Province of Navārdia

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Province of Navārdia
Provincia de Navārdia
Provic del Navārdia


 



Nflag3.svgCoat of Arms of Navārdia.png

Motto
The Freeland Province
Navārdia Georgia.png
Navārdia Kentucky.png

Capital cityOrbly
Largest cityPope Island
Official language(s)Federal languages, Navārdian[a]
Short nameNavārdia
DemonymNavārdian
GovernmentProvincial parliamentary crowned republic
- DukeCasper von Navārdia
LegislatureCouncil of Navārdia
EstablishedJanuary 16th, 2020
Fall 2017 (as Chocomarina)
DisestablishedApril 15th, 2020
Area claimed3.457 acres
Population9 (as of January 2020 census)
3 noncitizen residents
CurrencyAtlanto
US Dollar accepted unofficially
Time zoneUTC-4:30
National drinkEggnog
Patron saintBlessed Gerard (de facto)
Province of the Phoklandian Free State
Member of the LoM


Navārdia was a semi-autonomous province of the Phoklandian Free State, which itself was a sovereign estate of the Holy Roman Empire. Navārdia consisted of four noncontiguous districts in the deciduous forest region of North America, including a city, a town, a territory and a special administrative region. All were enclaves of the United States of America.

The internal affairs of Navārdia were controlled by a council consisting of the head of government of each represented municipality within the province, called the Council of Navārdia, alongside several offices that acted as provincial-level ministries.

Navārdia was considered to be part of the Atlanta Cluster, by way of Phokland. It is a founding member of the Atlanta Regional Union and the Atlantozone, alongside New Athens. It was because of this that Phokland adopted the Atlanto as its national currency during its last days.

Etymology

The name Navārdia comes from the Latvian term nav vārda, meaning no name in English. The name was initially a last resort due to Casper’s inability to create a fitting name for the nation. However, it has since assumed a second meaning, symbolizing that Navārdia came from nothing, but became a powerful micronational entity because of its citizens’ dedication.

There is a French wine company called Navardia. It has no association with Navārdia, and the similarity in name has not discovered until January 2020, by Richard Seeger. The government of Navārdia blames the collective creativity phenomenon.

Over the course of history, Navārdia and its predecessor states have had four distinct names.

History

Pre-Navārdia

A digital recreation of the flag of Chocomarina.

At some point while he lived North Carolina, likely Fall of 2017, Casper discovered the website of the Republic of Molossia. He became inspired to create a micronation of his own with his friends, and began to write about his nation-in-progress in a journal.

Based on the contents of the journal, which was rediscovered in late March of 2020, the nation was to be called Chocomarina. A flag was designed for the nation, and the cellular network industry was intended to be nationalized by the end of 2018. Not much else was written about the nation; even its government structure appears to be lost to time.

Though it was the subject of many discussions and writings, declarating Chocomarinian independence was delayed several times, as Casper knew that he would soon move to another state - at the time, long distance governance was an impossibility. Despite this delay, it is believed that Chocomarina was established before Casper left North Carolina, and was simply forgotten over time.

Nearly two years later, on September 2nd, 2019, Casper (now living in Georgia) read an article on weird historical events. One of the events listed was Leicester Hemingway’s creation of New Atlantis, a 240 square foot raft that he tried to turn into an independent nation.[1] Linked to that article was a second article detailing the modern micronation phenomenon,[2] and linked to that were the websites of several micronational governments.

The learning pathway led to Casper rediscover micronationalism. He deciding to create the first nation in Peachtree City, a perfect location for such projects due to its varied geography and vast network of golf cart paths. For about a week, Casper researched existing micronations, governing styles, vexillology and family history to inspire the new nation. A flag was designed after several prototypes, with the final draft taking the most inspiration from Akhzivland and Aruba. A royal democracy was found to be the most effective system of governance for the small nation, and a constitution was written following those principles.

Naming the nation, however, was a challenge once again. After failing to come up with a fitting name for about a week, Casper decided to call the nation Navārdia, meaning “no name” in the ancestral language of Latvian. With a name, law and flag decided upon, the Grand Duchy of Navārdia was declared independent on September 9th, 2019.[3]

Grand Duchy

Despite being a one man nation, Navārdia faired well for its first few weeks. More government research was pursued, and three laws were passed. On September 23rd, however, Grand Duke Great Grandfather William von Navārdia passed away. A funeral was soon planned in the U.S. state of Kentucky, a place where much of the Grand Ducal family stemmed from.

