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Republic of Fortulawl
| The Republic of Fortulawl |
Progress and Equality
|Capital city||New Market|
|Official language(s)||No official language|
|Established||17th April 2009|
|Time zone||Eastern Standard|
The Republic of Fortulawl is a landlocked, enclave micronation within the U.S. state of Maryland. Established April 17th, 2009 on a small area of land, the Republic of Fortulawl has since expanded to cover about 31 square miles, or 4.6% of Frederick County, Maryland.
Fortulawl's official territory is defined by various roads and landmarks. As of October 7th, 2013, its southern frontier is defined by US I-70, and its western frontier by the Monocacy River. Its northern and eastern borders, for the most part, are defined by Maryland Routes 26 and 75. Exceptions to this rule occur around certain urban centers, such as Libertytown and the capital city of New Market, where the border extends past the roads so as to not split the towns between the United States and Fortulawl.
The country is split into three provinces, each ruled over by democratically elected governors. On October 21st, 2011, Fortulawl underwent major political reorganization, resulting in the establishment of three national provinces as well as a change in the national flag. On October 7th, 2013, after Fortulawl annexed the towns of New Market, Linganore-Bartonsville, and Libertytown, these provinces were changed again to accommodate the new territory. The annexation also resulted in a brand new national flag.
The state of Linganore, also referred to as "East Fortulawl", is known for its sprawling, rural landscape. Most of its land is zoned for agricultural use. The capital city of Linganore is Libertytown.
New Market is the smallest of Fortulawl's three states.
Monocacy is the wealthest state in the country, and home to the nation's industry. Its capital city is Spring Ridge.
Fortulawl Declared independence from the United States of America on April 17th, 2009, claiming a small lot of land in New Market as its sovereign territory. From there, the young nation quickly expanded via claiming and annexing adjacent lots. By 2010, Fortulawl had annexed most of New Market West, as well as the nearby New Market Elementary and Middle school.
By October 21st, 2011, Fortulawl had expanded to encompass the area between the 6 roads: Route 26, Route 75, Boyer's Mill, McKaig, Kelly, and Old National Pike. These borders divided the Towns of New Market, Linganore-Bartonsville, and Libertytown in two. This division lasted for two years, until, in October 2013, Fortulawl annexed the remainder of these towns.
April 17, 2009: The Republic of Fortulawl declares independence from the United States. As part of the country's constitution, same-sex marriage and abortion is made legal in the country.
January 10, 2013: Recreational marijuana is legalized nationwide.
October 30, 2015: Fortulawl passed a number of progressive laws, the most major of which being its full transition to a universal healthcare system, three months of paid maternity/paternity leave for all parents with children under the age of four years old, as well as a minimum of two weeks of vacation time for all citizens.
April 7, 2018: Ten days before the nation's ninth anniversary, the government of Fortulawl issued several new laws concerning gun ownership in response to the Parkland massacre that occurred earlier that year. Assault weapons, such as the AR-15, were banned in the country. The age to own a firearm was raised to 21 years old, and a one-month waiting period was put in place for those who wish to purchase a firearm of any kind.
The nation will celebrate its tenth Independence Day on April 17, 2019.
Fortulawl is a mainly rural country, with much of its land area being zoned as farmland. Its main exports are corn, meat, and dairy. Despite this, Fortulawl does have a small industrial area which houses a bakery and a brick factory. This area is also home to the nation's pride and joy, its cancer research center.