Claudio I, Emperor of Reunion
|His Holy Imperial Majesty|
|Holy Emperor of Reunion|
|Reign||28 August 1997 – present|
|12th Secretary-General of the League of Secessionist States|
|Assumed office |
1 May 2009
|Preceded by||James E. Bentz II|
|Born||5 May 1979|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Consort||Empress Roberta of Reunion|
|House||House of Castro-Bourbon|
Claudio Andre de Castro, also called Claudio de Castro or Emperor Claudio I (Rio de Janeiro, 5 May 1979) is a lawyer and a real estate businessman, married to Roberta de Castro since 2004. Active in micronationalism since October 1996, Claudio is one of the founders and current Emperor of the Holy Empire of Reunion, being the longest-reigning South American micronationalist. He is also, from May 2009, Secretary-General of the League of Secessionist States.
Claudio found out about Micronationalism in 1996, while doing a research paper about small monarchies, such as Liechtenstein and Monaco. Accidentally, he discovered the Kingdom of Talossa and was amazed to find out that there were more micronations like that.
In October, 1996, Claudio joined a micronation called O País, which existed for a very short period of time. Not so with the ways of the micronation, and inspired by the Talossan project, he founded, with his friend Bernardo Bauer, the Viceroyship of Reunion, which was supposed to be an autonomous part of O País. After a few months being both Viceroy of Réunion and Imperial Chancellor of O País, he decided to do something about the growing interventionism of paisean authorities in his Viceroyship.
So, on the 28 August 1997, he declared Réunion an independent nation, calling it the Holy Empire of Reunion. Born an anglophone micronation, it slowly started to conduct its matters in Portuguese, until the year 1999, when such a high majority of lusophones made it impossible to keep the nation bilingual.
The Réunian Emperor is considered to have a huge network of micronational contacts, which include from Fabrice O'Driscoll to Peter Ravn Rasmussen, Christopher Thieme and Pedro Aguiar.
Claudio de Castro still holds office as Emperor of the Holy Empire, and is the founder of the League of Monarchist States. Castro is also the Secretary General of the League of Secessionist States and is considered to be a very influential micronationalist, portrayed by the macronational media, frequently.
Titles, styles and honors
|Monarchical styles of|
Holy Emperor Claudio of Reunion
|Reference style||His Holy Imperial Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Holy Imperial Majesty|
Alternative Titles and Styles
- 28 August 1997 – present: His Holy Imperial Majesty, The Holy Emperor of Reunion.
His Holy Imperial Majesty, Claudio the First, by the Grace of God and Acclamation of the People, Holy Emperor of Reunion, Grand Duke of Le Port, Straussia, Fournaise, Conservatoria and Dabliu, Count of Amapa, Eternal Defender of the Faith, Head of the Imperial House of de Castro-Bourbon.
Claudio I, Emperor of Reunion
Imperial House of Bourbon-CastroBorn: 5 May 1979
| Holy Emperor of Reunion
28 August 1997 – present