Daniel Hamilton of Australis
|High Consul of Swannia|
|Official portrait of Daniel Hamilton, January 2021|
|Reign||28 May 2020 – 9 September 2021|
|Margrave||Liam Alexander |
|Prime Minister||Jared B|
9 September 2021
|Co-High Consul||Jared B|
|Born||6 April 2006|
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
|Residence||Perth, Western Australia|
|Known for||Work in several micronational organisations|
Daniel of Australis (born Daniel Hamilton, 6 April 2006) is a British-Australian micronationalist politician, statistician, and journalist. Founder and Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Australis, Hamilton is a prominent member of the MicroWiki Community, formerly serving as a moderator on MicroWiki@Discord, and as a patroller on MicroWiki. He has been involved in the politics of several micronations, including Australis, New Holland, New Virginia, and Anthea, alongside his position as CEO of Statistic-Dime, a highly regarded and publicised statistical research company, which he has held December 2020,
Hamilton has been the primary delegate for Australis in the Cupertino Alliance since July 2020. Hamilton has been a member of the CA cabinet since late September when he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs by Chairman Jayden Lycon, and later as the Minister for Asian and Oceanic Affairs. Hamilton has run for the position of Chairman of the Cupertino Alliance on two occasions - January and August 2021, however, he dropped out of these elections, primarily due to mental health concerns.
Among other positions, Daniel Hamilton was the Statistics Secretary of the Grand Unified Micronational under Jack Dean's chairmanship from January to June 2021. As of August 2021, he has made over five thousand edits on MicroWiki, making him one of MicroWiki's most significant contributors.
After initial ridicule, Hamilton quickly grew into a prominent member of the MicroWiki community, particularly in the Discord Era. Zed ranked him twenty-first in his list of the Top 25 Most Influential Micronationalists in the MicroWiki Sector of 2020, and Hamilton had earlier been placed second in the MicroWiki's Top 25 a public survey in October. A co-founder and de-facto owner of The Fun Gang since early October 2020, he has also been a member of the Micropolitan Club and Lounge since December 2020.
Early life and personal
Daniel Hamilton was born in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom on 6 April 2006. He lived in Etruria, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent, until January 2009, when his immediate family chose to emigrate to Western Australia. He began school in 2010, and started high school in 2018. It is known that Hamilton attends an undisclosed private school on a partial academic scholarship.
Despite growing up in a non-denominational Christian family, Hamilton identifies as an agnostic atheist, and has stated that he supports the simulation hypothesis, which states that all of reality exists in an advanced computer simulation.
In early April 2020, Hamilton discovered micronationalism via the Principality of Sealand and the Principality of Hutt River. Subsequently, on 8 April 2020, Hamilton founded the Commonwealth of Australis (Later the Unified Royal States of Australis), with four other individuals, who would become the Pentarchy, a group of five rulers with equal power. However, throughout April and May, the other four members of the Pentarchy became less active, until Hamilton remained the only active member of the Australissian Pentarchy.
On 28 May 2020, Hamilton proposed a motion to dissolve the Pentarchy, with the goal of becoming the sole, absolute Monarch of Australis. The motion succeeded, with the rest of the Pentarchy agreeing to give up their power, making Hamilton the Grand Duke of Australis. Since then, this position has been one of the most recognisable positions that he holds in the micronational community.
In December 2021, Hamilton conceived a plan to decrease the reliance of Australis on him. This involved the implementation of a democratically elected House of Commons, the establishment of a constitution, and the transition of Australis from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.
Since July 2020, Hamilton has been the primary delegate for the Grand Duchy of Australis in the Cupertino Alliance. In late September, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Asian Affairs by Jayden Lycon the Chair of the Alliance, and made the Minister for Asian Affairs a month later, following the previous Minister stepping down. Hamilton acted as the speaker of Asian/Oceanian Auxiliary sessions in the Cupertino Alliance for several months, prior to resigning in late July 2021.
