Islamic Internet Republic
|Islamic Internet Republic|
|Netherlands -- (2010-2020) -- New Batavia|
|Motto: Vrede, Vrijheid, Verdraagzaamheid|
(Peace, Freedom, Tolerance)
|Anthem: Gebed voor het Vaderland|
(Prayer for the Fatherland)
|Largest city||Antwerp, Ghent|
|- Grand Vizier||Redouan van Lucerne|
|Establishment||January 14, 2007|
|Time zone(s)||CMT + 6|
|National forum||Bastion Union|
|National food||dates and carbonade flamande|
The Islamic Internet Republic (Islamitische Internetrepubliek, IIR) is the successor state of the Republic of the Netherlands (Republiek der Nederlanden), which in turn was the successor state of the Virtual United Provinces (Virtuele Verenigde Provinciën).
The Virtual United Provinces (Virtuele Verenigde Provinciën or VVP) were founded on January 14th, 2007 under the leadership of Frans, and were given their constitution on January 20th. The constitution was drafted by the Revolutionary Council (Revolutionaire Raad) and was ratified by both the Free State of Antwerp and the Free State of Ghent. It established a federal state, with autonomous provinces with an active system of government: Antwerp, Ghent and the Federal Kingdom of New Batavia. Those provinces which did not have a sufficient population level, were managed by the central authorities as territories (generaliteitslanden).
The federal level featured a presidential system. Executive power was vested in the Stadtholder (Stadhouder). Due to its short existance, it had only one Stadtholder: Frans.
It had a bicameral legislature, the Lower House representing the provinces proportionate to their size, and the Upper House having one representative for each active province.
During the era of the First Republic life in the provinces intially bloomed. At the federal level there were a lot of international contacts. The United Provinces were one of the founding members of the Dutch Treaty Organisation.
However, the federal system soon proved to be unworkable, largely due to the low levels of population of the provinces and territories, forcing the central authorities to assume more and more power. On June 11th, 2008, the provinces ratified a new constitution, thereby establishing a a unitary state under the name of the Republic of the Netherlands (Republiek der Nederlanden). The Republic became a parliamentary democracy, with a unitary legislature: the National Assembly (Nationale Vergadering). The title of the head-of-state was changed to Voorzitter van de Republiek (President, or, more literally, Chairman of the Republic), who would appoint a Prime Minister as head-of-government.
The Republic was threatened by several existential crises. Not only did Flemish president Hieronymus Erasmus issue a declaration of annexation, apparently without the backing of his government and with little seriousness (see Breda Crisis). More fundamentally, there was the issue of the country's tendency towards inactivity. This has often been attributed to the country's lack of distinct identity viz-à-viz Flanders and Batavia.
There also grew other tensions, especially between Frans and Nihill Romez. Not only did Frans accuse Romez of neglecting the use of the country's national wiki, thereby abandoning, in Frans' view, the second founding principle of the country (besides federalism, which had already been abandoned previously), he considered the nation to be lacking seriousness and refered to it as a 'banana republic'.
In May 2010, the country witnessed a 'revolution': President Romez was apparently removed by a coup, with the coupists abusing forum powers, temporarilly prohibiting him from accession to the country's forum. The allegations of this being a coup were denied by Saladin, a newcomer whom Romez believed to be the same person as Frans and whom he believed to have been behind the recent events. Romez, in turn, was being accused of being a Batavian mole, always striving to undermine the Republic.
In any case, Romez' (forced) absence allowed for Prime Minister Vermussen to assume presidential powers, and call for new presidential and pariamentary elections, whereby Saladin became President and the new parliament was composed of Frans and Vermussen. This new parliament quickly discussed and approved a new constitution, which was subsequently approved by referendum, installing the Islamic Internet Republic.
