Republic of Tinland
The Republic Of Tinland
|Anthem: Ode to Joy|
|Official languages||English (Unofficial)|
• Executive Branch
|The President of the Republic of Tinland|
|Legislature||The National Assembly|
|Establishment||15 January 2020|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time|
The Republic of Tinland, or simply "Tinland" is a micronation located in North America. The micronation declared its independence from the United States of America on 15 January 2020 and is surrounded and claimed by the US state of Illinois. Tinland was founded by the first and current President of the Republic, Anthony Barauskis. Tinland has a population of around 16 people across the four States and three territories that comprised the nation.
Sometime during 2018, Anthony Barauskis with two of his friends had proclaimed a fake micronation called "The Duck Empire", however the fake micronation had quickly became inactive and dissolved despite a constitution being drafted by Barauskis, mainly due to the inactivity in the government and civil practices and the knowledge of how to actually run a government. Following the collapse of the Duck Empire, Barauskis' unintentional involvement in micronationalism had become none-existent by the beginning of the following year.
2019 to 2020
By December 2019, Anthony Barauskis had started to get back involved in micronationalism after exposure to the idea from the internet. On 14 December 2019, drafting for a new micronation had started. Barauskis and a group of his friends decided to come together in a constitutional convention to form a new micronation. Barauskis was announced as the President of the Convention and the rest of the convention divided themselves into groups which should eventually give to the creation of the States and Territories.
The Constitutional Convention is known for the three pieces of legislation, called "Proclamations", the Proclamation on Independence, the Proclamation on States, and the Proclamation on the Territories. The proclamations became the backbone for the first Constitution of the Republic of Tinland.
Writing of the first Constitution officially begun after the Republic of Tinland declared independence on 15 January 2020 and continued until 6 May 2020, when the final draft of the first Constitution had been finalized and adopted by the Constitutional Convention. The first Constitution took inspiration from the Articles of Confederation of the United States of America, including with some failures of that made the Articles of Confederation ineffective, mainly the government had little to no say in the general affairs of the Republic of Tinland, due to it being under the authority of each State and Territory.
2021 to Present
After the National Assembly had failed to pass any legislation in nearly two months, on 6 October 2021, the National Assembly had successfully passed a resolution calling for a new Constitutional Convention. After three drafts by the "general committee", on 16 December 2021, the Constitutional Convention voted unanimously to adopt the new draft Constitution and set the deadline for approval on 19 January 2022 and it met that deadline after ratification of the Constitution by all States and Territories.
The first election under the new Constitution was on 14 September 2022. The National Assembly convened under the new constitution on 10 January 2023.
Politics and Governments
The Republic of Tinland is a federal democratic republic. The nation is a confederation where power and authority is shared between the federal government (and its branches) and the State governments, and to some extent, the governments within the Territories. The federal government of the Republic of Tinland is divided into separate legislative and judicial branches, with an executive branch under the supervision of the legislative.
The Government of the Republic of Tinland is based off of the principles of checks and balances and separation of powers. The responsibilities of the federal government are found in the Constitution of the Republic of Tinland, and distributed amongst the National Assembly, the Supreme Court, and other departments and bodies created by the National Assembly. Furthermore, the checks and balances and separation of powers is also seen in the interactions between the federal government and the State/Territory government, which is based on the ideas of federalism.
The Constitution of the Republic of Tinland
The Republic of Tinland has had two constitutions, the first Constitution was adopted in May 2020 and the second, and current Constitution, was adopted on January 19, 2022. The pervious Constitution had set up a government with one branch: the legislative, no executive figure, and no federal court system. It had placed a majority of powers in the control of the States and Territory, which were equal in power/authority, and required unanimous consent to pass any bill or resolution presented in front of the National Assembly.
The current Constitution consists of twenty articles, preamble, and ratification clause. In totaling, 4671 words. To see the entire constitution, click here: Constitution of the Republic of Tinland
The legislative branch of the government of the Republic of Tinland is vested into a federal legislature, entitled "The National Assembly", and which is established under Article III of the Constitution of the Republic of Tinland. It is a unicameral legislature comprising of twenty-four members (or officially "delegates"), four clerks, and one presiding officers (the President of the Republic).
Twenty-one out of the twenty-four delegates are elected by the people in each State based on population for a term of two years, with the remaining three being selected by the executive authority and approved by the legislature of the Territory, to represent the Territory for the same length of a two year term. Elections for the National Assembly take place on the second Wednesday of September every second year. The National Assembly holds the beginning of every legislative tenure (restarting every second year) on the second Tuesday of January, following every general election.
The National Assembly has several enumerated powers as granted to the legislature by the Constitution, specifically in the sixth and seventh articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Tinland. The powers of the National Assembly include, but not limited to: declare war and peace; set rules and procedures for the holding of pirates and felons within the jurisdiction of the confederation; general organization of the militias of the several States and Territories; entering into treaties and agreements with foreign states; establishing embassies and send ambassadors; the general regulation of commerce and trade; coin and regulate money of the confederation, including its value and borrowing money on the behalf of the confederation; establish departments and officers; enact such "necessary and proper" laws.
