Arthur I of Ebenthal

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Arthur I
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High King of Ebenthal
Reign11 August 2014 – 24 June 2019
PredecessorThrone established
SuccessorMateus I
Steward of Harram
In office
17 April 2012 – 9 February 2014
MonarchHassan I to Omar V
Preceded byVinicius Tayyb
Succeeded byAlecsandro Costa
High Comissioner of Gros Morne
In office
9 February 2014 – 1 August 2014
MonarchArthur I I
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byReinaldo Monteiro
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ConsortLarissa, Duchess of Montana
Full name
Arthur Beato Santoro de Sousa
HouseBeato
FatherJorge Beato,
MotherValéria Beato
ReligionCatholicism

Arthur I, nicknamed The Greater, (Paysandú, Uruguay, 20 April 1996) was the founder and first High King of Ebenthal. Born in Uruguay during a family trip to that country, he holds dual Brazilian and Uruguayan citizenship. He started his micronationalist activity in Harran, as Steward, and later in Roschfallen as High Comissioner to the Department of Gros Morne, receiving the title of Duke of Gallar. During Roschfallen's early months he and other prominent leaders entered in disagreement with the autocratic King and left, proclaiming their own lands, until then part of that realm, as independent of Roschfallen and thus creating the Kingdom of Ebenthal, on which he was acclaimed High King immediatly.

During his early years as High King, Ebenthal left victorious at the Ebenthali Independence War, firstly defined its borders and border policy through the Treaty of Botafogo and its activity was somewhat simulationist, relying mainly on the NationState basis. As the nation begin to moved away from this community in order to have a more realistic approach, Ebenthal was able to gain relatively wide international recognition. In 2016 he actively maneuvered the national attention towards the Ebenthali-Brazilian War, giving his full support to Prince Antônio I of New Switzerland, and in 2017 he emerged victorious against Lord Nilo Moreira who defied his reign during the Ebenthali Civil War.

Despite his success and dedication, his reign came to an unusual end with his abdication, in mid 2019, in order to join the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He reigned for almost 5 years and was succeeded by his young brother Mateus I. The Government of Ebenthal allowed him to retain all his titles and refused his citizenship resignation.

Biography

Early life

Arthue Beato was born in 20 April 1996 in Paysandú, Uruguay, as the older son of the Brazilian couple Jorge Beato da Silva and Valéria Santoro de Sousa. The couple was in travel through Southern Brazil and decided to visit Uruguay as well. By the time, Valéria was pregnant for seven months, so his birth was unexpected. He was registered both as an Uruguayn and Brazilian citizen.

Following his birth, the family soon returned to Rio de Janeiro where they lived and worked, Jorge as a civil engineer and Valéria as a realtor. At the age of three Arthur gained his only sibling, the future King Mateus I.

Education

In 1999 Arthur joined the Nosso Lar School, and in 2002 he entered the Santa Mônica School, graduating at high school in 2013. In 2015 he started the law course at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and would soon graduate in late 2019 when, by the middle of the year, he received the news of his admission at the University of Coimbra in Portugal where he finished his law course and started his post-graduation and masters.

Micronationalism

Harran and Roschfallen

Arthur firstly engaged in micronationalism in 2010, participating on the creation of the proto-micronational simulationist project called Sultanate of Harram, an imaginative effort of a half-Portuguese hal-Arab island-sultanate in the Mediterranean. Basing themselves on Sealand, the project soon evolved into an actual micronation, although it kept in touch with participants at the NationStates platform which didn't wanted to leave. Under Sultan Hassan the Great, Arthur was made the country's fourth Steward in 2012, acting as de facto head of government. During his tenure Harran's activity were clearly divided into micronationalism and simulationism via the NationStates platform. On the micronationalist side, Harran took a rather isolationist approach, mostly due to the lack of know-how of the nation's government members but specially thanks to Arthur who convinced the Sutlan and other members of the court to act on this way.

In 2013, as Harram went through lots of changes on leadership, Arthur moved away as some of his friends left. He eventually followed them to a new micronation which had just been created in early 2014: the Kingdom of Roschfallen, founded by King Arthur I of Roschfallen. Upon joining the new micronation and helping it to get out of the NationStates platform into becoming an actual micronation, the King asked Arthur to formally cede sovereignity over his family's properties to the Kingdom, which he did. In recognition for his acts, he was made Duke of Gallar and was put in charge of his family's properties integrated into the Department of Gros Morne as High Comissioner.

