Free State of Renasia
| Free State of Renasia (en)|
Renaziahu'gr' Tucco'rutl (vl)
Свободное Государство Реназия (ru)
"Omnes unum fieri"
All become one
Dots indicate FS Renasian Claims
|Largest city||Seconda Territory|
|Official language(s)||English (Veletan and Russian recognised)|
|Government||Meritocratic/Representative Democracy Hybrid|
|- Meritarch||Jacob Tierney|
|- Chancellor||Kuri Kabanov|
|- Supreme Judge||Samuel Krimmer|
|National animal||Blakiston's Fish Owl|
|Patron saint||Carl Sagan|
|This nation is a member of the GUM, SOOB and EMCO|
Free State of Renasia (Veletan: Renaziahu'gr' Tucco'rutl, Russian: Свободное Государство Реназия), sometimes more simply referred to as Renasia (Veletan: Renaziahu'tl, Russian: Реназия), is a small English-speaking micronation located within the claims of the United Kingdom. It is a member of the Grand Unified Micronational, in which it holds the ceremonial 'Founder' position, and a member of the Sovereign Order of the Open Book. Renasia Proper is primarily located in the United Kingdom, with inhabited claims in Edinburgh, UK and Hertfordshire, UK. Gishabrun SAR is primarily located in North America, with claims near Toronto, Canada and in Florida, USA. Azehtyl SAR is primarily located in the United States, more specifically the North-Western corner, with one claim within fairly close proximity of the Canadian Border.
Renasia is a part of the Scientopian Legacy, a socio-legal continuum, tracing Renasia's roots back to 2008, when it first arrived on the wiki as Scientopia. It helped to build up the community, with other who were around at the time, and created the Grand Unified Micronational. Its strong commitment to scientific and technological advancement set it aside for a majority of its existence, but now with organisations like the Sovereign Order of the Open Book more technocratic and science oriented nation have emerged, creating a sub-culture within the MicroWiki.
Renasia is a developed micronation, set to increase its economic activity in 2012. It has already a unique currency in the Pecune and holds a stock of silver and macronational currency, to back up its worth, currently 1 pecune holds a value of £0.66. It has a defined culture, and an extensive scientific background, including it very own company/research institute, RenTech. It is part of the European Micronational Culture Organisation, and has been since near the organisation's inception. With a heavy focus still on advancing technologically, Renasia stands as the MicroWiki's first Technocratic, science-focused nation.
Scientopia was founded on September 17th 2008 by Jacob Tierney, with the intention of creating a micronation that would focus chiefly on scientific and technological development. The original Scientopian state was largely autocratic, with the government being unilaterally appointed by a non-elected leadership. Tzar Tierney recognised that although this allowed the nation's founders to maintain control over the direction of the nation, it would not be an effective of governance otherwise and as such the concept of Weighted Democracy was developed to allow lower government officials and the general population to have a direct influence on government policy. From the day of its foundation Scientopia became actively involved in the greater intermicronational community and established bilateral ties with other nations emerging around the same time period, the Republic of Petorio, the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia and similar states being notable examples.
Exactly a month after the nation's establishment the Scientopian government established the Scientos Neuvas Aeronautics and Space Centre, an enterprise that the government described as being in charge of its "official space program" and having the goal of developing and successfuly testing some form of sophisticated rocket by the year 2020. Since foundation the Centre has been involved in various projects with the Scientopian Aeronautics and Space Agency, working to develop new technologies for use by the Scientopian government. In December 2008-January 2009 Scientopia was actively involved in an attempt to unite members of the MicroWiki Community by establishing a large intermicronational organisation - these efforts are now considered to have been enormously successful, resulting in the foundation of the Grand Unified Micronational, an institution that has had a major impact on the wiki's community.
Scientopia became embroiled in a major international dispute in February 2009 when the Scientopian government, concerned about the political platform of the Empire of New Europe, became involved with rebels within the Erusian political sphere to expose an excerpt from a meeting of the Empire's central legislature. This excerpt appeared to suggest that the Empire's government was fundamentally racist and advocated white nationalism, leading Scientopia to assist in a campaign to bring this record to the attention of the greater community. The exposure of the record resulted in a trial for the Empire of New Europe by the GUM which resulted in their expulsion - at the same trial however, it was revealed that the intelligence services of the Union of Socialist Micronational Republics had found conclusive evidence that Scientopia had exposed the data, resulting in their temporary suspension.
