Kingdom of Torga
| Unified Kingdoms of Torga |
stamus contra malo (English:We Stand Against Evil)
King and Lionheart
|Official religion(s)||Missionary Church of Kopimism|
|- Monarch||King Jimmy I|
|- Prime Minister||Richard III|
|- President||Mark C.|
|Legislature||The Torgan Parliament|
|- Type||- Westminister System|
|- Number of seats||- 31 (+ King)|
|Area claimed||~ 3,435,76 sq km.|
|National drink||Root Beer|
|National animal||Polar Bear|
|Patron saint||Saint Nazaire|
Torga's existence started in Late 2010, created by King Jimmy I in a wish to rule over a nation as royalty. It quickly gained the support of over 20 people, and at its peak, reached 210 citizens (pledged citizens, from the most recent statistics before the data was accidentally deleted, registered online, orally or by paper), 500+ unpledged citizens (assumed citizens without a pledge, nor registered through proper channels) and a estimated 16-18 million non-citizens (people living in Torgan territory). These figures include citizens of the Torgan Protectorate States.
Originally intended as a faux country to criticize North Korea and it's pariah state actions, it promptly claimed a significant portion of Western Canada, part of the United States (lower portion of Alaska), and multiple pacific nations. The claim upon the lower part of Alaska was later dropped.
Before the Proclamation
Before the Great Proclamation and the establishment of the Kingdom of Torga, the Torgan Mainland was controlled through a scattered handful of aboriginal peoples known as the First Nations peoples, as well the Inuit peoples. In the 16th Century, the land of which is now known as Torga was colonized by European powers. In 1812, these lands were attacked by the United States of America to the south. In 1867, the confederation of Canada was established. Finally, in 2010, King Jimmy I drafted The Great Proclamation, and spoke to his Social Studies class regarding the establishment of Torga.
The Great Proclamation
In late 2010, King Jimmy I, being bored of ordinary schoolwork, decided to declare parts of Canada independent as Torga, starting off with his bedroom. Through a series of expansions, namely a invasion of his home's washroom facilities, he expanded Torga further and further, later claiming the western half of Canada for Torga, and establishing the Torgan Protectorate States to govern it's overseas colonies and associated states.
Torga sent its letter of independence electronically to the United Nations (meaning indirectly to every nation in the world), the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and the Canadian Government, receiving no reply from any of them, partly because the letter of independence had 2 sentences and was sent informally via email:
"I, King Jimmy I, herein wholly declare the Kingdom of Torga as a independent nation that is free to decide its fate. Please kindly recognize me and my country as legitimate. kthxbye"
The Age of Sail
Shortly after its statement, Torga released a letter of marque to multiple citizens, allowing them to freely engage in piracy, should it progress the aims of the Kingdom of Torga. This piracy included the piracy of digital goods, but frowned upon any violence (land or sea-based) committed by its marque holding citizens.
At one point, the title of monarch was usurped by Princess Spring, King Jimmy I's cousin. King Jimmy I was forced (though he did not move), on January 21, 2012 to establish a government-in-exile. With the coordination of Torgan forces, his cabinet and ministers, he managed to re-seize the Kingdom of Torga, authorizing National Forces Directive 12, from the hands of Princess Spring, who fled to Guangzhou, China, her former residence (mainly due to her single-entry tourist visa in the macronation of Canada near expiration date). She peacefully stepped down, and no individuals were harmed after her office was seized.
King Jimmy I pardoned Princess Spring on December 1, 2012. She was allowed to return to Torga, but is no longer eligible to receive the throne should King Jimmy I and his brother not have any rightful heirs.
On September 23, 2012, Nancy Turner again spoke to the Micronational Community announcing the development of a crypto-currency similar to the BitCoin and Litecoin. It was implied that a centralized solution could be implemented as well. King Jimmy I spoke to the reddit community known as /r/bitcoin and asked for consultation on the matter. A attempt at establishing PHPBank was attempted, but failed due to the script using obsolete PHP4. Another attempt of creating MyBanco was made, but inevitably failed due to a large amount of linux dependencies. A successful try at creating a Cyclos installation succeeded, but is currently in limited beta stages, and operating on a non-standard port.
On September 31, touristofdoom of the 14th Information Division announced that it had established TorgaNET for use by Torgan Citizens, agencies, ministries, authorities, allies and Micronational partners. It had quickly obtained a sizable amount of files, and use by a small quantity of ministries/agencies.
On October 14, King Jimmy I, announced that he was attempting to build a Owncloud infrastructure for himself, his royal family (The House of Chen), and the Kingdom of Torga which would help transition from a darknet to a easily accessible cloud infrastructure similar to the Internet services Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net with a centralized resource.
Historically, the Kingdom of Torga has also placed very strict cryptographic protocols, requiring military-grade encryption (several times that of used by governments worldwide), forced private communications online to use either OTR encryption or crypto.cat, offered public VPN services and DoD 5220.22-M data sanitation. Recently, these protocols have been relaxed, and less enforced that previous.
