|The Empire of Columbia|
State and Royal Flag of Columbia
Motto: "One People Unwavering"
Nicknames: The Gem of the OceanNational Anthem "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean"
|Founded||25 April 2017 (Devoted 3.0)|
|Religion||Church of the Sister Falls|
|Population||July 1st: 4|
|Governing Document||Charter of Columbia|
The Empire of Columbia, also known as the Third Empire of Columbia, is a sovereign nation which holds commune status within the IWW, and is located in the Western hemisphere. It is governed primarily by a President with sweeping authority and jurisdiction, representing a hereditary monarch, the Emperor.
The Empire of Columbia was founded in its current form on October 7th, 2017, and its current constitution was ratified on February 11th, 2018, however there were several versions of Columbia before that.
The early history of Columbia begins in April of Devoted 3.0, when leaders of the (then) Empire of Caledonia, United Federation of Normandy, Kingdom of Jyrssa, and Free State of Astronya, came together to form the First Columbian Empire. This was the result of a few weeks of scheming between Chancellor kdeeks of Normandy and Emperor Onederful of Caledonia. Leaders of the United Federation, such as Hamboy_Jr, were also consulted about the unification of Northwestern territories to form Columbia, but did not all desire to join. Serious planning for the country began around April 25th, including the submission of ideas for the capital city and the formation of a government. The Columbian Empire was based on a council of Grand Princes, who would elect amongst themselves one Emperor in a cycle of elections which occurred once every two months. Grand Princes would transfer the title to one another depending on the results of the vote. Columbia was further expanded when the empire's leaders offered a position as the third Grand Prince to King Zebra of Jyrrsa, who accepted the position and annexation of his kingdom's territory into the Columbian Empire. Additionally, the three leaders plotted to annex the Free State of Astronya, headed by Supreme Leader shadedoom, into the empire by means of coercion or military force. After several days of debate, shadedoom agreed to join Columbia as the fourth Grand Prince and allowed Astronya to become an autonomous district. Once fully united, the Columbian Empire was quick to declare independence from Chanada, who claimed much of its land, and invade the small state of Olympus which refused to be subjugated. The war began on May 3rd, as the volunteer Two Minute Militia formed of Astronyan citizens, and marched on the capital city of the Olympians. Coming only two days after the May 1st Conflict, in which Astronya had previously occupied the capital of Olympus and seized its colors, Astronyans were delighted to have another shot at their Southern rivals. The force was quick to act, and pearled three Olympian leaders within five minutes, then continuing to drive all other citizens away from the country until the city-state was fully occupied. After this, Columbia declined on Devoted 3.0 due to a lack of activity, not having a national Discord server until late in its existence, and the emergence of CivEx 3.0 as a server.
The story of Columbia continued on the CivEx 3.0 server as the core population of Columbia reorganized, created a Discord server, and moved over. While the Columbian Empire on Devoted 3.0 was intended to resemble an imperialistic model of the United States of America, the leaders of Columbia decided to change directions a bit and model the new Columbian state on the Confederate States of America, installing a government which was much more tolerant of local autonomy over national power. Thus began the Confederate States of Columbia, alternatively known as the Columbian Confederacy. The leaders of this Columbian state were the same four oligarchs as from Devoted 3.0, now also adding Hamboy_Jr officially to their ranks, however this time they decided to rebrand themselves as Councilors and abolish the system of rotating authority, making a five way council of equal members. Upon joining the server, Columbians rallied to the center of the map, gathered basic resources, and made a long hike West to claim lands that would eventually become the Syndicate of Co-Prosperity. The key tool Columbians used to recruit new members was to tell them simply, "You have been annexed by the Confederate States of Columbia," and many new citizens willingly joined as a result of this. After a few days of living in the Southwest of the map, the Syndicate settlers in the region became aggravated that we were on what they considered their land, and seeing the complete lack of resources and fertility of the area, Columbia decided to move to the Northwest and settle a long peninsula in the area. There was a brief border dispute with the neighboring state of Arcation, but it was resolved quickly and in Columbia's favor. The oligarchs then