Union of Piedmont
|The Union of Piedmont|
Motto: "Nemo Servus Viri" (Latin)
"No Man a Slave"
Anthem: "Solidarity Forever"
and national language
|Government||Federal Constitutional Semi-Direct Democratic Republic|
• General Secretary
• Presidium of the Senate
• Tribune of the People
• Proclomation of Accention
|9 October 2017|
• Second Constitution ratified
|13 August 2019|
|8.49 km2 (3.28 sq mi)|
United States Dollar
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC -5/-4|
The Union of Piedmont (also known as 'the union') is a micronation located north of the Catawba River mostly in the Fort Mill area. The Union of Piedmont was formed by three eastern colonies of Mount Henadas when they declared "Ascension to independence" on 9 October 2017. The Union in its current form came to be when the nation's founder, Preston Lyerly, returned from his retirement and drafted a new constitution that was ratified on 13 August 2019.
NOTE: The Union of Piedmont is a fantastical simulated micronation, existing only on paper and in our imaginations, and does not represent real claims to the territory "under our jurisdiction" nor the people within those borders.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government & Politics
- 3.1 The Provinces, Regions, and Compact Territories
- 3.2 The Union Commission, the Consul, and the Cabinet
- 3.3 The National Assembly
- 3.4 The College of Praetors
- 3.5 The Proletariat Tribunate and the Civil Congregation
- 3.6 Elections and Political Parties
- 3.7 Foreign Affairs
- 4 Geography
- 5 Culture
The Union of Piedmont was named for the geographic region of North America from which it's comprised- the Piedmont, which stretched from northern Alabama to New Jersey. Piedmont in North America was named after the region of Piedmont (modern-day north-western Italy) in western Europe, a land of rolling small hills at the base of the Alps, hence the name Pied (foot) mont (hills).
The Kingdom of Japoninca
On 14 February 2005, a local leader named Austin Ford founded a small kingdom along the banks of Blankmanship River, with his seat of power (AP City) atop Farmcrest Bluff. King Austin ruled Japoninca peacefully for 5 years until he willingly abdicated the throne and passed the crown to his grandfather and Prime Minister, Howard 'Gene' Surface. Surface, however, refused the title of King, preferring to remain Prime Minister and effectively abolished the monarchy. Though Japoninca remained a Kingdom in name, Prime Minister Surface did much to democratize the state early in his reign; most noticeably reforming the Parliament to be elected rather than chosen by the King.
In 2011 Japoninca was invaded from the north by Fair Oaks, a rising power on the other side of the Blankmanship. Surface reacted quickly, by forming a Legion to defend the Kingdom. Surface, thanks largely to his 30 years of experience in the United States Marine Corps, was exceedingly successful at repelling the attack and driving the Oakans back across the river. In the aftermath of the Fair Oaks Border War, Surface oversaw the construction of many defensive structures to prevent another similar invasion - these are now iconic landmarks of the area: the Treeton Post and Fort Pallet.
The Harris-York Commonwealth
Thomas and Kaylee Loyst were father and daughter, and eventually would become rulers of 2 once rival communities. The People of Harris and the State of Yorktowne had competed and occasionally fought for years, but hostilities would be put to rest when they formed a united commonwealth on May 4, 2012. Thomas Loyst had become the Archon of Harris after the death of their previous Archon in 2010 after he delivered a rousing and inspiring speech before the people. Kaylee Loyst was chosen as Archon of Yorktowne in 2011 per the will of the dying previous Archon. Thomas and Kaylee drew on their family ties and the local power of the Loyst House, and united to form the Harris-York Commonwealth. With unification came a new republic and a shared power system.
Henatan Colonial Period
In April of 2012, recently retired Lord-Governor of Mount Henadas Preston Lyerly came to the Kingdom of Japoninca during a great crisis in his nation known as 'the Separation.' Lyerly came across a nation that had been brought together by a conflict, but was on the verge of political upheaval due to the ambiguous status of the Japonincan crown. Though Prime Minister Surface had denied the title of King, he had technically accepted the crown and his role as leader of the Kingdom. In a legal sense this nominally made Surface the King of Japoninca. Though Surface originally held onto the crown to prevent someone else from being declared king, he grew increasingly uncomfortable with the situation as many common Japonincans began to hail him with praises and titles as if he had accepted the royal role. In addition to this, the Japonincan Parliament had proven to be more of a hindrance to statecraft than a proper legislative institution - repeatedly draining the Kingdom's treasury for their own benefit.
Lyerly approached Surface hoping to be of some use in resolving the situation, and ultimately the two men organized an agreement to reform the Japonincan state. The Kingdom of Japoninca would be declared the Dominion of Japoninca, a dependent political unit to Mount Henadas. Lyerly was awarded the crown, but took the title Lord Protector, an executive office appointed by the Heads-of-State of Mount Henadas. Surface remained Prime Minister, but now he presided over the new Dominion Council with many more constitutional restraints. Due to his trust in Lyerly's state crafting ability as a founder of Mount Henadas, Surface agreed to this arrangement for the stability and military power that came with such an alliance.
The news of Mount Henadas' arrival east of the Mississippi spread fast, and in June 2013 the Loysts of Harris-York were reaching out to Lyerly for a similar Dominionship arrangement in the hope it would assist their expansion plans. The proposition was quickly adopted, and a new organization called the Henatan Commonwealth was formed to administrate Mount Henadas' now multiple far-flung colonies. The Henatan Commonwealth was formed with several specific directives in mind: promote unity with the Republic and cooperation between the colonies, as well as furthering Henatan influence and colonial efforts in the new eastern realms. The creation of the Henatan Commonwealth began Mount Henadas' many successful and failed attempts at colonization of the east.
The Dominion of Forest Ridge was founded on 24 May 2014 by Preston Lyerly and the newly formed Henatan Rangers - whose purpose was to defend the Eastern Henatan holding. The effort was initially successful, but within a year the populace had grown weary of the expanding Henatan military presence. After the Henatan Rangers announced their intention to construct a permanent outpost in the New Middlesex woods just north of Forest Ridge, the citizens of the Dominion organized an ad-hoc referendum regarding separation from Mount Henadas. Forest Ridge voted 64% to 36% in favor of leaving the Commonwealth. Lyerly respected the people's decision and withdrew from the area.
