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Republic of Ultamiya

20102013
 

 


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Motto
Shigodo Wimiate
(English: In God We Trust)
Anthem
Ultamiya, the Greatest Land (First Melody) (3/27 - 5/11)

Ultamiya, the Greatest Land (Second Melody) (5/11 - 3/2/2011)

Long Live Ultamiya (3/2/2011 - 3/27/2013)
SW Pennsylvania, USA
Capital city Ultima
Official language(s) English
Official religion(s) Christianity
Short name Ultamiya
Demonym Ultamian
Government Presidential republic
- President David Salapa
- Vice President Michael Salapa
Legislature None active
Established 27 March 2010
Disestablished 27 March 2013
Area claimed 70,536 square feet
Population 5 (27 March 2010)

47 (4 August 2010)
65 (1 June 2011)
89 (31 May 2012)

12 (27 March 2013)
Currency Ultamian Katane
United States dollar
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
National drink Fruit punch
National animal Beagle
Patron saint None
Promotional video

Webs (2010-2013)
WordPress (2013)

The Republic of Ultamiya (/ɔːl'teɪmiə/ awl-TAY-mee-ə) was a micronation located in Pennsylvania. Founded on 27 March 2010, it came to encompass an area 70,536 square feet (6553 m²) and at its end had 11 territorial citizens. Its primary and official language was English. The name Ultamiya derives from the word ultima, the Latin word for "last", though today mainly a gaming term, and was also the name of Ultamiya's capital. Ultamiya is considered the mother nation of the Ultamian Sector, which today has, officially, five nations. Out of those, three are today recognized as Ultamiya's successor states.

Ultamiya, at its dissolution, was composed of five Districts, governed by their respective residents, with one designated a Military District, governed by the nation's military. The general Ultamian "core", its home territory, however, is considered to be the three districts, Varina, which was known as the Capital District, Shimate, and Fort Munhall Military District.

History

Main article: Domestic Affairs of the Republic of Ultamiya

Pre-independence and formation

The south-western quarter of Pennsylvania was inhabited by multiple tribes, including the Delaware, Seneca, and several Iroquois tribes. To the Europeans trying to colonize America, rivers like those seen around this area were vital to economic triumph, so the Golden Triangle was a very strategic miliary post that could be used to control traffic heading down or up the Ohio River. In 1754, a British expedition headed by Colonel George Washington was sent there in an attempt to drive off the French at Fort Duquesne. Though this failed, the British attacked the Golden Triangle three times in the resulting French and Indian War, finally succeeding with General John Forbes. He built Fort Pitt and secured the Forks for the British.

Pittsburgh became property of the state of Pennsylvania in 1785 and flourished, but it was not until the 1870s, with Andrew Carnegie's steel empire, that Pittsburgh's economy skyrocketed. By the 1900s the area was flourishing in its vast wealth, especially in boroughs such as Homestead and Braddock, where steel factories were based. Thus, the hills around those settlements were quickly filled with houses.

Ultamiya began as an idea from one of those hills, particularly a resident of Munhall Gardens named David Salapa. He went to work on building Ultamiya after being inspired by the success of the Republic of Molossia. At 8:16 A.M. on 27 March 2010, it was formally founded.

The first paper flag (crayon) flying over the capital. Taken 28 March 2010.
Now that the nation was founded, it was time to get to work. David's first act as President was getting Ultamiya its own website. He found success with the people at the Arcade Trainer Forum, which he had moderated since 22 February. While the website was being built, the President was busy cleaning the Capital District of litter. On 1 April, he unofficially founded an Air and Space Ministry and conducted its first test.[1]


Stravasite-Ultamian War

Main article: Stravasite-Ultamian War

On 2 April, a comment was left on the main website declaring war against Ultamiya, sparking numerous military developments. The only battle occured on 3 April, when a toddler, reportedly from Stravasalter, unsuccessfully assaulted the President at a structure down the street from the capital called Fort Munhall. Though he succeeded in fending off the toddler, Ultamiya's attention was focused on the war situation for the next fortnight. Convinced Stravasalter was long gone, he declared victory for Ultamiya on 14 April.

