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The Duke of the Bear Peninsula
|Prince of Rhye|
Margrave of Sulli
|In Office||11 February 2019 - Present|
|Predecessor||Duke Wolf of Waesche|
|In Office||9 March 2018 - 11 February 2019|
|Preceded by||Baron Stogner As Minister of Immigration|
|Successor||Duke August of Fox Grove|
His Grace, Jordan Farmer, commonly known as Duke Jordan of the Bear Peninsula, is a member of the micronational community most active within the Grand Duchy of Westarctica. He is also active as a noble in the community of the Empire of Agber. Since 11 February 2019, he has served as the Prime Minister of Westarctica.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Early Westarctican Activities
- 3 As Prime Minister of Westarctica
- 4 Other Micronational Activities
- 5 Personal Life
- 6 Titles, Honors, and Awards
Jordan was born in 1986. Due to his father being in the United States Army, Jordan moved around a number of times as a child before his family settled in Augsburg, Germany for a relatively stable six-year stint, beginning in 1991. In 1995, Jordan and a group of friends founded a micronation called the Kingdom of Kolios. Inside this project, he served in a number of roles, including Chancellor, Captain of the Guard, and Margrave of Sulli. Jordan left Kolios behind when his family moved to Arizona in 1997, eventually forgetting about the endeavor altogether. Kolios would eventually evolve into a portion of the Empire of Agber in 1998.
Jordan spent the majority of his teen years in southern Arizona, where he attended high school. Upon graduating, he attended Eastern Arizona College, majoring in music. However, after completing a year of study, he found himself feeling restless. Between the rigors of studying music taking much of the enjoyment out of the subject, and some issues in his personal life, he felt like he needed a new direction.
Jordan entered the U.S. Army in October of 2005, being trained as a Biomedical Equipment Technician. During his technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; he was the only Army personnel admitted into the Air Force Chaplain’s White Rope leadership program, and was eventually elevated to the position of Squadron Rope in recognition of his support and dedication to the program. During his career, he would also be stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, California; Camp Carroll, South Korea; Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
During this time, Jordan coordinated the U.S. federal giving initiative, the Combined Federal Campaign; became the training NCO for the hospital Color Guard; and worked with Club Beyond, a teen outreach program. While at Fort Campbell, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 101st Airborne Division. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty status as a Sergeant in January of 2013.
Early Westarctican Activities
In 2017, Jordan became a citizen of Westarctica. He was initially drawn to the nation because of its dual existence as a not for profit entity that had a real world mission of conservation. Later that year he was bestowed with the title Duke of the Bear Peninsula.
Minister of Citizenship & Immigration
In February of 2018, Jordan approached Grand Duke Travis about starting a Facebook page for Westarctica's citizens. His hope was that this group would help foster a greater sense of community among Westarcticans. As it turned out, the Grand Duke had created a group years earlier, but activity had slowed to a standstill. Grand Duke Travis handed control of the group over to Jordan. The group's membership swelled from only 12, to nearly 400 in just six months. He would serve in this role until December of that year, when it was added to the responsibilities of the newly elevated Minister of Communication.
Shortly after taking the reins of the Citizens of Westarctica group, Jordan offered to assist the Grand Duke with the backlog of immigration requests. Grand Duke Travis accepted, and decided to make Jordan the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, adding him to the growing Royal Council.
Jordan officially relinquished his duties when elected to the post of Prime Minister.
Commissioner of the Civilian Corps
In March of 2018, Jordan approached Grand Duke Travis with an idea to expand and diversify Westarctica's ability to recognize citizens for their contributions to the nation. The idea was to have a non-military organization that allowed citizens to earn military-style ribbons for acts they were already doing, while also incentivizing further activity within Westarctica. After correspondence back-and-forth, the Westarctica Civilian Corps was unveiled to the public on 1 April 2018.
On 13 July 2018, Jordan was given the additional title Marquis of Wilbanks in the Peerage of Westarctica in recognition of his achievements with the Civilian Corps. The title is named for Mount Wilbanks on the southern border of the Bear Peninsula.
Jordan officially relinquished his duties when elected to the post of Prime Minister, although he still assists his successor in the day to day duties of the role.
Candidate for Prime Minister
Jordan's candidacy for Prime Minister of Westarctica in the 2019 election was announced on 9 January of that year. Shortly thereafter, he unveiled his 12-point plan regarding his vision for the term, should he be elected. These were:
- Expand the Royal Council with functional appointments.