The Supreme Court
The judicial power of the confederation is comprised in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tinland, which is the highest court of the confederation, and other inferior courts which are created by the National Assembly. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tinland consists of four justices, all of whom are elected by the people in each State for a term of two year, similar to those in the National Assembly, and one of the justices are selected to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by the Supreme Court with the approval of the National Assembly. The Supreme Court also selects its clerk for its procedures.
The powers of the Supreme Court are given to the Supreme Court by Article X of the Constitution of the Republic of Tinland. The Supreme Court has both original and appellate jurisdiction, some original jurisdiction cases heard by the Supreme Court can include, but limited to; any case concerning the constitutionality of laws, resolutions, treaties, and other agreements adopted by the federal government; disputes between the confederation or any State or Territory with any foreign state; and, disputes between two or more States or Territories. The Constitution makes clear what cases are appellate: cases concerning any private citizen or citizens against any State or Territory or in cases concerning treason against any one State or Territory.
The Republic of Tinland is fairly open to relations and agreements with other micronations. The Constitution gives the National Assembly the power to enter into and organize treaties and agreements with foreign states, however, it grants each State the ability to hold contracts with foreign states, as long as the National Assembly accepts the contract. Though it is not official, the National Assembly has set out requirements for the starting of relations: (1) respect and encourage human rights, (2) respect the rule of law, (3) encourages communication and cooperation between micronations, and (4) Values world peace.
Micronations/Countries that hold bilateral relations with Tinland
- Republic of Scoria
- Free State of Sabini
- Principality of Sancratosia
- State of Vishwamitra
- New Rubix Republic
- The Sun Republic
Micronations/Countries that Tinland recognizes
- All Countries of the United Nations
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- Republic of Somaliland
- Holy See
- Republic of Kosovo
Micronations formerly recognized by Tinland
- Confederation of the Northern Coast (dissolved)
- Civic Nationalist Nation of Floriland (dissolved)
- Empire of Lurdentania (dissolved)
The Republic of Tinland was a founding member of the Economic Union of Micronation States with the Republic of Scoria, the Vancouver Island Soviet Socialist Republic, and the Sun Republic. However after months of inactivity and a failed attempt to revise the organization, on 21 January 2021, the Republic of Tinland announced its intention to withdraw from the Economic Union of Micronation States and on 2 February 2021, the Republic of Tinland had officially withdrew from the Economic Union of Micronation States.
The Republic of Tinland is a full member of the Grand Unified Micronational. On 7 May 2021, the Republic of Tinland had voted in favor of membership in the Grand Unified Micronational and was accepted as an observer on 20 May 2021 and then upgraded as a full member on 3 December 2021. Anthony Barauskis was made a mentor of the Grand Unified Micronational before resigning from the role to become the Chair of the Grand Unified Micronational on 1 July 2022, but later resigned from the position citing mental health and inability to serve in the position. The Republic of Tinland currently serves as a mentor.
The Republic of Tinland was a founding member of the York Entente and played a critical role in the drafting of the Charter of the York Entente.
The Republic of Tinland is a member of the Assembly of Chicagoland Micronations.
The Republic of Tinland has a market and economy inherited from the pre-independence market, which is currently unregulated, but has plans to become regulated as the new government fully takes over in the second half of 2022. The service sector is the largest size of the market, making up almost all of the economy. Prior to May 2020, the Republic of Tinland had used the United States Dollar (USD) has the unofficial currency, however, after May 2020, the Tinlandian Dollar began to be printed, in one's, five's, ten's, twenty's, and one hundred dollar bills. The Tinlandian Dollar (TD$) was connected to the United States Dollar and the paper it was printed on, which caused the $1 TD to be equivale to 10 cents.
The Republic of Tinland holds a strong American culture. English and Spanish are the two most common languages spoken within the confederation, the Republic of Tinland has a diverse populous. Due to having a diverse population, the Republic of Tinland is a very supportive and welcoming community. The Republic of Tinland celebrates their Independence Day (on January 15) and Human Rights Day (on December 19). The confederation also celebrates many holidays including New Years (January 1) and Christmas (December 25th).
Geography and Climate
The geography of the Republic of Tinland has pretty regular features of natural landscapes east of the Mississippi River and west of the Appalachian mountains. The Des Plains River divides the Republic of Tinland as other smaller lakes and ponds dot across the landscape and the DuPage River makes up a majority of the northern border of the confederation. Several nature parks were created prior to independence of the Republic of Tinland and are continued to be maintained.
In the case of human geography, Historic Route 66 divides the Republic of Tinland from the northeast corner to the southwest, while other highways or major roads including Bolingbrook Drive and Interstate 355 connects the States of the confederation.
The climate of the Republic of Tinland has fairly basic weather, warm summers and cold winters. It normally gets thirty-nine inches of rain each year, thirty inches of snow, and about one hundred and ninety sunny days across the entire year. In the summer months, June to August, the hottest temperatures appears while in the winter months, the cold, chilly temperature becomes normal. The Republic of Tinland sometimes gets harsh or violent weather, where tornado or flash flood warnings are given to the general public.
Official Website: The Republic of Tinland