Commonwealth of Juniperia
Commonwealth of Juniperia
|Anthem: God Bless the Reign of Athena II|
Juniperia within California|
and largest city
|Recognised national languages|
|Government||Parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Sir Louie Thomas Hoorizadeh II|
|Sir Shem Han|
|Independence from the United States of America|
• Declaration of Independence
|2 September 2022|
• Current government
|1 January 2023|
|0.0405 sq mi (0.105 km2)|
• Water (%)
• 2023 population
|839.51/sq mi (324.1/km2)|
|GDP (nominal)||2023 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Juniperian mu (μ) (μ)|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy; CE|
The Commonwealth of Juniperia (Cartesian: Sunnenule Iunipuria), often referred to legally and colloquially as the Realm is an unrecognized governmental entity, otherwise referred to as a micronation, and a self-proclaimed monarchy. Juniperia is located in Southern California, and is landlocked almost completely with the exception of its various pacific territories. Juniperia is a semi-Federal constitutional hereditary monarchy, with its current Sovereign being Athena II. Its executive power is vested in the Prime Minister of Juniperia, Eric Xie and his cabinet. Its capital, Portola is locatated in the County of Northwood, one of 5 subdivisions of the realm.
Juniperia was founded on September 1st, 2022 as a republic. It transitioned to a monarchy after a referendum passed on January 1st 2023. It can trace its origins back to the Westavian Empire, a micronation founded a few years earlier. Its current name is derived from the former Setaran province of Juniperia, but also from Junipero Serra, a Franciscan monk.
Juniperia's diplomacy is regulated through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Juniperia is also a part of the Orange County Treaty Organization and the Cupertino Alliance, in which it is a Provisional Member, Juniperia is also a founding member of the Technological Cooperation Union.
The word Juniperia has two main meanings, it is named for the Franciscan saint, Junipero Serra, who spread Christianity in the area, and two for the Juniperian word 'Ayúnipér', meaning "Juniper", a folk name for a yellow flower that grows in mainland Juniperia.
The thought of Juniperia first came to Ishan Jha when he withdrew the province of Juniperia from Setara, Juniperia's predecessor. Juniperia was not the first micronation Jha was involved in, but it was the most successful. Juniperia's land would consist of a small portion of land in Orchard Hills, a small suburb in Southern California.
Pre Micronational History
The area around Juniperia is presumed to have been inhabited as far as 13,000 years ago. Original settlers made stone and iron weapons and later adopted Aztec culture, such tribes were the Gabrielleno and the Kumeyaay. These tribes farmed squash, corn and frequently engaged in trade with Aztec merchants. Following Spanish colonization of California, they established the sub-province of Alta California. In the 1760's Junipero Serra, Juniperia's namesake, ventured to California along with Gaspar de Portola, the governor of New Spain. He spread Christianity in the region and built numerous missions in California.
Juniperia can trace its roots back to the state of Westavia, a large micronational entity that was formed by Shahan I after his conquests. The nation had a medieval-esque culture and had a language, cuisine and government. Its government was characterized by frequent strife, which would eventually lead to its fall. Westavia was succeed by the Mogunesian Empire. The Mogunesian Empire was formed through the consolidation of Westavian remnants into a single micronation. The Mogunesian Empire was succeeded by the Confederation of Ruisseau, a "professional" micronation that existed largely as a successor state to the Confederation of the Rhine, a Napoleonic puppet in Germany.
Modern micronational history
The region did not see micronationalism until the establishment of Setara, a republic governed by Ishan Jha. Setara was open to the broader micronational community and had elections. Setara eventually became a monarchy with Sullivan I as its monarch, but Setara would frequently face political turmoil as a result of its inactivity.
Juniperia was founded on September 1st 2022 as a republic. The idea came after the Setaran province of Juniperia was withdrawn from the union. Juniperia would be largely brick and mortar, consisting of Jha's friends. Juniperia became a monarchy after a referendum passed in January of 2023.
Government and Politics
The government of Juniperia is a constitutional monarchy comprised of four organs, the royal branch, consisting of the Sovereign and her staff, the executive branch, consisting of the Council of State and the staff of the various ministries and the legislative branch, consisting of the Parliament and the various state legislatures.
The current government is chaired by Eric Xie and is of the Juniperian National Union, the majority party in the Parliament. The Parliament is elected once every year along with all the other elected officials. The Parliament votes first past the post, often online but sometimes in-person, as seen with the Partisan Provisions Act (2023).
Legislature is enacted, passed and regulated by the Parliament of Juniperia, the main organ of the legislature. The current Speaker of Parliament is the Prime Minister of Juniperia due to the office being in commisssion. The Parliament has 20 seats in total and is elected every 1 year.
Political parties in Juniperia are regulated by a non-partisan Bureau of Partisan Affairs, which is meant to filter out satirical parties. One of its most controversial parties, the Pizza Party gained rapid popularity due to its unique name. The leading party is the Juniperian National Union, a socially right wing and economically left wing.
