Kingdom of Florenia
| Kingdom of Florenia |
King with the People
Part of the Electorate of Ashany
|- Monarch||Eran I|
|- Prime Minister||HRH The Prince Nathan|
|Legislature||Parliament of Florenia|
|Established||22 April 2011 |
|Area claimed||25 acres|
|Currency||American dollar ($)|
Florenia, officially the Kingdom of Florenia, is a sovereign state with a constitutional monarchy, commonly referred to as a micronation. Florenia is situated in North America, and is bordered completely by the United States of America. Florenia claims 24 acres of territory, and has a population of 13, five of which are residents.
Florenia was founded by The Prince Nathan in April 2011. The Monarch is official head of state, and has limited powers. The Prince Nathan currently serves as Prime Minister, Florenia's head of government. The Legislative body of Florenia is the Parliament, which is the law making body of the entire Kingdom. Electorates are the territorial divisions that may elect Members to serve in Parliament. Currently, there is only one electorate, the Electorate of Ashany, Florenia's capital.
The name "Florenia" is derived from the Floren Family and Floren Pond, which constitutes most of the Kingdom. The suffix "ia" indicates that it is a piece of land, and so "Florenia" can be taken to mean either "Land of Floren" or "Floren Land".
See main article: History of Florenia
The Kingdom of Florenia was founded on 22 April 2011 by The Prince Nathan. There had been a former nation of the same territory also founded by the Prince a few months before, known as the Republic of the Floren Lands, but this is unrecognized by the current Kingdom.
The Electorate of Ashany was originally part of the United States, specifically the State of Connecticut. During the mid 1900's, the land was owned by the Floren Family. It was a large farm and encompassed far more land than Florenia does today. The Florens divided their land into many properties and turned a large marsh into a 17 acre pond by redirecting a small stream, and kept the property of about 8 acres which held their barn and house, and the pond as their property, which Florenia constitutes at present. After a few different owners, the Floren's property was bought by the Florenian Royal Family in late 1998.
Prince Nathan had no knowledge of micronations when he founded the original Republic of Florenia around April 22 2011 (this date is used for the official foundation, but was found to be possibly incorrect after investigation). The Prince forgot about the new nation for some time, then changed the name when he realized that with a King, Florenia must be a Kingdom. He then discovered that other small countries like Florenia existed, a finding which helped to inspire him further. He declared himself Prime Minister around 17 August 2011, and uses this date as the official date for beginning of his Premiership, however uses the original date of foundation, April 22, as the beginning of the reign of Eran I. Before August 17, Florenia was essentially operating under dictatorial rule by the Prince, and simple decisions made during that time are recognized. He began working on a Constitution largely based on the Austenasian political system, which he eventually completed in early September 2011.
There was no official foundation of the Kingdom until the signing of the Constitution, which began by declaring Florenia an independent nation, separate from the United States, on September 5, 2011. The Constitution laid out many government functions, but was largely improvised and not entirely thought over by Prince Nathan. After the signing of the Constitution, many acts were passed in the one-man unofficial Parliament, although all Acts were following the Constitution. Many of the ideas and functions laid out in the Constitution have been changed officially, and the Constitution is thought of not as a basis of Law but a starting point for the nation to be guided by. Since the only member of Parliament is currently the Prime Minister, all of the Laws are written and automatically approved by him, then given to the King to grant Royal Assent.
Prince Nathan announced that, under the mandate of Act 6, the first election for Prime Minister was to take place from 22 to 31 of December 2011. Two candidates, The Prince Nathan and The Prince Henry, announced their intentions to stand for election. Since there were only two candidates, the Primary Elections were skipped and the General Election began immediately. Prince Henry dropped out of the election before voting commenced, so Prince Nathan won by default. He was never officially sworn in as Prime Minister, but his position as leader of the Kingdom was solidified.
The official outlining the functions of Parliament in an Act of the unofficial Parliament brought fourth many new Acts and Laws. This includes the foundations of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the College of Arms. All Acts passed under the previous unofficial Parliament still stand. Under the Parliament Act 2012, Prince Nathan was given powers of a Member of Parliament until an election in late July. He won this election, and became Member of Parliament for the Electorate of Ashany. Elections that were supposed to take place in December 2012 were skipped due to logistical flaw on behalf of the government. The government has reported no messages from disgruntled citizens of Florenia about the mistake, and the government is still deciding which course of action it should take regarding rescheduling. Although the Cabinet has three individuals, the only active member of government is The Prince Nathan. He writes all Acts of Parliament, a process that can take upwards of six months. Parliament keeps a generally consistent output of legislation.
Florenia is governed under a constitutional parliamentary monarchy. The head of state of Florenia is the Monarch, and the head of government is the Prime Minister. Although there are no official branches of government, there are three very distinct separations; Executive, Monarchy, and Legislative.
