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Kingdom of Burdette
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Motto
Though shall not pass
Minnesota
Capital cityBig Iron City
Largest cityBig Iron City
Official language(s)English
Official religion(s)Christian, State Secular
Short nameBurdette
DemonymBurdettian
GovernmentExecutive constitutional monarchy
LegislatureRoyal Parliament
- Type - Unicameral
- Number of seats - 7
Established
  • August 2020 as colonies
  • 3 December 2020 as the Kingdom of Burdette
Area claimed23.305 Acres
Population6 Residential citizens
CurrencyUS dollar
Time zoneCentral Standard Time (UTC -6)
National sportBay Blades
National animalDog


The Kingdom of Burdette, more commonly known simply as Burdette, is a self-declared sovereign state more commonly referred to as a micronation by external observers. Located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, it is geographically composed of several parks and the residence of the king, spanning a total area of 23.305 acres of land. The Kingdom has six residential citizens, and whilst maintaining a primarily local presence, it keeps a small online presence and has ten global citizens.[1] Burdette is a constitutional monarchy with a King, an elected Prime Minister, a Royal Court, and a Royal Parliament. The current and only monarch has been Isaiah Burdette since the Kingdom's foundation on 3 December 2020, for who the country is named.[2][3]

Isaiah Burdette founded two colonies, Bocker and Hocker between July–August 2020. Bocker belonged to Yu-Xia, and Hocker to Matachewan. He later notified both leaders that he would be establishing the Kingdom of Burdette, and thus dissolving both territories. Bocker dissolved on 25 November, and Hocker on 2 December. The following day Burdette published the declaration of Independence, which is celebrated in Independence Day. The first constitutional convention was held on 4 December, and the first parliament was elected on 14 December. The constitution was finished on 2 January 2021.

The Kingdom has a small, mainly agriculture-based economy with a few gardens that produce cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other cash crops. It also has a small service-based economic sector that mows lawns and shovels snow for residents of Minnesota. The government does not instate taxes and its budget is funded entirely with donations. Government spending averages 13-15 dollars a month, but can be higher depending on the budget parliament sets.[4]

The Kingdom scores mediocrely on most micronation scales. It scores a 3.7 on Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness, a 1.7 on Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, 6 on the MRI (Micronational Rating Index), and a 3.6 on David's Micronational Potential Index. Furthermore, the Kingdom holds an isolationist policy and recognizes no other nations nor does it participate in any intermicronational organizations.

Kingdom of Burdette flag as an icon designed by Jonas Rhymer

Etymology

The Kingdom is named for Burdette, the incumbent monarch of the Kingdom. The last name originated as a name the Normans brought with them when they conquered Europe. The Burdette family lived in Leicestershire, the surname is a reference to the family's former district of Bordet, Normandy, where they held a family seat as the Lords of Cuilly.

"Burdette" itself has a French origin, meaning "small bird", and consist of two syllables and eight letters, with no variant spelling. The name was most popular in 1992 with 74 occurrences of a child being named Burdette. The Burdette name got to the USA when many English families began to leave to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Passage on the ships were dangerous and many did not make it, these English families who did make it helped develop early Canada and the United States.

History

The flag of Hocker before the land was used for the Kingdom of Burdette.
The flag of Bocker before the land was used for the Kingdom of Burdette.
This is His Majesty Isaiah Burdette announcing the format for the constitution.
His Majesty Isaiah Burdette releasing the election results.

Foundation

The Kingdom of Burdette is the successor of two colonies founded by Isiah Burdette, named Bocker and Hocker. Bocker belonged to the Republic of Yu-Xia and was founded around August 2020, and Hocker belonged to the Grand Kingdom of Matachewan and was founded around 30 July. Isaiah Burdette eventually notified both leaders that he was starting the Kingdom of Burdette and needed the land, so he would thus be dissolving both colonies. Bocker dissolved on 25 November, and Hocker officially dissolved on 2 December. The Kingdom of Burdette was founded on 3 December 2020 by Isaiah Burdette after he released a declaration of Independence from America and made it public. It was founded as a constitutional monarchy because Isaiah Burdette had analyzed what he belived to be the most successful micronations, and thought most of them were constitutional monarchies. He also thought constitutional monarchies come with more stability and would last longer.

Constitutional convention

The first constitutional convention was held on 4 December 2020 with the constitution being inspired by Matachewan's constitution. The main author of the constitution was Isaiah Burdette with him taking a lot of advice from Tau. The deadline set for the constitution to be finished was 1 January 2021. The constitution would make for a constitutional monarchy by giving the King the majority of the power along with creating a Parliament that would handle the legislative issues and a court that would handle judiciary issues. Since it was decided that Burdette was going to be a constitutional monarchy Isaiah decided that they must give strong rights to citizens to keep them from being oppressed.

