Claudio I, Emperor of Reunion

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Claudio Andre
His Holy Imperial Majesty
Official portrait
Holy Emperor of Reunion
Reign28 August 1997 – present
PredecessorThrone established
12th Secretary-General of the League of Secessionist States
Assumed office
1 May 2009
Preceded byJames E. Bentz II
Born5 May 1979 (1979-05-05) (age 44)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ConsortEmpress Roberta of Reunion
Claudio Andre de Castro-Bourbon
HouseHouse of Castro-Bourbon
OccupationLawyer, businessman

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.

Micronational life

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 styleHis Holy Imperial Majesty
Spoken styleYour Holy Imperial Majesty
Alternative styleSire

Alternative Titles and Styles

  • 28 August 1997 – present: His Holy Imperial Majesty, The Holy Emperor of Reunion.

Full title

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.

See also


Claudio I, Emperor of Reunion
Imperial House of Bourbon-Castro
Born: 5 May 1979
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Monarchy established
Holy Emperor of Reunion
28 August 1997 – present
Succeeded by