Principality of Galte

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Principality of Galte
Flag of Galte.svg

Flag
Coat of Arms of Galte.svg

Coat of Arms

Motto
Besiyata Dishmaya (Aramaic: With the help of Heaven)
Anthem
The Black and Gold[1]

Map of Galte.svg
Memphis, Michigan
Capital cityCapitolium[2]
Official language(s)
Official religion(s)None official
Short nameGalte
Demonym
  • Galtean
  • Galtesian[a]
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- PrinceMichael of Galte
Established8 December 2019
Area claimed3.32 acres (0.37 sq. mi)
Population9
CurrencyUnited States dollar
Time zoneEST

The Principality of Galte [ˈgɑːltə], more commonly known as Galte, is a self-proclaimed sovereign state near Memphis, Michigan. The capital of Galte is Capitolium.[2] Galte was founded on 8 December 2019, when the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place in the Capital Territory, which is no longer a part of Galtean land. It was originally called the Grand Republic of Usmuani and functioned under a democratic socialist government.

Galte was a constitutional monarchy for much of its history, led by then King Michael I of Galte.

Galte was a member of the League of Independent Nations until 11 November 2020. Galte was also a member of the Kongreso de Esperanto Mikronacioj (lit. the Congress of Esperanto Micronations) until it became a colony of Atiera on 28 November 2020. It was a colony until 24 August 2021, when it declared independence from Atiera.[4]

Etymology

The name Galte was chosen at random at the time of its founding. The founders wished to have a professional-looking website and domain and decided on the name Galte as the first two letters correspond to a free domain offered by Freenom, .ga.

Funnily enough, we chose the name Galte because we were too cheap for anything else... We just wanted a free domain, and the .ga domain looked good, so we picked the name Galte to go along with it. I almost regret it now since that name makes absolutely no sense, but we're a year on. It's too late now.

— Michael, Prince of Galte

The government originally attempted to cover the true origin up by affixing it to a Norwegian word that happened to exist. Despite its origin, the name stuck due to many people saying the name was "unique" and "memorable."

History

Founding and transition period (2019-2020)

The Declaration of Independence of the Grand Republic of Usmuani. Usmuani was the earliest form of what is now known as the Principality of Galte.

Michael Shepard signed the Declaration of Independence on 8 December 2019, and named the nation the Grand Republic of Usmuani. As he was the sole founder of the nation, he declared himself President of the Grand Republic. Elections were held for the First Congress of the Republic, and Senators were appointed. Shortly after (the exact date has been lost to history), the nation adopted a simple bicolor flag with green on top and white on the bottom.

The nation's momentum fizzled out and laid dormant until early April 2020. The President abolished the Congress and renamed the nation the Republic of Galte. He, along with the two other citizens, drew up a constitution and claimed Low Island, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, as the nation's territory. The constitutional convention ended on 2 June 2020, and the new constitution was adopted that same day.

A recreated version of the flag of the Grand Republic of Usmuani.

Independent Galtean era (2020)

On 24 June 2020, the Republic of Galte was admitted into the League of Independent Nations, with a unanimous vote from all Chairmen.

On 5 August 2020, Shepard signed an executive order declaring Galte's claim to Low Island void and claiming Waugoshance Island in Lake Michigan as the nation's territory. 20 days after claiming Waugoshance, the Republic of Galte transitioned into the Kingdom of Galte following a referendum held by Galte's citizens.

Galte withdrew from the League of Independent Nations on November 11, 2020, following a controversy involving the Principality of Ustea.

Colonial era (2020-2021)

Following weeks of debate with advisors and leaders of other nations, Galte elected to become a colony of the Kingdom of Atiera. The decision was reached on 21 November 2020, and the Kingdom of Galte became the Principality of Galte seven days later.

On 30 January 2021, the Principality of Galte gave up its claim to Waugoshance Island, citing the fact that "the Government of the Principality has no control over the island."[5] Following this relinquishment, the colony's sole claim was the claim located near Memphis.

Independence from Atiera (2021-present)

A variety of personal and private reasons, as well as the Prince's deteriorating mental state, caused an immense strain on the relationship between Munroe and Michael. The House of Commons of Atiera, of which Michael acted as Speaker, had fallen mostly inactive, and as a result of this, he resigned as Speaker of the House of Commons.[6]

On 24 August, Munroe was allegedly "acting inappropriately" in the Discord server of the Cupertino Alliance, resulting in many people coming to Michael asking for him to take action as the primary delegate for Atiera. He recalled Munroe from the delegation, and shortly after the recall, he was faced with a vote of no confidence in the Kingdom of Oskonia. Munroe resigned as Oskonia's prime minister, and signaled his displeasure to the Riksforsamling's members with unscrupulous insults. This was the final straw for Michael, who revoked assent from the Galte Bill which declared Galte a colony of Atiera.[4]

It is regrettable that the current state of affairs has led me to make this decision, but everyone must pick their battles, and maintaining Atiera will no longer be mine.