Not wanting to lose momentum after the loss of Forest Ridge, Lyerly began talks with eastern local leader Hayden Renner to establish a new colony in October 2014. On October 13, The Dominion of Springfield was founded after successful talks with the people of a settlement called The Paddocks. While the settlement and Henatan administration performed exceptionally for over half a year, the Rangers were simultaneously bogged down in a constant conflict with the bordering people of Shedzi in the woods to the south. The Henatan Rangers kept the Shedzi at bay for months, repeatedly repelling raids and attempted invasions until the betrayal of a colonial official named Robbie Kegel. Kegel was promised a large payment and the protection of the Shedzi if he turned on the Henatans and revealed their defensive structures around the Paddocks. In a nighttime surprise attack, the Shedzi descended upon the settlement and drove Lyerly and the Henatans out of Springfield - this catalyzed the mass exodus known as the Lake Norman Expulsion.
Immediately after the Shedzi Offensive, fear and speculation filled the retreating Rangers. After being betrayed by a trusted official, the Rangers no longer felt safe; the ranks were filled with rumors of Shedzi collaboration with Fair Oaks to invade Japoninca, as well as baseless accusations that the Loysts had turned on Mount Henadas. Though Lyerly would later say "[The Lake Norman Expulsion] was a poor decision...an unfortunate time when we acted out of fear rather than reason," he would concede to his subordinates' concerns and lead the Rangers 40 miles to the North to establish a camp on the shore of Lake Norman. Throughout the Summer of 2015, Lyerly and the Henatan Rangers attempted to establish a colonial administration within the local settlements; unfortunately the locals were less than enthusiastic with the propositions and Mount Henadas was only successful in occupying a small community on the West Moores Peninsula and a few outlying islands in the lake. Come autumn, word of stability in Japoninca and Harris-York spread to the Rangers, and Lyerly roused his forces to return South.
When Lyerly and the Rangers arrived back to Japoninca, Prime Minister Surface informed the Lord Protector that he had been in talks with the people of Bromley Village, a large settlement very close to Japonica. Bromley Village had been interested in the protection of the Henatan Rangers, but were disenthused by the Rangers' retreat North. Now that Lyerly was back in the area and the Rangers were almost back to fighting strength, Bromley became much more receptive and became a Henatan Dominion on September 16, 2015. Much like the Henatan Administration in Springfield, the civic operation of the Dominion of Bromley was excellent, but the Rangers were caught up in a nasty border conflict with the neighboring Westerfalls Community. The Bromley Border War was fought over a disagreement over Bromley's western border, as Westerfalls claimed the border was delineated by the natural stream of Sampson Branch, and Mount Henadas claimed the border to be demarcated by the immense retaining walls the people of Westerfalls had constructed along their property lines. The war slogged on for 8 months, with a thin strip of woods in the disputed zone becoming the site of almost all conflict. The war came to an end when Westerfalls committed to an unorthodox attack--their forces gathered hundreds of bags of garbage and deposited them and their contents all over the disputed forest floor in an attempt to render the area useless and undesirable. This massive littering campaign horrified the environmentally conscious Henatans, and triggered their immediate and massive invasion over the border. The Rangers, combined with a local volunteer force, overwhelmed Westerfall's retaining walls and occupied the eastern portion of the community which forced the Westerfall leadership to sue for peace on May 18, 2016. The border was officially established along the retaining walls, and Bromley settled down for a stability that ultimately would not last.
Lead up to Independence
Mere weeks after the end of the Bromley Border War, political instability came to the Commonwealth. The war had both cost a great deal, and greatly weakened Henatan leadership's enthusiasm for the eastern colonial efforts. The Henatan Council brought immediate reforms to the Henatan Commonwealth, most notably deeming themselves the parent authority to the Eastern Cooperative; an organization within the Henatan Commonwealth that had been pivotal to colonial unity and prosperity throughout the Commonwealth's existence. This shift in the balance of power caused an anti-Henatan opposition to arise in the colonies, and tensions only heightened when the Dominion of Japoninca decided to leave the Eastern Cooperative in July, 2016. Things quickly became tenuous as more and more colonial officials began to oppose Henatan administrative efforts and became strong leaders of the separatist movement. Prime Minister Howard Surface, Minister of the State Jan Surface, and Prime Minister Kaylee Loyst would all hinder Mount Henadas' control of the region in some form or another; however Lord Protector and concurrent High Duke of Mount Henadas Preston Lyerly remained mute on the issue.
Despite many in the colonies suspecting Lyerly was sympathetic to the separatist cause, he publicly tried to promote unity and the continuation of Henatan expansion. This would change when the Henatan Council voted to revoke their claim to Bromley Village in January 2017, citing it as a "burdensome possession of the Republic." This outraged Lyerly, who saw it as an offense to those who fought to protect the Dominion. Thusly, he challenged the decision by attempting to veto the bill, but Lord-Governor Cole Tidwell refused to veto and allowed the initial resolution to pass (the Henatan Constitution requires both heads-of-state to agree for a successful veto). In the end Lyerly was only able to organize a coalition to remove the garbage still littering the western forest before being forced to leave Bromley Village.
Bromley Village would become the last of Mount Henadas' colonial attempts, bringing Lyerly's vision of a Henatan East to a disappointing end. After relinquishing Bromley, Lyerly became increasingly open to the greater autonomy of the eastern colonies, though he fell short of advocating full independence. With Lyerly's support, the anti-Henatan faction quickly became the majority in the East. Political discourse soon became dominated by the separatist question, with talks ranging from redefining the Dominions' relationship with Mount Henadas to whispers of civil war. In April 2017, Lyerly would accompany local leaders Cory Weed and Gabriel Williams in the expedition to found Homeland Beach on the shore of Sugar Creek. While some mistakenly refer to Homeland Beach as the last Henatan Colony, Weed and Williams were in reality never associated with Mount Henadas; and Lyerly himself was operating independently of his function as a Henatan official. During the initial and subsequent expeditions, the 3 men discussed the potential and nature of a possible union between the new settlement, Japoninca, and Harris-York.
