Province of Mervustan

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Province of Mervustan
  Metropolitan province of Roscamistan  

Flag
Motto: “For God, Mervustan and Roscamistan”
Sovereign State  Roscamistan
Type Province with presidential devolution
Established 27 April 2021
Founder Andrew Brotherton and James Irwin
Government
 - Governor Esty Carpentieri or Sean Dunkerque (disputed)
 - Lieutenant Governor Owen Góra
 - Legislative Assembly President vacant
Area
 - Total 70 km2 (27 sq mi)
Population (2022)
 - Total 13
Time zone GMT

Mervustan, officially the Province of Mervustan, is one of the 12 provinces of Roscamistan and consists of the regions of Mervue, Renmore, Terryland and Ballybane North and south with Briarhill. The military unit in Mervustan is the Mervustan Militia. Mervustan is the oldest surviving province in existence in Roscamistan, being created on 27 April 2021.

History

The old flag of Mervustan, taken from the Governor of Northern Ireland’s banner

The history of Mervustan dates back to 1 April 2021, when Andrew Brotherton , President of Roscamistan annexed the Galway city east area of Mervue, and after Brotherton devolved some powers to a local government in Mervue. After some negotiations, James Irwin, a low minister in the Government of Roscamistan, was made the local head of government called the Premier of Mervue. The Galway city east area of Renmore was made a self-governing colony, with David Moore as the first Premier.

On 27 April 2021, after Terryland, Briarhill, and Ballybane were annexed, Andrew Brotherton merged the Province of Mervue and the Colony of Renmore with the other regions were merged into the Province of Mervustan, and James Irwin became the first Prime Minister of a larger autonomous province within Roscamistan, and David Moore as the Deputy Prime Minister. On 1 May 2021, James Irwin became the first Chief of the Defence Staff of the Roscamistan Defence Forces, and gained the rank of Captain. He now was the professional head of the Defence Forces, only below the President of Roscamistan in his capacity as Commander in Chief. He was the dominant figure in the early history of Mervustan, but was mad at the Central Government under Andrew Brotherton legislating more and more in Mervustan directly, this is one of the many factors that led to the 17thMayCoup.

May Coup

The 17th May Coup was an attempt from 17 May 2021 to 18 May 2021 to get rid of the Brotherton Government. The main people involved were Captain James Irwin, Major Kayden Conboy, Mayor-Chancellor of Galway City, Dean Merritt, Deputy Defence Minister, and David Moore. Tadhg O’Regan, Minister of Agriculture and a few others were in support of Andrew Brotherton but to no avail, as the rebel forces won. James Irwin became the second President of Roscamistan, and Kayden Conboy became the second Vice President of Roscamistan

Final days of James Irwin’s Presidency

After the success that was the coup, disunity within the entourage of James Irwin was taking its toll and after a long decline, James Irwin on 23 June 2021 resigned from the presidency of Roscamistan and the premiership of Mervustan. Andrew Brotherton became President of Roscamistan, and Kayden Conboy was removed from the Vice-Presidency, being replaced with Culann Burke, fourth Vice President before the coup.

Temporary abolition

On 26 June 2021, Mervustan was abolished as an entity and stripped of its autonomy. The territory of the former Mervustan was reconstituted as the directly ruled Mervue-Renmore. Mervue-Renmore was not a popular entity, and on 28 June 2021, Evan Irwin, brother of James, was invited to become the second Prime Minister of Mervustan, restoring the Province of Mervustan. Evan accepted the invitation, becoming head of government of Mervustan.

Adam Flannery’s time in Mervustan

On 19 September 2022, Premier Evan Irwin and First Secretary of State Adam Flannery decided to create a provincial army unit in Mervustan. The name decided was the Mervustan Militia, with Adam Flannery as the Commander of the Mervustan Militia and Evan Irwin as Lieutenant Commander. Adam Flannery was given the new role of the Governor of Mervustan, the representative of the Central Government in Mervustan. The commander of the Mervustan Militia became an ex officio role held by the Governor of Mervustan. The Prime Minister became the ex officio Lieutenant Commander.

