Principality of Artaghe
| Principality of Artaghe |
Løfðingurvíft Ártæg (aa)
Vý grått enn dag výll blåmur
(Artaghean: "Our cry will one day bloom")
(Artaghean: "Prince's Song")
|Capital (and largest city)||Artaghe |
|Government||Unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy|
|Established|| -June 1, 2012 Union of Artaghe |
-August 8, 2012 Principality
|Area claimed||1.82 km2|
- This page is also available in Artaghean.
The Principality of Artaghe (Artaghean: Løfðingurvíft Ártæg) or simply Artaghe (/ɑrːˈtædʒiː/ alt. /ɑrːˈtædʒ/) is a Venezuelan micronation located in the Andean city of Mérida, in the western part of the country. With a small population and a slightly inactive spectrum, Artaghe lays as a link between the unstable past that surrounds it, known for constant changes regarding political organisation, cultural introductions and even nation itself since March 2011. Since August 2012, Artaghe exists in its form as a Constitutional Principality, lead by Prince Rikard, mostly known as Richard Garrshire
Artaghe claims an approximate area of 5 square kilometers, drawing a line that goes from Humboldt Sector to La Lira Sector, measuring approximately 4 kilometers. Artaghe also the Non-Incorporated Territory of North Todd in the United States, although is is not usually included in maps.
Artaghe is the Anglicization of "Aρτάγ" (Artäg), which is derived from the Old Berinese Arritáag, meaning "Renaissance". The name was created by Richard Garrshire in the seek for a name for the successor of Dakrit. The official name of Artaghe is the Principality of Artaghe, in Artaghean Løfðingurvíft Ártæg.
The Imperial Chart (Declaration of Autonomy), Empire of Berin and the Paulean Era
The Declaration of Autonomy (Declaración de Autonomía), the Declaratio Independentiae was signed by Richard Garrshire on 14 April, declaring himself "Emperor of the Beriners and Imperial Authority of the Berinese Empire". The Imperial Chart would later be considered the official declaration of independence of the Empire of Berin. This micronational entity was intended to be comical and not serious, which can be seen in many aspects of the political system of the Empire and its national identity as a whole. The process of "Seriousification" (Seriamiento) or the "straightening" (Enderezamiento) was the process employed to convert the Empire of Berin into a "serious, raw micronation". Of course, this is, among other things, part of the comical side of Berin.
The Empire quickly developed an easy-working and simple governmental system. An absolute monarchy seemed like a very useful and coherent idea due to the number of the population and the sphere of influence of the Empire. With no legislature, no military, no direct foreign relations and no major events, Berin was an empty and lonely carcass in the micronational world, completely dominated by its monarch. Seeking an involvement of foreign micronational powers, the Empire saw the creation of the Order of the Baphomet, regarded as the start of the Paulean era.
For personal reasons, Richard I Paul trusted the Empire to a regent, Crown Prince Jonathan of Austenasia, who ruled the Empire as the Regent of Berin from 22 April to 26 April, when the Empire officially dissolved and became New Balland.
New Balland, Dakrit and Artaghe
New Balland had slowly progressed. Its activity decreased, and it became mostly inactive. On May 15, 2012, the Chairman of the Parliament of New Balland called all MPs to leave the chatroom and so the Parliament was dismissed. With that, First Secretary Richard Garrshire took over the New Ballandic government in a coup, forming a short-lived dictatorship and dissolving the nation. The same day, the Church of the Pahun was created and Dakrit was founded.
The activity of Dakrit, as expected, decreased quickly and attacks on the unstable situation of the nation became a political factor. With almost no ties with any other micronation, the High Priest of Dakrit saw the opportunity to return to larger scale micronationalism, and Dakrit was dissolved. Days after, Artaghe became independent over a new declaration of secession from the Bolivarian Republic.
Artaghe quickly grew and became stable, prospering as a micronation. Prime Minister Garrshire has described it as the "best times since the Confederation". Between the 2nd and 8th of June 2012, the nearby Venezuelan city of Mérida suffered violent riots and demonstrations; though no one was said to be hurt, many public buildings were damaged, and tensions were easy to feel in the city environment. Artaghe's claims were majorly affected, though no important financial or governmental center was damaged.