On 30 August 2017, the Henatan Council announced their intention to dissolve the Henatan Commonwealth and incorporate Japoninca and Harris-York as states within the Republic. The Henatan Council believed full incorporation would strengthen ties with the colonies by giving them direct government representation, but this was a gross miscalculation of the eastern political climate. Throughout September, a flurry of meetings and discussions were held amongst the officials of the colonies, ultimately culminating in the Conference for the Status of the Eastern Henatan Holdings on October 1st. This conference was attended by the leadership of the Dominions of Japoninca and Harris-York and the leadership of Homeland Beach. The proceedings were led by an Executive Committee consisting of 2 delegates from each of the 3 regions: Japoninca was represented by Preston Lyerly and Howard Surface, Harris-York by Kaylee and Thomas Loyst, and Homeland Beach by Cory Weed and Gabriel Williams.
On 9 October 2017, after eight days of intense debate and deliberation, the Conference produced the Proclamation of Ascension and founded the Union of Piedmont. The Proclamation of Ascension was a deliberately non-confrontational document intended to accomplish independence for the colonies and avoid conflict with Mount Henadas. The most deliberate example of this was the choice of the word 'ascension' rather than separation or independence - reason being that the colonies saw themselves as 'ascending to the status of independence' rather than violently seceding from Mount Henadas. When the proclamation was received by Mount Henadas, Lord-Governor Tidwell addressed the Council stating: "...So grant them the independence - the ascension - they request. For how long have we regarded them as needy dependents? How long have they regarded us as strict, yet useless? They are in good hands, and with the foundation the Imperial Republic has laid down for them, they shall shine as an even brighter beacon of our values in the east than we could have ever provided. But only if we let them go in peace!”
The First Lyerly Consulship
After signing the Proclamation of Ascension, the Conference for the Status of the Eastern Henatan Holdings established themselves as the Provisional Union Assembly and named Preston Lyerly the Provisional President. The primary concern of the Provisional Government was the drafting of a constitution, which was completed with the ratification of the Constitutional Order of the Union of Piedmont on October 27, 2017. Japoninca, Harris-York, and Homeland became the 3 founding Provinces of the Union; and this federalist system became an important part of how the early Union functioned.
The Constitutional Order, known more commonly today as the first constitution, established the basics of the Union's unique form of government; establishing the Consulship, the National Assembly, the General Secretary, and the Provinces/Departments/Compact Territories. Elections were scheduled for 2 weeks after ratification, and almost immediately a party system began to form loosely along old Henatan party lines. Lyerly founded the left-wing Green Party, several Provisional Government members who were former members of the Henatan Tunnist Party formed a Piedmonti chapter of the party, and the followers of former Prime Minister Surface formed the right-wing Mercantilist Party. Lyerly would win the Consulship, defeating Tunnist candidate Delegate Gabriel Lara and Mercantilist candidate Howard Surface; and the Green party would sweep the rest of the election. Though the first constitution introduced a great number of offices and traditions that continue to this day, there were important differences that created a very dissimilar union than exists today. Most impactful of which was the semi-parliamentary structure; though the Consul was independently elected, the office was restricted to members of the National Assembly and the Consul would continue to serve as a voting member of the Assembly in their elected post. This is why, in his 1st term, Lyerly simultaneously served as the Senator from Japoninca. The rules for running for Consul would change slightly before the 2018 General Election, allowing nonmembers of the National Assembly to run, so long as they are elected to the National Assembly at the same time.
With his party in power, and serving as the First Consul of the Union of Piedmont, Lyerly set forth on an ambitious administration, stabilizing the newly formed nation, ironing out the kinks of a new government, and ensuring the this new Union wouldn't collapse without the backing of Mount Henadas. The most notable work from Lyerly's first term was the Effective Oder Act passed in December 2017, establishing the basics of the Piedmonti bureaucracy. At this time the relations between the Greens and the Tunnists were exceptionally warm, allowing the Green Party's majority to feel even more secure.
The Causey Consulship
In July 2018, Lyerly announced he would not seek reelection as Consul, and that he would return back west. Mount Henadas had been in rough shape since Piedmonti independence, and Regent Cole Tidwell was having a very hard time finding someone qualified to replace Lyerly as High Duke. Concerned about what a prolonged Regency, which was a purely emergency arrangement, would do to the Republic' stability. Tidwell reached out to Lyerly, asking him to return and run for office to aid in recovering the nation. At the same time, Lyerly had already been contemplating passing up a second term to set of precedent of democratic transference of power. Lyerly tapped his Secretary of Science Ryder Causey to run as the Green Party Candidate in the September 1st election against Tunnist Party co-founder Rigoberto Mercado, and Mercantilist Delegate Thomas Loyst. Causey won with 56% of the vote and on the first anniversary of the Proclamation of Ascension, was inaugurated as the second Consul of the Union of Piedmont and Delegate from the Department of Winston-Pallet. Lyerly returned to Mount Henadas and would initiate the revitalization of constitutional governance in that nation as he reprised his founding role as Lord-Governor. Before he departed he addressed the National Assembly: "... I know it may be difficult to visualize the future, but we have proven as a people that we are not afraid to create the future nonetheless. This is why I willingly relinquished my office to a rightful successor, because I love this Union and its people, I must pass on the torch of power."
In a move that reflected the Causey Administration's overall strategy, he kept on almost all of Lyerly's appointees, including Isaac Hoyle as General Secretary - the second in line, and top advisor to the Consul. Causey sought to preserve the policies of his predecessor and not disturb the balance of power that had arisen in the Union, however this would cause the inherent weaknesses of the first constitution to shine through. Without a Consul with the influence of Lyerly, the early consulship and cabinet was weak and quickly losing power to the National Assembly. And to worsen the situation, the Senate absolutely dominated the National Assembly, using their constitutional dual role as Senator and executive of their respective provinces to render the more democratic - yet less powerful - Hall of Delegates into nothing more than a rubber stamp to their agenda. This situation frightened Causey, who would take many efforts within his power to balance the scales; attempting to use administrative orders to strengthen his regulatory power under the Effective Order act, but the Senate would easily shoot down anything they did not condone. Despite these challenges, Causey was accomplished in the areas where he and the Senate agreed, most notably in the territorial expansion of the Union. the Provinces of Solaria and New Greensboro were admitted to the Union under Causey, though their Senators and Delegates were not seated until the ratification of the second constitution in 2019.
