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Democratic Republic of Starland

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Democratic Republic of Starland
República Democrática del Starland

Starland flag.jpg

Flag
Starland coat of arms.jpg
Coat of Arms

Motto
Unum populum, unam populi finis mutuam
One nation, One People, One Common Goal
Anthem
God Bless Starland
California
Capital city Star City
Largest city Star City
Official language(s) English, Spanish
Official religion(s) Christian, Agnostic
Demonym Starlander
Government Democratic republic
- Prime Minister
Nik Hart
Established August 28, 2009 (official, as Kingdom)

September 10, 2010 (Republic)

March 31, 2011 (First Empire)

May 15, 2011 (Second Empire)

July 18, 2011 (Social Democratic Republic)

August 10, 2011 (Democratic Socialist Republic)

August 20, 2011 (Second Social Democratic Republic)

August 24, 2011 (Union)

March 31, 2012 (Reestablished)

Population 2
Currency Starland Dollar (S)
Time zone (UTC -8, -9 during DST) Starland Standard Time
National sport American football
National animal California Kingsnake
Patron saint General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
This nation is a member of the Vanguard Powers

This nation is a member of the Free State Union

This nation is a member of NAMCO

This nation is a member of the AMU

This nation is a member of the League of Carteratian Micronations

This nation is a member of the Coalition Against Terrorist States

This nation is a member of the IMTO


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The Democratic Republic of Starland is a secessionist micronation located and based in Northern California.


Contents

Etymology

Starland name was relatively picked at random. A list of names included Sonora, NorCal, and others. Finally Hart settled on the name of Starland.

Government

Starland for most of its existence was relatively based upon friends and family who were, for the most part, not really involved with the country at all. Starland was ruled as a Kingdom until from August 28, 2009-September 10, 2010 before being turned into a Republic, then an empire and then a republic again. It is a de facto democratic republic but ultimately has been ruled as a benevolent dictatorship with democratic principles.


History

Pre-Micronational era

For 13,000 to 15,000 years, Native American Tribes inhabited the areas of what is now the Western United States. It wasn't until the 1500s that Spanish conquerors laid claim to the lands of what is now modern-day California and the American southwest. In 1602, Spanish explorer, Sebastián Vizcaíno mapped the region as New Spain. From 1769-1821, California was ruled by the Spanish Empire, followed by the Mexican War for Independence which saw California under a brief period under Mexican rule (1821-1846). In 1846, citizens and new settlers in the area revolted against Mexico in what became known as the Bear Flag Revolt. California declared independence from Mexico on June 14, 1846, setting up its capital in Sonoma. The California Republic lasted for less than a month before being occupied by American forces. After a few battles in the Mexican-American War, the United States officially siezed California in 1848, along with the entire southwest. In 1849-1850, eastern and European settlers began swarming to California with the discovery of gold. It would be granted statehood in 1850 and for the next one hundred and fifty years, it continued to grow and thrive with the building and continuous expansion of cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2008, within the East Bay, a interest in micronationalism began to grow. Finally, on August 28, 2009, what became the Starlander nation declared its soveriegnty and independence from California and from the United States.


Emerald Isle Revolution, turmoil, and second government collapse

In March and April 2011, the Republic and, later, Empire got involved in the conflict in Emerald Isle. Starland fought a political war alongside its ally until its conclusion on April 9th. With a new government and new leaders, Starland soon found itself falling into small periods of inactivity and internal squabbles. In early May, a rebel group overthrew the government and ran it for two days before before being defeated. The government soon collapsed again and the population suffered another drop. The government entered a transitional phase for a two week period in May as it voted to continue the nation, reform its government, and vote for a new leader. On May 21, the Second Empire was declared and a new government was sworn in. The Imperial Assembly that had existed for the last few months had been abolished in favor of, once again, a unicameral legislature (Imperial Parliament). The new government abolished the office of President and established full executive power with the Prime Minister and full legislative power with the Parliament while the monarch held no official power.

Downfall

On March 31 2012, Nik Hart sent an email to many micronational leaders that he had effectively been the sole active citizen of Starland, and that most of the country's alleged citizens never existed. Hart apologized for his long-running hoax, and expressed a desire to remain in the MicroWiki community nonetheless.

