Unified Royal States of Australis

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Unified Royal States of Australis
Verenig Koninklik Staat Van Australis
Micronation
Flag of Australis
Flag
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Motto: Melior est enim orbis terrarum
English: For a better world
StatusActive
CapitalAustralis Town
Largest StateIntegritas
Official languagesEnglish Afrikaans
Recognised regional languagesNyungar
DemonymAustralissian
Organizational structureMeritocratic Grand Duchy
Daniel I
Jared Barker
LegislatureAustralis Leadership Council
Independence from Australia
• Declaration of Independence signed
8 April 2020; 6 months ago (2020-04-08)
Population
• October 2020 census
66 (Including 20 Honorary Subjects)
Purported currencyAustralissian Credit (ACD)
Time zoneACT (UTC+8:00)
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD.ml (de jure)

Australis, officially known as the Unified Royal States of Australis, is a self-declared sovereign country, commonly known as a micronation to external observers. Australis declared independence from the Commonwealth of Australia on 8 April 2020 as the Commonwealth of Australis, later changing its official name to the Unified Royal States of Australis. Australis is composed of five inhabited states and seven territories. Australis has three capitals: A legislative, executive and the de jure capital. These are Belvoir, New Yera and Jarrahview, respectively. [1]

The Government of Australis is a Meritocratic Grand Duchy, where the legislative branch is appointed via Meritocracy and the Executive branch is appointed via hereditary succession. The legislative branch is composed of the Australis Leadership Council, a governing council currently composed of 4 members.

Australis is well known in the micronational community as a professional and developed nation. Australis has held full membership in the Cupertino Alliance since July 2020 and provisional membership in the Grand Unified Micronational since October 2020, in addition to being a member of several smaller organizations such as the League of Independent Nations, Oceanian Micronational Union and the Union Against Micronational War. The nation consistently scores highly in micronational positive surveys, scoring fifth place in the October 2020 Cupertino Member Positivity Survey with 85 points. Furthermore, Australis ranks 4.00 on the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, 4.00 on Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness and 4.60 on Freayth's System of Classification.

Etymology

The name Australis was chosen by Daniel Roscoe. The name Australis is derived from the historical term Terra Australis Incognita, meaning 'Unknown Southern Land'. This name was given to a hypothetical undiscovered continent, that was later found to be Australia. Australis was also chosen to be the name as it fit with the Latin naming scheme in the early history of the nation. [2]

History

Pentarchy Era (April-May 2020)

On 8 April 2020. the Commonwealth of Australis was established by a group of five people - Daniel Roscoe, Alison Mitchell, Anica Weck, Roberto Flamenco and Caitlyn Azar. [3] These five people comprised the Pentarchy - an executive and legislative governing body of five equal individuals tasked with running Australis. The week following the founding of Australis saw massive population inflation, with the population almost tripling, reaching 13 citizens by 17 April. On 18 April, Australis created the first version of its MicroWiki page, in order to further its foreign relations. It is also around this time when Australis joined the Organization of Allied Micronations, a now defunct micronational organization, as a founding member. Australis' membership in this early phase opened gateways and set a standard for future Australissian diplomacy. Within its first month, Australis opened diplomatic partnerships with the now defunct Republic of Suverska, the Union of Jutar, Commonwealth of Rhodesia and Imperium Aquilae.

During this period of time, Pentarchy members Roberto Flamenco and Anica Weck resigned, and were replaced by Sinead Hamilton and Carlo Olivier. Towards the end of April, the Pentarchy held an election in order to form a separate legislative branch of government. Initially, this legislative branch consisted of five seats. The election had two political parties contesting government - the left-wing Australissian Libertarian-Socialist Party and the right-wing Australissian Liberal Party. The Libertarian Socialist Party, backed by four of the five Pentarchy members, won with an absolute majority vote, with no seats being gained by the Liberal Party. On 6 May, the Australissian Parliament was dissolved and political parties were outlawed by the Pentarchy, in order to 'maintain the political and social goals of Australis'. The system was replaced by a Governor system, with one person each representing their respective state, appointed by the Pentarchy. This system held similarities to today's meritocratic system.

