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Template:Infobox nation 3 The Union of Finghall is a union of micronational states claiming the borders of the Ancient Parish of Finghall, a region and former administrative Parish of Yorkshire consisting of four townships (with each township being a state in the union). The Union of Finghall contains revivalist elements and promotes the heritage of Finghall. The Union of Finghall resembles the German Confederation in its politics and purpose.
The borders of the Union are that of the borders of the Ancient Parish of Finghall and the current Ecclesiastical Parish of Finghall, which consists of the townships of Akebar, Finghall, Hutton Hang and Constable Burton.
When Harold II., the last Saxon king, sat on the English throne, the manor of Burton, with the rest of the district comprehended in the Liberty of Richmondshire, formed part of the extensive possessions of Edwin, the powerful Earl of Mercia. Edwin swore fealty to the Conqueror after the battle of Hastings, and was permitted to retain his estates; but, subsequently rebelling against the authority of William, his lands were confiscated, and given by the king to Alan Rufus, one of the adventurers that had accompanied him from Normandy, and whom he created Earl of Richmond. Earl Alan, in partitioning this royal grant among his retainers, conferred the manor of Burton upon the constable of his castle of Richmond; and the descendants of the grantee subsequently assuming the name of Burton, the place was called from the office they held, Constable Burton, In the reign of Edward I., the manor of Burton was transferred to Geoffrey le Scrope, of Masham, who obtained from Edward II. a charter for a weekly market and fairs, and a grant of free warren in all his demesne lands in this manor. In 1520, Constable Burton passed to Sir Ralph Fitz-Randolph, knight, of Spennithorne, by his marriage with Elizabeth, one of the three daughters and co-heiresses of Thomas, sixth Lord Scrope. The surviving issue of this marriage was five daughters, the youngest of whom, Alice, married Marmaduke Wyvill, and received this manor with other estates for her share. This family is descended from Sir Sir Humphrey d'Wyvill, who accompanied the "base born Norman" to England, and received an extensive grant of land in Yorkshire as his share of the spoil. His name is found on the roll of Battle Abbey, and his descendants, who are still represented in the county, have contracted alliances with some of the best families in the north of England. Marmaduke Wyvill above mentioned was M.P. for Ripon in 1553, having previously received the honour of knighthood. Christopher Wyvill, Esq., his son, succeeded to the family estates, and married Margaret, daughter of the Hon. John Scrope, younger son of Henry, Lord Scrope, of Bolton, by Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Percy, earl of Northumberland. He was succeeded by Marmaduke, his son and heir, who married Magdalene, daughter of Sir Christopher Danby, knight, of Thorpe Park. He was elected M.P. for Richmond in 1584, and had the honour of entertaining Queen Elizabeth at Constable Burton during one of her journeys into the north, when she conferred upon him the honour of knighthood. He was subsequently created a baronet by James I., in 1611. Sir Marmaduke Asty Wyvill, the seventh and last baronet, died unmarried in 1744, and the estates were inherited by his cousin and brother-in-law, the Rev. Christopher Wyvill, whose grandson, Marmaduke Wyvill, Esq., is the present owner and lord of the manor. Mr. Wyvill represented Richmond in parliament for several years; he is a J.P. and D.L. for the North and West Ridings, and the patron of three livings.
The culture of Finghall is essentially the culture which already existed in the area, therefore similar to the culture of the Wensleydale region which surrounds it. Finghall is a majority Christian area, and a farming-based community, like much of the lower Wensleydale area which surrounds it. Census data has shown that Finghall and the Lower Wensleydale area has a more laid-back lifestyle compared to the rest of the UK, giving the area a higher than average life expectancy.
The Republic of Akebar's culture has several unique aspects, such as food, which is the food served by the Friar's Head, Akebar's only restaurant. Which therefore makes up Akebarian cuisine.
The Republic of Akebar is the only part of Finghall which has a cuisine distinct from English cuisine.
There is one restaurant in Akebar, the Friar's head. Food served at the Friar's head is a mixture of Mediterranean food, A La Carte and traditional Yorkshire cuisine. Some meals on the Friar's head menu have been made specific to the Friar's head, therefore invented in Akebar, it makes up Akebarian cuisine.
A unqiue dish served by the Friar's Head is Guinea Fowl meat. Because of this, Guinea Fowl meat is seen as a cultural icon of Akebar.
Since Finghall is located in the region of Wensleydale, Wensleydale cheese is popular in the area.
The official language of Finghall is English, as stated by the constitution. However, several regional and minority languages exist. Polish is a minority language of the Republic of Akebar, and Dutch is a minority language of the of Finghall. Also, the Pyuïs langauge is used in the Republic of Akebar and Finghall as a ceremonial language.