Zephyria

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Zephyria
Zephirya
—  Town of Austenasia  —
Country Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
Founded 25 April 2009
Government
 - Representative Lord Marshal William
 - Baron Lord Marshal William
 - Police Inspector Lord Marshal William
Area
 - Total 1.3e-4 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population
 - Total 3
Demonym Zephyrian
Time zone UTC
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Location 8.8 miles N of Redhill;
1.19 miles E of Sutton High Street;
9.6 miles S of the Serpentine;
0.2 km W of Orly
Zephyria was known as South Kilttown before 10 September 2010

Zephyria (originally spelt as Zephirya), formerly known as South Kilttown, was a town in the Empire of Austenasia, most well known for its brief stint as the base for the Carolinians during the Austenasian Civil War. The then South Kilttown played a vital role in the expansion of Austenasia by becoming the first populated area to join the Empire after its foundation, dispelling the concept initially held by Emperor Terry I that "Austenasia should be for the Austens."

The Town consisted of a residential property bordered by Carshalton.

History

Flag used by Carolinians.

On 22 March 2009, Sir William (a friend of the then Crown Prince Jonathan's) signed a Treaty of Annexation with the Empire after asking if his house could become part of Austenasia. The other signatories were Emperor Terry, Crown Prince Jonathan, and William's mother, the owner of the house. William's father gave his verbal consent the same day.

The Treaty made Sir William's house a Town of Austenasia, South Kilttown (a parody of North Kilttown, a fictional Scottish town mentioned in the Simpsons), officially annexing it on 25 April 2009. As Sir William was later appointed Duke of Royton and then a General of the Austenasian Army, he became known as Lord General William.

The Treaty of Annexation also made Lord General William the Acting Representative of South Kilttown, until an election could be constitutionally held on 1 January 2010. Lord General William was voted in as Representative after there were no other willing candidates.

Austenasian Civil War

After the declaration of the Austenasian Civil War on 7 March 2010, South Kilttown effectively broke away from all government authority, although Lord General William was de jure replaced by his father, Lord John, as Acting Representative and the town was nominally placed under martial law.

The town's police force and army platoon were dissolved, and Lord John and his wife were granted absolute power over South Kilttown as martial law was put into place. However, these measures proved ineffective at re-establishing government authority, with William even publishing a rebel website.

On 21 March 2010, William declared himself re-instated after South Kilttown Town Council passed a bye-law restoring William to the office of Representative. However, the Prime Minister declared this null and void: it contradicted an Act of Parliament, Act 116, which no bye-law can legally do. Nevertheless, William was accepted in South Kilttown as de facto Representative until the end of the war.

Post-war

On 10 September 2010, South Kilttown was renamed to Zephyria. This name was initially spelt "Zephirya", but the former spelling almost immediately replaced the original. William was appointed Acting Representative (elected and re-elected Representative on 1 January and 24 December 2011 respectively), and the town began to pay a small amount of tax for the first time, although all money the Treasury received from Zephyria was given back to the Town Council.

Zephyria played a relatively prominent role in the War of the Orlian Reunification, being used as a base for Austenasia to invade Orly.

Dissolution

Zephyria continued on as a rather quiet Town of the Empire for several years. By early 2017, William's activity levels in Parliament had dropped due to his university attendance causing time constraints, and a plan by his family to rent out the property of which Zephyria was comprised while they moved to another house resulted in the decision being made to dissolve the Town on 14 June 2017. The three former residents of Zephyria retained all titles and offices, becoming non-residential subjects of the Empire.

List of Representatives

Number Picture Name Political views Took office Left office Notes
1 LMWilliam.png Lord General William K., 2nd Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC Conservative militarist 25 Apr 2009 7 Mar 2010 Appointed Acting Representative of South Kilttown by the Treaty of Annexation until an election could take place, and confirmed as Representative by election on 1 January 2010. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis. Automatically removed from office after committing high treason and rebellion by declaring the Austenasian Civil War.
2 (Acting) John K., OAO Moderate 7 Mar 2010 10 Sep 2010 Automatically became Acting Representative via his position as the town's Baron after the removal of Lord General William for starting the Austenasian Civil War. Held office during said civil war, sharing the power of martial law with Lady Kingsnorth, OAO, from 8 March until 21 March, when he passed effective authority as Acting Representative back to William after passing Bye-law 1 (technically illegal, as it went against an Act of Parliament). He remained de jure Acting Representative only until the signing of the Treaty of Ruskin Road (2010), whereby government authority was re-established over South Kilttown and he was reinstated. The period of martial law came to a close at the end of the war, and a few weeks later he relinquished his Barony, which passed to William.
3 LMWilliam.png Lord Marshal William K., 2nd Baron of Zephyria Conservative militarist 10 Sep 2010 14 Jun 2017 Reinstated as Acting Representative after a demand by the town's residents. South Kilttown was renamed Zephirya upon his reinstatement. In December, the spelling of "Zephyria" was officially allowed instead, which had been unofficially in use for some time. Held office during the War of the Orlian Reunification, and led troops during the Battle of Orly. Established a private local air force for the defence of the Town. Confirmed to the office of Representative of Zephyria by democratic election on 1 January 2011, and re-elected on 24 December 2011 and 19 November 2013. Oversaw the establishment of a small annual tax to the central government, all of which was spent on Zephyria. Held office during the implementation of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011. Continued to represent Zephyria up until its dissolution, achieving the record for the longest uninterrupted time in office as the Representative of a Town (six years, nine months and four days).