Charlottesburg

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The Republic of the Charlottesburg Metropolis is a small city-state located on the Gulf of Archanta. It is surrounded by the nation of Wintania. The tiny nation was a longtime holdout of Commonian rule in the region, with the former Fascist Republic of Commonia retaining federal control over the state for decades after its neighbors had become independent. Charlottesburg declared its independence in July 1970, shortly before the outbreak of the Commonian Civil War. The country's culture has strong nationalist overtones. Its citizens take great pride in their Commonian roots. Charlottesburg is best described as an independent Commonian city now in control of its own destiny.

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Republic of the Charlottesburg Metropolis
Charlotteſburg
Flag
Flag
Motto:
"Work in progress!"
Anthem:
THE ONE
CapitalCharlottesburg
Largest cityCharlottesburg
Official languagesIngerish
NationalitiesCharlottean 82%

Commonian 11% Wintarean 5%

Drulli 2%
DemonymCharlottean
GovernmentConstitutional Republic
 • President of the Charlottesburg RepublicJack Wolfman (February 29th, 2016 - Present)
 • Vice President of the Charlottesburg RepublicKatrina Pierson (February 29th, 2016 - Present)
LegislatureCongress
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
Population
 • Census4,001,600 (2015) 4,935,000 (2018 Est)
CurrencyCharlottean Dollar, ʃ$
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.cbg

Republic of the Charlottesburg Metropolis

The Republic of the Charlottesburg Metropolis (Stylized as Charlotteſburg ), also simply Charlottesburg Republic, is an independent city-state on the continent of Archanta.

Location:

Name Variants & Nicknames

  • The Republic of the Charlottesburg Metropolis
  • The Republic of Charlottesburg
  • The Charlottesburg Repbublic
  • Charlottesburg
  • Charlotteſburg
  • The Republic
  • The City of Charlottesburg
  • The City
  • Republic City

Administrative Setup

Charlottesburg is a constitutional republic. It is also an independent city-state.

Branches of Government

Executive

  • Presidents may serve for two terms (To be continued)

Legislative

Judicial

Federal Administrations

  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Foreign Operations Administration
  • Civil Aviation Administration
  • Overland Transportation Administration
  • Port Authority of Charlottesburg
  • Department of Monetary Policy


Boroughs

Charlottesburg is divided into 15 boroughs. Each borough is divided into many electoral districts. This allows the city-state to function as a republic. The boroughs act in place of full-fledged states to elect national officials while allowing the country to remain as a unitary state.

The boroughs are represented on the national flag by horizontal red and white alternating stripes, while a large white star represents the whole country.

The Boroughs of Charlottesburg:

  • 1: Downtown Core
  • 2: Midtown
  • 3: Uptown
  • 4: Kamonegix
  • 5: Grand Strand
  • 6: Britton
  • 7: Albion
  • 8: Goldenrod
  • 9: Tuckertown
  • 10: Quincy
  • 11: Liberty
  • 12: Sandhills
  • 13: Port of Charlottesburg
  • 14: Conway
  • 15: Concord

History

Era of Commonian Statehood

Charlottesburg has a long and colorful history. It was once a Commonian state, having joined the union in 1783. This Commonian exclave was isolated from the motherland and remained one of the most stable states all the way through the decline of the country.

In the late 1960s, Governor Jack O'Neill, who was previously a longstanding Commonian military official and top general, began to realize it was extremely unlikely he would ever get his country back.

Founding President Jack O'Neill

When Governor of Charlottesburg Jack O'Neill realized Commonia was beyond fixing, he returned home and began preparing the state for formal and total independence. Charlottesburg officially declared its Independence Day to be July 11th, 1970. New national elections were held in the fall of 1971 so there would be enough time to set up the process and go through the new primary election process before the general election. Governor O'Neill won the election, which took place on Election Day (December 7th), and was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Charlottesburg on February 29th, 1972. O'Neill had insisted on "Leap Day" being the Inauguration Day, famously saying "Why not?" during a press conference. And thus it was inserted into the new constitution.

Post-Independence Era

(Modern history section; To be continued)

In the decade after Charlottesburg's independence, Commonia saw the bloodiest civil war in its history, leaving citizens relieved that they left when they did. Charlottesburg's government maintained diplomatic ties with the Fascist Republic of Commonia (now the Commonian Confederation) throughout the war and up to the present. This is in the hopes that Commonia may be reunited as a powerful, modern country once more.

During the Commonian Civil War, Charlottesburg saw nearly a million refugees settle within its borders. This caused infrastructure and housing growing pains and led to the Megacity Plan of 1987 being drafted.