Postwar and summer expansion

Ultamiya was now free to work on its other affairs. One of the first developments of this period was a national currency, the katane. Originally issued on 22 April 2010 in three coin denominations (1, 5, 10), it would expand over the next two months to include four bills (20, 50, 100, 500) and even get a three-denomination subunit (the Taneda, t10, t25, t50) in January 2011.

One problem with early Ultamiya was the lack of an official constitution; the only laws (which had been in effect since Ultamiya's founding) were five rules which were placed inside the Declaration of Independence, which disappeared in a hard-drive crash in mid-April. David thought it was about time to organize the law system and created The Constitution after arriving from Washington after midnight, on 16 May, with three articles, I (General Laws, the five rules), II (Executive powers) and III (Amending).

On 17 May, Ultamiya got its first ally and friend, the Slinky Empyre. This one affair would open up the gate for Ultamiya to expand and become a communicative micronation. Over the following month, and beyond, Ultamiya would begin to conduct diplomacy and expand beyond its 27 March borders. At the end of the Postwar Era, the population was 29. By the end of the summer, that number would swell to over 50.

During this time, there was only one break to the peace. On 11 June 2010, a group of 7th graders, responding to the President's talk of Ultamiya, formed a micronation called Gingertown and reportedly vandalized one of Ultamiya's pages on MicroWiki. Though banned for those acts, they then issued insults to the President and threatened cyber warfare. Though the President declared war on 12 June, nothing happened out of the incident, and by September Gingertown was defunct.

A photo of the Shimate District House, taken 22 March 2011.
It was soon found that Ultamiya was not only growing population-wise. On 20 June 2010, a visit by the President to a relative's house down the street would change Ultamiya forever. He discovered that the yard behind the house (and its neighboring yard) had apple and mulberry trees, neither of which the Capital District could grow. He quickly organized these two yards into the dual protectorate of Shimate (/ɕi'mate/), today's smallest of the three districts. Being a dual protectorate, the area would be defended by both Ultamiya and their mother country, the United States.

About a month and a half later, on 4 August, he had given much thought over what to do with Shimate and Fort Munhall, and finally decided it was time to take them for Ultamiya. He organized Fort Munhall Military District, and made Shimate official territory. This over tripled Ultamiya's size, and was its first major expansion.

Post-summer

Ultamiya's expansionist fever slowed down tremendously after the 2010-2011 school year came into being. The population became solid, no more districts formed, and Ultamians settled in to better themselves and the domestic Ultamian life and policy.

On 4 September, President Salapa sent a private message to over ten citizens of Ultamiya on the Arcade Trainer Forum, with an idea for founding a legislative system. They passed the idea overwhelmingly. After selecting a Governing Host, Matteo Catania, the President proceeded to add an entire article to the Constitution on the legislature. It was active for two and a half months before the President suspended it on 18 November for inactivity.

Ultamiya's first involvement in a foreign war was with the Atlantis Civil War, declaring war on the Socialist Federation of Makhnovist on 14 September. Though that war was short, the longer Pacific Front brought about a second enemy, the Tyler Revolutionary Forces, on which Ultamiya declared war on the 21st. In either, there was no true military involvement by Ultamiya, though there was no true way that could have been possible either. About a month later, Ultamiya joined the Fraternal War by declaring war on the KMITB Nation, though nothing much occurred out of the conflict.

The Richland and Pimpville Affairs

On 25 June 2010, the People's Republic of Richland became Ultamiya's friend, and through the next few months the two nations' leaders exchanged many emails and were good friends with each other. On 9 October, Richland President Richard Vincent sent an email to Salapa suggesting the two nations form a commonwealth. Salapa interpreted this to mean he wanted to annex Ultamiya, and harshly declined. Vincent accused President Salapa of defaming Richland on MicroWiki and on Ultamiya News, and called his Council into a special meeting. On 6 November, his country declared war. Ultamiya revoked diplomacy with Richland on 13 November, and would not restore it for nearly another four months.

A Pimpville War propaganda poster.

