Tsardom of Ashukovo

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Tsardom of Ashukovo
Царизм Ашуковская (ru)
Чарство Ашукова (as)
Flag of the Tsardom of Ashukovo.pngGreater CoA of the Tsardom of Ashukovo.png
National Map Ashukovo1.png
Dark blue indicates States, red indicates Territories, and gold indicates the Imperial District
National Anthem:
God Save the Tsar (Royal), Farewell of Slavianka (National)
Motto:
Бог ша спасию Чар! (Ashukov)
God save the Tsar!
Capital Mladorossija COA.png Imperial City of Mladorossija (de jure)

Official languages English, Russian, Ashukov

Denomyn Ashukov

Government
His Royal Highness, by the Grace of God, Tsar of the Ashukovs Emmanuel I
Prime Minister Edward Jacobs (OP)
Deputy Prime Minister Sebastian Schriber (OP)
-Speaker of the House Jacob Huff (SPP)
Supreme Judge of the Tsardom of Ashukovo Nathan Ford
Imperial Overseer and Servant of the Tsar Sebastian Schriber (Transition)

Legislature Council of the State (Higher)
State Duma (Lower)
-Type Bicameral
Seats 11 (two vacant)

Established
- Constitution ratified To be ratified
– Formation of Tsardom 25 May 2013
- Formation of Tsardom (Current) 11 October 2014

Area claimed >5,039,000 m2

Population 65 (2014 Estimate)

Currency Ashukov denar (Ѥ)

Time zone UTC, EST, CEST

Drives on the Varies

Date formats Gregorian calendar
dd/mm/yyyyy

Ashukovo, officially the Tsardom of Ashukovo is a self-declared independent nation-state, commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers, with claims in Asia, Europe, North America and Antarctica. It is governed as a constitutional monarchy, with HIH Tsar Emmanuel I the de-facto head of state. Its capital city is the Imperial City of Mladorossija, surrounded on all sides by Moscow, Russian Federation. It is under direct control of the Tsar, unlike the other states and territories.

The Ashukov Tsardom, as it's sometimes referred to, is a Imperialized state and a Constitutional Absolute Monarchy with numerous democratic elements., and is administered by a parliament known as the State Duma of Ashukovo. While the laws of the states are subordinate to High Law, the royal government does not have any regulations on the means for administering states and as such the states all have their own unique system of governance. It is regarded as a major inter-micronational diplomatic power and a leading cultural and political power in Western Asia, Europe and the Eastern US.

Ashukovo, with a mixed market capitalist economy, ranks as having a high level of income equality. It is frequently ranked as a happy and lowly corrupt nation. The national language, Ashukov, is closely related to Old Church Slavonic, Old Eastern Slavonic, Russian, and Serbian, due to Ashukovo's predominantly Slavic culture. Languages spoken in the nation also include German and Russian. Ashukovo is a member of the Amagerian Union, the Grand Unified Micronational and the Saint Josephsburg Economic Pact. Ashukovo is one of two surviving successors (along with Hobartstown and Victoria) to the now defunct Confederation of Amager, of which many prominent Ashukovs were dedicated citizens. As such, Ashukov politics and culture are highly Amatine-inspired. The Tsardom itself originated out of the Ashukov Tsardom, a long lived past incarnation which was dissolved in mid-October by the remaining Ministers after it was decided that the nation needed more cultural, social and economic unison.

The Ashukov Tsardom is a "Fifth World" micronation with the top score of 12 under the Boodlesmythe-Tallini System, and scores 4.4 on the Categoric-Gradial/Linden's (Revised) System.

Etymology

The name Ashukovo comes from a town in Ryazanskaya Oblast, Russia.[1]

History

Amager

Flag of Amager.

Havnesgade-Amager was proposed by Luke Albertschine on 1 June, 2011 and work began on forming the micronation the following day with Albertschine becoming the de facto leader. Havnesgade-Amager gained a presence within the MicroWiki community after Albertschine joined MicroWiki and created an article on the micronation on the 7 October 2011.

After Imperialization, several nations joined Saint Luke and Amager, including Libereco, Saint Luke, Akharnes, and Luciana. This led to an increased level of democracy and allowed for the 2013 elections to take place. The elected Albertschine government held the confidence of the nation, with a 87% approval rating and a strong national government creating many projects.

