Republic of Secundomia

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Republic of Secundomia

 

 

 

December 2009–May 2012

Secundomia Official Flag.jpgSecundomian shield.png

Motto
Secundus Domus
Eastern Kansas, United States of America.
Capital city Middle Secundomia City
Largest city Middle Secundomia City
Official language(s) Slin-English (Classical), English, Turkish
Official religion(s) Freedom of religion, agnosticist government.
Short name Secundomia
Demonym Secundomian
Government Representative Democracy/Republic de facto dictatorship since October 2010.
- President Parker I
- Director of Diplomacy Parker I
Legislature Secundomian Congress
- Type - Bicameral
- Number of seats - 0 (Disbanded in 2010)
- Last election - August 2010
Established December 16, 2009
Area claimed Half of Johnson County, KS
Population 11 (Not counting residents)
Currency USD ($)
Time zone UTC -6
National sport American Football
National animal Squirrel

Website

The Republic of Secundomia (pronounced [sɛkʊndoʊmiə]), also known as Secundomia (Secundomian:ǂƿǂ፥ˠ፥Ꮩƪ pronounced [kʂɛkʂuːɳtuːmjɛ]), was a sixth world nation [1] founded by Parker I and Spencer I formed on December 16, 2009. Since then, Secundomia grew to be respected in the micronational community and were ranked tenth in the OAM Influence Survey[2][3]. [4][5]Secundomia at its peak had eleven registered citizens[6], ten of which were above voting age. The nation was led by President Parker I[7]. Secundomia later became a member of the Eran Federation.

Etymology

Main article: Name of Secundomia

The name Secundomia is a neologism of two Latin words, Secundus and Domus, roughly translating to "behind the house".[8][9] Symbolic of Secundomia's origins as a 'backyard nation', the name was created by Parker I when he founded the Kingdom of Secundomia. After the Kingdom merged with the Republic of Skillz[10], the citizens of the then-"Micronation Republic"[11] voted on several names, including Kansas[12], Pædetopia[13] and Coverla[14], until it was decided that Secundomia was the most fitting.[15] A citizen of Secundomia is called a Secundomian[16] or a Seco[17] and the demonym is Secundomian[18].

History

Main article: History of Secundomia

Creation

Throughout history, the land of the Republic of Secundomia was incorporated in the American state of Kansas. This changed around December 13th 2009 when Parker I and Spencer I resolved to create a micronation after reading about others online.

Spencer was the first to create a nation, the Republic of Skillz on December 14th 2009. Shortly after its creation, Parker created the Kingdom of Secundomia in response, and declared war on Skillz. However, the war quickly died after the Skillz government collapsed. In the remnants of Skillz, Parker I agreed with Spencer I to merge the two nations on December 16th 2009. The only other citizen at the time was Nate I.

Shortly after the creation of a "Micronation Republic", Parker and Spencer recruited members for their nation. They quickly amassed a population of six. Parker and Spencer were named "Temporary Consuls" until elections could be held, and the name of "Secundomia" was decided upon. However, during this period the newly founded state of Halstopia in Secundomia spontaneously seceded and returned to American rule, causing unrest. After the secession Parker I was wrapped in a struggle for power with a challenger, Luke of Secundomia. This struggle cased the secession of another state, Atlan, later in December.
A rough sketch of the Atlan Flag.

Post Atlanian secession, the Secundomian leaders, Spencer, Luke and Parker, agreed to settle their disputes and allowed Parker and Luke to take power as co-presidents in January 2010. However this agreement was not to last, as Parker soon shifted his support away from Luke and towards Spencer, to take advantage of Spencer's voting bloc. Luke saw this as an attempt to seize power as a dictatorship. However, the elections resulted in a victory for the brothers over Luke.

