Republic of Taigh a Bata
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| Republic of Taigh a Bata|
Republico se Taigh a Bata
Republik vus Taigh a Bata
|Capital city||McMillan (de jure) |
The Bedroom (La Dormoĉambro) (de facto)
|Official language(s)||National: English, Taigh a Batan|
|Demonym||Taigh a Bata Citizen, Taigh a Batan|
|Government||Federal Republic, Non-Partesian Direct Democracy|
|- President||Scott Harwood|
|Established||15 June 2009|
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|Currency||Pound Sterling, Taigh a Bata Dollar|
|Time zone||UTC, BST|
Taigh a Bata, officially the Republic of Taigh a Bata (Taigh a Batan: La Republico se Taigh a Bata, Caran: Republik vus Taigh a Bata) was a territorial European Anglophone micronation. It was located in the northern region of Europe.
The name "Taigh a Bata" comes from the house in which The Bedroom is located. In Scottish Gaelic, "Taigh a Bata" means "The Boathouse".
Towards the end of 2008, Scott Harwood picked up a copy of the latest Guiness World Records book. It listed the smallest nation on Earth as being the Principality of Sealand. Harwood was inspired by this micronation, and he decided to create a micronation called the Kingdom of Taigh a Bata. However, Harwood needed more inspiration so he decided to research micronations on the Internet. During this time, he decided to make Taigh a Bata a republic if it declared independence - it seemed more democratic. He soon found the Crown Dependency of Forvik, which inspired him to finally declare independence. And so on the 15th of June 2009, Taigh a Bata was declared independent, with official signage put up outside The Bedroom two days later.
Soon after independence, Scott Harwood listed Lewis Brennan as the Prime Minister of Taigh a Bata. Harwood also needed inspiration to come up with laws for Taigh a Bata other than the Constitution or the Transport Act. Fortunately, Harwood encountered the Empire of Austenasia. They provided Taigh a Bata with inspiration to create laws. On the 27th of June, Outer Alltgobhlach was annexed. The day after, Taigh a Bata opened diplomatic relations with Austenasia, recognising their sovereignity. Austenasia later recognised Taigh a Bata as an independent nation on the 18th of July - Taigh a Bata declared a national holiday on that day. Soon afterwards, Taigh a Bata was recognised by the nations of Suidae Freedom and Camuria. On the 10th of August, Taigh a Bata created its own currency - the Taigh a Bata Dollar. On the 21st of August, Taigh a Bata held its first elections, making it more of a proper democracy. Between then and Christmas, five new states were annexed.
The State of Torr nam Mue was a small state which existed in the Republic of Taigh a Bata for only 20 minutes on the 16th of January 2010, as it was only a temporary occupation at the time. It is most noted for being the launch site of Arachnid 1. In May 2010, a computer crisis caused most of the Acts to be lost. Despite this, Taigh a Bata stayed stable throughout the rest of 2010, with the exception of the Taigh a Bata Flood.
On the 22nd of September 2010, Taigh a Bata was flooded, resulting in a lot of damage and a declaration of a state of emergency.
Through the first few months of 2011, Taigh a Bata was a stable nation. However, in May, the Acts of Taigh a Bata started to be re-made. It was also revealed in May that there were plans to re-open the old hydro-electric dam on Taigh a Bata soil. The states of Outer, Western, Central and possibly Eastern Alltgobhlach would be affected by this.
On the 9th July 2011, plans were made to re-structure the government of Taigh a Bata to make it more democratic. The plan was to make the government system in Taigh a Bata become more like the one in Landashir. These plans were confirmed on the 6th of September 2011. The following changes took place by the 19th of September:
- The system of government changed to a hybrid of a federal republic and a non-partesian direct democracy.
- A new constitution was created.
- New improved laws were created
- The capital moved from The Bedroom to McMillan.
- The Taigh a Batan Dollar became the auxillary currency instead of the main currency.
- Some territories were merged, renamed or abandoned altogether.
- Heavy restrictions on bearing arms were enforced.
Taigh a Bata was declared defunct on the 9th of March 2012.
Government and politics
Taigh a Bata was a combination of a non-partesian direct democracy and a federal republic. All citizens were members of the government of their state, and the only elected positions were the President and the Governors of each state.
Until the 19th of September 2011, Taigh a Bata was run by the President, a Prime Minister, and Ministers and Other Ministers (MPs). However, the members of government in Taigh a Bata saw Harwood as a de facto dictator, owing to his ownership of a lot of powers. Harwood gave this response:
|“||The reason why I hold a lot of powers is because first of all, I actually live in Taigh a Bata. Secondly, not many people have the ability to run a micronation. I try to distribute powers wherever possible, but I am just using my own discretion. If you want to hold a meeting or suggest new laws, then that's fine by me - I promote that kind of thing. I'm sorry if I seem like a dictator to you, but that's how it is.||”|
Each of the states (with the exception of the Second Capital State of Taigh a Bata and the State of Abergolach) were considered autonomous and sovereign entities in their own right, albeit they could not manage their own foreign relations. Each state maintained authority over all matters that were not explicitly delegated by the Constitution or federal law. However, the Territory of Belnahua maintained authority over all matters with the exception of a few Constitutional provisions.