The Second Lyerly Consulship
Preston Lyerly decided to return to the Union after receiving countless requests from Piedmonti officials and civilians alike all requesting he return to reform the constitution and provide strong leadership for the nation once again. The political situation in Mount Henadas had reached a renewed age and Lyerly felt comfortable once again leaving his post to a democratically elected successor. Lyerly began work immediately once he arrived in the Union of Piedmont on August 5th 2019, convening the Somerton Convention to draft a new Constitution for the Union of Piedmont. This convention was attended by Consul Ryder Causey, the entire national assembly, representatives from the Riverview Settlement, and the Sol family of Solaria, and would be granted authority by a unanimous vote in a joint meeting of the National Assembly.
The new Constitutional Charter of the Union of Piedmont, also known as the second constitution, was ratified on August 13, 2019 drastically reforming the government. Lyerly worked carefully to turn the Consulship into a position that was effective in its executive role, but still restrained by the other institutions of the government. An additional concern was empowering the Hall of Delegates that represented the people more directly than the Senate. The executive branch would become entrusted to a Union Commission, composed of leaders from all branches of government; and the Consul was given more defined powers and the cabinet and bureaucracy were given constitutional authority. The Hall of Delegates would become the Popular Assembly granted with the authority to overide administrative orders and approve appointees instead of the Senate, additionally the Departments that represented their geographic constituency were reformed. The role of Person of the Assembly was split between a Presidium of the Senate and a Tribune of the People as head of the Popular Assembly. A delegation from the Riverview Settlement, led by their founder Kristalin Yerty, advocated for admission to the Union simultaneously to the ratification of the Constitution; Lyerly identified this as an excellent opportunity to assign a more centralized capital for the Union - and so the Capital of the Union was changed from AP City to the newly founded city of New Albertville. There were no elections in 2019, the incoming new constitutional government would be completely appointed by either the Somerton Convention, or by Consul Lyerly. The ratification of the second constitution kicked off the modern golden age which the Union of Piedmont continues to enjoy, and has thus far proven to be the most effective and stable governance the region had seen.
Lyerly aggressively tackled multiple reforms throughout his second term: he passed legislation establishing Nature Preservations and National Parks, centralized the Union armed services from a disorganized militia to the Armed Legion, codified Piedmonti drug laws, and reforming importation taxes and tariffs. Of his legislative accomplishments in his 2nd term, most important was the first of his many 'Social State' legislative agendas - the Social Act. This law reinforced the Consul and General Secretary's regulatory power, and established many government offices and services that assist in the operation of the Union. Lyerly would also oversee the passage of 2 amendments to the constitution in his second term: the first amendment created the College of Praetors, the Union's constitutional court; and the second amendment detailed the manner and form of land distribution within the Union of Piedmont. Lyerly also championed the regular use of referendums to address major issues facing the people. The Coronavirus pandemic has played a huge role in shaping Lyerly's second and third terms, with Lyerly instituting a national mask mandate, establishing the Subdepartment of Emergency Response, and providing aid to those affected by the pandemic.
This era also saw rapid expansion of the Union's territory (as depicted in the chart below) with numerous neighboring communities reaching out for admission or association with the Union. During Lyerly's second term, the Provinces of Kingston, Vandora, Elijah, and Myers were admitted to the Union; as well as the Regions of Flint Hill, Meadow Wood, Caldwell, Peach Tree, and Nova Tyre. This expansion, while overwhelmingly peaceful, brought some conflict. A separatist movement arose in the Municipality of Realand, and conducted a series of raids against Camp Gorge in New Middlesex - adjacent to the capital, New Albertville. This revolt lasted from January 2020 until March, when the outbreak of COVID-19 brought both sides to quick peace talks that ended the insurrection and formed municipalities within the Union, with directly-elected Mayors.
The Third Lyerly Consulship
The 2020 Piedmonti General Election (held on September 5th) is regarded as the most impactful election in the Union's history thus far, often called 'the confirmation of the constitution,' or the 'real ratification of the constitution.' Many believed the results of the election would be the ultimate confirmation on how Lyerly had done as Consul. Lyerly ran against Tunnist Delegate Madeline Leung, and Mercantilist Senator from Japoninca Howard Surface, and won with 68% of the vote - with a sweeping victory for the Green Party in the National Assembly. Despite polling during the campaign predicted this landslide victory, the campaigning was fierce. Lyerly used the election as a platform to promote his planned economic over-hauls to the Union, and attacked Surface for supporting American President Donald Trump and opposing (and in some cases violating) COVID-19 restrictions. Surface's campaign revolved almost entirely around attacking Lyerly for his socialist views and policies, and promoting Trump style domestic politics; primarily deregulated commerce, and Coronavirus denial. Leung tried her best to avoid the heated debate in order to promote the Tunnist Party to as large a voter base as possible, but still drew controversy for siding with Surface over Lyerly's 8 month mask mandate. The protests in the summer of 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd also dramatically impacted the election; Lyerly and Leung openly sided with the protesters - Lyerly attending several protests himself - while Surface adamantly opposed the movement and would counter-protest in support of law enforcement. This was the first election that a General Secretary nominee was announced by the candidates before the election as a running mate, in the style of American Presidents and Vice Presidents, or Henatan Lord-Governors and High Dukes. Lyerly Selected Jocelyn Ferguson, Delegate to the Popular Assembly and attendee of both constitutional conventions, to be the second General Secretary of the Union.
