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15, -45.8981, 69.0283
Flag of Kanedo since 1991
"'We will not be overcome by force or strength. The rocks remain in the swirl of the tide. Kanedo.'"
Song of Government
CapitalGovernment Fields
National languagesKanedo Ingerish
 • Regional languagesShenavroon
Ethnic GroupsKanedoon (34%), Others (61%), Shenavroon (5%)
GovernmentConstitutional Democracy
 • PresidentLala Pink
 • First MinisterWithershins ‘Temujin’ Fields
 • Total5 km2
 • Estimate (2014)1208
CurrencyKanedo Standard Dollar (KS$) (SMS$ & US$)
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD. kd .sh .oo

Kanedo, known only as ‘Kanedo’, is a micro-nation located on a small island within the territory of Shadze-Ma in the Southern Asperic Ocean east of Antarephia. Kanedo is located in the Western Group of islands along with Ironwall, Goolan Adeas & the Erths. Aside from Shadze-Ma its nearest neighbour is the Kingdom of Pasalia, whose maritime territory is located around 50km to the south west.

Geography and climate

North Harbour on Kanedo
Kanedo's climate, like Shadze-Ma's, is mild and oceanic, with warm summers and mild winters. The island is rural with only two small settlements, the villages of Kanedo and Government Fields. In geography it is roughly circular, moderately hilly and has a lower, central valley which encloses a sheltered harbour. Austral forests cover some of parts of the island with scrub and heath at higher elevations. The highest point on the island is East Hill 125m above sea level.


Kanedo was part of Shadze-Ma until 1991 when, following a referendum[1] it declared independence, becoming an independent sovereign state within the Organisation of Independent Oceanic Islands. It shares a common history with most of Shadze-Ma but was a centre of settlement by Ingerans in the 1880s to 1920s. Prior to independence the island was a socially conservative area within Shadze-Ma, with higher numbers of Ingerish speakers than in the remainder of the country. Since independence the island has developed in unpredictable ways.


The pre-independence flag of the island of Kanedo
The independence campaign was largely argued on the basis of greater control of economic growth and foreign investment. The vote was carried by a majority of 55% pro-Independence. On independence day, 22 June 1991, the new Kanedo flag was raised. The version of the flag sent to the local printers on the island had the text reversed and, following this tradition, since that day this reversed text version of the flag has been used at all official events and is now considered the national flag.

Since independence the island has introduced a series of laws that largely followed conservative protectionist economic principles while encouraging foreign ownership and financial investment. The island is a limited tax haven.


Government House, the seat of the Kanedo Parliament, is a democratic body representing islanders.
Wearing suits is standard on Kanedo; most wearers also sport a national flag of one form or another on their lapel
Nine islanders are elected to serve on the Parliament, with these nine then electing one of their members as 'President' and another as ‘First Minister’. The current President is Lala Pink and First Minister is Withershins Fields, known to most islanders as ‘Temujin’. Pink has been President since 2011 and Temujin Fields First Minister since 2006. Fields is the First of the ‘Fields’ family to hold office in the parliament following three ancestral family members who were governors while Kanedo was part of Shadze-Ma.

Significant changes to legislation, as determined by the Parliament, are put to island-wide referendum. Referenda items must be on candidates’ manifestos before election.

There is an independent judiciary on the island. The chief judicial administrator for the [past 31 years has been Judge Donna Redd.


The Kanedo economy is heavily based on scientific research and genetics, mostly carried out in Tiny Cloning Company (TCC)'s Kanedo Station facility. For the last 20 years, the company has bred genetically engineered newts and salamanders on the site. The export of high quality honey also makes a major contribution to the economy. There is a small amount of wildlife-related tourism.

The currency, the Kanedo Standard Dollar (KS$) is pegged to the Shadze-Ma currency, the Shadze-Ma Standard Dollar SMS$, but is printed on the island, usually on standard office printing machines. Although only a small number of bills have been printed reversed, there have been issued of currency validity.


In the years following independence, Kanedo Parliament enacted a series of influential laws. The island was opened to international investment and ownership in 1993.

