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Provinces of the Kingdom of Talossa

The realm, or claimed territory, of the Kingdom of Talossa is mostly centered around the Greater Talossan Area (known to most persons as East Side Milwaukee) but also encompasses the overseas island of Cézembre and the Péngöpäts Antarctic Territory. In the early years of the country, the exact extent of claimed territory changed frequently and irrationally, but for more than twenty-five years there has been little change, excepting internal rearrangements of the provinces.

Location

GTA

A majority of Talossa is located in the Greater Talossan Area, an urban area of North America. The provinces of the GTA are Atatürk, Benito, Fiôvâ, Florencia, Maricopa, Maritiimi-Maxhestic, and Vuode. This area is bounded on the west, north and south by the United States of America (specifically the City of Milwaukee and its suburbs) and on the east by La Mar Talossan (the Talossan Sea, also known in English as Lake Michigan), having grown considerably from the original bedroom claim to encompass the East Side of Milwaukee in a formal territorial claim. These claims have never been officially disputed by the U.S. Government, so obviously they have no complaints.

Population in the Greater Talossan Area is divided between citizens who can participate in the political process, and over 43,000 Cestours (U.S. "natives," living within the territorial limits of Greater Talossa) who cannot.

Most Talossans today are "cybercits," who reside outside the country and who, at the time of immigration, are assigned citizenship in one of the eight Provinces that constitute Greater Talossa. Those Talossan Citizens who actually live in and around Talossa proper are known as "Old Growth Talossans," but due to the number of cybercits, Old Growth Talossans are now a minority of the Talossan citizenry. Talossan citizens reside all over the world in thirty different states of the US, in every region of the UK, in Canada, in a great many of the nations of Europe and South America, in Russia, Australia, New Zealand, the Phillipines, and Indonesia; all citizens have equal rights.

The capital of Talossa is Abbavilla, in the province of Atatürk, which is also coextensive with the campus of the University of Talossa (commonly known to others as the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Beyond the GTA

See our main article on this subject at Cézembre.

In addition to the provinces of the GTA, a vital part of Talossa territory is the island province of Cézembre. This small island lies off the coast of France, and was claimed by King Ben after a holiday excursion to its shores.

See our main article on this subject at Péngöpäts.

Another area of Talossan territory is the Péngöpäts Antarctic Territory, a vast section of the continent of Antarctica that has been claimed by the Kingdom. Péngöpäts is not a province, and because it has no inhabitants, it is unlikely every to achieve that status (barring penguin suffrage).

History

Founding and initial claims

On December 26th, 1979/I, King Ben declared his secession from the United States of America. His territorial claims initially extended no further than his bedroom, commensurate with the national motto that "a man's bedroom is his kingdom." This would become the core of the first province, Vuode.

The first year of Talossa was notable for numerous political upheavals within the very small country. In one of these, the Third Talossan Revolution, Ben annexed the whole of Antarctica and the entire country of Portugal while in the process of declaring Talossa a republic. When the country returned to dictatorship two weeks later, the claims were abandoned (although a portion of Antarctica would later formally become Péngöpäts Antarctic Territory).

Cheap Glory Act

With the passage of the Cheap Glory Act on March 16th, 1982/III, Atatürk was annexed under the name "Kemâl Atatürk State," consisting at this time only of "B.A. Beach" (Bare Ass Beach), along with another area called "Enver Hoxha State," which encompassed local Downer Woods (now part of Vuode). Both names reflect King Ben's period of fascination with fascism, a phase that was thankfully short-lived. These noncontinguous territorial claims were inspired by apartheid-era South African efforts to establish "bantustans" - areas designated for black citizens.

In addition to these new claims, the territory of Vuode was extended to the whole of the Madison house.

Treaty of Shorewood

See our main article on this subject at Treaty of Shorewood.

Formalizing these annexations and expanding the two states was the Treaty of Shorewood, agreed between King Ben and Antonio Riley, the U.S. Ambassador that he himself had appointed. The treaty was signed a month after the Cheap Glory Act, on April 20th, 1982/III. The Treaty also established Mussolini province, later to be renamed Benito.

