Empire of Austenasia

There are four types of local administrative divisions in the Empire:
  • Towns are populated areas of land that are administered by a Town Council (usually somewhat communal in style) on the local level, and have their ideas and concerns voiced in Parliament by elected Representatives. Some Towns hold the status of City, which means that they also have an elected Mayor who oversees local government.
  • Marches are populated areas of land that are administered by a Margrave and/or Margravine, but are associated with a Town for electoral purposes, with the March's residents having votes for and represented in Parliament by the Representative of the respective Town. Marches are separate from their associated Towns.
  • Territories are non-populated areas of land that are, where possible, administered by a Governor appointed by Parliament or the Monarch.
  • Crown Dependencies are areas of land - populated or not - which are not administered by the central government but rather ruled autonomously by Governing Commissioners who the Monarch appoints to rule on his behalf. Although under Austenasian sovereignty, legislation does not automatically apply to a crown dependency, which is under the control of the Monarch and his Governing Commissioner.

Wrythe (City - Capital)

Wrythe is the capital city of the Empire of Austenasia and seat of power of its Monarch, and is the historical and cultural centre of Austenasia, having been the site of its foundation in 2008. The City consists of the Imperial Residence, 2 Imperial Road, Wrythe Public Park, Commius Flats, and East Wrythe, and is bordered on all sides by the British town of Carshalton.

Wrythe was founded on 20 September 2008 as the first piece of sovereign Austenasian territory. It was the only Austenasian land until 21 February 2009, when Glencrannog was annexed by the Empire. On 28 August 2009, the Austenasian Army invaded and occupied a small piece of adjoining land known as Commius Flats, which was de jure annexed the day afterwards.

During the Austenasian Civil War, the then town of Wrythe was loyal to Emperor Esmond III. The then Princess Caroline was placed under low-security house arrest in the Imperial Residence, which was fortified against possible Carolinian incursions. The Imperial Regalia were stored in the Imperial Residence for safe-keeping, and Rose and Edd were used as guard dogs, patrolling Wrythe Public Park and the British alleyway near Commius Flats. Despite extensive preparations, Wrythe was never attacked during the entirety of the war.

During the War of the Orlian Reunification, Wrythe was surrendered to the Midget Army by the then Crown Prince Jonathan, ending the orchestrated war and resulting in King Declan of Wilcsland and Copan being appointed co-Emperor. On 14 April 2014, Wrythe became the first local-level administrative division of the Empire to have an exclave by annexing East Wrythe, a small territory currently used as a Copanese embassy which is separated from the main town by roughly a third of a mile of the United Kingdom.

Wrythe was granted city status on 8 January 2017. The current Representative of Wrythe is His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, elected on 19 November 2013. His sister, Crown Princess Caroline, is the city's Baroness, and their father, HIH Emperor Father Terry, is Mayor of Wrythe.

New Richmond (City)

New Richmond is a City of the Empire of Austenasia situated in North America. Originally established as a Crown Dependency on 16 August 2013, the territory was formally annexed by an Imperial Decree, transitioned into a Town on 7 September 2014, and granted city status on 9 January 2017.

New Richmond is the largest City and most highly populated local administrative division of the Empire, with thirteen residents living in five different houses, one of which contains a shop which sells home appliances to the citizens of the neighbouring United States. The original Crown Dependency of New Richmond - which expanded by roughly 120% on 1 January 2014 by annexing neighbouring land - is now known as North New Richmond, having been joined by the former Ashukov city of Saint Josephsburg the day before New Richmond became a Town. Saint Josephsburg and North New Richmond are separated by just over fourteen miles of the United States of America, and were joined by a third exclave, West Richmond, in September 2014, and a fourth, New Saint Josephsburg, in April 2015. In December 2016, North New Richmond was ceded back to the United States of America, but replaced by two new land claims, yet to be formally named by New Richmond City Council.

HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia is the current Representative of New Richmond, having held said office since the transition into a Town. His romantic partner, Countess Victoria, is Mayor of the city.

Zephyria (Town)

The Town of Zephyria joined the Empire on 25 April 2009 after Sir William, a friend of the now Emperor Jonathan I, expressed his wishes for his house to become Austenasian. A Treaty of Annexation was signed between the then Crown Prince Jonathan, Sir William, and the latter's mother (owner of the house) on UK soil about a month before the official annexation. Soon afterwards, Sir William became Duke of Royton and thus became a Lord. After becoming General of the 1st Inner Austenasian Division, he became Lord General William Kingsnorth, but lost that title after declaring the Austenasian Civil War.

During the war, the town was used as a base for the Carolinian rebels and placed under ineffective martial law. After the war was won by the lawful government, South Kilttown (as Zephryia was then known) once again came under legitimate Austenasian authority, and Lord John relinquished his title of Baron of South Kilttown, passing it to his son William.