Government

Starland is a democratic republic governed by a constitution which outlines the basic laws and guidelines. The head of the government is the Prime Minister who is responsible for the nation's defense, security, and Armed Forces and acts as commander-in-chief. The citizens of Starland have the power to vote for their leaders and laws and to run for office. To vote, they must achieve the age of sixteen and to run for office they must be seventeen.


Foreign relations

Starland has an open-door policy recognizing several other micronations and has been active in establishing friendly relations with fellow micronationalists.

It has a strong anti-dictatorship sentiment opposing governments like China and North Korea and even was involved in a so-called "war" on the military junta in Niger. The nation has developed a strong pro-peace sentiment and operates under their "Why fight when we can negotiate?" campaign. Starland recently has ended its conflicts and avoids others by working through crises or remaining neutral. It is a member nation in Vanguard Powers, Free States Union, AMU, and NAMCO.


Recognized nations

Flag Nation Status
Flag of Skendal and Unified Kozuc.png Federal Soviet State of Kozuc Formal relations
FedRep Domanglia Flag.png Kingdom of Domanglia Formal relations with Domanglia since the Domanglian Federation.
No relations ever established with the Theodorists.
Noflag.png The Walker Democracy Formal relations
DPRT.png Tiana Formal relations
Flag of the Hamlinian Republic.png Hamlinian Republic Ally
Yurtyzstanflag.jpg Democratic People's Republic of Yurtyzstan Ally
Flag of Burkland.png Marxist People's Republic of Burkland Ally
Flag of Grunkia.jpg Federal Republic of Grunkia Ally
WestsylvaniaFlag.png Westsylvania Ally
Authoritarian flag.jpg Valnor Ally
Flag of The Preisser Treaty 2.png Parliamentary Republic of Dorzhabad| Ally
REIflag.png Republic of Emerald Isle Ally
Uslssrflag.png Union of South London Soviet Socialist Republics Ally
Flatlandflg.png Federal Republic of Flatland Ally
DRCI.png Democratic Republic of Cliff Island Ally
Flagv3.png Empire of New Europe Ally
Flagfreedomia.jpg Empire of Freedomia Ally
FlagofSandus.png State of Sandus Recognized
Flag of the Republic of Nasatroe.jpg Republic of Nasatroe Ally
Niestataflag.jpg Constitutional Republic of Niestata Formal relations
Flag of Georgeton.png Most Glorious and Imperial Duchy of Georgeton Formal relations
Flag of Calsahara.png Kingdom of Calsahara Formal relations
Vikeslandflag.jpg Kingdom of Vikesland Informal relations
Flag of the DuPonty Monarchy.png DuPonty Monarchy Formal relations
PPR Flag 2.png Prsänëa People's Republic (A1) Informal relations
Flag of Wilcsland.png Kingdom of Wilcsland Recognized
Vlag.jpg Grand Duchy of Flandrensis Formal relations
Flag Of Lbp.gif Federal Republic of Los Bay Petros Informal relations
Atlantis.flag.png Republic of Atlantis Formal relations
Secundomia Official Flag.jpg Republic of Secundomia Formal relations
Danesland flag.1.png Socialist People's Republic of Danesland Recognized
Uberflag.jpg Kingdom of Überstadt Informal relations
Better flag ultamiya.png Republic of Ultamiya Informal relations
Senyaflag.png Democratic Environmental Society of Senya Recognized
Aericaflag.jpg Aerican Empire Informal relations
Flag of Seborga.png Principality of Seborga Informal relations
A1flag2.png Federated Republics of A1 Informal relations
Flag of Sirocco.png Federal Commonwealth of Sirocco Recognized
WyvernFlagImproved.png Kingdom of Wyvern Recognized
National Flag of Rukora.jpg Educational Republic of Rukora Recognized
Imperial Republic Flag Wiki.png Nemkhav Federation Recognized
Zealandian flag.png Kingdom of Zealandia Informal relations
Flag of Dale Republic.png Dale Republic Recognized
Yabloko flag.png Students' Isocratic Oligarchy of Yabloko Informal relations
Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia Informal relations
Flag of Sealand.svg Principality of Sealand Informal relations
Molossia flag.png Republic of Molossia Informal relations
Noflag.png Hutt River Province Principality Informal relations
Flagofrwa.jpg West Antarctica Recognized
Egtaviaflag.png Republic of Egtavia Recognized
IsraelFlag.png Israel Recognized
Palestine.png Palestine Recognized
500px-Flag of Libya (1951) svg.png Libyan Republic Recognized as legitimate government of Libya
500px-Flag of South Sudan svg.png Republic of South Sudan Recognized
Flag of Somaliland.png Republic of Somaliland Recognized
Flag of Tibet.png Independent Tibet Recognized as Independent state from China
Flag of Hong Kong.svg.png Hong Kong Recognized as completely independnt from China
Flag of the Republic of China.png Republic of China (Taiwan) Recognized as independent from PR China
Flag of the Vatican City.svg.png State of Vatican City Recognized
Flag of San Marino.svg.png Republic of San Marino Recognized
Flag of Andorra.svg.png Principality of Andorra Recognized
Flag of Kosovo.png Republic of Kosovo Recognized
Flag of Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro Recognized
Flag of Niger.png Republic of Niger Recognized
Flag of the United Nations.png Most members of the UN Recognized
Free Syria flag.png Syrian opposition (anti-government protesters and demonstrators, National Council of Syria) Recognized as the legitimate government