— Michael, Prince of Galte

Galte was now an independent nation for the first time in 9 months, and with the support of multiple delegates from the Cupertino Alliance and former Atieran citizens, Michael began rebuilding Galte.

Geography

The Principality of Galte is almost entirely flat land. Its steepest hill is about 5 feet. The Principality is broken up into two main sections, Belle City and the lower river area. Belle City features a pavilion, where in-person government meetings are held, and a fire pit for gatherings involving the in-person citizenry of Galte. The lower river area is where most lodging is currently done. The area is shaded and dry, making it suitable for the tent camps often set up in the nation.

Climate

The Principality of Galte experiences relatively warm summers and frigid winters. Its Köppen climate classification is Dfb, although some seasons fall more in line with a Dfa climate type.[7]

Climate data for Galte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -1
(30)
0
(32)
5
(41)
12
(54)
19
(66)
24
(75)
26
(79)
26
(79)
22
(72)
15
(59)
8
(46)
2
(36)
26
(79)
Daily mean °C (°F) -4
(25)
-4
(25)
1
(34)
7
(45)
13
(55)
19
(66)
21
(70)
20
(68)
17
(63)
10
(50)
5
(41)
-1
(30)
9
(48)
Average low °C (°F) -8
(18)
-8
(18)
-3
(27)
2
(36)
8
(46)
12
(54)
16
(61)
15
(59)
11
(52)
6
(43)
1
(34)
-4
(25)
-8
(18)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 38.6
(1.52)
24.1
(0.949)
26.2
(1.031)
38.7
(1.524)
44.9
(1.768)
41.2
(1.622)
42.4
(1.669)
30.8
(1.213)
46.3
(1.823)
37.7
(1.484)
39.6
(1.559)
45.7
(1.799)
456.2
(17.961)
Source: [8] (data from 1985-2015)

Culture

Galtean culture is remarkably similar to American and Canadian culture. The Prince of Galte is Jewish, resulting in the government, possibly unintentionally, giving the nation many cultural aspects that are similar to Jewish culture.

Galte has two official languages: English and Esperanto.[3]

Politics and government

A political poster made sometime during the Republic era of Galte, which advertises the now-defunct Galtesian Libertarian Party.

The Principality of Galte is a constitutional monarchy, with the head of state being the Sovereign and the head of government being the Minister-President. The legislative branch is known as the Chamber of Deputies and has 6 members, with one electoral riding being vacant.

There are 3 political parties in Galte: the Galtean National Front, the Galtean People's Union, and the National Moderate Alliance. The Galtean National Front is the largest party in the nation, with much of its support coming from the equivalent former party in Atiera. The Galtean People's Union is the second-largest party and is the main rival to the Galtean National Front, keeping alive the classic Atieran rivalry between the Atieran National Front and the Atieran People's Union. The National Moderate Alliance is the smallest party in Galte and is largely not seen as a significant political force.

Diplomacy and foreign relations

The intermicronational view of the Principality is generally positive. As of 25 August 2021, it has no formal diplomatic relations of its own but maintains friendly status with the leaders of multiple nations. Before becoming a colony of Atiera, Galte had fairly expansive relations with other nations due to it being in the League of Independent Nations.

Notes

  1. While both are considered correct, the government most commonly uses the term Galtean.

References

  1. His Royal Highness the Prince of Galte (18 January 2021). "Royal Decree XIII/2021". Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 His Serene Highness the Prince of Galte (4 September 2021). "Royal Decree VII/2021". Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 His Majesty Michael I, the King of Galte (19 September 2020). "Royal Decree 91920-1: A Decree to Change the Official Language". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 His Royal Highness the Prince of Galte (24 August 2021). "Revocation of Assent". Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  5. His Serene Highness the Prince of Galte (30 January 2021). "Territorial Relinquishment Act 2021". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  6. His Royal Highness the Prince of Galte (20 August 2021). "Resignation as Speaker of the House". Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  7. Wikipedia contributors (28 January 2021). "Michigan". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  8. "Climate & Weather Averages in City of Memphis, Michigan, USA". timeanddate.com. Retrieved 6 August 2020.