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Principality of Woodlandia
Motto: Iure Vincimus Restituendam Libertatem Nobis
(English: By right we conquer, With liberty we rebuild)
|Recognised national languages||French|
|Religion||Free Religious State|
|Demonym(s)||Woodlandian Woodlandic Woodlander|
|Government||Constitutional monarchy Hereditary monarchy|
• Proclamation of Independence from Ontario, Canada
|12 March 2019|
|Currency||Woodlandic Shirley (WAS)|
|Patron saint||St. Wallace/William Wallace|
Woodlandia (/ˈWoodlandia/ Wo-od-la-n-di-a (Listen) (help·info)), more commonly known as the Principality of Woodlandia, is a micronation and self-declared independent sovereign state located in Northern Ontario, Canada. The lands territorial boundaries and exact border lines have yet to be defined, and are part of an ongoing dispute between governments.
The nation was founded, and proclaimed an independent sovereign state on 12 March 2019 by the current head of state, His Royal Highness Shawn, Hereditary Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Woodlandia. The state is governed by a constitutional monarchy, with an elected Prime Minister, who serves as the head of government.
According to the Montevideo Convention, the Principality of Woodlandia is a legitimate nation. The Principality is not officially recognized by the Canadian Government or any member of the United Nations. Government officials belonging to the Principality of Woodlandia, hand chosen by HRH the Prince, and the Prime Minister, are working on the development of a working government, while actively working to engage in positive diplomatic relations with other sovereign states.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government
- 4 Geography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Arts, Culture & Sport
- 8 External links
- 9 References
The word 'Woodlandia' derives from the literal topography of the many lush and bountiful forests and wooded lands upon which the nation was founded, and in honor of the country of Canada, from which it separated from. Therefore, the wood lands of Canada became Woodlandia.
(12 March 2019-21 August 2019)
The Freedom Era began on 12 March 2019, when the Principality of Woodlandia was declared a Sovereign nation, separate of Canada, under the command of His Royal Highness Shawn, Hereditary Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Woodlandia. The capital of the Principality of Woodlandia is Freedom, in honor of the patron St. Wallace.
To further honour the saint Wallace in his struggle for independence and freedom from the English, and similarly Woodlandia's struggle for freedom from English ruled Canada, it is HRH the Prince's belief in freedom and fairness for all Woodlandia citizens, thus began the freedom era.
The Freedom Era ended on 21 August 2019, after unexpected political shifts in government.
(21 August 2019-Present)
The Political Era began on 21 August 2019, when the focus of the new government shifted from developing itself, to engaging in furthering diplomatic foreign relations with other nations. The first and previous era (Freedom Era) lasting only a little over five months. Unexpected political shifts in government brought on a new era that saw a rise in many foreign policies develop with other nations. Under the command of His Royal Highness Shawn, Hereditary Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Woodlandia, the nation began to grow acceptance as a legitimate nation, by other micro-national states, many of which accept and recognize the Shirley, the national currency of Woodlandia.
The Principality of Woodlandia has been governed by a constitutional monarchy since it's formation on 12 March 2019, with HRH the Sovereign Prince Shawn, as the head of state. Unlike other forms of government, Woodlandia is not governed by any known types of government, but instead combines both traditional and non-traditional forms of government structure. Under the command of His Royal Highness Sovereign Prince Shawn, parliament is divided between two governmental cabinets, both Royal and Executive.
Law & Order
The Constitution of the Principality of Woodlandia is the supreme law of the country, and consists of written text and unwritten conventions.
The Royal Knights of the Woodlandia Guard (R.K.W.G.) was created by the Sovereign, HRH Prince Shawn, of the Principality of Woodlandia on 21 August 2019.
As a symbol of loyalty to the Principality of Woodlandia, the Sovereign Order of the Royal Knights of the Woodlandia Guard (O.R.K.W.G.) is proudly worn by all members of the Royal Knights of the Woodlandia Guard (R.K.W.G.). The order was created by the Sovereign, HRH Prince Shawn, and awarded to a group of personally hand picked individuals, who vow to defend the Sovereign Prince, and it's Nation should Woodlandia come under attack.
