Kingdom of Meckelnburgh
This article is about the sovereign state. For the constituent country with the same name, see Meckelnburgh.
|Kingdom of Meckelnburgh|
|Koninkrijk Meckelnburg (me)|
Royaume du Meckelmbourg (ax)
Reĝlando de Mekelnburgo (ao)
|17.6.1– (as unified)|
and largest city
|Official regional languages||Alexandrian|
|Recognized regional languages||Eastmoorlandish|
|State religion||Church of Meckelnburgh|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy|
|• Monarch||Queen Ĉielero III|
|• Viceroy in Salem||Princess Marie-Claude II, Archabbess of Salem|
|• Viceroy in Iselande||Lord Wilburn Arkwright, 5th Earl of Truckee|
|• Chief Justicar||Lord Colin Blackwood, Lord Ordinary of Appeal|
|Meckelnburgh admitted to the Micras Cartography Society||13.V.1685|
|Annexation of Salem||20.XIV.1685|
|Ratification of the Articles of Perpetual Union||23.XIII.1709|
|• Total||175,800 km2 (67,900 sqmi)|
|• 1711 estimate||6,945,854|
|• Density||39.5/km2 (102.3/sqmi)|
|Currencies||Meckelnburgh crown (₵) (MCK), Salem crown, Iselande crown|
|Time zones||CMT-1½, -1 (MBT and MBET), CMT (IST)|
|Abbreviations||MCK, SLM, ISE|
|Internet TLDs||.mb, .is|
The Kingdom of Meckelnburgh,[note 1] (/mɛk.əln.bɜɹg/ MEK-əln-burg), commonly known simply as Meckelnburgh, is a sovereign nation in northern Apollonia, on the Arctic Circle. It includes the Genevelond Peninsula, Treynor Archipelago, and Glanurchy Island, and the separate Fifty Elk Island and Jääland Peninsula. The kingdom as a whole has a total area of 176,000 square kilometers and, as of 1711 AN, a population of 6.9 million, over 90% of whom reside in Meckelnburgh proper. Its capital and largest city is Alexandretta.
The Kingdom of Meckelnburgh is not a federation, but a sovereign unitary state of three constituent countries. It unites three autonomous legal systems of Meckelnburgh, the Prince-Archabbacy of Salem, and the Grand Duchy of Iselande, joined under the monarch. By the Articles of Perpetual Union, the kingdom's external affairs are managed by Meckelnburgh, which also administers most of the kingdom's affairs as a whole. Culturally, the kingdom is still divisible by the arts and sporting affiliations between the constituents.
The name "Meckelnburgh" derives from the Old Holzer term for the Alexandretta Fortress, where it meant "broad fortress." The original fortress stands still on the Alexandretta coast, since renamed for the capital city. "Meckelnburghish" is the demonym for people and things associated with the Kingdom of Meckelnburgh (e.g. Meckelnburghish throne). This contrasts with the similar term "Meckelnish," which refers to the ethic peoples of Meckelnburgh proper and their culture (e.g. Meckelnish language).
The kingdom was established in 1685 AN as a merger of many petty lords by Vilhelmo IV. It was proclaimed by the Treaty of Nakko on 13.V after periods of disorder and the region’s abandonment of the final imperial powers. Prior to Meckelnburgh, the region was home to numerous other peoples and nations. Salem was shortly annexed later that year on 20.XIV.1685 AN. The incorporation of Iselande on 5.VIII.1709 AN lead to the wider Meckelnburghish Realm and the Articles of Perpetual Union on 23.XIII.
By Meckelnburgh, the kingdom has two short borders with Angsax and Ashinthael. To the west is the Tallandor Bay, across are Insulia, Senya and Shireroth. In its southwest are the waters of the Inner Sea, which Hurmu borders. By Salem, the kingdom lies off Angsax. By Iselande, the kingdom borders the Nurthaven and Antruusbuurg Canal, a territory of Lac Glacei. To the west is the Clear Sea. across again lies Angsax and Lac Glacei, and the Arctic Ocean to the north, across are further islands of Lac Glacei.
Meckelnburgh has an extensive coastline, facing the Tallandor Bay in the south and Northern Sea in the north. In Iselande, the Clear Sea faces its south and the frozen oceans of the Arctic Pole, its north. As the Arctic Circle bisects across Meckelnburgh, the maritime shores help regulate the kingdom’s climate throughout, bringing warmer temperatures than expected. High precipitation is also a result across the kingdom.
