|Kingdom of Wardia|
Motto: Supra nos, Noctus ("Above us, Notch")
Anthem: Royal March
|Largest city||New Princing (incomplete)|
|Recognised regional languages||Jangelian Patois, Danish (in Snowdon Exclave), Arabic (in Wardian Sahara)|
|Ethnic groups||White, Black, Asian, African|
• Speaker of the Commons
|Legislature||House of Commons|
|Drives on the||right|
Wardia is a sovereign state located in the world of Minecraftia, consisting of the main continent, two islands (Prince Aston Island off the coast of Wolfton and Kitakakita near the city province of Jangelia) and an exclave city (Snowdon) surrounded by the Danish Empire. Its mainland is bordered to the Danish Empire by a large indestructible wall, which was constructed after the Wardia-Danish War.
Wardia is the largest country in the Union of Unrecognized Microstates, and the second oldest after Nay Island.
Wardia is a democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy, currently led by King Aydan I. It does not have an elected head of government or Prime Minister, but the powers of the head of government are executed by the House of Commons, which is formed by the Governors of each city-province (these governors are elected by the citizens in their city-province. They used to be appointed by the King alone until the country became a democracy in 2000 under Gary I). It is a middle power and a developed country. Its capital is Zeblington, where the Royal Palace, the House of Commons and the famous River Twine are located.
There are five city-provinces, one of them being on the other side of the Grand Wall: Wolfton, Jangelia, Zeblington, New Princing (incomplete) and the exclave of Snowdon. Each one has its own regional flag, but their usage is very very limited. These provinces are very multicultural: even though English is the official language of the country, some areas employ different dialects or languages. For example, Jangelia has a different English dialect (Jangelian Patois, an English-based Creole language with West African influences, very similar to the Jamaica accent) and Snowdon has Danish as a second language because it was taken from the Danish Empire by the army of King Harold during the war in which the Wall was built.
In ancient times, the land that is now Wardia was conquered by the Romans and was a province. The Romans left the area after the collapse of the Empire, and the area was soon taken over by Germanic tribes.
Wyatup (476 - 17th century)
A small kingdom known as Wyatup was founded, which acted as a collective elective monarchy ruled by a small group of leaders known as the Kamachuti Kings. The language spoken in Wyatup was basically Old English. It is likely that the barbarians that settled in the land after the departure of the Romans were mainly of Anglo-Saxon origin. Jangelia, meanwhile, was completely unaffected and was still ruled by Jangelian Creole natives.
Wyatup disappeared in the 17th century very suddenly. The exact cause is unknown, but whatever it was it left the land completely unpopulated and deserted. All that remains of this old society are a couple of books written by friars and missionaries from Spain and a few ruins in the south.
The birth of Wardia. King Harold I.
In 1929, explorer Harold Woodward, accompanied only by his pet wolf Christopher Johnson, arrived in what is now Wolfton. They searched the land, getting into conflicts with hostile creatures along the way. In one of these battles, Harold lost his beloved wolf. In his honor, Harold built a town called Wolfton.
Then, he began to have dreams of territorial expansion and empire. So, he decided to gather the villagers and build a kingdom, with himself as King. Establishing Wolfton as their temporary capital city, he proclaimed himself King Harold I of Wardia ("Ward" after the last part of his surname, Woodward) and advanced with his army to new locations. Together, they conquered the tribal town of Jangelia, two islands off the coast of the continent (Prince Aston and Kitakakita) and Western Sahara in Africa; and they built a much bigger new city named Zeblington, which the King decided would be the new capital upon completion.
A decade later, Zeblington was attacked by barbarian warriors coming from behind the Royal Centre. It was the Danish Empire: they were invading the kingdom. Harold I declared war on the Danish and fought against them in several battles. Eventually, Wardia won the war, and in the peace treaty, the King of Denmark was forced to hand their town of Blomstrende over to them. Wardia renamed it 'Snowdon' and built a large indestructible bedrock wall to separate the two large kingdoms so that no war could ever happen between them again.
Gerald I. The Republic.
