First Empire was partially inspired by Cai O’Gorman, a friend of the reigning monarch, who had advertised his micronation on a discord server. This started what was known as the transitional period. The transitional period was characterized by the introduction of Aspen to Microwiki and the micronational community as a whole.

The First Aspen Empire was established on 27 November 2018 by reigning monarch James II. A charter was officially drafted the next day which outlined the fundamental principles of the Aspen Government and the strict adherence to democracy and other liberal ideology. The First Nations to adopt full diplomacy with Aspen were Pazistan and Misberia.

Throughout the early days of the Aspen Empire, many of the citizens were people that had joined from the towny server, as well as some personal friends of the reigning monarch. In early December, the second constitution was approved, this document was heavily inspired by the Imperial German Constitution and allocated a number of powers to the monarch.

The second constitution lasted until February when the Aspen-Misberian Empire was established by Treaty. Prior to its creation, Aspen and Misberia had become very close allies, and it was by mutual agreement that the two nations should join together. This created a Diarchy with the King of Misberia and the Aspen Emperor as diarchs, in theory both diarchs were equal in power and both nations had heavy autonomy, but in practice the Aspen government attempted to force dominance over the Misberian government. The dissatisfaction with the attempted dominance over government affairs by the Aspen Empire, the Kingdom of Mibseria declared independence.

After the dissolution of Aspen-Misberia, dissatisfaction with how the situation was handled led to many viewing the monarchy and political corruption as responsible and created the Aspen Republic. The Republic was originally supported by the monarch who had agreed that the will of the people should be respected, however, upon abdication, the president of the republic assumed near-dictatorial powers over the government which led to the Aspen Civil War. The monarchists were eventually successful against the republicans which led to the creation of a crowned republic.

Although peace was achieved after the civil war, the post-war population never recovered and slowly the territories of the Empire were consolidated until they became defunct and Aspen became “An Empire without a state, and a people without a nation.” this, and a number of other factors, led to the dissolution of the First Empire on 25 June 2019.

After the collapse, the monarch created a number of micronations, usually lasting for just over a month before they too collapsed, most notably is Appalachia which, although initially successful, became politically corrupt and was transferred to Thomas Bainbridge as King of Appalachia.

Establishment of the Kingdom and Renaissance

The Second Aspen Empire was established on 9 June 2020 at the urging of a number of friends, this second Empire returned stability to Aspen and the population began to grow. Although slowly, the population slowly grew to its pre-dissolution level.

On 7 October 2020 the government enacted the October Reforms, a set of reforms that restructured the Aspen Empire into a new Kingdom of Aspen. This created a number of new institutions, the National Assembly was created upon the merger of the House of Commons and House of Lords, the cabinet was reformed into the Council of Ministers.

Geography

The Kingdom of Aspen is located primarily within the borders of the Commonwealth of Virginia. the Kingdom is located at the crossroads of the Elizabeth River and the James River known as the Hampton Roads[1].

The total area of the Kingdom of Aspen is approximately 0.36 square kilometers.

Location

The Kingdom of Aspen is located in the tidewater region of southern Virginia at roughly 37 degrees latitude and 76 degrees longitude. This location presents a variety of unique opportunities for trade and commerce as it is close to many sources of salt water fish, in particular, crabs, which have a unique place among Aspen’s local fishing market.

Aspen is located near many early colonial landmarks, including the Jamestown settlement, as well as the site of the first contact between the English and the Powhatan at Kecoughtan. Also near to Aspen is Williamsburg, the historic capital of the Virginia Colony and the de jure capital of the Kingdom of Aspen. Other historical sites near to the Kingdom are Fort Monroe and Yorktown battlefield.

Climate

The Climate majority of the Kingdom of Aspen has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The humid climate, combined with ample sunlight in the spring and summer make the kingdom an excellent site for growing certain crops such as cotton, tobacco, corn, and peanuts.[2]

Climate map of Virginia

Aspen has a humid subtropical climate, with an average summer high of 80F and average winter lows around 40F [3] The average year round precipitation is around 3 inches.

The Kingdom of Aspen experiences severe weather often in the summer, this is owed to its location near the Atlantic Ocean where it is susceptible to hurricanes. The Kingdom of Aspen also experiences floods during the spring and early summer, and averages around seven tornadoes annually. [4]

Politics

The Kingdom of Aspen is a unitary state under a constitutional monarchy, though regional authorities may be granted some devolved powers. The current monarch is James II, King of the Aspens who serves as head of state of the Kingdom of Aspen.

