Charles Ross

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His Grace
Charles Ross
KNI, COD, CUBMC, KStP, KCW, CAO, KOB, GCV
Tsar of Phokland
In office
10 February 2007 - 25 August 2019
Predecessor Throne established
Successor Tsar Mia Sanchez I
In office
8 October 2019 - 31 December 2019
Predecessor Tsar Mia Sanchez I
Successor Throne dissolved
Commissioner of Bregusland
In office
14 March 2019 - 1 January 2021
Monarch HIM Emperor Jonathan I
Predecessor Office established
Successor Office abolished
1st Lieutenant Governor of North Dracul
In office
22 April 2020 - 7 December 2020
Governor Eric Harvey Williams, Jr
Predecessor Office established
Successor Luke Gauthier
3rd Attorney General of Austenasia
In office
16 November 2020 - 6 December 2020
Emperor Jonathan I
Predecessor Manolis Afentoulis
Successor Anthony Clark
2nd Dracul Secretary of the Interior
Assumed office:
7 December 2020 - Present
President Dmitri Howie
Predecessor Lori Vega
Successor Incumbent
Personal information
Born 30 January 2003 (2003-01-30) (age 18)
Citizenship
Residence Dracul Consulate, Arizona
Military service
Nickname(s) Charlie
Allegiance Commonwealth of Dracul
Service/branch Dracul Army
In service 2020 - 2021
Rank 1st Lieutenant
Commands Army of Dracul (2020 - 2021)
1st Dragon Regiment (2021)
Awards Draculian Iron Cross
Commander of the Austenasian Order

Lord Charles Aelred Raphael Ross, Duke of Occidentia, Margrave of Phokland is a Draculian micronationalist, politician, diplomat and Austenasian nobleman who has held numerous positions within the micronational community, with prominent ones including, State President of the Phoklandian Free State, Governing Commissioner of Bregusland Colony, Secretary General of the OAM, Official Historian of the Empire of Austenasia, Austenasian Consul in Arizona, Draculian Presidential Press Secretary, Attorney General of Austenasia, Lieutenant Governor of North Dracul and Dracul Secretary of the Interior.

Throughout his micronational career (spanning as far back as 2007), Charles has gained a small amount of attention through his leading role in establishing several micronational-themed media platforms, including; Television Territory, Phokland News Network, Television Graustark and his most notable platform, MicroRamble, a micronational commentary and current events program he operates with fellow micronationalist, Thomas Bainbridge.

Early life

Charles was born in Arizona on 30 January. The son of a former U.S. politician he demonstrated a fondness for history and politics at an early age. This affinity stuck with him through most of his childhood, culminating in his creation of the Kingdom of Rosston in early 2007. At a young age, Charles demonstrated a fondness for public speaking and the English language, participating in several poetry recital events and having won four state-level competitions by the age of 11.

Micronational career

Ross began his micronational career in 2007 when he created/ran the Kingdom of Rosston in the playground of his primary school until its dissolution in 2013.

Phokland

Following the restoration of Rosston (now renamed Phokland) in 2017, he was selected as Prime Minister of the new country. From there he became the monarch of the Principality of Phokland, a position that later evolved into Viceroy for the Viceroyalty of Phokland then to Tsar of the Tsardom of Phokland and finally State President of the Phoklandian Free State. His involvement in Phokland ended in April 2020 with the dissolution of Phokland as a micronation.

Austenasia

While a part of Phokland, Charles began associating with other micronations, notably the Empire of Austenasia where he became the nation's Official Historian, Council to Arizona and, Commissioner of the Austenasian Crown Dependency of Bregusland. Over time, however, he began drifting away from Austenasia and began to focus more on his primary project, that being Phokland and later, Dracul. His involvement in the empire came to an end in December 2020, when after a legal battle in Dracul, Ross was forced to resign from all government offices within Austenasia. His last position (Commissioner of Bregusland) came to an end on 1 January 2021 when Bregusland dissolved. Despite his departure, Ross still holds all noble titles and awards bestowed upon him during his tenure in Austenasia, and additionally, he still maintains his Austenasian citizenship.