Amager’s status in the St.Charlian Commonwealth was also cemented, with approval unanimous in voters. Amager began to progress, and in late 2012, marriage for LGBT couples and complete secularism was achieved through legislation proposed by Leon Simpson.

Febuary 2013 saw Montania and Doshevika admitted as constituents, and the secession of Wick from the Tsardom. First Minister Grant responded to these changes by calling for new elections, leading to a coalition government.

First Minister Grant resigned from his position a few weeks later, citing his support for the Hobartstown and Victoria independence movement, which left him incapable of fulfilling his duties. Leon Simpson succeeded him to the position that same day, holding an extraordinary session of the Imperial Assembly the next day. He announced plans for the fourth constitution in the history of Amager, and appointed an interim Imperial Council until the constitution could be approved.

On 30 March 2013 Amager left the St.Charlian Commonwealth, Hobartstown and Victoria seceded and the Fourth Constitution of Amager was unanimously approved. Leon Simpson was elected Tsar and Joseph Kennedy appointed Prime Minister. Days later, Amager was dissolved by the Imperial Assembly following Doshevika stating their desire for secession.

Establishment

Talks on the formation of a Tsardom were held by Joseph Kennedy and Edward Jacobs soon after the dissolution of the ConTsardom of Amager. It was decided that the culture of the Tsardom should be based around the Slavic cultures of Europe, which both Jacobs and Kennedy admired. Soon after Ashukovo was announced, Dradelia and Dorién stated their intentions to join. The Tsardom was formed on 25 May 2013, after the Dradelian Parliament became the last of the legislatures of the four aspiring member States to approve the constitution. Joseph Kennedy was elected the first Tsar of the Tsardom soon after.

Development and growth

After Joseph Kennedy's inauguration on 25 May, he appointed the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and the Council of Ministers. Soon after establishment, Akharnes revoked its GUM membership and Ashukovo became a member of the GUM. After the dissolution of Saint Edward and Zealand on 27 May 2013, the Imperial Assembly established honorary citizenship and declared Theledir the Wight, former Prince of Saint Edward and Zealand, an Honorary citizen of the Ashukov Tsardom. On 31 May, the Republic of Aetos joined the Tsardom.

On 2 June 2013, Ashukovo entered into its first treaty with the Realm under Freyja. A treaty with the Union of Libereco soon followed on June 11. On June 12, 2013, the Republic of Dorien became Somster.

On 1 July, Rilgar Ompastre resigned as Prime Minister. Tsar Kennedy called an extraordinary session of the Imperial Assembly together, where Kennedy appointed a new Prime Minister on the advice of the Assembly. Edward Jacobs was appointed new Prime Minister. Jacobs soon resigned from his office as Supreme Judge. The Jacobs Cabinet was soon appointed. On 12 July, the Republic of Dradelia dissolved and its government members moved to the Republic of Akebar. On 28 August, the Republic of Cvetosadovo joined the Tsardom and the Republic of Akebar seceded.

Cvetosadov Crisis

On 12 October 2013, Cvetosadovo threatened secession on the grounds that the Imperial government was "fascistic." The author of this claim was Cvetosadov politician Svetlana Pavlović. It was later discovered after negotiations between Imperial Tsar Jacobs and Imperial Prime Minister Kennedy with the Cvetosadov Tsar Zoran Illic that an undisclosed foreign national had told him that the Imperial Prime Minister had mocked him and the Cvetosadov people in private. This was later proven to be false, and Cvetosadovo did not secede.

Post-Kennedy Era

On 3 November 2013, the Ashukov government granted independence to the people of Cvetosadovo, per their request. Following their secession was a short period of relative peace, but on 25 October, Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy went on political leave for personal reasons; Deputy Prime Minister Richard Cunningham fulfilled his duties in his absence. Then finally, on 13 November, Kennedy resigned as Prime Minister. Following brief consultation with the Imperial Assembly, Tsar Jacobs appointed Sebastian Schriber of the People's Minarchist Front to the office of Prime Minister, making him the first non-Orthodox or Labour to hold the office. The early days of his term were marked with controversy after he attempted to ban Scientology. The bill was shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, citing Article 104 of the Constitution.

