Mount September

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Mount September
Flag of Mount September
General
Location-4966, 2238
DemonymSeptembrian • Tiberian
AllianceAugustan Federation
Government
GovernmentDirect democratic republic
Governing documentThe Constitution of Mount September
• Mayor
Thraldrek
• Judge
KingOfTheMochas
• Judge
AllenY
• Judge
Ahme63
• Diplomat
RedDevel
Formation
Foundation date1 September 2020[1]
Preceded by
Culture
Motto"Lex Paciferat"
National anthemSeptember
MascotDecember
Links
DiscordpkBScuu

Mount September is a sovereign nation located in the -,+ quadrant. It was founded as a spiritual successor to the now defunct Mount Augusta. It seeks to preserve the openness and culture of Mount Augusta albeit as a fresh nation and not an identical copy. Mount September occupies the northern half of an island formerly settled by the Maltovian territory of Compton.

The canals of Mount September
Property map of Mount September, as of June 9th 2021

Geography

Mount September encompasses Mount Augusta in the northeast. Its territory also includes the abandoned territory of the Jeffersonian Nation of Eclipse to the south, across the east-west road at Z: 2500. Mount September maintains underground rail connections to Mount Augusta, Westminster, Varkonia, Gabon, Lusitania, and more.

Early history

Foundation

By August 2020 activity in Mount Augusta was at an all time low. The city state had officially moved to servers to CivRealms causing its CivClassic counterpart to be without a subreddit, constitution and eventually, discord server. Squareblob and Godomasta intended to revive CivClassics' MtA by slowly derelicting property, starting by HPOOM blvd. However, the effort it would have taken to acidblock and rebuild some of the infrastructure was deemed too high, and the prospect of a fresh start was too attractive. Construction in Mount September began on August 11th 2020. By September 2020 the basic forms of the downtown canal, roads and voter tree had been constructed.

Another debate was the legal one: the Mount Augusta constitution was deemed by some to be too complex and stale, so a change was seen as necessary; there was some doubt as to whether it would be better to write a new constitution from scratch, or condense Mount Augusta's into a more friendly format. The r/MountSeptember subreddit was banned on September 3rd 2020 (The "sunken park" was built in honor of this event), and the former was deemed as a better alternative. The original constitution was drafted by AllenY, which after a brief revision period was ratified on October 5th 2020.

Creation of the Mall and the Septem

On October 22nd 2020, the Mount September Mall officially opened, and was followed six days after with the creation of a local currency: the Septem ($), worth seven diamonds, and its subdivision, the Yiseptem (¥), worth 1/64th of a Septem. The MtS Mall slowly but surely grew and now includes over half a dozen shops, selling building materials, food, enchanted items and various other things.

Most shops in the MtS Mall use the Septem as currency.

December Revolt

On December 23rd, 2020 an event that would forever change the September political landscape occured. What started as an innocuous road naming ceremony evolved into pure chaos after South Augusta's leader, TheOrangeWizard murdered squareblob, who was then mayor. The crowd in the event was launched into a frenetic chase that led to the eventual pearling and subsequent freeing of TheOrangeWizard, who angered at this act immediately pearled ChickenWingGeek. Three brave ill-equipped Septembrians rushed to reclaim TheOrangeWizard's pearl but they were all pearled. Negotiations between South Augusta and September soon started, inducing a strong backlash from the more critical sectors of society - the leader of this dissent, AllenY, was promptly pearled; thus crushing all opposition. The deal was to be sealed in Fort Briggs, however, AllenY removed Godomasta from groups mid-deal and locked TheOrangeWizard in the vault.

The ordeal ended when Wingzero54 teleported to TheOrangeWizard and accidentally let him through one of the doors, after which point he pearled minemaster - cooliomoose jumped in the vault and pearled TheOrangeWizard shortly after.

Lunar New Year

From the 12th to the 25th of February 2021, the lunar new year was celebrated in Mount September, drawing in attendance players from across the map. A special map art of the Chinese character 福 was created for the Lunar New Year. It is traditionally hung upside down during the Lunar New Year, and so the map art, rotated in an item frame, could be seen on many houses and public areas, such as the voter tree

For the duration of the celebrations, the voter tree was decorated with red floating lanterns and a large group of people gathered on the evening of the 25th to do various activities while drunk on Lusitan wine, such as parkour, as well as talk in a voice chat and run around the voter tree.

