Kingdom of Winterspell
Motto: Ever changing
Anthem: Spirit of Colorado by Susan H. Day
|Government||Parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy|
|13 April 2017|
• Monarchy Established
|10 December 2017|
• Current Constitution
|1 January 2022|
|9.77 km2 (3.77 sq mi)|
• Current estimate
• 2022 census
|Currency||Winterspell Valen (WSV)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
Winterspell, officially known as the Kingdom of Winterspell, is a nation enclaved within the US states of Colorado, Utah, and Vermont. It is made up of several private residences and public areas. Winterspell is populated by 11 citizens. Winterspell is a semi-constitutional monarchy ruled by the nation's first and only monarch, King Petrus I.
Winterspell was initially the name of an exclusive club in the Minecraft city of Linsonkeep. On 13 April 2017, a Discord server was created for the club being run initially by a group of five lords. By December the same year, the monarchy was established crowning club co-founder Pierce (Petrus) the king. The nation's parliament was created in January 2019 and has overseen the kingdom's legislative affairs since.
The Kingdom has no active economy but maintained a PayPal money pool that took in donations before the feature was removed. There is a significant culture around creativity and design highlighted by Winterspell's many artistic outlets.
The name Winterspell comes from the merging of two English words, winter and spell.
The word winter in English comes from the Proto-Germanic noun *wintru-, whose origin is unclear. Several theories have been proposed with a commonly mentioned one connecting it to the Proto-Indo-European root *wed- 'water' or a nasal infix variant *wend-. It also can be used as the current monarchy was established on 10 December 2017, when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
The word spell, in this case meaning a period of time, comes from the Old English word spellian and the Old French word espelir both having originated from the Proto-Germanic word spellam. Spell's meaning in this context likely originated around the 1620s with sailors using the term to mean a shift of work. This definition has grown to be used to refer to something lasting for a period of time (e.g. weather).
Winterspell, as a club, was first built in the spring of 2016 as 'The Winterspell Club' in Minecraft by Pierce A. (later known as King Petrus) and Hunter L. (now Grand Duke Hunter). It is a one-story building with a single room featuring a large fireplace on the back wall. The building served as an exclusive club only open to friends of the founders. The club featured 'membership jackets' made of black dyed leather tunics. This building has been replicated in various Minecraft worlds since.
On 13 April 2017, a Discord server was created as a breakaway from another moderately-sized server named "The Chat of the People". This new server was titled "Winterspell Club Est. 2016" in reference to the original club in Minecraft. The server was initially run by a small group of admins known as 'Lords'. Each lord wielded nearly limitless power to moderate and modify the Discord server or legislation.
On 15 May 2017, the first constitution was created. This constitution was made up of several 'Acts', half of which were more jokes than rules. Winterspell saw little growth during this early period.
Establishment of the monarchy
Leading up to 10 December 2017, there had been a call from Lord Aidan L. to add more roles to the Winterspell Discord server. These were created as different titles of nobility, each achievable through different means but mostly managed through nepotism by the Lords. On 10 December, along with the new nobility, a monarchy was established crowning Lord Pierce as monarch and Lords Aidan L, Hunter L, Jackson W, and Quinn J. as princes. These five acted as the executive, legislative, and judicial authority within the kingdom. During this period, Winterspell's early "Houses" (now guilds) saw their origin. Houses served as a way to group people together under a unified banner or colour.
The New Winterspell Constitution
On 28 September 2018, a constitutional convention was convened in Château-Andreas. In attendance were King Petrus, Prince Jackson, and Prince Quinn. The goal of the assembly was to draft a new constitution as the old one didn't meet the democratic standards set by the Winterspell populace. The first draft of the constitution outlined the basic function of the monarchy and nobility as well as outlining the rights of Winterspell citizens. A small number of the original acts were carried over to the new constitution. This document served as the official constitution until 1 January 2022.
