Free Danzilonan Republic
|Free Danzilonan Republic|
|Activity level||~30 total citizens, ~16 active weekly|
|Capital city||New Danzilona|
|Government||Federal constitutional semi-direct democratic republic|
|Governing document||Constitution of the FDR|
• Foreign Minister
• Interior Minister
• Defence Minister
|Foundation date||June 2, 2022|
|Preceded by||Nova Danzilona|
|Motto||"Post Fata Resurgo"|
|National anthem||"Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst (de facto)|
|Discord||DM Lowtuff#7501 for access|
The Free Danzilonan Republic (abbreviated as FDR, also colloquially known as simply Danzilona) is a federal constitutional semi-direct democratic republic founded on June 2, 2022 on CivMC. After almost 6 years of dormancy, the FDR is the first iteration of Danzilona since Nova Danzilona on Civcraft 3.0.
Following the end of 3.0, Danzilonans helped found the cities of Threepton and Carson on CivClassic 2.0 as well as the small town of Atari Springs on CivEx: First Light, but each of those were distinct in their own culture or not dominated by Danzilonans. Irregardless, the Danzilonan community remained in contact online continuously since the end of 3.0 but few played on Civ servers. This changed, however, with renewed interest brought about by potential opportunities in new servers following the end of CivClassic in December 2021. Interest in a new iteration of Danzilona began to be gauged (primarily by Des23), and one was attempted on CivRev as a dependent territory within the Mery Horde on January 1, 2022, but the server died the same day before it was made official. Two months of dormancy followed until a subreddit post was made on March 4, 2022 to discuss the establishment of the Free Danzilonan Republic and approve its constitution. After some weeks of discussion and minor changes, the constitution and flag were approved on March 22nd.
More features for their planned nation were ironed out throughout March, including the city's layout and a Concordat with the Church of Ranubis, a religion that was especially prominent in New Danzilona on CivCraft 2.0. On April 18th, Danzilonan citizen TheTrackball officially laid out his design for what he has dubbed the Danzshaft, the secure quasi-undercity that is planned to act as the centrepiece for the main Danzilonan settlement.
Early History (June 2022-present)
With CivMC's launch getting delayed by a week, many Danzilonans were not able to get on immediately at launch. However, a number of them were still able to and most did within 24 hours of it. Joined by a handful of newfriends picked up on their Discord in the weeks before launch, the Danzilonans set off in the general direction of the shallow +,+, looking for a diversity of biomes and suitable spot for the Danzshaft. First settling more inland on the main +,+ continent, the Danzilonans moved to the east coast to found their city, establishing a border with the Medi Sea. With the discovery of the huge abundance of iron that generates on the server, much of the first week was spent on resource gathering for defensive infrastructure, though proposed layouts for the city began to be made a few days after launch. During this time, the Danzilonans started calling their settlement simply "Danzilona," leading the name to being commonly used to describe the entire FDR.
Arguably the most distinguishing feature of early Danzilona has been the Danzshaft, which Danzilonans began to dig on day 1 with a radius of 80 meters and for the current purpose of housing plots for citizens. On a Civball map posted on June 18, 2022 by Yodabird19, the FDR is represented as a cube (a reference to the Danzcube) enjoying its time digging the moat for the Danzshaft.
On June 3, 2022, the first monthly census was posted. Over the course of June, the population of the FDR more than doubled, from around 12 active residents at the start of the server to around 30 by the third week of June. Along with a slate of newfriends, a number of Civcraft oldfriends also became citizens, including players formerly from Aytos, the FSR, and the U3P.