Also coinciding with this date was the day Australis changed its official name, from the Commonwealth of Australis to the Unified Royal States of Australis, due to the name being easily confused with the Commonwealth of Australia. From 6 to 28 May, Australis was experiencing instability within the government. The Pentarchy was viewed by the citizen base to be failing, as Daniel Roscoe was performing most of the work of developing and running Australis. The other five members at that point participated very little in Australis. In a last ditch effort to keep the Pentarchy stable and to reignite activity, a vote was passed to make Daniel the Head of the Pentarchy, which in doing so violated the original purpose of the Pentarchy, to have five equal rulers. In addition to this, two high ranking individuals within Australis, initially gaining power in the April election, were appointed as advisors to the Pentarchy. These were Xavier Joubert and Jared Barker. Despite the best efforts of the Pentarchy and its advisors, it ultimately collapsed on the 28th of May 2020, after Daniel guaranteed Jared the role of Chancellor, if he helped lobby members of the Pentarchy into voting to dissolve the Pentarchy in a vote. The vote was passed unanimously, due to the other members believing that the nation would operate smoothly under the rule of Daniel Roscoe.

Roscoe Era (June 2020-Present)

Following the dissolution of the Pentarchy, Daniel assumed the self-proclaimed role of Grand Duke on 29 May, appointing Jared Barker as Chancellor of the newly reformed government. Under the new leadership of Daniel I, Australis experienced further development and growth. On 18 June 2020, the Australis Leadership Council was established as the new legislative body of Australis, in order to commence the establishment of a larger government. During Mid-July 2020, the Grand Duke passed an executive decree, transitioning the government from its previous democratic system, instead becoming a meritocracy. [4] During August, the State Revitalization Program was established, an initiative intended to promote cultural growth and activity, as well as developing the nation, on the state level, however this program soon saw inactivity. Also in August, the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs launched a trial of paper-based citizenship application forms - this saw a rapid spike in population. The trial was seen as a success, and the program is being further developed.

Government and Politics

Grand Duke of Australis

Australis Leadership Council

The Australis Leadership Council, known in short as the ALC, is the legislative branch of the Australissian Government. The theoretical maximum number of members in the ALC is 8, however there are currently only 4 members in the Council. The ALC is chaired by the Grand Duke of Australis, Daniel I, whose responsibilities lie with proposing and writing legislature, representing the House of Roscoe and overseeing the operations of Australis. [5] Members of the ALC are nominated and appointed via Meritocracy, the process of appointing people based on merit, rather than by public vote. An exception to this is the Grand Duke of Australis. While the position as Chair of the Australissian Leadership Council may go to any ALC member, The Grand Duke of Australis may not be voted in or out. He is a permanent member of the Council.


Ministers of the Government

Foreign Relations

Australis maintains an open foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for making decisions on foreign policy and forming mutual recognition and relations with other nations. The earliest organization that Australis was involved in was the Organization of Allied Micronations, which later was disbanded. Today, Australis is a member of multiple organizations, some of the most notable being the Cupertino Alliance and the Global Micronational Council. Australis applied to become a member of the Cupertino Alliance on July 8, 2020. Shortly after the application was received, on the 15th of July, 2020, Australis became a full member state of the Cupertino Alliance. [6]

Australis shares common borders with the Kingdom of Australand, a bordering micronation in the Perth area, and maintain active foreign relations and communication. The two nations signed the Perth Accord, acknowledging each others existence, mutually recognising each other and outlining joint military cooperation protocols.

Name Macronation Relations Commenced Status of Relations
Imperium Aquilae [7] Greece 5 May 2020 Formal
Union of Jutar [8] United States 9 May 2020 Formal
Commonwealth of Rhodesia [9] United Kingdom 9 May 2020 Formal
Republic of Eriu Ireland 15 May 2020 Negotiations
Kingdom of Australand [10] Australia 16 June 2020 Formal
Pametchia [11] United States 9 July 2020 Formal
Nexan Republic [12] Canada 11 July 2020 Formal
State of Vishwamitra [13] India 26 August 2020 Formal
Commonwealth of Naveria[14] United States 11 October 2020 Formal
Kingdom of Ebenthal[15] Brazil 3 September 2020 Formal
All member states of the LIN UN 21 September 2020 Formal
United Kingdoms of Greater Monmark[16] United States 29 September 2020 Formal
Confederate States of America United States 11 October 2020 Negotiations
Principality of New Eiffel United Kingdom 11 October 2020 Negotiations

Organizational Paricipation

Military

Australis maintains a small Self-Defence Force, the Royal Australissian Defence Force, which mainly fulfils the duties of a Royal Guard. The Commander-in-Chief of the RADF is the Grand Duke of Australis, however it is primarily managed by the Minister for Defence, Xavier Joubert. The current amount of military personnel within the RADF is currently unknown; however as of June 2020, the RADF consisted of five personnel.