divided land and responsibilities, founding the states of: Tennessee, Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia. A nearby ice mountains continent was also annexed and dubbed Alaska, leadership of it being awarded to NeoTide_, as was the inactive nation of Icenia which became a colony of Columbia, and the far-flung colony of Pasadena led by wittle_wubzy. More autonomous territories were carved out of existing states, including the Autonomous Island of Seminole, and the Leylin Farmers. By then, the population was booming to a height of 34 citizens, but it also proved to be problematic in terms of national supplies and infrastructure. During all of this time of internal political change and restructuring, the nation's infrastructure struggled to be erected, essentially being limited to a large mining pit under Tennessee, a couple small buildings in Nashville, Tennessee, a couple buildings in Alaska, and a sizable but limited farm in Carolina. Additionally, members struggled to get allegiance, and to get materials like clay and melons because of badmin crimes. The struggle for allegiance was particularly troublesome, because Columbia had decided to align itself with the Consulate of Varsany, a state in dispute with Arcation. Arcation, being a very powerful militaristic state, was able to easily overrun Varsany and the limited Columbian aid that was sent due to the PvP restrictions of non-allegiant players.
Eventually, Columbian unity would fall out of the frying pan and into the fire, with the betrayal of Councilor Onederful and Provincial Administrator wittle_wubzy. For quite a while Onederful had been being coached by inactive Channer lunatic bgbba about why he thought Columbia was a horrible nation and why he should betray the state. Onederful took his advice one day, stole all of Columbia's most precious items that the players had all grinded for, including many stacks of obsidian acquired by Herr_Speer, and secretly dropchested it far away. He proceeded to lock everyone out of the national citadel groups, delete the national discord, and go inactive after that. wittle_wubzy then announced the illegal secession of Pasadena from the country. What they thought would destroy Columbia forever only made it rally together stronger. The country quickly made a response via the national news service BOX News, and began an ultimately unsuccessful hunt for Onederful and wittle_wubzy. A few days later wittle_wubzy begged to be allowed back in Columbia, but was rejected for his treasonous acts. Although national spirits were high at the time, a growing movement for reformation sprouted from the base of non-government citizens, advocating for a democratic form of government in which they would get a say and be able to elect a President of Columbia, because the history of Columbia on CivEx 3.0 had proven that the council of five oligarchs, who constantly disagreed and formed voting blocks which vetoed anything from happening, was not a well-functioning form of government. The population and oligarchy agreed to a compromise after much debate, and thus began the drafting of the first ever Constitution of Columbia. This process was promising, however CivEx 3.0 quickly died due to the release of CivClassic 2.0 and the rampant badmin crimes from the CivEx team. Columbia did not move over to CivClassic 2.0 when it came out because of a lack of citizen spirit to continue with the nation.
CivClassic 2.0: Part 1
Following the shutdown of CivEx 3.0, a few citizens of Columbia moved over to CivClassic 2.0 and joined different nations. Most Columbians, however, went into a state of inactivity and retirement. Around the end of the Summer of 2017, shadedoom began playing on Devoted 3.0 once again in a new micronation he led called the Kingdom of Reidos. This return to the CivCraft genre of servers led him to reach out to his fellow former leader of Columbia, kdeeks, after a couple of months. Together, the two of them decided to bring Columbia back to life and move it over to CivClassic 2.0 as a whole. Once they had contacted many former citizens from CivEx 3.0 and Devoted 3.0 and convinced them to return, they set out to find an area of the map to claim and settle in. After much discussion, shadedoom scouted a set of islands in the deep Northwest of the map, which became Columbia's new home. This location was chosen largely because of its large plains biomes which were ideal for building cities, and because after just a few days of being on the server, the Somber War broke out, the initial action of which was occurring in the Southern hemisphere; Columbia wanted to be out of the way of the war. The people of Columbia initially chose to found the country as an absolute monarchy, the Grand Duchy of Columbia, and shadedoom pushed kdeeks to be the Grand Duke of the country. A council of nobles known as the Fürsten was formed to advise Grand Duke kdeeks, consisting of Just_Matter, shadedoom, and NeoTide_.
