Kingdom of Arlandica
Kingdom of Arlandica
|Motto: "The flag once raised will never fall!"|
|Anthem: Our Land is So Beautiful|
|Capital||Santo Niño City |
|Largest city||Rio Santiago City|
|Official languages||Cebuano, English, Ilocano|
|Recognised regional languages|
|Official scripts||Latin, Pandar|
|Government||Unitary[b] parliamentary constitutional monarchy under a non-partisan democracy[c]|
|Benz Gian Arellano|
|Legislature||Council of Arlandica|
|June 29, 1848|
|December 10, 1898|
|July 4, 1946|
|April 20, 2020|
|December 26, 2020|
|May 23, 2022|
|6.88[d] km2 (2.66 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2022 census
|13 citizens |
|Currency||Arlandican dollar (ARD; A$)[e]|
Philippine peso (PHP; ₱)
|Time zone||UTC+8, +5 and +12|
Official government website
Arlandica (pronounced /ɑːrˈlændɪkə/ ahr-LAN-dih-kuh), officially the Kingdom of Arlandica[f][g] and historically Arland, is a self-proclaimed sovereign state, commonly known as micronation by external observers. Arlandica is a transcontinental, enclave and exclave country. Its territories are located in the Philippine archipelago and Eastern Antarctica, consisting of 6 provinces: Arlandican Capital Territory, Arlandican Antarctic Territory,[h] Galrea, Lémarita, Nueva Bago, and Paddaya. The country is sparsely inhabited, with the vast majority residing in cities. The capital city is Santo Niño City, while the financial center and largest city is Rio Santiago City.
The kingdom was founded on April 20, 2020, three years ago, by King Jerold I, who is currently the monarch. The Royal House of Arlandica serves as the reigning house of the kingdom. Arlandica claims to be the successor to and continuation of the Realm of Davao Gulf, which existed from 1800 to 1850. However, it is important to note that there is no factual basis for this claim. The micronation is primarily a personal project and a political secessionist entity, with no intentions or aspirations to rebel against the government of the Republic of the Philippines. It provides a platform for individuals interested in experiencing and learning about governance.
Arlandica holds the 15th rank in the very high level category, with a score of 4.2, according to the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification. It also ranks 59th in the Human Development Index and holds the 2nd rank in the Micronational Climate Change Performance Index. In addition, Arlandica secures the 11th rank with a score of 9.0 in the Micronational Democracy Index.
Furthermore, Arlandica has a history of being a member of both Accande Terrie Ornindo and the Oceanic-Antarctic Micronational Commonwealth.
Earliest hominin activity in the Philippine archipelago is dated back to at least 709,000 years ago. The areas of what is now Santo Niño City was once a lush forest inhabited by nomadic peoples such as the Bagobos and Matigsalugs. Meanwhile, in the areas of what is now Galrea, Paddaya and Lémarita, Spanish Empire already occupied most of Luzon earlier before the Europeans landed in Davao.
In April 1848, José Cruz de Uyanguren of Vergara, landed on the estuary of the Davao river and conquered the land. Datu Bago resisted against the Spaniards but he was failed to defend his settlements. Datu Bago was forced to retreat further inland. The Spanish control of the areas in Davao gulf was unstable at best, as its Lumad and Moro natives routinely resisted the attempts of the Spanish authorities to forcibly resettle them and convert them into Christians.
The Philippines then became a territory of the United States. U.S. forces suppressed a revolution led by Emilio Aguinaldo. However, in 1942 during World War II, Japan occupied the Philippines. The U.S. military overpowered the Japanese in 1945. Since then it's land has been ruled by a number of nations, most notably the Republic of the Philippines.
In April 2020, Jerold Lopez Garte Jr., on his birthday, announced the establishment of the Federal Democratic Republic of Arland. The first original territory was the surrounding areas of the Arland River, and its territories expanded over the next several years. At that time, he prioritized creating flags and coats of arms. A few months later, Arlandica established its first foreign relations and contacted Vilasia, its neighboring micronation. Arland (or FDRA) began taking some territories in Antarctica, the Davao Gulf, and the Mariana Islands. Arlandica is the first Filipino micronation to lay claim to the Antarctic continent.
