|Date of foundation:||28 September 2009|
|This nation is a member of Antarctic Micronational Union|
The Azusan Commonwealth was a commonwealth of three micronations that have laid claim to territories in Antarctica and 297 acres near Cle Elum, Washington and territory in Lewiston Idaho. It was founded on the 28th of September 2009 and disbanded in July of 2010.
- The County of Rossland, Ross Ice Shelf (29 December 2009)
- Republic of Azusa, Ronne Ice Shelf (15 January 2010) Lewiston, Idaho (28 September 2009)
- Duchy of Cl-Elem, Ronne Ice Shelf (15 January 2010) 297 acres near Cle Elum, Washington
Republic of Azusa
The Republic of Azusa is a One-Party Republic. It originally was a crowned republic; the executive was elected for life or until his resignation. There were three parties at the time. Only one party exists today: the Bushido Party. The title of the executive is now the Chamberlain.
The Government of the Republic of Azusa is as follows:
Chamberlain: Jefferson Kloepfer
Vice Chamberlain: Erin Tennessen
Prime Minister: Orion McCann
Councilors: Cody Long
Ty Grittner-Minister of Economics
Tyler Freeman-Minister of Defense
David Allen-Minister of Arts and Science
Emma Freeman-Minister of Oversight
The Bushido Party is the party of power for the Republic of Azusa. Established in early October 2009, it takes on the name for the Japanese Warrior Code. Its standing is on maintaining balance between the power of the government and the rights of the people, a low military budget, strong alliances with other micronations, and a balanced budget. In coherence with the Japanese Bushido, the Bushido Party wants to maintain both honor and loyalty to the Republic and the government. Its symbols, bushido in Japanese and the lotus plant are the evidence that this party is ready for the challenges of peace and honor it faces in the future.
Duchy of Cl-Elem
The Duchy of Cl-Elem is a constitutional monarchy where the monarch is a figurehead while the real power rests with the national government. The current Duchess is Her Highness Erin Tennesen of Cl-Elem
The Government of Cl-Elem is as follows:
Prime Minister: Duchess Erin Tenessen
Representatives: Archduke Jefferson Kloepfer
County of Rossland
The County of Rossland operates in the same manner as the Duchy of Cl-Elem. The current Count is His Excellency Cody Long, Count of Rossland.
The government of Rossland is as follows:
Chief Statesman: Count Cody Long
Statesman: Viscount Jefferson Kloepfer
The Republic of Azusa is the brainchild of Jefferson Kloepfer and Daniel Kloepfer. They formulated the Constitution, although Daniel had little to do with writing the Constitution. Meanwhile, Jefferson researched on micronations and what is needed to create them. He figured that his best bet was to acquire land in a remote region in the world and proclaim it as the Republic of Azusa.
On the 28th of September, Jefferson completed both the Constitution and the Declaration of Human Rights. The reason behind this separation was so the peoples rights could not be limited in any way possible. Jefferson restricted the government's power by placing term limits on Councilors and ways as to oust the Doge.
Two days after the ratification of the Constitution, the first of three political parties, the Fascist Party, was created by Jefferson Kloepfer and Cody Long.
On the 1st and 2 October, the Republic of Azusa was officially recognized by the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) and the United Micronational Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA). Territorial annexations include the Winchester Territory. On the 3rd of October, the Republic of Azusa was givn 291 acres of land near Cle Elum, Washington. It was divided into two territories and both were dubbed East Ranch Province and the Highlands Province respectively. They were a gift from the Grand Duchess of the Republic, Erin Tennesen as a dowry.
Since its recognition, the Republic of Azusa has been in negotiations with the Most Glorious People's Republic of A1. Hopes of alliance are high. On the 6th of October, 2009, an alliance between these two nations was formed.
On the 4th of October, two other political parties were created; the Bushido Party and the Nationalist Party, in response to the Fascist Party. The Bushido Party has the backing of the Doge Jefferson Kloepfer as he disagreed with Cody Long over the name for the Fascist Party. The Nationalist Party has yet to declare a patron.
The election date was established, by de facto decree, to be October 9 with the counting of the ballots to take place over the 10th and the 11th. Winners are declared Monday the 12th with inaguration the following afternoon. All three parties will produce candidates for the elections starting the 5th of October.
On the 5th of October, the Doge Jefferson Kloepfer established the Azusa Times as a way of informing the people of the latest news of the latest information concerning the progress of the Republic of Azusa.
On the 9th of October, national elections were held. The original results were fixed as part of a scandal by one of the candidates for Chairman and the Doge-Elect. However, the ballots were recounted after minor protest by citizens and the correct results were posted in the Azusa Times.
The Republic of Azusa has successfully negotiated with the Socialist Republic of Zandrovia and the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis on the possibility of alliances and treaties.
On the 12 of October, after the 1st National Assembly was sworn into office, the order for Chairman Cody Long's resignation (who was not present at the meeting) was called for by the Councilors. Orion McCann stood in as temporary Chairman. That same meeting, Doge Jefferson Kloepfer proposed the creation of a national currency and bank to monitor its status. The currency was called the Azuro (Z). To date, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Azuro paper bill designs have been created by the Bank of Azusa. Although still in the process of being voted on, there is hopes that the Azuro and the Bank of Azusa will be approved.
Following this, Orion McCann was sworn in as the new Chairman of the National Council.
On December 27, the old government was ousted and a new constitution was written. The executive was renamed to Chamberlain, the legislature, Grand Council and the head of the Legislature, Prime Minister.
The Republic of Azusa was a founding member of the Micronational Co-operative Alliance, created by the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis.
On January 3, 2010, the Azusan Commonwealth was created. This was a decision because it would be easier to administrate the territories of the former Republic. Thus the nations of the Duchy of Cl-Elem and the County of Rossland were created.
As a member state of the Antarctic Micronational Union, the Azusan Commonwealth sent in its territorial claims, which included the Ronne and Ross Ice Shelves.
The Espionage War was the only war that the Republic of Azusa, and later the Azusan Commonwealth, was in. It was conducted between January 1, 2010 and January 14, 2010.
An American, already on the run from the law from the United States, trespassed onto Azusan Territory and stole more than 600 USD in electronics. The government had a suspicion on who it is, but it was not known 100%. The Chamberlain's mother's agents found out a lot of information on the suspect within 24 hours. The parents of the fugitive are even on the side of the Commonwealth. Support also came from the LPD (Lewiston Police Department) as they were the primary 'soldiers' of the war effort. The Azusan Commonwealth's war effort consists of citizen support and government espionage. At the time, the Chamberlain predicted an end of the war by the end of the week. However, it was plausible that the war would go into the following weeks.
After two weeks of no information from agents in the field, the fugitive turned himself into the LPD authorities. To date, the reason for this action is unknown. However, the property stolen still remains out within the city of Lewiston. Jefferson Kloepfer, Chamberlain of the Republic of Azusa and Chairman of the Azusan Commonwealth declared the Espionage War officially over on January 14, 2010.
Results of Espionage War
With this invasion of Azusan territory unbeknownst to the Doge's Will, the government of the Republic of Azusa realized that a more effective security force was needed. Through Executive Order No. 14, the Chamberlain Jefferson Kloepfer created the Azusan Espionage Task Force or A.E.T.F., with His Excellency being the first director of the A.E.F.T. Beverly Kloepfer, the Chamberlain's mother, was made an honorary agent and citizen of the Commonwealth.
Another unforseen effect of the Espionage War was the increased power of the Executive Branch. Since the Grand Council has not met since mid-December, the Chamberlain "felt it neccessary to become an emergency dictactor until the crisis was over."