Republic of Oxford
Inspiratio et Illuminatio (Inspiration and Enlightenment)
|Capital city||Oxford (City of)|
|Largest city||Oxford (City of)|
|Official religion(s)||State Secularism|
|Demonym||Oxonian, Oxford Citizen|
|Government||Republic of Oxford Government|
|- Chief Minister||Office Vacant|
|- President of the Republic of Oxford||Michael Williams|
|- Chairman of the House of Assembly||Office Vacant|
|Legislature||Oxford House of Assembly|
|Established||18 June 2012|
|Area claimed||1,006 sq miles|
|Currency||OXP - Oxford Pound (£)|
|Time zone||Oxford Standard Time (OST) (GMT)|
|Patron saint||St. Frideswide|
|Internet Domain||.ox (proposed)|
The Republic of Oxford, also known as Oxford or the former British County of Oxfordshire, is a new republic that occupies the boundaries of the former British County of Oxfordshire. Oxford is landlocked within the United Kingdom.
Provinces & Local Administration
The Republic of Oxford is divided into three provinces, each province has its own unique character and make up.
Thames Province (Provincial Seat: City of Oxford)
Windrush Province (Provincial Seat: Witney)
Cherwell Province (Provincial Seat: City of Banbury)
The Republic of Oxford has two cities; the City of Oxford (the Republic and Thames Province's capital and principal district) and the newly chartered City of Banbury. Banbury used to be Oxfordshire's largest town, though on Oxford Independence Day the President in honour of the town's industry and in celebration of the republic's new found independence awarded Banbury city status.
Increasing incompetence in UK Government and politics and a hapless Oxfordshire County Council inspired the idea of an independent state for the Oxford area. 2012 saw the establishment of a Provisional Government for a Republic of Oxford which issued a declaration of independence on 18 June 2012 forming the Republic of Oxford.
Government and PoliticsThe Republic of Oxford is governed by the Republic of Oxford Government which is lead by the President acting as a head of state and government who is nominated by the House of Assembly (the President must be an elected House member) and sworn in by the Oxford National Democracy Board (ONDB) and Chief Justice who charters the President to form a government. The President appoints a Chief Secretary (effectively the President's Deputy and chair of the cabinet) and other cabinet members from the House of Assembly to form a government with.
The House of Assembly is elected every four years - the members appoint the independent Chairman of the House of Assembly who presides over the House's business. Citizens may petition the ONDB and the National Courts for the dissolution of a Member of the House of Assembly's Office or the dissolution of the House of Assembly' where a referendum can call for a re-election of an MHA's office or all of the House of Assembly's seats (which would have the potential to sack unpopular governments quickly.) There are however constitutional requirements meaning a large majority of citizens will have to actively want to sack their MHA or call a new election.
Oxford is presently governed by an Acting Government due to its new status, the Acting President Michael Williams has promised Oxford Citizens an election by December 2012. President Williams will stand for the Oxford North seat and hopes to secure the first official Oxford Presidency.
Under the Oxford Declaration of Independence (18/6/2012), the first piece of legislature and constitution requires that the first elections for the House of Assembly to have taken place by 18/12/2012. General elections to the House of Assembly will then take place every four years. Citizens will be given the power to petition for a referendum to dissolve the House (essentially calling a re-election if there's public support.)
The Bank of Oxford issues the Oxford Pound (£) (OXP) this is currently pegged at the same value as the GBP - Pound Sterling.
- 18 June - Independence Day