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|File:Rachel Burklandssen (September 29, 2022).png|
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
September 22, 2020 – May 1, 2021
July 9, 2011 – May 27, 2018
|Born||November 1999 (age 22–23)|
West Haven-Sylvan, Oregon
|Political party|| Royalist Party of Unitaria (2022–present)|
Rachel Burklandssen is an American micronationalist and writer who is the Empress of Unitaria and who served as the Queen of Stabilitas from September 22, 2020 to May 1, 2021 and as President of Burkland from July 9, 2011 to May 27, 2018. She is a citizen of the Abeldane Empire and a member of the Alenshkan Regionalist Party. She has also been involved in numerous other micronations to varying degrees.
Rachel Burklandssen was born in the U.S. state of Oregon in November 1999. She resided in the Portland area until moving to Texas. However, she never lived within Portland itself. Her father died in 2016, leading her mother to move the family to Houston, Texas in 2017 to be closer to Burklandssen's maternal family. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, but Burklandssen and her mother have expressed a desire to move back to Oregon.
Burklandssen is a transgender woman. She first came out as a trans woman on September 13, 2013. She received hormone therapy from January 4, 2018 to January 5, 2021. She briefly detransitioned after that point; however, she regretted the detransition and ended it in August 2021. As of October 2022, she has not restarted hormones due to an inability to pay.
She eats a vegetarian diet. She doesn't eat dairy or egg products; however, she doesn't call herself a vegan as she thinks the environmental and moral case against honey is weak. She is an strong atheist, believing that deities don't exist. However, she believes it is impossible to know this with certainty, making her an agnostic atheist. She is an avid enjoyer of flags and maps.
Autism and mental illness
When Rachel Burklandssen was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with autism. This diagnosis later changed to Asperger's syndrome and then to the DSM-5 autism diagnosis. She attended special education at varying points in her life and received special education services even while attending integrated classrooms. Burklandssen has repeatedly expressed her belief that autism should not be classified as a disorder and that she does not want a cure for her autism. She has even said that she would rather die than receive a cure for autism. She amended the Constitution of Unitaria via a royal decree to prohibit curing autism, trying to find a cure for autism, and applied behavior analysis in Unitaria, as well as granting Unitarians a constitutional right to be autistic.
In addition to autism, Burklandssen has received diagnoses of bipolar I disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Burklandssen has expressed her belief that her diagnosis of bipolar disorder was a mistake, but as of 2022, the diagnosis has not been removed. She accepts her diagnosis of OCD, and unlike her opinions on autism, she doesn't like having OCD and wishes she didn't have it. She has stated that she would take an OCD cure as long as the OCD cure didn't affect her autism. She also experiences an irregular sleep cycle. She has been diagnosed with insomnia, but she believes it is something more than "simple insomnia". She has called her sleep irregularities her biggest disability.
Burklandssen attempted suicide in 2018 and was sent to a psychiatric hospital for over a week.
Politically, Rachel Burklandssen self-describes as a social democrat, cultural liberal, and Cascadian nationalist. Burklandssen supports a new constitutional convention to replace the current Constitution of the United States with a new one. She views conservative fears that a new constitution would undermine the US as irrational, citing how the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the current constitution. She aligns with U.S. Democratic Party and has voted in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 Texas Democratic primaries. As Empress of Unitaria, she endorsed Beto O'Rourke, Mike Collier, Rochelle Garza, and other Texas Democratic politicians in the 2022 general election in Texas via a royal decree. She is opposed to communism, despite previously identifying as a communist.
Burklandssen has said that she identifies as a Pacific Northwesterner before she identifies as an American, but while believing the Pacific Northwest to be its own nation, she believes maintaining the unities of the United States and Canada is in the best interest of Americans and Canadians. She believes that the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the entire world. She supports statehood for Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands. She supports American federalism and state sovereignty, while also thinking federal power should be expanded when it comes to civil rights and environmental issues. She supports proportional representation and opposes the Electoral College.
Burklandssen has criticized the Land Back movement, viewing it as undermining the sovereignty of the United States. She supports restricting immigration from Muslim-majority countries due to an "incapability in values", arguing that women, LGBT people, non-Muslims, and Muslim sects persecuted by other Muslims should be prioritized. She believes it is justified to factor in religion and national origin in immigration decisions; however, she opposes immigration policies based on race. She supports a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. She opposes capital punishment. She has been critical of international sanctions, citing their harm to civilians in the sanctioned countries.
Burklandssen accepts the scientific consensus on climate change. She believes that climate change is a serious threat that macronational leaders aren't doing enough to combat and prepare for. She self-identifies as a YIMBY, expressing support for public transportation and high-density development. Living in Houston, she has been critical of the City of Houston for alleged anti-pedestrian urban planning. She believes that nature needs to be integrated more into urban design and more space allocated to parks. She believes density would lead to humans taking up less space, fostering better coexistence between humans and the non-human natural environment.