The Kingdom of Montenbourg- Factbook
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Provinces and Administration
Montenbourg comprises twenty-one provinces, each enjoying a high degree of autonomy. They each have their own Parliamentary system, some with a member of the nobility serving in the role of the Lord-Governor, and some with a voted-appointed First Minister filling that role. Their legislatures are all unicameral, and largely operate along the same lines as those of the Council of State. National law trumps provincial law.
Provincial governments have primary responsibility for most affairs, with various exceptions, largely relating to Montenbourg's borders, foreign relations, and internal economic regulations. However, the national government is still free to legislate in all areas for any and all provinces, and does so regularly. Provincial government budgets are almost entirely self-financed, although poorer provinces receive ‘equalisation’ payments from the national government in order that their needs be met.
Local government below provincial level is generally the responsibility of the province. However, most large cities (boroughs) tend to have their own administration, with more minor issues further devolved to the neighbourhood, areas of a few thousand people, usually with a common local identity, which generally operate by direct democracy. Most areas outside of boroughs are divided into hundreds, which are small areas, usually centred on one significant settlement, and also generally operate by direct democracy. Most hundreds conduct direct democracy online, and have ‘hundred boards’ (or in boroughs, ‘neighbourhood boards’) that deal with any day-to-day issues that need addressing before the entire community can debate, discuss, and vote.
Federalism is a necessity that represents the political variety found in this large nation. While the country’s southwestern border areas, trend centrist and hawkish; military issues come a firm second to the economy in centrist western provinces like Newcastle and Coventry. The post-industrial southern provinces are staunchly left-wing, although Bordeaux province has a strong populist bent. Dominated by cattle and oil country, running through the north and mid-east of the country, form Montenbourg conservative heartland, an area where the left rarely gets a look-in. Lower-middle-class Tankerness, in the northwest, is a swing province between the left, the right, and the populists. Mountainous Hutspierspoint and desert-dominated Leckie, however, are populated by hardy, independent-minded, right-leaning populists, whose votes in general elections are always decisive, but always difficult to predict. Politically, they couldn’t be more different to the radical liberals of New Monten and Strasburg.
A list of Montenbourg Provinces:
Province of Newcastle: Castletown
Province Of Apulia: Praderstown
Province Of Bordeaux: Bordeauxville
Province Of New Monten: Monterini
Province Of Strasburg: Montague
Province Of Warwick: Warwickeville
Province Of Trebursye: Treburville
Province Of Duke: Duketown
Province Of Winchester:Winchestertown
Province Of Coventry: Covenville
Province Of Hurstpierpoint: Hurstpierville
Province Of Tankerness: Tankerville
Province Of St Johns: St John's Ville
Province Of Bellmaount: Bellville
Province Of Walesville: Walesville
Province of Hever: Heverville
Province of Charlesvile: Charlesville
Province of Saint Petersville: Saint Petersville
Province Of Londerbourg: Londertown
Province of Leckie: Leckieville
Province of Holbeach: Holbeachtown
House of Bourgeon-Taverini
The Royal Family of Montenbourg has always been a member of the House of Bourgeon-Taverini. The country so far has had 50 monarchs (45 Kings and 5 Queens Regnant). The current royal family includes:
HM King Lawrence I
HM Queen Grace II
HRH Crown Prince James
HRH Princess Victoria
HRH Prince Guillermo
HRH Prince Caroline
HRH Queen Mother Margarita III
King/Queen: Monarch/Sovereign of Montenbourg
Prince Consort/HM Queen/King Consort: Spouse of the King
Crown Prince/Crown Princess: First born son/daughter of the sovereign
Prince/Princess: Goes to other children of monarch, grandchildren, siblings, aunts/uncles or the father of a monarch.
Queen Mother: Mother of monarch.
Every year the sovereign of Montenbourg may add or dissolve peerages. There are two types of peerage; Hereditary Peerage (may pass from one member of a family to the next) and Life Peerage (title that dissolves after the death of the holder)
Ranks of the Peerage:
Archduke/Archduchess (cannot be created or destroyed; only four (4) persons has this rank)
Earl (or Count)/Countess
Sir/Dame (or Lady)
Montenbourg National Anthem
The land I call my home,
From the green clear summer,
From blossoming apple trees,
Magnificent her mountains and seas,
Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg,
You're noble, proud and brave,
Oh Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg,
Forever, will your banner wave
Still more majestic shalt thou rise, With thy king so mighty and true Thy glory shall reach the skies By his guidance and by his queue
Montenbourg, The land I call my home, To thee belongs the rural reign; Thy cities shall with commerce shine: All thine shall be the subject main.
