Unión Federal de Fornelos, United Federation of Fornelos
Libertas est hie (freedom is here)
The strong green area is the Federal Distric of West Fornelos, while the softer green area is the non-Incorporated Territory of East Fornelos. |
|Capital city||West Fornelos|
|Official language(s)||Officials: Spanish and catalan (in desuse) Non-officials: Basque, french and english|
|Official religion(s)||In dispute (Catholicism or State laicism)|
|Government||Republic with direct democracy|
|- President||Daniel Bronyman|
|- Type||- Assembly|
|- Last election||- August 2012 (Free Territories of Fornelos)|
|Area claimed||19000 m²|
|Population||7 (10 including East Fornelos population)|
|Currency||Euro (€, internal trade) and United Pound (£, IMU trade)|
|Time zone||+1 UTC|
|National dish||Polbo á feira (octopus)|
Fornelos, officially the United Federation of Fornelos (also known as the U.F.F) is a micronation located in the village of Fornelos, Spain. The government is a presidential republic with an active direct democracy directed by the People's Assembly. Daniel Bronyman is the current president of this state.
While another micronation wants the independence, the United Federation of Fornelos is recognized as part of Spain.
Main article: West Fornelos rebels
During 2014, and after several wars (both direct and indirect), the French Faction falls under its own weight, making the rebels of the Free Territories win the victory once and for all, conquering the great part of the territories and manages to unite the great part of the factions of the village, creating a more peaceful environment than the previous (but still somewhat violent).
Emergence of the United Federation of Fornelos
Seeing that the Free Territories dominated the great part of the Fornelos area in 2015, Dani saw that preserving the militia-like organization of the Free Territories of Fornelos would no longer be viable in a fairly stable environment, so he proposed the idea of creating a prototype state with direct democracy where a stable government stands out, called in spanish "Unión Federal Forneliense" (translated as Federal Fornelian Union or United Fornelian Federation).
In this proposed project, a idea is presented about the so-called "Neighborhoods", a federated state where each family group owned their territories autonomously, as long as it does not interfere with federal laws or the central government, composed mainly of an People's Assembly where all the population participe and they choose representatives to execute specific government tasks (President and Head of Army mainly).
By that time, the Neighborhoods would be:
- Mystic Heights (northwest area)
- Capri Fields (southwest area)
- The Orchards (making border with the east side of Capri Fields)
- New East (southeast enclave area)
- East Square (north area)
- West Square (making border with the southwest side of East Square, old territory of the french faction)
- Little Paris (east area, old territory of the french faction)
Acceptance and recognition
The proposal to create a micronation was accepted by the vast majority of the population, but people still voted to make some changes to the project:
- Remove the neighborhoods of West Square and Little Paris from the list due to their high rates of danger (pyromania, vandalism...). Instead, they would be considered as an unincorporated territory (non-Incorporated Territory of East Fornelos), where its inhabitants are not considered part of the micronation.
- Change the names of some neighborhoods, changing The Orchards for The Walls, New East for Desert Street and East Square for High Fornelos.
- Change the micronation name to "Unión Federal de Fornelos" (translated as Federal Union of Fornelos, but is usually translated as United Federation of Fornelos to make it match the acronym U.F.F.) because "Forneliense" sounded awkward, and also Fornel"I"ense is considered an orthographic error.
Official recognition of the micronation among its members
In 2016, the neightborhoods of Mystic Heights, Capri Fields, The Walls, High Fornelos and Desert Street are confirmed officially as part of the United Federation of Fornelos. In that moment, Dani is recognised as President until the end of the war legislation and JP is recognized as Army General.
Electoral crisis and reforms period
At the end of 2016, President Dani declares war legislation like finalized, which could give way to a new presidential election in the next years.
Later, on April 8, the President and General JP meet to discuss certain reforms that will be implemented during this year, including the gathering of candidates for the elections. During the meeting, General JP expressed his fear that the position of president would fall into inexperienced hands, so two options were proposed:
- That the candidates had to pass an examination of English language and policy (which would considerably reduce candidates for president).
