Republic of Yu-Xia

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Republic of Yu-Xia
flag
Flag
Yu-Xian New Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of arms

Anthem
Song to the Auspicious Cloud
Capital city西京(Xijing) - Western Capital
Official language(s)English, Chinese, Spanish, French
Official religion(s)Christianity, Atheism
Short nameYu-Xia
DemonymXian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy/Federal Republic
- 皇帝(Emperor)Matthew Xia
- 总理(Prime Minister)Lily Larson
Legislature国民议会(National Assembly)
- Type - Bicameral
Established3 February 2020
Area claimed18 Acres
Population22
CurrencyXian Yuan
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC -8)
Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7)
National sportMartial Arts
National drinkMaruchan Instant Noodle Broth
National animalDragon
This nation is a member of the Cupertino Alliance

The Republic of Yu-Xia, more commonly known as Yu-Xia, is a micronation located in San Diego, United States. The nation was first established on 3 February 2020, when the Emperor, Matthew I, left the Altearn Federation to form the Yu-Xia Republic. The nation is a constitutional monarchy, with the 皇帝(Emperor) acting as a figurehead and the head of foreign affairs. As of right now, Yu-Xia is split into seven municipalities and one Special Administrative Region.

Etymology

The term "Yu-Xia" was first coined by Emperor Matthew I, with the "Yu" part of the name representing the Chinese legend Yu the Great, the alleged founder of the Xia Dynasty and the "Xia" part to honour the somewhat mythical Xia dynasty.

History

Yu-Xia was founded by Matthew Xia on 3 February 2020 when Matthew left the Altearn Federation to form the Republic [1] and adopted a flag made by Corvin I from the Republic of Carthia on 11 February 2020. On 29 February 2020, the nation was admitted to the Cupertino Alliance.[2]

On 29 March 2020, the first elections in the Yu-Xia Republic were held, getting rid of the previous appointed government being replaced with democratically elected representatives. However, this government was for the most part defunct, as many of the 委员会(Council) members were inactive and didn't contribute much at all towards the development of Yu-Xia. Due to this fact, the monarch of the Republic of Yu-Xia unilaterally rewrote the constitution in order to reform the government and bring activity to the nation. Several major changes to the constitution include splitting the council into a bicameral legislature, allowing non-locals to apply for citizenship, and outlining the freedoms of the people. Subsequent to these changes, an election was held on the 14 June 2020 with a good amount of participation and every open position being filled democratically.[3]

Politics

The Republic of Yu-Xia is a unitary government with a presidential system and a constitutional monarchy titled the 皇帝(Emperor). The head of state of Yu-Xia is called the 总理(Prime Minister), even though the country technically operates by a presidential system. The current Emperor and Prime Minister of Yu-Xia is Matthew Xia, though he will not seek re-election for the Prime Minister position for the next election period due to concerns over royalty being involved in politics. The legislative power in Yu-Xia is vested within the 国民议会(National Assembly), a bicameral legislature consisting of the 地方理事会(Local Council) and 全球理事会(Global Council). The powers of each major governmental body within Yu-Xia are outlined in the Constitution of the Republic of Yu-Xia, the main document of the country. The constitution can only be amended with a 2/3 majority vote in both Councils of the National Assembly and the approval of the Prime Minister, which cannot be overridden. The political system within the Republic of Yu-Xia takes much inspiration from the political rule within the United States and certain elements from Dynastic China.

Government

Being a constitutional monarchy, the Emperor acts as the monarch and the head of state of the Republic of Yu-Xia, with limited powers within the government of Yu-Xia. The monarch has significant power over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also any legislation regarding foreign affairs passed by the National Assembly. Additionally, in order for an offensive declaration of war to be declared, the Emperor must approve the declaration of war in order to make it official. The monarch is officially the chief diplomat within Yu-Xia, and is also considered to be one of the most influential figures within the country, responsible for the foundation and most of the legislation passed within Yu-Xia holding a seat on the Local Council of the National Assembly.

A CESE infographic showing Zarel Smith winning the 5th Global Council Seat on June 2020

Legislative power within the Republic of Yu-Xia is held within the National Assembly, a bicameral legislature consisting of two legislative bodies. The first house of the National Assembly is the Local Council, and the second house being the Global Council. As the names imply, the Local Council represents the local body of citizens living near or within the territory of Yu-Xia and the Global Council represents the global body of citizens who do not live near the territory of Yu-Xia. However, the Local Council consists of every local citizen in Yu-Xia while the Global Council consists of elected representatives who are considered global citizens. The National Assembly is able to pass legislation through bills, which must have a 51% majority within both Councils and approval from the Prime Minister or in specific cases the Emperor. However, the National Assembly may overturn a veto from the Prime Minister or Emperor with a 2/3 majority in both houses. All legislation passed by the National Assembly must also abide by the Constitution of the Republic of Yu-Xia.

The Prime Minister, although in a presidential system, acts as the head of government and chief executive of the Republic of Yu-Xia. The Prime Minister is typically elected through a democratic vote via an approval voting system and also acts as the second-highest diplomat of Yu-Xia, below just the Emperor. The Prime Minister also has the duty to appoint a cabinet to head each ministry aside from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister to act as the Head of State if the Prime Minister were to be unavailable for an extended period of time. The Prime Minister also has the power to veto bills passed by the National Assembly and cast executive orders, an order by the Prime Minister which goes into effect with the force of law. A Prime Minister's veto and executive order though can both be overridden with a 2/3 supermajority within both houses of the National Assembly.

Foreign relations

The Republic of Yu-Xia is a part of the following organizations and alliances:

The Republic of Yu-Xia has unilateral recognition with the following nations:

A Mutual Recognition Treaty between the Republic of Yu-Xia and the Kingdom of Ikonia signed on August 12th 2020.

