Sierran nationalism is a form of civic nationalism, cultural nationalism and ethnic nationalism found in the Kingdom of Sierra. It asserts that the Sierran people are a distinct people and nation and heavily emphasises national self-determination, and unified national identity and set of common values and customs. Sierran nationalism focuses on what it means to be Sierran and has a definition that includes those from any ethnic and racial background and includes those from the constituted countries of Hawaii and the Deseret.
Sierran nationalism is closely linked with both Sierran unionism and Sierran monarchism. The former is about the continuation of the Kingdom of Sierra as a unified political union between the three constituted countries and Sierra's territories while the latter is about promoting the defending the institution of the Crown as a symbol of national unity with Sierran nationalists portraying the monarch as a symbolic uniter and defender of the Sierran nation and references the honorary royal title of Protector of All Sierrans.
History[edit | edit source]
19th century[edit | edit source]
Prior to its formation, the Kingdom of Sierra was preceded by the California Republic which had been formally established in 1848 after the end of the Mexican–American War. The California Republic became an independent nation and was governed by the California National Party for most of its decade-long existence. The party premoted a form of civic nationalism in which citizens from all over the world could come and settle and build the California Republic as a nation and would all be one single unified people. Even as the California Republic decliend by the late 1850s, this notion of civic nationalism persisted and was used by Charles Smith Miller at the California Constitutional Convention of 1858 where he proposed a Westminster-style parliamentary system mixed in with elements of federalism from the United States and promised to continue the form of civic nationalism that was promoted durign the republic's early days.
During the early days of the kingdom, Smith I had positioned himself as a unifying figure by organizing Sierra into a functioning state, establishing an effective federal government and government bodies and ministries, organizing a proper law enforcement and military force, and creating a national identity based around civic nationalism and loyalty to the union and crown. During the Sierran Civil War, Sierran nationalism was supported by both sides with the loyalist Monarchists espousing traditional nationalism which supported loyalty towards the Crown and the Republicans lead by Isaiah Landon and his Second California Republic espousing a form of left-wing nationalism calling for a democratic federal republican government where the workers would be represented and not the "royal elite".