This is the format that was used:

  • Preamble
  • Section I: The Monarchy
  • Section II: The Royal Parliament
  • Section III: The Royal Court
  • Section IV: The Prime Minister
  • Section V: Emergency powers
  • Section VI: Administrative Divisions
  • Section VII: Rights of Citizens
  • Section VIII: Nobility

The constitution ended up being fully written on 2 January 2021 only a day after the original goal.

First Parliament election

Isaiah Burdette announced on 8 December 2020 that the first parliament elections would take place on 14 December 2020. He also announced that there would be 6 seats open. Soon after he announced this citizens began to announce their candidacy. However, only 6 citizens announced their candidacy for parliament. When 14 December 2020 rolled around every candidate who ran was given a seat.

The party that gained the most seats was the Patriotic Front for Burdettian Unity which gained a total of 2 seats. The Fatherland Movement, Freedom Alliance, and Royalist Front all gained one seat. The final seat was given to an independent who was not affiliated with any party but supported the military. The 6 candidates who got seats are the following

Isaiah Burdette said that this parliament would mostly act as an advisory council until he finished writing the constitution that would give parliament codified powers and have checks and balances.

1st Speaker of Parliament elections

Following the 1st Royal Parliament elections, Isaiah Burdette opened sign-ups for the speaker of parliament on 16 December 2020 and gave members of parliament 24 hours to announce a candidacy. In that 24 hours time period 3 members of parliament announced their candidacy. Voting began on 17 December 2020 at 1:27 PM CST and ended at 2:00 PM CST when every member of parliament voted. May won the election with a 4-2 majority.

The candidates are the following

  • May
  • David Augustus
  • Addison Dillon

This is how every member of parliament voted

  • David Augustus voted for Addison Dillon
  • Addison Dillon voted for Addison Dillon
  • Moustapha Hoteit voted for May
  • Nathan Jiang voted for May
  • Alojzije Franjević voted for May

Geography

A border between the US (left) and Burdette (right).

The land of Burdette is comprised of two parks and two houses, spanning a total area of 23.305 acres of land. It is landlocked within the U.S. state of Minnesota. Most of the land is urban, and the majority of the land that is used for farming tends to be in the backyard of the king's residence. Most of the land tends to be flat except for the hills at the parks. The most prominent border is the entrance to the king's residence that is protected by a gate and a locked door. Conversely, the parks maintain open borders which anyone may access, as they are treated as beneficial for the health of the population, and construction in these parks are fully prohibited.

Climate

The Kingdom experiences a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa in the Köppen climate classification),[5] and has cold, snowy winters. Precipitation is uncommon in the summer. The hottest average temperatures reach 28 °C (82 °F) in July, and the coldest averages reach as low as -4 °C (25 °F) in January.

Climate data for Kingdom of Burdette
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -4
(25)
-2
(28)
5
(41)
13
(55)
21
(70)
26
(79)
28
(82)
27
(81)
23
(73)
15
(59)
6
(43)
-2
(28)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) -14
(7)
-12
(10)
-5
(23)
2
(36)
9
(48)
14
(57)
17
(63)
16
(61)
11
(52)
4
(39)
-3
(27)
-11
(12)
2.333
(36.199)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 21
(0.83)
21
(0.83)
46
(1.81)
60
(2.36)
88
(3.46)
108
(4.25)
101
(3.98)
101
(3.98)
76
(2.99)
53
(2.09)
38
(1.5)
26
(1.02)
739
(29.09)
[citation needed]


Government and politics

Political parties

Name Ideology Political compass Chairperson Membership Seats in Parliament
Conservative League of Burdette Conservatism, capitalism, anti-abortion Auth-right Isaiah Burdette 1
0 / 6
Fatherland movement Guild distributism, religious traditionalism, monarchism Auth center-right Alojzije Franjević 1
1 / 6
Freedom Alliance Classic liberalism, social-democracy, national-progressivism, and populism. Center to center-right Andre Carneiro 2
1 / 6
Royalist Front Monarchism in any form, loyalism to HM the King, moderate social policies, social democracy to conservative economically Center David Augustus 1
1 / 6
Patriotic Front for Burdettian Unity Corporate Fascism, cultural fascism, radical augustusism Tippity top of the auth and slightly left May 2
1 / 6
Independent N/A N/A N/A N/A
1 / 6

Government

The Monarch of Burdette is known as King if male, and Queen if female. The position is hereditary. The Monarch is the most powerful position in the nation, and has significant powers that may be exercised through Royal Edicts, one of the more common pieces of legislation in the nation. In addition to this, the monarch occupies several other powers such as acting as the leader of the Burdette armed forces and the power to veto legislation among other powers. The incumbent monarch is Isaiah Burdette, who has been the only Monarch of Burdette with him being the founder. He is attributed for early development.