Zephyria was renamed from South Kilttown on 10 September 2010. Zephyria is the second largest Town in Austenasia, after the capital Wrythe. About half of Zephyria is comprised of Kingsnorth Manor, residence of Lord Marshal William, built sometime in the late 19th century. Lord Marshal William has been the elected Representative of Zephyria since 1 January 2011.

Thanasia (Town)

Thanasia joined the Empire on 14 May 2013. It consists of part of a house, specifically, the territory directly underneath a room on the second floor. Thanasia is therefore comprised of three rooms (two bedrooms and a kitchen) only connected to each other via a staircase in the United Kingdom. It is the smallest Town in Austenasia at only 97 square feet, and is home to two residential subjects, Countess Eritoshi of Memphis and her sister, Lady Strawberry Easton. The latter has been  Representative of Thanasia since May 2016, when she took over from her sister who had formerly held the position since Thanasia's annexation.

Palasia (Town)

Palasia is a Town with four residents, and was annexed on 12 July 2013. Comprised of a house surrounded by the British county of Norfolk, Palasia has had Lord John Gordon as its Representative since its foundation, confirmed in his position by election since November 2013.

Porthbokon (Town)

Porthbokon is an Austenasian Town which was annexed on 5 June 2014. Comprised of a house surrounded by the British county of Cornwall, Porthbokon has had Lady Evren Filgert as its Representative since its foundation, and was formerly the capital of a now defunct micronation known as Bokonton.

Shineshore (Town)

Shineshore is Austenasia's third-largest Town, situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, and borders the Canadian province of Ontario. Originally established on 13 April 2014, Shineshore is one of only two parts of the Empire to have a coastline, and transitioned into a Town on 7 September later that year. Lord Rear Admiral Alastair Cranston, the founder and former Governing Commissioner of Shineshore, currently serves as its Representative. The Town is the base of Centuria II Ondiara, a naval unit of the Austenasian Army which currently has four vessels.

Terentia (Town)

Terentia is a Town of the Empire of Austenasia situated in North America. Established on 16 November 2013 as a Crown Dependency, the territory was formally annexed by an Imperial Decree. The founder of Terentia, Lord Admiral Eren Lewis, currently serves as Representative and Baron of Terentia, which transitioned into a Town on 3 December 2014. The land was named after HIH Emperor Father Terry, and has a population of six.

Ionathanopolis (Town)

Ionathanopolis is the youngest Town of the Empire, having been founded on 27 June 2016. It consists of a residential property bordered by the U.S. state of South Carolina, and has a population of five. Ionathanopolis - named after the incumbent Emperor Jonathan I - is represented in Parliament by Lord Peter Palaiologos, Count of Mentavlos, who serves as the Town's Representative.

Caldari (March)

The Caldari March was founded on 3 December 2014. An enclave of the British town of Bury St Edmunds, the March has a population of two and is comprised of a house and garden. Caldari is associated with the Town of Palasia for electoral purposes.

Glencrannog (Territory)

The Territory of Glencrannog is a square foot of land, and is the Empire's smallest piece of land. Plot number 872 of the Glencrannog Estate in Argyll was bought by Emperor Jonathan I (then still Crown Prince) in October 2008, and ceded to the Austenasian Government on 21 February 2009, being officially annexed as part of the Empire. Act 60 (Annexation of Glencrannog) gave the then Crown Prince the title Laird of Glencrannog as a ceremonial position.

Glencrannog was initially a Town; as it is only a square foot in size and has no population, it did not have a Representative or Town Council, but did have Emperor Mother Margaret as its Baroness. It was transitioned into a Territory on 4 May 2013 with the creation of that status. Glencrannog has never been visited by any Austenasian, but on 7 March 2016, Sir James von Puchow was appointed its Governor, with the hope that he will visit the territory at some point in the near future.

Corinium Terentium (Territory)

Corinium Terentium was annexed on 4 May 2013, originally consisting of a large field by the British town of Tetbury, in Gloucestershire. On 30 January 2016, Austenasia annexed to Corinium Terentium the uninhabited land of the nearby Principality of Sabovia upon the dissolution of said country, leading to Corinium Terentium becoming the largest single land claim of the Empire. Although it has no inhabitants, Austenasian law is enforced by its Governor, Lord Tribune Andrew Creed, and the Territory is protected by the Austenasian Army unit Centuria I Gloucestria, based nearby. The name of Corinium Terentium is derived from "Corinium Dobunnorum", the Roman name for the nearby British town of Cirencester, with "Terentium" added in honour of Emperor Father Terry.

Beith Craobh Iostan (Territory)

Beith Craobh Iostan - Scottish Gaelic for "Birch Tree Cottage" - was annexed on 13 April 2014, and consists of a usually uninhabited holiday home on the Scottish island of Coll. The building was built very recently, and as such the only photographs of the territory which are available show the land before the construction of the holiday home.