Government

The Aspen Empire has a parliamentary system of government, which until the October reforms of 2020 was based on the westminster model. The current government is centered around the unicameral National Assembly. The National Assembly is composed of a number of elected for a term of one year through the single transferable vote system.

The National Assembly elects the Chairman of the Council of Ministers also known as the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister serves as head of government and is usually the leader of the largest party in the National Assembly (Thomas Bainbridge from the Liberal Monarchist Party since September 2020). The Prime Minister appoints the members of the Council of Ministers ho are formally appointed by the monarch and confirmed by the National Assembly. Though the monarch has extensive de jure powers over the executive branch, the monarch usually respects the government’s decisions.

The Council of Ministers is normally appointed from the largest party or coalition in the National Assembly. Executive power is exercised jointly by the members of the Council of Ministers, however, preeminent power over executive decisions is vested in the prime minister. Ministers are appointed to oversee a particular institution of the government, including home affairs, finances, foreign affairs, and justice.

The National Assembly is elected in a free, general, and direct election, and for this purpose the Kingdom of Aspen is divided into a number of constituencies, each one sending three Assembly Members. General elections are required to occur at a fixed interval of one year, but the Prime Minister may request that the monarch call a general election, or a general election may be called at the request of three fifths of the members of the National Assembly.

Since the October reforms, the Liberal Monarchist Party has evolved into the dominant political party in the Kingdom of Aspen. There are a number of other parties that participate in general elections, including the Aspen Labour Party, the Aspen Conservative Party, and a number of smaller parties.

Regional Authorities

For purposes of regional administration the Kingdom of Aspen is divided into a number of Regional authorities which exercise a variety of devolved powers. Each regional authority is led by a First Minister who is appointed by the crown to oversee the various functions of government.

Powers of the Regional Authorities are often left to matters of education, health, and local services, but the Instrument of Government does not explicitly state the powers of the regional authorities, only that the powers of the regional assemblies may not conflict with the powers of the national government.

Law and Justice

The Kingdom of Aspen has a legal system is a hybrid of common law and civil law principles, where although statutes define the law, the law is left up to the interpretation of judges based on precedent and facts before a judgement can be served. The court of the Kingdom of Aspen is divided into three tiers, the General Court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Aspen is not a separate branch of the national government, instead the powers of the Supreme Court are vested in the National Assembly, which may call a National Tribunal to review cases.

The Minister of Justice is responsible for administering the justice system throughout the kingdom, and may appoint an attorney-general to represent the national government in the National Tribunal.

Foreign Relations

The Kingdom of Aspen has been engaging in diplomatic affairs since its inception on the 27th of November, 2018. The first nations Aspen reached out to were Misberia and Pazistan. these two nations have retained their relationship with Aspen and are considered to be Aspen's closest allies, Misberia in particularly has been considered to be a "sister nation" to Aspen.

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National Symbols

Current Flag of the Kingdom of Aspen


The Kingdom of Aspen has a number of national symbols, these include the national flag and coat of arms. The first Aspen Flag was created on November 30th 2018 and used a maroon and gold vertical bicolor with a black eagle in the center, since this flag, all other flags have been bicolor flags with the notable exception of the tricolor which was used between 7 June 2020 and 10 October 2020. The current Aspen flag is a maroon and gold bicolor with a white cross. The cross as a symbol of Aspen became prominent after the second redesign introduced a white and black cross with a shield emblazoned with an eagle in the center of the cross.

Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Aspen

The Coat of Arms is also prominently displayed, the Coat of arms appears on a number of government documents and is composed of a gules shield emblazoned with a lion rampant and pearl. The colors red, white, and gold are very prominent in Aspen symbols as the colors of the Royal House of Aspen, the red symbolizes bravery, valor and liberty, gold symbolizes courage and justice, while white symbolizes purity and equality.

Other national symbols include the Aspen eagle which appears on a number of government logos, the eagle was Aspen’s first national symbol, and is still used as a symbol of the Aspen monarchy and government.

See also

Commonwealth of Pazistan
Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall
Misberian Confederacy
Constitution of the Aspen Empire
Prime Minister of the Aspen Empire
Council of Ministers (Aspen)
National Assembly (Aspen)

Notes

  1. The original Aspen Charter serves as both the founding document and the Declaration of Independence

References

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