- Eliminate the obligations of the president with respect to foreign relations, creating a Foreign Minister to take care of that.
Also raised the proposal to leave president Bronyman as permanent president, but was harshly criticized by the same president for being seen as anti-democratic.
Finally, the president decided to work with the second option, due the legal holes and the fault of a constitution threatened democracy itself, because if elections were not called after two years of full democracy (December 2018), Fornelos could be considered a de jure and de facto dictatorship.
Change of national animal
In July 24 of 2017, the People's Assembly proposes to change the national animal, replacing the horse with the hedgehog. The proposal was approved that day with a large majority voting for.
Reforms in the military
During the summer of 2017, it was decided to approve the increase of military ranks to create a fluid hierarchy and keep the staff from staying stuck in a range. The hierarchy increases from 5 ranks to 19.
Territorial changesOn September 14 of 2017, the olds "Neighborhoods" losts autonomy and are integrated like districts inide the Federal District of West Fornelos.
Planning a constitution
Due to problems on the presidential candidacy and some not very specified laws, it was decided to create a constitution that specifies the fundamental rules of the micronation. Among the proposals, it is approved what will be the future flag of the country, replacing the current one, which is only "de facto".
The country uses a capitalist sistem with a mixed economy. There is a small economic initiative among citizens, but for now the state-owned company Pegasus State Industries controls the great part of the production of goods needed by the government, From manufactured weapons to simple designs of flags and license plates.
|Company||Logo||Property||Industry||Stock market value|
|Pegasus State Industries||State-owned||Supplies||40£/1% (^)|
|The Grey Valley Newspapers||Private||Newspapers||n/a|
The goverment of the United Federation of Fornelos is mainly in the hands of the People's Assembly, which appoints a president every two years who partially controls the legislative and executive.
The judiciary falls entirely in the responability of the People's Assembly.
Is an assembly who acts like parlement, but they use citizens instead of diputates. Everybody with Fornelos's citienship can join for give opinions and vote for new laws.
Actually, political parties are forbid, but there are some populars movements between the assembly, like liberalism and conservadurism. Arround a 50% of population is identified like right wing, while the another 50% of population are apolitical.
According to the law, the president is elected every two years except in times of war, where they can have elections only if the people claims.
Actually, the last elections were in 2012 (in times of the Free Territories) with the victory of Daniel Bronyman, and the mandate was extended until today because of the war. If no problems are reported in 2017, just that year or in 2018 there will be elections.
Political parties and candidates
Currently the political parties are not allowed due to the uselessness of these in a small population, but instead, presidents are elected from independent candidates.
In the table below shows more details about them:
|Candidate||Campaign motto||Political spectrum||Ideology||Candidate during||Elected in|
|Daniel Bronyman||"Freedom for the people" (2012-2016)
"A brony for president" (2016-???)
|center-right||liberalism, freedom of the press, military service, bronism, "diplomacy first".||2012||2012-now|
Federal District of West Fornelos:
West Fornelos is the only official territory of the micronation. Only consist of the capital town, West Fornelos.
This town is divided in 5 districts:
|Mystic Heights||1||Located in the north-west of the village, is one of the oldest districts like his neightbor Capri Fields. Is one of the largest districts of the town, occupying 82800 m², but the great part of them is forest.
His name makes reference to the graveyard inside of him.
Formerly, it was the place of leisure by reference, due to the VIP parties and where the gambling began inside the country. But by the end of 2015, these types of actions were restricted in order to avoid microterrorism.
|Capri Fields||2||Located in the south-west of the village, was one of the two original territories of the rebels, being Mystic Heights the other. This district is the main weapons supplier of the country.
His territory is composed of plains and forests, which are often used for military training.
The name of the district comes from the horse that inhabited the plains, but his name comes from a italian island.
|The Walls||1||Located at the east part of Capri Fields, this district was originally a territory annexed by the rebels in 2013.
Before, it was a empty plot near to Capri Fields, but when it was inhabited, it became part of them.
|Desert Street||1||Is a little district located at the south-east of the village was a territory annexed in 2014 by the rebels.