The Republic of Pimpville was a nation founded on 20 October, by President Shane King and Vice President Andrew Chuba. They promptly declared war on Ultamiya in one of the President's classes. For about two weeks, both countries spread propaganda and threats concerning the hostility, but no real conflict ensued. Ultamiya recalled its recognition of a state of war on 3 November, after a 10th grader interrupted another of Salapa's classes by declaring war and getting everyone else to sign, saying that it did not want the war to spread to anywhere else. A peace treaty given to the Pimpville leaders on 6 December failed, but was re-signed on 14 February 2011. It was rumored that the call to war was reviving in Ultamiya, but the war ended before any bloodshed could occur.

Early 2011

It was not until December that the civil crisis of early November was done with. With renewed confidence and an active website, Ultamiya proceeded into 2011 with a growing influence and spirit.

Again, though, peace was briefly broken. On 16 January 2011, the Slinky Empyre government was overthrown by four departments, led by Parker I, to establish a commonwealth. Amidst rumors that the Empyre was at an end, the departments seceded to form the Slinky Republic. The 22nd brought a prompt declaration of war from the Kingdom of Istoria; the Duchy of Georgeton declared war on Istoria on the 24th, which was in turn declared war on by Ultamiya; then Richland and the United Kingdom of Carlington declared war on Ultamiya. Most of the nations involved revoked their declarations very quickly, Ultamiya being one of the last to do so, on the morning of 27 January. The Ultamian government does not recognize the Slinky Empyre as being a defunct nation, but has revoked diplomacy until further evidence toward its status can be revealed.

March-July 2011 is regarded as Ultamiya's golden age, and great change occurred to Ultamiya. The first was a switch of national anthems from Ultamiya, The Greatest Land to Long Live Ultamiya, a brighter anthem also composed by the President. Also, long time enemy Richland restored diplomatic relations with the country on 9 March, meaning Ultamiya had no enemies for the first time since 14 September.

Finally, two days before National Day, the Constitution was scrapped due to a failed reform and lack of use. However, the Constitution made a fast and unexpected comeback in May, when Salapa wrote a third version on the 14th. The sixth citizen needed to ratify it did so on 16 May, exactly one year after the first constitution was put into operation.

April and May otherwise saw plenty of action, mostly online. On 3 April, a corporation called Ultamiya Fishery was founded on the MMORPG Runescape, but went inactive about two weeks later due to dropping prices.

May, summer, and the Hicks War

May was also active, and aside from the Constitution a few things occurred. On 16 May, the Hicks War began when Ultamiya defeated the Hicks Insurgency at Fort Munhall in the First Battle of the Field. They also won at Second Field on 20 May.

Like the previous year, the summer of 2011 experienced a substantial drop in activity except in two places, the foreign affairs department and, starting on 16 June, the District of Minaka, Ultamiya's Minecraft claim which had four active cities before the server was switched out in August. In foreign affairs, the Ultamian Katane was briefly adopted by the Republic of Serius (now the Sakasarian Federation) in the beginning of June, after the President and the Minister of Finance, Thomas Salapa, signed the 2011 Katane Regulation Act, designed to set basic guidelines for foreign use of the Katane.

Meanwhile, the airsoft issue was finally resolved with the M555AF, a government-owned airsoft gun that was commissioned in mid-July. Though not nearly as powerful as some owned by other members of the newly-christened Ultamian Army of the Republic, it was a groundbreaking weapon nonetheless. The stage was now set for the uncontested domination by Ultamiya of Fort Munhall and the surrounding areas. The gun later broke on 1 October, however by the end of the year it was replaced.

On 10 September 2011, the Hicks War ended when a ceasefire was agreed on between Hicks' mother and Salapa.

Autumn and 2012

Autumn 2011 was a generally inactive time concerning domestic affairs, but, once again, activity in the diplomatic and forum fields overrode this handicap. Also, Ultamiya soon obtained a replacement Minecraft claim in the Miyakato Islands on a new Wyvernian server. A final claim arrived on the World Wide Wyvern server which was switched out on 16 December 2011. By late December, Ultamiya News had reactivated somewhat.