Construction quickly began on a new capital city on the main island of the country. After much dispute, the city was named Rotterdam, after the real life Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The concept was that it would be a mid-1700s to mid-1800s style port city with a prosperous waterfront district and harbor with ships. However, the humble beginnings of the city were in a neighborhood to the Southwest that would become known as Hamlet. This neighborhood was mostly built by, and was a simple assortment of wooden buildings in an agrarian setting. Soon after settling the small township of Hamlet, Columbia began work on mining to fill its national coffers, as well as digging rails to connect itself to the international community. Rotterdam slowly developed into a more urban looking environment with a few large buildings and a central town square being constructed, and other small settlements began to pop up around the country as well. One of these early townships was called Apoland, which was in the Northwest of Columbia. Apoland was very controversial in the beginning because it was illegally settled on the private estate of Fürst shadedoom, which was known at the time as Cascadia. It was a misunderstanding that occurred because shadedoom had been fairly inactive for a month or two at that point, and the other Fürsten gave the area to Aposii and Green_Trump not realizing shadedoom owned it. The situation was resolved with shadedoom being given a new estate he named Lëtzebuerg in the Southwest of Columbia, and Aposii and Green_Trump being allowed to keep the island Apoland was settled on, which they renamed to Zeeland. Because shadedoom had been inactive, however, the Fürsten Just_Matter and NeoTide_ refused to allow him to claim the title of Fürst anymore. However, because he was a founder and longtime member of Columbia, shadedoom was given a lower title of nobility by Grand Duke kdeeks, and made into a Margrave. Thus the estate of Lëtzebuerg became the autonomous Margravate of Lëtzebuerg. After these disputes were settled, the country was peaceful and stable for a while, with Rotterdam and Apoland continuing to see progress, and the Fürsten working on establishing farms and the first semblances of EXP-producing infrastructure.
However, as 2018 approached the server, Columbia began to face internal problems. The biggest of these was that Grand Duke kdeeks wasn't actually very active or involved in the leadership and public works of Columbia. The nobility and common citizenry alike were growing increasinbly frustrated with his lack of output, and something had to be done. In late December, key members of Columbia sat down to discuss political reform, and a document called the New Year's Compromise was ratified across all classes of the Grand Duchy. The document effectively turned Columbia into a very rough version of a constitutional monarchy, with a powerful Chancellor at the head of the country, but kdeeks keeping his position as Grand Duke with much more limited powers. The first election for Chancellor of Columbia saw Just_Matter win and become the first of the new democratically elected leaders of the Grand Duchy. He chose NeoTide_ as his Vice Chancellor, a position that didn't legally exist but would be carried forward since then as a constitutional tradition.
History of the Unitary Federation of Columbia on Expand to be written.
History of the Lusitan Occupation on CivClassics 2.0 to be written.
History of the restoration and Second Empire of Columbia on CivClassics 2.0 to be written.
