Building Our Nation
Introduction and Founding Principles
The Empire of Lehmark is founded upon the ideas of Absolutism and Social Progression. We hold a firm belief the Empire of Lehmark is a 'Benevolent Autocracy that works to benefit the people' and is creating a society that respects freedom and the environment.
Through our belief in Absolutism we have developed a centralised monarchy revolving around the Emperor and Autocrats' exercise of executive and legislative authority as per the Constitution. The Constitution protects Lehmarkians from abuses of autocratic power.
With the continued expansion of the Imperial Government, the Emperor and Autocrat appointed an Imperial Chancellor in January 2023 to operate the Imperial Government on their behalf, which does not include the authority to legislate. As a result, the Emperor and Autocrat can command the Imperial Government more effectively with much of the daily operational work now being handled by the Imperial Chancellor.
The Imperial Senate was developed as an avenue for the Emperor and Autocrat to seek advice on a particular matter, we believe that through readily available advice, the Emperor and Autocrat can introduce effective legislative action to meet the needs of the Nation.
In Social Progression:
We believe that everyone has the right to live freely and live their best life, and therefore we aim to create an open and accepting society. Our first step towards this was the introduction of our Bill of Rights which has been carefully written to ensure that absolutely everybody will be free from discrimination, intolerance and abuses of Government power.
By carefully developing of our Discord Server we have created strong interconnections between all Lehmarkians who are able to connect to one another, regardless of where they are in the world. To aid with this interconnectivity we have developed multiple social clubs to serve as another way for Lehmarkians to connect with other people who hold a similar interests, culture, language or religion.
Through actively developing this belief and principle in our Empire we have been able to create one of the most open and accepting communities in all of micronationalism. We are proud to be sfaespace for all cultures, religions, ethnicities and the LGBTIQ+ Community.
National Development Progression
When founded, we created a silver-backed currency known as the Imperial Florin, with Lehmarkians holding an account through our online bank which was managed by the Imperial Bank of Lehmark.
In 2022, our economy drastically changed - we created a cryptocurrency known as the Lehmark Digital Token (LDT), we also commissioned the creation of the IBOL Bot for Discord which allows for real-time transactions of LDT on Discord with the use of slash commands. The benefit to this system is that it allows for those under 18 and those who live in a country where cryptocurrency is illegal to access our Network and currency and to conduct transactions without the need of a Wallet.
Lehmarkians who have a cryptocurrency Wallet are able to withdraw their LDT balance from the bot into their Wallet, they can also deposit LDT from their Wallet into the bot. The bot smartly tracks and handles all transactions.
We are advancing this technology by creating our own API, nodes and other infrastructure necessary to have an independent financial network. In 2023, we will be upgrading the Bot to an online website and further expanding this technology to other nations.
We aim to create a distinct Lehmarkian Culture through our policy of Lehmarkian Nationalism. Lehmarkian Nationalism is designed around the concept of 'civic-liberal-nationalism' and adheres to the values of freedom, equality, tolerance, individual rights and multiculturalism. With this in mind we developed Five Pillars of Lehmarkian Nationalism to provide a 'social foundation'.
The Five Pillars of Lehmarkian Nationalism:
Taking pride in your Empire and Lehmarkian identity.
Providing your Services and Loyalty to the Emperor and Autocrat.
Being proud of our Imperial Autocracy and Constitution.
Acting with kindness, respect and courtesy towards all humans.
Lehmarkian society and community is to be open and accepting to all.
In Community Engagement:
Throughout 2022, the Imperial Government has been creating more entertainment opportunities for Lehmarkians to engage in, this has been achieved on Discord via two main methods:
The reinvention of Sol Invictus as a 'Lehmarkian Cultural Aspect' which allowed the Imperial Government to design a National Calendar with public holidays, festivals and celebrations for Lehmarkians to participate in.
National and Provincial events such as Trivia Nights, UNO Nights, Chess Competitions, Poetry and Writing Competitions are being regularly held on Discord - with many events being hosted by the Emperor and Autocrat and the Minister of Provincial Affairs.
In Citizen and Social Services:
As part of our commitment to Social Progression, our Imperial Government has created a number of Citizen and Social Services - of which are mostly provided to Lehmarkians for free.
The most used Citizen Service is the Imperial University, which provides free education in several fields, including: Imperial Law, Residential Horticulture, Mental Wellness and Diplomacy. Additionally, we created the Social Service of the GraduatorGrant which provides 1,000LDT for every completed Degree as a way to promote higher education.
Many other services have been created, such as: Business Centre, Ambassadorship, Health Insurance, Legal Professional Licensing, Digital Identification, Radio Lehmarkia, National Pension and the JobCreator Grant - just to name a few!
Future Project - Imperial City of Lehmarkia:
On 16 October 2022 we begun an official GoFundMe to begin the next phase of Lehmark's development. A Goal of $12,000,000AUD has been set with the primary goal of buying land and building our first city - where Lehmarkians can purchase permanent residency.
After raising approximately $5,000 - $10,000 we will engage with designers and land agents to begin designing the Imperial City of Lehmarkia and to start sourcing land.
Out of our Goal - $3,000,000 will be set aside for land. This will purchase quality land near a Capital City in Australia or for large land in the Australian Country.
$7,000,000 is set aside for building, labour and materials. The bulk of the Goal will be spent on the construction of buildings and the development of the land.
The final $2,000,000 is set aside for costs and expenditures in the development of Lehmarkia.
We aim to build Lehmarkia within the bounds of the law - with the aim of achieving recognised independence as a country.