Reforms of November and second national constitution

On 3 November 2021, disunity led to Andrew Brotherton carrying out major reforms. He sacked nearly the entire national cabinet, declared Evan Irwin incapacitated. David Moore became the acting prime minister and Mervustan was revived in a new effort for unity. The Province became the place for all presidential inaugurations in future near the Mervue United sports ground.

December 2021 and January 2022

On 4 December 2021, Captain David Moore resigned from the Premiership of Mervustan, and Dean Merritt, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs succeeded him, becoming the fourth Prime Minister of Mervustan, and the third under Governor Adam Flannery. After a successful period, he resigned on 24 December 2021 due to health issues. The Premiership of Mervustan became vacant, with Adam Flannery in his capacity as Governor ran the province in place of the prime minister.

Annexation of Terryland Region by Ballinfoyleburg

On 19 December 2021, unknown to them, President Ivan Ryan and Vice President Matthew Williams annexed the Mervustan region of Terryland, and created the provinces of New Paris and New Berlin. Adam Flannery, Vice President of Roscamistan and Paramount Leader was mad at this. He passed a bill in the Reichstag that made him infallible. Using this power he sacked Matthew Williams from his Roscamistan positions, and became the 3rd Chief of the Defence Staff, succeeding Matthew Williams. Jan Kotonski became the 2nd Propaganda Minister, succeeding Williams.

Eventually Terryland was returned and Ballinfoyleburg was allowed to exist. A joint diplomatic council was created between the two sides. Adam later surrendered his emergency powers.

Adam Flannery as acting Prime Minister of Mervustan

On 7 January 2022, Adam Flannery became the fifth and acting Prime Minister so he can keep running Mervustan properly.

Future of Mervustan

Governance and politics

Government

The Mervustan Government is the name for the devolved three branches, the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial.

Executive

The Province’s executive matters are done by the Executive Council, the executive branch of the provincial government, with matters devolved matters such as Agriculture, Local Militias, certain financial affairs, internal affairs, Polish affairs, Local Government, roads and construction, certain judicial matters, with foreign affairs, defence, most judicial matters, constitutional matters and most finance matters being in the hands of the National Government.

Legislative

The devolved legislative matters are done by the Legislative Assembly, with the devolved matters above. The Legislative Assembly is elected by proportional representation on party lists, thus after every election, the legislature could either get bigger or smaller depending on voting uptake, currently the Assembly has 8 seats, led by the President, with powers similar to the national President of the Chamber of Representatives.

Judicial

The judicial matters are done by the Chief Mervustan Attorney, the provincial equivalent of the national Attorney General, and the main Court is the Superior Court in Mervustan.

Politics

The Political climate in Mervustan has been very calm since the founding of the Mervustan Militia on 19 September 2021. The province is split between supporters of the United Party and Proletarian Democracy.

Military

The military in Mervustan is the Mervustan Militia, the Governor as Commander and the Lieutenant Governor as lieutenant commander.

Peoples

Ethnic composition

The Province is majority ethnically Irish, with minorities as well.

Languages

The Province’s nominal first language is Irish, though English is more widely used. Polish is also a recognised language in Mervustan, passed by the Polish Language act in Mervustan directly by Central Government intervention to protect the language in the Province.

Religion

The Province is like most provinces majority Roman Catholic, with Protestant and Eastern Orthodox minorities. No statistics exist for other groups as the province does not recognise any other religions but Christianity and Islam.

Notable features

The Province is home to St James’s and James Irwin’s Road, formerly known as the St James’s road. It is renamed in honour of James Irwin by Andrew Brotherton. The Province also has the Renmore Barracks, in Renmore Region. The province is also noted for it’s churches, the St James’s and Mervue GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and soccer clubs, the Terryland business park, the Ballybane library, the GMIT (Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology), and the Renmore parish is in both the Regions of Mervue and Renmore, and Gaelscoil Dara, an Irish speaking primary school famous for most of the past and present government of Roscamistan having attended the school for their primary education.