Republic of Matthewopia

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Republic of Matthewopia


Matthewopia Flag.pngMatthewopia COA.png

Motto
Never give up
Anthem

Matthewopia Globe.png

Capital cityQueentown
Largest cityQueentown
Official language(s)English, Hungarian
Official religion(s)Christian
Short nameMatthewopia
DemonymMatthewopian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
- KingMatthew Hubbard
EstablishedApril 21 2015
Population4 (5 non-resident citizens)
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
GDP (nominal)$760.76 2019
GDP Per Capita = $190.19
Time zone(ACST)
National sportSailing
National dishChicken Curry
National animalRabbit
This nation is a member of the Adelaide Co Prosperity Sphere

Official website of Matthewopia

Matthewopia (/mæθjupiə/ (About this sound (listen))), officially known as the Republic of Matthewopia, is a self-declared sovereign state but is more commonly referred to as a micronation[1] by external observers. It is completely landlocked within Australia. It is situated 20  km north-east of Adelaide, South Australia and is about 75 square metres in area. [2] The capital city is Queentown.

The Republic of Matthewopia seceded from Australia on the twenty-first day of April 2015.

The micronation consists of undulating farmland well covered in places with a wealth of shrubs and glorious wildflowers in season.[3] H.R.H. King Matthew Hubbard, a keen supporter of both the Arts and Conservation, has governed Matthewopia for 3 years. His town site, Queentown, has been developed with many buildings to provide facilities for the tourists who visit each year.


Etymology

The nation was named after the current king of Matthewopia, King Matthew Hubbard. The English form of Ματθαῖος (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu) meaning "gift of YAHWEH", from the roots מַתָּן (mattan) meaning "gift" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first gospel in the New Testament. He is considered a saint in many Christian traditions. The variant Matthias also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a separate apostle. The name appears in the Old Testament as Mattithiah.[4] As an English name, Matthew has been in use since the Middle Ages. A notable bearer was the American naval officer Matthew C. Perry [5] (1794-1858), who led a delegation to Japan. A famous modern bearer is American actor Matthew McConaughey (1969-).

"opia" is likely to be inspired by the suffix of Ethiopia. The name was autogenerated by NationStates.

History

Pre-Matthewopia

Matthewopia, being on the continent of Australia, was previously inhabited by the indigenous population up until the late 1800s. The origin of the first humans to populate the southern continent and its nearby islands remains a matter of conjecture and debate.

Aboriginal Australians, from Ridpath's Universal History

It was considered on Australian soil, until 2015. The previous owners left handprints imprinted in concrete, which are conserved by the Royal Family. One of the artefacts was partially destroyed during renovations to the gutter system, however, to this date, 2 artefacts remain on view for the public.

Colonisation

The Hubbard family moved onto Matthewopian soil in 2010, with Matthew being enrolled into a local kindergarten at the time. With limited exposure to digital media, receiving his first computer was a real turning point for his imagination. He began creating the ideals for a new nation, writing plans for infrastructure and government. He shared his views with his best friend Devlin Hall and so, appointed him to the post of the king. His coronation was held on the 21st of April 2015, a joint venture with the official national independence day. The day bears that title to this day. The nation was first established as a kingdom, with land claims in a nearby park. Because of this difference, it is probably the result of the confusion of a republic with a king. However, other sources claim that it was the result of the founders' minimal knowledge of politics at such a young age.

NationStates

In late 2016, Devlin Hall resigned from his post as a king. This left Matthewopia with no leader for approximately a month. Matthew Hubbard decided then to coronate his sister, Katalin Hubbard, as queen. However, this was not a suitable decision because she soon lost interest and resigned from the post. As a final resort, Matthew crowned himself as the king. This proved to be the most logical solution, as Matthew actually lived on Matthewopian soil.

The first remaining portrait of King Matthew and Queen Katalin. Taken at an unknown date.

A classmate introduced Matthew to the online game NationState. NationStates is a multiplayer nation simulation browser game.[6] Matthew, with little political knowledge at the time, found that a computer game acting as a government proved to be suitable. The game would dispense hypothetical issues every 24 hours for Matthew to resolve. The nation would form depending on the outcomes of the decision. By the end of 2017, Matthewopia hypothetically had a population of 4.047 billion, frequent executions, strict health and safety legislation, and fiercely patriotic citizens. The problem with NationStates was that it didn't show the outcome of the decision before it was selected. Often the outcomes were outrageous and violent. It turned out that it wasn't the result Matthew was expecting.