On October 15, King Jimmy I started granting knighthoods and count positions to citizens of Torga. Approximately, 1/5 of all Torgan citizens have a noble title.
On November 22, 2012, a bill was elected forward into his majesty's rump parliament. The bill proposed changing the national anthem from silence to Rick Ashtley's Never Gonna Give You Up. The bill's denotation was TC-302. This was received with mixed opinions throughout Torga, some in favour and some against. On May 3rd, the national anthem was changed again to King and Lionheart.
After Princess Spring had found out that King Jimmy I was reassigning positions within the Torgan Protectorate States, Princess Spring and her new founded nation state, Tavuk (also known as the Royal Empire of Torga), declared independence from Torga and repelled a minor attack force of 1 (21 including cyber warfare divisions) with her local militia.
The Kingdom of Torga claims a vast majority of Western Canada, declaring British Columbia (excluding Central/Western Vancouver, and land claimed by the Kingdom of Square), Yukon, Alberta and the North-West Territories through a series of private properties. As well Atlasov Island of the Russian Federation, Fiji Islands and the Solomon Islands are considered part of the Torgan Protectorate States. As well, it places a claim on the North Pole, Antarctica, all depths of the ocean in the Indian Sea region under 3000m, The Northern portion of Greenland and the eastern portion of North Korea, though these claims have yet to be recognized.
Torga's planning division uses Minecraft as a tool for development and building. It has a dedicated team of creative individuals with building experience.
Many in Torga's Planning division have received first-year high school drafting experience, and have ample experience in the use of AutoCAD, ArcGIS and Google Sketchup. The Kingdom of Torga owns approximately 80 licenses of Google Sketchup Pro, and a unknown number of Google Earth Pro licenses, licensed to the user: Torgan Ministry of Planning.
City Simulation is done within Simcity 4.
Torga owns and operates a seismograph on a old android device.
The Kingdom of Torga has never surveyed any resources before, but has come across large quantities of sedimentary rocks, snow, and forests of varying sizes.
The Kingdom of Torga is a Constitutional Monarchy that runs under a modified Westminster Parliamentary system. Torga is separated into multiple ridings with constituents. Under this form of government, the constituents of the riding elect a representative of a riding to represent local interests in the Royal Torgan Parliament. Although Torga has a large number of political parties, many of the elected Representative are either Independent, Conservative, Liberal, Socialist or Pirate, the rest being little more than minor federal parties. The party with the second largest (or largest if independents make up the majority of parliament) is considered the parliamentary opposition, which is responsible for questioning the motions of the other parties. There is currently 31 seats (10 reserved) in parliament, for 18 different ridings, and the number of ridings is dictated by Statistics Torga, under confirmation of the Governor General. King Jimmy I is capable of "reserving" seats, removing the seats from parliament (therefore, not in the statistical figure of how many seats are in parliament), and has the power to give seats undemocratically. King Jimmy I has stated that he was indeed undemocratically granting seats to those he prefers would best represent the interests of his Kingdom. As well, some seats are open for experts in certain fields dictated by the King, under advice of the Prime Minister and President.
The Prime Minister is elected by being the leader of the party holding the most seats (or if the majority of parliament is controlled by independents, has the support of the majority of the members of parliament). The president is elected directly by the citizens of Torga, and the Torgan Protectorate States.
Should a bill pass through parliament, it is sent to King Jimmy I, who either authorizes direct assent into Torgan law (which is rare as he is expected to nurture democracy), or the bill is passed to either the Royal Senate of Torga, or the House of Lords, which the bill sponsor is granted the liberty to choose. If King Jimmy I is not available, the duty is passed on to the governor general.
If the bill proceeds to the Royal Senate, the Senate must vote in a 60% majority to approve the bill. If it passes Senate/House of Lords, the President and Prime Minister must unanimously agree and authorize the bill. The President and Prime Minister have equal vetoing powers against eachother. The senate is appointed by the King.
If the bill proceeds to the House of Lords, King Jimmy I is given the full liberty to change the bill as he sees fit if he chooses to, with other lords serving solely as advisers. He will then grant royal assent to the bill, or deny royal assent if he refuses to accept the bill into Torgan law.
Since Torga is a constitutional monarchy, the monarch still holds absolute power, being able to enact foreign relations between a nation or the Royal prerogative, giving him full power to rule the country. The King rarely enacts the royal prerogative as it is his traditional duty is to nurture democracy.
Torga's main exports include cryptography and software. Its imports include: food, water, natural gas, electricity and wood. Its national budget is $490 USD and goes towards funding servers, cyber-warfare, Minecraft accounts (for the Torgan Ministry of Planning), and overall general expenses. Torgan Dollars are not widely used in the funding of the Government, as they are not widely accepted outside of the micronational community.
