Principality of Urania
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The Principality of Urania is a small micronation enclaved by the United Kingdom. A primarily LGBT micronation, it claims to be the only LGBT homeland since the dissolution of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands in 2017.
The Princess, a gay teenager who was disgruntled with the lack of a unifying pan-LGBT movement, sought to establish a micronation with the aim of promoting LGBT rights, issues, and culture in the international sphere. Inspired by the work of pre-modern homosexuality, it draws influences from the work of
Successor to the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom
It claims to be the full and legal successor to the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands which was dissolved on November 17, 2017 following Australia's decision to legalise gay marriage.
The Vexillum Affair
On the 13th February, 2018, a diplomatic dispute began between the Principality and the Republic of Voslage, arising from the Republic's introduction of a policy to ban "Traps and Transexual People" (sic) for being "Mentally Unstable people". The Principality hit back, declaring an end to all recognition, diplomatic ties, and discourse with the Republic. Several allies of the Principality, including the United Peoples State of Sartonia and the People's Republic of Victoriam, joined in with the dispute. On the 15th February, the Republic dropped the policy, but the Principality of Urania has yet to resume any recognition or diplomacy.
In January 2019, following news breaking of a resurgence of the anti-gay purges in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, the Principality made it it's foreign policy aim to demand answers and find solutions to this crisis. Working with AllOut, an LGBT Charity, the Principality aimed to fundraise for efforts to help extract LGBT Chechens. On the 14th March 2019, to the United Kingdom, the closest Russian Embassy, demanding an explanation of what was happening and what was being done to tackle it.
The Federal Days
The capital of Urania is Magnushalden, founded 24 March 2019,founder of the Institute of Sexual Research and the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the first LGBT+ advocacy group in the world. Its name reflects its founder, his native language (German) and the local geography.
Urania claims to be an LGBT homeland, akin to the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands which was dissolved in 2017 by Emperor Dale I. Consequently, entitling anyone who identifies as LGBT+ to citizenship. Whilst Urania does not explicitly ban heterosexual/cisgendered individuals, and they may (like LGBT+ people) visit with no necessity of a visa or application, applications for citizenship by "Cis/het" people were reviewed by the Government rather than being given an instant greenlight. This shapes a pro-LGBT political mindset, and the aim of furthering LGBT causes within and beyond Urania.
Urania has a bicameral system, with the Lower Chamber directly elected biannually from and by citizens, and the Upper Chamber being staffed by Nobles, who may be appointed by the Monarch. Whilst the Upper Chamber is limitless in size, the Lower Chamber is capped at 20 seats, elected on a proportional representative system. Of the 20 seats, one Member of Parliament is elected Chamberal Speaker, and the leader of the largest party becomes Prime Minister. The leader of the second largest party is named Leader of the Opposition.
The National Parliament was the only administrative body within the Principality. There were no Members of Parliament owed to the size of the Principality, and thus no Prime Minister.
Urania largely adopts modern LGBT culture, language, slang, and customs.
The economy is supported by the Thebe, (symbol: ᐁ), which takes it name from The Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite ancient unit of same-sex lovers, who were killed at the Battle of Chaeronea. The monetary symbol is a triangle, an homage to the pink triangle, a symbol used to identify homosexuals during the Holocaust.