A week before Lyerly's October 9th inauguration , the Union of Piedmont was attacked by a right-wing extremist organization that had formed nearby called the Civic Authority (CA). They invaded the mainland from the north and almost made it to Somerton, while launching a simultaneous attack on Vandora in what would become known as the Battles of Metenora & Issa. The attack caught the Union by surprise, but was ultimately repulsed. For the month of October, the Piedmonti Motor Vehicle Fleet engaged the CA in vehicular combat throughout the streets of Fort Mill, before a final assault was launched against their bases along Pleasant Road and in Kingsley Village. the Kingsley-Knoll War, though brief, had a big impact on Piedmonti politics, being one of the main catalysts of the great party shift.
In November of 2020, the political structure of the Union would go through an upheaval, as the nation responded to a major election, a war, and the aftermath of the 2020 US Presidential Election all within a few months. This caused the priorities of Piedmontis and politicians to rapidly shift. Lyerly's overtly socialist vision for the future of the Union caused a rift in the Green Party, causing it to split along ideological lines into the Maquis Socialist Coalition (MSC) and the Liberal Union Party (LUP). The MSC, Lyerly's wing of the Party, retained control of the National Assembly; and the LUP became a cooperative member of the MSC's caucus. The Mercantilists, who had been demoralized by their less-than-stellar performance in the 2020 election and the loss of Donald Trump in the American election, dissolved itself - reforming eventually into the Civil Order Party.
Once the political scene was restabilized, Lyerly got to work on his agenda for his term. Thus far his focus has been on solidifying Piedmonti land distribution and the implementation of commons, reforming the borders of the Departments to establish a more proportional Popular Assembly, and furthering his Social State Plan - which has now been cemented as a 3 year plan for the Union. Lyerly also aided in the passage of the third amendment ,which separated Senators from their role as Provincial executive and replaced them with elected Premiers and Magistrates for each Province.
Lyerly's third term also saw more expansion, with 2 major treaties altering the Union's borders. The first treaty was the Civic Authority Peace Accords, which enlarged Vandora and annexed the Regions of Sedgewick and Manilla Bay. The second treaty was the Treaty of Gold Hill, which had been in negotiations for over 6 months; it doubled the size of Japoninca, and incorporated the Province of Altura and the Regions of Ohnika and Gold Hill. The acquisition of Gold Hill integrated the Bromley Village into the Union after being forced to abandon the area over 3 years prior meant a great deal to the Piedmonti people and was proclaimed a day of celebration when the treaty was ratified on December 29th.
Government & Politics
The Second Constitution outlines a representative federal republic with elements of direct democracy and a devolved executive. The Piedmonti people take particular pride in their unique form of government, considering it a progressive evolution of the three-branch-style American Federal Government.
Feel free to view the Constitutional Charter here!
The Provinces, Regions, and Compact Territories
Article I of the Constitutional Charter outlines the nature of the various Provinces, and other territories within the Union; Provinces are given the power in Section II to, "...enact and enforce local laws, conduct judicial proceedings of relevant crimes and misdemeanors, within the confines directed by the Union Government." Until the passage of the third amendment, each province was administered by their elected Senator, who served simultaneously as executive of their Province. Now, the Provinces elect a Premier to serve as chief executive, and a Magistrate to serve as the chief judicial officer; local laws are approved by a public assembly of interested citizens.
Regions are inhabited portions of the Union that are not full members of the Union, and therefore have a much different relationship with the Union Government - as defined by Article I, section IV: "Each Region shall elect one member to the Popular assembly, and shall be administered by a Secretariat appointed by the Union Commission. Regions may become Provinces through means of a referendum in the respective Region. If a majority of citizens in the Region approve of the change in status - the National Assembly shall be obligated to vote on the issue within six months. If approved by the National Assembly - the Union Commission must approve or veto the Act within one month." Citizens inhabiting the Regions enjoy all the rights and privileges of a provincial citizen, with the exception of most political self rule - notably not being allowed to establish Municipalities - while they are being organized into Provinces.
Departments are geographic subdivisions within the Provinces which form constituencies for Delegates in the Popular Assembly. Article I, section II entrusts the National Assembly with the authority to define the borders of the Departments. However with the Departmental Partitioning and Revision Enabling Act, the National Assembly relegated itself to assigning the number of representatives each Province receives as population is monitored; and the Cartographer General is empowered to draw the literal borders of the various Departments within particular guidelines. Compact Territories are subdivisions of Provinces similar to Departments, but with special constitutional protections rather than representation in the Popular Assembly. Compact Territories are held in a compact with their parent Provinces, defined in Article I, section III, subsection A: "These Territories shall be preserved in their natural state, and the environment and conditions of these territories are not to be interfered with unless deemed of absolute necessity by the Union Commission. Furthermore the use of these lands for limited and/or temporary development are to be reserved to the Union Government with the consent of the Province." The Tribune of the Compact is a position appointed by the Consul that serves on the Union Commission and represents the interests of the Compact Territories. Union Colonies are considered to be Compact Territories that do not belong to a particular Province, but are administered by the Union Government directly.