No Woodlandia Boarder Patrol currently exists, though the borders are frequently and jointly patrolled, by both the Royal Knights of the Woodlandia Guard (R.K.W.G.) of the Principality of Woodlandia, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) of Canada.
The 2019 Copyright Act of Woodlandia states that for government works (work that is, or has been, prepared or published by or under the direction or control of HRH or any government department) the copyright is 50 years following the end of the calendar year during which the work has been published. This is known as Crown copyright.
Woodlandia State Police
Foreign Relations with other nations
States recognized by Woodlandia
- All United Nations member states
- Aerican Empire
- State of Gradonia
- Principality of Graustark
- Commonwealth of Dracul
- Karno-Ruthenian Empire
- Kingdom of Mull
States which recognize Woodlandia
- Aerican Empire
- State of Gradonia
- Principality of Graustark
- Commonwealth of Dracul
- Karno-Ruthenian Empire
- Kingdom of Mull
Citizenship of the Principality of Woodlandia is granted only by the Sovereign Prince, the Prime Minister, and by few select high ranking officials of the Prime Ministers office. The Ministry of Internal Affairs oversees all matters of citizenship of the Principality. Woodlandian citizenship is classed into six types by status, each with it's own application for citizenship. Citizens wishing to have full Woodlandian citizenship, must fill out a questionnaire as part of their application.
In Woodlandia, government-owned corporations are referred to as Capital Corporations or Government Institutions, indicating that an organization is established by law, owned by the collective government (by right of the Crown), and overseen by parliament and cabinet. Capital Corporations of the Principality include, but are not limited to:
- Fire & Rescue Service - Woodlandia Fire Department (W.F.D.)
- Law Enforcement - Woodlandia State Police Department (W.S.P.D.)
- Energy Supply - Woodlandia Green Energy Corporation (W.G.E.C.)
- Waste Management - Woodlandia Waste Management (W.W.M.)
- Water Supply - Woodlandia Aqua Management (W.A.M.)
In Woodlandia, state-owned corporations are referred to as Crown corporations, indicating that an organization is established by law, owned by the sovereign (either in right of Woodlandia or a province), and overseen by parliament and cabinet. Crown Corporations of the Principality include, but are not limited to:
- Central Bank - Royal Bank of Woodlandia (R.B.W.) - a Crown corporation and Woodlandia's central bank.
- Postal Service - Royal Woodlandia Post (R.W.P.) - a Crown corporation which functions as the primary postal operator in Woodlandia.
- Mint - Royal Woodlandia Mint (R.W.M.) - an industrial facility which designs and manufactures coins used as currency in Woodlandia.
- Museum - Royal Woodlandia Heritage Museum (R.W.H.M.)
- Museum - Royal Pop Culture Museum (R.P.C.M.)
- Society - Royal Woodlandia Historical Society (R.W.H.S.)
- Law Enforcement - Royal Knights of the Woodlandia Guard (R.K.W.G.)
The nation of the Principality of Woodlandia is entirely located within the country of Canada. It shares an open, non militarized border, much like the borders of Canada and the US. Currently, no such Woodlandia Border Patrol exists, though the area is frequently and jointly patrolled by both the Woodlandia Royal Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.).
The nations hilly terrain, located on the Canadian Shield is abundant with many natural resources, such as lush thick forests, crystal blue lakes, and diverse wildlife.
The Principality of Woodlandia experiences a humid continental climate, with warm, humid summers and cold winters. The area experiences four distinct seasons, with considerable variance in day to day temperature, particularly during the colder weather season. The weather, most likely in relation to the close proximity of the Snowbelt region of Central Ontario, and the Great Lakes, which frequently experience snowy winters and lake-effect snow. The area experiences comfortable summer temperatures and occasional heatwaves accompanied by high humidity and active thunderstorm weather. The Muskoka region has the highest annual precipitation of any region in Ontario.