Juniperia is divided into 5 counties and 2 colonies or dominions. Each county is entitled to 4 representatives at the maximum, and territories rarely get representation because they usually have their own local assemblies. The central laws of Juniperia supersede the laws of the states. Each subdivision is also entitled to its own flag, coat of arms and local government.
|Flag||Coat of arms||Name||Abbreviation||Lord Governor||Representatives||Population||Capital|
|County Northwood||CNWD||Artin Kordavi||Artin Kordavi
|County Adler||CADR||Allen Shieh||Pranav Kanse
|County Laskaridia||CLSA||Matthew Wu||Matthew Wu
|County Monesia||CMSA||James Bluebonn||James Bluebonn||2||Astrey|
Juniperia's national symbols consist of its flag and coat of arms, which have changed many times. The current iteration of both was designed by Chris Ramsay who serves as the current Earl-Marshal.
Template:Main article The coat of arms of Juniperia has changed many times. The current coat of arms depicts the deer and a cinquefoil. the cinquefoil accounts for the badge of the House of Athen and the deer is a popular and important animal in Juniperia. The arms is almost always depicted with the collar of the Order of the Cinquefoil.
Template:Main article The flag of Juniperia is a blue field tierced per fess by a golden bar. The crowned lesser coat of arms (escutcheon) is depicted in the centre.
Juniperia is a member of 4 organizations, the Orange County Treaty Organization, the Cupertino Alliance and the Intermicronational Technological Development Organization. Juniperia is also an observer in the Aequitas Pact.
Juniperia has had diplomatic strife with Gapla, both before and after the war. Juniperia started the OCTO in order to combat Gaplan imperialism in the area. Tensions especially deteriorated during the weeks leading up to the war, when Juniperia alligned itself to Invictus.
Juniperia recognizes all nations in the UN with the exception of the Peoples' Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the State of Israel. Juniperia officially recognized Palestine.
Juniperia is currently allied to several micronations and is a part of several organizations. Juniperia refrains from alliances with socialist and communist states but can make exceptions.
|Nation name||Capital||Head of state||Head of government||Alliance date||Embassy||Ambassador||Notes|
|Kapreburg||Charriotsville||Jackson I||Sander Koff||2023||N/A||Ishan Jha||Juniperia is currently allied with Kapreburg, the two nations began diplomatic relations when Ishan Jha joined Kapreburg, he liked the nation and wanted to ally with Kapreburg. He eventually became a citizen of Kapreburg as well as Juniperia and assumed the title Baron Jha|
|Vishwamitra||Rajagriha||Dhrubajyoti Roy||Dhrubajyoti Roy||2023||N/A||Ishan Jha||Juniperia allied with Vishwamitra after signing a treaty of mutual recognition in 2023. Ishan Jha currently serves as the Consul General of Vishwamitra in California.|
|Template:Country data Baustralia||Cascadia, Holderton||John I of Baustralia||Oliver Doig||2023||N/A||Artin Kordavi
|Template:Main article Juniperia became allied with Baustralia after the Treaty of Wabasso was signed. The treaty was thereafter signed by Parliament, many Baustralian individuals have recieved Juniperian awards and decorations.|
Template:Main article The Juniperian military, or Her Majesty's Armed Forces is operated titularly by Athena II, the commander in chief. Pranav Kanse serves as the current Minister of War and Defence. Juniperia's rank system is based off of that of the British Armed Forces.
Template:Main article The main land component of the Juniperian military is the Civil Guard, with 32 current enlisted soldiers. the civil guard operates with Airsoft and Nerf weaponry, as well as improvised rocket systems. It is commanded de-jure by Athena II and de-facto by the Chief of Ground Staff Ishan Jha.
Template:Main article The main naval component of the Juniperian military is the Naval Forces of Juniperia, it is commanded de-jure by the Queen of Juniperia and de-facto by the Lord High Admiral Eric Xie.
Juniperian culture consists of several blended components from American culture, Asian culture and Hispanic culture. Several holidays are also celebrated, such as Christmas, Diwali and various others. Crown Day is celebrated on January 1st to commemorate Juniperia's transition to a monarchy, Foundation Day is celebrated on September 1st to commemorate the establishment of the Republic of Juniperia.
Multiple films are produced in Juniperia, including Shahan: The Story of Westavia, an in-production film and documentary about the life and conquests of Shahan I, the first Emperor of Westavia. Many films are in fact documentaries.
Throughout its histoy, Juniperia had many news outlets. The first known news outlet in the Irvine sector was TV Ruisseau, which was famous for its Earth Day Documentary. TV Ruisseau also introduced news broadcasts featuring Slowjamastani films. The current official news company in the Juniperian News Network, currently on hiatus. The Juniperian Broadcasting Company, a facet of the Information Ministry exists to provide video news to Juniperians.
ArtMany Juniperians engage in art, particularly Westavians which have made portraits since the 2010s. Westavia was famed for its production of Steles which were inscribed with important events that occurred, only 5 survive today, 3 in the residency of Ishan Jha and 2 in the residency of George Chu, both properties of the government.
Westavia dominantes in the field of literature as well, being the birthplace and home of the House of Donnauberg, a famous intellectual family of individuals. Charles Donnauberg composed the Mogunesian Chronicle which is the primary referrence for Westavian and Mogunesian history. The Codex Iannus was composed by Shahan I as the first law document.