Federal Republic of Francisville
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| Federal Republic of Francisville |
None yet official
Location of Francisville (dark green)
|Capital city||None (administration decentralised)|
|Official language(s)||Federal: English |
Cultural: Francillian, FrenchRegional: French, German, Ripuarian, Italian, Francillian, Francillish
|Government||Federal republic and direct democracy|
|- Federal Council||Cameron Falby |
James Puchowski (Pres.)
|- Chief Justice||Pending appointment|
|- Type||- Unicameral deliberative assembly|
|Area claimed||0.9 km²|
Francisville, officially the Federal Republic of Francisville (Francillian: Federalsrepublik Frankestädt /fɹʌnkəʃtæt/; French: République fédérale de Francisville; German: Bundesrepublik Frankestadt; Ripuarian: Bondesrepoblėck Frankestädt; Italian: Repubblica federale di Francisville; Francillish: Federaale Republik vus Frankestaad), is a landlocked federal republic of four semi-autonomous cantons, bordered by the Landashir, Pristinia, Erephisia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Founded in November 2008 as the Democratic Duchy of Francisville, Francisville was a constitutional monarchy ruled by the Grand Duke. Between 2009 and 2010, it was instrumental in the development of the MicroWiki community and a prominent member of the Grand Unified Micronational along with Erusia, Renasia, Petorio, and St.Charlie. Francisville has a history of strong neturality, and has never been involved in a micronational war. It became inactive from late 2011 until summer 2012. The duchy and monarchy were abolished following a referendum in 2011 which led to a long constitutional convention which developed the modern Francillian state.
Modern Francisville is a federal republic and direct democracy led by a directorial executive, the Federal Council. Francisville is linguistically diverse, with seven languages being spoken across the federation including the national language, Francillian. Francisville celebrates its national day on November 28th; the foundation date of the Duchy.
- Main article: History of Francisville
Francisville has existed in its present form as a federal republic since a period in 2011 known as the June Convention. The foundation of Francisville is dated back to 28 November 2008 with the establishment of the Democratic Duchy of Francisville. Francisville began to integrate into the MicroWiki community in January 2009.
- Main article: Democratic Duchy of Francisville
A third constitution was adopted in March 2009 which allowed the government to claim physical territory, following which Francisville establish the municipalities of Culloden and Dalcross. Francisville joined the United Micronations in the same month. In April 2009 Jamie Sutherland, Grand Duke of Francisville, proposed that a further constitution be adopted by referendum in order to discontinue the monarchy's executive role and establish a functional legislature. The fourth and final constitution of the Democratic Duchy was adopted in May of that year, and the first election of the Chamber of Deputies was completed on June 3, 2009.
On July 13, Grand Duke Jamie Sutherland was elected Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational, during which time Francisville's reputation as a neutral power was enhanced by her role as a negotiator in the Rhodesian War. In response to the conflict, Jamie Sutherland announced Francisville's withdrawal from the UNMCN on July 30. Later that year, Francisville was a signatory to the GUM's Treaty of Universal Non-Aggression. Francisville celebrated her first founders day on November 28, 2009.
Francisville again acted as a negotiator during disputes between Sandus and New Scireland in January 2010. The country's international involvement in the MicroWiki community declined as the year progressed, mostly as an effort to distance Francisville from the influence of Erusia. The second assembly of the Chamber of Deputies was elected in June 2010. Following the exposure of Robert Lethler and the dissolution of Erusia, Francisville showed an increased media presence due to its connection with historical events. In August 2010, interest in a Francillian language was rekindled. Despite these developments, Francisville increasingly isolated herself from the community and the government had become relatively inactive by November of that year.
- Main article: Francillian Constitutional Convention 2011
After a six month period of inactivity, discussion concerning the nation's future developed within Francisville's political institutions. In June 2010, the Chamber of Deputies endorsed a declaration by the Grand Duke for the revision of the structure of the state. This declaration advocated a consensus based constitutional convention with the aim of establishing a republic with strong elements of direct democracy. After over a year's worth of debate, consultation and referendums, the Constitution was ratified by an absolute majority of voters on August 30, 2012.
