Nicholas Randouler

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Nicholas Randouler
Randouler in 2020
4th Prince of Posaf
In office
January 16, 2020 - 3 June 2020
Predecessor Prince Henry II
Successor Unknown
5th and 7th Higher Lord of Posaf
In office
January 16, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Predecessor Andy Irons
Successor Jenna MacRonn
In office
September 16, 2019 - January 16, 2020
Predecessor Jenna MacRonn
Successor Courtney Annalou
GUM Secretariat for Diplomacy and Recruitment
In office
February 10, 2019 - July 7, 2019
GUM Chair Adam I of Adammia
Predecessor Office established
Successor Aaron Green
In office
January 11, 2020 - 3 June 2020
GUM Chair Thomas I
Predecessor Mike Lewis
Successor Alex I
35th Stellvertreter of Abelden
In office
April 1, 2020 - June 3, 2020
Emperor Newton I
Vorsitzender Patrick Renwick
Predecessor Nick Kaos
Successor Vacant
Later James Frisch
Personal information
Born 15 December 2004
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died 3 June 2020(2020-06-03) (aged 15)
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Ohio
Citizenship US Flag.png United States
Posafgov.png Posaf
Abeldane flag.jpg Abelden
Nationality US Flag.png American
Political party Republican Party - USA
Conservative - Posaf
Populares- Abeldane
Caudonian Front - Caudonia
Residence City of Mae, Posaf
Religion Nondenominational Christian

Nicholas Randouler[a] (15 December 2004 – 3 June 2020) – known as Prince Nicholas I within Posaf – was an American micronationalist and founder of Posaf, widely known for his extensive contributions to micronations in the MicroWiki sector and influence leading to the creation of the Discord Era. As one of the founders of the Principality of Posaf (informally called the Squamily group) on 2 January 2018, Randouler is credited for much of Posaf's cultural and economic development, as well as being known for his large success within Posafian politics. He was one of the founders of the Conservative Party–which has never lost a federal election–and served as Higher Lord (head of government) twice, Minister of Foreign Relations, and Minister of Immigration. He assumed the role of Prince on 16 January 2020, serving until his death on 3 June.

Randouler, primarily alongside friends Austin Jaax and Nicolás Millán, known as members of the "2018 Intake", played a large role in the MicroWiki Sector's transition to Discord, through their creation of MicroClub on 27 May 2018, which became one of the largest micronational Discord servers. Eventually, in an initiative led by Anthony Clark and the other MicroWiki administrators, MicroWiki@Discord was created on 17 September, which skyrocketed in popularity, and within the following months MicroClub fell into inactivity.

Throughout his career, Randouler had also been active in several other micronations and intermicronational organisations, including Abelden, where he reached the office of Stellvertreter,[1] and Iustus, Millania, Aenderia, Essexia and New Eiffel among others. He founded the Micronational Olympic Federation in January 2018, which is now the largest micronational sports federation, and served as the organisation's first and third president. Within the Grand Unified Micronational, he served as Secretariat for Diplomacy & Recruitment between 10 February–7 July 2019, then Secretariat for Micronational Development between 10 November–11 January 2020, before directly assuming the role of Secretariat for Micronational Development again between 11 January–3 June, for which he created the GUM Sister Cities Program, which received widespread acclaim. The Randouler Award, an honour awarded in the GUM for "outstanding contribution to micronationalism", was named in his honour.

Randouler died on 3 June 2020 due to a brain aneurysm. By the time of his death, he was widely considered to be one of the most influential micronationalists of the MicroWiki sector, with many declaring him a "community leader".[2] Following his death he received several posthumous decorative honours and awards. He was named Statistic-Dime's Micronationalist of the Month for April 2020, later being declared the Micronationalist of the Year for 2020.

Early life and personal

Randouler was born on 15 December 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he resided for all his life. An American, Randouler also had roots to the United Kingdom and the Mucogee Creek Native Americans. He grew up in a middle class family. Randouler kept private about his personal life; Nicholas Randouler was not his real name or surname. Randouler became a football goalkeeper for his school after seeing his older brother playing the sport.[3] He had a pet dog named Paul. Randouler regularly attended a Nondenominational church.[4]

Politically, Randouler was a self-described classical liberal and right-wing libertarian. In America, he supported the Republican Party, and commented favourably upon the presidency of Donald Trump. He aspired to become a campaign manager or run in a by-election. His favourite drink was Voss water, and his favourite song was The Star-Spangled Banner. Furthermore, Randouler was highly active on MicroWiki@Discord, and also contributed over 3,000 edits to MicroWiki.[5]

Career

Micronational

Posaf

Randouler was one of the founders of Posaf and served as its Prince from January 2020 to June 2020.

