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The Commonwealth
CWFlag.png
Flag of the Commonwealth
Capital City Westminster
Government Constitutional Monarchy
Leaders

Peter5930 (King)

Lodish (Prime Minister)
Founders People from Civ2.0's Commonwealth, Lio, Neverwhere , Thule, Civ3.0's Concordia
Location [1]
Demonym Commoners
Other Settlements Albion, Arran, End Citadel, Hexcorp, Meditat, Nymph, Strassburg, Taliesin, Victoria
Subreddit r/CivCommonwealth

The Commonwealth is a family of city states in the central southwest spanning a large network of islands, with several former Civcraft nations established among them, and many smaller settlements scattering the countryside. Its namesake was made from Commonwealth in 2.0, and is a spiritual successor to the country. Peter5930 is king, and Lodish is the current Prime Minister. Formerly a member of the Western Alliance, Commonwealth is currently a member of SATO. The Commonwealth provides free transportation throughout the world though Union Station in Westminster, promoting trade through Shopside, the subterranean marketplace surrounding the station. Leadership, architectural style, political ideology and economic specialization are unique to each settlement.

Government

Kings

At its founding, the Commonwealth was a Monarchy. In its current iteration, there have been three kings:

King Started Reign Ended Reign
Cowguypig 13 May 2017 26 September 2017
Brinton 26 September 2017 25 December 2017
Peter5930 25 December 2017 The End of Time

The legislature was made almost concurrently to the monarchy and of consists of a council of each borough's representative as well as high ranking and prominent citizens of the Commonwealth that specialize in various activities advise the King on different matters. Each of the boroughs retains local administrative independence while referring international matters to the King and Legislature.

Prime Ministers

Following the departure of Peter5930 in late summer 2018, Commonwealth slowly switched over to a casual Parliamentary council system. Initially it was established to help facilitate the governmental process, and the legislature would elect a Prime Minister, in the case of the absence of a king. Eventually, as the king is less focused on affairs nowadays, the Prime Minister is now the head of state.

In its current iteration, there have been four Prime Ministers:

Prime Minister Began Term Ended Term Notes
LordOfMarzipan 16 June 2018 30 January 2019 Left due to becoming Admin of CivClassics
Mike0war 31 January 2019 10 June 2019 Resigned at end of June
specificlanguage 11 June 2019 29 August 2019 Resigned at end of August
Lodish 30 August 2019 Incumbent Current Prime Minister

The Commonwealth guarantees economic freedom and self ownership for individuals and boroughs within its borders, while directing voluntary funding from across the nation for large cultural and infrastructural projects, leaving local administrative action such as building regulations to each borough's discretion.

The Commonwealth prioritizes the following policies:

  • Free markets, to encourage the individual citizen's industriousness, and to decentralize power and authority
  • Internal security infrastructure in the capital city (walls, gated roads, moats, canals, maze-like city layouts, tunnels, etc.)
  • Free trade between boroughs, facilitated by a public interborough rail system and Shopside, the nation's most secure marketplace
  • Pro-immigration, providing a welcoming path for newcomers to become citizens through involvement in public projects and the acquisition of property

The Commonwealth is a member of SATO, an organization of countries within the southwest quadrant to further promote trade and security throughout the rest of the server.

Geography

Westminster, the capital of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is made up of various boroughs that all contribute to the welfare of the state. Each borough elects its own Councillor to the Legislature and votes on various laws, bills and leadership elections. Each borough has its own design and flavour that makes them unique.

Westminster

Westminster is the capital of the Commonwealth, and where most activity within the Commonwealth is. It was the first borough within the Commonwealth, initially housing a "circus tent"-like factory building and a large mansion on the north coast, until it was taken down. Today the city is filled to the brim with buildings and greenspaces. It currently holds Union Station and Shopside, a very active train station and a rail station. A remodel to the train station was made in March 2018. Westminster is notorious for its wide use of canals through the city, separating the west side of the city from the east side. Proponents of the canal go so far to prohibit bridges from being built across the canal, while others dislike the canals as it makes it hard to navigate around the city. Initially built for defense, Westminster's canals are mostly for aesthetic purposes, though development continues to make them more suitable for transportation purposes as the city continues to sprawl.

Meditat, a desert city in the Commonwealth

The Jungle east of Westminster is property of the king and a nature reserve. It is the sole jungle biome of the quadrant and has been protected to prevent excessive tree farming and poaching of cats and parrots. A public cocoa and vine farm is also present for visitors.