Immediately after the GUM authorised Scientopia to return to its active membership, the nation went to war with New Europe in a conflict now known as the Meissner-Antifan War, asserting that national laws and policies obliged them to go to war with New Europe. This conflict caused a great rift in the MicroWiki Community and came close to escelating into an intercontinental micronational war involving the majority of the community. Initially support for Scientopia was strong but as the war escelated support for both sides began to drop away - a day after the USMR declared it was now supporting New Europe, Scientopia and the Empire agreed to compromise and the conflict came to a close. Although the intermicronational reputation of Scientopia may have been damaged, it quickly recovered and as of May 2009 no nation has been shown to bare any illwill towards them or New Europe because of the war's events. The next month, Scientopia joined the Empire of New Europe in the war against Camuria, demonstrating the two nations had reconciled in the face of a common enemy. The conflict resulted in a truce between the major belligerents but is generally believed to have gone in favour of New Europe and her allies.
When the community once more entered into a period of general peace and political stability, the Scientopian government - with the assistance of the Scientopian People's Front, a small Communist movement within the nation - began the process of opening up the State more through internal if somewhat limited democratic reform. In the months that followed the government demonstrated a greater committment to social development (Scientopia had, and continued to, pursue economic development from the early days of her existence), adopting Democracy and Socialism as the basis of its new socio-economic system.
In April 2009 Scientopia found itself plagued by a potentially fatal political divsion. The national government, in particular Tzar Tierney, had long been uncomfortable with the incumbent Supreme Overlord Proud, a senior leader who they felt was not truly dedicated to the ideals of the nation. It was decided that he should be removed and replaced by now-Suzerain Josh Lee - Proud responded by declaring that he was breaking away from the national government to establish "PartyHardtopia", a nation that has been met with great criticism from Scientopia's numerous micronational allies. In light of the event, which the government terms the Scientopian Divide, Tzar Tierney re-named the nation to New Scientopia and began the process of recruiting new, more serious citizens. New Scientopia was considered a separating of the wheat from the chaff, metaphorically speaking. Despite this, the member base was strictly depleted, and so many jobs suddenly fell on members who previously had been fairly well respected and experienced, but ultimately gifted easy work schedules and departments to delegate tasks to. Between September and December 2009, New Scientopia, due to a lack of participation and due to a heavily overworked Tzar fell into disrepair. It made no appearance in any major issues and its member base collapsed.
Republic of Renasia
This final straw broke the Scientopian ideals, and so a renaissance was needed to restore a sense of structure and to put a new and more friendly face on the micronation in order to recruit new citizens, and hardline policies on things like placing rationality first and the marked strict secularism had to be removed. Out of this Renaissance, Renasia was born, on the 21st of December 2009. Renasia opened up the traditional Scientopian culture and society to other, less scientifically focus members. This action was unfortunately failed, due to a lack of knowledge and advertisement about Renasia. After a period of months, Renasia collapsed in a similar manner, and soon enough, Renasia merged with the like minded Egtavia in a long term and stable relationship. The intervening period with Renasia as part of Egtavia was a stable and peaceful period in which Renasians integrated into Egtavian culture and worked side by side with Jacob Tierney taking up a lead role in a defence and research. It was, however, not fully legalised until late in August 2011. The union, however, was fruitful and has left a distinct imprint on Technocratic Renasia. However, on Tuesday 6th 2011 it was exposed that Pierre d'Égtavie had willingly deceived Jacob Tierney with regards to his intention and his word in dealing with the dossier released outlining a compilation of information regarding one Aldrich Lucas, and had being committing full espionage against both Mr. Tierney, Mr. Lethler and the newly founded GUM, and as such, the Amalgamation treaty was terminated unilaterally by Renasia.