Cézembre

The French island of Cézembre was annexed on August 17th, 1982/III. It remains unique among provinces in that it is completely unconnected with the mainland Greater Talossan Area and has no known inhabitants, two traits it shares with the Péngöpäts Antarctic Territory.

Edgewood Proclamation

See our main article on this subject at Edgewood Proclamation.

The Edgewood Proclamation of January 26th, 1983/IV would be the last major expansion of territory to occur in Talossan history, although there would be later shifts in its exact assignment. The Proclamation annexed an area then called the "New Territories" and established Férénca Szálasi State.

1983 Land Reforms

On April 1st, 1983/IV, King Ben initiated the first of the two Land Reforms, dramatically shifting the provincial assignments. Flúviâ Territory was created from the New Territories, and Enver Hoxha State was incorporated into the province of Vuode. The recently created Férénca Szálasi State was discorporated, absorbed into the New Territories. Lastly, Mussolini province was expanded slightly from the territories.

First Cantonization

After the successful reforms of the precious year, King Ben enacted the First Cantonization on November 30th, 1984/V. This process established the modern canton system, dividing the provinces into smaller units. The First Cantonization established the new province of Maritiimi from the New Territories, which would hereafter be called the South Territory. In addition, Vuode ceded a small amount of territory to Mussolini, while both provinces were expanded again from territorial lands. Lastly, Flúviâ Territory was incorporated en masse into Atatürk.

1985 Land Reforms

Not satisfied with the status quo, King Ben enacted a second reform on July 27th, 1985/VI. Maritiimi doubled in size into the South Territory, while Mussolini expanded significantly as well, and a further portion of the Territory was divided into Pórt Maxhestic. Following these changes, the dwindling remains of the South Territory were again renamed to the South-West Territory.

Gradual changes

Provinces before Reunision

Only isolated changes in the realm have occurred after the 1985 Land Reforms, which marked the last sweeping changes in Talossan territory. This is perhaps linked with the rise of other citizens as a political force within the Kingdom, making King Ben unable to enact changes on whim.

On May 31st, 1992/XIII, Bradford province was created from within Vuode, while on September 1st, 1992/XIII, Fabled Learning University of Neverending Knowledge (FLUNK) province was created from Mussolini.

Both changes were reverted and both provinces were dissolved, however, on April 2nd, 1993/XIV. On the same date, the province of Pórt Maxhestic was incorporated into Maritiimi, to create the modern outlines of Maritiimi-Maxhestic. These changes set the canton plan firmly in place and eliminated all aberration from the system, and so they are sometimes referred to as the Second Cantonization. All territory has since adhered to the canton plan.

In response to repeated requests from the citizenry for the addition of another province to accommodate burgeoning interest in the country, on September 1st, 1996/XVII, the province of Florencia was created from a portion of Mussolini.

Reunision

See our main article on this subject at Reunision.

While Reunision had an immense impact on Talossa in numerous ways, the changes to the realm were limited in scope and carefully considered. The passage of the Proud Mary Act on May 23rd, 2012/XXXIII, reassigned the canton of Paliaçelia of Maricopa and a canton comprised of Port Maxhestic, west of North Lincoln Memorial Drive, of Maritiimi-Maxhestic to a new province of Fiôvâ, while compensating Maritiimi-Maxhestic for the loss of territory by also reassigning the Maricopan canton of Vilatx Freiric (Frédéricville) to Maritiimi-Maxhestic.

Attempted Secessions

Several times throughout the occasionally turbulent history of the nation, some citizens have declared their intention to secede portions of Talossa territory into their own new states. Ironically, it has been Vuode that was most-associated with these movements, making it not only the stronghold of the Crown, but also a hotbed of rebellion. The Vuode Crisis of 1986/VII, led by Premier Danihel Lorentzescu, was ended after Robert I assented to a national referendum on Vuode's potential independence, and the Second Vuode Crisis of 1992/XIII (this time led by Robert I) only ended after an angry ruling by the Cort Pü Inalt.

The status of the 2004/XXV declarations of secession by the founders of the Republic of Talossa remains uncertain; participants have declared that it was a legitimate action and that they were the true inheritors of Talossan culture, but the Kingdom of Talossa refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Republican land claims. In the wake of Reunision, the matter has ceased to be relevant to the question of territory.