Republic of Pollock
Republic of Pollock
|Motto: "Pro Gente Pugnamus, Pro Populo Servimus"|
"For the Nation We Fight, For the People We Serve"
|Anthem: National anthem|
|Location||Davis, California, United States of America|
|Recognised national languages||English|
|Recognised regional languages|
|Ethnic groups |
|William R. Coburn|
|John D. Coburn|
|Legislature||Grand Parliament of Pollock|
|7 June 2019|
• Constitution ratified
|14 July 2021|
• 2023 estimate
|Currency||Pollockian dollar and United States dollar|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific Standard Time)|
|Calling code||+1 (530)|
|Internet TLD||.pl (proposed)|
Pollock (US: //), known officially as the Republic of Pollock, is a de facto autonomous region, known as a self-proclaimed micronation by the international community. Pollock is comprised of 10 provinces and 1 capital region. Pollock is an enclave surrounded by the city of Davis in the US state of California. The official language is English, although Spanish, Indonesian and Sinhalese are also spoken.
Independence was declared on 7 of June 2019 from the United States of America as the Republic of Cobam. On 14 July 2021, the constitution was written, and Pollock claimed new lands, 10 provinces. Annexation of the occupied territories was ordered by the dictator. The national sport of Pollock, wrestling, was established on the 19th of May, 2020, along with the national animal, the squirrel on the same day.
Border security along the entrance to Moore Boolevard, at the north of Pollock, is non-existent, and in the south of Pollock at the Great Gate of Pollock, no visa is required as well.
The name of Pollock derives from the central street of the nation, which was known as "Pollock Court" when the nation was still a part of the city of Davis.
Etymology of Northtown
Northtown is named after its geographic location in relation to Coburntown.
Etymology of Lopez
The name "Lopez" of the Province of Lopez is derived from the surname of the inhabitants of the province.
Etymology of MacArthur
The Province of MacArthur gets its name from the surname of the inhabitant of the province, Robert, known as Bob.
Etymology of Gavetti
Like many of the provinces of Pollock, the Province of Gavetti gets its name from the surname of the two inhabitants of the province, Lu and Georgette.
Etymology of Moore
The name of the Province of Moore is derived from the large street that the region borders, Moore Boulevard, which is outside Pollockian territory.
Etymology of Wright
Etymology of Knight
Etymology of Little Persimmontown
The Province of Little Persimmontown is named after the many large persimmon trees in the backyard of the province. The persimmons harvested are distributed among many of the other provinces by the kind inhabitants of Little Persimmontown, David and Denisse.
Etymology of the Federal District of Coburn
The name of the Federal District of Coburn is derived from the citizens of the region, who all share the surname 'Coburn' (US: //). The Federal District of Coburn is the capital district, and holds the capital city of Coburntown.
Etymology of Westtower
Etymology of Willowshire
- 7 June 2019 - Pollock's predecessor, the Republic of Cobam, is established
- Spring 2020 - William R. Coburn declares rule over the street of Pollock under the Republic of Cobam
- Mid-Spring 2020 - The Pillow War breaks out
- Summer 2021 - Capitol building is built in Coburntown
- 14 July 2021 - Constitution of Cobam is ratified
- April 2022 - Capitol building is incorporated into the Republic of Cobam
- August 2022 - Truce is reached between Evelyn's revolutionaries and Cobamian forces
- November 2022 - Cobam falls and is replaced by the Republic of Pollock, still under William
Before the Republic of Pollock declared independence from the United States, a major figure in Pollockian history, William R. Coburn had established the micronation of the Republic of Cobam on the 7th of June 2019, which encompassed only a single room. In 2020, William declared himself the king of Pollock Court. As there were not many people under the age of 13 on the street, William was not taken seriously, and his rule was not recognized. The Republic of Cobam faltered, and Evelyn Coburn of the Kingdom of Oceana declared war on Cobam, thus resulting in the Pillow War. The war ended in the destruction of Oceana, which collapsed, and the beginning of a dormant age of micronations on Pollock Court.
Development of modern Pollock
After the devastating Pillow War that resulted in the destruction of Oceana and the dormantism of Cobam, affairs between micronations on Pollock Court died out. In 2021, the modern capitol building of Pollock was built during summer break. The building was formerly the headquarters of the Order of the Red Dragon, but in April of 2022, the building became the capitol building of Cobam as well. On 14 July 2021, the first constitution of Cobam was written out. It was ratified with only one signer, William Coburn of the extremely small, but recovering, Republic of Cobam. The constitution gave absolute dictator-like powers to William, and he essentially became the dictator of Cobam. At that time, Cobam had a permanent population of merely 1, and William became lonely.
