Principality of Monovia
Principality of Monovia
Motto: Lux in obscuritate conferri
May light be bestowed in times of darkness
Anthem: To my country, pledged am I
Sheffield, United Kingdom
|Establishment||25 April 2011|
The Principality of Monovia, commonly known as Monovia, was a micronation, protected state of Abelden, and a part of Empire of Nedlando-Khorașan's Commonwealth realm. It is a former protected state of Austenasia and a khanate in Nedland, and is located in the South of Sheffield, in Northern England.
The Monovish government had a very close relationship with Austenasia. Centuria III Monoviae was a Monovish unit in the Austenasian Army and it was under orders to protect Monovia and its government (Monovia does not posses it's own armed forces). The Austenasian Emperor himself had the sole right to chose the Monovish monarch before Nedland annexed Monovia. However, in 2016, Monovia relieved itself of protectorate status, and entered a state of inactivity. Several months afterward, NG offered Fitzpatrick the chance to become part of Nedland, and he accepted. However, due to the dissolution of Nedland, Monovia became independent and Abelden has since returned Monovia to the same state that it was during the Austenasian period, although it does not partake in any of the activities in the government of Monovia. This annexation however was repudiated in December 2020, with the former Prince abolishing his title and announcing the March of Austerderventio as the Principality's legal successor.
The word Monovia, was invented by supporters of Harry Fitzpatrick as a term for a united Monovish homeland. The word "Monovian" refers to the term "Mono", which means single. Therefore the word "Monovian" is meant to elaborate a "single loyalty" (referring to Harry Fitzpatrick).
Prior to Monovia's existence, a small community existed in Sheffield, this community was made up of several of Harry's friends who communicated with each other both via MSN Messenger, and real-life. The community was formed as a group of individuals who would share myths, basic constructed languages, and even religions with each other. Eventually the members of this community managed to put together a small book about their various creations and therefore the community established a single, cohesive identity.
Harry Fitzpatrick, a prominent and enthusiastic member of this community, decided to research new ways of developing the community. Harry was just beginning to show an interest in politics at this time, and he eventually stumbled across a Wikipedia article about unrecognised countries. Through this page he was able to find an article about Sealand, and the eventually the greater micronational world.
Harry himself began to plan to transform the community into a micronation, and when he told the fellow members of the community most of them gave favorable responses. However, a small minority were concerned about the proposal, with many pointing to the last time Harry had tried to integrate some form of nation-like system into the community. The disastrous attempt was when Harry stated that he had turned the community "communist" (at that time Harry's class had been studying the Second World War, and the Soviet Union), sparking an angry reaction by many of his classmates. It had even led to the temporary dissolution of the community. Many others voiced concerns that the proposal to turn the community into a micronation was simply a way for Harry to increase his influence in the community.
Despite this the overwhelming majority of citizens agreed upon a nation. Those against it, seeing that they had been defeated, stormed out of the community and in retaliation formed there own group, known as "Kaestrovia", the aim of the group being to destroy the community. Intimidated, many members of the community left, and this through the plan into jeopardy.
Foundation of a nation
Many of Harry's friends however urged him to go ahead with his plans. However Harry himself was unsure, and he sent an email to the Molossian President to ask for some advice on how to form a mironation. Reassured by the President's friendly advice, Harry decided to declare Monovia's independence on that day. Although at that time the micronation had no name nor clear governmental structure, it has been discovered that in the email Harry Fitzpatrick refers to himself as "High King Harry James Fitzpatrick", although no other details of this "High Kingdom" have been discovered.
The exact time when the word "Monovia" was adopted is unknown, but it was certainly in use by late May. Before this, most citizens simply referred to the nation as "Project X" or "Nation X".
On the 31st of May Harry Fitzpatrick created Monovia's first YouTube channel, finally reaching out to the micronational world. June, due to it being the most destructive month of war Monovia has yet seen, has been named Bloody June by some. Although Monovia was now firmly online, it had only a very small presence online, and most of its activity was based offline. However, Harry managed to meet a fellow micronationalist named Christian Jones, who was the President of his own micronation, New Jonesland, and they quickly became friends. However June will remain famous not for the micronational community, but for the war that engulfed Monovia. Whilst it is true that Monovia has suffered from rebellions at other times, never has Monovia came face-to-face with such a uprising.