Montenbourg, The land I call my home, From the green clear summer, From blossoming apple trees, Magnificent her mountains and seas, Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg, You're noble, proud and brave, Oh Montenbourg, Oh Montenbourg, Forever, will your banner wave
HRM King Lawrence I
Lawrence I (Lawrence Ralphelius Bourgeon di Taverini) is the constitutional Monarch of Montenbourg. Lawrence was born in Montague, and educated at Saint Jude School. His father ascended to the throne as Ralph II in 1970 on the abdication of his brother Edward III. Lawrence began to undertake public duties when he turned eighteen. To begin with, his duties started off with attending mere functions alongside his father. As time went on, Lawrence began to become patron to many charities, and started making public appearances by himself. His Father abdicated the throne on 2007 and divorced her ex-wife Margarita II, Ralph gave up all his duties by act of parliament and moved abroad, so the now Queen Margarita became regent the heir of the throne his son then Prince Lawrence.
In 2013 the Regent became Queen Mother but with no powers only title and respect by the marriage of then Prince Lawrence and then Grace McCorquodale-Kidman, becoming King Lawrence I and Queen Grace II.
On His Majesty accession on 6 February 2013, Lawrence became Head of the Commonwealth and King of Montenbourg.
Major events in Lawrence's reign have included the Troubles in South Montenbourg, the War in Syria, and the uprising of conflicts in europe. And there have been times of personal sorrow for him which include the death of his Grand-father King Augustus and the assassination of his uncle Lord Franklin. Lawrence has occasionally faced republican sentiments and severe international press criticism of the Royal Family, but his support for the monarchy and his personal popularity remain high.
When in 2013, Lawrence became Monarch of 11 sovereign states. He was asked by his Private Secretary what his regal name would be Lawrence simply replied with "Ask the people, I represent them, not me." This was immediately seen by the public to show Lawrence was 'The People's King'. His Royal Majesty is a keen academic and enjoys reading classical novels, as well as writing them. Alongside this he has a love for Polo. When in the summer residence it is not unusual to see Lawrence fishing and asking the chef's to cook the fish for their dinner. In a bid to gain closer relations with Italy and France, Lawrence is taking lessons in Italian and French however he can already speak French and knows some Spanish.
Titles, Styles & Honours
•19 August 1980 - 19 August 1990: His Highness Prince Lawrence Of Montague •19 August 1990 - 27th August 2010: His Royal Highness The Prince Lawrence, Count of Avast •27th August 2010 - 1st January 2011: His Royal Highness The Duke of Strasbourg •1st January 2013 - Present: His Royal Majesty The King
Full Title: His Royal Majesty, Lawrence the First, by the Grace of God, King, of the Kingdom of Montenbourg, King of Cranford, King of Hayle, King of Beaumont, King of Marlborough, King of Apulia, King of Naples, Sovereign Prince, Lord of Triabunna, Duke of Strasbourg, Count of Avast, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
HM Queen Grace II
Grace II, Queen of Montenbourg (Grace McCorquodale-Kidman Toscana of Bourgeon, Wife and Queen-Consort of the King Of Montenbourg. Born into an aristocratic Anglo-Italian family with royal ancestry such as The Honourable Mary of McCorquodale a famous royal who favored the women vote in the late 1920s in Montenbourg. She is the only child of Ernesto McCorquodale-Kidman and Donatella Toscana.
She became Lady Grace McCorquodale when his father inherited the title of Earl McCorquodale in 1997 but transfered the title to his daughter after he pursue the position of Premier of Italy. Born in Italy, and educated privately at home. Her father is the actual Premier of the Republic of Italy. It was intended that Grace would assume the position of premier when her father no longer held the position, however this was plan dis-guarded after she became engaged to Lawrence. During Grace's childhood she took an interest in music. As such, when when she left school at the age of 18 years, she attended The Bosco University, and gained a first class honours degree in Classical Music.
When Grace announced her engagement to Lawrence, she renounced her citizenship as a citizen of a republican country, and her religion of Protestant. Upon doing this she took up Montenbourg Citizenship and converted to Catholicism. Upon the King's coronation, she was confirmed to be the "Queen-Consort in all glory". Although she has official powers to rule, within the Code of Montenbourg, she has duties and powers that have been conferred up her by the King. Currently she has been charged with title 'Personal Aide-de-Camp to Majesty', along with position of 'Counsellor of State' with a specific area to Human Rights, Culture, Family Welfare and Children.
