Charles, Grand Emir of Raphania

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His Majesty
Charles von Graustark
KNI, COD, CUBMC, KStP, KCW, CAO, KOB, GCrV, M1DS, GCIF, IC, KIC, GMOP, RMOG
Official portrait
King of Graustark-Dawsbergen
In office
25 August 2019 - 10 May 2022
Predecessor Lisa Marie I
Successor Martha I
Grand Emir of Raphania
Assumed office
15 September 2021
Predecessor Throne established
Tsar of Phokland
In office
10 February 2007 - 25 August 2019
Predecessor Throne established
Successor Mia I
In office
8 October 2019 - 31 December 2019
Predecessor Mia 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
Foreign Minister for West Canada
in office
1 July 2021 - 1 August 2021
Governor General Connor Shaw
Prime Minister Mattias Forsberg
Predecessor Office established
Successor Office abolished
Personal information
Born 30 January 2003 (2003-01-30) (age 19)
Citizenship
Spouse(s) Princess Sarahann
Residence Arizona, United States
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Commonwealth of Dracul
 Raphania
Service/branch Dracul army logo.png Dracul Army
Raphanian Corps of Discovery flag.png Raphanian Corps of Discovery
In service 2020 - 2021 (Dracul)
2022 (Raphania)
Rank 1st Lieutenant (Dracul)
Commander (Raphania)
Commands Army of Dracul (2020 - 2021)
1st Dragon Regiment (2021)
Raphanian Revolutionary Forces (2022)
Battles/wars Raphanian Revolution, Dracul-Graustarkian Affair
Awards Draculian Iron Cross
Commander of the Austenasian Order
Commemorative Medal of the Crystal Jubilee of the Foundation of Vishwamitra

Grand Emir Charles Raphael von Graustark, Sovereign of Frestonburg, Duke of Occidentia, Margrave of Phokland, otherwise referred to as Charles of Raphania (known formerly as Shah Alexander I) (b. 30 January 2003) is a Raphanian micronationalist best known for holding numerous positions within the micronational community, most prominent among them including, Tsar of the Tsardom of Phokland, 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, City Councilman for Bran District and Lieutenant Governor of North Dracul. He currently serves as Director-General of Austenasian Television Productions and Grand Emir of Raphania.

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 operated with fellow micronationalists, Thomas Bainbridge and Christina Nowell. In May 2021, Charles accepted the job of Director-General for the Austenasian public broadcasting company; Austenasian Television Productions.

Also garnering him some minor attention is his work in establishing diplomatic treaties between nations such as in February 2021 when he led the diplomatic mission to help establish the Napocatania Concession along with the Grand Republic of Cycoldia.

Early life

Charles was born in Arizona on the 30th of January 2003. 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. During his time running Rosston, Chares was for the most part unaware of what micronationalism was and simply saw himself leading a "new country". This juvenile belief later faded away and while searching for a more accurate description of the hobby he was participating in, he found the YouTube page of the now-defunct Kingdom of Bahoudii, more specifically, a micronational newscast from them, dated 15 January 2011. From this he discovered the term "micronation" and through this keyword, eventually found MicroWiki; a site he would lurk on until eventually creating an account in 2018.

Years after Rosston became inactive, Charles' intrest in micronationalism was reignited after watching actor-comedian Doug Walker's 2010 film Kickassia where the micronational Republic of Molossia and its leader Kevin Baugh were featured prominently.

Phokland

Following the restoration of Rosston (now renamed Phokland) in 2017, Charles 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, Charles still retained all noble titles and awards bestowed upon him during his tenure in Austenasia, and additionally, still maintained his Austenasian citizenship. He would later return to Austenasian involvement in June 2021, this time in the private sector as he was appointed Director-General of the privately owned, government subsidized Austenasian Television Productions.

Dracul

Charles 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 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 cemented himself as a prominent Draculian politician and later 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 during his time in office, worked to streamline the department and create cadet agencies, such as the Land Administration Agency. He later left this and all other Dracul positions in May 2021 choosing to take a break from micronationalism. This lasted roughly a month and in late June 2021, he returned, this time in the much more minor roles of assisting with the forming of a newly reorganized Bran District government, becoming Deputy Director of the privately owned Dracul Historical Society and by helping to oversee new Dracul territorial projects as a de-facto Colonial Administrator, in which capacity he became Administrator of Las Verdes Colinas Territory.

In September on 2021, Charles lost his Dracul citizenship following accusations of treason and the subsequent deceleration of war between Dracul and Graustark. These claims of treason were later proven to be false, but regardless Charles decided to ultimately leave the Commonwealth.

In February 2022, Charles would temporarily return to Dracul to assist in filling a vacant government position within the Draculian Department of Naturalization due to the previous officeholder quitting unexpectedly. This would end following the appointment of new individuals to these posts, ending Charles' time in the Dracul government.

