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Wrythe

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Wrythe
—  Town and capital of Austenasia  —
Country Flag of Austenasia.png Empire of Austenasia
Founded 20 September 2008
Government
 - Representative HIM Emperor Jonathan I
 - Landed Noble HIH Crown Princess Caroline
 - Police Inspector HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Area
 - Total 2e-4 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population
 - Total 4
Demonym Wrythian
Time zone UTC
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Location 14 miles N of Horley;
3.17 miles E of Worcester Park station;
6.83 miles S of Battersea Bridge;
2.21 miles W of Purley Way

Wrythe is the capital of the Empire of Austenasia and seat of power of its Monarch, and is the largest and joint (with Palasia) most populated Town in the Empire. It consists of the Imperial Residence, 2 Imperial Road (which together are known as Imperial Wrythe), Wrythe Public Park and Commius Flats.


Contents

History

The area now comprising Wrythe was, in the 11th century, part of the Aultone estate, held by Goisfrid de Mandeville after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The area was famous for its springs, "aul" meaning well or spring. The name of the area gradually changed to Cresaulton, suggesting that watercress was grown nearby. Eventually the estate became the modern British town of Carshalton.

Wrythe was founded on 20 September 2008 as the first piece of sovereign Austenasian territory. It was the only Austenasian land until 21 February 2009, when Glencrannog was annexed by the Empire. On 28 August 2009, the Austenasian Army invaded and occupied a small piece of ajoining land known as Commius Flats, which was de jure annexed the day afterwards.

During the Austenasian Civil War, the town of Wrythe was loyal to Emperor Esmond III. The then Princess Caroline was placed under low-security house arrest in the Imperial Residence, which was fortified against possible Carolinian incursions. The Imperial Regalia were stored in the Imperial Residence for safe-keeping, and Rose and Edd were used as guard dogs, patrolling Wrythe Public Park and the British alleyway near Commius Flats. Despite extensive preperations, Wrythe was never attacked during the entirety of the war.

During the War of the Orlian Reunification, Wrythe was surrendered to the Midget Army by the then Crown Prince Jonathan, ending the orchestrated war and resulting in Midget Master Declan V being appointed co-Emperor.

Upon the abdication of Declan I and ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I on 20 January 2013, Wrythe once more became residence to the Monarch for the first time since early 2010.

Features

The location of Wrythe in Carshalton


Wrythe consists of:

The Imperial Residence

A three bedroomed semi-detached house which is the residence of the Imperial Family and nominal meeting place of Parliament, with an adjoining driveway and patio. Also known as 1 Imperial Road and 312 Green Wrythe Lane, the Imperial Residence is the centre of Wrythe.

Wrythe Public Park

A lawn, flowerbeds and patio between the Imperial Residence and 2 Imperial Road, home to all sorts of wildlife and the frequent visiting place of the Imperial Family. It features the Orange Pyramid, Wrythe Genocide Memorial, and Wrythe Pet Cemetery, the latter being the final resting place for a crab, a still-born puppy, and 4 fish.

2 Imperial Road

A one-roomed structure at the opposite end of Wrythe Public Park from the Imperial Residence. No official purpose has been given to it yet, it being Crown property used as a storage facility.

Commius Flats

Named after the first known ruler of the land of Wrythe, a King Commius, Commius Flats is a small area of cemented-over ground separated from Wrythe Public Park by 2 Imperial Road. It was originally state property under the Stewardship of the Ministry of Defence, and there were plans to transform it into a weapons testing site. However, in January 2010 its status was changed to public property.

On 27 January 2010, the half of Commius Flats furthest away from the Imperial Residence was renamed Tincomarus Department (after Commius' son and heir) and given to the Slinky Empyre, but this was re-annexed on 7 March 2011 after the Slinky Empyre and its self-declared successor state fell earlier that year.

Administration

The current Representative of Wrythe is HIM Emperor Jonathan I, who was elected on 19 November 2013. He replaced his sister Crown Princess Caroline - she had won an election against him in December 2011, before which he had been elected Representative every year since the Empire's founding in 2008. Emperor Jonathan I is also the incumbent Police Inspector and Tax Collector of Wrythe, whereas the Crown Princess is the Baroness of the Town.

List of Representatives

Number Picture Name Political views Took office Left office Notes
1 CrownPrinceConsortJonathan.jpg HIH Crown Prince Jonathan Monarchist; varied from social liberal to Theodorist 20 Sep 2008 24 Dec 2011 Founder (and now Emperor) of Austenasia, proclaimed Representative of Wrythe in the Declaration of Independence. Sole member of Cabinet until April 2009. Confirmed as Representative by election on 1 January 2009 and re-elected on 1 January 2010 and 2011. Occupied and annexed Commius Flats in August 2009. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis and subsequent Austenasian Civil War, overseeing defensive precautions taken against possible Carolinian attacks. Held office during the War of the Orlian Reunification, surrendered the town to the Midget Army during the Fall of Wrythe so as to make Midget Master Declan V co-Emperor. Occupied and re-annexed Tincomarus Department and unveiled Wrythe Genocide Memorial and the Orange Pyramid in 2011.
2
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HIH Crown Princess Caroline Social liberal 24 Dec 2011 19 Nov 2013 Elected Representative, winning the Local Election against her brother the then Crown Prince. First Representative in Austenasian history to grant themselves a salary.
03
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HIM Emperor Jonathan I Theodorist 19 Nov 2013 Incumbent Re-elected Representative.