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 is home to the Imperial Library and the Imperial Numismatic Museum, founded in 2015 and 2018 respectively.

Wrythe was founded on 20 September 2008 as the first piece of sovereign Austenasian territory. It was the only Austenasian land until 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.

The patron saint of Wrythe is St George the Great Martyr of Lydda, and the official city flower is the rose.

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 - the incumbent Prime Minister - as its Representative since its foundation, confirmed in his position by election since November 2013. The official town flower of Palasia is the hydrangea.

Chalcedon (Town)

Chalcedon is a Town of the Empire which was founded on 31 October 2019. Chalcedon is comprised of a section of an apartment building, specifically consisting of three properties stacked vertically and connected via the rest of the building, which is situated in Turkey. It has a population of six, and is represented in Parliament by its founder, Lord Ismetcan Sarac.

Nahona (Town)

Nahona is a Town of the Empire which was founded on 19 January 2020, and is the largest Town in the Empire in terms of land area. Composed of a residential property with a large estate, it expanded on 20 June later that year with the annexation of a second nearby property. The town has a population of three, and is represented in Parliament by its founder, Lord William Wilson, who resides in Campo de Jonatán - a March of Nahona - and also serves as King of the friendly nation of Gradonia.

Kingeston (Town)

Kingeston is a Town of Austenasia founded on 5 December 2018 by Austin Jaax, who serves as its Acting Representative. Kingeston was initially a Crown Dependency, consisting of an area of parkland bordered by Canada, but was expanded into a Town on 11 May 2020 with the annexation of a nearby house, with a population of two.

North Nahona (Town)

North Nahona is a Town of the Empire which was founded on 20 June 2020. North Nahona is comprised of two non-contiguous areas of land which were annexed from the U.S. state of Texas, both of which have two inhabitants. It is represented in Parliament by The Hon. Payton Moore.

Procyon (Town)

Procyon is a Town of the Empire which was founded on 5 October 2020. Procyon is comprised of a residential property which was annexed from the U.S. state of Texas by the request of its two residents, Lord Michael Simpson and his wife, the former of whom represents in Parliament.

Blue Ridge (Town)

Blue Ridge is an Austenasian Town which is an enclave of the U.S. state of Florida, and is composed of a residential property with a population of five. It was initially founded as an uninhabited Territory on 20 July 2020 by the now Lady Addison Dillon, and claimed only an uninhabited area of the property. On 20 December 2020, Blue Ridge was expanded into a Town with the annexation of the entire property. Lady Dillon currently servers as the Town's Representative.

New Flat Rock (Town)

New Flat Rock is a Town founded on 20 December 2020, and is comprised of a residential family property bordered by North Carolina. It is home to five people, including its Representative, Lord Hunter Prater, who initially approached the Austenasian government with the idea of claiming the land.

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.

Campo de Jonatán (March)

Campo de Jonatán is a new March, founded on 1 August 2020 and associated with Nahona. It is administered by Lord William Wilson, its Margrave, who lives there along with his father.

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.

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. 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.

Iostan na Beithe (Territory)

Iostan na Beithe - 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 which was donated to the Empire by its owners. 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. Since January 2018, the Governor of the land has been Sir Sebastian Linden (known as Queranus I as Pontifex Maximus), who plans to visit Iostan na Beithe in the near future on behalf of the government.

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 planned to visit the territory on behalf of the government. However, he was unable to do so before his resignation on 7 January 2018, and was replaced as Governor by Sir Sebastian Linden (currently known as Queranus I as Pontifex Maximus) the following day.

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.

Hoagland (Territory)

Hoagland was annexed from the United States of America on 10 July 2017, and was formerly under the sovereignty of Adammia. An enclave of the US state of Ohio consisting of cleared grassland, it is administered by its Governor, Lord Grant Hawkins.

