Chelsea Chen

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Her Royal Highness and Excellency
The Executive Deputy President
Chelsea Ashley Chen II
Princess of Elemental

Official portrait, 2021
2nd President of Gapla
In office:
5 January 2021 - 27 February 2021
3 February 2022 - 31 August 2022
Deputy President Emma Bunnell
Predecessor Wyatt Baek
Successor Emma Bunnell
4th Deputy President of Gapla
In office:
21 May 2020 - 4 January 2021
1 May 2021 - 2 June 2021
17 August 2021 - 2 February 2022
1 September 2022 - 28 October 2022
28 October 2022 – present
President Wyatt Baek
Emma Bunnell
Predecessor Irene Kim
Shaun Murzello
Emma Bunnell
Irene Kim (last four)
Successor Wyatt Baek
Emma Bunnell
Irene Kim (middle three)
2nd Leader of the Opposition of Gapla
In office:
28 October 2022 (one day)
President Emma Bunnell
Predecessor Mirabelle Wang
1st Governor of Elemental
President Emma Bunnell
Personal Information
Full name
Her Royal Highness, Chelsea II, Princess of Elemental
Born Newport Beach
United States of America
Citizenship GaplaflagClear.png Federated States of Gapla
Flag of the United States.svg United States of America
Political party People's Liberal Party
Residence Water City, Elemental, Federated States of Gapla
Religion Agnostic Theism
Military service
Allegiance GaplaflagClear.png Federated States of Gapla
Battles/wars Northern Emeralkia Conflict

Chelsea Ashley Chen, addressed royally as Her Royal Highness, Chelsea II, Princess of Elemental and also known informally as simply "Chels," is a female micronationalist and is currently the Deputy President of the Federated States of Gapla. She also served as the former President of the Federated States of Gapla, but failed to gain re-election in the 2022 Gaplan general election after PLP, her party, suffered a major setback.

She is the founder and Queen of the State of Elemental, one of the most powerful states of Gapla, however, Chen only joined Gapla a few months after it was created, not at its founding like most leaders. Elemental was the winner of the 4th Session with the competitor Emeralkia and the de facto competitor Folia Tail. It has a history of getting into conflicts with the States of Folia Tail, Snake, and Xadia. A competitively acclaimed pianist and violinist, she has played at Segerstrom Hall and at the Nixon Library.[a]

On the Gaplan educational platform Gapla MasterClass, Chen teaches theory, music composition, and improvisation. She is a self-acclaimed LGBT ally, avid reader, author, a person who is intolerant on cruelty, and is an environmentalist.

Awards and honors

The following is a list of honors, domestic and foreign, received by Chelsea Chen:

Domestic honors

All from the Federated States of Gapla.

  • Federated States of Gapla Order of the Gaplan Star (OGS)
  • Federated States of Gapla Commander of the Gaplan Revolution (CGR)
  • Federated States of Gapla Commander of the Gaplan Poeple (CGP)
  • Federated States of Gapla Order of Alian-Elementalian Recognition (OAE)

Foreign honors

From countries other than the Federated States of Gapla.

Micronational career

Early days and the revolution

Chelsea joined Gapla a few months after it was founded, creating the state of Elemental soon after.

It quickly was absorbed by the various Gaplan powers and soon fell inactive. Chelsea was seen as a minor governor with no power during this period, but after COVID-19 struck, she would be seen as one of the most significant people in all of Gaplan history.

Chen was loyal but not active in Gapla during this time, without seeing much purpose or need in Gapla until March 2020.

The flag of Elemental, Chelsea's state.

Chelsea is often criticized for not participating in the famous Gaplan Revolution, though her supporters say that Chelsea publicly opposes Hubbard and wasn't able to participate in the revolution due to her inactivity in Gapla during that time period. She also claims that she wasn't in the room when the revolution happens, which is mostly regarded as true, but some right-wing Gaplan news networks such as FoliaNews247 deny this.

March 2020 rise to power

The princess rose to power when Elemental became more active during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She soon created the Anti-Cruelty Party, a big-tent political party that has now been dissolved. The state clearly overpowered its former protectors, Emeralkia and Syopolis. While Emeralkia continued to be active, Syopolian activity died down, and later, Syopolis was demoted to a provisional state.

Joining and merger era

Chelsea was generally a progressive during the joining and merger era, although the Gaplan right accused her of being a socialist and a communist. At this time, Chen denied these allegations but would later give substantial hints to self identifying as a socialist while not directly saying she was socialist to gain the left-wing to far-left PLP voters during the Red Wave.

Chen was majorly active in doing what she says was better for Gapla by conducting diplomatic talks with Elysium, Promatia, and servers of different miconations and micronational organizations. She is considered an active diplomat for Gapla.

Her ideas of an ideal Gaplan state are one she self-describes as just, anti-cruel, describing a "center-left utopia."

Later Gaplan politics

Chelsea's royal standard as the Grand Princess. The royal cypher is in the standard.

Elemental continued to dominate interstate sessions and Gaplan politics until the partial era and the Red Wave, where Elemental with the left-Gaplan TPM created the new PLP.

Today, Chelsea is considered to be the leader of the Gaplan left, although some critics say that she is center-left and not socialist, therefore not "left enough" to represent the PSNP.

She has participated in a lot of public discourses on opposition to the Gaplan right (mainly composed of the leaders Emma Bunnell, Wyatt Baek, Diti Patel, and Renaldo Chang), opposition of the pro-life, and aggressive arguments with members of the Gaplan right, most notably Wyatt Baek.

In March 2022, Chen revealed in a private message that she was a "fake socialist" and "only leftist," probably to gain the votes from the Red Wave of Gapla.

2022 Gaplan presidential election

Chelsea Chen successfully ran for President of the Federated States of Gapla in the 2022 Gaplan Presidential Election. She was running for the People's New Socialist Party (now the People's Liberal Party) and her main opponent was Emma Bunnell.

The election results have been contested several times by the Free Rightist Party, controversially, and failed every time.

Citizens of the United States of the Terra Excelsior Republic also publicly supported Chen, and made statements against Bunnell.

2022 Gaplan Presidential Election

People's New Socialist Party Ticket

Chelsea Chen Vera Sy
for President
and Councilmember
for Deputy President
and Councilmember
Before election

Deputy President

Before election

Secondary Assistant

After election


(campaign successful)

After election

Secretary of State


  1. Chen played to a Chinese Communist Occupation and Japanese consul member.