Soon Monovia collapsed, and most of Monovia's territory was occupied by Kaestrovia. However, many citizens remained loyal to the Prince and his Government, and soon Loyalists and remnants of the Principalities Military gathered at the edge of Monovia. They decided that they would not surrender, ever, to Kaestrovia and swore their loyalty to the Prince. Oliver Milnes, a fierce loyalist to the Prince, assumed the title of General and led the newly-formed army deep into Kaestrovian soil. They later led a full on siege of a Kaestrovian-held Gazebo (which was strategically placed at the top of a hill) and emerged victorious. In one of the most dramatic scenes in Monovish History, the Kaestrovian Rebels attempted to retake the Gazebo, however, the Loyalists had the high ground and charged at the Rebels. The battle had been won, and the Kaestrovians were scattered across the land. General Milnes then ordered a squad to capture Sam Symons, leader of Kaestrovia. Their were several minor skirmishes along the way, but every time Sam managed to escape. Eventually he was discovered hiding in some bushes with half a dozen of Kaestrovian troops. Harry Fitzpatrick then ordered the immediate trial of Sam, although halfway through Sam was rescued by a group of Kaestrovian sympathizers.
The Monovish Government then ceased the hunt for Sam; his organization was falling apart. Many former Kaestrovian Rebels decided to settle down and form their own local micronations (although these were brief, as they always existed inside Monovish territory and therefor were subject to confrontation with the Monovish military). One such notable micronation of the time was named "Afralasia" and it managed to outlive most of its counterparts. Despite this the structure of Kaestrovia managed to stay somewhat intact, albeit with much depleted manpower. Kaestrovia would carry on a minor insurgency from then on. Their were many protests in Monovia against this conflict, and their was a large peace movement during the time, although most of the population supported Monovia.
Grunkian-New Joneslandish War
On the 24th of June 2011, Monovia would be plunged into yet another war. New Jonesland, long-time ally of Monovia, declared war on a Canadian micronation named the Federal Republic of Grunkia "for rejeccting our treaties". Monovia responded by declaring war on Grunkia in support of New Jonesland. However, Prince Fitzpatrick began to regret his declaration and just a day after Monovia withdrew. Although little happened during Monovia's time in the war, it is notable as it was arguebly Monovia's first major interaction with the micronational community. The war as a whole would end on the 8th of July when the New Joneslandish President signed a peace treaty with the Grunkian President Gunho Kim.
With the wars of old resolved, Monovia finally looked to having more of a influence in the intermicronational community. During June Monovia had much neglected its online presence, having only a few micronational allies. July saw a huge boom in activity in the YouTube Community. Just before the onset of July Monovia had modernized its Government, turning Republican on the 21st of June 2011. Many would say that the Republican transition would mark the start of "Golden July". Monovia had also began to deepen its diplomatic ties with a fellow micronation in Cambridgeshire named Domanglia.
On the 8th of July 2011, on the same day as hostilities between New Jonesland and Grunkia were cancelled, Harry Fitzpatrick and the Domanglian Emperor Dominic founded the United Micronational Council. At its peak the UMC was the highest authority in the entire YouTube Community. The purpose of this organisation was to make sure a conflict like the New Joneslanish war would never be repeated,
Harry then began looking towards National Reconciliation and ending inter-Monovish hostilities. For this he planned a election, in which Kaestrovia would be permitted to stand. However, right from the beginning Kaestrovia's leadership viewed the election as a scam, and their were few attempts to campaign. The main three parties that stood in the election were the Workers Party, Crimdon Party and the Fun Party. Their was also a minor Nationalist Party (although they were almost exclusively supported by other micronationalists). The Workers Party stood on a far-left, socialist platform and were supported by President Fitzpatrick, the Crimdon Party was the political wing of Kaestrovia, and the Fun Party was a joke party established by anti-war campaigners in Monovia. The election was carried out on the 14th of July, although it not very well organized and it has been revealed that non-citizens voted, (sometimes even more then once). the Workers Party emerged victorious, although Kaestrovia rejected the result and carried on its low-level insurgency.