Post-election, Luke disputed the results and called for a re-election, as well as the abandonment of the dual-presidential system. However, due to close correspondence, Parker and Spencer were able to pass vast amounts of legislation. Parker and Luke later agreed to an alliance, stopping the warring 3 voting blocs, Luke's, Spencer's and Parker's from fighting. Parker and Spencer agreed to end the dual-president system and approved only one president for the upcoming months. In the February elections, Spencer's voting bloc proved strong enough amid claims of Parker overstepping term limits to push him into power.

Stasis and Development

The official flag of Secundomia, as created by Nate I.
After the elections, Secundomia went through almost complete dormancy, however this was viewed as a positive outcome compared to the past struggles that came before. After the third elections which Spencer I won and before the inauguration, Secundomia experienced a surge of activity between February 25, 2010 and March 4, 2010, a period that became known as the Golden Days. Secundomia regained Atlan on February 25[19], and two other states were formed. Nate I also announced the formation of Lower Secundomia and the next day, Luke announced the formation of Merenneitoja prior to Luke's Territory becoming the New Territory, governed by Spencer I. Parker I and Spencer I approved the first official flag[20], designed by Nate I, governor of Lower Secundomia.[21]
The Secundomian Congress Building, artist's depiction
In March President Spencer I appointed the first everCabinet and signed a law creating the Secundomian Congress. Atlan was redefined as a separate nation, but new territory was put in in its place. Shortly after this, during Operation Annex, Secundomia annexed Pine County, Long county, Snow Hill County, and Backwoods County into Middle Secundomia.

Cabinet Crisis

Main article: Cabinet Crisis (Secundomia)

Parker I announces his cabinet choices. (artist's depiction)
The Cabinet Crisis was a trying event in Secundomian History. It began when President Parker I appointed his Cabinet and ended with the temporary exile of Rahim I from Secundomia.

When Parker I appointed his presidential cabinet, he caused unsettlement among citizens about his choices. Eventually, Parker I was pressured into changing the decisions but some citizens, including Ibrahim I, were still not content. Ibrahim's protests got violent, and allegedly violated Secundomian Law. Parker I prosecuted Ibrahim, and put him on trial, the first trial in Secundomian history.

Ibrahim I is tried. (artist's depiction)
Parker I presided over the trial, and a jury was appointed. The Defense Attorney was Nate I, and the prosecutor was Parker I. Shortly after the trial began, protests rang out over Secundomia, accusing Parker I of being a dictator, and being corrupt. After it was clear he could not continue prosecuting Ibrahim, he ruled in Ibrahim's favor, but did not give in to Ibrahim's original protests. During the trial, Seth I left Secundomia due to the nature of recent conversations. This drew criticism of the president; Ibrahim I said Seth left because, "you (Parker I) are being a jerk."

After the trial of Ibrahim I, an inactive citizen, the Empress of Atlan, returned to activity and defended the President. The Protest Group began harassing her. Many of Protest sympathizers began to grow distrustful of the Protest Group. These sympathizers now aligned themselves with the president. They included Spencer I and Luke of Secundomia. The Protest Group began targeting them as well.

As the harassment began to grow worse, many of Secundomia's citizens, including the President and Citizen's Council, voted to exile Protest leader Rahim I temporarily. Ibrahim I was given a warning. Soon Ibrahim and Rahim both apologized.

Late 2010

After the Cabinet Crisis, peace overcame Secundomia. The May 2010 Election primaries took place in early May but the actual elections were postponed until June 1. Spencer became interim president between then and June 8. After the elections were postponed again after a tie, Ibrahim I said that Rahim I should be able to choose the President because he was expelled from Secundomia before the Elections, though the proposal was soundly rejected. Parker I finally won the elections on June 16.

St. Louis
The Gravois Naval Base.
During June Secundomia became almost entirely inactive. In July, Parker I started a project to revive Secundomia which succeeded. The July Elections ended with Luke's election as President. Parker I, Spencer I, and future President Luke, the so-called Big Three of Secundomia, met during July at the Gravois Naval Base. Parker I and Spencer I then traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, on a political embassy to the United States.