Godomasta Elected Mayor

On the 28th of February Godomasta was elected Mayor, becoming the second Mayor of Mount September, succeeding Squareblob. The new mayorship came with a modified Cupboard, including the creation of a new Cup: the Cup of Defense, a position held by former mayor Squareblob. While the Diplomat position was not changed by Godomasta, Thraldek, longtime Diplomat of Mount September, tended his resignation on March 17th, 2021,[2] and was replaced by RedDevel on April 4th 2021.

Godomasta would go on to fulfill another term, following in Squareblob's footsteps by completing two terms. As such he was made ineligible to run for a third term after his last one, and an election to replace him ended in the victory of Thraldrek.

Thraldrek Elected Mayor

Thraldrek was elected Mayor on July 17 2021, winning with just the first choice votes.[3] He presented his cupboard the next day, appointing a total of seven cups, making it the largest cupboard in Mount September history.[4] Thraldrek was the first Mayor of MtS to belong to a political party, the Augustan Democratic Party (or ADP). The ADP platform relied on six main points: Stability, Transparency, Reform, Economic growth and partnership, Diplomacy and Growth.[5]

Government & Politics

Political System

Supreme Court

In Mount September, there are at most three judges who together form the Supreme Court of Mount September. The Supreme Court "has the power and responsibility of interpreting the law of Mount September"[6]. The Supreme Court is elected through direct universal suffrage. It may judge cases brought before it and may enact court sentences.

Mayor

The Mayor of Mount September is elected through direct universal suffrage. With little official legal power, the Mayor essentially acts as a figurehead head of state, though the fact that they hold the groups to all public property is considerable. Traditionally, the mayor appoints trusted, hard working individuals to a "cupboard" with specific responsibilities.

Mayors of Mount September
Username Platform # Term Cupboard
Start Duration
Squareblob Independent I October 26th, 2020 2 months

(60 days)

Commerce: AllenY

Culture: hkl

Diplomat: Thraldrek

Infrastructure: Godomasta

Squareblob December 31st, 2020 2 months

(60 days)

Godomasta II February 28th, 2021 2 months

(60 days)

Commerce: AllenY [I]

Culture: hkl [I]

Defense: Squareblob

Diplomat: Thraldrek [R] RedDevel

Infrastructure: jasonbird

Registrar: cooliomoose

Godomasta May 18th, 2021 2 months

(60 days)

Commerce: AllenY

Defense: Squareblob

Diplomat: RedDevel

Infrastructure: NEBULANDD

Thraldrek Augustan Democratic Party

(ADP)

III July 17th, 2021 2 months

(60 days)

(Planned,

Term in

progress)

City-Planning: Flameoguy

Commerce: SamBonusG

Defense: Squareblob [I]

Diplomat: RedDevel [I]

State: Godomasta

Transportation: NEBULANDD [I]

Note: [R] Resigned, [I] Incumbent, [D] Discharged.

Voting System

Mount September uses a Ranked Voting System. Voters may rank all candidates for a certain election in the order they wish. Only Registered Voters, as defined in section 10 of the Constitution[6], are allowed to vote in elections.

Direct Power of the People

All Residents can propose bills (including amendments) or propose recall votes (a vote that removes from office any government member) in the MtS discord server (#bills and #elections respectively), and all Registered Voters may vote on it.[6] This system in which citizens may propose legislation and recall votes is the reason why Mount September is often called a semi direct or direct democracy, or a minarchy.

Political Parties of Mount September
Party Established Active Founder Platform
Great Oldfriend Party (GOP) January 27th, 2021 RedDevel Transfer political power to Oldfriends, more experienced players.
UCP-TAP United Coggers Party (UCP) March 18th, 2021 AmandaCC Restore the MtS Discord server cogboard.[7]
Troggers Advancement Party (TAP) April 14th, 2021 Kaprediem Promote troggers, a hybrid of coggers and troll face.[8]
Augustan Democratic Party (ADP) July 13th, 2021 Thraldrek "work at every step to provide for a peaceful and flourishing democracy in Mount September"[9]

Culture

Mount September's owes its cosmopolitan nature to the presence of many expatriates, newfriends and oldfriends alike. It has inherited many elements of Augustan culture and society, including some aspects of its political system such as direct democratic participation.