The official currency of Torga is the Torgan Dollar, and its reserve currency was the Bitcoin. The exchange rate is pegged to the value of the Litecoin. The trading and transfer of the Torgan dollar is controlled by a online bank known as the Royal Bank of Torga, which is responsible for maintaining the online bank software called Cyclos, which is holds and coordinates 90% of all Torgan Dollars and their circulation.
The Kingdom of Torga is planning to create its own crypto-currency inspired by Bitcoins. It is receiving consultations from the international community via reddit. As of February 11th, this project has been scrapped and replaced with the implementation of the Litecoin as Torga's official crypto-currency, and the creation of a centralized banking solution.
The Secret Service is a contingent of men and women who are assigned to protect the king, nobles and other people of note.
Police is administrated by the Torgan Peace Corps. The Torgan Peace Corps are responsible for maintaining general order within the Kingdom of Torga, and to provide a second-to-last defense force should the Torgan military fail.
King and Country Security Service
The King and Country Security Agency is responsible for the security of Torga itself, including domestic and homegrown terrorism prevention. It composes of a small group of specialized intelligence analysts. The King and Country Security Service is considered Torga's Secret Police, despite the fact that it has never arrested or detained any individuals.
Torga conducts routine sovereignty patrols for the purposes of ensuring early-warning of attacks, unauthorized economic activities (e.g. poaching, fishing) and the prevention of overtime boundary expansion.
Torgan Security and Intelligence Service
For further information related to the equipment owned and used by TSIS, consult Equipment owned by the Kingdom of Torga.
The Torgan Security and Intelligence Service is responsible for foreign intelligence and international threats, which is provided to other departments and the Military of Torga. As well, it is responsible for running Torga's Missile Shield system.
Torgan Satellite Program
Torga is considering joining the Hackerspace Global Grid, a project aiming to develop a distributed sensor and communications network. The Kingdom of Torga assisted in the funding of the SkyCube satellite, purchasing 20 seconds of sponsorship broadcasting. Torga's satellite intelligence currently uses Google Earth, USGS and NASA Worldwind, and all intelligence operations in London uses a private video feed. Torga has access to commercial satellite, topographic and aerial imagery, including Google Earth Pro.
The Royal Torgan Forces is a contingent of 39 men and women dedicated towards protecting the Kingdom of Torga, it's allied states and the Torgan Protectorate States. The armed forces of Torga includes a Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Airforce and Cyber-warfare division, all dedicated towards the protection of Torga. The Kingdom of Torga has well over 50% of it's nation in the reserves to ensure continued safety and security. The Royal Torga Forces are involved with peacekeeping in the region, and have in many instances, violated international borders with Grunkia.
A major function of the Kingdom of Torga includes a international darknet spanning multiple countries. It is used to propagate diplomatic cables, war diaries and operations directives to agencies, as well as files of note. Formerly only having use within a small group of Torgan Agencies and prominent officals, it is now used for various communications protocols between all Torgan citizens for unsecured communications. Torga has reserved port 5124 and 5125 for TorgaNET ., and is operated through a modified Retroshare (which is compatible with the offical version). TorgaNET was formerly based upon the WASTE darknet software, which is no longer maintained. The Kingdom of Torga has been experimenting with a centralized OwnCloud solution, that also is running OpenVPN for the purposes of Virtual Private Networks.
The system is decentralized to prevent a full-infrastructure hack. It is only possible to take single nodes down on the current system, therefore it is unfeasible to launch a full-scale attack versus approximately 41 separate pieces of computer equipment on separate networks across the globe.
The Civilian version of TorgaNET revolves around the minor file sharing and social networking aspect of the Darknet, with documentaries, music albums and various other files from across the globe being shared. K-Pop is a recent trend on the network. All content on the darknet cannot be regulated as it is decentralized.
The Kingdom of Torga has extensive access to multiple sets of Raspberry Pi's, and a single camera 5MP camera module, for use within research. The Raspberry Pi has been used as a substitute for the previous Android devices used inside Weather Balloons, and a private FM broadcasting solution that reaches 100m.
On November 27, 2012, the Kingdom of Torga drafted the Treaty of Vancouver and created the Western Canadian Union. The Western Canadian Union shortly dissolved after a series of issues, and mis-communication between Grunkia and Torga.
Torga has joined the World Union and the Western Canadian Union. Torga is planning to abandon relations with both organizations, due to continued miscommunications, and occasional violations of Torga's right to pursue development of weapons.
Arts and Culture
In Torga, Christian and Kopimist holidays are observed. Torgan individuals typically speak English. The national item of clothing is a paper hat, and the national animal is the Polar Bear. King Jimmy I is a major supporter of art, supporting dance (especially ballet), painting (especially socialist realism), and independent music (especially those released under copyleft licenses. Independent film thrives through President Mark's Torgan Film Board. A large steampunk presence thrives in Torga.