Dominion of Vancouver Island

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Island of Vancouver and its Dependencies
Flag of
Flag
Great Seal of
Great Seal
Motto: "Resolution and Discovery"
Anthem: God Save the Queen
Claimed territory (orange) within Canada (yellow)
Claimed territory (orange) within Canada (yellow)
StatusSelf-proclaimed dominion
LocationVancouver Island, Gulf Islands
CapitalVictoria
Official languagesEnglish
French
Recognised regional languages
Ethnic groups
(2022)
Religion
Demonym(s)Vancouver Islander, Vanisler
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
Dustin Carlson
Vacant
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Vancouver Island
Foundation
• Independence declared
15 July 2019
• Government dissolved
7 July 2022
Area
• Total
32,305.94 km2 (12,473.39 sq mi)
Population
• 2022 census
17
HDI 0.929
very high · 16
CurrencyPound sterling (£)
Canadian dollar ($)
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
• Summer (DST)
UTC−7 (PDT)
Date formatmm/dd/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+1
Internet TLD.ca

The Dominion of Vancouver Island, officially the Island of Vancouver and its Dependencies, was a North American micronation that existed from 2019 to 2022. It was a self-declared restoration of the 19th century Crown colony that claimed Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of the Strait of Georgia as its sovereign territory. The country dedicated its efforts to achieving dominion status and international recognition as a self-governing Commonwealth realm, until the dissolution of its government 2022.

The dominion was founded by Canadian citizen Dustin Carlson initially as a hobby political project, but later transformed into a more dedicated venture with multiple participants involved in its daily operation. Its government exercised no authority over the territory it claims, nor was its existence acknowledged by The Crown or any sovereign nation.

History

Colonial period

Main article: Colony of Vancouver Island

Background

The history of the Dominion of Vancouver Island dates back to mid 2018, when Canadian micronationalist Dustin Carlson founded the People's Republic of Courtica. The tiny nation existed until the summer of 2019, when it was merged with the neighboring Democratic People's Republic of Lerwick to establish the Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic (VISSR). The VISSR quickly became one of the leading communist micronations, and experienced rapid development and population growth. However, its planned economy led to economic stagnation and multiple diplomatic conflicts arose with its fellow micronations due to the VISSR's promotion of soviet communism. The nation fell into a slow and steady decline in the fall of 2020.

Foundation of a Dominion

Dustin Carlson had also been assisting other local micronationalists in their pursuit of statehood, and together with close friend Dionne Anderson they founded the Commonwealth of Lazonesia. After a short stint as the country's first Prime Minister, Carlson stepped aside to avoid a conflict of interest with his primary duties as leader of the VISSR. With Lazonesia flourishing, and the VISSR's full potential being limited by it's rigid Soviet system, Carlson and Anderson began diplomatic discussions about a possible merger of the two nations to properly represent the interests of the people of Vancouver Island. On February 18, 2021, the VISSR-Lazonesia Act of Union was signed. This act formalized the annexation of the Commonwealth of Lazonesia by the Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic, and combined the assets and populations of both nations. The ruling communist party of the VISSR was denounced, and the new unified country was officially renamed the Dominion of Vancouver Island. It was decided that the new dominion would be founded as a successor state to the former Colony of Vancouver Island that existed before Canadian Confederation in 1867. Its new government was founded upon the principles of parliamentary democracy, and officially declared Queen Elizabeth II as head of state with a primary aim to be recognized as a Commonwealth Realm. After doing extensive research on the topic, Dustin Carlson came to the conclusion that membership in the commonwealth would be the most logical path to follow on his journey to sovereign statehood. Like the VISSR, the Dominion was founded partially as a means of protest against the current political trajectory of its host nation of Canada, while also striving for peaceful coexistence with its much larger neighbor and primary trading partner.

Geography

The country's seat of government, known as Government House, was located in Victoria, British Columbia, which was the primary source of contact with foreign nations, processing citizenship requests, and serving the needs of the Vancouver Islander diaspora scattered across Canada, the United States, and overseas. Government House was located on a private residential property which was completely surrounded by Canada's sovereign territory, making it similar in composition to the Vatican City in Rome, albeit much smaller.

Politics

Government

The dominion is governed as a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II was the nation's monarch and head of state until the ascension of King Charles III although this claim was not acknowledged by The Crown, or the government of any other Commonwealth Realm.

National symbols

The Dominion adopted the Flag of Vancouver Island as its national flag and civil ensign. The flag was designed by Michael Halleran in 1988 as an unofficial flag for Vancouver Island. The flag is a defaced defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Flag in the canton and the badge of the Colony of Vancouver Island on a white disk on the fly.

The Royal Union Flag (known as the Union Jack outside Canada) serves as an official variant flag for the nation. It is constitutionally enshrined to be afforded equal status to the Vancouver Island flag, and may be flown at parity, or alone, anywhere in the dominion.


The nation's formal coat of arms and primary identifying heraldic symbol was the Great Seal of the Island of Vancouver and its Dependencies. The modern design is a recreation of the 19th century seal designed in 1849/50 by Benjamin Wyon, Chief Engraver of Her Majesty's Seals. Its main features are the Royal Arms of Queen Victoria atop the Trident of Neptune and the Caduceus of Mercury crossed in saltire. These symbols represented the island colony’s relationship with the sea and trading. The pinecone and beaver symbolize the forest and other natural resources of the fur trading inhabitants of Vancouver Island at the time.

Foreign relations

The Dominion of Vancouver Island recognized the sovereignty of over 200 nations, and its government was known to be very receptive to approaches from other world leaders interested in opening dialogue. The nation sought to join the International Monarchist League and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. It was a founding member of CATO, as well as a member of the United Sovereignties and the Union Against Micronational War. The dominion was also a signatory of the Wrythe Convention, and Montediszamble Convention.

Nations unilaterally recognized by Vancouver Island

Recognition refused

Formal diplomatic relations

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