開國進取 ("Open nation and do enterprising)----
Royal Anthem of Rigawa----
|Official religion(s)||State Shinto|
|- Mazu komon||Taiku Sakai|
|- Dai ni komon||Oto Sakhei|
|Established||03 December 2014|
|Time zone||JST (UTC+9)|
Rigawa (リガワ), officially the Rigawan Kingdom (ラガワキングダム), is an uninhabited volcanic island micronation located in the Tokara Islands, East China Sea. The island claimed independence from Japan since 2014, it is considered to be a Puppet state of the Imperial State of Shurigawa. The country's government is an absolute monarchy under single-party state system with it's seat of government in the capital city of Gaiko.
History[edit | edit source]
Kojima does not appear to have ever had permanent human habitation
During the Edo period, Kojima was part of Satsuma Domain and was administered as part of Kawabe District. In 1896, the island was transferred to the administrative control of Ōshima District, Kagoshima, and from 1911 was administered as part of the village of Toshima, Kagoshima. From 1946-1952, the island was administered by the United States as part of the Provisional Government of Northern Ryukyu Islands.
Government[edit | edit source]
Rigawa is an absolute monarchy where the power of the Queen is absolute. As also a ceremonial figurehead, she is defined by the constitution as "the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people." Power is also held by the Kokuritsu saibansho and other elected members of the
Kokuritsu saibansho, while sovereignty is vested in the Rigawan people.
Rigawa's legislative organ is the Kokuritsu saibansho, a bicameral parliament
Geography[edit | edit source]
Kojima is located 5.6 kilometres (3.0 nmi) eastfrom Kodakarajima. The local climate is classified as subtropical, with a rainy season from May through September.
Foreign relations and military[edit | edit source]
The Rigawan Kingdom is recognized by some micronations, RK maintains diplomatic relations with those countries, as well as unofficial relations with other countries via its representative offices and consulates. It's military is governed by Shurigawa, and primarily consists of the Royal Army (RA), the Royal Navy (RN) and the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Demographics[edit | edit source]
Public Health[edit | edit source]
In Rigawa, health care is provided by national and local governments. Payment for personal medical services is offered through a health insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee. People without insurance through employers can participate in a national health insurance program administered by local governments. Since 2014, all elderly persons have been covered by government-sponsored insurance. Patients are free to select the physicians or facilities of their choice.
Religion[edit | edit source]
Rigawa only religion is Shinto. Upper estimates suggest that 80 percent of the Rigawan population subscribe to Shinto. However, these estimates are based on people affiliated with a temple, rather than the number of true believers. Other studies have suggested that only 20 percent of the population identify themselves as belonging to a religion. Some of the Kogajajiman regularly tell pollsters they do not consider themselves believers in any religion. Culture
Rigawa shares its traditional culture with Shurigawa, but Kogajajima and Shurigawa have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since Kogajajima claimed Independence in 2014. Kogajajiman-Japanese culture has evolved greatly from its origins. Contemporary culture combines influences from Asia, Europe and North America. Traditional Kogajajiman arts include crafts such as ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, swords and dolls; performances of bunraku,kabuki, noh, dance, and rakugo; and other practices, the tea ceremony, ikebana, martial arts, calligraphy, origami, onsen, Geisha and games. Kogajajima has a developed system for the protection and promotion of both tangible and intangible Cultural Properties and National Treasures.
Cuisine[edit | edit source]
Rigawan cuisine is based on combining staple foods, typically Japanese rice or noodles, with a soup and okazu — dishes made from fish, vegetable, tofu and the like – to add flavor to the staple food. Rigawan cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of food, quality of ingredients and presentation Sports
Traditionally, sumo is considered Rigawa's national sport. Martial arts such as judo, karate and kendo are also widely practiced and enjoyed by spectators in the country. Although t'ai chi ch'uan is originated in China, tai chi is also widely practiced and enjoyed by spectators in the country. Football has been regarded as the most popular sport in Rigawa. Recent polling indicates that a majority, some of Rigawan sports fans continue to self-identify as football fans, with Artistic gymnastics ranked 2nd. However, the polling did not indicate the extent to which respondents follow both sports.