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Motto
Dispenser of India's Destiny
Anthem
Vande Mataraam
India, America
Capital city Santa Ana Canyon
Largest city Kaduthruthy
Official language(s) English Malayalam
Official religion(s) Christianity, Catholicism
Demonym Keralite
- Joseph Anithanam President
Legislature Parliament
Established August 3, 2019
Area claimed 34 acres
Population 14
Currency Rupees, American Dollars
Time zone India Standard Time Time zone in Kerala, India (GMT+5:30)
National sport Kabaddi
National dish Kerala Porotta
National drink Tender Coconut
National animal Tiger
Patron saint St.Alphonsa


Kochi, officially the Empire of Kochi, is a polity claiming independence as a de jure autonomous sovereign state, commonly referred to as a micronation. Located in North America and Asia, the Empire of Kochi declared independence from the United States and the India on August 3rd, 2019 by the president, Joseph Anithanam The Empire consists of five territories, two in America and three territories located in Southern India. The nation currently has 14 citizens, with 7 in the Highland Province and the other 7 in Kaduthruthy, India. The capital was located in West Orange, New Jersey but the micronation there was disestablished and relocated to Santa Ana Canyon.

Kerala having a connection with the Indian government is ruled by two political fronts:the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Indian National Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

The Empire of Kerala has also formed diplomatic relations with the micronation, Nottingham-Stinocolun Empire which is owned by "His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Nottingham" -Luke825015. The Empire has signed a contract to join the Reformed Intermicronational Comfederation and has received a role of observer.

Etymology

The origin of the name "Kochi" is thought to be from the Malayalam word kochu azhi, meaning 'small lagoon'. Yet another theory is that Kochi is derived from the word Kaci, meaning "harbour". The most original theory is that Kochi is derived from the word Kaci, meaning "harbour". Evidence from journals written by Italian explorers Nicolo Conti (15th century), and Fra Paoline in the 17th century say that it was originally called Kochchi, named after the river connecting the backwaters to the sea.

History

In the late 1500 on the Malabar coast near the present-day Empire of Kochi micronation, Calicut and Cochin were in fierce rivalry, so the Ming Dynasty decided to interfere and granted special status and protection to Cochin. And had forts built in the Himalayas and elswhere.

European Settlement

The first scene of European settlement in India was in Kochi. In the year 1500 after being warded off by the Calicutta Indians the Portugese Admiral Pedro Álvares Cabral landed at Cochin present day Kochi. A treaty was signed by the King of the rival of Kochi along with promise of conquering Calicut. The admiral persuaded the king to build a factory and soon declare war on Calicut. But the army of the admiral retreated after seeing the might of the Calicut Zamorins and were left unharmed as they retreated due to the fact that the Zamorins were eager to earn their trust. The King of Portugal was Indignant and sent Vasco De Gama who bombed the trading posts for the 'spice trade" which angered the Calicuts who declared war against the Kochi Maharaja.

The war between Calicut and Cochin began on 1 March 1503 and the second invasion lasted from March 16, 1504, to July 3, 1504 (Battle of Cochin (1504)). However, the oncoming monsoons and the arrival of a Portuguese fleet under Lopo Soares de Albergariain September, 1504 (and a year later, the armada led by Francisco de Almeida and Afonso de Albuquerque), alarmed the Zamorin, and he recalled his army. The Zamorin resorted to a retreat also because the revered festival of Onam was near, and the Zamorin intended to keep the auspicious day holy. This led to a triumph for the king of Kochi, who was later reestablished in the possession of his kingdom. However, much of the kingdom was burnt and destroyed by the armies. The tiny garrison, led by Duarte Pacheco Pereira, had achieved a rare military feat in history, successively repelling an invading army several hundred times bigger. It proved a humiliating defeat and a moral blow for the Zamorin of Calicut and undermined his authority in the Malabar region.

Later the Portuguese had factories built in Cochin and built a fort (Fort Kochi) to protect it from the calicults who would try to invade. The entire work was commisioned by the Raja, who supplied workers and supplies. Later the Portuguese had a secret alliance with Culcut which led to the decrease in power of the Cochin Raja and increase in power for the Portuguese.

From 1503 until 1663 the Portuguese were in control of Kochi, and remained the capital of Portuguese India until 1510. Later in 1530 Saint Francis Xavier arrived and found a Christian mission thus establishing Christianity as a major religion. Soon after the Portuguese rule declined.

The Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1814 made sure that the islands of Kochi and Fort Kochi were ceded to the United Kingdom in exchange for the island of Malay. Towards the 20th century the harbor had grew, engineers from Europe were sent to build the harbor and soon was the safest harbor in the Peninsula.

In 1947 India gained independence from the British and Cochin was the first state to join the Indian Union willingly.

The properties for the micronation in America was bought and claimed in 2017. Also a plot of land unused by anyone was claimed. No further history is known about this area.