At this junction, Technocratic Renasia was formed. Having learned much from Egtavia despite the issues that had broken apart the union, Technocratic Renasia was initially, and for the sake of ease set up as an Autocracy. Jacob Tierney was yet again appointed head, given regards to his long run previously, and was granted a one year term as Renasian Imperator. This position, in its establishment, was outlined to only exist until such a time as a Constitution and full legislature could be instated. In October of 2011, Renasian Technical (or RenTech as it is most commonly known), was founded, and set up as a joint company and research institute in charge of all Renasian science and technology. Currently state subsidised, it aims to be commercially viable by the end of the year 2012 at latest. In this same month, the Pecune was created, giving Renasia her own currency. The Renasian Locus was set up in November 2011, giving both Renasians and none Renasians key news, opinion pieces, and a view into Renasian culture. Currently Renasia's only news source, the aim of which is not disseminate only the most accurate news, as it happens, and a set of insightful though necessarily less balanced opinion pieces, it hopes to become a respected and reference micronational paper of note over the coming years. By December 2011, a constitution had been written, running nearly five thousand words, outlining the rights and responsibilities of both citizen and state. However, not enough citizens to form a legislative chamber had been found, and thus the position of Imperator remained.
Early Free State
The transition to Free State occurred when the nation transitioned to a free and direct democracy, with Jacob Tierney being moved into the role of Speaker of the Consortium, the legislation at the time. This position rendered him the spokesperson for the Consortium, the legislature of the nation. The Speaker performed all the tasks and duties that fall under the territory of Head of State in other countries; signing treaties, meeting foreign leaders, speaking on behalf of the nation and so on. It was in this period that Gishabrun SAR joined, under the leadership of Kuri Kabanov, to become Renasia second ever SAR and only standing one at the time. Over this period, Renasia continued to gain influence, with M. Tierney becoming Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational, and partially due to the power void being left by the minor degradation of previously large power blocs such as Nemkhavia and St. Charlie. Ultimately, however, this new system of complete citizen participation began to cause minor internal stagnation, and so a new Constitutional reform brought forth the Guntanu'tl, or High Council, system, not dissimilar to that seen in the Renaissance Republic. At the time of writing, this system is in the late stages of implementation. On the 25th Of February 2013 Azehtyl SAR joined the Free State (the third SAR ever) under the leadership of Sam Krimmer. On the 2nd of March 2013 Kozuc SAR was formally accepted into the Free State (becoming thus the fourth ever SAR) bringing the total of current SARs to 3. On March 11th, 2013 Sam Krimmer was elected the first Supreme Judge.
Government and politics
Under current circumstances, once yearly, the Renasian population hold a vote for the position of Chancllor. This elected head of state, and the runner up, their Vice-Chancellor, become the elected representatives of the people on the Guntanu'tl. The Chancellor is in charge of monitoring the meritocratic rating system and working with the Meritarch as Head of State; signing treaties, meeting foreign leaders, speaking on behalf of the nation and so on. The Chancellor and their Vice provide ratings to achievements of citizens, submitted anonymously, which go to giving that person a net ranking. This ranking is used to determine the top two citizens in terms of meritocratic level, who become the Meritarch and Vice Meritarch, forming the Meritocratic half of the council. The completed council is then formed when these members appoint a Supreme Judge who serves as the Judiciary power of the land, overlooking criminal and constitutional matters.
Organs of the Government
The Legislo-executive: The Legislo-executive consists of the Guntanu'tl, who have the fused powers both of legislative and executive in normal running of the country. However, given that at any time to populous may force a binding referendum on an issue, it could be said that true legislative power rests still in the body of the people, and that it is 'lent' to the Guntanu'tl for the smooth running of the country on a day to day basis..
The Judiciary: The Judiciary consists of the Supreme Judge, and their appointed judges, up to three, who make up the court. Together, they are charged with assessing the constitutionality of any new law before it is passed to the legislature. They also judge cases in which constitutionality is disputed, and served to preside over the regulation of laws and statutes. The Judiciary shall have the power, over its jurisdiction, which shall be, unless formally amended, all of Renasia to:
- Maintain priority ruling as the highest court in Renasia
- Establish a system of courts to try cases across Renasia
- Request the testimony of any Renasian
- Acquire evidence that will aid in any cases
- Create precedents which must be noted formally and precisely in a codex, which shall be known as the Precedent Codex. This Codex will be used to assess future cases, and can only be altered by a Judicial Hearing and Trial, in which a majority of the Judiciary must agree to any alteration.
Proper Legislative Protocol
For a bill to become law, it must pass through the following procedure:
- It must be drafted by the executive, and once finished, sent across to the Judiciary. The Judiciary decide whether or not the bill complies with the constitution.
- It is either vetoed, if it is irreparably in conflict with the constitution (that is, if its very nature is unconstitutional), amended and returned (if it is only in minor conflict with the constitution), or simply returned (if it is found to be in line with the constitution).