Grace became prominent for her fashion style and has been placed on numerous "best dressed" lists. She was selected by The Daily Montenbourg as the "Most Promising Newcomer" in its 2011 list of style winners and losers. Vogue placed her at number 8 on its yearly listing of the top ten style icons in 2010.She was featured in People magazine's 2012 and 2013 best-dressed lists. Grace was named as one of Richard Blackwell's ten "Fabulous Fashion Independents" of 2012. In June 2012, Style.com selected Grace as their monthly beauty icon. In July 2013, Grace was included in Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list. In February 2011, she was named the Top Fashion Buzzword of the 2011 season by the Global Language Monitor. In January 2012, she was voted 'Headwear Person of the Year.' Grace was number one on Vanity Fair's annual Best Dressed lists in 2010, 2011, and in 2012 also its cover star. She was awarded the accolade of 'Best Celebrity " by a special award of the Academy Awards.
She is well known for her fund-raising work for international charities and as an eminent celebrity of the late 21th century. She also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 2011, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in addition to dozens of other charities.
She is fluent in Italian and also has a love for Spanish, which she is currently learning to improve relations with Spanish speaking nations within the region. She is Patron to over 800 charities, and founded the 'The Princesses Hand', a charity that grants funds to children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties. Grace is also in the process of founding of 'The Arts Council' that awards the best theatres and schools for cultural education and quality. It will also offer training to improve the quality of the dwellings and acting.
Titles, Styles & Honours
•12 November 1982 - 27th August 2010: Miss Elizabeth Mcquordale •27th August 2010 - 1st January 2013: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of New Monten •1st January 2013 - Present: Her Majesty Grace, Grand Duchess of New Monten
Full Title: Her Majesty, Grace, of the Kingdom of Montenbourg, Queen-Consort, Grand Duchess of New Monten, Counsellor of State, Personal Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty.
Montague, The National Capital Of Culture
The national royal capital, Situated in the north-west of the country on the Rivière River, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Montague has been a political, cultural, and economic with waxing and waning fortunes during its 313-year existence. Founded during the Illustration and flourishing by the Romanticism and Renaissance eras. The city played major roles in the Third Vatican Council, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Montague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Montague Castle, the Eda Bridge, Old Town Square, the Italian Quarter, and French hill. Since 2013, the extensive historic centre of Montague has been included in the Nation States list of World Famous touristic Sites.The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. A modern public transportation system connects the city. Also, it is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including The Bosco University.
Cuisine: The growth of the railway in the late 19th century led to the capital becoming a focal point for immigration from France's many different regions and gastronomical cultures. As a result, cuisine in the city is diverse, and almost any cuisine can be consumed in the city, with over 9,000 restaurants.Hotel building was another result of widespread travel and tourism in the 19th century, especially Montague' late-19th-century World's Fairs. Of the most luxurious of these, the Hôtel Majestique appeared in the Place Vendômine in 1898, and the Hôtel de Crayon opened its doors on the north side of the Place de la Verita, starting in 1909.
Theatre: the largest opera houses of Montague are the 19th-century Royal Opéra House a; the former tends towards the more classic ballets and operas, and the latter provides a mixed repertoire of classic and modern.Theatre traditionally has occupied a large place in Montenbourg culture. This still holds true today, and many of its most popular actors today are also stars of Montenbourg television.
Museums: The Royal Montenbourg Museum housing many works of art, including the Elizabetina and the Marverlino statue. There are hundreds of museums in Montague Works by Pedro Monaguet and Alezandro are found in the Musée Monaguet and the Musée Zandro. Starkly apparent with its service-pipe exterior, the Centre of the Royal Princess, also known as Princessux, houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne Of Elena.
Fashion: Montague is a global hub of fashion and has been referred to as the "international capital of style". It ranks alongside New York, Milan and London as a major centre for the fashion industry. Montague is noted for its haute couture tailoring, usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. The twice-yearly Montague Fashion Week, an apparel trade show, is one of the most important events on the fashion calendar and attracts fashion aficionados from all around the world. Established in 1976, the Montague Fashion Institute offers courses in design, manufacturing, marketing, merchandising, and retailing. International Fashion Academy Montague is an international fashion school, established in 1982 and headquartered in Montague, with branches in London and Istanbul. Montague has a large number of high-end fashion boutiques, and many top designers have their flagship stores in the city, such as Isabel Mancerini's store, Marck Dioren's 1200 square foot store and Gimarie's 1500 square foot store. Montemps has the largest shoe and beauty departments in Europe.