Micronational

It was around the height of the NationStates Matthewopia, that Matthew stumbled across micronations. He watched a documentary about Sealand and was intrigued. He decided that it would be a suitable move to transform Matthewopia into a micronation, bringing Matthewopia one step closer to reality. Matthew started by making a website [7] and created a Facebook page [8] It was then when Matthewopia formed its first diplomatic relations with other micronations. Diplomats from Gymnasium State contacted Matthewopia seeking recognition and soon a treaty for diplomatic relations was formed. [9]

On in March, Matthewopia declared a state of emergency due to the looming danger from the coronavirus pandemic. The borders of Queentown were closed to people who had travelled in the last 28 days to China, Korea and Italy[10]. The Australian embassy in Queentown was closed until further notice. Safety leaflets were sent to citizens to warn them about the dangers that the virus can bring.[11] Plans were put in place to send money to citizens in affected macronations.

Geography

Matthewopia is situated at the base of the Mount Lofty Ranges, 14km inland from the centre of the eastern shore of the Gulf St. Vincent. Its nearest neighbouring micronation is the Empire of Lehmark. The geography of Matthewopia is similar to the geography of Australia. Queentown is filled with green pasture, and the rest of the nation is populated with large eucalyptus trees. Much of the original vegetation in the south has been cleared for chicken farming. However, the remaining vegetation is luscious. A single creek flows through the centre, the Matt River. It is mainly filled by runoff from the neighbouring Australian hills. The soil, throughout the nation, is high in clay, so the planting of fruit and vegetables is done in raised beds. The clay is mined and filtered in Queentown, the result is sold as pottery in front of the royal palace [12]. All of Matthewopia's cities lie at a similar elevation and therefore have similar climates to each other.

Climate

Matthewopia has the same climate as Australia: a mediterranean climate, with January being the hottest month, and the coldest being July. Summer (Dec–Feb) is hot and dry, making it a popular time to visit. Winters (Jun–Aug) are mild but more rainy. Annual sunshine hours are high, at over 2,500 hours.

Climate data for Queentown
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
30
(86)
27
(81)
23
(73)
19
(66)
16
(61)
15
(59)
17
(63)
20
(68)
24
(75)
27
(81)
28
(82)
31
(88)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(70)
17
(63)
14
(57)
12
(54)
11
(52)
12
(54)
15
(59)
17
(63)
20
(68)
22
(72)
17
(63)
Average low °C (°F) 17
(63)
17
(63)
15
(59)
12
(54)
10
(50)
12
(54)
11
(52)
7
(45)
9
(48)
11
(52)
13
(55)
15
(59)
7
(45)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 18.3
(0.72)
14.5
(0.571)
27.2
(1.071)
46.6
(1.835)
61.4
(2.417)
51.8
(2.039)
75.9
(2.988)
57.2
(2.252)
39.6
(1.559)
17.8
(0.701)
20.2
(0.795)
22.8
(0.898)
37.8
(1.488)
Source: [1] (data from 2005–2015)

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Demographics

As of September 2020, Matthewopia has a total population of 9 people. 4 of which reside in Matthewopian territory, and 5 are non-residential citizens who are allowed to vote and visit the nation, perform government duties and undertake military service. Citizenship is granted through an online application form found on the nation's website. Citizenship does not grant residency, that is granted by permission from the king himself. Most Matthewopian citizens receive education up to the age of 18.

Languages

English is the most commonly spoken language in Matthewopia, known and used daily but the entire population. English is also the main language used in government business. The next most common language spoken by Matthewopians at home is Hungarian, with 30% of the population speaking the language fluently. A considerable population of Matthewopians are bilingual. Most Matthewopians have been educated in Australia.

Religion

Christianity has been recognised as the official language of Matthewopia, however, the government does not have the power to impeach a citizen's belief or religion.

Armed Forces

As a response to many small micronations declaring nonserious "war" on Matthewopia, Matthewopia strives to remain nonbelligerent in micronational conflict. The armed forces are mainly for ceremonial and display purposes only [14]. Matthewopia has no army.

Navy

The Royal Matthewopian Navy was founded in 2015, not long after the nation was founded. The current navy consists of 4 vessels (2 are currently in service, 1 is a training vessel, and 1 is under repair). The navy was established solely to be ceremonial, however, the fleet is constantly taking part in competitive races. [15]

HMS The Jumblies, the flagship of the Matthewopian Navy.

The Jumblies, the flagship of the Royal navy is a small homemade wooden-hulled Heron sailing boat. It takes part in regular races, mostly at the Largs Bay Sailing Club.