Marquis and the establishment of parliament
It was decided in January 2019 that a more representative system of government was required for the smooth operation of legislative functions and to allow for all citizens to participate if they should so choose. The first iteration of the Winterspell Parliament composed of the monarch (subsequent parliaments of this system did not include the monarch), princes, and a marquis appointed by the head of each House (subject to the size of its population).
The First Parliament was inaugurated on 15 January 2019. It remained Winterspell's most active parliamentary term for over a year despite the fact that near the end of its two-month term, half of its members had either resigned or gone on hiatus.
House of House of House
The House of House of House known informally as HHH and dubbed the 'Red Menace' by King Petrus, held a majority of seats in parliament for seven nearly consecutive terms. The house was run at the time by Ben C, though most of its functions in parliament were overseen by Chancellor Grayson H. This dominance allowed for a lot of corruption within the government especially for favourites of either the monarch or the house itself. During this time, members of the house found themselves achieving high ranks and titles within the Winterspell Discord server despite doing little to nothing to earn them. This corruption lasted until Grayson made the decision to step back from parliament. The House of House of House lives on in its current form as the Guild of Guild of Guild though its influence on Winterspell politics has greatly declined.
A bicameral parliament
The idea of a bicameral system of parliament was originally proposed during the first constitutional convention, but it wasn't attempted until November 2019. Parliament featured two houses: The House of Commons, made up of members elected from the general populace, and the Lord's Room made up of the monarch and princes. This system proved to be ineffectual and sluggish with legislation often taking days or even weeks to pass and members of both houses needed near-constant reminding to vote on parliament matters. This had been a stark contrast to the previously quick method of parliamentary voting.
Departure of princes
On 11 February 2020, an argument within the Lord's Room regarding the monarch's use of his power led to Princes Jackson and Quinn leaving the Discord server and the kingdom as a whole. Parliament was then disbanded by King Petrus. Winterspell underwent many changes following the exodus of princes. All houses were disbanded by royal decree and all title promotions were temporarily frozen. During this time, the monarch and remaining princes, with the help of other members of the Winterspell Discord server worked to try and return the nation and club to a more unified community and ease any tensions that had been developed over the prior few months. Two new princes (Ben C. and Nick R.) were appointed to fill the empty roles. Parliament was reinstated soon thereafter in a unicameral form with only elected members. This ran nearly uninterrupted until 1 June 2020.
The June Concordat
Following the second server ban of Karsen B, the veto of that ban, and the overturn of that veto, tensions within the government had grown high with voices calling for a change to how parliament operated and how other functions of government and server administration should be modified to make a more fair environment. These ideas were drafted by King Petrus with help from members of parliament, former princes, and close friends into what became the June Concordat. The Concordat altered chiefly how parliament operated adding the idea of a 'session of parliament' where all MPs would convene in a voice call or in-person to debate and vote on proposed legislation. It also served to create an established judiciary, a new system for houses separating them into two new categories, and modify outdated legislation. After the Concordat was passed, parliament was again disbanded to make way for the change.
Winterspell Prime Minister
On 6 October 2020, the Winterspell Discord server reached 100 members prompting the proposal of a Prime Minister position for the Winterspell parliament. The proposed function of the prime minister was to act as the speaker of parliament and oversee the proposal, discussion, and voting for all parliamentary matters. The proposal passed unanimously and Joey R. was elected as the first Winterspell prime minister..
On 3 December 2021, it was announced by King Petrus that Winterspell would be officially dividing itself into the Winterspell Club and the Kingdom of Winterspell on the first day of 2022. A second constitutional convention was held privately by the king to draft a new constitution for the kingdom in preparation for this split. Following the division, Winterspell's population dropped dramatically decreasing by 87% as the majority of its former population wished to remain part of the Winterspell Club only.
The Winterspell government is made up of two branches, the Monarchy and Parliament.
The Monarch is the head of state and the title is passed down hereditarily using absolute primogeniture. The monarch may issue Royal Decrees, which are often used to modify legislation. The monarch may also appoint individuals to the Royal Court, who work as advisors to the monarch. The official powers of the monarch have never been clearly defined, meaning the throne has the legal potential to wield near limitless power.