Almost immediately after the election Monovia became involved in a intermicronational crisis. In the micronation of Pashema, a Republican Dictatorship based in St. Johns, Canada, a area named Camadonia declared its independence from Pashema. This resulted in civil war between the Pasheman Government and secessionsists from Bananarama and Camadonia. The Camadonians intially did well and managed to surrond the Pasheman Dictator, Gavin Wetmore, however Pashema had a strong military and managed to repel the Camadonians. Monovia supported the Camadonian Rebels and gave advice to the Camadonian King, with the new Camadonian flag being based around the Monovish Principalities flag. At the time intermicronational opinion was split, Pashema had known links to National Socialism at the time (although the Pasheman Government denied this) but Pashema had sided with Grunkia in the New Joneslandish war, gaining many allies in the process. Eventually, after a long siege, the last Camadonian holdouts were taken and the rebellion was crushed. Despite this Monovia continued to recognise Camadonia into August (Monovia claimed that as the Camadonian embassy in Monovia was technically Camadonian soil, the Kingdom had not been entirely destroyed). The UMC did not take sides in the conflict, this was because Pashema's allies, Domanglia, were a leading member of the council, however the UMC did condemn the war as a whole. Despite the UMC's neutrality on the matter, Monovia was joined by a fellow micronation named the Equaled States of Mons. Despite the UMC's neutrality, the Council agreed to put the Pasheman Dictator on trial. However the trial never occured. A micronational hetalia story was also published about this.
As August began trouble once again started to brew in Monovia. Kaestrovia was beginning to plan a rebirth. Their old leader, Sam Symons, officially resigned, and he was replaced by a new, younger leader named Louis Sawnby. However, Louis had very little interest in Kaestrovia and its aims and instead wanted to form his own micronation. Because Louis largely neglected his organisation, Kaestrovia began to become more and more unorganised and strong viewed. On the 5th of August, Kaestrovia declared "total war" on Monovia, Mons and Domanglia. On the 6th of August Monovia signed the historic "Monodom" alliance, and as a result Domanglia began to intensify its efforts in Monovia. However, on the 7th of August 2011, Louis decided that he would take the Chinovia Province of Monovia (which was occupied by Kaestrovia) and declare his own micronation. This was not unlike past attempts by Kaestrovian members to form micronations (Afralasia for example), but this time the attempt had real support from within Kaestrovia. Many so-called "Reformists" supported Kaestrovia creating a Crimdonic State in Sheffield rather then overthrowing the Monovish Government. However, their was a fierce backlash against this move, with many Kaestrovian Rebels turning against their leadership. This was because in their view, a Crimdonic state could not be established until the Monovish Government was overthrown, and even then it would simply replace the entire former Monovish territory, not just a province or two. In the chaos Kaestrovia splintered and fell apart, however, the new state now named "Chinobe" lived on, and so the First Chinobian war would begin.
The First Chinobian War
Initially many hoped that Monovia would accept the secession and that the war would end. However, the Monovish President suspected Chinobe's ambitions and refused to recognize their secession. On the 9th of August, as a gift due to their support of Monovia during the war, Monovia ceded a small area of woodland to Domanglia, creating Domanglia's first Sheffield Sector colony. This new Domanglian colony also included a military base, with its own fort from the Second World War. Over the following days Chinobian military power waned and one day, at the order of the Domanglian Emperor, a suprise attack was launched on Chinobe. The attack was a great success and Chinobe swfitly fell. Their was no official end to the First Chinobian War, although the war was still ongoing as late as the 11th of August, after that date activity in the conflict grounded to a virtual halt, so the 11th of August is generally used as the end date of the First Chinobian War.
The UMC was thrown into crisis after the Monovish President issued a arrest warrant for his former ally President Christian Jones of New Jonesland for warmongery, however, it had been revealed that the motion had not actually passed. Many members threatened to leave and the UMC stood at the brink, however, the Motion was discarded and the crisis was evaded.
In Monovia, Harry Fitzpatrick gained some territory in Qatar, via relatives, resulting in the Islamic Emirate of Amir. During this time, former ally Domanglia announced his dislike for the new Amirian government and began to produce anti-Amirian propaganda and entice revolt. this resulted in heavy intermicronational condemnation.
However, Domanglia agreed to stop if Amir transferred sovereignty of Chinobe to Domanglia. This was agreed upon, and Chinobe became a part of the Domanglian Empire.
Meanwhile, Amir had collapsed, during this time there had been a attempt to merge several micronations into the "United Provinces of Utopia", however despite initial success, the union fell due to internal disputes. An interim government for Amir was decided upon, the new state would be called Adjikistan.
main article: Adjikistan
Almost immediately the newly-founded state faced a threat; many Chinobians had become frustrated with the Domanglian Empire, and sereval Chinobians began to suggest a revoloution. Although the Adjikistani Government tried to prevent a war, the Domanglian Empire rejected calls for independence and on the 16th of October 2011, the Domanglian Government declared war on the rebels. Adjikistan could not afford to lose Domanglian support, and there was evidence to show that the Chinobe Liberation Front had conducted attacks in Adjikistan, so the Adjikistani Army began a invasion of Chinobe. Under a blockade and constant raids, internal unrest erupted in Chinobe and the rebel government collapsed, with several self-declared spin-off republics declared.
