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Empire of Cygnia
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
1784–1934 DRC-flag.png
Flag of Cygnia with 10 stars.png Coat of arms of Cygnia.png
Flag (1870–1934) Coat of arms
Semper Eadem (Latin)
Ever the Same
Song of the Swan
Song of the Swan

Royal Anthem
Mine Faithful Emperor

Imperial Anthem of the Russian Empire (1833-1917)
Cygnia colonial map.png
Maximum extent of Cygnia and her colonies, 1934
Capital Swanstone
Languages English, Nyungar, Melayu, Javanese, French
Government Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
 -  1792 – 1815 Alexander I (first)
 - 1928 – 1933 Theodore IV (last)
 - 1812 – 1820 Sir Frederick Northam (first)
 - 1926 – 1933 Joseph Lyons
 - 1933 – 1934 Franklin J. Heller (last)
Legislature Imperial Congress
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house National Assembly
 - Anglo-Dutch War 1664 – 1670
 -  Declaration of Independence 3 April 1784
 - Coronation of Alexander I 5 May 1792
 - Constitution 3 April 1793
 - Treaty of Versailles 28 June 1919
 - Coup d'état March – July 1933
 -  Empire Dissolution Act, 1934 5 May 1934
Currency Cygnian Sovereign
Today part of Westralia-flag Cygnia

Not to be confused with the modern Empire of the United Cygnian States.

The Empire of Cygnia, commonly known at the time as Cygnia and distinguished from its successor states as the First Empire, was a sovereign state that occupied the western third of the Australian continent, and also from 1919 onwards the islands of Samudra and Java. The Empire was established by former King Alexander II of the United Kingdom in 1792 following the federation of the Cygnian colonies nine years earlier.

Five of the six Cygnian colonies were originally established by the United Kingdom from 1650 to 1700; the sixth, today Swanstone, Cygnia's capital, is the exception, having been founded by the Dutch as New Rotterdam in 1614.

The colonies that formed the Empire federated in 1784 as the Kingdom of Cygnia, and Swanstone became the seat of King Alexander I's government-in-exile after the French Revolution overthrew him and established the French First Republic. France fought Cygnia in the Cygnian War of Independence beginning in April 1784, but in 1792, the war ended with a Cygnian victory, and Cygnian independence was secured. On 5 May 1792, King Alexander I was crowned Emperor, establishing the First Empire. A constitution was drafted and enacted one year after his coronation on 5 May 1793.

Following independence, Cygnia went through periods of prosperity and decline, and its territory quickly expanded eastward. One of the most notable periods of economic boom for Cygnia began in the early 1840s, when prospectors in multiple locations discovered gold, including at Halls Creek and Kalgoorlie, both of which became huge settlements. Immigration increased dramatically, and the population skyrocketed. In response, infrastructure was also expanded, and the Goldfields Irrigation Pipelines initiative was one of the biggest engineering projects of the mid-19th century. Industrialisation followed swiftly after, and Cygnia became a centre of technological progress.

Cygnia also began to build a colonial empire of its own, appropriating former British colonies in India and Malaya. Ultimately, Cygnia's territories extended to the entire Indian subcontinent, the Malayan archipelago, the Alexandrines and Indochina.

Careful fiscal conservatism following the end of the Second World War by the newly elected National Unity government pushed Cygnia into another economic boom in the 1920s, and in 1924 the treasury saw a surplus for the first time in over forty years. This resulted in the chartering and establishment of new government-owned corporations such as Imperial Cygnian Airways and Cygnia Rail.

The prosperity was not to last, however, nor was the Empire itself. On 3 March 1933, the Ellingham massacre took place at the hands of military agents of the National Cygnian Socialist Party, assassinating then-Emperor Theodore IV and much of his family; the sole survivor was the future Ellory I, who thereafter fled into hiding. The NCSP under the leadership of Franklin J. Heller then seized power and dissolved the Empire in 1934.

After the end of the Third World War and the Cygnian Revolution, the Hellerist government was overthrown, and the Empire was restored.

Administrative divisions

The following is a list of all of the Empire's administrative divisions at its height in 1934.

  • The Federation – In Cygnian political terminology, the Federation refers to the States of Cygnia. All continental Cygnian lands (those on the Australasian continent) constituted the ten States of the time, and thus also the Federation.
    • Auralia (AU) — Esperance
    • Campbell (CA) — Port Adelaide
    • The Capes (CP) — Augusta
    • Gascoyne (GA) — Carnarvon
    • Kaleep (KA) — Darwin
    • Kimberley (KI) — Derby
    • New Cambridgeshire (NC) — Liverpool
    • Pilbara (PI) — Theodora
    • Swanstone (SW) — Fremantle
    • West Kimberley (WK) — Broome
  • The Cygnian Raj – The Cygnian Raj was the Cygnian colonial government controlling what is today India.
  • Cygnian Indochina
  • Cygnian Malaya – The Malay peninsula consisted of a number of separate colonial territories and entities, including:
  • Cygnian East Indies

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