Air Force

The MRAF is the main administrative body for manned and unmanned aircraft in Matthewopia.

Economy

Throughout it's history, Matthewopia experienced very little industrialisation. For the first year or so, developing foreign affairs and internal administration was seen as more important than developing the economy. Matthewopia is supported economically by the sale of original national anthems composed for other micronations by the company Music by Matthew H.

Currency

Matthewopia's current currency is the Australian dollar, as it has been found that it is not necessary for a completely new currency for the nation, as it would have very little value and would not be able to be used for purchases outside of Matthewopia.[16]

The Australian dollar (sign: $, code: AUD) is the official currency for Matthewopia and Australia. It is the fifth most traded currency in the world and has comparatively high-interest rates.

Mattdollar

In late 2016, efforts were made to create a new currency, the mattdollar. However, the currency never got past the development stage. The Australian dollar-dominated financial transactions. The currency was more a cultural expression rather than an attempt at creating a functioning and valuable currency.

Politics and Government

The government of Matthewopia has a unique structure. It is an elective monarchy, with a monarch elected by the citizens of the nation each time an old monarch dies. Currently, the only elections held are to elect a new monarch, however, there have been historical cases where elections have been used to elect bans on certain items of food. The monarch is the head of state. Each monarch appoints a set of ministers, who choose vice ministers. Each minister is responsible for the administration of their own ministry. These ministries are deal with health, security, telecommunications etc. There isn't a specific number of ministries, rather the ministries are adapted to the people's needs currently. The only fixed position is the head of state.

Current Government

Image Name Position
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Matthew Hubbard King of Matthewopia
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Ashley Collins Minister of Defense
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Emanuel Mabasa Minister of Sports
Amber Blakeley Minister of Health and Architecture

Foreign Relations


Because of space issues, Matthewopia is unable to host embassies. Foreign relations are conducted online through the government website. Gymnasium State On May 8 2019, the Treaty on Diplomatic Relations, between Gymnasium State and the Republic of Matthewopia was signed and ratified into law. [17] The Treaty specifies the newly established cooperation between the two states. It was the first major treaty signed by the Republic. Matthewopia's relationship with Gymnasium State placed a significant role in entering into the Micronational Olympic Federation.

Empire of Lehmark
On July 7 2019, a treaty of Mutual Recognition between the Empire of Lehmark and the Republic of Matthewopia was officially signed and ratified into law.[18] Later in the year, King Matthew and Emperor Lehman met at a nearby Adelaide cafe for a pleasant lunch, discussing matters such as micronationalism.

King Matthew Hubbard and Emperor Lehman of Lehmark meet to discuss micronationalism.

A second event was due to take place, however, it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Isolationist Policy

As of December 20 2019, Matthewopia passed the diplomatic policy, which enforces that Matthewopia will no longer enter into new diplomatic relations. They exercise friendliness towards other micronations and sovereign states, however, will not enter into formal relations. This includes treaties, embassies and alliances. This change in policy did not affect current diplomatic relations that have been put into place before this time. This was put into place because of the large inflow of small, insignificant and simulationist micronations asking to establish diplomatic, military and even financial alliances.

Flag

The flag of Matthewopia was inspired by the flags of Alderney and Brazil. The lion in the middle represents courage and strength. The lion is holding an olive branch, the national flora. The red represents the earth, while the green represents the plants.

Culture

The core of Matthewopian culture is derived from Hungarian and English culture, and features adopted from Australian culture.

Music

King Matthew Hubbard is the first and only major Matthewopian composer. He composed Pingari Fauna, the national anthem for Matthewopia, written for Chamber Music, a national anthem for Ovrestlia and various musical tracks in the style of chill. Most Matthewopian produced music is classical. Classical music has also greatly shaped the taste of music in Matthewopia. However, recently, a surge in popularity for Jazz and Rock music has been seen. On the 27th of July, 2020, Matthew Hubbard founded the company Music by Matthew H. It is a company run by the Matthewopia government, to provide a national anthem composing service for the micronational community. The company has currently written two pieces, the Matthewopian national anthem and The Renaissance of the Phoenix, the Ovrestlia national anthem.

Literature

Many literacy styles are appreciated by Matthewopians, from which fantasy, romance, children's, thriller, textbooks and travel are the most common.