South Westminster was the site of the Second Olympics in January 2019.

After the war was completed in April 2018, Peter, the current king of The Commonwealth gave the land of his massive city farm to the government, allowing them to make a storied and protected Citadel similar to the one made in Yoahtl. Over the next year or so development of the Citadel continued and is now home to Victoria. One can access it by becoming a citizen of the Commonwealth and enter through a protected rail within Union Station. It currently holds a brewery and various houses, factories and shops, and is set to be the site of the new Westminster Grand Library, after the old public library was demolished during Victoria's construction.

Meditat

The Ashguard Basin, a settlement in Meditat

Meditat is a city in the Harakur desert located northwest of Westminster, built around a large oasis. It joined the Commonwealth in July 2017. Housing a pyramid, ziggurat, hippodrome and a very large village, the borough is run by mike0war and Lodish and is a centre for building desert structures. It was also a host for the parkour, thimble and horse arenas during the Second Olympics. Meditat is home to a religion, emerging during the Somber War.

In addition to being a build city, Meditat also contributes its own experience farms to be exported, and helps those in need. The Ashguard Basin was built later after Meditat. Located northwest of Meditat, it is a megabuild built by one person, and is a dense city as well but hosts its own dense market, palace and pyramid as well. A rail runs between the two cities.

Arran, a view of the Olympic Stadium. Photographed by NeoTide
Taliesin, a view of the townhouses.

Arran

Arran is located directly west of the Commonwealth. Arran has had a previous history on Civcraft 2.0 and brinton brought Arran to the Commonwealth on a snowy island west of Westminster. Although many people know it as an industrial area mainly focused on XP production, Arran houses a large train station, a huge Spleef and Archery arena that is free for people to use, the Bridgeway Social Club, and the Arran Theatre, the only public theatre in the Commonwealth. Arran also has an extensive rail network Initially only achieving connections to Westminster and Southshire, as more boroughs were established west of the city, it became a local hub for the region, now providing local connections within and around the island. Notable connections from Arran include Nymph, Meditat, Plantation, and Southshire.

An extension of Arran, the Plantation, was made on an island east of Arran and west of Westminster. Founded by DarkyDu, it is occasionally active and houses smaller farms. A local rail has been established to Plantation.

Taliesin

Taliesin is one of the few boroughs created east of Westminster. Initially made by former Prime Minister and current admin LordOfMarzipan as well as jayms, it was intended to be a large megabuild of a city with large canals and an equally large train station located in the middle of the city. Although it has some houses standing and a factory building, Taliesin is mostly undeveloped. Taliesin does hold the snowy mountains directly south of the city and houses a large pumpkin farm.

After LordOfMarzipan's ascendance to admin, PergySkeel and OfflineOnline, two citizens of the Commonwealth who are known for digging tunnels quickly and efficiently, seeked to take over the borough following LordOfMarzipan's absence. He agreed, and the duo have promised to revamp the city, although no remodels have happened as of yet.

Albion, a historic city in the Commonwealth with ties to Mount Augusta
Nymph, a city with balloons and beaches. Photographed by NeoTide
Strassburg, a Germanic/Nordic style borough with snow and farms

Albion

Main article: Albion

Albion has been mostly associated with Mount Augusta for much of this iteration. Its late joining within the Commonwealth has been due to its indifference about joining, and historically it and its citizens have ties to both Mount Augusta and the Commonwealth. After joining, it has built up its docks and built a new airfield in the south, complete with a control tower. It is located on an island to the north and has also claims upon the plains and partially a long-derelicted skyfarm.

Hexcorp

Hexcorp is located in a mesa far northwest of Westminster. It is not associated with the Hexagon from 2.0, however its citizens have been known for dealing in drama with Nipplerock and its citizens. It joined the Commonwealth shortly after building a rail to the capital, and is mostly geared towards XP production. Its current caretaker, NobleArchitect, also helms the West CW Corp and its lands close by.

Nymph

Main article: Nymph

After Kraken dissolved early within the iteration, its founders relocated to a beach in the far west of the map and began to colonize. Soon after, it dug out a rail to then-borough Southshire and was offered to join the Commonwealth as a borough. It served as the starting line for the Marathon in the second Olympics. Housing a large beach, Nymph was the spiritual successor to Kraken and was well-liked throughout the rest of the Commonwealth.

