Most Serene Republic of Richensland

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Most Serene Republic of Richensland
Republik Richensland (Malay)
里钦斯兰共和国 (Chinese)
ரிச்சன்ஸ்லாந்து குடியரசு (Tamil)
[a]
Motto: لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله، مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوْلُ ٱلله
"Lā ʾilāha ʾillā Llāh, Muḥammadur rasūlu Llāh"
"There is no god but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God." (Shahada)
Anthem: "National Anthem"
Location of Mainland Richensland (Richensland Province)
Location of Mainland Richensland
(Richensland Province)
StatusActive
Capital
and largest settlement
Sjerelyslau
(CoordinatesLogo of the Coord template.png 10.57, N)
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Religion
DemonymRichenslandian
Koldovian (colloqually)
Government
Hasan Çakar (RP)
Aniq Sufyan (RP)
Andrew Brotherton (RP)
Terry McKeen III (RP)
LegislaturePeople's
Representative
Assembly
Formation
• Koldova
c. 2016 - 2020
• Establishment and Kingdom
13 August - 3 November 2020
3 November 2020 - 2 May 2021
2 May - 22 September 2021
• Cycoldian involvement and dispute
22 September - 5 December 2021
• Post-cycoldian involvement
5 December 2021 - present
Area
• 2021
134.5 km2 (51.9 sq mi)
Membership78 (as of June 2022)
CurrencyRichenslandic Valora (de jure)
Singapore Dollar (de facto, Richensland Province)
Indian Rupee (de facto, Viskonia Province)
Time zoneUTC +8 (SST, Richensland Province)
UTC +5:30 (IST, Viskonia Province)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on theleft
Calling code+65 (Richensland Province)
+91 (Viskonia Province)
Internet TLD.com (de facto)

Richensland, officially known as the Most Serene Republic of Richensland (Malay: Republik Richensland; Chinese: 里钦斯兰共和国; Tamil: ரிச்சன்ஸ்லாந்து குடியரசு[a]) (MSR) is a micronation which claims territories in various continents and is bordered by Singapore, India and the United States as a result of said claims. As of 2022, Richensland has a population of nearly 80 people. The capital and largest settlement is Sjerelyslau, the seat of governance and Richensland's most important institutions. Nevertheless, majority of citizens live outside of Richensland's territorial claims and the nation is the only active micronation in Singapore.

Culturally, Richensland is diverse, with different ethnic groups coexisting without racial tensions. Richensland's official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil reflect this diversity. As a consequence, English is used as the lingua franca. Such a decision makes communication between the various ethnic groups easier.

Politically, Richensland is de jure simulationalist, in which the running of the nation is seen mostly as a hobby; it does not formally claim sovereignty or independence from its macronation of origin, but nevertheless engages in physical, "real world" activities such as meetings, elections, etc. Richensland does not recognize independence as an aim and does not hold any intent to be independent. Richensland has been accused for being a LARP state (Live action role-playing game) by Recanesia because of what land claims the nation holds, even though such claims were done in a way to make it obvious they were not serious for independence from their parent nation. Richensland is a member state of the Southeast Asian Micronational Association, Southeast Asian Micronations Games Federation, Micronational Olympic Federation, Alliance of the Micronations and the Islamic Micro-national Security Organisation.

Etymology

The name Richensland comes from the word 'rich' and 'land', literally implying that the nation had land which was rich. Originally called Koldova, a name change occurred after the establishment of Richensland. When translated into other languages in full, only part of the official name "Republic of Richensland" is translated. This is to ensure simplicity and accuracy of the transition as longer translations tend to be less accurate. A person from Richensland is called a 'Richenslandian' and can be called a 'Koldovian' in a colloqual manner.

History

Historical affiliations

Ever since its establishment, Richensland has been under a constant state of instability, including political instability. This was made worse in early 2021, most probably in January, when the Richenslandic Diplomatic Crisis started. This instability included possible coups, frequent regime changes, frequent changes of the constitution, abuse of power and many more. Although there has been no concrete end to the aforementioned crisis, which in part is part of a larger crisis, it can be presumed that Richensland almost does not have any feuds with foreign powers, although instability still lingers at a local level. Richensland was liberated from Cycoldian occupation on 5 December 2021, thus freeing Richensland from imperialism.

Singapore

Origins

Flag of Koldova

Aniq Sufyan founded the official predecessor to the first Richenslandic state, the Koldova Nation. Koldova had no government and lacked any features of a nation except for a flag. As it was only intended to be temporary and to be replaced by a well off micronation that was to be Richensland, it was more of an amateur micronational experiment to test out various methods of governance that would best fit his 'to be' micronation.