Abelden

In March 2018, Randouler became a citizen of Abelden. Within days of joining Abelden, Nick Kaos abdicated the throne as Abelden was falling into inactivity. Early on, Randouler did not give Abelden his full attention and rather used it on Posaf and the Micronational Olympic Federation. After time he did become more active and was approached by Stephen Freayth to join the National Federalists which he did. He later became a member of parliament and in the cabinet. However, Randouler later resigned due to him taking a break from micronations and having to use Skype and not Discord.

Around three weeks later he returned full-time and stood for Die Rechte (now Populares) in the June 2018 federal election and earned a seat in the Reichsversammlung. During his tenure in the Reichsversammlung, he mainly stayed low and voted on bills. He was appointed to the First Freayth Cabinet as Generalmememarschall. He was elected again in September. He continued to keep staying low in the Reichsversammlung but was not appointed to the Second Freayth Ministry. In the December federal election he decided to run for Vorsitzender with Die Rechte. During his campaign, he maintained to be popular within the party and some other voters. He was the only Die Rechte candidate to win a national poll by L'Sydunche. However, he did lose the nomination to Shiro of Zenrax. In the election, he was re-elected to the Reichsversammlung and appointed to the Kârjasary ministry as Minister of Commerce.

Randouler then became an active bill-writing member of the Reichsversammlung and seen as a more active member and leader in the party and nation. Most of the bills wrote were to maintain the culture of Abelden through making new holidays for the empire. He first wrote the Bob Ross Day Bill with Artemis Langford to commemorate the life of Bob Ross. In March 2019 Randouler ran for Vorsitzender again but seen as the main candidate for Die Rechte but still not likely to win. He based his campaign on his strong suit of culture with states rights, locating Abelden, economics, and stopping inactivity.[6] He maintained an extensive website about his campaign which featured many videos explaining his ideas and a shop, which has never been before in Abelden. During the election, he received 49% of the vote losing to Liberty Front candidate Edward Daniels by one vote.

While he did lose he was still a member of the Reichsversammlung and was appointed to the Central Committee of Die Rechte. He proposed bills for more holidays in Abelden and joined the Daniels ministry as the Generalmememarschall. He continued writing bills in the Reichsversammlung and became an active component in the Kabinett. Most notably he wrote the Oktoberfest Celebration Act for the German and meme culture the nation has. Randouler continued staying active in the Discord often talking with citizens and partaking in government meetings. He won his reelection in the Reichsversammlung in June later that year. In the September executive elections he became the Populares (used to be Die Rechte) candidate for Vorsitzender again. He lost the election against Daniels with fewer votes, but still placed second, as Abelden Social Ecology put up Austin Jaax as their candidate.

Randouler continued in the RVS and stayed Generalmememarschall into 2020. In January due to cabinet changes, Randouler lost his position as Generalmememrchall. He kept his role as Minister of Commerce however he resigned after finding our he was no longer was Minister of Culture. He continued to stay active in the Reichsversammlung after resigning and voting for bills. In the March 2020 executive election in Abelden he ran for Stellvertreter. He won the race with 61.76% of the vote and later became Stellvertreter on 1 April 2020.

Iustus

Millania

Aenderia

Nicholas Randouler's Reforming Aenderia Act served as the constitution during this time.

Randouler joined Aenderia during the first Aenderian crisis and applied for citizenship on 21 October 2018. Randouler then founded the Aenderia Reform bloc, which often argued with the Centrist government to help close the divide between Russell Gilzem and Aenderia. The party also favoured relations with the Kingdom of Auvenum whilst the Centrist chose to have little to no contact with Auvenum, favouring "professionalism through ignorance". Later, Randouler and his party withdrew from the stance on Auvenum relations as Gilzem defaced the Aenderese flag and replaced the sun on the flag with a swastika, causing mass controversy in Aenderia and ending any attempt at relations with Auvenum. Randouler also wrote the Reforming Aenderia Act with William Efton, Andy Eftin, and Haeden Eden, which served as the constitution during Lycon's first term. However, due to the rise of newer parties within Aenderia, including the Social Democratic Party Coalition (or SDPA) led by Chau Khang and Milaw Oakforrest, as well as an enemy of Randouler at the time, Jay Clover being voted into office, Randouler decided to resign from Aenderia stating:

"I'm resigning from all my posts here and just going to be a citizen, Y'all take this as a joke honestly I know you're going to say sh*t to each other but I've tried helping the place and Y'all just make us look worse. Gg by."