The Prime Minister is the elected, head of government and executive leader of the Kingdom of Florenia. He or she has the responsibility of the leading the Cabinet and appointing all government ministers. The Prime Minister's jobs include all listed under Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution and all others created by acts of Parliament. The first and current Prime Minister, The Prince Nathan, wrote into the Constitution that the Prime Minister has royal duties as well, such as crowning Monarchs. It has been concluded that the Monarch and Prime Minister should work together to run the country, however the latter has far more political power.
Unlike many nations with a Prime Minister, the Florenian Prime Minister is not a legislative office but a completely separate executive office. The Florenian Prime Minister is more presidential than those of other nations, as the Prime Minister is elected separately from Parliament, and candidates do not need to be Members of Parliament. This is similar to the office of Prime Minister of Austenasia.
The Monarch is the official head of state of the Kingdom of Florenia. The Monarch has royal duties as well as parliamentary duties, such as attending parliamentary sessions and giving the Royal Consent for acts and laws being passed. The current Monarch is Eran I. He is the owner of the land which Florenia is based and is the father of The Prince Nathan, The Prince Henry, and The Prince Zachary, who are the next in line to the Throne. The Monarch serves as an unbiased and not politically affiliated face of the government and of the nation as a whole, and is meant to keep the country united despite politicians in power.
The line of succession to the Florenian Throne is quite unusual and different to that of most monarchies. It stretches to only the immediate family of Eran I, ending with his niece. Next in line is Queen Jane's father, The Earl Fialko, and then her immediate family, ending with her sister. The reason for this that although Eran I is the official monarch, the kingdom was founded when they were married, so Prince Nathan found it fair for the Queen's family to be included.
The Parliament of Florenia is comprised of the elected Members of Parliament of Florenian Electorates. Since there is one Electorate, Ashany, its Member of Parliament carries out the law making process. The current Member of Parliament for Ashany is Prince Nathan, who is also Prime Minister. Parliament legislates for Florenia, but to fully pass a law, Royal Consent by the Monarch must be given.
Parliament currently consists of Prince Nathan, who was officially elected on July 29th 2012. Under the constitution, a Member of Parliament, or Prime Minister, proposes and writes an act. Then, Parliament revises it and votes to pass it. Currently, the Prince types an act, and as there are no objections it is automatically passed by the simple act of himself proposing it. Then, he gives it to the King for consent (Royal Consent has so far not been refused). A wide range of acts are passed due to the stated belief of the Prime Minister that Acts for every aspect of the nation are needed to help codify Florenia's laws and make the country strong.
Foreign relations of the Kingdom of Florenia are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, there is one employee of the Ministry; the Minister, Prince Nathan, who was appointed by himself as Prime Minister to the position on 9 February 2013. Florenia has been a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational since early 2013. Although Florenia is forced to remain fairly inactive in the GUM because of time differences, Florenia finds its membership in the organization important to its diplomatic relations. Since June 13, 2013, the Kingdom has been on the Advancement Council of the GUM. Florenia has signed treaties with only two nations, but finds that its relations with nations they have not signed agreements with are just as strong. Florenia currently has a policy of only recognizing nations which it sees as serious, that is, are not fantasy nations or are based solely online or on imaginary planets or landmasses. Recognition can be granted by the Foreign Ministry, and many nations that the Kingdom has not contacted are recognized.
Florenia is completely surrounded by the State of Connecticut, and is comprised of only one territory comprised of four land masses, the Electorate of Ashany. Ashany has an approximate area of 25 acres, of which approximately 71% is water and 29% is land. The water mass, which is around 17.5 acres, is Floren Pond, the pond for which Florenia is named. The pond was originally a marsh, and was turned into a pond when a river was opened into the pond. Around the coast of Ashany, the water is only 2 to 3 feet deep. However, in the center of the pond, water can reach up to 12 feet. The pond has three islands, Nathan Island, Henry Island, and Zachary Island, which are named for the three children of Eran I. Nathan Island is the only island that can be stepped onto, and is decorated with a stone plaque commemorating the builders of the pond. Also, connected to the Nathan Island by tree roots, is a small island named Izzy Island, after the Princes' cousin Lady Isabella, Duchess of Fishrock. Zachary Island is the second largest, and Henry Island the largest out of the three. However, both are overgrown with shrubbery and cannot be walked on or explored further than what can be seen from the water. Around the islands, the water is extremely shallow and the lake bed extremely rocky.
The other terrain of Ashany, around 7.5 acres in area, is made up of forest, tall grass, and a groomed yard. Near to the pond is a small forest, inside of which is an old stone wall and multiple other dilapidated structures similar to it. Much of the land is also tall grass, which borders the pond and reaches all the way to the top of a large hill. Atop the hill that looks down on the pond is a well groomed, large yard with two main structures; the Royal Palace and the barn. The Royal Palace is the residence of the Royal family while in Ashany, and the barn is a structure that held farming equipment under the properties original ownership. The barn contains a loft with a bed, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a living area. The barn is a quasi guest house, however is rarely used as such. Next to the barn is a fenced in swimming pool.