Overseas territories of Mascylla
Overseas Territories of Mascylla
|Location of Mascylla and the its overseas territories|
Location of Mascylla and the its overseas territories
|Largest settlements||Abaqey, Cayle, Louisenhaven, Fredericksburg, Goldbucht|
|Official languages||Alemannic, Taino|
• Minister of the Realm
|5,119 km2 (1,976 sq mi)|
• 2017 estimate
The overseas territories of Mascylla (Alemannic: Überseeterritorien Maskilliens), officially named the Territorial States of Mascylla (Alemannic: Territorialstaaten Maskilliens), consist of five territories under the jurisdiction and sovereignity of the Crowned Republic of Mascylla outside the Asuran continent. These territorial states have varying legal status and different levels of autonomy, although all have representation in both Mascylla's Reichsrat and Reichssenat, which together make up the Mascyllary Parliament. Their citizens have Mascyllary nationality and vote for the parliament and other democratic processes in Mascylla. They have the right to maintain their own government, adapt their own rules and laws aslong as they do not conflict the superior Mascyllary constitution. Cultures, languages, and other social customs of the islands respectively are recognised on a national level and uniformly protected. Mascyllary overseas territories includes island territories in the Columbian Sea, the Opal Sea, and a land-based territory surrounded by Biladia.
Almost all Mascyllary administrative divisions outside Asura are classified as either territorial states or territorial regions; these statuses are very different from one another from a legal and administrative standpoint. Territorial states have exactly the same status as mainland Mascylla's regions. The Mascyllary constitution provides that, in general, national laws and regulations (Mascylla's civil code, penal code, administrative law, social laws, tax laws, etc.) apply to the Mascyllary overseas territories the same as mainland Mascylla, but can be adapted as needed to suit the region's particular needs. Hence, the local administrations of Mascyllary territorial states can themselves pass new laws, whereas the territorial regions are not empowered to make their own laws, except in certain areas reserved to the Mascyllary government (such as defense, international relations, trade and currency, and judicial and administrative law). The territorial regions are governed by the Mascyllary Parliament and Mascyllary government, with a cabinet member, the Minister of the Realm, in charge of the regions. However, territorial states elect their own governments and assemblies, in accordance and supervised by the Mascyllary government.
Mascylla's overseas territories cover a land area of 5,119 km2 (1,976 sq mi) and account for 1.51% of the Crowned Republic's land territory. It has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of x km2 (x sq mi) and accounts for x% of the EEZ of the Crowned Republic of Mascylla.
- 1 Collective titles
- 2 Population
- 3 History
- 4 Constitutional statutes
- 5 Government
- 6 Relations with Mascylla
- 7 Languages
- 8 Symbols and insignia
- 9 Sports
- 10 Biodiversity
- 11 Overview
The term "Territorial States of Mascylla" was introduced by the Maskillisches Überseeterritorienakt (Mascyllary Overseas Territories Act) in 1983, replacing the term Mascyllary Dependent Territory, introduced by the Maskillischer Nationalitätenakt (Mascyllary Nationality Act) in 1981. Prior to 1 January 1980, the territories were officially referred to as Mascyllary Crown Colonies. Although the territorial state of Tainoa is also under the sovereignty of the Mascyllary monarch, they are in a different constitutional relationship with the Crowned Republic. The territorial states are themselves distinct from the international political affairs of Asura and thus mainland Mascylla, although economic co-operation spheres such as the one in the CDN extent to the territorial states.
With the exceptions of the surrounding islets, rocks and other smaller island surrounding formations, the territories retain permanent civilian populations, with an exception of authorities or research base staff. Collectively, the territories encompass a population of about 1,749,000 people and a land area of about 5,119 square kilometres (1,976 sq mi). The vast majority of this land area, around a third, constitutes the almost uninhabited mountainous territories of Asfarien and Tainoa, while the largest territory by population, Tainoa, accounts for almost two-thirds of the overseas population. At the other end of the scale, three regions have no permanent civilan population: Cape Brettenger on Theresa, the Phicke Islets near Dureme, and Monbure Island near Dureme too. Phemlia, settled by the survivors of the Inguiu peoples in the midst of Inguiu's colonisation with support of the Mascyllary, is the smallest settled territory with 113,839 inhabitants, while the smallest by land area is also Phemlia on the eastern tip of the Anemure island archipelago with Theresa. Tainoa remains the most densely populated one, due to its early foundation as a colony and above-average living standards and development for its indigenous and Asuran population.
