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State of Zenrax
The State of Zenrax |
Strength and Honor
North America |
|Capital city||Capital Territory|
|Official language(s)||English (official), Spanish|
|- The Emperor||Shiro|
|- The Prime Minister||Keenan|
15 December 1999 (first factions)|
17 December 2014 (unification)
1 July 2019 (revival)
|Area claimed||+/- 1 sq mi|
42 citizens |
23 registered voters
|Currency||US Dollar ($)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
Zenrax, also known as the State of Zenrax and formerly as the Federation of Zenrax, is an unrecognized, autonomously governed territory located on the North American continent. As part of a long-running series of project or hobby organizations, Zenrax's current iteration has existed since 2014. Historically, Zenrax traces its origins back to the winter of 1999, with the formation of warring factions that fought over control of what later became the capital territory. Shiro, officially the third leader of the country, took the role of head of state beginning in late 2014. Currently, Zenrax is in the midst of an unprecedented revival, being mostly driven by a new core of prominent citizens that had no connections with Zenrax before its 2014 reconstitution.
During its peak, Zenrax was a modest-sized entity, at its peak controlling approximately three square miles of territory with its small security force. In addition to establishing a capable militia, it crafted a foreign policy credited for the small nation's rise in prestige and strong set of allies in its heyday during the late 2010's. Beginning in late 2016, the government became increasingly concerned with combating internal stagnation that eventually ran unchecked. By mid 2018, the country began to shut down internally due to lack of functionality, with this leading to the Federation's dissolution on November 2018, pending formation of any potential successor state. For the next several months, Zenrax's core continued to exist without its former government. However, internal activity all but died for the next several months, and was governed solely by decree until its Revival during July 2019.
During July 2019, Zenrax underwent a sudden revival that launched activity from non-existence into a state it hadn't enjoyed since the days immediately after its founding. Its internal functionality is being incrementally restored, beginning with the full restoration of the Senate, Zenrax's most important governing body. Elections for Zenrax's third Prime Minister are scheduled at such a time that any inauguration coincides with Zenrax's 20th historical anniversary on August 11, 2019.
Zenrax took its name from a failed attempt at a local artificial language that was originally created for recreational purposes by citizens. Loosely translated, it meant "Peaceful Land," "Kingdom of Heaven," and so forth. Zenrax was also the name of a location that dissolved upon the nation's federalization in 2015-2018. Other examples of place names taking meaning from this created language include Ferro and Pyrax. (Both ceased to exist in late 2016 and late 2018, respectively.)
Prior to Zenrax's existence, various entities in the area were founded and disbanded in succession from 1999 through 2009. Locally, the most historically important of these factions were the Confederacy (existed during most of 2003), and the Red Alliance (existed 2005 - c. 2009). The Confederacy was the only successful direct democracy to exist, with elections not being held for over a decade since then until Zenrax's foundation in 2014. The Red Alliance was a unitary, militaristic faction that controlled the area for several years until its eventual death by stagnation after 2009, when its original citizens dispersed for a while. Its storied existence contributed much to Zenrax's culture, government, and law. After the Red Alliance faded into obscurity, there was no related activity until the formation of Stormhold beginning 2014 and culminating with the election of its head of state and the subsequent formation of the Senate, both on December 16, 2014.
After a provisional period lasting six months, Stormhold federalized. In the process, it reorganized itself into the Federation of Zenrax on May 21, 2015. The newly reorganized polity then ceremonially declared independence to commemorate the event. Between 2015 and 2018, the government further refined its core institutions and enacted increasingly broad reforms to combat the building effects of national stagnation. Between May 2015 and October 2018, there were three major reformations of the failing central government in attempts to keep the entity alive. By late 2018, Zenrax had become extremely burdened by non-functional core institutions (such as the Senate) that could not be legally dissolved or assimilated by other branches of government. Seeing this, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation by November 2018, leaving only the capital territory (also now called Zenrax) and the Order of the Rose intact. Both continued to exist in a state of inactivity until the Revival of 2019.