Megacity Plan of 1987

The Megacity Plan was drafted in response to immense inflows of Commonian refugees starting at the outbreak of civil war in 1974. By 1995, nearly one million Commonians had moved to Charlottesburg. The 1987 plan allowed large areas of land to the north of downtown to be carved into a grid. These areas include the former international airport location and are now known as Midtown and Uptown. The land in this area was turned into high density residential and commercial zones.

Political Parties

Nationalists

The Nationalists have dominated the Republic since Independence. The party's ratings have remained at over 87%, boosted by the 1987 Megacity Plan signed by Former President Elizabeth Weir.

This party primarily advocates to keep the market as free as possible. The party wants to keep regulations simple and efficient to attract foreign companies.

Expansionist Party

This party seeks to expand the country's borders. While they do win a few electoral districts occasionally, they are not very popular because the population is satisfied with the status quo. The party has made it clear it has no intentions to expand the country into neighboring Wintania. Instead, it proposes re-unifying Commonia through a complicated and unrealistic one-state-at-a-time approach. They plan on sending diplomats to convince states to hold a referendum on joining a new federal union. The vast majority of the citizenry thinks keeping things local is a better idea for the time being. This is similar to a plan submitted to Ombo officials in the early 1950s by then-Colonel Jack O'Neill to help save the country from total collapse through government reform.

Foreign Policy & Relations

Commonia

The state still maintains diplomatic relations and even has military cooperation with several Commonian regional governments. Chief among these are Charlington and Williamston Palace in Williamston, Craters.

The national government also formally recognizes and at times works with the Commonian Confederation, which it considers the best hope for stability in Commonia.

Assembly of Nations

Charlottesburg is not a member of the AN, but it maintains diplomatic relations with it as if it were another sovereign nation. Membership was put up to a vote in 1987 and again in 2011, but failed to pass by a wide margin.

Demographics

The country's former Commonian statehood means that a large portion of the population is Commonian. Every Commonian citizen residing in the state was given citizenship at the time of independence, and there is an easy path to citizenship for new Commonian arrivals escaping the fallen nation. The state's population swelled quickly after independence from around 2,732,000 in 1970 to over 3,645,000 in 1995. This rapid growth led to infrastructure and development challenges.

As of the 2015 Census, the population was 4,001,600, with about 82% of the population holding Charlottean citizenship.

Economy

Charlottesburg has a state-owned central bank that issues debt-free currency. Usurious practices are a federal crime in Charlottesburg. Charlottesburg is known for being very business-friendly and it attracts major companies from across the globe. It is also a well known tropical tourist destination.

Charlottesburg allows its private industries to sell whatever it is that they make to anyone, anywhere in the world. Every bit of income is essential for such a small country. Charlottesburg has been criticized for allowing arms to be sold to opposing parties, but the government maintains that the state nor the private manufacturers are liable for what exported goods are used for.


Industrial Sector

Airplane Manufacturing

Liberty, Charlottesburg is home to Liberty Aviation Manufacturers, which builds large commercial airplanes, helicopters, and military aircraft to be shipped abroad.

Shipbuilding

Charlottesburg is home to a major shipbuilding firm called Grand Strand Shipbuilders. They manufacture boats and ships large and small including yachts, container ships, tankers, destroyers, battleships, and aircraft carriers.

Military & Security

A major sector that manufactures military and security equipment and vehicles to be shipped abroad.


(To be continued)

Geography

Urban Geography

Due to the relatively small area of the country, much of the land is urbanized. Developed land is concentrated along the coast and along the central highway corridor. It was a major regional city before independence, and has continued to attract people and businesses alike. This was made possible when the new federal government implemented a plan (known as the Megacity Plan of 1987) to carve up the previously rural land to the north of Downtown Charlottesburg to open up the land to high rise development. Much of the flat land that has been developed was formerly the city's old airport. Charlottesburg has a strong automobile culture, thus highways old and new string and weave across the state.

Infrastructure

Roads

Information about State Highways (To be continued)

State Highways in Charlottesburg are labeled as "SH 1" and read as "State Highway 1".

Air

Charlottesburg has a major airport located on the coast. The current airport replaced the old one to make way for the 1987 Megacity Plan.

Charlottesburg Metropolis International Airport has two long parallel runways that jut out into the ocean so flight paths don't conflict with the dense skyscrapers nearby.

Climate

Charlottesburg is located in a tropical region. (To be continued)

Physical Geography

There are numerous small mountains in the state, most of which are surrounded by dense jungle. The coastline is lined with steep cliffs and beautiful white sand beaches. The cliffs are in some places more than two miles from the actual shoreline, while in others, it is less than a quarter-mile from the shore.