Unrecognized nations

+ denotes diplomatic embargo

  • Plokooñan Empire+
  • Draco Republic+
  • People's Democratic Republic of Pugguinia+
  • Republic of Belarus+
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) +
  • People's Republic of China +
  • South Ossentia
  • Abkhazia
  • Myanmar (Burma) +
  • Islamic Republic of Iran +
  • Zimbabwe
  • Venezuela
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • United States of America
  • Somalia
  • Western Sahara
  • Cuba
  • British West Florida
  • Mustachistan
  • Saharistan

Heroes of the State

Enemies of the state

  • Phil Heisner(left-wing extremism) CONVICTED
  • Joseph Kony (right wing Christian extremism, crimes against humanity, rape, kidnapping, terrorism, torture)
  • Michelle Bachmann (right-wing extremism)
  • President Bashar al-Assad (dictator, crimes against humanity, militancy, right wing Arab extremism)
  • Muhammad al-Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi CAPTURED , Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, Hannibal Muammar al-Gaddafi, Ruhollah al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, Milad al-Gaddafi, and Ayesha al-Gaddafi (support of a dictator/human rights abuser, crimes against humanity)
  • Regime and any supporters of the Regime of Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (support for Muammar Gaddafi, crimes against humanity)
  • Kim Jong-un (crimes against humanity)
  • Alexander Lukashenko (dictator)
  • All members of the Ba'ath Party (militant group, Fascist regime, crimes against humanity)
  • All members of the Taliban (militant group, crimes against humanity, terrorism)
  • Fairhaven Baptist Church, Believer's Baptist Church and Hephzibah House (right-wing Christian extremism and crimes against humanity)
  • All other members of the Al Qaeda terrorist network (terrorism, militant group, crimes against humanity)
  • All members of the Westboro Baptist Church (right-wing, christian extremism)
  • All members of the National Democratic Party of Germany (right-wing Christian extremism, fascism, militant group)
  • All members of neo-Nazi parties and organizations (right-wing Christian extremism, fascism, militancy)
  • All members of the American Tea Party Movement and Californian Tea Party Express (right-wing Christian extremism)
  • All members of the New People's Army of the Phillipines (left-wing extremism, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, drug trafficking)
  • All members of the Haqqani Network (terrorism, militancy, crimes against humanity, and extremism)
  • All members of Hezbollah (terrorism, militancy, crimes against humanity, and extremism)

Intermicronational organizations

Starland was a member of the United Micronations (UMN), a defunct, Youtube based organization quite similar to the United Nations. It was also a member of the Hazad Union before its merge with the, now-defunct World Micronational Alliance to which Starland agreed to remain. It is also a member of the Vanguard Powers (VP), NAMCO, AMU, and the Free States Union. It once was a member and leading nation of the Micronational and International Committee for Peace and Democracy (MICPD), a now-defunct organization dedicated to working to end wars and help nations tranistion to democracy.

International views

Despite its mainly liberal politics, Starland has zero tolerance for fascism, militarism, and extremism. It opposes governments and organizations which are neo-nazi, racist, sexist, discrimainatory, prejudice, militant, etc. Starland does not recognize some macronations, including the Chinese, North Korean, and Iranian governments, among others. It does not appove of military governments such as Burma and Libya. It does not support Russian backed nations such as South Ossentia and Abkhazia and does not support the micronation of Mustachistan. It does, however, declare that Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau are independent from China.

