With only 109,959 inhabitants (1 January 2013), West-Cod (Kronenburgish: Westerteor) is the smallest municipality in Kronenburg. Founded in 1677, it is in fact an exclave, as the municipality isn't located near the rest of Kronenburg, but northwest of Cape Cod (Massachusetts, U.S.A.). West-Cod is composed of the island of Queen Amalialand (Koningin Amalialand) with the city of West-Cod and the village of Sint Hubertus, the island of Trinitas (with the village with the same name) and the island of Pax Christi (with the village of Nes).
People and status of the municipality
The inhabitants of West-Cod tend to be very conservative christians and the more progressive ones often leave the municipality for Alexanderstad or Boston (U.S.). The population density has been decreasing for some years now.
Because of the distance to the main part of Kronenburg, the people in West-Cod speak Dutch, (American) English and a mixture of both. The unofficial Kronenburgish language that is spoken in the rest of Kronenburg, is not understood here and this is one of the problems to be solved before Kronenburgish will become the official language of Kronenburg in 2013. There are a few scenarios that may be considered:
- West-Cod remains a normal municipality of Kronenburg, which means that its inhabitants will have to adapt to the existance of Kronenburgish as official language;
- West-Cod gets the status of overseas municipality of Kronenburg, much like New-Stavoren already has;
- West-Cod will become an autonomous overseas province of Kronenburg, like the Kronenburg Virgin Islands and the White Islands (although their status is currently discussed as well).
Although the second and the third option are the most preferred among the people of West-Cod, politicians in Alexanderstad fears that Kronenburg will eventually fall apart if all municipalities start asking for more autonomy. Recently, a fourth option was brought up: West-Cod could be re-united with the White Islands (in the past, the latter was part of West-Cod) as some sort of combined, but federated autonomous overseas province, with autonomy for both parts. The first reaction from the White Islands were not very positive however, as the White Islands are still far smaller than West-Cod and it is feared that West-Cod will have completely different foreign interests than the White Islands.
|#||mayor of West-Cod||took office||left office||remarks|
|4||Oeds Joustra Tadema||1693||1707|
|11||Art Geertsema Sipma||1755||1769|
|12||Abel Kleinsma Tadema||1769||1772|
|13||Freark Halsema I||1772||1796||cousin of his successor|
|14||Freark Halsema II||1796||1819||cousin of his predecessor|
|17||Lammert Fopma Tadema||1846||1854|
|22||Thijmen Fedzema Abbega||1901||1903|
|23||Tjaard van der Zee I||1903||1915||father of Tjaard van der Zee II|
|24||Bas van Ten Boer||1915||1921|
|25||Tjaard van der Zee II||1921||1926||son of Tjaard van der Zee I|
|27||Frederik Bylsma Visser||1931||1938|
|Norman Johnsson||1941||1947||appointed by U.S. administration|
|31||Arnold Okkema Jansma||1967||1976|
|35||Tjaard van der Zee III||2003||2010|
|36||Hylke Fopma Tadema||2010||incumbent|
|Municipalities and Overseas Territories of Kronenburg|
|Alexanderstad · Dietzland · Groningen · Koninginneland · Markenland · Oosterland · Oranjewijk · Old-Kronenburg · Waterland · West-Cod · Westerland · Zuiderland|
Overseas provinces: Kronenburg Virgin Islands · White Islands
Overseas municipality: New-Stavoren