The Republic of Yu-Xia has bilateral recognition with the following nations:

Yu-Xia has also signed the Vancouver Agreement, however, the Vancouver Agreement is currently being worked on by the Cupertino Alliance.

Military

The current military, the Yu-Xia Protectorate Division, is still under development and is currently conscripting(voluntarily) citizens into the army. In the Jiang Province however, a Special Administrative Region, a separate military force known as the UBS is the official military of this Special Administrative Region.

The chain of command of the Yu-Xia Protectorate Division goes as following:

  1. 國防部長 - Guó Fáng Bù Zhǎng (Minister of Defense)
  2. 上将 - Shang Jiang (General)
  3. 中尉 - Zhong Wei (Lieutenant)
  4. 学员 - Xue Yuan (Officer Cadet)
  5. 中士 - Zhong Shi (Sergeant)
  6. 列兵 - Lie Bing (Private)

The chain of command of the UBS in the Jiang Province is for the time being classified.

Geography and climate

Geography

View of a residential area in the Jiang Special Autonomous Region located in Eastern Yu-Xia

The topography of Yu-Xia consists of a relatively flat area aside from a low ridge extending from 北埃利霍(North Elijo) to 科伦(Kelun), splitting the country into two topographical regions. The western border of the republic encompasses the whole Pacific coastline of Yu-Xia, whilst the western parts of the northern and southern borders are surrounded by two wetlands, respectively classified as lagoons. The western coastline of Yu-Xia consists mostly of ocean bluffs, with sandy beaches in front of the coastal foothill ridges. Yu-Xia is very urbanized and developed, with much of the landscape being covered with infrastructure, however, there is an ample amount of nature and parks within the country.

Climate

The Republic of Yu-Xia is located in San Diego, which is classified as a semi-arid climate on the Köppen climate classification.[23] Yu-Xia has a very mild, Mediterranean climate and is situated next to the coastline of Southern California. The average daily high temperature is 72 °F (22 °C). Temperatures below 40 °F (4 °C) and above 85 °F (29 °C) are rare. The average rainfall is about 14 inches (360 mm) per year. The wet season lasts during the winter and spring when temperatures are usually cool. Average daytime temperatures hit 65 °F in winter and spring when rain and marine layer (fog) are common (May Gray/June Gloom). Nighttime lows range from 45-55 °F. The dry season lasts from summer through fall, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 75-85 °F, and nighttime lows being from the upper 50s–60s°F. Ocean water temperatures average 60 °F in winter, 64 °F in spring, 70 °F in summer, and 66 °F in fall. In winter, strong Pacific storms can bring heavy rain. During the winter of 2015–2016, the area saw rounds of severe thunderstorms.

Climate data for Republic of Yu-Xia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20
(68)
19
(66)
20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(72)
24
(75)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
25
(77)
22
(72)
20
(68)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 8
(46)
9
(48)
10
(50)
12
(54)
14
(57)
16
(61)
18
(64)
19
(66)
18
(64)
15
(59)
11
(52)
8
(46)
8
(46)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 68
(2.68)
69
(2.72)
68
(2.68)
21
(0.83)
3
(0.12)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
15
(0.59)
51
(2.01)
61
(2.4)
360
(14.17)
Source: Partir[24]

Culture

Holidays
Date Name
1 January New Year's Day
3 February Independence Day
12 February Start of Chinese New Year(Ox)
6 April Start of Tomb Sweeping Festival
25 June Start of Dragon Boat Festival
25 December Christmas

While the Yu-Xia Republic is very Chinese-oriented, only around 18% of the populace are ethnic Chinese. The population of Yu-Xia is very ethnically and culturally diverse, with people of multiple religions and ethnicities holding citizenship in Yu-Xia. Whilst the Republic of Yu-Xia is based off around eastern, specifically Chinese, culture, the Republic harbors a diverse mix of both Western and Eastern culture intertwined. This mix of Western and Eastern culture can be seen mainly through the holidays the citizenry celebrate, as both Christmas and the Lunar New Year are celebrated widely throughout the country.

Economy

Currently, the Republic of Yu-Xia hasn't developed an official economy for the time being, with all commerce happening via informal trades and foreign imports. However, the currency is currently in development and is planned to retain some value by being pegged to some material of value.

References

  1. Matthew I (3 February 2020) Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Yu-Xia
  2. Lycon, Jayden (29 February 2020) Cupertino Gazette Issue 5
  3. Cupertino Electoral Supervisory Commission (14 June 2020) Yu-Xia election results - Final
  4. Grand Unified Micronational (13 October 2020) [1]
  5. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Carthian Treaty of Friendship and Recognition
  6. Lycon, Jayden (29 April 2020) Cupertino Alliance Diplomatic Extension Act, 2020
  7. Xia, Matthew (5 May 2020) Yu-Xian - Aenderian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  8. Xia, Matthew (27 May 2020) Yu-Xian - Misberian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  9. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian Essexian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  10. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian Treaty of Cooperation
  11. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Sunsonia Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  12. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Ikonian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  13. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Aenopian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  14. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Nordikan Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  15. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Leonslian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  16. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian Naverian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  17. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Swivian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  18. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Treaty of Support and Cooperation Between Vlasynia and Yu-Xia
  19. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Atlian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  20. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Matachewanian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  21. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Treaty of Mutual Recognition Between the Republic of Nordale and the Republic of Yu-Xia
  22. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Australissian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  23. Weather Atlas (n.d.) Monthly weather forecast and climate San Diego, CA
  24. Partir.com (n.d.) Climat, température et météo à San Diego.