To Be Written
Columbian Laws And Legal Code
Timeline of Offices
|1||kdeeks||7 October 2017||9 October 2018||Franklin||kdeeks, originally one of five founders of Columbia on Devoted 3.0, served as Grand Duke and later Kaiser/Emperor of Columbia until his abdication of the throne following his involvement in the Mount Augusta Revolutionary Front and gifting of the national Discord server to members of Rhodesia, who then terrorized and altered it. Initially his rule was that of an absolute monarch, until the New Year's Compromise was ratified after a period of his inactivity, greatly limiting his powers and installing a constitutional government to represent his will. Over the course of his reign, he would largely shift the nation away from a culture based on middle America to one based on Prussia/Imperial Germany, and play party politics to enact his policies. His adopted son, LegalityX, would hold the title of Grand Prince of Columbia until it was renounced and he was removed from Columbia following his exile pearling by the Holy Jaded Empire. After LegalityX, kdeeks would select Baes20 to be his Grand Prince, until the abdication of the Franklin Dynasty.|
|2||Haecceity_ (The Great)||10 October 2018||Incumbent||Thotmose||Previously serving as the Second Chancellor of Columbia, Haecceity_ was elected by the people to succeed kdeeks as Sovereign after his abdication of the throne.|
|1||Just_Matter||8 January 2018||30 January 2018||Independent||NeoTide_||Just_Matter first joined Columbia in October of 2017, and was elevated to nobility status with the title of Fürst under Grand Duke kdeeks. He would soon become an important component of Columbian government and production along with Fürst NeoTide_, the two eventually eclipsing kdeeks in importance to Columbia. His rise culminated in his victory of the first election for Chancellor of Columbia, an office which he filled until he and his Vice Chancellor NeoTide_ betrayed the nation, stole a significant portion of government resources, and fled South the begin Okashima, a country which would over time fill with enemies of Columbia.|
|4 February 2018||28 March 2018||Franklin Royalist||N/A||Haecceity_, later known as Haecceity_ The Great, was the Second Chancellor of Columbia. He joined the nation in November of 2017, and rose to the office of Foreign Minister under kdeeks' government. After the betrayal of Just_Matter and NeoTide_, Haecceity_ joined kdeeks, shadedoom, and several other popular Columbians to form the Franklin Royalist Party, a party which would nominate him and push him through the proceeding election. Haecceity_ was chosen for Chancellor because of his greater knowledge of CivClassics logistics and ability to bot than any other Columbian. His term as Chancellor saw a sharp increase in competence among the population, including the introduction of botting into the mainstream Columbian economy, the establishment of defensive capabilities, and the first discussion of creating a national vault. In the end, he resigned his position as a result of the great stress and problems it was causing him. It is generally agreed that Haecceity_ was responsible for the transition of Columbia from a newfriend nation to a more competent and capable state.|
|3||Sirboss001||31 March 2018||14 April 2018||Independent||N/A||The Chancellorship of Sirboss001 was rather short-lived. After the resignation of Haecceity_, he was rushed into office in a briefer-than-normal election, as he was the most competent remaining Columbian during a period of national decay. His term, although short, would see a fair amount of infrastructure improvement in Rotterdam, additions to national defensive capabilities, and the near-complete bankruptcy of the state. In the end, as most Columbians and resources left the country, Sirboss001 disbanded the nation.|
|4||shadedoom||2 July 2018||1 November 2018||United Front||lemuractionnews, Hamboy_Jr||shadedoom, originally a founder of Columbia on Devoted 3.0, was the first Columbian to ever set foot on and claim Columbian soil in CivClassics 2.0. He was made into a Fürst very early on by kdeeks, and would later become somewhat inactive and be downgraded to a Margrave. He would continue to be inactive for some time, until the Chancellorship of Haecceity_, when he began dedicating more effort to the game. Eventually, once Sirboss001 disbanded the nation on CivClassics 2.0, shadedoom would lead a group of Columbians onto Expand to begin a short-lived iteration of Columbia there. On Expand, several new players were integrated into Columbian circles that would later follow the nucleus back to Columbia on CivClassics 2.0. Following an approximately two month hiatus, Columbia returned in midsummer, through an event known as the Columbian Homeward Migration, under the leadership of shadedoom. shadedoom, who would shortly thereafter win the election for Fourth Chancellor of Columbia, secured independence and recognition for the nation