Commonwealth of Waterloo
Concordia cum veritate
The Black and White and Gold
|Enclaved within the City of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada |
|Capital city||City of Davis|
|Largest city||City of Beck - Eby (by population)|
Town of Columbia (by area)
|Established||4 July 1956|
|Area claimed||4.54 km²|
|Population||52 318 (2013) |
Most of the population reside outside the commonwealth
|Currency||Canadian Dollars (CAD)|
Commonwealth of Waterloo (Traditional Chinese: 滑鐵盧聯邦) is a self-proclaimed, proposed micro-nation. It is currently an enclave within, and administered by the City of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The micro nation spans over 4.54 km² in the City of Waterloo, encompassing the entire area University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, along with surrounding areas. The micronation also has exclaves in Stratford, Kitchener, and Cambridge.
The capital is Davis City. The legislative, judicial, and executive centre is located in the Ira H. Needles National Hall (NH), located in the western portion of the city.
The commonwealth is made of 2 cities, 2 towns, 1 territory, 3 overland collectivities, and 1 autonomous territory. The autonomous territory operates under the "one commonwealth, two systems" policy, where it is highly autonomous over all matter of the territory, except diplomatic and commonwealth defense matters.
The "contiguous Waterloo" refers to the 2 cities, 2 towns, and 1 territory.
- Beck - Eby, City of - A large bedroom community
- Columbia, Town of - Largely rural, with a small urban centre at Columbia Village
- Davis, City of - The capital; the economic and political powerhouse of the entire commonwealth
- Digia, Overland Collectivity of - An overland collectivity enclaved within Stratford, Ontario
- Grand West, Overland Collectivity of - An overland collectivity enclaved within Cambridge, Ontario
- Hagey, Territory of - An area of high-tech industries
- Hariri, Overland Collectivity of - An overland collectivity enclaved within Kitchener, Ontario
- Laurier, Autonomous Territory of
- Renison, Town of - A bedroom community
As of 2013, 52,318 people are entitled to the Waterloo Citizenship Identification Card or the Laurier Citizenship Identification Card. That being said, most citizens live outside of the commonwealth, in the neighbouring Canada, where land is less scarce and housing is more affordable. These citizens commute into the commonwealth daily for education or work purposes. According to a study completed in 2011, the commonwealth sustains a population of 9,367. Based on this study, it is estimated that, in 2014, approximately 1 in 5 citizens actually live within the commonwealth, while others live in the neighbouring Canada, and commute into the commonwealth daily.
For those who reside within the commonwealth, major population centre are concentrated to the south and west of the commonwealth, throughout the entire City of Beck - Eby, northwest portion of the City of Davis, eastern portion of Town of Renison, and southeastern parts of Town of Columbia. There are also population centres in the southwest and southeast parts of the Autonomous Territory of Laurier.
The commonwealth is highly multicultural. After Caucasians, the largest cultural group in the commonwealth is Chinese. There are also many other ethnic origins in the commonwealth, including South Asians, Africans, Pacific Islanders, other East Asians (Koreans, Japanese, etc.), and many more. The exact numbers have not been disclosed by the Waterloo Census Department.
Due to the small area, vehicle transportation is highly limited. The method of travel within the commonwealth is mostly on foot. Therefore, the department of transportation operates many pedestrian highways across the micro nation, which do experience high traffic volume during rush hours, as citizens commute between the cities and towns, as well as to and from the neighbouring Canada.
Within the contiguous Waterloo, the transportation department maintains "autoroutes" motor able by cars, some are named "expressways" despite their low vehicle speed limits.
The neighbouring Canada (Region of Waterloo and Metrolinx) operates many regular bus services into the micronation, and these services connect the micronation to the neighbouring country of Canada. On the Grand River Transit operated by the Region of Waterloo, travel is free with a valid Waterloo Citizenship Identification Card (WatCard) or the Laurier Citizenship Identification Card (OneCard).
- ↑ http://knightrei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/enrollment-stats.pdf Housing Statistics of the Commonwealth