- More face-to-face encounters both among citizens and between citizens and public servants.
- Foster diversity and inclusion in Westarctican government.
- Bolster Westarctica’s role as one of the community’s leading Micronations.
- Strengthen relations with other Micronations; both deepening existing ties, and forming new ones.
- Concentrate on building a deep and unique Westarctican culture.
- Expand merchandise offerings to support activities.
- Establish framework to prevent duopoly, and discourage triarchy in future Westarctican politics.
- Evaluate potential need and function of future parliament.
- Establish a formalized Westarctican will.
- Streamline public and national holidays.
- Ensure Westarctican longevity with concrete succession plan and framework for new ruling house, and framework for how to proceed should the throne become occupied by a negligent/absentee ruler.
Jordan won the election with 32.7 percent of the votes. The margin for victory was narrow, with Jordan winning by only five votes.
As Prime Minister of Westarctica
Jordan assumed the role of Prime Minister on 11 February 2019. He was elected to a term of four years.
On 28 March 2019 Jordan unveiled a Pride flag for the Westarctican LGBTQIA community. He declared that the flag was a gift for all Westarcticans to utilize in their own pride celebrations.
On 13 April 2019, the First Constitutional Convention was established to draft and approve a governing document, that will establish Westarctica as a true constitutional monarchy. This document is intended to be more robust, and have the ability to guide Westarctica into future generations, when compared to the nation's previous documents. The convention was officially concluded on 30 August of the same year. The Constitution was ratified by the citizens in a vote held 7 - 9 February 2020, and was then signed into law, taking effect 15 February 2020.
Another significant function Jordan has performed during his time as Prime Minister is participation in various diplomatic exchanges. The first of these was to Molossia in April of 2019. During this exchange, Jordan presented President Kevin Baugh with a bottle of his favorite prickly pear mead, and one of the newly minted challenge coins for his office. It was the first such visit in which Grand Duke Travis did not participate.
Later that year, he attended MicroCon 2019 in as part of the Westarctican delegation. The conference served as a coming out of sorts for the new Prime Minister, to the greater micronational community, and he began forming ties with a number of foreign representatives. During the main conference, Jordan gave a presentation on how to better connect with your citizens, from the viewpoint of the work he and the Grand Duke had done over the previous year-and-a-half. Throughout the weekend, he received special recognition from six different micronations.
Jordan played an active role in the discussion and development surrounding the revival of the Antarctic Micronational Union in early 2020.
Other Micronational Activities
While the majority of Jordan's work done in the greater micronational community is an extension of his role as a member of Westarctica's government, he has engaged in some work as a private person.
In January of 2019, Jordan became a Canon in the short-lived Noble Chapter of the Grand Hunt. This was a fraternal organization aimed at non-denominational Christian fellowship. While initially promising, the Chapter and its adjacent Prince-Abbacy of Inselwald fell into a period of decreased activity, before that project was reimagined as the Kingdom of Argonne, which he was a member of until it was disbanded on 20 April 2020.
In April of 2020, Jordan's mother discovered an old notepad from his childhood containing details that led to him reconnecting with the Kingdom of Kolios, now a Principality within the Empire of Agber. He is currently serving in an unofficial advisory role, although he has been named their Chief Heraldist and Chief Chronicler by Empress Arlene.
Jordan is also a founding board member for the Micronational Hall of Excellence, in addition to serving as its first Board Executive.
Jordan currently works in the healthcare technologies field, having spent the majority of his career in federal government service. On the side, he does consulting for Kickstarter campaigns and helping non-profit organizations handle trademarking processes. In 2016, he became an ordained minister.
In his spare time he enjoys hiking, volunteering, craft beer, and is an avid hockey fan. He is also has an interest in the history of both micronations and phaleristics (the study of orders, fraternities and award items), with a special focus in areas where the two overlap; he has a growing collection of items from this hobby.
Jordan is a member of several organizations, including the Orders and Medals Society of America, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Since 2015, he has been dating Jessica Barton, a fellow Westarctica citizen.