From June to August 2014, Arthur, now Duke of Gallar, was on the middle of a national crisis regarding the structure of the micronation. He and a few other nobles clashed with the King on decision-making several times, as the monarch refused to follow what the Council of Fools, the national parliament, commanded. Constantly ignored by the King, pushed to the verge of war, the Duke gathered support from the Count of Myrvallar and the Marquis of Acquitane, seized back the sovereignity over his properties and, together with the two aforementioned nobles, proclaimed the independence of their lands in relation to Roschfallen and the subsequent creation of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, sparking the Ebenthali Independence War.

Ebenthali monarch

As High King of Ebenthal, Arthur, now known as Arthur I, sought to create a defined structure to the country and its institutions. The first step he took was to create the Constitution of Ebenthal, mostly based on the Roschfallenian Constitutional Project which hadn't yet come in force. Following this, the Conclave of Ebenthal was created and offices were distributed. Inspired by Harram's turkic-arabic side, he created the office of Grand Vizier of Ebenthal to serve as the country's co-head of government and, as soon as the basis structure was established, he turned his attention to the conflict with Roschfallen. To counter the Roschfallenian claims on Ebenthali land, Arthur I sought help from his facebook friend Rubens Barbabosa, Duke of Axvalley, who lended Ebenthal its first international recognition and tried to mediate between Ebenthal and Roschfallen. The result was the Treaty of Botafogo putting an end to the Ebenthali Independence War. From then on, Arthur dedicated to develop the country's foreign relations.

Despite the Ebenthali-Brazilian War, to which he paid little attention as he couldn't do much, his reign remained fairly calm until 2017 when Nícollas Reis, Duke of Launceston, as Lord in the Conclaves, discovered a plot by the First Lord Nilo Moreira, The Count of the Hidden Mound, to overthrown King Arthur. Lord Nilo, assisted by at least a dozen of other Ebenthali nobles, claimed the Ebenthali State couldn't be ruled by "someone so passive and little enrolled in the country's affairs". They proclaimed Nilo as High King of Ebenthal in opposition to Arthur and started the Ebenthali Civil War. On the course of the war, King Arthur decided to make a speech in parliament with all its members present, even the rebels, who agreed to participate. There, he demoralized Nilo and was able to recover some supporters. To counter-balance his lost, Lord Nilo search he support of the Arabic Empire, and to balance the situation, Schneeblutig (acting as a proxy for Roschfallen), Harram and Rubrayev joined the war efforts in support for Ebenthal. Under Arthur's command they launched a critical online attack on Nilo's forum and social media which ultimately led him to give up on his attempt to dethrone Arthur. As a result of the war, Nilo and his faithful supporters were condemned to death by drowning in acid and banished, as their penalty couldn't be carried out, and Ebenthal cut ties with the Arabic Empire.

Following the war, Arthur I strenghtened his position and became more active in the country's politics. During this period, sometimes referred as a golden age, Ebenthal passes through an economic imput with the arrival of immigrant workers to the agricultura sector, but it was really quick, as the country soon descended into an economic crisis, pushed by Brazil. By the beggining of 2019, the High King alreasy showed signs that he would abdicate soon as the expectation for Coimbra's letter was high. He began to prepare his brother and heir Mateus, Prince of Arturia, to assume the throne. He travelled with a couple of friends for two weeks and left Prince Mateus as regent on his behalf. When he was admitted into the University of Coimbra, Arthur I abdicated as High King in 24 June 2019. Since then, his official title in Ebenthal is "His Illustrious Majesty High King Arthur I", instead of "His Illustrious Majesty The High King", and both the former country's monarchical title and styles were kept.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Arthur I of Ebenthal
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Reference styleHis Illustrious Majesty
Spoken styleYour Illustrious Majesty
Alternative styleSire

Titles and styles

  • 28 January 2014 – 11 August 2014: His Excellency The Duke of Gallar
  • 11 August 2014 – 24 June 2019: His Illustrious Majesty The High King of Ebenthal

As King of Ebenthal his full style and title is: "By Grace of God and Popular Devotion, His Illustrious Majesty Arthur the First, High King of the Ebenthali Federation either side of the Mountain Range, Defender of the Independence, Lord of the Northern Hills."

Honours

National honors

As High King of Ebenthal, Arthur was Grand Master of the following orders:

Foreign honors

References