Shoreline

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Shoreline
—  City of New Virginia  —
City Flag

Seal
Motto: Sometimes We Live No Particular Way But Our Own
Eryn Lewis, then New Virginian Prime Minister overlooking City Hall, October 2020
Sovereign state New Virginia
Canton New Franklin
Established 16 November 2013 (As Austenasian Crown Dependency)
11 February 2020 (As New Virginian Town)
Government
 - Burgess Dame Eryn Lewis
 - Mayor W. Lewis
Area
 - Total 1.39e-2 km2 (0 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population
 - Total 11
Time zone UTC-5

Shoreline is a city in the Commonwealth of New Virginia situated in North America. Shoreline was founded as the Crown Dependency of Terentia on 16 November 2013 by an Austenasian Imperial Decree, transitioning into a Town on 3 December 2014. In early 2020, Shoreline became one of several Austenasian towns to secede from the Empire and form the Commonwealth of New Virginia. Shoreline is home to several New Virginian cultural institutions, notably the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion and the Shorelinian Agricultural Collective. Shoreline was for a period of time the de-facto home of the Office of the Prime Minister in New Virginia.

Etymology

Shoreline is named after the Shoreline Amphitheatre, an amphitheater created by Bill Grahm, the original promoter of the Grateful Dead. Shoreline was originally known as Terentia, and was named after the first Emperor of Austenasia, Terry I, Emperor of Austenasia.

History

Early Austenasian History

Shoreline was founded as the Crown Dependency of Terentia on 16 November 2013 by an Austenasian Imperial Decree, transitioning into a Town on 3 December 2014. From its annexation until just under a year later on 31 October 2014, Terentia consisted of an uninhabited piece of land situated in the garden of Lord Admiral Lewis' place of residence. On 31 October, Terentia was expanded, annexing the whole of the property by the request of its six residents. For much of it's early existence, Shoreline's culture was very faintly influenced by the surrounding culture of the New England region of the United States, without any significant cultural herritage. It was also influenced by the greater Austenasian culture. No significant events occurred in Shoreline for much of it's early existence, Shorelinian life from the annexation to the late 2010's was quiet.

Cultural Shift of 2018

Throughout 2017 and 2018 many Shorelinians began to become influenced by the spirituality and culture surrounding the rock group,The Grateful Dead. "Deadhead culture" began to grow among the Shorelinian people. The lack of any real cultural institutions in Shoreline was rectified in 2018 when the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion was founded by Eryn Lewis. The Church was founded as a religious institution exploring the music and culture of numerous jam bands, notably the Grateful Dead and Phish. In mid 2018, the then Terentian town council voted to recognize the shift in cultural attitudes, recognizing the developing hippy culture as something uniquely Terentian. Throughout the course of a few months, several changes were made due to this officialization, including the changing of Terentia's flag, the legalization of several different psychoactive chemicals, and a recognition of the Church of the Golden Road as a Terentian Cultural Institution. On 17 October 2018, Terentia expanded with the annexation of an uninhabited exclave to the south-west of the property. This new area of land was named Kush.

In New Virginia

In early 2020, Terentia followed several other Austenasian territories, notably New Richmond in declaring independence from Austenasia, forming a new state, the Commonwealth of New Virginia. It was during this early period of secession that the name of the now city was changed from Terentia to Shoreline. Shoreline was and remains the second largest and second most populous area in New Virginia. As New Virginia developed and grew, Shorelinian culture heavily influenced New Virginian culture. Many Shorelinian institutions are recognized by the New Virginian state, particularly the Church of the Golden Road, which is recognized in the Constitution. Shoreline served as the de-facto Office of the Prime Minister for both of Eryn Lewis' terms as New Virginian Prime Minister, and remains an important place in the Commonwealth. As of early 2021, there are plans to transition Shoreline into a New Virginian autonomous region following Lewis' resignation from politics.

Culture

Poster announcing the Human Be-In in San Fransisco

Shorelinian culture is a blend of the culture of New England and of much of the culture of the hippy movement. Much of the dress, musical interest and philosophical outlook is based in that of the 60's countercultural movement, as well as specifically the Deadhead phenomenon. The worldview of Timothy Leary is seen as a model for Shorelinian society, particularly the Human Be-In, an event Leary praised as a model. In addition and related to the hippy culture, psychedelia is heavily prevalent in Shorelinian arts and music.

Religion

The religious orientation of many Shorelinians would be considered Agnostic, though many Shorelinians culturally describe themselves as Shorelinian Deadheads. In addition to this, Episcopal Christianity is seen as a culturally followed religious orientation among some Shorelinians, as well as Buddhism and Taoism.

Social Attitudes

Shorelinian social attitudes lean heavily in a left wing, libertarian direction. As such, Shorelinian views regarding LGBT issues, drug use, and societal organization are generally progressive. Shorelines value the dignity of the individual, individual rights, and direct democracy, views heavily influenced by their culture.

Government and Politics

City Council

Shoreline is governed by a direct democratic city council, open to all adult able bodied, willing citizens. City Council meetings occur on a monthly basis unless the citizenry decides that a meeting is not needed. The Shorelinian City Council is based on the idea of 'Household Democracy', a concept developed by Eryn Lewis. According to this idea, given that Shoreline is comprised of several households, the functioning of a typical household is in it's own way a democratic governance style. In Paddoc this idea is explored most thoroughly, with house meetings being held in order to decide on things.

Political Leanings

Most Shorelinians are members of the Free Democratic Party of New Virginia, though some citizens are either unaffiliated or vote for third parties like The Greens.

List of Representatives

In Austenasia

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 ErynPic.jpg Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Representative of Terentia Imperial Party 3 December 2014 11 February, 2020 Oversaw the transition from a Crown Dependency to a Town, as well as the expansion of Terentia to include the Village of Kush.

In New Virginia

Number Picture Name Political party Took office Left office Notes
1 ErynPic.jpg Dame Eryn Lewis, Provisional Counselor of Shoreline Independent 11 February, 2020 Incumbent Oversaw the transition from an Austenasian town to a New Virginian City.
2 ErynPic.jpg Dame Eryn Lewis, Burgess for Shoreline Free Democratic Party (New Virginia) 20 August, 2020 Incumbent Incumbent Representative.

Administrative Divisions

Shoreline is comprised of three non-contiguous pieces of land known as Villages which make up it's Administrative Divisions. Shorelinian Villages are very loosely autonomous. Though governed by City Council, they are typically allowed to make decisions for themselves so long as they follow city and national law.

Map of Shoreline
Map of Shoreline's Villages
Name Established Population Notes
Terentia Village 16 December 2013 4 Original land of Terentia and Shoreline, considered a cultural homeland for most Shorelinians.
Paddoc 11 February 2020 5 Home of the former de-facto office of the Prime Minister, largest Village in Shoreline.
Vernville July 2020 2 Youngest and smallest of the Shorelinian villages.