Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia

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Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia
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Official language(s) English
Capital Kernsopolis, FDC
Date founded 19th July, 1997
Number of citizens N/A
Number of active citizens 8 (latest census)
Government Presidential Republic
Current leader President Michael Fors
National animal Undefined

Cyberia may also refer to the Federal Republic of Cyberia.

The Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia was a democratic republic founded by Ken Kerns on July 19, 1997. It has the oldest continuous republican constitution of Internet-based, anglophone micronations. The National Assembly of Cyberia is the oldest representative legislature in any micronation.

History

According to legend, Cyberia was to be called Belaria when Ken Kerns "invented" the micronation on July 17, 1997. At the time, micronation was not in common currency; Belaria would be known as a political simulation.

Two days later, on July 19, Kerns went public with the group, which he ultimately named Cyberia. Belaria was downgraded to the status of a province, called Belar.

Government

National Assembly

Cyberia's legislature is called the National Assembly. It is a unicameral body elected at three month intervals. Elections are proportional representation by the single transferable vote. The number of Deputies is equal to one-third of the population. The Assembly makes laws. It also confirms judicial, cabinet, and other appointments.

Prior to 2000, the Assembly was a bicameral body composed of a Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

The provisional legislature was a Chamber of Ministers appointed by the president with elections at arbitrary intervals. This ended with ratification of the Constitution in October, 1997.

Executive branch

Cyberia's executive branch is headed by an elected President. Elections are every six months. The President is Commander-in-Chief of the Cyberian Defense Force and federal website. The President appoints a Cabinet with the consent of the National Assembly to carry out day-to-day administration. Cabinet members may appoint Deputy Ministers with the consent of the President. The President may appoint a personal staff to handle special projects.

Judiciary

Cyberia's judiciary is headed by a three-member supreme court. Currently there are no permanent justices, so the Judicial Council appoints any of several Temporary Justices to hear cases on a case-by-case basis. Cyberia is a common law state that recognizes the precedents of the United States, Australia and United Kingdom.

Boards, Commissions and Special Agencies

  • Electoral Commissioner
  • Cyberian Geographical Mapping Agency

Direct Democracy

Cyberia's citizens have the right to recall officials, enact legislation by the initiative, and amend the constitution by the referendum.

Civil society

Cyberia's civil society consists of several parties, NGOs, public and private corporations.

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The VCC during it's time on Micras. There was also an incarnation on Giess.

Private enterprises

Public enterprises

  • Cyberian Broadcasting Cooperative
  • Cyberian University

Parties & NGOs

Notable Achievements

  • A-Sash
  • Microblog

Mentions in macronational media

Kathy Ceceri, "Bite-sized sovereignties offer worlds of fun," iBerkshires.com, 2 Feb 2005. [1]


Related articles:Cyberias,Federal Republic of Cyberia.