During the late summer, Luke appointed his cabinet, and other government positions.[22]Unfortunately, after he did, Secundomia slipped into inactivity.

In September 2010, Secundomia was honored in a Slinky Air Show, and began developing a language, but most of the nation remained dormant. Elections were conducted and in the Conservative Primaries four candidates were nominaetd - Skillz founder Spencer I, infamous Protest Group Leader Ibrahim I, Kingdom founder Parker I, and then-President Luke - and the primaries ended in a victory for Luke with Ibrahim I conceding defeat. However, Spencer decided to form his own party, Spencer's Super Awesome Party of Super Awesomeness or the "Libertarian Party", and Parker I decided to run as an Independent. Parker I experienced a surge of votes from liberal voters, unhappy with the distant Conservative Party candidate, and subsequently won the election. During the September Elections, Lower Secundomia was merged with Middle Secundomia due to it's failure to conduct gubernatorial elections. Bu Ocajin also collapsed and reorganized into Merreneitoja while Southern Cipania became a territory.

2010 Micronational Olympics logo.
Soon after the September Elections, the 2010 Micronational Olympics became the center of Secundomian attention as the nation had been picked to host the Olympics in August 2010.[23] President and Facilitator Parker I started developing the Olympics, and all athletes finished signing up in October. On November 1, the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics were held, and Parker I officially announced the beginning of the 2010 Micronational Olympics.

In the very late months of 2010, Secundomia went through a period of inactivity. First the Olympics were cancelled, due to technichal issues and low participation level. Secundomia was soon upon it's 1 year anniversary. Unfortunately, it was not celebrated largely, due to inactivity of citizens. It was this inactivity that Parker I wanted to destroy, and he did in the next period.

2011

In late 2010, Parker I resolved to "inject"[24] activity into Secundomia. Soon he proposed a two step plan to fulfill his resolve.[25] Activity skyrocketed in Secundomia, especially with the Space Program. Project Dove was under intense development, and Project Eagle launched one rocket already, with another waiting for launch. The Second Eagle remains waiting for launch to this day, and inactivity unfortunately continues.
The Eagle I.

Soon the January 2011 elections were on the rise. These elections were a harsh competition between incumbent Parker I (seeking his last term before a break), and challenger Spencer I. Support in Secundomia had shifted upon Spencer I, so the elections would be tough again. Parker attempted to gain voters across the Conservative-Liberal border, while Spencer attempted to rally his support away. Eventually it came down to political activity. The votes were held over the weekend on the last day of January, however, only two citizens officially registered their vote. The vote was split, one supporting Parker, the other Spencer. Spencer then contested the validity of the election, claiming his vote had not been counted. The Election committee maintained that Spencer had not officially registered his vote, beyond claiming his intent. Spencer argued that he announced his intent during the weekend, and that the election committee had ignored him. This controversy continued into early February. As the elections had not been resolved, and Parker I's term had ended, Secundomia was officially without presidency, and lead only by the incomplete congress. The Congress, however, did not vote upon any interim president. A vote was shortly held. Parker managed to rally enough active citizens to vote, and won the election 3-1.

The short active period was followed by more inactivity. Internal activity was not restored for a long period. Parker I seized power in June 2011 after the senate and cabinet were dissolved as inactive. He was not met with much resistance. External activity in international relations was still booming, as Parker maintained a level of activity on that front.

2012

Main article: Eranian Secundomia

2012 was another slow year for Secundomian internal politics, however in May Secundomia joined the Eran Federation as a dependent republic. Secundomia joined after doubts of sovereignty to re-energize the nation. However, this failed and they soon withdrew and became Post-Eran Secundomia.

Politics

Political parties

Secundomia had two active Political parties, one of them, although called the Libertarian Party, does not truly represent the demographic in it's name[26], while the Conservative Party also contains Liberals[27]. The Liberal party died after it's one member left the nation[28].