Shadow, the only book published in Matthewopia

Literature is a minor industry, with only one Book published in Matthewopia. Currently, it is only available in digital copies, however, it is expected to be released as a hard copy edition in the near future. Shadow is currently published on the writing sharing website Wattpad. Matthewopia's only public library is located in Queentown and is home to a collection of approximately 1200 books, 200 CDs and 50 records as well as numerous private serving individual households.

Sport

Sport is a minor part of Matthewopian life. The ministry of sport is the national department responsible for overseeing sports and recreation in the nation. It runs programs to streamline sporting codes by means of effective support and teamwork. The department is headed by Minister Emanuel Mabasa. Sailing is the main sport that is played by Matthewopians. Most sporting events in Matthewopia are organised by the Ministry of Sports. Matthewopia is a member of the MOF and participated in the 2020 eSports Games hosted by Gymnasium State[19] . The team consisted of 4 men, although none won medals. Matthewopia only came third place in the flag design competition at this event.

Cuisine

Matthewopian cuisine is an interesting mix of culinary contributions and adaptations from various cultures around the world, including British, European and Indian. On weekdays, breakfast is a quick affair with cereal, toast and pancakes. On weekends, people enjoy a fried breakfast of bacon and eggs. Lunch is a variety of cold meats, bread, cheeses and pickles laid out on wooden platters. Dinner is the main meal, usually eaten in the evening. Meat is a core part of a Matthewopian diet, however, vegetarian eating habits are becoming more common in Matthewopia.

Religion

Matthewopia's is a Cristian state, as it's official religion is Christian, as the large majority of citizens identify as being of Cristian faith. A small majority of Matthewopians are atheists and Muslims. The government does not have the power to impeach a citizen's belief or religion.

Infrastructure

Science and Technology

The main focus of technological advances in Matthewopia is in the engineering sector. The small laboratory, the first of its kind in Matthewopia, focuses on radio communications and software engineering. On a personal scale, as of 2020, 100% of Matthewopian households own at least one computer, and 80% of Matthewopians own a mobile phone.

Transport

Matthewopian roads are the primary carriers of freight and passenger traffic. 25% of roads in Matthewopia are paved with concrete, while the remaining 75% is tightly packed dirt. Matthewopia's roads connect its city with the neighbouring country Australia. There is no annual registration fee or road tax; however, all Matthewopian roads are privatized. Driving is on the left side of the road, and there is no speed limit. The nation has no railways.

Education

The Royal Constitution identifies that all Matthewopians have the right to education. According to the ministry of education, in 2020, the literacy rate of the population was 100%, eradicating illiteracy in the micronation.

National Holidays

Matthewopia celebrates these significant days in a year. The holidays are similar to British and Australian holidays. These significant days are classified as public holidays and are well celebrated by citizens.

Date Holiday Description
January 1 New Years Day Celebration of the beginning of the new year.
Variable Date Good Friday Celebrates the day in the Christian faith when Jesus Christ died for people's sins.
Variable Date Easter Sunday Celebrates the day in the Christian faith when Jesus Christ was resurrected.
April 21 Matthewopia Day Celebrates the day that Matthewopia was founded.
April 25 ANZAC Day Day of commemoration for the ANZAC soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
November 11 Remembrance Day Day of commemoration for the soldiers who died in the line of duty.
December 24 Christmas Eve Celebration of the Nativity of Jesus in the Christian faith.
December 25 Christmas Day Celebration of the Nativity of Jesus in the Christian faith.

See Also

References

  1. Definition of a micronation. matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  2. Location of Matthewopia. matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  3. Matthewopia land description. matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  4. https://www.behindthename.com/name/matthew The Meaning & History of the English name Matthew
  5. http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/special/japan_1750_perry.htm Commodore Perry and Japan (1853-1854)
  6. nation simulation game. nationstates.net. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  7. Matthewopia's first website. matthewopia.weebly.com. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  8. Matthewopia's Facebook page.facebook.com. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  9. Matthewopia forms diplomatic relations with Gymnasium State .matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  10. Covid-19 update. matthewopia.weebly.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  11. Urgent COVID-19 Alert. matthewopia.weebly.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  12. new pot is out now facebook.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  13. Adelaide climate. timeanddate.com. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  14. – for mainly ceremonial purposes matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  15. Katalin Hubbard is listed here as participating in the SA Girls Optic Weekend optisa.org.au. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  16. Currency. matthewopia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  17. Matthewopia's treaty with Gymnasium State radified.facebook.com. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  18. Matthewopia's treaty with Lehmark radified.drive.google.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  19. 2020 eSports Games Gymnasium State - opening ceremony. youtube.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.