After experimenting with various system of governance, two most appealed to him. An absolute monarchy and a parliamentary republic, both in a unitary fashion. Eventually the former was chosen and was implemented in the Kingdom of Richensland. It was also in this period that the nation only had a population of 1 (from 2016 to 2018) later 2 (from 2018 to 2020), that was until he met S. Thanukshan as a childhood friend who apparently also had interest in such affairs and so helped Aniq build the Kingdom of Richensland and later served as the first prime minister and also served for 2 terms nonconsecutively and is regarded as a founding father of the nation and has from the nations founding until the present day, served as the nation's foreign and home minister, though real powers were with Aniq.

Laws and constitutions were not considered back then as the nation was not serious, so in their place, there was no law and law enforcement so an anarchy might have been the de facto government back then. As all micronations were, from the start, isolated. Koldova did not have any relations with any micronations what so ever. All that took a turn following the official Proclamation of the nation's establishment in 2020 which saw it less isolated and much more improved as a 'micronation' who actually had a government and laws.

Aniq operated Koldova from his bedroom and designated it as its de facto but not the official capital and claimed his parents' apartment then in Punggol as the de facto but not official territory of the nation, before moving to Richensland's present capital, Sjerelyslau in the second half of 2018, where his nation was based in.

Kingdom of Richensland

Koldova was reorganized on 13 August 2020 by a resolution issued by Aniq and Thanukshan. The resolution stated, "For that we resolve the creation of a micronation. A monarchy, the Kingdom of Richensland shall bless itself with a King". In this newly established monarchy, Aniq declared himself the monarch, taking the style of 'His Majesty' and ascending the throne of the nation as the first (and only) King of Richensland. Aniq appointed S. Thanukshan as the nation's first prime minister. During his reign, Aniq would take the premiership for himself, before passing it on to S. Thanukshan again. However, Aniq became prime minister again, before stepping down and handing the premiership to his younger brother, who became prime minister in an acting capacity for a day. He was succeeded by M. Ryan. Aniq's reign was also marked by political stagnation and slow population growth as a result of the isolation of the regime. On paper, Richensland was a constitutional monarchy with a King reserved with limited executive, legislative and judicial powers (albeit with discussion with the prime minister and cabinet). However, the nation operated as an absolute monarchy. The authority of the prime minister and cabinet was highly dependent on the King for legitimacy due to the absence on an institutionalized legislature.

Coup and transition

Second and third republic

Nationsleep and stagnation

Administrative divisions

The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC) of Republic Polytechnic in Sjerelyslau.
The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC) of Republic Polytechnic in Sjerelyslau.

Richensland is foremost divided into 3 "provinces", which have no authority. Richensland province is then divided into 6 districts and 2 mainland territories, which consist of the capital city, the Sjerelyslau Capital Territory and the Central Water Catchment Area.

Provinces

  1. Richensland Province
  2. Viskonia Province
  3. Almendrian Province

Districts

Richensland Province is, by law, the only province legally divided into districts as well as mainland territories (see Mainland territories).

Mainland territories

There are two mainland territories. Mainland territories do not fall under any district.

Politics

Organization

The ruling political party in Richensland is the Richensland Party (RP). It was created in June 2022 through a merger of the Richenslandic Development Party, Muslim Brotherhood of Richensland and the National and Progressive Party. Prior to the abolishment of one-party rule, the RP maintained a monopoly over the governance and day to day operations of the nation through article 10 clause 1 of the 2021 constitution. The leader of the RP– the Secretary–General of the Richensland Party served as de facto leader of the nation, though such arrangement was not inscribed in law.

However, the existence of other political parties were allowed and sometimes, encouraged regardless of ideological beliefs of individual parties. Nevertheless, every political party in the nation had to join the Popular Front, a broad coalition of parties and political organisations (though none joined), including the:

  • Progressive Monarchist Party (created 28 September 2021)
  • Shashan Dal (created 11 October 2021)
  • Republic Sedang Bergerak (Republic Progressing Forward, created 13 March 2022)
  • Richenslandic Development Party (created 23 August 2021, merged with the Richenslandic Development Party and Muslim Brotherhood of Richensland on 5 June)
  • In Pog We Trust (created 27 September 2021, dissolved 17 December 2021)
  • Conservative Party of Richensland (created 27 September 2021, inactive since 22 October 2021)
  • Global Islamic Union (created 11 October 2021, inactive since 14 December 2021)
  • National and Progressive Party (created 14 October 2021, merged with the Richenslandic Development Party and Muslim Brotherhood of Richensland on 5 June)
  • Muslim Brotherhood of Richensland (created 13 March 2022, merged with the Richenslandic Development Party and Muslim Brotherhood of Richensland on 5 June)

The member parties were almost completely subservient to the RP and had to accept its leading role in the nation's governance. However, the parties did have representation in the legislature and received some posts in the government.