The flag of Todge, as it appeared before the union with Phokland.

Nearly the entire Grand Ducal family arrived for the funeral weekend. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, the family spent time reminiscing about memories of William and enjoying the rare, large company the event brought about. After the funeral, Casper annexed a patch of land in Kentucky, in honor of his great grandfather, and the time spent with family in Kentucky.[4] The land was initially called the Memorial Honorary District of Todge, but is today called the Town of Todge.

Shortly after the funeral and annexation, Casper's laptop fried.[5] As such, development of national online resources was relegated to an iPhone. To take advantage of the limitation, citizenship applications were sent to colleagues at a church meetup via AirDrop, to no avail (all recorded responses were memes and other spam). However, one individual unrelated to the meetup became a citizen that evening via iMessage, ending Navārdia's time as a one man nation.[6]

With the nation expanded in size and population, the government became interested in establishing diplomacy, particularly within the Atlanta Cluster. Of particular interest was the nation of Uncornia, thought to have been founded by acquaintances of Casper.[7] With knowledge of several local nations, the government began to advocate for an organization to unite the Atlanta Cluster. Citizens and associated Americans agreed with the idea unanimously, and with that, formation of the organization began.

Late into October, the nation experienced a peak in activity. A military and police force by the name of the Internal Services Office was founded on the 19th. A resident of the Capital Province allowed Casper access to their computer, resuming development of the national website and other such tools. On the 23rd, another citizen was accepted into the nation as an Internal Services officer, and Pope Island was annexed by her recommendation. The next day, Unicornian diarchs organized a meeting with Grand Duke Casper, during which a mutual recognition and defense treaty was signed. Finally, on Halloween night, the first ever national gala was organized by Casper and Officer Eggs Benedict.[8]

On November 10th, Casper created a government email address for intermicronational community, soon after signing a treaty with the Kingdom of Phokland. Tsar Charles of Phokland invited Navārdia to the League of Professional Nations after establishing mutual recognition,[9] an invitation that was quickly accepted.[10] Lehmark and Ledilia, both fellow members of the league, signed mutual recognition treaties with Navārdia soon after.[11][12]

On the 27th, Navārdia was accepted as a part of the Union of East-Erica, a transcontinental confederation consisting at the time of Phokland and Lehmark. However, Lehmark suddenly dropped out of the union, and East-Erica was subsequently postponed to better plan out its functions.[13] The more successful Atlanta Regional Union was founded by Casper alongside King Tyler of New Athens on December 1st.[14] Navārdia gained three citizens in the period concurrent with union negotiations.

By December 10th, the East-Erica union had been restructured into the Phoklandian Free State. The national news service issued an announcement that Navārdia was to join the union on New Year's day, and outlined several changes that would occur due to the merger.[15] The provisional government of the Free State began searching for ministers to fill the national government, leading an individual known as General Steelbottom to become a citizen and reserve the position of Defense Minister. Not long after, New Year's eve finally arrived. All seven citizens of the Grand Duchy of Navārdia rung in a new decade, and a new nation.

The next day, the Navārdian Free Land was a constituent state of Phokland.

Union

Casper, now Prime Minister of Phokland and Grand Duke of Orbly due to the union, annexed the neighboring nation of Unicornia on January 12th, 2020, claiming it as an unrepresented territory of Phokland and Navārdia.[16] It was renamed to New Santiago to sound more professional. On January 15th, Navārdia went through a minor revision, becoming a province. All of Navārdia’s former provinces were converted into cities. Later that month, on the 31st, the western part of Pope Island was ceded to New Athens effectively for two years.[17]

The Navārdian flag hanging in a citizen’s bedroom, at the beginning of the 2020 activity and government initiative.

In the middle of February, Casper began an initiative to make the provincial and municipal governments in Navārdia more active. The first of these changes came in the form of the selection of a cat named Thai as Chief Mouser, a position which was intended to be formally elected along with other positions later on.

In March, the coronavirus pandemic arrived in areas of Georgia and Kentucky close to Navārdian territory.[18][19] On the 12th, a resident of New Santiago began showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Though it was found to be a false alarm, provisional protective measures were put in place by New Santiaguian and mainland Navārdian officials.

On the evening of the 21st, the first religious event in Navārdian history took place in Orbly - a Catholic mass, held by residents at their home in an attempt to avoid public gatherings. The mass was followed up by several others throughout the next months.

