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Unified Royal States of Australis
Afrikaans: Verenig Koninklik Staat Van Australis
Flag of Australis Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Melior est enim orbis terrarum
National anthem
CapitalNew Yera (Executive)
Jarrahview (Ceremonial)
Largest State Integritas
Official language(s) English, Afrikaans
Recognised regional languages Nyungar
Demonym Australissian
Government Meritocratic Grand Duchy
 -  Grand Duke of Australis Daniel I
 -  Chancellor of Australis Template:AustralisChancellor
 -  Chancellor of the Exchequer Jared Barker
Legislature Australissian Government
 -  Upper house Australissian Legislative Council
 -  Lower house House of Commons
Independence from Australia
 -  Declaration of Independence Template:Start date and age 
 -  Duchy Established Template:Start date and age 
Population
 -  November 2020 census 65 (Including 25 Honorary Subjects) 
Currency Australissian Credit (de jure)
Australian Dollar (de facto)
Time zone ACT (UTC+8:00)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .ml (de facto)
Calling code +61 (de facto)

The Unified Royal States of Australis, colloquially known as Australis, is a self-declared sovereign state, commonly known as a micronation to external observers. It is primarily located in the southwestern region of Australia, but has external territories in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, making Australis a nation spanning three continents. Australis is composed of four inhabited states and eight territories. Australis has three capital cities: A legislative, executive and a ceremonial capital.[1] These are Belvoir, New Yera and Jarrahview respectively. Australis declared independence from the Commonwealth of Australia on 8 April 2020 as the Commonwealth of Australis, however changed to its present name just one month later.

Australis is a Grand Duchy, with a separate Legislative branch. This branch, the Australissian Legislative Council, is a small council currently composed of five members, whose members are appointed directly by the Grand Duke of Australis, and act as the National Cabinet. The reigning Grand Duke, HRH Daniel I, has been the Head of State of Australis since he was crowned Grand Duke of Australis, on 28 May 2020. The Head of Government of Australis, known as the Chancellor of Australis, is Sir Patrick Kenny. He is responsible for the operation of the Australissian Government and the coordination of the Australissian ministries.

Australis frequents high positions on intermicronational rankings of performance. It scored fifth place in the October 2020 Cupertino Member Positivity Survey, earning 85 points. Furthermore, Australis ranks 4.00 on the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification, placing it in the 'Very High' category. On Roscoe's Scale of Micronational Seriousness, Australis scores 4.20, placing it in 'Very High'. In addition, Australis scores 4.60 on Freayth's System of Classification. Australis has held full membership in the Cupertino Alliance since July 2020 and the Grand Unified Micronational since November 2020. Australis is also a member of several smaller organisations, such as the League of Independent Nations. Australis is a member of the Constantia Pact, a diplomatic pact between several nations, most notably the Commonwealth of Naveria. Due to its participation in the GUM and the CA, in addition to its high rankings and relative influence of its leader, Australis can be described as a micronational power.

Etymology

File:TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA.jpg

A 1618 map depicting Australia as Terra Australis Incognita

The name Australis was chosen by Daniel Roscoe. The name Australis is derived from the historical term Terra Australis Incognita, meaning 'Unknown Southern Land'. This name was given to a hypothetical undiscovered continent, that was later found to be Australia. Australis was also chosen to be the name as it fit with the Latin naming scheme in the early history of the nation. [2]

History

Pentarchy Era (April-May 2020)

The Pentarchy Era commenced with the establishment of Australis. On 8 April 2020, the Commonwealth of Australis was established by a group of five people - Daniel Roscoe, Alison Mitchell, Anica Weck, Roberto Flamenco and Caitlyn Azar. [3] These five people comprised the Pentarchy - an executive and legislative governing body of five equal individuals tasked with running Australis. The week following the founding of Australis saw massive population inflation, with the population almost tripling, reaching 13 citizens by 17 April. On 18 April, Australis created the first version of its MicroWiki page, in order to further its foreign relations. It is also around this time when Australis joined the Organization of Allied Micronations, a now defunct micronational organization, as a founding member. Australis' membership in this early phase opened gateways and set a standard for future Australissian diplomacy. Within its first month, Australis opened diplomatic partnerships with the now defunct Republic of Suverska, the Union of Jutar, Commonwealth of Rhodesia and Imperium Aquilae.