From February 2022 to August 2022, a series of small battles between Evelyn and the Republic of Cobam broke out in the backyard of the Coburn residence, now the Federal District of Coburn. Cobam had claimed the entire yard, and Evelyn had claimed a Japanese maple tree located in a small patch of dirt that had previously held tulips. John D. Coburn had ordered William and Evelyn to leave the premises of the yard, and as his military might largely surpassed Cobam's, Cobam's claims were reduced to a small patch of moss. William threatened to snap branches off of the maple tree as it was shedding its leaves on the moss grove, territory of Cobam, which sparked the Moss Wars. Theodore Coburn joined the war as a mercenary on the side of William, and in late August of 2022, a truce was reached, ending the wars and barring Evelyn from any form of micronational interaction for the next five months. In late November of 2022, the nation of Cobam fell overnight, and the Republic of Pollock was established, annexing the surrounding homes and cul-de-sac.
Politics and government
The Prime Minister of Pollock is the head of government, and is elected every year. The prime minister is the leader of parliament, and is responsible for appointing ministers for each of the ministries of Pollock. There is no term limit for the prime minister.
The president of Pollock is the official head of state, and is elected every year, unless parliament votes for an early election. The president has the power to veto acts and legislation passed by parliament, and is also the chief of the Pollock Armed Forces and the Pollock Ministry of Internal Services. The president has no term limit.
Grand Parliament of Pollock
The Parliament of Pollock, officially the Grand Parliament of the Union of Pollock, is the main legislative body of Pollock. The leader of the parliament is the prime minister. Each member of parliament is elected through a majority popular vote every 5 months by the citizens of Pollock through in-person voting. The parliament votes on all legislation and acts, and all members of parliament may propose legislation. There are 5 seats in parliament, and there is no term limit for members of parliament.
Law and order
Law enforcement in Pollock is funded by the Pollock Ministry of Internal Services, and the national government operates a police force. Regional law enforcement is non-existent, although provinces may operate their own police force if the means for funding is around. Alleged criminals are taken to the High Court of Pollock, and will face trial. There is a 3-person jury, who must vote with a simple majority whether the defendant is guilty, and defendants are supplied a defense attorney by the government if the defendant cannot get one themselves. Suspects have the right to remain silent during interrogation, although everything they say in court or in questioning may be used against them. All internet activity is monitored in the days during or following interrogation or court. Disputes between businesses may be settled in a similar manner to criminal and civil courts, although most punishments handed out by the judge in court disputes between businesses are finance-related, and rarely result in arrest.
The Pollock Investigation and Special Police Agency, also known as the PISPA, is an elite unit of the national law enforcement service. They are armed with nerf blasters, and are responsible for high-profile crime investigation and arrests. The Pollock Ranger Patrol is responsible for the protection of national parks, and patrol rural areas predominantly.
|Ministry of Foreign Services||William R. Coburn||Maintaining relations with foreign political entities|
|Ministry of Internal Affairs||John D. Coburn||Releasing propaganda and maintaining order within Pollock|
|Ministry of Defense||William R. Coburn||Maintaining the Pollock Armed Forces|
|Party name||Symbol||Leader||Ideology||Founded||Seats in parliament|
|Establishment Party||William R. Coburn||Traditionalism||14 July 2021|
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|Monarchist Party||Evelyn Coburn||Monarchism||12 June 2023|
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- All member states of the United Nations
- Conch Republic
- Hutt River
The Pollock Armed Forces were established on 22 November 2022, and is led by the commander-in-chief, the president. It is comprised solely of the Pollockian Army. Soldiers are armed with nerf guns and occasionally plastic or wooden swords. All soldiers undergo a rigorous physical fitness test, and only passing enlistees are accepted into the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces currently has 3 active duty soldiers and 2 reserve soldiers. The modern Pollockian Armed Forces has been involved in no wars as of November 2022, and maintains a relatively neutral and anti-interventionist stance.
The armed forces of Pollock is relatively small, being composed of only a few squads. The brigades of the military number only two; one from Coburntown and one from Lopez.
Rank and insignia
There are no officer and enlisted ranks in Pollock; there is only a single basic rank hierarchy in the military.
|Master Marshal||Special grade|
1st Coburntown Brigade
The 1st Coburntown Brigade is composed of 3 soldiers armed solely with nerf guns and stick spears. They are led by Evelyn Z. Coburn.
1st Lopez Brigade
The 1st Lopez Brigade is a part of the reserve forces, although if called to battle they are armed with sticks and poles.
|Photograph||Type||Amount||Place of origin|
|Light transport||1||United States|
|Medium transport||1; in repair||United States|
|Medium tank||1||United States|
|Photograph||Type||Amount||Place of origin|
|Revolving rifle-blaster||1||United States|
United Chicken Police Force
The United Chicken Police Force is a police force tasked with the guarding and caretaking of the four chickens of Coburntown. The rank system is undeniably different from the armed forces, and is led by Captain Commander John D. Coburn.