Main article: Mascyllary colonialism
Mascyllary colonisation as an era began officially in 1826 with the settlement of Abacey, the first successful permanent colony in Tainoa (a term that was then applied generally to the southern Columbian islands). Its offshoots, Caylagua and Haqay, were colonised follwoing the signation of the Treaty of Abaqey, which included them in the archipelago in 1836. Frohnern, founded in Caylagua in that year, remains the oldest continuously inhabited Mascyllary settlement in the New World. Tainoa and Taino have played important, sometimes pivotal, but generally underestimated or unacknowledged roles in the shaping of the Mascyllary trans-Opal Empires. These include maritime commerce, settlement of the continent and of northern Rennekka, and the projection of naval power via the colony's privateers, among other areas. The growth of the Mascyllary colonial empire in the 19th century, to its territorial peak in 1920s, saw Mascylla aquire cities, trading ports, whole island archipelagos, and protectorates across the entire globe, including territories with large indigenous populations in Yidao and the Columbian. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, the larger settler colonies – in Ashihara, Arabekh, and the Opal – first became self-governing colonies and then achieved independence in all matters except foreign policy, defence and trade. However, following the end of the Second Crown Civil War, territories such as much of Asfarien had to be given up by victors of the war at that particular front.
Through a process of decolonisation following the Second Great War, some of the Mascyllary colonies in Yidao, Arabekh, and the Columbian gained independence. Most still are under jurisidction of Mascylla, retaining the Mascyllary monarch as their own head of state, following Mascyllary political statutes, and relying on defense. Most former colonies and protectorates became member states of their previous ruling nations, such as the case with Ashihara or Biladia. After the independence of Aschihrien in 1968, the last major colony that remained was Tainoa, with a population of over 1.3 million. With 1992 approaching, the Crowned Republic and Ashihara negotiated the Ashiharan-Mascyllary Joint Declaration (Alemannic: Aschihrienisch-Maskillischen Gemeinsamsdeklaration), which led to the whole of Kaigora becoming a "special administrative region" of Ashihara in 1992, subject to various conditions intended to guarantee the preservation of Kaigora's capitalist economy and its way of life under Mascyllary rule for at least 20 years after the handover. Abaqey in the Taino islands has consequently become the largest city in the overseas territories. In 1983, the Mascyllary Parliament passed the Mascyllary Overseas Territories Act. This reclassified Mascylla's dependent territories as overseas territories and restored full Mascyllary citizenship to their inhabitants.
- Tainoa (since 1943)
- Saldure Island, part of Dureme (since 1944)
- Asfarien (since 1953)
- Southern Dureme Island, part of Dureme (since 1970)
- Theresa (since 2003)
- Phemlia (since 2003)
- Cape Brettenger, part of Theresa (since 1849)
- Monbure Island, part of Dureme (since 1944)
- Phicke Islets, part of Dureme (since 1944)
- Little Barbecoa Island, part of Tainoa (since 1975)
- Fredericksburg, part of Asfarien (since 2008)
- Merchbe is a part of Dureme's Southern Dureme Island territory. Its location as an exclave, surrounded by Biladian Dureme, makes it politically unique with its status. It is a property of the nation of Mascylla, but both constitutions of Mascylla and Biladia function within the exclave. It retains a dual autonomous government, which is largely free to pass their laws and policies, aslong as they are within the framework given by the constitutions. Mascylla solely is responsible for its foreign affairs and defense.