On June 11, 2022, a mini diplomatic crisis occurred between the FDR and Cortesia Del Mar when the latter pearled Danzilonan citizen Vall for the crime of theft, griefing their house in the process. Lowtuff acted as Vall's attorney, who plead guilty and was sentenced to 12 hours in the end. While Danzilonans mostly personally accepted the verdict, many criticised the conduct of the pearling and the trial and drafted a petition of grievances to the CDM government, which was signed by about half of the FDR's population and posted on June 17th. The CDM government, in response, defended their justice system but also personally apologised to Vall for the conduct and committed to drafting an extradition treaty with the FDR. The FDR stated they would do so with them once an ambassador was elected for July 1st.
The first ever Minecraft hockey game since 2016 was organised and took place in the FDR on June 26, 2022. Played by two teams of three in a temporary street rink built by Danzilonan citizen Gant, the game is planned to be the first of many in a string of games similar to those organised during Civcraft 2.0 by the New Danzilona Hockey League.
An official capital city jurisdiction of the FDR was voted on and created on June 28, 2022. Though it has no devolved government as of yet, the official jurisdiction is largely used for zoning purposes and bears the flag of New Danzilona from Civcraft 2.0, of which it also shares the namesake.
Over the course of June 28-30, 2022, the first Danzilonan election took place, where voters decided who should hold the FDR's political offices for the month of July 2022. A total of 26 votes were cast, making the turnout 78% of the eligible population. A slate of old guard Danzilonans took control of each of the offices, including two members of the newfound Socialist Party of Danzilona, with at least one of them pledging to name the runner-up as their undersecretary.
On July 14, 2022, the FDR's first ever public criminal trial was held.  This was the first of its kind in all of Danzilonan history, as criminal convictions on previous iterations were entirely handled by the privatised Danzilonan Security Force.
Several new constitutional amendments were adopted on July 29, 2022, including the renaming of government offices, formalising the appointment of undersecretaries, and the official refounding of the NDZHL. Some proposed amendments also failed adoption, including the creation of an executive council and a renaming of the Free Danzilonan Republic.
In late July and early August 2022, civil conflict began to occur between the more anarchist-leaning Danzilonan citizens and the more democratic-minded ones. It started when, citing some oldfriend complaints of not seeing legislative proposals until they're already being voted on, citizen lone22wolf proposed the Legislative Session Act, or LSA, on July 28th. While the main principle of the LSA involved restricting the days that legislation could be proposed and voted on, it also included new mechanisms for conflicting legislation as well as a new finalisation phase where citizens would be able to see the final version of a piece of legislation in a new post. The proposal was controversial, as many saw the new additions as too extra and too radical of a change and, ironically, many citizens did not notice the discussions until it was too late. On August 6th, after 2 days of voting, the LSA was voted down with numerous abstentions. Still believing in the core principles of the LSA, citizen Des23 re-proposed it on August 9th with some of the more controversial features removed. After a couple days of intense debate on both the subreddit and Discord, a consensus was finally reached, and the bill was finalised on August 11th.
On August 12, 2022, following negotiations with its citizens, the FDR annexed the mainland claims of Melia, its southern neighbour who had gone mostly inactive, increasing Danzilona's land area by about 25%.
The government of the FDR is small in order to give more power to the citizens in crafting and implementing policy. Laws and constitutional changes are proposed by ordinary citizens and passed by their direct democratic majority vote. However, the few government positions that do exist have important responsibilities in managing the FDR, and one of them is quasi-dictatorial. The governmental positions of the FDR are:
- The Foreign Minister, who is responsible for directing foreign policy and carrying out the will of the Danzilonans in such matters. They serve as the main point of contact for foreign entities and are also responsible for constructing embassies and other Danzilonan infrastructure outside of the FDR;
- The Interior Minister, who is responsible for taking a monthly census and inducting new citizens, as well as offboarding inactive ones. They are also tasked with mapping out and patrolling the FDR's land claims to ensure no foreign settlements have been built on it; and
- The Defence Minister, the quasi-dictatorial position who is responsible for maintaining a standing security force and enforcing the laws of the FDR. In times of military crises, the Defence Minister has the right to expand their authority and allow themselves to, among other things, ban non-citizens from the FDR and pearl individuals without trial. In doing so, however, they risk facing a citizen tribunal for any abuses committed during a time of crisis.