The nation's main source of income is tourism. The Royal Woodlandia Resort located in the Principality, is the main attraction for visitors, especially during the summer.
On March 9, 2019, during the early days of foundation, an unofficial and preliminary census, of the citizens of the Principality of Woodlandia was taken and completed on the same day. The 2019 Census enumerated a total population of 8 citizens. A considerable increase in population over a short period, of only 8 days after it's original founding. As of 2019, the average life expectancy for Woodlandics is 81 years. Some citizens of Woodlandia (37.5%) live in family households, 12.5% report living alone, and those living with unrelated persons reported at 50%. The average size of a household in 2019 was 2 people.
According to the March 9, 2019 preliminary census, Woodlandia, like it's neighboring country (Canada), is one of the most educated countries in the world; the nation ranks among the first worldwide in the number of adults having tertiary education, with 50 percent of Woodlandic adults having attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree. As of 2019, 75 percent of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree.
Since the formation of the Department of the Ministry of Education, education in English is available to students in Woodlandia. The mandatory school age ranges between 5–7 to 16–18 years, contributing to an adult literacy rate of 99 percent. In 2019, 50 percent of Woodlandics aged 25 to 64 possessed a post-secondary education.
The country's largest self-reported ethnic origin is Canadian (accounting for 100% of the population). Almost all Woodlandic citizens having descended from immigrated ancestors from Europe, with the majority having English origins.
Woodlandia is religiously diverse, encompassing a wide range of beliefs and customs. The Principality of Woodlandia has no official church. Any type of religion is a citizen's choice to practice, though generally considered a private matter throughout society and the state. Freedom of religion, by law is a constitutionally protected right, allowing individuals to assemble and worship freely without limitation or interference from the government.
According to the March 9, 2019, preliminary census, 37.5% of citizens identify as Christians, with 37.5% of Woodlandics identifying as Non-Christian religion, without belief in God. At 12.5% each, the remaining denominations are Roman Catholicism and Other Religion.
Arts, Culture & Sport
Woodlandia's national symbols are influenced by natural, historical, and indigenous sources.
|January 1||New Year's Day||National holiday||Celebrating the first day of the Gregorian calendar|
|February 9||Pizza Day||Public holiday||Celebrating pizza from around the world|
|March 12||Founder's Day||Government holiday||Celebrating the founding of the Principality of Woodlandia|
|April 22||Earth Day||Public holiday||Earth appreciation|
|Date varies||Easter Sunday||National holiday||Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead|
|June 26||Lions Day (Prince Shawn's Birthday)||Royal holiday||Celebrating the birth of the Sovereign Prince Shawn|
|Date varies||Freedom Day||Government holiday||Celebrating independence from Canada|
|August 23||St. Wallace Day||Government holiday||Celebrating the patron Saint of Woodlandia|
|September 23||National Flag Day||Government holiday||Celebrating the National flag of Woodlandia|
|October 31||Halloween||Public holiday||Festivities|
|Date varies||Thanksgiving||National holiday||A feast and celebration of gratitude|
|December 24||Christmas Eve||National holiday||Celebrating the birth of Jesus with festivities|
|December 25||Christmas Day||National holiday||Celebrating the birth of Jesus with festivities|
|December 31||Old Year's Day||National holiday||Celebrating the last day of the Gregorian calendar|
Royal Woodlandia Heritage Museum (R.W.H.M.) - Features a wide collection of historical, Canadian and Woodlandian heritage artifacts and memorabilia. The museum is themed around the heritage, history, culture and formation of the two countries, including the separation of Woodlandia. All the museums artifacts are cataloged and archived by the Royal Woodlandia Historical Society (R.W.H.S.), who are responsible for the preservation and care of artifacts.
Royal Pop Culture Museum (R.P.C.M.) - Features a collection of Canadian and Woodlandian pop cultural artifacts and memorabilia. The museum is themed mostly around English, Canadian, and Woodlandian pop culture, though other countries are often featured.
The Royal Woodlandia Historical Society (R.W.H.S.) is responsible for the preservation and care of historical artifacts.