Geography

In its northern regions, Australis sits on coastal plains and hills, wetlands, urban regions and forest. The area surrounding Australis town contains lush natural forests. Australis is situated to the west of the Darling Fault, also known as the Perth Hills, the ancient shores of Western Australia millions of years ago. Today, the whole area of Australis sits on the former seabed, which has led to very sandy, relatively infertile soil. To the original inhabitants of the region, the indigenous Noongars, Australis' metropolitan territories are situated in the Whadjuk Noongar land, and Australis Town is situated in the Wardandi Noongar land. The Noongar population inhabited these regions for 50-70 thousand years before European colonisation. Today, the metropolitan areas sit in the local government regions of the City of Wanneroo, City of Stirling and the City of Joondalup. Australis Town sits in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

Climate

Australis experiences a mediterranean climate characterised by warm summers and cool winters. In the summer, temperatures can commonly reach up to 40 degrees celsius.

Climate data for Amicitia, Australis
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.4
(111.9)
46.2
(115.2)
42.4
(108.3)
39.5
(103.1)
34.3
(93.7)
26.2
(79.2)
25.8
(78.4)
30.0
(86)
34.2
(93.6)
37.2
(99)
40.4
(104.7)
44.2
(111.6)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 31.2
(88.2)
31.6
(88.9)
29.6
(85.3)
25.9
(78.6)
22.3
(72.1)
19.5
(67.1)
18.4
(65.1)
19.1
(66.4)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
26.8
(80.2)
29.3
(84.7)
24.79
(76.63)
Average low °C (°F) 18.1
(64.6)
18.4
(65.1)
16.8
(62.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.4
(50.7)
8.6
(47.5)
7.9
(46.2)
8.3
(46.9)
9.5
(49.1)
11.6
(52.9)
14.4
(57.9)
16.4
(61.5)
12.85
(55.13)
Record low °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
9.9
(49.8)
6.3
(43.3)
4.7
(40.5)
1.3
(34.3)
-0.7
(30.7)
0.0
(32)
1.3
(34.3)
1.0
(33.8)
2.2
(36)
5.0
(41)
7.9
(46.2)
-0.7
(30.7)
Average Rainfall mm (inches) 20.2
(0.795)
13.1
(0.516)
19.7
(0.776)
35.7
(1.406)
89.4
(3.52)
124.5
(4.902)
145.9
(5.744)
126.0
(4.961)
84.8
(3.339)
38.8
(1.528)
21.8
(0.858)
10.9
(0.429)
733.2
(28.866)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1mm) 1.7 1.2 2.5 4.6 8.6 11.8 14.4 13.0 10.9 5.7 3.7 2.0 80.1
Sunshine hours 356.5 314.9 295.5 246.0 211.7 180.6 188.4 219.8 232.4 299.8 320.4 359.4 3,225.4
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology[19]

Regions

Image taken near Amicitia House, Amicitia.

The Unified Royal States of Australis is divided into four states and seven territories. The majority of Australissian citizens live the states of Integritas and Amicitia. Each state is appointed a Governor by the Grand Duke, who oversees operations of their own state. Territories are operated by the Grand Duke or Chancellors Office. Australis Town is a territory, however it is home to the official capital of Australis, Jarrahview.

States

States of URS Australis
Flag State Capital Population Date of Admission
Integritas2.png Amicitia Karimba 8 April 10, 2020
Beatitudinem Second Flag.png Beatitudinem Bindoo (Temporary) 4 April 10, 2020
Felicitatem Second Flag.png Felicitatem Bindoo 3 April 10, 2020
Integritas Second Flag.png Integritas Belvoir 10 April 10, 2020

Territories

In addition to the states of Australis, there are multiple territories, which are large enough to be recognised as regions of Australis, but too sparsely populated to be a state. The capital of Australis, Australis Town, meets this classification, and is therefore a territory of Australis.