- Each minister also has the power to appoint an undersecretary capable of carrying out specific duties within the bounds of their office.
On May 13, 2022, the framework for a potential future federation was adopted, officially transforming the FDR from a de facto unitary state to a federal one. Until July 29, 2022, the Foreign Minister, Interior Minister, and Defence Minister were called the Ambassador, Surveyor, and Sheriff, respectively.
The FDR initially had close ties with the March Pact, the successor to AF-CES from CivClassic 2.0, before then deciding to stay more neutral and not join the pact. Danzilona still maintains cordial relations with March Pact member Cortesia Del Mar, as well as with the Mery and, ironically, Gensokyo.
Founders of the FDR voted to grant citizenship to a number of past Danzilonans, regardless of their current level of activity, bringing the permanent voter roll to at least 19 citizens. Along with the 10 founders, several more permanent citizens returned and became active in discussions surrounding the FDR's foundation, bringing the total active citizenry to 15 as well as 2 former Provincians who have signaled their interest in joining after its foundation. After the server started, the population grew to 33 by June 18th.
As the two founders who primarily spearheaded the revival of Danzilona- Des23 and Lowtuff- are residents of the UK, many official FDR documents and founding posts are written in British English. Most FDR citizens are American, however, so American English remains the dominant vernacular.
The FDR constitution specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of religious creed (though this was mostly intended to refer to IRL religions but de facto also applies to in-game religions until otherwise stated). However, the FDR has made a special Concordat with the Church of Ranubis, which was a prominent religion in 1.0 and 2.0 Danzilona and to which 4 of the FDR's founders belong. Disciples of Ranubis have special privileges within the FDR that members of other religions don't, such as the right to own property without becoming an FDR citizen, and the Church can claim vacant public land without prior approval by the FDR, in essence making Ranubism the established religion of the FDR.
Despite having an established religion, citizens have been able to enjoy extensive religious freedom and even autonomy as the Grand Priest of Ranubism has been largely busy with IRL affairs and other Disciples have been focusing on more public matters. As such, religious diversity increased among the population, bringing Disciples down from roughly a quarter of the population to just 12%. For another example, Mery Danzilonan citizens have settled on the FDR's island claims, gave the islands a name in mehrileh, and plan on building religious structures there.
On July 13, 2022, the Church of Ranubis responded to the number of growing religions by launching an inquisition meant to purge non-believers from the Church and church lands.
Danzilona borders the Medi Sea to the east, and stretches as far west as Lake Biwa, its western border follows the Ebi River (aside from two Naran territories). On August 7th, 2022, the FDR released an official map designed by newfriend cnamav. The map divides FDR into a few provinces, pinpointing Danzilona's main settlements, transit, and landscape. As of August 12, 2022, Danzilona annexed the Melian mainlands and released an updated claims map.
New Danzilona (not to be confused with the NDZ of 2.0) was proposed as FDR's first official jurisdiction by Gant and adopted on June 28, 2022. Although the capital province has no version of home rule, it exists largely for zoning and cultural purposes. Additionally, there are several de facto cities and towns within NDZ that operate differently based on their aesthetic, geography, and who lives there. These subdivisions include:
- DanzShaft, the centrepiece of the city spearheaded by TheTrackball. The DanzShaft is envisioned to be a bastioned hole that will protect residential and commercial plots that are only available to citizens of the FDR.
- Old Town, where all of the FDR's civic buildings are located as well as residential plots for newfriends. This includes the Town Hall, built by Des23, and the Republic's only ice rink, built by Gant.
- Westvale, a valley area homesteaded by peakman2 where many of NDZ's farms are located.
- Snake Island, a small island that houses a Ukrainian flag and a tree farm built by lone22wolf and grenadeninja21.
