Independent State of Caledon

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The Independent State of Caledon is the name of a rapidly growing group of Victorian-themed sims owned by Desmond Shang. Caledon can be considered an example of a developing micronation.

Sims

Brigadoon
Kittiwickshire Tanglewood Stormhold Wellsian* Morgaine Pensans
Lionsgate* Speirling* Middlesea* Inish* Mayfair
Port Caledon Mayapuri* Caledon On Sea Cay Llyr*
Caledon Caledon II Tamrannoch* Moors* Victoria City
Steam SkyCity Downs*
Oxbridge Oxbridge Village Kintyre* SouthEnd
Cymru* Greystoke* Templemore*
  • Duchies are denoted by stars.

Crown Colonies of Caledon

Former Sims


Description

Caledon is a small, windswept forested country at a temperate latitude. Wild creatures, country estate life, sights and sounds that were common well over 100 years ago are the hallmark of the land.

Technology is approximately that of the 19th Century, though some astonishing breakthroughs have provided for incredible wonders. Ground vehicles, airships, and even a device known as a 'telehub' are made possible through the power of exotic material properties and the wonders of Steam Technology.

The government is an expansionist monarchy, supported by a strong aristocracy (i.e., residents). Caledon once offered the opportunity for residents to take their turn at "Stewardship", a post which can involve answering questions, restarting sims, banning obvious griefers &c. As the complexity of a large estate grew, the burden on one Steward's shoulders became too great, and the role is now filled by a corps of about 10 estate managers appointed by the Guvnah--some serving openly, some quietly.

As Caledon has grown, it has made contact with a number of other nations that share many of her values. Some of these nations now share direct sea passage and have formed a coalition known as the Realm of the Roses to promote their mutual interests.

Facts

(NB: All statistics exclude colonies.)

Geographic

  • Location: The original Caledon sim was located on the main grid at (930,1023). When Caledon II was added to the grid farther out in the Western Ocean, Caledon was moved to join it, in order to secure room for additional expansion. Today, the original two sims of the Independent State of Caledon occupy sim coordinates 905 and 906 by 1023
  • Borders: Caledon is surrounded primarily by water, but it does border on a few neighboring sims:
  • Area: 2,949,120 m2, land and water combined, and growing
  • Maritime Claims: Under negotiation with several near neighbors
  • Climate: Temperate Coastal
  • Terrain: Low land dotted with streams and ponds; some elevated terrain includes Trans Caledon Mountain Range (north), Mount Caledon (Caledon On Sea), Sky Mountain (Morgaine).
  • Elevation Extremes: Sea level (21m) to approximately 65m
  • Natural Resources: 483,750 prims; the creativity of citizens; rich cavorite seams
  • Land Use: Mixed Residential/Commercial (village style) and occasional Industrial; varies thematically by region
  • Natural Hazards: Rolling Updates, Client Upgrades, Asset Server Crashes

Demographic

  • Population: Over 800 landed gentry and friends, expanding
  • Age Structure: Varies from young twenties to "old enough to know better"
  • Population Growth Rate: Approximately a sim-full a month so far
  • Sex ratio: This is Second Life - it changes by the minute
  • Ethnic Groups: All manner of humans, Furries, Goreans, Catgirls, some aliens
  • Religions: Christians, Wiccans, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, Unitarians, more.
  • Languages: English, Tagalog, Chinese, Hebrew, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Norwegian, Esperanto, American, LSL
  • Titles: Varied usage
  • Organisations/Groups: Many.

Government

Economic

  • Imports: clothing, architecture, furniture, vehicles, ships, scripting professionals
  • Exports: clothing, architecture, furniture, vehicles, ships, scripting professionals
  • Expenditures: Forty-five sims worth of tier and growing
  • Reserves: Months of tier in reserve, usually at least three months per sim
  • Currency: The Linden Dollar, though land rates vary based upon the more stable USD.

The National Anthem

Actually, Caledon has two anthems, a National Anthem and a Civic Anthem. Rules and customs about which is sung on which occasion are murky. Sometimes both are sung simultaneously.

Historical and Cultural

  • National Motto: "Tolerans, Civilis, Innovus, Laganum" (Tolerance, Civility, Innovation, Cake)
  • Patron Saint: St Eam, Patron of Locomotion
  • Also see articles on the Eight Wonders of Caledon and on plaques and seals

Communications

Transportation

Transnational issues

  • International Disputes: Currently at peace with all, as far as known.
  • Refugees: Many, from all over the grid. Caledon is a nation of immigrants.

Citizenry of Caledon

Directory

Ambassadors

Ambassadors serve as liasons between Caledon and foreign lands, and points of contact for mutual events and activities.

Knights

Knights of Caledon

The Knights of Caledon recognize distinguished service "far beyond the call of duty, and to the benefit of all."

Other Knightly Orders

Several other orders of knighthood have been established in Caledon to recognise services to the nation or a portion thereof. These orders are not peerage orders, although a number of holders are peers.

The Knightly orders of Caledon are

Peers

The peerage in Caledon was defined by Guvnah Shang as follows:

1) Anyone with a Duchy or suchlike (all or part of a voidsim)
2) Anyone with 1/4 sim worth of land
3) Anyone with a foreign title they had been using prior to Caledon
4) The Knights of Caledon . . . basically have to have gone SOOO beyond the call beyond what's reasonable that this is my way of saying: we honour you for this (but are completely incapable of thanking you in any truly substantial, matching way). . . .
5) The 'royals' . . . [Editor Note: These are principally estate managers and, in the Guvnah's words, "dear old supportive friends."]
6) Anyone with sheer temerity who shows up and really plays the part!

...but at the end of the day, we truly are equals.

Peerage is reflected on the in-world rolls of the group.

Stewards

The office of Steward is no longer in use. The four who held that office, in order, were:

Historical Events

Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting
The nation had its official Ribbon-cutting celebration in the evening of April 1st, 2006, and was attended by a number of Second Life residents, and much of the population of Caledon. The party was organized by Caledon founding resident Yuriko Muromachi. Events included:
Steward Steinbeck
  • Coronation of the first steward, Khashai Steinbeck.
  • Formal dancing, with the opening waltz performed by Mr. Steinbeck and Dyne Talamasca.
  • The First Annual Caledon Rose Hunt. The Caledon Rose is an extremely rare flower, only blooming for thirty minutes on this single day of the year. Nineteen (out of a set of twenty) roses were scattered across the two sims, and party-goers had to find and pick them before they wilted. Caledon Roses are limited edition (numbered and dated).
  • Fireworks, set to the 1812 Overture

First Annual Rose Hunt Winners

(List currently incomplete)

Festivals and Long-Duration Events

Real Life Events

  • August 29-September 1, 2008 - CaleCon

Comme il faut (Rules)

Caledon is a themed community with a relaxed attitude. Generally, period clothing and behavior are encouraged and welcomed, but not required. However, in spite of the continent's mature rating, proper class and decency in public areas is the rule. Some other restrictions:

  • Externally out-of-theme builds are forbidden below 512 meters. Zoning is relaxed above that altitude.
  • RL political/religious signs are banned outright.
  • No camping chairs
  • No casinos
  • No scamming
  • No ageplay within Caledon
  • No racial slurs

Excerpts from the covenant of Caledon are available on the wiki.

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