2019 Health Scare
On 29 October 2019, Jordan experienced a series of strokes, due to a previously undiagnosed heart malformation and was hospitalized. After the stroke symptoms abated, it was discovered that he had entire right-side numbness and had severely diminished motor skill capacity on the same side. Jordan returned to full duty, having regained all function on 9 December 2019. Follow-up appointments will ascertain a long-term plan for the problem, but he is currently considered to be in no danger of further episodes.
Titles, Honors, and Awards
- Prince of Rhye since 20 August 2019
- Duke of the Bear Peninsula since 9 December 2017
- Margrave of Sulli since 20 September 1995
- Marquis of Wilbanks since 13 July 2018
- Lord of Farmer Manor since 20 December 2017
- Count von Weltenburg from 24 January 2019 to 20 April 2020 (Micronation disbanded)
- Baron of Témiscaming from 20 March to 20 April 2020 (Micronation disbanded)
- Warden of the Marie Byrd Protectorate 12 April to 7 May 2020 (Claim on territory renounced)
Honors, Awards, and Medals
Orders of Chivalry
- Knight in the Sanctified Order of the Crucifix, 20 September 1995
- Knight in the Order of Kolios, 20 September 1995 (downgraded from Knight Commander on 12 April 2020 at member's request)
- Knight Grand Commander in the Order of the Snowflake, 25 April 2018 (upgraded from Knight Commander on 14 August 2020)
- Knight in the Order of the Desert Heart, 30 April 2019
- Knight in the Illustrious Antarctic Order of the Orca, 19 July 2019
- Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Carthage, 24 April 2020
- Knight Commander in the Order of the Empire of Agber, 6 May 2020
- Knight in the Order of the Grizzly, 8 June 2020
- Seal of the Order of the Peach Blossom, 17 June 2020
- Knight Grand Star in the Order of Sawatch, 4 August 2020 (defunct)
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Griffin, 12 October 2020
National Medals and Awards
- The Desert Palm, 20 July 2019
- Just One of Us Penguins Medal, 20 July 2019
- Molossia Friendship Medal, 27 April 2019
- Danduros Medal of Friendship, 20 July 2019
- West Who Medal of Friendship, 20 July 2019
Other Honors and Recognition
- Honored Servant of Westarctica, 1 May 2018
- The Long Blink, 21 July 2019
- Certificate of Commendation, 19 March 2020
- MicroCon 2019 Commemorative Attendance Medal, 20 July 2019
- Koliosian Quartercentennial medal, 20 September 2020
- May 2020 - Present: Knight in the Order of Knights of Truth of Saint Brigid of Kildare
- May 2018 - Present: Captain in the Molossian Navy (honorary)
- March 2010 - January 2013: Sergeant in the United States Army
- August 2007 - March 2010: Specialist in the United States Army
- October 2005 - August 2007: Private First Class in the United States Army
Westarctica Civilian Corps Awards and Decorations
Shown, from left to right, are:
Top row: Order of the Orca ribbon (with silver Knight device), Order of the Snowflake ribbon (with bronze Knight Commander device)
Second row: Honored Servant ribbon, Civilian Corps Commendation ribbon (2nd award), Civilian Corps Achievement ribbon (2nd award)
Third row: Recruiting ribbon (3rd award), Iceberg Award ribbon, Calsahara Expeditionary ribbon
Bottom row: Global Campaign Service ribbon, Civilian Corps Service ribbon, Nobles ribbon
US Military Awards and Decorations
Shown, from left to right, are:
Top row: Army Commendation medal (2nd award)
Second row: Army Achievement medal (3rd award), Air Force Achievement medal, Army Good Conduct medal (2nd award)
Third row: National Defense Service medal, Afghanistan Campaign Service medal (with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service medal
Fourth Row: Korea Defense Service medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal (2nd award), NCO Professional Development ribbon
Bottom Row: Army Service ribbon, Overseas Service ribbon (2nd award), NATO non-Article 5 ISAF medal
Other awards Jordan earned during his service include the Air Force's white aiguillette with a silver tip for service in the Chaplain's leadership program; the Combat Medic and Combat Action badges; and the Expert marksmanship badge with Carbine, Pistol, and Rifle qualification bars. While stationed at Fort Campbell, Jordan was part of two teams that won medals for the 2012 Week of the Eagles competitions, which pitted teams against others against other representatives across the entire 101st Airborne Division, as well as other units on the installation. He recieved a silver medal with the marksmanship team, and a bronze one for ultimate.