In December 2013, Montania became an Ashukov Imperial Territory after Joseph Kennedy announced his temporary leave from micronationalism. As a result, the Labour Party was dissolved. On December 14, 2013, Carpathia was admitted into the Tsardom and was granted Special Cultural Status, followed by the Democratic Republic of Mouzilo, which joined the Tsardom on the next day.

Kennedy's Return

On January 3, 2014, Montania was readmitted as a state (now known as the Principality of Montania) and Joseph Kennedy returned to Ashukov politics. Kennedy became Montania's first Prince. Kennedy joined fellow Montanian and former Imperial Deputy Prime Minister Richard Cunningham in establishing the National Party of Ashukovo, which joined a coalition with the Orthodox Party and Green Party known as United Ashukovo.

Schriber's Term

Soon after Kennedy's return, then Prime Minister Sebastian Schriber led the United Ashukovo coalition to electoral victory, with Schriber becoming third Tsar of the Tsardom. The new government was formed, with Nathan Ford at the helm as fifth Prime Minister. Schriber's term has been marked by the most active Imperial Assembly, with nearly twenty acts being passed in just four months. These acts include the Imperial Holidays Act 2014, which established national holidays, the Tsarial Act 2014, which established the Council of State and created the Tsarial Standard, and the Constitutional Amendment XIV, which expanded the Tsarial term from four months to six months. One act in particular, the Political Parties Act 2014, resulted in the Green Party merging with the Orthodox Party and the Honor Party merging with the National Party. Another characteristic of Scriber's term has been a cultural renaissance, with the complete reformation of the Ashukov language and the addition of Amagerian culture to daily lifes. This renaissance can be attributed to Emmanuel Tsompanoglou, the new Minister of Culture, Minister of Sports and Recreation, and head of the Ashukov Language Institute of the University of Ashukovo.

Yet another feature of Schriber's term has been an increase in diplomacy and Ashukov diplomatic influence. Joseph Kennedy was elected Supreme Judge of the GUM, and numerous treaties and other form of recognition were signed with significant nations such as Austenasia and St. Charlie. This can be attributed to Joseph Kennedy, longest serving Foreign Minister in Ashukov history.

Huff's Term

On 1 May 2014, Tsar Schriber dissolved the House of Territories to prepare for elections. The United Ashukovo coalition maintained its parliamentary majority, beating out the Social Patriotic Party and independents. Then, on 5 May, the fourth Ashukov Tsarial Elections took place. Jacob Huff of the United Ashukovo coalition beat Emmanuel Tsompanoglou of the Social Patriots, and was inaugurated on 18 May. He soon appointed Joseph Kennedy his Prime Minister, making him the first person to hold the office twice (albeit non-consecutively).

On 5 June 2014, the District of Laru was absorbed by the Ashukov Imperial Territory of Dradelia and was thereby revoked of its Capital City status. The District of Mladorossija, formerly an Akharnian city, was chosen to be the new Imperial District. On 4 August 2014, the Imperial Assembly Act 2014 was passed, establishing the office of Speaker of the House of Delegates and revoking the Prime Minister of his presiding duties in the Imperial Assembly.

The Tsardom

During the term of Jacob Huff inactivity was a huge problem for the Tsardom. On the 2nd of October, 2014, Joseph Kennedy left the Imperial Assembly and renounced all his positions in the government and Montania - which was left to the will of the Tsardom. It was being discussed before the leave of Kennedy as to whether Ashukovo should become a Tsardom to 'solidify culture and increase activity'. Shortly after, on the 10th of October, acting Prime Minister Sebastian Schriber called a vote within the Assembly on the matter. With a resounding 100% in favour, on the 12th of October Manolis Tsompanoglou was chosen as the Tsar, mainly for his Orthodox faith. Later on, the 16th of November to be exact, the Tsar proposed his auxiliary cabinet until further elections. As well as this, the coronation of the Tsar was postponed until after Christmas, to coincide with the new government reforms.

Politics and government

The Tsardom of Ashukovo is governed as an absolute monarchy, the system for governing the Tsardom is outlined in the constitution of the empire. The Tsar is the head of state, and appoints most imperial officials. The Tsar is not elected, and may only be removed by constitutional powers in the most dire circumstances. Generally, the Imperial Overseer will step in most cases though. The Tsar is counselled on matters of state by the Council of State, which he consults before he carries out any of his major Tsarial duties.

