Free Danzilonan Republic
|Free Danzilonan Republic|
|Activity level||~30 residents|
|Capital city||New Danzilona|
|Government||Federal constitutional semi-direct democratic republic|
|Governing document||Constitution of the FDR|
|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.
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 Ambassador, 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 Surveyor, 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 Sheriff, 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 Sheriff 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.
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.
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.
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.