The administration received many criticisms, and the country experienced instability. In October 2020, Jerold decided to declare martial law to remove all leftist influence and figures within the country. Two months later, Jerold wanted to establish a monarchy, but his sister, Je-ann Garte, disagreed, as she supported the continuation of the republic under the Communist Party. Je-ann attempted to overthrow her brother's leadership by organizing a coup d'état, but she failed to gather enough supporters. Jerold was crowned as the monarch, and the Arlandican monarchy was created.
In January 2021, Jerold renamed the country from Arland to Arlandica and enacted its first documented constitution. However, it was not enough to fix the problems of his government. Later, Arlandica annexed EstaGrik to add it to its collection of colonies. Including mainland Arlandica, the total amount of land under Arlandican sovereignty reached 2,400,000 km² (930,000 sq mi), with 97% of it concentrated in Antarctic claims. This was its greatest extent so far, in February 2021.
Suleiman became the next monarch of Arlandica, replacing Jerold, after they signed an agreement called the "Arlandic Agreement" in March 2021.[i] It allowed Renderfeit and other foreign states to intervene in the internal affairs of Arlandica. Antarctic claims and other colonies were abandoned until 2022, while EstaGrik became part of Renderfeit. Some supporters and Arlandicans were unhappy about the agreement. They were not consulted, and Suleiman's rule made the country more dependent on Renderfeit. Foreign micronational leaders in the Philippines expressed their interest in Arlandica joining their micronations, with a promise that they could govern the country very well. However, the Arlandican people and Jerold rejected all of their offers.
Two weeks after Suleiman came into power, Jerold started a movement to make himself the head of state. He refused to call himself the "prime minister" and preferred to be called a "monarch." The Arland Crisis occurred because of the conflicts between Suleiman and Jerold I. The forces of Arlandica successfully liberated the entire country, and independence was restored.
Stable government and economic development in the country are evident due to the new laws implemented by the King, who prioritizes the welfare of Arlandicans. Despite continuous development, republican rebels (supported by Qinnowah) in the Nueva Bago province started an uprising against the monarch, resulting in a battle that ended in a victory for the Arlandican government. The government of Arlandica and the Vilasia signed a mutual defense and cooperation treaty, forming an alliance regarding intermicronational defense. The country upholds civilian supremacy and has no form of military. Coulman Island (by the 2022 Treaty of Coulman) and Baylosa (by the 2021 Annexation of Baylosa) are former territories of Arlandica that are now part of the Vilasian Empire. At that time, King Jerold I abolished all elements of colonialism to have a more modernized and standardized government.
In May 2022, King Jerold I enacted the 2022 Arlandican Constitution. On the same day, several ministries and the Council were created. The capital was renamed from Arland City to Santo Niño City. Since July 2022, Lémarita, Paddaya, Galrea, Nueva Bago, Arlandican Capital Territory, and Arlandican Antarctic Territory joined Arlandica as its provinces. Months later, Arlandica changed itself from a principality into a kingdom following a constitutional amendment. On February 5, 2023, the 2023 Arlandican general election for governors was peacefully conducted. These elections were seen as a significant step forward in the country's political development and democracy since there had been no previous elections in Arlandica at any level of government.
Arlandica consists of thirteen enclaves, two exclaves, and thirty-four islands and coral reefs scattered across parts of the Philippines. Arlandica also has territorial claims in East Antarctica. The country's six provinces occupy a combined land area of 785,874 square kilometers (303,427 square miles). The vast majority of this land area is made up of the uninhabited Arlandican Antarctic Territory. Excluding the Antarctic territory, the total land area of the remaining territories is only 6.88 km2 (2.66 sq mi). Santo Niño City, the capital, is located at 7°08'N latitude and 125°36'E longitude. Mount Menzies, situated in the Prince Charles Mountains, is the tallest mountain in Arlandica, reaching an elevation of 3,355 meters above sea level. However, if we exclude the Antarctic claim, the title of the tallest mountain belongs to Mount Arland, standing at 91 meters above sea level, located in Santo Niño City. The Ticaowa River, which flows within Lémarita, is the longest river in the country, and Arland Lake, also located in Santo Niño City, is the largest tropical lake. Arlandica is estimated to be one of the largest micronations in the world in terms of the extent of its territorial claims.
Arlandica has control and presence over its five provinces in the Philippines but not its Antarctic territory. Still, they have no intentions to give up territorial claims there.
The borders of Arlandica are currently defined by the constitution. Arlandica consists of several provinces including Arlandican Capital Territory, Galrea, Lémarita, Nueva Bago, and Paddaya, all of which share terrestrial and maritime borders with the Philippines. The capital territory and Mainland Vilasia are only a few kilometers apart, making them the closest micronational capitals in proximity.