During this period of time, Pentarchy members Roberto Flamenco and Anica Weck resigned, and were replaced by Sinead Hamilton and Carlo Olivier. Towards the end of April, the Pentarchy held an election in order to form a separate legislative branch of government. Initially, this legislative branch consisted of five seats. The election had two political parties contesting government - the left-wing Australissian Libertarian-Socialist Party and the right-wing Australissian Liberal Party. The Libertarian Socialist Party, backed by four of the five Pentarchy members, won with an absolute majority vote, with no seats being gained by the Liberal Party. On 6 May, the Australissian Parliament was dissolved and political parties were outlawed by the Pentarchy, in order to 'maintain the political and social goals of Australis'. The system was replaced by a Governor system, with one person each representing their respective state, appointed by the Pentarchy. This system held similarities to today's meritocratic system.

Also coinciding with this date was the day Australis changed its official name, from the Commonwealth of Australis to the Unified Royal States of Australis, due to the name being easily confused with the Commonwealth of Australia. From 6 to 28 May, Australis was experiencing instability within the government. The Pentarchy was viewed by the citizen base to be failing, as Daniel Roscoe was performing most of the work of developing and running Australis. The other five members at that point participated very little in Australis. In a last ditch effort to keep the Pentarchy stable and to reignite activity, a vote was passed to make Daniel the Head of the Pentarchy, which in doing so violated the original purpose of the Pentarchy, to have five equal rulers. In addition to this, two high ranking individuals within Australis, initially gaining power in the April election, were appointed as advisors to the Pentarchy. These were Xavier Joubert and Jared Barker. Despite the best efforts of the Pentarchy and its advisors, it ultimately collapsed on the 28th of May 2020, after Daniel guaranteed Jared the role of Chancellor, if he helped lobby members of the Pentarchy into voting to dissolve the Pentarchy in a vote. The vote was passed unanimously, due to the other members believing that the nation would operate smoothly under the rule of Daniel Roscoe.

Transitory Era (June 2020-August 2020)

The Transitory Era, also known as the Early-Roscoe Era, was a time of change and growth in Australis, following the transition of Australis from a Pentarchy into a Grand Duchy, the strenghtening of foreign relations with the Kingdom of Australand, and the admittance of Australis as a member of the Cupertino Alliance. Following the dissolution of the Pentarchy, Daniel Roscoe ascended to the throne as the first Grand Duke of Australis. At this time, the Australissian Government was relatively undeveloped, with many Pentarchy Era policies and initiatives still in place. In order to begin changing these old policies, Daniel appointed Jared Barker, former Prime Minister of Australis and later Advisor to the Pentarchy as the first Chancellor of Australis. The final major change to Government during this era was the de-democratization of Australis, with the Australis Leadership Council becoming a Meritocracy based Government. [4] During August, the State Revitalization Program was established, an initiative intended to promote cultural growth and activity, as well as developing the nation, on the state level, however this program soon saw inactivity. Also in August, the Department of Immigration and Foreign Affairs launched a trial of paper-based citizenship application forms - this saw a rapid spike in population. The trial was seen as a success, and the program is being further developed.

Golden Era (September 2020-Present)

The Golden Era , also known as the Roscoe Era of Australis, is an era that has seen the rapid increase in Australissian influence and popularity. The most notable events that have occurred in this era are the acceptance of Australis into the Grand Unified Micronational, the milestone of six months since Australissian independence, and multiple treaties being signed with significant nations.

In early September, the Australissian autonomous territory of Nullus declared dissolution due to the territory no longer having any dedicated citizens willing to run the territory. Due to this, the territory belonging to Nullus was revoked, returning the territory to the control of Australia. Shortly after this, another territory, situated northeast of Amicitia, was scouted and annexed by the Grand Duke. The territory was originally to be. During September, Australis signed and ratified treaties with the Commonwealth of Naveria, Misberia, United Kingdoms of Greater Monmark and the Kingdom of West Sayville, on the 9th, 10th, 29th, and 30th, respectively. Other notable events that occurred in September included the acceptance of Australis into the League of Independent Nations, the first Parliamentary session being held in Belvoir, Australis and the introduction of the honorary subject system within Australis.

In October, Australis was an active contributor and supporter of the production of the La Salle Convention, directed by Sertor Valentinus, with Australis being an original signatory to the convention. The convention was ratified by the Australissian Government on 8 October, coinciding with the day commemorating six months since Australissian independence. For the six month celebrations, the Australis Times released a special article documenting the history of Australis since its establishment. October saw a great expansion of the foreign relations of Australis, with Patrick Kenny, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Australand, becoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and initiating a major reform of the Australissian diplomacy process in an effort to stamp out simulationists from Australis. [5] One of the most significant events in October was the acceptance of Australis as a provisional member of the Grand Unified Micronational.