New Danzilona also includes the location of the future Port of Danzilona, as well as the Highlands, a range of hills that roll to the west of Old Town.
Sophia is a farming province west of New Danzilona founded and maintained by mummybundles. It runs along the main river found within the FDR, has a number of border markers, and contains the FDR's largest wheat farm, as well as a stop on the Copper Line. There are currently two towns within the province:
- Sophia, the namesake town where mummybundles has set up a homestead and stables. Along Danzilona's central river, a group of real life friends consisting of Truetania, Necromancer, and iPrizefighter have constructed and maintain an extensive and self-sufficient homestead that they built on the first day of the server. The neighborhood is mostly referred to as Truetania's homestead as she remains the most active of the group. The homestead contains most of the FDR's crop and tree farms as well as a number of factories.
- Shackistan, Located to the west of the FDR's capital in the more mountainous regions of the nation, Shackistan includes the very initial settlement of the Danzilonans constructed within the first few hours of the server's existence. The name is an homage to Trackistan, a territory of New Danzilona from Civcraft 2.0 that was run by TheTrackball. No one no longer lives in Shackistan, but the site is still maintained for its historical value.
The northernmost province of the FDR, named after the Oberon Hills, a large range of hills that roll throughout northern Danzilona. The range is home to many of Danzilona's magestic Great Oak trees and is under the protection of Danzilona Park Commission (DanzParks). Oberon has only one town as of now:
- Imbolc, a northern town on the border of Cortesia Del Mar. The town is home to a large oceanside park, as well as a Ranubist church.
Eastern Shining Isles
Initially settled by the Danzilonan Marine Society (and, more specifically, Lowtuff) on the first day of the server, what would become known as the Eastern Shining Isles (or djotalar na rhayadeht in mehrileh) became the home base of Mery Danzilonan citizen Vall. The archipelago is composed of at least 6 islands and a couple sandbars and is home to a number of Mery cultural and religious sites, including a temple and lighthouse. More Mery began settling there after the proposal of the Lighthouse Accord on July 10, 2022.
Annexed August 12th, 2022, the Melian province runs throughout southern Danzilona. It borders two rivers, as well as connecting mainland Danzilona to Gensokyo. Most of Melia is covered by the Great Melian Forest, under the protection of DanzParks. There are currently plans to build a settlement along the central river named New Riverford, after 2.0’s Riverford. There are also plans to create a New Riverford station along the Copper Line.
The Southern Province, located on the southeastern Danzilona coast, is mostly unsettled. It contains Southern Province Station, the first stop of Danzilona's Colonial Express, a rail line to New Swisston (via Nara), Sadud0's spooky cabin along the shore, and Qaad's homestead inland along the river. The province also contains four islands: Compass Island, Sandbank Island, Lush Island, and Wicker Island. To the east of the province in the Bay of Danzilona is the entrance to Danzilona's Nether Portal.
Danzilona’s western province, located along the Ebi River and west of Sophia. Contains almost all of the Silver Mountain range, which runs through Doom City, Nara, and Dalgon. The mountain range also contains a very majestic cavern that Danzilona’s central river runs through. The province is largely unsettled except for a workers monument and Scot’s homestead on the high peaks of northwest Danzilona’s peninsula, along Lake Biwa, and east of the Noto Peninsula.
New Swisston, named after 2.0's Swisston, is a Danzilonan territory located in southwest Alenarith, and the last stop on the Colonial Express. New Swisston currently is home to potato, beet, pumpkin, sweet berry, and ice farms. There are currently plans for settlements, as well as a plan to create a large ice hockey arena and practice rinks.
Founders of the FDR
Those who voted on the FDR's foundational post include:
Pythius_ and ninjajackh12, former allies of Danzilona on Civcraft 2.0 and 3.0, have residences in the FDR, as well as coolyellow from Churchill, Perdikkas13 from Pella, and The_Hamburglar_ from the Kingdom of Eclipse.