Personal antagonism between Frans and Nihill Romez reached a climax in the months after that. Tzipi, vizier of finances, robbed the entire treasury. The money was transferred to a Batavian account. The government fell, but new elections resulted in a stalemate. Government formation was extremely difficult. Sadr Saladin announced to go into exile on July 4th, 2011. He was followed by the resigning Grand Vizier, Xander, on July 6th.
The claim on MICRAS was cancelled on November 20th, 2011. Membership to the MTO was withdrawn on December 20th of that year.
On September 20th, 2013, the Government-in-Exile was offered sanctuary by the Republic of Mercury. The meetings are held in the City of Lucerne, which was originally founded by the New Batavian province during the era of the First Republic. Somewhere along the line Frans joined the exiles. On September 21st 2013 Frans was appointed Grand Vizier of the Government-in-exile.
In the fall of 2020, the Government-in-Exile saw a rapid succession of Grand Viziers due to the Restoration Crisis within the IRP. The party was split into two wings on the question whether and how to restore the Third Republic and resettle the lands on Micras.
Third Republic Restoration
On October 31, 2020 the MCS accepted a claim to resettle the ancient island of New Batavia. On that same day, Redouan van Lucerne was re-appointed to the office of Grand Vizier. He called all exiles back to the homeland.
|Third Republic Era|
|Nation name||Islamic Internet Republic|
|System of government||parliamentary democracy|
|- head-of-government||Grand Vizier|
|- house name||Majlis-al-Shoera|
|- highest court||Supreme Court|
|- advisory council||Islamic Diwan|
The head-of-state is called Sadr, and is elected for a six months term. The first and only Sadr was Saladin.
The sadr appoints the Grand Vizier (Grootvizier), in whom executive power is vested, with the approval of the Majlis-al-Shoera. The Grand Vizier, then, appoints the other members of the executive, called viziers.
Legislative power is vested in the Majlis-al-Shoera, an elected body, comprised of 100 members (or, more correctly: 100 votes, distributed amongst its members). Its sessions are presided over by the Sadr.
Before a law is passed, it needs the advice of the Islamic Diwan, although this advice is non-binding. The Islamic Diwan is composed of ordinary members (apppointed by the Majlis-al-Shoera at the Sadr's proposal), extraordinary members (the former heads-of-state) and coopted members (chosen by the ordinary and extraordinary members). At least half of the ordinary members need to be muslim.
Judiciary power resides with the independent Supreme Court (Hooggerechtshof). Lower courts are to be established by law. Judges are appointed for life to ensure their independence. Provincial courts were set up in Antwerp en Ghent as well.
The Islamic Internet Republic's official religion is Islam. Article 1 of its constitution states that sovereignty belongs to Allah, and that the Republic's 'stewardship' (stadhouderschap) is to be executed as stipulated by the constitution. Article 46 stipulates that the Quran is the highest law of the land, above any other, including the constitution.
However, all are regarded as equal before the law, regardless of creed. Freedom of religion is both constitutionally and quranically guaranteed.
A micronational economy was orginally set up in the era of the First Republic. The central bank (named "Centrale Bank der Nederlanden") was founded on April 24, 2007. It used Sander Dieleman's PHPBank. The Free State of Ghent had the most active economy in that era. De country's currency was orginally named "florijn". After the Islamic revolution the currency was renamed to "dinar".
The establishment of the Dutch Treaty Organization made international trade possible within the Dutch sector.
There were several thriving companies:
- Calvin Publishing
- Wikidizaain VAR
- Bataafse Gazet
- Actua Gent
On January 21, 2011 the Islamic Internet Republic joined the Small Commonwealth Unified Economy Treaty.
On May 31, 2011 the newspaper Jumhuriya issued a press release: Tzipi, Vizier of Economy and Finance, transferred the entire treasury to a Batavian bank account. The economy came to a total standstill. The following events finally led to the exile of the IRP-led government.
Attempts were made to promote soccer in the IIR, though not very successful. The Islamic Internet Republic national football team participated in the 2011 FMF World Cup qualifications, but finished at the bottom of their group.