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The Republic of Aquitaine is a sovereign, independent  nation-state formerly situated in the region of the southwestern third of France, approximate area of 15,949 sq. mi. Currently, the Republic of Aquitaine is a government in exile but with full legal micro nation-state status as established by its Declaration of Sovereignty.  We are lead by Norman I, Duke of Aquitaine, who has the highest level of authority regarding all matters of state.

One can only imagine what life was like in early Aquitaine. Was there justice, equality, was there chivalry, one can only hope. Was there strength, or power, yes, for the individuals in charge. But, let's take a look back in time:

Two regions come to be distinguished after the Franks expansion to the south, Vasconia / Gascony and Aquitaine, with the former comprising the previous Novempoppulania and the latter the territory lying between the Loire and Garonne rivers.

The Franks likewise had difficulty controlling their south-western marches, i.e. Vasconia, in turn setting up a duchy as of AD 602 to hold a grip on the area, appointing a duke in charge. These dukes were quite detached from central Frank overlordship, sometimes governing as independent rulers with strong ties to their Vascon kinsmen south of the Pyrenees. As of 660, the duchies of Aquitaine and Vasconia were united under the rule of Felix of Aquitaine to form an independent polity. Despite its nominal submission to the Merovingians, the ethnic make-up of new realm Aquitaine wasn't Frankish, but Gallo-Roman north of the Garonne and main towns and Basque, especially south of the Garonne.

A united Vascon-Aquitanian realm reached its heyday under Odo the great's rule. The independent status of the realm might have continued but for an attack by the Muslum troops who had just invaded the Visigoth Hispania. After successfully fending them off in Toulouse in 721 he was defeated close to Bordeaux, with the hosts under Abd-al-Rahmân al-Ghafiqi command ransacking the lands south of Garonne. Odo was required to pledge allegiance to the Frankish Charles Martel in exchange for help against the Muslim forces, and Vascon-Aquitaine self rule first came to an end by 742, and definitely in 768 after the assassination of Waifer.

In 781, Charlemagne decided to proclaim his son Louis King of Aquitaine within the Carolingian Empire, ruling over a realm comprising the Duchy of Aquitaine and the Duchy of Vasconia ( Et 3 Calend Augusti habuit concilium magnum in Aquis, et constituit duos filius sans reges Pippinum et Clotarium, Pippinum super Aquitanian et Wasconiam ). He suppressed various Vascon uprisings, even venturing into the lands of Pamplona past the Pyrenees after ravaging the Gascony, with a view to imposing his authority in the Vasconia south of the Pyrenees too. According to his biography, he achieved everything he wanted and after staying overnight in Pamplonia, on his way back his army was attacked in Roncesvaux in 812, but didn't suffer defeat thanks to the precautions he had taken.

Before Pepin's death, Emperor Louis had appointed a new king in 832, his son Charles the Bald, while the Aquitanian lords elected King Pepin II. This contest for the head of the kingdom led to a constant period of war amoung Charles, Loyal to his father and the Carolingian power, and Pepin II, who relied more on the support of Vascon and Aquitanian lords.

After the 843 Treaty of Verdun, the defeat of Pepin II and the death of Charles the Bald, the Kingdom of Aquitaine (subsumed in West Francia) ceased to have any relevance and the title of King of Aquitaine took on a nominal value. In 1058, the Duchy of Vasconia (Gascony) and Aquitaine merged under the rule of William VIII, Duke of Aquitaine.

The Title " Duke of Aquitaine " was held by the Counts of Poitiers from the 10th to the 12th century.

It passed to France in 1137 when the Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII of France, but there marriage was annulled in 1152 and when Eleanor's new husband became Henry II of England in 1154, the area became an English possession.

The Republic of Aquitaine, the people, Ministers, individuals in the different cabinets, believe in Justice being for everyone. The strength comes from people that require fair and equal treatment, and they strive to be respectful to each other, and to look toward harmony and prosperity above all else. Our Leader, Norman 1st, Duke of Aquitaine has the physical, moral, and intellectual power and talent to lead us into the future.



 

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  • We are in negotiations to establish worldwide recognition and
    diplomatic relations with other nations.


  • Establishment of the Republic of Aquitaine Ministries and Cabinets.


  • Limited Nobility Titles are being granted.


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