During July 2019, Zenrax underwent a sudden revival in activity that took its internal functionality from nonexistence to levels it had not seen since the days immediately after its foundation in December 2014. Its internal functionality is being incrementally restored, beginning with the full restoration of the Senate, Zenrax's most important governing body. Elections for Zenrax's third Prime Minister are scheduled at such a time that any inauguration coincides with Zenrax's 20th historical anniversary on August 11, 2019.
Zenrax has been ruled by four formal governments since its foundation on December 16, 2014. The first government existed Zenrax was known as Stormhold, and ran as a unitary government with just a Senate and the Emperor making all internal decisions, in tandem with the royal family (which incidentally consisted of most of the citizenry at the time). Zenrax federalized in 2015, and the Senate was reformed to accommodate this as the second government. This arrangement lasted until November 2018, when the federation and its entire government dissolved, leaving only the capital and its satellite territories. The third government barely existed, being ruled solely by decree until the country's revival during July 2019.
The current and fourth government consists of a new, unitary Senate run by appointment (upon recommendation of the existing Senate). In addition to passing laws, the Senate is responsible for making Cabinet appointments (with the sole exception of Chief Ambassador) until the Prime Minister is elected. This government will also have a distinct executive branch apart from the person of the head of state, after democratic elections take place as late as August, 2019. Most governmental powers are currently understood to be devolved from the Head of State (currently Shiro) to the Senate and other existing executives either popularly elected or appointed by the Senate.
Currently, the title that the Head of State holds is undecided, unlike before the Federation's dissolution in 2018. Nonetheless, the Crown is still equated with whatever title is attached to it, rendering the question far less pressing than it might be in other situations. After reforms made post-revival, the Crown can pass decrees and edicts meant to perform specific actions (such as proclamations, awards, and appointments), but has devolved the rest of his executive and legislative power to the Senate and to the still-forming executive branch, respectively. Judicial authority has not been devolved or delegated by the Crown, although the question of whether this may happen in the future has not been ruled out either.
While being somewhat unique in and of itself, Zenraxian culture still remains much of the way it has been in the Old South for many generations, even after its dissolution and subsequent revival. Influencing the government's former institutions were aspects of feudal Japan as well as Victorian Era Britain during the height of its power. Native Texan cultures also had some influence on the original people of Zenrax. The current government vaguely resembles that of the United Kingdom, although there are notable attempts to create something unique that fits Zenrax specifically as a smaller polity.
Many aspects of its government and culture are fairly unique, having been built from scratch or having evolved organically over many years. The government model, to the present day, is meant to emphasize the freedom for a person to choose their destiny, whatever that may be, so long as it does not involve intentionally bringing harm to another individual in the process. Several attempts have been made at a "native" script, some of which survive the Federation's dissolution. Most subsequent attempts in improving these scripts have failed, with none being made since the mid-2010's.
Throughout its history, Zenrax has remained very exclusive with its choices of allies, often holding new nations at arm's length until a determination of their worthiness could be made. Alliances have usually lasted until the dissolution of the other party, with one notable exception being Zenrax's treaty with Abelden, which it withdrew from in June 2019. Several strict prohibitions were historically made against what diplomatic requests Zenrax could honor. Among these are prohibitions of mutual recognition as a tool of diplomacy (since 2014), informal relations without any treaty (since 2017),
The current Chief Ambassador of Zenrax is Sir Ned Gunderson, OR, having served since July 3, 2019. The Chief Ambassador generally oversees all new requests for diplomatic relations, treaties, and other official correspondence from other entities. Additionally, he is charged with advising the Crown on current foreign policy as well as on the status of relations with other entities, to include restrictions on what diplomatic requests may or may not be legally honored by the Crown. Treaties, pacts, and similar documents are also approved by the Chief Ambassador, before they are also approved and countersigned (or otherwise denied) by the Crown.
The following are political entities that Zenrax maintains diplomatic relations with, with relationships being renewed (unilaterally or otherwise) after its Revival in July 2019.
- Thegn-Hold of Siar Fordell (economic, political, and military alliance without treaty), since Spring 2015.
- Greater Dashist Reich (political alliance without treaty), since Summer 2015.
- Sovereign San Doverian Order (political alliance without treaty), since Spring 2016.
- Principality of Montescano (treaty of cooperation), since July 2019
- Kingdom of Hrafnarfjall (treaty of mutual political/economic support and cooperation), since July 2019.