Parliament is composed of members elected from the general populace every four months. Parliament votes on proposed legislation. There is one seat in parliament for every 10 citizens of Winterspell with a minimum of three seats overall. Parliament is run by the Prime Minister who is elected at the start of each term, and has the ability to call for a session of parliament and run all discussions around proposals. The Winterspell parliament is currently vacant following the kingdom's separation from the Winterspell Club. A new parliament will be elected on 15 January 2022.
Winterspell has had four Prime Ministers in its history. The role of the Prime Minister is to call to session and oversee the function of Parliament. Because of this, it is uncommon for a session of Parliament to be called. Since the election of the first Prime Minister, Joey R, only one-third of parliament sessions have been called by the Prime Minister, with the rest having been called by the monarch.
On 5 October 2021, King Petrus I signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Kingdom of Indradhanush as its first engagement in international diplomacy though this treaty was made void in December of the same year by Queen Raani I. Winterspell has also signed treaties of mutual recognition with the Kingdom of Salanda and the Desert Realm of Raphistan.
The Kingdom of Winterspell maintains a system of nobility, managed at the discretion of the throne. There are few landed titles as they often require the recipient to rule an administrative division within the kingdom. There are currently nine noble titles held by six people.
Winterspell is made up of six administrative regions of varying size and location though all Winterspell territory in located in North America.
|Flag||Name||Abrv.||Capital||Ruling Noble||Area (km2)||Population||Image||Map|
|Duchy of Taylor||TL||Vetrône||King Petrus I||8.37||0|
|Duchy of Eztia||ET||Freshwater City||Duchess Kelsey B.||0.65||1||None Available|
|County of Provenance||PV||Château-Andreas||King Petrus I||0.64||2|
|None||County of Roosevelt||RV||N/A||Countess Ruby S.||0.03||1|
|County of Starbuck||SB||N/A||Princess Olivia||0.01||0||None Available|
|None||County of Whale Cove||WC||Standingway||Duke Nathaniel W.||0.01||0||None Available|
Houses and guilds
Following the passage of the June Concordat, noble houses were reintroduced and guilds were created.
Houses in Winterspell are familial organizations similar to historical 'Houses of Nobility'. There are only two left in existence today though both were created on the same day as the Winterspell Discord server. All members of the Winterspell nobility are eligible to found a house. As of 25 April 2021, houses cannot be disbanded until all members have either died or left Winterspell.
|Name||CoA||Headquarters||Founder||Current Head||Founding Date|
|Maison d'Andreas||Palais de Taylor, Vetrône TL, WS||King Petrus I||King Petrus I||13 April 2017|
|House of Stars||Link House, Firestone CO, USA||Grand Duke Hunter of Stars||Grand Duke Hunter of Stars|
Guilds are the replacement for the early houses and while most guilds are based primarily in the Winterspell Club, they are all recognized as official organizations by the Kingdom of Winterspell. They are more social and overall freer organizations of people. The basic requirement is to have at least five people organize to form a guild.
|Name||Flag||Headquarters||Founder||Current Head||Founding Date|
|Guild of Chängr||The Joan Rogge Park Bench, RV, WS||Aimee E.||6 June 2020|
|Guild of Guild of Guild||Longmont High School, Longmont CO, USA||Ben C.||Kayla B.||2 October 2018|
|The Stick Rabbits||Greenwich NY, USA||Karsen B.||George||1 June 2020|
|Guild of Table||Longmont High School, Longmont CO, USA||Joey R.||6 October 2020|
|Guild of Taylor||Taylor Palace, Vetrône TL, WS||King Petrus I||18 August 2020|
Much of Winterspell's cultural identity originated from the Winterspell Club, but both club and kingdom come together to host various events and celebrate holidays as a unified 'Winterspell'.