Head of state
The head of state in the overseas territories is the Mascyllary monarch, Lyanna I. The Queen's role in the territories is in her role as Queen Empress of Mascylla, and not in right of each territory. The Queen appoints a representative in each territory to exercise her executive power. In territories with a permanent population, a Governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Mascyllary government, usually a retired senior military officer, or a senior civil servant. In territories without a permanent population, a Commissioner is usually appointed to represent the Queen. The role of the Governor is to act as the de facto head of state, and they are usually responsible for appointing the head of government, and senior political positions in the territory. The Governor is also responsible for liaising with the Mascyllary government, and carrying out any ceremonial duties. A Commissioner has the same powers as a Governor, but also acts as the head of government.
All the overseas territories have their own system of government, and localised laws. The structure of the government appears to be closely correlated to the size and political development of the territory.
Each overseas territory has its own legal system independent of the system in Mascylla. The legal system is generally based on Mascyllary common law, with some distinctions for local circumstances. Each territory has its own supreme court member, and court system. For the smaller territories, the government may appoint a Mascylla-based lawyer or judge to work on legal cases. This is particularly important for cases involving serious crimes and where it is impossible to find a jury who will not know the defendant in a small population island.
Political representation in the Mascyllary Parliament
With around 1,750,000 inhabitants in 2017, the territorial states and regions of Mascylla account for 7.4% of the population of the Crowned Republic of Mascylla. They enjoy a corresponding representation in the two chambers of the Mascyllary Parliament.
Representation in the Reichsrat
In the 14th version of the legislative in 2018, the overseas territories of Mascylla are represented by 38 Abgeordnete in the French Reichsrat, accounting for 7.7% of the 498 Abgeordneten in the Reichsrat:
- Tainoa: 16 Abgeordnete
- Dureme: 9 Abgeordnete
- Asfarien: 6 Abgeordnete
- Theresa: 4 Abgeordnete
- Phemlia: 3 Abgeordnete
Representation in the Reichssenat
Since September 2015, the overseas territories of Mascylla are represented by 26 senators in the Mascyllary Reichssenat, accounting for 8.1% of the 322 senators in the Reichssenat:
Relations with Mascylla
Symbols and insignia
Each overseas territory has been granted its own flag and coat of arms by the Mascyllary monarch and or the residing population by vote. Traditionally, the flags followed the Blue Ensign design, with the Imperial Banner in the canton, and the territory's coat of arms in the fly. Today however, every territorial state and region posesses an unique flag mostly adapted to the region's culture and heritage. Tainoa uses a tricolour of blue, red, and white, with a golden tribal pattern dividing the stripes. Dureme has only two stripes, brown and blue, divided by another tribal pattern and the symbol of a native tree species, the Anenek tree. Asfarien has a rather similar one to Dureme, but uses yellow, blue, and the seal of the city. Theresa and Phemlia have the simpliest flags, with simple tricolours of blue, white, green, and red. All colours have specific meanings to their territorial states respectively. They are flown above and separately, not with the dependency of the Mascyllary flag flying too.
Inhabited territorial states
(inh. per km2)
|80px||Tainoa||Abaqey||1,180,226 (March 2018)||3,104.5||364.3||Territorial state||Columbian Sea||Tainoa maintains its sovereign indigenous monarchial system and autonomous government since its foundation in 1839.|
|80px||Dureme||Louisenhaven||70,311 (Dec. 2017)||198.2||18.0||Territorial state||Opal Sea||Dureme was dissolved as a unitary colony in 2006, with its island components serving as separate states, though the term "Dureme" still serves as the superior name of the region.|
|80px||Asfarien||Goldbucht||136,045 (Nov. 2018)||1,024||56.6||Territorial state||Arabekh||As an exclave, surrounded by Biladia, Asfarien deals with illegal immigration from Biladian citizens trying to cross the border. This led to the establishment of Fredericksburg being a territorial region, when the Mascyllary government built new fences along the border in 2005.|
|80px||Theresa||Wilhelmstadt||20,518 (Aug. 2018)||364.6||56.2||Territorial state||Opal Sea|
|65px||Phemlia||Kemeye||13,893 (Feb. 2018)||153.3||90.2||Territorial state||Opal Sea||Voted on March 29, 2009 in favour of attaining overseas department / region status. That status became effective on March 31, 2011.|
Also claimed by Comoros