Stephen Luke

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His Excellency
Stephen Luke
CGD CSD KNS KtS GCrV KCC OOD


Official portrait in 2022
2nd President of Dracul
Assumed office:
8 January 2022
Vice President Connor Modena
Predecessor Dmitri Howie
1st Vice President of Dracul
In office:
25 September 2017 – 8 January 2022
President Dmitri Howie
Predecessor Position established
Successor Connor Modena
Personal Information
Born 13 February 1991 (1991-02-13) (age 31)
Zimnicea Teleorman, Romania
Citizenship  United States
 Dracul
Residence Houston, Texas
Home town Friendswood, Texas
Occupation Private Security
Religion Christianity
Military service
Nickname(s) Birdman
Bernadaddy
Allegiance  United States
 Dracul
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Dracul Army Air Corps
In service 2011-2013 (USCG)
2017-2021 (DAAC)
2022 (DAAC Reserves)
Rank Auxiliary Member (USCG)
Major General (DAAC)
Unit Flotilla 81-06-10 (USCG)
Commands 1st Special Ops. Wing (DAAC)
Battles/wars Rebellion of 2018
Awards Noble Order of the Sword
Citation of the Dragon (Gold)
Citation of the Dragon (Silver)
Guardian of Dracul
2 Year Service, Tier I
Certificate of Commendation (2021)

Sir Stephen Luke CGD CSD KNS KtS KGH GCrV OOD (b. 13 February 1991) is a Draculian micronationalist and statesman, who is currently serving as the 2nd President of the Commonwealth of Dracul. Luke has been known in the community for his professional demeanor, campaigns against suicide awareness and hosting events, such as MicroWorkshop 2021 and Micro Improvement. On 25 September 2017, Luke helped establish Dracul with original Co-founders Dmitri Howie and Mark Millner.

Early life

Stephen Luke was born on 13 February 1991 in the City of Zimnicea, Romania as the only child to a young teenage mother, after the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu. At six weeks old, Luke was adopted by Americans, who brought him to their home in Galveston, Texas for a better life. Luke began his interest in politics and history, while attending High School in Friendswood.

Micronational career

Luke in Dracul Air Patrol Uniform, presenting the Citation of the Dragon to Charles Ross, then part of Dracul's Foreign Affairs.

Luke began his interest in Micronations in 2016, while watching YouTube Videos and reading forums. It wasn't until the end of 2017 when Luke proposed to founder Dmitri Howie, about the idea of creating their own micronation.

Vice Presidency

When Luke started Dracul in 2017 with co-founder Dmitri Howie, Luke decided that he'd rather work behind the scenes, before serving in a higher position. Throughout most of his time as VP, he led Dracul as "Acting President", since Howie mostly remained inactive with personal health issues. In 2020, Luke decided to run in the 2021 elections as a Presidential Candidate, with his running mate Connor Modena as his Vice Presidential Candidate. After some negotiation, Luke eventually decided at the end of 2020, to run his campaign on the Dracul Conservative Party ticket after having been asked to by party leader Charles Ross. During his time as Vice President, Stephen has garnered a reputation within the micronational community specifically amongst long-time and older micronationalists for his professionalism and work towards ensuring a level of maturity among the younger micronations within Dracul’s diplomatic realm.

Suicide Awareness Campaign

Luke, along with 10 other micronations rallied together to start a suicide awareness campaign, which provided a list of nearby centers for those suffering from suicidal thoughts. The list, located on Dracul's official website, included centers in more than five different continents. Westartica was one of the most contributing to this campaign.

Prezan Military Academy

Luke began serving as an instructor for basic courses in June of 2021, due to his experience in the U.S. Coast Guard and Dracul military. Luke taught several courses, including military knowledge, customs, leadership, and many others. Luke was the first instructor to nominate an alumni as an instructor, Karl Frederick.

2021 Presidential Candidacy

Luke announced his 2021 Presidential Candidacy in 2020, stating he would "Jumpstart Dracul for Good", due to a high level of inactivity on the part of Government Officials and Citizens. Although his plans haven't fully been announced, Luke saw his Vice Presidency as a true success. Connor Modena was announced as his Vice President nominee. On 8 November 2021, Luke won the Presidency with 100% of the vote. Voter turnout was 42%.

Micronational Podcast

Luke agreed to assist Connor Modena with the formation of the micronational podcast Micro Improvement, which launched in March 2022, to assist new and current micronationalists, struggling with developing and maintaining micronations. The podcast provides tips and tricks on how to correct issues and go about developing successfully. Luke typically invites on distinguished guests with experience in the community, to discuss such talking points.

Political Views

Stephen identifies as (American) right leaning on the political spectrum and generally describes himself as a Republican. His economic belief supports few regulations by the government, excepting health and safety regulations, while also supporting government subsidies for small businesses. His social views are generally neutral, without much opinion on sexuality or gender.

Personal life

Luke in the police academy, along with fellow police cadets, 2019.

Outside of micronationalism, Stephen Luke spends most of his time working in nonprofit organizations and storm spotting for the National Weather Service. Currently, Luke works as a security guard at a shopping mall in Houston, Texas. Most of Luke's private life includes video gaming, studying to become a private pilot, and graphic art design.

U.S. Coast Guard

Stephen Luke served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary from 2011 to 2013. He mostly worked as a public affairs member, communicating with the media, teaching water safety and vessel inspections to the general public. With this being a volunteer position with minimal advancement, Luke resigned two years later to focus more on tasks with improving his skills in other areas.

Catching Online Predators

Luke spent much of his late high school years into early adult life, specifically from 2008-2018, assisting law enforcement agencies across America with the apprehension of online predators. This was how Luke met former Dracul President Dmitri Howie initially, as the two served in non-profits, aimed specifically at predator apprehension. Most of Luke's tasks consisted of working as an online decoy, collecting chat logs and video/photo evidence, which was ultimately turned over to police for criminal prosecution. [1]

Police Academy

Law enforcement has always been the main focus of Luke, as he created the first law enforcement club in his high school, was a police explorer, and studied law at a previous college, prior to 2019. Luke also assisted law enforcement with apprehending online predators from 2008 to 2018. From 2010 to 2019, Luke worked as a Private Security Officer until his planned graduation from the Police academy in 2019. Unfortunately due to health reasons, Luke resigned three months before his graduation.

Ribbon bars

Draculian Ribbon bars of Stephen Luke
Ribbon of the Golden Dragon.svgRibbon of the Silver Dragon.svg
Ribbon of Air Service.svgRibbon of Mourning Detail.svgRibbon of Conflict Participation.svg
Ribbon of Color Guard Participation.svgRibbon of Attendance Award.svgRibbon of the Recruiter Award.svg
Ribbon of the 2 Year Service Award.svgRibbon of First Aid Certification.svgRibbon of the Weather Radar.svg


Foreign Ribbon bars of Stephen Luke
Ribbon of the Noble Order of the Sword.svgRibbon of the Knight Commander Order of the Snowflake.svg
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Melting Mountain.svgRibbon bar of the Order of the Vishwamitra (Grand Cross).svgCross of Independence - Occidia - ribbon bar.svg
Order of Charlington ribbon.svgRibbon bar of the Commemorative Medal of the First Anniversary of the Vishwamitran Monarchy.svgRibbon of the Order of Diplomacy.svg

Badges

Badges worn by Stephen Luke
Badge of the Order of the Vishwamitra (Grand Cross)Badge of the Order of Charlington

Awards and decorations

Coat of arms as Grand Cross of the Order of the Vishwamitra.

Awards

See also

Citations