Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia

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Royal Commonwealth of Appalachia
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Motto
In virtute Dei (Latin: By the power of God)
Anthem
God Save the King
Mainly Pennsylvania, United States, also Nebraska, Ontario, New Jersey, and Pitcairn
Capital city Zion's View
Largest city Manchester
Official language(s) English, German, Italian, Pennsylvania German/Dutch, Dutch
Official religion(s) Lutheranism (official), Catholicism, Baptist
Short name Appalachia
Demonym Appalachian
Government Constitutional Monarchy
- Monarch James IV of Appalachia
- President R.A. Eckenrode
- Vice President Elizara Shiffler
Legislature Parliament
Established 2005
Area claimed 13.9 square miles
Population 48 citizens (as of 2015 census)
Currency Appalachian Dollar
Time zone Eastern Standard Time
National sport Baseball
National animal Housecat
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.

Etymology

The name Appalachia originated with the Apalachee Tribe in Florida.

History

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.

Administrative divisions

Counties

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:

Shinna

Ashlynne

Thornton

Greenvale

Manchester

Hartmann

Academia

Conewago

Copenhaffer

Flussine

Bacherium

Riverice

Zion

Novae

Stoneway

Rex

The largest settlement of the Commonwealth is Manchester, which is broken up between the counties of Bacherium, Academia, Manchester, Thornton, and Ashlynne.

Monarchy

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.

Monarchs

Order Name Born Reign Began Reign Ended Died
1st James I 1698 25 December 1715 15 September 1756 15 September 1756
2nd Fransiscus I 1733 1756 1799 1799
3rd Fransiscus II 1765 1799 1847 1847
4th James II 1795 1847 1874 1874
5th Andrew I 1834 1874 1910 1910
6th James III 1868 1910 1925 1926
7th Fianna (co-regnant of James III) 1868 1910 1925 1931
8th Charles I 1889 1925 1945 1957
9th Charles II 1921 1945 1995 2014
10th Charles III 1949 1995 2005 living
11th James IV 1976 2005 2016 living
12th Andrew II 2003 2016 incumbent living

Heirs

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)


Foreign relations

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.

Military

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.

Culture

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.

See also

List of micronations