Is Austenasia a real country?
Yes. Austenasia is a sovereign state, separate and independent from the United Kingdom, the United States, and all other countries which claim its land. By Articles 1 and 3 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention, we fulfill the requirements of a state in international law.
How did Austenasia become independent?
Three Declarations of Independence were sent in 2008: one to the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, one to the British Prime Minister, and one to the British Home Office. The date on which the first was sent, 20 September 2008, is regarded as the date on which the Empire was founded.
So Austenasia seceded from the UK?
Yes, that's how we originally became independent. Over time, communities and territories from other countries have been annexed by us.
Do you pay taxes?
Austenasian subjects are permitted to hold dual nationality with their countries of origin. The Austenasian Government expects all dual citizens living in Austenasia to pay taxes to their countries of origin if asked.
Can I visit?
You may be able to visit the capital city, Wrythe, but visits will have to be planned in advance - please contact us first (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a date and time, don't just turn up.
Can I become a subject of Austenasia?
To be a subject one must first be a resident, that is, actually live in Austenasia. Another way to become a subject is to see combat under the Austenasian Armed Forces, but since we're relatively peaceful that is a rather difficult way to gain citizenship. It's a whole lot easier to become an Honorary Subject by following this link.
Who's in charge?
The Monarch, currently Emperor Jonathan I, is head of state, and Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy is head of government as Prime Minister.
What does the Emperor do?
Imperial Consent from the Emperor has to be given to all Acts of Parliament passed before they can become law. He can also appoint candidates for Prime Minister, appoint nobility, can create his own laws regarding lands belonging to the Crown, issue Imperial Decrees for executive governance, and award honours to people he thinks are deserving of one.
Is your army really capable of defending you?
Yes. The Austenasian Armed Forces may only be comprised of 54 people, but that should be sufficient in the case of a battle against another small nation. In the case of war, we would receive a large amount of local support as well; for example, during the Civil War we had several dozen non-enlisted British volunteers, some of whom helped us win the Battle of the Grove. One should also remember that the British government officially (albiet incorrectly) regards us as being under their sovereignty, and so any full-scale attack on us by anyone other than them would probably see them helping to defend us via their police force.
Is Austenasia environmentally friendly?
Yes. In the Empire, it is a crime to damage the environment, and we've founded an Environmental Agency which works to protect and conserve our natural surroundings. We haven't ratified the Kyoto Protocol, but only because we have practically no emissions so there's not much point. Furthermore, we took part in Earth Hour 2009, turning off all our electricity for one hour alongside hundreds of millions of people to protest against energy consumption and show other governments that we want something done about climate change. We helped organise the ImEY and have passed several laws aimed at minimising our damage to the environment, such as a recently passed ban on the importation of palm oil.
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