Following a surge of diplomatic openings, 2012 began peacefully. However, January was not all rosy. On 16 January 2012, for the first of two times, one of Ultamiya's partners, the Kingdom of Juclandia, cut relations with Ultamiya. A few days later, President Salapa departed from the MicroWiki Forums as a part of a program he introduced on 7 February 2012, called "Return to the Roots"[2] The program called for a higher focus on domestic affairs and less on foreign matters. This caused Ultamiya's influence to drop significantly, though the February survey still ranked Ultamiya at #25 for the whole sector. However, President Salapa returned to the forum a few days before National Day, brought on a second fabric flag, and restarted diplomatic activities.

The Roots program brought on the passing of the 2012 Air Force Act of February 21st, which established an air force, which was modified on 6 April with the 2012 Army Ranks and Management Act, which removed the provision calling for one hundred planes to be built. It also filled out the enlistment ranks for the regular UAR.

Spring 2012

By Spring, RttR was about dead; as it turned out, an outward social policy on the MicroWiki Forum prevailed.

A second Minaka-dominated period began at the beginning of April with the construction of Avolia City, which was halted about two weeks later due to low attendance of other servergoers. On 17 April, a citizen was evicted from the country for committing a federal offense.[3]

In May, Ultamiya applied and was accepted into the Grand Unified Micronational, and ended the month with the acquisition of a fourth district, Michrenia, on the 30th.

June began with the foundation of a sixth city for the District of Minaka, and the dissolution of the Coloradoan Pan River Territory.

Summer and fall 2012

During the summer of 2012, much work was placed into both Minecraft and preparing an Ultamian citizen for college. By August, two plans were underway, Operation Gold, the third educational project, was completed on 18 August; the Closer Together project was revealed at the beginning of August.

In foreign affairs, Ultamiya became a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational and during the elections of September 2012 became a member on the Advancement Council. However, the national news service Ultamiya News made a negative impression on MicroWiki with radical articles against such figures as Jacob Tierney, Cedric Dyer, and Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia.

The major concern of the months of August and September was the Closer Together Project, in which Fort Munhall's activity was ramped up, and fabric flags were posted to Shimate and Michrenia. The largest project ever undertaken by Ultamiya, it was completed on 7 October with the hanging of the flag at Michrenia in the cold afternoon rain.

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2012, Ultamiya retired somewhat from foreign affairs and became slightly inactive. The Ultamiya Mining Company opened two mines and enjoyed a brief active mining period, which faded out by the end of November. On 17 December, Vice President Matthew Fossick retired and was replaced the next day by Michrenian Viceroy Michael Salapa.

2013

As 2012 drew to a close, Ultamiya experienced a period of inactivity as an emotional 21 December brought about the removal of the Sisters in Sainthood as well as Ultamiya's withdrawal from the GUM. Following a decidedly uneventful month, the Ultamiya News website was forced to relocate after a warning of deactivation was given to the government. The official move was made on 18 January with the signing of the 2013 Online Citizen Act, reducing the country's population to just 10 territorial citizens.[4]

Following the switch, Ultamiya acquired its final district, Gogania as well as Fort Treetania, a military outpost. The Series 2013 Katane also debuted (though no Taneda denominations were ever updated). It was by this time, however, that the realizations of the declination of Ultamiya's spirit were made apparent. After reviewing the situation, Salapa decided on 15 March to dissolve the nation. Ultamiya finally collapsed on 27 March, exactly three years after it began. Michrenia and Gogania carried on as independent states, and Salapa, after four days of inactivity, founded the Kingdom of Varina.

Government

Ultamiya was, officially, a presidential republic, however it could also have been considered a benevolent dictatorship by some.

President

Ultamiya's executive department was structured much like that of the Republic of Molossia, with one president and no elections. David Salapa was its only President.

The office would change hands only if the current president died or resigned, and then the Vice President would succeed to the Presidency. According to the old Constitution, an election amongst all citizens of the Republic was to be called for, however this could be considered impossible as Ultamiya granted citizenship over the Internet. Appointing of a Vice President by the President was compulsory.

