|Holy Imperial United Republics of the Tudor Dynasty
Imperial Tudor Republics
|Motto: "Delicata in Pacem, Spina in Bellum"|
|Anthem: Tudor's Jerusalem
Location of Tudor
(and largest city)
|Tudor Imperial City|
|Ethnic groups||English 96.8%
Native American 3.2%
|Government||Federated democratic empire|
|Currency||Tudor florins (ƒ)|
The Imperial Tudor Republics (Formally: Holy Imperial United Republics of the Tudor Dynasty; commonly: Tudor or the Tudor Empire) is a de facto democratic federated empire located in North America. The Tudor Empire has an expansive amount of territory along the Atlantic Coast, with a collective amount of eight republics and one Imperial city. The Tudor Empire was founded in 1611, when supposedly claimants to the throne of England escaped their execution by fleeing to the recently found new world. They established the Tudor Imperial City on Mount Desert Island, with an accompanying group of 3,400 loyal English men and women.
The Imperial Tudor Republics was founded as the Tudor Empire in 1611 with the Tudor Imperial City. The colonization group consisted of 3,400 loyal Tudor followers and Emperor Edward VII of Tudor, who was heavily opposed as claimant of the throne of England. Under the rule of Edward VII, the Empire attracted English people fleeing from the rule of the Scottish anointed King James I, who preferred to live under the rule of an Englishman rather than a Scot. With Edward's death in 1646, his son High Prince John of Tudor took the reign as Emperor with 8,650 people in the Empire. John of Tudor continued the growth of the Empire until he died in a sailing accident in 1669. John's son High Prince Henry IX of Tudor took control of the throne. Using the imbalance of power in the Empire, Henry the IX was only 15, the British attacked the Tudor Imperial City with the goal of usurping the throne and annexing Tudor. However, the War of New England only resulted in the expansion of Tudor territory and British recognition in 1675. With full territorial and governmental recognition from their former captors, Henry the IX pressed on with his grandfather's claims. By 1680, Henry the IX rooted French colonies in Canada, and finished his territorial wishes up to 10 miles past the St. Lawrence River.
The Imperial Tudor Republics have a defined mix between feudalism and free market capitalism. The territory of the nation is seen as Imperial property by the government, and so the people must pay quarterly taxes on their private property. The average commoner is also barred from founding a business without the approval of their local Republic government, and must provide a fee for establishing a business within a city. In the undeveloped areas of the nation, however, citizens are allowed to establish their own communities with the free approval of their local republic. This system has fueled rapid economic development and population growth, permanently allotting Tudor economic power in North America. The government of the Empire itself is a democratic but aristocratic one, divided evenly to insure maximum government stability and populace happiness. The Imperial Estates of Tudor and the Tudor Imperial Monarchy are the greater power within the government, and have direct control over the Military of the Imperial Tudor Republics. The localized republics serve as the democratic bodies of the Imperial Estates, and rest under the general authority of the Emperor. Republican governments do have some autonomous authority, and manage law enforcement and other local services within their own governing structures.
The Imperial Tudor Republics has well off relations with the British Colonies and allies of the British crown. Even though historical events deeply divide the two nation's governments, Tudor and Britain retain mutual respect for one another and have warm relations. France, on the other hand, has very bad relations with the Empire, as France's colonial prospects on the North American continent were deeply disrupted by the expansion of the Tudor territory. Despite horrible relations, France and Tudor have remained a peace since the Treaty of New Warwick.
On March 8th, 1573, Elizabeth of England reportedly had a secretive affair with a commoner, whose name is unknown. From this affair, Elizabeth became pregnant and bore a son on December 17th, 1573. Because the man was a commoner and Elizabeth was not married to him, the son was casted as a bastard child and sent to the Principality of Wales to be raised in secrecy. For most of his life, her bastard son Edward was raised at the Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Upon the death of Elizabeth in 1603, Edward believed that he would take the throne. However, not to alarm the people of England about the falsity of Gloriana's virginity, he was denied the right and instead crowned Baron of Caernarfon in 1604. Angry and disowned, Edward settled in with the title until the year 1607. When the colony of Jamestown was founded in Virginia, Edward came up with the idea of establishing his own Tudor kingdom on the New World. For four years, in somewhat secrecy, Edward began the acquisition of supplies and ships to take him and a group of English colonists to the New World. However, in 1611, King James I learned of his plan and ordered his military to capture Edward before he could leave Wales. Knowing that the King's troops were coming, Edward had to set his plan into action sooner, and only took five of the eight ships in his haste. Because he was cut off from discovering a route with his early departure, Edward told the men to "continue east until land is found."
On May 9th, 1611, the fleet of ships spotted land after two months of sailing. Edward ordered an expedition to scout the land, and the main colonization party to go to shore. It was there, on Greening Island that Edward declared the Tudor Empire a sovereign state. Edward's colonization group was then sent 1.25 miles west to a natural harbour on Mt Desert Island to establish the Tudor Imperial City, while Greening Island was claimed as the location of the Tudor Imperial Palace and Estate. The group of 3,400 was concentrated at the bay, but some also spread across the island and to neighboring islands to establish their own villages. By 1620, the Tudor Empire had a population of 6,000 and spread across land from Machias Bay to Portsmouth Harbour and about 45 miles inland. Edward VII's reign ended on October 23rd, 1646, when he died of natural causes. His 33 year old son High Prince John succeed him with the goal of extending Tudor in three directions.