Hamilton is a relatively well-known figure of the Cupertino Alliance, having written several pieces of key legislation and charter amendments, such as the Cabinet Reorganization Act, an amendment essential for establishing several new ministries and abolishing inactive ones, the Main Region Act, which established processes for regional ministries during transitions of power, and the Safeguarding Act, which established the position of Safeguarding Officer. He has worked in close association with electoral campaigns within the Alliance, most notably in the Roy-Mullins campaign for the 3rd Cupertino Alliance chairmanship election, where he developed plans for sweeping reforms to the Ministry of Membership Attainment.
Deputy Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs
On 30 September 2020, an Asian and Oceanic session was scheduled to be hosted by the incumbent Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs at the time, Orientian Delegate[a], however, he was not present. As a result, Hamilton assumed the responsibilities of speaker for the session. On the same day of the session, then-Chairman Jayden Lycon appointed Hamilton as the Deputy Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs. Hamilton held this position until 22 October, when the Minister of Asian and Oceanian Affairs stepped down, resulting in Hamilton becoming the Acting Minister.
Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs
Hamilton succeeded Orientian Delegate as Acting Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs from 22 October to 5 November 2020, when Hamilton was formally approved as the Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs. In this position, Hamilton holds the record for the longest tenure of any Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs, at eight months and three weeks. Throughout his tenure, Hamilton was responsible for hosting dozens of Asian and Oceanic sessions of the Cupertino Alliance Parliament and oversaw general growth of the Asian and Oceanic sectors of the Cupertino Alliance.
Over his tenure, Hamilton appointed Dhrubajyoti Roy as his Deputy Minister in November 2020 for a brief period of time, and again on 15 April 2021. On 28 July 2021, Hamilton stepped down as the Minister of Asian and Oceanic Affairs and was succeeded by Dhrubajyoti Roy, as a result of taking a hiatus from micronationalism, as well wishing to be appointed as the Minister of Membership Attainment.
Minister of Membership Attainment
On 3 August 2021, Hamilton succeeded Leon Montan as the Minister of Membership Attainment. Hamilton has announced several plans to improve the Ministry of Membership Attainment, such as monitoring session attendance to target inactivity, the creation of a new application form, and a revived and reimagined remarks system for applicants. So far, Hamilton has created a new and updated membership list, and has implemented basic frameworks to implent inactivity monitoring within the Alliance.
January 2021 bid for Chair
On 19 October 2020, Hamilton announced his intentions to run for Chair of the Alliance, the first delegate of the Alliance to do so. Shortly after, he launched a campaign website, titled Vote Roscoe 2021, and released a campaign logo. He promised that his major policies as Cupertino Chair would be running more charity/fundraising events, modernising the Cupertino Alliance MicroWiki page, and increasing the size and activity within the Asian/Oceanian Sector of the Alliance. 
In an early opinion poll undertaken from 4-8 November 2020 by the Micronational Gazette, in a partnership with the Cupertino Alliance electoral commission, CESE, found Hamilton to be leading the pre-polls, with a 7.1 point lead, totalling 35.7% of the popular vote, followed by competitor Liam Alexander with 28.6% of the vote. 
On 4 January 2021, Hamilton dropped out of the election, due to the stress of the campaign having an unforeseen impact on his mental health. Hamilton formally released a statement announcing his intent to drop out of the race;
I regret to inform the delegates of the Cupertino Alliance Sertor Valentinus and I have come to the conclusion that it is for the best interests of the Cupertino Alliance and our mental health that we drop out of the race for Chair and Lieutenant Chair.
I have had people come to me after a video call with friends, saying that I looked like I haven't slept in days. This is due to the constant stress. Valentinus also stated that he had slept very poorly in recent days as a result of this election.
This election, which originally was perfectly civil, has recently become rather toxic, with a lot of drama occurring between both parties. This is not what an election should look like. It is because of these two reasons above that we have come to the conclusion that dropping out of the race is the best option for us.