It is a territory located as an enclave far from the area of influence of the U.F.F. and for that reason, it is usually a place with much support from other neighborhoods.
|High Fornelos||1||Is located at the north east of the village, touching with Mystic Heights. It was the territory of the basque faction until it was annexed in 2014.|
|Non-Incorporated Territory of East Fornelos||East Fornelos||~3||The Non-Incorporated Territory of East Fornelos is a occupied territory by the U.F.F. where the french faction has sovereignty.
The citizens of this area are not considered citizens of the United Federation of Fornelos.
Historical flags and CoAs
With the past of the years, the founders of the United Federation of Fornelos has used a lot of flags. the first official Coat of Arms appears in November 2016.
|The Striped||2010-2014||Factions Wars||It was used by the rebels againts the French faction and by the Free Territories of Fornelos.
Uses the catalonian flag (senyera) like main design because the first rebels came from there. The saltire also appears in the upper left corner representing the Celtic origin.
|The Saltire||2015||Post Fornelan Cold War||This was the last flag of the Free Territories of Fornelos. Uses only a white and blue saltire because the senyera no longer represented the great part of the population.|
|The Celtic||2016-now||Official flag of the United Federation of Fornelos. It's like the previous flag but uses a red Triskel in the center in honor of celtic culture.|
The country has different military forces or departments working for national security:
Due to the small population and the vulnerability of the nation to external attacks, all citizens have to join the army mandatorily. The army has different types of troops:
They are in charge of patrolling the occupied areas and are the first line of defense of the country. In most cases they operate in urban areas, but not exclusively. The uniform is usually a blue outfit.
Are in charge of exploring the terrain and building various guard posts and they act especially in forested areas. Usually these soldiers are more experienced and of higher rank than the regulars. They are identified by carrying backpacks and camouflage clothing.
The Federal Intelligence Service or SFI (in spanish: "Servicio Federal de Inteligencia") is responsible for inspecting, analyzing and spying on potential threats to the local area (such as microterrorist cells or other factions).
Fight againts microterrorism
The country has long time been attacked by small terrorist cells that try to destroy the country with different objectives, from the simple objective of destroying, to the attempt take power by force. Since the country was founded, only two main terrorists are known.
Actually, the microterrorism has been removed thanks to diplomacy and the SFI effectiveness.
Due to the numerous disorders that have occurred during a disaster, the president decided to create a scale of security with the objective to apply different defense systems:
|0||No danger. Some citizens will be sent to the military reserve.|
|1||Possible danger of terrorist attack or espionage. The SFI will have to make maneuvers on the terrain.||X|
|2||Attempted terrorist attack or minor attack. All citizens must be on service in the military to stand guard, military controls will be made to avoid future disasters.||(declared in 2015)|
|3||Terrorist attack or riot. All the military will have to go armed with slingshot and guns of plastic pellets. Citizens of other micronations (including allies, but no IMU members) will need a passport and a valid justification to enter the country.
If this level continues for a long time, presidential elections will be optional and citizens will have to request it.
|(declared between 2012-2015, the worst number reached until today)|
|4||Great terrorist attack or invasion by some external group (a faction or other micronation). All the military and nearby allies are called to defend the country with guns of plastic pellets, slingshots or paintball guns. Only the allies or IMU members will be able to cross the border with the previously mentioned measure.|
|5||Only activate if Spain is under attack.|
Protocol of entry to the nation
(This part is not valid if the security scale marks level 3 or more)
Actually, only passport is required for the great part of the micronations, except the allies or IMU members, who can choose to use identity document or advise in advance by email.
The country shares great part of Galician and Spanish culture, but certain sectors also share Catalan (66%) and Basque (16.6%) cultural characteristics, 25% of people with Catalan culture (a 16,6% of the total population) also share French culture.
Fornelan Bronism is a subculture related to the famous brony fandom, which combines aspects of rock and 80's new wave cultures with bronys characteristics. Only a 16.6% of the population belongs to this subculture, but it is widely accepted by the rest of the population.
This subculture was created at the end of 2015 by the fornelan politician and graphical designer Dani, where combined aesthetics and lifestyle of the bronys with features of rock culture and retrowave, creating the new subculture.