Dracul

He continued with Phokland until early 2020 when a split in the government caused the nation to dissolve, leaving Charles stateless. Shortly after Phokland's dissolution, he was approached by Vice President of the Commonwealth of Dracul, Stephen Luke with the proposition of him becoming the new Lieutenant Governor of North Dracul (a position he held until December of 2020 when he resigned after a spat with North Dracul's Governor Eric Williams). Ross accepted the offer and shortly thereafter assumed office on 22 April 2020. In his time as Lieutenant Governor, Ross helped to streamline the state's executive office and created North Dracul's first official website.

After taking office, Charles began dedicating the majority of his time to Dracul, subsequently taking the additional responsibilities of becoming the Commonwealth's de facto chief marketing adviser, the Dracul Army's head recruiter (and later Commanding Officer), Deputy Secretary of State, Draculian Ambassador to the Grand Republic of Cycoldia and the United States, as well as Secretary of the Interior. Through his numerous positions and heavy involvement in government affairs, Lord Charles has cemented himself as a prominent Draculian politician and adviser, with the latter being most visible through his relationship with the Vice President's Office.

After leaving the office of North Dracul's Lieutenant Governor, Charles dedicated the bulk of his attention to his role as Secretary of the Interior and since taking office, has worked to streamline the department and create cadet agencies, such as the Land Administration Agency.

Community notoriety

Throughout his micronational carrier, Charles has developed some small notoriety within the community; this mostly stemming from his work towards improving MicroWiki and more recently, his work in helping to revitalize the wiki forums as a primary means of communication for several micronationalists. Additionally, he has gained attention for his media productions, such as the Bregusland Report, an Austenasian news program which he hosts, and MicroRamble, a podcast which he co-hosts along with other micronationalists. Ross has also received criticism over the years coming primarily from his criticisms regarding the GUM and for his botched administration within the OAM, the latter causing the eventual disbandment of said organisation. However, despite these critiques Charles has been able to stay on rather good terms with a majority of the community, particularly within the MicroWiki and Discord sectors.

Honorifics

Charles Ross receives the Order of the Silver Dragon from Vice President Stephen Luke in February, 2021.

Titles and styles

Honors

Ribbon bars worn by Lord Charles
Ribbon bar of a Knight of Saint Patrick.svgRibbon bar of the Order of William I.svgSt. Anne's Brotherhood.png
Medal Y7.pngMedal Y5.pngOV Ribbon 2.svg
Ribbon of the Cycoldian New Years 4.svgKnight Grade Ribbon of SOGH.svg

Breast stars worn by Lord Charles
Knight Cross William.svgMarx Badge.pngOrder of the Silver Dragon.png

Collars worn by Lord Charles
Order of William I.svg

Heraldry

Arms of the Duke of Occidentia.svg
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Coat of Arms of Charles of Hitchcock.svg
Coat of Arms in Austenasia
(2020 – present)
Coat of Arms in Phokland/Graustark
(2019 – 2020)
Coat of Arms in Cycoldia
(2020 – present)

Personal life

Outside of micronationalism, Charles Ross spends the majority of his free time either researching history or watching documentaries. Additionally, he is a fan of film and enjoys watching movies either at home or at the cinema. Charles also spends a large chunk of his time working on podcasts and engaging in political activities with the Arizona Libertarian Party. Since February 2021, Charles has been a member of the Catholic fraternal order of the Knights of Columbus where he engages in fundraising, charity work and other KoC related activities.

Political views

Ross' Political Compass

Charles has (on numerous occasions) self-identified as a Paleolibertarian with strong personal beliefs related to colonialism, sovereignty disputes and, social/human rights.

Micronationally

In a micronational context, Ross is staunchly monarchist with a firm belief that a strong head of state helps a micronation develop further than it would with a loose electable government. Additionally, he believes that the pomp and pageantry that comes with a monarchy also helps to create a culture within the nation and helps to give it legitimacy.

Quotes

Oh f*** me.

— Charles Ross, 2019

F*** it let's take over Greenland.

— Charles Ross, 2020

There is not a single quote attributed to me that does not contain the f word.

— Charles Ross, 2020

I spent eight f****** hours a day on MicroWiki, eight f****** hours!

— Charles Ross, 2021

See also

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