All good things must come to an end
Our country, Juclandia, can pride herself with over 12 years of history and 5 years and a half of independence. These are great stats for a micronation, considering a lot of them just come and go within a period of less than six months. With 3 years and a half of monarchy, we can also be proud of the stability that our government has maintained. And stability is very important for a micronation: it makes her history, culture, economy and other aspects of micronational existence much more cohesive, it roots them and makes them strong, so that they can develop in harmony, just like they do in the case of macronations.
One of these crucial things for the existence of a country is her independence, her sovereignty, her capacity to organise itself without the need of foreign meddling. And, as the title of this article says, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, the good thing in this case is not Juclandia’s existence, but her independence. However, this is a price our country has to pay in order to turn on a road that signifies a project that can be considered greater than Juclandia herself. And this specific project is one that has been taken into consideration and thoroughly thought over by Juclandia’s citizens for the past five months. And there has been reached a clear conclusion: that we should all go on with this project, regardless of whatever difficulties may appear.
The project is simple: the creation of a federal state that should embody all nations and states that have a common linguistic, cultural and political root. Juclandia, in her present form, will continue to exist, and internally, nothing of substance will change: everyone will carry on with their duties, Gori and Teddy, along with the rest of the government, will stay in their places. But now, Juclandia will be joined by other seven states that will form together the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands. While this may not be seen like a dramatic reform at first glance, the changes the new country brings, shortly called Federal Juclandia or the Federation, have a great impact on the existence of all member states. And one, important change, that will directly affect at least three of the Federation’s provinces (Juclandia, Sabia and Verona and Frieden), is that non-human entities will not have federal citizenship, this privilege being accorded only to humans. However, non-human entities will continue to enjoy the rights given by provincial citizenship, the status of which is to be set by each province at their own will. But now, let’s talk about the constituent countries of the Federation. What is currently known as the independent state of the Kingdom of Juclandia will become a province of the Federation along with other seven entities on 23 February 2014 at 00:00 Juclandian Standard Time (British Time + 2 hours). A short presentation of each state:
- Juclandia, constitutional parliamentary monarchy. Head of state: the King of Juclandia. Seats in the Federal Council: 4;
- Lenia, parliamentary republic with direct democracy. Head of state: the President of Lenia (honorary title bestowed upon Elena Iliescu, who is dead). Head of government: the Premier of Lenia. Seats in the Federal Council: 4;
- Leonida, constitutional executive monarchy. Head of state: the King of Leonida. Seats in the Federal Council: 2;
- Burlatia, presidential republic. Head of state: the Premier of Burlatia. Seats in the Federal Council: 2;
- Urcensia, presidential technocratic republic. Head of state: the President of Urcensia. Seats in the Federal Council: 2;
- Sabia and Verona, constitutional parliamentary monarchy. Head of state: the Monarch of Sabia and Verona. Seats in the Federal Council: 2;
- Frieden, constitutional parliamentary monarchy. Head of state: the King of Juclandia, represented by the Governor of Frieden. Seats in the Federal Council: 1;
- Ayrshire, constitutional executive monarchy. Head of state: the Sovereign Prince of Ayrshire. Seats in the Federal Council: 1;
The Federal Constitution requires each province to have a democratic form of government that respects at least the rights mentioned in the Federal Constitution. These rights may be extended to provincial citizens at the sole discretion of the provincial governments. The political system of the Federation will be based upon parliamentarism, and the Obștea Federală (Federal Council) is declared in the Federal Constitution as ‘the sole legislative organ of the Federation and the country’s supreme forum for debate’. The Federal Council will be made up of delegates elected in yearly federal elections based on each state’s representation quota in the Council. It is mostly expected that the system used for elections will be first-past-the-post, in the absence of political parties. The members of the first legislature of the Federal Council will be nominated by the provincial governments, as we are unable to organise elections in such a short time. The first legislature will, however, only last six months, and the first federal elections are expected to take place in July or August 2014.
The Federal Council will elect a Chancellor to serve as head of government, and a President of the Federal Council to serve as head of state. The Chancellor, will, on their part, nominate the members of Government, that will lead the various ministerial portfolios that are to be set up through an Act of the Federal Council. The President of the Federal Council will chair the sessions of the legislative assembly (but will not have voting power), will nominate the members of the Federal Divan (the Supreme Court), and has other various powers typical for a head of state. While the President of the Federal Council will be elected for a fixed term of one year (six months during the first legislature), the Chancellor serves at the discretion of the Federal Council (e.g. as long as it enjoys the confidence of the assembly).
The Federal Constitution is currently being drafted, and it is expected to be done by 7 February. The first session of the Obștea (Federal Council) will meet somewhere before 20 February to elect a President and give confidence to a Chancellor, as well as to approve the draft text of the Constitution. The Federation will officially come to existence on 23 February 2014 at midnight Juclandian time, and at the same time its constituent provinces will cease being independent states. For this to happen, Juclandia will ammend her constitution to remove the terms ‘sovereign and independent state’ from its text, as well as to give independence to Sabia, Frieden and Ayrshire in order for them to successfully join the Federation.
And while in the Kingdom of Juclandia this is seen by some with skepticism, there is no doubt that our country will come out of this project stronger and more active than ever. There is no doubt that this year, 2014, will be the year Juclandia will reach her zenith of existence. Unfortunately, after an entity reaches a zenith, a period of downfall appears. We can only hope that this downfall will appear in our newborn Federation as late as possible. But who has time to think about such things, when we’re busy with building a project that is seen by most with optimism, a project that will make Juclandia prouder, stronger and more united?
GALLERY OF FLAGS AND COATS OF ARMS OF THE FEDERATION’S PROVINCES
|Flag of Juclandia||Flag of Lenia||Flag of Leonida||Flag of Burlatia|
|Flag of Urcensia||Flag of Sabia and Verona||Flag of Frieden||Flag of Ayrshire|
|CoA of Juclandia||CoA of Lenia||CoA of Leonida||CoA of Burlatia|
|CoA of Urcensia||CoA of Sabia and V.||CoA of Frieden||CoA of Ayrshire|