The Prime Minister of the Tsardom, appointed by the Tsar on the nomination of the House of Territories, is the head of government. The Prime Minister serves at the pleasure of the Tsar. The Council of the State is the executive body of the Tsardom, and its members are appointed by the Tsar on the advice of the Prime Minister, who leads the Council.

The judiciary, the Supreme Imperial Court of Ashukovo, consists of the Supreme Judge of the Ashukov Tsardom and two lesser judges. The Constitution states that "the Supreme Court shall be responsible for interpreting the Constitution and for handling lawsuits and criminal charges".

The legislature is known as the Imperial Duma. The Imperial Duma is a unicameral body, its sole house being the House of Territories. The House of Territories is typically elected every six months by the regional legislatures. Each autonomous State of the Tsardom is allocated two seats in the House, while populated Imperial Territories are allocated one seat. The Speaker of the House of Territories is the presiding officer of the Assembly. The Imperial Assembly has numerous Political Parties, and only one of the members is non-partisan.

Political parties

Party Name Logo Short name Leader Position Colours Seats
House of Territories Council of Ministers
National Party Ashukov National 3.png National Jacob Huff centre-right orange, blue
3 / 11
1 / 5
Orthodox Party Orthodox Party Ashukovo.png Orthodox Edward Jacobs centre blue, red, white
3 / 11
3 / 5
Social Patriotic Party SPP long.png Social Patriotic Emmanouil Tsompanoglou right dark red, white
2 / 11
1 / 5
Патриотски Правицови Покрет PPP.png PPP Pravoslav Kosnickij right,authoritarian centre black, white
1 / 11
0 / 5

Foreign relations

The Constitution of the Ashukov Tsardom outlines the policy on international relations of the Tsardom. The following nations are ones the Tsardom has relations with or recognizes:

Recognised; no relations

Full diplomatic relations

Informal relations

Economy

Logo of AshuTech, which provides technological services for the Ashukov Government, regional governments, and foreign governments. It is a division of AshuTech.

Ashukovo has a mixed-market capitalist economy. Most, if not all, Ashukovs are lower-middle class to upper-middle class. There is very little income inequality. Major private Ashukov businesses include the Ashukov Technological Company (commonly referred to as AshuTech) and its subsidiary Logoncept, the Ashukov Broadcasting Corporation, and ICARUS.

The currency of Ashukovo is the Denar, which is regulated by the Ashukov Central Bank. The Chairman of the ACB is Emmanuel Tsompanoglou. As of early 2014 the Home Ministry, led my Sebastian Schriber, begun activity in its economic duties. He announced the creation of the Imperial Revenue and Customs, controlling a number of things from taxes to immigration. He outlined that along with export tariffs they will focus on putting value to the Denar, negotiating state budgets and allocating money to different nations within the Ashukov Tsardom. The recent improvements have been made to "spring board" the Ashukov economy into one of the most developed and successful seen in micronationalism. As well as this, Joseph Kennedy begun talks with Renasia and Grémmia among other nations to develop strong ties with the St. Josephburg Economic Agreement, working closely with the FRC to create special trade and diplomatic agreements.

Military

The Ashukov Imperial Armed Forces is the successor to the now defunct Ashukov Federal Armed Forces of the late predecessor. The concept of producing a military under the control of the constituent nations of the Tsardom as well as having the military be a unifying Imperial force delayed the military reforms by many months. However, it was decided on the 10th of December, 2014, after extensive research by the Ministry of Internal Affairs that the AIAF, as it is commonly abbreviated, should adopt the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) military doctrine. This consists of the conventional forces such as Ground Force, Air Force and Navy delaying and wearing down the enemy until the Territorial Defence battalions, controlled by the sub-constituent nations, were left to continue partisan and guerilla tactics. Whereas the Ashukov Imperial Army, Navy and Air Force is the smallest yet most advanced branch, it would work to support the guerilla movement.

This concept was taken from the "People's War" doctrine, one adopted by Yugoslavia's leader Tito, following the partisan tactics that had saved Yugoslavia before. It was celebrated by tacticians and generals alike as the ideal concept for 'defending small nations' and solved the problem of Imperial and Constituent forces. This meant that the conventional branches were controlled directly by the Imperial administration whereas the Imperial Territorial Defence would be responsible for defence and more and, more importantly, could be organized and structured to suit the constituent nation it defended.