November saw the expansion of Australis into Europe, with the territory of Beacon being annexed in the United Kingdom. Following this, six honorary subjects in the United Kingdom, relatives of the Grand Duke, were accepted into Australis. Shortly afterwards, Australis was upgraded to a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational. Following the resignation of incumbent Chancellor Jared Barker on 8 November, Patrick Kenny, a government member, was appointed by the Grand Duke. During November under the Kenny Administration, Australis signed a treaty of mutual recognition with the Iceni Federal Republic, and the government was overhauled. This Government overhaul included a cabinet reshuffle, as well as the renaming, creation and dissolution of departments.

Government and politics

Grand Duke of Australis

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The Grand Duke of Australis is both the executive and ceremonial monarch of Australis. Currently, the reigning monarch is HRH Daniel I. The position was established on 28 May 2020, following the executive decision to dissolve the Pentarchy, and induct Daniel, a Pentarchy Member, as the Grand Duke of the nation. The Grand Duke holds considerable power over the nation.

Chancellor

The Chancellor of Australis is the Head of Government of Australis. The predecessor of the position originates as the Prime Minister of Australis, a position that was held in its short existence by Xavier Martin and Jared Barker. When Australis transitioned into a Grand Duchy, the position of Chancellor was established, Jared Barker was appointed as the first Chancellor. He remained in his office for five months, before he resigned, and Patrick Kenny was appointed as the incumbent Chancellor. The Chancellor is responsible for coordinating and forming the Australissian Legislative Council and for chairing the Australissian House of Commons. The position of Chancellor is not elected - rather the Grand Duke appoints the Chancellor, to prevent people becoming Chancellor solely based on popularity over merit.

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Australissian Legislative Council

The Australissian Legislative Council, known in short as the ALC, is the legislative branch of the Australissian Government. The theoretical maximum number of members in the ALC is 8, however there are currently only 4 members in the Council. The ALC is chaired by the Grand Duke of Australis, Daniel I, whose responsibilities lie with proposing and writing legislature, representing the House of Roscoe and overseeing the operations of Australis. [6] Members of the ALC are nominated and appointed via Meritocracy, the process of appointing people based on merit, rather than by public vote. An exception to this is the Grand Duke of Australis. While the position as Chair of the Australissian Legislative Council may go to any ALC member, The Grand Duke of Australis may not be voted in or out. He is a permanent member of the Council.

Members of the ALC

Australissian House of Commons

Members of the AHC

Foreign relations

Australis maintains an open foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for making decisions on foreign policy and forming mutual recognition and relations with other nations. The earliest organization that Australis was involved in was the Organization of Allied Micronations, which later was disbanded. Today, Australis is a member of multiple organizations, some of the most notable being the Cupertino Alliance and the Grand Unified Micronational. Australis applied to become a member of the Cupertino Alliance on July 8, 2020. Shortly after the application was received, on the 15th of July, 2020, Australis became a full member state of the Cupertino Alliance. [7]

Australis shares common borders with the Kingdom of Australand, a bordering micronation in the Perth area, and maintain active foreign relations and communication. The two nations signed the Perth Accord, acknowledging each others existence, mutually recognising each other and outlining joint military cooperation protocols.

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Organizational participation

Name Logo Status Date Notes
Union Against Micronational War 60px N/A May 2020
Cupertino Alliance 60px Full Membership 15 July 2020
League of Independent Nations [8] 60px Full Membership 22 September 2020
Grand Unified Micronational [9] 60px Full Membership 4 November 2020 Was a Provisional Member from 14 October to 3 November 2020
Constantia Pact N/A N/A October 2020 Founding member

Geography

In its northern regions, Australis sits on coastal plains and hills, wetlands, urban regions and forest. The area surrounding Australis town contains lush natural forests. Australis is situated to the west of the Darling Fault, also known as the Perth Hills, the ancient shores of Western Australia millions of years ago. Today, the whole area of Australis sits on the former seabed, which has led to very sandy, relatively infertile soil. To the original inhabitants of the region, the indigenous Noongars, Australis' metropolitan territories are situated in the Whadjuk Noongar land, and Australis Town is situated in the Wardandi Noongar land. The Noongar population inhabited these regions for 50-70 thousand years before European colonisation. Today, the metropolitan areas sit in the local government regions of the City of Wanneroo, City of Stirling and the City of Joondalup. Australis Town sits in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

Climate

In the Western Australian territories of Australis, Australis experiences two different Köppen climate types. In the northern regions of Australis, nearby to the city of Perth, Western Australia, a Csa (Hot-summer Mediterranean) climate is experienced. However, in Australis Town and North Constantia, a Csb (Warm-summer Mediterranean) climate is experienced. On average, the northern regions experience 868mm (34in) of rain per year.