According to law, Richensland is a republic under a presidential system with separate executive, legislative and judicial branches. The president is elected by popular vote for a non-renewable six year term and is the formal head of state and chief executive of Richensland. Below the president are the vice presidents, elected to a six year term that may be renewed once. The vice presidents deputise the president during the latter's absence. The vice presidents assume the presidency in the event of the president's removal, death, resignation, or inability. There are two vice presidents. The first vice president is usually the first to exercise the roles of both vice presidents. The first vice president is also the ex officio Head of the People's Representative Assembly. Should the office of first vice president be vacant or the first vice president absent, the second vice president assumes vice presidential duties. Both first and second vice presidents are equal.

The president heads the cabinet of Richensland. The cabinet consists of the president, both vice presidents, ministers and heads of cabinet-level departments. Ministers and heads of cabinet-level departments are appointed by the president without consent from the People's Representative Assembly. As a result, they may be removed by the president without cause.

The legislative wing of the government of Richensland is the People's Representative Assembly (PRA). Members are elected to a indefinitely renewable 2 year tenure. The People's Representative Assembly has the authority to legislate. There is no fixed number of seats in the People's Representative Assembly. Members are nominated by political parties or by self–nomination and as long as candidates are approved by a simple majority of voters in an election, he receives a seat in the People's Representative Assembly. All members represent the the entirety of Richensland as a single constituency.

The judiciary is the Richenslandic Revolutionary Tribunal (RRT). Established on 3 November 2020, it consists of the Chief Justice and 2 other associate justices. It is the only approved and the only institution that may legally exercise judicial power. All judges are appointed by the president without consent from the People's Representative Assembly. The incumbent Chief Justice is Dhia Auni, serving since 3 November 2020.

The Constitution of Richensland was adopted and came into effect on 23 August 2021. The constitution is the supreme law of the nation. All other statutes of Richensland must not contradict the constitution or else, risk being void. The constitution was last amended on 1 January 2022.

Human rights

Richensland follows the drug policy of Singapore. Regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act, the statute's penal provisions are severe by most nations' standards, providing for long terms of imprisonment, caning, and capital punishment. Richensland has passed its own law inspired and affirming of the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Misuse of Drugs Act of 2022, albeit not including provisions on punishments but instead referring to regulated drugs and leaving criminal cases of involving drugs to Singapore.

Article 1 clauses 23, 24 and 25 guarantee the right that everyone has the right to crossdress, to a sexual orientation and that all individuals may have the privilege of a change of gender once reaching their age of consent. Nevertheless, such legal provisions are minimally enforced.

Foreign policy

Diplomacy

Richensland informally recognizes all micronations. If a micronation wishes to establish formal relations and a treaty of friendship, it must be willing to adhere to the requirements. Exceptions cannot and will not be made. Requirement are stated as the following:

Not be a member of the Cycoldian Imperium or a micronation which supports Cycoldian imperialism
Be against islamophobia
Be against all forms of discrimination

If the requesting micronation fulfils the requirements, Richensland can begin to conduct diplomacy with the requesting micronation on the date it fulfils all of the above requirements or on a determined date that has been agreed upon by both sides. The requesting micronation is therefore eligible to sign a treaty of friendship and to initiate formal relations with Richensland immediately after it fulfils all the aforementioned requirements.

Richensland formally conducts diplomacy with the following:

Meanwhile, Richensland also conducts informal relations with the following:

Former relations include:

  1.  Indradhanush

Military

People's Army

The People's Army of Richensland is the military of the nation, administrated and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of State Security. The president is commander-in-chief of the military, and Rifqi Hanif serves as Minister of State Security. The People's Army only consist of one branch, there being no air force and navy. The People's Army is not a standing army as members are only recruited during times where war is inevitable. In addition, article 12 (Renunciation of war) provides that the nation shall not declare war or go to war. As a result, the People's Army has normally purely ceremonial functions. Article 12 also indirectly dictates that a strong military is unnecessary. The People's Army was established on 1 January 2022, with the promulgation of the nation's current revised constitution. It is the successor to the earlier Sigtelageecn, which consisted of the usual three branches of an armed forces but was abolished on 22 October 2021.

Intelligence

Conflicts and wars

Richensland has been involved in several conflicts, domestic and foreign. As of today, Richensland has participated in 5 known conflicts, including war. The total of conflicts have remained unknown.