As aforementioned, the Ashukov Imperial Army, Air Force and Navy are all responsible for wearing down hostiles until the larger and locally administered Imperial Territorial Defence can resume un-conventional warfare, with the more superior support of the other branches. As well as with the reforms, the Izlom pattern was adopted as the standard camouflage for all units under the AIAF. Furthermore, ideas for the Gendarmerie were scrapped after ideas for the Territorial Defence soldiers to take over as military police during peacetimes were enacted, to attract more recruits.

Drafting and conscription is compulsory in the Tsardom of Ashukovo, with all fit and capable males reaching 15 being required to do at least two years service in Territorial Defence, or to a lesser extent the other service branches. Those who stay on usually switch to either the Army, Navy or Air Force to make room for the conscripted personnel. The military has three bases, with one in Greece, Slovenia and England. All soldiers swear direct allegiance to the Tsar and no other, meaning he is under complete control of all Armed Forces in the Tsardom. It is also to be noted that on the 11th of December 2014 the AKM assault rifle was chosen as the standard service rifle for the AIAF, the military usually choosing BB or Air rifles over similar weapon platforms. However, in somewhat rare cases shotguns are known to be used.

Demographics

According to the May 2013 Census, Ashukovo had a population of 39. The racial composition of the state was 97% White (including multiracial whites) and 3% Black.

Ashukovo can be regarded as a predominantly Christian nation, with 61.5% of respondents listing themselves as Christian. The study shows that 33% of them are Protestant; 25.5% Orthodox; 4% Anglican; 37.5% other (including Catholic, Pentecostal, Anglican and Non-Denominational). Among the religious minorities are Agnostic (13%), atheist (13%), other (7.5%). 5% either stated their uncertainty or refused to answer. The study also shows that 77% of Ashukovs speak English natively, 7.7% are Serbian speakers, and 5% claim Afrikaans as their mother tongue. 10.4% speak other languages, which include Russian, Georgian, Turkish and Finnish.

Further censuses have been delayed as the result of the transition between a Federation and Tsardom. After the coronation of the Tsar, scheduled roughly for January 2015 and the Orthodox Christmas (January 7), a census and activity is planned by the Imperial Overseer.

Geography

As Ashukovo is a transcontinental nation, its climate varies from Imperial Subject to Imperial Subject. The District of Mladorossija, the Capital of the Tsardom, has a humid continental climate.

However, throughout most states it is generally relatively cold, wavering around 10 C in the summer to -2 in the winter and early spring. Most of the Northern states in Russia and England, have moderately cold climates but far from extreme. The southern states, such as in Greece, Croatia and Albania all enjoy a generally warm Mediterranean climate, although it can still get extremely cold during the winter, especially for the territories that reside further inland. The coldest winter was recorded in St. Konstantin, where it reached tempratures of -12 C.

Climate data for Mladorossija, Ashukovo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
8.3
(46.9)
19.7
(67.5)
28.9
(84)
33.2
(91.8)
34.9
(94.8)
38.2
(100.8)
37.3
(99.1)
32.3
(90.1)
24.0
(75.2)
16.2
(61.2)
9.6
(49.3)
38.2
(100.8)
Average high °C (°F) −4.0
(25)
−3.7
(25.3)
2.6
(36.7)
11.3
(52.3)
18.6
(65.5)
22.0
(71.6)
24.3
(75.7)
21.9
(71.4)
15.7
(60.3)
8.7
(47.7)
0.9
(33.6)
−3.0
(27)
9.6
(49.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.5
(20.3)
−6.7
(19.9)
−1.0
(30)
6.7
(44.1)
13.2
(55.8)
17.0
(62.6)
19.2
(66.6)
17.0
(62.6)
11.3
(52.3)
5.6
(42.1)
−1.2
(29.8)
−5.2
(22.6)
5.8
(42.4)
Average low °C (°F) −9.1
(15.6)
−9.8
(14.4)
−4.4
(24.1)
2.2
(36)
7.7
(45.9)
12.1
(53.8)
14.4
(57.9)
12.5
(54.5)
7.4
(45.3)
2.7
(36.9)
−3.3
(26.1)
−7.6
(18.3)
2.1
(35.8)
Record low °C (°F) −42.2
(-44)
−38.2
(-36.8)
−32.4
(-26.3)
−21.0
(-6)
−7.5
(18.5)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.3
(34.3)
−1.2
(29.8)
−8.5
(16.7)
−16.1
(3)
−32.8
(-27)
−38.8
(-37.8)
−42.2
(-44)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 52
(2.05)
41
(1.61)
35
(1.38)
37
(1.46)
49
(1.93)
80
(3.15)
85
(3.35)
82
(3.23)
68
(2.68)
71
(2.8)
55
(2.17)
52
(2.05)
707
(27.83)
Average relative humidity (%) 83 80 74 67 64 70 74 77 81 81 84 85 76.7
Average rainy days 0.8 0.7 3 9 13 14 15 15 15 12 6 2 105.5
Average snowy days 18 15 9 1 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 2 10 17 72.2
Sunshine hours 33 72 128 170 265 279 271 238 147 78 32 18 1,731
Source: [2][3][4][5]

