Attribution: Jack Hill
Attribution: Jack Hill

Marston is born

On the night of the 13th of May 2019, whilst the people of England slept, a group of explorers led by Niamh of Marston quietly seceded from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and laid claim to the entity formerly known as Marsden Rock, officially establishing the sovereign land of Marston. Later, a small group of rocky islands off the Roker coast were also claimed under the flag of Marston and renamed the Farrock Islands.

The nation later formalised their sovereignty through discussions with representatives of the British crown via The National Trust. Then, in late 2019, Niamh of Marston who had up until that point been styling herself as Admiral Niamh I revolted against herself, seized the means of production, and established the Marston Commune to govern the nation.

The Motherland

Marston's Capital is a rock formation in Tyne and Wear, North East England, situated in Marsden, South Shields. It is reachable on foot during low tide, but is completely surrounded by water at high tide.

In 1911 a large section of the rock collapsed into the sea leaving it as an arch. Continued tidal erosion caused the arch to collapse in 1996, splitting the rock into two separate stacks. In 1997 the smaller stack was declared unsafe and was demolished in the interests of public safety.

The rock is home to seabird colonies, with thousands of pairs of black-legged kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls and cormorants.