Members of the subculture are characterized by listening to rock music, retrowave and indie music from the brony fandom. They also create brony art where they combine it with rock culture.
Aesthetically, they usually use the quiff hairstyle and for clothe they wear leather jackets or plaid shirts combined with geek t-shirts, especially created by bronys, but in winter it is usually accompanied with a knit cap. For pants is common use blue jeans.
In lifestyle, is used the famous slogan of "Love and tolerance," where violence is allowed only in case of self-defense, but never to attack first. Politically, they tend to be center-right because they support freemarket and low taxes.
Newspapers and Magazines
- The Gray Valley International: Currently, this independent newspaper is the only one that forms part of the national media. This is a bilingual newspaper (uses Spanish and English) that is responsible for reporting the latest micronational news. Opinion articles, critiques and interviews also appear.
In the United Federation of Fornelos, sports is an important topic in country's life, especially running and soccer.
Since 2013, several rebels and citizens of the United Federation of Fornelos has won the people's run of the village in 1rst place.
They also share a soccer team with the rest of the village, called The Fuackers Football Club.
Due to the problems of war and instability, the rebels and the Free Territories were isolated internationally in its years of existence.
It was not until the foundation of the UFF that the former rebels emerged from isolation, signing a treaty of friendship with the Republic of Ponsuveria and the Royal Principality of the Valley of Vahyikem.
A year later, in 2016, the country signs an alliance with the Principality of Garonne, Being the first non-Spanish speaking country with which relationships are established. The alliance with the Principality of Garonne would make the UFF become a member of the Intermicronational Union (IMU) in 14 December of 2016, being the third member country, where the founding member was the Empire of Skywalkistan.
Few days later, in 16 December, the UFF establishes diplomatic relations with the Republic of Wynaan, which would also join the Intermicronational Union later.
Just that day, the IMU, with the support of the country, declares a state of rivalry with the Intercommunist Union of Micronations (ICU), which would cause a period of tension between the blocks that continues today. In 26 February of 2017, after the Socialist Republic of Sofiet rejected the ICU, the UFF President decided to congratulate the sofiets for showing up against the anti-recognition of the ICU.
On March 19, 2017, the Republic of Välmående opens diplomatic relations with the country. Later, on May 19, the UFF is invited by the Republic of Välmående as a member to form part of an intermicronational forum project called United Micronations.
The United Federation of Fornelos recognizes the following micronations:
- Republic of Ponsuveria
- Royal Principality of the Valley of Vahyikem
- Broccotropolian Empire
- Principality of Garonne
- Empire of Skywalkistan
- Republic of Wynaan
- Barony of Voyflen
- Kingdom of Central Korea
- Democratic People's Republic of Jonitoria
- Republic of the Old Trinity
- United Realm of Johntania
- House of Nesti
- Socialist Republic of Sofiet
- Republic of Vladislavia
- Kingdom of New Pugnasia
- Republic of Jakistan
- Republic of Välmående
- Despotate of Vlasynia
- Kingdom of Ourania
Allies and friendly micronations
The next micronations have some type of relation with the United Federation of Fornelos:
|Principality of Garonne||Alliance, IMU member||12/6/2016|
|Empire of Skywalkistan||Alliance, IMU member||12/14/2016|
|Republic of Wynaan||Formal diplomacy, IMU member||12/16/2016|
|Barony of Voyflen||IMU member||12/17/2016|
|Kingdom of New Pugnasia||IMU member||1/31/2017|
|Republic of Jakistan||IMU member||2/2/2017|
|Despotate of Vlasynia||Alliance||12/24/2017|
|Kingdom of New Yankeeland||IMU member|
|Kingdom of Ourania||IMU member|
|Republic of New Rizalia||IMU member|
|Grand Democratic Republic of Titania||IMU member|
|Republic of Ponsuveria||Treaty of recognition and friendship||...|
|Royal Principality of the Valley of Vahyikem||Treaty of recognition and friendship||12/15/2015|
Actually, this country is a member of the Intermicronational Union since 14 December of 2016.
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