- The people must be notified of the schedule for voting, and at minimum given one week before the voting to respond, should they wish to request information or attempt to force a referendum.
- The bill is then back in the hands of the Legislo-executive, who then vote upon the bill.
- Should a majority be reached, that decision is followed. If, due to abstinences, a draw occurs, the vote is turned over to referendum
- Regardless of the outcome, the populus still have another week, from the date of the passing of the bill, to request a referendum.
- Should this time pass without event, the bill is then enacted into law and becomes enforceable.
The Free State of Renasia has informal relations with a great deal of nations and has formalised in anyway only relations with those in Grand Unified Micronational by proxy of being in that organisation. The Free State of Renasia has what it considers good relations with the following nations, though this list is not exhaustive:
- Federal Republic of St.Charlie
- State of Sandus
- Empire of Austenasia
- Kingdom of Wyvern
- Zonian Confederacy
- Nemkhav Federation
- Republic of Egtavia
- Kingdom of Juclandia
Relations of special interest
State of Sandus: Renasian relations with Sandus are of the uttermost importance the the governments of both nations. Keen allies for an early point, both nations have been supportive of each other, although at times critical in ways that might be seen as less than constructive. Will Sörgel and Jacob Tierney are known to be personal friends, a key part of the long standing friendship between these nations may be this personal relationship between their two long standing leaders.
Federal Republic of St. Charlie: Renasian relations with St. Charlie have been, since the Socialists gained power, distant. However, maintaining good relations with St. Charlie is key to a healthy foreign affairs set up for Renasia. Having been the first members of the MicroWiki community to reach out as Scientopia, Renasia feels that the intermicronational relationship is an important and worthwhile one. M.Tierney has described St. Charlian politician Alexander Reinhardt as "A gentleman and a true statesman on the micronational stage...clever, and always with an insightful opinion".
- Republic of Egtavia: Given history, an extremely important relationship, both historically and currently, is that between Renasia and Egtavia. Despite all that has occurred, relations remain friendly, if a little more distant than previously. However, this relationship should not be underestimated, and maintaining and restrengthening it remains a key part of any future Renasian foreign affairs policy.
The Pecune is the currency unit utilised by the Free State of Renasia, created by Jacob Tierney just after the birth of Technocratic Renasia between the 8th of September and the 10th of September 2011. It has a proposed subunit, the Pecunette, not yet realised in any form. It is proposed every Pecune would break down into 64 Pecunettes.
It is a solely banknote based currency, with no coins currently planned. Each note shows on the obverse the likeness of a famous scientist or mathematician, their signature, and a quote from the relevant persona to inspire the values that made these men great into the hearts of the population.
The currency is backed by the silver reserve, with each Pecune only one nth of the treasury silver's net worth at a point where n Pecunes are in circulation. Currently, only the 1þ, 5þ, 10þ and 20þ notes are to be issued on an inital printing in October 2011, with the 50þ being added once the net worth of treasury silver reaches £150, when one will be printed, and one for every £100 added there after.
The notes are to be printed on professional grade cotton paper, sized with gelatine, and with security "call numbers" and inks to prevent copying.
The currency is managed by the Treasury, run by its Chancellor Will Thomas.
|DEFCON 1||War||Maximum readiness||White|
|DEFCON 2||War is Imminent||All Senior Gov. Officials given a security detail, all available Forces are to be mobilized||Red|
|DEFCON 3||Increase in overall readiness, all Police/Military on High Alert||Gutanu'tl Members given a Security Detail, Drones launched, Forces ready to mobilize and engage in less than 5 Hours||Yellow|
|DEFCON 4||Increased intelligence watch and strengthened security measures||Above normal readiness||Green|
|DEFCON 5||Lowest state of readiness||Normal readiness||Blue|
|150px||150px||1þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Isaac Newton||"If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants"|
|150px||150px||5þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Charles Darwin||"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change"|
|150px||150px||10þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Bertrand Russell||"I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food."|
|150px||150px||20þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Albert Einstein||"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted"|
|150px||150px||50þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Carl Sagan||"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring"|
|1þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Nikola Tesla||T = Wb/m²|
|5þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Blaise Pascal||Pa = N/m²|
|10þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||Michael Faraday||F = J/V²|
|20þ||7.27 x 17.37 cm||James Watt||W = V/Ω²|