Law and order
Due to the size of the permanent population, promotion of equality and lack of crime, Taigh a Bata was self-policing. The laws for crime and punishment were mostly based on those of the Empire of Austenasia.
Originally, Taigh a Bata was neutral but it still had its own Armed Forces. In May 2011, after nearly two years of nothing but annexations, the Army was disbanded. Taigh a Bata remained neutral in all international warfare, but still maintained its Navy, at least on paper.
Taigh a Bata did not offer any exports. As a result, Taigh a Bata derived nearly all of its income from foreign labour. Facilities for producing alcohol and electricity were on the drawing board until Taigh a Bata was abolished.
The official currencies were the British Pound and the Taigh a Bata Dollar, which were pegged at 1:1.
Taigh a Bata was a linguistically diverse country, partially due to many attempts at creating constructed languages. The official languages at the federal level were English and Taigh a Batan, with Taigh a Batan being the national language. Caran was an official or de facto language in some areas, and Scottish Gaelic was a minority language in Cara and Belnahua. Some states had official languages at the state level, but others did not.
Many former citizens of Taigh a Bata have a YouTube page. The former President, Scott Harwood, continues to make electronic music from time to time, such as the electronic album Kaoss Masterpiece. Occasionally, they are put on YouTube. The Republic of Taigh a Bata also entered the Microvision Song Festival 2011 with Back In The Fast Lane.
The former Minister for Film and Television, Hamish Finlay, is currently producing the last part of a low-budget Doctor Who-based film called 'Cavemen of the Future', which is set to star the President as a caveman. The fist three parts can be seen on YouTube.
Taigh a Bata used to have a newspaper - the Taigh a Bata Times - but that was disbanded owing to the lack of anything happening in the territory. Taigh a Bata's unofficial newspaper of choice was the Egtavian Star.
Taigh a Bata tried to make use of transport as much as possible. On the 16th of January 2010, the hill of Torr nam Mue, above Pirnmill on the Isle of Arran, was annexed for a short time by Taigh a Bata in order to launch the hot-air balloon Arachnid 1. An Arachnid 2 balloon was lauched later that year from the pier in the village of Corrie, but it burst into flames shortly after lauch. The Arachnid programme was then scrapped.
Taigh a Bata also had interests in land transport. For about a year, Taigh a Bata issued drivers licences and vehicle registrations but stopped due to lack of interest and roads. Taigh a Bata was set to be in control of a proposed national company - Taigh a Bata Transport. It planned to operate transportation services for passengers and freight in the United Kingdom for very little money.
Taigh a Bata had the following regions before it was abolished:
|Flag||Name of Region||Names of Counties (if applicable)||Joined Taigh a Bata||Current existance||Governor|
(formerly the State of La Ferme)
|27 May 2011||Ongoing||Scott Harwood|
|State of Outer Alltgobhlach||21st June 2009||County of Western Alltgobhlach as of 3 February 2012||n.a|
|State of Eastern Alltgobhlach||7th November 2009||Ongoing||Lewis Brennan|
|State of Western Alltgobhlach||Southern County, Western County, Outer Alltgobhlach||13th November 2009||Ongoing||Gavin Anderson|
|State of Fadafeur||17th October 2009||Merged with the First Capital State of Taigh a Bata and renamed the State of Abergolach on the 19th September 2011||n.a|
|State of Northern Alltgobhlach||14th November 2009||Ongoing||Robert Ingham|
|Condominium Krai of Pheasant Island||1st December 2009||Abolished 27th April 2010||n.a|
|State of Lewania||de jure 2010||Ongoing||Lewis Brennan|
|State of Torr nam Mue||16th January 2010||Abolished 16th January 2010||n.a|
|Abode of Peace and Language||27th April 2010||Abolished 19th September 2011||n.a|
(formerly the Colony of Belnahua)
|18th August 2010||Ongoing||Scott Harwood|
|State of Skipness Gate||28th November 2010||Ongoing||Christian Pomeroy|
|Colony of Cara||28th November 2010||Ongoing||
|Colony of Isla Herne||26th December 2010||Abolished 19th September 2011||n.a|
|Colony of Tura||26th December 2010||Abolished 19th September 2011||n.a|
|Associate State of Bir Tawil||28th December 2010||Abolished 6 May 2011||n.a|
|State of Central Alltgobhlach||18th January 2011||Ongoing||Robert Ingham|
|État se Centro-Nordo Alltgobhlach||26th March 2011||Ongoing||Liam McNeaney|
(a merger of the First Capital State of Taigh a Bata and the former State of Fadafeur
|The Bedroom, The Paved Area, The Car Park, Fadafeur||19th September 2011||Ongoing||Scott Harwood|
|État se Sudo Craw||9th December 2011||Ongoing||Robert Ingham|