The Kingdom of Winterspell recognizes and celebrates a great many holidays, some of which are taken seriously. Some holidays, like Hanging of the Raiders and Formal Day, predate Winterspell itself, having been created by current and former citizens before the nation was created.
|1 January||New Year's Day||Celebrating the new year.|
|8 January||Gnome Takeover Day||Celebrating the idea of a "gnome takeover".|
|13 April||Winterspell Day||Celebrating the anniversary of Winterspell's Discord founding.|
|22 April||Earth Day||Celebrating the planet we call home.|
|21 May||International Tea Day||Celebrating tea.|
|10 June||Doughnut Day||Eating doughnuts.|
|28 June||Formal Day||Dressing up.|
|1 August||Stand Under a Bush Day||It is unknown what this holiday is supposed to be about.|
|20 August||Voyager 2 Day||Celebrating Voyager 2 and its great accomplishment.|
|23 August||yaD sdrawkcaB||A day of speaking backwards.|
|1-7 September||Culture Week||Celebrating world cultures.|
|5 September||Voyager 1 Day||Celebrating Voyager 1 and its great accomplishment.|
|9 October||Leif Erikson Day||Celebrating the first European to visit North America.|
|23 October||Fallout Day||Celebrating Bethesda's predicted day of 'total atomic annihilation'.|
|25 December||Hanging of the Raiders||A day of giving.|
The first culture week was celebrated in 2017 and was to celebrate German culture. Subsequent years have celebrated Russia, Austria, Sweden, and Vietnam. Culture week in Winterspell is often host to the showing of films, creation of music playlists, translation of all Discord server channel names and titles, and other such festive activities. It is often hailed as the most successful Winterspell event to happen in a year, often seeing participation from otherwise quiet citizens.
Winterspell also hosts an annual summer festival, which features food, music, outdoor activities, and a social environment for Winterspell citizens to mingle.
Winterspell has a thriving artistic community. Countess Ruby S. often produces drawings of her various pets often including local favourite chicken and folk hero, Ms. Jane, and Microball cartoons are also often produced, primarily by Joey R. Winterspell has an art gallery run by Aimee E. which curates the best works from within the kingdom to keep on permanent display.
The kingdom also has a vexillology and cartography culture, often fronted by King Petrus.
Art contests, first pioneered by Quinn J, are held sporadically throughout the year and are hosted by a variety of people. One such contest is held annually to redesign the emblem used for the nation's Discord server with the current having been designed by Joey R. in an art deco style.
Winterspell has no official religion but has members of several. In early 2021, King Petrus created the Teaist faith believing simply in the divinity of tea and that everyone has the inalienable right to produce and consume tea.
News and media
Winterspell is host to three newspapers and a broadcasting company, most of which are organized under the newly created WS Media Alliance.
The Winterspell News is the oldest form of publication in the Kingdom of Winterspell. Although articles are infrequent, it has put out seven issues often reporting on international crises and internal events. It is run by King Petrus on a personal basis, and is not state-owned.
On 18 March 2021, much of Winterspell’s news and media were organized under a newly created "media alliance", in a move spearheaded by Karsen B  The alliance consists of three media entities: Chängr News, The Bravura, and Polybox Broadcasting (the latter two being owned and operated by Karsen). This entity makes publications sporadically but maintains a high approval rating among its readers.
References and notes
- "Winter | Origin and meaning of winter by Online Etymology Dictionary". Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Winterspell Club Constitution docs.google.com. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- Original 'New Winterspell Constitution' docs.google.com. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- Winterspell News Issue #2 Winterspell News Retrieved 1 August 2021.
- June Concordat docs.google.com. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
- The Winterspell Constitution docs.google.com. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
- Royal Decrees docs.google.com. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- Chängr News: Swedish Edition Chängr News. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
- Chängr News #3 Chängr News. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
- Winterspell News Issue #1 Winterspell News. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
- WSMA Terms of Agreement docs.google.com. Retrieved 25 March 2021.