Islamic Internet Republic
|Largest cities||Antwerpen, Gent, Lucerne|
|Number of citizens||2|
|Number of active citizens||2|
|Date founded||January 20th, 2007|
|Current leader||Sadr Saladin|
The Islamic Internet Republic (Islamitische Internetrepubliek, IIR) was 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). There's currently a government-in-exile, holding residence in the Republic of Mercury.
The nation was on Micras from September 26th 2009 to November 20th 2011.
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 extramordinary members). At least half of the ordinary members need to be muslim.
Judiciary power resides with the independent Supreme Court (Hooggerechtshof) and lower courts. Judges are appointed for life to ensure their independence.
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 'governorship' (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.
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, when both the Free State of Antwerp as well as the Free State of Ghent had signed the Union of Utrecht. It was a federal state, with three 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. 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.
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 country became 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 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.
The nation resurfaced on September 20th, 2013, when 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.
|First Republic (Stadtholder)|
|1||Frans||2007-03-23 - 2008-13-06||Independent|
|Second Republic (President)|
|acting||Frans||2008-06-14 - 2009-01-31||Patriotic Alliance|
|2||Calvin Klein||2009-02-01 - 2009-08-10||Independent|
|3||Alejandro Gonzalez||2009-08-11 - 2010-02-16||Independent|
|4||Nihill Romez||2010-02-17 - 2010-05-16||Fresxa Komenci|
|acting||Jef Vermussen||2010-04-28 - 2010-05-11||Fresxa Komenci|
|5||Saladin||2010-05-17 - 2010-06-11||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|Third Republic (Sadr)|
|5||Saladin||2010-06-28 - exile||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|5||Saladin||2011-07-04 - present||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
Under the constitution of the First Republic, the Stadtholder was both head-of-state and head-of-government. The Second Republic introduced a parliamentary form of government.
|First Republic (Stadtholder)|
|Second Republic (Prime Minister)|
|4||Jeroen van Veen||2008-12-17||Independent|
|6||Nihill Romez||2009-06-01||Fresxa Komenci|
|6||Nihill Romez||2009-08-24||Fresxa Komenci|
|8||Jef Vermussen||2010-02-21||Fresxa Komenci|
|9||Frans||2010-05-24||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|Third Republic (Grand Vizier)|
|10||Jef Vermussen||2010-07-01||Allied with the IRP|
|11||Xander||2010-12-21||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|11||Xander||2011-04-19||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|Government-in-exile (Grand Vizier)|
|12||Frans||2013-09-21||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|13||Soufiane Khan||2014-12-11||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|14||Hamit Abdul||2017-02-12||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|15||Redouan van Lucerne||2017-02-18||Islamic Revolutionary Party|
|16||Hamit Abdul||2018-11-16||Islamic Revolutionary Party|