On April 1st, Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced that a stay at home order would be put into effect in the state on the evening of the 3rd.[20] Navārdian administrator Casper von Navārdia followed suit, announcing a province-wide duplicate order on the 2nd and extending the order in tandem with Georgia.

Following the lockdown, the Navārdian predecessor state of Chocomarina was dissolved at long last, to facilitate a merge into Navārdia as a town or territory. Concurrently, Casper von Navārdia joined the Phoklandian nobility as Duke of Navārdia, returning to the Navārdian throne as a ceremonial head of state. Legislation establishing the Duke's position within the province also eliminated the offices of Diplomacy and Finance, leaving only the Mousing Office intact.

Over Easter weekend, several seasonal events occurred in Orbly. On the 10th, a dozen Easter eggs were decorated, including one made to look like the flag of Navārdia.[21] On the 11th, several Navārdians partook in a social distancing scavenger hunt in the United States. Finally, on Easter Sunday, the Ducal family held a mass and a large dinner.

Throughout its history, Navārdian dialects of English and Spanish began to form which used words and slang not found outside the region's sphere of influence. The complexity of these dialects increased with the creation of the Navārdian conlang, which itself was heavily based upon the languages. On April 14th, the government created the Culture Office, to regulate local languages and manage the ongoing cultural development initiative.

After a diplomatic discussion with Aidan McGrath of Paloma, Duke Casper made the decision that Navārdia should become independent once more, primarily due to confusion and instability within the federal Phoklandian government, which had been quietyl causing issues in the provincial government for for several months. On April 15th, Casper and Aidan began negotiating Navārdian independence with Charles, the royal of Phokland at the time. Despite some minor controversy, the negotiations were successful. The Phoklandian Free State dissolved at midnight, and Navārdia began the process of reforming as an independent nation, the Grand Navārdian Commonwealth.

Politics & Government

The central government of Navārdia was called the Council of Navārdia, consisting of the heads of government of each Navārdian city. The council acted as a parliament, managing the various offices within the province and voting on regional laws. The council also had the ability to give out regional awards and honors, usually to people and places of great impact to Navārdian or Peachtree Citian culture.

Duke and Royal Family

The Duke or Duchess of Navārdia was the head of state of the province. The position had no official duties and was considered to be a ceremonial continuation of the Grand Duchy; however, the throne was all but synonymous with the office of the mayor of Orbly. As such, the Duke held legislative power through the Council of Navārdia. The Duke of Navārdia was a hereditary noble title within the House of von Navārdia, which established Navārdia and its predecessors.

The first and only Duke of Phoklandian Navārdia was Casper von Navārdia.

Mousing Office

The Navārdian Mousing Office was in charge of the ceremonial appointment of mouser cats across the province. A Chief Mouser was elected from the office’s feline staff, and served as a de facto symbol of Navārdia. The Mousing Office was inspired by the United Kingdom's Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.

Culture Office

The Navārdian Culture Office managed local cultural policy and regulated the Navārdian language, as well as local dialects of English and Spanish.

Geography

The vast majority of Navārdian territory was contained within the deciduous forest region of North America, and as such was considered to have a humid subtropical climate. Summers were generally very hot and humid, with scattered hurricanes and other seasonal storms; whereas winters were chilly and much more dry, with snow possible under the right conditions. Every plot of land within the province had at least a small area of woodland, in which various deer, rodents and birds were often found. The most common plant in Navārdia was the loblolly pine.

Navārdia was entirely enclaved by the United States, and shared a border with New Athens by way of the Pope Island territories.[17] The Austenasian territory of Peach Ponds was not contiguous with Navārdia, but could be quickly traveled to by car or golf cart.[22]

Immigration

Though the majority of trade and immigration policy was handled by the Phoklandian federal government, the Navārdian government managed a list of people barred or excluded from the province. Only two individuals were ever put on the list.

Constituent Territories

Navārdia consisted of four plots of land - one city, one town, one territory and one special administrative region.