— Nicholas Randouler, 2018

He would later retract this statement for its informal and foul language. This caused Austin Jaax to leave the Reform Bloc and to join the LPU, inciting an argument between Randouler, Jaax, and Nicolás Millán, the then leader of the LPU. Nicolás Millán criticized the Bloc for barley backing its politicians, the Centrists were doing the reform of Aenderia instead of the ARB, as well as the bloc losing its true meaning. Randouler disagreed and privately messaged Millán. LPU would later merge with the SDPA. When Randouler resigned, other politicians also resigned from Aenderia, including longtime member Vice President William Efton. This was beneficial for the SDPA-LPU, gaining support and traction and holding 83% of seats within the House of Electors. Lycon also decided to not take his second term, and to give it to Oakforrest. The only member left in the Aenderian Reform Bloc was Alperen Kadim Gazi.

After Oakforrest gave the presidency to Clover, Clover then democratically changed the country into a socialist dictatorship, receiving large amounts of infamy from the people of Aenderia. Stressed from the outage, Clover was pressured by the people to give the office of President to Nicholas Randouler. Randouler then suspended the government temporarily to write a new constitution. He promised to return to normal democracy but in the following days, he seemed resentful to bring the old ways back. Efton did propose a constitution, however, Randouler opposed it and threatened legal action to whoever signed it, which was controversial. With falling approval ratings, he finally appointed a vice president, which was Milaw Oakforrest. Time passed but the government wasn't doing well. Oakforrest and Randouler had conflicts, with Oakforrest finding her role only honorary. With the combination of a crash in approval, Randouler dissolved the whole Aenderian government and quit Aenderian politics. In retaliation of the Milaw administration coming back, Randouler then founded Verus and moved to Auvenese politics.

Randouler rejoined on 23 February 2019, announcing that Posaf issued a travel warning on Aenderia due to Haeden Eden's actions and often criticizing Aenderia to Gilzem's pleasure. He later left and rejoined on 25 March 2019, again, trying to help Lycon's second administration. He would then leave and join back in April 2019 and would leave one month later. Randouler joined Aenderia again on 7 July 2019, after conflicts between him and Gilzen regarding the issue of Palestine, and also stating that he owed an apology to the 4th Republic. This apology was given on 31 December 2019.

...Similarly like Eden, it makes sense why the people didn’t trust a figure coming in trying to help everyone out. Some people had an automatic distaste towards me because of that. Nonetheless, I tried to lead a nation where I never understood the culture or the people. I tried changing ways assimilating them into my way and not seeing what was there and helping the citizens grow their nations by themselves in that sense. I disrespected the Aenderian culture and community through my actions trying to fix everything and please everyone, and dissolving the nation. I take responsibility.

— Randouler, 2019[7]

C/F Nicholas Randouler, SV Niantic, and the flags of the many nations which Nicholas served.

This apology was accepted by Jayden Lycon on behalf of the Aenderian Government.[8] Aenderia would also rejoin the Micronational Olympic Federation, an organization that Randouler founded. Randouler rejoined Aenderia once last time on 10 March 2020, planning to become a citizen again but not planning to run for any office soon. He also planned to make an Aenderia version of Nex Eiffexx. He was a strong proponent for Aenderia to leave the Cupertino Alliance but changed his stance a few months later and generally supported Aenderia and actively participated in Aenderian culture.

Randouler announced that Aenderia was going to host the 2020 MOF Rock Paper Scissors Tournament but tragically died during the first round. This news was received by the Aenderian government on 8 June 2020, nearing the final events of the game. It was then decided to redesignate the closing ceremony, planned for 9 June 2020, to be a tribute to Randouler's service.[9][10]

Others

In Caudonia, Randouler was a member of the right-wing Caudonian Front. Randouler unsuccessfully ran for Novox in the 2020 Essexian general election, gaining a popular vote of 2 (1.3%), thus gaining no seat. Randouler ran as an independent in the New Eiffel general election, May 2020 during the Crisis in New Eiffel. He gained 4 votes (30.8%), and was set to become Prime Minister, however passed away before he was elected.

Intermicronational organisations

Grand Unified Micronational

Randouler served as the primary delegate for Posaf since it was accepted as a provisional member on 14 March 2018; he also held several offices in the organisation. He served as Secretariat for Diplomacy & Recruitment between 10 February–7 July 2019, then Secretariat for Micronational Development between 10 November–11 January 2020, before directly assuming the role of Secretariat for Micronational Development again between 11 January–3 June. On 26 January, he announced Phase 1 of the Sister Cities Project. Phase 2 commenced on 1 February, and on 15 April he launched the Phase 3 "The Program Phrase", where a website for the new program was unveiled to all member states. The program received widespread acclaim, and became one of the GUM's most noted projects of the last several years.[11]

Randouler ran unsuccessfully in the December 2018 Chair election against Adam I, Emperor of Adammia. Randouler received 36.8% of the vote, which was the highest percentage of a runner-up since Joseph Kennedy in September 2014. Following his death, the Randouler Award, an honour awarded in the GUM for "outstanding contribution to micronationalism", was named in his honour.

