The Principality is a micronation in Southwest Ohio, bordered immediately by the City of Cincinnati, consisting of the suburbs that make up the City of Wyoming. Her current population is around forty-five citizens.
The Principality was established on January second, 2011, as an entity of "Grand Political Experiment" as stated in the nation's constitution. The first workings of the country began back in July of 2009, when the founder, Grant Lemasters, shared a joke with his cousin.
Provisional Government: January 2011
While a more democratic, federal system is being made out, there are currently not enough citizens to perform a multifaceted government's functions. Until there are ten citizens, the duties of the government belong Prince Regent and founder, Grant Lemasters. Once more active citizens are naturalized into the nation, more and more functions of the planned government shall be opened.
The Winter Constituion: January 2 - March 8, 2011
The Principality's government consists of three main bodies. The monarch, the Executive Offices, and the Assemblies. These will meet online in a special forum made out for each of these branches. The Forum is currently up and running, and is prepped to run a series of special elections this week in order to let the citizens choose who the faces of the government are. When every seat in the Assemblies is sought, the elections will run until the end of that week.
The Executive, apart from the Prince Regent, acts as the head of state for the Principality. Though the two offices are usually thought of as separate entities, the Prince Regent is very much closely tied to the Executive Office, and the Prince is constitutionally allowed to run only for that office. Among his powers are acting as Commander-in-Chief to the Armies and Navies of the Principality, signing legislation into law, and setting up and appointing departments, such as the Treasury, Online Affairs, War, and a Secretary General, who acts as the second-in-command to the Executive. This office is currently the only office where the people directly elect a government official.
The Principality's legislative body consists of two houses: The Royal Assembly, and the General Assembly. The Royal Assembly consists of eight Counts, one per district, who are appointed by the Prince Regent. The General Assembly, with candidates nominated by Barons, consists of sixteen seats of representatives, two per district.
The March Constitution
The Winter Constitution as of late proved to be inefficient, and was swiftly scrapped for a new one. The Prince Regent is called forth a Constitutional Convention, and a new Constitution will be drafted by March 11. this Government will be very similar to the last, but with a smaller legislature, some concessions from the executive branch, and the addition of a Supreme Court. The Whig Party and Populus Pro Licentia parties are the only two to endorse such action, whereas the Party of Lincoln proposed that all titles of nobility be kept. The Principal Party has been relatively opposed, yet silent on the issue.
On March 10, 2011, the March Consitution was put into effect, and using emergency executive powers, the Executive appointed each of the eight seats in the Council of Lords (the new unicameral legislature), the entire cabinet, and three Supreme Court Justices.
On 26 January 2011, the Principality's first three political parties were established. The Whig Party, established by Baron Cutright Mangas, promotes general laissez faire economic policy and strong, centralized government. The Populus Pro Licentia Party (or "People for Freedom), chaired by Baron A. Smith, was subsequently established as well on a platform advertising smaller central government, stronger smelling cheeses and equal representation throughout the Principality. A third party, the Principal Party was established by Baron Chris Bellman, who also chairs the Committee of Online Affairs in the nation. The Newest Political Party added to the Principality's family was the "Party of Lincoln," chaired by Count John Lippert and holding a platform of "Partying on."
A central theme in Principal politics is the amount of power each area of the Principality has. The biggest part of the issue involves which side of Springfield Pike (the main axis that the Principality is divided on) should be the focus of political activity. The Whig Party proposes more power to the Districts East of the Pike, or in "The Valley," while the Principal Party favors power centralized to the West on "The Hill." The Populus Pro Licentia Party has taken an intermediate stance where power is distributed equally between the two factions.
Military and Stance on Micronational Warfare
The Principal Honor Guard & Other Military
The Principality does not have a specific, offensive military, though Prince Regent Lemasters has appointed the Wyoming Cross Country team as it's Principal Honor Guard, with Marquis Glendenning as the "Governor-General of the Armies and Navies of the Principality." The Honor Guard is strictly an honorific battalion, and does not and will not fight in any micronational wars.
As of March 11, 2011, a proposal was made to establish a Naval Department and Aerospace Department. The first ship in the Navy shall be christened soon as the PEV (Principal Expeditionary Vessel) Little Miss Sunshine. The Aerospace technology options have yet to be researched.
You & What Army? Policy
The Principality's current stance on micronational warfare is neutrality and isolationism. The Principality will not engage in any micronational war, and perceives any aggregate motions by any other micronation as frivolous and as a waste of time and resources. Since Micronations are generally far away from each other, and contain few citizens, there are very little means of maintaining any military action outside of an honor guard, much less an offensive action.