|Name||Image||Capital||Population||Date Admitted||Current Administration||Municipalities &
|AP City||903||10/27/2017||Premier: Gary Fellows
Magistrate: Travis LaFleur
|AP City: 139
|Yorktowne||491||10/27/2017||Premier: Elizabeth Swann
Magistrate: Matthew Patterson
Dye City: 168
|Regent||47||10/27/2017||Premier: Adam Holt
Magistrate: Ben Liebart
|The Province of
|New Greensboro||503||05/17/2018||Premier: Susan Wells
Magistrate: Brooks Hoyle
|New Greensboro: 503|
|The Province of
|Somerton||354||06/01/2018||Premier: Ariana Newton
Magistrate: Kira Sol
|The Province of
|New Albertville||565||08/13/2019||Premier: Cole Brooks
Magistrate: Teddy Lyerty
|Fort Singleterry: 350
New Albertville: 136
|The Province of
|Mount Pleasant||46||09/06/2019||Premier: Iris Talkington
Magistrate: Jane Medlin-Smith
|Mount Pleasant: 46|
|The Province of
|Fieldstone||711||08/20/2020||Premier: Amanda Newhouse
Magistrate: Luanne Shaw
|The Province of
|Myers City||350||09/21/2020||Premier: Larry Richie
Magistrate: Richard Anderson
Myers City: 234
New Nazareth: 63
|The Province of
|Walter Park||505||09/21/2020||Premier: Phylis Carswell
Magistrate: Jereme Hines
|Walter Park: 402
|The Province of
|Fair Oaks||693||12/29/2020||Premier: Korry Bellar
Magistrate: Frances Cunningham
|Fair Oaks: 354
New Quailfield: 237
|The Region of
|628||01/16/2020||Secretariat: Rigoberto Mercado|
|The Region of
|304||02/20/2020||Secretariat: Scott Lee-Shu|
|The Region of
|103||02/20/2020||Secretariat: Jeffery Bernard|
|The Region of
|N/A||03/15/2020||Secretariat: Deborah Galidle|
|The Region of
|706||07/23/2020||Secretariat: Robert Crenshaw|
|The Region of
|581||11/09/2020||Secretariat: Aaron Smith|
|The Region of
|1,136||11/09/2020||Secretariat: Olivia Gavleston|
|The Region of
|474||12/29/2020||Secretariat: Abby Brea|
|The Region of
|595||12/29/2020||Secretariat: Olivia Bellemy|
|The Union Colony of
|0||10/27/2017||Overseer: Hans Tenngrade|
|The Union Colony of
|0||09/06/2019||Overseer: Sam Grounds|
|The Union Colony of
|07/01/2020||Overseer: Lionel Presser|
|The Union Colony of
|N/A||11/09/2020||Overseer: Miria Rezmora|
|The Union Colony of
|0||12/29/2020||Overseer: Walter Timbers|
The Union Commission, the Consul, and the Cabinet
The executive branch of the Union Government is defined in Article II of the Constitutional Charter, which establishes the Union Commission - empowered with the authority to ratify treaties, admissions to the Union, foreign agreements, declarations of war, amendments to the constitution, revenue bills, and any deployment of Piedmonti troops beyond the Union's borders. The Union Commission was deliberately designed to provide a check on the power of the executive branch, and the main way this is achieved is with the Commission's comosistion- being composed of leaders from all branches of government. The members of the Commission are the Consul, the General Secretary, the Presidium of the Senate, the Tribune of the People of the Popular Assembly, Princept of the College of Praetors, and the Tribune of the Compact.
The Consul is the head-of-state of the Union, and its top executive office. Article II, section II gives the Consul the ability to: "...veto acts of the National Assembly, call the National Assembly or the Union Commission to order, pardon the acts of those convicted of a crime or misdemeanor (with the exception of themselves or former Consuls), issue administrative orders to execute the laws of the Union of Piedmont, appoint judges and government officials delegated for their Appointment, and to operate the forces of land, air, and sea as Commander-in-Chief." The Consul's primary power comes from their leadership of the Cabinet, to which they may issue Administrative Orders to execute the laws of the Union. This regulatory power has been the main tool used by Consuls Lyerly and Causey to exercise their duty; though under the second constitution, the Popular assembly may veto an Administrative Order with a 3/4 majority vote. Lyerly, in his third term, has emphasized the Consul and Cabinet's role as the long term planners of the Union - leading by example by proposing the currently pending 'Social State: a 3 Year Plan for the Union of Piedmont.'
Article II, section III, subsection A instructs the Consul to appoint one member of the cabinet - traditionally the Secretary of the Citizenry - to serve as General Secretary. The General Secretary acts as Consul-Pro-Tempore over the Cabinet, and is second in line to the Consulship in the case of death, resignation, or removal. As part of their power as Consul-Pro-Tempore is the right to issue legally binding memorandum to the members of the cabinet and/or bureaucracy on behalf of the Consul. The inaugural holder of the office, Isaac Hoyle, also carved out a potent role as one of the Consul's top advisors and 'go-to-guy.'
The Cabinet is appointed by the Consul, and represents the heads of the Administrative Departments of the Union Bureaucracy. The members of the Cabinet are: The Secretary of the Citizenry, The Secretary of State, The Secretary of Science, The Secretary of Finance, the Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the General Commission, the Legate of the Armed Legion, The Commandant of the Piedmonti Motor Vehicle Fleet, and the Commandant of the Air & Naval Corps. In January 2021, Consul Preston Lyerly established a Subcabinet, comprised of the various Undersecretaries that had been appointed over the years, and a collection of other top priority agency heads.
The 2020-2021 Union Commission
List of former Union Commission Members
|Consul||General Secretary||Presidium of the Senate||Tribune of the People||Princept of the
College of Praetors
|Tribune of the Compact||Person of the Assembly
The National Assembly
Article III of the constitution established the National Assembly as the legislature of the Union, and is comprised of 2 houses: the Popular Assembly and the Senate. There are currently 65 Delegates to the Popular Assembly, 56 of which represent each of the various Departments of the Union, and 9 who represent the Regions; while the Senate is composed of 11 members, one from each Province. Though the Senate was the dominant house under the first constitution, the Popular Assembly is now widely regarded as the most powerful governmental institution in the Union; for they were given the power to overturn Administrative Orders. Furthermore, almost all legislation originates in the Popular Assembly in accordance with Article III, section IV: "Any citizen of the Union shall be entitled to submit legislation to the Popular Assembly in formal written form, with the Popular Assembly Scheduling Committee determining what shall be put to vote. All legislation before the Senate must originate either within the Senate, or the Popular Assembly."
Sections II & III of Article III outline the basic leadership structure of both houses; with the Popular Assembly selecting a Tribune of the People, and the Senate a Presidium, from within their ranks to act as the presiding officer over their respective houses and to serve on the Union Commission. These presiding officers are also entrusted with forming respective Scheduling Committee to determine what goes before each of the houses for debate and vote. In addition to this constitutional structure, further party-based leadership position have been recently created in both houses. The Senate established the office of Presidium Emeritus representing the opposition, and party chairs for each of the factions in the Senate. The Popular Assembly established the roles of Majority and Minority Speaker to represent the majority and opposition respectively - as well as party chairs.