I will be taking to time to work on other projects I have planned within the micronational community, such as the upcoming MicroWIki Virtual Summit, working on Australis, running in the upcoming New Virginian by-election, and also working in my new position as Secretariat for Statistical Research in the GUM. Maybe I'll run again in the future.
Thank you to all those who I have gone up against in this election, and those who have helped as members of my campaign staff. You have helped me grow as a person and as a micronationalist. These people are Sertor Valentinus, Liam Alexander, Isaiah Burdette, Logan Ross, Matthew Xia, Jamez, Patrick Kenny and Casper.
I wish all the best in the future to the Chair-elect, Logan Ross. I have no doubt that you and your Lt. Chair candidate will make the Alliance a better place.— Daniel Hamilton, 4 January 2021
August 2021 bid for Chair
On 2 May 2021, Daniel Hamilton announced in the Cupertino Alliance Discord server that he would be running for Chairman in the next election. It was later confirmed that Liam Alexander would be joining the campaign as Hamilton's running mate, however, Alexander was replaced by James Bornstein after he withdrew from the campaign.
Hamilton campaigned on a base of returning activity to the Cupertino Alliance, through the implementation of session attendance monitoring and by introducing new programs for delegates to participate in. Hamilton's campaign also pledged to commence significant cabinet reforms, which would involve dissolving and merging several ministries and adopting a democratically elected cabinet. He also pledged to write a new Charter for the Cupertino Alliance by the end of 2021.
In late July 2021, following personal issues and his announcement that he would be taking a hiatus from micronationalism, Hamilton withdrew his candidacy and endorsed the Roy-Mullins campaign for the August election.
Grand Unified Micronational
Since 14 October 2020, Hamilton has been one of three delegates for Australis in the Grand Unified Micronational, the others being Jared B and Patrick Kenny.[b] Hamilton's commitment to Australis and the GUM was noted when Australis won the "Most Improved" category in the February 2021 GUM awards ceremony.
He was actively involved in the campaign team for the Banks-Sertor chairmanship campaign during the June 2021 chairmanship election, proposing policies for the campaign, as well as campaigning on their behalf.
It is known that Hamilton has considered running for the position of Vice Chairman of the GUM since early 2021. He announced that he would not be seeking election in June 2021, due to his wish to focus on the Cupertino Alliance, however, he has publicly stated that he may consider a run for the position in December 2021.
Hamilton served as Statistics Secretary of the GUM from 2 January 2021 till the end of Jack Dean's term as Chairman.
Hamilton created the first GUM-based member positivity survey, which showed that several newer nations in the Grand Unified Micronational, such as Australis had achieved considerable influence within the organization in a short period of time. He also researched the demographics of former Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, as well as working to gather information about the size and population of GUM member states.
At the conclusion of Dean's term as Chairman, Hamilton announced that he would not be seeking another term as Statistics Secretary, citing that he wanted to focus on working in the cabinet of the Cupertino Alliance.
Foundation and leadership
Hamilton founded the Constantia Pact on 23 October 2020 alongside several members of the Constantia Pact, and was elected as the first Chair of the organization on 25 October 2020. The organization saw relatively little development throughout his term, due to other several other ongoing commitments. He appointed Liam Alexander as the first Vice Chair of the organization on 6 January 2021. On 13 February, Hamilton resigned due to his inactivity, resulting in Alexander becoming the acting Chair.
On 16 March 2021, acting Chair Liam Alexander appointed Hamilton as the Vice Chair of the Constantia Pact. He continued to serve in this role until Alexander resigned on 28 June, resulting in Hamilton becoming the acting Chair of the organization. Following this, he called an overdue chairmanship election, which he stated he would not be running in. On 7 August, Sertor Valentinus was elected as the second Chair of the Constantia Pact, and appointed Hamilton to serve as Vice Chair again.
During his second term as Vice Chair, Hamilton created a new logo for the Constantia Pact, and commenced reforms to the membership attainment process through the passage of the Membership Act, which allowed any micronation to be invited to the organization.
