Dame Eryn Lewis

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Dame
Eryn Lewis
DNVI
Lewis, spring of 2020
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of New Virginia
Assumed office
1 August 2020
President Sir Joseph Kennedy
Predecessor Office established
6th Deputy Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia
In office
25 June 2016 - 13 February 2020
Predecessor Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis
(vacant since 4 June 2016)
Successor Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia
Minister of Defence
In office
5 March 2015 - 5 February 2018
Predecessor Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria
Successor Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
Chancellor
In office
8 October 2017 - 29 January 2018
Predecessor Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia
Successor Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora
Representative of Terentia
Assumed office
3 December 2014
Predecessor Office established
Successor February 2020
Queen of Aspenia
Assumed office
23 December 2018
Predecessor HM Cameron I
Successor Incumbent
Personal information
Born 8 October 1999 (1999-10-08) (age 21)
Flag of the United States.png United States
Citizenship Flag of New Virginia.png Commonwealth of New Virginia
American
Political party Free Democratic Party
Residence Shoreline, New Virginia
Religion Episcopalian
Shorelinian Deadhead

Dame Eryn Lewis, DNVI is a New Virginian political figure currently serving as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of New Virginia. She was previously Deputy Prime Minister of the Empire of Austenasia from 2016–2020.

Lewis joined the micronational community in late 2012 when she formed the nation Lewisia as a child. Throughout the 2010s she served in several micronations before joining Austenasia in 2013 through Terentia, a Crown Dependency. When Terentia became a town in 2014, Lewis entered Austenasian politics. Lewis served as New Virginia's Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker of the House, Chancellor, and Minister of Defense over a period of six years in Austenasian politics. In February 2020, Terentia joined several other Austenasian territories in establishing the Commonwealth of New Virginia, an independent state. Lewis was made acting Prime Minister in New Virginia in August 2020.

Lewis is the founder and leader of a micronational religious organization located in Shoreline, New Virginia, the Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion. The Church believes in an eclectic collection of spiritual beliefs loosely bound around the music and culture of the Grateful Dead.

Early life

Lewis was born in Western Massachusetts in October 1999, Lewis' early life was relatively simple and uneventful. She and her family lived in various homes in the Franklin County area, eventually settling at a home that would eventually become Shoreline.

Lewis encountered micronationalism, as many did, by discovering Molossia in her early middle school years, founding a string of largely unsuccessful micronations throughout her adolescence.

Early Micronational Years

Lewis entered micronationalism in her early teens, forming 'Lewisia' in 2013. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Lewis found herself largely as a main figure in the United Micronations (UMN), a small community consisting mostly of small, simulationist states that congregated through Facebook. After a very short merger period between Lewisia and a small state known as Republic of Styrka, Lewis founded Frieden. Frieden, throughout 2014 went through many government changes, finding itself as a vassal or territory of many smaller nations, such as Juclandia.

In 2014, the garden area of Lewis' home, which had been a crown-dependency of Austenasia, expanded to include her entire home, forming the Austenasian town of Terentia.

Austenasia and New Virginia

When Terentia became a town in 2014, Austenasia became Lewis' primary area of focus. Throughout the mid and late 2010's, Lewis served in various positions within the Austenasian government, eventually being appointed the sixth Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Joseph Kennedy. She was the first person to be appointed to this role in June 2016.

Prime Minister Lewis meeting Nordalian Premier Sophia Albina

In 2016, Lewis founded the Imperial Party. Initially a civic nationalist party, the organisation slowly reformed itself under the leadership of Joseph Kennedy, growing to the size of ten members by 2018, being the largest political party in Austenasia. Lewis served as Chairman of the Imperial Party. In the summer of 2018, the Imperial Party held a conference of its members. In Lewis' speech, she promised that the Imperial Party would begin plans to formulate a working Austenasian currency, as well as appealed to the ideas of Austenasian unity and culture.

Throughout the late summer and early fall of 2018, Lewis found herself at the head of a cultural movement within Terentia. In Terentia, according to Lewis, there had always been a cultural identity that had never been outwardly expressed to the Austenasian community. Through legislation and public meetings of Terentians, a unique identity centered around the Grateful Dead and other such bands began to emerge. Terentians began describing themselves as a 'hippy enclave' within Austenasia. In September, Lewis founded The Church of the Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion along with a group of several other Terentians to serve as the spiritual and cultural guides of Terentian people.

In February 2020 Lewis followed several other notable Austenasian figures in leaving the Empire, forming the Commonwealth of New Virginia. Lewis immediately devoted all of her micronational attention to the Commonwealth, eventually becoming Prime Minister. Lewis is the founder and leader of the Free Democratic Party of New Virginia, a political movement focused largely on cultural and economic growth within New Virginia.

Military career

Lewis directed the North American Command of the Imperial Navy of Austenasia, having formerly served as the Legate of Legio I Virginia and Tribune of Cohors I Nova Anglia in the Austenasian Army before said units were transferred to the Navy in March 2015. Although functionally a Vice Admiral, she held the rank of Admiral for reasons of precedence during her tenure as Minister of Defense.

Titles, Awards and Positions

Political positions

Military commands

Titles

  • CGRUD.jpg Estimated Prophet Stella Blue I of the Terentian Deadheads

Awards