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Republic of West Who
West Who |
Free, Independent and Fun
|Population||130 (as of 2018 census)|
|Currency||West Who Dollar|
|National sport||Baseball, Football, American football|
|Patron saint||Saint Norbert|
West Who, officially the Republic of West Who, is a small self-declared country commonly known as a micronation. Having .02 acres of land, West Who is completely surrounded and landlocked by California. West Who is located 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California, USA. Established in 1969, West Who has a democratically elected government. Presidential elections are held yearly. The economy of West Who is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to its museum, and donations to the national treasury. West Who has a stable economy with one of the lowest unemployment rates among micronations, no national debt and a small budget surplus. West Who's national currency is - the West Who Dollar - which is pegged at 20 US cents. The Republic of West Who refers to itself as a "domestic dependent nation," claiming status similar to a Native American tribal nation in the USA. Although not Native Americans, the citizens of West Who claim domestic dependent status, as a nation without national lands, except that which is owned by its citizens.
West Who has a unicameral legislature, called the Senate. The West Who Supreme Court has five members including a Chief Justice. Most citizens of West Who live outside its national borders in over 16 different nations. The country's motto is "Independent, Free and Fun". West Who ranks high on the GNH or Gross National Happiness Index.
West Who is named after the Who's a group of people in a book by Dr. Suess. A quote by Dr. Suess in Horton Hears a Who "a person’s a person, no matter how small." The founding citizens of West Who adapted this saying to "a country is a country, no matter how small." West Who was established in 1969, by two students John Farr and Craig Carter who decided to create their own countries. Farr became the president of West Who and Carter the prime minister of Is-Was. Both nations were part of the Federation Treaty of California micronations. The students created currency, postage stamps, civilian government, newspapers and other aspects of a country. They declared their independence from the United States, where the micronations were located. Others joined with them to created their own countries and the various mirconations declared war on each other, made alliances and functioned as small nations for several years. Over a forty year period, West Who gradually developed as a micronation with a functioning government, stable currency, stamps, national anthem, an elected president, Ministry of Education and even a spy agency. In 2015, 2017 and 2019 West Who government leaders participated in MicroCon, a meeting of micronations similar to the G-8 Summit meetings of macronations held every two years.
Government and politics
The West Who Spy Agency - the West Who Spy Agency is officially called the West Who Intelligence Service or Who's Who W2. The intelligence service has a serious mission to protect and promote West Who's vital interests. The functions of W2 are set out in the Intelligence Services Act of 2013. The agency collects foreign intelligence which may impact West Who's interests. W2 also undertakes counter-intelligence activities to protect the country. Another important role of W2 is to provide protective services to Government officials and civilian leaders.
Space and Planet Exploration Agency (SPEA) Currently, the Government of West Who has an observatory in southern California. The observatory has photographed Jupiter, one of the first micronations to do so. Recently, the President appointed a new director to SPEA to expand research into exploration of the solar system and deep space. The West Who Space and Planet Exploration Agency has as a goal to build and launch a micro satellite. SPEA is exploring the possibility of designing and launching a CubeSat which is a mirco satellite in the shape of a 10 centimeter cube and weighs just 1 kilogram. The West Who Senate has authorized funding for the program.
Does West Who have an army?
West Who does not have its own armed forces, although there is a small ceremonial Army. In case of emergencies or natural disasters, all able-bodied persons 16 years and older must serve. West Who’s Basic Law encourages citizens to keep a rifle at home to protect the country.
West Who’s small army has historically been raised or reconstituted at various times, but in modern times the army was abolished except for ceremonial purposes. The basic principle of West Who defense is that all able-bodied men and women are available to fight if called upon by the President.
The army's role in internal security was replaced by the National Police of West Who in 1991. The army had defended the country in a series of wars with other micronations in the 1970’s. The 80’s brought peace to West Who and the Congress moved to dismantle the army and turn over national security to the police force. The President of West Who is still the nation’s highest ranking military officer, though this is a ceremonial position.
Government Departments - The Republic of West Who has a democratically elected government. Presidential elections are held yearly. The Senate has thirty seats and members are elected for a two year term. West Who has a unicameral legislature. The West Who Supreme Court has five members including the Chief Justice. West Who maintains its own postal service. The Post Office Department issues stamps on various themes such as nature, exploration, famous West Who citizens and sports. A recent stamp series features the President and Director of Wildlife Conservation on an official trip to New Zealand.
Republic Day is celebrated on July 11, this national holiday commemorates the founding of West Who. Las Vegas Day is a national holiday celebrated in early March usually during the WCC Basketball Championships. Citizens also celebrate West Who Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and Easter. Dr. Suess Day on March 2 is a national day to promote reading, and President's Day is on September 19.
West Who Film Festival - West Who is one of the few nations to sponsor an international film festival for micronations. Held once a year in July, the Film Festival takes place in West Who and showcases short films and commercials from micronations around the world.
Ministry of Education - West Who has a Ministry of Education though most citizens choose to attend private schools or government schools in the United States. The Ministry of Education's role is to raise the overall level of educational achievement of West Who citizens. It is not an education provider. That role is met by individual parents in the country. The ministry has several functions, such as, advising the government on educational policy, providing information to citizens about educational practices, providing learning resources, administering government education codes and providing limited funding for educational needs. Although the Education Ministry's main role is raise the level of educational achievement, it is also the mechanism through which the Government implements its education policy for the nation.
Space Agency - SPEA, the Space and Planet Exploration Agency, is the space agency of the Government of West Who. It's mission is to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for the citizens of West Who. The purpose of the Space and Planet Exploration Agency SPEA is to develop programs and activities involving science and technology that support the priorities of the Government of the Republic of West Who. SPEA directs its resources and activities through four key areas: Space Awareness, Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications.
Read more: http://www.westwho.com/presidents-message/
Read more about West Who at the official government website: http://westwho.com
For current news about West Who visit the Whoville News Website: http://westwhogov.wix.com/news
"Grant the Republic of West Who Independence" The White House - We the People, July 16, 2015
MicroCon 2015: Leaders of Self-Proclaimed Nations Meet in Southern California, National Public Radio, April 10, 2015, http://www.npr.org/2015/04/10/398824579/microcon-2015-leaders-of-self-proclaimed-nations-meet-in-southern-california
"NASA Gives West Who Vice President Flight Ticket to Mars", Whoville News, website, September 4, 2015, http://westwhogov.wix.com/news
"Tiny Territories Mingle At MicroCon; Passports Optional" The Two-Way Breaking News From National Public Radio, April 10, 2015, http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/04/10/398757610/molossia-heads-up-big-micronation-summit-in-california
"The Weird, Wild World of Micro-Nations Where Anybody Can Be King" Jennifer Parker, Bloomberg News, April 30, 2015, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-30/the-weird-wild-world-of-micronations-where-anybody-can-be-king
"You, too can be King", The Week Magazine, May 28, 2015 http://theweek.com
"The People Who Rule the Smallest Countries" Vice News, August 7, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpvNg-wrTkk&t=3s