Festivals: The earliest grand festival held on 14 July 1790 was the Summer of July festival at the royal gardens. Since then many festivals have been held such as the Festival of the Flowers in 1774, the Festival of the Peace in 1793, the festival of Saint Nicholas in 1794. On every anniversary of the Kingdom, the children of the fatherland hold a festival is held. Royal day, a celebration of the storming of the royal family, is the biggest festival in the city, held every year on 31 January. This includes a parade of colourful floats and costumes along with armed forces march in the Royal Avenue which concludes with a display of fireworks. The Montague Beach festival known as the "Mont Plage" is a festive event, which lasts from the middle of July to the middle of August, when the bank of the River Rivere is converted into a temporary beach with sand and deck chairs and palm trees.
Religion: 90% of Montenbourg citizens are catholic. The Montenbourg Catholic Church it's the official religion of Montenbourg. The Catholic hierarchy includes cardinals and bishops and is led nationally by the Archbishop of Montague and the Monarch, and internationally by the bishop of Rome, known as the Pope.The Church teaches that it is the one true church divinely founded by Jesus Christ.it also teaches that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles and that the Bishop of Rome, as the successor to the head of the apostles, Saint Peter, has supreme authority over the Church.The Church maintains that the doctrine on faith and morals that it presents as definitive is infallible, but with modifications at the Montenbourg Church, including womens ordination and marriage equality.
(( @Montenbourg Your section on Edward VIII is quite obviously lifted from @the-united-kingdom's history - not just the story itself, but the wording of it in his factbook. Please don't do this. ))
(( @Angleter Thanks for the observation. Montenbourg history is original and inspired in factual events of famous monarchs around story. Thank You. ))
(( @montenbourg You also need to change the reference to Edward VIII in the OP. I've also noticed that you also copied @the-united-kingdom's section about the terrorist attack on 21st July 2011 (which, if you're not aware, UK actually RPed back in 2011), pretty much verbatim except for changing 'Miliband' to 'Johnson', 'British' to Montenbourg', and 'London' to 'Montague'. Once again, plagiarism is not acceptable. I'm sure you wouldn't like it if someone else came along and started appropriating chunks of Montenbourg's history and even your past RPs as their own. I really, really do not want to see another case of you lifting another player's work. ))
(( @Angleter Thanks again for the observation. Thank You. ))
((Libertarian Prime Minister Sir John Kluster was elected in 1979 and served until 1990. Among other accomplishments, he privatised the railways and shut down inefficient factories, but he also increased the gap between the rich and the poor by scaling back social security. Kluster was succeeded by Angelica Bobadil in a surprise victory for the Classical Monarchist Party in 1992, the "New CMP" movement forced her out. --- Here's some more plagiarism!!!!))
(( @the-united-kingdom Thanks for the observation.))
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Montenbourg has considerably large deposits of oil and natural gas. In 2016 wind turbines provided 68.1% of the total electricity power consumption. On 6 September 2017, Montenbourg launched its no-oil, no-petroleum, no-carbon energy dependent campaign.
Significant investment has been made in building road and rail links between regions in Montenbourg, most notably the Great Belt, which connects Apulia and Holbeach. It is now possible to drive from Hever in northern to Montague on eastern without leaving the motorway. The main railway operator is Royail Rail for passenger services and Royal Express for freight trains. The railway tracks are maintained by Royal Railways. The North Sea is intertwined by various, international ferry links. Montague has a rapid transit system, the Montague Metro, and an extensive electrified suburban railway network, the Urbanx. In the four largest cities – Montague, Castletown, Duketown, Monterini –rail systems are planned to be in operation around 2019.
Cycling is a very common form of transport, particularly for the young and for city dwellers. With a network of bicycle routes extending more than 12,000 km Motenbourg has a solid bicycle infrastructure.
Private vehicles are increasingly used as a means of transport. Because of the high registration tax (150%). The purpose of the tax is to discourage car ownership. In 2007, an attempt was made by the government to favour environmentally friendly cars by slightly reducing taxes on high mileage vehicles. However, this has had little effect, and in 2008 Montenbourg experienced an increase in the import of fuel inefficient old car.