Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia
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| Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia |
In virtute Dei (Latin: By the power of God)
God Save the King
|Mainly Pennsylvania, United States, also Nebraska, Ontario, New Jersey, and Pitcairn |
|Capital city||Zion's View|
|Official language(s)||English, German, Italian, Pennsylvania German/Dutch, Dutch|
|Official religion(s)||Lutheranism (official), Catholicism, Baptist|
|- Monarch||James IV of Appalachia|
|- President||R.A. Eckenrode|
|- Vice President||Elizara Shiffler|
|Area claimed||13.9 square miles|
|Population||48 citizens (as of 2015 census)|
|Time zone||Eastern Standard Time|
|Patron saint||St. Joan of Arc|
Founded on 20 September 2005, Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia is a north american micronation located in the ste of Pennsylvania. It has over 25,000 residents (though only 48 are citizens), and claims mainly the area around Manchester, its border with the Imperial Lordship of Cammandaria directly along the town's main street.
The Appalachia is a kingdom governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with King James IV as head of state. Although King James is a constitutional monarch, he wields immense political power. The House of Moselle have ruled Appalachia since 1715. The official language is English, but Pennsylvania Dutch, German, and Spanish are widely spoken and understood.
The name Appalachia originated with the Apalachee Tribe in Florida.
The Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia was created in 20 September 2005 as a union between the nations of Pottsylvania and Etalia. On Christmas eve of that year, James IV was crowned King of Pottsylvania. However, he was married to the heir to the throne of both Trondenland and Etalia—Princess Daniella-Natalia. In order to prevent a succession crisis,the governments of both nations decided to merge into the Appalachian Union. After Waltlyn joined in 2009, the nation was known as the Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia. In 2011, Daniella-Natalia was crowned queen of Etalia and Trondenland. James and Daniella-Natalia both abdicated on October 1, 2015, after which time their twelve-year-old son Jacob (he chose the regnal name Andrew, though he is listed as Jacob V of Trondenland) became de facto king, to be crowned Christmas Eve, 2015. For a period of approximately twenty-nine hours, the Commonwealth was dropped into the Appalachian Civil War, and ended at 6:01 PM on November 7, 2015, with the Empire of Cammandaria succeeding.
Government and politics
The Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia is governed by a constitutional monarchy, in which power is shared by the monarch (currently Andrew II) and the President (R. Eckenrode). Its political parties include the Progressives and the Orthodox, with the majority following the Orthodox.
The legislature of the republic is the Grand and General Council (Consiglio grande e generale). The Council is a unicameral legislature with 60 members. There are elections every five years by proportional representation in all nine administrative districts. These districts (townships) correspond to the old parishes of the republic. Citizens 12 years or older are eligible to vote.
Appalachia is divided into the following sixteen counties.
Zion (City of Zion's View) is the capital. There are also fifteen other counties. From smallest to largest, the counties are:
The largest settlement of the Commonwealth is Manchester, which is broken up between the counties of Bacherium, Academia, Manchester, Thornton, and Ashlynne.
The Monarchy of Appalachia follows Cognatic Progeniture as of 2015, a decision made in 2005, when James IV of Appalachia isssued letters patent that decreed any child born from that moment on would be above a younger sibling in the line of succession, regardless of gender. Crown Prince ANdrew of Appalachia is the current heir, as he is the eldest child of James IV.
|Order||Name||Born||Reign Began||Reign Ended||Died|
|1st||James I||1698||25 December 1715||15 September 1756||15 September 1756|
|7th||Fianna (co-regnant of James III)||1868||1910||1925||1931|
The Appalachian line to the throne is as follows, with the relationship to James IV in parentheses:
- 1st: HRH Crown Prince Andrew (eldest son)
- 2nd: HRH Prince Nathaniel (second-oldest son)
- 3rd: HRH Prince James (youngest son)
- 4th: HRH Prince Michael (younger brother)
- 5th: HRH Princess Josephine (youngest sister)
- 6th: HRH Prince William (eldest nephew)
- 7th: HRH Princess Abigail (eldest neice)
- 8th: HRH Princess Anne (neice, twin of Princess Abigail)
Appalachia has several foreign relations, all of them good. After the termination of the Appalachian Civil War, an alliance was formed with the Imperial Lordship of Cammandaria. The two nations, brought to peace by the Treaty of Greenspring, are now close allies. However, Appalachian resentment towards Cammandaria continues, as the nations dissagree on many topics.
The Appalachian Commonwealth has 10% of its population enrolled in its military forces. The current captain of the Royal Guard is James R. Herman, and the Commander of the Armed Forces is L. Rogers.
Geography and climate
The Commonwealth has warm, humid summers and cold winters. It has four seasons and an average summer temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Its average winter temperature is 39 degrees Ferenheit. Appalachia exists over several enclaves within the United States, with claimed territory in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nebraska, Canada (Ontario), and also claims Adamstown, Pitcairn.
Appalachia has a conservative culture, with only 9% of its inhabitants describing themselves as "liberal". Christian influences are strong—in fact, they are encouraged by the government. A total of 97% of citizens self-describe as religious.