Upon John's ascension to the throne, he immediately began to set the territorial boundaries in the south with rising English and Dutch colonies. However, there were no British in the region that John saw as Tudor claims, instead there was the Abenkai peoples, who were fiercely opposed to letting the Tudor Empire expand south. In 1648, John proclaimed the set land of Tudor expansion to the south, and began a series of conflicts with the Abenaki known as the Abenaki Wars. The Wars lasted for 19 years, and ended with the total expulsion of the Abenaki peoples from Tudor claims. Two years after securing Tudor claims in the south, John died and his teenage son ascended to the throne.
High Prince Henry IX was crowned the Emperor as a fiveteen year old in a strong predicament. Tensions between the British colonies and Tudor were very high following the recognition of Tudor claims by the Native Americans in British claimed New Hampshire and Vermont. Even though the British crown was furious at Tudor, Henry IX wanted to push into New France and build up to his grandfathers original claims in the New World. While preparing his armies for the invasion of New France, a British fleet sailed to the Tudor Imperial City in a surprise attack during the middle of the night. The Battle of the Tudor Imperial City lasted for seven hours before the British fleet gave up with attacking the city and docked in a bay just south of it.
With the War of New England well under way, Emperor Henry IX felt that it was necessary to begin making alliances with the local natives. As Tudor had recently gone to war with an entire language group for their land and nothing more, the local Native tribes were skeptical at first whether to help the Tudor Empire or not. After learning that the British were infecting the tribes in Southern colonies with deadly diseases deliberately, however, the Natives agreed to help Tudor if it promised to defend Native sovereignty within its control. Using a combined force of Native Americans and Tudor soldiers, Henry IX defeated the British at the Battle of Boston Bay and had the sovereignty of the Tudor Empire recognized by the British crown. Without further interruptions for his plans, Henry IX then led a massive invasion force to take New France from its French owners in the Conquest of New France and Acadia.
The Conquest of New France and Acadia was a short lived conflict of only three years since the small presence of French actually in North America. With only three major battles counted in the war, the Tudor victory after the Battle of Montreal was known as the Triumph of the Rose in which the Imperial Tudor Republics was recognized by France and Britain.
The Tudor Empire is a democratic federated empire under an absolute monarchy. The monarch, known as the Emperor or the Empress, is the head of state and the head of government. The Imperial Tudor Republics has an uncodified constitution based on a dynamic history of Imperial Decrees that have solidified the current governing system since the Imperial Decree of Democracy by Henry IX in 1679. The greater collection of Imperial Decrees serve as the dynamic basis of the supposed constitution, and democratic intervention is insured by the presence of the Imperial Estates.
Tudor's government is divided into two segments, the monarchy and the legislature. The monarchy holds supreme power with the right to govern, and is only divided into the House of Tudor as the royal family. The legislature holds some power within the government, but is necessary to the monarch's assent and formation of laws. Absolutism in the government is represented by the monarch, while democracy, populism and aristocracy are represented by the legislative Imperial Estates.
The legislative portion of government is made up of the Imperial Estates. The Imperial Estates is a bicameral parliamentary system that insures stability while also granting popular choice. The upper house, the Noble Estate, is composed of the nobles and aristocrats put into power by the monarch or other persons of royal heritage. The Noble Estate is headed by the Grand Noble of the Estate. The lower house, the General Estate, is composed of elected officials proportionally from the nation's Republics. The General Estate is headed by the Grand General of the Estate. To pass a law in one house, the majority of the chamber must agree with the proposition and it must be signed by the leader of the house. After the same bill is agreed upon by both houses, the Greater Estateman of the Imperial Estates assents the bill to the monarch for their approval. Either the monarch can sign or ignore the bill, the former of which making it law. If a bill is not signed, the Imperial Estates must wait three years before introducing the topic again. The Imperial Estates are barred by Decree from abolishing the monarchy, but change in government style is allowed with the permission of the reigning monarch.
The monarchical portion of the government is made up of the House of Tudor, various noble families and the Council of the monarch. The House of Tudor is the ruling royal family of the Empire, and they serve as the heart of the government. The leader of the House is crowned the Emperor/Empress of Tudor upon the death or resignation of the regent. The monarch has supreme power in the government as long as they abide by decrees which were upheld by the Imperial Estates in their coronation. Any member of the royal family can appoint nobility and knighthood as long as that member of the family is of the age of 14. Nobles make up the basic sub-divisional rulers of the Republics, and their titles make a large amount of difference in their power. Knights are elite members of the military, and are apart of the collective Brotherhood of the Red Rose. The Absolute Council is the ministry-privy council system of the Tudor government, and all members are appointed by the monarch. The eleven members of the council manage the Councillary Ministries under the authority and guiding autonomy of the monarch.