Glencoe (Territory)

Glencoe is a piece of land measuring 10 square feet (only Glencrannog is a smaller possession of Austenasia) which is an enclave of the Scottish council area of Highland. Bought by a Mr. Crannis on 13 June 2012, the said owner ceded Glencoe to Austenasia as a territory on 13 April 2014. The territory initially had no Governor due to the Austenasian government not being in contact with anybody who lives near enough to the land to administer it, but Sir James von Puchow was appointed such on 7 March 2016, and plans to visit the territory at some point in the first half of 2017.

Aurora (Territory)

Aurora is an Austenasian Territory which is bordered by the Czech Republic. Founded on 30 January 2016 by its now governor, Lord Karl Friedrich, the territory contains a small stretch of the river Rokytka, as well as the adjoining land.

Amerdansk (Territory)

Amerdansk is an Austenasian Territory which was founded on 7 March 2016, making it the most recent Territory acquired by Austenasia. An enclave of Scotland, Amerdansk is comprised of the garden of a residential property. It is administered by its founder, Lord Kit McCarthy, who currently serves as Governor and Baron of Amerdansk.

New South Scotland (Crown Dependency)

New South Scotland is a Crown Dependency of the Empire of Austenasia situated in Australasia. Established on 19 November 2012 as a colony of New Wessex, the colony was ceded to Austenasia on 20 January 2013 by Declan I upon the ascension of Jonathan I to the Austenasian Throne. New South Scotland was formally made a Crown Dependency of Austenasia on 25 January by the First Imperial Decree of HIM Emperor Jonathan I, the first Austenasian land of its sort.

New South Scotland is governed by The Rt Hon. Sir Hugh McFarlane, KCA, a friend of the Emperor who lives nearby and who also serves as a Privy Counsellor and the Empire's Consul-General at Sydney. The founder of New South Scotland - Charlotte Lindstrom of the nearby nation of Zealandia - held the position of Governor under Wessaxon rule, and ruled as the first Governing Commissioner before the appointment of Sir Hugh to the office. The territory was formerly part of a university campus in Sydney before being annexed by New Wessex.

After tensions arose in early June 2014 over New South Scotland between Austenasia and a rebellious faction of the Zealandian military which had threatened to depose Lindstrom (who then reigned as Queen Astrid), a compromise was reached whereby the effective administration of the crown dependency was given wholly over to the Zealandian government, while Austenasia retained legal sovereignty over the land. This arrangement was maintained until 10 September 2016, when a treaty was signed between the Empire and Zealandia restoring full and exclusive Austenasian governance to the crown dependency.

Axvalley (Crown Dependency)

Axvalley is a Crown Dependency of the Empire of Austenasia situated in South America. Established on 20 February 2013, the territory was formally annexed by an Imperial Decree.

Axvalley is governed by its founder Rubens Machado, who rules as Governing Commissioner in the name of the Emperor. Axvalley is Austenasia's second-largest and second-most populous land claim, measuring nine hectares with a population of seven, mostly Roman Catholic but with a Spiritualist minority.

Oregonia (Crown Dependency)

Oregonia is an uninhabited Crown Dependency situated in North America, surrounded by the U.S. city of Mountlake Terrace, WA. Established on 30 June 2014, Oregonia is governed by King Adam I of the nearby nation of Überstadt, who rules as Governing Commissioner in the name of the Emperor. The crown dependency is situated in wooded parkland, and produces various products traded with Überstadt and with other areas of Austenasia.

Enfriqua (Crown Dependency)

Enfriqua is a Crown Dependency of Austenasia founded on 15 January 2015. The Crown Dependency consists of a house populated by a family of four, and is bordered by Algeria. His Excellency Akka Bey - who also serves as the Empire's unaccredited ambassador to Algeria - administers Enfriqua as its Governing Commissioner.

Dekker (Crown Dependency)

Dekker is a Crown Dependency of Austenasia founded on 16 July 2015 and comprised of two separate but nearby areas of land, both enclaves of the United States of America. The first contains a house populated by Dekker's population of six, and the second is uninhabited and features an area of woodland and a disused natural gas well. Mr. Patrick-Dylan Knox administers the Crown Dependency as its Governing Commissioner.

Imperia (Crown Dependency)

Imperia is a Crown Dependency of Austenasia founded on 29 October 2015. An enclave of India, the crown dependency consists of a residential property and has a population of five. The Rt Hon. Ketan Uzagi, OAO has administered the Crown Dependency as its Governing Commissioner since its foundation.

Esmondia (Crown Dependency)

Esmondia is a Crown Dependency of the Empire located in South America, named after former emperor Esmond III (reigned 2010-11). An enclave of Argentina, Esmondia is comprised of an open area of land, and has no permanent residents. The crown dependency was established on 29 October 2015 after being offered to the Empire by HRH King Tarik of Sabia and Verona, who was appointed Governing Commissioner of Esmondia upon its foundation.