Climate data for Amicitia, Australis
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.4
(111.9)
46.2
(115.2)
42.4
(108.3)
39.5
(103.1)
34.3
(93.7)
26.2
(79.2)
25.8
(78.4)
30.0
(86)
34.2
(93.6)
37.2
(99)
40.4
(104.7)
44.2
(111.6)
46.2
(115.2)
Average high °C (°F) 31.2
(88.2)
31.6
(88.9)
29.6
(85.3)
25.9
(78.6)
22.3
(72.1)
19.5
(67.1)
18.4
(65.1)
19.1
(66.4)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
26.8
(80.2)
29.3
(84.7)
24.79
(76.63)
Average low °C (°F) 18.1
(64.6)
18.4
(65.1)
16.8
(62.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.4
(50.7)
8.6
(47.5)
7.9
(46.2)
8.3
(46.9)
9.5
(49.1)
11.6
(52.9)
14.4
(57.9)
16.4
(61.5)
12.85
(55.13)
Record low °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
9.9
(49.8)
6.3
(43.3)
4.7
(40.5)
1.3
(34.3)
-0.7
(30.7)
0.0
(32)
1.3
(34.3)
1.0
(33.8)
2.2
(36)
5.0
(41)
7.9
(46.2)
-0.7
(30.7)
Rainfall mm (inches) style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|20.2
(0.795)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|13.1
(0.516)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|19.7
(0.776)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|35.7
(1.406)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|89.4
(3.52)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|124.5
(4.902)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|145.9
(5.744)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|126.0
(4.961)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|84.8
(3.339)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|38.8
(1.528)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|21.8
(0.858)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen"|10.9
(0.429)
style="Template:Weather box/colgreen border-left-width:medium"|733.2
(28.866)

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Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology[10]

Regions

Australis is composed of four territories, six territories and two marches. States are claimed areas of Australis that have a significant population.

Territories are regions of Australis that are located somewhat close to states of Australis (typically regions within Western Australia), and usually do not have any permanent population. The ceremonial capital of Australis, Jarrahview, is located within a territory of Australis.

Marches are territories are similar to territories in which they are commonly uninhabited, however Marches are located in areas outside of Western Australia. Currently, only two regions of Australis are Marches; Jutia and Beacon, situated in North America and the United Kingdom, respectively. Template:AustralisRegions

Demographics

Population

By October 2020, the population was 69. The largest documented population growth in the history of Australis was in April 2020, the month that Australis was founded. Template:Historical populations

Nationalities

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Intermicronational rankings

  • UNC: 4 High (2020)
  • CGSC: 4.20 Very High (2020)
  • Freayth's System of Classification: 4.6 High (2020)
  • Boodlesmythe-Tallini System of Classification: 5th World High (2020)

Culture

Australis has a semi-constructed culture. The languages of the nation were taken from the primary languages spoken by the original founders of Australis, and several other cultural features, such as national dishes and national plants, were brought over from the culture of Western Australia.

Languages

According to a survey conducted in October 2020, an estimated 24% of citizens are capable of speaking fluent Afrikaans, while 100% of citizens are capable of speaking English fluently. Both languages are designated as official languages, however English is the dominant, preferred language throughout the nation. In addition, in order to preserve native Australian culture, Nyungar, a native language spoken by Aboriginal Australians in the Southwestern region of Australia was designated as a recognised regional language, despite there currently being no native speakers of the language within Australis.

National symbols

The national animals of Australis are the Western Grey Kangaroo and the Numbat. These animals are endemic to the Australian continent and widespread throughout Australis. [11] [12]

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One of the national animals of Australis, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.

File:Numbat Image.jpg

The Numbat is also one of the national animals of Australis.

The national plant of Australis, like the national plant of Western Australia is the Kangaroo Paw. It is endemic to South-Western Australia. Kangaroo Paw typically flowers in Spring and Summer (September-February).

News and media

All Australissian media is state-run. The primary source of news within the nation is the Australis Times, founded in April 2020, which released articles on happenings within Australis periodically, but now also covers general micronational news. [13] During October 2020, the Australis Times was accepted as an accredited publication on both MicroWiki and MicroWiki@Discord. News and media within Australis is also posted on YouTube, via the state-run YouTube channel, URS Australis.

Naming Conventions

Hexium Calendar

In addition to using the Gregorian calendar, Australis utilises its own calendar, Hexium. In the Hexium system, the standard 365 day year is split into six months, based on Gregorian months. Hexium is a secondary calendar system, with Gregorian being the standard system within Australis, however Hexium is an acceptable format in Australissian documents and other information. [14]

Hexium Gregorian
Unum January-February
Dium March-April
Trium May-June
Quartum July-August
Pentum September-October
Hexium November-December

References

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