Green Gate (Territory)

Green Gate was annexed on 14 March 2019, and along with the Austenasian capital Wrythe comprises the Province of Greater Wrythe. Administered by its Governor and founder, Lord Zarel Smith, the Territory consists of an area of privately-owned land which is an enclave of south-west London.

Campo Del Sol (Territory)

Campo Del Sol is an Austenasian Territory which borders California on all sides. Established on 27 June 2019, it is comprised of part of the garden of a residential property. It was administered by its founder, Lady Sophia Albina, who claimed the land for Austenasia and was appointed its Governor by Parliament, until her resignation July 2020. She was succeeded by the current Governor, James Braidwood, the following month.

Oberfalcer (Territory)

Oberfalcer is a Territory of Austenasia which is an enclave of south-eastern France. Governed by its founder, Lord Remus Peroni, it was founded on 23 August 2019 and consists of two fields.

Fraternitas (Territory)

Fraternitas is a Territory located in North America, and was originally annexed as North New Saint Josephsburg, a non-contiguous borough of the former Austenasian City of New Richmond, on 6 September 2018. On 12 June 2019, North New Saint Josephsburg was renamed to Augusta and became a Town independent of New Richmond. However, on 11 February 2020, New Richmond and Augusta (together with Terentia, another former Austenasian Town) peacefully seceded from Austenasia to form the independent Commonwealth of New Virginia. As a sign of the enduring friendship between Austenasia and its "daughter state" of New Virginia, a large and uninhabited portion of Augusta remained in Austenasia as the Territory of Fraternitas. It is administered by the former Prime Minister, Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, whose brother Lord Riley Kennedy represented Augusta in Parliament while it was a Town.

Peach Ponds (Territory)

Peach Ponds is an Austenasian Territory which consists of a park bordered by the U.S. state of Georgia, the main feature of which is a large pond. It was annexed on 4 April 2020 after being claimed for Austenasia by Casper von Navārdia, who already administered the park on behalf of the local U.S. city council. Von Navārdia continues to administer the park as its Austenasian Governor.

Florencium Carolina (Territory)

Florencium Carolina is an Austenasian Territory which is an enclave of the U.S. state of Texas, and is composed of a privately owned area of rural land. It was founded on 20 July 2020 by the now Lord Michael Simpson, who serves as its Governor. The Territory is named in honour of Crown Princess Caroline and of the nearby American city of Florence.

Jackson (Territory)

Jackson is a newly founded Territory, annexed on 1 August 2020. Lord William Wilson - who is also Representative of Nahona - serves as its Governor. The territory was formerly a military base in the Kingdom of Gradonia, and contains a tornado shelter known as Fort McLaughlin.

Elliessium Colorandum (Territory)

Elliessium Colorandum is a five acre property which was claimed for and donated to the Empire of Austenasia by its owner and now Governor, Lord Michael Simpson, on 19 October 2020. The land is uninhabited but may be used for agricultural purposes in the future. The territory is named after Lord Simpson's granddaughter Ellie, and the U.S. state of which it is an enclave, Colorado.

Western Jarrahview (Territory)

Western Jarrahview was established in January 2021, and is an exclave of Western Australia. Although its formal date of annexation was January 5th, with the legislation annexing the Territory signed in the evening by Emperor Jonathan I in the British Isles, local time in Western Jarrahview was past midnight on January 6th.

Western Jarrahview is comprised of an uninhabited roughly 155,000 square foot wooded area. It is governed by its founder, Lord Daniel Roscoe.

Golcondiaurum (Territory)

Golcondiaurum - one of the largest land claims of the Empire, at 80.44 acres - is an Austenasian Territory which was claimed by its owner, Lord Michael Simpson, on 24 January 2021. An enclave of Nevada, Golcondiaurum is administered by Lord Simpson as its Governor. Geographical surveys will shortly take place in Golcondiaurum to ascertain whether it has, as expected, small gold deposits.

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.