The College of Praetors
The first amendment to the Constitutional Charter established the College of Praetors, the Union's highest court and it's constitutional court. The amendment empowers the College to: "...review law and resolution of the National Assembly, directives of the Union Commission or Consul, or any such matter of Governance in their concordance with the Constitution. This College shall enforce the rights of all Citizens of the Union through judicial means, and ensure that the Constitution is being observed by institutions public and private." The College has also derived the power to add permanent notes to the Constitution, to act as judicial commentary to establish constitutional precedent and aid future justices in interpreting the Constitution. The College is led by an internally selected Princept, who also serves on the Union Commission.
The Proletariat Tribunate and the Civil Congregation
Article III, Section III entrusts the Tribune of the People with additional powers to their role as presiding officer of the Popular Assembly. The section outlines the Proletariat Tribune, a body empowered to, "...vote unanimously to override the veto of the Consul or to veto the actions of the National Assembly; they shall also be the body that shall confirm the final results of elections within the Union Government." The Tributes are selected in a particular manner presided over by the Tribune of the People: five provinces are chosen at random and those provinces hold an in-person assembly to elect a tribune that fits the constitutional qualifications, the Tribune of the People then reviews the candidates' backgrounds to ensure they are proletariats as defined by the constitution.
Article IV, section IV & subsection A defines the process in which amendments are made to the Constitution, a pivotal aspect of which is the Civil Congregation. The Civil Congregation is an assembly of all interested Piedmonti citizens over the age of 16, and any proposed amendments to the constitution must secure 3/4 majority of the Congregation's vote for ratification.
Elections and Political Parties
Democracy is vital to the operation of the Union of Piedmont, and the constitution directs how regular elections are to be held in the Union. General Elections are held every year on the first Saturday of September, with Delegates to the Popular Assembly serving 1 year terms, and Senators serving for 2. Premiers and Magistrates of the Provinces, as well as Mayors, also serve 2 year terms. The Consul serves 1 year terms, that are consecutively renewable 5 times; should an individual reach this limit - or lose reelection - there is a mandatory 5 year waiting period until said individual can serve as Consul again. The Consul is also elected in a special manner different to other elected officials, Article II, section II, subsection C codified a 3 round system for electing the Consul: "The first round shall be the Qualifying Elections: all people who are interested in running for Consul (who have submitted their name to the General Secretary in writing) shall participate in this election on the last Saturday of June. The four candidates who receive the largest shares of the vote shall move on to the second round. The second round shall be held on General Election day on the first Saturday of September, in which the four candidates who passed the Qualifier Election shall participate. Should no candidate receive a fifty percent majority of the popular vote In the second round, the two candidates who received the most votes shall move on the Runoff Election on the last Saturday of September."
The current political party landscape has been described as 'the second party-system' and has come about only recently with the dissolution of both the Green and Mercantilist parties in December of 2020. The Greens had been the dominate party in the nation, but split along ideological lines with many members of the party opposing the inclusion of overtly socialist language and policies in the party's manifesto by Consul Preston Lyerly. The rift within the Greens began with the Caucus Crisis in March 2020, when 3 Green Party Popular Assembly Delegates and former Consul Ryder Causey raised opposition to the inclusion of long-term economic planning powers for the Consul in the Social Act. Though Consul Lyerly quickly quelled this revolt-from-within by appointing Causey Tribune of the Compact, and reeling back the extent the Social Act would enable the Consul; this caused a seemingly permanent caucus split within the party between the newly-dubbed Liberal Union Caucus, and the Lyerly-loyal Maquis Socialist Coalition. When it came time to draft the 2021 Green Party Manifesto in December, the inclusion of overtly socialist language an policy sparked tension between the caucuses once again. Senator Kaylee Loyst seized on the political opportunity and convinced the Liberals to leave the Green Party all together and form their own party. Lyerly and Loyst had been close allies since before the the Union's foundation, but began to drift apart beginning with the Caucus Crisis and becoming exacerbated by a personal disagreement between the two that happened sometime in April 2020. Loyst's political end-goals are unknown and the subject of much speculation ranging from seeking to unseat or succeed Lyerly as Consul, to conspiracy of Civil War.
After Mercantilist Party suffered hard in the 2020 Piedmonti General Election, with their Consular candidate receiving 5 percent less of the vote than their polling had expected, and their similarly lack-luster results in the Popular Assembly and Senate elections ensured they'd be under the thumb of the Tunnists in the Opposition. This massive blow to morale, and the collapse of the Green Party, led the Mercantilist Party leadership held a vote-of-no-confidence and dissolved the party. Many Mercantilists joined the Tunnists, but the most poweful and radical former Mercantilists gathered the very next day to establish the Civil Order Party.
|Logo||Name||Ideology||Spectrum||Chairperson||Popular Assembly||Senate||Premeirs & Magistrates|
|Maquis Socialist Coalition||MSC||Democratic Socialism
34 / 65
5 / 11
5 / 11
5 / 11
|Liberal Union Party||LUP||Liberalism
11 / 65
2 / 11
2 / 11
2 / 11
|Piedmonti Tunnist Party||PTP||Tunnism
12 / 65
3 / 11
3 / 11
2 / 11
|Civil Order Party||COP||Conservatism||Right-wing||Gary Fellows||
8 / 65
1 / 11
1 / 11
2 / 11
The Union of Piedmont has historically only focused on its relationship with 2 nations: Mount Henadas, and the United States. This was a result of the position the Union found itself for most of its early years, coming from a Henatan Heritage, yet separated by nearly 2,000 miles of America; the UOP could only dedicate the expense to maintaining these relationships while the internal state of the Union stabilized. However, Consul Preston Lyerly has made foreign outreach and contact with other micronations a big focus for his 3rd term, with the Union even recently applying for membership in the Grand Unified Micronational.
