|Free Republic of Granida|
|Motto|| In Astris Scripta|
(written in the stars)
|Government||Council of local leaders|
|Head of government||Chancellor|
|Predecessors||Newton and Antworph provinces|
|Capital|| Newton (de facto from 1699 to 1703)|
Portland (de facto from 1703 to 1742)
The Free Republic of Granida was a predecessor state to the present-day Granida republic, and the first modern republic on Rodenia. It was formed out of the provinces Antworph and Newton in 1699 and would exist until 1742. By then, it had grown considerably. The Free Republic included Portland province, Henryville, New Seeland, and what is now known as Bolton province. The Free Republic was dissolved in 1742 when it formed a unitary state with the four previously independent western provinces.
Granida was ahead of other Rodenian nations in forming a republican nation state. Navonia only transformed into a republic in 1921. The Free Republic of Noel was formed in 1982, out of the republican communist state of Viola. Sudetia has never reached a fully developed republican nation state.
In the late 17th century, 'Granida' had become a widespread name for the collected provinces on the east coast and in the bay area. Its origin is unclear. Most likely, it derived from either Grenada/Granada in Spain, or from the title character of P.C. Hooft's pastoral play Granida, which must have been known to the Dutch community, who remained in contact with their homeland.
The Free Republic's tricolore flag was in part inspired by the Princes Flag of the Dutch Republic.
The Free Republic of Granida consisted of about twenty communities and was led by a council of twelve local leaders, who chose one Chancellor from among themselves. Newton was the most dominant place in the new republic, and exercised influence on the neighboring provinces. The Free Republic was modeled after the Republic of the Seven United Provinces in the Netherlands, though less autonomy was granted to the individual provinces.