On the other hand, the Arlandican Antarctic Territory shares a terrestrial border with the Australian Antarctic Territory, Gaussland (Karnia-Ruthenia), and Hortania. It also has a maritime border with Ross Dependency, Coulman Island (Vilasia), Dubast, and Lehmark. However, it is important to note that territorial claims in Antarctica are not recognized by most nations.
|Climate data for Arlandica|
All five of provinces of Arlandica have tropical maritime climate that is usually hot and humid. The average temperature is around 27 °C. There are three seasons: a hot dry season from March to May; a rainy season from June to November; and a cool dry season from December to February. The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the northeast monsoon from November to April.
The Antarctic territory, on the other hand, have polar climate, that province has an average temperature of less than 10 °C (50 °F).
Biodiversity and environment
The Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agricultural Development is responsible for agriculture industry and maintaining the environment and natural resources. Approximately between 85% to 97% of Arlandica are nature reserves, uninhabited land, forest, or coral area. The most lush, tropical, and fertile areas in the country are found in the provinces of Lémarita, Nueva Bago, Galrea, Paddaya, and Arlandican Capital Territory. There are various species of mamals, fishes, flowers and birds in these provinces. Most commonly are frogs, snakes, chickens, pigeon, lizard, carabao, goats, and ducks.
The Arlandican Antarctic Territory is permanently covered by ice and it has relatively low biodiversity, with only a small number of species of terrestrial plants, animals, algae, and lichens. The coasts and adjacent islands are the breeding ground for various seabirds and penguins, and the leopard seal, weddell seal, elephant seal, crabeater seal, and ross seal breed on the surrounding pack ice in summer.
The country is considered a "strong performer" in environmental protection efforts. Chicken is the national animal of Arlandica, as commonly found in most parts of territories. Gumamela flower, on the other hand, is recognized as national flower.
Significant natural resources in Arlandica include: ore, iron, limestone, coal, natural gas, copper, and arable land. All of these natural resources are untapped.
Arlandica is named after its founder and first monarch, King Jerold I, who played a vital role in the establishment of the micronation. King Jerold I was a visionary leader who saw the potential for a new nation to arise from the small area of land where Arlandica now stands. He had a deep sense of patriotism and was committed to creating a unique and independent sovereign state that would be a shining example of what can be accomplished with determination, hard work, and a bold vision.
In recognition of King Jerold I's role in creating the micronation, the people of Arlandica decided to name the new state after him, using a shortened version of his nickname "Ar". This was a fitting tribute to the founder of the nation and a way of honoring his contributions to the country's early development.
Arlandica is a capitalist country that has mixed economy. Furthermore, all products, goods, and services depends from its macronation, the Philippines. Prices of goods and services in the kingdom are determined by supply and demand expressed by sellers and buyers. The Arlandican government usually does not intervene the economic sector and they ensure that private ownership is safeguarded. Foreign investors are needed to have permission to the Philippine government before investing to build businesses in Arlandica. As of January 2023, Arlandica has estimated of 14 to 20 private companies and businesses while 8 are government owned. The country has dual-currency system being Philippine peso and Arlandican dollar are the official currencies. However, the Philippine peso is widely used by the people. Arlandica is a micronationally developing country and possesses a stable notaphiliac economy. All assets of the government are saved in the treasury, managed by the Ministry of Finance.[j] Gross National Happiness or GNH is also used here to measure collective happiness of the population, with a national happiness score of between 6 to 7 over 10.
Science and technology
The Ministry of Education is the government ministry that is responsible for providing education and the development of coordination of science and technology-related projects in Arlandica. They are also responsible for the supervision, adjudication, and control over all telecommunications services. Almost all of Arlandicans are cellular phone users despite of having the slowest Internet connection in most of areas.
The Arlandican Space and Meteorological Agency (ASMA) is the official Meteorological administration and Space program of Arlandica, as well as research of volcanology. It is handled by the same ministry. Prior to the creation of this agency, based in Daya City, Paddaya, it has a challenge of insufficient funding. In 2023, Arlandica have a plan to be independent on Weather forecasting and Earthquake reports, The country will soon not relying in macronational agencies regarding to it. The study of Planetary science will be conducted by its employees.