A full-scale invasion then began, with Adjikistani forces dismantling the last remnants of the rebel government. A few days later, the last remaining rebels had been defeated. The aftermath of the conflict was huge, a large area of land surrounding Chinobe which Adjikistani forces occupied was given to Domanglia. And the CLF vowed to continue attacking Adjikistan, but with new tactics. Days later CLF and other anti-government mitlia's founded a coalition to center there attacks on Domanglia. This crippled the state, large area's fell to the rebels. However the war was eventually won on the 22nd of Octobr 2011, and Chinobe (and extra land gained in the fighting) was firmly placed under Domanglian control. However Domanglia dropped its claim to this land later in the year after the Empire's collapse.
main article: Libertas
Under pressure, Adjikistan transitioned to a stronger nation, this was called Libertas. The military fast-expanded, and the rebels were pushed back, the fate of CLF is unclear, although it seems to be in a state of inactivity. However new rebel groups kept fighting the state, although Harry Fitzpatrick dismissed them as "radical Christian extremists" and vowed to destroy them. In a sudden raid, the opposition coalition was brought down, the groups that made up the coalition mostly collapsed afterwards, and the insurgency fell, with only minor incidents occurring afterwards. Burkland played a large role in Libertasian Politics at this time.
NSSR to the Monovish 2012 Crisis
Libertas then merged with a nation called Lurk, creating the New Soviet Socialist Republics, however upon leaving the nation, Harry decided to return Libertas to the original incarnation of Monovia, a descion he got much praise from. On the 18th of March, the transition was completed, with a elective form of monarchy in place. Then, Monovia decided to enter a Confederacy with Indokistan resulting in Indonovia, although like Utopia, this was never officially founded. Soon after however, Monovia received an offer from Renasia to become a SAR, this offer was taken, and Monovia is now a Democratic SAR of the Free State of Renasia. On the 24th of April 2012, Monovia occupied two territories, and later formally put the possession of the territories in the hands of the Slinky Empyre, these became the Departments of Fytzpatryck, and Slinwood. Although it has been discovered that these territories weere never formally incorporated into Slin. After weeks of relative inactivity, Monovia rejoined the United Provinces of Utopia and began working a new and reformed Constitution in the form of a Tsarist Autocracy. On the 30th of June 2012, Monovia sent its Official Declaration of Support to the Empire of Elefthfria on its land Dispute with the Empire of Smallia over the unclaimed area of Bir Tawil.
September 2012, saw the start of the Monovish 2012 Crisis, which became a civil war between the Tsar and various other Monovish revolutionaries.
On the 25th September 2012 Acrest joined Monovia as a colony, by the decree of the President of Acrest as planned by the Action plan of the Archduchy of Lurk.
After a short period as a single-party socialist state (known as the Socialist Federated Republics of Monovia), it was decided to transition Monovia into a Democracy, this being fulfilled on the 7th of January 2013 after Monovia became a Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy. Elections are currently planned to take place in May 2013.
Monovia is mainly located in Bradway in the city of Sheffield, which is a part of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire. Acrest is located in Prague, inside the Cezch Republic and was formerly a part of Lurk. The vast majority of Monovish territory is forest and Monovia's British claims are on a high elevation.
Monovia has four types of Administrative Division: Prefectures, Republics, Special Administrative Regions and Provinces. Prefectures are directly governed by the Supreme Soviet and Provinces are areas inside Republics which are permitted to have there own councils. Republics have there own local authorities, whilst Special Administrative Regions are completely self-governing and are not required to adopt Supreme Soviet acts.
Politics and Government
Monovia is by law a single-party state, with the Communist Party of Monovia being the sole political party. The Politics of Monovia is characterised by a large split between Conservatives and Liberals.
Monovia has a unicameral legislature, the Supreme Soviet, which is chaired by the President. The Presidency is a unelected office, and a President is able to serve for life (unless voted out by the Supreme Soviet). The two other important political offices are that of the Premier, and General Secretary of the Communist Party. In Premiership elections, any citizen may nominate somebody for Premier, if the person agree's he will become a candidate, a Premier has a term of four years. The General Secretary is elected by the Supreme Soviet, and also has a term of four years.