Artaghe's government received negative criticism in that same month as a result of the actions taken by P.M. Garrshire condemning Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Iran and other macronational Arab states over human rights issues. Garrshire was accused of being Islamophobic and Artaghe was described as a "capitalistic imperialist state". Garrshire responded saying that the condemnations were only given based on human rights issues, acts committed by the governments of said nations and not their people, nor religion or race.
Democratic period and stability
On June 29 and June 30, 2012, Artaghe held its very first presidential elections, the first movement of true democracy in Artaghe and the beginning of a progressive environment both politically and publicly. Starting with the take of office of President Aina Oehler of the Democratic Party and the expected outlawing of Artaghean language to introduce the Spanish language back in official matter. However, there was a considerable turmoil when the High Commissioner from Austenasia Jonathan Caesar renounced his office, according to him as deemed by the Emperor of Austenasia Declan I, II & V who engaged a series of discussions and attacks with the Prime Minister of Artaghe Richard Garrshire on the issue. The problem was not officially solved and there are currently no talks between Austenasia and Artaghe, and all contact is blocked between the two nations. On July the 12th, 2012, Artaghe was part of the third re-activation of the Union of South American Micronations and became part of it, participating in the first session of the South American Parliament as a full member with two delegates, Garrshire and Oehler themselves. On July 18, 2012, the Union of Artaghe was accepted as full member of the Vanguard Powers. On July 22, 2012, Judge Liam Barnard ratified his candidacy for the Presidential elections of July 2012. However the July 2012 elections were not directly held, considering that Barnard was the only announced candidate and there were no other candidacies, and Barnard won the election without having a popular vote. This affected the view on the system Artaghean politics had been used before, and was expected to affect on future reforms and policies changed when Barnard assumed the presidency, as expected by the Union Government. However, the same day Barnard's term was expected to start, there was a vote of no confidence against the Sttåmbloþing of Artaghe, that was approved directly by the Prime Minister and that dissolved the Sttåmbloþing. Following this, Barnard formally assumed the Presidency but under a new governmental system, that, in view of the dissolution of the Sttåmbloþing, eliminated the legislative power from Artaghean politics and merged it with the National executive. This way, the Union Government assumed the duties of the Sttåmbloþing and changed its composition to three ministers, that became to be formally called the Union Presidency (Sttåmbloprásidænttætlun) and became the only Government body of Artaghe. The constitution was soon re-wrote and the Union Presidency took office formaly on August 1, 2012. On August 3, however, Artaghe officially left the Vanguard Powers. On August 5, 2012, Artaghe's Secretariat for Home Affairs decided to change drastically the borders of claims in Mainland Artaghe (Mérida, Venezuela). That same day of August 5, 2012, Flatland sold part of its territory to Artaghe, the sector of North Todd in Kentucky.
Principality of Artaghe
On August 6th, 2012, it was revealed in the Vanguard Powers that Artaghe had the intention of re-joining with a granted observership, but this time in the form of a Principality. On August 8th, 2012, the Principality of Artaghe was formally proclaimed and soon the reforms started to be public. The small popular opinion was however negative towards the new Principality, that would represent the 24th Garrshirian micronation. The self-proclaimed Artaghean prince Richard Garrshire, now under the name of Rikard of Artaghe, apologized to those who had "expectations" in Artaghe as a Union.
- Main article: Artaghean people
The people of Artaghe are referred to officially as the People in name of Artaghe, the Artagheans. This comes as tradition from New Balland. Artagheans are mainly of Hispanic ethnicity, though there is a significant group of white Artagheans. Artagheans are predominantly Christian or Irreligious. Though Artaghean is the only official languages and are used in all cases that concern the government, a considerable percentage of the Artaghean population speaks Venezuelan Spanish, and not much of this group speaks Artaghean whatsoever, which created a problem when it came to government-people interaction that led to the complete officiation of Spanish language on July 4 during Oehler's term; although this lasted only until the introduction of Artaghean language to the government of Artaghe.
The Government of Artaghe uses English for foreign communication, Spanish for local communication and Artaghean for internal communication.
Artaghe is a Constitutional monarchy. It has a form of mixed constitution, in which power is shared by the monarch and an elected parliament.
The reigning Prince is the head of state and represents Artaghe in its international relations. The Prince may veto laws adopted by parliament. The Prince can call referendums, propose new legislation, and dissolve parliament, although dissolution of parliament may be subject to a referendum.