Nymph left the Commonwealth as an independent nation, in February 2018. It departed at the same time as Southshire, citing fatigue and inactivity from the Somber War. It reclaimed its old territories from Kraken from this move. Upon rejoining the Commonwealth in July, both Nymph and Kraken became territories of the Commonwealth.

Strassburg

Strassburg was one of the first boroughs to join the Commonwealth. It consists of the Mesa and Snow Mountains located northeast of Westminster, as well as the plains in the far south.

It was initially made by fadedsoul, building a small village and still incomplete cathedral in a valley. After difficulties with joining, the king, Cowguypig, began work on his grand mansion in another valley close by. However, after fadedsoul became inactive, no regulation was made and because snow biomes were one of the best biomes to harvest pumpkins in, many pumpkin farms were made to ramp up XP production. When fadedsoul returned, he attempted to combat this, attempting to pass a bill through the legislature to ban pumpkin farms without explicit permission. The measure failed, and the farms currently remain. Work on a new city has halted, although the arches still remain.

In the plains, various cities have come and gone. The plains were notorious for skyfarms, and have been banned ever since. All farms are now made on the surface, and cities have cropped up in and around the plains. The town of Mana, being built by Falyvu, is currently being made in the north of the plains. A new, small city made by Sashimii, a former CW minister, was made on an island formerly used for Charlameme. It was intended to be a home for newfriends who were enthusiastic about city planning, commonly known as YIMBYs, hence the name Yimbyville. It was the first home of AllenY, the current Mount Augusta mayor.

Transportation

Westminster station in Shopside serves as the central hub for the Commonwealth and much of the Southwest (-,+).
Rail map January 2018, missing some new connections

Commonwealth has one of the densest rail networks on the server, served by its main hub in Westminster and other stations within the area.

One of the Commonwealth's main goals was to provide free trade and transportation across the map; to fulfill this goal, a large rail station would be built beneath the capital city. The earliest rail lines connected the boroughs to the capital as they were founded. Westminster became a major hub when the HITS rail was beginning its construction in June 2017, connecting Westminster to other major cities in the Western Hemisphere, notably TdC, Mount Augusta, Impasse and Falstadt. Other connections at the time included SPQR and Southshire.

Surrounding the station is Shopside, the nation's premier marketplace. A recent expansion to the area in early 2018 has established Westminster as the central train station of the western hemisphere, with connections throughout the map and a large multinational market. New rail connections are under construction, notably the Great Overland Railway and the Entranan Transcontinental Express connecting the Commonwealth to additional locations throughout the world.

History

The Early Days

The Commonwealth is one of the more historic nations on the server, with some of its players veterans of the original Commonwealth in Civcraft 2.0. Although many others have returned from previous Commonwealth-associated iterations in CivTemp, and Civcraft 3.0, this iteration of the Commonwealth began on the onset of Civilization Experiment 3.

On 14 May 2017, Cowguypig made a post on the subreddit calling for all players to join the Commonwealth in CivEx 3.0, and the remnants of Concordia and the Commonwealth united once more under the old flag to rebuild the nation which had pioneered security tactics and dominated commerce in the days of old. The result was a smaller town than former iterations, which did not attain comparable political leverage or influence. CivEx 3.0 quickly died, and with the launch of CivClassic on June 2nd 2017, the Commonwealth swiftly migrated to the new world.

Cowguypig reigned as King in the first days, leaving development of the capital in the hands of then prime minister and former king, Sashimii. Plans for the road network and canals were drawn, and the rest would be left to the citizens to decide for themselves. Development was swift, but chaotic - players did what they wanted, took on the projects they wanted, reinforced on the groups they wanted, and top-down administration was nearly non-existent. From the wellspring of untamed construction was born the city of Westminster. Strassburg (created by fadedsoul) would spring up soon thereafter on a nearby mountain, becoming the first borough of the Commonwealth.

Westminster quickly became infamous for its extra security measures, including narrow winding streets gated regularly by iron doors, its canals, referred to before completion as trenches, and the first council's decision to stop people from making bridges across these trenches in favor of underground tunnels. Many regarded it as an urban maze, and many still do today, despite efforts to make it more traversable.

After a rocky start, Shopside opened to the public, and the city became a central rail hub for much of the Southwest. As more expansions for shops occurred in the area surrounding the station, more people made a stop in Westminster to trade.

Soon after the move, many different settlements appeared near the capital and became boroughs of the Commonwealth. One such settlement was Southshire, founded by Orinnari and StrPlatinum on 25 June 2017, roughly 800 blocks away on a peninsula in the south.

