Republic of Talossa

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Motto: Defisetz Qualse'cosâ Denâ
(English: Dare Something Worthy)
Type of entity: Micronation
Date of foundation: 1 June 2004
Date of dissolution: 19 April 2012
Form of government: Republic
Language: Talossan and English

The Republic of Talossa (Talossan: La Repúblicâ da Talossa) was a micronation that, at its peak, had approximately 40 citizens. The Republic seceded from the Kingdom of Talossa in 2004, due to increased abuse of power by its King and founder, Robert Ben Madison, and dissolved, its members joining (or rejoining) the Kingdom in 2012.

In 2004, in response to perceives injustices on the part of King Robert, the Republic of Talossa was formed by leaders of four of Talossa's seven provinces, declaring the independence of those provinces with the issuance of a statement that accused Robert of being a tyrant, among other things. The Kingdom did not recognise the claim of secession, and retained representation and citizenry in each of the four provinces. A Provisional Governing Council was put in place in the Republic, and this Council governed the Republic until its Constitution was ratified in 2005. In 2005, Chris Gruber was elected president, followed in 2006 by Dieter N. Vercaria. Its final leadership consisted of Gödafrieu Valcadach (Prime Minister) and Miestrâ Schivâ (President).

Initially, the Republic lay claim to the Talossan provinces of Florenciâ, Maricopa, and Maritiimi (all neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), and Cézembre (an island off the coast of France). Later, the Republic declared the partition of Maritiimi to create a fifth province, Port Maxhestic, and eventually expanded its territorial claims by annexation, so that they matched those of the Kingdom of Talossa, from which it had seceded.

The Republic's relations with the Kingdom of Talossa were adversarial and volatile until Madison abdicated his throne in 2005, after which the relationship slowly thawed, leading to the signing of an Agreement of Friendship and Understanding between the two Talossas. However, the Kingdom did not consider the Republic to be recognisable as a fellow nation of the world, due to the rival territorial and sovereignty claims, and the two groups, while friendly, remained stubbornly separate.

The Republic was known for its dedication to the Talossan culture, spirit, language, and way of life, and for its many and varied media projects, including online and print outlets Qator Itrìns (Four Stars), Liberançéu, Oraclâ (Oracle), Seifetziueasca (Talossa Weekly), Radio Free Talossa, and La Repúblicâ (The Republic).

In December 2011, leaders of the Republic approached the Kingdom concerning a plan by which the Republic would dissolve and its members become citizens of the Kingdom, a process that became known as Reunision (after a typo). A Reunision Commission was formed from leaders of both groups, and on 19 April 2012, the Republic of Talossa dissolved, and its 15 members became citizens of the Kingdom of Talossa the following day.