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The Constitutional Monarchy of Lanaa
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|Lake County, Illinois, USA |
|Official language(s)||English, French, Daedric|
|Official religion(s)||Church of Bartholomew and Christianity|
|Short name||Kingdom of Lanaa|
|- King||Octavius I, King of Lanaa|
|- Prime Minister||Bennet|
|Established||April 12th, 2014|
The Kingdom of Lanaa is a constitutional monarchy in northern Illinois, United States of America. The Kingdom of Lanaa was founded in 2011, by King Octavius I, but later was dissolved, only to be rebuilt in 2014. The Constitutional Monarchy of Lanaa has been involved in a few conflicts in the past, but maintains peace whenever possible, and is open to all diplomatic relations, except with micronations identifying as communist states.
In 2011, King Octavius decided to create his own nation. He soon learned of the Micronation community and became involved. He established three fiefs in his neighborhood: Hylatopia, Murpheytopia, and Goldtopia. The King and his growing nation built many tools, weapons, and crafts, establishing a national culture. Goldtopia became home to a small farm. Hylatopia housed a workshop. Eventually, the nation ran out of space, and King Octavius decided more land was needed. He asked his friends to join with him, but they would not surrender their property, so war was declared. The Lanaa-AC War lasted a few days, and was fought between the members of the Lanaar army and the three brothers who lived in the contested land, who were backed by the Army Club, a faction started by King Octavius in 2005. The Kingdom of Lanaa was better equipped and much larger, so in the end, the brothers relented. No casualties were sustained in this war, but King Octavius was injured when he was struck on the head by an enemy wielding a tree branch. When the war was over, Imaitopia was added to the country. It had now established its military power and was ready to be a strong nation. King Octavius appointed Bennet as the Prime Minister, Lord Jack as the Minister of War, and Lord Griffin as Minister of Domestic Affairs. Lanaa began networking and talking with other nations, but it wasn't long before the nation collapsed. It lay dormant for about one year, before being resurrected on April 12th, 2014.
When the Kingdom of Lanaa was resurrected in 2014, a new constitution was drafted and two laws enacted. Then, a former member of the Kingdom, Lord Jack, started his own Micronation, the Chicagoland federation. King Octavius declared war on the Chicagoland federation in order to maintain his land, which he was afraid of losing. After a day at war, the conflict was ended by the Hyland-Murphy truce. No battles took place during this war. When the war ended, King Octavius gave 3 of the 4 fiefs of Lanaa to the Chicagoland federation, and retained the capital for Lanaa, now renamed Greenwood .
Government Structure and Policies
The Kingdom of Lanaa is a constitutional Monarchy. The original constitution was written shortly after the founding of the country, but it was thrown out when the country was revived. The head of state is the High King. At this time, the High King is King Octavius. Surrounding the king is the Circle of Ministers, and everyone else is given a vote in the general assembly. The Prime Minister is given the power to write laws, though they must get a 3/4 vote in the assembly. The Prime Minister can also appoint and dismiss the other ministers and create new minister positions, should they be necessary. Finally, the Prime minister is given the power to direct foreign affarirs including diplomacy, but excluding war. The Minister of War is charged with the defense of the country. He is the commander-in-chief of the army, and has jurisdiction over it. He also has the power to declare war, with the King's consent. The Minister of Domesic Affairs can propose laws and is in charge of passing economic policies, which must be ratified by the other ministers before going to the king, but are not subject to a vote in the assembly. The King has the most power of any government official. He can strike down any law, propose law, pass executive orders (but is limited to 2 every quarter), and appoint a Prime Minister. He cannot, however, pass laws without a vote from the assembly and he cannot pass economic policies without the votes of the ministers. He must ask the Minister of War for a declaration of war, but if he is refused, he can override the Minister of War. The King can also put in place new government organizations without a vote, such as the post office, which was added to the Minister of Domestic Affair's jurisdiction.
The Kingdom of Lanaa uses the Quaar as its unit of currency. Unlike most currency today, the Quaar is not unbacked. At any time, a bank must be able to back all its money with quartz and any person can exchange his/her currency for quartz, as per the Value Act of 2014. The Economy of Lanaa is capitalistic. The government maintains a mostly lasaiz-faire policy when it comes to economics, though some regulations are in place.
Its exports include weapons, hand-made crafts, and foodstuffs. Though the nation has no policy against imports, it has not yet imported any goods from other Micronations. Lanaa has a very inefficient tax policy. Tax collection is run by the department of mail. Income taxes are collected weekly, at a flat rate of 10%.
In Lanaa, bailouts and stimulus plans are illegal, however bailouts for banks or other industries are excepted during times of crisis.
The Kingdom of Lanaa is open to diplomacy with most countries. There are a few requirements, but in general, Lanaa is a friendly, welcoming country. In order to enter in diplomatic relations with Lanaa, the country must:
- Have realistic boundaries and territorial claims
- NOT participate in cyber-wars (actual wars are fine, and cyber-embargoes or other diplomacy is fine)
- Not endorse terrorism
- Not be a dictatorship or other form of despotism.
The Kingdom of Lanaa has a strict policy against cyber-wars, but is open to all forms of cyber-diplomacy. The state believes that having a physical micronation is only half of running the country. The other half is networking and communicating with other micronations.
- Commonwealth of Northern Australia
- Chicagoland federation
- River Republic
- Principality of Chitose
- Columbian America
- Kingdom Of Harenfall
- Cockatiel Empire
All citizens in Lanaa are compelled to serve in the military for two years, but may be required to serve again in the event of a draft or if they elect to. The military undergoes rigorous training and conditioning. All soldiers are issued combat swords. Some soldiers are issued knives, airsoft guns (for non-lethal defense) and medical packs. The military of Lanaa currently has only one division: the army. The army has been used in one major encounter, The Battle of Khazad-Dum which was the deciding battle in the Lanaa-AC war. This battle was a loss in that the armies of Lanaa were forced to retreat, but a win in that the AC surrendered its remaining lands to Lanaa.
Notable Lanaar Citizens
- Bennet: 1st Prime Minister of Lanaa. Lord of former fief, Goldtopia.
- D-Topes: Current Minister of Domestic Affairs. Recognized for excellence in economics.
- King Octavius I: High King of The Kingdom of Lanaa. Founder of Lanaa.
- Jack Murphey: Former Minister of War (2011-2012). Current King of Chicagoland federation
The culture of Lanaa is a very unique blend from the different eras of the nation. Lanaa began as a tribal nation, so there are hints of Native American culture as well as ancient greek culture which was fairly prevalent during the Tribal Era. There is also a very heavy Roman influence which was picked up during the time of the Lanaa Empire. Midieval European influences are present from the time when feudalism was put in place, and American influences are present due to the nation's proximity to The United States of America.
The official religion of the Kingdom of Lanaa is Christianity, specifically Methodist. However, all religions are accepted and honored. There is a cult known as the Church of Bartholemew, which praises a mysterious deity named Bartholemew. Not much is known about this cult, because it makes up only a small portion of the demographic and is only practiced in the disputed territory of Imaitopia. The rest of the nation is Christian or Atheist.