Ministries

Ministries were various fields of government that were created when necessary. For most of Ultamiya's lifetime there were seven ministries which were more or less active in the Republic:

Geography

The Republic sat mostly inside the borough of Munhall, on the western outskirts of the Allegheny Plateau and the eastern outskirts of the Ohio River Valley. All of its districts, besides Gogania, were on a hill overlooking the Monongahela River. The Government House was approximately 997 feet (300 m) above sea level. The Capital District was located at 40'24 N, 79'53 W.
An old map of Ultamiya's claimed territories, c. 2011, with Shimate in Blue, FMMD in Green, and the CD in Red.

Ultamiya sat between the humid subtropical and warm summer temperate regions in the Köppen climate classification system, experiencing a temperate, 4-seasonal climate with a temperature range of about 5 to 95°F (-15 to 35°C).

Districts

Ultamiya, at its height, had five districts.

Capital District

Main article: Varina, Varina

The Capital District was, as expected, the capital of Ultamiya, otherwise known as Ultima. Founded on 27 March along with the nation, it encompassed 4 yards, an alley, and the Government House. Its population was five, the Presidential family. Today the city of Varina, it continues to flourish as a prosperous area.

Government House

The Government House was the main residence of the presidential family, including His Lordship, and has been inhabited by them since 1991. It is a yellow brick, three-story house and was the base of most Ultamian online (and a lot of offline) operations. On the property is John's Square, a pool deck from which various flags were flown from. It is today the Palace of Varina.

Shimate

Main article: Shimate

Shimate was the second district and was founded on 20 June 2010. It is down the street from Varina (Ultima) and across the street from Fort Munhall. It is made up of two yards, a driveway, and the Shimate District House. Its population is two, and today enjoys a joint ownership between two of the three Ultamian successor states.

Fort Munhall Military District

Main article: Fort Munhall Military District
Fort Munhall as seen in Google Earth Street View.
Fort Munhall Military District is a recreational park known to Americans as the Vine Street Playground. It is not that large, but still supplied quite a bit of Ultamian territory, or about 28,000 square feet (2600 m2). It has a few metal structures in it, most notably Fort Munhall itself, which the President and his cousin had domain over since a week before Ultamiya's founding. It survived three battles, one in the Stravasite-Ultamian War and two in the Hicks War. In the past, it was noted that Pimpville and Richland both had interest in FMMD during their respective wars with Ultamiya, probably because of its strategic location and size. Like Shimate, it falls under joint ownership.

Michrenia

Main article: Kingdom of Michrenia

Michrenia was founded on 30 May 2012. It was the first district or territory to undergo an official application, via a form. It was the second-smallest district, after Shimate, but was on a much higher elevation than the other three. Located in the neighboring borough of Whitaker, Michrenia was overseen first by the Vice President of the Republic, Michael Salapa, and then by Major General Renee Salapa when Michael was promoted. Today, Michrenia is the capital of an independent kingdom of the same name with a population of thirty.

Gogania

Main article: Empire of Gogania

Gogania is a classroom in the Steel Valley High School that was governed by Viceroy (today Emperor) Gary Goga. It was the smallest district by far before it became independent. Over one hundred people pass through its borders every school day.

Coloradoan Pan River Territory

The only territory ever under Ultamiya's indirect jurisdiction, the CPRT (also known as, simply, the Coloradoan Territory) was declared by a website member by the name of Luke Lacoste. The so-called ranch that was claimed extended for 40 acres, and had a population of 9. It was called the CPRT because the Frying Pan River runs through it. With the acquisition of Michrenia on 30 May 2012, the CPRT was returned to the United States two days later.

Demographics

Ultamiya's population derived mostly from website members and territory claimants, so during the heyday of expansion Ultamians were scattered around the United States and places in Europe. All active Ultamians spoke English, but some had the ability to speak a European language or two. Education was conducted in the United States, specifically in the Steel Valley School District, which was notable for being the source of multiple conflicts.

