The Republic of Frigus
|Queenstown, New Zealand |
|Capital city||Capitol City|
|Largest city||Cadrona City|
|Official language(s)||English (100%) Latin (5%)|
|Official religion(s)||Non-affiliated state.|
|Government||Semi-Presidential unitary republic|
|- President||Hugh M W Taylor|
|- Prime Minister||Campbell R Britton|
|- Type||- Unicarmel|
|- Number of seats||- 14|
|- Last election||- August 2014|
|Established||7th August 2013|
|Area claimed||3504940.52 m²|
|Population||36 6th December 2015|
|Currency||New Zealand Dollar (NZD)|
|Time zone||GMT +12|
The Republic of Frigus was founded on the 7th Of August 2013. It is now residing in the country side 20 minutes out of the New Zealand Tourist town of Queenstown. The Frigus Rpublic has gone through many trials by fire during its time, mainly during its Second Crisis Period, which lead to the creation of two rival, Authoratarian nations (Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist and Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu). It went through a period of dormancy before being reignited by the two original founders, who promised to reconcile their differences and forge a republic that would whether any storm.
Frigus in Latin means cold or cool which suits the location of the country as it is in a very cold place. However we take the original spelling from the Latin word it is pronounced (FRIG-US) Unlike the Latin origin.
Frigus was originally a one party state that ran under Cambellisim, this system was eventually brought down by a lack of popular support and the Republic was installed. This mve was mostly supported, but also began to create divisions that would ferment over 2014.
First Crisis Period (Frigus Civil War)
After the deceleration of the republic, Frigus was plagued by crisis after crisis, many of which are considered one big event, the Frigus Civil War.
Frigus Liberator Saga
Shortly after this a mysterious cyber terrorist appeared under the name of the "Frigus liberator", who contacted the Presidents Office and claimed he was "helping them do they right thing" and "bring back a real government" shortly after Christmas 2013 these threats stopped. The Liberator returned in the first half of 2014, exerting the same threats he did before but under a new alias. President Taylor took this as a serious threat to the stability of the republic and began extensive operations to track down this cyber terrorist. It was the first action of the H.I.S. and was to plant the seeds of resentment among some for its pervasive tactics. Hugh Suspected Thomas Jarvis, at the time Minister of Defence and Second Minister in the Communist Party of Frigus. Campbell did not believe his minister was capable of that, and valued his loyalty. Nonetheless, Hugh ordered a wire on Thomas and found damning evidence that Thomas was indeed planing a revolution, but did not openly admit to being the liberator. His trial led to him being stepped down as minister of defence, though remained in the Communist Party, Campbell citing lack of undeniable evidence, much to Hugh's ire.
Colin Kirkpatrick, Vice-President under Hugh, began developing a cult following amoung members of the Republic, causing some to declare him the heir apparent to the throne of the Queendom of Frigus. This was opposed mainly by the Communist Party, who abhorred monarchy, but also faced opposition from Hugh himself, who believed firmly int he democratic process. Colin never pressed the idea, but many of his followers revolted, sparking a conflict between monarchists and congressional troops. This ended in a Congress victory, with the Monarchists guard demobilised (though Colin was still regarded as queen by some). The Communist party demanded punishment for insolence, though this did not occur, much to the Communist party's bitter resentment.
Second Crisis Period (Secessionist Wars)
Secession movement in Frigus
The secession movement began long before the trial of future SUW leader, Campbell Britton. The republic of Frigus had come under constant scrutiny by the left wing for its increasing reliance on its intelligence service, the H.I.S., which many communist party members believed was the first stage to the establishment of a Fascist police state. The communist party attempted to secede after the first presidential electon dealth the party an enourmus blow, but ultimately failed after a last minute pullout by Campbell Britton. But resentment grew, and the communist party began to formulate the plan for another attempt to break away. When party leader Campbell Britton informed the party of his plans, an H.I.S. agent revealed this to the Frigus president. The second founder of the republic and one of its original proponents, was put on trial for treason.
Treason Trial of Campbell Britton
President Hugh Taylor of the Frigus Republic attempted to convict Campbell Britton of treason and prevent the secession. The communist party contained the entire command structure of the Frigus military and also validated Frigus as a republic, because of the fact there were no other opposition parties in the Frigus congress. Though convicted, the communist party went ahead and created the Socialist Union at 1:15pm, granting asylum to the general secretary and forced the Frigus government to drop charges.
Frigus and the SUW remain on high tension, but neither have the logistical ability to conduct a war (the SUW lacked soldiers and the Frigus army no longer had an experienced officer corps). Many agree that Wakatipu would be the one to cause the war, but winning it would be up to debate. The Branches Emergency was the only time conflict ever erupted between the two, when the SUW claimed the entire river basin area and Frigus directly countering this argument. The creation of West and East Branches divided the southern (male) portion of the camp along partisan lines for much of the 12 day camp.
Collapse of Micronationalism in the Wakatipu
The Formation of the SUW led to political disturbances within micronationalism. Frigus had lots both its second founder (Campbell Britton) and was soon to lose several prominent members of Government wither to seccesion or leaving (Colin Kirkpatrick, Thomas Gilpin, Thomas Jarvis and Patrick Sanford) This weakened the Frigus Republic almost to non-existence as Hugh struggled with the massive holes in the governmental structure. Frigus, for a long period, went dormant. In the meantime, the SUW collapsed due to infighting between the General Secretary and his ministers over where to go wtih the Union with no rival nation to direct its forces. The nation split into the Theocratic Unitary States of Holy Gearlist and the Soviet Socialist Union of the Wakatipu, who attacked each other with violent rehoteric over the others legitmacy. This ended mid-July, when the General Secretary of the SSUW and the Pontifex Maximus of the HSG both agreed to mutually disestablish thier nations.