Government

Main article:Secundomian Government

Secundomia was a Federal Constitutional Republic. It was lead by the Legislative Branch and the Executive branch, which hold a lot of power. The Judicial Branch does not hold a lot of power in Secundomia. Secundomia was formerly a Presidential Republic, until power was seized by Parker I, returning it to the presidential republic status.

Each state of Secundomia had it's own governing body, and each state could decide what governing body it is. Usually it is just a governorship, in the cases of Gravois and Merenneitoja, which had too few citizens for a parliament; but Middle Secundomia was planning on a State Legislature prior to a collapse in activity

Constitution

The Republic of Secundomia had two constitutions, the second officially overwrote the first. Both have Seven articles, and the second is based upon the United States Constitution. The Articles of the second deal with the Affirmation of the Legislative Branch, the Affirmation of the Executive Branch, the Affirmation of the Judicial Branch, the rights of the states, a clause against involuntary servitude, dictating the process of amending the constitution, and the Ratification of the constitution.

Text

The full text of both constitutions can be found here

Amendments

The Secundomian constitution has had 2 amendments, with more to soon follow. The first amendment states:

The government of the Republic of Secundomia shall never make a law that prohibits freedom of religion, or that enforces a certain religion.

The second:

The government of the Republic of Secundomia shall never make a law that prohibits freedom of speech or expression upon the people of Secundomia.

Law and order

Law and order in Secundomia is headed by the Judicial Branch. However, they mainly rely on the United States for police and judicial service.

Trial of Ibrahim I

There was one point in which an emergency trial was called to order, during the Cabinet Crisis, Ibrahim I was tried for his statements on the Secundomian Message board. This trial was presided over by President Parker I. However the trial ended in victory to Defense Attorney, Nate I.
Trial of Ibrahim I.png

Foreign Relations

Main article: Diplomacy with Secundomia

The Republic of Secundomia was a member of the OAM, prior to a falling out with the OAM staff.
Secundomia had established some sort of diplomatic relations with over 20 different micronations before dissolution. They were a part of the Organisation of Active Micronations prior to falling out with the Secretariat.[30], and the League of Secessionist States, for a breif period. [31]. Secundomia never recognized any Micras nation as a true nation, however, they offered limited recognition to these nations.

Military

Main Page: Secundomian Armed Forces

Secundomia's military was self-described as weak. It was never enacted, but was ready when called upon. The military was run by the Department of Defense, which was headed by Grand General Spencer I from August 2010 until the seizure of power by Parker I. [32]

Divisions

Army

There was 5 citizens in the Secundomian Army, which wasn't not known for it's power.

Navy

The Secundomian Navy was a work in progress. The navy is headed by Admiral Nate I. Several ships are registered by the Secundomian Navy.

Air Force

The Air Force was never activated, but a project for a defense rocket was underway[33][34]. The rocket was intended to be spring powered. The Air Force was headed by General Ibrahim I

Secundomian Intelligence Agency

The Secundomian Intelligence Agency was founded by Parker I to collect information on nations abroad. Their only project was the Finland Project, which resulted in the undercovering of Voitokas

Geography

Main article:Secundomian Geography

States and Territories

States

State Governor Statehood Dates Political affiliation Capital Notes
Middle Secundomia Parker I December 16th 2009 Secundomian Conservative Party Middle Secundomia* First State to join, most populous, Capital State
Merenneitoja Luke of Secundomia Feb. 26th, 2010 Secundomian Conservative Party none
Gravois Spencer I July 23rd, 2010 Secundomian Libertarian Party Gravois City Largest (by area) state. Only populated on occasion
Defunct States
State/Territory Fate Date Founded-Date Defunct Leader
Halstopia Returned to America December 17th 2009 - 18th (Withheld)
Leospecsia Dissolved, territory returned to America December 17th, 2009 - April 18th, 2010 Seth I
Atlan Seceeded Since rejoined, then redifined as a state