Heads of State

List of State Governors (1783 - 1972)

  • (Coming Soon)
  • Ike Ambrose (January 15th, 1950 - January 15th, 1962) (3 four-year terms)
  • Jack O'Neill (January 15th, 1962 - February 29th, 1972) (2 1/2 four-year terms)

List of Presidents (1972 - Present)

  • Jack O'Neill (February 29th, 1972 - February 29th, 1980)
  • Elizabeth Weir (February 29th, 1980 - February 29th, 1988)
  • Henry Hayes (February 29th, 1988 - February 29th, 1996)
  • Brock Harrison (February 29th, 1996 - February 29th, 2000)
  • Steven Stone (February 29th, 2000 - February 29th, 2008)
  • Erickson "Meta" Taro (February 29th, 2008 - February 29th, 2016)
  • Jack Wolfman (February 29th, 2016 - Present)

National Security

Armed Forces

Keeping such a physically small nation secure from potential foreign threats is a major challenge. Founding President O'Neill didn't want to take any chances with his new country after his experiences in the Commonian military. This has resulted in an interesting situation for the Armed Forces. Overall, the Armed Forces stand at approximately 123,000 personnel (including reserves and police). The active military portion of the Armed Forces stands at approximately 24,000 personnel (not including stand-alone police officers).

Active Personnel Numbers Summary:

  • Army: 10,000
  • Navy: 5,000
  • Air Force: 5,000
  • Marine Corps: 4,000
  • Stand-Alone Police: 2,000
Total Active: 26,000

Reserve Personnel Numbers Summary:

  • Army: 40,000
  • Navy: 30,000
  • Air Force: 15,000
  • Marine Corps: 11,000
  • Stand-Alone Police: 1,000
Total Reserves: 97,000


While these numbers are large for a country of this size, the founders thought it was better to be safe than sorry. They chose to show foreign powers they were ready to fight to keep their country if needed. The Constitution of Charlottesburg sets provisions for military reserve drafting during wartime. The security sector is a major employer in the country, and high-tech security services and gear are a major export.

Police

1,000 Military personnel also double as police officers and are sometimes put on police security and patrol duty, particularly during large national and international events. All police officers become military personnel upon joining the force. The Charlottesburg Police is its own branch of the military, but personnel can also be part of any other branch, making them overlap. Each branch has a police division.

Border Wall

The Megacity Plan that the federal government approved in 1987 also included the construction of a border wall to clearly define the edge of the city and to help control immigration to and from Wintania and beyond.

Civilian Arms

In addition to military and police forces, most citizens are allowed and encouraged to own weapons for self defense.

Guaranteed Rights of Citizens

Free Speech

Speech of all types is constitutionally protected. It is unconstitutional to ban certain speech just because someone doesn't like it. Anyone caught censoring speech is subject to a federal offense (felony) charge. They may also be subject to fines and prison. These penalties can be very harsh depending on the specific case. For example, if a major international corporation is caught censoring citizens, it may face severely damaging fines in order to get the message across. Another example would be if an ISP or other telecom company blocks certain websites from being viewed from within the state or by certain people or citizens. The state makes it clear any offender will be made an example of what not to do.

Arms

The citizens of Charlottesburg are constitutionally allowed to own any type of weapon, aside from certain extremely dangerous weapons of mass destruction such as conventional and nuclear bombs, most rocket launchers, and various others. Any citizen may obtain any weapon and are not subject to any weapons regulations except for those classified as weapons of mass destruction.


National Banner

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Design

The National Banner is the official symbol of the Republic. It consists of 15 red and white stripes that represent the boroughs of the city-state. It also has a large blue band across the left/top side. Within this blue band is a large star that represents national unity. The flag is interesting in that the star is pointed towards the left of the flag in order to make the flag symmetrical.

Patriotic Songs

These songs are often played at sporting events.

National Anthem: THE ONE

THE ONE is the national anthem of the Republic. As Founding President O'Neill put it, it is "a modern anthem for a modern country." The song features modern instruments and is a metal anthem. It talks about the end of the world (referring to the fall of Commonia) and finding the truth once again. It is a song of national unity, but it also shows that the Charlottean people are always willing to help those in crisis.

Nationalist Party Anthem: Hold Back The Night

This song represents the fight against the darkness that overcame Commonia and the desire to bring light back to their state. This song is credited with the high level of patriotism among Charlottean citizens.

City of Charlottesburg Anthem: This City Made Us

This song represents the city-state and how it has shaped the lives of its citizens so dramatically over the last five decades.

Anthem of the Armed Forces of Charlottesburg: The Instinct

Institutions of Higher Learning

Charlottesburg State University

Tuckertown State College

Charlottesburg Military Academy

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force

The CMA provides military training for domestic and foreign security and combat personnel.

General Aviation Academy

Specializes in commercial and private aircraft including full-size jets and helicopters.


Other Major Institutions & Organizations (Including NGOs)