territories of the kingdom
The Kingdom of Überstadt is subdivided on the first level into Duchies, which are then further divided into Baronies. A Barony with permanent population becomes a municipality. Territories that form an integral part of the Kingdom but are organized outside a Duchy are called Colonies, and are not permitted to be a place of dwelling, but are instead usually maintained for control of some resource found therein.
the duchy of edmount
Überstadt's sole Duchy is that called Edmount. It is the successor of the Edmount District in pre-monarchy Überstadt, and is named after Edmount Island. The Duchy of Edmount is situated entirely within the boundaries of the city of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Its two non-contiguous territories are the Barony of Rosewood and the Barony of Ballinger.
the barony of rosewood
The Barony of Rosewood is Überstadt's sole municipality and the capital of the Kingdom, as well as its economic center. The most significant feature of Rosewood is the Royal Residency, the home of the King and altogether 80% of all Überstadti citizens. In the Residency, the people gather monthly in the Chambers of Parliament to debate, discuss, and govern their nation. The plain in the west of the Duchy is the home of native agriculture, and the woodland of the east provides wild berries and natural dyes. Situated in the south is George Naval Base, where the ships of His Majesty's Navy are kept in dry dock when not afloat. It is in Rosewood where the only national monument, the Independence Spire, was erected. The cultural, economic, and political significance of this small area to Überstadt is difficult to overestimate.
Photo: The Baroness Rosewood
the barony of ballinger
The Barony of Ballinger consists of the original territory claimed by Überstadt at foundation: uninhabited Edmount Island, in the middle of Lake Ballinger, and all waters within 200 feet of its shores. Since before the establishment of the Überstadti state, the island has been considered the spiritual homeland of the nation. Although little de facto control is exercised there, the original claim has been maintained in the hopes of one day obtaining it to fulfill the purpose conceived by the nation's founders: a home for Überstadt.
Photo: Paul Dorpat
Creekbed Colony is the only permanent colony of Überstadt. It is maintained in woodland near the Barony of Rosewood in a place where the Kingdom's authority is exercised more regularly than that of the United States. Creekbed occupies the bed and banks of an intermittent stream called Edmount's Finger by Überstadtis. It is a source of great natural wealth, providing wild berries and natural medicines for both domestic use and the benefit of ailing foreigners.
Before the institution of direct democracy, when the King still had the power to define the Kingdom's territory, he would often claim the places he slept while traveling as colonies for the duration of his stay, so as to keep a measure of Überstadti sovereignty with him when he was abroad. Today, Parliament defines national territory, but the King has been secured the right to lay such temporary claims when he is away.