Executive authority is vested in a government that lies its responsibility on the head of government (Lieutenant General) The head of government and the other ministers are appointed by the Prince upon the proposal and concurrence of parliament, thus reflecting the partisan balance of parliament. The constitution stipulates that at least three members of the government be chosen from each of the three regions. The members of the government are collectively and individually responsible to parliament; parliament may ask the Prince to remove an individual minister or the entire government. Legislative authority is vested in the unicameral Council of Five (Artaghean: Fennþing) or Parliament made up of members elected for maximum one year term according to a proportional representation formula. Fennþing proposes and approves a government, which is formally appointed by the Prince. Fennþing may also pass votes of no confidence in the entire government or individual members. The Fennþing can call for referendums on proposed legislation. Fennþing shares the authority to propose new legislation with the Prince and with the number of citizens required for an initiative referendum. Judicial authority is vested in the Princely Supreme Court, the Administrative Court. The Princely Court rules on the conformity of laws with the constitution and its members elected by parliament.
Artaghe is a unitary city-state divided in nine districts, that are administrated fully by the Government, and have no notorious autonomy. Their existence is purely for territorial organization within government issues. The nine Districts are named in numbers based in their importance. Although technically Artaghe is a city-state and its capital is Artaghe itself, the District I of Artaghe (the biggest one) is considered the Capital district since it is where the government is centred.
Artaghe, as defined by the constitution, has a de jure military force, though no acting military corps are functioning. This "ghost army" is planed to be founded and act in a "not-so-distant" future, though there are no enough resources and staff to create Armed Forces. The Ministry of Intelligence and Armed Corps is one of the three Cabinet ministries without a current Minister to lead it. Currently, the Military of Artaghe is only a government-funded project.
In Artaghe, foreign affairs are in charge of the Parliament. As a recently-founded state, Artaghe doesn't count with much influence and thus the diplomatic talks are not often in the foreign ambit or Artaghean politics.
Artaghe follows the principle of categorization that New Balland had for macronational states. According to the Artaghean law, a macronation or "major independent state" is the fully sovereign state that counts with recognition of other states and who are recognized by others and by themselves, and so on.
In 2012, Richard Garrshire was criticized for giving light bans to Jordan, Turkey and other Muslim states. Garrshire responded saying that the bans were given to those nations whose governments would encourage the violation of human rights and/or denying that they have ever violated human rights, and that Muslim states were not being targeted based in their religion or ethnicity.
Since July 12, 2012, Artaghe has been member of the Union of South American Micronations and a full member of the South American Parliament. The only nation that has had diplomatic issues with Artaghe is the Empire of Austenasia
- States with Artaghean claims in them,
- States that have micronational states in diplomatic talks with Artaghe within their recognized territory,
- States with "special status"
- States with limited recognition (recognized)
- States with limited recognition (non-recognized)
- States and/or regions interpreted under a different loyalty
As well, there was added another category, "Non-recognized sovereign states and/or governments".
Geography and climate
The small territory claimed by Artaghe leaves small space left for Geography, but claims in Saint Victorshire and Dejín do have some relief in their territory, although geographic slopes in Artaghe is still very limited. On the other hand, climate is easy to record. The climate in Artaghe changes with the region, but the most important factor regarding climate changes is the daily hour. Usually, the mornings show themselves as cold and misty, and the sun starts to be visible at the midday, circa 11 a.m.; this marks the start of the hot climate in the midday, which can get to the 28c°. The hot climate fades away around 4 p.m., and the misty and cold weather of the morning returns. In some months of the year, the sun fades away at 6 p.m. (18 hours), to star the process again. This process is basically young in the Artaghean claimed territory, and is well-known that the climate in Mérida City was different forty or fifty years ago. This climate was even colder, more misty and less sunny, and can be compared to the current climate in the Páramos. The causes of this climate change are mainly the Global Warming, that has not only affected this specific area but the entire world. Several local institutions support the idea of a safer and cleaner environment, and the Artaghean government seeks to be one of them; not only by supporting other actions, but doing them itself.
The culture of Artaghe closely resembles that of Andean Folklore and was in fact the main, if not defined, example of this folklore. Continental Artagheans, with deep connections to their culture, were characterized by their well-preserved traditions and slow, unhurried way of life. Artaghe itself could be recognized by its famous social scene, the local art and craftwork, and the unique regional cuisine.