Economy

The Ultamian economy was based around two industries, Agriculture and Mining. Agriculture was the nation's largest industry, with annual harvests in every outside district besides Fort Munhall Military District, which has no inhabitants. The mining industry was a monopoly, the only corporation in the field being the Ultamiya Mining Company, which was based in the Capital District. Sandstone was the primary product of mining operations, though sizable amounts of other materials were discovered. The UMC lives on today as the Backyard Mining Corporation.

Military

Main article: Ultamian Army of the Republic

Ultamiya's military, though small, was quite developed with three active personnel and a staple of active weaponry, most of it Nerf. The President of the Republic was Commander-in-Chief, much like that of the United States. There were two branches of the UAR, the Army and the Aerial Forces.

Salapa wielding the M555AF. The gun was later decommissioned due to being broken.

Ultamiya never lost a battle though it never experienced any real micronational warfare.

Airsoft

One of the most divided issues in Ultamiya's history, especially in Ultima, was the question on whether to supply the military with Airsoft weaponry. Lieutenant General Michael Salapa was, until the summer of 2011, the only person in the military that had Airsoft. Since then, both Michrenia and the Capital District have developed Airsoft. The most active citizen against the incorporation of Airsoft was Domestic Adviser Susan Salapa, who had quite a large amount of veto power over the situation. However, President Salapa stood firm for his belief that Airsoft was necessary to fully defend the country. The argument seemed to have ended when the M555AF became a member of the federal arsenal on 16 July 2011, and by the end of the year the Government House had its first powerful Airsoft weaponry.

The District of Michrenia, the economy of which relied a lot on military technology, had at least eight Airsoft pieces in its stores, so at its independence it was already starting off with a powerful military.

Science and technology

Ultamiya never had any major ministries concerning scientific programs in either the development of warfare or peaceful projects. However, it did some testing with Nerf weaponry and also had a Ministry of Weather (which uses Weatherbug). It had, at one point, considered founding a Navy and an Air and Space program, but the lack of riverside territory and space has prohibited either of these from happening. President Salapa stated that if rocket testing "like that of Molossia" were to happen, it would probably take place inside the Capital District.

The Stravasite-Ultamian War prompted many explorations into weapon technology; for example, an Egg Greande was produced, carrying marbles inside plastic eggs, but the eggs cracked when used multiple times.

Another notable weapon produced because of this was a musket-like fabrication, consisting of a stick of wood attached to a Dual-Shot dartgun. Though the use of this weapon for a musket had existed since February, the bayonet was made for the first time during the war.

Lobbying for funding the Ultamian Space Program did occur during March 2011, but the proposal was struck down on the grounds that there was no official space to shoot them off at.

The next touch on scientific research came with the 2012 Air Force Act, which established a Vice Marshal as second in line in the Aerial Forces. The Vice Marshal would be responsible for "any scientific and aerodynamic research", and the President had authority over these duties.

Perhaps the most-used program in Ultamiya was Google Earth, which was used to measure district boundaries and give insight into what lied within potential territories.

Foreign affairs

Main article: Diplomacy of the Republic of Ultamiya

Ultamiya's diplomatic relations was its most active department. Generally upholding ties from between 60-75 different nations, Ultamiya was successful in devoting itself to the micronational community. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was founded on 24 May, was supposed to operate in checking talk pages and monitoring activity of other micronations, but in reality it never did much. The MoFA was the only ministry with two leaders, Blair Davis (who resigned on 18 May 2011) and William Wood, who continued with it until Ultamiya's dissolution.

Skype was the most common program used to talk to other micronations. As it was also used as the base for discussion in the Grand Unified Micronational, Skype was very important to Ultamiya.

References and notes

  1. YouTube, "A Test by the Ultamian Ministry of Air and Space". 1 February 2011.
  2. YouTube, "Return to the Roots". 7 February 2012.
  3. Ultamiya News,"Ultamian Pulls Fire Alarm, Citizenship in Jeopardy; Enemy of State Removed". 17 April 2012.
  4. Ultamiya News, "Ultamiya News Reset". 18 January 2013.
  5. The Ultamian Ministry of Air and Space was a member of the Micronational Space Agency.