from all global powers. Under his leadership, the Charter of Columbia was reformed, internal organization was strengthened, and the economy began to boom on the back of his Vice Chancellor Hamboy_Jr's efforts in botting to produce EXP. Additionally, in the later portion of his first term, shadedoom began organizing construction efforts on a national vault, following in the footsteps of Haecceity_. Perhaps the biggest change was that, unlike in all previous administrations, drama and intrigue were kept low and seen as a destructive force that led to corruption and divisive relationships; Columbia became a lot more united and internally peaceful as a whole. With most aspects of Columbia improving under him like defense, organization, and production, two severe flaws still existed in his leadership: an inability to moderate international opinion, and a difficulty in promoting citizen activity. However, after appointing Haecceity_ as Foreign Minister once more, international opinion of Columbia somewhat improved. Ultimately, although often imperfect, shadedoom's Chancellorship is generally agreed to have been a very positive thing for the nation.|
|5||lemuractionnews||1 November 2018||2 November 2018||New Horizon||N/A||After being elected on a platform of complete privatization and far-right policies aimed at "making Columbia great again," Chancellor Lemur realized that running and getting elected as a joke candidate was not good for the nation, resigned the position to ex-Vice Chancellor Hamboy_Jr, and renounced his citizenship to, in his view, preserve stability.|
|6||Hamboy_Jr||2 November 2018||1 March 2019||People's Party||KnotNSA||Hamboy_Jr was one of the original founders of Columbia on Devoted 3.0, but had previously lived as a citizen of the Holy Jaded Empire on CivClassics 2.0. Upon the revival of Columbia during shadedoom's Chancellorship, Hamboy_Jr returned and quickly became the most significant grinder in the country, producing the vast majority of its EXP, as well as Vice Chancellor. Once shadedoom had reached the term limit set on his time as Fourth Chancellor of Columbia, Hamboy_Jr made his bid for the office on the basis of being the other most experienced and capable leader in the nation, but was narrowly beaten by the joke candidate lemuractionnews. However, lemuractionnews realized that Columbia needed a serious leader, and gave the office to Hamboy_Jr. He quickly set out to ramp up EXP and city infrastructure production, while most defensive and vault-related tasks remained the purview of shadedoom. Despite being a good grinder and leader, Hamboy_Jr became quite inactive during his second term. He was the second Columbian to ever reach the term limits of Chancellorship.|
|7||shadedoom||1 March 2019||22 June 2019||United Front||lemuractionnews|
|8||lemuractionnews||22 June 2019||1 July 2019||United Front||N/A|
|9||KnotNSA||1 July 2019||31 August
|1||NeoTide_||8 January 2018||30 January 2018||Independent||NeoTide_ was the Vice Chancellor of Columbia and Mayor of Rotterdam under the Chancellorship of Just_Matter. His Mayorship in Rotterdam saw the construction of early government buildings and roads, however the infrastructure of that period has largely been erased, and the most notable remaining vestige of it is the Rotterdam City Hall. Outside of the urban sector of Rotterdam, the old city, colloquially known as Hamlet, was erected by NeoTide_ in the days before the New Year's Compromise, and acted as a temporary settlement for Columbians before downtown Rotterdam was developed.|
|4 February 2018||9 April 2018||Independent||The Mayorship of Deuterian was the longest in Columbian history, and saw a significant divergence of style and architecture in Rotterdam. Deuterian, being a student of urban planning in real life, intended to be more hands-off and inactive to allow the same types of design freedoms to private infrastructure planners as in most real life cities. This led to a mixing of architecture from that of Medieval European, Colonial American, Imperial German, art deco, and other styles. Over the period since his time in office, style in Rotterdam has largely been reorganized and unified, which led to the destruction of many aspects of his era's infrastructure.|
|3||KnotNSA||2 July 2018||9 November 2018||Independent||During the hiatus of Columbia after the Chancellorship of Sirboss001, KnotNSA was appointed by Lusitania, who had annexed the area of Rotterdam, as Lord of the city. His Mayorship saw great infrastructure improvement by state builders such as Hamboy_Jr and Sirboss001. While KnotNSA's approach to the office was somewhat similar to Deuterian's in being relaxed and hands-off, more control over infrastructure by the national government would help lead to a beautiful, unified style.|
|4||Sirboss001||9 November 2018||9 March 2019||People's Party|
|5||KnotNSA||9 March 2019||9 July 2019||People's Party|
|6||Sirboss001||9 July 2019||Incumbent||People's Party|