Ranks and insignia
|sticks||Private Guard, second class|
|sticks||Private Guard, first class|
|sticks||Specialist Squad Sergeant|
|sticks||Master Specialist, second class|
|nerf gun||Master Specialist, first class|
|nerf gun||Commanding Guard|
|nerf gun||Major Commander|
|nerf gun||Captain Commander of the Force|
Geography and climate
Pollock is classified as having a Köppen Csa climate by the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system. The lowest temperature recorded in the region was 12 degrees fahrenheit, recorded on 8 January 1973. The most recent snow day was in 1973, and lasted for a few hours. The highest temperature recorded in the region was 116 degrees fahrenheit, recorded on 17 July 1925. Rain is relatively low compared to other areas, and dust storms are common in the summer months such as July and August due to the large agriculture industry surrounding Davis. UV (Ultra-Violet) exposure is common in June, July and August. Sunburns from UV exposure are seen often during these months, and the government of Pollock has released a warning against prolonged exposure to the sun without sunblock.
The area surrounding Pollock and beyond the city of Davis is almost exclusively flat farmland. Farther west, the California Coastal Mountain Range is reached, and farther east the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range lies, along with the capital of California, Sacramento, and many other towns. North and south of Davis is more farmland, all part of the Great California Central Valley. The climate favors drier plants, such as cactus, succulents and other desert-adapted vegetation. Common animals found in Pollock and Davis are squirrels, numerous species of bird, rabbits and coyotes. Coyotes are rarely seen in human-inhabited areas however, and prefer to inhabit the nature preserve Wildhorse Agricultural Buffer, a dirt and gravel nature trail near Pollock.
|Climate data for Davis, California|
|Record high °F (°C)||88
|Average high °F (°C)||55.5
|Daily mean °F (°C)||46.9
|Average low °F (°C)||38.4
|Record low °F (°C)||16
|Average Precipitation inches (mm)||4.02
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01)||12.3||10.4||8.8||5.0||3.3||1.3||0.1||0.1||0.8||3.0||6.9||11.2||63.2|
|Source: United States Weather Service  Wikipedia |
The economy of Pollock is largely substance-based, and almost all working-age inhabitants travel outside of the borders for employment. The professions of citizens vary considerably, although the most common professions in Pollock are in the medical field, with one doctor and two nurses living within Pollock. All landowners grow a garden, which is consumed by the property itself almost always.
There is no steady stream of exports leaving Pollock year-round, although in mid to late fall Coburntown inhabitants set up a roadside stand along Wright Boulevard, selling pomegranates and sometimes eggs produced in Coburntown. This brings in a considerable amount of money for the sellers, which contributes to the overall wealth and economic well-being of Pollock. The sale has been set up every year except for 2020 and 2021, when poor crop yields and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the selling of produce.
The import/export ratio in Pollock is much higher on the side of import, with hundreds of dollars worth of groceries being purchased weekly by citizens from over the border, as well as consumer goods ordered from outside the border as well.
Pollock uses the Pollockian dollar and the United States dollar interchangeably, although the dollar is more highly prized. Some domestic traders, particularly in Coburntown, accept other foreign currency including the Euro and Canadian dollar, although the acceptance of such currencies varies depending on the seller's discretion.
Most citizens store their money, both digital and physical, outside of Pollock. A single bank exists in Pollock, which is the Horizon Banking Corporation, based in Coburntown. They store account holder's money in a secure cash register or safe, hidden. The bank is known to change unfavorably high interest rates, however.
Culture and media
Pollock has a rich culture, a melting pot of numerous different ethnicities, including central American, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, and northern European. These distinct cultures are primarily celebrated and practiced within the province where said culture is predominant.
Pollockians have a custom of happy hour celebration, with the children playing in the street while the adults consume alcohol after a long day. This tradition is observed almost always on weekends, and less so on weekdays, although it has occured. Another custom Pollockians practice is when an immigrant arrives in the nation, they are welcomed with baked goods and fresh fruit for roughly three days straight following their arrival.
Furthermore, days of importance citizens traditionally hang a blue, green, or yellow shirt on the top of stick, and parade around their province of residence.
It is also widely believed by many Pollockians, primarily in the east and in Greenbelt National Park that there are numerous tribes of humanoid little people, known as "Smallers" or "Littles". They are believed to stand at a mere 1 in (2.54 cm) tall. They live in subterranean dwellings to shelter from humans and squirrels. This tradition has stayed alive for many years, and is still widely believed by Pollockians in the eastern parts of Pollock.
Pollockian children all travel across the borders of Pollock for a formal education, although a small one-room school session was held in 2020 for the children of Lopez and Coburntown, but closed due to lack of resources. Pollockian citizens have a 100% high school graduation rate and most citizens have graduated with at least a bachelor's degree in higher education, which has contributed greatly to the nation's general well-being and prosperity.
Athletic traditions in Pollock are rich, with chicken catching matches, sword duels, and bicycle races being common within Pollockian cities. The National Bicycle Championship is the most prestigious racing championship in the nation, with competitors coming from all around for their shot at victory.
Pollockian cuisine is a blend of many kinds of food. Popular foods include tofu-lettuce wraps, chili, and grilled salmon. At nationwide festivals baked goods are a major part, with the citizen of the Province of Knight being known across the country for her cookies and pies, while the Province of Wright competes with Knightians for baked goods fame, with aspiring baker Everett gaining popularity quickly.
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