Independent State of La Agüera
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Independent State of La Agüera
|Motto: Viva La Agüera!|
|Official languages||Ido, English|
|Establishment||29 November 2010|
|Currency||Mauritanian ouguiya, La Agüera ouguiya (proposed)|
La Agüera, officially the Independent State of La Agüera, is a self-proclaimed, unrecognized government led by Scott Harwood who claims sovereignty over part of the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula as an independent country. The government currently operates in exile.
The territory claimed is located in north Africa. La Agüera has serious ambitions - it is hoped that one day that the territory will become fully independent.
Called La Agüera when it was a Spanish colonial possession, La Agüera came into existence in 1920, when Spain established an air base on the western side of the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula, just a few miles away from the French Fort Etienne (now Nouadhibou) on the eastern side of the same peninsula. By 2002, it had been abandoned and partially overblown with sand, inhabited only by a few Imraguen fishermen and guarded by a Mauritanian military outpost, despite this not being Mauritanian territory. Hence, according to the Constitution of the Independent State of La Agüera, "...none of these countries/organisations can be bothered to run this city and the surrounding area properly and/or legally..." Hence, the Independent State of La Agüera was created, with the purpose of creating a free, neutral nation complete with freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The Independent State of La Agüera also respects the Mauritanian government if they wish to help them establish the nation properly.
In the 1912 Convention of Madrid, Spain and France had agreed on a border between what was to become Mauritania and Spanish possessions that ran down the middle of the peninsula. Going by the 1912 Convention of Madrid, Mauritania can not open an outpost legally on the west side of the penninsula. Combined with the fact that Morocco and the Polisario Front have practically abandoned the area due to the location of the Moroccan Wall, La Agüera should technically be a de facto independent country.
The Independent State of La Agüera is currently led by an independent President, Scott Harwood, along with the elected Cabinet. There are no individual Ministries - the Cabinet has a shared power over each aspect normally covered by a conventional Ministry (e.g transport). The President of the Independent State and the Cabinet are elected by the people every five years.
There are currently no political parties in La Agüera.
A number of nations were immediately recognised by the Independent State of La Agüera. They include:
- All member states of the United Nations and their dependencies
- The Republic of China (Taiwan)
- The Vatican City
- The Republic of South Sudan
- The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
- The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria)
- The Republic of Abkhazia
- The Republic of Kosovo
- The Republic of South Ossetia
- The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta
- The Principality of Sealand
- The Principality of Hutt River
Being a micronation with serious intentions (a.k.a the intent to become a fully independent sovereign nation), the Independent State of La Agüera tries not to get into diplomatic relations with other micronations.
Because of the potential nature of a language barrier, Ido was chosen as the first language of the government as it is easy to learn. English was also chosen as a government language because it is the de facto language of international trade. Also, it is the first language of the current President. To retain Ido as a inter-ethnical neutral language, Arabic, French and Spanish were selected as the national languages, as they are the main international languages of the area surrounding La Agüera. The official government website is available in a variety of languages thanks to the 'Translate' button.
Until the 15th of August 2013, Esperanto was used instead of Ido.
Although neutral, the Independent State of La Agüera is proposed to have a Border Patrol and a police force. They will be responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order, patrolling customs and peacekeeping.
The Independent State of La Agüera currently claims all areas south of the Moroccan Wall, bordering Mauritania on the east side and the Atlantic Ocean on the west side. This includes the city of La Agüera.