List of known conflicts and wars involving Richensland
No. Name Date Part of Type
1. Richenslandic Diplomatic Crisis February 3, 2021 - ongoing Richenslandic Crisis Political crisis
2. 2021 Trimlandian coup d'état August 2, 2021 - Political coup
3. Richenslandic government dispute of 2021 28 September - 5 December 2021 Richenslandic Crisis Government dispute
4. Ela'r'oech Monarchy Power Dispute 2 - 17 November 2021 - Foreign government dispute
5. Ocean States - Zeprana War 21 - 22 January 2022 - Political and military conflict

Economy

Richenslandic Valora 200 banknote

Richensland has a small planned economy. Though the nation has a de facto socialist economy, there are elements of capitalism that are present. The government is directly in charge of meme production, as well as the sale of NFTs and the production of propaganda, most of which are objects traded by Richensland to other micronations. Richensland is a non-profit micronation, thus, trade with other micronations are mostly free, a notable example being Richensland's meme trade. Richensland's meme trade happens through the National Bank of Memes, a government controlled state bank. The official currency is the Richenslandic Valora. However, the most used currency is the Singapore Dollar (mostly used in Richensland province) and the Indian Rupee (in Viskonia province and by most Indian citizens of Richensland), both is considered de facto, with the the Valora a de jure because of its worthlessness.

Infrastructure

Public housing

Public housing dominates residences in Richensland. Apartment buildings are a common sight in the nation. Build by Singapore's Housing and Development Board (HDB), they dominate Richensland's skyline. Nevertheless, there are other housing in the nation not build and operated by the HDB, such as condominiums.

Transport

Demographics

Age groups

Ethnicity

As of June 2022, []% of Richensland's population is Malay, []% are Indians, []% Chinese and the remaining [] others. Amongst them, there is a considerable population of westerners.

Languages

Construction site sign showing Richensland's four official languages: English, Chinese (in Traditional Script), Tamil, and Malay.

Richensland's official language is English, written with the Latin alphabet, which serves a the lingua franca of the nation. Most Richenslandians are bilingual, being able to speak English and their native tongue is a common practice in the nation. Signs, notices and anything similar are always printed or written in the four languages (English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil). In schools, Richenslandians are taught at least two languages. Although not mandated by the constitution, the nation (ranging from daily life to government) operates in the English language.

Religion

Sports

Richensland has Association football as the nation's national sport. Association football is also widely popular with citizens to the level of a unofficial de facto national sport. Other sports of interest include Cricket which is mostly played by the Indian communities. Richensland has also never had the chance to be represented in an intermicronational sports event as it does not have the budget and the logistics to do so can never be fufilled by the nation. Thus, Richensland has never won a medal.

Culture

Cuisine

Local food items generally relate to a particular ethnicity – Chinese, Malay and Indian; but the diversity of cuisine has increased further by the hybridisation of different styles (e.g., the Peranakan cuisine, a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine). In hawker centres, cultural diffusion is exemplified by traditionally Malay hawker stalls also selling Tamil food. Chinese stalls may introduce Malay ingredients, cooking techniques, or entire dishes into their range of catering. Richensland has a burgeoning food scene ranging from hawker centres (open-air), food courts (air-conditioned), coffee shops (open-air with hawker stalls), cafes, fast food and simple kitchens. Religious dietary strictures exist (Muslims do not eat pork and Hindus do not eat beef). Therefore, Richensland's cuisine is inspired by the cuisines belonging to the different ethnicities in the nation.

Festivals

There are some public holidays, festivities and ceremonies in Richensland.

Geography

This picture shows a rainy day in Singapore, as Richensland Province is located in Singapore, it expierences similar weather conditions.

The relative isolation of the area from the Downtown Core of Singapore meant relatively belated urban development and the greater abundance of natural greenery. Still, the region includes one of Singapore's largest new towns, Woodlands (otherwise known as Sjerelyslau). Largely grouped into three new towns, it houses 129,000 residential housing units of various types, although public housing tends to dominate.[14] Excluding naturally occurring green spaces, the region has 3 square kilometres of recreational spaces.

Climate

Richensland has a hot and humid climate. With no real seasons, Richensland expierences abundant rainfall during several months of the year. Therefore, it is almost always warm and wet. Despite that, that is somewhat only true for mainland Richensland, otherwise known as Richensland Province. As for Viskonia Province and Almendria Province, not much is known about the climate there, although it can be said that both expierence daylight during the day.

National symbols

The national symbols of Richensland concerns things which are representative, emblematic or otherwise characteristic of the nation. As of May 2022, there are 14 national symbols established by law.

Gallery

Orders, awards and decorations

Richensland has a honours system.

The following are the three main awards, the ones that are the most well known:

  • OrdmedKol.jpg Order of the Medal of Koldova - Richensland's second highest order. More simply known as the Medal of Koldova.
  • Rabatmed.jpg Golden Hermetic Medal of Rabat - Richensland's highest medal. More simply known as the Rabat Medal.

Aside from the aforementioned awards, Richensland has many other awards.

External links

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When translated into other languages, only "Republic of Richensland" is translated. This is to ensure simplicity and accuracy in the translation.
  2. Richensland is a one-party state according to its constitution. The constitution grants governing monopoly over the Richensland Party (RP). However, other parties are permitted to exist, albeit bound in a coalition (the Popular Front) with the RP. This system has become more liberal over time to the extent that the nation operates as a multi-party system.

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