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Republic of Gerenia (en)
Resuy Gherenies (gr)
Flag of Gerenia
Flag
Coat of Arms of Gerenia
Coat of Arms
Motto: Everything starts in the mind
Anthem: Demeĵ disest
Location of Gerenia
Map versions 14.8.8 – 15.2.8
15.3.1 – current
Capital Nevaya
Largest city Port Elerat, Klämen, Tawlkar
Official language(s) Gerenian, English
Demonym Gerenian
 - Adjective Gerenian
Government Federal republic
 - President Gerald Ruze
 -
 - Legislature Aiŷlat
Establishment 8 July 2012 (Micras)
5 December 2011 (Earth)
 - Ranked  ?
Area Total: 706,830 km²
Mainland Gerenia: 587,246 km²
 - Ranked  ?
Population 5,974,000 (2016)
 - Active 1
 - Ranked  ?
Currency Sorona (GSR)
Abbreviation GRN
National website Official website
National forum Official forum
Old forum
National animal Golden eagle
National food Karand
National drink Krieve
National tree Aspen

Gerenia (Gerenian: Gherenia) is a micronation located in the continent of Apollonia. Founded on 8 July 2012 as the Colony of New Calarma, it acquired the status of Republic following the withdrawal of all claims on Earth made by the Gerenian government.

Etymology

Gerenia means "Geren's Land". Geren is the founder's name (known as Gerald Ruze abroad).

In the Gerenian language, both the names Gherenia and Gherenslen. Both versions of the name are used in the country; however, Gherenia is preferred by the government.

History

Main article: History of Gerenia

The First Republic (2004-2011)

Before being founded as a micronation, Gerenia existed as an exercise in imagination. Gerald Ruze, being fond of geography and geopolitics, created a country in his mind with recreational purposes, along with a national history and culture.

This nation (which was called Lergenia from 2004 to 2009, to later change its name to Gerenia) was useful as a spatial and time framework to many of the stories that Ruze wrote during the period.

As a micronational project (2011-2012)

On 5 December 2011, Gerald Ruze founded the United Gerenian Republic as a micronation. It was based on planet Earth as well as on the imaginary possessions (referred to as Meeredres since the foundation of the United Republic). Nevertheless, by February 2012, the Meeredres was practically abandoned, and the name of the nation was replaced with the current denomination.

Land claim in Micras

In July 2012, the Gerenian government formalized its land claim in Micras, with the aim to establish the Gerenian Colony of New Calarma (Gerenian: Kozongherenies'ad Kalarma Nozes). New Calarma, directly ruled by the President of the Republic, enjoyed the status of colony since its foundation (8 July 2012) until the cessation of activities of the Republic on Earth (also known as the Partial Dissolution), occurred on 2 November. This turn to simulationism implied New Calarma to become the only Republic of Gerenia as an independent state, with Ruze as President.

In April 2013, Gerenia expanded its territory by annexing Helfrich Island, located in the Northern Sea.

By the end of the year, an economic crisis burst into Gerenia, caused by the tension with Meeredres. Upon threat of invasion, Gerald Ruze dissolved the Gerenian State and later left the country. The suspension of the institutions, known as the December Anarchy, lasted one month. Eventually, the conflict with Meeredres was solved, and Ruze returned to Gerenia in the last days of 2013. Since then, all efforts of the nation are dedicated to industrial development and territorial expansion.

Geography

Gerenia lies between latitudes 39º and 53ºN, and longitudes 38º and 57ºW.

Roughly a half of Gerenia's terrain is composed of hilly territories. The Adarman Highlands dominate the south of Gerenia, with the Ĵarga Mountain Range reaching above 2,000 m, and the highest point at Mount Tankberg (2,225 m). The northern lands are low, as they are part of the Camoleo Plains. Nearly two thirds of the country are covered with conifer forests.

Gerenia's southeastern border is formed by the Camoleo (known as Samarne in Gerenia), the second largest river in Apollonia. Other major rivers are the Ghereset, the Red River, and the Maiŷnat.

Location

See also: List of extreme points of Gerenia

Northern Apollonia, bordering the Northern Sea to the north, and the Camoleo to the south-east.

Extreme points of Gerenia:

  • Northernmost points:
  • Southernmost point: Barea Beach, Trans-Samarne 38°47'N, 46º24'W
  • Westernmost point: Western border, 57º30'W
  • Easternmost point: Cape Silínia, Barzat, 49ºN, 38ºW

Administrative divisions

Political divisions of Gerenia
Gerenia is divided into nine provinces (proziwi, singular: proziu), which have their own Provincial Governors (Gažartör Proziwes), elected by popular vote. There are also two autonomous republics: East Gerenia and Gerenian South Keltia.

Provinces are divided into districts, and there are also six counties (komdati, singular: komdat), which are special divisions of some provinces, created with the aim to facilitate administration of several "special" zones. At the moment there are 27 districts.

The city of Nevaya is the seat of the government, located within the Gerenian Capital Territory.

Politics

Main article: Politics of Gerenia

The main political party in Gerenia is the Independent Party of Gerenia (IPG). The Independent Party has ruled the country since its foundation.

Government

Main article: Government of Gerenia

Gerenia is a federal presidential republic, where its provinces are autonomous, but the rest of the administrative divisions of the country exercise the powers that either the central or the regional government delegates.

The first Constitution that Gerenia had was written and approved in late 2011. It was reformed several times since then. The most important amendment gave the then Colony of New Calarma the status of independent republic.

The Executive branch consists on the President of the Republic, who is the head of state, and several Ministers appointed by them. The Legislative power is exercised by the Parliament, which is a bicameral legislature. There is also a Judicial power.

The President of Gerenia since its foundation is Gerald Ruze.

Military

The Gerenian Armed Forces consist of Land, Air, and Naval Forces, and are led by a Commander-in-Chief who is appointed by the President. During wartime, the president is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Culture

Main article: Culture of Gerenia

Language

See also: Gerenian language

Gerenia has two official languages: Gerenian and English. The latter is mainly used by the government. Spanish was an official language between 2012 and 2014.

Sports

Main article: Sport in Gerenia

Sports in Gerenia play an important role in the nation's society, and the country has a strong sporting history. The most popular sport in Gerenia is football, which is an important part of Gerenia's culture. Hetlöhi, as well as Gerenian rules football, are two sports invented in Gerenia. Other discipline played professionally or semi-professionally include ice and field hockey, rugby, athletics, tennis and sailing.