In April 2020, Governing Commissioner McFarlane implemented a Constitution which allows interested non-residents to join New South Scotland as citizens and contribute to its government.

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. The official town animal of Enfriqua is the German Shepherd. 

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. The patron saint of Dekker is Francis of Assisi, and Dekker's official flower is the dandelion.

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. 

Rushymia (Crown Dependency)

The Kingdom of Rushymia is the second-largest Crown Dependency of the Empire, consisting of uninhabited woodland and grassland. Although the current crown dependency was founded on 29 August 2018, Rushymia is the legal successor to a non-sovereign micronation of the same name which existed between 1995 and 2000, the rights to the crown of which the Austenasian Throne gained in 2010. Rushymia does not have a Governing Commissioner, and is instead ruled directly by the Emperor, who rules the polity as King of Rushymia.

The patron saint of Rushymia is Saint John the Baptist.

Amerdansk (Crown Dependency)

Amerdansk is an Austenasian Crown Dependency which was initially founded on 7 March 2016 as a Territory. An enclave of Scotland, Amerdansk is comprised of a residential property, and has a population of three. It is administered by its founder, Anthony Clark, who currently serves as Governing Commissioner of Amerdansk. On 6 August 2018, Amerdansk expanded into a Town by annexing the house on the property, having previously consisted solely of the garden, and on 12 June 2019 was transitioned into a Crown Dependency after Clark temporarily stepped back from national politics.

Trebizond (Crown Dependency)

Trebizond is an Austenasian Crown Dependency which was founded on 8 January 2020, and is comprised of an estate on land which was formerly part of the medieval Empire of Trebizond. The land is owned by HSH Prince Dionisiy, who ceded it to Austenasia and was appointed its Governing Commissioner. Dionisiy administers Trebizond with the title of Despot, as per the traditional medieval meaning of said title.

Trebizond has three residents, one of whom - Mr Nino Yerlitas - exercises authority over the crown dependency on a day-to-day basis as the Mesazon, the local deputy of the Despot.

The patron saint of Trebizond is St Basil the Great of Caesarea.

Dinkeaw (Crown Dependency)

Dinkeaw is a Crown Dependency which consists of the garden of a house in Thailand. It was annexed to Austenasia on 4 April 2020 by the request of the landowner, and is administered by her son, Yai Khadpo, who serves as Governing Commissioner.

Chersoneses (Crown Dependency)

Chersoneses is a Crown Dependency which is the largest single land claim of the Empire of Austenasia, making up over half of Austenasia's total territorial area. Consisting of two areas of land which together comprise 291.8 acres of farmland, Chersoneses was ceded to Austenasia on 1 June 2020 by its owner, Tara Oliynyk, a relative of former Prime Minister Dionisiy I. The Crown Dependency is inhabited by Mr Oliynyk and his father, who live in a residence included in the claim. Chersoneses is an enclave of Ukraine.

Kaiomenia (Crown Dependency)

Kaiomenia is an uninhabited Crown Dependency situated near the Greek city of Agrinio. Formerly part of Ovrestlia, it was ceded to Austenasia on 5 October 2020 by the former in a show of friendship upon the two nations entering into mutual diplomatic relations. Kaiomenia is administered by Hegemon Thomas Marios I, the Ovrestlian ruler. Kaiomenia is home to the only officially recognised place of worship in Austenasia, a miniature Orthodox Christian roadside chapel dedicated to the martyr St Menas of Egypt.

New Pontunia (Crown Dependency)

New Pontunia is a Crown Dependency situated near the American city of New Orleans. With fifteen residents, it is the most populated local-level administrative division of the Empire of Austenasia, and consists of nine different houses. Originally founded in January 2020, New Pontunia was annexed by Austenasia on 27 October later that year at the request of its members and its founder, Duke Andrew I, who continues to govern the crown dependency as its Governing Commissioner. It was previously home to four other houses as well as two public parks, which were ceded in February 2021 in order to make the claim more manageable.