Republic of Gerenia
United Gerenian Republic
|Motto: "Everything starts in the mind"|
|Official languages||English, Spanish, Gerenian|
|Currency||Gerenian fun buck|
|Time zone||UTC -4|
This nation is a member of the Union Against Micronational War
The Republic of Gerenia is an Argentine micronation founded in December 5, 2011 by Gerald Ruze, its current president, under the name of the United Gerenian Republic.
The name "Gerenia" means "Geren's Land". Geren is the version in Gerenian language of Gerald, the President's name.
The First Republic of Gerenia
Gerenia was an imaginary country in Gerald Ruze's mind since 2007, when the first documents and maps were created. It had its own calendar, population and government.
The United Gerenian Republic
In early November, 2011, while reading about nations with limited recognition, Ruze followed a link to an article about micronations, thinking it was about microstates. After learning about micronations, Ruze decided to create his own. In December 5, 2011, the United Gerenian Republic was born. The United Gerenian Republic was composed of two parts: one of them was the imaginary Gerenia (called the "Mental Republic"), while the other one comprised the lands controlled by Ruze (the "External Republic").
Transition to the Second Republic of Gerenia
In mid-January, 2012, Gerenian president Gerald Ruze decided that the coexistence of the Gerenian Republics was incompatible with each other's one. Then he declared a Transition Period during which the division of the Republics would take place. Such period ended in February 24, with the nation changing its name to "Republic of Gerenia".
Province of Gerenia
The Republic of Freedomia and Gerenia had been good friends for several months. In March, however, Gerenia was suspended for an indefinite period of time by its President. After Ruze was elected President of Freedomia, his first Act was to make Gerenia a Freedomian province. After approval from the Senate of Freedomia, the Province of Gerenia was established with Ruze as Governor.
The re-birth of the Republic
After some months as a province in Freedomia, the leader Gerald Ruze realized that this was not the best for Gerenia and once against declared independence. Since then, Gerenia has become much more active externally, currently holding a membership at the Union of South American Micronations.
The Gerenian Capital Territory (GCT) is divided in two zones: Sector C and Sector D. Since they are four metres away from each other, their geographic characteristics are very similar.
The relief is rather plane, since it has been built upon. By reason of this there is no vegetation. The GCT is located at about 20 meters (65 ft) above mean sea level.
The average temperature is 20-25 °C (68-77 °F), although in summer it can surpass 30 °C (86 °F), and fall to 12 °C (53 °F) in winter. Sector C is slightly hotter than Sector D. The weather is sometimes windy in the latter, especially from August to May, so the use of paperweights is mandatory.
Gerenia is a Federal Republic ruled by a President - since its foundation, Gerald Ruze. At the moment, there is not a Parliament in existence, since it was decided that it will be established once the population reaches four.
Gerenia is a neutral nation, and has joined the Union Against Micronational War. At the moment, Gerenia has entered into diplomatic relations with the following Nations:
- Republic of Armlania;
- Eran Federation (alliance);
- Empire-Republic of Freedomia (alliance);
- St. Peters Republic (alliance);
- Empire of New Winterdown;
- Republic of Lostisland.
The Republic of Gerenia depends on the outer world to survive. Since the terrain does not allow the production of raw material, Gerenia has to import goods from Argentina. Approximately 100% of the imports come from that country. By reason of these economic links, the Argentinian peso is used as currency when trading with the outside world. There is also a micronational currency, the Gerenian Fun Buck, not issued yet.
The official sport in Gerenia is football. The Republic is represented by the Gerenian Football Association (GFA), and has its own virtual football team, which is a member of the Virtual Micronational Soccer Board.
- January 3: Hard Labour Day;
- March 12: Shoe Day;
- November 26: Constitution Day;
- December 5: Gerenia Day.