Harold I passed away in 1966, handing over the Crown to his son Gerald. A massive funeral was held in St Jeb's Cathedral in Zeblington, and the coronation ceremony reportedly cost thousands of millepieces. In the 1980's, a revolution occurred due to the negative approval ratings of Gerald I. He usually ignored the people's demands, and didn't say much publicly. The revolution brought down the monarchy and the Republic was proclaimed. This republic was very liberal, and gave many freedoms to the citizens, planned to hold democratic elections, and established the city-provinces (which have their own laws and ways of doing things, much like US states or Spanish autonomous communities). The government of the Republic of Wardia also had the House of Woodward exiled: Prince Sean, the Duke of Snowdon, was exiled to the territory of the Wardian Sahara to live out his days under house arrest in the city of Laayoub, and his brothers the princes Gary and Ryan were sent away to Switzerland and Canada, respectively.
The Civil War. The dictatorship of Sean I
However, this Republic did not last long. In 1989, Prince Sean, the first son of the old king Gerald; and a group of traditionalist generals wanted to restore the monarchy. They did a coup d'etat and overthrew the Republic, bringing back the Kingdom of Wardia with Sean I as its restored King. He started an almost fascist regime, spreading propaganda around the nation and purging all those who supported democracy and the old Republic. Sean I was considered one of the worst dictators in history, as he killed hundreds of his own people.
Gary I and Aydan I. The transition to democracy.
Eventually, in 2000, even the House of Commons grew tired of his ways, and King Sean was forced to step down by the majority of both the common people and the government. Sean I handed the crown to his younger brother Prince Gary, who upon becoming King, transformed Wardia into a parliamentary monarchy like the UK or Spain. The new Constitution, made by the House of Commons and approved by King Gary, greatly limited the power of the monarchy and made the country a democracy.
In 2014, Gary I abdicated in favor of his son Aydan, believing that he was becoming incapable of ruling a nation. Aydan I, the current King, has done many things to help the country thrive, opening many new buildings and renaming the island off the coast of Wolfton 'Prince Aston Island' after his cousin on his mother (Queen Amanda)'s side. Prince Aston is also the current heir to the throne. If he does become King, he would be the first King of Wardia that isn't a direct part of House Woodward (his first surname is Wyatt, so he will be the first King of House Wyatt).
However, Aydan I's reign hasn't been entirely wonderful. The governor of Zeblington Lord Pedersen (who is primarily known as the current head of the large Pedersen Bank and therefore of the aristocratic Pedersen family, and also a very close friend of the King), in power since 2014, has been widely accused of corruption, manipulation of politics, and of using his status as an extremely wealthy banker to enter office and hold onto his power in the city-province. Not only that, but justice-seeking activists have loudly criticized the fact that justice still depends on the Church of Notch, calling for the secularization of the state and the creation of a real Supreme Court.
Wardia is a constitutional monarchy. However, it is not a direct democracy because there is no Prime Minister or elected President of the Government. It is technically a democracy because the governors of each city-province are elected by the people in local elections every year (in Minecraft waiting 4 years is a bit too much) and they all together decide on national laws in the House Of Commons in Zeblington. The governors of the city-provinces are at the moment:
• Zeblington: Nick6739
• Wolfton: x22Ciinoo
• Jangelia: lyutauras
• New Princing: doesn't have one, as the city was never completed.
• Snowdon Exclave: rockaboy6ter
The King is Head of State, the symbol of its unity and permanence. He arbitrates and moderates the regular functioning of the institutions, assumes the highest representation of the Wardian State in international relations, especially with the nations of its historical community, and exercises the functions expressly conferred on him by the Constitution and the laws. The current king is Aydan I, of the royal House of Woodward, since 2014.
If the King abdicates or dies leaving no living heirs or relatives, the House of Commons will elect one of their own to become the new King who will start a new hereditary lineage, with the son or a close relative of said parliament member becoming his heir-apparent.
Wardia is currently the only country in the world that still uses the Cobb System in their economy. Game City was the last country to abandon the Cobb System after they replaced it with an only currency called the Erin.