- Main article: Geography of Francisville
Francisville is situated in North America, and Western and Central Europe, occupying approximately one square kilometre of land. It is bordered by three sovereign states (the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany) and three micronations (Landashir, Pristinia and Erephisia). The 4km long border between Wasserbrueck and the United Kingdom is the longest uninterrupted boundary with another state. The federation has no coastline as all four cantons cantons are landlocked. Wasserbrueck is bordered by a river to the south and two footbridges link the canton with the Scotland.
Despite the discontinuity of its physical location, Francisville has a broadly continuous geography, consisting mainly of woodland and rural areas. The country is predominately non-urbanised and farmland comprises approximately 60% of the total land area. The most prominent developed areas are in New Scireland and Kiirchbuerg, which is also Francisville's principle industrial region. The greater area of Rudno consists of a significant expance of park- and woodland, as well as a still freshwater body. The territory of North Llabdey consists almost entirely of dense woodland which is connected to the border by one road.
All cantons of Francisville are located within some form of a temperate/mesothermic climatic zone (Group C according to Köppen). However, Wasserbrueck, Rudno and North Llabdey, experience a maritime temperate climate (Köppen Cfb), while New Scireland experiences a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). Regardless of these similar climates, temperatures throughout the Federal Republic vary greatly, with Rudno experiencing the highest temperatures in general and Wasserbrueck the lowest. Precipitation also varies greatly, with the most precipitation occuring in Wasserbrueck.
- Main article: Politics of Francisville
Francisville is a federal, democratic republic in the form of a directorial presidential system. The current political system is laid down by the Constitution of Francisville which will be official enacted in August 2012 following the abolition of the monarchy by the process of the June Convention. This process has transformed Francisville from a unitary, parliamentary monarchy into a federal republic by means of democratisation and federalisation through a series of referendums.
The executive branch consists of the Federal Council which is directly elected for four month terms. A collegiate body of three, five, or seven executive councillors, it serves as the collective Head of State and directs the federal administration. The Federal Council elects the President of Francisville from amongst its members to act as its presiding member. The president is recognised as a primus inter pares with no additional authority who will continue their own role within the federal administration. The Federal Supreme Court serves as the constitutional court. Justices are be appointed by the Federal Council for one year terms.
Since the June Convention, Francisville has been a direct democracy at federal level and this has been continued under the 2012 constitution. Federal laws are determined through a process of referenda and initiatives, deliberated by the Federal Chamber. Each canton constitutes one electoral district, electing a number of members proportional to its population for four month terms. The Federal Chamber is delegated the responsibilities of drafting federal legislation and proposals are submitted to the people and the cantons. The single transferable vote is used for the election of the Federal Council and the Federal Chamber.
- Main article: Voting in Francisville
The cantons have the right to determine their own political systems with the stipulation that this must be in the form of a secular, democratic republic. The cantons are only obliged to institute partial direct democracy on important issues. The cantons must secure the right to a referendum on any law if demanded by one fifth of the population within 28 days of its publication. Referendums are mandatory for constitutional reforms, and international or intercantonal treaties and agreements.
- Main article: Cantons of Francisville
Francisville is a federation, consisting of four semi-autonomous cantons.
The cantons establish their own constitutions, governments, and legal systems. The cantons are considered autonomous entities in their own right, and maintain authority over all matters that are not explicitly delegated to the federation by the constitution or federal law. The cantons of New Scireland and Wasserbrueck were formed through the division of the Democratic Duchy of Francisville, whereas North Lladbey and Rudno were integrated into the federation during the constitutional convention.
The cantons are free to determine their own internal structure. Administrative divisions vary between individual cantons but collectively they are loosely referred to as districts. The canton of North Llabdey is a unitary state with no district level of government.