Name Territorial Flag Type Population Leadership Date of Founding
City of Orbly Orbly.png City 2 citizens
1 resident
Mayor Casper January 1st, 2020
September 9th, 2019
Town of Todge Todge.svg Town 0 citizens
Residency unknown
Prince Eternal William
Governor Vacant
September 29th, 2019
Pope Island Pope Island.svg Territory 0 Governor Vacant October 23rd, 2019
New Santiago Uflag2.png Special Administrative Region 2 citizens
2 residents
Chief Executive April January 12th, 2020
Town of Entenburg[b] Fwag.png City 5 N/A March 1st, 2020

Climate

Climate data for Orbly, Pope Island and New Santiago
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 13
(55)
15
(59)
19
(66)
24
(75)
28
(82)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
28
(82)
23
(73)
18
(64)
14
(57)
32
(90)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(46)
12
(54)
16
(61)
21
(70)
24
(75)
26
(79)
26
(79)
22
(72)
16
(61)
11
(52)
7
(45)
16
(61)
Average low °C (°F) 0
(32)
1
(34)
5
(41)
8
(46)
14
(57)
18
(64)
20
(68)
20
(68)
16
(61)
9
(48)
4
(39)
1
(34)
0
(32)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 52.7
(2.075)
62.4
(2.457)
59
(2.32)
38.4
(1.512)
31.6
(1.244)
47.8
(1.882)
55.7
(2.193)
46.2
(1.819)
28
(1.1)
22.3
(0.878)
38.3
(1.508)
52.7
(2.075)
44.6
(1.756)
Source: [1] (data from 1985–2015)
Climate data for Todge
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8
(46)
10
(50)
15
(59)
21
(70)
25
(77)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
26
(79)
20
(68)
15
(59)
9
(48)
30
(86)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2
(36)
4
(39)
9
(48)
14
(57)
19
(66)
23
(73)
25
(77)
24
(75)
20
(68)
14
(57)
8
(46)
4
(39)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) -3
(27)
-2
(28)
2
(36)
7
(45)
12
(54)
17
(63)
19
(66)
18
(64)
14
(57)
7
(45)
2
(36)
-1
(30)
-3
(27)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 51.1
(2.012)
53.6
(2.11)
65.7
(2.587)
68.2
(2.685)
70.1
(2.76)
75.8
(2.984)
68
(2.68)
46.8
(1.843)
45.2
(1.78)
34.1
(1.343)
49.2
(1.937)
66.8
(2.63)
57.9
(2.28)
Source: [2] (data from 1985–2015)

Culture

Navārdian culture was similar to that of Atlanta, with secondary Hispanic and Baltic influences. As in most American micronations, Christianity was the most common religious belief in Navārdia, and was the only world religion represented in the provincial populace. Despite this, an atheist minority was known to exist. English was the most widely known language in Navārdia, as 100% of citizens able to speak and write in it. Spanish, Swahili, Navārdian, Letzembourgish and Phoklandian were spoken and/or written by a minority of citizens.

Language and Dialects

The Navārdian language is an Anglo-Hispanic conlang created by the Navārdian government. Its grammar and vocabulary is mainly derived from English and Spanish. The language consists of twenty-six letters from the Latin alphabet, each representing a singular sound.

Unique dialects of English and Spanish are spoken within the province, with the most apparent differences being the combination of Navārdian language vocabulary and slang with traditional aspects of the natural languages. Navārdian English, Navārdian Spanish and the Navārdian language itself are managed by the Culture Office.

Cuisine

Navārdian cuisine had no central influence, perhaps besides the United States, and consisted of a variety of processed and whole sustenance. Sandwiches, tacos, salads, pasta and potato products were among the common processed foods in Navārdian cuisine; conversely, bananas, taproot vegetables and drupelet fruits were common whole foods. Common drinks in Navārdia included water, milk, tea and coffee.

Many meat based foods in Navārdian cuisine offered vegetarian options. The majority of these meals used tofu as a meat substitute. A minority of meat substitution foods, particularly those of Mediterranean origin, used falafel instead. Pita wraps, pizza, burgers and rice dishes were particular examples of such vegetarian friendly meals.

In Navārdian culture, Saturdays were considered to be the end of a week, and were often celebrated with large family dinners, in which one family member contributed at least one element to the collective meal. Traditional Saturday dinner elements included tandoori naan, marinara meatballs, hors d'œuvres and pasta dishes.

Notes

  1. The federal languages of the Phoklandian Free State were English, Spanish and Afrikaans. The Navārdian conlang was recognized as a regional language within Navārdia.
  2. Entenburg was a municipal district representing nonresidential citizens of Phokland. Although it was traditionally counted as a part of the Homeland province, it was used in some Navārdian documents to refer to nonresidential citizens counted in the provincial population.

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