Festivals and local customs
Several festivals take place in Artaghe-adjacent locations. Most are religious celebrations, and a few - such as the famous Méridan "Feria del Sol" or "Sun Fair" that takes place in the beginning of February - are of an international scale, and Artagheans enjoy it as much as its macronational relatives.
For Artaghe, the most important and famous religious traditions are those celebrated by the city's Christian devotees during Christmas and Holy Week. These festivities include La Quema del Año Viejo (Burning of the Past Year), La Pasión Viviente de Cristo (Christ's Living Passion) and La Paradura del Niño (Christ Child's Standing) celebrated with prayers, song, fireworks, wine and cake.
Another of the more popular local customs (those without official government sanction) were the Caravanas Estudiantiles, student processionals organized by and for high school or university graduates upon earning their degree, to which many Continental Artagheans attended.
This tradition have been extended to include younger students who have completed their primary or elementary education. Such celebrations usually occur during the first days of June for high school graduates, and throughout nearly the entire year for college graduates. Similar festivities could have been found in other parts of the country, but the Caravanas of Mérida had a special relevance and importance given the city's large student population, and so, of the influence that gives over Artaghe.
The Fiesta de San Benito between January 12 and 31 celebrated with a drummers processions and street dancing; or the Vasallos de la Candelaria, another typical festivity with children and street dancing, wee very common in the Méridan zone, and Artaghe adopted them as its own.
Though Dakrit and the Church of the Pahun intended the zone to adopt the Pahunnia culture, this failed to work, since the small Artaghean population was more close to its own culture and it was considered too late for such a different culture to take place in each Artaghean's life.
Among the most notable dishes is the arepa andina (Andean Arepa), a variant of the traditional Venezuelan arepa made from wheat flour instead of the more common corn. Another notable dish was the pizca andina, common to Mérida, Táchira and the Colombian Andes, a soup with potato, milk, long onion, and parsley. Other important dishes are prepared with trout, the only fish found in the region.
Mérida city's typical brightened sweets, made from a base of milk and other ingredients, were also notable. There is a historical tradition of such sweets, which were said to originate in the convents where they were prepared in the 19th century. Also, one could find alfajores, aliados, and almojabanas. Popular drinks included corn liquor, mistella, and "donkey's milk", which was known as "Andean punch."
The introduction of foreign cultures to Artaghe have made important changes in the way Artagheans eat. Continental Artagheans not only enjoy the Andean Venezuelan food but foreign dishes such as Chinese, Italian, American and Japanese, have become part of the Artaghean cuisine.
Within Artagheans, football (soccer) is undoubtedly the most popular sport, both played and watched. Though most Artagheans have an affection to the Venezuelan national football team, La Vinotinto, Artaghe does have its own national football team. Meeting and having its headquarters in the city of Daeahin in Dahm An Fáeil, the Artaghean national football team is a young and unorganized team, though it not only the sole football-representing team but also the only official sports team in Artaghe.
The only remarkable monument of Artaghe is located in Saint Victorshire, the Cuernos del Diablo (Spanish: "Devil's horns"), an old bull skull hanging from elevated metal stairs. The Cuernos del Diablo is part of a collection of skulls of animals owned by the Government House of Artaghe. The Cuernos del Diablo is older than Artaghe itself, being from 2010 when the Governmental Palace was build. The monument represents the spirit of the words written in name of the former incarnations of Artaghe, and is considered one of Artaghe's most important cultural manifestations.
The national symbols of Artaghe are the national flag, the national coat of arms, the national tree, the national anthem and the national motto. Sometimes the national tartan is also mentioned. The national symbols represent, according to the Constitution of Artaghe, the identity and culture of Artaghe, through historic associations or cultural matters. The national flag consists of two vertical equally distributed lines of bright red and white, in 3:4 proportions. The coat of arms consists of a blazon in base per pale or and sable an eagle of sable, crowned and armed of or, langued of gules. The national anthem is the Løfðingursångur or "Prince's Song", that was composed before the declaration of the Principality and adopted the melody of the Hungarian song Himnusz. The national tree is the Tabebuia chrysantha or Araguaney, also national tree of Venezuela. The national motto is Vý grått enn dag výll blåmur ("Our cry will one day bloom"), though it is not officially recognized. The national symbols may also englobe the National tartan, a tartan designed especially for the Land Army of Artaghe but that is also rarely culturally recognized as the second national flag of Artaghe.
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