States and Imperial departments

Ashukovo is a Tsardom of numerous States, also called Imperial States, who are guaranteed numerous rights outlined in the Constitution. These sub-constituent nations have their own military, under the Military Reforms of December 2014 known as the Imperial Territorial Defence which also acts as a security force, as well as the capability for its own laws, courts and system of government as aligned with Imperial law.

All states are classed in its own geographical boundary and influence zone, along with subsequent territories. St. Konstantin and Ashukov Dradelia are a part of the Northern Common Influence Zone (NCIZ); whereas Mouzilo, Psatura and Havil are organised into the Balkans and Southern Common Influence Zone (BSCIZ). Aetos, on the other hand, lays in the Central Atalntic Common Influence Zone (CACIZ).

Flag Emblem Name Admission Population Imperial Duma Delegates Head of State Head of Government
Imperial City
Mladorossija flag.png Mladorossija COA.png Imperial City of Mladorossija 5 June 2014 3
Vacant
Imperial States
Aetos flag.png Aetos arms.png Imperial State of Aetos 31 May 2013 5 Nathan Ford (OP) Jacob Huff (NP) Prime Minister Nathan Ford (OP)
St. Konstantin.png
CoA St. Konstantin.png
Imperial State of St. Konstantin 24 March 2013 (founded) 9 Edward Jacobs (OP)
Sebastian Schriber (OP)
MouziloFlag.png Coat-of-arms-of-Mouzilo-Dec13.png Imperial State of Mouzilo, in the name of HIH Tsar Manolis I 15 December 2013 12 Rilgar Ompastre (SP)
Emmanuel Tsompanoglou (SP)
Tsar Emmanuel Tsompanoglou (SP) Prime Minister Rilgar Ompastre (SP)
Aikavflag.png Aikavcoa.png Principality of Aikavia 20 December 2014 2 Pravoslav Kosnickij Pricne Slavomir Papradovič I. Prime Minister Pravoslav Kosnickij
Imperial Territories
Flag of Andorra(1934).svg.png FRESCcoa.png Imperial Territory of South-Eastern Carpathians and New Kronstadt 14 December 2013 0
Vacant
Flag of Ashukov Dradelia.png
Dradelian arms-1.png
Imperial Territory of Dradelia 25 May 2013 (founder) 0
Vacant
ElefheriaFlag.png
St.George COA.png
Imperial Territory of Havil 2 February 2014 9 Peter Leventis (NP)
Governor Peter Leventis (NP)
Flag of psatura.png PsaturaCOA.png Imperial Territory of Psatura 6 March 2014 0
Richard Cunningham
60px Imperial Territory of Plavnik and Sveti Nikola 20 December 2014 0 ? ?

Culture

Ashukov culture is considered a branch of the Slavic cultures of Europe. The Ashukov language is currently being developed by the Ashukov Language Institution, which is a subsidiary of the University of Ashukovo. Aetos is entitled to "special cultural status" within the Tsardom, which gives some cultural privileges.

As aforementioned, the culture is based on that of Eastern Europe, however is mostly influenced from Russia. There are many different ethnic groups within the Tsardom, but the country is mostly influenced by the Slavic Orthodox traditions, rather than that of the Turkic Muslims for example.