Meditat was settled by ZeeTip and mike0war on a desert far to the northwest of Westminster 5 July 2017 - a dense city surrounding a remote oasis in the Harakur desert, neighboured by a complex of various factories and xp farms. The desert city is home to a number of temples, and a new religion emerging from the translation of recently discovered carvings by local scribes, on tablets of clay excavated from the ruins of an ancient structure, buried deep beneath the sand by the oasis.

On 6 July 2017, a rail line was connected to Hexcorp and became a borough soon thereafter.

Prelude to the Somber War

As the capital grew in size, so did raids in frequency; the city dwellers, largely untrained in combat, retreated to their homes at the sound of the armoured raiders' approach. Attacks on citizens were common and frequent, prompting Sintralin, queen of Lexington, to request occupation of the city by her armed forces to aid in their eradication. This was at the dawn of Brinton's reign as king.

Though the presence of Lexington troops had quelled raider activity in Westminster, their occupation, coupled with the lack of administration over land development, brought with it new problems: when restless Lexington soldiers with few targets to engage began harassing citizens in the streets, tensions between the nations began to arise. On 21 July 2017, six Lexington citizens alt-raided Westminster. It was the first major attack on the server, leaving the town in flames. The altraids continued for many days thereafter. Short sentences were given to captured raiders.

On 13 August, sintralin pearled Bewsiej, one of the alt-raiders, and handed his pearl to the Commonwealth, but mistakes in coal allocation allowed him to be released early. On the 22nd of August, he escaped and was granted asylum in the Lexington bunker. This resulted in Commonwealth officials removing the bunker.

In late August, tensions rose in Westminster when ZeroRussia, CarrieUnderwear, and GeneralWindu raided ThePayman's and Ez2Crew's factory building. Arbitration was offered, but Payman and Ez2Crew eventually left the Commonwealth to join Lexington.

At the September elections in Southshire, Saren_Solaris became an elected official in Southshire, and it eventually became one of the most active cities on the server. It had more orderly canals than Westminster, and a stronger focus on building and aesthetics, eschewing the cumbersome security infrastructure found in the capital. However, during mid-September, Sintralin contacted the Chancellor of Southshire, StrPlatinum, to offer Southshire secession to Lexington. It was nearly accepted, but prevented last-minute through negotiations made by former Commonwealth Minister Sashiimi.

On 21 September 2017, Westminster was attacked by Bewsiej, XyngSnow and Posedion. Peter5930 was pearled but eventually got out at the cost of a beacon.

On 24 September 2017, the Battle of the Boeing 911 took place above the cityscape of Westminster. It was the only time the Boeing 911 was used for fighting purposes, along with Lexington alts fighting to take it.

On 26 September 2017, Brinton seized the throne from Cowguypig and took a more aggressive position on the upcoming war with Lexington.

On 27 September 2017, it was discovered that Saren_Solaris had been in communication with poortea in an attempt to cause Southshire's secession from the Commonwealth and start a war. Following this, Saren was promptly pearled by Westminster officials.

On 4 October 2017, Peter5930 discovers an illegal iron farm and reports it to the admins. Lexington repaid the iron but were compensated with 120 compacted stacks of obsidian.

On 8 October 2017, as tensions continued to grow, Sintralin messages StrPlatinum threatening to treat Southshire the same way as Westminster if they don't declare neutrality in the war.

The following day, Sintralin and Lexington declare war on the Commonwealth, using the breaking of Lexington's bunker in Westminster as a casus belli.

During The Somber War

Less than a day after the declaration of war, Lexington used the obsidian given to them by the admins to enact a grand assault on Westminster by obby bombing much of the city. The city became near-dysfunctional, however, when admins found out, they removed most of the obsidian from the city, refunded their 120 stacks of obsidian as recompense and temporarily banned sintralin and ShoPork, who deliberately lied to the admins to gain an advantage. While the grief was being cleaned up, Lodish, a member of the council, was pearled.

Mere days after the attacks, Jdcorral was pearled in Lexington while peacefully shopping for books.

On 14 October, MrLlamma submits a post to /r/Civclassics, "Why I Insided My Friends."In the post, he states that he deliberately gave information to the Commonwealth to prevent the pearling of more innocents. Although it was a heroic act that helped many, he was pearled for it.

This is Peter's End Castle, built during when he was pearled by Lexington.

