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San Marinoball, officially the Republic of San Marinoball, also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marinoball, is an enclaved microstate and Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic in Europe. Its clay is composed of 8 subdivisions known as municipalityballs, as well as its capital San Marino Cityball, giving it a total area of 24 square miles (62 square kilometers), making it the 3rd smallest countryball in Europe, and the 192nd largest countryball in the world. Its small population makes it the 218th most populous countryball, and one of the most unpopular human migration destinations.
It is not a member of many international organizations as it is a very peaceful nation. Although while not a member of EUball, it does participate in the Council of Europe.
San Marinoball is often seen as a very historic countryball as it is the only surviving Italian microstate from the Italian Unification. As a result, it is used as a reminder of the times when Europe, particularly Germanyball, Italyball, and the Pyrenees were made up of tiny political units, making it a very popular tourist destination.
The recurring joke involving San Marinoball is that even though it is the oldest countryball, Italyball treats it like its baby because of San Marinoball's size.
Early Years and Origin
San Marinoball, the world's fifth smallest state, claims to be the world's oldest surviving republic. According to tradition, San Marino was founded in 301 AD when a Christian stonemason named Marinus (From Croatiaball) the Dalmatian, later venerated as Saint Marinus, emigrated in 297 AD from the Dalmatian island of Rab, then a Roman colony, when the emperor Diocletian issued a decree calling for the reconstruction of the city walls of Rimini which had been destroyed by Liburnian pirates. Marinus then became a deacon and started his life on the Rimini beach. After that, some crazy lady or ladies depending on which stories you hear claimed he was their estranged husband.
Finding persecution of his Christian beliefs through the Diocletianic Persecution along with the annoyance of the ladies, Marinus hid on the peak of Mount Titano (the highest of San Marinoball's seven hills) and founded a small community following Christian beliefs. The Christians then built a fort on that very mountain, naming the city and fort after San Marinus as San Marino. The owner of the land, Felicissima, a sympathetic lady of Rimini, bequeathed it to the small Christian community of mountain dwellers, recommending to them to remain always united.
It is certain that the region has been inhabited since prehistoric times, although evidence of the existence of a community on Mount Titano dates back only to the Middle Ages. That evidence comes from a monk named Eugippio, who reports in several documents going back to 511 that another monk lived here. In memory of the stonecutter, the land was renamed "Land of San Marino", and was finally changed to its present-day name, "The Republic of San Marino".
Years went on, and this tiny country was doing its own thing peacefully because the other nations of the Italian Peninsula were having their fights and squabbles with each other. The other nations did not care about this tiny rock.
Later papers from the 9th century report a well-organized, open, and proud community: the writings report that the bishop ruled this territory. In the Lombard age, San Marino was a fief of the dukes of Spoleto, but the free commune dates to the tenth century.
The original government structure was composed of a self-governed assembly known as the Arengo, which consisted of the heads of each family (as in the original Roman Senate, the Patres). In 1243, the positions of Captains Regent (Capitani Reggenti) were established to be the joint heads of state, serving a term every 6 months. The state's earliest statutes date back to 1263. San Marino was a big fan of the Pope, and they ganged up on the city of Rimini to beat up the Malatesta family. In return, the tiny country gained the regions of Fiorentino, Montegiardno, and Serraville.
Renaissance, Napoleonic Era, and Italian Unification
In 1503, Cesare Borgia who was an illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI occupied San Marino but was kicked out by Pope Julius II and Borgia left. Then in 1543, Fabiano di Monte San Savino, the nephew of Pope Julius III tried to invade San Marino but then lost due to heavy fog and the army retreated. The people basically thanked Saint Quirinus of Sescia.
Because San Marino was tiny, it sought protection from the Pope. The Holy See confirmed the independence of San Marino in 1631. It was a big deal because in those days, having your Pope recognize your country meant that your country was legitimate. In 1739, Giulio Alberonni, the Papal Governor of Ravenna occupied San Marino but then got scolded by Pope Clement XII and left. In the 1800s, Napoleon came along and invaded Italy.
Against all odds, San Marino wasn't invaded by Napoleon nor imported into Italian states because Antonio Onofri, the current Captain's Regent of San Marino was friends with Napoleon. San Marino at that time also had Republicanism, something that Napoleon was a big fan of. Napoleon offered to expand San Marino's territory but they rejected it. When Napoleon was defeated in 1815, San Marino did not get any repercussions and stayed independent according to the Congress of Vienna.
During the Italian unification, San Marino provided refuge for Garibaldi who was being chased by Austrians, the French, the Spanish, and the Portuguese. San Marino told Garibaldi that it did not wish to be incorporated into Italy. Garibaldi decided that San Marino should stay independent. Garibaldi decided to beat Southern Italy in the Expedition of the Thousand which happened between 1860 and 1861. Italy was united by Garibaldi and kept his promise to allow San Marino to be independent.
WW1 and WW2
During WW1, San Marino stayed neutral during the war. Italy was not happy because they feared that San Marino was hiding Austrian spies so they sent some troops to San Marino but San Marino did not comply. San Marino cut off communications with Italy. Even though they cut off communications, they still sent 20 volunteers to the Italian Army. Austria-Hungary was not happy with these troops and they decided to cut off communications with San Marino.
During the Interwar period, San Marino became fascist-like Italy and built railways. During WW2, San Marino maintained neutrality throughout the war. However, the Brits still mistakenly bombed San Marino. In September 1944, the Germans briefly occupied San Marino but were kicked out by the British and the Germans lost. Throughout WW2, San Marino provided refuge for more than a hundred thousand civilians, which is a huge effort considering that its inhabitants were numbered around 15,000 citizens at that time.
Cold War and Modern Era
After WW2, San Marino fell in love with the communists for two periods, the former between 1945 to 1957, and the latter being 1978-1990. At that time, San Marino had the world's first democratically elected communist government because the Communist Party and Socialist Party formed a coalition with each other. Since San Marino was weak, tiny, and harmless, the United States did not bother to invade the crap out of San Marino.
In 1992, the Most Serene Republic of San Marino became a member of the United Nations but did not care to join the European Union, although it uses the Euro as its currency. Throughout history, San Marino has had long-standing neutrality, preceding that of Switzerland by several centuries. In summary, it loved its God and the Pope, helped its neighbors in time of need, and so everyone wants to protect this tiny and friendly nation today.
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- Marcheball - Marche? Why did it have to be Marche?
- SPQRball - I Gained Independence. YOU WILL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE!
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| (Most Serene) Republic of |
|Castles||Acquavivaball • Borgo Maggioreball • Chiesanuovaball • San Marino Cityball • Domagnanoball • Faetanoball • Fiorentinoball • Montegiardinoball • Serravalleball|
|Former entities||Etruscanball • SPQRball|