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Proletarian Duchy of Da'klawedi
Equality, Diversity, Prosperity
Location of Da'klawedi in relation to the contiguous United States (dark green)
|Official language(s)||Da'klawedian, English, Spanish|
|Government||Figurehead monarchy, Direct democracy|
|- Grand Duke||Jaakuut Niiemii|
|Established||July 28th, 2014|
|Area claimed||5 km2|
|Population||15,379 (claimed), only 5 legitimate|
Da'klawedi, officially the Proletarian Duchy of Da'klawedi and Gillespie (Da'klawedian: Proliitarik Tla Da'klawedi aa Giilesopii), is a new country project, often erroneously known as a "micronation," in western North America. It is landlocked, bordered only by the United States of America. Da'klawedi covers a land area of about 5 kilometres2, making it one of the largest micronations in the world. There are an estimated 15,379 people within its borders; however, all but 5 of these people are citizens of the United States. Da'klawedi is a wholly suburban nation.
The territory of modern-day Da'klawedi was originally populated by the Kumeyaay Native Americans, the Spaniards, the short-lived Californians, and finally the Americans. Young Jake Niemi, the founder of Da'klawedi, first came up with its idea after becoming fed up with the American government. Growing from a joke proposal to a full-fledged virtual country, with its own language and territory, modern-day Da'klawedi is now an enterprising player on the micronational stage.
Today, Da'klawedi is a constitutional monarchy. The monarch, aside from diplomacy, has no power whatsoever; the power lies in the citizens, who use referendums and direct democracy to further the Da'klawedian cause. The legislative process does not exist, as representatives do not allow for true democracy in Da'klawedi's eyes. Da'klawedi is a unitary state, consisting of two republics, seven districts, two colonies, and one federal district.
The name Da'klawedi is derived from Daklawẽdi. The etymology of this is unknown; however, some suspect that it is related to the Proto-Da'klawedian word Tha'aatlowedo, the Da'klawedian word for "peregrine falcon." The misplaced apostrophe remains unexplained.
The territory of modern-day Da'klawedi has been occupied by many nations and ethnicities throughout the centuries. The first inhabitants of the land were believed to be the Kumeyaay peoples; specifically, the Tipai tribe, as the Ipai occupied the lands of modern-day northwest San Diego County. Next, the Spaniards are believed to have moved to El Cajon Valley, where Da'klawedi is located. The primary Californios to live there were simple cattle herders. The transition from Spain to Mexico was fairly easy to accomplish, as not much changed.
Along with the rest of California, the territory of Da'klawedi was ceded to America by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The land grants, which had been given to Californios by the Mexican government, were upheld by the US Supreme Court. In 1876, Amaziah Knox opened a hotel in El Cajon Valley, which soon became a village of 25 families in 1878. The population grew steadily, leading to an average of about 100,000 people around the time of Da'klawedian secession.
During a petty summer camp, at an unspecified date a few years before Mr. Niemi conceived his master plan, the boy decided to found a nation. Not knowing a single thing about how politics or sovereignty worked, he managed the Republic of El Cajon for several years. Soon, however, that first nation collapsed, and was followed by a range of short-lived successors. These included Mojave, Nya Göteborg, and several others whose names have been lost to time. Finally, after months of pondering, the Proletarian Duchy of Da'klawedi was established, and began its actions in the international community immediately.
Da'klawedi (excluding Gillespie) is an almost wholly suburban nation. Whole districts of the nation, such as Bentwood and Eastpoint, are comprised solely of middle-class houses. Many use this as the inspiration for Da'klawedi's socialist economy, as everyone within these districts are equal. Some, on the other hand, host other things as well, such as the Capitol District, which hosts a Christmas tree farm, and Magnolia District, which includes a group of shops and restaurants.
Gillespie, to the west of Da'klawedi, is composed only of Gillespie Field. Almost everything within Gillespie is avionics-related, with two hobby shops, Gillespie Field Cafe, and a flight club.
Da'klawedi lies on the border between the Mediterranean climate type and the semi-arid climate type. Thus, it is classified as an "arid Mediterranean climate" by governmental procedures. Temperatures are virtually identical throughout the nation, making meteorological predictions fairly easy.
During the summer, temperatures regularly reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit, once reaching a record 113 degrees. In the summer, however, temperatures average a cool 60 degrees, once dipping below freezing to 31 degrees. Precipitation rarely goes above a foot a year, similar to the rest of the region.