Federation of Zenrax

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The Federation of Zenrax
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Flag
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Coat of arms

Motto
Strength and Honor
North America
Capital city Capital Territory
Official language(s) English (official), Spanish
Demonym Zenraxian
Zenraxi
Government Elective, Executive Monarchy
- The Emperor Thomas M.
- The Prime Minister
Vacant
Vacant
Legislature The Senate
Established 15 December 1999 (first factions)
17 December 2014 (unification)
Disestablished 1 November 2018
Area claimed +/- 3 sq mi
Population 50+ residents
no official census
Currency US Dollar ($)
Time zone Central Standard Time
National animal Hydra

Zenrax, or the Federation of Zenrax, was an unrecognized project nation located on the North American continent. Having existed as a unified entity since 2014, its historical roots stretch back to late 1999, with the formation of warring factions that fought over control of what later became the capital territory. Emperor Thomas, officially the third leader of the country, took the helm of this iteration in a long-lasting series of project nations beginning in late 2014.

Zenrax was a modest-sized nation, at its peak controlling approximately three square miles of territory with its small security forces. In addition to establishing a strong standing militia, it crafted a foreign policy credited for the small nation's rise in prestige and strong set of allies. Beginning in 2016, the government became increasingly concerned with combating internal stagnation. By mid 2018, the country began to shut down internally due to lack of functionality, with various emergency streamlining measures ultimately proving ineffective. By late 2018, after numerous attempts at reviving its core institutions, the central government elected to dissolve the Federation as of November 2018, pending formation of any potential successor state.

Etymology

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. Other examples of place names taking meaning from this created language include Ferro and Pyrax. (Both ceased to exist in early 2016 and late 2018, respectively.)

History

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 early 2005 - late 2009). The Confederacy was the only successful direct democracy to last more than a few short months. The Red Alliance, was a militaristic faction that controlled the area for several years until its eventual death by stagnation in late 2009. 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 in December 2014.

After a six-month period, Stormhold reorganized itself into the Imperial Federation of Zenrax on May 21st, 2015. The newly reorganized polity then ceremonially declared independence to commemorate the event. Between 2015 and 2017, 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 of Zenrax by November 2018, leaving only the pre-existing Order of the Rose intact.

Government

The Emperor was the Head of State within Zenrax. He had the power to pass executive decrees, direct common defense via Senate-approved authorities, act as a final judicial authority in criminal and civil cases, treat with foreign powers, give or withhold assent for laws passed by the Senate, and reform the Senate in cases of extreme inactivity. Furthermore, the Emperor had the power to call the Senate as well as other future legislative bodies into session. Finally, the Emperor held all chivalrous powers. (Ex officio, the Emperor also held the post of Grandmaster of the Order of the Rose, the country's only chivalrous order to exist independently of Zenrax.)

The various leaders of Zenrax's core territories were extremely autonomous rulers. They enjoyed immunity from unsolicited government interference in internal territorial affairs, outside of functions listed above. Territorial rulers could not personally participate in the Senate, but still held the right to give unsolicited consultation and advice to the Emperor. As for the Senate itself, it was the primary legal arm of the country. In practice, the Senate was the body held responsible for carrying out those functions the Emperor was specifically prohibited from exercising.

Culture

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. Influencing the government's institutions were aspects of feudal Japan, as well as Victorian Era Britain during the height of its power. Native Texan cultures, as well as Hispanic/Mexican culture, also had some influence on the people of Zenrax.

Many aspects of its government and culture were fairly unique, having been built from scratch or having evolved organically over many years. The government model was 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 were made at a "native" script, some of which survive the Federation's dissolution. Most subsequent attempts in improving these scripts have failed.

Foreign Relations

Federal policy strictly forbade the giving and receiving of recognition of statehood alone as a tool of diplomacy. Zenrax was very exclusive with its choices of allies, often holding new nations at arm's length, should they fail to exhibit civilized behavior from the beginning of their existence. The final official foreign policy update can be read here: https://forum.micronations.wiki/showthread.php?tid=1577&pid=12694#pid12694

The following are political entities that Zenrax actively maintained diplomatic relations with over its existence between June 2014 and November 2018.