With clothes, a Western-European style is mainly adopted due to the position of Ashukovo. However, many men and women wear ushankas and other such items too. The cuisine is mainly fish, such as salmon, trout and haddock; not to mentioned varying meats including venison and, more specifically, chicken kiev. Although most of the population drinks very little, whiskey and standard beer is the most common, most likely as a result of the integration of western traditions.

There is little to no folk music in Ashukovo, mainly due to the fact of the young population. A large amount of varying music is enjoyed throughout the Tsardom, from soft rock to the more modern chill-step. Soviet songs, which are considered extremely patriotic in the country, are well revered and is a defining feature of the Ashukov national identity.

Ashukovs have many traditions, the most recent and prominent of which would be Christmas gifts. Usually relatives, friends and colleagues will send small gifts to each other to mark the Orthodox Christmas and coronation of the Tsar.

It was considered in late 2014, after the crowning of Tsar Manolis I, on the addition of Hellenic culture to the mix, creating a nation somewhat relative to the Seleucid Empire or Greco-Bactria, however it is still to be decided by the Council of the State and the Ministry of Culture.

Education

Logo of the University of Ashukovo

The University of Ashukovo is Ashukovo's public flagship research institute. The University has many students not only from Ashukovo, but from various other micronations. In addition to the University of Ashukovo, there are also the University of Ashukovo-Aetos, the University of Džoltovolk, Montania State University, and the Imperial University of Mouzilo. As of recent the University was inactivity, but with the coronation of the Tsar there has been a large boost in the number of people taking courses. Currently courses in Micro-economics, German, Russian, French, English Literature and Language are all available freely to Ashukov citizens and at a small fee to non-citizens. Currently the University forms a small but critical plan of the "Tsar's Speech", where Tsar Manolis I outlined a number of areas where Ashukovo could generate revenue and profit in order to supply the nation with a greater standard of life and better trade.

Literature and Media

Ashukovo has two major newspapers, the "Ašukovski Vesti – Ашуковски Вэсти" and the "Mirolian Times". Visual media is dominated by the Ashukov Broadcasting Corporation, abbreviated ABC and stylized abc, which operates online and airs news programs and re-runs of foreign material.

As well as this, a number of books have been published within the Tsardom, such as the recently released "A Sparrow's Calling", which details life after the collapse of civilization in a post-Soviet state. Most of Ashukov literature takes a strong influence from Russian once again, with writers such as Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy being strong characters.

National Holidays and Symbols

There are four public holidays in the Tsardom of Ashukovo. The Christmas holiday follows the Orthodox calendar, and runs from 20 December to January 9, of which the celebrations follow close suit to their western counterparts. January 7 is Christmas Day in the Tsardom, mainly due to the fact that the Julian Calendar is still followed by the Church. Easter, possibly to a lesser extent, is celebrated too, and is much more of a religious festival than what it is now in recent years.

Further holidays include Imperial Day (5 January), which honours the Tsar and the beginning of the empire. The Winter Spring (December 18), which combines the celebration of the coming spring and also the expansion of the empire, gaining new states and dependencies. And finally Victory Day, of which remembers the loss on all fronts of the Great Patriotic War and the victory over fascism. A small service is organised by the Tsar and his Ministers and is also the day where honours of military service are given out annually.

State symbols of Ashukovo include the Orthodox cross, also known as the Suppedaneum cross. As well as this, the coat of arms, especially the distinct lion and griffin are both large national symbols within the Tsardom. Red, white and blue, along with the crown is probably the most recognisable national symbol of the country, especially of recent years, with the decline of the Federation. God is with us still decorates the coat of arms and many other things within the empire and is very much a symbol of the Imperial power. The white banner, also known as the Tsar's banner, is also a national symbol in the country and consists of a pure white banner with the Tsar's crown on it.

Sports

Logo of BC Spartak Džoltovolk, reigning champion of MicroLeague

Ashukovo has a varied sports culture. American football, basketball, association football and ice hockey remain popular. Basketball is the dominant sport in Ashukovo. AšuLiga is the national basketball tournament, sponsored by the Ministry for Sport and Recreation. The Ashukov Collegiate Sports Conference governs collegiate basketball, while the Ashukov Football Union governs association football. It is yet to be decided, but an online basketball league has been proposed in the Tsardom, but until now has yet to gain government attention and popularity.

As well as your average sports, other activities such as hunting, fishing and hiking are enjoyed by a number of Ashukovs, although preference very much varies from state to state.

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References

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