The Royal Parliament is the unicameral legislature of Burdette. It consists of seven elected citizens, with six being elected in the parliamentary elections and the other being the seat of the Prime Ministers. They are elected through the single transferable vote. Parliament can pass acts and laws with a simple majority that can be vetoed by the Monarch, however the Monarch's veto may be overturned with a 2/3 majority. Parliament may also pass amendments to the constitution with a 2/3 majority along with the power to impeach officials with a 2/3 majority. Every position aside from the Monarch may be impeached. Parliament can verify judges nominated by the Minister of Justice with a simple majority.

The Executive Branch in Burdette is headed by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is an elected position that only residential citizens elect. Currently, the incumbent Prime Minister is James Heim. Unlike parliamentary republics, the Prime Minister is not accountable to the Royal Parliament but the Prime Minister has a seat in the Royal Parliament to represent its views to the Royal Parliament. The Prime Minister can also veto but there veto holds less weight then the Monarch's veto and may be overturned with just a 3/5 majority from Parliament. The Prime Minister can also issue government orders, and helps the Monarch choose the Cabinet.

Law and order

The Kingdom of Burdette has one court which is headed by a single judge. The judge and it is nominated by the Minister of Justice and confirmed by the Royal Parliament. Given that there is a lack of legal issues and disputes, the courts primarily verify every law passed by parliament and interpret the constitution when disputes arise. Burdette categorizes cases into three separate categories:

  • Misdemeanors: Minor offenses that do not require a Jury, they require only a judge to make a ruling. (Ex. theft of less than 10$, assault.)
  • Triable: A low-level offense that still warrants a jury. (Ex. theft of over 50$, assault causing bodily harm, violation of funding.)
  • Indictable: An extremely high profile case that could result in major consequences and warrants a jury. (Ex. treason, electoral fraud.)

It is the judge's responsibility to categorize the cases that arise. If faith in the Judge is lost or it is believed the Judge is abusing any power, a vote of no confidence may be held where if 50% of the Royal Parliament do not support the judge he will be removed.

Foreign relations

The Kingdom holds an isolationist policy and recognizes no other nations nor does it participate in any intermicronational organizations, however it has ratified several conventions including the Sough Convention on Global Climate Change of 2020 Volume II, Wrythe Convention, and the Edgbaston Convention. They plan on commencing foreign relations when Burdette attains the age of six months, and they also plan to apply for membership in the Cupertino Alliance when they hit their six-month mark.

Economy

The Kingdom of Burdette has a small market-based economy mostly providing services to Americans, such as mowing lawns and shoveling snow. It also has an agriculture sector that is mainly composed of the garden in Isaiah Burdette's backyard where cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and other cash crops are grown and then sold in exchange for the American dollar–the de facto currency of the Kingdom–which massively contribute to the Kingdom's economy. The government does not instate taxes and its budget is funded entirely with donations. Government spending averages 13-15 dollars a month, but can be higher depending on the budget parliament sets.

Culture

Holidays

Royal Dog of Burdette

The Kingdom of Burdette observes several holidays, including religious holidays like Christmas, and national holidays like Burdettian Independence Day.

Government Recognized Holidays in Burdette
Name Date
Easter Varies[a]
April Fools Day 1 April
King Isaiah's Birthday 31 April
Fathers Day 3rd Sunday of June
Halloween 31 October
Armistice Day 11 November
Thanksgiving 4th Thursday of November
Independence Day 3 December
Christmas 25 December
New Years Eve 31 December
Source:[6]

Vexillology and heraldry

The graphic design of Burdette is usually contains red and white. Burdette has a small selection of vexillology and heraldry but it is growing substantially as time goes on.

Explanatory notes

  1. Determined by the Computus.

References

  1. December Burdette Progress Report Retrieved 1 January 2020
  2. Kingdom of Burdette declaration of independence Retrieved 30 December 2020
  3. First Burdette Parliament Elections occur "His Majesty King Isaiah Burdette I the first and only monarch of Burdette announced that the Parliament shall be filled by an election to be held on 14th" Retrieved 30 December 2020
  4. Temporary Finance Act Retrieved 24 January 2020
  5. Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (October 2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 11 (5): 1633–1644.
  6. Burdette Holiday Act Retrieved 24 January 2020


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