The management of the island's legislature has not always been viewed positively, either on the island or more widely[2]. For a short period following independence, attempts to introduce liberal freedoms on sexuality and same-sex marriage in line with those in Shadze-Ma resulted in the introduction of a law which made heterosexual marriage and heterosexuality illegal. [3], probably the first and only country in the world to enact this measure. This resulted in emigration of a proportion of the island's population. The mistakes in the legislation were spotted a few months later and the law was hastily amended.[4] While it was only in force briefly, the law did cause the expulsion of the wife of the island's former governor[5].

Honey badgers are illegal on Kanedo
The island has an unusual mix of traditional and modern cultural elements. The wearing of suits is almost universal, although traditionally a lot of work takes place outdoors. There are two tailor’s shops on the islands which are considered to be the best in the Shadze-Ma area. As in Shadze-Ma, recreational drugs of most types, alcohol and tobacco are all legal on the island but are not generally considered problematic[6]. Kanedo has similar levels of drug use and social drinking to other islands in Shadze-Ma.

In 2005, following the release of two honey badgers which caused havoc among the hives of the island’s bee-keepers, a law was passed to prevent non-native animal introductions, with the exception of amphibians. Later that year a marine exclusion zone was put in place around the island, resulting in the immediate cessation of all fishing activity. Breaches of the restriction are monitored by a network of coastguard observation posts and heavy fines have been imposed for infringements.


For a brief period, heterosexual sex between people was not legal on Kanedo, although birds were exempt from any legislation. Here in the colony on East Hill a male and a female albatross court
Unlike mainland Shadze-Ma, education on the island follows a traditional model of a primary, secondary and tertiary education system. The tertiary element is affiliated to the University of Yshon. Student exchanges through Academic Support International are very popular and almost every student on the island spends some time abroad.

Since the introduction of the law banning heterosexual sex, islanders have adopted around 40 children from troubled areas of the world such as Commonia in an attempt to keep the population stable. The population has almost doubled since 1991, mainly through immigration. The educations system has expanded accordingly and new schools are under construction in Government Fields.


Kanedo has one football pitch and two mixed-sex football teams.


Sea stack off the coast of Kanedo
The main religion on the island is Sacramentalism. There has been tension between the Sacramentalist clergy and some of the more free thinking elements of the island's population. In 2006 the island’s priest was prosecuted for breaking into the island's only supermarket and pouring the contents of 12 cognac bottles away. He received a community sentence of three weeks work in the fields.

Foreign relations

Kanedo is usually represented internationally by Shadze-Ma and has good relations its much larger neighbour. Tensions with Pasalia have resulted from differences between the countries regarding culture, gun control, drug laws and immigration.


The island has a coastguard force consisting of a helicopter and two pilots, four officers, one 4x4 vehicle and a Rigid Inflatable Boat.

See Also


  1. Results of the Shadze-Ma/Kanedo Independence Referendum of 22/06/1991 part 1: votes cast and percentages. Publications of the Assembly of Nations referendum monitoring committee, St. Richards, Pretany, 1991. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  2. 'Its a ***ing shambles!' Kanedo residents complain about judiciary" The Echo. Yshon. Shadze-Ma. 18 April 1993. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. Judge D.Redd denies sex is illegal. The Echo. Yshon. Shadze-Ma. 28 June 1993. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. Letters Editor - I write in haste. You must refer to the legislation passed just two months ago in Kanedo. If I am not wrong (and, being a legal expert I am probably not) it is apparent that the Kanedo government has, unwittingly I'm sure, passed legislation to criminalise heterosexual marriage and sex. This does not affect me personally, as I am in my 90's and my wife is no longer interested in me, but your readers may appreciate this information. Sincerely etc. Disgusted of Government Fields (name and address supplied on request). The Echo. Yshon. Shadze-Ma. 2 March 1993 Retrieved 14 July 2016
  5. "See you some time: Governor's husband expelled under new law"Jan,D. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. January 22 2003. Retrieved 09 September 2012.
  6. "Top of the table again: 78% of Shenavroons say they've taken drugs; 3% say drugs are a problem"Collie,N. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
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