The Articles of Perpetual Union of 1710 AN lay out the arrangement of the kingdom. As a unitary state with a semi-constitutional monarchy, the kingdom divides power between its legislature and the monarch. Queen Ĉielero III, of the House of Meckelnburgh-Serkwais, is the kingdom’s current monarch. In that position, the monarch is also Grand Duchess of Iselande, and sovereign of Salem as Lord Protector of the Church of Meckelnburgh. The Queen is thus sovereign over all the Kingdom of Meckelnburgh.
Each constituent of the kingdom possesses its own legislatures, civil ministries, and cultural integrity, which are devolved. There is no legislature representing citizens from each constituent country, thus the Parliament of Meckelnburgh proper enacts laws for the benefit of the entire kingdom. Similarly, the cabinet of Meckelnburgh is the cabinet of the kingdom. Meckelnburgh's legislative authority preempts the authority of Salem and Iselande. Nonetheless, the Parliament of Meckelnburgh retains sole authority in areas such as:
- Maintaining independence and defense.
- Conducting foreign relations.
- Legislating Meckelnburghish nationality.
- Administering the nobility, orders of chivalry, and symbols of the kingdom.
- Regulating navigation, aviation, and shipping.
The Church of Meckelnburgh, the state church, is also represented in the systems of government, by its canon courts and ecclesiastical administration. The canon courts hold nationwide, but limited subject, jurisdiction, Salem in particular is governed under the Church and its canon law, as an ecclesiastical entity. The chief executive of Salem is the Prince-Archabbot, a senior monastic chosen amongst the monasteries of Fifty Elk Island. The Prince is nonetheless serves in the stead of the monarch, the Lord Protector.
The kingdom is a combined state of Meckelnburgh, Salem, and Iselande, the latter two having devolved autonomy. The constituents use two levels of administrative subdivisions: provinces and municipalities. As a unitary state, the provinces have no political purpose, but are administrative bodies. Municipalities enjoy limited self-rule through popular elections. Due to its miniscule size, Salem is often treated as a municipal body of Meckelnburgh proper (e.g. a shared calling code).
|Country||Abbrev.||Capital||Pop.||% of kingd.||Area||% of kingd.||Density|
|Salem, Prince-Archabbacy||SLM||Salem||8,858||0.13%||1,040 km2||0.59%||8.50/km2|
|Iselande, Grand Duchy||ISE||North Antrusburgh||418,795||6.03%||22,100 km2||12.5%||19.0/km2|
|Kingdom of Meckelnburgh||MCK||Alexandretta||6,945,854||100%||175,800 km2||100%||39.5/km2|
The kingdom emphasizes durable rights in speech, equality and political representation, while facing continued social stratification between common and aristocratic classes. Nonetheless, the kingdom is considered a "full democracy" by the Micras Democracy Index. A continuous social democratic coalition has held power in Parliament through the kingdom's history, resulting in numerous social and labor reforms.
The majority of the kingdom's population is white Meckelnish, descendant from its three traditional language groups on the Genevelond Peninsula: Istvanistani, Alexandrian and Meckelnish. A sizable minority of Britannics and Froyalaners reside in the far north on Glanurchy Island, whose languages receive local recognition. The Aspiranto language is official in Meckelnburgh as well, as the liturgical language of the church. After the incorporation of Iselande, Jääkieli became another recognized regional language.
The kingdom emphasizes the welfare state within an advanced mixed market, with high levels of free trade. Its government has large ownership positions in many sectors, including industrial and entertainment—gambling is the largest income source for the crown. By constituent: in Meckelnburgh, manufacturing—automotive, electronic, and consumer goods—is the largest; root-vegetable agriculture and sheep husbandry in Salem, and fin-fish fishing and processing in Iselande. Nuclear power is the primary source of the power supply.
- ^ Official names in national languages: Meckelnish: Meckelnburg (/mɛk.ɛln.bʏrx/); Alexandrian: Meckelmbourg (/mɛk.ɛlm.buʁ/); Aspiranto: Mekelnburgo (/mek.eln.burg.o/). Official names in regional languages: Eastmoorlandish: Meccelnburh (/mek.keln.burx/); Froyalanish: Meckelnborg (/mɛk.eln.pɔrk/); Jääkieli: Meckelnburg (/mek.eln.byrg/).