United Federation of Thag

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United Federation of Thag
Flag of Thag.pngSeal2.png

Motto
And one had no greater power than another.
Worldwide
Capital city Library of Thag, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Largest city Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Official language(s) Esperanto (traditional), English (official)
Short name Thag
Demonym Thagian
Government Democracy
- Supreme Allied Commander of the Joint Thagian Forces Thomas Anaya
- President Hunter Mathis
- Speaker of the People Greg Cashman
- Supreme Justice Alex Schrank
Legislature Citizen Thection
Established 2011
Area claimed 19,000,000 km² (claimed) >1 km² (actual)
Population 45 (as of 2012 report)
Currency Teek (₮)
Time zone (UTC)

Government website
Facebook

The United Federation of Thag is a democratic micronation founded originally as a high school civics project in 2011, on the principle that government officials shouldn't have any more power than their citizens, and that wealth and success should not have an influence on the government's work. Members of it's government have since done humanitarian and volunteer work[1], became members of PeaceJam, a Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization[2], and attended the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago.[3]

Etymology

Originally named "The United Tables of Thomas, Hunter, Alex and Greg", once it was decided to turn a class project into a real country, tables was changed to 'Federation', implying the unity of the citizens. The authors of the original constitution abbreviated their names to 'Thag', so that it would be able to live on after their departure from the project.

History

Independence and growth

The United Federation of Thag's constitution was written on October 30th, 2011 as a collaborative effort, between two members of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated PeaceJam global community project, and two other students attending an American Government and Civics class. While brainstorming for a group project involving drafting a constitution, the group consented to continue authoring the document further, until it was five pages and over 1,500 words long. The obligation to continue the project had expired, but the group unanimously decided to form a country to adopt the constitution they had written, and on November 1st, 2011, the United Federation of Thag ratified the document, marking the beginning of the new nation.

Conflict with the Federation Against Thag

A telegram sent to Capannari by Justice Schrank affirming the establishment of the Federation Allied with Thag

In December 2011, Thag was involved in a brief confrontation with a group stylized as the Federation Against Thag, led by President David Capannari, General Malcolm Harris and Eli Campbell. Advertisements were torn down and replaced with anti-government slogans, all known Teek in circulation were destroyed, and defamatory statements were made about Thag's citizens. After several rounds of negotiations, the Federation Against Thag agreed to dissolve, and Capannari created the Federation Allied with Thag as its successor.

Originally, my opinion on Thag was very low, I did not like how they were advertising and trying to force people to join. But as it has grown, and as I have grown as a person, I have realized it is a great country, and a great nation with great leaders all around.[4]

—President David Capannari

In the spring of 2013, Harris returned from Vermont and convinced Capannari to disband the Federation Allied with Thag and resurrect the Federation Against Thag. Capannari and Harris declared war, but President Mathis has repeatedly stated that at this time it is his position that they are not a credible threat to the country's safety.

Government and politics

The United Federation of Thag is unique in that it can be both a direct democracy, and a representative democracy. A unicameral legislature directly represents the citizens, however if the vote is disputed, it can be voted on by the citizens themselves.

The Thagian government is divided into four branches, called Thections. Each Thection is intended to keep another Thection in check through specific limitations placed on each in the constitution.

Foreign Relations

The United Federation of Thag has established diplomatic relations with several countries. To better facilitate discourse between nations, the United Federations was unofficially established. When a country establishes mutual recognition with Thag, they automatically become a member of the United Federations. The United Federations is a group of nations which is considered to consist of the friends and allies of the UFT. While the member states do not have to participate in any kind of discourse, or even be recognized by one another, it is strongly encouraged by the International Thection as an important tool for maintaining peace through communication.

United Federations Member States

States Recognized by the International Thection

Notes

References

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