Symbols

Flag

The Mount September Constitution describes its flag as: "a rectangular field, divided by a straight line from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner, the upper division being red and the lower division being blue"[6]. The color scheme is borrowed from Augusta's, and the diagonal division reminisces of Compton's flag (which uses black and green instead).

Monuments

PacStatue

PacStatue is a statue located in Mount September that has become an iconic structure amongst Septembrians.

Main Article: PacStatue

Currency

On the 28th of October 2020, the Septem ($) and its subdivision, the Yiseptem (¥)was created by AllenY. While still technically a private venture, the Septem is widely accepted as the semi-official local currency. The Septem is used in various shops inside the Mount September mall.

Running Jokes

Squareblob's Discord Profile Picture and the Squarist Deep State

Square's iconic discord profile picture

Squareblob's discord profile picture is very recognizable in MtS, and a customized version was adopted by Metriximor, which made the dog blue and added a black "M" on it's forehead. Since early 2021, a trend was formed around making a custom Square discord profile picture, and this in turn led to running joke about there being a "dog deep state" or "squarest deep state" in Mount September since many government members adopted variations of the Square profile pictures.



Foreign relations

Diplomatic missions in Mount September

Nation Ambassador
Adina
Lambat Kaprediem (Officer in Charge)
Lusitania Metriximor

References

  1. Announcement of Mount September : https://old.reddit.com/r/civclassics/comments/ikp69h/announcing_mount_september/ : Grabbed on 6 September 2020
  2. https://discord.com/channels/742831212711772261/742831405444104352/821795678632149032
  3. AllenY (July 17, 2021). “(...) Congratulations to Thraldrek ( @Thraldrek ) on becoming Mayor of Mount September! He received 8 out of 11 valid votes (a further 5 votes were invalid), giving him a majority without need for redistributing preferences. (...)” – via Discord (#announcements). Mount September. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  4. Thraldrek (July 18, 2021). “The government of Mount September is now open for business! The Cupboard has been shuffled in an effort to bring in some new bodies. Cup of @State will be @Godo and will be the @Mayor's second in command, a Deputy Mayor if you will. Should something happen to me, @State will be active in my place. They will perform general duties as required. Cup of @Defence will be filled by @Sussyblob and will deal with defensive duties. Cup of @Internal Affairs will be filled by @ugiufeartisuawion530. Similar to Cup of State, Internal Affairs will work to make sure general duties are performed as required. They are considered third in line, and are meant to be a bureaucratic position. Cup of @Commerce will be filled by @samsussyg. They will be responsible for Mount September's stockpile of materials and will work towards developing our economy. The Cup of Commerce will also be working alongside the @Mayor and @Diplomat in foreign affairs matters and will work towards maintaining and developing economic agreements and deals. Cup of @Transportation will be given back to @Sussylandd. As the name implies, they will work on transportation projects and maintain our current transportation infrastructure. Cup of @City-planning will be filled by @Sussyguy. They have demonstrated a good ability to perform this position already in their private time, and I believe they will serve the nation well. They will work to develop the city's public infrastructure and general layout. This position will work alongside other Cups as needed. @Diplomat will be filled by @RedDevel. (...)” – via Discord (#announcements). Mount September. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  5. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uzktoxTf4FH1zYRbmt4CctbIZMHUttlXkPgfMxdlcFI/edit
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xpg5Gx7-G4fVnXdZen6wMTezhm1PbfJcSxDAPBvZ7vw/edit
  7. United Coggers Party https://discord.com/channels/742831212711772261/743481357283622993/830490304397443094
  8. Troggers Advancement Party : https://discord.com/channels/742831212711772261/743481357283622993/832086404380885003 : Grabbed on 20 April 2021
  9. ADP Platform July 2021https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uzktoxTf4FH1zYRbmt4CctbIZMHUttlXkPgfMxdlcFI/edit