Puerto O'Brien

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Puerto O'Brien
  Autonomous city  
City of Puerto O'Brien
Ciudad Autónomo de Puerto O'Brien de la Machias Rio  (Spanish)
Machias River in O'Brien
Flag of O'Brien

Country  Paloma
 - Mayor-President Otto Gillespie Birch
 - Total 3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Population (2021)
 - Total 1
 - % of Paloma 1.92%
Time zone EST
Official languages Spanish
Statute of Autonomy 13 April 2021
Legislature O'Brien City Council
Supreme Paloman 1 Representative

Puerto O'Brien, officially the Autonomous City of Puerto O'Brien and The Machias River, is an semi autonomous territorial entity which is apart of the Free Socialist State of Paloma. Based in the Downeast region of the State of Maine, Puerto O'Brien became a autonomous city of Paloma on the 13th of April 2021, all land of the city is enclaved by the United States. Puerto O'Brien is a naval spot for Paloma in the region, Puerto O'Brien has a population of 1, and is a predominantly Roman Catholic and French Canadian.


The region of Puerto O'Brien is named after Captain Jeremiah O'Brien (1744–1818) was an Irish-American captain in the Massachusetts State Navy. Prior to its existence, he commanded the sloop Unity when he captured the British armed schooner HMS Margaretta in the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War.


The English first became acquainted with the area in 1633, when Richard Vines established a trading post for the Plymouth Company at what is now Machiasport. The region has historical significance within the American Revolution including the Battles of Machias in 1775 and 1777. The region was briefly annexed by the United Kingdom during the War of 1812 and was named New Ireland.


On 13 April 2021, Otto Gillespie Birch convened a House of Fire meeting to discuss giving land to the Free Socialist State of Paloma from the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta. It was quickly accepted and seceded from the Damariscottan region of the German-Wabanaki Confederation (Damariscotta) to form the region of Puerto O'Brien. The region was accepted by the President of Paloma on the same day.

Modern Day

On the 23rd of April 2021, the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta ceded more land to Paloma to signify the friendship between the two nations. Following the land transfer the Barriadas were reorganized from three to two.


Since 2021, O'Brien has been an autonomous city of Paloma. O'Brien is known officially in Spanish as Ciudad Autónoma de Puerto O'Brien (English: Autonomous City of Puerto O'Brien), with a rank between a standard Paloman city and an Special administrative region. O'Brien plans to hold elections once the region reaches three, for its 2-seat city council. The current Mayor-President is Otto Gillespie Birch (CPP). Due to its small population, O'Brien elects only one member of the city council to Represent the city in the Supreme Paloman.


O'Brien is subdivided into two barriadas ("neighborhoods"), those are Barriada de la Machias Rio and the Barriada de Nuevo Irlanda.

Flag Picture Name Information
Neighborhoods of Puerto O'Brien
Dorward Flag Paloma.png Jacobs Beach Picture.jpg Barriada de la Machias Rio The Barriada de la Machias Rio is a set of uninhabited territories consisting of two islets and beaches located in Machias and Cutler.
Star Flag Paloma 2.png File:Dorward Paloma.jpg Barriada de Nuevo Irlanda The Barriada de Nuevo Irlanda is a set of two claims consisting of one inhabited land claim and one uninhabited land claim, both located in Machias.

Climate and Geography

The O'Brien's climate is characterized by cold, snowy winters and mild summers. Mean annual winter temperatures range from 25°F in the far south to less than 15°F in the northern and interior portions of the nation. Mean annual summer temperatures range from near 60°F in the far north to near 70°F in the south. O'Brien is bordered Maine in the west and north and the Maritime Republic of The Damariscotta to the east. The land has one geographic area. The Coastal Lowlands start at the Atlantic coastline and stretch inland. This region has sandy beaches, bays, inlets, and a dozen coastal islands.

Climate data for Maine
Puerto O'Brien
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 26
Average low °F (°C) 4
Source: Weatherbase