From 16 December 2020 to late July 2021, Hamilton was a citizen of the Commonwealth of New Virginia since 16 December 2020. He was placed in the Canton of Roanoke, and shortly after, applied to join the Free Democratic Party of New Virginia, and was accepted as a member of the party.
Following the dismissal of one of the three Burgesses-at-large for the Roanoke Canton in late December 2020, and the subsequent announcement of a by-election to elect a new Burgess-at-large to fill the vacancy, Hamilton announced his candidacy on behalf of the FDP on the same day. The following day, Aidan McGrath of the National Party also announced his candidacy for the election.
On 13 January 2021, Hamilton withdrew from the Free Democratic Party, to join the newly formed Alliance 21/The Greens party, led by James Frisch. Following the by-election being terminated in favour of a general election, Daniel ran for office once again in Roanoke, in the hopes of winning one of the four seats available. Hamilton was unsuccessful, winning 13.4% of the vote (15 votes), as the fifth most popular candidate in Roanoke.
In July 2021, Hamilton renounced his New Virginian citizenship as a result of him taking a hiatus from the greater micronational community.
Statistical work and other ventures
Hamilton has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of Statistic-Dime since December 2020, succeeding its founder Zed. He has since hugely developed Microcode, the largest two-letter code standard in the community. Before that, he founded Roscoe Statistics on 26 October 2020, and created the user survey MicroWiki's Top 25 – a survey asking participants to rank the 25 most active people on MicroWiki@Discord from a scale of one to five – and the Micronational Influence Survey, which after various delays was cancelled. Roscoe Statistics also provided pre-polling for the 2nd Cupertino Alliance chairmanship election. It was integrated into Statistic-Dime on 2 December, and Hamilton simultaneously became CEO.
On MicroWiki@Discord, Hamilton was noted for his large level of consistent activity within the server. He was made a Moderator on the server on 1 December 2020, however resigned in early 2021. Hamilton is also a journalist, and is the editor-in-chief of the Australis Times and the Jarrahview Post. He founded MicroWeekly and served as its editor-in-chief between 8 October–18 November 2020, when it merged with Home-made Crown Journal.
Throughout his career as a micronationalist, Hamilton has been recognised several times for his contributions to micronationalism by being awarded honours. Notably, Hamilton is the sole recipient of the Cupertino Alliance's highest honour, the Lycon Cross, awarded for exceptional services to the Cupertino Alliance.
|Protector of the Order of Australis||31 July 2020||OA|
|Protector of the Order of the Greyhound||1 January 2021||OGG|
|Protector of the Order of the Grand Duke||1 January 2021||OGD|
- Cupertino Alliance: Recipient of the Lycon Cross (16 February 2021)
- 21st Most Influential Micronationalist in the MicroWiki Sector (2020)
- Micronationalist of the Month (February 2021)
Order of wear
Awards worn regularly by Daniel Hamilton are mentioned in the above tables and are worn in accordance with customary conventions applicable to the occasion, the location and to the form of dress worn. The current ribbons worn by Daniel Hamilton are as follows:
References and notes
- Smith, Zarel et al. (2 December 2020) MicroWiki Most Influential (2020). Published by Statistic-Dime — via Google Docs. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
- "Vote Roscoe 2021". Roscoe Campaign Website. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- Chair election polling — 8 November 2020. Cupertino Election Supervisory Commission. Cupertino Alliance.Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- Smith, Zarel (5 November 2020) Australis becomes a full member of GUM. Australis Times. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
- Kennedy, Joseph (9 January 2021) "Roscoe and McGrath slated to face off in Roanoke by-election; Government majority at stake". The New Virginian Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
- Roscoe, Daniel (3 December 2020) Statistic-Dime Microcode Removal Order, 3 December 2020 — on Google Docs.
- Roscoe, Daniel (30 January 2021) Luxor voted Micronationalist of the Month for January 2021. MicroWeekly. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
- Special Royal Decree for Coronation of Chandrachur I
- Name redacted over privacy concerns
- Hamilton served as the sole delegate for Australis when it was a Provisional Member from 14 October to 3 November 2020.