Agriculture is a major industry in Arlandica,[k] as most of its territory is rural. Agricultural activity occurs in every Arlandican provinces excepting Arlandican Antarctic Territory. Arlandica produces rice, spices, fruits, and vegetables. These products can be exported and others will keep it. The agriculture sector is managed by the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agricultural Development. Labor laws depend on the Philippines. Even though the country has seashores, Arlandicans has no interest in fishing, foreign vessels are allowed to go to Arlandica's territorial waters for fishing and trading purposes.
Government and politics
Arlandica is a unitary state under a constitutional monarchy. The 2022 Arlandican Constitution was adopted in May 23, 2022 and It establishes the structure and responsibilities of Arlandican government.
The monarchy of Arlandica, whose monarch is referred to as the king of Arlandica, is the head of state with executive and legislative powers. In addition, he is also the Commander-in-chief of the Civil guards. The reigning monarch is King Jerold I. Although, he exercises most of government powers and the Prime minister advices him. As the monarchy is constitutional, the monarch is limited to functions such as bestowing honours and appointing the prime minister, which are performed in a non-partisan manner. The sovereign is able to create laws.
Council of Arlandica
The Council of Arlandica consists of a prime minister and four ministers, It is an advisory body to the monarch. The Prime minister serve as its head. It is considered as a parliament as it possesses few legislative powers. The Prime minister has the responsibility to appoint ministers and exercises advisory and judicial powers. The Prime minister and his ministers usually conducts annual Governance sessions to discuss plans, projects and other matters related to Arlandica and micronationalism. The current prime minister of the country is Benz Gian Arellano.
Arlandica relies on its macronation, the Philippines, for its defense and military protection. The Philippines is a member of the United Nations and maintains its own armed forces, which Arlandica can depend on in case of external threats. However, Arlandica itself has no standing military and relies solely on the Civil Guards for internal security and border control. The Civil Guards of Arlandica is a law enforcement agency that operates within the country's borders. It is tasked with maintaining peace and order, enforcing laws, and ensuring the safety of Arlandican citizens. The Civil Guards are responsible for protecting Arlandican territory, preventing crimes, and responding to emergencies. They have the authority to make arrests, conduct investigations, and use force when necessary to protect themselves and the public.
In the event of war or other emergencies, the Civil Guards can be designated as the military force of Arlandica. The Chief of Staff of the Civil Guards can proclaim the force as a military organization and take command of all Arlandican forces. This allows the Civil Guards to operate outside the country's borders and engage in military actions, such as defending the territories from external threats.
Arlandica is a country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage, shaped by a variety of influences from both Filipino and Western cultures. Over time, Arlandican people have assimilated these diverse cultural influences, resulting in a unique blend of traditions and customs that are distinctly Arlandican.
One area where these influences are particularly evident is in the country's monarchy. Arlandican monarchs have been inspired by the monarchies of Europe, with many of the country's customs and traditions being adapted from these sources. This has helped to create a sense of continuity and connection with the wider European cultural heritage, while also adding a distinctly Arlandican flavor to the country's monarchy.
Arlandican people have also created their own unique cultural expressions. One example of this is the Lémaritan language, which was developed by Arlandican linguists in the 21st century. This constructed language is based on a blend of different linguistic traditions, and has become an important part of Arlandican cultural identity. Another example is the Pandar script, which was created in Paddaya. This script is unique to Arlandica, and has become an important symbol of the country's cultural heritage.
The monarchy in Arlandica is deeply ingrained in the country's culture and identity. It is not only a political system, but also a core component of Arlandican nationalism. This form of nationalism is defined by a strong sense of pride in Arlandican traditions and customs, and a belief that these traditions should be upheld and preserved for future generations. At the heart of Arlandican nationalism is a deep respect for the monarchy. The Arlandican monarchy is viewed as a symbol of the country's unity and stability, and as a guardian of its cultural heritage. The monarch is seen as the embodiment of the Arlandican people and is revered as a unifying force.
Arlandican nationalism is also characterized by a strong sense of royalism. This means that the people of Arlandica believe in the importance of having a strong and stable monarchy, and see it as an essential part of their national identity. They believe that the monarchy provides a sense of continuity and stability that is vital for the nation's success.
In addition to its emphasis on the monarchy, Arlandican nationalism is also rooted in cultural nationalism. This means that the people of Arlandica place great value on their cultural heritage, and believe that it should be protected and promoted. They see their unique traditions and customs as a source of national pride, and view cultural preservation as an important part of their national identity.