Late Feburary, 2016 Hugh proposed that Frigus be reformed, citing it as a 'fun time'. Campbell agreed, and they declared the Frigus Republic reformed, omediatly reforming it as a semi-presidential republic and one on which both of them would hold high office. Although differenes remain betweent the two politically, the will to create a lasting micronation has brought them back together, inevitably against strong resistance.
Government & Politics
The Republic of Frigus used to be the Separatist federation of Frigus, until it was overthrown in favor of a more democratic nation. The republic of Figus has two votes year, thw congressional and presidential elections.
The President is the head of state of the Republic, and has seeping powers. The President appoints and simisses ministers, signs the instrument of ratification for all bills and laws, retains limited veto power over congress and acts as the Supreme Commander of the Frigus Armed Forces. The president is elected via preferential voting system. Historically, Hugh Taylor has always held the office.
The executive Branch of the Republic, the Cabinet is led by the Prime Minister and made up of the President, Prime Minister and 5 other ministers. The Cabinet can declare a state of emergency and Martial law, issue decrees and declare a state of war. The cabinet is a recent addition to the structure of the republic, being created as a means to share the executive power between Campbell and Hugh, and has yet to exercise its authority.
The Main Law making body in the Republic, the Congress of People's representatives, shortened to Congress, is the legislative branch of the Frigus Government. Convening annually, the Congress debates laws put forward by represenatives or by the president to pass them into law. It is chaired by the president, but he may only vote in the case of a tie, though he can veto bills and laws that do not achieve a super majority (2/3 majority) The Congress is elected via MMP system, with majority of delegates elected form their party list and the remainder elcted from their electorate. The Congress has historically been dominated by the centre-right Frigus Party with the Socialists in oppositon.
|Party Name||Leader||Position||Seats in Congress|
|Frigus Party||Hugh Taylor||Centre-Right|
|Socialist Unity Party||Campbell Britton||Left/Far Left|
Law & order
Frigus Law and Order is maintained through the use of the Police, Armed Forces and the Homeward Intelligence Service. The Armed Forces may not operate on Frigus Territory except in the case of foreign invasion and wargames, while the Police Force may not operate outside the country. Only the H.I.S. can transcend these boundaries, performing both Espionage and Counter-Intelligence operations.
The Supreme Court is the Judiciary of the Republic and has thus far conducted all trials. Although able to create smaller federal courts, the Supreme Court has never had to deal with so many cases that this is necessary. it is preceded over by the Supreme Judge, a non-partisan position. the Supreme Courts main job is to review laws for their legality and is the only body that can suspend laws already passed in Congress, though no laws have ever been looked at in this way. The Courts most famous Trials are the Frigus Liberator Trial and the Campbell Britton Treason trial.
Frigus Armed Forces
The Frigus Armed Forces are charged with defending the republics territories from external threats. Historically, the Armed Forces were commanded by Thomas Jaris, a member of the Communist Party, but has since been transferred to the president. The Armed Forces were deployed during the Monarchical war and during the Branches emergency, and split during the secessionist period. Campbell has stated that he wished to reform the Armed Forces into a professional unit, and so far has divided it into the Frigus Republican Army and the Frigus Air Force.
The H.I.S or The Homeward Intelligence Service is The Republic Of Frigus' internal Intelligence service. The H.I.S is governed under the Ministry of intelligence. The HIS controls the Air force drones as part of their surveillance program. It was a source of much contention int he early days of the republic as President Hugh used it to extensively to maintain control over the First and Second Crisis period.
Frigus Police Force
The Frigus Police Force (FPF) is a riot squad commanded by the H.I.S and operates in times of civil disarray such as protests, and marches. The officers are volunteers and many of whom are agents in the H.I.S. The FPF have only been deployed once during the monarchists attempted overthrow of the congress. President Taylor ordered 5 officers to control the crowds trying to attack Vice-President Kirkpatrick during an emergency congress meeting on the mater.
Cardrona Ski Field
Although not officially recognised by the New Zealand Government The Republic of Frigus has an agreement with the CEO of Real Journeys LTD over the land of Cardrona ski field. Although The Republic Of Frigus does not collect profits from the resort the land is still under jurisdiction of the H.I.S and FPF, although we do use the New Zealand Police Officers to enforce the various laws
Geography and climate
Frigus is located almost solely within the resort town of Queenstown. Queenstown is situated on the shore line of Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. It is at a relatively low altitude, for a ski and snowboarding centre, just 310 metres above sea level, on the shores of the lake, but nestled among mountains, and there are close-by gorges and some plains suitable for agriculture.
Because of its relatively moderate altitude ( 310 metres) but with high mountain surroundings, it has an oceanic climate. Summer has long warm days with temperatures that can reach 30 °C while winters are cold with temperatures often in single digits with frequent snowfall, although there is no permanent snow cover during the year. As with the rest of Central Otago, Queenstown lies within the rain shadow of the Southern Alps, but being closer to the west coast the town is more susceptible to rain-bearing fronts compared to nearby Cromwell, Wanaka and Alexandra. The hottest recorded temperature in Queenstown is 34.1°C, while the coldest is -8.4°C.
The Frigus Dollar or the Frigumm (FRG) is the official currency in the Republic of Frigus. The Frigus Economy is mostly Service based, with little Agricultural or Industrial production. Almost all workers outside the country, sending money back to support the Republic. Because it is micronation, there is little actual control over economic activity the government has, though has passed laws prohibiting the trafficking and production of illicit drugs as defined by neighbouring New Zealand. The treasury stands at $480 as of 21st February, 2015.