December 16th '09 - 28th Rejoined: February 25th 2010 -March 4th

Empress of Atlan
Lower Secundomia Merged with Middle Secundomia after faliure to conduct elections Feb. 25, 2010 - October 1st Nate I
Southern Cipania Converted to Territory after faliure to conduct elections May 17, 2010 - October 1st Empress of Atlan
Bu Ocağın Merged with Merenneitoja after faliure to conduct elections. Circa June 2010 - October 1st, 2010 Brett I

Territories

Military Districts

Dependencies

Colonies

Economy

Secundomia had little to no actual economy, and the National wealth was not considered. Secundomian citizens had a free market, however only one Secundomian Company was ever founded, Secundomian Media. According to Miles's System of Economic Classification, Secundomia had "serious potential for a small economy," scoring 3.125. [35]

Culture

Although arts are respected by the government, Secundomia had too few citizens to formulate a real culture. Debate and Speech were often practiced within Secundomia. Several sports were well respected by the government.

Sport

Secundomia had a deep sport culture, without any National Sport. American Football was widely practiced, along with soccer, and basketball. Gravois was host to the 2010 Gravois Football Festival in November, the 2011 festival was hosted by Middle Secundomia.

Media

Media in Secundomia was dominated by the privately owned business, Secundomian Media. SM owned the Secundomian News blog[36], Secundomia TV, and the Intermicronational Tribune[37].[38] Media was often imported from the United States into Secundomia.

Demographics

Secundomia did not have a very diverse demographic. It was primarily Caucasian in race, with a small Turkic minority. Most of the citizens were men, with two female citizens in the nation. Only one of the female citizens was above the voting age of 10.

Religion

There was no official state religion in Secundomia, as instructed by the Constitution. The primary religion was Christian, followed by a minority of no-religion.

See also

External links

References

  1. Boodlesmythe-Tallini System
  2. OAM Influence Survey (October 16, 2010)
  3. OAM forum thread
  4. OAM Influence Survey#Fourth Survey
  5. OAM Influence Survey#Fifty Survey
  6. Based on statistics taken December 2010. Does not reflect active citizens.
  7. seized power June 2011
  8. Original Kingdom of Secundomia usage
  9. Mass Email: Micronation Name vote
  10. Official Merging Document, signed by Parker I and Spencer I
  11. Early emails before the name vote
  12. Proposed by Spencer I and Nate I
  13. Proposed by a citizen that soon after left
  14. Proposed by the Empress of Atlan
  15. Mass Email: Micronation Name vote
  16. Official Demonym
  17. Not often used, was used once by Phinehas I
  18. Official Demonym
  19. Atlan's rejoining email
  20. mass email: National Symbols
  21. Flag Suggestion
  22. New President Appoints Citizens for Various Governmental Positions
  23. http://yan.bz/olympics.htmlMicronational Olympics (YAN official site)
  24. A conversation with Spencer I
  25. http://commons.microwiki.org.uk/index.php?title=Activity_in_Secundomia_(Email)
  26. The Conservative party actually has a large amount of libertarians, many more libertarian than the membership of the Libertarian Party
  27. Ibrahim I is a liberal member of the Conservative Party
  28. Trial of Ibrahim I email thread.
  29. Was proposed for creation by Brett I
  30. http://oam.50.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?f=110&t=464&start=25
  31. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loss/message/8386
  32. http://secundomianews.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/new-president-appoint/
  33. http://secundomia.forumsmotion.com/air-force-f35/rocket-project-t36.htm Rocket Project announcement, Secundomian Forums.
  34. http://secundomianews.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/rocketplan/ Earlier rocket plan.
  35. Miles's System of Economic Classification
  36. Secundomian News - About Us
  37. Intermicronational Tribune.
  38. Secundomian Media official site
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