Arlandica is a Christian state which is Christianity is the state religion and Catholic church is the national church. Archdiocese of Davao is considered to has jurisdiction over all of Arlandica. There are no Churches within the borders of the kingdom, but there are ones very close by. The Royal family attends regular masses on Sundays. Santo Niño de Cebú is the country's patron saint. Despite this, the government still respects the non-christian minorities.
This are the National colours of Arlandica:
The Sports Committee of Arlandica is a governmental committee responsible for encouraging and promoting the development of sports in Arlandica. It is attached to the Ministry of Education. There are a few major sports in the country, such as basketball, soccer, and online gaming.
Media, music and entertainment
Arlandica has its own broadcasting company namely the Hopeful Morning Broadcasting Network (HMBN), the company primarily record events concerning the kingdom through its own youtube channel and produces newspapers that are published yearly. HMBN currently has 2 active programs.
The Music of Arlandica, on the other hand, refers to the music interests of Arlandican people in Western, Asian and K-pop songs. While having no local Arlandican artist, the people here are obsessed in several famous foreign music artists.
The people of Arlandica, known as Arlandicans, are the citizens or natives of the country. They are a fascinating blend of different races and ethnicities, primarily of Austronesian descent, with a large percentage of the population being Filipino. Being a multilingual country, Arlandica boasts of its citizens' ability to speak several Philippine and Asian languages. As a testament to its linguistic diversity, Arlandica recognizes Cebuano, Ilocano, and English as its official languages.
In Arlandica's system of government, the roles of the Prime Minister and the King are clearly defined by the constitution, with each having specific powers and responsibilities. The Prime Minister is responsible for the country's foreign policy and diplomatic relations, working closely with other heads of state and government to promote Arlandica's interests on the global stage. The Prime Minister is also responsible for negotiating trade agreements and treaties with other nations, representing the country at international conferences and forums, and overseeing the country's foreign aid programs and initiatives. On the other hand, the King plays a ceremonial role in Arlandican governance, serving as a symbol of the country's unity and stability. While the King does not have direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of government, he does have the power to sign treaties and agreements with other micronations and organizations, lending his prestige and authority to these important diplomatic endeavors.
Together, the Prime Minister and the King form a team that is dedicated to promoting Arlandica's interests and values on the global stage. Their complementary roles and responsibilities ensure that the country's foreign policy and diplomatic efforts are carried out with efficiency, effectiveness, and a deep commitment to the principles of peace, justice, and cooperation.
|Micronations with which Arlandica has signed a treaty of mutual recognition|
Unilaterally recognized; No formal relations
- All member-states of United Nations
- Vatican City
- ↑ Including Born again and Iglesia ni Cristo.
- ↑ Each provinces enjoys a highly decentralized form of territorial organization, and thus Arlandica is not a federation, since the country is superior to the provinces and retains full sovereignty.
- ↑ All officers of the Arlandican government are not affiliated to any political parties.
- ↑ Excluding Arlandican Antarctic Territory.
- ↑ Arlandican dollar is not widely used in people's Daily transactions and supposedly for display only.
- ↑ Formerly known as Federal Democratic Republic of Arland or FDRA (April 20, 2020 - December 26, 2020), Grand Duchy of Arlandica (December 26, 2020 - March 6, 2021), Coppacian Dominion of Arlandica (March 6, 2021 - March 19, 2021), Sovereign Principality of Arlandica (March 19, 2021 - December 31, 2022)
- ↑ Commonly abbreviated AR
- ↑ Arlandican claim in Antarctica is not recognized by its allies and the rest of micronational community. In addition, the Antarctic treaty prohibits any individuals and governments to assert, support or deny a claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica. Despite this, the Arlandican government still don't have plans to give up claims in the continent.
- ↑ Jerold was the prime minister according to the Arlandic agreement, but later then he refused and retains calling himself the rightful monarch of Arlandica, Stephen exercised his power as the prime minister.
- ↑ The money of the government are all donated by the Arlandican officers voluntarily.
- ↑ Farmlands and other businesses are owned by the families of Arlandican citizens.
- ↑ Philippine Micronations (February 2022). "Micronations in the Philippines". philippines.fandom.com.
- ↑ Jerold Lopez Garte (May 2022). "The 2022 Arlandican Constitution". docs.google.com.
- ↑ Office of Foreign affairs (May 2021). "Diplomatic relations between Arlandica and Volletnia". volletnia.org.