Through all those years the present micronation of the Empire of India was near/at the places of war. In the late 1800 a South Indian style Tharavad home was built on the land by the Anithanam family. And was remodeled three times.

Establishment

The micronation Empire of Kochi was established August 3, 2019 by President Joseph Anithanam. And soon had relations with the Emperor of Nottingham Luke825015 and Seann Torres of New Rizalia.

Geography and Climate

In the areas of the Highland area it is hot in the summer(75-105 degrees)and windy and chilly in the winter. (65degrees) The geography is mostly desert with a surround of mountains and man made lakes.

In Kochi/Kaduthruthy it can be mildly hot and in the winter very rainy with about 11 to 26 inches of rain. The geography is lish green trees forests and mountains.

Culture

The culture of the micronation is mostly Indian with some American style traditions. The culture displays a mix of Indian and European traditions mixed, though the Indian tradition is most prevalent.

Cuisine

The Empire of Kochi's cuisine is a mix of North Indian and South Indian dishes that are considered the 6th best cuisine in the world. Including naan, butter chicken, porotta, tandoori chicken. And many sweet desserts including jelabi, gulab jamaan, and ice cream. Also the world famous tea Chai which is considered one of the best teas in the world.

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Porotta

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Samosa

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Dhosa

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Indian Ice Cream

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Curry

Music

India has a very long history with music and one the oldest and biggest. The 30,000 years old paleolithic and neolithic cave paintings at the UNESCO world heritage site at Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh shows music instruments and dance. Mesolithic and chalcolithic cave art of Bhimbhetka illustrates various musical instruments such as harp, drums, gongs, and more.[In India they have their own developed vocal music called the Ragaas very much like the normal notes in America.The ragaas were practiced by kings of India. Many instruments were made in Imdia but the most known of them is the Sitar. Note-not all history is written here

National Anthem

The national anthem of The Empire of Kochi is part of a poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee 1882 novel Anandamath. In 1950 the song's first two verses were given the official status of the "national song" of the Republic of India, distinct from the national anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana.

Lyrics:

vande maataram..
vande maataram..
maataram..

sujalaam sufalaam malayaj sheetalaam
sasyashyaamalaam maataram
vande..

shubhrajyotsna pulakit yaaminiim
phulla kusumita drumadal shobhiniim
suhaasinim sumadhura bhaashhinim
sukhadaam varadaam
maataram.. vande maataram

sapta koti kantha kalakala ninaada karaale
nisapta koti bhujaidhruta kharakarvaale
sapta koti kantha kalakala ninaada karaale
nisapta koti bhujaidhruta kharakarvaale
ka bola ka noma eith bole
bahubal dhaariniin namaami taariniim
ripudalavaariniin maataram
vande maataram ...

tumi vidyaa tumi dharma, tumi hridi tumi marma
tvan hi praanaah shariire
baahute tumi maa shakti,
hridaye tumi maa bhakti,
tomaarai pratimaa gadi mandire mandire
vande maataram..

tvan hi durgaa dashapraharanadhaarinii
kamalaa kamaladala vihaarinii
vaanii vidyaadaayinii, namaami tvaam
namaami kamalaan amalaan atulaam
sujalaan sufalaan maataram
vande maataram.. 

shyaamalaan saralaan susmitaan bhuushhitaam
dharaniin bharaniin maataram
vande maataram....

  Currency

The Empire of Kochi currency is the American Dollar and the Indian rupee.

The word "Rupee" comes from the Sanskrit word "Rupyakam" meaning silver coin. It's origins comes from rupiya issued by Sher Shah Suri in 1540-45.

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Flag

The Empire of Kochi flag is based on the sights you can see in India. With the traditional Saffron color as the back ground. The coconut tree represents the abundance of coconut trees in the surrounding areas. The boat represents the many boats and boathouses there. And the Lion Capital of Ashoka represents the Indian government.

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The flag of The Empire of Kerala

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms has a lions and tigers on it representing the the national animal of India and the Lion Capital of Ashoka.

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The Coat of Arms

Holidays

List:

  • Republic Day.
  • Independence Day.
  • Gandhi Jayanti.
  • Christmas
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • New Year
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Holi
  • Onam
  • Halloween

Landmarks and Museums

There are many museums and land marks in the area near the micronations but they are some of the smallest palaces and museums compared to the others.

space museum thiruvananthapuram is a space museum in Kerala it has rockets and planes on public display.

Kowdiar Palace Museum is a Palace built in 1934 by Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal who built it for his only sister's wedding. It is still a private residence but one part is a museum.

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Space museum, Thiruvantharam

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Kowdiar Palace/Museum Thruvantharam

Demographics

Race
Indian 13
American 1
Other 0
Religion
Catholic 13
Chrisitan 1
Other 0

References

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/save/history-of-indian-currency-how-the-rupee-changed/articleshow/55635259.cms

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/india/

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