In terms of macronations, the Union of Piedmont recognizes the following:
- All members of the United Nations excluding Vatican City
- The Republic of Abkhazia
- The Republic of Åland
- The Basque Country
- East Turkestan
- The Independent City-State of Hong Kong
- The Republic of Kosovo
- The Republic of Kurdistan
- The State of Palestine
- Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
- The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- The Republic of Scotland
- The Republic of Taiwan
- Tamil Eelam
- The Republic of Zanzibar
In Terms of micronations, the Union of Piedmont fornally recognizes the following:
- All full, provisional, and observer members of the Grand Unified Micronational
- The Republic of Molossia
- Foster Island Republic
- Mount Henadas
- New Athens
The Union of Piedmont consists of 4 major and 9 minor exclaves entirely located within the Union's namesake: the geographic region of the Piedmont. The Piedmont is a raised plateau region running along the eastern base of the Appalachian Mountains, characterized by small, forested rolling hills. The largest of the Union's territorial possessions is referred to as the "Mainland" and consists of the Provinces of Harris-York, Riverview, Solaria, Myers, and Elijah. The Majority of the Union's exclaves are within a 5 mile radius of each other north of the Catawba River, south of the North Carolina/South Carolina border. However the Union does have 2 "far-flung" exclaves in North Carolina: The Region of Caldwell and the Union Colony of Green Mountain, 28 and 67 miles respectively from the Capital.
Area & Population
The Union is 8.49 Km2, or 2,097.98 acres; its largest Province is Japoninca at 265 acres, and its smallest is Kingston at 11.6 acres. The Census and Population Research Agency estimates that 9,695 people currently reside within the Union, with 5,168 of within the Provinces, and 4,527 in the Regions. The largest Province by population is Japoninca with 903 inhabitants, though the Region of Sedgewick beats them out with 1,136 people. The Largest city is Fieldstone, the Capital of Vandora, with a population of 571; with Reservon, Japoninca in a close second at 513. The average population density of the Union is 7.69 people per acre, with the most densely populated province being Riverview at 13.71 people/acre, and the least densely populated being Homeland at 0.94 people/acre
Non-Hispanic whites make up 68.2% of Union's population, African-Americans make up 22.1%, 4.1% Hispanic/Latinx, 3.7% mixed, and 1.9% Asian/South Asian.
Physical Geography & Climate
The Union of Piedmont is heavily forested, and consistent of rolling hills between 500 and 700 feet above sea level. The highest point in the Union is Bartlett Crest in Green Mountain, an exclave of the Union much closer to the Appalachian Mountains, at 1152 feet above sea level. The Union has access to the Catawba River and Lake Wylie to the south, and contains 3 majors streams legally classified as rivers: Dye River, Blankmanship River, and Sugar River. New Greensboro and Flint Hill share access to Rock Lake, an abandoned quarry that is the largest lake in the nation.
The Union is located within a humid subtropical climate, with 4 distinct seasons in terms of temperature and weather. Summers are hot and humid, with and average daily high of 90oF (32oC). In the winter, the air dries out, and the daytime temperature reaches an average high of 50oF, and an average low of 30oF. November to February also represents the rainy season, though the region only sees .5 to 4 inches of snow a year. The Union experiences little to no natural disasters, being located too far inland to regularly be in the path of hurricanes; but does experience the occasional thunderstorms/flooding, and weak tornadoes.
The people of the Union are driven by a common cause towards civil liberties, civil rights, and a prosperous life for all. Being located in the American South, the Union continues on many of the South's traditions, though has fought against the institutional racism and bigotry of the region. The Union also brings many over traditions from their Henatan forefathers due to the many years of colonial influence. Policies that promote local businesses at the expense of large corporations has led to a flourishing of local innovation and production. The primary benefactors of the Union's cultural and economic climate has been the younger generations who have received opportunities in governance and the economy that had not been open to them in the United States.
The Union is home to many talented and up-and-coming artists in all mediums. Current Tribune of the People Liesl Juell is a renowned local painter and visual artist, with her mystical-realism being a favorite Consul Lyerly. Premier of Riverview and Chairman of the MSC, Cole Brooks is a prominent local rapper and producer that goes by the stage name YourFavoriteUncle. Many of the other local artists produce a wide variety of cultural products in the nation notably: tattoo artistry, crafting, theater, and sculpting.
The Constitutional Crater establishes 15 guaranteed rights given to the Piedmonti people, covering everything from freedom of expression, to the right to unionize. The constitution also, rather importantly so, states that any rights not mentioned by the constitution - and not regulated by existing legislation - to be intrinsic to all citizens. The Constitution, as well as the Union Government, is also vigilant to prevent and criminalize discrimination against any person based on sex, age, race, religion, political beliefs, national origin, or sexual/gender identification. Citizens are also protected from being impressed into joining or serving in any military or law enforcement authority.
Thanks to the constitution, and various subsequent legislation, Citizens enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms. Freedom of speech is universally observed, with even private institutions restricted from prohibiting self expression. Drug usage is decriminalized, with hard drugs like heroine or methamphetamines requiring mandatory rehabilitation, and less societally harmful drugs like nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and psilocybin being legal for recreational use.
The economic policies of the Union favor small and local businesses and institutions, with higher land-usage fees charged for multi-national chains and large corporations. there are many local landmarks that operate as commercial entities that are deemed historic places, and therefore receive subsidies from the Union Government. Under Consul Preston Lyerly, the economics of the Union have been guided by socialist long-term planning, and democratization of the workforce; advertising, data mining, and consumer protections are all heavily regulated. The Union also endorses the collectivization of workers to ensure proper reimbursement for their labor, and maintain comfortable work environments. The vast majority of working Piedmontis work in either service or office jobs, though the small agricultural and industrial sector have been have began to rebound and expand with the backing of the Union Government.
The Union does not currently level any form of taxation on its citizens' income or possessions; instead the Union of Government is funded through the sell of bonds to foreign and domestic buyers, and tariffs on certain imports. Another important aspect of the nations budget is the unique manner in which the Union has implemented its currency, the Piedmonti Franc; the Piedmonti Franc does not circulate among the civilian population, instead being used as a medium of exchange within and between the various bodies of the Union and Provincial governments. Though both Consuls Lyerly and Causey have expressed interest in introducing the currency into regular circulation, the current arrangement allows the Union Government to ignore inflation and maintain a constant exchange rate with the actual widespread currency - the U.S. Dollar. This system is maintained by the Subdepartment of Union Economics, who execute the distribution of the anual budget in Francs, and impliment the Union's long-term economic plans.