West Canada

In June 2021, Charles von Graustark joined the Dominion of West Canada, firstly as a citizen where he shortly thereafter ran and subsequently won a seat in the lower house of the micronation's Parliament. Shortly after this, Charles had a meeting with the West Canadian Governor General and Prime Minister; the result of which was his appointment as the nation's first Minister of Foreign Affairs. The primary reason Charles joined West Canada was due to his perceptions that it was a more simulationist state. After serving as Foreign Minister for roughly a month, and after an increase of stress in his personal life, Charles resigned as Foreign Minister effective August 1, 2021.

Graustark-Dawsbergen

In mid 2019, Charles created the micronation of Graustark based on the book of the same name. The country took great influence from the Kingdom of Ruritania and following its creation harles was declared monarch. However, at the end of 2019, Graustark entered a long period of stagnation which persisted until 2021 when the nation was briefly revived. This jump of activity would be short lived as by that summer, with the establishment of Raphistan, Graustark-Dawsbergen would once again return to inactivity.

Wanting to o give the nation a fresh start, in May of 2022, Charles would abdicate the throne of Graustark-Dawasbergen, giving it to his friend and longtime micronationalist Cas, who would go on to reign as Queen Martha I.

Raphania

Royal Standard of Charles as Grand Emir of Raphania.

Shortly after leaving Dracul, Charles purchased an acre of land in northeastern Arizona. This land was initially acquired for use in Graustark-Dawsbergen, but after inactivity restarted within the project, the property succeeded from the kingdom and reorganized itself as the Desert Realm of Raphistan with Charles assuming the title of Shah and the reigning name of "Alexander I". The name change was done mostly to disassociate the state with his past projects and to give von Graustark a "fresh start". Furthermore, a contributing factor in the name change was also Charles' entry into politics and state government employment macronationally. In April of 2022, Charles would drop the "Alexander" persona and would change his title from the Shah of Raphistan to the Grand Emir of Raphania.

Community notoriety

Throughout his micronational carrier, Charles has developed some small notoriety within the community; this mostly stemming from his work towards improving MicroWiki as a Wiki Administrator and more recently, his (unsuccessful) campaign of attempting 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 hosted and which was referenced in a Lonely Planet article on the 2020 COVID-19 Virus,[1] and MicroRamble, a podcast which he co-hosted 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, as well as his frequent criticism of modern micronational "degeneration". 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, even receiving an honorable mention in the MicroWiki's 25 Most Influential (2020) by Statistic-Dime.

Honorifics

Charles receives the Order of the Silver Dragon from Vice President Stephen Luke in February, 2021.
Charles as Grand Emir of Raphania wearing the sash of the Order of Goree.

Titles and styles

Honours

Ribbons worn by Lord Charles
Ribbon bar of a Knight of Saint Patrick.svg
Ribbon bar of the Order of William I.svgSt. Anne's Brotherhood.pngMedal Y7.png
Medal Y5.pngOV Ribbon 2.svgRibbon of the Order of Christina I.svg
Ribbon of the Cycoldian New Years 4.svgKnight Grade Ribbon of SOGH.svgRibbon bar of the Order of the Vishwamitra (Grand Cross).svg
Order of Diplomatic Service Merit - Ribbon (First Class).svgRibbon bar of the Order of the Pebble.svg

Breast stars worn by Lord Charles
Knight Cross William.svgMarx Badge.pngBadge of the Order of the Vishwamitra (Grand Cross).svg
Order of Diplomatic Service Merit (Vishwamitra) - Badge.svgOrder of the Black Crown - PNG Version.pngCitation of the Silver Dragon.png

Collars worn by Lord Charles
Order of William I.svgOrder of the Silver Cat - Collar.svg

Ribands worn by Lord Charles
Riband of the Order of Christina I.svgOrder of Eugene Collar.svg
Riband of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Vishwamitra.svgRiband of the Member First Class of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit.svgOrder of the Silver Cat SVG ribbon.png

Heraldry

Arms of the Duke of Occidentia.svg
House of Ross coa.png
Coat of Arms of Charles of Hitchcock.svg Coat of Arms of Charles Ross (Order of the Vishwamitra).svg Coat of arms of Raphistan.svg
Coat of Arms in Austenasia
(2020 – present)
Coat of Arms in Phokland and Graustark
(2019 – 2022)
Coat of Arms in
Cycoldia
(2020 – present)
Coat of Arms in Vishwamitra
(2021 – present)
Coat of Arms in Raphania
(2021 – present)

Personal life

Outside of micronationalism, Charles von Graustark 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 where he serves as a Precinct Committeeman for the 12th District of the MCLP. In his professional life, Charles works in Law Enforcement.

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. While holding himself to conservative fiscal and social standards it is his firm belief that these opinions are his alone and should not be forced on anyone else be it by the government or by any other means.

Micronationally

In a micronational context, Charles 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. His other micronational political opinions have also been described as bordering on fascism.

Quotes

Oh fuck me.

— Charles von Graustark, 2019

Fuck it, let's take over Greenland.

— Charles von Graustark, 2020

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

— Charles von Graustark, 2020

I spent eight fucking hours a day on MicroWiki, eight fucking hours!

— Charles von Graustark, 2021

See also


References

  1. [1] How micronations are responding to the coronavirus