Micronational Olympic Federation

Other ventures

Randouler was the co-founder and co-host of MicroRamble, a bi-weekly video podcast on YouTube, alongside Charles Ross and Violette Clingersmith. He appeared in three episodes until his death, leading to the first season of the show having to be cut short.

Death

On 25 May 2020, Randouler suffered a seizure in his home and did not regain consciousness. He was admitted to hospital, where he was later diagnosed with an intracranial aneurysm. On 3 June 2020, Randouler passed away.[12] The memorial service was private, while a public visitation was held on 12 June.[13] Countless tributes were paid to Randouler from his friends, family and classmates, and a petition to rename the soccer field at his school in his name received over 4,500 signatories.[14] A player paid tribute to Randouler in the 2020 FC Cincinnati season.[15]

Randouler's death was not known by the community until it was discovered on 8 June by Matthew, one of the few micronationalists who knew Randouler's real name.[11] The news of his death caused an outpouring of grief in the MicroWiki community, particularly in the nations where he had been active, some of which have declared states of official mourning or have named parts of their territory after him.[16] The GUM held a text-based vigil for him, and he received several posthumous decorative honours and awards, whilst MicroWiki@Discord was closed for several hours after some micronationalists were accused of being disrespectful. The main chat channel on the server was later named in his honour. Numerous individual memorial services, including moments of silence, were also held, including one in the GUM via Zoom. Statistic-Dime posthumously declared him the "Micronationalist of the Year" on 1 December.[11][17][18]

Some tributes were, however, criticised for attention-seeking, as well as being insensitive or unthoughtful, with some arguing that awarding and naming things after Randouler was unnecessary and undermined his overall life to just his micronational career.

Randouler was an organ donor, and had saved five lives with seven organs. According to WKRC-TV, during the time Randouler was hospitalised, his mother had found a bucket list that he had written - among the entries one read "save a life", which Randouler could cross off posthumously.[3] Statistic-Dime described Randouler as being "kind [and] modest", adding "It truly is wonderful how much you can still learn about a person, even after they are gone."[11]

Personal political views

Randouler was a self-described classical liberal and right-wing libertarian.

Randouler's political compass result

Honours

Titles

  • Abeldane flag.jpg Viscount (16 December 2019)

Orders

Military honours

  • AendereseFlag.png Aenderian Ministry of Defense Medal of Honor (posthumously)

Former titles

  • Abeldane flag.jpg Baron (1 April 2019 – 16 December 2019; upgraded to Viscount)

References

  1. March 2020, Reichswahlkommission official statement, retrieved March 29, 2020
  2. History of the MicroWiki community
  3. 3.0 3.1 WKRC-TV: Nick's Bucket List: Taylor student saves lives after suddenly passing away – via YouTube. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  4. Nicholas "Nick" Cordrey. Dennis George Funeral Home.
  5. User:Posaf.gov and User:NickRandouler on MicroWiki.
  6. Vote Randouler, Proposals retrieved March 30th 2020
  7. Randouler, Nicholas (31 December 2019) Dear Aenderia
  8. Lycon, Jayden (31 December 2019) Responce to Apology
  9. Lycon, Jayden (8 June 2020) Micronational Olympic Federation Press Release regarding the continuation of the 2020 Rock Paper Scissors tournament
  10. Millán, Nicolás (10 June 2020) Black Pennant Flies Across the Union In Memory of Nicholas "Nick Randouler" Cordrey
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Smith, Zarel et al. (2 December 2020) MicroWiki Most Influential (2020). Published by Statistic-Dime — Google Docs. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  12. Dermer, Shelby (10 June 2020) Cleves community mourns Taylor student Nick Cordrey: 'We lost a great human being'. Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  13. Obituary of Nicholas Randouler. Dennis George Funeral Home. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  14. Get the Taylor High School soccer field named after and dedicated to Nicholas Cordrey. Petition on Change.org. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  15. Price Hill Press: 06/24/20, p. 12–13.
  16. Belcher, Adam (11 June 2020) Micronational world reacts with sorrow after Nicholas Randouler of Posaf passes away aged 15. Adammic Express. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  17. Editor, Chief (9 June 2020 Nicholas Randouler; a great loss to the world. The Essexian Post. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  18. Salzer, Matthew (12 June 2020) RIP Nicholas Randouler – via YouTube.
  19. Stone Lion Award established, Randouler awarded.

Footnotes

  1. "Nicholas Randouler" is a pseudonym. It is used throughout this article as per MicroWiki's policy on pseudonyms and privacy.

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