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Commonwealth of Zealandia
| Commonwealth of Zealandia|
Scientia, Ars et Cultura
Latin: Knowledge, Art and Culture
|New South , Australia|
|Official language(s)||English, Swedish, Zealandian|
|- Prime Minister||Pingu Pikaviksson|
|Legislature||Chamber of Deputies of Zealandia (Storþing, Riksdag)|
|- Type||- Unicameral|
|- Number of seats||- 3|
|Established||16 February 2013|
|Population||20 (January estimate)|
|National animal||German Shepherd|
- This article is about the present state. For other entities known as Zealandia, see Zealandia (disambiguation).
Zealandia, officially the Commonwealth of Zealandia, (/ziːləndjə/; zee-LAND-ear or zə-LAND-ear; Swedish: Samväldet Zeelandien, Zealandian: Samevældið Zålandien) is a federal micronation located in Australasia, and Europe. Formerly the Kingdom of Zealandia and Federal Republic of Zealandia, the state reformed to become a federal monarchy under the leadership of Anna Lindström.
The Name Zealandia comes from the Sunken name of the continent of Zealandia, this name being settled upon by Sir Robert Kennedy and Queen Astrid on account that to them "it both sounded like a real nation's name and the fact that it would be an easy recognisable name for a nation".
The Kingdom of Zealandia was founded on 28 February 2010. Upon its founding, an election was called for, in which Robert Kennedy was elected First Minister (Prime Minister), with a Progressive Party majority. Ruling until October of that year, Kennedy was the first of many SDPZ First Ministers.
On 28 December 2010, Sebastian Linden led the Social Democratic Party to its biggest electoral victory.
The Kingdom was reformed into a Grand Duchy on 5 January 2011 and soon after joined in a union with the Principality of Eleytheria which effectively ended with the succession of Eleytheria from the Union. The Kingdom reformed from a Grand Duchy back to a Kingdom on 21 February 2011.
On 22 February 2011 the Kingdom was battered by a second earthquake which caused major Damage to Denton and the other provinces located around Christchurch New Zealand, With some citizens narrowly escaping injury or death both in Christchurch City Center and in the Suburbs of Christchurch.
On 1 December 2011 Joseph Puglisi led the then Best Party of Zealandia to electoral victory, which was the first time an openly socialist party had won.
Between 4-8 February 2012 a period of civil conflict took place with a break away nation (Republic of Zealandia) being formed then absorbed by the Zealandia which resulted in the establishment of the office of President of Zealandia.
On 14 May 2012 politicians within Zealandia voted to accept the Nemkhav Federation Stability Mission in Zealandia (Zealandian: Nemkawðamtøk Stabulteit Misjon i Zålandien, Swedish: Nemkav Förbunds Stabilitet Mission i Zeelandien abbreviated: NFSM or NðSM)after it was proposed by former Zealandian Prime Minister and at the time current Prime Minister of the Nemkhav Federation Marka Mejakhansk and Nemkhav President Alex Whitmarsh in an effort to repair Zealandia's constitutional status.
Tensions rose between the Zealandian Parliamentarians and Queen Astrid and Nemkhav Foreign Minister J.J Hakimoto that led to Astrid removing the mission during the late night of May 27 2012, to which an international committee was held on the Zealandian constitution afterwards with the subsequent amendment being approved in a referendum on 9 June 2012.
On 1 August 2012 Winter Revolution occurred sparking the declaration of the Federal Republic of Zealandia over the Kingdom.
The Federal Republic was disposed of in a coup held on 16 February 2013.
Zealandia’s physical geography is extremely varied with the nation having landscapes ranging from wide open spaces to the Sheer Cliffs and hills.
According to the Zealandian Constitution, Zealandia has three official Languages: English, Swedish and Zealandian.
In addition to the three official languages Zealandia has occasionally used Icelandic, Te Reo Māori, Dutch, Irish and Tianish, in a supported role.
Previous official languages include German and Francilish.
Government and politics
Politics in Zealandia are governed by the constitution, with citizens being appointed to the Chamber of Deputies of Zealandia.
The cabinet consists of ministers who are selected from the members of the ruling party and appointed to their post by the Queen
The Judiciary consists of the Supreme Court and the two Regional Courts. There are currently two political parties within Zealandia.
the two political parties are:
Zealandia was until June 2014 a Neutrally Armed nation much like Switzerland and Ireland, Zealandia's Neutrality was controlled by the Zealandian Constitution which set the conditions upon which Zealandia may have entered into or accepted hostilities. Command is vested by the Zealandian Constitution in the monarch and as such Queen Astrid is the Supreme Commander of the Zealandian Defence Force.
The Zealandian Defence Force consists of one component service:
Prior to the June reformation of the Zealandian Defence Force the following where service components:
Law enforcement is carried out in Zealandia by the Zealandian Watch.
Zealandian Law Enforcement officers (Guardians of the Peace, often refereed to as Guards or watchmen) are unarmed. The Watch duties cover general law enforcement and policing matters as well as dealing with Customs and Border and Border Control issues and enforcement within the non open border areas.
Despite not being in a Nordic region, the culture of Zealandia is influenced by Nordic culture and in particular the cultures of the Norse, Swedish and Icelandic Peoples.
(See:External Relations of Zealandia)
Zealandia was a member of the Grand Unified Micronational until it left amid controversy in the Olofgate scandal. It was also a member of TASPAC preceding a dispute with the organisation. Zealandia was a member of the Organisation of Active Micronations until the end of that organisation's lifespan, in which Anna Lindstrom was its final secretary-general.
Zealandia was also a member of Syolian Union until October 2012, but is otherwise generally unaligned.
The Zealandian Economy is a central controlled socialist oriented economy.
In the past Zealandia used to possess a regulated capitalist economy complete with a stock market until the Planed Economy Act 2011 was passed and the Zealandian Army occupied the Zealandian Stock Exchange Building and forcibly shut the stock exchange down amid celebrations from the Zealandian Council of Trade Unions.
Education is highly valued in Zealandia with three university being established:
- Royal University of Zealandia
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