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Republic of Egtavia
| The Republic of Egtavia|
La République d'Égtavie
J'Espére, Je Rêve, Je Pense
I Hope, I Dream, I Think
La Liberté sous le Soleil
Freedom under the Sun
|Near Melbourne, Derbyshire |
|Capital city||Cité d'Égtavie|
|Official language(s)||English, French|
|- Président du Présidium||Pierre d'Égtavie|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|Established||29 June 2009|
|Disestablished||12 April, 2012|
|Area claimed||26 140m²|
|National animal||Domestic Chicken (Gallus Gallus)|
|This nation is a member of the GUM and OAM|
The Republic of Egtavia (French: La République d'Égtavie) was a territorial micronation with a capital territory located in the heatlands of the British Isles, in proximity to the English Midlands region, with outlying provinces on an archipelago in the River Trent, and a small island province off the coast of the Mull of Kintyre. It was among the most well-known micronations within the MicroWiki Sphere, although the government of the nation was never known for being particularly proactive with regard to foreign relations. Among the few nations that had diplomatic relations with Egtavia were the Federal Republic of St. Charlie and the Kingdom of Bokonton.
Egtavia was founded on June 29, 2009 with the official incorporation of what is now Capital Province into a nation state by a decree made by then-President Pierre d'Égtavie. Before it was renamed to be a Republic, the nation was erroneously known as the Principality of Egtavia, and it was run as a dictatorship with all state organs and all state functions being incorporated in the role of President. Several Acts were passed in the following months, including an Act establishing the office of First Minister as a second-in-command position to the President, and the Egtavian Anti-War Act, which established the still-observed precedent of neutrality in foreign affairs, and non-involvement in any wars unless there was an actual threat of attack. Even from its inception, the Egtavian government placed heavy emphasis on innovation and development, with several successful and not-so-successful projects being started by the government to advance the nation, the most notable of these being the abortive Battleship One and Egtavian Aqueduct projects, Radio Egtavia, the Trans-Egtavia Aerial Tramway, and the Nighthawk Programme. Egtavia's international position and prestige was greatly increased by these projects, even amongst the many diplomatic blunders committed by the President, including the infamous June 29 incident and the repeated de facto embargoes imposed on Pristinia and its successor nations. Despite these, Egtavia was for a time united with both modern-day Technocratic Renasia and Nemkhavia to a mixed degree of success.
In January 2011, following an uncomfortable period of government deadlock and several stalled attempts at democracy, a technical coup d'état was staged by Pierre d'Égtavie, with the help of then government members Jacob Tierney and Marka Mejakhansk. The three government figures ran the nation as a triarchy, the Provisional Government, for a time, until the secession of Nemkhavia from the Republic, after which Pierre d'Égtavie assumed the dictatorial role of Président du Présidium and Jacob Tierney took the role of Minister for Science and Technology, until the latter left Egtavia in the autumn of 2011.
Egtavia became a Federation of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie in April 2012, and ceased to exist as an independent state.
Egtavia was de facto a military dictatorship run by the Egtavian Presidium, which was under the control of the Président du Présidium. As of late 2011, the nation had no legally binding constitution and was run purely by presidential decree, with the Egtavian armed forces changed with enforcing the law. Egtavia was a unitary state, with only nominal divisions between the provinces of Isles of Egyang, Cité d'Égtavie, and Glunimore on purely geographical lines; all three provinces were governed as one, and there were no regional parliaments or other devolved bodies. Among other things, it was generally considered inadvisable to criticise the Egtavian government, people, or culture while travelling within the Republic, and in particular criticism of the Président du Présidium or other government figures was to be avoided. Egtavian law classed such actions as defamation, and expulsion from the Republic could result from such actions.
Despite the above, Egtavia had a relatively open diplomatic policy towards other nations, and sent a delegation to the 2011 Intermicronational Summit. Nations wishing to conduct formal diplomatic relations with the Republic merely needed to complete a single-page form and send it to the Egtavian government for processing. Egtavia had particularly good relationships with the Community of Landashir and the Federal Republic of St.Charlie - significant diplomatic exchanges have taken place between the three nations, including bilateral diplomatic gifting and the exchange of letters, and the leaders of the three nations also met at the 2011 Intermicronational Summit. Additionally, following the split of Technocratic Renasia away from the Republic, one ounce of .999 grade silver was sent to the Renasian government's treasury. A so-called "proxy diplomacy" service involving the exchange of inanimate 'ambassadors' with other nations never reached beyond the planning stages. The government maintained an, albeit uncodified, non-aggression policy with regards to other nations, and had a policy of not involving itself in any wars unless they involved a direct threat to the physical territory of Egtavia
As of April 2012, the following nations had official relations with Egtavia:
The capital city of Egtavia was Cité d'Égtavie, located in the Midlands region of the British Isles. The city was the largest in Egtavia and contained the seats of government, and the bulk of Egtavia's infrastructure - it was the only province that had a working cableway system in the form of the Trans-Egtavia Aerial Tramway, and was also the base of operations for the Egtavian Intelligence Agency and the Egtavian Army. Economic production in Egtavia was mostly based in Cité d'Égtavie due to its extensive grasslands for animal husbandry, sizable timber reserves, and readily accessible sources of potable water. Beds of mint and other herbs were to be found inside the city - the mint was largely used by the Egtavian Bath Salt Company and occasionally used to make tea, which was commonly drunk in the city, with a tea pavillion to be found in the far south.
An active landscaping project was active in the north of Cité d'Égtavie, including a water-management project that involved the construction of several large dams across a small stream in Bylong District. A backpumping scheme was planned, using a system of pools and solar-powered pumps, but this has never come to fruition due to prohibitive costs. A small generating station was planned to be installed in one of the damn systems, sufficient for lighting a few LED bulbs to illuminate the surrounding area, but, again, this idea was stymied by expense and the intermittent nature of the stream itself. Remains of PVC piping planned to be used for the hydropower scheme could still be seen littered around the stream bed, as can a metal frame used for supporting the weight of technicians while they worked on it.
The other provinces in Egtavia were significantly less developed than Cité d'Égtavie, especially Glunimore province. Access to the Isles of Egyang, a designated military interests zone of the Egtavian Army, was restricted, and although plans were made to connect Havre d'Égtavie to the river bank using a 'reaction ferry' - that is, a tethered boat which uses the flow of the river itself to push the boat across to the island, getting to any of the islands, Île de Pierre in particular, was hazardous. The islands were prone to inundation by the river during times of high flow, and were surrounded by thick, heavy mud and silt at times of low water, making access by boat difficult. None of the islands had any notable facilities, and there were no provisions for those who may get stranded on them if their boat drifted away or came untied, nor were there any safe landing areas on the islands. Both Île de Pierre and Havre d'Égtavie were visited by Egtavian Army officials and photographed in reasonable detail, but due to its increased distance, the Rushton archipelago was never visited, even though it was easily the largest island system, and would have been easily reachable from the riverbank via a simple Log Bridge, or a rudimentary set of stepping stones.
Egtavia was protected by the Egtavian Army, whose area of responsibility covered all provinces of Egtavia, with the exception of Glunimore Province due to its extreme inaccessibility. The army maintained and operated all of Egtavia's defences, most notably the Ligne Égtavie, a system of defensive ditches and fencing on the north, east, and west flanks of Cité d'Égtavie, and operates all the nation's weaponry. Notable devices developed by the Army include the Nighthawk, Airsat, and IRBB balloon systems, incorporated under the aegis of the Aureus Project
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