Intermicronational relations

Starland maintains very strong diplomatic relations with the Republic of Dorzhabad and the nearby Kingdom of Kozuc. It maintains diplomatic relations with the Aerican Empire, Calsahara, DuPonty Monarchy, and the People's reformed States Republic. Starland remains friendly with Aspinburgh, Vikesland, Molossia, and others.

Anti-Starland embargos

Recently Starland became controversial in the Micronational World in August 2010, for its former leader's annexation of Aspinburgh . Two nations placed diplomatic embargoes on Starland, and the OAM condemned them in a resolution. Many nations placed embargoes on Starland, including Penrith, MGPRA1 and Secundomia. Secundomia has since removed the embargo.

Military

Armed Forces Poster
Starlander Republican Guard

Starland is defended by the Starlander Republican Guard or SRG. The SRG is a peacekeeping force trained in ground, naval, and special operations. SRG is run by the Ministry of War and the Armed Forces which is led by the Prime Minister.

Geography and climate

Starland claims residence in Northern California with other claims territory in Antarctica and claims rule over southern half of Pluto, a claim on some land in North Carolina and Alaska.


Territories

  • Starland Antarctic Territory flag.jpgStarland Antarctic Territory is Starland's land claim over a chunk of Antarctic tundra. On August 10, 2010, it was revealed Starland was in violation of Istoria's claim to "Victoria Land" to which the situation was eventually dissolved.
  • Alaska Colony.jpg Alaska Territory is Starland's claim on Souther Alaska. It was given to Starland as part of the Treaty of Emerald Isle after the March 2011 Emerald Isle Revolution.
  • Coast Guard Point Colony.jpg Coast Guard Point Territory is Starland claim on some territory in North Carolina. It was given to Starland as part of the Treaty of Emerald Isle after the March 2011 Emerald Isle Revolution.
  • REIflag.png Territory of Emerald Isle is a Starland claim on the former micronation of Emerald Isle It was ceded to Starland following the Alexander government collapse of March 2012.
  • Plutonian Colony.jpgPlutonian Territory is Starland's official claim of the southern half of Pluto. Unlike for the rest of Starland, the Prime Minister is proclaimed "Premier".
  • Joaquin flag.jpgThe 'Joaquin Territories.

Climate

Starland's climate varies from province to province. In the California provinces, typical winters are wet and mild while summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from the low 80s to 110 degrees.

Economy

The Starland economy is heavily nationalized while maintaining a strong liberal, free market government.

Culture

Starland maintains many traditional American customs. Traditional sports include American football, baseball, and basketball, although the country does not have any official teams of their own. Education is provided by the United States education system. While English is the official and most commonly spoken language throughout the nation, Spanish is spoken as well.

Religion

There is no official state religion in Starland as defined by the Bill of Rights in the Starlander Constitution. Instead, all religions are tolerated. The majority of Starlanders are either Christians, Agnostic, or non-religious.

Media

Starland's media is very active throughout the nation and its territories. Starland News and Starland State Television provides the main source of information in the nation with regularly updated newsbites on the nation's website. The Starland media is relatively open and free with freedom of information and news free to access and view. In June 2010, the Royal Starland Herald was created as a branch of Royal Starland News. On September 10, 2010, Royal Starland News became Starland News with the creation of the Republic. The Herald was discontinued in May 2011. Starland also has its own twitter with other information on the ongoings in the country. On December 1, 2011, Starland State Television launched the Starland News Network, which presents the week's news every six days. Currently, there are two news anchors: "Ben Baxter", a lanky, dark-brown haired, British male and "Maggie Thompson", a slender, blonde, British female.

National anthem

God Bless Starland (to tune of God Bless America)Starland National Anthem
Lyrics:
God bless Starland
Land that I love.
Stand beside us and guide us
Through the night with the light from above.

From the mountains, to the valleys
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless Starland, my home sweet home.
God bless Starland, my home sweet home!


Prime Minister's Anthem

(to tune of America's Hail to the Chief)

Lyrics:

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great and noble call.

Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that's our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the PM! Hail to the Chief!

External links

Official Website

Email: Foreign Affairs

Official Twitter: twitter.com/StarlandGov