Mount September

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Mount September
Flag of Mount September
General
Location-4966, 2238
DemonymSeptembrian • Septembrist • Tiberian
AllianceAugustan Federation
Government
GovernmentSemi-Direct Democratic Republic
Governing documentThe Constitution of Mount September
• Mayor
Godomasta
• Judge
ImperatorMendes
• Judge
Thraldrek
• 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 MtA 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 September 30th 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.

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"[3]. 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.



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"[3]. 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.

Cupboard

While not defined in the Constitution or any law, the members of the Cupboard, known as cups, act as advisers and deputies of the Mayor. They are in charge of a specific assigned task, for example, Infrastructure or Diplomacy.

The Current Cupboard is the following:

-RedDevel, Diplomat: in charge of handling Septembrian foreign relations.

-Cooliomoose, Registrar: in charge of counting votes and maintaining the voter registration spreadsheet.

-hkl, Cup of Culture: oversees public cultural projects and buildings in Mount September, including the Mount September Museum.

-AllenY, Cup of Commerce: oversees the Mount September Mall and mints the local currency, the septem.

-Jaybird, Cup of Infrastructure: oversees the construction of public infrastructure and in charge of compiling a property map of the city.

-Squareblob, Cup of Defense: oversees anything related to the military in Mount September, including the defense of raiders.

-Minemaster, Cup of Balls: a joke role created through a bill, does not hold any regular government permissions and in charge of nothing in particular.

(last updated/verified: 16th May 2021)

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[3], 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.[3] 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

In Mount September, political parties are not formal in any way and tend to be jokes. Currently, there exists two political parties in MtS:

Active

  • Great Oldfriend Party (GOP) - Party that wishes to maintain the so-called "oldfriend regime". The GOP was founded and is led by RedDevel.
  • United Coggers Party-Troggers Advancement Party (UCP-TAP) - Merger of the UCP and TAP that aims to remove the trollboard. The party is split on the issue of whether to re-install the cogboard or to install the theoretical trogboard.

Defunct

  • Troggers Advancement Party (TAP) - Split from the United Coggers Party, the TAP was founded by Kaprediem to promote troggers, a hybrid of coggers and the troll face emoticon. [4] Combined into the UCP-TAP.
  • United Coggers Party (UCP) - Single-issue party and voting bloc aiming to restore the MtS Discord server cogboard after it was replaced by the trollboard. The UCP was created by AmandaCC and has since recruited many members. Combined into the UCP-TAP.

Foreign relations

Diplomatic missions in Mount September

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

References