- Main article: Foreign relations of Francisville
|“||Francisville is a neutral country.||”|
—§78.I of the Francillian Constitution
Francisville currently does not have foreign relations with any nation, as it has not yet elected a federal government and thus has no capacity to enter into foreign relations. However, it is expected that the issue will be examined once a government has been elected. As per the Constitution, the nation will not be able to enter into military alliances or participate in any conflict.
The constitution delegates responsiblity for law enforcement to the cantons, who each operate their own police force. The federal authorities aid cooperation between these agencies and provide criminal investigation services, but no law enforcement agency exists at federal level.
Main article: Economy of Francisville
Main article: Francillian Franc
Main article: Demographics of Francisville
Main article: Languages of Francisville
See also: Francillian language
Francisville is a linguistically diverse country due to the fact that the cantons regulate their own official languages. English is the only language with legal standing at federal level, and Rudno is the only canton where it is not an official language. Apart from English, the most commonly spoken languages in Francisville are French (62%), German (42%), and Italian (31%). Additionally, the Ripuarian language is spoken and official in Rudno. Rudno is as yet also the only canton to have a citizen who has not attained a native level in the English language.
Francisville is known for Francillian; a central franconian based constructed language originating in Wasserbrueck. Although it is only official in this one canton, it is considered the national language and is used for cultural purposes throughout the country. Some figures have called for the language to become an official at federal level but not further discussion has developed on the issue. Francillish, a related language, is spoken in North Llabdey which neighbours Landashir.
Main articles: Education in Francisville
See also: University of Francisville
Main article: Culture of Francisville
- Main article: Media in Francisville
Francisville is home to a relatively rich media landscape. The Francillian is a privately-published online newspaper about the political affairs of Francisville and, to a much lesser extent, the MicroWiki community at large. There is also a Francillian-language publication, d'Zäit (Francillian: The Time[s]), an equally privately maintained online cultural magazine.
Furthermore, some cantons are in relative proximity to other micronations and thus can benefit from coverage by their news agencies. For example, the Canton of Rudno benefits from Pristinian publications like the Pristinian Herald, the Pioniermagazin and the Weiherland-Kurier (for further information, see: Media and entertainment in Pristinia), whereas the Canton of North Llabdey benefits from coverage by the St.Charlian Observer due to neighbouring Landashir's membership in the St.Charlian Commonwealth.
- Main article: Francillian cuisine
Francillian cuisine is dominated by its confectionery, bakedstuffs and alcoholic beverages. In fact, the Francillian apple pie has achieved the status of somewhat of a meme within the MicroWiki community, as an image thereof which had not yet been inserted into an article was mistaken for a useless, random image unrelated to micronationalism.
|“||The organs of state are established for [...] the protection of human rights and dignity.||”|
—§2.I of the 2012 Francillian Constitution
Francillian society is dominated by an egalitarian, libertarian weltanschauung influenced by the works of John Locke (such as his Two Treatises of Government), among others. The Francillian people, in general, place great emphasis on human, civil, political, scientific and cultural rights. In fact, the rights section of its current constitutional draft is the longest single section of its constitution and currently presumed the largest legal document outlining citizens' rights in all of micronationalism. Hence, most Francillians could, in terms of their social views, be accurately described as modern humanists.
Francisville as a nation is not very active in terms of ball sports, though many citizens enjoy chess, cycling and hiking. An event is also planned for the future where citizens from across Francisville will be invited to participate in a non-competitive cayaking tour of Scotland via its canals.
In terms of the activity of watching sport as a form of entertainment, the most commonly watched sports are football (soccer), table tennis and handball. However, most Francillians do not regularly watch sports or even strongly support any team, as other leisure activities, such as reading, writing and the composition of music, are more popular within Francisville.
- National Archives of Francisville: Constitution (2008). Retrieved 20/02/2012.
- National Archives of Francisville: Constitution (March 2009) Retrieved 22/02/2012
- National Archives of Francisville: Legislative Election (May 2009)Retrieved 22/02/2012
- Declaration of the Republic Accessed 11/08/2012
|Available conlangs: • Francillian|