The following day, Peter5930 was pearled by Badash, who was subsequently pearled ten days later. Peter, when he was not getting /ppkilled every 10 seconds, began building the foundations of what would become his impenetrable end castle which served as a haven for all pearled Western Alliance members.

On 9 November 2017, a new borough was founded - Nymph was built on an island to the far west by former Kraken founders Seekinq, SpankMeHarder, JayTeeR, _Monkee, and ItzJosh.

That same day, Lexington presented terms of surrender to the Commonwealth, which included unconditional surrender and permapearling of Peter. After deliberation with the Council, King Brinton declined; Lexington approached the council once more later that month with lighter terms, but Brinton once more declined.

After the terms of surrender were denied a third time, Lexington launched an attack on the end castle; during the the next two months, Peter's gate was charged three times to no avail. Soon, the Commonwealth ceased to be the main target of these attacks, as the tide had turned to Hjaltland (now Falstadt) whom by this time had pearled many prominent Lexington soldiers.

On Christmas Day, brinton resigned as King of the Commonwealth, handing the crown to Peter5930.

In late January, jdcorral and Lodish were released after building houses for Lexington officials.

Around the same time, Southshire decided to secede, leaving for Yoahtl. It was a very controversial decision, but they decided it was for the best to bring the city back to its former glory. In addition, Nymph decided to go independent on 8 February 2018, to avoid any further drama with the war, and build peacefully. Both cities continue to be close with the Commonwealth.

By March 2018, the war slowly declined, bringing about a new sense of spirit, and a desire to bring the Commonwealth back to its former glory. A new station was made after extensive planning that brought a massive overhaul to its current rail hub.

After failed peace talks, the war became a stalemate. Falstadt elected to make the first move and began a two-day offensive on the Lexington Vault. After pearling five Lexington soldiers, the Western Alliance broke through the vault gate; Lexington evacuated the vault and left the pearls inside, and a day later, all pearled individuals were freed and the war was declared over.

Post-War

Peter returned amongst the prisoners of war as their king; their arrival was met with cheers and celebration across the country. His coronation would take place on the first of May, in the field which was once his farm. He would give this land to the people who fought to end the war, and those who remained through the war to preserve the nation. They would use it to construct a brand new city - one that would stand tall and proud amongst the others to memorialize the nation's enduring legacy and victory over Lexington.

Following the war, activities resurged within the Commonwealth.

In the first week, Peter declared derelict many inactive houses in Westminster, and promptly tore them to their foundations. The new city then began its planning stages. It was to replace the old city farms, and would represent a new start for Westminster, with stronger security measures, making it a proper, secure citadel, as well as a more extensive building code, balancing security and aesthetics like never before in the nation's history. Building of infrastructure is nearly complete, and the city has begun taking in residents, workers, shopkeepers, scribes and guards. This became the new Victoria section of Westminster, a fortified city that is similar to New Yoahtl City.

Although Commonwealth was not a founder of SATO, it was invited because of its reputation in the Somber War, and happily accepted the invitation to the defensive alliance.

A picture from the opening ceremonies of the Second Olympic Games in Commonwealth, at the Prism Arena in Westminster.

With more people arriving in the Commonwealth, its position as a central rail hub for much of the server makes it one of the most optimal locations in the world for trade. As a result, people increasingly set up shop within Shopside, including Yoahtl, Falstadt, Etherium, and many more. There are so many shops that at times, demand is exceeding supply.

On 3 July 2018, Nymph decided to reenter the Commonwealth, and was passed by the legislature that same day. Around the same time, Albion joined the Commonwealth after a long period of independence. It was to join the Commonwealth much earlier, but joined on 4 July 2018.

In fall 2018, the Commonwealth made its first link to the deep +,+ through the Entranan Transcontinental Express to the Entranan Republic, with other stops in Okashima and soon Maltovia. Commonwealth continued to be a haven for new players and a refreshing take on a newfriend town compared to Mount Augusta nearby. Although welcoming, many know Commonwealth for its excellent reputation, helped by its legislature and prime minister.

On 7 January 2019, Commonwealth hosted the Second Olympics, to much success. For many, people have regarded it as an improvement from the previous Olympics, as more nations were represented and it was a much more organized affair. After LordOfMarzipan was named an admin in early 2019 after the Olympics, mike0war was elected to be the new Prime Minister, with specificlanguage as the deputy. Westminster has continued to be a grand hub for builders, writers, newfriends throughout the winter and spring.

In summer 2019, mike0war decided to step down and specificlanguage was elected as Prime Minister, along with Lodish as the deputy.