Territories of URS Australis
Flag State Capital Population Date of Admission
Aequalitatem Second Flag.png Aequalitatem Delgado 1 10 April 2020
Australis Town State Flag.png Australis Town Jarrahview 0 10 April 2020
Jutia Flag.png Jutia New Jutar 1 19 April 2020
West Aurelia.png Realm of West Aurelia Hartog 10 15 May 2020
Lakeston.png Lakeston Operated by Amicitia 0 1 September 2020
Vergulde Flag.png Vergulde Operated by Amicitia 0 5 September 2020
Flag of Constantia.png Constantia Operated by Australis Town 0 15 October 2020

Former Territories

Former Territories of URS Australis
Flag State Capital Date of Admission Date of Expulsion
Nullussian Autonomous Royal State of Australis.png Nullus None July 17, 2020 August 30, 2020

Demographics

Population
YearPop.±%
April 2020 28—    
May 2020 46+64.3%
June 2020 46+0.0%
July 2020 53+15.2%
August 2020 61+15.1%
September 2020 62+1.6%
Information taken from end of each month.

Nationalities

Countries of Origin of Australissian Citizens
Position Nation Number of Citizens
1 Australia 16 (34.78%)
2 South Africa 13 (28.26%)
3 United Kingdom 8 (17.39%)
4 Unknown 5 (10.86%)
5 Colombia 1 (2.17%)
6 Italy 1 (2.17%)
7 Namibia 1 (2.17%)
8 Philippines 1 (2.17%)
Countries of Origin of Australissian Honorary Subjects
Position Nation Number of Citizens
1 Unknown 10 (50.00%)
2 United States 5 (25.00%)
3 United Kingdom 3 (15.00%)
4 Greece 1 (5.00%)
5 South Korea 1 (5.00%)

Intermicronational Rankings

Culture

Australissian culture is primarily defined by the nation's South African and Australian population.

Flag representing the South African population and culture within Australis.

Sports

Sporting leagues and competitions in Australis are managed by the state-run Australissian Institute for Sport, established in September 2020. The national sport of Australis is E-Sports. Currently, the AIS has not launched any sporting leagues, however it is anticipated that this will occur by the end of 2020.

National Symbols

The national animals of Australis are the Western Grey Kangaroo and the Numbat. These animals are endemic to the Australian continent and widespread throughout Australis.

One of the national animals of Australis, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
The Numbat is also one of the national animals of Australis.

The national plant of Australis, like the national plant of Western Australia is the Kangaroo Paw. It is endemic to South-Western Australia. Kangaroo Paw typically flowers in Spring and Summer (September-February).

News and Media

All Australissian media is state-run. The primary source of news within the nation is the Australis Times, founded in April 2020, which releases articles on happenings within Australis periodically. [20] News and media within Australis is also posted on YouTube, via the state-run YouTube channel, URS Australis.

Languages

According to an Australissian study conducted in October 2020, an estimated 24% of citizens are capable of speaking fluent Afrikaans, while 100% of citizens are capable of speaking English fluently. Both languages are designated as official languages, however English is the dominant, preferred language throughout the nation. In addition, in order to preserve native Australian culture, Nyungar, a native language spoken by Aboriginal Australians in the Southwestern region of Australia was designated as a recognised regional language, despite there currently being no native speakers of the language within Australis.

Hexium Calendar

In addition to using the Gregorian calendar, Australis utilises its own calendar, Hexium. In the Hexium system, the standard 365 day year is split into six months, based on Gregorian months. Hexium is a secondary calendar system, with Gregorian being the standard system within Australis, however Hexium is an acceptable format in Australissian documents and other information. [21]

Hexium Gregorian
Unum January-February
Dium March-April
Trium May-June
Quartum July-August
Pentum September-October
Hexium November-December


References

  1. "Australis - About". Australis Website. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. "Australis - About". Australis Website. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  3. "Original Planning Document for Australis". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. "Australis and Meritocracy". Australis Times. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  5. "ALC - Australis". Old Australissian Official Website. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  6. "Australis Accepted into the Cupertino Alliance". Australis Times. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  7. "Aquilae-Australis Recognition Document". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  8. "Jutar-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  9. "Rhodesia-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  10. "Perth Accord". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  11. "Pametchia-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  12. "Nexan-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  13. "Vishwamitra-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  14. "Naveria-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  15. "Ebenthal-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  16. "Monmark-Australis Recognition Treaty". Australissian National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  17. "Cupertino Alliance - Members". MicroWiki. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  18. "Australis gains Provisional Membership in the GUM". Australis Times. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  19. "Climate statistics for Australian locations". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  20. "Australis Times". Australis Times. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  21. "What is Hexium? - Australis FAQ". Australis Website. Retrieved 29 September 2020.